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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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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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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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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: JANN KLOSE

As you’re about to find out, Jann Klose is an eclectic artist who’s equally at home singing, writing songs, composing music and acting. The amazing thing is that he’s brilliant at every single one of these things. Last year when I reviewed his superb album Mosaic I wrote that, stylistically, his voice and...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MICHAEL RIDER

Recently one of my favorite artists, Charlotte Martin, made a post on Facebook about her new album, Water Breaks Stone. I left a comment asking whom I should contact about covering the album for Love is Pop. A fellow fan of Martin’s work, Michael Rider, saw my post and commented to ask if...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DAVIDGE

Yesterday we unveiled our review of Slo Light, the debut solo album by Massive Attack collaborator Davidge.  As promised, today we’re presenting our exclusive interview with the man himself. Did you write the songs on Slo Light entirely by yourself and then find people to sing them or did you write them with...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: EGO ELLA MAY

We live in a time when music is veering off in lots of interesting new directions.  New genres are being born right before our very eyes and old genres are shifting into new territory.  Artists like Lorde, Banks and Haim are all breaking the old rules and getting lots of attention for it. ...
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THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW: POLLY SCATTERGOOD

Interview by Michael McCarthy There isn’t much that one could say about the immensely talented Polly Scattergood that I haven’t said already.  After all, I gave her new album, Arrows, a very positive review HERE and named it my favorite album of the year HERE in my Best of 2013 list.  So, it...
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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
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    Mika Nakashima X Miliyah Kato: FIGHTER / GIFT Release Date:  6/4/14 Label:  Sony Music Mika Nakashima and Miliyah Kato have joined forces with producer/arranger DJ Taku of m-flo for the Japanese theme song of The Amazing Spider-man 2, "Fighter," and it's a rather heavy rock tune. Mika Nakashima and Miliyah Kato have joined forces with producer
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    f(x): 3집 THE THIRD ALBUM: RED LIGHT Release Date:  7/9/14 Label:  SM Entertainment The album opens with the title track, "Red Light," a trippy yet bouncy tune that will probably confuse you the first time you listen to it. It's one of those wildly imaginative K-Pop songs that goes in several different directions, much like Girls' Generati
  • TOP.IC: SEE YOU AGAIN
    TOP.IC: SEE YOU AGAIN Release Date:  7/3/14 Label:  CJ E&M Music TOP.IC's delightful "See Ya" is poised to become one of summer 2014's most defining pop songs. These days digital singles are dropping every other day in the Asian pop world, and especially so in the K-Pop realm. It seems that labels are signing more and more artists in
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    HYOMIN: MAKE UP Release Date:  6/30/14 Label:  코어콘텐츠미디어 The single, "Nice Boy," is tepid and highly offensive. The other two tracks are great though. Make Up is Hyomin of T-ARA's first mini-album. The lead single is a track called "Nice Body." And it's highly offensive. I don't even know where to begin. It's just wrong