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#albumoftheday REVIEW: WARPAINT: WARPAINT

Usually if a band is going to release a self-titled album it’s going to be their debut. If not, then it usually happens later in their career after they’re several albums in and want to announce that they’re changing direction, or perhaps that they’ve finally found themselves again after a bad album or...
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THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW: POLLY SCATTERGOOD

Interview by Michael McCarthy There isn’t much that one could say about the immensely talented Polly Scattergood that I haven’t said already.  After all, I gave her new album, Arrows, a very positive review HERE and named it my favorite album of the year HERE in my Best of 2013 list.  So, it...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT: KYLIE MINOGUE DIVES “INTO THE BLUE”

Well, suddenly the internet is ablaze with Kylie Minogue’s fantastic new single, “Into The Blue.”  And I do mean FANTASTIC.  Wow.  Everything about this song is perfect. It starts off with some jangly, almost frenzied piano and soaring strings but soon that goes away — temporarily — and we’re smacked with a slamming...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: PAINTED PALMS: FOREVER

The story of Painted Palms is an interesting one. When cousins Reese Donohue and Chris Prudhomme first began making music together Donohue was living in San Francisco and Prudhomme was living near New Orleans. They started sending ideas for songs back and forth via e-mail and before they knew it they were creating...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT: LILY ALLEN: “AIR BALLOON”

OK, I have to say it — Lily Allen is bouncing back with her delicious new single, “Air Balloon,” which dropped today on January 13th, 2014. (Well, OK, she already came back with recent singles “Hard Out Here” and “Somewhere Only We Know,” but now she’s back again, so that’s good enough for...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: LILY MCKENZIE GOES BACK TO THE GARAGE

interview by Michael McCarthy During the past few years, singer/songwriter/pianist Lily McKenzie has collaborated with Breakage, Wiley, Brackles and Fatty DL, among others.  Songs she’s lent her vocals to have been released by various dance music labels including heavy-hitters like Hed Kandi and Viper Records. Today — January 13th, 2014 — sees the release of her debut...
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NEON HITCH GIVES AWAY FREE MIXTAPE

Yes, you’ve read the subject line correctly — the immensely talented, rising pop star known as Neon Hitch has just released a free mixtape.  (Grab it here: http://www.neonhitch.net.)  It’s called 301 to Paradise and it’s six tracks, assuming you count the intro.  Every track is fantastic and proves that Neon Hitch is going...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: ROSE ELINOR DOUGALL: FUTURE VANISHES

Rose Elinor Dougall is perhaps still best known as a former lead vocalist of The Pipettes. But she has kept rather busy as a solo artist since leaving the popular girl group in 2008, releasing some very well-reviewed singles, such as “Start/Stop/Synchro” and “I Know We’ll Never,” as well as a much-beloved album,...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: LEONA LEWIS: CHRISTMAS, WITH LOVE

As the story goes, three-time Grammy-nominated pop singer Leona Lewis wasn’t planning to record a Christmas album this year, figuring she’d be busy writing the follow up to Glassheart, but her mentor Simon Cowell thought that it was time and she subsequently reconsidered. And, hey, you can hate Simon Cowell all you want,...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: THE ROCKET SUMMER: CHRISTMAS MADNESS

I must admit that I’d never heard of The Rocket Summer before I came across this new Christmas EP on iTunes. But I’m always on the market for new Christmas songs, being quite the Christmas music junkie, so I checked out the previews of these tracks and had to download the EP. While...
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NEW REVIEW: MINDY SMITH: SNOWED IN EP

Mindy Smith is an American singer/songwriter who was born and raised in Long Island, New York but eventually ended up in Nashville pursuing a music career. Her music has been called folk, country, Americana, bluegrass and even pop. She’s often compared to Norah Jones and Alison Krauss. Snowed In is her second Christmas...
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LOVE IS POP’S 60 BEST ALBUMS OF 2013!!!

by Michael McCarthy When I say that these are the “60 Best Albums of 2013,” I’m just saying that these were my favorite albums this year. I’m simply entitling this piece “60 Best Albums of 2013” instead of “60 Favorite Albums of 2013” because everyone always uses the term “Best Of,” not favorite....
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: BEST COAST: FADE AWAY

Best Coast — the dynamic duo comprised of singer/songwriter/guitarist Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno — have been labeled *a lot* of different things since their mighty impressive 2010 debut, Crazy For You. Dream-pop, power-pop, alternative-rock, alternative-pop, indie rock, indie pop, lo-fi, surf pop, garage rock — take your pick. But there’s a...
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