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A BIO FROM THE EDITOR

I’ve been writing pop culture reviews for a long, long time.   In high school, I published a horror zine called The End and did some horror movie reviews there. (I also worked on my high school newspaper, but I was an artist there, not a writer.) Then in 1995, four years after...
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80’S EXTRAVAGANZA AT MOHEGAN SUN CASINO

Last night on February 6, 2015 I caught a big concert dubbed “80’s Extravaganza” in the arena at Mohegan Sun Casino.  Some of my Facebook friends were curious about it, so I wrote what now appears below to satisfy their curiosity.  I never intended to post it here but a fellow music critic...
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FEATURE REVIEW: Björk: Vulnicura

Much has already been said about Björk’s new album, Vulnicura. For example, the first half of the title seems to be from the Latin word “vulnific,” meaning to cause injury. The second half seems to be from the Middle English word “cura,” meaning to care or cure. And, no, I’m not extremely smart...
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4TE: READY TO TAKE THE WORLD OF J-POP BY STORM

review and interview by Michael McCarthy previously published on OtakuDX Before we get to our interview with J-Pop’s future stars 4TE, I wanted to present a review of their wonderful double A-side MORE / 一歩ずつ… 4TE — pronounced Forte/for-tay — is a red hot new Japanese pop group based out of the U.S....
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MICHAEL MCCARTHY’S BEST ALBUMS OF 2014: PART ONE: #45 – #30

45. UNWOMAN: CIRCLING I’ve heard Unwoman’s Circling categorized as steampunk music. I’m not sure I understand what that means, but I certainly know that the way she – her real name being Erica Mulkey – married her cello with vivid electronic soundscapes was as enchanting as anything this year. Add to that her...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: STARKILL’S FRONTMAN PARKER JAMESON

interview by Michael McCarthy Back in July of 2013, I gave a very positive review to the debut album by Starkill, Fires of Life, which was a perfect blend of the death and symphonic metal subgenres. Nightwish as performed by Dimmu Borgir, if you will. Well, those artists continue to be among the...
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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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