The Go! Team
Sounds Like: The U.K. megaband’s third is a good sign of maturity; it’s no Thunder, Lightning, Strike, but uses more variety in tempo, mood and production style.
Free Association: You’re totally starting to regret that exclamation point, aren’t you?
For Fans Of: B Boys x Sonic Youth, cheerleaders, double dutch, hip-hop car chases.
Cold War Kids
Mine Is Yours
Sounds Like: The days of “Hang Me Up To Dry” are long gone—with a fancy-ass producer they go for arena-rockin’ recent Kings of Leon-style nonsense and kill it!
Free Association: They used to feel so gritty and raw, now they sound rested and rich.
For Fans Of: The Walkmen x money, the Rapture on ’ludes, status-climbers.
Too Beautiful To Work
Sounds Like: MTL quartet’s big break is here with a sophomore that’s loud and fresh with sparkling arrangements (Owen Pallet, what up) and a charming front lady.
Free Association: Indie success=quirky vocals, loops, loads of instruments, collectives.
For Fans Of: Pooing clouds. (If you get that reference you’re in too deep!)
PW's Music Issue 2014