By now you’ve probably heard the news. If not, I hate to have to break it to you. Tragically, Christina Grimmie was shot and killed by someone after her performance opening for Before You Exit at the Orlando venue Plaza Live. Her brother immediately tackled the shooter, who had two guns on him, but...Read more
Once upon a time — the mid ’90’s to be precise — I interviewed Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue for my hair metal zine, ANT, The Only Cool Magazine That Bites. I asked him what he was listening to lately and he said “Garbage and God Lives Underwater.” I went to Tower Records...Read more
"I'm a monster / It's in my bloodline," sings Morgan Kibby, a.k.a White Sea, on her "Bloodline," which is one of her most addictive songs to date and also one of her deepest, the lyrics haunting and melancholic. Those words could also be used to describe the...
We last heard from New Zealand’s Pip Brown when she released her 2012 album Anxiety, which was a solid pop record that featured a lot more guitars and considerably less synth and electronic sounds than her self-titled 2008 debut. Unfortunately, many fans — and critics — complained about the change of direction. On...Read more
A lot of recent albums by the heavy metal bands I grew up with have disappointed me. The latest Def Leppard album, for example. I’ve listened to that one at least 15 times and it does nothing for me. I just can’t get into it. I think it’s their first terrible album, really. ...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy In 2011 I read a review of Puro Instinct’s Headbangers in Ecstacy album that made me curious about it, so I went to iTunes and listened to a couple of the snippets and then, well, I was done for. I simply had to buy it! It didn’t matter that...Read more
NSFW - NSFW - NSFW -- very erotic. Artsy though!...
This is not my favorite song in the world, but Betty's rendition is fantastic!...Read more
FILM FESTIVAL CURATED BY ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS NATALIE PORTMAN AND MORE TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW, JUNE 2ND AT 10AM EST AT WWW.BOSTONCALLING.COM June 1, 2016 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling Music Festival announces a Superfan Pre-Sale for its May 2017 edition, which recently revealed a new location: Allston at the fields...Read more
Puro Instinct's 2011 debut Headbangers in Ecstasy was a dream pop record that washed over you like 65 degree sea water on a 95 degree day; refreshing, to say the least. In fact, I've heard countless dream pop records since and Headbangers is still my favorite. ...
reviews and photos by Michael McCarthy As I previously mentioned, I was unable to make Boston Calling on Saturday. First, I woke up late at 11 when I’d meant to get up at 9 and take the 11 train into Boston from Lowell. Then I went to the train station to take the...Read more