Radio Music Society
(Heads Up International)
Sounds Like: Smooth, adult contemporary jazz from the Portland, Ore.-born, Grammy-winning Best New Artist, with flecks of funk, hip-hop and R&B, all sweetened by her gorgeous vocals.
Free Association: Sure was hoping this would be funkier—this is suitable for geriatrics.
For Fans Of: Tame Jill Scott x subdued bass-playin’ Angie Stone + drugged Baduism.
School of Seven Bells
Sounds Like: The guy from Secret Machines got with some sexy twin lady vocalists (one’s since left); their third is fascinatingly brilliant and eerie electronic dream pop.
Free Association: They’re named after a mythical gypsy training school—awesome.
For Fans Of: Telepathe x Prefuse 73, Cocteau Twins + Chromatics, goth shoegaze.
Justin Townes Earle
Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
Sounds Like: The son of Steve Earle (and named after Townes Van Zandt) has big shoes to fill and he does so stylishly with loads of unassuming Nashville, Tenn.-flavored talent.
Free Association: No revolution of style or genre here, just well-executed Americana.
PW's Music Issue 2014