interview by Michael McCarthy photos courtesy of Rorie Kelly “You can’t keep this fucker down,” sings indie favorite Rorie Kelly on her ferocious new song, “Up From Here,” which she just uploaded a live version of on Youtube this week. It’s just one of several new songs the powerful singer-songwriter has unveiled as...Read more
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interview by Michael McCarthy When I went to see Phantom Planet at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the 19th of September, I couldn’t have cared less about whoever was going to open the show. I’d been a big fan of Phantom Planet for around 15 years and had never seen them live...Read more
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,...Read more
Here's a catchy and fun song for you all to get stuck in your heads, the silly "Umpah Umpah" from South Korea's red hot Red Velvet, one of today's top K-Pop acts and one that I've been a fan of for several years...Read more
As you probably know I, Michael McCarthy, Love is Pop’s owner and primary writer, publish books using the pseudonym Michael Beaulieu. So far, I’ve published two satires, Becoming Madonna and Reckoning Daze, and the first four volumes of my popular, young adult, urban fantasy series Book of Shadows. And right now — for...Read more
by Michael McCarthy all photos by Michael McCarthy except Bad Marriage BAD MARRIAGE I was under the impression that The Cringe and only The Cringe would be opening for Tesla when I left for the show at the legendary Casino Ballroom on Hampton Beach in New Hampshire last Friday night, April 19th, 2019....Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy If Michael Sweet isn’t the hardest working man in the business, I don’t know who is. He’s currently on a break from touring with Stryper, but is he off vacationing in Paris or Barcelona? Nope. He’s hard at work on yet another solo album, which will be his 10th....Read more
I just wanted to let you all know that I will resume Love is Pop activities, like conducting the interviews you all know and love, on the 30th of this month. I’m taking a little break so that I can work on editing Book of Shadows 4: In Memoriam. To subscribe to my...Read more
Dear Readers, It is with much regret that I have to inform you that I will be unable to cover the Boston Calling music festival later this month. This is for one simple reason: they are not offering me press credentials this time. What are press credentials? That’s just a fancy way of...Read more
Yesterday Reckoning Daze, my debut novel, was listed in roughly a dozen discount e-book newsletters and was downloaded 1375 times! It became, and remains, the number one seller in the satire categories on Amazon. There’s satire under general fiction and satire under humor and it hit number one on both lists. So,...Read more
CHANCE THE RAPPER TO HEADLINE FRIDAY, MAY 26th, MUMFORD & SONS WILL PERFORM SATURDAY, MAY 27th AND TOOL WILL CLOSE OUT THE FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY, MAY 28th LIMITED SINGLE DAY TICKETS ON SALE TODAY MARCH 3, 2017 at 10AM EST AT WWW.BOSTONCALLING.COM March 3, 2017 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling reveals its daily lineup...Read more
Two of our favorite bands, co-headlining! We couldn’t be more excited about this. If ever there were two bands that needed to tour together it’s Blondie and Garbage. Because, let’s face it, there would be no Garbage if Blondie hadn’t paved the way for them. It’s no secret that Blondie’s Debbie Harry has...Read more
The song says it all. ...
You'd expect a song called "Away For The Weekend" to be some sicken, sweet, saccharine, shit, but not in this case... Tammy's "Away For The Weekend" is an intoxicating, trippy ballad-esque tune that's much more inclined to soothe your soul than get you dancing... Now, if you want...
Wild Beasts’ synthy new album Boy King is out now and is a breath-taking alt pop masterpiece. It’s the sort of record Radiohead might be making if they weren’t so abstract these days. From the opening one-two punch of “Boy King” and “Tough Guy” through closer “Dreamliner,” there isn’t a bad song in...Read more