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Pet Shop Boys, Electric: Album Review

Pet Shop Boys, Electric: Album Review

It’s not always easy to be objective about a new album release by one of your favorite artists. And I preface this by saying Pet Shop Boys have been one of my favorites, really only second to Prince, since their debut Please in 1986. Don’t let their lack of airplay in the States since the 90’s fool you, PSB have sold over 50 million records worldwide, are the UK’s most successful duo ever, and still consistently make noise in the [...]

Dido, Girl Who Got Away: Spin Cycle

Dido, Girl Who Got Away: Spin Cycle

As a massive fan of her brother Rollo’s band Faithless, I was well aware of Dido a few years before she enjoyed incredible success as a solo artist. Starting with their 1997 release Reverence, Dido handled lead vocals on at least one song of every Faithless album until the electronic legends called it quits in 2010. After obtaining a pre-release sampler of her solo music in 1999, my anticipation for Dido’s No Angel was probably as high as anyone in [...]

Spin Cycle: Matt Pond, The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand

Spin Cycle: Matt Pond, The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand

Mike A. reviews the new solo album from Matt Pond, The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand.

Popblerd's Best Albums of 2012: Mike A's List

Popblerd’s Best Albums of 2012: Mike A’s List

Popblerd writer Mike A lists his Top Ten albums of 2012.

Spin Cycle: Matthew Ryan, In The Dusk Of Everything

Spin Cycle: Matthew Ryan, In The Dusk Of Everything

Singer/songwriter Matthew Ryan delivers another outstanding album of confessional music with his latest, “In The Dusk Of Everything.” Check out our review.

The Singles Bar: Matthew Ryan, "She's A Sparrow"

The Singles Bar: Matthew Ryan, “She’s A Sparrow”

One of our favorites, singer/songwriter Matthew Ryan, returns with “She’s a Sparrow.” It’s the first taste of music from his upcoming album, “In the Dusk of Everything.”

The Singles Bar: Prince, "Rock & Roll Love Affair"

The Singles Bar: Prince, “Rock & Roll Love Affair”

Will you be having a “Rock ‘n Roll Love Affair” with Prince’s new single? The Purple Yoda is back…

Spin Cycle: Pet Shop Boys, Elysium

Spin Cycle: Pet Shop Boys, Elysium

A quarter century after “West End Girls,” the Pet Shop Boys are still here. Mike A. reviews Neil and Chris’s brand new album Elysium

The Popblerd Halftime Show: Mike A's Best of 2012 So Far

The Popblerd Halftime Show: Mike A’s Best of 2012 So Far

Popblerd writer Mike A. lists his Top 10 albums of the first half of 2012 as well as a few of his most anticipated releases for the second half of the year, including the latest album by Jamie Woon!

Spin Cycle: Greg Laswell's Landline

Spin Cycle: Greg Laswell’s Landline

Is melodic pop/rock your thing? Well, you might want to check out Greg Laswell’s new album, “Landline.”

bLISTerd Presents: Mike A's Top 11 Albums of 2011

bLISTerd Presents: Mike A’s Top 11 Albums of 2011

I think I listened to more new albums in 2011 than any other year of my life. Between searching for quality releases to review for my own blog and being asked to contribute to Popblerd!, my quest to find new music easily took me through a few hundred albums. Some I couldn’t make it past more than a couple songs before I knew it wasn’t for me. There were plenty of disappointments and yes, I’m looking at you Coldplay. Some [...]

Spin Cycle: Snow Patrol’s “Fallen Empires”

Any time a band declares they’re going in a new direction and practically begs their fans to give it a chance, I get leery. That usually means something really amazing or truly awful is about to go down with their next album. For a band like Snow Patrol, who has excelled at fairly middle of the road, melodic indie pop/rock since their 2003 breakthrough Final Straw, I feared it would be the latter. Snow Patrol falls into that category of [...]