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Dance to the Best of ESG
Sounds Like: South Bronx sisters who made a splash in the early ’80s with gems like “You’re No Good.” But they got the sounds to turn a party out fuh dayz.
Free Association: They keep the beat simple, catchy and timeless—great party fodder.
For Fans Of: Salt-N-Pepa, Liquid Liquid, Tom Tom Club, spirits, spandex.
(Arts & Crafts)
Sounds Like: Mexico City college rockers who loved Dave Newfield’s work with Broken Social Scene et al, went to Canada to record and now sound totally cute.
Free Association: Fine, fuzzy lo-fi anthemic bedroom pop that’s joyous but typical.
For Fans Of: Los Campesinos!, Apostle of Hustle, Toronto.
12 Desperate Straight Lines
Sounds Like: The moniker for Seattle-based Michael Benjamin Lerner’s second full-length is all shredding electric guitar, fuzzy pop and romance.
Free Association: Another Chris Walla (Death Cab)-supported effort; s’a good match.
For Fans Of: Superchunk, Harlem Shakes, Spoon, the Pacific NW.
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?