Rest In Peace, Michael Brown (1949 – 2015)

Popdose writers pay tribute to Michael Brown who passed away last week.

Ken Shane: I try to avoid calling anything “the best” or “the greatest.” It’s all subjective, isn’t it? In the end it’s just one opinion. So while I may ...

Comics Review: Howard The Duck #1

You better believe we’re going to spoiler it up in here, so consider yourself warned.

When I heard that Marvel was going to bring back Howard The Duck, I thought it was exactly what was needed for the times. In its ...

5 Musicians Who Were Kicked In The Butt By Love

They say write what you know. Ordinarily that’s good advice…unless what you write becomes hugely famous and popular, and the content is about moments of heartbreak and distress in your life. Here are five musicians, or rather three and one double-dipper, ...

“Parks and Recreation” Top Ten Episodes

On February 25, the television landscape will have a chasm in its schedule. The night before, NBC’s Parks and Recreation will have faded to black one last time. The series finale of Parks and Rec (as it is called by ...

The Popdose Premiere: Meiko ‘Weather for the Better’

Meiko hails from the City of Angels, and like many of my favorite artists, she made a name for herself on the tiny stage at Hollywood’s thriving singer/songwriter mecca, Hotel Café. While she has yet to ascend to global super stardom like alumni Katy ...

Nate Mendel Goes All Beyond The Bass

Everyone thought it was crazy for the drummer of Nirvana to go solo as an axe-wielding frontman and look how that turned out for him. Now that Foo Fighters are a global multi-platform mega media corporation, the senior partners are surprisingly as busy ...

POPDOSE Top 40: 2014’s Best Rock and Pop Albums

Most year-end “Best of” lists are about wrapping up the year in a tidy bow and moving on, this list celebrates amazing albums that deserve new fans, continued spins and deeper listening long into 2015 and beyond.

If this list missed your favorites, add ...

The Vinyl Diaries: Favorite Music of 2014

Albums discussed in this column:

  • Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else
  • Felice Brothers, Favorite Waitress
  • Bob Mould, Beauty & Ruin
  • Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  • The Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams
  • Beck, Morning Phase
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
  • Ryan ...

Brooke White Gathers Her Friends For Surprise Charity Album

2014 has been an amazing year for new music, and my very last purchase of the year will hopefully arrive this Friday — that said, we could still use a little help from our friends to make it happen.

The album, Never Grow ...

2014’s Best Reissues: The Best of the 70s and 80s You’ve Never Heard

There’s no shortage of scrape the vaults, lost demos saturated, resist the urge overkill, 10-pound, 20-disc, collector’s edition reissues designed to take the hardcore fan by the ankles to shake free every last coin of discretionary income. This post ain’t about those ...

Popdose 2014 Holiday Guide: TV on DVD/Blu-ray

Each year I like to highlight some of my favorite TV on DVD/Blu-ray collections from the past year that would make great presents during this Mellowmas season. Some of these selections you may have heard of, while others may be coming to your attention for ...

The Vinyl Diaries: Various Artists, “American Hustle”

This Friday is Black Friday, the uniquely American occasion in which citizens of all economic stripes and strata are encouraged to spend as much money as they can afford—unless they want to spend more than that; they’re encouraged to do that, too—enticed ...

Popdose Giveaway: Alvin Lee Reissues

UPDATE: We have a winner!  I gotta admit, the sheer number of Alvin Lee fans out there surprised me—and from all over the globe!  People from Portugal, Denmark, Croatia, and Australia emailed entries!  The man is definitely loved and missed.  But the ...

Popdose Giveaway: Joni Mitchell, “Love Has Many Faces”

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congrats to Reader Steve M. of Kannapolis, NC!  Thanks to all who entered. – RS

For years, Joni Mitchell was steadfast in her adamant rejection of record company entreaties to please, please, pretty-please put out a volume ...

EPIC VIDEO PREMIERE: Guardian Ghost ‘Sailor’

LA’s Guardian Ghost blazes across the night sky casting off a comet tail of influences ranging from Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Muse, Coldplay, Hooray For Earth, Editors and the Chameleons; shimmering guitars, sparks of percussion, haunting orchestral notes and the ...

CD Review: Simple Minds, “Big Music”

Simple Minds is one of the most confounding bands in music. They’ve always dreamed big, yet they were also just a little bit outside of the mainstream. Even the handful of hits they managed to score in the mid-‘80s – with their ...

Fall 2014’s Biggest Albums For Short Attention Spans

Vinyl is mainstream again. Hipsters are into cassettes. Heaven knows some asshole out there is trying to make 8-tracks happen again. Another dinosaur of the 80’s has recently roared back — the EP — or “extended play” which is ironic since an ...

Kate Voegele Runs Up A New Hill: The 2014 Popdose Interview

Kate Voegele is one of those artists that indie rock hipsters and Taylor Swift fans can proudly call their own. Her roots, like mine, are in Cleveland, Ohio yet while all of us were friends with Tom back in the MySpace heyday, ...

Pasadena ’68: Power Pop Supergroup Comes Out Swinging

This past week I was messaging back and forth with one of our avid readers, Benjamin, about the dearth of good power pop bands in my 2014 POPDOSE posts — when alls a sudden, a sizzling piece of sonic thunder blasts into my inbox. Ask ...