interview by Michael McCarthy In the following interview, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Auni and I discuss many things. Chief among them is her wonderful, self-titled EP, which showcases every side of her dreamy folk music perfectly, and the award-winning video for her current single, “The River,” which has been making the rounds on the...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy I’ve known David S. Marfield for nearly my whole life. Back in 1995, I was publishing a hair metal zine called ANT, The Only Cool Magazine that bites. One of the interviews I did was with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider. Rather than talk about music the whole time,...Read more
Brother and sister duo Angus & Julia Stone continue to take one's breath away with their new single, "Snow," which feels a lot more like summer than its namesake. The overall ambiance of the track -- particularly its lovely background music -- reminds me of The Beach Boys....Read more
by Michael McCarthy On June 9th at the Wolf Den in Mohegan Sun in Connecticut I was finally able to catch hair metal/classic rock legends Mr. Big live after wanting to see them in concert for roughly 25 years. Needless to say, I had high hopes. If they were great, I probably would’ve...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy Today we have an interview with a brilliant lyricist and a true rock star, Edward Rogers, originally from Birmingham, UK, but who immigrated to the United States when he was 12. If you’ve never heard of him, that’s all the more reason to read this interview and get to...Read more
With all of the different ways to discover new music these days, it's not very hard to find a great song. Finding one so beautiful that it gives you goosebumps, however, can be rather difficult. Well, that's exactly what we have here today with Auni's ethereal...Read more
"The thrill is in the trouble," sings Mr. Big's unmistakable frontman Eric Martin on their slick new single "Everybody Needs a Little Trouble." The band has been around for roughly 25 years now and they never seem to falter, which is to say that I've never heard...Read more
Back on February 13th of this year, I posted Sigrid's "Don't Kill My Vibe" as our song of the day. At the time, it was a little-known song that was only available to stream on Spotify. It had no music video and if it was on...Read more
Elohim's latest single, "Skinny Legs," might strike you as an abstract, maybe even inaccessible, song the first few times you listen to it. I even wondered if it was too bizarre for me when it first wormed its way inside my ears. That said, I put...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy If you haven’t heard of rising disco pop starlet Lily McQueen yet, you should watch the video for her glittery pop nugget “Chasing Your Love” below. It’s one of the most infectious songs I’ve heard in weeks. Her whole album, which comes out on June 30th via Concierge Records,...Read more
As you probably have figured out by now, most of our song of the day selections are chosen because they're catchy. It's almost an unwritten rule that we only select the most infectious tunes we come across. There are exceptions to this rule and today is...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy It’s no secret that Warrant are one of my favorite heavy metal bands. They’ve been one ever since I saw the video for their first single, “Down Boys,” on MTV back in the later part of the ’80’s. Their blend of melodic vocals and sonorous music has always impressed...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy When Sam Levin’s album Frame of Mind was sent to me by his publicist it was recommended if you like The Head and the Heart, Kings of Leon, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Bon Iver, Bahamas and Jose Gonzales. Naturally, with an impressive list like that, I had to give...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy There are three songs I’ve been listening to on a loop lately. “Chasing the Dragon,” “King of the Ring,” and “Lords of Thunder.” These are the songs the press was allowed to hear prior to interviewing members of the band Adrenaline Mob about their forthcoming new album We the...Read more
Wendy Bevan, who I interviewed late last year, has a new EP coming out on May 12th via Kwaidan / !K7 Records called Love from the Moon and today we have the luxurious title track for you. Dig that rolling bass and her icy vocals during the electro-pop...
If you like AC/DC, Whitesnake or Led Zeppelin, chances are you're going to love Inglorious' latest single, "I Don't Need your Loving." With its massive, stomping beat and raw, in-your-face guitars it's just bursting with four on the floor energy. Talk about kinetic. It's a...
If you're celebrating 420 today, or simply like mature but irresistible pop music, you're in for a veritable treat with Bostonian Adam Jensen's intoxicating new gem, "Marijuana Breath." "So kiss me with your marijuana breath / I can be a cure for loneliness," he sings, like he's...
"Hide and Seek" by Sam Levin is a wonderful folk-tronic tune that mixes acoustic guitars and electronic beats with vocals that split the difference between pop and folk. There's a playful element to the song that reminds me of Ben Lee's music. I'm also reminded of...
interview by Michael McCarthy My introduction to Maximo Park was an unusual one. I was – and am – a big Natalie Imbruglia fan and there was an mp3 of this new band called Maximo Park covering her song “Shiver” on one of the fan sites. I almost didn’t download it because I...Read more
Fake Shark is the new project from frontman Kevvy Mental, who has produced for Carly Rae Jepsen and Kat Von D, among others. "Heart 2 Heart" hails from the pop rock band's upcoming full-length album, Faux real, which is due out on May 26th via Light Organ...
by Michael McCarthy I recently came across the music of Gumshen when their publicist E-mailed me a link to their most recent album, 2015’s DigiBites. It proved to be one of those albums that I fell in love with from the first time I listened to it. From ultra-catchy songs like “A Scene...Read more
Yesterday Reckoning Daze, my debut novel, was listed in roughly a dozen discount e-book newsletters and was downloaded 1375 times! It became, and remains, the number one seller in the satire categories on Amazon. There’s satire under general fiction and satire under humor and it hit number one on both lists. So,...Read more
The following is a guest editorial by former music critic and current owner of Vinyl Destination record store, Dave Perry. It was originally posted on Facebook on 3/19/17. The new point of sale at Vinyl Destination – or POS as those of us in the business world like to call it – lends...Read more
"Why Bother" is the second single from Luke Faas, a 23-year-old Norwegian singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. It follows his debut single, "Should've Seen It." At first, the lyrics of the punchy, seductive, electro-soul "Why Bother" might sound apathetic, like a depressed person not wanting to bother...Read more
Massive, pulsating beats that nod to the pop of the '80's make Lily McQueen's fantastic new single, "Chasing Your Love," both powerful as gunshots and as addictive as nicotine gum. She's so cool that she'll frost up your headphones in spite of the fact that her vocals...Read more
"Hook, Line & Sinker" is the ass-kicking second song to be released from Royal Blood's forthcoming album How Did We Get So Dark?, which will be released on June 16th via Warner Bros. Records. If the rest of the album rocks as hard as this one we're...Read more
Terence Ryan hails from our neck of the woods, Boston, Massachusetts. His location is what motivated us to check out his new song/video "Mean It," but even if he wasn't from Boston we'd still be making it our song of the day for today because it's a...Read more