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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
Artist: 
Stars
Label: 
Last Gang Records Inc.

This album is a banger. the Canadian bad, Stars stretch hushed electro-pop into scrambling electric rock, almost if it blends the Smiths’ guitar romance with bedroom vibel like the product of some some of Tame Imapala's work. "There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light" definitely finds the band with their feet on the streets and their heads scraping the sky, just where they should be. Campbell gets a requisite U2-style burner on “Alone,” and it’s pretty glorious.

Sounds Like: 
Of Monsters & Men
Sounds Like: 
Sugar Candy Mountain
Name: 
Miles Schuk Ehler
Date Reviewed: 
10/23/2017
Artist: 
Enter Shikari
Label: 
Ambush Reality

The English rock bands fifth studio album is a great overall album including plenty of anthems that most could blast in their car or are trying to feel hyped up. The album offers a mix of what seems to be songs showcasing the lead singer, Roughton Reynolds, who had claimed to be suffering from anxiety also during the making of the album, the artists used their frustration from the Brexit and Donald Trump as inspiration for the album. Their use of both electric rock and synth mixes well.

Sounds Like: 
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Sounds Like: 
Rage Against The Machine
Name: 
Miles Schuk Ehler
Date Reviewed: 
10/23/2017
Artist: 
Mac DeMarco
Label: 
Captured Tracks

Mac DeMarco is back at it again with This Old Dog, which was releaased on May 5, 2017. Mac stays dear and true to himself with every single track in this album. He has mixed his folky vibe with his usual heavy synth sound to create an all encompassing, feel-good album.

Sounds Like: 
HOMESHAKE
Sounds Like: 
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
10/23/2017
Artist: 
Liam Gallagher
Label: 
Warner Music Group

 

Sounds Like: 
Song: Wonderwall
Sounds Like: 
Death Cab For Cutie
Sounds Like: 
Jimmy Eat World
Sounds Like: 
Song: Champagne Supernova
Sounds Like: 
Gavin Degraw
Sounds Like: 
Catchy 90s Songs
Sounds Like: 
The Dandy Warhols
Sounds Like: 
Spoon
Sounds Like: 
The Doves
Sounds Like: 
Vocal Harmony on song: Wonderwall
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
Artist: 
INHEAVEN
Label: 
Pias America

Have you ever been to a show, seen the opening act, and said to yourself, "Hey, I'm going to actually check them out when I get home", only to forget the name of the act or just forget to do so? That exact thought ran through my head when I saw INHEAVEN open for Circa Waves at a concert back in March, except I actually followed through and followed them on twitter - only to discover later that none of their songs were readily available to listen to on places like Spotify.

Sounds Like: 
Nirvana
Sounds Like: 
Circa Waves
Sounds Like: 
The Cure
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
Melkbelly
Label: 
Wax Nine Records

This eclectic album provides the listener with an overall unique and enjoyable experience.  The first track starts out with fast-paced guitar strumming and heavy drums and while other tracks off of the album had this similar approach, there were also some that began with a slower pace.  Having this diversity is nice because everytime a new song comes on, each song has new and refreshing vibes.

Sounds Like: 
Lightning Bolt
Sounds Like: 
Deerhoof
Name: 
Gabrielle Ranger
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
The National
Label: 
4AD ltd

Sleep Well Beast is The National’s seven studio release and is well deserving of all of the accolades, in my humble opinion. I actually didn’t know about them until I heard their single “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” and I just fell in love with the velvety broodiness of Matt Berninger’s voice. This is a well-crafted album that weaves together existential crisis with the trials of a long-term relationship – summing it up as being able to just endure.  

Sounds Like: 
Glass Animals (but darker)
Sounds Like: 
Grizzly Bear
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
10/17/2017
Artist: 
Protomartyr
Label: 
Domino

Protomartyr makes music for the abyss. Not so much eulogies, rather kiss-offs for a shitty, unforgiving world. Relatives in Descent is a dark album, even by Protomartyr standards. It should come no surprise then that Protomartyr's darkest album is also their best - they are at their best in this environment. Sonically, not much has changed from Agent Intellect. It's post-punk: angular guitars, driving bass, muffled toms. Yet nothing stands out more than Joe Casey, who has become one of the great anti-heroes of modern music.

Sounds Like: 
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (circa Dig Lazarus Dig)
Sounds Like: 
Iceage
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
10/17/2017
Artist: 
Wild Ones
Label: 
Top Shelf Records

    Epic lead in on the opening track.  Singer immediately sounds very catchy.  Background music became almost fast paced like EDM for a min there. Kinda freaked me out. Harmony is suprising here too. Oh wow, was not expecting a strong female voice, but I really like it.  She has that playful sounding voice that reminds me of both the lead singer of Haim