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Paul Collins curating Power Pop-A-Licious 2 fest at Cake Shop

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Conceived and curated by power pop legend Paul Collins (co-founder of THE NERVES, THE BREAKAWAYS and THE BEAT), the fest will bring together some of the finest young guitar-driven power pop, garage rock and punk-pop bands from the eastern seaboard and Canada. Of the lineup, Collins says, “Power Pop-A-Licious 2 is a unifying rally cry for the thriving rock-n-roll subculture, and is a means for power pop fans of all ages to discover a wealth of talented new acts in one power-packed weekend.”

Power-pop-A-Licious 2 is ground zero for a burgeoning DIY power pop scene fueled by the devotion of its fans, the immediacy of the internet and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Each day will feature bands from the East Coast that are left right and center of the new generation of the guitar driven melodic rock scene. Collins adds: “Today’s power pop bands blend punk, garage, retro-power pop, and psychedelic into one swirling sound. Personally I am not a purest about power pop, I am more interested in promoting bands that have cool songs and use electric guitars to get their point across.”

Power Pop-A-Licious 2 was originally scheduled to take place at Asbury Lanes back in November but got postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. It’s now happening at Cake Shop here in NYC on February 1 and 2 and, in addition to a set from Paul Collins & the Beat, includes Montreal’s Kid Sentiment, Portsmouth, ON’s The Connection and Kurt Baker, Toronto’s Pow Wows (not to be confused with Brooklyn’s pow wow!), Brooklyn’s Party Lights and more. Full schedule is below and advance tickets are on sale now.

Power-Pop-A-Licious 2 SCHEDULE
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1
DJ TONY LO-FI
PSYCHO HIPPIES (Brooklyn)
THE DISCONNECTS (NJ)
PARTY LIGHTS (Brooklyn)
THE CONNECTION (Portsmouth)
KURT BAKER (Portsmouth)
KID SENTIMENT (Montreal)

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2
DJ TONY LO-FI
THE ELECTRIC MESS (NYC)
1-800-BAND (Brooklyn)
POW WOWS (Toronto)
THE MODULATORS (NJ)
PAUL COLLINS BEAT (NYC)

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