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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
Artist: 
Thigh Master
Label: 
Bruit Direct Disques

When picking up Early Times by Thigh Master, I had no idea what it was going be other than on the cover from the record company that sent it to us said it sounded like Cloud Nothings. Well it didn’t sound like Cloud Nothings at all, like if you are going to compare them to a band at least get in the same ball park. If I were putting who they sounded like on the cover it would put something like Harlem or No Age. That doesn’t exactly pin them down but its close enough.

Sounds Like: 
Harlem
Sounds Like: 
No Age
Name: 
Kyle Morris
Date Reviewed: 
02/13/2017
Artist: 
Japandroids
Label: 
Anti-

The Japandroids third album and newest release Near To The Wild Heart Of Life is the Japandroids first album in five years. Coming into the new year, there were two albums that I had been waiting for and couldn’t wait for: the new LCD Sounds System album and the new Japandroids album. The new LCD Soundsystem album is still not out but the Japandroids album is.

Sounds Like: 
Cloud Nothings (But not as good)
Name: 
Kyle Morris
Date Reviewed: 
02/13/2017
Artist: 
Saro
Label: 
Mateo Sound

In Loving Memory is the new EP from Los Angeles-based artist Saro.

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Sounds Like: 
The xx
Sounds Like: 
Banks
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
02/10/2017
Artist: 
Tony Molina
Label: 
Slumberland Records

Tony Molina is well known for his previous release, the 12-songs-in-as-many-minutes Dissed and Dismissed, which was stuffed to the gills with fuzz, hooks, and Thin Lizzy riffs. His new release, the 10-minute long Confront the Truth, is an EP of 7 acoustic guitar based songs followed by an electric Thin Lizzy cover. If you like the Beatles or artists that they influenced (Guided by Voices and Elliott Smith for example), you'll dig these bite-sized tunes. This EP is short, and so is this review.

Sounds Like: 
Guided by Voices
Sounds Like: 
The Beatles
Sounds Like: 
Elliott Smith
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/09/2017
Artist: 
Go Fever
Label: 
Self Released

This is a catchy beachy pop album! The songs are fun, and not overproduced, making a nice summery rock album. Track 1, Come Undone, is catchy and fun with a nice build up which sounds like something you would listen to while driving around. The track, Savannah, is catchy with beatles vibes, that just makes you want to dance around. Overall, this is a sold album with fun beachy songs if you are looking for something that will make you want to be on a beach in the summertime. 

Sounds Like: 
Summer (the season)
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
The Spirit of the Beehive
Label: 
Ice Age Records and Ranch Records

The second Album from The Spirit of the Beehive, You Are Arrived (But You’ve been Cheated) makes you feel like the person on the cover. The music is mind numbing but that could go either way.

Sounds Like: 
Sci-fi Noise
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
The Griswolds
Label: 
Wind-up Records

This album is super catchy. They have a sound similar to that of New Politics, Smallpools and the Mowgli's. The song Out of my Head is probably the best song on the album and is super catchy and dancy, but the entire album is catchy and fun. All of the songs are somewhat electronic, alternative rock. Track7, Feels So Right, sounds like a Chromeo song and is catchy. Track 4 and Track 7 are interludes so I would avoid those unless you want a short song with very few vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Smallpools
Sounds Like: 
The Mowglis
Sounds Like: 
New Politics
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Stef Chura
Label: 
Urinal Cake

2017 is going to be a big year for Stef Chura. After slowly amassing a large following in her home state of Michigan, she's released her debut full length album Messes on Urinal Cake. Chura has a tremendous talent for taking the standard rock format and flipping on its head. Her vocal delivery throughout Messes is second to none. Tracks like "Slow Motion" and "Human Being" that played by any other band would sound stale, but with the lineup of Chura, Fred Thomas and Ryan Clancy, they sound essential.

Sounds Like: 
Built to Spill
Sounds Like: 
IAN SWEET
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017