Artist: 
Surf Rock Is Dead
Label: 
Native Sound

We Have No Friends? EP by duo Surf Rock is dream pop. Airy synths, vaguely distant-sounding voices and racing guitars are the main components for most of the songs on this EP, just like most other works in the dream pop genre. The two members of Surf Rock Is Dead apparently hail from Chicago and Melbourne, so I was maybe expecting something a bit more in terms of two guys from completely different parts of the globe teaming up to make a record, but I suppose it is really solid dream pop.

Sounds Like: 
Ben Gibbard
Sounds Like: 
Beach House
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
San Holo
Label: 
Columbia Records

         If I had to describe this track in the simplest of ways, I would say that it is delightfully playful like a Marshmello song. It is dead on similar with regards to the beat construction, so much so that I swear I thought I was about to hear the song "Alone" when I got to the midpoint of this track. It has a nice easy going and steady build combined with a all out I want to jump up and down drop. As I am an aspiring Mobile DJ, this is the stuff that gets me pumped like no tomorrow.

Sounds Like: 
Marshmello
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
GBH
Label: 
Hellcat Records

So! Good instrumentals for one and all, reminescent of other punk rockers like the sex pistols or more closely, the clash. That said, this specific sub genre is not my cup of tea, the production is less than what mainstream music has lead me to expect. the lyrics are well thought out and conceptually interesting, even if track twelve steals the chorus from marilyn mansons 'Three Day Bender.' the vocals though are of a lower standard than I would have expected and this is mildly grating on my expectations.

Sounds Like: 
The Clash
Sounds Like: 
The Sex Pistols
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
Hollywood Undead
Label: 
BMG Rights Management

If you are looking for a flashback to your sixth grade emo self, this is the album for you.  Rap Rock band from L.A., Hollywood Undead, is out with their new album, V. This is the epitome of emo music and if you don’t immediately think of black overdone eyeliner and hair parted way to the side when you hear this, you have been living under a rock. In my opinion, the rap sequences in all the songs are not very impressive. They also tend to like the lyrics “six feet deep” and referring to themselves.

Sounds Like: 
Deuce
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
Anti-Flag
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

This album is straight up punk. It basically sounds like other Anti-Flag records. If you are a fan of other Anti-Flag albums and punk, you will like this album. 

Sounds Like: 
The Offspring
Sounds Like: 
Green Day kinda
Sounds Like: 
Anti-Flag
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
White Wizzard
Label: 
Self Released

"Storm the Shores" by White Wizzard from their album Infernal Overdrive is a blood-pumping, metal song that even people that aren't metalheads, such as myself, can enjoy. Personally, this single brought me back to my addiction to Guitar Hero 3. Like Guitar Hero 3, this single isn't too heavy for the masses and has exciting guitar solos that anyone will naturally feel the need to air-guitar through. Wyatt Anderson's clean vocals are more suitable for non-metalheads but they still pack a punch because of their energy.

Sounds Like: 
Judas Priest - similar instrumental sounds and both heavy metal; slightly less high-pitch vocals than Judas Priest
Sounds Like: 
Iron Maiden - similar vocals and instrumental; less bass than most popular Iron Maiden songs
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Jaden Smith
Label: 
MSFTS Music

The debut album from, the man, the myth, the legend, Jaden Smith is exactly what you would expect it to be. Just like the creator of the album, "Syre" is eccentric, thought-provoking, and dynamic in style. The album focuses on philosophical topics such as the creation of man, hope, individuality, and many other topics. While some tracks such as the BLUE series are eccentric, complete with delicate piano singing from Willow, other tracks like "Breakfast" are hip-hop.

Sounds Like: 
Kevin Abstract - both are alt. rappers but Abstract is less genre fluid as this album
Sounds Like: 
A$AP Rocky - both know how to work a hook but, once again, less hip-hop influence as A$AP
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Broke Royals
Label: 
Nada Recording Studio

Broke Royals' Broke Royals, was definitely one of the good surprises I found. All these songs were so fun and easy to follow along! "Falling Up" was the first song I listened to and it made such a big impact on me, with the upbeat and fun lyrics. "As Long As I Can See" is my favorite song and it sounds like a slower, club remix with easy to follow lyrics. "Higher" starts off slow but gradually builds up to the chorus, getting more and more energetic, whereas "On My Way" comes off strong but both of these song lyrics here are adorable.

Sounds Like: 
We The Kings
Sounds Like: 
Lost Kings
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
Bless These Sounds Under The City
Label: 
Chase Park Transduction

Bless These Sounds Under The City's On The Brink of Life, consists of many hypnotic kind of songs. "The Sleeping 8" is the first song of the album and it gives off a very haunting but inviting vibe. "A Clever Disguise" is a fun, upbeat softer rap and "An Iridescent Aura" is one of the many spellbinding pieces that could be heard in a winter musical. "Warming The Frozen Star" is my favorite song of this album with the clear vocals featuring the nice strumming of the guitar.

Sounds Like: 
MUSE
Sounds Like: 
Radiohead
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2017
Artist: 
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Label: 
ATO Records

If you read my previous review about Ora Cogan's Crickets, you know I talked about how songs on the album blended into one another and as a result didn't sound like an albuum with separate tracks, but one whole orchestral piece with slightly diffferent movements. The same thing goes for this album. If I had to pick one word to describe this album it would be "urgency." Everything about the fast paced, crazy guitar whirls makes this album a very pressing listen.

Sounds Like: 
Oh Sees
Sounds Like: 
The Murlocs