ALBUM: The Aurian Haller Band, ‘House of Words’

Personally, one of the most enriching parts of music is not only the ability to blend styles, genres, and perspectives, but also languages and cultures. Quebec City’s Aurian Haller Band hails from a unique place geographically, making it only natural for them to ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Shannen Nicole, ‘Captive’

Talent – real, raw talent – can’t be taught; it’s in your blood, uncontrollably flowing throughout your life, work, and, as Shannen Nicole demonstrates, school. For this high school senior from Oregon, her need to encapsulate the people and experiences that only ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Furious Seasons, ‘My Love is Strong’

From the beginning of time, we have told stories through music. Whether it’s an epic battle of good vs. evil or a tale of woe and heartbreak, setting poetry to tunes is a a no-brainer, and for David Steinhart and his fantastical, ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Anne Steel, ‘What’s Mine’

A mainstay of the NYC cabaret and nightclub scene for the past half-decade, Anne Steele’s music is infectious, liberated, and downright happy. But underneath its exuberant hand claps and soaring piano riffs, Steele preaches an important social message about gay rights. An ...

CD REVIEW: Arrica Rose & The …, “Wavefunction”

The word “concept” album took on a negative connotation by the end of the ’70’s.  However, this isn’t the ’70’s and concept albums are a good thing.  It’s nice to have an album be threaded together with songs that tell ...

Songs That Kill: Des’ree, “You Gotta Be”

I have resisted discussion of the one-hit wonder up to this point of the series because it never felt appropriate to the topic’s central theme. That theme is how overwhelming and outrageous fortune either caused career momentum to crash (The Rembrandts), caused ...

The Popdose Interview: Tia Bocker of Sinsanity

The band Sinsanity is currently writing new music while out performing at East Coast clubs, supporting their recent EP, The Machine. The group consists of Tia Bocker, Vocals; Brian Jimenez, Lead Guitar; Jeremy Burns, Drums; Will Woytowicz, Rhythm Guitar; and David Bialas, ...

Before We Was Fab: Jesse Belvin, “Guess Who”

When singer/songwriter Jesse Belvin died in a car accident on February 6, 1960, he became the first artist of the rock ‘n’ roll era to join the as-yet-unnamed 27 Club. And while some members of that most gruesome assembly are ...

New Music: School of Language, “Between the Suburbs”

When when of my favorite new bands, Field Music, went on their first hiatus in mid-2008, David and Peter Brewis made it clear that they were far from done making music. They emphatically proved that point in 2008, when each of the ...

Top 10 Ben Folds Five Songs

If you had told me just three or four years ago that not only would I get to hear a new Ben Folds Five album — and a damn fine one to boot — but see them on tour, I would have ...

Before We Was Fab: The Everly Brothers, “Poor Jenny”

The musical legacy of the Everly Brothers is a rich one, and in fact their influence is felt to this day. I’m hard-pressed to think of a better duo in modern pop music, outside of perhaps Simon & Garfunkel or maybe ...

Before We Was Fab: Johnny Cymbal, “Mr. Bass Man”


I hadn’t intended to write about two so-called novelty songs in a row, but I was recently reminded of how much I enjoy this track…

Johnny Cymbal (born John Hendry Blair in Scotland on February 3, 1945) was a fresh-faced 15-year-old ...

10 Songs to Make You Love Chicago (the Band)

If you’re reading this and are not already a believer in Chicago, then I simply ask you to do one thing: forget. Forget about all the greatest hits collections, repackaged material, teeth-grindingly stale Christmas albums, and other assorted money grabs. Forget about ...

Before We Was Fab: The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes for You”

While the Flamingos were not the most commercially successful vocal group of the 1950s by a long shot, they were nearly without peer in terms of pure talent and impact. Their intricate, occasionally otherworldly harmonies and arrangements influenced some of the great ...

Jess Penner: The Popdose Interview

You’ve likely heard her songs in commercials, TV shows, and movies, or seen her as the fresh young face of Days Inn. She’s Jess Penner – a thoroughly 21st century pop star.

How so? Well, for ...

Top 10 Colin Moulding XTC Songs

Although he may not have been quite as prolific a songwriter as Andy Partridge, XTC’s Colin Moulding penned some of the great songs of the New Wave era and beyond. It would be rather easy, in fact, to put together a few unofficial ...

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 72

Well, this is the end my friends. After 72 installments running over 16-plus months we at Popdose have listened the good, the bad, and the mediocre songs from Time-Life’s AM Gold series. Despite the notable lack of many of the biggest ...