Susanna Hoffs and Andrew Brassell: Someday Tour Surprises

Rain is the predominant metaphor on Susanna Hoffs’ stellar 2012 album, Someday, so it was only fitting that Seattle welcomed the Bangles star and her band with the year’s biggest downpour. Seattle’s luxurious Triple Door nightclub was the final destination ...

Keep It to Yourself: Just Desserts?

 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for hardcore pornography!

Hippie royalty Ben & Jerry were not amused when L.A. smut merchants Caballero Video released a series of dirty DVDs with names and packaging mimicking their wholesome family treats.  The naughty ...

The Popdose Interview: Andy Summers

“Fuck you, Sting!” You hear that, or sentiments approximating it, in Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, a new documentary drawn from guitarist Andy Summers’ acclaimed autobiography One Train Later. And Popdose heard it straight from Summers himself as he ...

The Popdose Interview: Caro Emerald

Caro Emerald is the latest European superstar to have her way with the American songbook, giving 1920’s – 40’s salsa, jazz and mambo a sparkling dance floor makeover. The end result is the Holland native’s absolutely gorgeous debut, 

The Popdose Interview: Debbie Gibson


If you want to feel inspired, spend a few minutes talking with Debbie Gibson. Certainly, you’re probably aware of the chart success that Gibson enjoyed in the ‘80s, beginning with her first single “Only in My Dreams” ...

10 Reasons The G.O.P. Deserves The ‘Death Penalty’

Last weekend, while performing the fall-Saturday ritual of refreshing the ESPN ScoreCenter app on my phone every few minutes, I couldn’t help but consider the irony that oozed like primordial slime from the Ohio State-Penn State matchup. Here were ...

Hayley Reardon: The Popdose Interview

Part of me fears for Hayley Reardon. The 16-year-old singer/songwriter’s voice has the same timbre as Kasey Chambers, or a young Maria McKee, and in that voice I hear the echoes of records I’ve loved for longer than she’s been ...

Numberscruncher: Of Course, Mitt Romney Lies!

It’s a given: Mitt Romney has issues with the truth. I think it’s cultural. People in business learn to lie, and in the big-stakes, big-money worlds of consulting and private equity, the truth isn’t all that valuable.

In my investment ...

Music To Scare Off Trick Or Treaters with Slasher Dave of Acid Witch

Sometimes cool pieces just fall into your lap, which is exactly what happened when Hells Headbangers announced they were going to reissue the “Halloween Metal” classic debut from Acid Witch, called Witchtanic Hellucinations, on October 23rd right in time for the ...

Political Culture: Running Against the Wrong Romney?

 My favorite quote of the past month came from a pollster who had watched Mitt Romney’s post-convention fall and post-debate rise – and had withstood all the attendant Republican whining about supposedly skewed party-ID samples. “When you give conservatives ...

7Lions and RedOne Create The Ultimate Arena Anthem

When the opportunity arose to interview Mika “Prophet” Guillory, the MC for the breakthrough rock/rap collective 7Lions, I suddenly felt like Clint Eastwood shooing young hooligans off his lawn in Gran Torino. Am I too old to interview someone on ...

Keep It To Yourself: Banana Polemic

The first Velvet Underground Album only sold 5,000 copies, but everyone that bought it filed a lawsuit.

Welcome back to Stately KI2Y Manor!  Mrs. Keepit and I have finished our summer additions to the old pile (new trout pond, a velodrome, more stables and outdoor ...

Welcome to Korea: The 40th Anniversary of “M*A*S*H”

We understand that 40 years is a long time, but in TV time, it’s an eternity. Forty years ago this fall, Gunsmoke and Bonanza were still on the air. So was Mission Impossible, and Dean Martin and Julie Andrews starred in variety ...

Attack Of The Convenience Store Pumpkin Spice Coffees

Ah, fall. My favorite season and my favorite time of the year. Ordinarily neither too hot nor too cold. The leaves turn from green to gold, red, orange and brown. Women drift back from the beach and take on a more ...

The Popdose Interview: John Murphy of Shoes

I came to the Shoes relatively late in the game, with 1994’s Propeller album, but that was nearly 20 years ago — and, as it so happens, the last time the band would release a collection of new recordings ...

Dw Dunphy On…What I Learnt From The Thine Political Conventions

So what did we learn from the conventions? A few things, actually – even though they are probably lessons we already knew, the salient points deserved repeating and reinforcing.

Point One – Republicans liked the Republican convention and believe that Democrats are ...

The Popdose Interview: Steve Berlin of Los Lobos


As music fans, bands find their way into our song-obsessed hearts in a variety of ways and some of the best experiences come about very unexpectedly.

I think we all have those early albums that we remember hearing that ...

Scotty’s Jukebox: One Love

Earlier this year, Julie and I learned that our son, Jacob, qualified to receive a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It was a bit overwhelming, especially for Jacob, who felt that whatever he wished for should benefit the ...

Numberscruncher: Who Built What, When?

The 2012 Republican Convention’s theme for Tuesday, August 28 is “We Built It,” a riff on an unfortunate comment by Barack Obama. Obama was trying to make the point that government provides education, infrastructure, police protection, property protection, and other ...

Looking Back on Outside Lands: A Reckoning

I didn’t intend for this lapse to happen, but it’s taken me over a week to get around to writing my Outside Lands coverage. Yeah, I happened to have a really busy week and my laptop was out of commission ...