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

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...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Snowball 37, “Declasse”

This Jersey Shore trio of power-popsters are another find, courtesy of Deirdre Gilmartin’s The Independent Stage radio program and...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Ezra Furman, “Day of the Dog”

Does Ezra Furman ever get tired?  No sooner than The Year Of No Returning appears, he (along with the fine folks at Bar None) delivers...

Book Reviews, Books, Music

Book Review: Heather Augustyn, “Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation”

Ska:  The Rhythm Of Liberation is a very serious study of the upbeat, rhythm-based music that was born in Jamaica.  While other...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Smoke Fairies, “Ghosts”

This double CD compilation by England’s Smoke Fairies – Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies – is a delightful gathering...

Concert Reviews, Music

Concert Review: The Bongos, the Living Room, New York City, 10/15/13

Seeing The Bongos live is always a joyful event.  But last night was the first time I had the chance to see them on the heels of a new...

Book Reviews, Books, Music, Popdose

BOOK REVIEW: Graham Nash, “Wild Tales”

This autobiography from the Hollies/Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young mainstay isn’t your standard book of revelations.  It is one of...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Lovers, “A Friend In The World”

This Portland, Oregon trio – Carolyn Berk, Emily Kingan and Kerby Ferris – bring a strongly rhythmic, atmospheric 7th album. ...

Book Reviews, Books, Music, Popdose

BOOK REVIEW: “Mud Sharks”, Dave Barbarossa

Mud Sharks is the first novel written by former Adam & The (original) Ants and Bow Wow Wow drummer Dave Barbarossa and it is a...

Music, Popdose, Popdose Interviews

Riding On The Phantom Train: A Conversation With RICHARD BARONE

When I spoke with Richard Barone back in February, we covered a lot of topics, one of which was the unreleased Bongos album, Phantom...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Alex Chilton, “Electricity By Candlelight”

It’s no secret that Alex Chilton is one of my heroes.  So this unexpected release is a happy reminder of what made this late musical...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEWS: Richard Barone: “Cool Blue Halo” (original album) and “Cool Blue Halo 25th Anniversary Concert”

It’s a wonderful testimony that not only did Cool Blue Halo strike an emotional chord in many hearts when it first appeared on...