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LOUDER, HARDER, FASTER: AN INTERVIEW WITH ERIK TURNER OF WARRANT

interview by Michael McCarthy It’s no secret that Warrant are one of my favorite heavy metal bands. They’ve been one ever since I saw the video for their first single, “Down Boys,” on MTV back in the later part of the ’80’s. Their blend of melodic vocals and sonorous music has always impressed...
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THE KID HAS TALENT: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SAM LEVIN

interview by Michael McCarthy When Sam Levin’s album Frame of Mind was sent to me by his publicist it was recommended if you like The Head and the Heart, Kings of Leon, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Bon Iver, Bahamas and Jose Gonzales. Naturally, with an impressive list like that, I had to give...
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ON THE LINE: MIKE ORLANDO OF ADRENALINE MOB

interview by Michael McCarthy There are three songs I’ve been listening to on a loop lately. “Chasing the Dragon,” “King of the Ring,” and “Lords of Thunder.” These are the songs the press was allowed to hear prior to interviewing members of the band Adrenaline Mob about their forthcoming new album We the...
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#songoftheday = ADAM JENSEN: “MARIJUANA BREATH”


If you're celebrating 420 today, or simply like mature but irresistible pop music, you're in for a veritable treat with Bostonian Adam Jensen's intoxicating new gem, "Marijuana Breath." "So kiss me with your marijuana breath / I can be a cure for loneliness," he sings, like he's...
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#songoftheday = PARAMORE: HARD TIMES”


After a couple of mainstream pop radio hits with their previous and self-titled album, anyone could have predicted that Paramore's first single from their new album After Laughter would be tailored for radio. Well, that's exactly what we've got here: Paramore with a lovely pop melody,...
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#songoftheday = SAM LEVIN: “HIDE AND SEEK”


"Hide and Seek" by Sam Levin is a wonderful folk-tronic tune that mixes acoustic guitars and electronic beats with vocals that split the difference between pop and folk. There's a playful element to the song that reminds me of Ben Lee's music. I'm also reminded of...
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PAUL SMITH OF MAXIMO PARK: THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW

interview by Michael McCarthy My introduction to Maximo Park was an unusual one. I was – and am – a big Natalie Imbruglia fan and there was an mp3 of this new band called Maximo Park covering her song “Shiver” on one of the fan sites. I almost didn’t download it because I...
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#songoftheday = FAKE SHARK: “HEART 2 HEART”


Fake Shark is the new project from frontman Kevvy Mental, who has produced for Carly Rae Jepsen and Kat Von D, among others. "Heart 2 Heart" hails from the pop rock band's upcoming full-length album, Faux real, which is due out on May 26th via Light Organ...
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An Exclusive Interview with Chip Reno of Gumshen

by Michael McCarthy I recently came across the music of Gumshen when their publicist E-mailed me a link to their most recent album, 2015’s DigiBites. It proved to be one of those albums that I fell in love with from the first time I listened to it. From ultra-catchy songs like “A Scene...
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#songoftheday = ELOHIM: “SKINNY LEGS”


It takes a good minute before Elohim starts singing on her new track, "Skinny Legs," but it's such an electronic voyage that you won't really mind. Sure, it gets better when she adds her vocals, but it's just fine leading up to them. I'll admit this...
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RECKONING DAZE AND BOOK OF SHADOWS

Yesterday Reckoning Daze, my debut novel, was listed in roughly a dozen discount e-book newsletters and was downloaded 1375 times!   It became, and remains, the number one seller in the satire categories on Amazon.  There’s satire under general fiction and satire under humor and it hit number one on both lists.  So,...
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#songoftheday: GIGI ROWE: “COVER ME UP”


Just when you thought Gigi Rowe was only good for retro-tastic, dance-pop magic, she pulls a bright, shiny love dove out of her hat, surprising us all. I had no doubt that she was capable producing a touching ballad, having interviewed her last December and gotten to...
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