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, 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...

Music, News, Popdose

BREAKING NEWS: Legendary blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter dead at age 70

Once again, Popdose is saddened to report on the passing of another music legend:  guitarist, singer and music producer Johnny Winter has...

Music, News, Popdose

BREAKING NEWS: Tommy Ramone, the last of the “original” Ramones, passes away

Popdose is sad to report that Tommy Ramone, aka Thomas Erdelyi, the last surviving member of the original Ramones died today at his home in...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Dead Fingers, “Big Black Dog”

Birmingham, Alabama’s Dead Fingers return with their sophomoric effort, Big Black Dog.  The husband and wife duo of Kate and Taylor...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Aurelio Valle, “Acme Power Transmission”

Acme Power Transmission is the first solo release from Calla’s frontman Aurelio Valle; done over a several year period, this effort...

Film, Film Reviews, Popdose

FILM REVIEW: “Roger Ebert – Life Itself”

Life Itself is the gripping, heartwarming, detailed and powerful story of the inimitable Roger Ebert, the beloved film critic from the...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Faded Paper Figures, “Relics”

Relics is the fourth release from nouveau synth-pop trip Faded Paper Figures, who have been doing their thing on record since 2008, when...

Music, News

Music News: A Fragile Tomorrow Signs Deal With MPress Records

A band that I’ve reviewed, written about, talked about and will continue to champion, Charleston, South Carolina’s A FRAGILE...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Dream Alive, “Before The Dawn”

Pleasing rock-pop is how I would describe this debut album from Los Angeles’ Dream Alive.  Before The Dawn has structure, good...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Grace Griffith, “Passing Through”

This is not a typical album review; this is special.  Grace Griffith is a Washington D.C.-based singer; a performer in the folk...

Film, Film Reviews

Film Review: “The Internet’s Own Boy”

It isn’t enough that we live in a time of “Big Brother is REALLY watching you” with downloading documents from the...

Book Reviews, Books, Music, Popdose

BOOK REVIEW: Gareth Murphy, “Cowboys and Indies”

As someone who worked for nearly two decades in the music industry for record labels, distributors, etc., I was quite eager to read this...

DVD Reviews, Music

DVD Review: “Suzanne Vega Live: Solitude Standing”

Suzanne Vega has always been a delight in my musical life; I can’t pretend that I haven’t loved her from the moment I heard...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: John Velghe & The Prodigal Sons, “Organ Donor Blues”

It makes me feel good to know that there is this whole new crop of musicians from the mid-West releasing quality music.  I’ve had...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Glenn Tilbrook, “Happy Ending”

I said that if the “taster” single, “Everybody Sometimes” was an indication of how this album would go, then Glenn...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Rachel Taylor Brown, “Falimy”

Falimy, the 9th album from Portland, Oregon’s Rachel Taylor Brown is awash in melody, almost a study in classic mid-’60’s...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: The Emperors Of Wyoming, s/t

There have been, in recent memory, a few albums that have been late bloomers – recorded by bands that gave birth to other bands who...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Paul Weller, “More Modern Classics”

Paul Weller is another of those artists where the line between “critic” and “fan” is easily/completely blurred. ...

Music, Song of the Day

Song of the Day: Glenn Tilbrook, “Everybody Sometimes”

Coming from the lead singer/guitarist/songwriter of new-wave veterans Squeeze, Glenn Tilbrook’s voice hasn’t aged one bit...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

CD REVIEW: TRNZPRNT, “No Alibis”

  TRNZPRNT (pronounced as “transparent”) are New York/New Jersey area hard rock veterans of several bands, now having...

Film, Film Reviews

Film Review: “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia”

One of the smartest socio-political pundits to ever have the floor, the written word and the ear of the American public, the late, truly...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

CD REVIEW: Morning Parade, “Pure Adulterated Joy”

A five piece band from Harlow, Essex in the U.K., Morning Parade unleash their second album, Pure Adulterated Joy, with an eye on invading...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Bob Mould, “Beauty & Ruin”

I have to admit, I wasn’t keen on Mould’s last album, 2012’s Silver Age; at the time, I felt it was far too much of him...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: The The, “Soul Mining”

I was 19 when I first heard The The’s Soul Mining; it was a big album in my social circle.  It was a thoughtful, deep, somewhat...