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NEWS: SPOTIFY RELEASES MUST-HEAR MISTERWIVES SESSION

Love is Pop fave MisterWives recently recorded a superb Spotify session, which Spotify has released today, and we must say it’s excellent.  Included are stripped down, live versions of “Vagabond,” the band’s theme song from Finding Carter, and their mega-hit — and mega-good — single “Reflections,” the latter of which has had over...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: TRICKY: ANDRIAN THAWS

Since 1995 when he debuted with the much-praised album Maxinquaye, Tricky has released 11 full-length albums, if you count this, his latest, which he’s given his birth name, Adrian Thaws.  Suffice to say that he’s been much more prolific than many of his peers.  When you release that many albums, there are going...
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REVIEW: SYLVAN ESSO (WITH DOE PAORO): THE SINCLAIR: 9/10/14

Wednesday night I headed into Cambridge, Massachusetts, Boston’s sister city, to catch Sylvan Esso at The Sinclair. It’s a small club and the duo could’ve probably filled a larger one, being that they’ve exploded – especially on college radio – since they booked The Sinclair, but perhaps it’s better to have people crammed...
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PRESS RELEASE: HIM TO RELEASE EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION BOXSET PLUS FOUR DELUXE TITLES

GREATEST LOVE SONGS VOL. 666’, ‘RAZORBLADE ROMANCE’, ‘DEEP SHADOWS AND BRILLIANT HIGHLIGHTS’, and ‘LOVE METAL’ OUT NOVEMBER 25TH – PRE-ORDER NOW! US Tour Dates Announced! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (SEPTEMBER 15, 2014) – Finnish platinum selling band HIM have been a cultural phenomenon in the alternative rock world for over two decades,...
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INTERVIEW REDUX: BAT AND BALL RETURN TO LOVE IS POP

When we last interviewed the UK’s critically acclaimed Bat and Ball they were promoting their glorious second single, “Stops My Mouth,” which blended an easy breezy pop melody with poignant lyrics and haunting vocals courtesy of Abi Sinclair, one of the band’s two lead singers.  (The other vocalist is her brother Chris.)  The same...
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#songoftheday MARIE DIGBY: “VANISH”


"Like summer rain, I hate it when you come and go," sings Marie Digby on her new single, "Vanish," from her forthcoming Chimera EP. Like every song Marie writes, it's poetic and lovely. It's also mighty infectious, the chorus wrapping itself around you like a warm...
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WHEN BLACK METAL CAME TO LOVE IS POP: AN INTERVIEW WITH NOCTEM

interview by Michael McCarthy You know how they say there’s a first time for everything? Well, here’s a first for Love is Pop – an interview with a black metal band. Wiki’s definition of black metal: “Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, shrieked vocals,...
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MUST-HEAR!: BAT AND BALL: “LIZARD CUTS”


On their last single, "Stops My Mouth," Bat and Ball delivered electronic beats with sparse guitars and cool basslines.  It was a somewhat melancholic tune with a haunting vocal courtesy of Abi Sinclair, who comprises the duo with her brother Chris.  Now they're back with their new single "Lizard Cuts,"...
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REVIEW: REVIEW: BOSTON CALLING: SEPTEMBER 2014: DAY THREE

Sunday September 7, 2014 – Boston, Massachusetts: It’s no secret that I have fibromyalgia and one of the most important things when you have it is getting enough sleep. To that end, I slept in a bit on Sunday, missing the 11 o’clock train from Lowell to Boston, which meant I needed to...
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  • LABOUM: PETIT MACARON
    LABOUM: PETIT MACARON Release Date:  8/26/14 Label:  CJ E&M LA BOUM -- stylized as LABOUM -- is a new girl group formed by NH Media and Nega Network. Its rather young members are Sol Bin, Yul Hee, Ju Yeong, ZN, Hae In and So Yeon. Petit Macaron is their first release and it's quite promising. […]
  • TAETISEO: 2ND MINI-ALBUM "HOLLER"
    TAETISEO: 2ND MINI-ALBUM "HOLLER" Release Date:  9/16/14 Label:  SM Entertainment As you probably know, TaeTiSeo is a Girls Generation sub-unit consisting of Tae Yeon, Tiffany, and Seo Hyun. The name TaeTiSeo is a combination of the beginnings of each of their names. Their first mini-album, Twinkle, performed really well, hence another mini-album from them. And […]
  • THE BRILLIANT GREEN: THE SWINGIN' SIXTIES
    THE BRILLIANT GREEN: THE SWINGIN' SIXTIES Release Date:  7/23/14 Label:  Warner Music Japan The title of this album, The Swingin' Sixties, had me thinking that this was an album of covers from the sixties. But then I looked at the tracklist and most of the titles looked familiar. And so I looked at the tracklists […]
  • T-ARA: AND & END [AKA SUGAR FREE: T-ARA EDM EDIT]
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    ORANGE CARAMEL: TONIGHT [FROM THE SOUNDTRACK "IT'S OK, IT'S LOVE"] Release Date:  9/11/14 Label:  CJ E&M K-Pop doesn't get much better than this. Usually I don't get very excited when my favorite K-Pop stars do songs for movies because these songs tend to be very generic ballads. Heard one, you've heard them all. Actually, OK, […]