On the Record: St. Vincent, A.A. Bondy, Ladytron & More

By Bill Chenevert
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Beautiful Imperfection

(naive)

Sounds Like: The Paris-born and Nigerian-raised singer blends pop, soul, jazz, world and a little reggae on her sophomore to great effect if not a scoshe vanilla.

Free Association: Imagine Macy Gray with more class and less diarrhea in her mouth.

For Fans Of: Mia Doi Todd + Angelique Kidjo, India.Arie, using the word “chanteuse.”

Tinariwen

Tassili

(Anti-)

Sounds Like: An Afrobeat collective that’s been performing as an act of rebellion for years, now with some help from Nels Cline (Wilco) and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Free Association: Desert life escaping involuntary military service sounds whimsical. 

For Fans Of: Ali Farka Toure x TV On The Radio, Fools Gold + gypsies, an oasis of funk.

Nurses

Dracula

(Dead Oceans)

Sounds Like: Idaho-bred Californians’ third is the definition of quirky art rock (the lead singer’s voice is almost annoying); catchiness and intrigue drown out the weird.

Free Association: When this guy sings, he sounds like an ugly, hyperactive stepchild.

For Fans Of: Animal Collective x Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Deerhoof.

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