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 ...

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.  ...

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 ...

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 ...

SINGLE REVIEW: Jenn Vix, “I Don’t Trust You”

Another melodic eye-opener from Rhode Island’s (somewhat prolific) Jenn Vix.  This singer-songwriter knows how to write a melody and use electronic instruments to make it sound warm, human, emotional and passionate.  On this seemingly personal new track, “I Don’t Trust ...

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 ...

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Stamey, “Euphoria”

What can be said about the work of Chris Stamey that hasn’t already been said?  The brilliance and precision of his writing and song-crafting style is something to be marveled at, some four decades since he first appeared with the ...

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 ...