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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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FEATURE REVIEW: Björk: Vulnicura

Much has already been said about Björk’s new album, Vulnicura. For example, the first half of the title seems to be from the Latin word “vulnific,” meaning to cause injury. The second half seems to be from the Middle English word “cura,” meaning to care or cure. And, no, I’m not extremely smart...
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4TE: READY TO TAKE THE WORLD OF J-POP BY STORM

review and interview by Michael McCarthy previously published on OtakuDX Before we get to our interview with J-Pop’s future stars 4TE, I wanted to present a review of their wonderful double A-side MORE / 一歩ずつ… 4TE — pronounced Forte/for-tay — is a red hot new Japanese pop group based out of the U.S....
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MICHAEL MCCARTHY’S BEST ALBUMS OF 2014: PART ONE: #45 – #30

45. UNWOMAN: CIRCLING I’ve heard Unwoman’s Circling categorized as steampunk music. I’m not sure I understand what that means, but I certainly know that the way she – her real name being Erica Mulkey – married her cello with vivid electronic soundscapes was as enchanting as anything this year. Add to that her...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: STARKILL’S FRONTMAN PARKER JAMESON

interview by Michael McCarthy Back in July of 2013, I gave a very positive review to the debut album by Starkill, Fires of Life, which was a perfect blend of the death and symphonic metal subgenres. Nightwish as performed by Dimmu Borgir, if you will. Well, those artists continue to be among the...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SALT ASHES = REMEMBER THAT NAME

I was recently introduced to the music of Veiga Sanchez, who goes by the name Salt Ashes, and after listening to just a couple of her songs I already fell head over heels in love with her sound.  Like any artist, she has influences and those influences can be heard in her music.  But, here’s...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: HEY HEY, IT’S SHAYNA LEIGH

interview by Michael McCarthy I won’t brag about the volume of music we receive on a daily basis now, but I will say that it’s often overwhelming.  And it takes a lot to please me these days.  Being good or even great doesn’t necessarily cut it.  I have to fall totally in love...
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  • BOA: KISS MY LIPS (FULL ALBUM REVIEW)
    BOA: KISS MY LIPS (FULL ALBUM REVIEW) Release Date:  5/14/15 Label:  SM Entertainment BoA's full length album Kiss My Lips is as wonderful as its title track. Following the release of the luscious title track recently, the Queen of Pop that is BoA has now released the full length Kiss My Lips album, which is […]
  • MONSTA X: TRESPASS
    MONSTA X: TRESPASS Release Date:  5/15/15 Label:  Loen Entertainment The biggest difference between Monsta X and other boy bands is that they put more of an emphasis on hip-hop, something that's obvious during their stunning opening number "무단침입 (Trespass)." Starship Entertainment's Monsta X was formed through the Mnet reality show No.Mercy. The group consists of […]
  • K-POP SINGLES: GILME, BBAHN, KITTIB, SWEET BEAN
    K-POP SINGLES: GILME, BBAHN, KITTIB, SWEET BEAN Release Date:  various Label:  various Brief reviews of some noteworthy K-Pop singles. GILME: TELL ME THIS IS REAL YouTube Video:  Read more > read more
  • FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES BIG BROADCAST DUB LINE-UP FOR SPRING 2015
    FUNimation Entertainment announced today the full line-up of Broadcast Dub titles for the Spring 2015 simulcast season read more
  • VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES SPECIAL THEATRICAL ENGAGEMENTS OF THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE IN LATIN AMERICA
    VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers the kinetic big screen punch of the seventh climactic anime movie in the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN saga – THE LAST: NARUTO THE MOVIE – to Latin America for a series of theatrical releases in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico […]