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The Incurables, Bryan Adams, The Pozers and Kelli Welli

The Incurables / Stop The World

https://bigstirrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ukraine-benefit-single-stop-the-world

Detroit’s The Incurables have released a benefit single, lending aid to United Help Ukraine. A zesty power pop fist-pumper, it’s a track that you’ll always feel energized by. Earnest vocals and punchy guitars propel this one into the stratosphere. Excellent work for a worthy cause. Hats off to these lads!

Bryan Adams / So Happy It Hurts

https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Hurts-Deluxe-Bryan-Adams

Nobody does a driving pop song better than Bryan Adams. So Happy It Hurts comes from the album of the same name, and it’s a doozy. Big drums, big guitars and a “Woah Woah” refrain. Adams must be loving life these days, because the gruff-voiced Canadian sounds downright happy. This, is a hit song, folks.

The Pozers / The Only Girl

https://thepozers.bandcamp.com/

The Pozers bring us a nifty bit of Beatles-inspired pop, with The Only Girl. Complete with a bouncy Carnaby Street groove and boyish vocals, it’s one of those tracks that’s just begging to be on summer mixtapes (kids, ask the old folks).  Their album, Crybaby Bridge, arrived in the mail yesterday, so expect a full review down the line. I like what I hear!!

Kelli Welli / Rainbow Love Song

https://www.kelliwellikids.com/

Boy, if ever we needed a song about love and inclusion, it’s now. Kelli Welli’s Rainbow Love Song, begins with soaring harmonies that instantly heal the weary soul. From her brilliantly-titled release, Robots Don’t Tell Jokes, it’s a great way to get acquainted with her. Although the target audience here is children, older ears will also appreciate the sentiment!

By Dan Pavelich

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TemperToo, Mandy Moore, The Braam Brothers, & Andrea Franz

TemperToo / Telegraph Road 

https://tempertoo.bandcamp.com/album/telegraph-road

TemperToo’s Telegraph Road is a nifty bit of Americana, from two guys in the UK, Steve Hubbard and Ian Ormiston Stables. This guitar-fueled track reaches into America’s antebellum South, like Dire Straits at their swampiest. Cool, cool, cool!

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Mandy Moore / In Real Life

https://mandymoore.com/

I couldn’t really find out much about Mandy Moore’s new single, In Real Life. Producer Mike Viola recently shared it on social media, so I’m guessing he’s once again on her production team. Moore’s found her creative groove in recent years, creating lush, atmospheric records, and this ear worm is more of that. It’s a good thing.

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Lose Me / The Braam Brothers

https://braambrothers.bandcamp.com/

Chicago’s Braam Brothers are favorites of ours here at Pop-A-Looza HQ, and their tragically-beautiful Lose Me has really gotten under our skin. With solemn vocals and haunting, reverb-soaked guitar, it’s a song with “cry” to spare. We’re looking forward to hearing The Braam Brothers’ new Lp in its entirety.

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Andrea Franz / Future Friends

https://www.facebook.com/andreafranzmusic

Andrea Franz’s zippy track, Future Friends, is a late-80’s throwback that’s a winner on every level. Winsome vocals complete a stark-but-crisp instrumental bed, which is catchy as all-get-out. It’s reminiscent of the best of classic new wave, but with a freshness that is undeniable, and just made for summer enjoyment. Can you tell that we love her?

By Dan Pavelich

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Gavin Eimerman, Julian Daniell, Kerosene Stars & All Over The Shop

Gavin Eimerman

Losing Ground

https://joealgeri.bandcamp.com/track/losing-ground?

Gavin Eimerman’s latest single is a nifty little bit of indie pop, with just enough rough edges. His passionate vocal drives the track, which seems to touch such varied influences as ’60’s psychedelia, and ’90’s wunderkind, Beck. It’s an interesting track, that sounds both old and new at the same time.

Julian Daniell

Memories

https://juliandaniell.bandcamp.com/album/only-words

Memories is the lead-off track on Julian Daniell’s excellent e.p., Only Words. Here, he produces a real toe-tapper that sounds like a lost George Harrison track, complete with melancholy slide guitar accents. While Memories is indeed a stand-out track, the other four songs have the same, swell, organic sound and feel. Top-notch!

Kerosene Stars

Don’t Pass Me By

https://kerosenestars.bandcamp.com/track/dont-pass-me-by-2

Chicago’s Kersene Stars have a real barn-burner in Don’t Pass Me By. While that title might instantly conjure up images of The Fab Four, you’d be mistaken….unless, that is, the fab four you’re thinking of is The Replacements. Truth be told, there is a bit of Mersey Beat in the mix, but with plenty of punky snarl. I’m looking forward to digging deeper with this band.

All Over The Shop

Tongue-Tied

https://allovertheshop.bandcamp.com/track/tongue-tied

Hailing from The Motor City, All Over The Shop is a rock band that would sound at home opening huge arena shows in 1975. A big guitar sound and more-than-solid hooks propel Tongue-Tied, from their self-titled e.p. If you need to throw your hands in the air (like ya just don’t care) or flick your Bic with 30,000 friends, this is the tune that’ll get that done.

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Song Of The Year, Dolph Chaney’s “My Good Twin”

No song better illustrates the joyous intent of the Power Pop genre than Dolph Chaney’s My Good Twin. From his excellent This Is Dolph Chaney Lp, which is full of winners, it’s a short blast of the pop caffeine we all crave! OUTSTANDING!!

D. Pavelich

https://bigstirrecords.bandcamp.com/track/my-good-twin

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Harmonica Pocket, The Well Wishers and Ken Sharp

Harmonica Pocket

One Two I Love You

https://harmonicapocket.bandcamp.com/

There’s nothing better in music than a song that lifts the spirits, and, boy, does this song do that. Written by head harmonica man Keeth Apgar and his son, it’s the musical equivalent of a big red balloon, or a sunny afternoon. Now that it’s carpool season again, we’re betting that this one will definitely start your family’s day off on a positive note.

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The Well Wishers

Wonderful Life

https://thewellwishers.bandcamp.com/album/wonderful-life

Not only is this buoyant slab of power pop a real go-getter, it’s a charity single benefitting the California Community Foundation’s Wildlife Relief Fund. Considering the horrendous wildfires that have been consuming the western United States the past few years, it certainly is a worthwhile cause. Two tracks for $1.

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Ken Sharp

This Kiss

https://kensharp.bandcamp.com/track/this-kiss

Until we get around to doing a full-length review of Ken Sharp’s latest Lp, Miniatures, we highly recommend that you give this cool track a spin. Sharp strikes us as being from the Brill Building school of songwriting. In fact, you can almost hear this tune being sung by Davy Jones or The Ronettes. Top-notch stuff.

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Got Any Singles? Tambourina, The Poppermost, Lindsay Munroe and Sorrows

Tambourina

Acknowledge You 

https://tambourina.bandcamp.com/

From Kalamazoo, Michigan, comes Tambourina, with Acknowledge You. From their Tambourine Dream Lp, it’s a really sublime piece of shoe gaze that will literally swallow you whole with repeated plays. Vocalist April Zimont turns everything she sings into an ear worm, in the best possible way.

The Poppermost

Yes It’s True

https://thepoppermost.bandcamp.com/

I’m new to The Poppermost, a Merseybeat combo that nails the sound of that era’s best. Not merely a knock-off of The Beatles, as some other similar acts are, but a group that honestly manages to capture the pure excitement of their inspirations. 

Lindsay Munroe featuring Raffi

You Are My Sunshine

https://found.ee/lm-frogsandbirds

If you’ve got kids, or are just partial to music with heart, have a listen to Lindsay Munroe’s latest single, You Are My Sunshine. We’ve been ardent fans of her for quite awhile now, and love everything she does. This take on Sunshine exudes warmth and charm, and Munroe’s voice is in pitch-perfect harmony with the great Raffi. If you need a bit of sunshine in your life, this is a swell place to start.

Sorrows

Christabelle

https://bigstirrecords.bandcamp.com/album/love-too-late-the-real-album

Christabelle is a power pop lover’s dream-come-true, blending the aggressive guitars of skinny-tie pop with the nifty 1960’s-styled harmonies of bands like The Cyrkle and The Association. This is one of those tracks that, in another time and place, would lead you straight to the nearest record store to plunk down your lawn-mowing money on the 45. Top-shelf!

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Got Any Singles? The Grip Weeds, Old Town Crier, Stoeckel & Pena and Deadlights

The Grip Weeds

You’re So Good To Me

http://www.jemrecordings.com

From the Jem Records’ upcoming tribute to Brian Wilson disc, we get The Grip Weeds covering You’re So Good To Me. The Grip Weeds respectfully deliver their own brand of power pop, which, combined with Wilson’s genius, is the stuff that pop dreams are made of. This is music that will make you happy.

Old Town Crier

Don’t Go

https://oldtowncrier.bandcamp.com/

Old Town Crier is multi-instrumentalist Jim Lough, and Don’t Go hails from his most excellent e.p., I’m Longing For You Honey in Middleboro, Mass. With a rollicking feel akin to Old 97’s or Squirrel Nut Zippers, Lough effortlessly blends American music elements from the Civil War right on through to The Velvet Underground. Lough’s pleading vocal and hooky guitar riff make Don’t Go interesting and unforgettable.

Stoeckel & Pena

Why

https://bigstirrecords.bandcamp.com/album/why-big-stir-single-no-134

If somebody had told me that Why was written by Felice & Boudeleaux Bryant for Tom & Jerry or The Everly Brothers, I’d have believed it. Not much winsome pop music, simply arranged and sweetly sung, gets made these days, making this track just the breath of fresh air we need right now.

Deadlights

All We Love

https://deadlightssf.bandcamp.com/releases

Jeff Shelton’s music has always had a certain 1990’s-indie pop vibe, and here, he leans into that inspiration. Guest vocalist Lindsay Murray gives All We Love an otherworldly feel, going a long way to filling in the hole left by The Sundays, Mazzy Star and The Darling Buds. Absolutely gorgeous.

By Dan Pavelich

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Got Any Singles? Mike Skill, Pop 4 and Kevin Robertson

Mike Skill 

So Soul Alone

mikeskill.com/records

Over the years, The Romantics have superbly combined elements of jangle, power pop and garage rock into their own thing. A lot of their sound has to do with the stellar guitar work (and bass work after Rich Cole left the band) of Mike Skill, an indie guitar hero, if ever there was one.

Skill’s new single, available on Spotify, is a gruff piece of slinky pop that sounds remarkably like 1966-67. Not quite as polished as The Beatles, but certainly tighter and punchier than groups like Them or The Troggs, So Soul Alone brings to mind cool girls in mod fashion, dancing in all-night basement clubs. More, please.

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Pop 4

(Love Is) Thicker Than Water

https://currycuts.bandcamp.com/album/higher-than-a-mountain-the-songs-of-andy-gibb

Really, there are a lot of great reasons to buy Curry Cuts’ tribute to Andy Gibb, but Pop 4’s take on (Love Is) Thicker Than Water is an absolutely stellar reason. While this whole band has got the vocal goods, Andrea Perry, one of our favorites, steals the show. Can anything sound as good as her voice double-tracked? I doubt it.

After you check out this tune, I highly recommend taking a trip through the back catalog of both Pop 4 and Andrea Perry. You will not be disappointed.

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Kevin Robertson

Into The Black

https://kevinrobertson.bandcamp.com/album/sundowns-end

Nobody does jangle pop better than The Vapor Trails’ Kevin Robertson. Here, on his debut solo Lp, he manages to channel the charm of The Hollies and The Searchers, with the clever pop crispness of XTC. If you can listen to Into The Black without becoming a massive fan, then something is wrong with you.

Cheers also to Robertson’s co-conspirator, drummer and producer Nick Bertling, who always seems to know the perfect amount of living room to leave on the record.

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By Dan Pavelich

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Got Any Singles? Radio Days, The Legal Matters and Dw Dunphy

Radio Days

I Got A Love (Rock Indiana)

https://radiodays.bandcamp.com/

Radio Days serves up a swell slice of power pop via 1979, channeling bands like The Knack, that combined killer bubblegum choruses with powerhouse drums and muscular guitars. 

This one track is reason enough to anticipate the May 21st release of their long-player, Rave On! I have a feeling it’ll be one of the highlights of Spring/Summer.

The Legal Matters

Light Up The Sky

https://futuremanrecords.bandcamp.com/album/chapter-three

Another band bringing it strong with a teaser track is Michigan’s The Legal Matters. Light Up The Sky feels like the Midwestern version of The Red Button’s She’s About To Cross My Mind, albeit with enough impossibly-thick harmonies to make Brian Wilson and his Wonderments blush.

Dw Dunphy

Crime Scene Reporter

https://dwdunphy.bandcamp.com/

Nobody’s better at atmospheric creation than Red Bank’s Dw Dunphy. Charm Offensive is his latest project, from which Crime Scene Reporter comes. Dunphy gets inside the head of the unfortunately-assigned journalist, leaving the listener feeling fortunate not to have that particular occupation.

I do have a feeling, though, that Dunphy might not literally be singing about the crime scene reporter, but anyone who feels helpless to stop a disaster after said disaster has already occurred. Well done.

By Dan Pavelich

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Got Any Singles? Grey DeLisle, The Dupont Circles, Dolph Chaney & Joseph Williams

Grey Delisle’s latest single, Valentine, is a pretty, wistful ballad, guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings. Delisle’s emotional voice carries the melody as if it might be the last song she ever records (it isn’t). If you find the vocal on this a bit familiar-sounding, it might be because she’s also a voice actor, having played Daphne in Scooby Doo cartoons for years. Very nice.

https://www.amazon.com/Grey-DeLisle

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The Dupont Circles produce a nifty brand of power pop, but they sure do take a looong time getting the stuff out. The tracks on their long player, In Search Of The Family Gredunza, took some 30 years to percolate and see the light of day. Our fave rave is Jokes On Zandra, a rough and ready rocker that recalls the best of The Replacements, with a dash of the Davies’ brothers thrown in for good measure.

https://thedupontcircles.bandcamp.com/

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Until we review Dolph Chaney’s This Is Dolph Chaney, we recommend you check out his wink-and-a-nod track, My Good Twin. Chaney must be influenced more than a bit by Matthew Sweet, as this track made us want to give another spin to Sweet’s 100% Fun. Very well done, produced by the always-reliable Nick Bertling, who also takes a seat behind the kit.

https://bigstirrecords.bandcamp.com/album/this-is-dolph-chaney

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Toto vocalist Joseph Williams’s latest solo outing features a collaboration with former bandmate David Paich on Black Dahlia. You’d be forgiven if you mistook its mid-tempo slickness for the new Toto single, as it’s got that band’s trademark vocal harmonies and rhythmic interest. Cool.

https://www.amazon.com/Denizen-Tenant-Explicit-Joseph-Williams/

By Staff