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: “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...

Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Neulore, “Animal Evolve”

A very rich and full debut album from Neulore, a Nashville-based duo, comprised of Adam Agin and William T. Cook.  Newly signed to Island...

Album Reviews, Music, New Artists, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Immigrant Union, “Anyway”

A couple of words would fit to neatly describe this Australian-based band and their latest effort, Anyway:  dreamy-pop, light psychedelia,...

CD Reviews, Music, New Artists, Popdose

CD REVIEW: The Fletchers, “Reset The Dial”

First, I should thank the incredible Cyndi Dawson of The Cynz for having an intuition that I would like this band and their music.  She...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Matthew Ryan, “Boxers”

Matthew Ryan can write a song and make you feel it in no time at all.  He’s got it; he understands the craft.  And on this, his...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Brian Larney, “Jupiter With You”

It’s not enough that I really enjoyed Stop, Look & Listen, the debut album from Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Lines West...

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, 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

Album Reviews: 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,...

Music, Popular Culture

Popular 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...