Author: Rob Smith

Rob Smith is a writer, teacher, wage earner, and all-around evil genius who spends most of his time holed up in his cluttered compound in central PA. His favorite color is ultramarine blue. His imaginary band Mr. Vertigo tours every summer. You can follow Rob on Twitter, if you desire.

Music, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: U2, “The Joshua Tree”

Rob Smith ruminates on high school, time, energy, and U2....

Rob Smith Can't Say No

Rob Smith Can’t Say No: Milkshake, “Got a Minute?”

Rob Smith Can't Say No to the new kindie record from Milkshake....

Rob Smith Can't Say No

Rob Smith Can’t Say No: Leroy Justice

Rob Smith Can't Say No to the nouveau classic rock of Leroy Justice....

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: R.E.M., “Automatic for the People”

Rob Smith reflects on R.E.M. in the latest "Vinyl Diaries."...

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Juice Newton, “Juice”

Rob Smith takes the guilt out of guilty pleasures and proclaims his love for Juice Newton....

Music, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: The Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

Rob Smith meditates on memory, music, and the Beatles in "The Vinyl Diaries."...

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Billy Joel, “The Nylon Curtain”

Rob Smith's "Vinyl Diaries": Billy Joel, "The Nylon Curtain"...

CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Nine Times Blue, “Falling Slowly”

Rob Smith reviews Nine Times Blue's debut album, "Falling Slowly."...

Music, Year-End Best-Of Lists

Popdose 2012: Rob Smith’s Favorite Music of 2012

Rob Smith shares his favorite albums of 2012....

Download Now, Music

Download Now: Parks, “Sweater Weather”

Download the new single from Boston's Parks....

Music, Popdose Interviews

Hayley Reardon: The Popdose Interview

Popdose interviews 16-year-old singer/songwriter Hayley Reardon....

Music, News

Song Premiere: Matthew Ryan, “And It’s Such A Drag”

Popdose debuts a track from Matthew Ryan's new album In the Dusk of Everything....

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Kenny Loggins, “High Adventure”

Rob Smith finds "High Adventure" with Kenny Loggins....

The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Bob Dylan, “Empire Burlesque”

Rob Smith contemplates Bob Dylan in "The Vinyl Diaries."...

Music, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Fogelberg Reconsidered, Part 1—”Nether Lands”

Dan Fogelberg, reconsidered, in "The Vinyl Diaries."...

Music, Rob Smith Can't Say No

Rob Smith Can’t Say No: Kenny G & Rahul Sharma, “Namaste”

Rob Smith Can't Say No to Kenny G's Indian collaboration record, "Namaste."...

Music, Popular Culture

Rob Smith’s Media 6ix: June 15, 2012

Rob Smith's Media 6ix: Beach Boys, D'Angelo, and more....

Music, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Bee Gees, “Spirits Having Flown”

Some Gibby action going on in Rob Smith's "The Vinyl Diaries."...

Music, Popdose Interviews

Paul Kelly: The Popdose Interview

Rob Smith interviews Australian songwriter Paul Kelly....

Popdose

Rob Smith’s Media 6ix: May 16, 2012

Rob Smith's Media 6ix: Eddie Van Halen, Gay Marriage, Avengers, etc....

Popdose

Rob Smith’s Media 6ix: May 9, 2012

"Rob Smith's Media 6ix": Fornatale, Spiotta, Cowley, Carlson, etc....

CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Trampled by Turtles, “Stars and Satellites”

Rob Smith reviews the new Trampled by Turtles album, "Stars and Satellites."...

Music, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Yes, “Close to the Edge”

Yes' "Close to the Edge" is a thing of beauty, at least in Rob Smith's "The Vinyl Diaries."...

Music, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Atlanta Rhythm Section, “Champagne Jam”

Southern rock's studio pros make their finest record....

Contests, Music, News

Popdose Giveaway: Paul Kelly, “The A-to-Z Recordings” (8-CD Box Set)

Popdose is giving away a copy of Paul Kelly's 8-CD Box Set, "The A-to-Z Recordings."...

CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Brandon Schott, “13 Satellites”

Brandon Schott's latest album, "13 Satellites," is really good. Just ask Rob Smith ......

Music, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Bruce Springsteen, “Tunnel of Love”

Rob Smith's Vinyl Diaries explores Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love."...

Music, The Vinyl Diaries

The Vinyl Diaries: Introduction and E.L.O., “Discovery”

Rob Smith's new vinyl column opens with E.L.O.'s disco record, "Discovery."...

Music, Rob Smith Can't Say No

Rob Smith Can’t Say No: The Beehavers

Rob Smith Can't Say No to The Beehavers...

Music

Popdose 2011: Rob Smith’s Top Ten Albums

Rob Smith's Top Ten Albums of 2011...