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The MIMO Interview: Meet Warren Huart

The MIMO Interview: Meet Warren Huart

To put it lightly—L.A. music producer/engineer Warren Huart is a very busy guy. Between having an ownership stake in multiple recording studios (most notably Swing House Studios in Hollywood) and having multiple projects on the burner at any given moment, Huart is always on the go. His recording and production credits include The Fray, Better Than Ezra, Howie Day, Korn, James Blunt, Daniel Powter and a host of others. (This interview was […]

With ‘Some Nights,’ fun. Takes Off

If you’ve watched any television at all the past few months, or listened to the radio, you’ve probably heard the almost annoyingly catchy anthem “We Are Young” by indie-pop/rock outfit fun.—the first single off their new release Some Nights. The single, which features a cameo by Janelle Monae, [URL: http://www.jmonae.com] recently enjoyed placement on a Chevrolet Superbowl commercial, and the cast of Glee recently covered it, as well. Not to […]

Music Stars Release New Tracks for “Every Mother Counts” Compilation

Music Stars Release New Tracks for ‘Every Mother Counts’ Compilation

For the second time, through the month of May, Starbucks patrons will be able to support the efforts of Every Mother Counts (an advocacy campaign to reduce the global rates of maternity deaths) by purchasing a special compilation CD called Every Mother Counts Vol. 2. The track list for the CD is a veritable who’s-who of top musical artists, including Sting, Dave Matthews, Coldplay, Beck, Rufus Wainwright, Alanis Morrissette, Bono and […]

Indie-Rocker to Solo Artist: Dia Frampton’s Unexpected Journey

Sometimes the road makes an unexpected turn, and you just have to follow it and see where it goes. When Dia Frampton (of indie-rock sibling duo Meg & Dia)  became a contestant on NBC’s talent show The Voice last year, she wasn’t actually thinking to become a solo artist. In fact, according to Dia, she auditioned for the show in hope of bringing some publicity to her band’s new record […]

New Music Seminar 2012 to Take Place in New York City June 17-19

New Music Seminar 2012 to Take Place in New York City June 17-19

Understatement of the year: the music industry is changing. It’s certainly no secret that right now the music industry is in a state of upheaval, as industry bigwigs are scrambling to find ways to stop the financial bleeding from illegal downloads and to adapt to changes in the ways people obtain and listen to music. This is why the 2012 New Music Seminar, scheduled for June 17-19 in New York […]

Garth Brooks, Connie Smith and “Pig” Robbins to Be Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

Garth Brooks, Connie Smith and ‘Pig’ Robbins Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, March 6, the Country Music Association in Nashville, TN announced three new inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame for 2012: country superstar Garth Brooks; legendary country singer Connie Smith; and country pianist Hargus “Pig” Robbins. The three inductees were named in the Modern Era Artist, Veterans Era, and Recording/Touring Musicians categories, respectively. The official induction will occur in a ceremony planned for later this year. Connie Smith, […]

Why We Shouldn’t Write Off Lana Del Rey (Just Yet)

So Lana Del Rey is a name being tossed around a lot lately—and not in the best way. Like many modern performers, Lana Del Rey (the stage name/femme fatale alter ego of singer Lizzie Grant) has been building a major fan base the past few years via the Internet. But the January 2012 release of her record Born to Die has received tepid reviews so far from the critics, who seem […]

Lady Antebellum to Play at Prom? PHOTO CREDIT: Miranda Penn Turin

Lady Antebellum to Play at Prom?

As if country superstar band Lady Antebellum isn’t busy enough, what with collecting all their awards and touring almost every major city on the planet and all—they’re going to do a live 45-minute set at the prom of some lucky high school this spring. On March 8, Lady A announced the “Own the Night With Lady A” contest on their website, inviting students to upload YouTube videos creatively explaining why their […]

Bruce Springsteen 'Wrecking Ball': The Boss Takes the Podium-Again

Bruce Springsteen ‘Wrecking Ball’: The Boss Takes the Podium-Again

One thing’s for sure: no one can accuse Bruce Springsteen of not having an opinion. As he’s done numerous times before in his legendary career, with his 17th release Wrecking Ball, “The Boss” has taken dead aim at the most critical issues of our day—in this case, most predominantly, economic inequality, Wall Street corruption, and their effects on the American Dream. This is certainly not new territory for Springsteen; reviewers are […]

Album Review: Young Jeezy Thug Motivation: 103 Hustlerz Ambition

Album Review: Young Jeezy Thug Motivation: 103 Hustlerz Ambition

Thug Motivation: 103 Hustlerz Ambition, the third full-length from Atlanta MC Young Jeezy, has suffered an unusually troubled genesis. The LP accumulated so many blown release dates that at some point people stopped referring to it simply as an “album” and began shouldering it with the modifier “comeback”. So here we are, in early 2012, with a Young Jeezy comeback album, though it’s unclear where exactly he’s coming back from. […]

Eisley Releases New EP, Plans Spring Mini-Tour, Prepares for LP4

Eisley Releases New EP, Plans Spring Mini-Tour, Prepares for LP4

With relatively little fanfare, indie family/sibling band Eisley released a new EP in February, and are following it up with a mini-tour launching in early March, which will quickly criss-cross the United States, and conclude in their home state of Texas on April 1. The EP, named Deep Space, is a collection of five songs that have become fan faves as the band has performed them for audiences on tour […]

Album Review: Dierks Bentley “Home”

Album Review: Dierks Bentley ‘Home’

Speaking in terms of financial success, country singer Dierks Bentley has come a long way since releasing his first record nearly a decade ago. His latest CD Home (released February 2012) debuted near the top of the Billboard 200 chart, and the title cut (which is also the first single) is getting plenty of airplay. From a purely music business standpoint, it would seem that Dierks Bentley has “arrived.” Buuutt…(sigh) […]

The Cranberries “Roses”—Same Band, Only Older (album review)

The Cranberries ‘Roses’—Same Band, Only Older (album review)

Roses, the long-awaited new studio album from Irish alt-rock band The Cranberries [http://www.cranberries.com/], marks the band’s first studio album in a decade, and the first since they took a six-year hiatus so bandmates could work on their solo careers. First impressions of the record: Meh. Don’t get me wrong—Roses is a good record, and certainly existing Cranberries fans should love it. The opening tracks “Conduct” and “Tomorrow” are probably the […]

Carolina Chocolate Drops “Leaving Eden” Brings String Band Music Back Into the Limelight

Carolina Chocolate Drops ‘Leaving Eden’ Brings String Band Music Back Into the Limelight

If you’ve never listened to old-time string band music, you’re missing out on one of the best parts of Americana. The new album Leaving Eden by Carolina Chocolate Drops should remedy that for you. Old-time music is a style of North American folk that draws from traditional English, Irish, Scottish, and African influences (essentially the main people groups out of which America itself was formed). Next to Native American music, it […]

Good things come to those that wait - John Altman

Good Things Come to Those That Wait

There was always something extra special about Peter Green. Something that set him apart from the other guitar heroes of the late sixties – Hendrix, Clapton, Beck and Page. Something that hit a nerve in B.B. King, Carlos Santana, and Barney Kessel and resonated with many fans who first came to his playing via John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and the early incarnation of Fleetwood Mac. It was very hard to define […]