Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Live at Stubb’s Vol. II
(Red General Catalog)
Sounds Like: There’s really only one Hasidic reggae superstar, so he’s on the top of his game there, and here’s ANOTHER live record of his kick-ass concert energy.
Free Association: Say what you want, but this Jew’s got legit flow and strong pipes.
For Fans Of: Bob Marley x Phish, Buju Banton x Judah, curly sideburns.
Cage the Elephant
Thank You, Happy Birthday
Sounds Like: Bowling Green, Ky., dudes who made it big in England with “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” their second is less Nashville and more NorCal sun punk.
Free Association: Lead singer’s got a voice, but boy is it annoying to watch him sing.
For Fans Of: Shins x Ramones, Dr. Dog x MGMT, mediocre garage rock.
The Past, The Present & The Possible
Sounds Like: French pop masters unveil their sixth full length and it’s a dreamy, synthed-up Parisian paradise for the drug-taker needing a sexy groove to seduce.
Free Association: Something’s in that European water; must be wine and Phoenix.
For Fans Of: Air x the Gainsbourgs, Daft Punk, Darkel, cheese, berets.
Jessica Lea Mayfield
PW's Music Issue 2014