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#songoftheday LEMAITRE: “HIGH TIDE”


Lemaitre's "High Tide" is one of those wonderful songs that defies genre distinctions. On one hand, you could call it pop. You could even get specific and call it piano pop -- and it's got plenty of invigorating piano, to be sure... Meanwhile, Lemaitre's vocals...
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#albumoftheday AMATUS: BROKEN COMPASS EP

I read a lot of artist bios and they tend to all sound the same after a while. It seems like they’re all about growing up in a small, rural town and then moving to New York City or Los Angeles to make it big in the music business. While it’s nice to...
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FREE DOWNLOAD: LIZ: “DON’T SAY” FEAT. TYGA


This song has totally made our afternoon. Synthy, almost chillwave R&B that manages to be soothing and punchy at the same time. You could listen to this one when you're up and want to dance or you could listen to it when you're coming down and...
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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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LOVE IS POP’S 60 BEST ALBUMS OF 2013!!!

by Michael McCarthy When I say that these are the “60 Best Albums of 2013,” I’m just saying that these were my favorite albums this year. I’m simply entitling this piece “60 Best Albums of 2013” instead of “60 Favorite Albums of 2013” because everyone always uses the term “Best Of,” not favorite....
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE: 2 OF 2

Earlier this year Justin Timberlake made his very welcomed return to the music world with The 20/20 Experience, an album chock full of lengthy, rather progressive gems, which I reviewed here: http://www.loveispop.com/reviews/pop/review-justin-timberlake-the-2020-experience/. So far, it’s the year’s best-selling album and it’s also one of the year’s best-reviewed. At the time it was released,...
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#albumoftheday HAIM: DAYS ARE GONE

The award for the most highly-anticipated debut album this year probably goes to Lorde for her album Pure Heroine. But second place easily goes to HAIM, the group made up of sisters Este (born March 14, 1986), Danielle (born February 16, 1989) and Alana Haim (born December 15, 1991), along with drummer Dash...
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#albumoftheday ALUNAGEORGE: BODY MUSIC

AlunaGeorge are a British duo comprised of Aluna Francis (vocals and songwriting) and George Reid (production and instrumentation), who’ve made it well-known that their wide array of influences range from Mariah Carey to Radiohead to Destiny’s Child to The Knife. Not that they needed to tell us that, as they proudly wear their...
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REVIEW: HAIM: “LET ME GO” & “THE WIRE”

The genre-bending sisters Haim once again prove that they’re the best percussionists in the business with their blistering new folk-rock-ish tune “Let Me Go.” It starts off with a faint humming, and barely any percussion at all, as lead singer Danielle almost raps the lyrics (and does so barely louder than a whisper):...
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#albumoftheday JOSHUA WORDEN: ALWAYS THIS

I always find it interesting when a musician was trained in a certain style, or with a certain instrument, but then they go and take that knowledge and apply it to something totally different. Such is the case with Atlanta, Georgia’s Joshua Worden, who was trained in jazz guitar but makes music that’s...
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SINGLE REVIEW: MARIAH CAREY: #BEAUTIFUL (FEAT. MIGUEL)

I really hate that there’s a hash tag in the title of this song. It was obnoxious enough when will.i.am used one in the title of his new album. We certainly didn’t need Mariah to do that. It just seems like a lame attempt to capture the attention of the Twitter generation. She’s...
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