Artist: 
Of the Sun
Label: 
Self-Released

Of the Sun is a Southern Progressive Metal band and Before A Human Path is their five song second album. Like most metal songs, these are on the long side except for one song and surprisingly I liked it. I usually don't enjoy really long songs but the diversity in each song kept me interested and surprised at every new sound that was integrated. The vocals vary significantly from different types of screams to melodic clean vocals. Each song sounded unique and combined different types of sounds that I wasn't expecting.

Sounds Like: 
Progressive Metal
Sounds Like: 
Southern Metal
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2017
Artist: 
gLlife
Label: 
Self Expression Music

In the mainstream of today's hip-hop market you'll come across the same names and overhyped album releases over and over again. While that can be fun, it can also get repetitive at times, and so in times like that it's always good to turn to the indie scene and check out the talent. gLife happens to be one of those great talents that you may have never heard of, but would enjoy almost immediately. My Rise is the 3rd solo album of gLife, and spins a tale of the grind it takes to put yourself out there as a indie rapper.

Sounds Like: 
Slaine
Sounds Like: 
Eminem- vocally gLife really has an Eminem vibe
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
03/19/2017
Artist: 
Lamont Arthur
Label: 
LAMART MUSIC BMI

Lamont Arthur, one of Southern Arizona's gem artists, has released his first album, "NuJazzFaNuDaze". This wholesome piece revives the classically unedited jazz sound and feel. With an entirely original tracklist, Mr. Arthur has proven to be a bonified jazz producer. Tracks such as "Coolness" and "Easy as That" really showcase his ability to understand and accentuate the unique stylings of early era jazz. Although I am not personally religious, I thought that the pious themes felt authentic and compelling.I think that Mr.

Sounds Like: 
Duke Ellington
Sounds Like: 
Art Tatum
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
03/19/2017
Artist: 
Havok
Label: 
Century Media

Conformicide is Havok's fourth album and I have never heard any of their previous albums so I can't compare it to any of their older stuff but to be quite honest I didn't really like this album. I don't really enjoy most trash metal so it's not necessarily Havok's fault but this album is just full or decently long songs which isn't something I usually like. The songs on this album ranged usually from five to seven minutes and five minutes is about when I start losing interest in almost any song.

Sounds Like: 
Warbringer
Sounds Like: 
Exmortus
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/13/2017
Artist: 
Jacquees, Def Loaf
Label: 
Jacquees X Dej Loaf

          Dej Loaf and Jacquees have arrived as a duo with their mixtape "Fuck A Friend Zone." This 13 track mixtape is 40 minutes long, each song ranging from 2-3:30 minutes. Dej and Jacquees cover their bases in the hip-hop and r&b genre. The songs are very diverse and explore all areas of hip-hop and r&b but stick strictly to the two genres. The project begins with title track Fuck A Friend Zone, Jacquees and Dej Loaf sing about their feelings for each other referencing the growth in their careers.

Sounds Like: 
Jeremih
Sounds Like: 
TWENTY88
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
Money Bagg Yo
Label: 
Be Great Music Group

          Money Bagg Yo's "Hearttless" is his Valentines Day mixtape.

Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Yo Gotti
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017

Creepin' On Fat Tony

Getting geared up to see him in Austin, I reached out to Houston-based MC Fat Tony for a lil pre-SXSW interview. In the email exchange, we chatted about a shit ton of stuff, from my fav cartoon, to his fav music, to who he's been texting, and muuuch more. Reading his responses only confirmed my suspicions that he is in fact one of the coolest humans on our pale blue dot (he <3's BKNY + has a Bikini Kill tattoo, c'mon).

Artist: 
CCTV
Label: 
Self-released

CCTV are a band (supposedly) at the forefront of the underground Midwestern hardcore revival scene. Most of this music is pretty underground and DIY and spread in fame almost entirely due to notorious youtube channel Jimmy (RIP) who uploaded DIY punk released from all over the place. With most of the Midwestern underground scene currently  being composed of DEVO revivalists, CCTV take clear inspiration from the Minutemen instead.

Sounds Like: 
The Soviettes
Sounds Like: 
Minutemen
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
Pissed Jeans
Label: 
Sub Pop

PA-based hardore band Pissed Jeans put out an excellent record with Why Love Now. Punk releases can often be plagued by similar problems as genres like standard Indie Rock or Garage Rock, in that a vast majority of the music sounds very similar and there isn't a whole lot of things to distinguish bands from one another. Pissed Jeans manage to capture raw punk energy but play music that sounds oddly progressive for a genre that notoriously rejected any forms of complex or innovative songwriting or musical elements.

Sounds Like: 
Fucked Up
Sounds Like: 
Black Flag
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017