Bootleg City: Ex-Mayors Just Want to Have Fun

Greetings from Arizona! As you’ll no doubt remember from half a decade ago, I have a long history with this state. It all started when—

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ALBUM REVIEW: Motobunny, s/t

A new band hailing from Phoenix and Los Angeles, but carrying the sound and the swagger that made the Motor City famous – that well known “garage”/dirty sound personified by The Stooges, MC5, etc.  And even though this sound has ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Ocean Carolina, “Maudlin Days”

It’s an interesting thing that a band – in the true sense of real instruments and structured songs, carefully crafted – is born of a writer who began his musical quest in the electronic dance music world.  Such is the ...

EP REVIEW: Matthew Morgan, ‘Empathy for Inanimate Objects’

There’s something significant about a poignant, significant troubadour who leaves his heart on the table and bares his soul without reserve. The kind of voice and talent that’s hardly born, let alone heralded, these days. Chicago’s Matthew Morgan, a fellow native Midwesterner ...

POPDOSE PREMIERE: Bad Mary, “Sucks to Be You”

Punk is dead? Not so, says NYC’s Bad Mary, a high-voltage punk-rock outfit ready to rock your face off. Perhaps what’s even more punk than the band’s sound is its makeup: at its core are Amanda Mac and Mike Staub, two lovebirds ...

E.P. REVIEW: The New Switcheroo, “Heartless Sky”

The New Switcheroo are yet another new band from a very vibrant and diverse Chicago music scene; their sound is a combination of roots rock, folk and chamber pop with stunning harmonies and chillingly gorgeous arrangements.  And with Heartless Sky, ...

EP REVIEW: Tetra, ‘Meter’

In today’s technologically inclined society, it’s no shocker that electronica is probably the hottest rising genre infiltrating all other styles of music. From pop to funk to folk, dribs and drabs of computer-generated beats, synths, and drones are seamlessly integrated, so ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Ben Lee, “Love Is The Great Rebellion”

On Love Is The Great Rebellion, Australian native Ben Lee kicks in the next phase of his lengthy career by launching his debut with Warner Bros. Records.  A mixture of emotionally-focused songs – dealing with reflection, mistakes, correction and hope ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Shannen Nicole, ‘Captive’

Talent – real, raw talent – can’t be taught; it’s in your blood, uncontrollably flowing throughout your life, work, and, as Shannen Nicole demonstrates, school. For this high school senior from Oregon, her need to encapsulate the people and experiences that only ...

BREAKING NEWS: CHRIS SQUIRE DIES AT 67

From Dw. Dunphy and Rob Ross:

Via a tweet from Yes/Asia/Buggles keyboardist Geoff Downes, reports say that Chris Squire, the legendary bass guitar player for prog-rock giants YES, has died at the age of 67.  It had been announced in May that ...

The Friday Five: June 26, 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 ...

SINGLE REVIEW: IAMDYNAMITE, “Be There”

As fans of the band, even we didn’t see this coming. The Ann Arbor duo IAMDYNAMITE, whose 2012 debut SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC (THEY REALLY LIKE UPPER CASE LETTERS DO NOT JUDGE THEM) sounded like the Black Keys making a power pop record, ...

SINGLE REVIEW: Jenn Vix, “I Don’t Trust You”

Another melodic eye-opener from Rhode Island’s (somewhat prolific) Jenn Vix.  This singer-songwriter knows how to write a melody and use electronic instruments to make it sound warm, human, emotional and passionate.  On this seemingly personal new track, “I Don’t Trust ...

The Friday Five: June 19, 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 ...

POPDOSE INTERVIEW: A Q&A With Paul Weller

Anyone and everyone who knows me is well aware of the magnitude to Paul Weller’s presence in my life over the past three decades. McCartney, Townshend and Weller – my musical heroes and influences. But it is Paul Weller who ...

Soul Serenade: The Velvelettes, “Needle In A Haystack”

Last week’s Soul Serenade column was #260 in this series. That’s right, I’ve been writing the column for five years now and what an education it’s been. I was going to make a big deal of the anniversary but somehow I ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Old Ceremony, “Sprinter”

One of the band’s I’ve grown fond of over the last two or three years is Durham, North Carolina’s The Old Ceremony – I’ve seen singer/guitarist Django Haskins perform several times with the Big Star tribute – and this band ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Furious Seasons, ‘My Love is Strong’

From the beginning of time, we have told stories through music. Whether it’s an epic battle of good vs. evil or a tale of woe and heartbreak, setting poetry to tunes is a a no-brainer, and for David Steinhart and his fantastical, ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Fall, “Sub-Lingual Tablet”

There was a period in my life that The Fall was the most important band in the world to me because of their utter desire to wipe away the over-layered prettiness and bullshit that seemed to plague so many of ...

The Friday Five: June 12, 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: Billy Shaddox, “I Melt, I Howl”

 

From the moment the title track of Billy Shaddox’s I Melt, I Howl kicks in to open this album, you get that twinge of excitement that this is going to be good. A breezy, warm track that immediately turns ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Teen Men, s/t

This Delaware-based mixed-media project is the brainchild of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson, two members of The Spinto Band, who have crafted a very solid and technically proficient self-titled debut album.  Aided and abetted by two visual artists, Albert Birney ...