Artist: 
Young Fathers
Label: 
Ninja Tune

The Young Fathers is a music group made up of three individuals from Scotland. In 2014 the group created their third album labeled Dead, which really drew attention to this trio. From that day forward, Young Fathers have made many large strides to achieve music stardom. About 4 years after Dead, they have officially released their 5th studio album titled Cocoa Sugar. In this album, the group blends together the hip hop and alternative genres in a fairly unique way making this one of the first ambitious albums of 2018.

Sounds Like: 
Jpegmafia
Sounds Like: 
Ghostpoet
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Titus Andronicus
Label: 
Merge Records

Titus Andronicus's album "A Productive Cough" is a rowdy, fun album to say the very least. Every song made me feel like I should be at a rowdy pub screaming/singing to the songs on this album with my buddies and the rest of the crowd. As I write this review, I too have a cough and am being productive so I may be a little biased about this album. While the album is only seven songs long, each song is on average 6:45 long, which may turn some listeners off. However, these songs don't drag on and if anything make you want to sing along by the end of the song.

Sounds Like: 
The Rolling Stones - the iconic '70s band had to have some influence on this album because of this album's overall '70s vibe
Sounds Like: 
Bob Dylan - obviously because they even did a cover of "Like a Rolling Stone"
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Kamelot
Label: 
Napalm Records

This single is from Kamelot's newest album Shadow Theory, which comes out in April. This song is the first song I have really listened to by Kamelot, and I was definitely impressed and pleased by what this track has to offer. 

Sounds Like: 
epica
Sounds Like: 
kamelot
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
03/27/2018
Artist: 
Moaning
Label: 
Sub-pop

Local L.A. post-punk band Moaning, is out with its title album, which is great. All songs capture you immediately with their variety of intros that carry through the rest of the track. The name of the band and the album completely fits their sound. The vocals by Solomon are deep and melodic and also amazing resonant and upbeat guitar riffs in almost every track. They are a self proclaimed deep and angsty band that deals with the problems facing the generation. This is the kind of music that you can just chill to or jam out to.

Sounds Like: 
Moses Campbell
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/26/2018
Artist: 
The Decemberists
Label: 
Capitol Records

This is an interesting piece of work to say the least. It is a little hard to place a specific sound for the album, because each song seems to have its own genre.

Sounds Like: 
REM (Vocals)
Sounds Like: 
Death Cab for Cutie
Sounds Like: 
Modest Mouse
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2018
Artist: 
Josh One
Label: 
Boomnote Music

Josh One, an American DJ and producer from Long Beach, California released his newly album titled Time Stamp and includes of songs like "Shirt" which begins with a man speaking in a war-like, memorandum leading to a full-on rap. "Deal With It" has characteristics of rap heard on the streets and "Wrong Way" consists of a female vocal that gives off a haunting yet sexy vibe. "Shoot Em' Down" sounds harsher than what the title intends, it has a very catchy chorus with well-done lyrics.

Sounds Like: 
Lateef the Truthspeaker
Sounds Like: 
Wally Callerio
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2018
Artist: 
Tomas Barfod
Label: 
Friends of Friends Music

Tomas Barfod is back with a new album as an electronic producer, Paloma. The album includes songs like "Grandiose" which has a pseudo and wandering vibe and "Things That Matter" which starts off slow but as the song goes on, vocals and backdrops are added which gives off a hallucinating feel. "Hope in a Box" consists of clicks of what sounds like glass which exudes a light, heavenly sound. I personally liked "Family" which features Jonas Blue, his vocals blend in well with the heavenly vibe of the song and the lyrics are catchy as well.

Sounds Like: 
Bon Homme
Sounds Like: 
Adam Port
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2018
Artist: 
SACRE
Label: 
Palmtree Hotel Records

SACRE is a French electropop duo consisting of two producers, Sukil and Hawaii. They released their newest album: The Call which consists of songs like "Gaia" which has a very catchy beat and "The Call" which features a female vocal that smoothes out the upbeat flavor of the song. "Forever Young" is more of the slower songs, however still retains that rosy sound heard throughout the album. "Palmtree Hotel" has a very sentimental vibe, yet still catchy. The last song, "Stereo" is my favorite from the album!

Sounds Like: 
HONNE
Sounds Like: 
Great Good Fine Ok
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2018
Artist: 
The Kills
Label: 
Domino Recording co.

A rapid fire run of pronunciation underscores every note displayed in this highly catchy single. Those pronunciations form words that cover one persons struggles with romance and how said romance affected or affects them, The tense is hard to figure out. In any case, The song is catchy, it has a great instrumental portion, the lyrics are repititive and the music sounds more like a bolero than most popular music, and that is incredibly interesting!

Sounds Like: 
Saul Williams
Sounds Like: 
Peter Tosh
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
03/23/2018
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