On the Record: Chromatics, Nicki Minaj, Au, and More

By Bill Chenevert
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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.


Anais Mitchell

Young Man In America

(Wilderland/Thirty Tigers)

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.


Nicki Minaj

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

(Universal Republic)

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.

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