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How to be Popular

by Popular Genius

Cleverly-crafted pop/rock, with refreshing instrumental twists adding flute, sax and even accordion. Must hear for fans of Barenaked Ladies, Guster, and Ben Folds.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Surprised
3:51 $0.99
2. Apologize
3:37 $0.99
3. Carrie Anne
3:09 $0.99
4. Spoiler
2:27 $0.99
5. Stay Awake
4:00 $0.99
6. Should've Known
3:38 $0.99
7. Fun is Fun
2:07 $0.99
8. Summer Anthem
3:50 $0.99
9. Are You Listening?
3:11 $0.99
10. Gravity
3:29 $0.99
11. Don't Write this Down
3:52 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Popular Genius is a pleasant departure from much of today's popular music. The singable songwriting, upbeat, positive sensibilities, pro-level musicianship, and surprising, refreshing instrumentation make for a unique experience that remains accessible to all listeners.

"With a grin and a swagger, these guys punch their way through jubilant indie pop tunes with well-stacked harmonies and bouncing arrangments" -Nashville Rage Magazine

This Nashville-based 5 piece has built a strong, loyal fanbase and win over new ears constantly, ranging from middle- and high-schoolers to fellow indie bands to adult listeners to professional musicians.

Popular Genius roll call:
Andrew Bissell: vocals, acoustic guitar;
Scott Van Dusen: electric guitar;
Luke Easterling: bass;
Christi Matuszak: flute, saxes, glockenspiel, accordion, etc...
Ryan Stout: drums;

"Popular Genius do it all with polish and panache, piling up kicky melodies and smart lyrics like pop music pack rats." -Nashville Scene Magazine

Colorful, unique instrumentation has only helped to compliment Popular Genius's truly original sound- not to mention signature lush background vocal harmonies which reportedly has Brian Wilson blushing with excitement!

In addition to fantastic studio work, most notably their latest release "How to be Popular", their live show has become quite a powerful draw. Known for solid musicianship, crowd interaction, and a lighthearted yet energetic atmosphere, Popular Genius delivers an unforgettable performance - not to mention intimate acoustic shows.

"With a penchant for sweet pop tunes, they perform gorgeous, lush songs, complex on many levels, proving they're more than just a catchy hook and sing-along chorus" -www.delusionsofadequacy.com

Some of the highlights:

*Shared the stage with popular national acts such as Cake, Tonic, and Jump Little Children

*Regular airplay on Nashville and regional radio

*Continually chosen as "Critic's Picks" in Nashville Scene and Nashville Rage magazines

*Named "Most Promising Nashville Band" by Nashville Scene Magazine

*Composed original theme song for Nashville's 102.9 Buzz radio program

*Represented by Wally's World of Entertainment booking agency

*Performed live on several TV programs, including Fox Mornings

*Bassist, Luke Easterling, featured in "Bass Player Magazine" July '03 issue



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Kris G

This CD plays in my car non-stop!
This is a great CD. It's got some really great, upbeat songs [including a special bonus track!] It also has this amazing song called "Stay Awake" that takes a turn from the usual poppiness of PG. The whole album is great-there's no need to skip songs b/c you'll want to listen to all of them!


Long story short: I stumbled on this CD and this band by surfing cdbaby.com
Why are these guys not signed? Buy the CD like I did and listen to "Stay Awake" and "Apologize" and pass it on.
Great song writing, great harmonies, GREAT BAND!!!!!

Burkey Chain

If you owed me money, and bought this C.D. instead, it's ok.
First off, you love it or you need it. Second off, dang. I'd like to start by saying, it opened my secret garden. Then I'd like to start by saying, I liked it.


Impressive refining of PG's signature sound...incredible...
First things first, wow! This is a fantastic CD that will make you glad you bought it. Rockin' and sweet with the recurring themes. Personal favorites are Are You Listening?, Gravity, and Stay Awake.

AER :o)

A MUST Have! Wonderful album!
This CD is the best Popular Genius album yet! They just keep getting better and better! If you like PG you must get this album, if you don't know them, this is a great way to give them a try! I just know you will love this album!! Get it today! Right now! What are you waiting on?!!