Articles tagged power pop

7 Feb 2017 // 2:15 AM

Communions: Blue

Communions started as an audacious and loud rock band, but they have settled into something entirely different. With Blue Communions have created triumphant power pop cheese.

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Not Lame Records’ Jellyfish Story Is a Fitting Tribute

This is the story of two talented Bay Area songwriters who create a pair of brilliant power pop records and then fade into obscurity.

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Pete Townshend Expands His Musical Explorations for All the World to See

Any time Townshend dances, which happens frequently and enthusiastically here, the preposterousness comes out.

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Jukebox the Ghost Will Chat Live with PopMatters on Facebook

On November 28th, at 6 pm EST, join PopMatters on Facebook as we go Live with Jukebox the Ghost.

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Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms: Basement Punk

Detroit songwriter crafts 11 personal, DIY songs rooted in power pop tradition and delivered with punkish fervor.

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American Wrestlers: Goodbye Terrible Youth

Gary McClure's power punk combo manages to combine the rich musical landscape of his native UK with the sophisticated pop songcraft of his adopted US, with excellent results.

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Jimmy Eat World: Integrity Blues

Arizona's power-pop emo heroes are back with a diverse new album full of sonic riches and emotional maturity.

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19 Oct 2016 // 1:30 AM

Big Star: Complete Third

The premiere cult band's strangest record is reissued with every recording from its legendary sessions, presenting a story of its creator's descent into madness.

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Jon Brion’s Meaningless: An Appreciation

Jon Brion is well known as a successful composer of film scores, but his 2001 self-released album, Meaningless, a lost power-pop classic, should be better known.

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7 Sep 2016 // 1:30 AM

Teenage Fanclub: Here

Teenage Fanclub sounds timeless as the band upsets the pure melodic centers of these songs with masterful, subtle shifts in layering and tone.

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8 Aug 2016 // 12:30 PM

Teenage Fanclub - “I’m in Love” (Singles Going Steady)

"I'm in Love" is pretty much what you'd expect from these Scottish indie vets -- timeless college rock with an irresistible AM radio sheen.

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Velvet Crush: Pre-Teen Symphonies

Pre-Teen Symphonies offers a fascinating snapshot into the life of a song, from its most embryonic stages to the shape it takes post-release as a piece of a band's live act.

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Connections: Midnight Run

After the taut Into Sixes, the more fractured Midnight Run risks upsetting the formula the band has established, and yet that risk pays off at every turn.

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28 Jun 2016 // 1:10 AM

The Posies: Solid States

After nine albums and almost 30 years as a band, the Posies continue to challenge themselves and push their well-honed power-pop sound to the limit.

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20 Jun 2016 // 1:10 AM

Rooney: Washed Away

Beach playlist essentials pepper the latest from Rooney.

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24 May 2016 // 7:26 AM

Twin Peaks: Down in Heaven

Down in Heaven is an energetic and indebted collection of highbrow garage rock suitable for mass consumption.

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20 May 2016 // 2:43 PM

Super Furry Animals - “BingBong” (Singles Going Steady)

When "BingBong" is not being occasionally annoying, it's fun, catchy and energetic, making it a great hit for the summer.

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Kyle Craft: Dolls of Highland

Kyle Craft has no right to make a debut album this damn good.

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Weezer: Weezer (The White Album)

Weezer's long-awaited return to form continues with a loose concept album about California, complete with the requisite Beach Boys influences.

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A Partridge Compendium That Probes Some of the Best Parts of XTC’s Rich Pageant

In lieu of an XTC biography or a Partridge memoir, we take a trip through the notebooks and brainwaves of the master.

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