Last time out, we took a closer look at POWER POP in our analysis of the key genres that make up our preferred musical styles. Next, we look at POP.
Nick Heyward – best known as the cherubic frontman of 80s pop band Haircut 100 is back with another excellent retro-pop album – Woodland Echoes.
Firmly established PoP favourites return with Gord’s Horse, a cassette (!) of eight new songs.
Band of the year award must go to the ever dependable rock legends Guided By Voices as they release their 2nd (!) album of 2017, the impressive How Do You Spell Heaven.
Milwaukee’s Telethon will release an ambitious new concept album titled The Grand Spontanean: A Tale Told In Five Acts, on September 29 via Halloween Records.
Weezer pays tribute to GNR with the new music video for “Feels Like Summer”
San Francisco guitar band The Lovebirds are back with a new single!
This gorgeous new album from singer-songwriter Ralegh Long has been out for a bit but better late than never, we say!
Too much music, so little time!
Which means that we will need to do more in pointing you, faithful reader, in the right direction. Here are some recent album recommendations for ya!
Great Grandpa began in Seattle in 2014 when guitarist & vocalist Patrick Goodwin recruited bassist Carrie Miller, drummer Cam LaFlam, and vocalist Alex Menne to form a humble rock band.
One of the most prolific bands in rock history no contest! Guided By Voices return with their 25th (!) album, How Do You Spell Heaven.
Gotta love The Lovebirds! The moment you hear that Dinosaur Jr + Teenage Fanclub fuzz guitar in the intro, you are hooked!
Power Pop! Without a doubt, one of the most marginalized musical genres out there in the modern rock wasteland right now. But this was the very genre that Power of Pop was originally set up to cover back in the late 90s – hence our name! In this context, a compilation album becomes very relevant as a mechanism to introduce new listeners to the genre and that’s where The Big Stir International Traveling Roadshow Compilation comes in.
Rich McCulley has been a popular singer-songwriter with Power of Pop and we have always done our best to plug his releases over the years. So we were pleased when Rich sent us his latest offering, Out Along the Edges.
Brent Rademaker is a shining example of what a singer-songwriter-musician inspired by the right influences can achieve in respect of our beloved retro-pop music. Already a PoP legend for his work with Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde, Rademaker returned to music making in a big way with GospelbeacH.
We love analysing our favourite music, which as it now stands, we apply the all-encompassing term POWER POP ROCK N ROLL to define. We do not believe that any artist or band worth their salt would create music that could be pigeon-holed so easily, which is why our term POWER POP ROCK N ROLL comprises quite a few key genres that we will spend a fair bit of time to discuss. We begin with POWER POP!
As we had shared with you at the beginning of the year, we have been trying to narrow Power of Pop’s musical focus – coming up with catchphrases like “THE NEW ROCK N ROLL”, “POP POWER!!!” and most recently, “POWER POP ROCK N ROLL” to differentiate the kind of music we are interested to champion from the other kinds of music we quite believe is a complete waste of our (and your) time.
There is a perfect blend between old school pop and modern rock sensibilities evident on this new track from MICKY.
Digging the 60s pop vibe of “Gong Gong Jar” from The Big Drops’ debut album.
Power Pop Rockers Fastball recently released their 6th album, Step Into Light.
Elf Power formed in 1994 and over the last 23 years the band has released thirteen albums, two EPs, and a handful of singles while touring North America, Europe, and Japan many times.
Aussie alt-rock band Screamfeeder return with their first album in 12 years!
Pop classicist Captain Wilberforce is back with a exciting new album, Black Sky Thinking.
Our first impression of Third was hazy – there was something seemingly askew about Cait Brennan’s match of husky vocal and power pop rock n roll musicality.