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?

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Flutronix, “2.0”

LOVE IT.  Grooves, warmth, melody, seductive vocals – this second album from Brooklyn’s Flutronix, the flute-wielding duo of...

Book Reviews, Books, Popdose

BOOK REVIEW: Nevin Martell, “Freak Show Without a Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations”

Author/food writer/blogger/critic/”Calvin & Hobbes” aficionado (and former music industry insider) Nevin Martell delivers...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

CD REVIEW: R.E.M., “Unplugged: 1991/2001 – The Complete Sessions”

For so many, R.E.M. was one of the most important bands to come along since The Beatles; they helped redefine and reshape the musical...

Popdose, Theatre

THEATRE REVIEW: “Of Mice And Men”, at the Longacre Theatre, New York, NY, Friday, May 23rd, 2014

True, Steinbeck’s 1937 masterpiece has been done many times and in several variations – plays, films, television productions...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Johnnyswim, “Diamonds”

Dramatic, almost theatrical and yet musically broad with a tremendous production – this is Diamonds, the debut full-length album from...

Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Edward Rogers, “Kaye”

Five albums into his solo career and English-born, New York-bred Edward Rogers delivers a grand slam of a release with this offering,...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Jimmy Stephens Jr. & The Blues City Road Dogs, “Road Ready”

For whatever reason, intuition told me even before I heard a note of this album, that this was going to be something special.  Not because...

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Shilohs, s/t

I don’t know anything about this band from Vancouver, B.C., but upon first listen, The Shilohs self-titled sophomore album has shades...

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CD REVIEW: Buellton, “Silent Partner”

This band from Santa Barbara delivers a very strong album; this being their sophomoric effort.  And this second album comes a decade after...

Popdose, Theatre

THEATRE REVIEW: “All The Way” at the Neil Simon Theatre, New York, NY, Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

When word spread that Bryan Cranston, star of the newly-ended Breaking Bad, was going to be appearing on Broadway in a limited-engagement...

DVD Reviews, Film

DVD Review: “Filth”

Another of Irvine Welsh’s bleak yet sickly humorous novels about life in Scotland turned into a film, much like the heralded...