Artist: 
Blank Range
Label: 
Self-Release

        The opening track from this Nashville-based American Rock&Roll band, sounds like the singing style of The Black Keys meets the rhythm of a Tom Petty song.  Having been a long time fan of the music of Tom Petty this is like music heaven to me.   

Sounds Like: 
The Black Keys
Sounds Like: 
Tom Petty
Sounds Like: 
Fleetwood Mac (Vocal harmony-wise
Sounds Like: 
Country & Folk
Sounds Like: 
"Girl From The North Country" & Bob Dylans more Folk-sounding records
Sounds Like: 
Bob Dylan's vocal range
Sounds Like: 
The Byrds
Sounds Like: 
Great amount of Folk Harmony
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/03/2017
Artist: 
iLLism
Label: 
Self-Released

     On the very first track MNsota, all I hear is easygoing R&B meets Reggae meets Hip-Hop beat infused with strong female vocals from Fancy that are reminiscent of Lauryn Hill of the Fugees. I have instantly fallen in love with this band’s music. Plus, the male singer (Envy) can rap like NAS or any other Bronx-based rapper that I have ever enjoyed listening to.

Sounds Like: 
Easygoing R&B meets Reggae meets Hip-Hop beat infused with strong female vocals reminiscent of Lauryn Hill of the Fugees
Sounds Like: 
NAS or any other Bronx-based rapper
Sounds Like: 
Ms. Lauryn Hill's rap flow
Sounds Like: 
Feel good R&B songs of the 90s
Sounds Like: 
90s R&B background (beat-wise)
Sounds Like: 
90s Female Pop groups ( Like DREAM) married together with 3LW, TLC, and Destiny's Child
Sounds Like: 
Puffy Daddy
Sounds Like: 
Late Night Slow Jams with a deep voiced Barry White-esque singer
Sounds Like: 
90s R&B singers (like Joe, Tyrese, Brandy [particularly here song “Baby”], Usher
Sounds Like: 
90s Female R&B meets Trap
Sounds Like: 
"Papers" by Usher
Sounds Like: 
90s Dance
Sounds Like: 
Catchy Lyricism of the 90s
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2017
Artist: 
Kevin Eubanks
Label: 
Mack Avenue

       Track #1 (Time Line) has a nice easy going flow.

       "Watercolors" (Track #2) is one of my dad's favorite Jazz tunes.  Hearing this song now brings back fond memories of chilling with him in his library/office as a kid.

Sounds Like: 
Easy Going flow
Sounds Like: 
Trance-provoking music
Sounds Like: 
Jazz Greats like Coltrane and Dizzy
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2017
Artist: 
E1sbar
Label: 
Kudos Records

Have you ever wanted to travel through space in a pink rocket and orbit the rings of Jupiter? Listen to this album, close your eyes and you we be instantly taken there.  This album is full of beautiful synths and beats that make your heart just melt.  I loved the vocals, done by Piper Davis.

Sounds Like: 
Big Black Delta
Sounds Like: 
Odesza
Name: 
Gabrielle Ranger
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2017
Artist: 
HollyWood Undead
Label: 
A&M Records

This is an album, it does album things, unfortunately it is not clean meaning it cannot be played on the radio. it is very fast paced with the obligatory higher pitched voice screaming words, something one can expect from most everything these days. Vaguely Fall out boy esque and truly, annoyingly UNCLEAN, has some old school emminem--> Slim shady vibes in the rap aspect, One thing that was completely unexpected was the appearance of a violin in the second track.

Synth work done extensively, if you want to listen to this ask someone to clean it.

Sounds Like: 
Fall Out Boy
Sounds Like: 
Emminem
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2017
Artist: 
Voodoo x
Label: 
Hot Boy Music

Opening a 1 lb. box, filled to the brim with styrofoam and bubble wrap, one would usually expect a phone, unfortunately, instead, this one recieved a 12 track CD, wrapped and taped in bubblewrap, to review. digging further into the box, one would usually expect some form of band paraphanalia if they would go so far as to pay extra to send a CD, once again I was disapointed to find that only my pink packing peanut collection had grown.

Sounds Like: 
Quiet Riot
Sounds Like: 
Scorpion
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2017
Artist: 
From Backwards
Label: 
Ole Money Records

“The American Dream is Dead” 

This album is a joke - the kind of joke that sarcastic political cartoons make. Its feel good comedy over electro rap beats and if you were looking for mock parades of real issues in the US right now you found your nisch. If you were looking for R&B or Hip Hop or new rap or trap or trance rap or lyrical stuff you should keep looking!

Sounds Like: 
Lonely Island
Sounds Like: 
Youtube rappers ( in a good way in this case )
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
King Krule
Label: 
True Panther Sounds

 

Sounds Like: 
None other
Sounds Like: 
Than King Krule
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Pageant Dove
Label: 
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Travis Bell at Adorea Recording Studio

When you listen to Pageant Dove’s self-titled EP you cannot help to become trapped in a daze of bliss and daydreams as Four songs have been formed from drums, keys, deeply admired guitars and simple strings. The combination of a dreamy guitar, simple beat, and powerful strings joined with a country accented voice of Elizabeth Trojanowski in “Still Water” makes you feel glum for a spouse or lost moment in life.

Sounds Like: 
New Age Dolly Parton mixed with some folk
Name: 
Miles Schuk Ehler
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Nerina Pallot
Label: 
Idaho Records

Nerina Pallot in the album "Stay Lucky" keeps a very quiet, contemplative tone throughout the album that is very soft and poignant. Perfect for emotionally driven montages about breaking a room of ceramics, or crying softly on the way from a funeral, "Stay Lucky" has bodies of violin and piano as the driving forces behind the powerful and smooth vocals seen throughout the album. This genre of music was not what I was expecting from hearing her other songs such as "Feels Like Home", but I enjoyed the album nonetheless.

Sounds Like: 
Regina Spektor
Sounds Like: 
A Fine Frenzy
Sounds Like: 
The Pierces
Name: 
Brendan Bogar
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2017
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