Free Association: Forget their previous moments of emotional thoughtfulness, and DANCE.
For Fans Of: The Rapture/Out Hud x LCD Soundsystem + Brian Eno, sweaty ecstasy.
Sounds Like: Laura Burhenn’s got a seriously powerful voice, and with her backing band, her second effort is a well-produced, heady mix of retro soul and Americana.
Free Association: This one’s heavier and louder than her debut, and it sounds great.
For Fans Of: Orenda Fink x Neil Young, Phantogram + Neko Case, powerful women.
Sounds Like: A surprising sixth LP from the L.A.-conceived noise rockers is heavily dipped in electronics and glitchy synthetic sounds; much lighter on the chaos and grit.
Free Association: It’s true, it’s a bit of an In Rainbows sound for them, and therefore awesome.
For Fans Of: Battles + the Fall, Gang of Four x hetero Depeche Mode, evolution.
PW's Music Issue 2014