Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Bang Bang You’ll Be Missed
Sounds Like: More arty youth from Quebec in this drums/bass/guitar trio making electric rock that bounces between thrashy, fuzzy noise and subdued, pensive melodies.
Free Association: The bassist is super cute (he waited on me in Montreal); this EP’s solid!
For Fans Of: Denali, Karen O, Metric x Corin Tucker, the Go-Gos.
James Vincent McMorrow
Early In The Morning
Sounds Like: A beautifully mystifying blend of folk, country and soul with the classic approach to a debut LP—hole up in an apartment with a mic and write.
Free Association: He’s the Irish Justin Vernon, clearly. You’re rich dude!
For Fans Of: Bon Iver + the Pogues, Fleet Foxes x Mayer Hawthorne.
Live On Ten Legs
Sounds Like: Vedder and Co.’s seventh live LP isn’t so heavy on the hits, more like they’re proving they can still be loud and on tempo, but with a few gems to admire.
Free Association: Ten’s comin’ up on its 20th anniversary. They’ve come a long way.
For Fans Of: Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Bush, Seattle, old balls, rock.
Awol One & Factor
(Fake Four/Side Road)
PW's Music Issue 2014