Genevieve Goings’ New LP Largely Lives Up To Its Title

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Family entertainer Genevieve Goings has made quite the name for herself within the family entertainment world over the course of the past decade or so.  From her work on Disney Channel’s Choo Choo Soul, to her own music – which has earned her a handful of Gammy® nominations and even a Parents Choice Award – Goings has clearly made her own place within the overall entertainment world.  Now Friday, Goings will add to an already stacked resume when she releases her new album The Great Indoors.  While it is being marketed as an album, the record consists of only five songs, which is intriguing, but that brief 12-minute run – which is typically considered more of an EP type presentation than LP – is still a presentation that families will find engaging and entertaining in its own right.  That is proven collectively through the recording’s musical and lyrical content, as is shown in part through one of the record’s entries, ‘Grateful.’  This song will be discussed shortly.  ‘Shadow Puppets’ is another of the songs featured in this brief record that serve to show its strength.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘All Year Long’ does its own share to make Goings’ new record interesting, too.  It will also be discussed later.  All three songs do their own part to make Goings’ new album stand out.  Together with the other two songs not noted here, the whole makes The Great Indoors a record that every family will enjoy.

Genevieve Goings’ new forthcoming album The Great Indoors is an engaging and entertaining new offering from the veteran entertainer that families will find enjoyable.  That is evidenced through the record’s musical and lyrical content together.  ‘Grateful,’ which is one of the record’s singles, is one of the examples of how that content comes together to make the album appealing.  The song features a musical arrangement that will appeal to any R&B fan.  The steady beat pairs with Goings’ controlled vocal delivery and tone to conjure thoughts of vintage Whitney Houston.  If that is not reason enough for audiences of all ages to hear this song, then nothing is.

As if the musical aspect of ‘Grateful’ is not enough reason for audiences to hear this song, its lyrical content adds to that reason.  The song’s lyrical content is timely, as it focuses on the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  As we all know, the pandemic has led the nation’s elected officials to recommend that even families not come together.  Sadly it has forced families from even being able to be with their loved ones in long term care facilities.  In this song, Goings addresses all of that while working to remind listeners that they should just be appreciative to even be able to communicate through modern electronic media.  She sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’m grateful/For my family and friends/Can’t wait to see you again/Gosh, I feel so lucky/’Cause I feel so much love/Like great big arms around me/Wrapping me in a hug/Gonna call up everybody/All across the globe/Wanna sing, sing/Let it ring, ring/And say hello, hello/It could be a zoom party or a Facetime piece/As long as we’re together/Doesn’t matter how we meet/We’ll be alright/Even if it’s on Skype/We’ll be alright/I’m grateful/For my family and friends/Can’t wait  to see you again.”  She continues in the song’s second verse, “I know it isn’t so easy/Being so far apart/Util next time you see me/Keep me in your heart/’Cause when we got each other/We’ll never feel alone…”  Goings continues in similar fashion from here through the rest of the verse, so there is really no need to go on.  Simply put, she is striving here, to put a more positive spin on the emotional difficulty that has come with families and friends being forced to be apart as a result of the pandemic, noting that it is still possible to communicate even over long distances.  It is an admirable effort that will appeal to audiences.  The addition of the song’s catchy musical arrangement, which will appeal just as much to older listeners as to children, to the mix makes the song stand out even more.  The whole is just one of the ways in which The Great Indoors.  ‘Shadow Puppets,’ another of the record’s singles, does its own share to add to the record’s appeal.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Shadow Puppets’ is a bit of a reggae style composition mixed with some catchy, upbeat club influence.  The balance of the two influences and the clear auto tuning makes the song’s arrangement its own infectious presentation that will appeal to audiences of any age.  It lends itself lightly to thoughts of songs from the likes of Sublime, 311, and Sugar Ray.  That catchy, radio ready sound works with the song’s lyrical content, which as noted is about…well…making shadow puppets, and makes for even more interest.

Goings sings of the joy from simply making puppets from light, “Shadow puppets on the wall/Some of them are big/Some of them are really small/Anywhere we want to go/We can take a trip into the impossible/Have you ever seen a bunny bounce, bounce, bounce/On the bottom of the sea/Did you know that snails go round, round, round in Ferarris?/I saw three cockatoos/Chillin’ by the pyramids/When I asked them what to do/They said I should dance like this/Boogie to the left/Boogie to the right/Shimmy, shimmy up and down/Boogie all day/Boogie all night/’Til the light goes out.”  This fun, nonsensical language is a clear illustration of what happens when people use their imaginations to create the noted shadows puppets.  It really is a lost art that can help people develop their imaginative side.  That is something that is especially important for young people now more than ever.  That encouragement to use one’s imagination (whether alone or with family) continues in the song’s second verse, in which Goings sings, “Did you know baby elephants love, love, love swinging on the swings/I’m sure you know that dogs say, “ruff, ruff, ruff” even when they sing/I saw two cougars/They were working out at the gym/When I asked them what to do/They said I should move like them/Boogie to the left/Boogie to the right/Shimmy, shimmy up  and down/Boogie all day/Boogie all night/’Til the light goes out.”  Again, here is that continued encouragement for listeners to use their imaginations and get their feet moving in the process.  So what audiences get here is a dual-pronged tune whose musical arrangement not only encourages listeners to be creative, but to get moving while they are indoors, too.”  This is content that is certain to resonate with plenty of listeners of all ages and yet another example of what makes Goings’ new record appealing.  ‘Summer All Year Long’ is yet another notable addition to the album.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Summer All Year Long’ is a catchy pop/R&B style composition that holds its own against songs from any of Goings’ counterparts that are making the rounds on any mainstream Top 40 station out there today.  The infectious, steady guitar line and beat work with Goings’ vocal delivery to make a whole composition that lends itself easily to works from the likes of Jamiroquai, Megan Trainor, and others of that ilk.  That funky vibe will certainly get into older audiences’ heads just as much as those of their younger counterparts.  Of course the song’s musical content is just a part of what makes the song stand out.  The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement echoes well, the excitement felt in expecting summer and its high temperatures.

Goings sings of the noted expectations for summer in the song’s lead verse, “We didn’t get a summer/So we’re hot/All year long/So much time/Inside/Summer passed us by/Weather’s cooling down/Bring summer back around/Grab your hat/Grab your shades/Grab your beachball/Make some waves/Grab your towel/Grab a chair/Make it look like the beach in there/Pose/And switch/Head/And hips/Turn/Now freeze/Cool/Feel the breeze.”  She continues in the song’s second verse, “Free activity/That’s all you really need/Just use your mind/To make/A tropical escape.”  From here, Goings returns to the song’s chorus.  While Goings is right that using one’s imagination is important, this one might be a little more difficult because imagining the beach, or some random tropical getaway is not so easy — even in summer — in one’s back yard.  Garfield might have been able to do that in one of the shorts from the timeless animated series Garfield & Friends, but in reality, not everyone has a pool in their back yard.  It just means that imagining such a situation will be slightly more of a challenge (at least if people are not able to enjoy the beaches — god forbid).  Overcoming that challenge will hopefully result in families creating their own tropical paradises or realizing their “fantasies” with trips to the beaches.  Regardless, what Goings has done here is create yet another inventive way for families to pass time until the powers that be decide to tell us that what is okay for us is to go outdoors since they seem to think they know better than us.  When this song is considered along with the rest of the record’s songs, the whole of the five-song recording proves to be a record that will help spending time indoors great.  We can only hope that being forced indoors will only last a short time longer.

Genevieve Goings’ new record Great Indoors is a presentation that largely lives up to its title.  That is thanks to its musical and lyrical content alike.  The musical arrangements that flesh out the record will get listeners of all ages on their feet, passing the time dancing together.  The lyrical content that accompanies songs’ musical arrangements go a long way toward giving families creative ideas about things they can do together to pass the time, too.  All three of the songs noted here support the noted statements in their own way.  When they are considered along with the two remaining songs not addressed here, the whole of that content makes the record in whole that largely lives up to its title.  Great Indoors is scheduled for release Friday through 8 Pound Gorilla Records.

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Steep Canyon Rangers Receive Another Grammy Nomination

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Steep Canyon Rangers received a special honor this week.

The band announced Tuesday, it is one of five nominees in the “Best Bluegrass Album” category for the 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony. The nomination is for the band’s live recording North Carolina Songbook. The eight-song recording was captured April 28, 2019 at the annual Merlfest in Wilkesboro, NC and released Dec. 5, 2019 through Yep Roc Records.

The performance featured in the recording featured performances of ‘Stand By Me’/’Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down’ and ‘Blue Monk’ among others. The record debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Billboard Chart.

Vocalist Woody Platt was humble as he talked about the nomination in a prepared statement.

“It is such an honor to be recognized by the Recording Academy with a Grammy nomination,” said Platt. “It is especially sweet because this record pays tribute to many of the great artists from our musically rich home state of North Carolina.”

Platt’s band mate Graham Sharp expanded on Platt’s statements.

“This album was conceived as a love letter to our home state and the overwhelmingly diverse amount of groundbreaking musicians it has produced,” said Sharp. “It was a joy to perform and we’re truly grateful to be nominated among such a cool slate of our peers.”

Steep Canyon Rangers’ nomination in the 63rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony is just the latest of the band’s honors. The band is a member of the North Carolina music Hall of Fame. The band has also recorded three albums with famed comedian/actor/musician Steve Martin.

The group’s album Nobody Knows You won the Grammy in 2013 in the “Best Bluegrass Album” category. Only a year prior, the band was nominated for its album Rare Bird Alert.

Steep Canyon Rangers released its latest album Arm in Arm this year through Yep Roc Reords.

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Recording Academy Announces “Best Children’s Music Album” Nominees

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The nominees for this year’s Best Children’s Album were announced this week.

The announcement for the Grammys category was made Tuesday. This year’s nominees for the “Best Children’s Music Album” are:

All The Ladies — Joanie Leeds

Be A Pain: An Album for Young (and Old) LeadersAlastair Mook and Friends

I’m An OptomistDog On Fleas

Songs For Signin’The Okee Dokee Brothers

Wild LifeJustin Roberts

Audiences can listen to a selection of songs from each nominee on a playlist culled on Spotify.

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place Jan. 31 on CBS. The winner of the “Best Children’s Music Album will be announced during a pre-show telecast, which will stream online here.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Announces Home Release Date, Specs For New Miles Davis Doc

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Eagle Rock Entertainment will bring the new Miles Davis documentary Birth of the Cool home next month.

The documentary, which originally premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, grossed more than $1 million during its recent theatrical run.  It is scheduled for home release April 10, and will be available as a BD/DVD combo pack and 2DVD with bonus Montreux concert footage and 16-page hardcover book and all digital platforms.  The Montreux footage was culled from Davis’ performances at the festival in 1973, 1984 and 1985.

The performance listing for the Montruex shows is noted below.


1.) Ife (1973)
2.) Star People (1984 Afternoon)
3.) It Gets Better (1984 Afternoon)
4.) Hopscotch; Star On Cicely (1984 Afternoon)
5.) Lake Geneva (1984 Afternoon)
6.) Star People (1985 Evening)
7.) Hopscotch (1985 Evening)


The documentary, which also recently aired nationwide on PBS as part of the network’s beloved American Masters series, was directed by three-time Emmy award winner Stanley Nelson. It profiles the life and career of the late great trumpeter Miles Davis.  The profile features never-before-seen live performances and outtakes from Davis’ studio sessions.  It also features interviews with people who knew Davis both professionally and personally, such as Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Clive Davis, Wayne Shorter and Ron Carter.

The documentary was nominated for a Grammy at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards and for a NAACP Image Award in the category of “Outstanding Documentary (Film).”

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Razor & Tie’s New Family Music Compilation Will Appeal To Grown-Ups And Children Alike

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Getting infants and toddlers to sleep, whether for a nap or for the night, is not always the easiest task. Anyone who has/had a child or even who works/worked with children will attest to this. From mobiles that play gentle music to playing to so many other means, parents and childcare workers alike have used so many methods to get little ones to sleep. Some work better than others and vice versa. This past Friday, January 26, Razor & Tie Records released a new tool to get infants and even toddlers down for a nap in the form of the new compilation record Lullapop Lullabies. This 21-song collection pulls some of the biggest pop hits from the past couple of years and presents them in harp-centered arrangements that will not only ensure children’s sleep, but also a certain interest from older listeners. The songs and the arrangements thereof are two of this record’s most important elements and will be discussed over the course of this examination. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will be discussed, too. Each element is important in its own way to the whole of this collection. All things considered, they make Lullapop Lullabies a record that new parents and childcare workers alike will appreciate.

Razor & Tie Records’ new lullaby collection Lullapop Lullabies is one of the most intriguing new children’s offerings to come along so far in this still young year. It can be said in listening through the record that it is a presentation that new parents will appreciate just as much as childcare workers. That is due in part to the record’s chosen songs. The record opens with the gentle, harp-centered take of Luis Fonsi’s hit song ‘Despacito.’ The song’s steamy lyrics are voiced here by a gentle, flowing harp arrangement that will instantly put listeners of any age at ease while still staying true to the song’s source material. Ed Sheeran, who just won a Grammy on Sunday for his hit song ‘Shape of You’ comes next and is then followed by lots more harp-centered takes on Justin Timberlake’s hit ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling!,’ Bruno Mars’ ‘That’s What I Like’, Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ and so many others. Simply put, the songs that make up the body of this record are works that will be familiar to any number of grown-up listeners, giving plenty of interest to the record for said listeners. Being that the record’s younger listeners will have no clue as to the songs’ identities, their arrangements will appeal just as much to them as to older listeners. That being the case, it becomes clear why the songs featured in this record are so important to its overall presentation. The noted arrangements are just as important to discuss as the featured songs.

It has already been noted that the arrangements featured in each of the record’s songs is built around a harp. From one song to the next, additional string arrangements are added at various points as are keyboard lines. The whole of those elements combine to make the record in whole sound like so many compilations released via Vitamin Records except better. The arrangements put the songs into a format that listeners maybe might have never heard, in turn making them potentially more appealing. At the same time, hearing harp-centered arrangement after harp-centered arrangement for nearly an hour can get tedious for older listeners, even despite the songs being so familiar. Of course younger listeners won’t mind since those continued arrangements are certain to keep little ones calm as long as they sleep, insuring plenty of pleasant dreams. To that end, the arrangements presented in the featured songs prove to be critical in their own way to this collection. They will insure younger listeners’ sleep soundly while in small doses, they are certain to entertain older listeners familiar with the songs. The arrangements are not the last of the album’s most important elements. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

From beginning to end, Lullapop Lullabies maintains a very constant gentile energy in each song. Given, some of the arrangements are minutely more upbeat than others. By and large though, the songs’ energies remain relatively stable throughout the course of the record’s run. This is important to note because it means parents and child care workers could easily put this record on at naptime or bedtime and just let it run without worry of the child being surprised (or parents either for that matter). That stable energy is certain to keep young minds calm even in r.e.m. sleep. This in turn insures a longer, richer sleep for little ones, again proving the importance of the album’s sequence. When the stability of the songs’ energies is set alongside the record’s familiar songs and their unique arrangements, the whole of those elements makes the record overall a presentation that is certain to earn its own place in homes with young children and in child care centers alike.

Razor & Tie’s new family music record Lullapop Lullabies is a work that is certain to appeal just as much to new parents and child care workers as it will to its infant and toddler audiences. That is proven in part through an expansive 21-song set that the noted older audiences will recognize. Those same audiences will find the songs’ gentle arrangements interesting new takes on the songs while little ones will find the arrangements soothing, leading easily to their lengthy and deep sleep. That insurance of rest is strengthened even more due to the record’s sequencing. When it is joined with the songs and their arrangements, the whole of said elements makes Lullapop Lullabies a record that is certain to find its place in any new family’s home just as much as any child care center. It is available now in stores and online, and can be streamed and downloaded here. More information on this and other titles from Razor & Tie is available online now at:




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The Revolution Is Returning To The Road

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Courtesy: MadInk PR

The Revolution is preparing to make waves once again.

The band, best known for its work alongside legendary musician Prince, has announced a new series of live dates.  The announcement comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that the band will perform four select dates this spring.

Response to the announcement was immediate, with one of those shows – a performance in New York – selling out in less than an hour.  Now, new live dates have been announced beginning with a pair of performances at Paisley Park in Mineapolis, MN on April 20 and 21.

The group’s tour schedule, which is listed below, currently includes nine performances.  A nationwide tour is in the works with more dates to be announced soon.


THE REVOLUTION Tour Itinerary:

April 20 Celebration 2017 @ Paisley Park Minneapolis, MN

April 21 Celebration 2017 @ Paisley Park Minneapolis, MN

April 23 Metro Chicago, IL

April 24 Metro Chicago, IL

April 27 The Fillmore Silver Spring Washington, DC

April 28 BB Kings New York, NY

April 29 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA

April 30 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA

May 3 Webster Hall New York, NY

More dates TBA


The Revolution has been quiet ever since it was announced last year that Prince had passed away so unexpectedly.  Having had time to cope with their friend and mentor’s passing, The Revolution re-grouped and talked about the next step.

Each member agreed the band needed to go back on the road to celebrate Prince’s life and legacy.  Guitarist Wendy Melvoin, who joined the band as it evolved, said arranging the tour took a lot of discussion and time. She added the band’s silence following Prince’s death was intentional.

 “The concerns were how many dates, what would the fans want, and what do we do as a band to heal?,” Melvoin said.  “We’ve been really quiet, and we did that consciously, because we were grieving and didn’t want to be disrespectful.  But the fans wanted the chance to feel the energy so we just want to give it back, letting them experience what we were as a band for Prince.”

Drummer Bobby Z agreed.

 “Prince said that music medicine,” Bobby Z said.  “People need it, and we need it, and we can make it as authentic as we can.  In honor of him, we’ll give it everything we’ve got.”

The Revolution originally formed in 1979 with Prince on vocals, Matt Fink on keyboards and Bobby Z on drums. Multiple lineup changes would follow with Lisa Coleman being added to the group on keyboards and piano, Melvoin on guitar and Brown Mark on bass.

The group is best known for its work with Prince in his hit ‘Purple Rain.’  The song earned the group two Grammy ® awards and an Oscar for Best Original Score in Prince’s 1985 movie by the same name.

Along with those accolades, the group worked with Prince on Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day and Parade.  Songs from those albums and from 1999, on which some of The Revolution’s members played, earned the band a handful of #1 hit songs.

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Rock On The Range Sells Out For Fourth Straight Year


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The annual Rock on the Range festival has done it again.

For the fourth consecutive year the Rock on the Range festival has officially sold out. This year’s mark is especially important for the festival as it marks the festival’s 10th anniversary. Last year 120,000 people from all across America and the world bought every last ticket to the three-day festival. This year’s festival will be another three-day event, running from May 20th – 22nd. It will take place at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The lineup for this year’s festival includes: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Deftones, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, Megadeth, At The Drive-In, Lamb Of God, Sixx:A.M., Hellyeah, and Pennywise, as well as a number of up-and-coming acts.

Along with some of the rock and metal community’s biggest names and biggest names of their next generation, the Rock on the Range Festival will also feature some of the most well-known and respected comedians out there today. They include: Big Jay Oakerson, Nate Bargatze, Craig Gass, Bethany Dwyer, Madison Malloy and Grammy®–nominated comedian Jay Mohr in the Rock on the Range Rolling Rock Comedy Tent. There will even be a craft beer village featuring the top breweries from the region, new art installations, and activities special to the festival among so much more. ROTR co-executive producer Danny Wimmer discussed the sellout and what it says not only of the festival but of rock and metal as well in a recent interview. “Anyone who says, ‘Rock is Dead,’ hasn’t paid attention to Rock On The Range,” he said. “This festival has grown in each one of its 10 years, selling out in record time this year. Rock On The Range’s strength stands as a testament that rock fans are not only alive and well, they are flourishing.”

Whether or not audiences will be headed to the annual festival they can still get all of the latest information on the festival including performance times and more via its new mobile app. The app is free and can be downloaded via iTunes and Google Play.

Rock on the Range is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live, and MAPFRE Stadium. It is sponsored by Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Zippo, The Music Experience, and Bud Light. More information on the Rock on the Range festival is available online along with all of its latest news at:






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Leprous Embarks On New Tour

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Leprous is heading back out on the road.

The Norwegian prog-metal quintet recently announced a new slate of tour dates that takes it to Australia and across Europe this winter, spring, and summer. The band’s current schedule kicked off January 30th in Perth, Australia. Next up for the band is a performance in Brisbane on February 5th, and then Melbourne on February 6th. The band’s current schedule also includes a performance in Israel on March 23rd. After finishing up its show in Israel, Leprous will kick off its latet European tour schedule on Marh 31st in Berlin, Germany. The twelve-date schedule includes dates in France, Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium just to name a handful and runs through August 8th. The band’s current tour schedule is note below:

05.02.2016 Brisbane (Australia) – The Brightside / + Voyager *

06.02.2016 Melbourne (Australia) – The Evelyn Hotel / + Voyager *

23.03.2016 Tel-Aviv (Israel) – Theatron Tmuna *

31.03.2016 Berlin (Germany) – Musik & Frieden / + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets *

01.04.2016 ‘s Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands) – W2 / + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets

02.04.2016 Helmond, (The Netherlands) – Cacaofabriek / + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets

03.04.2016: Hoofddorp (The Netherlands) – Podium Duycker / + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets

05.04.2016 Hamburg (Germany) – Logo / + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets

06.04.2016: Essen (Germany) – Turock / + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets

07.04.2016 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7 / + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets

08.04.2016 Strasbourg (France) – La Laiterie / + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets

09.04.2016 Durbuy (Belgium) – Durbuy Rock Festival / + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets

28.-30.04.2016 Koparvik/Haugesund (Norway) – Karmoygeddon Metal Festival /

23.06.2016 Halden (Norway) – Tons Of Rock /

08.08.2016 Josefov (Czech republic) – Brutal Assault /

More tourdates in the works…

Leprous’ latest album The Congregation was recently nominated for Best Metal Album in the Spellemannprisen, Norway’s equivalent of The Grammys. Also nominated in that category were Enslaved, Tsjuder, and Kampfar. Kampfar came out on top in that one. That aside, the band and its fans still have plenty to be happy about. The band also recently debuted the lyric video for ‘Slave,’ from The Congregation. Audiences can check it out now via YouTube at Along with that the band also premiered a tour documentary that audiences can also check out for themselves. It can be viewed via YouTube at If that isn’t enough the video for ‘The Price’ is also available now online via YouTube at ‘Rewind’ can also be heard online via SoundCloud now at


Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

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Phil’s Picks Is Giving Away Two Great Grammy-Nominated Albums For The Whole Family

The 2015 awards season is officially underway. The Golden Globes has come and gone and so has the annual People’s Choice Awards show. Next up is the biggest night of the year for the music industry–Grammy night. The Grammys will be broadcast live Sunday, February 8th on CBS. Obviously there are varying opinions on the legitimacy of the annual awards show. That is mainly because it focuses mainly on the mainstream acts that everyone knows about. Sadly, that leaves out the acts that really deserve some coverage, including artists and bands in the realm of children’s music. This year, a number of the bands and artists in the children’s music genre that have been nominated are also acts whose releases this critic personally reviewed throughout 2014. And in honor of their nominations, Phil’s Picks is giving away CDs from two of this year’s nominees in the Children’s music genre. Those acts are The Okee Dokee Brothers, and The Pop Ups. Both acts released albums that in their own way have proven to be anything but albums solely for children. If anything, both The Okee Dokee Brothers’ Through The Woods and The Pop Ups’ Appetite For Construction prove to be albums that are just as much for children as for their parents. And now two lucky families will get a chance to win one of those CDs courtesy of Phil’s Picks. For those that haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing either of them, a short overview of both albums follows.

Through The Woods

Courtesy:  Okee Dokee Music

Courtesy: Okee Dokee Music

Through The Woods is a wonderful album not just for children but for adults, too. That’s first and foremost because of its music. It is clear that it isn’t aimed just at children. In the same vein, older audiences will recognize the likes of David Holt, Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, and Hubby Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops on this record. The inclusion of older musicians, music, and lyrical themes that are aimed more at general audiences than specifically at children goes even farther to prove just how enjoyable this record is for listeners of all ages. It serves to show that Lansing and Mailander are perhaps branching out of their niche realm without alienating the parents and children that they entertained early on. It’s even more reason to applaud this album.

The music and special guest appearances on the album’s songs collectively create a solid foundation for Through The Woods. That foundation having been established, Lansing and Mailander make their latest album even more enjoyable for audiences thanks to the inclusion of a bonus companion DVD that comes with the CD. The album’s bonus DVD documents the journey undertaken by Lansing and Mailander. Along the course of their trip, the men interview a number of individuals who share the history of Appalachian/Mountain Music in their given region. As noted previously, well-known North Carolina musician David Holt is one of those individuals. He makes the interesting statement that he prefers to call Appalachian music “Mountain Music.” That’s because as he puts it, it encompasses the music of every region along the Appalachian Trail. It makes sense. The other interviews featured through the pair’s journey are just as interesting as they come from ordinary people who live along the trail. Audiences will be able to relate to these average, every day figures. And because of that ability to relate, audiences will enjoy the presentation even more.

The documentary following the Okee Dokee Brothers included on the album’s bonus DVD is a wonderful addition to the disc. It’s not all that the bonus DVD offers audiences. The Okee Dokee Brothers sweeten the deal even more by including their album in its entirety on the DVD, too. So not only do listeners get to hear Through The Woods on CD, they also get to hear it on DVD. It makes the bonus DVD that much more of a true bonus and welcome companion to the album. It seals the deal for this album that has justifiably earned itself a spot on the list of this year’s nominees for “Best Children’s Album.”

Appetite For Construction

Courtesy:  Pop Up City Records

Courtesy: Pop Up City Records

Appetite for Construction, the latest new release from kindie-pop rock band The Pop-Ups is an interesting work. The twelve-track album from the Brooklyn, NY based band will take parents all the way back to the 1970s and 80s with its mix of sounds all while celebrating the joys of childhood with its lyrical side. That lyrical side will also entertain parents as it will take them back to their own childhoods with songs such as ‘Craft Night,’ ‘Costume Party,’ and ‘All These Shapes.’ That these songs and those not mentioned could reach audiences of so many ages and entertain them at the same time proves once more why children’s music can be and often is just as good as anything crafted specifically for grown-ups.

In ‘Craft Night’ The Pop Ups—Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein—sing about the fun of creating a picture collage. The duo sings about sitting at a table, taking those old tubes of glue, and gluing pictures to sheets of construction paper. Any grown-up that ever did this as a kid will understand and appreciate this song just as much as any child today provided schools still teach children about making collages. Any parent that ever took part in such craft making as children will be taken back in time thanks to the song’s vivid imagery provided via its lyrical content. And any children that actually still take part in such activities in schools today—apparently there are children that focus more on computer-based learning than on arts and crafts—will relate to it just as much. The addition of an old school 1970s/80s sound will entertain parents just as much. The end result is a song that as already noted, is just one prime example of what makes ‘Craft Night’ one of so many examples of the joy offered on this record.

Sitting down and making arts and crafts has been a time-honored tradition for children for generations. Hopefully it hasn’t become an entirely extinct tradition considering the increased emphasis being placed on computer-based learning in schools across the country. Just as much of a time-honored tradition among children is that of the costume party. Boys and girls alike dress up all the time. And their parents did, too. Such a tradition crossing generations, it makes for another great topic for a children’s song. Thus the aptly titled ‘Costume Party’ in which the duo sings of getting dressed up in different outfits. It’s one that both boys and girls will enjoy. That’s because there’s mention of girls getting dressed up in princess dresses and of boys getting dressed in a relative’s clothes. That set against the song’s 80s pop vibe will help the song to connect both with kids and their parents. Speaking of 80s pop, parents that grew up in the 80s will also appreciate the equally creative ‘All These Shapes.’ That song is one more piece from this album that serves as a solid example of what audiences have to expect from this record.

‘All These Shapes’ is another piece that is set against a 1980s era sound for all the grown-up children of the 80s out there. Stein and Rabinowitz sing in this song about all the possible things that could be drawn from the shapes. Parents will appreciate how this song really encourages thinking and creativity. And they will also appreciate that in its own right, that emphasis on creativity makes the song itself creative. It’s just one more piece that shows the extent of creativity and originality that fills this record. There are nine other tracks that display that creativity and originality just as much as this song and those previously noted. Audiences will be able to hear those songs for themselves when Appetite for Construction is released next month.

All three songs are prime examples of what makes Appetite for Construction worth the listen by both children and their parents. And together with the album’s other works the album in whole has also justifiably made a solid case for its nomination to this year’s Grammy category of the Year’s Best New Children’s albums, just as The Okee Dokee Brothers’ Through The Woods. Regardless of who takes this year’s trophy, it can be said that both acts are equally qualified and deserving of the title. They are yet more proof of why children’s music is just as good as music for adults if not more so. For that mater it proves to be just as enjoyable for adults as for children.

Before the Grammys goes live February 8th, Phil’s Picks will give away one copy of each album Friday, January 30th. One family will win a copy of one album while the other will win the other. It is up to the winning families which CD they want when they win. The winning families’ names will be drawn Friday, January 30th at 5pm ET and their names will be announced on the Phil’s Picks Facebook page at Any family that wants the chance to win one of these CDs need only go to the Phil’s Picks Facebook page, “Like” it and write on the Phil’s Picks FB page, noting that they want to enter for a chance at one of the CDs. It’s that simple. So don’t let this chance to win a Grammy nominated band slip away. Enter now! Spread the word and good luck!

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The Okee Dokee Brothers Release Trailer For Upcoming Album, DVD

Courtesy:  The Okee Dokee Brothers

Courtesy: The Okee Dokee Brothers

Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander a.k.a. The Okee Dokee Brothers announced today that they will release their new album and DVD this Spring. 

Through The Woods will be released Tuesday, May 20th.  It documents the duo’s journey hiking its way through the Appalachian Mountains.  In anticipation of the release of the album and companion DVD, The Okee Dokee Brothers have debuted a brand new trailer that gives fans a brief glimpse into that journey.  It can be viewed online now via YouTube at

The duo just wrapped an East Coast tour and will hit the road again, spreading the word about its upcoming album and DVD beginning in Pella, Iowa this Saturday, March 1st.  Audiences can check out the Okee Dokee Brothers’ latest tour schedule on its official website,, on Facebook at, and via Twitter at

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