On The Record: Frightened Rabbit, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Renny Wilson, And Joe Budden
Sounds like: The fourth (and first major label) LP of emotionally-charged, thoughtful-man indie rock from Scotland is a pleasant—if not monotonous—listen.
Free association: “My heart’s beating like a baseball falling down stairs.” Alright.
For fans of: The Twilight Sad x Arcade Fire + the Shins, kilts, beards, sad bastards.
Sounds like: Excellent sophomore of Ruban Nielson’s fuzzy, hazy, blissed-out psychedelia steeped in classic rock and drowsy ‘60s-era production tricks
Free association: There’s an innocence, feigned or not, in his vocals that’s endearing.
For fans of: Tame Impala x White Denim + Neil Young, psychotropic drugs.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
We The Common
Sounds like: Quirky and charming, the contemporary of ladies like Mirah and tUnE-yArDs turns in one of her best efforts to date with folksy aplomb.
Free association: She’s better with her band, and this one’s very nicely produced.
For fans of: Cat Power x Joanna Newsom, Zooey Deschanel, shabby chic.
Sounds like: The fantastic debut of Canadian lo-fi grooves fueled by dance music, saxophones and oddball percussion; a brilliantly funky batch of tunes.
Free association: Looks like saxy funk and chill rock are renewing their vows.
For fans of: LCD Soundsystem x Mac DeMarco, Ariel Pink/Foxygen, woodwinds.
No Love Lost
(Entertainment One Music)
Sounds like: The 33-year-old Jersey City-reppin’ emcee’s fifth is mediocre R&B-spiked hip-hip about women, with tons of guests.
Free association: Please just make a record full of “Pump It Up” remixes.
For fans of: Fabolous/French Montana/Wiz Khalifa/Lloyd Banks, fucking and fighting.
Coheed and Cambria
The Afterman: Descension
(Everything Evil/Hundred Handed, Inc.)
Sounds like: Their seventh and the second part of a double album (Ascension was last year) is more of the same: proggy, vaguely emo, sci-fi metal punk.
Free association: The man who loves this band is a man I do not wish to call a friend.
For fans of: The Mars Volta + At the Drive-In, Saves the Day, comic books.