LISTENING BOOTH: CELESTIA “BOY IN THE WELL” [STREAMING]

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Here’s a promising track from Celestia, one of the bands on SPear. “Boy in the Well” is an intriguing (probably unintentional) combination of post-punk BIG music (U2, Simple Minds), alt-country and rock n’ roll, with an ironically passive female vocal (and she does go quite flat on the crucial last note!). Wish the SPear website had more information about the song and the band. In any case you can check out Celestia and three other bands tomorrow at the SPear Launch at the Coliseum. In the meantime, enjoy “Boy in the Well”.

LISTENING BOOTH – SATURDAY APRIL THIRTEEN [STREAMING]

We get tons of links every day from publicists, labels and bands to showcase new music at Power of Pop. So, in order to satisfy everyone, we will do these daily (!) wrap-ups of fairly interesting new songs from the modern rock wasteland. No judgement, no assessment, mere presentation. Enjoy…

KORUSCANT WEEKEND “Last Train Home”

DALE EARNHARDT JR JR “Hiding”

TOUCHE “Bad Dreams”

CUMULUS “Do You Remember”

VIOLETA VIL “Aguamarina”

…still there’s more…

LISTENING BOOTH: TRICKS & CIDER [STREAMING]

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Tricks & Cider (Victoria Ho on lead vocals and guitar, Karen Lee on backing vocals, keyboard and violin, Dawn Ho on bass guitar and David Liu on drums) is a melodic pop band that incorporates diverse musical styles. Check out the two advance tracks from the band’s upcoming debut EP below.

Check out tricksandcider.com and follow the band at @tricksandcider on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Soundcloud.

LISTENING BOOTH: DANCING HEALS “ALWAYS ON MY MIND” [STREAMING]

Australian based Dancing Heals has just releasing the gorgeous track, “Always on My Mind”, and are currently finishing up their second album, that captures more of their live sound and draws from longtime influences such as Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac. The band loves to wave the nostalgia flag and “Always On My Mind” is no different. A sonically raw reflection on the confusing emotions of letting someone go… and never forgetting.

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LISTENING BOOTH: PONY BOY “GREAT UNKNOWN” [STREAMING]

Pony Boy, aka Marchelle Bradanini, puts a seductive, modern twist on the Americana sound with sultry vocals atop twangy, buzzing guitars. “Greatest Unknown” is simultaneously beautiful and eerie, sounding as though it belongs on a Twin Peaks soundtrack. Catch her live show in March and April as she opens for Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rockettes:

3/23: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
4/8: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
4/9: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour

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LISTENING BOOTH: THE CANNANES – BUMPER [STREAMING]

The Cannanes are back. The Aussie duo of Fran Gibson and Steven O’Neil are back (after 11 years) with the kind of music that the late great Kurt Cobain himself name-checked. A cool retro vibe permeates this wonderful new track – “Bumper”, even if the three chord progression is as old as time itself. Be warned, it’s highly infectious! New EP to come…in the meantime…

 

LISTENING BOOTH: IRN MNKY – DJ SHADOW MIX [STREAMING/DOWNLOAD]

The word ‘remix’ basically defines DJ Shadow‘s stellar work and it’s a fitting tribute to the master himself for a new electronic artist like Irn Mnky to make a remix out of DJ Shadow’s own sampling works to create something new and distinct! What goes around comes around. Listen to and/or download the “DJ Shadow Mix”.

 

LISTENING BOOTH: PANCHO-SAN – AMERICANS [STREAMING]

Pancho-san is songwriter Patrick Abernethy (formerly of Beulah, and Rogue Wave) and, for sophomore album Americans, his old bandmates Pat Spurgeon (of Rogue Wave) and Eli Crews (of Beulah/tUnE-yArDs producer) provide invaluable assistance. By all accounts, the sound is a mish-mash of Roy Orbison, Brazilian pop and ’80s-’90s art rock! You can stream the entire album over at Bandcamp. The opening track – “Americans Can’t Be Romantic” – is available for free download.

 

LISTENING BOOTH: CHAMBERLIN – “YOU CAN CALL ME AL”

Contrary to what most of you might think, I am not against covers – well, I am dead against carbon copy covers – but when a band is able to put its own spin on familiar favorites so that you’re forced to re-assess the song from a different perspective, well that takes talent and skill, folks. So am deeply tickled by this amazing version of Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” by country-folk-rock outfit Chamberlin as the band channels Neil Young/Crazy Horse to achieve its aim. Well done!

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… and for those of you too young to remember the 80s…

 

LISTENING BOOTH: YOUNG VOLCANOES – “TRAFFIC” [STREAMING]

Multi-instrumentalist, Zac Clark, known for his work with The Queen Killing Kings [Wind-Up Records] and Smoke Signals, has been keeping himself busy as an active touring member of Vermont’s Chamberlin and prepping for the launch of a project that finds him truly coming into his own, entitled Young Volcanoes. If “Traffic” is any indication, I am certainly looking forward to listening to more from Young Volcanoes, for its wonderful evocation of 70s country-rock stylings. In addition, after losing his mother to cancer, Clark looked to use his talent to help the cause and raised thousands of dollars through Pledge Music to support Burlington’s Cancer Patient Support Program. The Young Volcanoes project will continue to support this cause.

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LISTENING BOOTH: CITIZENS! – “TRUE ROMANCE” [STREAMING]

Yet another UK band hyped up to be the “Next Big Thing” – can Citizens! live up to the hype? You decide. Produced by Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, the debut album – Here We Are – will be out on 9th October via Kitsuné / Cooperative Music. In addition, Citizens! might be making its way down to our shores as well soon…

 

LISTENING BOOTH: ALT-J (∆) – FITZPLEASURE

UK-based band alt-J (∆) released their debut album, An Awesome Wave, in North America today via Canvasback Music. Already the album is a firm favorite here at Power of Pop and now, you can listen to “Fitzpleasure” a superb track that highlights the eclectic nature of the band’s songwriting and production. Cool stuff!

 

LISTENING BOOTH: SARAH CHENG-DE WINNE – PARALLEL LIVES

Always maintained that we need a strong mainstream pop scene here before the so-called “alternative” can surface so am glad to report that pop songstress Sarah Cheng-De Winne‘s new single – “Parallel Lives” is one to listen to again and again, if nothing else for that rather hooky chorus, its easy R&B vibe and Sarah’s thick luscious vocals. Coming soon: new album, Brand New. Look out for it…

 

LISTENING BOOTH: SHINY TOY GUNS – FADING LISTENING

The beauty of music making is taking your various influences and inspirations and concocting something distinctive that is greater than its component parts. Shiny Toy Guns seems to have gotten this simple truth right with “Fading Listening” off its upcoming new album, III. Sure, you can hear the obvious debt to Fleetwood Mac (that boy-girl vocal combo that Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks specialized in) BUT from the general electronic ambience, it is clear that this is NOT the Mac and for that fact the song is that much more stronger. Looking forward to that new album.

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LISTENING BOOTH: ROYAL WOOD

“Not Giving Up” (off upcoming new album, We Were Born to Glory)

Royal Wood is a Canadian pop music singer-songwriter/ producer, based in Toronto, Ontario. His classic pop style has drawn comparisons to Hawksley Workman, Ron Sexsmith, Randy Newman and Rufus Wainwright. It’s comforting to know that people like Royal Wood still make music like they used to before. Listen and weep…

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LISTENING BOOTH: FREE ENERGY

 

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“Electric Fever” (from upcoming new album, Love Sign.

Everything you ever loved about 70s rock anthems is brought to bear on this electrifying (pun intended) first single from retro rockers Free Energy. “Electric Fever is in my blood/You know it’s been there all my life” Oh yeah!

 

LISTENING BOOTH – INDUS GENDI

I’ll Be Good If You Say Yes EP

What might have been? Check out this 5-track EP (that was never officially released for one reason or another) from the now-defunct Indus Gendi. I’d run across the band sometime in 2007 and throughout the numerous personnel changes, I’d always make it a point to keep up with the band. So I was pleasantly surprised to see this EP streaming at Soundcloud, courtesy of Adam Shah. Enjoy…

 

LISTENING BOOTH – MARCO BENEVENTO

“This Is How It Goes”

This new track is a Record Store Day 2012 exclusive 7-inch by Marco Benevento, available at independent record stores across the USA this Saturday, April 21. The song from the pianist is the first to ever feature vocals. Taking the honors is Kalmia Traver from the exploding indie-dance band Rubblebucket.

It’s quite repetitive but in a good way. And you will be hitting ‘repeat’ an inordinate amount of times. Check it out!

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LISTENING BOOTH – MICHAEL THE BLIND

“Another Circle of Fifths” (Off upcoming new album, Are’s and Els)

Okay, I clicked on this link because of the following –

Michael The Blind is Michael Levasseur, a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Portland, Oregon. Think Leonard Cohen, but not so low. Elliott Smith, but not so high. Suzanne Vega, but not so female. John Fahey when acoustic, Paul Westerberg when electric. A lyrical style that is both e.e. cummings and Mother Goose.

Now that’s winning copy! And what about that song title – which only music geeks will get? Priceless. The song itself, nasal high register voice, rockabilly rhythms, sawing violins and twang up to the wazoo. WIN WIN WIN WIN!

 

LISTENING BOOTH – THE ONLY SONS

“Bully” (off upcoming album, When The New Wears Off)

Am digging the early 70s classic pop-rock vibe (think: Rod Stewart, Big Star) of The Only Sons’ “Bully”. Am guessing you will too. Review of When The New Wears Off to come.

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LISTENING BOOTH – YUKON BLONDE

Tiger Talk

Country + Rock n’ Roll is still one of the most potent music out there in the modern rock wasteland. Thankfully, bands like Yukon Blonde is smart enough to eschew current obsessions with 80s post-punk/synth-pop and deal exclusively good old fashioned alt-country magic. For one week only, PoP visitors get to check out the upcoming new album – Tiger Talk – streaming in its entirety at Soundcloud. The album is due for released on 20th March. Can hardly wait!

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