It's always fulfilling when an artist you thought was brilliant turns around and releases something new a year or two later and they're still just as impressive. In other words, there's nothing worse than saying someone is as refreshing as a cool, sudden rainfall on a 100-degree day...Read more
Category Archives: synthpop
If you took Phoenix, Hot Chip and Passion Pit and chopped them up in a blender then made a gorgeous painting out of them and that painting could play music, Mcbaise is exactly what it would sound like. OK, so that's a bit of a stretch, but those are...Read more
Acclaimed DJ and producer Agatino Romero was born in Hamburg, but still considers himself an authentic Italian. His family, you see, comes from Catania, Sicily. Until a few years ago, he was on his way as a young professional soccer player with HSV and the Italian club Calcio Catania...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy Mystery Skulls, otherwise known as Luis Dubuc, was something of a mystery to me prior to reading the press release for his new album, One of Us. All I knew was that I loved the Mystery Skulls debut album, Forever. You see, I had no idea if Mystery Skulls...Read more
"No turning back..." Our latest song of the day is Alvvays' new tune, "In Undertow," a mix of synth pop, shoegaze and alternative rock that is ripe for rejoicing because, well, it's totally awesome! If you're in the middle of winter right now, listen to this and it'll...Read more
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...
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...
I'm not sure how this track came about. I only heard about it because Polly Scattergood was kind enough to send me a message on Twitter with the link. As you know, Polly is one of my favorite artists, and I've interviewed her twice for this...
review by Michael McCarthy all photos by Joshua Bernard Electronic producer/artist The Range – real name, James Hinton – opened the show, taking to the stage at 8:05 with “New Lots.” He delivered a high energy set of songs mostly taken from his recently released sophomore album Potential and its predescesor Nonfiction. Although...Read more
On their last few albums, Die Antwoord were a very gimmicky, almost comedic duo. As Ninja describes their new video for the single "Banana Brain, "A young girl sneaks out to a party with an unusual thug rap-raver boy and has the worst / best night...
by Michael McCarthy If you’re a big fan of singer/songwriter fare then you might already be a fan of Nashville’s Daniella Mason, whose touching song “Sleep” was posted on Youtube approximately five years ago and has since been watched over 26,000 times. It was followed up with such emotive songs as “Shade of...Read more
Today I went to order Melanie Martinez’s killer art pop album Crybaby on Amazon and it was 18 and change. Noticed that it’s also available on cassette for 24 and change. This is ridiculous. I know some people feel nostalgic about cassettes and I actually ordered a new cassette deck today, so I...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
interview by Michael McCarthy If you’re a fan of delicious indie pop then you should definitely read the following interview with Chase DeMaster, who sometimes goes by children of pop (he doesn’t capitalize it), such as on his new album: children of pop: What Does 69 Mean? It’s one hell of a catchy...Read more