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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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HUX & THE HITMEN – “GO FIGURE” (UNOFFICIAL VIDEO)

Huxley Rittman is back with his merry band of Hitmen with the slinky blues-rock number, “Go Figure”.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : FERNANDO PERDOMO – “CALIFORNIA MOON” FT. PAT SANSONE

A gorgeous country-inflected slow rocker from Fernando Perdomo featuring vocals from Pat Sansone (of Wilco, Autumn Defence fame).

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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

Photo credit : Suzi Carmichael

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 | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : P. HUX – KISS THE MONSTER (2008)

10 year old review! 

P. HUX Kiss the Monster (Nine 18)

My 1st encounter with P. Hux came in the unlikeliest places. A discount CD store somewhere in a Sydney suburb in 1997. That’s where I found Deluxe, which I consider to be one of the finer power pop albums in that pristine period of pop renaissance that was the late 90s.

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LIVE IN SINGAPORE | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : ASH @ THE HARD ROCK CAFE

Photo credit : Aloysius Lim/LAMC Productions

It says a lot about the current state of the live music scene in Singapore that Northern Irish power trio, ASH’s display of melodic crunch last night at the Hard Rock Cafe was a rare occasion for music fans to truly rock out in an intimate setting!

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LIVE IN SINGAPORE | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : WHY ASH @ HARD ROCK CAFE IS ESSENTIAL

Our kind of music is under threat! But thank heavens ASH will be in town this coming Tuesday to give us a timely reminder of what the music world is missing!

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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

Photo credit: Nate Burrell

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 | 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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PoP20 | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE ROSENBERGS – MISSION : YOU (2001)

Another blast from the past out of the PoP archives. One of our favourite albums of 2001!

THE ROSENBERGS
Mission: You
[DGM]

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.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE LEMON TWIGS – “SMALL VICTORIES”

The Lemon Twigs (aka Brian and Michael D’Addario) recently announced that their second album, Go to School, would be released by 4AD on August 24th.

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PoPTV | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : CLASSIFIED FREQUENCY – “NO MORE SEX”

Photo credit : Ben Powell

Maryland power pop quartet Classified Frequency has released a super fun new music video for their single “No More Sex.”

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HOTEL MIRA – “GINGER ALE”

Vancouver-based trio Hotel Mira (fka JPNSGRLS) is building up nicely to the new EP with its latest single, “Ginger Ale”.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! ASTRAL DRIVE – S/T

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)

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE DAVENPORTS – DON’T BE MAD AT ME

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.”

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HARVEY TRISDALE – “BABY”

LA-based, indie rock outfit Harvey Trisdale recently shared their lead single “Baby” and announced their upcoming self-titled EP.

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PoP20 | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE BEATIFICS – THE WAY WE NEVER WERE (2003)

From 2003, a review of The Beatifics’ excellent album, The Way We Never Were, taken from the previous incarnation of Power of Pop (at tripod.com, no less!)

THE BEATIFICS
The Way We Never Were
(Bus Stop)

I’ve always loved 60s/70s styled melodic guitar pop. To me, there’s nothing that comes close musically.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : COLORWAY – THESE ARE THE DAYS

Colorway return with another album that reflects just about everything I believe in as far as music making is concerned and how! Continue reading “PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : COLORWAY – THESE ARE THE DAYS”

PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : SHELVES – EP

Five years in the making, this new Shelves EP is a kick in the arse for Singapore music as far as melodic rock is concerned.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE OUTRYDERS – “HOLLOW VICTORY / SHOULD HAVE KNOWN”

It’s all about a love for Power Pop Rock N Roll and Western Australia’s The Outryders demonstrate this with a new double single!

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