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?

CD Reviews, Music, New Artists, Popdose

CD REVIEW: Pale Hands, “Spirit Lines”

Atmosphere is the operative word for this debut album from Boston “dream pop” duo, Pale Hands.  Comprised of singer Jen...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Reviews: Big Star, “#1 Record” and “Radio City”

The way I’m going to approach this is to pretend that I’ve never heard #1 Record or Radio City.  I’m going to write...

DVD Reviews, Film, Music

DVD Review: “Devo: The Men Who Make the Music”

Do I REALLY need to spell out the importance of Akron, Ohio’s finest, the one and only DEVO?  Forget it; I won’t. ...

Album Reviews, Music, New Artists, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Johnny Lewis, s/t

This debut album from acoustic-based, singer-songwriter Johnny Lewis has yet to hit the streets, but when it does, I hope people will sit...

CD Reviews, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Cinema Cinema, “A Night At The Fights”

This third album from Brooklyn duo Cinema Cinema is filled with heavy riffs, screaming – sometimes angry but always intense –...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

CD REVIEW: Living With Elephants, “Home”

This beautiful, other-worldly sophomore album from Living With Elephants is an emotional and spiritual uplift.  The Ulster County, New...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: Brett Harris, “Mr. Sunshine”

It’s simple:  Brett Harris is Durham, North Carolina’s best kept secret that’s not so secret anymore.  A gifted...

Album Reviews, Music, New Artists, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: John Mark Nelson, “Sings The Moon”

This young singer-songwriter from Minneapolis delivers his second album – filled with mature, lush arrangements and fully realized...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Stephen Emmer, “International Blue”

A serious, melodic, lush and dramatic stunner.  I think that describes with some accuracy International Blue, the new album from Dutch...

Music, Popdose Exclusives, Video Premieres

Popdose Exclusive Video Premiere: Lines West, “Blistering Heart”

Popdose is pleased to bring you the exclusive premiere of the second video from Connecticut’s LINES WEST and their debut album Stop,...

Book Reviews, Books, Music, Popdose

BOOK REVIEW: Candy Leonard, “Beatleness”

For once, a book about The Beatles that differs – to me – from the ones that have gone before.  Beatleness, by Dr. Candy...

Music, Single Reviews

SINGLE OF THE WEEK: Skylar Gudasz, “Car Song”/”Dream Lover”

I’ve seen this very talented singer/musician as part of the Big Star “3rd” touring group (and will be seeing her again...

Blu-ray Reviews, Film

BLU-RAY REVIEW: “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is”

What can you say about The King that hasn’t been said, ad infinitum, over the years – especially since his passing 37 years...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

BUFFALO CLOVER: “Test Your Love” and “Live At The Five”

Nashville sextet Buffalo Clover come out of the gate swinging hard with two brand new releases – their sophomore studio effort Test...

Album Reviews, Music, New Artists, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: The Empty Hearts, s/t

Imagine being catapulted through a portion of the ’80’s, picking up four fine musicians and then landing around 1966,...

Current Events, How Bad Can It Be?, Music, Popdose

POP CULTURE: The Campaign To Buy Neverland Ranch

In most cases, I would say this was pretty good on the bullshit-factor scale.  BUT this is real, folks.  A fundraising campaign on...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Turk, “Cold Revival”

Cold Revival is the title of the upcoming new solo album from Matt Turk, a singer-songwriter from Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.  The irony...

CD Reviews, Music

Album Review: Karen Haglof, “Western Holiday”

How – HOW can one NOT get excited about an album that was: a) produced by Steve Almaas – of The Suicide Commandos, Beat Rodeo,...

Music, Popdose, Popdose Interviews

THE POPDOSE INTERVIEW: A Fragile Tomorrow

  I initially talked about Charleston, South Carolina-based A Fragile Tomorrow over a year ago, when I first heard and reviewed their...

Book Reviews, Books, Music, Popdose

BOOK REVIEW: Steve Boone, “Hotter Than a Match Head: Life on the Run with The Lovin’ Spoonful”

Hands down, Hotter Than a Match Head: Life on the Run with The Lovin’ Spoonful, the autobiography of the Spoonful’s bass player,...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Bobby Messano, “Welcome To Deltaville”

Ridgefield Park, New Jersey native (and current Nashville resident) Bobby Messano steps up to the front of the line with his newest release...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Lines West, “Stop, Look & Listen”

This seems to be my week – another band with that roots-rock/American sound that I love.  Lines West are a fairly new collective,...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Adam Zwig, “Stones, Bones and Skin”

Portland, Oregon native son Adam Zwig unleashes a new 5-song mini album – his 6th overall release – the magnificent Stones....

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Mia Dyson, “Idyllwild”

  Australian-born, Los Angeles-residing Mia Dyson is a new name for me; a singer-songwriter who upon, first listen, sings like Bonnie...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: The Cynz, “Five Mortal Cynz”

The words “garage punk” get tossed around a lot and usually miss their mark.  However, The Cynz, who hail from New Jersey...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

CD REVIEW: Tommy Wallach, “I Meant It To Be Sweet”

I Meant It To Be Sweet is the sophomore release from Tommy Wallach, a Brooklyn-based published author-turned-singer-songwriter.  His first...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Wakey! Wakey!, “Salvation”

Salvation is the first new album in four years (second full-length) from Brooklyn-based Wakey! Wakey!  Led by lead singer Michael Grubbs...

Film, Film Reviews, Music, Popdose

FILM REVIEW: “Of Montreal: The Past Is A Grotesque Animal”

The Past Is A Grotesque Animal is the story of Athens, Georgia based Of Montreal, led by the eclectic and showman-like Kevin Barnes.  This...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Kawehi, “Robot Heart”

This self-proclaimed “Music Ninja” from Los Angeles delivers an interesting set of 7 songs with this, her eleventh release in...

Concert Reviews, Music

Concert Review: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Beacon Theatre, New York City, 7/11/14

I had my appetite whetted for this show.  I love Crosby, Stills and Nash (and prefer them in this configuration – sans Neil...