Artist: 
Everything is Recorded
Label: 
XL Records

Occasionally I will get into a mood where nothing and everything sounds good to listen to. If you are feeling like that and you want to listen to a little bit of everything, this album is for you.

Sounds Like: 
Kanye West
Sounds Like: 
Chance The Rapper
Name: 
Aubrie Buechting
Date Reviewed: 
03/23/2018
Artist: 
Critical Mass
Label: 
Metalville Records

Critical Mass is introducing themselves to the metal community with a heavy hitting death metal album. Metalville Records has typically been a gamble for me but this album was a pleasant surprise. I found this album to be new, imaginative, and well produced. The vocals on this album were well executed and had enough growl in them to obtain the sound they needed but the singer was not incredibly experimental. The drumming is quick paced and quality in the work, keeping the pace up and keeping the momentum.

Sounds Like: 
Thy Art is Murder
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Between the Buried and Me
Label: 
Sumerian Records

The new between the Buried and Me album is interesting in the sense that it creates a symphonic, electronic sound while combining heavy death metal vocals. The first track, and single, is about six minutes long and is arguably the worst track on the album. All of the track lengths are pretty long, but its an interesting album. The band manages to combine Perfect Circle/Depeche Mode vocals and electronic with grindcore guitars and backing vocals. This album is great for metal heads who are into experimental albums but is not recommended for classic metal heads.

Sounds Like: 
The Black Dahlia Murder
Sounds Like: 
Depeche Mode
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Luke James
Label: 
Island Records

This single is really catchy with a funky, jazz, r&b feel. This is my first time listening to Luke James, and his voice is pleasantly smoother and higher than I expected. His voice is accompanied by a steady drum beat and electric guitar in the background. My favorite part is the second verse, where the vocals speeds up a little and you hear Luke James hit some pretty high notes with the accompanying vocals. It's followed by the long and almost dragged out hook that's repeated throughout the song.

Sounds Like: 
Childish Gambino
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Flowertruck
Label: 
Flowertruck

Flowertruck is a post-punk from Sydney Australia. The best way I can describe their sound would be to compare it to the warm sunlight of late March, but Australian and dancy post-punk. If that intriques you, then you will love their new album, Mostly Sunny. Throughout the album, lead vocals are supported by atmospheric synth leads and punchy bass lines. Lyrically, Mostly Sunny is whimsical and mesmerizing.

Sounds Like: 
Omni
Sounds Like: 
Shopping
Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Naked Giants
Label: 
New West

Naked Giants is a garage rock band from Seattle Washington with tons of personality. Their album, Sluff, is a fast-paced, roller coaster ride into the garages of America. Naked Giants delivers on this album with gritty production, energetic performances all around, and songs that will make you want to mosh and bob your head. Their sounds remind me a lot of the rawness found in Nirvanas Bleach as well as Car Seat Headrest. The pedal to the metal sound is broken up with sound like Slow Dance II, which delivers a dynamic yet punchy track.

Sounds Like: 
Nirvana (Bleach)
Sounds Like: 
Car Seat Headrest
Sounds Like: 
The Buttertones
Sounds Like: 
The Doors
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Elohim
Label: 
Elohim Music

Just judging from the title, I expected this to be a really intense EDM track. After listening though, it's actually a pretty upbeat electronic pop song with gentle female vocals. Elohim's verses are slow and steady before the beat drops into a melodic, electronic rhythm. The blunt lyrics contrast the happy instrumentals of the song. The lyrics remind me of "Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles, but a more pop-y and electronic version. Overall, pretty catchy.

Sounds Like: 
vocals like Billie Eilish
Sounds Like: 
XYLO
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Kendrick Lamar, SZA, The Weeknd, and more
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

Black Panther was an amazing movie, and this is the perfect album to be part of its soundtrack. Songs like Opps with Vince Staples and Yugen Blakrok take me back to the intense car chase scene where you can see all the impressive technology of Wakanda put into action. Big names like Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, and SZA are heard in the soundtrack, amazing as always. All the tracks are really catchy, classic hip hop tracks with solid vocals. Some of them have beats in the background that embrace the sound of African drums, channeling the culture displayed in the film.

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Vince Staples
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Carnage ft. Mac Miller and MadeinTYO
Label: 
Heavyweight Records

For starters, this single has a lot of oohs and skrrt skrrts. There's a bagpipe sound in the background that weirdly yet fittingly accompanies the classic hip hop beat. MadeinTYO builds up the track with a hook made of short lines and various oohs, yeahs, and skrrts. This song is pretty short, just making it to 2 minutes long. The unique instrumental is solidified by Mac Miller's rap verses. As always, he is very easy to listen to and makes this track all the more catchy. 

Sounds Like: 
Marshvll
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018

BROCKHAMPTON

Acts: 
BROCKHAMPTON
Concert Date: 
Thu, 03/08/2018
Location: 
The Van Buren

BROCKHAMPTON is a group of 15 individuals that started in the big city of San Marcos Texas. The group was founded by rapper Kevin Abstract and they officially formed in late 2015. Over the course of two years, BROCKHAMPTON has produced an absurd amount of content. What really put this “boy band” on the map though was the creation of the “saturation trilogy”. Over the course of 6 months, BROCKHAMPTON produced three full-length studio albums. This is an amazing feat for any rap group, but the fact that each album was consistently good is insane.

Reviewer: 
Mike Chase
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