Havoc and Bright Lights
Sounds Like: The 38-year-old’s eighth studio album is a happy one. She’s a new mom and wife, and her pop-produced songs aren’t as vengeful as we like her to be.
Free Association: How often is your U.S. debut at 21 your best record 17 years later?
For Fans Of: Tori/Liz/Fiona/Sheryl/Natalie(s)/Sarah/Paula, Canadian canyon ladies.
Sounds Like: The weirdos from Brooklyn strike again with excessively bizarre sound concoctions, and it’s a long listen. The moments of harmony and groove are striking.
Free Association: No trend-capitalizing here, just back to making sure they’re a little avant.
For Fans Of: Syd Barret x The Beach Boys + Bjork, Xiu Xiu/Fuck Buttons, beauty in chaos.
Minus The Bear
Sounds Like: The Seattle-based quintet’s back to basics after an electronic-flavored LP. Here, they bring a little punk with their alt-indie rock brand of rousing thrash.
Free Association: Results of when bands that were born alongside Fugazi fuzz age artistically.
For Fans Of: Cursive x Polvo, The Sea and Cake, Sharks Keep Moving, post-grunge.