Articles tagged power pop

Tommy Keene - “Last of the Twilight Girls” (audio) (premiere)

The power-pop genius returns with a gem of a track from his 12th album.

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The Textones: Midnight Mission, Cedar Creek

Although the Textones' two discs attracted only a passing glance originally, they’ve received belated recognition since.

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The Vaccines: English Graffiti

Once touted as the Next Big Thing, the English band have done even better and become their own thing.

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Warm Soda: Symbolic Dream

Not unlike a sugar rush, Symbolic Dream's candy-coated sheen quickly becomes too much of a good thing.

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8 May 2015 // 3:00 AM

Mikal Cronin: MCIII

It's easy to assume that an artist will keep developing each time out, but Mikal Cronin shows that he doesn't take his evolution for granted on MCIII.

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The Orange Peels: Begin the Begone

The sweetly satisfying Begin the Begone might just be the best Orange Peels outing yet.

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Quiet Company: Transgressor

This is a record of top-notch power pop that’s a strong candidate for one of 2015’s best in its genre.

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Buffalo Killers - “Stand Back and Take a Good Look (The Nerves Cover)” (audio) (Premiere)

In paying tribute to the extensive catalogue of the classic rock 'n' roll label Alive Naturalsound, the Ohio group Buffalo Killers take on a tune by an under-the-radar '70s power pop outfit.

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Paul Collins: Feel the Noise

While it’s nowhere near innovative, Feel the Noise is still a fun time for those who want to come along for the ride.

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Sloan Picks Up Where the Beatles Left Off

Picking up where the Fab Four left off isn't easy, but if one band has done it in the past 30 years, it's Toronto's Sloan.

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24 Oct 2014 // 2:03 AM

The Posies: Failure

Over two decades on, Failure remains a rewarding listen, steeped in its time yet sweetly out of place.

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16 Oct 2014 // 10:00 AM

Weezer and the Problem of Fan Expectation

Weezer's new album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, walks the tenuous line between redressing the band's follies and giving in to banal fan service.

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Billy Thermal: Billy Thermal

A long-shelved power pop gem gets its chance to shine.

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13 Oct 2014 // 2:06 AM

OK Go: Hungry Ghosts

OK Go successfully dips a toe into synth-rock without forgetting their power-pop roots, yet they still manage to include a small handful of outright clunkers.

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Big Star: #1 Record / Radio City

If you don’t have these two albums, your record collection has a massive hole.

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14 May 2013 // 10:30 AM

The Orange Peels: Sun Moon

Sun Moon is a superb collection of songs that will want you to head out in your muscle car on a sunny summer day with the windows down and the tunes flowing out of the stereo.

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Breakup Society: So Much Unhappiness, So Little Time…

It's been five years since we last heard from them, but love and life are still giving the power-pop-loving Breakup Society fits.

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Dark Ocean Colors: Dark Ocean Colors

Overindulgence is the key word here, with lots of overwrought harmonizing and melodies torn from old records that rightfully should have been forgotten.

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11 Oct 2011 // 9:59 PM

Jim Keller: Soul Candy

If you like Americana, Soul Candy is a sweet and agreeable slice of sugar-coated confectionary that won’t make your teeth ache.

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29 Aug 2011 // 9:59 PM

Jacuzzi Boys: Glazin’

Who could've guessed in 2011 that plunking girl-group aesthetics down at the beach with some fuzzed-out guitars would be a legitimate path to glory?

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Double Take: 'The French Connection' (1971)

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"You pick your feet in Poughkeepsie, and we pick The French Connection for Double Take #18.

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