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3/5

2 votes

Band of Skulls - Himalayan


April 22, 2014


The modern day AC/DC sounding trio known as Band Of Skulls, known for their bluesy vibe, has surely kept that feel with Himalayan. This third studio album starts out strong with heavy hitting riffs and choruses comparable to the legendary Led Zeppelin. While the first half of the album is solid, ending with “Brothers and Sisters.” However, it begins to fall apart in the end. Parts of “I Guess I Know You Fairly Well” seem to lack some of the character or confidence that is clearly evident in the beginning of the LP. With retro sounds and quick, powerful chords striking throughout most of the album and specifically on “Asleep At The Wheel,” Himalayan is more than worth a listen. At the end of the day, Band Of Skulls has put out some great sounds, proving that having only three members is not holding them back. Most memorable from this album is the flamboyant guitar tones and that is something to be proud of from Band Of Skulls. -Colby Webb

5/5

2 votes

Tony Molina - Dissed and Dismissed


April 22, 2014


“Dissed and Dismissed” is the second album by San Francisco musician Tony Molina. Molina is has fronted several San Francisco punk and emo bands, but has ventured into a much more pop oriented sound with his solo work. While keeping with punk rocks simplistic song structures and short song lengths, Molina provides light guitar and vocals reminiscent of 90’s indie rock. While providing a unique spin on the genres of indie rock and pop punk, “Dissed and Dismissed does fall flat at times, with songs starting to run into one another near the end of the album. -Nicholas Sortino

4/5

4 votes

Manchester Orchestra - Cope


April 22, 2014


Manchester Orchestra’s Cope is forty minutes of heavy, unapologetically indie rock. The album was self-produced in the band’s newly completed home studio, giving the group a lot of freedom with their sound. Singer and songwriter Andy Hull wanted the band’s fourth studio LP to be heavier than their previous efforts, and it shows in Cope. While not necessarily being the heaviest album you’ll ever hear, Cope deals with deep lyrical themes and backs it all up with drowning guitar fuzz and swelling chorus buildups. If you’re looking for the new trend in loud alt-rock with indie cues, Manchester Orchestra is the band that will deliver, and Cope is sure to make an impact on the genre. -Michael Naples



4/5

2 votes

School of Language - Old Fears


April 22, 2014


Formerly known as Field Music, brothers Peter and David Brewis decided to go opposite directions. The result is David Bewis’s first solo album as School of Language. Old Fears is filled with digital textures and powerful, funky pop songs. Though the album has a psychedelic feeling and tracks that seem more like demos, the lyrics take it up a notch. David sings of young love and anxiety, something that fans in their teens can relate to. The song “Dress Up” is a perfect example of a happy synth guitar melody, but it contains heavy lyrics about being antisocial. Overall, Old Fears is a funky album that will make you tap your feet, but also think a little more deeply. -Kristen Humphries

4/5

3 votes

Coldair - Whose Blood


April 22, 2014


Coldair’s album Whose Blood is calm in every sense of the word. Almost entirely acoustic, the album features many tunes that are as simple as they come. The singer, who has a tremendous vocal range, offers a very soothing clean sounding voice. However, the album is also haunting in a way. A few tracks include sections with cacophonous noises and haunting vocal harmonies. -Brian McKenzie

No votes

Sweat it out! Sampler - Various Artists


April 16, 2014


Come Down / by Crooked Colours: with the British spelling if colors I instantly knew I’d love this song. What begins as a dreamy pop song slowly grows into a hectic but ultimately relaxing plethora of synth melodies. Promise Me / by Motez - with spooky synth lines and tight percussion I knew Motez’s “promise me” would not disappoint. The 3rd track on the compilation reaches it’s first peak at the 1:00minute mark. The real drop comes 35 seconds later and is a testament to how far Motez’s sound has really grown, and by the 4:00 minute mark you fall in love with the song all over again. Why Can’t You (Say So) / by Emoh Instead This spooky trap/ uk dub vibe that the song has going for it is unlike any song I’ve heard in a long time. At the 30 second mark we first get a taste of the flume-esk lead synth, which makes the track entirely unique. It’s a brassy sound, but so electronic in it’s nature that it catches you off guard, just as the distorted and pitchy vocals do. -Andrew Dutton



4/5

3 votes

Thief - Closer EP


April 16, 2014


Thief is a group that features a wide variety of alternative rock, electronica and R&B like vocals. Thief came first in July of 2012. The original name prior to Thief was PJ Wolf. They got their flow or style from 90’s pop and alternative music. The two best songs on this EP is track 2 (Broken Boy) and track 4 (Cold). Broken Boy shares a message within the song as well as nice smooth vocals and instrumentals. This is a artist I would highly recommended. -Gabriel Smith

4/5

3 votes

The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams


April 16, 2014


The Hold Steady are back with their sixth LP, Teeth Dreams. Injecting another album’s worth of Craig Finn’s honest lyrics and “wall of sound” guitars and percussion may seem tiresome to some, especially since the band seem to be pretty formulaic the sixth time around. But what makes these guys so good is that everything, every last word and note, is so real and pure, that I can’t help but love them for who they are and what they do. The “Middle American and Everyman” aesthetic they achieve on every album is no less important because this is their sixth release. Finn’s vocals are as heartfelt as ever, with tracks like “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” and “Spinners” really showcasing the band’s affinity for the Average Joe and Americana. This is quite honestly one of the best releases of the year and reaffirms the fact that The Hold Steady is one of the quintessential bands of the 21st century. -Michael Ridings

3/5

1 vote

Wild Ones - Keep It Safe


April 16, 2014


For an album entitled Keep It Safe, you would think you would hear something very basic and radio friendly that tends to be dumbed down by miles for the mainstream music industry to digest. However, the Wild Ones have done the exact opposite. With a voice reminiscent of Debbie Harry from Blondie along with many new wave grooves some old and new including a pallet of break beats borrowing from hip hop, electronica and good old fashioned stadium ballads, Wild Ones proves to expand out in their sound to keep each and every track interesting. Some of the songs fall flat but when this collage of sounds stands together the results are very intriguing for listeners. If this is what keeping it safe means one can only imagine what it would be like for these artists to get out of their comfort zone for their next project. -Matt “DJ Wylie Stylie” Wylie