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

By Bill Chenevert
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Modern Art

(Missing Piece)

Sounds Like: The Nebraska-bred songwriter’s been at it for more than 25 years to mixed success, this one’s a lovely, sunny stroll down Contemporary Adult Rock Lane.

Free Association: The ’60s/’70s cover records he made with Susanna Hoffs rubbed off.

For Fans Of: Michael Penn x Oh-OK/R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, jangly guitar rock.

Demi Lovato

Unbroken

(Hollywood)

Sounds Like: The 19 year-old’s third is shockingly sophisticated, maybe because there are about 50 producers and writers involved, or maybe because she can wail.

Free Association: Tween megastars aren’t perfect, this post-rehab record’s an achievement.

For Fans Of: Selena Gomez, Hilary/Ashlee/Miley, those Jonas boys, Disney hos.

Zola Jesus

Conatus

(Sacred Bones)

Sounds Like: The Wisconsin-raised Russian-American’s opera-trained and crazy prolific, at 22 this is her third LP of dark, experimental electro pop and it’s fantastic.

Free Association: She’s a strong emerging witch in the coven of haunting lady rock.

For Fans Of: Glasser x Cocteau Twins, Fever Ray, Diamanda Galas, dark synths.

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