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?

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...

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...