Kill for Love
(Italians Do It Better)
Sounds Like: The Portland, Ore.-born group’s ever-evolving lineup/sound favors to the Italo Disco-flavored shoegazey electrorock and it’s the best they’ve sounded yet.
Free Association: The record everyone is/will be talking about is worth the hype.
For Fans Of: Junior Boys x Depeche Mode, New Order/Telepathe, the film Drive.
Young Man In America
Sounds Like: The 30-year-old folkie’s fifth is a brilliant collection of songs inspired by turning 30 and an America that doesn’t guarantee economic safety anymore.
Free Association: All the best of the ladies you love pushed into one charming woman.
For Fans Of: Less-squeaky Newsom/de-hippied DiFranco/Martha Wainwright.
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Sounds Like: The bad bitch is back with a new set of filthy mouthed tracks on her sophomore, which features all kinds of guests and producers to not-amazing effect.
Free Association: Her debut had more immediacy; “Stupid Hoe” won’t be enough, hon.
PW's Music Issue 2014