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‘TIS THE SEASON OF THE WITCH: AN INTERVIEW WITH APRIL L. WOOD

interview by Michael McCarthy April L. Wood has published two novels, both in her Season of the Witch series, which I have been mighty impressed by.  The series is what’s considered urban fantasy, which is what you get when you take a contemporary setting and add supernatural elements.  The series can also be...
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100% ORGANIC: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH AUNI

interview by Michael McCarthy In the following interview, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Auni and I discuss many things. Chief among them is her wonderful, self-titled EP, which showcases every side of her dreamy folk music perfectly, and the award-winning video for her current single, “The River,” which has been making the rounds on the...
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AN INTERVIEW WITH “THE RIVER” DIRECTOR DAVID S. MARFIELD

interview by Michael McCarthy I’ve known David S. Marfield for nearly my whole life.  Back in 1995, I was publishing a hair metal zine called ANT, The Only Cool Magazine that bites.  One of the interviews I did was with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.  Rather than talk about music the whole time,...
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MR. BIG STANDS TALL: CONCERT REVIEW 6/9/17 CONNECTICUT

by Michael McCarthy On June 9th at the Wolf Den in Mohegan Sun in Connecticut I was finally able to catch hair metal/classic rock legends Mr. Big live after wanting to see them in concert for roughly 25 years.  Needless to say, I had high hopes.  If they were great, I probably would’ve...
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FROM BIRMINGHAM TO NEW YORK: EDWARD ROGERS ON THE LINE

interview by Michael McCarthy Today we have an interview with a brilliant lyricist and a true rock star, Edward Rogers, originally from Birmingham, UK, but who immigrated to the United States when he was 12. If you’ve never heard of him, that’s all the more reason to read this interview and get to...
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LOUDER, HARDER, FASTER: AN INTERVIEW WITH ERIK TURNER OF WARRANT

interview by Michael McCarthy It’s no secret that Warrant are one of my favorite heavy metal bands. They’ve been one ever since I saw the video for their first single, “Down Boys,” on MTV back in the later part of the ’80’s. Their blend of melodic vocals and sonorous music has always impressed...
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THE KID HAS TALENT: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SAM LEVIN

interview by Michael McCarthy When Sam Levin’s album Frame of Mind was sent to me by his publicist it was recommended if you like The Head and the Heart, Kings of Leon, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Bon Iver, Bahamas and Jose Gonzales. Naturally, with an impressive list like that, I had to give...
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ON THE LINE: MIKE ORLANDO OF ADRENALINE MOB

interview by Michael McCarthy There are three songs I’ve been listening to on a loop lately. “Chasing the Dragon,” “King of the Ring,” and “Lords of Thunder.” These are the songs the press was allowed to hear prior to interviewing members of the band Adrenaline Mob about their forthcoming new album We the...
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PAUL SMITH OF MAXIMO PARK: THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW

interview by Michael McCarthy My introduction to Maximo Park was an unusual one. I was – and am – a big Natalie Imbruglia fan and there was an mp3 of this new band called Maximo Park covering her song “Shiver” on one of the fan sites. I almost didn’t download it because I...
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An Exclusive Interview with Chip Reno of Gumshen

by Michael McCarthy I recently came across the music of Gumshen when their publicist E-mailed me a link to their most recent album, 2015’s DigiBites. It proved to be one of those albums that I fell in love with from the first time I listened to it. From ultra-catchy songs like “A Scene...
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GUEST EDITORIAL: The Women do the Waxing by Dave Perry

The following is a guest editorial by former music critic and current owner of Vinyl Destination record store, Dave Perry.  It was originally posted on Facebook on 3/19/17. The new point of sale at Vinyl Destination – or POS as those of us in the business world like to call it – lends...
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Bellman Redux: His Second Love is Pop Interview

Interview by Michael McCarthy I do so many interviews that I sometimes forget who I’ve interviewed already. This has a lot to do with my memory problem, but the fact that I’ve interviewed at least 100 people in my life doesn’t help me keep things straight. Likewise, most of the people I interview...
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MY DEBUT NOVEL, RECKONING DAZE, IS OUT NOW!

Late last week I self-published my debut novel, Reckoning Daze, under my pen name Michael Beaulieu.  It’s only available as an e-book right now, but I hope to make it available as a lovely paperback soon.  In the meantime, you can grab the e-book for free from several different sources.  The easiest thing...
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