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Dana Countryman and The Bishops Daredevil Stunt Club

Dana Countryman “Pop2! The Exploding Musical Mind of Dana Countryman” Dana Countryman is back! After the debut LP almost exactly one year ago he returns with a solid light pop delight. Unlike last year’s debut Dana isn’t showcasing a mix of different pop styles, he sticks with the mid 70’s romantic sound that was popularized […]

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Ransom & The Subset and Brandon Schott

Ransom and the Subset “No Time To Lose” One of the glossiest power pop debuts this year, the Seattle based band is led by singer-songwriter RanDair Porter, and he’s enlisted heavy hitters Brian E. King (OranJuly, Parks) and Ducky Carlisle (Mike Viola, Major Labels, Taylor Locke) to help play and produce the album. Each song […]

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Aerial and The Well Wishers

Aerial “Why Don’t They Teach Heartbreak At School?” With all the recent excitement about Irish band Pugwash’s recent US tour, I want to bring to attention a power pop trio from Aberdeen, Scotland called Aerial. They roll out of the gate with the forceful “Cartoon Eyes, Cartoon Heart,” reminding me of both The New Pornographers […]

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The Alarms and The Lisa Mychols 3

The Alarms “Real Tough Love” The Alarms are a perfect example of modern power pop mixing the classic garage sound of The Seeds with the melodic shine of Oasis. We’ve heard from lead singer and guitarist Robert Gay before, but here the talent is exponentially multiplied across ten deeply impressive cuts.“The Axe” is a rousing […]

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Michael Carpenter, The Pengwins and Jack Skuller

While I rarely highlight singles, a lot of them have reached my inbox lately.  I wanted to share and even though I didn’t “rate” them, they are most worthy of your attention: Michael Carpenter “Too Late/I’ve Been Lovin’ You” A long-time favorite of this blog, Michael Carpenter has returned to the studio, and he’s taken […]

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