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NEW LIFE FOR QUIET RIOT: AN INTERVIEW WITH FRANKIE BANALI

interview by Michael McCarthy So far, the first and only time I’ve seen Quiet Riot live was in ’93 or ’94 when they were promoting the album Terrified, a record I’d still recommend to fans of the band’s early albums. The show was at an underground club – literally, it was a small...
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MYSTERY SKULLS: AN INTERVIEW WITH LUIS DUBUC

interview by Michael McCarthy Mystery Skulls, otherwise known as Luis Debuc, was something of a mystery to me prior to reading the press release for his new album, One of Us. All I knew was that I loved the Mystery Skulls debut album, Forever. You see, I had no idea if Mystery Skulls...
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DEFYING GRAVITY WITH ERIC MARTIN OF MR. BIG: PART 2

interview by Michael McCarthy Today we have the second and final part of my in-depth interview with Eric Martin, the amazing frontman of Mr. Big.  It’s my hope that it will get you excited to hear their new album, which is released today on July 21st, 2017 via Frontiers Records!  Even if the only...
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DEFYING GRAVITY WITH ERIC MARTIN OF MR. BIG

interview by Michael McCarthy As you may recall, I wrote a concert review of a Mr. Big show I caught at Mohegan Sun Casino a few weeks back. Finally getting to see them live after being a fan since 1989 was a dream come true. I’d seen almost every heavy metal band back...
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CANADA BY WAY OF LOS ANGELES: AN INTERVIEW WITH ADALINE

interview by Michael McCarthy I recently fell in love with Canadian alt-pop singer-songwriter Adaline’s new album Aquatic, which contains a treasure trove of thought-provoking lyrics, sung over some of the most seductive basslines ever recorded and blissed-out beats that mix the organic and the electronic to perfection. I must also add that her...
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‘TIS THE SEASON OF THE WITCH: AN INTERVIEW WITH APRIL L. WOOD

interview by Michael McCarthy April L. Wood has published two novels, both in her Season of the Witch series, which I have been mighty impressed by.  The series is what’s considered urban fantasy, which is what you get when you take a contemporary setting and add supernatural elements.  The series can also be...
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100% ORGANIC: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH AUNI

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...
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AN INTERVIEW WITH “THE RIVER” DIRECTOR DAVID S. MARFIELD

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,...
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MR. BIG STANDS TALL: CONCERT REVIEW 6/9/17 CONNECTICUT

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...
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FROM BIRMINGHAM TO NEW YORK: EDWARD ROGERS ON THE LINE

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...
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LOUDER, HARDER, FASTER: AN INTERVIEW WITH ERIK TURNER OF WARRANT

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...
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THE KID HAS TALENT: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SAM LEVIN

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...
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ON THE LINE: MIKE ORLANDO OF ADRENALINE MOB

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...
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PAUL SMITH OF MAXIMO PARK: THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW

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...
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