POPDOSE PREMIERE: The Shakey Tables, “I Like Your Shoes”

Stalwarts on the NYC music circuit, the Shakey Tables have been touted as something of a hybrid between the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Supremes. (Not a bad comparison, really.) Their unique, energetic brand of fun, upbeat rock/pop is ...

POPDOSE PREMIERE: Amy Lynn & The Gun Show, “Closer”

While I’m no fan of Nine Inch Nails, this is pretty damned interesting as its equally damned good.  Amy Lynn & The Gun Show, a New York-based seven-piece R&B/soul outfit have the balls AND the brass to take NIN’s classic ...

ALBUM REVIEW: EZTV, “Calling Out”

I used these words upon seeing EZTV during their opening slot for The Dream Syndicate a few months ago:  “I have seen the future of power pop and it’s EZTV”.  I immediately drew comparisons with The Flamin’ Groovies, Marshall Crenshaw ...

Concert Review: Rush R40 Tour, San Jose, CA 7/23/2015

How many bands have the kind of staying power Rush has displayed for the 41 years they’ve been together? Even the hiatus the band took in the aftermath of drummer Neil Peart’s twin personal tragedies (losing both his daughter and wife in ...

The Friday Five: July 24, 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: Wilco, “Star Wars”

We’ve seen this a few times now. With the immediacy and access that the Internet offers, an artist announces they are dropping a secret album for you, the adoring fan, for free. All you have to do is provide your email ...

ALBUM: The Aurian Haller Band, ‘House of Words’

Personally, one of the most enriching parts of music is not only the ability to blend styles, genres, and perspectives, but also languages and cultures. Quebec City’s Aurian Haller Band hails from a unique place geographically, making it only natural for them to ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Insect Ark, “Portal/Well”

Atmospheric, dark, moody – but not in way it can’t be enjoyed.  There is melody within the walls built by Insect Ark, the project directed by multi-instrumentalist Dana Schechter.  This album, Portal/Well is their debut and it’s an interesting experience.  ...

POPDOSE PREMIERE: Scott Krokoff, “I Got Nothing”

NYC-based singer/songwriter Scott Krokoff knows about dreams deferred. Unable to support himself on his music alone, Krokoff decided to instead pursue a career as a lawyer, leaving behind his work with his college band, Equinox, who made four albums and ...

The Friday Five: July 17, 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 ...

E.P. REVIEW: Luna Aura, “Super Nova”

Five new songs from Luna Aura, an electro-dream-pop artist, hailing from Phoenix, Arizona.  Light and pleasant, her voice is soothing yet strong and has the right texture to fit these songs.

Immediately, with the opening track, “Like You”, there is ...

Where Is The Song Of The Summer Of 2015?

Do you hear that? Hear what? I don’t hear anything.

That’s what I mean.

Not that I’m necessarily complaining, mind you. For the past handful of years we’ve had “songs of summer” that were completely inescapable, and we do have a ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Satellite Hearts, “Desire Forces The Flow”

High in energy, melody and at times a Marc Bolan-like vocal, Philadelphia-based Satellite Hearts unleash their brand of rock & roll with their second effort, Desire Forces The Flow.  It’s as if you took The Sweet and revved them up ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Built To Spill, “Untethered Moon”

From the first tub thumps of the drums into the guitar sludge on the opening track, you know you’re in for a good ride on this, the long-awaited new album from Boise’s “indie” vets, Built To Spill, led by their ...

The Friday Five: July 10, 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: Kevin Sekhani, “Day Ain’t Done”

This is one fine piece of pure American music – a mixture of country, bluegrass, zydeco with some damned masterful playing and catchy songs.  Kevin Sekhani, a Lafayette, Louisiana native, who’s been a mainstay on the Austin scene for years, ...

How dare Debbie Harry and Bruce Springsteen get old?

I usually don’t get worked up about aging celebrities, mainly because I’ve managed to convince myself that their age is somehow unrelated to mine — this way, no matter how old they get in real life, in my brain they stay the ...

Soul Serenade: Brenton Wood, “Gimme Little Sign”

As I’ve told you before, inspiration for this column comes from all sorts of places. It could be a song I hear on the radio or television, or simply something in the air that tripped something in my brain and helped ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Allison Moorer, “Down To Believing”

Good Lord, this is good.  One of my absolute favorite albums this year, Allison Moorer’s Down To Believing is a 13-track blast of passion, quality songwriting and skilled musical performances that leave you breathless and wanting more.  Ms. Moorer has ...

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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