Tag: review

  • Enuff Z’Nuff’s last album, Clowns Lounge, was basically an album of old demos with one new song, “Dog On A Bone.”  The new song, which I thought was killer, featured bassist and founding member Chip Z’Nuff on vocal duties. 

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  • Well, it’s not from a new Selena Gomez album, which I know we’re all dying for, but here’s a new track by the woman herself, “Back to You,” which hails from the Thirteen Reasons Why Season 2 soundtrack.  And what a superb song it is.  It’s like Kygo, Marshmello and Zedd all co-produced it.  In…

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  • review and photos by Michael McCarthy This past Friday night I finally saw the legendary Juliana Hatfield – one of my favorite artists – in concert. Being a fellow Masshole (slang for Massachusetts resident), I should’ve seen her years ago. I’m honestly not sure why I didn’t. I’m sure I wanted to and there were…

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  • “I wear my war face,” proudly proclaims captivating singer/songwriter Lowell on “War Face,”  the first single from her mind-blowing new album entitled Lone Wolf.  The album is her second and was released today on 4/6/18 and my jaw is still on the floor after it dropped as I listened in awe of her evocative music.  

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  • Today we have “Helium,” the excellent second single from the artist simply known as Salt.    I love the way the track blends synthesizers and snappy beats with her sometimes ethereal vocals.  The artist she most reminds me of is the great Florence Welch (a.k.a. Florence + The Machine), especially in terms of the production, which…

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  • I imagine this would work splendidly as score in a movie.  Perhaps in a suspense thriller that takes place during the winter.  I imagine the protagonist fleeing from her captors, and she comes to the edge of a frozen lake, and her only chance of survival is to run across it and hope that the large…

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  • review and photos by Michael McCarthy This past Saturday night, 2/24/18, I had the opportunity to check out the English pop/folk singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin in concert for the first time at The Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA. Simply put, she was fabulous. The same can be said of her opening acts, Hudson Taylor and…

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  • Bulgarian singer-songwriter Ruth Koleva’s “I Don’t Know Why” hails from her just-announced sophomore album, Confidence. Truth, which is scheduled for release on 3/30.  It’s an excellent example of what can happen when jazz and pop are blended into something that defies the unwritten rules of both genres. 

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  • Kylie Minogue, Princess of Pop, is baaaaaacK (with a capital K for Kylie)!  On her new single, “Dancing,” she does what she does best: she dances and she sings about doing precisely that.  (How joyous!) 

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  • As an actress, Kat Cunning has already appeared in Dangerous Liaisons, Cirque Du Soleil’s Paramour and Sleep No More.  You might call her a future star of the NYC arts scene.  But, in my eyes, she’s already a star.  I felt like I was witnessing one blossom as I watched her video for “Wild Poppies”…

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  • Welcome back, Lily Allen.  It’s been a while.  Well, OK, maybe only four years, but that’s a long time.  A woman could have four babies during that amount of time. 

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  • The thing that makes Laure Shang one of my favorite Chinese artists is that you never know what she’s going to do next.  You really don’t.  In fact, I dare say she’s one of the most unpredictable artists on the planet, which, for me, also makes her one of the most fascinating artists, too.  At some…

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  • Today the legendary Amanda Palmer unleashed the above cover of Pink Floyd’s “Mother” and it’s haunting us already.  She came up with the moving arrangement with her composer friend Jherek Bischoff and it’s every bit as emotional as Pink Floyd’s original.  I know that’s saying a lot, but if you’re listening to it right now…

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  • Just earlier this week I found myself wondering whatever happened to Fischerspooner.  They were one of my favorite electronic music duos several years ago but they’ve been absent from the scene for quite a while now.  Well, it turns out they’ve been cooking up something good, which we’re getting our first taste of today with…

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  • “I know that you would want it if I could sink my teeth into you,” sing Aly & AJ on their icy hot new single “Take Me.”  The fact that the song is uber-catchy alone makes it sufficient for a song of the day posting, but we have a cherry on top of the ice…

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