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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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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: 7/9/16

As those who follow me on Twitter already know, I have spent much of my time lately working on my first novel in years. It’s called Book of Shadows and I’m hoping it’ll prove to be a successful young adult series. This is for a couple of reasons. 1. I love my characters...
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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH KRISTIN KONTROL

interview by Michael McCarthy If the sound of Kristin Kontrol’s voice seems familiar to you, there’s probably a very good reason for that.  You see, prior to going solo, Kristin was Dee Dee, lead singer/songwriter of the popular rock band Dum Dum Girls.  More recently, she decided to go back to using her...
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CONCERT REVIEW: PURO INSTINCT AT GREAT SCOTT, ALLSTON, MA 7/3/16

by Michael McCarthy Back in 2011 sister duo Puro Instinct rolled into town and played Great Scott in Allston, Massachusetts, which is considered part of greater Boston. I remember only hearing that they’d been to town after the fact and being really disappointed that I hadn’t known about it, as I would have...
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#songoftheday = FEMM – “Neon Twilight”


FEMM stands for Far East Mention Mannequins and they're one of the most sensational J-Pop acts to debut during the past few years. Here we have their brand new single, "Neon Twilight," which is actually in English, so if you're one of our readers who can't stand...
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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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#songoftheday = KT TUNSTALL: “EVIL EYE”


We last heard from singer/songwriter KT Tunstall in the form of her Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon album, which was a haunting and delicate, folky affair. Her latest single, "Evil Eye," is perhaps best described as pop. Irresistible pop that'll surely brighten your day and make...
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#albumoftheday = JESSICA: WITH LOVE, J

S.M. Entertainment dismissed Jessica Jung from Girls’ Generation in 2014 due to scheduling conflicts related to the activities of her fashion brand Blanc & Eclare and the group’s schedule.  Considering that she was a fan favorite, firing her could’ve been career suicide for Girls’ Generation, or SNSD as they’re known in Korea, but...
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    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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  • 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 -- […]