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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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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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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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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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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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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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