PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : BILL LLOYD – WORKING THE LONG GAME

Bill Lloyd returns with a smart new album that will appeal to the PoP Faithful with its sophisticated take on Power Pop Rock N Roll.

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PoP RECOMMENDS : FLEET FOXES – FIRST COLLECTION 2006 – 2009

Lost within the hype, attention and brouhaha over the 50th anniversary re-issue of The Beatles “White Album”, is First Collection 2006 – 2009, a retrospective on the early Fleet Foxes recordings.

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ROCK’S NOT DEAD — YOU ARE!!! THE CASTOR TROYS – LEGENDS NEVER DIE (EP)

Hard rock revival? I fuckin’ hope so! Add another band to the burgeoning list – Ontario’s The Castor Troys.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | PoP LEGENDS : ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS – LOOK NOW

Photo credit : James Omara

EC fans received a bit of a scare after the singer-songwriter cancelled a clutch of live dates due to ill health. But news of his recovery and the release of Look Now – one of Costello’s best albums of recent times – must have cheered diehard followers!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | ALT-ROCK : LUNARIN – INTO THE ETHER

Our beloved rock music is much more than the number of Instagram likes or Youtube views or Spotify plays. It is all about heart and soul.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : MOLLY BURCH – FIRST FLOWER

There is a pleasing new wave of music artists taking the bold step of making ‘real’ music again. The old-fashioned way, so to speak. Like Texas-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : RESTORATIONS – LP5000

Philly indie rockers Restorations return from a 4 year hiatus to deliver a powerful new album, LP5000.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : MCPHERSON GRANT – SONG

Songwriting duo Scott McPherson and Jamie Grant present a debut album that lives up to its name.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : WHITE DENIM – PERFORMANCE

White Denim are back with yet another collection of iconoclastic rock ‘n’ roll songs!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : HUX & THE HITMEN – SOGGY OXYGEN

Faithful visitors to Power of Pop will know how much I am a fan of the music of young singer/songwriter/guitarist Huxley Rittman.

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : THE JAYHAWKS – RAINY DAY MUSIC (2003)

Blast from the distant PoP past – 15 years on…

THE JAYHAWKS Rainy Day Music (Lost Highway/American)

After the greater pop emphasis of Sound of Lies and Smile, the Jayhawks return to the roots rock approach of their earlier albums (especially Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass) with this, their first album with the Lost Highway label (also home of that other alt-country standard bearer, Ryan Adams).

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : ADDISON LOVE – THOUGHTS ON LUNCH?

If you are a rabid fan of Power Pop Rock N Roll, then Addison Love‘s new album (out now on Big Stir Records) is an easy sell.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE LEMON TWIGS – GO TO SCHOOL

Risk-taking is such a rare thing in the contemporary music scene, that when it does happen it hits us like a lightning bolt!

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – ZOOM (2001)

An ELO review from 2001!

If the announcement of a new ELO album, after a 15-year absence, raised eyebrows, then the realisation that Zoom is essentially Jeff Lynne playing everything caused many brows to furrow.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HOTEL MIRA – S/T EP

After teasing a couple of excellent singles (“Ginger Ale” and “Baby” in particular), the debut EP of Vancouver’s Hotel Mira has dropped today.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : BIRD STREETS – S/T

My favourite music revels in eclecticism – taking basic building blocks and constructing wildly imaginative creations that impress and surprise even the most jaded of music experts.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : DOT DASH – PROTO RETRO

I have previously covered the music of DC power trio Dot Dash and will always be pleased to do so as they competently encapsulate everything Power of Pop stands for.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : LIVINGMORE – IT’S ALL HAPPENING EP

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There’s a slinky 60s pop vibe around L.A. band Livingmore that is simply irresistible.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : MICHAEL SLAWTER – LAST CALL FOR BREAKING HEARTS

The Pop Underground lives on in new Power Pop Rock N Roll releases like Michael Slawter’s Last Call for Breaking Hearts.

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : XTC – COAT OF MANY CUPBOARDS (2002)

Continuing our look back at our review history. Here’s one from 2002!

XTC
Coat of Many Cupboards
(Virgin)

Be warned! This 4-CD box is NOT for neophytes but for the diehard fans who can’t wait to get their grubby hands on any XTC material.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : SUMMER MAGIC – SHARKS AND OTHER DANGERS

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Another authentic Power Pop Rock N Roll treasure dropping our way soon with Summer Magic’s Sharks and Other Dangers!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE OBSERVATORY X MOE – SHADOWS

Two experimental artrock bands get together to make sweet music together.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! BITTERSWEET MACHINES – NO BAD HORIZON

I have been a fan of Bittersweet Machines (a.k.a. Matt Mocharnuk) ever since I reviewed his debut release, Solituda, in 2012. I believe I described the experience as an “eargasm!”

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