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, 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...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

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...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

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,...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

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...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

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...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

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...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

CD REVIEW: The Planets, “The Infamous Warner Bros. Demos – Summer Of ’76”

I don’t know how this escaped being recognized as a vitally important piece of work in a time of major musical landscape shifts. ...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

MINI-ALBUM REVIEW: Broken Gold, “Residency At Hundo Beach”

This six-song mini-album comes courtesy of Austin’s Broken Gold, which is the brainchild of Ian MacDougall, who is both the frontman...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

CD REVIEW: The Peter Ulrich Collaboration, “The Painted Caravan”

This very interesting album is credited to The Peter Ulrich Collaboration, instigated and led by the original percussionist for Dead Can...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

CD REVIEW: Andrew Belle, “Black Bear”

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Andrew Belle, recently unwrapped his second full length album, Black Bear.  The ten-track collection is...

Film, Film Reviews

Film Review: “I Am Divine”

Harris Glenn Milstead was the one and only Divine, the first great, international drag star to successfully captivate America’s...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music

CD REVIEW: Mark Sebastian, “The Real Story”

This low-voltage, high energy, coolly warm collection of stellar acoustic-based songs comes from the co-author of the timeless classic,...

DVD Reviews, Music

DVD Review: “Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart”

Gorman Bechard’s What Were We Thinking Films delivers one of the most riveting, interesting, informative and entertaining films...

Book Reviews, Books, Music, Popdose

BOOK REVIEW: “It’s Not Only Rock & Roll”, Jenny Boyd with Holly George-Warren

It isn’t often one reads a book about music – famous rock musicians – and find references to Maslow or Goethe.  This is,...

Music, Popdose, Single Reviews

NEW SINGLE: The Moons, “Heart and Soul”

This English band, in the tradition of Paul Weller/Blur/Oasis, etc. are back with a new single.  It’s a catchy song on the whole...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

MINI ALBUM REVIEW: Beth Thornley, “Septagon”

Birmingham, Alabama native/Los Angeles-based Beth Thornley returns with her fourth release/first EP, Septagon and this is fast becoming a...

DVD Reviews, Music

DVD Review: “Punk in Africa”

Punk In Africa is a surprise to me.  First, because it is a concept I did not know existed – for someone who had lived the...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Deena, “Rock River”

Rock River, the new solo album from Deena Shoshkes of New Jersey’s The Cucumbers, is a breath of fresh pop air that I welcome.  For...