Artist: 
Jean Tonique
Label: 
TONIQUE Records - Grand Musique Management

Look out, French house! There is a brand new artist in town, and his name is Jean Tonique. On his debut album, the oxymoronically titled Well Mannered Frivolity, Tonique pushes the previously mentioned genre to its limits by taking different approaches to crafting his sound, and blending in other genres along the way. The result is a record that is enjoyable, and conveys a good deal of emotion.

Sounds Like: 
Daft Punk
Sounds Like: 
Justice
Sounds Like: 
Soul II Soul
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
04/10/2018
Artist: 
Vitalic
Label: 
Caroline Records

From low, high, bright, and dark, the album "Voyager" by Vitalic has all of the vibes you could imagine.  If you like diverse synth tunes and deeply energetic hits, this is an album for you.  It especially pertains to those who enjoy the electro house and synth pop genres.  This album has a track for every one of your playlists, it is very diverse.  The majority "Voyaer" and its vibe is happy and smooth, with other tracks that branch off with smooth and dark EDM tracks.  I have already recommended this album to friends of mine, a solid 8/10 rated

Sounds Like: 
Justice
Sounds Like: 
Boys Noize
Sounds Like: 
Daft Punk
Sounds Like: 
Simian Mobile Disco
Name: 
Thomas Clarkin
Date Reviewed: 
04/10/2018
Artist: 
Suicidal Tendencies
Label: 
Suicidal Records

Suicidal Tendencies put out an EP called Get Your Fight On to precede their 13th studio album. It is 10 tracks long with only 3 songs being originals, 3 songs being covers or re-recordings, and the last four are different versions of the same song. Suicidal Tendencies are an 1980 thrash band from Venice, California. Starting with a bang and a Pepsi, Suicidal rocked the metal world and enraged hundreds of teenagers. I've always loved this band and found the band influential in many ways. While I'm excited for the upcoming album, I wasn't too enthused about this EP.

Sounds Like: 
slowed down, tamer Suicidal Tendencies
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/10/2018
Artist: 
Hop Along
Label: 
Saddle Creek

Hop Along is an indie-alternative band hailing from Pennsylvania with their third album, Bark Your Head Off, Dog. For starters lead singer Frances Quinlan has one of the most unique and mesmerizing voices that I have heard in a while. It has a certain raspiness to it that makes her vocal performance on this album vulnerable when it needs to be, and assertive and kick-ass when the time calls. Another aspect about her voice that I greatly appreciated was the fact that it never got to the point of absurdity.

Sounds Like: 
Pinegrove
Sounds Like: 
Built to Spill
Sounds Like: 
Dr. Dog
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/09/2018
Artist: 
Uranium Club
Label: 
Sunbelt Chemical Corporation

Uranium Club is a punk band from Minnesota and they bring a punchy energy to this live album that was recorded in Italy. In recent months, I have found several excellent bands that have originated from Minnesota; this includes both contemporary bands like Remo Drive, and Hippo Campus, and other bands like Dillinger Four and Hüsker Dü. The concurrent theme being unique and solid punk bands stem from Minnesota, however I don’t know if there is a correlation. Uranium Club isn’t breaking any ground with this live album though.

Sounds Like: 
Hüsker Dü
Sounds Like: 
Dillinger Four
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/09/2018
Artist: 
Ihsahn
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Arcana Imperii is the first single from Ihsahn's new album Amr. Ihsahn is a metal legend, and he is well known for his work with Emperor. 

This track is a weird mix of metal and it really reminds me of Opeth at times. The song is dark but has many clean parts that are melodic and even pleasant. There is also some synth in the track that adds a cool element that is not seen often in black metal. 

Sounds Like: 
blackened opeth
Sounds Like: 
tribulation
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
04/09/2018
Artist: 
Hayley Kiyoko
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

27-year-old, singer-songwriter, actress, and dancer, Hayley Kiyoko is out with her debut album “Expectations”, released on March 30, and IT IS PERFECT.  You may know her as Stevie from the Disney channel show Wizards of Waverly Place, Stella from the Disney channel original movie Lemonade Mouth, or Velma from the live-action Scooby Doo movie. Well now she’s all grown up and blonde! I was already a big fan of hers before I knew she was coming out with an album.

Sounds Like: 
Halsey
Sounds Like: 
Janelle Monae
Sounds Like: 
Lorde
Sounds Like: 
The Aces
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2018
Artist: 
High Praise
Label: 
XVI Records

The Funkiest, Grooves to dig yourself into folks, Get in the groove, and the passage of time will be a transcendental experience for YOU, yes YOU! Really There is not much to say except for how groovy these songs are. They Emphasize four on the flour beats with Statements reminescent of SOULTRAIN, climb aboard baby. Really, the music is highly reminescent of that which the House Band for the Show SOUL TRAIN played, with an incredible RPM Twist.

Sounds Like: 
Miles Davis
Sounds Like: 
Soul Train
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
GoGo Penguin
Label: 
Blue Note Records

I would like to begin this review by stating that I am not an expert in contemporary jazz let alone jazz in general. I have listened to a few albums by some of the more well-known guys, mostly Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington, but am a tenderfoot in regard to the genre of jazz. With that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed GoGo Penguin’s most recent album, “A Humdrum Star”. What peaked my interest about this progressive jazz trio was when Mark mentioned that artists like Kendrick Lamar were inspired by what artists like GoGo Penguin was doing.

Sounds Like: 
BadBadNotGood
Sounds Like: 
Moon Hooch
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
Kaite Frank
Label: 
Quite Frankly Music/ Brass Giraffe Music

Katie Frank is a singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that recently released her first full length album “All You’ll Get From Greed”. Her style is easy to listen to pop-rock. Her sound reminds me of a generic track that you could find on Radio Disney. That is to say, this album is very beige. While listening to this album, I zoned out and went from track 2 to track 7 without noticing that I had been listening to an album. The instrumental performances are somewhat lackluster and unimaginative.

Sounds Like: 
Hannah Montana
Sounds Like: 
The Naked Brothers Band
Sounds Like: 
Radio Disney
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
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