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Damon Albarn Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn Releases Title Track from Solo Album “Everyday Robots”

Solo album scheduled for April 29 release

British singer-songwriter Damon Albarn already sports quite a diverse resume, with such entries as frontman for rock band Blur, co-founder of cartoon alt-hip-hop act Gorillaz, part of supergroup The Good, the Bad & the Queen, and even occasional film score composer. Now, it appears, he’s about to add “solo artist” to the list. Albarn has kept the music news media quite busy over the past few days, first previewing four […]


Radiohead The Bends

Rock Rewind: Radiohead “Fake Plastic Trees”

Some bands are known as chart successes, and some are known as landscape changers. Radiohead is definitely one of the latter. How ironic that a band with the word “radio” in it can hardly get any airplay—and yet there is scarcely a modern rock band large or small who does not cite them as a major influence. If you don’t believe me, try getting tickets to a Radiohead concert—and if […]


Fleetwood Mac Rumours

It’s Official: Christine McVie Is Rejoining Fleetwood Mac

After months of speculation and “rumours” (pardon the pun), it was confirmed on Tuesday that Christine McVie will be officially rejoining Fleetwood Mac. The news first came from Mick Fleetwood himself, onstage before a crowd in Maui last weekend, as Billboard reports. Band publicist Liz Rosenberg confirmed the news on Tuesday, adding that a tour with the now fully reunited band was possibly in the works. Christine McVie first joined […]


Bruce Springsteen High Hopes

Bruce Springsteen “High Hopes” –Album Review

Columbia (2014)

Perhaps one mark of an iconic musical artist is when even the leftovers can come together to make a good record. As Bruce Springsteen’s long-awaited hodgepodge album High Hopes drops this week, fans are likely to be surprised at how well the album ties together the loose ends of the previous decade of the Boss’s career. Of course, Springsteen openly admits he had a little help with this one. Guitarist […]


Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill

Rock Rewind: Alanis Morissette “Ironic”

After releasing two modestly successful dance-pop albums in the early 1990s in her home country of Canada, singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette changed direction, moving more into a post-grunge alternative vibe infused with a healthy dose of sarcasm. The resulting project, Jagged Little Pill, not only launched Morissette onto the worldwide stage, but also snagged the record for best-selling international debut ever, selling a whopping 33 million copies–a record that still stands […]


The Everly Brothers

Paul McCartney, Others Pay Tribute to Phil Everly

To put it lightly, when a former Beatle refers to you as one of his “heroes” and says he was “star-struck” when meeting you, that’s saying something. Check out what Sir Paul McCartney wrote on his Facebook page about Phil Everly, the younger half of the Everly Brothers, who passed away last weekend: “Phil Everly was one of my great heroes. With his brother Don, they were one of the […]


Blue October Sway

The MIMO Interview: Blue October [2013 In Review]

One of our best-received MIMO interviews from the past year was the one Jeff McQ did back in August with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October. On the eve of the band’s new album release Sway, Furstenfeld seemed notably enthusiastic and hopeful as he talked about the dynamics of “going independent” with Blue October, and about his own newfound sobriety. We thought this interview was definitely worth revisiting. Enjoy. –Ed.   […]


The Everly Brothers

Rock Rewind: The Everly Brothers “Wake Up Little Susie”

In memory of Phil Everly, who passed away on Friday from COPD, I felt it would be appropriate to pick one of The Everly Brothers’ early hits for the first rewind of 2014. Released in 1957, “Wake Up Little Susie” was not The Everly Brothers’ first hit single (“Bye Bye Love” has that distinction), but it was their first single to top the Billboard Pop charts, also topping the country […]


Pixies EP2

Pixies Do a ‘Surprise’ Release of “EP2”

Here’s the news: The Pixies have released a second limited edition EP called, appropriately, EP2. If you go by the accompanying single “Blue Eyed Hexe” (video below), it’s probably pretty good. The part that lots of media outlets are calling “news,” but really isn’t that big a deal, is that the EP release is a “surprise.” Whether that spin was the Pixies’ idea or not, it doesn’t really work. First […]


Bruce Springsteen High Hopes

Oops, Sorry Boss; Springsteen’s “High Hopes” Accidentally Released Early

Bruce Springsteen fans awaiting the release of his new album High Hopes got an unexpected foretaste on Saturday when the record accidentally became available for sale on Amazon ahead of its January 14 release date, as reported by Billboard. The snafu  occurred briefly on Amazon’s mobile site, with tracks from the record available as MP3 downloads. The mistake was quickly corrected, but not before fans were able to purchase the […]


Ike and Tina Proud Mary

Rock Rewind: “Proud Mary”

For the last Rock Rewind of 2013, I’ve picked a bit of an anomaly. “Proud Mary” is one of those few songs that became a signature hit for more than one act, so it doesn’t do the song justice unless you tell both stories. John Fogerty wrote the song in the late 1960s, and his band Credence Clearwater Revival released the tune in 1969 on their sophomore album Bayou Country. […]


The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963

The Beatles Release “Bootleg Recordings” on iTunes

Maneuver to avoid losing copyrights

On Tuesday, 59 previously unreleased recordings from The Beatles became available on iTunes in a special collection titled The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963. But it’s not because the surviving bandmates or their record label are being exceptionally generous. The tracks, which include demos, studio outtakes and live BBC recordings, were all set to tape around the band’s transitional period surrounding the release of 1963’s Please Please Me. According to European […]


Nirvana

Rock Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees Announced

Nirvana, fan-favorite KISS among inductees

This morning in a press release, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland officially announced its list of inductees for 2014. The inductees include the following peformers:   Nirvana KISS Peter Gabriel Cat Stevens Linda Ronstadt Hall and Oates   Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence. Non-performers receiving the Ahmet Ertegun award include Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham, original managers behind […]


John Lennon Happy Xmas

Rock Rewind: John Lennon “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

Continuing our holiday-themed rewinds through December—another Christmas song that has turned into a modern classic is John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” first released in 1971. You don’t have to be a history buff to hear the socio-political leanings in this song, but a little bit of history will help. Lennon wrote this song in 1969 at the height of his peace activism days when he and wife Yoko […]


Paz Lechantin

Paz Lechantin Is The Pixies’ New Touring Bassist

This week, The Pixies announced the name of their new touring bassist—and she’s not named Kim. Paz Lechantin, who has performed with multiple acts including A Perfect Circle and Zwan, will be The Pixies’ third bass player in a year, joining the band lineup for their tour beginning January 15 in Toronto. Lechantin replaces Kim Shattuck, who was let go at the end of November and shared her disappointment via […]


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