Perhaps the most broad definition of all genres. Here it will be used to classify the mainstream sound of Top-40-type artists. Examples artists: Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Passion Pit … overall, “pop” will be used to describe bands or artists that have a radio-friendly and commercial sound.

Vinyl Thief – Rebel Hill

This is just plain awesome music. I literally just heard this for the first time 6 minutes ago, and I am now sharing it here. Fun, upbeat, electro-rock. Get it as a pay-what-you-want download (including for free). [wp_bandcamp_player type=”album” id=”2779509845″ size=”grande2″ bg_color=”#333333″ link_color=”#4285BB”] ... Read more

Nate Leslie – Force My Hand

This sophomore album from Nate Leslie is a medley of many sounds, moods, and sonic colors. The blunt transition between the high-energy rock blast of the opener “The Love” and the brooding, melancholy of the second track “Where There Are Satellites” is enough to show what a roller coaster that this record is. As has […] ... Read more

Teddy Blanks – Complications

Teddy Blanks’ sound is at once very fresh and extremely retro. Part of me feels like I’m listening to hits from the 50’s, but with modern pop sensibilities. “Complications” is good stuff all around, very enjoyable to listen to. [wp_bandcamp_player type=”album” id=”628871476″ size=”grande2″ bg_color=”#333333″ link_color=”#4285BB”] ... Read more

Die Hard Cafe – Casualties of Tuesday Night!

Noisy, distorted electro-pop music. If you only have time to listen to one song, make it “Answering Machine,” probably the catchiest and most engaging track on the album. [wp_bandcamp_player type=”album” id=”1594448679″ size=”grande2″ bg_color=”#333333″ link_color=”#4285BB”] ... Read more

Now The Rabbit Has The Gun – Self-Titled

Don’t be fooled by the album’s slow start. This is a great pop/rock album with big hooks and near-perfect production quality. Heartbreak, lost love, depression…I always say that the sadder the subject matter, the better the song. “The Lion, The Witch, and the War Zone” is one of the best breakup tunes I’ve heard in […] ... Read more

Carousel – 26 Allston EP

This album is not featured on bandcamp, but I got my hands on it through another music blog, and it is downright spectacular. Smooth, catchy, and ultimately dance-able tunes are the name of the game here. This band is picking up momentum quickly, so download this for free while you still can. http://carouselmusicpage.com/ep.html ... Read more

Finish Ticket – Life Underwater

As I’ve been going through and updating the site (andby updating, I just mean fixing all the players and links) I found that this album is no longer available on their bandcamp page. But, from the look of their website, it seems that Finish Ticket has not been doing too bad for themselves for the […] ... Read more

Hope & Social – Sleep Sound

I had the pleasure of listening to this album in its entirety on my way to work one day this week, and I didn’t want to turn it off. This music is fun and entertaining to the max. There are traces of reggae, pop, honkey-tonk, and rock’n’roll, with some varying instrumentation. There is piano, a […] ... Read more

A Moment’s Worth – Start Where You Are

I’ve said it once before, and I’ll say it again: I’m a sucker for a catchy pop-punk album. “Start Where You Are” is exactly that. It is an album ripe with melodies that get stuck in your head, dead-on harmonies, and songs that beg for repetition. The problem is, what you normally find with independent […] ... Read more

Loose Talk Costs lives – Wax & Gold

This here is some high-quality low-fi indie pop. Clean guitars, and serious grooves. The opening track “Seraphim” almost has an island type of feel to it. Well…it does and it doesn’t. Just listen to it. It pulses with some undertones of what you might hear played at some tropical resort, but in reality it is […] ... Read more

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