In several ways, the scrappy members of Walk Off the Earth are bucking the stereotypes. Consider that if this band name rings a bell, it’s likely for one of two reasons: 1. You saw that viral video of Walk Off the Earth covering “Somebody That I Used To Know” on a single guitar, or 2. You are a member of Walk Off the Earth. That video’s their claim to popular fame, and yet there’s no accusing them of being a [...]
The name Deke Richards may not strike you immediately if you’re not a Motown fanatic. But if you’ve got any love for the works of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 (and, of course, if you read this site, surely you must), the news of Richards’ passing is indeed a bittersweet note. Richards, born Dennis Lussier, was one-quarter of two of Motown’s most famous songwriting collectives in the post-Holland-Dozier-Holland era. First there was The Clan with Pam Sawyer, Frank Wilson and R. Dean Taylor; together, [...]
Good news: we have brand spankin’ new columns to go with our shiny new year! Drews and Don’ts is a new weekly endeavor, wherein our very own pop-culture-and-list-obsessive Andrew Ratliff writes a bite-sized list for everyone to enjoy and/or argue over. We’ve all experienced it before, albeit to different degrees: that immediate, gut-level reaction to hearing a fabulous song for the first time. “My lord!,” we exclaim, “this is a delight! I’ll cherish this song forever, and cannot envision a world [...]
When the Isley Brothers temporarily splintered in the ’80s, their three youngest members decided to rock out with a jam called “Look The Other Way.”
After catching grenades and being lazy, does Bruno Mars also manage to successfully avoid the sophomore jinx on “Unorthodox Jukebox?”
Once again, Popblerd listens to this year’s Christmas albums so you don’t have to! This year brings us music from Cee-Lo, Sufjan Stevens, and many others.
It’s Saturday, and that cold, empty feeling that comes with the work week is slowly melting away. How could it get any better? How ’bout a new episode of Blerd Radio for your ears to enjoy? This episode has a fun little history. Regular co-host Dr. Gonzo suggested a great topic about film soundtracks, but had to bow out of recording. In his absence, Big Money, Mike Duquette and Michael Parr engaged the talents of another non-Mike: Dave Lifton, noted author and [...]
Former teen singer/actress Jojo has a new mixtape coming out called “Agape.” “We Get By” offers a taste of the new music.
You’d be forgiven if the news that INXS are calling it quits failed to turn many heads. The Australian band, for all intents and purposes, ceased to exist for many after lead singer Michael Hutchence’s lifeless body was found in a Sydney hotel room almost 15 years ago. There was no New Order-esque transition into something different, though not for lack of trying – assuming “ searching for a new frontman on a reality show ” and “ putting together a bizarre covers/tribute album with guest vocalists ” counts as “trying.” But I’m not going to say nor hear a bad word about [...]
The patron saint of heartbroken tweens returns with – comparatively – her most adult album yet, “Red”. Popblerd has the review!
New Pornographers front man delivers a third solo effort, heads for the woods.