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KE$HA: WARRIOR

It’s not easy to wrap one’s head around Ke$ha, the person. Is she truly the rebel she paints herself to be? Or is she just putting on an act? Where Lady Gaga has succeeded in convincing people that she really is a freak — albeit in a good way — people still have...
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REVIEW: MADONNA: MDNA

A track-by-track review by Michael McCarthy, who wrote this while listening to the album for the fifth time.   “Girl Gone Wild” The intro immediately calls to mind “Like A Prayer,” sounding a bit derivative. It just seems pointless to start your new album with a reference (basically) to your former glory. It’s...
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FRANK DISCUSSION WITH BEN AFFLECK

This round table interview was done when Ben was promoting Chasing Amy, though he talks a lot about Good Will Hunting, which they were about to start filming shortly. Actor Ben Affleck recently held court (press day, that is) in Boston to promote Kevin Smith’s new film Chasing Amy, in which he stars...
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A Conversation With Dee Snider

This interview was originally published in Lollipop magazine issue 46, Winter ’99. Some 15 years ago, Dee Snider wrote the Twisted Sister album that would make him a legendary rock god seemingly overnight, though he’d actually worked long and hard for that achievement. The album was entitled Stay Hungry, and among such anthems...
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A TRIBUTE TO JANI LANE

  I’ve been trying to write something about Jani Lane for over a week now, but words keep failing me. I think I’ve finally figured out why though. I feel the need to justify Jani’s music to the world. I know that most people just think of him as that blonde-haired singer from...
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MIKE MCCARTHY’S TOP 60 ALBUMS OF 2011

Writing this list actually made me feel nostalgic for 2011 already. It was such a great year for music, at least for a music fan with diverse tastes like mine. I only realized what a great year it was once I started typing up this list. I thought I’d struggle to come up...
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