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By Bill Chenevert
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The Drums

The Drums

(Universal/Island)

Sounds Like: Buzz band from Brooklyn’s major label-distributed debut is an irresistible blend of old school emo, new wave, indie and surf rock.

Free Association: Every once in a while, the hype might actually be worth something

For Fans Of: The Smiths x the Shangri-las, Joy Division x the Zombies.

Swans

My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

(Young God)

Sounds Like: Post-punk goth legends’ first new material in almost fifteen years is solid as ever; dark and droney noise.

Free Association: If you think they went soft over time, sounds like they’re pissed again.

For Fans Of: Sonic Youth, Bauhaus, Wire, Angels of Light, Skin.

Pete Yorn

Pete Yorn

(Vagrant)

Sounds Like: The N.J. native keeps on chugging despite the tepid success post-musicforthemorningafter, now with Frank Black at the decks, but he’s still boring.

Free Association: A man who manages to make Adult Top 40 lamer than it already is.

For Fans Of: Semisonic, the Jayhawks, trying too hard.

Whole Sky Monitor

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