power pop

Shine Your Light

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

Free

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

Reign of Terror (Singles)

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

Record in a Bag

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

For All the Boys & Girls

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