Artist: 
DROELOE
Label: 
bitbird

Back in January, DROELOE released a single called "Backbone", a dance track that mixed minimalist beats with a complex chorus, and delivered a "tough love" message. Now DROELOE is back with "Many Words", a new single that takes their music in a different direction than their previous effort, and shows that they are not held down by only one style.

Sounds Like: 
San Holo
Sounds Like: 
WRLD
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
Daniel Avery
Label: 
Mute Records

Remember that movie Tron? The one with Jeff Bridges? It had a lot of electronic music by Daft Punk? This album is just like that. The majority of the songs on this album could be the musical score of some movie, it has that vibe to it. Also, it would be ideal music for video games. Some songs have beats that are on a continuous loop and it kind of sounded repetitive because the songs are long, but you might like it. They are nice beats and dreamy beats. Recommend if you want something to listen to to help you fall asleep.

Sounds Like: 
Tron: Legacy Soundtrack by Daft Punk
Name: 
Sommer Yazzie
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
Kataklysm
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Canadian Death Metal band Kataklysm returns with a new single off of their upcoming 13th studio album Meditations. The new single Guillotine is already setting a really high bar for the album. This song is just downright dirty and evil. Between the dirty chugging verse riff and the melodic but intense chorus, this song has everything a Melodeath fan would hope for. Maurizio Iacono's vocals are sounding as aggressive as ever, and the guitar and drum work is outstanding.

Sounds Like: 
Hypocracy
Sounds Like: 
As I Lay Dying
Sounds Like: 
Six Feet Under
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
Burn the Priest
Label: 
Epic Records

Lamb of God has revived their alternate persona band Burn the Priest for their new covers album Legion: XX. This new single is "a high speed rendition of Accused's crossover thrash classic 'Inherit the Earth'" featured in the article Rolling Stones article "Lamb of God Revive Burn the Priest Moniker for New Covers Album". I really liked this single, I feel like it was heavy but artistic. This is also a cover song and I thought they did a great job keeping the essence of the song but making it also new and unique. 

Sounds Like: 
Lamb of God
Sounds Like: 
A Secret Death
Sounds Like: 
Band of Death
Name: 
Jaclyn Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018

Phoenix Lights 2018

Acts: 
Martin Garrix
Acts: 
Gucci Mane
Acts: 
Seven Lions
Acts: 
Wuki
Acts: 
Metroboomin
Acts: 
Boombox Cartel
Acts: 
GTA
Acts: 
Diplo
Concert Date: 
Sat, 04/07/2018
Location: 
Rawhide Event Center, Chandler

Having been a 2-time veteran of the previous Phoenix Lights festivals, I thought I knew what to expect coming into this year’s installment.

Reviewer: 
Richard Alex Wong
Artist: 
Danny Watts
Label: 
Authors / The Order Label

Black Boy Meets World is Huston rapper Danny Watts first studio album. Ex Costco employee, Watts decided he was meant for bigger things and didn’t want to be stocking shelves forever. He took to sound cloud, met a few other rappers, moved to L.A., and the rest is history.  Black Boy Meets World is extremely well done and deserves way more attention than its getting. Watts has only been in the game for about two years and I feel as if he is already mastering the dark/alternative hip- hop genre.

Sounds Like: 
Ameer Vann
Sounds Like: 
Tyler, the Creator
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
J.I.D.
Label: 
Interscope Records

The Never Story by Atlanta rapper J. I. D. (Destin Route) is interesting to say the least. After a slew of singles, J.I.D. decided that it was time to make his first full length album. For someone who has never previously heard of this Atlanta rapper before, I feel as if The Never Story was a great introduction to Route’s interesting rap style. Route’s vocals vary from track to track, but usually he raps in an odd higher pitch voice which can be compared to Kendrick Lamar’s vocals in the back half of the insanely popular track “m.A.A.d city”.

Sounds Like: 
Isaiah Rashad
Sounds Like: 
J. Cole
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
I'm With Her
Label: 
I'm With Her

I'm With Her is a female folk trio composed of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aofie O'Donovan. The album "See You Around" is a proper demonstration of their beautiful harmonies and ability to add a bite into their delicate folk tunes. I was first introduced to I'm With Her with their song "I-89." The song starts with a cool bassline tied in with O'Donovan's delicate voice. It didn't scare me off for being folk because I'm With Her are masters at making folk have character.

Sounds Like: 
Brandi Carlile - Strong, female folk singers that are masters at emotion. Carlile is a bit more rock/country influenced however.
Sounds Like: 
The Wailin' Jennys - Another female trio with amazing harmonies but purely acapella (no delicate folk instrumentals like I'm With Her)
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2018
Artist: 
Lil Yachty
Label: 
Quality Control Music

Lil Yachty's newest album Lil Boat 2 is probably what you imagine when you think of Lil Yachty. The album doesn't expand upon the popular rapper's repertoire. Auto-tune is heavy, the beats are repetitive, and the verses are mumble rap. This doesn't necessarily mean that I dislike Lil Boat 2 but it does get exhausting listening to what feels like the same song over and over again.

Sounds Like: 
Migos - Quavo and Offset are both on this album and the beat of "TALK TO ME NICE" is just like something off of Culture
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert - Autotune singing and mumble rapping. A bit darker sounding than Uzi though
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2018
Artist: 
Escape the Fate
Label: 
Better Noise Records

Escape the Fate is back with some more metalcore. This album is pretty generic, metalcore often suffers from sounding the same. The album isn't bad, but it definitely doesn't break any new ground. It is very similar to much of the band's other work.

Sounds Like: 
Falling in Reverse
Sounds Like: 
Escape the Fate
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2018
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