Alt

Artist: 
Mister Heavenly
Label: 
Polyvinyl

This album is awesome, kinda has a late 80's feel to it. Every time I listen to it, it gets better.  Mister heavenly had a fantastic comeback in this album, there is a HUGE variety of songs ranging from slower Alt. to jam out Indie Rock! Most of the songs have a nice "feel-good" vibe to them, and are a pleasure to listen to.  The Vocals remind me of a mix between Cage the elephant and Catfish and The Bottleman and have a very strong Alt feel to them.  There are a lot of sick guitar riff's all over that album.  All in all, fantastic album. 

Sounds Like: 
Cage the elephant
Sounds Like: 
Young The Giant
Sounds Like: 
Modest Mouse
Name: 
Samuel Francis
Date Reviewed: 
10/27/2017
Artist: 
The Front Bottoms
Label: 
Fueled By Ramen

The Front Bottoms are back with a new album and it's exciting. If you like one of the songs, you'll probably like them all since they have a similar style. It's very pop punk, singing about how much they hate everyone and putting up the middle finger to people. However, it's not as high-energy as a lot of pop punk music. The songs are a lot slower and more laid back, but still fun. 

Sounds Like: 
blink-182
Sounds Like: 
Never Shout Never
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2017
Artist: 
Dan Miraldi
Label: 
Self-released

Are you angry about politics? Dan Miraldi sure is. According to his website, this album was inspired by the current political climate and recent election, and he even postponed his other music just to make these songs. His website calls these "modern protest songs" and that's exactly what they are. These aren't your typical rock songs.

Sounds Like: 
rock
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2017

III

Artist: 
Makthaverskan
Label: 
Run For Cover

When I first looked at the cover of Makthaverskan’s new album III, I thought they were a metal band due to the angelical statues contrasting with sharp pointed font.

Sounds Like: 
Mitski
Sounds Like: 
The Cranberries
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2017
Artist: 
St. Vincent
Label: 
Loma Vista recordings

First off, This album is actually good, not just saying that. from a very generic veiwpoint, it is incredibly easy to like, you do not have to be specialized in some weird genre to appreciate this music.

Second, if you are a metalhead, this album has track 4, it sounds like NIne Inch Nails.

Sounds Like: 
Nine Inch Nails
Sounds Like: 
Radiohead
Sounds Like: 
Cage the Elephant
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2017
Artist: 
W.P.C.
Label: 
Martha's Music/BMG

       It is almost haunting to me how much the opening track (Zowie) of this album sounds like equal parts "Early Radiohead" (ala their famous track "Creep") and equal parts the Smashing Pumpkins (Circa their masterpiece Double Disc Album "Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness"). The rhythm sounds like the background to "Creep" all throughout and yet Billy Corgan (or William Patrick Corgan) doesn't seem to have lost his signature voice.

Sounds Like: 
Early Radiohead (ala their famous track "Creep")
Sounds Like: 
Smashing Pumpkins on their masterpiece double-disc album "Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness"
Sounds Like: 
Spacious background of Smashing Pumpkins song "Disarm"
Sounds Like: 
modern Alternative Artist (Shawn Mendes, Gavin Degraw, etc.)
Sounds Like: 
90s songs about Youthful Innocence lost
Sounds Like: 
Gradual vocals/guitar buildup that made Smashing Pumpkins song "1979" such a major hit
Sounds Like: 
Most bittersweet instrumental that I have heard in years
Sounds Like: 
Deeply spiritual, yet subtely poetic-sounding intro track off the album "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" and then flows into that chorus of the track "1979" for all of 2 seconds.
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2017
Artist: 
Beck
Label: 
Capitol Records

 Beck once again comes out and produces an amazing album. There are elements in Colors from almost every other album he has produced and this album just really blows your mind. Some songs range from really trippy EDM to pure indie rock and there is always some in between. All the songs are five minutes or under and none have FCC warnings so this album will be perfect for the radio. His first track "Colors" sounds like a beautiful water painting if you close your eyes. There isn't one song on this album that is bad or poorly written.

Sounds Like: 
a mash up of every old Beck album
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2017
Artist: 
Bully
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

      Immediately sounds like on of those girl groups of the 1980s (For example "The Go-Gos") combined with a Joan Jett & The Blackhearts-like punk element on the title track, called "Feel the Same".

     The second track, called "Kills To Be Resistant" sounds like a Blondie song meets the rythm of The Cars and Early Punk bands. Heavy punk drumming throughout this entire song that reminds me of the unique drumming-style that has made Travis Barker famous.

Sounds Like: 
Hardcore girl groups of the 1980s (The Go-Gos, etc.)
Sounds Like: 
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Sounds Like: 
Blondie meets The Cars & Early Punk Bands
Sounds Like: 
Heavy Punk drumming-style similar to T. Barker
Sounds Like: 
Beat like that on "I Melt With You" (you know that song that goes...hmmm hmmm hmmm...I stop the world I melt with you...I've seen the difference and it's get better all the time....
Sounds Like: 
Early PunK
Sounds Like: 
Purely progressively easy-going builds
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2017
Artist: 
Half Shy
Label: 
Self Released

This album is a sad-song coleslaw--perfect to listen to when you wish to marinate in your thoughts and reminisce about the past. It's not tear-jerking sad, but a kind of heavy-heart sad song. The most appealing thing about this album is the strong and non-embellished vocals of  Karen Harvey. Harvey has a very soothing voice and it fits very well with the message she conveys with each track. Each song tells a story, and her vocals are so pure that it sounds as if you are hearing her performing live in a little park. Overall, the album has a very unique sound.

Sounds Like: 
Bat For Lashes
Sounds Like: 
Young Galaxy
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2017
Artist: 
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Label: 
Matador

I'm always looking forward to hear new music from Courtney Barnett, so when I heard that she and Kurt Vile were releasing a collaborative album in October I was stoked - and I have to say that I still am after listening to their efforts, Lotta Sea Lice. It is my own personal opinion that collaborative albums should work like a conversation, with a good give-and-take from each artist, and Lotta Sea Lice achieves this wonderfully. Barnett and Vile are so comfortable with each other and each other's music, and it really comes off.

Sounds Like: 
Kurt Vile
Sounds Like: 
Courtney Barnett
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
10/23/2017