Artist: 
Moon Boots
Label: 
AnjunaDeep

The original track by Moon Boots is a fun, flirtatious, almost beachy take on classical 90’s techno/house techniques. The track features several rhythmic keys and symbols giving it a continuous floating feeling, making it perfect for a long drive down the coast or a relaxing day by the pool. This song features the vocals of Lulu James a neo-soul British singer. Her incredible vocals give this song an old fashioned, 90’s R&B, feel.

Sounds Like: 
Lane 8
Sounds Like: 
Tensnake
Name: 
Elena Ganev
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
The Weeks
Label: 
Lightning Rod Records

After seeing the Weeks on a complete whim in September and becoming a dedicated fan, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were putting out a new full-length album. Easy is a swampy, energetic Southern rock album that showcases the many good aspects of this band. Easy is less of a Southern rock record than their other releases, but the Skynyrd-esque vestiges are still definitely present. Most of the songs are fairly simple, but this is where The Weeks shine. Songs like "Start It Up," show classic rock vignettes with Americana themes.

Sounds Like: 
Dawes
Sounds Like: 
Delta Spirit
Sounds Like: 
The Hold Steady
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2017
Artist: 
Said the Whale
Label: 
Hidden Pony Records

This album is psychedelic noise-rock, but it still manages to be melodic and pleasant sounding. It in corporates a variety of different stylings and noises, and comes across as polished and cohesive. The best tracks are the ones that are synthy and almost EDM, like "Miscarriage." The songs like miscarriage manage to combine EDM buildups with the traditional psych-rock sound to create tour de forces.

Sounds Like: 
Ra Ra Riot
Sounds Like: 
Rogue Wave
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2017
Artist: 
Gold Star
Label: 
Autumn Tone

This is classic melancholy alt-country. The vocals are weary and long for something, and the guitar sways and wobbles like any good country album. Most of the songs express themes of alienation and loneliness. Overall the record is very good, but is definitely something you only want to listen to when you're depressed and manically driving around at night. My complaint would be that there isn't really a repreive from the depressing overlay on the entire record--"Sonny's Blues," sounds kind of poppy and upbeat, but not within the conext of the album.

Sounds Like: 
Jeff Tweedy
Sounds Like: 
Sturgill Simpson
Sounds Like: 
Paul Westerberg
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2017
Artist: 
Body Count
Label: 
Century Media

With an opening track similar to the Purge, Body Count comes out of the gates with a crazy heavy album. This album is politically and racially aware of the issues facing the United States today. Taking away all political ideas in this album, its fucking sick. Ice-T and his band Body Count cover Ranging Blood by Slayer and it's just pure gold.

Sounds Like: 
Ice-T with metal backing
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/09/2017

The Parrots @ SXSW

My good pals Catalina + Andres stalked me over to the Convention Center in Austin, where we talked to The Parrots (a trio of charming garage rockers from Madrid) preceding their set at Spider House. We learned that they have lots of respect for Pringles and are exploring the depths of the film industry (maybe), amongst other things. We also learned that dancing to their music at live shows is a very, very fun experience, even if none of us went home with missing teeth this time around.

Artist: 
Khalid
Label: 
RCA Records

There are not enough words to describe how incredible Khalid’s debut album, American Teen is.

Sounds Like: 
DVSN
Sounds Like: 
Gallant
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2017
Artist: 
Wavves
Label: 
Gost Ramp

Wavves has released another single off of their upcoming album “You’re Welcome.” The song Animal is reminiscent of sounds from “King of the Beach&r

Sounds Like: 
Best Coast
Sounds Like: 
Surf Curse
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2017
Artist: 
Warbringer
Label: 
Napalm Records

Warbringer's Woe to the Vanquished is probably one of the best albums to come my way this semester. With a nice mix of heavy metal and thrash sound, Warbringer pulls off a relatively well-rounded album. Each track is unique, from lyrical content to general sound, and the transitions within are smooth and sound fantastic. The unique guitar solos and heavy bass behind each song is contrasted by the lead singer's high-hitting vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Exodus
Sounds Like: 
Toxic Holocaust
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Kendrick Lamar
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

Kendrick Lamar released a surprise song on March 23, 2017 called The Heart Part 4. This song follows a line of previous tracks of the The Heart Part 1-3. The beginning of the song starts with a slow, mellow beat gradually getting more and more intense as the song continues. The track takes several twists and turns on the beats.

Sounds Like: 
Jay Rock
Sounds Like: 
Ab-Soul
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
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