Pop Music

Aerial – Why Don’t They Teach Heartbreak at School? (2014)

Aerial – Why Don’t They Teach Heartbreak at School? (2014)

Tingling and trembling with style and substance, Aerial’s ‘Why Don’t They Teach Heartbreak at School?’ is a power-pop epic.

Hydra may be the best Toto album you’ve never heard: ‘That’s a cult classic!’

Hydra may be the best Toto album you’ve never heard: ‘That’s a cult classic!’

Released 35 years ago today, ‘Hydra’ showed the full breadth of what Toto could do. It’s influencing their new album, too.

Flying Colors, “A Place in Your World” from Second Nature (2014): One Track Mind

Flying Colors, “A Place in Your World” from Second Nature (2014): One Track Mind

Flying Colors is a group loaded with talent, but in need of a rejiggering of priorities toward its own embedded prog-pop sensibilities.

Thirty Steps to Forward – The Bird and The Fool (2009): On Second Thought

Thirty Steps to Forward – The Bird and The Fool (2009): On Second Thought

Warm, tranquil, and making do with minimal fuss, Thirty Steps to Forward’s ‘The Bird And The Fool’ is immaculately alluring.

John Oates picks his favorite Daryl Hall song: ‘It’s so interesting musically’

John Oates picks his favorite Daryl Hall song: ‘It’s so interesting musically’

Hall and Oates, of course, found notable success collaborating. But which Daryl Hall original does John Oates wish he’d written?

Julian Leal – A New Beginning (2014)

Julian Leal – A New Beginning (2014)

Catchy songwriting, combined with imaginative breaks supply Julian Leal’s synth-poppy ‘A New Beginning’ with vitality and direction.

Queen’s Roger Taylor, “I Wanna Testify” from Best (2014): One Track Mind

Queen’s Roger Taylor, “I Wanna Testify” from Best (2014): One Track Mind

A standout song from Roger Taylor’s new retrospective releases, “I Wanna Testify” both reflects and then amplifies his successes with Queen.

Jon Anderson + Counting Crows’ Matt Malley, “Family Circle” (2014): One Track Mind

Jon Anderson + Counting Crows’ Matt Malley, “Family Circle” (2014): One Track Mind

Jon Anderson has found something of a kindred spirit with Matt Malley on the new charity single “Family Circle.”

The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz shares his coping tips for a crazy schedule

The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz shares his coping tips for a crazy schedule

“No sex, no drugs, no rock ‘n’ roll,” the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz quips, before making a quick revision.

Princess Planet – The Ritzland Tapes (2014)

Princess Planet – The Ritzland Tapes (2014)

You can hear and feel Princess Planet’s passion rising from the grooves.