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1/5

1 vote

Fat White Family - Holocost


April 3, 2014


Fat White Family is a unique rock band that formed in South London. “Champagne Holocaust” is their debut album and gives its listeners on a bizarre and noisy journey. “Champagne Holocaust” strangely combines the genres of punk, indie rock, noise rock, psychedelic rock, and interestingly blues chords. The album transitions from a very noise influenced opener with the track “Auto Neutron,” to a series of trippy psychedelic songs influenced by aggressive punk rock. Guitars are feed through heavy feedback to give a very rough and dirty sound to each track with extremely distorted and haunting vocals. Overall “Champagne Holocaust” is a hazy, grungy, and psychedelic album that creates a style all its own. -Nicholas Sortino

5/5

1 vote

Pure X - Angel


April 3, 2014


Pure X’s album ‘Angel’ highlights the sounds of the past and the sounds of the “now”. With a flair of the 80’s Fleetwood Mac mellow, melodic sound along with a splash of the Young’s underlying classic rock foundation, ‘Angel’ gives listeners a reason to relax and wind down. With a combination of textures in instrumentation of synthesizers, guitars, and perfectly placed percussions, the ambient, foggy sound of ‘Angel’ makes way for a new era of voice for Pure X as compared to their previous two albums ‘Crawling Up theStairs’ and ‘Pleasure’. ‘Angel’’s smooth melody in collaboration with its blissful harmonies have listeners reach the band’s full potential and live to its name meaning “full ecstasy”. The album contains 11 tracks which meld into each other with ease of the ear. -Deejay Johnson

4/5

1 vote

Cheetah Chrome - Solo


April 2, 2014


Reaching fame as the guitarist for punk rock band The Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs, Cheetah Chrome hooks audiences with classic guitar riffs and solos in his first ever solo album, coming at age 58. With a voice like Bruce Springsteen, and a guitar sound like an early 90s Seattle-based rock group, Cheetah Chrome does a great job of bringing in listeners throughout his 7 song album. The first song kickstarts the album with an instrumental, and then kicks in to the great East Side Story. Cheetah Chrome proves in his debut solo outing that he can easily step up to the microphone and front a great band of his own. If he were going solo in the 70s, you would have no doubt seen him at CBGB’s on a Friday night. -Mark Douglas



No votes

Tokyo Police Club - Forcefield


April 2, 2014


Over the past few years Tokyo Police Club has worked to create a unique sound. Many say this was accomplished with the last album Champ. The latest album, Forcefield, simply does not compare to past work when it comes to the level of energy that was previously a trademark for TPC. Opening the album is “Argentine (Parts I, II, III)” which creates a mature vibe starting from pop-like sounds and moving towards a more adventurous showcase of the band’s personality. This movement continues throughout the entirety of the album as the dramatic shift in sound is noted in the albums name. TPC did not want to follow music trends, but focus on the music they wanted to write. “Hot Tonight” seems to be the catchy song off the album, having the most recognizable chorus that gave TPC their original fame. Paired with a notable chorus, this song in general has the most rock oriented guitar riffs in comparison to the rest of the albums power pop sound. While Forcefield may not be a step forward from the sounds of Champ four years ago, it is definitely proof of the evolution of TPC. Some long time listeners may question the direction of this latest album, but the overall progression of the group may attract new ears. -Colby Webb

4/5

1 vote

Foster the People - Supermodel


April 2, 2014


With the success of their 2011 debut album Torches, Foster the People return three years later with an equally captivating second studio album, Supemodel. The trio comprised of frontman Marcus Foster, bassist Cubbie Fink, and drummer Mark Pontius managed to maintain their status of upbeat indie-pop tunes with heavy lyrical undertones. Perhaps his professional jingle writing days are the cause, but nevertheless, Marcus Foster’s catchy choruses will surely draw people in. Even so, the brilliant harmonies and laid-back vocals don’t take away from the contemplative lyrics. His honest self-questioning is what makes the songs incredibly relatable, such as ‘Are You What You Want To Be’ (“These things ask the biggest question to me… So are you what you want to be?”) and ‘Ask Yourself’ (“Is this the life you’ve been waiting for?”). Supermodel’s variety of acoustic guitars, 70s disco-funk, and prog-rock synths allow it to be one of those albums that has a favorite song for everyone who listens. The cheery verses that you find stuck in your head will also be the ones to make you question society and your place in it, just as Foster does. As fans who have waited three years for new music will surely agree, Supermodel is a perfect sophomore studio album. -Kristen Humphries

1/5

2 votes

The Strypes- Snapshot


April 2, 2014


Energy, beautiful raunchy unadulterated energy. This statement can be used to describe a multitude of things. The power of a muscle car, the rush you get when you wake up to the first day of summer vacation, and the Strypes. These young Irish lads blow all of the hazy and commercial rock of the modern era out of the water and back onto the land and then back into the water again. Surprisingly enough I was first turned on to the Strypes via an ever fading social media outlet, Facebook. Their ads were incessant and final I cracked under the pressure and decided to take a look at the dingy looking band’s music. When I finally listened to them the first song I heard was Blue Collar Jane and then I was sold. I immediately heard the influence of classic rockers and modern musicians alike. The Rolling Stones, the Animals, and Jake Bugg in the form of uncanny undertones were dripping from the music that these teens from Ireland perform with an energy almost unmatched. As of late I have gotten some really great music to review and I can say hands down that the Strypes have been by far my favorite. If you’re looking for a retro listening experience check them out please and hopefully you and I will hear more from them in days to come. -Collin Hadsell



5/5

3 votes

Porno Mags - Porno Mags


April 2, 2014


A sense of nostalgia, the seductively titled Porno Mags stands as a throwback to the glamorous lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll that dominated airwaves in the 60’s and 70’s. With a voice that can transcend from sounding very Jim Morrison to David Bowie and even Prince at his funkiest, the band has a lot going for it even if it may not feel completely original. The production is fantastic especially on standouts such as Heart Attack and Television Ghost which closes out the album fantastically with eerie guitar melodies and fantastic drumming. This album proves that Porno Mags has a lot of talent on display in a mere 8 track album with very little filter at all showing us that quality is much better than quantity. -DJ Matt “Wylie Stylie” Wylie

No votes

Analog Rebellion - Ille Grande


April 2, 2014


Daniel Hunter succeeds in making a great album as Analog Rebellion in his album Ille Grande. He draws on many different styles of music, and his songs manage to flow together despite complete changes in character. Throughout this 13 song album, there are points where one song will crash up against another in a slightly too abrupt change, but you’ll be too busy enjoying yourself to notice. This album travels the history of music to hit it’s target perfectly, becoming an album that anyone, but not everyone, can find something to love about it. -Mariah Davis

5/5

2 votes

Lime Cordiale - Falling Up The Stairs


April 2, 2014


Lime Cordiale is an upbeat rock band from Sydney, Australia. Their new album, Falling Up The Stairs, has an interesting mix of genres, combining sounds of reggae, indie-rock, and jazz music. The band certainly has a Cage The Elephant and Foster The People flair about them, and musically is up to par with both of those bands. Lime Cordiale’s vocalist has a great higher range that caters well to the quirkiness of the band’s instrumentals. The band even has a trombone player, which gives them a ska like vibe. Overall, Lime Cordiale certainly has something unique and interesting to add to the Australian music scene, and should definitely be checked out. -Michael Naples