Artist: 
Fit For an Autopsy
Label: 
eOne Music

Fit for an Autopsy are a deathcore band from my home state of New Jersey. There new release The Great Collapse largely sticks to their brutal deathcore roots. However, only the second song into the album they showed some originality by adding clean vocals in along with Joe Badolato’s incredible growls. Clean vocals are used variously throughout the album as a background.

Sounds Like: 
Chelsea Grin
Sounds Like: 
Suicide Silence
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Igorrr
Label: 
Ad Noiseam

This single was my first encounter of Igorrr. The song begins with operatic vocals over a soft guitar background. These operatic vocals quickly become pained screams followed by a glitchy dubstep breakdown. This breakdown was then followed by beautiful female operatic vocals followed by another breakdown. In this breakdown the male screams and female vocals go back and forth in an epic display of vocal diversity. This is then followed by a continuing dubstep like synth. This is truly an interesting track that spreads many genres of music. I'm truly not sure who to compare this to.

Sounds Like: 
Volumes: For the sake of being eperimental
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
The Bug Vs Earth
Label: 
Ninja Tune

I'm a big fan of Earth, only having a passing familiarity with The Bug, but from my point of view this album is a little boring. That isn't to say it's bad though, and the title Concrete Desert does a good job explaining the appeal. This music is slow, sprawling, and desolate.

Sounds Like: 
Earth
Sounds Like: 
The Bug
Sounds Like: 
the soundtrack to Dead Man by Neil Young
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
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: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
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