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
Artist: 
Tasha the Amazon
Label: 
The Truth Music Group

Tasha the Amazon’s debut album Die Every Day is definitely an interesting listen. A Canadian rapper and she is not shying away from the intensity or the fresh beats of the Canadian rappers before her. Her lyrics are more intense as if she is trying to prove herself on the rap scene, which is understandable as an upcoming female artist. In the song prayer we see this in the lyrics like,

 

Sounds Like: 
Tru Fam
Sounds Like: 
Audra the Rapper
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2017

A R I Z O N A Interview - 4/25/2017

DJ Kira Kat got to chat on the phone with A R I Z O N A -- the band, not the state.