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About Pop Stops

Pop Stops offers monthly CD reviews exclusively on this website,

Until November 2007, Pop Stops appeared every week on Thursdays in The Star Newspapers, a suburban Chicago chain of papers for almost 20 years. The column originated in the paper's regular pages in the summer of 1988, moved to the paper's newly created weekend magazine, "Prime Time" in 1989, and then appeared in "First Look," the paper's latest weekend magazine. My reflections on the column "Turning 15" ran in June of 2003. As of November 22, 2007, the column runs exclusively online. My reflections on the end of this column's print era appear in the Dec. 10, 2007 edition, You Can Go Your Own Way.

I also have posted the text of the artist interviews and live reviews I've written for various other publications, including the Illinois Entertainer magazine, where I worked as the Associate Editor from 1989-1993. Over the past few years, I haven't done artist interviews, focusing strictly on reviews.

A Glance at the Past:
Best CDs of 2008

Pop Stops was mostly silent in 2008, but I was still listening! Here are the discs that stuck in my head (and my CD player) more than any others...

>> read the 2008 Top 15 album list

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CD of the Year!

Katy Perry
One of the Boys
Katy Perry


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Needles & Sins

In addition to writing the Pop Stops music review column, I'm also a horror fiction writer. My latest short story collection, Needles & Sins is now out from Necro Books! For news on my books check my personal web site at

Also included there in the "articles" section are some horror movie DVD reviews I'm published over the past few Halloween seasons in The Star Newspapers.