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?

Podcast, Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Sixty-Six

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Sixty Six Every now and then, Jon and Rob take the fork in the road without paving...

Podcast, Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Sixty-Five

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Sixty Five As the world spins out of control, Rob and Jon man the cockpit to take you...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

Popdose Exclusive Song Premiere: James VIII, “Blueberry Wine”

Popdose presents – exclusively – from Brooklyn-based indie blues-soul singer/songwriter James VIII his newest track,...

DVD Reviews, Music

DVD Review: “Still on the Run: The Jeff Beck Story”

I’ve never liked the concept of the “guitar gods” – Page is alright, but I look at Zeppelin as a whole; I never...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

Popdose Song Premiere: Immersion, “Microclimate”

Brighton-based duo Immersion, made up of Wire frontman Colin Newman & Minimal Compact’s Malka Spigel, will release their new...

Podcast, Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Sixty-Four

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Sixty Four Will you still need them – will you still heed them after...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Danielle Cormier, “Fire & Ice”

Another new, upcoming young voice, Danielle Cormier, 21, is a singer-songwriter who she credits her love for the arts from seeing her first...

Podcast, Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Sixty-Three

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Sixty Three There’s no rest for the wicked – like our current government...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

Popdose Exclusive Song Premiere: Andy Pratt, “Lincoln Avenue”

Chicago singer-songwriter Andy Pratt follows up last year’s acclaimed  Horizon Disrupted album (reviewed here on Popdose) with a new...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Reviews: Wire, “Pink Flag,” “Chairs Missing,” “154”

  WIRE.  Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Bruce Gilbert, Robert Gotobed.  The name automatically catapults me into a different time; a...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Jodee Lewis, “Buzzard’s Bluff”

This new album from Jodee Lewis, Buzzard’s Bluff is a cathartic release from deep within the Missouri Ozarks. It draws inspiration from...

Podcast, Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Sixty-Two

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Sixty Two A lot of us have been feeling a social fatigue, not just from politics, but...

Album Reviews, Music, New Artists

Album Review: Tulula!, “Singing Songs in the Dark”

Accord, New York’s Tulula! has been stomping around Rip Van Winkle’s dreamland since 2006. The acid-cowboy quintet of Jason Broome...

Music, Popdose Exclusives, Video Premieres

Popdose Exclusive Video Premiere: Wade Jackson, “Emotion: Devotion”

Popdose is both pleased and proud to bring you a brand new, exclusive premiere from one of our favorite artists, Wade Jackson....

Podcast, Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Sixty-One

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Sixty One Sixty one shows and the hits keep on coming as the world turns… ...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Claudettes, “Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium”

The Claudettes fuse Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk and the sultriness of ’60’s soul to...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Arkansas Dave, “Arkansas Dave”

From the opening notes of singer/songwriter/guitarist Arkansas Dave’s debut album, you’re first thinking “am I listening...

Podcast, Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Sixty

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Sixty Sixty shows is no small number; a lot of thought and work goes into assembling...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: Piramid Scheme, “Get Rich Quick Too”

It’s no secret how much Popdose likes Lisa Said.  And it should come as no surprise that this first E.P. with her new band, Piramid...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Wreckless Eric, “Construction Time and Demolition”

A worthwhile history lesson:  Wreckless Eric is Mr. Eric Goulden. His recording career began in 1977 with the enduring “Whole Wide...

Podcast, Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Fifty-Nine

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Fifty Nine A new intensity and depth is now surging the direction forward of Radio...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Chris Stamey, “A Spy in the House of Loud: New York Songs and Stories”

It goes without saying Chris Stamey is one of my favorite songwriters/musicians.  Having fallen under the spell of The dB’s from...

Podcast, Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Fifty-Eight

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Fifty Eight Even being waylaid by illness doesn’t stop these fine...

Film, Film Reviews

Film Review: “New Wave: Dare to Be Different”

It’s a little difficult to be completely objective after watching New Wave:  Dare To Be Different, the story of WLIR radio, from...

Podcast, Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Fifty-Seven

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Fifty Seven While this episode is later than usual, due to illness, our brave and...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Shellye Valauskas Experience, “History of Panic”

This is really good.  I mean REALLY GOOD.  This second album from The Shelleye Valauskas Experience, History Of Panic, which is...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Chris Hillman, “The Asylum Years”

Chris Hillman co-founded some of the most classic, seminal, groundbreaking acts of the ’60s and ’70s – namely The Byrds, The...

Album Reviews, Music, New Artists

Album Review: Vivian Leva, “Time Is Everything”

Vivian Leva’s voice is the sound of living tradition. Raised by parents who absorbed ancient tunes and ballads during visits to legendary...

Podcast, Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Fifty-Six

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Fifty Six Veering between the joyful abandon of a comedic podcast and the real-life,...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Yung Wu, “Shore Leave”

This is very exciting – certainly to me.  Yung Wu was a Feelies side project with one classic album, Shore Leave, on Steve...