If you want to see the Refreshments, who haven't played together as a band since 1998, now might be a good time to figure out whether you're legally allowed to go to Mexico. I don't mean to spoil this week's Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend, but it might take you a little time to figure that ou ... More >>
If you're down to get your pop rock kicks in an estrogen ocean of little girls, the upcoming One Direction concert at Comerica Theatre is the place to be. I could have sworn the boy band era was over, especially once Heart2Heart really put that formerly winning success formula to its death, but a ... More >>
Mike Viola is one of those guys you've heard a hundred times and not realized it. He's the vocalist singing "That Thing You Do" (from the 1996 film of the same name); his '90s band The Candy Butchers scored serious buzz along side his friends Fountains of Wayne; he's written songs for Get Him to ... More >>
A scene from A Heroic LifeI didn't make it out to the French pop spectacular at FilmBar on Saturday night, but the pics posted on Facebook got me super-pumped to catch Serge Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. Non-documentary or concert films are tough to pull off (those are, too) but when a movie ... More >>
Big Hassle MediaThe timeless power pop of Los Angeles' Army Navy makes for a great summertime soundtrack.Like your favorite comfort food, power pop music is familiar, tasty and satisfying... and, sometimes, it's the only thing you want. If you consider The Raspberries' 1972 self-titled debut ... More >>
Toad The Wet Sprocket - bastion of the 1990sClubs editor Benjamin Leatherman describes this week's just announced shows thusly: "huge fucking week."Things are so fucking huge that Martin Cizmar went ahead and already announced the Janet Jackson show slated for this April -- yet there are still pl ... More >>
Let the Sunshine Out
Cheap laughs, lame cameos, and lifeless Cox
The absence of two key members doesn't stop the Detroit legends from touring
Marshall Crenshaw What's in the Bag? (Razor & Tie)
After five years of fits and starts, Gin Blossoms songwriter/guitarist Jesse Valenzuela finally launches a solo career
A look at the work of pop's bespectacled bard
Power-pop icon Marshall Crenshaw refuses to be pigeonholed as a nerdy relic of the early '80s
Zen Lunatics act like the pretenders
For 25 years, Bug Music has protected the rights of songwriters. In the process, they've gotten Willie Dixon's songs back from Led Zeppelin and transformed Iggy Pop into a TV-commercial composer.
The Gin Blossoms bloom again with a greatest-hits collection, a reunion show and talk of a new album
From the Fountains of Wayne springs pop eternal
Marshall Crenshaw goes back to the drawing board and comes up with a shiny new Miracle of Science
A new retrospective sheds light on the dark side of Britain's most ingenuous record producer (don't send his soul to hell)
WHAT'S IN A NAME? PLENTY, WHEN IT'S THE GIN BLOSSOMS.
PICK YOUR NOSE, TAPE UP YOUR GLASSES, GRAB YOUR PLASTIC POCKET PROTECTOR. NERD ROCK IS ALIVE AND WELL.