So I stumbled upon this today- The Strokes vocalist and lead songwriter, Julian Casablancas has solo music. I knew that but actually never listened to it til today. I will say, its hit or miss with each song but def has a cool fuse of rock and 80s pop.
I also checked out Little Joy (out of LA- Shoegaze)
and Albert Hammond Jr. (NY powerpop)
they are both along these same trendy lines...