Artist: 
The Orwells
Label: 
Atlantic

The Orwells broke into indie mainstream with their 2014 album Disgraceland, and have just returned with their follow-up, Terrible Human Beings. This album isn't much different from their previous work, but the reasons why they ever became popular are still quite apparent. The album is full of solid riffs, but at 13 songs, the album feels pretty bloated, as there isn't much to differentiate the songs from each other, and by the end of it they all sound pretty same-ish.

Sounds Like: 
Radkey
Sounds Like: 
Twin Peaks
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
Wyclef Jean
Label: 
Heads Music

J’ouvert is the second EP released by Wyclef Jean. Not being a huge Wyclef fan, I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into this project.

Sounds Like: 
Young Thug
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Label: 
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has recently released a new album with the title of The Tourist. This album accentuates some shrill vocals and catchy baselines. While the consistent upbeat and rhythm of the album places The Tourist into a sort of pop-like classification, there are certain tones and stylings that also converge upon an indy rock style. This album provides a unique look at the more angsty side of pop rock.

Sounds Like: 
STRFKR
Sounds Like: 
Wolf Parade
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2017
Artist: 
Old Time Assault
Label: 
Unsigned

Old Time Assault, a clawhammer banjo group from St. Louis, Missouri has recently released their first major album, Caxtons. Caxtons is certainly an ode to folk music and its rugged roots. This banjo-centered composition has a very acoustic feel throughout. With music approaching a point in which it could be considered overwhelming, the appeal becomes prominent. It would be especially useful for easy listening on an afternoon in the house or a quiet moment.  Take time to appreciate the rugged and uncut features of the vocals and instrumentation.

Sounds Like: 
Mumford and Sons
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2017
Artist: 
Cavegreen
Label: 
Self-Released

Cavegreen’s Vita Lucida combined pop with an almost sort of sad punk. The songs were slow and the singer’s voice sounded like a cool blend of Ellie Goulding, Stevie Nicks and the members of Chvrches. The music was generally very relaxing and each song was fairly unique. At times the music was hard to listen to because it did not flow super well and the songs were individually kind of choppy. However, I did enjoy the tracks Pacific Clouds, Little Bird and Ancient Like Suns.

Sounds Like: 
Chvrches
Sounds Like: 
Purity Ring
Name: 
Sophia Courtney
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2017
Artist: 
Meatbodies
Label: 
In the Red Records

Meatbodies' second release is a concept album that is easy to listen to and even easier to tune out. The opening track begins with the sounds of birds chirping and fades into a pleasant, but repetative guitar riff that goes on for far too long. The lyrics, although whimsical and enjoyable, show no evidence of a coherent storyline. None of the tracks truly stand out in a significant way, but all of them have an easy-on-the-ears fuzzy psychadelic rock sound.

Sounds Like: 
Allah-Las
Sounds Like: 
Syd Barrett
Name: 
Sally Lynx
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Big Wild
Label: 
Foreign Family Collective

I've been obsessed with the song "Invincible," for weeks, so I was very excited when I found out that this EP had come out. Big Wild is on Odesza's label Foreign Family, so their music already kind of comes with its own seal of approval. You can expect catchy, melodic buildups that turn into anthemic EDM songs. I was very surprised when I found out that this is Big Wild's first non-single release, even if it is just an EP.

Sounds Like: 
Jai Wolf
Sounds Like: 
Odesza
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Alison Krauss
Label: 
Hokker, Inc.

This record was a good listen, but at times the easy-listening feel of the record got boring. Not that it's bad by any means--however, the album did not have much variation and I don't think it did a good job of highlighting Krauss's versatility. It's still a classic country record though. If I found this album in my grandparents' records in between Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline I wouldn't be surprised. Krauss's voice is also flawless. She has one of the best voices in all of country music, and this didn't change on Windy City.

Sounds Like: 
Patty Griffin
Sounds Like: 
Dolly Parton
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Froth
Label: 
Witchita

This is Froth’s third release and right of the bat they have scaled down from their noisy, garage pop to a sound that is beautiful, light and filled with charm. The downtempo songs feature dreamy vocals while the guitars and synth add a shoegaze, psychedelic feel to the songs on the album.  Each song adds a different tone to the album while still sounding cohesive. This album was suprisingly really good and I highly recommend you check it out!

Sounds Like: 
Cheetahs
Sounds Like: 
Dinosaur Jr.
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Esham
Label: 
Reel Life Productions

After what can only called "minimal research" on who Esham is and what he's about, I can say with confidence that he is definitely on that grind. Esham has consistently dropped at least 1 album a year for the last 20, and he's gotten a pretty decent fan following. This year, in lieu of his upcoming album "Scribble", Esham dropped the first single off of it called "Trust No One".

Sounds Like: 
Bernie Mac
Sounds Like: 
Shaggy
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
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