Artist: 
Blockhead
Label: 
Young Heavy Souls Records

Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book starts with an interesting collection of phrases and questions, “Oh boy, this will be fun! I’m going to pretend to be anything I please today. And you pretend? Ride along with me. Where shall I begin?”, and a beautiful rhythmic guitar ensues, reminiscent of flamenco-esque vibes. When our Banger Queen introduced Blockhead as being “the go-to person of all things underground rap”, I had to cop.

Sounds Like: 
Moby
Sounds Like: 
Fatboy Slim
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Krooked Treez
Label: 
BNV Productions

What happens when you put Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, Sid of Slipknot, and Karim of Arise Roots? You get the amazingness that is Militant Soldier with Krooked Treez. I'm not sure how they assembled this peculiar group of people for a track, but works all to well. It opens with a very classic hip-hop beat, resembling the work of Cypress Hill. The steady brass in the beat works very nicely with the drums. Karim from Arise Roots starts off with a nice reggae sing-sound in the track. The whole track is very high energy, classic, and just dope.

Sounds Like: 
Cypress Hill
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Falling in Reverse
Label: 
Epitaph Records

A lot of magazines who reviewed this album said it was FiR's saving grace. A lot of magazines said it is the best album that FiR has put out since their first album. With all that being said, I am utterly amazed at what I listened to. FiR went from a metalcore band to the Ronnie Radke pop synth show. This isn't metal, nor is it good. The instrumentals are overpowering and bland. Ever since Falling in Reverse lost their prime guitarist, the music has faltered. This album, in my opinion, is the worst album Falling in Reverse has put out.

Sounds Like: 
Falling in Reverse
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
OVTLIVE
Label: 
Solid State Records

The band Ovtlive is one of the better metal bands I've come across, as one of the better-produced and well-developed albums, Demon Hunter, so accurately exemplifies. The album is slightly monotonous, as the tracks tend to sound similar, but each song has slight variations that make the sounds wholly unique. As I've said, the music itself is well-produced and melodic, with alternating patterns of heavy riffs and smooth vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Xmilk
Sounds Like: 
Rain on the Parade
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017

II

Artist: 
The Courtneys
Label: 
Flying Nun Records

The Courtneys are a trio from Vancouver, and the first non-Kiwi band signed to New Zealand-based Flying Nun Records, famously home to The Clean and other bands of The Dunedin Sound. I'll get this out of the way: this is one of my favorite albums this year. It's an unassuming album, there isn't necessarily anything new that's being done on II that you haven't heard before, yet the album has a way of sinking it's hooks into you.

Sounds Like: 
Flying Nun Records
Sounds Like: 
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Sounds Like: 
The Clean
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Clark
Label: 
Warp Records

Clark recently released two singles, Hoova and Peak Magnetic.

Sounds Like: 
Porter Robinson
Sounds Like: 
(Experimental) Bassnectar
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017

Froth @ Congress

I talked to Joo-Joo Ashworth and Jeremy Katz of LA-based noise-pop group, Froth. Their newest release, Outside (Briefly), has been crushing the college radio charts this semester, so it was very exciting to get to chat to them about serious subjects, such as their recording process and newly found relationship with Wichita (as well as some slightly sillier ones- namely bouncy balls and broth).

Artist: 
Tory Lanez
Label: 
Self-Released

The New Toronto 2 by Tory Lanez is definitely one of my top picks for underrated music works in the past year.  It most likely flew under people’s radar being released in December. The transitions during and between songs astounded me, so much that songs like “Talk To Me Nice/Fargo” sounds like it could be two different tracks. This style works, however, it is reminiscent of Drake and keeps the listener drawn in.

Sounds Like: 
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Sounds Like: 
Bryson Tiller
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2017
Artist: 
Dead Earth Politics
Label: 
Pavement Entertainment

The Mobius Hammersmith is Dead Earth Politics' most recent release that has five new songs on it plus two bonus tracks that are from previous EP's. After listening to this album I don't feel like I have much to say about it. I thought all of the songs were fine and I didn't end up disliking any of them. None of them really stood out from the crowd to me, but that doesn't mean they are bad. This album has unique sounding vocals that I liked that sounded kind of gravelly and rough.

Sounds Like: 
Rigor Mortis
Sounds Like: 
Child Bite
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2017
Artist: 
Trey Songz
Label: 
Self-Released

Trey Songz’s mixtape Anticipation III was released prior to Trey’s album Tremaine. The mixtape was the third work in his anticipation series. The mixtape sounds like the Trey Songz music we all know. It is good but it is lacking growth. This mixtape was a huge disappointment for me because Trey played it safe. The beats, lyric and content for each song feels like a photocopied version of one another with a slither of Photoshop.

Sounds Like: 
Jeremih
Sounds Like: 
The-Dream
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2017