Have you ever heard of the punk cheat beat? It’s essentially a variation of a generic drum beat that many punk bands use, but because it’s not the same, it’s referred to as cheating.

To avoid confusion, I’ll refer to the generic beat as the “correct” beat. So while a…


Millennials have been given a lot of grief over the past few years for their lifestyle choices and supposed lack of work ethic. …


Like many, I’ve had a lot of time to read during this pandemic.

And when everything first shut down, I was more than ready to dive into my fresh lineup of great reads — from Ursula Le Guin’s “The Beginning Place” to Phillips Roth’s “The Human Stain,” to Ijeoma Oluo’s…


As one of only two freshmen who landed a spot on my high school drum line in 2006, I always dreamed of being a captain in my senior year.

And that was pretty likely. With many drum lines there is a hierarchy; It mostly focuses on upper- and lowerclassmen, and…


The connection between music and memories has always fascinated me. The fact that I can listen to Deep Wound and vividly remember being 16 and riding around in my friend’s beat up van blasting a bootleg copy of their entire discography is kind of nuts.

There’s a lot of interesting…


Have you ever noticed how some musicians repeat a similar melody or rhythm throughout several songs while still making it sound unique yet recognizable every time?

Loosely speaking, I’m talking about leitmotif, which is not to be confused with a concept album. A concept album has an overarching theme. The…


I recently submitted my band EIN’s latest EP to a few music blogs to see what would happen. When an email came back from one blog saying they wanted to cover it, I was surprised to see several review options.

The first one, the free option, gets your band’s name…


From a young age, my automatic response to my parents telling me anything was, “I know.”

“That pan doesn’t belong in there,” my mom would say as I reached to put the pan in the wrong cabinet.

“I know,” I’d say, and seamlessly shift to make it look like I…

Alex Milstein

Ambitious content creator. Part-time music maker.

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