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An Exclusive Interview with Lily Virginia

by Michael McCarthy If St. Vincent ditched the electronics and simply made her music with live instruments, she would probably sound a lot like Lily Virginia, who’s an equally talented singer/songwriter/guitarist. Other artists Lily reminds me of are Ben Folds – she’s like a female Ben, just using guitar instead of piano –...
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TIM SKOLD: THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW

by Michael McCarthy It’s hard to believe, and makes me feel old, but I’ve been following Tim Skold’s career for roughly 30 years now. I first became aware of his music when he went by the name Tim Tim and was the bass player for Shotgun Messiah, who were considered a hair band...
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An Exclusive Interview with Michael Clayton Arbeeny of Tyketto

interview by Michael McCarthy Tyketto is one of those bands who debuted in the early ’90’s and happened to be good looking, long-haired guys so they were lumped in with hair bands when in reality they were more like a Journey or Night Ranger or Styx. Of course, there were some similarities to...
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#songoftheday / album review = TYKETTO: “REACH”


Today's #songoftheday, "Reach" by Tyketto, was released in late August, but we're featuring it now on October 14th because their new album of the same name was released today via Frontiers records and in my humble opinion it's the best album that's come out during the past couple...
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#songoftheday = KING SHELTER: “EVERYTHING HURTS”


Self-described as a "salad rock" band, King Shelter are a grunge-tinged, semi-psychedelic, alternative rock band that have been getting a lot of attention lately, largely thanks to this new single, "Everything Hurts." It's a delicious tune that could have appeared on Stone Temple Pilots' Purple or Tiny...
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RED HOT NEW VIDEO: GARBAGE: “MAGNETIZED”


Garbage has all sorts of sci-fi and horror-esque things happening in this new red hot video for "Magnetized" from their latest album, Strange Little Birds. I don't know what the budget for this one was, but it looks like it cost a couple million bucks with everything...
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HAYDEN THORPE OF WILD BEASTS: THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW

interview by Michael McCarthy Wild Beasts, one of today’s most popular bands out of the United Kingdom, released their fifth album, Boy King, back in August and it’s one of the best records I’ve heard this year, packed with songs that are equal parts catchy, pop-minded affairs and intellectual, artistic statements. It’s also...
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#songoftheday = Hardline: “Take You Home”


"Take You Home" is the new single from Hardline's forthcoming album Human Nature, which drops on October 14th via Frontiers, and boy is it a beauty. One of those primo piano ballads that tugs at your heartstrings the second you start listening to it and doesn't let...
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#songoftheday = THE PRETENDERS: “HOLY COMMOTION!”


Chrissie Hynde, otherwise known as The Pretenders, has teamed up with none other than The Black Key's Dan Aurerbach for a new album coming soon -- see press release below -- and the lead single, "Holy Commotion!" is fantastic. It kicks off with some serious beats before...
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MICHAEL SWEET: THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW 2

interview by Michael McCarthy Earlier this year I finally had the opportunity to interview Michael Sweet, lead singer and co-lead guitarist of Stryper, after wanting to interview him for 20 years since I started doing music journalism. During the interview, Michael revealed the probable title of his forthcoming solo album, One Side War....
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