As evidenced by my review, I really loved Speedy Ortiz’s new album Foil Deer. “The Graduates” is a track that took awhile to grow on me, but it’s now becoming one of my favorite Speedy songs. My enjoyment of it was only diminished when Sadie Dupuis regretfully informed me that she’s singing “eject it” and not “ejaculate.” – Christine Pallon

Jacco Gardner’s latest album Hypnophobia is set to release May 4th via Polyvinyl Records. The Dutch artist combines multiple instrumentals to form a beautiful and captivating psychedelic piece of work. For fans of the genre and Gardner himself, this will definitely satisfy. The word “hypnophobia” literally means fear of sleep. At times, I believe a lot of us can relate to this sense of drifting away to dreamland but something in the back of our minds is keeping us anchored to consciousness. This album clearly resonates with this moment that many of us find ourselves in. “Find Yourself” debuted back in February and is an illustrative example of the core message and feel of the album. Overall, it’s incredibly vibrant, lyrically and musically. – Kailey Helgesen

This song is the perfect trifecta of The Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr. and Alabama Shakes. In the midst of end of the semester craziness and wanting to take out frustrations, this is the song to jam to on repeat. His album, Electric Slave, is filled with distorted, blues-lovin, good jams, clearly making it known he’s from Austin, Texas, keepin it weird. – Fran Welch

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Courtney Barnett’s songs are oddly timeless and modern at the same time. Her fears and stresses are filtered through her detailed, prose-like lyrics, and combined with her deadpan Aussie accent delivery make you wonder if the story she’s telling you has a point at all. The anxious punchy guitarline is the background to a story about an apparent suicide attempt that really turns out to be nothing but characters their projecting insecurities, but the simplicity of the whole package is irresistible. – Justin Kamp

This famous record by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers has been delivering sweetly swinging tunes for over half a decade now. The title track “Moanin’” is among the top recordings in the history of jazz, likely for its ridiculously catchy chorus and the group’s beautifully fluid solos. Also on this record, “The Drum Thunder Suite” is a interestingly composed piece yielding a wildly impressive showcase of Blakey’s artistry behind the drums. – Westley Banks

I watched the aesthetically beautiful but overall cinematic flop that was 54 over Spring Break and I fell in love with the glamour and sensuality of the 1970’s music scene. Mainly, I rediscovered my love for the disco my father would play for us as children. Long revered as the greatest artists of disco, Donna Summer embodied not only the glamour of the scene but she paved the way for many African-American artists in the genre. Whenever I listen to Donna Summer’s Try Me, I Know We Can Make It I like to pretend that I am Bianca Jagger shimmying around Studio 54 in a backless halter and denim bell bottoms as I twirl around Mick Jagger. – Elizabeth Morales

I recently discovered Front Porch Step about two weeks ago, and I have had “If I Tremble” on repeat this whole week. What makes this song great is that Jake Mcelfresh is able to give such strong emotion through calm melody. My favorite thing about the song is how his acoustic guitar compliments his poetic story so well. It gives a vibe of hope that is dominant in the story of the song. If you’re feeling very cheerful and jolly I would stay away from this song, but if you’re not, “If I Tremble” will bring you comfort especially if sappy love songs are your guilty pleasure, like mine. – Erick Arzate

I first heard this song in an ad for the new Apple watch, and maybe I’m partial to Apple’s streamlined advertising, but it was an amazing ad with a perfect song to go along with it. It’s energetic, it’s addictive, and overall just bouncy. I’m a big sucker for clap beats in songs for some reason, and this electronic anthem gives that and transitions into an even better, more electrifying beat. Their voices are clear, happy, and HOLYCHILD manages to be a really nice blend of Charli XCX’s energy with an air of HAIM. – Lizzie Porter

Many cities have distinct music scenes, but my favorite by far is Anacortes, Washington. Perhaps best-known as the home of Mount Eerie front man, Phil Elverum, Anacortes has much more to offer than the musical stylings of just one man. In fact, much of the talent from the area has already been featured on previous Round Table Reviews; today another favorite is featured, Karl Blau. Karl Blau’s music fits perfectly into the Anacortian music scene; his utilization of speaking voice vocals and dated lo-fi recording techniques lends a charm common in most music from the area. However, what sets Karl Blau apart from his peers is his appreciation for the oldies. Case in point, the song “Dark Sedan,” which plays like a bedroom re-creation of Rod Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” with its bouncing bass, distant synth, and saxophone breaks–hell, even the music videos are similar. This nostalgic feel is common in Blau’s music and is what makes him an integral part of the thriving Anacortes music scene. – Eli Tracy

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