Sarah Cracknell, Adam Lambert, FFS Lead June Bloom New Releases

Forget Christmas or “Christmas in July”, most of the year’s top new albums arrive this month to a record store (way to go!), digital retailer (sure why not?) or streaming service (you are killing the music industry) near you.

Sarah Cracknell • Red ...

The Spectacular Spectacular Trans Mission of Isley Reust

Isley Reust is a force of nature. While most everyone in Hollywood is a multi-hyphenate of some kind (writer/producer/model) with an off-resume day job, Isley is making waves on several fronts by thrusting her art and herself into the world.  ...

Being Lee DeWyze: Singer, Songwriter, Director, Puppeteer

Lee DeWyze isn’t the first person to hear the soon-to-be-disproven words, “your life is about to change forever” on a reality TV show, nor will he be the last. It is what it is, a short term boost of name recognition. You ...

Nate Ruess Buries Lykke Li, But Not For Fun.

fun., Imagine Dragons and Foster the People are HUGE bands band with members that you can’t name and frontmen you couldn’t pick out of a police lineup. None of em make tawdry headlines the way rock stars did when I was a kid. ...

The Popdose Premiere: Meiko ‘Weather for the Better’

Meiko hails from the City of Angels, and like many of my favorite artists, she made a name for herself on the tiny stage at Hollywood’s thriving singer/songwriter mecca, Hotel Café. While she has yet to ascend to global super stardom like alumni Katy ...

Nate Mendel Goes All Beyond The Bass

Everyone thought it was crazy for the drummer of Nirvana to go solo as an axe-wielding frontman and look how that turned out for him. Now that Foo Fighters are a global multi-platform mega media corporation, the senior partners are surprisingly as busy ...

POPDOSE Top 40: 2014’s Best Rock and Pop Albums

Most year-end “Best of” lists are about wrapping up the year in a tidy bow and moving on, this list celebrates amazing albums that deserve new fans, continued spins and deeper listening long into 2015 and beyond.

If this list missed your favorites, add ...

Brooke White Gathers Her Friends For Surprise Charity Album

2014 has been an amazing year for new music, and my very last purchase of the year will hopefully arrive this Friday — that said, we could still use a little help from our friends to make it happen.

The album, Never Grow ...

2014’s Best Reissues: The Best of the 70s and 80s You’ve Never Heard

There’s no shortage of scrape the vaults, lost demos saturated, resist the urge overkill, 10-pound, 20-disc, collector’s edition reissues designed to take the hardcore fan by the ankles to shake free every last coin of discretionary income. This post ain’t about those ...

EPIC VIDEO PREMIERE: Guardian Ghost ‘Sailor’

LA’s Guardian Ghost blazes across the night sky casting off a comet tail of influences ranging from Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Muse, Coldplay, Hooray For Earth, Editors and the Chameleons; shimmering guitars, sparks of percussion, haunting orchestral notes and the ...

Fall 2014’s Biggest Albums For Short Attention Spans

Vinyl is mainstream again. Hipsters are into cassettes. Heaven knows some asshole out there is trying to make 8-tracks happen again. Another dinosaur of the 80’s has recently roared back — the EP — or “extended play” which is ironic since an ...

Kate Voegele Runs Up A New Hill: The 2014 Popdose Interview

Kate Voegele is one of those artists that indie rock hipsters and Taylor Swift fans can proudly call their own. Her roots, like mine, are in Cleveland, Ohio yet while all of us were friends with Tom back in the MySpace heyday, ...

Pasadena ’68: Power Pop Supergroup Comes Out Swinging

This past week I was messaging back and forth with one of our avid readers, Benjamin, about the dearth of good power pop bands in my 2014 POPDOSE posts — when alls a sudden, a sizzling piece of sonic thunder blasts into my inbox. Ask ...