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#albumoftheday / FEATURE REVIEW: WATAIN: THE WILD HUNT

Watain is a black metal band formed in Uppsala, Sweden in 1998. The Wild Hunt is their fifth full-length album and their first for Century Media Records. And, considering how many magazine covers they’re currently featured on — Decibel, Terrorizer, Metalized, and Rock hard, just to name a few — it seems poised...
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SURROUNDED BY WILDFLOWERS: AN INTERVIEW WITH TONY HARNELL

interview by Michael McCarthy If you grew up in the ‘80’s or early ‘90’s then you probably fancied heavy metal and you likely had at least a hundred cassette tapes to prove it. Your collection was surely populated by bands like Poison, Twisted Sister and Motley Crue. But there was probably one tape...
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EXCLUSIVE: APRIL KAE: THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW

INTERVIEW BY MICHAEL MCCARTHY, PHOTOS BY KIMBERLY METZ Last week I profiled the lovely April Kae, a charismatic rising star who can apparently do anything that she sets her mind to, having already successfully tackled pop, dance and R&B with her first three singles, “The Writings on the Wall,” “Runnin’ (Let Me Go...
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FEATURE/PROFILE/#albumoftheday GABRIELLE APLIN: ENGLISH RAIN

Gabrielle Aplin grew up in a small town called Chippenham in Wiltshire, England. Her parents bought her her first guitar when she was just 11 years old. She grew up listening to Bruce Springsteen and Joni Mitchell and she cites them as influences. She’s also a big fan of singer/songwriters like Leonard Cohen...
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REVIEW/FEATURE: LOU DOILLON: PLACES

Lou Doillon might be unknown to most people here in the United States, but in her native France she’s practically royalty, being the daughter of the famous French singer/actress Jane Birkin and the acclaimed film director Jacques Doillon. She’s also the half-sister of actress/singer Charlotte Gainsbourg and step-daughter of the late French singer/songwriter...
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INTERVIEW: VALERIE RENAY OF NOBLESSE OBLIGE

By now you’ve probably read my entirely positive review of Noblesse Oblige’s amazing, new, genre-bending album Affair of the Heart. (If you haven’t read it, here it is: https://loveispop.com/reviews/review-noblesse-oblige-affair-of-the-heart/) I was so intrigued by the album that I was naturally curious about the duo who made it. Fortunately, I was lucky enough that...
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Jack White covers U2’s Love Is Blindness… Again

Today, Bono turns 52. Today, the world finds out that Jack White’s cover of Love Is Blindness is part of The Great Gatsby’s soundtrack. Today, I need to revisit a few of my basic rules. Achtung Baby is unequivocally one of the most visited and revisited U2 albums, considered a landmark in alternative...
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FEATURE: In which Jesse Macht redeems guitar players

  I have sworn off musicians four years ago. In fact, four years and three weeks, to be exact, and I promised to everyone who had the patience to listen that I would never ever, ever ever listen to a man with a guitar. Those are treacherous, emotionally violent and physically draining waters...
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The Compilation Tape Commandments

Just When You Thought It Was As Simple As Pressing Record And Play by Michael McCarthy Illustration by Ans Purins Originally published in Lollipop magazine issue 44, Summer ’98. Make no mistake about it, the fine art of making a compilation tape is a surprisingly complex process that requires a bit of thought...
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A TRIBUTE TO JANI LANE

  I’ve been trying to write something about Jani Lane for over a week now, but words keep failing me. I think I’ve finally figured out why though. I feel the need to justify Jani’s music to the world. I know that most people just think of him as that blonde-haired singer from...
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MIKE MCCARTHY’S TOP 60 ALBUMS OF 2011

Writing this list actually made me feel nostalgic for 2011 already. It was such a great year for music, at least for a music fan with diverse tastes like mine. I only realized what a great year it was once I started typing up this list. I thought I’d struggle to come up...
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