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Nothing But The Beat
Sounds Like: The Frenchie house and electroclash DJ’s newest collection is a lil’ watered down but packed with Top 40 stars and “hits” that’ll easily fill dancefloors.
Free Association: F*ck the Luda jam, marry Usher’s jawn, kill Nicki/Flo Rida’s track.
For Fans Of: Daft Punk, Afrojack x Carl Cox + Will.i.am, Jersey Shore, 3am and D.T.F.
Sounds Like: The 42-year-old unsung hero of Country has been recording since ’88 but now writes and produces it 100 percent; her 12th is typically sad, modest and beautiful.
Free Association: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, y’all got homework.
For Fans Of: Bonnie Raitt, Tammy/Dolly/Patsy/Loretta x Sheryl Crow, humble talent.
Sounds Like: The loud debut of an Atlanta-based foursome with pedigrees including Torche, Danzig and Bloodsimple, they rock hard with rich styles and brut force.
Free Association: Psychedelics, metal and shoegaze show up—thinking man’s metal.
For Fans Of: Mastodon, Vision of Disorder x Zep, Metallica + Queen, stoner metal.
PW's Music Issue 2014