Alt

Artist: 
Shout Out Louds
Label: 
Merge Records

Sounds Like: 
A lesser version of The Shins
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
10/01/2017
Artist: 
Florist
Label: 
Double Double Whammy

Florist just released their second album, If Blue Could be Happiness.

Sounds Like: 
Emily Yacina
Sounds Like: 
The Moldy Peaches
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2017

V

Artist: 
The Bronx
Label: 
ATO Records

The Bronx, an L.A. band started in 2002, after taking a break from punk to pursue their side project, mariachi music under the name Mariachi El Bronx, has come out with their fifth punk album, V. This album is a fast paced slap in the face. This is the kind of music that you jam out to when you’re alone and just want to start screaming. The rapid percussion accompanied by intense and energy driven guitar riffs and gravelly vocals in each track sounds amazing. The album is loud and reminiscent of early 80’s punk. Overall, a great listen. 

Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2017
Artist: 
Portugal. The Man
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

Portugal. The Man's latest album "Woodstock" has "fans" crying, "What happened the Portugal. The Man? How dare they sell out!" Personally, I found "Woodstock" to be quite an enjoyable album composed of psych-pop songs with heavy EDM and folk influences. "Feel It Still", the breakout single from Portugal. The Man's album "Woodstock", is the most recognizable and danceable track on the album. However, the vocals are manipulated to make the lead singer to sound higher that it originally turned me off.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala - Psychedelic synth sounds but at a faster pace than Tame Impala
Sounds Like: 
Rival Sons - Modern rock with formulaic instrumentals and singing but still enjoyable
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2017
Artist: 
Another Distraction
Label: 
Self Release

     Immediate music euphoria. I am listening to a blissful marriage between the singing style of Yellowcard, the singing style that made Chester Bennington (RIP) famous; combined with what sounds like The Used’s screaming-tinged form of Emo and hardcore rock.

Sounds Like: 
Singing style of Yellowcard
Sounds Like: 
Singing Style that made Chester Bennington (RIP) famous
Sounds Like: 
The Used's screaming-tinged form of Emo
Sounds Like: 
hardcore rock
Sounds Like: 
Emocore, perhaps?
Sounds Like: 
Relient K's track "Who I am (Hates Who I've Been)" [single version]
Sounds Like: 
Rise Against's track "Re-Education (Through Labor)"
Sounds Like: 
Relient K's track "Who I am (Hates Who I've Been)" [acoustic version]
Sounds Like: 
Track "It End's Tonight" from The All-American Rejects
Sounds Like: 
Track "Miles Apart" from Yellowcard
Sounds Like: 
Track "You're So Last Summer" from Taking Back Sunday
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2017
Artist: 
The Clientele
Label: 
The Track & Field Organisation

       Starts out sounding like a beautiful marriage between the singing of Joseph Arthur and the music of Death Cab For Cutie. I love both of those things, so I am instantly a fan. Plus the harmony amongst the lead singer and background singers is so pure sounding (aka totally flawless).  I would be lying if I were to say this band's music sounds just like something I have heard before. Nah, instead it sounds like a beautiful blending of so many different sounds.

Sounds Like: 
Joseph Arthur
Sounds Like: 
Cali bands
Sounds Like: 
Spoon
Sounds Like: 
60s Psychedelic rock bands
Sounds Like: 
Echoing voices
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2017
Artist: 
Mike Gordon
Label: 
Megaplum

I'll admit that Mike Gordon and his latest album, "Ogogo", took some warming up to. I was ready with my finger on the button to dismiss the thing altogether off the bat, as I was (and still am not, to a degree) a fan of Trey Anastasio's vocals throughout. However, what he might lack in vocal oomph is more than made up for by the instrumentation, and the softness of his voice isn't a consistent concern past the first two tracks. 

Sounds Like: 
Oingo Boingo
Sounds Like: 
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
09/26/2017

Orc

Artist: 
Oh Sees
Label: 
Castle Face

Oh Sees (formerly Thee Oh Sees) is my favorite garage rock band. On their new (and maybe 19th?) album Orc, the band is back with more of what's always been good about them: weird, kooky vocals, messy but tight guitars, grooves so good that you physically have to move in some way. Not all their albums are amazing, but most of them are great, and this is my personal favorite of theirs since 2013's Floating Coffin. Oh Sees always sound like Oh Sees, but they also always try new things.

Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Sounds Like: 
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
09/26/2017
Artist: 
Marika Hackman
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

OK while I have your attention, this album is INCREDIBLE. I have been listening to it for a week straight and I haven’t gotten tired of it.

Sounds Like: 
The Japanese House
Sounds Like: 
Frankie Cosmos
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
L.A. Witch
Label: 
Suicide Squeeze

Sounds Like: 
Johnny Cash
Sounds Like: 
The Runaways
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
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