Posts Tagged ‘power pop

WEEZER – Hurley

September 20, 2010

Weezer’s eighth studio album. I remember back in 2003/2004 when Weezer fans wondered if there would even be a fifth album (eventually, 2005’s Make Believe solved that dilemma). Now, Weezer has released three albums over the past three years, and by the few recent interviews with frontman Rivers Cuomo that I’ve read, they aren’t planning […]

ANDY WERTH – Burn The Maps And Bury The Compass

May 1, 2009

From Seattle, this is the debut album for Andy Werth and his band. The sound is pop rock/power-pop/rock with male vocals that are reminiscent of the sound of Aqueduct’s. I heard Andy’s Seeing Stars EP in 2008 and really liked that and I like this album, too. Fun, carefree tunes and many of the tracks […]

COCKTAIL SLIPPERS – Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

April 24, 2009

This is the third album (and second for Wicked Cool) for the all-female band from Oslo, Norway. They play a mix of powerpop and garage rock with lots of girl-group harmonizing. Some of the artists they remind me of are the girls in the B-52’s, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, and the Pipettes – but […]

THE TAKEOVER UK – Running With The Wasters

March 17, 2009

The boys from Pittsburgh (who have a British name, sound, and album title) present their first full-length album. Upbeat rockandroll/power-pop with a bit of a punk edge makes up most of the album, with a few slower tracks as well (including one that has a noticeable country influence to it). They’re fun and seem like […]

The Takeover UKIt’s All Happening

November 27, 2008

Four lads from…Pittsburgh! This is their debut EP. They are awesome. They play upbeat rockandroll that has powerpop influences and a sprinkling of punk thrown in for good measure. Great stuff. They remind me of Locksley. Spin this! http://www.myspace.com/thetakeoveruk http://www.rykodisc.com/thetakeoveruk/bio

Ben FoldsWay To Normal

October 2, 2008

Way To Normal is the third proper album from everyone’s favorite piano rocker. In the nineties, Ben was the leader of Ben Folds Five, who gave Weezer a run for their money as the coolest power-pop band that your nerdy friend liked. Today, Ben is now 42 years old, yet he still appeals widely to […]

Boston SpaceshipsBrown Submarine

September 22, 2008

Following the conclusion of Guided By Voices, Robert Pollard has released a number of solo albums; Boston Spaceships is his new band. It’s a trio as Pollard is joined by Chris Slusarenko, another former GBV member, and John Moen, who is in the Decemberists. Boston Spaceships sound very similar to GBV, and should please fans […]

The HoosiersThe Trick To Life

April 30, 2008

Here is the U.S. release of the British trio’s debut album. Upbeat pop/power-pop/rock with male vocals that hit the higher register at times. Their sound is very polished but doesn’t feel too overproduced. They remind me of a poppier version of The Attorneys, and I think they would also appeal to fans of bands like […]

Tres BienTree EP

April 25, 2008

They are a four piece that formed in Florida in 2002 but I think they are based out of Pennsylvania now. All the Florida sunshine has done these boys good. They play wonderful garage rock/pop that is influenced by the British Invasion bands of the sixties. I like these guys a lot. I am excited […]

FanceySchmancey

February 21, 2008

The second full-length from Fancey, which is led by the New Pornographers’ guitarist, Todd Fancey, and features the talents of fellow Pornstar Kurt Dahle on drums. Fancey is highly influenced by 1970s “soft-rock” and the resulting sound is one that is very poppy, upbeat, and sunny. I think that I enjoyed this band’s debut more, […]

The GentzRock City

January 24, 2008

This band hails from New York but recorded this album in Detroit. This album is awesome! A throwback to 1980’s pop/rock with a power-pop/New-Wave edge and romantic feeling to some of the songs; guitar solos and keyboard flourishes on some tracks. Excellent. I need a Camaro to ride around in and blare this from the […]