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REVIEW: BOSTON CALLING: SEPTEMBER 2014: DAY TWO

Saturday September 6, 2014 – Boston, Massachusetts: Before I get into my reviews of the individual artists who performed on Saturday, I have to say something else about the people who attended the event. Not only were they peaceful, they were also friendly and trustworthy. I’d like to think that I made a...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: BANKS: GODDESS

One of the most interesting things about Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Jillian Banks’ debut album, Goddess, is how decidedly *not* top 40 it is. Listening to her songs, you can’t help but think “if only.” If only the beats were more boisterous. If only the bass pulsated in a punchier way. If only the...
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REVIEW: BOSTON CALLING: SEPTEMBER 2014: DAY ONE

Friday September 5, 2014 – Boston, Massachusetts The reason why the headline above indicates that this edition of the Boston Calling Festival takes place in September, as if that weren’t obvious, is simple: there was already a Boston Calling Festival this year, back in June.  I’m still sorry that I didn’t ask for press access, especially...
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NEWSFLASH: MisterWives Make Their National Television Debut Tonight!

Love is Pop favorites MisterWives are finally making their well-deserved national television debut tonight at 11:35/10:35c on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! MisterWives are currently on tour in support of Bleachers, who we just caught at Boston Calling (review coming very soon).  Meanwhile, they’ve debuted a shiny, new video for “Reflections on BuzzFeed. If...
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BOSTON CALLING COVERAGE COMING SOON

I have been covering the Boston Calling Music Festival for my wonderful Love is Pop fanatics but I’ve been so busy between the festival and commuting to the festival that I haven’t had a chance to go through my notes and actually write my coverage for the site yet.  I plan to spend...
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    HARUNA LUNA: STARTEAR Release Date:  8/20/14 Label:  Sony Music Entertainment Majestic strings abound in Haruna Luna's shimmering new single, "Startear," which also packs glittery shards of piano, racing drums and, of course, Haruna's always sweet voice. Majestic strings abound in Haruna Luna's shimmering new single, "Startear," which also packs glittery shards of piano, racing drums […]
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    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. […]
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