On the Record: John Doe, Active Child, Fool's Gold & More

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By Bill Chenevert
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John Doe 


(Yep Roc)

Sounds Like: An original X member, he’s taken things in a country/roots rock direction, and this is all that and more.

Free Association: 57 and still churning out records that don’t suck—bully, ole man!

For Fans Of: The Sadies, Gram Parsons x A. A. Bondy, 
good ole boys, rock legends.

Jacuzzi Boys


(Hardly Art)

Sounds Like: Glam rock Miami boys’ second on Sub Pop’s little sister is a strong, albeit retro-influenced, crunchy and shiny scuz rock gem that’s a scoche surf punk.

Free Association: Lyric’s aren’t the focus, unless you’re real into girls, A/C and boners.

For Fans Of: They obvs love X and Television, Bowie x Smith Westerns, the ’Glades.

Active Child

You Are All I See


Sounds Like: The excellent debut from Pat Grossi, a young former choirboy (his falsetto’s KILLER), making synthy, beat-based creations of electronic bedroom dreams.

Free Association: The “How To Dress Well” track’s insane; but the whole thing’s sick.

For Fans Of: a-ha x New Order + Austra, James Blake, 
raising the emo-electro bar.

Fool’s Gold

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