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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: THE MYNABIRDS, A.K.A. LAURA BURHENN

Back in 2012 I came across a song called “Karma Debt” by The Mynabirds and instantly fell in love with it. The sound of Laura Burhenn’s vocals alone was bewitching, equal parts velvety smooth and soulful, but her thought-provoking lyrics about war and debt were what really made my brain light up like...
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SPECIAL FEATURE: 5 UNDERGROUND RAP RELEASES YOU MUST HEAR NOW

Lately, I’ve been checking out a lot of underground rap. I love the latest albums by Kendrick Lamar and A$AP ROCKY, among others, but there are thousands of insanely talented rappers who’ll never get the attention or accolades that they receive, this even though they well-deserve them. Thus, instead of plugging artists you’ve...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: THE BALLROOM THIEVES’ Martin Earley

I first encountered The Ballroom Thieves’ music when I was preparing to cover the Boston Calling music festival last month, checking out the bands I wasn’t already  familiar with on Spotify.  I was so impressed with their debut album, A Wolf In The Doorway, that I promptly bought their album from iTunes, as I...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CHUNGKING’S LEADING LADY, JESSIE BANKS

Recently I reviewed Chungking’s incredible new album, Defender. It was a rave review during which I gave the album very high praise, comparing it to some of the greats, like Goldfrapp and Ladytron.  I highly recommend that you read the review before reading the following interview with Chungking’s charismatic lead vocalist, Jessie Banks!  But,...
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BOSTON CALLING: MAY 2015: DAY THREE

Special thanks to Maia Kennedy, contributing editor, for her excellent photos. Connect with Maia Kennedy Photography: maiakphotography.com facebook.com/maiakphotography instagram/maiakphotography DAY THREE: SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015 THE BALLROOM THIEVES Boston’s own band The Ballroom Thieves were formed in 2011.  On Facebook they describe the genre of their music as “alternative rock & folkin’ roll.”  And they...
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BOSTON CALLING: MAY 2015: DAY TWO

Special thanks to Maia Kennedy, contributing editor, for her excellent photos. Connect with Maia Kennedy Photography: maiakphotography.com facebook.com/maiakphotography instagram/maiakphotography DAY TWO: SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015 KRILL: Krill is not a band you can easily describe.  On their Bandcamp page they have their latest album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, tagged with “experimental garage krillwave...
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PEACE, LOVE & MUSIC: BOSTON CALLING: MAY 2015: DAY ONE

written by Michael McCarthy If this past weekend’s Boston Calling music festival is any indication, 2015 is going to be another beautiful, summer of love… As with the Boston Calling festival I attended last September, the vibes this May were just as warm and fuzzy. I’ve never been so surrounded by shiny, happy...
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FEATURE: IN MEMORY OF B.B. KING: AN APPRECIATION

by Joshua Day On Thursday, May 14th the blues world lost a legendary iconic talent. Riley B. King ( b. September 16th, 1925 in Itta Benna, Mississippi ) was better known as B.B. King, He was born on a plantation to sharecroppers, and worked at this job from the very early age of...
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A BIO FROM THE EDITOR

I’ve been writing pop culture reviews for a long, long time.   In high school, I published a horror zine called The End and did some horror movie reviews there. (I also worked on my high school newspaper, but I was an artist there, not a writer.) Then in 1995, four years after...
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80’S EXTRAVAGANZA AT MOHEGAN SUN CASINO

Last night on February 6, 2015 I caught a big concert dubbed “80’s Extravaganza” in the arena at Mohegan Sun Casino.  Some of my Facebook friends were curious about it, so I wrote what now appears below to satisfy their curiosity.  I never intended to post it here but a fellow music critic...
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  • MINMI: HOLOGRAM
    MINMI: HOLOGRAM Release Date:  7/22/15 Label:  Universal MINMI continues on her electro-pop journey with her latest single "Hologram." MINMI continues on her electro-pop journey with her latest single "Hologram." It starts off on a bad note because her voice is auto-tuned to death and sounds like fingernails on a chalk board to those of us […]
  • T-ARA: SO GOOD
    T-ARA: SO GOOD Release Date:  8/18/15 Label:  Interpark INT So Good is the lovely T-ARA's 11th mini-album already. Clearly, they work non-stop, making music faster than bees make honey, though their music is just as sweet! So Good is the lovely T-ARA's 11th mini-album already. Clearly, they work non-stop, making music faster than bees make […]
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  • KODA KUMI: SUMMER of LOVE
    KODA KUMI: SUMMER of LOVE Release Date:  7/22/15 Label:  rhythm zone SUMMER of LOVE is a compilation. BUT the selling point is that it features three brand new tunes. Koda Kumi is back. Sort of. SUMMER of LOVE is more of a compilation than a new album. It features her best summer-themed songs spanning from […]
  • GIRLS' GENERATION: LION HEART - THE 5TH ALBUM
    GIRLS' GENERATION: LION HEART - THE 5TH ALBUM Release Date:  8/21/15 Label:  SM Entertainment It's finally here, Girls' Generation's long-awaited 5th album!!! It's finally here, Girls' Generation's long-awaited 5th album. Hard to believe it's only their 5th though. They're always releasing so much music, juggling careers in Korea and Japan, that you'd think they were […]