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Michael Jackson Thriller

Pop Rewind: Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”

From a music history standpoint, Michael Jackson really had two careers: a child singing star who stole the spotlight among his brothers early on as part of the Jackson 5; and his emergence as the “King of Pop” in the 1980s.  This week’s rewind, “Billie Jean,” the second single from 1982’s breakthrough album Thriller, is one of the songs that helped propel Jackson’s second career into megastardom. Ironically, “Billie Jean” […]


Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo Green Announces Departure from “The Voice”

As the premiere of The Voice Season 6 approaches, we already knew that Cee Lo Green wouldn’t be in his chair—he and Christina Aguilera have been rotating seasons with Shakira and Usher for the past couple of years.  What we didn’t know until this week is that Cee Lo isn’t planning to return at all, making him the first coach on the successful talent show to abdicate officially. The “Forget […]


Pussy Riot

Video Shows Cossacks Whipping Pussy Riot Members in Sochi

Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot seem more determined than ever to use their newfound worldwide renown to bring negative publicity to the Russian government. A  video posted by Sky News shows Cossack militia disrupting an attempted protest by Pussy Riot members during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. As the video portrays, the members in their signature colored masks were just beginning to perform when the Cossacks (who are employed […]


Lolawolf

Introducing: Lolawolf

Keanu Reeves, Russell Crowe and David Hasselhoff might have given the whole actors-turned-musicians concept a bad name, but recently, there’s been a clutch of stars who have made the transition appear effortless—from Community comedian Donald Glover/rapper Childish Gambino to She & Him’s kooky New Girl Zoeey Deschanel, to Drake, whose big break in Degrassi: The Next Generation has been all but forgotten about since he turned into one of R&B’s […]


Devo

Devo’s Bob Casale Dead at 61

For the second time in nine months, a prominent member of new wave band Devo has passed away. Guitarist Bob Casale, who started Devo with his brother Gerald in 1972 and played on every Devo album, died suddenly of heart failure on Feb. 17, as confirmed by his brother. He was 61. Gerald Casale released a statement concerning Bob’s passing: “He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented […]


Phantogram Voices

Phantogram “Voices” – Album Review

Republic (2014)

Previously a cult concern, New York duo Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, aka Phantogram, have become inescapable of late, gracing everything from razor commercials to the MTV reboot of Teen Wolf, collaborating with Big Boi on three songs from his solo debut and The Flaming Lips’ on their space-rock opus The Terror, and courting the young adult crowd by contributing to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. Produced by John […]


St. Vincent self-titled

Stream St. Vincent’s Self-Titled Album a Week Early

The time is finally here.  Avant-garde pop songstress Annie Clark (nee, St. Vincent) has been teasing us for months with a systematic release of singles (including “Birth In Reverse,” and “Prince Johnny”)—and now, a week before the actual release of the record, fans can stream the entire album online via NPR First Listen. The biggest problem with experimental artists is that they have a tendency to get so far “out […]


Journey Don't Stop Believin'

Rock Rewind: Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’”

If you’re into statistics and all that, here’s a tidbit you might find interesting: “Don’t Stop Believin’” was not Journey’s top charting hit. (“Separate Ways” has that distinction on the Rock charts, and “Open Arms” on the mainstream US chart.) However, due to its increased use in television and the movies over the years, the song has certainly grown to be one of Journey’s most recognizable tunes, in part because […]


Gorgon City

Introducing: Gorgon City

Named after both their love of Greek mythology and dancehall legend Don ‘Ninjaman’ Gorgon, London house duo Gorgon City, aka DJ/producers Kye Gibbon and Matt Scott, are the latest act to emerge from the Black Butter Records stable that has already spawned UK chart-toppers in the shape of Rudimental and Clean Bandit. In fact, the artists formerly known as bass maestros Foamo and RackNRuin very nearly added to that tally […]


De La Soul

Download De La Soul’s Entire Back Catalog for Free Feb. 14-15

Old-school hip-hop fans, rejoice: De La Soul has a Valentine’s present for you.  The group’s debut album 3 Feet High and Rising turns 25 years old next month—and in celebration, DLS is offering free downloads of their entire catalog direct from their website for a 25-hour period, starting Feb. 14 at 11:00 AM EST and ending at 12 noon on Saturday, Feb. 15. Posdnuos recently explained the move to Rolling […]


Rock band

Musicianship 101: Playing In a Band

Live performance has always been a huge part of being a musical artist, but for DIY musicians it seems to be taking a more critical role than ever.  For those who play in a band, you might be surprised at how many musicians don’t actually understand the band dynamic–how to play music together, rather than separately.  Being a good musician doesn’t automatically make you a good band mate; it requires […]


U2 Invisible

Check out U2’s New Music Video for “Invisible”

Apparently, U2 want to make sure their new tune “Invisible” is anything but. This week, on the heels of the song’s official Super Bowl release—which ultimately raised over $3M for (RED)—the band have released the official music video for “Invisible.” Shot in black-and-white, the video was filmed over three days in an airport hangar in Santa Monica, under the direction of Mark Romanek (whose resume also includes videos for Johnny […]


Woman's Hour

Up-and-Comers: Woman’s Hour

Here’s a band you’re likely to hear a lot more from in the coming months. A four-piece electro-pop act based in London, Woman’s Hour is just now coming on the radar, but they’ve already made best-of lists on publications like BBC6 Music and Line of Best Fit for last year’s tunes “Darkest Place” and “Thunder,” as well as an impressive cover of Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love.” Their just-released new single […]


Durango Songwriters Expo

The MIMO Interview: Jim Attebery, Durango Songwriters Expo

Indie Musicians, Publishing and Song Placement series

As sort of an appendix to the “Indie Musicians, Publishing and Song Placement” series of interviews we conducted with several industry professionals last fall, we felt it would be a great idea to get a perspective from someone who helps coordinate connections between musicians and the industry.  One such person is Jim Attebery, who coordinates the Durango Songwriters Expo twice a year. One great way to for artists to network […]


CEO Wonderland

CEO “Wonderland” – Album Review

Modular (2014)

Formerly of Swedish electro-pop duo The Tough Alliance, Eric Berglund now promises to “make your head spin so much you feel like hopping between neon glowing islands on a quad bike” with Wonderland, the second album released under his flamboyant CEO alter-ego. While such a claim sounds slightly absurd on paper, it’s one which begins to make sense once you’ve heard the album’s eight other-worldly, colourful and utterly chaotic tracks […]