Artist: 
King Khan
Label: 
Khaniballism

King Khan is our generation's Iggy Pop. In my few encounters with the mythical Khan, he has worn leather bondage, worn a necklace of shrimp, and shoved a microphone down his pants and swung it at my head. Mysterious stangers have whispered to me that these are tame experiences with the King.

Sounds Like: 
The Stones circa Beggars Banquet
Sounds Like: 
Mark Sultan
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017

Tuned Out Tour

Acts: 
Party Favor
Acts: 
KRANE
Acts: 
TWO OWLS
Concert Date: 
Fri, 10/13/2017
Location: 
Rialto Theatre

There's nothing like escaping the stress of studying for exams like heading down to the Rialto for a night of great music. We arrived right in the middle of the opener, TWO OWLS's set, and we're welcomed with bangers after bangers. I had never heard of the LA-based electronic duo before this initial experience, but I was pleasantly surprised by the environment they were creating from the start. They played lots of hard, dubstep-influenced tracks that got the fairly small initial crowd charged with energy, even to the point of a few mosh pits breaking out.

Reviewer: 
Zack Estes
Artist: 
Raoul Bjorkenheim & eCsTaSy
Label: 
Cuneiform Records

From the first mind bending track to the last of Raoul Bjorkenheim and quartet eCsTaSy’s Doors of Perception

Sounds Like: 
BADBADNOTGOOD (ish, mainly the drumming and guitar)
Sounds Like: 
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Wyclef Jean
Label: 
Columbia Records
Wyclef Jean’s “Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee” released this past September comes as the latest installment in his Carnival Trilogy. The rapper-singer-producer's newest album contains a variety of global (even cosmic) sounds featuring a diverse collection of features.
 
Sounds Like: 
Fugees
Sounds Like: 
Mase
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Shijo X
Label: 
Planetary Group
With the release of their latest album, "Odd Times", Shijo X has continued to define their signature sounds and personal mark through their album. The album is their third and their most mature, as they keep the integrity of their experimental sound within a more refined structure. 
 
Sounds Like: 
Bjork
Sounds Like: 
La Femme
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Ethnic Fluency
Label: 
N/A

This single, found on soundcloud, is by a hip-hop duo from Los Angeles. The beat and their voices are nice but the lyrics and melodies sound amateurish. They use a mostly melodic rap style. Some of rhymes sound like a kid wrote them. There’s one part where it sounds like they’re trying to have a bridge but the beat stays the same and the vocals kind off clash with it. Despite the awkward lyrics and forced melodies there are some parts where you can hear a good song hidden within.

Sounds Like: 
Logic
Name: 
Madeline Friberg-Landon
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Ozy Reigns
Label: 
Self-Released
After a brief hiatus from his last LP, Ozy Reigns has come out with the wide-ranging, EP, "Sunborn". Reigns states the EP is "a dedication to all who strive to live their dreams", as the EP works to inspire the struggles of the hustlers and dreamers around the world. It's demonstrated with the EP's alternative hip-hop vibes, perhaps straying from the mainstream, but more personal and meaningful for the audiences who are listening. 
 
Sounds Like: 
Mos Def
Sounds Like: 
Talib Kweli
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
The Unguided
Label: 
Napalm Records

The Unguided in the Album “And the Battle Royale” starts with a heavy lines and ends with one. This band has come from Sweden with melodic, smashing hooklines that set up the remaining album for some great melodies and vocals that both emphasize and support the thrilling guitar lines. Though this sub-genre of Metal is generally not my “cup of tea”, I found my post-punk ears perking up to the subtle electronic and garage influences that are slipped between the power metal chords and the death metal singing that ups the energy of the entire album.

Sounds Like: 
Escape The Fate
Sounds Like: 
Zardonic
Name: 
Brendan Bogar
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Lindstrøm
Label: 
Feedelity, Smalltown Supersound

 

 

Although I've been a fan of Scandanavian/Nordic electronic music for quite some time, I went into reviewing this album having never listened to Lindstrom before. I can say with a great deal of confidence that, having listen through the whomle album (several times now, in fact), I've come out the other side a strong fan of Lindstrøm.

Sounds Like: 
Royksopp
Sounds Like: 
Prins Thomas
Sounds Like: 
Byorn Torske
Name: 
Chris ewing
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Sadgirl
Label: 
Hard Feelings Records

Sadgirl recently released a Volume Three Point Five album, which is a compilation of older songs, packaged with a different cd cover.

Sounds Like: 
The Buttertones
Sounds Like: 
King Khan
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
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