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#songoftheday MARIE DIGBY: “VANISH”


"Like summer rain, I hate it when you come and go," sings Marie Digby on her new single, "Vanish," from her forthcoming Chimera EP. Like every song Marie writes, it's poetic and lovely. It's also mighty infectious, the chorus wrapping itself around you like a warm...
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WHEN BLACK METAL CAME TO LOVE IS POP: AN INTERVIEW WITH NOCTEM

interview by Michael McCarthy You know how they say there’s a first time for everything? Well, here’s a first for Love is Pop – an interview with a black metal band. Wiki’s definition of black metal: “Black metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. Common traits include fast tempos, shrieked vocals,...
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MUST-HEAR!: BAT AND BALL: “LIZARD CUTS”


On their last single, "Stops My Mouth," Bat and Ball delivered electronic beats with sparse guitars and cool basslines.  It was a somewhat melancholic tune with a haunting vocal courtesy of Abi Sinclair, who comprises the duo with her brother Chris.  Now they're back with their new single "Lizard Cuts,"...
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REVIEW: REVIEW: BOSTON CALLING: SEPTEMBER 2014: DAY THREE

Sunday September 7, 2014 – Boston, Massachusetts: It’s no secret that I have fibromyalgia and one of the most important things when you have it is getting enough sleep. To that end, I slept in a bit on Sunday, missing the 11 o’clock train from Lowell to Boston, which meant I needed to...
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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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  • MINMI: BAD
    MINMI: BAD Release Date:  9/24/14 Label:  Universal Many of you probably already know who Minmi is, but I'm sure there are just as many of you who don't, so let's talk about her career and many talents before we discuss her new album. Minmi is an artist who I should have reviewed a long time […]
  • ZiKi: TINY HEAVEN
    ZiKi: TINY HEAVEN Release Date:  n/a Label:  n/a Well, I have to come right and admit that I don't know anything about this Chinese artist except that she's female. There's no Wiki or Genasia page for ZiKi. And it's not available on Yes Asia. I don't even know whether it's Cantopop or M-Pop. But, I […]
  • moumoon: BF
    moumoon: BF Release Date:  10/22/14 Label:  Avex Music Creative Inc. "Dear my best friend, with lots of love," moumoon's Yuka sings during their new single "BF," which does *not* stand for boy friend. Instead, it stands for "Best Friend." "Dear my best friend, with lots of love," moumoon's Yuka sings during their new single "BF," […]
  • T-ARA: CHUCKIE and T-ARA: SUGARFREE EDMEDITION
    T-ARA: CHUCKIE and T-ARA: SUGARFREE EDMEDITION Release Date:  10/7/14 Label:  코어콘텐츠미디어 What we have here is a remix of the EDM version of T-ARA's "Sugarfree." What we have here is a remix of the EDM version of T-ARA's "Sugarfree." The remix was done by Chuckie and I'm really not impressed, largely because he used very […]
  • FLiP: GIRL
    FLiP: GIRL Release Date:  10/1/14 Label:  Universal As you may recall, FLiP is an all-female band formed in Okinawa in 2005 by singer/guitarist Sachiko, guitarist Yuko, bassist Sayaka and drummer Yuumi. "Girl" is their new single and it's a slick, expertly-produced song that blurs the line between J-Rock and J-Pop. As you may recall, FLiP […]