pop Archive

Album Review: Wensday — Torch Rock™

Picking up Torch Rock™, one would expect an outing not dissimilar to late 70s/early 80s efforts by Karla DeVito and Ellen Foley; there’s a mock-operatic approach to the proceedings, much like the sort of music Jim Steinman composed for Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell. And the master of ceremonies here is the estimable Dick

Album Review: Nana Kitade — 18-eighteen

On the leadoff track of her album 18-eighteen, J-Rocker Nana Kitade sounds like some wonderful combination of Pizzicato Five, the Go! Team and the grooviest Target commercial one can imagine. With its infectious grooves, insistent beat and sticky melody, “KISS or KISS” casts a spell so wonderful it matters not a bit that the listener

Album Review: Jil Station — Still Love

These days, the Atlanta sound is mostly represented by ATL/Dirty South-styled gangsta rap. But in the 1980s Atlanta had a thriving new wave scene, fueled by the likes of the Swimming Pool Q’s, The Brains and LMNOP. And even though the members of Jil Station are too young to remember those heady days, one suspects

Album Review: Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey – hERE aND nOW

  ✰✰✰✰✰ Once in awhile a record comes along that is so special, so singularly amazing, that it nearly defies criticism. The album hERE aND nOW by Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey is such a disc. Right out of the gate, Holsapple and Stamey deserve kudos for rescuing a beautiful track from undeserved obscurity. Family’s

Album Review: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians — Stranger Things

Edie Brickell is back. Actually she never left. While she recorded and played with New Bohemians in the early 90s, she dropped the band for her ’94 and ’03 releases. Her latest release, Stranger Things, finds her reunited with a slightly altered lineup of the group. Brickell’s music still maintains its hallmark navel-gazing, sounds-like-she’s barefoot

Pete Yorn: A Singer/songwriter for All Seasons

Pete Yorn collaborates because he wants to, not because he has to. A jack of all trades, Yorn–who got his start as a drummer–is proficient on all manner of instruments. So while he’s quite capable of doing a one-man show in the studio, like a select few others (Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Lindsey Buckingham, Todd

The Veronicas: We Could Get Used to This

Note: this feature was based on my first in-person interview, way back in 2005. — bk Yes, they’re a pop group. But with a sound that owes more to Veruca Salt than to Madonna, identical twins Jess and Lisa Origliasso lead The Veronicas — and their fans — down a rocky path. Will their success

Considering Stacie Rose

Thirty minutes into an interview that has covered the creative process, motivation for songwriting, and the difference between recording and performing live, Rutherford NJ-based singer songwriter Stacie Rose turns the tables. She asks me a question: “So, do you like the new record, by the way?” I’m so taken aback that I ask her to

The Polyphonic Spree: Fragile Army, Reinforcements of Hope

There are so, so many things out there that remind you: this is all good. –Tim DeLaughter Tim DeLaughter, leader and lyricist of Dallas-based The Polyphonic Spree, reflects on the underlying philosophy of his music: “I want to facilitate a little beacon of hope…” he pauses and gestures toward the stage, where the 21-person group

Los Straitjackets: A New Twist on an Old Sensation

Legendary instro-rockers Los Straitjackets have taken worthwhile stylistic excursions before. While their primary métier is surf music, they joined with a host of vocalists for 2001’s Sing Along with Los Straijackets. And their upcoming release–Rock en Español, which should hit the streets by the time you read this–will feature vocals by the front-men of Los