Watch Sia’s New Music Video For ‘Never Give Up’

Fresh off the release of last year’s This Is Acting, pop star Sia is back with a rousing video for her song, “Never Give Up”, which you can watch below.

According to Rolling Stone, “‘Never Give Up’ appears on the soundtrack for Lion, the new movie based on Saroo Brierley’s memoir, A Long Way Home. At age five, Brierley, who grew up in an impoverished Indian village, fell asleep on a train, woke up in Calcutta and managed to survive long enough to be adopted by an Australian couple. As a young man, Brierley embarked on a new journey to find his birth mother using Google Earth. Lion stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Rooney Mara.”

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John Densmore And Robby Krieger Of The Doors Reunite

Years of hostility between surviving Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger (documented in Densmore’s fantastic courtroom memoir, The Doors Unhinged) have officially come to an end as of last night in Venice, California. Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of The Doors’ debut album in 1967, the Robby Krieger Band and Densmore performed a jammish rendition of the classic L.A. Woman. You can watch the celebration below.

I spoke to John about his book a few years ago and the drama with the remaining band members (Ray Manzarek had sadly passed away some months beforehand). According to Densmore, “I said to Ray and Robby, six months before it was published, that the book would be a very hard pill to swallow. But I made it clear that it had a note in the last chapter saying to them ‘you’re my musical brothers'”.

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Fans Of Leonard Cohen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan Should Check Out SHLOMO FRANKLIN

One of the more promising solo acts of the Hudson Valley is Shlomo Franklin, out of Bethel. Franklin just released “January Eyes”, a track recorded with Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen engineer C Lanzbom. His eclectic influences meld together into a sound of his own; the song reportedly caught the attention of the legendary Huey Lewis. Check out “January Eyes” below and read on for a little interview with Franklin, who touches on the Hudson Valley music scene and the facets of his flourishing career.

Who are some of your favorite artists and musical influences?

A lot of my influences aren’t necessarily songwriters or musicians. I gather a lot from authors, poets, painters, and comedians. Louis CK and Allen Ginsberg have probably influenced me just as much as Johnny Cash or Neil Young have.

Guns N’ Roses and Slash will always be one of my favorite heroes. I want to make a record with that guy someday.

I like Chance the Rapper too.

That being said when it comes to songwriters; Leonard Cohen is the first to come to mind.

It took me years until I really got into him. He’s one of those songwriters that can paint this otherworldly photograph of the mundane. He makes waking up and looking out the window seem beautiful, which it is. He’s written apartment poetry like no one else.

I miss him greatly.

Having influences is a double edged-sword because in the beginning, you want to sound just like them, you want to sound as loud and as passionate as they do but that’s only how it might begin.

Where it ends is you facing yourself in the mirror, all walls of denial torn down, with nothing left but your vulnerable self. You realize that your voice is your best weapon. You still want to sound like someone else because then you’re safe, no one sees you, they’re just seeing you as an actor and an actor is untouchable. Soon enough though you’d feel too much like a fraud so your only option is to wear your own voice proudly on your sleeve, put a loudspeaker to your heart, and broadcast whatever the hell you find inside there because chances are, other’s will find themselves in your world of feeling too because none of our experiences are isolated events. Emotions tend to walk through walls and move through your skin, you never feel anything alone. What you’re feeling is always being felt by someone else too.

Tell us a bit about the production of “January Eyes”.

We recorded January Eyes all in one night at my producer’s studio, Sherwood Ridge.

We had recorded it previously but we decided to do another version that did the lyrics justice and really brought the song home.

C Lanzbom is a great engineer but he’s first and foremost a guitarist, that’s where he begins and ends. All the way at the end of January Eyes there’s a space that I originally whistled over but I’m not as great a whistler as Axl Rose so we decided to remove the whistling. He heard that space and right away wanted to play a solo over it. I thought it wasn’t a great idea but our philosophy in the studio is that we try everything. There’s no such thing as a bad idea, so I watched him set up the mics, pick out the right electric guitar, and start playing.

At the third take, he played a series of notes that almost sounded like a human begging on their knees for food or love or something. He played the most exquisite guitar solo and there’s no denying that. You can go listen to it, It’s beyond description or scrutiny.

Needless to say, I was wrong, he was right, and this quiet folk song now has an electric guitar solo at the end. Long live rock and roll.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’ve recently put together a band with some of the sweetest musicians and human beings I’ve ever met so that’s been a big focus of mine lately aside from my work in the studio.

We’re really growing into each other and the shows we’ve played so far have been really special, full of curve balls and drop dead gorgeous moments.

I want to see where this band goes, we might want to make it a real big band, sort of like the E Street Band or The Heartbreakers, add a few members, make it a band that can sound huge and also play tiny tender songs too.

We’re playing Rockwood Music Hall on Feb 2nd. You’d be a fool to not come through!

Who are some of your favorite local artists and venues?

Finding local artists that are on the same path as you is crucial to surviving and thriving as an artist, it reminds you that you’re not alone.

I’ve been lucky to come across and become friends with some really great songwriters and musicians that consistently blow me away. They make me go back to the drawing board and become a better performer and songwriter.

Recently I went on tour with a duo from New York called Thoughtdream and they absolutely made me happy. It would’ve been a really long tour if they didn’t rule but they rule and you should go check them out here:

My all-time favorite local songwriter would be Patrick Collins.

I wouldn’t even know where to begin with him but he’s just one of funniest most honest songwriters I’ve ever heard. His songs aren’t funny. They’re heartbreaking. They’re so real that it hurts. One owes it to themselves to go his see him perform. Check out his Ep that my friend Keith Lauria engineered!

I really like Belle-Skinner. Sadly, I also have a crush on her so don’t take my word for it and just listen to her song here:

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LISTEN: Local Singer Performs “Roadhouse Blues” With The Doors’ Robby Krieger

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the legendary debut album by The Doors. The eleven song package completely reinvented what it meant to be a rock and roll band and is just as prevalent today as it was in 1967.

In 2015, local Montgomery singer and my dad, Joe McCausland, sang with Robby Krieger in Tarrytown; you can check out the video below. While the tune they picked, “Roadhouse Blues”, doesn’t show up on The Doors’ debut record, the song perhaps best captures everything that The Doors are.

You can read my full interview with Krieger’s son and usual frontman, Waylon, on Alternative Nation. He touches on what it’s like to be the son of the man who wrote “Light My Fire”, an accomplishment he describes as “winning the lottery a million times over on your first try”.

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Former Pearl Jam Drummer Angry Over Rock Hall Snub

Ever since it was revealed that Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, a flurry of reactions have emerged from former drummer, David Abbruzzese, when it was revealed he would not be part of the lineup included in the hall. David joined the band shortly before the release of their debut album, Ten, and played on the first two follow ups, Vs. and Vitalogy. Accusing the band of settling and disrespecting their own legacy by accepting the induction, Abbruzzese posted the following on Facebook:

Pearl Jam has always seemingly had a perceived level of integrity and has been known to stand their ground & fight the good fight, but it seems the allure of being given this trophy is just to important for them to take a stand.
I want to let you all know that ultimately, it’s gonna be okay.
. We still have the music and no amount of corporate conglomerate or ticky-tack bull**** can keep us from enjoying the power of the music we love. The fact that we find ourselves fighting for the integrity of the validity of a segment of Pearl Jam history to be acknowledged is straight up beautiful. The reason we have to is what the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is supposed to have been built to celebrate; The love of the music.
I have always thought that every award given to a band that celebrates the bands lifetime achievements should be awarded to every person that was ever a debt incurring, life sacrificing, blood spilling, member of that band. Maybe the Hall should reevaluate the need to put all the monkeys in the same cage in order to boost revenue, and instead let the history of the band be fully and completely represented as they were and as they are. …leave it up to the group to show their true colors as they celebrate their own history in a manner of their choosing.
I don’t know. But whoever is ultimately responsible for the decision that deemed my work with Pearl Jam as an effort that was not important enough to grant me induction knows nothing of what we accomplished, and I am personally at a loss for words for how Stone, Mike, Jeff, Matt, Edward and Kelly Curtis are accepting of such an injustice.

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RPM Is Looking For Acoustic Video Performances!

As we start going full throttle on coverage of the Hudson Valley Music scene, the staff here at RPM are very interested in hearing our local artists performing unplugged.

If you or your band wishes to be a featured video on RPM, send us your best acoustic performance, show us what you got by sending an email to with the subject “ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE”!

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Stone Temple Pilots Member Remembers ‘Antagonistic’ Scott Weiland

A year after the death of their mythic frontman Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots are on the verge of announcing their third lead vocalist as they prepare an album of new material. 2017 is also the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Core, released in 1992 to near instant success.

Speaking to Music Aficionado, guitarist Dean Deleo recounted the early days of STP during their rise to success. On the subject of controversy over their first single, “Sex Type Thing”, Deleo says that  No, it didn’t surprise me. I knew Scott; he just loved that sort of thing. He loved kind of turning people on their heads. He was very antagonistic. His whole thing was like, “If people don’t get it, too bad. We know what it is.”

Dean also remembers the exact moment he truly realized the band had made it: “We just talked about this gig two days ago as being a turning point. We appeared from behind the curtain out front, and the place was full from floor to ceiling. I will always remember the four of us looked at each other, the look in Robert, Scott and Eric’s eyes and the feeling that I had like, “Something’s really happening.” I will always remember that look, especially with Scott. I will always remember that look in his eye when we appeared from behind the curtain and we saw 20,000 people out there. We had never really done anything of that magnitude. It was pretty memorable.”

STP played Bethel Woods on their final tour with Scott Weiland in 2012, while bassist and brother to Dean Deleo, Robert Deleo, performed at Daryl’s House in Pawling last year with his blues side project, Delta Deep, alongside Def Leppard’s Phil Collen.

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A Day To Remember & Asking Alexandria Fans Should Check Out FEED THE ADDICTION

Feed the Addiction is a local metalcore act that consists of Ryan Gilmartin on vocals, Riley Crispell on drums, Sean Martin on bass, Ryan McCabe on guitar, and Mike Vondras on guitar.

From the band themselves:

Feed The Addiction was formed in October 2010 by friends Ryan Gilmartin (vocals, guitar), Riley Crispell (drums), Sean Martin (bass) and Mike Vondras (guitar). Originally, the group would spend hours just jamming on their instruments or covering their favorite songs. The sounds of various A Day to Remember, Asking Alexandria, and Of Mice & Men songs were frequent at practices. Eventually, the group would graduate from strictly covers, to creating and composing their own Melodic Metalcore style of music.
Although the early days of FTA we’re filled with fun and promise, as is the case in many situations, the group would face tremendous challenges over the years to come. As the group began to evolve, the band and guitarist Mike mutually split ways early in 2013. This would begin a long two-year period where Feed The Addiction was a three-piece. During this time, the band entered the studio twice (2013, 2014) and has gone on to play at notable venues The Loft, The Chance, Sounds Asylum/The Skyline Event Center, and Webster Hall in New York City the groups’ biggest show to date.
In  2015, the band added guitarist Ryan McCabe to its roster while also re-grouping with Mike, moving Ryan to vocalist. This addition not only added another piece to the band, but also created a more complex, unique element to its sound.

You can listen to the band’s record Lying Through Your Teeth below and read Riley’s brief thoughts on the local music scene .

What are some of your favorite Hudson Valley venues to play? 

The Loft, The Chance. We love the energy that is at My Place Pizza. We also loved playing the skyline in Middletown when it was open.

Any local artists you’d like to give a shout out to?

Valatie Kills, Dark After Dawn, Home Seeker, and If I Were You.

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Pete Seeger Engineer Collaborates With Hudson Valley Musician

Shlomo Franklin is a young indie folk singer from Bethel. He recently caught the attention of songwriter/engineer C Lanzbom while shopping in Teaneck, New Jersey. Lanzbom, who has mixed records by the late great Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen, invited Franklin to his studio.

“Upon arriving home I had a message waiting for me from a virtuoso guitarist and producer named C Lanzbom, who had recently won a Grammy for a Pete Seeger & Bruce Springsteen record that he had mixed. Pete is a treasure in my mind, a link to the rich history of great American folk music, right up there with the rest of the giants. Pete was royalty to me, and so was C Lanzbom,” Franklin told East of 8th in an interview. “Now C was leaving me a message telling me that the owner of Lark Street Music in Teaneck had told him about me and he asked if I’d come down to his studio and play him some of my songs. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous.”

His anxiety ultimately amounted to nothing, as you can listen to the fruit of Lanzbom and Franklin’s first collaboration below, entitled “January Eyes”.

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American Idol and Broadway Star to Lead Local Master Class

The iconic TV series American Idol launched the career of the talented vocalist, Constantine Maroulis.
Known as the “handsome Rock ‘n’ Roll guy” of season 4,  like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Katharine McPhee, sustained that level of success, performing the American Idol Live Tour, with the Top 10 contestants, followed by solo concerts in venues such as House of Blues in Atlantic City and Starland Ballroom and then, on to Broadway! 
Maroulis will be sharing his story and tips for young performers at a Master Class at the Cortlandt School of Performing Arts on January 28th.
With a limited amount of openings, teens and college aged vocalists can sign up for the four hour class where Maroulis will cover auditioning, promotion, material and organizing repertoire, managing your career, and will discuss which training/educational choices are best for each participant.
Maroulis enjoyed several lead roles, co-starring in the Broadway production of “The Wedding Singer” (2006), starring in “Rock of Ages” (2009), where he received a Tony nomination for “Best Performance for a Leading Actor in a Musical” and later, starred as the horror-icon Jekyll and Hyde (2013). 
He continues with a successful recording career with 2 CD’s now available “Here I Come” and “She’s Just Rock N’ Roll”.
This intimate setting will allow the singers to closely workshop with Mr. Maroulis and directly receive one-on-one pointers to help them with their development as a performer.  Register at or call 914-402-4250.
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