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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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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: THE ONE AND ONLY DOE PAORO

interview by Michael McCarthy On September 10th I saw Doe Paoro open for Sylvan Esso at their sold out show at The Sinclair in Boston and was immediately impressed by her incredible talent. By the time she was done her second song, “Hypotheticals,” I found myself thinking that she should be headlining her...
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CONCERT REVIEW: OK GO: CONFETTI INVASION AT THE PARADISE

review by Michael McCarthy all photos by Joshua Bernard When OK GO hit The Paradise stage in Boston on Wednesday night the crowd had no idea what it was in for.  That is, of course, unless they’d been reading spoilers online.  Following a video clip featuring iconic movies and TV shows that ended...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: TRICKY: ANDRIAN THAWS

Since 1995 when he debuted with the much-praised album Maxinquaye, Tricky has released 11 full-length albums, if you count this, his latest, which he’s given his birth name, Adrian Thaws.  Suffice to say that he’s been much more prolific than many of his peers.  When you release that many albums, there are going...
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INTERVIEW REDUX: BAT AND BALL RETURN TO LOVE IS POP

When we last interviewed the UK’s critically acclaimed Bat and Ball they were promoting their glorious second single, “Stops My Mouth,” which blended an easy breezy pop melody with poignant lyrics and haunting vocals courtesy of Abi Sinclair, one of the band’s two lead singers.  (The other vocalist is her brother Chris.)  The same...
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WHEN BLACK METAL CAME TO LOVE IS POP: AN INTERVIEW WITH NOCTEM

interview by Michael McCarthy You know how they say there’s a first time for everything? Well, here’s a first for Love is Pop – an interview with a black metal band. Wiki’s definition of black metal: “Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, shrieked vocals,...
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REVIEW: REVIEW: BOSTON CALLING: SEPTEMBER 2014: DAY THREE

Sunday September 7, 2014 – Boston, Massachusetts: It’s no secret that I have fibromyalgia and one of the most important things when you have it is getting enough sleep. To that end, I slept in a bit on Sunday, missing the 11 o’clock train from Lowell to Boston, which meant I needed to...
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REVIEW: BOSTON CALLING: SEPTEMBER 2014: DAY TWO

Saturday September 6, 2014 – Boston, Massachusetts: Before I get into my reviews of the individual artists who performed on Saturday, I have to say something else about the people who attended the event. Not only were they peaceful, they were also friendly and trustworthy. I’d like to think that I made a...
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INTERVIEW: YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE’S SAM MARTIN

As you probably know, I recently reviewed Youngblood Hawke’s August 6th, 2014 show at Brighton Music Hall in Boston.  My review was wholly positive and I feel the same way about their debut album, Wake Up, which is, in fact, crammed with plenty of gorgeous anthems to rouse you.  Each of its songs...
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CONCERT REVIEW: CAUGHT A GHOST: BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL: 8/6/14

I’d like to say that I discovered Caught A Ghost through my own music hunting efforts, that there’s some cool backstory about how I came to be aware of their existence. But the truth is simple and probably not very interesting: their publicist contacted me, asked me to review their upcoming show opening...
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CONCERT REVIEW: YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE: BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL: 8/6/14

At approximately 9 P.M. on August 6th, 2014 Youngblood Hawke took to the stage at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, Massachusetts — just outside of Boston — and made musical history. OK, so maybe they didn’t make musical history, but there is a whole lot of musical history wrapped up in the band’s...
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  • CNBLUE: WAVE
    CNBLUE: WAVE Release Date:  9/17/14 Label:  Warner Music Japan It's been a year since the highly successful South Korean band CNBLUE -- otherwise known as Code Name Blue -- last released a Japanese album, but they're back in a big way with their brand-new album, Wave, which features songs from the singles Truth and Go […]
  • HARUNA LUNA: STARTEAR
    HARUNA LUNA: STARTEAR Release Date:  8/20/14 Label:  Sony Music Entertainment Majestic strings abound in Haruna Luna's shimmering new single, "Startear," which also packs glittery shards of piano, racing drums and, of course, Haruna's always sweet voice. Majestic strings abound in Haruna Luna's shimmering new single, "Startear," which also packs glittery shards of piano, racing drums […]
  • HARUKA TOMATSU: FANTASTIC SODA!!
    HARUKA TOMATSU: FANTASTIC SODA!! Release Date:  7/30/14 Label:  SMCL At long last, soda pop now has an anthem! If you're a big fan of soda then you're in for a real treat here as Haruka Tomatsu delivers a bubbly pop music ode to the luscious liquid appropriately entitled "Fantastic Soda!!" The uplifting tune packs seriously […]
  • LABOUM: PETIT MACARON
    LABOUM: PETIT MACARON Release Date:  8/26/14 Label:  CJ E&M LA BOUM -- stylized as LABOUM -- is a new girl group formed by NH Media and Nega Network. Its rather young members are Sol Bin, Yul Hee, Ju Yeong, ZN, Hae In and So Yeon. Petit Macaron is their first release and it's quite promising. […]
  • TAETISEO: 2ND MINI-ALBUM "HOLLER"
    TAETISEO: 2ND MINI-ALBUM "HOLLER" Release Date:  9/16/14 Label:  SM Entertainment As you probably know, TaeTiSeo is a Girls Generation sub-unit consisting of Tae Yeon, Tiffany, and Seo Hyun. The name TaeTiSeo is a combination of the beginnings of each of their names. Their first mini-album, Twinkle, performed really well, hence another mini-album from them. And […]