Power Pop! Without a doubt, one of the most marginalized musical genres out there in the modern rock wasteland right now. But this was the very genre that Power of Pop was originally set up to cover back in the late 90s – hence our name! In this context, a compilation album becomes very relevant as a mechanism to introduce new listeners to the genre and that’s where The Big Stir International Traveling Roadshow Compilation comes in.
Back in February, we had reported that the Adrian Jones-led Cardiff rock band Excellent Skeleton had released an eponymous EP that re-worked some of Adrian’s Basement in my Loft material to powerful effect.
Rich McCulley has been a popular singer-songwriter with Power of Pop and we have always done our best to plug his releases over the years. So we were pleased when Rich sent us his latest offering, Out Along the Edges.
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.
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.
L.A. based singer-songwriter Kacey Johansing releases her third album, The Hiding, today.
There’s quite a bit to admire about electronic artist DOT (a.k.a. Kate Ellwanger) besides her refreshing perspective on music making, as evident on her album, Retrofuture (even the name is coolness itself!)
Revered 90s pop-rock band BMX Bandits are back with a fab new album, BMX Bandits Forever!
The first studio album in nearly 25 years from Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters since Amused to Death (1992), as well as his first solo album in 12 years since Ça Ira (2005) finds Waters in familiar territory.
“Progressive rock”. A music genre born, nurtured & killed over 40 years ago. Which oddly enough appears to apply to whatever you want to call the music made by sub:shaman on its new album, apnea.
Elf Power formed in 1994 and over the last 23 years the band has released thirteen albums, two EPs, and a handful of singles while touring North America, Europe, and Japan many times.
Sweet Spirit released its sophomore album – St. Mojo – in April.
Big Walnuts Yonder is bassist/vocalist Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges), guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers), drummer Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and guitarist/vocalist Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos). It is not a supergroup. “It’s worlds colliding,” says Mike Watt.
Aussie alt-rock band Screamfeeder return with their first album in 12 years!
The Whistles & the Bells, the moniker of acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Simpson, returns with his sophomore album Modern Plagues via New West Records.
Pop classicist Captain Wilberforce is back with a exciting new album, Black Sky Thinking.
Our first impression of Third was hazy – there was something seemingly askew about Cait Brennan’s match of husky vocal and power pop rock n roll musicality.
Plasticsoul is basically singer-songwriter Steven Wilson and the folks he drags along for the ride – in his present case – Marc Bernal, Daniel Conrad, and Steve Markowitz.
We have been looking intently at the modern pop scene for some time now, hoping and praying that somewhere out there, there is an artist who is able to take the musical elements of the past and make it sound modern, and pointing the way to the future. Well, finally we think we have – and his name is Gabriel Garzón-Montano!
Blues-rock still resonates, as Norway’s Captain Kill demonstrates on this visceral EP.
Back in the 2000s, we used to cover positively Boston mod-pop band The Pills. Since breaking up the band, Corin Ashley has been periodically releasing solo material and functioning as a session player with the likes of Cardinal & Martin (Boo Radleys) Carr. In January of last year, Ashley suffered a stroke which threatened to curtail his musical career but Ashley never gave up on himself and new album Broken Biscuits is a testament, not only to his talents, but to his resilience.
Considering how traditional pop-rock is no longer commercially viable (and let’s face this hard truth, puh-lease), we should celebrate this state of affairs instead as it guarantees that – most of the time – new music made in this tradition is going to be genuine and true to the artistic vision of its creator/s. Case in point: Gretchen’s Wheel.
Canadian duo You’ll Never Get to Heaven have released their third full-length album, Images, and fans of 90s dreamy ambient pop music will find much to enjoy.
Now for something completely different! Here’s a combination of music and books that is fairly unique from Lusterlit.
Art-rockers British Sea Power are back with a brand new album – its sixth – and it’s a glorious return to the exhilarating, bright-minded guitar music that earned them their breakout nomination for the 2003 Mercury Music Prize as they cover subject matter ranging from the stars in the night sky to the methodology of media manipulation.