Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: The official debut of young Clevelander Dylan Baldi is a loud and constant onslaught of high-energy, lo-fi punk that doesn’t let up.
Free Association: He won’t be this full of piss and vinegar forever; get it while it’s hot!
For Fans Of: Male Bonding, Japandroids x Wavves, cloaked vitriol.
Parallel Lives EP
Sounds Like: A pretty little EP of acoustic stuff (just two new originals) after their full-length debut last year is more evidence they can harmonize like the dickens.
Free Association: Clasically trained and you can hear it in every damn note.
For Fans Of: Beach Boys and Beatles, Fleet Foxes, old-school harmonizing.
Sounds Like: The Portland, Ore., quartet makes dreamy, super-hip and current fast-paced electronic dance music which is also quite pop. They’ll be rich in no time!
Free Association: A band name that can be shortened (STRFKR), too? Success is imminent.
For Fans Of: Hot Chip, Pinback x ELO, hair whipped back n’ forth at the Barbary.
PW's Music Issue 2014