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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: SIXX A.M.: MODERN VINTAGE

“Do you wanna see the stars before they fall?” asks lead singer James Michael during the chorus of “Stars,” the opening song on SIXX A.M.’s new — and third — album, Modern Vintage. It’s an inspiring tune that really makes one want to stop and smell the roses, as they say. It also...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: OK GO: HUNGRY GHOSTS

OK GO: HUNGRY GHOSTSAs you may remember, I reviewed OK GO’s fantastic Upside Out EP back in August of this year. All four of those incredible, tasty treats are served up deliciously here on the band’s new album, Hungry Ghosts, which is, simply put, baked to perfection. But before we get to the...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: THE PICTUREBOOKS: IMAGINARY HORSE

The Picturebooks is a German duo consisting of Fynn Claus Grabke [vocals, guitar] and Philipp “Maddin” Mirtschink [drums]. The two first met hanging out at a skate park and became fast friends, realizing they had more in common than skateboarding, especially their mutual adoration of motorcycles and bands like The Smiths, The Cure...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: LENNY KRAVITZ: STRUT

“She ate my heart / I love New York City,” sings Lenny Kravitz, oh so passionately, on “New York City,” one of the best cuts from his primo new album Strut. Roughly ten years ago on his Baptism record he did a tune called “California,” putting the golden state up on a pedestal,...
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REVIEW: INTERPOL: EL PINTOR

Obviously, if you’re a fan who’s been pining for a new Interpol album your prayers have been answered. And while it doesn’t really have the spark of reinvention, sometimes more of the same is all one needs. If you’ve ever loved this band, it’s impossible not to get enthused about “All The Rage...
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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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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: PLASTISCINES: BACK TO THE START

I’m always listening to new music, picking things that stand out among the crowd to review for Love is Pop.  The problem is, sometimes you have to listen to a lot of mediocre music before you find something truly marvelous.  I was having one of those days when everything I listened to seemed quite dull...
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CONCERT REVIEW: OK GO: CONFETTI INVASION AT THE PARADISE

review by Michael McCarthy all photos by Joshua Bernard When OK GO hit The Paradise stage in Boston on Wednesday night the crowd had no idea what it was in for.  That is, of course, unless they’d been reading spoilers online.  Following a video clip featuring iconic movies and TV shows that ended...
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REVIEW: U2: SONGS OF INNOCENCE

I find it interesting that U2 is credited for writing all of the music for this album with Bono and The Edge credited for writing all of the lyrics. The reason I find this interesting is that they worked with an awful lot of song-writers on this album. Namely, Ryan Tedder, Danger Mouse,...
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EP SPOTLIGHT: SMOKE SEASON: HOT COALS COLD SOULS

Smoke Season was formed during early 2013 and combines the diverse talents of Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen. Their music is quite the hybrid, combining elements of Americana, folk, rock and electronica. They’ve recently garnered attention with their successful August residency at the Los Angeles venue The Echoplex. Hot Coals Cold Souls is...
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  • T-ARA: CHUCKIE and T-ARA: SUGARFREE EDMEDITION
    T-ARA: CHUCKIE and T-ARA: SUGARFREE EDMEDITION Release Date:  10/7/14 Label:  코어콘텐츠미디어 What we have here is a remix of the EDM version of T-ARA's "Sugarfree." What we have here is a remix of the EDM version of T-ARA's "Sugarfree." The remix was done by Chuckie and I'm really not impressed, largely because he used very […]
  • FLiP: GIRL
    FLiP: GIRL Release Date:  10/1/14 Label:  Universal As you may recall, FLiP is an all-female band formed in Okinawa in 2005 by singer/guitarist Sachiko, guitarist Yuko, bassist Sayaka and drummer Yuumi. "Girl" is their new single and it's a slick, expertly-produced song that blurs the line between J-Rock and J-Pop. As you may recall, FLiP […]
  • ANGELA HUI: R U OK? (AND DEBUT ALBUM)
    ANGELA HUI: R U OK? (AND DEBUT ALBUM) Release Date:  10/13 (album) and 9/10/14 (single) Label:  EEG Emperor Entertainment Group If you like Chinese pop, you must get to know Angela Hui, one of Canto-pop's brightest new stars. Angela Hui wowed critics and audiences alike when she performed at Emperor Entertainment Group's singing contest in […]
  • YUKI: FLY
    YUKI: FLY Release Date:  9/17/14 Label:  Epic Records Finally, following a three year wait, Yuki has released her seventh full-length album in the form of FLY. The 16 track opus includes the singles Play Ball, Sakamichi no Melody, Watashi no Onegai Koto, Starmann and Dare Demo Lonely along with 11 brand new, never before released […]
  • HKT48: 控えめI LOVE YOU!
    HKT48: 控えめI LOVE YOU! Release Date:  9/24/14 Label:  Universal Music The new HKT48 single is trash... But the B-sides are quite nice! Well, there's an easy way to sum this one up: if you like AKB48 and all of the related artists then you're sure to find this new single by HKT48 irresistible. But if […]