Posts Tagged ‘power pop’

May 25, 2018

A thick swirl of scuzzy thumping rock envelopes us as Tancred enthralls us with her latest single, Something Else. While her ex-bandmates from Now, Now are in the midst of their new album release and touring for the record, Jess Abbott is preparing to release a new album of her own named Nightstand on June 1st. And she’s going to hit the road with The Joy Formidable this fall. 2018 is turning out to be super sweet, considering all the bands and artists we love that have returned with new albums. Something Else fluctuates between raw frenetic and sweetly delicate. Its a bit like Best Coast gone more vociferous and vehement, with some Slothrust and a bit of Snail Mail surfacing in its crunchy riffs and glistering shimmers. Pre-order new album Nightstand, here.

May 16, 2018

We’ve been following along with GRMLN since the project was a one person project, helmed by San Francisco musician Yoodoo Park. The music Yoodoo and his brother serve up is part 90s Dinosaur Jr slacker rock, part Day Wave surf pop, and a whole lot of sun-kissed, blissed out nostalgia. Later this month, GRMLN will officially release a new EP named Explore II. Drift Away is its opening track, a dreamy jangling, dulcet strumming lo-fi bedroom delight that oozes endless West Coast charm. You can listen to Explore II on Bandcamp, here, or Spotify, here.

April 24, 2018

Veteran indie rockers Now, Now are in the midst of a triumphant revival as of late, with a new album arriving next month. Former Now, Now guitarist Jess Abbott, who releases solo music under the name Tancred, is on the way to a fabulous year herself. Come June 1st, she’ll be releasing her new album Nightstand, and she just closed out a tour with Julien Baker. Queen Of New York is her latest dulcet chugging indie rock taste from that record, a swift reminder of why we’ve been in love with her 90s inflected, power-pop imbued rock for so long. It’s a rousing burst of contagious strumming, knurled pouncing verve, and it follows on excellent last single Reviews, which you can stream via YouTube below, too. Pre-order Tancred’s new album Nightstand, here.

February 8, 2018

We may have been too obsessed with Wet Leather’s last single IWMU, because we managed to miss out on their new EP and its latest offering I Was Wrong despite the fact that it’s been out and about for a week. But we gladly dive head first into the NYC indie band’s 80s inspired, jaunty chugging single now that it’s come to our attention. Hints of Chain Gang Of 1974′s new wave inspired alt pop and some vintage Tears For Fears adorn the song’s rambunctious rock licks and mellifluous power pop flourishes, alongside its LANY and Great Good Fine OK like satiny sheen . At the rate they’re going, Wet Leather is going to be one of the big acts to watch this year. Wet Leather’s EP, Present Lives, is out now. Grab the six track release on Bandcamp, here.

January 31, 2018

D.C. power pop and jangle rock trio Jukebox the Ghost have sprung forth with a vivacious new tune, accompanied by news of a fresh album, too. Off To The Races arrives March 30th, and new single Everybody’s Lonely is a whimsically lilting alt anthem hyper charged with big piano chords and ebullient vocals. It’s a larger than life dazzler with hints of Jack Antonoff (fun., Bleachers), Queen, and even some early cabaret-inspired Panic! At The Disco jubilantly flowing through its emphatic notes and robust keys. The single is available from iTunes, here. We’ll be looking forward to Jukebox the Ghost’s fifth studio album with much fervor. 

January 4, 2018

It’s a pretty big deal when garage rock and surf punk revivalists The Vaccines return with a new tune. It’s an even bigger deal that the West London band is releasing a new album this year. Combat Sports is their fourth full length, and it arrives on March 30th. The Vaccines have revealed a new cut off the release, and it’s a swagger contagious brawler that walks a fine line between power pop and Brit rock named I Can’t Quit. Well, it’s obvious we can’t quit these lads and their rollicking rock. Stream/download I Can’t Quit, here. Pre-order Combat Sports, here.


November 25, 2017

A new OK Go music video is always a momentous affair. After all, the alt rock/power pop veterans are well known for their exceptional creativity and skillful innovation when it comes to their visual accompaniments for their always catching tunes. In the music video for their song Obsession, which comes off of their 2014 album Hungry Ghosts, OK Go utilizes a crazy amount of desktop printers to create a jaw dropping stop motion animation clip. The band recycled all of the paper that was utilized for the video, as well as donated proceeds to Greenpeace. As always, it’s a clever and fun watch to go along with such a sprightly rollicking OK Go jam. And if anything is “obsessive”, it’s OK Go’s dedication to their audio-visual artistry.

OK Go says: 
“This video has a lot of flashing colors. If you’re susceptible to seizures, be careful, please. Your viewing experience will look significantly better if you manually set your YouTube resolution settings to 1440p or 2160p (for desktop, click the gear icon in the lower right). Just leaving it on ‘Auto HD’ results in some pretty intense distortion during a few sections, because when the the colors and patterns get crazy, there’s actually just too much information flying by for YouTube’s normal HD compression. We broke the matrix. The good people of YouTube have been working with us to solve this (it’s a bit rate limitation issue) over the last 24 hours, but there’s no quick fix, and now it’s Thanksgiving in the US, and we’re all with our families. We hope you like it! Many, many thanks to our collaborators at Double A (”

From the album Hungry Ghosts, out now everywhere:

October 18, 2017

We don’t have much too long to wait before Weezer releases yet another highly anticipated full length. Pacific Daydream arrives on October 27th via Crush Music / Atlantic Records. The legendary band has revealed a new infectious song off the album, and it’s quite the effulgent and effervescent charmer. Happy Hour boasts a synthy glimmering veneer and a contagious cadence. It feels like Weezer is channeling a combination of Mutemath and Bear Hands. Weezer will be gracing the bay with an appearance at Live 105′s Not So Silent Night. Find out more about this year’s holiday festivities and its stellar two night lineup, here.

August 23, 2017

I was over the moon the other day when New York indie pop darlings Cults suddenly re-emerged with new music after four long years of excruciating silence. Cults also announced that they’ll be releasing their third studio album, Offering, on October 6th. A flood of Cults music is exactly what I’ve been craving for, and our journey into that new full length continues with I Took Your Picture, which was inspired by Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion’s lover for 80′s power pop bands like The Motels and The Cars. I Took Your Picture is described as a song about fleeting moments and how we let past feelings interrupt the possibility for good things to happen. Cults’ new single is certainly a dance luscious sound for the band. It’s top heavy with wavy synths and drenched in a deliciously gazey haze. Suffice to say, I can’t wait for that new Cults record, which you can pre-order, here.

August 15, 2017

I was over the moon last Friday when I saw that SWMRS’ new music video was trending on YouTube. We’ve  been incredibly fond of this rising East Bay quartet and their punky rock. The band, who counts Billy Joe Armstrong’s son, Joey Armstrong, among its ranks, will be heading out on a North American co-headlining tour with The Interrupters this fall. Their new video for Lose It, one of many fine tunes from the re-released edition of their critically acclaimed debut album Drive North, was shot right in Oakland. Singer/guitarist Cole Becker directed the endearing clip for the sweetly euphonious song, which bursts at the seams with twangy hooking, head wagging sun-kissed pop. SWMRS re-released their debut album Drive North on Fueled By Ramen last fall. The newer version includes re-mastered versions of the original release’s 12 tracks and new songs Lost It and Palm Trees. Grab it digitally, here, and physically, here. Find out more about SWMRS’ forthcoming tour, here.