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Artist: 
Nots
Label: 
Goner

Tenesse-based noise rock outfit Nots certainly impress on their album Cosmetic. The album is full of super fun and super punky songs. The whole album is pretty upbeat. The shouts of vocalist Natalie Hoffman pair well with the noisy, sometimes post-punky keyboards and guitars. The album is energetic as fuck, and most of the songs give off the vibe of music that would be hella fun to mosh to. Overall it's a great listen for ayone who enjoys punk rock and wants to play song upbeat, hype shit on their radio show.

Sounds Like: 
Ex-Cult
Sounds Like: 
White Lung
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
12/14/2016
Artist: 
Forth Wanderers
Label: 
Father/Daughter

On their Slop EP, New Jersey-based indie pop outfit Forth Wanderers deliver some nice, catchy, downtempo music that's chock full of layered guitars and catchy melodies. The vocals on the album are really clear and well-produced, albeit they do often sound like typical female indie vocals. None of the songs on this EP are particularly exciting, or convey any sense of urgency, but they're all nice and fun and laid back. Most of the songs possess distorted rhythm guitars in the background, with a nice, clean guitar played overtop of it.

Sounds Like: 
Diet Cig
Sounds Like: 
Slothrust
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
12/14/2016
Artist: 
Unity
Label: 
Digital Regress

Unity has the riffs. Put down your guitars. It's over. You lost.

Hailing from the Bay Area, Unity's self-titled release is one of the best rock records of the year. The songs here are immediate, dyanamic and catchy as hell. There's the tight, the booming rhythm section, the memorable vocal hooks and monster guitars galore. I recently discovered Unity through a friend's recommendation, and they can be difficult to find online. That's okay, though. You'll start spreading the word after you hear the first ten seconds of "Days".

Sounds Like: 
Dinosaur Jr.
Sounds Like: 
Sleater Kinney
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2016
Artist: 
Gerbils
Label: 
Lysergic Sound Distributors

Tucson-based record label Lysergic Sound Distributors specializes in bringing back old and lost recordings to the public. This release from 2015 is a collection of lost recordings made in 1982 by Detroit high school punks The Gerbils. The Gerbils specialize in fast-paced, classic power chord capital-P punk. Tracks are rarely longer than two minutes and are lyrically all about the things you would expect from teenage rust belt punks: lack of sex, lack of drugs, hating cops, and trying to die. Some songs feature synthesizers, which for a punk band like this adds an interesting wrinkle.

Sounds Like: 
Dead Kennedys
Sounds Like: 
Circle Jerks
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2016
Artist: 
Hiroshima DeFX/ Spank
Label: 
Self Released

This split by Hiroshima DeFX and Spank is decent for a self released split. Personally, between the two bands, I preferred the first three songs who were by Spank. The songs had a more alternative rock sound, though rough. The first song "Youth in Ice" was the best of the three, with somewhat catchy guitar riffs. The second half of the CD, by Hiroshima DeFX was more rough and loud, which was slightly abrasive. It is not my style of music, and is a bit more hard than music that I listen to generally, but as what it is, it's not horrible.

Sounds Like: 
Garage punk rock
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2016
Artist: 
Cherry Glazerr
Label: 
Secretly Canadian

This single is awesome. As someone who has never heard of Cherry Glazerr before, this is a great song to get into their music. This song has everything: catchy lyrics, upbeat tempo, and cool guitar riffs. Their sound somewhat reminds me of Metric, with strong female vocals.  Not sure who they are singing about, but I believe them, she really must be a wild one. Play this if you want a catchy, upbeat, crowd pleaser!

Sounds Like: 
Metric
Sounds Like: 
Hinds
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2016
Artist: 
Olive Tiger
Label: 
Telegraph

This Olive Tiger album was surprisingly good considering its release size. I think that this is one of the albums that deserves more attention, especially if you have a more soothing alt show. The balance between sweet vocals and soft orchestral sounds was elegant. Particularly, I liked the blend of accordion and the acoustic guitar in "Lament". I thought that the sound was pretty similar to a Fiona Apple album but perhaps with a more acoustic and diverse sound. I would recommend a listen if you are into strong female alto vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Fiona Apple
Sounds Like: 
My Brightest Diamond
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Playboy Manbaby
Label: 
Self-Released

Playboy Manbaby is a local band from Phoenix, AZ. I recently went to one of their shows here in tucson. Playboy Manbaby opened up for another band called Together Pangea, and honestly they stole the show, They played two of their new singles from their new album coming out in early 2017 ( so be on the look out) and I got to listen to these songs live which was equally as amazing as the recorded version. You Can Be A Fascist Too is a very energenic song, that gets you full of energy. When PM played this song live, they got the audience involved in the chorus which was so much fun.

Sounds Like: 
Diners
Sounds Like: 
Wolvves
Name: 
Aerin Mazza
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Credito
Label: 
Derrick Credito

Derrick Credito was a previously unknown artist to me. His new album, Neither Fish Nor Fowl, is a gruff yet folksy piece laced with social commentary and a homely sound. There was a lot of Eddie Vedder and Third Eye Blind sounding vocals within the album and it was quite enjoyable. For a more relaxing listen I would especially recommend the second half of the album. There was a very light and honest feel to each of the verses. Content-wise, there was little depth to the lyricism, but I think that this ties in well with the sound.

Sounds Like: 
Violent Femmes
Sounds Like: 
Pearl Jam
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016