CD Review: Riki Michele, “Push”

Riki Michele had the cards stacked against her when she went solo in the very early 1990s, often unfairly. I enjoy her solo stuff, particularly 1993’s One Moment Please, but she was coming from the highly influential band Adam Again. Her ...

CD Review: Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil, “Goliath”

It was almost like a countdown. Four years ago on his Facebook page, former rock singer/present movie maker Steve Taylor posted a picture of himself doing that awful, downcast stare that has graced nearly every Stanley Kubrick movie. The look projects ...

CD Review: Robin Aigner, “Con Tender”

I’ve determined that I could not listen to Robin Aigner sing the telephone book.

I suppose the general usage of this verbal chestnut is meant to be complimentary, and heaven help me, I may have used it in that manner once ...

CD Review: The Pineapple Thief, “Magnolia”

Magnolia is The Pineapple Thief’s bid for a wider audience, and has the goods to probably get there, at least in the limited capacity the rock world finds itself in right now. For the sake of explanation, this is The Pineapple ...

CD Review: Engineers, “Always Returning”

The group Engineers return with the album Always Returning, their fourth effort. Problematically, for a record from a band that up to now has had limited access to the U.S. market, it is difficult to gauge their growth. Specific to this ...

Video Premiere: Life In A Blender, “Frankenstein Cannot Be Stopped”

Popdose has the distinct pleasure to premiere the first official video “Frankenstein Cannot Be Stopped” from Life in a Blender’s new album We Already Have Birds That Sing.  The video was created and directed by Larry Fessenden.

To read our review of We Already Have Birds ...

CD Review: The Choir, “Shadow Weaver”

I expect many people would find it hard to pin The Choir down at this moment. On the one side, they’ve been fairly consistent with releases over the past few years. But at the same time, Derri Daugherty has been adding ...

CD Review: Vince Guaraldi Trio, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”

I’ve admitted, to my embarrassment, just how jazz-illiterate I am. Yes, I had Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew since the late-1980s, and I knew of the crooners that skirted that jazz/standards/pop division from the ’30s to the ’50s. I recognized Dave Brubeck’s ...

CD Review: Gazpacho, “Demon”

There is a problem that has both defined and plagued progressive rock for as long as it has been a genre. Those over-long songs that have come to be beloved by the faithful and imitated by new generations, without getting at what ...

CD Review: Paul McCartney, “New”

The greatest strength in Paul McCartney’s New is not that he sounds young, but that he sounds old. At times he sounds cranky and dissatisfied, and he is doing so in concordance with some of the crankiest, pop/rock-oriented sounds he’s produced ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Heavy Blinkers, “Health”

Following the releases of new albums by David Bowie, My Bloody Valentine and Justin Timberlake, 2013 might go down as the year of the unexpected comeback (your move, Dr. Dre). For lovers of lush, harmony-laden orchestral pop, the most pleasant return ...

CD Review: “Girl Talk,” Kate Nash

Why are record labels so reviled by their artists? Certainly not all musicians have issues with their labels, but it’s become almost a boilerplate narrative of the music industry wherein an artist gets a record contract, has some success, then ...

CD Review: My Bloody Valentine, “mbv”

It was one of those very rare, and getting rarer, shared moments. On Saturday a few weeks ago the word got out that new My Bloody Valentine music was coming that night. Kevin Shields had promised this before for more than ...

2012 Christmas Album Roundup: Spin Cycle

Once again, Popblerd listens to this year’s Christmas albums so you don’t have to! This year brings us music from Cee-Lo, Sufjan Stevens, and many others.

Spin Cycle: Mumford & Sons, Babel

Scottish hitmakers Mumford & Sons are back with another agreeable, hooky collection of stomping folk-rock. How does “Babel” stack up to “Sigh No More”?

Album Review: Jackie Gleason, “Music for Lovers Only”

Think of a list of the biggest artists in pop music from the 1950s and names like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Nat King Cole quickly come to mind. But would you think to add Jackie Gleason to that list? You should, ...