Power Pop

CD Review: Let It Happen - 'Cause + Effect'

October 20th, 2014 7:13pm EDT
CD Review: Let It Happen - 'Cause + Effect'
Let It Happen’s Cause + Effect will make you remember why you fell in love with the powerpop/pop-punk genre in the first place – The Starting Line, Something Corporate, Further Seems Forever – their lasting influence can be felt throughout Cause + Effect, an album that offers a gorgeous combination of saccharine hooks, endearing melodies and heart-on-sleeve songwriting (“Burst and Bloom,” “Spent”). Cause + Effect is mature for a debut – believe it or not this is the band’s debut – with introspective lyricism rife with memorable lines (“Sinner/Saint’ - ‘We’re all waging war/But I’m a raging ...
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Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia

June 19th, 2014 1:32pm EDT
Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia
While there is certainly no shortage of 80's inspired synth pop bands out there at the moment, few are as brilliant and purely enjoyable as St. Lucia, the stage name and band of South African pop wizard Jean-Philip Grobler.

The band's masterful self-titled record is filled with tracks that pay tribute to Grobler's Afro-pop heritage, and brings to mind 80's afro influenced pop records by greats like Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Sting.

Every chorus is massive, and tracks such as "The Way You Remember Me" and "Closer Than This" are sublime, filled with pulsing drums, huge harmonized choru...
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Song of the Day: 'Brill Bruisers' - The New Pornographers

June 12th, 2014 10:22am EDT
Song of the Day: 'Brill Bruisers' - The New Pornographers
Indie's greatest super group has finally returned after a long four year absence from the world, and "Brill Bruisers" is the perfect reminder of why the Canadian band "The New Pornographers" does power pop better than anyone else, period.

The track is filled with all of the signature AC Newman tricks, loud, brash guitar parts, intricately layered harmonies, and easily one of the catchiest choruses featured in a song this year.

Neko Case, Dan Bejar, and the whole of the group are also involved in this record, but it's clear that once again Newman is at the helm, and "Brill Bruisers" pro...
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You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Sings Jason Derulo's Hit 'Talk Dirty To Me'

May 7th, 2014 12:24pm EDT
You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Sings Jason Derulo's Hit 'Ta
Youtuber 'Ten Second Songs' covers popular songs in a way that's maybe a little different than what you're used to. He takes a song as sings it in the style of different artists - sometimes artists whose styles varies greatly from that of the original singer. His most recent project takes Jason Derulo's 'Talk Dirty To Me' which he sings in styles that run from 'Slayer' and 'White Zombie' to 'Hootie and the Blowfish' and 'Cab Calloway.' Needless to say, he nails it on pretty much every rendition.

For more of Ten Second Songs really awesome renditions, you can check out his channel HERE. G...
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ASIA’s ‘Heat Of The Moment’ With New Album ‘Gravitas’

April 21st, 2014 3:30pm EDT
ASIA’s ‘Heat Of The Moment’ With New Album ‘Gravitas’
British progressive 80s rock supergroup, ASIA is back with a brand new album, "Gravitas" (Frontiers Records) (derived from the Latin meaning ‘dignity.’) It’s currently available in four formats as a CD, the deluxe edition with the CD/DVD containing the music video for their track, ‘Valkyrie’ a CD with a bonus track and a special edition Japanese import.

Their last album, “XXX” was released last year.

Asia has announced U.S. fall tour dates in support of their new album with more dates expected to be announced soon! Their current lineup features John Wetton, (bass, vocals), Carl Palme...
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CD Review: Various Artists - 'Punk Goes 90’s 2'

April 7th, 2014 9:13pm EDT
CD Review: Various Artists - 'Punk Goes 90’s 2'
The thing about Punk Goes 90’s 2, the 15th (yes, you read that right) installment of Fearless Records’ long running Punk Goes… series and second in the Punk Goes 90’s line, is, as with the majority of, if not all, its predecessors, a potpourri of mixed results. However, in the case of Punk Goes 90’s 2, the results are more often than not positive. For starters, Get Scared plays things close to the vest on Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy,” as does the Color Morale on Foo Fighters’ “Everlong.” This approach doesn’t always work however, as Mayday Parade (Bush – “Comedown”) and Yellowcard (Smashing P...
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Our March Playlist - Check Out The Best Songs Off The Best Albums This Month

March 31st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Beck - Morning Phase
March was a rich month for music releases. After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout. Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album). After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a playlist of one favorite from each album.

“Morning”

Beck

From the album Morning Phase

Note: Morning Phase was a late February release that wasn’t reviewed until March.

Folks, Beck is the man. Morning Phase was yet another stacked album from the hipster w...
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15 Greatest Songs By Def Leppard

March 20th, 2014 8:00am EDT
15 Greatest Songs By Def Leppard
As you may have heard, eighties rock band and leader of the New Wave of British Rock, Def Leppard is going on tour this summer with classic rock heavy hitters, KISS. To celebrate the occasion, we've put together a list of 15 of the best Def Leppard songs ever.

With any list such as this one, it is subjective and based completely on opinion, but without a doubt these songs will have you rockin' along in no time. With our top fifteen songs, we aim to showcase the band's wide range of talent -- both musically and vocally. So get hysterical. Get ready to get rocked. We're not foolin'. It's t...
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Kimberly Caldwell Inspired By The 80's For 'On The Weekend' Video

March 19th, 2014 4:11pm EDT
Kimberly Caldwell Inspired By The 80's For 'On The Weekend' Vide
Since we spoke to her last August, Kimberly Caldwell still hasn't slowed down. The stylish singer has released a video for her most recent single "On The Weekend," is expanding her Stage Presents by Kimberly Caldwell fashion line (she's wearing one of the hair accessories in the photo above), and even gotten engaged! With all that going on, BFTV just had to check in with Kimberly to get the dish on her many happenings.

Like the song it's made for, her video for "On The Weekend" is a fun, playful nod to 80's music; its makeover scene takes a cue from the video for "Legs" by ZZ Top.

"In the...
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The New MTV Hopeless Records Edition: Taking Back Sunday, The Used, We Are The In Crowd, Bayside

March 6th, 2014 1:22am EST
The New MTV
Taking Back Sunday - "Stood A Chance"

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File Under: Rock

Bayside - "Time Has Come"

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File Under: Pop-Punk

The Used - "Cry"

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File Under: Rock

We Are The In Crowd - "The Best Thing (That Never Happened)"

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File Under: Powerpop

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