Blast from the past! Out of the 90s Pop Underground to be exact. Check out the remastered Fresher Tin Villages, the excellent 1998 album from singer-songwriter KC Bowman, now available at Bandcamp!
A gentle reminder that 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Power of Pop and we continue to re-post items from the past. Today, it’s a review from 14 years ago! Enjoy!
This is absolutely great news for fans of our self-styled Power Pop Rock N Roll as the Big Stir label launches its assault on mainstream pop sensibilities with new music from Spygenius!
“Apparent 80s flair” – is that a new genre or something? Just kidding, it’s yet another example of 80s pop pervasive influence over modern indie pop as demonstrated this time by RANN.
2018 welcomes one of its biggest albums with Always Ascending, the new release from Scottish band Franz Ferdinand on February 9th.
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 Goodnight Oslo (Yep Roc)
It is my firm belief that by and large, solo singer-songwriters do their best work when backed by a semi-permanent band. Good examples include Bob Dylan (& The Band), Neil Young (& Crazy Horse), Bruce Springsteen (& the E Street Band) and Elvis Costello (& the Attractions).
Over halfway through the first month of 2018 and already we have managed to place 14 cracking new songs on our new yearly playlist!
Musicians are first and foremost fans. Or they should be. So it’s heart-warming to come across Kai Danzberg who is very definitely one of the PoP faithful!
PLASTICSOUL Peacock Swagger (Self-released)
A little bit of pop trivia before we begin. “Plastic Soul” is of course, a term originally coined by an unknown black musician to describe Mick Jagger. Paul McCartney cited it as an influence on the album title of Rubber Soul. Whilst David Bowie described his excursions in soul and funk with the Young Americans album also as “plastic soul”.
“Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes…”
A new album by Guided By Voices, yet again!
Singer-songwriter Jon Lindsay’s new single “Zebulon” is quite a fresh take on power pop, jazz-soul and rock ‘n’ roll.
Released in August this year, this somewhat overlooked gem is one of the finest examples of why power pop rock ‘n’ roll we love so much here at PoP will always be relevant and vital as long as folks like Celsi, Bragg & Maitland continued to make marvellous music like this!
Pugwash has gone from a quartet back to singer-songwriter Thomas Walsh with new album Silverlake.
Power pop legend Tommy Keene has passed away “unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep,” according to his official website.
The best thing we can say about Breaking Muse, the new Mitch Friedman album, is that he really sounds like he’s having fun putting this together!
For their undying commitment to the power of pop, Weezer deserve to be recognised as PoP Legends! Evidence-in-chief – their latest album, Pacific Daydream.
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!
Alt-rockers Dead Stars have a new albumout! The PoP faithful will be aware of our affection for this Brooklyn outfit. Will new album Perfect Patterns still hit all the right spots?
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)!
Singapore pop-rock band TypeWriter returns in a big way with a new single, new music video and new EP.
Broken record time – 2017 has been an astonishingly bountiful year for lovers of POWER POP ROCK N ROLL! Add another fine record to the burgeoning list – Fernando Perdomo’s instant classic, The Golden Hour.
Every now and then, we come across a new release that is simply the very definition of what we like to call – POWER POP ROCK N ROLL! So, a warm PoP welcome to Thrift Store Halo.