On the Record: Givers, Coathangers, Centro-Matic & More

By Bill Chenevert
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Sounds Like: Louisiana quintet’s debut of dancey Afro-beat inspired quirk pop uses samples, lots of percussion, synths and dueling boy/girl vocals to great effect.

Free Association: Wish more bands did stuff like this.

For Fans Of: Vampire Weekend, Mates of State, joyous noise.

The Coathangers

Larceny & Old Lace

(Suicide Squeeze)

Sounds Like: A nutso all-girl quartet who rotate responsibilities and write everything together, specialize in amateur girl punk with tons of screamy energy.

Free Association: They’ll kick your ass while wearing vintage dresses, boots and sunglasses.

For Fans Of: The Slits x Vivian Girls, Beat Happening, tattoos and attitude.

Daniel Isaiah

High Twilight

(Secret City)

Sounds Like: Ethereal and gentle (read: sleepy) debut of a Montreal singer-songwriter and filmmaker, who probably loved Leonard Cohen but doesn’t sing that well.

Free Association: Doesn’t sound so bad on paper; 20 minutes later you’ll want to kill.

For Fans Of: Femme Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Lou Reed boner sword fight.

The Japanese Popstars

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