J. Marsden

A beautiful, dark, and spacey acoustic rock venture away from Earth.

"Life, in itself, is a mentally documented catalogue of memories, stored so uniquely by each individual. Artists, poets, and musicians alike spend their lives trying to describe the words written by the fate of uncertainty. The album "Gravity" is one of the most heartfelt and poignant attempts to capture the heartbreak and attempted escape we all feel from within, both of individual events that shape us, as well as our experience of life as a whole. Not only do the lyrics tell a story, they ask questions of whether fate is real, love and hate are one in the same, and what a life worth living truly is. J. Marsden's beautiful story across the intergalactic nature of space itself, as well as the journey of time through our own heads, is met with guitar work that is so crushingly beautiful it reminded me of the first time I heard the solo for "Comfortably Numb". Now I've heard Joe play ska, and make that artistic, so I shouldn't have been surprised that he could create guitar tapestries that are intricate, but also simultaneously utilize the efficiency of notes, bends, and even dissonance to convey the emotions behind them so perfectly. His voice is equally as much crooning and cutting, as it is lamenting and sorrowful, filling out an overall sound that is, well, spacey and secluded, dark and reckless, Bonnie and Clyde, wait. I derailed. I'm sure that you can make that work if you think enough. To top it off, all the musicianship fueling this immersive mindtrip is done to perfection, complimenting and highlighting what's important. It's a concept album (which I chose not to describe it as earlier due to those that turn the page when they read that like a fly landed on it) that you can listen to at face value, or relate to your own story. I recommend listening to it twice, through his, and your own paradigms. I'm proud to have been chosen to review this album, as it is not short of torture to pour your soul into a work knowing that others will know you better than they ever did.

"Out on the edge I can't catch my breath And I thought that I'd be in love with it"

-Riley Heninger"

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J. Marsden Live at Working Draft

Working Draft Beer Company, 1129 E. Wilson St., Madison, WI

  1. Marsden will be playing 2 sets of originals and 90's alt/grunge acoustic rock. This will be the last show for J. Marsden for the year before he dives into writing/recording his next album, so you won't want to miss this opportunity! Come chill, enjoy some great beer, and still be home before bedtime!!



"MTV Unplugged" - 90's Acoustic Set

High Noon Saloon, 701A E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI

Happy Hour 4-7pm J. Marsden will be playing a full set of your favorite 90's grunge and alt rock classics along with a set of originals. Come enjoy a beer on High Noon's brand new patio!Combining influences of Neil Young, John Frusciante, Alice in Chains, and Pink Floyd, guitarist/singer/songwriter, J. Marsden creates his own take on 90’s acoustic alt./grunge rock.



Songwriter Night Hosted by J. Marsden

Communication, 2645 Milwaukee St., Madison, WI

$8 - All Ages - Doors at 7:30pm - Show starts at 8pm Join songwriters J. Marsden, Xander Anim, and Skylar Nahn at Communication for an intimate evening of uninterrupted performances. Communication is a cozy diy venue with available seating, cool art, and an attentive audience for an extra special connection with the musicians. All of the songwriters will be on stage at the same time which allows for some great banter, complimentary stories, and even some back up instrumentation. The artists will also rotate every song for plenty of variety!J. Marsden - www.jmarsdenmusic.comCombining influences of Neil Young, John Frusciante, Alice in Chains, and Pink Floyd, guitarist/singer/songwriter, J. Marsden creates his own take on 90’s acoustic alt./grunge rock. Xander Anim is an acoustic singer songwriter who combines R&B, Soul, and Hip-hop influences to create stories. Be prepared to dance, swoon, and reflect as you engage with each song. Listen to Only When The Rain Comes By Xander Anim by Xander Anim on #SoundCloud Nahn - Skylarnahn.bandcamp.comSkylar is a very talented singer/songwriter. You can tell he loves his craft by the way he performs.


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