THE LISTENING BOOTH | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE DARKNESS – ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS

The Darkness are back with their fifth album Pinewood Smile, due for release October 6th through Cooking Vinyl.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : GUIDED BY VOICES – JUST TO SHOW YOU

One of the most prolific bands in rock history no contest! Guided By Voices return with their 25th (!) album, How Do You Spell Heaven.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : EXCELLENT SKELETON – DEAR FEAR

Back in February, we had reported that the Adrian Jones-led Cardiff rock band Excellent Skeleton had released an eponymous EP that re-worked some of Adrian’s Basement in my Loft material to powerful effect.

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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 | RETROPOPROCK : NEW ALBUMS FROM LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM CHRISTINE MCVIE, THE CHARLATANS, THE FEELIES AND THE SADIES!

More solid retro pop-rock in 2017 for your listening pleasure! A classic team up of erstwhile Fleetwood Mac members and a trio of seminal bands from the 80s/90s will keep you enjoying great new music!

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : A GIANT DOG – PHOTOGRAPH

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Melodic rock heroes A Giant Dog return with a new album with the mighty Merge Records!

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PoPTV | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : FASTBALL – WE’RE ON OUR WAY

Power Pop Rockers Fastball recently released their 6th album, Step Into Light. 

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PoP RECOMMENDS | ROCK N ROLL : ROGER WATERS – IS THIS THE LIFE WE REALLY WANT?

The first studio album in nearly 25 years from Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters since Amused to Death (1992), as well as his first solo album in 12 years since Ça Ira (2005) finds Waters in familiar territory.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : JASON LOEWENSTEIN – SUPERSTITIOUS

Jason Loewenstein has been a major force behind lo-fi pioneers Sebadoh ever since their pivotal 1991 record, III. Along with fellow partner in crime Lou Barlow, Loewenstein has co-created some of the most influential releases in indie-rock, including the pivotal 90’s albums Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock, Bubble & Scrape, and Bakesale. Continue reading “THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : JASON LOEWENSTEIN – SUPERSTITIOUS”

THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : ALEXA DARK – BLUR

Alternative rock songwriter and guitarist, Alexa Dark, announces her debut EP, Empty Drinks/Empty Hearts, due out August 2017.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL !!! : ELF POWER – TWITCHING IN TIME

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.

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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : BETH DITTO – FIRE

The enigmatic Beth Ditto (Gossip) releases her debut solo album Fake Sugar on June 16 via Virgin Recordswill. Fans who pre-order the digital album will instantly receive the first single, “Fire”.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : BIG WALNUTS YONDER – S/T

Big Walnuts Yonder is bassist/vocalist Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges), guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers), drummer Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and guitarist/vocalist Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos). It is not a supergroup. “It’s worlds colliding,” says Mike Watt.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : SCREAMFEEDER – POP GUILT

Aussie alt-rock band Screamfeeder return with their first album in 12 years!

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POP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL !!! : CAPTAIN WILBERFORCE – BLACK SKY THINKING

Pop classicist Captain Wilberforce is back with a exciting new album, Black Sky Thinking.

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POP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL !!! : CAIT BRENNAN – THIRD

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.

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PoPTV | POP POWER !!! : PETE LYNCH – TILL THE RIVERS RUN DRY

Alt-rock artist Pete Lynch went on a large road trip across America last year and captured a first person point of view of the entire trip on his GoPro and cell phone. He decided to compile all the footage and create a music video for his new single “Till The Rivers Run Dry”.

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POP RECOMMENDS : DEATH – CEASE FIRE

Legendary Detroit band Death has released their single “Cease Fire” and is available digitally via TryAngle Records. The track appears on a vinyl 45 along with “You Are What You Think” (from the Death LP N.E.W.) out. Both tracks along with two additional songs will be released on an EP coming this fall.

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BANDCAMP DISCOVERY | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : CAPTAIN KILL – BORN IN THE HEAVY EP

Blues-rock still resonates, as Norway’s Captain Kill demonstrates on this visceral EP.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : JUNKYARD – CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH

Eleven songs – raucous, blues-based, uncompromising – mark a triumphant return for “Hollywood” rockers  Junkyard on their first official album in 26 years. 

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MUSIC NEWS: NEW ALBUM FROM PROG LEGEND STEVE HACKETT, THE NIGHT SIREN

Legendary ex-Genesis prog guitarist, Steve Hackett has just released his new album, The Night Siren, through Inside Out (Sony).

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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE DOLLYROTS – I DO

Rock duo the Dollyrots are set to release their sixth studio album Whiplash Splash on March 24!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : RAG N’ BONE – A HANDFUL OF ASH

We were fortunate to catch Perth rock quartet Rag N’ Bone at last year’s Music Matters Festival and here they are with their highly essential debut album, A Handful of Ash.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : MOLEHILL – HEARTS ON FIRE

Within the first couple of bars of its new single – “Hearts on Fire”, Chicago-based Molehill convinced us that they are worthy of a feature.

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