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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JEREMY LOOPS

by Michael McCarthy One of the joys of doing Love is Pop is encountering new music that I otherwise would likely never hear.  Recently, Jeremy Loop’s publicist contacted me with a link to his album.  Listening to it, I was constantly thrown off guard, as he employs everything but the kitchen sink, not...
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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH COEUR DE PIRATE

by Michael McCarthy I still recall the first time I heard Cœur de Pirate, otherwise known as Béatrice Martin. I’d just watched a video by French pop diva Mylène Farmer on Youtube and it suggested a Cœur de Pirate song from her debut album next. It was “Comme des enfants” and it put...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: KITA ALEXANDER – POP STAR ON THE RISE

by Michael McCarthy If you like pop music that’s as addictive as chocolate but also has an air of sophistication about it, you’re in for a real treat with the music of 19 year old Kita Alexander, a rising pop star who’s been getting airplay from the likes of such influential stations as Beats 1, Radio...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MICHAEL SWEET OF STRYPER

by Michael McCarthy As some of you may recall, I published a heavy metal zine back in the ’90s before I started writing for actual magazines like LiveWire and Lollipop (rest in peace x2). It was called ANT, The Only Cool Magazine That Bites. (Weird title, but, hey, people remembered it.) I’m bringing...
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LOVE IS POP’S 60 BEST ALBUMS OF 2015

by Michael McCarthy Each year, I feel overwhelmed before writing a “best albums of” list. There are always so many releases that I’ve loved during any given year, it makes it very difficult to narrow them down to a reasonable number. (When I first listed my best from this year, it was 144...
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#songoftheday DUA LIPA: “BE THE ONE” + READ OUR Q&A WITH DUA!

Today’s #songoftheday is Dua Lipa’s ” scorching hot Be The One.”  You may remember that I wrote about Dua recently when we covered the Shy Luv remix of “Be The One” recently.  Well, I’ve been listening to the original version of “Be The One” for days now and thought it finally deserved the spotlight....
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20 YEARS QUEER: GARBAGE AT THE ORPHEUM THEATRE, BOSTON, MA 10/21/15

review by Michael McCarthy photos by Joshua Bernard Yes, indeed, it has been twenty years since Garbage released their self-titled debut album. That’s two fucking decades! Earlier this month they released remastered versions of the record, which included a deluxe edition and a super deluxe edition, the later being a massive 62 tracks...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DOE PAORO, TAKE TWO

Doe Paoro is one of the most unique artists I’ve ever come across. When you listen to her spellbinding new album, After, you feel as though you’re listening to music from another world. Or from the future. Probably both. Although familiar instruments make up her sound, you’ve never heard them blended together quite...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: KIM BENZIE OF DEAD LETTER CIRCUS

Of all the rock bands I’ve come across since starting Love is Pop, Dead Letter Circus is one of the most intellectual. Just pick any song from any of their albums and listen to it and you’ll see what I mean. Frontman Kim Benzie’s lyrics require deep thought to fully comprehend; they’re like...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: TRACII GUNS OF DEVIL CITY ANGELS PART TWO

interview by Michael McCarthy Yesterday we ran part one of my interview with Tracii Guns.  If you haven’t read it yet, please READ IT NOW.  In part one, we talked extensively about Tracii’s new band, Devil City Angels, which also features Rudy Sarzo, Rikki Rocket and Brandon Gibbs.  In today’s conclusion we talk about...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: TRACII GUNS OF DEVIL CITY ANGELS

interview by Michael McCarthy When you hear the name of guitarist Tracii Guns you probably think of his most famous band, L.A. Guns. But I did not ask any L.A. Guns questions during this interview. It simply didn’t occur to me. I’d written questions beforehand, of course, but I had so many questions...
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