PoP TV | POP POWER : SHANNON LUKE – “THE SURVEY” (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

A rare thing indeed to come across a pop song that addresses the social issues of Singapore but Shannon Luke has done exactly that with his latest single, “The Survey”.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | PoP LEGENDS : ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS – LOOK NOW

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EC fans received a bit of a scare after the singer-songwriter cancelled a clutch of live dates due to ill health. But news of his recovery and the release of Look Now – one of Costello’s best albums of recent times – must have cheered diehard followers!

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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 | 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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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : FERNANDO PERDOMO – “CALIFORNIA MOON” FT. PAT SANSONE

A gorgeous country-inflected slow rocker from Fernando Perdomo featuring vocals from Pat Sansone (of Wilco, Autumn Defence fame).

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! ASTRAL DRIVE – S/T

Astral Drive is songwriter and producer Phil Thornalley’s vision of a long lost album from the 1970s that only existed in his own mind. A labour of love that is very much the statement of a lifelong music fan living in the modern world. (Official bio)

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : ROBYN HITCHCOCK – LUXOR (2003)

Here’s another blast from the past for this throwback Thursday – a 2003 review of one of my favourite artists!

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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : ERIC FRISCH – “WATER INTO GOLD”

Always a joy to discover a new artist that embraces the full potential of rock ‘n’ roll. On his new EP – Water Into GoldEric Frisch, digs deep into the well of country-folk goodness to deliver three gorgeous songs.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : ROGER JOSEPH MANNING JR. – GLAMPING

Yes, digital disruption and the rise of hip-hop resulted in the decline and fall of Power Pop Rock N Roll. But it’s okay, cuz the wonderful internet has also allowed our favourite artists to continue to make and release new music viable. Like Roger Joseph Manning Jr, for example.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : WHITNEY FENIMORE – “STONES”

Enjoy the stomping new single – “Stones” from Whitney Fenimore’s upcoming EP, Battle Within.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : NICK BATTERHAM – GOLDEN BOY [REVIEW]

Melbourne singer-songwriter Nick Batterham has a new album – Golden Boy – that is one for the PoP faithful to savour from start to finish.

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ARTSCIENCE LATE : LESLIE LOW [LIVE REVIEW]

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By Yong Shu Hoong

When Leslie Low – of revered Singapore band, The Observatory, and previously from the 1990s’ Humpback Oak – was introduced by an ArtScience Museum staff as “the most important singer-songwriter that Singapore has given the world,” he seemed almost embarrassed. But, for the many fans gathered at the museum’s Expression Gallery, such high praise was no fluff.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : KC BOWMAN – FRESHER TIN VILLAGES [1998, REVIEW]

Blast from the past! Out of the 90s Pop Underground to be exact. Check out the remastered Fresher Tin Villages, the excellent 1998 album from singer-songwriter KC Bowman, now available at Bandcamp!

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP10 FT. QUIET SLANG, RALEGH LONG, THE DECEMBERISTS, THE MAGIC GANG, SPOOKY RUEBEN, DERMOT KENNEDY, SHELL OF A SHELL, PUNCHLINE, JOUSKA, THE DAHMERS!

Another week, another Spotify playlist where we spotlight new modern rock music that we are confident you have probably never heard of BUT definitely should!

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : GEORGE HARRISON – BRAINWASHED [2003]

25th February would have been George Harrison’s 75th birthday. Thus it seems appropriate to repost a review of his final album from 15 years ago.

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PoPTV | POP POWER !!! : POPINCOURT – “THE BRILLIANT MISSING LINK”

Brilliant and easy-going sophisti-pop is the order of the day for Popincourt.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : PHILLIP PHILLIPS – “INTO THE WILD”

More pop than rock perhaps, Phillip Phillips’ new song has a strong early Coldplay vibe that is somewhat irresistible to listen to.

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PoPTV | PoP LEGENDS : DAVID BYRNE – “EVERYBODY’S COMING TO MY HOUSE”

Another legend returns to bless us with a new album. This time it’s David Byrne!

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PoP LEGENDS | NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL – THE VISITOR [REVIEW]

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Another year, another Neil Young album.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : JULIEN BAKER – TURN OUT THE LIGHTS

Rock ‘n’ roll is not all about sex, drugs and partying but as an art form has allowed the fragile soul to express the deepest and darkest thoughts on existential angst. This is certainly true of singer-songwriter Julien Baker.

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT : NICHOLAS CHIM – “DOWN THE WAY”

A casual observer of the local music scene would not find acoustic-based singer-songwriter Nicholas Chim’s adoption of electronic arrangements a surprise, as this has become rather trendy in 2017.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER!!! : XAVIER BOYER – SOME / ANY / NEW

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Terrific news for the PoP faithful as Tahiti 80’s Xavier Boyer releases his debut solo album, Some / Any / New!

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SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT : iNCH – ALL RIVERS LEAD TO THE SEA

“All Rivers Lead To The Sea”, the title of local singer-songwriter iNCH’s new song delivers a powerful message of an ocean filled with plastic waste and encourages listeners to take action.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER !!! : KARLA KANE – KING’S DAUGHTERS HOME FOR INCURABLES

Singer-songwriter Karla Kane takes time away from The Corner Laughers to come up with a delightful solo album.

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