Sounds Like: The 51-year-old out Hüsker Dü legend’s been through many phases, and here he comes back to his frenetic, muscular, triumphant and cathartic noise rock.
Free Association: Above all the sonic brilliance, there’s also intelligent songwriting.
For Fans Of: Sonic Youth x Sloan, Sugar’s Copper Blue , Pixies/Pavement, rock royalty.
The Avett Brothers
Sounds Like: Led by North Carolinian brothers-turned-Gap models, this second Rick Rubin-produced rootsy folk rock LP is their seventh, and it’s beautifully sophisticated.
Free Association: It’s pretty, but none of these songs’ll make you cry like the last album did.
For Fans Of: Mumford & Sons x Wilco, Willie/Waylon/Langhorne/Johnny, NPR country.
The Fresh & Onlys
Long Slow Dance
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?