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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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : NATIVE SUN – “11 STREET”

Once upon a time, the visceral rock of the Velvets, Bowie & the Stooges was the definitive alternative pop and this is something Native Sun understands.

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

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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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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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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HUX & THE HITMEN – “GO FIGURE” (UNOFFICIAL VIDEO)

Huxley Rittman is back with his merry band of Hitmen with the slinky blues-rock number, “Go Figure”.

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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 | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : THE OBSERVATORY X MOE – SHADOWS

Two experimental artrock bands get together to make sweet music together.

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

Vancouver-based trio Hotel Mira (fka JPNSGRLS) is building up nicely to the new EP with its latest single, “Ginger Ale”.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : HARVEY TRISDALE – “BABY”

LA-based, indie rock outfit Harvey Trisdale recently shared their lead single “Baby” and announced their upcoming self-titled EP.

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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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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 | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : COLD FRONTS – “FANTASY DU JOUR”

The Philly-based indie rock band Cold Fronts recently shared the music video for the title track off their sophomore album Fantasy Du Jour which came out April 20 through Sire Records. The video was produced and directed by Peter English.

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THE LISTENING BOOTH | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : LEAD PONY – TWO LOVE SONGS

It bears remembering during these times when everybody is smugly dismissing rock ‘n’ roll as a vital musical force that there are bands who demonstrate that this point of view is simply bullshit. Case in point – Lead Pony.

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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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PoPTV | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : PETER CAT – “HAND THROUGH HAIR”

Love bands who put the quirky and offbeat back into rock ‘n’ roll, like Glasgow’s Peter Cat!

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