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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH KRISTIN KONTROL

interview by Michael McCarthy If the sound of Kristin Kontrol’s voice seems familiar to you, there’s probably a very good reason for that.  You see, prior to going solo, Kristin was Dee Dee, lead singer/songwriter of the popular rock band Dum Dum Girls.  More recently, she decided to go back to using her...
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CONCERT REVIEW: PURO INSTINCT AT GREAT SCOTT, ALLSTON, MA 7/3/16

by Michael McCarthy Back in 2011 sister duo Puro Instinct rolled into town and played Great Scott in Allston, Massachusetts, which is considered part of greater Boston. I remember only hearing that they’d been to town after the fact and being really disappointed that I hadn’t known about it, as I would have...
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#songoftheday = FEMM – “Neon Twilight”


FEMM stands for Far East Mention Mannequins and they're one of the most sensational J-Pop acts to debut during the past few years. Here we have their brand new single, "Neon Twilight," which is actually in English, so if you're one of our readers who can't stand...
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CONCERT REVIEW: LADYHAWKE: BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL, ALLSTON, MA, 6/21/16

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...
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#songoftheday = KT TUNSTALL: “EVIL EYE”


We last heard from singer/songwriter KT Tunstall in the form of her Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon album, which was a haunting and delicate, folky affair. Her latest single, "Evil Eye," is perhaps best described as pop. Irresistible pop that'll surely brighten your day and make...
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#albumoftheday = JESSICA: WITH LOVE, J

S.M. Entertainment dismissed Jessica Jung from Girls’ Generation in 2014 due to scheduling conflicts related to the activities of her fashion brand Blanc & Eclare and the group’s schedule.  Considering that she was a fan favorite, firing her could’ve been career suicide for Girls’ Generation, or SNSD as they’re known in Korea, but...
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#albumoftheday = ELISA: ON

Elisa has been one of my favorite artists for over a decade now. In Italy, she’s a superstar, a veritable household name. In a perfect world she’d be just as popular here in the States, which she really should be when you consider that 95% of her music is in English. To that...
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#songoftheday = WHITE SEA: “BLOODLINE”


"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...
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