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Review: Shannon Lay – August

Monday, September 30th, 2019 by Tara Howell

By Aly Martinez

Album artwork for Shannon Lay's album, artwork. Female presenting person in a cream button up shirt, with bright orange hair and black hat looking directly at the camera with a tan background.Shannon Lay – August

Released: August 23, 2019

Rate: 8.2/10

RIYL: Molly Burch, Bedouine, Anna St. Louis, Boy Scouts

This album truly caught my attention because of its dreamy and soothing sound as well as its powerful lyrics. Lay wrote this album to commemorate the month in 2017 when she quit her job to follow her dreams of making music. The album is a way for her listeners to feel and hear her liberation and finding herself as a musician.

This album was written in a span of 3 months during her solo tour. This was a way for her to create her own sound away from the band she used to play with called Feels. She was able to capture an easy flowing mood within her music. She compares her sound to the flow of a river. Her heavy use of acoustic guitar makes it the perfect music to listen to when you’re chilling out or crunching for a big test. Full of mellow waves of guitar and soothing melodies and deep impacting lyrics makes this album a “Must Listen.



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Review: Bodywash – Comforter

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 by Tara Howell

By Aly Martinez

Bodywash – Comforter

Release Date: August 30, 2019

Rate: 7/10

RIYL: Memoryhouse, Craft Spells, Japanese Breakfast, SASAMI

Bodywash is a band that came to be in 2014 when Chris Steward (vocals, guitar, bass, synths, and drums) and Rosie Long Decter (vocals, and synths) started to play music together at McGill University.

The band captures a very dreampop sound, with its soft vocals and heavy use of synth to make you feel like you are being lifted up to the clouds. They recorded this album in a span of two years making the sound absolutely perfect. The dedication and hard work put into this album is seen in songs like Twins and Reverie. You can tell that this album come from self-exploration and learning to let things be the way they are. I would recommend listening to this album when looking for something to relax to, or even if you’re going through your own self exploration journey.



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Concert Review: Thunderpussy at Metro Gallery

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 by Tara Howell

A live concert photo of Whitney and Molly from Thunderpussy. Whitney leans on Molly and plays guitar and Molly sings into a vintage looking mic.

Whitney and Molly
of Thunderpussy

If there was just one word that I had to choose to describe Thunderpussy, it would be captivating.

I had the chance to see Thunderpussy on Sunday, August 11th, at Metro Gallery here in good ole’ Baltimore. It was the Seattle based band’s first show in Baltimore. The show was opened by Baltimore’s own, Thunder Club. Thunder Club was very quick to acknowledge that there was no relation between them and Thunderpussy, but instead, was just a happy accident. Thunder Club opened the show with an incredible set of indie rock that was energetic, fun and incredibly good. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I hadn’t heard of Thunder Club before that since they are from the area, but will be sure to listen to now. Isn’t that what live music is for?! Their new EP, Summer Vice, is the perfect album for summer days, and I’m sure will stay in my rotation for a while. 

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Strangers on a Plane “Wings” Review by Jovial Njinyi

Friday, February 22nd, 2019 by Lindsey Zapata

Strangers on a Plane – Wings

Released: 2018

Rate: 8.8/10

Review by Jovial Njinyi

Wings by Strangers on a Plane, is a really interesting album that boasts sounds of cool indie pop. You can listen to them now on Spotify. Strangers on a Plane have developed a sound similar to a mix between Billie Eilish and Lana del Rey.

The songs on the album are definitely more on the soft soothing side. Track 10, “Wings”, that shares its title with the album, has a slightly more upbeat tempo than the other songs, with a lot more complex instrumental composition and base in the background. But of all the songs, track 5, “Look At Me”, is my personal favorite — considering it was the song that drew me to review the album in the first place. (more…)



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Concert Review: Emarosa at Baltimore Soundstage

Sunday, December 9th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

On Tuesday, November 27th 2018, five bands rolled up to the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD to liven up a welcoming crowd. Arlington, the Faim, Devour the Day, Emarosa, and Hands Like Houses made for an interesting line-up for sure.

I’ve found that Soundstage always has amazing opening bands, and Arlington was no exception. In fact, I’m listening to them as I write. Anyways, the show started off with Arlington, a three-member band from southern California. The first thing that I noticed besides their incredibly full sound and high energy performance was that the lead singer, Tyler Benko, sounded like Alex Turner from the Artic Monkeys. Then I realized that this band had the sound that I wish the latest Artic Monkeys album had. Amazing. Arlington was definitely one of the best performances that I’d ever seen. They even played a cover of “Reptilia” by the Stokes, which the bassist Channing Peake took on the vocals. It was Peake’s birthday, and “Reptilia” is one of his favorite songs. I also have to give credit to drummer Grant Whitson. I honestly wish they could have played longer, as I would have loved to hear so much more! Arlington’s sound, stage presence, mastery of instruments, crowd reaction, and style were all around incredible, and I definitely recommend checking them out. (more…)



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The Things They Do for Ringo

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 by The Professor

The All-Starr Band trumps its winning hand of Aces in Atlantic City

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Ringo Starr on tour? It must be summertime! That’s right, Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band are on tour, but the USA only scored two exclusive dates: June 1st & June 2nd at The Borgata in Atlantic City. The full-scale 2018 All-Starr Band tour appeared at dates in Europe this summer before the current incarnation will return to launch an extended tour of the USA in the Fall.

The 13th All-Starr Band line-up is featuring its first change in five years. Joining the veteran ASB as a first-time performer is Graham Gouldman, bassist with 10cc. 10cc routinely tours across Europe and the United Kingdom, but American audiences should recall the two major hits 10cc had in the 1970s.

Participating in the 2018 installment of the All-Starr Band are guitarist Colin Hay from Men At Work rejoining the ASB from two previous tours in the past, guitarist Steve Lukather from Toto,  keyboardist Greg Rollie from Santana, and drummer Gregg Bisonette from Spinal Tap as well as multi-instrumentalist Warren Ham. The Euro tour showcased two guest performances: Joan Baez in Paris and Klaus Voormann in Hamburg.

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Review: Pompeii Graffiti- Internet World Tour

Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Cara Hullings

Artist: Pompeii Grafitti

Album: Internet World Tour

Release Date: 04/29/18

RIYL: Turnover, Bong Wish, ManDancing

Rating: 7/10

Recorded at a bunch of different locations with a bunch of guest musicians, each song on the local band’s new album, Internet World Tour, has its own personality. Although all the songs are unique in their own way, they still all blend to create a cohesive album, representative of Pompeii Graffiti itself. The whole album keeps you jamming out to its inviting lyrics, sonic depth, and upbeat percussion.

Internet World Tour takes the fun, nerdy pop-punk of the old Pompeii Graffiti and adds a level of maturity, reinventing and evolving the band that WLOY knows and loves. With its various guest musicians playing string instruments, songs like “Vanishing Act” and “Black Aggie” feel full and have an element of mystery that is new to Pompeii Graffiti’s sound. I like to call this the new nerdy pop-punk: representing the pop-punk concepts of failure with a more indie and modern rock sound.

My personal favorites are “Pulling Teeth,” which makes you want to jump around, “White Coat Syndrome,” which brings out some 2000’s alternative nostalgia, and “Gaius,” which is more mellow with playful violin. However, I had a hard time even choosing three favorites, seeing as each song has its one merit, whether it be an alternation in female/male lead vocals, melancholy lyrics, kick-ass guitar solos, arena-like energy, or even a horn section. You can find your own favorite here once the album is released on April 29th, or watch the live performance of each song off the album here. With all these different sounds to choose from and all these videos to watch, it’s almost impossible to pin Pompeii Graffiti down, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

 



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Review: Seaway – Vacation

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Artist: Seaway
Album: Vacation
Release Date: 09/15/17
RIYL: State Champs, Neck Deep, Real Friends
Rating: 8/10

Seaway has done it again, man. I was really impressed with Colour Blind, and Vacation has a sound that I can really appreciate, especially when my taste for pop punk is declining. Vacation is a powerful pop punk album marked by Seaway’s signature upbeat, in-your-face style that makes you want to happily stomp on air. Certain aspects of the album remind me of Weezer and Blink-182, which is wicked awesome. Seaway also has a way of taking topics such as potential hostile and emotional situations, and twisting them into really rad songs with funny lyrics and music that vicariously relieves aggression through heavy rhythm guitar and drums. Vacation carries the air of a tropical vacation at a luxury hotel on a beach. (more…)



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Review: Born Animal – Celebration Revolution

Thursday, April 12th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Artist: Born Animal
Album: Celebration Revolution EP
Release Date: 12/1/17
RIYL: Cage the Elephant, Harvey Danger, R.E.M.
Rating: 7.5/10

Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Born Animal is a rock band consisting of Ryan Stowe, Stephen Luther, Sean Rosettie, and Evan Miranda. Their second EP, Celebration Revolution, has the energy of a celebration and a revolution. So. Much. Umph. Let me tell you. What’s awesome about this album is that everything is clear—you can distinguish each instrument and Stowe’s prominent voice. Two rocking songs that I highly recommend you listen to are “I Think I Think Too Much” and “Do You Want My Blood?” Celebration Revolution’s lyrics are ones that every person can connect to. (more…)



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Review: THRILLCHASER – A Lot Like Love

Thursday, April 5th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Artist: THRILLCHASER
Album: A Lot Like Love
Release Date: 02/16/2018
RIYL: The 1975, The Naked and Famous, Two Door Cinema Club
Rating: 7/10

A Lot Like Love is the debut album of THRILLCHASER, which was previously known as American Wolves before undergoing a shift of sound from heavy to poppy. THRILLCASHER accurately describes themselves as an alternative rock pop band. A Lot Like Love is interesting because between the songs there are shifts—one may have more of a medium rock pop sound with a synth-y backdrop, while the next song sounds slightly more like the melodic vocals of bands like Issues. As a whole, A Lot Like Love has a cool mixture of different sounds, and the sounds of “Emptiness,” “Like That,” and “Juliet” are definitely ones to lend your ears to. (more…)



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