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Artist: 
Andrew Reed
Label: 
Artists International Publishing

As someone who likes Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, I thought to myself, what could go wrong with a long haired dude with a guitar? As it turns out, Andrew Reed is not really similar to those two artists. Andrew Reed is definitely a hippie, but an old-timey Americana one at that. With songs like "Carolina in the Morning," Reed offers a lamentation over a woman/state, accompanied by a gentle guitar strums and light percussion. Although an overall easy listening album, I did not particularly enjoy Andrew Reed's voice. It seemed a little too shaky and urgent.

Sounds Like: 
Leonard Cohen
Sounds Like: 
Johnny Cash
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2018
Artist: 
Hop Along
Label: 
Saddle Creek

Hop Along is an indie-alternative band hailing from Pennsylvania with their third album, Bark Your Head Off, Dog. For starters lead singer Frances Quinlan has one of the most unique and mesmerizing voices that I have heard in a while. It has a certain raspiness to it that makes her vocal performance on this album vulnerable when it needs to be, and assertive and kick-ass when the time calls. Another aspect about her voice that I greatly appreciated was the fact that it never got to the point of absurdity.

Sounds Like: 
Pinegrove
Sounds Like: 
Built to Spill
Sounds Like: 
Dr. Dog
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/09/2018
Artist: 
Uranium Club
Label: 
Sunbelt Chemical Corporation

Uranium Club is a punk band from Minnesota and they bring a punchy energy to this live album that was recorded in Italy. In recent months, I have found several excellent bands that have originated from Minnesota; this includes both contemporary bands like Remo Drive, and Hippo Campus, and other bands like Dillinger Four and Hüsker Dü. The concurrent theme being unique and solid punk bands stem from Minnesota, however I don’t know if there is a correlation. Uranium Club isn’t breaking any ground with this live album though.

Sounds Like: 
Hüsker Dü
Sounds Like: 
Dillinger Four
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/09/2018
Artist: 
Kaite Frank
Label: 
Quite Frankly Music/ Brass Giraffe Music

Katie Frank is a singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that recently released her first full length album “All You’ll Get From Greed”. Her style is easy to listen to pop-rock. Her sound reminds me of a generic track that you could find on Radio Disney. That is to say, this album is very beige. While listening to this album, I zoned out and went from track 2 to track 7 without noticing that I had been listening to an album. The instrumental performances are somewhat lackluster and unimaginative.

Sounds Like: 
Hannah Montana
Sounds Like: 
The Naked Brothers Band
Sounds Like: 
Radio Disney
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
Jackson MacIntosh
Label: 
Sinderlyn

Jackson MacIntosh is a singer song writer who recorded the majority of his latest album at the Drones Club in Montreal. MacIntosh blends the sytles of indie rock and 60s/70s pop rock together in order to create the sound of this album, "My Dark Side". Think of it as The Shins meets the Beatles (White Album). Although the album is generally warm, which surprised me due to the album art and the title of the album, I find it quite bland and unmemorable.

Sounds Like: 
The Smiths
Sounds Like: 
The Beatles
Sounds Like: 
The Shins
Sounds Like: 
Nico
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
Frankie Cosmos
Label: 
Sub Pop

Those who have listened to Frankie Cosmos in the past are used to her playful lyrics, such as "your name is a triangle, your heart is a square" and this album still has that very unique style of writing. Her songs and lyrics have always felt like miniature diary entires to me, and Vessel pushes that idea even more so because these songs are more introspective and self reflective than albums before. I don't want to reduce Frankie Cosmos to the term "relatable" because her music is so much more unique than that, but I think that's what makes this album so great.

Sounds Like: 
SALES
Sounds Like: 
(Sandy) Alex G
Name: 
Chloe Hislop
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
Everett Bird
Label: 
Royal Mountain Records

Psychedelic rock is making a much appreciated comeback thanks to artists like Everett Bird, Mac DeMarco, and Tame Impala.

Sounds Like: 
Mac DeMarco
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
Andrew W.K.
Label: 
Bee & El/Sony Music

Did somebody say "party"? No? Well, Andrew W.K. definitely did. For example, the lyrics of the first song, "The Power of Partying", is composed of only the word "partying." What this album lacks in seriousness it makes up with feel good vibes and music. Andrew W.K. is genuinely a fun guy who oozes positivity and this album similarly reflects the creator's personality.

Sounds Like: 
Titus Andronicus - A little more "corny" than Titus but has the same chanting and overall good vibes feel
Sounds Like: 
The Darkness - hard rock, power vocals, quirky attitude
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2018
Artist: 
Andrew W.K
Label: 
Bee & El/Sony Music

Did somebody say "party"? No? Well, Andrew W.K. definitely did. For example, the lyrics of the first song, "The Power of Partying", is composed of only the word "partying." What this album lacks in seriousness it makes up with feel good vibes and music. Andrew W.K. is genuinely a fun guy who oozes positivity and this album similarly reflects the creator's personality.

Sounds Like: 
Titus Andronicus - A little more "corny" than Titus but has the same chanting and overall good vibes feel
Sounds Like: 
The Darkness - hard rock, power vocals, quirky attitude
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2018
Artist: 
Andrew W.K
Label: 
Bee & El/Sony Music

Did somebody say "party"? No? Well, Andrew W.K. definitely did. For example, the lyrics of the first song, "The Power of Partying", is composed of only the word "partying." What this album lacks in seriousness it makes up with feel good vibes and music. Andrew W.K. is genuinely a fun guy who oozes positivity and this album similarly reflects the creator's personality.

Sounds Like: 
Titus Andronicus - A little more "corny" than Titus but has the same chanting and overall good vibes feel
Sounds Like: 
The Darkness - hard rock, power vocals, quirky attitude
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2018
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