Huger slump and greater wars and a shallower recovery? What's THAT supposed to mean? Stereolab may be the quintessential 90s band, and yet they may
A little over five years ago I moved to Rhode Island after spending my entire life up to that point in New Jersey. When many people, whether they are residents or exiles like me, want to conjure up the New Jersey that lives in their minds, they put on some Bruce Springsteen music. That was true for me too for a long time. But now, when I want to go back home for awhile I’ll just put on something by Rick Barry.
If you don’t live in New Jersey you might not be aware that the Asbury Park music scene did not come to a screeching halt when Springsteen entered the rockstar pantheon. To this day there is a vibrant scene in the shore town, led by a very talented corps of singer/songwriters. Most people would agree that Barry is at the top of the class of his generation of songwriters.
This is one of those "holy shit" albums - that moment when the first guitar riffs come chiming in and the rush of excitement
You ought to know before we get started: This time, I’m taking sides. The last time I did one of these, it was in a
By the time I write my next column, the long national nightmare that this election cycle has been will be over, hopefully. Throughout history people have reacted to difficult times in a variety of ways. Music, for example, has often been used as a tonic for adversity, and from music springs dance, the very act of losing yourself in the moment.
The ’60s, a troubled decade if there ever was one, featured a number of notable dance crazes. Without a doubt the first, and biggest of all of these was the Twist. What began in dance clubs in Tampa, Florida, swept the nation, and the world. Hank Ballard saw those teenagers dancing, and he wrote a song about it. It was just a B-side to a 1960 Hank Ballard and the Midnighters record that featured “Teardrops on Your Letter” on the A-side. The record did pretty well, reaching #28 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Memphis' favorite new sons, VAS, are back, fresh on the heels of their self-titled debut album with this brand new single, "Rivers". As is
This week, "Single Play" spotlights Popdose's Dw Dunphy's latest track. Also, new music from Bossie, The LoveStrange, Mavrick, and Frank Pole with Greyson
Low-voltage, traditional instruments and a very rootsy feel would be a good quick primer when trying to describe the sound of Binghampton, New York's
Who'd a thought that 48 years after the release of 'I Wanna Be Your Dog', 2016 would become Iggy Pop's biggest year yet. That
When the Beatles arrived in America in 1964 many dreams of stardom were crushed. The ensuing flood tide known as the British Invasion swept away many artists who had been enjoying success in the ’50s and early ’60s. There were exceptions however, and among those exceptions were the artists who recorded for Motown Records. Motown continued to turn out hit after hit, as if oblivious to the charms of the invaders from across the sea.
One of those Motown artists was a great singer by the name of Mary Wells. She was more than just another Motown artist. In many ways she defined the sound of Motown in the early ’60s, scoring with her trio of 1962 hits “The One Who Really Loves You,” “Two Lovers,” and “You Beat Me to the Punch,” followed by her biggest hit, “My Guy,” in 1964. The Smokey Robinson-written song was a #1 hit on the Pop and R&B charts.
Milwaukee-based trio Dead Horses have just unleashed their latest album, their third, Cartoon Moon and this is a magnificent mixture of Americana, traditional and
I've heard it more times than I care to remember: where are the real blues these days? It seems like the only people still churning out
Editor’s note: In this installment of EhOR, Jay Kumar takes a look at the oh-so-’80s AOR of Toronto’s Honeymoon Suite. If ever there was an
Revolution Radio is ready to take the world apart with its bare hands
Greetings, children of the night! As your Halloween party draws nigh, our senses-shattering mixtape series is resurrected to wreak havoc on your unsuspecting ears
The late '60's certainly were a time of changes, turmoil, growth, exploration
With eighteen studio albums to their credit, Marillion arrives again with an uncomfortable, uncompromising, but altogether magnificent recording. You will be challenged.
In this new series, Injustice League, POPDOSE looks at some long-standing wrongs in the world of rock and roll that will thankfully not live
We're happy to be knee deep in the blues this week with The Reverend Shawn Amos who stops by to discuss his latest album.
When we last checked in with Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons, the Columbus, Ohio rockers were just about to drop their new album,
Sometimes you want a book just to be an easy read; a fun read - you're not in the mood for heavy meaning or
Most baby boomers have a fond memory of Jackson Browne’s live recording of “Stay” from his 1977 album Running on Empty. The cover version was tacked on to the end of Browne’s song “The Load Out,” and featured sideman David Lindley’s falsetto encouraging the audience to “stay” for one more song. When this version of “Stay,” without the “Load Out” preamble, was released as a single it rose all the way up to #20 on the Pop chart. If memory serves me well, the track listing on the album including an “apology to Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs.”
Perhaps the apology wasn’t necessary but I’m sure the name-check was appreciated, since it was Williams and his group who recorded the original version of “Stay” in 1960. Williams was born in South Carolina and began his singing career in church at age six. He formed a group called the Junior Harmonizers, but the members were more interested in secular music, and soon changed their name to the Royal Charms.
Virginia-born singer/songwriter Nicole Wray has everything you’d want in a singer: an infectious Memphis-style soul, a range like Aretha Franklin’s, and a church upbringing
For a band that's only been together since 2014 and an acoustic-based trio, Denver's Edison has a big, full, lush - near orchestral -
It's safe to assume that not many up-and-coming songwriters-slash-hip-hop artists start out on the soccer field. Sure, maybe their parents encouraged them in their
Popdose is pleased to present the first video from Richard Barone's newly released collection of folk songs born in Greenwich Village, Sorrows & Promises.
Ten years into its existence, Columbia, Missouri’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is a well-run festival machine. Held this year at Stephens Lake Park between September 30-October 2, the three-day event boasts an eclectic lineup. Headliners included country-blues-pop artist Grace Potter; Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, whose gritty, Southside Johnny-esque music drew a larger-than-normal Friday night audience; and beloved Americana trailblazers the Avett Brothers, who drew a massive crowd on Sunday night to close out the festival.
This year, food items such as a BBQ sandwich with a glazed donut for a bun (verdict: really good) and honey-churned ice cream (salted caramel: amazing) were the perfect compliment to days of solid music. What was most impressive: Each act I saw was slightly different—and played variations of roots and blues music—but all turned in solid, engaging sets. Like last year’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, this year was completely top-notch.
We premiered the track a few months ago - now Popdose is pleased to present the video for Eileen Carey's single, "In The Air".
It is easy in the post-rickrolling era to forget the level of popularity that Rick Astley achieved during his late-1980s peak. With 40 million records
A welcome return of Aimee Mann, the pop goodness of FELIN, a hunting ballad by Sian Cross, and The Joy Formidable attempt to go
Around two years ago, Popdose introduced you to Arrica Rose, lead singer of Arrica Rose and The
Rod Temperton died recently. Although he never had a hit record under his own name, his fame as a songwriter, producer, and member of the band Heatwave insured that he will never be forgotten.
Although Temperton made his name in American R&B, he was born in Lincolnshire in England. His father didn’t read him bedtime stories. Instead he stuck a transistor radio in his crib. As a result, Pemberton’s interest in music began at a early age. Temperton played drums in his early bands, but after high school he went to work in a frozen food factory and played music on a part-time basis.
The first thing I want to disclose before going further is to say that in the canon of the three albums Big Star, one
I was working on this post, a celebration of the best new songs in the Fall of 2016, long before the latest Trump tape
Ms. Henrik, On The Go, Júníus Meyvant, and Sofia Härdig are in the "Single Play" spotlight
I've often thought Jon Savage is one of the finest journalists/writers to come out of England. His depth and knowledge and lyrical flow is
The Falcons were a vocal group whose membership at one time or another included such luminaries as Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett, Sir Mack Rice, and Joe Stubbs. They formed in Detroit when Floyd and Bob Manardo, who worked together in a jewelry store, decided to put together a group. Manardo brought in his friend Tom Shetler, and Floyd enlisted Arnett Robinson. Eventually bass singer Willie Schofield was added to the lineup.
The year was 1955, and the Falcons were one of the first integrated groups. They played a lot of clubs around Detroit, but would also venture off to the east coast on occasion. In 1956 Mercury Records was holding auditions. Thinking that the auditions were in Chicago, the Falcons headed there only to learn on their arrival that the auditions were being conducted in New York.
In the early 2000's, the way of the new century in music was a charge towards electronic music - great D.J. mix compilations were
By now, you should be pretty familiar with The Cynz, the New Jersey-based band that we've showcased on occasion. And to get right to