by Michael McCarthy Adriana Mather is a descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the key players from the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials. Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that her debut novel, the young adult best-seller How to Hang A Witch, is ripe with almost as many historical facts as it is...Read more
by Michael McCarthy After being the edgiest contestant on the one season of The Voice in Sweden and making it pretty far into the competition, Nicole Sabouné released her debut album, Must Exist, in 2014. It was an especially dark album, but a very successful one, thanks largely to the inspired singles “Win...Read more
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 –...Read more
by Michael McCarthy Mimoza H is one of the most fascinating artists I’ve come across in a long time. Her somewhat abstract music is like a cross between Florence + The Machine, Bjork and Tori Amos. That might not sound like a good combination, but to my ears it’s sonic bliss. I especially...Read more
My favorite song from Biffy Clyro's latest album now has a video. I wish it showed the other guys a bit more, but then this one is kind of like a Simon Neil solo project, since he is the voice and the guitars and most of what...
by Michael McCarthy Gigi Rowe is a pop star in the making. Based out of Miami, she makes fun songs that blend modern pop beats with early ’80’s pop vibes. Her bouncy and mighty danceable songs make me think of Madonna’s first album and Cyndi Lauper’s album She’s So Unusual. Come to think...Read more
by Michael McCarthy When I think of death metal and extreme metal, usually the first band to come to mind is The Black Dahlia Murder. The reason for that is simple. They’re the best metal band of either sort on the planet right now. That’s my opinion, but they have legions of die-hard...Read more
bitter's kiss charmed us with her touching song and video "My God" recently, and she charms us again with her new holiday-themed song "These Bells Will Ring." With "My God" she encouraged peace by pointing out how everyone thinks their god is better than everyone else's god...
In the words of Anthrax, this is "metal thrashing mad." And that's what Metallica has always done best. I haven't heard the whole Hardwired album yet, but if the singles are any indication it's going to be the band's best album in years. I loved...
interview by Michael McCarthy One of the most bewitching albums I’ve heard all year is Rose & Thorn by British artist Wendy Bevan. Not merely a singer/songwriter/violinist, Wendy works in a variety media including film, visual imagery and intense, experiential artworks. To experience any of her work is to step into an alternate...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy “Don’t have much to say,” sings Christian O — a super talented pop/R&B/soul singer/songwriter — at the beginning of “Free,” the first track from his latest EP Shiva’s Dance. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. As the song later goes, “Everyone’s free to be as they wish to be.”...Read more
Adam Jensen continues to be brutally honest on his red hot new single "The Mystic," singing about his relationship with his mother and sister and trying to stay sober, among other things, all over massive, punchy beats that slam against your head as you listen. In an...
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...Read more