TV Review: “True Detective” (Season Two)

William Faulkner’s name is among the canonical writers of American fiction, but his success as a novelist did not pay dividends of the monetary kind — which is why he took a $500 a week contract with MGM to pen screenplays. The ...

Concert Review: Rush R40 Tour, San Jose, CA 7/23/2015

How many bands have the kind of staying power Rush has displayed for the 41 years they’ve been together? Even the hiatus the band took in the aftermath of drummer Neil Peart’s twin personal tragedies (losing both his daughter and wife in ...

Film Review: “Trainwreck”

Mid to late summer movie releases are often peppered with non-action-adventure/comic book based films. What that means in terms pure box office economics is risk. Comic book based movies have built in audiences (so do tween/teen book trilogies), and anytime ...

Where Is The Song Of The Summer Of 2015?

Do you hear that? Hear what? I don’t hear anything.

That’s what I mean.

Not that I’m necessarily complaining, mind you. For the past handful of years we’ve had “songs of summer” that were completely inescapable, and we do have a ...

Single Play: Week of 6/8/2015

 

Welcome to another sporadic edition of “Single Play!”  This week, it’s a mix of familiar and not-so-familiar in terms of artists whose songs, though, will be mostly unfamiliar since they are fairly new. Okay, time to get on to ...

That Moment When You’re Over It

Nearly twenty years ago, Kansas released their album Freaks Of Nature. I’m not here to speculate why the album is not revered as a lost classic. I’m not here to agree with the low sales numbers and throw more shovels of dirt ...

Single Play Week of 5/4/15

Joywave, “Now”

Joywave’s alt rock sound — spiked with more than a dash of electronica — is both refreshing and familiar. The group doesn’t stray too far from a melodic groove on “Now” — until the final tempo-slowing wind ...

Single Play Week of 4/13/15

It’s said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I do hope that my “Single Play” absence has done just that with you, faithful reader.  It’s good to be back with a nice potpourri of artist who run the gamut of ...

Blu-ray Review: “Interstellar”

In a nutshell: Science fiction epic gets the science correct, but more importantly, is an emotional tearjerker that occasionally stumbles over its best intentions. Even so, it is a worthwhile viewing and a terrific entertainment.

The Spoiler Alert: There may be descriptions ...

“The Big Get” And The Jon Stewart Loss

As the weeks advance, what the viewership will lose when Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show comes into clearer focus. His replacement Trevor Noah was announced this week, and immediately problems arose regarding the choice. This is not about that. It ...

CD Review: Riki Michele, “Push”

Riki Michele had the cards stacked against her when she went solo in the very early 1990s, often unfairly. I enjoy her solo stuff, particularly 1993’s One Moment Please, but she was coming from the highly influential band Adam Again. Her ...

Comics Review: “Walter Simonson’s Ragnarok”

One of the most exciting new comics out there isn’t exactly “new,” historically speaking, and it isn’t being brought to you by a brash upstart enamored with the freedoms of the modern comics industry. And if you haven’t added it to ...

“Coach” Comes Off The Bench

The flashbacks continue. On March 26, NBC announced the return of Hayden Fox, the character that toplined the ’90s ABC sitcom Coach. Reports do not indicate whether the new show will also be called Coach or whether it will assume a new ...

Pearl Jam Bring Citizen Dick To Record Store Day

If you remember the ’90s movie Singles, helmed by Cameron Crowe, you’ll recall the band Citizen Dick. Or rather, you’ll recall Pearl Jam stalwarts Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament’s implausible backstory about the band and their one hit, ...

Does The Governator Have The Right Stuff In “Maggie”?

Well before his political days, action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in a flick called End Of Days. Biblically-speaking,  the end of days is the culmination of signs and wonders speaking of the last battle of heaven and hell. One of those very ...

Kerosene Halo Rises Over A House On Fire

Returning for a second volley of folk-fueled music, Michael Roe and Derri Daugherty — collectively known as Kerosene Halo — are thinking ambitiously. For their “House On Fire” Kickstarter project, the duo seeks to expand to a larger band. The ...

Rest In Peace, Michael Brown (1949 – 2015)

Popdose writers pay tribute to Michael Brown who passed away last week.

Ken Shane: I try to avoid calling anything “the best” or “the greatest.” It’s all subjective, isn’t it? In the end it’s just one opinion. So while I may ...

Comics Review: Howard The Duck #1

You better believe we’re going to spoiler it up in here, so consider yourself warned.

When I heard that Marvel was going to bring back Howard The Duck, I thought it was exactly what was needed for the times. In its ...

CD Review: And How, “The Twisted Trees”

Envy, aside from being one of the Seven Deadly Sins, is also a pretty effective motivator. As illustration of this, one needs to look back to the friendly rivalry between The Beatles and the Beach Boys in the 1960’s. Upon hearing ...

5 Musicians Who Were Kicked In The Butt By Love

They say write what you know. Ordinarily that’s good advice…unless what you write becomes hugely famous and popular, and the content is about moments of heartbreak and distress in your life. Here are five musicians, or rather three and one double-dipper, ...

“Single Play” (Week of 3/2/15)

 

This week’s “Single Play,” is actually the post I intended for last week, but things fell by the wayside, and I dropped the proverbial ball. Okay, all “the dog ate my homework” excuses aside, let’s just on with the ...

In Memoriam: Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

So we’re talking about Nimoy, huh? Okay. Fine.

But how about this. Let’s not talk about Spock; or at least, let’s talk about Spock at a remove. The Star Trek franchise was at yet another crossroads between life and death. The public ...

CD Review: No More Pain, “The Post-Human Condition”

This is a great time for music types other than pop, so far as the album format is concerned. As pop music continues its trudge toward becoming a totally separate entity, single-contained and no longer conjoined within the album’s puzzle work, the ...

“Single Play” Week of 1/19/15

Well, since this the second post of “Single Play” in the new year, I have broken my record for the number of posts from last year! This week it’s a bit of an eclectic line up, but that’s okay because if you ...