Artist: 
Badbadnotgood
Label: 
Innovative Leisure

Badbadnotgood speaks for itself at this point. They are in my opinion the most important group in Jazz not because of their innovation but because they make a kind of Jazz that objectively and consistently sounds good to the average listener. The group has fused hip-hop and Jazz(a fusion which has been made for 30+ years) in a way that improves and drives both genres forward while also bringing along a substantial and consequential amount of main-stream attention. Everyone in this group is young, serious, passionate, and incredible instrumentally.

Sounds Like: 
John Coltrane
Name: 
Mark Jimenez
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Josh Nelson
Label: 
Origin Records

I would describe this album as romantic-impressionistic Jazz. Not romance as in you would want to fall in love to this stuff, go listen to Norah Jones or Frank Sinatra you goof. I mean romantic as in Tchaikovsky and Schubert, as in everyone on this record went to music school and studied fifth series contrapuntal phrasing and maybe even took graduate level composition classes. The record is clean and concise in every fashion, it is intensely precise and well thought out, a combination which makes for some very boring Jazz in my opinion.

Sounds Like: 
Brad Meldhau
Sounds Like: 
Gerald Clayton
Name: 
Mark Jimenez
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Ambrose Akinmusire
Label: 
Blue Note Records

10/10 wow...

Sounds Like: 
Lee Morgan(Knows exactly when to play and when to let the silence sit with you)
Sounds Like: 
Miles Davis(Innovative and intellectual)
Sounds Like: 
Chet Baker(In terms of his ability to convey intense emotion without showing off)
Sounds Like: 
John Coltrane (He just doesn't give a f**k what you think about him)
Name: 
Mark Jimenez
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Evil Invaders
Label: 
Napalm Records

1980 era sounds mixed with what appears to be Thrashmetal, Rapid glottal stops flying at you from the bridge distorter of a fender. Normally with metal I notice pronunciation and general Vocal differences, This album however has some BAD   A** Guitar Solo material from your Metal obsessed mothers wet dreams. Seriously cool this is. Basically Retro Metal with new vocal distortion, which you wouldnt think would work, BUT IT DOES!!!

Sounds Like: 
Led Zeppelin
Sounds Like: 
Dio
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Marika Hackman
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

OK while I have your attention, this album is INCREDIBLE. I have been listening to it for a week straight and I haven’t gotten tired of it.

Sounds Like: 
The Japanese House
Sounds Like: 
Frankie Cosmos
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Arch Enemy
Label: 
Trooper Records

Arch Enemy recently released their new album Will To Power on Trooper Records. The single “The World Is Yours” was released previously, and as a metalhead, it has me very excited for this new album. The melodic death metal group, fronted by one of metal’s best female vocalists Alissa White-Gluz, has really stamped their names on the metal scene. Alissa’s vocals are sounding absolutely incredible, but my favorite aspect of the track might be Jeff Loomis’ amazing guitar work.

Sounds Like: 
Amon Amarth
Sounds Like: 
The Agonist
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
August Burns Red
Label: 
Fearless Records

This song is definitely a headbanger. Off of their hihgly anticipated 7th album Phantom Anthem, this single is not a far cry from their metalcore roots. Very technical but yet has that same sound August Burns Red is known for. Overall an enjoyable song and a great introduction into their new album. The metalcore band formed in 2003 in Pennslyvania.

Sounds Like: 
Asking Alexandria
Sounds Like: 
I Killed the Prom Queen
Name: 
Jaclyn Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
L.A. Witch
Label: 
Suicide Squeeze

Sounds Like: 
Johnny Cash
Sounds Like: 
The Runaways
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Ted Leo
Label: 
Self Released

Ted Leo is a troubador of punk and hardocre in the Northeast dating back to the mid 1990's. A shit-hot guitar player, a lyricist of caustic wit and a keen ear for songwriting has made him a sort of "musician's musician" of great acclaim, but not always mainstream success.

Sounds Like: 
Thin Lizzy
Sounds Like: 
Superchunk
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Roadman Shaq
Label: 
BBC Radio 1xtra

Sounds Like: 
A Quality Meme
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
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