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David Bowie The Next Day

Best Pop and Rock Albums of 2013

I gotta be honest—I had a hard time finding a whole lot to love about this year’s pop and rock offerings.  I gave some good reviews to albums in both genres, but even then, I often based it on respect for the work more than personal enjoyment. However, when I liked something—I found I really liked it. There were a few from newer or current acts, but interestingly, a number […]

One Direction Midnight Memories

One Direction “Midnight Memories” –Album Review

Syco Records/Columbia (2013)

“Whether they can keep up this momentum by traveling this rut-ridden road remains to be seen. But for now, they’re here, topping the charts, and wooing young hearts.” Apologies if it is narcissistic to quote yourself, but this is what I wrote about One Direction a mere year and a half ago when their debut album Up All Night was imprinting their pretty faces indelibly into the hearts of ‘tween […]

American Music Awards

Taylor Swift Dominates Win Category at American Music Awards

Recap, highights and lo-lights of the AMA Awards 2013

Despite some of the negative vibes country-pop artist Taylor Swift has generated of late with her penchant for targeting ex-boyfriends in her music, her popularity with her fan base continues to soar. This was demonstrated at Sunday night’s 41st American Music Awards telecast as fans voted her Artist of the Year for a record third time. “My lucky number is 13, and so far you guys have made 2013 the […]


New Kids On the Block “10” – Album Review

NKOTB Music (2013)

(Sigh) Really? Okay, let’s start by saying something nice. With catchy songs, good looks and great performance value, New Kids On the Block certainly deserved the popularity and success they achieved in the late 1980s, setting a new standard for the pop “boy band” that influenced acts like N*Sync and Backstreet Boys. Their success even provided a platform for the recent success of One Direction and their ilk. Neither was […]


Acts To Watch For in 2013 (Part 1)

It’s that time of year—time for everyone’s year-end favorite lists, including a few of them right here on MIMO. It’s fun to look back at our top musical performers, songs, albums and what-not over the past year. But I thought it would also be fun to take a look forward—to point out bands and artists that are on the radar for 2013, acts that I think you’ll probably be hearing […]


One Direction “Take Me Home”: Album Review

Syco Records (2012)

Let’s start with a bit of honesty: I am most definitely NOT in One Direction’s target demographic. Not only am I not a teenage female, but I am still reeling from the boy-band market over-saturation of the ‘90s, and I’m not at all excited about its apparent resurgence. Suffice it to say that with their sophomore album Take Me Home, One Direction had a long way to go to impress […]


Pop Rewind: Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way”

This week at the MTV Video Music Awards, UK boy band One Direction took the largest number of awards for their video “What Makes You Beautiful.” I can’t help but draw immediate comparisons to the last “boy band” craze of the 1990s, with bands like Backstreet Boys and N*Sync. So I thought it would be appropriate for this week’s Pop Rewind to revisit one of the Backstreet Boys’ biggest hits. […]