Like school children sending notes back and forth across the classroom, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann were constantly exchanging songs cross-country in preparation for "The Both." Their debut release isn't so much a work of two separately renowned artists, but one in which the Both come together to create something unified, cohesive and extraordinarily catchy.
In the sound of "Inamorata" you can clearly (and loudly) hear from where Vince Frederick and Nicky Veltman hail. Natives of Detroit and based in Los Angeles, the duo, known as the Singles, have a keen feel for power pop, glam and unadulterated rock 'n' roll.
George Glass (the band, not the imaginary friend) plays easy-gliding rock with a flash of twang (in the fiddles) and power pop (in the harmonies and guitars). "AM Radio" sounds great on any frequency.
Rogue Wave continues its exploration of the indie-side of power pop with the fulsome, piano-laced "College," a song about lessons learned and lessons abandoned.
Bring on the summer, bring on the summer pop. "Photographs" by Fialta, a San Luis Obispo, Calif. band (named after a fictional town of Nabokov's imagination), pulls out all the summer stops in a song of youth with a bittersweet edge of memory and loss: power-pop guitars, high and breathless harmonies, whistles, tambourines and even sleigh bells.
Formerly known as the Majestic Snails, Austin, Texas band the Gorgeous Hands, featuring brothers Chris and Rusty Galis, get off to a fine power-pop start with the catchy single "Desperate Mainstream."
Much like a good set of earplugs in a loud environment, Seattle-based band STAG combines catchy hooks and honeyed harmonies to create something that you'll look forward to sticking in your ears.
St. Louis' Heavy Anchor played host to a trio of local bands on Friday, November 2, showcasing some of the best local music of the year.