Author: Beau Dure

Beau Dure learned everything he needs to know about life while stuffed into the overhead compartment of a bus writing Enduring Spirit, a book about the Washington Spirit's first season. He also wrote a youth-soccer book titled Single-Digit Soccer (it's both funny and angry), Long-Range Goals: The Success Story of Major League Soccer and several pieces for The Guardian, OZY, Four Four Two, ESPN.com, Bleacher Report and his own blogs, SportsMyriad and Mostly Modern Media. He's best known for his decade at USA Today, where he wrote about Icelandic handball.

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: A Tori-fic Finale

It’s time to wrap up this series for a variety of unimportant reasons, but before I go, it’s time to pay a debt. Nearly three years...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Sloan, “Underwhelmed”

There’s a formula for power-pop success that simply isn’t used as often as it should be: Have a killer hook, simple and...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Poe, “Haunted”

The music industry is cruel to … well, pretty much everyone. But it’s especially awful to women who make music-industry men...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Judas, “Heaven on Their Minds”

We’re raising the ante in this month’s installment of What’s THAT Supposed to Mean? — this month’s singer is...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Belly, “Shiny One”

It’s 1993. “Alternative music” is not yet just the genre where we stick anything semi-popular that isn’t R&B or...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Veruca Salt, “Shutterbug”

They did warn you about the Seether. Three years after coming out of nowhere with a powerful series of rock hooks on their debut...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: The Waitresses, “Christmas Wrapping”

Creativity is a funny thing. You can work all your life to create something on your own terms, only to find that the quick throwaway thing...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Beastie Boys, “Gratitude”

A killer bass line fed through one of the fuzziest pedals ever invented. A heavy dose of wah-wah on a two-note guitar solo. A powerful...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: XTC, “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead”

In an era full of quirky bands, XTC may have been the quirkiest. Their debut album featured primary singer/songwriter Andy Partridge...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Blondie, “Long Time”

Some people get crankier when they get older. They drift off and sit in front of whatever TV shows best reinforce their stereotypes and...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: “The Green Fields of France”

This month’s entry is being dictated by the times. We’re still marking the 100-year anniversary of the most ghoulish, pointless...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Nicole Atkins, “Goodnight Rhonda Lee”

Dear Nashville, Look, I’m sure you’re a lovely town. As a two-time Duke grad, I have to give a bit of respect to our fellow...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Green Day, “Jesus of Suburbia”

And there’s nothing wrong with me, this how I’m supposed to be, in a land of make-believe that don’t believe in me....

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Silversun Pickups, “Panic Switch”

Are you pistol-whipped? Do you release the glitch? Can you fall asleep with a panic switch? What’s THAT supposed to mean? Quite by...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: The Psychedelic Furs, “Pretty in Pink”

She turns herself round and she smiles and she says, “This is it, that’s the end of the joke.” What’s THAT supposed...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Aimee Mann, “Lost in Space”

But I am the stuff of happy endings / Though mostly bluff, belief suspending / But close enough for just pretending / To care? What’s...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Metric, “Gimme Sympathy”

Who would you rather be? / The Beatles or the Rolling Stones / Oh, seriously / You’re gonna make mistakes, you’re young. What’s THAT...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Rush, “Witch Hunt”

Silent and stern in the sweltering night. The mob moves like demons possessed. What’s THAT supposed to mean? In 1974, Rush replaced...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Stevie Wonder, “Higher Ground”

Lovers keep on lovin’. Believers keep on believin’. Sleepers just stop sleepin’. ‘Cause it won’t be too long. What’s THAT...

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Popdose Alt-Christmas Film Festival: Actually a Good Love Story (or Eight)

Yes, critics. We hear you. Love Actually, the 2003 holiday blockbuster, spawned some unfortunate imitators in the “intertwined vignette...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Stereolab, “Ping Pong”

Huger slump and greater wars and a shallower recovery? What’s THAT supposed to mean? Stereolab may be the quintessential 90s band,...

Books, Bookshelf

Bookshelf: Nadia Bolz-Weber Takes On TBN and Spiritual Voids

“If you believe you’re playing well because you’re getting laid, or because you’re not getting laid, or because you...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: The Sounds, Bill Bruford and Creativity’s Curse

“Standing in the shadows I hear people say, I got confessions to make, listen up! No one sleeps when I’m awake.” What’s THAT...

Books, Bookshelf

Bookshelf: What Would Bill Bryson Think?

Perhaps it’s my rabid Anglophilia, but one of my favorite books is Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island, in which the American...

Television

Snow Day Suggestion: “The Comic Strip Presents …”

One advantage to spending a lot of time at home with snow covering the sidewalks and streets is getting a chance to do a bit of Hulu...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Tori Amos, “Caught a Lite Sneeze”

Boys on the left, boys on the right, Sister Ernestine, just bring your son? What’s THAT supposed to mean? Tori Amos wasn’t always so...

Sports

The Year in Moderately Popular Sports: Women Win

We haven’t done a Year in Moderately Popular Sports since 2012. That’s because I’m an even bigger slacker than Jeff and Jason, the...

Sports

Popdose Sports: The Hockey Rock Canon Keeps Growing

Hockey and power chords go together like beer and arena junk food. Plenty of sports make liberal use of “jock rock” — ESPN and...

Music

Confessions of a College Music Major: I Love Rock and Roll

Majoring in music was never the most practical choice, but I did it anyway. I double-majored in philosophy and called myself “pre-law”...

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What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?: Airborne Toxic Event, “Sometime Around Midnight”

Your friends say you look like you’ve seen a ghost? What’s that supposed to mean? In this case, unlike the first two songs in...