Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
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.
My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
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.
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
The Pack A.D. are built for the road
PW's Music Issue 2014