Band On The Rise: Tall Heights

From its inception, this blog has always been a place about discovery. Be it music, film, literature or art, this humble little corner of the Web has always been a place to pass along a suggestion. Consider this post the suggestion of the year. Boston, MA’s ” Tall Heights is a self-described progressive folk duo who has garnered praises from the likes of NPR, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Sun Times and New York tastemakers WFUV. Read more…

Falling In Love With: Mr. Sanka

Inspiration hits in the weirdest of places. Case in point: Take Flight by Mr. Sanka. On most days I might dismiss it as just another attempt by a NYC band trying to make their way to EDC. But not this morning. Everything about the song felt right. Refined, polished and utterly captivating, the song stopped me dead in my tracks.

Take Flight is instantly catchy bedroom pop with a sweetly affecting chorus and a mouth watering video to boot. With a song this good, it’s only a matter of time before the band is on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

Time for a cocktail.

Kyle Cox Goes Country On New Release

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Nashville singer-songwriter Kyle Cox has made a big statement with his new EP Trio and Friends, which was released in June of this year. The album opens with “Trusty Ol’ Pair of Boots,” a twangy and vernal offering that signals Cox’s move to Tennessee has suited him well. That hunch is cemented on “The One Left Behind,” a timeless paean to Nashville’s halycon days that is equal parts irreplaceable and indelible. Most artists don’t show such stark signs of maturity from one album to the next, but Cox goes for broke on “The One Left Behind.” In short, Trio and Friends is a giant leap forward from Cox’s prior discography and his move towards twang seems to be doing wonders for him. To date, Cox has never sounded more natural or at ease. Read more…

Getting to Know: Augustines

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One of my favorite rock bands over the last decade is New York City trio Augustines. Marrying Springsteen-esque grit with U2-esque reach, Augustines has something for everyone. The band’s first two albums has garnered praise from the likes of Frightened Rabbit and Counting Crows, among others. Their latest album This Is Your Life is easily their best to date and will hopefully (fingers crossed) vault the band to larger stages. Frontman Billy McCarthy took a few minutes to answer a few questions. Read more…

Twelve Questions With Red Sun Rising

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Ohio quartet Red Sun Rising achieved a rather spectacular feat earlier this year when their song “Emotionless” went to #1, making them the first independent artist to have two #1 active rock singles from their debut album on Mediabase. “Emotionless” follows in the heels of lead single “The Otherside.”

Earlier this spring, the band took a few minutes out of a busy schedule to answer some questions. Read more…

Young Mister Shines On New LP

Let’s face it: these days finding an album that’s good from front to back is quite a challenge. Every once in awhile, a disc comes across the RMP desk that’s strong from start to finish. Though there have been a few this year worth mentioning, few shine as bright as the self-titled album from Charleston, SC’s Steven Fiore, who performs under the name Young Mister. Read more…

Three Cheers for D.C’s Wylder

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Rain and Laura, the debut album from Washington, D.C. sextet Wylder is a sterling record of melodic chamber folk with winsome arrangements and enough staying power to vault this band beyond their Mid-Atlantic home base. Self-described as indie-folk for indie folks, Rain and Laura drips with the same creative hallmarks that have allowed indie-folk acts like Grizzly Bear, Phosphorescent and Peasant to achieve critical acclaim. Read more…

Must Know: San Francisco’s Mosaics

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I don’t keep up with the California music scene, but I do know this much, Mosaics are a band to watch. Below is a link to their song “Year of Valor” and hot damn is it good.

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Fingerpicked acoustics, slick production, and entrancing vocals from Maryam Sadeghian are the hallmarks of this must-listen. Cylindrical, woozy and sweetly affecting, “Year of Valor” is a triumph from a band that’s hitting their stride at just the right time. Dream-pop just might have a new titan in Mosaics. Songs this good don’t come around regularly.

Mark Erelli Shines on For a Song

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He’s been called the American male equivalent to Neko Case, has opened up for Faith Hill and calls Josh Ritter and Paula Cole close friends and yet nine albums into his career, Mark Erelli has still yet to become a household name.

All that’s about to change. Read more…

Ben Cosgrove Shines Again on Field Studies

Field Studies is the latest album from Massachusetts-based musician Ben Cosgrove and much like its predecessor its a staggering work of resplendent beauty. Read more…



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