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The Lickerish Quartet Take Us on Classic Pop Journey with "Lighthouse Spaceship" (premiere + interview)

Former Jellyfish members combine forces as the Lickerish Quartet for a collection of imaginative songs influenced by one of rock's most creatively fertile eras. Roger Joseph Manning Jr. discusses the group's origins and debut track, "Lighthouse Spaceship."

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Nada Surf Get Philosophical on 'Never Not Together'

Never Not Together is the best record Nada Surf have made in quite a while, as it sees the indie rock/power pop group stress the need for more empathy in the world.

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Kiwi Jr.'s Debut 'Football Money' Is an Indie Pop Gem

Kiwi Jr.'s Football Money is a jangly, sugar-coated, charming debut album destined to be cherished by indie pop/rock fans of all stripes.

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The Pedaljets Celebrate Contentment With "Sleepy Girl" (premiere + interview)

"Let memories happen later. Live now," says the Pedaljets's Mike Allmayer as he discusses the themes running through the group's upcoming LP, Twist the Lens. Hear "Sleepy Girl" now.

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Marshall Crenshaw Preps New Reissue Campaign With "Misty Dreamer" (premiere + interview)

Marshall Crenshaw is re-releasing five albums beginning with 1996's Miracle of Science. The new bonus track by singer-songwriter Daniel Wylie is the first taste. "There are lots of great things in Daniel Wylie's catalog, including this dark, beautiful gem," says Crenshaw.

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Can Jukebox the Ghost Be More Queen Than Queen?

We endeavor to find out in this HalloQueen interview with Jukebox the Ghost's Ben Thornewill.

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"She's Older Now" Is a Previously Unreleased Tune From Roger C. Reale and Rue Morgue, Featuring Mick Ronson (premiere)

Ex-Bowie/Ian Hunter six-string legend, Mick Ronson lends his formidable talents to tune that could have/should have been a hit in the dimming days of the 1970s. Just image the Top of the Pops performance.

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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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Ric Ocasek and the Cars: Just What We Needed

That mullet, those shades, the slender build, and his angular mug in those epic videos from the days when MTV ruled. The Cars' Ric Ocasek was the picture boy of '70s and '80s new wave / power pop.

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Chicago's the Safes Deepen Sounds and Emotions on 'Winning Combination' (album stream)

The Safes gather extended family for a gorgeous chamber pop album that stands as the group's finest hour to date. Full of surprise and sorrow, Winning Combination is the perfect Safes album.

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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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Power Pop's the Lilacs Endure with a New Song and Album (premiere + interview)

Chicago power pop favorites, the Lilacs return with a new EP, featuring two new songs and two from the band's past. Ken Kurson reflects on the 25 years between musical notes and the last impact of hometown friendships.

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Those Pretty Wrongs Remind Us "It's About Love" (premiere + interview)

Big Star's Jody Stephens reflects on his music past as well as the future of his current project with Luther Russell, Those Pretty Wrongs. Hear their latest single, "It's About Love".

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The Rocket Summer Stay the Course with "Blankets" (premiere)

Bryce Avary keeps the Rocket Summer's momentum going strong with a new album releasing in August and a new music video for "Blankets".

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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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The Schramms Look Back on "New England" (premiere + interview)

Smart, sophisticated songs from the Schramms populate new their LP, Omnidirectional, the group's first album in a decade. Hear "New England" now.

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"I Wanna Be Someone Else": The Lemonheads' Transformative Adventures in Cover Versions

By way of Charles Manson, Suzanne Vega, Gram Parsons, and, yes, Simon and Garfunkel, the Lemonheads once utilized cover songs to reinvent themselves and spark brilliantly infectious guitar-pop originals. And they will again. One day. Perhaps.

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Berwanger Delivers Anthem for the Lonely, "Friday Night" (premiere)

Former member the Anniversary, emo veteran Josh Berwanger dishes up an irresistible power pop single that will have you raising your hands and singing along.

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Bar/None Records Deliver Important Entries Expanding Alex Chilton's Legacy and Catalog

The exploration of Alex Chilton's recording career and legacy is expanded by Bar/None Records' dual release of From Memphis to New Orleans and Songs from Robin Hood Lane.

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Coming Out in Weird Ways: Sotto Voce's New Album is a Beautifully Twisted Pop Gem

Considering it's all the work of one person, Sotto Voce's Safety is surprisingly ambitious, and Ryan Gabos' musical chops seem to fly in the face of what sounds like the lack of a proper recording studio.

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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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The Stanleys Will Hook Listeners with "Everybody Dance" (premiere)

Australian power poppers, the Stanleys' latest single is accompanied by a hoverboard-centric music video that perfectly captures its fun-loving, infectious nature.

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Cabana Wear Is Power Pop for Life's Middle Act

At a time when some of the progenitors of this style of rock music are hitting walls creatively, a regional super-group comes along to show how relevant this sound can be.

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Teenage Fanclub - "Everything Is Falling Apart" (Singles Going Steady)

Teenage Fanclub create an impeccably boss Velvet Underground groove with "Everything Is Falling Apart".

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Remarkable Regrettes Are Coming for You, Too (premiere)

If this poppin' fresh power-pop punk quartet led by Lydia Night is heading to your town during the Advanced Placement Tour in December, then run, don't walk, to the concert venue. You won't regret it.

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The Posies Finally Land the One That Got Away with 'Amazing Disgrace'

The Posies released the definitive noise-pop album while everyone was still mourning the death of grunge.

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Fastball Issues Expanded Edition of Classic 1998 Album, Including Early Version of "Fire Escape" (premiere + interview)

Twenty years on Fastball's All the Pain Money Can Buy remains strong. The trio's Tony Scalzo looks back on chart success and the inevitable hard times that followed.

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The Safes Pay Tribute to Juliana Hatfield Via New Single, Video, "Universal Heartbeat" (premiere)

Teaming with Material Issue and Steve Albini, the Safes deliver a loving tribute to one of alternative rock's great voices, Juliana Hatfield.

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Valley Lodge Goes Full '70s Jean Jacket With "Come Back to Bed" (premiere + interview)

Valley Lodge's catchy as fire "Go" serves as the theme to HBO's Last Week With John Oliver, but "Come Back to Bed" might out-catch even that. New LP arrives October 12 and comedian/band member Dave Hill explains it all.

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Lost Memphis Music Legend Van Duren Getting His Due With New Documentary (premiere)

Obscure even by Big Star standards Van Duren's legacy is one of heartbreak and setback. But as a new film and soundtrack reveal, there's plenty to celebrate about an artist who sounds fresh, vital more than 40 years after cutting his debut.

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Paul Collins Addresses the "Killer Inside" Ahead of New Album, 'Out of My Head' (premiere + interview)

Power pop master Paul Collins finds a new creative foil for masterful collection that celebrates his signature sound while sounding thoroughly contemporary.

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Sleepless Nights Get T.Rex-ish With "Kids on Drugs" (premiere)

Canada's Sleepless Nights offer a new single, "Kids on Drugs", that could be the easy-to-sing hit of the late summer.

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The Posies Redefined Themselves on 'Frosting on the Beater'

On Frosting on the Beater, the Posies subsumed their early XTC-isms and other influences into a distinct mode and found their own sense of the timeless.

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Bird Streets Serves Up a Rock-solid Power Pop Gem

Bird Streets shows John Brodeur's growth into an introspective songwriter, while Jason Falkner's production takes his long-established bedroom pop sound into a more fully-realized, radio-ready sound.

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Pedigreed Pop Unit Hawk Explores Love's Complications With "Listen Like Thieves" (premiere)

Hawk brings together members of the Jayhawks, the Posies, and Elvis Costello & the Attractions for a collection of powerful pop numbers.

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