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.

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Expires, “Fake Sigils”

Pittsburgh has never been known, particularly, as a hub for post-rock, that fluid genre of “music for people who read books” that...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Elephant Rifle

Let me call it early: anybody who’s anybody who considers themselves a devotee of punk rock will consider Hunk, the recently announced...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Reviews: Tom Waits, “Alice” and “Blood Money”

Tom Waits never has sounded better, at least in terms of fidelity, than he does on the new, re-mastered versions of Alice and Blood Money...

Music, Popdose Lists, Year-End Best-Of Lists

Best of 2017: Justin Vellucci’s Top Ten

Yeah, yeah, putting the final nail in the coffin of 2017 is a little premature, seeing as there’s still more than 30 days left in the...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Sun Machine, “Turn on to Evil”

The Sun Machine certainly has its musical reference points down pat. On its evocative Turn On To Evil LP, which was released two days ago...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: DF, “abcdf”

I feel largely under-qualified to review abcdf, the new EP and accompanying visual experience from Montreal duo DF. While tenor saxophonist...

Music, News

In Memoriam: Chuck Mosley (1959-2017)

Chuck Mosley – who died unexpectedly yesterday, age 57 – was a mess of contradictions. He was an L.A. rock star and a Midwestern...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: U-Men, “U-Men”

My first exposure to the bizarre genius of U-Men came when I first tracked down a vinyl copy of the scene-setting C/Z Records comp. Deep...

Music, Single Reviews

Single Review: Jeff Betten, “Learning It as I Go” b/w “Small Doses”

Anybody as active in a scene as Misra Records head and Pittsburgh indie-rock impresario Jeff Betten has to have a soft spot for the music....

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Primitive Race, “Soul Pretender”

It’s hard not to view Primitive Race’s sophomore outing, Soul Pretender, as the next chapter in Chuck Mosley’s epic comeback story....

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: The Gotobeds, “Definitely Not a Redd Kross EP”

Pittsburgh’s The Gotobeds are offering their two cents on a vintage blast of punk energy – and it is mighty good. Dubbed Definitely Not...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Matt Mehlan, “The Mehlans”

There’s electronic buzzing, post-something refrains, borderline-tribal heat, and occasional Rhodes-and-bass grooves. There’s also,...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Matt Mehlan

He’s going it on his own again and it sounds great. Tomorrow, after a decade-plus at the helm of the thought-rock ensemble/b(r)and...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Seven Fields of Aphelion, “Keep the Ocean Inside”

Dreamy, ethereal, other-worldly – all could be used to describe Keep the Ocean Inside, Pittsburgher Maureen “Maux” Boyle’s engaging...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Watter, “History of the Future”

Watter – a Louisville post-rock band that’s high in promise due to its parentage, if nothing else – simply fails to deliver on the...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Yes Selma, “Songs of Happiness”

When Chad Beattie, a 24-year-old from Baltimore, first told me about his bedroom project Yes Selma – a Dancer In The Dark nod – he...

Music, Single Reviews

Single Review: Tyranny of Dave, “Silence in Brooklyn” b/w “All This 4 U”

The antique-garde is rearing its head again. After seven years of silence, Pinataland founder David Wechsler – whose bizarre orchestrette...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: Loscil, “Suns”

The songs are sparse exercises in stoicism at times, but – like most Loscil recordings, it seems –  there’s a lot percolating...

Music, Popdose Profiles

Popdose Profile: King G & the J Krew Celebrate “Humpback’s” 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago today, the beat was born. It was the sound of young adults from Louisville – a sprawling collection of...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: David Grubbs (2017)

Five days ago, David Grubbs released one of the best records of his storied career and a real contender, especially in avant-indie circles,...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, “Luciferian Towers”

It’s starting to become the definition of stasis. Godspeed You! Black Emperor released a new LP, Luciferian Towers, the band’s sixth,...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: David Grubbs, “Creep Mission”

It starts with the guitar and the guitar alone, amplified slightly but not distorted, its complicated figures as crystalline as frosted...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The National, “Sleep Well Beast”

For the better part of the last two decades, The National has been providing me and others like me with the soundtrack for our adulting....

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Black Wine

Black Wine is dead. Long live Black Wine! Everyone’s favorite New Jersey punk trio played its final show Aug. 13 at Brighton Bar in Long...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Radon Chong, “I Keep On Talking to You”

Captain Beefheart devotees, rejoice! Shape-shifter Don van Vliet might be deceased but his spirit – and that of his ever-evolving Magic...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Astrïd & Rachel Grimes, “Through the Sparkle”

Man, that’s devastating! If the reverb-drenched guitar on this record’s second track doesn’t move you to tremble with tears, then the...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Adam Gnade, “Life Is the Meat Grinder That Sucks in All Things”

Indie writer/musician Adam Gnade is a lot like Neutral Milk Hotel’s beautific, canonical “Oh Comely;” he makes you feel resilient and...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Iron & Wine, “Beast Epic”

Much pomp and circumstance has been made about Sam Beam returning in 2017 to the form of his early years.  But while Iron &...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Wilt, “Hand Mirror”

Portland’s Taylor Malsey presents listeners with some warbled tunes and an inviting, warm blanket of melancholia on the excellent...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: The Lumes, “Envy”

There’s this moment on Envy – the new six-song EP from Rotterdam’s The Lumes, out soon on Crazysane Records – that you’ve gotta...