power pop

Artist: 
Juliana Hatfield
Label: 
American Laundromat Records

The title says it all folks - this is Juliana Hatfield singing Olivia Newton-John. If you like Juliana Hatfield, you'll probably like it, and if you like Olivia Newton-John you'll probably like it. Although Hatfield is known more for indie rock (as I understand), her voice sounds beautiful and stands up to ONJ's original work in a modern way that is, in some songs, easier to listen to than the originals. For instance - when feeling properly 80s you can listen to physical, but if you want the general sense without the 80s of it, you can just listen to her version.

Sounds Like: 
Olivia Newton John
Sounds Like: 
Juliana Hatfield
Sounds Like: 
70s/80s songs but in indie pop stylings
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
Hurry
Label: 
Lame-O Records

The band Hurry has just come out with their 4th studio album which is titled Every Little Thought. This band of three pride themselves on being a part of the indie pop movement. Don’t let the word “pop” fool you though, they are still your classic indie band, but they do have a little pop undertone that I think flows perfectly though out this unique album. Without further to do, let’s discuss this albums strengths and weaknesses.

 

Sounds Like: 
Guided By Voices
Sounds Like: 
Yo La Tengo
Name: 
Mike Chase
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2018
Artist: 
Goodfight
Label: 
Baby Blue Records

Florida Room is an album created by "Goodfight".  The entire album is 15 minutes and 55 seconds, and I loved every second of it! Most of this album was relaxing, but the tracks “Lucy” and “Oklahoma” have more energy with the faster beats.  Andrew  Forman (singer/guitarist) and Dion Kerr (bassist/producer) were inspired by sights and sounds of their youth in Southern Florida for their tracks.

Sounds Like: 
Reptaliens
Sounds Like: 
Born Ruffians
Sounds Like: 
Weezer
Sounds Like: 
The Killers
Sounds Like: 
Minature Tigers
Name: 
Thomas Clarkin
Date Reviewed: 
02/23/2018
Artist: 
Indicator Indicator
Label: 
Sugar Gator Records

I liked this a lot more than I initially thought I would, admittedly. The album starts out strong with "Backslash," a song that sounds like it could be off of one of the good MGMT albums. "Backslash" ends with a cacophonous thud that turns into "The Bad Dream," my favorite track on the album. The album incorporates a variety of different sub-genres--songs like "Normal" are anthemic, and I can easily see it in a romantic comedy trailer, while "Amazing!" is an electropop jam that makes you want to get out of your seat and dance.

Sounds Like: 
Passion Pit
Sounds Like: 
Matt and Kim
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
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
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