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Artist: 
Slow Burning Car
Label: 
Self-released

This album starts out HARD and slows down and loses its momentum by the end. Slow Burning Car (an awesome name for a band, btw) starts out with some vaguely scientific rock, and even if you have no idea what it means you're singing along to Alpha Duplicor. Soul Crimes is another upbeat fun track. Track 3, The Orb, is another weirdly scientific song about an orb, but you get really into it. Everything changed when he stepped into the orb. I was curious enough to listen to it a few times. Devil In The Room is also upbeat and alright.

Sounds Like: 
Queens of the Stone Age
Sounds Like: 
Indie rock, just in general
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2017
Artist: 
Nicholas Rowe
Label: 
Self Released

Nicholas Rowe's self-released EP, "Everything Has Beauty," is a six track compilation of indie folk and country tunes with slow, arcing strings and steady tambourine beats. The album was recorded at National Audio Preservation Society in Heath, Ohio and all of the instruments and songs are performed by Nicholas Rowe himself, save the violin (Bethany Holt), banjo (Ben Stepp), BGVs (Gena Rowe), and drums (Jonathan Hape).

Sounds Like: 
Country Conor Oberst
Sounds Like: 
M. Ward with a banjo
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2017
Artist: 
Chelsea Wolfe
Label: 
Sargent House

The beauty that is Chelsea Wolfe's music is extremely hard to categorize. Her earlier albums such as The Grime and the Glow and Apokalypsis flirted with what has been described as "gothic rock" and folk music, Unknown Rooms was a beuaitful and haunting collection of acoustic songs, while Pain is Beauty and Abyss switched it up by experimenting with electronics and heavy metal.

Sounds Like: 
Nine Inch Nails
Sounds Like: 
PJ Harvey
Sounds Like: 
Zola Jesus
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2017
Artist: 
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Label: 
Epitaph

It's been about four years since I last seriously listened to The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, (from now on referred to TWIABP), and I listened to their first LP - Whenever, If Ever. It was existential and maybe a bit sad, but it was hopeful and a good listen for a college freshman who was starting to grow up and out from high school. Four years on and TWIABP has released a lot more music, I am no longer a college freshman but senior, and the world is in an...interesting place.

Sounds Like: 
empire! empire! (i was a lonely estate)
Sounds Like: 
You Blew It!
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2017
Artist: 
Ariel Pink
Label: 
Kemado Records Inc. d/b/a Mexican Summer

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson by Ariel Pink is an album of isolation. Bobby Jameson was an infamous musician dubbed the ‘next big thing’ after the Beatles came out. But, his first album received such bad criticism that Bobby was left with severe depression, and lived out the rest of his days with his mother in California. Ariel Pink’s album forms itself around this central theme. Many of the songs on the album, like Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, Another Weekend, and Feels Like Heaven speak directly to Bobby Jameson.

Sounds Like: 
Atlas Sound
Sounds Like: 
John Maus
Sounds Like: 
R. Stevie Moore
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2017
Artist: 
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
Label: 
ATO Records LLC

This is a great record. J. Roddy Walston and the Business have blown up in the last couple of years following an exhaustive tour schedule and their 2013 breakout album, Essential Tremors. This is more vulnerable and personal than Essential Tremors, but still has the hard-rocking swagger and bravado that exemplifies the band. Simply put, it's like Kings of Leon except with music that's actually good.

Sounds Like: 
Drive By Truckers
Sounds Like: 
Delta Spirit
Sounds Like: 
The Weeks
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
10/09/2017
Artist: 
LAPêCHE
Label: 
Bakery Outlet Records

I feel bad because I don't quite know exactly how to describe LAPêCHE. There are just certain sounds that I don't know how to talk about. LAPêCHE is a four-piece indie rock band from Brooklyn, so they have guitar and drums and bass and vocals, and the vocals are by a woman. There's tons of incredible music nowadays, so much so that when a band doesn't have a gimmick, or just one or two really obvious influences, it gets hard to describe them in a few words.

Sounds Like: 
Waxahatchee
Sounds Like: 
Rainer Maria
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
10/08/2017
Artist: 
Citizen
Label: 
Run For Cover

Citizen has made one of my favorite albums, Youth, so I had high hopes for As You Please and I really wanted it to feel like Youth but it feels more like their previous album, Everybody Is Going To Heaven. So this album wasn't exactly what I wanted, but it's still really great. The songs on this album have the same typical dark moodiness that previous albums have.

Sounds Like: 
Turnover
Sounds Like: 
Title Fight
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
10/08/2017
Artist: 
Deerhoof
Label: 
Joyful Noise Records

The album is said to be written in response to the results of the 2016 election. Before the official release they sold the album on Bandcamp with all the proceeds going to the Emergent Fund, a non-profit working to defend those who are facing injustice based on racial, ethnic, religious and other forms of discrimination. However, this album doesn’t sound overtly political when listening to it casually.

Sounds Like: 
The Curtains
Sounds Like: 
Field Music
Name: 
Madeline Friberg-Landon
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2017
Artist: 
Rostam
Label: 
XL

Rostam is the former keyboardist and producer of Vampire Weekend and has worked with artists like Haim, Frank Ocean, Solange, RAC and Declan McKenna. In this album Rostam is tender, orchestral, and has a little bit of Middle Eastern influence in songs like “Thatch Show” and “Wood.” Also, you can hear a little bit of Vampire Weekend from time to time when listening to the album. Rostam incorporates a lot of different musical intruments and styles.

Sounds Like: 
Baio
Sounds Like: 
Perfume Genius
Name: 
Madeline Friberg-Landon
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2017