POPTV: FOLLOW NEW PLAYLIST AT YOUTUBE!

We will be continuing to add to this playlist throughout 2017 with music videos that represent #THENEWROCKNROLL and #POPPOWER!!! Thus far, we have Hunck, Middle Kids, Julie’s Haircut, Findlay, Chicano Batman, Lakeshore, FKJ, Ninjaspy, Fawns of Love, Secret Space and Fear Control. So FOLLOW FOLLOW FOLLOW!!! … still there’s more Continue Reading

7 AND 7 IS – EIGHTIES CORPORATE ROCK STILL RULES!

Back in the early 90s, when Nirvana were top of the charts, alternative rock became the ‘in-thing’ and suddenly, the so-called ‘corporate rock’ of the 80s was something to be disdained by the grunge generation. Despite being critically reviled, here are seven examples of great rock songs that deserve a revaluation.

PoPTV: JAWN – CHASE AWAY THE DARK

A heartbreaking music video for JAWN’s “Chase Away the Dark”. The story is rooted in the fantastical & the real, simultaneously. Seriously, this is a powerful short film in its own right. JAWN’s debut EP is available on streaming on both Spotify and Apple Music, and if you want to support Continue Reading

ROCK HISTORY: PHIL COLLINS/GENESIS – ESSENTIAL LISTENING

At a time where there are millions of causes to get behind, some pretentious music-hating moron starts a petition to ‘stop’ Phil Collins from coming out of retirement. Over 2,000 people have signed the petition and of course, the music press gleefully reports about this juicy bit of ‘news’.

GEEK OUT! STAR WARS: THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY THE FORCE AWAKENS MASHUP

One of the best parts of having a new Star Wars movie this year is – apart from the film itself – the creativity demonstrated by hardcore fans. Here’s a heartfelt tribute to the original trilogy set to the score on the latest The Force Awakens trailer by Medley Weaver Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: THELIONCITYBOY’S ALL NIGHT IS A DECEPTIVELY LIGHT-HEARTED ROMP WHICH ON CLOSER INSPECTION REVEALS A DEEPER INTENT

It’s always intriguing to have two opposing ideas build up to a contrast in a music video. And this is why the music video for THELIONCITYBOY’s new single “All Night Feat Sezairi, Mr Boo” works despite the inevitable clunky acting. The song itself is quite lightweight pop with local crooner Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: “RISE” BY BRETT RANDELL

Although it mainly consists of vocals, guitar, strings and a smattering of piano notes, there is a certain dynamism and power that distinguishes Brett Randell’s new single “Rise”. Randell’s voice isn’t too sugary and in fact is rather nasal at times but it conveys the emotion well on this uplifting Continue Reading

NO NEED TO PRETEND – GAYLE NERVA IS BUZZ-WORTHY TALENT YOU SHOULD NOT IGNORE!

I will be honest (when am I not?) – I first noticed Gayle Nerva in a tour video of I Hate This Place in Japan  sometime ago and was struck by her effervescent personality. Then, it was her lovely voice and then her heartfelt ballads that got my firm attention. Continue Reading

PoPTV: S A REYNERS – SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Stefan Reyners hails from Wellington, N.Z. and makes the kind of time-honoured smart & quirky pop that recalls the likes of Elvis Costello, Squeeze and Split Enz. Reyners is getting a new EP ready and “Saturday Afternoon” provides a good taster of what to expect. Check it out below. https://www.facebook.com/sareyners

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO THE BEE GEES LOST CLASSIC LIVING EYES

What goes up must come down. In 1979, riding on the popularity of the Saturday Night’s Fever film soundtrack, the Bee Gees‘ Spirits (Having Flown) sold almost 20 million copies. I still remember heading down to the Kwang Sia record store at North Bridge Road where the LP was literally Continue Reading

PoPTV: KEVIN MATHEWS – “I WANT WHAT I CAN’T HAVE” (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

Finally! The lyric video for “I Want What I Can’t Have” is online. I want to thank film-maker Michael Lim for putting this together in a very short time. This video release is the first one under KAMCO Music’s distribution deal with Believe Digital and I want to thank Syaheed Continue Reading

PoPTV: BRIAN WILSON – THE RIGHT TIME FT. AL JARDINE & DAVID MARKS

Brian Wilson has a new album – No Pier Pressure – coming out soon. The album will be released on Capitol Records on April 7th 2015 and will be produced by Joe Thomas. Main concern – Thomas tends to favour a very professional slick sound which somewhat flattens out any of Continue Reading

PoPTV: NICHOLAS CHIM PROVES THAT IT’S NOT ABOUT WHERE YOU COME FROM BUT HOW WELL YOUR MUSIC CONNECTS

Forget about how small Singapore is or how you need to sing in the native tongue in order to play overseas, singer-songwriter Nicholas Chim has broken all these rules to find acceptance in Germany!  Well, don’t just take my word for it, check out his Tour Diaries below. Official Site

THE DECEMBERISTS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “WHAT A TERRIBLE WORLD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD” ON 20TH JAN, 2015

After a 4-year hiatus, The Decembrists have announced that its new album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, will be released on January 20, 2015. From the sounds of the preview track – “Make You Better”, it’s the sort of pleasing alt-folk-pop that the band is returning to, which Continue Reading