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Heather Gardner

The MIMO Interview: Heather Gardner, Vapor Music (Part 1) [2013 In Review]

Indie Musicians, Publishing and Song Placement series

We  conclude our January review of the best posts on MIMO in 2013 with an important series of interviews that should be especially helpful to indie singer-songwriters and composers.  In recent years, song placements for media have become a major possible outlet for DIY musicians who might not otherwise get their music heard, and some indie musicians have built successful careers around such placements. Last fall, Jeff McQ interviewed several […]

Grammy 2014

Grammy 2014 Predictions and Picks

As the 2014 Grammy Awards telecast approaches, as is the custom, many fans, critics and journalists are speculating as to who will win which awards. I am no exception. While there are far too many categories to go through them all, here are a few of my predictions for some of the higher profile categories. See if you agree with my picks.   Album Of The Year: The Blessed Unrest […]


Introducing: Moko

Nile Rodgers, Pusha T and Major Lazer might have brought the star power, but of all the collaborators to appear on Chase & Status’ 2013 album, Brand New Machine, it was a virtual unknown, 22-year-old Moko, who undoubtedly stole the show. Possessing a gutsy and impassioned gospel-soul vocal which has been favourably compared to Massive Attack’s former muse Shara Nelson, the South Londoner gave the drum ‘n’ bass duo’s third […]

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Four R&B Albums To Watch For in 2014

From John Legend’s Love In The Future to Beyonce’s surprise self-titled visual album, 2013 was a great year for R&B. From the looks of things, 2014 is shaping up to be just as memorable. Here are four R&B albums in particular that I think you should be watching for in 2014. 1)    Frank Ocean, TBD The Odd Future crooner-turned-solo artist captivated fans with his 2012 debut Channel ORANGE, an album […]

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U2 to Release New Track “Invisible” for Free During Super Bowl

U2 has been in the news a lot lately, but interestingly, there’s still a lot we don’t know. We know they’re putting out a highly-anticipated new album in April, we know Danger Mouse is producing it and we know they’ve returned to Island Records, but we don’t know the album’s name. We’ve heard a new song “Ordinary Love” from the new Mandela biopic, and we know the song has won […]

Grammy 2014

Grammy Awards 2014 Preview

It’s upon us again—the biggest night of the music industry. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be telecast live on Sunday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with awards for current hitmakers and performances from some of the biggest names in music, both past and present. The year in music has been an interesting one, to say the least, marked by stellar comebacks (Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk) set […]

A Great Big World

A Great Big World “Is Anybody Out There?” –Album Review

Epic Records/Sony (2014)

After hitting the national stage last fall with their smash melancholy hit “Say Something” (with an added push from Christina Aguilera to nudge them even further into the spotlight), pop duo A Great Big World now have the chance with their debut album Is Anybody Out There? to show whether they have the musical chops to carry them over the one-hit-wonder hump. On first listen, I feel like they’ll definitely […]

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Arrested in Miami for DUI, Drag Racing

Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested early Thursday morning in Miami after being pulled over for allegedly drag racing in a rented yellow Lamborghini and subsequently failing a field sobriety test, according to local authorities. Confirmation of Bieber’s arrest first broke just before 5:00 am local time via the Miami Beach Police Twitter account: #BreakingNews confirming @justinbieber has been arrested for DUI & Drag Racing more info & press release […]

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Freed Pussy Riot Members to Appear at Brooklyn Concert Event

Scheduled to speak at Amnesty International concert at Barclay’s Center Feb. 5

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, the two members of Russian art collective Pussy Riot who were recently freed from prison, are scheduled to make an appearance at a human rights concert in Brooklyn, according to a press release from Amnesty International. The human rights organization says the pair will be appearing at a special concert event dubbed “Bringing Human Rights Home” at Barclay’s Center on February 5, where they will […]

James Vincent McMorrow Post Tropical

James Vincent McMorrow “Post Tropical” – Album Review

Best-known for his fragile folksy reworking of Steve Winwood’s 80s hit, “Higher Love,” James Vincent McMorrow’s 2010 debut, Early In The Morning, was a wintry one-man-and-his-guitar affair which understandably drew comparisons with the likes of Bon Iver, Damien Rice and Ray LaMontagne. The beard and flannel shirt appearance may still remain, but second album, Post Tropical, positions the Dubliner as an almost entirely different artist. Indeed, with their spacious blend […]


Warpaint “Warpaint”—Album Review

Rough Trade (2014)

In the four years since all-girl indie-rock outfit Warpaint released their debut album The Fool, they’ve experienced a slow burn of increasing popularity not entirely unlike their atmospheric musical style. By putting the music out there and letting it simmer, they’ve gone from being a name known only to the most dedicated of underground indie-ers to being the band the whole indie scene seems to be watching for cues—and with […]

Damon Albarn Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn Releases Title Track from Solo Album “Everyday Robots”

Solo album scheduled for April 29 release

British singer-songwriter Damon Albarn already sports quite a diverse resume, with such entries as frontman for rock band Blur, co-founder of cartoon alt-hip-hop act Gorillaz, part of supergroup The Good, the Bad & the Queen, and even occasional film score composer. Now, it appears, he’s about to add “solo artist” to the list. Albarn has kept the music news media quite busy over the past few days, first previewing four […]

Young the Giant Mind Over Matter

Young the Giant “Mind Over Matter”—Album Review

Fueled By Ramen (2014)

“This is where I come from / This is where I belong,” sings Young the Giant frontman Sameer Ghadia in his signature warbly vibrato on “Crystallized,” the second advance single from their sophomore effort Mind Over Matter. If there’s a line in the song that encapsulates the feeling of this album, to me, it’s this one. After a debut album that yielded two radio-friendly hits but little else, the band’s […]

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Four Hip-Hop/Rap Albums To Watch For in 2014

A fresh new year upon us means the arrival of exciting new music. 2013 was a great year for the hip-hop/rap genre with a slew of chart topping hit albums, including Jay Z’s Magna Carta, J. Cole’s Born Sinner and Kanye West’s Yeezus. So far, 2014 looks to be just as promising. Here are four upcoming hip-hop albums I think should be on your radar this year.    Pharrell, untitled […]

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Why All the Hype About Beats Music?

The new Dre/Iovine streaming music service releases tomorrow. Should you care?

Tomorrow, January 21, yet another streaming music service will start competing for market share with Spotify, Pandora and others. (Really? Another one?) And while each new entrant tends to create some boot-rattling, this one seems to be making more waves than others. Beats Music, the latest installment in the Dr. Dre/Jimmy Iovine audio franchise, promises a whole new music listening and music discovery experience that, if it does what it […]