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Band Profile of Hillary Reynolds Band

HRB’s inspiration for writing and composing music involves tapping into emotions that are ineffable and encouraging people to face their emotions through the powers of music.

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Hillary Reynolds Band | Photo by Alicia Renee Photography

Hillary Reynolds Band | Photo by Alicia Renee Photography

Leave No Trace

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Chasing her dreams as vocal artist, Hillary Reynolds picked up her life and moved from Appleton, Wisconsin to Boston, Massachusetts to attend the prestigious private school, Berklee School of Music, in 2007. Berklee is a host to many musicians who have claimed their right to fame and have impacted the musical industry,  such as Melissa Etheridge, John Mayer, and Clay Cook. Reynolds developed her love for music at a young age from musicianship shaped through a loving family dynamic: singing in the car with her mother, practicing with her father’s band, and late night campfire sing-a-longs. From there, her passion for music could only grow. She involved herself in orchestras, choirs, and piano lessons, which gave her the motivation to attend Berklee.

Hillary Reynolds Band (HRB), created in 2009, is a quintet of musical talent and Berklee alumni, including Hillary Reynolds (lead vocals), Trevor Jarvis (cello/backing vocals), Connor Reese (guitar), Jeff Hale (drums), and Chris Mewhinney (electric/acoustic bass). HRB’s firm foundation as a group emerged through circles of friends, various collaborations, YouTube videos of cover songs, and the appreciation of each other’s exceptional musical talents. Together they have created a matchless and alluring sound that they describe as a fusion of “tight vocal harmonies, the flash & polish of cutting-edge production technique, and traditional acoustic instruments,” or more specifically a genre of “folk pop”. As time progresses, HRB continues to add more diversity to its sound using instruments like upright bass, ukulele and mandolin. HRB’s music is definable as a light-hearted, feel good and buoyant musical experience.

HRB’s inspiration for writing and composing music involves tapping into emotions that are ineffable and encouraging people to face their emotions through the powers of music. Reynolds says, “Songs come to me at random times, whether it’s while I’m stuck in traffic, in the shower, on a hike in the woods, or while I’m trying to fall asleep at night. There’s no way of predicting when the inspiration will strike.” A central inspiration that will always and forever be crucial to Reynolds’ writing, stems from the love she shared with her mother Trina Reynolds, who passed away in fall 2011 from a four-year battle with breast cancer. Since then, Reynolds has written many songs in memory of Trina and currently is working with her foundation, “Trina Fund,” to support women in their endeavors for second opinions on diagnoses and treatments for breast cancer. Reynolds, in her efforts for “Trina Fund,” is creating a CD compilation molded by an alliance of numerous songwriters called Living Out of a Suitcase.

Since their union as a group in 2009, HRB, under their own record label, has released two albums, First Loves and Since September, (which can be found on iTunes); produced two official music videos “Leave No Trace” and “Good As New”; and have toured to various locations around the nation. Their performance venues range from farmers markets and theaters to coffee shops and radio stations.

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Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™

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Zen Studios has concocted a ruse of amusement, it’s a trap—of fun. Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™, established by the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels™, releases endorphins chock full of nostalgia and bliss. With all of the Star Wars talk going on as of late, it’s nice to get in your daily need of pew pew! Stormtroopers assemble and try to take down the hero of Lothal, the whole mission thing is a bit nuts. This pinball table goes to a galaxy far far away by delving into an age that has yet to be traversed by the films. Zen studios gets the balance of the force just right, do not try to get this table, do it.

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Pinball FX-2 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Zen Studios does it again with Pinball FX2 – Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. This table is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Avengers Assemble! Age of Ultron quenches a thirst for adventure you didn’t know you had. Players assist Iron Man in finishing his most aspiring venture to date. The profound and climactic soundtrack will rip you out of the comfort of your chair and into the Age of Ultron. Enjoy this audacious addition to the Avenger’s universe, Thor’s might is on your side. The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow make a gargantuan attempt at arresting the nefarious Ultron. Pull yourself together and check out this game, you can’t afford more mistakes. The god of thunder favors you.

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Shaking the Habitual, The Knife | Album Review

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By The Knife

Shaking the Habitual is something every person needs more of in life. Stepping outside of boundaries and entering a new experience can have a confounding effect on the senses. Rhythm and movement resonate from the deepest depths of the soul and project outward in an array of vibrancy. 

What starts off like a indigenous ceremony quickly changes to a post apocalyptic nuclear wasteland by the third track, “A Cherry on Top.” Then, finding semblance in a 19 minute interlude, “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized,” the brother-and-sister duo reemerge in ritualistic fashion with the deep bass line of “Raging Lung”. Ending with an unsettling aptitude, Fracking Fluid Injection precedes the final track, Ready to Lose; providing insight to a larger contextual effect this album has in a world seeming “Full of Fire.” 

Although difficult to fully embody the composition of electronic and aboriginal noise heard in The Knife’s new album, Shaking the Habitual, any movement to the music is sure to conjure emotion. At times, the May release represents a more archetypal sound in the art of music. 

Tying together components of old and new, the Swedish duo creates a spellbinding effect with the first track, A Tooth For an Eye. Amalgamating dominant instrumentations, subtle synth lines and underlying vocals, A Tooth For and Eye entices the listener with something seldom projected over the airwaves. 

Coming off a seven year hiatus, the duo can predominate with an electronic influence, but, ultimately the seamless transition across a spectrum of sound grasps the ear. Delivered in its entirety, the lasting impression might leave one feeling like a participant of a seance.

— Rob Donovan

 

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For every contribution, we put 100% back into producing original and amazing journalism. That's a promise only a local and independent newsroom can promise. Take heart because you will fuel stories just like this one and the future of journalism.

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