On the Record: Maroon 5, Beachwood Sparks, R. Kelly and More

By Bill Chenevert
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(Captured Tracks)

Sounds Like: Zachary Cole Smith’s the brains behind this band as well as Beach Fossils, both surfy and melancholic.

Free Association: Surf-rock bands are a dime a dozen, but this dime’s shiny and new.

For Fans Of: Surfer Blood x the Drums, Smith Westerns + Warpaint, summer drives.


Maroon 5


(A&M Octone)

Sounds Like: The Adam Levine show keeps on rollin’ into more poppy and Top 40 territories as the band tries to build on the “Moves Like Jagger” fervor.

Free Association: They feel increasingly more like an X-Factor by-product than a rock band.

For Fans Of: Dave Matthews x Prince, Matchbox 20 + OneRepublic, “Payphone.”


Beachwood Sparks

The Tarnished Gold

(Sub Pop)

Sounds Like: These West Coast gents specialize in retro-tinged, warmly produced folk that’s backyard-BBQ music.

Free Association: Doing what Fleet Foxes do with less pretense and indie grandeur.

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