Popdose Music Roundtable (July 2014)

Another month has come and gone as we hurtle, cannonball-like, through the summer. That means it is time to catch up once again with your Popdose Pals to find out what we were all listening to in July.

Robert Ross – Some ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Nirvana, “In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition”

Nirvana’s In Utero always has been ripe with context.

Upon release in 1993, it wasn’t just the group’s third full-length record proper; it was arguably a middle-finger to the industry that fanned the flames of Kurt Cobain’s celebrity while positing itself about ...

Punk: A Braindump

You know the rest of the Twenty-Teens will be a hard slog when even the quality of our rebellion is mediocre. Look at the so-called “rebels” in today’s pop culture and what you really see are an endless stream of media frenemies, ...

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’90s, Vol. 66

 

With Bottom Feeders we take a look at the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 that only got a little love. It’s an A-Z look at songs that charted no higher than #41 in the decade. Take a listen, enjoy ...

SXSW Keynote Speech: Dave Grohl

It all started with a riff: the monster jam that gives life to a great rock song. Dave Grohl, the Nirvana basher and Foo Fighters front man, traced his development as a rock and roller Thursday as he delivered the ...

The Very Guest of…Dave Grohl

If you ever wanted to be a rock star, take a look at the way Dave Grohl does things. The guy has either performed on or created some of the most amazing tunes of his generation from his iconic stint ...

‘Face Time: Boyz II Men, “End of the Road”

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 ...

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” ...

Popdose Presents: Songs of Freedom, Episode Three

In this third episode of “Popdose Presents: Songs of Freedom”, Matthew Bolin and Lyana Fernandez focus on MTV: the role of politics in its history and programming, and about the politically motivated artists who have been a part of ...

Dw. Dunphy On…The Primacy Of Rock Guitars

It is said that if you wait long enough, a trend will fall out of fashion, be ridiculed, then wind up being a trend all over again. I suppose it is true, only one is hesitant to start lumping musical forms ...

Popdose Flashback ’91: Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous”

A lot of folks point to Dangerous as the album where things went  pie-shaped for Michael Jackson. They note the symbolism of Nirvana’s Nevermind knocking Dangerous out of the #1 spot on Billboard’s album chart at the beginning of ...

Thank You for the Music!

Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on all the things we’re thankful for, be it large or small. As such, it occurred to me that we often neglect to properly thank the people in our lives that helped shape our ...

Greatest Un-Hits: Fretblanket’s “Into the Ocean” (1997)

In the post-Nirvana, post-grunge rock landscape, dominance by a new genre was totally up for grabs. Would it be power pop, a la Matthew Sweet? Lite grunge, or “mallternative”? Britpop? Mallternative (Candlebox, Collective Soul, Seven Mary Three, Third Eye Blind) won in ...

CD Review: Foo Fighters, “Wasting Light”

Foo Fighters are the last great American rock band. Now, before everyone races to refute the assertion, let me qualify it by saying that, through Dave Grohl’s years as the leader (and one-time sole bandmember, a’la the debut), the group has ...

Friday Night Videos!: The Hits of 1992

In the ever-evolving column we call Friday Night Videos!, there’s always room for expansion. This week, with Thanksgiving vittles solidly out of our systems (and it took a whole two weeks, and one round of

CD Review: The Whigs, “In the Dark”

The power trio has had a long and glorious history in the annals of rock and roll. The simple, but often explosive blend of electric guitar, bass, and drums is rock and roll at its most elemental. Buddy Holly and ...

Rock Court, Small Claims Division: Killing Joke v. Nirvana

All rise.

The rules of this courtroom are simple. You will be presented with two songs, one by the plaintiff and one by the defendant. It is your task to decide if the defendant’s track is only coincidentally similar to the ...

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 25: Cyril Lepizzera

In spite of my fairly well known (among friends, anyway) appreciation for good, quality heavy metal, it didn’t seem intuitive to chart that kind of territory in Parlour to Parlour. Not on the surface, anyway. But then I received a ...

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