Tag: Memphis TN

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Rich Tupica, “There Was a Light: The Cosmic History of Chris Bell and the Rise of Big Star”

As time passes, it gets harder to write about something you love, especially like a band – you veer between adoration, hero worship,...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Various Artists, “Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul”

Once again, historian/author/film producer and Memphian Robert Gordon delivers a book about the music of his hometown; a musical spectrum...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Big Star, “Live at Lafayette’s Music Room”

Dear God, this is amazing.  Not because it’s Big Star – let’s make one thing clear from the outset:  I...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

Popdose Single Premiere: Loveland Duren, “Burnin’ Mistletoe Holiday”

Here ’tis – a brand new track, in time for the holidays, from two of the finest singers/songwriters around, with a little help...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Faith Evans Ruch, “Lessons in Falling”

This has quite a story, as per the press release that came along with this album – Faith Evans Ruch may remember her new album,...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Chris Bell, “I Am the Cosmos” (Expanded)

So there have been a few occasions where I had been asked to write about Chris Bell’s I Am The Cosmos album – and I’ve...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Chris Bell, “Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star”

This wonderful, 22-track compilation is just part of the work Chris Bell did before he dug his heels in with Big Star in 1971. ...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Emily Barker, “Sweet Kind of Blue”

Australian-born singer Emily Barker comes up sounding pure Southern-soul American on her stunning new album, Sweet Kind Of Blue.  This...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Big Star, “The Best of Big Star”

So here’s the short version – Stax Records, in conjunction with Ardent, has finally released a sensible compilation of Big...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: “Red Hot: A Memphis Celebration of Sun Records”

What an unbelievably stellar and exciting collection of vital American songs; written and originally recorded at the truly-legendary Sun...

CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, Music

DVD/CD Review: “Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s ‘Third’ Live … and More”

Forget objectivity, because you won’t find it here – not from me.  And certainly not about these live, orchestral,...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

Popdose Song Premiere: Lisa Said, “Candy Says”

Popdose is pleased to premiere the track stream of “Candy Says,” (from The Velvet Underground’s eponymous third album),...

Music, New Artists, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Lisa Said

Back in the autumn, Popdose had the chance to introduce you to Lisa Said, the incredibly gifted and equally powerful singer-songwriter, who...

Music, Video Premieres

Popdose Video Premiere: Those Pretty Wrongs, “Mystery Trip”

I don’t know how this one snuck past me, but I’m happy to present on behalf of Popdose the latest video from Those Pretty...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

POPDOSE SINGLE PREMIERE: JIMMY STEPHENS, JR. & THE BLUES CITY ROAD DOGS, “I Wish It Was Christmas”

Popdose is very pleased to present to you, as an exclusive premiere, the new holiday single from Memphis’ own boys, Jimmy Stephens...

Book Reviews, Books, Music

Book Review: Fabrice Couillerot and Donna Ranieri, “Big Star: Isolated in the Light”

This beautiful, hard-cover coffee table book is the result of a five year labor of love from publisher Fabrice Couillerot and photographer...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

POPDOSE SINGLE PREMIERE: VAS, “Rivers”

Memphis’ favorite new sons, VAS, are back, fresh on the heels of their self-titled debut album with this brand new single,...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Big Star, “Complete Third”

The first thing I want to disclose before going further is to say that in the canon of the three albums Big Star, one of my favorite bands...

Music, Video Premieres

Popdose Video Premiere: Loveland Duren, “Not Allowed in the House Anymore”

Popdose is both pleased and proud to bring to you the new video from Loveland Duren, from their very recently released album Next,...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music

ALBUM REVIEW: LOVELAND DUREN, “Next”

When I introduced you to Loveland Duren and Bloody Cupid in 2013, I’d heard a debut album so strong, so sophisticated and yet soulful...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Those Pretty Wrongs, “Those Pretty Wrongs”

You may be tired of me saying “I’m not going to pretend to be objective”, but what’s the point of a review if...

Music, Video Premieres

Popdose Video Premiere: Those Pretty Wrongs, “Never Goodbye”

When Burger Records released the “Lucky Guy”/”Fool Of Myself” single last year, I was thrilled to share it with you...

Album Reviews, Music, New Artists

Album Review: VAS, “VAS”

I’ve written about and shared with you music over the last few months from a wonderful new band, VAS (originally known as...

Album Reviews, Music

ALBUM REVIEW: PRIX, “Historix”

I’m not going to pretend to be cool, professional or objective – this album is simply stunning.  And for all the right...

Music, Single Reviews

SINGLE REVIEW: VAS, “Can’t Stay Dead”

A few months ago, Popdose introduced you to a new band from Memphis, Elder.  Since that time, they’ve changed their name to VAS...

Music

Record Store Day Special: Big Star, “Jesus Christ”

I’ll keep this simple – a timely package:  the iconic artwork of the three wise men looking at the neon Big Star...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: LOVELAND DUREN, “The Making Of ‘Johnny Boy'”

It’s become something of a rarity in these last two decades or so to hear the story or motivation as to the writing of songs;...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music, New Artists, Popdose

ALBUM REVIEW: JULIEN BAKER, “Sprained Ankle”

Twenty years old, still a student and my God, what a songwriter and singer.  Julien Baker of Memphis, Tennessee unleashes her solo debut...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

Popdose Exclusive Song Premiere: Elder, “Rock My World”

Talk about a rush – not a breath – of fresh air…  Popdose is both pleased and proud to introduce the population to a...

Music, Popdose Exclusives

Popdose Exclusive Single Premiere: Loveland Duren, “Johnny Boy”

This is something very special; very powerful and totally from the heart.  Memphis legends Vicki Loveland and Van Duren, collectively...