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All Kinds of Time: Adam Schlesinger's Pursuit of Pure, Peerless Pop

Adam Schlesinger was a poet laureate of pure pop music. There was never a melody too bright, a lyrical conceit too playfully dumb, or a vibe full of radiation that he would shy away from. His sudden passing from COVID-19 means one of the brightest stars in the power-pop universe has suddenly dimmed.

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Green Day Struggle to Survive on 'Father of All'

Green Day's Father of All is too short, superficial, and samey to have any lasting impact.

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The Revillos Reprise Their DayGlo Pop-Rock on ​'Compendium of Weird'

A collection of ragged rehearsal recordings, out-takes, and alternate versions that is actually worth the price of admission? The Revillos have pulled it off.

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Dune Rats Strike Back with More Grown-up Sound on 'Hurry Up and Wait'

Dune Rats are, without a doubt, a rebel-rousing bunch whose call-outs, curse-outs, and amateurish stunts have earned them mass appeal with an audience just as eager to stick it to the man alongside them.

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Brits in Hot Weather #20: Sea Girls, Redfield, Peaness, Natty Wylah, False Heads

This week features smart indie rock from Sea Girls, kaleidoscopic house from Redfield, fizzing indie pop-punk from Peaness, neo-soul-tinged hip-hop from Natty Wylah, and a full-on, monolithic rocker from False Heads.

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Beach Slang Hit a Wall on 'Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City'

On Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City, James Alex's (Beach Slang) homage to his heroes sounds exhausted.

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Comet Gain Make Their Most Punk Record Ever with 'Fireraisers Forever!'

Like most of the world right now, the members of Comet Gain seem to have a knot in their stomach that they're trying to break loose. As such, they've created their most punk effort yet with Fireraisers Forever!

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Get Married Seek Purpose With "Adam West" (premiere)

Pop-punk's Get Married recently released Songs For the Sleepless, and the video for "Adam West" puts the band's sturdy blue-collar punk sound on full display.

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Donaher's Pledge of Love and Fidelity "Before Anyone Else" Has Edge (premiere)

Love songs don't have to be sad or overly sentimental. Sometimes they can make their case and be clear-eyed about it as pop-punk's Donaher prove on "Before Anyone Else".

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LIFE Are Sardonic and Raw on 'A Picture of Good Health'

Hull, UK punk rockers, LIFE offer stripped down sound and creative arrangements that make A Picture of Good Health a compelling second album.

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Dude York's 'Falling' Is a Candid, Pop-Fueled Ode to Falling in Love

Despite being compared to bands from the '90s, Dude York prove they can carry the indie torch of Generation X, but with their own unique and updated sound.

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Talay Confronts Getting Ghosted on "I Want U 2 Call" (premiere)

On "I Want U 2 Call", former folkie turned rocker Talay offers up a slice of visceral power pop to confront the emotions of being ghosted and the travails of modern dating life.

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Tiny Stills Take on Odd Robot's "Schadenfreude" on New Split EP (premiere)

Power pop bands Tiny Stills and Odd Robot cover each other's songs, offer up new, original material on upcoming set. And, yep, there are kittens involved.

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18th & Addison Bemoan "Leeches" in New Video (premiere)

Punk and pop energy collide in the new infectious single "Leeches" from New Jersey duo 18th & Addison.

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Bleached Sneak Up on You with Their Brand of Power Pop

Bleached's Don't You Think You've Had Enough? is a summer record with big sing-along power pop songs that deliver.

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Taking Back Sunday Revisit Their 2011 Self-Titled Release in New Album-By-Album Video (premiere)

Taking Back Sunday continue to celebrate 20 years together throughout 2019 with their recent compilation, Twenty, tour dates stretching into autumn, and a video series about each of their albums.

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Otoboke Beaver Is Loud, Fast, and Fun on 'Itekoma Hits'

Otoboke Beaver's songs run the punk gamut from raging hardcore to bouncy pop-punk and hit most of the points in between on Itekoma Hits.

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Tacocat Blesses This Mess

Seattle's Tacocat returns with This Mess Is a Place, a stellar new album in which the band confronts existential crisis and embraces widescreen guitar-based pop.

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Pop-Punkers the Dollyrots Get Celebratory With New Single, "Everything" (premiere)

Making music doesn't mean you have to grow up and growing up doesn't mean you have to stop making music. Punk outfit the Dollyrots remind us of this with their latest single "Everything".

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PUP's 'Morbid Stuff' Revels in the Cynicism and Self-Doubt of Modern Living

Morbid Stuff is the sound of Vancouver-based band PUP forging rousing, anthemic punk from the most jagged rocks mined from the depths of frontman Stefan Babcock's psyche.

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No Win Shows Off Big Hooks and Big Guitars on 'Downey'

If you can tell the difference between indie rock, power pop, and pop punk you will likely enjoy No Win's Downey.

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The Happys Showcase Their High-Energy Rock 'n' Roll on "Cut the Rope" (premiere)

Recovery, rebuilding, reclaiming and the fight for personal independence at the core of the energetic new single "Cut the Rope" from Bay Area quartet, the Happys.

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Doing a Good Thing For Other People: An Interview with SWMRS

Bay Area political punk band, SWMRS talk about changing their name, recording in conference rooms, and committing to social justice as a rock band.

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Brits in Hot Weather #11: Brand New Friend, Leisure Society, Guest Singer, Dancing on Tables, FEET

This week we have fizzing, pop-punk from Brand New Friend, candid indie from Leisure Society, '80s new wave-influenced Guest Singer, affecting indie pop from Dancing on Tables, and spiky indie from FEET.

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Calva Louise Find Their Authentic Sound on 'Rhinoceros'

Calva Louise's Rhinoceros is an album filled to the brim with barely contained, charging pop-punk songs replete with fizzing melodies that snake their way under your skin.

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Radar State Asks "What's a Rebel?" (premiere)

Radar State features members of the Get Up Kids, the Anniversary, and the Architects. Their new album, Strays, is out now and new tour begins 24 January.

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Buzzcocks' 'Love Bites' Is an Uneven, But Worthwhile, Listen

Although the Buzzcocks were a singles band, their overlooked second album, Love Bites (1978), is still a solid effort, and it sounds better than ever on this reissue.

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Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers' 'Bought to Rot' Proves Empowerment Is Eventually Obtainable

Bought to Rot moves Laura Jane Grace away from the overt politicality and social consciousness evident on previous releases to focus on the personal and autobiographical.

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Smoking Popes on Faith, Politics, and Judy Garland

Josh Caterer of Smoking Popes talks with PopMatters about musical and spiritual experiences, and reflections about the legendary Judy Garland, who inspired their new album Into the Agony.

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Brits in Hot Weather #7: Elder Island, Childcare, Eliza Shaddad, Calva Louise, and Cal Raasay

In this edition we have multi-layered, electronic music from Elder Island, lo-fi, infectious indie from Childcare, stunning indie from Eliza Shaddad, kinetic bubblegum punk from Calva Louise, and the slow-burning new single from Cal Raasay.

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The Dirty Nil's 'Master Volume' Fully Embraces the Power of Rock Music

If rock music is going to have a renaissance, then the Dirty Nil have shown that they are ready for the those first, all important, recovery breaths.

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Alkaline Trio Discovers That the "Young Idea" Has Never Left Them on 'Is This Thing Cursed?'

Alkaline Trio diehards will find themselves, by turns, nostalgic for what came before and thrilled by what they hear now on Is This Thing Cursed?

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Brits in Hot Weather #5: Sisteray, Alpines, RuthAnne, Inland, and the Run Up

In this edition we have swaggering rock 'n' roll from Sisteray, shadowy trip hop from Alpines, classy contemporary pop from RuthAnne, intricate ambient techno from Inland, and life-affirming pop-punk from the Run Up.

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Classic Punk Band the Split Seconds Document Their Time Growing Up in DC on ​​New Album (album stream)

The Split Seconds channel their experiences into a tough, street savvy mix of the crisp, melodic punk power of the Buzzcocks, the working class spirit of Stiff Little Fingers and the activism of the Clash.

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Wild, Sweaty Night with Billie Joe Armstrong's the Longshot

Caught in the thick of things with punk rock's the Longshot, I had more fun than at any show in recent memory.

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Lenny Zenith Celebrates Beauty With "Suddenly Someone" (premiere)

Pioneering trans artist Lenny Zenith reminds listeners that it's about more than "a little surgery and a pronoun change" on "Suddenly Someone".

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