RIP Gavin Theory : New tune from IAME & Lucas Dix

gavinsoensI never had the opportunity to meet Gavin Soens in person, but his influence is seen almost daily through many of my friends and idols. The Wisconsin native was part of Hives Inquiry Squad, and later moved to Portland with fellow rapper (and Hives bandmate) Lucas Dix. Though I didn’t know Gavin in his younger years, I have heard and read many stories to make it feel like I did. I wish I did. Continue reading

Music Monday : A post for Lucas Dix


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I’m switching up the Music Monday type entry a little today to make a special post dedicated to a good dude who I admire. (Don’t worry, there are also music suggestions included. )

You may or may not know Lucas Dix from the groups Hives Inquiry Squad and Jellyfish Brigade. A Wisconsin native, the mighty teacher/rapper/hiker/basketball fan/chicken owner now lives in Portland. I was introduced to his music a few years back through a friend and have followed him (generally in a non-creepy way) ever since. I have gotten to know him a bit through the works of social media and written rap verses and have nothing but positive things to say (and hear) about the dude.

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Now Available: Gills and a Helmet by Jellyfish Brigade

Streaming out of the rainy Northwest, Jellyfish Brigade is composed of Hives Inquiry Squad’s Lucas Dix and friend Jeffrey Acciaioli (aka The Great Mundane). The duo recently launched a six-track EP titled Gills and a Helmet, available for a name-your-own-price. Experimenting with different electronic styles, JB debuts an impressive record in less than 26 minutes. Dix’s vocals fit smoothly over the beats and represent the small (but great) aspects of an average life. Hope, love, regret, change, and spirit are all themes throughout this beautiful record that definitely deserves a spot on your daily playlist.

Get the album here.

Check out my favorite song, “Well Dwellers” below.

“Be loud my love to the clouds above.
It’s the now not the how it was.
No regrets ‘cause the doing’s done.
Each choice we make will be the right one.”

Follow them on the Twitters here.