Articles tagged pop

Impressions of a “Real People” Life: An Interview with Chris Collingwood

Look Park isn't Fountains of Wayne, and it's a good thing. Chris Collingwood tells us why.

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4 Aug 2016 // 11:00 AM

Tegan and Sara - “BWU” (Singles Going Steady)

Steve Horowitz: This bit of ear candy begs to be put on repeat. The sweetness never gets cloying. Heck, this could be early ‘60 Ricky Nelson

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EXES - “Like You” (audio) (premiere)

Hollow, chilly, and full of love, “Like You” fits the pop landscape of 2016 to a T.

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1 Aug 2016 // 1:00 PM

Rihanna - “Sledgehammer” (Singles Going Steady)

Rihanna's vocal soaring provides the requisite goosebumps.

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Esh - ‘Esh’ (EP stream) (premiere)

Pop is always interesting when it takes a turn for the ominous, and Esh is no exception to that rule.

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28 Jul 2016 // 1:15 AM

Justin Llamas: Gold

Gold is an auspicious debut that feels like the beginning of something special.

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Maggie Szabo - “Touch The Ground” (audio) (premiere)

"Touch the Ground" is pop in its purest sense, a style that draws from everything around it and reflects what people are listening to.

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Sean McVerry - ‘Hourglass Switchboard 2’ (EP stream) (premiere)

Hourglass Switchboard 2 is about halfway between Sam Smith and the 1975’s energetic pop-rock, part downtempo electronic pop and part crisp guitars.

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Minor Soul - “One Chance” (audio) (premiere)

“One Chance” is sheet-smooth bedroom pop, acoustic guitars and plinking synths soaring under the vocals.

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25 Jul 2016 // 8:50 AM

Boy George Is Happy to Be Back on the Road with Culture Club

Boy George discusses how he keeps fit on the road and his memories of the late punk impresario Malcolm McLaren.

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The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Fifty years on, Pet Sounds is still celebrated.

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Kendra Erika - “The Truth Never Lies” (video) (premiere)

Kendra Erika updates the Bond-girl framework to 21st century terms, an embrace of glamour and sexuality as an empowering tool.

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In the Aftermath of “Maybe”, Carly Rae Jepsen Keeps on Rollin’

Carly Rae Jepsen knew she would lose fans after the success of “Call Me Maybe” wore off.

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Savoir Adore - “Paradise Gold” (audio) (premiere)

“Paradise Gold” is a good example of why the neon-soaked sound of glitzy, glittery electropop continues to work.

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Elizabeth Hunter - “Coming for You” (video) (premiere)

Elizabeth Hunter struts forward with blinding energy, loud and dynamic and alive.

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Petula Clark: Natural Love - The Scotti Brothers Recordings

One of the few releases of hers not to feature “Downtown", Natural Love functions as a reminder of Petula Clark’s ill-advised early ‘80s detour into inconsequential country and adult contemporary.

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The Explorers Club: Together

The harmonies are tight, the melodies strong and catchy, and the overall mood is jubilant and uplifting, making Together the perfect antidote for the toxic politics, violence, personal struggles, and controversies that seem to swirl around all our lives like a constant black cloud.

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The Kinks: Everybody’s in Show-Biz

A convoluted masterpiece in large part because Ray Davies passionately hates his life and lies with every breath -- and likewise, fears his death.

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DYAN - “Looking For Knives” (audio) (premiere)

It’s synthpop in its most toned-down sense, the kind of music that reminds you that taking off the accelerator can provide a sumptuous result too.

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High Dive Heart - “Misfit” (video) (premiere)

If “Misfit” is any indication, poptimism is thankfully alive and well.

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