Alt

Artist: 
Wallows
Label: 
Atlantic Records

I am so glad that I got the opportunity to listen to Spring, the Wallows' newest EP. As a lover of Real Estate, Wild Nothing and Mac Demarco, Spring felt like a mash up of all of my favorite sounds put neatly into a 5 song EP. With funky saxophone in some songs, like in "Let the Sun In," and with urgent guitar riffs in "It's Only Right," Spring promises variety and wholesome alternative/indie goodness in each track.

Sounds Like: 
Beach House
Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Wild Nothing
Sounds Like: 
Mac Demarco
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
04/22/2018
Artist: 
Everett Bird
Label: 
Royal Mountain Records

"A Blessing In Da Skies" was a good intro that led to the funky feel of the songs of the album -- captivating! I really enjoyed the chorus of "Lizard", positive and mellow. "Bucket of Dark Meat" (interesting title for a song) was upbeat but I found the beat of the chorus to be a bit more repititive than what I would like. "Paranoid" was a good feeling song to which I would say made me like this song the most. "My Town" had a soft "screaming" nostalgic vibe and I really resonated with the lyrics.

Sounds Like: 
The Killers
Sounds Like: 
Vagabon
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
04/20/2018
Artist: 
Gianna Adams
Label: 
Self-Released

Gianna Adams is back with her latest album, I Don't Know EP. "Fallen" was a great choice to begin the album, it is groovy with a sweet mixture of the Adams' vocals. "No Hero" was my favorite song of the album, it was a 180 degree turn from the previous song but it was definitely empowering with the slow, jazzy feel that you don't need no hero to get back up. "Shut Up!" is an experimental but upbeat, sassy song.

Sounds Like: 
Avril Lavigne (older songs)
Sounds Like: 
Tori Kelly
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
04/20/2018
Artist: 
Jennifer Bowen
Label: 
Self-Released

A great single with great vocals! The song is really catchy and the lyrics are worth listening to. It gave me the vibe of an old disco mix with a little bit of techno. However, the song is not overwhelmed with techno beats at all, it has a pretty good balance with the vocals. Keeping an eye out for this upcoming artist!

Sounds Like: 
Gretta Ray
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
04/20/2018
Artist: 
Superchunk
Label: 
Merge Records

Superchunk is a band that has been around for a long 30 years and in those 30 years, they have released 11 full length albums. “What a Time to be Alive” being their latest release and what a time to be alive indeed. A couple years ago, the band had released a few albums (one in 2010 and another in 2013) that have been not so successful. Thankfully they didn’t give up and went on to release this beauty. It features guest appearances from Stephin Merritt, David Baza, Skylar Gudasz, Sabrina Ellis, and Kate Crutchfield.

Sounds Like: 
The Ramones
Sounds Like: 
Talking Heads
Name: 
Nayla Acosta
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
The Aces
Label: 
Red Bull Records

Alt Indie Pop, all-girl band, The Aces, are out with their new album “When My Heart Felt Volcanic” and it is great! I highly recommend.  This Utah originated band totally evades the cliché stigma of an all-female pop band and create a cool, calm, collected and strong image of the band. The music is the type that can relax you but also jam out to while getting ready to go somewhere. You can’t help but at least sway a bit when you listen to it. I love everything about it: the beat, the bass, but especially the guitar and vocals!

Sounds Like: 
Hayley Kiyoko
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2018
Artist: 
I'm With Her
Label: 
I'm With Her

I'm With Her is a female folk trio composed of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aofie O'Donovan. The album "See You Around" is a proper demonstration of their beautiful harmonies and ability to add a bite into their delicate folk tunes. I was first introduced to I'm With Her with their song "I-89." The song starts with a cool bassline tied in with O'Donovan's delicate voice. It didn't scare me off for being folk because I'm With Her are masters at making folk have character.

Sounds Like: 
Brandi Carlile - Strong, female folk singers that are masters at emotion. Carlile is a bit more rock/country influenced however.
Sounds Like: 
The Wailin' Jennys - Another female trio with amazing harmonies but purely acapella (no delicate folk instrumentals like I'm With Her)
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2018
Artist: 
Fiddlehead
Label: 
Run For Cover Records

Fiddlehead is a side project from Basement’s guitarist Alex Henery. The band hailing from Boston recently released their first full length album, “Springtime and Blind”. They are signed to Run For Cover Records, which is one of my favorite labels, with bands like Pinegrove and Camp Cope in their arsenal. This album was solid, but it just felt like an underwhelming Basement album. Both have similarly sounding lead singers, and sonically are very similar with their layered guitars and punchy bass.

Sounds Like: 
Basement
Sounds Like: 
Supercrush
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2018
Artist: 
no thank you
Label: 
Lame-O Records

Since joining KAMP, I have been exposed to so much music it’s fantastic. Not only have I been introduced to genres that I had known very little about prior, such as jazz, but I have dived deeper into alternative music. This includes being introduced to many females fronted alternative bands. Although there is a disproportionate amount of all male/male fronted bands, that hasn’t stopped me from finding some great groups spanning the entire alternative spectrum.

Sounds Like: 
The Hotelier
Sounds Like: 
Soccer Mommy
Sounds Like: 
Camp Cope
Sounds Like: 
Hop Along
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2018
Artist: 
The Voidz
Label: 
RCA Records

This is the premier album by The Voidz under their new name, and the used to be called Julian Casablancas and the Voidz. Most people know Juliam Casablancas from The Strokes, and there's definitely a taste of the same style of sound on this album, which is to be expected since Casablancas was the front-man for both bands. However, as a huge fan of The Strokes, I came to this album hoping to find music that was relatively the same as past tunes from Casablancas' band, especially because most are unsure whether or not to expect new music from The Strokes, but I did not find that.

Sounds Like: 
The Strokes
Sounds Like: 
Oxbow
Name: 
Chloe Hislop
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2018
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