pop rock (genre)


Tonight Is Not The Final Fireworks Show

Tonight, after nearly a decade spent touring the world, Michigan pop rock outfit Fireworks are performing what will be their last show for the foreseeable future. This is not the same thing as their final show, and we felt it was important to remind you of the difference.

2015 has been a big year for the alternative scene. Between controversies, big singles, and bands falling apart it can be very hard to keep every band’s current plans straight in your head. When Fireworks announced this current tour would be their last before taking a well-deserved break, the defenders of …

ayph shout shout music video premiere 2015


Coming straight off the band’s latest EP, Dangerous Questions, is the energetic music video for “Shout Shout” from Chicago-based pop rockers AyOH.

The video, coming in at exactly 3 minutes and 30 seconds, contains a montage of various live and behind-the-scenes footage of the band — a clever look into the lives of this fast-moving group. The band had this to say about the video for “Shout Shout”:

“It was important to us that this video depict the energy and fun our live shows hold, there’s no better way to demonstrate that then with actual footage. With this

Quiet Out Loud

LYRIC VIDEO/DOWNLOAD: Quiet Out Loud – “Wrecking Ball” (Miley Cyrus Cover)

Quiet Out Loud are an unsigned Chicago-based pop rock outfit, who recently released their debut EP, What I Really Meant To Say…. The group has seen quite a bit of success in their short time together already, and now they’ve premiered their take on insanely popular Miley Cyrus single, “Wrecking Ball.” The group also had a lyric video crafted for the song, which you can check out below the jump.

If you dig what you hear, the song is available to download for free via the band’s Soundcloud page.


REVIEW: The Como Brothers – ‘Baby Steps’

Band: The Como Brothers
Album: Baby Steps
Genre: Pop rock

Matt and Andrew Como probably know each other better than anyone and to some that may come across in their musical connection. Baby Steps, the debut full-length from the brothers, shows a certain confidence in their well-produced, radio-friendly pop rock variations. With some help from Dan Gluszak (Envy On The Coast) on drums as well as mellotron and keyboard contributions from The Dear Hunter’s Casey Crescenzo on a couple select tracks, Baby Steps got a little extra dose of talent to aid the brothers in reaching a certain level …

The Rocket Summer

STREAM: The Rocket Summer – “Anna”

Dallas, TX’s The Rocket Summer (also known as the solo project of Bryce Avery) has released a new song this morning titled “Anna.”

“Anna” was recorded during the Life Will Write The Words sessions, but is being released now in conjunction with other b-sides as a part of a singles series of sorts. The last song that was released was “Cars and the Pixies (Happy New Year)” on December 18 of this last year, and the next song to be released will be “Not Right” on January 29.

Follow the jump for a stream of “Anna.”

Adrian Garza

WATCH: No Doubt On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jimmy Kimmel has had two days of being on a new time slot on ABC, and on one of those days, he had No Doubt perform “Push And Shove” and “Hella Good”. The performance is pretty good, and Gwen Stefani looks amazing; unfortunately, it doesn’t change my overall opinion of their latest album.

He also recently had Brad Paisley on, but you won’t catch me posting that here or anywhere. You can watch the two performances from Jimmy Kimmel Live here after the break. 

I finished school with a music theory degree. Before I finished school, I


LIVE REVIEW: The Bryan Stars Tour Ft. Rocky Loves Emily + Late Night Reading – Orlando, FL 11/3/2012

It’s very relieving to shake up your regular cycle of mostly going to (pop) punk/hardcore/metal shows by heading out to a pop rock show. With that mindset, I made my way out to the Orlando, FL stop of The Bryan Stars Tour to see a four-piece lineup that consisted of Catching Your Clouds, Farewell, My Love, with Rocky Loves Emily and Late Nite Reading co-headlining. On this specific day, Late Nite Reading finished the night off after the other three bands had played and given their all in an attempt to win over the show’s attendees.

Before I …

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MUSIC VIDEO: Rocky Loves Emily – “Dream”

Michigan natives and UTG favorites, Rocky Loves Emily released their latest music video for “Dream”, a track off of the band’s debut full length release, Secrets Don’t Make Friends. The video features a slew of fan contributions which really helps make for a great interactive and connectable experience.

Look after the jump to find the video along with the dates of the band’s current co-headlining run with Late Nite Reading on the Bryan Stars tour.

Adrian Garza is the sole proprietor of Torches Management and PR, a growing Florida-based band management business. He loves most forms of
Relient K 2012

Relient K Finishing Up New Album

Pop rockers Relient K have updated fans that they are close to finishing up work on their yet-to-be-titled album. Check out the official Tweet below and get ready for more information on the release in the weeks to come.


REVIEW: No Doubt – Push and Shove

Artist: No Doubt
Album: Push and Shove
Genre: Alternative Rock, Pop rock
Label: Interscope Records

No Doubt has always been hip to trends. Tragic Kingdom and the Beacon Street Collection were very 90s, and some fans will probably mistake that as being very No Doubt. Return to Saturn was very 2000, very much about rock ballads and the radio format of the day. Rocksteady was incredibly 2001 (or dare I say, ahead of its time; it could be called 2002 and 2003 with its allotment of warped ringtone rap influences). Much like the Offspring, whose recently release Days Go By

atlantic avenue

EXCLUSIVE: Atlantic Avenue “When The Lights Go Down” Album Stream & Track-By-Tack

Too much of a good thing is bad for everyone involved, and in many ways the age of social networking has had a similar impact on up and coming artists. Social networks and sites like ours have made it easier than ever for young talent to reach new eyes and ears, but that same simplicity has caused a digital flood of media that, at times, can be a bit overwhelming. We do our best to stay on top of things in order to deliver the latest and greatest music, but sometimes we fall behind and deserving artists get overlooked. Today …

sparks the rescue 2012

REVIEW: Sparks The Rescue – Sparks The Rescue EP

Artist: Sparks the Rescue
Album: Sparks the Rescue EP
Genre: Pop-punk
Label: (None)

Considering Sparks the Rescue’s recent chequered history (member departures, label schisms), this Kickstarter-funded EP could easily have been populated with lots of morose, self-indulgent songs about rejection, bitterness, and loss. This is not so, however. On this seven-track EP, the band’s fourth, they confront their demons with characteristic pomp and zeal. It’s a hugely enjoyable listen, so much so that it’s almost a pity the songs are so short – there’s enough explosive energy on show here to keep things firing for much longer.

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