Artist: 
Chico Mann & Capitan Planet
Label: 
Bastard Jazz Recordings

“Oye Bien” starts with a simple drum beat and repetitive vocals, with the sounds of birds in the background. It makes you feel like you’re in a rainforest. The song maintains the simple drum beat and relatively simple, repetitive vocals throughout, but layers guitar, marimba, and other instruments on top to create a relaxing and upbeat vibe. “Come Me Miras” has a heavy but slow beat that would be fun to dance to.

Sounds Like: 
Bomba Esterio
Sounds Like: 
Pernett
Name: 
Madeline Friberg-Landon
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Strange Ranger
Label: 
Tiny Engines

Previously named Sioux Falls, Stranger Ranger, release a new album titled Daymoon. The album plays at a very slow pace with stagnant vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Peaer
Sounds Like: 
Soft Fangs
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Wolf Parade
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

       The Lead singer of Canadian Indie Rock group, "Wolf Parade" sounds like a beautiful marriage between the singing-style of the lead singer of Modest Mouse and a more commanding/risqué singing-style of the lead singer of The Killers.  In other words it starts out gradual and then becomes memorable.  The bands name stands nicely next to this unique singing-style.

Sounds Like: 
80s Synth Pop
Sounds Like: 
R.E.O Speedwagon
Sounds Like: 
a beautiful marriage between any epic live performance ever done by an INdie Rock band on the popular Teen Soaps: "One Tree Hill" and "The O.C." and that eerie-sounding music that your hear in the background of films like "Twilight Saga"
Sounds Like: 
The Lead Singer of The Killers
Sounds Like: 
80s Pop
Sounds Like: 
60s Riff
Sounds Like: 
80s synth pop
Sounds Like: 
The Black Keys
Sounds Like: 
The Cars
Sounds Like: 
Switchfoot's "Fading West"
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Young Thug & Carnage
Label: 
YSL/300/Heavyweight

Meet Young Thug – one of hip-hop’s most ambitious and norm-bending rapper’s in the game at this current moment. Meet Carnage – a Guatemalan producer who makes weird yet interesting beats and is soon to blow up at any moment. The pair had been teasing a collaboration together for quite some time before the release of their collaborative EP titled Young Martha.

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Lil Uzi Vert
Sounds Like: 
Travi$ Scott
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Label: 
Stax

Live at Red Rocks was my first exposure to Nathaniel Rateliff. I had no idea what to expect and what I was about to listen to. The fact that it was a live albulm only added to my uncertaintity because I was not sure if the versions of songs I was about to listen to would be the weaker or stronger version in comparison to the studio versions. After listening to Live at Red Rocks, I can honestly say that if this live version turns out to be the weaker version of his songs, then Rateliff and the Night Sweats are one of the great current soul and blues artists living.

Sounds Like: 
Bruce Springsteen
Sounds Like: 
Alabama Shakes
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Project Pablo
Label: 
Ninja Tune

I can really appreciate what the artist was trying to accomplish with this EP, but the music just was not for me. Personally, I found the tracks slightly repetitive, and this unvaried style made me a little bored since there were no change ups in the beat. Since there were no lyrics, I understand that it is pretty difficult for the artist to create a track that captures you in the same way.

Sounds Like: 
Red Axes
Name: 
Chloe Hislop
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
GoldLink
Label: 
RCA

This single is arguably the greatest single bop to come out this year. If you haven't already heard the track, which was released earlier this year as a single and then on GoldLink's debut album release "At What Cost", then I guarantee after hearing the vamped intro that fades into a simultaneous beat drop and infectious hook introduction followed by two verses, you won't be able to get it out of your head and you won't want to. Washington D.C.

Sounds Like: 
Kaytranada
Sounds Like: 
Anderson Paak
Sounds Like: 
Sango
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Pretty Lights
Label: 
Pretty Lights Music

The track starts out with a menacingly metallic intro with some dialogue filtered to the point of inaudibilty but, don't let that fool you, the brief intro slickly crossfades into a refreshingly revamped and melodic mix that heavily incorporates a sampled funky throwback song called "Strawberry Letter 23" by The Brothers Johnson. This song is so much fun and it really had me tapping my foot while being in a great mood.

Sounds Like: 
GRIZ
Sounds Like: 
Break Science
Name: 
Kiara Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Fever Ray
Label: 
Rabid Records

It has been eight years since her self-titled debut was realeased, and three years since The Knife officially called it quits. Now, Fever Ray is back with her second album, Plunge, an LP that is well-produced, but very weird. The opening track, "Wanna Sip," seems like it is issuing a dare to listeners, from a musical and lyrical perspective. With an ominous intro, aggressive beats, downward synths, and vocals that tease, it kind of makes listners wonder if they would like to take the plunge.

Sounds Like: 
The Knife
Sounds Like: 
The Bloody Beetroots
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2017
Artist: 
Kauf
Label: 
One Half

On his newest album, Regrowth, Kauf enters the dark and mysterious recesses of the mind that very few people dare to travel. Just like every search for self-discovery, the journey is dark but beautiful at the same time. The opening track, "Pacify," could be compared to slowly falling asleep, but waking up only to find yourself in a world unlike any other. The mysterious, dreamy sound builds layer by layer, adding glistening synths, droning basses, and ambient drums.

Sounds Like: 
Bon Iver
Sounds Like: 
MGMT
Sounds Like: 
Pink Floyd
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2017
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