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Artist: 
CLAVVS
Label: 
CLAVVS

CLAVVS, or claws' album "World Underwater", features some fun tracks, the first song on the CD, Silver Tongue, is your classical sort of spectral trip hop, it features a girl saying "Tell me what youre made of" over and over which seems to get a little redundant throughout the song, it seems as they made a cool 20 second beat and lyrics and just said, "hey that was pretty cool I guess lets turn it into a song" and just sort of copy and pasted it a few times, there are a few deviations here and there but the first song isn't ground breaking at all.

Sounds Like: 
The Background music for most car commercials
Sounds Like: 
The background music to "How to" video on the computer where the instructions are typed in notepad
Name: 
Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
CLAVVS
Label: 
CLAVVS

CLAVVS, or claws' album "World Underwater", features some fun tracks, the first song on the CD, Silver Tongue, is your classical sort of spectral trip hop, it features a girl saying "Tell me what youre made of" over and over which seems to get a little redundant throughout the song, it seems as they made a cool 20 second beat and lyrics and just said, "hey that was pretty cool I guess lets turn it into a song" and just sort of copy and pasted it a few times, there are a few deviations here and there but the first song isn't ground breaking at all.

Sounds Like: 
The Background music for most car commercials
Sounds Like: 
The background music to "How to" video on the computer where the instructions are typed in notepad
Name: 
Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Craig Finn
Label: 
Partisan

I'll get my biases out right now: Craig Finn is my favorite lyricist of all time. He also is the frontman of The Hold Steady, who are undoubtedly my favorite band of all time. I can't possibly put into words what his work means to me, so I'm not even going to give it an attempt.

Sounds Like: 
Mountain Goats
Sounds Like: 
Paul Westerberg
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Dan The Man
Label: 
Bright Antenna Records

Circadian Circus by the drummer of The Wombats, comprises of songs that have a very pop folky and upbeat sound to but at the same time, very laidback. The lyrics are intriguing as a lot of it pertains to our feelings of the society we live in today. "Not As Far As It Looks" a.k.a Self Help Song is a very upbeat and cheery song, reminding us to live in the present. "Waiting For Love" is one of the more slower and sadder songs. "K-O'd Reprise" is essentially the singer storytelling with music playing in the background.

Sounds Like: 
Little Comets
Sounds Like: 
Will Joseph Cook
Sounds Like: 
The Wombats
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Johnossi
Label: 
Universal Music

Blood Jungle by the Sweden based rock duo, Johnossi, consists of some aggressive, powerful and moderately angsty songs. You can hear a variety of genres in the songs with unique vocals. Although "Air is Free" and "Hands" are not FCC clean, the songwriting for these two songs are defintely worth a listen. "Hey Kiddo" also is a very upbeat song with a catchy tune. "Weak Spots" and "Got Your Gun" are perhaps the most rock-style songs of the album.

Sounds Like: 
The Ark
Sounds Like: 
Caesars
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Be Charlotte
Label: 
AWAI/Kobalt Label Service

One Drop EP by the Scottish singer-songwriter, Be Charlotte, is definitely refreshing to the ear. The songs are super fun and catchy to listen to. Be Charlotte songwriting is exceptionally good. She brings the lyrics of "Discover" and "Machines That Breathe" alive, the title speaks for itself as to what the song will sound like. "Discover" is a more upbeat and hopeful song, and "Machines That Breathe" brings out a more fascinated and curious sound.

Sounds Like: 
Lisa Mitchell
Sounds Like: 
Pumarosa
Sounds Like: 
La Roux
Name: 
Joann Kohng
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
CCTV
Label: 
Self-released

CCTV are a band (supposedly) at the forefront of the underground Midwestern hardcore revival scene. Most of this music is pretty underground and DIY and spread in fame almost entirely due to notorious youtube channel Jimmy (RIP) who uploaded DIY punk released from all over the place. With most of the Midwestern underground scene currently  being composed of DEVO revivalists, CCTV take clear inspiration from the Minutemen instead.

Sounds Like: 
The Soviettes
Sounds Like: 
Minutemen
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
Pissed Jeans
Label: 
Sub Pop

PA-based hardore band Pissed Jeans put out an excellent record with Why Love Now. Punk releases can often be plagued by similar problems as genres like standard Indie Rock or Garage Rock, in that a vast majority of the music sounds very similar and there isn't a whole lot of things to distinguish bands from one another. Pissed Jeans manage to capture raw punk energy but play music that sounds oddly progressive for a genre that notoriously rejected any forms of complex or innovative songwriting or musical elements.

Sounds Like: 
Fucked Up
Sounds Like: 
Black Flag
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
The Orwells
Label: 
Atlantic

The Orwells broke into indie mainstream with their 2014 album Disgraceland, and have just returned with their follow-up, Terrible Human Beings. This album isn't much different from their previous work, but the reasons why they ever became popular are still quite apparent. The album is full of solid riffs, but at 13 songs, the album feels pretty bloated, as there isn't much to differentiate the songs from each other, and by the end of it they all sound pretty same-ish.

Sounds Like: 
Radkey
Sounds Like: 
Twin Peaks
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017