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Hugh McIntyre
Hugh McIntyre is a freelance pop music journalist in N.Y.C. by way of Boston. He has written for Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, MTV, as well as various magazines and blogs around the world. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the blog: "Pop! Bang! Boom!" which is dedicated to the genre of pop in all of its glory.

Entries by Hugh McIntyre

OK Go Talk Creative Music Videos and Life Without a Label

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 9:10 AM

After so many years together, alt-rockers OK Go are still going strong, thanks to a dedicated fanbase and some of the most creative music videos of all time. Even if you're not the biggest fan of their music, there is no way you haven't seen (and loved) at least one...

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Wyclef Jean Says He Wants to Move to Sweden

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 7:48 AM

Photo by Bingo Rimer.

"Well I mean I love Sweden. I've been coming out here since 1999. I'm just waiting for that Swedish passport, baby. You dig?"

At this past weekend's Symposium Stockholm, writer, producer, and artist Wyclef Jean made...

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Premiere: EDM Rockers Cheat Codes Have Hit Their Stride With 'Senses'

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 10:57 AM

EDM may have peaked, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for new, exciting music in the genre to break out. Just when you think you've had all the massive electronic drops you can handle, the right one comes along and helps you remember why this music gets you so...

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4 Songs From New Artists to Get Your Weekend Going

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 2:20 AM

It's Friday, and that means the weekend is upon us...finally. You're probably working on making plans, be they dinner, drinks, or a night filled with dancing to some of your favorite tunes. Your favorite local club is going to be serving up your much-needed dosage of top 40 when you...

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Golden Coast Offer a Bit of an Escape on 'Futurist'

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 4:41 PM


Has the cold got you feeling a bit down? Looking for a bit of an escape, if even for just a few minutes?

"Futurist," the new single from indie outfit Golden Coast, one of LA's most exciting new acts is a...

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TWICEYOUNG Show How Nashville Is So Much More Than Country

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 8:38 PM

Nashville may be known for its abundance of top quality country music, but many people don't realize that over the past several years, other musicians have made it their home, and they are changing the city for the better. While it will likely always be the biggest city in the...

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Premiere: Jillette Johnson Covers Joni Mitchell's Wintery 'River'

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 11:47 AM


The holidays are approaching--or, depending on what stores you're shopping in, they are upon us--and that means another round of cover versions of some of the best-known and most beloved tracks, each done in a slightly different way. While some people think the...

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Betty Who Talks Touring, Her New Album, and Law & Order: SVU

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 7:03 PM

For some time now, Betty Who has been one of the most exciting rising stars in the pop world. She's creating the kind of easy and easy to love hits that get stuck in your head and literally never leave. She is making the music that even those...

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Rock In Rio Adds Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and More to First American Lineup

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 9:28 PM

One of the world's largest music festivals is coming to America for the first time, and they're bringing out the big guns.

Yesterday, the organizers of Rock In Rio, the Brazilian music festival slowly taking over the globe, announced three new acts that will help make sure that RIR's debut...

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Jason Derulo Takes His "Talk Dirty" Party on the Road

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 10:06 AM


Jason Derulo has had a landmark year, releasing his highest-charting album and giving the world a slew of massive singles, each more catchy than the last. His Talk Dirty CD has so far seen the title track, along with "The Other...

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Premiere: Bailiff Bring Rock Back on New EP

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 3:36 PM

While EDM, pop, and hip-hop may be dominating the charts right now, there will always be a place in the world for rock and roll. Thankfully for the listener, in times when rock's popularity subsides, only the really good stuff has a chance to shine through and be heard.

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12 Underground Acts You Need to Hear at Sacramento's TBD Festival

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 4:10 PM

While summer is the season for festivals, that doesn't mean it's the only time you can enjoy one. Big names like Electric Zoo, Lollapalooza and Governor's Ball may grab all the attention, but there are so many others around the country (not to mention in the rest of the world)...

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Sara Bareilles' Tour Opener Hannah Georgas Is a Star on Her Own

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 8:54 PM


photo credit: Jack Alexander

Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of seeing one of my absolute favorite artists -- the exceptionally talented and wonderfully down-to-earth Sara Bareilles -- in concert during her Little Black Dress Tour. I have loved Sara from...

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Jason Mraz Talks About Touring All 5 NYC Boroughs

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 1:21 AM

Loveable guitar slinger Jason Mraz released his latest album Yes! last week to both critical acclaim and good sales numbers. While he didn't beat Weird Al to the number one spot (he was the runner up last week), his album did sell well, and fans are reacting positively well --...

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Tired of Taylor Swift? Marie Miller Is Just What You Need

(3) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:10 AM

Like her or hate her, Taylor Swift is one of the biggest stars in the music industry these days. She has an armful of Grammys, incredibly successful tours, and she's one of the only people who can really sell albums -- more than her pop contemporaries like Lady Gaga, Rihanna...

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Tiësto Curates Summer EDM Playlist for New Music Startup

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 10:10 AM

Summer is only (already?) half way done, and many of us have been busy with concerts, parties, cookouts and the like. If you're like me, your music collection is getting a bit stale, and you're looking for that awesome new song of the summer, right?

Well, there is plenty of...

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Boston Finds Its Calling: The City's Only Music Festival

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 9:53 AM

While Boston isn't the biggest city in the country, it can claim to have a huge number of young people, if only for a part of the year. Every fall, hundreds of thousands of students flock to Beantown to attend one of the one hundred colleges and universities in the...

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World Premiere: Bryce Vine Saves Hip-Pop With Debut EP Lazy Fair

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 1:22 PM

Every once in a great while you come across one of those rare artists whose success is all but guaranteed. While some artists take years to become popular and partner with famous names, others seem to achieve this feat almost as soon as their career has started. When you hear...

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Karmin and Bonnie McKee on Their 'Pulses' Tour

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 1:18 PM

If you haven't already heard, the best pop tour of the year is already underway, and for your sake I hope you haven't missed it. Loving boyfriend/girlfriend duo Karmin are on the road right this minute with Bonnie McKee. If you don't know that name, you surely know her work....

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30 SXSW Acts About to Break

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 4:17 PM


One of the points of South By Southwest is to try and tell who the next superstar will be. Many a famous name got their start at the Austin, TX festival, and if you're lucky enough and paying attention, you can...

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