Artist: 
Pallbearer
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

One of the many things I enjoy about doom metal is the fact that the singer sets his ego aside and lets the musicians take front stage. Pallbearer is so good at having a perfect blend of music and vocals. Because this is a doom album the tracks are a bit lengthy with the shortest song coming in at 5:25 (track 2) and the longest at 12:40 (track 8). That shouldn't deter you from playing this though because it is a beautiful soundtrack and honestly a piece of art. The gloomy yet intricate guitar captures your imagination as the band takes on almost ballad like songs.

Sounds Like: 
Kowloon Walled City
Sounds Like: 
Dopethrone
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2017
Artist: 
PWR BTTM
Label: 
Polyvinyl Record Co.

This is the most relatable song ever. We've all been there, waiting for someone to answer a text. This is the clean version, but I highly recommend listening to the original to get the full feeling of it. 

According to Wikipedia, PWR BTTM is "an American queer punk duo composed of Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins" and they've been around for a few years.

Sounds Like: 
Bowling for Soup?
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2017
Artist: 
Arian Saleh
Label: 
Milogna Mischief

This album is delightfully layered taking influences from old classical violin rifts and combining middle eastern drum anesthetics, paired with an almost opera quality style male singer. Arian Saleh is a distinctive singer song writer and composer. This album took me by surprise. After peering at the lyrics I was assuming that I had gotten myself involved with a whiney type of male singer who would make sad angst indie type music bordering on boy band status. I was completely wrong.

Sounds Like: 
Ron Pope
Sounds Like: 
MIk & Scott - in unique inventiveness
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2017

NE-HI @ SXSW

I caught up with NE-HI at The Blackheart, shortly before their set at the CLIF Bar Bash. The Chicago-based quartet falls somewhere in the intersection of post-punk and psychedelic garage rock, and certainly lived up to their reputable energy on stage. We got to chat about a myriad of absolutely pressing topics, from which neighborhood band they're going to beat up, to Hot Tub Time Machine origin stories.

Emily Beiser: Hey guys! Should we start by everyone introducing themselves and telling me what you’re most excited for at South By?

Artist: 
Morta Skuld
Label: 
Peaceville Records

Morta Skuld's song "Breath in the Black" is the single off the February 2017 album Wounds Deeper Than Time. This is some old school death metal right here and it rocks. The blast beats on the drums are mind blowing and its dark and gloomy enough to satisfy any doomhead. The vocals are growly and dark, no pig squealing, but they rock. The guitar and bass are just insane and compliment the drumming so well. For me this song is heavily drum and vocal focused so its important to see the guitar/bass playing a role but not taking over.

Sounds Like: 
old school death metal
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/01/2017
Artist: 
Mariel Mariel
Label: 
Cosmica Records

Mariel Mariel hits you hard with "Y Va Caer". This song has a dark and deep underlying tone to it. It has your typical rap bass beats but is accompanied by bongo drums to add flavor to the song. Just because a person doesn't speak Spanish doesn't mean they cannot enjoy this song. It's so cool and deep with a great beat that you get a sense of what she is talking about. I love her strong attitude and flow in this song. Her flow is on point and just chilling. A male voice accompanies her on the chorus and his voice helps adds to the dark undertone of this song.

Sounds Like: 
female fronted rap with world influences
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/01/2017
Artist: 
Frank Ocean
Label: 
Def Jam Records

Chanel by Frank Ocean is the second unexpected single after Slide with Migos and Calvin Harris. Chanel is a really dreamy song with a dark undertone. Ever since Frank Ocean became a hit phenomena with OFWGKTA, many people were interested in his sexuality due to his ambiguous lyrics (why anyone cared though I'm not sure).  A lot of people have given this song praise for Frank finally talking first hand about a boyfriend or a non-binary relationship. Putting politics aside, this song is really cool.

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/31/2017

Amanda's SXSW Day 1

Acts: 
Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart
Acts: 
Lionsgate's La La Land Party
Concert Date: 
Sun, 03/12/2017
Location: 
SXSW

Landing in Austin and getting to our hotel was an adventure, but you could feel the energy absolutely buzzing downtown. This was my first South By South West, and I knew it would be something special. We arrived on Sunday, the day before the Music Festival officially started, so I went to some free events to try and get the most out of the day. I’m a big fan of what has been dubbed YouTube’s Holy Trinity- comprised of Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart. Mamrie and Hannah were speaking at the Create and Cultivate House, so that was where I went.

Reviewer: 
Amanda Chesin
Artist: 
Body Count
Label: 
The Century Family Inc.

Ice-T and Body Count are back releasing the second single off their upcoming album “Bloodlust” Why the lyricism is more common to rap exclaiming “I gotta get paid the ski mask way,” but it is also extremely aggressive discussing “shooting you bitch” and things of the like. Don’t get me wrong this song is still hardcore and even includes a breakdown and a few growls. Honestly I have not been exposed to much rap-metal, but this song got me pumped up in a way I have not in a while. I 100% support this track.

Sounds Like: 
Expire
Sounds Like: 
Attila
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2017
Artist: 
Ed Sheeran
Label: 
Atlantic Records

After a year's hiatus, Ed Sheeran has come back strong with a solid album about love and life. Already, 4 of the tracks from the album are Billboard's Top 100; songs you have probably heard like Shape Of You, Castle On the Hill, Perfect and Gallway Girl. But there are some hidden treasures in this album. 

Sounds Like: 
kinda like Lukas Graham but it's Ed--no one sounds like Ed Sheeran
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2017
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