“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. Hella indie pop today.


YAWN’s singles are usually joyful celebrations bearing resemblance to a more stripped down and straight-forward Animal Collective (to name bands that people in such genres hate/love being compared to), with color barf videos to match. But their latest track, “Ganymede”, is twinkly without being too energized; it’s like a glorious, vocally harmonized lullaby. Cool album art too, bros. The EP came out earlier this month on FeelTrip Records.


Watch music video for YAWN’s “Yum Yum”


Bogan Via

Bogan Via’s self-titled EP was released in January of this year, with little consistency in style or genre. Their previous singles “Afternoon Wonderland” and “Copy And Paste” might have a couple moments here or there, but it is their latest single, “Kanye”, that holds any lasting appeal, from its beatboxing intro to its gently rapping keys.

Bogan Via – “Kanye”DOWNLOAD MP3


Drug Cabin

Former frontman of Ambulance LTD, Marcus Congleton, and Nathan Thelen of Pretty Girls Make Graves have recently teamed up as Drug Cabin, a pop duo with most laid-back and harmonious Californian vibes (for obvious reasons, perhaps). Download two album singles below for “Whatever Never” and “Barracuda”, and get transported to some coastlines! Their debut EP was released on June 19th.

Drug Cabin – “Barracuda”DOWNLOAD MP3

Drug Cabin – “Whatever Never”DOWNLOAD MP3


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Vivian Hua (華婷婷) wears a lot of random hats, but has somewhat mastered globetrotting like a hobo and evading traditional 9-to-5 work schedules. She enjoys observing human idiosyncrasies perhaps more than anything and is a magnet for homeless people (a joy) and bug bites of all types (absolutely terrible). Through her work, she hopes to embrace the temporary while documenting the nostalgic, using divination and dream symbolism as guides through the cosmic maze. Additional writing, art, video, and other crap, like her astrological chart, can be seen at www.inallthings-patterns.net. She is the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE magazine, and quite appreciates unsolicited personal e-mails just to shoot the shit and narrow the gaps between human beings.