Review: Elephant Rifle – “Ivory”

This record begins with the uncontrolled wailing of guitar feedback and squalor, later joined by the gasps of a dying piano. And that’s a good place to start.

Because, then, it kicks you in the goddamn teeth.

Turn it up! Turn it ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Bill Mallonee, “Lands & Peoples”

I could write about the prolific nature of Athens, Georgia native, now New Mexico resident Bill Mallonee or his work with The Vigilantes Of Love or about how he has been one of the leading lights in the roots-rock/Americana movement.  ...

Soul Serenade: B.B. King, ‘Worried Life”

All of the Kings of the blues guitar are gone now. We lost Freddie King back in 1976, and then Albert King in 1992. The most renowned member of this esteemed trio left us on May 14 when B.B. King ...

Review: Rachel Grimes – “The Clearing”

There is a whisper, a scattering of whispers, a whole orchestrated evening of whispers – a subdued kind of wonder and majesty to it all. But even though only her name appears on the product these days, she never walks these woods ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Nic Nassuet, ‘Eleutherios’

With a background in punk, rock, and metal bands glimmering alongside a few pivotal roles in musicals like Sweeney Todd (in which he played the “demon barber”), Los Angeles-based artist Nic Nassuet has combined his mixed-bag of influences into Eleutherious, a nine-track collection of ...

SINGLE REVIEW: Those Pretty Wrongs, “Lucky Guy”

You are going to love this.  Seriously.  I’m not gushing or emitting any kind of bluster or hyperbole.  From the moment those chiming notes from Luther Russell’s guitar come ringing through the speakers, you are going to get chills from ...

Soul Serenade: Dorothy Moore, “Misty Blue”

We lost another King last week. While we were still grieving the loss of Ben E. King, the news came that B.B. King had passed away. B.B. was one of those people who seemed as if they were always a ...

Popdose Giveaway: Tori Amos Vinyl Bundle

Nearly 25 years since the initial release of her first two solo records, Tori Amos’ Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink have been remastered chock-full of b-sides, live tracks and rarities. Plus, they’ve received the vinyl treatment for the first time ever in ...

Monks of Mellonwah Have Never Been This “Good”

Probably one of the most buzzed-about bands to emerge from Australia in the past decade, indie/alternative rockers Monks of Mellonwah have garnered both critical and commercial acclaim. Last year, they even embarked on their first US outing last year, backing like-minded ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Paul Weller, “Saturns Pattern”

You’ve got to hand it to Paul Weller; he’s been at this since 1977 – in the recorded forum, that is – when The Jam released their debut single, “In The City”.  In the ensuing 38 years, he’s been nothing ...

CD Review: Kurt Baker Combo, “Muy Mola Live!”

One of the more memorable skits from WFMU’s The Best Show with Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster involved a character, spoken of fearfully by an underling, who called himself Power Pop Pop Pop. Quad P (for short) is a dictator and ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Gretchen’s Wheel, ‘Fragile State’

The advantage (and sometimes curse) of being a recording artist in 2015 is that you can post something on the internet, be it via SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, or any other upload-friendly platform, and have it heard by seemingly anyone, faceless strangers ...

The Friday Five: May 15, 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 ...

B.B. KING DEAD AT 89

B. B. King, whose legendary guitar playing – with his trusty “Lucille” – made his one of the true giants of American blues, died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89 ...

CD Review: Aisles, “4:45 AM”

The most difficult balance to strike in music is that of respecting the influences that brought you to the stage without being a parody of those same influences. If you listen to enough music, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Every ...

Soul Serenade: Rare Earth, “Get Ready”

When Rare Earth decided to cover “Get Ready” they weren’t fooling around. In fact, their version of the Temptations classic ran to over 21 minutes in length. There was a good reason for this extravagance however. The band simply didn’t ...

That Moment When You’re Over It

Nearly twenty years ago, Kansas released their album Freaks Of Nature. I’m not here to speculate why the album is not revered as a lost classic. I’m not here to agree with the low sales numbers and throw more shovels of dirt ...

The Spectacular Spectacular Trans Mission of Isley Reust

Isley Reust is a force of nature. While most everyone in Hollywood is a multi-hyphenate of some kind (writer/producer/model) with an off-resume day job, Isley is making waves on several fronts by thrusting her art and herself into the world.  ...

SINGLE REVIEW: Freddy Jones Band, “Those Diamonds”

Melodic, catchy, beaty and buoyant would be a good way to describe the sound of the Freddy Jones band, as personified by this new track, “Those Diamonds”, taken as the leadoff single from their upcoming album, Never Change on June ...

THE POPDOSE INTERVIEW: CAPTAIN SENSIBLE

I had the very good fortune to first meet Captain Sensible 25 or so years ago, when I helped release The Damned’s seminal Machine Gun Etiquette for its first American release.  It’s been one of the most rewarding encounters I’ve experienced in ...

EP REVIEW: dsfečo, ‘Watch It Sparkle’

David Fetcho’s musical career has spanned five decades and has swerved into many paths of oncoming traffic, including a 13-year stint composing for stage which led to a commission from the Australian Broadcasting Company to score a nine-part series on recovering ...