In which we say farewell to summer – and title-themed shows, for now – with a title-themed show about summer.
Thursday needs to fire its publicist.
On June 18, Paul McCartney celebrated his 75th birthday. With enviable longevity and prodigious musical gifts, he’s amassed a legacy matched by only a tiny handful of artists. Much of…
Can a song change the world? Popular music has always been looked on as something of a disposable pleasure: reflective of its times, sure, but meant to be played among…
After running down the best 2015 albums from classic rockers and taking a look at the rock/pop and country/rootsrecords you don’t want to miss from the past year, you’d think…
The world lost a musical giant when Allen Toussaint died this week
It was a canny move on the part of producer Stevie Van Zandt — he of E Street Band and “Sopranos” fame — not to try to shoehorn a ”modern”…
For all the cries of Joe Jackson’s “forsaking” pop, 1994’s “Night Music” says otherwise.
The Newport Jazz Festival celebrated 60 years in grand style
It’s the Friday Five! Shuffle through five random tracks from your library and share it with the Popdose community.
“Now we’re in a hall of mirrors With my secret fears and terrors” –from “Come The Meantimes” by Elvis Costello and the Roots Wise Up Ghost may be the most…
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!
Who needs any stinkin’ Crosby, Stills or Nash??
It’s the first Friday Five of 2013, what is shuffling through your speakers?
One of Dave Steed’s all time most hated bands shows up this week and amazingly they aren’t led by Scott Stapp.
A new PBS music program promises no Celtic nothing…but gives you Train instead. Who has failed?
The Beatles are kind of always in the not-distant background, as they are the goddamn Beatles. But every five years or so, there’s a major resurgence in Beatles interest, popularity,…
Guitarist Bill Frisell, the jazz guy, issues a terrific tribute to John Lennon today, titled All We Are Saying. But this isn’t, you know, his first intersection with rock music.
The Popdose staff sits down for an in-depth discussion of how much it hurts to break up with a favorite artist.
Ken Shane will be covering the Newport Folk Festival for Popdose again this weekend. Among the artists he looks forward to seeing is soul legend Mavis Staples.
Not that it’s a bad thing at all, but Graham Parker sounds almost exactly like Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, the Jam, and Marshall Crenshaw. Parker had been toiling…
We’ve come to expect great songwriting from Paul Simon. Ken Shane thinks that his new album is his best in a long time, and the finest album of the year so far.
Popdose.com, The Weekly Mixtape. Need we say more?
David Ackles released his masterpiece, “American Gothic,” in 1972. Critics loved it, but the public didn’t get it. Ken Shane remembers this lost classic.
This column usually presents semi-obscure or forgotten songs that should have been hits. ”Walking on Thin Ice” is different, because if you’re the kind of person with an obsessive enough…
When it hurts so bad, you need a soundtrack of songs that that put your pain to music. This week’s Weekly Mixtape is a deeply blue playlist for just such an occasion.
Extra! Extra! It’s a bunch of demos you thought were left in a closet somewhere to be forgotten. This week’s Mix Six dusts them off just for you!
Whether he was atoning for racial intolerant comments or simply following his muse, Elvis Costello’s 1980 album “Get Happy” remains among his finest efforts.
Even in a year where a lot of great new music was released, it’s still been a blast to revisit artists and albums of old through those wonderful reissues, box…