Author: Justin Vellucci

Justin Vellucci is a former staffer at Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines like American Songwriter and PopMatters, alt-weeklies such as Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper, and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish and Linoleum, and the Gannett publication Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: Hontatedori, “Konata Kanata”

If the vitriol and raw energy of punk rock is like a fever dream, then the Tokyo trio Hontatedori — which premiered its U.S. debut,...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Jeremy Enigk, “Return of the Frog Queen”

Sub Pop Records recently reissued Jeremy Enigk’s Return of the Frog Queen, a circa-‘96 solo debut whose first printing remains,...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: High Plains, “Pilot Hill”

High Plains today quietly released a follow-up to Cinderland, its brilliant debut and, hands down, one of last year’s best records. But,...

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EP Review: Joan and the Rivers, “Meat Sweats Vol. 1 and 2”

If you like your modern-day interpretations of 60s trash-rock booze-drenched, then you’ll want to tune into Joan and The Rivers, a San...

Music, Single Reviews

Single Review: Spencer Kilpatrick, “Lungs”

Fans of early Amos Lee – in other words: well-crafted acoustic soul – mustmustMUST tune into Spencer Kilpatrick, a Reno, Nev.-based...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Kaada, “Closing Statements”

The new record from the Norwegian composer Kaada is a beautiful thing, immense in scope yet startlingly intimate. But, while it plays on a...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Frog Eyes, “Violet Psalms”

Frog Eyes’ frontman Carey Mercer has said Violet Psalms – the band’s goodbye record, out late last week on Paper Bag – was written...

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Album Review: David Grubbs & Taku Unami, “Failed Celestial Creatures”

From the early notes of “Failed Celestial Creatures” – the meditative, 20-minute-long title track to the unanticipated debut...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: The Elephant Parallax, “Loam and Sky”

There are two epic songs battling for your attention on Loam and Sky, the new EP from The Elephant Parallax out Friday, and either could...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: J. Foley, “Drone Loops”

Now, this is the way EXPERIMENTAL music is supposed to sound – epic, thought-provoking and loud! The Austerity Program guitarist J. Foley...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Elephant Rifle, “Hunk”

As pig-fuck goes, this is some of the best. For those just tuning in, pig-fuck is the unfortunately titled genre of explosive post-punk...

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Album Review: Dylan Carlson, “Conquistador”

I know it’s utterly blasphemous to suggest in underground circles, but my first point of entry when listening to Dylan Carlson’s new...

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Album Review: Grouper, “Grid of Points”

Grouper’s new LP – Grid of Points, out tomorrow via Kranky – is no Ruins, but its sparse pairing of multifaceted, ghostly voices with...

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Album Review: Rob Ford Explorer, “Rob Ford Explorer”

Just wow. The new self-titled LP from Reno’s Rob Ford Explorer, out earlier this month, is a potent gem, a heady amalgamation of jazz...

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Album Review: Saleeha, “Come Wander Through the Pale Dark”

As Saleeha, the Australian-born, Vancouver-based Max Buchanan makes meditative, slowly unfurling soundscapes that, surprisingly enough, do...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Melvins, “Pinkus Abortion Technician”

Ugh. The new Melvins record, I am sad to report, dear reader, is a bit of a trainwreck. It’s not that Pinkus Abortion Technician, out...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Randall Holt, “Inside the Kingdom of Splendor and Madness”

The cello weeps and sows and soars, and so it goes with Randall Holt and his Inside The Kingdom of Splendor and Madness, which gets the...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Big Weather, “The Lightest Darkness”

Well, turns out climate change – for those rational people who agree with the science behind it – might not be all bad, after all. Big...

Music, Video Premieres

Popdose Video Premiere: The Bipeds, “Dressful of Dreams”

Antique-garde aficionados, take note: The Bipeds has arrived. The Bipeds is a dance-theater company/rock and roll band under the artistic...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Lampshades, “Astrology”

The Lampshades, a trio of Pittsburgh-by-way-of-Altoona ne’er-do-wells, is nothing if not ambitious. It hasn’t always entirely been this...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Your Food, “Poke It With a Stick”

This Friday belongs to Your Food. The Louisville post-punk quartet – whose only LP, 1983’s Poke It With A Stick, is getting the reissue...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Eric Chenaux, “Slowly Paradise”

It’s an engaging conceit – the folk balladeer’s whispy, sometimes almost stagy voice hovering over deconstructed, ambient...

Music, Video Premieres

Popdose Video Premiere: The Lampshades, “Civilization and Its Discontents”

It starts with a detuned guitar and ends with the lonely shaking of maracas, an epic and loose-limbed nugget titled “Civilization and its...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Tango With Lions, “The Light”

The acoustic guitar scales dance with trickles of piano and the occasional tip-tip-tapping of drums, singer-songwriter Katerina...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: Léah Lazonick, “Movimenti della Luna d’Oro”

All it takes is 12 minutes to wow us. With a sense of movement falling somewhere between the piano phrasings of Cage (thinking The Seasons,...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Ilyas Ahmed, “Closer to Stranger”

How this one flew under the radar is just beyond me. Released Jan. 26 by MIE Music, Ilyas Ahmed’s Closer To Stranger is a hazy-edged...

Music, Popdose Profiles

Popdose Profile: Mark Deutrom

Every 10 years, Mark Deutrom goes through some fresh hell. Take 1998, a couple of hells ago. Deutrom was recording his first solo record...

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Album Review: Efrim Manuel Menuck, “Pissing Stars”

There’s much to celebrate about Pissing Stars, the second solo LP – out today on Constellation Records – from Godspeed You! Black...

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Album Review: Mudhoney, “LiE”

I still remember the CD. My Mudhoney collection was fairly impressive in ’93, having dug deep into the band’s Sub Pop soil, but the...

Music, Single Reviews

Single Review: Bellringer, “Stumble Bum/Triangular Object”

No matter how much he loathes it, Texan and musical-firebrand Mark Deutrom forever might be inextricably linked with Melvins, the legendary...