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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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#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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#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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NEWS: LANA DEL REY ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM TITLE

Today Lana Del Rey announced that her forthcoming album will be titled Lust for Life.  Like the Iggy Pop song!  Surely, that’s got to be a nod to Iggy.  Everyone knows that song.  There’s no way Lana just came up with that on her own without knowing about the Iggy Pop song. Here’s...
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Bellman Redux: His Second Love is Pop Interview

Interview by Michael McCarthy I do so many interviews that I sometimes forget who I’ve interviewed already. This has a lot to do with my memory problem, but the fact that I’ve interviewed at least 100 people in my life doesn’t help me keep things straight. Likewise, most of the people I interview...
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#songoftheday = INNA: “GIMME GIMME”


INNA has been a major fixture on the club scene since around 2009 and has released approximately a dozen red hot singles, and a handful of smashing albums as well, including last year's killer self-titled full-length. Her songs are always club-ready, and they usually climb the to...
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#songoftheday = DASHNI – “LOVE WINS”


"Love wins every time," sings Kurdish pop star and humanitarian Dashni Morad with a purpose, while heavy beats throb away and the hooks sink their teeth right into you. Suffice to say, "Love Wins" is one downright irresistible dance pop gem -- a veritable breath of fresh...
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#songoftheday = ADAM JENSEN: “TOMBSTONE”


A year ago tomorrow I interviewed Boston artist Adam Jensen and we learned about his colorful if not checkered past. One thing is for certain: he's a hell of a lot more interesting, not to mention edgy, than your average pop slinger (pun intended). On his...
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