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Staff Picks: Claire’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Claire Riley’ 20

Disclaimer: These albums are albums listened to in 2016, these may not actually be albums released in 2016.

170x170bb5.) I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! – Janis Joplin – 

I loooooove Janis Joplin and especially this album. Janis suffered a lot in her childhood from bullying and struggled later in life with love and not surprisingly, drugs and alcohol. In this album, she really pours her heart out and opens herself up to her fans about everything that she’s going through and how it effects her. She’s so genuine and straightforward in her music and that’s especially shown in this album.

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Jakubi – Rock n’ Roll Hotel, DC 09/29/16

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 by The Professor

jakubi-092916-jerome Words & Photos by Jeremy Stephenson
Hailing from the land down under, Jakübi is a five-piece band that is something entirely different from what you have been listening to. Comprised of five great guys who were all best of friends, actually family, before making music. There are the two brothers, Jerome (vocals and talkbox) and Jacob (bass and moog), the cousins, Adam (or Addzy, guitar) and Jesse (drums) and last but not least the mutual friend of everyone, Rob (guitar). Coming from relatively new beginnings, Jakübi released their first recorded song, “Can’t Afford it All” in 2013 and second, “Holiday” within three weeks of each other gaining more than a 100,000 listens on SoundCloud. Ever since those days of jamming for hours in their studio in Melbourne, Jakübi has been gaining a formidable following in both America and Australia. Recently signing to Epic Records in 2015, Jakübi released their first EP, 61 Barkley (the address of where they recorded their first songs) headlined by their single “Nobody Better”. (more…)



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Album Review: Slaughter Beach, Dog-Welcome

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 by Cara Hullings

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Review by Stephen Vanyo

Slaughter Beach, Dog– Welcome

Released: September 30th 2016

Rate: 8.2/10

Slaughter Beach, Dog has just come out with their debut full length “Welcome” which you can purchase now from Lame-O Records. Slaughter Beach, Dog is the side project of Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald. Previous efforts from Ewald under this moniker include a demo EP called Dawg which he released through his own label Family Dinner. Ewald has always embodied his music with a “Do it Yourself” attitude and this record is no different. Mainly self recorded between tours,  this record features a bare-bones production style which allows the warmth of the instruments to permeate throughout the speakers. The album’s thematic content raises concerns of post-grad uncertainty on “Jobs”, to the pains of self-sabotage on “Monsters”. The style of this record is varied as well ranging from post-punk to elements of alt-country.

Ewald revisits several of his past works from the Dawg EP by including “Toronto Mug”, “Mallrat Semi Annual” and “Bed Fest”, all cuts originally from his debut demo. While many of the changes from the past effort to this are sonically more improved, Ewald has added little auxiliary parts to create a more whole effort. The most noticeable difference however is how much more confident in his performance with these songs and it shows. With this new full length, Ewald is ready to step out from his Modern Baseball notoriety and go for it on his own terms. I for one, welcome his arrival.

Purchase “Welcome” digitally here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/welcome/id1144207219



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Concert Review: Modern Baseball @ Baltimore Soundstage (Baltimore, MD) & The Fillmore (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Monday, July 4th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Tara Howell

Right after MoBo surprise released The Perfect Cast EP, I had the chance to see them for the first time at my favorite Baltimore venue, Ottobar, in the fall of 2015. More than any other concert I’ve been to, it felt like a group therapy session. In a room full of strangers, I’ve never felt more connected. It was at this concert that I really, really realized not only how powerful music is, but how special this band really is. (more…)



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Album Review: Bear Hands-You’ll pay for this

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

2016_0210_9662_3611Bear Hands– You’ll pay for this

Released: April 15, 2016

Rate: 7/10

Originally from Brooklyn, NY Bear Hands releases their new album , You’ll pay for this earlier this month. The band comprised of, Dylan Rau, Ted Feldman, Val Loper, TJ Orscher characterizes themselves as being Alternaitive/Indie rock, as ambiguous as the sounds, so is the music on the album. It definitely genre bends, though at the core of the music, it is very much Bear Hands’ sound. (more…)



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Album Review: Sabrina Starke- Sabrina Starke

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

cover170x170-9Sabrina Starke-Sabrina Starke

Released: September 9, 2015

Rate: 10/10

Born in Paramaribo, Suriname and raised in the Netherlands, Jazz, R&B, soul, folk fusion artist, Sabrina Starke released her self- titled album Sabrina Starke. If you like Nina Simone, Tracy Chapman or Billie Holliday, you will enjoy Starke and her album. (more…)



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Album Review: Miss Massive Snowflake – The Final Photograph

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

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Released: April 7, 2016

Rate: 6/10

North Pole Record’s artist, “Miss Massive Snowflake”, released the album The Final Photograph not too long ago. The band, a trio, comprised of: Shane de Leon, Jeanne Kennedy Crosby and Andy Brown brings a mixture of psychedelic rock, some pop and jazz to make up the album. (more…)



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Album Review: Daniel Champagne – The heartland Hurricanes

Friday, April 8th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

cover170x170-8Daniel Champagne-The Heartland Hurricanes (a live studio recording)

Released: March 4, 2016

Rate: 10/10

Daniel Champagne, an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, released his sixth album The Heartland Hurricanes and it is absolutely amazing. Originally from Australia, Champagne is a master of the acoustic guitar. Giving off vibes of a young John Mayer, old Mumford and Sons and especially, Australian mate, “John Butler”. (more…)



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Lukas Graham-Blue

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

cover170x170-6Luke Graham-Blue

Released: April 01, 2016

Rate: 4/10

Lukas Graham, originally from Christiania an artistic community in the middle of Copenhagen, released his second studio album, Blue  through Warner Bros. Records. Originally garnering American buzz and success from his song, “7 years”, the album is a kind of a disappointment. Blue, is pretty stagnant and does not drift far, melodically from 7 years. Graham however, does try to explore other genres of music: some R&B, some funk, etc. but it ends up making the album come off sloppy and disjointed. (more…)



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Underworld- Barbara Barbara , We face a shining future

Thursday, March 31st, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

cover170x170-5Underworld-Barbara Barbara,We face a shining future

Released: March 18, 2016 

Rate: 6/10

With a vibe similar to “Talking Heads”, Underworld releases the album, Barbara Barbara, We face a shining future after a six year hiatus. The album is a testament to their electronic nature. The British band, consisting of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, combine electronic music with deep bass lines, rhythmic percussion and pretty average vocals. (more…)



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