Sounds Like: Texan who lived in New York for a while but now calls Philly home, his debut is focused on songwriting, guitar parts, earnest vocals and capturing moods.
Free Association: Singer/ songwriters struggle to stick out. His songs are deeper than most.
For Fans Of: Ryan Adams, Jeff Tweedy, Rhett Miller, Neil Young.
Sounds Like: The excellent follow-up to their 2008 self-titled debut—it’s no surprise, this one’s full of swelling harmonies, peaceful instrumentation and strong songwriting.
Free Association: Full of ecstasy and emotion; these are great sex records, give it a go.
For Fans Of: America x the Shins, Neil Young + Mumford & Sons, beards, longhairs.
Sounds Like: An impressive, well-produced debut from a nerdy, moody Spokane, WA, quartet who moved to Seattle and kept at their brand of dark and angular indie rock.
Free Association: Standard 20-something white rock from the NW; which is to say real good.
For Fans Of: Death Cab x Unwound, Morphine + Cults + Minus The Bear, rain, dope.
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?