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, Popdose

Album Review: THE CONDORS, “3 Item Combo”

Tasty riffs – good production and catchy songs put this band on my radar now. Starting off with “Here I Go”, this album...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

Album Review: THE WORLD RECORD, “Freeway Special”

I don’t know why or what it is, but now this is the second new band I’ve heard in a week who seems to have used Big Star as a...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

Album Review: Dark Pony, “Suburban Serenade Vol. 1”

This 12-track collection of lush rock melodies and introspective wordsmithery is the brainchild of Minneapolis’ Jon Herchert. Clean,...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Chris Stamey

Chris Stamey is the embodiment of the “thinking person’s musician”. His career is epic and storied: first as a member of...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

Album Review: DRIVIN’ N’ CRYIN’, “Songs About Cars, Space and The Ramones”

How can you miss with a title like Songs About Cars, Space and The Ramones? You can’t, especially if you’re Drivin’...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

Album Review: STEPHEN KALINICH & JON TIVEN, “Shortcuts To Infinity/Symptomology”

What can be said about two legends getting together to combine forces on a double album? Beach Boys lyricist Stephen Kalinich and...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: The Jam, “The Gift”

I could go on for hours and I probably will about The Jam. Anyone who knows me knows how vital, important, sacred this band was to me. Next...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

Album Review: Chris Stamey, “Lovesick Blues”

I’m not sure why – I can’t put my finger on it, but this is a special album. Released during the long and sometimes...

Music, Popdose

News Flash: Kim Deal Leaves The Pixies

The following was posted on The Pixies’ Facebook page this morning: “We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the...

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Music, Video Premieres

Popdose Video Premiere: The Lonelyhearts, “Autumn Percussion”

I first heard this track when I reviewed The Lonelyhearts’ new album, Years In The Great Interior.  Now director Chris Ford adds...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

Album Review: The Rain Parade, “Live In San Francisco”

Hearing that The Rain Parade had reunited towards the end of 2012 filled me with no end of joy.  Sure, it’s been 30 years since I...

Music, Popdose

Memphis: A Pilgrimage

Understand, I’m not a traveler by any means. It’s been – and this is no exaggeration – 16 years since I was last on a proper...

Book Reviews, Books, Music

Book Review: Tony Fletcher, “Perfect Circle: The Story of R.E.M.”

Originally released in 1990 as Remarks:  The Story Of R.E.M. (and subsequently updated, minus the photos, as Remarks Remade in 2002),...

Music, Television, TV Reviews

TV Review: “History of the Eagles”

It’s impossible to have grown up in the ’70’s without hearing The Eagles as a staple of AM radio, let alone not have been...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Lonelyhearts, “Years in the Great Interior”

A surprising release from this Iowa City/Fort Collins duo; music that is bright and sunny, counterbalanced by somewhat dark lyrics.  I...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: R.E.M., “Green” (25th-Anniversary Edition)

In revisiting Green, I have to remove myself from the R.E.M.-worshiper that I was in the ’80’s; I was younger and a bit more...

Music, Popdose Interviews

Popdose Q&A: Marshall Crenshaw

 Marshall Crenshaw. At this point, one word sums him up: legend. From his entry into the fray with his now-classic “Someday...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Richard Barone

The "Frontman" shares his good vibes in a career-spanning one on one chat....

Film, Film Reviews

Film Review: “I Am Secretly an Important Man: The Jesse Bernstein Documentary”

I was first introduced to the poetry of Steven Jesse Bernstein back in 1993, through my then-roommate, who owned...

Film, Film Reviews, Music

Film Review: “Family Band: The Cowsills Story”

Since storming the charts in 1967 with the remarkable “The Rain, the Park and Other Things,” the Cowsills have been...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: A Fragile Tomorrow, “Be Nice, Be Careful”

This band from South Carolina hits the mark with their fourth album, a Mitch Easter/Ted Comerford-produced collection of 14 songs that span...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Deni Bonet, “It’s All Good”

I’ve seen the lovely Ms. Bonet of the blue violin perform on several occasions as part of Richard Barone’s band and it’s...

Film, Music

Big Star: For All Time

Perfect for fans as well as the uninitiated, the new Big Star documentary is a long-overdue testament to the band's greatness...