AMTRAC RELEASES NEW LP ODDYSSEY OUT NOW VIA OPENERS/RCA RECORDS

Toronto, ON – April 3, 2020 – Today, Amtrac proudly shares his sophomore album Oddyssey, out now on Openers/RCA Records. The new album features contributions from Alex Metric, Saint Kenaire, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.

Nearly a decade after Came Along, Oddyssey further expands Amtrac’s world of earworm-y, thoughtful dance tunes alongside some new indie sensibilities. The album promises instances of release and reflection, with Amtrac’s discerning musicality threading these moments together.

The album arrives after previous singles, Stratego, So Afraid feat. Alex Metric, Teenage Love, AccountableRadical feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and Between The Lines.

The Kentucky-born and Los Angeles-based artist, DJ, producer, remixer, multi-instrumentalist, and founder of Openers, made his formal debut onto the scene in 2011 with his acclaimed album, Came Along. The album elevated the Morehead, KY native—born Caleb Cornett—to the cutting edge of electronic music. In its wake, he amassed an acclaimed catalog of originals and remixes. Lending his touch to tunes by Two Door Cinema Club, Elderbrook, Sigur Rós, and Chromatics, Pitchfork described his remixing as “epic-sounding.” Among the originals, 2014’s Those Days, notably boasted vocals from Stevie Wonder. Following the 2016 solo, EP Lost In Motion, he reached a new plateau on the 1987 EP during 2017. Both Never Lost and Piano Boy put up over 6 million Spotify streams each as his total stream tally neared the 100 million mark. Along the way, he earned praise from Billboard, Mixmag, Revolt, Complex, i-D Magazine, and more. Not to mention, he has headlined shows on four continents. Launching Openers in 2017, he provided a home to tracks by Durante, Rick Trainor, Luces, and many others. Amtrac is looking ahead to 2020 with new music and his new partnership with RCA Records. 

Stream Oddyssey here

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LOGAN LEDGER’S EPONYMOUS DEBUT ALBUM LOGAN LEDGER OUT NOW ON ELECTRO MAGNETIC/ROUNDER RECORDS

PRODUCED BY 13-TIME GRAMMY WINNER T BONE BURNETT

LIVE INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK PERFORMANCE TODAY AT 3:00 PM ET

RESCHEDULED LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – April 3, 2020 – Rising Bay Area artist, Logan Ledger’s, self-titled debut album is out now via Electro Magnetic/Rounder Records. The album was produced by 13-time GRAMMY AWARD winner, T Bone Burnett, and embraces a sound that’s stylistically wayward yet deeply grounded in classic songmanship. Purchase the album here.

In celebration of the new release, Ledger will perform live on Instagram and Facebook today—tune in at 3:00pm EDT. A rescheduled tour has been confirmed, please see Ledger’s full live dates below.

“When we went in to make the album the songs pretty much just fell out,Ledger says of working with Burnett. “It felt entirely natural. T Bone is a master at creating just the right vibe for each musical situation. He can do this by playing a line on the guitar, recalling some deep memory, or by uttering just the right phrase at just the right moment. There’s something intangible and mysterious about it.”

Watch Ledger’s Starlight performance at Rolling Stone and his Basement Sessions performance of (I’m Gonna Get Over This) Some Day.

Backed by T Bone Burnett, additional support on the album comes from guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), drummer Jay Bellerose (Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne), bassist Dennis Crouch (Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton) and guitarist/pedal steel player Russ Pahl (Kacey Musgraves, Tyler Childers). Ledger says, “We’re all sort of twirling around each other and creating this great big texture of sound together…I love how everyone’s constantly improvising, but without ever getting in anybody else’s way.”

Critical praise for Logan Ledger’s self-titled album:

“‘Nobody Knows,’ a solo Logan Ledger composition, is as chilling as some of Hank Williams’s chilliest, and is sung and arranged accordingly blue. (‘Where goes the light when the day turns to night…Nobody knows, but I know. Cause I’m nobody.’) Mr. Ledger
will not persuade anybody listening of that particular claim, as this striking debut introduces a definite somebody. This is purposeful and skillful crooning and songwriting, well aware of the history it joins and adds to.”­
The Wall Street Journal

“Drenched in steel and oozing barroom authenticity, this is utterly 
mesmerizing. Sign me up for the fan club." – Music Row

“...what makes Ledger a special talent and what makes his debut a meaningful release is the way he takes these familiar themes and builds upon them. ‘I Don’t Dream Anymore’ mixes driving roots-rock with a rhythmic, post-punk urgency, while ‘Electric Fantasy’ has echoes of the Cure’s ‘Lovesong’ in its chord progression and melody. It makes for truly exciting listening. It also does a couple other things." – No Depression

“First, these highlight the deceptive flexibility in Ledger’s voice. His croon is perfect for tackling fare that evokes Willie Nelson or The Byrds, but it also possesses a certain timelessness to it that makes it ideally suited for forays into a wide spectrum of sounds. The second thing these tracks do concerns music in general, because they highlight the way country and jangly folk-pop have seeped into seemingly dissimilar genres of music and have inspired the continued evolution of music.” – No Depression

“Drifting in with the fog from the Bay Area, singer-songwriter Logan Ledger is charmingly scruffy at first appearance. But when he lets his voice loose, it’s chill-inducting—his knack for rubbery hard country melodies conjure the ghosts of 50s singers like George Jones.” Mother Jones

“Logan’s smooth, near-operatic voice initially draws you into his shimmering noir world of desolate souls wandering deserted, rain-drenched backstreets before dawn. But songs such as ‘Invisible Blue’ with its reverbed baritone guitar and color-saturated lyric of ‘There’s a blue you can’t see/but boy you can feel,’ and the tearful, pedal steel sobbing ‘Tell Me a Lie,’ sung by a tearful, heartbroken protagonist, show that Logan writes ‘em as well as he sings ‘em. Kudos to roots-producing maestro T Bone Burnett who realizes Ledger’s idiosyncratic vision with clean, unfussy production and backing from longtime associates such as guitarist Marc Ribot and drummer Jay Bellerose.” American Songwriter

“On April 3rd, one of the most anticipated voices to come on the scene in years will make his full-length debut with a self-titled effort. Along with a select handful of others, this release has to be considered one of the most sought after in 2020.” Saving Country Music

TOUR DATES:
July 8—Philadelphia, PA— City Winery*
July 9—Alexandria, VA—Birchmere*
July 11—Boston, MA—City Winery*
July 12—Brooklyn, NY—Murmrr Ballroom*
August 13—St Louis, MO—Off Broadway*
August 14—St Louis, MO—Off Broadway*
August 15—Kansas City, MO—Knuckleheads*
August 16—Omaha, NE—The Waiting Room*
August 18—Des Moines, IA—Wooly's*
August 19—Wausau, WI—The Grand Theater*
August 20—Minneapolis, MN—Varsity Theater*
August 21—Eau Claire, WI—Jamf Theatre*
August 23—Chicago, IL—Old Town School of Folk*
August 24—Newport, KY—Southgate House Revival*
September 12—Enschede, Netherlands—Tuckerville Festival
*with The Secret Sisters

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ANT SAUNDERS RELEASES DEBUT EP BUBBLE

SET TO SUPPORT CAMILA CABELLO ON THE ROMANCE TOUR THIS FALL WITH TREVOR DANIELS

WATCH MISCOMMUNICATIONS VIDEO HERE

YELLOW HEARTS CERTIFIED GOLD IN THE U.S. & CANADA

LANDED ON BILLBOARD HOT 100 WITH OVER 315 MILLION STREAMS

Toronto, ON – April 3, 2020 – Today, rising pop/R&B artist, Ant Saunders, releases his debut EP, Bubblevia Arista Records. Listen here. Ant will perform the new music to fans across North America when he joins GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter, Camila Cabello, on the Romance Tour this fall. See dates below! 

A full DIY effort, the entire Bubble EP was written, recorded and produced by Ant Saunders. The impressive collection of songs includes viral hit, “Yellow Hearts,” which was created in his bedroom and released on the day of his high school graduation. The track is now certified gold in the U.S. & Canada, with over 330 million streams, and landed a position on the Billboard Hot 100. Emanating a nostalgic and intimate tone, the EP features lead single, MISCOMMUNICATIONS with accompanying video, and a soul-stirring, gospel-inspired track titled, It’s Over. The EP showcases Ant’s prodigious abilities as an artist, in both his vocal performance and songwriting. 

Of BubbleAnt says, “When writing the EP, I wanted to present it from the perspective of my consciousness growing up. I was always (and still am) a shy and anxious person. Doing what I was most comfortable with and disregarding what everybody would think was what I would aim for, but I restricted myself. It was the type of restriction which, in my mind, felt like being inside a bubble. My goal is to reach people that have had similar issues growing up, or are facing these issues now, and uplift them. Everybody should have the ability to do as they please without doubting themselves.”  

Ant was born in Germany, where his parents were stationed in the military before eventually settling in the small town of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. He began writing and recording in middle school using Audacity and a USB mic as an outlet to understand his emotions and the world around him. Influenced by R&B and hip-hop acts like Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, Tyler the Creator, as well as singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and John Mayer, Ant’s combination of lyrical storytelling and velvet vocal delivery makes for a uniquely flagrant and refreshing sound. 

BUBBLE TRACK LIST:

  1. Pedestrian
  2. Yellow Hearts 
  3. MISCOMMUNICATIONS
  4. It’s Over
  5. u know it’s real 
  6. Yellow Hearts (feat. Audrey Mika)


TOUR DATES: 
September 4 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena
September 5 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
September 8 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
September 9 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
September 11 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
September 12 - Laval, QC - Place Bell
September 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
September 16 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena           
September 18 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden               
September 22 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
September 23 - Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Arena
September 25 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center
September 26 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena

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THE BLUE STONES PUT A DIFFERENT SIDE OF THEIR CREATIVITY ON DISPLAY WITH NEW SINGLE CARELESS

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR CARELESS HERE

Toronto, ON – April 3, 2020 – The Blue Stones treated fans today with the release of Careless, the third single from their highly-anticipated new album due out later this year on Entertainment One (eOne). Careless shows a new side of the band, placing singer, Tarek Jafar’s soulful voice in the spotlight, complimented by a finessed mix of keys, vibey guitars, 808 kicks and snare. While the band has amassed a considerable following around their brand of dynamic alternative rock, Careless is an important track in their creative journey as it showcases their ability to produce music outside of what might be considered their ‘comfort zone’. Lyrically, the song exhibits the same sort of maturity, taking on a dark tone and tackling the subject of getting lost in love and vices – exemplified by the line, "I know you love me, but it won't change a thing." You can stream Careless  here now and watch the visual accompaniment on YouTube here.

About the track, Tarek stated, “Careless is a dark and vibey track that draws from a lot of our RnB influences to paint a story about making mistakes, and liking them.”

Careless follows The Blue Stones’ breakout single Shakin’ Off The Rust, which just crossed over 6 million streams worldwide and found the band headlining a largely sold out North American tour. Most recently, the duo were nominated for a JUNO award for Breakthrough Group Of The Year, adding to the excitement from both fans and critics regarding their upcoming full-length
album.

When Tarek Jafar and Justin Tessier formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together - and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that lead to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As they began working on new music, The Blue Stones caught the attention of producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), with whom they would eventually enter the studio with this past summer. Working with Meany lead to The Blue Stones exploring – and creating – music in a different way than they had before, and led to a new approach by Jafar when it came to tackling lyrics. The result was the band truly discovering who they were during the writing process. They’ve crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that one can’t help but be swept up and carried off by the songs that will eventually form their as-yet-untitled sophomore album slated for release on Entertainment One next year. The duo may be redefining who they are, but their decision to pursue the rock’n’roll dream holds as strong as ever as they enter the next stage of their journey.

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS RELEASE NEW EP BORN DEADLY TODAY

FEATURING REAL DEADLY
COPS WITH GUNS ARE THE WORST!!!
AND KOBE FACE

“With fierce rhymes committed to the cause of decolonization, Snotty Nose Rez Kids simultaneously nod to the contemporary hip-hop sound they employ and to environmental issues directly affecting Indigenous people.” – Complex

“kinetic and cartoonish chemistry similar to Flatbush Zombies, as well as a bold confrontation of white supremacy with classic hip-hop tropes.” – The Fader

Toronto, ON – April 3, 2020 – Today, Snotty Nose Rez Kids release their new EP, Born Deadly. The EP features lead single, Real Deadly – with the video premiering at Complex, who named SNRK one of their Artists To Watch In 2020 – along with Cops With Guns Are The Worst!!!, a track written in response to and in support of the Wet’suwet’en pipeline protests taking place across Canada. Stream/purchase Born Deadly here.

If you have managed to catch a Snotty Nose Rez Kids show, you know Yung Trybez and Young D were born to rage. That’s what inspired the concept of Born Deadly and its five energy-fueled tracks. In their community, “acting deadly” is a positive affirmation. The two dug up an old class photo from their youth for the cover and aptly named the project, Born Deadly. Further cementing their self-categorized genre of Indigenous Trap, SNRK dive into themes of self-love, community, activism and media critiques with their classic brand of playful lyricism. Influenced by Earthgang, Brockhampton and the Atlanta-sound, SNRK bring a raw power to their music that fans can connect with. Their track, Kobe Face is a thank you letter to the inspiration Bryant instilled in Trybez and D as basketball players and as artists. Channeling that work ethic has resulted in SNRK receiving multiple awards and nominations, amassing over 2.5 million video views, and over 8 millions streams. Their unique, raw and honest perspective is quickly solidifying Snotty Nose Rez Kids as an exciting emerging act in hip-hop.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids is a Haisla hip-hop duo from Kitimat, BC composed of rappers Yung Trybez and Young D. Formed in 2016, SNRK released back-to-back albums in 2017: their self-titled debut in January and The Average Savage in September. The latter project earned the duo Best Hip-Hop Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards, landed them on the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List, and earned them a 2019 JUNO Nomination for Best Indigenous Music Album. The group toured heavily in Canada with select appearances in the U.S. and Australia. They quickly gained notoriety for their energetic, inspiring, and thought-provoking shows.

In 2019, SNRK’s third album TRAPLINE garnered praise from Exclaim!, Bandcamp, CBC Music, Complex, Hype Magazine, Noisey, Okayplayer, and The Fader, amongst others.  The duo embarked on a 60+ show tour of Canada, U.S., Mexico, U.K., and Australia, where they received a groundswell of support. SNRK won Breakout Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards and were once again shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, making them one of only three artists to ever make the Short List in back-to-back years. TRAPLINE wound up on numerous 2019 Best Album of the Year lists. Exclaim! included TRAPLINE on its lists for 50 Best Albums of the 2010s and Top 10 Hip-Hop Album of the Year, and singled out SNRK’s stand-out, Boujee Natives, in their list of Top 50 Songs of the 2010s.

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GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING ARTIST LONR. RELEASES NEW SINGLE MAKE THE MOST FEATURING H.E.R.

OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OUT NOW

DEBUT EP LAND OF NOTHING REAL ARRIVES APRIL 24

LONR. CROSSES 32 MILLION STREAMS OFF DEBUT SINGLES A.M. AND SAFE ZONE AFTER WRAPPING TOUR WITH YBN CORDAE

Toronto, ON – April 3, 2020 – Today, rising genre-bursting multi-hyphenate artist, Lonr., uncovers his new single, Make the Most, featuring H.E.R. Get it here via Epic Records.

The California-born and Cape Cod, MA-raised GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, rapper, songwriter and producer teamed up with The FADER to exclusively premiere the official music video earlier this morning. Watch the video here.

In between a tight groove and fluttering guitar, he delivers vulnerable verses before carrying an eternal pledge on the hook: “I wanna grow old with you, make the most with you, that’s the goal.” H.E.R. offers a sweetly soulful counterpoint punctuated by delicate emotion. Meanwhile, the visual depicts tender scenes of romance between Lonr. and a female companion.  However, after of moments of bliss, the story takes a very intense and topical turn…

He tells The FADER that “the idea behind Make the Most was simply that we only have one life to live, so with whatever or whoever it is that you love, make sure you make it known…make sure you chase it, because tomorrow isn’t promised.”

Lonr. introduced himself at the end of 2019 with his first-ever single, A.M. Inspiring the “A.M. Challenge”, the single ignited a flurry of activity on Tik Tok, with over 2 million user-generated videos in a short time span. This phenomenon translated to Spotify where the song soared to the Top 5 of the US Viral Chart and Top 10 of the Global Viral Chart, alongside looks on the Most Necessary and Pop Rising playlists. Together with follow-up track, Safe Zone, Lonr.’s music has since tallied over 32 million total streams worldwide, and counting. Garnering critical praise early on, XXL called him “multifaceted” while Elevator Magazine called him a “star in the making.” HotNewHipHop mirrored those sentiments, calling him a “rising star” and exclaiming that Safe Zone “builds on the momentum [of A.M.].”  Rap-Up may have put it best: “Now music’s secret weapon is stepping into his own.” 

He recently concluded a sold-out tour supporting YBN Cordae, entrancing crowds across North America. VEVO also selected him for its coveted DSCVR program. As part of the initiative, he turned up with cathartic live performances of A.M. and Safe Zone, accompanied by a lone guitarist.

Now, he reveals his debut EP, Land of Nothing Real, set for release on April 24, 2020.

Emerging from under a quiet shroud of mystery, Lonr. arrives as a singular and cinematic talent whose vital and vibrant vision piques fascination as it blurs the lines between soul, soundtracks, and simmering Hip-Hop. After being uprooted from Los Angeles as a child and moving to Cape Cod, MA, Lonr. grew up feeling like the odd one out. Upon installing music software in high school, he entrenched himself in beat-making, creating his own universe to exist in. Inspired by the likes of Pharrell, OutKast, and Tyler, The Creator as well as film scores for Star Wars, Interstellar, and The Pursuit of Happyness, he developed his production chops and songwriting talents through countless hours by himself in front of the computer. On his way up, he became a sought-after songwriter, crafting hits and building worlds alongside other artists. By 2019, he found himself up for multiple GRAMMY® Awards for contributions to H.E.R.’s discography, winning two. At the same time, he began to quietly assemble what would become Lonr.’s own project, Land of Nothing Real.

“I always zone out and go into my own little world,” Lonr. explains. “That’s the Land of Nothing Real. If you don’t like where you are, you can escape into another realm. This project is really about love, longing, and desire. Those topics are always on people’s minds. I’m examining them with melodic and dreamy songs.”

Capturing palpable and relatable emotion, Lonr. might just make you feel a little less alone: “I want listeners to feel like this is something new,” he says. “Most of all, I hope they resonate with me and feel like they’re being heard and not so alone in this world.” Welcome to Lonr.’s world.

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LEXXICON PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR LONELY AT CANADIAN MUSICIAN

TORONTO HEADLINE SHOW ON JULY 11 AT THE BOAT

NEW ALBUM BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE OUT NOW

“With singles like the body-positive Fatty Fatty and the slightly more melancholic Lonely, Bashment Trap House is shaping up to be a party album with a heart.” – Exclaim!

Toronto, ON – April 3, 2020 – Following the successful launch of his new album, Bashment Trap House, Toronto Hip-Hop/Dancehall hybrid, Lexxicon, shares a new video for standout single, Lonely, which premiered at Canadian Musician Magazine. In addition, Lexxicon will perform the album live at a headline gig on July 11 at The Boat – see below for all details and watch Lonely here.

“Lonely is a song matters to me the most right now, due to my reason for making the song especially being of the few vulnerable young people with pre-existing autoimmune health conditions with medication that also additionally lowers my immune system to keep me from being in pain, which makes the virus more of a concern,” Lexxicon says of the track, which was inspired by his own battle with Crohn’s disease, and resonates worldwide during the global pandemic. “With that said, while still with family during the crisis, lonely is still a continual feeling during these times along with all the cancellations affecting the music community as a whole. Inside the mind of a creative is not always the most positive space, but it’s still the breeding ground for art, and I just wanted to give a visual representation of that.” 

Lonely was produced by Edmonton’s Artafacts Music and engineered by Duppz. It follows previous single and video, Di Don Don. Lexxicon was at the helm as creative director for the visual for Di Don Don, collaborating with director, Chris Prince. Filmed in Toronto, the song is about Lexxicon proving himself as an artist in the city, standing tall in his confidence. Watch Di Don Don here.

Lexxicon released Bashment Trap House on January 31, with two additional singles, including the celebratory SuperstarLucky Lucky - a tribute to Lexxicon’s parents and their bond. 

Bashment Trap House’s first single, Fatty Fatty, celebrating inclusion and body positivity. Produced by Kontrabandz, Fatty Fatty is about celebrating life, tying into the project’s overall theme around Lexxicon’s journey as a Jamaican/Canadian artist. The hook is gender-neutral, embracing an inclusive party track that everyone can vibe to. Buy and stream the album here.

Ahead of the album’s release, Lexxicon has shared his story as a Jamaican Canadian artist and devoted member of the Toronto arts community, with interviews featured on Sauga 960am program, New Theory RadioWe Love Hip HopStudio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcastThe Ryersonian, and the Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. Bashment Trap House has been regarded as one of Exclaim!’s 31 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2020 and highlighted in outlets including Canadian BeatsCashbox CanadaNOW MagazinePure Grain Audio and FYI Music News

About Lexxicon
Hip-Hop/Dancehall artist Lexxicon fluctuates between Dancehall Patois, R&B harmonies, and melodic rapping with pure power. Born in Jamaica, Lexxicon moved to Birmingham, England and then New York City before settling in Toronto, Canada, where he found the drive, passion, and tools to become a recording artist. He honed his talent by growing in some of the city’s talent incubators such as R.I.S.E Edutainment, and UrbanArts – B.M.M.

After taking the stage at Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and the Culture Shock Block Party, the experience of Lexxicon’s live performances can be described as a powerful presence. The Toronto-based artist’s up-tempo hybrid sound comes from many influences of Sean Paul to Tory Lanez. His vision is to push the boundaries of hip-hop music, by blurring genres lines and adding his Jamaican background to his music.

Lexxicon is also an active member of Toronto’s creative community, founding a rising showcase series called AfroWave Toronto, that advocates for Dancehall, Afrobeats and Reggaeton representation in the local music scene. He attended Ryerson University and founded student group called RyeSWAT (now RyeRecords) for artists on campus to record an album (The Vision – Various ArtistsGenesis EP – Various Artists) and release music. In addition, he has worked with Ryerson’s Caribbean Student’s Association, United Black students at Ryerson, Poetic Exchange, and Psychology Student’s Association.

2020 TORONTO TOUR DATES
Saturday, July 11 – The Boat – Toronto, ON – Tickets and Info

Watch video for Lonelybit.ly/2x2SIGn
Watch video for Di Don Don: bit.ly/39wDbeW
Buy/stream Bashment Trap House: fanlink.to/BashmentTrapHouse
Watch lyric video for Superstar: fanlink.to/LexxiconSuperstar
Watch lyric video for Lonely: bit.ly/2YL09vo 
Watch lyric video for Fatty Fattyyoutu.be/qB0y-EJqfmI

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ANDREW BIRD RELEASES NEW SINGLE CAPITAL CRIMES

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

DEBUTS LIVE FROM THE GREAT ROOM YOUTUBE SERIES

Toronto, ON – April 2, 2020 – Today, Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Bird, releases his timely new single, Capital Crimes. Watch/share the video, directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin here, and listen/purchase the song here.

"I wrote Capital Crimes more than a year ago about capital punishment,” Andrew explains. “For a while they were giving IQ tests to death row inmates. If you scored below 70 your life was spared, above 70 and you were executed. Of course this is absurd and was eventually done away with but the fact that it was in practice for even for a moment is alarming. Lately we find ourselves having these moral arguments, these false choice fallacies that older citizens should sacrifice themselves for the sake of the economy. The government exists to protect and care for its citizens especially those who are most vulnerable, not decide who should be sacrificed. I hope the song handles the issue more eloquently than my prose here. 'If I let go of your hand it would be murder' - the things that hold our society together are not really institutions and laws but everyday humanity and compassion. An acceptance that we are all in this together.  I thought this was a single issue song until Matthew Siskin put this video together and made me realize that it’s far more universal than I thought."

Andrew Bird’s series, Live from the Great Room, debuted on YouTube last week. The first 14 episodes of the 28-episode series are available now, with the remaining to be added in the coming weeks. Streamed live over the past three years from Andrew’s living room—with the exception of a special SXSW installment last year in front of a live audience—the pioneering series puts artists’ creative processes on display for fans as Bird performs and converses with friends, collaborators and fellow musicians in a candid, intimate setting.   Some special guests include Chris Thile, Matt Berninger, John C. Reilly, Jim James, The LA Philharmonic, and many more.  Check out Live From The Great Room here.

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AMTRAC SHARES NEW SONG STRATEGO

 

LISTEN HERE

ODDYSSEY OUT APRIL 3 VIA OPENERS/RCA PRE-ORDER HERE

Toronto, ON – March 30, 2020 – Last Friday, Amtrac, released his newest track, Stratego, via Openers/RCA Records, ahead of new album Oddyssey, out this Friday, April 3. Listen to the song here. In addition to sharing the new song, Amtrac has shared the tracklisting and album art for Oddyssey, available for pre-order here.

Featuring vocals from Amtrac himself, Stratego recalls the dance rock of the late aughts. With a dancey four/four beat, the track builds upon twirling guitar chords and actual drums. Amtrac’s almost slacker-like voice asks the listener, “won’t you help me now?” right as a hypnotizing synth kicks in.

Stratego follows previously-released tracks, So Afraid feat. Alex Metric, Teenage Love, Accountable, Radical feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs which EARMILK called “pure magic,” and “Between The Lines” which Billboard described as “uplifting and catchy.”

The Kentucky-born and Los Angeles-based artist, DJ, producer, remixer, multi-instrumentalist, and founder of Openers, made his formal debut onto the scene in 2011 with his acclaimed album, Came Along. The album elevated the Morehead, KY native—born Caleb Cornett—to the cutting edge of electronic music. In its wake, he amassed an acclaimed catalog of originals and remixes. Lending his touch to tunes by Two Door Cinema Club, Elderbrook, Sigur Rós, and Chromatics, Pitchfork described his remixing as “epic-sounding.” Among the originals, 2014’s Those Days, notably boasted vocals from Stevie Wonder. Following the 2016 solo, EP Lost In Motion, he reached a new plateau on the 1987 EP during 2017. Both Never Lost and Piano Boy put up over 6 million Spotify streams each as his total stream tally neared the 100 million mark. Along the way, he earned praise from Billboard, Mixmag, Revolt, Complex, i-D Magazine, and more. Not to mention, he has headlined shows on four continents. Launching Openers in 2017, he provided a home to tracks by Durante, Rick Trainor, Luces, and many others. Amtrac is looking ahead to 2020 with new music and his new partnership with RCA Records. 

TRACK LISTING:
1. Ethel
2. Accountable
3. Between The Lines
4. Replica
5. Madness To Mayhem
6. So Afraid
7. Teenage Love feat. Saint Kenaire
8. Radical feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
9. Wish I Could
10. Stratego
11. Odyssey
12. My Bad Your Fault
13. No Place feat. Lali Puna
14. Too Many Visions

Stream Stratego here

Pre-order Oddyssey here

www.amtracmusic.com

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ZARDONIC UNLEASHES TAKEOVER VIP THE FIRST TRACK OF HIS FORTHCOMING LP

BUY/STREAM TAKEOVER VIP HERE

Toronto, ON – March 27, 2020 – Teaming up with The Qemists’ Fickle6, globetrotting DJ and producer, Zardonic, delivers Takeover VIP, the first track of his forthcoming LP The Become Remix Album.

Defying both the UK-centric focus of Drum and Bass and the anti-electronic cultism of Metal music, Zardonic’s musical mission is to stir the sonic melting pot, to blend and cultivate a sound that resonates with music fans who worship energy above all else.

With previous remixes for the likes of Black Sun Empire to Bullet For My Valentine, chart-topping tracks on Beatport, Amazon and iTunes, and three Drum & Bass Arena Award nominations in the bag, the Venezuelan talent also known as Federico Ágreda Álvarez is a firm favourite amongst bass music bods.

Enlisting Fickle6 for a hurtling new VIP of his previous single Takeover, which is also accompanied by an instrumental, Zardonic sets the tone for his upcoming release as part of his exclusive deal with global titan eOne and home of multi-platinum selling artists and legends ranging from The Game to Zakk Wylde.

Although he’s only just kicked off his 2020 mission of taking over airwaves across the world, Zardonic’s influence on scene is set to grow incessantly.

Zardonic feat. The Qemists – Takeover (Zardonic & Fickle6 VIP Mix) is out now via Entertainment One.

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LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL DROP NEW ALBUM NAKED GARDEN TODAY

15 TRACK COLLECTION INCLUDES BRAND NEW SONGS AND ALTERNATE VERSIONS OF TRACKS FROM 2019’S

TURN OFF THE NEWS (BUILD A GARDEN)

Toronto, ON – March 27, 2020 – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – bassist, Corey McCormick, drummer, Anthony LoGerfo, percussionist, Tato Melgar, multi-instrumentalist, Logan Metz and guitarist/vocalist, Lukas Nelson – released their new album, Naked Garden today via Fantasy Records. Listen here.  A companion to the band’s highly acclaimed 2019 LP, Turn Off The News (Build A Garden), Naked Garden features 10 brand-new, previously unreleased tracks and five new versions of songs that originally appeared on News. 

The band explains: “When we walked out of Shangri-La recording studio on the sixth day, we knew we had captured something special. It was so productive, in fact, that there was simply no way to fit all the material on one release. Think of Naked Garden as something of an epilogue to our previous album, Turn Off The News (Build A Garden). Some of these tracks are alternate performances of songs from that record. Others, like “Bad Case,” appear in their early developmental stages. But the majority of this album comprises songs that, for one reason or another, didn’t make the final cut, and yet were just too special to keep to ourselves. Our hope is that Naked Garden offers a glimpse behind the curtain, at POTR in our most raw, honest, and naked state. For our band’s name is truly our mantra, and if nothing else, this project is an attempt to make good on our promise.”

To celebrate the new album, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will host a live listening party today at 12:00 noon PST/3:00 pm EST via their YouTube channel. Fans can chat with the band while listening to the Naked Garden in its entirety starting – Tune in here.

Get Naked Garden here and go to the band’s updated merch store for Naked Garden exclusives and bundles here.

The band shared a selection of new tracks in the weeks leading up to release including Civilized Hell (Alternate Version),  and the brand new songs, Couldn't Break Your Heart and  Movie In My Mind. Fans can also see the making of Naked Garden album trailer here

Wide-ranging in scope and minimalist in production, Naked Garden embodies the band’s shared spiritual connection and consummate musical chemistry.  Produced by Promise of the Real and John Alagia, the collection’s many highlights include the studio version of fan favourite, Entirely Different Stars, the plaintive romance of, Movie In My Mind, the classic kiss-off vibe of, Back When I Cared and Lukas’s falsetto on the lovely country waltz, The Way You Say Goodbye, just to name a few.

As previously announced, in the light of public health concerns, the spring leg of The Naked Garden Tour has been postponed. Rescheduled dates will be revealed soon.

TRACK LISTING:
1. Entirely Different Stars
2. Civilized Hell (Alternate Version)
3. Back When I Cared
4. Movie In My Mind
5. Focus On The Music
6. My Own Wave
7. Fade To Black  
8. Out In L.A. (Extended Version)
9. Couldn’t Break Your Heart
10. Speak The Truth (Alternate Version)
11. Civilized Hell (Acoustic Version)
12. Bad Case (Alternate Version)
13. Stars Made Of You (Alternate Version)
14. Where Does Love Go (Alternate Version)
15. The Way You Say Goodbye (Alternate Version)

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www.lukasnelson.com

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645AR DROPS NEW TRACK & VIDEO IN LOVE WITH A STRIPPER

His voice may align more with Animal Crossing’s K.K. Slider than 50 Cent, but his music is deeper than just incoherent mumbling” – Pigeons and Planes

It’s exciting to come across music that nobody is sure how to react to” – Pitchfork

Toronto, ON – March 27, 2020 – Today, Columbia Records recording artist, 645AR, releases a new track, In Love With A Stripper. Produced by Full Tac and Rambow, In Love With A Stripper finds 645AR rapping and singing in his signature falsetto over the slow and melodic banger. Listen here.

645AR has also released the official video for In Love With A Stripper. Inspired by the classic film Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, the vaguely Lynchian visual finds the 6’5 rapper with the cartoon voice suddenly pint-sized as he navigates the everyday objects of his life including refrigerator magnets, nightclub ready Barbies, weight plates, soda bottles and a not so friendly cat. Watch the Highdeas directed video here.

In Love With A Stripper is just one of the upcoming releases from the Bronx/Atlanta native, who has been working hard in the studio on new music and visuals. 645AR first caught the public’s attention with his distinctive vocals – quickly dubbed “squeak rap” by fans and critics alike. While discovering 645AR’s music, at first listen, one would be tempted to assume it’s a gimmick. However, when speaking about his latest track, 645AR reassures the audience, “This is the 1”.

Additional tracks will be announced in the coming weeks; fans can visit 645AR’s socials for updates. 

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ZAAC PICK RELEASES NEW SINGLE LIGHTER SIDE OF BLUE TODAY

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR
LIGHTER SIDE OF BLUE HERE

FORTHCOMING ALBUM TO BE RELEASED
LATER THIS YEAR

Toronto, ON – March 27, 2020 – Life's journeys are marked by passages — moments or seasons of transition — often disorienting and vulnerable spaces, yet they offer the greatest opportunity to experience growth, if we are open to the uncertainty. Learning to embrace the beauty in these liminal states is the theme that runs throughout each track on singer-songwriter, Zaac Pick's, long-awaited sophomore album, Passages (set for release later this year).  Today, Pick shares a first taste of the new album, with lead single, Lighter Side Of Blue. The track explores the theme of hopefulness in times of darkness that one can experience throughout their life – but is a reminder that those feelings are temporary and ultimately, moving to the lighter side of blue is always possible. Listen here and watch the official video here.

“I wrote Lighter Side Of Blue a year and a half ago, in the middle of a wave of depression and intense anxiety, which, like a lot of people, I've struggled with for a long time,” Pick reflects. “For me, it's ultimately a hopeful song about how music – listening to it, making it – offers a way out. It's a reminder to myself to go and do something that brings me peace, a reminder that when things feel dark, they don't stay that way forever, which feels especially important in light of the world news right now.”

The video was directed by Canadian filmmakers, Zachary Vague and Sterling Larose, in Vancouver earlier this year. When we made this video one freezing cold weekend this past January, we wanted it to look surreal – me walking and floating around an empty city at night, lost in the music like a dream,” explains Pick.

He continues: “We are all in a sensitive and serious time right now, and I’m aware that some people would prefer happier sounding songs to lift the mood. I've debated whether this kind of song makes sense to release at this moment, but truthfully the music that's helped me through so many tough times has been more on the side of melancholy.”

Based in Vancouver, BC, Pick originally moved from his native Medicine Hat, Alberta in the early 2000s, becoming immersed in the region's burgeoning indie-folk music community as guitar player and songwriting member of the band Doubting Paris. After being dropped from their US record label, Pick ventured out on his own, releasing a string of EPs and an LP that earned him regional songwriting awards and nominations, generous national radio (CBC) support, opening slots for the likes of The Civil Wars, Noah Gundersen, and Bahamas, and numerous features for his songs on major network television shows.

The release of Lighter Side Of Blue marks the beginning of new music to come from the BC-based artist. With the full-length album set for release later this year, fans can look forward to more singles rolling out in the coming months. Stay tuned for more coming from Zaac in 2020!

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www.zaacpick.com

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URGNT ADAPTS TO DELIVER LIVESTREAMED SOLO HOUSE CONCERT SERIES

SHOW TONIGHT FEATURING MOSCOW APARTMENT 

ZECA POLINA, QUINCY MORALES, DIGGING ROOTS,
STAY OUT LATE, LAILA BIALI AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

TORONTO ARTISTS, SOUND TECHS
VIDEOGRAPHERS AND PRESENTERS 

UNITE FOR LIVESTREAMED CONCERT SERIES TO AID

LOCAL ARTISTS AND INDUSTRY DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

LEARN MORE AND SUPPORT URGNT ON GOFUNDME

Toronto, ON – March 27, 2020 – Following three successful livestreamed concerts featuring Measha BrueggergosmanMoskitto Bar and Quique Escamilla, URGNT won’t let space restrictions as the result of COVID-19 halt their mission.Mark Marczyk, known for his work as ringleader of Toronto’s guerrilla-folk party-punk icons, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, founded URGNT – a music movement to aid local artists and industry through livestreamed community performances during the COVID-19 crisis. Due to recent enforcements around the closure of non-essential services, URGNT has adapted to deliver a full lineup of livestreamed solo house concerts highlighting Toronto’s emerging and prominent musicians, with indie folk band Moscow Apartment performing tonight (Friday, March 27) at 7:00 pm ET. See below for an updated schedule, and tune in via Maclean’sFacebook and the URGNT website. You can support URGNT and their artists through their GoFundMe campaign.

 

URGNT will continue to compensate all artists for a 45-minute set, as they have moved into an ‘online venue’ format, curating the best of Ontario’s musicians who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. URGNT has also opened up a call for artists to submit a 45 minute live set. If selected, URGNT will stream it via Maclean’sFacebook and the URGNT website, as well as the artist's fan page. 

 

URGNT will livestream solo house concerts with an array of iconic and emerging Toronto acts, whose tours/work have been cancelled and livelihoods put at stake (among them, JUNO winners and nominees), to livestream 30-45-minute sets. Recent performances featured Soprano songstress, Measha Brueggergosman, multicultural sound ensemble, Moskitto Bar, and Mexican singer-songwriter, Quique Escamilla. Upcoming sets will include Hip Hop artist, Quincy Morales, Indie beatnik The Holy Gasp, stand-up comedian Elvira Kurt, JUNO Award-winning Indigenous blues duo, Digging Roots, vocal jazz artist Laila Biali, with more to be announced. See below for complete details. 

 

What began as a call out in a Facebook post has been growing rapidly as an initiative Marczyk established only two weeks ago alongside long-term colleagues and key community members, Kathleen Ryan, Jaash Singh, Tamar Ilana, Alex Bordokas and Oksana Hawrylak. 

“How can we be advocates of the whole diverse ecology of our live music sector in this time of crisis and bring attention to the artists, venues, technicians, promoters and arts workers who themselves bring value to our economy and quality of life?” Marczyk comments. “WE NEED THIS. Our city needs this. The whole world needs this. Italians quarantined in apartment blocks have been having sing-alongs from their balconies. European opera houses are releasing their coveted video archives to the public. Symphonies are being performed in front of no one. We are all being creative in the face of adversity to remember our humanity. It would be nice to be creative together so that when this all passes, we can remember and be proud of what we did together to get through it.” 

About URGNT LIVE
URGNT LIVE is a Toronto-based online venue. What started as livestream series in empty venues created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak has quickly adapted to promote social distancing and create a curated platform to present and support the best of the city's musicians. URGNT's goals are: to unify the arts industry in Toronto in a safe and creative way; to raise money to pay a nominal fee to all involved parties to help with lost gigs and wages as a result of the quarantine; to document and catalogue this unique period in history; and to make compelling content available to audiences when they need it most.

Kathleen Ryan is URGNT’s Head Of Production, with experience working for numerous organizations and notable events, including the JUNOs. Maclean’s is the official media sponsor, supporting ongoing coverage and broadcasts of the concerts.

URGNT is in need of support to highlight the spirit of Toronto’s music scene, emphasizing the importance of staying connected and supporting the people who create the music that gets us through extreme situations. For all the negative effects of the Coronavirus, URGNT is an opportunity to show just how incredible Toronto is through its people and places, so that when people do ultimately come out of quarantine, they are inclined to be more active. 

“We want to be strong advocates for diverse representation, which is part of the city we love, so we've already been reaching across genre, cultures, and identities, but we also hope to hear from artists in response,” Marcyzk says. “Artists can now submit their 45 minute live sets to us directly. If selected, they'll be streamed on URGNT and Maclean's, not to mention we'll send them some cash."

URGNT is closely monitoring their GoFundMe page and acknowledges the health implications of this initiative. The team is developing a series of guidelines (including but not limited to having ample sanitation products on hand, ensuring only invited participants who don’t exhibit symptoms and haven’t travelled recently, maintain distance, even on stage), while evolving with public health recommendations. 

Upcoming Livestream:
Friday, March 27 - Moscow Apartment - Indie folk - 7pm  ET
 

Stay tuned for dates to be announced including:
Quincy Morales (Hip Hop), The Holy Gasp (Indie beatnik),
Elvira Kurt (stand-up comedian), Digging Roots (Indigenous Blues Duo), 
Laila Biali (Vocal Jazz),Zeca Polina (Brazilian Forro), 
Stay Out Late (Hip Hop), Teo Milea (Romanian piano) and more.

For allies, artists, venues, sound technicians, and videographers looking to get involved, please visit www.urgnt.ca, email mark@urgnt.ca or call 647-526-5675.

Visit and support URGNT on GoFundMe

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res URGNT

www.lemonbucket.com

www.ugrnt.ca 

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LOCAL NATIVES REIMAGINE 2019 ALBUM VIOLET STREET WITH CAST OF RENOWNED DJS ELECTRONIC ARTISTS AND PRODUCERS

VIOLET STREET REMIXES ALBUM TO BE RELEASED IN 3 VOLUMES

VIOLET STREET REMIXES VOL. 1 IS OUT NOW WITH FULL ALBUM OUT MAY 1

HEAR IT HERE

Toronto, ON – March 27, 2020 – To celebrate the one year anniversary of the release of Local Natives’ critically acclaimed album, Violet Street, the band has announced a curated remix album with a coalition of eclectic DJs, electronic artists, and producers, to be released digitally May 1 via Loma Vista Recordings. In the lead up to May, the group will be launching volumes of the remixes, starting today with Violet Street Remixes Vol. 1. Hear the four tracks with remixes from Joey Pecoraro, Karriem Riggins, Jonathan Wilson, and GUM & Ginoli, the latter of whom contribute a soaring and grooving take on Vogue. Vol. 2 will be released on April 17, followed by Vol. 3 on May 1, to complete the full album.

“We've always viewed songs as living and breathing. The studio recordings are timestamps of those versions and the songs evolve on every tour,” Local Natives say of the project. “We love releasing stems to our albums to let you dig deeper into the recordings and reinterpret the music. In that spirit, we're honored to have an incredible cast of artists take Violet Street into new and unexpected directions.

Earlier this month, Local Natives stopped by the Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor stage to perform their new single, Dark Days (featuring Amelia Meath) - an update on the single from their 2016 album, Sunlit Youth - and When Am I Gonna Lose You - their Violet Street single that hit #3 at AAA and #6 at Alternative radio. Their sensational performance was re-aired on Tuesday this week.

Last year, Local Natives released their critically acclaimed fourth album, Violet Street via Loma Vista Recordings. The blissful and introspective new album features singles including “lush and searching” (Stereogum), When Am I Gonna Lose You, whose cinematic video starred Kate Mara and was performed by the band on Ellen; Café Amarillo, which FADER hailed for “illustrating a sort of emotional purgatory;” and Tap Dancer that Brooklyn Vegan praised for its “elegiac ache.” The band wrapped their nearly sold out cross-country North American tour with Austin American Statesman praising their “unadulterated energy” at one show. 

Watch their performance of Dark Days (feat. Amelia Meath) on Kimmel: found.ee/LN_KimmelDD

Watch their performance of When Am I Gonna Lose You on Kimmel: found.ee/LN_KimmelWAIGLY

Watch their performance of When Am I Gonna Lose You on Ellen: found.ee/LN_Ellen

Praise for Violet Street:
“Emotional” – Rolling Stone

“Shimmering” – Stereogum

“Writing some of the finest songs, brimming with emotion" – Line of Best Fit

“Artistic” – Billboard

“Lush...expansive” – Consequence of Sound

“Buoyant ...their breezy and open sound is more energetic than ever” – Exclaim.CA

“Amazing” – Under the Radar

"Few bands do romance, and the yearning for it, better than Local Natives" 
– Buzzbands.LA

VIOLET STREET REMIXES TRACKLIST:
1. Vogue (GUM & Ginoli Remix)
2. Cafe Amarillo (Jonathan Wilson Remix)
3. Munich II (Karriem Riggins Remix)
4. When Am I Gonna Lose You (Joey Pecoraro Remix)
5. Shy (Dot Da Genius Remix)
6. Megaton Mile (Weval Remix)
7. Someday Now (Beacon Remix)
8. When Am I Gonna Lose You (Nick Waterhouse Dub Remix)
9. Tap Dancer (Moon Boots Remix)
10. Gulf Shores (Tiger & Woods Remix)
11. When Am I Gonna Lose You (DJDS Remix)
12. Gardens Of Elysian (Daedelus Remix)

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Artwork – Violet Street Remixes Vol.1 | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Artwork – Violet Street Remixes | DOWNLOAD –  Hi Res Press Photo

www.thelocalnatives.com

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WATCH FIVIO FOREIGN GO VIRAL IN THE LONG AWAITED MUSIC VIDEO FOR WETTY

LISTEN TO WETTY HERE

LOOK OUT FOR FIVIO FOREIGN'S
FORTHCOMING EP FRIDAY APRIL 24TH

Toronto, ON – March 27, 2020 – Brooklyn-born rising star, Fivio Foreign, has released his long awaited single, Wetty, off his upcoming EP via Columbia Records. The song was produced by frequent collaborator AXL Beats - watch the suspenseful music video directed by JLShotThat here. With a strong trajectory at the top of the year, Fivio Foreign has been declared one of 2020's Artists to Watch. 

 

Following a year of successful momentum, Fivio Foreign is set to release his debut EP with Columbia Records this spring, April 24. The Brooklyn drill sound that took over the East Coast alongside Fivio's energetic and contagious rhymes is what sets the rising rapper apart from the herd. After receiving many notable co-signs from his peers and landing on multiple Artists To Watch lists including Billboard, Complex, HotNewHipHop & more, Fivio Foreign is solidifying his space in music.

 

About Fivio Foreign
Fivio Foreign is New York born and bred, raised in and around Brooklyn’s Fort Greene and East Flatbush neighborhoods. He’s been rapping all his life— “We used to rap in the room with a computer, me, my cousin Nate, we was always lit.” Charming and confident, the telltale signs of a New York hustler, Fivio began to take his craft seriously after years of recording and putting songs out casually. Now a major player in Brooklyn’s burgeoning drill music scene, Fivio has collaborated most with UK producer AXL Beats, who also lent his talents to Jumpin, Rich The Kid-assisted Richer Than Ever, and most notoriously Big Drip which is rapidly approaching 25 million views on Youtube. “I feel like my music is like me,” Fivio says about his growing catalog of party-ready heat. It’s fun, turnt up, and loud, but serious at the same time. On where he’s headed, Fivio is wide-eyed with big dreams: “I’m ushering in a new wave. I know for a fact that I’m here to do something bigger than me. I want everyone to start knowing my face like how they know my music.” It doesn’t get more New York than that.

"Foreign's cocky New York demeanor and affinity for major-league hooks have been contagious, decimating the competition with his volcanic anthems."

"''Big Drip' is arguably Brooklyn drill’s most essential song."

"Fivio Foreign is ensuring that his grizzled baritone echoes well beyond the five boroughs, and he’s asserting himself as a key figure in the current East Coast revival."

"New York has pushed its way into the hip-hop spotlight once again and this time, Brooklyn is on the map."
 

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LAILA BIALI DEBUTS NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM OUT OF DUST TODAY

RELEASES BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR ALBUM TRACK REVIVAL – WATCH HERE

HOSTS ONLINE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
LAUNCHING TODAY AT 12 PM EST

LIVESTREAM CONCERT TO TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEK

Toronto, ON – March 27, 2020 – Today, JUNO Award winning artist, Laila Biali, unleashes her highly anticipated, deeply personal new album, Out of Dust via Chronograph Records. In celebration of the record, Laila will be hosting a livestreamed album release party today, kicking off at 12:00 p.m. EST. The event will see Biali sharing stories about the new songs, and will include live performances, interactive Q&As with viewers, a live interview with RX Music Live’s Master T, and more. Full details and a schedule of events can be found here. Laila will also be giving a special livestreamed performance next week, where fans will be able to experience the new album “live” in concert.

Co-produced by Biali and her husband, Ben Wittman, Out of Dust is a celebration of life; warm and uplifting, even as it confronts Biali’s recent challenges. For nearly every major triumph—a highly acclaimed return to jazz, winning the JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, touring the world—she faced private debilitating crises. In just a few short years, Biali lost a close friend to cancer, mourned a family member’s suicide, and was diagnosed with two auto-immune disorders that threatened to upend her career. It was a period of change and heartache—but it was also a season of great inspiration and hope. These themes of overcoming and hope run deep throughout Out Of Dust.

The political is personal on the brassy album opener, Revival; transforming global tumult into an inspiring call-to-arms, Biali sings with the clear-eyed confidence of a warrior, “There’s a fire underground / Come on down”. This fervour animates the entire album, even in its quieter, more personal moments, like on Wendy’s Song – a piano ballad dedicated to the friend Biali lost to cancer – turning the details of a single life into a powerful epic. Glass House – which Biali wrote with her husband – frankly addresses the after-effects of a family member’s suicide, while Take the Day Off – a lullaby written with her nine-year-old son – bluntly acknowledges the reality of healing, with Biali singing that it’s okay to “pull the sheets over your head” and “unwind” when you need to.

“We are in an unprecedented time in history. Initially, I wondered if it would be wise to delay the release of my new album, but the themes behind the songs on Out of Dust feel like they tie-in with the present moment,” Laila reflects. “Now, more than ever, music can be a vehicle for healing and catharsis, and if I get to be part of the good news in people's lives, I consider that a great privilege. We may not know exactly what the future holds, but we do know what we can bring to each day – and for me, that's music.”

In addition to contributions from Biali’s husband and son, Out of Dust features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis.

Multi-award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist, Laila Biali, has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents, from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. In addition to her 2019 JUNO Award win, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category, and was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, where she was named SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year. She received her first JUNO nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot-on DownBeat Magazine's Best Albums of the Year for Live in Concert (2013). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music's national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to listeners across Canada. While Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy" (Washington Post).

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www.lailabiali.com

About Chronograph Records:
Chronograph Records is a boutique record label that works closely with artists who are looking for an insightful and collaborative partnership. Representing some of the best jazz, urban acoustic, and blues artists in Western Canada, Chronograph Records strategically helps develop their roster, allowing the artists to evolve into exactly who they're supposed to be. Since the label's 2004 inception, Chronograph artists have garnered numerous award nominations, most recently culminating in a JUNO Award win, multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, a TD Grand Jazz Award, Global Music Awards, a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, and Canadian National Smooth Jazz Award winners.

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THREE-TIME GRAMMY WINNER SARAH JAROSZ ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM WORLD ON THE GROUND OUT JUNE 5 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

PRODUCED BY JOHN LEVENTHAL

LISTEN TO JOHNNY

Toronto, ON – 2020 – Three-time GRAMMY winner, Sarah Jarosz, has announced the June 5 release of World On The Ground (Rounder Records), her first new album in four years. The soulful and gorgeous collection – produced by John Leventhal (Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello) and recorded in his Manhattan home studio – follows Jarosz’s Grammy-winning 2016 release, Undercurrent (Rounder).

World On The Ground is a collection of stories both real and imagined exploring the tension and inertia of small-town living. Jarosz, a native of Wimberley, TX (pop. 2,626) and current NYC resident, explores the desire for escape set against the ease of staying put. The album is populated by sensitive souls, aimless wanderers, and back-porch daydreamers. Their stories are illuminated by the album’s spacious yet intricate arrangements and Jarosz’s captivating voice and richly detailed songwriting. With the scope of a novel and a sound inspired by classic Texas songwriting, World On The Ground paints a portrait that exists outside of time.

Pre-order the album and listen to Johnny, which follows a returning traveler wrestling with the hard-fought truth that “an open heart looks a lot like the wilderness.”

World On the Ground takes its title from album highlight, Pay It No Mind, in which wisdom is passed down through song by a bird looking down at the world: “When the world on the ground is gonna swallow you down, sometimes you’ve got to pay it no mind.” The song’s “little bird stretching her wings” graces the album’s cover, an Erin E. Murray painting gifted to Jarosz from her parents.

At 28, Sarah Jarosz is already a three-time GRAMMY winner. In addition to her solo work, she is a member of the GRAMMY-winning group, I’m With Her, and is a frequent guest on Live From Here with Chris Thile. The multi-instrumentalist first started with the mandolin at age nine and earned her first GRAMMY nomination at age 18 for her 2009 debut, Song Up in Her Head.

WORLD ON THE GROUND TRACKLIST:
Eve
Pay It No Mind
Hometown
Johnny
Orange and Blue
I’ll Be Gone
Maggie
What Do I Do
Empty Square
Little Satchel

www.sarahjarosz.com

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JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY LAUNCHES SELF-PRODUCED CLAYMATION SHORT FILM UP

WATCH UP                                                                                        

TUNE IN TO LIVESTREAM CONCERT ON SATURDAY, MARCH 28

SUPPORT STORRY ON PATREON

LISTEN TO NEW ALBUM CHIII: THE COME UP HERE

2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATION FOR 
REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR


Toronto, ON – March 24, 2020 – Today, JUNO-nominated Toronto artist, STORRY, shares her self-produced Claymation film, Up, set to a song of the same name from her latest album, CHIII: The Come Up. What arrives with powerful messages in a time of global crisis, Up was set to launch at the now-postponed Toronto Short Film Festival. Nothing is stopping STORRY from sharing the visual that depicts compassion, creativity and support, as Up has already screened at several film festivals, and continues to make waves as it is unveiled to the public. Watch Up here.

“Often, we excuse people we love for their misbehaviour because we empathize and feel we know their true essence. But even killers have mothers or friends or partners who love them and who see the best in them. And we take it upon ourselves to clean up after their mess, hoping that they will change, hoping that they will soon return to their true selves,” STORRY says of themes within the film. “But sometimes, letting them go, or perhaps taking drastic measures to rehabilitate them, is the only way to truly love and care for them and ourselves. This is the meaning behind the dirt in the film. I hope this video rings true in the hearts of those who watch it, in a world where more is more and less is not good enough, new is better and what becomes old is an increasingly shorter window. I hope that people will laugh and cry and leave changed. Because what is art if it doesn’t make us feel and ask important questions?

Audiences can tune into a free livestreamed concert on Saturday, March 28 at 9:00 pm, where STORRY will perform a pared-down set of songs from CHIII: The Come Up and unreleased music. The show will be available through Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram Live. You can tune in here, and support STORRY on Patreon, which will have exclusive perks for members that sign up.

Up is a clay animation short wherein a man's insatiable appetite gradually destroys his relationship and entire surroundings. His partner struggles to stay by his side and clean up his mess. Filmed over four months in STORRY’s basement alongside a small team (full credits below) with zero training in film production or animation, Up has already won the award for Best Editing at the Montreal International Wreath Film Festival and Best Animated Music Video at jellyFEST in Los Angeles, CA. The film has received numerous nominations, including Best Animated and Best Narrative Music Video at the Austin Music Video Festival, and Best  Animated Short at the Rome International Film Festival. It has also screened at the Toronto International Spring of Horror and Fantasy Film FestivalOregon Short Film Festival, and the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival

STORRY was nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award for Reggae Recording of the Year for Another Man, featured on prolific Jamaican production duo Sly & Robbie’s Pocketbook Riddim project. Listen to the song here. STORRY has been sharing her STORY, with national features in The Canadian PressEARMILKThe Toronto StarThe Creative Imbalance Podcast, and Canadian Beats, amongst others, with her music played on CBC q, CBC Fresh Air, CBC Big City Small World, and CIUT, amongst other national radio outlets. 

STORRY’s debut album, CH III: The Come Up, was released February 20. The project is based on a chapter of her life; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. With roots in the opera world, yet expansion into all styles, STORRY’s live set is always one for the books. Following the album launch, she rocked a packed room at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge, followed by a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB and a North American tour with Sofar Sounds. You can listen to CH III: The Come Up here.

CH III: The Come Up is based on STORRY’s life. She grapples with her relationships with her mother and family, romantic life, her careers, dreams and with money. STORRY does not live in any specific genre. Like her music, STORRY is multi-dimensional and fluid. She pulls influences from hip hop to opera, reggae to musical theatre. She is an oxymoron and has equal amounts of grit and poise. The album was written with the intent to take the listener on a journey, focusing more on the storrytelling. And her shows are an experience that takes you through peaks and valleys of emotions, a ride with tears, excitement and laughter. That is why STORRY refuses to be boxed into one style of writing, being, branding, medium or avenue of creation. She wants to show that sex-workers, strippers, women, ALL people, are multi-dimensional and cannot be judged or defined on the surface.

Perhaps the most raw and honest representation of the project is Money Ain’t Free. Confidently quipped as a “Motown record without the innocence,” the song reflects on STORRY’s real-life experience of returning to work as a stripper to finance her art. Watch the video for Money Ain’t Free here, written, directed and co-produced by Montreal-born, Toronto-based director, Karimah Zakia Issa

About STORRY
STORRY is a JUNO-nominated, seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Fierce and multifaceted, she writes and produces all her music. STORRY's voice quality is second to none, and she uses and enhances her incredible sonorous gifts with prophecies witty, raw, and life-changing. She preaches from experience. Lots of it. Her songs offer an honest portrait of life as a woman: it's an image everybody can recognize, even if they don't want to. Her poetic and musical creativity is unapologetic and fearless. In releasing her music, STORRY is leaving the shadows and showing us the result of decades of artistic work. STORRY has performed across North America. If you're taken by her recordings, be prepared to be dazzled by her live show because this phenomenon cannot be captured on tape.

Up – Credits:

Written, directed, produced and edited by STORRY 

Animation, character & set design by STORRY, Charlotte Gaj, & Rollin Waugh 

Music written and performed by STORRY & Yotam Baum 

Sound design by Eric Saucke-Lacelle

Colour grading by David Nwipko

Special thanks to Ibtessam Haddad & Bryan Kubinec 

Buy/stream: The Come Up: foundation-media.ffm.to/thecomeup

Watch Up: bit.ly/33EfDno

Watch Money Ain’t Freeyoutu.be/9jrHqo4M9LI

Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A

STORRY on Spotify: spoti.fi/2EyxzUE

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Up Film Poster |  DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Art

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AMERICAN GRIM RELEASE BREATHE MUSIC VIDEO

ALL NEW LP ULTRA BLACK OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – March 23, 2020 – American Grim have released a new music video for their track, Breathe, today. Directed by vocalist Ryan Grim, the video follows the eye-catching video for Nightmare, which was released late last year. Watch Breathe here.

"The world is continuously changing and creating new obstacles and anxieties in our daily life," says Grim. "Breathe is a song written to showcase good and evil in people, the decision to live, and the feeling of wanting to die and overcoming those feelings with a sense of living positive and optimistic."

Challenge the status quo. Shake up the culture of fake outrage. Break free from the bonds of self-defeating ignorance. There’s no reason to despair within this dystopia; we have the power to escape mindless obedience. This is the primal punk-style message at the heart of American Grim, a heavy music battalion whose sinister "shock rock" is aimed squarely at conformity.

American Grim stands against those who would exploit our insecurities and exacerbate our social media-driven hunger for validation. The New Jersey trio makes anthems for the downtrodden, the dismissed, and the dispossessed. They champion independent thought, individualism, and above all else, freedom of creative expression. Like Emma Goldman once famously said, “It’s not my revolution if I can't dance to it." Or in this case, smash shit to it. Music is their weapon. The stage is their battlefield.

American Grim conjure the rich history of theatricality found in cinematic horror and dark literature, with the unrelenting energy of traditional hardcore, the massive propulsive hooks of post-industrial, and the unashamed weirdness of classic nü-metal. Devotees of Slipknot, Korn, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson have all found a home within American Grim music, while fans of groups like Hatebreed recognize something familiar about the delivery and aggression.

"Ultra Black pushes the concept that evil persists through this world and universe but you can ALWAYS overcome and kill any demons that crawl inside your mind," Grim finished.

Watch the video for Breathe

ULTRA BLACK TRACKLISTING:
1.Ghost
2.Nightmare
3.Tell Me
4.Living Terror
5.Ultra Black
6.So Sick
7.Paralyzed
8.Asylum
9.Gods and Kings
10.Breathe
11.White Walls
12.Follow Me
13.Alone (Hate Me)

 

 

 

 

 

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V13 MEDIA LAUNCHES AS REBRANDED DIGITAL MEDIA PLATFORM

PUREGRAINMEDIA, LONGSTANDING PUBLISHER HOME TO PUREGRAINAUDIO, V13.CA, MAXMUZIK.COM

AND SAX&VIOLINS, CONSOLIDATES ITS PROPERTIES TO OFFER IN-DEPTH COVERAGE OF CULTURE,

MUSIC AND NEWS THROUGH V13

EXPERIENCE THE SITE HERE

Toronto, ON – March 23, 2020 – Today, longstanding Canadian Publisher, PureGrainMedia launches V13 Media, a consolidation of previous publications Sax&ViolinsV13.caMaxMuzik.com,  and PureGrainAudio (and un-launched site, PureGrainVideo) covering art, music, news and culture worldwide. Audiences can find all of their favourite content – past and present – from all sites here.

Flagship website, PureGrainAudio, was established in 2001 and would have celebrated its  15th anniversary this week on March 28. Founders and Management team, Christopher Gonda, Aaron Willschick, and Graham Finney decided to rebrand as V13 – a new beginning, but also an homage to a website they ran before founding PureGrainAudio. 

"Without knowing it, PureGrainMedia was born in 2001 with the launch of several websites while I was still attending University,” Gonda comments on the publication’s humble start. “As my love for web design, the internet, writing, editing and publishing continued to fuse with music, sociology and politics, what began as vampire13.ath.cx (don't ask) morphed into V-13.com only to evolve into PureGrainAudio.com, which launched in March of 2005.”

With an excellent and committed global team of journalists, writers, and photographers with varied tastes and passions, Gonda, Willschick and Finney decided it was logical that they combined all sites into one new home wherein contributors are free to cover the music, film, TV, documentaries, pop culture, and socio-political stories that mean the most to them.

PureGrainAudio grew into a leading web destination for all things "heavy music” inclusive of Alterative, Rock, Punk, Hardcore, Metal, and Indie coverage, and would acquire and partner with several other popular blogs such as PlanetLoud, Lithium Magazine, and Broken Amp. In 2019, spurred by the shared interests within their incredible team, in a broad array of subjects and musical genres, PureGrainMedia once again grew with the launch of the Classical, Jazz, Blues, Soul, and Folk-focused, Sax&Violins, socio-political coverage on V13.ca, and the acquisition of Electronica, Dance, EDM site, MaxMuzik.com.

“Running multiple sites has proven to be highly rewarding but also challenging so, with a continued focus on streamlining productivity, what better time than PureGrainAudio's 15th anniversary and in 2020, the year of hindsight, to relaunch?” the team says. “We have merged all of our properties into one new home with a brand that recalls our humble beginnings. Welcome to V13 Media. Vita. Veritas. Vox Populi.”

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MELVONI RELEASES DEBUT WHO TF IS MELVONI EP

DROPS VIDEO FOR DAYS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, ON – March 23, 2020 – Accumulating over 5 million streams and attracting acclaim from Pitchfork and more, buzzing Brooklyn hip-hop prodigy, Melvoni, uncovers his debut, Who TF is Melvoni EP. Get it here via Epic Records.

To celebrate the arrival of the project, Melvoni shared the music video for his new single, Days of the Week. Watch it here. Directed by LOUIEKNOWS [Rich The Kid, Famous Dex, Juicy J], the clip intercuts footage of Melvoni and his boys with psychedelic solo shots highlighted by pops of handcrafted animation. In between sparse resounding piano chords, the MC tells his story through nimble bars and a hypnotic hook. He admits, “Growing up, I didn’t know I was poor, because my momma made it work” before leading up to the promise, “One day we gonna be rich, that’s exactly what I told her. Meanwhile, the song culminates on a soaring screech, illuminating his range and penchant for unpredictably.

In addition to Days of the Week, Who TF is Melvoni boasts the previously released, No Man’s Land [2.5 million Spotify streams, 3.8 million YouTube views], and Big Rocks [1.1 million Spotify streams].

About Melvoni:
When Melvoni screams, “I’m from New York, it tells you everything you need to know. The 16-year-old Brooklyn wunderkind represents the toughest spirit of New York through and through. Born to Jamaican parents, he spent his childhood back-and-forth between the States and Jamaica. Facing hardship growing up, he ditched his first part-time job after being robbed and turned to the streets. Yet, he took that hustle to the studio as soon as possible, recording music and catching the attention of his manager outside of a concert.  In the aftermath, he found himself in an L.A. studio recording, No Man’s Land—which originally might’ve featured the late and great, Pop Smoke.

Rapping with fire and fury, he bodies minimalist production upheld by organic instrumentation. He quietly clawed his way to the forefront of the Borough’s 21st century vanguard with nearly 8 million views and 5 million streams. As Memories caught on, Pitchfork claimed, “It’s only a matter of time until Memories is playing from every Bluetooth speaker as New York City high schools dismiss.” Touted by Genius, Lyrical Lemonade, Elevator Magazine, Fashionably Early, and more, Melvoni inked a deal with Epic Records and emerged as a voice for his city in 2020. He’s ready to go worldwide.

WHO TF IS MELVONI EP TRACKLISTING:

  1. NY
  2. No Man’s Land
  3. Days of the Week
  4. Big Rocks
  5. Curtains
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ALIOCHA PRESENTS SENSUAL, PARED DOWN AND POINTED SECOND ALBUM NAKED TODAY

Toronto, ON – March 20, 2020 – Aliocha reveals himself in his purest form on Naked, his second album available today. Stripped guitars, sensual grooves, raw poetry – Aliocha is bold enough to keep it simple on Naked, a second album that takes a no-frills approach. Shaking off his most obvious folk influences, the singer-songwriter belonging to the talented Schneider family has built a unique and unexpected signature sound, at the crossroads between rock, soul, blues, and dream pop.

At the heart of this daring and self-assured opus: an enthralling voice, with equal parts sensuality and bite. A voice that takes all the space it deserves, while leaving room for spare arrangements, full and rich in their simplicity. Once again, production duties were entrusted to none other than Samy Osta, responsible for, among others, Feu! Chatterton's acclaimed L’oiseleur. The follow-up to Eleven Songs (2017) was recorded in Paris over the last few months, harnessing the sparkling chemistry between the French producer and Québécois artist.

From the entrancing and bewildering opener The Party to a foray into psych Americana territory with Moon, through the bewitching soul diatribe Peggy, the surprising bluesy trap musings of Turn to Grey, the languorous Your Sex Is Perfect, and sober folk lament Run Baby Run, Aliocha bares himself with poise and sensitivity, without shame or embarrassment.

This second album arrives at a turning point in the singer and actor's career. Bolstered by millions of listens on streaming platforms, Aliocha had the opportunity to perform in many well-known festivals over the last few years, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Great Escape in Brighton, Reeperbahn in Hamburg, the Printemps de Bourges, and FNAC Live in Paris. With a foothold in both Europe and Canada, the artist now has the entire world in his sights.

DOWNLOAD – hi-res press photo | DOWNLOAD – album cover artwork

www.aliocha.net

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AUDREY NUNA DROPS LONG NIGHT WITH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

“she’s a fast-rising rapper whose flow captures a bleary-eyed swirl of aspiration, hedonism and deeply complicated romance.”NPR

“one of our favorite up-and-comers”NYLON

“dizzying”FADER  

Toronto, ON – March 20, 2020 – Rising Korean-American R&B vocalist and rapper, Audrey Nuna, (formally Audrey), releases her new single, Long Night via Arista Records. Watch the official music video here. Long Night follows a string of critically-acclaimed tracks: Comic Sans ft. Louisville rapper, Jack Harlow, Paper,which COMPLEX called “low-slung, ultra-cool piece of R&B”, and Time, with WONDERLAND referring to the track as a “hypnotic R&B haze”. 

With her musical style thus far moving around deep, moody R&B and quicksilver, knowing lyricism, Audrey Nuna has attracted attention from the likes of NPR, Billboard, COMPLEX, Refinery29, PAPER Magazine and The FADER, who included Paper in their ‘10 songs you need in your life this week’ roundup. Refinery29 also praised Audrey for being able to “do things with her voice that 99% of singers can’t.”

The New Jersey-bred artist continues her ascent as a breakout name for 2020 at only 20 years old, and will release her debut EP this May.

Stream Long Night here
Watch Long Night here

 

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PAUL CHIN RELEASES NEW ALBUM FULL SPECTRUM TODAY

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM AND CATCH A LIVE DJ SET FROM 

PAUL ON SATURDAY, MARCH 21 – 3 PM ET – TUNE IN HERE

TORONTO DEBUT OF FULL SPECTRUM SOUND
LIVE VISUAL SHOW WILL INCLUDE COLLABORATORS SHAD, REBEKAH HAWKER, PHOENIX PAGLIACCI AND OPENING SET FROM ELAQUENT 

FULL SPECTRUM SOUND T-SHIRT DESIGNED BY PAUL AVAILABLE VIA BANDCAMP

Toronto, ON – March 20, 2020 – Multifarious Toronto producer and DJ, Paul Chin, launches his stunning, introspective and intricate new project, Full Spectrumtoday. Full Spectrum is a bright return as Paul’s first album in five years, and documents a period of creativity and collaboration, featuring Canadian artists Shad, Desirée Dawson, pHoenix Pagliacci and Rebekah Hawker. Listen to it here

In light of postponing an upcoming launch show at Toronto’s Rivoli (originally set for April 2 - new date to be confirmed soon), Paul will deliver a livestreamed DJ set tomorrow (Saturday, March 21) at 3:00 pm ET – you can tune in here. Paul also applied his talents as a graphic artist to the project, designing all artwork and a limited edition Full Spectrum t-shirt, which is available via Bandcamp

“It feels weird, with everything going on in the world, to be asking people to pay attention to me or the music I’m trying to sell.  But, at the same time, I think this period of social distancing and pandemic also shows that the ‘normalcy’ we’d built for ourselves and come to contend with was actually pretty brittle all along, considering how much it’s crumbling before our very eyes,” Paul reflects on the album. “So, perhaps we should be paying attention to artists and all the other facets of society we’ve previously pushed aside as escapism or non-productive.  It was always my plan to make Full Spectrum a weird record for our ‘normal’ times, so perhaps it’s more fitting that it debut in the weirdest times any of us can remember.”

With airplay on national community and CBC Radio, including premieres on CBC q, Big City Small World, features on Exclaim!’s The Eh! List and NOW Magazine’s #NOWPlaying Spotify lists, the project has been a highly anticipated release. You can learn more about Paul and the album process through a series of in-depth chats and features with EARMILKThe Creative Imbalance PodcastCanadian BeatsCJRU’s The Cool Table, and Toronto Guardian, with more on the way.

The title, Full Spectrum, was inspired by the range of experiences that led to the music being created; the ups and downs of coming to terms with where Paul Chin found himself in his career post-Dancing Drums, as well as the wider range of musical expression and exploration he was now able to engage in. Paul faced a myriad of life-changing events, including marriage, and an immigration status in Canada lapsing (and a permanent residence application being rejected) - forcing him to leave the country to return to his birthplace of Cayman Islands for nine months until returning to get married. This period of time made Paul available to collaborate with friends he never had the time to work with, and practice creating and producing styles of music he never explored prior.

Full Spectrum is a 20-minute gaze into the musical fascinations and influences that have made him the artist he is today, with assists from an all-star cast of features. Paul deftly folds anime scores, dancehall, orchestral soul, hip-hop, and electronica into his sound, architecting a rich foundation for those joining him in the mix. The project includes CBC Searchlight winner, Desirée Dawson on lead single, Take It Or Leave It, Polaris Music Prize nominee, Shad (Take Two), Toronto folk artist Rebekah Hawker on Hard Times, and R&B songstress/member of Toronto duo TRP.P, pHoenix Pagliacci (on the Carnival rhythm-infused Slow Wine). Together, they deliver effortlessly killer performances which confirm Paul's reputation as a captain of musical voyaging. The album was mixed and mastered by Toronto’s Freeza Chin(The Weeknd, Wiley, Boi-1da and Tre Mission).

The album kicked off with Take It Or Leave It,  a fresh tune featuring CBC Searchlight winner, Desirée Dawson. The song was created from an unlikely meeting and evolved into friendship through collaboration, much like the album’s focus. Listen to Take It Or Leave It here.


Paul Chin is a Polaris Music Prize-nominated producer that has risen from a pedigree of classical training, to discovering bedroom production; then years of releasing music as a beatmaker's beatmaker; followed by almost a half-decade of inwardly-focused musical exploration, practice, and collaboration. The Toronto artist's return to the market – while easy to be apprehensive about – begins a new chapter marked by this joyous and confident reflection of his vast musical vocabulary, and adoration for the artform as an electronic artist.

About Paul Chin

Paul Chin is a lifelong student, lover, and explorer of music, which manifests itself in his work as a music producer and DJ. Growing up in the Cayman Islands, importing influence and inspiration from any and everywhere was always ingrained in his sense of identity. Additionally, the ethos of DIY culture and resourcefulness exemplified by his Chinese-Jamaican immigrant parents are part of what drew him to the resilient philosophy of hip-hop while studying classical and jazz in school and private music lessons. 

Eventually, his robust musical foundation and scrappy work ethic would meet his insatiable appetite for new and exciting sounds, leading him toward beat-driven electronic music. Since permanently relocating to Toronto, Canada, Paul has embedded himself in the city’s creative fabric. Collaborating and performing alongside resident stalwarts such as Skratch Bastid, Harrison, Tanika Charles, and Shad has afforded him local ambassadorship on stages alongside the likes of Snakehips, Falcons, Toro Y Moi, and Shigeto. His releases all possess a gravitational centre of instrumental hip-hop, but draw his pursuits of jazz, gospel, IDM, disco, garage, dancehall, and anime scores into their orbit. Not content to emulate trendy aesthetics from any one genre, Paul continues to develop his sound, performance, and collaborative work from a diverse spectrum of artists.

Listen to Full Spectrum: ffm.to/fullspectrum

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Single Art | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Art

www.ohyeahpaulchin.com

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ANT SAUNDERS RELEASES NEW SINGLE PEDESTRIAN

ANNOUNCES DATES WITH CAMILA CABELLO ON NORTH AMERICAN LEG OF THE ROMANCE TOUR WITH CANADIAN STOPS IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL

DEBUT BUBBLE EP OUT APRIL 3, 2020

YELLOW HEARTS CERTIFIED GOLD IN THE U.S. & CANADA LANDED ON BILLBOARD HOT 100 WITH OVER 315 MILLION STREAMS

Toronto, ON – March 20, 2020 – Today, rising star, Ant Saunders, releases his new single, Pedestrian via Arista Records. Listen here. Ant has recently announced that he will be joining GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter, Camila Cabello, on the North American leg of The Romance Tour this fall with Canadian stops in Toronto and Montreal. See full tour dates below!

 

Pedestrian follows R&B-tinged song, u know it’s real as well as viral hit, Yellow Hearts, which was written and recorded in Ant’s bedroom and released on the day of high school graduation. The track is now certified gold in the U.S. & Canada, with over 315 million streams and landed a position on the Billboard Hot 100. Ant will release his debut EP next month which will feature fan-favourites, as well as a selection of new soulful songs that showcase his vocal prowess and masterfully relevant song writing. 

Ant was born in Germany, where his parents were stationed in the military before eventually settling in the small town of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. He began writing and recording in middle school using Audacity and a USB mic as an outlet to understand his emotions and the world around him. Influenced by R&B and hip-hop acts like Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, Tyler the Creator, as well as singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and John Mayer, Ant’s combination of lyrical storytelling and velvet vocal delivery makes for a uniquely flagrant and refreshing sound. 

TOUR DATES: 
September 4 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena
September 5 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
September 8 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
September 9 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
September 11 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
September 12 - Laval, QC - Place Bell
September 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
September 16 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena           
September 18 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden               
September 22 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
September 23 - Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Arena
September 25 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center
September 26 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena

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PABLLO VITTAR AND THALIA RELEASE THEIR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED COLLABORATION TÍMIDA

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – March 20, 2020 – Latin GRAMMYs Award-nominated and a Next Generation Leader, according to TIME Magazine, Pabllo Vittar, joins the Latin Icon, Mexican singer and actress, Thalia, to release today their new single, Tímida. One of the most anticipated partnerships of the year in pop music is finally available internationally on all digital platforms. Listen to Tímida here.

Directed by Gustavo Camacho, the video was recorded in New York City (USA) and portrays Pabllo and Thalía in bright colors and under the surveillance of camera lens in an atmosphere full of energy, dynamic dancing, special effects and radiant costumes that help reinforce the celebration of their sexuality found within the powerful lyricism of the song.

“Working with Thalia was very special. It is an honour for me to have her in my album. She is a true queen who participates in the entire work process. I look forward to seeing people dancing and expressing themselves through our music,” says Pabllo.

Thalía also comments on her collaboration, “I loved being with such a talented queen as Pabllo. She has charisma, a real pop diva, that I love. We had so much fun working together. The video is sexy with a lot of choreographies and stunning looks. I am sure it will inspire women to feel sexy and empowered.” 

Pabllo Vittar has been spreading her music and art across different territories with songs released in Spanish, Portuguese and English – including Flash Pose feat. Charli XCX, which was performed at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2019. In addition to her international tour around Latin America and Europe, the artist also partnered with the United Nations to join the Global Citizen event in New York City, where she shared her messages of inclusion and acceptance towards the LGBTQI + community.

Tímida is a single from Pabllo Vittar's upcoming album, 111. She is currently working on the production of new music for this project that will be released soon. Pabllo recently made her Australian debut at Sydney Mardi Gras, performing alongside Dua Lipa, Sam Smith, and Kesha; accumulating praise from well-known publications like Vogue Australia. Stay tuned for more news to follow as the Brazilian superstar prepares to release her new album.

About Pabllo Vittar:
Latin GRAMMYs Award-nominated, MTV EMA’s Award-winner, singer-songwriter and a Next Generation Leader, according to TIME Magazine, Pabllo Vittar is a Brazilian drag queen, singer and songwriter of 25 years old. In 2017, Pabllo Vittar released her debut album Vai Passar Mal that included K.O. and Corpo Sensual, both peaking #1 in the Brazilian market. In 2018 her second album Não Para Não was released and broke the record of the most streamed album on Spotify Brazil in the first 24 hours with all tracks charting on the Spotify Top 40.

Pabllo Vittar is currently the most followed drag queen on socials worldwide and also #1 on VEVO and Spotify globally. In addition, Pabllo is the first Brazilian artist to ever perform at the MTV’s Europe Music Awards. She has also entered Billboard US Social 50 rank and starred campaigns for international brands such as Coke, Trident and Calvin Klein; and has been highlighted by highly international media vehicles such as Billboard, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, Gay Times, Rolling Stone, Paper Magazine and GQ.

With over 2 billion streams and views combined, Pabllo Vittar joined forces with international acts, including Charli XCX on Flash Pose, Major Lazer & Anitta on Sua Cara, Lali on Caliente and Sofi Tukker on Energia just to name a few.

About Thalia:
Thalia is one of the most influential and impactful female personalities in the Latin entertainment industry. She has had an iconic career as a singer-songwriter, actress, author, fashion designer, businesswoman, and social media influencer. Drawing on a huge international fan base, her soap operas have reached an audience of over two billion people around the world, and she has managed to dominate the top of the most prominent music charts with her music.

Thalia has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, receiving multiple certifications by the RIAA, and has multiple awards and nominations including Billboard Latin Music Awards, Premio Lo Nuestro, and Premios Juventud, among others. Thalia recently received the Premio de la Presidencia during the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards, in recognition of her excellent contribution to the entertainment industry. Thalia has multiple eminent classics of popular musical culture; her hit single No Me Acuerdo not only became a world anthem of the Urban Pop genre, but also surpassed more than a billion views on YouTube, making Thalia the most listened-to Mexican artist on the platform.

As an entrepreneur, Thalia has multiple brands that have dominated different markets in fashion, beauty, home, and lifestyle. Currently, her collections are in 300 Macy’s stores across the U.S., as well as select Wal-Mart and Target stores, and other retailers around the world. After her great successes in all areas of her career, Thalia always remains current, showing a constant artistic evolution, consequently, demonstrating her position as one of the most iconic and popular artists in the entertainment industry.

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NIKKI YANOFSKY RELEASES NEW SONG NERVE INSPIRED BY SONGWRITER ROD TEMPERTON (THRILLER, BOOGIE NIGHTS)

LISTEN TO NERVE HERE

NEW ALBUM BLACK SHEEP OUT LATER THIS YEAR
ON EONE MUSIC

Toronto, ON – March 20, 2020 – Today, Nikki Yanofsky releases her new song, Nerve, from her forthcoming album, Black Sheep, out later this year on eOne Music. Recorded at Planet Studios in Montreal and produced by Zachary Seman and Roger Kleinman (Joey Bada$$, ASAP Rocky), Nerve is Nikki’s attempt to capture the aesthetic of her late hero and collaborator, Rod Temperton (who wrote Thriller and Boogie Nights). Listen to Nerve here.

“When Rod passed away, I really wanted to honor him with a song, but that task was too daunting,” says Nikki. “What I knew I could pull off though, was a song that Rod would have approved of. A song with a funky feel that captured his vibe. That’s Nerve (also, the bridge spells out ‘Boogie’ because I always poked fun at Rod for using that word in more than a few songs of his).”

Prior to his passing, Rod wrote a song especially for Nikki – Bubbles – which also appears on Black Sheep and will be released later this spring.

"Music is a language the entire world speaks,” says Nikki. “It’s always there for you. It turns good times into memories and turns the hard times into something that people can connect through. We need to stay in right now, and Nerve is a feel-good song that you can put on and dance around your house to while we wait for the streets to open up again."

This afternoon at 3:30 p.m. EST, Nikki will go live on Instagram as part of Global Citizen's #TogetherAtHome series and perform songs from Black Sheep. Tune in here.

Billboard has called the songs from Black Sheep “charming” and “self-confident.” Watch the video for lead single Forget here.

Nikki will perform in select cities later this year, with dates to be announced soon.

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THE WILD! RELEASE STILL BELIEVE IN ROCK AND ROLL TODAY

BAND ANNOUNCES QUARANTINE CONCERT VIA FACEBOOK LIVE ON SATURDAY, MARCH 21 STREAMING AT 12 PM PST/ 3 PM EST/ 9 PM CET

BUY/STREAM ALBUM 

LISTEN TO STANDOUT TRACK KING OF THIS TOWN

Toronto, ON – March 20, 2020 – Today, West Coast Canadian rockers, The Wild!, return with their new full-length album, Still Believe In Rock And Roll, out now via Entertainment One (“eOne”) . As COVID-19 impacts artists worldwide, The Wild! were set to hit the road for a tour across Europe this week. In lieu of this being postponed, the band will deliver a live set via Facebook tomorrow – Saturday, March 21 – at 12 pm PST/ 3 pm EST/ 9 pm CET. You can tune in to watch here. Now, more than ever, Still Believe In Rock And Roll is a title that rings true as a definition of the band’s roots, and keeping the spirit of music alive. Listen to standout track, King Of This Town here, and buy/stream the album now.

“In a time where our genre has never seemed more lost, we stay the course,” says lead vocalist and guitarist, Dylan Villain. “Some of us still believe in rock and roll music and this album is for those of us that do.”

 

Dylan has been making his rounds with media this week, waxing poetic on the new music with interviews with Brave WordsSoundcheck EntertainmentRudy Blair and The Cassius Morris Show.

The Wild! have traversed stages worldwide; from intimate venues to festival grounds, the band delivers a highly passionate live set with no shortage of blistering solos, sing-alongs, and crowd-surfing, with your fist in the air. Due the current global pandemic, their European tour alongside tAkida,  set to kick off in Europe on March 18, has been postponed, in addition to their Canadian run (set to begin May 19 in London, Ontario,  wrapping in Quebec on May 24) with Airbourne. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned for updates through the band’s social channels (find all links below).

Catch a livestreamed set of The Wild!’s new music tomorrow 

(Saturday, March 21)at 12 pm PST/ 3 pm EST/ 9 pm CET.

Tune in here.

About The Wild!

The Wild! still believe in rock n’ roll and after one listen, so will you. The rebellious foursome from the Great White North are a perfect mixture of rock’n’roll swagger and punk rock attitude. The Canadian quartet’s third album, Still Believe In Rock And Roll was produced by the band’s own Dylan Villain and A-list producer/engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith), who has been a massive champion of the band from the start.

In just a handful of years, The Wild! have cracked the Active Rock and iTunes Rock Charts with top numbers, while logging significant road miles in North America and Europe, touring with the likes of Airbourne, Steel Panther, Rose Tattoo, Godsmack and many others. They’ve played major festivals like Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville, Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock, and more. Over the years, the band has always been committed to writing songs that ignite their high-energy live show. Right from the first album, GxDxWxB (2015) to the follow-up, Wild At Heart (2017) and especially, Still Believe In Rock And All (2020).

The Wild! are lifers on the highway paved by the many great bands that came before them with heart, authenticity, and a deep commitment to what they do. To quote Classic Rock Magazine, “The Wild! celebrate the spirit of rock and roll and flatten everything that stands in their way.”      

LINEUP

Dylan Villain – Vocals/Guitar

Benny The Kid – Guitar

Boozus – Bass/Vocals

Crash Anderson – Drums

“With songs absolutely reeking of rot-gut moonshine and hi-octane gasoline, The Wild! really do rock it like they talk it, and then some!” – Classic Rock Magazine (UK)

“A sound that is hard, rough, and real as it gets.” – Tattoo.com

“We just can’t get enough of these guys.” – Pure Grain Audio

“Even before The Wild! released their phenomenal debut album, there was a real buzz about the Canadian rockers.” – Sleaze Roxx

“The Wild! (exclamation mark not optional) are a raucous hit of
southern-fried rock n’ roll.”
 – Electric City

Listen to Still Believe In Rock and Rolllnk.to/stillbelieveinrockandroll

 

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www.thewildrocknroll.com

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URGNT CALLS UPON TORONTO ARTISTS, SOUND TECHS VIDEOGRAPHERS AND PRESENTERS TO UNITE FOR VIRTUAL CONCERT SERIES

FIRST CONCERT ON FRIDAY, MARCH 20 FEATURING MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN LIVE FROM THE GREAT HALL 

WATCH THE SHOW VIA IHEART RADIO

MUSIC MOVEMENT FOUNDED BY LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA RINGLEADER MARK MARCZYK TO AID LOCAL ARTISTS AND INDUSTRY THROUGH LIVESTREAMED  COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

LEARN MORE AND SUPPORT URGNT’S GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN

Toronto, ON – March 19, 2020 – As people and industries around the world face the impact of COVID-19, artists and creatives are continuing to push through postponed album launches, cancelled concerts and tours, financial loss and indefinite venue closures. With resilience and collaboration, everyone can lend a helping hand during difficult times. This has led Mark Marczyk, known for his work as ringleader of Toronto’s guerrilla-folk party-punk icons, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, to establish URGNT – a livestream concert series for Toronto’s most active and prominent musicians to perform in some of the city’s iconic and beloved venues, as well as DIY and indie spaces.

 

What began as a call out in a Facebook post has been growing rapidly as an initiative Marczyk established just over a week ago alongside long-term colleagues and key community members, Jaash Singh, Tamar Ilana, Alex Bordokas and Oksana Hawrylak. Funding has begun through a GoFundMe campaign that you can follow and support here

“How can we be advocates of the whole diverse ecology of our live music sector in this time of crisis and bring attention to the artists, venues, technicians, promoters and arts workers who themselves bring value to our economy and quality of life?” Marczyk comments. “WE NEED THIS. Our city needs this. The whole world needs this. Italians quarantined in apartment blocks have been having sing-alongs from their balconies. European opera houses are releasing their coveted video archives to the public. Symphonies are being performed in front of no one. We are all being creative in the face of adversity to remember our humanity. It would be nice to be creative together so that when this all passes, we can remember and be proud of what we did together to get through it.” 

URGNT LIVE is an ad hoc crowd-funded livestream series of 19 concerts in empty venues, created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The URGNT goals are: to unify the arts industry in Toronto (musicians, presenters, technicians, organizers) in a safe and creative way; to raise money to pay a nominal fee to all involved parties to help with lost gigs and wages as a result of the quarantine; to document this unique period in history; and to make compelling content available to audiences when they need it most. 

 

For the next three weeks, URGNT LIVE will go into 19 closed concert venues with 19 iconic Toronto acts, whose tours/work has been cancelled and livelihoods put at stake (among them, JUNO winners and nominees), to livestream 30-40 minute sets. Currently, confirmed artists include Soprano songstress Measha Brueggergosman, Mexican singer-songwriter Quique Escamilla, JUNO Award-winning Indigenous blues duo Digging Roots, indie rockers Moscow Apartment, DJ/Producer/Turntablist extraordinaire Skratch Bastid, Filipino-Canadian lyricist Han Han, Cuban soul artistsOkan, JUNO Award-winning Allison Au Quartet, chamber music ensemble Gryphon Trio and Lemon Bucket Orkestra.

 

Participating venues (more to be announced soon) are active community sponsors, waiving all fees to support the concert series, including: The Great Hall, Lula Lounge, The Dakota Tavern, Wheat Sheaf, Communist’s Daughter, Drom Taberna, Today/Tonight Live Happenings Bar, 918 Bathurst, BSMT 254 and Koerner Hall.  

 

Kathleen Ryan has been appointed URGNT’s Head Of Production, with experience working for numerous organizations and notable events, including the JUNOs. Media sponsors include Maclean’s, who will support ongoing coverage and broadcasts of the concerts. iHeart Radio Canada will broadcast the first show on Friday, March 20 at 7:00 pm ET, featuring  renowned Canadian opera singer and author, Measha Brueggergosman, who will deliver an intimate set of gospel and blues live from The Great Hall. Audiences can stay tuned for the livestream link available via URGNT.caMaclean’s and iHeartRadio Canada. Every subsequent artist and venue will be announced after each broadcast. Solotechis the technical sponsor, providing audio/visual support and livestream gear. 

 

A means to hold space for the community by filling empty ones through sound, URGNT is in need of support to highlight the spirit of Toronto’s music scene, emphasizing the importance of staying connected and supporting the people who create the music that gets us through extreme situations. For all the negative effects of the Coronavirus, URGNT is an opportunity to show just how incredible Toronto through its people and places, so that when people do ultimately come out of quarantine, they are inclined to be more active. 

“We want to be strong advocates for diverse representation, which is part of the city we love, so we've already been reaching across genre, cultures, and identities, but we also hope to hear from a number of artists in response,” Marcyzk says. “We will focus on this emptiness/space as much as the musicians themselves and highlight some of the physically distinct properties of each venue that people might not otherwise have noticed as a tip of the hat to experienced hosts. We want to set production values fairly high; 3 cameras, professional crew, quality audio mix, and hopefully at least partially employing other industry professionals who are also affected by this sudden loss of work.” 

URGNT is closely monitoring their GoFundMe page and acknowledges the health implications of this initiative. The team is developing a series of guidelines (including but not limited to having ample sanitation products on hand, ensuring only invited participants who don’t exhibit symptoms and haven’t travelled recently, maintain distance, even on stage), while evolving with public health recommendations. 

For allies, artists, venues, sound technicians, and videographers looking to get involved, please visit www.urgnt.ca, email mark@urgnt.ca or call 647-526-5675.

Visit and support URGNT on GoFundMe

 

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BACKLINE & THRIV TO HOST “COME TOGETHER: COVID-19 CRISIS” SUPPORT GROUPS TODAY AND TOMORROW

PRODUCTION + CREW SUPPORT GROUP TAKING PLACE TODAY (MONDAY, MARCH 16)

ARTISTS + INDUSTRY SUPPORT GROUP TOMORROW
(TUESDAY, MARCH 17)

INFO ON HOW TO JOIN CAN BE FOUND BELOW

TORONTO, ON – March 16, 2020 – With increasing anxiety in the music community due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), Backline​ Co-Founder and Clinical Director,​ Zack Borer​ (LMFT), and ​THRIV​(Tour Health Research Initiative) Co-Founder, ​Dr. Chayim Newman,​ will host online support groups today (Monday, March 16) and tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17), in order to create a safe space for the industry to come together and access support and resources. Full details and information on how to join the groups can be found below.

Today at 6PM ET / 3PM PT, the first “Come Together: COVID-19 Crisis” support group will take place for all ​PRODUCTION + CREW​ professionals seeking support during this unprecedented time of uncertainty. Please download zoom and click here to join: vevo.zoom.us/j/673111071 or visit https://vevo.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 673 111 071. To join from a dial-in phone line: +1-646-876-9923 or +1-312-626-6799.

The second “Come Together: COVID-19 Crisis” support group will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17) at 6PM ET / 3PM PT for ​ARTISTS + INDUSTRY​ (label, management, agents, promoters). For Tuesday’s meeting, please download zoom and click here to join: vevo.zoom.us/j/564438600 or visit https://vevo.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 564 438 600. To join from a dial-in phone line: +1-646-876-9923 or +1-312-626-6799.

The support groups will aim to address the anxieties associated with COVID-19’s effects on the music industry, provide information and resources, and support each other during this difficult time. At the end of the meeting, Dr. Newman will lead a group meditation.

Follow here for more information: www.facebook.com/events/644402919694396

ABOUT BACKLINE
Backline is a hub for music industry professionals and their families to quickly and easily access mental health and wellness resources. Backline offers a free Case Management program, wherein trained mental health professionals work one-on-one with individuals to connect them with mental health resources specifically catered to the music industry lifestyle. Backline has partnered with leading support organizations and care providers to streamline access to services and educational resources to promote mental and physical health, through therapy, meditation, yoga, nutrition and more. Learn more at www.backline.care. Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

ABOUT THRIV
The Tour Health Research Initiative (THRIV) was launched by a very small team of psychologists, researchers, and touring professionals who work closely with and care deeply about the well-being of touring personnel. They are engaged in pioneering empirical research to further our understanding of the mental health challenges facing the music industry. They are also committed to the development of scientific, evidence-based strategies to improve the health and mental health of touring artists and crew members. Take the Touring Health & Wellness Survey 2020 at www.tourhealth.org. Facebook | Instagram

ZACK BORER, LMFT
Zack Borer is a LA-based Psychotherapist that provides preventative mental health support and wellness strategies to individuals working in the music industry. Zack works with artists and their support staff to enhance emotional wellbeing and to help mitigate the acute mental health crises that have become commonplace in the music business. Prior to entering the mental health field, Zack spent 10 years as a singer/songwriter. He experienced firsthand the struggles facing artists and those who work in the music business. He is the co-founder of Backline Care, Inc. and serves as the organization’s Clinical Director.

DR. CHAYIM NEWMAN
Dr. Chayim Newman (PhD in Clinical Psychology) ’s clinical practice, serving touring artists, crew members, and music industry professionals, focuses on the use of a variety of therapeutic modalities (CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, traditional psychotherapy) in the treatment of mental health and stress-related disorders. Having been involved in the entertainment industry for over two decades, as a touring performer, event producer, and artist liaison, Dr. Newman possesses a first-hand understanding of the unique challenges and stresses facing artists and touring personnel. He is the co-founder of the Tour Health Research Initiative (www.tourhealth.org) and a member of the Clinical Advisory Board at Backline Care, Inc. Dr. Newman also regularly delivers lectures and seminars on stress management, meditation, and mental health in the music industry.

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CLAIRE DAGENAIS APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE

TORONTO, ON – Monday, March 16, 2020 – The Polaris Music Prize’s board of directors has announced Claire Dagenais has been appointed its new Executive Director. 

Dagenais will oversee all aspects of the not-for-profit organization, including the annual Polaris Gala, its Short and Long Lists, the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, the Polaris Cover Sessions, Polaris Poster and Community Development programs as well as new initiatives. Polaris’ first-ever employee, Dagenais has worked on every aspect of the organization since her hire in 2010. Dagenais takes over from Polaris founder and board of directors member Steve Jordan. Her new role and duties are effective immediately.

“I’m incredibly excited to continue the Polaris mission of celebrating magical Canadian music and look forward to being a guardian of the Prize. I’ve been exposed to so many incredible artists making incredible music while at Polaris and I want to use this opportunity to help others experience those same thrilling moments,” said Dagenais.

“We’ve seen Claire’s tireless efforts on behalf of the Prize over the years and know it’s in perfect hands. She has worked closely with our juries and nominees as well as Polaris’ media partners, event producers, sponsors and supporters. It feels natural to have Claire continue to shepherd Polaris now and into the future,”said Miro Oballa, chair, Polaris Music Prize board of directors.

Additionally, Polaris Communications Manager Aaron Brophy will take on an expanded role with the organization. A first-year Polaris Grand Juror and music media veteran with over 20 years of experience, Brophy will have a variety of new duties, including aspects of jury management, label and artist relations, and organizational support. 

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2020 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

The 40 album Long List for the 15th edition of the prize will be announced June 15. The 10 album Short List will be unveiled on July 15. This year’s Polaris Gala is September 21 at The Carlu in Toronto, ON and it will be streamed live around the world at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.

The past winners are Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters. 

We acknowledge Ontario Creates for their continued support of the Polaris Music Prize.

About the Polaris Music Prize
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. www.polarismusicprize.ca    

Media Contacts:

Polaris Music Prize media:
Amanda McCauley - Indoor Recess
(905) 926-6440
amanda@indoorrecess.com 

Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec):
Magali Ould
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca 

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media 
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CLAIRE DAGENAIS NOMMÉE DIRECTRICE GÉNÉRALE
DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS

TORONTO, ON – Lundi 16 mars 2020 – Le conseil d’administration du Prix de musique Polaris a annoncé la nomination de Claire Dagenais en tant que directrice générale.

Dagenais supervisera toutes les facettes de l’organisation à but non lucratif, y compris le gala Polaris annuel, la longue et la courte liste, le Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight, les sessions de reprises du Polaris, les affiches Polaris, les programmes de développement communautaire et les nouvelles initiatives. En tant que première employée du Polaris, elle a contribué à tous les volets de l’organisation depuis son embauche en 2010. Dagenais reprend le flambeau de Steve Jordan, fondateur du Polaris et membre de son conseil d'administration. Son nouveau rôle et ses fonctions prennent effet immédiatement.  

« Je suis ravie de poursuivre la mission du Polaris, qui est la célébration de musiques canadiennes magiques, et très enthousiaste à l’idée d’être la gardienne du Prix. En travaillant au Polaris, j’ai été mise en contact avec une grande quantité d’artistes fascinants qui créent des musiques incroyables. J’aimerais profiter de l’occasion pour partager ces moments excitants avec autrui », a déclaré Dagenais.

« Nous avons été témoins des efforts continus investis par Claire pour le Prix au fil des ans, et nous savons qu’il est entre bonnes mains. Elle a travaillé étroitement avec nos jurys et nommés, de même qu’avec les partenaires médiatiques, producteurs événementiels, commanditaires et partenaires de soutien du Polaris. Il nous paraît naturel d’inviter Claire à continuer de chapeauter le présent et l’avenir du Polaris », a dit Miro Oballa, président du conseil d’administration du Prix de musique Polaris.

De plus, le directeur des communications du Polaris, Aaron Brophy, jouera un rôle accru au sein de l’organisation. Membre du Grand Jury lors de la première édition du Prix et vétéran des médias musicaux avec plus de 20 ans d’expérience, Brophy occupera diverses nouvelles fonctions, incluant certains aspects de la gestion du jury et des relations avec les maisons de disques ou artistes, ainsi que des responsabilités liées au soutien organisationnel.

La longue liste des 40 albums sera annoncée le 15 juin. La courte liste des 10 albums sera dévoilée le 15 juillet. Cette année, le gala Polaris aura lieu le 21 septembre au Carlu à Toronto (Ontario) et sera diffusé en direct partout dans le monde sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000 $ à l’artiste ou au groupe ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur le mérite artistique, sans aucune consideration pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, chacun des neuf autres nommés de la courte liste 2020 recevra 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les gagnants antérieurs sont Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien (Fonds de la musique du Canada) et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

Nous reconnaissons l’appui continu d’Ontario Créatif envers le Prix de musique Polaris.

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est une organisation à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadiens de renom. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques musicaux jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca

Contacts médias:

Prix Polaris - Québec 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295 
magali@polarismusicprize.ca  

Prix Polaris - Canada 
Amanda McCauley 
Indoor Recess 
(905) 926-6440 
amanda@indoorrecess.com  

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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JESSE MAXWELL DROPS NEW TRACK AVERAGE

DEBUT ALBUM RADIO SILENCE SET FOR RELEASE MAY 8 VIA TRANS PHATT RECORDS

Toronto, ON – March 13, 2020 – Today multitalented Toronto breakthrough artist, Jesse Maxwell, releases his newest single, Average. This is the first piece of music Jesse has shared in 2020 and is off his upcoming debut album, Radio Silence, set to drop on May 8 via Trans Phatt Records.

"It's funny. I wrote Average in less than 30 minutes, and when I first made it I thought it was just alright but everybody loved it and I couldn't understand why,” Jesse reflects. “People connect heavily with honest emotion, without the clutter of complex word play or grandiose ideas; there is power in simplicity. In a way, I connect more with the subject that the character is singing about, rather than the character itself. I forget at times that what I'm doing and who I am is good enough, and there doesn't always have to be more to realize the value in what is already there."

Average sets the bar for what is next to come from Jesse with the release of his debut album. and will have fans anticipating the full release. Radio Silence was produced by Jesse and fellow Trans Phatt Records label artists, Astral22 and TopNachBeats. Much like all his other songs, Jesse wrote Average himself and is but one example of how he blends his own brand of pop, RnB, neo-soul, jazz and blues into his music. The album digs deep and represents an internal dialogue that any listener can relate to in some way. The concept of the album title is derived from the idea of going "radio silent" to a person’s surroundings and reflecting on their thoughts – having those internal conversations with one’s self.

"I wrote this album while I was living in Brooklyn,” says Jesse of Radio Silence. “I was in quite a lonely place at times, moving to a city where I didn't know anyone and about two years sober with a hyperactive mind, so I started writing music. Music was and is the only thing that can really shut the world out for a second and I can think – which originally led to the idea for the title "Radio Silence". This album is everything to me and the many different genres on this album allows every song to have its own identity – all the while keeping the album cohesive in the esthetic. This album is the "internal dialogue": honest, vulnerable, open, introspective, manic, obsessive, flawed, loving, egotistic, lost – all by-products of being human."

In 2019 Jesse released three singles with Trans Phatt Records – Blade, Life on the Rocks and Colossalall while working on his nine track debut album. In addition to Average, these three tracks give listeners a taste of how Jesse genre blends between pop, RnB, neo-soul, jazz and blues – making for a varied album to look forward to. Stay tuned for more news to come on Jesse in the next few weeks!

TRACK LISTING:
1. Average
2. Nefertiti
3. Temple
4. Barred Up Windows
5. Whatever We Call This
6. You're Better
7. Radio Silence (Interlude)
8. Room In Hell
9. Chain Smoking

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A.CHAL RETURNS WITH HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW SINGLE PINK DUST

OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OUT NOW

NEW ALBUM DUE THIS YEAR

Toronto, ON – March 13, 2020 – Returning with his first release of 2020, Peruvian-born singer, songwriter, and producer, A.CHAL, shares a new song entitled Pink Dust today. Get it here via Epic Records. 

Earlier this morning, he teamed up with The FADER to exclusively premiere the music video. Watch the video here.  

Spinning an array of sounds through a psychedelic lens, the track slips under genre lines with confidence, charisma, and charm. Meanwhile, his voice bobs and weaves between woozy melodies and tight rhymes, conjuring imagery through vivid lyrics a la, “Jimi Hendrix playing out in Malibu, it’s bringing out another side of you” and the confession, “I don’t want to talk; I want to lay with you. As he canvases an empty beach in the visual, artful editing brings transcendent and grainy vignettes together in one intimate fever dream around an ecstatic sonic high.

Gravitating around the nascent feelings of fresh love, A.CHAL compares the beginnings of a romantic attachment to a drug, labeling the sensation “pink dust.” He divulged, “It’s about that moment of knowing that you’re about to fall in love with someone and knowing that you’re never going to have that moment again.”

Of the video, he told The FADER, “it is about chasing that love-drug, chasing otherworldly love. It’s all of that and more. Living in Hollywood for the last several years, it’s difficult to find authentic love. And when you encounter it and indulge in that feeling, you find yourself longing for it more and more. It’s like chasing your first high. There are other layers to the visual concept, though I’ll leave that to the viewer to unveil.”

Pink Dust paves the way for the arrival of his anxiously awaited new album, due for release later this year. The project looks back as it leaps forward, fusing together psychedelic soundscapes, R&B, Reggaeton, and Rock into a future-facing odyssey guided by A.CHAL, who co-produced much of the album alongside Noel Zancanella (other production collaborations include names like Tainy). The body of work takes listeners on a roller coaster ride through a self-awakening, while exploring the concept of love and authenticity as being the key in navigating a path towards finding peace.

Get ready to fall into his world. Watch this space for more news and music, coming soon.

ABOUT A.CHAL
Born in Lima, Peru as a decent of Quechua and raised between the cities of Trujillo, Peru and Queens, New York, A.CHAL developed a unique sound. His music is punctuated with a fusion of indigenous Peruvian sounds, modern trap-soul sonics, and the sounds he consumed growing up on the east coast of the U.S., where he admired icons such as DMX, the Diplomats, Lil Wayne, and Pharrell. He defies standard R&B tropes with a sleek voice, an eclectic sonic palette, and his ingenuity in speaking about emotions at their rawest form. His unique brand of music has caught the attention of some of the culture’s most notable purveyors, from Apple Music’s global creative director Zane Lowe, Berluti’s creative director Kris Van Assche, perfumer and founder of Byredo, Ben Gorham, and global Latin artists like J. Balvin and ROSALÍA. 

Eventually, A.CHAL moved coasts, setting in Los Angeles where he put together what would become his first project, Ballroom Riots. Subsequently securing a publishing deal with Sony/ATV, he landed his first major songwriting and production placement with Jennifer Lopez. In 2016, he released his first full length project Welcome to Gaziindependently, which garnered him attention from the likes of Drake’s OVO, Virgil Abloh and A$AP Rocky. By 2017, he earned his first RIAA Gold-certification for his single Love n Hennessey (a subsequent remix features 2 Chainz and Nicky Jam), taken from his acclaimed EP, ON GAZ. Substantial touring and critical acclaim followed, which led him into a partnership with Epic Records, which released his EXOTIGAZ EP at the end of 2018. Featuring his fasting growing single to-date, 000000, and his first full Latin song, La Dueña, the project continued his sonic evolution. Along the way, A.CHAL received acclaim across the board, with outlets like Tidal naming him a “rising artist” and Forbes recently calling him “the emerging Latinx artist you won’t be able to ignore this year.” Additionally, he received praise from the likes of Billboard, Paper, Noisey, The FADER, Flaunt, i-D, Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Remezcla and more. 

These earlier projects and accolades showcased the aspirations of making it to where he is now; upcoming first major label album explores the different emotional states throughout an artist’s transition in notoriety and is motivated by the sacrifices that come with success.  Without ever being boxed into any specific category, his new music displays the evolution of his artistic development, one that will continue to evolve and connect with fans across all borders.

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FIVIO FOREIGN TAPS QUAVO AND LIL BABY FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED BIG DRIP REMIX

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

LISTEN TO PAIN AND LOVE HERE

Toronto, ON – March 13, 2020 – Fivio Foreign drops the highly anticipated remix of Brooklyn Drill anthem, Big Drip, today via Columbia Records. Produced by AXL Beats, the song features Quavo and Lil Baby. With a strong trajectory at the top of the year, Fivio Foreign has been declared one of 2020's Artists to Watch. Listen here and watch the music video here.

Fivio Foreign is New York born and bred, raised in and around Brooklyn’s Fort Greene and East Flatbush neighborhoods. He’s been rapping all his life — “We used to rap in the room with a computer, me, my cousin Nate, we was always lit.” Charming and confident, the telltale signs of a New York hustler, Fivio began to take his craft seriously after years of recording and putting songs out casually.

Now a major player in Brooklyn’s burgeoning drill music scene, Fivio has collaborated most with UK producer, AXL Beats, who also lent his talents to Jumpin, Rich The Kid-assisted, Richer Than Ever, and most notoriously, Big Drip, which is rapidly approaching 25 million views on YouTube.

“I feel like my music is like me,” Fivio says about his growing catalog of party-ready heat. “It’s fun, turnt up, and loud, but serious at the same time.

On where he’s headed, Fivio is wide-eyed with big dreams: “I’m ushering in a new wave. I know for a fact that I’m here to do something bigger than me. I want everyone to start knowing my face like how they know my music.” It doesn’t get more New York than that.

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BACKLINE & THRIV TO HOST “COME TOGETHER: COVID-19 CRISIS” SUPPORT GROUPS AMIDST MUSIC INDUSTRY CHAOS

PRODUCTION + CREW SUPPORT GROUP TO TAKE PLACE MONDAY, MARCH 16

ARTISTS + INDUSTRY SUPPORT GROUP TO TAKE PLACE TUESDAY, MARCH 17

TORONTO, ON – March 13, 2020 – With increasing anxiety in the music community due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), Backline​Co-Founder and Clinical Director,​ Zack Borer​ (LMFT), and ​THRIV​ (Tour Health Research Initiative) Co-Founder, ​Dr. Chayim Newman,​ will host online support groups next week in order to create a safe space for the industry to come together and access support and resources.

On Monday, March 16 at 6PM ET / 3PM PT, the first “Come Together: COVID-19 Crisis” support group will take place for all ​PRODUCTION + CREW​ professionals seeking support during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

On Tuesday, March 17, at 6PM ET / 3PM PT, the second “Come Together: COVID-19 Crisis” support group will take place for ​ARTISTS + INDUSTRY​ (label, management, agents, promoters) to band together in this difficult time.

The support groups will aim to address the anxieties associated with COVID-19’s effects on the music industry, provide information and resources, and support each other during this difficult time. At the end of the meeting, Dr. Newman will lead a group meditation.

“In times of uncertainty, the natural human reaction is a spike in anxiety and panic,” explains Dr. Newman. “One thing that helps moderate that anxiety is community—the reminder that we’re not alone in it.”

“We have heard from countless individuals over the last few days [via Backline’s Case Management program] who are understandably scared and concerned about how coronavirus is affecting the music industry. We want you to know that we hear you and that you are not alone,” expresses Borer.

With touring, music festivals, and other mass gatherings representing the majority of the modern music industry, the cancellations and postponed events are causing huge concern for the professional community that relies heavily on the gig-to-gig lifestyle as their primary means of income.

“The live music industry, with many individuals who subsist financially from tour to tour, is one of the sectors hardest hit by the impact of this virus,” confirms Dr. Newman.

Borer continues, “The purpose of this online support group is to be together, to listen to each other, and to support each other through this challenging time.”

Links to join the free video conferences will be posted on social media by Monday morning. Follow here for more information: www.facebook.com/events/644402919694396

ABOUT BACKLINE
Backline is a hub for music industry professionals and their families to quickly and easily access mental health and wellness resources. Backline offers a free Case Management program, wherein trained mental health professionals work one-on-one with individuals to connect them with mental health resources specifically catered to the music industry lifestyle. Backline has partnered with leading support organizations and care providers to streamline access to services and educational resources to promote mental and physical health, through therapy, meditation, yoga, nutrition and more. Learn more at www.backline.care. Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

ABOUT THRIV
The Tour Health Research Initiative (THRIV) was launched by a very small team of psychologists, researchers, and touring professionals who work closely with and care deeply about the well-being of touring personnel. They are engaged in pioneering empirical research to further our understanding of the mental health challenges facing the music industry. They are also committed to the development of scientific, evidence- based strategies to improve the health and mental health of touring artists and crew members. Take the Touring Health & Wellness Survey 2020 at www.tourhealth.org. Facebook | Instagram

ZACK BORER, LMFT
Zack Borer is a LA-based Psychotherapist that provides preventative mental health support and wellness strategies to individuals working in the music industry. Zack works with artists and their support staff to enhance emotional wellbeing and to help mitigate the acute mental health crises that have become commonplace in the music business. Prior to entering the mental health field, Zack spent 10 years as a singer/songwriter. He experienced firsthand the struggles facing artists and those who work in the music business. He is the co-founder of Backline Care, Inc. and serves as the organization’s Clinical Director.

DR. CHAYIM NEWMAN
Dr. Chayim Newman (PhD in Clinical Psychology) ’s clinical practice, serving touring artists, crew members, and music industry professionals, focuses on the use of a variety of therapeutic modalities (CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, traditional psychotherapy) in the treatment of mental health and stress-related disorders. Having been involved in the entertainment industry for over two decades, as a touring performer, event producer, and artist liaison, Dr. Newman possesses a first-hand understanding of the unique challenges and stresses facing artists and touring personnel. He is the co-founder of the Tour Health Research Initiative (www.tourhealth.org) and a member of the Clinical Advisory Board at Backline Care, Inc. Dr. Newman also regularly delivers lectures and seminars on stress management, meditation, and mental health in the music industry.

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS SHARE NEW SINGLE COPS WITH GUNS ARE THE WORST!!!

OFF UPCOMING EP BORN DEADLY OUT APRIL 3

FIRST EVER U.S. HEADLINING TOUR KICKS OFF APRIL 12

TORONTO TOUR DATE ON MAY 30

Toronto, ON – March 12, 2020 –Snotty Nose Rez Kids released their latest single today – Cops With Guns Are The Worst!!! – in support of the Wet’suwet’en pipeline protests, currently taking place across Canada. Listen to the track here.

Cops With Guns Are The Worst!!! is featured on the group’s upcoming new EP, Born Deadly, set to arrive on April 3rd, hot on the heels of Real Deadly, whose video premiered last month via Complex. SNRK will head out on their first ever U.S. headlining tour, kicking off April 12th in Portland and wrapping June 13th in Detroit. See all tour dates below and purchase tickets here.

Cops With Guns Are The Worst!!! is in response to the current eviction notice that was served by the Unist’ot’en People to Coastal Gaslink in Northern British Columbia – Wet’suwet’en territory – and the protests that have accompanied the action. Coastal Gaslink have proposed a 670km fracking gas pipeline to run through the mountains from Dawson Creek to Kitimat, BC. The proposal does not have the support of First Nations leaders and communities because the lands of British Columbia are unceded, meaning Indigenous people never sold or transferred the land to the Canadian government.  The rightful land-owners should have control of what forms of industry happen on their lands, and as land protectors, Indigenous people are standing up to big business to protect the land and environment for future generations. 

Protests have swelled across Canada, and protesters have been met with injunctions, police brutality and heavy-handed tactics by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, yet the movement continues to grow. SNRK’s music, in particular anthemic songs like Skoden, KKKanada, Johnny’s Teeth, The Warriors, and The Resistance, have been at the centre of

movements, played at protests and incorporated into chants. SNRK wanted to offer a new song in response to the current anti-pipeline movement. Cops With Guns Are The Worst!!! highlights police brutality and the perseverance of Indigenous people in times of struggle.

Yung Trybez and Young D stated, “People close to us have been on the ground day-in and day-out putting their lives on the line to protect all our futures. We’re obviously frustrated by the lack of respect for Indigenous land rights and ownership but watching the RCPM arresting our people for defending their land and protecting their territory, we felt rage. There’s such a long history of RCMP inflicting violence on our people and that rage boiled over into this song. Cops With Guns Are The Worst!!! is a rager and for us this was the only way to tell that story.  We see the Indigenous youth leading the current blockades. They’re fighting not just for the future of tomorrow, but for the future of today. This song was made specifically for them.”

Snotty Nose Rez Kids is a Haisla hip-hop duo from Kitimat, BC composed of rappers Yung Trybez and Young D. Formed in 2016, SNRK released back-to-back albums in 2017: their self-titled debut in January and The Average Savage in September. The latter project earned the duo Best Hip-Hop Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards, landed them on the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List, and earned them a 2019 JUNO Nomination for Best Indigenous Music Album. The group toured heavily in Canada with select appearances in the U.S. and Australia. They quickly gained notoriety for their energetic, inspiring, and thought-provoking shows.

In 2019, SNRK’s third album TRAPLINE garnered praise from Exclaim!, Bandcamp, CBC Music, Complex, Hype Magazine, Noisey, Okayplayer, and The Fader, amongst others.  The duo embarked on a 60+ show tour of Canada, U.S., Mexico, U.K., and Australia, where they received a groundswell of support. SNRK won Breakout Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards and were once again shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, making them one of only three artists to ever make the Short List in back-to-back years. TRAPLINE wound up on numerous 2019 Best Album of the Year lists. Exclaim! included TRAPLINE on its lists for 50 Best Albums of the 2010s and Top 10 Hip-Hop Album of the Year, and singled out SNRK’s stand-out, Boujee Natives, in their list of Top 50 Songs of the 2010s. SNRK kick off their 2020 schedule with their first-ever headlining tour of the U.S., the Born Deadly Tour, in support of their upcoming EP of the same name.

TOUR DATES:
04/12 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
04/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Crystal Cavern
04/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
04/19 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
04/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
04/23 – Houston, TX @ Green Room at Warehouse Live
04/24 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
04/25 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tigers
04/26 – Dallas, TX @ Ruins
04/28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
04/29 – Denver, CO @ Moon Room
04/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock
05/01 – Boise, ID @ Olympic
05/02 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
05/30 – Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach
06/02 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
06/04 – Boston, MA @ Once
06/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
06/06 – Washington DC @ Songbyrd
06/07 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook
06/08 – Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory at The Masquerade
06/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
06/12 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
06/13 – Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
06/27 - Lake Cowichan, BC @ Laketown Ranch (Laketown Shakedown)
07/11 - Troms, NO @ Kafjord (Riddu Riddu Festival)
TICKETS: snottynoserezkids.com/tour

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MARGO PRICE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM THAT’S HOW RUMORS GET STARTED OUT MAY 8 ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

WATCH VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE TWINKLE TWINKLE

TOURS WITH CHRIS STAPLETON AND
THE HEAD AND THE HEART INCLUDING TORONTO SHOW
ON MAY 23

FESTIVAL APPEARANCES AND MORE SET FOR 2020

Toronto, ON – March 11, 2020 – On May 8, Margo Price, will release That’s How Rumors Get Started, an album of ten new, original songs that commit her sky-high and scorching rock-and-roll show to record for the very first time. Produced by long-time friend, Sturgill Simpson (co-produced by Margo and David Ferguson), the LP marks Price’s debut for Loma Vista Recordings, and whether she’s singing of motherhood or the mythologies of stardom, Nashville gentrification or the national healthcare crisis, relationships or growing pains, she’s crafted a collection of music that invites people to listen closer than ever before. 

Today, Margo has shared new single Twinkle Twinkle,  with an accompanying video by director Matthew Siskin (Father John Misty, Beyoncé). Inspired by a candid, backstage conversation with Marty Stuart about the tough truths of touring, the song is a stinging indictment of nostalgia and the illusory nature of success. The video, in all its kaleidoscopic glory, was inspired by a four-hour-long free-associative text thread between Price and Siskin. Watch it here.

Twinkle Twinkle follows Stone Me, another track from That’s How Rumors Get Started which was released in January to rave reviews (“a lighters-up ode to giving the middle finger to haters” - NPR) and a performance and interview on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. 

Margo primarily cut That’s How Rumors Get Started at Los Angeles’ EastWest Studios (Pet Sounds, “9 to 5”). Tracking occurred over several days while she was pregnant with daughter Ramona. “They’re both a creation process,” she says. “And I was being really good to my body and my mind during that time. I had a lot of clarity from sobriety.” 

While Margo Price continued to collaborate on most of the songwriting with her husband Jeremy Ivey, she recorded with an historic band assembled by Sturgill, and including guitarist, Matt Sweeney (Adele, Iggy Pop), bassist, Pino Palladino (D’Angelo, John Mayer), drummer, James Gadson (Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye), and keyboardist Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers). Background vocals were added by Simpson on Letting Me Down, and the Nashville Friends Gospel Choir, who raise the arrangements of Hey Child and What Happened To Our Love? to some of the album’s most soaring heights. 

Margo Price and her steady touring band - Kevin Black (bass), Jamie Davis (guitar), Micah Hulsher (keys), and Dillon Napier (drums) - will perform songs from That’s How Rumors Get Started at dozens of shows with Chris Stapleton and The Head and The Heart this spring and summer, in addition to festival appearances and more to be announced soon. Find all dates here and below. 

That’s How Rumors Get Started follows Margo’s 2017 album, All American Made, which was named the #1 Country/Americana album of the year by Rolling Stone, and one of the top albums of the decade by Esquire, Pitchfork and Billboard, among others. In its wake, Margo sold out three nights at The Ryman Auditorium, earned her first Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, and much more.

TRACK LISTING:
1. That’s How Rumors Get Started
2. Letting Me Down
3. Twinkle Twinkle
4. Stone Me
5. Hey Child
6. Heartless Mind
7. What Happened To Our Love?
8. Gone To Stay
9. Prisoner Of The Highway
10. I’d Die For You

TOUR DATES:
3/16 - Dripping Springs, TX - Campfire Gathering
3/19 - Willie Nelson’s Luck, TX - Luck Reunion (Margo Price & Friends)
5/17 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre*
5/18 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheater*
5/20 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater* 
5/21 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater*
5/23 - Toronto, ON - RBC Echo Beach*
5/24 - Shelburne, VT - Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on The Green at
Shelburne Museum*
5/26 - Portland, ME - Thompson’s Point* 
5/27 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark MainStage Theatre*
5/28 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center at Wolf Trap* 
5/30 - Bethel, NY - Mountain Jam
5/31 - Lafayette, NY - Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards*
6/02 - Philadelphia, PA - The Met Philadelphia*
6/07 - Pryor, OK - Born & Raised Music Festival
6/11 - Bakersfield, CA - Mechanics Bank Arena^
6/12 - Wheatland, CA - Toyota Amphitheatre^
6/13 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre^
6/16 - Bend, OR - Oregon Spirit Distillers
6/18 - Nampa, ID - Ford Idaho Center^
6/19 - Ridgefield, WA - Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre^
6/20 - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheater^
7/24-7/26 - Vineyard Haven, MA - Beach Road Weekend
11/16-11/20 - Punta Caña, DR - All The Best Fest
*with The Head and The Heart
^with Chris Stapleton

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OVERCOATS NEW ALBUM THE FIGHT OUT NOW

YOUR ANTIDOTE TO THE CURRENT APOCALYPSE

PERFORMING AT SXSW

CANADIAN TOUR DATES IN APRIL INCLUDE VANCOUVER,
TORONTO AND MONTREAL

MORE DATES ADDED TO NORTH AMERICAN
HEADLINE TOUR

“The singer-songwriters Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell layer their tightknit vocals into bright electronic soundscapes – a winning recipe” – The New York Times

“The Fight looks to be the moment where the New York born and bred duo unfurls into a full-blown pop sensation.” – Paste

Toronto, ON – March 6, 2020 – Critically acclaimed Brooklyn duo, Overcoats, have released their new album, The Fight, today via Loma Vista Recordings. Click here to listen.

Tempering punk energy with vulnerable vitality and irresistible catchiness, The Fight is a ten-song battle-cry. It’s the kind of record that might inspire you to quit your job, run a marathon, divorce your husband, change your life in the way you always wanted to, but needed an extra push for. The Fight is the push.  

Hana and JJ explain "Our new album draws on the concept of fighting - whether it’s a fight with a significant other, a fight for rights & representation in politics, or a fight against inner demons. We want people to feel like things they thought were futile are possible, to feel excited for the future. We have to keep trying. In trying, we want people to feel powerful in who they are."

The Fight was produced by Justin Raisen (Angel Olson, Charli XCX, Santigold) and Yves Rothman (girl in red, Yves Tumor, Miya Folick). 

“We’re always very D.I.Y.,” comments Overcoats. “We weren’t going to wait for some fancy producers and pop writers to pen us a record. We wrote it ourselves. We needed the right partners to record it. That’s Justin and his secret weapon, collaborator, Yves. They’re both as crazy as we are. They understood our vision: future-classic bangers.” 

Overcoats first launched this fresh and fiery new chapter with a salty single entitled The Fool, which NPR named one of its Top 20 Songs of September. The video saw the duo making a statement by shaving their heads on-camera and igniting the next phase of their career with fearless honesty. They followed the release of The Fool with three additional tracks, Leave If You Wanna, Keep The Faith and Fire & Fury. The latter was also accompanied by a her Productions-directed video – click here to watch. The songs all feed an urgent theme of fighting for self, spirit and soul at all costs, whether it be in a relationship, in the world or in life. 

Additionally, Overcoats will perform at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, TX as well as kick off a 6-week headline North American tour on April 2 in San Francisco. The run will feature Canadian Stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal throughout April, and a hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 2.

About Overcoats  
Shaving their heads, grabbing guitars, and pulling no punches, Overcoats, made up of New York-natives Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell, etched a ten-song battle-cry on their second full-length album, The Fight [Loma Vista Recordings]. Their vision is not about picking up arms, but rather about picking oneself up. It’s the kind of record that might inspire you to quit your job, run a marathon, divorce your husband, change your life in the way you always wanted to, but needed an extra push for. This is the push. 

As Overcoats wrapped up touring behind their critically acclaimed 2017 debut Young, it seemed as though the world was collapsing around them. There was no choice but to fight. So, they donned guitars in a shared New York city apartment and wrote the soundtrack to their fight. Hana and JJ personally assembled a team around themselves to help support their vision. Within a self-contained environment and under the watch of one London-based creative director, two LA-based producers, and, of course the two creators, the album came to life.  

Inspired by everything from Young Marble Giants to The Violent Femmes to Iggy Pop, Overcoats rooted this next chapter in electric guitar and punk energy culled from nearly two years on the road. At the same time, they tempered the energy with a vulnerable vitality and irresistible catchiness.  JJ explains, “The new music is a bit grittier and more rock-leaning, but there has always been and will always be a through-line of our voices singing in harmony.” “This album is going to break your heart, but also try to put it back together,” states Hana. “Allowing the guitar to dictate the sound, we tried to represent all of the stages of what this realization was. It’s not just depression, anger, and sadness; it’s the motivational stage too. It’s the pop song that helps to distract you from your sadness. It’s a call-to-arms to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and fight to stay alive.” 

The Fight follows Overcoats’ debut full-length Young, which stood out as “one of the Top 5 bestselling albums from a debut artist on an independent label in 2017,” bowed at No. 4 on the Alternative New Albums Chart and landed at No. 12 on the Heatseekers Chart. Overcoats generated 50 million-plus streams, sold 30K albums, and regularly averaged 1 million-plus listeners on Spotify. Billboard touted Young among The Best Albums of 2017 – Critics Pick, and NPR Music named it the #4 Album of 2017. The album also received praise from the New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly and more. 

OVERCOATS SXSW DATES:
March 18 – Austin, TX – StubHub @ Banger’s
March 18 – Austin, TX – Fender @ Mohawk
March 19 – Austin, TX – KCSN Radio Day Stage @ Austin Convention Center
March 19 – Austin, TX – Brooklyn Bowl / Consequence of Sound Reunion @ Scoot Inn
March 19 – Austin, TX – South By San Jose @ Hotel San Jose
March 19 – Austin, TX – SXSW Outdoor Stage @ Lady Bird Lake
March 20 – Austin, TX – Waterloo Records
March 20 – Austin, TX – KTSN “Sun Radio” @ Cosmic Coffee & Beer Garden
March 20 – Austin, TX – Secret Sounds @ Lucille
*More shows to be announced

OVERCOATS HEADLINE TOUR DATES: 
April 2 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent  
April 4 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge 
April 5 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club 
April 6 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos 
April 8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court  
April 9 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater 
April 11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club 
April 14 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall  
April 15 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx 
April 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe  
April 17 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall 
April 18 – Montreal, QC @ L'Escogriffe
 
April 23 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall 
April 25 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement 
April 26 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsey
April 28 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern  
April 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry 
April 30 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair 
May 2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 
May 12 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
May 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
May 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge

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DAY SULAN RELEASES NEW SINGLE & MUSIC VIDEO MASCARA

ANNOUNCES SIGNING TO YG’S 4HUNNID & EPIC RECORDS

Toronto, ON – March 6, 2020 – Buzzing Los Angeles hip-hop femme fatale, Day Sulan, reveals her new single and music video entitled, Mascara, today. Recently signed under the high-profile joint venture between YG’s 4HUNNID and Epic Records, this marks both her debut single and the first release via this partnership. Get it here via 4HUNNID/Epic Records.

Glowing with undeniable charisma and understated ferocity, she rips through the verses with deft and dynamic wordplay before landing a hypnotic hook. Meanwhile, the music video illuminates her star power front-and-center. The clip follows her tearing up the streets on a four-wheeler before rapping on Compton lawns. Promising, “You gonna need mascara makeup bitch” if you want smoke from her, she shuts down haters one bar at a time. The clip matches the pure intensity of her rhymes. Watch it here.

Right now, Day Sulan is hard at work on her forthcoming project under the hands of YG in addition to industry veterans, Max Gousse and Monee’ Perry of Artistry Group.

Get ready for more from her in 2020 and beyond.                                               

ABOUT DAY SULAN:

Struggle shapes us. Practically forged in fire, Day Sulan rose up from Compton with a fierce, focused, and furious style of her own. Of African-American and Vietnamese descent, she endured a broken home and the trials and tribulations of the hood in Compton. Stripping in order to get by, multiplatinum YG rapper and L.A. luminary actually found her at Crazy Girls during early 2019. Welcomed into the 4HUNNID family and putting up millions of streams, Day Sulan spoke out on Her Story, off YG’s 2019 opus 4Real 4Real, which shot to #7 on Billboard’s Top 200. Now, she ignites her boldest and biggest bars yet on her upcoming debut for 4HUNNID/Epic Records.

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AVATAR PREMIERES LEGEND OF AVATAR COUNTRY: A METAL ODYSSEY

WATCH VIDEO HERE

PREPARING NEW ALBUM FOR 2020

Toronto, ON – March 5,  2020 – Citizens of Avatar Country and People of Earth! The King and His Elite Orchestra, Avatar, are excited to debut, Legend Of Avatar Country: A Metal Odyssey, their musical featurette inspired by the album of the same name. The featurette was originally crowdfunded on Kickstarter, where the goal was quickly met in only 90 minutes. Now available to the public at large via a YouTube premiere today, Legend Of Avatar Country: A Metal Odyssey marks the finale of the Avatar Country story for the band.

 
In the words of Johannes Eckerström:
 
"We are in the middle of creating something very special. I think people have come to understand that we are all about reincarnating as a new monster every time we put something new out. While we're doing this we want to make sure to give Avatar Country all the proper send offs we can think of. It was all such a unique thing to do and it was the concept that proved to us that everything is possible and that our fans are just as crazy as we are. It will be fun to watch a flick with them.”
  
Following their North American tour supporting BABYMETAL, Avatar has also shared that they've been in the studio working on a follow up to Avatar Country with producer Jay Ruston. This marks their first time recording in the US. Read more in Loudwire’s exclusive studio visit here.

Avatar is: 
Johannes Eckerström - Vocals / John Alfredsson  Drums
 Henrik Sandelin  Bass The King - Guitars / Tim Öhrström - Guitars

 

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Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location. 


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MICHIGAN CROSSOVER DEATH THRASHERS PLAGUE YEARS TO UNLEASH FULL LENGTH ALBUM CIRCLE OF DARKNESS ON MAY 22 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

WATCH NEW VIDEO PLAY THE VICTIM AT DECIBEL

ALL NEW LP DUE OUT NEXT YEAR
PRE-ORDER NOW

“Just try not to bang your head. We dare you.” - Revolver

“Strap yourself in for a lightning ride.” - New Noise Magazine

“A damn fine example of how thrash is coming back with some fine hardcore-heavy crossover.” - Heavy Blog is Heavy

“Grab some friends, throw them around the room, and let the power swell of PLAGUE YEARS wash you free of all your rage and pain.” - Metal Wani

“They play mean and powerful thrash music. The kind that lets you release the day’s frustration with an eye bulging fist-clenching roar.” - Life In Michigan

Toronto, ON – March 5, 2020 – Michigan-based crossover death thrashers, Plague Years, will unleash their punishing Circle Of Darkness full-length via Entertainment One on May 22.

Like an icepick to the face, Plague Years arrives with an electric surge of sudden pain. An unrelenting end of the world assault of the cataclysmic convergence of thrash and hardcore, with bits of blackened death and midtempo madness to spare, the Detroit master blasters are here to crash the crossover party. Summoning the primitive spirit of the singular moment when the heaviest of metal first smashed into a circle pit, Plague Years reignites the flame with sharp fury.

Many in the metal press have already christened the band heir apparent to crossover standard bearers Iron Age and D.R.I., with the speed metal bite of Kreator and the overall bludgeoning of Slowly We Rot-era Obituary. As demonstrated in dimly-lit clubs and theaters alongside bands like Creeping Death and Skeletal Remains, Plague Years mines the subterranean depths once unearthed on classic Sepultura albums like Beneath The Remains and Arise, with the vicious bite of Germanic slabs like In The Sign Of Evil by Sodom and the Hall of Fame ‘80s output of Slayer. Fellow Great Lakes State metal maven Trevor Strnad, of The Black Dahlia Murder, named the band’s Unholy Infestation EP one of his 100 favourites of 2018, a sentiment echoed by another scribe at Metal Injection the same year.

The devilish and down-tuned death worship within Plague Years serves as a demonic calling card for the foursome; a brutal counterbalance to their otherwise like-minded thrash revivalists. On Circle Of Darkness, the band’s full-length debut, Plague Years reunites with engineer Arthur Rizk, whose work with Power Trip, Tomb Mold, Candy, and Cavalera Conspiracy has propelled him to the front of the horde amidst the resurgence of crossover thrash.

Plague Years pays homage to Detroit forebearers Negative Approach and modern contemporaries Hellmouth in equal measure while infusing the proceedings with a brutal spin of their own design. In terms of lyrical aggression, songs like Play The Victim and Paradox Of Death blend traditional death metal blood-and-gore fantasy with the unrestrained bravado of Detroit’s grittier contributions to rap, like LOM Rambo and Motown upstart, Icewear Vezzo.

There’s dungeon torture in Witness Hell and undead armies in IncantationCircle Of Darkness is a brutal, putrid ode to headbanging, boot-stomping, heavy metal culture. As Revolver declared in one of the magazine’s many passionate endorsements, Plague Years  “rips hard,” a compulsive death charge right into the fiery mouth of Hades. “Just try not to bang your head. We dare you.”

In advance of the release of Circle Of Darkness, Decibel Magazine is pleased to unveil the band’s video for opening bruiser, Play The Victim.

Comments guitarist Eric Lauder, “With this record, I wanted to carve our own lane in metal. It’s darker, heavier, faster, and everyone crushed it from the performance to the production. This song is about that narcissistic person in everyone’s life. Someone who seems incredibly loyal but is just a shell of a person filled with darkness. You show them the same loyalty, but they stab you in the back. Then when it comes time to confront them they manipulate the situation and Play The Victim.
 

Adds Decibel, “Like contemporaries Power Trip, Plague Years turn chugging into an art form, making simple stomps feel like genuine riffs. The chugs bookend a thrasher of a song, which blazes as often as much as it breaks it down. Vocalist Tim Engelhardt sounds somewhere between Max Cavalera and Jamey Jasta. The music is similarly right between the metal and hardcore worlds; you’ll almost surely be able to find either side if you’re listening for it.”

View Play The Victim at Decibel here.

Circle Of Darkness will be released on CD, digital, and vinyl formats. For pre-ordering options, visit here.

 

Circle Of Darkness Track Listing:

1. Play The Victim

2. Witness Hell

3. Paradox Of Death

4. Eternal Fire

5. Circle Of Darkness

6. Evil One

7. Incantation

8. NRFTL

9.World In Blood

10. Urge To Kill

 

PLAGUE YEARS:

Tim Engelhardt – vocals

Eric Lauder – guitar

Rian Staber – bass

Mike Jurysta – drums

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ALIOCHA SHARES NEW SINGLE PEGGY (STONE BREAKER)

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

SOPHOMORE ALBUM NAKED OUT MARCH 20

Toronto, ON – March 4, 2020 – Today, Aliocha presents the captivating and soulful, Peggy (Stone Breaker), the third single from his anticipated sophomore album, Naked, set for release on March 20 via Audiogram. Have a listen here and watch the accompanying video here.

A strange, yet captivating, dancer takes us through the streets of Paris in the video, which was once again directed by Aliocha himself, along with his brother, Vassili.

“Oko is a friend of mine,” comments Aliocha. “He is an incredible dancer and singer, always strolling around Paris with his speakers blasting. He dances with passers-by and enlightens everyone’s mood. He agreed to have us film him doing his thing. We simply found a costume and a wig and shot the video in one three-hour-long take.”

Stripped guitars, sensual grooves, raw poetry…Aliocha is bold enough to keep it simple on Naked, his second album, which sees the artist taking a no-frills approach. Shaking off his most obvious folk influences, the singer-songwriter has built a unique and unexpected signature sound, at the crossroads between rock, soul, blues, and dream pop.

Once again produced by Samy Osta, Naked was recorded over a few months in Paris, harnessing the sparkling chemistry between the French producer and Québécois artist. From the entrancing and bewildering opener, The Party, to a foray into psych Americana with Moon, through the bewitching soul diatribe, Peggy, the surprising bluesy trap musings of Turn to Grey, the languorous, Your Sex Is Perfect, and the sober folk lament, Run Baby Run, Aliocha bares himself with poise and sensitivity, without shame or embarrassment.

NAKED TRACKLISTING:

  1. The Party
  2. Peggy (Stone Breaker)
  3. Turn to Grey
  4. Naked
  5. Your Sex Is Perfect
  6. I’m Gone
  7. Forget My Blues
  8. Run Baby Run
  9. Mixed Up
  10. Moon

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AURAS ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR WITH FEELS LIKE HOME WITH STOPS ACROSS ONTARIO AND QUEBEC IN MAY

LISTEN TO LATEST ALBUM BINARY GARDEN 

WATCH VIDEO FOR MOMENTA

Toronto, ON – March 4, 2020 – Following a packed winter tour sharing music from their 2019 album, Binary Garden,  Ontario metal band, AURAS, will return to the road in May for a tour alongside Quebec metalcore giants, Feels Like Home. Both bands will represent their provinces on this run; commencing May 1 in Toronto at iconic venue Sneaky Dee’s, they’ll cross through Ontario and Quebec, wrapping in Trois-Rivieres on May 9. See below or a complete list of dates.

“I’m excited to play our favorite homebound cities on this next run,” the band says. “We’ve spent a lot of time in the US for the majority of our shows the past few years so it’s refreshing to keep it nice and close to home.”

Binary Garden was released on July 12, 2019 via Entertainment One. AURAS’ video for standout single, Momenta, was directed by JP Charlebois, providing a bold visual aesthetic to the album’s sound. Watch it here

“We had a blast filming in Montreal with JP Charlebois," says guitarist, Josh Ligaya. "Thank you to Cosmodome for letting us film in their amazing space museum. Please enjoy part 1 of the music video series!”

The Demoness launched the album as its first single. “‘The Demoness’ is one of the heavier songs off of Binary Garden’" says guitarist Josh Ligaya. “The lyrics were written with a fictional sci-fi approach where I talk about Mother Nature letting go of herself as a person would. She’s tired of being mistreated by people and decides to stop taking care of herself; along with everyone who lives with her (human beings). Her toxic lifestyle of metaphorical substance abuse eventually leads to destroying humanity as a result.”

Binary Garden is the follow up to Heliospectrum, the debut full-length offering from AURAS. Heliospectrum was the inevitable culmination of years spent perfecting their sonic brew in basements, clubs, and rehearsals, honing a mix of unrelenting heaviness, complex riffs, and melodic ambiance.

The music of AURAS isn’t “challenging” for its own sake. The goal is to inspire, to push upward and persevere. The ambitious and evolving quartet aspire to a “progressive” ideal in its purest form, each of them committed to the power of smashing boundaries.

The band destroys any notions of the dreaded “sophomore slump” with their moving groove-metal masterpiece, Binary Garden. It’s ten songs of psychic exploration across musical frontiers. It could be mistaken for the work of alchemists or shamans, were it not for the warm charm of four lads from Waterloo, Ontario who worship Super Smash Bros. and beer pong with nearly as much dedication as their discipleship of groove. 

A conceptually driven head trip worthy of an episode of “Black Mirror”, the new AURAS album explores the complex relationship between humankind and technology, as people evolve from symbiotic parts of mother nature into cybernetic bits of code. The intellectual depth of the subject matter on Binary Garden is juxtaposed by its immediate accessibility. The expansion of AURAS into bigger melodic hooks is more suited to the digital single oriented era than ever, even as Binary Garden works as a cohesive whole. 

About AURAS

AURAS hail from a country that’s produced a high volume of heavy music innovation. It’s the nation that blessed the world with the legendary Rush, prog-metal pioneers Voivod, metalcore madmen Protest The Hero, and death metal stalwarts Cryptopsy. A newer entry to this lineage, AURAS operate in a musical landscape instantly familiar to devotees of Meshuggah, Periphery, The Contortionist, and Tool. But their specific take on the genre combines the bite of thrash, the weight of death metal, and the spirit of hardcore with a hypnotic groove-oriented pulse shrouded in a captivating atmosphere.

AURAS have demonstrated their skill at shifting from bludgeoning riffs to ambient experimentalism and back again across two stellar albums and as many EPs. Audiences have been properly enraptured by their sound, taking in their immersive performances alongside celebrated acts like The Contortionist, CHON, Erra, and Toothgrinder. 

MetalSucks hailed AURAS as one of “the most cutting-edge, forward-thinking young metal bands on the scene today” in their announcement of the 2016 MetalSucks tour. 

Vocalist Eric Almeida, guitarist/vocalist Josh Ligaya, guitarist Aaron Hallman, and drummer Nathan Bulla first made their intentions clear with their initial EP, Panacea (2013). A follow-up single, Adverse Condition, firmly established them as likeminded creative peers of bands like Tesseract and Disperse. The Circle Pit declared them Band Of The Week before they’d even done much touring. The Crestfallen EP (2015) hit #1 on the iTunes Metal chart and was picked for inclusion on Spotify’s Best New Metal playlist.

Heliospectrum, the debut full-length offering from AURAS, was the inevitable culmination of years spent perfecting their sonic brew in basements, clubs, and rehearsals, honing a mix of unrelenting heaviness, complex riffs and melodic ambiance. 

As New Noise raved in their four-star review, “AURAS specializes in chaotic intensity married with passages of staggering beauty (and nice melodic touches strewn about).” Canada’s Exclaim! observed, “Heliospectrum is an indication that, in a genre overflowing with imitators, AURAS are capable of carving out a place that is firmly their own.”Metal Injection’s Nick Abela even included the album on his list of the Top 15 Albums of 2016. 

Ottawa native Dean Hadjichristou (Parkway Drive, Protest The Hero, The Kindred) recorded Binary Garden, which was mixed by Jordan Valeriote (Silverstein, Counterparts, Structures). Nick Sampson (Of Mice & Men, We Came As Romans, Born Of Osiris) aided in preproduction as AURAS endeavored to crystalize their ambitious ideas.

Binary Garden saw the band members challenging themselves like never before, from the writing stage through the production process. They shook off preconceived notions and embraced more “clean” singing and simpler structure without sacrificing their signature sound. The end result features more atmospherics alongside a bigger “feel.” 

 

AURAS continue to throw new curveballs, pulverizing through tight musical corners with precision, filling their songs with rhythmic twitches and warped riffs that beckon listeners down a new rabbit hole with each rewarding repeated listen. It’s all imbued with a deep sense of connection to the audience and an emphasis on communication. 

AURAS shouldn’t just be listened to. This is music that simply must be experienced.

AURAS is:
Josh Ligaya - Guitar/Vocals // Aaron Hallman - Guitar
Nathan Bulla - Drums // Eric Almeida - Vocals

Buy/stream Binary Gardenffm.to/binarygarden

 

TOUR DATES: 

May 1 – Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s 

May 2 – Waterloo, ON – Chainsaw 

May 3 – Hamilton, ON – Doors Pub

May 4 – London, ON – Call The Office

May 5 – Ottawa, ON – Babylon

May 6 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar 

May 7 – Jonquiere, QC – Cote Cour

May 8 – Quebec City, QC – La Source

May 9 – Trois-Rivieres, QC – Nord Ouest Café 

 

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THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT UNVEIL FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW STUDIO ALBUM HOLLYWOOD PARK

COME ON OUT AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING AND DOWNLOAD TODAY HERE

ACCLAIMED LOS ANGELES-BASED BAND’S FIRST NEW ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS TO BE RELEASED ALONGSIDE EXTRAORDINARY AND HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW MEMOIR FRONTMAN MIKEL JOLLETT

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR INCLUDES TORONTO ON JUNE 9 AND VANCOUVER ON JUNE 27

HOLLYWOOD PARK: A MEMOIR BY MIKEL JOLLETT  TO BE PUBLISHED BY CELADON BOOKS A DIVISION OF MACMILLAN ON TUESDAY, MAY 5

HOLLYWOOD PARK ARRIVES VIA ROUNDER RECORDS ON FRIDAY, MAY 8

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW HERE

Toronto, ON – March 3, 2020 – The Airborne Toxic Event has announced today’s premiere of Come On Out, the first single from their eagerly awaited new album, Hollywood Park. The track is available now at all DSPs. Uniquely, Hollywood Park arrives alongside a new literary work of the same name by Mikel Jollett, to be published by Celadon Books, a division of MacMillan, on May 5. Hollywood Park: A Memoir sees Jollett chronicling his extraordinary personal journey, from his early childhood in one of the most infamous cults of the 1970s, through a childhood of poverty and emotional abuse, before finding his voice as an artist among the confusion of an adult life spent nursing the wounds of childhood, and the redemption which came from looking inward and an acceptance of self and the fierce love of family. Pre-order Hollywood Park: A Memoir here.

The Los Angeles-based band’s sixth LP and first new music in half a decade, Hollywood Park arrives Friday, May 8 via Rounder Records; pre-orders are available beginning today here.

“I mostly grew up in the wreckage of the cult where I was born, since we left when I was so young. It came to me like a puzzle I had to put together, almost like separate realities with different rules. So I wrote the songs on the record (and the book) from that perspective: that of a child trying to piece together the reality of the changing world around him; because that’s how I experienced it: like a mystery I couldn’t quite fathom that I had to piece together over a lifetime,” says Airborne Toxic Event founder and front-man Mikel Jollett.

Hollywood Park: A Memoir has already been hailed as a milestone work, with Newsweek declaring it one of “40 Must-Read Fiction and Nonfiction Books to Savor This Spring,” writing, “(Mikel) Jollett was raised from childhood in a cult, brought up under the leaders of Synanon. With stunning clarity, he tells of his mother’s escape and the subsequent trials his family endured.” “A shocking but contemplative memoir about the aftermath of an unhealthy upbringing,” declared Publishers Weekly in a starred-review. “Jollett also talks about turning pain into music, getting help for abandonment issues, and finding love and starting a family.” O The Oprah Magazine named Hollywood Park among “The 30 Most Anticipated Books of 2020 (So Far),” writing, “The front-man of rock band Airborne Toxic Event chronicles, in gorgeous and exacting lyricism, his harrowing coming-of-age within (and eventual escape from) the Church of Synanon, a violent religious cult.” ABC’s Good Morning America included Hollywood Park: A Memoir in its own “20 Books We’re Excited For In 2020,” writing, “What comes through the pages is a story of fierce love and family loyalty. This moving and profound memoir is for anyone who loves a good redemption story.”

The Airborne Toxic Event will celebrate Hollywood Park with a truly epic live schedule, including a new series of US headline dates, beginning October 9 at Los Angeles, California’s Greek Theatre and then travelling through the month with highlights including a much-anticipated visit to New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre (October 22). In the meantime, the already announced first leg of the tour gets underway May 27 at The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ and continues into the summer, culminating with a once-in-a-lifetime performance backed by the San Francisco Symphony, set for August 1 at San Francisco, California’s Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall.

In addition, The Airborne Toxic Event will herald the arrival of Hollywood Park with a pair of four-night-stands at Los Angeles, California’s El Rey Theatre (March 31, April 1, 2, 4) and New York City’s Bowery Ballroom (April 7-10), with all eight shows sold out within 30 seconds of ticket release. As if all that weren’t enough, the band will make a top-billed festival appearance at Cleveland, Ohio’s Wonderstruck on June 7 and will be making Canadian stops in Toronto and Vancouver on June 9 and 27 respectively. For updates and more, please visit theairbornetoxicevent.com/shows.

Produced and mixed by the band’s longtime collaborator, multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominee Mark Needham (The Killers, Fleetwood Mac), Hollywood Park serves as both companion volume and musical soundtrack to Jollett’s remarkable memoir, adding vivid sonic color to his wrenching and ultimately life-affirming personal chronicle. Indeed, both the album and book were fueled in large part by the untimely death of Jollett’s father. Devastated to his very core, he withdrew from both the world and his work for nearly a year before ultimately finding the strength to begin anew.

Jollett will be traveling on a wide-ranging book tour slated to visit independent bookstores through mid-May, beginning Friday, May 1 at Los Angeles, California’s First Congregational Church of Los Angeles and then making stops across the country including a special publication day event at New York’s world famous The Strand on Tuesday, May 5. For all ticket links and up-to-date information, please see theairbornetoxicevent.com.

The Airborne Toxic Event first emerged in 2006, centered around the powerful songcraft of Mikel Jollett, already an acclaimed freelance journalist, editor, and writer whose work had appeared in such prestigious publications as McSweeney’s, the Los Angeles Times, and FILTER, among many others. The band’s self-titled debut album followed two years later, highlighted of course by the breakthrough hit single, Sometime Around Midnight, an RIAA gold-certified, top 5 smash on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, later ranked at #1 on iTunes’ Best of 2008: Alternative tally.

The Airborne Toxic Event spent much of its time on the road in the years that followed, including sold out world headline tours, countless international festival sets spanning Coachella and Lollapalooza to Japan’s Fuji Rock and the UK’s Reading/Leeds, and more. Known for their epic sonic energy and potent showmanship, the band have performed with a number of American symphony orchestras – including the Louisville Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra – in addition to collaborations with the Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet, the Lalo Guerrero School of Music Choir, and Los Angeles’ Belmont High School Marching Band, among others.

Hollywood Park marks The Airborne Toxic Event’s first new album since 2015’s Dope Machines and its limited-edition companion volume, Songs Of God And Whiskey, both followed in 2016 by the standalone single, America. Dope Machines in particular was greeted by a rush of critical acclaim, with the Los Angeles Times raving, “the record marks a profound sonic turnaround for the band; instead of the yearning post-punk and folk flourishes of prior releases, they’ve picked up a minimal, purposefully synthetic sound, drawn from front-man Mikel Jollett’s new investment in production techniques.” “Never before have The Airborne Toxic Event sounded as freewheeling and creatively uninhibited as they do on Dope Machines,” declared Atwood Magazine. “Dark electronic indie rock is applied in both minimalistic and anthemic settings to create a panoply of new sounds with catchy hooks... It reads like a book from start to finish, featuring hooks, engaging passages and a few surprise twists and turns.” Dope Machines is “moody and dead serious, layered with deep cushions of synthesizers and airy echoed backing vocals,” wrote the Los Angeles Review of Books. “(Jollett’s songs are) vividly mindful of the high stakes for men and women whose primary experience of the world is that they are solitary beings surrounded by an ‘endless expanse of space,’ and who believe the only way to cross that expanse is to give oneself up to love.”

TOUR DATES:
March 31 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre SOLD OUT
April 1 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre SOLD OUT
April 2 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre SOLD OUT
April 4 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre SOLD OUT
April 7 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom SOLD OUT
April 8 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom SOLD OUT
April 9 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom SOLD OUT
April 10 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom SOLD OUT
May 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
May 29 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
May 30 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
May 31 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
June 2 – Kansas City, MO – Truman
June 3 – St. Louis, MO – Del Mar Concert Hall
June 4 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East
June 5 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
June 6 – Charlotte, NC – Underground
June 7 – Cleveland, OH – Wonderstruck *
June 9 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
June 10 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
June 12 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
June 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts SOLD OUT
June 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
June 16 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
June 17 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
June 18 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall
June 19 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre SOLD OUT
June 20 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
June 22 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
June 23 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
June 26 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox SOLD OUT
June 27 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

June 28 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
June 30 – Sacramento, CA – The Ace of Spades
July 1 – San Diego, CA – Observatory
August 1 – San Francisco, CA – Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall (w/the San Francisco Symphony)
October 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
October 10 – Crystal Bay, NV – The Crown Room
October 12 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
October 14 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
October 16 – Tulsa, OK – Cains Ballroom
October 17 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
October 18 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
October 19 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
October 20 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
October 22 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
October 23 – Rochester, NY – Anthology
October 24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
October 25 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
October 27 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
October 28 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
* FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE

MIKEL JOLLETT HOLLYWOOD PARK: A MEMOIR BOOK TOUR
May 1 – Los Angeles, CA – First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
May 2 – San Francisco, CA – First Unitarian Society of San Francisco
May 4 – Brooklyn, NY – St. Joseph’s College
May 5 – New York, NY – The Strand
May 6 – Washington, DC – GW Betts
May 7 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
May 8 – Boston, MA – CitySpace
May 9 – Austin, TX – Book People
May 11 – Chicago, IL – Everybody’s Coffee: Wilson’s Abbey
May 12 – Denver, CO – Tattered Cover (Colfax)
May 13 – Seattle, WA – Town Hall

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POP EVIL ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE THE VERSATILE TOUR

TOUR INCLUDES EIGHT CANADIAN STOPS

NEW MUSIC TO BE RELEASED THIS SPRING

Toronto, ON – March 3, 2020 – Pop Evil has announced an all-new North American tour today that will kick off this spring. Dates will begin on May 8 in Toronto, hitting markets throughout Canada and the U.S. before concluding on June 27 in Detroit, Michigan, the band's home state. Along the way, Pop Evil will make a highlighted appearance at Sonic Temple Festival in Columbus, Ohio on May 17.

"We are so ready to get back on tour to see all our diehard fans across North America," says vocalist Leigh Kakaty. "We're also very excited to debut and play some new material! The Versatile Tour will showcase some young up-and-coming rock bands; it will be one helluva rock show."

The artist Pre-Sale/VIP starts today at noon local time and will run through Thursday, March 5, at 10:00 p.m. local time. Fans can use the code "WORK2020" when purchasing tickets at popevil.com.

The Citi/Live Nation pre-sale will run from Wednesday, March 4, at 10:00 a.m. local through Thursday, March 5 at 10:00 p.m. local time. The Blabbermouth pre-sale will run from Wednesday, March 4, at 10:00 a.m. local through Thursday, March 5, at 10:00 p.m. local time. General on-sale will be this Friday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m. local.

Support will come from Joyous Wolf, Brkn Love, JunkBunny, Like Machines, and Stuck on Planet Earth on select dates. The new tour dates will be the first return to the road for the band, who wrapped up a few dates closing out 2019 and starting 2020 on a short headline run.

Kakaty and co have been hard at work in Los Angeles this winter, putting the finishing touches on the yet to be titled new L.P. due later this year. The band has teamed up with a team of producers and are eager to release new music. The latest effort will be the anticipated follow up to their S/T album that came out in 2018 to some high critical praise with outlets like LOUDWIRE saying, "their self-titled effort continues that delivers a solid top-to-bottom listen."

S/T featured standout tracks like Waking Lions, and Be Legendary which both landed on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Song Of The Year Charts for 2018 and 2019.

Kakaty continues, "We have been grinding away, narrowing down 30 written songs to the top picks... We are in the final stretch of making music. We have a few completely finished! We have been working with multiple producers that fit each song's dynamic, and we can't wait to unleash these new songs to the world."

TOUR DATES:
MAY 08, TORONTO, ON @ VELVET UNDERGROUND
MAY 09, OTTAWA, ON @ BRONSON CENTRE
MAY 10, KINGSTON, ON @ ALE HOUSE
MAY 12, QUEBEC CITY, QC @ L'ANTI BAR & SPECTACLES

MAY 14, PORTLAND, ME @ AURA
MAY 15, BALTIMORE, MD @ SOUND STAGE
MAY 16, ATLANTIC CITY, NJ @ ANCHOR ROCK CLUB
MAY 17, COLUMBUS, OH @ SONIC TEMPLE
MAY 19, ASHEVILLE, NC @ THE ORANGE PEEL
MAY 20, ATLANTA, GA @ BUCKHEAD THEATER
MAY 22, CHARLOTTE, NC @ THE UNDERGROUND
MAY 23, ORLANDO, FL @ HOUSE OF BLUES
MAY 24, TAMPA, FL @ THE ORPHEUM
MAY 27, NASHVILLE, TN @ BROOKLYN BOWL
MAY 28, NEW ORLEANS, LA @ HOUSE OF BLUES
MAY 29, HOUSTON, TX @ WAREHOUSE LIVE (BIG ROOM)
MAY 30, DALLAS, TX @ GAS MONKEY LIVE!
JUNE 01, GRAND JUNCTION, CO @ MESA THEATER
JUNE 02, SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ THE DEPOT
JUNE 03, BOISE, ID @ KNITTING FACTORY CONCERT HOUSE
JUNE 04, SEATTLE, WA @ THE SHOWBOX
JUNE 06, SPOKANE, WA @ KNITTING FACTORY CONCERT HOUSE
JUNE 07, KAMLOOPS, BC @ CACTUS JACK'S NIGHTCLUB
JUNE 09, CALGARY, AB @ THE GATEWAY
JUNE 10, GRAND PRARIE, AB @ BETTER THAN FRED'S
JUNE 12, REGINA, SK @ THE EXCHANGE

JUNE 13, MINOT, ND @ THE ORIGINAL
JUNE 15, DES MOINES, IA @ WOOLY'S
JUNE 17, DENVER, CO @ SUMMIT THEATER
JUNE 18, KANSAS CITY, MO @ THE TRUMAN
JUNE 19, EVANSVILLE, IN @ KC'S MARINA POINT
JUNE 20, MADISON, WI @ THE SYLVEE
JUNE 21, MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ VARSITY THEATER
JUNE 24, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK @ DIAMOND BALLROOM
JUNE 25, LINCOLN, NE @ BOURBON THEATER
JUNE 26, CHICAGO, IL @ BOTTOM LOUNGE
JUNE 27, DETROIT, MI @ ST ANDREW'S HALL

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SINGER, ACTRESS, TV PERSONALITY, AND POP CULTURE QUEEN KEKE PALMER RELEASES NEW TRACK & VISUAL GOT EM MAD FT. TK KRAVITZ

WATCH VIDEO HERE

BUY/STREAM HERE

 

Toronto, ON – February 28, 2020 – Singer, pop culture queen, actress, and TV personality, Keke Palmer, is keeping Singer, actress and TV personality Keke Palmer releases a brand new, track for Got Em Mad featuring rapper, TK Kravitz, today.  The Derek Blanks-directed visual intensifies the sexy feel of the mid-tempo track with sensuous scenes reminiscent of Keke’s performance in last year’s hit film Hustlers. Watch it here.

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CRAIG STICKLAND RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM STARLIT AFTERNOON TODAY

STARLIT AFTERNOON VAN SESSION OUT NOW WATCH HERE

LISTEN TO STARLIT AFTERNOON HERE

“Craig Stickland has one of those rare voices that stops you and speaks directly to your soul.” - Baeble Music

"Craig Stickland shares an absolutely gorgeous, harmony-laden track…

Stickland’s sparkling falsetto is simply heavenly." - Parade

"Inspired by a feeling of rebellion towards the divide and oppression...Craig Stickland debuted a rousing video” - Billboard

Toronto, ON – February 28 2020 – After a groundbreaking 2019 marked by packed shows, millions of streams, and widespread critical praise, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Craig Stickland, releases his highly anticipated debut album, Starlit Afternoon via 21Entertainment/Entertainment One (eOne) today. Listen to the album here.

Starlit Afternoon showcases the Los Angeles-based Canadian troubadour’s eloquent songcraft, emotional lyricism, and deft instrumentation. These twelve tracks trace a personal journey from the guitar-swept love-drunk sway of Starlit Afternoon all the way through the soulful closer Good Love. The most recent single, Break Every Rule, clocked over 1 million total streams thus far. Garnering acclaim, PopMatters referred to it as “impassioned and raw.” 

On the album, Craig comments, "I wrote my first song when I was 15 years old. Although it didn’t make it on this album, I remember exactly where I was and what I was feeling when I wrote it. The twelve songs that make up my debut album are no different. Some stretch decades and some stretch months, but they’re all drawn from very personal experiences. It took a few years to find the right sound for the songs that have lived in my head for what seems like forever, and it’s amazing that something that was created in a 400 square foot guest house is being released into the world. I hope you will relate to it in one way or another."

Along with the album, Craig unveils the fifth instalment of his fan- favourite Van Session video series featuring an outdoor acoustic rendition of Starlit Afternoon. The Van Session comprises eight stripped-down performances he shot to accompany Starlit Afternoon. Powered only by solar energy from the van, he filmed in breathtaking hidden locales throughout California, including Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Alabama Hills, and Downtown Los Angeles. Total views on the series near 1 million across Burn It Down, Rolling River, Stop At Nothing, and Break Every Rule.

Written throughout a whirlwind tour in a self-converted sustainable Sprinter Van, he co-produced Starlit Afternoon, alongside Cat Lewis and Gray Hawken (Locals Only Sound), in Los Angeles during 2018. He Airbnb’ed his apartment, slept in his van outside the studio, and architected a 12-track opus, fusing blues, soul, rock, folk, gospel, and alternative.

Spend a Starlit Afternoon with Craig Stickland.

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ANT SAUNDERS RELEASES U KNOW IT’S REAL

WATCH U KNOW IT’S REAL HERE

FORTHCOMING EP TO BE RELEASED THIS SPRING

FOLLOWS MASSIVE SUCCESS OF YELLOW HEARTS NOW CERTIFIED GOLD IN THE U.S. AND CANADA

LANDED ON BILLBOARD HOT 100 AND HAS GAINED OVER 260 MILLION STREAMS

Toronto, ON – February 28, 2020 – Today, rising star, Ant Saunders, releases U Know It’s Real via Arista Records. The R&B-tinged single marks the first new track following the massive success of his breakout single, Yellow Hearts. Ant will continue to release music throughout the month, with an EP to release this spring. Stay tuned for upcoming tour dates and festival appearances. Watch the video for U Know It’s Real here.

Of the new single, Ant says, “The video draws a parallel between imaginary and real love. It portrays a character with the desire of being in a loving and compassionate relationship, and the confidence that he’s capable of doing so, but not the confidence of actually doing it. He gives that energy to a fake, lifeless lover who wouldn’t leave him as a result. The concept was very odd – but it’s something we had fun with!” 

In the summer of 2019, Ant Saunders released Yellow Hearts on the day of his high school graduation, a song he wrote and recorded in his bedroom. After posting on TikTok a few months later, Yellow Hearts caught on like wildfire and now sits at over 260 million global streams. The track is now certified gold in the U.S. and Canada, and landed on the Billboard Hot 100. Ant tapped fellow up-and-coming artists, Audrey Mika, for a new rendition of Yellow Hearts earlier this month. Watch their official video here.

Ant began writing and recording in middle school using Audacity and a USB mic as an outlet to understand his emotions and the world around him. Influenced by R&B and hip-hop acts like Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, Tyler the Creator, as well as singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and John Mayer, Ant’s combination of lyrical storytelling and velvet vocal delivery makes for a uniquely flagrant and refreshing sound. 

Ant was born in Germany, where his parents were stationed in the military before eventually settling in the small town of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey.

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INDIGO GIRLS NEW ALBUM LOOK LONG OUT APRIL 24 VIA ROUNDER RECORDS

PRE ORDER LOOK LONG HERE

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE SHIT KICKIN’

INITIAL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED WITH CANADIAN STOPS IN TORONTO AND CALGARY

Toronto, ON – February 28, 2020 – We’re still a bar band at heart,” says Emily Saliers, ahead of Indigo Girls’ 16th album, Look Long (April 24 / Rounder Records).  “Today, we joke about being old, but what is old when it comes to music? We’re just as inspired by younger artists, and the passion feels the same as it did when we were 25 years-old.” And with that spirit, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers told themselves they “weren’t going to put boundaries on what an Indigo Girls song should be.”  Check out the first single, Shit Kickin’.

Produced by John Reynolds at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios in Bath, England, Look Long was born from a need to sing songs and bolster each other.  “People can feel lost in these times,” Saliers explains. "Let’s lament our limitations, but let’s also look beyond what’s right in front of us, take the long view of things, and strive to do better.” 

In 1999, Reynolds produced Indigo Girls’ beloved album, Come On Now Social, a time described by Ray as “one of the most important moments in our musical growth.”  They’ve reunited with that same band:  Reynolds on drums, bassist Clare Kenny, keyboardist Carole Isaacs, cellist Caroline Dalea and guitarist Justin Adams, joined by their longtime violinist, Lyris Hung and vocalists Lucy Wainwright Roche and Lucy Jules (George Michael).  Before flying to England, the two had agreed, “Whatever happens in the studio will happen,” says Saliers. “A lot of magic unfolded because of that decision.” 

Among the many highlights are Country Radio (hear a great full-band version on Live From Here with Chris Thile) and Reynolds’ arrangement of a recent live staple, Howl At the Moon.  “It’s something I always do with my daughter, when we’re out in the woods,” says Amy.  “I did it with my friends, when we were kids.  It’s means you’re happy, you’re free.  Explore the irreverent, but also honor the things that you should. Don’t be afraid.”   In the song Feel This Way, Emily is singing to her younger self. She adds, “Enjoy everything, suck it all up now.”

The power of unity has always been an Indigo Girls calling card, and maybe because of it, they’ve been having a resurgence: Their audience has become more expansive and diverse, and they have a new generation of devoted peers, like Brandi Carlile and Justin Vernon, who recently said on the Broken Record podcast how he, “…adored them more and more—the more they had strength in the face of their adversity,” says Vernon.  “They’re my favourite group ever.” 

Since their 1989 self-titled, breakout album, the Grammy award-winning duo has racked up a slew of gold and platinum certifications and sold-out tours around the world, all while engaging in committed and uncompromising social and political activism, including immigration reform (El Refugio), LGBTQ rights, education (Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library), death penalty reform, and sustainability in Native communities. They are co-founders of Honor the Earth, a non-profit dedicated to Indigenous environmental justice and green energy solutions. They have granted over three million dollars to Native-led grassroots groups and campaigns fighting against bad energy projects but also funding sustainable ones.

Look Long will be available everywhere April 24 on Rounder Records. Ticket and show information can be found here.

LOOK LONG TRACK LIST:
1. Shit Kickin’
2. Look Long
3. Howl At the Moon
4. When We Were Writers
5. Change My Heart
6. KC Girl
7. Country Radio
8. Muster
9. Feel This Way Again
10. Favorite Flavor
11. Sorrow and Joy

TOUR DATES:
March 1  - Rocky Mount, VA  Harvester Performance Center
March 2  - Nelsonville, OH  Stuart’s Opera House
March 3  - Dayton, OH  Victoria Theatre
March 5  - Knoxville, TN  Tennessee Theatre
March 6  - Charleston, SC  Charleston Music Hall
March 7  - Greensboro, SC  Piedmont Hall
March 17  - Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Center for the Arts
March 20  - Stamford, CT The Palace Theatre
March 21  - Morristown, NJ  Mayo Performing Arts Center
March 22  - Huntington, NY  The Paramount
March 25  - Collingswood, NJ  Scottish Rite Auditorium
March 27  - Mashantucket, CT  Foxwoods Casino
March 28  - Medford, MA  Chevalier Theatre
May 1  - Morgantown, WV  Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre
May 2  - Rehoboth Beach, DE  Women’s Fest
May 4  - Virginia Beach, VA  Sandler Center
June 19  - Concord, MA  Umbrella Community Arts Center 
June 20  - Northampton, MA  The Pines
June 23  - Vienna, VA Filene Center at Wolf Trap (w/ Ani DiFranco)
June 26 - Highland Park, IL, Ravinia 
July 2 - Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Gardens
July 4 - Toronto, ON, Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage
July 6  - Calgary, AB  The Wildhorse Saloon

July 20 - Minneapolis, MN, Music in the Zoo
July 23 - Denver, CO , Botanical Gardens
July 25 - Boulder, CO, Chautauqua Auditorium
July 26 - Park City, UT, Deer Valley Snow Park Amphitheater
July 31 - Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
August 4 - Portland OR, Keller Auditorium
September 12  - Chattanooga, TN  Moon River Music Festival

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A TRIBE CALLED RED RELEASE NEW TRACK LAND BACK DEDICATED TO THE WET’SUWET’EN NATION AND THE INDIGENOUS-LED MOVEMENTS ACROSS TURTLE ISLAND

TRACK AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD

FEATURES BOOGEY THE BEAT & CHIPPEWA TRAVELLERS

Toronto, ON – February 28, 2020 – Today, A Tribe Called Red, have released a new track titled, Land Back. The song is in support of, the Wet’suwet’en nation and the Indigenous-led movements across Turtle Island involving the Costal GasLink pipeline. It is a testament to what the group believes in and what they will stand up for – using their musical talent as a mechanism to spread their support and help give people a voice. The track was created in collaboration with Boogey The Beat and Chippewa Travellers, and has been made available for free download. Listen here and download for free here.

A message from A Tribe Called Red: “We oppose the invasion of sovereign Indigenous lands by the RCMP and the Coastal GasLink pipeline. We stand with the Wet’suwet’en people and their hereditary chiefs. We stand with all the people working to support their fight. We’ve made this song available to download for free, and free to be used for anyone working to defend the Wet’suwet’en territories and all actions that defend the right of Indigenous land sovereignty and to promote a true nation to nation discussion between the Indigenous nations of Turtle Island and our Canadian settlers. Until our Canadians are willing to treat the Indigenous nations of this land with the respect due, a sovereign people’s reconciliation will remain an empty gesture.

It was the work of our good friend, Whess Harman, that inspired us to give the song away to the movement. Not only because of their work on the frontlines of resistance in Vancouver, but also because they are using their art for the movement. Whess designed the Land Back patch that is featured in our cover art, and has been selling them to raise money for the Unist'ot'en Camp Legal Fund. We will be making a donation to the same fund for our use of Whess' art. We encourage you to donate to the legal fund as well by following this link.

For those who might not know what this is about please have a listen to our brilliant friend Jesse Wente here.

The Halluci Nation would like to thank our friends and collaborators who have helped make this possible. Without our community we are nothing. Boogey the Beat, Chippewa Travellers, Whess Harman and Valeo Arts Management. Chi Miigwetch!”

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
March 6 – Sudbury, ON: Northern Lights Festival Boréal
March 7 – Peterborough, ON: Peterborough Folk Fest

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DJ DRAMA RELEASES NEW SINGLE 350 FEATURING RICK ROSS, WESTSIDE GUNN AND LUL

Toronto, ON – February 28, 2020 – The world-famous,DJ Drama, has dropped another banger with the release of 350,  featuring Rick Ross, Westside Gunn and Generation Now artist Lule.  Available today on all DSPs, 350 is the follow up to his 2019 single, NASTY,  that featured Moneybagg Yo and PNB Rock.  In addition to the release of the single, Drama releases the accompanying video shot by The Wizard.

Always on the pulse of what’s bubbling on the streets, DJ Drama continues to feature new music with the hottest artists as well as discovering new up-and-coming talent. The legendary DJ, producer, executive, mogul, and cofounder of Generation Now has maintained an enduring career by consistently identifying and championing the voice of tomorrow.Buy and stream 350 here.

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TOXIC HOLOCAUST’S NEW WORLD BEYOND VIDEO PREMIERES ON REVOLVER

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SOULFLY UNDERWAY

Toronto, ON – February 27, 2020 – Crossover thrashers, Toxic Holocaust, are pleased to unveil the official video for, New World Beyond, now playing at Revolver. The track comes by way of the band’s latest full-length, Primal Future: 2019, released last Fall via Entertainment One (eOne).

The raucous clip was shot in Oregon City by band founder/principal songwriter Joel Grind and Jaime Robillard. Comments Grind, “New World Beyond is a song about a dystopian future where resources are scarce and daily life is a struggle for survival.”

Toxic Holocaust are currently in the midst of a massive North American tour supporting Soulfly. The journey commenced February 3 in Denver, Colorado and will wind its way through nearly three dozen cities upon its conclusion March 12 in Houston, Texas. Additional support is being provided by X-Method, Madzilla, Skinflint, and Systemhouse 33. See all confirmed dates below.

Toxic Holocaust began kicking out the corrosive jams in basements and bedrooms some twenty years ago, building a punishing legacy of mutant thrash and filthy street punk that’s outlasted the heydays of the genres that spawned them; founder, Joel Grind, the headband-wearing headbanger whose dedication to the one-man-band ethos gives the late Quorthon a run for his money, melting down the greatest punk-metal crossover riff collection imaginable into nuclear ooze. With each successive release, Grind repurposes the most visceral strengths of speed, thrash, and punk through his own unique vision, making for new metal anthems that consistently reignite a circle-pitting feeding frenzy in the scene.

Toxic Holocaust 2.0 detonates like doomsday all over Primal Future: 2019. A dystopian technological takeover drives the album thematically, but the passionately delivered music is vintage Toxic Holocaust, taking things all the way back to the band’s early origins.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST 2020 TOUR DATES:
February 27 - Poor Richards - Chicopee, MA
February 28 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
February 29 - Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
March 1 - Stanhope House - Stanhope, NJ
March 3 - Cafe 611 - Fred, MD
March 4 - The Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC
March 5 - Capone's - Johnson City, TN
March 6 - Masquerade Hell - Atlanta, GA
March 7 - Sound Bar - Orlando, FL
March 8 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 10 - Tipitina's - New Orleans, LA
March 11 - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill - Dallas, TX  
March 12 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
wSoulfly, X-Method, Madzilla, Skinflint, Systemhouse 33

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS ANNOUNCE NEW EP BORN DEADLY

PREMIERE VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE REAL DEADLY
VIA COMPLEX

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FIRST EVER U.S. HEADLINING TOUR KICKS OFF APRIL 12
PRECEDED BY PERFORMANCES AT SXSW

"kinetic and cartoonish chemistry similar to Flatbush Zombies, as well as a bold confrontation of white supremacy with classic hip-hop tropes.” – The Fader

Toronto, ON – February 27, 2020 – Haisla Nation hip-hop duo, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, today announced a new EP, Born Deadly, set for release April 3. Fans also received a taste of the new EP with a video for the lead single, Real Deadly – premiering today via Complex. Watch and share here. SNRK will perform at SXSW in Austin, TX before heading out on their first ever U.S. headlining tour, kicking off April 12 in Portland, OR and wrapping June 13 in Detroit, MI (all dates below – tickets available at snottynoserezkids.com/tour).

Discussing the lead single, Real Deadly, Quinton “Yung Trybez” Nyce and Darren “Young D” Metz state, "We like to refer to things that are dope as real deadly. We wrote this song about feeling strong and confident in who we are as people and artists and want that to transfer to the listener. Much in the way that our track, Boujee Natives, spoke to the richness of indigenous fashion, style, culture, and identity, we want Real Deadly to be a positive affirming song. A lot of the music we wrote for this EP was inspired by the energy we feel at our shows. The tracks are 'turn up' tracks and we intended for fans to not only hear them on record, but at our live shows too.”

Regarding the video, they add, "It was great working with Producer, Ben Knechtel (Carly Rae Jepsen, Scott Helman), and his team again for the video. Director Travis Didluk really came through and we cultivated a nice little story line where both of us are basement-dwelling scientists developing a real-deadly substance that infects us with power and confidence. You’ll see by the end that we snap out of it and it’s all for fun, and we wanted to show people that we don’t take ourselves too seriously."

Hailing from Kitimat, BC, SNRK formed in 2016 and released back-to-back albums in 2017 – their self-titled debut in January, and The Average Savage in September. The latter earned the duo Best Hip Hop Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards, landed them on the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List and earned them a 2019 JUNO Award nomination for Best Indigenous Music Album. The group toured heavily in Canada with select appearances in the U.S. and Australia. They quickly gained notoriety for their energetic, inspiring and thought-provoking shows.

In 2019 SNRK released their 3rd album, Trapline, garnering praise from Exclaim!, Bandcamp, CBC Music, Complex, Hype Magazine, Noisey, Okayplayer, and The Fader, among others.  The duo embarked on a 60+ show tour of Canada, U.S., Mexico, UK and Australia, receiving a groundswell of support. SNRK won Breakout Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards that year, and the album was once again shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, marking SNRK as one of only three artists to ever make the Short List in back-to-back years. They wrapped 2019 with Trapline landing on numerous Best Album of the Year lists. Exclaim! named Trapline one of the 50 Best Albums of the 2010s, Top 10 Hip Hop Albums of the Year, and Top 50 Songs of the 2010s for Boujee Natives.

TOUR DATES:
03/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club (Boiler Room)

03/16 – Austin, TX @ Strange Brew (Do512 Party, SXSW)
03/18 – Austin, TX @ Ester’s Follies (12:45am, Official SXSW Showcase)
04/12 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
04/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Crystal Cavern
04/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
04/19 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
04/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
04/23 – Houston, TX @ Green Room at Warehouse Live
04/24 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
04/25 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tigers
04/26 – Dallas, TX @ Ruins
04/28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
04/29 – Denver, CO @ Moon Room
04/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock
05/01 – Boise, ID @ Olympic
05/02 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
06/02 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
06/04 – Boston, MA @ Once
06/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
06/06 – Washington DC @ Songbyrd
06/07 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook
06/08 – Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory at The Masquerade
06/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
06/12 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
06/13 – Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
06/27 - Lake Cowichan, BC @ Laketown Ranch (Laketown Shakedown)
07/11 - Troms, NO @ Kafjord (Riddu Riddu Festival)
TICKETS: snottynoserezkids.com/tour

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LEXXICON PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR DI DON DONAT QUIP

PERFORMING IN TORONTO ON MARCH 12 AT BURDOCK

WITH HEADLINE SHOW ON APRIL 18 AT THE BOAT

NEW ALBUM BASHMENT TRAP HOUSEOUT NOW

“With singles like the body-positive Fatty Fatty and the slightly more melancholic Lonely, Bashment Trap House is shaping up to be a party album with a heart.”– Exclaim!

Toronto, ON – February 27, 2020 –Following the successful launch of his new album, Bashment Trap House, Toronto Hip-Hop/Dancehall hybrid, Lexxicon, shares a new visual for Di Don Don, which premieres with a feature interview at Quip Magazine today. In addition, Lexxicon will perform the tunes at two upcoming shows in Toronto; Thursday, March 12 at Burdock, followed by a headline gig on Saturday, April 18 at The Boat – see below for all details and watch Di Don Don here.

“This music video is one where I have felt the most powerful, confident and in control,”Lexxicon comments on the song’s inspiration. “It’s a reflection of the confidence that I've only recently developed in my artistic journey. I want people to know I'm here and I'm just getting started.”

Di Don Donwas produced by Brahma Beats and engineered by Sir KR Moore. With Lexxicon behind the creative direction, the video was filmed in Toronto and directed by Chris Prince. The song is about Lexxicon proving himself as an artist in the city, standing tall in his confidence. He continues: 

“I had the idea that I needed to look powerful and in control and then spoke with Prince about the overall feel for the video. I wanted to have something with a bit of an edge, something that said I'm serious and I'm not playing any games. After doing some thrift store shopping for an outfit, I then connected with some photographer friends to scout the perfect locations and then we shot everything for the video in a span of 4 hours. It was cold and freezing when we shot in January, but we pressed through and I think it was all worth it. Prince really nailed the editing to give the exact feel to match the song’s energy and production.”

Lexxicon released Bashment Trap House on January 31, with four singles, including the celebratory SuperstarLucky Lucky-a tribute to Lexxicon’s parents and their bond, and personal track, Lonely, sharing his experience with Crohn’s disease. 

Bashment Trap House’s first single, Fatty Fatty, celebrating inclusion and body positivity. Producedby Kontrabandz, Fatty Fattyis about celebrating life, tying into the project’s overall theme around Lexxicon’s journey as a Jamaican/Canadian artist. The hook is gender-neutral, embracing an inclusive party track that everyone can vibe to. Buy and stream the album here.

Lexxicon is one of eight finalists in RISE Edutainment’sRise & Flow audition process. He’ll perform on Thursday, March 5 at 918 Bathurst Street. The show begins at 7:00 pm. 

Ahead of the album’s release, Lexxicon has shared his story as a Jamaican Canadian artist and devoted member of the Toronto arts community, with interviews featured on Sauga 960am program,New Theory RadioWe Love Hip HopStudio01, Global 640 am’skultur’d podcast, and the Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Mepodcast. Bashment Trap House has been regarded as one of Exclaim!’s 31 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2020and highlighted in outlets including Canadian BeatsCashbox CanadaPure Grain AudioRX Musicand FYI Music News

About Lexxicon

Hip-Hop/Dancehall artist Lexxicon fluctuates between Dancehall Patois, R&B harmonies, and melodic rapping with pure power. Born in Jamaica, Lexxicon moved to Birmingham, England and then New York City before settling in Toronto, Canada, where he found the drive, passion, and tools to become a recording artist. He honed his talent by growing in some of the city’s talent incubators such as R.I.S.E Edutainment, and UrbanArts – B.M.M.

After taking the stage at Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and the Culture Shock Block Party, the experience of Lexxicon’s live performances can be described as a powerful presence. The Toronto-based artist’s up-tempo hybrid sound comes from many influences of Sean Paul to Tory Lanez. His vision is to push the boundaries of hip-hop music, by blurring genres lines and adding his Jamaican background to his music.

 

Lexxicon is also an active member of Toronto’s creative community, founding a rising showcase series called AfroWave Toronto, that advocates for Dancehall, Afrobeats and Reggaeton representation in the local music scene. He attended Ryerson University and founded student group called RyeSWAT (now RyeRecords) for artists on campus to record an album (The Vision – Various ArtistsGenesis EP – Various Artists) and release music. In addition, he has worked with Ryerson’s Caribbean Student’s Association, United Black students at Ryerson, Poetic Exchange, and Psychology Student’s Association.

2020 TORONTO TOUR DATES
Thursday, March 5 – Rise Edutainment’s Rise & Flow – 918 Bathurst – Toronto, ON
Thursday, March 12 – Burdock – Toronto, ON – Tickets and Info
Saturday, April 18 – The Boat – Toronto, ON – Tickets and Info

Watch video for Di Don Don:bit.ly/2TmL6Wc

Buy/streamBashment Trap House:fanlink.to/BashmentTrapHouse

Watch lyric video for Superstar: fanlink.to/LexxiconSuperstar
Watch lyric video for Lonely:bit.ly/2YL09vo
Watch lyric video for Fatty Fattyyoutu.be/qB0y-EJqfmI

Photo by @daveoverthere

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LOVING ANNOUNCE SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

CANADIAN DATES IN VANCOUVER, MONTREAL,
TORONTO AND VICTORIA

IF I AM ONLY MY THOUGHTS OUT NOW ON LAST GANG RECORDS LISTEN & SHARE HERE

Toronto, ON – February 26, 2020 – Loving have announced a full North America tour in support of their highly acclaimed debut album, If I Am Only My Thoughts. The tour kicks off late April in Salt Lake City and will take them coast to coast, including Canadian dates in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, before wrapping with a hometown Victoria show on May 28th. See below for full details. Tickets go on sale this Friday (February 28) at 10:00 a.m. local time.

After a highly acclaimed self-released EP, which organically found success online, Loving released their debut full-length album via Last Gang Records late last month. The band has quickly amassed a following and is recognized by their intimate, lo-fi psych folk songs which inspires a sense of ease, yet is deceptively intricate. Loving offers a space to ruminate in life's uncertainties and acknowledges the often strange journey of being alive. 

The Victoria-based band is the collaboration of David Parry and brothers, Lucas and Jesse Henderson. With lyrics written by both Jesse and Lucas, the lush, homespun collection of songs was recorded to tape, mixed, and mastered by David in his self-described "cold, dismal" basement studio in Victoria. In contrast, these songs are balmy and inviting, comprised of a series of open-ended questions that circle existential themes.

"the band display an innate talent for lush compositions and soothing melody, capturing a delicate blend of melancholy and optimism." - EXCLAIM

"draws from an earthy palette of folk-inflected indie rock with grounded, psychedelic, and mesmerizing arrangements" - NOISEY

“... simple, sun-dappled folk-pop, like Whitney after a thimbleful of magic mushrooms.”  - PITCHFORK

"The title track is absolutely gorgeous, unfolding at its own pace, this leisurely sense of grace that is also explicitly exact.” - CLASH

"mellow, folky indie rock with a twist of psychedelia" 
-
BROOKLYN VEGAN

"beautiful, indie rock lullabies with just a touch of psychedelia" 
-
INDIE SHUFFLE

"warm, dreamy tickling of guitars and the distinctive vocals that place you right there with them in British Columbia, hiding from the unforgiving downpour of rain with a steaming hot cuppa' chamomile" - EARMILK

"soundtrack of lush guitars and an easygoing ambience" 
SUBSTREAM

"a full dose of good vibes... This is about the best medicine to chill your life that you are going to find today" 
-
WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY

TOUR DATES:
04/23: Salt Lake City, UT - Loading Dock
04/24: Denver, CO - Oriental Theatre
04/26: Albuquerque, NM - Town Hall
04/27: Oklahoma City, OK - 89th Street
04/28: Dallas, TX - The Blue Light
04/29: Houston, TX - The Satellite
04/30: Austin, TX - Mohawk
05/01: San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
05/02: El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
05/03: Phoenix, AZ - Lunchbox
05/04: San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
05/05: Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room
05/06: San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
05/08: Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
05/09: Seattle, WA - Clock Out
05/10: Vancouver, BC - Wise Hall
05/16: Chicago, IL - Sleeping Village
05/17: Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
05/18: Washington, DC - Songbyrd
05/19: Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
05/20: Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel
05/21: Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
05/22: Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz
05/23: Toronto, ON - The Baby G
05/28: Victoria, BC - Upstairs Cabaret

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About Last Gang:
Last Gang Entertainment is a recording, management and publishing company founded in 2003 with offices in Los Angeles, London, Toronto and Montreal. In addition to launching Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles, the label has combined successfully with Ryan Hemsworth, LIGHTS, Chromeo, The New Pornographers, Purity Ring, Boys Noize and Tiga on varied licensing deals. See lastgangentertainment.com for more info.

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SOCCER MOMMY SHARES NEW SONG BLOODSTREAM

PERFORMED AT BERNIE SANDERS RALLY THIS WEEKEND AND  ANNOUNCES LATE NIGHT TV DEBUT ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! THIS WEDNESDAY

SOPHOMORE ALBUM COLOR THEORY OUT FRIDAY

TORONTO, ON – February 24, 2020 – On Friday, Soccer Mommy – twenty-two-year-old, Sophie Allison, – will release her triumphant and highly-anticipated sophomore album, color theory. Leading up to its release later this week, she shares one final song off of the record today, the album opener, bloodstream, alongside a Bella Clark-animated video. Additionally, Soccer Mommy announces that she will make her late-night debut this Wednesday, February 26, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tune in at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT, and check out bloodstream here.

Sophie Allison on color theory,I want the record to feel like a relic from the past that’s been damaged and degraded with age, because it kind of represents the problems that I've developed as I've grown up, and how they've changed me. The album centers around three different sections that are signified by three colors: blue, yellow, and gray. 

Blue symbolizes sadness and depression. the songs in this section are bloodstream, circle the drain. royal screw up, and night swimming; these all represent different parts of sadness/depression. The next section yellow, which symbolizes sickness - both physical and mental. These songs are crawling in my skin, yellow is the color of my eyes, and up the walls. this section is about my anxiety, my mother’s terminal illness, paranoia, and how all of those things have affected my relationships with people. the third and final section is gray, which represents darkness, emptiness, and loss. these songs (lucy, stain, and gray light) are about a fear of death, inner demons, and trauma. 

color theory circles around these main three themes, but it is also about youth and aging, and how these problems develop and affect you as you grow up.”

Soccer Mommy has been touring non-stop for the past few years, opening for the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Vampire Weekend, Paramore, Wilco and Liz Phair, selling out countless headline shows, making her festival debuts at Coachella, Governor’s Ball, Primavera Sound, and even performing at a Bernie Sanders rally in Houston this past weekend. She recently announced a huge international tour, starting in a few weeks in North America and stopping at some of the biggest venues Allison has ever headlined, including New York’s Brooklyn Steel on April 3 and Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on April 30. Select dates are already sold out, so get your tickets now. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets here.

Written mostly while on tour and recorded in Allison’s hometown of Nashville at Alex The Great, color theory was produced by Gabe Wax (who also produced Clean), mixed by Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta, HEALTH, St. Vincent), and features the live Soccer Mommy band on studio recording for the first time, with a live take at the foundation of almost every track. The resulting album is a masterpiece that paints an uncompromisingly honest self-portrait of an artist who, according to 100+ publications, already released one of the Best Albums of 2018 and the 2010s, and is about to release an early favoUrite of 2020.

color theory is out this Friday, February 28 via Loma Vista Recordings. Pre-order color theory on tri-color vinyl with exclusive poster + sticker sheet, CD, cassette, and digital download here.

Read more on color theory here; The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
03/16 - 03/22 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/26 - Atlanta, GA  @ Variety Playhouse*
03/27 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle*
03/28 - Washington, DC @ 930 Club*
03/31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer*
04/03 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel*
04/04 - Boston, MA @ Paradise* SOLD OUT
04/05 - Boston, MA @ Paradise*
04/07 - Montreal, QC @ L'Astral*
04/08 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix*

04/09 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*
04/11 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall* SOLD OUT
04/17 - St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall^
04/18 - Madison, WI @ Majestic^
04/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave^
04/22 - Denver, CO @ Gothic^
04/24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Commonwealth Room^
04/25 - Boise, ID @ Deathproof Coffee^
04/26 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom^
04/27 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos^
04/29 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore^
04/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda^
05/01 - San Diego, CA @ The Stage Room at UCSD^
05/02 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom^
05/03 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf^
05/05 - Austin, TX @ Emo's^
05/06 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall^
05/07 - Dallas, TX @ Granada^
05/09 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom^
05/17 - Guadalajara, MX @ Corona Capital Festival
06/04 - Oslo, Norway @  Parkteatret
06/05 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Slaktkyrkan
06/06 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Hotel Cecil
06/08 - Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
06/09 - Berlin, Germany @ Frannz Club
06/11 - Koln, Germany @ Bumann & Sohn
06/12 - Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
06/13 - Brussels, Belgium @ La Botanique
06/15 - Paris, France @ Petit Bain
06/16 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
06/18 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
06/19 - Bristol, UK @ Trinity
06/20 - Birmingham, UK @ The Castle & Falcon
06/22 - Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
06/23 - Glasgow, UK @ St. Luke’s
06/24 - Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
06/25 - Leicester, UK @ O2 Academy Leicester
06/28 - London, UK @ Finsbury Park 
06/30 - Dublin, IE @ Trinity College 
07/02 - Barcelona, SP @ Vida Festival
07/17 - Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
08/02 - Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
*w/ Tomberlin
^w/ Emily Reo

Listen/Watch circle the drain here
Listen/Watch lucy here
Listen/Watch yellow is the color of her eyes here
Listen/Watch bloodstream here

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MATT HOLUBOWSKI RELEASES NEW ALBUM WEIRD ONES

ON TOUR IN MARCH WITH STOPS IN VANCOUVER, KITCHENER, TORONTO, HAMILTON AND KINGSTON

Toronto, ON – February 20, 2020 – After releasing Solitudes in 2016, the album that introduced him to a wider audience, Matt Holubowski, toured across Canada, Europe, the United States, racking up the miles, and playing more than 200 shows. And now he's back with Weird Ones, a new record collecting songs written in Paris, Kraków, Banff, and Montreal.

Reunited in the studio with producer Connor Seidel, the singer-songwriter with the expressive voice and unique phrasing pushes sonic experimentation to another level.  We are swept away by the sweetness and intensity of his folk style inflected with pop, rock, and indie. For the first time, Matt Holubowski tackles love in his songs, drawing from his experiences and delivering his most personal tracks to date, harnessing the writing process to break free.  

On this new opus, the singer-songwriter was bolstered by his usual collaborators, guitarist Simon Angell, bassist Marc-André Landry, drummer Stéphane Bergeron, and cellist and keyboardist Marianne Houle, to whom were added violinist Mélanie Bélair, French hornist Pietro Amato, and singer Claudia Bouvette. "When we played shows, the chemistry between the musicians really paid off," Matt explains. "The new songs I wrote took into account the bond we formed by touring together." Christian Adam-Gilbert (recording), Zach Hanson (mixing), and Richard Addison (mastering), also contributed to the album's production.

An ode to owning being different, Weird Ones invites us into a parallel universe, a world at once beautiful, strange, colourful, and surreal, a place where everything is possible: "I've always wanted to cultivate a certain strangeness," adds Holubowski. "The title, Weird Ones, is a reference to the marginal and singular people who've inspired me and continue to do so, whether their extravagance is expressed flamboyantly or in a more introspective way. I think there are thousands of ways of tapping into your weird side and using it to be creative."

A master of atmosphere, Matt Holubowski plays with contrast to great effect (Down the Rabbit Hole) and weaves ethereal soundscapes, as can be heard on Eyes Wider. On the minimal mellifluousflowers, he reconnects with his signature minimalist folk, while Love, the Impossible Ghost, takes on the scale of a fresco. Weird Ones deploys a wide spectrum of textures and colours, a fascinating and rich world that we've only begun to explore.

Matt Holubowski and his musicians are back on tour to present Weird Ones. In March Matt will be making his way across North America, with stops in Vancouver, Kitchener, Toronto, Hamilton, and Kingston. See below for all tour dates, and stay tuned for more news from Matt in 2020!

TOUR DATES:
February 27 - Bécancour, QC - Le Moulin Michel de Gentilly
February 28 - Sherbrooke, QC - Theatre Granada
February 04 - Montreal, QC - M Telus
March 5 - Québec, QC - Grand Théâtre de Québec
March 6 - Sorel-Tracy, QC - Salle Georges-Codling
March 7 - Gatineau, QC - Salle Odyssée

March 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetary*
March 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetary*
March 14 - Portland, OR - The Old Church*
March 15 - Seattle, WA – Barboza*
March 16 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret*
March 18 - Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
March 19 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
March 20 - Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware
March 21 - Kingston,ON  - Grad Club
April 15 - Amos, QC - Théâtre des Eskers
April 16 - La Sarre, QC - Salle Desjardins
April 17 - Rouyn-Noranda, QC - Théâtre du Cuivre
April 18 - Val-d'Or, QC - Théâtre Telebec
May 8 - L'Assomption, QC - Theatre Hector-Charland
May 9 - Chicoutimi, QC - Théâtre Banque-Nationale
May 10 - Sept-Îles, QC - Salle Jean-Marc-Dion
May 12 - St-Irénée, QC - Domaine Forget
May 14 - Carleton-sur-Mer, QC - Quai des Arts
May 15 - Rimouski, QC - Salle Desjardins-Telus
May 16 - Cowansville, QC - Auditorium Massey-Vanier
May 17 - Brossard, QC - L'Étoile Banque-Nationale
May 27 - St-Eustache, QC - Le Zénith de St-Eustache
May 28 - Terrebonne, QC - Theatre du Vieux-Terrebonne
May 29 - Trois-Rivières, QC - Théâtre du Cégep
May 30 - Joliette, QC - Salle Rolland-Brunelle
June 5 - Laval, QC - Salle Andre-Mathieu
June 6 - Victoriaville, QC - Le Carré 150
June 10 - St-Hyacinthe, QC - Centre des Arts Juliette-Lassonde
June 11 - Drummondville, QC - Maison des arts Desjardins
June 12 - Saint-Jérôme, QC - Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
June 13 - Sainte-Thérèse, QC - Théâtre Lionel-Groulx

* with Tamino

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KATIE PRUITT’S DEBUT ALBUM EXPECTATIONS OUT TODAY

RECEIVES WIDESPREAD ACCLAIM

HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED INCLUDING SOLD-OUT SHOW TONIGHT IN NASHVILLE

PERFORMING IN TORONTO ON APRIL 13

ON TOUR THIS SPRING WITH CITY AN COLOUR WITH CANADIAN SHOWS IN MONTREAL MAY 24 AND 25

“there’s something wonderfully nostalgic about Katie Pruitt’s Expectations…rustles up the timeless, infinite feeling of being young and limitless.”Rolling Stone

“an immediately captivating listen” – American Songwriter

“At the end of ten tracks and just over 45 minutes you not only have a reasonable understanding of who newcomer Katie Pruitt is as a person, but know that this near flawless introduction is the auspicious start of a career that shows incredible promise.” 
– American Songwriter

“Katie Pruitt possesses the storytelling finesse of someone like Jason Isbell, but she also has “the rootsy rock star energy...of someone like Sheryl Crow.” Paste

“The real draw here, though, is her voice, which can sound delicate and feathery. She’s also capable of sudden, robust power, and she can switch from one to the other in a flash.”
Paste

“stunning”No Depression

“As an artist’s opening statement, the album is bold and beautiful, impactful and entertaining. It’s an exercise in courage so exquisitely raw” No Depression

“Country Music’s Next Queer Star” ­­Logo. NEWNOWNEXT

“a testament to the level of vulnerability Pruitt herself is comfortable channeling” Logo. NEWNOWNEXT

“beautifully crafted and casually powerful songs” Nashville Scene

“deftly and compassionately chart themes like queerness, familial conflict, religion and mental health” – Nashville Scene

“one of the most talked about names in Nashville”Sounds Like Nashville

“Her clear, pure alto can flip into dizzying runs or searing grit at a moment’s notice, and she lives up to everything suggested by the name of her new single, ‘Expectations.’” Sounds Like Nashville

“Katie Pruitt is blazing a distinguishable path through Nashville with her brilliant songwriting and captivating voice to match.” Taste of Country

“Navigating complex issues such as sexuality and mental health, Pruitt calls on her supple, clear and eloquent vocals to unite clear-headed delivery with a powerful message.” - The Boot

Toronto, ON – February 21, 2020 – Expectations, the anticipated debut album from breakthrough singer, songwriter and musician, Katie Pruitt, is out today on Rounder Records. Stream/purchase here. Co-produced by Pruitt and her close friend Mike Robinson, Expectations consists of ten new songs written by Pruitt and is already receiving widespread critical acclaim.

In celebration of the album, Pruitt will perform a special sold-out record release show tonight at Nashville’s The Basement and will embark on an extensive headline tour starting next month. Upcoming stops include Los Angeles’ The Hotel Café, San Francisco’s Café Du Nord, Seattle’s Sunset Tavern, Denver’s Globe Hall, New York’s Mercury Lounge, Philadelphia’s MilkBoy, Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic and Nashville’s Basement East among several others. She will also join City and Colour for several shows this spring. See below for complete details.

Originally from the Atlanta suburbs and now based in Nashville, Pruitt has been building to a career breakthrough over the past few years following the release of her OurVinyl Live Session EP in March 2018. Since the release, Pruitt has been highlighted as one of NPR Music’s Slingshot: 20 Artists To Watch In 2019, Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know and Southwest Magazine’s Artists on the Rise.
 

EXPECTATIONS TRACK LIST:
1. Wishful Thinking
2. My Mind’s A Ship (That’s Going Down)
3. Expectations
4. Out Of The Blue
5. Normal
6. Grace Has A Gun
7. Searching For Truth
8. Georgia
9. Loving Her
10. It’s Always Been You

TOUR DATES:
February 21 —Nashville, TN—The Basement
March 20 —Dallas, TX—Ruins
March 21 —Houston, TX—White Oak Upstairs
March 24 —Phoenix, AZ—Valley Bar
March 26 —Los Angeles, CA—The Hotel Café
March 28 —Santa Ana, CA—Constellation Room
March 29 —San Francisco, CA—Café Du Nord
March 31 —Portland, OR—Bunk Bar
April 1 —Seattle, WA—Sunset Tavern
April 3 —Salt Lake City, UT—Kilby Court
April 5 —Denver, CO—Globe Hall
April 7 —Minneapolis, MN—Turf Club
April 8 —Kansas City, MO—Riot Room
April 9 —St. Louis, MO—Blueberry Hill
April 10 —Evanston, IL—SPACE
April 11 —Indianapolis, IN—Hi-Fi
April 13 —Toronto, ON—Drake Hotel
April 15 —New York, NY—Mercury Lounge
April 16 —Uncasville, CT—Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
April 17 —Boston, MA—Café 939
April 18 —Philadelphia, PA—MilkBoy
April 20 —Washington, DC—DC9
April 21 —Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle Back Room
April 22 —Atlanta, GA—Eddie’s Attic
April 24 —Louisville, KY—Zanzabar  
April 25—Nashville, TN—Basement East
May 12—Mckees Rocks, PA—Roxian Theatre*
May 13—Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live*
May 15—Red Bank, NJ—Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at Count Basie Center for the Arts*
May 16—Philadelphia, PA—Franklin Music Hall*
May 18—Kingston, NY—Ulster Performing Arts Center *
May 19—New Haven, CT—College Street Music Hall*
May 22—Portland, ME—State Theatre*
May 24—Montreal, QC—MTELUS*
May 25—Montreal, QC—MTELUS*

May 28—Ithaca, NY—State Theatre
May 29—Niagara Falls, NY—The Rapids Theatre*
*with City and Colour

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BEST COAST'S NEW ALBUM ALWAYS TOMORROW OUT TODAY

ON TOUR ACROSS NORTH AMERICA WITH DATES IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO AND MONTREAL

“‘Always Tomorrow,’ a powerhouse rock record with a sharp perspective and loads of hooks, is a document of an artist stitched whole again. It’s also the sound of an invigorated band rejecting the idea that the greatest music comes from tortured roots.” – New York Times

“The band’s fourth album...brings a new kind of clarity to their approach. A layer of distortion that once coated the duo’s music has been stripped away to reveal an invigorated rock sound, one that allows Cosentino’s rich vocals to soar.”  – Entertainment Weekly

Toronto, ON – February 21, 2020 – Los Angeles, California’s Best Coast  – comprised of Bethany Cosentino (guitar, vocals) and Bobb Bruno (guitar) – have released their first album in five years, Always Tomorrow, today via Concord Records.  Always Tomorrow, produced by Carlos de la Garza with additional production by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Paramore, M83), is the band’s first album of new studio material since their acclaimed 2015 record, California Nights. Listen to Always Tomorrow here.

The album is the culmination of the last ten years of front person Bethany Cosentino’s life, seeing her stand back from the past decade of the band’s existence and taking stock in where she’s been and who she has become.  It’s a record full of intense personal discovery amidst a whirlwind backdrop of global tours, heartbreak, newfound sobriety, dark thoughts, immense joy, giving a fuck, not giving too many fucks, substances, boredom, public personas, and gratitude. 

Says Cosentino, “After we finished the album cycle for California Nights, something terrifying happened to me. I felt creatively paralyzed. I couldn’t write music. There was so much bubbling inside of me, so many things happening, so much to process, but I couldn’t get any of it out.  I was miserable and felt like nothing was ever going to change. One day, I locked myself in my closet and I forced myself to write, and out came Everything Has Changed. The song was like a vision of life I wished I was living; ultimately, that song was prophetic – describing the life I would soon be living.  Always Tomorrow is the story of where I was and where I am now, as well as the struggles I am still learning to identify and figure out.  Some days I wake up and I feel like I’m on top of the world and I forget about everything that’s ever bummed me out, and other days, it all comes flooding back. This album is about leaving the darkness for the light, but still understanding that nothing is ever going to be perfect. It’s about burning it all down and starting from scratch even when the idea of that is fucking terrifying. Closing one chapter and moving onto the next even when you have no idea what is on the other side. Acceptance. It’s about taking a gigantic leap of faith.”

With sonic nods to the likes of The Go-Go’s, The B-52’s, Fleetwood Mac, The Bangles, Talking Heads, and more, Always Tomorrow is full of the best songs Cosentino has ever written, and a welcome addition to Best Coast’s stellar, much-loved catalogue.  From the hazy confessions of the band’s debut album, Crazy About You, to the woozy pop of California Nights, to the guitar sheen of Always Tomorrow, Best Coast continues to be one of the most relatable, important voices in independent music. 

Best Coast will be going on a full North American tour this winter with support from Mannequin Pussy, including Canadian stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.  All dates are listed below. 

“This album is the story of a second chance.” – Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast

TOUR DATES 2020:
February 27 - Palm Springs, CA - The Alibi – SOLD OUT
February 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Novo*
February 29 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom*
March 2 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom*
March 3 - Vancouver, BC - Hollywood Theatre*
March 4 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox*
March 6 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall*
March 7 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre*
March 9 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
March 10 - Evanston, IL - SPACE* - SOLD OUT
March 11 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 13 - Detroit, MI - El Club*
March 14 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre*
March 15 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre*

March 16 - Boston, MA - Royale*
March 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel*
March 19 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
March 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
March 21 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*
March 23 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East*
March 24 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
March 25 - New Orleans, LA - The Joy Theater*
March 27 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger*
March 28 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk*
March 29 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater*
March 31 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom*
April 1 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park*
April 2 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
May 17 – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
May 19 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
May 20 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute2
 *w/ Mannequin Pussy

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www.bestcoast.net

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JEAN-PAUL DE ROOVER RELEASES NEW ALBUM LOSS TODAY

PREMIERES AT RX MUSIC

LISTEN TO LOSS HERE

ON TOUR THROUGHOUT ONTARIO AND QUEBEC 

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR WRECK

Toronto, ON – February 21, 2020 – Multifarious artist, instrumentalist and producer, Jean-Paul De Roover, shares his layered new project, LOSStoday. On LOSS, Jean-Paul covers the devastating hardships experienced by his friends and family. Lyrically, the songs are about different types of losses that he has either experienced or been very close to. Highlighting his extensive career as an artist, always experimenting with sound and structure, LOSS is a brilliant display of Jean-Paul’s work to date. Listen to the album here.

“Sure, it still has a lot of elements that still sound like me, but many are very fresh. The heavy progressive lean, the anti-looping composition, the added orchestral instrumentation and the fact that I’m literally screaming on more than one song instead of relying on my most recognizable asset (my singing voice) means that I’m intentionally making myself very vulnerable and very uncomfortable,” Jean-Paul says of creating LOSS. "Make no mistake, there is strength and determination behind my conviction to release this album under my name instead of a pseudonym/side project, but that doesn’t make this type of risk any less scary on the inside.”

Jean-Paul has shared insight on the project through features with Canadian BeatsPure Grain Audioand RX Music. Touring with a live band for the first time in 13 years, Jean-Paul will hit the road with The Bandaid Solution, kicking things off with a hometown release show in Thunder Bay, Ontario on February 29 at Black Pirates’ Pub, followed by a tour throughout Ontario and Quebec in March. Don’t miss Jean-Paul’s incredible live set – find all tour dates below to catch him and the band in your city. 

LOSS is a sibling project to his 2019 album, LOVE (released May 31, 2019). Jean-Paul started a new decade with the album’s first single, Wreck, a highly collaborative song with personal depth and connection to Jean-Paul’s community. It features group vocalists that contributed to the Indiegogo campaign that helped fund the album, and voices from those that attended the LOVE album release at Cambrian Players Theatre in Thunder Bay, ON and participated in the live group chants. The strings are comprised of layers of multiple violin parts performed by Adam Iredale-Gray (of Aerialists and Fish & Bird), with additional orchestration and arrangements by Jean-Paul. Watch the lyric video here.

On LOSS, Jean-Paul shares a deep facet of the human experience. Songs include the loss of a close friendship (Clench), the closing of a friends’ recording studio (Holes), loss of sanity (Wreck), the divorce of his parents (I Need), and the tragic passing of some extended family members (There’s Been An Accident). Musically, this album falls somewhere between alternative/rock/progressive featuring typical instruments (electric guitars, bass, drums) and vocals (everything from distorted metal screams to pristine choirs), but with additional instrumentation including harp, organ, electronics and orchestral arrangements for string and horn sections over the span of 12 tracks.

With LOVE, Jean-Paul covered a new marriage, new home and birth of his child. He started writing very positive songs as a personal challenge, as his music often had a darker, melancholic lyrical style that wasn’t matching up with what he was celebrating. The songs examine the theme of love in its many shapes and forms; whether it’s a song based on his wedding vows (My Heart and My Head), or a proclamation of love, will and support for his son (I’d Do Anything), family and friendship is the album’s foundation. Jean-Paul joins his wife, Shannon Lepere, for a duet with on I Can’t Sleep, with many of his talented friends appearing as guests throughout. Musically, it’s a singer/songwriter folk album with a tasteful blend of pop and rock. Listen to LOVEhere.

About Jean-Paul De Roover: 

Jean-Paul De Roover’s musical upbringing was anything short of ordinary. Inspired to play music after reading a book about a child violinist, he begged his parents to learn to play violin where he was promptly coerced into piano lessons. After two years, he was given the chance to learn violin in Pakistan where he was immediately disappointed with his progress and stopped. Moving forward to his early teens, he was gifted a handmade Bolivian guitar from the local market and self-taught himself how to play his first Beatles song. A smattering of lessons with a Brazilian jazz bass player, Dutch singer-songwriter and Chilean vocal coach encouraged Jean-Paul to continue pursuing music, but following his own inspirations. Upon returning to Canada in 2001 he explored everything from concert band to barbershop while forming his first rock and punk bands before studying theory, composition and orchestration at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON where he graduated in 2009. 

“2009 was an important year for me,”Jean-Paul remembers. “I was in the middle of nowhere, sitting in the basement of a venue after my first show on a 3-month tour in support of “Windows and Doors” (a CD/DVD that folded into a house), when I pressed ‘send,’ submitting my MA thesis to complete my Sociology degree when I realized that this - this was the moment that I became a full-time musician.”

 

Since then this Belgian-Canadian has toured across North America and Europe, sharing stages with artists such as the Beach Boys, Goo Goo Dolls, Said The Whale, Beardyman and more, and showcasing his work at multiple international music festivals (including Canadian Music Week and NXNE). His music and videos have also been featured on CBC, MuchMusic, reviewed in Exclaim, Earshot! and The Georgia Straight and charted on campus radio stations nationwide.

 

Jean-Paul’s early career was defined by his innovative approach to music using live looping, where he used his voice and a wide range of musical instruments to construct his songs piece by piece in front of an audience. But his constantly evolving palate has seen him exploring his earnest acoustic singer-songwriter side on LOVE (2019) as well as his passion for emotionally and aurally heavy alternative and progressive rock on LOSS (2020), the two of which are sister albums. Jean-Paul continues to push his own musical limits both in form and substance, daring others to try and categorize him. Because of this, Jean-Paul’s music retains a distinct identity whether he is playing solo, with a band or even a 30-piece orchestra.

Even when he’s not on-stage he’s active in the music and arts communities. For over eight years, he created and coordinated festivals and events for the City of Thunder Bay, and is currently the Artistic Director for the Live From The Rock Folk Festival in Red Rock, ON. He is also a long-standing member of the three-person team at TBShows that promotes and presents music in Thunder Bay. But when he’s not performing live or parenting his toddler, Jean-Paul can be found in his studio, Blueprints, where he not only recorded his latest two albums but also works with the music, film, and television industries as a producer, composer and engineer. 

 

“Despite the fact that I will always feel like a musical outsider,”Jean-Paul comments. “I’ve certainly been embraced by Northwestern Ontario and now call it home.”

TOUR DATES:
February 29 – Thunder Bay, ON - Black Pirates Pub
March 4 - Marathon, ON - Biloxy's
March 5 - Guelph, ON - Silence
March 6 - Windsor, ON - Phog Lounge
March 7- Sarnia, ON - Paddy Flaherty’s
March 8 - Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood
March 9 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
March 10 - Montreal, QC - Barfly
March 11 - Ottawa, ON - Cinqhole
March 12 – North Bay, ON – Lou Dawg’s 
March 13 - Sault Ste Marie, ON - LopLops
March 14 - Sudbury, ON - The Townehouse Tavern

Buy and stream LOSSsmarturl.it/jpdrloss

Watch lyric video for Wreck:youtu.be/3rhjYoMSv2o

DOWNLOAD– LOSSAlbum Artwork | DOWNLOAD– Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD– Hi Res Tour Poster

www.jeanpaulderoover.com

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ROYCE 5’9” RELEASES NEW ALBUM THE ALLEGORY

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE

THE ALLEGORY IS ENTIRELY PRODUCED BY ROYCE AND FEATURES COLLABORATIONS WITH WESTSIDE GUNN, DJ PREMIER, T.I., VINCE STAPLES, BENNY THE BUTCHER, CYHI THE PRYNCE, ASHLEY SORREL, KID VISHIS, CONWAY THE MACHINE, KXNG CROOKED & G PERICO

Toronto, ON – February 21, 2020 – Today, Entertainment One (eOne) and Heaven Studios, Inc. are pleased to announce the release of THE ALLEGORYRoyce 5’9s progressive and conceptual examination of the new Americana in 2020.  THE ALLEGORY is now available on all DSP’s.
 

THE ALLEGORY examines a climate where frauds are being perpetrated all around us.  While some of those frauds eventually make themselves known, most remain hidden in plain sight; and it’s become increasingly difficult to know exactly who and what to trust. 

Political divisiveness, rising racial tensions, civil rights violations, social media toxicity, fame culture, wealth disparity, mental illness, mass shootings, the lack of parental oversight and an opioid epidemic that is ravaging our communities.  These are just a handful of the issues that are eroding our social and moral fiber and the trickle-down affect it has created.

“THE ALLEGORY is a study on perception and secret (and, not so secret) ills that are afflicting our society.  I have a desire to give light to these wrongs in an effort to start the conversation and hopefully help the next generation navigate through,” states Royce 5’9”.

The first release to propel THE ALLEGORY was Black Savage, released in November 2019 through the “Inspire Change” partnership with the NFL and features Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The Prynce & T.I.  

Followed by Overcomer, featuring Shady/Griselda Records own critically acclaimed rapper Westside Gunn. The song artfully questions the decisions we make in life and the repercussions that follow with its controversial video.  

Griselda’s Benny The Butcher joined Royce for Upside Down, as the two traverses into the heartless upside-down world where everything is backward and not what it seems.  Never one to engage in online banter about “best rapper” discussions, Royce summarizes his stature and acknowledges his greatness on “I Don’t Age.”  

“I’m not a legend, I’m not a vet, do not address me as second, I’m the best, you ni**as always sleepin’, I’d rather stay wake, they say you are what you eat, but I never ate goat.” 
 

THE ALLEGORY continues to display Royce’s progression and growth as an artist, as he immerses himself into production, solely producing The Allegory in its entirety.  His foray into production was foreshadowed by Eminem’s recently released chart-topping album, Music To Be Murdered By, as Royce co-produced two tracks from the surprise album, including You Gon’ Learn, featuring White Gold and with Em, Royce adds to his production arsenal on the controversial lead-single Darkness.

“Production was the next step in the trajectory of my musical career.  I’ve been a ghost-writer for years, reached platinum-status with my own projects and helped others do the same.  Adding the title of producer completes the circle”states Royce.  

Royce 5’9” has balanced substance and style with the best in music. In addition to an incredible solo career, Royce co-founded Bad Meets Evil (with Eminem), Slaughterhouse (with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and KXNG Crooked), and PRhyme (with DJ Premier). Most known for his confident wordplay, Royce sits with Hip-Hop’s elite and continues to be one of raps most trusted brands. The once self-proclaimed “best-kept secret” of Rap, this platinum-selling, list-topping MC continues to earn his accolades though his ability to release new music with an unmatched consistency. 

In celebration of THE ALLEGORY, Royce performed in Detroit on February 20, 2020 at The Garden Theatre located at 3929 Woodward Ave.   Ticket buyers received a free album download with the purchase of a ticket. Purchase, add and favorite Royce 5’9’s The Allegory at your preferred DSP here.

ABOUT ROYCE 5'9": 
Royce 5’9” has balanced substance and style with the best in music. In addition to an incredible solo career, Royce co-founded Bad Meets Evil (with Eminem), Slaughterhouse (with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Kxng Crooked), and PRhyme (with DJ Premier). Most known for his confident wordplay, revealing accounts of his life growing up in Detroit, overcoming addiction, and holding Rap peers accountable, Royce sits with Hip-Hop’s elite and continues to be one of raps most trusted brands. Through his hard work and dedication to his craft, Royce has built and maintained a cult following and the artistic pedigree of Ryan Montgomery has never been called into question. Instead, through recent releases, including Layers (2016), and The Book Of Ryan (2018), Royce has been credited as a leader in the culture by making thought-provoking, thematic releases.  The once self-proclaimed “best-kept secret” of Rap, this platinum-selling, list-topping MC continues to earn his accolades though his ability to release new music with an unmatched consistency. 

Tracklisting: 
1. Mr. Grace (Intro)
2. Dope Man feat. Emanny & Cedric The Entertainer
3. I Don’t Age
4. Pendulum feat. Ashley Sorrell
5. I Play Forever feat. Grafh
6. Ice Cream (Interlude)
7. On The Block feat. Oswin Benjamin & DJ Premier
8. Generation Is Broken 
9. Overcomer feat. WestSide Gunn
10. Mrs. Grace (Interlude)
11. Thou Shall feat. Kid Vishis
12. FUBU feat. Conway The Machine
13. A Black Man Favorite Shoe (Skit)
14. Upside Down feat. Ashley Sorrell & Benny The Butcher
15. Perspective (Skit)
16. Tricked feat. KXNG Crooked
17. Black People In America
18. Black Savage feat. Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The Prynce & T.I. 
19. Rhinestone Doo Rag
20. Young World feat. Vince Staples & G Perico
21. My People Free feat. Ashley Sorrell
22. Hero feat. White Gold
All Tracks Produced By Royce 5’9

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www.royce59.com

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Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world. 

Entertainment One’s robust network includes international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Whizz Kid Entertainment, Renegade 83, Daisybeck and Blackfin; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; innovative music platform Audio Network; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location. 

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ENTERPRISE EARTH TO KICK OFF NORTH AMERICAN LIVE TAKEOVER WITH THY ART IS MURDER AND FIT FOR AN AUTOPOSY

ADDITIONAL HEADLINING DATES ANNOUNCED

CANADAIN STOPS IN VANCOUVER, CALGARY, TORONTO AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – February 20, 2020 – Washington-based deathcore unit, Enterprise Earth, who is currently in the midst of a massive European tour with Rings Of Saturn, Traitors, and Brand Of Sacrifice, will kick off their previously announced North American live takeover with Thy Art Is Murder next month. The journey runs from March 13 in Baltimore, Maryland through April 15th in Worcester, Massachusetts with additional support provided by Fit For An Autopsy and Aversions Crown as well as Une Misère and Extinction A.D. on select dates. From there, the band will join Florida brutalists Graveview in Whitehall, Pennsylvania for five headlining shows concluding on April 20 in Lincoln, Nebraska. See all confirmed dates below.

Founded in 2014 by ex-Infant Annihilator vocalist Dan Watson and ex-Takeover guitarist BJ Sampson, Enterprise Earth takes their name from a confluence of Illuminati and other conspiracy theories. The band is currently touring in support of their Luciferous full-length, released last Spring via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music. Produced and mixed by Jason Suecof (The Black Dahlia Murder, White Chapel, Job For A Cowboy, Carnifex), Luciferous showcases a band committed to brutal audio onslaught and proficient excellence. The band's authentic death metal precision and technical might is unquestionable, as evidenced by their ravenous live delivery. True road warriors, Enterprise Earth has teamed with contemporaries like Dying Fetus, Whitechapel, Chelsea Grin, Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex, Oceano, and Winds Of Plague, and joined the Summer Slaughter Tour with iconic genre trailblazers like Cannibal Corpse, Nile, and Suffocation.

TOUR DATES:
ENTERPRISE EARTH w/ Rings Of Saturn, Traitors, Brand Of Sacrifice:

2/21/2020 Die Stadtmitte - Karlsruhe, DE
2/22/2020 Gibus Club - Paris, FR
2/23/2020 The Joiners - Southampton, UK
2/24/2020 Exchange - Bristol, UK
2/25/2020 Mama Roux's - Birmingham, UK
2/26/2020 Rebellion - Manchester, UK
2/27/2020 Cathouse - Glasgow, UK
2/28/2020 The Key Club - Leeds, UK
2/29/2020 Underworld - London, UK
3/01/2020 Hall of Fame - Tilburg, NL
3/02/2020 Magasin 4 - Brussels, BE
3/03/2020 Kulttempel - Oberhausen, DE
3/04/2020 Backstage Halle - Munich, DE
3/05/2020 Kulturzentrum Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, DE
3/06/2020 Kiff - Aarau, CH
3/07/2020 Circolo Svolta - Rozzano, IT
3/08/2020 Orto Bar - Ljubljana, SI
3/09/2020 Dürer Kert - Budapest, HU
3/10/2020 Viper Room - Vienna, AU
3/11/2020 Cassiopeia - Berlin, DE3/12/2020 Club Puschkin - Dresden, DE
w/ Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy, Aversions Crown, Une Misère:
3/13/2020 Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
3/14/2020 The Canal Club - Richmond, VA
3/15/2020 Amos' Southend - Charlotte, NC
3/17/2020 The Kelsey Theater - Lake Park, FL
3/18/2020 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
3/20/2020 One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA
3/21/2020 The Secret Group - Houston, TX
3/22/2020 Gas Monkey Live! - Dallas, TX
3/23/2020 Paper Tiger - San Antonio, TX
3/25/2020 Club Red - Mesa, AZ
3/28/2020 The Ritz - San Jose, CA
3/30/2020 El Corazón - Seattle, WA
3/31/2020 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
4/01/2020 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
4/04/2020 Dickens - Calgary, AB

4/07/2020 The Oriental Theater - Denver, CO
4/08/2020 The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
w/ Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy, Aversions Crown, Extinction A.D.:
4/09/2020 The Ready Room - St Louis, MO
4/10/2020 Reggies Rock Club - Chicago, IL
4/11/2020 Saint Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
4/12/2020 The Opera House - Toronto, ON
4/13/2020 Théâtre Fairmount - Montreal, QC

4/14/2020 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
4/15/2020 Palladium - Worcester, MA
w/ Graveview:
4/16/2020 Planet Trog - Whitehall, PA
4/17/2020 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
4/18/2020 Emerson Theater - Indianapolis, IN
4/19/2020 Wildwood - Iowa City, IA
4/20/2020 1867 Bar - Lincoln, NE

Buy/stream Luciferous: smarturl.it/EELuciferous

www.enterpriseearthband.com

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THE CONTORTIONIST RELEASE 1979 MUSIC VIDEO

OUR BONES EP OUT NOW

ON TOUR WITH DEVIN TOWNSEND IN FEBRUARY + MARCH

WITH SHOWS IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL NEXT WEEK

TICKETS ON SALE NOW 

Toronto, ON – February 20, 2020 – The Contortionisthave released a music video for their spot-on cover song of The Smashing Pumpkins 1995 hit 1979. Directed by vocalist Michael Lessard, this is the second music video we see from the band's Our Bones EP released last year. Lessard also directed the music video for the title track Our Bonesand can be seen below. 

We’re very excited to release a video for our cover of The Smashing Pumpkin’s timeless song “1979.” It’s a song that we all grew up with and hold dear to our hearts. It felt only fitting to use footage from the growing years of the band for this one.

The Contortionist will head back out on the road later this week to start their support tour with DEVIN TOWNSEND's North America 2020 tour. Dates kick off in Toronto, Canada, at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on February 27, 2020, stretching coast to coast before wrapping up at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on March 25. 

Lessard continues, "We couldn’t be happier to finally be sharing the stage with a Devin Townsend and Haken. We’ve been working on some new things to bring to our live show, so we’re excited this is the tour we get to do that!"

The Contortionist released Our Bones over the summer via Entertainment One / Good Fight Music to some high praise. Metal Hammer Magazine states, "Intense bursts of aggression intermingle with Sigur Rós-esque melodies while retaining those tech-leaning nuances." PROG Magazine proclaims that the LP "Lurches back and forth shades of A Perfect Circle if they went to Hell and back."

Crafted in the compound owned by producer/engineer John Douglass (Coheed & Cambria, Bad Wolves, Carnifex), where the guys were able to live and work, Our Bones began with some ideas Robby Baca would regularly run through at the band’s soundchecks. 

“Once I was finally able to get Robby to record that riff we started piecing together the song in the back of the van, while on tour in Europe,”Lessard recalls. The result was lead single Early Grave, an expression of gratitude to the fans who’ve shared their stories of heartbreak, loneliness, and depression, and found new strength in the music of The Contortionist.

The band’s blistering new EP sees The Contortionist step outside the atmospheric storytelling of their critically-lauded conceptual masterpiece Clairvoyant (2017) to indulge an aggressive shadow side. More an anthology of standalone bursts of intensity, Our Bones isn’t a mere stopover between albums. It’s both a definitive look back and an ambitious leap forward.

 

“We try to do something different with everything we create,”explains Lessard. “With our albums, we tend to work with overarching interconnected themes. Our Bones is a departure. It offered an opportunity to dive into some things we haven’t had a chance to explore, and the shorter EP format allowed us to be hyper-focused on each song.”

Our Bones was mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Through The Eyes Of The Dead), who worked on Language and Clairvoyant. 

While The Contortionist ultimately has proven themselves masters of psychedelic-enhanced experimentation and trippy melodicism, endearing them to fans of later period Enslaved and Sigur Ros alike, they have never entirely forsaken the urgent impact of tech-leaning extremity. 

“From The Beatles to Pink Floyd to Mastodon, all the great rock bands in history have clear, non-linear musical trajectories,”Metal Sucks observed. “It’s great to see a band taking chances and moving forward. The result is a fully formed band, four albums in, to which no other bands compare. Literally: no one else sounds like The Contortionist even a little.”


TOUR DATES:

February 27 – Pheonix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON

February 28 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC

February 29 – Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY 

March 1 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA 

March 3 – Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA 

March 5 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC

March 6 – Centre Stage – Atlanta, GA 

March 7 – The Palza Live – Orlando, FL 

March 9 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX 

March 10 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX

March 12 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN 

March 13 – The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI 

March 14 – Metro – Chicago, IL 

March 15 – House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH 

March 16 – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD 

March 19 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN

March 20 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS

March 21 – The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO 

March 23 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ

March 24 – The Mayan – Los Angeles, CA

March 25 – The Regency Ballroom  San Francisco, CA 


Buy/stream Our Bones: ffm.to/ourbonesep

 

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Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

 

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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GRAMMY AND JUNO-AWARD WINNING INDIGENOUS ARTIST AND PRODUCER DAVID STRICKLAND SHARES NEW SINGLE TURTLE ISLAND FEAT. SUPAMAN, ARTSON, SPADE, JRDN AND WHITEY DON

PREMIERES VIA COMPLEX CANADA

NEW ALBUM SPIRIT OF HIP HOPDUE JUNE 29 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE 

Toronto, ON – February 20, 2020 – Legendary Grammy and JUNO Award-winning Indigenous multidisciplinary artist and producer, David Strickland, brings an all-encompassing project to life with new single, Turtle Island. The song is from his forthcoming album, Spirit Of Hip Hopset for release June 29 via Entertainment One. Premiering via ComplexCanadaTurtle Island is a community collaboration that features SupamanArtsonSpadeJRDN, and Whitey Don. Listen to the song here.

Turtle Islandwas released on David’s daughter’s seventh birthday on a rare numerical occasion (2/20/2020). On the date, David comments, “I chose this date in her honour, it contains four 2s in it, which signifies strength, resolve, indicates empowered commitments, emotional stability and the fulfillment of sacred contracts. That significance rings true on the journey I took creating this song and album. Full Circle.”

 

"It's a huge honour to be able to collaborate with David on this song. He has been putting in work with legends for years,”addsSupaman. “The song is a timely gem with the injustices going with the Wet'suwet'en relatives.”

David calls the song “a state of the union,” and commentary on life in 2020 on Turtle Island (a name many Indigenous People use referring to North America) for Indigenous, Afro-Indigenous and Africans, either stolen or of the diaspora. It comments on the increasing divide between the rich and the poor, and the injustices towards Indigenous people that continue to be hidden in plain sight, while they are marginalized.  Turtle Island combines David’s musical influences, including traditional, dancehall & hip hop giving it a uniquely rich sound. 

 

David is passionate about the plight of the Mi'kmaq people and recognition of his family lineage can be traced back by five generations. He is committed to restoring the dignity and respect striped by an unconstitutional agreement that remove and denied Indian status from thousands of people. 

 

About David Strickland

David “Gordo” Strickland has been quietly lurking behind the scenes as an engineer, a mixer and a producer on Hip Hop and R&B records for the past two decades. His work has graced seminal tracks by the likes of Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, EPMD, Keith Murray, Redman and Method Man. Most crucially, he’s also been involved in records by almost every one of the ground-breaking Toronto hip-hop acts including KOS, Ghetto Concept, Jelleestone, Kardinal, Saukrates, Jully Black, Divine Brown, Glen Lewis, Choclair and Drake. Strickland, who was mentored alongside Noah “40” Shebib by Toronto production legend Noel “Gadget” Campbell, was in on the ground floor for the OVO explosion, turning in Grammy-winning work behind the boards on Drake’s albums Thank Me Later, as well as its monster-hit successors Take Care and Nothing Was the Same.

David was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario and grew up in the infamous Gilder Housing Project. As an Indigenous Canadian with deep family roots running generations back to the East Coast along Mi’kmaq, Innu and Beothuk lines, his family from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador and Northern Quebec has strong Cree and  French roots that trace back to Samuel De Champlain. David Strickland is one of the few Indigenous Audio Engineers in North America; recognized in the VICE documentary by Noisey, First Out Here, Indigenous Hip Hop, he continues to be one of the most sought after engineers succeeding at the top of the Canadian music industry and has dedicated his life to the healing power of music.

Strickland diligently maintains an au courant window into his day-to-day passions as they pertain to producing Native artists such as Artson, Drezus, Que Rock, Joey Stylez, Aspects, Hellnback and City Natives to name a few.  He’s become a reverent student of the teachings of Ernie Paniccioli, Cree photographer and Hip Hop Legend. Paniccioli has ventured that the parallels between the African-American history of slavery, oppression and segregation that first gave birth to hip-hop in the U.S. are so analogous to North America’s Indigenous peoples that hip-hop could be viewed as a sort of “reincarnation” of traditional Native culture expressed through 21st-century technology. From his perspective:  “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter.”

David has taken this philosophy to heart acknowledging that Hip-hop is in his DNA. He became known throughout his music career for drum programming without really knowing why and later realizing that the drum is central to every Native culture. Making his first hand-drum after a traditional ceremony seven years ago the floodgates reopened on an artistic talent he’d buried for many years. He combines these cultural teachings into visual art and over the years developed a unique artistic expression through drawing and painting. To date he has created hundreds of pieces and is currently featured at many galleries across the country including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He continues to be a positive force in music, the arts and an inspiration to First Nation’s Youth across North America.

The teachings, the art, the traditions and the music a beautiful mix all rooted in the Spirit of Hip-Hop. As David embarks on his first production project a compilation for Entertainment One he tinkers endlessly with the wealth of material at his disposal. The album scheduled for release Spring 2020 is poised to match some of the hungriest and most wildly talented Indigenous rappers from Canada and the U.S. like Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Drezus and Supaman with some of more established international hip-hop greats he’s had the good fortune of working with like Erick Sermon, EPMD and Def Squad. What’s coming will be fresh, filled with sounds that force the listener to “open their eyes and listen”. A powerful message that gives a voice to the voiceless, that encourages Native youth to take hold of a music genre that’s revolutionized the world and use its power to heal, educate and unite. 

Pre-order Spirit Of Hip Hop:ffm.to/turtleisland

DOWNLOAD– Hi Res Press PhotoDOWNLOAD– Hi Res Turtle IslandArt

www.davidstricklandstudios.com

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.

Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.

The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks. www.entertainmentone.com

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JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY RELEASES CH III: THE COME UP TODAY

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE

ALBUM RELEASE SHOWIN TORONTO TONIGHT 
 

WATCH VIDEO FOR MONEY AIN’T FREE

2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATION FOR 
REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

 

PERFORMING IN MONTREAL ON FEBRUARY 22 
FOLLOWED BY A TOUR WITH SOFAR SOUNDS 

Toronto, ON – February 20, 2020 – Today, JUNO-nominated Toronto artist,STORRY,releases her new album, CH III: The Come Up.The album is based on a chapter of her life; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. With roots in the opera world, yet expansion into all styles, STORRY’s live set is always one for the books. You can catch her live in Toronto tonight at Lula Lounge (find more info here) followed by a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB on February 22, a stop in New York on March 2, and a North American tour with Sofar Sounds. See below for all details and listen to CH III: The Come Up here

 

"The second half to the album's storry, that's not explicitly in the album, is how I overcame all the hardships of the industry. After my literal blood, sweat and tears later, I decided to do everything myself. Write, produce, design, promote, literally everything you can think of for this album,”STORRY reflects on the process. “It was exhausting but extremely liberating. It's been a lifetime in the making. And even though it may seem like I sprung out of nowhere, I've been stifled, hidden, working in the dark for many many years. I'm soooooo happy this album is finally here. This is just the beginning."

 

In March, STORRY will be heading to Saskatoon for the 2020 JUNO Awards, where she is nominated for Reggae Recording of the Year for Another Man, featured on prolific Jamaican production duo Sly & Robbie’s Pocketbook Riddim project. Listen to the song here. STORRY has been sharing her STORY with media ahead of the launch, with features in EARMILK,The Toronto StarThe Creative Imbalance Podcast, and Canadian Beats, amongst others, with her music played on CBC q, CBC Fresh Air, CBC Big City Small World, and CIUT. 

 

CHIII: The Come Up is based on STORRY’s life. She grapples with her relationships with her mother/family, romantic relationships, with her careers, dreams and with money. STORRY does not live in any specific genre. Like her music, STORRY is multi-dimensional and fluid. She pulls influences from hip hop to opera, reggae to musical theatre. She is an oxymoron and has equal amounts of grit and poise. The album was written with the intent to take the listener on a journey, focusing more on the storrytelling. And her shows are an experience that takes you through peaks and valleys of emotions, a ride with tears, excitement and laughter. That is why STORRY refuses to be boxed into one style of writing, being, branding, medium or avenue of creation. She wants to show that sex-workers, strippers, women, ALL people, are multi-dimensional and cannot be judged or defined on the surface.

 

Perhaps the most raw and honest representation of the project is Money Ain’t Free. Confidently quipped as a “Motown record without the innocence,” the song reflects on STORRY’s real-life experience of returning to work as a stripper to finance her art. Watch the video for Money Ain’t Free here, written, directed and co-produced by Montreal-born, Toronto-based director, Karimah Zakia Issa.Money Ain’t Free followsSTORRY’s previous singleA Lost Find. It arrived with a video self-directed, edited and produced by STORRY and creative partner, Tom Baum. Watch the video here

 

STORRY will hit the road for a North American tour with Sofar Soundsnext month, with cities and venues to be announced. Sofar Sounds performances can be found in 444 cities around the world. They transform intimate spaces like barbershops and living rooms into a captivating experience. They typically feature threediverse acts and the secret location is only divulged 24 hours before the show begins. Subscribeto STORRY’semail list at www.storrymusic.com for secret info on the dates and approximate locations. 

 

I love Sofar because it's the best way to meet new fans. I get to perform in an intimate space, sometimes with no microphone, and really connect with an audience that just loves music and isn't interested in numbers or clout,” STORRY says. “They literally come out not knowing who they're gonna see. They're true music lovers, eager to listen and discover!"

 

About STORRY

STORRY is a JUNO-nominated, seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Fierce and multifaceted, she writes and produces all her music. STORRY's voice quality is second to none, and she uses and enhances her incredible sonorous gifts with prophecies witty, raw, and life-changing. She preaches from experience. Lots of it. Her songs offer an honest portrait of life as a woman: it's an image everybody can recognize, even if they don't want to. Her poetic and musical creativity is unapologetic and fearless. In releasing her music, STORRY is leaving the shadows and showing us the result of decades of artistic work.
 

STORRY has recently dabbled in film, and her proudest accomplishment so far is her Claymation short, Up, which has been selected to screen at seven international film festivals (and counting), including the Rome International Film Festival and the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival. Up will make its Toronto debut at the Toronto Short Film Festival, screening at Carleton Cinema on Thursday, March 19. It was nominated for Best Animation and Best Narrative at the Austin Music Video Festival, and won the award for Best Editing at the Montreal International Wreath Film Festival. The film, which was shot over four months out of her mom's basement, will be released to the public in March 2020. STORRY has performed across North America. If you're taken by her recordings, be prepared to be dazzled by her live show because this phenomenon cannot be captured on tape.
 

UpcomingTour Dates:

February 20 – Album Launch at Lula Lounge – Toronto, ON – Info & Tickets

February 22 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC – Info & Tickets

March 2 – Producer Mondays at Nublu151 – New York, NY

March 19 – Up Film Screening at Carleton Cinema – Toronto, ON

Buy/stream: The Come Up: foundation-media.ffm.to/thecomeup

Watch Money Ain’t Freeyoutu.be/9jrHqo4M9LI

Listen to Money Ain’t Free: foundation-media.ffm.to/moneyaintfree

Buy and stream A Lost Find:storry.lnk.to/lostfind

Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A

STORRY on Spotify: spoti.fi/2EyxzUE

DOWNLOAD– Hi Res Press Photo  | DOWNLOAD– Hi Res Album Art

www.storrymusic.com

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ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND-BASED ROCK QUARTET COLD YEARS ANNOUNCE DEBUT NEW ALBUM PARADISE

MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE NIGHT LIKE THIS NOW STREAMING ONLINE

PARADISE AVAILABLE VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE ON FRIDAY MAY 8

WATCH NIGHT LIKE THIS MUSIC VIDEO

LISTEN TO NIGHT LIKE THIS

Toronto, ON – February 19, 2020 – Entertainment One (eOne) and Aberdeen, Scotland-based rock quartet, Cold Years, are excited to announce the Friday, May 8 release of the band’s highly anticipated debut album titled, Paradise, (pre-order the album digitally here). As the true sound of worldwide youth disaffection post-Trump and post-Brexit, the songs of Paradise – a sarcastic snarl aimed at the band’s remote hometown – burst from the speakers with a 'clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose' spirit. Springboarding off timelessly vintage-tinged sounds and fueled by lung-busting choruses buffed-up through a modern-day, blue-collar punk rock sheen, Paradise captures the anger and frustration vocalist Ross Gordon feels for a generation in decline. Watch the music video for the album’s new single, Night Like This, on YouTube here and stream it on all platforms here.

Echoing the infamous, despairing "it's shite being Scottish" rant made by protagonist Renton in Irvine Welsh's 1993 novel, Trainspotting, Cold Years frontman Ross Gordon’s near-nihilistic take on the town where he was born goes further still, almost three decades and a generation later. Rather than succumb to the pitfalls that laid waste to previous generations, however, he poured all of his grievances into his band’s debut showcase, Paradise – 13 songs of passion and belief that unapologetically breathe the redemptive fire of rock'n'roll.

"There's an ongoing narrative about how fucked everything is at the moment," Gordon says of the thread that ties otherwise disparate themes together. "It links everything, really, not just purely politics: It's linked to the economy, to drugs and alcohol, and what our generation is going through right now. You work hard in school, you train for your career and you try to succeed at it, but the reality is that none of it really fucking matters. It's a record that's angry because, as a generation, we feel like we've been sold short."

Naturally, the creation of an album instilled with such an inflamed sense of injustice didn't come without its difficulties. It was a challenging process that often tested the collective patience of the quartet, completed by guitarist, Finlay Urquhart, bassist, Louis Craighead, and drummer, Fraser Allan. But such was the passion that each member invested into it, paired with an indomitable spirit, that the band has made good on the past few years of promise. Rather than rushing out a record for the sake of expediency, taking time to reflect, be honest, and pour everything the band had into the process has made for a set of songs that will endure and stand the Scots in admirable stead. After all, you only get one shot at making your first album, so you better make it the best it can be.

Considering the unforgiving, harsh, and often dismal depths from which Paradise was born, it's an album that strives for optimism, and Cold Years know who they are and staying true to their roots. And despite a journey ahead that promises to send them far and wide, they won't ever forget where they came from even if it is rubbish.

"I went through a divorce, different jobs, different flats, different girls… And I tried to cover everything that's happened in the past few years," Gordon says of the self-examination he underwent on these tracks. "I really am grateful for the opportunity that we've got. Every single day. It's a huge thing. It's going to be a lot of work, but it's meant to be hard because nothing worthwhile doing is ever easy. We worked really hard on this record. We had to, and I'm proud of it."

PARADISE TRACK LISTING:
1. 31
2. Life With A View
3. Night Like This
4. Northern Blues
5. Breathe
6. The Waits
7. Burn The House Down
8. Electricity
9. Too Far Gone
10. Hold On
11. Dropout
12. 62 (My Generation’s Falling Apart)
13. Hunter

www.coldyears.bigcartel.com

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AUSTIN’S MOBLEY ANNOUNCES NEW EP

YOUNG & DYING IN THE OCCIDENT SUPREME
OUT THIS MAY ON LAST GANG RECORDS

SHARES NOBODY’S FAVOURITE SINGLE + VIDEO

PLAYING SXSW + DATES WITH BUSTY AND THE BASS
AND MAGIC GIANT

"A maker of boundary-pushing pop that urges listeners to throw all assumptions to the wayside..."Billboard

"Master of all (musical) trades..."Wonderland Magazine

"Watch a three-minute transformation of Mobley from nobody to superstar in ‘Solo’"Noisey (VICE)

Toronto, ON – February 19, 2020 – Genre-bending artist, Mobley, is known in his hometown as their next big thing, and with good reason. With an “uncanny knack for catchy, sing-along hooks, he creates irresistible earworms, well-crafted pop songs that instantly stick” (Austin American-Statesman), he has toured the world with his incomparable one-man show. Today, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is excited to announce his signing to Last Gang Records where he will be releasing his new EP, Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme, this May. Visit www.mobleywho.com for more information.

On his collaboration with the label, Mobley said, “Last Gang has put out some of my all-time favorite music. I’ve been listening to their records since before I was really even a musician. It’s completely surreal to now be releasing music with them myself. I’m just hoping some of the magic rubs off and the music we put out together can impact people the way Last Gang’s records have impacted me.” Chris Moncada, Last Gang’s General Manager, agrees: “We are thrilled to have Mobley join the Last Gang roster. He is an impressive artist, and an equally impressive human! We’re honored to partner with Mobley to bring his art and message to the world.” Chris Taylor, eOne’s Global President, Music, adds, “Mobley is an incredibly multi-talented artist and we’re excited to have him join the Last Gang and extended eOne family. We are committed to helping extraordinary artists go to the next level and beyond.” 

Mobley wrote Nobody’s Favourite, the first single off the new EP, as “the internal monologue of a powerful scumbag. The speaker spends the whole song vacillating between utter egomania and abject self-loathing. He’s losing it, progressively, as the song goes on.” The music video, also out today, is the first part of a larger film written/directed by Mobley for release alongside the EP. Listen to Nobody’s Favourite here, and watch the video here.

“I didn’t expect to be putting out a guitar record in 2020,” says Mobley of Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme. “For a while, I was writing songs using the whole studio as my inspiration. Oddly enough, it was coming home to the confines of the guitar that opened everything up for me.”

The record glides between musical idioms with all the ease you’d expect from someone who grew up a perennial new kid. Whether he’s cribbing Ennio Morricone, keening over a psychedelic gallop or indulging in a futuristic art rock strut, Mobley cuts the figure of an artist in command of his powers.

Mobley will be at this year’s SXSW and has plans to tour throughout 2020. See all confirmed tour dates below and visit www.mobleywho.com/tour for any new updates.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Feb 19 - Guero’s Taco Bar - Austin, TX 
Feb 28 - Grand Stafford Theater - Bryan, TX
Mar 10 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY (with Busty and the
Bass)
Mar 13 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA (with Busty and the Bass)
Mar 14-21 - SXSW - Austin, TX
Apr 1 - Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA (with Magic Giant)
Apr 2 - The Saint - Reno, NV (with Magic Giant)
Apr 3 - Strummer’s - Fresno, CA (with Magic Giant)
Apr 4 - Soho Restaurant & Music Club - Santa Barbara, CA (with Magic Giant)
Apr 9 - Deep Ellum Art Company - Dallas, TX (with Ripe)
Apr 11 - Last Concert Cafe - Houston, TX (with Ripe)

www.mobleywho.com

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MT. JOY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM REARRANGE US OUT JUNE 5 ON DUALTONE RECORDS

 

ON TOUR NOW WITH THE LUMINEERS WITH CANADIAN STOPS IN TORONTO, MONTREAL AND OTTAWA

WILL PERFORM LEAD SINGLE STRANGERS ON LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS ON FEBRUARY 27

LISTEN TO NEW SONGS STRANGERS AND LET LOOSE

HEADLINING TOUR TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

TORONTO, ON – February 19, 2020 – Today, Mt. Joy, announce Rearrange Us, their second album for Dualtone Records and their first working with producer, Tucker Martine, (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse) at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, Oregon. Mt. Joy will perform lead single Strangers on Late Night with Seth Meyers on February 27. Listen to new songs Strangers and Let Loose today.

Mt. Joy are currently touring arenas with The Lumineers through March 14 with four upcoming Canadian stops during the beginning of the month, including two back to back shows in in Toronto before heading to Montreal and Ottawa. Spring headlining dates are expected to be announced shortly, and the band is already slated for a busy festival season, with planned appearances at Bonnaroo, Hangout Music Festival, and more. Full tour dates can be found below, with more information here.

An album about finding ways to work past one’s emotional and mental struggles with intentionality, Rearrange Us showcases the young band’s growing ambition and sonic experimentation. My Vibe, Your Vibe blends psychedelic affirmations with a rootsy stomp and a swirl of synthesizers, while Come With Me goes from a decayed choral elegy to a breezy, Allen Toussaint-indebted barn-burner – a battle cry for pushing yourself to have a good time amid new company. And Have Faith, a southern gospel-influenced duet with singer Liz Vice, exemplifies the band’s newfound range and Matt Quinn’s emergent songwriting prowess. The resulting album is a triumph of spirit and self-knowledge: Matt Quinn’s songwriting is at once more painterly and less precise, like perfectly rendered vignettes from a largely disjointed memory of a dream.

At first a vehicle for singer / songwriter Matt Quinn’s bedroom recordings, Mt. Joy’s swift rise is the stuff of childhood daydreams. The unexpected streaming success of debut single Astrovan thrust the band – Quinn, guitarist Sam Cooper, bassist Michael Byrnes, drummer Sotiris Eliopoulos, and keyboardist Jackie Miclau – into the itinerant musician’s lifestyle: performances at big name festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, press notices in Rolling Stone (who deemed them “your new folk-rock heroes”), and dates touring with the likes of  Whitney, The Lumineers, and The Head and The Heart to name a few.

They signed with Dualtone Records, and their self-titled debut album Mt. Joy was “a major breakthrough” (Billboard), earning the band over 2 million monthly Spotify listeners. Single Silver Lining hit #1 on the AAA Radio Charts, with Jenny Jenkins following it up by reaching #5. New fans – earned ear-by-ear with every tour stop, festival set, early morning radio session, and moment of internet discovery – were singing along at sold out club dates. 

Keep an eye out for more news from Mt. Joy soon.

REARRANGE US TRACK LIST:
1. Bug Eyes
2. Rearrange Us
3. Have Faith
4. My Vibe Your Vibe
5. Let Loose
6. Every Holiday
7. Come With Me
8. Death
9. Acrobats
10. Witness
11. Us
12. Become
13. Strangers

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 19 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena*
February 21 — Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena*
February 22 — Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena*
February 25 — Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena*
February 26 — Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center*
February 28 — Washington DC @ Capital One Arena*
February 29 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena*
March 3 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena*
March 4 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena*
March 6 — Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre*
March 7 — Ottawa, CA @ Canadian Tire Centre*

March 10 — Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center*
March 11 — Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum*
March 13 — St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center*
March 14 — Omaha, NE @ Century Link Center Omaha*
March 15 — Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre*
May 2 — San Luis Obispo, CA @ Shabang Festival
May 15-17 — Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
May 19 — Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
May 21 — Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
May 22 — Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
June 11 — Isle Of Palms, SC @ Windjammer
June 12 — Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
June 13 — Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
July 10-12 — Marshfield, MA @ Levitate Festival
July 11 — Greenfield, MA @ Green River Festival
July 13 — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^
July 14 — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^
August 2 — Saint Charles, IA @ Hinterland Music Festival
* = with The Lumineers
^ = with Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Pre Order physical copy of Rearrange Us here

DOWNLOAD – Album Cover Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Hi-res Press Photo

www.mtjoyband.com

 

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER HAVIAH MIGHTY DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR SMOKE(FEAT. CLAIRMONT THE SECOND)

WATCH COMPLEX CANADAGO BEHIND THE SCENES


FIRST US HEADLINE SHOW AT NEW YORK’S
MERCURY LOUNGE ON FEBRUARY 20

PERFORMING AT NOISE POP, SXSW
SKELETON PARK ARTS AND OSHEAGA 

"13th Floor captures the spark-plug energy of her live performances with ominous, bass-heavy beats and hard-nosed bars that could go toe-to-toe with any challenger."
Pitchfork

"13th Floor is the thrilling sound of a hungry newcomer who knows she has your attention and will play every card in her hand to keep it."Complex

"Sounds like: The flow of Missy Elliott mixed with the soul of Destiny’s Child...There’s no telling how far she'll go.”XXL

“When Haviah released 13thFloor in May 2019, the discourse livened”– DJ Booth

With the release of 13thFloor, the world witnessed the coming of the next Canadian hip-hop titan in Haviah Mighty (real name, no gimmicks)”– Exclaim!

 

Toronto, ON – February 18, 2020 – Following a monumental year including a Polaris Music Prize win, numerous accolades, while rocking festival stages and concert halls around the world, Toronto trailblazerHaviah Mightyshares a new video for Smokefeaturing fellow Toronto artist, Clairmont The Second. The video was directed byJon Rieraand produced by VR specialists, Combo Bravo– watch Smoke here. Complex Canada joined Haviah and Clairmont The Second on set to capture the magic – watch their behind the scenes feature here.

 

Smokeis from her 2019 album,  13thFloorwhich was awarded the Polaris Music Prize last year, standing as her most fully realized album to date. On the song, Haviah says, “Smoke manifested from the underdog experience. As a female in Hip-Hop, and as a black female in Canada, it often feels like I’m fighting the stereotypes and history that precedes me - fighting the ignorance - fighting the negativity - to be recognized as regular, as equal, and be given a fair chance in all facets. None of these preconceived ideas match what I feel within me, but I still remind myself of not only societal stigmas, but other people’s stigmas, and how that shapes their perception of me. How the hardships that blacks sometimes face, shapes others’ perceptions of us. And how, despite all the noise and ignorance, there is no one who can truly identify the ‘shape’ of you, but you. This song is to empower those in their self-affirming thoughts, and in the moments of necessarily reminding ourselves of our greatness. In this day in age, where we talk about ‘drama’ as smoke, I approach it from the opposing angle - let’s avoid that. Let’s just live, and be.”

Received to critical acclaim, 13thFlooris an outspoken, raw testament to the underdog experience. Fans across North America can experience Haviah’s unparalleled live set this month, as she heads out on tour. Haviah will perform her first headline show in the US e at New York’s Mercury Lounge on February 20, followed by shows at Le Belmont in Montreal alongside Lou Phelps, and Noise Pop Festival in Oakland, California. In March, she heads to western Canada for a show in Victoria, BC, followed by an exclusive Boiler Room set in Vancouver on March 11, with festival debuts at SXSW, Skeleton Park Arts Festival and Osheaga Music and Art Festival this summer. See below for all details. 

 

In advance of the album release, Haviah made waves across Canada, sharing insight on the album through conversations with etalk,ELLE CanadaFLARE,NOW MagazineSOCAN,Canadian MusicianKreative Kontroland The Strombo Show, and DJ Booth. Audiences witnessed her deliver fierce bars on Sideways StudioBreakfast TelevisionCBC qand an exclusive performance of the album on CBC’s First Play Live

 

13th Floor is Haviah’s most fully realized body of work to date following her acclaimed 2017 album, Flower City. In addition to being a member of renowned trio, The Sorority, Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009. 13th Floor highlights Haviah’s vast musical influences and incredible production style. She co-executively produced the record with Tim ‘2oolman’ Hill (of A Tribe Called Red) and collaborated with numerous artists including Sean Leon (Waves), Clairmont The Second (Smoke), and her sister, Omega Mighty (Wishy Washy). Production features include 2oolman, Obuxum, Robotaki, Young Dreadz, Taabu, Lambo and her younger brother, Mighty Prynce.

The project highlights Haviah’s relentless work ethic and vast sonic influences. The album ranges from classic rap/hip-hop elements to inflections of sounds from Haviah’s Caribbean roots, frenetic electro and diverse instrumentation. The 13 tracks on the record are conceptual and fluid as they reflect Haviah’s journey over the past couple of years. Lyrical themes highlight experiences of Haviah’s upbringing, unlearning, rejecting societies deemed “ailments” to transcend expectations and perceptions of others, breaking barriers and stereotypes, the change and progression that evolves from challenges, not compromising to accommodate, and passages to self-love. 

About Haviah Mighty

Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn’t be more accurate a word to describe the 26-year-old artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.

 

Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Haviah started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15. Well-known for being one of the three MCs who make up The Sorority — a hip-hop group born during an all-female cypher on International Women’s Day in 2016 — Haviah is making equally large waves as a solo artist.

 

Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009, but it was her project, Flower City (2017), that propelled her solo career into further success. In 2018, Mighty’s track, Vámonos, appeared on HBO’s hit series, Insecure. That same year, Mighty was declared winner of the prestigious 2018/2019 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class.

 

Haviah’s explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has also quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, Kranium, A Tribe Called Red, and Snoop Dogg.

 

13th Floor is out now, buy it/stream it on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and more here.
13th Floor now available on vinyl here.

 

Smoke:bit.ly/2SBnq16

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Waves (ft. Sean Leon): smarturl.it/haviahmighty-waves

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TOUR DATES:
February 20 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
February 21 – Le Belmont – Montreal QC
February 24 – Noise Pop Festival – The New Parish – Oakland, CA
March 1 – Capital Ballroom – Victoria, BC
March 4 – The Basement – Los Angeles, CA
March 6 – Sheridan College Davis Campus (students only) – Brampton, ON 
March 11 – Boiler Room x AXE Music @ Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, BC

March 13-22 – SXSW – Austin, TX
June 21 – Skeleton Park Arts Festival – Kingston, ON 
July 31 – Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – Parc Jean-Drapeau – Montreal, QC

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THE WILD! ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM STILL BELIEVE IN ROCK AND ROLL SET FOR RELEASE MARCH 20 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

PRE-ORDERNOW 

EUROPEAN TOUR WITH tAkida AND AIRBOURNE BEGINS MARCH 18 WITH STOPS IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC IN MAY

Toronto, ON – February 18, 2020 – Following the success of their 2017 project, Wild At Heart, West Coast Canadian rockers, The Wild!, return with their forthcoming album, Still Believe In Rock And Roll, set for release March 20 via Entertainment One (“eOne”) . The title rings trueas a definition of the band’s roots, and the spirit of their music. Pre-order the album here

 

“In a time where our genre has never seemed more lost, we stay the course,” says lead vocalist and guitarist, Dylan Villain.“Some of us still believe in rock and roll music and this album is for those of us that do.”

 

The Wild! have traversed stages worldwide; from intimate venues to festival grounds, the band delivers a highly passionate live set with no shortage of blistering solos, sing-alongs, and crowd-surfing, with your fist in the air. They will take Still Believe In Rock And Roll on the road next month, kicking off in Europe on March 18 with a show in Budapest, Hungary and wrapping in Quebec on May 24, with shows across Ontario in between. The Wild! will be joining Airbourne and tAkida on select dates.

 

About The Wild!

The Wild! still believe in rock n’ roll and after one listen, so will you. The rebellious foursome from the Great White North are a perfect mixture of rock’n’roll swagger and punk rock attitude. The Canadian quartet’s third album, Still Believe In Rock And Roll was produced by the band’s own Dylan Villain and A-list producer/engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith), who has been a massive champion of the band from the start.

In just a handful of years, The Wild! have cracked the Active Rock and iTunes Rock Charts with top numbers, while logging significant road miles in North America and Europe, touring with the likes of Airbourne, Steel Panther, Rose Tattoo, Godsmack and many others. They’ve played major festivals like Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville, Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock, and more. Over the years, the band has always been committed to writing songs that ignite their high-energy live show. Right from the first album, GxDxWxB (2015) to the follow-up, Wild At Heart (2017) and especially, Still Believe In Rock And Roll (2020).

The Wild! are lifers on the highway paved by the many great bands that came before them with heart, authenticity, and a deep commitment to what they do. To quote Classic Rock Magazine, “The Wild! celebrate the spirit of rock and roll and flatten everything that stands in their way.”      
 

LINEUP

Dylan Villain – Vocals/Guitar

Benny The Kid – Guitar

Boozus – Bass/Vocals

Crash Anderson – Drums

 

 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

March 18 - Budapest, Hungary - Dürer Kert *

March 19 - Kraków, Poland - Klub Zaścianek *

March 20 - Dresden, Germany – Reithalle *

March 21 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys Neue Welt *

March 23 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36 *

March 24 - Bielefeld, Germany - Lokschuppen Bielefeld *

March 25 - Magdeburg, Germany - Factory Event Center Dominion Club GbR *

March 26 - Stuttgart, Germany – Universum *

March 27 - Memmingen, Germany – Kaminwerk *

March 28 - Regensburg, Germany - Airport Obertraubling *

March 29 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Konzertfabrik Z7 & Mini Z7 *

March 31 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Kulturzentrum Schlachthof *

April 1 - Paris, France - O'Sullivans By The Mill *

April 2 - Köln, Germany – Essigfabrik *

April 3 - Flensburg, Germany - Roxy Concerts *

April 4 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Q-Factory *

April 5 - London, United Kingdom - O2 Academy Islington *

May 19 - London, ON - London Music Hall ##

May 20 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace ##

May 22 - Québec, QC - Impérial Bell ##

May 23 - Montréal, QC - Théâtre Corona ##

May 24 - Québec, QC - Impérial Bell ##

With tAkida = *

With Airbourne = ##

 

“With songs absolutely reeking of rot-gut moonshine and hi-octane gasoline, The Wild! really do rock it like they talk it, and then some!”– Classic Rock Magazine (UK)

 

“A sound that is hard, rough, and real as it gets.”– Tattoo.com

 

“We just can’t get enough of these guys.”– Pure Grain Audio

 

“Even before The Wild! released their phenomenal debut album, there was a real buzz about the Canadian rockers.”– Sleaze Roxx

 

“The Wild! (exclamation mark not optional) are a raucous hit of
southern-fried rock n’ roll.”
– Electric City

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF’S AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT OUT NOW ON STAX RECORDS TO CRITICAL PRAISE

SOLO TOUR NEARLY SOLD OUT

“Most Anticipated Albums of 2020”

“In the end, what could be an album of well-earned indulgence ends up being as much about reaching outward than burrowing inward, rendering deep personal suffering with a humane light touch. And It’s Still Alright the heartening sound of music pulling him through his pain, and, hopefully, past it into something like solace.” – Rolling Stone

“The result is a set of compositions of intense power, and an album that reaches multiple emotional crescendos, from grown male grief rarely expressed in contemporary song to varying degrees of regained equilibrium.”  – The Wall Street Journal

...his new solo work takes him in a gentler acoustic direction, which is echoed across his upcoming album. His baritone has a lovely ragged edge.” – TIME

“And It’s Still Alright is stop-what-you’re-doing beautiful.”
– Evening Standard

“A great excuse to shut out the world and have a good cry.”
– Uncut

“...regardless of instrumentation and genre, Rateliff’s reflex to write through painful mysteries remains the same.” – Billboard

“The album bursts with songs that are declarative but thoughtfully sharp, much like Rateliff’s hero Roger Miller...The vocals more lived-in and idiosyncratic, the guitars nimbler yet wiser.”
– The Denver Post

TORONTO, ON – February 14, 2020 – And It’s Still Alright, the new solo album from acclaimed musician, Nathaniel Rateliff, is out now on Stax Records. Listen here.

The lead single, and title track off And It’s Still Alright, entered Spotify’s Top 50 viral songs this week and was the #1 most added song at Triple A Radio in its first week of release. Yesterday, VEVO posted an acoustic performance of Time Stands – watch/share it here.

When Rateliff began writing for the new album, the songs initially centered on the pain of his unraveling relationship, but the theme of the album took a different direction when Richard Swift, his longtime friend and producer of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ two acclaimed albums, passed away in July 2018. Across the 10 tracks on And It’s Still Alright, you can feel Rateliff faltering but never losing hope—hope that it’s all part of a bigger plan. While the songs are quieter and more reflective than the exuberant soul The Night Sweats have become famous for, they are no less urgent and indelible, as he pushes the boundaries and finds new depths in his songwriting—a singular voice embarking on a personal exploration of love, loss and perseverance.

To record And It’s Still Alright, Rateliff returned to Swift’s studio, National Freedom, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He was joined by co-producers Patrick Meese (longtime collaborator and The Night Sweats drummer) and James Barone (Beach House drummer), who both also engineered and mixed the record. The album features additional contributions from Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa violinist), Luke Mossman (The Night Sweats guitarist), Elijah Thomson (Everest bassist), Daniel Creamer (The Texas Gentlemen keyboardist) and Eric Swanson (steel guitarist).

Rateliff’s nearly sold-out And It’s Still Alright tour will feature various aspects of his stellar musicianship, ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar, to a full-band accompaniment and four-piece string section. The extensive run of theater shows begins in Minneapolis on March 3 and includes multiple shows at New York’s Town Hall and Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel, with additional stops at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, D.C.’s The Anthem and Colorado’s renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater. The few tickets that remain can be purchased at nathanielrateliff.com.  

AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT TOUR:
February 22—New York, NY—Live from Here with Chris Thile at Town Hall
March 3—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 4—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 5—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater* SOLD OUT
March 6—Chicago, IL—The Chicago Theatre† SOLD OUT
March 8—Toronto, ON—Roy Thomson Hall* SOLD OUT
March 9—Toronto, ON—Roy Thomson Hall*

March 10—Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 12—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 13—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 14—Washington DC—The Anthem‡ SOLD OUT
March 16—Pittsburgh, PA—Byham Theater‡ SOLD OUT
March 17—Indianapolis, IN—Old National Centre‡ SOLD OUT
March 19—St. Louis, MO—Stifel Theatre‡ SOLD OUT
March 20—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium‡ SOLD OUT
March 21—Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle‡ SOLD OUT
April 2—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at Ace Hotel§
April 3—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre At The Ace Hotel§ SOLD OUT
April 4—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 5—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 18—North Charleston, SC—High Water Fest
August 26—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
*with Courtney Marie Andrews
†with Damien Jurado
‡with Sam Evian and Hannah Cohen
§with The Still Tide
**with Kevin Morby

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RUSSELL LOUDER GREETS FRESH SOUNDS ON HELLO STRANGER

PERFORMING IN CHARLOTTETOWN ON FEBRUARY 15

WITH OSHEAGA SHOW DATE ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – February 14, 2020 – Today, innovative PEI artist, Russell Louder, returns with a new song, Hello Stranger. Following a string of incredible singles released last year, Hello Strangerexplores the complexities of losing and regaining the ability to recognize oneself. With Russell’s signature electropop sound and pitch-perfect vox, the song’s lyrics question this experience – personified by the character of a stranger. Listen to Hello Stranger here and catch Russell live in Charlottetown tomorrow (Saturday, February 15) and at Osheaga Festival in Montreal this summer – see full details below.

"Hello Stranger explores the complexities of losing and regaining the ability to recognize one's self, so the lyrics are centred in this vulnerable interrogation to that experience - personified through the character of a stranger,” Russell says of the inspiration behind the song. “In terms of production, this song had several lives before I settled with this sort of repeating chord progression in the instrumentals - and I think it adds a melancholic hope to the overall tone of the song.  I wanted to take that and the vocals and make those elements build up to this ear-ringing, gut-wrenching feeling that smoulders as it ends."

In terms of production, this song had several lives before Russell Louder set up a repetitive chord progression, adding a hopeful melancholy to the song. The idea was to cumulate all its elements until they built up to an overwhelming feeling for the listener, a buzzing in the ear, and a gut-wrenching smolder at the end.

Hello Stranger follows Russell’s two previous singles, Light Of The Moon and Cost Of Living. Both tracks are a sample of what the multifaceted Charlottetown musician and producer has been working on.  Light Of The Moondraws on the experience of seeing someone's life become engulfed by an abusive relationship. Cost Of Living is a ruminating confrontation in which Russell Louder personifies circumstances of the past.  The minimal, yet clean and nuanced production lends itself well to a voice so haunting and hopeful.  It’s this voice that stays at the forefront of the song - carrying the listener through a poignantly crafted lyrical landscape. Watch a live session for Cost Of Living here.

Russell was a finalist in CBC Music’s 2019 Searchlight competition, highlighting Canada’s best undiscovered musical talent. Earlier this year, Russell won a Music PEI award for Electronic Single Recording of the Year for their track, Showdown, co-written and co-produced with Steph Copeland.

About Russell Louder
Russell Louder is a transgender performance artist, musician and producer based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. They exemplify a relentless and nuanced exploration of musical genres - from experimental to dark dance pop - creating a constantly mutating landscape fronted by soaring vocals. 

  

Russell Louder grew up in Prince Edward Island, pivoting between a rural community of 800 people, and Charlottetown.  Since the age of 17, Russell has pursued a self-directed education, touring both nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist.  In 2017, they self-released their debut EP, Think of Light, which quickly earned praise from THUMP and Exclaim!, amongst others.

TOUR DATES
February 15 – Hello Stranger Release Party – Baba’s Lounge – Charlottetown, PEI - Info & Tickets

August 1, 2020 – Osheaga Festival – Montreal, QC

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DCF SHARES NEW SINGLE ONE TIME

CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF CO-WRITES
INCLUDING SEVEN SONGS EARNING 2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATIONS

Toronto, ON – February 14, 2020 – DCF isn’t afraid to love pop music. With a style that crosses between the sensibilities of Frank Ocean, and the springy croon of Justin Timberlake, with a layer of undeniable Drake-confidence, DCF has been crafting a unique brand of neo-pop. After releasing a string of undeniably infectious singles, and collaborating on some of the biggest songs to come out of Canada in 2019, DCF returns with a brand new track – One Time. Listen to the FrancisGotHeat-produced slow jam here – the perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day soundtrack!

While crafting his own music, DCF has amassed an impressive list of co-write credits over the past year and half. Seven of the songs that he has collaborated on have earned nominations in six different 2020 JUNO Award categories, including three co-writes on Bulow’s Pop Album of the Year-nominated record, Crystalline – Boys Will Be Boys (Songwriter of the Year), Two Punks In Love (Songwriter of the Year) and Sweet Little Lies (Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year); Ralph’s single, Gravity, which is up for Dance Recording of the Year; two co-writes on Dan Bremnes’ tracks, Up Again, and Scars, which appear on his Contemporary Christian Gospel Album of the Year-nominated record, Wherever I Go; and the Gold-Certified Virginia to Vegas track, Just Friends, which earned a nomination for Producer of the Year (Mike Wise). Additionally, he has been collaborating on tracks with rising singer-songwriter, Ren, and international artists, Shaed and X Lovers.

DCF’s (aka David Charles Fischer) affection for the genre inspired him to release his interpretations of some of the most recognizable millennial hits in a series of attention-grabbing online mixtapes. While anchoring these tuneful samples with straight up honest lyrics and a wink to his trademark ironic "bad boy next door" persona, DCF started tapping into an online fan base of alternative music fans wondering if pop music actually is for them. His instantly hummable mixtape offerings soon led to his first indie release, Pop Songs – an EP of original songs brimming with standout pop hooks, indelible melodies, and lyrics that flirt with less-than-sober twenty-something melancholy. His live show has been packing Toronto clubs, with fans and friends eager to support their homegrown pop-prince and newcomers feeling like they’ve stumbled onto the tipping point of an artist about to drop.

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RISING STAR ANT SAUNDERS RELEASES VERSION OF YELLOW HEARTS FEATURING AUDREY MIKA

WATCH YELLOW HEARTS HERE

FOLLOWS MASSIVE SUCCESS OF ORIGINAL TRACK LANDING ON BILLBOARD HOT 100

GAINS OVER 200 MILLION STREAMS 

SUPPORT FROM NPR, IDOLATOR, ONES TO WATCH

Toronto, ON – February 12, 2020 – 19-year-old, Ant Saunders, taps fellow artist-on-the-rise, Audrey Mika, for an infectious new version of Ant’s smash hit, Yellow Hearts, via Arista Records. Emanating a nostalgic and intimate tone, the track is further highlighted by Ant and Audrey’s stellar vocal abilities and undeniable chemistry, as seen in both the official and acoustic videos. Watch the official video here and the acoustic video here.

Says Ant, “Audrey was such a fun person to be around and I really liked her vibe. We had similar views on a lot of things which made her an easy partner to work with.”

On the day of his high school graduation, Saunders released the laid-back R&B influenced pop track. A full DIY effort, he wrote, recorded and produced Yellow Hearts, designed the artwork using Microsoft Paint and used TikTok to ask friends to share the track. Soon, two million TikTok videos were created in response. Since, Yellow Hearts has become a viral sensation, with over 200 million streams and a position on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. ­

Saunders’ disarmingly genuine performance on Yellow Hearts translates a universal human emotion through a simple, almost accidental metaphor. “A lot of people think it’s a love song, and it’s really not,’ says Saunders. “It’s about a girl who was interested at first, but over time I couldn’t tell anymore. Whenever I would give her a compliment, she’d respond with yellow hearts. I looked it up, and they stand for friendship but since not everybody goes by those meanings, the fact that I wasn’t sure became really stressful.”  

Watch the original video for Yellow Hearts here.

ABOUT ANT SAUNDERS 
Born in Germany, where his parents were stationed in the military, Saunders’ family eventually settled in the small town of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey after moving around when he was young. Singing since he can remember, Saunders learned to play guitar in middle school and began releasing original music at age 14 using Audacity and a USB mic. “My parents let me use our spare room for my recording setup,” says Saunders. “I eventually got a MIDI keyboard and a new mic that I used to record Yellow Hearts.” In high school, Saunders studied in the music department, sang in varsity choir, played in the band and performed in musicals. “If I couldn’t sing or make music, I don’t know what the hell I’d be doing,” says Saunders. 

Influenced by R&B and hip-hop acts like Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, Tyler the Creator, as well as singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and John Mayer, Saunders’ sound combines lyrical storytelling, oozing, lullaby-like urban production and velvet vocal delivery to create a palpable mood. “I want to emphasize do it yourself,” he says. “I want to inspire the outcasts, the introverts and show them that they can do anything.” 

Saunders will release new music in February 2020. 

ABOUT AUDREY MIKA
Hailing from the Bay Area, 19 year-old Audrey Mika first rose to prominence as a YouTube sensation whose following has continued to grow with her unique covers of popular hits. She has amassed over 1 million YouTube subscribers who flock to check out her original material such as her two prior projects, 2018’s Are We There Yet and 2019’s Level Up, which she recorded entirely on GarageBand. She’s been called a “rising star” by Paper Magazine and her original music was praised by Ones To Watch who called it “incredible”. Audrey’s forthcoming EP titled 5 A.M. is due out next month, with a headlining tour starting February 24, in support.

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CREEPING DEATH MINI TOUR WITH TERROR TO COMMENCE NEXT WEEK AND NORTH AMERICAN TREK WITH THE ACACIA STRAIN LOOMS

BAND ADDED TO PSYCHO LAS VEGAS LINEUP AND MORE

SHOWS IN TORONTO, OTTAWA AND MONTREAL

NEW ALBUM WRETCHED ILLUSIONS
OUT NOW VIA EONE


Toronto, ON – February 11, 2020 – Texas death metal goliaths, CREEPING DEATH, will return to the stage next week supporting hardcore veterans Terror on a six-date West Coast tour. The journey begins February 19 in Las Vegas and winds its way through Ventura, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, and Portland, coming to a close on February 25 in Seattle. Additional support will be provided by The Warriors and Dare.

From there, the band will unite with The Acacia Strain for an extensive North American run beginning February 28, with CREEPING DEATH annihilating stages through March 11. The band will rejoin the tour on March 20, with stops in Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal, and remain through its conclusion April 5. Additional support will be provided by Rotting Out, Chamber, and Fuming Mouth.

Not content to sit still, CREEPING DEATH will appear on Oblivion Access 2020 in Austin, Texas this June featuring Carcass, Youth Of Today, Daughters, Swans, Autopsy, and others and was recently added to this year’s edition of Psycho Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada this August performing alongside the likes of Danzig, Mercyful Fate, and Emperor, with more live incursions to be announced in the weeks to come. See all confirmed dates below.

CREEPING DEATH continues to tour in support of their critically lauded Wretched Illusions debut, out now worldwide via Entertainment One. Produced by Daniel Schmuck (Power Trip, Messengers, End Times) and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Ghostmane, Cavalera Conspiracy, Outer Heaven), Wretched Illusions is available CD, digital, and vinyl formats. Order your copy today  here.

CREEPING DEATH w/ Terror, The Warriors, Dare:

2/19/2020 American Legion Post 8 – Las Vegas, NV

2/20/2020 The Tavern – Ventura, CA

2/21/2020 Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA

2/22/2020 Santa Cruz Vets Hall – Santa Cruz, CA

2/24/2020 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

2/25/2020 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

 

w/ The Acacia Strain, Rotting Out, Chamber, Fuming Mouth:

2/28/2020 The State House – New Haven, CT

2/29/2020 Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY

3/01/2020 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

3/02/2020 Canal Club – Richmond, VA * CREEPING DEATH only

3/03/2020 The Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC

3/04/2020 New Brookland Tavern – W. Columbia, SC

3/05/2020 Soundbar – Orlando, FL

3/06/2020 Crowbar – Tampa, FL

3/07/2020 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

3/09/2020 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX

3/10/2020 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX

3/11/2020 Empire Control Room – Austin, TX

3/20/2020 The Greek Station – Salt Lake City, UT

3/21/2020 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO

3/22/2020 The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS

3/23/2020 Blackhawk Room – Moline, IL * CREEPING DEATH only

3/24/2020 Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN

3/25/2020 Subterranean – Chicago, IL

3/26/2020 Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN

3/27/2020 Skully’s Music Diner – Columbus, OH

3/28/2020 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI

3/29/2020 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON

3/31/2020 The Brass Monkey – Ottawa, ON

4/01/2020 Bar le Ritz – Montreal, QC

4/02/2020 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

4/03/2020 Palladium – Worcester, MA

4/04/2020 The Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY

4/05/2020 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA

6/05-07/2020 Oblivion Access 2020 – Austin, TX

8/14-16/2020 Psycho Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

“Death metal’s new breed of old ghouls mutates vintage fringe into the modern mainstream. Leveraging the rhythmic latitude of thrash and hardcore, CREEPING DEATH torque the genre’s thick guttural trademarks with a ramrod propulsion and knockout delivery that’s seemingly innate.” — Decibel

“Wretched Illusions doubles-down on the intensity, delivering ten tracks that coalesce high-velocity attacks with Lone Star State–styled smackdowns akin to Power Trip.”
Revolver

“One thing can be said about CREEPING DEATH: they’re committed to their name… on the material from their upcoming new album Wretched Illusions, the band are exploring a moldier, more clammy-to-the-touch sound that oozes and lumbers as much as it rips…”
Kerrang

“Everything about this is ugly. Like the aborted lovechild of Dismember and ’89 Bolt Thrower, CREEPING DEATH immediately raise the stakes for the wave of hardcore-infested death metal sweeping the United States.” — Loudwire

“…a formidable debut that ensures CREEPING DEATH's place near the
 forefront of the OSDM resurgence.” —
Exclaim!

“Unrelenting in both its ferocity and listenability… I personally found tracks such as ‘Bloodlust Contamination’ and the doomier ‘Corroded From Within’ akin to very pleasant jackhammers to the face.” — Colorado Springs Independent

CREEPING DEATH:
Reese Alavi – vocals 
Trey Pemberton – guitar 
Eric Mejia – bass 
Lincoln Mullins – drums


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JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY PROVES MONEY AIN’T FREE IN NEW VIDEO

NEW ALBUM CH III: THE COME UPOUT FEBRUARY 20

PRE-ORDER NOW

2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATION FOR 
REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

ALBUM RELEASE SHOWS IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL 

Toronto, ON – February 11, 2020 – Today, JUNO-nominated Toronto artist,STORRY,releases a raw and honest visual for her latest single, Money Ain’t Free. Confidently quipped as a “Motown record without the innocence,” the song reflects on STORRY’s real-life experience of returning to work as a stripper to finance her art. Watch Money Ain’t Free here.

 

The video was written, directed and co-produced by Montreal-born, Toronto-based director, Karimah Zakia Issa.Karimah was struck by STORRY’s experiences and how she had to create several personas to get through one day – thus recreating it thorough the visual. It moves through STORRY discovering she has no moneyleft in her bank account, to scenes of her confronting her mother, re-packing her dance clothing, to burying one of her identities (literally) before it comes back to life. Memories and moments flash through each frame, representing all-in-a-day’s work, and its emotions. 

 

“I needed to strip to make money to pay for the music so that I wouldn’t have to strip anymore,” STORRY says.“I remember people saying I just wanted the easy money. But let me tell you, there was nothing easy about being an exotic dancer, going back to an industry that had caused me a lot of trauma. My entire life, to this day, I wear mostly hand me down, second-hand clothes, I don't buy name brand items, nor do I go to fancy hotels or drive a fancy car. I'm practical and thrifty. Anyone who knows me knows that. But money isn't free, and I have this dream career that I'm pursuing.”

Money Ain’t Freeis one of the many STORIES from STORRY’s forthcoming album, CH III: The Come Up,a project based on her own journey; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. With roots in the opera world, yet expansion into all styles (notable local collaborations include Junia-T and Rich Kidd), STORRY’s live set is always one for the books. You can catch two album release shows; the first on February 20 at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge (find more info here) followed by a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB. 

Following the album launch, STORRY will hit the road for a US tour with stops in Boston, two shows in New York City, Washington, DC, Indianapolis, Chicago and Detroit. See below for all dates with venues to be announced.

In March, STORRY will be heading to Saskatoon for the 2020 JUNO Awards, where she is nominated for Reggae Recording of the Year for Another Man, featured on prolific Jamaican production duo Sly & Robbie’s Pocketbook Riddim project. Listen to the song here.

Money Ain’t Free followsSTORRY’s previous singleA Lost Find. It arrived with a video self-directed, edited and produced by STORRY and creative partner, Tom Baum. STORRY recorded the demo for the song in her basement in one take without edits. Because they loved the track so much, they decided to film the visual with zero budget on a whim. Watch the video here.

CHIII: The Come Up is based on STORRY’s life. She grapples with her relationships with her mother/family, romantic relationships, with her careers, dreams and with money. 
STORRY does not live in any specific genre. Like her music, STORRY is multi-dimensional and fluid. She pulls influences from hip hop to opera, reggae to musical theatre. She is an oxymoron and has equal amounts of grit and poise. The album was written with the intent to take the listener on a journey, focusing more on the storrytelling. And her shows are an experience that takes you through peaks and valleys of emotions, a ride with tears, excitement and laughter. That is why STORRY refuses to be boxed into one style of writing, being, branding, medium or avenue of creation. She wants to show that sex-workers, strippers, women, ALL people, are multi-dimensional and cannot be judged or defined on the surface.
 

About STORRY
STORRY is a JUNO-nominated, seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Fierce and multifaceted, she writes and produces all her music. STORRY's voice quality is second to none, and she uses and enhances her incredible sonorous gifts with prophecies witty, raw, and life-changing. She preaches from experience. Lots of it. Her songs offer an honest portrait of life as a woman: it's an image everybody can recognize, even if they don't want to. Her poetic and musical creativity is unapologetic and fearless. In releasing her music, STORRY is leaving the shadows and showing us the result of decades of artistic work.
 

STORRY released her debut single,  Leave My Heart Behind, on May 31, 2019 to critical acclaim. Music Crowns called it "a new chapter in music," that her vocals "must be heard to be believed," and that "STORRY, with her on-point delivery and shattering vocals, will be the next big name in music." A&R Factory said that "STORRY has the style, talent and soul to ensure that her sound stands out with absolute distinction." Montreal Rampage said that "she can belt it out like nobody’s business, hitting the high notes with crystalline precision and driving it all home with intense passion and heart-wrenching honesty." A promising start; and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  STORRY writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to producing music videos. Her art is authentic to the max, and her raw talent is mind boggling. If it doesn't touch you, it will hit you in the face.
 

STORRY released three more singles to date: House & a Range a tribute to her mom, You Don’t Know Me (Nah Nah) a funky summer bop. She also released Another Man which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly & Robbie,and featured on their album, Pocket Book Riddim. STORRY has recently dabbled in film, and her proudest accomplishment so far is her Claymation short, Up, which has been selected to screen at seven international film festivals (and counting), including the Rome International Film Festival and the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival. Up will make its Toronto debut at the Toronto Short Film Festival, screening at Carleton Cinema on Thursday, March 19. It was nominated for Best Animation and Best Narrative at the Austin Music Video Festival, and won the award for Best Editing at the Montreal International Wreath Film Festival. The film, which was shot over four months out of her mom's basement, will be released to the public in March 2020. STORRY has performed across North America. If you're taken by her recordings, be prepared to be dazzled by her live show because this phenomenon cannot be captured on tape.
 

Canadian Tour Dates:

February 20 – Album Launch at Lula Lounge – Toronto, ON – Info & Tickets

February 22 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC – Info & Tickets

March 19 – Up Film Screening at Carleton Cinema – Toronto, ON

 

US Tour Dates – Venues TBA:

February 28 – Boston, MA 

February 29 – New York, NY

March 1 – New York, NY

March 3 – Washington, DC

March 5 – Indianapolis, IN

March 6 – Chicago, IL

March 7 – Chicago,IL

March 8 – Detroit,MI

Canadian Tour Dates:

February 20 – Album Launch at Lula Lounge – Toronto, ON – Info & Tickets

February 22 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC – Info & Tickets

March 19 – Up Film Screening at Carleton Cinema – Toronto, ON

US Tour Dates – Venues TBA:

February 28 – Boston, MA 

February 29 – New York, NY

March 1 – New York, NY

March 3 – Washington, DC

March 5 – Indianapolis, IN

March 6 – Chicago, IL

March 7 – Chicago,IL

March 8 – Detroit,MI

Watch Money Ain’t Freeyoutu.be/9jrHqo4M9LI

Listen to Money Ain’t Free: foundation-media.ffm.to/moneyaintfree

Pre-order CH III: The Come Up: foundation-media.ffm.to/thecomeup

Buy and stream A Lost Find:storry.lnk.to/lostfind

Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A

STORRY on Spotify: spoti.fi/2EyxzUE

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LOGAN LEDGER SET TO RELEASE EPONYMOUS DEBUT ALBUM APRIL 3 VIA ELECTRO MAGNETIC/ROUNDER RECORDS

PRODUCED BY 13-TIME GRAMMY WINNER T BONE BURNETT

NEW SINGLE (I’M GONNA GET OVER THIS) SOME DAY OUT TODAY

LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED

“Drenched in steel and oozing barroom authenticity, this is utterly mesmerizing. Sign me up for the fan club. – Music Row

“Drifting in with the fog from the Bay Area, singer-songwriter Logan Ledger is charmingly scruffy at first appearance. But when he lets his voice loose, it’s chill-inducting—his knack for rubbery hard country melodies conjure the ghosts of 50s singers like George Jones.” Mother Jones

“Ledger is a rising star whose music walks the fine line between country, Americana and alternative, mixing a dreamy element of 1950s nostalgia with undeniably modern attitudes and sensibilities.” American Songwriter

“Ledger came by the hype the honest way. He’s not trying to impress red dirt music devotees, Deadheads or anyone else sure to love something from I Don’t Dream Anymore.”The Boot

“a Roy Orbison fullness and dynamic” Roots Radio WMOT 89.5

“California songwriter Logan Ledger is formulating a country noir stylistic niche with the assistance of T-Bone Burnett, the veteran producer who helped shape Ledger’s debut EP, I Don’t Dream Anymore. The husky-voiced singer/guitarist has obviously spent plenty of time listening to Roy Orbison and Chris Isaak records.” ­The Philadelphia Inquirer

Toronto, ON – February 7, 2020 – Rising Bay-area-bred singer-songwriter, Logan Ledger, will release his highly anticipated self-titled debut album on April 3 via Electro Magnetic/Rounder Records. Produced by 13-time GRAMMYAWARD winner T Bone Burnett, Logan Ledger embraces the roots of country music while looking through a dark and surrealistic lens – a sound that’s stylistically wayward yet deeply grounded in classic songmanship. Listen/share (I’m Gonna Get Over This) Some Day here, preorder the album here.

“We were pretty much on the same page when it came to what kind of album we were going to make: something that drew from the traditional folk and country music I’ve loved since childhood, but with a good portion of rock and roll and psychedelia thrown in,” Ledger says of working with Burnett. “I’ve always believed that in order to create something new with purpose, one must be steeped in the past and work from within the tradition. This record represents the manifestation of so many of my lifelong dreams about music.”

Last fall, the Nashville-based artist, dubbed “a modern George Jones” by Rolling Stone, released his EP I Don’t Dream Anymore. Two songs from the EP, Invisible Blue and I Don’t Dream Anymore, will be featured on Ledger’s forthcoming full length.

Backed by T Bone Burnett, additional support on the album comes from guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), drummer Jay Bellerose (Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne), bassist Dennis Crouch (Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton) and guitarist/pedal steel player Russ Pahl (Kacey Musgraves, Tyler Childers). Ledger says, “We’re all sort of twirling around each other and creating this great big texture of sound together…. I love how everyone's constantly improvising, but without ever getting in anybody else’s way.”

Ledger will join Secret Sisters on tour across the U.S. this March and April, before joining Lilly Hiatt later this spring. See below for routing details.

TRACK LISTING
1. Mermaids
2. Starlight
3. Invisible Blue
4. I Don’t Dream Anymore
5. Nobody Knows
6. (I’m Gonna Get Over This) Some Day
7. Electric Fantasy
8. Tell Me A Lie
9. Skip A Rope
10. San Francisco
11. Imagining Raindrops

TOUR DATES:
March 22 - Sarasota, FL Fogartyville - Community Media and Arts Center ◊
March 23 - Tampa, FL - Jaeb Theater ◊
March 25 - Brooklyn, NY - Murmrr Theatre*
March 27 - Boston, MA - City Winery*
March 28 - Philadelphia, PA - City Winery*
March 29 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere*
March 31 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House Revival*
April 2 - Chicago, IL - Maurer Hall- Old Town School of Folk Music*
April 3 - Wausau, WI - Grand Theater*
April 4 - Eau Claire, WI - Pablo Center at the Confluence*
April 5 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater*
April 6 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room*
April 8 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s*
April 9 - Kansas City, KS - Knuckleheads Saloon*
April 10 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway*
April 19 - Tilmon, TX - Old Settler’s Music Festival
April 30 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall†
May 1 - Fort Collins, CO - Armory Event Center†
May 2 - Manitou Springs, CO - Lulu’s Downstairs†
May 4 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar†
May 5 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar†
May 7 - Los Angeles, CA - The Moroccan Lounge†
May 8 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord†
May 9 - Redding, CA - The Dip†
May 12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge†
May 13 - Seattle, WA - The Sunset Tavern†
May 14 - Prosser, WA - Brewminatti†
May 15 - Boise, ID - The Olympic Venue†
May 16 - Hailey, ID - The Mint†
◊ Headline
*Supporting Secret Sisters
†Supporting Lilly Hiatt

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MONTREAL’S LE COULEUR SHARE TITLE TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM CONCORDE

VIDEO FOR CONCORDE PREMIERES AT NUVO MAGAZINE

ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 17 
VIA LISBON LUX RECORDS

PERFORMING AT SXSW IN MARCH

Toronto, ON – February 7, 2020 – Today, Montreal trio, Le Couleur, launch the title track for their forthcoming album, Concorde, set for release April 17 via Lisbon Lux Records. The song arrives with a stunning video that premiered via NUVO Magazine. Watch Concorde here.

"I wanted to pay tribute to this mythical plane Concorde, by bringing it as a love break-up...These are the last moments of the plane, which remembers its memories, its image, its exploits,”says Laurence Giroux-Do. “Like the last discussion when you breakup, you remember our good times, trying everything to save the relationship but it ends and the name of this lover remains in our history, in our memory.”

The video was directed by Ariel Poupart in the group’s hometown of Montreal. He connected the track to the plane as a symbol, reflecting this in the imagery.

"Right after Le Couleur approached me for the project, I had a flash: I was going to pay homage to the plane Concorde, but in a symbolic way, by showing characters of all kinds, people in transit who are lost. They're all looking for their destinations, whether it's their soccer game, their all-inclusive hotel or their next flight. After the tragedy, they meet each other, stopped in time, their wandering souls cross without speaking, in limbo in forever."

The Montreal trio, created by Laurence Giroux-Do (vocals), Patrick Gosselin (bass), and Steeven Chouinard (drums), and bolstered live by Philippe Beaudin (percussions) and Francis Do Monte (guitar, keyboards), delivers rich and irresistibly danceable performances.

Le Couleur polished their sound until it shined as bright as the late Studio 54's spotlights with Eps, Voyage Love (2013) and Dolce Désir (2015), and then P.O.P. (2016), their critically acclaimed debut album.

Thanks to precious advice from Giorgio Moroder, with whom the band had the opportunity of sharing the stage, Le Couleur recorded their new album adopting a completely different approach.

Concordetakes its name from the legendary Franco-British airplane from 1965, nicknamed the "beautiful white bird" for its sleek and modern design. This avant-garde project that ended in tragedy has always held a certain fascination for Laurence Giroux-do; a deadly "crash" that inspired in her a sense of macabre sensuality.

In the album's music we find vintage influences, recalling the faded charm of 70s erotica, warm tones also rooted in psychedelia, disco, yéyé, and French chanson.

Pre-order Concorde now, and keep an eye out for Le Couleur at SXSW in Austin, Texas next month – you can find more info here.

UPCOMING SHOWS
March 16-21 – SXSW 2020 – Austin, TX – Info and Tickets
May 8 – Montreal, QC – L’Esco – Info and Tickets
May 21 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti – Info and Tickets

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF DEBUTS ALL OR NOTHING TODAY

AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT OUT
FEBRUARY 14 ON STAX RECORDS

2020 SOLO TOUR NEARLY SOLD OUT
WITH TORONTO SHOWS ON MARCH 8 AND 9

“Stark, eloquent Cash echoes.” – The New York Times

TORONTO, ON – February 7, 2020 – Today, Nathaniel Rateliff debuts his new song, All Or Nothing, the third track shared from his forthcoming solo album, And It’s Still Alright. The record is set for release next Friday on Stax Records. Listen to All Or Nothing here.

Starting on Monday, February 10, for five days, Rateliff will live stream his solo material as well as his music with The Night Sweats via their YouTube Channel, from 12PM ET - 6PM ET, with a new song from And It’s Still Alright premiering each day at 3PM ET. Fans can stream the music on Monday here.

Most recently, the lead single and title track off And It’s Still Alright was the #1 most added song at Triple A Radio in its first week of release. Consequence of Sound called the song a “heart-tugging ballad,” while TIME noted, “...his new solo work takes him in a gentler acoustic direction, which is echoed across his upcoming album. His baritone has a lovely ragged edge, the sort of lived-in voice that seems suited for a campfire and a country lullaby.” In addition, Rolling Stone featured the album on their list of the Most Anticipated Albums of 2020, while Rateliff returned to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform And It’s Still Alright. Watch the performance here.

When Rateliff began writing for the new album, the songs initially centered on the pain of his unraveling relationship, but the theme of the album took a different direction when Richard Swift, his longtime friend and producer of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ two acclaimed albums, passed away in July 2018. Across the 10 tracks on And It’s Still Alright, you can feel Rateliff faltering but never losing hope—hope that it’s all part of a bigger plan. While the songs are quieter and more reflective than the exuberant soul The Night Sweats have become famous for, they are no less urgent and indelible, as he pushes the boundaries and finds new depths in his songwriting—a singular voice embarking on a personal exploration of love, loss and perseverance.

To record And It’s Still Alright, Rateliff returned to Swift’s studio, National Freedom, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He was joined by co-producers Patrick Meese (longtime collaborator and The Night Sweats drummer) and James Barone (Beach House drummer), who both also engineered and mixed the record. The album features additional contributions from Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa violinist), Luke Mossman (The Night Sweats guitarist), Elijah Thomson (Everest bassist), Daniel Creamer (The Texas Gentlemen keyboardist) and Eric Swanson (steel guitarist).

Rateliff’s nearly sold out And It’s Still Alright tour will feature various aspects of his stellar musicianship, ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar, to a full band accompaniment and four piece string section. The extensive run of theatre shows begins in Minneapolis on March 3 and includes two shows at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. The few tickets that remain can be purchased at nathanielrateliff.com.

And It’s Still Alright is available for pre-order here while vinyl and CD packages can be purchased here

AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT TOUR:
February 22—New York, NY—Live from Here with Chris Thile at Town Hall
March 3—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 4—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 5—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater* SOLD OUT
March 6—Chicago, IL—The Chicago Theatre† SOLD OUT
March 8—Toronto, ON—Roy Thomson Hall* SOLD OUT
March 9—Toronto, ON—Roy Thomson Hall*

March 10—Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 12—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 13—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 14—Washington DC—The Anthem‡ SOLD OUT
March 16—Pittsburgh, PA—Byham Theater‡ SOLD OUT
March 17—Indianapolis, IN—Old National Centre‡
March 19—St. Louis, MO—Stifel Theatre‡
March 20—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium‡ SOLD OUT
March 21—Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle‡ SOLD OUT
April 2—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at Ace Hotel§
April 3—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre At The Ace Hotel§ SOLD OUT
April 4—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 5—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 18—North Charleston, SC—High Water Fest
August 26—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
*with Courtney Marie Andrews
†with Damien Jurado
‡with Sam Evian and Hannah Cohen
§with The Still Tide
**with Kevin Morby

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JENN GRANT WISHES HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY WITH NEW SINGLE

TRACK COMES FROM REIMAGINE EP
SET FOR DIGITAL RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 21

TOUR DATES IN HALIFAX, MONTREAL
AND OTTAWA THIS MONTH
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NOMINATED FOR FOUR 2020 EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS
FOLK RECORDING OF THE YEAR
SOLO RECORDING OF THE YEAR
FANS’ CHOICE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
AND FANS’ CHOICE VIDEO OF THE YEAR FOR KEEP A LIGHT ON

Toronto, ON – February 7, 2020 – Jenn Grant has been trickling out new music over the past few months, following her latest release Love, Inevitable. She extended the summer season into September with a stunning rendition of Don Henley’s classic, Boys Of Summer, followed by The Party – an “alt-holiday” song released in December, and ode to lonely people joining the party again. Today, Jenn shares a third track – Happy Birthday, Babya song that reflects on the experiences and emotions around becoming a parent.

“I found childbirth and postpartum to be such an intense, overwhelming but also beautiful and sacred experience,” Jenn reflects. “It can be like all your worst fears and biggest dreams of life coming true at the same time. This song is about those moments before my son was born, and thereafter.”

Happy Birthday, Baby, along with the previously released tracks and a beautiful acoustic rendition of Love, Inevitable’s single, Raven, will be released as the Reimagine EP, which will drop digitally on February 21st and be available in limited edition physical copies at Jenn’s upcoming concerts in Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa (tour date details can be found below).

Jenn continues, “I wanted to include some songs on this Reimagine EP to go with Love, Inevitable. It's been such an all-encompassing experience around that record and the touring of it, that I felt a few more songs needed to be added to the mix. These were recorded around Nashville and at Echo Lake Recordings in Nova Scotia – kind of on a whim. I also wanted to extend the life of this beautiful album, by attaching something new to it, like a true EP can do.

Love, Inevitable, was released in June 2019 and is a marker for a period of change in Jenn’s life; of moving through one moment and leaving it behind, almost carefree, for another.  After making four consecutive albums with her husband, Daniel Ledwell (and being nominated for three JUNO Awards), Jenn stepped out of her usual comfort zone and reached out to Grammy nominated American producer and engineer, Tucker Martine. A synergetic and collaborative team was born, spending the bulk of the summer months recording in Portland, Oregon. Jenn celebrated the release with a cross-Canada tour, enthralling audiences across the country with the new heartfelt songs, and has now earned four 2020 East Coast Music Award nominations for the album: Folk Recording of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year, Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year, and Fans’ Choice Video of the Year for Keep A Light On.

“Grant's gorgeous voice swoops and soars across shimmering pop anthems, folk gems, and sunset ballads.” – CBC Music

REIMAGINE EP TRACKLISTING:

  1. The Party
  2. Raven (acoustic)
  3. Oh, Family
  4. Happy Birthday, Baby
  5. Boys Of Summer

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 14 – Rebecca Cohen Auditorium – Halifax, NS – TICKETS
February 27 – Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – TICKETS
February 28 – National Arts Centre – Ottawa, ON – TICKETS

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DENZEL CURRY & KENNY BEATS RELEASE SURPRISE COLLABORATIVE ALBUM UNLOCKED

SHARE ACCOMPANYING 24-MINUTE SHORT FILM
FEATURING DENZEL AND KENNY BY PSYCHO FILMS

STREAM ALBUM AND WATCH FILM HERE

Toronto, ON – February 7, 2020 –Yesterday, Denzel Curry and Kenny Beatssurprised fans with a new album. Titled UNLOCKED, the collaborative album is the product of a manic three-day studio session following Denzel's widely-acclaimed visit to Kenny's studio for the first season finale of his YouTube show, The Cave. The album is unlike anything you've heard from Denzel or Kenny before, with two of the brightest young stars in hip-hop exploring unexpected sounds outside of their respective catalogues, drawing from the likes of Wu-Tang, Madlib, J Dilla and MF Doom. The result is a body of work that sees Denzel setting the tone for a new decade that began with him paving the sound of the 2010's as a member of Raider Klan.

 

To accompany the surprise album, Denzel and Kenny are also sharing a 24-minute animated film  by Psycho Films that includes all of UNLOCKED'seight songs. The film captures Denzel and Kenny's journey into the expanse of the internet to chase their leaked album, venturing across a number of animated worlds to recover UNLOCKED track-by-track. They will also be releasing physical copies of the album on their Webstore, including a limited-edition clear vinyl, a CD with a jewelbox CD case and poster, and a limited-edition purple shelled cassette.

 

The album kicks off the new decade for Denzel, which will see him continue to build off a breakout 2019 with upcoming performances at Coachella and two Red Bull Zeltron World Wide events in Miami and Oakland. Last year saw Denzel release his critically-acclaimed album, ZUU, which was named one of the best albums of the year by ComplexPitchfork,Exclaim!and Stereogum, in addition to being named the #1 Lyricist of 2019 by Genius, touring alongside Billie Eilish and the $UICIDEBOY$, and making his late-night television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

 

Hear UNLOCKED above and see below for full album info.

 

 

UNLOCKED TRACKLISTING

1. Track 01

2. Take_It_Back_v2

3. Lay_Up.m4a

4. Pyro (leak 2019)

5. DIET_

6. So.Incredible.pkg

7. Track07

8. 'Cosmic'.m4a

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PAUL CHIN SHARES NEW SINGLE TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT FEAT. DESIREE DAWSON

NEW ALBUM FULL SPECTRUM SET FOR RELEASE MARCH 20

PRE-ORDER NOW

FEATURING COLLABORATORS SHAD, 
REBEKAH  HAWKER, SYDANIE AND MORE 

Toronto, ON – February 7, 2020 – Today, multifaceted Toronto artist, producer and DJ, Paul Chin, announces his forthcoming project, Full Spectrum.Set for release on March 20, Paul introduces the album with Take It Or Leave It,  a fresh tune featuring CBC Searchlight winner, Desirée Dawson. The song was created from an unlikely meeting and evolved into friendship through collaboration, much like the album’s focus. Listen to Take It Or Leave It and pre-order the album here.

“Take It Or Leave It was started at a writing camp Desirée (Dawson), Natasha (Fisher) and I were all invited to, helmed by Babyface. It was the last day of the camp, and we were all assigned to what was effectively the ‘leftovers room’ at the studio, probably because we weren’t really seen as the “promising” pop songwriters among the cohort.  But recognising that we weren’t the favourites also kind of emboldened us to say “screw it; let’s forget about what’s trendy and just make a song that’s HONEST,” Paul says of the process.

“That session was the one session I had all week which felt like a collaboration in the truest sense; a piece of art that feels distinctly and identifiably like each of us and our artistic voices.  We got through the first verse and chorus that day, and Desirée and I wrote the rest of the song long-distance over the next year and a little bit.”

After a hiatus from releasing music since his 2015 project, Dancing Drums, Paul Chin returns with his farthest reaching and most sonically ambitious project to date. Full Spectrum is a 20-minute gaze into the musical fascinations and influences that have made him the artist he is today, with assists from an all-star cast of features. Chin deftly folds anime scores, dancehall, orchestral soul, hip-hop, and electronica into his sound, architecting a rich foundation for the likes of CBC Searchlight winner, Desirée Dawson, and Polaris Music Prize nominee, Shad, to deliver an effortlessly killer performances which confirm Paul's reputation as a captain of musical voyaging. The album was mixed and mastered by Toronto’s Freeza Chin.

Paul Chin is a Polaris Music Prize-nominated producer that has risen from a pedigree of classical training, to discovering bedroom production; then years of releasing music as a beatmaker's beatmaker; followed by almost a half-decade of inwardly-focused musical exploration, practice, and collaboration. The Toronto artist's return to the market – while easy to be apprehensive about – begins a new chapter marked by this joyous and confident reflection of his vast musical vocabulary, and adoration for the artform as an electronic artist.

“The last few years of being an observer and student of the music industry, without being as much of a participant or contributor, really made me aware of how much effort is being exerted – industry-wide – by the vast majority of artists, trying to fit into the narrowest lane,”Paul expands on the intention behind the project. 

“I wanted Full Spectrum to be about being fully and wholly myself, and a space where my friends and collaborators could be fully and wholly themselves too.  I’m a lover, student, and product of so many diverse musical traditions, and I no longer care that the vast majority of music consumers on streaming services don’t care for all of those traditions; I just want to reach the relative handful of people who do, and do right by them.  So much of the music that’s really resonated with me and stuck with me over the years has been stuff that’s niche, or specific, or even obscure – which doesn’t make it less good musically – but that stuff was incredibly important to me as a young man seeking validation in his formative years of musical identity, and I just want to make music that’s important to someone else that way.”

About Paul Chin
Paul Chin is a lifelong student, lover, and explorer of music, which manifests itself in his work as a music producer and DJ. Growing up in the Cayman Islands, importing influence and inspiration from any and everywhere was always ingrained in his sense of identity. Additionally, the ethos of DIY culture and resourcefulness exemplified by his Chinese-Jamaican immigrant parents are part of what drew him to the resilient philosophy of hip-hop while studying classical and jazz in school and private music lessons. 

Eventually, his robust musical foundation and scrappy work ethic would meet his insatiable appetite for new and exciting sounds, leading him toward beat-driven electronic music. Since permanently relocating to Toronto, Canada, Paul has embedded himself in the city’s creative fabric. Collaborating and performing alongside resident stalwarts such as Skratch Bastid, Harrison, Tanika Charles, and Shad has afforded him local ambassadorship on stages alongside the likes of Snakehips, Falcons, Toro Y Moi, and Shigeto. His releases all possess a gravitational centre of instrumental hip-hop, but draw his pursuits of jazz, gospel, IDM, disco, garage, dancehall, and anime scores into their orbit. Not content to emulate trendy aesthetics from any one genre, Paul continues to develop his sound, performance, and collaborative work from a diverse spectrum of artists.

Pre-order Full Spectrum:smarturl.it/fullspectrum-ep

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OVERCOATS ANNOUNCE UPCOMING ALBUM THE FIGHT OUT MARCH 6

SHARE NEW TRACK AND VIDEO FOR FIRE & FURY

ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR
INCLUDING CANADIAN DATES IN VANCOUVER
TORONTO AND MONTREAL

CURRENTLY ON TOUR SUPPORTING COLD WAR KIDS

“The singer-songwriters Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell layer their 8ghtknit vocals into bright electronic soundscapes – a winning recipe” – The New York Times

Toronto, ON – February 5, 2020 – Critically acclaimed Brooklyn duo, Overcoats, announce the March 6 release of their upcoming album, The Fight, via Loma Vista Recordings. Tempering punk energy with vulnerable vitality and irresistible catchiness, The Fight is a ten-song battle-cry. It’s the kind of record that might inspire you to quit your job, run a marathon, divorce your husband, change your life in the way you always wanted to, but needed an extra push for. The Fight is the push.

“The idea you have to fight for who you are, what you want, and what you hope to see in the world became poignant for us,” says Overcoats. “We realized the thing to do is not to wait for life to get easier, but to start fighting harder.”

The Fight is available to pre-order now on deluxe vinyl with 10-card custom tarot deck, CD, and digital here.     

Overcoats have also debuted a new song and video entitled, Fire & Fury. The track is equal parts dark and brooding as well as hopeful and anthemic – a dichotomy which is mirrored in the its soaring chorus: “there’s a fire, there’s a fury, the sky is falling, but we’ll get through it.” Click here to watch and here to listen.

The video was shot in Wrightwood, CA and was directed by her ProducVons, who said this of working with the band: “When producing and directing for Overcoats, our goal for the video was to provide a visual representation of their musical growth. Overcoats’ artistic dedication to the creative process supported the creation of a truly authentic video.”

Additionally, Overcoats have announced an 18-date North American headline tour, following their current run with Cold War Kids. The headline tour beginsApril 2 in San Francisco, and features Canadian stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. More dates to be announced soon.

Overcoats first launched this fresh and fiery new chapter with a salty single entitled, The Fool, which NPR named one of its Top 20 Songs of September. The video saw the duo making a statement by shaving their heads on-camera and igniting the next phase of their career with fearless honesty. They followed the release of The Fool with two additional new tracks, Leave If You Wanna and Keep The Faith. The three anthems signify what’s to come on the new Overcoats album and feeds an urgent theme of fighting for self, spirit and soul at all costs, whether it be in a relationship, in world or in life.

About Overcoats
Shaving their heads, grabbing guitars, and pulling no punches, Overcoats, made up of New York-natives Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell, etched a ten-song battle-cry on their second full-length album, The Fight [Loma Vista Recordings]. Their vision is not about picking up arms, but rather about picking oneself up. It’s the kind of record that might inspire you to quit your job, run a marathon, divorce your husband, change your life in the way you always wanted to, but needed an extra push for. This is the push.

As Overcoats wrapped up touring behind their critically acclaimed 2017 debut Young, it seemed as though the world was collapsing around them. There was no choice but to fight. So, they donned guitars in a shared New York city apartment and wrote the soundtrack to their fight. Hana and JJ personally assembled a team around themselves to help support their vision. Within a self-contained environment and under the watch of one London-based creative director, two LA-based producers, and, of course the two creators, the album came to life.

Inspired by everything from Young Marble Giants to The Violent Femmes to Iggy Pop, Overcoats rooted this next chapter in electric guitar and punk energy culled from nearly two years on the road. At the same time, they tempered the energy with a vulnerable vitality and irresistible catchiness. JJ explains, “The new music is a bit grittier and more rock-leaning, but there has always been and will always be a through-line of our voices singing in harmony.” “This album is going to break your heart, but also try to put it back together,” states Hana. “Allowing the guitar to dictate the sound, we tried to represent all of the stages of what this realization was. It’s not just depression, anger, and sadness; it’s the motivational stage too. It’s the pop song that helps to distract you from your sadness. It’s a call-to-arms to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and fight to stay alive.”

The Fight follows Overcoats’ debut full-length Young, which stood out as “one of the Top 5 bestselling albums from a debut ar8st on an independent label in 2017,” bowed at No. 4 on the Alternative New Albums Chart and landed at No. 12 on the Heatseekers Chart. Overcoats generated 50 million-plus streams, sold 30K albums, and regularly averaged 1 million-plus listeners on Spotify. Billboard touted Young among The Best Albums of 2017 – Critics Pick, and NPR Music named it the #4 Album of 2017. The album also received praise from the New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly and more.

THE FIGHT TRACKLIST:
1. I’ll Be There
2. Fire and Fury
3. The Fool
4. YJSTS
5. Apathetic Boys
6. Leave If You Wanna
7. Keep The Faith
8. Dria
9. The Fight
10. New Shoes

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
2/5 - New York, NY - Webster Hall ^
2/6 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^
2/7 - Richmond, VA - The National ^
2/8 - Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore ^
2/10 - Jacksonville, FL - Ponte Vedra ^
2/11 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre ^
2/12 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works ^ 02/14 - Tulsa, OK -
Cain’s ^
2/15 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s ^
2/21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo ^
4/2 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
4/4 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
4/5 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
4/6 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
4/8 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
4/9 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
4/11 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
4/14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
4/15 - Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx
4/16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
4/17 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
4/18 - Montreal, QC - L'Escogriffe

4/23 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
4/25 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
4/28 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
4/29 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry
4/30 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
5/2 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
^ with Cold War Kids

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JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY SHARES NEW SINGLE MONEY AIN’T FREE

PREMIERES AT CBC Q

FORTHCOMING ALBUM CH III: THE COME UP
OUT FEBRUARY 20 – PRE-ORDERNOW

2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATION 
FOR REGGAE RECORD OF THE YEAR

ALBUM RELEASE SHOWS IN TORONTO 
ON FEBRUARY 20 AND MONTREAL ON FEBRUARY 22

WATCH VIDEO FOR A LOST FIND

Toronto, ON – February 5, 2020 – Today, JUNO-nominated Toronto artist,STORRY,shares her new single, Money Ain’t Free. Confidently quipped as a “Motown record without the innocence,” the song reflects on STORRY’s real-life experience of returning to work as a stripper to finance her art. With a broadcast premiere on CBC qand an interview on VIBE 105.5’sRebel Vibez program this morning, the song is one of the many STORIES from STORRY’s forthcoming album, CH III: The Come Up,a project based on her own journey; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. Ahead of its release on February 20, you can listen to Money Ain’t Freehere.

 

“I needed to strip to make money to pay for the music so that I wouldn’t have to strip anymore,” STORRY says.“I remember people saying I just wanted the easy money. But let me tell you, there was nothing easy about being an exotic dancer, going back to an industry that had caused me a lot of trauma. My entire life, to this day, I wear mostly hand me down, second-hand clothes, I don't buy name brand items, nor do I go to fancy hotels or drive a fancy car. I'm practical and thrifty. Anyone who knows me knows that. But money isn't free, and I have this dream career that I'm pursuing.”

 

Last week, STORRY received a 2020 JUNO Award nomination for Reggae Recording of the Year for Another Man, featured on prolific Jamaican production duo Sly & Robbie’s Pocketbook Riddim project. Listen to the song here.

 

With roots in the opera world, yet expansion into all styles (notable local collaborations include Junia-T and Rich Kidd), STORRY’s live set is always one for the books. You can catch two album release shows; the first on February 20 at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge (find more info here) followed by a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB. Stay tuned for her US tour dates and see all details below.
 

Money Ain’t Free followsSTORRY’s previous singleA Lost Find. It arrived with a video self-directed, edited and produced by STORRY and creative partner, Tom Baum. STORRY recorded the demo for the song in her basement in one take without edits. Because they loved the track so much, they decided to film the visual with zero budget on a whim. On the process, STORRY shares, “We picked up a camera and went out into the fields where Tom lives and started shooting a video for it. Lucky for us, a few days after the initial shooting in the sunlight, we would have a huge rainstorm. I remember watching the rain cloud coming. I counted out to Tom when the rain would arrive 5-4-3-2 before I could get to one, I became drenched in a matter of seconds. Tom could barely hold the camera straight from all the wind, and was also trying to hold the umbrella over the camera at the same time as shooting. This was the springboard for me getting into film. I realized that if I put my mind to something, I could get it done.”

CHIII: The Come Up is based on STORRY’s life. She grapples with her relationships with her mother/family, romantic relationships, with her careers, dreams and with money.

STORRY does not live in any specific genre. Like her music, STORRY is multi-dimensional and fluid. She pulls influences from hip hop to opera, reggae to musical theatre. She is an oxymoron and has equal amounts of grit and poise. The album was written with the intent to take the listener on a journey, focusing more on the storrytelling. And her shows are an experience that takes you through peaks and valleys of emotions, a ride with tears, excitement and laughter. That is why STORRY refuses to be boxed into one style of writing, being, branding, medium or avenue of creation. She wants to show that sex-workers, strippers, women, ALL people, are multi-dimensional and cannot be judged or defined on the surface.
 

About STORRY

STORRY is a seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Fierce and multifaceted, she writes and produces all her music. STORRY's voice quality is second to none, and she uses and enhances her incredible sonorous gifts with prophecies witty, raw, and life-changing. She preaches from experience. Lots of it. Her songs offer an honest portrait of life as a woman: it's an image everybody can recognize, even if they don't want to. Her poetic and musical creativity is unapologetic and fearless. In releasing her music, STORRY is leaving the shadows and showing us the result of decades of artistic work.
 

STORRY released her debut single,  Leave My Heart Behind, on May 31, 2019 to critical acclaim. Music Crowns called it "a new chapter in music," that her vocals "must be heard to be believed," and that "STORRY, with her on-point delivery and shattering vocals, will be the next big name in music." A&R Factory said that "STORRY has the style, talent and soul to ensure that her sound stands out with absolute distinction." Montreal Rampage said that "she can belt it out like nobody’s business, hitting the high notes with crystalline precision and driving it all home with intense passion and heart-wrenching honesty." A promising start; and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  STORRY writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to producing music videos. Her art is authentic to the max, and her raw talent is mind boggling. If it doesn't touch you, it will hit you in the face.
 

STORRY released three more singles to date: House & a Range a tribute to her mom, You Don’t Know Me (Nah Nah) a funky summer bop. She also released Another Man which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly & Robbie,and featured on their album, Pocket Book Riddim. STORRY has recently dabbled in film, and her proudest accomplishment so far is her Claymation short, Up, which has been selected to screen at seven international film festivals (and counting), including the Rome International Film Festival and the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival. It was nominated for Best Animation and Best Narrative at the Austin Music Video Festival, and won the award for Best Editing at the Montreal International Wreath Film Festival. The film, which was shot over four months out of her mom's basement, will be released to the public in March 2020. STORRY has performed across North America. If you're taken by her recordings, be prepared to be dazzled by her live show because this phenomenon cannot be captured on tape.
 

TOUR DATES:

Thursday, February 20 – Album Launch at Lula Lounge – Toronto, ON – Info & Tickets

Saturday, February 22 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC – Info & Tickets

Listen to Money Ain’t Free: foundation-media.ffm.to/moneyaintfree

Pre-order CH III: The Come Up: foundation-media.ffm.to/thecomeup

Buy and stream A Lost Find:storry.lnk.to/lostfind

Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A

STORRY on Spotify: spoti.fi/2EyxzUE

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www.storrymusic.com

 

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ALEXANDRIA MAILLOT’S GRIPPING NEW VISUALS FOR SOMEONE TO KEEP YOU WARM SPARK JOY AND VENGEANCE

VIDEO PREMIERES TODAY VIA ATWOOD MAGAZINE

TRACK IS LATEST SINGLE FROM
SOPHOMORE ALBUM BENEVOLENCE

“…an album that defies stiff categorization by constantly keeping
you on your toes.”
Exclaim!

’Someome To Keep You Warm’ stutters boldly, grinding its way to a grimy bass dropping finale” – Earmilk

Toronto, ON – February 5, 2020 – Following the release of her acclaimed sophomore album, Benevolence, Alexandria Maillot kickstarts the new decade with a brand-new music video for Someone to Keep You Warm.

Subjected around the enjoyment of an ex-partner struggling to find love, the new video features a lonely male protagonist. "Sometimes, loneliness can feel like you're under attack, and there's nothing else to do but run for your life,” says director, Brendan Taylor. Showcasing this vision, each chorus of the song is met with strobe lighting, merging perfectly with the heavy synth bass drop. The character slips into a trance-like state, where he finds himself trapped around a group of females, whom represent his failures of loving again.

Discussing the inspiration for her new video, and latest single Alexandria says, "The music video represents the unsettled, peculiar frame of mind I was in when writing Someone to Keep You Warm, The song lyrics paint images of darkness and discomfort, straying from a sense of home and leaving an aftertaste of discontent. The video translates many parts of it visually as a twisted dance between the protagonist's unkept and unhealthy lifestyle and the ghost-like mirages of those affected along the way. It is a story of a haunting, or rather, one's past catching up to them."

Armed with razor-sharp wit and hopeless romanticism, Alexandria dissects narratives from personal life-experiences and delivers through sometimes schmaltzy and sometimes electro-poppy instrumentation and arrangements. For this, she’s often been compared to heavyweights such as Feist, Stevie Nicks and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard.

Maillot has already accumulated an impressive list of credits including being scouted by esteemed Canadian producer and songwriter David Foster (Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Whitney Houston) aged twelve, collaborating with Randy Bachman (Ringo Starr, The Beach Boys), and securing a feature on the Opera Winfrey network.

Touring extensively across Europe and Canada, performing at festivals such as Reeperbahn and Iceland Airwaves, Alexandria is no stranger to the live-circuit. Her debut album, Time, also saw her playlisted across national radio and gained her critical acclaim internationally across industry peers and fans.

With Benevolence, we see a change in the singer-songwriter. On tracks like I Never Liked Your Friends, we see her exploring a more sardonic side to her songwriting, while Make It Out comes from a darker place, with Maillot saying it’s “a song about depression; the lack of motivation that plagues the day, where solace is only found in sleep at night.”

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THE BLUE STONES RECEIVE JUNO NOMINATION FOR BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR

NEW SINGLE SHAKIN’ OFF THE RUST HITS #1 AT ACTIVE ROCK IN CANADA

DUO SELL OUT FIRST EVER TORONTO HEADLINING SHOW AT THE LEGENDARY HORSESHOE TAVERN

ON TOUR NOW THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA

Toronto, ON – February 4, 2020 – Canadian rock duo, The Blue Stones, have had a momentous start to 2020! Last week, the band received their first JUNO nomination for Breakthrough Group of the Year, quickly followed by the news that their lead single, Shakin’ Off The Rust, has hit #1 at Active Rock in Canada, after climbing the charts for 13 consecutive weeks. The track comes from the band’s anticipated new album, coming later this year.

"All of us at eOne are so thrilled about The Blue Stones’ well-deserved Juno nomination,” says eOne’s Scott Givens, SVP, Rock & Metal, Music. “The band makes amazing music and seeing them rise into the top of the Canadian Active Rock chart whilst selling out shows in the US, UK and Canada is a testament to what the future holds.”

The Blue Stones reflect: “We’re stoked to see that after a long time and a lot of hard work, things are coming together and taking off all at once. We can’t wait to share what else we have in store for 2020.”

In addition to these exciting milestones, the band kicked off their North American Hidden Gems Tour in late January, playing across Ontario, selling out all six shows in Kingston, London, St. Catharines, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. The Blue Stones are now making their way to the United States to play 14 shows across eight states during February, before heading home to close out the tour in western Canada throughout March. See below for full tour details.

When Tarek Jafar and Justin Tessier formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together - and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that lead to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As they began working on new music, The Blue Stones caught the attention of producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), with whom they would eventually enter the studio with this past summer. Working with Meany lead to The Blue Stones exploring – and creating – music in a different way than they had before, and led to a new approach by Jafar when it came to tackling lyrics. The result was the band truly discovering who they were during the writing process. They’ve crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that one can’t help but be swept up and carried off by the songs that will eventually form their as-yet-untitled sophomore album slated for release on Entertainment One next year. The duo may be redefining who they are, but their decision to pursue the rock’n’roll dream holds as strong as ever as they enter the next stage of their journey.

These accomplishments will be the first of many great things to come from The Blue Stones in 2020. Stay tuned for more news from the band coming soon!

TOUR DATES:
February 6 @ Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
February 7 @ Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
February @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room - St. Louis, MO
February 9 @ High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
February 11 @ Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
February 13 @ Top Cats - Cincinnati, OH
February 14 @ Thunderbird Music Hall - Pittsburgh, PA
February 15 @ The Hollow - Albany, NY
February 16 @ The Lizard Lounge at Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
February 18 @ MilkBoy - Philadelphia, PA
February 19 @ Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
February 20 @ Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
February 21 @ The Basement - Columbus, OH
February 22 @ The Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
March 12 @ The Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB 
March 13 @ The Exchange - Regina, SK
March 18 @ Better Than Fred's - Grande Prairie, AB
March 19 @ Bo's Bar - Red Deer, AB
March 20 @ The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
March 21 @ The Gateway - Calgary, AB
March 23 @ The Blue Grotto - Kamloops, BC 
March 24 @ Sapphire - Kelowna, BC
March 25 @ Capital Ballroom - Victoria, BC 
March 26 @ The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC

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K. MICHELLE RELEASES NEW ALBUM ALL MONSTERS ARE HUMAN TODAY

LEAD SINGLE THE RAIN AT #8 ON THE MEDIABASE UAC CHARTS 

RELEASES NEW VISUAL FOR INSTANT GRAT TRACK JUST LIKE JAY
 
CELEBRATES ALBUM RELEASE WITH MONSTERS BALL
HOSTED BY BIG FREEDIA

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – R&B singer/songwriter, K. Michelle, releases her highly anticipated album, All Monsters Are Human, today via Entertainment One (eOne).   This album is the first under this partnership and is K’s first project as an indie artist.  The album is currently #1 in R&B on iTunes and Amazon. All Monsters Are Human, which is executive produced by K. Michelle, features production and writing by Jazze Pha,  Drumma Boy, Lil Ronnie, Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge and many more.  K has already released street single SupaHood,  which features City Girls and Kash Doll (7M+ views on YouTube) and lead single The Rain (Over 12M+ views on YouTube), the latter having hit the top 10 on both the Billboard and Mediabase UAC charts. She performed the hit song at the 2019 Soul Train Awards, wowing fans with her remake of the hit New Edition song, which was originally produced and written by the legendary Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Yesterday, K. Michelle released a new visual for instant grat track Just Like Jay. Watch the official video here.

In addition, K. Michelle celebrated the release of the album with a Monsters Ball hosted by Bounce Queen Big Freedia. Fans, music industry insiders and more showed up and showed out for the celebration as Team Rebellion faced off against Team Bounce with the who’s who of ballroom culture.  Sponsored by eOne andKreyol Essence, the winners included Best dressed- Legendary Simone 007(Best Dressed); Venus Balenciaga (Runway); Legendary Kam St. Laurent (Sex Siren); NY Father Leryia Garcon (Face); and Legendary Veronika Miyake Mugler, Shay Prodigy, Kimiyah Balenciaga (Team Performance). The Winning Team was Team Rebel, which included Legendary Simone 007, Aoki Revlon, Davinci Miyake Mugler, NY Father Leryia Garcon. Also, Tsan Performance (Female Figures) included Legendary Veronika Miyake Mugler, Shay Prodigy, Kimiyah Balenciaga. Special thanks toHouse of Mugler, House of YES, Kreyol Essence and all the participants that made this night amazing.

For more information on K. Michelle, her new album, tour dates and more, fans can log onto www.allmonstersarehuman.com.

ALL MONSTERS ARE HUMAN TRACK LISTING:
1. Just like Jay 
2. That Game
3. The Rain
4. All The Lovers
5. Something New
6. Ciara’s Prayer
7. OMG
8. SupaHood
9. Love On Me
10. Don’t Like You
11. Table For One
12. Can’t Let (You Get Away)
13. The Worst  

www.allmonstersarehuman.com

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FLASH GOTTII FEATURING TRIPPIE REDD RELEASE PAPER CHASE MUSIC VIDEO

TOP OF THE WORLD PRODUCED BY D.A. GOT THAT DOPE 

TRIPPIE REDD TOUR DATES START TODAY

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – Kansas City’s, Flash Gottii, nabs chart-topping rapper, Trippie Redd, and producer Luke Herbert for Paper Chase. The music video is the lead visual from Gottii’s upcoming debut 20/20 Vision EP releasing via Entertainment One/100 Entertainment. Directed by California Creatives, the clip shows the two rappers in a mansion with money on their mind and kicking all distractions to the curb. Watch the video here.
 
“The song is basically about all the fake love that surrounds you when you start getting money,” explains Flash Gottii. “I hate fake love, I just don’t want to be around those vibes. My focus is taking care of my family and doing what I gotta do and I think a lot of people can relate. Shout out to my brother Trippie Redd for jumping on the song and taking me out on tour.”

Today, Flash Gottii joins Trippie Redd’s Love Me More Tour with the first performance happening in his hometown at the Arvest Bank Theatre. All dates listed below. Last week, Flash Gottii debuted another D.A. Got That Dope track, Top Of The World, a red and gold inspired anthem dedicated to The Chiefs heading to Super Bowl LIV.

LOVE ME MORE TOUR DATES:
February 1 Kansas City, MO
February 3 St Louis, MO
February 4 Des Moines, IA
February 6 Minneapolis, MN
February 7 Milwaukee, WI
February 8 Chicago, IL
February 9 Grand Rapids, MI
February 11 Indianapolis, IN
February 12 Columbus, OH
February 14 Detroit, MI
February 15 Cleveland, OH

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ROYCE 5’9” RELEASES NEW TRACK I DON’T AGE TODAY

PRE ORDER FOR UPCOMING ALBUM THE ALLEGORY AVAILABLE NOW

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – Royce 5'9" releases a new track, I DON’T AGE, today.  This is the third track to be released from Royce’s forthcoming album, THE ALLEGORY, (eOne/Heaven Studios, Inc.), set to be released on February 21.  Fans can pre order/save THE ALLEGORY beginning today and immediately receive I DON’T AGE as an Instant Grat track. 

Royce just released the controversial track and visual for Overcomer, feat. WestSide Gunn and recently released Black Savage feat. Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The Prynce & T.I.

Royce is also featured on 3 tracks from Eminem's surprise #1 album MUSIC TO BE MURDERED BY.   He appears on Yah Yah, featuring Black Thought, Q-Tip and Denaun Porter, You Gon' Learn, featuring White Gold and I Will, featuring Slaughterhouse members KXNG Crooked and Joell Ortiz.  With Em, his partner in rhyme, Royce adds to his production arsenal on the controversial lead single, Darkness and You Gon' Learn.

In celebration of THE ALLEGORY, Royce will perform in Detroit on February 20, 2020 at The Garden Theatre located at 3929 Woodward Ave.  The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and advance tickets are available here.  Ticket buyers will receive a free album download with the purchase of a ticket.  


ABOUT ROYCE 5'9": 
Royce 5’9” has balanced substance and style with the best in music. In addition to an incredible solo career, Royce co-founded Bad Meets Evil (with Eminem), Slaughterhouse (with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Kxng Crooked), and PRhyme (with DJ Premier). Most known for his confident wordplay, revealing accounts of his life growing up in Detroit, overcoming addiction, and holding Rap peers accountable, Royce sits with Hip-Hop’s elite and continues to be one of raps most trusted brands. Through his hard work and dedication to his craft, Royce has built and maintained a cult following and the artistic pedigree of Ryan Montgomery has never been called into question. Instead, through recent releases, including Layers (2016), and The Book Of Ryan (2018), Royce has been credited as a leader in the culture by making thought-provoking, thematic releases.  The once self-proclaimed “best-kept secret” of Rap, this platinum-selling, list-topping MC continues to earn his accolades though his ability to release new music with an unmatched consistency. 

www.royce59.com

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LOVING'S DEBUT ALBUM IF I AM ONLY MY THOUGHTS OUT TODAY VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

LISTEN & SHARE HERE

"the band display an innate talent for lush compositions and soothing melody, capturing a delicate blend of melancholy and optimism." - EXCLAIM

"Visions sounds like the summer-misplaced from weird, sun-stained driving montages from '60s and '70s movies, the soundtrack to spending summer afternoons in the backseat of stuffy cars" - PASTE

"draws from an earthy palette of folk-inflected indie rock with grounded, psychedelic, and mesmerizing arrangements" - NOISEY

“... simple, sun-dappled folk-pop, like Whitney after a thimbleful of magic mushrooms.” - PITCHFORK

"The title track is absolutely gorgeous, unfolding at its own pace, this leisurely sense of grace that is also explicitly exact.” - CLASH

"mellow, folky indie rock with a twist of psychedelia" - BROOKLYN VEGAN

"beautiful, indie rock lullabies with just a touch of psychedelia" - INDIE SHUFFLE

"warm, dreamy tickling of guitars and the distinctive vocals that place you right there with them in British Columbia, hiding from the unforgiving downpour of rain with a steaming hot cuppa' chamomile" - EARMILK

"soundtrack of lush guitars and an easygoing ambience" - SUBSTREAM

"a full dose of good vibes... This is about the best medicine to chill your life that you are going to find today" - WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – Loving's intimate, lo-fi psychedelic folk songs inspire a sense of ease, yet are deceptively intricate. They offer a space to ruminate in life's uncertainties and acknowledge the often strange journey of being alive.

After a highly acclaimed self-released EP, which organically found success online, Loving return with their first full-length album, If I Am Only My Thoughts, which sees its release today on Last Gang Records. Have a listen to the title track here, and watch the video for Lately In Another Time here.

The Victoria, BC-based band is the collaboration of David Parry and brothers Lucas and Jesse Henderson. With lyrics written by both Jesse and Lucas, the lush, homespun collection of songs was recorded to tape, mixed, and mastered by David in his self-described "cold, dismal" basement studio in Victoria. In contrast, these songs are balmy and inviting, comprised of a series of open-ended questions that circle existential themes.

Stay tuned for North American tour dates to be announced soon.

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Artwork

www.lovingband.com

About Last Gang:
Last Gang Entertainment is a recording, management and publishing company founded in 2003 with offices in Los Angeles, London, Toronto and Montreal. In addition to launching Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles, the label has combined successfully with Ryan Hemsworth, LIGHTS, Chromeo, The New Pornographers, Purity Ring, Boys Noize and Tiga on varied licensing deals. See lastgangentertainment.com for more info.

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LAILA BIALI ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM OUT OF DUST TO BE RELEASED ON MARCH 27th ON CHRONOGRAPH RECORDS

ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

LEAD SINGLE SUGAR OUT TODAY

ON TOUR ACROSS CANADA
THROUGH FEBRUARY AND MARCH

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – The last few years have been a roller-coaster for Laila Biali. For nearly every major triumph – a highly acclaimed return to jazz, winning the 2019 JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, touring the world – the singer-songwriter has faced private debilitating crises. In just a few short years, Biali lost a close friend to cancer, mourned a family member’s suicide, and was diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders that threatened to upend her career. It was a period of change and heartache – but it was also a season of great inspiration and hope. The result is Biali’s deeply personal new album, Out of Dust.

Set for release on March 27th on Chronograph Records, Out of Dust finds Biali luxuriating in the light she found at the end of the tunnel. Co-produced by Biali and her husband, Ben Wittman, the album is a celebration of life; warm and uplifting, even as it confronts her recent challenges – and the current political climate – head-on.

“These new songs took shape as I processed my own feelings of doubt and loss,” Biali reveals. “I believe that nothing is wasted, that even life's greatest challenges can produce something meaningful, even if only to make us more aware of and empathetic to the struggles of those around us.”

The political is personal on the brassy album opener, Revival; transforming global tumult into an inspiring call-to-arms, Biali sings with the clear-eyed confidence of a warrior, “There’s a fire underground / Come on down”. This fervour animates the entire album, even in its quieter, more personal moments, like on Wendy’s Song – a piano ballad dedicated to the friend Biali lost to cancer – turning the details of a single life into a powerful epic. Glass House – which Biali wrote with her husband – frankly addresses the after-effects of a family member’s suicide, while Take the Day Off – a lullaby written with her nine-year-old son – bluntly acknowledges the reality of healing, with Biali singing that it’s okay to “pull the sheets over your head” and “unwind” when you need to.

In addition to contributions from Biali’s husband and son, Out of Dust features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis. Giving fans a taste of the new music on Out Of Dust, Biali drops the lead single, Sugar, today. Inspired the writer Rebecca Reynolds’ poem about sugar addiction, the track is a funky, toe-tapping anthem for not feeling so guilty about life’s guilty pleasures. Have a listen here.

Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter and pianist, Laila Biali, has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents, from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. In addition to her 2019 JUNO Award win, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category, and was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, where she was named SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year. She received her first JUNO nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot on DownBeat Magazine's Best Albums of the Year for Live in Concert (2013). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music's national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to listeners across Canada. While Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy" (Washington Post).

OUT OF DUST TRACKLISTING:

  1. Revival
  2. The Monolith
  3. Glass House
  4. Wendy’s Song
  5. Sugar
  6. Alpha Waves
  7. Au pays de Cocagne
  8. Take Me To The Alley
  9. The Baker’s Daughter
  10. Broken Vessels
  11. Take The Day Off

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 7 – Langley, BC – Bez Arts Hub
February 8 – Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place
February 9 – Calgary, AB – Alvin’s Jazz Club
February 10 – Penticton, BC – The Dream Café

February 11 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
February 12 – Bellingham, WA - WJMAC
February 13 – Duncan, BC – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
February 14 – Regina, SK – Le Bistro, Monseigneur de Laval School
February 15 – Swift Current, SK – The Art Gallery of Swift Current
February 16 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment

February 23 – Sarasota, FL – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
February 28 & 29 – Gainesville, GA – The Arts Council
March 21 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
March 28 – Toronto, ON – Aga Khan Museum
April 3 – London, ON – Aeolian Hall

April 5 – Topeka, KS – Topeka Jazz Concert Series
May 2 – Vancouver, BC – Pyatt Hall

DOWNLOAD – hi-res photo | DOWNLOAD – album cover artwork
DOWNLOAD – tour poster

www.lailabiali.com

About Chronograph Records:
Chronograph Records is a boutique record label that works closely with artists who are looking for an insightful and collaborative partnership. Representing some of the best jazz, urban acoustic, and blues artists in Western Canada, Chronograph Records strategically helps develop their roster, allowing the artists to evolve into exactly who they're supposed to be. Since the label's 2004 inception, Chronograph artists have garnered numerous award nominations, most recently culminating in a JUNO Award win, multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, a TD Grand Jazz Award, Global Music Awards, a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, and Canadian National Smooth Jazz Award winners.

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ALLIE X SHARES NEW SINGLE DEVIL I KNOW

NEW ALBUM CAPE GOD SET FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 21

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
INCLUDING STOPS IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO & MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – Iconoclastic pop darling, Allie X, returns with a new album, Cape God; an extensive tour and a new single – the ominous yet instantly memorable, Devil I Know. Listen to the track here.

“The lyrics to Devil I Know follow my inner dialogue as I address my abuser directly. ‘Everytime I take your lead feels like a curse. Everytime I try to stop, feels even worse. Baby you’re the devil I know. Better than the devil I don’t...,” explains Allie X. “What the listener realizes as the song goes on, is that I am actually singing to myself as the perpetrator, inflicting all my own suffering. ‘I could scream somebody help me out. But the wicked one is me.’ This is a song about your own inner demons, how difficult it is to quiet them, and how easy it is to stay embraced in their arms.”  

Allie X welcomes fans to Cape God in this short video clip. Set for release on February 21 via Twin Music, the album features Mitski (on Susie Save Your Love) and Troye Sivan (on Love Me Wrong). Cape God is a carefully constructed meditation on universal themes of identity and belonging and, most importantly, a declaration of the autonomy we have when it comes to redefining ourselves and our place in the world. Allie subverts the notion of Cape Cod – the East Coast playground of elite insiders – and plunges listeners into a gloomy, grandiose fantasy world where anxiety-ridden outsiders take center stage. Against a backdrop of darkly dreamlike production, she recalls teenage alienation and rethinks ostracization as a vehicle to unite rather than isolate.

“I was waiting for the right moment and place and maturity level where I could comfortably and accurately put these feelings into song,” Allie X explains. “This sort of margin in time and space helped me dive in and explore some repressed childhood feelings.”

Devil I Know is the fifth new song that Allie X has unveiled in the lead-up to the release of Cape God. Vulture praised lead single, Fresh Laundry as “one of her most sophisticated songs yet, built on a noir-ish minimal beat that reminds me of St. Vincent or Nine Inch Nails.” Naming her one of the “essential new artists for 2020,” NME noted, “She can take a line about fresh laundry and turn it into something transcendental.”

Reviewing Love Me Wrong ft. Troye Sivan, TIME said, “Allie X’s evolution continues, and this iteration has my full attention. [Love Me Wrong] is first of all absolutely gorgeous. I could get drunk on this song for days.” Allie X describes Regulars as “an anthem for outsiders and one of my favourite songs I’ve ever written.” Watch the official video for Regulars here.

V Magazine observed, “You know Allie X already: she’s the weird girl with the best shoes – who everyone else secretly wishes they were brave enough to befriend, bitch.” In 2019, she toured with Charli XCX and Marina and The Diamonds, prompting NME to note, “it’s starting to feel like she might already be part of the new decade’s pop Justice League.” In recent months, she has been featured on the covers of Dress To Kill (Canada), Bricks (UK) and Vestal.

Cape God is the follow-up to 2018’s, Super Sunset, which NYLON praised as the enigmatic artist’s “most open effort yet, a semi-fictionalized account inspired by falling in love and her life amidst all the L.A. glitz and glamour.” GQ said, “[On] the exceptional, singular Super Sunset, she finally enters the gates of pop heaven.” The album is available for pre-order now in CD, single sleeve vinyl and deluxe gatefold vinyl editions. Album/ticket bundles, meet-and-greet packages and merchandise are also available.

Allie X’s forthcoming headline tour will immerse fans in this surreal world. The North American leg kicks off on March 22, and includes Canadian stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Tickets are on sale now here. See below for itinerary.

CAPE GOD 2020 TOUR DATES
North America

3/22 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – Voodoo Room
3/23 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory OC – Constellation Room
3/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
3/26 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
3/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub
3/28 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset
3/31 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
4/1 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
4/2 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/4 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral

4/5 – Boston, MA @ Sonia
4/7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Avant Gardner
4/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Black Box at Underground Arts
4/9 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
4/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
4/12 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt
4/15 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
4/16 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – Cambridge Room
4/18 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
4/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
4/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
4/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
Europe/UK
5/28 – Milan, Italy @ Arci Ohibo
5/30 – Berlin, Germany @ Privat Club
5/31 – Cologne, Germany @ JAKI Club
6/1 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg Upstairs
6/4 – London, UK @ Heaven
6/6 – London, UK @ Mighty Hoopla Festival

Pre-order Cape God here
Listen to Devil I Know here

DOWNLOADCape God album artwork
DOWNLOADDevil I Know single artwork

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE 2020 KEY DATES ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – Thursday, January 30, 2020 – Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has revealed its key dates for 2020.

The 40 album Long List for the 15th edition of the prize will be announced June 15. The 10 album Short List will be unveiled on July 15. This year’s Polaris Gala is September 21 at The Carlu in Toronto, ON and it will be streamed live around the world at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2020 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2020 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury convenes on the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Polaris Music Prize 2020 Key Dates:

June 15 – Long List announcement
July 15 – Short List announcement
September 21 – Polaris Music Prize Gala at The Carlu, Toronto, ON

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters. 

We acknowledge Ontario Creates for their continued support of the Polaris Music Prize. 

About the Polaris Music Prize 
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. polarismusicprize.ca

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Music
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Listen app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering 200 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca.

Media Contacts: 

Polaris Music Prize media: 
Amanda McCauley - Indoor Recess 
(905) 926-6440 
amanda@indoorrecess.com  

Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec): 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca  

CBC Music 
Teaghan Hawke 
(416) 205-6863 
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca  

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams): polarismusicprize.ca/media  
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LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS ANNONCE LES DATES CLÉS DE 2020

TORONTO, ON – Le jeudi 30 janvier, 2020 – Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a dévoilé ses dates clés pour 2020.

La longue liste des 40 albums sera annoncée le 15 juin. La courte liste des 10 albums sera dévoilée le 15 juillet. Cette année, le gala Polaris aura lieu le 21 septembre au Carlu à Toronto (Ontario) et sera diffusé en direct partout dans le monde sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000 $ à l’artiste ou au groupe ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur le mérite artistique, sans aucune considération pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, chacun des neuf autres nommés de la courte liste 2020 recevra 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles au Prix de musique Polaris 2019 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2019 et le 31 mai 2020. La longue liste et la courte liste sont déterminées par un jury indépendant de journalistes de musique, blogueurs et animateurs provenant des quatre coins du Canada. Onze personnes du bassin des membres du jury seront choisies pour former le grand jury, qui déterminera le gagnant du Prix de musique Polaris le soir du gala.

Les gagnants antérieurs sont Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Les dates clés du Prix de musique Polaris 2020 :

15 juin – dévoilement de la longue liste
15 juillet – dévoilement de la courte liste
21 septembre – gala du Prix de musique Polaris – The Carlu, Toronto, ON

Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien (Fonds de la musique du Canada) et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada. 

Nous reconnaissons l’appui continu d’Ontario Créatif envers le Prix de musique Polaris.

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est une organisation à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadiens de renom. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques musicaux jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. polarismusicprize.ca

À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. En tant que source d’information de confiance au pays, nous proposons un point de vue typiquement canadien sur les nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous présentons aussi des contenus en espagnol, en arabe et en chinois, en plus des deux langues officielles, par le biais de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique. 

À propos de CBC Music 
CBC Music connecte les Canadiens avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et par le biais d’émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 200 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards et de votre musique préférée issue de partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à découvrir le prochain grand artiste. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

Contacts medias:

Prix Polaris – Québec 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295 
magali@polarismusicprize.ca  

Prix Polaris – Canada 
Amanda McCauley 
Indoor Recess
(905) 926-6440 
amanda@indoorrecess.com  

CBC Music 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863 
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca  

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio): polarismusicprize.ca/media
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LORD DYING DEBUTS FREED FROM THE PRESSURES OF TIME VIA METAL INJECTION

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
AND OBITUARY TO COMMENCE NEXT MONTH

WITH STOPS ACROSS CANADA

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2020 – Portland-based progressive sludge metal unit, LORD DYING,unveils their captivating new video for Freed From The Pressures Of Timevia Metal Injection. The powerful track comes off the band’s Mysterium Tremendum full-length, released last spring via Entertainment One.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Erik Olson of the Brett Roberts-directed clip, “The video was filmed on location in the countries that made up former Yugoslavia. It highlights both the beauty and strangeness of Spomenik (WW2) monuments, some of which have been forgotten by the sands of time. Enjoy!”

LORD DYING’s critically-lauded Mysterium Tremendum was recorded at Los Angeles’ West Valley Recording Studios in August of 2018 with producer Mike Plotnikoff (Fear Factory, In Flames), mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Nirvana, Pantera, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and comes enveloped in the planetary landscape-inspired cover art of Steve R. Dodd. A massive, riff-heavy concept album borne out of personal sorrow, Mysterium Tremendum delivers eleven lead-footed tracks that explore death and what may or may not lie beyond.

LORD DYING will return to stages next month on a North American tour supporting labelmates Black Label Society and Obituary. The journey runs from February 21 through April 3 and includes several headlining shows along the way, with stops in Vancouver, Grand Prairie, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto . See all confirmed dates below.

 

Stream Mysterium Tremendumin its entirety here.

Mysterium Tremendumis available on CD, 2XLP, and digital formatshere.

LORD DYING:
February 21 - The Shredder - Boise, ID *
February 23 - Bunkhouse - Las Vegas, NV *
February 25 - Pub Rock Live - Scottsdale, AZ *

w/ Black Label Society, Obituary:
February 26 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
February 27 - House Of Blues San Diego, CA
February 28 - Riverside Municipal Auditorium - Riverside, CA
February 29 - Virginia Street Brewhouse - Reno, NV
March 1 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
March 2 - Old Nick's Pub - Eugene, OR *
March 3 - Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA
March 4 - The Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC
March 6 - The Bowes Event Centre - Grand Prairie, AB
March 7 - MacEwan Hall - Calgary AB
March 8 - Midway Bar - Edmonton AB
March 9 - Black Cat Tavern - Saskatoon, SK *

March 10 - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
March 11 - 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN w/ Bongzilla (no BLS/Obituary)
March 12 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI
March 13 - Kewadin Casino - Sault Ste. Marie, MI
March 14 - Garrison - Toronto, ON*
March 15 - Ace Of Cups - Columbus, OH *
March 16 - Old Forester's Paristown Hall - Louisville, KY
March 17 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
March 18 - Hi-Tone - Memphis, TN *
March 19 - Mars Music Hall - Huntsville, AL
March 20 - Freetown Boom Boom - Lafayette, LA *
March 21 -The Plant -m Dothan, AL
March 22 - Jannus Live - St. Petersburg, FL
March 24 - Music Farm - Charleston, SC
March 25 - Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
March 26 - Wonderland - Richmond, VA *
March 27 - Main Street Armory - Rochester, NY
March 28 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
March 29 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA *
March 30 - Westside Bowl - Youngstown, OH *
March 31 - Sanctuary - Hamtramck, MI *
April 1 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL *
April 2 - Lookout Lounge - Omaha, NE *
April 3 - Streets - Denver, CO *
* LORD DYING Only

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THE REVIVALISTS RELEASE MADE IN MUSCLE SHOALS LIVE STUDIO EP & ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTARY

WATCH HERE AND LISTEN HERE

WATCH LIVE STUDIO VIDEO FOR BRAND NEW SONG BITTER END 

INTO THE STARS TOUR KICKS OFF FEBRUARY 28TH
WITH SHOW IN TORONTO ON MARCH 3

TICKETS ON SALE NOW - $1 OF EVERY TICKET SOLD WILL BE DONATED TO THE REV CAUSES FUND IN SUPPORT OF ORGANIZATIONS DEDICATED TO REVIVING AND INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITIES 

Toronto, ON – January 30, 2020 – Chart-topping rock band, The Revivalists, have surprised fans with the release of their Made In Muscle Shoals live studio EP and accompanying documentary, which was recorded and filmed at the legendary FAME Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and directed by Jay Sansone of Human Being Media. Watch here and stream/download the album here.

 

Capturing the essence of The Revivalists at this exciting time in their 10-year journey, the documentary gives the deepest insight yet into what makes the band tick against the backdrop of Muscle Shoals, a location steeped in the many classic styles of American music that informs the New Orleans - based band's signature sound. The Revivalists bring us into the studio with them as they record the Made In Muscle Shoals EP, which features brilliant re-imaginings of the band's hit Oh NoYou & IChange, and All My Friends from their latest studio album, Take Good Care (Loma Vista Recordings), as well as a soulful rendition of The Bee Gees' To Love Somebody, and a gorgeous stripped down piano-and-vocal take of their platinum-selling hit Wish I Knew You. The EP also includes a never-before-released, brand new song, Bitter End, about being stuck in a one-sided love – watch  the full live studio video here. Check out Rolling Stone's first look here.

 

“We went to Muscle Shoals to capture that special kind of real and raw that only a place like that can provide. There’s a certain kind of magic that occurs when you’re amongst the spirit in that room. All the history, all the hurt, all the passion and perseverance that went into making what is now one of the most iconic studios in America was ever-present and always felt,” shares front man David Shaw.

 

The Revivalists’ Into The Stars headlining tour kicks off February 28th and will include a stop at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on March 21st, a hometown show at The Fillmore on May 2nd following their appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and a return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 12th for the third consecutive year after selling out their headline shows at the famed venue in 2018 and 2019. $1 of every ticket sold will be donated to a variety of organizations through the band’s newly established umbrella fund, Rev Causes, which supports the essential work of organizations dedicated to reviving and investing in our communities, health, and environment. The initial organizations that Rev Causes will donate to are: Center for Disaster PhilanthropyEverytown For Gun Safety Support Fund,  National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)Songs for Kids FoundationUpturn Arts. Tank and the Bangas will support The Revivalists on the first leg of the tour from February 28th through March 21st. PJ Morton will support from April 10th through April 22nd. Stephen Marley, Lake Street Dive, Strand of Oaks, Neal Francis, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band will also support on select dates. For all ticketing details please visit www.therevivalists.com and for more information on Rev Causes visit here.

 

The band also recently made available a limited-edition Australian Wildfire Rescue T-Shirt with 100% of proceeds benefiting WIRES, the largest wildlife rescue and rehabilitation charity in Australia, donated via Rev Causes. Purchase here.

 

Renowned for their live firepower and soulful alt-rock anthems, The Revivalists’ eight-piece ensemble includes pedal steel guitar, a unique two-drummer set-up, horns, and more all led by the incredible, instantly recognizable voice of front man David Shaw. The band is heading into 2020 full force following a big 2019 which saw them playing to their biggest venues and festival crowds yet, adding to their more than 410 million global streams, opening for The Rolling Stones, joining Willie Nelson on stage, making a big statement in support of the anti-gun violence movement during their debut at Lollapalooza (watch here), and turning their recent hit songs like the #1 Triple A and Top 5 Alternative hit All My Friends,  the #1 Triple A and Top 15 Alternative hit, Change - which became the band’s third Mediabase #1 in a row at the Triple A format - and Oh No - into instant fan favorites. They also recently appeared on the legendary Austin City Limits as well as NCIS: New Orleans.

 

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MADE IN MUSCLE SHOALS TRACK LISTING:
1. Oh No
2. You & I
2. To Love Somebody
3. Bitter End
4. Change
5. All My Friends
6. Wish I Knew You

 

THE REVIVALISTS TOUR DATES:

February 28 - Mashantucket, CT @ The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino#

February 29 - Washington, DC @ The Anthem#

March 3 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre#

March 4 - Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg University#

March 6 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore#

March 7 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall#

March 10 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant#

March 11 - Madison, WI @ The Sylvee#

March 13 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore#

March 14 - Chicago, IL @ Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom#

March 16 - Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl

March 18 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa

March 20 - Bensalem, PA @ XCite Center at Parx Casino#

March 21 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall#

April 10 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte*

April 11 - Asheville, NC @ U.S. Cellular Center*

April 14 - Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater*

April 15 - Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz*

April 17 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live*

April 18 - Key West, FL @ Key West Amphitheater*^

April 21 - Huntsville, AL @ Mars Music Hall*

April 22 - Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford*

April 24 - Atlanta, GA @ SweetWater 420 Fest

April 25 -  New Orleans, LA @ Jazz & Heritage Festival 

May 2 -  New Orleans, LA  @ The Fillmore &

May 9 - Spicewood, TX @ Spicewood Vineyards $#@

May 22 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston

May 23 - Tulsa, OK @ Osage Casino – Skyline Event Center

May 27 - Chattanooga, TN @ Riverbend Festival

May 28 - St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre

May 30 - North Charleston, SC @ Volvo Car Stadium

June 12 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre !&

# with Tank and the Bangas

* with PJ Morton

^ with Stephen Marley

$ with Lake Street Dive

@ with Strand of Oaks

& with Neal Francis

! with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

 

“The Revivalists' sound covers a lot of ground and harkens back to many of their diverse influences…but they are constantly moving forward.” – Grammy.com

 

“The Revivalists have a great vibe…good old-fashioned rock and roll…” – Variety

 

“The Revivalists are enjoying their 'overnight success' ten years in…” – Forbes

 

"... a creative, compelling blend of musical ingenuity and heart..." – Billboard

 

“A high energy, seamless blend of soulful, horn-abetted rock and roll…inching closer to pop superstardom…” – Relix

 

“The bridge between sounding contemporary and fresh and rustic and familiar has a home on the map of The Revivalists…They have brought their craft, inspiration, and creativity into coalescence to remind listeners of the joy of music and the joy of life.”

– No Depression

 

“The ‘Oh No (Made in Muscle Shoals)’ video is a great taste of The Revivalists’ beloved live show: high intensity, with lots of searing guitar solos, bluesy breakdowns and growling one-liners from front man David Shaw.” – Paste

 

ABOUT THE REVIVALISTS

The Revivalists had been grinding for 10 years when their now platinum-selling single, Wish I Knew You, took off. Amassing more than 410 million total streams, the band has performed on numerous television shows including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, Ellen, TODAY, and Austin City Limits, and have garnered major media attention from the likes of Rolling Stone, NPR, Billboard, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Forbes, Salon, HuffPost, Grammy.com, Alternative Press, Paste, UPROXX, Flaunt, Nylon, No Depression, and more for their “creative, compelling blend of musical ingenuity and heart" (Billboard) and their distinct mix of "just about every classic school of American music” (UPROXX). Variety praised the band as “good old-fashioned rock and roll” while Rolling Stone lauded them as an Artist You Need To Know and Boston Herald called them “budding superstars.” They were nominated for a Billboard Music Award and two iHeartRadio Music Awards, were named Billboard’s Top New Rock Artist of 2017, and have three years of back-to-back sold out headline tours in their biggest venues to date. The Revivalists are: David Shaw [lead vocals, guitar], Zack Feinberg [guitar], Andrew Campanelli [drums], George Gekas [bass], Ed Williams [pedal steel guitar], Rob Ingraham [saxophone], Michael Girardot [keyboard, trumpet], and PJ Howard [drums, percussion].

 

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NIKKI YANOFSKY LEADS BY CREATIVE INTUITION ON NEW ALBUM BLACK SHEEP OUT MAY 8TH

WATCH NIKKI BECOME A MEME IN NEW VIDEO FORGET

Toronto, ON – January 30, 2020 – With her new album, Black Sheep, out May 8th, accomplished singer, Nikki Yanofsky, makes a bold creative shift: for the first time in the young artist’s already long and impressive career, Nikki leads by her own creative intuition, bucking expectations and painting a clear personal portrait of who she is today. Recorded at Warner-Chappell studios in NYC and produced and co-written by Zachary Seman and Roger Kleinman (Joey Bada$$, ASAP Rocky), Black Sheep also features the last two songs that decorated songwriter, Rod Temperton (Thriller), ever penned.

To celebrate the announcement of Black Sheep, Nikki releases lead single and video, Forget. In the official video for Forget, Nikki becomes the world’s favorite memes, from Bad Luck Brian to a femmed-up Rick Roll. Billboard called the song a “charming...self-confident anthem.” Watch the official video for Forget here.

In her own words, Nikki says, “Forget is about being underestimated, overlooked and doubted, but prevailing. Going from the butt of a joke to being impossible to ignore, being everywhere (like a meme!). A song for the haters.”

“Sometimes all it takes for you to become the ‘black sheep’ is for people to believe that you are one, and once someone has their mind made up about you, everything you do fuels that idea,” she continues. “This is the first album where I’ve written lyrics that speak to my life experiences, and I’m not just trying to please everyone around me. It’s different than anything I’ve ever done before, but feels the most me. I feel evolved.”

Montreal-based Nikki Yanofsky found success at an early age. Her song, I Believe, was named the official theme song of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. With I Believe, Nikki set a record as the youngest artist to have a number one Billboard single for the longest period of time, and the song was simultaneously number one on both the pop and jazz charts. Nikki is the youngest singer to record for famed Jazz label, Verve Records, and she’s worked with a host of celebrated artists including Herbie Hancock, will.i.am, Elton John, Wyclef Jean, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones. Nikki was named one of Billboard’s 21 under 21 and has earned praise from The New York Times, The Guardian, and New York Magazine, who called her “astonishingly talented” and “immediately disarming.”

Nikki will play select shows in NYC, LA and Canada in support of Black Sheep, with dates to be announced soon.

PRE-ORDER FORGET (LIVE ON JAN. 31) ffm.to/nikkiyanofsky-forget

BLACK SHEEP TRACKLIST:

  1. Loner

  2. High Note

  3. Forget

  4. Sunshine

  5. Owe It All

  6. Black Sheep

  7. Throwin' Stones

  8. Nerve

  9. Turn Down The Sound

  10. Bubbles

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KEYCHANGE ANNOUNCE 74 NEW PARTICIPANTS FOR YEAR-LONG CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMME

16 LEADING MUSIC ORGANIZATIONS FROM 12 COUNTRIES LEAD GLOBAL MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE

BREAKOUT WEST AMONG THE FIRST OUTSIDE OF EUROPE TO COMMIT TO THE TALENT DEVELOPMENT ELEMENT
OF THE KEYCHANGE PROGRAMME

PROVIDING WOMEN AND GENDER MINORITY PARTICIPANTS ALL SKILLS AND OPPORTUNITIES NEEDED TO GET TO NEXT STAGE IN CAREER

Toronto, ON – January 29, 2020 – 74 artists and music industry professionals from 12 different countries have been selected by industry and export experts as the future leaders that will take part in the Keychange development programme in 2020, after an open call that received over 650 applications. Participants include Estonian experimental singer and violinist, Maarja Nuut, whose delicate and melancholic releases have received praise from the likes of The Quietus, The Guardian and Vice; Berlin-based lo-fi pop artist, DENA, who has been tipped by some of the biggest media in Europe and worldwide (Der Spiegel, Guardian, Dazed, Fader), as well as wowing audiences at SXSW, clubs and festivals around Europe; and London alt-soul singer, Anaïs, who released her breakthrough track, Nina, in 2018 and has already received critical acclaim from iD, Fader, and Pitchfork. 

Launching with a full network meetup in Stockholm on February 13th, this extensive programme, led by Reeperbahn Festival in partnership with PRS Foundation and Musikcentrum Öst, will give the 74 women and gender minority participants all the skills and opportunities they need to get to the next stage in their career. This is the first of three cohorts that will take part in the ambitious and future-facing four year programme that was announced in Summer 2019, when Keychange was awarded €1.4m from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Alongside the full network meet-ups and mentoring, participants will take part in a ‘Creative Lab’ at one of the 13 festivals that are partnered with Keychange. The Creative Labs will offer showcasing opportunities to Artists, public speaking opportunities to Innovators, plus workshops, seminars, studio sessions, masterclasses and more. International collaboration lies at the heart of the programme, and Polish company Chimes have been recruited to oversee all training.

The participants will get:

  • Participation in full network meet-up in Stockholm in February 2020
  • Participation in full network meet-up at Reeperbahn Festival in September
  • Mentoring via SheSaidSo
  • For Artists: showcase and Creative Lab activity at one of the 13 partner festivals
  • For Innovators: participation and Creative Lab activity at one of the 13 partner festivals
  • Promotion via the Keychange database
  • Capacity building with a bespoke training programme

The announcement comes at an exciting moment for Keychange; the number of organizations that have signed up to the gender balance pledge has passed 300, and Talent Norge (Norway), Norsk Tipping (Norway) and Musicians’ Union (UK) – who have lead important research and resources for cases of harassment, discrimination, and abuse of power – have joined the movement as Sponsors. 

Canadian partners, FACTOR, SOCAN Foundation, and festivals MUTEK Montreal and BreakOut West are the first outside of Europe to commit to the talent development element of the Keychange programme. Canadian artists and music industry professionals will get access to international opportunities and progression routes that would not be available to them otherwise, as well as training and participation in a valuable network. Many Canadian festivals have signed the Keychange gender pledge, and the investment into individual development is a concerted step towards meaningful and long lasting change for the Canadian music industry. 

A core value of Keychange is to break down the barriers that people face because of their gender, and from listening to the feedback from the 2018 edition of the programme, the new team put a specific budget in place to support all childcare needs. Therefore, in this first year of 2.0, Keychange has pledged a percentage of their funding to the participants, specifically for childcare, in order to facilitate their participation in the programme, and ultimately aid their development. 

Christina Schäfers, Keychange Lead and Head of Reeperbahn Festival's programmes in arts, word and film says, “The Keychange talent development programme lies at the core of the initiative. While the pledge encourages organisations to book diverse talent, we’re helping the talent get to their stages. Following dialogue with many creators and experts during phase one, we are particularly pleased that a more inclusive approach to recruitment has resulted in a very diverse and exciting group of participants for 2020. We are proud to represent many more gender minority participants and a diverse range of ethnicities, genres and career levels.The Keychange team are busy creating a meaningful and impactful capacity building programme, and we’re looking forward to working with them all, and to seeing what they do next. We can’t wait to host this incredible cohort at the full network meet-ups in Stockholm and at Reeperbahn Festival.”

UK-based participant Machine Woman (Anastasia Vtorova) says, “Keychange has given me a prime opportunity to get involved and learn how to create positive changes in the music industry. Changes come from like-minded people and inspire future generations.”

Keychange Ambassador Shirley Manson says, “It is vitally important to me that we continue to talk about and more importantly address existing problems and prejudices within the music industry. I very much appreciate that the Keychange initiative is focusing energy on offering opportunities to artists that help them realise their potential in an industry rife with barriers.”

The 74 new participants are:

Artists

Country

Innovator

kroy

Canada

Mar Sellars

Kimmortal

Canada

Katrina Lopes

Hello Delaware

Canada

Rebecca Szymkow

iskwē

Canada

Savannah Wellman

Maarja Nuut

Estonia

Maarja Merivoo-Parro

Katja Adrikova

Estonia

Martiina Putnik

TBC

Estonia

Merylin Poks

THE BLIND SUNS

France

Celine Garcia

ROBI

France

Clothilde Chalot

The Rodeo

France

Clemence LEAUTE

Novaa

Germany

Lina Burghausen

DENA

Germany

Lena Ingwersen

Ilgen-Nur

Germany

Chinwe Nnajiuba

GDRN

 

Iceland

Björt Sigfinnsdóttir

Hafdís Huld

Iceland

Soffia Jonsdottir

Cell7

Iceland

Valdís Þorkelsdóttir

Any Other

Italy

clio flego

Kety Fusco

Italy

Joslina Cipolletta

L'Impero della Luce

Italy

Letizia Angelini

Charlotte Bendiks

Norway

Jennifer Gunn

ISÁK

Norway

Kine Lundervold

Miss Tati

Norway

Amira Morstaq Ali

Joanna Duda

Poland

Magda Chołyst

Mehehe

Poland

Ievgeniia Ivanova

Ba:zel / ai fen

Poland

Aleksandra Jablonska

Elaine Mai

Republic of Ireland

Lia Lieghio

SYLK

Republic of Ireland

Shauna Watson

PILLOW QUEENS

Republic of Ireland

Mona-Lisa Das

Sol Escobar

Spain

Natalia San Juan Bentancurt

Alvva

Spain

Rosana Corbacho

MounQup

Spain

Nadia Leal

The Hanged Man

Sweden

Sarah El Miniawy

Isabel Neib

Sweden

Rebecca Tegegne

Sara Parkman

Sweden

Amanda Elefelt

Machine Woman

UK

Kat Kennedy

anaïs

UK

Katie Tavini

Islet

UK

Shekayla Maragh

Listen to the Keychange 2020 artist playlist here.

60 participants took part in the Keychange programme in 2018, including Poppy Ajudha, who has since been named as one of Barack Obama’s favourite artists, Kat Frankie, who was nominated as Best Producer at the notorious, Preis fur PopKulture, awards in Germany, Harriet Moss who has been promoted to Managing Director of publishers Manners McDade, and IMAN, who has written a multi-million streamed track with Zara Larsson. 

About Keychange
Keychange is a pioneering international initiative which transforms the future of music whilst encouraging festivals and music organisations to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. 74 emerging artists and innovators each year from across Europe and Canada will take part in international festivals, showcase events, collaborations and a programme of creative labs. Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations.

Keychange is led by Reeperbahn Festival, PRS Foundation and Musikcentrum Öst, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in partnership with Tallinn Music Week, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Oslo World, Linecheck/Music Innovation Hub, Ireland Music Week, SACEM, Liverpool Sound City, Way Out West, Spring Break, MAMA, MUTEK and Breakout West.

Keychange is sponsored by FACTOR, Fundación SGAE, GEMA, Gorwelion Horizons, IMRO, the Musicians’ Union, Norsk Tipping, Roskilde Festival, Smirnoff Equalising Music, SOCAN Foundation, Songtrust, SoundCloud, STEF, STIM, and Talent Norge.

www.keychange.eu    

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MATT HOLUBOWSKI RELEASES NEW SINGLE TWO PAPER MOONS

WATCH VIDEO FOR TWO PAPER MOONS HERE

NEW ALBUM WEIRD ONES SET FOR RELEASE

ON FEBRUARY 21

CURRENTLY ON TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA

Toronto, ON – January 28, 2020 – Matt Holubowski presents Two Paper Moons, a new song from his upcoming record Weird Ones. The singer-songwriter with the expressive voice and unique phrasing pushes sonic experimentation to another level on this album to be released on February 21. With Two Paper Moons, he oscillates between melancholy and optimism.

An ode to owning being different, Weird Ones invites us into a parallel universe, a world at once beautiful, strange, colourful, and surreal, a place where everything is possible: "I've always wanted to cultivate a certain strangeness," adds Holubowski. "The title, Weird Ones, is a reference to the marginal and singular people who've inspired me and continue to do so, whether their extravagance is expressed flamboyantly or in a more introspective way. I think there are thousands of ways of tapping into your weird side and using it to be creative."

Matt Holubowski and his musicians are back on tour to present Weird Ones and kicked off the 2020 tour last week in his home province of Quebec. In March Matt will be making his way across North America, with stops in Vancouver, Kitchener, Toronto, Hamilton, and Kingston. See below for all tour dates, and stay tuned for more on his release of Weird Ones!

TOUR DATES:
February 18 - Ste-Geneviève, QC - Salle Pauline-Julien
February 27 - Bécancour, QC - Le Moulin Michel de Gentilly
February 28 - Sherbrooke, QC - Theatre Granada
February 04 - Montreal, QC - M Telus
March 5 - Québec, QC - Grand Théâtre de Québec
March 6 - Sorel-Tracy, QC - Salle Georges-Codling
March 7 - Gatineau, QC - Salle Odyssée

March 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetary*
March 14 - Portland, OR - The Old Church*
March 15 - Seattle, WA – Barboza*
March 16 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret*
March 18 - Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
March 19 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
March 20 - Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware
March 21 - Kingston,ON  - Grad Club
April 15 - Amos, QC - Théâtre des Eskers
April 16 - La Sarre, QC - Salle Desjardins
April 17 - Rouyn-Noranda, QC - Théâtre du Cuivre
April 18 - Val-d'Or, QC - Théâtre Telebec
May 8 - L'Assomption, QC - Theatre Hector-Charland
May 9 - Chicoutimi, QC - Théâtre Banque-Nationale
May 10 - Sept-Îles, QC - Salle Jean-Marc-Dion
May 12 - St-Irénée, QC - Domaine Forget
May 14 - Carleton-sur-Mer, QC - Quai des Arts
May 15 - Rimouski, QC - Salle Desjardins-Telus
May 16 - Cowansville, QC - Auditorium Massey-Vanier
May 17 - Brossard, QC - L'Étoile Banque-Nationale
May 27 - St-Eustache, QC - Le Zénith de St-Eustache
May 28 - Terrebonne, QC - Theatre du Vieux-Terrebonne
May 29 - Trois-Rivières, QC - Théâtre du Cégep
May 30 - Joliette, QC - Salle Rolland-Brunelle
June 5 - Laval, QC - Salle Andre-Mathieu
June 6 - Victoriaville, QC - Le Carré 150
June 10 - St-Hyacinthe, QC - Centre des Arts Juliette-Lassonde
June 11 - Drummondville, QC - Maison des arts Desjardins
June 12 - Saint-Jérôme, QC - Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
June 13 - Sainte-Thérèse, QC - Théâtre Lionel-Groulx

* with Tamino

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UNION DUKE KICK OFF NEW YEAR WITH SINGLE LEFT BEHIND

                                                                                                                        WATCH VIDEO HERE

SHOWCASING AT AMERICANAFEST ON JANUARY 28
WITH NEW ONTARIO TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – January 28, 2020 – Toronto folk quintet, Union Duke, are kicking off 2020 with new music. Today, they share a highly emotive single and video, Left Behind.  The song premiered via The Bluegrass Situation, with a video at Folk Radio UK. In addition, the band has announced new Spring tour dates in Ontario, and a showcase at Americanafestin the UK from January 28 to 30, with an exclusive performance at The Moth Club. Watch the video for Left Behindhereand see below for complete details. 

 

“Left Behind is exactly what you think it is: a song about leaving things behind,” says Union Duke’s Ethan Smith. “We were trying to capture the feeling of loneliness and isolation one can feel when they’re far from the one(s) they love - both lyrically and musically. It’s about the distance often forced between us and the longing to be together again. It’s the only soft-ish song of the music we’ve released over the last year and once we got in the studio with it we had the opportunity to explore some really cool ideas that are pretty new for us. It was a lot of fun building this tune and taking it from mellow and simmering to a driving banjo-driven sing-along. Plus: lapsteel!”

 

Back in December, Union Duke shared Atlas Of Love with two stunning visuals for the piece. The firstfollowed their successful Dudes & Dukes show in Toronto, with the second premiering exclusively with Canadian Musician. It was produced by AnalogSongs during a visit to the Lunenburg Seaport as the band toured through eastern Canada in March 2019 and played a few tunes amongst a collection of maritime memorabilia. Watch the video here

 

"Atlas of Love is a song for those who haven't quite figured out the nature of their love, much less themselves. Originally, I couldn't even figure out which direction the song was going in,” says Union Duke’s Jim McDonald. “I toyed with "I'm the Atlas of Love, and you're the weight on my back", but ultimately, I think the song works better when I'm the one who's the burden. It's less accusatory and I feel like it's something most people have felt at some point in their life. I think just about everyone has struggled with trying to figure out who they are and how they fit into a relationship."

Atlas Of Love was produced by Jeff Hazin and recorded between his studio and Taurus Recording in Toronto. The song also features organ and pedal steel in a departure from Union Duke's previous work while still maintaining the pieces that make up their unique sound: catchy melodies, thoughtful lyricism, top-tier musicianship and powerful vocal harmonies. The artwork was created by Mat Dunlap (The Sheepdogs, Yukon Blonde).

In the summer of 2019, the band released 123,atune about modern apathy. Listen to it here. The song was produced by Jeff Hazin between his studio and Taurus Recording in Toronto and features Alan Zemaitis on the organ. Into the chorus, the band proclaims, “Gimme 1, 2, 3 couple more then anotherDrink rye whiskey til /I’m blindI won’t have no trouble sleepingI won’t have no troubled mind.”

123follows their single, Ladidadidawhich includes a stunning video that premiered exclusively at Exclaim!. Watch it hereLadidadidais that rambling road-weary song in your head while you drive the last of many miles home. It's the story of anyone who must leave the things they love behind, the unbridled bliss of making it back in one piece, and the desperate highs and lows of the spaces in between.
details. 

About Union Duke
Webster's Dictionary defines Union Duke as a raucous collision of alt-rock and twang, bringing crowds to their feet with songs from the heart. Soaring harmonies, driving rhythm, and infectious enthusiasm have seen these five guys from youth to young manhood. With three albums, countless festival stages, and hundreds of thousands of kilometers in the rearview, the band is excited to be touring new music, filming videos, and winning new fans everywhere they go. In the two years since their last record Golden Days, Union Duke has been steadily travelling and unravelling across the country, and they’re ready to share the lessons they’ve learned with a slate of new music. In the coming months, four new songs of love, distance, heartache and revelry will be finding their way into your ears, eyes and hearts.

UPCOMING SHOWS
January 28 - The Moth Club, London at 10pm as part of AmericanaFest UK
March 28 - Orillia, ON - Mariposa In Concert - St. Paul's Centre
April 17 - Sudbury, ON - SpringFest - St. Andrew's Place
April 18 - Collingwood, ON - Crow Bar & Variety

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CONCORD CELEBRATES GRAMMY WINS

Toronto, ON – January 27, 2020 – Artists and songwriters from across Concord’s vast roster were among the winners in many major categories at the GRAMMY® Awards last evening in Los Angeles.

Fantasy Records artist, Tanya Tucker, took home two GRAMMY Awards for her album, While I’m Livin’. Tanya earned the first GRAMMYs of her career in the categories of Best Country Album and Best Country Song (Bring My Flowers Now), along with her co-writers, Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth. Tucker and Carlile offered a stirring performance of Bring My Flowers Now during the telecast.

Also, during the televised ceremony, Ariana Grande paid tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s, My Favorite Things, segueing into her chart-topping hit, 7 rings, both of which are published by Concord Music Publishing.

Concord Records and Concord Music Publishing artist and songwriter, Keb’ Mo’, received the Best Americana Album GRAMMY for Oklahoma, while label mates, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, won a GRAMMY Award for their album, Look Now, in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category.

On the Concord Jazz label, Esperanza Spalding was recognized with a GRAMMY for 12 Little Spells (Jazz Vocal Album). Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band’s Antidote earned them an award for Best Latin Jazz Album. This was Chick’s 23rd GRAMMY win.

Rounder Records all-female Americana trio, I’m With Her (Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan & Sara Watkins), was recognized in the Best Americana Roots Song category for Call My Name.

Concord Music Publishing songwriter, Jacob Collier, won GRAMMY Awards for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella and Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals for his work on Moon River and All Night Long, respectively.

Concord Music Publishing songwriters contributed to a number of projects that prompted GRAMMY wins this year for the performing artists: Mark Ronson (Alternative Music Album, Vampire Weekend and Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, A Star Is Born), Walshy Fire (Reggae Album, Koffee) and Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart (Classical Solo Album, Joyce DiDonato).

The GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album was won by the cast of HADESTOWN. Concord Theatricals is a producer on the Tony® Award-winning Broadway production.

In a farewell tribute to longtime producer of the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, Ken Ehrlich, Concord artists and songwriters, Cyndi Lauper, Common and The War And Treaty, performed I Sing the Body Electric from the acclaimed film, Fame.

“To all of the artists, songwriters, composers and playwrights with whom Concord is thrilled to collaborate: Your triumphs today and every day make us proud, and we can’t wait to support you as you continue to make music,” said CEO Scott Pascucci from the company’s after-party at Two Bit Circus in Downtown LA.

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RAPHAEL SAADIQ RELEASES SO READY (THE BROTHERS MACKLOVITCH REMIX)

FIRST EVER COLLABORATIVE RELEASE FROM BROTHERS
A-TRAK (ALAIN MACKLOVITCH) AND CHROMEO'S DAVE 1 (DAVE MACKLOVITCH)

Toronto, ON – January 29, 2020 – Raphael Saadiq — acclaimed “Son of Soul” and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and collaborator — has released So Ready (The Brothers Macklovitch Remix) – listen HERE. The song, which originally appeared on Saadiq’s latest album, Jimmy Lee, received a fresh remix with a pulsing club beat crafted by The Brothers Macklovitch – the duo of DJ, producer and cultural connector, A-TRAK (Alain Macklovitch), and long-running, massively acclaimed funk band, Chromeo's Dave 1 (Dave Macklovitch) – their first ever release together.

“So Ready is from the addict’s perspective,” says Raphael. “They know they need to stop and have tried countless times, but can’t.”

Self-produced by Raphael at Blakeslee Recording Co. in North Hollywood, Jimmy Lee — his first album in eight years — tells the story of a deep personal journey through some of life’s biggest trials and tribulations. Inspired in part by his brother’s addiction as well as the temptations and distractions of modern life, Raphael embraces radical new sounds — darkly cinematic atmospheres, rumbling percussion, murky bass textures, spaced-out jazz interludes and more — to create a cutting-edge soul masterpiece. It’s a statement of intent from a leading light of R&B music.

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KATIE PRUITT’S GRACE HAS A GUN PREMIERES TODAY

DEBUT ALBUM EXPECTATIONS OUT FEBRUARY 21

SPRING HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED WITH CANADIAN SHOW IN TORONTO APRIL 13

Toronto, ON – January 24, 2020 – Emerging singer, songwriter and musician, Katie Pruitt’s, new song, Grace Has A Gun, is premiering today. Listen/share HERE. Already receiving critical acclaim, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen declares, a song that just gave me chills,” while Paste calls it, “witty, sad and potent.”

Reflecting on the song, Pruitt shares, In a relationship centered around the toxicity of mental illness, I learned firsthand how difficult it is to love someone that doesn’t love themselves. The red flags you are willing to miss and the burdens you are willing to carry, because you are under the impression that you could be their cure. Only to learn, that loving someone this self-destructive will only kill you both.”

Grace Has A Gun is the latest track unveiled from Pruitt’s highly anticipated debut album, Expectations, which will be released February 21 via Rounder Records and is now available for pre-order. Co-produced by Pruitt and her close friend Mike Robinson, Expectations was recorded in Nashville and consists of ten new songs written/co-written by Pruitt including the title track, which was released this past fall to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone praises, “there’s something wonderfully nostalgic about Katie Pruitt’s ‘Expectations.’ The chorus-pedaled guitar tone wouldn’t be out of place on a Tears for Fears album, while the arrangement—full of pop hooks, layered harmonies and reverb-heavy riffs—rustles up the timeless, infinite feeling of being young and limitless,” while American Songwriter declares, “The single demonstrates what Pruitt does best: blend indie rock, Americana and solid songwriting.” Ahead of the release, Pruitt has released two additional album tracks: Loving Her and Out Of The Blue.

In support of the album, Pruitt will kick off her extensive headline tour next year with a special record release show at Nashville’s The Basement on February 21. Additional stops include Los Angeles’ The Hotel Café, San Francisco’s Café Du Nord, Seattle’s Sunset Tavern, Denver’s Globe Hall, New York’s Mercury Lounge, Philadelphia’s MilkBoy and Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic among several others. See below for complete details.

Originally from the Atlanta suburbs and now based in Nashville, Pruitt has been building to a career breakthrough over the past few years following the release of her OurVinyl Live Session EP in March 2018.

TOUR DATES:
February 21 —Nashville, TN—The Basement
March 20 —Dallas, TX—Ruins
March 21 —Houston, TX—White Oak Upstairs
March 24 —Phoenix, AZ—Valley Bar
March 26 —Los Angeles, CA—The Hotel Café
March 28 —Santa Ana, CA—Constellation Room
March 29 —San Francisco, CA—Café Du Nord
March 31 —Portland, OR—Bunk Bar
April 1 —Seattle, WA—Sunset Tavern
April 3 —Salt Lake City, UT—Kilby Court
April 5 —Denver, CO—Globe Hall
April 7 —Minneapolis, MN—Turf Club
April 8 —Kansas City, MO—Riot Room
April 9 —St. Louis, MO—Blueberry Hill
April 10 —Evanston, IL—SPACE
April 11 —Indianapolis, IN—Hi-Fi
April 13 —Toronto, ON—Drake Hotel
April 15 —New York, NY—Mercury Lounge
April 16 —Uncasville, CT—Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
April 17 —Boston, MA—Café 939
April 18 —Philadelphia, PA—MilkBoy
April 20 —Washington, DC—DC9
April 21 —Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle Back Room
April 22 —Atlanta, GA—Eddie’s Attic
April 24 —Louisville, KY—Zanzabar 
*with Langhorne Slim and The Lost at Last Band 
†The Wood Brothers

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LEXXICON EMPOWERS YOUR INNER SUPERSTAR ON NEW SINGLE

PERFORMING IN TORONTO ON JANUARY 26 AND
FEBRUARY 23 AT THE BABY G AS PART OF 
AFROWAVE

NEW ALBUM BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE OUT JANUARY 31

PRE-ORDER HERE

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR SUPERSTAR

LISTEN TO LEXXICON ON NEW THEORY RADIO
AND ART PAYS ME PODCAST

“With singles like the body-positive Fatty Fatty and the slightly more melancholic Lonely, Bashment Trap House is shaping up to be a party album with a heart.” – Exclaim!

Toronto, ON – January 24, 2020 – Toronto-based Hip-Hop/Dancehall hybrid, Lexxicon, has been making his rounds. Now one week away from his anticipated Bashment Trap House project drop on January 31, he shares Superstar, his fourth single leading to the release. You can catch Lexxicon perform the new tracks live with two shows in Toronto at The Baby G on January 26 and February 23. See below for all details, watch the lyric video for Superstar here, and pre-order the album now.

“Written after my visit to New York last October, Superstar is the perfect track to play after you just got your post-secondary degree, passed your driver's test, won the lottery or received Christmas money,” Lexxicon says. “It's a high-energy track embracing being wild, outlandish and celebrating the youthful spirit. This track is club-ready and will get you dancing in no time.”

The song follows Lucky Lucky, a tribute to Lexxicon’s parents and their bond. “The song was inspired by my parents and their 26 years of marriage and just reflects on how special it is when you find that right person for you,” Lexxicon says of the Artafacts-produced track. “Love is not something to be taken for granted because each time you find it, it's like winning the lottery. Finding a partner to appreciate you for all your flaws and strengths is the type of love I wish for everyone in the new year.”

Last month, Lexxicon shared a personal track called Lonely, sharing his experience with Crohn’s disease. “Many of us have certain experiences where no matter who is around us we still have to go through it alone. For me, it was begin diagnosed with Crohn's disease and dealing with the hospital visits, medication changes, and multiple side effects. During that time was when I felt extremely alone and was the inspiration for this song. I just hope putting my feelings to music can help someone going through a similar situation.”

Bashment Trap House’s first single, Fatty Fatty, celebrating inclusion and body positivity. Produced by Kontrabandz, Fatty Fatty is about celebrating life, tying into the project’s overall theme around Lexxicon’s journey as a Jamaican/Canadian artist. The hook is gender-neutral, embracing an inclusive party track that everyone can vibe to.

Ahead of the album’s release, Lexxicon has shared his story as a Jamaican Canadian artist and devoted member of the Toronto arts community, with interviews featured on Sauga 960AM program, New Theory Radio, and the Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. Bashment Trap House has been regarded as one of Exclaim!’s 31 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2020 and highlighted in outlets including Canadian Beats, Pure Grain Audio and FYI Music News

About Lexxicon
Hip-Hop/Dancehall artist Lexxicon fluctuates between Dancehall Patois, R&B harmonies, and melodic rapping with pure power. Born in Jamaica, Lexxicon moved to Birmingham, England and then New York City before settling in Toronto, Canada, where he found the drive, passion, and tools to become a recording artist. He honed his talent by growing in some of the city’s talent incubators such as R.I.S.E Edutainment, and UrbanArts – B.M.M.

After taking the stage at Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and the Culture Shock Block Party, the experience of Lexxicon’s live performances can be described as a powerful presence. The Toronto-based artist’s up-tempo hybrid sound comes from many influences of Sean Paul to Tory Lanez. His vision is to push the boundaries of hip-hop music, by blurring genres lines and adding his Jamaican background to his music.

Lexxicon is also an active member of Toronto’s creative community, founding a rising showcase series called AfroWave Toronto, that advocates for Dancehall, Afrobeats and Reggaeton representation in the local music scene. He attended Ryerson University and founded student group called RyeSWAT (now RyeRecords) for artists on campus to record an album (The Vision – Various ArtistsGenesis EP – Various Artists) and release music. In addition, he has worked with Ryerson’s Caribbean Student’s Association, United Black students at Ryerson, Poetic Exchange, and Psychology Student’s Association.

Pre-order Bashment Trap House: bit.ly/2sAYL2O

Listen to Superstar: fanlink.to/LexxiconSuperstar
Listen to Lucky Lucky: fanlink.to/LexxiconLuckyLucky
Listen to Lonely: fanlink.to/LexxiconLonely
Watch lyric video for Lonely: bit.ly/2YL09vo
Listen to Fatty Fatty: fanlink.to/FattyFatty
Watch lyric video for Fatty Fatty: youtu.be/qB0y-EJqfmI

2020 TORONTO TOUR DATES
January 26 – The Baby G – Toronto, ON – Tickets and Info
January 30 – Bashment Trap House Listening Party - 130 Queens Quay East, 5th Floor, Toronto, ON - Tickets and Info
February 23 – The Baby G – Toronto, ON

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF UNVEILS DANNY CLINCH-DIRECTED VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK WHAT A DRAG

LEAD SINGLE AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT #1 MOST ADDED

AT TRIPLE A RADIO

 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT OUT FEBRUARY 14 ON STAX RECORDS PRE-ORDER HERE

2020 SOLO TOUR NEARLY SOLD OUT WITH SECOND TORONTO SHOW ADDED ON MARCH 9

Stark, Eloquent…Cash Echoes.” New York Times

Toronto, ON – January 24, 2020 – Today, Nathaniel Rateliff, unveils a Danny Clinch-directed video for his new track, What A Drag, the second song he’s shared from his forthcoming solo album, And It’s Still Alright, which is set for release on February 14 via Stax Records. Watch the video here.

The acclaimed director and photographer comments, “I was excited to work on this tune the moment I heard its moody cinematic opening. I felt we could make a strange little film that would allow the viewer to make their own interpretation of what the song and video means to them.”

And It’s Still Alright’s lead single and title track was the #1 most added song at Triple A Radio in its first week of release. TIME noted, “...his new solo work takes him in a gentler acoustic direction, which is echoed across his upcoming album. His baritone has a lovely ragged edge, the sort of lived-in voice that seems suited for a campfire and a country lullaby.” In addition, Rolling Stone featured the album on their list of the Most Anticipated Albums of 2020, while Rateliff returned to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform And It’s Still Alright. Watch the performance here.

When Rateliff began writing for the new album, the songs initially centered on the pain of his unraveling relationship, but the theme of the album took a different direction when Richard Swift, his longtime friend and producer of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ two acclaimed albums, passed away in July 2018. Across the 10 tracks on And It’s Still Alright, you can feel Rateliff faltering but never losing hope – hope that it’s all part of a bigger plan. While the songs are quieter and more reflective than the exuberant soul The Night Sweats have become famous for, they are no less urgent and indelible, as he pushes the boundaries and finds new depths in his songwriting – a singular voice embarking on a personal exploration of love, loss and perseverance.

To record And It’s Still Alright, Rateliff returned to Swift’s studio, National Freedom, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He was joined by co-producers, Patrick Meese (longtime collaborator and The Night Sweats drummer) and James Barone (Beach House drummer), who both also engineered and mixed the record. The album features additional contributions from Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa violinist), Luke Mossman (The Night Sweats guitarist), Elijah Thomson (Everest bassist), Daniel Creamer (The Texas Gentlemen keyboardist) and Eric Swanson (steel guitarist).

Rateliff’s nearly sold out And It’s Still Alright tour will feature various aspects of his stellar musicianship, ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar, to a full band accompaniment and four piece string section. The extensive run of theater shows begins in Minneapolis on March 3 and includes multiple shows at New York’s Town Hall and Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel, with additional stops at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, D.C.’s The Anthem and Colorado’s renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater. Due to high demand, a second Toronto show has been added on March 9. The few tickets that remain can be purchased at nathanielrateliff.com.

And It’s Still Alright is available for pre-order HERE while vinyl and CD packages can be purchased HERE.  

TOUR DATES:
February 1—Ann Arbor, MI—Ann Arbor Folk Festival
February 22—New York, NY—Live from Here with Chris Thile at Town Hall
March 3—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 4—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 5—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater* SOLD OUT
March 6—Chicago, IL—The Chicago Theatre† SOLD OUT
March 8—Toronto, ON—Roy Thomson Hall* SOLD OUT
March 9—Toronto, ON—Roy Thomson Hall*

March 10—Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 12—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 13—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 14—Washington DC—The Anthem‡ SOLD OUT
March 16—Pittsburgh, PA—Byham Theater‡ SOLD OUT
March 17—Indianapolis, IN—Old National Centre‡
March 19—St. Louis, MO—Stifel Theatre‡
March 20—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium‡ SOLD OUT
March 21—Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle‡ SOLD OUT
April 2—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at Ace Hotel§
April 3—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre At The Ace Hotel§ SOLD OUT
April 4—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 5—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 18—North Charleston, SC—High Water Fest
August 26—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
*with Courtney Marie Andrews
†with Damien Jurado
‡with Sam Evian and Hannah Cohen
§with The Still Tide
**with Kevin Morby

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ENTERTAINMENT ONE SIGNS I AM

ON TOUR NOW IN EUROPE WITH THY ART IS MURDER,
FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, CARNIFEX, AND RIVERS OF NIHIL 


NEW LP DUE OUT LATE 2020

Toronto, ON – January 23, 2020 – Texas Death act, I AM, has signed a worldwide deal with Entertainment One, with plans to release a new LP later this year.

The group is headed over to Europe this weekend for a full run with Australia's THY ART IS MURDER, CARNIFEX, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, and RIVERS OF NIHIL for an entire month of touring. I AM will return to The States and head right back out on the road with SPITE and VARIALS. 

"When we were approached by eOne we knew it’d be a perfect fit," says vocalist Andrew Hileman. "After talking with them and sharing ideas we’re so excited to put out some badass records with them. We’re thrilled to be on our way to Europe right now for our upcoming tour with Thy art is Murder and we’re glad to be representing eOne and TEXAS DEATH."

 

I AM have come to embody the subgenre known as "Texas Death," and they have no qualms about saying so. While the band takes influence from "The Big Four," their homage to artists like Pantera, Power Trip, and Cro-Mags is undeniable. Their signature style of dive-bomb guitars and guitar-driven riffs has come to define the genre. 

Started by vocalist Andrew Hileman in 2011, I AM quickly gained recognition in the great state of Texas of being a band that was meant for bigger things. After paying their dues and touring relentlessly, solidifying Texas Death across North America on tour with bands like The Acacia Strain, For The Fallen Dreams, and Kublai Khan, I AM released their debut album, Life Through Torment in February of 2017. 

In 2018, the band began recording the new album with Randy Lebeouf at Graphic Nature Audio (Kublai Khan, Left Behind, Great American Ghost) with a vision of capturing their chaotic live performance and power they'd become known for. Hard 2 Kill was released in November of 2018 to some serious critical acclaim. Decibel Magazine declared, "I AM know how to write songs that make you want to move." KERRANG! Magazine plainly stated, "Devoid of pretension and brimming with tangible anger, the band's music is an angry headbanger's dream. 

TOUR DATES

January 26 – Manchester Academy 2 – Manchester, UK

January 27 – Garage – Glasgow, UK

January 28 – Leeds Uni Stylus – Leeds, UK

January 29 – SWX – Bristol, UK

January 30 – Electric Brixton- London, UK

January 31 – O2 Institute – Birmingham, UK

February 13 – MEETFACTORY – Prague, CR

February 14 – Proxima – Warsaw, PL

February 23 – Kulturzentrum Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, GR

February 25 – Backbooth – Orlando, FL

February 26 – Propaganda FYF – Lake Worth, FL

February 27 – Crowbar FYF– Tampa, FL

February 28 – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL

February 29 – Hell @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
March 1 – Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC

March 3 – Canal Club – Richmond, VA

March 3 – Café 611 – Frederick, MD

March 5 – Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA

March 6 – House Of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ

March 7 – Revolution Music Hall – Amityville, NY

March 8 – Webster Underground – Hartford, CT

March 10 – Foundry – Cleveland, OH

March 11 – Pike Room – Pontiac, MI

March 12 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL

March 13 – Amsterdam Bar & Hall – Minneapolis, MN

March 14 – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA

March 15 – Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE

March 17 – Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO

March 18 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

March 20 – The Pini – Spokane, WA

March 21 – Vera Project – Seattle, WA

March 22 – Hawthorne Theatere – Portland, OR  

I AM is: Andrew Hileman - Vocals / Tom Reyes - Guitar / Chris Burgess - Guitar / Ian Scott - Drums Erik Rodriguez – Bass

www.iamtxmusic.bandcamp.com

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CROWBAR’S KIRK WINDSTEIN DEBUTS COVER OF JETHRO TULL CLASSIC AQUALUNG VIA ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM

REVERED SOUTHERN METAL PROGENITOR TO RELEASE DEBUT SOLO LP DREAM IN MOTION JANUARY 24

Toronto, ON – January 21, 2020 – He’s a man VICE calls “an institution” with a voice recognized by Rolling Stone as the sound of resilience. Now, Kirk Windstein, the highly respected sludge metal pioneer and unmistakable earthmoving bellow of Crowbar, stomps forward as a solo artist for the very first time. On January 24, Entertainment One (eOne) will proudly release Dream in Motion, Windstein's singular debut and a recording that sees the Dark Lord of the Southern Riff stretch his creative wings and strengthen his indelible legacy. A video for the LP's title track, directed by Justin Reich (Black Label Society, Royal Thunder), can be viewed below.

In advance of the release of Dream in Motion, Windstein today debuts his reverential cover of the hugely influential Jethro Tull song, Aqualung, a rock and roll treasure that MOJO calls "a gearshifting classic." The cover makes its debut via Ultimate Classic Rock.

“Aqualung has always been one of my favorite classic rock songs," says Windstein. "Crowbar used to cover it. I’m really proud of the way the song came out as a whole and I hope that [Tull’s] Ian Anderson and Martin Barre get to hear it at some point."

Recorded in Windstein's native Louisiana over a period of two years between tours and over holidays, Dream in Motion is a powerfully moving recording that pulls from every corner of the riff king's three-decade-plus career. The LP owns a lyrical depth, emotional weight, and musical muscle forged from the fires of thousands of worldwide live shows, and Windstein's well-earned reputation for creating the melancholic melody that has become synonymous with New Orleans heavy metal.

Kirk handled all vocals, guitars, and bass on the album, with drums and effects by longtime producing partner and collaborator, Duane Simoneaux (Crowbar, Down, Exhorder). Dream in Motion has met to scads of critical acclaim in the weeks leading up to its release; the solo debut landing on a myriad of the New Year's most-anticipated directories, including hotlists from Brooklyn Vegan, Decibel, Loudwire, Revolver, and more.

TRACK LISTING:
1. Dream In Motion
2. Hollow Dying Man
3. Once Again
4. Enemy In Disguise
5. The World You Know
6. Toxic
7. The Healing
8. Necropolis
9. The Ugly Truth
10. Aqualung (Jethro Tull cover)

Pre-order Dream in Motion here.

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BEST COAST SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ALWAYS TOMORROW FEBRUARY 21 VIA CONCORD RECORDS

PRE-ORDER ALWAYS TOMORROW HERE

WATCH MUSIC VIDEO FOR EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED HERE

ON TOUR WITH CANADIAN STOPS IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO AND MONTREAL​

“This album is the story of a second chance.” – Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast

Toronto, ON – January 17, 2020 – Los Angeles, California’s, Best Coast, comprised of Bethany Cosentino (guitar, vocals) and Bobb Bruno (guitar) – will release their fourth studio album, Always Tomorrow, on February 21, 2020 via Concord Records.  Always Tomorrow, produced by Carlos de la Garza with additional production by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Paramore, M83), is the band’s first album of new studio material since their acclaimed 2015 record California Nights.  The band previewed a new song from Always Tomorrow, entitled For The First Time, to an incredible response this past fall; today they share Everything Has Changed, whose video, directed by Ryan Baxley, features a number of people from one of Bethany’s favourite shows – Vanderpump Rules. 

Always Tomorrow is the culmination of the last ten years of front person Bethany Cosentino’s life, seeing her stand back from the past decade of the band’s existence and taking stock in where she’s been and who she has become.  It’s an album full of intense personal discovery amidst a whirlwind backdrop of global tours, heartbreak, newfound sobriety, dark thoughts, immense joy, giving a fuck, not giving too many fucks, substances, boredom, public personas, and gratitude. 

Says Cosentino, “After we finished the album cycle for California Nights, something terrifying happened to me. I felt creatively paralyzed. I couldn’t write music. There was so much bubbling inside of me, so many things happening, so much to process, but I couldn’t get any of it out.  I was miserable and felt like nothing was ever going to change. One day, I locked myself in my closet and I forced myself to write, and out came Everything Has Changed. The song was like a vision of life I wished I was living; ultimately, that song was prophetic – describing the life I would soon be living. Always Tomorrow is the story of where I was and where I am now, as well as the struggles I am still learning to identify and figure out.  Some days I wake up and I feel like I’m on top of the world and I forget about everything that’s ever bummed me out, and other days, it all comes flooding back. This album is about leaving the darkness for the light, but still understanding that nothing is ever going to be perfect. It’s about burning it all down and starting from scratch even when the idea of that is fucking terrifying. Closing one chapter and moving onto the next even when you have no idea what is on the other side. Acceptance. It’s about taking a gigantic leap of faith.”

With sonic nods to the likes of The Go-Go’s, The B-52’s, Fleetwood Mac, The Bangles, Talking Heads, and more, Always Tomorrow is full of the best songs Cosentino has ever written, and a welcome addition to Best Coast’s stellar, much-loved catalogue.  From the hazy confessions of the band’s debut album, Crazy About You, to the woozy pop of California Nights, to the guitar sheen of Always Tomorrow, Best Coast continues to be one of the most relatable, important voices in independent music. 

Best Coast will be going on a full North American tour this winter – including stops in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal – with support from Mannequin Pussy.  Full details can be found below.

TOUR DATES 2020:
February 27 - Palm Springs, CA - The Alibi
February 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Novo*
February 29 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom*
March 2 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom*
March 3 - Vancouver, BC - Hollywood Theatre*
March 4 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox*
March 6 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Music Hall*
March 7 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre*
March 9 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
March 10 - Evanston, IL - SPACE*
March 11 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 13 - Detroit, MI - El Club*
March 14 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre*
March 15 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre*

March 16 - Boston, MA - Royale*
March 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel*
March 19 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
March 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
March 21 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*
March 23 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East*
March 24 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
March 25 - New Orleans, LA - The Joy Theater*
March 27 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger*
March 28 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk*
March 29 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater*
March 31 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom*
April 1 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park*
April 2 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
 *w/ Mannequin Pussy

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RACHEL BECK SHARES FIRST TASTE OF NEW MUSIC FROM FORTHCOMING SOPHOMORE ALBUM

LISTEN TO LEAD SINGLE WARRIOR
AND WATCH THE POWERFUL VIDEO

NEW ALBUM TO BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR

Toronto, ON – January 17, 2020 – Today, award-winning singer-songwriter, Rachel Beck, shares the first taste of new music from her forthcoming sophomore album, which will be released later this year. Lead single, Warrior, is Rachel’s first new release since her 2018 self-titled debut solo album, which earned her two 2019 Music PEI Awards for Pop Recording of the Year and New Artist of the Year, as well as two 2019 ECMA nominations for pop Recording of the Year and Rising Star Recording of the Year. The powerful and emotive song celebrates strength and beauty – an anthem for the fierce, the fearless, the feminine. Have a listen here and watch the beautiful music video here.

“Warrior is most directly inspired by my four-year-old daughter, Nora,” reflects Rachel. “…imagining the kind of woman she will grow up to be. It is also influenced by badass women throughout history – the ground-breakers and the change-makers. Amelia. Greta. Rosa. Malala.”

Rachel took on co-directing duties for the accompanying visual, alongside critically-acclaimed filmmaker and climate action warrior, Mille Clarkes.

“It was a privilege to co-direct this video with Mille,” Rachel continues. “We assembled a team of local creatives and friends (80% female-identifying, in fact) and set about capturing the essence of Warrior: strength, beauty, empowerment. What makes this video extra special for me is that the inspiration behind the song, my daughter, Nora, dances during the intro sequence. It meant everything to have her there on set with me.”

Tune in to Facebook Live today at 6:00pm AST to watch Rachel and Nora discuss what they feel it means to be a warrior.

Glowing with catchy pop hooks, Rachel’s distinctive piano melodies and emotive vocals have been captivating audiences across Canada. Her sophomore album, Stronger Than You Know, is set for release later this year and follows her self-titled debut, which garnered multiple award nominations and wins, including a SOCAN #1 Award for single, Reckless Heart (#1 on the CBC Music Top 20 Chart in March 2018). Tour highlights include performing for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, appearing twice at the legendary Stan Rogers Folk Festival, opening the 2019 ECMA Gala Awards Show, and playing beautiful festivals and stages from the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver, BC to the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB.

Stay tuned for more news and music to come from Rachel Beck this year!

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
January 24 & 25 – Charlottetown, PE – The Pourhouse – Someone Else’s Song. Songwriters’ Circle
February 14-16 – Halifax, NS – Neptune Theatre (Rachel Beck ft. The Atlantic String Machine)
February 19 – Fredericton, NB – Lansdowne Concert Series *
February 20 – Montréal, QC – Le Ministère *
February 21 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre (Fourth Stage)
February 22 – Sharbot Lake, ON – Sharbot Lake Country Inn *
February 23 – Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware *
February 25 – Millbrook, ON – St. Thomas Anglican Church *
February 26 – London, ON – Aeolian Hall *
February 27 – Toronto, ON – The Dakota Tavern *
February 28 – Guelph, ON – Silence Sounds *
March 1 – Florenceville-Bristol, NB – Second Wind Music Centre *
March 3 – Charlottetown, PE – Florence Simmons Performance Hall
March 26 – Parksville, BC – Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge
March 28 – Penticton, BC – The Dream Cafe
March 29 – Nelson, BC – The Royal
March 31 – Calgary, AB – Ironwood Stage & Grill
April 1 – Kelowna, BC – DunnEnzies (TBC)
April 5 – Vancouver, BC – The Rogue Folk Club
*w/ special guest Alicia Toner

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ROYAL TUSK SHARE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR DIE KNOWING

CANADIAN HEADLINE TOUR KICKS OFF FEBRUARY 9

LISTEN TO LATEST ALBUM TUSK II

"The driving guitar and drum work of the song pulls the listener in, with vocalist Daniel Carriere hitting his upper register nearly reaching a scream on the song." - LOUDWIRE 

“In an era overlong albums, it’s refreshing to hear a band dive in, kick some ass and leave the listener wanting more.” - LOUDWIRE

“TUSK II is an impressive new album that promises to shake us out of conformity with a potent dose of authentic rock music.” - BeatRoute Magazine

Toronto, ON – January 17, 2020 – Today, Royal Tusk release the official video for their well-known single, Die Knowing, off of the band’s most recent album, Tusk II, released via Entertainment One in 2018. For Royal Tusk, 2020 will start off with their all Canadian coast-to-coast, Thunder on the Tundra tour with the first show kicking off on February 9 in Red Deer at Bo’s Bar. The tour will continue across the west coast and land in Ontario to wrap up 19 date tour on March 6 in St. Catharines at Warehouse. All tour details can be found below. Watch the official video for Die Knowing here.  

Royal Tusk’s bassist, Sandy MacKinnon on Die Knowing, “Every time we play Die Knowing the audience always locks into the song’s deeps groove. The band and crowd have that special moment where we’re all bangin’ our heads in unison. The video captures the energy and grooviness that Die Knowing it all about, the fact that it’s animated is quite the cherry on top!”

The video was produced by Edmonton based illustrator, designer and director, Keenan Kirk, who has also worked with other Canadian artists like Whale And The Wolf and Tropic Harbour. The video is shot with an animated comic book-like lens overtop, and focuses on the band performing while a figure of a woman the song is directed at, appears amongst the performance and throughout the rest of the song.

Blue-collar troubadours from the Great White North, Royal Tusk are steadfast champions of the majesty of kickass riffs, meaty hooks, a thick bottom end, and loud guitars. The four-piece band born in Edmonton, Alberta mount a high-octane assault on the lazy security blanket, self-aware irony of hipsters and the disingenuous commercial pandering of rock poseurs alike. 

This is music with meaning, sometimes even a message, that’s always built around a powerful vibe and uncompromising passion. Royal Tusk is a deeply soulful celebration, brimming with working-class optimism and tempered by renegade realism. On their sophomore-slump-smashing TUSK II, the group summons the effortless energy of an era of rock music when bands weren’t content to merely reverse-engineer hit-making formulas to move units.

Royal Tusk is a band with more in common with Deep Purple and Aerosmith than anything on commercial radio. TUSK II arrived on the heels of their well-received debut, DealBreaker (2016), and their first EP, Mountain (2014).

Trailblazers like Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and Pearl Jam defined success on their own terms, putting artistry and authenticity first. Royal Tusk follows in that fine tradition, reveling in unbridled creativity that is provocative, nuanced, and captivating. The laidback charisma of stoner groove, the polished melodicism of classic and progressive rock, and the energy of punk all collide within Royal Tusk, earning them a steadily building buzz as big as their riffs.

With a powerful live set that mirrors the tenacity of their sound, you can catch Royal Tusk on the road next year. Their Thunder on the Tundra tour will kick off in Red Deer, Alberta on February 9 at Bo’s Bar, making stops through Saskatoon, British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, wrapping in St. Catharines, Ontario on March 6 at Warehouse. See a complete list of dates below.

2020 TOUR DATES
February 9 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar *
February 11 – Regina, SK – Exchange *
February 14 – Grande Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s *
February 16 – Kamloops, BC – Blue Grotto *
February 17 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret *
February 19 – Kelowna, BC – Club Sapphire
February 20 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway *
February 21 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room *
February 22 – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre *
February 23 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre*
February 26 – London, ON – Rum Runners
February 27 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace *
February 28 – Ottawa, ON – 27 Club *
February 29 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz *
March 1 – Quebec City, QC – L’anti ~
March 3 – Kingston, ON – The Mansion ^
March 4 – Peterborough, ON – Gordon Best ^
March 5 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s^
March 6 – St. Catharines, ON – Warehouse ^
* with Sights & Sounds
~ only Royal Tusk and Brkn Love
^ includes Ready The Prince

Watch Die Knowing: youtube.com/watch?v=nozEWyrwzCY

Listen to TUSK II: smarturl.it/TuskII

Royal Tusk is:
Daniel Carriere – Vocals/Guitars // Sandy MacKinnon – Bass
Quinn Cyrankiewicz – Guitar // Calen Stuckel – Drums

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ROYCE 5’9” PREPS UPCOMING PROJECT WITH VISUAL FOR OVERCOMER, FEATURING SHADY/GRISELDA RECORDS OWN WESTSIDE GUNN

ROLLING STONE PREMIERE

Toronto, ON – January 17, 2020 – Royce 5'9" prepares for the release of THE ALLEGORY, his newest full studio offering following the sensational Book of Ryan, with a controversial visual for Overcomer, featuring Shady/Griselda Records own WestSide Gunn, directed by Cricket.  The powerful and artful track questions the decisions we make in life and the repercussions that follow. The Allegory will be available on all DSP platforms on February 21, 2020 via eOne/Heaven Studios, Inc.

The thought-provoking single, Overcomer, is the follow-up to Black Savage, which was released in November and features Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The Prynce & T.I.

In celebration of THE ALLEGORY, Royce will perform in Detroit on February 20, 2020 at The Garden Theatre located at 3929 Woodward Ave.  The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and ticket buyers will receive a free album download with the purchase of a ticket.  

Watch Royce 5’9” feat. WestSide Gunn Overcomer Video (Directed by Cricket) here.  

Purchase & Stream Overcomer at your preferred DSP here.

TRACKLISTING FOR THE ALLEGORY:
1. Mr. Grace (Intro)
2. Dope Man feat. Emanny & Cedric The Entertainer
3. I Don’t Age
4. Pendulum feat. Ashley Sorrell
5. I Play Forever feat. Grafh
6. Ice Cream (Interlude)
7. On The Block feat. Oswin Benjamin & DJ Premier
8. Generation Is Broken
9. Overcomer feat. WestSide Gunn
10. Mrs. Grace (Interlude)
11. Thou Shall feat. Kid Vishis
12. FUBU feat. Conway The Machine
13. A Black Man Favorite Shoe (Skit)
14. Upside Down feat. Ashley Sorrell & Benny The Butcher
15. Perspective (Skit)
16. Tricked feat. KXNG Crooked
17. Black People In America
18. Black Savage feat. Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The
Prynce & T.I.]​
19. Rhinestone Doo Rag
20. Young World feat. Vince Staples & G Perico
21. My People Free feat. Ashley Sorrell
22. Hero feat. White Gold
***All Tracks Produced By Royce 5’9”

ABOUT ROYCE 5'9": 
Royce 5’9” has balanced substance and style with the best in music. In addition to an incredible solo career, Royce co-founded Bad Meets Evil (with Eminem), Slaughterhouse (with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Kxng Crooked), and PRhyme (with DJ Premier). Most known for his confident wordplay, revealing accounts of his life growing up in Detroit, overcoming addiction, and holding Rap peers accountable, Royce sits with Hip-Hop’s elite and continues to be one of raps most trusted brands. Through his hard work and dedication to his craft, Royce has built and maintained a cult following and the artistic pedigree of Ryan Montgomery has never been called into question. Instead, through recent releases, including Layers (2016), and The Book Of Ryan (2018), Royce has been credited as a leader in the culture by making thought-provoking, thematic releases.  The once self-proclaimed “best-kept secret” of Rap, this platinum-selling, list-topping MC continues to earn his accolades though his ability to release new music with an unmatched consistency. 

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MARCUS KING’S EL DORADO OUT NOW

APPEARS ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE JANUARY 21

PERFORMANCES AT NASHVILLE’S GRIMEY’S AND ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION AT DEE’S

LISTEN NOW

SHOW IN VANCOUVER ON FEBRUARY 9

"Just 23, but his music reveals an old soul" - THE NEW YORK TIMES

“He used to be an insecure outcast. Now the guitarist is introducing southern rock
to a new generation."
- ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

“Even this early in the year, “El Dorado” already stands out as a definite high point of 2020” - ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Echoing the likes of Leon Russell… a hint of Al Green…”- NO DEPRESSION

“Sure to grab the hearts, minds and ears of everyone from the rock clubs to the Grand Ole Opry.” - AMERICAN SONGWRITER

Toronto, ON – January 17, 2020– Today Marcus King released his debut solo album, El Dorado, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, via Fantasy Records.

The album is his most critically acclaimed yet, with support from Rolling Stone Magazine who featured him on the cover of The Mix in their latest issue, alongside praise from NPR Music, The New York Times, No Depression, Associated Press, Flood and American Songwriter. Paste Magazine stated, “King’s exceptional voice is the main attraction.” Vulture described King as bending “genres to his vocals, which possess a soulful grit, not unlike freshly greased tires on a dirt road” and Entertainment Weekly described King as radiating “swagger and soul.”

Marcus is set to make his debut on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! this Tuesday, January 21, performing The Well, the album’s quickly rising first single.

El Dorado, a contemporary exploration of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock and blues, has established the 23-year-old guitar phenom as one of the most soulful voices of his generation. King’s arresting vocals feature as lead instrument, taking centre stage alongside a genre bending blend of subtle acoustics, bright pedal steel, raucous electric guitars and blistering solos. Read Marcus’ in-depth chat with Exclaim! here.

King will perform two sets in Nashville today, celebrating the album’s release. An intimate performance at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music record store (6 pm), followed by a free show at local favorite Dee’s Country and Cocktail Lounge (10 pm). More info can be found here.

Following the release, King will continue his winter and spring world tour with his band, The Marcus King Band followed by a string of dates with Chris Stapleton. See full dates below.

MARCUS KING BAND EL DORADO TOUR DATES:
January 24 - Panic En La Playa Nueve, Puerto Alvaro Obregon, Mexico
January 26 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
January 27 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
January 28 - San Diego, CA - Music Box
January 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas
January 31 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
February 1 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
February 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
February 6 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
February 7 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
February 8 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
February 9 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
February 11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
February 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
February 14 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
February 15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
February 21 - Leeds, UK - The Wardrobe
February 22 - Glasgow, UK - Oran More
February 23 - Dublin, IE – Whelans
February 25 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
February 26 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
February 27 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
February 28 - Bristol, UK – Thekla
March 1 - Paris, FR - L’Alhambra
March 2 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
March 3- Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
March 4- Enschede, NL - Metropool Enschede
March 5 - Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 7- Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukölln
March 8 - Hamburg, DE - Mojo Club
March 9 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega Jr.
March 20 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum - with Chris Stapleton
March 21 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall - with Chris Stapleton
April 5 - Tokyo, JP - Billboard Live Tokyo
April 7 - Osaka, JP - Billboard Live Osaka
April 10-12 - Byron Bay Bluesfest - Tyagarah, Australia
April 13 - Metro Theatre - Sydney, NSW, Australia
April 15 - Croxton Park Hotel - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
April 16 - Powerstation - Auckland, New Zealand
April 22 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 23 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 24-26 - Atlanta, GA - Sweetwater 420 Festival
April 30 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 1 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 2 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
June 21- Landgraaf, NL - Pinkpop Festival

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HOLY FUCK RELEASE NEW ALBUM DELETER

GLOBAL TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
WITH SHOWS IN VANCOUVER, CALGARY, WINNIPEG SASKATOON, MONTREAL, OTTAWA AND TORONTO

WATCH HOLY FUCK’S SESSION AT CBC Q

“Both playful yet tumultuous…Deleter successfully blurs
boundaries between time and space” - DIY ****

“Blistering…Holy Fuck lift us up into the funk” ­ London in Stereo

“.....where the synths feel like they’ve been smudged by a drunk toddler, but somehow ended up sounding like Picasso-level abstract" AuPium

“The Toronto-based electronica hipsters have already dropped two pre-release singles, and they both sound huge—the kind of lush and luxurious dance music that plays best at maximum volume.”  – Complex Canada (Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2020)

“Judging by the infectious, krautrock-inspired singles Luxe and Free Gloss, you won't want to delete 'er.”Exclaim! (31 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2020)

“Back are their propulsive dance numbers, this time accompanied by guest vocalists Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, Liars frontman Angus Andrew and Australian musician
Nicholas Allbrook.”
– CBC (25 Canadian Albums To Look Forward To In 2020)

Toronto, ON — January 17, 2020 — Today, Holy Fuck release their acclaimed new album, Deleter, via Last Gang Records. The project was introduced by incredible singles, Luxe (featuring Alexis Taylor), which was A-Listed on 6Music, Free Gloss (featuring Nicholas Allbrook) and finally, the album title homage, Deleters. Having also taken their cerebral, mind-blowing show out on the road with Hot Chip, Holy Fuck’s extensive run of global tour dates for 2020 continue with stops across Canada – see complete details below.

The song ‘Deleters,’” write Holy Fuck, “started at a party in the woods of rural Quebec. Set up on the forest floor, literally over moss covered tree roots we decided to make up a new hour-long improvised set in front of a crowd of people dancing amongst the trees. From that session two songs emerged and found their way onto the new record. This is the first time we selected a song from the record to also be a title track- but there really isn't a reason for it other than we thought it sounded cool, like a modern version of Fugazi's Repeater or Depeche Mode's Violater (or even Kiss' Destroyer, though in name only). Our friend Angus from Liars doubles Brian's vocals giving the track a nice punch.

Introducing their new album in their own words today, Holy Fuck write:

“People have been saying this is our danciest record. That may be true to a point (we like dancing... who doesn't'?) but we hope it shows a new depth as well. We've never identified with one particular genre or sound but rather spend our time trying to explore our own world and the things that make us vibrate.  Of course we want to connect with listeners, and what better way than to make people dance, but, as heard on ‘Deleter’, we also want to put listeners in the cool spaces we see and take them on the interesting journeys we like going on as well.”
 

The record as a whole came together in many different stages of creativity, which is typical of how we work. This process is forced upon us by the fact that we all live in different cities from one another. Yet at the same time this process also demonstrates our enthusiasm to create whenever, wherever, and however we can. There are obviously no rules to making music, no perfect situation or time to create. There are just ideas. ‘Deleter’ was written during various sound checks on tour, on stage, while jamming at a strange art-party in a forest, at home, in various rehearsal spaces, and at many different studios along the way. Not only did this process allow us the time to sit with and ponder our ideas it also allowed us to explore different kinds of inspiration we were feeling at that particular moment. One minute we might've been raving to minimal techno, the next, diving into horror movie soundtracks or maybe just manipulating the sound of static noise sampled from a broken piece of equipment. 

Staying true to the creative arc we seem to be finding ourselves on since the first LP, ‘Deleter’ might be our most "written" album yet. A lot of attention and care was taken to create the 'seeds' of ideas and starting points that we then fleshed out, and just as much care was taken to craft those ideas into the songs heard on the final record. Hopefully listeners hear that as well.”  

A band who have played by their own rules for the last part of 15 years, Holy Fuck’s new album is the most accomplished moment yet from a group who have become one of their country’s finest, and most influential, exports; seamlessly fusing the gauzy drive of krautrock and deep house’s dreamy ineffability, and expertly blending purring motorik percussion with the sort of fuggy synthetic fizz that so often sends clubbers into states of unselfconscious rapture. 

Arriving at a moment where attention spans are shot and anxieties are going into overdrive, Deleter is a defiantly full-bodied affair. Polyrhythmic and pleasure- focused, it’s a record that explores what happens when humanity and technology coalesce into one big, semi-organic celebration of spontaneity, repetition, and individuality. As the band puts it, “the robots are smarter than ever, and the algorithm knows more and more what we like as individuals, but we have to remind ourselves that there is music in the margins that can go missing and that that music is more important than ever.” Marginal or not, Deleter is the sound of Holy Fuck freely ebbing and flowing in their own unique ecosystem. As a listener, you’ve got a choice - carry on with the passive consumption, or push back, engage, and move to something worth your time. Something like Deleter. 

2020 TOUR DATES
March 23 – Phoenix – Valley Bar
March 24 – San Diego – Casbah
March 25 – Santa Ana – Constellation Room
March 27 – Los Angeles – El Rey Theatre
March 28 – San Francisco – Slim's
March 30 – Portland – Lola's Room
March 31 –  Seattle – Nuemos
April 1 Vancouver Fortune Sound Club
April 3
Calgary Broken City
April 4
Saskatoon Amigo's Cantina
April 5 – Winnipeg – The Good Will Social Club

April 6 – St. Paul – Turf Club
April 7 – Chicago – Lincoln Hall
April 24 – Antwerp – Trix
April 25 – Luxembourg – Out of The Crowd Festival
April 27 – Birmingham – The Hare & Hounds
April 28 – Brighton – Chalk
April 29 – Cardiff – Clwb lfor Bach
April 30 – Manchester – Yes (Basement)
May 3 – Glasgow – Stag & Dagger Festival
May 5 – Barcelona – Sala Upload
May 6 – Oviedo – La Lata de Zinc
May 7 – Vigo –  Radar Estudios
May 9 – Valencia – La Pérgola
May 23 – London – All Points East
June 9 – Washington – Rock and Roll Hotel
June 10 – Philadelphia – Boot & Saddle
June 12 – Brooklyn – ELSEWHERE
June 13 – Boston – Brighton Music Hall
June 15 – Montreal – Bar Le Ritz
June 17 – Ottawa –
Bronson Centre
June 19 – Toronto –
Lee’s Palace

Buy/stream Deleter:holyf.lnk.to/Deleter
WATCH – Deleters:
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WATCH – Luxe (feat. Alexis Taylor): bit.ly/30CDmCZ
WATCH –Free Gloss:
bit.ly/36QGi0Z

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GREAT AMERICAN GHOST SHARE NEW SINGLE ALTAR OF SNAKES

NEW LP, POWER THROUGH TERROR DUE FEBRUARY 14, 2020 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO & SINGLE AVAILABLE NOW VIA REVOLVER MAGAZINE

PRE-ORDER HERE

Toronto, ON – January 17, 2020 – Today, Boston's Great American Ghost shared Altar of Snakes - the pummeling second single from their upcoming LP, Power Through Terror. The band unveiled the official music video for Altar of Snakes, which was directed by Eric Richter, today as well alongside the track debut with Revolver Magazine. Altar of Snakes will serve as the follow up to Prison of Hate, the first single from the record, which was released to critical acclaim last year. You can stream Altar of Snakes here.

Power Through Terror, which is due out February 14th and will serve as the band’s Entertainment One debut, was produced by Will Putney (Counterparts, Harm's Way, Terror). On this record, the band breaks new ground sonically while maintaining the pressing hostility that has garnered their highly-anticipated upcoming release a spot as one of the most anticipated metal records of 2020. Always a terrifying force on the road, Great American Ghost are preparing to start their tour with BODYSNATCHER at the end of January.
 

Extreme music is aggressive by nature, but Great American Ghost may be the angriest sounding band of all time. The group Metal Injection calls "always hateful, always pissed" returns with ten songs of absolute fury, Power Through Terror. They direct old-school hardcore wrath at hypocrisy, apathy, and self-loathing, delivered in a dark cloud of relentlessly bludgeoning riffs.
 

The Boston tradition includes seminal pioneers like Gang Green, SSD, and DYS. The back of Great American Ghost screamer Ethan Harrison's head is tattooed with the symbol for The Hope Conspiracy. But make no mistake, Power Through Terror is a devastating, mature metal-fueled odyssey. As Harrison says of guitarist Niko Gasparrini and bassist Joey Perron, "No matter how much my dudes listen to Meshuggah and Gojira, I'm always going to sound like I love American Nightmare because I do." And it's that potent concoction of the push and pulls between hardcore spite and metal ferocity that makes Great American Ghost’s third LP so potent.
 

Which isn't to say the anger, malice, and corrosive pummeling of Hatred Stems from the Seed (2017) and Everyone Leaves (2015) that was so warmly embraced by Metal Sucks, New Noise, Metal Injection and the fans who've seen them on tour (with bands like Within The Ruins and Kublai Khan) is absent. Far from it. The Warped Tour, Metal Alliance, and Never Say Die! tour vets sound more visceral than ever. Power Through Terror is more ambitious and even more violent.
 

TOUR DATES:
January 30 – Soundbar – Orlando, FL
January 31 – Propaganda – Lake Worth, FL
February 1 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL
February 2 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
February 4 – Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX
February 5 – The Secret Group – Houston, TX
February 6 – Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
February 7 – 89th Street Collective – Oklahoma City, OK
February 8 – ECLIPSE – Albuquerque, NM
February 9 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ
February 11 – 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
February 12 – Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA
February 14 – The Loading Doc – Salt Lake City, UT
February 15 – Roxy Theatre – Denver, CO
February 16 – Dr. Jack’s Drinkery – Omaha, NE
February 17 – Lefty’s Live Music – Des Moines, IA
February 18 – Red Flag – St. Louis, MO
February 19 – Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
February 20 – The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
February 21- Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA
February 22 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
February 23 – Jewel Nightclub – Manchester, NH
February 24 – Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
February 25 – Alchemy – Providence, RI
February 26 – Kingsland Bar & Grill – Brooklyn, NY\
February 27 – Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
February 28 – Riff House Pub – Chesapeake, VA
February 29 – New York Pizza – Greensboro, NC
March 1 – The End – Nashville, TN

Pre-order/save Power Through Terror: ffm.to/greatamericanghost

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MARGO PRICE RELEASES NEW SONG STONE ME

WATCH THE LIVE DEBUT FROM LAST NIGHT’S FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE

Toronto, ON – January 16, 2020 – Margo Price has released Stone Me, her first new song in over two years. She performed the song last night on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, capping a special episode of the show with a bold proclamation:

Love me, hate me
Desecrate me
Call me a bitch
then call me baby
You don’t know me
You don’t own me
Yeah that’s no way
To stone me

Listen to Stone Me, out now on Loma Vista Recordings here. Watch the Samantha Bee performance here, and Margo’s interview with correspondent Sasheer Zamata here.

Margo says, “After what feels like an eternity, I’m releasing a new song into the wild today. It’s been hard to keep everything I’ve been working on for the last year to myself and I’m so excited to share it.”

Margo says, “After what feels like an eternity, I’m releasing a new song into the wild today. It’s been hard to keep everything I’ve been working on for the last year to myself and I’m so excited to share it.”

Stone Me follows what was a busy 2019 for Margo. She started the year with a Best New Artist Grammy nomination, toured with Chris Stapleton, performed at concert tributes to Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples, and Dolly Parton – the latter of which aired on the NBC special Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opry – and released her own cannabis strain via Willie’s Reserve. In December, Esquire, Billboard, and Pitchfork all named Margo’s last record, 2017’s All American Made, one of the top albums of the decade, with Esquire observing that “Price cemented her status as this generation’s Young or Nelson; a stark truth-teller of the finest degree.”

Stone Me Credits
Written by Margo Price and Jeremy Ivey
Vocals: Margo Price
Acoustic Guitar: Margo Price
12-String Acoustic Guitar: Jeremy Ivey
Piano: Benmont Tench
Electric Guitar: Matt Sweeney
Bass: Pino Palladino
Drums: James Gadson
Background Vocals: Margo Price, Ashley Wilcoxson
Percussion: Sam Bacco

Stone Me  Lyrics
Everybody wants to live in a glass house
I’d rather stay home cause when I go out
I wish I never did
Take me back home, when I was a kid

Sobriety is a hell of a drug
They say you only fight with the people you love
I won’t forget what it’s like to be poor
I could be there again baby that’s for sure

Love me, hate me
Desecrate me
Call me a bitch
then call me baby
You don’t know me
You don’t own me
Yeah that’s no way
To stone me

You can pick a side but both are wrong
You can fight the good fight but you’re on your own
I used to feel loved but now I feel used
I almost went broke just from paying dues

Through the mud and rain you can drag my name
You can say I’ve spent my life in vain
But I won’t be ashamed of what I am
For your judgement day I don’t give a damn

Love me, hate me
Desecrate me
Call me a bitch
then call me baby
You don’t know me
You don’t own me
Yeah that’s no way
To stone me
Stone me, stone me

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CREEPING DEATH CONFIRMS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH THE ACACIA STRAIN AND WEEK-LONG HEADLINING RUN TO COMMENCE THIS WEEK

SHOWS IN TORONTO, OTTAWA AND MONTREAL

NEW ALBUM WRETCHED ILLUSIONS
OUT NOW VIA EONE


Toronto, ON – January 16, 2020 – Texas death metal giants, CREEPING DEATH, will join The Acacia Strain next month for a North American tour. The journey commences February 28th with CREEPING DEATH crumbling stages through March 11th. The band will rejoin the tour on March 20th, with stops in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, and remain through its conclusion April 5th. Additional support will be provided by Rotting Out, Chamber, and Fuming Mouth. The trek follows the band's upcoming mini tour with Sanguisugabogg which begins this Thursday February 16th and runs through El Paso, Tucson, Los Angeles, San Jose, Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, and Lubbock. Additionally, the band will appear on Oblivion Access 2020 in Austin, Texas this June featuring Carcass, Youth Of Today, Daughters, Swans, Autopsy, and so many more. See all confirmed dates below.

View live footage of CREEPING DEATH's smoldering performance at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, New York in November supporting High On Fire and Power Trip, courtesy of Revolver Magazine here

CREEPING DEATH continues to tour in support of their critically adored Wretched Illusions debut, out now worldwide via Entertainment One. Produced by Daniel Schmuck (Power Trip, Messengers, End Times) and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Ghostmane, Cavalera Conspiracy, Outer Heaven), Wretched Illusions is available CD, digital, and vinyl formats. Order your copy today here.

CREEPING DEATH w/ Sanguisugabogg:

1/16 - Rockhouse Bar & Grill - El Paso, TX

1/17 - The Dive Bar - Tucson, AZ

1/18 - The Lexington - Los Angeles, CA

1/19 - Grace Preschool - San Jose, CA

1/20 - American Legion Vegas Post 8 - Las Vegas, NV

1/22 - The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO

1/23 - Demon's Den - Lubbock, TX

 

w/ The Acacia Strain, Rotting Out, Chamber, Fuming Mouth:
2/28 - The State House - New Haven, CT
2/29 - Amityville Music Hall - Amityville, NY
3/1 - Soundstage - Baltimore, MD

3/2 - Canal Club - Richmond, VA * CREEPING DEATH only
3/3 - The Blind Tiger - Greensboro, NC
3/4 - New Brookland Tavern - W. Columbia, SC 
3/5 - Soundbar - Orlando, FL
3/6 - Crowbar - Tampa, FL
3/7 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
3/9 - White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX
3/10 - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill - Dallas, TX
3/11 - Empire Control Room - Austin, TX
3/20 - The Greek Station - Salt Lake City, UT
3/21 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO 
3/22 - The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS 

3/23 - Blackhawk Room - Moline, IL * CREEPING DEATH only

3/24 - Amsterdam Bar & Hall - St. Paul, MN

3/25 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL
3/26 - Hoosier Dome - Indianapolis, IN
3/27 - Skully's Music Diner - Columbus, OH
3/28 - The Sanctuary - Detroit, MI
3/29 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON
3/31 - The Brass Monkey - Ottawa, ON
4/1 - Bar le Ritz - Montreal, QC

4/2 - Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
4/3 - Palladium - Worcester, MA
4/4 - The Kingsland - Brooklyn, NY
4/5 - Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA

6/5-7/2020 Oblivion Access 2020 - Austin, TX

 

"Death metal's new breed of old ghouls mutates vintage fringe into the modern mainstream. Leveraging the rhythmic latitude of thrash and hardcore, CREEPING DEATH torque the genre's thick guttural trademarks with a ramrod propulsion and knockout delivery that's seemingly innate." - Decibel

 

"Wretched Illusions doubles-down on the intensity, delivering ten tracks that coalesce high-velocity attacks with Lone Star State-styled smackdowns akin to Power Trip." - Revolver

"One thing can be said about CREEPING DEATH: they're committed to their name... on the material from their upcoming new album Wretched Illusions, the band are exploring a moldier, more clammy-to-the-touch sound that oozes and lumbers as much as it rips..." - Kerrang

"Everything about this is ugly. Like the aborted lovechild of Dismember and '89 Bolt Thrower, CREEPING DEATH immediately raise the stakes for the wave of hardcore-infested death metal sweeping the United States. Let those knuckles drag on 'Ripping Through Flesh.'" - Loudwire; 2019 Best Metal Songs...So Far

"CREEPING DEATH crawl out of the crypt and simply slam your face into the concrete over and over again... This is some old-school, pit-refined, groovy death metal. Add some thrash, season liberally with some black, and you get this classic slab of crushing death. This record will live in your headspace for months to come, maybe even years."

- Cvlt Nation

"The record fuses hardcore and death metal so seamlessly that it rarely feels like you're listening to one already-defined type of music or another. CREEPING DEATH clearly dig the classics, but they spit their influences back out in a way that feels genuinely fresh. And every song on this album is such a ripper, that you'll be banging your head too much to think about any of this boring technical stuff anyway." - BrooklynVegan

CREEPING DEATH:
Reese Alavi – vocals
Trey Pemberton – guitar
Eric Mejia – bass
Lincoln Mullins – drums


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JONATHAN WILSON ANNOUNCES TOUR IN SUPPORT OF ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM DIXIE BLUR OUT MARCH 6 ON BMG/BELLA UNION

LISTEN HERE TO LIVELY NEW SINGLE
IN HEAVEN MAKING LOVE

ON TOUR THIS SPRING
WITH TORONTO SHOW ON MARCH 10

Toronto, ON – January 15, 2020 – Acclaimed artist/producer, Jonathan Wilson, has announced select spring tour dates in support of his upcoming new album, Dixie Blur (BMG/Bella Union). The highly-anticipated new collection will be released on March 6 and features Wilson’s most personal and fully realized work to date. See full list of dates below, including a stop in Toronto on March 10.

Listen to the recently released single, In Heaven Making Love, here. Wilson says of the song, “I wanted to write a song about a perfect evening, something worth remembering. A song about carrying letters of rock & roll freedom all over the world.” He adds, “SO happy to share this new music with Cousin Kenny Vaughn taking that sweet guitar break and the legend Mark O’ Connor playing that fiddle solo. I remember the moment clear as a bell.”

For Dixie Blur, the North Carolina-bred, Los Angeles-based Wilson chose to go to Nashville and work with co-producer, Pat Sansone, of Wilco, at Cowboy Jack Clement’s legendary Sound Emporium Studio. He recorded live in the studio with a personal wish-list of players that included Mark O’Connor (fiddle), Kenny Vaughan (guitar) Dennis Crouch (bass), Russ Pahl (pedal steel), Jim Hoke (harmonica, woodwinds), Jon Radford (drums), and Drew Erickson (keyboards).

The results are incredible. Just listen to the tracks So Alive and Korean Tea to get a feel for Wilson’s vision, Watch the video for 69 Corvette, featuring in-studio footage and home movies from Wilson’s youth, that feed the longing for home narrative that runs throughout Dixie Blur

While Jonathan Wilson may not be a name immediately recognized in mainstream pop culture, chances are that the multi-talented artist’s work has crossed your path. As a producer, Wilson has worked with artists including Father John Misty, Conor Oberst,  Laura Marling and Dawes. As a musician, he has appeared on albums by artists ranging from Jackson Browne to Karen Elson to Roger Waters. Wilson was also musical director, guitarist and vocalist on Waters’ epic US+THEM tour. As a solo artist, Wilson has released Gentle Spirit (2011), Fanfare (2013) and Rare Birds (2018), where he played nearly every instrument. On top of all of that, he is even a gifted luthier. There seems to be no limitation to what this modern renaissance artist is capable of.

Dixie Blur is available for pre-order now on digital, CD and double 180 gram color LP in die cut gatefold jacket with silver foil, double print dust sleeves and 15-page lyric booklet.  Pre-order the album here.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
March 6 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
March 7 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
March 10 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
March 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
March 13 - Philadelphia, PA - XPN Free at Noon
March 15 - Charlestown, WV - Mountain Stage
March 17 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
March 18 - Denver, CO - Bluebird

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www.songsofjonathanwilson.com

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STEVE JORDAN, FOUNDER OF THE POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE STEPS DOWN AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – TAKES POSITION AS SENIOR DIRECTOR OF CBC MUSIC

TORONTO, ON – January 14, 2020 – Steve Jordan, Founder of the Polaris Music Prize, will be leaving his position as Executive Director. Starting March 2, he will be the Senior Director of CBC Music.

Steve founded The Prize in 2006. Its winners and Long and Short List nominees have benefited from both a major cash prize, and with boosts to record streams, media attention, and live audience both domestically and internationally.

Steve released this statement today: 

“I’ve been really struggling to articulate the mixed emotions I have leaving something I started and have devoted myself to for the last 15 years. I’m sad to leave the day-to-day, but feel a lot of joy that Polaris, culturally and financially, is in the strongest position it’s ever been. I have every confidence that the stewardship of the jury, our team, and our stakeholders will ensure Polaris continues with the integrity and vitality that people expect of it. It also feels good that so many of our sponsors and suppliers have been with us since the beginning and continue to support our mission of amplifying the musical excellence in this country. The various hands that touch Polaris throughout the year are all good hands to be leaving it in.”

Polaris Music Prize Board Chair, Miro Oballa adds, “On behalf of the Polaris Music Prize’s board of directors, we’d like to thank Steve for the vision and passion he’s brought to The Prize since its inception and we wish him all the best in his new role at the CBC.  Polaris events manager Claire Dagenais will take on an expanded role within Polaris while Steve will continue to provide guidance for the Prize in his new role as a Polaris board member.  We look forward to an exciting new chapter at Polaris.”

About the Polaris Music Prize
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. www.polarismusicprize.ca    

Media Contacts:

Polaris Music Prize media:
Amanda McCauley - Indoor Recess
(905) 926-6440
amanda@indoorrecess.com 

Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec):
Magali Ould
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca 

CBC Music
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca 

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STEVE JORDAN, FONDATEUR DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS, SE RETIRE DE SES FONCTIONS DE DIRECTEUR EXÉCUTIF – PREND LE POSTE DE DIRECTEUR PRINCIPAL DE CBC MUSIC

TORONTO, ON – Le mardi 14 janvier 2020 – Steve Jordan, fondateur du Prix de musique Polaris, annonce aujourd’hui qu’il quitte son poste de directeur exécutif. À compter du 2 mars prochain, il assurera le poste de directeur principal à CBC Music.

Steve a fondé le Prix de musique Polaris en 2006. Les gagnants et nommés de la longue et la courte listes ont bénéficié de prix en argent substantiels ainsi que d’une augmentation des écoutes en continu sur les plateformes numériques. C’est sans compter l'attention médiatique et du public au Canada, mais aussi à l’étranger.

Steve a publié cette déclaration aujourd'hui:

« J'ai vraiment du mal à articuler les émotions mitigées que je ressens face à laisser quelque chose que j'ai créée et à laquelle je me suis consacré entièrement depuis les 15 dernières années. Je suis triste de quitter les activités du Polaris au quotidien, mais je suis très heureux de savoir que le Prix est, culturellement et financièrement, dans la meilleure position qu’il ait jamais été. Je suis convaincu que la bonne gestion du jury, de notre équipe et de nos intervenants financiers garantira que le Prix de musique Polaris continuera avec l'intégrité et la vitalité que tous attendent de lui. Je suis reconnaissant que la plupart de nos commanditaires et de nos fournisseurs soient avec nous depuis le début et continuent de soutenir notre mission d'amplifier l'excellence musicale au pays. Je laisse le Prix de musique Polaris entre de bonnes mains, les mains de différentes personnes qui travaillent fort sur son organisation tout au long de l’année. »

Le président du conseil d'administration, Miro Oballa, nous partage ceci : « Au nom du conseil d'administration du Prix de Musique Polaris, nous tenons à remercier Steve pour la vision et la passion qu'il a apportées au Prix depuis sa création et nous lui souhaitons tout le meilleur dans son nouveau rôle au sein de CBC Music. Claire Dagenais, responsable des événements au Prix de musique Polaris, assumera un rôle élargi au sein de l’organisation tandis que Steve continuera de guider le Prix de Musique Polaris grâce à son nouveau rôle en tant que membre du conseil d'administration. Nous attendons avec impatience un nouveau chapitre passionnant au Prix de musique Polaris. »

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est une organisation à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadiens de renom. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques musicaux jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca     

Contacts médias:

Prix Polaris - Québec 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295 
magali@polarismusicprize.ca  

Prix Polaris - Canada 
Amanda McCauley 
Indoor Recess 
(905) 926-6440 
amanda@indoorrecess.com  

CBC Music 
Teaghan Hawke 
(416) 205-6863 
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

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LAILA BIALI GEARS UP TO SHARE NEW MUSIC WITH AUDIENCES ACROSS CANADA THIS WINTER

TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
THROUGH FEBRUARY AND MARCH

NEW SINGLE SUGAR TO BE RELEASED ON JANUARY 31

NEW ALBUM OUT THIS SPRING

Toronto, ON – January 14, 2020 – January 14, 2020 – Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, pianist, and CBC Music national radio host, Laila Biali, had a banner 2019 and is now ready to keep the momentum going and kick off the new year with a bang! On January 31, Laila will share the first taste of music from her forthcoming new album – which is set for release this spring – with the lead single, Sugar. Audiences will have the chance to hear Sugar and even more new music as Laila brings her captivating live performance to venues across Canada through the winter. Kicking off on February 7th, Laila will tour from BC to Ontario, sharing new songs as well as past favourites from her award-winning catalogue. See below for full tour details.

"Most of this new music was created last winter when I was at The Banff Centre for a week-long writing residency,” reflects Laila. “My husband and co-producer, Ben Wittman, helped workshop the material before we went into the studio to record, but this upcoming tour will be the first time these songs are brought to life on stage. I can't wait to see how they manifest in live performance!"

Laila has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents, from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release earned her a JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. The year before that, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Laila was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, where she was named SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year. She received her first JUNO nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot on DownBeat Magazine's Best Albums of the Year for Live in Concert (2013). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music's national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to listeners across Canada. While Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy" (Washington Post).

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 7 – Langley, BC – Bez Arts Hub
February 8 – Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place
February 9 – Calgary, AB – Alvin’s Jazz Club
February 10 – Penticton, BC – The Dream Café

February 11 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
February 12 – Bellingham, WA - WJMAC
February 13 – Duncan, BC – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
February 14 – Regina, SK – Le Bistro, Monseigneur de Laval School
February 15 – Swift Current, SK – The Art Gallery of Swift Current
February 16 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment

February 23 – Sarasota, FL – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
February 28 & 29 – Gainesville, GA – The Arts Council
March 21 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
March 28 – Toronto, ON – Aga Khan Museum
April 3 – London, ON – Aeolian Hall

April 5 – Topeka, KS – Topeka Jazz Concert Series

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www.lailabiali.com

About Chronograph Records:
Chronograph Records is a boutique record label that works closely with artists who are looking for an insightful and collaborative partnership. Representing some of the best jazz, urban acoustic, and blues artists in Western Canada, Chronograph Records strategically helps develop their roster, allowing the artists to evolve into exactly who they're supposed to be. Since the label's 2004 inception, Chronograph artists have garnered numerous award nominations, most recently culminating in a JUNO Award win, multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, a TD Grand Jazz Award, Global Music Awards, a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, and Canadian National Smooth Jazz Award winners.

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SOCCER MOMMY ANNOUNCES SOPHOMORE ALBUM COLOR THEORY OUT FEBRUARY 28

SHARES LEAD SINGLE circle the drain

CANADIAN TOUR DATES
IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO THIS APRIL

TORONTO, ON – January 14, 2020 – Today, Soccer Mommy—twenty-two year-old Sophie Allison—announces her triumphant sophomore album, color theory. Confronting the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued Allison since pre-pubescence, color theory explores three central themes: blue, representing sadness and depression; yellow, symbolizing physical and emotional illness; and finally, gray, representing darkness, emptiness and loss. Written mostly while on tour and recorded in Allison’s hometown of Nashville at Alex The Great, color theory was produced by Gabe Wax (who also produced Clean), mixed by Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta, HEALTH, St. Vincent), and features the live Soccer Mommy band on studio recording for the first time, with a live take at the foundation of almost every track. The resulting album is a masterpiece that paints an uncompromisingly honest self-portrait of an artist who, according to 100+ publications, already released one of the Best Albums of 2018 and the 2010s, and is about to release an early favorite of 2020.

color theory will be released on February 28 via Loma Vista, and the album’s massive lead single, circle the drain, is out today. Listen to the song on all digital platforms here, and watch its Atiba Jefferson-directed (American Football, Turnstile, TV On The Radio, Dinosaur Jr.) music video that was shot in Palm Springs and features pro-skateboarders Sean Malto, Jake Anderson, Curren Caples, and Nicole Hause, here. Pre-order color theory on tri-color vinyl with exclusive poster + sticker sheet, CD, cassette, and digital download here.

Soccer Mommy has been touring non-stop for the past few years, opening for the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Vampire Weekend, Paramore, Wilco and Liz Phair, selling out countless headline shows, and making her festival debuts at Coachella, Governor’s Ball, Primavera Sound, and more. She recently announced a huge international tour, starting in March 2020 in North America and stopping at some of the biggest venues Allison has ever headlined, including New York’s Brooklyn Steel on April 3rd and Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on April 30th. Today she announces she will return to SXSW in March, and adds a hometown show in May. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets here.

For Sophie Allison, color theory is a distillation of hard-won catharsis. “I wanted the experience of listening to color theory to feel like finding a dusty old cassette tape that has become messed up over time, because that’s what this album is: an expression of all the things that have slowly degraded me personally,” Allison says. “The production warps, the guitar solos occasionally glitch, the melodies can be poppy and deceptively cheerful. To me, it sounds like the music of my childhood distressed and, in some instances, decaying.”

Clean demonstrated Allison’s nuanced approach to lyricism and her disinterest in reducing complex emotional worlds into easily-digestible sound bites. On it, she projected the image of a confused but exceedingly mature teenager -- the type to offer up life-saving advice while cutting class under the bleachers. While still a clear successor to Clean and a quintessential Soccer Mommy album, color theory’s sonic landscape is much more vast and dextrous, illustrating how much Allison has evolved as a musician and matured as a person over the past year.

The melodies on color theory shimmer on the surface, but they reveal an unsettling darkness with each progressive listen. The album is thematically subdivided into three sections, each of which is named for a color that distills the mood Allison wanted to freeze in time. We begin with blue, a color that evokes a certain melancholy, and for Allison, illuminates depressive episodes and memories of inflicting self-harm. The next section is represented by yellow, a color that points to illness, both mental and physical. “My mom has been terminally ill since I was a pre-teen, and I never really found a way to deal with it,” Allison says. The final section, represented by gray, addresses that fear of loss directly. “Watching my parents age and witnessing sickness take its toll made me think a lot about the cycle of life, and forced me to confront the paranoid sense that death is coming for me,” Allison says. But it’s not all tragic; moments of lightness appear on this album, too. Wise beyond her years, Allison is a songwriter capable of capturing the fleeting moments of bliss that make an embattled existence temporarily beautiful. With color theory, Allison’s fraught past becomes a lens through which we might begin to understand what it means to be resilient.

color theory investigates a traumatic past in exacting detail; in doing so, Allison finds inroads for healing through self-acceptance, and occasionally, humor. This isn’t a quest to uncover some long-since forgotten happiness so much as it is an effort to stare-down the turmoil of adolescence that can haunt a person well into adulthood. Allison is a gifted storyteller, one who is able to take personal experience and project it to universal scale. On color theory, she beckons in outsiders, rejects, and anyone who has ever felt desperately alone in this world, lending them a place to unburden themselves and be momentarily free.

TRACKLISTING:
1. bloodstream
2. circle the drain
3. royal screw up
4. night swimming
5. crawling in my skin
6. yellow is the color of her eyes
7. up the walls
8. lucy
9. stain
10. gray light

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
03/16 - 03/22 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/26 - Atlanta, GA  @ Variety Playhouse
03/27 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
03/28 - Washington, DC @ 930 Club
03/31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
04/03 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
04/04 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
04/07 - Montreal, QC @ L'Astral
04/08 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix

04/09 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
04/11 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
04/17 - St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
04/18 - Madison, WI @ Majestic
04/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
04/22 - Denver, CO @ Gothic
04/24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Commonwealth Room
04/25 - Boise, ID @ Deathproof Coffee
04/26 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
04/27 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
04/29 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
04/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda
05/01 - San Diego, CA @ The Stage Room at UCSD
05/02 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
05/03 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
05/05 - Austin, TX @ Emo's East
05/06 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
05/07 - Dallas, TX @ Granada
05/09 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
06/04 - Oslo, Norway @  Parkteatret
06/05 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Slaktkyrkan
06/06 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Hotel Cecil
06/08 - Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
06/09 - Berlin, Germany @ Frannz Club
06/11 - Koln, Germany @ Bumann & Sohn
06/13 - Brussels, Belgium @ La Botanique
06/15 - Paris, France @ Petit Bain
06/16 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
06/18 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
06/19 - Bristol, UK @ Trinity
06/20 - Birmingham, UK @ The Castle & Falcon
06/22 - Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
06/23 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
06/24 - Manchester, UK @ Gorilla

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www.soccermommyband.com

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CRAIG STICKLAND LIGHTS UP NEW YEAR WITH HIS BRAND NEW ALBUM STARLIT AFTERNOON ON FEBRUARY 28

WATCH THE STARLIT AFTERNOON TAILER HERE

PRE-ORDER STARLIT AFTERNOON HERE

“Craig Stickland has one of those rare voices that stops you and speaks directly to your soul.” - Baeble Music

"Craig Stickland shares an absolutely gorgeous, harmony-laden track… Stickland’s sparkling falsetto is simply heavenly." - Parade

"Inspired by a feeling of rebellion towards the divide and oppression...Craig Stickland debuted a rousing video” - Billboard

Toronto, ON – January 13, 2020 – After a groundbreaking 2019 marked by packed shows, millions of streams, and widespread critical praise, Canadian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Craig Stickland, illuminates 2020 with the release of his highly anticipated debut album on 21Entertainment/eOne Music, Starlit Afternoon, on February 28. Pre-order it here. As part of his 2019 fall tour, Craig played 20 shows all across Canada with fellow Canadian musician, Tyler Shaw, giving fans a taste of the tacks to come on Starlit Afternoon.

Starlit Afternoon showcases the Los Angeles-based Canadian troubadour’s eloquent songcraft, emotional lyricism, and deft instrumentation. These twelve tracks trace a personal journey from the guitar-swept love-drunk sway of Starlit Afternoon all the way through the soulful closer Good Love. The most recent single, Break Every Rule clocked over 1 million total streams thus far. You can watch Craig’s live performance of Break Every Rule on Global TV’s The Morning Show here. Garnering acclaim, PopMatters referred to it as “impassioned and raw.” Check out the full track listing below.

On the album, Craig comments, "I wrote my first song when I was 15 years old. Although it didn’t make it on this album, I remember exactly where I was and what I was feeling when I wrote it. The twelve songs that make up my debut album are no different. Some stretch decades and some stretch months, but they’re all drawn from very personal experiences. It took a few years to find the right sound for the songs that have lived in my head for what seems like forever, and it’s amazing that something that was created in a 400 square foot guest house is being released into the world. I hope you will relate to it in one way or another."

On album release day, Craig will unveil the fifth instalment of his fan favourite Van Session video series featuring an outdoor acoustic rendition of Starlit Afternoon. The Van Session comprises eight stripped-down performances he shot to accompany Starlit Afternoon. Powered only by solar energy from the van, he filmed in breathtaking hidden locales throughout California, including Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Alabama Hills, and Downtown Los Angeles. Total views on the series near 1 million across Burn It Down, Rolling River, Stop At Nothing, and Break Every Rule.

Written throughout a whirlwind tour in a self-converted sustainable Sprinter Van, he co-produced Starlit Afternoon, alongside Cat Lewis and Gray Hawken (Locals Only Sound), in Los Angeles during 2018. He Airbnb’ed his apartment, slept in his van outside the studio, and architected a 12-track opus, fusing blues, soul, rock, folk, gospel, and alternative.

Spend a Starlit Afternoon with Craig Stickland.

STARLIT AFTERNOON TRACK LISTING:
1. Starlit Afternoon
2. Rolling River
3. Warning
4. Break Every Rule
5. Golden Child
6. History
7. Stop At Nothing
8. Burn It Down
9. Save Your Words
10. Love We're Going To Lose
11. I Can't Get Enough Of You
12. Good Love

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www.craigstickland.com

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LEXXICON SPREADS LOVE ON NEW SINGLE LUCKY LUCKY

PERFORMING IN TORONTO ON JANUARY 26 AT THE BABY G

NEW ALBUM BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE OUT JANUARY 31

PRE-ORDER HERE

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR LONELY

Toronto, ON – January 10, 2020 – As Toronto Hip-Hop/Dancehall hybrid, Lexxicon, nears the launch of his forthcoming album, Bashment Trap House, on January 31, he spreads love with third single, Lucky Lucky. The song is a tribute to Lexxicon’s parents and their bond. In addition, you can catch Lexxicon perform the new tracks live with two shows in Toronto at The Baby G on January 26 and February 23, and an exclusive listening party on January 30. See below for all details, listen to Lucky Lucky here and pre-order the album now.

“The song was inspired by my parents and their 26 years of marriage and just reflects on how special it is when you find that right person for you,” Lexxicon says of the Artafacts-produced track. “Love is not something to be taken for granted because each time you find it, it's like winning the lottery. Finding a partner to appreciate you for all your flaws and strengths is the type of love I wish for everyone in the new year.”

Last month, Lexxicon shared a personal track called Lonely, sharing his experience with Crohn’s disease.

“This song is for those who have gone through times in their lives where they felt alone and that they had no support from anyone,” Lexxicon reflects. “Many of us have certain experiences where no matter who is around us we still have to go through it alone. For me, it was begin diagnosed with Crohn's disease and dealing with the hospital visits, medication changes, and multiple side effects. During that time was when I felt extremely alone and was the inspiration for this song. I just hope putting my feelings to music can help someone going through a similar situation.”

Bashment Trap House’s first single, Fatty Fatty, celebrating inclusion and body positivity. Produced by Kontrabandz, Fatty Fatty is about celebrating life, tying into the project’s overall theme around Lexxicon’s journey as a Jamaican/Canadian artist. The hook is gender-neutral, embracing an inclusive party track that everyone can vibe to. Overall, the song's message is to be confident in your body and draws elements from 90s Dancehall music with a Hip Hop backdrop. 

Stay tuned for more from Lexxicon ahead of Bashment Trap House’s big drop on January 31.

About Lexxicon

Hip-Hop/Dancehall artist Lexxicon fluctuates between Dancehall Patois, R&B harmonies, and melodic rapping with pure power. Born in Jamaica, Lexxicon moved to Birmingham, England and then New York City before settling in Toronto, Canada, where he found the drive, passion, and tools to become a recording artist. He honed his talent by growing in some of the city’s talent incubators such as R.I.S.E Edutainment, and UrbanArts – B.M.M.

After taking the stage at Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and the Culture Shock Block Party, the experience of Lexxicon’s live performances can be described as a powerful presence. The Toronto-based artist’s up-tempo hybrid sound comes from many influences of Sean Paul to Tory Lanez. His vision is to push the boundaries of hip-hop music, by blurring genres lines and adding his Jamaican background to his music.

Lexxicon is also an active member of Toronto’s creative community, founding a rising showcase series called AfroWave Toronto, that advocates for Dancehall, Afrobeats and Reggaeton representation in the local music scene. He attended Ryerson University and founded student group called RyeSWAT (now RyeRecords) for artists on campus to record an album (The Vision – Various ArtistsGenesis EP – Various Artists) and release music. In addition, he has worked with Ryerson’s Caribbean Student’s Association, United Black students at Ryerson, Poetic Exchange, and Psychology Student’s Association.

Pre-order Bashment Trap House: bit.ly/2sAYL2O

Listen to Lucky Lucky: fanlink.to/LexxiconLuckyLucky
Listen to Lonely: fanlink.to/LexxiconLonely
Watch lyric video for Lonely: bit.ly/2YL09vo
Listen to Fatty Fatty: fanlink.to/FattyFatty
Watch lyric video for Fatty Fatty: youtu.be/qB0y-EJqfmI

2020 TORONTO TOUR DATES
January 26 – The Baby G – Toronto, ON – Tickets and Info

January 30 – Bashment Trap House Listening Party, 688 Richmond St W – Toronto, ON - Tickets and Info

February 23 – The Baby G – Toronto, ON

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TORONTO ARTIST STORRY SHARES SELF-DIRECTED VIDEO FOR A LOST FIND

FORTHCOMING ALBUM CH III: THE COME UP
OUT FEBRUARY 20

ALBUM RELEASE SHOW AT LULA LOUNGE IN TORONTO
ON FEBRUARY 20 –
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

SHOWS IN SHERBROOKE AND MONTREAL, QC ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – January 10, 2020 – Today, driven Toronto artist, STORRY, announces her new album, CH III: The Come Up, set for release on February 20. The project launches with her stunning self-directed video for single, A Lost Find – watch it here. STORRY has also announced tour dates in Sherbrooke and Montreal with an album release show on February 20 at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge – find more info here, and all details below.

A Lost Find was self-directed, edited and produced by STORRY and creative partner, Tom Baum. STORRY recorded the demo for the song in her basement in one take, zero edits. Because they loved the track so much, they decided to film the visual with zero budget on a whim. On the process, STORRY shares, “I believe as creators, the art doesn't always come from us, but sometimes it is channeled through us from a higher source. I was in the townships at Tom's house. He was sitting in front of his piano and he started playing what would now be the intro to A Lost Find. I pressed record on the voice memo on my phone and closed my eyes, making up lyrics and melodies on the spot. By the end of the 5 minutes, where you hear the long-belted note at the end of the song, I was in tears. It had been an emotional ride/journey. Tom and I looked at each other and basically concluded that we had a 90% completed song on our hands. We excitedly and nervously checked that the phone had still been recording. We listened to the voice memo and had to learn the song we had just created in order to replicate it for the final recording you hear now. It was a magical moment.” 

“We picked up a camera and went out into the fields where Tom lives and started shooting a video for it. Lucky for us, a few days after the initial shooting in the sunlight, we would have a huge rainstorm. I remember watching the rain cloud coming. I counted out to Tom when the rain would arrive 5-4-3-2 before I could get to one, I became drenched in a matter of seconds. Tom could barely hold the camera straight from all the wind, and was also trying to hold the umbrella over the camera at the same time as shooting. This was the springboard for me getting into film. I realized that if I put my mind to something, I could get it done.”

CH III: The Come Up is based on STORRY’s life. It is about a woman trying to leave the sex-industry and get into the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. She grapples with her relationships with her mother/family, romantic relationships, with her careers, dreams and with money.

STORRY does not live in any specific genre. She, like her music, is multi-dimensional and fluid. She pulls influences from hip hop to opera, reggae to musical theatre. She is an oxymoron and has equal amounts of grit and poise. The album was written with the intent to take the listener on a journey, focusing more on the storrytelling. And her shows are an experience that takes you through peaks and valleys of emotions, a ride with tears, excitement and laughter. That is why STORRY refuses to be boxed into one style of writing, being, branding, medium or avenue of creation. She wants to show that sex-workers, strippers, women, ALL people, are multi-dimensional and cannot be judged or defined on the surface.

About STORRY

STORRY is a seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Fierce and multifaceted, she writes and produces all her music. STORRY's voice quality is second to none, and she uses and enhances her incredible sonorous gifts with prophecies witty, raw, and life-changing. She preaches from experience. Lots of it. Her songs offer an honest portrait of life as a woman: it's an image everybody can recognize, even if they don't want to. Her poetic and musical creativity is unapologetic and fearless. In releasing her music, STORRY is leaving the shadows and showing us the result of decades of artistic work. 

STORRY released her debut single,  Leave My Heart Behind - on May 31, 2019 to critical acclaim. Music Crowns called it "a new chapter in music," that her vocals "must be heard to be believed," and that "STORRY, with her on-point delivery and shattering vocals, will be the next big name in music." A&R Factory said that "STORRY has the style, talent and soul to ensure that her sound stands out with absolute distinction." Montreal Rampage said that "she can belt it out like nobody’s business, hitting the high notes with crystalline precision and driving it all home with intense passion and heart-wrenching honesty." A promising start; and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  STORRY writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to producing music videos. Her art is authentic to the max, and her raw talent is mind boggling. If it doesn't touch you, it will hit you in the face.

STORRY released three more singles to date: House & a Range a tribute to her mom, You Don’t Know Me (Nah Nah)  a funky summer bop. She also released Another Man which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly & Robbie, and featured on their album, Pocket Book Riddim. STORRY has recently dabbled in film, and her proudest accomplishment so far is her claymation short, Up, which has been selected to screen at seven international film festivals (and counting), including the Rome International Film Festival and the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival. It was nominated for Best Animation and Best Narrative at the Austin Music Video Festival, and won the award for Best Editing at the Montreal International Wreath Film Festival. The film, which was shot over four months out of her mom's basement, will be released to the public in March 2020. STORRY has performed across North America. If you're taken by her recordings, be prepared to be dazzled by her live show because this phenomenon cannot be captured on tape. 

TOUR DATES:

Friday, January 17 – Centennial Theatre – Sherbrooke, QC – Info & Tickets

Thursday, February 20 – Album Launch at Lula Lounge – Toronto, ON – Info & Tickets

Saturday, February 22 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Info & Tickets

Buy and stream A Lost Find: storry.lnk.to/lostfind

Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A

STORRY on Spotify: spoti.fi/2EyxzUE

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MARCUS KING RELEASES SONG BEAUTIFUL STRANGER AND WILL APPEAR ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE

LISTEN NOW

WATCH VIDEO OF IN STUDIO ACOUSTIC PERFORMING
WITH DAN AUERBACH HERE

DAN AUERBACH PRODUCED DEBUT SOLO ALBUM
EL DORADO OUT ON FANTASY RECORDS, JANUARY 17

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

SHOW IN VANCOUVER ON FEBRUARY 9

"He used to be an insecure outcast. Now the guitarist is introducing southern rock to a new generation." - ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

"Just 23, but his music reveals an old soul." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Soulful blend of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock, and blues.” - FLOOD MAGAZINE

“Sure to grab the hearts, minds and ears of everyone from the rock clubs to the Grand Ole Opry.” - AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“King’s exceptional voice is the main attraction.” - PASTE

Toronto, ON – January 10, 2020Marcus King today shared a new song, Beautiful Stranger. Timeless vintage soul with shimmering steel and haunting gospel harmonies, the song features Marcus’ rasping vocals which take centre stage on his solo debut record, El Dorado. The release has established him as one of the most soulful voices of his generation and is set to be his most critically acclaimed yet. El Dorado, produced by Dan Auerbach will be released next week on Fantasy Records, on January 17. Marcus will make his Jimmy Kimmel Live debut on January 15.

Discussing the song, Marcus stated, "Beautiful Stranger is a story about longing, searching for love. We tried to paint a picture of a dim lit bar, lost souls finding one another before last call."

The new track is written by 23-year-old vocal and guitar phenomenon Marcus, alongside Dan Auerbach and Paul Overstreet. It features drummer Gene Chrisman, keyboardist Bobby Wood and bassist Dave Roe, legendary musicians who have graced classic recordings by the likes of Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley.

The album’s highly anticipated first single, The Well premiered recently via Rolling Stone Magazine who featured him on the cover of The Mix in their latest issue. Rolling Stone’s insightful profile explored Marcus’ fascinating story which saw him initially struggle to fit in at school and even faced the possibility of spending time in a juvenile detention centre for truancy. Talking to Rolling Stone, Marcus stated, “They were trying to put me away, trying to put me into a juvenile detention center, trying to shave my head, put me in jail. And I was like, ‘I didn’t do anything. I just missed a couple of days of class”

Marcus overcame these challenges, using music as a therapy, helping him deal with issues around mental health and loss to become a professional guitarist at eleven years old. He discovered in his teens after a video of him performing at Norman’s Rare Guitars went viral, Marcus King is a fourth-generation musician who followed in his family’s footsteps. His grandfather was a country guitarist, and his father continues to perform live. King recently made his debut at The Grand Ole Opry, playing his grandfather’s guitar. The moment was recently captured in a video documentary, which can be watched here.

El Dorado, a contemporary exploration of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock and blues, has widespread support from tastemakers American Songwriter, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Flood Magazine and Paste and is receiving dedicated support at Triple A radio, including KCRW. The Well’s cinematic video also premiered via Relix with hundreds of thousands of views in weeks. Marcus is currently on a 75+ date world tour in the US, Australia, Japan, Europe, and more, with The Marcus King Band. Multiple dates sold out including The Beacon Theatre in New York which was profiled by The New York Times and a show in Vancouver on February 9.

Marcus has also found time to meet Bill Murray, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton, who proclaimed himself a fan of Marcus at his Crossroads Festival. He has developed his own signature guitar with Gibson, created a signature amp with Orange Amps, appear on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, perform with Chris Stapleton on his US arena tour as well as curate his own namesake festival - The Marcus King Band Family Reunion.

El Dorado will be released January 17, 2020 on Fantasy Records in association with Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound. Available to pre-order now. Please visit: mk.lnk.to/eldorado.

The Marcus King Band founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 2013, is Marcus’ honored foundation. Drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax/steel guitarist Dean Mitchell along with Marcus—bring an irreplaceable combination of commitment, craft and soul to their work and are one of the hardest working bands today.

MARCUS KING BAND EL DORADO TOUR DATES:
January 7-12 - Jam Cruise 2020 - Marcus King solo, Miami, FL, United States
January 24 - Panic En La Playa Nueve, Puerto Alvaro Obregon, Mexico
January 26 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
January 27 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
January 28 - San Diego, CA - Music Box
January 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas
January 31 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
February 1 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
February 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
February 6 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
February 7 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
February 8 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
February 9 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
February 11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
February 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
February 14 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
February 15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
February 21 - Leeds, UK - The Wardrobe
February 22 - Glasgow, UK - Oran More
February 23 - Dublin, IE – Whelans
February 25 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
February 26 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
February 27 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
February 28 - Bristol, UK – Thekla
March 1 - Paris, FR - L’Alhambra
March 2 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
March 3- Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
March 4- Enschede, NL - Metropool Enschede
March 5 - Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 7- Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukölln
March 8 - Hamburg, DE - Mojo Club
March 9 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega Jr.
March 20 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum - with Chris Stapleton
March 21 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall - with Chris Stapleton
April 5 - Tokyo, JP - Billboard Live Tokyo
April 7 - Osaka, JP - Billboard Live Osaka
April 10-12 - Byron Bay Bluesfest - Tyagarah, Australia
April 13 - Metro Theatre - Sydney, NSW, Australia
April 15 - Croxton Park Hotel - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
April 16 - Powerstation - Auckland, New Zealand
April 22 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 23 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 24-26 - Atlanta, GA - Sweetwater 420 Festival
April 30 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 1 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 2 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
June 21- Landgraaf, NL - Pinkpop Festival

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NEZ RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE FEATURING SCHOOLBOY Q VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

LISTEN TO WILD YOUNGSTER NOW

Toronto, ON – January 10, 2020 – The multi-faceted, NEZ, teams up with TDE's ScHoolboy Q on his debut single and music video Wild Youngster via Entertainment One (eOne). The self-directed visual showcases rapid-fire wordplay while treating viewers to an abstract monochromatic visual interpretation. The video stars NEZ alongside ScHoolboy Q and fellow Chicagoan Vic Mensa.
 
Wild Youngster is an intoxicating underground dance anthem and is nothing short of a certifiable hit. NEZ comments on the new single, "I want to make people feel again. I want to make people dance. I'm creating my universe through sound. The feeling I got visiting Paris during fashion week and going to the after-parties. In my head, I was thinking 'what would Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss be partying to in the ‘90s with Gianni Versace.' House music started in Chicago, it has always had a major impact on me because that's the music that we grew up listening and partying to."

NEZ has been an unsung hero of the music industry for the past decade. His profile has been steadily rising under the radar as a part of the esteemed production duo, Nez and Rio. They first became known for their work with ScHoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Chance The Rapper, Wale, Coltrane and many others. NEZ has acquired a much-lauded production contribution to a number of popular hits such as Schoolboy Q's Man of the Year, and ASAP Rocky's Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2. In 2015, NEZ was Grammy-nominated for Best Rap Album, for his work on ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron.
 
Born in West Lafayette, Indiana, NEZ's musical take is marked by dramatic changes in styles. Incorporating an eclectic range of influences including soul, electro, indie rock, synth-pop, house, and R&B.

Watch Wild Youngster:  https://youtu.be/RLyKlDx4BPQ

Listen to Wild Youngster: https://smarturl.it/wildyoungster

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF RETURNS WITH FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN SEVEN YEARS

AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT OUT FEBRUARY 14
ON STAX RECORDS PRE-ORDER HERE

RATELIFF SHARES FIRST SINGLE AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT TODAY

2020 SOLO TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
INCLUDING SOLD OUT TORONTO SHOW

Pensive, Rousing, Stark, Eloquent…Cash Echoes.” New York Times

Toronto, ON – January 8, 2020 – Nathaniel Rateliff is set to release, And Its Still Alright, his first solo album in nearly seven years, on February 14, via Stax Records.

When Rateliff began writing for the new album, the songs initially centered on the pain of his unraveling relationship, but the theme of the album took a different direction when Richard Swift, his longtime friend and producer of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ two acclaimed albums, passed away in July 2018. Across the 10 tracks on And It’s Still Alright, you can feel Rateliff faltering but never losing hope – hope that it’s all part of a bigger plan. While the songs are quieter and more reflective than the exuberant soul The Night Sweats have become famous for, they are no less urgent and indelible, as he pushes the boundaries and finds new depths in his songwriting – a singular voice embarking on a personal exploration of love, loss and perseverance.

Rateliff wrote the album’s lead single and title track, And It’s Still Alright, specifically about Swift – a song of haunting grace and acceptance. Watch the Rett Rogers-directed video here. Read more in Rateliff’s exclusive interview with Rolling Stone here.

“I think I always want to see hope in the darkness, and I like to try to share that,” Rateliff explains. “I always try to write from a perspective of trying to approach everything very honestly, even if it leaves me vulnerable. But overall, it’s almost like I’m a different character when I’m writing for myself.” He continues, “I think this album is a reminder that we all go through hardship, but regardless of the hardship everything ends up where it’s supposed to. I still continue to live, and I still continue to find joy. I think that’s the theme of the record.”

To record And It’s Still Alright, Rateliff returned to Swift’s studio, National Freedom, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He was joined by co-producers Patrick Meese (longtime collaborator and The Night Sweats drummer) and James Barone (Beach House drummer), who both also engineered and mixed the record. The album features additional contributions from Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa violinist), Luke Mossman (The Night Sweats guitarist), Elijah Thomson (Everest bassist), Daniel Creamer (The Texas Gentlemen keyboardist) and Eric Swanson (steel guitarist).

Tonight, Rateliff returns to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon for the fifth time to perform And It’s Still Alright.

Rateliff has also confirmed details of the And It’s Still Alright tour which will feature various aspects of his stellar musicianship, ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar, to a full band accompaniment and four piece string section. The extensive run of theater shows begins in Minneapolis on March 3 and includes multiple shows at New York’s Town Hall and Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel, with additional stops at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, D.C.’s The Anthem and Colorado’s renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater. A few tickets remain and can be purchased at nathanielrateliff.com.

Growing up in rural Missouri, Rateliff got his early music education from his family, who performed in the church band in which Rateliff played drums, and his father’s record collection. At 19, Rateliff moved to Denver where he spent the next 10 years working night shifts at a bottle factory and a trucking company while testing out songs at open-mic nights. Preceding the emergence of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Nathaniel released three albums and an EP; Desire and Dissolving Men (2007), In Memory of Loss (2010), Falling Faster Than You Can Run (2013) and the Closer EP (2014). The solo releases received critical praise – Vanity Fair proclaimed, “We were blown away,” while Paste affirmed, “Rateliff’s rich voice and his bandmates’ textured harmonies sound like long and comfortable conversations.”

In 2015, Rateliff launched Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. The band’s self-titled debut album was a breakout success; now certified Gold in the U.S., it has sold over a million records worldwide. Their sophomore album, Tearing at the Seams, was released in March, 2018 to widespread acclaim and featured three singles that hit #1 at Triple A Radio (You Worry Me, A Little Honey and Hey Mama). Rateliff and the band have appeared on nearly every late-night television program and toured extensively worldwide, playing major festivals and selling out iconic venues including their hometown Red Rocks Amphitheater multiple times.

AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT TRACK LIST:
1. What a Drag
2. And It’s Still Alright
3. All Or Nothing
4. Expecting To Lose
5. Tonight #2
6. Mavis
7. You Need Me
8. Time Stands
9. Kissing Our Friends
10. Rush On

TOUR DATES:
February 1—Ann Arbor, MI—Ann Arbor Folk Festival
March 3—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 4—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 5—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater* SOLD OUT
March 6—Chicago, IL—The Chicago Theatre† SOLD OUT
March 8—Toronto, ON—Roy Thomson Hall* SOLD OUT
March 10—Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre* SOLD OUT
March 12—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 13—New York, NY—The Town Hall‡ SOLD OUT
March 14—Washington DC—The Anthem‡ SOLD OUT
March 16—Pittsburgh, PA—Byham Theater‡ SOLD OUT
March 17—Indianapolis, IN—Old National Centre‡
March 19—St. Louis, MO—Stifel Theatre‡
March 20—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium‡ SOLD OUT
March 21—Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle‡ SOLD OUT
April 2—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at Ace Hotel§
April 3—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre At The Ace Hotel§ SOLD OUT
April 4—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 5—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts§ SOLD OUT
April 18—North Charleston, SC—High Water Fest
August 26—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
*with Courtney Marie Andrews
†with Damien Jurado
‡with Sam Evian and Hannah Cohen
§with The Still Tide
**with Kevin Morby

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CROWBAR HITS THE ROAD WITH SEPULTURA IN MARCH WITH STOPS IN, TORONTO AND MONTREAL

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY DECEMBER 20 10 AM LOCAL TIME

LISTEN TO THE SERPENT ONLY LIES

KIRK WINDSTEIN’S DEBUT SOLO PROJECT DREAM IN MOTION OUT JANUARY 24

Toronto, ON – December 17, 2019 – NOLA sludge metal champions, Crowbar, have announced an extensive 2020 North American tour. In March, they’ll hit the road with Sepultura, alongside Sacred Reich and Art of Shock. The tour will include stops in Toronto and Montreal. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 20 at 10 am local time. See below for complete details.

The venture will follow the release of Dream In Motion – the debut album from Crowbar frontman, Kirk Windstein. Set for release on January 24, 2020 via Entertainment One, Windstein’s solo foray is a heartfelt throwback to album-oriented-rock supremacy, eschewing the predictable acoustic record route for a more straight-ahead guitars approach, albeit one that’s no less soulful or meditative than Crowbar fans expect. Watch the video for the first single and title track here.

Kirk handled all vocal duties, guitars, and bass on the album, with drums and effects by longtime producing partner and collaborator, Duane Simoneaux (Crowbar, Down, Exhorder). Recorded in Windstein's native Louisiana over a period of two years between tours and over holidays, Dream in Motion is a powerfully moving recording that pulls from every corner of the riff king's three-decade-plus career. The LP owns a lyrical depth, emotional weight, and musical muscle forged from the fires of thousands of worldwide live shows, a well-earned reputation for creating the melancholic melody that has become synonymous with New Orleans heavy metal, and a reflection on a life well-lived. 

Crowbar released their 11th and latest album, The Serpent Only Lies, on October 28, 2016 via Entertainment One. For nearly three decades, the name Crowbar has been synonymous with HEAVY. Since rising ominously from the swamplands of New Orleans in 1990, they’ve been hailed internationally as one of the world’s foremost purveyors of crushing, melodic sludge. The Serpent Only Lies, is both an affirmation of the band’s staying power and a nod to their legacy.

“To me, it’s a fresh sounding version of old school Crowbar,” says vocalist, guitarist and mastermind, Kirk Windstein. “I intentionally went back and listened to a lot of old Crowbar stuff, like the selftitled and Broken Glass albums, to get a feel for what my mindset was 20 plus years ago. I also went back and listened to the bands that influenced Crowbar in the beginning, like Trouble, Saint Vitus, Melvins, and the first Type O Negative record. So it was kinda me doing my homework.”

The result is an album that stands toe-to-toe with those early Crowbar classics while maintaining the lumbering hooks of mid-period standouts like 1998’s Odd Fellows Rest and 2000’s Equilibrium. Bolstered by massive riffage, new songs, I Am The Storm, Embrace The Light, and the title track explore the themes of life, loss and spirituality, respectively.

CROWBAR is:
Kirk Windstein | Matt Brunson | Tommy Buckley

TOUR DATES
March 18 - San Diego, CA House of Blues
March 19 - Los Angeles, CA Mayan Theater
March 20 - Berkeley, CA UC Theatre
March 21 - Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
March 22 - Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
March 23 - Iowa City, IA Wildwood
March 26 - Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
March 27 - Milwaukee, WI Rave II
March 28 - Chicago, IL House of Blues
March 29 - Detroit, MI Harpo's
March 30 - Toronto, ON Opera House
April 1 - Montreal, QC Astral

April 2 - Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
April 3 - Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
April 4 - Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
April 6 - Cleveland, OH House of Blues
April 7 - Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
April 8 - Baltimore, MD Soundstage
April 9 - Charlotte, NC Underground @ The Fillmore
April 10 - Atlanta, GA Masquerade
April 11 - Ft Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
April 12 - Tampa, FL The Ritz
April 14 - New Orleans, LA House of Blues
April 16 - Houston, TX Warehouse Live
April 17 - Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
April 18 - Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
April 19 - Austin, TX Emo's
April 21 - Phoenix, AZ Van Buren
April 22 - Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre

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ALLIE X ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM CAPE GOD TO BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 21

ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

FIRST MAJOR HEADLINE TOUR TO KICK OFF IN MARCH WITH CANADIAN DATES IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO & MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – December 16, 2019 – Following the release of her emotive new single, Love Me Wrong, featuring long-time friend and collaborator, Troye Sivan, goth-pop darling, Allie X, announces her highly anticipated new album, Cape God – out February 21, 2020. An electric moment for the singer, this is her most radical and powerful album yet. Filled with emotional vibratos and captivating lyrics, the album touches on the nature of identity and what it truly means to be an outsider. In addition to the Troye Sivan collaboration on Love Me Wrong – which has already hit over one million listens on Spotify alone – Cape God features a collaboration with beloved singer and songwriter Mitski.

After finishing a two-month long tour supporting Marina and Charli XCX across North America and Europe, Allie X is thrilled to now announce her first major headline tour, which includes Canadian stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Tickets are available for pre-sale, and Cape God is available for pre-order now. 

To create the world of Cape God – a world that Allie X had been ruminating over for years – she joined creative forces with producer, Oscar Görres. The album was recorded in Sweden over the course of a few short weeks, full of seamless and intense energy. What developed quite naturally was an eclectic and eerie sound that nods to Allie X’s past, while pointing to a new future of music for the artist.

Allie X comments, “This feels the most ‘me’ of anything I’ve ever made” – while friend, Sasha Velour, so poignantly describes it as “a gaudy North-American kind of melancholy”. Sonically, Cape God spans multiple dimensions and genres that are both atmospheric and standalone. As a result, this record is bound to appeal to fans old and new.

For Allie X, the journey of writing Cape God was reflective and intimate. Allie X says, “Going into these buried feelings I had as a teenager was the perspective I chose to write this album from. It happened very naturally and without much thought once I started. As always, it was easiest to add an element of fantasy and aesthetic beauty to tell my story, and thus Cape God was born. If I had to make a mission statement for this record I would say: Cape God is a liminal space I created to explore my repressed feelings and perhaps create a different outcome.”

Oh what a feeling,
Hanging off a building,
with the Regulars

Regulars

These moments of contrasting tension and clear perspective are daring and fresh. With bold visuals to compliment, and two music videos directed by artist, SSION, the world of Cape God has a creative energy all its own. Original and fierce, Allie X has quickly become a force to be reckoned with.

CAPE GOD TRACKLIST
Fresh Laundry
Devil I Know
Regulars
Sarah Come Home
Rings A Bell
June Gloom
Love Me Wrong (w/Troye Sivan)
Super Duper Party People
Susie Save Your Love (w/Mitski)
Life of the Party
MadameX
Learning in Public

CAPE GOD 2020 TOUR DATES
March 22 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues - Voodoo Room
March 23 - Santa Ana, CA - Observatory
March 24 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
March 26 - Portland, OR – Holocene
March 27 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
March 28 - Seattle, WA - The Sunset
March 31 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
April 1 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter
April 2 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix
April 4 - Montreal, QC - L'Astral

April 5 - Boston, MA - Sonia
April 7 - Brooklyn, NY - Avant Gardner
April 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
April 9 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
April 11 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
April 12 - Nashville, TN - High Watt
April 15 - Austin, TX - The Parish
April 16 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
April 18 - Denver, CO - Marquis
April 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
April 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge
April 23 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
May 28 - Milan, Italy - Arci Ohibo
May 30 - Berlin, Germany - Privat Club
May 31 - Cologne, Germany - Jaki Club
June 1 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
June 3 - Paris, France - Pop Up
June 4 - London, UK - Heaven

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Watch Love Me Wrong here

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF KICKS OFF THE MARIGOLD SINGLES WITH JOHN PRINE

PROCEEDS WILL SUPPORT SIERRA CLUB MILITARY OUTDOORS AND HARM REDUCTION COALITION

Toronto, ON – December 13, 2019 – Acclaimed musician, Nathaniel Rateliff’s, first installment of The Marigold Singles featuring legendary songwriter John Prine debuts today on Stax Records. The Marigold Singles will raise money for The Marigold Project, Rateliff’s foundation that supports community and non-profit organizations working on economic and social justice. The first installment is comprised of Rateliff performing new versions of two beloved Prine songs – Sam Stone a duet with Prine and Summer’s End featuring Courtney Marie Andrews. Listen/share the music here.

Of the release, Rateliff says, “It’s been an honor to get to know John and become his buddy. I love singing with him. It was great to have Courtney Marie Andrews join me on Summer’s End as well.” while Prine furthers, “I am proud to be part of the first release of The Marigold Singles. Veterans deserve all our support. I love singing with Nathaniel – he’s a really great singer and a real good buddy.”

The Marigold Singles will be available as limited edition 7” vinyl exclusively at shop.nathanielrateliff.com, as well as on all digital platforms. Future releases will feature additional notable musicians and collaborators, and the beneficiaries will be chosen by the artist’s common beliefs and by the subject matter of the songs.

Proceeds from first installment of The Marigold Singles with John Prine will support the work of Sierra Club Military Outdoors and Harm Reduction Coalition. “I have often turned to the music of Nathaniel and John for healing and understanding after my time in the Army. I am grateful that they have chosen to support the Sierra Club’s Military Outdoors program with this special release and look forward to connecting more veterans and military families to the outdoors with their contribution,” says Sierra Club’s Military Outdoors Senior Campaign Manager, Robert Vessels. 

Harm Reduction Coalition’s Executive Director, Monique Tule adds, “Harm Reduction Coalition is deeply honored to be beneficiaries of the partnership between Nathaniel Rateliff and John Prine. Funds we receive will support our work to end the overdose epidemic that is behind the deaths of more than 72,000 people in a single year.”

Sierra Club Military Outdoors is at the forefront of a national movement to ensure every veteran in America has an opportunity to get outdoors when they return home after service. The goal of Military Outdoors is to improve the lives of veterans and their families through connections with the outdoors and inspire members of the military and veteran community to become outspoken champions for environmental conservation and justice. Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that works to promote the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are impacted by drug use.

The Marigold Project is Rateliff’s foundation established in 2017 to support community and non-profit organizations working on economic and social justice. Last fall, The Marigold Project hosted a day of workshops and a rally focused on gun violence prevention. Last Saturday, December 7, the foundation hosted a summit in Denver concentrated on community and coalition building. Attendees learned from activists and advocates across the country with decades of experience in community building for positive and lasting change.

The foundation also offers grants to organizations working on income inequality, voter registration, food access, gun violence prevention and indigenous rights, among many others. Grant recipients include Mauna Kea/Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, Volunteers of America’s Veterans Homeless Services, Denver Urban Gardens, American Agriculture Movement and Texas Gun Sense.

Furthermore, Rateliff has confirmed details of the And It’s Still Alright tour, in support of a new forthcoming solo album. The shows will feature many facets of Rateliff’s musicianship—ranging from stripped back moments with just his voice and an acoustic guitar to the accompaniment of a full band. The extensive run of theater shows begins in Minneapolis on March 3 and includes multiple shows at Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel and San Francisco’s Palace Of Fine Arts, in addition to stops at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, D.C.’s The Anthem, The Chicago Theatre and the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater. Tickets are available now at nathanielrateliff.com.

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THE BLUE STONES SHARE NEW SINGLE GRIM

ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING TOUR WITH 16 CANADIAN DATES

WATCH GRIM MUSIC VIDEO HERE

MORE FROM THE BLUE STONES HERE
Toronto, ON – December 13, 2019 – Today, Canadian rock duo The Blue Stones, have shared Grim, the second single off their upcoming sophomore album out on Entertainment One (eOne) next year. Grim finds the band exploring a more experimental sound, blending lo-fi beats with a hip-hop-inspired vocal approach while still remaining true to their alternative-blues roots. Following the success of Shakin’ Off The Rust, the track showcases the band’s continued lyrical growth as vocalist Tarek Jafar takes a darker look into his vices. In addition to the new single, the band has announced their North American Hidden Gems Tour in early 2020 with support from JJ Wilde on the U.S. dates and Mute Choir on the Canadian dates. You can stream Grim here now and find tickets for the tour on sale here.

About the track, the band states, "People ask us what direction we're heading in for our new material. Grim is a pretty good representation of that. We drew from a myriad of genres that we love, and wrote a song that makes you feel so good about being bad."

When Tarek Jafar and Justin Tessier formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together - and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that lead to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As they began working on new music, The Blue Stones caught the attention of producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), with whom they would eventually enter the studio with this past summer. Working with Meany lead to The Blue Stones exploring – and creating – music in a different way than they had before, and led to a new approach by Jafar when it came to tackling lyrics. The result was the band truly discovering who they were during the writing process. They’ve crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that one can’t help but be swept up and carried off by the songs that will eventually form their as-yet-untitled sophomore album slated for release on Entertainment One next year. The duo may be redefining who they are, but their decision to pursue the rock’n’roll dream holds as strong as ever as they enter the next stage of their journey.

The Blue Stones will embark on their 30 date North American tour this January kicking off the first six shows in Ontario before making their way down to the US and returning to the Canadian west coast in March. All tour details are below, stay tuned for more news from the band in 2020!

TOUR DATES:
January 23 @ The Mansion - Kingston, ON
January 24 @ Rum Runners - London, ON
January 25 @ Warehouse St - Catharines, ON
January 30 @ Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON
January 31 @ Petit Campus - Montreal, QC 
February 1 @ 27 Club - Ottawa, ON 

February 6 @ Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
February 7 @ Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
February @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room - St. Louis, MO
February 9 @ High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
February 11 @ Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
February 13 @ Top Cats - Cincinnati, OH
February 14 @ Thunderbird Music Hall - Pittsburgh, PA
February 15 @ The Hollow - Albany, NY
February 16 @ The Lizard Lounge at Chameleon Club -
Lancaster, PA
February 18 @ MilkBoy - Philadelphia, PA
February 19 @ Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
February 20 @ Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
February 21 @ The Basement - Columbus, OH
February 22 @ The Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
March 12 @ The Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB 
March 13 @ The Exchange - Regina, SK
March 18 @ Better Than Fred's - Grande Prairie, AB
March 19 @ Bo's Bar - Red Deer, AB
March 20 @ The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
March 21 @ The Gateway - Calgary, AB
March 23 @ The Blue Grotto - Kamloops, BC 
March 24 @ Sapphire - Kelowna, BC
March 25 @ Capital Ballroom - Victoria, BC 
March 26 @ The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC


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MARCUS KING PREMIERES THE SULTRY, SOULFUL ONE DAY SHE’S HERE WITH FLOOD MAGAZINE

WATCH VISUALIZER HERE

DAN AUERBACH PRODUCED DEBUT SOLO ALBUM
EL DORADO OUT ON FANTASY RECORDS JANUARY 17, 2020

PRE-ORDER NOW

ON TOUR NOW WITH SHOWS IN TORONTO ON DECEMBER 18 AND VANCOUVER ON FEBRUARY 9

“Fierce Soulful blend of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock, and blues”
 
- FLOOD MAGAZINE

“Fierce guitar player teams up with the Black Keys guitarist-producer
for his first solo album”
- ROLLING STONE

 “Sure to grab the hearts, minds and ears of everyone from the
rock clubs to the Grand Ole Opry.”
- AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“King’s exceptional voice is the main attraction” - PASTE

Toronto, ON – December 13, 2019 – Today, Marcus King shares a new song, One Day She’s Here, a fresh sounding slice of laid-back vintage soul. The new track, written by Marcus, Dan Auerbach and Pat McLaughlin, showcases Marcus’ restrained falsetto with sultry strings and a deep pocket groove provided by among others, drummer Gene Chrisman, keyboardist Bobby Wood and bassist Dave Roe, legendary musicians who have graced classic recordings by the likes of Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley. It is featured on his genre-bending debut solo record, El Dorado, produced by Dan Auerbach at Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, and due January 17, 2020 on Fantasy Records.

The song premiered today by FLOOD Magazine who stated, “the song packages Marcus’ sensual falsetto with strings for a languorous soul vibe about a love who just won’t stay.”

Discussing the song with FLOOD Magazine, Marcus explained, “Dan and I wrote One Day She’s Here with Pat McLaughlin. This was a writing session I was a little bit late to and when I got there they had this bouncy chord progression. We kind of picked it up from there and started moving forward. A recurring theme throughout the record is old Cadillacs. And this idea of something you love fading away into the distance appealed to me as a writer. Something that I think everybody can relate to is seeing something fade away like that.”

El Dorado is a contemporary exploration of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock and blues, where subtle acoustics and pedal steel shine bright alongside raucous electric guitars and blistering solos. Marking a new sonic direction and with King’s remarkable voice taking center stage, El Dorado is set to further establish King as one of the most soulful voices of his generation.

Marcus King has become a vocal and guitar phenomenon at 23 years old, overcoming challenges with mental health and loss to release his debut solo album, poised for a major breakthrough and his most critically acclaimed yet. The album’s highly anticipated first single, The Well, premiered recently via Rolling Stone alongside widespread support from tastemakers American Songwriter, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly and Paste and is already receiving dedicated support at Triple A radio, including KCRW which made it their top tune of the day. The track’s cinematic video also premiered via Relix with hundreds of thousands of views in weeks.

Marcus is currently on a 75+ date world tour in the US, Australia, Japan, Europe, and more, with The Marcus King Band. Multiple dates are already sold out from Washington to Philadelphia. He has also found the time to develop his own signature guitar with Gibson, create a signature amp with Orange Amps, appear on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, perform with Chris Stapleton on his US arena tour as well as curate his own namesake festival - The Marcus King Band Family Reunion.

Playing professionally since he was eleven years old and discovered in his teens after a video of him performing at Norman’s Rare Guitars went viral, Marcus King is a fourth-generation musician who followed in his family’s footsteps. His grandfather was a country guitarist, and his father continues to perform live. King recently made his debut at The Grand Ole Opry, playing his grandfather’s guitar. The moment was recently captured in a video documentary, which can be watched here.

El Dorado will be released January 17, 2020 on Fantasy Records in association with Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound. Available to pre-order now. Please visit: mk.lnk.to/eldorado.

THE MARCUS KING BAND EL DORADO TOUR DATES

The Marcus King Band founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 2013, is Marcus’ honored foundation. Drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax/steel guitarist Dean Mitchell along with Marcus—bring an irreplaceable combination of commitment, craft and soul to their work and are one of the hardest working bands today.

MARCUS KING BAND EL DORADO TOUR DATES:
December 13 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
December 14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
December 15 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
December 17 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
December 18 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
December 19 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
December 20 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre & Perf Arts Center
December 21 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
December 28 - Macon, GA - Macon City Auditorium
December 29 - Augusta, GA - Miller Theater
December 30 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
December 31 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
January 7-12 - Jam Cruise 2020 - Marcus King solo, Miami, FL, United States
January 24 - Panic En La Playa Nueve, Puerto Alvaro Obregon, Mexico
January 26 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
January 27 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
January 28 - San Diego, CA - Music Box
January 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas
January 31 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
February 1 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
February 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
February 6 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
February 7 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
February 8 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
February 9 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
February 11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
February 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
February 14 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
February 15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
February 21 - Leeds, UK - The Wardrobe
February 22 - Glasgow, UK - Oran More
February 23 - Dublin, IE – Whelans
February 25 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
February 26 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
February 27 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
February 28 - Bristol, UK – Thekla
March 1 - Paris, FR - L’Alhambra
March 2 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
March 3- Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
March 4- Enschede, NL - Metropool Enschede
March 5 - Cologne, DE – Kantine
March 7- Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukölln
March 8 - Hamburg, DE - Mojo Club
March 9 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega Jr.
March 20 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum - with Chris Stapleton
March 21 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall - with Chris Stapleton
April 5 - Tokyo, JP - Billboard Live Tokyo
April 7 - Osaka, JP - Billboard Live Osaka
April 10-12 - Byron Bay Bluesfest - Tyagarah, Australia
April 13 - Metro Theatre - Sydney, NSW, Australia
April 15 - Croxton Park Hotel - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
April 16 - Powerstation - Auckland, New Zealand
April 22 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 23 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center - with Chris Stapleton
April 24-26 - Atlanta, GA - Sweetwater 420 Festival
April 30 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 1 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
May 2 - New Orleans, LA - The Civic Theatre
June 21- Landgraaf, NL - Pinkpop Festival

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JENN GRANT SHARES NEW SINGLE THE PARTY

CONCERTS IN OTTAWA AND MONTREAL ANNOUNCED
FOR THE NEW YEAR

HOMETOWN HALIFAX SHOW ON VALENTINE’S DAY

NOMINATED FOR CONTEMPORARY SINGER OF THE YEAR,
SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR AND CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR AT THE 2020 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS

Toronto, ON – December 13, 2019 – Jenn Grant will be bringing the songs from her gorgeous new album, Love, Inevitable, home to Halifax for a special Valentine’s Day 2020 concert at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Today, she is thrilled to announce that two more tour dates – in Ottawa and Montreal – have been added for February. Tickets are on sale now – full details can be found below.

Along with the announcement of the new tour dates, Grant shares a brand new song – The Party. Born out of a writing trip in Nashville this fall, the track was co-written with local artist, Mary Bragg, and plays as a sort of “alt-holiday” song – an ode to lonely people joining the party again! Have a listen here.

“The Party is a story about a woman, filled with anticipation in those moments while getting ready for the party, which sometimes feels like the best part,” comments Grant. “It’s about the evening to come, of dancing and love and loneliness and gathering. And something that resonates with this time of year, under all the sparkling lights.

Jenn’s latest album, Love, Inevitable, was released in June and is a marker for a period of change in Grant’s life; of moving through one moment and leaving it behind, almost carefree, for another.  After making four consecutive albums with her husband, Daniel Ledwell (and being nominated for three JUNO Awards), Grant stepped out of her usual comfort zone and reached out to Grammy nominated American producer and engineer, Tucker Martine. A synergetic and collaborative team was born, spending the bulk of the summer months recording in Portland, Oregon. Grant celebrated the release with a cross-Canada tour, enthralling audiences across the country with the new heartfelt songs, and went on to earn five Music Nova Scotia award nominations – Entertainer of the Year, Digital Artist of the Year, Folk Recording of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year for Keep A Light On.

“Grant's gorgeous voice swoops and soars across shimmering pop anthems, folk gems, and sunset ballads.” – CBC Music

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 14 – Rebecca Cohen Auditorium – Halifax, NS – TICKETS
February 27 – Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – TICKETS
February 28 – National Arts Centre – Ottawa, ON – TICKETS

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HEALTH COLLABORATE WITH XIU XIU ON NEW SINGLE DELICIOUS APE

ANNOUNCE HEADLINE 2020 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

US CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH DAUGHTERS CONTINUES THROUGH DECEMBER, INCLUDING NYC’S BROOKLYN STEEL ON DECEMBER 19

VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR OUT NOW


"...one of the most intense and electrifying
bands in the U.S."
- Kerrang!

"...the band approaches at times Ministry-like levels of
industrial-metal aggression."
- Revolver

“HEALTH's most ominous, brooding, and diverse effort yet -
and consequently their best.”  
- Metal Injection, 9/10 stars

"...electricity crackles off its hydraulic-press-and-jackhammer racket in a way that energizes album highlights 'Black Static' and 'Strange Days (1999)' ... it's a powerhouse of an album." - Decibel Magazine

"Ambitious L.A. noise-rock trio HEALTH pushes the envelope even further on album No. 4. The title’s nod to Black Sabbath is apropos; new songs introduce a shock of metal to its daring blend of dance music and forbidding noise textures." - New York Magazine

"Through the medium of abrasive beats and tortured, explosive synth textures the band tackle the world’s uneasy conscience, resulting in a remarkably cathartic listen." - The Line of Best Fit, 8/10 stars

"...the trio deliver at once their heaviest, catchiest, most decipherable and least predictable album.... HEALTH meld the spiraling instrumentation of their earliest work, with the hooky structure of last album 'DEATH MAGIC' and then coat this creation in the blackest industrial ooze." - DIY Magazine, 4/5 stars

“VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR is filled with perversely catchy songs
about death and hopelessness”
- All Music, 4/5 stars

“They have indeed gotten even heavier on VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR, which doesn’t sound like an indie/noise band experimenting with industrial music but a true industrial record.” - Brooklyn Vegan

“...one of the most substantial industrial rock records of recent memory” - HYPEBEAST

“VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR is a career-defining achievement...”
- Sputnik Reviews, 5/5 stars

“...an intense, dark and aggressive album, arguably their heaviest to date”  - Treble Magazine, ‘Album of the Week’

"The Los Angeles band contort their way through a dark and heavy electrified rock fantasy in which there’s no telling what’s around the bend, as drastically heavy electronic music production seeps through the cracks of
somewhat traditional rock instrumentation." - New Noise Magazine

 

Toronto, ON – December 12, 2019 – Today, HEALTH released Delicious Ape, a new single in collaboration with Xiu Xiu. HEALTH says of their sixth collaborative track out now via Loma Vista Recordings: “The noise/DIY scene of the mid 00's was characterized by an incredibly high tolerance for ‘difficult' musical experiences. In many ways, the petit arms race to fortify our listening habits with the avant garde while competing with a handful of unknown bands to create the most challenging music possible was ironically juvenile and provincial. A preoccupation with abrasive experimentalism is not exactly a recipe for toe tapping or hummable melody, and many of us obscured the more enjoyable elements of music-making and listening in favor of weird shit...But not Xiu Xiu goddamn it. 

No other project of the most formative era for our band even comes close to so perfectly combining the elements of free noise, drone music, and experimental electronics with raw emotion, melody and choruses. Nobody else even had choruses. Not many of us are left of this particular vintage. Most of the scene moved on to djing house and starting podcasts. Xiu Xiu is still making great and uniquely moving music. We are simply happy to get the chance to be a part of it. What did The Minutemen say? ‘Mr. Narrator, this is Bob Dylan to me.’ Yeah, something like that.” Listen to Delicious Ape HERE.

The LA-based band of Jacob Duzsik, John Famiglietti, and Benjamin Miller have also today announced new headline European tour dates for April 2020; tickets are on sale now. HEALTH continue their co-headline tour with Daughters, and special guest Show Me The Body, tonight in Birmingham, including an upcoming show at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel on December 19th. See below for a full itinerary of upcoming dates.

 

HEALTH released their latest acclaimed LP VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR in February via Loma Vista Recordings. Since its release, the band has toured extensively around the world, created their second video game score for Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto Online: Arena War Official Soundtrack), and debuted five other collaborative singles with Ghostmane (JUDGEMENT NIGHT), JPEGMAFIA (HATE YOU), Youth Code (INNOCENCE), Perturbator (BODY/PRISON), and Soccer Mommy/Corin Roddick of Purity Ring (MASS GRAVE). Watch HEALTH’s recent live session for The Ringer Room HERE and for Revolver Magazine HERE.

VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR is available for streaming and purchase HERE.

Album bio, press shots, and cover art HERE.

HEALTH - TOUR DATES:

December 13 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn#

December 14 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade#

December 15 - Orlando, FL @ The Orpheum#

December 17 - Carborro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

December 18 - Washington DC @ 9.30 Club#

December 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel#

December 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer#

December 21 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club#

April 16, 2020 - Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival

April 17, 2020 - Cologne, DE @ Art Theatre

April 18, 2020 - Brno, CZ @ Kabinet Muz

April 19, 2020 - Krakow, PL @ ZetPeTe

April 20, 2020 - Warsaw, PL @ Hydrozagadka

April 21, 2020 - Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu

April 23, 2020 - Paris, FR @ Petit Bain, New Noise Night

# co-headline w/ Daughters, special guest Show Me The Body

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LEXXICON REFLECTS ON NEW SONG LONELY

PREMIERES VIA PURE GRAIN AUDIO

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR LONELY

2020 TORONTO SHOWS ANNOUNCED

NEW ALBUM BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE  OUT JANUARY 31, 2020

Toronto, ON – December 12, 2019 – Following a big album announcement, Toronto-based Hip-Hop/Dancehall hybrid, Lexxicon, reflects on his new single, Lonely, which premiered at Pure Grain Audio today. The song was produced by Edmonton’s Artafacts Music, and is from his forthcoming album, Bashment Trap House, out on January 31, 2020. You can catch Lexxicon perform the new tracks live in the New Year, as he just announced two shows in Toronto, performing at The Baby G on January 26 and February 23. Listen to Lonely and watch the lyric video here.

“This song is for those who have gone through times in their lives where they felt alone and that they had no support from anyone,” Lexxicon reflects. “Many of us have certain experiences where no matter who is around us we still have to go through it alone. For me, it was begin diagnosed with Crohn's disease and dealing with the hospital visits, medication changes, and multiple side effects. During that time was when I felt extremely alone and was the inspiration for this song. I just hope putting my feelings to music can help someone going through a similar situation.”

Last month, Lexxicon brought the heat with Bashment Trap House’s first single, Fatty Fatty, celebrating inclusion and body positivity.

“This track is to get your blood running, heart pumping, and emotions jumping,” Lexxicon says of Fatty Fatty. “It’s a little piece of the islands with a twist, the perfect addition to your personal gym playlist!

Produced by Kontrabandz, Fatty Fatty is about celebrating life, tying into the project’s overall theme around Lexxicon’s journey as a Jamaican/Canadian hybrid Hip-Hop/Dancehall artist. The hook is gender-neutral, embracing an inclusive party track that everyone can vibe to. Overall, the song's message is to be confident in your body and draws elements from 90s Dancehall music with a Hip Hop backdrop. 

About Lexxicon
Hip-Hop/Dancehall artist Lexxicon fluctuates between Dancehall Patois, R&B harmonies, and melodic rapping with pure power. Born in Jamaica, Lexxicon moved to Birmingham, England and then New York City before settling in Toronto, Canada, where he found the drive, passion, and tools to become a recording artist. He honed his talent by growing in some of the city’s talent incubators such as R.I.S.E Edutainment, and UrbanArts – B.M.M.

After taking the stage at Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and the Culture Shock Block Party, the experience of Lexxicon’s live performances can be described as a powerful presence. The Toronto-based artist’s up-tempo hybrid sound comes from many influences of Sean Paul to Tory Lanez. His vision is to push the boundaries of hip-hop music, by blurring genres lines and adding his Jamaican background to his music.

 

Lexxicon is also an active member of Toronto’s creative community, founding a rising showcase series called AfroWave Toronto, that advocates for Dancehall, Afrobeats and Reggaeton representation in the local music scene. He attended Ryerson University and founded student group called RyeSWAT (now RyeRecords) for artists on campus to record an album (The Vision – Various ArtistsGenesis EP – Various Artists) and release music. In addition, he has worked with Ryerson’s Caribbean Student’s Association, United Black students at Ryerson, Poetic Exchange, and Psychology Student’s Association.

Listen to Lonely: fanlink.to/LexxiconLonely
Watch lyric video for Lonely: bit.ly/2YL09vo
Listen to Fatty Fatty: fanlink.to/FattyFatty
Watch lyric video for Fatty Fatty: youtu.be/qB0y-EJqfmI

Bashment Trap House Tracklist:
1. Di Don Don
2. Fatty Fatty
3. Baddaz
4. Lucky Lucky
5. Back Pon Wall
6. SuperStar
7. Side Ting 
8. City Pon Mi Back
9. I Think I Can (Interlude)
10. Lonely
11. I Pray
12. Sleeping On Me
13. New Year, New Me
14. Haffi Shut Dung
15. Booyaka Booyaka

2020 TORONTO TOUR DATES
January 26 – The Baby G – Toronto, ON
February 23 – The Baby G – Toronto, ON
 

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www.lexxiconofficial.com

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HARRISON PREMIERES VIDEO FOR MUSTANG (FEAT. TALVI) VIA BULLY MAGAZINE

CELEBRATING UK MVA NOMINATION FOR YOUR GIRL (FEAT. RALPH)

RECENT PRODUCTION CREDITS FOR SEAN LEON’S NEW ALBUM AND TOBi FOR SINGLE BEIGE

STREAM SOPHOMORE RECORD APRICITY

APRICITY DELUXE OUT NOW VIA BANDCAMP

 

Toronto, ON – December 11, 2019 – Toronto’s multifaceted artist/producer/musical polymath, Harrison, shares a stunning new video for Mustang. The song is from his sophomore album, Apricity, featuring ethereal vox from Talvi of Prince Innocence.

Premiering via BULLY Magazine, Mustang captures the song from a different perspective. The visual was directed by Jon Riera (known for his work with Jazz Cartier, A Tribe Called Red, DVSN). This video was created thanks to the support of the MVP Project, a joint initiative of RBCxMusic and the Prism Prize (administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television).Watch the video here

“The experience of making Mustang was exciting for us because we could re-imagine something that was already out in the world and took a different approach to it. That’s partially what the beginning scene represents,” Jon says of the creative process. “If you were already familiar with the song and you watched the opening scene it seemed like it was going to be regular-degular but then we flipped it and had an opportunity to give you a look into a world you wouldn’t expect.”

“I’ve worked with Jon before so it was a breeze,” Harrison says of their collaboration. “I’m a little camera shy so it was nice having Talvi there, we were using the second half of Mustang, which is all her singing.”

“It was really fun embodying the femme fatale role for Mustang and working with Jon and Harrison on this. I feel like I’m cast in this role a lot, it’s cool that people see me that way and I get to play it,” Talvi adds. “I also love that there’s this portal into another dimension that captures this particular moment and my friendship collaborating with Harry.”

It has been a big year for Harrison. Following the release of Apricity, he was nominated for two prestigious national awards; a CIMA Award (Canadian Independent Music Association) for the album’s marketing campaign, and 2019 Prism Prize for the video for Your Girl (feat. Ralph), directed by BC-based production house, Ft. Langley. Across the pond, Your Girl was nominated for a  2019 UK MVA under Best Pop Video – newcomer. He’s been busy in the studio working on new material, collaborating with Toronto artists, including production on Sean Leon’s new album and with TOBi on his single, Beige.

In February, Harrison released Apricity Deluxe - a set of five B-sides exclusively via Bandcamp. The bundle features unlimited streaming on Bandcamp, a free digital download of Apricity, an official Fingerboard, and a limited edition 140g, Black Smoke LP copy signed by Harrison. Listen to the B-sides here.

 

One Apricity Deluxe track, 75BPM, premiered exclusively via q on CBC Radio One, where Harrison delivered a live set and interview alongside Montreal-based artist, Daniela Andrade, who appears on Apricity single, Better. Watch the full segment here.

Apricity follows Harrison’s 2016 JUNO-nominated debut, Checkpoint Titanium, which was received to critical acclaim. The album received immense praise, including props from Exclaim!, calling it “a delight,” The FADER highlighting the album’s “funky, feel-good, neon-pumped productions,” and an in-depth chat with NOW Magazine. In addition, Harrison was featured on CBC Radio One’s program, Here and Now, curating an exclusive playlist for their column, Song Of The Week.

Defined as “the warmth of the sun in winter,” Apricity is the direct byproduct of Harrison’s dedication to the mastery of the piano and thus himself. The discipline required to produce the album reflects a concerted effort to translate ideas and challenge existing musical conventions more effectively, from the refracting light and fiery staccato of Midnight Snack, to the shimmering post-disco ballad & bop of Believe In Love, and smoldering single, Better. It stands as evidence of Harrison’s commitment to challenging himself. Written, produced, performed and recorded entirely by Harrison, Apricity sticks with the do-it-yourself ethos that has informed his career to date.

Check out Mustang and keep your ears open for more Harrison in 2020.

Watch Mustang (feat. Talvi): bit.ly/35cCZR0
Watch Your Girl (feat. Ralph): bit.ly/2NJyubY
Watch Atmosphere (feat. Daniela Andrade): youtu.be/2UF2SDiNJn8
Watch Celica Supra: bit.ly/2LRGguH
Buy/ Stream Apricity Deluxe: bit.ly/apricitydlx
Buy/stream Apricity:
smarturl.it/playapricity

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BEAR’S DEN RELEASE ONLY SON OF THE FALLING SNOW

THREE-SONG EP EXPLORES THEMES INSPIRED BY WINTER

JAKE GAF-DIRECTED VIDEO FOR THE STAR OF BETHNAL GREEN IS UNVEILED TODAY

Toronto, ON – December 10, 2019 – Winter can be a complicated time of year for many people: the short days, long nights, and the looming holidays can magnify feelings of loneliness and isolation. But winter can also evoke feelings of hope. As British author Nigel Slater observed in The Christmas Chronicles, the season is about the promise of things to come, "A secret world doing what it does each year. A study in renewal, rebirth, new life."

Bear's Den have released Only Son of the Falling Snow, a three-song EP inspired by the season. As Andrew Davie describes it, "The EP is a collection of songs united by a sense of what winter means to us. In all its beauty, sadness, stillness, and its ability to transform and bring things back to life."

And while Davie notes that the band set out "to make an EP that felt intimate and nostalgic," the seed for The Star of Bethnal Green was planted - or at least assisted - by a device that is not only ubiquitous, but has become a symbol of modernity: the iPhone.

Davie explains, "Voice memos on iPhones now save recordings by location which for us has been really helpful and is kind of how we started to write this song."

"The Star of Bethnal Green started its life as a voice memo recording on Kev's phone. He was writing the beginnings of the song on a friend's piano in Hackney but the voice memo mistakenly saved the recording location as 'The Star of Bethnal Green' which is actually just a pub down the road," he laughs. "When he sent me the idea we were both pretty in love with the idea of it as a song title and the Christmas and winter imagery it naturally evokes, so we decided to build the song around the idea of this pub.”

“We wanted to tell a story of someone at Christmas watching a singer performing in that bar and feeling completely overwhelmed by the performer and the performance as if their entire life, their identity, their purpose was being revealed to them with each note of the song. We're very proud of it and hope you enjoy it."

Listen to Only Son Of The Falling Snow here.

The video for The Star of Bethnal Green, directed by award-winning director, writer, and actor Jake Graf and scripted by Graf and his wife Hannah, tells a deeply moving story about empathy, kindness, and the courage it sometimes takes to embrace – and ultimately reveal – one's true self.

Watch the official video for The Star of Bethnal Green here.

"As a trans man who grew up without any positive representations to aspire to, I know how important it is that we start seeing more trans visibility in the mainstream media," notes Graf. "We have seen more and more allies to the community standing up and being counted, role models such as Jameela Jamil, Helen Mirren, Emma Watson, Hozier and Eddie Redmayne to name but a few, but as our tiny trans community continues to be attacked and vilified we truly need all the support that we can get."

He continues, "As a longtime fan of Bear's Den, it was not only a huge honor to be approached to write and direct their new music video for the stunning Star of Bethnal Green, but also incredibly encouraging that they were enthusiastic and excited about telling a trans story.

The film combines the magic of Christmas and the tale of the ghost of Christmas present with the powerful and hopeful story of an older trans woman being guided towards living as her authentic self. Older LGBTQ people are so often overlooked in cinema and the media that it felt like an important choice to depict such a rarely seen character.

Moreover, unlike many previous trans-themed projects, this one was trans led both across the creative side and by our incredible young star Jordan Revell, bringing a striking authenticity to the film.

Working with the amazing Toma Productions, with their strong track record of creating positive trans content, was an absolute joy and their whole team understood the importance of the film's authentic and unflinching approach.

My wife Hannah and I are extremely proud to have worked with The Den on this film, are hugely grateful for their support of our community, and sincerely hope that the video will help open hearts and minds and make a life a little easier for trans people this holiday season."

Actor Colin David Jackson, who plays the older character whose life is quietly slipping away from them, shares: "It was an honor working on this project with Jake and the amazing cast and crew. It's fair to say that it has been a life changing moment in many ways, and feels truly humbling to create something that might positively change people's perceptions of what it means to be transgender."

Speaking about her involvement in the video and the important message it seeks to highlight, actor Jordan Revell shares: "I'm extremely proud to have worked with Jake Graf and Bear's Den on the video, telling a truth experienced by many trans people around the world. This story is personal to me as a transgender woman experiencing the fear of coming out, being mocked and discriminated against by the majority on a daily basis. I'm perhaps one of the lucky ones who so far has managed to avoid threats, acts of violence and hate against me, but not all of our trans brothers and sisters are so fortunate, and with this story we show our solidarity and commemorate the 331 murdered trans people this year alone.* I hope this video inspires people to seek education and enlightenment on LGBTQ+ issues and in turn help us to work together for a more accepting and safe future for all."

Bear's Den have posted a personalized account of the collaboration on their social media today. Read here for the full story.

Over the course of the band's career, they have sold almost 500,000 records and more than 120,000 tickets across Europe, including sold-out shows at London's Roundhouse, Brixton Academy, and Hammersmith Apollo, and arena shows throughout Europe. Bear's Den has played festivals across the globe including Glastonbury (Other Stage), Coachella, Bonnaroo, Pinkpop, Lowlands, Reading & Leeds, Pukkelpop, Lollapalooza, and many more. This summer they supported Neil Young on a run of stadium shows in Germany.

About Jake Graf:
Jake is a London-based actor, writer, and director whose first nine award-winning films have screened at over 100 festivals worldwide. First feature film Lavender is in development with BAFTA nominated MisFits Entertainment (McQueen). Jake aims to elicit acceptance and understanding through the medium of film and is currently working on two TV drama pilots with strong LGBTQ themes. Recent roles include ITV's Butterfly, DBO's Different For Girls and opposite Keira Knightley in feature film Colette. He is a patron for Mermaids, AKT and Ditch The Label and a judge for the European Diversity Awards, The Rainbow Honours and the National Diversity Awards.

TOUR DATES:
Dec 16 - London, UK, St Pancras Church (A CALM Christmas Carol)
Feb 19  - Cambridge, UK, The Junction
February 20 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
February 26 - Brussels, Belgium - Forest National
February 27 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - AFAS Live

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www.bearsdenmusic.co.uk

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KATIE PRUITT’S ORIGINAL HOLIDAY SONG MERRY CHRISTMAS, MARY JANE PREMIERES TODAY

DEBUT ALBUM EXPECTATIONS OUT FEBRUARY 21 2020

HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED WITH CANADIAN SHOW IN TORONTO APRIL 13

“An accomplished vocalist, Pruitt is also a formidable songwriter, writing mature, thoughtful songs that belie her young age.” American Songwriter

“songs that are poignant, relatable and consistently well-crafted” Nashville Scene

“Slingshot: 20 Artists To Watch In 2019”

“Taking the leap from the solitary space of writing in her bedroom to jumping in with Music City creatives always takes grit, which Pruitt has in spades. She also possesses a soaring, nuanced and expressive voice and writes with devastating honesty.” NPR Music

“a song that just gave me chills.” – Bob Boilen, NPR Music

“songwriting chops and Brandi Carlile-influenced ability to project
riveting warmth and intimacy,”
NPR World Café

The 20 Best Acts We Saw at SXSW 2019

“powerhouse voice and wise, beautiful modern love songs…Pruitt is unapologetically herself, and her energy is a welcome addition to the Americana sphere. Like [Janis] Joplin, she tells stories of broken relationships and she sings with her entire face, from her core. It left me speechless. We’ll be seeing a lot more of her.” Paste

10 New Country Artists You Need to Know

“A soulful, acrobatic vocalist with a strong sense of melody and even stronger
knack for crafting an affecting narrative”
Rolling Stone

ARTISTS ON THE RISE

“Katie’s powerhouse vocals & poignant songwriting combine into a compelling, raw, & powerful artist whose musical style evokes the likes of Brandi Carlile, Bonnie Raitt, and Ani DiFranco, with a bit of Harper Lee thrown in for good measure.” Southwest

Toronto, ON – December 10, 2019 – In celebration of the holiday season, emerging singer, songwriter and musician, Katie Pruitt’s, original Christmas song, Merry Christmas, Mary Jane, is premiering today. Watch Pruitt perform the song here.

Reflecting on the song, Pruitt shares, “I wrote ‘Merry Christmas, Mary Jane’ on Christmas Eve at my parents’ house when I was home from college. I was feeling pretty lonely, a lot of my friends had moved away and I was fighting with my parents. I really just wanted to smoke some weed. I couldn’t find any, so I just wrote a song about it instead.”

The new music adds to a breakout year for Pruitt, whose highly anticipated debut album, Expectations, will be released February 21 via Rounder Records and is now available for pre-order. Co-produced by Pruitt and her close friend, Mike Robinson, Expectations was recorded in Nashville and consists of ten new songs written/co-written by Pruitt including the title track, which was released earlier this fall to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone praises, “there’s something wonderfully nostalgic about Katie Pruitt’s ‘Expectations.’ The chorus-pedaled guitar tone wouldn’t be out of place on a Tears for Fears album, while the arrangement—full of pop hooks, layered harmonies and reverb-heavy riffs—rustles up the timeless, infinite feeling of being young and limitless,” while American Songwriter declares, “The single demonstrates what Pruitt does best: blend indie rock, Americana and solid songwriting.” Ahead of the release, Pruitt has released two additional album tracks: Loving Her and Out Of The Blue.

In support of the album, Pruitt will kick off her extensive headline tour next year with a special record release show at Nashville’s The Basement on February 21. Additional stops include Los Angeles’ The Hotel Café, San Francisco’s Café Du Nord, Seattle’s Sunset Tavern, Denver’s Globe Hall, New York’s Mercury Lounge, Philadelphia’s MilkBoy and Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic among several others. See below for complete details.

Originally from the Atlanta suburbs and now based in Nashville, Pruitt has been building to a career breakthrough over the past few years following the release of her OurVinyl Live Session EP in March 2018.

TOUR DATES:
December 11—Aspen, CO—Belly Up Aspen†
December 13—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theatre†
December 14—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theatre†
December 15—Breckenridge, CO—Riverwalk Center†
January 1 —Nashville, TN—City Winery
February 21 —Nashville, TN—The Basement
March 20 —Dallas, TX—Ruins
March 21 —Houston, TX—White Oak Upstairs
March 24 —Phoenix, AZ—Valley Bar
March 26 —Los Angeles, CA—The Hotel Café
March 28 —Santa Ana, CA—Constellation Room
March 29 —San Francisco, CA—Café Du Nord
March 31 —Portland, OR—Bunk Bar
April 1 —Seattle, WA—Sunset Tavern
April 3 —Salt Lake City, UT—Kilby Court
April 5 —Denver, CO—Globe Hall
April 7 —Minneapolis, MN—Turf Club
April 8 —Kansas City, MO—Riot Room
April 9 —St. Louis, MO—Blueberry Hill
April 10 —Evanston, IL—SPACE
April 11 —Indianapolis, IN—Hi-Fi
April 13 —Toronto, ON—Drake Hotel
April 15 —New York, NY—Mercury Lounge
April 16 —Uncasville, CT—Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
April 17 —Boston, MA—Café 939
April 18 —Philadelphia, PA—MilkBoy
April 20 —Washington, DC—DC9
April 21 —Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle Back Room
April 22 —Atlanta, GA—Eddie’s Attic
April 24 —Louisville, KY—Zanzabar 
*with Langhorne Slim and The Lost at Last Band 
†The Wood Brothers

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COUNTRY MUSIC ICON TANYA TUCKER ANNOUNCES HEADLINING STOPS FOR 2020 CMT NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY: BRING MY FLOWERS NOW TOUR

TICKETS ON-SALE FRIDAY DECEMBER 13 ON CMT.COM 

CANADIAN SHOWS INCLUDE TORONTO, VANCOUVER, GUELPH AND ST. CATHARINES

SPECIAL GUESTS AUBRIE SELLERS, BRANDY CLARK, ERIN ENDERLIN, HAILEY WHITTERS, MADISON KOZAK, SHOOTER JENNINGS AND WALKER COUNTY TO APPEAR ON SELECT TOUR DATES

WHILE I’M LIVIN’ LANDS AT #1 ON ROLLING STONE’S  40 BEST COUNTRY AND AMERICANA ALBUMS OF 2019 LIST

TORONTO, ON – December 10, 2019 – Today, CMT-awarded and GRAMMY®-nominated music icon and original female outlaw, Tanya Tucker, revealed the 2020 tour dates for the CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour. Kicking off on February 5, the CMT tour will make stops in such major cities as Boston, Dallas, Houston, New York, Toronto, Vancouver and more. Fans can sign up for early access to presale tickets on TanyaTucker.com. Tickets for the majority of the dates go on-sale beginning this Friday, December 13 at 10:00 a.m. CT at CMT.com and TanyaTucker.com.

 

Joining Tucker on tour will be a variety of CMT’s Next Women of Country alum, including Aubrie Sellers (2017), Brandy Clark (2013), Erin Enderlin (2017), Hailey Whitters (2020), Madison Kozak (2020) & Walker County (2020), as well as Shooter Jennings, who will appear at various stops along the tour. Additional dates and openers to be revealed at a later date. 


“We are honoured to have the original woman of country, THE Tanya Tucker, headline our biggest Spring tour to date!” said Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President, Music Strategy & Talent. “We’re also thrilled to announce that some of the incredibly talented ladies from our Next Women of Country franchise will be joining Tanya on tour.”

 

Born in Seminole, Texas, Tucker had her first country hit, the classic, Delta Dawn, at the age of 13 in 1972. Since that auspicious beginning, Tucker has become one of the most admired and influential artists in country music history, amassing 23 Top 40 albums and a stellar string of 56 Top 40 singles, ten of which reached the #1 spot on the Billboard country charts. In addition to the aforementioned Delta Dawn, Tucker’s indelible contributions include some of country music’s biggest hits such as Soon, Two Sparrows in a Hurricane, It’s a Little Too Late, Trouble, Texas (When I Die), If It Don’t Come Easy and Strong Enough To Bend. Tucker is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs and three CMT awards. Recently, Tucker received four GRAMMY® Award nominations including Song Of The Year: Bring My Flowers Now, Best Country Album: While I'm Livin, Best Country Solo Performance: Bring My Flowers Now, and Best Country Song: Bring My Flowers Now. The four nominations lead all 2020 Country GRAMMY® nominees. 

A staunch advocate for country music’s female artists, CMT launched its Next Women of Country campaign in 2013 in an effort to support and expose developing female talent, both signed and unsigned, in a male-dominated format. The campaign showcases emerging female artists across all CMT screens throughout the year, and in the six years since its launch, CMT has expanded the initiative to include five CMT NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY Tours, anchored by superstar acts including Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Sara Evans; a CMT.com digital series titled NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY LIVE; and more. Notable alumnae of the franchise who have achieved both commercial and critical acclaim, include Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina, RaeLynn and Lindsay Ell. The 2020 tour is sponsored for the second consecutive year by Burlington Coat Factory. 

For updates and to join the conversation, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube and use #CMTNextWomen to join the conversation. 

About CMT

CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT.com) and social (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). For more information, please visit CMTPress.com.

2020 CMT NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY TOUR DATES:February 5 - The Barns at Wolf Trap - Vienna, VA ~
February 6 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA ~
February 7 - Town Hall - New York, NY ~*
February 20 - Graceland Soundstage at Elvis Presley’s Memphis -Memphis, TN ~
February 21 - Gillioz Theatre - Springfield, MO ~
February 22 - TempleLive - Wichita, KS ~
February 24 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO ~
February 25 - Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, NE ~
February 27 - The District - Sioux Falls, SD ~
February 28 - Fargo Theatre - Fargo, ND ~
February 29 - Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center - Hinckley, MN
March 3 - River Run Centre - Guelph, ON ^
March 5 - FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - St Catharines, ON ^              

March 6 - Levon Helm Studios - Woodstock, NY ^
March 7 - Metropolitan Theatre - Morgantown, WV ^
March 26 - The Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX #
March 29 - The Heights Theater - Houston, TX  #
April 22 - The Fremont Theater - San Luis Obispo, CA +
April 29 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
May 9 - Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center - Cherokee, NC
May 13 - Jefferson Center - Roanoke, VA @
May 15 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, MI @
May 16 - Roxian Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA @
May 17 - The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA @
May 20 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH @
May 21 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON @
May 22 - The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts - Albany, NY @
May 30 - Beaver Dam Amphitheater - Beaver Dam, KY &+
June 4 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
June 5 - Crest Theatre - Sacramento, CA*
June 6 - Carson Valley Inn Casino - TJ's Corral Outdoor Amphitheater - Minden, NV*
June 8 - State Theatre For The Arts - Red Bluff, CA*
June 10 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
June 12 - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC*
June 13 - The Bing Crosby Theater - Spokane, WA*
June 14 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA
* Aubrie Sellers
~ Brandy Clark
# Erin Enderlin
+ Hailey Whitters
^ Madison KozaK
@ Walker County & Shooter Jennings

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MONDO COZMO SHARES VIDEO FOR GENERATOR

ANNOUNCES SPRING HEADLINING TOUR

NEW MONDO COZMO RADIO HOUR PODCAST
OUT DECEMBER 16

WATCH GENERATOR

Toronto, ON – December 10, 2019 – Today, alternative songsmith, Mondo Cozmo, shared a music video for his latest single, Generator, out now on Last Gang Records. The track, which originally made its debut on the ABC television drama, The Good Doctor, features a lush soundscape complemented by an emotional outcry as singer Josh Ostrander belts out “generator, I’ve been waiting, come release me.” The visual accompaniment for the track was filmed in Ostrander’s home and focuses in on his silhouette, harkening back to the style of vintage, grayscale films. To coincide with the release of the video, Mondo Cozmo has announced a run of headlining shows in March 2020, hitting the Northeastern U.S. These join his already announced February shows in California and you can find a full list of tour dates below. Tickets for all east coast dates will be on sale on December 13th at 10 am EST here and you can watch the video for Generator here now.

On making the video, Josh Ostrander stated:

“I shot the ‘Generator’ video in my guest bedroom. I spent $98.41 on lights and shit to make it this colorful thing but it looked dumb so I used 1 light behind me and shot it in black and white on my phone. I burned Palo Santo wood for the smoke and my room still smells like it. I think ‘Generator’ is one of the better songs I’ve ever written and it’s very personal to me, so it felt fitting to shoot the video by myself in the room I recorded it in.”

Ostrander has also announced the third episode of the Mondo Cozmo Radio Show in partnership with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. This upcoming installment of the podcast centers around the holiday season, simply titled, A Mondo Cozmo Bluegrass Christmas. Filled with Christmas tunes and special guests, the show brings together a family vibe and will be available to stream here on December 16th.

Mondo Cozmo is currently working on his forthcoming sophomore album, aided and abetted by friends and family, including producer Butch Vig, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dan Wilson, Lars Stalfors and others.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

February 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi-Hat

February 7 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

March 13 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun*

March 14 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

March 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade

March 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

March 18 - Washington D.C. @ U Street Music Hall

*Tickets on sale early 2020

About Last Gang Records:

Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Operators, Lights, Chromeo, Rhye, and Sango. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company.

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ACCLAIMED ARTIST/PRODUCER/MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST JONATHAN WILSON TO RELEASE HIS MOST PERSONAL WORK TO DATE WITH DIXIE BLUR ON MARCH 6 VIA BMG/BELLA UNION

HEAR THE MELODIC NEW TRACK KOREAN TEA
AND WATCH THE VIDEO FOR 69 CORVETTE
FEATURING IN-STUDIO FOOTAGE AND HOME MOVIES
FROM WILSON’S CHILDHOOD

Toronto, ON – December 10, 2019 – Jonathan Wilson announces the March 6th release of his new album, Dixie Blur (BMG/Bella Union). The critically-acclaimed artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer (Father John Misty, Laura Marling, Dawes) spent most of 2017-2018 on Roger Waters’ epic US+THEM tour as musical director, guitarist and vocalist, singing the David Gilmour leads. Following the tour, Wilson chose to temporarily leave his Los Angeles-based home and studio and head to Nashville to work with a revered group of musicians and co-producer Pat Sansone of Wilco, to create Dixie Blur, his most personal, accessible and fully realized work to date.

Listen to the tracks So Alive and Korean Tea to appreciate Wilson’s sonic vision for Dixie Blur. The video for the recently released, 69 Corvette, features in-studio footage of the recording, but more importantly includes personal home movies from his upbringing that help illustrate the narrative of Dixie Blur.  The North Carolina native moved to Los Angeles 15 years ago where he became an integral part of the music community as a respected artist and producer. It was there he recorded and played most of the instruments on his celebrated albums Gentle Spirit (2011), Fanfare (2013) and Rare Birds (2018), building each project over time, piece by piece.

Wilson chose a completely different path for Dixie Blur in both writing and recording. The songs harken back to his Southern roots, both musically and personally. The multi-talented artist went to Nashville to record at Cowboy Jack Clement’s legendary Sound Emporium Studio and worked with a core group of exceptional players that included Mark O’Connor (fiddle), Kenny Vaughan (guitar) Dennis Crouch (bass), Russ Pahl (pedal steel) and Jim Hoke (harmonica, woodwinds), Jon Radford (drums), and Drew Erickson (keyboards). Wilson and company recorded everything together live with very few overdubs, a full 360 from his past methods.  Jonathan then mixed the record at Jackson Browne’s Groove Masters Studio. The result is a stunning album filled with warm, thoughtful, melody-rich songs that have an immediate impact upon first hearing them and continue to grow with further listening.

Jonathan Wilson masterfully strikes a balance as he reaches back to the musical foundation of his upbringing while simultaneously moving forward by infusing the music with modern textures and aesthetic soundscapes, thus producing in the aptly titled, Dixie Blur.

Dixie Blur is available for pre-order now on Digital, CD and Double 180 gram color LP in die cut gatefold jacket with silver foil, double print dust sleeves and 15-page lyric booklet.  Pre-orders from Jonathan’s store and digital retailers come with instant downloads of So Alive, 69 Corvette and Korean Tea.  Pre-order here.

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LOCAL NATIVES ENLIST BROOKLYN DUO OVERCOATS TO RE-WORK THEIR HIT SINGLE WHEN AM I GONNA LOSE YOU

WHEN AM I GONNA LOSE YOU CONTINUES TO MOVE UP THE ALTERNATIVE RADIO CHART HITTING #9 THIS WEEK FOR IT’S 17TH WEEK ON THE CHART

LOCAL NATIVES ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINING SPRING 2020 TOUR WITH FOALS WITH CANADIAN STOPS IN VANCOUVER AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – December 6, 2019 – Today, Local Natives share When Am I Gonna Lose You (Overcoats Version) from the Brooklyn duo. The original single is off of Local Natives’ latest album Violet Street.

Overcoats said, “We loved singing this song and the more we sat with the lyrics and layered the harmonies, the more powerful the words became for us. It’s a beautiful song and we were really excited to be part of a reimagined version.”

Local Natives said, "It's hard to have perspective on songs you've spent so long with and are so close to, so having an amazing group like Overcoats reimagine one feels like a gift. We're honoured that they created their own version of When Am I Gonna Lose You, they did a great job, especially with their beautiful vocals."

Watch their performance of When Am I Gonna Lose You on Ellen here.

Local Natives will continue touring across North America in 2020, making Canadian stops in Vancouver and Montreal co-headlining with Foals with support from Cheryl Glazzer. All details are below – stay tuned for more from Local Natives in 2020!

LOCAL NATIVES TOUR DATES:
December 6 - Sacramento, CA @ Electric Christmas 2019, Golden 1 Center
December 8 - Del Mar, CA @ Not So Silent Night, Del Mar Arena
December 9 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
December 14 - Chicago, IL @ Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom SOLD OUT
December 16 - Portland, OR @ December to Remember, McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
January 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ XFINITY Live!
March 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ M3F
May 8-9 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverfront Park
May 20 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *^
May 24 - Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum *^
May 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union Event Center *^
May 27 - Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom *^
May 29 - Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom *^
May 30 - Houston, TX @ Lawn at White Oak Music Hall *^
June 1 - Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy *^
June 2- Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater *^
June 3 - Washington D.C. @ The Anthem *^
June 6 - Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion *^
June 7 - Montreal, QC @ MTELUS *^
June 9 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore *^
June 10 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom *
July 16 - 7/19 - Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
July 18 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Super Bock Super Rock
* co-headlining w/ Foals
^ w Cherry Glazerr

Praise for Violet Street:

“Emotional” – Rolling Stone

“Shimmering” – Stereogum

“Writing some of the finest songs, brimming with emotion" - Line of Best Fit

“Artistic” – Billboard

“Lush...expansive” – Consequence of Sound

“Buoyant ...their breezy and open sound is more energetic than ever” – Exclaim.CA

“Amazing” – Under the Radar

"Few bands do romance, and the yearning for it, better than Local Natives"  Buzzbands.LA

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DENZEL CURRY ENLISTS UK RAP STAR SL AND PRODUCER J RICK FOR SPEEDBOAT REMIX

Toronto, ON – December 6, 2019 – Following a string of sold out UK shows, Denzel Curry releases the official remix for his single, Speedboat, taken from his critically acclaimed album, ZUU. The remix features re-production from Essie Gang’s, J Rick, and a hard-hitting verse from UK Drill sensation, SL. Listen here. This week, SL took the stage with Denzel Curry at his sold-out show at The Roundhouse, London. With an explosive reaction, it was only right they gave the fans an official remix.

 

ZUU was crowned Best New Music by Pitchfork upon its release and named one of the best albums of the year by The A.V. ClubComplexHighsnobiety, and Stereogum. Even without the release of ZUU, 2019 would have been a breakout year for Denzel – it has seen him release numerous hard-hitting collaborations with the likes of slowthai (Psycho), Flying Lotus (Black Balloons Reprise),  Rick Ross (Running the Streets), Wiki (Grim), and most recently Glass Animals (Tokyo Drifting) to name a few. He also played a string of sold out North American shows with Billie Eilish, made his late-night television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and toured North America with the $UICIDEBOY$ alongside multiple explosive festival sets stateside and abroad.

Keep your eyes peeled for more Denzel Curry coming soon!

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TOXIC HOLOCAUST CONFIRMS NORTH AMERICAN WINTER TOUR WITH SOULFLY

TOUR INCLUDES SIX CANADIAN STOPS

PRIMAL FUTURE: 2019 OUT NOW

"It delivers everything we've come to know and love from the band: classic thrash and speed metal with a high dose of old-school energy." – MetalSucks on Chemical Warlords

"'Chemical Warlords' fits right in with the band's legacy of riff-laden punkish metal with its declaratory refrain: 'You build it up, we'll tear it down.'" – Consequence Of Sound on Chemical Warlords

"Infused with the undying spirit of thrash and savage speed metal, Primal Future 2019 is yet another valiant ode to its founder's nostalgic 1980s influences." – Invisible Oranges

"Whether Grind's methodology is viewed through the lens of musical totalitarianism, artistic necessity, workaholic-ism run amok or what have you, the success TOXIC HOLOCAUST has experienced can't be denied." Outburn

"...an album that can hold its own against the band's best material." Punknews.org

"...pure, unadulterated fun." – Distorted Sound

Toronto, ON – December 6, 2019 – Crossover thrash unit, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, will kick off 2020 with a massive North American tour supporting Soulfly. The Summoning tour will commence February 3 in Denver, Colorado and make its way through nearly three dozen cities upon its conclusion March 12 in Houston, Texas. Additional support will be provided by X-Method, Madzilla, Skinflint, and Systemhouse 33. The trek follows the band's European tour with Municipal Waste, Enforcer, and Skeletal Remains, currently underway. See all confirmed dates below. 

TOXIC HOLOCAUST will be touring in support of their latest full-length, Primal Future: 2019, released in October via Entertainment One (eOne). An ambitious new mission statement from founder/principal songwriter Joel Grind, the man whose guiding forces remain Discharge, Megadeth, Venom, English Dogs, Nuclear Assault, D.R.I., and G.B.H., all juiced by the unrelenting, feverish, urgent power of a modern metal trailblazer, TOXIC HOLOCAUST 2.0 detonates like doomsday all over Primal Future: 2019. A dystopian technological takeover drives the album thematically, but the passionately delivered music is vintage TOXIC HOLOCAUST, taking things all the way back to the band's early origins. 

Stream TOXIC HOLOCAUST's Primal Future: 2019 here.  

TOXIC HOLOCAUST's Primal Future: 2019 is available on CD, digital, and vinyl formats. For orders follow this link where the video for Chemical Warlords can be viewed.

The band Terrorizer called, "a whirlwind of booze, denim jackets, and riffs," TOXIC HOLOCAUST began kicking out the corrosive jams in basements and bedrooms some twenty years ago, building a punishing legacy of mutant thrash and filthy street punk that's outlasted the heydays of the genres that spawned them; founder Joel Grind, the headband-wearing headbanger whose dedication to the one-man-band ethos gives the late Quorthon a run for his money, melting down the greatest punk metal crossover riff collection imaginable into nuclear ooze. With each successive release, Grind repurposes the most visceral strengths of speed, thrash, and punk through his own unique vision, making for new metal anthems that consistently reignite a circle-pitting feeding frenzy in the scene.

The band will be making six Canadian stops this Winter including shows in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg and Toronto. Full tour details are below and stay tuned for more to come in the New Year from TOXIC HOLOCAUST.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST 2019 TOUR DATES:
December 5 - Limelight - Belfast, UK
December 6 - Club Academy - Manchester, UK
December 7 - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK
December 8 - ULU Live - London, UK
December 10 - Kulttempel - Oberhausen, DE
December 11 - Slaughter Club - Paderno Dugnano, IT
December 12 - Alte Kaserne - Landshut, DE
December 13 - Glad-House - Cottbus, DE
December 14 - Nova Chmelnice - Prague, CZ
December 15 - SO 36 - Berlin, DE
w/ Municipal Waste, Enforcer, Skeletal Remains

TOXIC HOLOCAUST 2020 TOUR DATES:
February 3 - The Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
February 4 - Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
February 5 - Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, CO
February 6 - Backstage Bar & Billiards - Las Vegas, NV
February 7 - Alex's Bar - Long Beach, CA
February 8 - Phoenix Theater - Petaluma, CA
February 10 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
February 11- Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
February 12 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
February 14 - The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
February 15 - The Gateway - Calgary, AB
February 16 - The Exchange - Regina, SK
February 17 - The Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MN

February 19 - The Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
February 20 - The Forge - Joliet, IL
February 21 - Route 20 - Racine, WI
February 22 - The Apollo Theatre - Belvidere, IL
February 23 - The Citadel Music Hall - Indianapolis, IN
February 24 - Crafthouse - Pittsburgh, PA
February 25 - Rec Room - Buffalo, NY
February 26 - Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON
February 27 - Poor Richards - Chicopee, MA
February 28 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
February 29 - Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
March 1 - Stanhope House - Stanhope, NJ
March 3 - Cafe 611 - Fred, MD
March 4 - The Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC
March 5 - Capone's - Johnson City, TN
March 6 - Masquerade Hell - Atlanta, GA
March 7 - Sound Bar - Orlando, FL
March 8 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
March 10 - Tipitina's - New Orleans, LA
March 11 - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill - Dallas, TX  
March 12 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
wSoulfly, X-Method, Madzilla, Skinflint, Systemhouse 33

"Album six is on deck for TOXIC HOLOCAUST and they kick it off with the caustic 'Chemical Warlords.' Feral riffs and a gritty production back the snarling punk-thrash onslaught. Those gang chants in the mid-section elevate this track to a TOXIC HOLOCAUST best." – Loudwire; Best Metal Songs Of 2019...So Far

"...an album that has one foot in the future and one foot in the past." – Decibel

"...if you want to hear some real deal blood 'n' thunder that would make Lemmy glow with paternal pride, Joel Grind is still the man to provide it." – Blabbermouth

"Primal Future: 2019 is verging on 'thrash album of the year' territory and, after eight full play throughs, is undoubtedly the best TOXIC HOLOCAUST album." – Metal Observer

"The classic influences of Motörhead, Judas Priest, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden come through with reverential fanfare, but with an original miscibility that keeps the album fresh." – Cryptic Rock

"Joel Grind is in top form... The vocals are more 'punk' and there's some melody here.

This is not just old throwback thrash, though. A lot of elements of Judas Priest, Motörhead, and Venom are thrown in to make this sound distinctly like TH. Peck this up and rock the beak out!" – Decibel's For Those About To Squawk Column

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ALLIE X RELEASES NEW SINGLE LOVE ME WRONG FEATURING TROYE SIVAN

SONG FROM FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM CAPE GOD

Toronto, ON – December 6, 2019 – Today, singer and songwriter, Allie X, releases her latest single, Love Me Wrong, from the forthcoming album, Cape God, featuring long-time friend and collaborator, Troye Sivan. Love Me Wrong was written by Allie X and Troye Sivan, along with Leland and Bram Inscore. Originally composed for film, the song was always immensely personal for Allie X, dealing with the confusion and hurt associated with familial love.

Allie X comments, “It is a song about being misunderstood by your family or loved ones. You know that they love you, but not for the full person you are. The relationship between a parent and child is so intense and layered, that it was liberating to put it into the simple phrase ‘you love me wrong’ and repeat it over and over in the chorus of this song”.

In the first half of this song, we hear the painfully matter-of-fact lyrics through the unique voices of each artist separately, until they join together for the final chorus where the song simultaneously soars and falls apart in climactic emotional release.

Oh I’ll never be,
How you remember me, So I’d rather be,
In your memory

The pairing of Allie X and Troye Sivan is a long-time coming and hopefully fans of both will enjoy this glorious music moment.

Allie X recently completed a tour with Marina this fall across the U.S. and Europe, and played select U.S. dates with Charli XCX. See here for more info on upcoming tour dates.

Listen to Love Me Wrong here
Watch Love Me Wrong here

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TOURIST COMPANY RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR HEARTFELT LATEST SINGLE ‘TIL WE DISAPPEAR

FORTHCOMING SOPHOMORE ALBUM
SET TO DROP IN 2020

LISTEN TO AND WATCH ‘TIL WE DISAPPEAR

Toronto, ON – December 6, 2019 – Today, Tourist Company share the visual for their latest single, ‘Til We Disappear – the third track to be released from their anticipated forthcoming sophomore album, which is set for release in the new year. Inspired by a deeply personal life event, the track is a heartfelt expression of unwavering love, while the video perfectly captures the emotional tension behind the song. Watch ‘Til We Disappear here.

‘Til We Disappear is the most personal song that the band has released to-date – based on a real-life event that the band’s singer/songwriter, Taylor Swindells, experienced. Directed by Sterling Larose, the video reflects the emotion of the song, rather than the specific event – taking on a surreal feeling, where viewers might be able to see their own personal experiences and emotions through this visual.

“This was the last song written for this record and it’s a little bit of an aside from the rest of the album,” reflects Tourist Company singer-songwriter, Taylor Swindells. “I wasn’t intending on writing any more songs for this project but life had other plans. I’d just come home from tour when my partner sat me down and told me she wasn’t pregnant – which was kind of a strange way to start a conversation. I remember my heart leaping into my throat not really being certain what was going to happen next. She told me that her doctor didn’t know what was wrong with her – she was eight weeks late and had taken two pregnancy tests herself, but the doctor’s test had come back negative. She was categorically not pregnant. This left two options that were both terrifying: either she could never have kids, or she had uterine cancer and we had no way of knowing if or how much it had spread. I wrote this song pretty shortly after that conversation, trying not to freak out but knowing that I loved her more than anything and that was never going to change.  
 
Moments like that bring a lot of clarity to what actually matters. Without those terrifying events, it’s hard to know how deep anything in life really is. All I wanted right then and there was for her to know that I loved her no matter what and that was never going to change. Two weeks later after anoth