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Country Fans to Vote for ACM New Artist of the Year

Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, Parmalee among semi-finalists

In preparation for the upcoming 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards on April 6, the ACM announced yesterday that once again they will leave the New Artist of the Year category up to the fans, to be decided through two rounds of voting. For the sixth year running, fans will be permitted to vote among eight semi-finalists to select three nominees for New Artist of the Year.  The three finalists […]


Drake and Noah Shebib Cancel Posthumous Aaliyah Album

MIMO is happy to welcome a new writer to our staff: Berenice Famili, who will be covering our hip-hop and R&B categories. Her debut piece is below. –Ed. So, remember that posthumous Aaliyah album that Producer Noah “40” Shebib and Drake were planning to release? Well, it looks like it’s not happening anymore–it has reportedly been canceled. Shebib stated in a recent interview with Vibe magazine: “The world reacting to […]

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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 […]

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Coachella Reveals its 2014 Festival Lineup

Muse, OutKast, Arcade Fire to headline

Hailing the kickoff of music festival season, Coachella has officially revealed its lineup for its 2014 festival, which will take place over two weekends in Indio, California in April. As has become the custom, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is designed to be a repeat schedule over its two weekends, April 11-13 and April 18-20. OutKast is scheduled to headline both Fridays; Muse, both Saturdays; and Arcade Fire, […]

Insane Clown Posse Sue FBI For Calling Juggalos a “Gang”

On Wednesday, lawyers for horrorcore hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse filed suit in federal court against the United States Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for classifying their fans (known as “Juggalos”) a “loosely-organized hybrid gang,” the New York Times reports. Also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are four ICP fans who claim they have been the victims of police harassment and other penalties for identifying themselves […]

Broken Bells After the Disco

Broken Bells Release New Single “After the Disco”

Upcoming album of the same name drops Feb. 4

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting/hoping for a new album from indie-rock duo Broken Bells for quite some time. The combination of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer might be considered a side project, but considering that their self-titled debut album peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and earned a Grammy nomination, its obvious that their unique combined sound deserves to stand on its […]

Artists to Watch in 2014

Previously, my end-of-year lists have covered artists who were overrated and artists who were worthy of the acclaim they received. In this final installment, I want to put a few bands and artists on your radar that you may not know yet, but who are showing promise and momentum, and whom you’re likely to hear a lot more from in 2014. Here they are, in no particular order (except for […]

Bruce Springsteen High Hopes

Bruce Springsteen’s “High Hopes” Streaming Early Online

Tunes from the record to be featured on “The Good Wife”

Well, if you want to hear Bruce Springsteen’s latest record High Hopes early, you can now do so legally. After Amazon accidentally leaked the record briefly last week, CBS is streaming the entire album online from now until its official release next week.  As an additional plug for the album, CBS is announcing that tunes from High Hopes will be featured on the January 12th episode of its television series […]


Electronic Music Playlist (January 2014)

From an unexpected venture into dance music from a Hollywood veteran to an inspired reimagining of a Whitney Houston classic, here are five dance/electronic tracks you need to hear this January. Foxes – “Holding Onto Heaven” Following on from the triumphant “Youth,” Zedd vocalist Foxes continues in a similarly dramatic vein with a slow-building blend of soaring strings and skittering breakbeats which suggests that her forthcoming debut album, Glorious, may […]

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 […]

The Everly Brothers

Phil Everly Passes Away at Age 74

Phil Everly, the younger half of groundbreaking country-rock music duo The Everly Brothers, passed away Friday, January 3 in Burbank, California. He was 74. Everly’s wife Patti confirmed Phil’s passing to the Los Angeles Times, citing the cause of death as complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), brought on by a lifetime of smoking. The Everly Brothers (nee, Don and Phil Everly) first came to prominence in the 1950s […]

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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 […]

David Bowie The Next Day

Best Pop and Rock Albums of 2013

I gotta be honest—I had a hard time finding a whole lot to love about this year’s pop and rock offerings.  I gave some good reviews to albums in both genres, but even then, I often based it on respect for the work more than personal enjoyment. However, when I liked something—I found I really liked it. There were a few from newer or current acts, but interestingly, a number […]

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Why We Should Ignore Miley Cyrus [2013 In Review]

We’re taking a look back at some of 2013’s more memorable articles here on MIMO. Several months after Tim Ferrar posted this commentary, Miley Cyrus is still in the news almost daily. Think what you will about her, she’s the most talked-about musical artist of 2013. Tim thinks that shouldn’t be so. What do you think? –Ed ***** You couldn’t watch the news or scan the Internet yesterday without hearing/reading […]

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New Beyoncé Album Sees 240,000 Illegal Downloads (Analysis)

Are streaming services solving the piracy problem?

Just because music piracy is talked about a little less these days, that doesn’t mean it isn’t still an issue. According to Musicmetric, as reported by Billboard, Beyoncé’s new self-titled album has been illegally downloaded approximately 240,000 times. The release of this “visual album” also sparked renewed interest in the other albums in Beyoncé’s catalog, which also saw increased numbers of illegal downloads recently. Paid sales of Beyoncé have still […]