17 items by Dave DiMartino

  • He’s Croz, But He’s Not Angry!

    He’s Croz, But He’s Not Angry! | ARTICLE

    Have to admit to being more impressed than usual by Sunday night’s Grammys awards broadcast! Why? It’s simple! *The nice assemblage of top-level talent. *The eye-opening array of very popular artists who, I’ve come to realize, mean very little to...

    January 28, 2014 6:32 PM ET
  • Is That A Bullet In Your Pocket?

    Is That A Bullet In Your Pocket? | ARTICLE

    Reviewing the week’s new releases is always tough the day after the Grammy Awards have taken place! After spending last night spellbound by the raw talents assembled onstage—by definition the prior year’s very finest—how can any new release...

    February 12, 2013 3:57 PM ET
  • Groban Up, In Public!

    Groban Up, In Public! | ARTICLE

    One of the marvels of today’s interconnected age may be the fact that writers who once wrote articles and often waited as much as three months to get feedback about them now merely have to consult Twitter...

    February 5, 2013 3:25 PM ET
  • I Beliebe To My Soul!

    I Beliebe To My Soul! | ARTICLE

    They say that age brings wisdom--and so it is that more than a few of the older among us chuckled when younger music fans were puzzled by the reaction met by this week’s announcement of the Coachella...

    January 29, 2013 5:51 PM ET
  • How Do You Spell Relief?

    How Do You Spell Relief? | ARTICLE

    Though I rarely tend to get political in this blog—after all, the subject matter is supposed to be about new album releases—I’d just like to say that the recent Presidential Inauguration ceremony was, no matter your political...

    January 22, 2013 5:25 PM ET
  • Village Of The Darned!

    Village Of The Darned! | ARTICLE

    As 2013 unfolds, the question arises: Will it be a good year for music? On one hand, between a new release by former teen star Justin Timberlake—curiously timed to coincide with the rebirth of ancient MySpace, the site...

    January 15, 2013 6:08 PM ET
  • A Great Year For The Undead!

    A Great Year For The Undead! | ARTICLE

    Happy New Year! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a new blog—mainly because new album releases tend to dry up as we approach the new year and, like most people, I like to stay at home...

    January 8, 2013 5:59 PM ET
  • Mars Needs Buyers!

    Mars Needs Buyers! | ARTICLE

    I don't know about you, but I haven't even started my holiday shopping yet! So as we sit here, a scant two weeks before the world shuts down for Christmas, I'm making a list, checking it twice, and...

    December 11, 2012 9:00 AM ET
  • Ke$ha: Cold Cereal No More!

    Ke$ha: Cold Cereal No More! | ARTICLE

    Admittedly there are times when longtime lovers of pop music might feel that all that really needs to be said has already been said. When all the innovation—all the glorious, unexpected, inspired madness that results in perfect...

    December 4, 2012 2:54 PM ET
  • Alicia Keys Fires It Up!

    Alicia Keys Fires It Up! | ARTICLE

    As most of us know, the past weekend -- beginning with the illustriously titled Black Friday and extending through the equally compelling Cyber Monday -- represents the single best selling opportunity today's record labels have all year...

    November 27, 2012 2:14 PM ET
  • The Legend Of Rihanna!

    The Legend Of Rihanna! | ARTICLE

    There's a particular time of the year when I feel completely at one with today's pop music audience--and sure enough, as always, it was this weekend, as I joyously watched the exciting American Music Awards! For starters, the...

    November 20, 2012 3:15 PM ET
  • England's Newest Hit Makers!

    England's Newest Hit Makers! | ARTICLE

    Like most people, I have a hard time figuring out who's better: the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, or Christina Aguilera! And here it is, scant weeks before the holidays, and they all have new albums! So let's get methodical...

    November 13, 2012 2:36 PM ET
  • Semi-Sweet Emotion!

    Semi-Sweet Emotion! | ARTICLE

    On this historic night–Election Eve, 2012–I am compiling a list of this week's most compelling album releases and marveling at the history also on display! Which is to say: Maybe half of these are by people who are...

    November 6, 2012 4:12 PM ET
  • One Pill Makes You Larger!

    One Pill Makes You Larger! | ARTICLE

    It struck me the other day as I was reading Waging Heavy Peace, the fabulous new book by Neil Young, that only a book by Neil Young--obviously put together by the man himself, with little help from...

    October 30, 2012 10:15 AM ET
  • Taylor Tinkers!

    Taylor Tinkers! | ARTICLE

    Apologies to those who sought out this blog and noticed it missing last week: I forgot to write it! But for those who keep track, I probably would've said nice things about the latest album by Jamey Johnson,...

    October 23, 2012 1:05 PM ET
  • Streisand, Kiss Battle It Out In New Release Frenzy!

    Streisand, Kiss Battle It Out In New Release Frenzy! | ARTICLE

    It's a great day in the world of new album releases when this week's highlights include new entries from such bold newcomers as Barbra Streisand, the Velvet Underground's John Cale, Kiss, The Beach Boys, ELO's Jeff Lynne,...

    October 9, 2012 2:35 PM ET
  • Nelly Furtado's Indestructible Spirit

    Nelly Furtado's Indestructible Spirit | VIDEO

    The career path of Canadian singer-songwriter is one of the most intriguing in pop music: Her music is all over the place. Beginning with her debut album Whoa, Nelly!, released in 2000 and filled with hit singles like...

    July 19, 2012 10:10 AM ET