For Fans Of: Hella/Marnie Stern x Lil B/Waka Flocka, the Fall x ODB, new genres.
Sounds Like: Mostly ear-assaulting thrash from the New York via Atlanta (and the Black Lips) quintet who specialize in psychedelic and menacingly chaotic rock.
Free Association: Any band that identifies with a ketamine trance is going to be dark.
For Fans Of: King Khan & BBQ + Ty Segall/Jay Reatard, Brian Jonestown, fright.
Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Sounds Like: The Canadian band-leader and Polaris Prize-winner’s fourth is a spare and emotionally spiked new bunch of chambery, literate and smart indie rock.
Free Association: The Canucks have a gift for the ethereal. Is it due to their health care?
For Fans Of: Jeff Buckley x Feist, Nick Drake + the Shins/Jens Lekman, Montreal.
Sounds Like: The first band cast in the MGMT/Yeasayer mold gives us their second and it’s a lush, full, rich LP but doesn’t have the joy and danciness of their debut.
PW's Music Issue 2014