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October 12, 2012 by thecuriousaquarius


Benyaro (Photo credit: Queen of the Universe)

I’m feeling nostalgic today so I figured I’d share my first piece of published work with you ladies and gents. My senior year of college I interned for a music magazine called Relix. I highly suggest you check out the website and see what they’re about.

Relix started out as a Grateful Dead newsletter that connected fans through the recordings of Grateful Dead shows. After the Grateful Dead, Relix morphed into a magazine that slants toward the jam band scene. Don’t get discouraged if you’re not a jam band freak! Relix isn’t exclusive to covering jam band music.

This month Mumford & Sons is on their cover and Relix definitely explores a wide range of music in today’s world. A bonus for buying an issue in print? You get a free CD inside! I love that. The CD’s really help expose me to music I’ve never heard before and it’s a great way to get artists names out there.

I loved working with Relix and truly learned a lot from the experience. So, without further ado, below is a copy of my first published piece! You can also check it out on their website, here. And don’t forget to check out Benyaro. This duo plays from the soul and listening to them really soothes my day. I encourage you to check them out! Enjoy! xo-Dane

Benyaro laid the groundwork for its self-described “indie acoustic soul” by busking on the subways and is now opening for acts like The Avett Brothers. “Bobby’s girlfriend approached me and said he’d just moved to New York,” recalls lead singer Ben Musser of his co-leader, bassist Bobby McCullough. “She was kind of pimping him out and suggested I give him a call. We’ve been playing together ever since.” Benyaro’s exploratory lyrics are based on real relationships, places and emotions. The group’s soulful honesty, heartfelt and diverse traveling from beat boxing, “acoustic disco house” and blues to soul, folk and everything in between. Good Day Better, Benyaro’s latest record, strives to “keep the listener on their toes and expand the boundaries of what acoustic music is,” says Musser. “We’re more then just a pleasant group—we’re trying to shake things up.”


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