Artist: 
The Fratellis
Label: 
Cooking Vinyl

Being the Fratelli's latest release, this album is pretty good. It has a fratelli's sound, somewhat edgy, cabaret-esque sound. The album art is super cool, and the album's sound matches. It is something more polished than their old stuff, definitely sounding less garage-rock-y and sounds like the product of experienced, well-established musicians. The songs range from upbeat, to slow, and are all guitar heavy with fun and interesting lyrics. The songs are very catchy, with deep, slow, heavy beats.

Sounds Like: 
The Libertines
Sounds Like: 
Franz Ferdinand
Name: 
Jessica Murray
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2018
Artist: 
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Label: 
Elektra Records

I heard "Hide" at first and didn't know that RKS had released a new album. I was so happy when I clicked the icon and found the entire album. I was even happier after listening to it a few times. In How to: Friend, Love, Freefall, RKS is able to blend poetry with upbeat, urgent rhythms and melodies. Sam Melo, the lead vocalist, showcases his gripping, throaty and raspy voice, particularly in "Fever Pitch," which is one of my favorite tracks of the album.

Sounds Like: 
Cage the Elephant
Sounds Like: 
Peach Pit
Sounds Like: 
Hippo Campus
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2018
Artist: 
Amen Dunes
Label: 
Sacred Bones Records

Freedom

Sounds Like: 
The Smiths
Sounds Like: 
REM
Sounds Like: 
U2
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2018
Artist: 
Amen Dunes
Label: 
Sacred Bones Records

Freedom

Sounds Like: 
The Smiths
Sounds Like: 
REM
Sounds Like: 
U2
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2018

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Artist: 
Sloan
Label: 
Yep Roc Records

Sloan is a pop rock band from Nova Scotia. They have been around since the 90s and this is their twelfth album.

Sounds Like: 
Weezer
Sounds Like: 
Teenage Fanclub
Sounds Like: 
Supergrass
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2018
Artist: 
Elaquent
Label: 
Urbnet

This album is super chill. It has the same vibes as lo-fi hip hop, but with more of an electronic touch to it. I liked the contrast in "Celebrate Life!", where the higher pitched, busier sounds are contrasted with the lower, slower beats. Most of the tracks have the same, steady underlying beat that is characteristic of a lot of lo-fi hip hop tracks. "No. 540" is more jazzy, but it incorporates an electronic, video game-like vibe as well.

Sounds Like: 
Evil Needle
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/2018
Artist: 
Books
Label: 
XVI Records

This album by Books only has two tracks, "In the Groove" and "Passage of Time." I'm not a huge fan of funk, but i found this album to be pretty catchy. The introduction of "In the Groove" sounds like "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke and the track continues with an upbeat, funky beat with short vocals sprinkled throughout. "Passage of Time" is the slower and more relaxed track of the two, accompanied by classic instrumentals. Both tracks are around 6-7 minutes, but the changes in tempo keep them from getting too boring.

Sounds Like: 
Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/2018
Artist: 
Wallows
Label: 
Atlantic Records

I am so glad that I got the opportunity to listen to Spring, the Wallows' newest EP. As a lover of Real Estate, Wild Nothing and Mac Demarco, Spring felt like a mash up of all of my favorite sounds put neatly into a 5 song EP. With funky saxophone in some songs, like in "Let the Sun In," and with urgent guitar riffs in "It's Only Right," Spring promises variety and wholesome alternative/indie goodness in each track.

Sounds Like: 
Beach House
Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Wild Nothing
Sounds Like: 
Mac Demarco
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
04/22/2018
Artist: 
Everett Bird
Label: 
Royal Mountain Records

"A Blessing In Da Skies" was a good intro that led to the funky feel of the songs of the album -- captivating! I really enjoyed the chorus of "Lizard", positive and mellow. "Bucket of Dark Meat" (interesting title for a song) was upbeat but I found the beat of the chorus to be a bit more repititive than what I would like. "Paranoid" was a good feeling song to which I would say made me like this song the most. "My Town" had a soft "screaming" nostalgic vibe and I really resonated with the lyrics.

Sounds Like: 
The Killers
Sounds Like: 
Vagabon
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
04/20/2018
Artist: 
Gianna Adams
Label: 
Self-Released

Gianna Adams is back with her latest album, I Don't Know EP. "Fallen" was a great choice to begin the album, it is groovy with a sweet mixture of the Adams' vocals. "No Hero" was my favorite song of the album, it was a 180 degree turn from the previous song but it was definitely empowering with the slow, jazzy feel that you don't need no hero to get back up. "Shut Up!" is an experimental but upbeat, sassy song.

Sounds Like: 
Avril Lavigne (older songs)
Sounds Like: 
Tori Kelly
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
04/20/2018
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