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CAPSULE REVIEWS: SPC ECO, LA ROUX, ALVVAYS

SPC ECO: THE ART OF POP The best artists are those who are constantly changing colors like a chameleon if not downright evolving and SPC ECO make a great leap forward with The Art of Pop, an album that ditches all of those raw, distorted guitars in favor of delicious, pristine pop beats,...
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#songoftheday / VIDEO: MIKA – “Boum Boum Boum”


Pure (French) pop bliss... As usual, Mika delivers a warm, joyous vocal that's sure to elevate your spirits even on your worst day... And it's becoming increasingly obvious that Mika is his generation's Elton John. Sans doute, he's every bit as brilliant and genuine....
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: Alizée: BLONDE

French pop star Alizée’s career was launched after France’s most popular female pop star, Mylène Farmer, discovered her while watching the television program Graines de Star in 1999. The lyrics of Alizée’s first two albums, Gourmandises and Mes courants électriques, were written by Mylène herself with her writing partner Laurent Boutonnat composing the...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: BETTY WHO: WORLDS APART

Betty Who is a 22-year old Australian born, New York-based pop songstress who’s been gradually introducing herself to the world with a fantastic EP here and an awesome EP there. Currently, she’s just finished a successful tour of the UK and she’s just released her UK debut, an EP she’s dubbed Worlds Apart....
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: RAMONA LISA: ARCADIA

Chairlift vocalist Caroline Polachek isn’t an artist you can pin-down. Just when you think you know her, she goes and does something different, like this, her debut solo album, released under the pseudonym Ramona Lisa, a purposeful parody of Mona Lisa. But she was using pseudonyms to play secret shows and debut new...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: MIKA: “BOUM BOUM BOUM”


We love it when Mika sings in French. His songs are always bursting with joy and love and no language is better suited for expressing these things than French, which our editor has studied for years (and still isn't halfway fluent in). And he can tell...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: REBECCA & FIONA: BEAUTY IS PAIN

Rebecca & Fiona’s debut album, I Love You, Man, was as perfect as any pop debut could be. Astounding from start to finish, really. Compared to their new sophomore effort, Beauty is Pain, I Love You, Man is a bright and shiny sky with a double rainbow. And I suppose it always was,...
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EP SPOTLIGHT: POLICA: RAW EXIT

Love is Pop favorite Poliça is releasing a deluxe edition of the band’s incredible Shulamith album, a record that shimmers with enough kaleidoscopic colors to temporarily blind you. One listen to the beautiful work of alt/art pop and you’ll never forget it. It’s the audio equivalent of seeing a famous painting in person...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: KAIROS: KAIROS EP

Kairos is the ancient Greek word for “the defining moment,” so it’s no surprise that Seattle’s Lena Simon has not only taken the word as her performing name but as the name of her new EP, which is, in fact, her defining moment du jour. What is a performing name? It’s what St....
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  • FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUIN'S: FXXK BOYZ GET MONEY
    FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUIN'S: FXXK BOYZ GET MONEY Release Date:  7/30/14 Label:  Avex We think this song's title sums it up just fine. Read on if it doesn't offend you. Apparently, this often dubbed "plastic" duo -- also known as FEMM -- is a serious Youtube sensation. To that end, they have several singles available in the iTunes U.
  • RIHWA: CHOU CREAM
    RIHWA: CHOU CREAM Release Date:  7/1/14 Label:  TOY'S FACTORY Rihwa rocks. No, really. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Rihwa begins her new series of singles, following the recent release of her under-rated album Borderless, with "Chou Cream." Whether you're a Rihwa fan or naysayer, chances are you have a certain sort of song pop into your he
  • GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4
    GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4 Release Date:  7/16/14 Label:  Loen Entertainment Girl's Day return with a new summer-themed mini-album. It's great, but the "intro" is the best track, leaving one wishing it was a complete song. The new Girl's Day mini-album is called Girl's Day Everyday #4, but there's a slight prob
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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