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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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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CHRIS BARRETTO OF MONUMENTS

Interview by Michael McCarthy Recently, I was introduced to the music of Monuments, a genre-defying band who are often mislabeled as various genres and subgenres, as you’re about to read below.  Their music was like a sonic equivalent of a rich, complex roast of coffee…  Sometimes I daydream about Starbucks using their Italian...
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#albumoftheday / review: I HEART SHARKS: TO BE YOUNG

According to Wiki, the popular indietronic band I Heart Sharks’ sophomore album, Anthems, was released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on the 28th of March 2014 and received very positive reviews. But, rather than simply releasing the album in the UK, the band is releasing a must-hear EP called To Be Young on...
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CONCERT REVIEW: NEON TREES: TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014: BOSTON, MA

review by Michael McCarthy all photos by Mary Ouellette In just a short matter of four years Neon Trees has released three superb albums and toured almost constantly, making them one of the hardest working bands in the business by far. Going into their show at the House of Blues in Boston last...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: ALLUSONDRUGS: “I’M YOUR MAN”


With vocals and lyrics ripped straight out of the Kurt Cobain songbook, Allusondrugs’ vibrant “I’m Your Man” proves that they stand at the top of the pile of post grunge bands competing for the Nirvana slot when grunge finally comes back around. Of course, nothing ever sounds...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: BEVERLY: “HONEY DEW”


In addition to having a lovely video, which you're hopefully watching right now above, Beverly's "Honey Dew" is a wonderful earworm that should make you feel all kinds of fuzzy inside and not just because it features lots of raw, fuzzy guitars, like shoegaze played with the volume...
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KILLER AUDIO: THE DAGGER – “Skygazer”


If Styx and Iron Maiden had a love child, Sweden's The Dagger would be it. You can hear classic '70's rock in this as well as vintage '80's Iron Maiden. You also hear hints of Rainbow, Foreigner, Deep Purple and so many other renowned bands. ...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: I HEART SHARKS

I Heart Sharks first broke onto the scene — the blogosphere, especially — with their much-praised 2011 album Summer, which featured such sun-kissed, blissed-out pop rock gems as “Animals,” “Neuzeit” and the super infectious title track, “Summer.”  Now they’re primed to garner even more worldwide buzz with the release of their first EP,...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: LP: “NIGHT LIKE THIS”


"In the end, I wasn't innocent, but we could still pretend," sings LP, an insanely talented new pop rock-ish singer/songwriter who's bound to skyrocket to fame this year. The song in question is "Night Like This" and it's got happiness-inducing boom clap beats and a swirly,...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: MARTY FRIEDMAN: INFERNO

Metal fans here in the States have long wondered whatever happened to the amazing guitarist Marty Friedman. The short version? He was fluent in Japanese and wanted to crack the Japanese market, so after he left Megadeth he moved there and started releasing solo albums there, which were hugely successful. So much so...
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