DVD REVIEW: Warner Bros., “Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces”

In this day and age, it’s near impossible to explain the beauty, brilliance and sheer joy of having grown up watching (and subsequently never forgetting) Warner Bros. masterful “Looney Tunes”/”Merrie Melodies” cartoons.  The genius of the writers, animators and voice ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

EP REVIEW: Wake Up Lucid, “Gone With The Night”

Los Angeles-based trio Wake Up Lucid unleashes their fourth offering, a 6-song E.P., Gone With The Night and it’s a slab of good old fashioned “super-rock”; a blinding flash of riffage tempered by melody and power.  The sound of taut, ...

SINGLE REVIEW: Jenn Vix, “Eyes Roll Back”

This is excellent – and not in my usual line of musical vision.  Tuneful, haunting, melodic, catchy and reminiscent in the best possible way of what I loved in the early ’80’s.  Jenn Vix, who has previously been recognized by ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Jeff Le Blanc, “Vision”

New York native Jeff Le Blanc has had a busy year; not only did he collaborate with Liz Longley after her latest release (reviewed here on Popdose) on this new record but he’s about to unleash Vision, which is his ...

CD REVIEW: Imaginary Future, “Sunlight”

Imaginary Future is really the vehicle for Jesse Epstein, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter.  Sunlight, the newest album, is his 4th and it’s a concept piece.   For the first time in his musical odyssey, Epstein decided to write an entire album’s ...

EP REVIEW: Laura Joy, “Between Our Words”

Hailing from the Windy City, singer-songwriter Laura Joy offers up her sophomore effort – a five-song EP, Between Our Words.  Low-voltage, lo-fi and warm, this is a fine mixture of acoustic based pop (!) and soothing vocals.  For someone who ...

BOOK REVIEW: David Ensminger, “Mavericks Of Sound”

Mavericks of Sound: Conversations with the Artists Who Shaped Indie and Roots Music (to give it its full title), is a compendium of interviews done by music scholar David Ensminger with indie artists who inadvertently and thankfully spearheaded the “roots ...

EP REVIEW: Ohnomoon, “VVV”

This is great.  I’ll cut to the chase.  New York-based Ohnomoon release their debut EP, VVV and it’s a knockout.  Tight, melodic, familiar and combining the elements that I love from my ’80’s younger days, this band make it their ...

EP REVIEW: The Shift, “7th Direction”

Six songs from this new New York-based trio and a nice find – The Shift’s 7th Direction is filled with chunky riffs, a water-tight rhythm section and melody.  Hard rock, the way it should be done.  The production is also ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Rachel Garlin, “Wink At July”

It’s only fitting that a former schoolteacher could write so eloquently and with a sense of poetic finesse.  Thus, Rachel Garland delivers these kinds of lyrics on her new – and equally warm and tuneful – album, Wink At July.  ...

ALBUM REVIEWS: The Who, “Sell Out”

The brilliance – musically and conceptually – of The Who’s third album, humorously titled The Who Sell Out, cannot be overstated or underestimated.  Only two years on in their contracted recording career and they were breaking huge chunks of ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Who, “A Quick One”

Started in September of 1966, the second album by The Who was to be a very different affair from their debut, My Generation, for several reasons:  gone was producer Shel Talmy, who had signed the band, oversaw their recordings and ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Who, “My Generation”

With The Who’s 50th anniversary here, Universal, the owners of The Who’s catalog, have seen fit to bring out vinyl reissues of the band’s landmark first three albums.  Geffen Records in the United States have been assigned the back catalog ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Joe Pug, “Windfall”

This new album from Austin, Texas native Joe Pug has a lot going for it, considering its genesis was in a not-so-positive situation.  From imbibing too much alcohol to feeling disconnected, Pug almost walked away from music but instead, turned ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Grip Weeds, “How I Won The War”

You can make the argument that “classic/’60’s style pop” is making an upward surge in a big way from the United States and leading the charge would be New Jersey veterans, The Grip Weeds.  Jangly, quasi-psychedelic, harmony rich and masterfully ...