Alt

Artist: 
Marika Hackman
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

OK while I have your attention, this album is INCREDIBLE. I have been listening to it for a week straight and I haven’t gotten tired of it.

Sounds Like: 
The Japanese House
Sounds Like: 
Frankie Cosmos
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
L.A. Witch
Label: 
Suicide Squeeze

Sounds Like: 
Johnny Cash
Sounds Like: 
The Runaways
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Ted Leo
Label: 
Self Released

Ted Leo is a troubador of punk and hardocre in the Northeast dating back to the mid 1990's. A shit-hot guitar player, a lyricist of caustic wit and a keen ear for songwriting has made him a sort of "musician's musician" of great acclaim, but not always mainstream success.

Sounds Like: 
Thin Lizzy
Sounds Like: 
Superchunk
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Leprous
Label: 
InsideOut Records

This Norwegian metal band has been around for over a decade, but their latest album is significantly less metal than previous ones. I found this in the alt box, and I believe it could probably go in either category. It's not screamy or heavy metal, it's almost electronic in some ways? The background music on some of the tracks reminds me of the electronic feel of the Foals album from last year. 

Sounds Like: 
Evanescence if the singer was a dude
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Raised on TV
Label: 
Self-released

Self-described as "Sounds of SoCal, soaring arena riffs, dreamy melodies, catchy anthem-like hooks," Raised on TV's first album is an experience from beginning to end. With ballads like "Goodnight Summer" and rocking tracks like "Age of Information," this album has something for everyone. It's light rock, just a nice album to listen to. The vocals sound like blink-182 to me, but this album adds in harmonies that really make it something different and unique.

Sounds Like: 
Blink-182 (but less angsty)
Sounds Like: 
Death Cab For Cutie
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
MELT
Label: 
Danger Collective/Topsheld

Unsurprisingly, MELT is an emo band from New Jersey (because where else do they come from?), but surprisingly they have an interesting take on the genre that stands out from so many other bands that all just sound like each other. Riffer, clocking in at just under-half-an-hour is a neat little album that I think lives up to its goal as printed on the information sticker - to give "an update to early Aughts' emo." Taking the rushing and kick-start instrumentation from older music, but pairing it with toned-down and flatline vocals gives Riffer <

Sounds Like: 
You Blew It!
Sounds Like: 
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Sounds Like: 
90's alt rock
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Joy Downer
Label: 
Joy Downer

"Radio Dreamer" by Joy Downer is the work of married couple Joy Bishop and Jeff Downer. It's a dreamwave EP of just five songs, featuring Joy's saccharine voice floating over pop beats and bouncy drums. It's a mix of Lana Del Rey, CHVRCHES, and Soren Bryce.

Sounds Like: 
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Sounds Like: 
CHVRCHES
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Ron Pope
Label: 
Brooklyn Basement Records

"Ron Pope? That name sounds so familiar."
"Yeah, he's the dude that sang 'Drop in the Ocean'."
"Oh, that's right! Wow, my preteen angst has suddenly returned."

Sounds Like: 
Civil Wars
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Hippo Campus
Label: 
Grand Jury Music

I was introduced to Hippo Campus not too long ago by a close friend. The played "Little Grace", another one of the band's songs, and once I heard the first few milliseconds, I knew that this group would be my new musical obsession. And, after hearing "Baseball", I am not the least bit disappointed. 

Sounds Like: 
Oh Gravity
Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
09/18/2017
Artist: 
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Label: 
Ivy League Records

The album has a good compilation of a combination of catchy guitar riffs and drumming. Overall, it seems that the vocals are not the focus of the tracks--in some songs the singer sounds like a whispery Elvis. In contrast to the variation in the vocal's role, each track has beautifully mixed instrumentals that give the songs life.

Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Walk the Moon
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
09/18/2017
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