Alt

Artist: 
Cavegreen
Label: 
Self-Released

Cavegreen’s Vita Lucida combined pop with an almost sort of sad punk. The songs were slow and the singer’s voice sounded like a cool blend of Ellie Goulding, Stevie Nicks and the members of Chvrches. The music was generally very relaxing and each song was fairly unique. At times the music was hard to listen to because it did not flow super well and the songs were individually kind of choppy. However, I did enjoy the tracks Pacific Clouds, Little Bird and Ancient Like Suns.

Sounds Like: 
Chvrches
Sounds Like: 
Purity Ring
Name: 
Sophia Courtney
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2017
Artist: 
Meatbodies
Label: 
In the Red Records

Meatbodies' second release is a concept album that is easy to listen to and even easier to tune out. The opening track begins with the sounds of birds chirping and fades into a pleasant, but repetative guitar riff that goes on for far too long. The lyrics, although whimsical and enjoyable, show no evidence of a coherent storyline. None of the tracks truly stand out in a significant way, but all of them have an easy-on-the-ears fuzzy psychadelic rock sound.

Sounds Like: 
Allah-Las
Sounds Like: 
Syd Barrett
Name: 
Sally Lynx
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Alison Krauss
Label: 
Hokker, Inc.

This record was a good listen, but at times the easy-listening feel of the record got boring. Not that it's bad by any means--however, the album did not have much variation and I don't think it did a good job of highlighting Krauss's versatility. It's still a classic country record though. If I found this album in my grandparents' records in between Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline I wouldn't be surprised. Krauss's voice is also flawless. She has one of the best voices in all of country music, and this didn't change on Windy City.

Sounds Like: 
Patty Griffin
Sounds Like: 
Dolly Parton
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Froth
Label: 
Witchita

This is Froth’s third release and right of the bat they have scaled down from their noisy, garage pop to a sound that is beautiful, light and filled with charm. The downtempo songs feature dreamy vocals while the guitars and synth add a shoegaze, psychedelic feel to the songs on the album.  Each song adds a different tone to the album while still sounding cohesive. This album was suprisingly really good and I highly recommend you check it out!

Sounds Like: 
Cheetahs
Sounds Like: 
Dinosaur Jr.
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
St. Tropez
Label: 
Self-Released

Self-described as "four guys making garage-punk in a former gay sauna by the canals of Amsterdam," St. Tropez is quite the interesting garage punk band. I can only imagine what spending a day in that former gay sauna is like which may be why there music is nearly maddening with the rough and powerful sounds they produce. While I'm typically not one to enjoy rough styles of alternative, St. Tropez's style isn't too violent to not be enjoyable.

Sounds Like: 
Foster Care
Sounds Like: 
GOGGS
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Label: 
ADA

After an 18-year hiatus, legendary (in the alt world) Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain are back with new music. Following the first single off their new album Damage and Joy (which is to be released later this month) "Amputation", a second single titled "Always Sad" was released just a month ago. I will admit that after an 18-year hiatus that this song is a little underwhelming, but it is by no means a bad song. 

Sounds Like: 
Pixies
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Ryan Adams
Label: 
Blue Note Records

This was insanely good. After listening to it in its entirety, I immediately listened to it two more times. I might stay up late and listen to it again. The album is classic Ryan Adams, and he bears his alt-country troubador soul over the course of the twelve tracks. The album is his breakup album after his divorce with Mandy Moore. The songs have a lonely, alienated feel and this record would be good to listen to while driving at night.

Sounds Like: 
Jason Isbell
Sounds Like: 
Jeff Tweedy
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2017
Artist: 
Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel
Label: 
Rad Cat Reords

This band really gives off a vibe from everything that was great about the late 60s and early 70s in music. With definite influences coming from the Doors and Pink Floyd and modern bands like Tame Impala and Foxygen. This record really has some good melodies and out there psychedelia. It doesn't really stray to far from this psych pop sounds. There's a lot of good organ sounding keyboard solos. Definitely a good listen and will keep an eye out for more stuff from them in the future. 

Sounds Like: 
The Doors
Sounds Like: 
Foxygen
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2017
Artist: 
Jay Som
Label: 
Polyvinyl

I was really hyped to listen to this full length record after listening to all three singles 'The Bus Song',' 1 Billion Dogs' and 'Baybee ' which were all great.  Her last record Turn Into was also really good.  She has toured with bands like Mitski and Japanese Breakfast. Not only does she have good dreamy tracks in the record but there are also some really good straight up rock songs.

Sounds Like: 
ALex G
Sounds Like: 
Frankie Cosmos
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2017
Artist: 
Dude York
Label: 
Hardly Art

The Seattle based trio, Dude York, is an alternative teen pop band. Their newest release Sincerely, touches on themes of anxiety and losing perspective.

Sounds Like: 
Diet Cig
Sounds Like: 
So So Glos
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
03/01/2017