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The Washington Post

The Washington Post January 9th, 2004 MIKE SHUPP “This Time” Private Mind There’s nothing complicated about Mike Shupp’s approach to power pop, nothing to dim the appeal of the jingle-jangle guitar work, the clipped, hammered rhythms or the crafty construction of three-minute odes and laments. On “This Time,” big hooks trump big ideas time and […]

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Tommy Keene’s Pop With Fizz, at Iota – Wash. Post

The Washington Post SEP 8th, 2003 Style Section C.03 There’s a certain melancholy to most power-pop, reflecting a bittersweet memory of the days when jangling electric guitars ruled the Top 40, and few power-poppers are more wistful than Tommy Keene. That’s on his recordings, though. In concert, the Bethesda-bred Californian banishes regret with crashing guitar […]

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Paste Magazine

Mike Shupp This Time (Private Mind) On Shupp’s delightful third solo release “This Time,” he gives the discerning music lover just what the doctor ordered – catchy melodies, tight guitar playing, and songs with substance.  A true rarity, as you out there still hooked on radio no doubt realize.  Far from the typical tepid tales […]

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Big Takeover Magazine

Big Takeover Magazine Issue 52, Spring 2003 Mike Shupp This Time (Private Mind) On his third solo record, Shupp, formerly of Washington D.C. power-poppers Big Bang Theory, swims in the cozy, melodic waters occupied by Matthew Sweet, Tommy Keene, and Paul Westerberg.  Indeed, fans of each of those should find something to enjoy in this […]

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Radio, Radio: Where Are You Now?

Swizzle-Stick.com Mike Shupp This Time (Private Mind Records) Does anyone remember when songs like Matthew Sweet’s “Girlfriend” conquered mainstream radio?  Sadly, that seems like such a long time ago.  Mike Shupp’s latest disc is a power pop clinic, and another fine representation of precisely what’s missing from the airwaves these days. Aside from drums, this […]

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PopMatters

Mike Shupp This Time Private Mind (mikeshupp.com) This former guitarist with Big Bang Theory has ventured out on his own for the third time with this album.  And like many of his forefathers in R.E.M., The ‘Mats and Husker Du, Mike Shupp knows what works in guitar power pop.  The short but alluring opening title […]