Artist: 
Antonio Adolfo
Label: 
Antonio Adolfo Music

Antonio Adolfo creates a beautiful sound as he glides his hands on the piano, in his album "Hybrido." The album is a samba, jazz album that proves that musical arrangements can make you as hyped up as a hip-hop album. The beating drums on "Prince of Darkness" gets your heart pumping and your feet stomping. It makes sense, since it is a cover of a Miles Davis song and we all know Miles Davis can get anyone dancing. On top of the amazing drums, songs like "Deluge" and "Black Nile" showcase Adolfo's skill at piano.

Sounds Like: 
Miles Davis
Sounds Like: 
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Rich the Kid
Label: 
Self Released

Rich the Kid, the Atlanta rapper that everyone has heard of once but doesn't really choose to acknowledge, has released his new mixtape, "The Rich Forever Way." While his song "Plug", which is not on this mixtape, has been popular right now, it's mostly because of the features on it, such as Kodak Black. This mixtape proves that Rich the Kid is better with features than by himself.

Sounds Like: 
Madeintyo
Sounds Like: 
Gucci Mane
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Thundercat
Label: 
Brainfeeder

Drunk is Thundercat’s third studio album.

Sounds Like: 
Flying Lotus
Sounds Like: 
Kamasi Washington
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
The Obsessives
Label: 
Lame-o Records

The Obsessives' new self-titled album is an experience from beginning to end. The length of tracks varies from 36 seconds to nearly 4 minutes, yet they all seem to sound more or less the same. The singer is very monotonous. VERY monotonous and sounds like he slurs most of his words together. The lyrics don't make much sense, but they're entertaining. It's chill to listen to, not something you have to focus very hard on since there's just kinda the one layer to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Sorority Noise (but less good)
Sounds Like: 
Modern Baseball
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
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.