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Broken Social Scene
Forgiveness Rock Record
(Arts & Crafts)
Sounds Like: They’ve done it again with 59 minutes of heartfelt indie rock with a dozen + musicians, effects, instruments, vocalists and biting lyricism.
Free Association: Does justice to You Forgot It In People and the self-titled, which is huge!
For Fans Of: Metric, Stars, Feist, Beck, Pavement, makeups and breakups.
Band of Horses
Sounds Like: The Carolinas via Seattle echoey southern rock idols grow and deliver on their third with tender, thought-out mid-tempo gems.
Free Association: Don’t let the first single, “Compliments,” fool you. This one’s got teeth.
For Fans Of: Sparklehorse, Grand Archives, My Morning Jacket, beards.
Sounds Like: The gypsy punk’s follow-up to the fame-inducing Super Taranta! is a lot of the same; storms of accordion, fiddles and gravelly accented English.
Free Association: Didn’t Rick Rubin used to produce hip-hop records? We’re confused.
For Fans Of: The Pogues, Devotchka, Slavic Soul Party!
Sounds Like: Unbelievable batch of stripped-down mystic folk from the former Seattle punk, whose gentle voice and earnest songs are gorgeous.
Free Association: For longtime fans it’s business as usual; for newbies it’s a welcome gut-puncher.
For Fans Of: David Bazan, Donavan, Van Morrison, Nick Drake.
Pearly Gate Music
Pearly Gate Music
Sounds Like: Debut of the NW’s Zach Tillman is a sparse, smart and brilliantly executed singer/songwriter statement of tempos, moods and imagery.
Free Association: If this is what you hear when you get to heaven, it’s time for some church.
For Fans Of: Fleet Foxes, Neil Young, Menomena/Ramona Falls.
Sounds Like: Rhode Island white rapper/poet gets some big help on his Anti debut: Death Cab’s Chris Walla and Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle to name a couple.
Free Association: Tough to take this guy seriously sometimes; “OK, you're deep, we get it.”
For Fans Of: Busdriver, Atmosphere, ICP’s “Miracles.”
Sounds Like: L.A. indie pop newcomer’s take on dreamy rock is a meandering, spacey and moody record channeling Buddy Holly and Stephen Malkmus.
Free Association: This could be the soundtrack of movies; edgy indies.
For Fans Of: Modest Mouse, Win Butler/Arcade Fire, The Smell.
Dirty Side Down
Sounds Like: The Georgia-born stoner jam icons picked up where the Dead left off in terms of making noodly, bluegrass-flavored free-form hippie dance.
Free Association: They’ve been playing together for more than 25 years and it sounds it; they old.
For Fans Of: String Cheese, moe., Blind Melon, O.A.R.
The Pack A.D. are built for the road
PW's Music Issue 2014