ALBUM REVIEW: Dead Men Walking, “Easy Piracy”

Dead Men Walking are, for all intents and purposes, a new band of some very familiar faces – well, familiar if you grew up in the punk/new wave scene of the ’80’s.  Old friends who happen to come from some ...

The Friday Five: May 1, 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 ...

CD Review: Blur, “The Magic Whip”

If you have heard Parklife, The Great Escape, or Modern Life Is Rubbish, you’ll probably still enjoy the British band Blur’s latest, The Magic Whip, but there will be little denying what a pastiche of themselves the record represents.

A lot of ...

Soul Serenade: The 5th Dimension, “One Less Bell To Answer”

When most discerning music fans are asked to name a classic song by composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David, one that perfectly embodies the team’s signature sound, they are inevitably going to choose one of Dionne Warwick’s hits from ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Little Shells, ‘5 Deep Under’

Often, the most original and inventive sounds come from mashing up styles and genres. Brooklyn-based musician Conchita Campos prides herself on her artistic fluidity, moving with ease between jazz, bossa nova, soul, and more. Her latest project under the name Little Shells ...

The Popdose Interview: The Weepies

Five years may be a long time to wait for a new release from Deb Talan and Steve Tannen — better known as The Weepies — but there probably aren’t any fans begrudging the time they’ve ...

Groundbreaking New York City Music Series Expands to Los Angeles

Three years ago, New York City-based musician and promoter Aleksi Glick got the idea to merge upcoming bands with a unique, untapped venue — a hostel. Partnering with Hostelling International on the Upper West Side, Glick strove to give his fellow music-makers a ...

EP REVIEW: Wake Up Lucid, “Gone With The Night”

Los Angeles-based trio Wake Up Lucid unleashes their fourth offering, a 6-song E.P., Gone With The Night and it’s a slab of good old fashioned “super-rock”; a blinding flash of riffage tempered by melody and power.  The sound of taut, ...

The Friday Five: April 24, 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 ...

SINGLE REVIEW: Jenn Vix, “Eyes Roll Back”

This is excellent – and not in my usual line of musical vision.  Tuneful, haunting, melodic, catchy and reminiscent in the best possible way of what I loved in the early ’80’s.  Jenn Vix, who has previously been recognized by ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Heather Powell, ‘A Haze of Grays and Blues’

Traditionally, the colors blue and gray have been associated with the military because of the colors of the Union and Confederate uniforms in the Civil War. Perhaps that’s why it’s exceptionally appropriate that they both make an appearance in the title of ...

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 ...

EP REVIEW: Delilah, ‘Delilah Sings Sarah + 1′

Sarah Vaughan was called “the divine one” in reference to her infamous voice, which spanned ranges as easily as it did arpeggios. Even today, she’s heralded as one of the jazz masters, and her catalog still inspires everyone from seasoned pros to ...

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 ...

The Friday Five: April 17, 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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW: TJ Doyle, ‘On the Horizon’

A staple on the LA music scene, darkening the doorway of legendary venues like the Whisky and the Roxy, singer, songwriter, and guitarist TJ Doyle combines his unique brand of pop music with his true passion: environmental activism. Using his new album, On ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Attik Door, ‘Never In Agreement’

Okay, it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: what do you get when you take five former residents of the USSR, put them in a band, and move them to San Francisco? The answer, completely seriously, is Attik Door, ...

Soul Serenade: Percy Sledge, “It Tears Me Up”

When word came yesterday that Percy Sledge had died at the age of 74, social media lit up with mentions of “When a Man Loves a Woman.” And why not? Sledge’s 1966 smash was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 ...

EP REVIEW: LOVESUCKER, ‘Self-Titled’

It’s one thing to be great at your chosen genre of music — it’s another thing to require a new genre entirely. The powerhouse behind North Carolina’s LOVESUCKER, Crystal Crosby, dubs the rock/funk/soul duo’s sound “gypsy soul,” a fitting term for its ...

Single Play Week of 4/13/15

It’s said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I do hope that my “Single Play” absence has done just that with you, faithful reader.  It’s good to be back with a nice potpourri of artist who run the gamut of ...