Power Pop Plus

blogged by John Borack

Power pop icons light up the night with Big Star tribute

Ken Stringfellow, Jon Auer, POsies

The latest in a continuing series of Los Angeles-based, multi-performer concerts to benefit the Autism Think Tank was a very special and highly anticipated one indeed: pop musicians from both coasts gathered at the Wilshire-Ebell Theater to celebrate the music of power pop icons Big Star by performing the band’s “#1 Record” and “Third” (aka Sister Lovers) albums in their entirety, with the legendary Van Dyke Parks conducting a string section.

Review: “Power Pop Unplugged”

by John M. Borack VARIOUS ARTISTS – Power Pop Unplugged, Volume One (Zero Hour Records) In which 21 artists – some relatively well-known within power pop’s little circle, some not so much – acoustically re-imagine some of the genre’s most …

Reviews, Reviews and More Reviews

by JOHN M. BORACK LINUS OF HOLLYWOOD – SOMETHING GOOD Breezy, summery and instantly likeable pop sounds abound on this one, the fourth release (not counting compilations) from the highly talented Mr. Of Hollywood. Something Good (quite the apt, yet …

NAMM 2014: A Look Back

by John M. Borack “Everybody’s a dreamer/everybody’s a star/and everybody’s in showbiz/it doesn’t matter who you are” – Ray Davies These prescient lyrics from the Kinks’ “Celluloid Heroes” could easily serve as something of a mantra for many attendees at …

“We Hope You Will Enjoy the Show”

I was busy at work on a sunny Monday afternoon in late January when I got the call; friends visiting from Texas had an extra ticket available for the taping of The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute to …