Local Artist of the Week: Mystery Date

Music the Energizer Bunny might listen to, Mystery Date is a power pop band from the Twin Cities and this week’s Local Artist of the Week. If you’re into upbeat fast-tempo punk/pop, Mystery Date’s latest album, New Noir may tickle your fancy. The band is made up of Johnny Eggerman (guitar, vocals), Steve Splettstaszer (bass, ...

[ALBUM] The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

The Decemberists claimed their stake in the music industry with Antebellum Era-diction, florid musical arrangements and narratives to match. With What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, Colin Meloy and his bandmates explore meta-perspectives (“The Singer Addresses His Audiences”, “Anti-Summersong”), dip their feet in world of power-pop (“Make You Better”) and occasionally leave behind ...

Intrigued Vinyl: Material Issue – International Pop Overthrow

International Pop Overthrow is the debut and wonderful album from Chicago’s power pop trio Material Issue. It was released in 1991, and it features songs named after women that anecdote love, heartache, and pop culture. Material Issue is among the league of bands who have had a select following, appearing in

Intrigued Vinyl: The Vapors – New Clear Days

There is something oddly sophisticated about new wave and power pop bands from the 1980s. Getting away with this style today is seemingly impossible to my ears. Current bands try, but honestly lack an entire era of support. Maybe it is a phase I am in, but when I discover a band like The Vapors, as I sift through a record shop, I feel like it is fate.

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