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An Exclusive Interview with HXLT, Formerly Hollywood Holt

HXLT is how Chicago’s eclectic musician Holt is spelling his name these days. The reason why is one of the few things I didn’t think to ask him about, but I imagine it’s to make you wonder how it’s supposed to be said, to get you thinking, to ultimately make you remember it....
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HOT METAL: CALIBAN: “PARALYZED”


Boy, this one kicks some ass, doesn't it? The video is great, too. It's about a girl running through the forest with a monster following her and hunters following the monster. To say anything more would be to spoil it. Just turn up the...
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#songoftheday = ADAM JENSEN: “SANDCASTLES”


Later this year Boston born Adam Jensen will release an EP and I'm very excited about it after hearing his just released, red hot single, "Sandcastles." It's a pristine blend of thought-provoking alt pop and serious electro that packs gentle acoustic guitars with sonorous beats that stomp...
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Exclusive Interview: Rorie Kelly

by Michael McCarthy all photos by: Bryan Downey except where noted When many people think of indie music, the artists they often think of are artists who are actually on record labels, just small ones outside of the major label scene. Which is entirely cool, of course. Most of my favorite artists are on...
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REVIEW: YUCK: STRANGER THINGS

It’s album number three for London-based garage-pop band Yuck and, thankfully, the third time is a charm here. They financed this one via PledgeMusic and I guess it worked out for them because the album was finished and is now available for your purchase, which I strongly suggest that you do because it’s...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: BOMBUS: REPEAT UNTIL DEATH

I loved and still love the first album by Sweden’s Bombus, The Poet and The Parrot. To my ears, it was an instant classic. A mix of old school thrash, modern metal, AC/DC and Motorhead, all thrown together in a pot that produced a spectacular soup. Well, now they’re back with album number three...
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CONCERT REVIEW: EMMY THE GREAT AT CAFE 939: 2/23/16

review by Michael McCarthy all photos by Joshua Bernard and may not be reproduced without his permission Last night our resident Love is Pop photographer, Joshua Bernard, and I headed into Beantown (that’s Boston) to catch Emmy The Great’s show at Cafe 939 at Berklee (the famous music college).  It proved to be...
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EVERYTHING COMING TO (AND DEPARTING) NETFLIX IN MARCH

  Well, color me excited!  March will bring us new seasons of House of Cards, Daredevil and Happy Valley, three of my favorite Netflix series.  Only trouble is, I’m still trying to catch up on the shows on my DVR.  Oh well, that’s a nice problem to have, isn’t it? In addition to...
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CONCERT REVIEW: KACEY MUSGRAVES AT MOHEGAN SUN: 2/21/16

This past Sunday, the 21st of February, I was treated to an invitation-only Kacey Musgraves concert at Mohegan Sun Casino in CT. I’m not sure how I got invited, as I’m far from being a high roller, but needless to say that I’m quite happy that I was. Especially since the concert was...
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