interview by Michael McCarthy Stephen Pearcy is famous for being the lead singer of the heavy metal band RATT, which has just reunited with plans to do some live dates and, hopefully, a new album. Aside from being the vocalist, Stephen is the one who named the band and founded it and was/is...Read more
FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HARVARD ATHLETIC COMPLEX IN ALLSTON, MA MAY 26, 2017 – MAY 28, 2017 EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE ON SALE TODAY, THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017 AT 10:00AM EST www.bostoncalling.com January 12, 2017 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling, one of the Northeast’s most iconic...Read more
by Michael McCarthy Adriana Mather is a descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the key players from the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials. Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that her debut novel, the young adult best-seller How to Hang A Witch, is ripe with almost as many historical facts as it is...Read more
by Michael McCarthy After being the edgiest contestant on the one season of The Voice in Sweden and making it pretty far into the competition, Nicole Sabouné released her debut album, Must Exist, in 2014. It was an especially dark album, but a very successful one, thanks largely to the inspired singles “Win...Read more
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
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...
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
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
I am taking a little more time off to finish working on my latest novel. I’m about to become a self-published author and will have four books available this year once this one is finished and edited and all that jazz. More about those later. I will definitely be back to Love is...Read more
Hey peeps! Just a quick note to let you know we're on vacation until January 2nd. We've mentioned it on Twitter, but it occurs to me that some of you probably don't follow us. So. I thought I should finally mention it here. In...
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...