Live Music: Wilco at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ 4/2/10 | Popdose


My review of last week’s Wilco show at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ has been posted to Popdose:

“The venerable Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey, began life as a legitimate theatre in 1922 before being converted to a movie theatre in 1929. The venue fell on hard times in recent years, was shuttered in 2006, and found new life as a concert hall in 2008. Last week, alt-Americana icons Wilco rode into Montclair for a sold out two-night stand at the Wellmont, and the old place will never be the same.”

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CD Review: Martin Sexton, "Sugarcoating" | Popdose


My review of the new album by Martin Sexton, Sugarcoating, has been posted to Popdose:

“I am certainly not about to knock any songwriter who includes a song called “Shane” on his album. In this case, Martin Sexton is writing about his son, but his message is certainly one I could have taken to heart when I was a younger person. I would like to think my own father shared these same sentiments with me, in his own way:

So catch a little cold
Get a little heat
Expect to fall when you take a stand
Just land on your feet
Break a few hearts
Bend a few rules
If there’s water in the pond
Dive into the deep end”

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CD Review: Dr. Dog, "Shame, Shame" | Popdose


My review of the new Dr. Dog album, Shame, Shame, has been posted to Popdose:

“I like the good old three chord rock and roll as much as any other jaded music writer does. But I also like innovation. I love hearing young bands trying out new things. And no, a bunch of synthesizers playing over drum loops are not what I would call new things. For several years, and over the course of several albums, I’ve been trying to cozy up to Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog because they are clearly an innovative young band who, while they respect the value of a great song, seem to always be looking for new ways to present it. Unfortunately, I have found that to this point the magic has proved elusive for them when it comes to their studio work. I saw their live show a couple of years ago and loved it. I just couldn’t connect with the albums. I recognized and respected what they were up to, but it all seemed just a little precious to me. The effort that they spent making it look effortless was simply too obvious.”

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CD Review: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "I Learned the Hard Way" | Popdose


My review of the new album from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, I Learned the Hard Way, has been posted to Popdose:

“Retro-soul is a musical style in which contemporary artists attempt to recapture the sound and feel of the great soul music of the ’60s and early ’70s. Musical touchstones include the sounds of Motown, Stax, and Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International Records. Among the artists who are purveying this style these days are Ryan Shaw, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and The Revelations featuring Tre Williams. I would include Joss Stone’s first album, but she’s moved in a more pop-oriented direction since then. Raphael Saadiq and Maxwell are often thought of more often as neo-soul artists (a genre that fuses ’70s soul with hip-hop, jazz, and funk), but there is definitely a retro element in what they do.”

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