powerpop Archive

Capsule Reviews for February 2024: More New Rock

Five more capsule reviews. This time it’s music in and around the rock idiom. District 97 – Stay for the Ending By now, most everyone knows the backstory: American Idol […]

Album Review: Dolph Chaney – Mug

While its original heyday was in the early ‘70s, power pop went through something of a renaissance in the 1990s. Artists as diverse as Michael Penn, Greenberry Woods, Matthew Sweet, […]

30 Days Out, Sept. 2023 #1: Train, Jon Auer, Judy Collins, Old 97s

Mainstream pop rock, a leading light of alternative rock, an acclaimed and esteemed folk legend and a critical favorite from Texas: those are the highest of highlights in the next […]

Album Review: The Flashcubes – Pop Masters

As far as most of the world knew, The Flashcubes existed in the late ‘70s, and are best remembered on the strength of two minor classics. “Chirsti Girl” has been […]

Album Review: Various Artists — Redrawn: A Tribute to The Pencils

Have you ever heard of The Pencils? Me neither. But as it happens, this band from Hertfordshire, England made some exuberant powerpop in the very early 1980s. For their trouble […]

Album Review: Various Artists – Jem Records Celebrates Ray Davies

The reactivated Jem Records has established itself as a welcoming home for a particular brand of melodic powerpop. In addition to releasing a steady stream of albums by its featured […]

Album Review: Sparkle*jets U.K. — Best of Friends

More often than not, tribute albums center around artists or songs that are comparatively well-known. But Best of Friends, the latest album from misleadingly-named L.A. power pop trio Sparkle*jets U.K. […]

Album Review: The Mosquitos – This Then are the Mosquitos!

Hey hey, remember the Monkees revival of the ‘80s? MTV rebroadcast the classic ‘60s musical comedy series, and included bumper segments featuring the band (well, Micky, Peter and Davy, anyway). […]

Album Review: The Anderson Council — The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon

Album cover art often offers clues to the music contained within. But this isn’t always the case. The latest album from The Anderson Council features a cover that uses tarot […]

Album Review: The Salt Collective – Life

In late 2019 I named The Loneliness of Clouds as one of my favorite releases of the year. At the time, the group (not exactly a group, but I’ll get […]