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World Premiere Video: ‘White Doves’ by Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons

When we last checked in with Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons, the Columbus, Ohio rockers were just about to drop their new album, Homemade Vision. The romantic, rootsy, rocking, and rollicking record remains one of my most-played and beloved albums of 2016 as we head into this home stretch. If you’ve yet to experience the beauty of this band, here’s your shot; POPDOSE proudly presents the world premiere of their new video, ‘White Doves’, which doubles as the unofficial title track of the album — you’ll hear it in the lyrics. In the clip, Angela gets baptized, rolls Straight Outta Gilligan’s Island, goes on a Nevermind-worthy swim and comes out of the closet (quite literally, her colorful, vintage wardrobe is to die for). POPDOSE: So, that was Gilligan’s Island right? I recently heard rumors the lagoon was man-made on the CBS parking lot, but somehow you found it! ANGELA PERLEY: Well, yes but we have to keep it a secret. We found a wormhole and took it straight back to Columbus, Ohio.  Truthfully, all the inside and outside quarry shots were filmed where I …


BOOK REVIEW: TIM BURGESS, “Tim Book Two: Vinyl Adventures From Istanbul To San Francisco”

Sometimes you want a book just to be an easy read; a fun read – you’re not in the mood for heavy meaning or messages.  But sometimes, you get one of those books where it’s meant to be light but in going through the pages and the stories, you find there is a great deal of depth and emotion and you’re happily uplifted (and perhaps, informed, as well).  Such is the case with the second book written by Charlatans lead singer Tim Burgess.  Cleverly titled Tim Book Two:  Vinyl Adventures From Istanbul To San Francisco, it’s simply his own recollections of how, where and when certain albums – in their proper vinyl format, mostly – came into his life and consciousness and have subsequently stayed with him. An undertaking of this kind is daunting.  You would think it easy, but no – I tried, several years ago to do something akin to this and gave up because there was so much of “connect the dots” that I became frustrated and abandoned it altogether.  But here, …



Virginia-born singer/songwriter Nicole Wray has everything you’d want in a singer: an infectious Memphis-style soul, a range like Aretha Franklin’s, and a church upbringing that’s brought a pure, healing texture to her voice. The struggles she’s been through has made her more than a singer. Nicole Wray is an artist.  And an incredible one, at that. The track “Do It Again” has a cool vibe and an infectious groove, yet isn’t candy/fluff; she’s singing with a lot of firepower behind a classic arrangement with pianos, background vocals and horns (think Willie Mitchell’s Hi Records-style); “In Love” (Don’t Mess Things Up)” has a sweetness that shows Ms. Wray’s range, recalling the early ’70’s Stax style (I know, I can’t help myself) and “Make Me Over” is slow, jazzy and her voice has a not overt sexiness that makes you hear her message clearly.  “Underneath My Feet” is a sly swamp rocker that shuffles along and rocks (it sounds like it just walked out of 1968); “Bad Girl” is easily a single – catchy, infectious – and …

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ALBUM REVIEW: EDISON, “Familiar Spirit”

For a band that’s only been together since 2014 and an acoustic-based trio, Denver’s Edison has a big, full, lush – near orchestral – sound.  One listen to their debut album, Familiar Spirit, and you can hear layered harmonies and diverse instrumentation. The band is fronted by singer Sarah Slaton, along with multi-instrumentalist Dustin Morris and Grammy-nominated guitarist Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers). In the short time of their existence, they’ve toured with such known acts as Iron & Wine, Martin Sexton and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, so you know they’re onto something. There are a lot of dramatic flourishes in the band’s sound, starting with the opening track, “The Good Fight”, which goes from ethereal vocals floating underneath harmonies, acoustic instruments, which then turns to a stripped down vocal interplay and explodes into a danceable track – three different movements that sway back and forth.  “San Jose” is, indeed, cinematic and powerful, with interesting punches of what sounds like muted trumpet and multi-tracked vocals and a boisterous chorus; “Civil War”, again, is another track filled with …


POPDOSE PREMIERE: The Fascinating Making-Of Nick de la Hoyde’s “Thinkin’ Bout You” Video

It’s safe to assume that not many up-and-coming songwriters-slash-hip-hop artists start out on the soccer field. Sure, maybe their parents encouraged them in their school days, but Australia’s Nick de la Hoyde went from scoring “football” goals in Barcelona to crafting a unique sound that blends world influences with electronica, pop, and urban beats while also cultivating a major social media following (over 300 million fans on Instagram!). His latest single, “Thinkin’ Bout You” showcases some classic elements that entice any fan of secular pop to stop and take notice. But it’s the details and the seamless mixture of seemingly endless genres and styles that makes de la Hoyde’s work a product of today. That includes the underlying theme: sexuality unbroken by gender restrictions, delving into the feelings of isolation that come with this sensitive territory. Is there a subject more apropos for 2016? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the music video for “Think’ Bout You,” directed by ARIA-nominated Marc Furmie, below, and stream the single on SoundCloud.


POPDOSE VIDEO PREMIERE: RICHARD BARONE, “Bleecker Street (featuring The Kennedys)”

Popdose is pleased to present the first video from Richard Barone’s newly released collection of folk songs born in Greenwich Village, Sorrows & Promises.  The track is his rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bleecker Street” (from their debut album, Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.) and features Pete and Maura Kennedy on the album performance. If you’ve never walked these streets, you’ll feel like you’re there as you can feel the emotion of the song and the delivery from Mr. Barone.  The images, captured at night, indeed, catch the essence of not only Bleecker Street, but of the neighborhood – and Mr. Barone has delivered masterfully. So here now is Paul Simon’s elegiac ode to this Greenwich Village flashpoint as re-invigorated by Richard Barone, “Bleecker Street”. Sorrows & Promises:  Greenwich Village In The 1960’s is available now



We premiered the track a few months ago – now Popdose is pleased to present the video for Eileen Carey’s single, “In The Air”.  Directed by Taner Tumyaka and filmed on the streets of Paris, the video for “In the Air” is a heartfelt tribute to the city Ms. Carey visited two weeks before terrorists killed 130 people in November, 2015. Featuring dancers Kristen Morris and Daniel Kermidas, the video is a reminder of the conquering nature of love in such troubled times. Ms. Carey’s thoughts are these:  “Paris is such a whirlwind of love, romance, and excitement. The city inspired me to write a love song for two people set in the gaiety that is still Paris. Simply put, it is about love over hate.” That’s a pretty good sentiment, indeed.  We hope you enjoy what you see and hear.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Rick Astley, The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON, October 9, 2016

It is easy in the post-rickrolling era to forget the level of popularity that Rick Astley achieved during his late-1980s peak. With 40 million records sold, 8 UK and 5 US Top 10 hits as well as concert appearances with rock royalty like Phil Collins and Brian May (watch the clip—I swear this is not a rickroll)—all by the age of 25—Astley was a truly global phenomenon and, alongside Kylie Minogue, the symbol of the Stock-Aitken-Waterman songwriting and production team’s imperial period. Astley went into semi-retirement after 1993’s Body & Soul, releasing music sporadically (a handful of singles and a pair of albums saw the light of day, one more album was scrapped), working as a radio DJ and occasionally returning to the stage, often as part of ’80s revival tour packages. This all changed in 2016, as Astley turned 50, released the self-penned and self-produced 50 (his first UK no. 1 album since his 1987 debut) and announced his first four North American dates in 25 years. This could all have gone terribly wrong: announced only a few weeks earlier, Astley’s first Toronto …



Around two years ago, Popdose introduced you to Arrica Rose, lead singer of Arrica Rose and The… their album Wave Function.  Now she’s back again with a new band, the predominantly country-oriented Dear County and their debut album, Low Country.  Co-led by Mark W. Lynn, this band mixes that country feel with a semi-heavy approach, tempered with Ms. Rose’s rich vocals.  Low Country is in essence, a fresh slant on retro styles, balancing the raw and more ethereal. From the moment you listen to all of the opening track, “On And On”, with Ms. Rose’s yearning vocals and the rich harmonies that prop up the strength of the singing, you know this band is definitely on to something good.  There’s something immediately embraceable about the melancholy feel of the music; “Oh My Darlin’” follows this spirit in a classic, almost late ’50’s-type of arrangement (listen to it and you’ll know exactly what I mean) and “Losing Leaves” is slow, sad and atmospheric, with its delicate guitar figures and mournful guitar strums.  Interestingly, the band’s version …


BOXSET REVIEW: BIG STAR, “Complete Third” (3 disc set)

The first thing I want to disclose before going further is to say that in the canon of the three albums Big Star, one of my favorite bands (and part of my Holy Trinity with The Beatles and The Who) recorded, Third isn’t one of my favorites – I know that’s heresy to more than a few.  To me, #1 Record and Radio City were far more solid; they were “band” albums and Third was always a little too obtuse and disconnected for me.  Yes, there are some songs that I love without reserve or hesitation – “Thank You, Friends”, “Kangaroo”, “Big Black Car” – but the overall feel and sound of the record always left me a little uncomfortable.  At the same time, I know there are many others who do, in fact, share this view.  It wasn’t so much of a “band” album as it was purely Alex Chilton’s drug-induced vision, etc., so to call it “Big Star” was something of a misnomer – maybe.  Nonetheless, its weirdness was what always had me …


10 Sexy Songs To Wash That Trump Right Out Of Your Ears

I was working on this post, a celebration of the best new songs in the Fall of 2016, long before the latest Trump tape surfaced; but I’ll tell you, playing these tracks loud and proud is the perfect way to cleanse your ear holes from all the filth his rhetoric has brought into the world. Let’s just say, when you want to smash shit the fuck up after watching The Day in Trump on TV, this is the playlist to do it. For less violent people, it’s the best workout mix ever. For this roundup, I’ve looked beyond the boundaries of Beyonce and Bieber, the one-percenters of pop radio, to find fresh new talent and HUGE new pop songs that are original, sexy and a little bit dangerous — the way pop music was when Prince, Madonna and George Michael last shook things up in the Reagan Era. This is one of the best playlists I have ever created. If I had to do that desert island thing and trade all but one playlist on my iPod for …


BOOK REVIEW: JON SAVAGE, “1966: The Year The Decade Exploded”

I’ve often thought Jon Savage is one of the finest journalists/writers to come out of England.  His depth and knowledge and lyrical flow is second to none.  Never mind the music he’s covered over the years (as far as I’m concerned, no one comes close to writing about the punk era with the seriousness, analytical approach and comprehension that Mr. Savage does) – once he delivered England’s Dreaming, I saw it as a book that should be used a text in academic courses concerning popular culture.  And he’s done it again on an even broader and deeper level. 1966:  The Year The Decade Exploded is an in-depth, month-by-month assessment of (what I agree to be) the most important year in the most turbulent decade of the last century.  I’ve often said about 1966 (when I was a year old) is that it was the year that the picture went from black and white to technicolor; when “rock & roll” became “rock”.  Where life seemed to explode in colors and sounds that no one had previously …



In the early 2000’s, the way of the new century in music was a charge towards electronic music – great D.J. mix compilations were released; “bands” like Zero 7 and Massive Attack made names for themselves – but it was very short-lived.  While I embraced it all just as much as the next person, it really didn’t have a lengthy shelf life – except in summer, for me.  Good commuting music. But now this pretty terrific duo from, of all places, Nashville, Awas have dropped their debut album that has all the best elements from that electronic wave with some deep soul feel, groove and a lot of warmth.  Singer Ariel Hill has a fluid, melodic voice that gives the songs life and emotion; composer Aaron Howard sculpts it all together and gives the sound a wide space and makes this the best album in the electronic style that I’ve heard in well over a decade. From the opening beats of “Gotta Let It Go”, the groove is solid; funky without trying too hard – …



By now, you should be pretty familiar with The Cynz, the New Jersey-based band that we’ve showcased on occasion.  And to get right to the point, the reason we’re premiering this new track from the band on Popdose is simple:  this is an absolutely terrific, immediately classic song that needs to be heard.  “Devil In The Details” is, first and foremost, is a major leap forward for The Cynz – slower, much more finessed than their 100-m.p.h. style – this has all the markings of a natural radio hit, with the use of 12-string Ric, a strong melody, harmonies galore and a wonderful double-tracked vocal from Cyndi Dawson, the lead singer, who reaches a new height of emotion in her delivery.  I thought the last two new releases were groundbreakers for The Cynz, but this takes them to a new stratosphere.  The melody and FEEL of the performance is perfectly intertwined with the lyrics and the vocals. It’s an instantly classic piece; it is simply the best thing they’ve done. Listen to it and let …


ALBUM REVIEW: RICHARD BARONE, “Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village In The 1960’s”

This new album by Bongos frontman and New York City mainstay Richard Barone is both a labor of true love and an incredibly detailed and painstakingly researched history lesson.  Sorrows & Promises:  Greenwich Village In The 1960’s is Mr. Barone’s take on songs that were conceived, written and first performed during that golden age of folk music in New York’s Greenwich Village starting in the late 1950’s.  Some of these songs you may know (certainly The Lovin’ Spoonful’s classic “Did You Have To Make Up Your Mind?” is one); most you will not.  The idea was to create a musical map of the Village during this time through these songs and Mr. Barone has stunningly hit an absolute home run with the design and execution of how this album would flow. I’ve listened to Mr. Barone’s work since his first recordings with The Bongos, beginning around 1981 and he has his own style.  Thus, with this album, he’s taken these (some lost) classics and put his own stamp on them, breathing new life into these …

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Popdose is both pleased and proud to bring to you the new video from Loveland Duren, from their very recently released album Next, “Not Allowed In The House Anymore”.  A song, unquestionably for the here and now, this extremely powerful track says what a lot of people are finally saying – certainly, if not thinking.  The images are jarring and will, indeed, cause a reaction and rightly so.  Lyricism this passionate, direct and meaningful should not be casually gleaned or heard in the background – it should be absorbed and at times, taken as either a warning or a clarion call. As timely and salient as you can possibly get, here now is the dynamic “Not Allowed In The House Anymore” from Vicki Loveland and Van Duren. Next is available now


ALBUM REVIEW: JOSH FARROW, “Trouble Walks With Me”

This fine debut album from East Nashville singer/songwriter Josh Farrow mixes Southern soul, shades of The Band and Leon Russell and is one of the most wonderfully fluid things I’ve listened to as of late.  The playing is tight; the arrangements are stellar and the production suits the album in the right fashion. From the opening notes of “I’ll Be Your Fool” with its Hammond B3 punches and the instant groove, you know your in for some meaty sounds; “Wash Me In The Well” goes for a deeper blues vibe; his vocals punctuate the melody in an on-the-one manner naturally – he’s one singer who doesn’t over-reach his range and it works on this syrupy grind.  “Before You Leave” is slow, sweet, stark and sad – the use of echo on the vocals works to great effect (and there are some chill-inducing harmonies which makes it even better); “Time (Ain’t No Friend Of Mine)” is another soul-groover with a hypnotic riff and a bass line that carries it all together like a river and “Who’s …



After last night’s presidential debate, I think all of our collective brains could use a cleansing. This morning, Simone, a rising talent on the Los Angeles pop scene, dropped her second single, ‘Daydreams’. It’s exactly that, a wistful song of the summer, better late than never as the trees start to turn red, gold and brown — well, everywhere except LA. Deep in the mix, co-produced with Troy Tyrer, you can hear a babbling EDM undercurrent, but Simone’s dreamy, multi-tracked vox are front and center (imagine Enya with Gaga ambitions). The song came about after Simone moved to the City of Angels and was soaking up the indescribable energy around her; she felt both inspired and scared at the same time and wanted to capture that feeling in sound. For lovers of bright and shimmery pop, the track will take the edge off until Lady Gaga and Little Mix set off the big pop music fireworks later this fall. With more music on the way, be sure to connect with Simone via her official website or facebook. Download ‘Daydreams’ on Amazon MP3 or …



As quickly as we had the review up for Allyson Seconds’ new album, the splendid Little World, we now have the 1st video, the album’s title track.  Catchy, bouncy, joyful, it captures the spirit of this album beautifully.  With instruments by producer and co-songwriter Anton Barbeau and guest bass by XTC legend, Colin Moulding, this is one song that will stick in your head for a long while after listening. Check out the glorious “Little World” from Allyson Seconds.  And then check out the album of the same name. Little World will be available on Friday, October 21st, 2016


ALBUM REVIEW: LISA SAID, “No Turn Left Behind”

No Turn Left Behind is the debut album from singer/songwriter Lisa Said.  This singer/songwriter/guitarist was born in Cairo (!) and was transplanted first to Memphis (Tennessee, not Egypt!) and then to Chattanooga.  Moving to New York to finish her studies and then to Asheville, North Carolina, her travels took her to D.C. to record the album at the legendary Inner Ear Studios and to have the album co-produced by equally-legendary Inner Ear owner Don Zientara.  This maiden collection of eleven tracks are a wonderful mix of roots-rock, pop and some off-kilter time; her voice is soothing and warm and it’s a perfect balance. Starting with the almost-Zydeco gallup of “Hard To Brake” (nice play on words), this album is off and running, filled with instant likeability; a very capable team of musicians backing her, you get a feeling from Ms. Said that she doesn’t lack confidence in her songs even though this is her first release.  “In Retrospect” has an airiness that has flavors of country/honky tonk and pure pop that works and is a …