The Ultimate Power Pop Roundup: 10 Essential Bands and FREE MP3s

Big hooks. Singalong choruses. Earworm melodies. Guitars. Handclaps. When these stars align, I think Power Pop. So, what bands will become the next Cheap Trick, Posies, Material Issue or Big Star? POPDOSE traveled around the world to find the very best.

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The Popdose Interview with Midge Ure

Interview date: January 18, 2013

They may have never climbed any higher than #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 – and they only even appeared on the US singles chart once – but the influence of English synth-rock quartet Ultravox ...

The Popdose Interview: Lisa Loeb

With the renewed popularity of female-fronted alternative rock, New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert saw a window of opportunity to bring ‘90s alt-rocker Lisa Loeb, a noted influence for many of those same artists, back around to file ...

The Popdose Interview: Robert Carradine

You might think that Robert Carradine, an actor whose filmography is far more formidable than the average moviegoer would ever imagine (keep reading and find yourself astonished by at least one or two of his past co-stars), would ...

The Popdose Interview: Sixto Rodriguez

By now you’ve probably heard the story of Sixto Rodgriguez. He recorded two fine albums for Sussex Records in 1969 and 1970, but neither one made any impact on the charts. Rodgriguez backed away from the music scene and went to work ...

No Concessions: Oscar Nominations

And here they are. And here I am, back with that promised “more commentary.” In a spread-the-wealth category that showed more love to, say, The Master and less love to Argo than I would have expected, my gut ...

Opinion: Why We Need The New Year

Even the most disorganized among us require certain boundaries, and we assign them naturally. Spring is for cleaning, summer for vacations, fall is for reflection, and the new year is traditionally the time when we decide to impose big ...

No Concessions: A Rant of My Own

In 2009 I was asked to contribute reviews to a book celebrating the National Film Registry. I was pleased, and indeed honored, to submit entries for Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), King Kong (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), ...

The Popdose Interview: Brooke White (free holiday MP3)

Brooke White is one of the sharpest, most prolific singer/songwriters in pop music today — her natural beauty, charm and style are simply sprinkles, whip cream and Cap’n Crunch atop an already perfect sundae. Sure a certain TV ...

The Popdose 50: Our Favorite Holiday Songs

Leave it to the Popdose staff. Any other collective of jaded music geeks might have stampeded toward a recent-vintage slab of Xmas irony as our all-time fave holiday hit – “Fairytale of New York,” say, or “Christmas ...

On America and Its Guns

Killeen, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, and now Newtown, Connecticut.

I readily acknowledge that the problems associated with gun violence in this country go deeper than simply insufficient or poorly enforced laws and regulations. There are aspects of mental illness, broader societal ...

Remembering Brubeck: Musicians Reflect On Pianist’s Legacy

Dave Brubeck was a towering figure in American jazz and American music in general. His band recorded one of the few jazz tunes that the average person on the street might recognize, even if they don’t know they name. (It’s called ...

Live Music: Rolling Stones @ O2 Arena, November 25 and 29, 2012

“I’ve always wanted to find out what would happen if we just kept going.” – Keith Richards

“To boldly go where no man has gone before.” – Captain James Tiberius Kirk

That Keith quote came from an interview with Rolling Stone ...

The Popdose Interview with Don Felder

To speak with Don Felder is to speak with a man who’s acutely aware of karma. As a young and hungry touring guitarist in Los Angeles during the early ’70s, Felder joined his friend Bernie Leadon’s band the Eagles – ...

My Worst Gig: Jonathan Rundman

Every band has one: the story of a completely disastrous train wreck of a show. Sometimes it’s the venue, sometimes it’s the audience, and sometimes, it’s the venue’s inability to control the audience.

In this installment, Finnish-American singer-songwriter ...