Rock

Artist: 
Leprous
Label: 
InsideOut Records

This Norwegian metal band has been around for over a decade, but their latest album is significantly less metal than previous ones. I found this in the alt box, and I believe it could probably go in either category. It's not screamy or heavy metal, it's almost electronic in some ways? The background music on some of the tracks reminds me of the electronic feel of the Foals album from last year. 

Sounds Like: 
Evanescence if the singer was a dude
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Fortune's Folly
Label: 
Independent Label

This album is like a mix of No Doubt and Fleetwood Mac. It has some rock cool guitar riffs and chord progressions throughout. The vocals are unique, they have a slight nasal whine. The lyrics of the songs are a bit tacky, but it adds to the tone of the song. It has a very punk, riot girl energy. One interesting part of this EP is that it was mixed and recorded at two different studios, and you can hear the difference this made in the recording of the album. The vocals from the second half are more subdued than the first. 

Sounds Like: 
No Doubt
Sounds Like: 
Fleetwood Mac
Sounds Like: 
The Breeders
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2017
Artist: 
The War On Drugs
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

This is a very tight, sleek record. The instrumentation is perfectly crafted to where it crescendos into something greater than the sum of its parts. Overall, A Deeper Understanding is a fantastic record, and what we've come to expect from The War on Drugs. Frontman Adam Granduciel manages to perfectly integrate 80s influenced synth rock with a Springsteenish authenticity, and the result is a record full of anthemic, awesome rock songs.

Sounds Like: 
The Gaslight Anthem
Sounds Like: 
Kurt Vile
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
09/04/2017
Artist: 
AJ Davila
Label: 
Panoram

      AJ Davila's new single "17" has an upbeat, simplistic beach rock sound that one would hear in an Apple commercial. This is a song that you would hear right before Phoenix walks on stage to begin their set. This a song you would hear walking down Venice Beach. This is a song that you hear while competing in a surfing contest, which is why I think the song is called 17. The 5 note bassline, the simple chord progression, and the chorus chanting "hey baby hey baby hey" reminds me of surf rock. The bass is thumping on the song.

Sounds Like: 
Davila 666
Sounds Like: 
Kali Mutsa
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
PWR BTTM
Label: 
Polyvinyl Record Co.

This is the most relatable song ever. We've all been there, waiting for someone to answer a text. This is the clean version, but I highly recommend listening to the original to get the full feeling of it. 

According to Wikipedia, PWR BTTM is "an American queer punk duo composed of Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins" and they've been around for a few years.

Sounds Like: 
Bowling for Soup?
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2017
Artist: 
The Charm The Fury
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

So this band is very confused. The female singer is overemphasized and the sexuality is a key theme on the album. Other key themes are war and water - for whatever reason. This is most definitely southern rock with attempts at deathcore, metalcore and a sorry attempt at doom in the beginning of track 6. Musicians in this band aren't poor but they just need to be making different music. Female singers are super awesome but this singer just doesn't match the music and or really make decent growls. Track 2 is the only one I would really suggest to anyone.

Sounds Like: 
southern female rock
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2017
Artist: 
The Black Line
Label: 
CRock Records

Formed as a one man band from Ontario Canada, the Black Line has a thrashing guitar genre that is reminiscent of the garage band genres of the 90's and 2000's. With a mix of semi-thoughtful/punk lyrics and pretty solid mixing of the song components, the Black Line has some solid punk rock tracks. No One Cares, Gemini, and more are all guitar heavy tracks that strike a consistent balance between insturmentals and vocals, which is impressive given the one-man nature of this band.

Sounds Like: 
Front Bottoms but more rock
Sounds Like: 
Green Day
Sounds Like: 
NOFX
Name: 
Brendan Bogar
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2017
Artist: 
Twiztid
Label: 
Majik Ninja Entertainment

As someone who had a childhood under the imposing figure of a self-proclaimed juggalo father, I've been more or less subject to listening to ICP, Twiztid, and most of Psychopathic Records for the majority of my early life. Not quite a pleasant experience, but in regards to this single, I'm glad for the past experience to draw from. As such, my first instinct when listening to this track was that it wasn't at all the Twiztid I knew.

Sounds Like: 
ICP
Sounds Like: 
Boondox
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Ryan Adams
Label: 
Blue Note Records

This was insanely good. After listening to it in its entirety, I immediately listened to it two more times. I might stay up late and listen to it again. The album is classic Ryan Adams, and he bears his alt-country troubador soul over the course of the twelve tracks. The album is his breakup album after his divorce with Mandy Moore. The songs have a lonely, alienated feel and this record would be good to listen to while driving at night.

Sounds Like: 
Jason Isbell
Sounds Like: 
Jeff Tweedy
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2017
Artist: 
Black Star Riders
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Black Star Riders' new single "When the Night Comes In" is more laid-back than a lot of rock and metal. The spoken verses and background chorus almost reminds me a little of country. It's a good 3-minute song to play if you're looking for a break from heavier stuff or if you're looking to get into rock music and want to start with something easy. It sounds like something that could play on the radio and most people would be happy with it.