Tag: Darren Robbins

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Top 10 Popdose Articles Of All Time

Five years! Longer than many marriages, yet Popdose is still here and still going....

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Music

Popdoser Unveils New Trouser Press T-Shirts

When I was a kid, there was no Internet, which made getting my hands on great music almost impossible. From my small town in Michigan, Top...

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Desert Island Discs, Music

Desert Island Discs: Dan Wilson and Hugo Burnham

Dan Wilson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic, solo artist) Okay Darren, here are my picks! I’m sure if I thought about it more I’d...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Homebrewed Goodness”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE It’s been said that actors wish they could be rock stars and rock stars wish they were actors.  But...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Ray LaMontagne: Chicago Theatre, October 1, 2008

There are few artists whose music evokes the coming of autumn more than Ray LaMontagne. Thus, it seemed only fitting that as I walked from...

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Music

Steve Foley, Elvis Presley, and America

This past weekend, drummer Steve Foley passed away at the age of 49. Foley, of course, is best known for replacing Chris Mars in the...

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@#$% Preconceptions: Eurythmics, “In the Garden”

Preconceptions can be a bitch. Lemme give you an example. Back in 1981, I bought an album by a band called The Tourists, whom I knew...

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An Open Letter to Trent Reznor

Okay, let me just say right off the top that I’ve always had a bit of a problem with Trent Reznor. This was purely from an artistic...

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Random-onium: Redd Kross, Chris Isaak, and the “Miami Vice” Soundtrack

This is the first in a series that I call Random-onium!, for lack of a better term. The premise is that I go to a friend’s house and...

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Blatant Pop Attempts: Ministry, “With Sympathy”

There are those artists who get a couple releases into their career before they feel the pressure from the suits at the label to...

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Contemplating Adele’s “Chasing Pavements”

So much of our lives are shaped by how we carry ourselves — our self-confidence, if you will. Yet I have come to believe that...

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Oprah’s Rock Club: Bolt Thrower, “Those Once Loyal”

Girlfriends, I was sitting on my diamond-encrusted toilet the other day thinking that ya’ll probably had no idea what kind of music...

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Contemplating Jon Brion’s “Ruin My Day”

I don’t wait by the phone like I used to I don’t hope for kind words you might say You don’t prey on my mind like you...

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Blatant Pop Attempts: Kix, “Cool Kids”

The cutout bins are filled with what I’ve always called “blatant pop attempts” — albums created for maximum...

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Music

Goodbye, Danny

The news of Danny Federici’s passing has me contemplating a number of emotions. It seems that with every passing week, there is news...

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Music

Boys Must Be Strong

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away lived a kid who hadn’t a care in the world. In the small Indiana town he called home, he...

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Listening Booth, Music

Listening Booth: The Raconteurs, Slow Runner, American Music Club, She & Him

In 2006, the Raconteurs (the pairing of Brendan Benson’s cheery pop sensibilities with Jack White’s rock and roll decadence),...

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Hey, You Kids Get Out of My Yard!: Holdin’ Out for a Hero

When I was a kid, my heroes were, at the very least, deserving of adoration. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Cheap Trick, Dan Pastorini (the...

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Listening Booth, Music

Listening Booth: The BoDeans, “Still”

Many summers ago, I was a counselor at a remote summer camp in the heart of lake-bound Michigan and, suffering from a bad case of cabin...

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Music

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...

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Music, Popdose

Better Late Than Never: Prince & the Revolution

The weird thing about being into music as much as I am (much to the chagrin of every girlfriend I’ve ever had) is that I still end up...

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Music

The Year in Rock: 1996

Welcome to a series I began at He’s A Whore and am proud-as-punch to continue here at Popdose. While not able to mention everything...

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Darren's Great Unknowns, Music

Great Unknowns: Off Broadway

This column is dedicated to featuring those bands that aren’t household names but, to my ears, should be. Growing up in a small town...

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Desert Island Discs, Music

Desert Island Discs: Peter Holsapple and Eric Matthews

One of the great things about writing for a blog as world famous as Popdose is that the mere mention of my association with this collective...

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Music

Ain’t That a Sham(e)!

Foreigner – “Urgent,” circa ’81 A friend of mine once observed that you know you’re getting older when most...

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Hey You Kids (Have a Happy New Year And) Get Out Of My Yard!

With Popdose having just rolled off the showroom floor all shiny and new, still full of that “new car smell,” I am chuffed to...

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Darren's Great Unknowns, Music

springsteen circa ’81

In 1975, music critic Jon Landau, having seen Springsteen’s performance at the Harvard Square Theater, wrote the immortal words,...

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Music

album spotlight: romantics-strictly personal (1981)

Detroit’s Romantics had gone from local club faves to national up-and-comers with the release of their debut self-titled album and...

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Music

Why Westerberg Rules

When I first heard Tom Petty sing the words “even the losers get lucky sometimes”, I couldn’t help feel that this was a...

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Desert Island Discs, Music

Desert Island Discs: Owen Thomas from The Elms

Anyone who was paying attention in 2006 surely caught wind of a great album by the Indiana-based band, The Elms. Based in John Cougar...