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

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. ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Steafan Hanvey, “Nuclear Family”

This album, of which a performance called “Look Behind You” is based around, is a highly personal memoir by Irish...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Holly George-Warren, “A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton”

Holly George Warren did an exemplary job of writing about Alex Chilton, the frontman of ’60’s hitmakers The Box Tops, the...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Noah Gundersen, “Ledges”

I keep getting lucky in hearing melodic, thoughtful and American music, which has been my taste for a while.  Yet again, a warm new voice...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Spottiswoode & His Enemies, “English Dream”

The music on this album is fantastic.  Great sounding; great arrangements, so many delicious nuances in each track – a gloriously...

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MINI-ALBUM REVIEW: Galvanized Souls, s/t

A teenage, “hard rock” band – well, yes.  This Southern California quartet delivers a strong  5-song mini-album with...

Concert Reviews, Music

Concert Review: Michael Nesmith, City Winery, New York City, 3/16/14

Being that we (us, being Allison Johnelle Boron and Rob Ross, respectively, both of Popdose) were at City Winery in New York on Sunday...

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BOOK REVIEW: “Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists & Songs That Defined The 1980’s” by Lori Majewski & Jonathan Bernstein

  This book is a proverbial “Top Of The Pops” greatest hits – most of which can be looked upon with a warm nostalgic...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sarah Dooley, “Stupid Things”

There is a very fine line between “clever” and “cutesy” – and cutesy usually winds up smarmy and annoying,...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Little Chief, “Lion’s Den”

This is one of those happy moments of discovery – an unknown young band is recommended to you; you listen and you immediately connect...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Peter Buck, “I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once Again”

I was as surprised as anyone when it was announced in early 2012 that Peter Buck would be releasing a solo album and even more surprised...

Concert Reviews, Music

Concert Review: Richard Barone and Nick Celeste, Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ, 3/8/14

At this point, I think I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve seen Richard Barone and Nick Celeste perform; that’s how...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, Popdose, Popular Culture

ALBUM REVIEW: Elvis Presley, “Elvis – Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis (Legacy Edition)”

I grew up in a household where the name “Elvis Presley” was worshiped and revered (as was “McCartney”,...

Music, Music Videos, Popdose, Single Reviews

SINGLE/VIDEO REVIEW: Richard Barone, “All Tomorrow’s Parties”

A beautiful and stirring rendition of The Velvet Underground (and Nico)’s classic, as offered up by Richard Barone.  One of the few...

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Bongos, “Drums Along The Hudson” (special edition re-issue)

So there’s this band I like and have written about a few times.  You may have heard about them by now – The Bongos.  This...

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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,...

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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...