The Friday Five: March 27, 2015

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll ...

Pearl Jam Bring Citizen Dick To Record Store Day

If you remember the ’90s movie Singles, helmed by Cameron Crowe, you’ll recall the band Citizen Dick. Or rather, you’ll recall Pearl Jam stalwarts Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament’s implausible backstory about the band and their one hit, ...

Soul Serenade: The Coasters, “Down In Mexico”

 
What record do you think of when someone mentions the Coasters? Most people would have said “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” or “Poison Ivy.” That was before Quentin Tarantino entered the picture with his 2007 film Death Proof. The ...

Live Review: Lloyd Cole, One Lucky Guitar, March 21, 2015

Lloyd Cole is the type of songwriter who incites travel, perhaps because he himself is nomadic and restless–a musical omnivore who’s traversed sparse folk, Velvet Underground-esque rock, electronica and dour jangle-pop (to name a few) during his three-decade career. And so when my husband ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Joe Pug, “Windfall”

This new album from Austin, Texas native Joe Pug has a lot going for it, considering its genesis was in a not-so-positive situation.  From imbibing too much alcohol to feeling disconnected, Pug almost walked away from music but instead, turned ...

Kerosene Halo Rises Over A House On Fire

Returning for a second volley of folk-fueled music, Michael Roe and Derri Daugherty — collectively known as Kerosene Halo — are thinking ambitiously. For their “House On Fire” Kickstarter project, the duo seeks to expand to a larger band. The ...

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Grip Weeds, “How I Won The War”

You can make the argument that “classic/’60’s style pop” is making an upward surge in a big way from the United States and leading the charge would be New Jersey veterans, The Grip Weeds.  Jangly, quasi-psychedelic, harmony rich and masterfully ...

CD Review: Toto, “Toto XIV”

It was the story that threatened to overshadow the album. As early as six years ago, famed guitarist Steve “Luke” Lukather said during promotions for his solo album that the prospects for new Toto music was slim, and probably non-existent. He was ...

ALBUM: The True Groove All-Stars, ‘Fully Re-Covered’

It’s no secret that music is linked to social change and causes. From the Civil Rights Movement to “We Are the World” and everything that Bono thinks he’s doing right, artists are inspired by the environment around them. The True Groove ...

The Friday Five: March 20, 2015

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Vagaband, “Medicine For The Soul”

A thoroughly enjoyable and tuneful collection of songs, Medicine For The Soul, the new release from the U.K.’s The Vagaband, is an exercise in melody.  For a sophomore release, this gathering of eleven songs sound like a group who’ve traveled ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Mark Maze, ‘Uncomfortable Truths’

A true artist in every sense of the word, London’s Mark Maze taps into his rough-and-tumble upbringing in a council estate outside of Leicester, England. Channeling his past into music wasn’t a big leap, but his “anything is possible” outlook on the ...

EP REVIEW: Kawehi, “Evolution”

While her last EP, Robot Heart, turned a lot of heads (along with her interestingly innovative version of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box), multi-instrumentalist/singer Kawehi is already back again with another new batch of songs, the aptly-titled Evolution.  These seven songs ...

MOVIE REVIEW: “The Wrecking Crew” (documentary)

The Wrecking Crew is the brilliant new(ish) documentary from filmmaker Denny Tedesco; it’s a labor of love and small wonder – his late father Tommy was the brilliant guitarist who played in this incredible collective.  For those who really don’t ...

EP REVIEW: Winchester Revival, ‘Burden’s Landing’

While some bands’ inability to pin down their influences and genre may be a bit of an issue that keeps fans and execs at arm’s length, Oakland, CA-based indie rock band Winchester Revival (WinRev for short) thrives on it — and ...

The Friday Five: March 13, 2015

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll ...

ALBUM REVIEW: [debut], ‘Postcards From Berlin’

Some of the greatest rock record of all time spring from bands traveling – literally – outside of their comfort zones. Paul McCartney and Wings’ Band on the Run was largely recorded in Lagos, Nigeria (with all the drama one might expect from setting the Maccas loose ...

New Video: Julien Sagot, “Docteur C”

Perhaps best known as percussionist for Polaris Music Prize winners Karkwa, Québec’s Julien Sagot has been making a name for himself of late with his sophomore solo LP, the brazenly eclectic weird-pop masterpiece Valse 333. Coming on the heels of Valse 333‘s Juno ...

Soul Serenade: Gary U.S. Bonds, “New Orleans”

Those of you who have been following along may have  noticed that there was no Soul Serenade column last week. It was the first time that the column didn’t appear in its weekly spot for nearly five years, but there was a very ...

SINGLE REVIEW: Liz Graham, “Damaged”

Artists all over the world will tell you that one thing inspires more material than any other: pain. For some, there’s no other release than setting thoughts and feelings to music. For New York’s Liz Graham, her “metamorphosis” is still ongoing as ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Lyal Strickland, “Balanced On Barbed Wire”

An interesting story here – this album, from Buffalo, Missouri native Lyal Strickland, was originally recorded in 2013, but he decided to resuscitate it, re-release it and tour behind it.  And by doing so, he’s reaching out to bigger audiences, ...