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Foo Fighters Echoes Silence Patience and Grace

Rock Rewind: Foo Fighters “The Pretender”

By the time Foo Fighters released their single “The Pretender” in 2007, they were already well established within the alt-rock arena, winning a huge fan base with their raw sound and snagging several Grammys in the process.  But something about the quiet, melancholy stringed-instrument-tinged intro, followed by a driving rock riff opening up into the raw rage and passion of Dave Grohl’s raspy voice, struck a new nerve with audiences.  […]


The Swedish Invasion: The New Scandinavian Wave of Electro

From the now-iconic output of ABBA to the hit factories of Max Martin, Stargate and RedOne, Sweden has been synonymous with expertly-crafted pop since the late 70s. But ever since avant-garde brother-sister duo The Knife achieved widespread acclaim for their 2006 third LP, Silent Shout, it’s also become a hotbed for electro artists who manage to combine their homeland’s melodic tradition with a more forward-thinking production style. Stockholm’s Robyn has […]

Priscilla Ahn

The MIMO Interview: Priscilla Ahn

Since her early days playing open mics around New York City clubs in the mid-2000s, singer-songwriter Priscilla Ahn has become something of a staple in the indie music scene. Her warm, folksy style has landed her tour slots with the likes of Joshua Radin, Ray LaMontagne, DeVotchKa and even Willie Nelson, and her songs have become regular fare on prime-time shows like Grey’s Anatomy and motion pictures like My Sister’s […]

Jessica Cole

The MIMO Interview: Jessica Cole, Lyric House Publishing [2013 In Review]

Indie Musicians, Publishing and Song Placement series

We conclude our annual review of most notable MIMO posts from the past year with the final installment of our series on Indie Musicians, Publishing and Song Placement, first published last fall. In this interview, Jessica Cole of Lyric House Publishing shares valuable insights for indie musicians about the dynamics of song placement, how to craft your material for optimal consideration, working with music publishers, etc.  Definitely worth revisiting. We […]

49th ACM Awards

Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert Lead 2014 ACM Nominations

ACM Awards to take place April 6 in Las Vegas

Fresh on the heels of last week’s Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) has unveiled its list of nominees for the upcoming 2014 ACM Awards on April 6—and Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert are leading the pack. The two country artists snagged seven nominations each, although McGraw is absent from some of the top nods.  Lambert is up for Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the […]

Steve King

The MIMO Interview: Steve King, Imagem [2013 In Review]

Indie Musicians, Publishing and Song Placement series

The interview series MIMO conducted with music publishers and supervisors last fall contains crucial information for indie artists who are serious about a career in today’s music market. We are concluding our review of 2013’s most important articles by reviewing this entire interview series. Earlier this week, we shared a two part interview with Heather Gardner, music supervisor for Vapor Music. Today, we revisit an interview with Steve King of […]

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Charged In Toronto for Alleged Assault

Aaaand the news for Justin Bieber just keeps on being bad. As CNN and other news outlets report, less than a week after the pop singer was arrested in Miami Beach for DUI and resisting arrest after allegedly drag racing in a rented Lamborghini, he turned himself in to Toronto authorities on Wednesday in relation to an assault charge stemming from a reported altercation with a limo driver in December. […]

Duck Sauce Duck Droppings

Duck Sauce “Duck Droppings” – EP Review

Fool's Gold (2014)

Four years after famously combining a Boney M anthem with a shout-out to Barbra Streisand, Brooklyn-based superduo Duck Sauce, aka DJs Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, have yet to drop their much-anticipated debut album, Quack. But perhaps aware that their fans will soon start to look for their fix of classic disco-funk elsewhere, the Brooklyn-based pair are now giving away their second EP, Duck Droppings, entirely for free. (See below.) […]

Trent Reznor

Grammy Producer Says “Sorry” to Trent Reznor (Well, Sort Of)

At the close of Sunday night’s Grammy Awards telecast, the much-hyped finale that brought together Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, David Grohl and Lindsay Buckingham got the short end of the proverbial stick when the show’s producers decided to end the already-overtime telecast a minute and a half before the end of the song. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor soon responded with an angry blurb on Twitter: […]

Dum Dum Girls Too True

Dum Dum Girls “Too True” –Album Review

Sub Pop (2014)

From the beginning of their career, Dum Dum Girls have been running something of a risk by leaning so heavily on the past for their sound—a goth-infused, reverby noise-rock influenced by the likes of Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Stone Roses and The Cure. It’s a retro sound more at home in the 60s than in the twenty-teens.  And yet, Dee Dee Penny and company have somehow owned this sound […]

ATB Contact

ATB “Contact” – Album Review

Kontor Records (2013)

Still best-known for “9PM (Till I Come),” the pitch-bending Ibiza anthem which conquered the globe at the turn of the century, German DJ/producer Andre Tanneberger, aka ATB, has certainly tried his hardest to release that particular albatross from around his neck. Indeed, like the majority of his eight previous studio efforts, Contact is a double-disc affair which offers both the lush melodic trance for which he is known and a […]

Heather Gardner

The MIMO Interview: Heather Gardner, Vapor Music (Part 2) [2013 In Review]

Indie Musicians, Publishing and Song Placement series

Finishing up our month of reviewing key MIMO articles from 2013…here is Part 2 of Jeff McQ’s interview with Heather Gardner, music supervisor for Vapor Music. First published last fall, this was part of an important series of interviews about song placements and synced music as an outlet for indie musicians.  Check out part 1 here.  Enjoy! –Ed.    *****   MIMO:  What type of sound quality are you looking […]

Pete Seeger

RIP, Folk Legend Pete Seeger

Singer-songwriter Pete Seeger, a man who was foundational in the shaping of modern folk music in America, died Monday of natural causes in a New York hospital, the New York Times reports. He was 94. While he was never what many would consider a chart success as a solo artist during his 70-plus-year career, there are few today in American music who have not felt Pete Seeger’s influence, most especially […]

Grammy 2014

Daft Punk Take Top Grammy Honors

Grammy 2014 highlights and low-lights

As further evidence of EDM’s growing influence on popular music, a couple of robots (also known as Daft Punk) took the top honors at last night’s Grammy Awards show, winning “Album of the Year” for their record Random Access Memories. In fact, the helmeted French duo took home no less than four Grammys, each time having one or more of their collaborators speak on their behalf. (It certainly must be […]

Billy Joel Piano Man

Pop Rewind: Billy Joel “Piano Man”

We could spend numerous rewinds going over the hits of icon Billy Joel—and likely we’ll review more in the days to come—but having been recently awarded the coveted Kennedy Center Honors for his lifetime achievement, and given his upcoming residency at Madison Square Garden, it seems appropriate to start with Billy Joel’s very first (and now signature) hit, “Piano Man.” When the song was first released as a single in […]