ROCK’S NOT DEAD — YOU ARE! MARC DURKEE – “A WAY TO ESCAPE”

It is such a rush when a singer-songwriter-musician nails his colours to prog rock in this day and age! In fact, Durkee is proud to describe his music as “a blend of progressive, metal/rock, doom metal, post-hardcore, and post-rock.” A brave man!

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : BILL LLOYD – WORKING THE LONG GAME

Bill Lloyd returns with a smart new album that will appeal to the PoP Faithful with its sophisticated take on Power Pop Rock N Roll.

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PoP RECOMMENDS : FLEET FOXES – FIRST COLLECTION 2006 – 2009

Lost within the hype, attention and brouhaha over the 50th anniversary re-issue of The Beatles “White Album”, is First Collection 2006 – 2009, a retrospective on the early Fleet Foxes recordings.

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ROCK HISTORY | PoP LEGENDS : THE BEATLES SUPER DELUXE EDITION

After the success of last year’s Sgt Pepper remix reissue, this 50th anniversary edition of my favourite Beatles album was the one to look out for!

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ROCK’S NOT DEAD — YOU ARE!!! THE CASTOR TROYS – LEGENDS NEVER DIE (EP)

Hard rock revival? I fuckin’ hope so! Add another band to the burgeoning list – Ontario’s The Castor Troys.

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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE RACHETS – “DOTARD ON THE DIAL”

The Rachets (Ashbury Park, NJ) sound like a cross between The Clash, The ‘Mats and The Hold Steady. Which is fine with me!

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PoPTV : THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : BAKERS IN SPACE – “WASTING YOUTH”

Good to hear that James Lye who played guitar with me in The Groovy People years back has set up his own label – Maker Records, and it has released the new single from Bakers in Space.

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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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GEEK OUT!!! HORROR : THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (NETFLIX)

Loosely based on Shirley Wilson’s classic 1959 novel of the same name, this Netflix series is a tour-de-force from writer-director Mike Flanagan and possibly one of the best of its kind this year.

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

Photo credit : James Omara

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 | 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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PoP RECOMMENDS | RETROPOPROCK : NEW ALBUMS FROM PAUL WELLER, PAUL MCCARTNEY, PAUL SIMON AND SUEDE

In 2018, retro pop rock still has relevance though probably not for millennials and younger generations. But it matters not. I know that the PoP Faithful will enjoy these releases. Good enough!

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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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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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PoP RECOMMENDS | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : KEN SHARP – BEAUTY IN THE BACKSEAT

The moment one gets into Ken Sharp’s latest album, Beauty in the Backseat, one is transported back to the ’70s, where pop-rock was king of the airwaves.

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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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