Artist: 
Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel
Label: 
Rad Cat Reords

This band really gives off a vibe from everything that was great about the late 60s and early 70s in music. With definite influences coming from the Doors and Pink Floyd and modern bands like Tame Impala and Foxygen. This record really has some good melodies and out there psychedelia. It doesn't really stray to far from this psych pop sounds. There's a lot of good organ sounding keyboard solos. Definitely a good listen and will keep an eye out for more stuff from them in the future. 

Sounds Like: 
The Doors
Sounds Like: 
Foxygen
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2017
Artist: 
Jay Som
Label: 
Polyvinyl

I was really hyped to listen to this full length record after listening to all three singles 'The Bus Song',' 1 Billion Dogs' and 'Baybee ' which were all great.  Her last record Turn Into was also really good.  She has toured with bands like Mitski and Japanese Breakfast. Not only does she have good dreamy tracks in the record but there are also some really good straight up rock songs.

Sounds Like: 
ALex G
Sounds Like: 
Frankie Cosmos
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2017
Artist: 
Emmure
Label: 
SharpTone

Look at Yourself is the deathcore band, Emmure's, most recent album which contains 13 songs. I don't believe I've ever heard any music from Emmure before so I tried to go in open minded and honestly i was pleasantly surprised because I wasnt' expecting to like this album but I enjoyed it. I like the instrumentals a lot because they combined typical metalcore along with a few sounds that reminded of something I would hear more in an EDM song which was interesting. Each song felt cohesive and also felt distinguishiable from each other.

Sounds Like: 
After the Burial
Sounds Like: 
Chelsea Grin
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2017
Artist: 
Black Star Riders
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Black Star Riders' new single "When the Night Comes In" is more laid-back than a lot of rock and metal. The spoken verses and background chorus almost reminds me a little of country. It's a good 3-minute song to play if you're looking for a break from heavier stuff or if you're looking to get into rock music and want to start with something easy. It sounds like something that could play on the radio and most people would be happy with it. 

Sounds Like: 
"The Boys are Back in Town" song
Sounds Like: 
other generic rock songs
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2017
Artist: 
Battle Beast
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

This female-fronted Finnish hair metal band has been around since 2012 and Bringer of Pain is their lastest album.  "Familiar Hell" is catchy and fun, and raises an important question: is familiar hell better than unknown heaven? Unfortunately, it's not completely FCC clean but still a great song to listen to on your own. The other song, "King for a Day" is playable on the radio and deals with politicians and greed.

Sounds Like: 
Nightwish
Sounds Like: 
Power metal w/female vocals
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2017
Artist: 
CRNKSHFT
Label: 
CRNKSHFT

CRNKSHFT, a new metal band from Canada, just released their debut EP featuring the single "Systematic" along with three other songs. While two of them are non-airable on the radio, I recommend all of them for fans of hard rock/metal. Their website says the songs are about heartache and emotions, including "Old Habits"  and "Breaking the Silence" which deals with depression and fighting your own mind.

Sounds Like: 
Five Finger Death Punch
Sounds Like: 
Breaking Benjamin
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2017
Artist: 
PVT
Label: 
Felte

After a four year hiatus, PVT, has released a new album titled, New Spirit. The first thing that caught my eye was the album art, it is very modern, bright and intriguing.

Sounds Like: 
Beacon
Sounds Like: 
Junior Boys
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2017
Artist: 
Dude York
Label: 
Hardly Art

The Seattle based trio, Dude York, is an alternative teen pop band. Their newest release Sincerely, touches on themes of anxiety and losing perspective.

Sounds Like: 
Diet Cig
Sounds Like: 
So So Glos
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2017

The Ninja Nation Tour-Datsik

Acts: 
Datsik
Acts: 
Crizzly
Acts: 
Virtual Riot
Concert Date: 
Wed, 02/22/2017
Location: 
Rialto Theater

To describe the Tucson leg of the Ninja Nation Tour as sick and a riot would be to easy of a pun. The show, however, was truly great. Virtual Riot began the night by throwing down heavy bass. Even with a smaller crowd size Virtual Riot stuck to his roots and played an hour long set of hard dubstep. He paid homage to Excision by having the crowd “throw the X up” during his classic remix of “Codename X.” It was very interesting to watch him mix heavier tracks into well known songs without any break in flow.

Reviewer: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Artist: 
The Dig