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Pop Rewind: Blondie “Heart Of Glass”

Here in the twenty-teens, it’s easy to look back and view the disco craze of the 1970s as an anomaly, a musical style unto itself that lived a short but interesting life. But 1979’s “Heart of Glass,” put out by punk/New Wave outfit Blondie, serves as a reminder that even back then there was bleedover between genres—sometimes more than people thought was appropriate. When “Heart of Glass” came out, it […]


John Mayer Announces Expansive Summer Tour

The past three years have not been very kind to John Mayer. A string of bad publicity (much of it self-inflicted), coupled with throat issues that required two surgeries and called into question whether he would even be able to sing again. Even recently, he’s been in the news more for his on-again-off-again relationship with Katy Perry than for music related news. But finally, there’s some good news for the […]


Pop Rewind: Simple Minds “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”

Simply put, the success of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds is a lesson in irony. Arguably their most memorable hit in a career spanning over 30 years, the song wasn’t even on one of their studio albums, but was made famous as part of the soundtrack for John Hughes’ 1985 teen angst film The Breakfast Club. It went on to spend a whopping two years on the […]


Matt Hires Releases “Forever EP”

Atlantic (2013)

While pop vocalist Matt Hires couldn’t rightly be accused of being a musical trailblazer, there’s something about that warbly voice of his that is downright appealing. Yet in the four years since his debut release Take Us To the Start, we’ve only heard a four-song EP (A to B) and a five-song EP with live versions of songs we’d already heard. Suffice it to say we’re ripe for new music […]


Josh Groban Flirts With Pop/Rock on “All That Echoes”

Reprise (2013)

About 12 years ago, Josh Groban formed an instant niche for himself in traditional pop music: a young, handsome, slightly geeky man with a smooth operatic voice, singing songs in a musical style dating well before his time. He went on to become one of the top-selling American vocalists in the twenty-aughts, his first four records going multi-platinum, as he became the poster boy for a subgenre nicknamed “popera.” Now, […]


Justin Bieber Will Win More “Beliebers” with “Believe Acoustic”—Album Review

Island/Def Jam (2013)

This week, pop superstar/heartthrob Justin Bieber released Believe Acoustic, containing acoustic versions of select hits from his 2012 album Believe. By “acoustic,” we mean guitar and vocals. That’s pretty much it, except for a piano on the bonus track. Yeah, here’s an idea. Let’s take an already hugely successful album, create stripped-down versions of some of the songs, and RE-release it to milk every last dime we can out of […]


Justin Timberlake Drops New Single “Suit & Tie”

New Album "The 20/20 Experience" Due This Year

Just in case (you can find the pun if you read those words aloud) you forgot that Justin Timberlake can actually sing…he’s chosen 2013 to remind us all. A few days ago, Timberlake put out a teaser video suggesting his return to music, sparking a flurry of speculation around the Interwebs. Then on Sunday, in an open letter to his fans via his website, he officially announced his upcoming album […]


Madonna’s Tactless Antics: Plea For Attention? [2012 In Review]

We’re reviewing some of MIMO’s most intriguing, interesting and thought-provoking pieces for 2012. In this piece, our pop/rock correspondent Tim Ferrar sparked a long discussion over his remarks concerning the ire her Denver, CO performance raised with some fans who felt her firing fake guns onstage was too reminiscent of the recent Aurora theater shooting. Should Madonna have been more sensitive to her audience? Or was it too much to […]


The MIMO Interview: Meet Churchill [2012 In Review]

Highlighting some of MIMO’s finer moments of 2012…this September interview with Churchill took place right after the popular Denver-based band signed to A&M Octone Records. Since this interview, the band has charted on Sirius Alt Nation, and at this very moment iTunes is featuring their single “Change” as the Free Single of the Week. Get to know this up-and-coming band. Enjoy! -Ed   If you haven’t heard the song “Change” […]


Pop Rewind: Glass Tiger “Someday”

Here’s a band you probably haven’t heard in awhile—but with a mere two hit singles in 1986, Canadian pop/rock outfit Glass Tiger at one time epitomized the sound of 80’s New Wave. Admittedly better-known in their home country than the U.S., this band managed to break Billboard’s Top 10 with two singles from their debut album The Thin Red Line. The highest charting (and probably the most memorable) was “Don’t […]

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Pop Rewind: Mannheim Steamroller “Stille Nacht (Silent Night)”

As Christmas is now mere days away, I thought it fitting to conclude our Christmas-themed pop rewinds with Mannheim Steamroller’s “Stille Nacht.” Mannheim Steamroller, the brainchild of Chip Davis, is one of those acts that has unintentionally become nearly synonymous with Christmas; their New Age sound and airy arrangements just sort of add to the mystique. The song I’ve shared below was the final track on their first Christmas album, […]


Best Pop Albums of 2012

Over the past few years, it seems pop music in general has slowly emerging from a slump, with the sterile electro-pop sounds and autotune being balanced out by a bit more in the way of folk, rock and acoustic elements. This growing diversity of sound is reflected in some of this 2012’s best pop albums, as you’ll see in my list below. It was actually a bit difficult to put […]


Pop Rewind: Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

Continuing on with our December holiday-themed pop rewinds, today let’s take a look at a more modern classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. Co-written by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, this song was first recorded in 1994, and made the Top Ten in album charts around the world. While relatively few original Christmas tunes written in the past few decades have achieved the same level of […]


Bruno Mars “Unorthodox Jukebox”: Album Review

Atlantic Records (2012)

If there’s one thing I love about pop music, it’s when someone finds success outside the conventional wisdom of the day. Take Bruno Mars, for instance; if you listen to most critics, this guy absolutely should not be a pop star, much less a burgeoning pop culture icon. Like his debut album Doo-Wops and Hooligans, Mars’ sophomore release Unorthodox Jukebox is anything but UN-orthodox. There is absolutely nothing groundbreaking on […]


Pop Rewind: Vince Gauraldi Trio “Christmas Time Is Here”

Let’s face it: it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas in our culture without watching A Charlie Brown Christmas at least once during the holidays. And it wouldn’t be A Charlie Brown Christmas without the Vince Gauraldi Trio providing that awesome jazz soundtrack. The show opens with “Christmas Time Is Here,” but the entire soundtrack album (first released in 1965) has become one of the best-loved Christmas albums of all time, […]

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