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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 […]


Up-and-Comers: Passenger

The story of Passenger is almost as compelling as his music; it’s a riches-to-rags-to-riches story, at least musically speaking. Started in the UK by Michael Rosenberg and Andrew Phillips ten years ago, Passenger was initially a five-piece band with a major label backing it. Shortly after the release of their debut album Wicked Man’s Rest in 2007, however, Phillips left, and the band subsequently scattered. Undeterred, Michael Rosenberg, the only […]

The Head and The Heart Let's Be Still

The Head and The Heart “Let’s Be Still” –Album Review

Sub Pop (2013)

In the four years since Seattle Americana-folk outfit The Head and The Heart started getting national attention, it could never be said that they had a reputation for raising the roof. This band is not trading on your trendy bass-drum-foot-stompin’ Mumford & Sons arena-folk; this is more mid-tempo, lyrical, occasional-toe-tappin’ folk. However you describe their sound, they’ve struck a nerve and built a solid following. If there’s anything their debut […]

Mumford and Sons

Mumford and Sons Conclude Tour, Announce Hiatus

Friday night, folks in Bonner Springs, KS saw the last performance anyone is apparently going to see from Mumford and Sons for awhile. Keyboardist Ben Lovett told Rolling Stone earlier in the week that at the conclusion of the band’s Babel tour, the guys were planning to go on hiatus for what is described as an extended and indefinite length of time. “There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activity […]

Laura Veirs Warp and Weft

Laura Veirs “Warp and Weft” –Album Review

Raven Marching Band (2013)

Fifteen years and nine studio albums in, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs still could not be considered a household name. But consistent, solid, high-quality songwriting will always win the day in Americana/folk, and Veirs has been among the most solid and consistent of them all across those nine albums. The result: those who know Laura Veirs, love Laura Veirs. And her latest release Warp and Weft gives the fans plenty of reasons […]

The Lumineers

The Lumineers Unveil New Track, Prep Deluxe Edition Release

Well, I was hoping for a brand-new full length from indie-folk sensations The Lumineers, but perhaps they’ve been so busy keeping up with their meteoric rise to fame that this is the best they can do for now. On August 20, the band’s label Dualtone plans to release a special deluxe edition of The Lumineers’ self-titled breakthrough Platinum album. The new print will reportedly contain five bonus tracks (so that’s […]

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

“Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes” (Self-Titled)—Album Review

Community Music/Vagrant Records (2013)

I have to admit—it’s almost impossible to listen to Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes and not smile, even when they’re singing about sad stuff. The exuberant hippie-folk, free-spirited gospel-ly vibe of frontman Alex Ebert and clan (and that’s what you call a 10-piece band—a clan) is nothing if not contagious. Whenever I hear them—or watch them live—I have this inexplicable urge to jump on the platform with them (or […]


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 […]


Up-and-Comers: Aoife O’Donovan

It hardly seems fair to classify Aoife (pronounced “EE-fah”) O’Donovan as an up-and-comer, seeing as she’s pretty much a veteran in the Americana/folk scene. Many fans will probably recognize her voice as the centerpiece of string band Crooked Still, and some will also remember her as a member of female folk-noir act Sometymes Why. In her time, she’s shared both stage and studio with the likes of Chris Thile, Sarah […]


City and Colour “The Hurry and the Harm” – Album Review

City and Colour, Inc. (2013)

What began as a personal side project for songwriter/guitarist Dallas Green has become big enough to become his main gig. With post-hardcore band alexisonfire now wrapped up, Green’s solo indie-folk moniker City and Colour now takes center stage with his fourth release under that name, The Hurry and the Harm. Funny, though—this feels like old news. I don’t think anyone thought (least of all Green) City and Colour would gain […]


Laura Marling “Once I Was an Eagle” –Album Review

Ribbon Music (2013)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the cover art on Laura Marling’s latest effort Once I Was an Eagle is an epic poem in itself. A bare-backed Marling reaching for the sky as high as she can—it brilliantly tells the story of this record. Having already made such a name for herself by age 23 as a remarkably mature singer-songwriter, Marling could have just coasted with this album […]


Churchill “The War Within” –EP Review

A&M/Octone Records (2013)

Here’s a band I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from in days to come. Indie-folk act Churchill (interviewed here on MIMO a few months ago) has been on my playlist for months now, particularly their catchy single “Change.” Things have gone very well for this up-and-coming act since they signed to A&M Octone last summer, including a chance to appear on Jimmy Kimmel (after Morrissey ditched the show […]


Coachella Highlights 2013: The Lumineers

Coachella 2013 is now behind us, but one of the great things about this festival is their dedication to video coverage of so many of their shows. Dedicated music fans who were unable to attend Coachella were still able to stream many of the shows live over the festival weekends, and even after the fact, some of the more magical moments from the festival are still available on the festival […]


Up-and-Comers: Family Of the Year

Sporting an indie-folk vibe with a distinct West Coast flavor, Family of the Year is one of those DIY bands that has been building a solid following with little more than hard work, lots of touring…and most importantly, some really, really good music. In fact, chances are you’ve already heard them. If you watch any television, you’ve likely seen Advil commercials, and heard the catchy “La-la-la-la-la” chorus in the background. […]


Iron & Wine “Ghost On Ghost” – Album Review

Nonesuch Records (2013)

Apparently, there’s only so much creativity to be had with a guitar in a bedroom. For the past several years, singer-songwriter Sam Beam (aka Iron & Wine) has been on a consistent trek away from the whisper-quiet folk that defined The Creek Drank the Cradle, and toward bigger and bigger arrangements, peaking with 2011’s Kiss Each Other Clean. With his fifth full-length studio release Ghost On Ghost, Beam continues this […]

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