by Michael McCarthy all photos by Michael McCarthy except Bad Marriage BAD MARRIAGE I was under the impression that The Cringe and only The Cringe would be opening for Tesla when I left for the show at the legendary Casino Ballroom on Hampton Beach in New Hampshire last Friday night, April 19th, 2019....Read more
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interview by Michael McCarthy If Michael Sweet isn’t the hardest working man in the business, I don’t know who is. He’s currently on a break from touring with Stryper, but is he off vacationing in Paris or Barcelona? Nope. He’s hard at work on yet another solo album, which will be his 10th....Read more
I just wanted to let you all know that I will resume Love is Pop activities, like conducting the interviews you all know and love, on the 30th of this month. I’m taking a little break so that I can work on editing Book of Shadows 4: In Memoriam. To subscribe to my...Read more
Dear Readers, It is with much regret that I have to inform you that I will be unable to cover the Boston Calling music festival later this month. This is for one simple reason: they are not offering me press credentials this time. What are press credentials? That’s just a fancy way of...Read more
Yesterday Reckoning Daze, my debut novel, was listed in roughly a dozen discount e-book newsletters and was downloaded 1375 times! It became, and remains, the number one seller in the satire categories on Amazon. There’s satire under general fiction and satire under humor and it hit number one on both lists. So,...Read more
CHANCE THE RAPPER TO HEADLINE FRIDAY, MAY 26th, MUMFORD & SONS WILL PERFORM SATURDAY, MAY 27th AND TOOL WILL CLOSE OUT THE FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY, MAY 28th LIMITED SINGLE DAY TICKETS ON SALE TODAY MARCH 3, 2017 at 10AM EST AT WWW.BOSTONCALLING.COM March 3, 2017 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling reveals its daily lineup...Read more
Two of our favorite bands, co-headlining! We couldn’t be more excited about this. If ever there were two bands that needed to tour together it’s Blondie and Garbage. Because, let’s face it, there would be no Garbage if Blondie hadn’t paved the way for them. It’s no secret that Blondie’s Debbie Harry has...Read more
The song says it all. ...
You'd expect a song called "Away For The Weekend" to be some sicken, sweet, saccharine, shit, but not in this case... Tammy's "Away For The Weekend" is an intoxicating, trippy ballad-esque tune that's much more inclined to soothe your soul than get you dancing... Now, if you want...
Wild Beasts’ synthy new album Boy King is out now and is a breath-taking alt pop masterpiece. It’s the sort of record Radiohead might be making if they weren’t so abstract these days. From the opening one-two punch of “Boy King” and “Tough Guy” through closer “Dreamliner,” there isn’t a bad song in...Read more
Christina Aguilera co-wrote her melancholic new single ,"Change," with Fancy Hagood and Flo Reutter. All proceeds from download sales will be donated to the National Compassion Fund to benefit the victims and the families of the Orlando mass shooting....
Extensive Boston Calling coverage will be coming soon, but for now a few words… Great food, fine adult beverages, good vibes from the friendly crowd and, yes, fantastic music; Friday night at Boston Calling’s May 2016 edition was spot on! I hadn’t had that much fun since Boston Calling last September, no kidding....Read more
Love is Pop is extra excited to have the full line-up for May 2016’s Boston Calling, especially since it’s their most amazing line-up yet. We love all three of the headliners this time: Sia, Disclosure and Robyn. We’re also psyched about Haim, Miike Snow, City & Colour, Christine and the Queens, BØRNS and The...Read more
Our thoughts and prayers are with Paris tonight. I am especially saddened and upset by this news because I’ve been to Paris four times and truly feel as though my heart resides there. The reason I went to Paris was often to see concerts. Mylene Farmer at Bercy. Vanessa Paradis and Raphael at...Read more