“Okay, hot shots. Prove it.”
Thankfully, no inescapable earworms so far…but is this a good thing?
It’s the 20th anniversary of Kansas’ “Freaks of Nature” and Dw Dunphy knows nothing about it.
While having problems getting out of its own way at times, Interstellar is still a satisfying, eye-popping tearjerker.
Popdose Staffers Robert Ross, Ken Shane, and Dw Dunphy; and syndicated D.J. Dave “the Rave” Kapulsky take a look at the genius behind The Left Banke, who passed away mid-March 2015.
Trapped in a world made for mass-consumption.
The Popdose staff discusses Pink Floyd’s swan song.
When making up a list of the most important British Invasion bands, why aren’t The Kinks higher to the top?
It is nearly impossible to imagine a world without Kiss at this point. Whether you are a full-on soldier in the Kiss Army or you can’t stand them at all, you are always made aware that they exist even now. Gene Simmons’ combination of business savvy and brazen brand-whoring assures that. In October of 1974, however, things were much more tentative. A small group of fans had gravitated to that weird first album of theirs, more than a passing nod to one of Simmons’ idols The Beatles. The demonic kabuki makeup and glitter-bomb logo told a different story. Even in the rough ‘n ready world of hard rock in the early 1970s, the eponymous debut rougher, which is a polite way of saying it was recorded on the relative cheap and sounded that way. Even with the benefit of a little more money and a better recording studio, 1974’s Hotter Than Hell still wasn’t going to become an audiophile’s demo disc for their “killer stereo setup.” The material that would comprise Hotter Than Hell would …
For all the cries of Joe Jackson’s “forsaking” pop, 1994’s “Night Music” says otherwise.
A critical look at a critical look at the history of the music video.
This article can be summed up in one quote: “I will pay someone to shoot you, Walsh.”
Once they made movies from comics. Now comics seem like little more than another merchandising platform. Here are some thoughts on how to change that perception.
Rob Smith declares his love of Air Supply in his new “Vinyl Diaries” column.
A picture’s worth a thousand words — they don’t necessarily say anything though.
Lisa is a woman trying to blend in. She’s trying to stay on the right side of the law. She wants to be good. She really wants the superhero that keeps hounding her to leave her alone.
If your kid is starving for your love while you’d rather be crushing it on Candy Crush, you may be an iHole.
Can an album be reflective, thought-provoking, and kick your butt at the same time?
Examining the strangest of all pop culture conventions, the “fan crush.”
The remarkable new album by Oslo’s Gazpacho blows away the conventions of rock, prog, and the makeup of the “epic” song.
They probably made out to “You and Me” a year after they grounded you for blasting “Elected!”
Dw DUNPHY: Well, now that Syria has vanished from the front pages, Big Tea has refocused on the fight they really wanted: Running the government into a brick wall. Praise the lord and pass the ammo. JON CUMMINGS: Unfortunately, the polls show that Republicans have attained one of the key goals of their “governance”-by-crisis shenanigans of the last three years: Large numbers of Americans now believe that government is incapable of playing a healthy or positive role in dealing with the big issues, such as job creation, health care and rising income inequality. Operating on Chaos Theory since 2011 – since 2007, really – the GOP has convinced the public that chaos is all that’s possible. The flipside of that is that senior and/or sane Republicans (and when we’re calling Mitch McConnell “sane,” we’re really off the reservation) recognize that a government shutdown or a credit default would be too much chaos for the public to bear. If the GOP were simply to make no waves between now and November 2014, the midterm election of …
The drumbeat of war is tapping away again. How does the US stand to lose or gain from an act of aggression against Syria?
In 1993 Billy Joel made people feel awkward and sad.
Platters That Matter podcasters brave the summer heat for Ben Folds Five live.
Knock, knock! Oh, it’s just “Single Play” for another week featuring music from Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden, Burning Condors, Salvatore Ganacci, and Dw Dunphy.
For the whole of the 1980s, singer Belinda Carlisle was the symbol of success, first as the lead singer for the groundbreaking band The Go-Go’s, then as a hitmaking solo artist. Lately we hadn’t heard as much from Belinda as we used to. This has recently changed for a couple reasons. Universal Music is releasing a Belinda Carlisle solo retrospective as part of their Icon series, and Carlisle put out an unflinching memoir titled Lips Unsealed in 2010. The latter openly chronicled all areas of her life, including harrowing details of her difficult childhood, her rise from Dottie Danger and role as one-time drummer for the punk band Germs, her eventual ascension to pop’s heights and concurrent depths behind the scenes. Popdose had the opportunity to catch up with Carlisle to talk about the Icon disc, her solo years, and to speculate on what life would be like for the Go-Go’s had they started in the Aughts instead of the Eighties. She responded with grace and was humble about her influence which, in the power-pop genre, is …
Popdose recalls a holiday classic and has the soundtrack as well.
Don’t judge this book by it’s cover. (Really, don’t.)