The International Pop Overthrow Music Festival — Atlanta wraps up on Day Three with Kenny Howes & The Wow, Cliff Hillis, Orange Hat, Crash Into June, What The…?, and My Rebel Episode.
6:30 — Kenny Howes & The Wow
Kenny Howes is a singer-songwriter / multi-instrumentalist, specializing in power-pop. Raised in Mulberry, Florida, Howes began his recording career in the 1990s in Tallahassee, FL. Howes' latest solo LP, Tornadoes Here And Past, was released in November 2012, with a vinyl version following in December 2012. PowerPopAholic.com had this to say: "A triumphant comeback in a year full of them. Don’t miss this one."
7:15 — Cliff Hillis
Cliff Hillis is known for putting the “power” into “power pop.” On June 19th the Phoenixville, PA-based musician, songwriter and producer celebrated the release of his new album Dream Good on San Francisco indie label TallBoy Records. The new album’s title comes from one of its songs, but Hillis happily points out that Dream Good is also #20 on Woody Guthrie’s list of New Years Resolutions from 1943. It’s Hillis’ third release on San Francisco label TallBoy Records, and he describes it as sounding like “Wilco meets Fountains of Wayne,” and fully representative of his finely-honed pop/rock sensibility. Hillis also produced "Dream Good," which was mixed in Nashville by noted pop producer Brad Jones (known for his work with Marshall Crenshaw, Jill Sobule and Matthew Sweet, among others).
8:00 — Orange Hat
Smart power pop meets the groovy sound of the psychedelic sixties in Atlanta-based band Orange Hat. But, the Hat is more than a band - it's an ongoing multimedia circus. In addition to albums full of songs with cool harmonies and catchy hooks, Orange Hat's canon of insanity includes a twisted TV show with an expanded cast of freaks. Step right this way...
8:45 — Crash Into June
Three minutes. Someone once said that's all it takes to know if you're going to like the person you just met. One might use that test for music as well. If that's true, then about three minutes into "Pete Ham," the opening song on Crash Into June's debut record From Blind to Blue, you'll know the answer. Listen to those soaring harmonies that just beg you to sing along. Listen to that guitar at its brightest. Listen to the tight rhythms keeping the melodies grounded. And more than anything, listen to those insidious melodies, the hooks that climb into your head and never leave.
9:30 — What The…?
From the garage to virtual reality to around the globe, What The...? is the epitome of rock at its most raw and exciting. Spanning the length and breadth of rock 'n' roll, you'll hear the unmistakable influences of classic Brit Invasion to roots-rock / rockabilly to finely crafted power pop to practically punk! Their infectious combination of raw rock power, melodic song craft, and loads of harmonies reverberates forward and backward through time, giving you a glimpse into rock's past, present, and future.
10:15 — My Rebel Episode
My Rebel Episode is an Alt-Rock 4 piece dripping with hooks has deep roots in the Atlanta and California rock scenes. Featuring former members of regional touring acts Hanging Francis, Ditchdiggers, Southern Gothic Revival, Bootsie Merengue, Khalifa, and more. They like punk rawk, good books, cheap beer, fast cars, pretty girls, zombie movies, Gazpacho-Masada Codes, shooter games, and lots of great bands. They sound a bit like the Replacements, the Clash, Soul Asylum, Stereophonics, and the Riverboat Gamblers, but are nothing if not original. Currently making tracks with Mark Kueffner (production credits include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), and Marrio Marshall (of famed hip hop productions). Just released a video directed by Tim Spain for their single "So Far Away".
About International Pop Overthrow
International Pop Overthrow (or IPO, as it has affectionately become known) is a pop music festival which has been held for the past sixteen years in Los Angeles, and for various years in Chicago, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, Detroit, Milwaukee, Portland, Seattle, Austin, Vancouver, and Toronto, as well as in Liverpool (at the world famous Cavern Club), and London, UK. Each International Pop Overthrow features between 25-180 of the best pop bands from around the world. Everyone from the bands to the spectators has a wonderful time, and although we’re all exhausted by the end, we part company with one prevailing thought: “I can’t wait to do it again next year!”
The purpose of International Pop Overthrow is two-fold: one aim is to give every worthy band who’d like to play their music in a festival atmosphere the chance to do so, and the other is to bring pop music the attention it so richly deserves. We have made great strides to that end, garnering press in several noteworthy papers in each city in which we hold the festival, and creating a very positive buzz about pop music within the inner circles of major labels. We’re looking forward to the very real possibility that a number of bands who have played IPO will grab the brass ring and receive major label deals.