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#songoftheday / REVIEW: ALXA: “LET GO”

Powerhouse singer/songwriter ALXA might only be 20 years old, but her voice and lyrics have the maturity of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.  And not just the maturity, that passion and pain both emoted perfectly.  But ALXA is not a jazz singer.  Not exactly.  Likewise, she isn’t a soul or R&B singer, but there are...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: KIM BENZIE OF DEAD LETTER CIRCUS

Of all the rock bands I’ve come across since starting Love is Pop, Dead Letter Circus is one of the most intellectual. Just pick any song from any of their albums and listen to it and you’ll see what I mean. Frontman Kim Benzie’s lyrics require deep thought to fully comprehend; they’re like...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: TRACII GUNS OF DEVIL CITY ANGELS PART TWO

interview by Michael McCarthy Yesterday we ran part one of my interview with Tracii Guns.  If you haven’t read it yet, please READ IT NOW.  In part one, we talked extensively about Tracii’s new band, Devil City Angels, which also features Rudy Sarzo, Rikki Rocket and Brandon Gibbs.  In today’s conclusion we talk about...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: TRACII GUNS OF DEVIL CITY ANGELS

interview by Michael McCarthy When you hear the name of guitarist Tracii Guns you probably think of his most famous band, L.A. Guns. But I did not ask any L.A. Guns questions during this interview. It simply didn’t occur to me. I’d written questions beforehand, of course, but I had so many questions...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: SINDY: SELFIE

BACKGROUND: French singer Sindy is a member of a collective called Team BS, which was started by a highly successful French rapper/producer who goes by the name La Fouine. The group is called Team BS because the name of La Fouine’s record label is Banlieue Sale (translation: Dirty Suburb). Most of the team...
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REVIEW: BOSTON CALLING: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2015

Dirty Bangs opened the festival on Sunday, but I missed them because the trains from Lowell to Boston only run every two hours on the weekend.  (You’d think they would at least run as often as weekdays with people going into Boston for sporting events, concerts, and other leisure activities on the weekends, but,...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: BOOTS – “I Run Roulette”


If you miss the days of '90's club music, you're going to rejoice when you hear this one. Massive, jumpy beats that call to mind old school techno merge with trip-hop percussion on speed; it's an audible Frankenstein's monster, comprised of the best bits of so many...
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