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REVIEW: BONFIRE: PEARLS

If I’m understanding Wiki correctly, Bonfire’s longtime singer Claus Lessmann left the band in January of 2015 with a few of the other members leaving around that time as well. Currently, it would seem that the only original member left in the band is guitarist Hans Ziller, who controls the name Bonfire. I...
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An Exclusive Interview with Lena Laki

interview by Michael McCarthy I was recently introduced to the music of London-based singer/songwriter Lena Laki, whose magical music is dreamy folk but with a hint of jazz elegance. Her debut EP, Take Me With, opens with a song called “Another Woman” and it’s easy to imagine Nina Simone singing it back in...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: DTCV: CONFUSION MODERNE

First of all, the name of this musical duo is really DETECTIVE, but they shortened it to DTCV so that people would be able to find them when they search for them online. If they were simply called Detective, people would never be able to find them because they’d be buried in a...
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An Exclusive Interview with Terra Naomi

Recently singer/songwriter Terra Naomi launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowd-fund her next album. She called the campaign “#HelpYouFly Terra Naomi’s 2016 Reboot.” The page for the campaign features a video for a song also called “Help You Fly,” which features a variety of different people holding up signs that are as inspiring as...
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NEW REVIEW: BABYMETAL: METAL RESISTANCE

BABYMETAL’s new album, Metal Resistance, was released here in the States on April 1st, the same date it was released in Japan.  I have written an in-depth review of the album for our sister site, OtakuDX.  You can read the review here: http://www.otakudx.com/musicreview/babymetal-metal-resistance...
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An Exclusive Interview with Sean Kraft of Tournament

interview by Michael McCarthy In 2006 vocalist/guitarist Montana Masback, guitarist Sean Kraft, bassist Ryan Kelly and drummer Jordan Lovelace left Rockland County, New York and headed to Brooklyn where they officially formed the mean, gritty rock band Tournament. On March 25th they finally released their long-overdue second album, Teenage Creature, and it was...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: THE JOY FORMIDABLE: HITCH

The Joy Formidable spent a year holed up in their own studio in their native Wales writing and recording Hitch, their third full-length album, which is a tour de force if a little long-winded. You see, the record clocks in at roughly 70 minutes and many of its songs are over six minutes...
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An Exclusive Interview with MAVRICK

Back on March 10th, I named newcomer Mavrick’s song “Funeral” our #songoftheday and here we are three weeks later and I’m still listening to it every day. It’s such a massive and addictive song that all it takes is one listen to get you hooked. From its boisterous beats to his emotive vocals...
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NEWS: BOSTON CALLING REVEALS THE LINEUP FOR ITS NEW THIRD STAGE

Today we have exciting news about something entirely new that will be happening at this May’s edition of the Boston Calling music festival, which will take place on the weekend of the 27th, 28th and 29th.  For the first time ever, the festival will feature a third stage on Saturday and Sunday, which...
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