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SINGLE REVIEWS: POP PUNK EDITION

Paramore-“Hard Times”:  Okay let’s get this out of the way, bands grow.  Bands change from time to time. Do you really want the bands you love making the same record over and over? I don’t. This song is from album number 5 for Paramore. We have seen them change from album to album and this is just the latest. This ...

Get off your couch and jam these [single reviews]

Phangs - "Always Been U": Phangs, one of Nashville's rising pop personalities, may have just teased one of the longest build ups to a single I've seen. I think it will pay off though, judging from how "Always Been U" delivers on both the "it gives me the feels" and "whoa nelly that's a banger" fronts. Phangs has slowly been ...

Let’s fly to Panama [single reviews]

Panama - "Hope For Something": The Sydney, AU synth pop artist is back with the optimistic "Hope For Something." The sunny track feels like a marriage of Bastille and Passion Pit. I'm enjoying the handclaps in the chorus. I honestly can't think of anything else to say that I haven't said about a lot of other tracks in this ...

Feelin’ so alive on Easter [single reviews]

Letrainiump - "So Alive": Letrainiump from Lafayette, LA are a band that meets you in the middle between synth pop and funk, and does so seamlessly. I've been waiting on this group's online debut since seeing them move hardcore kids into the groove via a crummy PA system in Urbana, IL last summer. Hearing this band in full ...

I wrecked my car but I’m feelin’ good [single reviews]

Photo credit: Coley Brown Mac DeMarco - "On the Level": Let's start this post with a song a little more out there, eh? "On the Level" goes against the wild reputation of DeMarco with simplistic synth pop that, dare I say it, has a slice of darkwave. Actually to be honest, I'm not really sure how this song makes me feel, ...

yet another grab bag of tunes [single reviews]

Sir Sly - "High": I once said that Sir Sly was my favorite live band since Paper Route. Their indie pop sound stands out, with distinct vocals, dark synths, and big choruses. The distinct synths and drums are back, but here we have a bit more guitar than I'm used to, fading in and out. The aethestic of the band has definitely ...

A grab bag of tunes [single reviews]

The Picturebooks - "I Need That Oooh": I kid you not, barely ten seconds into this song I thought to myself "I need to see this band live." The song is homage to the sensual rock and roll tunes of the late 70s and 80s. The lyrics might sound sexual, but according to the band that "oooh" they speak of points more to that ...