by Michael McCarthy If St. Vincent ditched the electronics and simply made her music with live instruments, she would probably sound a lot like Lily Virginia, who’s an equally talented singer/songwriter/guitarist. Other artists Lily reminds me of are Ben Folds – she’s like a female Ben, just using guitar instead of piano –...Read more
by Michael McCarthy Mimoza H is one of the most fascinating artists I’ve come across in a long time. Her somewhat abstract music is like a cross between Florence + The Machine, Bjork and Tori Amos. That might not sound like a good combination, but to my ears it’s sonic bliss. I especially...Read more
My favorite song from Biffy Clyro's latest album now has a video. I wish it showed the other guys a bit more, but then this one is kind of like a Simon Neil solo project, since he is the voice and the guitars and most of what...
by Michael McCarthy Gigi Rowe is a pop star in the making. Based out of Miami, she makes fun songs that blend modern pop beats with early ’80’s pop vibes. Her bouncy and mighty danceable songs make me think of Madonna’s first album and Cyndi Lauper’s album She’s So Unusual. Come to think...Read more
by Michael McCarthy When I think of death metal and extreme metal, usually the first band to come to mind is The Black Dahlia Murder. The reason for that is simple. They’re the best metal band of either sort on the planet right now. That’s my opinion, but they have legions of die-hard...Read more
bitter's kiss charmed us with her touching song and video "My God" recently, and she charms us again with her new holiday-themed song "These Bells Will Ring." With "My God" she encouraged peace by pointing out how everyone thinks their god is better than everyone else's god...
interview by Michael McCarthy One of the most bewitching albums I’ve heard all year is Rose & Thorn by British artist Wendy Bevan. Not merely a singer/songwriter/violinist, Wendy works in a variety media including film, visual imagery and intense, experiential artworks. To experience any of her work is to step into an alternate...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy “Don’t have much to say,” sings Christian O — a super talented pop/R&B/soul singer/songwriter — at the beginning of “Free,” the first track from his latest EP Shiva’s Dance. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. As the song later goes, “Everyone’s free to be as they wish to be.”...Read more
Adam Jensen continues to be brutally honest on his red hot new single "The Mystic," singing about his relationship with his mother and sister and trying to stay sober, among other things, all over massive, punchy beats that slam against your head as you listen. In an...
by Michael McCarthy It’s hard to believe, and makes me feel old, but I’ve been following Tim Skold’s career for roughly 30 years now. I first became aware of his music when he went by the name Tim Tim and was the bass player for Shotgun Messiah, who were considered a hair band...Read more
by Michael McCarthy I recently interviewed the insanely talented Nikki Yanofsky about her Solid Gold album and EP and I’m happy to report that the EP is out now. While I would consider its six tracks to be pop songs, her jazz, soul and R&B influences all shine through at various points. The...Read more
Marshmello is one of today's hottest dance producers and one of my personal favorites. In one year he's amassed 1.2 million Facebook followers and he's been selling out 5,000 - 10,000 capacity venues already with his debut album, Joytime, getting over 50 million plays. His new...
Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer" is a timeless classic, obviously, but I dare say this cover by Smoke Season is even better than the original. They've turned it into a downright mesmerizing trip-hop song that's twice as eerie as the Talking Heads version and the video is equally...
review by Michael McCarthy all photos by Joshua Bernard Electronic producer/artist The Range – real name, James Hinton – opened the show, taking to the stage at 8:05 with “New Lots.” He delivered a high energy set of songs mostly taken from his recently released sophomore album Potential and its predescesor Nonfiction. Although...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy Tyketto is one of those bands who debuted in the early ’90’s and happened to be good looking, long-haired guys so they were lumped in with hair bands when in reality they were more like a Journey or Night Ranger or Styx. Of course, there were some similarities to...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy It’s no secret that Enuff Z’Nuff is my favorite band. My favorite solo artist is Butch Walker, but my favorite band is easily Enuff Z’Nuff. The band debuted in the late 80’s and had three modestly successful albums then you could say they vanished into obscurity. However, they proved...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy The Range is the moniker of choice of James Hinton, a super talented quote “electronic musician.” I use the quotes because when many people think of electronic musicians they tend to think of sterile music that lacks the human touch. This is where The Range’s music differs substantially. Rather...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy Nikki Yanofsky’s “Miss You When I’m Drunk” was recently a song of the day here on Love is Pop and we are now pleased to present you with the following interview with the woman herself. Nikki started off her career almost by accident when she performed at a jazz...Read more
"Living In Germany" is the solo debut of the always brilliant Valerie Renay, who you should know from Noblesse Oblige, the dark duo for which she is the singer. Each time Valerie releases something, it seems to be darker than the last and I'd dare say that's...
interview by Michael McCarthy On October 21st folk rockers Streets of Laredo will release their sophomore album, WILD, via Dine Alone Records. The album is a spectacular set of tunes rich in kaleidoscopic color with lyrics that are inspiring as they inspired. With several different percussive instruments, horns, bass, electric and acoustic guitars...Read more
In the words of Anthrax, this is "metal thrashing mad." And that's what Metallica has always done best. I haven't heard the whole Hardwired album yet, but if the singles are any indication it's going to be the band's best album in years. I loved...