EP REVIEW: Lunar Electric, s/t

Four songs, sonic blasts that knock you flat and feel like you’ve been turned inside out.  Lunar Electric is a new project from guitarist/singer Dre DiMura and this is what “good rock” sounds like.  Fantastic production; heavy in the best ...

Soul Serenade: Etta James, “I’d Rather Go Blind”

If you look up R&B in the dictionary there should be a picture of today’s record because the record pretty much defines R&B. It is a slab of southern soul sung by a great singer, played by storied musicians, and ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Kopecky, “Drug For The Modern Age”

You wouldn’t usually equate Nashville with an alt-rock styled band, but Kopecky definitely do not fit the Music City mold.  On Drug For The Modern Age, their second effort, there are keyboards, atmospherics, layered vocals and an ethereal feel – ...

The Friday Five: May 29, 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 ...

Listening Booth: K. Adem; The Deafening Colors

That classic pop sound is not dead. In fact, as synths continue to roll across the landscape like battalions of tanks, the indie music scene is kind of exploding with pop’s possibilities.

Working his folk edge into a 4-song EP, Kyle ...

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 ...