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Power of Pop Interview – essence.Power of Pop Interview – essence.

Essence photographed in San Francisco, CA December 23, 2015©Jay Blakesberg

Essence photographed in San Francisco, CA December 23, 2015©Jay Blakesberg

Art is life. Certainly a truth that singer-songwriter essence (her real name) adheres to. On her new album – Black Wings – essence digs deep into her personal experience to create emotionally resonating material. Intriguing, no? We thought so and thus, via email, we endeavoured to find out more. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: KEN SHARP – NEW MOURNINGALBUM REVIEW: KEN SHARP – NEW MOURNING

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 alongside the team of Perdomo and gifted musicians Rob Bonfiglio (Wanderlust/Wilson Phillips) and Ritchie Rubini (The Caulfields).

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ALBUM REVIEW: ESSENCE – BLACK WINGSALBUM REVIEW: ESSENCE – BLACK WINGS

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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 Wings is her 2nd album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE LEES OF MEMORY – UNNECESSARY EVILALBUM REVIEW: THE LEES OF MEMORY – UNNECESSARY EVIL

The Lees of Memory

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 Raskulinecz and his team at Rock Falcon Studios in TN.

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ALBUM REVIEW: TWINS – SQUARE AMERICAALBUM REVIEW: TWINS – SQUARE AMERICA

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Background
TWINS is a family band, rooted generations deep in the rich history of Iowa music. Brothers Harper & Joel Sires handle the songwriting and vocal duties, along with their cousin Luke Sires on drums. Devin Ferguson — bass guitar and vocals — has been playing with the Sires brothers since he was 16 years old and rounds out this rock and roll quartet’s uniquely American sound. TWINS has accepted its mission to Save Rock & Roll. And it couldn’t come at a better time.

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ALBUM REVIEW: MAX JURY – S/TALBUM REVIEW: MAX JURY – S/T

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Background
Just 23 years old, Max Jury is firmly of the “old soul” stereotype, channeling the kind of music made decades before his birth – country, soul and classic pop-rock that energised and excited music fans during the 60s and 70s. After releasing well-received and critically acclaimed singles and EPs, Jury finally releases his debut eponymous album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE HIGH VIOLETS – HEROES AND HALOSALBUM REVIEW: THE HIGH VIOLETS – HEROES AND HALOS

By J Quigley

By J Quigley

Background
The band formed from the ashes of legendary Portland favourite, the Bella Low, who played regular gigs with other local psych bands like The Dandy Warhols.  After the Bella Low breakup former members Clint Sargent (lead guitar, vocals), Luke Strahota (drums/percussion) and Violet Bianca Grace picked up the pieces from the band’s crash and formed The High Violets in 1998.  Current lineup includes Kaitlyn ni Donovan (vocals, guitar) and Colin Sheridan (bass guitar) with Heroes and Halos being the band’s sixth release after a six year wait.

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ALBUM REVIEW: LIONLIMB – SHOOALBUM REVIEW: LIONLIMB – SHOO

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Background
Lionlimb is Nashville native Stewart Bronaugh’s recently resurrected project. Originally started in 2010, the project was put on hold as Bronaugh worked as a day laborer in Chicago and San Francisco before making his return to the Midwest. It was then that he began collaborating with drummer Joshua Jaeger.

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ARMY NAVY – THE WILDERNESS INSIDEARMY NAVY – THE WILDERNESS INSIDE

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Here’s another album that fits Power of Pop’s criterion of POP with POWER! LA trio Army Navy’s third LP is chock full of unforgettable tunes allied with a 90s alt-rock sensibility that is always refreshing in this post-punk-revival obsessed times. In that respect, Army Navy (Justin Kennedy – Lead vocals, Guitar/Louie Schultz – Lead guitar, Vocals/Douglas Randall – Drums, Vocals) succeed wildly.

The agenda is straightforward enough, as tracks like the jangly “The Mistakes”, the driving shoegazy “Crushed Like the Car”, the Fannnies-imbued “Waiting to Win” and the unabashedly retro “World’s End” attest. Uncomplicated arrangements enhance the memorably melancholy pop melodies that make The Wilderness Inside essential listening for fans of gorgeous 90s alt-rock and especially good old fashioned power pop!