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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CHRIS BARRETTO OF MONUMENTS

Interview by Michael McCarthy Recently, I was introduced to the music of Monuments, a genre-defying band who are often mislabeled as various genres and subgenres, as you’re about to read below.  Their music was like a sonic equivalent of a rich, complex roast of coffee…  Sometimes I daydream about Starbucks using their Italian...
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CONCERT REVIEW: NEON TREES: TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014: BOSTON, MA

review by Michael McCarthy all photos by Mary Ouellette In just a short matter of four years Neon Trees has released three superb albums and toured almost constantly, making them one of the hardest working bands in the business by far. Going into their show at the House of Blues in Boston last...
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Q&A: Adrian of Klangkarussell


Chances are you've just read the above subject line and thought, "Who the hell is Klangkarussell?" That's what I thought when their publicist first contacted me about them. But their publicist usually sends me great stuff, so I checked out the Austrian duo's album and immediately...
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TURKISH DELIGHT REMIXED: EMINE SARI REDUX

You may recall our interview with Turkish singer/songwriter Emine Sari from last year.  Well, she’s once again popped up on our radar, this time with a set of highly addictive remixes of her hit song “Who Are You,” the original version of which spawned a viral video.  Written by Emine and produced by...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: I HEART SHARKS

I Heart Sharks first broke onto the scene — the blogosphere, especially — with their much-praised 2011 album Summer, which featured such sun-kissed, blissed-out pop rock gems as “Animals,” “Neuzeit” and the super infectious title track, “Summer.”  Now they’re primed to garner even more worldwide buzz with the release of their first EP,...
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EXClUSIVE INTERVIEW: JULIETTE JULES

interview by Michael McCarthy Recently, one of the publicists who consistently sends me great music — James at I.M.P. — sent me a press release about Juliette Jules, a young Parisian singer who was celebrating her 16th birthday by giving away her first EP, Black Crow.  Being a big  fan of French music,...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CHEERING FOR CHEERLEADER

Last Monday’s #songoftheday was a track called “Pefect Vision” by a new five piece band from Philadelphia called Cheerleader. In our write up about the song, we remarked that it was one of those rare songs that’s so mind-blowingly good that we’re tempted to make it not merely our #songoftheday but a #songoftheweek....
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BAT AND BALL: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS AND ABI SINCLAIR

The UK’s Bat and Ball are an immensely-talented outfit with co-lead vocalists Abi and Chris Sinclair hailing from West Country. While the two began writing and performing with various bands in their early teens, they never actually played in a band together until they both moved to London to study at Goldsmiths College,...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: PETITE MELLER

We’ve been fascinated by Petite Meller ever since she left a link to her “Backpack” video on our Facebook page last September.  If you watched the video when we posted it, then chances are you remember it.  It was the gorgeous homage to vintage French cinema shot on the French Riviera.  Meller herself...
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#albumoftheday FEATURE REVIEW: EMILIE SIMON: MUE

Émilie Simon began her career with a self-titled release in 2003. I happened upon it by chance when I was looking for a few new CDs to buy on Amazon France, as I had been a French music junkie since 1997 or so. I had no idea what she was going to sound...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: NINA PERSSON UNVEILS HER ANIMAL HEART

interview by Michael McCarthy If there’s ever been someone we’ve interviewed here on Love is Pop who needs no introduction it’s Nina Persson. But, just in case her name doesn’t ring a bell, Nina is the beloved vocalist of The Cardigans. In most of the world, they’ve had roughly two dozen big hit...
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KYLIE LAUNCHES SEXERCISE.TV

Following the release of her super hot and steamy video for “Sexercise,” Kylie Minogue has now launched Sexercise.tv, which features several different videos for the bounce, bounce, bouncy song that’s sure to have gym memberships on the rise already.  Sexercize.tv was created by Chandelier Creative, a New York City based creative agency founded...
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    FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUIN'S: FXXK BOYZ GET MONEY Release Date:  7/30/14 Label:  Avex We think this song's title sums it up just fine. Read on if it doesn't offend you. Apparently, this often dubbed "plastic" duo -- also known as FEMM -- is a serious Youtube sensation. To that end, they have several singles available in the iTunes U.
  • RIHWA: CHOU CREAM
    RIHWA: CHOU CREAM Release Date:  7/1/14 Label:  TOY'S FACTORY Rihwa rocks. No, really. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Rihwa begins her new series of singles, following the recent release of her under-rated album Borderless, with "Chou Cream." Whether you're a Rihwa fan or naysayer, chances are you have a certain sort of song pop into your he
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    GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4 Release Date:  7/16/14 Label:  Loen Entertainment Girl's Day return with a new summer-themed mini-album. It's great, but the "intro" is the best track, leaving one wishing it was a complete song. The new Girl's Day mini-album is called Girl's Day Everyday #4, but there's a slight prob
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    FLOWER: Nettaigyo no Namida Release Date:  6/11/14 Label:  Sony Music Entertainment Flower is a sub-unit of E-Girls, the massive J-Pop group that also includes every member of Dream, Happiness, Bunny and EGD. The funny thing about this is that Flower are consistently releasing music that is far superior to the music of E-Girls. Flower is a sub-unit of E-Girl