Film Review: “Runner, Runner”

Runner, Runner (available now on Digital Download, and on Blu-ray January 7th) is a slick film that isn’t too original, but it’s worth seeing for the acting of Ben Affleck. Remember when he was the whipping boy of American cinema. Didn’t ...

Film Review: “Inside Llewyn Davis”

There’s much to like about Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest from Joel and Ethan Coen. As usual, the production is extraordinarily good–the evocation of a wintry Greenwich Village, circa 1961, is the uncanny work of the filmmakers, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, production ...

‘Face Time: Janet Jackson, “Thinkin’ Bout My Ex”

Babyface turns 30 this year. Sure, the Man Who Would Be Babyface — Kenneth Edmonds — was born in 1959, but the singer, songwriter, producer, and all-around hit maker extraordinaire began taking baby steps up the Billboard charts the ...

Songs of Freedom, Episode 6: Appropriation

The sixth episode of Songs of Freedom focuses on the subject of cultural — especially musical — appropriation, using the inexplicable success of the “Harlem Shake” meme as a jumping-off point.

Matthew Bolin and Lyana Fernandez discuss the difference between the ...

You’re Dead to Us…Movies Starring Pop Stars

In which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the fragmentation of culture, or merely the fickle nature of fads. 

Teen idols come and go, but the concept never leaves ...

‘Face Time: Alicia Keys, “That’s When I Knew”

Babyface turns 30 this year. Sure, the Man Who Would Be Babyface — Kenneth Edmonds — was born in 1959, but the singer, songwriter, producer, and all-around hit maker extraordinaire began taking baby steps up the Billboard charts the ...

Download Now: Cole DeGenova “Lovely Generation”

 

To say the shit’s about to get funky up in here is an understatement. “Lovely Generation” is a deep album cut from Another Country, the second album from Chicago neo soul singer Cole DeGenova. Backed by his ...

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” ...

The Friday Five: June 29, 2012

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have ...

Blu-ray review: “Friends With Benefits”

Here’s a film that should be much better than it turned out. It has a director, Will Glick, coming off of his break though movie (the wonderful Easy A), two charismatic actors with a knack for comedy, a stellar supporting cast ...

Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date (No Date) Tonight

Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date Tonight

Got your mojo working? Spread your love around this date night. When you’re on fire, it’s practically your obligation to feed the love-starved masses. Step onto the dance floor. The sea o’ slithering lust ...

Greatest Un-Hits: Lillix’s “It’s About Time” (2003)

By 2003, the latest era of slick, manufactured teen pop had come to an end—the Backstreet Boys were too old, Justin Timberlake had jettisoned Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike from *NSYNC, and Britney Spears transitioned to adulthood by French-kissing her grandmother ...

The Popdose Guide to Madonna: Part 2

The Queen of Reinvention, Madonna’s output in the late-90s and first decade of the 21st century proved to be the most diverse of her career. In the span of five albums, she explores electronica, country, rock, disco and hip-hop. She even learned ...

No Concessions: “Social” and Antisocial

I’m in a relationship with The Social Network. I like The Social Network. No, more than like—I know an instant classic when I see one, and The Social Network is an instant classic, right up there with Brokeback Mountain and ...

Listmania: Top 20 Songs of Summer (#20-11)

In pop culture, lists are everything. They lend a sense of order to an otherwise orderless world. From film and literature to music, critics and readers alike love to put things in tidy rows. It is with this in ...

Farkakte Film Flashback: Random Road Movie Edition

The Open Road, starring Justin Timberlake and Jeff Bridges as an estranged son and father who struggle to reconnect during a cross-country trip to visit Timberlake’s ailing mother, opens in limited release today. Sure, it sounds like a downer, until ...

Dw. Dunphy On… Madonna

I said something that sent a jolt of disbelief through the ranks of Popdose. I have been known to take my opinions to the far side, but this one threatened to betray an ignorance I didn’t know I harbored. Let me spell ...