Sounds Like: An excellent step out on his own after more than a decade of nonsolo projects; this record is full of blues, brutal truths, stellar guitar work and production.
Free Association: We knew he had it in him; it’s just nice to finally have it in our hands.
For Fans Of: Ted Leo, Jimmy Page + Bob Dylan (his hero), the Clash x Spoon, Memphis.
Sounds Like: A fascinating solo LP that blends crooner-flavored country noir and glitchy electronic production from the drummer of former PA stoner metal outfit Pearls & Brass.
Free Association: Everyone’s saying Johnny Cash meets James Blake—kinda true.
For Fans Of: Matthew Dear x Roy Orbison/Elvis/Morrissey, truckers taking their tops off.
Sounds Like: The Sacramento, Calif., trio of drummer/robot/human metronome Zach Hill, keys man Andy Morin and rapper/shouter Stefan Burnett delivers exciting, crass and mind-blowing punk-flavored hip-hop.
Free Association: Executing rap-rock’s potential in ways Limp Bizkit never even dreamed.
PW's Music Issue 2014