For Fans Of: Trina/Lil Wayne, Lil’ Kim/Rick Ross, Missy/Chris Brown, that Grammy shiz.
Bear in Heaven
I Love You, It’s Cool
Sounds Like: Brooklyn-based practitioners of synthy, tripped-out rock-flavored dance music, they take their sound to new levels of ecstatic, fuzzy, washed-out mania.
Free Association: A hot band to like but not because they’re actually great musicians.
For Fans Of: Phoenix + MGMT x Yeasayer, Suckers/Ruby Suns, Making Time.
(Black Market Entertainment)
Sounds Like: The Detroit rapper’s third since his Eminem-sponsored debut in 2003 has a third liquor-themed title and it’s a surprisingly sophisticated and varied effort.
Free Association: Do yourself a favor and YouTube the 2003 gem “Got Some Teeth.”
For Fans Of: 50 Cent/D12, Fabolous x Jadakiss, gunshot-suriviving rappers, teef.
Sounds Like: Luke Wyland is the backbone of this psych-noise duo whose fifth LP deftly weaves elements of post-punk, bluegrass, minimalism and prog-rock freakouts.