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ROLLING ON: AN INTERVIEW WITH FRANKIE BANALI OF QUIET RIOT

interview by Michael McCarthy The following interview with Quiet Riot drummer, songwriter and bandleader Frankie Banali was conducted on October 22nd, 2019, the day after he made the following announcement via metal podcaster Mitch Lafon’s Facebook page: <<I just want to let all of my friends and fans know what’s going on with...
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INTERMISSION (WE SHALL RETURN)

Hey there! In case you haven’t noticed, I’m taking the month of October off from Love is Pop. I sent out an alert on social media, but I admittedly forgot to post something here on the site. There are two big reasons for the break. 1: I need this time to work on...
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UP TO TEN: AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL SWEET OF STRYPER AND SOLO FAME

interview by Michael McCarthy What can I say about the great Michael Sweet that I haven’t already said? This is Love is Pop’s sixth interview with the extremely talented, super busy Stryper frontman/songwriter/co-lead guitarist and solo artist. We love the guy here at Love is Pop HQ and he’s always such a joy...
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#PREMIERE / #SONGOFTHEDAY WITH INTERVIEW: MICHAEL RIDER’S “CAPITAL”

review by Michael McCarthy Today I’m delighted to premiere Manhattan-based dream pop singer/songwriter Michael Rider’s new protest anthem, “Capital.” From its punchy main beat to its layers and layers of instrumentation and subtle vocal samples, which glide along under Rider’s lead vocals like a surfboard under his feet, its production is complex enough...
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PREMIERE / INTERVIEW: KATRINA STUART’S BLUE ROSES

interview by Michael McCarthy “All your blue roses don’t mean a thing,” sings Los Angeles-based singer/dancer/model/actress Katrina Stuart on her haunting new single, “Blue Roses,” an R&B and pop hybrid about someone hurting you and trying to fix it with flowers (or, I imagine, other material things). “You can take your pretty flowers...
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CALLING OREGON: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN HALL OF TENTS

by Michael McCarthy When I listen to indie pop band TENTS‘ dreamy new album, Medicine, I tend to feel like I’m floating in the clouds, perhaps riding a magic carpet. Their music sweeps you up, almost providing an out of body experience, giving one a natural high. Suffice to say, listening to it...
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CONCERT REVIEW: BABYMETAL AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES BOSTON 9/11/19

review by Michael McCarthy photos by Joshua Bernard This past Wednesday night on 9/11/19 the extremely popular Japanese heavy metal band Babymetal returned to Boston at the House of Blues on Landsdowne Street and blew away the packed house with their ferocious jams. (Swedish heavy metal band Avatar opened the show with a...
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STILL NOT FAKIN’ IT: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE LEGENDARY MICHAEL MONROE

interview by Michael McCarthy The legendary singer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Monroe first rose to popularity in the early ’80s with his band Hanoi Rocks, which has proved to be one of the most influential bands in the history of hard rock, punk rock and heavy metal with the band’s unique and infectious sound,...
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ALL THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS: AN INTERVIEW WITH DONNIE VIE

by Michael McCarthy I remember first seeing the video for Enuff Z’Nuff’s debut single, “New Thing,” on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and wondering what planet they were from. Sure, there were plenty of heavy metal bands – like Poison and Pretty Boy Floyd – who wore a lot of makeup, but Enuff Z’Nuff took...
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DIVING IN THE DEEP END: AN INTERVIEW WITH MARIELLE KRAFT

by Michael McCarthy I recently saw singer/songwriter Marielle Kraft celebrate the release of her new EP, The Deep End, by putting on a sold-out performance at City Winery in Boston. It was the first in a small number of dates to launch the pensive but catchy EP on which Marielle wears her heart...
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#albumoftheday = Ingrid Michaelson: Stranger Songs

Indie-pop, singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has just released an exquisite new album called Stranger Songs on which every song is inspired by the Netflix series Stranger Things. The album came out just before the new season of Stranger Things started so a lot of the references were lost on me until I started watching...
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DEFINITELY NOT MADE OF CHEESE: AN INTERVIEW WITH ARTHUR MOON

Arthur Moon is a wondrous collaboration between Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Lora-Faye and musicians Cale Hawkins (Quincy Jones, Bilal) and Martin D. Fowler (a composer for This American Life). Arthur Moon is also the moniker that Lora-Faye herself goes by. (More on that in the interview.) Arthur’s debut album is out on vinyl now via...
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MOVIE REVIEW: GOD OF VAMPIRES

by Michael McCarthy One of the most interesting things about writer/director Rob Fitz’s God of Vampires is how it starts: like a regular hitman type of movie with character Frank Ng (Dharma Lim) doing a job that’s a bit difficult, yet he glides through it with a degree of ease and precision that...
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MUSIC (GODDESS STYLE): AN INTERVIEW WITH NATHASSIA

interview by Michael McCarthy “Synchronize your mind with me, a revelation,” sings Nathassia – channeling the Sumerian Goddess of love and war, Inanna – on her new single “Goddess.” It’s a trippy, electro/pop/dance/world music song that’s so, so good, it’s almost as divine and addictive as chocolate. Just listen to the mesmerizing track...
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BOOK REVIEW: AMID SUMMER’S NIGHTMARE BY APRIL L. WOOD

review by Michael McCarthy As the story begins, our heroine, Summer Wormwood, finds herself sentenced to spending her summer at Camp Bitter Tonic. It’s kind of like summer school, but also like a charm school and, more importantly, a school for witchcraft. The students learn everything from cooking to having good posture to...
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NY, DENMARK & THE MUSIC IN BETWEEN: AN INTERVIEW WITH OH LAND

interview by Michael McCarthy Danish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Nanna Øland Fabricius, better known by her stage name Oh Land, is about as brilliant a musician as they come. The funny thing is, she had no plans of making a career out of music. Although she was born the child of composer...
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EVERYWHERE YOU GO: AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN CUSIMANO OF THE CRINGE

interview by Michael McCarthy Hailing from New York, rock band The Cringe is about to release its sixth album, Everywhere You’ve Never Been, this Friday on April 19, 2019. Although it didn’t start out as a concept album, a theme became evident during its creation; each song was about somewhere the band had...
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JUMPING THE GENERAL LEE: AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN SCHNEIDER

interview by Michael McCarthy If you were around in the late ’70s and early ’80s, chances are you watched a popular show called Dukes of Hazzard. It was centered around two brothers, Bo and Luke Duke. Bo was played by John Schneider. Luke was played by Tom Wopat. Bo was the charismatic womanizer...
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NOT YOUR ORDINARY POP PRINCESS: AN INTERVIEW WITH THEIA

interview by Michael McCarthy This Friday, April 12th 2019, New Zealand’s rising pop star Theia releases her highly addictive EP, Not Your Princess. She loves the word sassy and it’s no wonder why because it’s the perfect word to sum up her sound, which features lots of perky tunes with attitude, such as...
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Baby, You’re A Millionaire: An Interview with Chlöe Howl

interview by Michael McCarthy Pop singer/songwriter Chlöe Howl has been on my radar since she released her addictive 2013 single “No Strings.” And while she’s yet to release a full-length album, she’s continued to churn out fantastic singles and exquisite EPs aplenty. Last year’s Work EP, for example, is particularly infectious and a...
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TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY: AN INTERVIEW WITH LUCY SPRAGGAN

interview by Michael McCarthy Lucy Spraggan hails from the UK and she’s one of the most talented songwriters I’ve ever come to know. In all honesty, her lyrics are brilliant and I can’t think of another artist whose lyrics I like more. She’s truly gifted in that department, her songs often telling stories...
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TRAVELS AND TUNES: AN INTERVIEW WITH LOU RHODES OF LAMB

interview by Michael McCarthy “So much to say I’m lost for words,” sings Lamb’s lyricist and vocalist Lou Rhodes as the duo’s new album, The Secret of Letting Go, begins. The song is called “Phosphorous” and it consists largely of piano and strings behind Lou’s ethereal vocals. It has a haunting and intoxicating...
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BOSTON BOUND: AN INTERVIEW WITH ALFIE OF HUDSON TAYLOR

interview by Michael McCarthy I first encountered the music of Ireland’s hugely popular duo Hudson Taylor when I caught them opening for Gabrielle Aplin a year ago this month. I’d been a big fan of Gabrielle’s for roughly a half dozen years and was so excited to finally see her live. So much...
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