Album Review: Machine Girl – The Ugly Art

By Kiah Easton, Contributor [Kitty On Fire; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Status”, “NWOFKA Skullboy”, “Full Metal Dipshit” With little to no warning, Pittsburgh-based cyber-punk duo Machine Girl have released their latest project, fittingly entitled The Ugly Art. Leaving Orange Milk and debuting on Kitty On Fire, the band continue to deliver a variety of…

Album Review: Jerry Paper – Like a Baby

By Josh Pettis, Contributor [Stones Throw; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Grey Area”, “My God”, “Losing the Game” A hint of lofi, a dash of vague mourning, a cup or two of chorus-dripping guitars to taste, three tablespoons of warbly synthesizers and an overwhelming dose of gloomy, indulgent vocals stacked on psych drums and grooving…

Album Review: Basement – Beside Myself

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Fueled By Ramen; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “Be Here Now”, “Stigmata”, “Right Here” The pressure on people to throw away their sincerity is endlessly stacking on top of itself. Each day it seems that society is increasingly accepting of a lack of authenticity in exchange for comfort. On Beside Myself,…

Album Review: Kurt Vile – Bottle It In

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Matador; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “One Trick Ponies”, “Bassackwards”, “Mutinies” Almost exactly a year after his last release, a collaborative record with Courtney Barnett, indie-rock multi-instrumentalist Kurt Vile has released his seventh studio album, Bottle It In. At times, the record leans more towards folk than rock, both in Vile’s…

Album Review: Quavo – QUAVO HUNCHO

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [Quality Control; 2018] Rating: 3/10 Key Tracks: “FUCK 12”, “RERUN”, “LOST” On his debut solo album, QUAVO HUNCHO, Quavo leaves his compatriots behind in order to prove he is a competent stag artist. However, the Atlanta icon has managed to prove the opposite. Instead of distancing himself from the sound that…

Album Review: Yowler – Black Dog In My Path

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Double Double Whammy; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Where Is My Light”, ”Aldebaran”, ”WTFK” Black Dog In My Path is indie-rock artist Yowler’s second album. Yowler is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Maryn Jones, and it’s morphed into more than just a side project of Saintseneca and All Dogs. Through this…

Album Review: boy pablo – Soy Pablo

By Dewy D’Amore, Contributor [777; 2018] Rating: 5/10 Key Tracks: “Feeling Lonely”, “Sick Feeling”, “Losing You” Norwegian indie-pop artist boy pablo has released his sophomore EP, Soy Pablo, and it’s exactly what you would expect. boy pablo seems to combine the instrumental techniques of Mac DeMarco (predominant reverb and chorus effects on the guitar and…

Album Review: Twenty-One Pilots– Trench

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Fueled By Ramen; 2018] Rating: 3.5/10 Key tracks: “Jumpsuit”, “Leave the City” One thing is apparent after exploring the newest Twenty One Pilots release, Trench: you either die an incredible band or sell out enough to put dubstep in your music (*cough cough* Fall Out Boy). With production being one of…

Ghostface Killah –The Lost Tapes

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [X-Ray; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Done It Again” “I Think I Saw A Ghost” “Saigon Velour Remix” Ghostface Killah has returned, and back to his old tricks in The Lost Tapes, but that may not be a good thing. GFK’s unwillingness to take risks on his projects have left the…

Cursive – Vitriola

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [15 Passenger; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Pick Up the Pieces”, “Remorse”, “Ouroboros” “Society has got a heinous case of crabs / everybody’s got an itch to scratch,” sings Cursive frontman Tim Kasher, vexed with utter bitterness, resenting the mess of a political climate that America limps through today. Though…

Kero Kero Bonito – Time ‘n’ Place

By Kiah Easton, Contributor [Polyvinyl; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Only Acting”, “Make Believe”, “Dear Future Self” Kero Kero Bonito is back with Time ‘n’ Place, their debut album on Polyvinyl Records. Only their second full-length album, they have taken an impressively-daring departure from their recognizable and catchy electropop, j-pop and hip-hop cross that propelled them into…

Album Review: Cat Power – Wanderer

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [Domino; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “You Get”, “Black”, “Me Voy” On her tenth studio album, Wanderer, Cat Power is an artist, weaving notes like beautiful pigment onto a blank canvas. The artist, whose real name is Chan Marshall, is a master of her craft and has nothing to prove, and…