Where to Find Pure Pop Music Online

I get a lot of emails from people asking, “Where do you find this music that you review? It’s not on my radio station?” It is a mystery why melodic pop/power pop/pure pop is not more popular on today’s radio. And I won’t turn this into a diatribe against corporate radio, although it would be …

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Album Review: The Both

Aimee Mann has been caught in a bit of a rut. Her first three albums dazzled critics, with her debut album, Whatever, topping my all-time favorite album list. But without her collaborator, the amazingly talented Jon Brion, her songs lacked the power, quirkiness and melody that was so apparent in her first three albums. She showed some …

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Guilty Pleasures: ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’

Everything about the Captain and Tennille screams ’70s, from the Daryl Dragon captain’s hat to Toni Tennille’s strapless tops and Breck Girl hairstyle. They were also ridiculed: The term “Yacht Rock,” referring to the soft, soothing pop music of the late 70s and early 80s, was inspired partly by the “Captain.” (Christopher Cross’s “Sailing” also …

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Concert Review: Glenn Tilbrook, Smith’s Olde Bar

During the early 1980s, amid such megastars as Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Def Leppard and Men at Work, there was Squeeze. The group, fronted by Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, drew comparisons to Lennon and McCartney for their Beatlesque music. The group’s fans were smarter than your average music fan, one notch up from Elvis …

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Album Review: ‘Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion’

Back in the early- to mid-80s, a second wave of British artists brought their music across the Atlantic Ocean, 20 years after the Beatles, Rolling Stones and the Who invaded America. At its height in the summer of 1983, 20 of the top 40 singles (including 7 of the top 10 singles) were by British artists, breaking the …

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Andrew Curry’s ‘Here Comes the Reign Again’ – The Interview

I admire Andrew Curry so much, but I’m also envious. When he wants to do something – when he has an idea, a dream – he acts on it, jumps over every barrier that faces him, overcomes the impossible and in the end comes up with a finished product that is polished and admired by …

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