Taken together Chicago’s catalog is fascinating, frustrating, brilliant and awful all at once. Read on and judge for yourself.
Dave Steed takes the long journey through the odd career of the legendary Melvins.
A comprehensive look at the careers of the members of one of the most influential R&B acts of all time.
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Exploring the whip appeal of one of the most prolific hitmakers of the ’80s.
Robin Monica Alexander and Kelly Stitzel conclude their look at Madonna’s career by discussing the odds and ends of her discography and their favorite Madonna videos.
Join Robin Monica Alexander and Kelly Stitzel as they continue their look at Her Madgesty’s illustrious career.
In celebration of Madonna’s 53rd birthday, Robin Monica Alexander and Kelly Stitzel take a look back at her incredible — and controversial — career.
To celebrate TMBG’s new album, out this week, Mark Feldman looks back at the duo’s long, eclectic career.
Adored by their fans and scorned by critics, Journey never attempted to be more than they are: a rock band out to entertain you. As they head back out on the road again this summer, Scott Malchus gives us the Popdose Guide to Journey.
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With a new Mark Ronson-produced album about to hit shelves, Popdose puts Duran Duran under the microscope to examine their strange, wonderful career.
Chris Holmes offers the second part of his overview of thrash-metal legend Megadeth’s discography, covering 1997’s Cryptic Writings through 2009’s Endgame.
Chris Holmes offers the first part of his overview of thrash metal legends Megadeth’s discography, covering their first ten years and seven albums.
In anticipation of Raphael Saadiq’s new album, Mike Heyliger celebrates the career of one of R&B’s most captivating — and often overlooked — talents.
Chris Holmes provides an overview of ’70s rock band Be Bop Deluxe. Led by guitarist extraordinaire Bill Nelson, Be Bop Deluxe produced some of the most rewarding rock music of the decade.
With Ice Cube’s new album hitting stores today, we look back at the musical life and times of a hip-hop legend.
Just like when I did the Popdose Guide to Prince I’m a little sad to see it come to an end but I certainly won’t need to hear any more Buckethead for a long long time. With this final part comes the rest of the projects that he’s been a major contributor to. So here’s the final 18 Buckethead records to mull over! …with Frankenstein Brothers Bolt on Neck (2008) The Frankenstein Brothers are a unique paring of Buckethead and That 1 Guy. That 1 Guy plays homemade instruments like what he calls the magic pipe or the magic boot and a musical saw. Based on this info I’d expect to hear this strange album filled with sounds I’ve never heard before and there are points when that happens, like in the 14 minute “The Thief and the Prince” but for the most part the songs are pretty basic. “Bought Big Ben” is an extremely generic rock song without what feels like anything unique at all. The aforementioned “The Thief and the Prince” and “Prototype …
We’ve moved on to part 3 of the Popdose Guide to Buckethead. Parts 1 and 2 consisted of his solo works while parts 3 and 4 are going to focus on his groups and collaborations. I’m only including albums here if Buckethead was on the vast majority if not all the tracks. Buckethead had a tendency to reel himself in a little bit when the right people were on his projects but as this section might show you, it doesn’t always lead to great results (sometimes, excellent results though!) So here’s part 3 of the 4 part part Popdose Guide to Buckethead. …with Brain Kevin’s Noodle House (2007) A collaboration simply with Brain, Kevin’s Noodle House is extremely experimental and a challenging listen, but a very rewarding one if you give it some quality time. Brain works with programmed drums and also plays the keys on this, while Buckethead uses a ton of crazy effects on his guitar. The bass is very minimal as well and the album has a bit of a psychedelic feel …
In part one we took a gander at the first 13 Buckethead “solo” albums. We’ll close out with the final 15 before moving on to his group projects in Part 3. And if you’re one of the many that said the first part was all negative then make sure you give this one a good read because there are plenty of really good albums in part two. Enter the Chicken (2005) Technically listed as Buckethead & Friends, this one is pretty crazy when you think about it. There are tons of moments when I’ve thought “Man, it would be great if there were lyrics on this track” when listening to Buckethead’s music and many of his group projects are my favorites so Enter the Chicken should really be awesome. The album was released on Serjical Strike records, the label run by Serj Tankian from System of a Down and features a number of different vocalists over Buckethead tunes. Tankian handles the vocals on three tracks and brings Saul Williams, Efram Schulz (Death by Stereo), the group …
Call me crazy, but I kind of liked the thought of a Popdose guide to Buckethead. Crazy of course because if you told me the guy recorded a new song every day of his life, I might believe you. Brian Carroll, AKA Buckethead has been on so many pieces that it’s going to be virtually impossible for me to include everything, but I’ll get as comprehensive as I can. There will be no demos or comps but I will be including albums in which he was a performer on at least the majority of the record. The reason I chose to do a Popdose guide to Buckethead is simple. If you’re a rock fan you know that Buckethead is an insane guitarist (playing and quite possibly in the head) but so outrageously weird that it’s hard to know where to begin if you want to try to get into him. There are many pieces of unlistenable experimental garbage, but underneath the white mask and the KFC bucket is a man with talent and for an …
Are they not the subject of our latest career-encompassing guide, complete with mp3s? They are Devo!
On the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, Mike Heyliger concludes his four-part guide to Jackson’s music.
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Mike Heyliger continues his guide to Michael Jackson’s discography with a look at the King of Pop’s early solo years.
On the eve of the first anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, Mike Heyliger begins his look back at the King of Pop’s discography.
For most people, the story of Donnie Iris begins and ends with his feelings for a girl named Leah. D.X. Ferris aims to change that.
Steve Miller slowed down in the ’80s, and the hits did too — but he didn’t stop making music, as Rob Hoffman recalls in the conclusion to his Miller guide.
Before he started fooling around with pompati, Steve Miller was Stevie “Guitar” Miller — and Rob Hoffman says he’s more than just a classic rock Joker.
Dave Steed’s jaw-droppingly comprehensive look at Prince’s discography reaches its bittersweet conclusion this week, with a trip back through the last decade of the Purple One’s career.