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Artist: 
Juliana Hatfield
Label: 
American Laundromat Records

The title says it all folks - this is Juliana Hatfield singing Olivia Newton-John. If you like Juliana Hatfield, you'll probably like it, and if you like Olivia Newton-John you'll probably like it. Although Hatfield is known more for indie rock (as I understand), her voice sounds beautiful and stands up to ONJ's original work in a modern way that is, in some songs, easier to listen to than the originals. For instance - when feeling properly 80s you can listen to physical, but if you want the general sense without the 80s of it, you can just listen to her version.

Sounds Like: 
Olivia Newton John
Sounds Like: 
Juliana Hatfield
Sounds Like: 
70s/80s songs but in indie pop stylings
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
The Men
Label: 
Sacred Bones Records

I have never heard of the band, The Men. Majority of the music on this album can be described as sultry. You hear it and it has guitars and drums that are played at the same tempo that you could also probably hear played in a lounge. A lounge with smoke clouds and you're sitting there in the corner looking cool with a glass of some drink. On the other hand, it could also be described as dark and monotone because the instruments do not make you want to dance or really move around, instead they make you want to sit silently and unmoving while staring out a window thinking about life.

Sounds Like: 
Minutemen
Sounds Like: 
Cloud Nothings
Name: 
Sommer Yazzie
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Camp Cope
Label: 
Run For Cover Records

This band sounds a lot like old Avril Lavigne/ Alanis Morisette. They are a smaller band from Australia and really have a 90's/early 2000's female grunge rock sound to them. The lead singer has a great voice and a noticeable accent. The songs cover topics from love to awkwardness and personal growth, but they all have that same college rock/90s grunge sound. I picture this band playing at the clubs that Kat Stratford hung out at in 10 things I hate about you. The music definitely does not sound like something made in 2018.

Sounds Like: 
Ali Barter
Sounds Like: 
Alanis Morissette
Sounds Like: 
Old Avril Lavigne
Name: 
Jessica Murray
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Yo La Tengo
Label: 
Matador Records

Very often when bands get older, and they move past their heyday, their music tends to take a weird turn into sadland and have a bit of an overconfident, unoriginal, lame feeling to them. You listen to them sometimes and think, "who really wants to listen to this?" because in all honesty the only person who would want to listen to it is diehard fans who don't have the heart to say their favorite artist has gotten... really bad. I was preparing for one of those albums, and I was pleasantly surprised!!

Sounds Like: 
Yuck
Sounds Like: 
Wilco
Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Name: 
Jessica Murray
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Jack White
Label: 
Third Man Records

This album is a bit psychedelic, it's also guitar heavy like the white strips, and has a lot of soul/gospel influence. Overall, it sounds like the white stripes but a distorted, weird version of them. The lyrics are mostly dark, contemplative, and you can tell they have been written by someone who has spent a lot of time on the music scene. The songs have interesting intros and there are a lot of interludes with spoken word.

Sounds Like: 
The White Stripes (duh)
Sounds Like: 
Dan Auerbach
Name: 
Jessica Murray
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Young Fathers
Label: 
Ninja Tune

The Young Fathers is a music group made up of three individuals from Scotland. In 2014 the group created their third album labeled Dead, which really drew attention to this trio. From that day forward, Young Fathers have made many large strides to achieve music stardom. About 4 years after Dead, they have officially released their 5th studio album titled Cocoa Sugar. In this album, the group blends together the hip hop and alternative genres in a fairly unique way making this one of the first ambitious albums of 2018.

Sounds Like: 
Jpegmafia
Sounds Like: 
Ghostpoet
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Titus Andronicus
Label: 
Merge Records

Titus Andronicus's album "A Productive Cough" is a rowdy, fun album to say the very least. Every song made me feel like I should be at a rowdy pub screaming/singing to the songs on this album with my buddies and the rest of the crowd. As I write this review, I too have a cough and am being productive so I may be a little biased about this album. While the album is only seven songs long, each song is on average 6:45 long, which may turn some listeners off. However, these songs don't drag on and if anything make you want to sing along by the end of the song.

Sounds Like: 
The Rolling Stones - the iconic '70s band had to have some influence on this album because of this album's overall '70s vibe
Sounds Like: 
Bob Dylan - obviously because they even did a cover of "Like a Rolling Stone"
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Moaning
Label: 
Sub-pop

Local L.A. post-punk band Moaning, is out with its title album, which is great. All songs capture you immediately with their variety of intros that carry through the rest of the track. The name of the band and the album completely fits their sound. The vocals by Solomon are deep and melodic and also amazing resonant and upbeat guitar riffs in almost every track. They are a self proclaimed deep and angsty band that deals with the problems facing the generation. This is the kind of music that you can just chill to or jam out to.

Sounds Like: 
Moses Campbell
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
03/26/2018
Artist: 
The Decemberists
Label: 
Capitol Records

This is an interesting piece of work to say the least. It is a little hard to place a specific sound for the album, because each song seems to have its own genre.

Sounds Like: 
REM (Vocals)
Sounds Like: 
Death Cab for Cutie
Sounds Like: 
Modest Mouse
Name: 
Taylor Griffith
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2018
Artist: 
The Kills
Label: 
Domino Recording co.

A rapid fire run of pronunciation underscores every note displayed in this highly catchy single. Those pronunciations form words that cover one persons struggles with romance and how said romance affected or affects them, The tense is hard to figure out. In any case, The song is catchy, it has a great instrumental portion, the lyrics are repititive and the music sounds more like a bolero than most popular music, and that is incredibly interesting!

Sounds Like: 
Saul Williams
Sounds Like: 
Peter Tosh
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
03/23/2018
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