Alternative Rock

Austin Plaine

Artist: 
Austin Plaine
Label: 
Wevolve Music

This album is amazing!! I had difficulty choosing which tracks I would reccommend because they are all so good. Every song has a different beat and rhythm, there is a song for almost any mood you are in. This is Austin Plaine's first album, he is the next best hit so watch out! It will not be long before this man is on the top charts of folk-rock music. This album is brilliant from start to finish. Austin Plain has honest and genuine lyrics with such a unique sound that makes you feel good. Perfect album for long drives and brightening your day.

Sounds Like: 
Ryan Adams
Sounds Like: 
Gregory Alan Isakov
Name: 
Sivanne Almog
Date Reviewed: 
04/20/2014

Eyes In The Canopy

Artist: 
Winchester Revival
Label: 
King of Sticks

This is Winchester Revival's first EP. It was not really my style, which means I am no expert. But it felt a little incongruent at times: the vocals didn't really mesh with the instrumentals backing it up. They sound talented enough, like they know what they're doing, but nothing really stood out. It felt like they were trying to reach that post-punk feel like that of the Foals but they never get there (granted there were only 4 songs to go off of).

Sounds Like: 
Foals
Sounds Like: 
Minus the Bear
Name: 
Diana Englert
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2014

Big Suspicious

Artist: 
Wild Adriatic
Label: 
A House Mentality

With this new album following the release of their first, Lock and Key, this three man band from Saratoga Springs, New York, draw influence from Led Zeppelin and Mountain. I would say that this new album sounds like 70’s rock and roll with a pop twist.This album consists of raw vocals from the lead singer Travis Gray, which gives off a true and authentic sound—unedited and true to the soulful and distinct characteristics of rock and soul.

Sounds Like: 
Parachute
Sounds Like: 
The Black Keys
Sounds Like: 
Gary Clark Jr.
Name: 
Erinn Fung
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2014

Awoken

Artist: 
Bigtree Bonsai
Label: 
Bigtree Bonsai

Bigtree Bonsai (get it, guys?), an alternative rock band with heavy folk influences, has a genuine rawness to them that has always appealed to me. They rely on great harmonies, given at the most powerful moments, great accoustic guitar, drums, throwing in some piano, organ, and a good old subtle horn section occasionally. This album just works. Their harmonies remind me of Dr. Dog and their folkiness sounds like the Avett Brothers, and sometimes going folk-rocky enough to remind me of Mumford and Sons (Rollin Down the Road).

Sounds Like: 
Dr. Dog
Sounds Like: 
Avett Brothers
Name: 
Diana Englert
Date Reviewed: 
12/09/2013

Requiem

Artist: 
Vestibule
Label: 
Tat Music Group

Didn’t enjoy this one. The instrumental is pretty cool, like a soundtrack to exploring a post-apocalyptic world. The vocals drive me crazy in the worst possible way. Lead singer has annoying voice, and I don’t understand the lyrics. The lyrics and instrumental are quite incoherent, whether that’s a conscious choice is beyond me. Would not play.

Sounds Like: 
The Killers- according to the artist
Sounds Like: 
Nirvana- according to the artist
Name: 
Ben Don
Date Reviewed: 
12/03/2013

The Tripping Souls

Artist: 
The Tripping Souls
Label: 
The Tripping Souls

With a beautifully familiar sound, The Tripping Souls' self-titled album really rocks. Singer-songwriter Paul Makris' influences are taken from British Rock such as The Beatles, Oasis, and Paul Weller. Song-writer Paul Makris on vocals, keyboards, and guitar , Wayne Wittaker on bass, and Ben Marino and Steve Chaggaris on double duty drums all began recording with Brian Charles at Zippah Studios this past summer 2012.

Sounds Like: 
Oasis
Sounds Like: 
The Beatles
Name: 
Diana Englert
Date Reviewed: 
11/11/2013

Good Fight

Artist: 
Scoti Slate
Label: 
Bright Life Music

Scoti*Slate are two dudes marching to the beat of their own drum, and I can respect that. All in all though, I think Good Fight lacks a certain edgy-ness that I find necessary to quench my musical thirst. These guys certainly got the tone down, but lyrically they didn't slap me in the face and I needed to be beaten around a little bit to truly enjoy an album. The whole album is FCC clean, which is good, but again adds to that innocense I can't handle.

Sounds Like: 
Foo Fighters
Sounds Like: 
Jet
Sounds Like: 
Cage The Elephant
Name: 
Ben Don
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2013

Walk Me Out

Artist: 
Our Friend & The Spiders
Label: 
Our Friend and The Spiders

I'm sure a fish wearing a top hat caught your attention as it did mine. But really, there's nothing fishy about Our Friend and The Spiders’ first full-length album: a pretty rockin’ collection of alternative and indie rock.  A band hailing from Montreal, they stick to the simple lead electric guitar, solid bass, drums, and vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Imagine Dragons
Sounds Like: 
Queens of the Stone Age
Sounds Like: 
Kings of Leon
Sounds Like: 
Foo Fighters
Name: 
Diana Englert
Date Reviewed: 
10/30/2013

The Sticks

Artist: 
Mother Mother
Label: 
Last Gang Records

The opening track to Mother Mother’s album “The Sticks” does not exemplify what the whole entire album is all about. However, it effectively builds up into a “calm before the storm” feeling, and the eeriness of the album that is seen throughout the entire album. While the album itself is phenomenal, most of the songs unfortunately contain foul language. The album contains a very good balance of garage-band grunge tunes, as well as some lighter tracks like “Waiting for the World to Change”. Most of the songs contain a steady rock beat, with many melodic subtleties.

Sounds Like: 
Miniature Tigers
Sounds Like: 
Cage the Elephant
Name: 
Samantha Fung
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2013

The Sound of the Life of the Mind

Artist: 
Ben Folds Five
Label: 
ImaVeePee Records

The Sound of the Life of the Mind is Ben Folds Five's return following a 13 year hiatus, as Ben Folds pursued his solo career. This album returns to the classic sound of Ben Folds Five: upbeat sounds mixed with comical lyrics from Ben Folds. Having been a Ben Folds Five fan for awhile, I was greatly anticipating this album. However, it was a bit of a let down, as the album felt slightly stale, as nothing new was added to the usual formula.

Sounds Like: 
Ben Folds
Sounds Like: 
Jukebox the Ghost
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2012