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20 YEARS QUEER: GARBAGE AT THE ORPHEUM THEATRE, BOSTON, MA 10/21/15

review by Michael McCarthy photos by Joshua Bernard Yes, indeed, it has been twenty years since Garbage released their self-titled debut album. That’s two fucking decades! Earlier this month they released remastered versions of the record, which included a deluxe edition and a super deluxe edition, the later being a massive 62 tracks...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DOE PAORO, TAKE TWO

Doe Paoro is one of the most unique artists I’ve ever come across. When you listen to her spellbinding new album, After, you feel as though you’re listening to music from another world. Or from the future. Probably both. Although familiar instruments make up her sound, you’ve never heard them blended together quite...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: Drake – “Hotline Bling”


Let's face it, Drake's last album, If You're Reading This, It's Too Late, wasn't nearly as good as his previous, Nothing Was The Same. The beats didn't compare and Drake sounded rather uninspired. But we're thrilled with his new single, "Hotline Bling." He sounds like...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: SELENA GOMEZ: REVIVAL

Selena Gomez fans can rejoice.  Not only has she just released Revival, a magnificent new pop opus, it has officially claimed the Number One spot on the Billboard 200, selling an impressive 117,000 copies in its first week of release.  This makes it her second Number One record on Billboard, her remarkable previous album, Stars Dance, having sold...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: CHAIRLIFT: “CH-CHING”


Chairlift, the duo known as Patrick Wimberly and Caroline Polachek, worked on Beyoncé's last album, Polachek writing and co-producing with Wimberly the R&B number, "No Angel." So, it should come as no surprise that their new single, "Ch-Ching" falls in the R&B vein. It's like...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: ALXA: “LET GO”

Powerhouse singer/songwriter ALXA might only be 20 years old, but her voice and lyrics have the maturity of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.  And not just the maturity, that passion and pain both emoted perfectly.  But ALXA is not a jazz singer.  Not exactly.  Likewise, she isn’t a soul or R&B singer, but there are...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: KIM BENZIE OF DEAD LETTER CIRCUS

Of all the rock bands I’ve come across since starting Love is Pop, Dead Letter Circus is one of the most intellectual. Just pick any song from any of their albums and listen to it and you’ll see what I mean. Frontman Kim Benzie’s lyrics require deep thought to fully comprehend; they’re like...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: TRACII GUNS OF DEVIL CITY ANGELS PART TWO

interview by Michael McCarthy Yesterday we ran part one of my interview with Tracii Guns.  If you haven’t read it yet, please READ IT NOW.  In part one, we talked extensively about Tracii’s new band, Devil City Angels, which also features Rudy Sarzo, Rikki Rocket and Brandon Gibbs.  In today’s conclusion we talk about...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: TRACII GUNS OF DEVIL CITY ANGELS

interview by Michael McCarthy When you hear the name of guitarist Tracii Guns you probably think of his most famous band, L.A. Guns. But I did not ask any L.A. Guns questions during this interview. It simply didn’t occur to me. I’d written questions beforehand, of course, but I had so many questions...
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