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The New Pornographers “Brill Bruisers” –Album Review

Matador (2014)

Someone ought to look this up, but it seems to me that The New Pornographers might hold some sort of record for longest-lasting supergroup, or at least deserve to be on some list of that sort. All of the bandmates are in other functioning bands, four are solo artists…it’s amazing these folks have time to do anything together, let alone continue making music together for as long as they have. […]


Bombay Bicycle Club So Long

Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long, See You Tomorrow”—Album Review

Universal Island Records (2014)

Over the years, London-based indie-rockers Bombay Bicycle Club have developed an interesting reputation in that the one predictable thing about them is their unpredictability. We buy records from our favorite other bands because we pretty much know what to expect, but we buy BBC records for the opposite reason—because we don’t know what they’re going to sound like this time, but we have to find out. It’s a risky prospect […]


Warpaint

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 […]


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 […]


The Mowgli's Waiting For the Dawn

The MIMO Interview: The Mowgli’s [2013 in Review]

At the time David Tillman turned this piece on The Mowgli’s into MIMO back in April, they were just starting to gain attention with their single “San Francisco,” with a debut full-length record in the works. Since then, they’ve guested on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, had their music featured in a major motion picture trailer, and seen their song “San Francisco” climb to No. 11 on the alternative […]


Broken Bells After the Disco

Broken Bells Release New Single “After the Disco”

Upcoming album of the same name drops Feb. 4

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting/hoping for a new album from indie-rock duo Broken Bells for quite some time. The combination of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer might be considered a side project, but considering that their self-titled debut album peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and earned a Grammy nomination, its obvious that their unique combined sound deserves to stand on its […]


Shout Out Louds Optica

The MIMO Interview: Shout Out Louds [2013 in Review]

As is our custom, toward the end of the year and the beginning of the next, we like to take a look back at some of the more memorable articles published to MIMO. We begin our review of 2013 with an interview David Tillman did with Swedish indie band Shout Out Louds. When we interviewed Carl von Arbin via Skype, the band was actually rehearsing in Sweden, about to launch […]


Midlake Antiphon

Midlake “Antiphon” –Album Review

Bella Union (2013)

Imagine you’re an indie rock band with several critically acclaimed albums under your belt. You embark on a new project, you spend months writing, rehearsing and preparing, and in the middle of recording…your frontman and primary songwriter leaves the band. It’s truly a do-or-die moment, because your band basically has to undergo a heart transplant in order to survive—let alone measure up to the bar set by your previous work. […]


Arcade Fire Reflektor

Arcade Fire “Reflektor” –Album Review

Arcade Fire Music (2013)

The Beach Boys had their Pet Sounds. Michael Jackson had his Thriller. Radiohead had Kid A. U2 had The Joshua Tree (or Achtung Baby, depending on your preference). And now, Arcade Fire has their Reflektor. As a reviewer, I listen to albums all the time, and typically I’m not just looking for good music from the artists I listen to, but I’m also trying to place their music within the […]


Best Coast Fade Away

Best Coast “Fade Away” –Album Review

Jewel City (2013)

First, there was Crazy For You—a debut album by California surf/rock duo Best Coast whose buzzy, effected sound placed them at the fore of a whole movement of indie rock and gave frontwoman Bethany Cosentino a bit of celebrity status in the indie community. Then last year, the duo released a follow up record, The Only Place, removing some of the buzz and adding a bit of spit-and-polish to the […]


Arctic Monkeys AM

Arctic Monkeys “AM” –Album Review

Domino (2013)

Contrary to what Barney Stinson says, new is not always better. Amid the bevy of indie bands now flooding the Internet and clamoring for attention—many of them notably sub-par—few of them have been able to come close in stature to one of the first bands who have MySpace to thank for their fame. Arctic Monkeys have inadvertently become the success story that every indie-rock band wishes was theirs. And contrary […]


Neko Case The Worse Things Get

Neko Case “The Worse Things Get…” –Album Review

Anti- (2013)

Between that distinctive razor-edged voice and some of the most interesting lyricism you’ll ever hear, Neko Case is a force to be reckoned with. I was already convinced of this before now, but with her latest release The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, she’s outdone herself. Never one to shy away from the esoteric, eccentric or just plain weird, […]


Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism

Death Cab For Cutie To Reissue “Transatlanticism”

Reprint in honor of album’s 10th anniversary

Apparently it’s a year of reminiscing for Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard—not that he hasn’t earned the right to do so. Between his wildly popular one-off album Give Up with side project The Postal Service and the release of Death Cab’s breakthrough album Transatlanticism, 2003 was a particularly productive year for him. Earlier in the year, Gibbard celebrated the decade with a revival tour of The Postal Service, […]


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Up-and-Comers: The Dear Hunter

I have to be honest: The Dear Hunter are not typically a band I’d write about, simply because I leave prog-rock to other writers to cover. But after a number of years of plugging away at the scene, their recent release Migrant is starting to give them a level of national attention they have long deserved—and I can definitely understand why. The truth is, The Dear Hunter have never been […]


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Smith Westerns Mature on “Soft Will”—Album Review

Mom + Pop Records (2013)

When you start out as a garage-rock band, it seems there are two ways you can evolve: you can learn to create perfection out of lo-fi distortion (think Jack White or The Black Keys), or you can move toward a cleaner, indie-rock vibe. Chicago act Smith Westerns’ third effort Soft Will definitely leans toward the latter, and it feels like a completely natural evolution. Granted, Smith Westerns have always carried […]


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