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Pet Shop Boys Electric

Pet Shop Boys “Electric” – Album Review

x2 Recordings (2013)

Pet Shop Boys’ hugely underwhelming last album, Elysium, sounded like synth-pop’s most arch duo had simply given up. So it comes as something of a surprise that less than twelve months on, they have returned not only with a brand new record, Electric, but also the most pulsing, energetic and vibrant album of their thirty-year career. Produced by Stuart Price, the man who oversaw a similar return-to-form with Madonna’s Confessions […]

Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews Hitches a Ride To His Own Show

In 2007, the Dave Matthews Band song “Out Of My Hands” appeared on the soundtrack for a film called The Hitcher. Last weekend, it appears Matthews himself became “the hitcher”—only with a more positive outcome. On Saturday, according to reports, a woman named Emily Krauss and her boyfriend were en route to a Dave Matthews Band show in Hershey, PA, when they approached a man with a busted bicycle hitchhiking […]

Sara Bareilles The Blessed Unrest

Sara Bareilles “The Blessed Unrest” –Album Review

Epic Records (2013)

Let’s be honest: it can be very difficult to create a pop album that the critics actually like—more difficult than people realize. The reason, I believe, is that pop music almost by definition (at least these days) stays near the surface of human emotion, turning its energy mainly to singable hooks and/or danceable beats and the stuff that will make it—well—popular. And the fact is, most music critics are looking […]

Cory Monteith

“Glee” Star Cory Monteith Found Dead in Vancouver

Authorities Rule Out Foul Play

Cory Monteith, best known for his role as Finn Hudson on the successful Fox television musical series Glee, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on Saturday, sparking an outpouring of grief from fans, friends and colleagues on social media over the weekend. Monteith was 31. The actor/singer was discovered by hotel staff when Monteith failed to make his check-out time. While Vancouver police have said there are no […]


Introducing: A*M*E

The cheeky younger sister of the burgeoning London dance-pop scene currently busy reviving the classic club sounds of the 90s, 18-year-old Aminata Kabba, aka A*M*E, possesses a far more intriguing C.V. than the likes of Disclosure and Rudimental. Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1994, she was forced to flee her homeland at age eight when her mother’s hair salon was deliberately burned to the ground. After relocating to South […]

Elton John

Music News Week In Review (July 13 Edition)

While major album releases have been a bit on a slow side over the past couple of weeks, the amount of news about the artists hasn’t been nearly as slow. As it turns out, though, this edition of Music News Week In Review is themed more about what artists aren’t doing, rather than what they are doing. Some of what they’re not doing is based on business decisions, some on […]

Randy Travis

Randy Travis Update: Country Singer Undergoes Emergency Surgery for Stroke

UPDATE 7/13/13: The latest reports on country singer Randy Travis’ condition, according to Travis’ publicist (via Billboard and CNN), are that the country singer is “heavily sedated” but is “resting comfortably” after surgery on Wednesday. Travis remains in critical condition, however, and the family is continuing to ask for prayers from his fans. –ED Unfortunately, the health problems of country icon Randy Travis have apparently gotten even more complicated. After […]

Edie Brickell

Rock Rewind: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians “What I Am”

It almost seems unfair to categorize Edie Brickell as a one-hit wonder, because she is perhaps one of the more underrated talents in modern music. The wife of Paul Simon has only scored one top-ten hit with “What I Am”, performed under the moniker Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. Released in 1988 on the album Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, the single caused the album to go double-platinum, while “What […]

Mayer Hawthorne Previews “Where Does This Door Go?” at Mister Cartoon’s Studio

MIMO was on hand Wednesday evening at renowned tattoo artist Mister Cartoon’s studio in downtown Los Angeles as Mayer Hawthorne previewed the new album Where Does This Door Go? (Republic Records). The album releases July 16, but the handful of media and industry people on hand had a chance to listen to the project while treated to free Umami burgers and a Patron-sponsored open bar. (Stream the album on NPR’s […]

Maps Vicissitude

Maps “Vicissitude” – Album Review

Mute Records (2013)

Named after the term for a typically unwelcome change of fortune, UK producer James Chapman’s third studio effort under the guise of Maps, Vicissitude, doesn’t exactly shy away from revelling in doom and gloom. Resembling a cross between a self-hypnosis tape and a soundtrack to an eerie early 80s sci-fi flick, the follow-up to 2009’s Turning The Mind is underpinned by a sense of foreboding which suggests that the twenty-something […]

Ciara “Ciara” – Album Review

Epic Records (2013)

Ciara is the most underrated female R&B artist of the last decade. Despite her eight Billboard 100 top-ten singles, she is seldom mentioned in the same sentence as Beyoncé or Alicia Keys. Despite sneak-attacking the industry with the uber-hit “Goodies” featuring Petey Pablo in 2004, and subsequently releasing the Goodies album to triple-platinum success, Jazze Pha’s protege has failed to match the buzz of her earlier career. There are a […]

Josh Pyke “The Beginning and the End Of Everything” –Album Review

Ivy League Records (2013)

Back in May, I wrote this piece about Aussie singer-songwriter Josh Pyke to try to put his music on the radar of a few more Americans. Now that his fourth record The Beginning and the End Of Everything is available, we can see if the buzz he generated with his single “Leeward Side” was worth it. My take? It was definitely worth it—and then some. First off, Pyke is an outstanding […]

Daughn Gibson Me Moan

Daughn Gibson “Me Moan” – Album Review

Sub Pop (2013)

Named after an amalgam of Nashville crooners Don and Stevie Ray, Pennsylvania truck driver-turned-troubadour Daughn Gibson twisted country music beyond all recognition with last year’s debut All Hell thanks to an array of warped loops, samples and distortion and a remarkable baritone which sat somewhere between a Vegas Elvis impersonator and the frontman of the Crash Test Dummies. His second album, Me Moan, continues to bridge that rather wide gap […]

Editors “The Weight Of Your Love” –Album Review

PIAS (2013)

Sometimes the overall reception of a new album is simply a matter of context. The irony of situation for British alt-rock outfit Editors is that their ill-fated attempt at Euro-synth-rock with 2009’s In This Light and On This Evening actually puts them in a good position, because any shift in musical direction is likely to be seen as a positive move. Enter The Weight Of Your Love, the band’s fourth studio […]

Randy Travis In Critical Condition in Texas Hospital

Country legend Randy Travis is in critical condition in an unnamed Texas hospital. According to a written statement released Monday from publicist Kirt Webster, the singer was admitted to the hospital on Sunday due to complications from “recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy.” Viral cardiomyopathy is an infection of the heart muscle which can be caused by any of a number of different viruses. Symptoms can include fever, headache, and chest pain […]