REVIEW: HC-B – “Rough”

It takes a great record to remind me how awkward it can be — yes yes, like dancing to architecture — to write about really good instrumental rock music. For the moment, the band putting me in said position is HC-B, the record is the ...

POPDOSE PREMIERE: Grey Lands, “Another Lie”

This Hamilton, Ontario-based three-piece makes their introductory bow with “Another Lie”, the first available track from their upcoming debut album.  If it sounds a bit familiar, it’s alright – they wear their influences on their collective sleeve:  Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, etc.  A ...

POPDOSE PREMIERE: Amy Lynn & The Gun Show, “Closer”

While I’m no fan of Nine Inch Nails, this is pretty damned interesting as its equally damned good.  Amy Lynn & The Gun Show, a New York-based seven-piece R&B/soul outfit have the balls AND the brass to take NIN’s classic ...

10 Essential September New Releases for Kids of the Eighties

For jaded hipster Millennials and their streaming services, September 2015 will be just another month of the year, a time to wander aimlessly through millions of songs and hundreds of commercials. For record collectors, especially whose who grew up in ...

ALBUM REVIEW: EZTV, “Calling Out”

I used these words upon seeing EZTV during their opening slot for The Dream Syndicate a few months ago:  “I have seen the future of power pop and it’s EZTV”.  I immediately drew comparisons with The Flamin’ Groovies, Marshall Crenshaw ...

Concert Review: Rush R40 Tour, San Jose, CA 7/23/2015

How many bands have the kind of staying power Rush has displayed for the 41 years they’ve been together? Even the hiatus the band took in the aftermath of drummer Neil Peart’s twin personal tragedies (losing both his daughter and wife in ...

Album Review: Wilco, “Star Wars”

We’ve seen this a few times now. With the immediacy and access that the Internet offers, an artist announces they are dropping a secret album for you, the adoring fan, for free. All you have to do is provide your email ...

FILM REVIEW: “The Wolfpack”

When you first hear the synopsis behind The Wolfpack, you almost impulsively think it’s a real life horror story:  for fourteen years, a family of six boys and a girl were locked away in an apartment, located in the projects ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Insect Ark, “Portal/Well”

Atmospheric, dark, moody – but not in way it can’t be enjoyed.  There is melody within the walls built by Insect Ark, the project directed by multi-instrumentalist Dana Schechter.  This album, Portal/Well is their debut and it’s an interesting experience.  ...

Suburban Metal Dad #450. “Shart Week”

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E.P. REVIEW: Luna Aura, “Super Nova”

Five new songs from Luna Aura, an electro-dream-pop artist, hailing from Phoenix, Arizona.  Light and pleasant, her voice is soothing yet strong and has the right texture to fit these songs.

Immediately, with the opening track, “Like You”, there is ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Satellite Hearts, “Desire Forces The Flow”

High in energy, melody and at times a Marc Bolan-like vocal, Philadelphia-based Satellite Hearts unleash their brand of rock & roll with their second effort, Desire Forces The Flow.  It’s as if you took The Sweet and revved them up ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Built To Spill, “Untethered Moon”

From the first tub thumps of the drums into the guitar sludge on the opening track, you know you’re in for a good ride on this, the long-awaited new album from Boise’s “indie” vets, Built To Spill, led by their ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Kevin Sekhani, “Day Ain’t Done”

This is one fine piece of pure American music – a mixture of country, bluegrass, zydeco with some damned masterful playing and catchy songs.  Kevin Sekhani, a Lafayette, Louisiana native, who’s been a mainstay on the Austin scene for years, ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Allison Moorer, “Down To Believing”

Good Lord, this is good.  One of my absolute favorite albums this year, Allison Moorer’s Down To Believing is a 13-track blast of passion, quality songwriting and skilled musical performances that leave you breathless and wanting more.  Ms. Moorer has ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Motobunny, s/t

A new band hailing from Phoenix and Los Angeles, but carrying the sound and the swagger that made the Motor City famous – that well known “garage”/dirty sound personified by The Stooges, MC5, etc.  And even though this sound has ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Ocean Carolina, “Maudlin Days”

It’s an interesting thing that a band – in the true sense of real instruments and structured songs, carefully crafted – is born of a writer who began his musical quest in the electronic dance music world.  Such is the ...

E.P. REVIEW: The New Switcheroo, “Heartless Sky”

The New Switcheroo are yet another new band from a very vibrant and diverse Chicago music scene; their sound is a combination of roots rock, folk and chamber pop with stunning harmonies and chillingly gorgeous arrangements.  And with Heartless Sky, ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Ben Lee, “Love Is The Great Rebellion”

On Love Is The Great Rebellion, Australian native Ben Lee kicks in the next phase of his lengthy career by launching his debut with Warner Bros. Records.  A mixture of emotionally-focused songs – dealing with reflection, mistakes, correction and hope ...

BREAKING NEWS: CHRIS SQUIRE DIES AT 67

From Dw. Dunphy and Rob Ross:

Via a tweet from Yes/Asia/Buggles keyboardist Geoff Downes, reports say that Chris Squire, the legendary bass guitar player for prog-rock giants YES, has died at the age of 67.  It had been announced in May that ...

DVD PREVIEW: “He’s A Bully, Charlie Brown”

Once again, the fine folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment are preparing to release another collection of Peanuts specials, but in this case, the message and the subject matter is quite timely and serious.

He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown ...

POPDOSE INTERVIEW: A Q&A With Paul Weller

Anyone and everyone who knows me is well aware of the magnitude to Paul Weller’s presence in my life over the past three decades. McCartney, Townshend and Weller – my musical heroes and influences. But it is Paul Weller who ...