CD Review: Aisles, “4:45 AM”

The most difficult balance to strike in music is that of respecting the influences that brought you to the stage without being a parody of those same influences. If you listen to enough music, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Every ...

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 ...

Top 10 Roger Dean Album Covers

When us old farts go on and on about how great it was back in the days when vinyl was king, one of the things we pine for was the experience of just staring at an album cover and getting lost in ...

6 Musical Cruises to Make You Wish for a Hurricane

The nice thing about attending a music festival or convention is that for a reasonable ticket price you can roll in at the last minute, listen to some of your favorite bands, maybe hit up a few booths selling overpriced merchandise, ...

The 15 Best Rush Songs Since the 1990s

Well, the moment is finally here. Rush are finally members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Whatever beef I may have with the Hall and their selection process, I can admit that it’s nice to see the band receive ...

CD Reviews: Dec Burke & The Flower Kings

Is there a top-line in the prog rock world? That’s really hard to say as the whole of the genre hasn’t been unqualified chartbuster stuff since the mid-‘80s, and rock acts in themselves haven’t had nearly the influence that pop and ...

The Vinyl Diaries: Yes, “Close to the Edge”

Beauty, it is said, is in the eye of the beholder; to each his or her own; different strokes for different folks; one man’s trash is another’s treasure; you ain’t a beauty, but hey, you’re all right. All this I mention in ...

The Popdose Guide to Be Bop Deluxe

The story of Be Bop Deluxe is essentially the story of Bill Nelson in the 1970s.  Born in Wakefield, England in 1948 and educated at the Wakefield College of Art, Nelson released his first solo album, Northern Dream, in 1971.  It drew ...

The Popdose Guide to Utopia

Though Utopia isn’t quite to Todd Rundgren what Tin Machine was to David Bowie, there are definitely some parallels that can be drawn between the two projects. Both represented an already established artist subverting their egos to pursue a completely ...

Dw. Dunphy On… Carptree

Robbie Robertson coined a phrase in an interview once, and it stuck with me. He said that even though he’d written many types of songs, the ones that always got to him and stayed with him were, if I recall correctly, “skin ...