The Good Times Do Indeed Roll On JD McPherson’s New LP

Courtesy:  Rounder Records

Courtesy: Rounder Records

Singer/Songwriter JD Mcpherson recently released his latest full-length studio release Let The Good Times Roll. The album, his second, was released via Rounder Records. McPherson’s new album is an aptly titled record. That is because throughout the course of the album’s eleven tracks and thirty-six minutes, McPherson offers audiences an album that will have them dancing and singing from the album’s upbeat title track to its Buddy Holly-esque ‘Bridgebuilder’ all the way to the album’s full-on 1950s style rocker ‘Everybody’s Talking ‘Bout The All-American.’ And those are just a few of the reasons that audiences will love this album, too. There is not one bad song throughout this record from beginning to end. It takes the classic vibe established in his 2012 debut album Signs and Signifiers and takes it another step forward incorporating more influence from the rock and r & b acts that continue to make the 1960s one of music’s greatest eras ever. The end result is an album that is deservedly one of this year’s early contender’s for a spot on any critic’s year-end list of the year’s best new albums overall.

JD McPherson has crafted in his second full-length album Let The Good Times Roll a record that is quite aptly titled. That is because from start to finish, McPherson does indeed let the good times roll. Every performance will leave a smile on listeners’ faces and will leave listeners wanting to listen to it again once it’s done. That is evident right from the album’s opener and title track. ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ is a great rocker that harkens back to the days of John Fogerty and others of his ilk. McPherson’s guitar work and drummer Jason Smay’s driving tempo set the song’s backbone. The additional piano line makes that backbone even stronger. McPherson’s soulful vocals complete the song as he sings, “I miss you so/Every time I fall away/I miss you so/Every time I fall away/Let the sky open up little darling/Follow me when I go/Let the sky open up and/Let the good times roll.” He goes on to sing to his figure of interest, “Why can’t you see/I’m standin’ at your door/Why can’t you see/I’m standin’ at your door/Open your home little darling/Follow me when I go/Let the sky open up and let the good times roll. It should be noted that this is not a cover of the 1956 song written by Shirley Goodman and Leonard Lee. That aside it is still an enjoyable song in its own right. Presented here is a man telling a woman how much he needs her and loves her. But it’s not done in the classic almost begging style. Rather, there’s a full on swagger to the song here. It’s a swagger that is—again—certain to have any listener on their feet, singing and dancing happily right to the last moment and just as anxiously waiting to see what he has in store next.

What McPherson offers to his audiences after the album’s opener/title track is nothing short of impressive. Every one of the songs that make up this album is well worth its own mention. That includes even the softer, slower sounds of ‘Bridgebuilder.’ The seemingly Buddy Holly/Roy Orbison influenced song will instantly take listeners familiar with music of the era back to the 1950s both with its musical and lyrical side. Audiences can almost see McPherson and his band mates—Jimmy Sutton (upright bass), Jason Smay (drums), Ray Jacildo (keyboards), Doug Corcoran (Saxophone, guitar, keyboards)—on some high school stage a la Back to the Future performing for a group of teenagers while their teachers and parents chaperone the school dance. That is not necessarily meant in a negative way. Rather, the rendition is so pure that it creates that vivid image in one’s mind. That image becomes even more vivid as McPherson sings, “I’ll build something that is real and true/Building bridges to you/I’ll build something that is real and true/Building bridges to you/Bridgebuilder, bridge builder build me a bridge/Draw a straight line on the water/Bridge builder, bridge builder/The waters are deep/Fear I may sink to the bottom/Waiting in shadow/In old merry times/Dreaming of some father’s daughter.” The combination of those lyrics and the song’s classic 1950s style music creates a truly incredible song. It actually sounds like it came direct from the 1950s rather than just being some modern song recorded to sound like something similar to the music of that era. That speaks volumes of this song. It speaks, for that matter, just as loudly as the album’s opener and every other track on this disc. Because it does so, it proves ‘Bridgebuilder’ to be yet another wonderful addition to Let The Good Times Roll.

As is evidenced by both the Buddy Holly/Roy Orbison influenced ‘Bridgebuilder’ and the Jon Fogerty influenced opener/title track to Let The Good Times Roll, JD McPherson gives audiences plenty to like about his new album. They are definitely not all that there is to like about this album, either. McPherson and his band mates keep audiences entertained from start to finish on this album. And hearing the album’s rock and roll/r & b hybrid sound of the album’s closer ‘Everybody’s Talking ‘Bout The All-American’ listeners will agree with that sentiment. McPherson sounds almost like Little Richard here as he sings, “Everybody talking ‘bout the All-American/Knockin’ down walls like a bombardier again/Hair fallin’ down like a razor blade/Breakin’ every heart in every place you’re playing/Everybody talking ‘bout the All-American.” The sax and the drums coupled with McPherson’s work on the guitar and his vocal style make this song feel like something pulled right out of a time capsule that was buried decades ago. It is a solid and rocking final statement from McPherson and company that leaves the absolute best impact on listeners’ ears. Coupled with the rest of the album’s compositions—both those noted and not noted—it will leave an impact so strong that it will have listeners hitting play almost instantly to listen to the album again. That is how impressive this album proves itself. To have such a lasting impact on listeners means that it is definitely deserving of being called one of this year’s best new albums overall.

JD McPherson is currently touring in support of his new album. He will be at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, New York this Wednesday, February 25th for a sold out performance. From there, he and his band mates will wind their way through the Northeast before heading to the Midwest by way of Charleston, WV on March 8th. After those dates, the band will make its way down South beginning April 9th in Paducah, Kentucky. The band’s late spring schedule across the South includes a stop at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 23rd at 7pm. That performance date will see McPherson supporting country music superstar Eric Church. Even more tour dates follow that show. McPherson’s latest tour schedule can be found online along with all of the latest news from McPherson online at:

Website: https://www.jdmcpherson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jdmcphersonhistyle

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jdmcphersonjr

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Indie Children’s Entertainer Nathalia Keeps Listeners Engaged From Here To There On Her Debut LP

Courtesy:  Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin

Courtesy: Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin

When she released her sophomore album Dream A Little last year, children’s entertainer Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin proved to be a surprisingly impressive artist. Apparently despite the talent and creativity displayed throughout the course of that album, the Colombian-born singer/songwriter still seemingly remains unsigned to any of the labels in question. That is surprising considering the evolution of Palis-McLaughlin’s sound on that album in comparison to her 2012 debut album From Here To There. Her Colombian roots are more equally evident on both records. But the more recent of the pair boasts a poppier, more mainstream sound than that of From Here To There. That is not to say that there is anything wrong with From Here To There. In fact it is quite the enjoyable record in its own right. Even with a different feel and sound in whole, From Here To There proves to be quite impressive. One example of what makes From Here To There so impressive comes halfway into the album in the form of ‘Muevete’ or ‘Move’ roughly translated. The song’s dance club feel is similar to ‘Shine,’ which is included on Dream A Little. The catchy, laid back sound and feel of ‘Kindergarten Here I Come’ is another good example of what makes Nathalia’s debut album so impressive. Its musical side will entertain audiences of all ages while its lyrical content is sure to put a smile on listeners’ faces as it encourages young listeners getting ready to go off to kindergarten for the first time. The gentle strains of ‘La Semana’ are unlike almost anything else presented on FHTT save perhaps for the album’s closer ‘Help The World.’ It seems to be a lullaby promoting the pleasures of being with family each day of the week after the rigors of school and work. Anyone not left with a smile on their face or even the slightest tear from their eye after hearing this song has no heart. All three songs show in their own way why FHTT is all the more reason that any label specializing in children’s music would benefit from having her on its roster. The same can be said of the album’s other tracks, too. All ten tracks together show clearly why FHTT is a record that listeners of all ages will enjoy *ahem* from here to there or rather from beginning to end.

Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin’s 2012 debut album From Here To There may not be as well-known as album’s from the likes of The Okie Dokee Brothers, Recess Moneky, The Not-It’s or other famed names from the world of children’s entertainment. Despite that, it is still a record that proves to be just as entertaining as those acts’ albums and her own 2015 sophomore release Dream A Little. From beginning to end, the album’s ten-track body will keep listeners of all ages fully engaged with its mix of musical and lyrical content. One of the strongest examples of what makes this album such a success is the album’s infectious ‘Muevete.’ The title translates roughly to “move.” It’s a fitting title considering the song’s dance club vibe. Nathalia sings to her listeners about “moving” their hands, feet, and whole bodies to the beat. Even without a booklet to decipher the song’s Spanish lyrics, the English lyrics make up for that lack, and prove the song to be the main anchor to this album. This is especially the case when said lyrics are partnered with the song’s danceable beats. It is the album’s anchor. but it isn’t the only good example of why audiences will enjoy FHTT. The laid back vibe of ‘Kindergarten Here I come’ is another good example of what makes FHTT so enjoyable.

‘Muevete’ is a solid anchor for FHTT. Its danceable beat and matching lyrics make it a great first impression for anyone not yet familiar with Nathalia’s music. Much as with ‘Shine’ from Nathalia’s 2014 sophomore album Dream A Little, this song bears a slight simialrity to fellow Colombian singer/dancer Shakira’s work. So it makes sense that it is such a strong anchor for FHTT. It’s just one example of what makes this album so enjoyable, though. The laid back vibe of ‘Kindergarten Here I Come’ is the polar opposite of that song. Yet in its own way, it proves to be just as positive an example of what makes FHTT so enjoyable. While the 2015- 2016 school year is not yet over, any parent with a child preparing to enter Kindergarten in the 2015 – 2016 school year (or any school year for that matter) will find plenty of value in this song when they start preparing their children for their very first day of public school. Nathalia sings over the song’s seeming mix of R&B and jazz, “I’m growing/Taller/Taller every day/I’m growing/Smarter/Smarter every day/Kindergarten here I come/It’s gonna be fun/I think I’m gonna learn to ride a police car/I think I’m gonna learn to do the hula hoop/I think I’m gonna learn to tie my shoes/Kindergarten here I come/It’s gonna be fun.” She is singing of all the great new things that children will experience when they go off to Kindergarten. It is a wonderful way for any parent to help his or her child/children overcome the natural fears and doubts that come with preparing for that new stage in their lives. If only for that reason alone, ‘Kindgergarten Here I Come’ shows exactly why it is such a solid example of what audiences can expect from FHTT. The song’s positive lyrics set alongside its equally easy-on-the-ears musical side makes it even more a welcome addition to FHTT. As impressive as that combination of music and lyrics makes this song, it still is not the last example of what makes FHTT such an enjoyable record and Nathalia an impressive artist in her realm. The album’s seeming lullaby ‘La Semana’ rounds out the reasons that any family will want to add this album to their CD collection. The song is a gentle piece that while sung entirely in Spanish seems to translate with just enough ease for even the most novice Spanish-speaking audiences to enjoy.

Both ‘Kindergarten Here I Come’ and ‘Muevete’ show in their own way why From Here To There is so enjoyable even for an independent release. They both present their own sound unlike the other and lyrical content that stands out just as much. One touts the joys of dancing and moving while the other serves as music therapy of sorts for young listeners counting the days to their first day of Kindergarten. With such creativity and originality, both songs show why FHTT is just as enjoyable as any record released in recent years by Nathalia’s more well-known counterparts in the world of children’s entertainment. The album’s seeming lullaby style song ‘La Semana’ is another excellent example of why FHTT is such a solid recording. The entire song is sung in Spanish. But those with even a rudimentary understanding of the Spanish language can pick out enough words to know that the song touts the pleasures of being with family after a long week in school and at work. The gentle strains of Nathalia’s guitar coupled with an equally gentle piano line will leave a smile on any listener’s face and a tear in those same listeners’ eyes. Anyone not left smiling or even tearing up even the slightest from this song has no heart. It is just one more part of the whole that makes FHTT a record that deserves so much more credit than it has received since its original release three years ago in 2012.

‘La Semana,’ ‘Kindergarten Here I Come,’ and ‘Muevete’ are all excellent examples of why From Here To There proves to be one of the best children’s albums that most families have likely never heard. They aren’t the only good examples of what makes FHTT so enjoyable for listeners, either. The other seven tracks that make up the album each add their own enjoyment to the record, too. Whether for those songs or for those mentioned here, every family will agree that From Here To There is an album that is far more deserving of credit than it gets. It can be ordered online direct from Nathalia’s website at https://www.nathaliamusic.com/buy.html along with her latest release Dream a Little. More information on both of these albums, Nathalia’s latest tour dates, updates and more is available online now at:

Website: https://www.nathaliamusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nathaliapalismusic

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Dragonforce Releasing First-Ever Live Recording This Summer, Celebrating With Special Contest For Fans

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records/Revolver Magazine

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records/Revolver Magazine

Dragonforce will release its first ever full-length live DVD this summer. And in anticipation of its release, the band is holding a special contest for fans.

Dragonforce will release its first-ever full-length live recording this summer. The band will release In The Line of Fire on Tuesday, July 14th through its label Metal Blade Records. It will be available on Blu-ray and 2DVD/CD combo pack. The footage for the recording was shot during the band’s Ultimate Stage headline show at the 2014 Loud Park Festival in the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan. One of the songs included on the band’s upcoming recording is the hit song ‘Three Hammers.’ Audiences can check out that performance online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIv3cmvZRTI. When asked why the band waited until this point to release its first live recording, guitarist Herman Li responded, explaning that the band didn’t just want to toss out some random, tossed-together recording. The band wanted it done “right” as Li noted. He went on to explain that the band felt that it had enough material at that point to put out a recording that really represented the band in terms of its body of work. “We always held the opinion that if we ever did a DVD we wanted to do it properly,” he said. Now, having released six studio albums we thought we had a great cross section of material to pick from and we knew the facilities at Loud Park made it a great place to film a show. Everything just came together and we’re very pleased with the results and hope the fans will be also”.

In celebration of the DVD’s upcoming release, the band has teamed up with its label and Revolver magazine to win a mega-prize pack of swag from Dragonforce, Ibanez, Metal Blade Records, and Razer. The prize pack includes: a signed, stage-played Ibanez guitar from Herman Li, a signed drum head, t-shirts, One (1) pair of Razer Kraken Forged headphones, Razer keyboards and more. Fans can enter the contest now online at http://www.revolvermag.com/news/enter-to-win-the-ultimate-dragonforce-prize-pack.html.

Dragonforce is currently touring in support of its latest full-length album Maximum Overload, its sixth full-length recording. The band is currently scheduled to perform live this Tuesday, February 17th in Christchurch, New Zealand. Tuesday night’s performance will be followed by performances in Wellington, New Zealand and Auckland, New Zealand on February 18th and 19th respectively. From there, the band is schedule for a six-date string of performances across Australia before heading to South America beginning March 4th. A North American tour with Kalemot is also planned for this spring. That tour is expected to kick off April 27th in Baltimore, Maryland and run through May 23rd in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The band’s current North American tour schedule is listed below.

DRAGONFORCE
Tour w/ Kamelot

04/27 Baltimore, MD Soundstage

04/28 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero

04/29 New York, NY Webster Hall

05/01 Worcester, MA The Palladium

05/02 Montreal, QC Metropolis

05/03 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theater

05/05 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

05/06 Joliet, IL Mojoes

05/07 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights

05/09 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Centre

05/10 Saskatoon, SK Louis Pub

05/11 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall Ballroom

05/12 Edmonton, AB Union Hall

05/14 San Francisco, CA The Grand Ballroom at the Regency

05/15 Anaheim, CA The Grove

05/16 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater

05/18 Denver, CO Ogden Theater

05/20 Austin, TX Emos

05/21 Birmingham, AL Iron City Live

05/22 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Civic Theatre

05/23 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues (Orlando)

Fans can check out the band’s full tour schedule and all of its latest updates online at:

Website: https://www.dragonforce.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dragonforce

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Adrenaline Mob Celebrates New EP’s Release With New Slate Of Tour Dates

Courtesy:  Century Media/Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media/Century Media Records

Hard rock band Adrenaline Mob is hitting the road this Spring in support of its new EP Dearly Departed.

Adrenaline Mob will join Drowning Pool on the road from March 12th to April 3rd as part of Drowning Pool’s “Unlucky 13 Anniversary Tour,” which is in support of the recent re-issue of Drowning Pool’s 2001 debut album Sinner. The tour kicks off Thursday, March 12th in Daytona Beach, Florida and winds down Friday, April 3rd in Dallas, Texas. The complete tour schedule is listed below. While fans wait for the tour to come to their town, they can check out the videos for the EP’s title track and the video for the band’s cover of The Charlie Daniels Band’s hit song ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ online via YouTube. Both songs are included on Dearly Departed. They can be viewed via YouTube at:

Dearly Departed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe51dozTkOM

The Devil Went Down to Georgia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjbD0izEFBE

After checking out both videos, fans can also go online and order Dearly Departed via Century Media’s online store now at https://www.cmdistro.com/catalog/adrenaline+mob. Fans can also download Dearly Departed online via iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play at:

iTunes: https://smarturl.it/MobDDiTunes

Amazon: https://smarturl.it/mobDDamazon

Google Play: https://smarturl.it/AmobDDgglply

Adrenaline Mob tour dates with Drowning Pool:

3/12 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Main Street Station – Daytona Bike Week

3/14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Beach Blvd Concert Hall

3/17 – Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse Bar & Grill

3/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina

3/20 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

3/21 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

3/22 – Beckley, WV @ Muncheez

3/24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

3/26 – Fredericksburg, VA @ Hard Times

3/27 – Lancaster, OH @ Mickey’s Bar

3/28 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop

4/1 – Laporte, IN @ Johnny’s Roadhouse

4/2 – St. Louis, MO @ The Mad Magician

4/3 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

Also tapped as a support act for the tour is Full Devil Jacket. The Jackson, Tennessee-based four-piece is the latest addition to eOne’s artist roster. It is set to release its new album Valley of Bones this spring.

More information on Adrenaline Mob, including all of the band’s latest tour dates and news is available online at:

Website: https://adrenalinemob.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adrenalinemob

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Listeners Of All Ages Will Boogie Along With Rock ‘n’ Rainbow’s New Record

Courtesy:  Rainbow Songs, Inc.

Courtesy: Rainbow Songs, Inc.

Kindie-rock band Rock ‘n’ Rainbow has released in its latest album Let’s Boogie an album that is the first real standout children’s album of 2015. The band’s seventeen-track album is one more example of why the world of children’s is just as viable as that of its grown-up counterpart. This is exhibited through the combination of the album’s musical and lyrical content. The album’s lyrical content will entertain younger audiences while its musical content will entertain both children and adults alike. That is because of the band’s display of talent from genre to genre. Whether for the Deep Purple style sound displayed in ‘Faster Scooter Cat,’, the fun, bluesy almost SRV sound of ‘Early Morning Knee-Slapping Blues,’ the band’s own take on the famed ‘Time Warp,’ or any of the album’s other tracks, Let’s Boogie more than lives up to its title from start to finish. In fact, the level of talent, creativity, and originality displayed throughout the course of the album’s forty-four minutes leaves one wondering why the band would even think it needs the gimmick of its stage personas. It displays such level of talent, originality, and creativity that it almost feels like that on-stage gimmick actually hurts more than helps. If the band happens to read this review, perhaps it will take this into account in recording its next record. Regardless it can be stated with certainty in listening to this record that it is one that every child and adult alike will enjoy.

Rock ‘n’ Rainbow’s debut album Let’s Boogie is an easy, early candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new children’s albums. That is thanks in large part to the band’s display of talent, originality, and creativity throughout the course of the album’s forty-four minute run time. From rock to blues to reggae, funk and almost everything in between, the band runs the gamut musically on this record. There really is no one bad point throughout the record. One of the best examples of what makes the album so enjoyable for audiences of all ages comes early on in the seemingly Deep Purple influenced ‘Faster Scooter Cat.’ The song boasts a sound very similar to that of Deep Purple’s hit song ‘Highway Star’ against the song’s story about a young man joyfully riding his scooter through his neighborhood. The song’s unnamed subject sings in the song’s chorus, “Riding my scooter/I’m flying real high/Kids in the ‘hood are wondering why/Smile on my face/It ain’t going nowhere/I’m riding so fast, babe/I just couldn’t care.” The use of the organ set against Mellow Yellow’s time keeping will take older audiences back in time on a great, nostalgic musical trip. That musical trip in question makes for a great introduction to what is one of the greatest rock bands in the modern history of music for younger audiences that might not otherwise be familiar with what is one of the greatest rock band’s in the modern history of music. It’s just one reason that audiences of all ages will love taking in this record together, too. The band’s bluesy, SRV-influenced ‘Early Morning Knee-Slapping Blues’ is another reason that audiences will appreciate and enjoy this record.

The musical history lesson presented in the band’s Deep Purple-influenced Faster Scooter Cat’ makes its case for audiences of all ages to check out Let’s Boogie. As a matter of fact, that song itself will have audiences of all ages boogeying and singing along with its celebratory sound and lyrics. It’s just one of the many reasons on this album that makes it work the purchase. The bluesy, SRV-influenced ‘Early Morning Knee-Slapping Blues’ makes its own case for picking up this album, too. While the vocals sound nothing like the late, great blues master, the guitar work on the part of Purple Stardust is just as tight as that of SRV. Such a display of talent shows why this song is another of the album’s highest of highs. Mellow Yellow’s time keeping partnered with that guitar work instantly conjures thoughts of Chris Layton’s work. Lyrically, the song is just as interesting because it really could actually double as a blues song. The song’s subject sings about the joy in the simplicity of slapping his knees and stomping his feet, whether in getting off to a slow start in the day or in just waking up from a nap. He closes out by singing about picking up his guitar before going to bed and churning out a tune or two. There are actually blues songs out there crafted by much older artists that sound both musically and lyrically like this one. Taking that into account, it makes this song even more of a wonderful addition to the whole of Let’s Boogie. And together with the likes of the Deep Purple influenced ‘Faster Scooter Cat’ and the album’s other songs, it makes for even more reason for parents to pick up this album and enjoy it with their children.

Both ‘Faster Scooter Cat’ and ‘Early Morning Knee-Slapping Blues’ are great additions to the whole of Let’s Boogie in their own special way. Younger audiences will enjoy the songs’ lyrics while both children and grown-ups alike will enjoy the songs’ musical side. The music in question in both songs is especially important to note in that it serves collectively as a great way to introduce young listeners to some of the greatest music of the 20th Century. This is even more (and surprisingly) evident in the band’s cover of the song ‘Time Warp.’ The song,made largely famous from the cult classic movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show is perhaps the biggest surprise of all on this album. Nobody would have expected a children’s act to cover a song from a movie that is hardly for children. But adults that are familiar with the movie will love this piece even as short as it is. It may even have older audiences that are familiar with the movie dancing and singing along just like audiences do every Halloween in theaters across the country. It’s just one more reason that this band, while considered a kindie-rock band, will entertain grown-ups just as much as it will younger listeners. And as entertaining as it and the previously noted songs prove to be, they are just a fraction of the ways in which Let’s Boogie will have audiences of all ages boogeying along from start to finish.

All three of the songs noted here each play their own part in making Let’s Boogie one of the most surprisingly entertaining children’s albums of 2015 so far. As entertaining as they are, they are just a fraction of what makes this album so enjoyable for audiences of all ages. From the funky grooves of ‘The Freeze’ and ‘Five Senses,’ to the more laid back reggae influenced sound of ‘That Is The Right Hand,’ to the semi-punk influenced sound of ‘I Can’t Fly’ or any of the album’s other songs, this record offers audiences of all ages plenty of enjoyment from start to finish. The end result of all of those varied sounds and lyrical topics is a record that is an easy, early candidate for any critic’s year-ender list of the year’s best new children’s albums and potentially a candidate for a Grammy-nominated children’s album in 2016. the album will be available Tuesday, March 17th in stores and online. The band will perform live Saturday, March 7th ahead of the album’s release in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Parents and children can get more information on that show and any other upcoming live events as well as the latest updates from the band online at http://www.facebook.com/RocknRainbow. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

New Live Coletrane Recording Coming This Spring From MVD Entertainment Group

Courtesy:  MVD Entertainment Group

Courtesy: MVD Entertainment Group

Jazz lovers celebrate! This spring, MVD Entertainment Group is going to release a new archived live recording from legendary saxophonist John Coletrame.

MVD Entertainment Group will release So Many Things: The European Tour 1960 on Tuesday, March 10th. The four-disc set is a “sequel” of sorts to Miles Davis and John Coletrane “All of You”: The Last Tour 1960. It follows the band’s performances from its Fall 1961 tour of Europe and features performances of some of Coletrane’s greatest hits including: ‘My Favorite Things,’ ‘Blue Train,’ and ‘Naima’ that Coletrane performed alongside band mates Eric Dolphy (alto sax, bass clarinet, flute), McCoy Tyner (piano), Reggie Workman (bass), and Elvin Jones (drums). There is also a bonus for fans as the quintet performed what is Coletrane’s only recording of Victor Young’s ‘Delilah.’ It also includes photographs, concert memorabilia, and news articles as well as a full-length essay in the set’s liner notes from award-winning British saxophonist and writer Simon Spillett. The complete track listing for the upcoming recording is noted below.
CD 1:
L’Olympia, Paris, November 18th 1961 (First House)
1. Blue Train (Coltrane)
2. I Want To Talk About You (Eckstine)
3. Impressions (Coltrane)
4. My Favourite Things (Rodgers, Hammerstein)

L’Olympia, Paris, November 18th 1961 (Second House)
5. I Want To Talk About You (Eckstine)
6. Blue Train (Coltrane)

CD 2:
L’Olympia, Paris, November 18th 1961 (Second House, cont.)
1. My Favourite Things (Rodgers, Hammerstein)

Falkconercentret, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 20th 1961
2. Announcement
3. Delilah (Young)
4. Everytime We Say Goodbye (Porter)
5. Impressions (Coltrane)
6. Naima (Coltrane)

CD 3:
Falkonercentret, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 20th 1961 (cont.)
1. My Favourite Things (false starts)
2. Announcement by John Coltrane
3. My Favourite Things (Rodgers, Hammerstein)

Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland, November 22nd 1961 (Second House)
4. Blue Train (Coltrane)
5. I Want To Talk About You (Eckstine)
6. Impressions (Coltrane)
7. My Favourite Things (Rodgers, Hammerstein)

CD 4:
Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, November 23rd 1961 (First House)
1. Blue Train (Coltrane)
2. Naima (Coltrane)
3. Impressions (Coltrane)
4. My Favourite Things (Rodgers, Hammerstein)

Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, November 23rd 1961 (Second House)
4. My Favourite Things (Rodgers, Hammerstein)

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Shout! Factory Announces Archived McCartney Tribute Concert Coming This Spring

Shout! Factory will release a very special tribute to music legend Paul McCartney this spring.

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, March 24th.  The concert was originally recorded on February 10th, 2012.  It was part of a celebration honoring McCartney as the MusiCares® Person of the Year.  The concert featured a who’s who of the music industry including: Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Norah Jones, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Alison Kraus & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Duane Eddy, Sergio Mendes, and the cast of the Broadway play “Love.”  McCartney himself even performed, pulling out hits such as ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ ‘Junior’s Farm, ‘My Valentine,’ and a medley of tunes that included renditions of ‘Golden Slumbers,’ ‘Carry That Weight,’ and ‘The End.’  McCartney was joined by Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh (The Eagles, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band).  The concert’s set list totaled fifteen songs.

A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney will retail for MSRP of $16.98 on DVD and $21.98 on Blu-ray.  It can be pre-ordered direct from Shout! Factory’s online store for reduced prices of $14.98 (DVD) and $17.98 (Blu-ray) respectively at https://www.shoutfactory.com/music/rock-pop/a-musicares-tribute-to-paul-mccartney.  Proceeds from sales of the recording will go towards providing essential support for MusiCares®, which helps those in need.

Paul McCartney is an 18-time Grammy® winner.  His career spans more than three decades and includes a multitude of songs recorded with The Beatles, Wings, and as a solo artist.  His most recent album was 2013’s New.  McCartney is a freeman of the City of Liverpool and Lead Patron of The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.  In 1995, McCartney was named Fellow of The Royal College of Music by the Prince of Wales.  And in 1996, he was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for his services to music.  He is also committed to various charities including: PETA, LIPA, One Voice, The Vegetarian Society, Nordoff Robbins, and Adopt-A-Mine-Field.

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