PoP RECOMMENDS | RETROPOPROCKS : NEW ALBUMS FROM CHEAP TRICK, RIDE, MATTHEW SWEET & STYX!!!

So much music, too little time. We continue our periodic sharing of new albums from classic bands that refuse to lie down and give up. Fuck ‘relevance’ and enjoy critical recalls from power pop masters Cheap Trick and Matthew Sweet, 90s shoegazers Ride and even a surprisingly spry concept rock LP from Styx! Enjoy!!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL !!! GOSPELBEACH – ANOTHER SUMMER OF LOVE

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.

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POP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : CORIN ASHLEY – BROKEN BISCUITS

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Back in the 2000s, we used to cover positively Boston mod-pop band The Pills. Since breaking up the band, Corin Ashley has been periodically releasing solo material and functioning as a session player with the likes of Cardinal & Martin (Boo Radleys) Carr. In January of last year, Ashley suffered a stroke which threatened to curtail his musical career but Ashley never gave up on himself and new album Broken Biscuits is a testament, not only to his talents, but to his resilience.

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POP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : GRETCHEN’S WHEEL – SAD SCIENTIST

Considering how traditional pop-rock is no longer commercially viable (and let’s face this hard truth, puh-lease), we should celebrate this state of affairs instead as it guarantees that – most of the time – new music made in this tradition is going to be genuine and true to the artistic vision of its creator/s. Case in point: Gretchen’s Wheel.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL – B-LEAGUERS / HOOLIGAN CROONERS “TALES FROM A PUNK ROCK ROAD TRIP”

Ironic how ‘genre’ labels make so much difference nowadays. Take “pop-punk” – one of the worst rock ‘genres’ ever coined – turn it around to “punk-rock” and it becomes something vital, vibrant and meaningful.

Which brings us to Tales From A Punk Rock Rock Trip a new mini-album split between Hooligan Crooners and B-Leaguers.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL FT. SLOUCHER, HIGHLY SUSPECT, ERIC FRISCH & THE BLACK CLOUDS!!!

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep fighting the good fight.

Here are streams of new music that express the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Discover! Enjoy!

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PoPTV – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL FT. CHRISTINA RUBINO, THE CLASSIC KIDS, EQUIPMENT & LATE NIGHT FIGHTS!!!

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Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep fighting the good fight.

Here are videos of new music that express the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Discover! Enjoy!

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ALBUM REVIEW: RILEY GODLESKI – TUMBLE CHILD

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Background
Riley Godleski is a multi-style drummer, singer and songwriter from Northampton, MA. He has played with various groups in-studio and on stage including Kudzu, Woodford Way, Colorway, Mikey Sweet, Shokazoba, The Original Cowards, Amy Fairchild, Cowmuddy (Michael McShane), Ross Bellenoit, Jaron Olevsky, Miro Sprague, Susan Angeletti, Frank Manzi and Temporary Friends.  He has experience playing in pits for classical, choral and theatrical performances. 

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PoP ROCKS! AN INTRODUCTION

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Once upon a time, pop and rock came together and made a baby, and its name was Pop-Rock. Very strictly speaking, Pop-Rock is a fusion genre that mixes a catchy pop style and light lyrics in its (typically) guitar-based rock songs. Other genres that bear similar traits would be Powerpop, Melodic Rock, Soft Rock, Jangle Pop, Glam Rock, New Wave, Indie Pop and of course, Rock ’n’ Roll.

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