Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears
Sounds Like: Austin nobody who picked up a guitar, started gigging and caught the attention of famous people with his bluesy, soulful guitar-backed funk.
Free Association: When you’ve got friends like Spoon and Okkervil River, you’re good.
For Fans Of: James Brown x Howlin’ Wolf, Sharon Jones etc., sax solos.
Cornershop featuring Bubbley Kaur
Cornershop & the Double ‘O’ Groove Of
(Ample Play Recordings)
Sounds Like: The Anglo-Indian popsters all but ditch the Anglo and go for straight-up Punjabi folk-funk on this heavily Eastern-inspired batch of sitar-heavy jams.
Free Association: No “Brimful of Asha” here. In fact, you won’t hear any of these on a radio.
For Fans Of: Thievery Corporation x Ravi Shankar, Fatboy Slim, curry, globalism.
Collapse Into Now
Sounds Like: The old-man rockers are still at it with their 15th, a slowing-down of sorts from Collapse, and reaching for Automatic For The People.
Free Association: If you’ve never been a fan, now is not the time—that ship’s sailed.
For Fans Of: Sloan x Counting Crows, Bill Berry, Monster, 80 percent/20 percent gay/straight.
Those Dancing Days
PW's Music Issue 2014