Day: October 14, 2015

GEEK OUT! FLASH OF TWO WORLDSGEEK OUT! FLASH OF TWO WORLDS

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Well, it may have taken 54 years but better late than never! Finally, the concept of the DC multiverse first mooted in The Flash #123 (1961) makes its way into mainstream pop culture.

The second episode of CW’s The Flash Season 2 sets up this premise as the core storyline for the series with the introduction of Jay Garrick (the Flash of Earth-2). Kudos to the writers and producers of the show for diving boldly into this challenging scifi-superhero concept. That last bit teasing the Earth-2 Harrison Wells was brilliant as well – could Wells be Zoom? Can’t wait to see how The Flash develops this in the episodes to come!

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FREE STUFF: THE UNIVERSAL MUSIC – POWER OF POP DON HENLEY GIVEAWAY!FREE STUFF: THE UNIVERSAL MUSIC – POWER OF POP DON HENLEY GIVEAWAY!

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The kind folks at Universal Music Singapore have FIVE (5) Cass County CDs to give away to lucky PoP visitors. All you have to do is to re-read our review of Don Henley’s country-rock opus here and answer this question:

Which famous rock star sings with Henley on “Bramble Rose”?

Easy-peasy right? Send your answers to kamcomusic@gmail.com with your full name, NRIC No., mobile number and of course, home address and a Cass County CD is yours! First come, first served. Power of Pop’s decision on who is or isn’t a winner is final and conclusive. (For Singapore residents only)

Cass County can be purchased here.

ALBUM REVIEW: BEST COAST’S CALIFORNIA NIGHTS IS POWER POP GOODNESS SO WHY DO THEY GET THE HATE RESERVED FOR HIPSTER BANDS?ALBUM REVIEW: BEST COAST’S CALIFORNIA NIGHTS IS POWER POP GOODNESS SO WHY DO THEY GET THE HATE RESERVED FOR HIPSTER BANDS?

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Best Coast is one of those bands that critics love to hate. There’s the common accusation that the hype over the band is over singer Bethany Cosentino and the gossip surrounding her life and not the music. Trolls claim that Best Coast’s music is simple and dumb, writing the band off as any kind of musical force.

While I do agree that Best Coast’s music is simple, that in itself does not make the music dumb. To be honest, the kind of power pop parlayed by Best Coast has been bettered decades ago by The Muffs, Essex Green and Dressy Bessy but compared to what passes for modern pop in 2015, Best Coast is a breath of fresh air!

Like Vivian Girls and Cults, Best Coast owes a huge debt to the 60s girl groups, 70s power pop and 80s indie pop and there’s nothing wrong with that if one is able to crank out infectious numbers like “Feeling Ok”, “Heaven Sent” and “So Unaware”. More power to Best Coast – keep the pop coming!