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Artist: 
Sin Fang
Label: 
Morr Music

I am very pleased with this album--it is really easy to listen to as its unique sounds not only keep you engaged but also relax your mind. I think the album name "Spaceland" is a good fit as the music makes you feel like you're floating around in a psychedelic space. I listened to the album while studying but I wouldn't say the songs are "background music"--they have more depth than that. They are soft, fluffy, with good lyrics and variation in the electronic composition.

Sounds Like: 
The Chainsmokers
Sounds Like: 
Farao
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
02/26/2017
Artist: 
Drive Me Home Please
Label: 
Self-Released

"Infinite Tsukuyomi" by Drive Me Home Please is a lo-fi, bedroom pop, sad sappy album great for anyone who wants to marinate in their own self loating. With lyrics such as, "I hate the fact that I can't eat breakfast right now because I feel like throwing up not for any reason in particular... But I'll force it down anyway," you have to be in the right frame of mind to appreciate this album. I hesistate to say that anyone could enjoy this album, just because it's so miserable.

Sounds Like: 
Bedbug
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
02/25/2017
Artist: 
Neutral Shirt
Label: 
Self-released

"2016" by Neutral Shirt is a great listen, especially if you're feeling a little sad and lonely. The songs embody a sweet sense of sadness and melancholy, while still being able to appreciate the beauty of life. All of the lyrics of simply poignant and hit all the right emotional notes. Neutral Shirt doesn't bring a new or interesting sound to the table, but they do bring a great execution of the sound they were going for. The vocalist sounds very similar to Diners, which is definitely a good thing.

Sounds Like: 
Dogbreth
Sounds Like: 
Radiator Hospital
Sounds Like: 
Diners
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
02/25/2017
Artist: 
Xiu Xiu
Label: 
Polyvinyl

Xiu Xiu has always straddled the line between noise and pop. They've covered Nick Cave, Rihanna, and "Under Pressure" with Michael Gira (Swans). They've collaborated with Merzbow, Deerhoof, Devendra Banhart, Dirty Beaches, Grouper, and more. They've done an album of Nina Simone covers and reinterpreted the Twin Peaks soundtrack. They've even composed songs with a Nintendo DS. If you're unfamiliar with their work, they basically do everything, they always make it sound like Xiu Xiu, and I find that admirable.

Sounds Like: 
Future Islands
Sounds Like: 
Deerhoof
Sounds Like: 
Prurient
Sounds Like: 
Dirty Beaches
Name: 
Andrew Boring.
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
CastleComer
Label: 
Self-Released

Castlecomer’s self-released All of The Noise EP is your alternative pop fix. This band reminds me a lot of Bad Suns and Two Door Cinema Club, super poppy beats with cool electric guitar riffs.

Sounds Like: 
Bad Suns
Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Mannequin Pussy
Label: 
Audiotree Live

Romantic by Mannequin pussy is at it's core an 'art-rock' album. The album featuring wailing, distorted guitar tones with plenty of low end, tight and sporadic bass grooves, cascading pounding drums, and screamed vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Perfect Pussy
Sounds Like: 
The Pixies
Sounds Like: 
Nirvana
Name: 
Zekeriya Efe
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Oso Oso
Label: 
Self Released

Until recently I had never heard of Oso Oso AKA the newest project of Jade Lilitri, formerly of Long Island emo band State Lines. I've never heard State Lines but he must have quite the following back home based on his Bandcamp page.

Sounds Like: 
State Lines
Sounds Like: 
Weezer
Sounds Like: 
Cloud Nothings
Sounds Like: 
Joyce Manor
Sounds Like: 
The Hotelier
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2017
Artist: 
Meat Wave
Label: 
SideOneDummy Records

This record is one of the better punk releases of late. It seems like a lot of punk rock and garage rock records as of late are tending to all sound the same. This is one of the more rough sounding releases.  Meat Wave teamed up with Steve Albini, a legendary recording engineer, so I knew it had potential to be a good listen. It is a good edgy and angsty punk record. The front man Chris Sutter is definitely going through a lot emotionally and it is evident in his lyrics.

Sounds Like: 
PUP
Sounds Like: 
Plague Vendor
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2017
Artist: 
Starita - “Rules Featuring Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest and Trent Park”
Label: 
Different Fur Studios

When I heard that A Tribe Called Quest had a feature by none other than Jarobi White, one of the original four members of ATCQ, I had to give this CD a try. Keep in mind that A Tribe Called Quest is the tribe that knows best, in my opinion that is not the case in this single from Michael Starita, a grammy recognized producer out of the San Francisco Bay area, and Jarobi and Trent Park. Honestly I’m not one for boy bands, the only boy band I ever really vibed with was The Backstreet Boys because why not, but it was also because I was a kid and was experiencing music in all its forms.

Sounds Like: 
Trent Park
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2017
Artist: 
Keaton Conrad
Label: 
Keaton Conrad

Keaton Conrad is a 17-year-old musician from Kansas who according to his promotional material is known for "infusing indie rock with...house, jazz, and hip-hop". He also cites influence from "Neon Indian, Coldplay, Bon Iver, and Chet Faker". I completely wrote him off when I read that synopsis, it was obviously going to be terrible, but then I listened to the album last night. I can't say it's a good record, but there are redeeming qualities.

Sounds Like: 
Coldplay
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017