Artist: 
Lifted Bells
Label: 
Run For Cover

With Minor Tantrums, Lifted Bells have given us a solid emo album with decent math additions - there is not much else to say. I've listened to a lot of emo in my time, and this is another one - Bob Nanna does the vocals, who has worked on a various amount of other emo albums, so I would say knows how to...emo? My friend and I were discussing this, and we both agreed that math rock sort of hits a wall at a certain point. After a while, it all sort of sounds the same and it really takes something to make it standout.

Sounds Like: 
American Football
Sounds Like: 
Algernon Cadwallader
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Juliana Hatfield
Label: 
American Laundromat Records

The title says it all folks - this is Juliana Hatfield singing Olivia Newton-John. If you like Juliana Hatfield, you'll probably like it, and if you like Olivia Newton-John you'll probably like it. Although Hatfield is known more for indie rock (as I understand), her voice sounds beautiful and stands up to ONJ's original work in a modern way that is, in some songs, easier to listen to than the originals. For instance - when feeling properly 80s you can listen to physical, but if you want the general sense without the 80s of it, you can just listen to her version.

Sounds Like: 
Olivia Newton John
Sounds Like: 
Juliana Hatfield
Sounds Like: 
70s/80s songs but in indie pop stylings
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
The Men
Label: 
Sacred Bones Records

I have never heard of the band, The Men. Majority of the music on this album can be described as sultry. You hear it and it has guitars and drums that are played at the same tempo that you could also probably hear played in a lounge. A lounge with smoke clouds and you're sitting there in the corner looking cool with a glass of some drink. On the other hand, it could also be described as dark and monotone because the instruments do not make you want to dance or really move around, instead they make you want to sit silently and unmoving while staring out a window thinking about life.

Sounds Like: 
Minutemen
Sounds Like: 
Cloud Nothings
Name: 
Sommer Yazzie
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
BINGX
Label: 
AVJ Records

Listening to Bingx it took me some time to decide if I liked his music or not. There were certain songs that were not appealing to me because of what they were about, but there were also songs I thought were pretty good. Bingx can rap, he can "spit fire," there is no doubt about that. Some of the songs he raps incredibly fast, but still clear enough that you are able to hear what he is saying. The beats for each song are chill, not too harsh, but simply chill like it is what you can listen to if you're just hanging out and feeling bad.

Sounds Like: 
Hoodie Allen
Sounds Like: 
Asher Roth
Name: 
Sommer Yazzie
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
SonReal
Label: 
Black Box Recordings, Inc.

Sometimes you come across music that is incredibly meaningful because you relate to it and can feel the emotion the singer or rapper put into creating it. It makes a beautiful song and one you can listen to a lot and never get tired of. This is the kind of music SonReal makes. First of all, the beats in every song match perfectly with what he is rapping about. Not only can he rap, but he also has a voice that is melodic and soothing. If he is rapping about something personal, then the sound is smooth and soft with slow beats or acousitc guitars.

Sounds Like: 
Hoodie Allen
Sounds Like: 
Grieves
Name: 
Sommer Yazzie
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Camp Cope
Label: 
Run For Cover Records

This band sounds a lot like old Avril Lavigne/ Alanis Morisette. They are a smaller band from Australia and really have a 90's/early 2000's female grunge rock sound to them. The lead singer has a great voice and a noticeable accent. The songs cover topics from love to awkwardness and personal growth, but they all have that same college rock/90s grunge sound. I picture this band playing at the clubs that Kat Stratford hung out at in 10 things I hate about you. The music definitely does not sound like something made in 2018.

Sounds Like: 
Ali Barter
Sounds Like: 
Alanis Morissette
Sounds Like: 
Old Avril Lavigne
Name: 
Jessica Murray
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Stooki Sound x doppla
Label: 
Self-Release

Stooki Sound and doppla should collaborate more often because based on this single, they work great together. The song is very electronic and trap, so it is like trap electronic. There is a heay base heard throughout the entire song and it is non-stop. I recommend listening to this song if you are going to workout because it'll keep you moving continuosly. Also, if you just gotta go hard at something, then this is the song for you. If you have head an RL Grime song that is heavy with the beats and electronic sound, then this is just like that.

Sounds Like: 
RL Grime
Sounds Like: 
Flosstradamus
Name: 
Sommer Yazzie
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Yo La Tengo
Label: 
Matador Records

Very often when bands get older, and they move past their heyday, their music tends to take a weird turn into sadland and have a bit of an overconfident, unoriginal, lame feeling to them. You listen to them sometimes and think, "who really wants to listen to this?" because in all honesty the only person who would want to listen to it is diehard fans who don't have the heart to say their favorite artist has gotten... really bad. I was preparing for one of those albums, and I was pleasantly surprised!!

Sounds Like: 
Yuck
Sounds Like: 
Wilco
Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Name: 
Jessica Murray
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Jack White
Label: 
Third Man Records

This album is a bit psychedelic, it's also guitar heavy like the white strips, and has a lot of soul/gospel influence. Overall, it sounds like the white stripes but a distorted, weird version of them. The lyrics are mostly dark, contemplative, and you can tell they have been written by someone who has spent a lot of time on the music scene. The songs have interesting intros and there are a lot of interludes with spoken word.

Sounds Like: 
The White Stripes (duh)
Sounds Like: 
Dan Auerbach
Name: 
Jessica Murray
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
ZHU
Label: 
N/A

ZHU is back with a new single...maybe. I say this because it is nowhere to be found on Spotify or iTunes. When I searched for it on SoundCloud, a message popped up saying "maybe it has been removed." The only remnants of ZHU's illusive track, "Jet, the Doberman", yes that is what it's called, can be found on YouTube.

Sounds Like: 
RL Grime
Sounds Like: 
What So Not
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
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