Artist: 
Hayley Kiyoko
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

27-year-old, singer-songwriter, actress, and dancer, Hayley Kiyoko is out with her debut album “Expectations”, released on March 30, and IT IS PERFECT.  You may know her as Stevie from the Disney channel show Wizards of Waverly Place, Stella from the Disney channel original movie Lemonade Mouth, or Velma from the live-action Scooby Doo movie. Well now she’s all grown up and blonde! I was already a big fan of hers before I knew she was coming out with an album.

Sounds Like: 
Halsey
Sounds Like: 
Janelle Monae
Sounds Like: 
Lorde
Sounds Like: 
The Aces
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2018
Artist: 
High Praise
Label: 
XVI Records

The Funkiest, Grooves to dig yourself into folks, Get in the groove, and the passage of time will be a transcendental experience for YOU, yes YOU! Really There is not much to say except for how groovy these songs are. They Emphasize four on the flour beats with Statements reminescent of SOULTRAIN, climb aboard baby. Really, the music is highly reminescent of that which the House Band for the Show SOUL TRAIN played, with an incredible RPM Twist.

Sounds Like: 
Miles Davis
Sounds Like: 
Soul Train
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
GoGo Penguin
Label: 
Blue Note Records

I would like to begin this review by stating that I am not an expert in contemporary jazz let alone jazz in general. I have listened to a few albums by some of the more well-known guys, mostly Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington, but am a tenderfoot in regard to the genre of jazz. With that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed GoGo Penguin’s most recent album, “A Humdrum Star”. What peaked my interest about this progressive jazz trio was when Mark mentioned that artists like Kendrick Lamar were inspired by what artists like GoGo Penguin was doing.

Sounds Like: 
BadBadNotGood
Sounds Like: 
Moon Hooch
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
Kaite Frank
Label: 
Quite Frankly Music/ Brass Giraffe Music

Katie Frank is a singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that recently released her first full length album “All You’ll Get From Greed”. Her style is easy to listen to pop-rock. Her sound reminds me of a generic track that you could find on Radio Disney. That is to say, this album is very beige. While listening to this album, I zoned out and went from track 2 to track 7 without noticing that I had been listening to an album. The instrumental performances are somewhat lackluster and unimaginative.

Sounds Like: 
Hannah Montana
Sounds Like: 
The Naked Brothers Band
Sounds Like: 
Radio Disney
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
Jackson MacIntosh
Label: 
Sinderlyn

Jackson MacIntosh is a singer song writer who recorded the majority of his latest album at the Drones Club in Montreal. MacIntosh blends the sytles of indie rock and 60s/70s pop rock together in order to create the sound of this album, "My Dark Side". Think of it as The Shins meets the Beatles (White Album). Although the album is generally warm, which surprised me due to the album art and the title of the album, I find it quite bland and unmemorable.

Sounds Like: 
The Smiths
Sounds Like: 
The Beatles
Sounds Like: 
The Shins
Sounds Like: 
Nico
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018

Injury Reserve: Area Tour

Acts: 
Injury Reserve
Acts: 
Lando Chill
Concert Date: 
Fri, 03/30/2018
Location: 
Club Congress

            Injury Reserve is a hip-hop trio hailing from Tempe Arizona. With the two lead rappers being Stepa J. Groggs and Ritchie With a T and Parker Corey working on production, the trio combines the flows and lyricism of jazz rap and modernizes it into the current landscape of hip-hop with their lush production and cacophonous bangers. In their performance at Club Congress, they performed a wide variety of songs spanning from their first album all the way up to their most recent EP, Drive It Like It’s Stolen (2017).

Reviewer: 
Michael Jepson
Artist: 
Frankie Cosmos
Label: 
Sub Pop

Those who have listened to Frankie Cosmos in the past are used to her playful lyrics, such as "your name is a triangle, your heart is a square" and this album still has that very unique style of writing. Her songs and lyrics have always felt like miniature diary entires to me, and Vessel pushes that idea even more so because these songs are more introspective and self reflective than albums before. I don't want to reduce Frankie Cosmos to the term "relatable" because her music is so much more unique than that, but I think that's what makes this album so great.

Sounds Like: 
SALES
Sounds Like: 
(Sandy) Alex G
Name: 
Chloe Hislop
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
Kobra and the Lotus
Label: 
Napalm Records

This single is a new release from the band Kobra and the Lotus. Their 5th album, Prevail II comes out later this month on April 27th. They are a hard rock/metal band with a classical female singer, they sound similar to Epica to me.

Sounds Like: 
epica
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
Everett Bird
Label: 
Royal Mountain Records

Psychedelic rock is making a much appreciated comeback thanks to artists like Everett Bird, Mac DeMarco, and Tame Impala.

Sounds Like: 
Mac DeMarco
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
Andrew W.K.
Label: 
Bee & El/Sony Music

Did somebody say "party"? No? Well, Andrew W.K. definitely did. For example, the lyrics of the first song, "The Power of Partying", is composed of only the word "partying." What this album lacks in seriousness it makes up with feel good vibes and music. Andrew W.K. is genuinely a fun guy who oozes positivity and this album similarly reflects the creator's personality.

Sounds Like: 
Titus Andronicus - A little more "corny" than Titus but has the same chanting and overall good vibes feel
Sounds Like: 
The Darkness - hard rock, power vocals, quirky attitude
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2018
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