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Brandon Schott – “Crayons & Angels”

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by John M. Borack  LA-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Brandon Schott’s brand new one, Crayons & Angels, is something of a soft-pop tour de force, brimming with shimmering melodies, winsome innocence, and some beautiful vocal arrangements. It’s reminiscent of early Harry Nilsson at …

Power Pop Plus: New Reviews

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Tons of excellent records have surfaced over the past several months, both new releases and on the reissue front. Let’s dig right in, shall we?

Wild Honey Orchestra Does the White Album

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by John M. Borack A horde of pop music talent took to the stage to celebrate the music of the Beatles’ classic White Album as the Los Angeles-based musical aggregation known as the Wild Honey Orchestra – along with a gaggle …

Top 20 Releases of 2014 and NAMM Wrapup

  by John M. Borack 2014 seemed to be one of the best years in recent memory as far as new music goes; as a matter of fact, pretty much anything in the top 10 on the following list would …

Good, bad or ugly? Get the scoop with these album reviews

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Here are reviews of albums doing serious time on the CD player lately — yes, I’m old school — including Bobbleheads, Marshall Holland, Dwight Twilley, Pugwash, Marti Jones, Rob Bonfiglio, Shaen Faubert, Robert Crenshaw, Gail George, Dave Caruso, The New Trocaderos, The Connection, Edward O’Connell, The Hangabouts, Joe Sullivan, Jamie Hoover, The Jigsaw Seen, The Solicitors, Kylie Hughes, Aerial, Secret Powers and Dana Countryman.

Power pop icons light up the night with Big Star tribute

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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 …