SINGLE REVIEW: IAMDYNAMITE, “Be There”

As fans of the band, even we didn’t see this coming. The Ann Arbor duo IAMDYNAMITE, whose 2012 debut SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC (THEY REALLY LIKE UPPER CASE LETTERS DO NOT JUDGE THEM) sounded like the Black Keys making a power pop record, ...

CD Review: Simple Minds, “Big Music”

Simple Minds is one of the most confounding bands in music. They’ve always dreamed big, yet they were also just a little bit outside of the mainstream. Even the handful of hits they managed to score in the mid-‘80s – with their ...

The Second Popdose Interview with Midge Ure

Something strange and wonderful has been happening lately: Ultravox lead singer Midge Ure is spending more and more time in the United States. Tomorrow (August 19), Ure will release Fragile, his first solo album since 2008 and the first solo album of ...

Watch Now: Deuce & Charger, “Stop the Sky from Falling”

This joke will date me terribly, but here goes: it’s amusing to get a press release about a production trio (emphasis on trio) named Deuce & Charger, because it reminds me of how the Thompson Twins (yep, emphasis on twins) were a ...

Song of the Day: Home Video, “Forget”

Marshall Crenshaw told us that every musician has an internal clock that tells them when it’s time to make a new record. For the New York electronic duo Home Video, their clock is clearly set to four years, because their ...

CD Review: Art Decade, “Art Decade”

If there is a universal truth among people who dedicate their lives to music, either the creation of it or the consumption it, it is that each generation bemoans the slow but gradual decline in the art of songwriting. Perhaps the greatest ...

The Popdose Interview with Terri Nunn

Think about getting on the phone with the woman you lusted after like no 14-year-old boy ever lusted in his life. This was the “challenge” presented to us when we got the green light to interview Berlin singer and part time DJ ...

CD Review: Little Boots, “Nocturnes”

It’s easy to wave a finger at the major labels for their general lack of curiosity or willingness to diversify in today’s pop market (it’s fun, too), but the fact is that in the mid-2000s, Atlantic Records really did give ...

Book review: “Code Name Void”

In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that I am friends with Connie Hansen, the author of “Code Name: VOID.” I’ve known her since high school, and she’s one of the funniest and smartest people I know. She ...

The Popdose Interview with Midge Ure

Interview date: January 18, 2013

They may have never climbed any higher than #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 – and they only even appeared on the US singles chart once – but the influence of English synth-rock quartet Ultravox ...

CD Review: Blur: “Parklive”

Perhaps it’s one of those things where you have to be there.

I saw Blur four times when they were at the height of their powers – once on the Parklife tour, twice on The Great Escape, ...

Popdose Contest: Win Blur’s New Live Album, “Parklive”

Howdily ho, Popdoserinos. It’s time to pull out that Union Jack flag and get yer Britpop on, because we’re giving away Parklive, the 2-CD set of Blur’s massive show in Hyde Park at the close of the Olympic ceremonies earlier ...

The Popdose Interview with Don Felder

To speak with Don Felder is to speak with a man who’s acutely aware of karma. As a young and hungry touring guitarist in Los Angeles during the early ’70s, Felder joined his friend Bernie Leadon’s band the Eagles – ...

CD Review: Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings

As Daffy Duck once said, da-rool, da-rool. EMI has taken Roxy Music’s entire catalog – which is funny when you consider that virtually every label except for EMI had a hand in the original releases of these records, at least in the ...

Duran Duran: “A Diamond in the Mind” DVD

It’s strange to see Duran Duran churning out live videos every other album like some New Romantic version of the Dave Matthews Band, but at the same time, it makes perfect sense. They’re coming off their best reviews since 1982 ...

Album Review: Ultravox, “Brilliant”

A most welcome surprise, this one. The Ultravox lineup of Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann – the men at the wheel during the band’s commercial peak – have just released Brilliant, the first album since 1994’s ...

Defending Katherine Heigl…at the expense of Jennifer Aniston

During what will hopefully be converted into a roundtable discussion about the posters for the upcoming movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting – which quickly devolved into ‘I’d hit that’ speak, much to Kelly Stitzel’s dismay – someone jokingly ...

Popdose Flashback ’92: The Beat Mix

You knew this was coming. Let’s get to it.

1. Shakespeare’s Sister – Stay
2. Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
3. INXS – Not Enough Time
4. George Michael – ...

Popdose Flashback ’91: Squeeze, “Play”

This album, for all intents and purposes, saved my life.

Here’s the back story: I had just graduated from college in the summer of 1991, I was in Connecticut. Girlfriend was in Ohio. I packed up everything ...

Name That Tune, Game Forty-Eight

I’m back, fuckers! Well, this week, anyway.

Gave myself a few hours to make a quiz that I’ve had on the back burner since the monster Girl quiz that closed out 2009. Ready, Freddys and Bettys? Time to rock ...

The Popdose Guide to Duran Duran

There were few, if any, top-tier pop groups from the ’80s as polarizing as Duran Duran. If you were into them, you consumed their every word, thought and movement as if God himself was speaking through them. If you weren’t into them, ...

The Very Guest Of… Kirsty MacColl

The patron saints of Popdose are an unconventional bunch, to be sure. The big joke among the staff at the annual board meeting, held in Matt Wardlaw’s palatial estate, is that when we finally launch our own music festival, we ...