Boom Box: Evan Patterson of Young Widows

Evan Patterson is guitarist/singer for the Louisville, Ky., trio Young Widows. The band delivers its own take on late-1980s and early-'90s post-hardcore scuzzfests by the Jesus Lizard and Killdozer as well as the dexterous post-rock of hometown heroes Slint on its second album, Old Wounds, produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou.

Portishead, Third (Mercury, 2008)

What really sticks out compared to their other records is that there's a different drumbeat on every song. Every song has a similar mood and feel but there's a different presence. It's pretty guitar-heavy compared to the other records, too.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!! (Mute, 2008)

I haven't been into much Bad Seeds stuff, even though I'm really into the Birthday Party. The Bad Seeds are so produced and have such a huge sound. It's hard for me to relate to it. But after the Grinderman record last year, the new Bad Seeds record is really good. It's got more of a punk vibe than other Bad Seeds records.

Angels of Light, We Are Him (Young God Records, 2007)

It sounds like Akron/Family was a huge part in making this more of a rock record. It's one of the best records I've ever heard, as far as having a mood from start to finish. It starts off extremely heavy. It's like there's a wave to the record. It's probably one of my favorite albums ever to listen to all the way through. It's also got great straightforward lyrics. It's great to hear [Michael Gira] say the things he says and come off as sincere.