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MUCH MORE THAN THE VOICE: AN INTERVIEW WITH WHITNEY FENIMORE

interview by Michael McCarthy The reason this interview is titled Much More Than The Voice is that today’s subject is Whitney Fenimore, who you may recall from season 13 of a little show called The Voice. She did a touching rendition of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” which she rearranged herself, at...
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DANSEZ DANS LE BLEU DE NUIT: AN INTERVIEW WITH BALOJI

interview by Michael McCarthy Congolese-born Baloji’s new LP, 137 Avenue Kaniama, was released on March 23rd, 2018 via Bella Union. Prior to when the label approached me about the album, I’d never heard of Baloji, but then I suppose very few people here in the States would’ve heard of him. That’s exactly why...
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#songoftheday / #amlistening = LOWELL: “WAR FACE”


"I wear my war face," proudly proclaims captivating singer/songwriter Lowell on "War Face,"  the first single from her mind-blowing new album entitled Lone Wolf.  The album is her second and was released today on 4/6/18 and my jaw is still on the floor after it dropped as I...
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DARK -AND- LIGHT: AN INTERVIEW WITH LOUIS TORRE

interview by Michael McCarthy You may be familiar with Louis Torre because you’ve heard his popular, stripped-back covers of songs like “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” by Shawn Mendes, “Don’t Take The Money” by Bleachers and “Toxic” by Britney Spears. He’s released roughly two dozen covers already, and we discuss those at length,...
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#songoftheday / #amlistening = SALT: “HELIUM”


Today we have "Helium," the excellent second single from the artist simply known as Salt.    I love the way the track blends synthesizers and snappy beats with her sometimes ethereal vocals.  The artist she most reminds me of is the great Florence Welch (a.k.a. Florence + The...
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IRELAND ON THE LINE: AN INTERVIEW WITH HARRY HUDSON TAYLOR

interview by Michael McCarthy Hudson Taylor, the duo comprised of Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor, is not easy to pin down. As I said in the first question below, I hear so many genres all at once when I hear their upbeat songs. Folk, Americana, Country, Pop – it’s all in there. The...
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FROM L.A. TO THE SKIES: AN INTERVIEW WITH MARQ TORIEN OF BULLETBOYS

interview by Michael McCarthy I’ve heard lots of different things about BulletBoys frontman Marq Torien over the years. Whether it was people accusing him of having LSD (lead singer disease) or other things, it seemed like he had a larger than life personality. I was even a bit intimidated going into this one,...
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BULGARIA CALLING: AN INTERVIEW WITH RUTH KOLEVA

interview by Michael McCarthy Ruth Koleva might be from Bulgaria, but after doing this interview I feel confident in saying that she speaks English better than I do. That’s the God’s honest truth. She makes better music, too! In other words, she’s quite the talented person, which you can discover by listening to...
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#songoftheday / #amlistening = STRYPER: “SORRY”


First, Stryper utilized a little death metal style vocals on "Take It It The Cross," now they're doing thrash riffs during the verses on their new single, "Sorry."  These are good things, though!  I know some fans just want a To Hell with The Devil sequel,...
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#songoftheday = FREEDOM FRY – “CLASSIC”


International duo Freedom Fry's "Classic" is one of those wonderful, feel-good songs that just about anyone can fall in love with.  I understand they consider themselves alt-folk, but to me, they sound like pop that just so happens to have folk elements.  Very impressive pop, though.  The...
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#songoftheday = RUTH KOLEVA: “I DON’T KNOW WHY”


Bulgarian singer-songwriter Ruth Koleva's "I Don't Know Why" hails from her just-announced sophomore album, Confidence. Truth, which is scheduled for release on 3/30.  It's an excellent example of what can happen when jazz and pop are blended into something that defies the unwritten rules of both genres. ...
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POP, SOUL & BAROQUE: AN INTERVIEW WITH KAT CUNNING

interview by Michael McCarthy Kat Cunning (aka Katrina Cunningham) is a singer/songwriter who mixes pop, soul and Baroque influences with excellent results. So far, however, she’s been known for her work as a Broadway actress and dancer, having performed in Dangerous Liaisons, Cirque Du Soleil’s Paramore and NYC’s Sleep No More. She’s also...
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#songoftheday = KAT CUNNING: “WILD POPPIES”


As an actress, Kat Cunning has already appeared in Dangerous Liaisons, Cirque Du Soleil's Paramour and Sleep No More.  You might call her a future star of the NYC arts scene.  But, in my eyes, she's already a star.  I felt like I was witnessing one...
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BEANTOWN BOUND: AN INTERVIEW WITH KIMBRA

interview by Michael McCarthy On January 28th Kimbra will kick off the first leg of her tour in promotion of her forthcoming album Primal Heart at The Paradise in Boston, Massachusetts and we at Love is Pop couldn’t be more excited. Originally, Primal Heart was supposed to come out on the 19th of...
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#songoftheday = Laure Shang – “I Love You”


If you like twisted, noir electro-pop then you're going to be drooling all over yourself listening to Laure Shang's richly-layered new single, which is surely the bleakest-sounding song called "I Love You" ever written.  It's also my favorite song to be released so far from her...
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JAPAN CALLING: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FEMM

interview by Michael McCarthy A dance and rap duo formed by RiRi and Lulu, FEMM are mannequins who have emotions. They are new icons for TOKYO POP. They can’t talk but can sing, however, so each girl’s agent, “Honey-B” and “W-Trouble”, who look identical to FEMM, always speak for them and have participated...
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