Old-School Crooning Takes Center Stage

Performing songs from what they call the Great American Songbook, Chicago quartet Under the Streetlamp crooned effortlessly through an 80 minute set last night at the King Center for Performing Arts in Melbourne, FL. Read more…

The Rise and Fall of Salvador Dali Parton: Nashville’s Supergroup That Wasn’t

In October of last year, a Nashville supergroup was formed.

Using the name Salvador Dali Parton, the band included Jake Orrall (JEFF the Brotherhood), Mike Harris (Apache Relay), Winston Marshall (Mumford and Sons), Justin Hayward-Young (The Vaccines) and Gil Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show).

Salvador Dali Pardon then performed a series of six shows in ONE night (Saturday, Oct. 26) at the following venues: The High Watt, The Exit/In, The Stone Fox, The Springwater and The Coyote Ranch. Salvador Dali Parton kept their output a secret and never released any material. They did however promise to release a live recording compiled of the best songs from each of their performances.

The following day Salvador Dali Parton closed up shop, vaguely promising to still release those recordings. All inquiries to Salvador Dali Pardon’s press team have revealed very little.

Will Salvador Dali Parton ever see the light of day?

All of us at RMP are certainly hoping so!

Lydia Loveless Covers Ke$ha

Lydia Loveless is the best thing that’s happened to alt-country since Son Volt. The consummate risk-taker who is unafraid to shake things up, she is wise beyond her years and loaded with armfuls of talent.

In anticipation of Record Store Day, she’s released a cover of pop starlet Ke$ha’s “Blind,” and given it an alt-country makeover. That it’s as splendid as it is, only further elucidates the power this Ohio youngster possesses.

Elliot & The Ghost Ponder Love on Debut EP

RMP favorites Elliot & The Ghost have returned with Is This Love, their self-financed and self-released debut EP that firmly establishes them as one of Brooklyn’s bands to watch in 2014 and beyond. Read more…

Trying to understand The Great Beauty

For a week now I’ve been ruminating over the Oscar-winning Italian film The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino’s romantic, acerbic and deeply provocative narrative about Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), a celebrity journalist trying to navigate his place in the world. Anchored by panoramic shots of Rome and a spellbinding soundtrack, the film skillfully weaves the whirring rush of high society shindigs with the iconic and historic splendor of one of Europe’s most beloved destinations. Gambardella’s watershed moment is the unexpected death of his teenage flame and how her passing forces Gambardella to take stock of his career, his life thus far and his ensuing future. Though it plods along at times, the 125-minute piece has many a scene that deftly blend comedy, introspection and beauty into one cohesive and masterful piece. Granted there’s a lot to digest (most of which is head-scratching and pretentious) but in the subtler scenes is something truly magnetic. Foreign films have a way of hitting at the core in ways American films never do and The Great Beauty is certainly no exception.

PBS Pledge Month is a Music Fan’s Paradise

PBS has forsaken original programming in lieu of March being pledge month, but Holy Moses, there’s a plethora of great content. Already this month, I’ve enjoyed The Dukes of September, the Bob Dylan Tribute Concert, Ed Sullivan’s Rock n’ Roll Classics and and John Sebastian’s Folk Rewind. Oh, I know, this is all syndicated stuff, but the diversity of the content is absolutely terrific. Some days my love for PBS knows no bounds.

Abraham McDonald Dazzles On New Single

We’re always grateful for the songs that came through the inbox here at RMP, but I was quite puzzled when “Dreams Come True,” a duet fearing Abraham McDonald and Rebecca Holden was sent to me. Turns out the song is moving up the Billboard AC charts and last month sat at #41. But who exactly are McDonald and Holden?

A quick Google search yields that McDonald won Oprah’s Karaoke Challenge in 2010, a $250,000 cash prize and a record deal with Island Def Jam. Holden, on the other hand, was on the 80s TV show Knight Rider and charted two country singles in the late 1980s. How exactly these two came together remains to be known, but if the song proves anything it’s how immensely talented McDonald truly is. Holden is a fine singer and her parts are solid, but they don’t have the same sonic impact as that of McDonald. While an unnecessary machinated beat threatens to ruin the song, the inherent skill of McDonald keeps the song from steering off into disaster. The accompanying lyric video below perfectly captures the sentiment of the song. A belated Happy Valentines Day, ya’all.

Empires Raise the Stakes on New Single

I have no idea who Empires is. But holy crap, I love them.

Being a staffer at AbsolutePunk.net, I’ve seen their name here and there but I have very limited knowledge of their output. But all that has changed now that lead single “How Good Does it Feel,” has [URL="https://soundcloud.com/weareempires/how-good-does-it-feel"]entered the world[/URL]. An urgent, antic and absolutely explosive new song, this may be one of the best tracks I’ve heard so far this year. The band’s debut album [I]Orphan[/I] was produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, The Black Angels, Explosions in the Sky) and appears on the Island Records imprint Chop Shop. Empires is on tour through May with Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos and stops in SXSW.

For more details about the band, head here.

Garth Brooks Tackles Classic Rock…..With Mixed Results

Garth Brooks didn’t have to release a six-disc covers box set to prove his worth, but given all he has done in his illustrious career, why the heck not? The most familiar of the discs is Brooks’ take on “classic rock,” a retrospective that visits such greats as Simon & Garfunkel as well as stadium rockers Queen, The Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Read more…

Brad Paisley’s Sensory Overload…..Err, Concert

Of all the country artists currently making music, none are as successful at marrying social causes, comedy and media than Brad Paisley. Be it his videos, his songs or his public persona, it’s clear to see Paisley never takes himself or his craft too seriously. But when is it too much? This past Saturday, he brought his Beat This Winter tour to Orlando’s Amway Center and offered up a slew of dizzying lights, frenetic video montages and even a mascot of well, himself. Read more…

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