pop rock (genre)


MUSIC VIDEO: Boys Like Girls – Be Your Everything

New England’s Boys Like Girls are hopping aboard the comeback train and this morning we received a link to their latest video, “Be Your Everything.”

Much like their breakout smash “Thunder,” Boys Like Girls have gone back to the world of acoustic guitars to set the foundation for “Be Your Everything.” The verses are weak, the chorus is cheesy, and the production is so high-gloss it’s hard to believe there was ever any heart to start. It’s formulaic, but worst of all, it’s just not that interesting. Fortunately though, the video is inanely well done and offers plenty of eye …


REVIEW: Maroon 5 – Overexposed

Artist: Maroon 5
Album: Overexposed
Genre: Pop/rock
Label: A&M/Octone

Something of a rushed job in the wake of their “Moves Like Jagger” success last year, Overexposed is an awkward and lumbering album, yet one that musters some real gems before it gives out. It’s underwritten and bland, marked by a persistent insecurity as to how it wants to sound. Maroon 5 aren’t exactly the bearers of profound, thought-provoking musicality but their penchant for crafting a sleek pop tune has gone somewhat awry here. The title is fitting, as the tinkering and differing approaches taken to these tracks indicates a catch-all …


REVIEW: Late Night Habit – Nostalgia

Artist: Late Night Habit
Album: Nostalgia
Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Unsigned

It’s not hard to dig a summertime pop rock release. After all, it’s the perfect time to dive into those feelings of fun, love, relaxation, and happiness. The typical layout of these sorts of songs comes from acoustic guitar-laden melodies coupled with soaring vocals that are occasionally met with some soothing harmonization. This is the blueprint that Late Night Habit follows with their latest ep, Nostalgia.

Divided By Friday

Divided By Friday Release “Prove It” Video

Pop rockers Divided By Friday are out to cement their place in the current music scene with the release of their official video for “Prove It.” The clip, which was released today, features the band doing their best rendition of the “band performs in rundown building” video style. Some may find it boring, but the catchiness of the single more than makes up for the lack of storyline. Check out the clip for yourself, after the jump.

Divided By Friday’s Prove It EP is available now through Hopeless Records.…

Sparks The Rescue 2012

Sparks The Rescue Announce Tour With Rocky Love Emily, Aristo

Site favorite Sparks The Rescue and Rocky Loves Emily will be heading out on the road this Summer with support from up and coming act Aristo. The tour, which is scheduled to start June 11 in PA, takes the pop rock acts around the Northeast and Midwest over the course of three weeks. You can view the complete routing below:

6/11 Altoona PA VFW Fort Apache
6/12 Jermyn Pa Eleanor Rigby’s
6/13 Allentown PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
6/14 Poughkeepsie NY The Loft
6/15 Hamden CT The Space
6/17 Providence RI Firehouse 13
6/18 TBA
6/19 Amityville NY Ollie’s Point
6/20 …


REVIEW: Eve 6 – Speak In Code

Artist: Eve 6
Album: Speak In Code
Genre: Pop/rock
Label: Fearless Records

Rather surprisingly for an album that’s marketed as being something triumphant, a peak reached after years of hard work and personal tribulations, Eve 6’s Speak In Code is a remarkably flimsy, insubstantial piece of work. It’s catchy, and poppy, and will no doubt have enormous nostalgic appeal to the band’s fan base, but it’s entirely empty. There’s very little in the way of depth or meaning throughout and it’s difficult to engage with an album so determined to be as vacuous and silly as possible. Without meaning to …

Rocky Loves Emily  - Promo 1

REVIEW: Rocky Loves Emily – Secrets Don’t Make Friends

Artist: Rocky Loves Emily
Album: Secrets Don’t Make Friends
Genre: Pop
Label: Tooth And Nail

If the biggest music related problem solved by the dawn of social media is the ability to discover and connect with new talent, the biggest issue it has created is helping those same artists hold your attention. Before we were all digitally intertwined, bands built relationships with fans through constant touring, fan mail, press, and most importantly, music. Now, music may pull new listeners in, but more often than not the music then takes a backseat to communication, branding, and pretty much everything related to …


REVIEW: The All-American Rejects – Kids in the Street

Artist: The All-American Rejects
Album: Kids in the Street
Genre: Rock
Label: Interscope, DGC

Tyson Ritter commented during an interview that this album sounds like The All-American rejects “finally got their shit together and wrote a record that was going to keep them around.” With respect, I disagree, because this album is a mess. Far from a mature and cohesive release that might do something for their longevity, it’s lazy, unsure of itself, and painfully uninspired. There are no illustrious calling cards begging us to keep paying attention – a lot of this does the exact opposite in fact, and …


REST IN PEACE: The Paper Melody

Pop rock trio The Paper Melody have announced they are breaking up.

The band broke news of their split earlier today on their official Facebook. In a statement to fans, the band wrote:

Dearest Fans,

To our supporters from Day 1 all the way up to present, We want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We have had many great shows and experiences over the past few years and it’s all thanks to you guys!

But with deep sadness, we regretfully announce that this is the end of our Story.

We are very sorry to …


REVIEW: The Audition – Chapter II

Artist: The Audition
Album: Chapter II
Genre: Pop Rock

After parting ways with Victory Records in July 2010, the future for Chicago pop-rockers The Audition was unknown; so much so that some fans were led to believe the band had called it a day. However now in February 2012, the band have returned albeit a slight line-up change; Joe Lussa has re-joined on bass and Jimmy Lopez has replaced the departed Seth Johnson on guitar. Nevertheless Chapter II sees a band that is refreshed and ready to take on the world.…

Hit The Lights 2012

Hit The Lights Album Stream

Ohio’s Hit The Lights are still over a week from releasing Invicta, but fans hunger for new sounds can stream the entire new album today!

Beginning today, Hit The Lights have partnered with Alternative Press Magazine to stream their entire Razor & Tie Records debut. The album, which we reviewed over the weekend, features the group’s most mature, full realized sound to date. Click here to stream Invicta.

Hit The Lights are currently on the Strength In Numbers (SIN) tour with D.R.U.G.S. Click here for tour dates.…

Every Avenue's David Ryan Strauchman

Every Avenue Confirm 2012 Headliner, Reveal Dates

Every Avenue have confirmed rumors that they will begin 2012 with a headlining tour supported by We Are The In Crowd, Plug In Stereo, and Simple As Surgery.

The announcement we made yesterday evening, along with confirmation of the tour’s full itinerary. You can view the tour dates below:

02/14 – Cleveland, OH
02/15 – Pittsburgh, PA
02/16 – New York, NY
02/17 – Springfield, VA
02/18 – Worcester, MA
02/19 – Philadelphia, PA
02/22 – St. Louis, MO
02/23 – Lawrence, KS
02/24 – Denver, CO…