Artist: 
Judas Priest
Label: 
Columbia Records

Firepower is the second single that I have reviewed from Judas Priest's upcoming album of the same name. This song brings the same energy that was displayed on the other single, Lightning Strike. It has many similar aspects with Lightning Strike, and it is pretty par for the course in terms of Judas Priest's sound. 

Sounds Like: 
Judas Priest
Sounds Like: 
Judas Priest again
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2018
Artist: 
Between the Buried and Me
Label: 
Sumerian Records

If you are a fan of progressive metal, then you NEED to listen to  this track. Between the Buried and Me have been known for their excellent mix of death metal and progressive metal/rock. They are very technical, but they are not as off putting as many other prog metal bands. 

Sounds Like: 
Between the Buried and Me
Sounds Like: 
Ne Obliviscaris but different
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2018
Artist: 
Bahamas
Label: 
Barchords Inc.

If Jack Johnson and The Black Keys had a musical lovechild, it would be the Canadian groove-master Afie Jurvanen, or Bahamas.

Sounds Like: 
Jack Johnson
Sounds Like: 
The Black Keys
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/2018
Artist: 
Abhi the Nomad
Label: 
Tommy Boy Entertainment, LLC

Where to even begin? This is just GOOD stuff man. This album is a certified jam factory; watch out Smuckers. The opening track, “Mama Bling,” features a ridiculously catchy synth beat that sounds like it could be on a Chance the Rapper project.

Sounds Like: 
Chance the Rapper
Sounds Like: 
Aminé
Sounds Like: 
Anderson .Paak
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/2018
Artist: 
Johnny Jewel
Label: 
Italians Do It Better

Johnny Jewel’s third solo album, Digital Ra

Sounds Like: 
Blade Runner 2049
Sounds Like: 
Chromatics
Sounds Like: 
Glass Candy
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/2018
Artist: 
Son Lux
Label: 
City Slang

This album is wild! Every song has sort of a different vibe which is really fun because as you are listening through it, you are surprised by each song that comes on.

Sounds Like: 
James Blake
Sounds Like: 
Lorde
Name: 
Gabrielle Ranger
Date Reviewed: 
02/14/2018
Artist: 
Hovvdy
Label: 
Double Double Whammy

Hovvdy (pronounced “howdy”) (maybe the w is just not cool anymore and vv is just the way to go i.e. Alvvays??

Sounds Like: 
Pinegrove
Sounds Like: 
Spencer Radcliff
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
02/14/2018
Artist: 
HOLY
Label: 
PNKSLM

Man, I gotta tell y’all, it’s difficult to review something that you just didn’t enjoy as much as you thought you were going to. I’ve honestly never written a negative review before, which is a small miracle for someone that’s been reviewing music for AT LEAST the last six months or so (a long and prosperous career, to be sure).

Sounds Like: 
Flaming Lips (sorta?)
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala (Kinda?)
Name: 
Christopher Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
02/14/2018
Artist: 
Medasin
Label: 
UpRise Music

The first thing that hit me about Medasin’s new EP “Irene” is the heavy use of old-school synth tones that just hit you, and keep on hitting you throughout the tracklist. I’m no stranger to the magic of synthetic music that technology has so graciously delivered unto us, but there are so many independent mixers, djs, and artists out there trying to integrate it into their music that they either over-use it, hit their mark (in this case), or just come across as trying to replicate what’s already done and come across as derivative.

Sounds Like: 
joji
Sounds Like: 
nujabes
Sounds Like: 
tommpabeats
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean (sorta?)
Name: 
Christopher Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
02/14/2018

Soccer Mommy and Phoebe Bridgers

Acts: 
Soccer Mommy
Acts: 
Phoebe Bridgers
Concert Date: 
Tue, 02/06/2018
Location: 
191 Toole Toole

I would like to shout out Spotify’s “on tour” feature that let me know Soccer Mommy was coming to Tucson or else I would have missed the

Reviewer: 
Javi Perez
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