Author: Dave Lifton

The perpetually cranky Dave Lifton produces and co-hosts the Popdose Podcast and contributes an occasional column when he darn well feels like it. But mostly he eats Cheetos and yells at kids to get off his lawn, which is strange because he lives in an apartment. The guiding force behind LifStrong, he can be found on Twitter at @dslifton.

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Tami Neilson, “Sassafrass!”

If you've ever wanted to know what Wanda Jackson duking it out with Shirley Bassey in an alley while Rosanne Cash, Sharon Jones and Amy...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

Popdose Exclusive: Check Out White Boy & the Average Rat Band’s Long-Out-of-Print Album

Limited to 300 copies when first released in 1980, White Boy and the Average Rat Band's album has since become a collector's item for fans...

Music, Video Premieres

Popdose Video Premiere: Julian Velard, “Don’t Ask Me About Hamilton (Anymore)”

Popdose is pleased to premiere the video for “Don’t Ask Me About Hamilton (Anymore)."...

Music, Popdose Exclusives, Video Premieres

Popdose Exclusive Video Premiere: The Cowards Choir, “I Took a Drive”

The shock felt by many by the election of Donald Trump is reflected in a new song by the Cowards Choir. ...

CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Julian Velard, ‘Fancy Words for Failure’

Julian Velard's 'Fancy Words for Failure' finds the singer at a professional and personal crossroads, but coming out on the right side. ...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Gerry Devine & the Hi-Beams, “Fire Lane”

Many of these songs pick up where the Beatles' excursions into country ended once they discovered acid....

Current Events, Theatre

Political Theater: Lyrics From “Hamilton” That Could Be Said About Donald Trump

Everybody loves "Hamilton." Everybody hates Donald Trump. So why are they so similar?...

Album Reviews, Music

ALBUM REVIEW: Don DiLego, “Magnificent Ram A”

Don DiLego's "Magnificent Ram A," is his most ambitious and best album to date....

Music, Popdose Exclusives

POPDOSE ALBUM PREMIERE: Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts, “Heavy Metal”

Popdose is pleased to have the exclusive pre-release stream of 'Heavy Metal,' the new album from Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts....

Earmageddon, Music

Earmageddon: Wiggin-geddon!

Hipsters made it possible for Dot Wiggin of the famously awful Shaggs to release a solo album 44 years later, but Jeff Giles will pay for...

Album Reviews, Music

ALBUM REVIEW: Nigel Hall, “Ladies & Gentlemen… Nigel Hall”

New Orleans-based Nigel Hall has given us a debut album that shows a solid command of '70s R&B and funk....

Music

The Cool Elegance of Allen Toussaint

Some thoughts on New Orleans music legend, Allen Toussaint, who passed away last night (Nov. 9). ...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Jason Myles Goss, “This Town Is Only Going to Break Your Heart”

Jason Myles Goss' 'This Town Is Only Going to Break Your Heart' may be even better than his last album, 'Radio Dial.'...

Music

Pre-Order Popdose’s Benefit Album, ‘You Can’t Live on Love Alone: Songs for the Fight Against Multiple Myeloma’

Sometimes it helps to ask if there’s anything you can do. A little over a year ago, Pigeon O’Brien, a longtime friend to many of us at...

CD Reviews, Music

CD REVIEW: The Staple Singers, “Freedom Highway Complete”

The Staple Singers' 1965 album, recorded shortly after the Selma marches, gets expanded and reissued....

CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: The Lone Bellow, “Then Came the Morning”

With “Then Came the Morning,” the Lone Bellow have successfully avoided the sophomore jinx, and it establishes them firmly at the top...

Television

Why Stephen Colbert’s “We’ll Meet Again” Singalong Was the Greatest Send-Off in TV History

It’s been half a day since Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report and the way it went out is still circulating in my head. Not even...

Music, News

Music News: The Jewbadours to Play “The Last Schmaltz” on December 23

Bring out your inner Jew at "The Last Schmaltz" at the Highline Ballroom....

Lefschmutz, Music

Lefschmutz Jr.: The World’s Worst Music Snob Can’t Get Laid

I can rarely predict where a column about music is going to raise my ire next. I’ve all-but stopped reading Lefsetz recently in the...

Earmageddon, Music

Earmageddon: Deemageddon!

Jeff Giles is a fucking asshole. I know I’ve said that before. And I’ll say it again, partly because it’s fun, but mostly because...

CD Reviews, Music

CD REVIEW: Julian Velard, “If You Don’t Like It, You Can Leave”

“No one plays Gershwin anymore,” laments Julian Velard in “That Old Manhattan,” the penultimate and one of the standout tracks from...

Music

Why Jody Rosen’s Defense of Schlock Was Wrong

On Tuesday, Vulture published a lengthy essay by pop critic Jody Rosen called, “In Defense of Schlock Music: Why Journey, Billy Joel, and...

Music

New Music: Derek Luttrell, “Tired Dogs, Old Trees”

On April 25, Rockford, IL-based singer-songwriter Derek Luttrell will release Tired Dogs, Old Trees on Rotown Records. As a preview, you...

Music

Free Music – The Parlor Sessions Tour Sampler

This June, a group of four excellent singer-songwriters will launch a small tour of the East Coast under the name “The Parlor Sessions”...

Music

New Music: Life in a Blender, “Tongue-Cut Sparrow”

Life in a Blender, the absurdist New York band fronted by Don Ralph since 1987, are getting set to release their ninth studio album, “We...

Music

Remembering Pete Seeger

This isn’t a proper obituary of Pete Seeger. If that’s what you want, please read Popdose founder Jeff Giles’ beautifully written...

Contests, Music

Popdose Giveaway: Win a 2-Blu-ray/2-CD Combo of “Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival”

Last April, Eric Clapton held the latest installment of the Crossroads Guitar Festival at New York’s Madison Square Garden....

Music, Podcast

Podcast: Bruce Springsteen’s “High Hopes”

A couple of weeks ago I reviewed Bruce Springsteen’s new album, High Hopes. It’s a bit of a departure from the way he usually...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

Album Review: The Floor Models, “Floor Your Love”

All of us who have had written reviews have had had the same answer shot back at us by a fan of a band we slammed. “Oh, yeah?” it...