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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
Artist: 
Black River Revenue
Label: 
Black River Revue Records

If you like to listen to country music, check out this album! The album consists of country-like music with soul and witty lyrics. "Just Can't Win" is an upbeat, fun country dance kind of song whereas "Place I Belong" and "The Same" is more of the slower, soulful song. "Texas Girl" and "Talking to Foxes" are worth the listen for the lyrics. Most of the songs in this album gives a very happy, good vibe but "Morning" gave the most refreshing feel. If you are an avid listener of country music, this album is for you!

Sounds Like: 
The Civil Wars
Sounds Like: 
TIm McGraw
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2017
Artist: 
Phono Pony
Label: 
Phono Pony

I have to say, I did not like this album whatsoever. It was a little too aggressive for me, and while there were hidden chord progressions that I may have liked, the overall vibe was very loud, violent and callous. The singing sounds like yelling over really loud guitar and drums. Also, because its an EP, there are not a lot of songs to choose from (this album has only four tracks). Lyrics were also strange and even somewhat tacky, especially in "Tattoo on my Face" (the refrain is: "I've got a tattoo of my face on my face...uhhh ok).

Sounds Like: 
garage punk
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2017
Artist: 
Slaughter Beach, Dog
Label: 
Lame-O Records

In Slaughter Beach, Dog's new album, Birdie, there is a key exploration between and the blurring of different genres. Through a blend of heavier rock and light-hearted songs, Birdie is a work of poetry set to music. All of the lyrics are relatable, beautiful, and reflective; one can see that the main singer, Jake Ewald, really took an introspective approach in his songwriting for this album.

Sounds Like: 
Shannen Moser
Sounds Like: 
Pinegrove
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2017
Artist: 
Reptaliens
Label: 
Captured Tracks

In their full-length debut studio album, FM-2030, Reptaliens combines lo-fi, groovy, and sci-fi all together to create a unique tone distinctly their own. This album has an overall unified psychedelic style with Bambi Browning's dreamy voice, synth riffs, and trippy ambiance backgrounds. There is a good range of beats that are featured in their debut album which adds nice variety. The song titles and lyrics are a little funky (satan, 666bus, stalkers, etc) but I think this adds to their eccentric spacey-feels, kind of like tripping.

Sounds Like: 
Cende
Sounds Like: 
Arbes
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Pandas & People
Label: 
Pandas & People

With their newest self-released album Out to Sea, Pandas & People showcase their solid indie-folk rock foundation. For me personally, it borders on country rock, but it’s a really unique sound. All of the tracks are cohesive in that it doesn’t just sound like seven singles put on an album.

Sounds Like: 
The Northern Empty
Sounds Like: 
Mumford & Sons
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Holy Moly & The Crackers
Label: 
Pink Lane Records

Based in the UK, Holy Moly & The Crackers is the most diverse-sounding band I’ve ever heard. They incorporate rock and alt influences into folk, which you would think doesn’t work, but they make it happen! Their overall sound is so diverse and unique, it really sets them apart from any other music group. All of the tracks on Salem are moderate to fast paced and has a really good beat, making it very catchy. What really makes this album fun and interesting are the different musical instruments they utilize in addition to the traditional guitar melody.

Sounds Like: 
ZZ Ward
Sounds Like: 
Alabama Shakes
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Cults
Label: 
Sinderlyn

The band Cults have released their new album after a four-year hiatus from the scene. “Offering” hits its mark with the indie synthpop sound throughout the album. The song “Offering” and “I took your picture” resemble closely to MGMT, Madeline Follin’s spacey heartfelt voice carries the dreamy vibe of the song, indulging the listener in a world of pure imagination. The vocals in “With My Eyes Closed” shows the bands ability to work together in a new powerful direction of music for the soul.

Sounds Like: 
MGMT
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Name: 
Miles Schuk Ehler
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2017
Artist: 
Nick Heyward
Label: 
Gladsome Hawk

In Nick Heyward’s new album, "Woodland Echoes" he gives listeners a sound that creates an uplifting new take on classic sounds that have various instruments with an indie vibe to it. In his song "Mountain Top", Heyward’s voice resembles closely to that of Paul McCartney with an uppity pop guitar sound that mixes well along with a perfect country fiddle solo that makes you feel like you’re listening to a classic rock song released in the 60s.

Sounds Like: 
John Lennon
Sounds Like: 
Paul McCarney
Name: 
Miles Schuk Ehler
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2017
Artist: 
Blank Range
Label: 
Self-Release

        The opening track from this Nashville-based American Rock&Roll band, sounds like the singing style of The Black Keys meets the rhythm of a Tom Petty song.  Having been a long time fan of the music of Tom Petty this is like music heaven to me.   

Sounds Like: 
The Black Keys
Sounds Like: 
Tom Petty
Sounds Like: 
Fleetwood Mac (Vocal harmony-wise
Sounds Like: 
Country & Folk
Sounds Like: 
"Girl From The North Country" & Bob Dylans more Folk-sounding records
Sounds Like: 
Bob Dylan's vocal range
Sounds Like: 
The Byrds
Sounds Like: 
Great amount of Folk Harmony
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/03/2017
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