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#songoftheday = MICHAEL SWEET: “BIZARRE”


Michael Sweet gave us the distinct impression that his next solo album, One-Sided War, was going to be quite different from Stryper and it really is. (Read our interview here.) For one thing, it's much, much heavier. There are some Stryper songs that verge on this level...
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#albumoftheday = BIFFY CLYRO: ELLIPSIS

Few rock or alternative albums you’ll hear this year are likely to excite you as much as Biffy Clyro’s Ellipsis. If you’re a big fan of Foo Fighters and you’re not already on board the Biffy fanwagon then you need to get on stat because their music never fails to be a vibrant...
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CATCHING UP, VERSION 1.0: Róisín Murphy, Trick or Treat, Butch Walker, T.O.L.D., Perfume, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Ayumi Hamasaki, Hitomi Yaida

by Michael McCarthy, editor/publisher As I mentioned in my letter from the editor, my focus at this point is on interviews, something I think I’m much better at than writing reviews anyway. When I’m not doing interviews I’ll be hard at work writing books; being an author of fiction and non-fiction has always...
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CONCERT REVIEW: LADYHAWKE: BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL, ALLSTON, MA, 6/21/16

Tuesday night – 6/21/16 – I was fortunate to catch Ladyhawke on the opening night of her North American tour, her “first time playing here in ages,” at Brighton Music Hall in Allston (Boston), Massachusetts. First, I must say that I was very impressed with her opening act, Polyvinyl labelmate Psychic Twin, otherwise known...
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#albumoftheday = ELISA: ON

Elisa has been one of my favorite artists for over a decade now. In Italy, she’s a superstar, a veritable household name. In a perfect world she’d be just as popular here in the States, which she really should be when you consider that 95% of her music is in English. To that...
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  • KYARY PAMYU PAMYU: SAI & CO - EP
    KYARY PAMYU PAMYU: SAI & CO - EP Release Date:  4/20/16 Label:  WPZL Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has released two more bright and shiny pop songs to liven up your day. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is celebrating her 5th year in the entertainment business and she has unveiled a pair of new songs that will appear on […]
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    he San Francisco Bay Area’s Premiere Japanese Pop Culture Event Announces Exciting Slate Of Top Japanese Pop/Rock/Electronica/Dance Artists To Play at Fort Mason Center This Summer read more
  • VIXX: ZELOS
    VIXX: ZELOS Release Date:  4/20/16 Label:  CJ E&M VIXX's latest isn't as dark as I'd hoped for, but the songs are still plenty contagious. Ladies and gentlemen, the members of VIXX have surrendered to the dark side. Well, at least for their latest single, which is named after the Greek God of Rivalry and Envy. […]
  • LADYBABY: Renge Chance!
    LADYBABY: Renge Chance! Release Date:  4/13/16 Label:  CLSR Ladybaby's new single -- their third -- is called "Renge Chance!" and the video features the trio making Japanese ramen bowls in a rather humorous fashion, which is sort of what the song is about. Ladybaby is the unholy -- depending on your definition of unholy -- […]