For Fans Of: Grizzly Bear + less-challenging Animal Collective, artier Shins.
Neck Of The Woods
Sounds Like: The L.A. kids’ third is well-produced, fuzzy and simultaneously chill and electrified, but ultimately it’s a bit bland and not as fun as moments from the first two.
Free Association: They sound dangerously close to Placebo with that nasally voice.
For Fans Of: A Smashing Pumpkins ripoff, Weezer + Oasis, cool Silverlake hangtimes.
Oh Holy Molar
Sounds Like: A trio from England led by Lucinda Chua (piano, gorgeous voice) and Chris Summerlin, this is a poetic, compellingly simple, beautiful and bewitching listen.
Free Association: Suckers for sensitive and powerful women in music are going to die.
For Fans Of: Regina Spektor (old stuff) x Cat Power, Laura Marling, thoughtfulness.
Sounds Like: Athens, Ga.’s dance-rock aficionados aren’t just flashes in the pan, as we might’ve thought. They’re riding the Passion Pit wave but doing it more interestingly.
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?