Artist: 
Aquaserge
Label: 
CRAMMED DISCS

Aquaserge plays Zeuhl-influenced music. Zeuhl is a combination of Jazz and Progressive Rock, invented by French-Prog band Magma in the 1970s and sung in a made up language called Kobaïan. It's pretty much the most niche genre to ever exist (wikipedia lists 8 other Zeuhl bands total) but it's also very memorable. I can't find anything online to back up my assertion, but they have to be a little influenced by it.

Sounds Like: 
Magma
Sounds Like: 
Serge Gainsbourg
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Sounds Like: 
Stereolab
Sounds Like: 
Fela Kuti
Sounds Like: 
Fire! Orchestra
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
Xiu Xiu
Label: 
Polyvinyl

Xiu Xiu has always straddled the line between noise and pop. They've covered Nick Cave, Rihanna, and "Under Pressure" with Michael Gira (Swans). They've collaborated with Merzbow, Deerhoof, Devendra Banhart, Dirty Beaches, Grouper, and more. They've done an album of Nina Simone covers and reinterpreted the Twin Peaks soundtrack. They've even composed songs with a Nintendo DS. If you're unfamiliar with their work, they basically do everything, they always make it sound like Xiu Xiu, and I find that admirable.

Sounds Like: 
Future Islands
Sounds Like: 
Deerhoof
Sounds Like: 
Prurient
Sounds Like: 
Dirty Beaches
Name: 
Andrew Boring.
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
Zeal and Ardor
Label: 
MVKA Records

Zeal and Ardor has been described as slave folk metal, folk mixed with black metal, and more. I think the slave narrative mixed with black metal with rpm influences is more accurate. However you want to describe this album, it’s beautiful. A lot of metal albums aren’t beautiful, they’re brutal, rough, adrenaline kicking and more. But this is chilling and empowering. This metal blends so well with the folk that you almost forget that its two different genres. The rpm is not distracting or overpowering, it adds to the creepy yet intriguing beauty of this album.

Sounds Like: 
slave narratives mixed with black metal and folk
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
Body Count
Label: 
Century Media Records

Body Count is a metal group founded by rap phenomenon Ice-T and they aren’t necessarily known for being the heaviest, most skilled or most polished metal group. This track “No Lives Matter” though… this is something that changes all those preconceived ideas about Body Count. First off: this is a really well done metal track, plain and simple. But the message and the execution of it gives you chills. Ice-T raps over the slam metal track and it fits perfectly. This is a mosh pit song. This is a song that will change and influence a generation.

Sounds Like: 
Ice-T
Sounds Like: 
rap metal
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
CastleComer
Label: 
Self-Released

Castlecomer’s self-released All of The Noise EP is your alternative pop fix. This band reminds me a lot of Bad Suns and Two Door Cinema Club, super poppy beats with cool electric guitar riffs.

Sounds Like: 
Bad Suns
Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Mannequin Pussy
Label: 
Audiotree Live

Romantic by Mannequin pussy is at it's core an 'art-rock' album. The album featuring wailing, distorted guitar tones with plenty of low end, tight and sporadic bass grooves, cascading pounding drums, and screamed vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Perfect Pussy
Sounds Like: 
The Pixies
Sounds Like: 
Nirvana
Name: 
Zekeriya Efe
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Mila J
Label: 
Self-released

        "MILAULONGTIME" is Mila J's 7-track Valentines Day mixtape. Although it's a Valentines drop, the songs are pretty diverse in moods. The opening track MOVE is a trap banger with that 'fuck the haters' type of vibe. FUCKBOY is a funky r&b song, probably holds the record for r&b song with the most f-bombs. YESTERDAY is a trap ballad featuring I.Rich.

Sounds Like: 
Kehlani
Sounds Like: 
Jhene Aiko
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Ex Deo
Label: 
Napalm Records

Of the album's I've looked at this semester, this is by far one of the heaviest. My initial attraction was for the appeal to Roman antiquity, and I was gratified when I heard the opening chords of heavy, bloodthirsty, and war-driving music. The lyrical content is based around the concept of Roman warriors during the times of antiquity, and the heavy, incessant riffs give one the feeling of being on the battlefield.

Sounds Like: 
Kataklysm
Sounds Like: 
Alestorm
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Young Dolph
Label: 
Paper Route Empire

Adolph "Young Dolph" Thorton released his new mixtape "Gelato" the day after releasing Play Wit Yo Bitch, a Yo Gotti diss track. The 11-track mixtape begins with title track Gelato and ends with the You Gotti diss track. The features on this record blend well with Young Dolph's trap style. Wiz Khalifa is featured on On the River.

Sounds Like: 
Migos
Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Sampha
Label: 
Young Turks

You have may have heard him on his collaborations with Drake's