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JT TOLLAS OF FAMOUS LAST WORDS : THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW

interview by Michael McCarthy I recently had the opportunity to hear The Incubus, the forthcoming, third album by Revival Records’ group Famous Last Words, which is due out on September 30th. I’m not a big fan of post hardcore bands, and I admittedly don’t know much about the scene, but when I love...
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AUTHOR ON THE LINE: JAY ASHER

interview by Michael McCarthy When I decided to interview some people who weren’t musicians for Love is Pop, novelist Jay Asher was high up on my wish list. If an author can be a pop culture icon – and I certainly believe that they can – then Jay Asher is one of the...
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SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR: THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW

interview by Michael McCarthy When I started Love is Pop there were a handful of massive artists that I hoped to someday interview and high up on that list was Sophie Ellis-Bextor, a gorgeous pop singer – and songwriter – from England. So, believe me when I say I am beyond excited to...
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MICHAEL SWEET: THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW 2

interview by Michael McCarthy Earlier this year I finally had the opportunity to interview Michael Sweet, lead singer and co-lead guitarist of Stryper, after wanting to interview him for 20 years since I started doing music journalism. During the interview, Michael revealed the probable title of his forthcoming solo album, One Side War....
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DANIELLA MASON: THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW

by Michael McCarthy If you’re a big fan of singer/songwriter fare then you might already be a fan of Nashville’s Daniella Mason, whose touching song “Sleep” was posted on Youtube approximately five years ago and has since been watched over 26,000 times. It was followed up with such emotive songs as “Shade of...
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JUST WRITE: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FRANCESCA LIA BLOCK

interview by Michael McCarthy When I lived in Glendale, a suburb of Los Angeles, a decade ago, I went through a long period of being anorexic. During this time, I read every eating disorder related book I could find. I suppose I read some of them because they were triggering and encouraged me...
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An Exclusive Interview with Rebecca Clements

interview by Michael McCarthy It’s funny how everything is connected. Earlier this year, I was listening to a random artist on Soundcloud – I can’t remember who – and the next thing that came on was a song by Brandyn Burnette, who I wound up interviewing. During that interview, he mentioned that he...
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An Exclusive Interview with Molly Moore

interview by Michael McCarthy In a perfect world, Molly Moore would need no introduction. Her elegant pop songs are a perfect mix of both catchy, mainstream and pensive, artsy pop. At her core, Molly is a singer/songwriter. It just so happens that her songs are exquisitely produced pop. Well, most of them. Her...
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An Exclusive Interview with Wyatt Blair

interview by Michael McCarthy I have a confession to make. I’ve been getting pretty bored with most of the music that’s coming my way via publicists. Everything starts to sound the same after a while. You get so many bands all going for the same sound. Lately it’s a lot of indie bands...
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An Exclusive Interview with Andrew Shapiro

Back in June, Brooklyn-based piano composer Andrew Shapiro released his third piano album, appropriately entitled Piano 3. (Perhaps you are one of the six million people who streamed his song “Mint Green” – from his 2008 debut, Numbers, Colors and People – on Pandora?) That he was releasing another piano album was hardly...
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CATCHING UP 3.0: S T F U, GLIM SPANKY, YEN TOWN BAND, ACE HOOD

The debut album by S T F U, the collaborative project by Dean Garcia (SPC ECO, Curve) and Preston Maddox (Bloody Knives) is out today and is an electronic music gem that meshes trip-hop and classic ‘90’s electronica, resulting in a truly hypnotic delight. Read our recent interview with Dean here: http://www.loveispop.com/interviews/an-exclusive-interview-with-dean-garcia-of-spc-eco-s-t-f-u-and-m-a-d/ Buy the...
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