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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ALBUM REVIEW: BREAKFAST MUFF: THE FEELS

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What the fuck is ‘sparkle punk’? It’s probably an ironic made-up genre but that and the fact that there’s a song called “Cock” is what caught my attention.

Welcome to the world of Glasgow ‘glitter trash’ trio Breakfast MUFF. The Feels is the very anti-thesis of everything is ‘proper’ about popular music in 2015. Y’know lofi, shambolic, amateurish, three chords, low grade fuzzed guitars, disturbing lyrics, songs that never hit 3 minutes and singers who sound like they don’t give a fuck!

Musically it reminds me of edgy, post-punk guitar pop-rock of 1979-era XTC, The Slits, The Raincoats and Wire – which never hurts.

I’m just a bit concerned that The Feels might be a novelty record. I fucking hope not!

If you really must – https://www.facebook.com/BreakfastMUFF

ALBUM REVIEW: POP4 – SUMMER

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I am so sick and tired of defending ‘classic’ pop songwriting – why should the age of a genre ever come into the assessment of good music.

Anyways, thankfully I have a musical representation of this argument in the form of Pop4’s brilliant album Summer. Comprising of Scott McPherson, KC Bowman, Kirk Adams and Andrea Perry – a power pop brain trust, for those in the know – Pop4 exploits the diverse strengths of its members to provide one of the finer pop albums of 2015.

Highlights include the droll putdown “You’re No Aimee Mann” (which Mann herself approves of, it seems!), the delightfully ELO-channelling “Einstein and Sunshine” and the warm pastoral “Beautiful”.

There’s no doubt that we need more sophisticated melodic albums like Summer – no irony, no pretension, no pastiche – I am glad to declare that this is the real deal.

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KAMCO MUSIC: TYPEWRITER’S INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE NOW AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION PLATFORMS

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TypeWriter will be debuting new material from upcoming EP at Baybeats 2015 and will also be featuring new drummer Robin Chua (Livonia, Shelves). The band will be playing at the MIXTAPE stage on 26th June at 11pm. In the meantime, you can download/listen to their 2010 album, Indian Head Massage.

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GARFIELDS BIRTHDAY KEEPS OLD FASHIONED POP MUSIC ALIVE WITH NEW ALBUM YOU ARE HERE

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For better or worse, Garfields Birthday is a Power of Pop kind of band. Meaning that the music of Garfields Birthday upholds all the principles that Power of Pop believes must exist in order for music to be vital and powerful. Strong melodies with classic pop-rock arrangements and an uncompromising attitude to make music that is all about… the music.

Since the mid-90s – the height of Britpop – Garfields Birthday has been sporadically releasing EPs and albums that have never failed to adhere to the classic pop-rock aesthetic, even as this kind of music continues to be marginalized in the mainstream pop world.

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JELLYFISH REMASTERS: GETTING A SECOND SHOT AT POP HEAVEN

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Once upon a time, there was a music industry that existed where music fans had to actually buy records, cassettes or compact discs if they wanted to listen to their favorite music anytime they wanted. And whilst the bands & artists did not see much of the money generated from the purchases, they were often given the funds to record ambitious sounding music that the bands & artists had percolating in their talented little minds.

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MYRACLE BRAH RELEASES NEW “THE PEACH EP” VIA FREE DOWNLOAD AT BANDCAMP

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“Myracle Brah is an American indie pop/power pop band primarily centered on singer-songwriter Andy Bopp.”

What it fails to say that at one point in the 90s, Brah’s debut LP – Life on Planet Eartsnop – was on heavy rotation, not only in my CD player but in my very consciousness. This LP served to be my doorway to the 90s Pop Underground, which was a magical epoch of 60s retrolicious goodness. Since that epochal album, there have been highs and lows for Andy Bopp’s music BUT I am so glad to report a spanking new EP that rekindles this pop lover’s belief in the POWER of POP!

For the time being, the EP is free via download at Bandcamp. If like me, you dig bands that channel The Beatles, Big Star & Badfinger without sacrificing an iota of self-expression then The Peach EP is a godsend! What are you waiting for?

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