Album Review: Rush, “Clockwork Angels”

Clockwork Angels, the 20th studio album by the Canadian power-trio Rush, makes its debut in North America today. ¬†One thing about Rush is clear: ¬†there’s no denying the impressive staying power of the band. From their Led Zeppelin-inspired beginnings in ...

The Sunday Sickies, May 27

Sylvan & Geret (circa 1999) wherein Sylvan Turtle learns there’s more to not picking your nose than manners.

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How Tech Has Changed The Way We Listen: Vinyl Heart

“I’ve said many times one of my favorite aspects of vinly is that it forces you to make a choice and commit to it, and I stand by that. It’s more than ceremonial or nostalgic. That small bit of limitation ...

The Sunday Sickies, May 13

Rococo (circa 1999) takes on loveable painter/chill-out guru Bob Ross in the usual, unpleasant manner.

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Movies Ruined By Their Own Marketing

There are a lot of reasons why films flop. Some are ahead of their time, others are under-appreciated until later and many, of course, are just plain bad. Often times, there’s nothing about the movie itself that causes it to ...

Dw Dunphy On…Stupid Humans

Some, if not all, have asked me why I am so cynical. Why do you always believe, given the chance to do well or to do harm, humans will do harm, they wonder aloud. In defense of my negativity, we have ...

Call It A Comeback: Aerosmith, “Permanent Vacation”

Some bands are like sports teams in that when they’re on top of the world, you feel like you’re a part of them. When they’re struggling, you defend and support them, sometimes near irrationality. When there are rifts within the ...

Postscript 2011: Christmas Is Over

This morning I knew that Christmas 2011 was finally over.

It was not because of the houses that no longer had their lights up (man, that was fast), or the storefronts now emblazoned with large red hearts (man, that was faster). ...

Popdose’s Top Albums (and more) of 2011

You wanted the best, you got the best. No, we’re not talking about the bazillionth Kiss cash in; this is the Popdose Staff’s picks for Best Albums of the Year.

Instead of going over the usual internal debates that ...

Dw. Dunphy On…Richard Dawkins and the Sin of Wrath

In 1972, I would only have been three years old. My memories of that time would only have stuck around thanks to the re-enforcement of repetition and reminder.

My best friend is an atheist and he is a thoughtful, sensitive humanist. ...

Rob Smith Can’t Say No: The Beehavers

Some of us here at Tha Dose not only write about music, but practice the art ourselves, in sundry forms, with varying results. Regardless of where Ken Shane lives (Rhode Island, these days), the breath he exhales smells like the salty air ...

Popdose Secret Single: The “Hits” Of Dr. Demento

Everything eventually categorizes itself. It is almost a universal inevitability as a room full of physicists will start dividing into subclasses of physicists based on fields of expertise, numbers of papers published, and how that translates into picking up ...

Dw. Dunphy On…The Last Days of the Dual

I’ve been known to be pretty harsh when it comes to record companies, perhaps to the point of irrationality. Yes, the labels stopped being run by people who, at the core of it, loves music and was assumed by lawyers and ...

50CCM50, Part Five

And here we are. They said it couldn’t be done, and occasionally I believed them, but we have arrived at the Top Ten on my list of CCM albums you ought to consider worthy of your time and hard-disk space.

It ...

Mixtape Extra: Crown Vic’s Snapshot Soundtrack

Because of the way the weather has fluctuated so wildly here in New Jersey, I’ve been hesitant to travel with CDs in my car. Instead, I load up a flash drive and plug that in. Whoever invented USB port technology is a ...

Popdose Flashback ’91: Slint, “Spiderland”

Released in March 1991, the second album proper from the Louisville scene icons Slint is the sound of youth. Those who have heard the album Spiderland will either know exactly what I’m talking about or vociferously reject my ...

The Weekly Mixtape: 3/25/11

It’s funny how, as I get older, I’m losing track of time the way everyone said I would. I didn’t believe it, but here I am dropping the ball as often as I juggle the others. If you do not recognize ...

Popdose Flashback ’91: Baby Animals, “Baby Animals”

There has always been a gender issue when it comes to hard rock. It stems from the nature of the music itself, which is in many ways an outward expression of masculinity; The combination of driving rhythms, overcharged ...

The Weekly Mixtape: 2/18/11

In honor of this very special day in history, of which I need not remind you as it is such a momentous event, ubiquitous in every child’s school book and classroom, we’ve taken great care with this week’s mixtape. It was ...

50CCM50, Part Four

New ground rules for this series: I won’t promise when the next edition will be because, honestly, I haven’t a clue when that would happen! They say adversity builds character, and if that’s the case, I’m Mickey Mouse by now… But ...

The Weekly Mixtape: 1/14/11

There are plenty of voices in popular music that could sing the phone book and still make you want to listen, can get you hot ‘n bothered, or chilled out like an iceberg. Those voices barely need backup by a ...