This Friday night, June 17th, Kristin Kontrol will be playing The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub located at 472-480 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139. If her name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps you’ll recall her as Dee Dee from the popular rock band Dum Dum Girls, which she was lead vocalist for during...Read more
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...Read more
Dawn Richard delivers another twisted R&B song destined to toy with your head with her latest single, "Not Above That." It's so far out there that I'm not even sure I should be calling it R&B. Maybe there should be an R&B sub-genre called gloom for...
interview by Michael McCarthy One of the very first interviews I did for Love is Pop was with Dean Garcia, formerly of Curve, who was promoting his new project SPC ECO, which finds him recording dark and dreamy music with his daughter Rose Berlin on vocals. Since that interview, SPC ECO has released...Read more
I'm not a big prog rock fan, but I just found out that Donnie Vie -- Enuff Z'Nuff's longtime vocalist who is sadly not in the band anymore -- is involved with this project. I'm rather impressed by it, too. ...
By now you’ve probably heard the news. If not, I hate to have to break it to you. Tragically, Christina Grimmie was shot and killed by someone after her performance opening for Before You Exit at the Orlando venue Plaza Live. Her brother immediately tackled the shooter, who had two guns on him, but...Read more
Once upon a time — the mid ’90’s to be precise — I interviewed Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue for my hair metal zine, ANT, The Only Cool Magazine That Bites. I asked him what he was listening to lately and he said “Garbage and God Lives Underwater.” I went to Tower Records...Read more
"I'm a monster / It's in my bloodline," sings Morgan Kibby, a.k.a White Sea, on her "Bloodline," which is one of her most addictive songs to date and also one of her deepest, the lyrics haunting and melancholic. Those words could also be used to describe the...
We last heard from New Zealand’s Pip Brown when she released her 2012 album Anxiety, which was a solid pop record that featured a lot more guitars and considerably less synth and electronic sounds than her self-titled 2008 debut. Unfortunately, many fans — and critics — complained about the change of direction. On...Read more
A lot of recent albums by the heavy metal bands I grew up with have disappointed me. The latest Def Leppard album, for example. I’ve listened to that one at least 15 times and it does nothing for me. I just can’t get into it. I think it’s their first terrible album, really. ...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy In 2011 I read a review of Puro Instinct’s Headbangers in Ecstacy album that made me curious about it, so I went to iTunes and listened to a couple of the snippets and then, well, I was done for. I simply had to buy it! It didn’t matter that...Read more
NSFW - NSFW - NSFW -- very erotic. Artsy though!...
This is not my favorite song in the world, but Betty's rendition is fantastic!...Read more