Artist: 
Justice
Label: 
Ed Banger Records

"Woman" by Justice isn't exactly anything new from the French electronic duo but that doesn't prevent it from still being a great album. There are occasionally songs that aren't the usual electronic pop and synth sounds that they usually rely on, such as "Heavy Metal" and "Chorus." While I believe these songs mostly serve to keep the album from sounding too monotonous, they still provide content and variety so I wouldn't necessarily pass over them.

Sounds Like: 
Daft Punk
Sounds Like: 
Chase & Status
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
DJ Khaled ft. Beyoncé & Jay Z
Label: 
Epic

Appropriately released following the 2017 Grammy Awards, DJ Khaled surprised fans with a brand new track off his upcoming album...with fucking Beyoncé AND Jay Z. Despite speculation of a split between the couple and the fact that they haven't collaborated together since 2013, Khaled managed to get Bey and Jay to snatch us all with "Shining", a track about winning and prospering. 

Sounds Like: 
DJ Khaled
Sounds Like: 
Beyoncé
Sounds Like: 
Jay Z
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
St. Tropez
Label: 
Self-Released

Self-described as "four guys making garage-punk in a former gay sauna by the canals of Amsterdam," St. Tropez is quite the interesting garage punk band. I can only imagine what spending a day in that former gay sauna is like which may be why there music is nearly maddening with the rough and powerful sounds they produce. While I'm typically not one to enjoy rough styles of alternative, St. Tropez's style isn't too violent to not be enjoyable.

Sounds Like: 
Foster Care
Sounds Like: 
GOGGS
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
BJ the Chicago Kid
Label: 
Motown

Bryan Sledge, professionally known as BJ the Chicago Kid, is honestly a very underrated artist. Although most people have probaby heard him on other artists' songs (Studio by ScHoolboy Q and F.U.B.U. by Solange are examples that come to mind), his own music deserves more recognition. A good mixture of soul and modern hip-hop beats, BJ the Chicago Kid has released a new single called "Roses", a little over a year after the release of his second album In My Mind.

Sounds Like: 
Miguel
Sounds Like: 
The-Dream
Sounds Like: 
Kehlani
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Label: 
ADA

After an 18-year hiatus, legendary (in the alt world) Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain are back with new music. Following the first single off their new album Damage and Joy (which is to be released later this month) "Amputation", a second single titled "Always Sad" was released just a month ago. I will admit that after an 18-year hiatus that this song is a little underwhelming, but it is by no means a bad song. 

Sounds Like: 
Pixies
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Murs
Label: 
Strange Music Inc.

The biggest peeve I have with rap music is when I can't understand the lyrics, or when there isn't a lot of "music" in the song...

But this song has nothing peevish about it! I was already hooked when I heard the first few seconds of the song--it has a similar sound to Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz "We Own It"-- a little piano intro with a boom-boom- pow beat.

Sounds Like: 
Lupe Fiasco
Sounds Like: 
Macklemore
Sounds Like: 
Aesop Rock
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2017
Artist: 
Ryan Adams
Label: 
Blue Note Records

This was insanely good. After listening to it in its entirety, I immediately listened to it two more times. I might stay up late and listen to it again. The album is classic Ryan Adams, and he bears his alt-country troubador soul over the course of the twelve tracks. The album is his breakup album after his divorce with Mandy Moore. The songs have a lonely, alienated feel and this record would be good to listen to while driving at night.

Sounds Like: 
Jason Isbell
Sounds Like: 
Jeff Tweedy
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2017
Artist: 
Her Name Echoes
Label: 
Her Name Echoes

Looking for some moderately screamy local metal for your show? Look no further. Her Name Echoes' new album Cyclic is the album for you. It starts off with a mostly instrumental intro track, which is good if you're looking to get a feel for the album. Most tracks have some form of screaming vocals, so if you're into that, there really isn't a song without the screaming. "Island" is by far the most screamy. All the songs sound similar, so if you like one, you'll like them all.

Sounds Like: 
Bring Me The Horizon
Sounds Like: 
Vocals sound like All Time Low
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2017
Artist: 
Within the Ruins
Label: 
Entertainment One

Within the Ruins is a metalcore/rpm metal band from America best known, arguably, for their album Phenomena. Track one "Beautiful Agony" starts out pretty heavy but with your typical metalcore guitar riffs. This is a little heavier than their normal stuff and definitely has more metal in it than some of their tracks which are pretty much rpm with metal drums. This song doesn't actually have any clean vocals except towards the end but with that being said - it's not the heaviest song/vocals in the world by any means.

Sounds Like: 
I Declare War
Sounds Like: 
Rings of Saturn
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2017
Artist: 
Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos
Label: 
Slide

New music from Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, and Migos has everyone in a frenzy. While Calvin Harris puts out new music quite often this song is one of the more catchy and pop-y songs I've heard in awhile. I love this song for Frank Ocean, and its great to hear new music from him before a 6 year hiatus. If Ocean keeps this up all his fans will be very happy because Calvin Harris and Frank Ocean work very well together. Now, I have never heard Migos (I know, that's a problem - I'll fix it) before this but I really enjoyed their contribution to this song.

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean & Migos
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2017
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