Power pop is hardly a paradigm-shattering excursion into musical terra incognita. A catchy melody, a big guitar riff, a number of chords you can count on one hand and that all-important but indefinable attitude: This is the stuff of which power-pop classics are made. But the canon is so big and varied -- taking in the mighty power-chord echoes of the Who, the sweet Buddy Hollyisms of Marshall Crenshaw, the lush epics of the Raspberries and much more besides -- that the simple power-pop template can travel in almost any direction. Aficionados of the form like to play spot-the-influence, breaking down new bands into constituent ingredients drawn from power pop's rich... More >>>