LISTENING ROOM – THE NEW ROCK ’N’ ROLL

Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying. Here are streams of new music you should be listening to that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!

EP REVIEW: NOT A PLANET – SMOKE BOMBS & CIGARETTES: THE HISTORY OF NOW

Background Nathan Corsi, an Akron, Ohioan, made his way to Kansas City after a featured role in a year-long documentary about life as a busker in New York. It wasn’t long before Nathan and Liam Sumnicht, drummer native to KC, hooked up to form Not A Planet. A rotating cast Continue Reading

POPTV – THE NEW ROCK N ROLL

Rock ‘n’ roll might not have the same commercial or cultural impact it used to have but we promise to keep the flag flying. Here are videos of new music you should be watching that expresses the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. Enjoy!

ALBUM REVIEW: BRYAN ESTEPA & THE TEMPE TWO – EVERY LITTLE THING

Background Bryan Estepa is an acclaimed Sydney Singer-Songwriter, who has been labeled as one of Sydney’s best kept secrets. Having released 5 albums over the past decade, including the critics favourite ‘Vessels’ & ‘Heart vs Mind’, Estepa has truly made his presence known in the Australian Independent music scene. 

ALBUM REVIEW: RILEY GODLESKI – TUMBLE CHILD

Background Riley Godleski is a multi-style drummer, singer and songwriter from Northampton, MA. He has played with various groups in-studio and on stage including Kudzu, Woodford Way, Colorway, Mikey Sweet, Shokazoba, The Original Cowards, Amy Fairchild, Cowmuddy (Michael McShane), Ross Bellenoit, Jaron Olevsky, Miro Sprague, Susan Angeletti, Frank Manzi and Continue Reading

PoP ROCKS! AN INTRODUCTION

Once upon a time, pop and rock came together and made a baby, and its name was Pop-Rock. Very strictly speaking, Pop-Rock is a fusion genre that mixes a catchy pop style and light lyrics in its (typically) guitar-based rock songs. Other genres that bear similar traits would be Powerpop, Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: CHEAP TRICK – BANG, ZOOM, CRAZY… HELLO

Background Cheap Trick is an American pop-rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973, now consisting of Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar) and Daxx Nielsen (drums). In its forty-three years of existence, the band has remained true to its musical agenda i.e. Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: DAVID GILMOUR’S RATTLE THAT LOCK ONLY WORKS WHEN HE REMAINS TRUE TO HIMSELF

Ex-Pink Floyd singer-guitarist returns with a new solo LP that follows last year’s pointless Pink Floyd release – The Endless River – and Gilmour’s previous solo work, the magnificent On An Island (2006). Sadly, Rattle That Lock – despite the promise of the excellent title track – is not a Continue Reading

KID WAVE – THE 90S ROCK REVIVAL IS TAKING ITS OWN SWEET TIME BUT GOOD MUSIC IS WORTH WAITING FOR…

I don’t really give a shit too much right now about the personal dynamics of Kid Wave – what their collective history or politics is and what not. Right now, all I care is that this is new music that fires my imagination and energises in a manner that so Continue Reading

PoPTV – SINGAPORE ROCK RECOMMENDATIONS

Regular visitors to Power of Pop will be aware that my definition of “pop” is pretty wide. But of course, in the context of modern pop (read: vacuous) , that definition becomes somewhat irrelevant for my purposes. Also, if I say “rock ‘n’ roll”, most people will think of the Continue Reading

LAZY LIONS LET OUT A POP-ROCK ROAR WITH WHEN DREAMING LETS YOU DOWN

There is a quiet self-assurance in the manner in which New York melodic rock outfit Lazy Lions approach their music. Certainly, a band has to be if it decides to play in the 60s/70s pop-rock sandbox. The pop-rock of the 80s to be more precise, as the band lays claim Continue Reading

FLYING THE POWER POP FLAG WITH RANSOM AND THE SUBSET

Power of Pop is always on the lookout for new music that stays faithful to the 60s/70s template for melodic pop-rock or rock ‘n’ roll or power pop. Ransom and the Subset – one fine example of this – is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/guitarist RanDair Porter. It’s latest album, No Time Continue Reading

PoPTV: THE NEW ROCK N ROLL

Regular visitors to Power of Pop will be aware that I am always harping on there not being enough bands/artists parlaying classic pop-rock styles into modern rock. Well actually, that’s not entirely true. I mean, in the sense that there certainly are bands/artists who like me are rather besotted with the Continue Reading

MYRACLE BRAH RELEASES NEW “THE PEACH EP” VIA FREE DOWNLOAD AT BANDCAMP

“Myracle Brah is an American indie pop/power pop band primarily centered on singer-songwriter Andy Bopp.” What it fails to say that at one point in the 90s, Brah’s debut LP – Life on Planet Eartsnop – was on heavy rotation, not only in my CD player but in my very Continue Reading