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?

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Bob Mould, “Workbook 25”

Certain albums, for me, are forever attached to a memory – sometimes good, sometimes bad.  When I first bought/heard Workbook in the...

Concert Reviews, Music, Popdose

Concert Review: Booker T. Jones, City Winery, New York City, 2/18/14

It isn’t often you get to see a true musical giant up so close and personal.  Seeing Booker T. Jones, the man whose name is (to...

News, Popdose

MATTHEW RYAN, “An Anthem For The Broken”

“An Anthem For The Broken” by Matthew Ryan, is now officially available for downloading.  As was first reported last week,...

Music, News, Popdose

SPECIAL SINGLE RELEASE: Matthew Ryan, “An Anthem For The Broken”

Matthew Ryan, who is set to release his newest album, Boxers, in the upcoming months, has announced a special single release to come out on...

Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Death Of Samantha, “If Memory Serves Us Well”

When a band reunites, it’s often a good thing.  When they reunite and record new material, it’s an even better thing. ...

Music, News, Popdose

Beatlefest 2014: And?…

So it came to pass that this weekend is the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in the United States.  It is well established...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: The Beatles, “The U.S. Albums”

As a lifelong Beatles obsessive, I could ruminate and pontificate about the various permutations of Beatles albums.  As we all know,...

Music, Popdose, Single Reviews

PICK OF THE WEEK: Douglas Keith, “Harvest Home”

A name I hadn’t heard before, but was impressed by on first listen.  Warm and melodic, this New York based songwriter offers up his...

Film, Popdose

BREAKING NEWS: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46

Various news organizations are reporting that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his New York apartment of an apparent...

Music, New Artists

Single of the Week: Ryan Hobler, “Got a Ways to Go”

Upbeat piano-pop by native New Yorker Ryan Hobler is my nod for “Single Of The Week” – catchy, well-crafted.  Airy...

Book Reviews, Books, Music, Popdose

BOOK REVIEW: Amy Yates Wuelfing & Steven DiLodovico, “No Slam Danicing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History Of The Legendary City Gardens”

This 432-page tome is a loving tribute to City Gardens, the legendary (to many) but often overlooked club in Trenton, New Jersey that was...

Film, Film Reviews

FILM REVIEW: “Upside Down: The Creation Records Story”

This wonderful documentary tells the story of the U.K.-based label which gave the world “indie” music at its defined best and a...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, “Songs For The Turntable”

Once again, the venerable Atlanta rockers deliver their fourth new e.p. release since 2012; Songs For The Turntable is a sonic blast that...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Salisbury, “Life Is A Heartbreak”

Having been sent this album by Salisbury – created by guitarist/singer/songwriter Eric Lysaght – after listening, I am grateful...

Film, Film Reviews

FILM REVIEW: “Jobriath A.D.”

A name I’ve heard over time but had never actually listened to, musically. Jobriath (real name Bruce Campbell) was supposed to be a...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Robert Gordon, “Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion”

To me, the music of Stax Records, the seminal soul music label from Memphis, has always been sacred, from the time I was a child.  All...

Film, Film Reviews

Film Review: “The Punk Singer”

I never cared about/for or paid much attention to the “riot grrl” movement (or any musical movements/”flavor of the...

Book Reviews, Books, Music, Popdose

BOOK REVIEW: Morrissey, “Autobiography”

So the enigmatic former frontman for The Smiths – and solo star for a quarter century – finally gave in and wrote his...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

REVIEW: Alcest, “Shelter”

I’m not sure how one could describe the music of the French duo Alcest.  Maybe “ambient metal” – maybe...

DVD Reviews, Music

DVD Review: “Oil City Confidential”

FINALLY…  the story of England’s Dr. Feelgood – the seminal pub-rock band who were the crucial bridge to the...

Film, Film Reviews

FILM REVIEW: “Sample This”

Quality documentary about what could be considered the musical flashpoint to hip-hop’s rhythmic beginnings.  Narrated by Gene...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: An American Underdog/Brandon Schott, “The A/B EP”

I’ve been unbelievably fortunate to have the opportunity to hear/be exposed to new artists who know how to craft great pop material...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Melt Banana, “Fetch”

Breakneck tempos, the sound of a stuck CD, deep “metallic” bass with old-fashioned hardcore punk guitars – such is the...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Moistboyz, “Moistboyz 5”

This fifth release (hence, titled Moistboyz 5) from Pennsylvania’s Moistboyz (featuring Ween’s Mickey Melchiondo as Mickey...

Music, Video Premieres

Popdose Video Premieres: Loveland Duren, “Birthmarks”; Cauldronated, “Ibossa”

It’s not often that I enjoy music videos – but when I do, I feel it necessary to help give them exposure.  And it would be...

Book Reviews, Books, Music, Popdose

BOOK REVIEW: Heather Augustyn, “Don Drummond: The Genius & Tragedy Of The World’s Greatest Trombonist”

Once again, author Heather Augustyn hits hard and deep, this time with her study of a forgotten musical legend – Jamaican trombonist...

Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Speed The Plough, “The Plough & The Stars”

New Jersey “all stars”, Speed The Plough are wonderfully represented here with this retrospective that looks over their now...

Concert Reviews, Music

Concert Review: Eagles, Madison Square Garden, New York City, 11/9/13

There’s nothing more pleasing – especially in a day and age where concert ticket prices are criminally high – than to get...

Film, Film Reviews

Film Review: “CBGB”

In the words of my wife, “it came off like a strange mistake of a movie”.  And in a nutshell, that sums it up.  This...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Pantaleimon, “The Butterfly Ate The Pearl”

The Butterfly Ate The Pearl is the fifth album from English singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andria Degens, who goes by the moniker...