interview by Michael McCarthy A few years ago I went to see The Maine play the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. There were three opening bands that night. I remember liking them all, but I was especially blown away by Real Friends, whose sound I couldn’t classify. Not that it mattered. Whatever...Read more
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NO DAY LIKE TODAY: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTINA MURPHY & TROY HIRSCHHORN OF FOREVER STARTS TODAY
interview by Michael McCarthy The following interview with Forever Starts Today’s lead vocalist Christina Murphy and guitarist Troy Hirschhorn was conducted on August 25th, 2017, a noteworthy date because it happens to be the same day that their colorful, debut album Always Hope was released. If you’re a fan of vibrant, female-fronted power...Read more
PAUL SMITH OF MAXIMO PARK: THE LOVE IS POP INTERVIEW
interview by Michael McCarthy My introduction to Maximo Park was an unusual one. I was – and am – a big Natalie Imbruglia fan and there was an mp3 of this new band called Maximo Park covering her song “Shiver” on one of the fan sites. I almost didn’t download it because I...Read more
#songoftheday = THE MAINE: “BAD BEHAVIOR”
On April 7th The Maine will release their album Lovely Little Lonely. This time they're going the independent route and who can really blame them? It's not like they need a record label to support them when this super catchy song has already racked up half...
CANDID CONVERSATION: CHRIS MCLELLAND OF NOMINEE & I TALK BI-POLAR DISORDER + MORE – PART TWO
interview by Michael McCarthy Last week I brought you part one of my interview with Chris McLelland of the popular post-hardcore/pop punk outfit Nominee, which focused on something we have in common: bipolar disorder. Today we have part two, which focuses on the band’s music, tour plans and a few of our famous...Read more
#songoftheday = PIERCE THE VEIL: “FLORAL & FADING”
If you like Fall Out Boy, I think you'd love Pierce the Veil's new album, Misadventures, which finds them in more of a pop rock vein than usual. "Floral & Fading," their latest single/video, is a perfect example of this. While the lyrics are pretty deep...
Candid Conversation: Chris McLelland of Nominee & I Talk Bi-Polar Disorder + More – PART ONE
interview by Michael McCarthy I was recently introduced to the powerful music Nominee, who are either a punk or post hardcore band, depending on who you ask. To my ears, there’s even an air of pop punk about their songs, which are as catchy as they are heavy. Aside from the music kicking...Read more
#albumoftheday / REVIEW: THE DOLLYROTS: A DOLLYROTS CHRISTMAS EP
“The Dollyrots are a punk rock band but their CDs are very pop.” – from their bio on their Facebook info. And after listening to their new Christmas EP, I’m inclined to agree. The Los Angeles duo’s energy and tempos are very punk rock, but the hooks are so contagious that you could...Read more
#songoftheday / LYRIC VIDEO: We The Kings – “Stone Walls”
If you miss the days of pretty hair band ballads, you should appreciate We The Kings' ambitious new single, "Stone Walls," which starts off nice and mellow and gradually builds into something potent if not powerful. I've always preferred their acoustic tracks and ballads, so this one...
LYRIC VIDEO: THE READY SET: HIGHER
VIDEO: Kate Nash – “Fri-End?”