Author: Robert Cass

Robert Cass lives in Chicago. For Popdose he's written under the Sugar Water, Bootleg City, and Box Office Flashback banners, and in 2013 he spearheaded 'Face Time, a collaboration with Jeff Giles and Mike Heyliger.

Music, Popdose Interviews

Popdose Q&A: Tahiti 80’s Xavier Boyer

"That's what I like about pop music: the only truth is the three and a half minutes of music you're presenting to the audience."...

Current Events, Humor, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: My Privacy Policy Has Changed

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with my updated policy....

Music, Popdose Exclusives

Popdose Single Premiere: Tahiti 80, “Let Me Be Your Story”

Tahiti 80 have never chased trends, but they aren't preoccupied with setting them, either. Each new recording is the chance for a fresh...

Humor, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: The Holy Roast

Jesus, by all appearances, had an agenda on this particular eventide. But yea, verily, so did Simon Peter....

Current Events, Humor, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: A Message From the Humane Society

"Now is the time for listening, which we look forward to doing just as soon as we're finished telling our side of the story."...

Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Bread in Las Vegas, July ’97

Let there be Bread. (Sorry, I don't have any Phish. You'll have to ask Jesus about those bootlegs.)...

Box Office Flashback, Film

Box Office Flashback: August 27, 1987

Let us return to a time when la vida seemed a little less loca....

Humor, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: I Promise I Don’t Want to Pet Your Dog

"I used to be one of those guys. I used to pet a girl's dog and not even ask her his name."...

Box Office Flashback, Film

Box Office Flashback: February 13, 1997

A long time ago in a country that seems far, far away ......

Current Events, Humor, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Beds, Bugs, and Beyond

"Never forget — bedbugs are bad bugs that take advantage of our precious resources."...

Humor, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Clickbait for Your Neuroses

You are powerless to resist....

Humor, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Best Dark Night of the Soul Ever

"I'm sorry I've been hard to reach lately. I'm having what you might call a dark night of the soul."...

Humor, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Small Talk Hall of Fame

"I've been called good, bad, stormy, strange — you name it."...

Sugar Water, Television

Sugar Water: Undead My Heart

The zombies of AMC's "The Walking Dead" promise to eat your heart out when they return for the series's midseason premiere this Valentine's...

Comedy, Popdose Flashback

Popdose Flashback: The Comedy Albums of Albert Brooks

Albert Brooks made two comedy albums in the '70s. Both have stood the test of time....

Music

Popdose Oral History: “Papas Fritas” (1995)

The three members of Papas Fritas — Shivika Asthana, Keith Gendel, and Tony Goddess — discuss the creation of their self-titled debut...

Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Ex-Mayors Just Want to Have Fun

All the way from Tucson, Arizona, the ghost town of Bootleg City welcomes Cyndi Lauper and Ben Folds!...

photo credit: Joe Mazza, Brave Lux

Books, Film

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: Christine Sneed

Author Christine Sneed talks about a few of her favorite movies....

Box Office Flashback, Film

Box Office Flashback: December 22, 1983

Would nicknaming a cop "Dirty" be considered a term of endearment?...

Books, Film, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Steve De Jarnatt

The former screenwriter ("Strange Brew") and director ("Miracle Mile") talks about his big-screen work as well as his new career as a...

'Face Time, Music

‘Face Time: Facing the Music

We've come to the end of the road....

Know Your Local Record Store, Music

Know Your Local Record Store: Oak Park Records

Oak Park Records has what you're looking for on Record Store Day — or any other day, for that matter....

Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: The End

The mayor has found his true calling, so he's calling it quits as mayor....

Books, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Please Judge These Books by Their Covers

I hope you're proud of yourself, E.L. James....

Box Office Flashback, Film

Box Office Flashback: December 12, 2002

Same name, different face....

Box Office Flashback, Film

Box Office Flashback: July 2, 1989

In popular culture 1989 was the year of the bat....

Box Office Flashback, Film

Box Office Flashback: January 9, 1992

Where does the time go? SERIOUSLY, WHERE DID THE PAST WEEK GO? Let's find out together as we collectively experience a Box Office Flashback...

Box Office Flashback, Film

Box Office Flashback: August 19, 1998

This week — a week late, to be perfectly honest — we revisit the dog days of summer '98!...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Papas Fritas

The Boston-area band released only three albums before breaking up in 2000, but have reunited for a series of shows in Europe. Robert Cass...