Good news! Saint Etienne, long one of my favorite pop groups on the planet, will be releasing a new album this June and they’re doing a U.S. tour. Check out the info below. I am very excited about this. Saint Etienne Announce US Fall Tour New Album Home Counties, Out June 2nd On Heavenly...Read more
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Co-written with Gotye and Milosh (of RHYE fame), this one is the best song I've heard so far this month. Kind of takes your breath away. So trippy and intoxicating. I can't write anymore because my words wouldn't do it justice. Just listen and...
by Michael McCarthy Mimoza H is one of the most fascinating artists I’ve come across in a long time. Her somewhat abstract music is like a cross between Florence + The Machine, Bjork and Tori Amos. That might not sound like a good combination, but to my ears it’s sonic bliss. I especially...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy Wild Beasts, one of today’s most popular bands out of the United Kingdom, released their fifth album, Boy King, back in August and it’s one of the best records I’ve heard this year, packed with songs that are equal parts catchy, pop-minded affairs and intellectual, artistic statements. It’s also...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy In a perfect world, Molly Moore would need no introduction. Her elegant pop songs are a perfect mix of both catchy, mainstream and pensive, artsy pop. At her core, Molly is a singer/songwriter. It just so happens that her songs are exquisitely produced pop. Well, most of them. Her...Read more
Back in June, Brooklyn-based piano composer Andrew Shapiro released his third piano album, appropriately entitled Piano 3. (Perhaps you are one of the six million people who streamed his song “Mint Green” – from his 2008 debut, Numbers, Colors and People – on Pandora?) That he was releasing another piano album was hardly...Read more
We're gearing up to do an interview with Molly Moore soon. In the meantime, we thought we'd feature her hypnotic video for her song "Blood. Sweat. Tears," which reminds us of the piano ballads of BANKS. A blend of the sensual and the melancholic, Molly's song...
LOS ANGELES, CA – July 18, 2016 – This morning Garbage announced that they will be extending their Strange Little Birds US Tour, which kicked off earlier this month and will now wrap on September 24th in San Francisco, CA. Tickets for these additional tour dates will be on sale Friday, July 22nd at...Read more
by Michael McCarthy, editor/publisher As I mentioned in my letter from the editor, my focus at this point is on interviews, something I think I’m much better at than writing reviews anyway. When I’m not doing interviews I’ll be hard at work writing books; being an author of fiction and non-fiction has always...Read more
Tuesday night – 6/21/16 – I was fortunate to catch Ladyhawke on the opening night of her North American tour, her “first time playing here in ages,” at Brighton Music Hall in Allston (Boston), Massachusetts. First, I must say that I was very impressed with her opening act, Polyvinyl labelmate Psychic Twin, otherwise known...Read more
Musically, Phantogram dive deeper into the realm of mainstream pop with their infectious new single, "You Don't Get Me High Anymore," but they certainly have not lost their edgy. They might even be edgier. I suppose some will complain that it's more pop than electropop or...
"I'm a monster / It's in my bloodline," sings Morgan Kibby, a.k.a White Sea, on her "Bloodline," which is one of her most addictive songs to date and also one of her deepest, the lyrics haunting and melancholic. Those words could also be used to describe the...
interview by Michael McCarthy In 2011 I read a review of Puro Instinct’s Headbangers in Ecstacy album that made me curious about it, so I went to iTunes and listened to a couple of the snippets and then, well, I was done for. I simply had to buy it! It didn’t matter that...Read more