For Fans Of: Gram Parsons/the Byrds x Lambchop, Dusty/Neil, slide guitar, Patchouli.
Sonny & the Sunsets
Sounds Like: Sonny Smith’s 10-year relationship is the source for much of this country-themed set of songs about affairs, drinkin’ too much and sadness.
Free Association: It’s his songs, not his wonky voice, that give this LP so much charm.
For Fans Of: The Flying Burrito Brothers + Neko Case/Jolie Holland, sad bastards.
Write Me Back
Sounds Like: Kels is back with a sequel to 2010’s stellar Love Letter—this one’s more retro-inspired with old-school soulfulness but a little more disco.
Free Association: Teddy Pendergrass would be proud—someone’s gotta make ladies swoon.
For Fans Of: Barry White x Usher/D’Angelo, Luther Vandross + Tank, golden-era soul.
A Place To Bury Strangers
Sounds Like: The N.Y.-based noise band’s third is a post-punk blast of 11 strong new tracks of ominous rock for lovers of gothic chaos.
PW's Music Issue 2014