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 ...

B.B. KING DEAD AT 89

B. B. King, whose legendary guitar playing – with his trusty “Lucille” – made his one of the true giants of American blues, died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89 ...

CD Review: Aisles, “4:45 AM”

The most difficult balance to strike in music is that of respecting the influences that brought you to the stage without being a parody of those same influences. If you listen to enough music, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Every ...

Soul Serenade: Rare Earth, “Get Ready”

When Rare Earth decided to cover “Get Ready” they weren’t fooling around. In fact, their version of the Temptations classic ran to over 21 minutes in length. There was a good reason for this extravagance however. The band simply didn’t ...

That Moment When You’re Over It

Nearly twenty years ago, Kansas released their album Freaks Of Nature. I’m not here to speculate why the album is not revered as a lost classic. I’m not here to agree with the low sales numbers and throw more shovels of dirt ...

The Spectacular Spectacular Trans Mission of Isley Reust

Isley Reust is a force of nature. While most everyone in Hollywood is a multi-hyphenate of some kind (writer/producer/model) with an off-resume day job, Isley is making waves on several fronts by thrusting her art and herself into the world.  ...

SINGLE REVIEW: Freddy Jones Band, “Those Diamonds”

Melodic, catchy, beaty and buoyant would be a good way to describe the sound of the Freddy Jones band, as personified by this new track, “Those Diamonds”, taken as the leadoff single from their upcoming album, Never Change on June ...

THE POPDOSE INTERVIEW: CAPTAIN SENSIBLE

I had the very good fortune to first meet Captain Sensible 25 or so years ago, when I helped release The Damned’s seminal Machine Gun Etiquette for its first American release.  It’s been one of the most rewarding encounters I’ve experienced in ...

EP REVIEW: dsfečo, ‘Watch It Sparkle’

David Fetcho’s musical career has spanned five decades and has swerved into many paths of oncoming traffic, including a 13-year stint composing for stage which led to a commission from the Australian Broadcasting Company to score a nine-part series on recovering ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Anne Steel, ‘What’s Mine’

A mainstay of the NYC cabaret and nightclub scene for the past half-decade, Anne Steele’s music is infectious, liberated, and downright happy. But underneath its exuberant hand claps and soaring piano riffs, Steele preaches an important social message about gay rights. An ...

Soul Serenade: Ben E. King, “I (Who Have Nothing)”

It’s been almost five years since I last wrote about Ben E. King. At that time I featured an early classic of his solo career, “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied).” It was one of the first records I ever ...

Calgary’s the Unravelling Stage a “Revolt”

In 2010, Canada’s hard-rocking duo the Unravelling released their debut album to critical acclaim; the press dubbed it an “industrial-infused metal masterpiece.” They showed true promise of channeling venerated bands like Tool, NIN, the Dillinger Escape Plan, and others. Then, one year ...

Single Play Week of 5/4/15

Joywave, “Now”

Joywave’s alt rock sound — spiked with more than a dash of electronica — is both refreshing and familiar. The group doesn’t stray too far from a melodic groove on “Now” — until the final tempo-slowing wind ...

The New Investors Channel Psych-Pop Gods in New Single “Atún”

If you’re wondering, atún means tuna, and yes, it does have something to do with the New Investors’ premier single. As the band, which hails from Copenhagen, explains, the song was inspired by a set at the Cavern Club in Liverpool when drummer Kristian ...

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 ...