On the Record: Dum Dum Girls, Spank Rock & More

By Bill Chenevert
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Dum Dum Girls

Only In Dreams

(Sub Pop)

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.

Spank Rock

Everything Is Boring & Everyone Is A F---ing Liar

(Bad Blood)

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. 

Wilco

The Whole Love

(ANTI/dBpm)

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.

Matthew Sweet

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