Artist: 
Rae Sremmurd
Label: 
Eardruma Records/Interscope Records

"T'd Up" is the first single that was released off Rae Sremmurd's newest and longest project, thus far, aka SR3MM. Their newest album is said to be a "three-disc set" which combines Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi's solo projects along with an album featuring the duo. Their decision to release this single as a preview of the whole album may not have been the greatest of ideas. The track is a basic Rae Sremmurd song which one can usually expect from them.

Sounds Like: 
Migos
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert
Name: 
Nayla Acosta
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Loma
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

One might be thinking how a band with no previously released music signed and released their debut self-titled with Sub Pop Records.

Sounds Like: 
Fleet Foxes
Sounds Like: 
Iron & Wine
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Virtual Self (aka Porter Robinson)
Label: 
Virtual Self

Virtual Self has tracks with satisfying beats and energetic sound.  This EP was produced by Porter Robinson, famous for tracks like “Shelter” and “Sad Machine”.  This time, he is switching it up again with the vibes of 90’s and early 2000’s EDM tracks.  It includes tracks that can help you chill, like “Ghost Voices” and tracks that should be in the soundtrack for inspirational movies like “EON BREAK”!

Sounds Like: 
Porter Robinson
Sounds Like: 
Jai Wolf
Sounds Like: 
LIONE
Sounds Like: 
Armin Van Buuren
Sounds Like: 
Jordan Suckley
Name: 
Thomas Clarkin
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas
Label: 
Self-Release

Psychedelic Rock band, Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas just started performing in 2016. This album sounds like a score to a movie. Which I guess is what they were going for so … nailed it? Because this album is so score-like I don’t know for what occasion you would play this ever. It’s definitely background music. It honestly reminds me of the Lost Episode of Spongebob where there is only a cycle of walking sequences. Now that said, it has a really good sound. It can be repetitive at times and is mainly lead by a high-pitched guitar in each song.

Sounds Like: 
A Tarentino Movie
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Ought
Label: 
Constellation Records

Ought’s 3rd album titled “Room Inside the World” is absolutely fantastic. 2018 so far has been a little bit dry from an alternative perspective, but this is the first Indie album of this year that is an actual competitor. From start to finish this album has everything an Indie rock fan could possibly want. Fantastic vocals, great guitar work, and interesting instrumentals. Tim Darcy’s voice is unique and he makes sure that every track sounds a little bit different.

Sounds Like: 
iceage
Sounds Like: 
Savages
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018

OMW

Artist: 
Gisto
Label: 
Historical Records

The Canadian-based rapper Gisto has recently come out with his 3rd album “OMW” and let me tell you, It’s pretty interesting. When you cue up the CD and listen to the first two tracks, you finally arrive to the third song titled “All by Myself”. This track blends together synthetic dub beats, drums, and a little bit of piano. It gives off this worldly vibe that is fairly interesting. All the songs on this album make it very hard to figure out what genre Gisto is trying to peruse.

Sounds Like: 
Damien Marley
Sounds Like: 
Juakali
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Calexico
Label: 
Anti Records

Calexico’s ninth studio album, “The Thread That Keep Us” is excellent. I HIGHLY recommend. This local Arizona band formed in 1996 has some great southwestern and Latin influence in an indie rock album. This is the kind of content happy music that you make waves with your hand out the window of a car to. Tracks go from relaxing to more upbeat and danceable. Vocals range between smoky and in the slightest bit raspy to a smooth and high sound between the two singers, Joey Burns and Jacob Valenzuela.

Sounds Like: 
Giant Sand (but better)
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Starcrawler
Label: 
Rough Trade Records

This LA-based band's self-titled album is a blend of different types of genres and feels like getting hit by a train from beginnning to end, in a good way though. This band will blow you out of the water with their short songs full of raw originality. It is filled with eccentric rock'n'roll guitar riffs accompanied by Arrow de Wilde and Henri Cash's sweet ass vocals. I promise that this album will take you on a trip.

Sounds Like: 
The Offspring
Sounds Like: 
Stooges
Sounds Like: 
Nirvana
Name: 
Nayla Acosta
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
RIDE
Label: 
Wichita Records

I have not listened to RIDE's other music prior to this review, but I think after this EP I may have to give it a shot. When I picked up this album I was simply expecting a decent shoegaze album, but Tomorrow's Shore managed to surprise me. While I expected something more along the lines of My Bloody Valentine, I got more MGMT; and where I was expecting the heavier and droning guitars of shoegaze I got expansive-sounding and lush soundscapes. Is shoegaze having its Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century moment? If so, I'm digging it.

Sounds Like: 
MGMT but maybe a bit more shoegaze-y
Sounds Like: 
My Bloody Valentine but if they collaborated with Daft Punk
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
MGMT
Label: 
Columbia Records

In 2013, MGMT released their third album, self-titled, which divided fans and critics. Afterwards, the band went on a four-year hiatus and only began to release new music again back in October. Now, MGMT is back with their long-awaited fourth studio album, Little Dark Age. The question that may be on everyone's minds is: was it worth the wait? After listening to this album, I think it most certainly was.

Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
Peter Bjorn and John
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
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