THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART: Belong.It’s doubtful the bittersweet Brooklyn band could have come up with a more convoluted name. Still, that’s what happens when you inhabit a world dominated by melodic buzz-saw guitars that more than nod towards summer of love pop. Sometimes far-off, then the next track’s right there and in your face, but with this fuzzy rock pop is never more threatening than handbags at 10 paces.
THE MAINE: Black And White.If you’re an aficionado of the big American soft rock sound you’ll get more than your fill here. The Arizona band is out to satisfy your every need from dusty roads Eagles-style country rock pop stuff right through to Bon Jovi stadium stompers. Quick, let’s get them on the 90210 soundtrack to make it even more authentic.
VARIOUS: Now 78.78 already? Now that really does make us all feel old. All the stuff you’ve heard on the radio recently from the likes of Bruno Mars, Adele, Rihanna, Take That, JLS, Britney Spears, McFly, Chipmunk, The Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, P!nk and Flo Rida.