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Woman's Hour

Up-and-Comers: Woman’s Hour

Here’s a band you’re likely to hear a lot more from in the coming months. A four-piece electro-pop act based in London, Woman’s Hour is just now coming on the radar, but they’ve already made best-of lists on publications like BBC6 Music and Line of Best Fit for last year’s tunes “Darkest Place” and “Thunder,” as well as an impressive cover of Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love.” Their just-released new single […]


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St. Vincent Shares New Single “Birth In Reverse”

After last year’s highly creative and classy collaboration with David Byrne, baroque pop songstress St. Vincent (nee Annie Clark) is back with a new blonde ‘do, an Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian (for her creative approach to the performing arts), and a new self-titled album in the works. This week, she teased us with a new single, “Birth In Reverse,” from the upcoming record. It’s got to say something when […]


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Up-and-Comers: Anna Calvi

It seems quite odd to classify Anna Calvi as an up-and-comer, considering that she’s already a chart success in Europe with two albums to her credit, and that she’s been both a nominee and a judge for the Mercury Prize in her UK homeland. But here in the States, technically, we’re just getting to know her. And I have a feeling that with her sophomore album One Breath, released earlier […]


Cults Static

Cults “Static” –Album Review

Columbia (2013)

Scenario: you form a band with your significant other. You write some songs and make a record. You get famous, and your band travels the world. Then you break up. What are your options? You can either a) break up the band along with the relationship; or b) keep the band together and use the breakup as material to write another record. Thankfully for fans, Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion […]


Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple Cusses Out Crowd for Talking, Storms Offstage

Like many musical artists, Fiona Apple doesn’t like it when people talk during her performance. But unlike many musical artists, apparently she’s unafraid to throw a fit when it happens—or more specifically, to tell the audience to “Shut the f**k up” and walk offstage. That’s apparently what happened Thursday night when Apple attempted to perform in front of a particularly talkative crowd at a Louis Vuitton fashion party in Tokyo. […]


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Fiona Apple Releases Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed Video “Hot Knife”

It’s been a year since Fiona Apple released her latest record The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. Since her tour last summer, we haven’t heard much from her, but I’d be surprised if her newly-released video of “Hot Knife”, directed by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, Magnolia), doesn’t renew interest in the […]


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Never Shout Never “Sunflower” –Album Review

Loveway Records (2013)

It has admittedly not been a banner year for one-man-band-turned-actual-band Never Shout Never. Barely a year has passed since the notorious interview with Bryan Star—you know, the one where frontman Christofer Drew Ingle (who later admitted to taking acid prior to the interview) told him off, called him a “joke” and made him cry, and bled a gob of Facebook fans and Twitter followers over the fallout. His arrest for […]


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Camera Obscura “Desire Lines” –Album Review

4AD (2013)

Some bands we love because of they always surprise us, and some bands we love because they are consistent. Scottish indie-pop act Camera Obscura are definitely in the second group. Simply put, if you do something well and people like it—and if the expression is right for you—then you don’t change it; you just make it better. That’s exactly what Camera Obscura have done with their latest, Desire Lines. They […]


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Eisley “Currents” – Album Review

Equal Vision (2013)

Life has been fairly busy for the five-piece indie-pop family act Eisley, not just in all the obvious hard work put into their latest release Currents, but in family life in general, as four of the band mates recently entered parenthood. This fact alone makes it fairly remarkable that Currents is quite possibly the band’s most mature and focused work to date. Recorded in their home studio, and unshackled from […]


couldvebeenyourgirl

Zooey Deschanel Directs She & Him Video “I Could’ve Been Your Girl”

There’s a perpetual look that actress/singer Zooey Deschanel seems to have on her face, or just behind her eyes. It’s a knowing kind of look, like someone who is just about to reveal a punchline (except she never really does); or perhaps it’s the look of someone who is forever subtly poking fun at herself. However you describe it, it makes her irresistible (one writer described her as “adorkable”), and […]


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The Ocean Blue “Ultramarine”: More than a Comeback (Album Review)

self-released (2013)

I always worry about bands and artists from bygone days who release comeback records after 10 or more years (let’s just say I breathed a sigh of relief with David Bowie’s latest). Likewise, when I found out Pennsylvania-based New Wave band The Ocean Blue was releasing Ultramarine, their first full-length studio recording since 1999, I was a bit apprehensive. Would it measure up to their amazing material that won them […]


BOY

The MIMO Interview: BOY

Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass, the Hamburg, Germany-based indie-pop duo otherwise known as BOY, have spent the past several years building a strong following for themselves across Europe with their approachable lyrics and hook-laden songs. They recently hit a new milestone when their debut album Mutual Friends (first released in Europe in 2011), was released a couple of weeks ago here in the U.S., propelling the record to debut at […]


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BOY “Mutual Friends”—Album Review

Groenland Records/Nettwerk Productions (2013)

We Americans like to think we are on the cusp of “what’s hot,” setting trends in music for the rest of the world to follow. But as indie pop Swiss-German, Hamburg-based duo BOY demonstrates, America sometimes has some catching up to do. Most of us in the States have never heard of BOY, but for the past several years Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass have been building a huge following […]


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Coachella 2013 Bands to Watch For: The Colourist

Here’s another hidden gem to check out if you’re planning to be at Coachella this year. The Colourist is an indie-pop/dance act that has been building a following in the O.C. for the past couple of years, plugging away at the Los Angeles live show circuit. They’ve got a solid, danceable sound, punctuated by a female drummer/vocalist named Maya Tuttle who can keep up easily with both roles (as you’ll […]


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Up-And-Comers: Veronica Falls

If you’re a fan of retro rock—particularly of the sixties Brit or surf varieties—you’re going to want to give Veronica Falls a listen. This London-based four-piece began making a name for themselves with their 2011 self-titled release, and their momentum continues with their sophomore effort Waiting For Something To Happen, which dropped this week in the UK, and will be available next week here in the states. The cool thing […]


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