Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
(Beluga Heights/Warner Bros)
Sounds Like: The 22-year-old Florida tool’s second album is a mix of house/dance, hip-hop and R&B racing to keep company with the shittiest pop bands of our time.
Free Association: Black Eyed Peas, Lady GaGa and LMFAO: you have a new teammate.
For Fans Of: Diddy-Dirty Money + Chris Brown, cheap Usher, Step Up 2 The Streets.
On The Water
Sounds Like: The North Carolina-born band, led by coocoo vocalist Sam Herring, is a talented, slow synthy outfit that sounds like the Lambchop guy singing for an ‘80s movie.
Free Association: Living in B’more and hangin’ with Dan Deacon’s not helping, art weirdos.
For Fans Of: M83, Wild Beasts + New Order, Death Cab fronted by an art nerd.
Sounds Like: Miles Copeland (Stew’s brother) gave the green light for this world-influenced trio; a mixed bag of dub, gypsy, Balkan jazz and Middle Eastern grooves.
Free Association: This band features a belly dancer.
For Fans Of: DJ Shadow x Beirut + the Books (with no words), patchouli disco.
PW's Music Issue 2014