powerpop Archive

Hundred-word Reviews, February 2023 Part 1

It’s been ages since I did one of these, and since my backlog has got out of hand, it’s time. As ever, each of these merits deeper discussion, investigation, discussion […]

Album Review: Crossword Smiles — Pressed & Ironed

Breezy, tuneful and possessing enough grit to set the music apart from standard-issue power poppers, Crossword Smiles craft solid, memorable tunes. The arrangements are uncluttered on these guitar-based riff rockers. […]

Musoscribe’s Best of 2022: Archival/Reissue

Because I tend toward archival material – expanded and/or overlooked reissues, previously unreleased live and studio collections – a good bit of those kind of releases find their way to […]

Album Review: The Airport 77s — We Realize You Have a Choice

The name explicitly hearkens back to the age of wide suit lapels and blockbuster stunt-casting movies. And the surnames of the three musicians in the group – Kelly, Sullivan and […]

Album Review: The Orion Experience – Cosmicandy

If Jellyfish had added bouncy dance pop to their primary influences alongside inspirations like Supertramp, Wings and Queen, they might have sounded something like The Orion Experience. Released in 2006, […]

Take Five: Michael Shrieve

Michael Shrieve’s amazing talents were revealed to the wider world thanks to his dazzling drum work as a member of Santana. Shrieve had just turned 20 when that band played […]

Album Review: The Krayolas — Happy Go Lucky

If the Smithereens were from Texas instead of New Jersey – and if they built on their Beatles influences not by exploring an affinity for Black Sabbath but instead for […]

Album Review: Jem Records Celebrates Pete Townshend

Too often, various-artists tribute albums are like celebrity roasts: it’s far less about the ostensible honoree, and for more about the roasters (or, in this case, “tributers”). And I’m on […]

DVD Review: Waiting – The Van Duren Story

In recent years, a remarkably personal style of documentary has come into vogue. Whereas in a traditional documentary, the narrator is both invisible and omniscient, and this new (or newly […]

Album Review: SVT — Always Comes Back

As I’ve mentioned before, SVT is the band most often named among those interviewed for my latest book as the Bay Area band most deserving of greater success than they […]