ALBUM REVIEW: Jeff Le Blanc, “Vision”

New York native Jeff Le Blanc has had a busy year; not only did he collaborate with Liz Longley after her latest release (reviewed here on Popdose) on this new record but he’s about to unleash Vision, which is his ...

CD REVIEW: Imaginary Future, “Sunlight”

Imaginary Future is really the vehicle for Jesse Epstein, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter.  Sunlight, the newest album, is his 4th and it’s a concept piece.   For the first time in his musical odyssey, Epstein decided to write an entire album’s ...

EP REVIEW: The Shift, “7th Direction”

Six songs from this new New York-based trio and a nice find – The Shift’s 7th Direction is filled with chunky riffs, a water-tight rhythm section and melody.  Hard rock, the way it should be done.  The production is also ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Rachel Garlin, “Wink At July”

It’s only fitting that a former schoolteacher could write so eloquently and with a sense of poetic finesse.  Thus, Rachel Garland delivers these kinds of lyrics on her new – and equally warm and tuneful – album, Wink At July.  ...

CD Review: Riki Michele, “Push”

Riki Michele had the cards stacked against her when she went solo in the very early 1990s, often unfairly. I enjoy her solo stuff, particularly 1993’s One Moment Please, but she was coming from the highly influential band Adam Again. Her ...

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 ...

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 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: 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, ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Vanilla Fudge, “Spirit Of ’67”

It’s not often that a “classic” band can come back together after disbanding and put out a new album that sounds fresh – but then add to that, this new album is filled with covers from their contemporaries (as well ...

CD Review: And How, “The Twisted Trees”

Envy, aside from being one of the Seven Deadly Sins, is also a pretty effective motivator. As illustration of this, one needs to look back to the friendly rivalry between The Beatles and the Beach Boys in the 1960’s. Upon hearing ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Weeklings, “Monophonic”

You may as well give up any notions of resistance to The Weeklings, because this is quite simply, the good old fashioned rock and roll we ALL grew up with – built around the sound and style of The Fabs ...

CD Review: Steven Wilson, “Hand Cannot Erase”

It has been a while since I could be fully supportive of a Steven Wilson project. It’s not a residual issue with his apparent forsaking of Porcupine Tree. If we were to get into the weeds with that, PT was a ...

Vinyl Review: (The) Silos, “Cuba”

With much respect to Walter Salas-Humara, the leader of the band The Silos, everything you really need to know about them, you’ll learn from their first three albums. These are the records that also featured bandmember Bob Rupe who, in later ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Liz Longley, s/t

From the moment “Outta My Head” begins, I love this album.  Liz Longley’s self-titled debut on the legendary Sugar Hill label is a thing of beauty.  Her voice, filled with warmth and sultry-ness and her songs, which are lyric-smart and ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Sofia Talvik, “Big Sky Country”

From the opening strums of Big Sky Country, the newest album – 6th, overall – from Sweden’s Sofia Talvik, you know you’re in for an aural pleasure experience.  Her sweet, rich and enveloping voice immediately draws you in and the ...

CD REVIEW: The Staple Singers, “Freedom Highway Complete”

On April 9, 1965, shortly after the events that have been depicted in the movie Selma, the Staple Singers sang at a service at their home church, the New Nazareth Church on Chicago’s South Side. The album that they recorded that ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Young Buffalo, “House”

Coming from Oxford, Mississippi, Young Buffalo are about to make their mark on music with this fine debut album, House.  A five-piece, Young Buffalo are like a fresh breeze on a warm afternoon – their guitar and keyboard-based pop sound ...

ALBUM REVIEW: BP Fallon, “Live In Texas”

Here’s a guy with one of the most varied and impressive resumes in music – across the boards.  Journalist, publicist (starting at Apple Records), D.J., photographer and now singer/performer.  Irish native BP Fallon has basically seen it all and done ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Duke Garwood, “Heavy Love”

Moody, atmospheric and full of texture would be a fair assessment of Duke Garwood’s fifth album, Heavy Love.  The British singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist unleashes ten songs of a subdued yet near-sinister nature, by virtue of their stark arrangements and whispered vocals.  At ...

CD Review: No More Pain, “The Post-Human Condition”

This is a great time for music types other than pop, so far as the album format is concerned. As pop music continues its trudge toward becoming a totally separate entity, single-contained and no longer conjoined within the album’s puzzle work, the ...