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

By Bill Chenevert
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For Fans Of: Trina/Lil Wayne, Lil’ Kim/Rick Ross, Missy/Chris Brown, that Grammy shiz.


Bear in Heaven

I Love You, It’s Cool

(Dead Oceans)

Sounds Like: Brooklyn-based practitioners of synthy, tripped-out rock-flavored dance music, they take their sound to new levels of ecstatic, fuzzy, washed-out mania.

Free Association: A hot band to like but not because they’re actually great musicians.

For Fans Of: Phoenix + MGMT x Yeasayer, Suckers/Ruby Suns, Making Time.


Obie Trice

Bottoms Up

(Black Market Entertainment)

Sounds Like: The Detroit rapper’s third since his Eminem-sponsored debut in 2003 has a third liquor-themed title and it’s a surprisingly sophisticated and varied effort.

Free Association: Do yourself a favor and YouTube the 2003 gem “Got Some Teeth.”

For Fans Of: 50 Cent/D12, Fabolous x Jadakiss, gunshot-suriviving rappers, teef.



Both Lights


Sounds Like: Luke Wyland is the backbone of this psych-noise duo whose fifth LP deftly weaves elements of post-punk, bluegrass, minimalism and prog-rock freakouts.

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