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Artist: 
Diet Cig
Label: 
FrenchKiss Records

Diet Cig, a fun, energetic duo have just released their first full length album, Swear I’m Good at This.

Sounds Like: 
PWR BTTM
Sounds Like: 
The Front Bottoms
Sounds Like: 
Mitski
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Beach Fossils
Label: 
Bayonet

I've enjoyed much of the work that Beach Fossils have put out before, and this lead single from their upcoming album Somersault is no exception. The verse is pretty catchy and is laden with some nice jangly guitar chords and lowkey vocal delivery, however the shift in the drums on the chorus kind of lost me and I didn't enjoy it as much. Immediately after the first chorus is where the song really grabbed me though, a really lush string section kicks in after the chorus that compliments the rest of the arrangement nicely and is overall pretty awesome.

Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Surfer Blood
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Beach Fossils
Label: 
Bayonet

I've enjoyed much of the work that Beach Fossils have put out before, and this lead single from their upcoming album Somersault is no exception. The verse is pretty catchy and is laden with some nice jangly guitar chords and lowkey vocal delivery, however the shift in the drums on the chorus kind of lost me and I didn't enjoy it as much. Immediately after the first chorus is where the song really grabbed me though, a really lush string section kicks in after the chorus that compliments the rest of the arrangement nicely and is overall pretty awesome.

Sounds Like: 
Real Estate
Sounds Like: 
Surfer Blood
Name: 
Ale
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Brandon Can't Dance
Label: 
Lucky Number Music Limited

Brandon Can’t Dance’s album, Graveyard of Good Times is characterized by a unique collection of melancholic and upbeat, catchy songs. The variation between tracks definitely contributed to my appreciation of the album. Sometimes alternative music in this style can become redundant and mundane; however, this record varied in tone and overall rhythmic style, keeping me interested and engaged. There was a combination of tracks with electro-pop sounding rhythms as well as some that were more punk or indie rock.

Sounds Like: 
Car Seat Headrest
Sounds Like: 
Alex G
Name: 
Sophia Courtney
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2017
Artist: 
Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood
Label: 
Mexican Summer

Being a huge fan of both of these artists, I was excited to hear this collaboration. Weyes Blood has one of my favorite voices in music right now and has worked with Ariel Pink a little bit in the past. Weyes Blood really has a voice reminiscent of artists like Karen Carpenter and others folk artists from the 60s and 70s. In this record her voice even more haunting then normal. This short four track EP is a little more on the folk synth side, a similar sound to some 80s post punk bands. The first track "Tears on Fire" is definitely a standout from the EP with the best hook.

Sounds Like: 
Ariel Pink
Sounds Like: 
Weyes Blood
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2017
Artist: 
Conor Oberst
Label: 
Nonesuch Records Inc.

Last year Conor Oberst released the record Ruminations. This was one of my favorite records of 2016 and I think Conor's best record in a while. Conor really went back to the basics with this record. It is a pretty simple record with mainly piano, harmonica and vocals. It really has the feel of a folk record from the 60s. Having just good classic Conor Oberst depressing lyrics. This new record Salutations is pretty much just Ruminations only with a full band and a few extra tracks.

Sounds Like: 
Bright Eyes
Sounds Like: 
Bob Dylan
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2017
Artist: 
Tigers Jaw
Label: 
Black Cement

Finally new music from Tigers Jaw! It seems that they have been of the grid for a while but they are back baby!

Sounds Like: 
Tiger's Jaw Charmer Record
Sounds Like: 
La Dispute
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
Artist: 
Father John Misty
Label: 
Sub Pop

Formerly known as the drummer of Fleet Foxes, Josh Tillman, now known presently by his alias and stage name Father John Misty, has taken the indie rock and folk scene by storm.

Sounds Like: 
Josh Tillman
Sounds Like: 
Fleet Foxes
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017
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
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