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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Old Ceremony, “Sprinter”

One of the band’s I’ve grown fond of over the last two or three years is Durham, North Carolina’s The Old Ceremony – I’ve seen singer/guitarist Django Haskins perform several times with the Big Star tribute – and this band ...

Sarah Cracknell, Adam Lambert, FFS Lead June Bloom New Releases

Forget Christmas or “Christmas in July”, most of the year’s top new albums arrive this month to a record store (way to go!), digital retailer (sure why not?) or streaming service (you are killing the music industry) near you.

Sarah Cracknell • Red ...

No Concessions: Dino Sore

Though the competition is great, I vote the sequence where the T-rex emerges from the rain and the darkness in Jurassic Park as the best directed and most suspenseful action sequence in all of Steven Spielberg’s movies, including my beloved Jaws. ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Fall, “Sub-Lingual Tablet”

There was a period in my life that The Fall was the most important band in the world to me because of their utter desire to wipe away the over-layered prettiness and bullshit that seemed to plague so many of ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Billy Shaddox, “I Melt, I Howl”

 

From the moment the title track of Billy Shaddox’s I Melt, I Howl kicks in to open this album, you get that twinge of excitement that this is going to be good. A breezy, warm track that immediately turns ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Teen Men, s/t

This Delaware-based mixed-media project is the brainchild of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson, two members of The Spinto Band, who have crafted a very solid and technically proficient self-titled debut album.  Aided and abetted by two visual artists, Albert Birney ...

Single Play: Week of 6/8/2015

 

Welcome to another sporadic edition of “Single Play!”  This week, it’s a mix of familiar and not-so-familiar in terms of artists whose songs, though, will be mostly unfamiliar since they are fairly new. Okay, time to get on to ...

Exit Lines: Tony Time 2015

I meant to file a couple of preview/prognostication pieces before Sunday’s night’s big, big show. But…twas not to be, as a man of the theatre once said.

It started like this…

“The Tony Awards are upon us…and where plays are ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Black Vincent, “Teardrop Deluxe”

An interesting piece; nine songs that, lyrically, paint a not-too-bright series of pictures, but with the quality of the performance and the production, it’s oddly appealing.  Spearheaded by singer/songwriter Coley Kennedy, Black Vincent is another new act coming out of ...

SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: “Songs Of Aloha”

Usually, the thought of a Cameron Crowe film makes me uncomfortable; while “Singles” and “Almost Famous” have their moments, his movies tend to veer uncontrollably towards saccharine-sweetly sickening to the point of my teeth hurting.  It isn’t anything personal against ...

EP REVIEW: Lunar Electric, s/t

Four songs, sonic blasts that knock you flat and feel like you’ve been turned inside out.  Lunar Electric is a new project from guitarist/singer Dre DiMura and this is what “good rock” sounds like.  Fantastic production; heavy in the best ...

Popdose Giveaway: R.E.M. Vinyl & DVD


The R.E.M. By MTV documentary was just released on DVD and Blu-Ray and to celebrate we’ve got a special giveaway. R.E.M. By MTV is the 6th disc from REMTV, a six-disc DVD box set that the band released last year, compiled ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Kopecky, “Drug For The Modern Age”

You wouldn’t usually equate Nashville with an alt-rock styled band, but Kopecky definitely do not fit the Music City mold.  On Drug For The Modern Age, their second effort, there are keyboards, atmospherics, layered vocals and an ethereal feel – ...

Exit Lines: The 2015 Drama Desk Awards

New York’s theatre awards season wraps up next Sunday with the Tonys, broadcast on CBS. Last night, my member organization, the Drama Desk, celebrated its 60th anniversary, which can still be enjoyed here.

The Drama Desk is the only ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Bill Mallonee, “Lands & Peoples”

I could write about the prolific nature of Athens, Georgia native, now New Mexico resident Bill Mallonee or his work with The Vigilantes Of Love or about how he has been one of the leading lights in the roots-rock/Americana movement.  ...