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AN ALL-NEW CANDID CONVERSATION WITH DOE PAORO

interview by Michael McCarthy I first heard Doe Paoro’s intoxicating music when she opened for a Sylvan Esso show back in 2014. Like her songs, the way she moved around the stage, dancing, was hypnotic. I felt like a snake moving to the sounds of a charmer. A night or two later, she...
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FROM NYC TO LEEDS: AN INTERVIEW ROYSTON LANGDON (OF SPACEHOG FAME)

interview by Michael McCarthy Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Royston Langdon hails from Leeds in the United Kingdom, but it was during 1994 in New York City that he formed the band Spacehog with his brother Antony Langdon, Jonny Cragg and Richard Steel. Later that same year, the band was signed to Sire Records. Their debut album,...
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CONCERT REVIEW: STRYPER AT MIXX 360 5/12/18

by Michael McCarthy Last Saturday night on 5/12/18, I was fortunate enough to catch Stryper live for the third time in my life. It feels weird admitting that, that it was only my third time seeing them, because they’ve been one of my all-time favorite bands – easily in my top 5 –...
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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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#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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A EULOGY FOR MISTER WHITE, BELOVED CAT

You may be wondering why I haven’t posted anything this week since I had written that I’d be back in the swing of things on April 30th.  Well, there’s a reason why I haven’t posted anything since I’ve been back and that’s because my best friend, my cat Mister White, passed away a...
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A WORKING VACATION…

I just wanted to let you all know that I will resume Love is Pop activities, like conducting the interviews you all know and love, on the 30th of this month.  I’m taking a little break so that I can work on editing Book of Shadows 4: In Memoriam.  To subscribe to my...
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