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The MIMO Interview: Lissie Talks “Shameless” [2013 In Review]

2013 was a great year for MIMO interviews, from industry representatives to Platinum-selling artists. In this piece from June, Jeff McQ got a chance to ask folk-rocker Lissie a few questions about her upcoming record Back To Forever (released this fall), and about the single “Shameless” in particular. The conversation produced some insightful and vulnerable moments that are worth revisiting. Thanks again, Lissie. –Ed. ***** Folk-rock singer/songwriter Lissie is one […]

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Rock Rewind: Brandi Carlile “The Story”

“The Story” by folk-rocker Brandi Carlile, released in 2007 on the album by the same name, is almost too new to categorize as a “rewind.” Also, the song itself was not a huge chart success (it peaked at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100), nor did it garner Carlile any awards. So why is it on the Rock Rewind? Simply put, I’m a sucker for girl rockers singing outstanding songs. […]


The MIMO Interview: Lissie Talks “Shameless”

Folk-rock singer/songwriter Lissie is one of those artists whom you have probably heard without even realizing it. Her song “Everywhere I Go” (from her 2010 debut album Catching a Tiger) was featured on numerous TV shows, including episodes of So You Think You Can Dance, Grey’s Anatomy and 90210, and her cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” featured recently on the film Safe Haven. With her new single […]


Rod Stewart “Time” – Album Review

Capitol (2013)

What is this? Rod Stewart’s doing original music again? For the past decade, the British-born Stewart has been content to croon tunes from Americana in his Great American Songbook series. After all, that just seems to be the thing for aging rockstars to do. But apparently something clicked during the writing of his memoirs (Rod: The Autobiography), and the inspiration seems to have bled over into some new music. Hence, […]


Dawes “Stories Don’t End” – Album Review

HUB Records (2013)

Newer bands who adopt a more timeless (read: retro) style of music tend to fall into two categories: those who fully embrace the associations with the past (think Alabama Shakes), and those who would distance themselves from labels that tie them to the past, attempting to carve their own niche without forsaking who they are musically. With their third studio release Stories Don’t End, folk-rock act Dawes fall somewhere in […]


The Avett Brothers “The Carpenter”: Too Much Polish, Not Enough Spit

Universal Republic (2012)

I have to say that listening to The Carpenter, the latest release from The Avett Brothers, left me with mixed emotions. Although all the basic elements are in place that contributed to the band’s breakout success with I And Love And You, it just feels like there is too much of some things, and not enough of others. As far as what has stayed the same, The Avett Brothers are […]


The MIMO Interview: Meet Churchill

If you haven’t heard the song “Change” by folk/rock band Churchill on the radio, chances are you will soon. (The video is embedded below, if you don’t want to wait.) Since 2009, this five-piece band has been gaining a solid following in their hometown of Denver, Colorado, selling out mid-size venues and winning local band competitions, and being mentored by The Fray and other prominent Denver acts. Recently, Churchill released […]


Neil Young and Crazy Horse: “Americana”—Album Review

Reprise Records (2012)

At first glance, Americana, the first collaborative studio release in nine years from Neil Young and Crazy Horse, seems a bit contradictory as a project. In the first place, although Young’s music is ensconced in American culture, the man himself is Canadian, not American. Secondly, Neil Young is best known as a songwriter, and this is an album of covers. However, when I listen to it, it somehow feels like […]


Brandi Carlile “Bear Creek”—Album Review

Columbia Records (2012)

As a point of disclosure, let me start by saying I’m a huuuge fan of Brandi Carlile. Her songwriting style is nothing short of inspiring, and her gritty folk-rocky voice goes easily from warbling to wailing—and both give me goosebumps. So when her fifth record Bear Creek dropped this week, I was all primed to give it a “5.” I soooo wish I could. But I can’t. Don’t get me […]