Artist: 
Khalid
Label: 
RCA Records

There are not enough words to describe how incredible Khalid’s debut album, American Teen is.

Sounds Like: 
DVSN
Sounds Like: 
Gallant
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2017
Artist: 
Wavves
Label: 
Gost Ramp

Wavves has released another single off of their upcoming album “You’re Welcome.” The song Animal is reminiscent of sounds from “King of the Beach&r

Sounds Like: 
Best Coast
Sounds Like: 
Surf Curse
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2017
Artist: 
Warbringer
Label: 
Napalm Records

Warbringer's Woe to the Vanquished is probably one of the best albums to come my way this semester. With a nice mix of heavy metal and thrash sound, Warbringer pulls off a relatively well-rounded album. Each track is unique, from lyrical content to general sound, and the transitions within are smooth and sound fantastic. The unique guitar solos and heavy bass behind each song is contrasted by the lead singer's high-hitting vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Exodus
Sounds Like: 
Toxic Holocaust
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Kendrick Lamar
Label: 
Top Dawg Entertainment

Kendrick Lamar released a surprise song on March 23, 2017 called The Heart Part 4. This song follows a line of previous tracks of the The Heart Part 1-3. The beginning of the song starts with a slow, mellow beat gradually getting more and more intense as the song continues. The track takes several twists and turns on the beats.

Sounds Like: 
Jay Rock
Sounds Like: 
Ab-Soul
Name: 
DeRay Chatter
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Gorillaz
Label: 
Parlophone

It’s been around six years since the Gorillaz released their fourth studio album, “The Fall”, and even longer since their first studio album self-titled “Gorillaz”; just about 15 years since their debut and they’re still rocking out.

Sounds Like: 
The Chemical Brothers
Sounds Like: 
Ratatat
Sounds Like: 
Gnarls Barkley
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Misterwives
Label: 
Photo Finish Records

Misterwives has released two singles from their upcoming album "Connect the Dots" and I am obsessed!! If you have ever listened to Misterwives before, you know their music is fun and dance-y, and just an all around good time. The first two singles from their sophomore album, "Machine" and "Oh Love", are just that, but pack a bigger punch. These songs are edgy and show Misterwives moving forward to an evolved sound from their first record.

Sounds Like: 
Walk the Moon
Sounds Like: 
Matt and Kim
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Me and That Man
Label: 
Cooking Vinyl

Nergal of Behemoth and John Porter (a Polish-British songwriter and folk icon) come together to create a dark, blackened, modern folk album. You can feel the Johnny Cash influences mixed in heavy with the darkened black metal influences. The album is modern folk with hints of harmonica, there is no mandolin or banjo so it is definitely more black metal influenced that old fashioned folk. Nergal carries over his over skeptical religious themes from Behemoth to Me and That Man which creates a very interesting folk album.

Sounds Like: 
Nergal with folk backing
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
AJ Davila
Label: 
Panoram

      AJ Davila's new single "17" has an upbeat, simplistic beach rock sound that one would hear in an Apple commercial. This is a song that you would hear right before Phoenix walks on stage to begin their set. This a song you would hear walking down Venice Beach. This is a song that you hear while competing in a surfing contest, which is why I think the song is called 17. The 5 note bassline, the simple chord progression, and the chorus chanting "hey baby hey baby hey" reminds me of surf rock. The bass is thumping on the song.

Sounds Like: 
Davila 666
Sounds Like: 
Kali Mutsa
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Diners
Label: 
Warped Your Records

A Soft Day is Diners’ third studio album. At first listen, anyone will be able to associate Diners’ music with wholesomeness, happiness and nostalgia. This project is no different, it uses the classic Diners’ formula.

Sounds Like: 
Elliott Smith but happy (kind of?)
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Juana Molina
Label: 
Self-Released/Crammed Discs

 

Juana Molina’s single Cosoco is definitely an interesting track. This song is similar to other previous work by Molina. It begins extremely eerie with the string instrument in the background. It then quickly picks up with Molina’s vocals that seem to have an auto tune modifier on them. However, it works for this song. The vocals in combination to the beats and other instruments produces a track like anything I’ve heard. The Argentinian definitely is striding in an effectively different direction musically and it makes me want more. 

Sounds Like: 
Coiffeur
Sounds Like: 
Tonolec
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017