Indie Rock

Artist: 
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Label: 
Elektra Records

I heard "Hide" at first and didn't know that RKS had released a new album. I was so happy when I clicked the icon and found the entire album. I was even happier after listening to it a few times. In How to: Friend, Love, Freefall, RKS is able to blend poetry with upbeat, urgent rhythms and melodies. Sam Melo, the lead vocalist, showcases his gripping, throaty and raspy voice, particularly in "Fever Pitch," which is one of my favorite tracks of the album.

Sounds Like: 
Cage the Elephant
Sounds Like: 
Peach Pit
Sounds Like: 
Hippo Campus
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2018
Artist: 
Amen Dunes
Label: 
Sacred Bones Records

Freedom

Sounds Like: 
The Smiths
Sounds Like: 
REM
Sounds Like: 
U2
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2018
Artist: 
Amen Dunes
Label: 
Sacred Bones Records

Freedom

Sounds Like: 
The Smiths
Sounds Like: 
REM
Sounds Like: 
U2
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2018
Artist: 
The Voidz
Label: 
RCA Records

This is the premier album by The Voidz under their new name, and the used to be called Julian Casablancas and the Voidz. Most people know Juliam Casablancas from The Strokes, and there's definitely a taste of the same style of sound on this album, which is to be expected since Casablancas was the front-man for both bands. However, as a huge fan of The Strokes, I came to this album hoping to find music that was relatively the same as past tunes from Casablancas' band, especially because most are unsure whether or not to expect new music from The Strokes, but I did not find that.

Sounds Like: 
The Strokes
Sounds Like: 
Oxbow
Name: 
Chloe Hislop
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2018
Artist: 
Kaite Frank
Label: 
Quite Frankly Music/ Brass Giraffe Music

Katie Frank is a singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that recently released her first full length album “All You’ll Get From Greed”. Her style is easy to listen to pop-rock. Her sound reminds me of a generic track that you could find on Radio Disney. That is to say, this album is very beige. While listening to this album, I zoned out and went from track 2 to track 7 without noticing that I had been listening to an album. The instrumental performances are somewhat lackluster and unimaginative.

Sounds Like: 
Hannah Montana
Sounds Like: 
The Naked Brothers Band
Sounds Like: 
Radio Disney
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
Kate Nash
Label: 
Girl Gang Records

If you’ve been following Kate Nash for a while (like I have), you’ll probably have a good idea of how her music has changed since she hit the charts with “Foundations” back in 2007. Indeed, her last effort – 2013’s Girl Talk – was almost a complete departure from her earlier work, an album with heavy punk and riot grrrl influences that sounded quite different from the cutesy, piano-based songs of her debut, Made of Bricks.

Sounds Like: 
Dum Dum Girls but poppier
Sounds Like: 
HAIM
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
04/02/2018
Artist: 
Lifted Bells
Label: 
Run For Cover

With Minor Tantrums, Lifted Bells have given us a solid emo album with decent math additions - there is not much else to say. I've listened to a lot of emo in my time, and this is another one - Bob Nanna does the vocals, who has worked on a various amount of other emo albums, so I would say knows how to...emo? My friend and I were discussing this, and we both agreed that math rock sort of hits a wall at a certain point. After a while, it all sort of sounds the same and it really takes something to make it standout.

Sounds Like: 
American Football
Sounds Like: 
Algernon Cadwallader
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
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
Artist: 
Lucy Dacus
Label: 
Matador

Lucy Dacus and her second studio album titled Historian is one of the first excellent indie rock album of 2018. Lucy started her music career in the big city of Richmond Virginia. Lucy was attending VCU when she decided that she wasn’t really cut out for this whole college thing. Dacus left VCU and began touring/ performing small gigs around the eastern seaboard in 2015. Just a year later, Lucy came out with her first album titled No Burden which put her on the map.

Sounds Like: 
Mothers
Sounds Like: 
Julien Baker
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2018
Artist: 
Hemmit
Label: 
Self-Released

With the musical sensibilities of bands like Surfer Blood but the lyrics and vocals of They Might Be Giants, Hemmit proves themselves to be an energetic duo who make decent enough indie rock. While listening to One Ultra, I got the vibe that they either don't care what people think or are just doing what they're doing for the fun of it.

Sounds Like: 
They Might Be Giants
Sounds Like: 
Surfer Blood
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2018
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