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 ...

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 ...

The Popdose Premiere: Philip Labes – Hero

If the ongoing misadventures of Justin Bieber have you believing that children are indeed NOT the future — and by children, I mean anyone under 30 — and by future, I mean capable of putting a decent song on the radio — and by ...

Stream Now: Young Rising Sons, “High”

There isn’t a pop song on the planet that has a damn thing new to say, or a new way in which to say it. And that’s just fine — in fact, a big part of the fun of being a pop ...

Video Premiere: La La Lush, “O.W.L.”

Can you ever really get enough of soaring pop anthems with life-affirming lyrics? Yeah, me neither, which is why I keep replaying La La Lush‘s “O.W.L.” This band’s got hooks if you want ’em, and this song — culled from ...

Stream Now: Craig Bickhardt, “It Opens”

You never know where or when opportunity will find you, or which form it will take — and sometimes, what feels like an end is really a new beginning. That’s just the sort of denim-clad wisdom that makes acoustic guitar-toting troubadours like ...

Watch Now: Leela James, “Fall for You”

Leela James has been on the scene for a number of years, racking up awards and mid-sized hits without quite managing to achieve household name status. It’s anyone’s guess as to whether her upcoming album Fall for You will bring ...

Watch Now: We Were Astronauts, “Doree”

There’s a scene in Ted Demme’s uneven-but-unjustly ignored Beautiful Girls in which one of the movie’s many small-town sad sacks pulls a dumb stunt in a vain attempt to prove he’s over the girl that broke his heart, all while the Afghan ...

Stream Now: Gary Clark, Jr.: “Blak and Blu: The Mixtape”

He’s out on the road touring behind his Grammy-winning Blak and Blu, but Gary Clark, Jr. isn’t too busy to deliver a little free new(ish) music: Check out Blak and Blu: The Mixtape, featuring appearances and remixes from Big K.R.I.T., Robert Glasper, ...