PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : MOLLY BURCH – FIRST FLOWER

There is a pleasing new wave of music artists taking the bold step of making ‘real’ music again. The old-fashioned way, so to speak. Like Texas-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : RESTORATIONS – LP5000

Philly indie rockers Restorations return from a 4 year hiatus to deliver a powerful new album, LP5000.

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GEEK OUT!!! SCIFI FILM – 2001 : A SPACE ODYSSEY (IMAX)

Review By Yong Shu Hoong

Watching Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey 50 years after its original release, I was surprised how well it has aged. True, some of the special effects may feel somewhat underwhelming by today’s standards, but none of it comes across slipshod, and there’s no denying how far ahead of its time this classic was in 1968.

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GEEK OUT!!! SCIFI FANTASY STREAMER : MANIAC (NO SPOILERS)

As regular visitors will know, I am a huge fan of scifi author Phillip K Dick and I always take pleasure in discovering works that incorporate the themes that Dick’s novels focused on. In that light, I highly recommend the new Netflix streaming series, Maniac.

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GEEK OUT!!! HORROR FILM : MANDY (NO SPOILERS)

Let’s sum up this 80s-channeling revenge shlock-horror flick – Mandy is a gory, bloody, surreal, LSD-fuelled heavy metal arthouse nightmare. And I mean that in the best way possible.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : MCPHERSON GRANT – SONG

Songwriting duo Scott McPherson and Jamie Grant present a debut album that lives up to its name.

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PoP20 | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : BRASS BED – MIDNIGHT MATINEE (2008)

Continuing our lookback at our publishing history with a decade-old review of Brass Bed!

BRASS BED Midnight Matinee (Self released)

I’m guessing that Brass Bed got their name from Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay but I could be wrong.

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GEEK OUT!!! SCIFI FILMS – SOLO : A STAR WARS STORY (SPOILERS)

As faithful readers would know, I effectively boycotted this seemingly pointless movie when it was released in cinemas, due to The Last Jedi‘s desecration of the Star Wars legacy. But to be fair, I decided to see for myself – so to speak – as the movie has just been released digitally.

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GEEK OUT!!! THE PREDATOR (NO SPOILERS)

The Predator is ostensibly a sequel to the first two Predator movies – referred to in passing in the movie – though for all intents and purposes, it is a soft reboot of the scifi-horror franchise.

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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE REFUSERS – “DISOBEY”

When Trump became President, there was lots of talk about how resistance to his administration would inspire loads of protest music similar to the 80s with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Has not quite panned out that way, so thank goodness for Seattle’s The Refusers!

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : BAD SPORTS – “DON’T DESERVE LOVE”

Now this is more like it! A band that self-identifies as a punk band and none of that fuckin’ “pop-punk” bullshit!

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REEL TO REAL | DOCUMENTARY : LOST IN THE FUMES

As part of its 60th anniversary, the Singapore Film Society (SFS) has programmed a series of independent award winning documentary films between September to October as its core screenings in the lead up to the Singapore premiere of Sandi Tan’s award-winning SHIRKERS on 20 October.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP POWER!!! : SURE SURE – “LIE LIE LIE”

Feel-good pop music is what Sure Sure is interested in. After all, the quartet has already amassed 14 million plays on Spotify, so…

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : WHITE DENIM – PERFORMANCE

White Denim are back with yet another collection of iconoclastic rock ‘n’ roll songs!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! : BITTERSWEET MACHINES – “ONLY YOU AND ME” SINGLE

Once again, Bittersweet Machines (a.k.a. Matt Mocharnuk) delivers another potent shot of melodic adrenaline infused with 80s pop-rock sensibilities of the highest order!

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REEL TO REAL | ACTION-ADVENTURE : BUFFALO BOYS

Buffalo Boys is helmed by first time director Mike Wiluan and jointly produced by Infinite Frameworks and Zhao Wei Films.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP POWER!!! : STIIR – “FREE YOURSELF

Why describe yourself as “alternative pop” when it’s obvious that you are influenced by Orange Juice and Josef K – purveyors of classic ’80s indie pop?

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : THE JAYHAWKS – RAINY DAY MUSIC (2003)

Blast from the distant PoP past – 15 years on…

THE JAYHAWKS Rainy Day Music (Lost Highway/American)

After the greater pop emphasis of Sound of Lies and Smile, the Jayhawks return to the roots rock approach of their earlier albums (especially Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass) with this, their first album with the Lost Highway label (also home of that other alt-country standard bearer, Ryan Adams).

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : ADDISON LOVE – THOUGHTS ON LUNCH?

If you are a rabid fan of Power Pop Rock N Roll, then Addison Love‘s new album (out now on Big Stir Records) is an easy sell.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE LEMON TWIGS – GO TO SCHOOL

Risk-taking is such a rare thing in the contemporary music scene, that when it does happen it hits us like a lightning bolt!

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – ZOOM (2001)

An ELO review from 2001!

If the announcement of a new ELO album, after a 15-year absence, raised eyebrows, then the realisation that Zoom is essentially Jeff Lynne playing everything caused many brows to furrow.

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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE SWAGGER – “HEART ‘N’ SOUL”

Photo Credit : Jim Jennings

London rockers The Swagger release their new single “Heart ‘N’ Soul” which continues in the vein of their debut EP (2016) i.e. a ballsy amalgam of ’90s Britpop and ’00s garage-punk that deserves our attention!

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