CD Review: Boston, “Life, Love & Hope”

So what can you expect from the latest (meaning both the most recent and long, long overdue) Boston album? Putting aside things like the glaring absence of vocalist Brad Delp (mostly, but more in a moment); the grating, tinny computer percussion that ...

The Friday Five: November 29, 2013

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a ...

The Popdose Interview: Susanna Hoffs

One of the real joys about the albums that Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs have done together (using the alias of Sid ‘N Susie) is that they feel truly curated by music fans for their fellow music fans. As we dug into ...

Popdose Giveaway: Win “The Heat” on Blu-ray Combo Pack

2013 is turning out to be another banner year for Sandra Bullock. Her latest film, Gravity, is earning her some of the greatest praise of her career and the film seems destined to be a box office winner. There’s already talk ...

9 Replacement Lead Singers For Bands You Know Well

I’ve been both fascinated and dumbfounded by the tit-for-tat going on between Queensryche and Queensryche. Lead singer Geoff Tate was purportedly kicked out and the remaining band members hired on Crimson Glory vocalist Todd LaTorre as their new frontman. Tate hired a ...

Brad Delp Day

Happy Brad Delp Day, everyone.

Look, if you need to know why today is Brad Delp Day, go to Wikipedia. Rather than dwelling on those details, let’s instead recall the man who was and forever will be the Voice Of Boston…and ...

Popdose Flashback 1983: Introducing The Compact Disc

1983 marks the year compact discs go on sale for the first time in the United States. They had been first released in Japan the previous October, and their arrival and existence would signal several major changes in ...

A special video message from King’s X drummer Jerry Gaskill

As fans of King’s X no doubt know by now, co-founder and drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a heart attack during the weekend of February 25th. Gaskill spent approximately three weeks in intensive care and was finally released from the hospital on March ...

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’90s, Vol. 9

Bottom Feeders takes a look back at every song that hit the Billboard Hot 100 charts, but only if they didn’t crack the top 40. It’s not meant to be a comprehensive review of each tune or each artist, but ...

The Popdose Guide to New Edition

When it comes to listing the most influential artists of our generation, one group that definitely gets short shrift is New Edition. Alternately dismissed as a teen-pop fad or “that group that Bobby Brown came from” (never mind that Brown wasn’t ...

The Tenth Day of Mellowmas: Selloutmas

Before we kick off today’s round of exquisite Mellowmas torture, how about some discount music and a contest? Our friends at Rhino are celebrating the Twelve Days of Chri — er, Rhino, and for the tenth day, they’re not only offering ...

Bottom Feeders: The Rock End of the ’80s, Part 6

It’s another week for the letter B as we take a look at songs that hit the Billboard Rock charts but failed to cross over into the Hot 100 in the 1980s. Rock ‘n’ roll!

Blue Murder
“Jelly Roll” 1989, ...

Death by Power Ballad: Boston, “Hollyann”

Sixties nostalgia is a curious thing—make-a one man weep, make another man sing. Tom Scholz—the guitarist/mastermind/evil genius behind Seventies arena rock behemoth Boston—is one of those people for whom the Sixties never quite ended. I mean, yeah, he can see ...

Teddy, and Larry, and Me

Ever since Senator Edward Kennedy died on Tuesday, there’s been a movie playing over and over in my head.

I come from the Sixties. I believe that the day John Kennedy was murdered was the day that this country began a long ...

Pop Goes the World: Tribe, “Abort”

I’ve written literally hundreds of pieces for various web sites and newspapers, but nothing I have ever written has produced as much reader feedback as the piece I did in late 2005 about a Boston quintet whose fan base didn’t stretch much ...

CHART ATTACK!: 11/1/86

Howdy, everybody!  Happy Halloween!  Between Tina Turner’s hair and Eddie Money’s face, it’s quite a scary week here at CHART ATTACK!  Take a look back at what singles were topping the Billboard Hot 100 on November 1, 1986!

10.  All Cried ...

The Year in Rock: 1978

Although released in late 1977, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack would be impossible to ignore for much of 1978, with the Bee Gees’ “Night Fever” and “Stayin’ Alive,” as well as Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You,” all reaching #1. ...