ALBUM REVIEW: KEN SHARP – NEW MOURNING

Background Produced by Fernando Perdomo (Todd Rundgren/Jakob Dylan) and Ken Sharp, this record (Sharp’s fourth album and first in nine years) showcases musical contributions from Rick Springfield (“Burn & Crash”, “Satellite”), guitarist Wally Stocker of The Babys, bassist Prescott Niles of The Knack and keyboardist Jimmy Waldo of New England Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: VARIOUS ARTISTS – GUILT BY ASSOCIATION 4

Background In celebration of the 50th anniversary of 1966 – a watershed for pop music – brand new label Team Mensch invited a wide array of current artists to do fresh renditions of songs from 1966 for Guilt By Association Volume 4.

LIVE NEWS: CONCERTS ON THE HILL – CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT + BITTYMACBETH X EVAN LOW

We were (and still are) quite mystified by this lineup. Cambodian Space Project is a psychedelic rock band, whose style is steeped in Retro-Pop and most of their songs are in the Khmer language! (Not quite the formula to draw in the local hipstas, eh?)

ALBUM REVIEW: ESSENCE – BLACK WINGS

Background A sixth-generation San Francisco native, award winning singer-songwriter essence has been immersed in art and music since childhood. And yes, her birth name really is ‘essence’ – she was raised by quintessential flower children, her parents being two free spirited bohemian artists from the Haight-Ashbury ‘Summer of Love.’ Black Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: THE LEES OF MEMORY – UNNECESSARY EVIL

Background The Lees Of Memory — which features erstwhile Superdrag frontman John Davis & guitarist Brandon Fisher, along with drummer Nick Slack — recently released its sophomore LP, Unnecessary Evil. The new album, a follow up to the band’s 2014 debut Sisyphus Says, once again saw them working with Grammy-winning producer Nick 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!

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: THE EXPLORERS CLUB – TOGETHER

Background The Explorers Club are a pop-rock band originally from the coast of South Carolina. The music of their first album is heavily influenced by the vocal harmony styles and production of The Beach Boys.They are also influenced by classic rock and roll arrangements as made popular by 60s pop Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: POPINCOURT – A NEW DIMENSION TO MODERN LOVE

Background Popincourt is Olivier, a Frenchman in love with 80s British sophisticated pop. Building up his repertoire over a decade, Popincourt put together this album with a small team formed by people met at concerts, including Hervé Bouétard (Bertrand Burgalat) on drums & Ken Stringfellow (Posies) on bass.

ALBUM REVIEW: HOLY WAVE – FREAKS OF NURTURE

Background Based in El Paso, Texas, Holy Wave (Kyle Hager, Dustin Zozaya, Julian Ruiz, Joey Cook, Ryan Fuson) is riding the wave (!) of the contemporary psych-rock revival. Strengths Adept at combining sympathetic elements of psych-rock, shoe-gaze and dream pop, the music on Freaks of Nurture will appeal to a wide Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: THE SHARP THINGS – EVERYBODYEVERYBODY

Background The Sharp Things is an New York City-based chamber pop collective, led by singer/songwriter Perry Serpa (born 1965). Current members include Jim Santo, Aisha Cohen, Michelle Caputo, James Pertusi, and Andrea Dovalle. EverybodyEverybody is the final instalment of an album series that began in 2013.