Dum Dum Girls
Only In Dreams
Sounds Like: Lead singer-songwriter Dee Dee’s driving this bus with the blues after losing her mom. This strong sophomore’s a dark, emotive batch of powerfully sad songs.
Free Association: Girl groupy surf rock that’s retro and catchy, but monotonous.
For Fans Of: Sophisticated Vivian Girls, Ravonettes x Shangri-La, Mazzy Star.
Everything Is Boring & Everyone Is A F---ing Liar
Sounds Like: The Philly emcee’s much-hyped follow-up to 2006’s Yox5 is a badass show of growth; less Baltimore dirty rap, more Euro-tinged dance-friendly jams.
Free Association: Big Freedia’s jam’s off-the-chain, powerfully making pussies pop.
For Fans Of: Missy Elliot x Major Lazer, Amanda Blank/M.I.A./Diplo, disco glam.
The Whole Love
Sounds Like: A supposed return to form, the lo-fi Americana band’s eighth is simpler than previous records, but not as charming as Yankee Hotel or Summer Teeth.
Free Association: They may’ve peaked last decade, just sayin’.
For Fans Of: Lambchop, the Wallflowers x Billy Bragg/Uncle Tupelo, aging loyalty.
PW's Music Issue 2014