math rock

Artist: 
Negro Galacticus
Label: 
Self-Released

Negro Galacticus calls their music Afropunk, and if you overthink things like me, that might be a confusing term. I'd heard the term before (off the top of my head, from the movie Dope), and I always assumed that it meant something like a combination of Punk and Afrobeat, which led me to being confused when I actually heard it since it sounds nothing like that.

Sounds Like: 
WHY?
Sounds Like: 
Das Racist
Sounds Like: 
De La Soul
Sounds Like: 
Barr
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2016
Artist: 
Rest Ashore
Label: 
Self-Released

With "THe Human Error", local band Rest Ashore debuts with their first self-produced album. Classified as Math Rock by someone close to the band, Rest Ashore brings that to life and up in center. The vocals remind me of another band but I cannot place it and it honestly annoys me so much. The opening track "Chinese Opera" has a very catchy beat to it and I feel the Math portion of the lbum really shows itself on this track. The vocals stay consistent throughout the entire album and is pretty nice to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Chiodos (vocals)
Name: 
Sebastian Machado
Date Reviewed: 
04/01/2016
Artist: 
Rest Ashore
Label: 
Self-Released

With "THe Human Error", local band Rest Ashore debuts with their first self-produced album. Classified as Math Rock by someone close to the band, Rest Ashore brings that to life and up in center. The vocals remind me of another band but I cannot place it and it honestly annoys me so much. The opening track "Chinese Opera" has a very catchy beat to it and I feel the Math portion of the lbum really shows itself on this track. The vocals stay consistent throughout the entire album and is pretty nice to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Chiodos (vocals)
Name: 
Sebastian Machado
Date Reviewed: 
04/01/2016
Artist: 
Chon
Label: 
Sumerian

Chon is a sort of paradox. The four-man group (two lead guitars, drums and bass) are somehow both borderline comatose-ly chill and manic shredders at the same time. It the sort of stuff that makes you kick back, relax and think to yourself "holy sh*t." This is an almost entirely instrumental record except for the heavy produced vocal parts on "Can't Wait" and "Echo," which are, in all fairness, quite pretty and even touching. Mostly what you are in for is very technical, quick and interchangeably polyrhythmic guitar duets.

Sounds Like: 
Scale the Summit
Sounds Like: 
This Town Needs Guns
Sounds Like: 
Time Columns
Name: 
Cullen Walsh
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2015
Artist: 
Young Empires
Label: 
Votiv

Young Empires is a trio of young musicians hailing from the magical land of Toronto, Canada. The band released their first EP Wake All My Youth about three years ago and now they are here with a full release that sounds well-refined and matured. The sound is best described as a cross of the complex guitar elements of Foals and similar lyrical style, meanwhile maintains a dance, pop-esque quality you might find from Passion Pit. Only difference is that Young Empires take a more serious approach and sound a bit less happy-go-lucky or move about moving your feet.

Sounds Like: 
Foals
Sounds Like: 
White Arrows
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2015
Artist: 
Battles
Label: 
Warp

La Di Da Di is the third album from American experimenal rock outfit Battles. Packed with computerized loops and characteristic post rock instrumental binges, it's skittish and frenzied but in a very meticulously planned way. Sometimes it's a blast trying to keep up with it, but other times it feels like a chore. Summer Simmer, track 4, for example, is both heavy and scintilating at the same time and is so hard to focus on that it ties your brain into a knot.

Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
Liars
Name: 
Molly Ragan
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2015
Artist: 
Macaulay Vulcan
Label: 
Self-Released

“Support local bands” is a great ideal to hold, but it really can be difficult sometimes – there are just so many, which really makes it very difficult to stand out. Tucson band Macaulay Vulcan, however, is one of the exceptions, and their EP Prison Simulator Baseball is absolutely excellent from start to finish.

Sounds Like: 
Toe
Sounds Like: 
This Town Needs Guns
Name: 
Leo Hamerlynck
Date Reviewed: 
09/23/2015
Artist: 
Various
Label: 
Topshelf Records

Topshelf Records is here with its 2014 label sampler, and with it comes a whole lotta sweet alt tunes. From emo-revival bands like Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) and The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, to more indie pop groups and solo artists like Wild Ones and Tancred, this sampler has 25 songs to please the alt music palate. 

Sounds Like: 
Topshelf Records
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2014
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