Alt

Artist: 
Particle Kid
Label: 
Hen House Studios

This is definitely not a conventional album and I am not sure how I feel about that.

Sounds Like: 
Grizzly Bear
Sounds Like: 
Willie Nelson
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
The Bushwick Hotel
Label: 
Self-Released

Though The Bushwick Hotel is not literally a place of respite, the band's lively spirit, sonically eclectic elements, and bright elements will put hearts, minds, and ears at ease. From Brooklyn, New York, the band calls on inspiration from the likes of Elvis Costello, Band of Horses, David Bowie, The Band, and Van Morrison. Each member adds their own exotic talents for a diverse sound full of jazzy saxophone and swinging beats, making The Bushwick Hotel stand out from the crowd.

Sounds Like: 
Bruce Springsteen
Sounds Like: 
Elvis Costello
Name: 
Jacob Sky Bruse
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
The Obsessives
Label: 
Lame-o Records

The Obsessives' new self-titled album is an experience from beginning to end. The length of tracks varies from 36 seconds to nearly 4 minutes, yet they all seem to sound more or less the same. The singer is very monotonous. VERY monotonous and sounds like he slurs most of his words together. The lyrics don't make much sense, but they're entertaining. It's chill to listen to, not something you have to focus very hard on since there's just kinda the one layer to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Sorority Noise (but less good)
Sounds Like: 
Modern Baseball
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
The Weeks
Label: 
Lightning Rod Records

After seeing the Weeks on a complete whim in September and becoming a dedicated fan, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were putting out a new full-length album. Easy is a swampy, energetic Southern rock album that showcases the many good aspects of this band. Easy is less of a Southern rock record than their other releases, but the Skynyrd-esque vestiges are still definitely present. Most of the songs are fairly simple, but this is where The Weeks shine. Songs like "Start It Up," show classic rock vignettes with Americana themes.

Sounds Like: 
Dawes
Sounds Like: 
Delta Spirit
Sounds Like: 
The Hold Steady
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2017
Artist: 
Said the Whale
Label: 
Hidden Pony Records

This album is psychedelic noise-rock, but it still manages to be melodic and pleasant sounding. It in corporates a variety of different stylings and noises, and comes across as polished and cohesive. The best tracks are the ones that are synthy and almost EDM, like "Miscarriage." The songs like miscarriage manage to combine EDM buildups with the traditional psych-rock sound to create tour de forces.

Sounds Like: 
Ra Ra Riot
Sounds Like: 
Rogue Wave
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2017
Artist: 
Gold Star
Label: 
Autumn Tone

This is classic melancholy alt-country. The vocals are weary and long for something, and the guitar sways and wobbles like any good country album. Most of the songs express themes of alienation and loneliness. Overall the record is very good, but is definitely something you only want to listen to when you're depressed and manically driving around at night. My complaint would be that there isn't really a repreive from the depressing overlay on the entire record--"Sonny's Blues," sounds kind of poppy and upbeat, but not within the conext of the album.

Sounds Like: 
Jeff Tweedy
Sounds Like: 
Sturgill Simpson
Sounds Like: 
Paul Westerberg
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2017
Artist: 
Misterwives
Label: 
Photo Finish Records

Misterwives has released two singles from their upcoming album "Connect the Dots" and I am obsessed!! If you have ever listened to Misterwives before, you know their music is fun and dance-y, and just an all around good time. The first two singles from their sophomore album, "Machine" and "Oh Love", are just that, but pack a bigger punch. These songs are edgy and show Misterwives moving forward to an evolved sound from their first record.

Sounds Like: 
Walk the Moon
Sounds Like: 
Matt and Kim
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Diners
Label: 
Warped Your Records

A Soft Day is Diners’ third studio album. At first listen, anyone will be able to associate Diners’ music with wholesomeness, happiness and nostalgia. This project is no different, it uses the classic Diners’ formula.

Sounds Like: 
Elliott Smith but happy (kind of?)
Name: 
Brandon Serrano
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
PWR BTTM
Label: 
Polyvinyl Record Co.

This is the most relatable song ever. We've all been there, waiting for someone to answer a text. This is the clean version, but I highly recommend listening to the original to get the full feeling of it. 

According to Wikipedia, PWR BTTM is "an American queer punk duo composed of Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins" and they've been around for a few years.

Sounds Like: 
Bowling for Soup?
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2017
Artist: 
Ed Sheeran
Label: 
Atlantic Records

After a year's hiatus, Ed Sheeran has come back strong with a solid album about love and life. Already, 4 of the tracks from the album are Billboard's Top 100; songs you have probably heard like Shape Of You, Castle On the Hill, Perfect and Gallway Girl. But there are some hidden treasures in this album. 

Sounds Like: 
kinda like Lukas Graham but it's Ed--no one sounds like Ed Sheeran
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2017
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