Sounds Like: Too much to say! He can dance (what up, backflips!?), he’s not even 22 and is like 4x platinum. Busta kills it, SWV shows up, ballads, bangers and Eurohouse are all present.
Free Association: “Yeah 3x” is a wild ride, and the ultimate irony banging in gay clubs.
For Fans Of: Usher, celebrity freakshows, punching women in the face.
Raven In The Grave
Sounds Like: Danish noise rockers’ fifth is definitely darkly somber with paces that convey dread and struggle, but sad goths in black are going to eat this ish up.
Free Association: “Forget That You’re Young” is a gem, but don’t listen to this depressed.
For Fans Of: Yo La Tengo x Liars, Suicide/Cramps, single pot-bellied bartenders.
Sounds Like: Chicago collective who drifted apart, but came back together after a death, have made this beautifully sad product of mourning and finding meaning in life.
Free Association: The vocals are so honest and the band’s so on point, it’s joyous.
For Fans Of: Stars x Fleet Foxes, Metric, Spoon, indie rock grief, dancing and crying.
PW's Music Issue 2014