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The Popdose Guide to Patty Griffin

To celebrate Tuesday's release of the new Patty Griffin album Downtown Church, Popdose looks back at the catalog of one of...

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The Popdose Guide to Prince, Part Two

In part one of the Popdose Guide to Prince we took a look at the start of his career up through Graffiti Bridge in 1990. Tons of good music...

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The Popdose Guide to Prince, Part One

What's purple, has two thumbs, and will most likely try to sue our asses for running this guide? Ladies and gents, Prince Rogers Nelson!...

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The Popdose Guide to David Bowie, Part Two

It took him almost two months, but Anthony Hansen is back with the final installment of his guide to David Bowie's recording career. Let's...

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The Popdose Guide to KISS

Professor John Young takes us through the long arc of KISStory in this Popdose Guide to KISS...

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The Popdose Guide to David Bowie, Part One

Been missing the Popdose Guides? So has Anthony Hansen -- and unlike the rest of us, he's gone and done something about it....

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The Popdose Guide to Utopia

Missing the Popdose Guides? You'll be pleased to make the acquaintance of Anthony Hansen, who makes his debut with the Popdose Guide to...

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The Popdose Guide to Jimmy Smith

For all the Hammond-deficient Memorial Day barbecues out there, Mojo Flucke has prepared a treat: The Popdose Guide to Jimmy Smith....

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Beyond Ubiquitous: The Popdose Guide to Syd Straw

For someone who can talk your ear off, Syd Straw certainly has built an enigmatic career. After establishing her bona fides as an arty...

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The Popdose Guide to Marti Jones

To fans of her four albums of marvelous acoustic pop in the mid-to-late ’80s, Marti Jones seemed on the cusp of becoming the next...

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The Popdose Guide to Don Dixon

Don Dixon may never quite achieve the lofty stature of rock and roll’s Great Men, but there’s no questioning that for nearly...

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The Popdose Guide to Juliana Hatfield

Listening to rock radio in the early ’90s — particularly the college and ‘alternative’ varieties — was an...

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The Popdose Guide to the Pogues

In The Pogues’ breakthrough 1988 single “Fairytale of New York” (download), songwriter Shane MacGowan and guest vocalist...

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The Popdose Guide to Del Amitri

A drunk, an atheist and a poet walk into a bar. They’re all the same guy, and there is no punchline. Welcome to Del Amitri! Anchored...

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Wall of Voodoo: An Appreciation

The pop music landscape is littered with bands whose time in the limelight was cruelly short. And let’s be honest, most of them...

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The Popdose Guide to Traffic

This story I’m telling, it starts in the middle. But this is a story that loops and circles in on itself, like a cloverleaf roadway;...

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The Popdose Guide to Badfinger

Few bands in the history of rock n’ roll have been simultaneously as lucky and doomed as Badfinger. Lucky because they were not only...

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The Popdose Guide to Matthew Ryan

Yes, gentle readers, we treated you to an interview with Matthew Ryan on Monday, and today — which just happens to be the day his new...

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The Popdose Guide to Chris Whitley

(This guide was originally published in 2005, before Chris Whitley’s passing. It’s been expanded and edited, but may still...

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The Popdose Guide to David Mead

He hasn’t released nearly as many albums as most (all?) of our previous subjects, but David Mead is a perfect Popdose Guide artist...

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The Popdose Guide to Nick Lowe

Doesn’t look like the godfather of punk, does he? Well. Maybe not the godfather, but perhaps a kindly uncle. Either way, Nick...

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The Popdose Guide to Al Jarreau

What, you thought we were kidding around with the whole “Al Week” thing? Shame on you. And while we’re at it, shame on...

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The Popdose Guide to Toto

I love rooting for the underdog. In almost any scenario, whether it’s sports or politics or just plain real life, I root for the...

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The Popdose Guide to Tom Waits

He doesn’t write them anymore — in fact, they aren’t even online anymore — but truth be known, it was my good...

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The Popdose Guide to Lloyd Cole

Editor’s Note: I just checked, and it was November 24, 2005 when I got an e-mail from Ken saying “If you ever want someone to...

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The Popdose Guide to Ornette Coleman

I am not one to toss around the word “hero” lightly. It takes extraordinary courage to earn such a designation. I am also not...

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The Popdose Guide to Material Issue

The Beginning Mike Zelenko (drummer): “I met Jim through an advertisement in the Illinois Entertainer (a local monthly music...

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The Popdose Guide to The Call

Welcome to the Popdose Guide to The Call, a semi-forgotten group that had a couple of hits in the ’80s, but has seen its catalog fall...

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The Popdose Guide to Nanci Griffith

Nanci Griffith is arguably the most important folk-music artist of her generation. That statement is risky not so much because there are so...

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The Popdose Guide to John Mellencamp

Act I: Johnny Cougar Chestnut Street Incident (1976) purchase this album (Amazon) I remember finding a cassette of this album back in the...