power pop

Artist: 
The Front Bottoms
Label: 
Fueled By Ramen

Before this album I was really convinced the Front Bottoms only had one sound. Remember that album The Front Bottoms, well when I first listened to it I thought "Yo this song is dope" and then "This song is also dope but sounds familiar" and finally "Alright all these songs are pretty much the same". I mean nothing against sounding the same, a band's gotta have a signature sound, but it got old after a bit. Now with Back On Top you get to hear more of what the Front Bottoms are capable of.

Sounds Like: 
Neutral Milk Hotel
Sounds Like: 
Joyce Manor
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2015
Artist: 
Tiny Moving Parts
Label: 
Triple Crown Records

Yelling, and angst, and sing-along hype is what Tiny Moving Parts is all about. The album jumps from complex, math rock-y guitar bits, to amazing lyricism reminiscint of Twenty One Pilots. This album has a sad emo vibe about it, but at the same time it makes you want to yell and be excited, which is a strange range of emotions to feel I suppose. At it's core Tiny Moving Parts sounds a lot like a mix the Front Bottoms and 'some other band I listened to in middle school'.

Sounds Like: 
The Front Bottoms
Sounds Like: 
Captain We're Shaking
Sounds Like: 
Twenty One Pilots
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
10/01/2014
Artist: 
Gap Dream
Label: 
Burger Records

The new record from Gap Dream is an interesting departure from the Burger’s usual fuzzy garage rock output. The influences and the attitude are definitely there, but Shine Your Light is a lot less rough around the edges than other releases on the label. It sounds remarkably ambitious and well produced for a California slacker dude who lives in a record store, featuring layers of proggy vintage synths and a very glossy, 70s pop production style.

Sounds Like: 
Kurt Vile
Sounds Like: 
King Tuff
Sounds Like: 
Ducktails
Name: 
Brett Botting
Date Reviewed: 
12/10/2013
Artist: 
Twin Atlantic
Label: 
Red Bull Records

Amidst the Gangnam Styles, Beliebers, and Call Me Maybes, some real musicians still exist - shocking I know. They happen to have cool accents. Willy wankers. They happen to live across the pond. Bobbing blokes. They happen to be on an energy drink's record label. Tumbling totties. They happen to be Twin Atlantic. bumbling bollocks. Their album is Free. No, it still costs money... the album name is Free you twit. Quit pissing around and put your cans on... you're in for a scrummy treat. In the normal British fashion, TA is a little brash but they can definitely swoon at times.

Sounds Like: 
Civil Twilight
Sounds Like: 
Circa Survive
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2012
Artist: 
Sleigh Bells
Label: 
Mom+Pop

Sleigh Bells is an awesome power pop duo consisting of soft spoken vocalist Alexis Krauss, and Derek E. Miller of Poison the Well, who does production, guitars and also accompanies in songwriting. They have a fascinating sound which is layerd with crunchy guitars, synthesizers, drum machines, and Alexis' vocals as a soft flow above the noise pop duo which is Sleigh Bells. These tracks are off of their highly anticipated follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album 'Treats'. 

1 Born To Lose (3/5)  ---3:53

Sounds Like: 
Yelle, The Cults, Blondie (ya I know, whaat?)
Name: 
Andrew West
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/2012
Artist: 
Hollerado
Label: 
Royal Mountain Records

If you love cage you will love Hollerado. This band from Canada plays "true" alt music. You know they are good in concert because their heavy beat and catchy songs make it a winner. They outperformed a band they were opening for in NYC. Their music video for Americanarama easily goes into the great videos of OK GO and others. In other words, definitely give them a listen!

Sounds Like: 
Cage the Elephant
Sounds Like: 
Band of Skulls
Sounds Like: 
OK GO
Name: 
Erin Ogram
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2011
Artist: 
Sidewalk Driver
Label: 
Sidewalk Driver

Sidewalk Driver reminds me of a very popping like 70s or early 80s rock band.  You can tell there are heavy influences from that time period in all of their songs.  All their songs are good.  The songs that have cuss words in it are only one word and the CD case tells you at what time those occur.  The first track is a lot of fun to play but be careful it says shit in it at 2:22 into the song.  Good Band! Play their songs!! 

Sounds Like: 
The Killers
Sounds Like: 
OK Go
Sounds Like: 
Cheap Trick
Name: 
Katie Bucehr
Date Reviewed: 
02/04/2011
Artist: 
OK GO
Label: 
Capitol

This album is so good!

OK GO was formed in 1998 but became big for "here it goes again", which won a Grammy for best music video in 2007. This new album is equally good. I especially like the different videos for "this too shall pass" (the geeked up marching band one and the Rube Goldberg Machine version). If you haven't seen them I definitely recomend it!

Sounds Like: 
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