Crying – Get Olde / Second Wind

I don’t know whether the point with Crying’s sound is to send people on a uniquely nostalgic trip back to the 90s, provide the weirdest backdrop for vocalist Elaiza Santos, or even a secret mission to get the world head banging to the Mario theme tune–but whatever it is, it’s working. Get Olde / Second Wind is a double EP from the lovable three-piece group and will hopefully be a project that might get them the recognition they deserve. Although slightly repetitive and contained in some places, the fast-paced, electric, 8-bit pop sound props up the faint melodic vocals in a tightly woven, energetic package. Just don’t get too into Crying in a public place, people might give you looks.

- Fin Worrall

Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Weezer writes some of its best–and worst–songs in years.

Antemasque – Self-Titled

Omar Rodriguez Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are back with a new project: Antemasque.

Avi Buffalo – “So What”

Sub Pop’s Avi Buffalo is back with a new track and a forthcoming album titled, At Best Cuckold, which is dropping in September. Not sure if I could ask for a more off-putting, adulterous title, but the music itself is the opposite in that it’s absolutely pleasant. I’d actually liken the lead vocals on this particular cut to that of Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. Avi Buffalo frontman Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg sound similarly sweet and boyish.

The vocal melody over the chorus of this thing is incredibly sweet, too. I can’t say it’s blowing me away or anything, but it’s a fine, little tune. Enjoy!

PUJOL – “Pitch Black”

Next month, singer-songwriter PUJOL, a.k.a. Daniel Lucca, will be dropping his next full-length album, KLUDGE via Saddle Creek. While I wasn’t really huge on his past few full-lengths, the tracks I’ve been hearing from this latest effort of his seems to show a significant improvement on the songwriting side of things.

Sure, PUJOL’s rough, slightly lo-fi aesthetic still remains on his latest material, and that’s gonna turn some people off, but I think the melodies and sweet chorus on “Pitch Black” shines through the grime. It’s power pop magic. It’s rock ‘n’ roll, baby

Alright, I’ll end this now before I embarrass myself any further. Enjoy!

Tony Molina – Dissed and Dismissed

While the incredible brevity of this new Tony Molina record makes it a little gimmicky, the infectious melodies and breakup album concept are enough to make me overlook that most of the time. If you like your power pop rough and punk-influenced, give this a listen.

Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy

New York chiptuners Anamanaguchi have a new album out that’s sure to test your threshold for 8-bit synths and instrumental power pop.

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Bromheads – Choro

Energetic and to-the-point rock music from Bromheads on their new full-length, Choro. The tracks on this LP have a rough, garage-influenced sound to ‘em; however, Bromheads make up for their lack of cleanliness with sharp hooks and nutty vocals. Enjoy!

Warm Soda – “Busy Lizzy”

A silly little video from the guys in Warm Soda I told you about yesterday. They have a new record on the way via Castle Face Records. Get ready for some sweet, light power pop.

Warm Soda – “Someone For You”

The title track from what I believe is Warm Soda’s debut album. They’re a band that was formed pretty recently by Matthew Melton after the demise of his previous band, Bare Wires. Like Bare Wires, Warm Soda has a somewhat vintage garage rock sound, but there’s a tight, groomed appreciation for power pop on this new record, too–especially on this particular track, which has chords that ring out in praise of artists like the Strokes or Elvis Costello. Enjoy!