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Pop Rewind: Tracy Chapman “Fast Car”

If you’re like me, the first time you heard Tracy Chapman’s unique, low-timbre voice rambling along over the signature guitar riff on “Fast Car,” your first reaction was, “Hey, this is good. Who IS this?” Indeed, that was the general reaction to a young singer-songwriter who didn’t fit the mold or the expected popstar image of any who had come before her. “Fast Car,” a melancholy reflection of the cycle […]

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Ed Sheeran “x” –Album Review

Asylum Records UK/Warner (2014)

Am I the only one who heard Ed Sheeran’s “Sing” on the radio for the first time and thought it was just pandering to get on the charts? Or is Pharrell really the goose who lays the golden eggs these days? Yeah, I was perhaps one of the few who was actually disappointed with the lead single from Ed Sheeran’s sophomore album x—not because “Sing” isn’t catchy or danceable (Pharrell […]

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The MIMO Interview: Lucy Schwartz Talks about “Timekeeper”

For being a young indie artist, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Lucy Schwartz has certainly made the rounds. At age 23, she’s already had dozens of song placements in film and television (most recently her song “Boomerang” on the Season 4 finale of Arrested Development, now available on Netflix). She’s also co-written with the likes of Landon Pigg and Aqualung, toured with Lilith Fair, and even covered a Carpenters song on the […]

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KT Tunstall “Invisible Empire/ /Crescent Moon” – Album Review

Jaydone Ltd. (2013)

Crisis and loss inevitably bring change. Sometimes that change is reflected in a dramatic change of context and direction. Perhaps this is the reason why Scottish songstress KT Tunstall’s new double-titled album Invisible Empire/ /Crescent Moon is so vastly different than her previous work. Perhaps it’s also why it’s some of the best stuff she’s ever released. In fact, there were two catalysts for this shift of direction for Tunstall, […]


John Mayer Announces Expansive Summer Tour

The past three years have not been very kind to John Mayer. A string of bad publicity (much of it self-inflicted), coupled with throat issues that required two surgeries and called into question whether he would even be able to sing again. Even recently, he’s been in the news more for his on-again-off-again relationship with Katy Perry than for music related news. But finally, there’s some good news for the […]


A Fine Frenzy “Pines” Is More Than a Record

Virgin Records America (2012)

A Fine Frenzy (known to friends as Allison Sudol) is nothing if not creative. So it should come as little surprise that the concept behind her new project Pines was too large to be expressed only as a 13-track recording. While it is typical for indie singer/songwriters to be cryptic or ambiguous with their lyricism, Pines goes in a completely opposite direction, telling a compelling story in the tradition of […]


Durango Songwriters Expo: October 4-6 in Broomfield, Colorado

We mentioned this last month, but just as a reminder: if you’re a singer/songwriter who wants to learn and grow, there’s still time for you to register for this year’s Durango Songwriter’s Expo, which takes place next weekend in Broomfield, Colorado just north of Denver. An intimate setting for a limited number of participants, the DSE is a three-day event that allows songwriters to interact with over 40 different music […]


Alanis Morissette “Havoc and Bright Lights”—Album Review

Collective Sounds (2012)

One thing that makes singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette so endearing is the confessional nature of her music. Each of her records presents an honest snapshot of a different chapter of her life, the emotions of the moment pouring out into each song. Her latest, Havoc and Bright Lights, reveals an Alanis Morissette who is now a wife and mother, in a happier place than most of us have ever seen/heard her. […]


Ben Taylor “Listening”—Album Review

Sun Pedal Recordings (2012)

Listening to Listening, the fourth studio album by singer/songwriter Ben Taylor, I have to say I feel a little sorry for him. Not because he’s not good (because he really is a terrific songwriter), or because he won’t find success in what he does (because he already has), but mainly because he’s one of those few artists who probably always feels he has to live up to his lineage. Let’s […]


Missy Higgins “The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle”—Album Review

Vagrant Records (2012)

With The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins joins a long line of musical artists who decided to drop out of music but apparently couldn’t stay away. Speaking for myself—I’m glad she’s back. Actually, the album’s title is a bit of a puzzlement, since it sort of connotes showmanship and “jazz hands,” and Higgins reputation as an artist seems built more upon mellow, subtle understatement—and she continues in that […]