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Hooks ‘N’ You: Mark Helm, “Everything’s OK”

Not every album released on Not Lame Records was the very definition of power pop, but 10 years on, Mark Helm's Everything's OK...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Mark Bacino

Bubblegum pop god Mark Bacino is back with his third album, and Will Harris is there to find out what took so long....

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Say Hello to Unabashed Self-Promotion

Popdose leaps onto the printed page with the publication of Will Harris' new book, All You Need Is a Hook... The Best of Hooks 'N'...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Will Harris Remembers Will Owsley

Will Harris remembers the pure pop majesty of Will Owsley, and laments his untimely death....

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Three O’Clock, “Vermillion”

It sold so poorly that it broke up the band, and more than 20 years later, most people still haven't heard of it -- but Will Harris thinks...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Gary Clark, Songwriter-Producer at Large

When we last left our hero, Gary Clark, he was discussing his career as a recording artist…and if you missed it, then you must...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: A Portrait of Gary Clark as a Young Recording Artist

For better or worse…and I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it’s for worse…there really isn’t much...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: The Trashcan Sinatras, Pt. 2

Now, where were we? Oh, that’s right: we were chatting with the one and only Francis Reader, frontman for the Trashcan Sinatras. If...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: The Trashcan Sinatras, Pt. 1

The Trashcan Sinatras are back with a new album -- and Will Harris was lucky enough to have a chat with singer Frank Reader. Read part one...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Robbie Rist Revisited

I’d just like to start this very, very belated follow-up to my piece on Wonderboy’s Napoleon Blown Apart album with a profound...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Wonderboy, “Napoleon Blown Apart”

I can still remember the first time I became acquainted with the band known as Wonderboy. I was writing for Flash Magazine – the...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Pleasure Thieves, “Simple Escape”

Well, folks, it’s time to take another dip into the wonderful world of Albums I Discovered While I Was Working At A Record Store. If...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Phil Keaggy, “Phil Keaggy and Sunday’s Child”

If you’re a guitar guy, then all I have to do is write the name “Phil Keaggy” and you’re probably already prepared...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Kelly Osbourne, “Shut Up”/”Sleeping in the Nothing”

Given that the Osbourne family became the toast of MTV in 2002, thanks to their then-groundbreaking reality series, “The...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: The Click Five, “Modern Minds and Pastimes”

How can you tell the difference between a good music critic and a bad music critic with a single question? Well, your mileage may vary on...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: “Still Crazy”

If you’ve been dreading the return of this column ever since Popdose ended its holiday hiatus, then allow me to tell you who you have...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: A Look Back at 2008

It’s vacation time already? Awesome! Time to kick back, relax, and…oh, wait, I forgot: this is only a part-time writing gig,...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Richard Barone, “Cool Blue Halo” and Other Works

Live albums have been a staple of the music business for ages, and even if you’re someone who loudly proclaims to have no interest in...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Kyle Vincent, “Wow & Flutter”

When Kyle Vincent released his eponymous album on Hollywood Records in 1997, it looked for all the world that, after spending over a decade...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: “Produced by Don Dixon”

Last week’s column opened by noting that, when you hear the name “Don Dixon,” you’re probably more likely to think...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Don Dixon, “(If) I’m a Ham, Well You’re a Sausage: The Don Dixon Collection”

When you hear the name “Don Dixon,” you’re probably more likely to think of him in terms of his production career than...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: The Devlins, “Drift”

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve bought a new album. You put it on and hit “play,” and as it’s playing, you...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Dave Dill, “Follow the Summer”

Pity the publicist who offers up an exaggerated sense of their artist’s sound. I’ve been offering up some semblance of music...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Random Reminiscing From the Averett Years

I can say without hesitation that today’s Hooks ‘N’ You was written more quickly and with less forethought in the history...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Splitsville, “Let’s Go! The Best of Splitsville”

Before I start talking about the Baltimore-based power pop band known as Splitsville, I should let them start talking…and I’ll...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: International Pop Overthrow

Pop rules. I mean, it must. If it didn’t, would David Bash sign all of his E-mails with that phrase? Actually, he probably would....

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Hooks ‘N’ You: The Crayons, “What Color Are You?”

No, I’m not dead, but neither can it really be said that I’ve been resting, either. Sorry for the monthlong interim between...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Voice of the Beehive, “Sex & Misery”

I can still remember stumbling upon the CD for Voice of the Beehive’s Let It Bee for the first time. I guess you could argue that it...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Morten Harket, “Wild Seed”

As God is my witness, I had already planned to write this column before Jeff dropped the news in his column, Freshly Unwrapped, that Morten...

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Hooks ‘N’ You: Loud Sugar, “Loud Sugar”

Jeff Giles, God love him, is directly – if accidentally – responsible for inspiring this week’s column. Awhile back, he...