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“If music be the food of love, play on.”

Nicely played, William; nicely played, and while many individuals have an adverse reaction to Shakespeare— joining the ranks of countless high school graduates, all of whom lost the taste for prose somewhere between the umpteenth reading of “Romeo and Juliet” and the mandatory participation in the in-class performance of “Julius Caesar“— the ol’ playwright may just be on to something.

Music, that rare substance that possesses the power to echo the tales of past protests, bears the marks of the movements of generations and whispers the collective history of humanity.  A form of sustenance, music fuels individual appetites and brings friends and strangers to the table.

While musical starvation in our world of interconnectivity and online piracy is virtually impossible, I feel as though I’d be committing nothing short of forcible famine to abandon M.O.S.H. This project, which rose from the ashes of a class requirement, has grown into more than a method of grading and evaluation. It’s a form of sustenance. The time has come and, if I may borrow the immortal prose of Shakespeare, I intend to “play on.”

Write On: The Greatest Hits

In our modern world, the three-meals-a-day model took a stagedive. So, while waiting for that next big musical feast, nibbling is fully advisable and certainly recommended. Below, to save you the trouble of raiding the fridge of pop-punk, alternative rock and indie acoustics, you’ll find a collection of bite-worthy reads that should hold even the most insatiable appetite for a spell.


Photo courtesy of Brandon Debes

A1 Carmen Magro discusses his musical influences, what brought him to music and what his songs mean to him and his fans

B3 Review: “Who Shot Rock and Roll” brings the genre to life

C5 I Call Fives receive praise for their latest endeavor, “Someone That’s Not You”

D4 Every Minute Can Kill discuss the band’s formation, “Faceless Creatures” and offer tips on being a success in the local music scene

E2 Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Alesana and Ace Built this City on Rock and Roll

Bonus: the possibility of a vending machine eating your last dollar bill is slim to none. No need to fear dropping all of your change and looking like a fool, falling to your knees in a desperate scramble to stop the coins from rolling between the Coke machine and your intended treasure trove of over-priced goodies. The tears when you realize that your last quarter just found its way into Narnia via the blackest of abysses; save them for the last all-nighter of the semester.*

*For the sake of artistic direction, let’s just assume that the above example is completely fictitious in nature.


Where words fail, music speaks

In my opinion, few other statements possess such an air of universal truth and simplistic charm. Short and sweet, Hans Christian Anderson’s handful of words offer the perfect summary of my life. While I may not possess any marketable talent when it comes to making music— I’ve never considered the drums due to my apparent lack of the necessary coordination, never conquered a chord above medium on Guitar Hero and never opted to torture the world with my singing voice— my life is engulfed by melodies, lyrics, riffs and breakdowns, regardless.

Who’s operating backstage?
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Saying that music is my life is cliché and overused but, in all honesty, the truth. Hello. I’m Ashley Cline and I am addicted to music. I’m a show-going, concert-attending, music-discovering, singing-too-loudly addict trying to strike the perfect balance between concerts and college. My music library and CD collection are considered precious artifacts and, if my headphones aren’t plugged into a source of “tuneage,” I’m humming aloud, playing what I can only perceive to be the correct notes on my trusty air guitar or bobbing my head in time to a song only I can hear.

Luckily, I’m not alone. Music brings people together, whether they happen to meet at a Taking Back Sunday concert or bond over an unnatural love of Celine Dion, and that’s why, in my opinion, it holds such sway in the grand scheme of life. Music provides an escape from the daily dinge and opens up a world of substance and heart.

Do you see what I did there? Yes, shameless self-promotion disguised in a segue.

M.O.S.H., Music of Substance and Heart, will be my area of operation. So, what exactly do we have to look forward to? In an effort to introduce new music to new ears, I’ll be spotlighting unsigned and up-and-coming bands and musicians in the Philadelphia region as well as highlighting venues in the area which showcase everything from acoustic melodies to brutal breakdowns. In short, M.O.S.H. will rock the spectrum, providing you with a look inside just what it takes to hit the right notes on the East Coast. Interviews with talented artists, glimpses inside the scene, the world of being a band looking to make it big, and briefs on area venues so you know exactly where to go to find new tunes to dig; M.O.S.H. promises to provide it all.

It can always be louder: a disclaimer

I’m not looking to exclude any great acts out there, however, so I think it’s safe to say that I will occasionally venture from the tri-state area in an effort to bring you a comprehensive guide to the best bands. Everyone deserves recognition, a chance to be heard, because music is more than listening. It’s connecting. It’s understanding. It’s doing.

So, without further delay, I believe it is time to open this pit up: M.O.S.H.

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