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, 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...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Loveland Duren, “Bloody Cupid”

I’ll start by being concise – this is one of the year’s best albums, hands down.  Memphis legends Van Duren and Vicki...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: The Bongos, “Phantom Train”

It is nearly impossible for me to distinguish the reviewer from the fan; I will fail miserably in my job as the reviewer but succeed in...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Sam Phillips, “Push Any Button”

Sam Phillips has been at this for a long time; a singer-songwriter who knows the value of taking the time to craft her work to a fine...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Sarah Jean & The Hounds Of Winter, self-titled

This album actually came out in 2006, but as it is an undiscovered gem, I wanted to give it exposure.  I was hipped to this album by the...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Richard X. Heyman, “X”

I’ll get right to the point:  this album is wonderful.  Richard X. Heyman, the New Jersey-native/guitar legend delivers on every...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ezra Furman, “The Year Of No Returning”

This Chicago native makes his solo debut on Bar/None with The Year Of No Returning; a fine effort that immediately made me smile.  This is...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Barbez, “Bella Ciao”

Released on August 27th, Bella Ciao is the fifth album by Barbez, a Brooklyn-based collective, led by avant-guitarist Dan Kaufman.  The...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: Wingdale Community Singers, “Night, Sleep, Death”

A wonderfully warm and melodic new album from the core trio of Hannah Marcus, David Grubbs and novelist Rick Moody – rich in its...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Booker T., “Sound The Alarm”

Indeed – Sound The Alarm is an apt title for an artist with the legend and magnitude of the great Booker T. Jones.  Back on Stax...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: The Monkees, “The Monkees Present”

As what is presumably the last of the incredible Rhino releases from the archives of The Monkees’ studio works, The Monkees Present...

Music, News, Popdose

Maxwell’s Last Dance – The Finale, July 31st, 2013

So it came to pass that Maxwell’s in Hoboken closed on July 31st. This was difficult for me to digest, even after ample time had gone...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Grant Hart, “The Argument”

I can’t  lie.  I love this album.  Never mind that it’s Grant Hart, who never fails to deliver interesting and...

Music, Popdose

New Track From THE BONGOS on August 1st

And as reported last week, The Bongos return with the release of their first “new” material in 27 years.  Hitting digital...

Music, News, Popdose

Faye Hunter, Musician & Artist, R.I.P.

It is with a very heavy heart to report the passing of Faye Hunter, best known as the bass player in the ’80’s band Let’s...

Music, News, Popdose

FLASH: Marty Scott Resurrects Jem Recordings; Legendary “Lost” Album From The Bongos To Be Label’s 1st Release

In a time when everything good is better with age and new again, Marty Scott, the music industry veteran has revived the legendary Jem...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: The Swimming Pool Q’s, “The A&M Years”

I loved these two albums when they first came out in 1984 and 1986, respectively, through the good folks at A&M Records.  This Atlanta...

CD Reviews, Music, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: The Teardrop Explodes, “Wilder (Expanded Edition)”

The Teardrop Explodes were as important to me as The Jam.  Equally painful was their split at the same time as The Jam.  Except The...

Film, Music, Popdose Interviews

Popdose Q&A: The Makers of “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me”

I’ve written about this movie previously, but now, with the film making its national premiere in theaters, on InDemand and iTunes on...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

Album Review: RED JACKET MINE, “Someone Else’s Cake”

This Seattle-based 3 piece pleases with this fine effort. Great sounding; has a very early-to-mid ’70’s feel which is fine with...