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Artist: 
Fits
Label: 
Father/Daughter Records

This new Fits album is a banger! All of the songs are less than 3 minutes, averaging around 2 minute songs which you might initially think “how are you supposed to fit dope music into a 2 minute song?” but Fits knows how to do it.  The album consists of lots of guitar and drums combining into various, original beats and sounds.

Sounds Like: 
The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die
Sounds Like: 
Mom Jeans.
Name: 
Gabrielle Ranger
Date Reviewed: 
11/21/2017
Artist: 
Kelly Clarkson
Label: 
Atlantic Records

I'm going to start this review with a universal, basic truth: if you refuse to listen to textbook, chart-topping pop such as Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, or Carly Rae Jepsen out of some kind of misinformed hipster sense of superiority, you are deeply depriving yourself. Because this kind of music is awesome, and we are living in a great era for it. Despite the less than organic start to her musical career, Clarkson has spent a bit over a decade exploring various pop stylings and utilitizing her amazing voice on a myriad of different  records, some good, some terrible.

Sounds Like: 
Miley Cyrus, but like good Miley Cyrus when she does the "Jolene" cover
Sounds Like: 
Adele
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
Graham the Empire
Label: 
Self Released

I am pleasantly surprised with this album. I wasn't sure what to expect but if you appreciate rock even a bit, this is a pretty good album. It has classical elements of "true" rock with an interesting mix of electronic elements that give a degree of distortion to the music, which increases its level of "edginess." I definitely enjoyed the guitar the most in all the tracks and mixes well with the electronic components by playing with the distortion of the electric guitar and the sounds composed on the computer.

Sounds Like: 
The Killers
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
The Sherlocks
Label: 
None

This is a decently good British alt-pop rock, pseudoindie record. The genre has been done to death, but that doesn't mean good music in that vein can't still come out. All of the songs have a small garage rock vibe, the singer sounds like  a less pretentious Julian Casablancas. The Sherlocks sound very similar to early Arctic Monkeys, and they each come from roughly the same area of England. You can tell that this band would be awesome live in a small bar setting. This is simply anthemic indie rock reinvented for a new generation--an Is This It?

Sounds Like: 
Surfer Blood
Sounds Like: 
Arctic Monkeys
Sounds Like: 
The Fratellis
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
Sufjan Stevens
Label: 
Asthmatic Kitty

“The Greatest Gift” is a mixtape album of outtakes, remixes, and demos from “Carrie & Lowell,” the famed album from 2015.

Sounds Like: 
Keaton Henson
Sounds Like: 
Fleet Foxes
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
John Maus
Label: 
Ribbon Music

At the center of John Maus’ 12 track experience entitled Screen Memories

Sounds Like: 
Ariel Pink (used to work alongside then they had a falling out)
Sounds Like: 
80's classic music
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
11/17/2017
Artist: 
Julian Baker
Label: 
Matador

Tennessee native Julien Baker has released her newest record Turn Out The Lights - a hauntingly beautiful collection of songs about young life that will be remembered for generations. Baker has had a remarkably quick rise to acclaim and fame over the past few years. Her latest and first record for Matador wanders slowly but never feels lazy or sulks. Like most of Baker's best work, fast tempo is replaced by lightning strike intensity and her immediately recognizable voice.

Sounds Like: 
Mitski
Sounds Like: 
Pinegrove
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2017
Artist: 
Dawn People
Label: 
DFA

       The craziest trance-inducing blend of Electronica and Psychedelic Rock that I have ever heard.  I am only on Track #1 and already I feel like I am totally tripping out. 

Sounds Like: 
Explosions in The Sky (Cinematic Music-wise)
Sounds Like: 
Requiem for A Dream's Outro
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2017
Artist: 
Flat Worms
Label: 
Text Me Records

Flat Worms' album Flat Worms has nothing to do with worms, and it even has a dog on the cover (which is why I chose it). Aside from awesome animals, it was a pretty decent indie rock album. A bit too garagerock/industrial sounding for my taste, but it was well-done and enjoyable to listen to. All the songs except the last track are short and exciting and you're constantly wondering what the next one will sound like. Heavy guitar, catchy choruses, and more! 

Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Sounds Like: 
Sex Pistols
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2017
Artist: 
The She's
Label: 
Empty Cellar Records

        San Francisco-based the She's start out sounding (vocally-speaking) like Blondie meets The Go Gos  and then their sound morphs into Girl Punk Bands meet Joan Jett.  I love punk; so this band is already right up my ally. 

Sounds Like: 
Blondie
Sounds Like: 
The Go Gos
Sounds Like: 
Joan Jett
Sounds Like: 
Pearl Jam's Progressiveness
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2017
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