Artist: 
King Parrot
Label: 
Housecore records

Be careful when playing this record, The tracks are hard to understand and the track order is messed up wherever you look. do not play more than one song from it at any given time, or you could wind up accidentally playing a song that uses 'Cunt' 'Piss' or 'Arse' that only a few listeners will understand.

Sounds Like: 
Blood Duster
Sounds Like: 
Cattle Decapitation
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Leprous
Label: 
InsideOut Records

This Norwegian metal band has been around for over a decade, but their latest album is significantly less metal than previous ones. I found this in the alt box, and I believe it could probably go in either category. It's not screamy or heavy metal, it's almost electronic in some ways? The background music on some of the tracks reminds me of the electronic feel of the Foals album from last year. 

Sounds Like: 
Evanescence if the singer was a dude
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Raised on TV
Label: 
Self-released

Self-described as "Sounds of SoCal, soaring arena riffs, dreamy melodies, catchy anthem-like hooks," Raised on TV's first album is an experience from beginning to end. With ballads like "Goodnight Summer" and rocking tracks like "Age of Information," this album has something for everyone. It's light rock, just a nice album to listen to. The vocals sound like blink-182 to me, but this album adds in harmonies that really make it something different and unique.

Sounds Like: 
Blink-182 (but less angsty)
Sounds Like: 
Death Cab For Cutie
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Vhäldemar
Label: 
Fighter Records

This band is really good. Vhäldemar released their fourth full length album off of Fighter Records "Against All Kings". This sounds like Rush in the best possible way. Its classic heavy metal and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this album. This will appeal to a lot of younger individuals into classic rock and the older generations. The vocals are strong with really decent screams, similar to Slayer. Super tight guitar riffs and typical thrash/heavy metal guitar solos appear in this album.

Sounds Like: 
Rush
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
MELT
Label: 
Danger Collective/Topsheld

Unsurprisingly, MELT is an emo band from New Jersey (because where else do they come from?), but surprisingly they have an interesting take on the genre that stands out from so many other bands that all just sound like each other. Riffer, clocking in at just under-half-an-hour is a neat little album that I think lives up to its goal as printed on the information sticker - to give "an update to early Aughts' emo." Taking the rushing and kick-start instrumentation from older music, but pairing it with toned-down and flatline vocals gives Riffer <

Sounds Like: 
You Blew It!
Sounds Like: 
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Sounds Like: 
90's alt rock
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Career Crooks
Label: 
URBNET communications Inc / Fontana North

 

  The album contains rich thick beats complimented by deep baritone voices spitting lyrical raps with high vocabulary. 

Sounds Like: 
Immortal Technique
Sounds Like: 
Thirsting Howl The 3rd, Fly Anakin, Aesop Rock
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Alice Glass
Label: 
Loma Vista

It's been three years since former Crystal Castles vocalist and co-founder Alice Glass departed from the beloved electronic group to embark on her solo career. After the release of a few singles ("Stillbirth", "Without Love"), Glass surprised dropped her first extended play and formal release, rightfully self-titled Alice Glass. Although there are definitely some Crystal Castles influences here, fans will be surprised to find some surprising new elements that can be heard in the EP.

Sounds Like: 
Crystal Castles
Sounds Like: 
Death Grips
Sounds Like: 
Grimes
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
E Grizzly
Label: 
E Grizzly ( self released )

   If you're looking for radio rap or trash rap this is the album for you. Filled with catchy immoral phrases about getting money and the non existence of love and the "game." This album does have banging beats, however the lyrics and general vibe leaves one feeling like something is missing. If you look at the cover and read some of the quotes and you like the hypocritical statements listed there - pop it in!

Sounds Like: 
More lyrical lil oozie vert
Sounds Like: 
not so good Gift of Gab or Too Short
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Spike Wilner Trio
Label: 
Cellar Live

Spike Wilner is not only a Jazz godfather he is a virtuoso with fingers that move over the ivory keys like an arachnid over a silk web. Spike has woven this post-bop Kind of Blue web over decades of religious jazz appreciation and original creative cultivation.

Sounds Like: 
Thelonious Monk
Sounds Like: 
Gerald Clayton
Name: 
Mark Jimenez
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Joy Downer
Label: 
Joy Downer

"Radio Dreamer" by Joy Downer is the work of married couple Joy Bishop and Jeff Downer. It's a dreamwave EP of just five songs, featuring Joy's saccharine voice floating over pop beats and bouncy drums. It's a mix of Lana Del Rey, CHVRCHES, and Soren Bryce.

Sounds Like: 
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Sounds Like: 
CHVRCHES
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017