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ALBUM REVIEW: POPINCOURT – A NEW DIMENSION TO MODERN LOVE

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Background
Popincourt is Olivier, a Frenchman in love with 80s British sophisticated pop. Building up his repertoire over a decade, Popincourt put together this album with a small team formed by people met at concerts, including Hervé Bouétard (Bertrand Burgalat) on drums & Ken Stringfellow (Posies) on bass.

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ALBUM REVIEW: RIVAL SONS – HOLLOW BONES

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Background
Based in sunny Los Angeles, California, Rival Sons formed in 2008, the quartet of Scott Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass), Mike Miley (drums), and Jay Buchanan (vocals) captures that massively huge, guitar-driven classic rock sound, with rock-solid drumming and a riff-oriented approach to songwriting backing up Buchanan’s soaring vocals.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE THRILLS – SO MUCH FOR THE CITY (2003)

I have been dissing the Noughties (ie 2001 to 2010) as being devoid of great music. But of course, that’s not entirely true. As some of you might know, Power of Pop has been around since 1998 and so I am going to be posting reviews of great albums from the Noughties just to remind everyone (and myself) that there was still great music to be had, if you knew where to look.

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LIVE REVIEW: SWERVEDRIVER @ HOOD BAR

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Rock gigs were a scarce commodity in Singapore during the 70s, 80s and 90s. So we have been pretty much been playing catch up for the bands from that era that are either still around or have reunited. Case in point – the recent Swervedriver concert at Hood Bar organised by Songs For Children.

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ALBUM REVIEW: TWIN PEAKS – DOWN IN HEAVEN

Photo Credit: Daniel Topete
Photo Credit: Daniel Topete

Background
Twin Peaks was formed by four young Chicago natives (vocalist/guitarist Cadien Lake James, guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan, and drummer Connor Brodner) in the early 2010s. The band have so far earned a solid reputation for its garage punk sound.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: RODDY FRAME – WESTERN SKIES (2006)

Here’s a review from 2006. 

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The singer-songwriter genre remains as vital in the 2000s as it was when it first emerged in full flower in the early 70s. Case in point – Scotsman Roddy Frame who dropped his better known ‘Aztec Camera’ moniker a decade ago to trade under his own name.

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GEEK OUT! WARCRAFT: THE BEGINNING

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Synopsis
Based on the Warcraft video game series and novels set in the world of Azeroth, The film portrays the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs and takes place in a variety of locations established in the video game series. The film is co-written and directed by Duncan Jones and stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky and Daniel Wu.

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ALBUM REVIEW: MAX JURY – S/T

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Background
Just 23 years old, Max Jury is firmly of the “old soul” stereotype, channeling the kind of music made decades before his birth – country, soul and classic pop-rock that energised and excited music fans during the 60s and 70s. After releasing well-received and critically acclaimed singles and EPs, Jury finally releases his debut eponymous album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: BRYAN ESTEPA & THE TEMPE TWO – EVERY LITTLE THING

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Background
Bryan Estepa is an acclaimed Sydney Singer-Songwriter, who has been labeled as one of Sydney’s best kept secrets. Having released 5 albums over the past decade, including the critics favourite ‘Vessels’ & ‘Heart vs Mind’, Estepa has truly made his presence known in the Australian Independent music scene. 

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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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LIVE REVIEW: SINGTEL AND SAMSUNG PRESENTS UP CLOSE WITH JESSIE J

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As much as we would confess to an aversion to what passes for pop music in 2016, the UK singer-songwriter Jessie J has always intrigued with her songwriting and unconventional style. There is a genuine earthy quality about Jessie J amidst the obligatory glitz and glamour of modern pop that endears, somewhat.

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GEEK OUT! X-MEN: APOCALPYSE

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Background
Whilst ostensibly, X-Men: Apocalypse deals with the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse in the 80s, and the X-Men’s attempts to defeat his extinction level plan, it is actually the conclusion of the time-hopping trilogy that began with the Matthew Vaughn-helmed X-Men: First Class. With the re-introduction of beloved X-Men characters like Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheriden), Phoenix/Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Storm/Ororo Munroe (Alexandra Shipp), the movie sets the stage for the X-Men’s new adventures.

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ALBUM REVIEW: MUDCRUTCH – 2

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Background
Tom Petty’s previous band (with guitarist Tom Leadon & drummer Randall Marsh) before forming Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. With Heartbreakers Mike Campbell (lead guitar) and Benmont Tench (keyboards) on board, the reformed Mudcrutch released an eponymous debut album in 2008. Thought to be a one-off, the band is back with a second album, appropriately entitled 2.

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ALBUM REVIEW: TRASHCAN SINATRAS – WILD PENDULUM

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Background
Veteran Scottish pop-rockers return with its sixth studio album since formation in the late 1980s.

Strengths
Very compelling, highly listenable traditional pop-rock. Lushly arranged with layered harmonies and orchestrated instrumentation on certain tracks. Memorable melodies will keep you humming along.

Highlights
“Let Me Inside (Or Let Me Out)”, “Best Days on Earth”, “Ain’t That Something”.

Sounds Like
Aztec Camera, The Go-Betweens, Lloyd Cole.

Bottom Line
Always refreshing to find pop music with unabashed leanings towards sophisticated textures and well crafted tunes. A thoroughly enjoyable album from start to finish.

Information
Official Website: http://trashcansinatras.com/

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