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Monthly Archives: September 2014

WHEN BLACK METAL CAME TO LOVE IS POP: AN INTERVIEW WITH NOCTEM

interview by Michael McCarthy You know how they say there’s a first time for everything? Well, here’s a first for Love is Pop – an interview with a black metal band. Wiki’s definition of black metal: “Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, shrieked vocals,...
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MUST-HEAR!: BAT AND BALL: “LIZARD CUTS”


On their last single, "Stops My Mouth," Bat and Ball delivered electronic beats with sparse guitars and cool basslines.  It was a somewhat melancholic tune with a haunting vocal courtesy of Abi Sinclair, who comprises the duo with her brother Chris.  Now they're back with their new single "Lizard Cuts,"...
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REVIEW: REVIEW: BOSTON CALLING: SEPTEMBER 2014: DAY THREE

Sunday September 7, 2014 – Boston, Massachusetts: It’s no secret that I have fibromyalgia and one of the most important things when you have it is getting enough sleep. To that end, I slept in a bit on Sunday, missing the 11 o’clock train from Lowell to Boston, which meant I needed to...
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REVIEW: BOSTON CALLING: SEPTEMBER 2014: DAY TWO

Saturday September 6, 2014 – Boston, Massachusetts: Before I get into my reviews of the individual artists who performed on Saturday, I have to say something else about the people who attended the event. Not only were they peaceful, they were also friendly and trustworthy. I’d like to think that I made a...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: BANKS: GODDESS

One of the most interesting things about Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Jillian Banks’ debut album, Goddess, is how decidedly *not* top 40 it is. Listening to her songs, you can’t help but think “if only.” If only the beats were more boisterous. If only the bass pulsated in a punchier way. If only the...
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REVIEW: BOSTON CALLING: SEPTEMBER 2014: DAY ONE

Friday September 5, 2014 – Boston, Massachusetts The reason why the headline above indicates that this edition of the Boston Calling Festival takes place in September, as if that weren’t obvious, is simple: there was already a Boston Calling Festival this year, back in June.  I’m still sorry that I didn’t ask for press access, especially...
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NEWSFLASH: MisterWives Make Their National Television Debut Tonight!

Love is Pop favorites MisterWives are finally making their well-deserved national television debut tonight at 11:35/10:35c on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! MisterWives are currently on tour in support of Bleachers, who we just caught at Boston Calling (review coming very soon).  Meanwhile, they’ve debuted a shiny, new video for “Reflections on BuzzFeed. If...
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BOSTON CALLING COVERAGE COMING SOON

I have been covering the Boston Calling Music Festival for my wonderful Love is Pop fanatics but I’ve been so busy between the festival and commuting to the festival that I haven’t had a chance to go through my notes and actually write my coverage for the site yet.  I plan to spend...
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