Author: Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Birdie Num Num & the Spirit Squad, “Subject to Change”

Interesting, dreamy – veering close to neo-psychedelia and very good indeed.  Pennsylvania’s Birdie Num Num And The Spirit...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Victor Krummenacher, “Hard to See Trouble Coming”

A ninth solo album is no mean achievement; singer-songwriter-guitarist Victor Krummenacher (most often recognized for being a member of...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Heather Augustyn, “Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music”

I was fortunate enough to receive and read Heather Augustyn’s last two books; one on the history of ska and the other, a...

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

Best of 2014: A Plentiful Year

Since I didn’t do this last year, I’m throwing my hat in with every one of the fine folks here at Popdose as 2014 was one of...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Blood Rush Hour, “And Then … the Unthinkable Happened …”

After a year of musical triumphs, this is a perfect way to end 2014.  A wonderful mixture of classic sounds, harkening back to the...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Spencer Albee, “Love Is Not Enough”

This Portland, Maine native sounds like he just stepped out of Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, circa late 1966/’67 with an album...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: The Jam, “Setting Sons”

1979’s Setting Sons is probably the second finest piece of work released by The Jam during their career, which, on record, spanned...

Music, News

Music News: John Fry, Founder of Ardent Studios, Dies at 69

Ardent Studios founder and legendary producer John Fry has died. The man who gave a base of operations to the band that became Big Star...

DVD Reviews, Music

DVD Review: “Positive Force: More Than a Witness — 30 Years of Punk Politics in Action”

VERY interesting and intriguing historic look at the Positive Force organization, which began in Nevada, but has thrived and stayed the...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Gene Clark, “Two Sides to Every Story”

1977’s Two Sides To Every Story by the late Gene Clark, the erstwhile co-founder of The Byrds, has been long considered his finest...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: R.E.M., “7IN-83-88”

As it stands, the R.E.M. nostalgia/reissues campaign hasn’t slowed a bit, although this is definitely one for the completist/hardcore...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Grownup Noise, “The Problem With Living in the Moment”

Clean, neat and warm sounds fill this latest release from Boston’s The Grownup Noise.  A full mix of acoustic guitars, piano,...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Delaney Gibson, “Tall Like The Tree”

Austin, Texas resident and powerhouse singer Delaney Gibson delivers this lush, grand, well-produced album of eleven songs.  Tall Like The...

Book Reviews, Books, Music

Book Review: Jerry Burgan with Alan Rifkin, “Wounds to Bind”

What makes this book so interesting is, for a start, I have little-to-no great knowledge about the ’60’s folk-rock revolution...

DVD Reviews, Music

DVD Review: “R.E.M. by MTV”

It’s already three years since Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe officially announced the end of R.E.M. as a band (after a...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Populuxe, “Populuxe/3”

Okay, this is the shit – straight up.   Some very obvious hook-mastery and full-bodied classic power pop but then it gets...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music

Cycles Per Second: A Look At The dB’s “Repercussion”

If there’s one album that I can automatically point to/at which helped me – helped to shape me as a songwriter and start to...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Mark Lanegan Band, “Phantom Radio”

Good sounds all around from Screaming Trees mainman (and erstwhile Queen Of The Stone Age), Mark Lanegan and his band (including the...

CD Reviews, EP Reviews, Music, Popdose

EP REVIEW: Red Jacket Mine, “Pure Delight”

This new 6 song mini-album follows up the stellar 2013 release Someone Else’s Cake. Where that album had varied styles of what could...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Captain Beefheart, “Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972”

The music and artistry of Don Van Vliet, known to all and sundry as Captain Beefheart is very black and white – there are no greys...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Love, “Black Beauty”

What was technically recorded as Arthur Lee’s second solo album after the dissolution of Love in 1971 became viewed as the...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: The Monkees, “The Monkees” (Super Deluxe Edition)

This is one of those albums where I cannot even remotely pretend to be objective – The Monkees was the first album I ever owned in my...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Reviews: Led Zeppelin, “IV” and “Houses of the Holy”

I don’t know how to find the right words for two albums that were almost “standard issue” when I was a teen and starting...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Reviews: Wings, “Venus and Mars” and “Wings at the Speed of Sound”

That much of Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles efforts have been unavailable for so long remains something of a mystery to me.  His...

Film, Film Reviews

Film Review: “20,000 Days on Earth”

One of the more interesting (to fascinating) musicians/writers to come out of the post-punk era is unquestionably Nick Cave.  As the...

Music, Popdose Exclusives, Video Premieres

Popdose Exclusive Video Premiere: Hillary Capps, “Love Love Love”

Brooklyn singer/songwriter Hillary Capps shares with us at Popdose her latest video effort for the track “Love Love Love” and...

CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, Music

DVD/CD Review: Big Star, “Live in Memphis”

As I did with the recent re-issues of Big Star’s #1 Record and Radio City, I went into listening and watching Live In...

EP Reviews, Music, New Artists, Popdose

EP REVIEW: Wyatt, “Here Comes Everybody”

This five-song e.p. comes from a “family band” – the Wyatt siblings:  Maddy on lead vocals, acoustic guitar and flute;...

Music, Popdose Interviews

Popdose Q&A: David Barbarossa

David Barbarossa is, undoubtedly, a man of many skins.  He was part of the early punk scene as drummer in the original line-up of Adam...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: Adventure Set, “Gazebo”

Interesting four-song e.p. from Boston synth-duo Adventure Set, who are comprised of singer Ken Scales and multi-instrumentalist Mark...