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!
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.
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.
Philly indie rockers Restorations return from a 4 year hiatus to deliver a powerful new album, LP5000.
Songwriting duo Scott McPherson and Jamie Grant present a debut album that lives up to its name.
White Denim are back with yet another collection of iconoclastic rock ‘n’ roll songs!
Faithful visitors to Power of Pop will know how much I am a fan of the music of young singer/songwriter/guitarist Huxley Rittman.
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).
Risk-taking is such a rare thing in the contemporary music scene, that when it does happen it hits us like a lightning bolt!
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.
After teasing a couple of excellent singles (“Ginger Ale” and “Baby” in particular), the debut EP of Vancouver’s Hotel Mira has dropped today.
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.
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.
There’s a slinky 60s pop vibe around L.A. band Livingmore that is simply irresistible.
The Pop Underground lives on in new Power Pop Rock N Roll releases like Michael Slawter’s Last Call for Breaking Hearts.
Continuing our look back at our review history. Here’s one from 2002!
Coat of Many Cupboards
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.
Another authentic Power Pop Rock N Roll treasure dropping our way soon with Summer Magic’s Sharks and Other Dangers!
Two experimental artrock bands get together to make sweet music together.
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!”
Another blast from the past out of the PoP archives. One of our favourite albums of 2001!
The Rosenbergs have created a bit of brouhaha with their turning down a spot on Jimmy (Iovine) and Doug’s (Morris) Farmclub.com due to unfavorable contractual terms in favor of a more progressive deal with Discipline Global Mobile, the label co-owned by Robert (King Crimson) Fripp and David Singleton.
Astral Drive is songwriter and producer Phil Thornalley’s vision of a long lost album from the 1970s that only existed in his own mind. A labour of love that is very much the statement of a lifelong music fan living in the modern world. (Official bio)
Back in 2009, this is what I wrote about Paul Steel’s debut album, Moon Rock.
“Favouring dense instrumentation and arrangements, melodic hooks galore, whimsical moments and trainspotting references, Moon Rock is one of those albums that true pop enthusiasts will obsess over for weeks on repeat mode, headphones on, salivating over every nuance.”
Almost two decades ago, I wrote these words.
“I’m so crazy about Speaking of the Davenports that I’m almost scared stiff to write about it.”
LA-based, indie rock outfit Harvey Trisdale recently shared their lead single “Baby” and announced their upcoming self-titled EP.