Amanda's SXSW Day 2

Acts: 
Reality Bytes
Acts: 
The Light of the Moon
Acts: 
improv4Humans
Acts: 
Above Average Live
Concert Date: 
Mon, 03/13/2017
Location: 
SXSW

Today is the day we can finally go pick up our wristbands! I wanted to get there early because I was worried we would have to wait in line, but the people at SXSW are so organized that it was such an easy process and I didn’t even have to wait. When you pick up your wristband, they give you a pamphlet that lets you know all of the venues you can get into and what shows are being played throughout the whole week, and it was a great resource to have on me.

Reviewer: 
Amanda Chesin
Artist: 
Mastodon
Label: 
Reprise Records

Emperor of Sand is a flurry of great guitar riffs and beautiful drumming. The first two songs and more pop sounding and would work well for a standard radio station. The vocals are more high pitched with clean, simple instrumental accompaniment behind it. As the album progresses though, it gets darker, sludgier, and heavier. This album has something for every kind of metal fan. It feels great to have new Mastodon music, and this album doesn't disappoint. All of the songs are FCC clean and there really isn't a bad song on this album.

Sounds Like: 
Cult of Luna
Sounds Like: 
Neurosis
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
05/23/2017
Artist: 
Anal Trump
Label: 
self-released

This is a grindcore album. It sounds like grindcore. That is, noisy and loud and you can't even really tell what's going on at all. ALso the whole album is like a minute and a half long. The name of the band is a clear reference to another famous grindcore band whose name I don't think I'm allowed to say here. The true artistry of this album is in the song titles, which are hilarious. Some of my favorites, in no particular order, are: Christian Discount, The ACLU Is Gay!, Let's See Some ID, and If It's Alright With Putin.

Sounds Like: 
Anal C*nt
Sounds Like: 
Brutal Truth
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
05/03/2017
Artist: 
Andrew Joslyn
Label: 
Lux Finite

I haven't heard anything like this before, but this is the kind of music that I've been looking for for a long time. Have you ever wondered to yourself "What if Elanor Rigby had drums too?" Because that's basically what this album sounds like. And it rocks. THe songs all consist of some orchestral instrumentation with sampled beats played underneath and a guest vocalist singing. A lot of the beats sound vintage and old school, really boom bap and remind me of golden age hip hop. The vocals are all sung instead of rapped but still this album is awesome.

Sounds Like: 
Shelby Earl
Sounds Like: 
Elanor Rigby with hip hop beats
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
05/03/2017
Artist: 
The Buttertones
Label: 
Innovative Leisure

I love this album. A lot of it sounds just like old school surf rock from California in the '60s, but there are some more modern songwriting techniques and production sensibilities on this thing. The songs are all upbeat and have a bit of a punk edge, and the inclusion of a saxophone in the band sets it apart from pretty much anything else I've listened to. The whole thing is super fun and well-written.

Sounds Like: 
The SUrfaris
Sounds Like: 
Dick Dale
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
05/03/2017
Artist: 
HEALTH
Label: 
Concord

This newest remix album from LA-based experimental electronic band HEALTH was something I was really excited for, as I have enjoyed releases from HEALTH for quite some time now, but I gotta say I am let down by this one. HEALTH's formula usually revolved around dissonant noise and electronics laid overtop some pounding and rhythmic dance beats, but they seem to have gotten rid of that formula on this release. Maybe it's the fault of the artists who are remixing these tracks, but there is seldom a dance beat to  be found on this album.

Sounds Like: 
Liars
Sounds Like: 
Cold Cave
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
05/03/2017
Artist: 
Desiigner
Label: 
UMG Recordings

Desiigner redeems himself after a devastating flop on his latest album New English. It's a good step up from what he's released, more of that hype, and hard beats. HE keeps the flows fresh, and maintains the signature sound he had you hooked on from the release of Panda. Instrumentals, could have been better, but I think the verses make up for it. You wont be dissapointed with these tracks. Definately radio worthy, hopefully they can be cleaned in time for play 

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Ferg
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
04/28/2017
Artist: 
Joey Bada$$
Label: 
Pro Era

Few rappers in the realm of popular music are as serious about their art as a technical skill as Joey Bada$$. Hip Hop is not an image to Joey B, the 22 year old rapper believes in the ability of the art form to truly take the listener to a different place.

Sounds Like: 
Tupac Shakur
Sounds Like: 
Nas
Name: 
Mark Jimenez
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Trey Songz
Label: 
Warner Music Group

This album has sensual written all over it. If you're making love tonight, this is the album to help put things in the mood. It's like the modern day Berry White. This is the smoothest and silkiest RnB album today. Trey Songz making me feel some type of way while I type and listen to this. It's soft and smooth, but Trey remains in his strong manly voice. He ain't shy like Drake, he doesn't need to be hard, but he can if he wants too. Excellent album if you're into him and his stuff, there has to be one song on here that is radio worthy. 

Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sou