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?

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...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, New Artists, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne, “I Line My Days Along Your Weight”

A very nice debut, indeed; this first offering from Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne, who hail from Pennsylvania, but met in East Atlanta through...

Film, Film Reviews

Film Review: “Frank”

The story of director Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank is simple:  Jon is a would-be songwriter with endless ideas in his head, but no...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Phil Gammage, “Adventures in Bluesland”

Adventures In Bluesland,  the newest release from New York-based singer/guitarist Phil Gammage, isn’t what I was expecting, to...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: George Harrison, “The Apple Years 1968-75”

The perfect companion piece – the sensible companion piece to the earlier The Dark Horse Years 1976 – 1992.  This...

Music

HEAVEN IS PAVED WITH BROKEN GLASS…: XTC’s “English Settlement”

I can remember that icy and wet Saturday in late February, 1982 as my friends and I made our way into the city on our usual Saturday record...

DVD Reviews, Music

DVD Review: “Looking for Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunders”

As unusual as it is to think of a hardcore heroin addict as a “legend”, that word is truly applicable to the one and only...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

CD REVIEW: Arrica Rose & The …, “Wavefunction”

The word “concept” album took on a negative connotation by the end of the ’70’s.  However, this isn’t the...

Album Reviews, Music, New Artists

Album Review: The Legal Matters, “The Legal Matters”

You could make the argument that this is one of those reviews that just writes itself.  On first hearing the name of the band, I...

Album Reviews, Comedy

(Comedy) Album Review: Matt McClowry, “Uncomfortable”

This is good – this is VERY good.  Matt McClowry, a stand-up comic with a sharp wit, wry delivery and perfect sense of timing,...

EP Reviews, Music, New Artists, Popdose

EP REVIEW: Micah Olsan & The Many, “All Around”

I usually tend to steer clear when I see a musician or performer classified as “world music”; it’s one of the few genres...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Right The Stars, “The Only Thing”

There seems to be a stream – not so much a trend – of bands/performers who have been releasing albums as of late with a...

Music, New Artists, Popdose Interviews

Popdose Q&A: The Cynz’ Cyndi Dawson

A few months ago, I reviewed a new E.P. release by a local  (New Jersey) band, The Cynz.  They have that driving, frenetic...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

CD REVIEW: Yael Meyer, “Warrior Heart”

This is an interesting CD to have graced my desk and reached my ears.  A lot going on in this album – busy but never cluttered.  A...

DVD Reviews, Music

DVD Review: “B.B. King: The Life of Riley”

What can one say about Riley King, better known and loved by the world as B.B. King, one of the greatest blues guitarists ever, that...