Fans of Retro-pop are drooling over the new releases from the Gallagher brothers. We say fuck them and instead spend your time and money on brothers Aaron and Keiren Jolly a.k.a. The Naturals!
Not the “Kurt and Courtney” of the 90s but certainly this collaborative album between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile is highly evocative of that decade’s alt-rock highs.
Would be fair to assert that singer-songwriter Beck has generally covered three distinctive styles in his career thus far – country-folk roots, urban hip-hop R&B and post-modern pop-rock.
We loved “Fields”, the first song we heard from this new album from Spirit Award and we are glad to report that Neverending fulfils its promise.
Where’s the music underground? It’s called The New Rock N Roll! Case in point : Scottish band The Decrees who’s intense rock style echoes the 80s legends Big Country!
Anyone with a smidgeon of the rock ‘n’ roll spirit in their hearts will celebrate a chorus that goes – “Fuck you, I’m still alive!”
What is impressive about Visions of a Life, the new album from Wolf Alice is its sheer eclecticism within the modern pop-rock spectrum.
Here’s another refreshing approximation of the progressive-art-pop-rock of the 80s from John Hickman. Highly reminiscent of Steven Wilson’s more high profile recent chart-topping work.
San Francisco’s The She’s return with all female rock and roll quartet, their sophomore album.
Always room for new approaches to rock ‘n’ roll as Race the Tide (viz. singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jesse Macht) demonstrates.
Here’s a fun rock ‘n’ roll treat for ya! Two great new rock bands for the price of one! Get the High Waisted / The Coax split single now!
According to Brian and Michael D’Addario, this Brothers of Destruction EP consists of songs left over from the Do Hollywood sessions.
Faith Healer is yet another present from the music gods themselves, to re-assure us that pop excellence is still with us in 2017.
For his 4th studio album, classic pop singer-songwriter Dent May continues his explorations into elegant and whimsical pop music.
The PoP faithful would be by now, familiar with our love and respect for one-man-band Bittersweet Machines (a.k.a. Matt Mocharnuk) and his ongoing obsession with channelling 80s post-punk into modern rock vignettes.
Up-and-coming Singaporean rock band Chasing Daylight released their debut single “In This Moment” via a music video recently.
For a band that has been around since the turn of the century, TypeWriter has only managed to release one album, the two-disc Indian Head Massage. But in the case of TypeWriter, it has always been about quality over quantity, the music being the paramount consideration.
DEON remains one of our great pop-rock exponents in the local music scene. It’s been awhile since we featured DEON here and are thankful that Music Matters Live 2017 provides us with this opportunity as we talked to Deon Toh, the voice behind the band.
Indian rock band Yesterdrive cite the influences of The Cure, The Ramones and The Band of Horses as being critical to their music, which is right up our alley.
DAVID MEAD Almost and Always (Cheap Lullaby)
It’s a bitch being a musical genius. The last couple of years have not been kind to singer-songwriter David Mead. After spending 2007 living in Brooklyn, Mead separated from his wife and returned to his native Nashville in early 2008, initially landing in a room in his father’s basement for a few months. Mead confesses “The change was a little paralyzing. I had left pretty much everything but my books and a few lamps in Brooklyn, and there I was, back in Nashville, well into my 30’s, doing manual labor and wondering what was supposed to happen next.”
We are writing about Izzy Rocks not because his new album – Metamorphosis – is slickly produced, perfectly played or market researched to an inch of its life.
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (a.k.a. singer-songwriter Kip Berman) continues to do what he does best – filter a deep affection for 80s indie pop into contemporary rock structures, with some aplomb.
Say hello to TRIP WIRE founded by Marty Schneider and Bill Hunt with support from the rhythm section of Stu Shader on drums and Jeff Shelton on bass.
Seems trite to keep foisting the ‘punk’ label on any music that is gritty and melodic at the same time. Power Pop Rock N Roll is how we prefer to describe the wondrous edgy music of A Giant Dog!
Alt-rock supergroup seems a fair description of Filthy Friends when its roster includes the likes of Peter Buck (REM), Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows) and Bill Rieflin (Ministry)!