Here’s what I’m looking for in songs, in performers, in voices and instruments, and how they’re played. Some of it’s what I’d like to do myself; some of it’s just what I want to hear.
Pointed words, acid words, sweet words, unexpected words.
Scratchy guitars, hairy or fuzzy guitars, howling feedback. Effects.
Horns. Especially to create huge messes.
Swooping melodies, dynamic voices, monotone voices, angelic or demonic voices.
Lightness, humor, the edge of death in performance.
Social consciousness. Pure id.