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Artist: 
Starcrawler
Label: 
Rough Trade Records

This LA-based band's self-titled album is a blend of different types of genres and feels like getting hit by a train from beginnning to end, in a good way though. This band will blow you out of the water with their short songs full of raw originality. It is filled with eccentric rock'n'roll guitar riffs accompanied by Arrow de Wilde and Henri Cash's sweet ass vocals. I promise that this album will take you on a trip.

Sounds Like: 
The Offspring
Sounds Like: 
Stooges
Sounds Like: 
Nirvana
Name: 
Nayla Acosta
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
RIDE
Label: 
Wichita Records

I have not listened to RIDE's other music prior to this review, but I think after this EP I may have to give it a shot. When I picked up this album I was simply expecting a decent shoegaze album, but Tomorrow's Shore managed to surprise me. While I expected something more along the lines of My Bloody Valentine, I got more MGMT; and where I was expecting the heavier and droning guitars of shoegaze I got expansive-sounding and lush soundscapes. Is shoegaze having its Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century moment? If so, I'm digging it.

Sounds Like: 
MGMT but maybe a bit more shoegaze-y
Sounds Like: 
My Bloody Valentine but if they collaborated with Daft Punk
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
MGMT
Label: 
Columbia Records

In 2013, MGMT released their third album, self-titled, which divided fans and critics. Afterwards, the band went on a four-year hiatus and only began to release new music again back in October. Now, MGMT is back with their long-awaited fourth studio album, Little Dark Age. The question that may be on everyone's minds is: was it worth the wait? After listening to this album, I think it most certainly was.

Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
Peter Bjorn and John
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
Million Miles
Label: 
Self-Released

A collection of singles fashioned into an EP, Berry Hill EP consists of four enjoyable singles that may appeal to those who are fans of Amy Winehouse or Norah Jones. Although Million Miles - aka musician Sophie Baudry - is not American, she could have fooled me; the songs feel decidedly bluesy and folks-y, and I'm not surprised that the EP's four songs were recorded in Nashville, as it sort of walks the line between soul, blues, and country. Baudry's voice is sweet and enjoyable to listen to, and her lyrics are relatable and empowering.

Sounds Like: 
Norah Jones
Sounds Like: 
Amy Winehouse
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
Lars Finberg
Label: 
In The Red Records

This album combines garage punk with synth and electronic sounds. Most of the songs have an upbeat yet slightly off tune that is pleasant to listen to but is slightly unsettling as it is not the type of beat and notes that you typically hear in most music on the radio. The faster songs are definitely the best songs, as the fast beat tends to air best with garage and electronic sounds.

Sounds Like: 
Of Montreal
Sounds Like: 
TV Girl
Sounds Like: 
Franz Ferdinand
Name: 
Jessica Murray
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
They Might Be Giants
Label: 
Idlewild Recordings

This album has a fun, catchy, upbeat tune with serious undertones discussing topics of love, loss, and depression. The singers explore different aspects of life and death through the album through catchy songs that sound reminiscent of the children's music they have written in the past. The lead singer sounds a lot like Benjamin Gibbard, although the songs are quite a bit different than what you'd hear from Death Cab for Cutie or The Postal Service.

Sounds Like: 
Benjamin Gibbard
Sounds Like: 
Cake
Sounds Like: 
The Mountain Goats
Name: 
Jessica Murray
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
Franz Ferdinand
Label: 
Domino

After a five year gap filled with inter-band collaborations, everyone’s favorite Glaswegian rock band is back, and boy oh boy is their return a welcome one. Paraphrasing Alternative Music Director Andrew Boring – Franz Ferdinand is a band that sounds the same on every album, but that also makes every album sound different. I wholeheartedly agree, and Always Ascending is no different.

Sounds Like: 
Arcade Fire
Sounds Like: 
Muse (a lá The 2nd Law)
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/19/2018
Artist: 
poetry for punks
Label: 
poetry for punks

poetry for punks is an emo band from Los Angeles that I found when I was looking through new releases on bandcamp. From what I have gathered, Chronic Akrasia, is his first album. The definition of akrasia is the state of mind in which someone acts against their better judgment through weakness of will. How emo! The album is six tracks, and a brisk 13 minutes of low-fi, acoustic, crooning, bedroom emo. This album is the audible equivalence of the thoughts that go through your mind while listening to Elliott Smith alone on a rainy night.

Sounds Like: 
a teenager emulating Elliott Smith's saddest song
Sounds Like: 
XXXTENTACION
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
02/18/2018
Artist: 
Bahamas
Label: 
Barchords Inc.

If Jack Johnson and The Black Keys had a musical lovechild, it would be the Canadian groove-master Afie Jurvanen, or Bahamas.

Sounds Like: 
Jack Johnson
Sounds Like: 
The Black Keys
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/2018
Artist: 
Son Lux
Label: 
City Slang

This album is wild! Every song has sort of a different vibe which is really fun because as you are listening through it, you are surprised by each song that comes on.

Sounds Like: 
James Blake
Sounds Like: 
Lorde
Name: 
Gabrielle Ranger
Date Reviewed: 
02/14/2018
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