What We’re Playing – Week of 2/13/17

Hey Rock Lobsters!! Here’s all the fresh new albums on rotation this week we know you’ll fall in love with. Sampha – Process The long anticipated debut record of British electronic singer Sampha couldn’t be a more refreshing listen. The critically acclaimed record sees the artist skip introductions and dive deep straight into personal lyrics…

Album Review: Sampha – Process

By Maria Lubanovic, Staff Writer [Young Turks; 2017] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano,” “Blood on Me,” “What Shouldn’t I Be?” Process is the debut record from the British electronic singer Sampha, and it’s easy to see why so many artists, from SBTRKT to Kanye, want to collaborate with him. This…

Album Review: The Menzingers – After the Party

By Justin Cudahy, Staff Writer [Epitaph; 2017] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Tellin’ Lies,” “Lookers,” “The Bars” Many may know The Menzingers for their 2012 album On the Impossible Past, which was met with critical acclaim and was praised for its nostalgic sound and lyrics that reflect personal heartbreak. Since then, the band has maintained their punk rock sound,…

Album Review: Homeshake – Fresh Air

By Diana Powers, Contributor [Synderlin; 2017] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Khmlwugh”, “So She”, “Call Me Up” Mac DeMarco’s former touring guitarist, Peter Sagar, has been releasing jazzy slacker-rock under the alias Homeshake since 2013. In the past few years, Sager has made some impressively unique work. 2014’s In the Shower and 2015’s Midnight Snack situated him…

Movie Review: Jackie

By Maria Lubanovic, Staff Writer [Fox Searchlight; 2016] Rating: 8.5/10 Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, follows the events immediately after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Instead of focusing on the events on the day of the assassination, it focuses on the first lady’s experiences and decisions made after his death. She faces more than…

Album Review: Aquaserge – Laisse ça être

By Sam Tornow, Editorial Director [Crammed Discs; 2016] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “Tintin on est bien mon loulou”, “Si loin, si proche”, “Tour du monde” It’s easy to be weird: Learn to play the ocarina, memorize every line of the Mr. Bean saga, wear a fedora for Christ’s sake. To have Zappa-esque, “cool” weirdness is…

Album Review: Surfer Blood – Snowdonia

By Tanner Bidish, Staff Writer [Joyful Noise; 2017] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “Six Flags in F or G”, “Snowdonia” Surfer Blood has become synonymous with bad news. An abuse scandal in 2012 turned many fans away from them, and more recently the band’s had to deal with the departure of bassist Kevin Williams and the…

Album Review: Big Sean – I Decided.

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Def Jam; 2017] Rating: 4.5/10 Key Track: “Light”, “Moves” Oh, right, Big Sean is a thing; It’s kind of hard to remember when the Detroit-based rapper has little to no personality to fall in love with. He’s kind of like the bottom feeder of modern rap; taking Lil Wayne’s corny…

In-Studio Session: Ulysses – “To//From”

Our first in-studio session of 2017 is here! Akron, Ohio’s Ulysses stopped by to record a few songs off of their upcoming EP, One Ghost to Another. Watch them perform “To//From” below:

Album Review: Allison Crutchfield – Tourist in This Town

By Tanner Bidish, Staff Writer [Merge; 2017] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Charlie,” “Sightseeing,” “Mile Away” The name may sound familiar; the former drummer of P.S. Eliot, twin sister of Katie Crutchfield a.k.a. Waxahatchee, and notably the voice behind Swearin’. Allison Crutchfield has done a lot, but after the breakup of her last band and one…