Paul Kelly: The Popdose Interview

Paul Kelly is a national treasure; it’s just a shame he’s not our nation’s to claim. He’s Australian—born in Adelaide, living in Melbourne, and exporting his wonderful songs to a planet’s worth of fans in albums like 1987’s Under the Sun (which ...

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 ...

Popdose’s Top Albums (and more) of 2011

You wanted the best, you got the best. No, we’re not talking about the bazillionth Kiss cash in; this is the Popdose Staff’s picks for Best Albums of the Year.

Instead of going over the usual internal debates that ...

Rob Smith Can’t Say No: The Beehavers

Some of us here at Tha Dose not only write about music, but practice the art ourselves, in sundry forms, with varying results. Regardless of where Ken Shane lives (Rhode Island, these days), the breath he exhales smells like the salty air ...

Popdose 2011: Rob Smith’s Top Ten Albums

If these records could talk …

1. Foo Fighters, Wasting Light. I was bored. I was bored of being bored, and so it was that I went to the only place I could go where I could submerge myself in my boredom—really ...

For the Kiddies: Laura Veirs, “Tumble Bee”

Those looking for smart, savvy singer/songwriter music could do worse than find the three records Laura Veirs made from 2004 to 2007 (Carbon Glacier, Year of Meteors, and Saltbreakers). On them, she married the simplicity of solid melody with the complexity of ...

Death by Power Ballad: Dream Theater, “I Walk Beside You”

Twenty years ago, I managed to convince a woman who probably had better things to do at the time, that the two of us had enough mutual interests and interpersonal connection to at least consider spending significant time and energy building upon ...

Death by Power Ballad: Chickenfoot, “Different Devil”

Have you ever heard a song that hit you so hard, got you so jazzed, you wanted to play it for everyone? Immediately? Regardless of whether that song is truly a power ballad, as your column’s title promises, or whether you’ve

The Weekly Mixtape: Songs for a Weary Land

Like many other people, I found myself unable to enjoy music in the days following September 11, 2001. Part of it stemmed from the need for information – I was just too busy listening to news on the radio and looking ...

Death by Power Ballad: Warrant, “Heaven”

We lost ex-Warrant frontman Jani Lane last week, the singer in all likelihood succumbing to his addictions, his body found in a Los Angeles hotel room, the preferred penultimate resting place of many a rock and roll cliché. If the ...

Death by Power Ballad: Kenny Loggins, “Meet Me Half Way”

It’s a moment that’s snuck up on you—a moment when you realize, beyond doubt’s shadow, that you are in love, that the woman you love is sitting next to you, in the passenger seat, wearing thick red-framed sunglasses you’d made fun of ...

CD Review: Chicago, “Live in ’75”

Chicago, the band, was at the height of its considerable powers in 1975, racking up Top Ten albums and singles (“Old Days,” one of their best, hit Number Five that year), and touring successfully with the Beach Boys (with whom they’d scored ...

Rob Smith Can’t Say No: Jenn Grauer

Interesting sounds can come from the most unexpected of places. Not long ago, I received an email from Jenn Grauer, a producer at HBO, inviting me to check out some music she had just released. To be honest, I didn’t ...

Rob Smith Can’t Say No: Filligar

My favorite episodes of The Brady Bunch were the ones in which the kids would get up on stage or in a studio and sing. As the Brady Six (so named because their surname was Brady, there were six of them, and ...

Bob Dylan: The Poet At 70

Bob Dylan is 70 years old. That statement is at once momentous, and irrelevant. Irrelevant because Dylan has always seemed to stand apart from any mere concept of time. While he has certainly aged physically, he is as alive in the flesh, ...

Death by Power Ballad: Nazareth, “Love Hurts”

So you’re Nazareth—big-willied purveyors of Seventies cock rock. In your native Scotland and across the UK, you’re a sizeable hard rock presence—your singles and albums skirt just under the radar of mainstream success, but your fan base is loyal, and ...