Rock

Artist: 
Fits
Label: 
Father/Daughter Records

This new Fits album is a banger! All of the songs are less than 3 minutes, averaging around 2 minute songs which you might initially think “how are you supposed to fit dope music into a 2 minute song?” but Fits knows how to do it.  The album consists of lots of guitar and drums combining into various, original beats and sounds.

Sounds Like: 
The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die
Sounds Like: 
Mom Jeans.
Name: 
Gabrielle Ranger
Date Reviewed: 
11/21/2017
Artist: 
Pandas & People
Label: 
Pandas & People

With their newest self-released album Out to Sea, Pandas & People showcase their solid indie-folk rock foundation. For me personally, it borders on country rock, but it’s a really unique sound. All of the tracks are cohesive in that it doesn’t just sound like seven singles put on an album.

Sounds Like: 
The Northern Empty
Sounds Like: 
Mumford & Sons
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Holy Moly & The Crackers
Label: 
Pink Lane Records

Based in the UK, Holy Moly & The Crackers is the most diverse-sounding band I’ve ever heard. They incorporate rock and alt influences into folk, which you would think doesn’t work, but they make it happen! Their overall sound is so diverse and unique, it really sets them apart from any other music group. All of the tracks on Salem are moderate to fast paced and has a really good beat, making it very catchy. What really makes this album fun and interesting are the different musical instruments they utilize in addition to the traditional guitar melody.

Sounds Like: 
ZZ Ward
Sounds Like: 
Alabama Shakes
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Nick Heyward
Label: 
Gladsome Hawk

In Nick Heyward’s new album, "Woodland Echoes" he gives listeners a sound that creates an uplifting new take on classic sounds that have various instruments with an indie vibe to it. In his song "Mountain Top", Heyward’s voice resembles closely to that of Paul McCartney with an uppity pop guitar sound that mixes well along with a perfect country fiddle solo that makes you feel like you’re listening to a classic rock song released in the 60s.

Sounds Like: 
John Lennon
Sounds Like: 
Paul McCarney
Name: 
Miles Schuk Ehler
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2017
Artist: 
Kevin Eubanks
Label: 
Mack Avenue

       Track #1 (Time Line) has a nice easy going flow.

       "Watercolors" (Track #2) is one of my dad's favorite Jazz tunes.  Hearing this song now brings back fond memories of chilling with him in his library/office as a kid.

Sounds Like: 
Easy Going flow
Sounds Like: 
Trance-provoking music
Sounds Like: 
Jazz Greats like Coltrane and Dizzy
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2017
Artist: 
Marilyn Manson
Label: 
Loma Vista Records

Marilyn Manson is back with his tenth album, Heaven Upside Down, to tear down any societal facades you’ve arrayed about yourself and drag you screaming back to the early days of middle school when you hated your parents and wanted the world to know it. While his sound is recognizable, even nostalgic, of that of his older music, it nonetheless is a continuation of the ever-popular goth-god Marilyn Manson.

Sounds Like: 
Rob Zombie
Sounds Like: 
Rammstein
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
Artist: 
INHEAVEN
Label: 
Pias America

Have you ever been to a show, seen the opening act, and said to yourself, "Hey, I'm going to actually check them out when I get home", only to forget the name of the act or just forget to do so? That exact thought ran through my head when I saw INHEAVEN open for Circa Waves at a concert back in March, except I actually followed through and followed them on twitter - only to discover later that none of their songs were readily available to listen to on places like Spotify.

Sounds Like: 
Nirvana
Sounds Like: 
Circa Waves
Sounds Like: 
The Cure
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
The National
Label: 
4AD ltd

Sleep Well Beast is The National’s seven studio release and is well deserving of all of the accolades, in my humble opinion. I actually didn’t know about them until I heard their single “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” and I just fell in love with the velvety broodiness of Matt Berninger’s voice. This is a well-crafted album that weaves together existential crisis with the trials of a long-term relationship – summing it up as being able to just endure.  

Sounds Like: 
Glass Animals (but darker)
Sounds Like: 
Grizzly Bear
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
10/17/2017
Artist: 
Gold,. Frankincense, & Myrrh
Label: 
GFM Music

Here's something you don't see very often: a trio of sisters from Florida singing Christian metal. Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh, or GFM, is exactly that. With the youngest member of the band being just 13 years old, it's expected that their songs are all family-appropriate and safe to play on the radio. But that doesn't stop these sisters from rocking out and making some awesome music! 

Sounds Like: 
Flyleaf
Sounds Like: 
Nightwish
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2017
Artist: 
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
Label: 
ATO Records LLC

This is a great record. J. Roddy Walston and the Business have blown up in the last couple of years following an exhaustive tour schedule and their 2013 breakout album, Essential Tremors. This is more vulnerable and personal than Essential Tremors, but still has the hard-rocking swagger and bravado that exemplifies the band. Simply put, it's like Kings of Leon except with music that's actually good.

Sounds Like: 
Drive By Truckers
Sounds Like: 
Delta Spirit
Sounds Like: 
The Weeks
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
10/09/2017