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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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REVIEW: SIMIAN GHOST: THE VEIL

The first thing that I have to say about Simian Ghost’s new album The Veil is WOW. And it takes a lot to wow me lately. I generally choose to review things that I feel positively about, but I am not so easily impressed. This album, however, is nothing short of glorious and...
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CONCERT REVIEW: MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND: 9/22/14: CAMBRIDGE, MA

Shortly after Doe Paoro exited the stage following her superb set at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts Monday night, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band emerged from backstage, playing just about every type of horn instrument in existence along with drummers and even a flutist. And their outfits were as loud as their instruments,...
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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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REVIEW: SYLVAN ESSO (WITH DOE PAORO): THE SINCLAIR: 9/10/14

Wednesday night I headed into Cambridge, Massachusetts, Boston’s sister city, to catch Sylvan Esso at The Sinclair. It’s a small club and the duo could’ve probably filled a larger one, being that they’ve exploded – especially on college radio – since they booked The Sinclair, but perhaps it’s better to have people crammed...
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MUST-HEAR!: BAT AND BALL: “LIZARD CUTS”


On their last single, "Stops My Mouth," Bat and Ball delivered electronic beats with sparse guitars and cool basslines.  It was a somewhat melancholic tune with a haunting vocal courtesy of Abi Sinclair, who comprises the duo with her brother Chris.  Now they're back with their new single "Lizard Cuts,"...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: KIMBRA: THE GOLDEN ECHO

Back in 2012 Kimbra seemed to become an overnight sensation thanks to her part in Gotye’s global hit “Somebody That I Used To Know.” So when her debut album Vows was released here in the States later that year I expected it to be a huge success. Unfortunately, all those downloads of “Somebody...
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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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CONCERT REVIEW: YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE: BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL: 8/6/14

At approximately 9 P.M. on August 6th, 2014 Youngblood Hawke took to the stage at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, Massachusetts — just outside of Boston — and made musical history. OK, so maybe they didn’t make musical history, but there is a whole lot of musical history wrapped up in the band’s...
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  • CNBLUE: WAVE
    CNBLUE: WAVE Release Date:  9/17/14 Label:  Warner Music Japan It's been a year since the highly successful South Korean band CNBLUE -- otherwise known as Code Name Blue -- last released a Japanese album, but they're back in a big way with their brand-new album, Wave, which features songs from the singles Truth and Go […]
  • HARUNA LUNA: STARTEAR
    HARUNA LUNA: STARTEAR Release Date:  8/20/14 Label:  Sony Music Entertainment Majestic strings abound in Haruna Luna's shimmering new single, "Startear," which also packs glittery shards of piano, racing drums and, of course, Haruna's always sweet voice. Majestic strings abound in Haruna Luna's shimmering new single, "Startear," which also packs glittery shards of piano, racing drums […]
  • HARUKA TOMATSU: FANTASTIC SODA!!
    HARUKA TOMATSU: FANTASTIC SODA!! Release Date:  7/30/14 Label:  SMCL At long last, soda pop now has an anthem! If you're a big fan of soda then you're in for a real treat here as Haruka Tomatsu delivers a bubbly pop music ode to the luscious liquid appropriately entitled "Fantastic Soda!!" The uplifting tune packs seriously […]
  • LABOUM: PETIT MACARON
    LABOUM: PETIT MACARON Release Date:  8/26/14 Label:  CJ E&M LA BOUM -- stylized as LABOUM -- is a new girl group formed by NH Media and Nega Network. Its rather young members are Sol Bin, Yul Hee, Ju Yeong, ZN, Hae In and So Yeon. Petit Macaron is their first release and it's quite promising. […]
  • TAETISEO: 2ND MINI-ALBUM "HOLLER"
    TAETISEO: 2ND MINI-ALBUM "HOLLER" Release Date:  9/16/14 Label:  SM Entertainment As you probably know, TaeTiSeo is a Girls Generation sub-unit consisting of Tae Yeon, Tiffany, and Seo Hyun. The name TaeTiSeo is a combination of the beginnings of each of their names. Their first mini-album, Twinkle, performed really well, hence another mini-album from them. And […]