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Swagga Like Us: A Flashback

And now for a flashback. Today, we look into the annals of time to remember one of the greatest live performances in hip-hop history. I’m talking the 2009 51st Grammy Award performance of the hit single “Swagga Like Us”. T.I. Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and the jiggaman himself, Jay Z, took the stage like a modern-day rat pack (or as Queen Latifah introduced them, a “rap pack”) and showed the world […]

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Flying Lotus ‘You’re Dead!’ – Album Review

Frustrated with all the “Starbucks jazz s***” out there, Los Angeles beatmaker Flying Lotus ventures into the territory once occupied by his great auntie and uncle, Alice and John Coltrane, for his fifth studio effort, You’re Dead! The artist formerly known as Steven Ellison isn’t exactly a stranger to the sound, having built a career on blurring the boundaries between jazz, funk, hip-hop and electronica in various weird and wonderful […]

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MIMO Talks with the Pros: Songwriter/Producer Richard Harris

MIMO was present at this year’s Durango Songwriter’s Expo in Broomfield, CO, a three-day conference established to connect up-and-coming songwriters with industry pros who provide helpful information, offer song critiques, and sometimes sign deals with artists and songwriters. (Meghan Trainor is a recent success story of the Expo.) While there, we had a chance to catch up with songwriter/producer Richard Harris, himself a DSE success story, who makes a significant part […]

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Word to Lil Debbie: How To Bake A Come-Up

She sprung from White Girl Mob with two other white female rappers Kreayshawn and V-Nasty. You can see her bobbing her head next to Kreayshawn in the viral hit, “Gucci Gucci”. Having split with them, she went on to make a series of viral videos that semi-launched her career; “Michelle Obama,” “SQUIRT,” “Gotta Ball,” “I Do It” and “Bake a Cake”. Two EPs later, Queen D and California Sweetheart, this […]

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Pop Rewind: Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls”

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, collectively known as new wave electro-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, had been generating interest in the club scene for several years before their breakout single “West End Girls” catapulted them to international fame. In fact, the version of the song most of us have heard wasn’t the first time it was released as a single. Tennant and Lowe had previously met noted electro-music producer Bobby […]

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SBTRKT ‘Wonder Where We Land’ – Album Review

Enigmatic producer Aaron Jerome, aka SBTRKT, was hailed as the king of the future-garage scene with his self-titled 2011 debut, but his much-anticipated follow-up, Wonder Where We Land, suggests it’s a crown he no longer wishes to hold. Indeed, there’s little amongst the album’s twelve genre-hopping tracks that could be described as danceable, with only the instrumental “Lantern,” a whirlwind of shimmering ravey synths, kaleidoscopic blips and bleeps and disjointed […]

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Tinashe ‘Aquarius’ – Album Review

As I wrote in my previous article, 21-year-old LA native Tinashe is the hottest young thang jumpin’ out of the R&B gate today. But does her new album, Aquarius, live up to the hype? Yes, it does—but it’s kind of a bait-and-switch. The girl draws us in with her bouncy fly-girl “Mya”-like persona, but she keeps us still with her moody, mysterious, pioneering vision. She’s not who I thought she […]

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Stevie Nicks Mines for ’24 Karat Gold’—Album Review

Typically, when an artist digs into the “vault” for previously unreleased tracks, the result is a set of “B-sides” intended for only the most devoted of fans to enjoy. (After all, there’s a reason they were vaulted.) But when Stevie Nicks does it, apparently, it’s gold. More specifically, the aptly titled 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, a brilliant late-career move that reminds us of the timeless impact the […]

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Caribou ‘Our Love’ – Album Review

Ontario-born, London based producer Dan Snaith has built a career on producing the kind of psychedelic electro jams that are almost impossible to dance to. But following a conversation with a group of Ibiza revellers, which proved to be something of an epiphany, the 36-year-old is now trying to make cutting a rug a little easier with Our Love, his fourth album under the guise of Caribou. Thankfully, the follow-up to 2010’s […]

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Rock Legend Paul Revere (of the Raiders) Passes Away at 76

The Internet has been abuzz over the weekend over the news that rock icon Paul Revere (organist and bandleader of the equally iconic, colonial-outfit-bedecked rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders) had passed away at his home in Idaho on October 4. He was 76. The news first broke on the band’s website and Facebook page, accompanied by a touching tribute letter from a fan. No cause of death was […]

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Who is Tinashe?

She loves to get “2 On,” and now she’s about to get her first one on with the October 7th release of her debut album, Aquarius. This is all good for R&B’s newest sweetheart, Tinashe, who is a dance step away from being the next Mya. Bright sugary voice mixed with explicit lyrics, sultry attitude and Ciara-level dance moves – and yeah, you get Tinashe. “2 On” shot to # […]

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Rock Rewind: Janis Joplin “Piece Of My Heart”

Forty-four years ago today—on October 4, 1970—rock legend Janis Joplin was late for a recording session at Sunset Sound Recorders in Los Angeles. Concerned, her road manager drove to her hotel and found her in her room, dead from a heroin overdose. Sixteen days prior, the world had lost Jimi Hendrix to a similar fate. (Both were 27 years old at the time of their passing, giving rise to the […]

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The October 2014 Dance/Electronica Playlist

From a deep house diva anthem, to the latest Studio 54 pastiche, to the return of a Hot Chip side project, here are five dance/electronica tracks you need to look out for this October. Breach vs. Kelis – “The Key” No stranger to the dance world, having previously collaborated with Benny Benassi, Timo Maas and Calvin Harris (not to mention her club-focused 2010 LP, Flesh Tone), Kelis now dips her […]

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Jennifer Hudson ‘JHUD’ – Album Review

I always felt like Jennifer Hudson never really had a hit single that matched the vocal ferocity of her performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in Dreamgirls. But with the release of her third studio album, JHUD, the Dreamgirl finally has some material worthy of her. Maybe it’s the free-bird Donna Summer-channeling vibe she brings to the project. Maybe it’s the “I Got This” diva swag […]

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Guillermo del Toro Is Launching A Horror Film Contest

Guillermo del Toro. He’s one of the biggest names in the movie business. He writes, directs, and produces his films. He also produces other peoples films. Meaning he cherry picks brilliant works that wouldn’t be seen by a wide audience and he, through his fast connection network, is able to get them wider distribution. Well, now the man is taking his producer habits one step further. He’s launching a contest. […]

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Watch David Fincher’s New Gap Ads

David Fincher is one of the greatest living directors. He’s created masterpieces like Fight Club, Seven, and Zodiac. He also directed Alien 3. But that’s neither her, nor their. He’s a man who, with some regularity, creates some of our culture’s most talked about films. And on occasion he directs commercials. It’s a fairly common occurrence. Directors working in commercials allows them to make smaller films, with less risk, at […]

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Michael Fassbender Has Ideas For X-men: Apocalypse

Michael Fassbender is, arguably, one of the biggest stars on the surface of planet Earth, currently. He’s a leading man who can pull massive crowds into a theatre and simultaneously win numerous amounts of awards. Interestingly, he’s been chatting with Simon Kinberg about the newest X-film. And apparently he’s got some ideas as to where the story could go. “Yeah, I mean, I haven’t got a script or anything yet, […]

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Donald Glover To Play Miles Morales in Ultimate Spider-man Cartoon

In 2010, the Amazing Spider-man was rumbling to life. People were saying that Sony was going to reboot the franchise and of course the topic of what actor could take over the role of Spider-man was an instant debate. One of the names the quickly became a source of heated discussion was Donald Glover. Fans of the actor-rapper-writer were convinced that he could play Peter Parker, while more conservative individuals […]

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Ridley Scott Talks Prometheus and Blade Runner Sequels

Ridley Scott has a line of projects that seems to circle the block. He’s wrapping up Exodus: Gods and Kings, then he’s moving on to The Martian, with Matt Damon, and then he’ll finally be getting around to the films that everyone wants him to make Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2. Scott recently sat down with EW and had a few things to say about each of the upcoming […]

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Bond 24 In Need Of A New ‘Iconic’ Henchman

Bond 24 is inching towards production. They have a script, they have a director and an established cast. What they don’t have is a cool new henchman, apparently. A casting call just went out for a man who is above 6’2”, age 30 – 45, and has a ‘ very unusual look’. What that means is they’re looking for someone who is taller than Bond, and has the capability to […]

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Parks and Rec Blooper Real

Parks and Rec is inching towards completion. And as such interesting odds and ends from is sixth season are ending up online. Check out this hilarious blooper reel from the season. Needless to say, Parks and Rec has one of the most comedically gifted casts currently on TV. Watching Chris Pratt, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, and Aubrey Plaza in these bloopers makes me almost wish the show was […]

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‘Young Ones’ Looks Absolutely Jaw Dropping

Young Ones is the second feature film from writer and director Jake Paltrow. It’s a futuristic western with an amazing cast that looks absolutely spectacular. The film appears to have gravitas and empathy in spades. Set in a futuristic dystopian world where drought has covered the United States, the film follows a family and their struggles to find equilibrium in this new unforgiving world. The cast includes Michael Shannon, Elle […]

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The Emmys Don’t Matter

The Emmy’s have long been the strange, slightly gangly, socially awkward cousin in the award show family. They don’t really matter. They’re there. They’re at the table. They’re frequently seen around at family functions. But most people don’t like them. They’re certainly not the Oscars. The pride and joy of the family. The accomplished and good looking favorite child. They’re not even the Golden Globes, the stocky, slightly less accomplished […]

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Men, Women, and Children

Jason Reitman is one of those directors that you always need to keep an eye on. He’s always in the background, doing interesting things. While other directors with his level of clout would be attempting to direct Transformers 16, he’s out making interesting, character based pictures. His latest effort is entitled Men, Women, and Children. What’s it about? The intersection of technology and the human condition. Too broad a synopsis? […]

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Jackie Chan Needs To See A Script For Rush Hour 4

In the endless deluge of sequels, reboots, preboots, and remakes I can honestly say I’ve never heard anyone say ‘Man, I wish there was another Rush Hour movie’. Well, apparently there are plans slowly rumbling to life. Somewhere there’s a studio executive who is attempting to breathe new life into the franchise. While promoting the Chinese Zodiac, Jackie Chan sat down with Jonathan Ross and answered some questions. One of […]

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Stallone Ramping Up Rambo V

The Rambo Franchise has been through numerous ups and downs. From the cartoon to the three sequels, with decades sometimes passing without a new entry, and then of course there’s the failed live action TV show. Well, not too long ago, Rambo V was announce. Some people rolled their eyes and said ‘sure, we’ll believe it when we see it’.   Well, apparently things are heating up. At wrap party […]

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William H Macy’s ‘Rudderless’ Looks Heartwarming

William H Macy is one of the few ‘that guy’ actors who has transcended character acting and become a household name. In films like Fargo, Magnolia, The Cooler and Mystery Men Macy has showcased his skills and verisimilitude at every turn. The man is an amazing talent. Well, now it looks like Macy is turning his skills to another aspect of filmmaking. Namely, being behind the camera. The official blurb […]

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The Revenge of the Green Dragons

Crime movies are released pretty regularly. They’re easy to make from a logistical point of view. They don’t require tons of special effects and high profile actors. But, let’s be honest, most of them aren’t earth shattering. They’re just not. Yeah, of course there are amazing crime films made. But let’s be real. They’re few and far between. Well, the godfather of crime films is executive producing a new one […]

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