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Artist: 
Sam Smith
Label: 
Universal Music Operations Limited

Sam Smith has achieved a near-pinnacle of heartfelt pop in his new album, “The Thrill of It All.” His success is trackable in Top 40s lists from the past several years; you may remember his feature on Disclosure’s

Sounds Like: 
Adele
Sounds Like: 
Every feeling you've ever felt told back to you by a genius lyricist
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
Peter Oren
Label: 
Western Vinyl

Peter Oren's album Anthropocene is a singer-songwriter album that honestly sounds like Randy Newman playing guitar. The album is pretty folk heavy with typical Americana type lyrics. The influences like Arthur Russel and Bob Dylan. Anthropocene definitely has Bob Dylan influences but it is not even on the same level as Bob Dylan. This album is ten tracks long and all of them sound like the same track. While it is very pretty, I felt there was nothing to give substance to this album. One cannot argue that this album was well produced, pretty, and overall calming.

Sounds Like: 
easy going folk music
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
The Pack A.D.
Label: 
Cadence Music

"Dollhouse" by The Pack a.d. is a garage rock album that has songs with a range of emotions. While all of the songs have heavy guitar sounds and simple drum beats, the album has a fair amount of variety in terms of the emotions it brings out. This album is worthwhile because of this balance between consistency and variety. For example, the opening song "Woke Up Weird" is heavy with gritty vocals. The following song "$" has clearer vocals with a fun "ooh-ahhh" song to it.

Sounds Like: 
The Kills - if Alison Mosshart had a lower voice
Sounds Like: 
Deap Valley - both are powerful female duos in rock
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2017
Artist: 
Spinning Coin
Label: 
Geographic Music

Permo is Spinning Coin’s debut album. The band, from Glasgow, sounds like a mixture of psychedelic rock and dreamy indie. The whimsical vocals float intermingled with the guitar riffs dominating the tracks. The album is very similar to work the Pastels have done. My favorite part is the lingering angst that is present in many tracks, like “Starry Eyes” and “Tin”. Guised under the soft vocals, the lyrics often pack a punch at the government or pop culture. “Starry Eyes” takes a direct hit at politics and backwards priorities.

Sounds Like: 
The Pastels
Sounds Like: 
SACRED PAWS
Sounds Like: 
Catholic Action
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2017
Artist: 
King Khan
Label: 
Khaniballism

King Khan is our generation's Iggy Pop. In my few encounters with the mythical Khan, he has worn leather bondage, worn a necklace of shrimp, and shoved a microphone down his pants and swung it at my head. Mysterious stangers have whispered to me that these are tame experiences with the King.

Sounds Like: 
The Stones circa Beggars Banquet
Sounds Like: 
Mark Sultan
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Shijo X
Label: 
Planetary Group
With the release of their latest album, "Odd Times", Shijo X has continued to define their signature sounds and personal mark through their album. The album is their third and their most mature, as they keep the integrity of their experimental sound within a more refined structure. 
 
Sounds Like: 
Bjork
Sounds Like: 
La Femme
Name: 
Amit Sen
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Sadgirl
Label: 
Hard Feelings Records

Sadgirl recently released a Volume Three Point Five album, which is a compilation of older songs, packaged with a different cd cover.

Sounds Like: 
The Buttertones
Sounds Like: 
King Khan
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Strange Ranger
Label: 
Tiny Engines

Previously named Sioux Falls, Stranger Ranger, release a new album titled Daymoon. The album plays at a very slow pace with stagnant vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Peaer
Sounds Like: 
Soft Fangs
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Wolf Parade
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

       The Lead singer of Canadian Indie Rock group, "Wolf Parade" sounds like a beautiful marriage between the singing-style of the lead singer of Modest Mouse and a more commanding/risqué singing-style of the lead singer of The Killers.  In other words it starts out gradual and then becomes memorable.  The bands name stands nicely next to this unique singing-style.

Sounds Like: 
80s Synth Pop
Sounds Like: 
R.E.O Speedwagon
Sounds Like: 
a beautiful marriage between any epic live performance ever done by an INdie Rock band on the popular Teen Soaps: "One Tree Hill" and "The O.C." and that eerie-sounding music that your hear in the background of films like "Twilight Saga"
Sounds Like: 
The Lead Singer of The Killers
Sounds Like: 
80s Pop
Sounds Like: 
60s Riff
Sounds Like: 
80s synth pop
Sounds Like: 
The Black Keys
Sounds Like: 
The Cars
Sounds Like: 
Switchfoot's "Fading West"
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
DJ Phonon
Label: 
Axiom Records

DJ Phonon's Lost consists of milder versions of EDM. "Deep Down" is a fun, hip song with a deeper undertone. "In Motion" is likewise a darker music than the rest. "No Regrets" is my favorite song of the album and is something to listen to if you are going through a hard time and need to dance it all off. At first listen, I did not like "On and On" but the more I listened to it, the more addicting it was. "The Keyz Above The Clouds" is more of the happier and uplifting songs of the album.

Sounds Like: 
Ursula 1000
Sounds Like: 
ASTROJAXX
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2017
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