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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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An Exclusive Interview with Ali Tabatabaee from Zebrahead

interview by Michael McCarthy Although they’ve never been a household name like Blink-182 or Good Charlotte here in the States, Zebrahead, who’ve released a massive 12 albums during their 20 year career, are still a band that most fans of rap rock or punk rock would cite among their favorites. In Japan, however,...
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An Exclusive Interview with Mallrat

I was recently introduced to the music of Mallrat, a really cool young woman hailing from Australia. She immediately reminded me of Lily Allen, who’s one of my top ten artists of all time, so naturally I fell in love with her music and had to inquire about interviewing her. As you can...
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: 7/9/16

As those who follow me on Twitter already know, I have spent much of my time lately working on my first novel in years. It’s called Book of Shadows and I’m hoping it’ll prove to be a successful young adult series. This is for a couple of reasons. 1. I love my characters...
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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH KRISTIN KONTROL

interview by Michael McCarthy If the sound of Kristin Kontrol’s voice seems familiar to you, there’s probably a very good reason for that.  You see, prior to going solo, Kristin was Dee Dee, lead singer/songwriter of the popular rock band Dum Dum Girls.  More recently, she decided to go back to using her...
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CONCERT REVIEW: LADYHAWKE: BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL, ALLSTON, MA, 6/21/16

Tuesday night – 6/21/16 – I was fortunate to catch Ladyhawke on the opening night of her North American tour, her “first time playing here in ages,” at Brighton Music Hall in Allston (Boston), Massachusetts. First, I must say that I was very impressed with her opening act, Polyvinyl labelmate Psychic Twin, otherwise known...
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An Exclusive Interview with Brandyn Burnette

Last month I was introduced to Brandyn Burnette’s music via his pensive single “Karma,” which already has 20k plays on Soundcloud alone. He categorizes his music as neo-soul, but to my ears “Karma” was sheer electro-pop bliss. In any case, I had to hear more after that taste and was lucky enough to...
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YOU HAD TO BE THERE: BOSTON CALLING MAY 2016 (PART ONE)

reviews by Michael McCarthy all photos courtesy of Mike Diskin Boston Calling kicked things off on Friday, May 28th, 2016 with three fantastic sets by under-rated singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan (and Aaron Dessner), the very popular indie artist Sujfan Stevens and the global superstar Sia. Of course, the artists are only part of the...
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DALEA: THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW

interview by Michael McCarthy Dalea started her music career as the lead singer and founder of Quimera Music, a symphonic metal band, from 2009 to 2013. This week she just released her debut solo album, Visitor, and it’s amazing. Perhaps it’s not quite as symphonic as Quimera Music, but if you were a...
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