PoP RECOMMENDS | RETROPOPROCKS : NEW ALBUMS FROM CHEAP TRICK, RIDE, MATTHEW SWEET & STYX!!!

So much music, too little time. We continue our periodic sharing of new albums from classic bands that refuse to lie down and give up. Fuck ‘relevance’ and enjoy critical recalls from power pop masters Cheap Trick and Matthew Sweet, 90s shoegazers Ride and even a surprisingly spry concept rock LP from Styx! Enjoy!!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL !!! GOSPELBEACH – ANOTHER SUMMER OF LOVE

Brent Rademaker is a shining example of what a singer-songwriter-musician inspired by the right influences can achieve in respect of our beloved retro-pop music. Already a PoP legend for his work with Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde, Rademaker returned to music making in a big way with GospelbeacH.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | RETROPOPROCK : NEW ALBUMS FROM LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM CHRISTINE MCVIE, THE CHARLATANS, THE FEELIES AND THE SADIES!

More solid retro pop-rock in 2017 for your listening pleasure! A classic team up of erstwhile Fleetwood Mac members and a trio of seminal bands from the 80s/90s will keep you enjoying great new music!

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ROCK HISTORY – THE KEY GENRES THAT MAKE UP POWER POP ROCK N ROLL! PART I

We love analysing our favourite music, which as it now stands, we apply the all-encompassing term POWER POP ROCK N ROLL to define. We do not believe that any artist or band worth their salt would create music that could be pigeon-holed so easily, which is why our term POWER POP ROCK N ROLL comprises quite a few key genres that we will spend a fair bit of time to discuss. We begin with POWER POP!

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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : COOL GHOULS – (IF I CAN’T BE) THE MAN

Cool Ghouls is a rock’n’roll band from San Francisco on Empty Cellar Records. A band for playing rock’n’roll – that electric American folk art – without pretence. Think of rock’n’roll less as a genre and more as an action. A ritual performed with electric guitars and a drum kit to conjure a certain youthful spirit.

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HOW WE ARE DOING SO FAR IN 2017…

As we had shared with you at the beginning of the year, we have been trying to narrow Power of Pop’s musical focus – coming up with catchphrases like “THE NEW ROCK N ROLL”, “POP POWER!!!” and most recently, “POWER POP ROCK N ROLL” to differentiate the kind of music we are interested to champion from the other kinds of music we quite believe is a complete waste of our (and your) time.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : CIGARETTES AFTER SEX – S/T

New buzzworthy band Cigarettes After Sex take their visual and sonic cues from 1980s post-punk and the revival that has burned in earnest about a decade or so again. So whilst, their branding is very much Joy Division and Interpol in focus, there is chilled-out vibe about their songwriting and performance on their eponymous debut full-length.

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