All posts tagged: alternative rock

ALBUM REVIEW: Attik Door, ‘Never In Agreement’

Okay, it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: what do you get when you take five former residents of the USSR, put them in a band, and move them to San Francisco? The answer, completely seriously, is Attik Door, an alternative rock outfit that hearkens back to the Bay Area of the early ’90s, just before those punk kids in Oakland invaded. On their newest album, Never in Agreement, lead songstress Liana Tovmasyan channels vocalists like Gwen Stefani, adding that biting touch that gives this band its kickass edge. Over the record’s 10 tracks, Attik Door explores a range of both melodic and lyrical territory. Its lead single, “Posers” is an all lash-out rager that sucks the listener in with its explosive feel. That same energy carries the material and takes the listener on a high-octane ride. Standouts include “Fuel,” with its distinct Red Hot Chili Peppers sound, the blistering “Snorting Headlines,” and the particularly Stefani-like “Spinning Out.” If you’re looking for a slight reprieve from the nonstop pace, “California” and “Kosmos” are as close …

EXCLUSIVE: Ships Have Sailed, “Summertime”

Last year, LA indie darlings Ships Have Sailed released Someday, their first six-song EP, chock full of those dreamy SoCal melodies you expect from rising stars of the region. Since Someday‘s release, SHS has enjoyed spins on NPR, along with commercial and college radio, and are currently prepping their new LP Moodswings for a March release. Now, we’re so pleased to debut “Summertime” from Moodswings, an infectious, poppy head-bopper not completely void of teenybopper appeal (which, with a song called “Summertime,” isn’t a bad thing). In fact, fans of Fountains of Wayne, Bowling for Soup, or any of those other middle-road FM favorites of the early-2000s will find a salve for their nostalgic longing. In short: I literally haven’t stopped playing this since I heard it the first time. And I’m willing to bet you won’t either. Check out “Summertime” from Ships Have Sailed in a Popdose exclusive!

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The Popdose Interview: Lisa Loeb

With the renewed popularity of female-fronted alternative rock, New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert saw a window of opportunity to bring ‘90s alt-rocker Lisa Loeb, a noted influence for many of those same artists, back around to file a new chapter in her own discography of work. Gilbert, a longtime fan of Loeb’s music, knew exactly the kind of album that fellow fans would want to hear from Lisa and he also knew that fans had been waiting for quite a while. Loeb had been wrapped up in a variety of projects which had carried her away from making the “adult” music that brought her name recognition, starting in 1994 with “Stay,” the  #1 Grammy-nominated hit which served as her musical moment of introduction to the outside world. Having developed a healthy career of his own outside of New Found Glory as a producer, Gilbert had the right resume and experience to tackle the job and he was bold in his approach. He emailed Loeb to say “I know you do these kids books, but …

Book Review: “Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music”

It’s hard to believe (for those of us who lived it, anyway) that it’s been fifteen years since Kurt Cobain committed suicide. On April 5th, 1994, the Seattle native left the world with the same cold-water shock his band Nirvana had on the world when the album Nevermind broke in 1991. Some people saw Cobain’s death as inevitable; the signs were certainly there: There was the working title for 1994’s In Utero (a.k.a. I Hate Myself and I Want to Die). The lyrics for “All Apologies.” A prophetic MTV Unplugged set list (the caterwaul dénouement in “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” still sends chills up the spine). A near-fatal drug/alcohol overdose in Rome during a European tour. Those Courtney Love divorce rumblings. Quite a hit parade. But to a larger degree, Cobain’s death has become a coda-like representation in our pop culture vernacular as the beginning of the end for the “grunge” era in Seattle. Greg Prato’s new book Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music disagrees. The book attempts to …