’80s synth pioneer Howard Jones is our guest this week to talk about touring with Barenaked Ladies and OMD this summer as well as the new music that he’s got in the works. He also shares his memories of late keyboard legend Keith Emerson.
I drive my daughter Jackie to school in the morning, and because I’m a swell dad, I let her select the radio station. Occasionally she’ll throw me a bone and put on one of “my stations” — she can sometimes find something she likes on Boston’s WERS or 92.5 The River — but most often we’re in top 40 territory, and I find myself gripping the wheel like a man being tortured by Katy Perry, because that’s what I am. But despite my avowed affinity for rock both classic and modern, sometimes I find myself actually grooving along to the hits (although singing along to them definitely gets the thumbs down — dad vocals and Ariana Grande simply do not mix). It gives me hope, not necessarily for the music industry, which is still dying, but for the chances of me personally not becoming totally irrelevant. To help other pop-challenged parents out there, here’s a list of five current radio hits that you may actually find yourself listening to after your kid’s left the car. Spotify …
The famed pop star Debbie Gibson takes a seat as judge on ABC’s “Sing Your Face Off” and Popdose.com caught up with her to find out about it.
Music is the Como family business. The name might be a tip-off, but like many musicians before them, these up-and-coming lads inherited their artistry from their father and family members. As they grew, Matt and Andrew Como translated their love of performing into emulating the Fab Four in a Beatles tribute band on Long Island, before blossoming into a new operation. With placements all over MTV and E! reality shows, and an opening slot for the Wallflowers, it appears that the duo’s explosion is inevitable. The Comos’ new album, Baby Steps, is a sampling of taste and talent. Rock/soul opener “Gotta Be True” is possibly not the strongest choice of lead, but thankfully, the band presents some truly stellar material as the album progresses. The country-flavored “Hang My Head” is gorgeous, accented with the shimmering whammy of an electric guitar. Meanwhile, “Hey Kristen” takes me back to the glory days of Top 40 in 1996; the Comos frequently pepper arrangements with ’90s-esque elements… but only the good ones. The track that’s still stuck in my …
John Mayer is back on the road, and he’s brought Phillip Phillips with him. Check out the dates!
One month to figure out everything you want for Record Store Day, and we’re here to help!
All hail the piano men!
LL. PE. Cube. De La. On the same bill. *EXPLOSION!!!!!*
There’s room for more than one blue-eyed soulman in this piece.
No list of the Seventies’ best albums is complete without Pink Floyd, right? Well, we got two of their albums here!
John Legend is as smooth as ever. Check out his brand new single.
Yep. He’s still around.
Git your Steely Dan on in the latest installment of our ’70s list. Plus…so much more!
Vampire Weekend returns with two, TWO new songs!!
OK, so how good is “The 20/20 Experience?” I mean, really?
OMG!! People other than Justin Timberlake are releasing new music today!
There’s a riot goin’ on…in our list of the 100 best albums of the ’70s. Find out where Sly places…and what else made the list!
Apparently, motherhood has not made Beyonce soft.
Who needs any stinkin’ Crosby, Stills or Nash??
There’s always that one song on an album that doesn’t get its just due. This column is devoted to those songs.
Matt Nathanson returns with a brand new song. Give it a listen here!
Will the second installment of our list of the ’70s best albums leave your knickers in a bunch? Don’t worry, the Popblerd team won’t take you on the highway to hell!
Tiffany and GG finish up their list of the top 20 American Idol contestants of all-time.
Some new sounds for all you Bostonites.
You’ll be seeing a lot of these two men over the next few days-check out the beginning of our list of the top 100 albums of the Seventies!
Vampire Weekend meets reggae on Major Lazer’s new choon.
Hello, Mr. Jones. We’ve been expecting you.
Just when you thought Nelly wasn’t coming back…
Photo via screenrant.com As a prelude to the twelfth season of American Idol, rather than do a normal preview of this season’s talent, I wanted to do something with a more historical scope. My Reality Check podcast partner-in-crime Tiffany ( @TVProducerLady ) and I jumped on Skype for a couple hours and went through every single top 12 (13 in some seasons) finalist in all eleven previous seasons and discussed them ad nauseum. We didn’t come up with a specific algorithm […]