Artist: 
Beach Fossils
Label: 
Bayonet

I've enjoyed much of the work that Beach Fossils have put out before, and this lead single from their upcoming album Somersault is no exception. The verse is pretty catchy and is laden with some nice jangly guitar chords and lowkey vocal delivery, however the shift in the drums on the chorus kind of lost me and I didn't enjoy it as much. Immediately after the first chorus is where the song really grabbed me though, a really lush string section kicks in after the chorus that compliments the rest of the arrangement nicely and is overall pretty awesome.

Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Surfer Blood
Name: 
Ale
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Roy Woods
Label: 
OVO Sound/Warner Bros. Records

Nocturnal is a cohesive album that displays the music and artistry of Roy Woods that listeners love. The soft moody beats coincide with Roy Wood’s rapping. The lyrics vary from talking about sex, love, haters, and growing as an artist. However, he mostly talks about relationships or interactions with the opposite sex. His song “Love You”, gets really personal into a presumed breakup with the regret and sorrow that comes with it. Strong correlations can be made from Nocturnal to other Toronto artists like Drake and Tory Lanez.

Sounds Like: 
Bryson Tiller
Sounds Like: 
Tory Lanez
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Jungle Fire
Label: 
Nacional Records

Jambu by Jungle Fire was underwhelming. It infuses Afro-Latin sounds and beats that captivate the listener in the first few songs. However, there isn’t much growth or variation throughout the rest of the album. Listening to Jambu is similar to what one would here on a 70s action movie score. It’s catchy, but only for a little while before it starts to sound the same again. “Cumbia De Sal” was the only song to breakout from the mold. The song was a combination of the beats, cumbia rhythms and children singing lyric throughout the song. 

Sounds Like: 
The Funk Ark
Sounds Like: 
Vaudou
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
RAC (Ft. Rostam)
Label: 
Counter Records

The track starts of pretty slow, as if you are drifting in thought--much like the narrator/singer thinking back on a nightmare/ "dream [he] had last night." Then the beat drops and pace is faster and now you are singing and dancing to this sad yet nostalgic song. It's so easy to listen to and immediately grips your attention with the meticulous mixing  that perfectly accompanies the vocals. 

RAC can be an inspiration to us all as he too was just a college kid like us, passionate about music.

Sounds Like: 
Vampire Weekend
Sounds Like: 
Passion Pit
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017

The Maine Interview

The day of The Maine's show in Tucson, I met up with Tim, the band's manager who led me onto their tour bus where I met with vocalist, John O' Callaghan and bassist, Garrett Nickelsen. They took the time to answer my questions regarding their current tour, The Lovely Little Lonely World Tour, their newest album, Lovely Little Lonely, and their strangest fan experience.

 

Artist: 
Brandon Can't Dance
Label: 
Lucky Number Music Limited

Brandon Can’t Dance’s album, Graveyard of Good Times is characterized by a unique collection of melancholic and upbeat, catchy songs. The variation between tracks definitely contributed to my appreciation of the album. Sometimes alternative music in this style can become redundant and mundane; however, this record varied in tone and overall rhythmic style, keeping me interested and engaged. There was a combination of tracks with electro-pop sounding rhythms as well as some that were more punk or indie rock.

Sounds Like: 
Car Seat Headrest
Sounds Like: 
Alex G
Name: 
Sophia Courtney
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2017

Phoenix Lights 2017

Acts: 
Griz
Acts: 
Above & Beyond
Acts: 
Tiƫsto
Acts: 
Alesso
Acts: 
Zeds Dead
Acts: 
STS9
Acts: 
21 Savage
Acts: 
Vince Staples
Acts: 
Keys N Krates
Concert Date: 
Sat, 04/08/2017
Location: 
Rawhide Western Town and Event Center

Phoenix Lights was quite the event. All of the sets were marvelous, and the production value was so good it was almost gratuitous. Even with the last minute venue change, everything flowed very smoothly. It’s a testament to Relentless Beats’s commitment to Arizona EDM that they were able to make the festival go so well after a monkey-wrench like the venue change. The sets were staggered so that my friends and I were able to see a diverse mix of music, and this definitely came off as a marquee event.

Reviewer: 
Will Fotter
Artist: 
Kobra and the Lotus
Label: 
Napalm Records

Kobra and the Lotus is a female fronted metal band (lead singer Kobra Paige). Their third album, High Priestess, rocked hard - I downloaded it to my iPod. Their EP Words of the Prophet was good too. Now the seven year old band is working on a new album I, Prevail expected to come out later this year. This is the single for that album and "You Don't Know" is definitely a different path for this band. They've progressively gotten softer and softer in terms of music. The vocals have always been clean, Paige never screamed or growled.

Sounds Like: 
Evanescence
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2017
Artist: 
Here Lies Man
Label: 
RidingEasy Records

So this is an interesting album. Here Lies Man put out what appears to be their first album "Here Lies Man" on RidingEasy Records and I would say this is a really experimental album. I label this world/jazz because it has a jazz feel - something like a jazz jam session. There are huge indie rock influences though. Between the distorted guitars and the fuzzy male vocals, one could make the argument that this is a jazz influenced garage rock band.

Sounds Like: 
lots of noise. distorted guitars.
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2017
Artist: 
Here Lies Man
Label: 
RidingEasy Records

So this is an interesting album. Here Lies Man put out what appears to be their first album "Here Lies Man" on RidingEasy Records and I would say this is a really experimental album. I label this world/jazz because it has a jazz feel - something like a jazz jam session. There are huge indie rock influences though. Between the distorted guitars and the fuzzy male vocals, one could make the argument that this is a jazz influenced garage rock band.

Sounds Like: 
lots of noise. dist