By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Five strong, they possess the tools of their miraculous, imaginative trade; when they slap, strum, pick and make thwoopping sounds in concert with their able-bodied voices, they distinguish themselves from nearly all other like-minded musicians who ply their trade in the recording studio and on stage. Lately, they … Read morePure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Fall 2020, Episode One: The Flat Five’s Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor
By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio A new season of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation kicks off next Tuesday, November 17 with a timely back-and-forth between yours truly and the Flat Five’s Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor, presented in See! Hear! Pop!, Pure Pop Radio’s finely-tuned video-riffic sight and sound format. This first in … Read morePure Pop Radio: In Conversation Returns with the Flat Five’s Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor
By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Just a short, quick, no muss and no fuss message for this midweek post: Pure Pop Radio is on the air 24 hours a day. Seven days a week. Three hundred and sixty-five days a year. Melody and harmony and classic songcraft are the orders of the day … Read morePure Pop Radio is On the Air 24 Hours a Day!
By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio A brand-new, most welcome drip of fun from Chicago’s artisans of pure pop mastery tops today’s roll of new adds to Pure Pop Radio’s ever-growing playlist. Streaming in rotation along with a wide variety of catchy melodic pop nuggets both old and new is the new single from … Read moreDrip a Drop of Flat Five Fun (and More!) on Pure Pop Radio
By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio (Originally posted 01.03.17) 2016 was a terrific year for melodic pop music from both new and heritage artists, perhaps the best in recent memory. My list of 28 Favorite Records of the Year from 27 artists–The Stars of 2016–is presented below in random order. It has long been … Read moreFavorite Records of the Year: Stars of 2016
Spins and Reviews | 11.15.16 | by Alan Haber Lovingly crafted and full of heart, Alejandro’s Visions is Steve Eggers’ masterpiece The Nines | Alejandro’s Visions | 2016 After incorporating a variety of styles into a stream of releases spanning a nearly-20-year-long career, the Nines’ Steve Eggers has delivered perhaps his most heartfelt musical … Read moreNew on Pure Pop Radio: The Nines’ Alejandro’s Visions: A Harmony- and Melody-Drenched Delight, Chris Murphy with Michael Carpenter, Dana Countryman, and More