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Artist: 
The Frights
Label: 
Epitaph

San Diego based surf-punk band The Frights were one of the many artists that released music on Valentine’s Day. If you are familiar with the Frights, then you won’t be surprised that this single is titled “Valentine’s Sux”. The track features the bands cheeky lyricism and catchy surf-punk tune as an anti-Valentine’s Day anthem. Brutally honest and with a sense of playful melancholy, “Valentine’s Sux” is about spending the titular holiday without ones significant other.

Sounds Like: 
SWMRS
Sounds Like: 
Vundabar
Sounds Like: 
Wavves
Sounds Like: 
Fidlar
Sounds Like: 
The Buttertones
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Awakebutstllinbed
Label: 
Tiny Engines

First off, the album title is so long that it doesn’t fit in the title space on Spotify, or anywhere really.

Sounds Like: 
Great Grandpa
Sounds Like: 
A Bandcamp Band
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Hookworms
Label: 
Domino

English space synth band, Hookworms, have released their third album, Microshift.

Sounds Like: 
Devo
Sounds Like: 
Lycia
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Loma
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

One might be thinking how a band with no previously released music signed and released their debut self-titled with Sub Pop Records.

Sounds Like: 
Fleet Foxes
Sounds Like: 
Iron & Wine
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Ought
Label: 
Constellation Records

Ought’s 3rd album titled “Room Inside the World” is absolutely fantastic. 2018 so far has been a little bit dry from an alternative perspective, but this is the first Indie album of this year that is an actual competitor. From start to finish this album has everything an Indie rock fan could possibly want. Fantastic vocals, great guitar work, and interesting instrumentals. Tim Darcy’s voice is unique and he makes sure that every track sounds a little bit different.

Sounds Like: 
iceage
Sounds Like: 
Savages
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Calexico
Label: 
Anti Records

Calexico’s ninth studio album, “The Thread That Keep Us” is excellent. I HIGHLY recommend. This local Arizona band formed in 1996 has some great southwestern and Latin influence in an indie rock album. This is the kind of content happy music that you make waves with your hand out the window of a car to. Tracks go from relaxing to more upbeat and danceable. Vocals range between smoky and in the slightest bit raspy to a smooth and high sound between the two singers, Joey Burns and Jacob Valenzuela.

Sounds Like: 
Giant Sand (but better)
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Starcrawler
Label: 
Rough Trade Records

This LA-based band's self-titled album is a blend of different types of genres and feels like getting hit by a train from beginnning to end, in a good way though. This band will blow you out of the water with their short songs full of raw originality. It is filled with eccentric rock'n'roll guitar riffs accompanied by Arrow de Wilde and Henri Cash's sweet ass vocals. I promise that this album will take you on a trip.

Sounds Like: 
The Offspring
Sounds Like: 
Stooges
Sounds Like: 
Nirvana
Name: 
Nayla Acosta
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
RIDE
Label: 
Wichita Records

I have not listened to RIDE's other music prior to this review, but I think after this EP I may have to give it a shot. When I picked up this album I was simply expecting a decent shoegaze album, but Tomorrow's Shore managed to surprise me. While I expected something more along the lines of My Bloody Valentine, I got more MGMT; and where I was expecting the heavier and droning guitars of shoegaze I got expansive-sounding and lush soundscapes. Is shoegaze having its Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century moment? If so, I'm digging it.

Sounds Like: 
MGMT but maybe a bit more shoegaze-y
Sounds Like: 
My Bloody Valentine but if they collaborated with Daft Punk
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
MGMT
Label: 
Columbia Records

In 2013, MGMT released their third album, self-titled, which divided fans and critics. Afterwards, the band went on a four-year hiatus and only began to release new music again back in October. Now, MGMT is back with their long-awaited fourth studio album, Little Dark Age. The question that may be on everyone's minds is: was it worth the wait? After listening to this album, I think it most certainly was.

Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
Peter Bjorn and John
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
Million Miles
Label: 
Self-Released

A collection of singles fashioned into an EP, Berry Hill EP consists of four enjoyable singles that may appeal to those who are fans of Amy Winehouse or Norah Jones. Although Million Miles - aka musician Sophie Baudry - is not American, she could have fooled me; the songs feel decidedly bluesy and folks-y, and I'm not surprised that the EP's four songs were recorded in Nashville, as it sort of walks the line between soul, blues, and country. Baudry's voice is sweet and enjoyable to listen to, and her lyrics are relatable and empowering.

Sounds Like: 
Norah Jones
Sounds Like: 
Amy Winehouse
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
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