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FRENCH-AMERICAN STYLE: AN INTERVIEW WITH ARIANE

interview by Michael McCarthy The following interview with French American singer/songwriter Ariane took place last Thursday on the 12th of March 2020. Not long after many people in the United States had finally started to feel the gravity of the COV-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. I think both she and I felt a little strange...
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CAUGHT UP IN A SPHERE: AN INTERVIEW WITH POLLY SCATTERGOOD

interview by Michael McCarthy On May 1st, Polly Scattergood of solo and onDeadWaves fame will release her breath-taking new solo album, In This Moment. It features 12 tracks that each tell their own story, which one might breathe in like unique snapshots. These scenes portray everything from hospital waiting rooms to Viking sea...
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AN AMERICAN CLASSIC: AN INTERVIEW WITH FRANCESCA LIA BLOCK

interview by Michael McCarthy Have you ever read a book that was so haunting you’ve never been able to get it out of your head? One that stays with you that you can’t stop thinking about? That just randomly pops into your head at the strangest of times and lingers for days whenever...
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YOUR BRAVE BOTANICALS: AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN BUSH

interview by Michael McCarthy Late last year I posted something on Facebook about wanting to replace some of my prescription medications with natural alternatives and a few of my friends commented and asked if I’d tried kratom, something I wasn’t particularly familiar with. I had seen it before, however, at a local convenience...
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ROLLING ON: AN INTERVIEW WITH FRANKIE BANALI OF QUIET RIOT

interview by Michael McCarthy The following interview with Quiet Riot drummer, songwriter and bandleader Frankie Banali was conducted on October 22nd, 2019, the day after he made the following announcement via metal podcaster Mitch Lafon’s Facebook page: <<I just want to let all of my friends and fans know what’s going on with...
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UP TO TEN: AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL SWEET OF STRYPER AND SOLO FAME

interview by Michael McCarthy What can I say about the great Michael Sweet that I haven’t already said? This is Love is Pop’s sixth interview with the extremely talented, super busy Stryper frontman/songwriter/co-lead guitarist and solo artist. We love the guy here at Love is Pop HQ and he’s always such a joy...
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PREMIERE / INTERVIEW: KATRINA STUART’S BLUE ROSES

interview by Michael McCarthy “All your blue roses don’t mean a thing,” sings Los Angeles-based singer/dancer/model/actress Katrina Stuart on her haunting new single, “Blue Roses,” an R&B and pop hybrid about someone hurting you and trying to fix it with flowers (or, I imagine, other material things). “You can take your pretty flowers...
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CALLING OREGON: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN HALL OF TENTS

by Michael McCarthy When I listen to indie pop band TENTS‘ dreamy new album, Medicine, I tend to feel like I’m floating in the clouds, perhaps riding a magic carpet. Their music sweeps you up, almost providing an out of body experience, giving one a natural high. Suffice to say, listening to it...
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STILL NOT FAKIN’ IT: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE LEGENDARY MICHAEL MONROE

interview by Michael McCarthy The legendary singer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Monroe first rose to popularity in the early ’80s with his band Hanoi Rocks, which has proved to be one of the most influential bands in the history of hard rock, punk rock and heavy metal with the band’s unique and infectious sound,...
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ALL THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS: AN INTERVIEW WITH DONNIE VIE

by Michael McCarthy I remember first seeing the video for Enuff Z’Nuff’s debut single, “New Thing,” on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and wondering what planet they were from. Sure, there were plenty of heavy metal bands – like Poison and Pretty Boy Floyd – who wore a lot of makeup, but Enuff Z’Nuff took...
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DIVING IN THE DEEP END: AN INTERVIEW WITH MARIELLE KRAFT

by Michael McCarthy I recently saw singer/songwriter Marielle Kraft celebrate the release of her new EP, The Deep End, by putting on a sold-out performance at City Winery in Boston. It was the first in a small number of dates to launch the pensive but catchy EP on which Marielle wears her heart...
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