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What's power pop?

Power pop (or powerpop) is a popular musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop and rock music. It typically incorporates a combination of musical devices such as strong melodies, crisp vocal harmonies, economical arrangements, and prominent guitar riffs. Instrumental solos are usually kept to a minimum, and blues elements are largely downplayed. Recordings tend to display production values that lean toward compression and a forceful drum beat. Instruments usually include one or more electric guitars, an electric bass guitar, a drum kit, and sometimes electric keyboards or synthesizers. While its cultural impact has waxed and waned over the decades, power pop is among rock's most enduring subgenres.

Who's power pop?

Badfinger, Dwight Twilley Band, Big Star, The Raspberries, Blue Ash, 20/20, Cheap Trick, Shoes, The Records, The Motors, The Spongetones, Marshall Crenshaw, The Knack, The Smithereens, Jellyfish, Teenage Fanclub, Weezer, Brendan Benson...

and many, many more

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This is a place for videos, songs, photographs, articles.. anything and everything power pop. A celebration of jangly guitars and sweet harmonies! A cornucopia of catchy choruses and chiming chords!

Power pop links
Absolute Powerpop
Magnet's power pop issue
Allmusic: Power Pop tag: power pop
Bandcamp tag: power pop
Peter's Power Pop
TV Tropes: Power Pop
Reddit: Power Pop
The Beginner's Guide To Power Pop

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The Black Roses - Blooming EP

The Black Roses are a foursome from Central Illinois. This year they have already opened up for Paul Collins’ Beat in Springfield, and they will be performing at the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Chicago on April 21st. They describe their music as “A little punk, a little pop, and some Rock n’ Roll”, and that’s a fairly accurate depiction, though there’s more than just a little punk evident on this, their debut release.

The first two tracks, Back Off and Easier To Stomach, are fast-paced pop-punk. Vocalist and guitarist Janelle Taylor instantly reminds me of Paramore’s Hayley Williams with her powerful singing, but the backing is more reminiscent of the Lookout Records style of the mid 90s: basically (but solidly) produced stompers.

The third song, Summer Melody, recycles the eternal Blue Moon chord progression to great effect with a lovely summertime tune that’s both instantly familiar and refreshing. I’ll mention the sterling lead guitar of Gage Doran and the gritty, pulsing and upfront bass of Alejandro Juvera throughout the record so far here, only because they’re absent from the final song on the EP, Madly, which is a purely acoustic guitar-led affair.

Overall this is a raw, yet catchy and memorable introduction to a promising new band. The 4 tracks sadly aren’t enough to really showcase their versatility, so let’s hope that more recordings are forthcoming. 6.5/10