Sounds Like: Fantastic solo debut from the Fiery Furnaces sister with a strong, commanding voice and solid gold ’70s-influenced groove production behind her.
Free Association: That last name does not represent how funky this girl can get.
For Fans Of: St. Vincent x Linda Ronstadt, Joan as Police Woman, soda jingles.
Something For The Pain
Sounds Like: Mark Kasperczk is a foolish white man from Ontario with lots of tats, who makes speak-singing half-rapping crap rock that harkens back to Everlast.
Free Association: You got Neil Young to sign off on sampling “Old Man?” SONOFABITCH!
For Fans Of: G Love + Linkin Park, Kid Rock x Uncle Kracker, Disney-OK’d rock.
King Of Scene EP
(Break Yr Heart)
Sounds Like: This Durham, N.C., trio of lady punks is going places. This is their first EP after a few years of silence; they’ve matured, calmed down (a little) and practiced a lot.
Free Association: Imagine Vivian Girls as modest, talented and thoughtful musicians.
For Fans Of: Sleater-Kinney, Liz Phair x the Gossip, feminism, not taking bullshit.
PW's Music Issue 2014