For Fans Of: El-P/Atmosphere, KRS-One + EPMD x Slick Rick, triumphant revivals.
Sounds Like: The debut of duo Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck) and Leon Taheny (producer, Death From Above, 1979) is a sad yet pretty, wispy LP of gentle indie rock.
Free Association: These eerie atmospherics could effectively accentuate a 1990s prom scene.
For Fans Of: Sloan + Youth Lagoon, Radiohead x My So-Called Life, tinny guitars.
Mission of Burma
Sounds Like: The Boston-born punks crystallize a career that dates back to 1980 with a stunning new batch of blisteringly powerful and energized post-punk tracks.
Free Association: On their second time around, they’ll win a new set of super-fans.
For Fans Of: Gang of Four + X, Sonic Youth/Husker Du/the Stooges, iconic punks.
Swing Lo Magellan
Sounds Like: Another brilliant set of quirky indie rock heavy on literate songwriting and uncommon rhythms. There’s magic in the way they play with pace and percussion.
PW's Music Issue 2014