PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HOTEL MIRA – S/T EP

After teasing a couple of excellent singles (“Ginger Ale” and “Baby” in particular), the debut EP of Vancouver’s Hotel Mira has dropped today.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : BIRD STREETS – S/T

My favourite music revels in eclecticism – taking basic building blocks and constructing wildly imaginative creations that impress and surprise even the most jaded of music experts.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : LIVINGMORE – IT’S ALL HAPPENING EP

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There’s a slinky 60s pop vibe around L.A. band Livingmore that is simply irresistible.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : MICHAEL SLAWTER – LAST CALL FOR BREAKING HEARTS

The Pop Underground lives on in new Power Pop Rock N Roll releases like Michael Slawter’s Last Call for Breaking Hearts.

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PoP20 | PoP LEGENDS : XTC – COAT OF MANY CUPBOARDS (2002)

Continuing our look back at our review history. Here’s one from 2002!

XTC
Coat of Many Cupboards
(Virgin)

Be warned! This 4-CD box is NOT for neophytes but for the diehard fans who can’t wait to get their grubby hands on any XTC material.

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PoP20 | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE ROSENBERGS – MISSION : YOU (2001)

Another blast from the past out of the PoP archives. One of our favourite albums of 2001!

THE ROSENBERGS
Mission: You
[DGM]

The Rosenbergs have created a bit of brouhaha with their turning down a spot on Jimmy (Iovine) and Doug’s (Morris) Farmclub.com due to unfavorable contractual terms in favor of a more progressive deal with Discipline Global Mobile, the label co-owned by Robert (King Crimson) Fripp and David Singleton.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE LEMON TWIGS – “SMALL VICTORIES”

The Lemon Twigs (aka Brian and Michael D’Addario) recently announced that their second album, Go to School, would be released by 4AD on August 24th.

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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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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE DAVENPORTS – DON’T BE MAD AT ME

Almost two decades ago, I wrote these words.

“I’m so crazy about Speaking of the Davenports that I’m almost scared stiff to write about it.”

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : SHELVES – EP

Five years in the making, this new Shelves EP is a kick in the arse for Singapore music as far as melodic rock is concerned.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE SLEEVES – DELIVERANCE

The Sleeves are back with a cracking new album! The Hong Kong – based quartet self-released their debut album Arcade Rock in 2011.

The follow-up Deliverance was recorded in Cambodia, mixed in Hong Kong and mastered at Air Studios in London.

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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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PoPTV | PoP LEGENDS : GANG OF FOUR – “LUCKY”

Guitarist Andy Gill might be the only original member of Gang of Four remaining but that does not take away from the vitality or relevance of the band’s new music.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HOTEL MIRA – “BABY”

Last time out, I reported that one of my indie rock faves, JPNSGRLS had morphed into Hotel Mira, with a dynamic new single, 3AM Lullaby.

New song “Baby” ups the ante with a sophisticated arrangement that belies its melodic simplicity. Running gamut from funk to alt-rock to soul-pop, “Baby” is a triumph of determined songwriting without sacrificing an iota of hooky satisfaction.

The trio will be releasing a collection of six songs on August 17th. Can hardly wait!

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : OLDERMOST – THE DANGER OF BELIEF

Philadelphia-based band Oldermost, have announced the release of their fourth album, How Could You Ever Be The Same? (out July 13th via AntiFragile Music). In conjunction, the band is sharing the album’s rollicking, anthemic lead single “The Danger of Belief”.

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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : JUNKY LOVE – “LOVE & LUST”

Singer-songwriter Axel Loughrey – previously a solo artist on All Sorted!?! Records – is now part of Junky Love (with Deniz Erdal), a new three piece rock n roll band based in London.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | POP POWER!!! ASTRAL DRIVE – “SUMMER OF ’76”

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.

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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : DUSTED – “DEAD EYES” [MUSIC VIDEO]

Dusted releases its video for “Dead Eyes” off the Blackout Summer album.

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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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