(Mom + Pop Music)
Sounds Like: Aussie duo’s second LP after touring with Tegan and Sara, and it sounds like their styles are scissoring, I mean blending; shouty heartache, romantic misery.
Free Association: Simple, anthemic tunes for angsty teenagers to write bad poetry to.
For Fans Of: Silversun Pickups + Eisley, ladies lookin’ like Beiber.
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Sounds Like: Merrill Garbus is a nutbag genius whose second is a breakthrough—her powerful, manly voice goes well with her blend of afro-folk, beats, loops and ukelele.
Free Association: Definitely capitalizing on a hipster tribalism trend, but in a badass way.
For Fans Of: Animal Collective x Paul Simon + crunk, face paint, asymmetrical hair.
Alela Diane & Wild Divine
Sounds Like: Cute Nevada City, Nev., folk crooner’s third gets fleshed out by a countrified backing band, and it’s a lovely retro-flavored LP of sad laments and heady heartbreak.
Free Association: The best country doesn’t come from “the country” anymore.
For Fans Of: Linda Ronstadt, Joanna Newsom + Bonnie Raitt.
PW's Music Issue 2014