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Neko Case The Worse Things Get

Neko Case “The Worse Things Get…” –Album Review

Anti- (2013)

Between that distinctive razor-edged voice and some of the most interesting lyricism you’ll ever hear, Neko Case is a force to be reckoned with. I was already convinced of this before now, but with her latest release The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, she’s outdone herself. Never one to shy away from the esoteric, eccentric or just plain weird, […]


Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism

Death Cab For Cutie To Reissue “Transatlanticism”

Reprint in honor of album’s 10th anniversary

Apparently it’s a year of reminiscing for Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard—not that he hasn’t earned the right to do so. Between his wildly popular one-off album Give Up with side project The Postal Service and the release of Death Cab’s breakthrough album Transatlanticism, 2003 was a particularly productive year for him. Earlier in the year, Gibbard celebrated the decade with a revival tour of The Postal Service, […]


Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple Cusses Out Crowd for Talking, Storms Offstage

Like many musical artists, Fiona Apple doesn’t like it when people talk during her performance. But unlike many musical artists, apparently she’s unafraid to throw a fit when it happens—or more specifically, to tell the audience to “Shut the f**k up” and walk offstage. That’s apparently what happened Thursday night when Apple attempted to perform in front of a particularly talkative crowd at a Louis Vuitton fashion party in Tokyo. […]


Lucy Schwartz Timekeeper

The MIMO Interview: Lucy Schwartz Talks about “Timekeeper”

For being a young indie artist, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Lucy Schwartz has certainly made the rounds. At age 23, she’s already had dozens of song placements in film and television (most recently her song “Boomerang” on the Season 4 finale of Arrested Development, now available on Netflix). She’s also co-written with the likes of Landon Pigg and Aqualung, toured with Lilith Fair, and even covered a Carpenters song on the […]


Laura Veirs Warp and Weft

Laura Veirs “Warp and Weft” –Album Review

Raven Marching Band (2013)

Fifteen years and nine studio albums in, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs still could not be considered a household name. But consistent, solid, high-quality songwriting will always win the day in Americana/folk, and Veirs has been among the most solid and consistent of them all across those nine albums. The result: those who know Laura Veirs, love Laura Veirs. And her latest release Warp and Weft gives the fans plenty of reasons […]


Jayme Dee

Singles You Shouldn’t Miss (August Edition)

It might have been a slow summer for national releases, but the indie music scene has been as solid as ever. Here are a few great singles that have come onto my personal radar this month. By pure coincidence, all of this month’s featured artists happen to be from LA. I think you’ll enjoy these!   KITTEN “LIKE A STRANGER” Kitten frontwoman Chloe Chaidez seems like such a veteran when […]


Lana Del Rey Tropico

Is Lana Del Rey Saying Goodbye?

It’s amazing in this age of social media how two words can create such buzz. The two words in question are “farewell project.” Songstress Lana Del Rey used those two on her Twitter account on August 17, describing her upcoming 30-minute mini-movie Tropico which she has been teasing on Twitter since last month. No further explanation has given. Here’s the actual tweet:   Looking forward to seeing you for the […]


Gregory Alan Isakov The Weatherman

Gregory Alan Isakov “The Weatherman” – Album Review

Suitcase Town Music (2013)

By all accounts, singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov would seem the least likely candidate to be one of the most in-demand performers of neo-folk—the least likely to have one of the most downloaded albums in the iTunes singer/songwriter category with his independent release The Weatherman, the least likely to be playing to sold-out venues while on tour. He is remarkably unassuming in his tone and stage presence, rarely approaching the top […]


Sam Phillips Push Any Button

Sam Phillips Explores Vintage Pop with “Push Any Button”

Littlebox Recordings (2013)

One of my favorite things about singer/songwriter Sam Phillips is that she always finds creative ways to keep things interesting, both with her music and with the delivery of it. We haven’t had an official full-length release from her since 2008’s Don’t Do Anything, but that’s mainly because she was busy flooding her fans’ ears directly with multiple EPs via her Long Play subscription service. Now, with Push Any Button, […]


KT Tunstall Invisible Empire Crescent Moon

KT Tunstall “Invisible Empire/ /Crescent Moon” – Album Review

Jaydone Ltd. (2013)

Crisis and loss inevitably bring change. Sometimes that change is reflected in a dramatic change of context and direction. Perhaps this is the reason why Scottish songstress KT Tunstall’s new double-titled album Invisible Empire/ /Crescent Moon is so vastly different than her previous work. Perhaps it’s also why it’s some of the best stuff she’s ever released. In fact, there were two catalysts for this shift of direction for Tunstall, […]


Mumford and Sons Hopeless Wanderer

“Hopeless Wanderer”: Um, Wait, Those Aren’t Mumford & Sons….

The new video for Mumford & Sons’ “Hopeless Wanderer” starts out pretty much the way you’d expect: a rickety piano set in a grassy field, clips of the (supposed) band mates hauling out their various folk instruments for a meaningful jam session in the great outdoors where no one would ever bring a piano (but it’s alright, ‘cause it’s a music video, and that’s how we roll with music videos). […]


The Naked and Famous In Rolling Waves

The Naked and Famous Release “Hearts Like Ours” Single, Video

Sophomore album “In Rolling Waves” due out September 16

I don’t know about you, but I was completely hooked the first time I heard “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous on the radio. Their unique blend of electro-pop with post-punk revival (combined with Alisa Xayalith’s passionate vocals, especially) just scratched an itch in my psyche. I couldn’t get enough of that song. A lot has happened since this New Zealand act released that single. Their debut album Passive […]


Haim

Check Out Haim’s New Single “The Wire”

It would seem that sister act Haim is giving Of Monsters And Men a run for their money for the title of “Most Famous Band Before Their Debut Album Is Even Released”—if such a title existed, that is. Already known across the globe due to heavy touring and a series of well-timed singles and EPs, this week Haim released yet another teaser single, “The Wire.” NME reports the band is […]


Fiona Apple Hot Knife

Fiona Apple Releases Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed Video “Hot Knife”

It’s been a year since Fiona Apple released her latest record The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. Since her tour last summer, we haven’t heard much from her, but I’d be surprised if her newly-released video of “Hot Knife”, directed by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, Magnolia), doesn’t renew interest in the […]


The Lumineers

The Lumineers Unveil New Track, Prep Deluxe Edition Release

Well, I was hoping for a brand-new full length from indie-folk sensations The Lumineers, but perhaps they’ve been so busy keeping up with their meteoric rise to fame that this is the best they can do for now. On August 20, the band’s label Dualtone plans to release a special deluxe edition of The Lumineers’ self-titled breakthrough Platinum album. The new print will reportedly contain five bonus tracks (so that’s […]


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