SEETHER RELEASES SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM DELUXE EDITION

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EXPANDED 22-TRACK DELUXE EDITION INCLUDES 5 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS - ORDER HERE

ON TOUR THIS SUMMER

Toronto, ON – July 4, 2022 - Seether releases the highly anticipated deluxe edition of their acclaimed 2020 album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum. This expanded version features 22 tracks in all, five of which are previously unreleased, along with four tracks from last year’s Wasteland – The Purgatory EP. Order Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum Deluxe Edition here
 
Teeming with the band’s signature combination of melody and cathartic release, the wealth of exceptional songs that encompasses the deluxe edition, all taken from the original SVPPB sessions, bolsters Seether leader Shaun Morgan’s status as one of rock’s most prolific and successful songwriters.
 
Produced by Shaun Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI), the acclaimed Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum, (“If you want peace, Prepare for war”) was originally released in August 2020, spawned three #1 singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart and at Active Rock radio and garnered some of the best reviews of the band’s storied career. 
 
Listen to the lashing Deliver Me here, and watch the recently released official video for What Would You Do? here. The expanded deluxe edition includes all twenty-one songs recorded during the SVPPB sessions along with the alternate version of Wasteland, originally featured on last year’s The Purgatory EP.
 
Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, Seether (Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, John Humphrey, and Corey Lowery) has amassed a global, devoted fan base with an unbroken sense of purpose and commitment. Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 18 #1 singles, 21 Top 5 multi-format hits, single sales topping 17 million and over 2 billion streams world-wide across all platforms. SEETHER is Billboard’s #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artist, which covers the 40-year history of the chart’s existence.
 
Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum Deluxe Edition – Track List:
1. Dead and Done 
2. Bruised and Bloodied 
3. Wasteland 
4. Dangerous 
5. Liar 
6. Can't Go Wrong 
7. Buried in the Sand 
8. Let It Go
9. Failure 
10. Beg 
11. Drift Away 
12. Pride Before the Fall
13. Written in Stone
14. What Would You Do?
15. Will It Ever End?
16. Feast or Famine
17. Wasteland (alternate version)
18. Leech*
19. Deliver Me*
20. On My Way*
21. Leave Me Be*
22. Crossed The Line*
*Previously unreleased
SEETHER ON TOUR:
July 16      Q Casino - Dubuque, IA
July 17      Inkcarceration Festival - Mansfield, OH
July 22      Fond Du Lac County Fair - Fond Du Lac, WI
July 23      Waukesha County Fair - Waukesha, WI
August 19      Brown County Fairgrounds - Aberdeen, SD
September 3      Rocklahoma Festival - Prior, OK
September 11      Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022 - Alton, VA

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KILLER MIKE RELEASES FIRST SOLO MUSIC IN 10 YEARS WITH NEW SINGLE RUN FEATURING YOUNG THUG

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR RUN FEATURING A MONOLOGUE FROM DAVE CHAPPELLE HERE

TORONTO, ON – July 4, 2022 – Killer Mike has released his first solo music in over ten years with RUN; a song and video that reframes American history to include Black history as a part of the nation's history. The song, which features a verse from Young Thug and an iconic production by NO I.D., arrives paired with a stunning visual, portraying the fight for freedom in a captivating, visceral context, augmented by an intro monologue from Dave Chappelle inspired by the song’s themes. Directed by Montreal's Adrian Villagomez, RUN represents the Just against the tyrannical, Black people and allied people up in arms together rising against the Nazi-esque secessionists that want to take the country back into the confederacy. Listen to RUN here.
 
RUN, which has already seen widespread support via airings on BET and MTV, a Zane Lowe interview along with features in The Guardian and Complex and more, marks Mike’s first solo material since his breakout solo album R.A.P. Music in 2012 which was followed by a collaboration with indie-rap powerhouse El-P that inspired the duo to team up as Run The Jewels who have gone on to create four wildly acclaimed albums and near cultural ubiquity. Mike has also frequently surfaced as a cultural commentator in high regard, from his own shows Love and Respect (WPBA / Revolt) and Trigger Warning (Netflix), to regular appearances on Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Real Time with Bill Maher, to his stint as a campaign surrogate for Bernie Sanders, to viral moments addressing the public in the wake of the Ferguson verdict and the police killing of George Floyd. Mike was also the recipient of Billboard’s inaugural 2020 Change Maker Award.


Killer Mike is currently on tour as half of Run The Jewels, supporting Rage Against The Machine. They will make stops in Ottawa for Bluesfest on July 15, Hamilton, ON on July 19 and Toronto, ON on July 21 and 23.

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND RELEASES I AM THE MOON: EPISODE II. ASCENSION

WATCH PLAYING WITH MY EMOTIONS FROM ASCENSION’S COMPANION FILM HERE

I AM THE MOON: EPISODE II. ASCENSION
AVAILABLE NOW ON CD/DIGITAL

“Who even dares to do anything like this anymore?” – Rolling Stone

TORONTO, ON – July 4, 2022 - Tedeschi Trucks Band — the GRAMMY-winning 12-piece rock and soul group headed by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi — released I Am The Moon: Episode II. Ascension, July 1, the second of their epic, four-part album series, I Am The Moon. Listen/purchase here.
 
On Tuesday, June 28, the band premiered Ascension and its album length companion visual to their flourishing online community via their YouTube Channel, watch it here.  
 
In his illuminating bio notes, celebrated music journalist David Fricke explains, “Ascension – the second record in I Am The Moon is rightly named. From the opening Memphis-soul churn of Playing With My Emotions, to the country-church stomp So Long Savior and the exhilarating slide-guitar climax Hold That Line, Ascension continues the unique fusion of ancient narrative and highly personal reflection in I Am The Moon with the urge to soar that is second nature to the best rock and roll big band in America." 
 
Critics have taken note. “We hear TTB capturing in the studio what it does so well on stage, namely engaging every member of the 12-piece band in a beautifully conversational way," commented Glide while The Arts Fuse added, “As it slowly pulls back the curtain on the full reveal of I Am the Moon, TTB is dispensing an astonishing amount of detail and design to consider and appreciate. The band is cultivating anticipation in a way that feels more genuine than gimmicky."
 
Released June 3, I Am The Moon: Episode I. Crescent — the highly-anticipated project’s first installment has been called “one of the strongest pieces of music they’ve ever done” by Rolling Stone, who go on to marvel at the album’s ambitious scope by asking, “Who even dares to do anything like this anymore?” A 4-star MOJO review praises Derek’s guitar playing on Pasaquan, Crescent’s instrumental climax, as “stinging, dexterous, raga-blues brilliance,” while AllMusic deems it “dazzling in concept and execution.” (Kicking off their annual Wheels of Soul tour last Friday in Jacksonville, Florida, TTB thrilled the home-town crowd mid-set playing Crescent in its entirety for the first time ever). Watch Crescent’s companion film here.  
 
I Am The Moon was a collaborative band effort crossing blues, soul, funk, country, jazz, and gospel — that coalesced into an expansive, experimental, and emotive whole. Taken together, it’s a meditation on love, life, and our shared humanity—an unabashedly grand and masterful statement. 
 
In this thrilling new and creative chapter for TTB, the four albums that comprise I Am The Moon — I. Crescent, II. Ascension, III. The Fall, and IV. Farewell — will be released in successive months. In addition, each installment of I Am the Moon features its own album length companion film that will debut three days prior to each audio release. The immersive films offer fans the chance to experience the music as the band intended, in an unbroken, communal setting. Full film and audio release dates below.
 
Pre-Order I AM THE MOON here and watch the project trailer here. All vinyl configurations, including individual LPs and the 4-LP I Am The Moon Deluxe Box will be available on September 9, 2022. (Deluxe Boxes are sold out in the TTB store, but can still be ordered exclusively through the Fantasy Records store).
 
Tedeschi Trucks Band have extensive tour dates planned for 2022. See below for the complete list. For ticket information, please visit tedeschitrucksband.com.         

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - I AM THE MOON: ALBUM + FILM RELEASE DATES:

I Am The Moon: III. The Fall
Film Premiere: July 26
Album Release: July 29
 
I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell
Film Premiere: August 23
Album Release: August 26
 
I Am The Moon vinyl configurations: individual LPs + the 4-LP Deluxe Box available September 9, 2022.   
 
Tedeschi Trucks Band Tour Dates:
July 6 / New Haven, CT / Westville Music Bowl
July 8 / Philadelphia, PA / The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
July 9 / Essex Junction, VT / Midway Lawn
July 10 / Patchogue, NY / Great South Bay Music Festival
July 12 / Lewiston, NY / ArtPark
July 13 / Cincinnati, OH / PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
July 15-16 / Atlanta, GA / Fox Theatre
July 19 / Vienna, VA / Wolf Trap
July 20 / Richmond, VA / Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
July 21 / Raleigh, NC / Coastal Credit Union Music Park
July 23 / Charlotte, NC / PNC Music Pavilion 
July 24 / Huber Heights, OH / Rose Music Center at The Heights
July 26 / Aurora, IL / RiverEdge Park
July 27 / St. Louis, MO / Fabulous Fox Theatre
July 29-30 / Morrison, CO / Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 18 / San Diego, CA / Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater
August 19 / Los Angeles, CA / The Greek Theatre
August 20 / Berkeley, CA / The Greek Theatre
August 23 / Sacramento, CA / Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
August 24 / Eugene, OR / Cuthbert Amphitheater
August 26 / Auburn, WA / White River Amphitheater
August 27 / Bend, OR / Hayden Homes Amphitheater
August 28 / Reno, NV / Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
August 31 / Boise, ID / Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
September 1 / Bonner, MT / Kettlehouse Amphitheater
September 3 / Moorhead, MN / Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater
September 29 – Oct 8 / New York, NY / Beacon Theatre
October 17 / Copenhagen, DK / Amager Bio
October 18 / Copenhagen, DK / Amager Bio
October 20 / Randers, DK / Vaerket
October 21 / Oslo, NO / Sentrum Scene
October 22 / Stockholm, SE / Annexet
October 25 / Berlin, DE / Verti Music Hall
October 26 / Hamburg, DE / Edel-optics.de Arena
October 27 / Prague, CZ / Forum Karlin
October 30 / Rotterdam, NL / RTM Stage
November 2 / Dublin, IE / The Helix
November 4 / London, UK / The London Palladium
November 5 / London, UK / The London Palladium
November 6 / London, UK / The London Palladium
November 9 / Manchester, UK / Manchester Academy
November 10 / Glasgow, UK / O2 Academy Glasgow
November 12 / Paris, FR / Le Trianon
November 13 / Paris, FR / Le Trianon
November 15 / Paris, FR / Bataclan

Tedeschi Trucks Band:
Susan Tedeschi: Guitar and Vocals
Derek Trucks: Guitar
Gabe Dixon: Keys and Vocals
Brandon Boone: Bass Guitar
Tyler Greenwell: Drums and Percussion
Isaac Eady: Drums and Percussion
Mike Mattison: Guitar and Vocals
Mark Rivers: Vocals
Alecia Chakour: Vocals
Kebbi Williams: Saxophone
Ephraim Owens: Trumpet
Elizabeth Lea: Trombone

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RACHEL BOBBITT SHARES BANDAGES

NEW TRACK FEATURED ON UPCOMING EP THE CEILING COULD COLLAPSE OUT JULY 15 VIA FANTASY

HEADLINING HOMETOWN SHOW IN TORONTO ON AUGUST 9 AT THE DRAKE HOTEL

UPCOMING TOUR DATES INCLUDES SUPPORT DATES
WITH MEN I TRUST AND BAD BAD HATS

TORONTO, ON – June 30, 2022 – Today, emerging Toronto-based artist, Rachel Bobbitt, shares Bandages, another dazzling, deeply personal track from her upcoming EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, out July 15th on Fantasy Records. Listen to Bandages and pre-order The Ceiling Could Collapse.

“Bandages is about the helpless feeling of loving someone who is struggling,” Bobbitt explains. “It’s a very hard pill to swallow that sometimes loving someone is not enough to make them better.”

Her piercing and profound new EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, (which Bobbitt co-produced with Justice Der and was mixed by GRAMMY-nominee, Jorge Elbrecht,) centres on the cycles of life and how we find meaning in extremes: pain, joy, wonder, and love. 

Every woman I’ve ever talked to is in some amount of pain almost all the time,” she says. “That could be physical pain, emotional pain, familial pain, but it’s there in cycles.

In addition to music, Bobbitt draws those same feelings from horror films—and pulled the title to this EP while reading the script to 2018’s Hereditary. A deleted scene offered a revelation: “We need to accept that we can’t have our minds fixated on all these things that could happen, and we need to move on—but also the ceiling could just collapse,” Bobbitt says and laughs.

More than unpredictability, it’s the endless repetition of life that suggests both things are true, that there’s no reason to worry and something terrible is about to happen. The ceiling collapse may be inescapable, but once it’s gone, there’s just more room for the sunrise to peek through.

Bobbitt is hitting the road this summer for solo shows and dates supporting Men I Trust and Bad Bad Hats, and will also be playing her first headlining show at home in Toronto, on August 9th at The Drake Hotel. See below for all dates.  

TOUR DATES:
8/4 - Woodstock, NY @ Colony *
8/6 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge ~
8/7 - S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom *
8/9 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ The Drake Hotel

~ w/ Bad Bad Hats
* w/ Men I Trust

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BUTCHER BROWN ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM

BUTCHER BROWN PRESENTS TRIPLE TREY
FEATURING TENNISHU AND R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND
DUE SEPTEMBER 16 VIA CONCORD JAZZ

SHARES LEAD SINGLE LIQUID LIGHT
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PRE-ORDER/SAVE HERE

TORONTO, ON – June 29, 2022 – Richmond-based five-piece collective, Butcher Brown, officially announces their forthcoming big band album, Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND, due September 16 via Concord Jazz. The album was originally written and produced by the band's MC and multi-instrumentalist, Tennishu, as a hip hop album, complete with an ode to The Notorious B.I.G., and has since evolved into Butcher Brown's own eclectic ode to big band jazz, their first foray into this format. Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey is both trail-blazing in its approach to classic jazz, bringing the band and the R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND together to lay down a collage of jazz suites for a hip-hop album, and simultaneously mashing together elements of the soul, funk, and rock influences that has formed the band's musical identity.

Alongside the announcement, the band shares the project's smooth lead single, Liquid Light, which follows their one-off single, BLACK MAN, featuring fellow Richmond rapper and songwriter, Michael Millions, released last month, which XXL included in their Best New Hip Hop Songs of the Week list. The new song is coupled with an accompanying video directed and animated by Oriane Rondeau.

Describing the group's journey for this project, bassist Andrew Randazzo says, “Over the years, everything about this band has become more refined and mature — from the playing and producing to recording — but the soul was there from the beginning... We already had the spark.”

The new project marks Butcher Brown's first body of work since they graced NPR's Tiny Desk (At Home) series with a performance straight from a Richmond rooftop last year, and collaborated with Alex Isley on a cover of Patrice Rushen's, Remind Me. Following a tour run supporting Kamasi Washington in 2019, Butcher Brown released their eighth album, #KingButch in 2020, which features the stand-out track Tidal Wave, and received praise from the likes of Bandcamp, OkayPlayer and NPR, which described the album as "a great marriage of hip-hop and jazz."

More recently, they wrapped up a European tour to end 2021 and will be touring throughout the US this year, including a set at this year's Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa in July. Vinyl will be available on November 11 in standard black and Opaque Blue as a limited pressing of 2000 for Indie Retail. The 12” Vinyl includes a 7” with two bonus tracks, Guitarmy and Peace. The album's cover art was created by famed designer Lou Beach (designer of Weather Report's 1977 classic, Heavy Weather and Butcher Brown's most recent album #KingButch).

Listen to Liquid Light and pre-save Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey here. Learn more about Butcher Brown below and stay tuned for more new music coming soon.
 
Upcoming Live Dates:
7/17 - Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Fest (w/ Pink Siifu)
7/30 - Napa, CA @ Blue Note Jazz Festival
8/5 - Martinsville, VA @ The Big What at Pop's Farm
8/6 - Fayetteville, GA @ Mad South Jazz Fest at City Center Park
8/27 - Richmond, VA @ Crab Festival at Brown's Island
9/11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Afropunk Fest
9/24 - Monterey, CA @ Monterey Jazz Festival
10/30 - Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Hulaween
2/3/2023 - Miami, FL @ Jam Cruise 19 at MSC Divina

Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND Track Listing:
1. Triple Trey (Intro / How Much A Dollar Cost)
2. Freeze Me
3. Liquid Light
4. Lawd Why
5. Git Along
6. 777 (Intro)
7. 777
8. 777 (Outro)
9. Breevin'
10. Cusian
11. Unbelievable
12. Triple Trey (Outro / How Much A Dollar Cost)

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More about Butcher Brown:
Miles Davis once quipped, “I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later.” Butcher Brown has released forward-thinking and expansive hybrids of jazz and hip-hop since 2013. Today, they have an apt descriptor for their songs: solar music. Drawing inspiration from every sound under the sun, the Richmond, VA band adds elements of funk, soul, and rock to their foundational mix. The result is a Southern-leaning, sometimes psychedelic fusion that feels fresh yet familiar. Simultaneously working within and defying genre conventions, Butcher Brown is a jazz festival mainstay that could tour with Tyler the Creator as easily as Khruangbin.

“We get daps from the jazz cats, the rap scene, the indie scene, and everyone else,” says drummer Corey Fonville. Every Butcher Brown album, show, and improvisational leap therein stems from the synergy, vision, and inexhaustible musical curiosity of him and his bandmates: producer/multi-instrumentalist DJ Harrison; bassist/composer Andrew Randazzo; trumpeter/saxophonist/MC Marcus “Tennishu” Tenney; and guitarist Morgan Burrs.

The band’s latest album, Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND, deconstructs big band jazz and reshapes it in the band’s eclectic image. With all due respect to Count Basie, the album sounds nothing like your grandparents’ 45s. Randazzo adapted Tennishu’s rap beats for Butcher Brown and 10 other Richmond musicians, turning them into bold and blaring suites for Tennishu to bless with his smooth baritone. Tennishu finds new pockets of rhyme between resonant brass, smacking percussion, warm guitar, funky bass, and more. Amidst party-starting originals, the ensemble delivers a reverent yet inventive Notorious B.I.G. cover that will move crowds in every New York borough. Think of Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND as an alternate score to Baz Lurhman’s Great Gatsby adaptation, a brilliant blend of contemporary genre-smashing injected into the past.

The band’s past begins in Richmond, where several members attended VCU’s jazz program, and everyone mixed in the city’s vibrant music scene. Between classes and performances at local clubs, all congregated at Harrison’s home studio: Jellowstone. Jam sessions bled into blunt-passing smoke sessions soundtracked by beat tapes from renowned Richmond producer Ohbliv, D’Angelo’s sensual, funky and forward-thinking neo-soul, and saxophonist Joe Henderson’s Power to the People. All culminated in Butcher Brown’s 2014 debut, All Purpose Music, a 76-minute jazz-driven odyssey into every genre at the band’s disposal.
 
That spark fueled a beat tape (Grown Folk, 2015), southern-inflected soul and rock excursions (The Healer, 2015 and Virginia Noir, 2016), a raucous live album (Live at Vagabond, 2017), jazz-funk fusion (Camden Session, 2018), and an Afrobeat tribute (Afrokuti, 2018). After tours with Galactic, Lettuce, and jazz giant Kamasi Washington, Butcher Brown turned a corner with their Concord Jazz debut, 2020’s #KingButch. They recorded at Jellowstone and abandoned worries about creating songs that would be easily replicable live, blurring the lines between soul-jazz and boom-bap, eliminating the divide between P-funk and modern funk, and transforming rap-meets-bossa nova amalgams into kaleidoscopic psychedelia. With Tennishu rapping, the band was in new territory and closer to their roots than ever. Their catalog-spanning NPR Tiny Desk Concert, crowd packing European tour, and inspired, Alex Isley-assisted cover of Patrice Rushen’s Remind Me in 2021 proved their range remained limitless, unbound by genre and time.

Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND continues the band’s backward-gazing leap into the future. Following their appearance at 2022’s Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa, they have planned collaborations with critically acclaimed rappers and other artists. For now, look for Butcher Brown to bring the big band, the spirit of Jellowstone, and their latest iteration of solar music to the world.

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SIERRA FERRELL COVERS YEARS FOR NEW JOHN ANDERSON TRIBUTE ALBUM

WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING NEW: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN ANDERSON OUT AUGUST 5

NEW ALBUM PRODUCED BY DAN AUERBACH AND DAVID FERGUSON FEATURING BROTHERS OSBORNE, TYLER CHILDERS, ERIC CHURCH, BRENT COBB, LUKE COMBS, SIERRA FERRELL, SIERRA HULL,
JAMEY JOHNSON, ASHLEY McBRYDE, DEL McCOURY, JOHN PRINE, NATHANIEL RATELIFF, STURGILL SIMPSON AND
GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS

TORONTO, ON – June 29, 2022 – A new version of legendary country artist John Anderson’s song, Years, performed by acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, Sierra Ferrell, is debuting today. Watch/share the official music video here.

Reflecting on the song, Ferrell shares: “I grew up listening to John Anderson on country music radio, so I was honored…almost like a pinch yourself moment, when I was asked to contribute to this album. Years is such a great song, and it spoke to me from the first time I heard it. The lyrics and John’s unmistakably haunting voice immediately flooded my brain with that universal truth…that life is so precious and so brief. I felt called to that song, and I’ve always thought that if you feel a song in your bones, you can bring it to life. From that point, everything becomes almost effortless.”

Years—the title track of Anderson’s acclaimed 2020 album—is the third song unveiled from Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson, the anticipated tribute record celebrating Anderson’s songs and career, set for release August 5 via Easy Eye Sound (pre-order here).

Produced by Dan Auerbach and David Ferguson, the record features new versions of some of Anderson’s most beloved songs, performed by Ferrell, Brothers Osborne, Tyler Childers, Eric Church, Brent Cobb, Luke Combs, Sierra Hull, Jamey Johnson, Ashley McBryde, Del McCoury, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. Ahead of the release, two additional album tracks recently debuted: I Just Came Home to Count the Memories, performed by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, and Wild and Blue, performed by Brent Cobb. Of Cobb’s rendition, Brooklyn Vegan praises, “He makes it his own without losing the charm of the original, and it's a genuinely lovely rendition.” 

Of the record, Anderson shares: “Listening to everybody do their own takes on the songs shows how the songs really come through. And I thought to myself, ‘You might have been young and foolish back then, but you sure did pick some good songs.’ It’s very gratifying to know that some things really do not change, and a great country song remains a great country song. Any one person on the record would be a real tribute, but all of them together? It’s a pretty big deal for me personally.”

Additionally, Auerbach shares, “We weren’t trying to piddle around and make the normal tribute record. It had to be the best singers with the best songs and the best arrangements, and they had to come into the studio. This wasn’t like, ‘Mail me the song, and we’ll put it together.’ I think it makes this record unique. I don’t think most tribute records are done like this. I think that's why it sounds like a cohesive album. It feels like an amazing mix tape.” 

Something Borrowed, Something New further celebrates a triumphant career for Anderson, who is one of country music’s most respected and beloved figures. Most recently, Anderson released his 22nd studio album, Years, in April of 2020 (stream/purchase here). Also produced by Auerbach and Ferguson, the record was created in the midst of a serious health crisis and is the testimony of his remarkable recovery.

Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, Rolling Stone praised, “Years finds Anderson at his most convincing, and moving, since his hit-making heyday. It’s the type of record that should cast his entire discography in a new light, an inspired offering that shows a forgotten legend pulling off a new trick just as effectively as his old ones,” while Billboard declared, “Years is putting Anderson firmly in the spotlight again” and The Tennessean proclaimed, “With his warming baritone—familiar to four decades of country music listeners—Years plays like a soundtrack to creative deliverance; sincere messages that often sounds resilient and at times tender-hearted.”

A Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Anderson has enjoyed 60 charting singles in four consecutive decades including five No. 1 songs: Wild and Blue, Swingin’, Black Sheep, Straight Tequila Night and Money in the Bank. Originally from Apopka, Florida, Anderson now lives outside of Nashville with his wife of over 25 years, with whom he shares two daughters. 

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SHE & HIM SHARE THIRD SINGLE TIL I DIE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM MELT AWAY: A TRIBUTE TO BRIAN WILSON

OUT JULY 22 ON FANTASY RECORDS

TORONTO, ON - June 29, 2022 - Today, Zooey Deschanel (She) & M. Ward (Him) released the third single, Til I Die, off their upcoming album, Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson, out July 22 via Fantasy Records. Til I Die first appeared on the Beach Boys’ 1971 album, Surf’s Up. Darlin' and Wouldn't It Be Nice were the first two singles to be released from Melt Away. Watch the visualizer for Til I Die here and pre-order Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson here.

With Deschanel’s vocals atop fluttering trumpet and Ward’s lovingly languid slide guitar figures, She & Him’s gorgeous take on Til I Die re-imagines the Beach Boys’ dazzling ballad while losing none of the original’s oceanic depth.

“Matt introduced that one to me,” Deschanel explains while talking about the song’s radiant glow. “I didn’t know it but loved it instantly. The melodies are stunning.” “It’s incredibly complex—the more you get into it, it’s like a labyrinth, but one you enjoy being in,” Ward adds.

She & Him’s seventh studio album is a loving tribute to one of the greatest living American songwriters and singers: Brian Wilson. Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson finds Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward diving deep into the legendary artist’s extensive songbook, offering fascinating and delectable new spins on time-honoured classics and overlooked gems alike. These 14 covers are infused with the familiar magic that She & Him fans know and love, opening a new window into Wilson’s iconic catalog. Wilson even features on a song with Deschanel and Ward for the album – Do It Again. The band has enjoyed a friendship, and mutual appreciation, with Wilson over the years and She & Him was previously a guest vocalist on his 2015 album, No Pier Pressure.

“In the spring of 2020, we started a list of our favorite Brian songs — a very long list,” the duo explains. “We chose songs without any regard to their chart performance. The obscure ones hit us just as hard as the more popular songs — and all are ripe for re-imagining, re-interpreting, and re-inventing. Brian writes songs of beauty and loneliness and vulnerability better than anyone — and by sequencing them next to popular songs of confidence and love and fun, it creates a more complete picture of life on earth.

Brian Wilson comments on Melt Away: Zooey and Matt did such mind-blowing versions of our songs. The harmonies are beautiful and right on. I love this record!”

Melt Away is Deschanel and Ward’s follow-up to 2016’s holiday album, Christmas Party, and it marks their second record of non-holiday covers since 2014’s Classics, which topped Billboard’s U.S. Folk Albums chart on release. It’s the latest display of remarkable talent from She & Him, who have wowed listeners for over 15 years with their gorgeous and warm indie-pop. As Deschanel’s maintained a successful acting career and Ward’s continued his own singular solo career as a producer and singer-songwriter, the duo continues to sound like the perfect match in the studio—with Deschanel’s dramatic vocals pairing with Ward’s textured, tuneful arrangements and production.

Tickets for She & Him’s upcoming fall tour are available at sheandhim.com.

NEW FALL TOUR DATES
9.9.22 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
9.10.22 - Boston, MA - House of Blues 
9.11.22 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
9.13.22 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
9.14.22 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
9.16.22 - Grand Rapids, MI - Meijer Gardens

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VALERIE JUNE GOES UNDER COVER ON AUGUST 26

JUNE'S 8-TRACK EP UNDER COVER FEATURES SONGS WRITTEN BY FRANK OCEAN, JOHN LENNON, NICK CAVE, GILLIAN WELCH, BOB DYLAN, JOE SOUTH, MAZZY STAR AND NICK DRAKE
 
LISTEN TO JUNE'S DAZZLING COVER OF
FRANK OCEAN'S GODSPEED 
HERE

TORONTO, ON – June 28, 2022 – Acclaimed GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Valerie June, will release Under Cover – a specially curated 8-track covers collection, available digitally and on CD + vinyl, August 26th, 2022, via Fantasy Records. 

Under Cover features extraordinary interpretations of songs by some of June’s favourite artists including previously unreleased versions of Frank Ocean’s Godspeed, Joe South’s Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home, Gillian Welch’s Look At Miss Ohio, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Into My Arms. The EP also includes two tracks that appeared on June’s (digital only) The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers Deluxe Edition: John Lennon’s Imagine, and Nick Drake’s Pink Moon. Bob Dylan’s transcendent Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You, (previously available as an Amazon Original exclusive) and June’s captivating reading of Mazzy Star’s Fade Into You, released last month, rounds out the set. Listen to Godspeed (Frank Ocean cover) here. Pre-order Under Cover here.
 
As one of American music’s most admired sonic experimentalists, June approaches these carefully chosen tracks with a sense of both reverence and freedom. It’s a one-of-kind balance between modern and traditional influences that makes her a special artistic force and these timeless songs her own.  
 
Valerie June’s most recent full-length album, 2021’s acclaimed The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, was one of the year’s most celebrated releases. Produced by June and Jack Splash, the album is “a psychedelic tour de force” that is “powerfully, elegantly subversive” (UNCUT) and “a stunning song cycle of redemption and reclamation” (Rolling Stone). June’s spellbinding vocals and infectious sense of wonder ground the record, and “her every quiver bespeaks emotional honesty” (New Yorker). 
 
The follow-up to her 2013 breakthrough, Pushin’ Against A Stone, and the widely adored The Order of Time — a 2017 effort that earned the admiration of Bob Dylan and landed on best-of-the-year lists — The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers is a landmark work for the Memphis-born, Brooklyn-based auteur. The album’s Call Me A Fool, featuring Stax legend Carla Thomas, was nominated for Best American Roots Song at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, the first nomination of June’s illustrious career. 
 
Under Cover Track List:
1.Pink Moon (Nick Drake)
2.Fade Into You (Mazzy Star)
3.Look At Miss Ohio (Gillian Welch)
4.Godspeed (Frank Ocean)
5.Imagine (John Lennon)
6.Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home (Joe South)
7.Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (Bob Dylan)
8.Into My Arms (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) 

Catch Valerie June On Tour:
7/9 – Palomino Festival – Pasadena, CA
7/10 – Henry Miller Memorial Library – Big Sur, CA
7/11 – Lagunitas Brewing Company – Petaluma, CA
7/24 – Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI
7/29 – Kaslo Jazz Fest – Kaslo, Canada
7/31 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
8/2 – Capital Ballroom – Victoria, BC
8/3 – Alma Mater – Tacoma, WA
8/4 – Hult Center for the Performing Arts – Eugene, OR
8/5-8/7 – Pickathon – Happy Valley, OR
8/18-8/21 – Green Man 2022 – Crickhowell, UK
8/23 – Blues Kitchen – Manchester, UK
8/24 – Thekla – Bristol, UK
9/2 – George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
9/17 – XpoNential Music Festival – Camden, NJ

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MMF CANADA ANNOUNCES NEW TRAILBLAZER AWARD

AWARD TO HONOUR AND RECOGNIZE CANADIAN MANAGERS OR SELF-MANAGED ARTISTS WHO ARE CARVING NEW PATHS WITHIN THE INDUSTRY LANDSCAPE

NOMINATIONS CAN BE MADE HERE
WITH DEADLINE TO SUBMIT BY SUNDAY, JULY 24
AT 11:59 P.M. PST

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TO THE
MMF CANADA BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOW OPEN HERE

Toronto, ON – June 28, 2022 – MMF Canada is thrilled to announce the launch of the new Trailblazer Award, recognizing Canadian managers or self-managed artists who are carving new paths within the industry landscape. The recipient of the award will be celebrated during the annual MMF Canada Honour Roll Awards, taking place both in-person in Toronto and online in the fall. Nominations for the Trailblazer Award are now open, with MMF Canada members encouraged to put forth deserving candidates (including themselves) for consideration. The nomination deadline is Sunday, July 24 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Guidelines and the nomination form can be found here.   

"The entire music industry has shown their creativity, perseverance and resilience through the challenges and opportunities presented over the last couple of years,” reflects Amie Therrien, Executive Director, MMF Canada. “We wanted to find a way to celebrate people working in music management who exemplify those traits and are doing something unique that is driving the industry forward whether they've been in the business for two or 20 years. Opening up nominations to all MMF Canada members is different from how we've done things in the past but is crucial to ensuring we hear about people doing great work from across the country, from various backgrounds, in all genres, and from all experience levels." 

The MMF Canada Honour Roll, now in its 15th year, is a flagship event in the industry calendar. The annually sold-out event brings together the award recipients and their guests, with past honourees, MMF’s Board of Directors, and other industry personnel, to celebrate the achievements of Canadian music managers and self-managed artists. Along with the newly introduced Trailblazer Award is the Honour Roll Award, which recognizes a Canadian music manager for outstanding career achievements; the Brian Chater Builder Award, which celebrates those who have had significant impact in building the Canadian music industry; and the Banner Year Award, which honours the success of an artist and their management for an exceptional year.

Additionally, MMF Canada opens the call for nominations to its Board of Directors. Eight of the 12 seats are up for election this year, with four directors being elected to full three-year terms, and four directors to two-year terms, in order to allow for the organization to get back into an equal rotation after updating the length of terms last year. More information about the board and how to submit a nomination can be found here.

The past few years have seen the 25-year-old organization grow in significant and meaningful ways. In addition to hiring an Executive Director and several staff, MMF Canada launched the Bespoke Mntrship Program, as well as multiple programs, including webinars, masterclasses, and networking events, both online and in-person on international platforms. MMF Canada will also be launching a fresh spin on the in-person Honour Roll Awards event in 2022.

“The board for the last two years has been the most diverse ever,” says Board Chair, Helen Britton. “The variety of voices at the table have a huge impact in strategic planning, priorities, advocacy, board, staff and membership training activities, and the overall growth and direction of the organization. We want to continue this work and are looking for a strong slate of nominees to take us into the next phase of the organization.”

ABOUT MMF CANADA
MMF Canada is the national, collective voice for Canadian music managers, their artists, and self-managed artists working at all levels and in all genres. The non-profit organization provides professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities for its members and other industry professionals, ensuring that all can have access to the support and tools necessary for success. MMF Canada is also a fierce advocate, working alongside partner associations, ensuring that government and industry programs and policies best serve artists and managers.

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ZELLA DAY RELEASES NEW SONG RADIO SILENCE

ZELLA DAY RELEASES NEW SONG RADIO SILENCE
 
Toronto, ON – June 24, 2022 – Today, Los Angeles-based, Zella Day, releases her first new song of 2022.  Entitled Radio Silence, the track - which was written in fall of 2021 - details the experience of a young woman forced to reckon with the choices surrounding an unintended pregnancy. Combining sonic elements of college radio-era R.E.M. with haunting synths and drums, as well as some of the most pointed, evocative lyrics Day has ever written, Radio Silence is raw, candid, and universally resonant. Listen to Radio Silence here.
 
Radio Silence was written by Day and Alex Casnoff (Jonathan Wilson, Harriet), and features backing vocals from fellow LA musician, Miya Folick. Lyrics for the song - prescient in their ability to match our current political reality months after they were penned - are below.  
 
Says Day about the song, “I had life-threatening complications with a pregnancy three years ago, and I can’t even imagine what it would have been like had I not been given the freedom to make my own choices for myself and my body at that time.  As Simone de Beauvoir wrote, ‘The body is not a thing, it’s a situation.’ It’s as if the world has turned its back on us at our most vulnerable, when we are faced with a decision that will change our lives forever.”  
 
Radio Silence is a bold sonic step forward for Day, and a fitting welcome to the next chapter of her musical journey.  In 2021, Day released a handful of tracks that racked up millions and millions of streams, including GoldenDance For LoveGirls, a duet with Weyes Blood called Holocene, and a remix of Golden by Twin Shadow. Day also appeared on Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club last year, covering Joni Mitchell with Del Rey and Weyes Blood in a symbolic passing of the sonic torch from one great LA singer/songwriter to the new generation.  
 
Lyrics for Radio Silence
Born in the valley ’85
You took me to the guest house
Where your friends would all skip class and get high
Rolling up the windows 
Now you're pouring me wine in your jacuzzi 
You want your sex more like the movies
So I bought a book on Kamasutra 
To get you screaming hallelujah 
 
Hold my body 
Can you feel it
I’ve been trying to keep this secret down
I’m trying to shake the spirit out 
 
Radio Radio Radio Radio into Silence
 
You sent me a picture of your doorstep
Of your key and where to find it 
Back of your closet
In your best pants
The cash inside your wallet
You have anxiety over pregnancy
So you bought this fucking pill for me
Now it’s Friday night and you’re out
My head is inside the toilet
I love how you told me to calm down
And I’m screaming hallelujah 
 
Hold my body 
Can you feel it
I’ve been trying to keep this secret down
I’m trying to shake the spirit out 
 
Radio Radio Radio Radio into Silence
 
How could this happen to me
I happen to be holding on
How could this happen to me
I happen to be strong
What I couldn’t see
It was happening to me all along 
 
Hold my body 
Can you feel it
I’ve been trying to keep this secret down
I’m trying to shake the spirit out 
 
Radio Radio Radio Radio into Silence
 
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BLUES ROCKERS THE RECORD COMPANY HONOUR THE LEGACIES OF BIG MAMA THORNTON AND ELVIS PRESLEY WITH IMAGINATIVE REWORKING OF HOUND DOG OUT TODAY

NEW TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – June 24, 2022 — Hound Dog is one of those timeless rock and roll songs that feels indelibly etched on our collective consciousness. While Elvis Presley’s cover of the song is likely more widely known than Big Mama Thornton’s original, the latter was a game-changer that sounds as bold and alluring now as it did when it was first released in 1952.
 
Chris Vos, Alex Stiff, and Marc Carzola of blues-rock powerhouse, The Record Company, drew inspiration from both versions for their inspired reimagining of the song, released today. Listen to it here.
 
“I love the song ‘Hound Dog.’  I grew up with the Elvis version and found the Big Mama Thornton version later in life, so when we got together to do this track, we took the lyric inspiration from Thornton’s original and some of the attitude inspiration from the Elvis version, twisted it together, changed the chords around, and made something that doesn’t sound very much like either,” laughs Chris Vos.
 
He recalls, “We recorded the version you’re hearing in 2020 as part of our Side Project EP, but we didn’t release it then. With this Elvis film coming out, we thought it would be the perfect time to put our version out into the world, and we’re excited about it.”
 
Accompanying today’s announcement is a video that captures a rousing live performance of the song. Watch it here.
 
"The video that we did was super simple: we just wanted to take it into one room and show the energy of the band playing the song,” explains Vos. “And of course, we had to have our buddy and recording companion – Alex’s dog Seeger – in the room with us. You can’t have a hound dog song without the dog in the room! So, there you have it.”
 
“I would encourage everybody to go listen to the original Big Mama Thornton version, especially one that she did in the ‘60s when they were over in Germany,” says Vos. “She had a version with Buddy Guy that you can easily find on YouTube that’s just a swinging, phenomenal rendition. It’s really something, and I listen to it often. And of course, the Elvis version will always go down in history as one of the great moments in rock and roll.”
 
The Record Company will be on tour throughout 2022. This summer, they will appear at festivals in the US and Canada including Milwaukee’s Summerfest (taking place this weekend), Black Dirt Music Festival, CityFolk, and Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival. They have confirmed a new run of dates for fall that includes stops in St. Louis, Nashville, Washington DC, New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, and others.  A full list of shows is below.
 
The Record Company is guitarist/lead vocalist Chris Vos, bassist Alex Stiff, and drummer Marc Cazorla. Last spring, they released the Side Project EP, which features reimagined and reconstructed renditions of songs by some of their favorite artists, including the aforementioned Big Mama Thornton, Cypress Hill, INXS, and Willie Dixon.
 
In October of 2021, their third studio album, Play Loud (produced by Dave Sardy, known for his work with Oasis, The Head and The Heart, LCD Soundsystem, and The Who), was released to critical praise and yielded a top-five Triple-A radio hit in, How High. In December, the band performed their hit Never Leave You on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
 
The band’s debut, Give It Back to You, earned them a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The record produced three top ten hits at Triple-A radio, including lead single Off the Ground, which reached #1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs chart. Entertainment Weekly described their debut album as a “soul scorcher.” The Record Company has also appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS This Morning, and NPR’s World Café, and has shared bills with John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff, and the Zac Brown Band.
 
The Record Company – 2022 Tour
6/25 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
7/23 Bloomington, IL Black Dirt Music Festival
8/11 Ketchum, ID Sun Valley Museum of Art
8/14 Bend, OR Oregon Spirit Distillers
9/15 Ottawa, ON CityFolk
9/17 Fredericton, NB Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
10/2 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
10/20 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
10/21 Nashville, TN Brooklyn Bowl
10/22 Covington, KY Madison Theater
10/24 Washington, DC The Howard
10/25 Jersey City, NJ White Eagle Hall
10/27 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
10/28 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
10/29 Boston, MA Royale
10/31 Holyoke, MA Race Street Live
11/1 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Iron Works
11/3 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
11/4 Chicago, IL Park West
11/5 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
11/7 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
11/8 Des Moines, IA Wooly's
11/10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
11/11 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
11/12 Jackson, WY The Center
11/15 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
11/16 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
11/18 San Francisco, CA August Hall
11/19 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre

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SYLVAN ESSO ENTER THEIR NEXT ERA ON NEW SINGLE YOUR REALITY

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SUMMER TOUR CONTINUES WITH HEADLINE SET AT ELECTRIC FOREST TOMORROW, PLUS NEWPORT FOLK FEST, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL AND 32 DATES WITH ODESZA INCLUDING STOPS IN TORONTO, MONTREAL AND VANCOUVER

“Let me remember how to live my life, were there rules originally, or are we learning how to be?”

TORONTO, ON – June 23, 2022 – Today, with the release of a surreal new song called Your Reality, Sylvan Esso enter their next era. Describing their first three albums as a trilogy that is now complete, Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn stand at the start of a period that is stranger and more cathartic than the band has ever been. Featuring a string arrangement from Gabriel Kahane, and delicately frenetic drums by TJ Maiani, the slippery, complexly layered single serves as the opening to a chapter, a reference point “for how weird we can take it,” says Sanborn. “How bare and strange something can be.” 

Over a sparse, skittering pattern of percussive synth, Meath remembers how to live. She swims in the air and walks in the sky, while asking a question that has preoccupied the post-pandemic world: “Were there rules originally, or are we learning how to be?” From the depths of the mix an echoing bed of backing vocals answers, “No rules.” 

Listen to Your Reality, out now on Loma Vista Recordings, and watch the visual here.

Your Reality follows the scorching arrival of recent single, Sunburn, which The New York Times praised as “bouncy and pointillistic,” and Rolling Stone described as “a study in contrasts, detailing the exhilaration of pursuing pleasure and pushing the envelope.” After debuting the track for tens of thousands of fans across three nights at the Historic Durham Athletic Park, as well as an Austin City Limits taping, spring tour, and a stop at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival last month, Sylvan Esso will bring both of the new songs to a headlining set at Electric Forest Festival this weekend. 

Over the coming months, summer will also see Sylvan Esso play Newport Folk Festival, Life is Beautiful and more than 30 arena and amphitheater shows with ODESZA, including Canadian stops in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Find information for all upcoming tour dates at sylvanesso.com/#tour.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
6/24 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest Festival
7/24 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
7/29 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
7/30 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
7/31 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
8/17 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion*
8/19 - Austin, TX - Germania Insurance Amphitheater* SOLD OUT
8/20 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion* SOLD OUT
8/21 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion*
8/23 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre* 
8/25 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion*  
8/26 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* SOLD OUT
8/27 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* 
8/30 - Philadelphia, PA - TD Pavilion at The Mann*
9/1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage* 
9/2 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau*

9/3 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion* 
9/4 - Boston, MA - Xfinity Center*
9/7 - Cincinnati, OH - The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park*
9/8 - Detroit, MI - Pine Knob Music Theatre* 
9/9 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion* SOLD OUT
9/10 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion*
9/14 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
9/16 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
9/17 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre* 
9/18 - Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful Festival
9/20 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre*
9/22 - Ridgefield, WA - RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater*
9/23 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
9/24 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amphitheatre*

9/26 - Bend, OR - Hayden Homes Amphitheater* 
9/27 - Boise, ID - Fort Idaho Center Amphitheater*
9/29 - Sacramento, CA - Heart Health Park*
9/30 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre* 
10/1 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre*
10/27-30 - Live Oak, FL - Suwannee Hulaween 
*w/ ODESZA

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TENNYSON KING ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2022 TOUR

GOOD COMPANY ALBUM OUT EVERYWHERE NOW

WATCH THIS LIFE LIVE ACOUSTIC VIDEO

TOUR PROMO VIDEO HERE

TORONTO, ON - June 22, 2022 - Nomadic indie-folk musician, Tennyson King, is hitting the Canadian highways this summer for a cross country tour and it all kicks off July 7 in Kamloops, BC, at Music In The Park. The tour will see the Hong-Kong Canadian musician bring his latest album, Good Company, to life in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Watch the tour promo video here
 
"I feel that a big part of the reason I perform so much and tour so much around the country is not only because I love it, but to also really represent the Asian/Chinese community in the live performance setting," says Tennyson. "Growing up I rarely saw any one that looked like me on stage which made it hard to really imagine myself in the place that I am today. Even today, it is still rare to see Chinese musicians on stage in Canada. So part of my performing in front of people is to bring that awareness and inspire young asian artists. It's why I think it's important for me to play so much and definitely fuels me to keep at it."

Nature is also something Tennyson holds dear to his heart and plays a big part in his writing process which can be heard throughout his debut album that was released in January this year. Life On Shore (Carry Me Away) comes from a state of interconnectedness with nature and water, Slow Down is an elemental and earthy take on acknowledging our surroundings and appreciating nature, Share This Moment is an ode to sharing experiences with other humans through travel and vulnerability, It Ain’t Easy is a catchy, rhythmic and upbeat track that sounds light in nature, but was written from an emotionally difficult time when Tennyson felt pressured to fit in with white Canadian music, while What Am I Doing is a reflection of the path Tennyson has chosen and the highs and lows of being a musician.

"I'll be playing at some new venues and lots of outdoor shows which will give concert goers a chance to listen to me serenade them while they have the mountains and water as the backdrop," adds Tennyson"I'm just so excited to hit the road this summer and perform songs from my new album Good Company with people all over British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario."

In May 2021, Tennyson released his first Chinese language single, 生命的进度, in support of Asian Heritage Month and to represent a voice for Asian artists in Canada, followed up by 自在 in June. In September, Tennyson performed at the largest Asian music festival in the world, Joy Ruckus Club 4. Throughout the rest of 2021 and into March, Tennyson toured across the country in support of Good Company. His music was supported by SiriusXM’s North Americana channel, Stingray Music, several Spotify playlists, CBC Radio, and has been featured in various publications, such as: Eat North, BYTA: Method To My Music, Post City Magazine, Exclaim!, Toronto Life, Nature Canada, The RepresentASIAN Project, and OMNI News. You can also listen to his third Chinese language single, a rendition of Life On Shore (Carry Me Away), which was released in May 2022 for Asian Heritage Month. 
 
I'm grateful to be playing at the Steamboat Mountain Festival and Peak Music Festival for the first time this summer,” adds Tennyson. “Part of the tour will be performed as a duo with Chris Noble playing keyboards and adding an electronic rhythmic element to my show. I haven't brought this set-up on tour and I'm excited to share with everyone. I’m really looking forward to connecting with everyone this summer!
 
More information on tour dates and tickets can be found here and full tour dates are listed below. As well, you can learn more about Tennyson in his bio here.
 
Tennyson King’s Summer 2022 Tour Dates:
7.2 - Creston, BC - Good Company Coffee
7.7 - Kamloops, BC - Music In The Park
7.8 - Golden, BC - Whitetooth Brewing Company
7.9 - Edgewater, BC - Steamboat Mountain Festival
7.10 - Edgewater, BC - Steamboat Mountain Festival
7.11 - Revelstoke, BC - REVY. Live Outside
7.12 - Salmon Arm, BC - Shuswap Cider
7.13 - Ashcroft, BC - UniTea Cafe & Lounge
7.14 - Williams Lake, BC - Performances In The Park
7.15 - Hope, BC - Concerts In the Park
7.16 - Kelowna, BC - Lakesider Brewing Co
7.18 - Vancouver, BC - Sofar Sounds
7.21 - Kelowna, BC - Red Bird Brewing
7.22 - Castlegar, BC - Tailout Brewing
7.23 - Kimberley, BC - Bohemian Spirits
7.24 - Lethbridge, AB - The Slice
7.25 - Swift Current, SK - Railway North Social House
7.26 - Gravelbourg, SK - Cafe De Paris
7.27 - Regina, SK - Bushwakker Brewing Company
7.28 - Portage La Praire, SK - Mr Mikes
7.29 - Winnipeg, MB - Trans Canada Brewing Co.

8.1 - Lafleche, SK - Wood River Inn
8.2 - Calgary, AB - Cafe Koi 
8.12 - 100 Mile House, BC - Outdoor Concert Series (Centennial Park)
8.14 - Golden, BC - Golden Skybridge Summer Concert Series
8.18 - Kelowna, BC - Parks Alive! 
8.19 - Nelson, BC - TBA
8.20 - Kaslo, BC - Kaslo Hotel
8.25 - Edmonton, AB - The Backyard (For The Love Of Downtown Concert Series)
8.26 - Red Deer, AB - The Velvet Olive Lounge
8.27 - Calgary, AB - Cafe Koi - Bus-Boats, Beach N’ Bands Festival
8.31 - Calgary, AB - Heritage Park Historical Village

9.1 - Invermere, BC - Arrowhead Brewing Company
9.2 - Creston, BC - Frisky Whisky
9.3 - Cranbrook, BC - Peak Music Festival
9.8 - Kenora, ON - Bobs Burger Bar
9.9 - Thunder Bay, ON - TBA
9.10 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON - The Water Tower Inn
9.12 - Mississauga, ON - Living Arts Centre - Opening for Tommy Emmanuel
9.15 - Mississauga, ON - MCS Amphitheatre - #LoveLocal Series
9.16 - Mississauga, ON - Mississauga Music Awards
9.18 - Cookstown, ON - Gussapolooza Music Festival

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About Tennyson King:
A nomadic indie-folk musician from Hong Kong and Canada and traveller at heart, TK has captured audiences worldwide with his reverberant and earthy folk-rock sound, jovial personality, and intimately humorous lyrical storytelling. Good Company, produced by Juno nominee, Ross Hayes Citrullo, is an encapsulation of Tennyson’s adventures on the road. With a vintage vibe as inviting as a cosy cabin, he welcomes us to “Share This Moment” in his natural habitat, as the opening track suggests. He writes chill soundtracks to rich, diverse landscapes as he explores the world's beauty, making connections with people, nature, and wildlife along the way. Having toured in Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Brasil and Southeast Asia, his raw, gritty, and organic sound makes the soul feel wild and the heart comforted.

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AWARD-WINNING TORONTO SINGER-SONGWRITER J3M SHARES EXPANSIVE NEW SONG SPACE AND TIME FROM AFRONAUT EP OUT AUGUST 5

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Toronto, ON – June 22, 2022 – Prolific, award-winning Toronto based singer-songwriter-pianist, J3M, shares the video for his new single, SPACE AND TIME  today. The song is a straight-up funky disco-pop banger. Beneath its overall dark sound, the track unrelentingly shines bright enough to make you want to dance, and will be featured on J3M's forthcoming concept EP, AFRONAUT, to be released August 5. The video was directed, produced AND choreographed by J3M, filmed in the Toronto subway system and across the city with some pals in the mix - experience SPACE AND TIME in action here.

The video for SPACE AND TIME is a huge interstellar on-the-ground dance party – in transit! Kyle Laurin's editing takes us back in time with PowerPoint style transitions and other 90's sensibilities. Piotr Dudek, Sharon and Joseph Roberts were behind the cameras, while a cast of J3M's friends from in town and beyond joined in for a virtual dance party. 
 
AFRONAUT is a space-themed concept album that takes the listener through each stage of a failed relationship and the love for oneself that is found through the grieving process, as told through the perspective of its protagonist, AFRONAUT, and a bond with his lover, the Alien. 

"SPACE AND TIME is AFRONAUT deciding that maybe both he and The Alien need to take a step back from the situation. After all, it takes two people to create a conflict in the first place. Though it’s easy to pick sides in any dispute, sometimes we must agree to disagree," J3M says of this chapter in the story. "Flying back to earth in his ship alone, AFRONAUT realizes that self love is the most important kind of love. And that love in action, is showing up for himself and asking for what he needs."

SPACE AND TIME follows MOONLESS, a woefully romantic, track blends retro synth pop, mid 80’s R&B and 90’s boy bands with a signature touch. Listen to MOONLESS and experience J3M's live performance in this amazing unplugged rendition here, and a lyric video, created by by Gabriel Altrows and Gergana Peeva, here

AFRONAUT marks an evolution from J3M's previous work with more intricate production and a clearer vision. The pop-driven EP is abundant with piano, synthesizers, guitar, bass and even live strings. On one occasion, J3M and producer, Mike Tompa, travelled to Chalet Studios in Uxbridge, ON to find the perfect piano (a Yamaha C3) to have on select tracks, which is the same piano J3M used for his 2019 standout single, Stuck To My Heart. Other tracks feature a vintage John Brinsmead piano from Miloco Studios in London, UK, The Roland Juno 106 synth and the Prophet Rev 2. 

J3M's previous single, Show Me, was the catalyst for J3M to realize he had other songs and fragments of ideas that mirrored the same sound, theme and concept. Alas, space was made for AFRONAUT to fully soar. Show Me, another retro-synth ballad in its own right (Produced by Matthew Fudge), sees AFRONAUT getting into his ship and leaving earth, embarking on a mission to find the Alien. Upon finding them, a confession is given from the Alien to AFRONAUT. The Alien explains that they are having a hard time connecting and communicating, and this has nothing to do with AFRONAUT.

Tune in as the rest of the AFRONAUT EP story unfolds with more on the way in the coming months!

Get to know J3M (he/they):
Blending pop, disco, soul and R&B, J3M is ready to paint pictures, tell stories, and share melodies that will live in your head rent-free. The award-winning singer/songwriter/pianist has backed powerhouse artists such as Tanika Charles, TiKA, Zaki Ibrahim, Amaal, The OBGMs, James Baley and more, both locally and internationally. Sharing stages with Kehlani, Weezer, Brandy, July Talk and the Arkells (just to name a few), J3M is no stranger to the industry. He's played everywhere from POP Montreal, Toronto Pride, Afropunk Paris, Osheaga, SXSW and even on Carnival cruise lines.

Based in Toronto, but born in Ottawa with Guyanese roots, J3M has been playing and singing for as long as he can remember. So, whether it’s lighting up rooms with his sharp writing, production and arranging skills or bringing down the house with a vivacious live performance, the queer artist is aimed and ready to take the world by storm!

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DAWES SHARE EVERYTHING IS PERMANENT

MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER
ARRIVES VIA ROUNDER RECORDS ON FRIDAY, JULY 22

NEW SINGLE FROM UPCOMING EIGHTH STUDIO ALBUM – 
LISTEN
WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO
 
BUSY LIVE SCHEDULE INCLUDES HEADLINE DATES,
FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES,  SUMMER RUN WITH THE HEAD AND THE HEART,  AND CO-HEADLINE COLLABORATIVE TOUR WITH BAHAMAS

TORONTO SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 16 AT PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE

TORONTO, ON - June 17, 2022 - Acclaimed Los Angeles-based rockers, Dawes, have shared Everything Is Permanent, available now via Rounder Records at all DSPs and streaming services. An official performance video – directed by Caitlin Gerard at Hollywood, CA’s historic EastWest Studios – premieres today via YouTubeListento Everything Is Permanent. 
 
Everything Is Permanent marks the latest single from Dawes’ upcoming eighth studio album, MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER, arriving everywhere on Friday, July 22. Pre-orders are available now. In addition, a number of exclusive bundles – including Limited Edition Preferred Pink Vinyl w/Optional Exclusive 11x11 Signed Band Photo, Turntable Slipmat, Black Hoodie, White Pocket T, and Socks – are available now at the official Dawes webstore.
 
“This is a song (about how everything about us is tracked, documented, recorded, filed, mined, bought, sold, etc. etc. on some level) that is wrapped around a molten core of a breakdown/freakout/majorminorinterweave that is probably the moment I’m most proud of on the whole record,” says singer/guitarist Taylor Goldsmith. “After showing you the blood and guts, we gently sew the song back together again and end with what could be the tagline for all of social media and the screen-life-culture that we subscribe to these days to varying degrees: ‘Did you really need to cry? Or be seen crying?’”
 
Dawes will celebrate MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER with a non-stop live schedule getting underway with a very special Independence Day event with Phil Lesh & Friends, set for Monday, July 4 at Asbury Park, NJ’s Stone Pony Summer Stage. A jam-packed international itinerary follows, including headline shows, festival performances, a summer run with The Head and The Heart, and a just-announced co-headline tour with GRAMMY® Award-nominated Canadian artist Bahamas. “An Evening with Dawes and Bahamas” will see both acts performing together for two unique live sets, with Dawes backing Bahamas and Bahamas then joining Dawes for an unprecedented collaborative performance. The tour begins  September 7 at Knoxville, TN’s Bijou Theatre and then travels the US through the month. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit dawestheband.com/tour
 
Produced by longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson (Billy Strings, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen), MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER represents an adventurous new turn for Dawes, evincing a more ambitious, exploratory approach towards recording than ever before. The album includes such recently released singles as Comes In Waves and the epic opening track, Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries to Relax, both available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Official performance videos are streaming now via YouTube.

DAWES TOUR 2022
JULY
4 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage †
29 – Yuzawa, JP – Fuji Rock Festival *
 
AUGUST
1 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^
2 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^ (SOLD OUT)
4 – Houston, TX – Lawn at White Oak ^
5 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^
6 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion ^
7 – Arvada, CO – Arvada Center for the Arts
8 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre ^
9 – Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden ^
11 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater ^
12 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^ (SOLD OUT)
13 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^
16 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater ^
18 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl ^
19 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre ^
20 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre ^
22 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^ (SOLD OUT)
23 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^
27 – Tisbury, MA – Beach Road Weekend *
28 – Bridgeview, IL – Sacred Rose *
 
SEPTEMBER
3-4 – Indianapolis, IN – All In Music & Arts Festival *
7 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre #
8 – Richmond, VA – Brown's Island #
9 – Winston-Salem, NC – Gears and Guitars #
10 – Charleston, SC – The Windjammer #
11 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater #
13 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage #
14 – Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts #
16 – Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
17 – Hammondsport, NY – Point of the Bluff Vineyards #
18 – Columbus, OH – Athenaeum Theatre #
19 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Civic Theatre #
21 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre #
22 – Lexington, KY – The Burl Outdoors #
23 – Memphis, TN – Overton Park Shell #
24 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival *
25- Baton Rouge, LA – Manship Theatre
 
* Festival Performance
† w/Phil Lesh & Friends
^ Supporting The Head and The Heart
# “An Evening with Dawes and Bahamas”

About Dawes:
MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER marks Dawes’ first new LP following 2020’s Rounder Records debut, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 7x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album earned critical applause around the world, with Esquire declaring it “their liveliest, most visceral set yet.” Dawes celebrated with a range of high profile TV appearances, including ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #playathome series as well as CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions.
 
Dawes is: T.Z. Goldsmith (guitar, primary vocal), W.Q. Gelber (handmade bass), G.W. Goldsmith (drums, percussion, background vocals), and L.M. Pardini (piano, organ, synthesizers, clavinet, Wurlitzer, guitar, background vocals).

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ENTERPRISE EARTH UNVEILS PSALM OF AGONY SINGLE FEATURING NEW VOCALIST TRAVIS WORLAND

TORONTO, ON – June 17, 2022 - Progressive deathcore practitioners, ENTERPRISE EARTH, recently welcomed singer Travis Worland (Aethere, Bite//Down, The Willow) to their lineup. Today, the band is pleased to unveil Psalm Of Agony, their first new track featuring Worland. Stream ENTERPRISE EARTH’s Psalm Of Agony here.
 
Comments guitarist Gabe Mangold, "Psalm Of Agony, the first song with Travis Worland on vocals, is here and the next chapter of ENTERPRISE EARTH has officially begun. In addition to showcasing Travis' vocal capabilities, this song is also a journey instrumentally. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”

ENTERPRISE EARTH will begin their US headlining tour next tour month. The Chosen Tour begins July 22 in Seattle, Washington and runs through August 20th in Salt Lake City, Utah. Support will be provided by Within Destruction, Sentinels, and labelmates Great American Ghost. See all confirmed dates below. 

ENTERPRISE EARTH continues to tour in support of their latest full-length, The Chosen, released early this year via MNRK Heavy. Distorted Sound crowns The Chosen the band’s, “heaviest album to date,” adding, “the Washington-quartet have rather significantly developed their sound and style that has made them take one more step towards asserting their rightful place amongst death metal royalty. The genre has always been about breaking the norm, creating something that will pummel everything in its path, and The Chosen has done that.” Blabbermouth observes, “ENTERPRISE EARTH come pretty close to transcending deathcore altogether on The Chosen, instead pursuing a new and often electrifying hybrid of modern (and not so modern) metallic styles, replete with far bigger tunes than on any previous record. From the opening seconds of Where Dreams Are Broken, the sheer, shiny weight of this thing is abundantly apparent. The Chosen sounds huge and definitive.” Adds MetalSucks, “The Chosen is ENTERPRISE EARTH’s most-everything record to date: it’s the heaviest, the most vicious, the most technical, and, not for nothing, the catchiest offering in the band’s already-impressive repertoire, and it’s already destined to be one of 2022’s must-hear metal releases.”

The Chosen is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find ordering options here. View the band’s previously released videos for Where Dreams Are BrokenReanimate // DisintegrateLegends Never Die, and a variety of visualizers from The Chosen at the ENTERPRISE EARTH YouTube channel here.

ENTERPRISE EARTH w/ Within Destruction, Sentinels, Great American Ghost:
7/22/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
7/23/2022 Dantes – Portland, OR
7/25/2022 Goldfields – Roseville, CA
7/26/2022 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
7/27/2022 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
7/28/2022 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
7/29/2022 Club Dada – Dallas, TX
7/30/2022 Come & Take It Live – Austin, TX
7/31/2022 The Secret Group – Houston, TX
8/02/2022 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
8/03/2022 Respectables – West Palm, FL
8/04/2022 The Haven – Orlando, FL
8/05/2022 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
8/06/2022 Neighborhood Theater – Charlotte, NC
8/07/2022 The End – Nashville, TN
8/09/2022 Planet Trog – Allentown, PA
8/10/2022 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
8/11/2022 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
8/12/2022 The Outpost – Kent, OH
8/13/2022 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
8/14/2022 WC Social Club – Chicago, IL
8/16/2022 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
8/17/2022 Skylark – Rock Island, IL
8/18/2022 The Marquee – Sioux City, IA
8/19/2022 HQ – Denver, CO
8/20/2022 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT

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MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market around the world. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding top music creators and artists and is home to some of the greatest music talent in the world, including The Lumineers and Ricky Martin as well as the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum-selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com

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GREY DAZE RELEASE DRAG VIDEO AS THE PHOENIX ARRIVES

STREAM THE 10-SONG COLLECTION AND
PRE-ORDER THE VINYL & CD HERE

TORONTO, ON – June 17, 2022 – Grey Daze, the band that birthed a modern rock icon, Chester Bennington, release The Phoenix, today via Loma Vista Recordings (stream it here). The 10-song bookend to 2020’s Amends, the newly-recorded album is a celebration of both Bennington and a testament to both the tenacity and talent of the surviving band members.
 
As news of the album’s existence was shared, Grey Daze founder, drummer and songwriter Sean Dowdell said: “Amends was more emotional and reflective. We felt sad when we were writing it. Now that we’re a couple of years removed, it’s very clear what we were going through. We were at a different stage of grief. We went through the shock and the sadness. Now, we’re back to gratitude.”
 
Dowdell, accompanied by bass player, Mace Beyers, and guitar player, Cristin Davis, with producer, Esjay Jones, and with the blessing of Bennington’s family, reconvened in late 2020, re-recording, and re-working the songs which initially appeared, in a very different form, on the band’s largely unknown mid-‘90s releases. A group of special guests also played on the powerful new collection, with Dave Navarro and Richard Patrick featured on Holding You and Believe Me (respectively), and Bennington’s daughters, Lily and Lila, paying homage to their dad on Hole. The band documented the process via a YouTube series which can be seen here.
 
The Phoenix’s arrival is marked with the debut of a Heidi Gadd directed video for Drag. Dowdell explains the themes behind the song: “Drag is a very dark and droning heavy track, but the underlying message is really special. Chester is telling us, literally, that life is too short to be intoxicated, life is too short to be a drag. It is a song that gives any listener with a substance abuse past something to feel good about, something to help pull themselves out of that dark place.”
 
Reception for the newly released album reflects the band’s upbeat and joyful tone, with Brooklyn Vegan calling it a “’90s alt-metal banger that finds Chester’s voice as unmistakable as ever,” Revolver describing it as “soaring,” and Rolling Stone dubbing the single Starting to Fly, a “rock anthem.”
 
Over the course of Grey Daze’s first incarnation, which ran 1994 to 1997, the group recorded and released two albums. It is those albums that serve as a foundation for both Amends and The Phoenix. Prior to Bennington’s passing he publicly announced the Grey Daze’s return, which included re-recording the band’s largely undiscovered discography. With Talinda Bennington’s blessing, and working with Producer Esjay Jones, the surviving band members: Dowdell, Beyers, and Davis, moved forward, as both a way to pay tribute to their fallen brother and bandmate, but also to expose his fans to another dimension of the dynamic singer. Amends arrived in 2020, with Rolling Stone, Revolver, Billboard, and Kerrang! praising the collection. NME summed it up best, saying Amends is “a great modern rock record fronted by one of the best vocalists in the game.”

The album is available to stream now, with the physical release, including several limited-edition vinyl variants, available on July 1.

THE PHOENIX TRACK LIST:
1. Saturation (Strange Love) (Video)
2. Starting to Fly (Video)
3. Be Your Man
4. Holding You (featuring Dave Navarro)
5. Hole (featuring Lily & Lila Bennington)
6. Drag (Video)
7. Believe Me (featuring Richard Patrick)
8. Anything, Anything
9. Spin
10. Wake Me
 
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INVICTUS: SOLO PROJECT LED BY KATAKLYSM/EX DEO FRONTMAN MAURIZIO IACONO TO RELEASE UNSTOPPABLE DEBUT SEPTEMBER 23 VIA MNRK HEAVY

PREORDERS AVAILABLE HERE

EXILED VIDEO NOW PLAYING

TORONTO, ON – June 17, 2022 – INVICTUS, the new solo project led by Maurizio Iacono, will release their debut full-length, Unstoppable, on September 23 via MNRK Heavy today unveiling the record’s artwork, track listing, and preorders.

Well-respected as the singer of Kataklysm and Ex Deo, head of Hard Impact Artist Management, founder of Distortion Music Group, and co-owner of hard-and-heavy booking agency, Continental Touring, Iacono delivers dynamic new layers of heaviness and melody with his latest creative vehicle. A Latin epithet for various Roman deities, “Invictus” translates to “unconquered” or “invincible,” a theme put forward throughout Iacono’s latest output. The 11 songs that comprise Unstoppable offer an unflinching view of an unbreakable spirit, examined through the lens of ambitious, unapologetic heavy music. Iacono executed his vision alongside longtime collaborator J-F Dagenais (guitarist for Kataklysm and Ex Deo) and producer/main songwriter Chris Clancy (Mutiny Within). Powerhouse drummer Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc., Inhuman Condition) rounded out the record with a blistering performance. Iacono got to know Clancy, who often works alongside Colin Richardson and Andy Sneap, while making Kataklysm’s fourteenth album, 2020’s Unconquered. “Chris is an excellent songwriter and vocalist with a lot of talent,” Maurizio says. “We have a lot in common with our musical tastes.”

The sound of INVICTUS resonates deeply with all those who forged themselves in the fire of life’s obstacles. Conceived as an unflinching examination of fury and determination, INVICTUS explores the depths of struggle, frustration, and perseverance that shaped Iacono into the man he is today.

Comments Iacono, “Today we unleash the preview to a record we worked so very hard on. The first single Exiled has a great start-to-finish that really touches a lot of elements this album represents. My whole career has been about overcoming obstacles and reaching the light while keeping true to myself. This is a project that, regardless of the outcome, needed to be done for my soul. I’m very honored to have had Chris Clancy, J-F Dagenais and Jeramie Kling by my side in this new endeavor. Unstoppable is the gateway to self-preservation and perseverance and I hope you all enjoy it!”

Adds Clancy, “I was really honored to have Maurizio reach out to me and ask me to be a part of everything when decided it was time he did a solo project. It’s not often I have the chance to be so heavily involved in writing and working alongside people I look up to, so I jumped at the chance. We put some ideas together between us and everything just worked. I couldn’t believe how easily it all fell into place; how every idea we had just worked and fueled another idea. The music has gone from strength to strength, and I’ve never had so much fun. I think the music is absolutely brutal with a solid dose of anthemic moments scattered throughout. Exiled is a perfect example of what this album is about. It’s everything I’ve wanted to hear from a band for years and I’m stoked to be in it.”

View INVICTUS’ Exiled video, directed by David Brodsky (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Clutch), here. Unstoppable will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preorders here.   

Unstoppable Track Listing:
1. You Will Know Who I Am
2. Eagles
3. Bleed Me Out
4. Exiled
5. Get Up
6. Weaponized
7. 3656
8. Ghost Of My Father
9. Darkest Of Enemies
10. American Outcast
11. Keeping The Wolves At Bay

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MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market around the world. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding top music creators and artists and is home to some of the greatest music talent in the world, including The Lumineers and Ricky Martin as well as the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum-selling hits.

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KODALINE ANNOUNCE BRAND NEW ALBUM OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP

BROTHER OUT NOW
WATCH THE LIVE VIDEO
HERE

HEADLING DUBLIN’S MALAHIDE CASTLE TOMORROW

TORONTO, ON – June 16, 2022 - When Kodaline stepped on stage at Dublin’s cozy, sold-out Olympia Theatre in early March 2022, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, Steve Garrigan; bassist/vocalist, Jason Boland; guitarist/vocalist, Mark Prendergast; and drummer/vocalist, Vinny May, felt a deep sense of renewal – of their friendship, their brotherhood, and their musical community.

The beloved Irish quartet also felt a sense of release. Two years of pandemic-related separation –  from each other, and the audience they had meticulously built since 2011 – had underscored how essential that symbiotic relationship really is.

It's that sense of release that permeates Our Roots Run Deep, Kodaline’s brand-new, stripped-down, 17-track live album, and Fantasy Records debut, due October 14th. Pre-order the album here, and watch the live performance video of Brother here.

Produced with pristine clarity by fellow Irish cohort, Phillip Magee, Our Roots Run Deep features a cross-section of the group’s most treasured tunes and three illuminating covers in over 80-minutes of music.

“This album is something we’ve wanted to do for a very long-time, it’s also something entirely new to us,” explain the band. “It’s a stripped-down acoustic show with no click, which basically means, it’s very raw and unfiltered. We wanted to try and capture the energy and atmosphere of the night as best we could. It was an intimate show recorded in one of our favourite venues in the world, in Dublin City at home in Ireland. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed playing it.”

Known for the soaring, sing-along pop-rock anthems and lush, yearning ballads that have topped radio and streaming charts around the globe, for these special intimate performances Kodaline utilized largely acoustic instruments including cellist, David Doyle and keyboardist/vocalist, David Prendergast who help give the warm, living room sound added layers of texture and depth.

The quieter musical beds pushed the band’s emotionally driven lyrics and intricately woven harmonies to the forefront, deepening their poignant resonance even further. It also left room for the voices of their ecstatic fans, who filled the open spaces every chance they could!

While too plentiful to list in full, the set’s highlights include the highly apropos opener Wherever You Are, the lead track from their latest LP, 2020’s One Day At A Time; High Hopes, the lead single from the band’s debut album, 2013’s In A Perfect World; and Brother, a moving cut from the group’s third studio album, Politics of Living, which is now being released as the first track from Our Roots Run Deep.

The band include three interesting and revealing covers here as well: a brooding, dramatic turn on Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, a mostly-a cappella performance of Sam Cooke’s soul classic, Bring It On Home To Me, and a taste of Dirty Old Town, the near Irish standard popularized by The Dubliners and The Pogues.

It can be argued that in some ways the international chart-topping hitmakers, and world-wide concert draws, who are massively synched on film and television, have been hiding in plain sight.  Our Roots Run Deep is a spectacular showcase for the purity of their artistry and the profound musical impact they’ve had on a generation. Their next step is around the corner, till then, this is Kodaline—unguarded, simple, essential.

Our Roots Run Deep will be released digitally and in an array of physical formats including CD / Standard Cream LP / Limited Indie & HMV Maroon LP / Irish Exclusive Green LP as well as special fan bundles available at kodaline.com including limited signed prints and exclusive double cassette.

Kodaline have announced an extensive Our Roots Run Deep European headline tour running through October and November 2022. Ahead of this, they will play several shows this month, including Malahide Castle tomorrow (June 17), Sea Sessions in Donegal, Ireland on June 18 and Lytham Festival on June 30. Full dates are listed below, and tickets are on sale now at kodaline.com.

OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP TRACKLIST:
1. Wherever You Are
2. Ready
3. Brother 
4. Brand New Day 
5. Billie Jean 
6. The One 
7. Moving On 
8. The Answer 
9. Dirty Old Town 
10. Love Like This
11. Sometimes 
12. Love Will Set You Free 
13. High Hopes 
14. Bring It On Home To Me 
15. Perfect World 
16. Everything Works Out In The End 
17. All I Want

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
June 17 - Dublin - Malahide Castle
June 18 - Donegal - Sea Sessions
June 30 - Lancashire - Lytham Festival
October 5 - Strasbourg - La Laiterie
October 6 - Brussels - Ancienne Belgique
October 7 - Tilburg - 013
October 8 - Cologne - Carlswerk Victoria
October 10 - Hamburg - Fabrik
October 12 - Stockholm – Slaktkyrkan
October 13 - Oslo - Rockefeller
October 14 - Copenhagen - Vega Main Hall
October 15 - Berlin - Astra
October 17 - Poznan - Tama
October 18 - Warsaw - Stodola
October 19 - Vienna - Gasometer
October 20 - Krakow - Studio
October 22 - Budapest - Akvarium Klub
October 24 - Prague - Forum
October 25 - Munich - Tonhalle
October 26 - Frankfurt - Batschkapp
November 11 - Madrid - Riviera
November 13 - Milan - Fabrique
November 14 - Bologna - Estragon
November 15 - Rome - Orion
November 17 - Lyon - Le Transbordeur
November 18 - Stuttgart - Longhorn
November 19 - Luxembourg - Den Atelier
November 20 - Zurich - X-Tra
November 22 - Paris - Bataclan
November 23 - Amsterdam - Paradiso

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MEECHY DARKO ANNOUNCES LONG AWAITED SOLO DEBUT GOTHIC LUXURY OUT AUGUST 26  VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

SHARES FIRST SINGLE AND VIDEO KILL US ALL (K.U.A.)
 
Toronto, ON – June 16, 2022 – Meechy Darko, one third of Brooklyn’s critically acclaimed hip hop group, Flatbush Zombies, has announced today the release of his highly anticipated debut solo album. Executive produced by Dot Da Genius and mixed by Grammy Award-winning Neal Pogue, Gothic Luxury will be released on August 26 via Loma Vista Recordings. Pre-save / pre-add Gothic Luxury now.
 
For Meechy, stepping out of his comfort zone to create this extremely personal debut was a fait accompli decided for him by external forces, after the killing of his father in early 2020 at the hands of the Miami police. Working with Dot Da Genius shook up his usual creative process resulting in an album that includes drawn-out piano intros and laid-back funk melding with dark mini-symphonies. There’s a through line of brutal honesty and catharsis that continues to find Meechy Darko among the rawest and most candid rappers in the game. 
 
"I had no choice but to make this the most personal thing I’ve ever done because fortunately or unfortunately, I'm in an extremely soul-stirring part of my life right now,” he says. “Who I was yesterday may not be who I am tomorrow. I'm not who I was last week. There's no telling who I'll be next year or the year after, so it's very important to capture this while I can still feel.” 

The first single off of the new album, Kill Us All (K.U.A.), finds Meechy bringing his “Tupac back-against-the-wall energy,” touching on everything from conspiracy theories to government and corporate overreach to the role of media in shaping public perception. Kill Us All was co-produced by Tyler Dopps and Joshua "Budo" Karp, with additional production from Dot Da Genius. The single is accompanied by a frenzied video directed by ​​Meechy Darko and Tyler Serebreni.

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THE 2022 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE LONG LIST IS HERE

TORONTO, ON – June 14, 2022 – The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has revealed its 40 album Long List.

This year’s Long List is presented by Canada Council for the Arts.

The 2022 Polaris Music Prize Long List is:

AHI - Prospect
Arcade Fire - WE
Backxwash - I LIE HERE BURIED WITH MY RINGS AND MY DRESSES
BADBADNOTGOOD - Talk Memory
Jean-Michel Blais - aubades
Basia Bulat - The Garden
Tanika Charles - Papillon de Nuit: The Night Butterfly
Chiiild - Hope For Sale
Destroyer - LABYRINTHITIS
Julie Doiron - I Thought Of You
The Garrys - Get Thee To A Nunnery
The Halluci Nation - One More Saturday Night
Joyful Joyful - Joyful Joyful
Adria Kain - When Flowers Bloom
Lydia Képinski - Depuis
Pierre Kwenders - José Louis And The Paradox Of Love
Ada Lea - one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a
garden
Lisa Leblanc - Chiac Disco
Hubert Lenoir - PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe
Luna Li - Duality
Les Louanges - Crash
LOONY - soft thing
Kelly McMichael - Waves
Men I Trust - Untourable Album
Haviah Mighty - Stock Exchange
myst milano. - Shapeshyfter
Cedric Noel - Hang Time
Ombiigizi - Sewn Back Together
Orville Peck - Bronco
Ouri - Frame of a Fauna
P'tit Belliveau - Un homme et son piano
PUP - THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND
SATE - The Fool
Shad - TAO
Sister Ray - Communion
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - Life After
Stars - From Capelton Hill
Tanya Tagaq - Tongues
The Weeknd - Dawn FM
Charlotte Day Wilson - Alpha

In total, 223 albums were considered for the Long List by the 197 member jury this season.

“As the recovery of the sector has begun, music and the arts continue to be central in uplifting our spirits and moving us forward. The Canada Council for the Arts is extremely proud to partner with the Polaris Prize in recognizing the contributions by this year's Long List of musicians. We celebrate their spirit and applaud their creations.” — Carolyn Warren, Director General, Arts Granting Programs Division, Canada Council for the Arts

This year’s Long List was revealed at the Numbers event space in Toronto’s downtown west end with a video directed by Daniel Tal and produced by Vox Future. This was the first public Polaris-related gathering in 33 months. The Long List reveal video also premiered simultaneously on the Polaris Facebook page and YouTube channels.

The 10 album Short List will be unveiled live on July 14 as part of a two-hour special during Drive on CBC Music. An encore broadcast of the special will be available on CBC Music, Sunday, July 17. The 2022 Polaris Music Prize-winning album will be revealed in the fall via CBC Music. More details on this will be announced in the coming weeks.

The winning album will be revealed during the Polaris Gala, taking place Monday, September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto. To celebrate our return to the venue that has hosted the likes of Glenn Gould, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and multiple Polaris events, Polaris has just opened up 100 early-bird general admission Polaris Gala tickets for sale to the public. These specially priced tickets ($40 plus tax) are available now via Ticketmaster while quantities last.

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. The nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2022 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. Additionally, Polaris Music Prize has partnered with Play MPE to award the winning artist with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD. Play MPE will also gift all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each.

Albums eligible for 2022 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. An independent jury of music media 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 at the Polaris Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), 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 2022 Event Season:

June 14 – Long List Announcement:  The Long List is where Polaris reveals the 40 nominated albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

July 14 – Short List Announcement: Selected from the 40 album Long List, the Short List is where Polaris reveals the 10 finalist albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

September 19 – Polaris Gala: Our prestige winner reveal event, the Polaris Gala features live musical performances from the nominated acts on the Polaris Short List. The Polaris Prize winner is determined day-of at the Gala by an 11-member Polaris Grand Jury selected from the greater Polaris juror pool.

October 21 – Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize: The Heritage Prize is a hall of fame-minded critics prize/public polling campaign meant to celebrate classic Canadian albums created before Polaris began in 2006. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees of the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic distinction, without regard to sales or affiliations.

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.

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

Polaris Fast Facts:
40 Long List nominees
10 Short List nominees
1 Polaris Music Prize winner of the $50,000 prize
9 runner-up winners of $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music
2 Heritage Prize winners
196 Polaris Posters commissioned by visual artists across the country
200+ annual jury participants
1,000 annual Gala guests
$831,000 in prize money given to musicians
160 Short List nominees have been provided with in-kind media
attention
20 Not-for-Profit and charity partners supported through the Community Development Program

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 Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, 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 is the leading curator of emerging and diverse Canadian music talent across platforms, playing the most Canadian artists and genres on radio, CBC Listen and cbcmusic.ca. We prioritize Canadian artists in a wide variety of genres on over 200 playlists available on CBC Listen, and publish daily national music coverage. CBC Music Live features live music recordings from across the country. Our music partnerships and events include The JUNOS, the Polaris Music Prize, Searchlight, the CBC Music Festival, The Canadian Music Class Challenge and Canada Listens. www.cbcmusic.ca

About Play MPE
Play MPE is the leading global platform for music promotion distribution and discovery. The company now serves over 100 countries, is available in multiple languages, and has changed the way the music industry delivers and accesses content. Play MPE provides music promotion distribution for 1000s of record labels, promoters and artists connecting them to a growing community of vetted music industry decision makers. Play MPE’s coveted distribution lists include: radio, satellite, media/blogs, music supervisors, music curators and more. Long standing global clients include Universal Music Group, Warner Music, Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, MNRK Music Group, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard and many more. www.plaympe.com

Media Contacts:

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

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

CBC
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca  

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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DÉVOILEMENT DE LA LONGUE LISTE DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2022

TORONTO, ON – 14 juin 2022 – Le Prix de Musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a révélé sa longue liste de 40 albums.

Cette année, la longue liste est une présentation du Conseil des arts du Canada.

La longue liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 est la suivante :

AHI – Prospect
Arcade Fire – WE
Backxwash - I LIE HERE BURIED WITH MY RINGS AND MY DRESSES
BADBADNOTGOOD – Talk Memory
Jean-Michel Blais – aubades
Basia Bulat – The Garden
Tanika Charles – Papillon de Nuit : The Night Butterfly
Chiiild – Hope For Sale
Destroyer - LABYRINTHITIS
Julie Doiron – I Thought Of You
The Garrys – Get Thee To A Nunnery
The Halluci Nation – One More Saturday Night
Joyful Joyful – Joyful Joyful
Adria Kain – When Flowers Bloom
Lydia Képinski – Depuis
Pierre Kwenders – José Louis And The Paradox Of Love
Ada Lea – one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden
Lisa Leblanc – Chiac Disco
Hubert Lenoir – PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe
Luna Li – Duality
Les Louanges – Crash
LOONY – soft thing
Kelly McMichael – Waves
Men I Trust – Untourable Album
Haviah Mighty – Stock Exchange
myst milano. – Shapeshyfter
Cedric Noel – Hang Time
Ombiigizi – Sewn Back Together
Orville Peck – Bronco
Ouri – Frame of a Fauna
P'tit Belliveau – Un homme et son piano
PUP – THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND
SATE – The Fool
Shad – TAO
Sister Ray – Communion
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Life After
Stars – From Capelton Hill
Tanya Tagaq – Tongues
The Weeknd – Dawn FM
Charlotte Day Wilson – Alpha

Cette année, 223 albums ont été pris en considération lors du processus de sélection de la longue liste par un jury de 197 membres.

« À mesure que le secteur se rétablit, la musique et les arts continuent de nous remonter le moral et de nous motiver à aller de l’avant. Le Conseil des arts du Canada est extrêmement fier de collaborer avec le Prix Polaris pour reconnaître l’apport des musicien.ne.s figurant sur la longue liste de cette année. Nous saluons leur esprit et applaudissons leurs créations. » – Carolyn Warren, directrice générale des Programmes de subventions aux arts du Conseil des arts du Canada.

La longue liste de 2022 a été dévoilée chez Numbers, un espace événementiel situé dans le quartier West End de Toronto, par le biais d’une vidéo réalisée par Daniel Tal et produite par Vox Future. Il s’agissait du premier rassemblement public organisé par le Polaris depuis 33 mois. La vidéo de dévoilement de la longue liste a également été diffusée simultanément sur la page Facebook et les chaînes YouTube du Polaris.

La courte liste de 10 albums sera dévoilée en direct le 14 juillet dans le cadre d’une émission spéciale de deux heures via Drive sur les ondes de CBC Music. Une rediffusion de l’émission spéciale sera proposée sur CBC Music le dimanche 17 juillet. Cet automne, l’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 sera également dévoilé sur CBC Music. Plus de détails à ce sujet seront annoncés dans les prochaines semaines.

L’album lauréat sera révélé lors du Gala Polaris le lundi 19 septembre, au Carlu, à Toronto. Pour célébrer son retour dans la salle qui a accueilli Glenn Gould, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra et de nombreux événements Polaris, le Prix de musique Polaris vient de mettre en vente 100 billets d’admission générale pour son Gala. Ces billets à prix spécial (40 $ plus taxes) sont disponibles dès maintenant sur Ticketmaster en quantité limitée.

Le Prix de musique Polaris remet 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur sa valeur artistique et sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. Les neuf autres artistes en nomination, dont les albums figurent sur la courte liste de 2022, recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music. De plus, le Prix de musique Polaris s’est associé à Play MPE pour offrir à l’artiste derrière l’album lauréat un forfait mondial pour la distribution et la promotion d’une parution musicale (simple ou album) d’une valeur maximale de 3 025 $ CA. Play MPE offrira également aux neuf autres artistes de la courte liste des forfaits de distribution d’une valeur maximale de 1 000 $ CA.

Les albums admissibles au Prix de musique Polaris 2022 doivent être parus entre le 1er mai 2021 et le 31 mai 2022. Un jury indépendant composé de membres des médias musicaux de tout le Canada détermine la longue et la courte liste. Onze personnes parmi les membres du jury sont ensuite choisies pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury se réunit lors du Gala du Polaris pour choisir l’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), 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 avons hâte de donner le coup d’envoi d’une nouvelle année incroyable grâce à notre personnel, notre jury, notre conseil d’administration, nos artistes, nos commanditaires et les membres de la communauté.

Saison 2022 des évènements du Prix de musique Polaris :

14 juin – Annonce de la longue liste : la longue liste du Polaris comprend les 40 albums sélectionnés qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

14 juillet – Annonce de la courte liste : à partir de la longue liste de 40 albums, le Polaris dévoile les 10 albums finalistes qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

19 septembre – Gala Polaris : notre prestigieux évènement de révélation des albums lauréats, le Gala Polaris, propose des performances musicales en direct des artistes figurant sur la courte liste du Polaris. L’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris est désigné le jour même du gala par un grand jury de 11 membres sélectionné.e.s parmi l’ensemble du jury du Polaris.

21 octobre – Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight : le Prix du patrimoine est un prix de la critique et une campagne de sondage publique qui vise à célébrer les albums canadiens classiques créés avant la première édition du Polaris en 2006. Comme pour le Prix de musique Polaris, les albums candidats et gagnants du Prix du patrimoine sont des albums de la plus haute distinction artistique, sans égard aux ventes ou aux affiliations.

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.

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 canadienne de grande qualité. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques de musique jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca

Le Polaris en quelques chiffres :
1 longue liste de 40 albums
1 courte liste de 10 albums
1 Prix de musique Polaris de 50 000 $
9 gagnant.e.s du prix secondaire de 3 000 $ offert par Slaight Music
2 gagnant.e.s du Prix du patrimoine
196 affiches Polaris créées par des artistes visuels partout au pays
Plus de 200 participant.e.s au jury annuel
1 000 invité.e.s au gala annuel
831 000 $ en prix remis aux musicien.ne.s
160 nommé.e.s de la courte liste bénéficient d’une attention
médiatique
20 partenaires à but non lucratif et caritatif bénéficient du soutien du programme de développement communautaire

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, en chinois, en punjabi et en tagalog, 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 Canadien.ne.s à l’ère numérique.

À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music est le plus important curateur de musique canadienne émergente et diversifiée sur toutes ses plateformes et le plus grand diffuseur d’artistes du Canada de tous genres musicaux par le biais de la radio, de CBC Listen et cbcmusic.ca. Nous mettons l’accent sur un vaste éventail d’artistes canadien.ne.s dans plus de 200 listes de lecture offertes par CBC Listen, en plus de couvrir quotidiennement l’actualité musicale. CBC Music Live offre des captations de concerts musicaux réalisés dans toutes les régions du pays. La liste de nos partenaires musicaux et évènementiels comprend les Prix JUNO, le Prix de musique Polaris, Searchlight, le CBC Music Festival, le Canadian Music Class Challenge et Canada Listens. www.cbcmusic.ca

À propos de Play MPE
Play MPE est la principale plateforme de distribution, de promotion et de découvertes musicales au monde. Desservant aujourd’hui plus de 100 pays et disponible en plusieurs langues, elle a transformé la façon dont l’industrie musicale diffuse les contenus et accède à ceux-ci. Play MPE assure la distribution et la promotion musicale pour des milliers de maisons de disques, promoteurs et artistes en les mettant en lien avec une communauté croissante d’instances décisionnelles de l’industrie musicale. Les listes de distribution convoitées de Play MPE comprennent : la radio, la diffusion satellite, les médias ou blogues, les superviseurs musicaux, les conservateurs musicaux et plus encore. Parmi sa clientèle internationale de longue date figurent Universal Music Group, Warner Music, Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, MNRK Music Group, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard et plusieurs autres. www.plaympe.com

Contacts médias :

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

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

CBC
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio) :
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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DR. JOHN SHARES HARD-WON WISDOM ON NEW SINGLE SLEEPING DOGS BEST LEFT ALONE

FINAL STUDIO ALBUM THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY
SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 23

TORONTO, ON – June 10, 2022 – Legendary musician Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack Jr – known to music fans the world over as Dr. John – packed a lot of living into his 77 years, including a six-decade run as one of the most original, distinctive, and influential voices to ever come out of New Orleans. He was in the midst of recording a new studio album and planning future projects when his life was suddenly cut short in 2019. 
 
Now, three years after his untimely passing, in a world complicated by COVID-19, Things Happen That Way will see the light of day. The album, which features three brand new original compositions, a mesmerizing reworking of Dr. John’s 1968 classic, I Walk on Guilded Splinters, and new interpretations of songs by Willie Nelson, Cowboy Jack Clement, Hank Williams, and the Traveling Wilburys will be released on September 23. The album is available for pre-order here
 
Today, a new, original song, Sleeping Dogs Best Left Alone, written by Rebennack with Shane Theriot, is released. Listen to it here and via YouTube.
 
The lyrics impart some hard-won wisdom drawn from Rebennack’s own experiences, delivered in his trademark growl:
 
Don’t try and go backwards, 
the hands been already dealt
Don’t try and laugh at the same old jokes,
pain that’s already felt
Don’t try and drive with one eye closed,
one tire in the ditch
Walk around with your head in the sand,
sayin’ life ain’t nuthin’ but a bitch

 
What’s seen is seen 
And what’s heard is heard
Done is done in this great big world
One thing I know is life has shown 
Sleeping dogs best left alone

 
Things Happen That Way marks the fulfillment of a longtime goal of the six-time GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter/pianist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who first began plotting a country-inspired album decades ago. In bringing his album’s songs to life, Dr. John drew on a lineup of musicians befitting of a universally beloved luminary. Along with an elite cadre of New Orleans session players, the album’s personnel include icons Willie Nelson and Aaron Neville, and rising stars Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. 
 
Karla R. Pratt, Dr. John’s daughter and the album’s executive producer, spoke with Rolling Stone’s David Browne about what inspired Rebennack’s choice of cover songs, calling them “a musical tip of the hat to the greats who preceded him,’ like Williams, Cash, and Nelson.” 
 
“Years ago he talked about how hip Hank Williams was,” she told Browne. “He loved how simple yet emotionally complex Hank’s songs are, that they have a hook with a twist. For this album inspired by listening to the Louisiana Hayride [radio show] and icons of country and western, he was excited to do songs in a way that evokes emotion that sticks with you long after one of the songs — done his soulful way — is played.”
 
Things Happen That Way Track Listing: 
1.Funny How Time Slips Away
2.Ramblin’ Man
3.Gimme That Old Time Religion (feat. Willie Nelson) 
4.I Walk On Guilded Splinters (feat. Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real)
5.I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
6.End Of The Line (feat. Aaron Neville)
7.Holy Water
8.Sleeping Dogs Best Left Alone
9.Give Myself A Good Talkin’ To
10.Guess Things Happen That Way

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SWITCHFOOT ANNOUNCE interrobang (deluxe edition)  

WATCH THE VISUALIZER FOR NEW B-SIDE youth of the young

SWITCHFOOT’S ANNUAL BENEFIT BRO-AM BEACHFEST '22  
SET FOR SATURDAY JUNE 18

 
SWITCHFOOT ON TOUR THIS SUMMER WITH COLLECTIVE SOUL

Toronto, ON – June 10, 2022 — Today, GRAMMY Award-winning rock band, Switchfoot, announces the July 8, 2022, release of an expanded, 16-track deluxe edition of their 2021 acclaimed album, interrobang 
 
Pre-order interrobang (deluxe edition) here. Watch the visualizer for the previously unreleased B-side, youth of the young here.  
 
Switchfoot’s interrobang (deluxe edition) will include the album’s 11 original tracks along with three b-sides, the aforementioned youth of the younginterrobang, and the sound of holding breath. The deluxe also features two recently released album track remixes, “ need you (to be wrong), remixed by the indie-pop group lovelytheband and wolves, remixed by indie-rock band, Sir Sly. 
 
“The making of interrobang, written and recorded during the chaotic uncertainty of 2020, was an experience unlike any that we’ve ever had as a band,” Switchfoot said in a collective statement. “To say that there was a lot to write about would be a laughable understatement. But hard times are often the most inspiring ones, and the making of interrobang was certainly a season of growth and creativity for us as band, yielding a large collection of songs — too many for one album. Or maybe not. interrobang (deluxe) is our chance to include some of our favorite b-sides from the album, and also a couple remixes from friends. We’re so proud of these tunes, and we hope you dig them too.”
 
Commenting on the new single, youth of the young, Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman stated, “The difference between what you want and what you need is a line you never choose to find. The very path that could save us from ourselves is hidden from our eyes. We simply can’t see what we can’t see. Our postmodern dilemma our own creation, a crisis of our own devises.”
 
Produced by Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Paul McCartney, Andrew Bird) and mixed by Tchad Blake (Fiona Apple, Arctic Monkeys, Sheryl Crow) Switchfoot’s 12 studio album, interrobang met with wide acclaim on release and featured by VultureStereogum and Under The Radar who asserted, “A series of nuanced and deeply musical arrangements show that this band once known as punk-infused surf-rockers have matured into something more vital.” The band has previously shared videos for album tracks, if I were you, i need you (to be wrong)lost ‘causefluorescent and the bones of us, which premiered via Alternative Press upon its release last year. 

Switchfoot’s annual multi-artist benefit concert, BRO-AM BEACH FEST ’22 will take place this year on Saturday June 18th, at San Diego’s Moonlight Beach.  The SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM Foundation is dedicated to giving back to the San Diego community by heightening the profile of and providing grants to nonprofit organizations that provide services to homeless, at-risk, and disadvantaged youth, with a special focus on programs related to music, art, and surfing. For more info, visit: broam.org

Switchfoot: Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keys, guitar) and Chad Butler (drums) will hit the road this summer for a major tour across America—for the very first time—with Collective Soul. Fans can expect to hear favorites that span Switchfoot’s illustrious 20+ year career and selections from interrobang, released in August of last year.

The shows kick off in Gary, IN on July 15, and includes a hometown date at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego, CA on August 24. In addition, the tour stops at the YouTube Theatre in Inglewood, CA, and Palladium Times Square in New York. The 40+ date tour wraps up on September 25 in Dallas, TX.

SWITCHFOOT AND COLLECTIVE SOUL SUMMER TOUR:
Fri 7/15            Gary, IN                        Hard Rock Casino
Sat 7/16           Council Bluffs, IA          Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
Sun 7/17          Maryland Heights, MO Saint Louis Music Park
Tue 7/19          Cleveland, OH             Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Wed 7/20         Columbus, OH             KEMBA Live! – Indoor Music Hall
Sat 7/23           Fond du Lac, WI           Fond du Lac Fair
Sun 7/24          Wabash, IN                  Honeywell Center
Tue 7/26          Newport, KY                 PromoWest Pavilion at OVATION
Wed 7/27         Midlothian, VA              Chesterfield AfterHours 
Sat 7/30           Grantville, PA               Penn National Racecourse – Hollywood Casino
Sun 7/31          Hampton, NH               Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Tue 8/2            Silver Spring, MD         The Fillmore Silver Spring
Wed 8/3           Huntington, NY            The Paramount
Thu 8/4            New York, NY              Palladium Times Square
Sat 8/6            Webster, MA                 Indian Ranch
Sun 8/7            Pittsburgh, PA              Stage AE
Mon 8/8           Jackson, MI                 Jackson County Fairgrounds
Sat 8/13           Billings, MT                  MetraPark – First Interstate Arena
Sun 8/14          Denver, CO                 The Mission Ballroom
Mon 8/15         Sandy, UT                    Sandy City Amphitheater
Sat 8/16           Boise, ID                      Knitting Factory *
Wed 8/17         Jacksonville, OR          Britt Pavilion
Sat 8/20           Paso Robles, CA          Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Sun 8/21          Saratoga, CA               The Mountain Winery
Tue 8/23          Inglewood, CA             YouTube Theater
Wed 8/24         San Diego, CA             Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Fri 8/26            Henderson, NV            Sunset Station Outdoor Amphitheater
Sat 8/27           Flagstaff, AZ                Fort Tuthill Park – Pepsi Amphitheater
Sat 8/28           Ventura, CA                 Ventura Music Hall *
Sat 9/03           Asheville, NC               The Orange Peel *
Sat 9/04           Grundy County, TN      The Caverns *
Mon 9/5           New Haven, KY           The Amphitheater at Dant Crossing
Wed 9/7           Cary, NC                     Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park
Fri 9/9              Charleston, SC            The Riviera Theater – Sottile Ballroom
Sat 9/10           Atlanta, GA                  Cadence Park Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Sun 9/11          Nashville, TN               Grand Ole Opry House
Tue 9/13          Jacksonville, FL           Florida Theatre
Wed 9/14         Clearwater, FL             Ruth Eckerd Hall
Fri 9/16            Orlando, FL                  Hard Rock Live
Sat 9/17           Pompano Beach, FL    Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
Sun 9/18         Tallahassee, FL            Donald L Tucker County Civic Center
Tue 9/20          New Orleans, LA          Mahalia Jackson Theater
Wed 9/21         Sugar Land, TX            Smart Financial Centre
Fri 9/23            Austin, TX                     Austin City Limits Live
Sat 9/24           San Antonio, TX           Majestic Theatre
 
* = Switchfoot solo dates

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MALUMA RELEASES NEW ALBUM THE LOVE & SEX TAPE TODAY

WATCH MUSIC VIDEO FOR FOCUS TRACK
NOS COMEMOS VIVOS WITH CHENCHO CORLEONE

TORONTO, ON – June 10, 2022 – Global Latin music idol, Maluma, has just released his new album, The Love & Sex Tape, a production permeated with urban swagger that is a rollercoaster of emotions underscoring love, heartbreak, lust, passion and adrenaline, all flowing with irresistible dembow grooves. In The Love & Sex Tape, we hear a more urban, street and explicit Maluma, with the essence as well as the beat with which the Colombian star jump-started his outstanding career. To stream and/or download Maluma's new album The Love & Sex Tape, click here.
 
"More than a decade into my career, I was missing that essence that inspired me from the beginning and I felt a need to communicate with the streets as well as fans who love the urban rhythm that has defined me from the start; that's why I decided to make this album. The Love & Sex Tape represents my duality and a 2022 version of my original sound,” Maluma expressed. 
 
The new album includes 8 tracks, of which, 3 are recently released singles: Cositas de la USA, Mojando Asientos with Feid and focus track, Nos Comemos Vivos with Chencho Corleone, along with other collabs such as Sexo Sin Título with Jay Wheeler & Lenny Tavarez; and Tsunami featuring Arcangel & De La Ghetto. 
 
The superstar also premiered the music video for Nos Comemos Vivos with Chencho Corleone, produced and directed by his very own Royalty Films. Watch the music video here.

The Love & Sex Tape was produced by The Rude Boyz and composed by Juan Luis Londoño Arias (Maluma), Edgar Barrera, Andrés Uribe, René Cano, Kevin Mauricio Jiménez, Bryan Snaider Lezcano, Justin Quiles, Lenin Yorney Palacios, Julio González Tavares, José Ángel López Martínez, Jonathan Rivera, Giencarlos Rivera, Orlando Javier Valle Vega (Chencho Corleone), Rafael E. Castillo, Austin Agustín Santos, Salomon Villada, Mauricio Jiménez.
 
The album cover features an image of his beloved dog, Buda, who the artist says represents his own shadow. Buda has been his faithful adventure companion with whom Maluma has shared many life experiences. He is artistically depicted on the cover designed by renowned contemporary artist, Joseph Klibansky.
 

Fulfilling one of his lifetime dreams, Maluma recently performed a historic concert at the iconic Atanasio Girardot Stadium in his hometown of Medellin, in front of more than 53,000 people and a global audience via livestream on Amazon Prime. He continues his Papi Juancho Maluma World Tour in Mexico this month, performing last Saturday at a sold-out VFG Arena in Guadalajara, Jalisco. The spectacular tour continues with two consecutive shows, today and tomorrow June 11th at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, before returning to Europe with more dates, including a second date at the WiZink Center in Madrid, where he recently set an all-time audience assistance record.
 

The Love & Sex Tape Tracks List:
1.Cositas de la USA
2.Sexo Sin Titulo ft. Jay Wheeler,  Lenny Tavarez
3.Nos Comemos Vivos ft. Chencho Corleone
4.Tsunami ft Arcangel, De La Ghetto
5.Mojando Asientos ft. Feid
6. La Vida Es Bella  
7.Mal de Amores 
8.Happy Birthday

About MALUMA
Maluma is one of the leading voices in Latin music and a bona fide global youth idol. Born Juan Luis Londoño in Medellin, Colombia, he formulated his artistic moniker Maluma from the first two letters of the names of his mother, father and sister. 

The 2018 Latin GRAMMY award winner for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album (for F.A.M.E.) is one of social media’s most popular artists with over 25 million Facebook fans, 8 million Twitter followers, and a whopping 62 million Instagram followers, making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram and the first and only one to surpass 50 million followers. His official YouTube/VEVO channel has more than 28.1 million subscribers, having earned him a YouTube Diamond Play Button Award.

With his Maluma World Tour he has achieved unparalleled success, having sold over one million tickets in 105 worldwide concerts in 2017 alone and becoming the top concert-selling Latin artist in the world. In 2018 and 2019, he broke records achieving full houses in all of his shows throughout the United States and Europe selling out Madison Square Garden (New York), the American Airlines Arena (Miami) and two The Forums (Los Angeles), among others. With his 11:11 World Tour he also sold out Israel's largest venue, Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv (60,000+ audience); made history at the 18th annual Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco, setting an all-time attendance record with his headlining concert in front of 200,000 people; and performed for the first time ever in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in front of 25,000. 

Since joining Sony Music Latin in 2015, Maluma has released five albums Pretty Boy Dirty Boy (2015), F.A.M.E. (2018), 11:11 (2019), Papi Juancho (2020) and 7DJ (2021). Maluma is the youngest artist to simultaneously hold both the #1 and #2 spots on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart and only the sixth act to ever achieve the feat he has now repeated three times. To date Maluma has had twenty-one #1 singles on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart.

In 2018, Maluma entered the fashion scene with his edgy, youthful and authentic look, and style. He has been named a “Menswear Icon in the Making” and “Men’s Fashion’s Newest Muse” by Vogue. In addition, he was one of GQ’s “Men of the Year” in 2019 and continues to gain the fashion support of designers such as Kim Jones (Dior), Jeremy Scott (Moschino), Olivier Rousteing  (Balmain), Donatella Versace, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton and more. In 2019, he attended the Met Gala for the first time, being one of the first Latin urban artists of this generation to be invited by Anna Wintour.  Maluma has also released top campaigns and commercials as the face of global brands such as Moet Hennessy, Michelob and Adidas.

Maluma's altruistic spirit is outstanding for the community work he leads with his foundation, El Arte de Los Sueños, based in Medellín, Colombia. Founded in 2016, the Foundation's mission is to transform at-risk youth through art and music education. In 2021, Maluma acted in his first Disney animation movie, Encanto, 2022 Oscar winner for Best Animation Feature. Earlier this year, Maluma debuted in Hollywood with his starring role as Bastian in the movie, Marry Me, alongside Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. 

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HANK WILLIAMS JR. RELEASES FIREMAN RING THE BELL

12-SONG ALBUM PRODUCED BY DAN AUERBACH SET FOR RELEASE JUNE 17 VIA EASY EYE SOUND

TORONTO, ON – June 9, 2022 – As Hank Williams Jr. readies fans for Rich White Honky Blues, set for next Friday, June 17 via Easy Eye Sound, the Country Music Hall of Famer debuts his take on R.L. Burnside’s Fireman Ring The Bell, a high-tempo blues burner, driven by punchy slide guitar punctuated by the longtime legendary country outlaw’s dynamic vocals.
 
A 12-song collection reprising classics from Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Burnside, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner and a few from Bocephus himself, captured live over the course of just three days by GRAMMY-winning producer Dan Auerbach, Rich White Honky Blues finds Williams making good on his legacy with a turpentine and rough wood take on the hill country blues that informed his father’s raw-boned style.
 
Today’s release follows Jesus, Won’t You Come By Here, which premiered exclusively with CMT and CMT.com. With Kenny Brown’s electric guitar, Auerbach on dobro and Bobbie Wood’s churchy piano and organ, the Country Music Hall of Famer sings with a robust conviction that suggests the larger than life amongst us transcend mortal limitations.
 
With another cover from blues legend Burnside, Williams’ Georgia Women premiered with Tennessean, sharing “Bocephus achieves tapping into the spirit of his father's iconic teacher Rufus ‘Tee Tot’ Payne, and a century of other blues legends.”
 
Released alongside the announcement of Rich White Honky Blues, album opener .44 Special Blues (Williams’ take on Robert Johnson’s 32-20 Blues) was dubbed by Rolling Stone as “a lonesome, acoustic blues number,” while Consequence shared “the spry solo track digs into the County Music Hall of Famer’s bluesy roots, with its vintage-style refrain, ‘Baby where’d you stay last night,’ pairing perfectly to his well-worn wail.”
 
“You bring who you are,” Williams says. “All that... all... of... that... is where my music comes from. When we got into the studio, the more we played, the deeper we got – and the deeper we got, the harder I wanted to go.”
 
“It’s that rawness, and how real it is,” shares producer Auerbach. “I was always searching for the rawness, the darkest stuff. Once we were in it, as soon as we started playing, Hank was invested. That lifted everybody else up, to really push each other.”

About Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr.’s extremely impressive resume has spawned 70 million albums sold worldwide, six PLATINUM albums, 20 GOLD albums, 13 No. 1 albums and 10 No. 1 singles. Marking 58 years since his first album in 1964, Williams Jr. is preparing to release his 57th studio album Rich White Honky Blues on June 17 via Easy Eye Sound, featuring 12 songs recorded over a three-day period by GRAMMY-winning producer Dan Auerbach. 2016’s It’s About Time (Nash Icon Records) included the history-making Are You Ready for the Country, as well as tunes Dress Like an Icon, Just Call Me Hank, It’s About Time and The Party’s On in addition to re-recorded versions of classics Mental Revenge and Born to Boogie with Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Brad Paisley on guitar. Following It’s About Time, Williams Jr. has released several compilations, including All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over: Great Tailgating Songs, A Country Boy Can Survive (Box Set), Hank Jr. Sings Hank Sr. and 35 Biggest Hits. He continues to add accolades to an extremely impressive resume, which includes ACM Entertainer of the Year, CMA Entertainer of the Year and BMI Icon, in addition to a GRAMMY win and coveted inductions into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame.

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SOCCER MOMMY SHARES NEW SINGLE NEWDEMO

NEW ALBUM SOMETIMES, FOREVER
PRODUCED BY DANIEL LOPATIN (ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER) OUT JUNE 24

TOURING FOREVER DATES ON SALE NOW
INCLUDING VANCOUVER STOP IN DECEMBER

PLAYING AT GOVERNOR'S BALL ON SUNDAY

"Soccer Mommy, continues to stretch beyond the sparse indie-rock
of her early songs." 
 - The New York Times
 
"Allison’s ear for vocal and guitar tones remains impeccable...Allison is thriving, equipped with the tools to make a record as bombastic as the ones that first fueled her nostalgic ’90s alt rock dreams." - Pitchfork (Best New Track)
 
"’Shotgun’ [features] steadfast synths, airtight guitar, and a robust thwunk of a bassline. The mix sounds cleaner and more assertive…a very promising start to Soccer Mommy’s next era, one that we’ll keep on loop for a while."
- Rolling Stone (Song You Need To Know)
 
"Soccer Mommy recaptures some of the bleary grace of certain mid-’90s alt-rock-radio outliers, and 'Shotgun' has a head-nod beat that gives me flashbacks to Folk Implosion’s 'Natural One'... ...there’s some dizzy romanticism in the way the song explodes, again and again. " - Stereogum (#1 Best Song of the Week)

"sharp indie rock." - Vulture

"Unholy Affliction delves into a grimy, methodical space with textured instrumentals and unsettling vocals. Soccer Mommy continues to push the boundaries of her ’90s alt-rock-inspired music." - SPIN

 

TORONTO, ON - June 9, 2022 - Later this month, Soccer Mommy will release her new full-length album, Sometimes, Forever, produced by Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never. The album and its early singles have already received praise as one of the best releases of 2022 so far, and today, Soccer Mommy shares one final song ahead of the full album’s release. Following lead track Shotgun, the spellbinding Unholy Affliction, and album opener Bones, which received an Alex Ross Perry-directed music video, is newdemo

The weightless song spins delicately layered harmonies and mystical synths into an end-of-the-world reverie; the impending apocalypse has never sounded so jaw-droppingly beautiful. “I didn't want to make something super depressing without any sense of magic,” Sophie explains. “We played around with the space to make the song feel vast, so newdemo had a huge transformation in the studio. It’s one of my favorites off of the record.”  The song premiered today alongside a conversation with Zane Lowe on Apple Music - listen to the interview now here and listen to newdemo here.
 
Soccer Mommy recently announced a massive U.S. tour in support of Sometimes, Forever. See below to find a Touring, Forever show near you, get tickets here and, for a taste of what to expect on the road, watch the band’s recent performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She also performs this Sunday at New York City’s Governor’s Ball - tune into the live stream to watch her set here.
 
Sometimes, Forever is Sophie Allison’s boldest and most aesthetically adventurous work yet, and cements her status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. It sees Allison once again tapping into the turn-of-the-millennium sensibilities she’s known for, as she advances her self-made sonic world beyond the present and into the future with experimental-minded production, an expanded moodboard of vintage touchstones, and some of her most sophisticated songwriting to date. Inspired by the concept that neither sorrow nor happiness is permanent, Sometimes, Forever is a fresh peek into the mind of an artist who synthesizes everything — retro sounds, personal tumult, the relatable disorder of modern life — into original music that feels built to last a long time. Maybe even forever. The album is available to pre-order here.

Soccer Mommy released the critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated sophomore album, color theory, in 2020. Following the release of the album, Allison earned mass acclaim, with performances opening for Bernie Sanders, numerous headline dates sold out months in advance, festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The album made its AAA Top 20 debut after release, was #1 NACC Top 200 for four weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200.
 
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
6/10/22 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom - SOLD OUT
6/12/22 - New York, NY @ Governors Ball Festival 
6/24/22 - Margate, UK @ Leisure Festival
6/27/22 - Bristol, UK @ Canons Marsh Amphitheater % 
6/28/22 - Dublin, Ireland @ Trinity College *
6/30/22 - Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain @ Vida Festival
8/12/22 - Seattle, WA @ Day In Day Out Festival
8/31/22 - Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
9/01/22 - Brighton, UK @ Chalk
9/01/22-9/04/22 - Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
9/03/22 - Bristol, UK @ Trinity
9/05/22 - Köln, DE @ Bumann & Sohn
9/06/22 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
9/08/22 - Stockholm, SE @ Slaktkyrkan
9/09/22 - Oslo, NO @ John Dee
9/10/22 - Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
9/12/22 - Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club
9/13/22 - Bremen, DE @ Lagerhaus
9/15/22 - Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
9/16/22 - Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
9/17/22 - Brussels, BE - Rotonde @ Botanique
9/18/22 - Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
9/20/22 - Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
9/21/22 - Cardiff, UK @ Tramshed 
9/22/22 - London, UK @ O2 Forum
9/23/22 - Birmingham, UK @ The Castle & Falcon
9/24/22 - Glasgow, UK @ Queen Margaret Union
10/28/22 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi Annex &
10/29/22 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre &
10/30/22 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue &
11/01/22 - Chicago, IL @ Metro &
11/04/22 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom &
11/05/22 - North Adams, MA @ Mass MOCA &
11/06/22 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues &
11/11/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall ^
11/12/22 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^
11/14/22 - Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom ^
11/16/22 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre ^
11/17/22 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Heaven Stage ^
11/18/22 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn ^
11/19/22 - Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl ^
11/30/22 - St. Louis, MO @ Pageant #
12/02/22 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Washington's #
12/03/22 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre #
12/04/22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot #
12/07/22 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore #
12/08/22 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom #
12/10/22 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
12/11/22 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory #
12/13/22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #
12/14/22 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren #
12/16/22 - Austin, TX @ Emo's East #
12/17/22 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues #
 
% with The War On Drugs
* with Haim
& with support from Lightning Bug
^ with support from Helena Deland
# with support from TOPS
 
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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ALLIANCE UNVEILS NOMINEES FOR THE 2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS

CELEBRATING THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE AWARDS AND BREAKOUT WEST FESTIVAL & SHOWCASE THIS YEAR

VOTING NOW OPEN TO MEMBERS
UNTIL WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE FALL

CALGARY, AB – June 8, 2022 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance happily announces the nominees for the 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards. The Awards are thrilled to be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, along with BreakOut West, which heads back to Calgary in the fall for the annual conference and showcase festival. Please see below for the full list of nominees in both the Artistic and Industry categories, and stay tuned for more announcements about this year’s specialty award recipients, as well as details on the winner reveal celebrations that will take place around BOW.

Voting is now open to members of all western Provincial and Territorial Music Industry Associations. Only MIA members will be sent an email regarding login information to vote (beginning today – Wednesday, June 8). If any members do not receive an email, please check your junk/spam folder and then contact their Music Association regarding their membership. Voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, on Wednesday, June 22. Stay tuned for more details around member voting and the Western Canadian Music Awards winners this fall. 

In partnership with Tourism Calgary, the Province of Alberta and the National Music Centre, BreakOut West 2022 is thrilled to be returning to Calgary, AB after having previously celebrated there in 2004 and 2013. The festival and conference will take place from September 28 – October 2, with venues throughout Calgary’s downtown core and in the Music Mile welcoming musicians from across western Canada and internationally, and the Marriott Downtown transforming into home-base as the host hotel. Registration is now open, with passes available here.

Congratulations to the 2022 Western Canadian Music Award nominees!

2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ARTISTIC NOMINEES

Blues Artist of the Year
Brandon Isaak - BC
David Gogo - BC
Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne - BC
Son Of Dave - MB
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer - BC
                                               

BreakOut Artist of the Year, Sponsored by FACTOR
Boy Golden - MB
Haley Blais - BC
Kyle McKearney - AB
Leith Ross - MB
The Garrys - SK                                   

Children’s Artist of the Year                    
Beppie - AB
Music with Mandy - AB
Smilin' Rylan - AB
The Oot n' Oots - BC
Will's Jams - BC

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year, Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre (CMC)
Aventa Ensemble - BC
Christopher Tyler Nickel - BC
Mark Takeshi McGregor - BC
Standing Wave - BC
Tom McCaslin - AB                       

Classical Composer of the Year               
Dorothy Chang - "Soaring Spirits" - BC
Edward Top - "Donemus Records" - BC
Fred Stride - Saskatchewan All Star Big Band "Saskatchewan
Suite" - BC
Jordan Nobles - "Chiaroscuro" - BC
Stephen Chatman - "Stephen Chatman" - BC                       

Country Artist of the Year            
Dan Davidson - AB
Hailey Benedict - AB
Jess Moskaluke - SK
Nice Horse - AB
Tyler Joe Miller - BC

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year                
OBLVYN - AB
Elazion - BC
Gl0bal - BC
Rumpus - SK
Sabai - BC
Takis - BC                       

Francophone Artist of the Year, Sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique) 
Étienne Fletcher - SK
Jocelyne Baribeau - MB
Matt Stern - BC
Ponteix - SK
The Pxrtals - SK                       

Global Artist of the Year               
Aasiva - NV
Andino Suns - SK
Notas de 4 - AB
Will TOA - BC
Omianan – BC           

Indigenous Artist of the Year                   
Cassidy Mann - MB
Jessica McMann - AB
Jade Turner - MB
Kyle McKearney - AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC                       

Instrumental Artist of the Year               
Astrocolor - BC
Casimiro Nhussi - MB
Keanu Ienco - BC
Mohamed Assani - BC
Waxwing - BC
                       
Jazz Artist of the Year                    
Al Muirhead Quintet - AB
Erin Propp & Larry Roy - MB
Esteban Herrera Quintet - AB
Ryan Oliver - BC
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra - MB                       

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year               
Archspire - BC
Before & Apace - SK
Flash Back - SK
Osyron - AB
Trench – AB           

Pop Artist of the Year                    
Field Guide - MB
Haley Blais - BC
Mathew V - BC
Nuela Charles - AB
Velours - SK           

Producer of the Year                     
Factor Chandelier - SK
Liam Duncan - MB
Megan Nash, Dana Rempel, Darnell Stewart, Tanner Wilhelm Hale - SK
Ryan Worsley - BC
Zach Gray, James Younger - BC                       

R&B Artist of the Year                   
Katie Tupper - SK
NADUH - BC
Sargeant X Comrade - AB
TOVA - SK
Uyemi - AB           

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year            
Anthony OKS - MB
Def3 & Late Night Radio - BC
K-Riz - AB
Mouraine - AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC                       

Recording of the Year                    
Ariel Posen - MB
Megan Nash - SK
Samantha Savage Smith - AB
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC
The Dead South - SK           

Rock Artist of the Year
Ariel Posen - MB
Dear Rouge - BC
King of Foxes - AB
New Wales - MB
Royal Canoe - MB                       

Roots Artist of the Year                 
Ben Sures - AB
Del Barber - MB
John Wort Hannam - AB
Maria Dunn - BC
Sweet Alibi - MB                       

Songwriter(s) of the Year Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)                         
Grant Davidson - Slow Leaves "Stick Around" - MB
Katie Tupper - "How Can I Get Your Love?" - SK
Mathew van Vooght - Mathew V "Healing" - BC
Sam Lynch - "Keeping Time" - BC
Tim Buckley - T. Buckley "Holding My Place" - AB                       

Spiritual Artist of the Year                       
Amanda Hagel - SK
Danny Floyd Cole - AB
Elenee - SK
fonzdot - AB
Two Late To The Party - AB                       

Video Director of the Year Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music                   
Amy Mantyka - Megan Nash "Chew Quietly / Clean Slate " - SK
Brandi Sidoryk & Krista Wodelet - Nice Horse "High School" - AB
Eva Dominelli - Gentle Party "God Complex" - BC
Landon Lake - Don Amero "My Poor Mama" - MB
Martin LaFrenière - Boy Golden "Church of Better Daze" - MB           

Visual Media Composer of the Year                   
Alfredo Santa Ana - Chained - BC
Jesse Zubot - ANCiEnT SkY - BC
Jesse Zubot, Pura Fé - Spirit Emulsion - BC
Jesse Zubot, Russell Wallace - Monkey Beach - BC
Mahogany Frog - Faust - MB

2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS INDUSTRY NOMINEES

Audio Engineering Award            
Andy Schichter - BC
Dan Davidson - AB
Ryan Worsley - BC
Scott Franchuk - AB
Sheldon Zaharko - BC           

Community Excellence Award                
Curbside Concerts - AB
Nation  Music Centre - AB
Red Tie Productions - MB
Sakamoto Agency - BC
The Happy Nun Café - SK           

Excellence in Visual Design                     
Bronwin Parks - Feisty Creative - BC
Shalom Toy - Cosmic Cavern - AB
Kenton Doupe - Factor Eight - SK
x/o & Venom–s Studios - BC
Angie C, David MacKenzie, Kristen Carleton & LK Visuals - BC                       

Impact in Artist Development                 
Birthday Cake Records - MB
Cordova Bay Entertainment Group, Inc. - BC
Curbside Concerts - AB
National Music Centre - AB
Tiny Kingdom - BC

Impact in Live Music Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association                         
Curbside Concerts - AB
Folk On The Rocks - NT
King Eddy - AB
National Music Centre - AB
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club - MB

Impact in Music Marketing                      
Birthday Cake Records - MB
Chronograph Records - AB
Curbside Concerts - AB
Fallen Tree Records - AB
National Music Centre - AB

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Alliance Member Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and in partnership with Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held in Calgary, AB from September 28 – October 2. The 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in fall 2022.   

WCMA’s head office is in Winnipeg. We recognize the ancestral lands, from Treaty One Territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

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MILOE RELEASES NEW SINGLE FLOATING

"TRANSCENDENT” (NPR) CONGOLESE-AMERICAN MILOE RELEASES LUSH NEW SINGLE FLOATING VIA LOMA VISTA

HEAR THE DEFTLY-PRODUCED, RICHLY TEXTURED SINGLE HERE

WATCH THE EERIE VIDEO FILMED IN THE TUNNEL OF TERROR HERE

“Transcendent” - NPR, Slingshot’s 2022 Artists to Watch

The kind of music you can imagine beaming out from a festival stage during the twilight time slot” - GQ AU’s 21 Breakout Musicians to Know in 2021

"Upbeat, effervescent track that celebrates love and joy" - Teen Vogue

"'Apt for dancing on a rooftop in Brooklyn as it is for sailing off the coast of Djerba" MTV

“Blissed out” - The FADER

"Indie rocker Miloe has been turning heads recently with his sun-soaked music" 
UPROXX

“Pure bliss” - Alt Press

“Lovely” DORK

“Sublime” - Cool Hunting

“Standout” - Stereogum

“Exciting, emotional” - Paste

TORONTO, ON – June 8, 2022 - Today, Congolese-American singer-songwriter, Miloe, who makes deftly-produced tracks uniting traditional Congolese beats with American bedroom-pop releases single, floating, a plush, expertly-layered and synth heavy track about infatuation, via Loma Vista. It’s accompanied by a black and white video directed by Samson Melkamu that sees Miloe in the Tunnel of Terror caves in St. Paul , with his guitar and fuzzed-out synths providing a fitting soundtrack for the eerie backdrop. Listen to floating hereand watch floating here.

floating follows singles, elastic, which UPROXX described as “flittering [and] intimate” and “where u are” which received critical praise from Teen Vogue and MTV, and hit single “Winona” that was later reimagined featuring Jamila Woods and Vagabon. 

Miloe is the musical project of Bob Kabeya, a 21-year old artist based in Minneapolis. Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the sonic imprint of Miloe’s days there stayed palpable when his family made the 7000 mile journey to Minneapolis to join their father, who had been granted asylum three years prior. Suddenly dropped into the land of such punk legacies as Husker Dü, The Replacements, and Soul Asylum and Prince, Bobby’s musical destiny had perhaps unwittingly been cut out for him. While working his way through the Twin Cities’ basement show circuit, Kabeya chipped away at Miloe’s debut EP. After a member of Beach Bunny discovered his music, Miloe was asked to open for the skyrocketing Chicago band at a Minneapolis gig. Following a marathon three-day studio session with Hippo Campus’ Jake Luppen transformed a handful of demos Kabeya had stashed away into the Greenhouse EP, which was eventually released in October 2020. The project showcased a sunnier, pop-oriented side to Miloe. He nabbed a hit with lead single Winona, which was later gilded with vocals from Jamila Woods and Vagabon on a 2021 remix.

Tour Dates:
6/12 - The Basement East - Nashville, TN*
6/13 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA*
6/16 - Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
6/19 - Afropunk - Minneapolis, MN
7/8 - Subterranean Downstairs - Chicago, IL
7/9 - 80/35 Music Festival - Des Moines, IA
9/20 - The Fillmore - Detroit, MI^
9/21 - Old National Creature - Indianapolis, IN^
9/23 - MGM Music Hall At Fenway - Boston, MA^
9/24 - The Dome @ Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT^
9/26 - The National - Richmond, VA^
9/27 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA^
9/28 - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater - Wilmington, NC^
9/30 - The Ritz - Raleigh, NC^
10/1 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC^
10/4 - Jannus Live - St Petersburg, FL^
10/6 - Revolution Live - Fort Lauderdale, FL^
10/7 - Hard Rock Live Orlando - Orlando, FL^

*w/ Goth Babe
^w/ COIN

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RACHEL BOBBITT SHARES NEW SINGLE WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES WITH INDIGO DE SOUZA & MEN I TRUST INCLUDING TORONTO AND MONTREAL THIS MONTH
 
NEW EP THE CEILING COULD COLLAPSE OUT JULY 15 VIA FANTASY

TORONTO, ON – June 7, 2022 – Emerging Toronto-based artist, Rachel Bobbitt, shares What About The Kids, the outstanding new single from her recently announced upcoming EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, out July 15th on Fantasy Records. 

What About The Kids is about navigating familial loss,” says Bobbitt. “Sometimes, in traumatic situations, parents naturally want to shield their children from the ugliness of the world. While this is a completely understandable reaction, it can create a feeling of isolation within the family. There’s truly no right or wrong way to grieve, the only thing we can try to do is grieve together.
 
The Ceiling Could Collapse, which Bobbitt co-produced with Justice Der and was mixed by GRAMMY-nominee, Jorge Elbrecht, was a long time coming. Bobbitt made a name for herself on Vine as a teenager, uploading covers of pop hits and all-time classics to the now-defunct social media site. As her profile rose, Bobbitt found herself overwhelmed rather than inspired.

It was exciting to be doing what I loved, but it was difficult to be observed by that many people at that age where I simultaneously wanted to just shut myself in,” she says. “I’m grateful it ended when it did, because it gave me time to step back and think about what I wanted to create for myself.” She soon found herself at a jazz program, before leaving it during the pandemic to focus on her own music. 
 
The EP centres on the cycles of life and how we find meaning in extremes: pain, joy, wonder, love.  “Every woman I’ve ever talked to is in some amount of pain almost all the time,” she says. “That could be physical pain, emotional pain, familial pain, but it’s there in cycles.” In addition to music, Bobbitt draws those same feelings from horror films—and actually pulled the title to this EP while reading the script to 2018’s Hereditary. A deleted scene offered a revelation: “We need to accept that we can’t have our minds fixated on all these things that could happen, and we need to move on—but also the ceiling could just collapse,” Bobbitt says and laughs. More than unpredictability, it’s the endless repetition of life that suggests both things are true, that there’s no reason to worry and something terrible is about to happen. The ceiling collapse may be inescapable, but once it’s gone, there’s just more room for the sunrise to peek through.
 
Bobbitt is hitting the road this summer supporting Indigo De Souza and Men I Trust. All dates below. 
 
TOUR DATES:
6/24 - Montreal, QC @ L’esco ^
6/25 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Lounge ^

8/4 - Woodstock, NY @ Colony *
8/6 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge ~
8/7 - S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom *
 
^ w/ Indigo De Souza
* w/ Men I Trust
~ w/ Bad Bad Hats
 
ABOUT RACHEL BOBBITT:
Life runs in rhythmic loops, from the endless rotations of the earth to the running of tides and yearly rebirth of spring. Rachel Bobbitt knows that the bottom of those cycles can feel pretty chaotic. “Every woman I’ve ever talked to is in some amount of pain almost all the time,” the emerging singer-songwriter says. “That could be physical pain, emotional pain, familial pain, but it’s there in cycles.” On her penetrating and profound new EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, Bobbitt picks through the dizzying rubble of folk and indie rock for moments of resonant emotion and frames them in heartbreaking lyrics and openhearted expanses.
 
After refining the six songs of The Ceiling Could Collapse on her own, Bobbitt brought together collaborator and co-producer, Justice Der, and drummer, Stephen Bennett, to record the EP at Bennett’s studio in Brampton, ON. The trio spent ten days cracking open Bobbitt’s compositions, leaving space to experiment on different vocal takes and sonic palettes. Throughout the EP, Bobbitt and Der’s arrangements strike into the deep waters of Phoebe Bridgers, Bon Iver, and Big Thief, and Grammy-nominated mixer, Jorge Elbrecht, rounds everything to a glacial shine.

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NIKKI YANOFSKY GETS BACK TO WHERE IT ALL STARTED WITH BRAND NEW SINGLE COMES LOVE OUT TODAY

SONG APPEARS ON FORTHCOMING JAZZ ALBUM NIKKI BY STARLIGHT SET FOR RELEASE THIS FALL ON MNRK MUSIC GROUP

TORONTO, ON – JUNE 3, 2022Nikki Yanofsky is getting back to where it all started. Not just in her own life, as a prolific and beloved vocalist who began her career in the jazz world, but in a bigger sense, too. Today, the award-winning multi-genre singer shares the news of her upcoming album, Nikki by Starlight, set for release this fall (via MNRK Music Group), and kicks things off with a gorgeous modern reimagining of Comes Love. Listen to the song here.

Many listeners might be familiar with Yanofsky, who has worked with and received accolades from genre icons like Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and Stevie Wonder. With this latest record, Yanofsky has created a time capsule in which she imagines how she would have recorded these standards, had she been an artist in the times in which they were originally written and shared.

Co-produced with Paul Shrofel, Yanofsky describes the process of recording this album as an invigorating and joyful time that allowed her to tap into the purest part of herself again. Ultimately, this can’t-miss release from Nikki Yanofsky is a celebration of jazz for purists and for the new generation alike.

Stay tuned for more from Nikki Yanofsky over the coming months, and immerse yourself in Comes Love today!

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TOVE STYRKE RELEASES NEW ALBUM HARD

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TORONTO, ON – June 3, 2022 – Swedish popstar, Tove Styrke, has released her highly anticipated new album, HARD, alongside lead track, Free, which is out now via Sony Music.
 
The album follows recent singles, YouYouYou, Hardcore, Show Me Love and Start Walking and her US, European and UK tour dates supporting MARINA.
 
The new album is made with producers/co-writers like Elvira Anderfjärd (a Max Martin protégé known for her work with Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran), Jakob Jerlström (Lorde, MARINA), Oscar Scheller (Ashnikko, Rina Sawayama), and Elof Loelv (Rihanna, Katy Perry). 
 
Tove brings her fiercely intimate lyrics to a truly visionary sound, spiked with elements of everything from left-of-centre club music to experimental art-pop to early-’60s girl-group records. At turns explosive, poetic, and transcendent, the result is Tove Styrke’s most electrifying work to date, fully embodying the ineffable wildness of romantic love itself. With its exploration of desire and obsession and delirious longing, HARD closely examines the savage complexity of love, a quality referenced in its title.
 
Tove says: “‘I need something more than my imagination, even if it breaks my heart,’ is a line from Show Me Love that I think sums up a lot of what this record is about. Putting yourself and your heart at risk for a chance to feel something real. Life, feelings, bodies. Everything’s hard. This album is about the pleasure and the pain, the euphoria and the misery, the love stories and the heart breaks. The contrasts. And it’s about the liberation in being a free, flawed and beautiful human.”
 
“With this album I really pushed myself to stray from the pop formula and get as creative as possible, while also making something that’s unapologetically fun and joyous. It’s very much all over the place, which is what I envisioned from the beginning. To me it feels so alive.”
 
HARD Track list
1. YouYouYou
2. Cool Me Down
3. Lies
4. Free
5. 24H
6. Hardcore
7. Start Walking
8. Millennial Blues
9. Show Me Love
10. Bruises

About Tove Styrke:
A platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, and national radio P3 Guld ‘Pop Artist of the Year’ recipient in her native Sweden, Tove Styrke has been on a meteoric rise since the release of her 2015 album, Kiddo, led by singles Borderline, Ego, and Number One. Since then, Tove has embarked on multiple headline tours, made SXSW appearances, performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and has received vocal support from artist peers such as Sam Smith, Tove Lo, and Shawn Mendes. She has also released several collaborations including Cheat Codes & Travis Baker (All Things $ Can Do), ALMA (Good Vibes), NOTD (Been There Done That), Clean Bandit (Last Goodbye), and Lost Kings (Stuck).
 
Tove Styrke's 2018 album, Sway, a project which solidified her place among the top rising forward-thinking pop artists. The album was bolstered by iconic tracks such as Sway, Mistakes and fan-favourite, Say My Name, which Rolling Stone named to its #11 spot on its 'Top Songs of 2017' list. The album has since garnered 120M+ combined streams, drawing widespread critical praise from outlets including Pitchfork (7.5 review), The FADER (Gen F), NME (5 stars), as well as support from Zane Lowe/Apple Music and BBC Radio 1. The album also launched a run of 7 tours, including support for Lorde and Katy Perry and sold-out headline tours in North America, UK, Australia and Scandinavia.
 
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MOONSHINE COLLECTIVE RELEASES NEW SONG OBOMI NGA WITH UPROOT ANDY, MC REDBUL FEATURING MC AZAS

LISTEN TO JUNO-NOMINATED ALBUM
SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL. 4 HERE


SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL.5 DUE FALL 2022

Toronto, ON – June 3, 2022 – Today, Montreal’s JUNO Award-nominated, Moonshine Collective, shares their latest offering, Obomi Nga. The track highlights frequent collaborator, Brooklyn producer/DJ, Uproot Andy, and Kinshasa's MC Redbul with a feature from MC Azas. Composed and recorded between Kinshasa, Montreal and New York, Obomi Nga is an amapiano-flavoured tune grounded in its bassline, percussive rhythm and call-and-response lyrics in Lingala and French that is set for dance floors worldwide, be it your own, or those Moonshine is currently rocking on tour - listen to Obomi Ngaread the lyrics and find Moonshine in your city below. 

Obomi Aga is Moonshine Collective's first preview of their forthcoming, SMS For Location Vol.5, set for release this fall. It follows their celebrated 2021 album, SMS For Location Vol. 4, nominated for a 2022 JUNO Award (Global Music Album of the Year). The project is a massive collection of songs recorded in studios from Montreal to Lisbon to Kinshasa. It features collaborations with Georgia Anne Muldrow, Sango, Florentino, Ase Manuel, and many others. Listen here.

Last summer  the group dropped a fantastic video for album highlight, Malembe, with a hybrid live performance video directed by Jessamine Fok (Paper Magazine, Clipped.TV, Toronto Short Film). Malembe marks the first collaboration between friends, Pierre Kwenders and Boddhi Satva, who craft a lithe melody that rapidly explodes with heavy bass and commanding vocals. Dropping MC RedBul’s energetic, booming voice into the mix alongside Kwenders’ lyrical resonance turns Malembe into a multi-layered musical conversation fit for pulsing dancefloors. Watch Malembe here.

From deep underground in Montreal to under the Congo sun, the Moonshine party returns with its Afro-futuristic, bass-heavy, electro-funk sound. A curatoration of Pan-African dance/electronic music, Moonshine’s latest SMS for Location album fuses levity and acumen, inventive electronic production with traditional instrumentation, all the while intensifying a collaboration between artists from around the world. SMS for Location Vol. 4 crosses genres and continents to follow the producers, DJs and MCs from Montreal’s legendary Moonshine parties to underground UK clubs, Parisian Afro-beat soirées to Kinshasa’s booming electronic scene. A month after its release, SMS for Location Vol 4 has drawn international praise from Rolling Stone, The FADER, Complex, Vice France, Exclaim!, Le Monde France, and many others.

Stay tuned for more Moonshine as the phases wax and wane in the months ahead and learn more about the collective below.

Moonshine On Tourune 3 - London, United Kingdom - Secret location
June 9 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival (Spain)
June 10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Garage Noord
June 11 - Montreal, Canada - Mural Festival 
July 9 - Calvi, France - Calvi on the Rocks Festival

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hill of iamhill GETS RAW AND SPEAKS THE TRUTH WITH STRONG SOUNDS ON NEW ALBUM SELLOUT

OUT TODAY VIA TEXT ME RECORDS - LISTEN

"Sellout is a confident collection of glitched-out tracks that roar
with a well-earned sense of confidence.
" - Edmonton Journal

TORONTO, ON – June 3, 2022  – Today, Edmonton-born JUNO-nominated artist, hill of iamhill, releases her new album, Sellout, via Text Me Records. A long-standing labour of love and catharsis, the album is her most aggressive collection of songs to date. Sellout is centred around the way our lives have become increasingly non-human. The idea that humans were not built - nor have we evolved - to manage this shift towards hyper-modern and capitalistic western values is the driving force behind the sound and story of the album. It embodies her anger and frustration in one place; written with full agency and a dash of good humour. Listen to Sellout here.

Guided by an instinctual process, hill worked closely with frequent collaborator and producer, Mike Schlosser. While hill focused on the lyric and melody writing, Mike was behind the music. Mike and hill created Sellout pre-pandemic in hill's downtown Los Angeles loft, where she was living at the time. Amidst endless noise, sirens, people moving and voices all around, the team tracked all of the vocals in the living space, with emphasis on ensuring they were real rather than pristine. 

"Sellout has a very focused intention and a clear concept both in the lyrics and the production but we weren't taking the process of making it too seriously. We had a lot of fun and just tried to push ourselves and do some weird things we hadn't heard before and break as many rules as we could," Mike adds. "We talked a lot about making sure the album had a self-contained world to live in because all great albums do that, they sort of transport you somewhere. And then when people arrived in this world we created of course we had something important but also ridiculous to say. Basically we made some very clever music that sounds super dumb. That's kind of what pop-art is all about."

A multimedia artist extraordinaire, hill created unique visualizers to embody Sellout's aesthetic and messages, giving audiences a true feel of the content and context through imagery with statements that range from poignant to satirical.

Previous singles include, KonMaria tongue-and-cheek ode to the method of the same name, Fat Free, featuring Dallas, TX group, Cure For Paranoia, inspired by Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and Side D, a dark, energizing jam written about a woman’s right to explore her own sexual freedom and options. Need To Cry not only expresses human desires, but sheds light on adverse affects of pharmaceuticals.

Earlier this year, hill dropped an acoustic version of her previous single, Side D, in NFT format. This radically-different version was arranged by hill of iamhill and mixed by Mike Schlosser, and the artwork created by Caitlin Boyle. This is not the first NFT hill has worked on, but it is the first NFT of her own music, under her own name. While the technology that allows artists to “mint” (in other words, create a new block on the chain with your file’s information/data) their work is still emerging, hill has grown passionate about the NFT community and its intrinsic potential. 

hill of iamhill is a Canadian writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Upon releasing her debut album as ‘iamhill’ in 2018, she was immediately climbing viral Spotify playlists (such as Young & Free and Canada Viral 50), reaching hundreds of thousands of streams and travelling around the globe to write songs with new producers and artists. hill released her 2019 EP, Gimme My Life Back, on Antifragile Records out of NYC. In 2021, she released an album that was deconstructed and distributed as a sound pack by Black Octopus Sounds, who launched their adjacent record label Black Octopus Music in order to release the source album, Nobody Wants to Be My Friend.

Spin Sellout everywhere you enjoy music, see the full tracklist and learn more about hill's incredible career to date below.

Sellout - Tracklist
1.Sellout
2.Side D
3.I Need To Cry
4.KonMari
5.Run featuring Zeale
6.It's A Privilege featuring Swim & John Orpheus
7.Look Like That
8.Fat Free featuring Cure For Paranoia
9.Brought 2 U By

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About hill of iamhill
hill of iamhill is a Canadian writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. She grew up in the Canadian North, where winter reigns for 8 months a year. Before cultivating her specific taste for alternative pop music, her urge to create alternate universes was already thriving. She was regularly scolded growing up for daydreaming incessantly, but may never have fully landed in “reality." Music was always her way of escaping into the current moment while simultaneously holding life at arm’s length. hill began playing piano by ear as a kid, and had picked up guitar and drums to accompany her obsession with singing by the time she was 14. Songwriting followed not long after, which began as an exercise in catharsis for hill and remains that way whenever she gets an opportunity to work on her passion project.

What appears to be the result of spending most of your life longing for a different one is the universe hill has been building since the genesis of iamhill in 2018. Upon releasing her debut album as ‘iamhill’, she was immediately climbing viral Spotify playlists (such as Young & Free and Canada Viral 50), reaching hundreds of thousands of streams and travelling around the globe to write songs with new producers and artists. During this time, she drew inspiration from artists like Frank Ocean, James Blake, Kanye West, and queen of sad-core Lana Del Rey. Informed directly by her eagerness to embrace darkness and her constant yearning for the future, the environment hill has developed over time is increasingly futuristic and industrial.

This seminal album, Give it a Rest, went on to be nominated for a Juno in 2019 (Electronic Album of the Year), while hill finally accomplished her lifelong dream of moving to California to live under the sun and find her full artistic expression among so many fellow creatives. That year, hill released her sophomore EP, Gimme My Life Back, on Antifragile Records out of NYC. The visuals that accompanied the EP were shot in Thailand, with the city filth of Bangkok front and centre.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, hill of iamhill has leaned into her fascination with technology. As the clubs she used to perform in closed their doors, she began diving into frontend web development and landed a job as a contracted engineer with a startup out of California called Pex. Pex is a digital rights technology company that enables fair and transparent use of copyrighted content at the scale and speed of the internet. Their mission is to empower creators, platforms, and rightsholders alike, which is perfectly aligned with hill’s vision for the future of the global creator’s landscape. Spending five years in a Publishing deal with Ultra Music, a Sony subsidiary, left hill with a new appreciation for creative autonomy and IP ownership. More to that end, in the fall of 2021, hill co-produced and co-released her first audio-visual NFT with a team of creatives out of Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and has already onboarded to platforms such as Catalog, which prioritize the minting of music NFTs. 

Over the past year, hill also found the time to release an album she co-produced and wrote with her now-counterpart in the iamhill project, Mike Schlosser. What made this album unique is that it was also deconstructed and distributed as a sample pack by Black Octopus Sounds, who launched their adjacent record label, Black Octopus Music, in order to release the source album, Nobody Wants to Be My Friend. 

hill is currently working with an independent label, Text Me Records,  out of San Francisco to release her forthcoming album (also co-created by Mike Schlosser). The project will see iamhill diving deeper into how "our lives are increasingly non-human." Says hill: "We were not built - nor have we evolved - to manage this shift."

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SHE & HIM RELEASE SECOND SINGLE WOULDN'T IT BE NICE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM  MELT AWAY: A TRIBUTE TO BRIAN WILSON

OUT JULY 22 ON FANTASY RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – June 1, 2022 –  Zooey Deschanel (She) & M. Ward (Him) today released the second single, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, off their upcoming album, Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson via Fantasy Recordsout on July 22Wouldn’t It Be Nice was the opening track off the Beach Boys’ 1966 album, Pet Sounds. 
 
Watch the visualizer for She & Him’s Wouldn’t It Be Nice here. Listen to Wouldn’t It Be Nice and pre-order Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson here.
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She & Him’s seventh studio album is a loving, LP-length tribute to one of the greatest living American songwriters and singers, Brian Wilson. Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson finds Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward diving deep into the legendary artist’s extensive songbook, offering fascinating and delectable new spins on time-honoured classics and overlooked gems alike. These fourteen covers are infused with the familiar magic that She & Him fans know and love, opening a new window into Wilson’s iconic catalog. Wilson even features on a song with Zooey and M. Ward for the album, Do It Again. The band have enjoyed a friendship, and mutual appreciation, with Wilson over the years and She & Him was previously a guest vocalist on his 2015 album, No Pier Pressure. Recently, the band released Darlin’, the lead track and video from Melt Away, listen/watch here
 
“In the spring of 2020, we started a list of our favorite Brian songs — a very long list,” the duo explains. “We chose songs without any regard to their chart performance. The obscure ones hit us just as hard as the more popular songs — and all are ripe for re-imagining, re-interpreting, and re-inventing. Brian writes songs of beauty and loneliness and vulnerability better than anyone — and by sequencing them next to popular songs of confidence and love and fun, it creates a more complete picture of life on earth.
 
Brian Wilson comments on Melt Away: Zooey and Matt did such mind-blowing versions of our songs. The harmonies are beautiful and right on. I love this record!”
 
TRACK LIST:
1.Darlin’
2.Wouldn’t It Be Nice
3.Til I Die
4.Deirdre
5.Melt Away
6.Good To My Baby
7.Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
8.Don’t Worry Baby
9.This Whole World
10.Kiss Me, Baby
11.Do It Again ft. Brian Wilson
12.Heads You Win, Tails I Lose
13.Please Let Me Wonder
14.Meant For You 

Melt Away is Deschanel and Ward’s follow-up to 2016’s holiday album Christmas Party, and it marks their second record of non-holiday covers since 2014’s Classics, which topped Billboard’s U.S. Folk Albums chart on release. It’s the latest display of remarkable talent from She & Him, who have wowed listeners for over 15 years with their gorgeous and warm indie-pop. As Deschanel’s maintained a successful acting career and Ward’s continued his own singular solo career as a producer and singer-songwriter, the duo continues to sound like the perfect match in the studio—with Zooey’s dramatic vocals excellently pairing with Matt’s textured, tuneful arrangements and production.
 
Tickets for She & Him’s upcoming tour are available at sheandhim.com.
 
TOUR DATES:
6/13 Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
6/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
6/16 Forest Grove, OR @ Grand Lodge Hotel and Property
6/17 Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
6/24 San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
6/25 Los Angeles, CA @ The Ford
9/9 Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
9/16 Grand Rapids, MI @ Frederik Meijer Gardens

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A FAMILY CURSE (NEIL AND KANDLE OSBORNE) ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM OUT JULY 27

SHARE FIRST SINGLE CEMETERY BLUES

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CANADIAN TOUR DATES KICK OFF JUNE 10

TORONTO, ON – JUNE 1, 2022 – Today, A Family Curse, announce their self-titled debut album is set for release July 27 and share its first single, Cemetery Blues. Like their name suggests, this is a family affair - the superstar family band comes from a rock collaboration between daughter and father, Kandle and Neil Osborne (54-40). Watch the video for Cemetery Blues here and listen to the track here. In addition to the single today, the band also announces a string of Canadian dates, kicking off June 10 in Toronto, with more coming soon. See below for more details.

The A Family Curse collaboration began a few years ago when Neil and fellow songwriter, Danny Michel, recorded some instrumental jams together. But due to their busy schedules, the songs were left to collect dust until one lonely Christmas, Neil sent them to Kandle who then brought newfound inspiration with fresh new melody and lyrics. From there, Kandle and Neil decided to complete a whole DIY album where the two played and recorded everything at home.

“I gave Kiz (Kandle) a nice chord progression with just three major chords. Just three. C, G and F,” explains Neil on Cemetery Blues. “Cousin Danny (Michel) and I whipped up a drum - bass - piano and guitar track. I told Kiz – ‘now sing something nice, you know, happy like’ - and she comes up with Cemetery Blues.”

On their overall sound, Kandle describes: "Diving into a fantasy world of Americana and fuzz driven blues rock, this father daughter duo take you on a journey from robbing banks to getting stranded in the desert and catching fire!"
 
Their live show dialogue and antics play out the millennial version of “A Father Knows Best” story that reveals their creative infection and family affection. A Family Curse is often joined on stage by a support cast of various cousins, uncles and aunts of the Osborne clan which leads to their A Family Curse recipe…
“A family band - a renegade folk/blues outfit. Take some Staple Singers, add a little Carpenters or Partridge Family. Sprinkle in a dash of Smothers Brothers or Sonny & Cher. Throw in some desert sand, blessings and curses and some slide guitar. Ready to serve.”

Tour dates:
June 10 – Toronto, ON - El Mocambo - CMW Showcase 
June 11 - Fenelon Falls, ON - The Grove Theatre
June 13 - Owen Sound, ON - Heartwood Hall
June 14 - Toronto ON - Lemmon Stage @ El Mocambo
June 15 - Blue Mountains, ON - Studio 79
 
Stay tuned for more from A Family Curse as their journey unfolds this summer!
 
About Neil Osborne:
As lead singer and chief songwriter of 54•40, Neil Osborne has achieved critical acclaim, released more than a dozen albums and weathered the fickle music business for more than four decades. As a songwriter, Osborne has penned such fabulous signature 54•40 songs as I Go Blind, One Day In Your Life, One Gun, Since When and Ocean Pearl, which have crossed from the realm of rock to a broader base.
 
About Kandle Osborne:
Kandle has established a strong independent career and has made her mark as a powerful songwriter as evidenced on her latest album, Set The Fire. Her Bond-inspired masterpiece for Lock and Load was nominated for a Canadian Independent Video Award. Her debut album, In Flames, was an instant success and went on to gain a JUNO nomination and win a Prism Prize Award.
 
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DENZEL CURRY SHARES NEW WALKIN REMIX FEATURING KEY GLOCK

MELT MY EYEZ SEE YOUR FUTURE 
OUT NOW VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

2022 WORLD TOUR CURRENTLY UNDERWAY

WITH SHOW AT FESTIVAL D'ETE DE QUEBEC ON  JULY 10

“He deserves your undivided attention” - Complex

Denzel Curry is ready to make 2022 his best year yet”HotNewHipHop

“Cutthroat lyricism over head-nodding percussion continues
to be Curry's bread and butter” - 
Miami New Times

"Any excuse to hear Denzel rapping.. is a good one" - Pitchfork

"Melt My Eyez See Your Future is a sprawling, ambitious record that makes good on Denzel Curry’s vision" - Stereogum

“A consistently intriguing presence” The New Yorker

TORONTO, ON – June 1, 2022 – Following the release of his highly anticipated new album Melt My Eyez See Your FutureDenzel Curry shares an official remix for the album's lead single Walkin, featuring an additional verse from Memphis rapper, Key Glock. The new version of the song arrives in the midst of the European leg of his sold out World Tour alongside an Unkle Luc-created visualizer that sees live footage of Denzel performing the track. Before heading to Europe, the ferocious performer wrapped the first leg of his North American tour and dominated the Coachella stage accompanied by a life size X-Wing spaceship on stage. Listen here and watch the visualizer here.

Speaking on the new remix track, Denzel says: “Tomorrow's never certain and we all go through different obstacles everyday. The objective is to keep on walkin, or keep pushing forward. I reached out to Glock because I felt like he’s the perfect example of Walkin. Based on everything he been through & also being independent, it hasn’t stopped his grind. I’ve always been a fan of Memphis hip hop so it just felt right.”

Melt My Eyez See Your Future is the sound of the mercurial Miami rapper leveling up. His fifth album features singles, Troubles with T-Pain, the samurai film-inspired Zatoichi and Walkin, which arrived with an epic Sci-Fi Western. The album was a communal effort featuring contributions from the likes of Thundercat, Kenny Beats, Robert Glasper, JPEGMAFIA, slowthai, J.I.D, 6LACK, Rico Nasty, 454 and more. On each of the fourteen sumptuous tracks, Denzel is operating with the force of a full Jedi master, slicing through bars with dexterity, magic and control. Throughout the project, he processes internal and external conflicts in brave, boundary-breaking detail. To his growing legions of fans, the intrepid soul-searching of this record will come as no surprise – after all, Curry’s music has always been confessional. From tracks like its eponymous opener, on which he pain-stakingly explores his own sex addictions, to the more outward-facing, John Wayne, which addresses “gun violence in America and [his] community,” this is hip-hop truth-telling at its finest and most potent.

Listen to Walkin remix featuring Key Glock and Melt My Eyez See Your Future above, see full album details and upcoming tour dates below and stay tuned for more from Denzel Curry soon.

Upcoming Tour Dates North America
6/11 - Queens, NY @ The Governor's Ball Music Festival
06/14 & 15 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
06/17 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
06/18 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
6/19 Washington DC @ Something in the Water
06/21 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
06/22 - Miami, FL @ Fillmore
06/24 - New Orleans, LA @ Fillmore
06/25 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
06/26 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's
06/28 - Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom
06/30 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey
07/1 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
7/10 - Quebec City, QC @ Festival D'Ete de Quebec
7/29 San Bernadino, CA @ Hard Summer
7/31 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
9/18 Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown

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AWARD-WINNING TORONTO SINGER-SONGWRITER J3M SHARES MOONLESS

LISTEN TO MOONLESS | WATCH LYRIC VIDEO
 
TP BE FEATURED ON FORTHCOMING AFRONAUT EP OUT THIS SUMMER
 
Toronto, ON – May 30, 2022 – Prolific, award-winning Toronto based singer-songwriter-pianist, J3M, shares two visuals for his new single, MOONLESS today. The upbeat, yet woefully romantic, track blends retro synth pop, mid 80s R&B and 90s boy bands with a signature touch. MOONLESS will be featured on J3M's forthcoming concept EP, AFRONAUT, set to be released this summer. Listen to MOONLESS and experience J3M's live performance in this amazing unplugged rendition here.
 

"MOONLESS is about the anxiety that can take place when strong feelings come up," says J3M of the song, which he wrote on piano, and later co-produced with Mike Tompa. "In AFRONAUT’s case, the Alien he’s fallen in love with gets cold feet and disappears overnight. In a panicked whirlwind, the force and sudden speed of the Alien’s ship pulls the moon and stars right out of the sky. Alone and enveloped in the earth's darkness, AFRONAUT climbs up onto his roof each night. He sings to the sky, hoping the alien will hear, return the stars and moon and come back to earth."

To follow and sing along, check out the MOONLESS lyric video, created by Gabriel Altrows and Gergana Peeva, here

AFRONAUT is a space-themed concept album that takes the listener through each stage of a failed relationship and the love for oneself that is found through the grieving process, as told through the perspective of its protagonist, AFRONAUT, and a bond with his lover, the Alien.

Toronto audiences can get an exclusive preview of AFRONAUT this Thursday, June 2 at Hail Mary Bar, where J3M will be hosting an album listening party and performing a set of songs. Find tickets and details here.

J3M describes AFRONAUT's creation happening by accident, as he started another project that had a completely different sound, but it didn’t feel right. 

"Super disappointed and confused, I put that project on hold. I went to the UK on a songwriting mission just before the pandemic. That didn’t work out either. But in a way it did, because I ended up writing several songs with some very talented friends while out there," J3M expands.

Toronto audiences can get an exclusive preview of the album this Thursday, June 2 at Hail Mary Bar, where J3M will be hosting an AFRONAUT listening party and performing a set of songs. Find tickets and details here.

AFRONAUT marks an evolution from J3M's previous work with more intricate production and a clearer vision. The pop-driven EP is abundant with piano, synthesizers, guitar, bass and even live strings. On one occasion, J3M and producer, Mike Tompa, traveled to Chalet Studios in Uxbridge, ON to find the perfect piano (a Yamaha C3) to have on select tracks, which is the same piano J3M used for his 2019 standout single, Stuck To My Heart. Other tracks feature a vintage John Brinsmead piano from Miloco Studios in London, UK, The Roland Juno 106 synth and the Prophet Rev 2. 

J3M's previous single, Show Me, was the catalyst for J3M to realize he had other songs and fragments of ideas that mirrored the same sound, theme and concept. Alas, space was made for AFRONAUT to fully soar. 

Show Me, another retro-synth ballad in its own right (co-produced by Matthew Fudge), sees AFRONAUT getting into his ship and leaving earth, embarking on a mission to find the Alien. Upon finding them, a confession is given from the Alien to AFRONAUT. The Alien explains that they are having a hard time connecting and communicating, and this has nothing to do with AFRONAUT. Space and Time is a straight up disco-funk banger with dark pop elements ready for the dance floor. This track marks the story's chapter where AFRONAUT decides that he needs to take a step back from his relationship with the Alien, analyzing the root of conflict and reinforcing the importance of self love. 

Tune in as the rest of the AFRONAUT EP story unfolds with more on the way in the coming months!

Get to know J3M (he/they):
Blending pop, disco, soul and R&B, J3M is ready to paint pictures, tell stories, and share melodies that will live in your head rent-free. The award-winning singer/songwriter/pianist has backed powerhouse artists such as Tanika Charles, TiKA, Zaki Ibrahim, Amaal, The OBGMs, James Baley and more, both locally and internationally. Sharing stages with Kehlani, Weezer, Brandy, July Talk and the Arkells (just to name a few), J3M is no stranger to the industry. He's played everywhere from POP Montreal, Toronto Pride, Afropunk Paris, Osheaga, SXSW and even on Carnival cruise lines.

Based in Toronto, but born in Ottawa with Guyanese roots, J3M has been playing and singing for as long as he can remember. So, whether it’s lighting up rooms with his sharp writing, production and arranging skills or bringing down the house with a vivacious live performance, the queer artist is aimed and ready to take the world by storm!

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SEETHER ANNOUNCES SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM DELUXE EDITION

22 TRACK EXPANDED VERSION DUE JULY 1, 2022
INCLUDING 5 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED NEW TRACKS 

 
SHARES NEW SINGLE LEECH 
WATCH/LISTEN HERE

SEETHER ON TOUR THIS SUMMER

Toronto, ON – May 27, 2022 - Today, Seether announced the Deluxe Edition release of their acclaimed 2020 album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellu - 22 tracks in all, five of which are previously unreleased, which will be available on July 1, 2022. Listen to the set’s lashing first single Leech, and pre-order the collection here.
 
Teeming with the band’s signature combination of melody and cathartic release, the wealth of exceptional songs that encompasses the expanded Deluxe Edition bolsters Seether leader Shaun Morgan’s status as one of rock’s most prolific and successful songwriters. It includes all 21 songs recorded during the SVPPB sessions along with the alternate version of Wasteland that was originally featured on last year’s The Purgatory EP.
 
Produced by Shaun Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI), the acclaimed Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum, (“If you want peace, Prepare for war”) was released in August 2020, spawned three #1 singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart and at Active Rock radio and garnered some of the best reviews of the band’s storied career. 
 
Shaun Morgan on the brand-new track, Leech"This song is a generalized reflection on abusive relationships and how they shape the way we see the world. Those are most often personal, but more often these days they are social. There is so much digital noise surrounding us all that we choose to ignore, at the peril of our kids and our collective wellbeing. We are slaves to smart phones and the absolute cancer that is social media, and it will not end well. Different viewpoints that stray from the echo chambers that people choose to live in result in public crucifixion and irrational hatred that is driven by a powerful propaganda force that spoon feeds our opinions to us. Turn off the fucking TV, delete your social media and read a goddamn book or spend some time with your neighbors. We need to stop living in this procured vapid digital universe where we are merely products to enrich assholes and live more in the real world. I say that as an introvert, but even I can see the impending downfall of decency and morality."
 
Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, Seether (Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, John Humphrey, and Corey Lowery) has amassed a global, devoted fan base with an unbroken sense of purpose and commitment. Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 18 #1 singles, 21 Top 5 multi-format hits, single sales topping 17 million and over 2 billion streams worldwide across all platforms. SEETHER is Billboard’s #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artist, which covers the over 40-year history of the chart’s existence.
 
Seether just finished a US arena tour as special guests of Breaking Benjamin. Summer headline dates are listed below.
 
Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum Deluxe Edition track list:  
1. Dead and Done
2. Bruised and Bloodied
3. Wasteland
4. Dangerous
5. Liar
6. Can't Go Wrong
7. Buried in the Sand
8. Let It Go
9. Failure
10. Beg
11. Drift Away
12. Pride Before the Fall
13. Written in Stone
14. What Would You Do?
15. Will It Ever End?
16. Feast or Famine
17. Wasteland (alternate version)
18. Leech*
19. Deliver Me*
20. On My Way*
21. Leave Me Be*
22. Crossed The Line*
*Previously unreleased

Seether On Tour:
May 27: Concrete Street Amphitheater - Corpus Christi, TX
May 28: BuzzFest 2022 - The Woodlands, TX
May 29: BFD 22 - Dallas, TX
July 16: Q Casino - Dubuque, IA
July 17: Inkcarceration Festival 2022 - Mansfield, OH
July 22: Fond Du Lac County Fair - Fond Du Lac, WI
July 23: Waukesha County Fair - Waukesha, WI
August 19: Brown County Fairgrounds - Aberdeen, SD
September 11: Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022 - Alton, VA
Aug 19      Brown County Fairgrounds - Aberdeen, SD
Sep 11      Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022 - Alton, VA

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DAVID STRICKLAND GOES BEASTMODE IN NEW SONG FEATURING  DIVINE BROWN AND POOKY G

LISTEN TO BEASTMODE

FIRST SAMPLE OF NEW ALBUM DUE LATE SUMMER 2022

FOLLOWS PREVIOUS SINGLE  MESSENGER  FEATURING 
ERICK SERMON, SAUKRATES AND OUTLAW BY NATURE

TORONTO, ON – May 27, 2022 – Renowned Canadian-Indigenous artist, record producer and engineer, David Strickland, has been keeping busy. From his hustle in studios across North America, working with industry greats, to exploration in the world of NFTs, and giving back to Indigenous communities through charitable endeavours, David's first single of the year is a mirror for this drive. Today, he shares Beastmode, featuring Juno Award-winning R&B/Soul singer and theatre performer, Divine Brown, and Alberta-based Indigenous artist, model and actress, Pooky G. The three come together to create a soundtrack piece to life's A-game moments and when you need an extra boost. Listen to Beastmode here.

David says of the track"Beastmode is about unapologetically asserting your sense of self with little concern of what those around you and the society, at large, have to say about who you are, because you know yourself best. Within marginalized communities, due to colonialism, people have been encouraged to 'humble themselves' in order to serve the needs of the powers that be. Humility is one of the seven Grandfather teachings, yet sometimes, people can be too humble. Hip Hop, on the contrary, has always had a competitive ethos - on Beastmode, we merge the two to inspire others in asserting themselves, like the stance of an MC and going for it! Hip-hop is both direct and yet deeply coded in subtext,  artists are elevated and respected for their prowess with words. Having a strong sense of identity within all of our many complex identities has never been intrinsically a male nor a colonist experience, it is a human experience. Knowing who you are; being aware that you have the capacity to evolve and change; truly allows you to conduct yourself with the highest esteem while allowing others to do the same."

Rapper Pooky G classifies Beastmode as “pure therapy," noting, "It is about releasing thoughts, something for people to relate to even if they may not feel bold enough to state themselves. It represents who I am as an artist, I don’t care to fit into what society tries to mold me into. The My truth is my truth; I am an individual, this is me, a Northside Queen.”

Acclaimed singer, Divine Brown, adds: "Everyone has to get into ‘Beastmode,’ in their lives, especially if they are driven. Pooky eloquently expressed that in the song. It’s not always important that people see your worth.. As long as YOU ‘inner’ stand your worth, you are golden. To all the fearless queens out in the world doing your thing…wear your crown with pride…I do.”

Learn more about Divine Brown and Pooky G's incredible careers in their bios below. 

Last year, David and rap legend, Erick Sermon, teamed up with The NFT Agency to release an official non-fungible token (NFT) collection celebrating the hip-hop luminary’s esteemed career. On October 20, 2021 the six-piece collection featuring original artwork by Strickland — highlighting moments from Sermon’s career as a member of EPMD, the founder of Def Squad and as a solo artist— saw 291 NFTs sold within 24 hours as a curated drop at Crypto.com/NFT, the global cryptocurrency platform’s NFT marketplace. Erick and David donated $10K of the net sales to Indian Residential School Survivors Society. The collection was released in promotion of Strickland’s latest single, Messenger, a collaboration with Sermon, Toronto rap veteran, Saukrates, and Outlaw by Nature — a supergroup consisting of Treach from Naughty by Nature and the late Hussein Fatal of the Outlawz, a collective famously founded by Tupac Shakur. 
 
A Grammy-winning engineer who has worked on projects by artists including Sermon, EPMD, Drake, Method Man, Redman, Pete Rock and Keith Murray as well as a who’s who of both the Toronto and Indigenous hip-hop communities, Strickland is also an accomplished visual artist who connects with his Mi'kmaq ancestry — as well as his passion for music and hip-hop culture — to create works that have been displayed at major galleries including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. In 2021, Strickland won three International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards for his acclaimed 2020 album, Spirit Of Hip Hop. The album brought together artists from various North American hip-hop communities while continuing to champion Indigenous hip-hop artists. 

Learn more about David's career below, and stay tuned for more music this summer. 


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About David Strickland
David "Gordo" Strickland is an Indigenous, Toronto born and based award-winning engineer, mixer, producer and DJ. Known for being behind the boards on iconic Hip-Hop and R&B records for over two decades, his work has graced seminal tracks by the likes of Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, EPMD, Keith Murray, Redman and Method Man, to records by ground-breaking Toronto hip-hop acts, including k-os, Ghetto Concept, Jelleestone, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, Choclair and Drake.

David's album, Spirit Of Hip Hop (June 29, 2020, Entertainment One), highlights some of North America's Hip Hop progenitors and innovative Indigenous artists alike to share an embodiment of the teachings, art, traditions, and music of the community, aligned with his Indigenous heritage. Spirit Of Hip Hop (Remixes) arrived on November 20, 2020 as a follow-up featuring fresh takes on the album tracks by Gordo himself, and some of his esteemed colleagues. From control room to canvas, David is also a prolific visual artist that has been featured at many galleries across Canada. He continues to be a positive force in music, the arts and an inspiration to First Nations Youth across North America. 

About Divine Brown
A rare gift to have, Divine Brown’s five-octave vocal range makes everybody stand up and pay attention. Her versatility as a performer both musically and vocally has found her manifesting success in the music industry. She placed three top 10 singles on CHR, AC and Hot AC radio in Canada, and her hit single, Sunglasses, reached number 14 on the U.S. Billboard Dance Chart in 2010. Divine first captured the heart of the public after she earned a Certified Gold Album for her debut self-titled project in 2005 (Universal Music), a JunoAward her sophomore project, The Love Chronicles, which won R&B Album of the Year in 2009, as well as a SOCAN #1 Award for her Soul/R&B classic, Old School Love. Divine recently worked with Chicago house music producer Terry Hunter in late fall of 2021, on his first single called Angel, off his new project, Imagine No Music.

About Pooky G
POOKY G is a multitalented artist, musician, model and actress born and raised in Treaty 6 Territory Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). She spends her days working as a DJ, hosting indigenous hip hop at two radio stations, Cuzin Radio & Raven Radio, both broadcast through Windspeaker Media. Developing entertainment projects and filming is a favourite of hers, recording music is her passion, performing arts is also one of her many skills. If it’s Art?  Pooky G is no stranger. She has grown up in and around the Indigenous entertainment scene for over 30 years. You can find her album, So Far So Hood, on  many platforms. Pooky also freelances as an Aboriginal Family and Youth support worker through Indigenous organizations by facilitating empowerment workshops & performing live. Pooky recently finished filming her first lead role in the film,  Abducted. 

About MNRK Music Group
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market around the world. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding top music creators and artists and is home to some of the greatest music talent in the world, including The Lumineers and Ricky Martin as well as the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum-selling hits. www.mnrk.com.

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DAWES SHARE COMES IN WAVES

NEW SINGLE FROM UPCOMING EIGHTH STUDIO ALBUM
JOINED BY OFFICIAL PERFORMANCE VIDEO – WATCH
 
LIVE SCHEDULE INCLUDES HEADLINE DATES,
FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES, AND SUMMER TOUR WITH
THE HEAD AND THE HEART
 
MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER ARRIVES FRIDAY, JULY 22

TORONTO, ON - May 27, 2022 - Acclaimed Los Angeles-based rockers, Dawes, have shared Comes In Waves, available now via Rounder Records at all DSPs and streaming services. An official performance video – directed by Caitlin Gerard at Hollywood, CA’s historic EastWest Studios – premieres today as well via YouTube.
 
Comes In Waves marks the latest single from Dawes’ upcoming eighth studio album, MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER, arriving everywhere on Friday, July 22. Pre-orders are available now. In addition, a number of exclusive bundles – including Limited Edition Preferred Pink Vinyl w/Optional Exclusive 11x11 Signed Band Photo, Turntable Slipmat, Black Hoodie, White Pocket T, and Socks – are available now at the official Dawes webstore here.  
 
I had this riff and one of the verses for a while,” says Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. “Griffin, Wylie and Mike Viola came over to my backyard – this was peak Covid – to just play music together for one of the first times since lockdown. I started sharing the song and Griffin and Mike started singing their background parts you hear on the choruses on the record immediately. It inspired me to finish writing it.
 
The lyric is about the arbitrary demands I make on myself. I want to perceive me or my life a certain way but I make no exceptions for an off day or a misstep. Whether it’s a win or a loss, it’s all transient, and only when I can live in some version of that awareness – which is itself transient – am I able to bat away any fears or anxieties or the consequences of an over indulged ego.

Listen to Comes In Waves and watch the official performance video. Pre-order MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER. 

Produced by longtime collaborator, Jonathan Wilson (Billy Strings, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen), MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER represents an adventurous new turn for Dawes, evincing a more ambitious, exploratory approach towards recording than ever before.
 
We’ve always prided ourselves on being minimalists. With this record we set out on being MAXIMALISTS,” says Goldsmith. “Still a quartet. Still not letting these songs hide behind any tricks or effects. But really letting the songs breathe and stretch and live however they want to. We decided to stop having any regard for short attention spans. Our ambitions go beyond the musical with this one.
 
We also wanted to honor the traditional length of a vinyl record – 40-45 minutes – but disregard any concern for numbers of tracks. The way Miles or Herbie often did. Documenting the songs is only half of the picture. For this record, they’re also the platform for us to jump off from and get lost in. I think the best way I can say it is - we wanted this record to be less a collection of songs and more a collection of music.
 
We wanted a musical drama, an ensemble cast with linked arms kicking highly; a transcription of a band meeting we haven’t even had yet,” adds bassist Wylie Gelber. “Eight legs and eight arms, in a room, stretching deeper than we ever knew we could…The Intros have Outros. The Outros have Bridges.
 
MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER was first heralded earlier this month by the album’s epic opening track, Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries to Relax, available now at all DSPs and streaming services. An official performance video is streaming now via YouTube.

Listen to SOMEONE ELSE’S CAFÉ / DOOMSCROLLER TRIES TO RELAX and watch the official performance video here

Dawes will mark the arrival of MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER with a wide-ranging international live schedule, including headline shows, festival performances, and a summer tour with The Head and The Heart. Highlights include a very special Independence Day event with Phil Lesh & Friends, set for Monday, July 4 at Asbury Park, NJ’s Stone Pony Summer Stage. Additional dates will be announced. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit dawestheband.com/tour.

DAWES TOUR 2022
July 4 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage †
July 29 – Yuzawa, JP – Fuji Rock Festival *
August 1 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^
August 2 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 4 – Houston, TX – Lawn at White Oak ^
August 5 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^
August 6 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion ^
August 7 – Arvada, CO – Arvada Center for the Arts
August 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre ^
August 9 – Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden ^
August 11 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater ^
August 12 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 13 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^
August 16 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater ^
August 18 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl ^
August 19 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre ^
August 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre ^
August 22 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 23 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^
August 27 – Tisbury, MA – Beach Road Weekend *
August 28 – Bridgeview, IL – Sacred Rose *
September 3-4 – Indianapolis, IN – All In Music & Arts Festival *
September 16 – Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
September 24-25 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival *
 
* Festival Performance
† w/Phil Lesh & Friends
^ Supporting The Head and The Heart

Tracklist:
1. Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries To Relax
2. Comes In Waves
3. Everything Is Permanent
4. Ghost In The Machine
5. Joke In There Somewhere
6. Joke In There Somewhere (Outro)
7. Sound That No One Made / Doomscroller Sunrise

About Dawes:
MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER marks Dawes’ first new LP following 2020’s Rounder Records debut, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 7x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album earned critical applause around the world, with Esquire declaring it “their liveliest, most visceral set yet.” Dawes celebrated with a range of high profile TV appearances, including ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #playathome series as well as CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions.
 
Dawes is: T.Z. Goldsmith (guitar, primary vocal), W.Q. Gelber (handmade bass), G.W. Goldsmith (drums, percussion, background vocals), and L.M. Pardini (piano, organ, synthesizers, clavinet, Wurlitzer, guitar, background vocals).

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BRUNO CAPINAN CELEBRATES PRIDE MONTH WITH NEW ALBUM TARA RARA 

PERFORMING AT DO WEST FEST IN TORONTO ON JUNE 3

PREVIEW BRUNO'S CAPTIVATING STAGE PRESENCE WITH  LIVE RENDITION OF MEU PRETO

LISTEN TO TARA RARA

Toronto, ON – May 27, 2022 – The long-awaited album of internationally acclaimed dynamic Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Bruno Capinan (Broo-noh Cap-ee-nan, they/them), is out now. Tara Rara (Portuguese for 'Rare Desire') is a full circle, spiritual collection of songs, resonant with sonic elements embedded with Bruno's Brazilian heritage.  Listen to the album via all streaming platforms and Bandcamp.

Tara Rara is timely for both its summer-ready sounds and aligned in its story as we near Pride month celebrations. The title takes reference from childhood memories, at times reflecting on Bruno's experiences of bullying and discrimination, while growing up in Brazil. Bruno’s nickname as a child, given to them by their father, was “buddha." In coming into their identity as a non-binary person, Bruno realized they are also “tara," which in Buddhism represents the feminine counterpart of the bodhisattva (“buddha-to-be”), and the Portuguese word for “desire." The word “rara” translates to "rare" in Bruno's mother language, and represents their signature voice and is a celebration of their power. 

Bruno's live performance is captivating and abundant with raw energy and storytelling through rhythm and movement. Toronto audiences can hear Tara Rara live at Do West Fest on Friday, June 3, where Bruno will take to an open air stage for a free show at the Lulaworld Stage (set time to be announced). Bruno previously had a stunning, intimate set at BSMT254 alongside special guests, Brazil's Bem Gil (son of Gilberto Gil) and Domenico Lancellotti (Portugal).

For a preview of Bruno's live show, check out their stunning performance for album highlight, Meu Preto. The song is a sombre, yet romantic, ode about two Black lovers delivered with lingering prose. Watch Bruno's captivating performance here, and read the lyrics (with English translation) hereMeu Preto follows the stunning visual for Qualquer Lugar, filmed in Brazil. Watch the video here, and read the lyrics for Qualquer Lugar, in English and Portuguese, here.

Bruno will tour Africa for the first time, performing in Cape Verde on June 15. Stay tuned for tour dates in Brazil to be announced. 

More About Tara Rara
Tara Rara encompasses Bruno’s deep exploration of some of their two greatest influences; Afro-Sambas and reinterpretations of Bossa Nova. While all tracks are performed in Portuguese, they are accompanied by lush arrangements made for dancing and movement. Tara Rara is a mix of vocal layers, percussive Brazilian instruments, acoustic guitar, synthesizers, programming, and a string orchestra composed of four violins, two cellos and one viola, as well as trombone, trumpet, French horn, flutes and sax.

As a non-binary person, Bruno ensured gender and racial justice was in focus when cultivating the stellar personnel lineup for Tara Rara. The album highlights an orchestra of seven string musicians, 90% BIPOC and LGBTQI+, an elder percussionist, and musicians from different cultural backgrounds.  

Working with acclaimed Ukrainian-Brazilian producer and songwriter, 17-year-old, Vivian Kuczynski (Pabllo Vittar, SCALENE, Alice Caymmi) the album was recorded from July 2021 until December 2021, primarily in Toronto (at Union Sound Company), with additional recordings in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Bahia and Melbourne. Vocals were recorded in Bahia overlooking the ocean, and brass in Melbourne, Australia. Bruno worked with guitarist Bem Gil (son of Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil), percussionist Marcelo Costa, a string orchestra from Toronto, arranger Graham Campbell, and others.

Learn more about Bruno's stellar career to date below and stay tuned for more shows to be announced! 
TOUR DATES
Friday, June 3 - Do West Festival at Lulaworld Stage - Toronto, ON - INFO 
Wednesday, June 15 - Atlantic Music Expo, Praia, Cape Verde

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Tara Rara Tracklisting
1.Ode ao Povo Brasileiro
2.Deuses Deusas
3.Qualquer Lugar
4.Meu Preto
5.Mafuá  
6.Tara Rara 
7.Possíveis Possibilities
8.Na Moral 
9.Comigo Não
10.Do Mais Secreto Desejo
11.Bahia Brasil  

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About Bruno Capinan
“Acrobatic, sensual, both angelic and profane” is how The Guardian describes Brazilian-born, Canadian singer-songwriter Bruno Capinan. The Toronto based queer artist has released five albums in their decade long music career and performed to audiences in Canada, Japan, Brazil, Argentina and the United States; fusing bossa-nova inspired music and an extravagant performance as an act of LGBTQI+ resistance. 

A fierce performer, Bruno Capinan’s approach to music making is rooted in the Brazilian tropicalia influence, which is to embrace all the vast possibilities of sound. Their music beautifully blends traditional Brazilian sounds, also known as MPB, with many other global influences, and features Portuguese lyrics that are both personal and conversational. 

Bruno Capinan gained international recognition with the release of Divina Graça (2016), including reviews in French newspaper Libération, as well as Brazil’s largest publications O Globo, Folha de São Paulo, and Rolling Stone Brazil. They have collaborated with artists around the globe, including Japanese composer Jun Miyake.

Most recently, Capinan released Leão Alado Sem Juba, recorded remotely between Canada, France, Portugal and Brazil, receiving two nominations to the prestigious APCA (São Paulo Association of Art Critics). In April of 2020, they were scheduled to showcase at Atlantic Music Expo 2020 in Cape Verde, but the performance was canceled due to the pandemic. 

About Lulaworld Records
Bridging the contemporary and the traditional, Lulaworld Records brings the Latin, Brazilian and global roots sounds of the most diverse city in the world to music adventurers around the globe.

​Having grown out of the vibrant live music scene at the Toronto venue Lula Lounge and the associated Lulaworld Festival, the label's debut release by Mexican Canadian singer songwriter Quique Escamilla won the 2015 JUNO Award in the world music category and the Canadian Folk Music award. Subsequent releases by OKAN have also earned Independent Music Awards and JUNO wins and nominations. 

With a focus on salsa, tropical and Latin jazz, the label is now expanding its scope to include artists from beyond Toronto, including Brazilian, spoken word and Indigenous artists.

Like the venue that inspired its creation, the Lulaworld Records has a musical range that spans Mexican reggae, Cuban jazz folk fusion, New Orleans inspired funk, classic Tumbao and electro samba. Stay tuned for single, albums and compilation releases coming soon. www.lulawordrecords.ca

We acknowledge the financial support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and FACTOR.

 
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CHLOE KAY TAKES ON PRINCE'S WHEN DOVES CRY

FEATURED ON COVERAMA COMPILATION ALBUM OUT NOW VIA THE CONFIDENCE EMPERORS

PERFORMING WITH THE ROLLING SKY
AS PART OF POPGURU REVUE: UNPLUGGED, A LIVESTREAM CONCERT SERIES ON SATURDAY, MAY 28

TUNE IN AT 9 PM EST!

Toronto, ON – May 27, 2022 –  Today, UK-based, Surrey, BC-born singer-songwriter, Chloe Kay, shares her version of When Doves Cryas a stunning presentation of her rendition of the Prince classic. The song is featured on Coverama - a fantastic new compilation filled with creative, fun and innovative renditions of classic pop and indie rock songs by Canadian artists, out now via Popguru Sound & Vision's boutique label, The Confidence Emperors. Listen to When Doves Cry and watch the video here.

Working with producer, Mike Schlosser, Chloe honoured one of her greatest influences by creating a signature approach on the arrangement while embodying the icon's delivery of emotion, prose and production. 

Under The Cover - what inspired the track:
I've always been a massive fan of Prince and When Doves Cry is one of my favourite songs. I love the sparseness of the song and the poetry in the lyrics. I worked with producer Mike Schlosser to come up with the arrangement. Our goal was to create our own version while still capturing the essence of the original.”

You can experience Chloe's special live performance alongside her bandmates, Juliana Eye and Sam Casey, in powerful transatlantic pop group, The Rolling Sky, this Saturday, May 28 at 9:00 p.m. EST as part of The Popguru Revue: Unplugged, A Livestream Concert Series. The session was captured at Crouch End Studios in London U.K. and Revolution Recording in Toronto. Stream the free concert via the Popguru Sound & Vision YouTube channel here and check out Part 1 of their live show from May 21 here.

On Coverama, you can hear John Orpheus cover Radiohead’s House Of Cards,  Alex Exists’ take on David Essex’s Rock OnJuliana Eye’s stunning rendition of Blondie’s Dreaming, Sam Casey’s powerful interpretation of Etta JamesI'd Rather Go Blindand Canadian icons Martha and the Muffins’ chiming electric 12 string version of The English Beat's Save It For Laterand rising Toronto duo, TANDM, as they covered Counting Crows' Accidentally In LoveWill Whitwham (of The Wilderness of Manitoba) covering The Beach Boys' classic, God Only Knows, and a bonus track from Martha and the Muffins as they deliver their rendition of For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield). Listen to the project here.

About Chloe Kay
Chloe Kay is a singer/songwriter with a unique capacity for crafting pop gems who is currently based in Brighton, UK. She first moved from her hometown in Surrey to Toronto with the goal of developing her music further. “I had just finished studying music in London and felt it would be helpful for my creative process to get out of my usual environment and be somewhere different.” As a member of electronic duo This Sound Will Save You, Chloe wrote songs that blended “unexpected electronic arrangements with epic pop adventures.” She has created toplines for producers worldwide including Dante Rose, Pure State, Day Din, Chrone & Bale, The Head, Clyde Rivers and Lucian among others. In 2021 alone, she collaborated on 12 singles. As a solo artist, she released the singles Let Me In and Fall Into U through UK label frtyfve records under her artist name of Chloe Kay. Both songs were featured on BBC Music Introducing. Chloe recently teamed up with producer/songwriter Mike Schlosser to create the single Fiction as well as her version of the Prince song When Doves Cry for the COVERAMA album. In addition, electronic artist NICOLAAS has remixed her track Beautiful Lie which will be included on The Confidence Emperors compilation album The International Sound System Party, Volume II in 2022.  

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About Popguru Sound & Vision:
Founded in 1998 by A&R maverick Graham Stairs, Popguru Sound & Vision is a fully integrated music company that makes a difference. Its core business is artist management, but, as a diversified company, Popguru is involved in music publishing, two record label imprints and providing music for film, television and other media.

Prior to starting his own company, Stairs was a partner in Intrepid management and did A&R for Intrepid Records, Latitude Records and EMI Music Canada. He was involved with such seminal Canadian artists as Martha and the Muffins, the Rheostatics, National Velvet, Chalk Circle, Damhnait Doyle and Sandbox. He was also behind the soundtrack album for the film, Highway 61, and the Bruce Cockburn tribute album that gave the Barenaked Ladies their first national hit with Lovers In A Dangerous Time. To this day, it is still one of the most played songs on Canadian radio. More recently, Stairs did A&R for True North Records where he signed Catherine MacLellan, Hunter Valentine and Australian band, the Audreys. 

The strength of any company is its artists and repertoire. Popguru subscribes to the philosophy of building a community and long-term careers for its artists. The company’s mandate is to develop content for the Canadian and international marketplaces. The business model uses diversification as a strategy to create and monetize content for the existing and next generation uses of music. Since reactivating Popguru in 2009, Stairs has signed Martha and the Muffins, Odario, Grand Analog, the Wilderness of Manitoba, John Orpheus, Ghost Caravan, producer/songwriter, Mike Schlosser, and Sam Casey for management. Stairs’ vision of the interdependencies between record labels, music publishers, management companies and licensing agencies is the reason that Popguru organizes all of them within the same company. This is Popguru’s response to the needs of artists today and into the future.

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ANDREW BIRD SHARES ECCENTRIC, EXHILARATING SINGLE AND CAT-FILLED VIDEO MAKE A PICTURE

FINAL PREVIEW OF NEW ALBUM INSIDE PROBLEMS
OUT JUNE 3rd

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OUTSIDE PROBLEMS TOUR KICKS OFF AT LA’S GREEK THEATRE ON JUNE 15 INCLUDING 25+ SHOWS WITH IRON & WINE, SOLD OUT DATES AT RED ROCKS & PIER 17, PLUS FRENCH ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES AND MORE

“Andrew Bird’s ‘Inside Problems’ tackles the demons that even Headspace can’t deter”Document Journal

TORONTO, ON – May 25, 2022 – Today, with the release of new single and cat-filled music video, Make a Picture, Andrew Bird shares the final preview of his most lush and rousing album yet. Out June 3rd, on Loma Vista Recordings, Inside Problems is a collection of 11 original songs about the complex thoughts, questions and middle-of-the-night obsessions swirling around in each of us. Delivering his signature synthesis of unforgettable melodies, magnetic energy and inventive turns of phrase, Make a Picture extends a lineage of exhilarating hits like Sisyphus, Roma Fade and more, injected with the inner demons and uncanny imagery that uniquely defines the world of Inside Problems. Listen to Make a Picture here and watch the video here.

On Make a Picture, Andrew Bird describes scenes of running through streets like feral cats, defying the impossible and rising above cries of a wounded metropolis and pliable populace, as he refers to himself as an irrepressible optimist working with a fatal flaw. Directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin, the music video manifests the track eccentrically, capturing Bird in the midst of a photoshoot with a pack of felines, in between shifts at a lone hospital desk, where he performs a minor surgery to extract frames of film from beneath his skin.

Andrew Bird says, "Make a Picture is about digesting images from historic events and constituting a narrative for your memory. ‘Tell us what you think you saw. Make a picture.’  We saw a lot of horror and darkness and a lot of inspiring bravery. So, what’s the story we tell after digesting? What’s the synapses’ synopsis?”

Make a Picture is the latest in a recent streak of stirring new singles and striking visuals to emerge from Inside Problems, following album opener, Underlands, the Joan Didion-inspired Atomized, and an enigmatic short film that took viewers deeper into the abstract mindset and curious quandaries behind the album. As Document Journal says, "Inside Problems tackles the demons that even Headspace can’t deter...in its 11 songs, the album explores the inevitable presence of thresholds, whether they emerge in mundane moments, like standing in a doorway, or more substantial ones, like crossing state lines."

Like all of Inside Problems, Make a Picture was produced by Mike Viola and recorded live and straight to tape by Andrew Bird and his four-piece band. With nearly no overdubs, the music "transports listeners to a lush musical world" (NPR Music), and starting on June 15th at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, Bird will play the songs live on his first tour in nearly three years. Co-headlined with Iron & Wine, the extensive run of Outside Problems shows will stretch from coast to coast, including sold-out stops at Colorado's Red Rocks, NYC's Pier 17 and Chicago's brand new Salt Shed, as well as performances at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and more, with support from Allison Russell, Meshell Ndegeocello and Neko Case.

Andrew Bird - 2022 Tour Dates
6/15 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre*
6/17 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre*
6/18 - Portland, OR - Pioneer Courthouse Square*
6/19 - Seattle, WA - Woodland Park Zoo* - SOLD OUT
6/21 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre* - SOLD OUT
6/22 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre^ - SOLD OUT
6/23 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
6/24 - Fort Collins, CO - New Belgium Brewery
7/10 - Paris, FR - Days Off Festival w/ L'Orchestre national d'Île-de-France
7/12 - Lyon, FR - Les Nuits de Fourvières Festival w/ L'Orchestre national de Lyon
7/14 - Munich, DE - Neue Theaterfabrik
7/15 - Berlin, DE - Metropol
7/16 - Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg Grote Zaal
7/17 - Köln, DE - Gloria Theater
7/19 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
7/22 - Atlanta, GA - Pullman Yards#
7/23 - Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit#
7/24 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium#
7/25 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth#
7/27 - Charlottesville, VA - Ting Pavilion#
7/28 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap#
7/29 - New York, NY - Pier 17# - SOLD OUT
7/30 - New Haven, CT - Westville Bowl#
7/31 - Bethlehem, PA - Steel Stacks#
8/02 - LaFayette, NY - Beak & Skiff#
8/04 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend#
8/05 - Grand Rapids, MI - Frederik Meijer Gardens# - SOLD OUT
8/06 - Indianapolis, IN - TCU Amphitheater#
8/08 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE#
8/09 - Columbus, OH - KEMBA Live!#
8/10 - St Louis, MO - Chesterfield Amphitheater#
8/12 - Chicago, IL - Salt Shed# - SOLD OUT
8/13 - Minneapolis, MN - Surly#
9/7-9/10 - Park City, UT - Park City Song Summit
9/22 - El Cajon, CA - The Magnolia!
9/23 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren!

*w/ Iron & Wine and Allison Russell
^w/ Iron & Wine and Neko Case
#w/ Iron & Wine and Meshell Ndegeocello
!w/ Iron & Wine

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AVALON TASSONYI SHARES VAUDEVILLE-INSPIRED VIDEO FOR WHAT LOVE IS

SONG APPEARS ON DEBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM
OUT NOW ON VAIN MINA RECORDS

ONTARIO TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

TORONTO, ON – May 25, 2022 – What is love? In Avalon Tassonyi’s ballad, What Love Is, they examine just that – the confusing and sometimes painful nature of romance – and with today’s release of the song’s accompanying music video, they put those emotions on beautiful display. Following a clown-painted Tassonyi, the video showcases the joy and sadness that rings through on What Love Is. Watch the heartstring-pulling visual here.

“My brother, Sandy Rossignol, and I shot this video together. He’s a very talented filmmaker based in Victoria, BC, where we filmed,” says Tassonyi. “Before I became a musician, I always dreamed of being a comedian. Clowns used to scare me when I was a kid but now I find them fascinating. Clowning is a very liberating experience… to be a child, to fail, to tap into human experiences without the need to say a word.”

What Love Is appears on Tassonyi’s captivating debut self-titled album – released on March 25th via Vain Mina Records. A collection of songs in adjacent genres, all tethered by Avalon’s charming vocals and lyrical storytelling, the record sees the folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist re-emerging to share music under their own name for the very first time. Folk stylings of the likes of Nick Drake run clean through the album’s track-list. Other apparent influences include Springsteen’s Nebraska, early Wilco, Lucinda Williams, My Morning Jacket, John Prine and Joni Mitchell. From protest songs, to piano ballads, to alt-country barn burners, Avalon appears poised throughout, playing nearly every instrument on the record and coming off as believable while holding the tune in a wide vocal range.

ABOUT AVALON TASSONYI
Born and raised in Toronto’s west end, Avalon Tassonyi (TAH-show-nee, they/them) grew up tinkering on the family piano, learned to play guitar and soon began writing songs from a young age. At 17, they moved to Montréal to pursue music, playing in a number of bands over the better part of a decade. During this time, they explored different styles from jazz to indie rock to country, ran DIY shows and released music independently at a high volume. Their longstanding former moniker, Inland Island, is most noted for the album Zsa Zsa’s Window Opens Slowly (2016, Egg Paper Factory), which was an exploration of trans femininity, radical softness and Hungarian cultural diaspora.

Avalon has come full circle, now living in Niagara-on-the-Lake on the peach farm where their maternal family has been rooted since immigrating to Canada. With that, they’ve come to embrace the acoustic, folk and country sounds that they grew up on. Avalon Tassonyi’s songs are grounded in lyrical prowess, self-assuredness, an embrace of simplicity, and a love for all human emotion, from its silliest to most sombre elements.

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RACHEL BOBBITT ANNOUNCES NEW SIX-TRACK EP THE CEILING COULD COLLAPSE OUT JULY 15

NEW SINGLE GEMINI TIES OUT TODAY

ROLLING STONE TWITCH PERFORMANCE & INTERVIEW TOMORROW – MAY 25 @ 5:00 P.M. ET – TUNE IN HERE   

UPCOMING TOUR DATES WITH MEN I TRUST & SUNFLOWER BEAN

INCLUDING TORONTO STOP THIS THURSDAY AT LEE’S PALACE

TORONTO, ON – May 24, 2022 – Today, Nova Scotia-born, and Toronto-based artist, Rachel Bobbitt, announces The Ceiling Could Collapse, her brand new six-track EP and debut for Fantasy Records. The EP, which Bobbitt co-produced with Justice Der and was mixed by GRAMMY-nominee, Jorge Elbrecht, will be released on July 15, 2022. To mark the occasion, she has also released a new single.

Following the previously released opening, More, which NPR Music’s Bob Boilen called "striking" and "poignant,” is the exquisite Gemini Ties, a vivid, inquisitive look at the deep experiences Bobbitt shares with her twin brother. “My brother and I have that inseparable connection, and it manifests in me wanting to shelter him from every bad thing, even though he’s more than capable of doing that himself,” she says.  Listen to Gemini Ties here and pre-order The Ceiling Could Collapse here.

The Ceiling Could Collapse, was a long time coming. Bobbitt made a name for herself on Vine as a teenager, uploading covers of pop hits and all-time classics to the now-defunct social media site. As her profile rose, Bobbitt found herself overwhelmed rather than inspired. “It was exciting to be doing what I loved, but it was difficult to be observed by that many people at that age where I simultaneously wanted to just shut myself in,” she says. “I’m grateful it ended when it did, because it gave me time to step back and think about what I wanted to create for myself.” She soon found herself at a jazz program, before leaving it during the pandemic to focus on her own music, which is when The Ceiling Could Collapse began to take form. 

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 25), Bobbitt will perform a stripped-down set on Rolling Stone’s Twitch channel. Tune in at 5:00 p.m. ET here. See below to find upcoming shows supporting Men I Trust and Sunflower Bean, including a Toronto stop this Thursday (May 26) at Lee’s Palace.

TRACK LIST:
1. More
2. Watch and See
3. Gemini Ties
4. Bandages
5. What About The Kids
6. For Keeps

TOUR DATES:
May 26 - Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace - with Sunflower Bean
August 4 - Woodstock, NY @ Colony - with Men I Trust
August 7 - S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom - with
Men I Trust

ABOUT RACHEL BOBBIT AND THE CEILING COULD COLLAPSE:
Life runs in rhythmic loops, from the endless rotations of the earth to the running of tides and yearly rebirth of spring. Rachel Bobbitt knows that the bottom of those cycles can feel pretty chaotic. “Every woman I’ve ever talked to is in some amount of pain almost all the time,” the emerging singer-songwriter says. “That could be physical pain, emotional pain, familial pain, but it’s there in cycles.” On her penetrating and profound new EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, Bobbitt picks through the dizzying rubble of folk and indie rock for moments of resonant emotion and frames them in heartbreaking lyrics and openhearted expanses.

After refining the six songs of The Ceiling Could Collapse on her own, Bobbitt brought together collaborator and co-producer, Justice Der, and drummer, Stephen Bennett, to record the EP at Bennett’s studio in Brampton, ON. The trio spent ten days cracking open Bobbitt’s compositions, leaving space to experiment on different vocal takes and sonic palettes. Throughout the EP, Bobbitt and Der’s arrangements strike into the deep waters of Phoebe Bridgers, Bon Iver, and Big Thief, and Grammy-nominated mixer, Jorge Elbrecht, rounds everything to a glacial shine.

The Ceiling Could Collapse centres on the cycles of life and how we find meaning in extremes: pain, joy, wonder, love. In addition to music, Bobbitt draws those same feelings from horror films—and pulled the title to this EP while reading the script to 2018’s Hereditary. A horror fan as inspired by the genre’s cavernous emotions as its artful mechanisms, Bobbitt was so enamored by Ari Aster’s film that she needed to dig into its architecture. She focused on a deleted scene, in which one-character attempts to comfort another in a time of trauma by reminding them that the world is chaotic, that questioning why bad things happen is pointless in a world where the roof could just fall on you at any moment. “We need to accept that we can’t have our minds fixated on all these things that could happen, and we need to move on—but also the ceiling could just collapse,” she laughs. More than unpredictability, it’s the endless repetition of life that suggests both things are true, that there’s no reason to worry and something terrible is about to happen. The ceiling collapse may be inescapable, but once it’s gone, there’s just more room for the sunrise to peek through.

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SIGALA AND TALIA MAR UNITE FOR UNDENIABLE SUMMER HIT STAY THE NIGHT

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8 UK Top 10 Singles
7 global Platinum Singles
9 global Gold Singles
7 Million UK sales
10 Million worldwide sales
3.5 Billion audio streams
Over 1 Billion video views

TORONTO, ON – May 20, 2022 – British DJ, producer and artist, Sigala, returns with all-new banger, Stay The Night, released globally via Ministry Of Sound.

Stay The Night is the embodiment of summer, featuring breezy, infectious beats, stunning vocals, and a ferocious energy. It’s pure pop-perfection, something Sigala masters effortlessly with each and every release.

Sigala is king of providing us with our buoyant blue-skied summer soundtracks, and Stay The Night remains true to form. Packed with high-octane energy, Talia Mar’s vocals are perfectly paired to create a real standout pop moment that is set to soundtrack sunsets and sunrises, festivals, house parties and dancefloors across the globe.

“I’ve loved working with Sigala on this song, we had so much fun in the studio together and I’m so excited to hear what people think!” Talia adds.
 
Having attended the prestigious BRIT School, an institution long associated with producing generational cultural talent, Talia Mar is a multi-disciplined artist, creator, and performer. With an impressive array of talents seemingly spanning the entire creative spectrum, it’s no surprise that she has amassed an audience of 3.6 million loyal followers - better known as the ‘Martians’ - across the social media landscape.  With a clear talent for performance, it wasn’t long before she signed her first record deal with Sony’s RCA in the summer of 2021. Powerful pop releases such as Good on You, Better, Diamonds, and Jack have seen her grow her Spotify audience significantly, with 150K monthly listeners streaming her music. Alongside her musical talents, Talia is an avid gamer and streamer. As well as a dedicated YouTube channel for her gaming, she regularly hosts watching parties to her Twitch account. Whether playing games such as Valorant, chatting with the Martians, or hosting the Amazon Music Pop Culture show, Talia has firmly established her reputation on the platform.
 
Stay The Night comes as Sigala’s second release of the year, steadily following on from the successful release of all-star tune, Melody. This continues on from a busy 2021, which saw his triumphant return to the live scene. After a summer of festival sets, which included headlining the dance stage at Boardmasters, Sigala went on to play to thousands of fans across his sold-out North American tour, stopping off for shows at New York’s Marquee and completing a residency at Elia Beach Club in Las Vegas. He returned to continue his ever-popular UK tour of “Sigalaland” shows, which culminated in a Christmas special at Ministry of Sound.
 
Stay The Night leaves us on the brink of Sigala’s banger-filled, highly anticipated sophomore album, which is set to be the soundtrack of the summer. His debut album, Brighter Days, was the highest charting dance debut album of 2018, making it a BRIT certified breakthrough record with 140k+ sales in the UK alone.
 
2022 is set to be another standout year for Sigala, who is looking forward to reengaging with his global fans and bringing the Sigala experience to more live electrifying shows for what is set to be an unforgettable summer. He is set to perform at Capital’s Summertime Ball on June 12 alongside Harry Styles, Aitch, Ed Sheeran + others. 

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FOUSHEÉ RELEASES NEW TRACK & MUSIC VIDEO FOR i’m fine TODAY

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Toronto, ON – May 20, 2022 –Today, genre-bending singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Fousheé, releases her new track and music video for i’m fine via Trackmasters Entertainment/RCA Records (listen/watch here). The track is written by Fousheé and produced by BNYX. The music video sees Fousheé behind the lens once again as director and showcases the emotion and feelings behind the meaning of the song.
 
i’m fine was the first song I wrote for this new project,” says Fousheé. “During the span of time between the last project to when i’m fine was written there was a lot being suppressed. It’s highlighting the contrast of a pretty exterior with a chaotic interior. This contrast ultimately inspired the entire project.” 
 
She just released her track, double standard, which addresses outdated gender roles that she has experienced in past relationships and rebelling against them.

Last summer, Fousheé released her critically acclaimed project time machine. Pitchfork raving, “the singer-songwriter arrives on her own terms with a debut that flits effortlessly between guitar-based soul, alt-pop, and R&B,” and “that deft balance between Fousheé’s whispery, enticing flow and her aching falsetto is time machine’s greatest asset. UPROXX stated the project is, “a great way to experience Foushee’s artistry and all she has to offer through it,” while Billboard said Fousheé takes, “listeners on a journey through her reflections and aspirations.”
 

About Fousheé
Born and raised in New Jersey, Fousheé grew up with music in the forefront her entire life. Writing her first song at age six and performing with different girl groups created with childhood friends throughout her formative years, Fousheé always knew that she wanted to pursue a career in music seriously. After living in NYC and experiencing the music scene there, she set her sights on LA where she was embraced by the music community of creators and began to pursue her dream, honing her craft and learning to play the guitar most recently. 
 
Last year, Foushee released her debut project time machine which spawned the hit single, deep end, which has over 350 million streams worldwide and landed in the Top 10 at Alternative Radio.  This feat marked Fousheé as the first black female artist to hit the top 10 in 32 years. The last artist to achieve this status was Tracey Chapman in 1989 with Crossroads.  She was Apple’s Up Next Artist in July 2021, performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Rookie of The Month, and has worked with artists including Lil Wayne, Vince Staples, Lil Yatchy, James Blake, King Princess and more.
 
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AVI KAPLAN’S DEBUT SOLO ALBUM FLOATING ON A DREAM PRODUCED BY SHOOTER JENNINGS OUT NOW VIA FANTASY RECORDS

U.S. TOUR BEGINS MAY 21st AT NASHVILLE’S 3rd & LINDSLEY
 
DATES INCLUDE NEW YORK’S LPR AND L.A. TROUBADOUR
  
ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED THROUGH SEPTEMBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER WITH STOPS IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL

TORONTO, ON – May 20, 2022 – Rising singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, today released his highly anticipated debut solo album, Floating On A Dream, via Fantasy Records. Listen and purchase here.
 
Produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Shooter Jennings, (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, American Aquarium), and mixed by Trina Shoemaker, (Brandi Carlile, Queens Of The Stone Age, Sheryl Crow), Floating On A Dream is beautifully rendered in long shadows and moody high relief reflecting Kaplan’s Californian roots and fascination with the American West.
 
The album has already received an abundance of early buzz, among them No Depression: “a successful debut LP that establishes him as a burgeoning country talent,” FLOOD: “Sounds trailblazed by artists like Lee Hazlewood, Ray LaMontagne, and Shooter Jennings,” PopMatters: They choose to see the heavens and sonically take us with them,” the Tennessean: a powerful confession driven by his warm, deep-voiced delivery,” American Songwriter: makes you remember you have a heart, literally and metaphorically,” and country tastemaker Holler: who gave the album an 8.5/10 album review stating, “As its name and imploring title track implies, there truly is a sense of ‘Floating on a Dream’ throughout this unforgettable introduction to an artist whose initial offering will be tough to better.” Additionally, NPR’s Weekend Edition is set to profile Kaplan tomorrow, Saturday, May 21. 
 
Kaplan explores matters of the heart, truth, morality, and the search for relevance across the album’s 11 original tracks. There’s country, blues, soul, tribal drums, and a touch of gospel underpinning his elemental acoustic driven rock but at the core there is that voice. From a haunting falsetto to its deepest bass tones, Kaplan’s instrument is unlike anything else in modern music. While a few of these songs were penned shortly after Kaplan’s departure from Pentatonix in 2017; most were written specifically for this project. What ties them together is the richness and fluidity of his vocal range, which may even surprise longtime fans. 
 
This week, Under The Radar was the latest to premiere a track, the revealing “When I’m A Fool,” listen here. Of the track, Kaplan stated, “The production and instrumentation of “When I’m A Fool" was greatly inspired by one of my favorite bands in the world, Tinariwen. The electric guitar and tribal drums are an homage to the unbelievable sound they’ve created. When I’m A Fool is about admitting when you’re wrong. It sheds light on the idea that when you’re in the heat of the moment, you don’t always say or do the things that are truly in your heart. Sometimes the fire inside of you can burn the ones that you love but owning up to it and learning from that mistake can soothe the wound that it created.” 
  
Deepening a musical evolution that began with 2020’s, I'll Get By EP and carried through last year’s single, Song for the Thankful, Floating On A Dream explores Kaplan’s wide sonic palette and rootsy influences and broadens his artistry into thrilling new territory. Throughout the LP’s soaring choruses and deep valley passages, Shooter Jennings’ steadfast musical foundation helps keep Kaplan’s amazing voice, which has drawn comparisons from classic country crooner Lee Hazelwood to folk legend Richie Havens, firmly in place. 

Watch All Is Well video feat. Joy Williams here. Kaplan also announced a headline tour across the U.S. Find the full routing below. 

TOUR DATES:     
May 21 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 - Washington, DC - The Miracle Theatre
May 24 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
May 25 - New York, NY - LPR
May 27 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
May 28 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
May 29 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar Cultural Center
June 1 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
June 2 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads
June 4 - Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
June 6 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
June 8 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
June 9 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
September 9 - Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Music Hall & Cafe
September 10 - Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag
September 12 - Toronto, ON - The Velvet Underground
September 13 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus

September 14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
September 16 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern Cafe & Music Hall
September 17 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
September 18 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
September 20 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
September 22 - Houston, TX - The Heights Theater
September 23 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater
September 24 - Austin, TX - The 04 Center
November 29 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Music Hall
November 30 - Berkeley, CA - Cornerstone Berkeley
December 2 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
December 3 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
December 5 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Commonwealth Room
December 6 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
December 8 - Omaha, NE - Slow Down
December 9 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
December 10 - Indianapolis, IN - Hi-Fi
December 11 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall

Avi Kaplan – vocals, guitar
Aubrey Richmond – violin
Chris Masterson – guitars
Daniel Ellsworth – piano, organ, synthesizer
Jamie Douglass – drums, percussion
John Schreffler, Jr. – pedal steel
Joy Williams – vocals on All Is Well
Kaleb Jones – guitar
Smith Curry – pedal steel
Ted Russell Kamp – bass

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SYLVAN ESSO’S SURPRISE NEW SINGLE IS THE BEST FEELING SUNBURN YOU’LL EVER HAVE

LISTEN HERE

THREE STRAIGHT SHOWS AT HISTORIC DURHAM ATHLETIC PARK BEGIN TONIGHT FEATURING GUS DAPPERTON, VAGABON, YO LA TENGO, INDIGO DE SOUZA, LITTLE BROTHER & MR TWIN SISTER, PLUS AFTERPARTIES, PSYCHIC HOTLINE POPUPS & MORE THROUGHOUT THE CITY

CURRENT TOUR INCLUDES APPEARANCES AT NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL, WILCO'S SOLID SOUND, ELECTRIC FOREST, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL AND 30+ AMPHITHEATER DATES WITH ODESZA

CANADIAN TOUR DATES INCLUDE STOPS IN TORONTO, MONTREAL, AND VANCOUVER

TORONTO, ON – May 18, 2022 – Today, Sylvan Esso surprise fans with Sunburn: a concise, cathartic pop song that captures the moment when delight bleeds into discomfort. Written on a warm January evening in Los Angeles earlier this year, the three-minute single is the band’s first new music since the release of their GRAMMY-nominated Free Love LP in 2020, marking both an aftermath and a new beginning for Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn. Listen to Sunburn, out now via Loma Vista Recordings, and watch the visual here.

The chorus of Sunburn came to Amelia Meath as she sat on the front porch of a house in LA, with the smoggy cityscape sprawled out ahead. Banging with a blistering beat and vivid descriptions of sensory overload, Sunburn is not, however, tied to any specific time or place, but the sting that comes from too much of a good thing. As Meath and Nick Sanborn explain: 

Sunburn is:

eating candy til you’re sick
riding your bike too fast down a hill
when you're five years old and don't want to get out of the water, and by the end you're shivering and all your fingers are pruney and your lips are turned purple
an undertow that sneaks up unsuspectingly
the painful pulsing pink of swollen eyelids leftover after a day lying in the sun
plunging forward without time for second-guessing

produced by Sylvan Esso
for you

Sylvan Esso recorded Sunburn at both their Betty’s studio in Chapel Hill, NC, and Dahlia Ave in Los Angeles, CA. Last week, the band performed it for the very first time during their debut taping of Austin City Limits, and beginning tonight, they will bring it to three headlining, career-spanning sets at the Historic Durham Athletic Park. From May 19-21, the largely sold-out series of baseball stadium shows are Meath and Sanborn’s biggest hometown performances to date, featuring support from Gus Dapperton & Vagabon on May 19, Yo La Tengo & Indigo De Souza on May 20, plus Little Brother & Mr Twin Sister on May 21. Find the final few tickets, as well as information on multiple afterparties, pop-up shops, late-night DJ sets and more at sylvanesso.com/ballpark.  

Between earning a GRAMMY nomination and presenting at the awards, performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, making their daytime TV debut on Ellen, and announcing dozens of more tour dates, festival slots and 30+ amphitheater shows with ODESZA (including Canadian stops in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver), Sylvan Esso’s 2022 is a whirlwind that’s still just getting started. See below for the full list of upcoming dates, now on sale here.

Sylvan Esso 2022 Tour Dates
5/19 - Durham, NC - Durham Athletic Park +
5/20 - Durham, NC - Durham Athletic Park # SOLD OUT
5/21 - Durham, NC - Durham Athletic Park @ SOLD OUT
5/23 - Richmond, VA - The National!  
5/24 - Ithaca, NY - Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard%
5/26 - Portland, ME - Thompson's Point%
5/27-29 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival

6/23-26 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest Festival
7/24 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
7/29 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
7/30 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
7/31 - Seattle, WA - Climate Pledge Arena* SOLD OUT
8/17 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion*
8/19 - Austin, TX - Germania Insurance Amphitheater* SOLD OUT
8/20 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion* SOLD OUT
8/21 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion*
8/23 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheater* 
8/25 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion*  
8/26 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* SOLD OUT
8/27 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium* 
8/30 - Philadelphia, PA - TD Pavilion at the Mann*
9/1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage* 
9/2 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau*

9/3 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion* 
9/4 - Boston, MA - Xfinity Center*
9/7 - Cincinnati, OH - The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park*
9/8 - Detroit, MI - Pine Knob Music Theatre* 
9/9 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion* SOLD OUT
9/10 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion*
9/14 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
9/16 - Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT
9/17 - Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre* 
9/18 - Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful Festival
9/20 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre*
9/22 - Ridgefield, WA - RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater*
9/23 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amp* SOLD OUT
9/24 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amp*

9/26 - Bend, OR - Hayden Homes Amphitheater* 
9/27 - Boise, ID - Fort Idaho Center Amphitheater*
9/29 - Sacramento, CA - Heart Health Park*
9/30 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre* 
10/1 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT

^w/ Palehound
! w/ Benét
% w/ Samia
+ w/ Gus Dapperton and Vagabon
# w/ Yo La Tengo and Indigo De Souza
@ w/ Little Brother and Mr. Twin Sister
*w/ ODESZA

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FLOSTATE RELEASE NEW ALBUM MOMENTS OF FEELING VIA LEKKER COLLECTIVE

WATCH NEW VISUALIZER FOR ALBUM STANDOUT, MY HEART

WATCH ONE MORE DAY IN LOVE

PERFORMING AT CLOUD 9 MUSIC FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER

“For Flostate, as long as time is on their side, they figured they can't lose. For listeners growing restless for more tunes, patience will soon be rewarded.”  – CBC Music

"..entwining captivating soundscapes with spell-binding vocal lines... the airy guitar lines and decisive percussion build a contrasting sonic support that ebbs and flows like a midnight dance between two free-spirited souls." – This Song Is Sick

"Flõstate create a mesmerizing downtempo number with Home Ground. Beginning with gentle chimes and warm piano tones, the song seduces from the get-go, as Florence's sultry and sinuous vocals enter into the mix alongside mellow beats."   Pop Matters

"Creating music building out from intimate jam sessions, Flõstate create songs which “happen in the moments that we’re not looking." - Live In Limbo

Toronto, ON – May 19, 2022 – Canadian fantasy R&B duo, Flõstate, release their debut full-length album, Moments Of Feeling, today via Lekker Collective. Moments Of Feeling is inspired by connecting with others, connection to self, romance, surrealism and etherealism, being in a flow state, as a muse spirit while navigating life experiences. Blending chill, washed-out, electronic, R&B, dream pop, psychedelic pop with meaningful lyrics, the collaborative album uses themes of escapism to in fact, return to our natural state as humans in the universe, taking you through a dream before returning to reality. Listen to Moments Of Feeling here

"Moments of Feeling aims to capture the depth of our internal world as it’s influenced by the external world we each navigate. Each song embodies it’s own world of emotion, a snapshot of a feeling we try to hold onto, grasping at its depth, only to feel it fade away into memory. The album is a reflection; inner thoughts from a non-egoistic state. The musicality and production of the album breathes a deep sense of aliveness," says group members, Avery Florence and MKSTN. "This album is an exploration of our emotional worlds. Through the lyrics and sound, our music evokes our internal world to the external, the only way to connect deeply with ourselves & those around us."

To celebrate the album release today, Flõstate share a beautiful new visualizer for standout track, My Heart. The textures, images and emotions of the song are mirrored in the visualizer; evoking the song's essence of contrast within soft and gentle between hard and raw.

This fall, the group will perform at Cloud 9 Music Festival in Rideau Lakes, Ontario. Their set is on September 10. Cloud 9 is hosted by No.9 Gardens, Canada’s First Cultural Center for Sustainability and Reconciliation, and celebrates art, food, music, and community with a dedication to a sustainable future. More tickets and info can be found here.

Last month, the group released One More Day In Love, a synth-heavy, fluid and nostalgic piece centred on gaining clarity in solitude. Listen to the song and watch the beautiful visualizer here

On the inspiration for the track, Flostate adds: “Alone, with only your memories and regrets, vivid in the night. It can be painful when we finally gain clarity on something from within our memory. It lies plainly in front of us, what it could have meant for our present if we had known. It’s so visceral, it opens a door flooding in with fantasies; regrets that paralyze you, eyes wide open in the dark.”
 

One More Day In Love follows the live version of their sedated, downtempo R&B offering, Time, which introduced listeners to the Canadian act in 2020. Creating music building out from intimate jam sessions, Flõstate create songs which "happen in the moments that we’re not looking.Experience Time through a visual of the live rooftop performance of the song here, and a music video for the original version here
 
Flõstate is a fantasy R&B duo from Canada. Consisting of producer MKSTN and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Avery Florence, two worlds collide creating multi-instrumental soundscapes and virtuous vocals. Inspired by a wide variety of artists and genres, the duo site acts such as Beach House, Galimatias, Tame Impala, Jimi Hendrix, Lana Del Rey, Bon Iver, Enya, Jeff Buckley and Pink Floyd as key influences to their sound. 

 
For more on Flostate, see the full tracklist, connect with them online at the links below. 

Moments Of Feeling - Tracklisting
1.Moments
2.Time
3.One More Day In Love
4.Home Ground Interlude
5.Home Ground
6.Dream Dance
7.My Heart
8.So It Goes (Bonus Track)

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SOCCER MOMMY SHARES NEW SINGLE BONES WITH ALEX ROSS PERRY-DIRECTED VIDEO

ANNOUNCES MASSIVE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
WITH STOP IN VANCOUVER ON DECEMBER 7

NEW ALBUM SOMETIMES, FOREVER
PRODUCED BY DANIEL LOPATIN (ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER) OUT JUNE 24

"Soccer Mommy, continues to stretch beyond the sparse indie-rock of her early songs" - The New York Times

"Allison’s ear for vocal and guitar tones remains impeccable...Allison is thriving, equipped with the tools to make a record as bombastic as the ones that first fueled her nostalgic ’90s alt rock dreams." - Pitchfork (Best New Track)

"’Shotgun’ [features] steadfast synths, airtight guitar, and a robust thwunk of a bassline. The mix sounds cleaner and more assertive…a very promising start to Soccer Mommy’s next era, one that we’ll keep on loop for a while.- Rolling Stone (Song You Need To Know)

"Soccer Mommy recaptures some of the bleary grace of certain mid-’90s alt-rock-radio outliers, and “Shotgun” has a head-nod beat that gives me flashbacks to Folk Implosion’s “Natural One”... ...there’s some dizzy romanticism in the way the song explodes, again and again. " - Stereogum (#1 Best Song of the Week)

"sharp indie rock" - Vulture

TORONTO, ON – May 18, 2022 – Next month, Soccer Mommy will release her new full-length album, Sometimes, Forever, produced by Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never, and today she shares another single off of the forthcoming record. Following lead single, Shotgun, and the spellbinding Unholy Affliction, is the heart-bursting album opener, Bones. Listen here.

Originally written for a rom com, Bones is a track that Sophie Allison loved so much she decided not to submit it to the film and keep it for this album instead, and it’s clear why. Bones is quintessential Soccer Mommy, featuring sparkling production that highlights the strength of the band as they tear through a dynamic breakdown that nods to the 90s.

“Bones is a song about struggling with the parts of yourself that you don’t like in a relationship,” Allison explains. “It’s about wanting to become better for someone and feeling like you’re standing in your own way.”

Alongside the single is a new music video from director, Alex Ross Perry (Her Smell, Golden Exits), who also directed a Soccer Mommy video for color theory album highlight, yellow is the color of her eyes. Listen to Bones and watch the new video here.

Soccer Mommy also announces a massive North American tour in support of Sometimes, Forever, including a stop in Vancouver later this year. Presale for the tour, which is aptly titled, Touring, Forever, starts Thursday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. local, with general on-sale starting Friday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. local. Sign up for the code now on soccermommyband.com. A portion of proceeds from pre-sale tickets sold via the band website will be donated to Planned Parenthood. See below to find a show near you, and, for a taste of what to expect on the road, watch the band’s performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon from last month here.

Sometimes, Forever is Sophie Allison’s boldest and most aesthetically adventurous work yet, and cements her status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. It sees Allison once again tapping into the turn-of-the-millennium sensibilities she’s known for, as she advances her self-made sonic world beyond the present and into the future with experimental-minded production, an expanded moodboard of vintage touchstones, and some of her most sophisticated songwriting to date. Inspired by the concept that neither sorrow nor happiness is permanent, Sometimes, Forever is a fresh peek into the mind of an artist who synthesizes everything — retro sounds, personal tumult, the relatable disorder of modern life — into original music that feels built to last a long time. Maybe even forever. The album is available to pre-order here.

Soccer Mommy released the critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated sophomore album, color theory, in 2020. Following the release of the album, Allison earned mass acclaim, with performances opening for Bernie Sanders, numerous headline dates sold out months in advance, festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The album made its AAA Top 20 debut after release, was #1 NACC Top 200 for four weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
6/10/22 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/12/22 - New York, NY @ Governors Ball Festival 
6/24/22 - Margate, UK @ Leisure Festival
6/27/22 - Bristol, UK @ Canons Marsh Amphitheater % 
6/28/22 - Dublin, Ireland @ Trinity College *
6/30/22 - Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain @ Vida Festival
8/12/22 - Seattle, WA @ Day In Day Out Festival
8/31/22 - Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
9/01/22 - Brighton, UK @ Chalk
9/01/22-9/04/22 - Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
9/03/22 - Bristol, UK @ Trinity
9/05/22 - Köln, DE @ Bumann & Sohn
9/06/22 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
9/08/22 - Stockholm, SE @ Slaktkyrkan
9/09/22 - Oslo, NO @ John Dee
9/10/22 - Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
9/12/22 - Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club
9/13/22 - Bremen, DE @ Lagerhaus
9/15/22 - Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
9/16/22 - Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
9/17/22 - Brussels, BE - Rotonde @ Botanique
9/18/22 - Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
9/20/22 - Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
9/21/22 - Cardiff, UK @ Tramshed 
9/22/22 - London, UK @ O2 Forum
9/23/22 - Birmingham, UK @ The Castle & Falcon
9/24/22 - Glasgow, UK @ Queen Margaret Union
10/28/22 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi Annex &
10/29/22 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre &
10/30/22 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue &
11/01/22 - Chicago, IL @ Metro &
11/04/22 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom &
11/05/22 - North Adams, MA @ Mass MOCA &
11/06/22 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues &
11/11/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall ^
11/12/22 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^
11/14/22 - Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom ^
11/16/22 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre ^
11/17/22 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Heaven Stage ^
11/18/22 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn ^
11/19/22 - Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl ^
11/30/22 - St. Louis, MO @ Pageant #
12/02/22 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Washington's #
12/03/22 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre #\
12/04/22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot #
12/07/22 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore #
12/08/22 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom #
12/10/22 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
12/11/22 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory #
12/13/22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #
12/14/22 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren #
12/16/22 - Austin, TX @ Emo's East #
12/17/22 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues #

% with The War On Drugs
* with Haim
& with support from Lightning Bug
^ with support from Helena Deland
# with support from TOPS

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SHE & HIM RETURN WITH MELT AWAY: A TRIBUTE TO BRIAN WILSON OUT JULY 22 ON FANTASY RECORDS

BELOVED DUO’S FIRST NEW ALBUM IN SIX YEARS

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE DARLIN’

ON TOUR THIS SUMMER WITH VANCOUVER STOP ON JUNE 18

TORONTO, ONMay 18, 2022Ahead of the release of Zooey Deschanel (She) & M. Ward (Him)’s Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson, via Fantasy Records on July 22, the duo has premiered a charming rendition of Darlin’, the hit single from The Beach Boys’ 1967 album, Wild Honey. Listen to Darlin’ here and watch the video here. Pre-order Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson here.

​​She & Him’s seventh studio album is a loving, LP-length tribute to one of the greatest living American songwriters and singers – Brian Wilson. Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson finds Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward diving deep into the legendary artist’s extensive songbook, offering fascinating and delectable new spins on time-honoured classics and overlooked gems alike. These 14 covers are infused with the familiar magic that She & Him fans know and love, opening a new window into Wilson’s iconic catalog. Wilson even features on Do It Again with Zooey and M. Ward for the album. The band has enjoyed a friendship, and mutual appreciation, with Wilson over the years and She & Him was previously a guest vocalist on his 2015 album, No Pier Pressure.

“In the spring of 2020, we started a list of our favourite Brian songs — a very long list,” the duo explains. “We chose songs without any regard to their chart performance. The obscure ones hit us just as hard as the more popular songs — and all are ripe for re-imagining, re-interpreting, and re-inventing. Brian writes songs of beauty and loneliness and vulnerability better than anyone — and by sequencing them next to popular songs of confidence and love and fun, it creates a more complete picture of life on earth.

Brian Wilson comments on Melt Away, Zooey and Matt did such mind-blowing versions of our songs. The harmonies are beautiful and right on. I love this record!”

The album’s first single, Darlin’, comes replete with a QVC-inspired video directed by Lara Jean Gallagher. A perfect intro to the album, the Darlin’ clip finds the pair trading lead vocals while doing their best to sell nail polish to the masses.

Melt Away is Deschanel and Ward’s follow-up to 2016’s holiday album, Christmas Party, and it marks their second record of non-holiday covers since 2014’s Classics, which topped Billboard’s U.S. Folk Albums chart on release. It’s the latest display of remarkable talent from She & Him, who have wowed listeners for over 15 years with their gorgeous and warm indie-pop.

As Deschanel has maintained a successful acting career and Ward continued his own singular solo career as a producer and singer-songwriter, the duo continues to sound like the perfect match in the studio—with Zooey’s dramatic vocals excellently pairing with Matt’s textured, tuneful arrangements and production.

The band is on tour this year across North America, including a stop at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on June 18. Tickets for the tour are available at sheandhim.com.

TRACK LIST:
1. Darlin’
2. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
3. Til I Die
4. Deirdre
5. Melt Away
6. Good To My Baby
7. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
8. Don’t Worry Baby
9. This Whole World
10. Kiss Me, Baby
11. Do It Again ft. Brian Wilson
12. Heads You Win, Tails I Lose
13. Please Let Me Wonder
14. Meant For You

TOUR DATES:
6/13 Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
6/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
6/16 Forest Grove, OR @ Grand Lodge Hotel and Property
6/17 Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
6/18 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
6/20 Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Festival Pavilion
6/22 Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
6/23 Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
6/24 San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
6/25 Los Angeles, CA @ The Ford
9/9 Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap
9/16 Grand Rapids, MI @ Frederik Meijer Gardens

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TORONTO'S MIXTO FESTIVAL TRAVELS ACROSS COMMUNITIES WITH EXPANSIVE LINEUP OF MUSIC FROM JULY 7 TO 10

INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCES BY XENIA FRANCA (BRAZIL), GHETTO KUMBE (COLOMBIA), BOMBINO (NIGER),
CEU (BRAZIL), FRANCISCO, EL HOMBRE (BRAZIL), UPROOT ANDY (NYC-VIA-TORONTO)

PEFORMANCES BY STELLAR CANADIAN ARTISTS INCLUDE TRP.P, BANGERZ BRASS WITH SPECIAL GUEST NARCY, TARA MONEKA, NEW CHANCE AND MORE

TORONTO, ON –  May 17, 2022 – Celebrated Toronto summer music gathering, Mixto Festival (produced by Uma Nota Culture), is back for 2022 with an expanded format and incredible local and global lineup! Kicking off on Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10 between two venues, audiences will dance, sing and explore four days of music, food, fun, and friends. All details and tickets can be found here
 
Following a successful 2021 edition - against all odds presented during the pandemic - Mixto's founders at Uma Nota powered on and delivered an incredible festival over three days of sonic re-calibration and connection at Lynx Music. This year, the team is bringing more international artists into the fold, including Xenia França (Brazil), Ghetto Kumbé(Colombia), Bombino (Niger), Céu (Brazil), Uproot Andy (New York-via-Toronto), and Francisco, el Hombre (Brazil). Standout local acts include Trp.pGeneral EclecticNew ChanceSofia Fly,TushMosambaBangerz Brass with special guest Narcy (Montreal), Tara MonekaYoung TeeshMe TimeJerus NazdaqReggaddictionT.dot BatuAna LuisaEnsoulTamar IlanaAline MoralesAbdominal and Selectress Sunshine

Everything begins on Thursday July 7 at Lula Lounge, doors opening at 8:00 p.m. with Xenia França(Brazil), Trp.p and General Eclectic. Festival programming will follow at a transformed parking lot of Lynx Music (260 Emerson Avenue) on Friday, July 8, Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. See below for daily performance schedules, with more updates on Facebook and Instagram. The entire festival can also be streamed at  www.mixtofestival.com

Mixto's 2022 poster was created by Toronto-based, queer, Mestizx/Latinx multidisciplinary artist, Vivian Rosas, based on the original Mixto 2019 design by Uma Nota co-founder, Jason Sanders.

Learn more about Mixto Festival's ethos and the expansive history of Uma Nota Culture below, and don't miss this incredible event - whether in your own backyard or on the web. 

For media accreditation, more information, and to request interviews with any of the performing artists, please reach out to ola@indoorecess.com. 

MIXTO FESTIVAL  2022 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Thursday July 7 - Lula Lounge - doors at 8 p.m.
Xenia França (Brazil)
Trp.p
General Eclectic

Friday July 8 - Lynx Music - doors at 6 p.m.
Tamar Ilana - festival host 
Ghetto Kumbé (Colombia)
Tush
Sofia Fly
Mosamba
New Chance

Saturday July 9 - Lynx Music - 3 p.m.
Aline Morales - festival host
Bombino (Niger) co-presented by Wavelength and Small World Music
Bangerz Brass with special guest Narcy (Montreal)
Tara Moneka
Uproot Andy (New York)
Young Teesh
Me Time
Jerus Nazdaq

Sunday July 10 - Lynx Music - doors at 3 p.m.
MC Abdominal - festival host
Céu (Brazil)
Francisco, el Hombre (Brazil)
Reggaddiction
T.dot Batu
Ana Luisa
Ensoul
Selectress Sunshine

DOWNLOAD - Mixto Festival Image and Social Media Assets

About Mixto Festival:
Mixto Festival celebrates a truly intercultural city. It brings together communities, cultures and contemporary experiences in a uniquely celebratory format that avoids presenting “world music” as a static or exotic experience. Instead, cultural diversity is treated as an intuitive and integral part of the city’s multicultural fabric.

 

About Uma Nota Culture:
Uma Nota is a reference point for world citizens and lovers of music and culture. 

Uma Nota Culture is a registered not-for-profit whose mandate is to foster the landscape for diverse music in Canada, and provide creative avenues for expression for both artists and revellers. UNC events are designed to be safe, accessible, friendly, and fun, broadening the audience of under-represented artists, especially those performing music in languages other than English, giving a platform for cross-cultural understanding, and cross-genre experimentation.

UNC was founded in 2007 as a unique monthly event series in west-end Toronto, focusing on Afro-Brazilian, Latin, Caribbean, funk and soul music provided by both live acts and DJs. Uma Nota hosts concerts, festivals, block parties, film screenings, panel discussions, and workshops. Unpretentious, open-minded, lively and fun, Uma Nota is a place where people come together to dance, united by a polyrhythmic, tropical vibe.

Since its inception, UNC has valued community co-presentations, diligently building and maintaining relationships with Toronto’s most important cultural producers. Notable past and current partners include Aga Khan MuseumLuminatoHarbourfront Centre, Lula Music and Arts, Music GallerySmall World MusicBatuki Music SocietyRevolutions Per Minute,AshkenazManifestoTawoos InitiativeUntold StoriesKoffler CentreToronto Palestinian Film Festival, and CIUT.

Past presentations include: Liniker e os Caramelows, Luedji Luna, Casuarina, Mundo Livre S/A, Seun Kuti, Teto Preto, Bruno Capinan, Vox Sambou, and M.A.K.U. Sound System.

Mixto Festival is produced by Uma Nota Culture and funded
by Government of Canada, Canada Arts Council, FACTOR,
Ontario Arts Council, and Ontario Creates. 

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MAUVEY INVITES EVERYONE TO THEIR OWN THRONE ON NEW SINGLE THE KING

LISTEN TO THE KING | WATCH THE KING

STANDOUT PERFORMANCES AT SXSW AND THE GREAT ESCAPE WITH NEW UK SHOWS AND FESTIVAL DATES
IN WESTERN CANADA ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – May 17, 2022 – Sharing a message of love through creative narratives of intentional songwriting, intelligent melody and hypnotic production, rising, Vancouver, BC / London, UK singer-songwriter, Mauvey, continues to blaze his path. Today, Mauvey launches The King, an uplifting, vibrant track with empowering prose about equality, respect and the inherent value within us all. Listen to The King and watch the video here

Mauvey adds: “Throughout history ‘Kings’ (men) have been the most important people, the most protected people and the most respected people. I wanted to write a song tearing that apart. THE KING is a redistribution of power and respect to everyone, especially the immensely powerful women we have in our world.” 

The video for The King was produced by Mauvey, and co-directed by Mauvey and Andrew Huculiak. Breeanne Brereton stars as The King, while Mauvey takes stage as The Martian. See below for a full list of personnel behind the production. 

The King is Mauvey's first new single since the his 2021 mixtape, The Florist, released on December 10 via 604 Records. The release marked Mauvey's directorial debut with a short film, of the same title, accompanying the mixtape. Comprised of cinematic videos for standout tracks, The Florist can be watched here and listened to here.

The King received support from BBC 6 Music yesterday, and will be featured as BBC Introducing's Record of the Week on Saturday, May 21. The Florist has made waves on radio, landing at #21 on the Earshot Top 50 Chart, #27 on the NACC Top 200 Chart, #8 on NACC Electronic Chart, #17 on NACC Hip Hop Chart. 

Mauvey says of The Florist: “I wanted to deliver something human with this mixtape. Love, at the end of the day, is real and unpredictable. My debut mixtape is a declaration of unpredictable, desperate love and self love. There’s some happy, there’s some sad, there’s some sad that sounds happy and there’s some happy that sounds sad. It’s human, it’s love, it’s real.”

In March, Mauvey made his debut at SXSW in Austin, Texas, cited as an 'Artist To Watch' by the revered festival itself, delivered five energetic showcases (including Range Magazine, Breakout West and M for Montreal). In Vancouver, Mauvey recently rocked support sets for Easy Life at Vancouver's Fortune Sound Club, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids at Commodore Ballroom. He returned to the UK this month, making his debut at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Tonight, he connects with Newport audiences at Le Pub and tomorrow (Wednesday, May 18), Mauvey will perform for fans in his hometown of Southampton at The Brook. The summer is looking hot, too; Mauvey will play Laketown Shakedown in Duncan, BC in June, and Constellation Festival in Squamish, BC in July. See all details below. 

Mauvey's live set is not to be missed - stay tuned for more dates to be announced and sonic affirmations of love this year.

Upcoming Tour Dates: 
May 17: Newport, UK – Le Pub  
May 18: Southampton, UK – The Brook 
May 28: London, UK – The Grace 
June 30: Duncan, BC - Lakedown Shakedown 
July 22: Squamish, BC – Constellation Festival 

DOWNLOAD –The King Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo

TikTok: @lovemauvey

About Mauvey
A highly energized and articulate emotional wreck on stage, Mauvey’s raison d’être is to create and generate love, both on and off stage. “My message will always be Love” says Mauvey, who has designed his projects of Love through his creative narratives which use intentional songwriting, intelligent melody, and hypnotic beat. “My mission is to distribute Love, and there’s no better way to do that than through music”.
 
Born in Ghana, West Africa, Mauvey grew up in the UK and Vancouver, Canada. An artist, performer and songwriter, Mauvey creates his own unique sound and style of alternative pop music, with reflective influences of Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Oumou Sangaré, Prince, Childish Gambino and Labrinth.  
 
In Spring 2021, Mauvey proudly signed with the fiercely independent label, 604 Records. After three double single releases, Mauvey’s mixtape, The Florist, dropped in December 2021. The tracks have been received tremendous praise from worldwide press, radio, music fans and industry alike. 
 
The project has been championed by BBC Introducing on Radio 1, Exclaim!, Range Magazine and climbing on Earshot, NACC’s Top 200 and Electronic Radio Charts. Mauvey has taken stages with a vengeance including performances at SXSW, support slots for easy life and Snotty Nose Rez Kids, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend & Isle of Wight Festival, a 20 date UK headline Tour, plus showcase sets at M for Montreal and Focus Wales. 
 
Mauvey’s latest single, THE KING, is an empowering alt-pop anthem that floods listeners with melodic lyrism, razor-sharp production and mesmerizing bass and drums. Mauvey shares, "Throughout history ‘Kings’ (men) have been the most important people, the most protected people and the most respected people. I wanted to write a song tearing that apart. THE KING is a redistribution of power and respect to everyone, especially the immensely powerful women we have in our world." Stay tuned for the debut full length album coming in Fall 2022.

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GHOST ANNOUNCE IMPERATOUR NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR 

CALL ME LITTLE SUNSHINE #1 AT ROCK RADIO

FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS MASTODON WITH STOPS IN
QUEBEC CITY, LAVAL AND TORONTO

TICKETS ON SALE MAY 20 AT 10 AM LOCAL TIME HERE
NEW GHOST WEBISODE CHAPTER 11: FAMILY DINNER LIVE NOW

TORONTO, ON – May 17 2022 - Children of North America, rejoice… GHOST will once again bring the “euphoric spectacle”(ROLLING STONE) of its live ritual to North America for the next leg of its globally dominating IMPERATOUR. The North American IMPERATOUR will see the GRAMMY® Award-winning Swedish theatrical rock band headlining 19 arenas across the U.S. and Canada (plus an appearance at Virginia's Blue Ridge Rock Fest), kicking off August 26 at San Diego’s Pechanga Arena, with stops in Quebec City on September 15 at Videotron Centre, Laval's Place Bell on September 16 and in Toronto at Coca Cola Coliseum on September 17, concluding on September 23 at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

The newly announced dates will comprise Ghost’s first North American run since the March 11, 2022 release of its fifth album IMPERAvia Loma Vista Recordings. Call Me Little Sunshine has broken into the top 10 at Canadian Active Rock radio, currently sitting at #7. 
As reported by THE LOS ANGELES TIMES in a Calendar cover story, Ghost "conquered metal and the charts” as IMPERA debuted at #1 in a sweep of the U.S. album charts, entering the BILLBOARD 200 at #2 with first week sales of nearly 70,000. Internationally, IMPERA bowed at #1 in the band's native Sweden as well as Germany and Finland, while cracking the top 5 in the UK (#2), Netherlands (#2), Belgium (#2), Canada (#3), Australia (#3), France (#5), Ireland (#5), and more. 

Produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace — and featuring Spillways—hailed as a “sweetly constructed rock tune” by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the Billboard Rock Chart (BDS) #1 charting, Call Me Little Sunshine, and Active Rock #1 radio single, Hunter’s Moon — IMPERA finds Ghost transported centuries forward from the Black Plague era of its previous album, 2018 Best Rock Album GRAMMY® nominee Prequelle—or as ROLLING STONE put it, “Ghost predicted the pandemic, Now the metal band is foretelling the fall of empires." The result is the most ambitious and lyrically incisive entry in the Ghost canon: Over the course of IMPERA’s 12-song cycle, empires rise and fall, would-be messiahs ply their hype (financial and spiritual alike), prophecies are foretold as the skies fill with celestial bodies divine and man-made… All in all, the most current and topical Ghost subject matter to date is set against a hypnotic and darkly colorful melodic backdrop making IMPERA a listen like no other — yet unmistakably, quintessentially Ghost.

The announcement of IMPERATOUR’s North American swing coincides with the unveiling of Chapter 11: Family Dinner, the newest installment of Ghost’s long-running narrative series of webisodes. In this next chapter, we find Papa Emeritus IV, having returned to the Ministry, joining Sister Imperator, Mr. Saltarian, and the spirit of Papa Nihil for a meal of Chinese takeout. To take your seat at the reunion dinner, visit here.
 
Support on all dates (with the exception of Green Bay which will feature support from Carcass, and the Blue Ridge Rock Fest) will come from GRAMMY® Award-winning band Mastodon, who have quietly evolved into one of the most influential, inimitable, and iconic rock bands of the modern era. Since emerging in 2000, the Atlanta quartet have defied both sonic and thematic boundaries with an uncategorizable, undeniable, and uncompromising vision unlike anything else in music. This vision manifested over the course of canonical albums such as Leviathan, which landed on Rolling Stone’s coveted The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Following the seminal Crack The Skye [named one of the best albums of 2009 by Time], they earned three consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with The Hunter [2011], Once More ‘Round the Sun [2014], and Emperor of Sand [2017].

Out of six career nominations, they received a GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best Metal Performance” for Sultan’s Curse. They are the rare creative force whose music can be felt everywhere from Game of Thrones, Adult Swim, The History Channel, and DC comics films to Coachella and Bonnaroo. They notably supported the Hirschberg Foundation For Pancreatic Cancer Research with a rendition of Stairway To Heaven in honour of late manager, Nick John. The group reached another critical high watermark via their ninth full-length, Hushed and Grim. Featuring the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Pushing The Tides, it marked the band’s third straight #1 bow on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart. It concluded 2021 on over a dozen year-end lists with Rolling Stone raving, “we get everything from some of the band’s hookiest rockers to date to some of their most awe-inspiring epics.” Evolving as they usher rock into new realms, they forever remain the same unpredictable trailblazing beast—Mastodon.
 
Tickets for Ghost's North American IMPERATOUR will be on sale from May 20 at 10am local time at found.ee/Ghost_Tour. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Wednesday, May 18 at 12 pm local time through Thursday, May 19 at 10 pm local time.
 
See below for a complete list of dates. For more information, including details re: limited VIP packages, go to www.ghost-official.com

GHOST IMPERATOUR
North America 2022 

Fri Aug 26 - San Diego, CA - Pechanga Arena San Diego
Sat Aug 27 - Tucson, AZ - Tucson Convention Center Arena
Tue Aug 30 - Austin, TX - Moody Center
Wed Aug 31 - Corpus Christi, TX - American Bank Center Arena
Fri Sep 2 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center’s Propst Arena
Sat Sep 3 - Duluth, GA - Gas South Arena
Sun Sep 4 - Asheville, NC - ExploreAsheville.com Arena
Tue Sep 6 - Tampa, FL - Yuengling Arena
Thu Sep 8 - Danville, VA - BLUE RIDGE ROCK FEST*
Fri Sep 9 - Trenton, NJ - CURE Insurance Arena
Sat Sep 10 - Belmont Park, NY - UBS Arena
Mon Sep 12 - Providence, RI - Dunkin Donuts Center
Tue Sep 13 - Bangor, ME - Cross Insurance Center
Thu Sep 15 - Quebec City, QC - Videotron Centre
Fri Sep 16 - Laval, QC - Place Bell
Sat Sep 17 - Toronto, ON - Coca Cola Coliseum

Mon Sep 19 - Saginaw, MI - Dow Event Center
Tue Sep 20 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre
Wed Sep 21 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center Arena
Fri Sep 23 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center*
*Carcass will replace Mastodon as support on the Green Bay show

DOWNLOAD - hi-res tour poster |  DOWNLOAD - hi-res press photo

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AMAI KUDA ET LES BOIS  ANNOUNCE DIGITAL RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM EMURGENCY! WITH ANIMATED SERIES

VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ESHU OUT TODAY CREATED BY NIGERIA'S SPOOF ANIMATION

SUPPORT AMAI KUDA ET LES BOIS’
SANKOFA MAROON VILLAGE INITIATIVE HERE

TORONTO, ON – May 13, 2022 – Today, Toronto-based group and movement, Amai Kuda et Les Bois, announce the release of their album, EmUrgency! Following its 2021 pre-release as a limited-edition vinyl LP, the digital version unfolds this summer with a series of narrative animated videos. It begins with Eshu. A prayer, an invocation, a Soca-Caiso jam and a work of political resistance all in one, the song Eshu, like the god to whom it is dedicated, is many different things at once. Listen to Eshu here and watch the video here.

"Eshu is the Orisha (deity) of the crossroads in the Yoruba pantheon and all its descendant traditions (Santeria, Candomble, etc.). As such, he embodies the meeting of the material and spiritual realms and is the messenger between humans and Orishas, and requires propitiation at the start of all ceremonies," says Amai Kuda et Les Bois of the song's inspiration. "He is a 'trickster' figure, neither good nor  bad, and he is a ruler of time, decisions and changing our luck either for the better or for the worse. This song in his honour calls upon him to transform negative into positive, invoking an ancestral voice to illustrate the humour and playfulness that are often part of his nature as he teaches lessons to humanity through his tricks." 

The animated video brings this powerful West African and diasporic character to life. Created in collaboration with  rising Nigerian animators, Spoof Animation, the film is intended to help address the need for more Black animation, and the need for more popular media dealing with African Spirituality and mythology in positive ways.

The music video for Eshu is the first of three teaser videos for the pilot episode of EmUrgency!, an animated series based on the album. Each teaser will be soundtracked to a song from EmUrgency!, and the release of the pilot episode will introduce the full EP to the world. Amai Kuda et Les Bois are tapping into a rising animation community evolving in Africa and the world as a result of the pandemic. Both the album and show, EmUrgency!, speak to the times we're in while addressing timeless themes contained in traditional mythology. 

EmUrgency! was recorded, mixed and mastered at Quantum Vox Music with co-producer, Jimmy Kiddo, and reflects Amai’s vast influences: Afrohouse, Motown, alt rock, hip hop and downtempo, with inflections of Amai’s Trinidadian heritage and Toronto upbringing in the mix. The album speaks to the struggles, wisdoms, and joys of Amai’s journey, being guided by ancestors and Orishas, and staying true to her calling as mother, healer, warrior and artist, despite the many obstacles facing Black, queer women in the music industry and society at large. On the songs, Amai delves into African Indigenous spiritual traditions, connecting with gods and deities of Yoruba cosmology, the anti-colonial war for survival, unconditional love, honouring elders, as well as the inner child and how to preserve it in times of struggle.  
 
Amai is also passionate about their initiative, the Sankofa Maroon Village (SMV), currently raising funds (see GoFundMe page) to establish the first Black eco-village in Canada. Sankofa Maroon Village is a physical and metaphysical space for African descended folk to rebuild healthy, ROOTED, sustainable community. You can find out more and support this powerful project here.
 
Learn more about Amai Kuda et les Bois below, find a limited edition copy of EmUrgency! on vinyl here, and stay tuned for more episodes to be released this summer. 
 
DOWNLOAD – Press Photo by Samuel Engelking

DOWNLOAD – Eshu Single Artwork
 
DOWNLOAD – EmUrgency! Album Art
 
About Amai Kuda et Les Bois
Amai Kuda et Les Bois don’t fit into the usual boxes. Breaking boundaries is part of their superpower. Not a band or a solo act, they prefer to call themselves ‘a movement.’ Led by Amai Kuda, their shows and albums always begin with the pouring of libations and the invocation of ancestors. This spiritual element weaves its way throughout all their music, whether that be soothing acoustic ballads, dancy electronic grooves or alt-rock-hip-hop-infused political tracks. Ecouché, for example, the “stunning new single” (Indie88) off the new album EmUrgency! is sung entirely in a language of ancestral communication and can’t be delivered the same way twice. It embodies what NOW magazine has called the group’s “tantalizing Afro-soul” fusion sound, "earthy and rootsy and good for your ears" (Errol Nazareth CBC in reference to AfroSoul Volume II: MaZai). Indeed, it is the genre-defying nature of their work which led their debut album, Sand from the Sea, to be named “one of the year's most exciting discoveries” (Nicholas Jennings - Canada's foremost music journalist).

Since that early accolade Amai Kuda et Les Bois have slogged away in Toronto’s music scene, performing at venues like the Jane Mallett Theatre, Harbourfront, The Rivoli, and festivals such as Luminato, Kultrun, and Small World, as well as at venues and community centres on four continents. Amai Kuda et Les Bois have certainly paid their dues, and they haven’t gone unnoticed. They’ve been featured in NOW magazine and on CBC’s Canada Live and Big City Small World, while a single from their 2019 release with Version Xcursion, Holding Back, premiered on Strombo Show. The group also won the Best Folk/Roots award as well as placing second for the Best Song at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. They’ve opened for Joel Plaskett, Kellylee Evans and Sarah Slean, and collaborated with M1 of the legendary Hip-Hop duo, Dead Prez on a call-to-action song called We Can Do It
 
All that said, the group is acutely aware of, and quite angered by, the glass ceiling in the music industry that keeps artists like themselves from reaching wider audiences. Their new album, EmUrgency! is largely about pushing back against this, and in the coverage it’s received thus far (The Strombo Show, CTV National News, RX Music Live, UMFM and CJRU), they’ve made a point of talking about it. For Amai Kuda et Les Bois, music is about healing - ourselves, our society and the earth, and that can’t happen unless we listen to the voices that have for too long been ignored. It is truly a ‘listening EmUrgency!’
 
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BRUNO CAPINAN RELEASES NEW ALBUM TARA RARA TODAY

LISTEN TO TARA RARA 


WATCH LIVE RENDITION OF STANDOUT MEU PRETO

Toronto, ON – May 13, 2022 – The long awaited album of internationally acclaimed dynamic Toronto-based singer-songwriterBruno Capinan (Broo-noh Cap-ee-nan, pronouns: they/them), arrives today. Tara Rara (Portuguese for 'Rare Desire') is a full circle, spiritual collection of songs, resonant with sonic elements embedded with Bruno's Brazilian heritage, on a quest to connect listeners to the roots of their ancestors by weaving a tale of love and pain, travelling from Africa to Brazil in its storylines. On the new album, Bruno goes back to their birthplace of Bahia to reclaim the painful past of the Atlantic Slave Trade by honouring their true selves through music. While the songs are sung in Portuguese, they are made for dancing and radiant energy - all of which embody a universal language. Listen to the album via all streaming platforms here.

In addition, Bruno shares a live rendition today for highlight track, Meu Preto. The song is a sombre, yet romantic, ode about two Black lovers delivered with lingering prose. Watch Bruno's captivating performance here, and read the lyrics (with English translation) here Meu Preto follows the stunning visual for Qualquer Lugar, filmed in Brazil. Watch the video here, and read the lyrics for Qualquer Lugar, in English and Portuguese, here.

Toronto audiences can hear Tara Rara live at Do West Fest on Friday, June 3,  where Bruno will take to an open air stage and deliver their unparalleled live performance. Bruno previously had a stunning, intimate set at BSMT254 alongside special guests, Brazil's Bem Gil (son of Gilberto Gil) and Domenico Lancellotti (Portugal).

About Tara Rara
The title takes reference from childhood memories, at times reflecting on Bruno's experiences of bullying and discrimination, while growing up in Brazil. Bruno’s nickname as a child, given to them by their father, was “buddha." In coming into their identity as a non-binary person, Bruno realized they are also “tara”, which in Buddhism represents the feminine counterpart of the bodhisattva (“buddha-to-be”), and in Portuguese mean “desire." The word “rara” which means "rare" in Portuguese, and represents Bruno’s signature voice and is a celebration of their power. 

Tara Rara encompasses Bruno’s deep exploration of some of their two greatest influences; Afro-Sambas and reinterpretations of Bossa Nova. While all tracks are performed in Portuguese, they are accompanied by lush arrangements made for dancing and movement. Tara Rara is a mix of vocal layers, percussive Brazilian instruments, acoustic guitar, synthesizers, programming, and a string orchestra composed of four violins, two cellos and one viola, as well as trombone, trumpet, French horn, flutes and sax.

As a non-binary person, Bruno ensured gender and racial justice was in focus when cultivating the stellar personnel lineup for Tara Rara. The album highlights an orchestra of seven string musicians, 90% BIPOC and LGBTQI+, an elder percussionist, and musicians from different cultural backgrounds.  

Working with acclaimed Ukrainian-Brazilian producer and songwriter, 17-year-old, Vivian Kuczynski (Pabllo Vittar, SCALENE, Alice Caymmi) the album was recorded from July 2021 until December 2021, primarily in Toronto (at Union Sound Company), with additional recordings in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Bahia and Melbourne. Vocals were recorded in Bahia overlooking the ocean, and brass in Melbourne, Australia. Bruno worked with guitarist Bem Gil (son of Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil), percussionist Marcelo Costa, a string orchestra from Toronto, arranger Graham Campbell, and others.

Learn more about Bruno's stellar career to date below and stay tuned for more shows to be announced! 

TOUR DATES
Friday, June 3 - Do West Festival - Toronto, ON - INFO

DOWNLOAD - Tara Rara Album Cover (by Daryan Dornelles)

Tara Rara Tracklisting
1.Ode ao Povo Brasileiro
2.Deuses Deusas
3.Qualquer Lugar
4.Meu Preto
5.Mafuá  
6.Tara Rara 
7.Possíveis Possibilities
8.Na Moral 
9.Comigo Não
10.Do Mais Secreto Desejo
11.Bahia Brasil  

DOWNLOAD - Press Photo (by RONCCA)

About Bruno Capinan
“Acrobatic, sensual, both angelic and profane” is how The Guardian describes Brazilian-born, Canadian singer-songwriter Bruno Capinan. The Toronto based queer artist has released five albums in their decade long music career and performed to audiences in Canada, Japan, Brazil, Argentina and the United States; fusing bossa-nova inspired music and an extravagant performance as an act of LGBTQI+ resistance. 

A fierce performer, Bruno Capinan’s approach to music making is rooted in the Brazilian tropicalia influence, which is to embrace all the vast possibilities of sound. Their music beautifully blends traditional Brazilian sounds, also known as MPB, with many other global influences, and features Portuguese lyrics that are both personal and conversational. 

Bruno Capinan gained international recognition with the release of Divina Graça (2016), including reviews in French newspaper Libération, as well as Brazil’s largest publications O Globo, Folha de São Paulo, and Rolling Stone Brazil. They have collaborated with artists around the globe, including Japanese composer Jun Miyake.

Most recently, Capinan released Leão Alado Sem Juba, recorded remotely between Canada, France, Portugal and Brazil, receiving two nominations to the prestigious APCA (São Paulo Association of Art Critics). In April of 2020, they were scheduled to showcase at Atlantic Music Expo 2020 in Cape Verde, but the performance was canceled due to the pandemic. 

About Lulaworld Records
Bridging the contemporary and the traditional, Lulaworld Records brings the Latin, Brazilian and global roots sounds of the most diverse city in the world to music adventurers around the globe.

​Having grown out of the vibrant live music scene at the Toronto venue Lula Lounge and the associated Lulaworld Festival, the label's debut release by Mexican Canadian singer songwriter Quique Escamilla won the 2015 JUNO Award in the world music category and the Canadian Folk Music award.Subsequent releases by OKAN have also earned Independent Music Awards and JUNO wins and nominations. 

With a focus on salsa, tropical and Latin jazz, the label is now expanding its scope to include artists from beyond Toronto, including Brazilian, spoken word and Indigenous artists.

Like the venue that inspired its creation, the Lulaworld Records has a musical range that spans Mexican reggae, Cuban jazz folk fusion, New Orleans inspired funk, classic Tumbao and electro samba. Stay tuned for single, albums and compilation releases coming soon. www.lulawordrecords.ca

We acknowledge the financial support of Canada Council for the Arts,
Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and FACTOR.
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BUTCHER BROWN SHARES NEW VIDEO FEATURING MICHAEL MILLIONS

WATCH BLACK MAN | LISTEN TO BLACK MAN

TORONTO, ON – May 13, 2022 – Richmond-based five-piece collective, Butcher Brown, return to offer the first look at their new single, BLACK MAN, featuring fellow Richmond rapper and songwriter Michael Millions, by sharing the song's accompanying visual. Directed by award-winning producer, cinematographer and director Shirod Greene, the raucous video for BLACK MAN finds the band back in school, rallying the rest of the class to join them for an impromptu show of the track, culminating in a show-stopping sax solo. BLACK MAN is available across streaming platforms today.

Describing how the song came together, Butcher Brown says, "For 'BLACK MAN', Corey came in with the demo for the original blueprint. During that same time, different people in the band had begun to tap in with Michael Millions because he has many different skill sets that bring lots of value to lots of people, he is a legendary hip hop artist in RVA and he is one of the coolest people in the world. We teamed up to bring this sound to the ground level so that everyone has access to it."

Speaking on his lyrical inspiration, Millions says, "I was thinking about cycles when I wrote this. Life, death and all points in between. About how things change and how things seem to just stay the same. The only thing I want to stay the same is my family, so that what I wrote about. I recorded it straight thru too, no cutting up the vocals because Butcher Brown cut they demos straight through, that was the only way to do it. This whole collaboration has been a gem and I’m excited to share this music."

The song marks Butcher Brown's first bit of new music since they graced NPR's Tiny Desk (At Home) series with a performance straight from a Richmond rooftop last year, and collaborated with Alex Isley on a cover of Patrice Rushen's Remind Me. Following a tour run supporting Kamasi Washington in 2019, Butcher Brown released their eighth album #KingButch in 2020, which features the stand-out track Tidal Wave, and received praise from the likes of Bandcamp, OkayPlayer and NPR, which described the album as "a great marriage of hip-hop and jazz." More recently, they wrapped up a European tour to end 2021 and will be touring throughout the US this year, including a set at this year's Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa in July.

Watch the video for BLACK MAN, and pre-save the single above, and stay tuned for more from Butcher Brown soon.

More about Butcher Brown:
Butcher Brown is five groove merchants delivering a heady home-brew of jams and jazz, rhymes and beats—a funky, musical mix that makes one question why great music needs to be labeled as this category or that. The hybrid moniker “jazz/hip-hop” only begins to cover it. Their balance of raw energy and smooth sophistication, edgy improvisation with a generous dose of Southern roots reveals how equal opportunity they are in employing a wide range of musical styles, and how authentically they’ve absorbed it all.  

Individually, they are: producer/keyboardist DJ Harrison; drummer Corey Fonville; bassist Andrew Randazzo; trumpeter/saxophonist/MC Marcus “Tennishu” Tenney; and guitarist Morgan Burrs.  

Starting in 2013, Butcher Brown began to release a series of recordings on their own imprint, and other independent labels as well, helping to spread the word of the group’s groove-driven consistency. On September 18, 2020, Butcher Brown released their full album #KingButch, a major label debut on Concord Records, on the Concord Jazz imprint. Their eighth album was the culmination of twelve years of dedicated focus, and commitment. Following this album, the band released ENCORE, a five track EP featuring musical gems from their #KingButch recording session.

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VALERIE JUNE EMBRACES MAZZY STAR'S FADE INTO YOU SEAMLESSLY MOLDING IT INTO HER OWN EXQUISITE SONIC UNIVERSE 

LISTEN AND WATCH HERE  
 
THE MOON AND THE STARS:
PRESCIPTIONS FOR DREAMERS 
DELUXE EDITION OUT NOW

TORONTO, ON – May 12, 2022 – Following the release of her critically acclaimed album, The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers, in March 2021, GRAMMY-nominated artist, Valerie June, embarked on a highly anticipated U.S. tour that kicked off in March and continues through May. Now the celebrated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is releasing a dazzling cover (and accompanying performance video) of one of the most achingly romantic songs of the 90s, Mazzy Star’s Fade into You. While the track has been covered many times since its initial release in 1993, it should come as no surprise that Valerie pulls in her exquisitely tender balance of modern and traditional sonic influences to create something between otherworldly and positively human. 
 
The emotional honesty and deeply meditative spirit that the Memphis-born artist consistently delivers in all her original work is certainly not lost in this cover. Valerie takes the immediacy that Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star’s lead singer) originally brought to the track and molds it into something entirely her own. Listen and watch Fade Into You here.  
 
Valerie June’s album The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers was one of 2021’s most celebrated releases. Produced by June and Jack Splash, the album is “a psychedelic tour de force” that is “powerfully, elegantly subversive” (UNCUT) and “a stunning song cycle of redemption and reclamation” (Rolling Stone). June’s spellbinding vocals and infectious sense of wonder ground the record, and “her every quiver bespeaks emotional honesty” (New Yorker). 
 
The follow-up to her 2013 breakthrough, Pushin’ Against A Stone, and the widely adored, The Order of Time — a 2017 effort that earned the admiration of Bob Dylan and landed on best-of-the-year lists — The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers is a landmark work for the Memphis-born, Brooklyn-based auteur. The recently released special digital Deluxe Edition features 23 tracks in all: The Moon and Stars’ 14 original tracks, six reimagined, acoustic versions plus three brand-new covers that align with the album’s theme: Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, John Lennon’s Imagine and Stephen Foster’s Beautiful Dreamer. Buy/Stream The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers Deluxe Edition here.
  
The album’s Call Me A Fool, featuring Stax legend Carla Thomas, was nominated for Best American Roots Song at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, the first nomination of June’s illustrious career. 
 
You and I, the gorgeous lead track from The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers was featured in Apple’s latest #ShotOniPhone Holiday ad. The poignant short film is called Saving Simon and was directed by Oscar® Nominee Jason Reitman and his father, Oscar® Nominee the late Ivan Reitman. Watch the full-length version here.
 
June’s tour is wrapping up on a sold-out date at Ram's Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD. Catch the end of her 2022 headlining tour while some tickets are still available. Full routing is below. For more information visit valeriejune.com/#tour.

Upcoming The Moon & Stars 2022 Tour Dates
Fri May 13 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
Sat May 14 – Columbus, OH – The Athenaeum Theatre
Sun May 15 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI Annex
Mon May 16 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
Wed May 18 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School EARLY SHOW SOLD OUT
Thu May 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
Fri May 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
Sat May 21 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre
Sun May 22 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
Tue May 24 – Louisville, KY – Paristown Hall
Wed May 25 – Cincinnati, OH – Memorial Hall
Fri May 27 – Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
Sat May 28 – Annapolis, MD – Ram's Head On Stage SOLD OUT
Sun July 10 – Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Memorial Library
Thu August 4 – August 7 - Happy Valley, CA – Pickathon
Fri August 19 – August 21 – Crickhowell, UK – Green Man 2022
Fri September 2 – George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre

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TORONTO DUO TANDM ARE ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE ON COVER OF COUNTING CROWS HIT

FEATURED ON COVERAMA COMPILATION ALBUM OUT MAY 20 VIA THE CONFIDENCE EMPERORS

COVERAMA ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION AT 
THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND IN TORONTO ON MAY 21

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Toronto, ON – May 12, 2022 – Today, rising Toronto duo, TANDM, release an infectious cover of Counting Crows' tune, Accidentally In Love. The antidote for post-lockdown blues and a perfect entry to the spring season, the original was a frequent spin on the stereos of band members, vocalist-guitarist Maxine Beck-Sinderby and drummer Thomas Franklin (listeners might be familiar of its inclusion in the soundtrack for Shrek 2!). With bright, poppy production and catchy riffs, the song is featured on Coverama, a compilation filled with creative, fun and innovative renditions of classic pop and indie rock songs. It will be released via Popguru Sound & Vision's boutique label, The Confidence Emperors, on May 20. The group will perform alongside the project's featured artists and label mates on May 21 at Drake Underground in Toronto for the celebration concert. Listen to Accidentally In Love, and watch the video here.

The stop-motion video was directed and animated by Akash Jones, and written and art directed by Bronte Brazier. The two dolls were named after the band members (Maxine and Thomas) in the video script.The LEGO flowers used are a reference to TANDM's last LEGO music video for their single, Warm Me Up. The video uses strawberry ice cream in reference to the lyric as well as a way to show time passing throughout the song. Akash delivered something fun and fresh to pair with the song's focus on the exciting unknowns of newfound love.  

Under The Cover - what inspired the track:
"When Thomas and I were approached by Graham Stairs of Popguru Sound & Vision to cover a song for his Coverama album, we spent hours digging through songs that we had considered covering in the past. The one that stuck out to us the most was a track from Shrek 2, which we had both listened to frequently as children. The song is full of sunshine and happiness, and currently (with COVID-19’s never-ending misery) we decided that Accidentally In Love would make for a very optimistic and hopeful cover that could brighten up our lives as well as others," says the duo. "The initial demo was recorded in our apartment, and because we used the bass line from the demo in the final product, technically the track was recorded in more than one place by more than one person. I recorded the bass line that Thomas played at our apartment, but the rest of the instruments were performed by Thomas and I, and recorded and mixed by Timothy Abraham in Gus van Go’s studio. The track was then mastered by João Carvalho at João Carvalho Mastering."

In the series so far, we’ve heard John Orpheus cover Radiohead’s House Of Cards,  Alex Exists’ take on David Essex’s Rock OnJuliana Eye’s stunning rendition of Blondie’s Dreaming, Sam Casey’s powerful interpretation of Etta JamesI'd Rather Go Blind, and Canadian icons Martha and the Muffins’ chiming electric 12 string version of The English Beat's Save It For LaterThe Coverama album also includes tracks by UK-based alt pop singer-songwriter Chloe KayWill Whitwham (leader of The Wilderness of Manitoba) and collaborative project,  Ghost Caravan.

While Coverama will see its release on May 20, celebrations will follow the next day (Saturday, May 21) at The Drake Underground in TorontoJohn Orpheus, Alex Exists, Sam Casey, Ghost Caravan, TANDM, and Juliana Eye will take to the stage to share their  eclectic renditions with live energy. Find all info and tickets here

About TANDM:
Vocalist and guitarist Maxine Beck-Sinderby and drummer Thomas Franklin met serendipitously at a music studio in high school. Maxine’s undeniable musical talent runs in her family: her uncles are Grammy-winning Canadian musician Jason Beck known to the world as Chilly Gonzales and prolific Hollywood film composer Christophe Beck, known for his Emmy-award winning work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and blockbuster films Frozen, Frozen II and Ant-Man. Thomas honed his craft first with international touring jazz drummer Bill Ransom in the US, and then with renowned Toronto musician Anthony Michelli. Both classically and jazz-trained in multiple instruments, Thomas and Maxine started writing and performing their music in Canada and Sweden; and have performed with Swedish guitarist and songwriter Janne Schaffer of ABBA fame.

In early live performances their instrumentation was minimal, and they soon developed a signature sound marked by Maxine’s silky vocals and catchy reverb-filled guitar riffs, driven forward by the energy of Thomas’s drum flourishes. Drawing inspiration from the likes of ALVVAYS, The Black Keys, Foals, Of Monsters and Men, and Daughter, TANDM’s music weaves stories around the complexities of life. From personal pleasures and conflicts to the flaws in society encountered in young adulthood, TANDM’s upbeat sounds, vivid narratives and captivating melodies create a bittersweet and memorable experience for the audience that echoes long after a first listen.

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About Popguru Sound & Vision:
Founded in 1998 by A&R maverick Graham Stairs, Popguru Sound & Vision is a fully integrated music company that makes a difference. Its core business is artist management, but, as a diversified company, Popguru is involved in music publishing, two record label imprints and providing music for film, television and other media.

Prior to starting his own company, Stairs was a partner in Intrepid management and did A&R for Intrepid Records, Latitude Records and EMI Music Canada. He was involved with such seminal Canadian artists as Martha and the Muffins, the Rheostatics, National Velvet, Chalk Circle, Damhnait Doyle and Sandbox. He was also behind the soundtrack album for the film, Highway 61, and the Bruce Cockburn tribute album that gave the Barenaked Ladies their first national hit with Lovers In A Dangerous Time. To this day, it is still one of the most played songs on Canadian radio. More recently, Stairs did A&R for True North Records where he signed Catherine MacLellan, Hunter Valentine and Australian band, the Audreys. 

The strength of any company is its artists and repertoire. Popguru subscribes to the philosophy of building a community and long-term careers for its artists. The company’s mandate is to develop content for the Canadian and international marketplaces. The business model uses diversification as a strategy to create and monetize content for the existing and next generation uses of music. Since reactivating Popguru in 2009, Stairs has signed Martha and the Muffins, Odario, Grand Analog, the Wilderness of Manitoba, John Orpheus, Ghost Caravan, producer/songwriter, Mike Schlosser, and Sam Casey for management. Stairs’ vision of the interdependencies between record labels, music publishers, management companies and licensing agencies is the reason that Popguru organizes all of them within the same company. This is Popguru’s response to the needs of artists today and into the future.

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RISING CANADIAN INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER RACHEL BOBBITT RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO MORE

LISTEN HERE AND ON NPR MUSIC’S ALL SONGS CONSIDERED

RACHEL BOBBITT TO PERFORM IN TORONTO ON MAY 26
AT LEE’S PALACE SUPPORTING SUNFLOWER BEAN

TORONTO, ON – May 10, 2022 – Nova Scotia-born and Toronto-based artist, Rachel Bobbitt, today shares a remarkable new song entitled More (via Fantasy Records), alongside an accompanying cinematic visual. Featuring gorgeous and tightly woven layers of vocals, and a warmly arcing electric guitar, More is a timely song about “navigating the medical system as a woman whose pain is often disregarded as inevitable,” Bobbitt explains. She sings, “They say the body’s just a thing to house the mind / But mine keeps betraying me night after night.”

Bobbitt explains further, “It’s all about this body that I have, suffering from the migraines I’ve inherited from my mom, but it’s also about how some people see women as being made for having children, something I don’t even necessarily want at this point.” 

Produced by Bobbitt and Justice Der, and mixed by GRAMMY-nominated engineer, Jorge Elbrecht, the single can also be heard via NPR Music’s All Songs Considered here. The stunning accompanying video was directed by Justin Singer (Daniela Andrade, ellis, Harrison, Wild Pink) and can be viewed here.

Bobbitt made a name for herself on Vine as a teenager, uploading covers of pop hits and all-time classics to the now-defunct social media site. As her profile rose, Bobbitt found herself overwhelmed rather than inspired. “It was exciting to be doing what I loved, but it was difficult to be observed by that many people at that age where I simultaneously wanted to just shut myself in,” she says. “I’m grateful it ended when it did, because it gave me time to step back and think about what I wanted to create for myself.”

She found herself in a serious cycle of introspection during the pandemic, having just decided to leave the jazz program at Humber College and focus on her own music. She holed up in Saskatoon to write, the negative temperatures seeping their way into the compositions even while her indelible warmth radiates throughout.

More is the first taste of what’s to come from Bobbitt – stay tuned for more soon.

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hill of iamhill EXPRESSES HUMAN DESIRES ON NEW SINGLE I NEED TO CRY FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM SELLOUT DUE JUNE 3 VIA TEXT ME RECORDS

LISTEN TO I NEED TO CRY | WATCH I NEED TO CRY

TORONTO, ON – May 6, 2022  – Today, Edmonton-born JUNO-nominated artist, hill of iamhill, shares I Need To Cry, the fourth single from her forthcoming album, Sellout, to be released on June 3 via Text Me Records. As we near the launch of hill's most layered work to date, the song reinforces the vulnerability that has been heard throughout the songs hill has shared over the last few months. I Need To Cry not only expresses human desires, but sheds light on adverse affects of pharmaceuticals. Listen to the song here.

hill adds: "Sometimes pharmaceuticals have the opposite effect of what’s desired. Sometimes being numb is not better. Written from the perspective of wanting to let love in." 

The production on I Need To Cry is a strong example of how hill and producer Mike Schlosser worked on the project. Sonically, Sellout has a signature rawness, complimented by hill and Mike's alt approach to songwriting, never colouring within the lines when it comes to production; from the Wurlitzer used in the intro to I Need to Cry, to utilizing an Oberheim analog synthesizer, and creating their own samples (which can be found in their signature sample pack). 

The video for I Need To Cry was created by Travis Nesbitt, song written and produced by hill of iamhill and Mike Schlosser, mixed by Brad Smith (Velveteen Music) and mastered by Reuben Ghose (Mojito Mastering). 

The intro to I Need to Cry was a first for hill, recorded with a room mic and hill  playing a wurli and making up a goofy song on the fly. "We kept it and formant-ed the audio to create a strange effect...Aside from that, I think the rawness of the album is different for me. I’m less poetic and more direct in the lyrical content."

hill has always used music creation as a means of catharsis and Sellout is no exception, standing out as her most aggressive collection of songs to date. Sellout is centred around the way our lives have become increasingly non-human. The idea that humans were not built - nor have we evolved - to manage this shift towards hyper-modern and capitalistic western values is the driving force behind the sound and story of the album. It embodies her anger and frustration in one place; written with full agency and a dash of good humour.

Collaborating with an instinctual process, hill works on the lyric and melody writing, while Mike is the brains behind the music. Mike and hill created the album pre-pandemic in hill's downtown Los Angeles loft, where she was living at the time. Amidst endless noise, sirens, people moving and voices all around, the team tracked all of the vocals in the living space, with emphasis on ensuring they were real rather than pristine.

Previous singles include, KonMaria tongue-and-cheek ode to the method of the same name, Fat Free, featuring Dallas, TX group, Cure For Paranoia, inspired by Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and Side D, a dark, energizing jam written about a woman’s right to explore her own sexual freedom and options.

Earlier this year, hill dropped an acoustic version of her previous single, Side D, in NFT format. This radically-different version was arranged by hill of iamhill and mixed by Mike Schlosser, and the artwork created by Caitlin Boyle. This is not the first NFT hill has worked on, but it is the first NFT of her own music, under her own name. While the technology that allows artists to “mint” (in other words, create a new block on the chain with your file’s information/data) their work is still emerging, hill has grown passionate about the NFT community and its intrinsic potential. 

hill of iamhill is a Canadian writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Upon releasing her debut album as ‘iamhill’ in 2018, she was immediately climbing viral Spotify playlists (such as Young & Free and Canada Viral 50), reaching hundreds of thousands of streams and travelling around the globe to write songs with new producers and artists. hill released her 2019 EP, Gimme My Life Back, on Antifragile Records out of NYC. In 2021, she released an album that was deconstructed and distributed as a sound pack by Black Octopus Sounds, who launched their adjacent record label Black Octopus Music in order to release the source album, Nobody Wants to Be My Friend.

Stay tuned for Sellout in June, see the full tracklist below and learn more about hill's incredible career below.

Sellout - Tracklist
1.Sellout
2.Side D
3.I Need To Cry
4.KonMari
5.Run featuring Zeale
6.It's A Privilege featuring Swim & John Orpheus
7.Look Like That
8.Fat Free featuring Cure For Paranoia
9.Brought 2 U By

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About hill of iamhill
hill of iamhill is a Canadian writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. She grew up in the Canadian North, where winter reigns for 8 months a year. Before cultivating her specific taste for alternative pop music, her urge to create alternate universes was already thriving. She was regularly scolded growing up for daydreaming incessantly, but may never have fully landed in “reality." Music was always her way of escaping into the current moment while simultaneously holding life at arm’s length. hill began playing piano by ear as a kid, and had picked up guitar and drums to accompany her obsession with singing by the time she was 14. Songwriting followed not long after, which began as an exercise in catharsis for hill and remains that way whenever she gets an opportunity to work on her passion project.

What appears to be the result of spending most of your life longing for a different one is the universe hill has been building since the genesis of iamhill in 2018. Upon releasing her debut album as ‘iamhill’, she was immediately climbing viral Spotify playlists (such as Young & Free and Canada Viral 50), reaching hundreds of thousands of streams and travelling around the globe to write songs with new producers and artists. During this time, she drew inspiration from artists like Frank Ocean, James Blake, Kanye West, and queen of sad-core Lana Del Rey. Informed directly by her eagerness to embrace darkness and her constant yearning for the future, the environment hill has developed over time is increasingly futuristic and industrial.

This seminal album, Give it a Rest, went on to be nominated for a Juno in 2019 (Electronic Album of the Year), while hill finally accomplished her lifelong dream of moving to California to live under the sun and find her full artistic expression among so many fellow creatives. That year, hill released her sophomore EP, Gimme My Life Back, on Antifragile Records out of NYC. The visuals that accompanied the EP were shot in Thailand, with the city filth of Bangkok front and centre.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, hill of iamhill has leaned into her fascination with technology. As the clubs she used to perform in closed their doors, she began diving into frontend web development and landed a job as a contracted engineer with a startup out of California called Pex. Pex is a digital rights technology company that enables fair and transparent use of copyrighted content at the scale and speed of the internet. Their mission is to empower creators, platforms, and rightsholders alike, which is perfectly aligned with hill’s vision for the future of the global creator’s landscape. Spending five years in a Publishing deal with Ultra Music, a Sony subsidiary, left hill with a new appreciation for creative autonomy and IP ownership. More to that end, in the fall of 2021, hill co-produced and co-released her first audio-visual NFT with a team of creatives out of Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and has already onboarded to platforms such as Catalog, which prioritize the minting of music NFTs. 

Over the past year, hill also found the time to release an album she co-produced and wrote with her now-counterpart in the iamhill project, Mike Schlosser. What made this album unique is that it was also deconstructed and distributed as a sample pack by Black Octopus Sounds, who launched their adjacent record label, Black Octopus Music, in order to release the source album, Nobody Wants to Be My Friend. 

hill is currently working with an independent label, Text Me Records,  out of San Francisco to release her forthcoming album (also co-created by Mike Schlosser). The project will see iamhill diving deeper into how "our lives are increasingly non-human." Says hill: "We were not built - nor have we evolved - to manage this shift."

 

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TOVE STYRKE RELEASES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO YOUYOUYOU

UPCOMING ALBUM HARD RELEASED ON JUNE 3

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TORONTO, ON – May 6, 2022 – Ahead of her new album release, HARD, on June 3, Tove Styrke has released her passionate lead single, YouYouYou, alongside a new video.

New track YouYouYou is an instant pop song with romantic lyrics backed by retro-tinged 80s-esque synths that bring an overall drama to the song. Tove says: “It’s the sunrise and the sunset. It’s the drama, the romance, the big bang of the album. To me it’s an instant classic and it got all the elements that I love in a big pop song. I love the analog vibes, it almost sounds like the music on a VHS tape that you’ve recorded on over and over.”

The impassioned video was shot entirely on film, which echoes the analog sound of the track, and was directed by Cornelia Wahlberg. Tove says: "I knew right away that the video was gonna have to be a dramatic portrayal of passion. I wanted to interact with people that kept changing throughout the song. I wanted it to be steamy, sexual and I also wanted to incorporate dance and use the body and movement as an expression as much as the music. We shot the whole thing on film, only using analog tricks for the effects. I think that approach fits the sound perfectly."

Tove recently announced the release of her fourth album HARD on June 3. She says: “I’m releasing my fourth album - HARD. I can’t wait to show you this music, I think it’s the best project to date that I’ve created both as a singer, songwriter and artist.”

”Life, feelings, bodies. Everything’s hard. This album is about the pleasure and the pain, the euphoria and the misery, the love stories and the heart breaks. The contrasts. And it’s about the liberation in being a free, flawed and beautiful human.”

Tove will continue to support MARINA on her upcoming already sold-out European tour in May. Full tour dates are below:

May 9 - Copenhagen, Denmark (Vega)
May 12 - The Hague, Netherlands (Amare)
May 14 - Brussels, Belgium (La Madeleine)
May 15 - Paris, France (Bataclan)
May 17 – Edinburgh (Corn Exchange)
May 20 – Manchester (O2 Apollo)
May 21 - Leeds (Refectory)
May 22 - London (O2 Brixton Academy)
May 25 – Dublin (Olympia Theatre) 

About Tove Styrke:
A platinum-selling, GRAMMY-nominated, and national radio P3 Guld ‘Pop Artist of the Year’ recipient in her native Sweden, Tove Styrke has been on a meteoric rise since the release of her 2015 album, Kiddo, led by singles Borderline, Ego, and Number One. Since then, Tove has embarked on multiple headline tours, made SXSW appearances, performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and has received vocal support from artist peers such as Sam Smith, Tove Lo, and Shawn Mendes. She has also released several collaborations including Cheat Codes & Travis Baker (All Things $ Can Do), ALMA (Good Vibes), NOTD (Been There Done That), Clean Bandit (Last Goodbye), and Lost Kings (Stuck).
 
Tove Styrke's 2018 album, Sway, a project which solidified her place among the top rising forward-thinking pop artists. The album was bolstered by iconic tracks such as Sway, Mistakes and fan-favourite, Say My Name, which Rolling Stone named to its #11 spot on its 'Top Songs of 2017' list. The album has since garnered 120M+ combined streams, drawing widespread critical praise from outlets including Pitchfork (7.5 review), The FADER (Gen F), NME (5 stars), as well as support from Zane Lowe/Apple Music and BBC Radio 1. The album also launched a run of 7 tours, including support for Lorde and Katy Perry and sold-out headline tours in North America, UK, Australia and Scandinavia.

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AVI KAPLAN DEBUTS ROUSING NEW SONG, I’M ONLY GETTING STARTED

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KAPLAN'S FULL-LENGTH DEBUT SOLO ALBUM FLOATING ON A DREAM - PRODUCED BY SHOOTER JENNINGS - DUE MAY 20 VIA FANTASY RECORDS 

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HEADLINING TOUR ANNOUNCED, DATES INCLUDE NEW YORK’S LPR AND LA’S TROUBADOUR

“'[On My Way]' finds Kaplan wrestling with time away from family in a powerful confession driven by his warm, deep-voiced delivery.”
THE TENNESSEAN 
 
“Comfortably furthering the folk sounds trailblazed by artists like Lee Hazelwood, Ray LaMontagne, and Shooter Jennings.” 
FLOOD MAGAZINE 

TORONTO, ON – May 6, 2022 – Rising singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, recently announced the upcoming release of his debut solo album, the Shooter Jennings produced Floating On A Dream, due May 20, 2022 via Fantasy Records. Pre-order it hereToday, he shares a new track from the LP, I’m Only Getting Started, a heartfelt message of self-reliance and rebirth. Listen and watch the lyric video here.
 
“My journey has taken many twists and turns,” Kaplan revealed. “It’s been a battle at times, but the completion of this album is a huge step towards the things I hope to achieve as an artist. I’ve been waiting a long time for this chance to give people my music, and to give people myself through my music.”
 
Produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Shooter Jennings, (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, American Aquarium) and mixed by Trina Shoemaker, (Brandi Carlile, Queens Of The Stone Age, Sheryl Crow,) Floating On A Dream is rendered in long shadows and moody high relief reflecting Kaplan’s Californian roots and fascination with the American West, broadening his artistry into enthralling new territory. 
 
With country, blues, soul, tribal drums, and a touch of gospel underpinning his elemental acoustic driven rock, he explores matters of the heart, truth, morality, and the search for relevance across the album’s 11 original tracks. At the core though there is that voice. From a haunting falsetto to its deepest bass tones, Kaplan’s instrument is unlike anything else in modern music. While a few of these songs were penned shortly after Kaplan’s departure from Pentatonix in 2017; most were written specifically for this project. What ties them together is the richness and fluidity of his vocal range, which may even surprise longtime fans. 
 
Deepening a musical evolution that began with 2020’s, I'll Get By EP and carried through last year’s single, Song for the Thankful, Floating On A Dream explores Kaplan’s wide sonic palette and rootsy influences. Throughout the LP’s soaring choruses and deep valley passages, Jennings’ steadfast musical foundation helps keep Kaplan’s amazing voice, which has drawn comparisons from classic country crooner Lee Hazlewood to folk legend Richie Havens, firmly in place. 

Kaplan also announced a headline tour across the U.S. Find the full routing below. 

TOUR DATES:     
April 8 - Munich, Backstage Werk- Germany 
April 10 - Zurich, Plaza, Switzerland   
April 11 - Paris, Alhambra - France 
May 21 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I
May 24 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
May 25 - New York, NY - LPR
May 27 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
May 28 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
May 29 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
June 1 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
June 2 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads
June 4 - Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
June 6 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
June 8 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
June 9 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour

Avi Kaplan – vocals, guitar
Aubrey Richmond – violin
Chris Masterson – guitars
Daniel Ellsworth – piano, organ, synthesizer
Jamie Douglass – drums, percussion
John Schreffler, Jr. – pedal steel
Joy Williams – vocals on All Is Well
Kaleb Jones – guitar
Smith Curry – pedal steel
Ted Russell Kamp – bass

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DAWES ANNOUNCE EIGHTH STUDIO ALBUM MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER TO BE RELEASED ON JULY 22 VIA ROUNDER RECORDS

FIRST SONG SOMEONE ELSE’S CAFÉ / DOOMSCROLLER TRIES TO RELAX
AVAILABLE NOW – LISTEN HERE

FULL-ALBUM CONCERT FILM RECORDED AT EASTWEST STUDIOS IN LOS ANGELES STREAMING FOR FREE TODAY AT 12:30 PM ET THROUGH MIDNIGHT ET THIS SUNDAY, MAY 8 – WATCH HERE

WIDE-RANGING CONCERT SCHEDULE INCLUDES HEADLINE DATES,
FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES, AND SUMMER TOUR WITH
THE HEAD AND THE HEART

TORONTO, ON – May 6, 2022 – Today, acclaimed Los Angeles-based rockers, Dawes, share their epic new single, Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries to Relax, available now via Rounder Records at all DSPs and streaming services. Listen here. Someone Else’s Café/Doomscroller Tries to Relax marks the opening track from Dawes’ upcoming eighth studio album, MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER, arriving everywhere on July 22nd. Pre-orders are available now.

The first half of this song could be about tyrants,” says Dawes frontman, Taylor Goldsmith. “But it could also be about anyone who thinks that a little more control is gonna make everything ok. The second half is a response to that developing reality of the first half. The world might be a scary place sometimes but, to some degree, I want to believe I can decide how I respond to it.

Every time a take was completed felt like a major accomplishment. It being 10 minutes really raised the stakes. Didn’t wanna be the guy to mess up in minute seven or eight with everyone playing flawlessly up to that point. This whole album, and this song especially, felt a little beyond our comfort zone and I’m really proud of what that’s done to the music. I like to think that you can hear the eye contact, that you can hear us thinking on our feet. It’s already become a top 5er to play live. Happy to finally have it out in the world.

Produced by longtime collaborator, Jonathan Wilson (Billy Strings, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen), MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER represents an adventurous new turn for Dawes, evincing a more ambitious, exploratory approach towards recording than ever before.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on being minimalists. With this record we set out on being MAXIMALISTS,” says Goldsmith. “Still a quartet. Still not letting these songs hide behind any tricks or effects. But really letting the songs breathe and stretch and live however they want to. We decided to stop having any regard for short attention spans. Our ambitions go beyond the musical with this one.

We also wanted to honour the traditional length of a vinyl record – 40-45 minutes – but disregard any concern for numbers of tracks. The way Miles or Herbie often did. Documenting the songs is only half of the picture. For this record, they’re also the platform for us to jump off from and get lost in. I think the best way I can say it is - we wanted this record to be less a collection of songs and more a collection of music.”

Adds bassist, Wylie Gelber: “We wanted a musical drama, an ensemble cast with linked arms kicking highly; a transcription of a band meeting we haven’t even had yet. Eight legs and eight arms, in a room, stretching deeper than we ever knew we could…The intros have outros. The outros have bridges.”

A full-album concert film of the band performing MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER, recorded at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, CA, will be available for free starting today at 12:30 p.m. ET through this Sunday, May 8 at midnight ET. The audio was produced by Jonathan Wilson and the film was directed by Caitlin Gerard. It will be taken down at midnight ET Sunday, but the version of Someone Else’s Café / Doomscroller Tries to Relax will remain. Subsequent songs from the film will be re-posted through the album release date. Tune in here.

Dawes will mark the arrival of MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER with a wide-ranging international live schedule, including headline shows, festival performances, and a summer tour with The Head and The Heart. Highlights include a very special Independence Day event with Phil Lesh & Friends, set for July 4th at Asbury Park, NJ’s Stone Pony Summer Stage. Additional dates will be announced. For complete details and ticket availability, please visit dawestheband.com/tour.

MISADVENTURES OF DOOMSCROLLER marks Dawes’ first new LP following 2020’s Rounder Records debut, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 7x GRAMMY Award-winner, Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit), at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album earned critical applause around the world, with Esquire declaring it “their liveliest, most visceral set yet.” Dawes celebrated with a range of high profile TV appearances, including ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #playathome series as well as CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions.

Dawes is: T.Z. Goldsmith (guitar, primary vocal), W.Q. Gelber (handmade bass), G.W. Goldsmith (drums, percussion, background vocals), and L.M. Pardini (piano, organ, synthesizers, clavinet, Wurlitzer, guitar, background vocals)

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
May 11 – Brooklyn, NY – The Whiskey X @ Industry City
May 21 – Prescott, AZ – Pure Imagination Festival *
July 4 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage †
July 29 – Yuzawa, JP – Fuji Rock Festival *
August 1 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^
August 2 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 4 – Houston, TX – Lawn at White Oak ^
August 5 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^
August 6 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion ^
August 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre ^
August 9 – Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden ^
August 11 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater ^
August 12 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 13 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park ^
August 16 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater ^
August 18 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl ^
August 19 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre ^
August 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre ^
August 22 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^ (SOLD OUT)
August 23 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^
August 27 – Tisbury, MA – Beach Road Weekend *
August 28 – Bridgeview, IL – Sacred Rose *
September 16 – Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
September 24-25 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival *
* Festival Performance
† w/Phil Lesh & Friends
^ Supporting The Head and The Heart 

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LEGENDARY NEW ORLEANS MUSICIAN DR. JOHN'S FINAL STUDIO ALBUM THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY SET FOR SEPTEMBER 23 RELEASE VIA ROUNDER RECORDS

GUESTS INCLUDE WILLIE NELSON, AARON NEVILLE
AND LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
 
SPELLBINDING NEW RENDITION OF I WALK ON GUILDED SPLINTERS OUT TODAY
 
2022 NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL HONOURS
SIX-TIME GRAMMY WINNER AND ROCK & ROLL
HALL OF FAMER'S RICH MUSICAL LEGACY

TORONTO, ON – May 6, 2022 – Over the course of his six-decade-long career, Dr. John embodied a near-mythic multitude of musical identities: global ambassador of New Orleans funk and jazz and R&B, visionary bluesman, rock and roll innovator, one-time top 10 hitmaker, self-anointed and massively revered high priest of psychedelic voodoo. On Things Happen That Way, due September 23, 2022, the six-time Grammy-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Famer otherwise known as Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack Jr. reveals yet another dimension of his cosmically vast musicality: a lifelong affinity for classic country & western music.  Things Happen That Way arrives as the latest and final studio album from an artist who remained wholly unpredictable, alchemizing the charmed simplicity of traditional country into a wildly enchanting body of work.
 
The first single from the album – a haunting and hypnotic new rendition of I Walk on Guilded Splinters (which originally appeared on Dr. John’s groundbreaking 1968 debut Gris- Gris) – is released today. Listen to it hereCountry-rock powerhouse Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real joined Dr. John for the newly recorded version of the classic track.  “It’s a great honor to attempt to interpret the work of Dr. John,” says Lukas. “His music has inspired me since childhood. He was a friend to many, and we all miss him dearly. His music is medicine.”
 
Things Happen That Way marks the fulfillment of a longtime goal of the legendary singer/songwriter/pianist, who first began plotting a country inspired album decades ago. In bringing his album’s songs to life, Dr. John drew on a lineup of musicians befitting of a universally beloved luminary. Along with an elite cadre of New Orleans session players, the album’s personnel include icons Willie Nelson and Aaron Neville, and rising stars Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.
 
Things Happen That Way opens on the delicate surrender of the Willie Nelson-penned, Funny How Time Slips Away, a track whose soulful harmonies and smoldering horns never overpower the sheer vulnerability of Dr. John’s performance on piano and vocals. A co-conspirator of Rebennack’s for countless years, Nelson shares a warm remembrance that perfectly encapsulates the album’s transportive power: “Dr. John had the most unique musical style and language that would take me to another time and place whenever I heard him play or sing.” Spotlighting his endless ingenuity as a song interpreter, Dr. John also masterfully reimagines Hank Williams’ Ramblin’ Man and I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry. Elsewhere on the album, Aaron Neville joins in for a joyfully brass-heavy take on The Traveling Wilburys’ End of the Line, while Willie Nelson lends his balm-like vocals and signature guitar work to a soul-stirring rendition of the traditional gospel song Gimme That Old Time Religion
 
Though much of Things Happen That Way bears an exquisitely reflective mood, the album also offers up several new uptempo originals from Dr. John: Holy Water (a savvy and poignant look back at his early-’60s criminal charge for narcotics and subsequent two-year prison sentence, with backing vocals by Katie Pruitt), Sleeping Dogs Best Left Alone (a swinging and self-aware piece that knowingly speaks to the danger in playing with proverbial dynamite), and Give Myself A Good Talkin To (a world-weary but high-spirited reflection on the vicissitudes of human nature). 
 
With each track once again illuminating his outsize imagination and idiosyncratic yet profoundly insightful storytelling, the album then closes out with a captivating cover of Guess Things Happen That Way. In a departure from the buoyant determination of Johnny Cash’s version, Dr. John delivers an aching expression of grief and quiet hope, imbuing every line with so much unvarnished emotion. At turns devastating and triumphant, elegant and raw, with his unexpected passing, this album serves as a glorious farewell from one of the most singular, essential, and infinitely fascinating figures in music history.
 
The album’s liner notes, penned by Rebennack’s longtime friend, renowned television producer Ken Ehrlich (creator of PBS’ groundbreaking music series Soundstage, and producer of the GRAMMY Awards for four decades) offer the sage observation that Things Happen That Way is “the most personal and intimate journey into his soul that has ever been put on tape.”
 
On May 8, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – now in its 52nd year – will celebrate Dr. John’s vast musical legacy with a tribute concert featuring performances by Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, Davell Crawford, John Boutté, Ivan Neville, Jon Cleary, and Papa Gros. Last weekend, the festival honored Dr. John with a second line jazz funeral procession gloriously led by the Young Fellaz brass band. 

Things Happen That Way Track Listing: 
1.Funny How Time Slips Away
2.Ramblin’ Man
3.Gimme That Old Time Religion (feat. Willie Nelson) 
4.I Walk On Guilded Splinters (feat. Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real)
5.I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
6.End Of The Line (feat. Aaron Neville)
7.Holy Water
8.Sleeping Dogs Best Left Alone
9.Give Myself A Good Talkin’ To
10.Guess Things Happen That Way

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COSMO’S MIDNIGHT SHARE NEW SINGLE & VIDEO BANG MY LINE FEAT. TKAY MAIDZA

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TORONTO, ON – May 5, 2022 – Today, twin ARIA-nominated duo, Cosmo’s Midnight, return with their latest single and video, Bang My Line, featuring Tkay Maidza, out now in Canada via Sony Music.

A silken and smooth slice of West-Coast funk, Bang My Line will transplant you directly to the hazy glitz of a palm-tree lined LA. A slapping bass line calls for a subtle head nod, as a falsetto of ooh’s serenade the chorus. Tkay Maidza’s unmistakable flow coolly enters to effortlessly match the energy drummed up by the twins, atop a pastiche of live instrumentation and an organic peachy beat. Today’s accompanying video, directed by Harry Scott, sees Cosmo’s Midnight grooving beachside. Walkie talkie in hand, Cosmo waits for a call from his crush. Tkay Maidza next appears as a stylistic vision, lime green eyeshadow matching a technicolour array of effects as she seamlessly delivers her verses. 

Cosmo’s Midnight say of the track, “We started writing 'Bang My Line' back in 2020, and finished it last year with Winston Surfshirt in his poolside studio/house that feels like it was transplanted straight out of LA. In between playing darts, swimming and a few drinks we came up with this sunny, cruisey west coast-inspired jam. It’s about waiting for your crush to ‘Bang Your Line’ because you're too spooked to make the first move. It’s so fitting that Tkay was keen to hop on this track as it feels like the stars were totally aligned with her moving to LA and her LYWW mixtapes stylistically blending perfectly with us.”

Bang My Line featuring Tkay Maidza, follows the duo’s previous triple j #1 Most Played hit, Can’t Do Without (My Baby), which recently received remixes from David Penn and Tseba, alongside their debut Best Dance Release nomination at the 2021 ARIA Awards for Yesteryear. As the pair continue to perfect their masterful production chops and cultivate a sound that’s instantly recognizable, they simultaneously celebrate reaching over 377M worldwide streams to their discography. The duo recently secured a gold certification for their singles Down For You with Ruel, Have It All feat. Age.Sex.Location and Talk To Me feat. Tove Styrke, as well as career-first platinum certifications for HistoryGet To Know feat. Winston Surfshirt and triple j Hottest 100-placed favourite, C.U.D.I (Can U Dig It). Having already worked with the likes of BTS, Asta and more across their career, in 2021 Cosmo’s Midnight further cemented their place as one of Australia’s most sought-after production acts. Before the year was out, the duo worked with a laundry list of artists to craft a slew of irresistible releases, including Feel Good with Jitwam, How Does It Feel with BAYNK, another triple j 1# Most Played cut Straight Up Relaxin with Yung Bae, and their outstanding disco-infused collaboration with Jessica Mauboy on Glow. The pair also co-produced on Wollongong multi-instrumentalist Stevan's Mr. Pants, which followed their lone solo release of the year, Titanic.

Since making serious waves in the Australian music scene in 2018 with their widely appraised, triple J Feature Album debut, What Comes Next, the multi-instrumentalist, songwriting and production act continue to sell out shows at home and around the globe. After closing 2021 with sets at Wildlands Festival, Beyond the City on NYE, Lost Disco on NYD, and South Korea’s virtual Busan International Rock Festival in October, the pair last month expanded their impressive resume with electrifying live shows around Australia in support of Flight Facilities on their FOREVER Tour. Next, they travel to London for a highly awaited reunion with UK fans, performing on July 14.

Groove along today as Cosmo’s Midnight resume play on their fun-loving hits, and collaborate on Bang My Line with fellow Aussie beloved music star, Tkay Maidza.

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DOMANIQUE GRANT SPEAKS HER TRUTH ON POWERFUL NEW EP QUEEN/DOM CHAPTER 1: QUEEN

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TORONTO, ON – May 5, 2022 – Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director, Domanique Grant,releases the first instalment of her double-EP, QUEEN/DOM, today. Titled Chapter 1: Queen, the songs on the EP deliver an array of sonic elements, infectious production and introspective, inspiring lyrics about the human journey to generational healing, forgiveness, worthiness and ultimately claiming your crown. Listen to QUEEN/DOM Chapter 1: Queen here.

On the inspiration behind the project, Domanique adds: "I wrote this project to claim my own narrative and to own the fact that the process to learning self-love and to claiming your crown is complicated."

Chapter 1: Queen was written and co-produced by Domanique Grant, with collaborators including Jarrel The Young, Joshua Sadler-Brown (co-production and mixing on Save Me), Marc Koecher (production on 723 and Undressing,  mixing on 723Undressing and Real Me) and Michael Hammer (mixed Moving On), with additional writing by Kiki Rowe. The EP was mastered by Phil Demetro. 

EP track, Save Me, premiered on CBC Radio q this morning, where Domanique spoke about the song in length. Real Me, 723, and Moving On mark some of the most personal songs Domanique has shared to date, while Undressing, will be a bonus single released this summer. See a full track listing below. 

In April, Domanique introduced the EP with standout track, Real Me, a song about being worthy of love despite our imperfections, and arrives with a stunning self-directed video - listen to Real Me and watch the video hereReal Me [produced by GRAMMY-nominated Jarrel The Young (Drake) and co-written by Domanique Grant and Kiki Rowe) continues Domanique's journey of sharing the power of being your true self in song, as explored in her previous single, Airbrush. 

Last year, Airbrush, made waves for its bold, tell-it-like-it-is multi-layered take on how colourism, shadeism, gender norms, narcissism, and self-esteem unfold and impact digital culture. Listen to Airbrush here and watch the video here. Domanique partnered with Ensemble and RBCxMusic for the project and launched an intimate in-studio preview of the track you can check out here. Take a listen to the acoustic rendition, with revitalized lyrics here and watch Domanique's performance here.

The Airbrush campaign featured a Cosplay series on Instagram, showcasing Domanique's re-creations of Marvel and DC superheroes, in collaboration with Toronto body paint artist, Alchemy Center. As the song champions every shade and gender, Domanique launched the series to inspire new perspectives around gender and beauty norms online. Get a glimpse of Domanique's take on X-Men's Mystique here, and her latest reimagination of Wonder Woman here.

Domanique hasn't slowed down amidst a time of worldwide change. In 2020, Domanique’s craft made global headlines through Till We See The Sun, her stunning, uplifting  track that spread joy at the height of the first pandemic lockdown. Since then, she has cultivated a partnership with RBCxMusic, as featured in their Grammy Awards campaign, Fuelling Firsts, which aired during the 2021 awards ceremony broadcast. She delivered presentations, performances and numerous public speaking engagements. Most recently, Domanique performed at the Humber River Heroes benefit concert by the Humber River Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Nurses Foundation Maskerade Gala hosted by etalk's Traci Melchor, and Toronto International Film Festival, opening the screening of the documentary, Listening To Kenny G.

In addition, Domanique produced RBC's The Imagine Summit, supporting artist-entrepreneurs in imagining beyond the limitations of the current global climate, by offering exclusive access to industry leaders, mindfulness training and financial resources.

Stay tuned for more sonic self-love from Domanique as she prepares to release QUEEN/DOM and learn about Domanique’s incredible career to date below. 

QUEEN/DOM Chapter 1: Queen Tracklisting
1.Save Me
2.Real Me
3.Undressing - to be released Summer 2022
4.723
5.Moving On

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About Domanique Grant
(pronunciation: DOM-AH-NEEKE GRANT, pronouns: she/her)

You may call her QueenDom. Her mom did when she was a child, and now Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director Domanique Grant is claiming it in adulthood, as the title of her forthcoming double EP (the first chapter out on May 5, 2022), for which she opens up some tough conversations — of worthiness, forgiveness, self love, notions of beauty and Internet culture.

Fresh off of her collaboration with the Grammy Awards and RBCxMusic, Domanique Grant is a Pop/Soul, Singer-Songwriter from Toronto, named one of Buzzfeed’s Top 20 Artists to Watch from Canada.

With a live show that’s been praised by Ted Talk, recent collaborations with Grammy nominated  producer Jarrel ‘The’ Young (Drake 2021, The Weeknd 2020, Fall out Boyz 2019) and a Pandemic-song that went viral worldwide, 2022 is set to be a big year for the teal haired powerhouse.

“I want to create music that reminds people to be authentic, especially when the world tells you that you don’t fit," Domanique says. 

The release of Domanique’s upcoming EP album QUEEN/DOM, exploring self-love and authenticity in a digital age; does that and more. With a milky vocal tone, paired with a praised, rap-singing versatility, echoing influences as diverse as Lauren Hill, Lisa Left-Eye Lopes, Rihanna, Sza and Chance the Rapper, combined, Domanique’s music straddles the lines of modern Pop and R&B, with elements of Electronic and Hip Hop that can’t be ignored.

QUEEN/DOM is a double EP release with the first chapter out now, and the second to come in late 2022. Introspective yet relatable, on the project, Domanique shows both a bold and vulnerable side. Like many of us, she shifted her focus during the Covid Pandemic towards further growth and self-care. And for her, that meant creating more music. She spent the last year reflecting, writing and recording.

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NOCTEM: IBERIAN BLACK/DEATH METAL OUTFIT JOINS MNRK HEAVY ROSTER

NEW FULL-LENGTH TO SEE RELEASE LATER THIS YEAR

TORONTO, ON – May 4, 2022 - Iberian black/death metal outfit, NOCTEM, has joined the MNRK Heavy roster with plans to release their sixth full-length later this year!

Comments the band, “Brothers and sisters, this is a new beginning and a big step forward on the ungodly path that NOCTEM has been following for the last twenty years. We walk this path of thorns with joy and armed with faith and fury. And now, everything is ready, we are ready, more avid for blood and lust than ever. Today we rise once again without redemption, with our arms open to embrace fate and these chaotic times. We are eager to share this new work with you who have chosen us. Soon we have more news… until then, stay true, stay wild, stay impenitent.”

MNRK Heavy’s Scott Givens, SVP, Rock & Metal, Music says, “NOCTEM have long been an artist I have had great respect for and when the opportunity came to join forces with them, MNRK Heavy seized it without question."

Based out of Valencia, Spain, NOCTEM has a vast career spanning more than two decades with an impressive discography consisting of five full-length studio albums, two demos, and one live LP, all centred on topics of ancient civilizations, mythology, and misanthropy. The band has previously worked with the likes of Prosthetic and Metal Blade Records.

Standing among the most active metal acts in Spain, the band has toured relentlessly over the years sharing stages with such metal luminaries as Marduk, Batushka, Napalm Death, Immolation, and many others throughout Europe, Asia, Russia, and North America, as well as having appeared at numerous major metal festivals around the globe.

In 2016, the band released its Haeresis full-length through Prosthetic Records with an exclusive CD edition that was limited to just 666 copies. The fittingly titled "Death Scent Edition” bore the scent of rotten meat and sold out in less than a week! The following year saw NOCTEM release a homemade beer aptly named "A Cruce Salus" coinciding with the release of Codex Ante-Mortem, a philosophical book written by singer Beleth.

In 2019, the band unveiled its fifth full-length studio release titled, The Black Consecration. New Transcendence championed a, “superb album, littered with secrets and enticing riffs.” Dutch Metal Maniac lauded as “enormously overwhelming and crushing album,” while V13 wrote, “NOCTEM successfully marry the Swedish guitar fury of Marduk with the misanthropic virulence of Immolation in an orgy of evil savagery and destruction not entirely unlike that of Watain.”

Further info on the band’s upcoming new full-length will be unveiled in the coming weeks. You have been warned. 

NOCTEM:
Beleth - vocals
Varu - bass
Voor - drums
Moss - guitars
Tobal - guitars

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About MNRK Music Group
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market around the world. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding top music creators and artists and is home to some of the greatest music talent in the world, including The Lumineers and Ricky Martin as well as the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum-selling hits.

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SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING NEW: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN ANDERSON OUT AUGUST 5

I JUST CAME HOME TO COUNT THE MEMORIES PERFORMED BY GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS OUT TODAY

NEW ALBUM PRODUCED BY DAN AUERBACH AND
DAVID FERGUSON FEATURING BROTHERS OSBORNE,
TYLER CHILDERS, ERIC CHURCH, BRENT COBB, LUKE COMBS, SIERRA FERRELL, SIERRA HULL, JAMEY JOHNSON,
ASHLEY McBRYDE, DEL McCOURY, JOHN PRINE,
NATHANIEL RATELIFF, STURGILL SIMPSON AND
GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS

TORONTO, ON – May 4, 2022 – A new tribute album celebrating the songs and career of legendary country artist , John Anderson, Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson, will be released August 5 via Easy Eye Sound (pre-order here).

Produced by Dan Auerbach and David Ferguson, the record features new versions of some of Anderson’s most beloved songs, performed by Brothers Osborne, Tyler Childers, Eric Church, Brent Cobb, Luke Combs, Sierra Ferrell, Sierra Hull, Jamey Johnson, Ashley McBryde, Del McCoury, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. In advance of the release, I Just Came Home to Count the Memories, performed by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, is out today—watch the official music video here.
 
Of the record, Anderson shares, “Listening to everybody do their own takes on the songs shows how the songs really come through. And I thought to myself, ‘You might have been young and foolish back then, but you sure did pick some good songs.’ It’s very gratifying to know that some things really do not change, and a great country song remains a great country song. Any one person on the record would be a real tribute, but all of them together? It’s a pretty big deal for me personally.”

Additionally, Auerbach reflects, “We weren’t trying to piddle around and make the normal tribute record. It had to be the best singers with the best songs and the best arrangements, and they all had to come into the studio. This wasn’t like, ‘Mail me the song, and we’ll put it together.’ Everybody had to come here and do their thing. I think it makes this record unique. I don’t think most tribute records are done like this. I think that's why it sounds like a cohesive album. It feels like an amazing mix tape.” 

Something Borrowed, Something New further celebrates a triumphant career for Anderson, who is one of country music’s most respected and beloved figures. Most recently, Anderson released his 22nd studio album, Years, in April of 2020 (stream/purchase here). Also produced by Auerbach and Ferguson, the record was created in the midst of a serious health crisis and is the testimony of his remarkable recovery.

Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, Rolling Stone praised, “Years finds Anderson at his most convincing, and moving, since his hit-making heyday. It’s the type of record that should cast his entire discography in a new light, an inspired offering that shows a forgotten legend pulling off a new trick just as effectively as his old ones,” while Billboard declared, “Years is putting Anderson firmly in the spotlight again” and The Tennessean proclaimed, “With his warming baritone—familiar to four decades of country music listeners—Years plays like a soundtrack to creative deliverance; sincere messages that often sounds resilient and at times tender-hearted.”

A Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Anderson has enjoyed 60 charting singles in four consecutive decades including five No. 1 songs: Wild and Blue, Swingin’, Black Sheep, Straight Tequila Night and Money in the Bank. Originally from Apopka, Florida, Anderson now lives outside of Nashville with his wife of over 25 years, with whom he shares two daughters. 

SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING NEW: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN ANDERSON TRACK LIST
1. 1959 performed by John Prine
2. Years performed by Sierra Ferrell
3. Wild and Blue performed by Brent Cobb
4. Low Dog Blues performed by Nathaniel Rateliff
5. Mississippi Moon performed by Eric Church
6. I Just Came Home to Count the Memories performed by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
7. Shoot Low Sheriff! performed by Tyler Childers
8. Seminole Wind performed by Luke Combs
9. When It Comes to You performed by Sturgill Simpson
10. You Can’t Judge A Book (By The Cover) performed by Brothers Osborne
11. Would You Catch A Falling Star performed by Del McCoury feat. Sierra Hull
12. Straight Tequila Night performed by Ashley McBryde
13. I’m Just An Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day) performed by Jamey Johnson

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BONNIE RAITT’S NEW ALBUM JUST LIKE THAT… LANDS AT #1 ON SIX BILLBOARD CHARTS IN ITS FIRST WEEK

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THIRD RELEASE FROM HER INDIE LABEL
REDWING RECORDS CAPTURES ATTENTION

TORONTO, ON – May 3, 2022 – Music legend, Bonnie Raitt’s, newly-released (and 21st) album, Just Like That…, is capturing the attention of fans and critics alike while it scores on sales charts, radio airplay and DSP playlists nationwide. Billboard chart positions include #1 Current Album, #1 Current Rock Album, #1 Americana / Folk Album, #1 Blues Album, #1 Internet Album and #1 Independent Record Label Current Albums.

The album reached #2 on the iTunes U.S. Top Albums chart just behind the #1 Billboard 200 top album of the week, Pusha T’s, It’s Almost Dry. At Amazon, Just Like That… was the #1 New Release before the album was even available.  

Debuting at #3 on the Americana Radio Albums Chart, its first single, Made Up Mind, remained at the #1 spot on the Americana Radio Singles Chart for four weeks, with the track also making it on top Spotify and Apple Music playlists including Rockin’ Vibes, Americana Icons, Got Blues, Grade A, Made for Spatial Audio, New Music Daily, and New In Rock & Roadhouse.

Bonnie was recently featured on Spotify’s Time Square billboard, and earned praise from the likes of the NY Times ("brings new depth to songs of love and loss"), NPR ("she's carried on in the groove that she established"), NPR Fresh Air (“That is a voice of compassion and generosity, qualities many of us encounter all too rarely these days.”) and Wall Street Journal ("a potent reminder that she’s still here, and still vital”) while her intimate conversation with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe unlocked the stories behind the four self-penned tracks. 

The 10-track album is the latest milestone in an already magnificent year following being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, receiving the Icon Award at the Billboard Women in Music, and her iconic album, Nick of Time, being inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

The mix of sounds and approaches on Just Like That… reveals how, 50 years after the release of her debut album, Raitt continues to personify what it means to stay creative, adventurous, and daring over the course of a life’s work. “On this record, I wanted to stretch,” she says. “I always want to find songs that excite me, and what’s different this time is that I’ve tried some styles and topics I haven’t touched on before.”
 
Like the rest of the musicians around the world, sidelined for two years from their livelihood and great joy—touring and performing live—Raitt and her band finished the first leg of their current eight-month US tour and will be embarking on the second leg joined by Lucinda Williams and longtime friend, Mavis Staples, on various dates throughout the run. The full tour schedule with info on Special Benefit Seats, is listed at www.bonnieraitt.com

ABOUT BONNIE RAITT
Bonnie Raitt is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose unique style blends blues, R&B, rock, and pop. After 20 years as a cult favourite, she broke through to the top in the early 90s with her GRAMMY-award winning albums, Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw, which featured hits, Something To Talk About and I Can't Make You Love Me, among others. The ten-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and Rolling Stone named the slide guitar ace one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and one of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time.”

Raitt’s widely-acclaimed 2012 independent release, Slipstream, sold over a quarter-million copies, making it one of the top selling independent albums, and earned Raitt her 10th Grammy Award (Best Americana Album). In February 2016, Raitt released her highly-anticipated 20th album, Dig In Deep (Redwing Records.) On tour for much of 2017-2019, Raitt and her band performed overseas in Australia, New Zealand as well as Canada before spending the summers touring as support for James Taylor in stadiums and arenas across the U.S., United Kingdom and Europe.

As known for her lifelong commitment to social activism as she is for her music, Raitt has long been involved with the environmental movement, performing concerts around oil, nuclear power, mining, water and forest protection since the mid 70's. She was a founding member of MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) which produced the historic concerts, album and movie, NO NUKES, and continues to work on safe energy issues in addition to environmental protection, social justice and human rights, as well as creator’s rights and music education.

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ACTION BRONSON DROPS NEW ALBUM COCODRILLO TURBO

WATCH THE SHORT FILM SPIRIT CROCODILE DIRECTED BY JASON GOLDWATCH

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM

LEG 2 OF NBA LEATHER TOUR FT. EARL SWEATSHIRT AND THE ALCHEMIST KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK WITH STOPS IN VANCOUVER, EDMONTON, CALGARY,
TORONTO AND MONTREAL

TORONTO, ON – April 29, 2022 – Action Bronson has released a new album, Cocodrillo Turbo, via  Loma Vista Recordings and along with, it an eleven-minute short film titled Spirit Crocodile.

Directed by Jason Goldwatch (Pusha T, Jay Z, Kid Cudi, Nas, The Roots), the short film digs into the essence of Cocodrillo Turbo and why the reptile is important to Bronsolino’s process. The images and footage are filtered through the lens of psychedelia as music from the album soundtracks it. Watch here.

Cocodrillo Turbo includes features from Conway The Machine, Roc Marciano, Hologram, Meyhem Lauren with production from The Alchemist, Daringer, Roc Marciano, and Action Bronson. The album has a physical release date of October 7. Click here for more details.
 
Action Bronson isn’t anyone’s idea of an underdog with a slew of critical acclaim, a New York Times bestseller, successful TV shows; a decade+ long career where he’s proved time and time again why he is one of the best MCs of our time. And yet, on his brilliant new album, Cocodrillo Turbo, he sets out to prove that his lingual versatility is stronger than it’s ever been. “I don't feel like I'm given the fucking respect that I deserve,” Bronson explains. Cocodrillo Turbo is Bronson demanding that respect. Cocodrillo Turbo a record that hits immediately, but rewards deep listening and close readings.
 
Check out the previously released video for Subzero.

NBA LEATHER LEG 2 DATES
May 1 - Vancouver, BC - Harbour Event and Convention Centre
May 3 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
May 4 - Calgary, AB - Macewan Hall

May 6 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
May 8 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore
May 9 - Toronto, ON - History
May 11 - Montreal, QC - MTELUS

May 13 - Worcester, MA - Palladium

NBA LEATHER LEG 3 DATES
May 24 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy
May 30 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy
May 31 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton
June 1 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy Birmingham
June 5 - Paris, France - Bataclan
June 8  - Stockholm, Sweden - Annexet
June 9  - Kobenhavn, Denmark - TAP1

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TEAGAN JOHNSTON CELEBRATES RELEASE OF DEBUT FULL-LENGTH RECORD SENTIMENTAL BALLAD

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ALBUM TRACK
GET OUT OF TOWN

TORONTO, ON – April 29, 2022 – Today, Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Teagan Johnston (formerly known as Little Coyote), celebrates the release of her debut full-length album, Sentimental Ballad. A gorgeous collection of 12 new originals, Sentimental Ballad is a raw expression of heartache, told through minimalistic piano and lyrically driven songs, accentuated by Johnston’s stunning vocals. Listen here.  

A deeply personal record, Sentimental Ballad is perhaps Johnston’s most honest artistic expression that she has ever been able to share. The songs are both strong and powerful while also holding space for softness and vulnerability. Combining Johnston’s delicately detailed piano playing with lyrics full of love and longing, she seeks to explore human darkness and the fabric of our dreams.  

The album was created and released entirely independently, and exactly the way she has always wanted – free from the opinions and agendas of anyone but Johnston. Playing every part in creating the record, she teaming up with friend and recording engineer, Devon Lougheed, to help mix and produce. Fully taking the reins, Johnston produced and engineered the album’s latest single, Get out of town – which is the first song of that nature that she has ever released.

“Get out of town was written about my urge to leave Toronto after going through a breakup,” reflects Johnston. “Since writing the song though, I’ve realized how much I love this city. I moved here when I was 19 and this place has really given me everything, so many of things that I dreamed would be possible when I moved here have come true.”

Highlighting the song and the album’s release, Johnston shared the video for Get out of town last week. She adds, “The video for Get out of town is a love letter to the city, it’s an expression of how even when things get hard here and I want to leave, I know I will always be connected to Toronto.” Watch the video here.

Dive in to Sentimental Ballad today and hear how Teagan Johnston’s songs will haunt you in a way that soothes your soul.

ABOUT TEAGAN JOHNSTON
Formerly known as Little Coyote, Teagan Johnston (she/they), is a singer-songwriter who drives the genre beyond its current borders, bringing a radical rawness to her work that hits you in your heart. Born in the Yukon, raised between South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the West Coast of Canada, Teagan brings a vast and ever layered perspective to her work.

Compared to the likes of Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, and Nick Cave, Tegan’s debut ‘The Trouble with Teeth’ was released in October 2017 with the enthusiastic support of EggHunt Records. Her following 2019 EP, Stay Gold, received many accolades and acclaims from various media outlets, such as VICE’s Noisey, PopMatters & more. A seasoned and experienced live performer, at home playing solo or backed by a band, Teagan has toured North America and Europe, including performing a special set at David Lynch’s prestigious private Paris nightclub Silencio.

Teagan partakes in several art forms outside of music as a means of communication and creative expression. She has modelled for Canadian fashion designer Evan Biddell, and written OP ED articles for The Toronto Star and She Does The City. In 2019 Teagan played her breakout acting role as Catherine in a Canadian Indie Horror movie The Strings as well as composing original music for the film. Outlets such as The New York Times, The A.V. Club, Bloody Disgusting and more have called Johnston’s performance and music in the film “commanding” and “magnetic.”

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SAMPA THE GREAT SHARES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO LANE FEATURING DENZEL CURRY OUT NOW VIA LOMA VISTA FOLLOWS DEBUT COACHELLA PERFORMANCE + US TOUR

WATCH LANE | LISTEN TO LANE

Toronto, ON – April 26, 2022 – Following last weekend’s inaugural Coachella performances, Zambian-born Botswana-raised poet and rapper, Sampa The Great, ushers in a new era with the release of Lane, featuring Florida rapper and labelmate, Denzel Curry. Lane is the first single Sampa the Great is releasing with Loma Vista, and the first taste of her own new music since 2019’s ARIA Award and Australian Music Prize-winning debut album, The Return.

After relocating home to Zambia during the pandemic, Sampa reconnected with a different side of herself, one closer to the younger artistry that was nourished growing up in Africa. Now, in an age of authenticity, meet a 360 Sampa, a higher version of herself. No mask on, or role to play, Lane is Sampa The Great’s call out to create and explore her own lanes, and go beyond what’s prescribed without judgment. A vocoded voice leads the track, to the tune of jilted organs and choral harmonies. A trap beat with a rolling bass melody sets the pace for Sampa the rap in defiance of being shoved in a box, calling out for courage to try willingly and freely. Denzel Curry’s verse is a powerful statement of similar essence, further adding to the gravity of Lane's message. 

Accompanying the song is a video directed by Rochelle Rhembard and Imraan Christian. A long-form piece, book-ended and balanced with the spoken-word piece, Origin, is a fitting reintroduction. From the depths of an underground cave, we are first introduced to Eve: the persona and blueprint of Sampa’s highest version of self. From a juxtaposition of four-walled concrete rooms to Sampa’s younger self, to children in black suits running through nature with automatic weapons in hand, we follow the story of Sampa’s newest journey. Denzel Curry completes the narrative in a virtual reality headset, rapping in time to spell out a dynamic ending. 

Sampa The Great says of Lane"We’re not going to stay in one lane, we’re going to create multiple ones... My truest self encourages me to explore different lanes, and go beyond what I think I know of myself.”

Sampa The Great has spent much of the past two years writing and recording while home in Zambia during the pandemic. In 2020, Sampa The Great took home three ARIA Awards for her debut album The Return, including Best Independent ReleaseBest Female Artist and Best Hip Hop Release before executing a thrilling live performance filmed from a rooftop in Botswana. Later that same month, the Music Victoria Awards saw Sampa take home four wins, including Best Album, Best Solo Artist, Best Soul, Funk, Gospel or R&B Album and Best Song, to cap off a year that included becoming the first solo artist and female musician to win Best Live Act at the National Live Music Awards and BET Amplified’s first-ever global artist. As a highly applauded live performer, Sampa has entertained audiences across the globe with appearances at festivals like Glastonbury, Splendour in the Grass and Laneway, alongside virtual sets for AFROPUNKBlack August and the Roots Picnic, as well as support slots for artists including Kendrick Lamar and Ms Lauryn Hill. Last weekend, Sampa The Great performed for the first time at Coachella 2022 and gave fans a taste of what to expect during her US festival run this summer at Lollapalooza, Pickathon and Outside Lands this July and August.

In 2019, Sampa took home Best Hip Hop Release for Final Form at the 2019 ARIA Awards, alongside multiple other wins at the annual J Awards, including Video of the Year and Double J’s Artist of the Year, Best Hip Hop Act at the Music Victoria Music Awards and broke industry records by winning the prestigious Australian Music Prize twice in her career. The Return LP received praise from the likes of The Guardian, NPR, Pitchfork, The FADER, Billboard, OkayAfrica and countless others. Sampa then re-released The Return track, Time’s Up, with new verses from New York rapper Junglepussy, collaborated with the likes of The Avalanches, Denzel Curry & Tricky, as well as featured on Michelle Obama’s esteemed playlist.

Today marks the arrival of Sampa The Great’s newest form and music ahead of a thrilling run of live performances in Australia for An Afro Future 2022 with a full band. Don’t miss absorbing the message of Lane to stick yourself in the present, and find your own highest version of self, before securing your ticket to witness the track live below.

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POPGURU SOUND AND VISION  ANNOUNCES THE POPGURU REVUE: UNPLUGGED, A LIVESTREAM CONCERT SERIES

LAUNCHING SATURDAY, MAY 7 WITH PERFORMANCE
BY THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA

LINEUP FEATURES GHOST CARAVAN, THE ROLLING SKY 
(GROUP PROJECT WITH CHLOE KAY, JULIANA EYE & SAM CASEY) LIVE OFF THE FLOOR FROM STUDIOS IN CANADA AND THE UK

TORONTO, ON - April 25, 2022 - Following the success of their original uplifting Saturday night sessions - The Popguru Revue: A Livestream Digital Concert Series - last fall,  fully-integrated Toronto music company,  Popguru Sound & Vision, shares a new project as we flow into spring with a new livestream concert series. 

Titled The Popguru Revue: Unplugged, A Livestream Concert Series, everything will kick off on Saturday, May 7 via the Popguru Sound & Vision YouTube channel with an intimate performance with strings by  Toronto band, The Wilderness of Manitoba. The band shared their acclaimed new album, Farewell To Cathedral, last fall. New fans and longtime listeners alike will be able to experience fresh tunes and old favourites. Mark your calendars and tune in here

For this edition, of the Revue, audiences will be able to tune into the sounds of Brighton, UK singer-songwriter Chloe Kay, and Toronto pop artists, Sam Casey and Juliana Eye, in the form of their new group project, The Rolling SkyJUNO nominated band, The Wilderness of Manitoba, and Toronto based anthemic pop group, Ghost Caravan. Performances were filmed at Crouch End Studios, London UK and Revolution Recording in Toronto. See below for a complete schedule. 
 
It has been a busy 2022 for Popguru! On May 20, Popguru’s boutique label, The Confidence Emperors, will unveil Coverama - a compilation of creative, fun and innovative renditions of classic pop and indie rock songs. The tracks on Coverama include interpretations by Toronto artist/producer, Alex Exists; author/musical artist, JOHN ORPHEUS, UK-based pop singer-songwriter, Chloe KayWill Whitwham (leader of The Wilderness of Manitoba), Ghost Caravan, Canadian icons Martha and the Muffins, artist/producer Juliana Eye, indie pop duo, TANDM, and new signing, Sam Casey. Learn more about the project here.

The roster will celebrate with a live show at The Drake Underground in Toronto, on Saturday, May 21, where John OrpheusAlex Exists, Sam Casey, Ghost Caravan, TANDM, and Juliana Eye will take to the stage to share their eclectic renditions with live energy. Find all info and tickets here

In Fall of 2021, Popguru Sound & Vision delivered an engaging livestream concert series, the Popguru Revue. The fully integrated, Toronto-based music company shared an immersive high-production season of free programming, featuring performances from an array of the company’s diverse and dynamic artist roster. You can watch all of the sets on the Popguru video channel

Learn more about Popguru Sound & Vision's extensive industry history and evolution to date below and stay tuned for more creative covers ahead of Coverama's spring release.

Popguru Revue Livestream Concert Series - Spring 2022
*Saturdays May 7 through 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET*
Saturday, May 7 - The Wilderness of Manitoba 
Saturday, May 14 - Ghost Caravan
Saturday, May 21 - The Rolling Sky - part 1 
Saturday, May 28 - The Rolling Sky - part 2 

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About Popguru Sound & Vision:
Founded in 1998 by A&R maverick Graham Stairs, Popguru Sound & Vision is a fully integrated music company that makes a difference. Its core business is artist management, but, as a diversified company, Popguru is involved in music publishing, two record label imprints and providing music for film, television and other media.

Prior to starting his own company, Stairs was a partner in Intrepid management and did A&R for Intrepid Records, Latitude Records and EMI Music Canada. He was involved with such seminal Canadian artists as Martha and the Muffins, the Rheostatics, National Velvet, Chalk Circle, Damhnait Doyle and Sandbox. He was also behind the soundtrack album for the film, Highway 61, and the Bruce Cockburn tribute album that gave the Barenaked Ladies their first national hit with Lovers In A Dangerous Time. To this day, it is still one of the most played songs on Canadian radio. More recently, Stairs did A&R for True North Records where he signed Catherine MacLellan, Hunter Valentine and Australian band, the Audreys. 

The strength of any company is its artists and repertoire. Popguru subscribes to the philosophy of building a community and long-term careers for its artists. The company’s mandate is to develop content for the Canadian and international marketplaces. The business model uses diversification as a strategy to create and monetize content for the existing and next generation uses of music. Since reactivating Popguru in 2009, Stairs has signed Martha and the Muffins, Odario, Grand Analog, the Wilderness of Manitoba, John Orpheus, Ghost Caravan, producer/songwriter, Mike Schlosser, and Sam Casey for management. Stairs’ vision of the interdependencies between record labels, music publishers, management companies and licensing agencies is the reason that Popguru organizes all of them within the same company. This is Popguru’s response to the needs of artists today and into the future.

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The Wilderness of ManitobaThe Wilderness of Manitoba
After a three year hiatus, The Wilderness of Manitoba returned in 2021 with a new line-up and a new album entitled Farewell To Cathedral. Founding member and singer/multi-instrumentalist Will Whitwham was joined by Victoria Carr on vocals and acoustic guitar, Tavo Diez de Bonilla (Jenn Grant) on bass and vocals, and Adam Balsam (The Most Serene Republic) on drums and vocals for the recording of the album. The group prefers to characterize itself as an evolving entity. Whitwham says, “I've always been a believer in fresh collaborations because everyone you meet influences your creative process in some way. It's up to you to decide whether they fuel it or stagnate it. In this particular case, the four of us together was the best fit for the current batch of songs. Adam, Victoria and Tavo all brought something very unique to the table with their voices and playing styles.” From the band’s inception, it has redefined itself with every new release; from Hymns of Love and Spirits through When You Left The Fire, Island of Echoes, Between Colours, Across The Dark and various EPs. The evolution of their sound has run the gamut from four part harmonies and its initial chamber folk sound to duo lead vocals and an expanded sonic palette ranging from cinematic indie pop to anthemic folk rock. 

When asked about his songwriting process and the title of the group’s current album, Whitwham replies, “At times, when you're working on a record, the songs get trapped in your head as you walk and carry them around. They then start to form various connections with your recurrent surroundings and, in this case, there was this beautiful Ukrainian cathedral I would always see from my window. The cathedral became a symbol to me of something I was leaving behind when I decided to move out of that house. It was the longest place I'd lived in my entire life and leaving was hard in some ways. The cathedral was a symbol of a safe place that I was constantly able to return to and I think that we all need some kind of version of that; whether it’s tangible, literal or metaphorical. Many of the album’s songs deal with loss through the eyes of hope and I've always believed in the hope one can find through melancholy. Farewell To Cathedral is about leaving your safe place in order to move forward and grow.” For this band, recording the whole album over a mere two days at Revolution Recording in Toronto was completely unprecedented. In the past, Whitwham feels he has laboured over a lot of the sonic details, adding overdub after overdub. For this album, the songs were captured at their most live and purest stage. The results show that, at the end of the day, the quality of the songs is not necessarily contingent on the recording process.

In its thirteen year existence, the Wilderness of Manitoba’s strengths come as a direct result of the wealth of traveling and playing the group has done. They have played the End of the Road Festival and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festival in the UK and toured the UK, US, Netherlands, Canada and Germany with such artists as Aimee Mann, The Low Anthem, Lord Huron and Other Lives among others. “The live show,” says Whitwham, “is an in-the-moment portrait of the band and its efforts.” Those efforts were recognized when the Wilderness of Manitoba was nominated for a JUNO and two Canadian Folk Music Awards. Summing things up, Whitwham says, “My eventual hope is that we are able to embark on a proper live tour for the Farewell To Cathedral album.”  Unfortunately, friend and bandmate, Adam Balsam, passed away before the band was able to play the songs live and the album has been dedicated to his memory.

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About Ghost Caravan
Ghost Caravan is a group of collaborators lead by singer/actress Shaina Silver-Baird. On her debut album and various singles released since, Silver-Baird has collaborated with members of Martha and the Muffins, Grand Analog and the Weeknd. Silver-Baird says, “My music is about finding the light, the moment when you realize your own strength and ability to move forward. I want to be proud to share our songs with young women. There are so many voices in the world telling women how to think and feel about themselves. I want to be the voice that celebrates women. I want to empower and uplift people.”

The music itself is anthemic pop with a hint of electronica. The Ghost Caravan live show mixes electronic elements with live instruments creating a sound that is cinematic and invigorating. Silver-Baird elaborates, “I want to continue to push in the direction of upbeat lyrics coupled with musically compelling tracks. It’s such an exciting sound – very contemporary and yet derived from something deeper and older. I love how celebratory it is. It’s as if I get to see the world through glasses that make the colours a bit more vibrant and the moments a bit more joyous.” 

Silver-Baird is currently collaborating on songs for her next EP to be released in 2022 with UK producer Joe Thompson and Canadian songwriters Sarah Boulton and Suzy Wilde. Ghost Caravan has also recorded a version of the Elvis Costello song Girl Talk for the Popguru covers album, Coverama, scheduled for a May 2022 release.

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About The Rolling Sky (Chloe Kay, Juliana Eye, Sam Casey)

It’s all about connecting the dots. There’s always someone who knows someone who knows someone. The creative community in Toronto is a small community even when one of them happens to live in England. The Rolling Sky is a brand new project consisting of Chloe Kay, Juliana Eye and Sam Casey. This is their origin story. The connector in this case is producer/songwriter Mike Schlosser (John Orpheus/IAmHill). In an old building in downtown Toronto that used to house The Hive, a random collection of recording and writing studios, Mike had a small space across the hall from Alister Johnson (Grand Analog/Zaki Ibrahim). As it happens, Chloe Kay was renting Alister’s studio in the mornings because Alister wasn’t a morning person. One day, Mike and Chloe started up a conversation in the hall and Chloe asked Mike to listen to what she had been working on. They ended up finishing the song together and Let Me In was released as a single by Frtyfve Records, receiving significant airplay on BBC Introducing.

Meanwhile, Sam Casey had been signed to Popguru Sound & Vision and was about to perform her first live show. She needed a band and one of the musicians that Popguru recommended was keyboardist Juliana Eye who was accompanying recording artists such as CARYS and AMAAL. Sam and Juliana hit it off and became a mutual admiration society. Popguru also managed John Orpheus and Mike had produced and co-written all of his albums and mixtapes to date. Mike was introduced to Sam and Sam flew out to Edmonton where Mike was now based after being kicked out of the Hive building when it was sold out from under him by the owner. In a creative burst of energy, Sam and Mike co-wrote seven songs including one with Chloe who, by now, was living in Brighton, England. At this point, work began on COVERAMA, an album of favourite cover songs recorded by various artists on the Popguru roster. Mike and Chloe collaborated on a version of When Doves Cry by Prince, and Juliana produced, recorded and performed a version of the Blondie song Dreaming that Mike mixed. The circle was now complete. Chloe, Juliana and Sam had now all worked together in one capacity or another. The next logical step was to work together as well as individually and they started writing songs together as The Rolling Sky.   
 
About Chloe Kay
Chloe Kay is a singer/songwriter with a unique capacity for crafting pop gems who is currently based in Brighton, UK. She first moved from her hometown in Surrey to Toronto with the goal of developing her music further. “I had just finished studying music in London and felt it would be helpful for my creative process to get out of my usual environment and be somewhere different.” As a member of electronic duo This Sound Will Save You, Chloe wrote songs that blended “unexpected electronic arrangements with epic pop adventures.” She has created toplines for producers worldwide including Dante Rose, Pure State, Day Din, Chrone & Bale, The Head, Clyde Rivers and Lucian among others. In 2021 alone, she collaborated on 12 singles. As a solo artist, she released the singles Let Me In and Fall Into U through UK label frtyfve records under her artist name of Chloe Kay. Both songs were featured on BBC Music Introducing. Chloe recently teamed up with producer/songwriter Mike Schlosser to create the single Fiction as well as her version of the Prince song When Doves Cry for the COVERAMA album. In addition, electronic artist NICOLAAS has remixed her track Beautiful Lie which will be included on The Confidence Emperors compilation album The International Sound System Party, Volume II in 2022.  
 
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About Juliana Eye
JULIANA EYE is an alt-pop artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Toronto. Her obsession with pop melodies, 90s & early-00s guitar tones, paired with her mesmerizing voice has given EYE’s sound a unique blend of nostalgia and melancholy. Her latest single, “Dreaming” is a lush and evocative rendition of the 1970’s Blondie hit; fusing subtle hints of new wave synth textures, dreamy guitars, and alluring vocals.
 
Born and raised in the Toronto suburb of North York, JULIANA took to music obsessively at the early age of thirteen as an act of teenage rebellion and an outlet for finding herself. She spent the majority of her adolescence playing guitar and writing songs in her bedroom, jamming in basements with her friends’ obscure bands, and venturing to downtown clubs to watch local artists perform. While attending University for art & graphic design, EYE toured and recorded with indie-rock band, The Ruby Spirit, as a backup vocalist and self-taught keyboard player. JULIANA has since pursued a career as a live support musician and performed with a number of artists including CARYS (Warner Music/Atlantic Records), Juno-nominated AMAAL (Universal Canada), and LØLØ (APG) to name a few. 

JULIANA EYE will be releasing more singles this year as well as an EP in late 2022.
 
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TikTok: @julianaeye
 
About Sam Casey:
When Toronto based artist Sam Casey was fifteen or sixteen years old, there were a bunch of guys that she didn’t know hesitating at the top of a super high rock face overlooking the lake near her cottage. Already a force of nature, she climbed up there, walked right past them and just jumped. It was probably a fifty feet drop. Nicknamed “The General” by her family, Sam established her girl boss credentials from that point forward. 

"As a young female artist, I believe that many people expect certain social norms or points of view from me that I consistently disagree with or can’t provide.”

She was into music at a young age and took piano lessons like her older sisters, but never really liked it. So, she made a deal with her parents. They would let her switch to guitar if she would stay with the piano until grade six. This led her to a music school called Beyond The Beat which had great teachers, encouraged its students to produce original music and, unusually, emphasized artist development. Quintessentially Canadian, Sam played hockey for most of her life until music eventually took over. Her team used to play her songs in the dressing room to get pumped up for the game! She loves dancing because it instantly changes peoples’ moods.

Sam began her songwriting as journal entries. In high school, she was never truly on the inside nor an outcast. She felt like she was the only person around her who was being honest about what they were feeling. Later on in life, she realized that this lack of capacity to filter her ideas and “inside thoughts” in order to please others was a strength and how the universe wanted her to be. Her songs are about her experiences with toxic relationships, struggles with mental illness and the relatable feeling of things slipping in and out of control in your life that you always have to be ready to fight and push through.

Since being recommended to Popguru Sound & Vision by a friend of a friend in the music business, Sam has filmed and recorded a performance for the Popguru Revue livestream concert series and worked with UK producer Joe Thompson on a version of the Etta James song, I’d Rather Go Blind, for the soon to be released COVERAMA album. She has also co-written an EP of songs with Thompson and a second EP of songs with Canadian producer/songwriter Mike Schlosser (John Orpheus/IAmHill). If that wasn’t enough, she collaborated with Martha and the Muffins’ Martha Johnson and Mark Gane on a song for their Dazzlefield project. More recently, Sam has been writing with UK based Chloe Kay and fellow Torontonian Juliana Eye for a collective project they are calling The Rolling Sky. 
 
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BONNIE RAITT’S NEW ALBUM JUST LIKE THAT… OUT TODAY

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“On “Just Like That,” Raitt calls for compassion, consolation and perseverance to get through with grace.” - New York Times

 "...epitomizes steady rockin' and shows that the 72-year-old blues-rock treasure is the master of the form.” - NPR

“On Just Like That…, Raitt certainly sounds like the best version of herself. Her voice has only become richer and more nuanced over the years, her range spanning a low purr all the way up to a floating falsetto, her ability to effortlessly bend a lyric to her will as supple as ever.” - Billboard

“““Just Like That . . .” is a potent reminder that she’s still here, and still vital.” - WSJ

“..it is also a reminder of her songwriting talent, a muscle she flexed from the very beginning..” The Guardian

“From track one, "Made Up Mind," through track 10, "Down The Hall," the album is Raitt at her best — heartfelt, moving, rocking, bluesy, vibrant, life affirming. It is an eclectic mix of songs that remind again why Raitt is a musical institution.”  - Forbes

“Just Like That,” another soul-stirring mixture of greasy good-time blues rock and heart-rending state-of-the-world balladry."- Variety

Just Like That… has plenty of funky joy and, as is often said of the best blues music, it makes you feel better when you’re down.”- Pollstar

“(Raitt) is a true artist the industry has ever known for the last five decades. She is a supreme songwriter, bull’s-eye vocalist, all-star level Delta blues guitar mastery— as far as I’m concerned, the greats are trying to hang with her.” - Questlove Supreme podcast

TORONTO, ON – April 22, 2022Bonnie Raitt’s 21st album Just Like That…, is out now via Redwing Records on all formats, including an indie exclusive teal LP and immersive audio formats Dolby Atmos and 360 Reality Audio. She is also teaming up again with distributor, ADA, globally and new partner, Sub Pop, for the physical album release in the United States. Listen to Just Like That… here.

Raitt has had a magnificent year: In addition to the new album, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, was awarded the Icon Award at the Billboard Woman in Music, and her album, Nick of Time, was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

The 10-track album’s title comes from a line in one of Raitt’s new original songs: “Just like that, your life can change.” The record features several songs Raitt has been wanting to record for years, including Made Up Mind by Winnipeg’s own, The Bros. Landreth, Something’s Got a Hold of My Heart by NRBQ’s Al Anderson (NRBQ joins the first leg of Raitt’s tour), and Toots and the Maytals’ Love So Strong, which Bonnie had intended as a duet with her dear friend, Toots Hibbert. Sadly, the reggae giant passed away in 2020; Raitt has included the track as a tribute.

The album has four songs written by Raitt. Living for the Ones, co-written with her longtime guitarist George Marinelli, is a rocking dedication to the friends and family she has lost in recent years, while the funky and sardonic Waitin’ for You to Blow—about the devil on Recovery’s shoulder—is equal parts Mose Allison, Eddie Harris, and ‘70s funk. 

Two of the original songs came out of real-life scenarios: Down the Hall was inspired by a New York Times story about a prison hospice program, while the album’s title track was sparked by a news segment about two families deeply impacted on both sides of an organ donation. The power of writing about the life-changing personal experiences of others resonates deeply with Raitt. “I’ve always loved the early guitar songs of Dylan, Jackson Browne, Paul Brady, and especially John Prine,” she says. “With songs like Angel from Montgomery and Donald and Lydia, John was able to just climb inside and sing these people’s deepest lives. With his passing last year, finishing these songs has meant even more.”

Just Like That… was recorded in the summer of 2021 in Sausalito, CA. The players include two veteran members of Raitt’s band, bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson and drummer Ricky Fataar, as well as two new musicians, Canadian Glenn Patscha on keyboards and backing vocals and Nashville guitarist Kenny Greenberg. Raitt’s frequent guitarist/songwriting partner George Marinelli also joined in, playing and singing on Livin’ for the Ones. Once again, Bonnie took the producer reins, reuniting with her favorite recording and mixing engineer, Ryan Freeland, for their third collaboration (they each earned GRAMMY Awards for Raitt’s 2012 release, Slipstream).

The mix of sounds and approaches on Just Like That… reveals how, 50 years after the release of her debut album, Raitt continues to personify what it means to stay creative, adventurous, and daring over the course of a life’s work. “On this record, I wanted to stretch,” she says. “I always want to find songs that excite me, and what’s different this time is that I’ve tried some styles and topics I haven’t touched on before.”

Like the rest of the musicians around the world, sidelined for two years from their livelihood and great joy—touring and performing live—Raitt and her band and crew are thrilled to hit the road in April for an eight-month U.S. tour. The tour’s special guests include NRBQ (from April 12—23), followed by Lucinda Williams and longtime friend, Mavis Staples, on various dates throughout the run. The full tour schedule, with info on Special Benefit Seat information, can be found at www.bonnieraitt.com

Bonnie Raitt has never felt more grateful that she can continue making music, contributing to causes, keeping her crew working, and connecting with her audience. “I’m really aware of how lucky I am,” she says, “and I feel like it’s my responsibility to get out there and say something fresh and new—for me and for the fans. But I need to have something to say or I won’t put out a record.”

ABOUT BONNIE RAITT:
Bonnie Raitt is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose unique style blends blues, R&B, rock, and pop. After 20 years as a cult favorite, she broke through to the top in the early 90s with her GRAMMY-award winning albums, Nick of Time, and Luck of the Draw, which featured hits, Something To Talk About and I Can't Make You Love Me, among others. The ten-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and Rolling Stone named the slide guitar ace one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Raitt’s widely-acclaimed 2012 independent release, Slipstream, sold over a quarter-million copies, making it one of the top selling independent albums, and earned Raitt her 10th Grammy Award (Best Americana Album). In February 2016, Raitt released her highly-anticipated 20th album, Dig In Deep (Redwing Records). On tour for much of 2017-2019, Raitt and her band performed overseas in Australia, New Zealand as well as Canada before spending the summers touring as support for James Taylor in stadiums and arenas across the U.S., United Kingdom and Europe.

As known for her lifelong commitment to social activism as she is for her music, Raitt has long been involved with the environmental movement, performing concerts around oil, nuclear power, mining, water and forest protection since the mid 70's.  She was a founding member of MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) which produced the historic concerts, album and movie NO NUKES and continues to work on safe energy issues in addition to environmental protection, social justice and human rights, as well as creator’s rights and music education.

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UKRAINIAN-CANADIAN DUO BALAKLAVA BLUES TO HEADLINE SHELTER OUR SKY FUNDRAISER CONCERT ON APRIL 27 IN TORONTO

FEATURING SETS BY ERIK LAAR, ORI SHALVA AND DJ BUNCHA WITH VIRTUAL PERFORMANCES BY ONUKA AND MARYNA KRUT

TICKETS ON SALE HERE

NEW INTERNATIONAL BALAKLAVA TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – April 21, 2022 – Second Front Ukraine Foundation, Lighthouse Immersive and Blok Music Inc. will co-host SHELTER OUR SKY: an immersive fundraiser in support of Ukraine on Wednesday, April 27, at Lighthouse Immersive in Toronto. The cabaret style show will be headlined by Balaklava Blues, the Ukrainian folk-noir band that met and fell in love during the Revolution of Dignity and east Ukrainian war that acted as a precursor to Russia's recent full scale invasion. To date, they have helped to raise over $500,000 with concerts in Toronto, New York, Chicago, and Miami as well as with their ONLY FARE refugee aid campaign with Toronto photographer, Peter Lusztyk. Tickets are on sale here.

The exclusive 250 tickets are by donation on Eventbrite with a $50 minimum and 100% of proceeds will go to Second Front Ukraine Foundation. Members of Balaklava Blues are personally delivering all donations and humanitarian aid collected as they embark on their European tour via Warsaw on May 2. 

Balaklava Blues will be joined virtually by Ukrainian icons, Onuka and Maryna Krut, who will transmit exclusive sets from the embattled territories of Ukraine onto the 40 foot walls of the Toronto venue made famous by its Van Gogh exhibit.

Also performing live are Baltic folk hop producer Erik Laar, traditional Georgian polyphonic ensemble, Ori Shalva and DJ Buncha, who has put together a special VJ set of Ukrainian hits (i.e. popular music videos on a cinema-size screen with a banging sound system) including songs that have gone viral since the onset of the war like Pink Floyd's Hey Hey,  Rise Up featuring Andrij Hlyvniuk, lead singer of the popular rock band, Boombox.

In March, Balaklava Blues shared a timely new single called Shelter Our Sky. It arrived in tandem with their announcement of a collaborative NFT project that seeks to raise funds in support of COME BACK ALIVE, a Ukrainian NGO that helps Ukrainian military, volunteers, and their families on the basis of crowdfunding, inviting artists to contribute works inspired by the song, and its powerfully moving video. Listen to, and watch, Shelter Our Sky here and learn more about the campaign here

Balaklava Blues' repertoire and live show is motivated and inspired by a deep connection of Ukrainian roots and its relationship to/reaction against Russian aggression. They recently won a Stingray Rising Star Award for best showcase at Mundial Montreal and enjoyed 4 sold out shows at the Barbican Centre in London, where they wrote and performed the live score to Belarus Free Theatre's Dogs of Europe, a dystopian epic based on a scenario not dissimilar to what has been unfolding in Ukraine.

The duo will take their music on the road for an international tour through May - see below for all dates and don't miss them when they perform in your city! 
In March, Balaklava Blues shared a timely new single called Shelter Our Sky. It arrived in tandem with their announcement of a collaborative NFT project that seeks to raise funds in support of COME BACK ALIVE, a Ukrainian NGO that helps Ukrainian military, volunteers, and their families on the basis of crowdfunding, inviting artists to contribute works inspired by the song, and its powerfully moving video. Listen to, and watch, Shelter Our Sky here and learn more about the campaign here

Balaklava Blues' repertoire and live show is motivated and inspired by a deep connection of Ukrainian roots and its relationship to/reaction against Russian aggression. They recently won a Stingray Rising Star Award for best showcase at Mundial Montreal and enjoyed 4 sold out shows at the Barbican Centre in London, where they wrote and performed the live score to Belarus Free Theatre's Dogs of Europe, a dystopian epic based on a scenario not dissimilar to what has been unfolding in Ukraine.

The duo will take their music on the road for an international tour through May - see below for all dates and don't miss them when they perform in your city! 

Balaklava Blues Tour Dates
April 27 - Toronto, ON - Lighthouse Immersive
April 29 - Kitchener, ON - Neruda Arts Centre

May 4 - Vijandi, Estonia - Estonian Traditional Music Centre
May 6 - Tallinn, Estonia - Folktronica Stage, Tallinn Music Week
May 6 - Tallinn, Estonia - Made In Canada Stage, Tallinn Music Week
May 8 - Riga, Latvia - Kenepes Kulturas
May 9 - Vilnus, Lithuania - Polish Cultural Centre
May 10 - Kaunas, Lithuania - Dainavos Kino Teatras
May 11 - Liepaja, Latvia - WISE
May 13 - Miami, USA - Lauderhill Performing Arts Centre

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About Mark & Marichka Marczyk - Balaklava Blues
Balaklava Blues is the brainchild of Mark and Marichka Marczyk, creators of the multi-award winning guerrilla-folk-opera Counting Sheep and leaders of the mighty Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Canada’s notorious 12 piece balkan-party-punk-massive. Falling somewhere between a traditional song cycle and a full blown multimedia techno show, the duo fuses Ukrainian polyphony and other folk traditions with EDM, trap, dub step, and more as a launching pad to explore the seemingly never-ending blues that have long emanated from the Ukrainian steppe.

The two met there during the 2014 revolution of dignity and ever since, have dedicated their creative energy to telling the stories of their home country to the world. Their 2015 play Counting Sheep garnered major critical acclaim winning several awards at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe – including a Fringe First award and Amnesty International’s Freedom of Speech award. It has since had multiple successful runs in The US, UK and Germany and is currently in the middle of a 2 month run headlining the Vault Festival in London until March 17th.

Mark and Marichka composed all the music for Counting Sheep – a story of love and revolution – and four of the songs are on this debut release. “Balaklava Blues music is a reclamation of the violence perpetrated on my home country,” says Mark Marczyk, who spent years back and forth between Ukraine and Canada before meeting Marichka there. “We want to redesign and remix physical and psychological oppression and question how and why it continues to inform who we are and what we can become.”

 

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CURRENT SWELL ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

BRINGING NEW TUNES TO THE ROAD THIS MAY

Toronto, ON – April 20, 2022 – Canadian indie-rockers, Current Swell, are hitting the road this spring for a North American tour and are kicking things off May 5 in Kingston at The Mansion. The tour will see the Victoria B.C. three-piece rip through southern Ontario, parts of Quebec, and northeast U.S.A., before heading back to Canada. Current Swell will be bringing some new tunes to the road that they’ve been working on the past few years, as well as playing hits from their latest full-length, Buffalo, among other favourites.
 
"Can't wait to get back on the road and see everyone out east!,” offers the band. “Davers can't make this tour but we're so lucky to have our best pal Jesse to step in and slay. We'll be rocking hard with all our favourite songs and maybe some surprises in there to keep things interesting. We’ve been working on some new material and the tour life always inspires so be ready for anything and everything this time around. It's been wayyyy too long!"

Like all other bands, Current Swell had to adjust their touring plans over the last few years but that didn’t stop them from headlining the All Ways Home festival in Victoria in 2021 and being the first band to play for a live audience (in over 500 days) at the Commodore in Vancouver in November 2021.
 
Offers Jesse Roper, “It was kind of a surreal moment getting the call asking if I could fill in on the tour. The answer was an obvious yes.  I’m so ready to leave my house for anything music and for it to be a cool new experience like this, I was stoked. It’s also been really interesting digging into learning these tunes and seeing how Scotty and Davers write.  When you just listen it, it all floats by in a nice package.  I’ve enjoyed dissecting the music a bit and letting it influence my writing at the same time.  Super cool. Hopefully I can do Davers justice up there and nail the parts and the vibe.”
 
More information on tour dates and tickets can be found here and full tour dates are listed below.


Current Swell North American Tour 2022
May 5 - The Mansion - Kingston, ON
May 6 - Observatory - Ottawa, ON
May 7 - L'Anti Bar & Spectacles - Quebec City, QC
May 8 - Petit Campus - Montreal, QC
May 10 - Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA
May 11 - Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY
May 12 - DC9 Nightclub - Washington, DC
May 13 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
May 14 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON
May 15 - London Music Hall - Rum Runners London, ON

Current Swell:
Scott Stanton (vocals and guitar)
Louis Sadava (bass and vocals)
Marcus Manhas (drums)
Phil Hamelin (trumpet and keys)
Dave St. Jean (trombone)
Jesse Roper (vocals and guitar)


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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND ANNOUNCES I AM THE MOON, A STUNNING FOUR ALBUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EXPERIENCE

I AM THE MOON: 4 ALBUMS AND 4 COMPANION FILMS
1ST FILM DEBUTS TUESDAY MAY 31ST
FOLLOWED BY FIRST ALBUM RELEASE, FRIDAY JUNE 3RD

TORONTO, ON – April 20, 2022 – Today, Tedeschi Trucks Band - the revered 12-piece collective founded by husband-and-wife duo, guitarist Derek Trucks and singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi - announces the most ambitious studio project of their storied career: I Am The Moon, an epic undertaking in four albums with 24 original songs. Inspired by a mythic Persian tale of star-crossed lovers, and emotionally driven by the isolation and disconnection of the pandemic era, the thematic I Am The Moon totals more than two hours of music, unfolding across a robust tapestry of genre-defying explorations that propel the treasured American ensemble into new and thrilling creative territory.
 
The four albums that comprise I Am The Moon — I. Crescent, II. Ascension, III. The Fall, and IV. Farewellwill be released in successive months beginning with I. Crescent, available digitally and on CD, Friday, June 3. (All vinyl configurations, including individual LPs and the 4-LP I Am The Moon Deluxe Box will be available on September 9). Pre-order I AM THE MOON here and watch the project trailer here.
 
The decision to sequence and release I Am The Moon in four distinct episodes came "when we started thinking of records we love," Trucks says, citing Axis: Bold as Love, the 1967 LP by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. "It's 36 minutes long. That's the way to digest a record." With that approach in mind, TTB will present I Am The Moon: The Film, immersive visual companions to each album. The corresponding films will debut three days prior to each audio release, offering fans an early opportunity to digest each album in its entirety as a communal listening and viewing experience via the band’s YouTube channel. Directed by Alix Lambert, the films combine studio and performance footage with atmospheric photography and imagery beautifully capturing the music’s kaleidoscopic textures. The project launches with the first episode: I Am The Moon: The Film - I. Crescent on Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm ET.  Release dates for each I Am The Moon album and companion film can be found below. 
 
The concept behind I Am The Moon, the GRAMMY-winning band’s fifth studio recording, was suggested by TTB vocalist Mike Mattison in May 2020, two months after the band was forced off the road by the pandemic. The 12th century poem Layla & Majnun by Persian poet, Nizami Ganjavi, was the title inspiration for Eric Clapton’s 1970 double-LP with Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs – an influential album for TTB. But Ganjavi’s source material resonated with Mattison and the rest of the band in an altogether different way. Finding complex themes and storylines that inspired their creative process, they forged a new, modern interpretation of the vast 100-page poem. I Am The Moon was written collectively and collaboratively, with band members contributing their own unique perspectives on the work. By January 2021 the band was recording at Tedeschi and Trucks' home studio, Swamp Raga, in Jacksonville, FL, with Derek behind the soundboard as producer and long-time studio engineer, Bobby Tis, in charge of recording and mixing.
 
Operatic in scope, Tedeschi Trucks Band explores romantic relationships, collective struggle, faith, and the human experience on I Am The Moon. "It's amazing," Trucks says, "because we wrote most of this music in a pretty short time span. There are even chord changes that mirror other tunes on the albums – themes and variations, lyrical allusions, that pop back up." He continues: "You always want to do something bigger and thematic. This is the first time it happened naturally."
 
Tedeschi Trucks Band have extensive tour dates planned for 2022. See list of dates below.        
 
Watch the I Am The Moon Trailer: here
Pre-order I Am The Moon: here
 
The limited-edition, I Am The Moon Deluxe Box Set, each individually-numbered, includes all four albums in the I Am The Moon series on 180g black vinyl, plus additional special items will be available September 9, 2022 - order EXCLUSIVELY through the TTB store and the Fantasy Records store.
 
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - I AM THE MOON: ALBUM + FILM RELEASE DATES:

I Am The Moon: I. Crescent
Film Premiere: May 31
Album Release: June 3
 
I Am The Moon: II. Ascension
Film Premiere: June 28
Album Release: July 1
 
I Am The Moon: III. The Fall
Film Premiere: July 26
Album Release: July 29

I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell
Film Premiere: August 23
Album Release: August 26
 
I Am The Moon – All Vinyl Configurations: individual LPs + the 4-LP Deluxe Box available September 9. 

Tedeschi Trucks Band tour:
June 24 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily’s Place Amphitheater
June 25 - Mobile, AL - Mobile Civic Center
June 26 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
June 28 - Indianapolis, IN - The Amphitheater at White River State Park
June 29 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
July 1 - Canandaigua, NY - Constellation Brands - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
July 2 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion 
July 3 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 6 - New Haven, CT - Westville Music Bowl
July 8 - Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Center
July 9 - Essex Junction, VT - Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo
July 10 - Patchogue, NY - Great South Bay Music Festival
July 12 - Lewiston, NY - ArtPark
July 13 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
July 15 - 16 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
July 19 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
July 20 - Richmond, VA - Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
July 21 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park
July 23 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion 
July 24 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights
July 26 - Aurora, IL - RiverEdge Park
July 27 - St. Louis, MO - Fabulous Fox Theatre
July 29 - 30 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 18 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater
August 19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre
August 20 - Berkeley, CA - The Greek Theatre
August 23 - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
August 24 - Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheater
August 26 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater
August 27 - Bend, OR - Hayden Homes Amphitheater
August 28 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
August 31 - Boise, ID - Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
September 1 - Bonner, MT - Kettlehouse Amphitheater
September 3  - Moorhead, MN - Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater
October 17 - Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio
October 18 - Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio
October 20 - Randers, DK - Vaerket
October 21 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
October 22 - Stockholm, SE - Cirkus
October 25  - Berlin, DE - Verti Music Hall
October 26 - Hamburg, DE - Edel-optics.de Arena
October 27 - Prague, CZ - Forum Karlin
October 30 - Rotterdam, NL - RTM Stage
November 2 - Dublin, IE - The Helix
November 4 - London, UK - The London Palladium
November 5 - London, UK - The London Palladium
November 6 - London, UK - The London Palladium
November 9 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy
November 10 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy Glasgow
November 12 - Paris, FR - Le Trianon
November 13 - Paris, FR - Le Trianon
November 15 - Paris, FR - Bataclan

Tedeschi Trucks Band:
Susan Tedeschi: Guitar and Vocals
Derek Trucks: Guitar
Gabe Dixon: Keys and Vocals
Brandon Boone: Bass Guitar
Tyler Greenwell: Drums and Percussion
Isaac Eady: Drums and Percussion
Mike Mattison: Guitar and Vocals
Mark Rivers: Vocals
Alecia Chakour: Vocals
Kebbi Williams: Saxophone
Ephraim Owens: Trumpet
Elizabeth Lea: Trombone

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ANDREW BIRD ANNOUNCES INSIDE PROBLEMS NEW ALBUM OUT JUNE 3 ON LOMA VISTA

MUSIC VIDEO FOR OPENING TRACK UNDERLANDS OUT NOW
LISTEN HERE & WATCH HERE

WATCH THE INSIDE PROBLEMS PRESENTATION FILM HERE

OUTSIDE PROBLEMS TOUR INCLUDES SOLD OUT RED ROCKS PLUS GREEK THEATRE, RYMAN AUDITORIUM AND MORE WITH IRON & WINE THIS SUMMER

TORONTO, ON – April 19, 2022 On his brand new album, Inside Problems, announced today, Andrew Bird acknowledges all of the complex thoughts, questions and middle-of-the-night obsessions swirling around in each of us. Arriving June 3rd via Loma Vista Recordings, Inside Problems is a collection of eleven original songs that take on those inner demons that run amok when things get especially quiet. It’s a lush and rousing entry to his acclaimed, constantly evolving and perennially curious career.

For Bird, the idea that kept coming back to haunt him was the unavoidable presence of thresholds: the moment when something becomes something else, when somewhere becomes somewhere else. The phenomenon appears in endless aspects of daily life, from the process of projecting internal feelings and dialogue to the outside environment, or the seemingly mundane experience of standing in the frame of the doorway, crossing state lines or any place where one is neither here nor there, but in between. These are the questions that course through the Inside Problems - where is the threshold, who are we during the moments in between?

Out now, album opener and new single, Underlands, follows the recently released Atomized, introducing the record’s recurring theme with allusions to Icarus and Orpheus that are delivered in Bird’s singularly chic yet inquisitive demeanor. Listen to Underlands and watch the music video, directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin, here.

“You just don’t know what’s under the surface, be it the land, the sea, our skin,” says Bird. “You could be whistling away, projecting contentedness, when really there’s a swirling twisted mess underneath. Looking up, there’s the knowable universe but unless you get into astrology, you’ll find the stars don’t owe us anything and you’re left less assured than when we thought gods threw down lightning bolts. Underlands introduces an album that deals with the unseen underneath and the membrane that separates your outside problems from your inside problems.”

Dive deeper into Bird’s mind in an enigmatic album presentation film, shared with fans late last night.

Produced by Mike Viola and recorded live by Bird and his four-piece band - some of the only overdubs being additional vocals from Madison Cunningham - Inside Problems “transports listeners to a lush musical world” (NPR Music). From cracking the Billboard Top 10 on Break It Yourself, to earning his first Grammy nomination for 2019's My Finest Work Yet, to acting in Fargo, scoring Judd Apatow’s new Netflix film, The Bubble, and more, Bird's career has been defined by a relentless pursuit of salvaging perfection from spontaneous decisions. Inside Problems extends that arc, manifesting not only the questions that keep him from his sleep, but the radical fight against stasis. The spirit is reflected in the method of tracking the music all together and straight to tape, when creative decisions and the crossing of thresholds are captured in real time, creating a sonic energy that is intimate, visceral and unpredictable.

Bird adds: “I have so much fun taking my ideas apart before they really have defined themselves as distinct songs, when they’re still in that amoeba-like state. I love the feeling of chasing ideas and having them split off and go hang out with another idea and then butting them up against each other to see if they talk to each other.”

Bird can also be seen in new documentary, Really Good Rejects, which premiered at SXSW and follows LA luthier, Reuben Cox, who made the rare, rubber-bridged guitar that begins Underlands, influencing much of Inside Problems with an indescribable sound.

Following the release of Inside Problems, Bird will embark on Outside Problems, his first full-band tour in nearly three years. Co-headlined with Iron & Wine, the extensive run of shows will stretch from coast-to-coast, including sold out stops at Colorado’s Red Rocks and Chicago’s brand new Salt Shed, as well as performances at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, New York City's Pier 17 and more, with support from Allison Russell, Meshell Ndegeocello and Neko Case.

INSIDE PROBLEMS TRACKLIST
1. Underlands
2. Lone Didion
3. Fixed Positions
4. Inside Problems
5. The Night Before Your Birthday
6. Make a Picture
7. Atomized
8. Faithless Ghost
9. Eight
10. Stop n’ Shop
11. Never Fall Apart

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
6/12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren*
6/13 - San Diego, CA - The Magnolia*
6/15 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre*
6/17 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre*
6/18 - Portland, OR - Pioneer Courthouse Square*
6/19 - Seattle, WA - Woodland Park Zoo* - SOLD OUT
6/21 - Salt Lake City, UT - TBA*
6/22 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre^ - SOLD OUT
6/23 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
7/10 - Paris, FR - Days Off Festival w/ L'Orchestre national d'Île
de-France
7/12 - Lyon, FR - Les Nuits de Fourvières Festival w/ L'Orchestre
national de Lyon
7/14 - Munich, DE - Neue Theaterfabrik
7/15 - Berlin, DE - Metropol
7/16 - Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg Grote Zaal
7/17 - Köln, DE - Gloria Theater
7/19 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
7/22 - Atlanta, GA - Pullman Yards#
7/23 - Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit#
7/24 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium#
7/25 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth#
7/27 - Charlottesville, VA - Ting Pavilion#
7/28 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap#
7/29 - New York, NY - Pier 17#
7/30 - New Haven, CT - Westville Bowl#
7/31 - Bethlehem, PA - Steel Stacks#
8/02 - LaFayette, NY - Beak & Skiff#
8/04 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend#
8/05 - Grand Rapids, MI - TBA#
8/06 - Indianapolis, IN - TCU Amphitheater#
8/08 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE#
8/09 - Columbus, OH - KEMBA Live!#
8/10 - St Louis, MO - Chesterfield Amphitheater#
8/12 - Chicago, IL - Salt Shed# - SOLD OUT
8/13 - Minneapolis, MN - Surly#

*w/ Iron & Wine and Allison Russell
^w/ Iron & Wine and Neko Case
#w/ Iron & Wine and Meshell Ndegeocello

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HARD ROCK GROUP POP EVIL RELEASE POWERFUL AND GRITTY SINGLE EYE OF THE STORM WITH AN OFFICIAL VIDEO

WATCH VIDEO AND LISTEN NOW ON DSPS

SUMMER HEADLINING TOUR KICKS-OFF JUNE 23
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ZILLION AND OXYMORRONS

POP EVIL WILL JOIN SHINEDOWN ON THEIR SUMMER 2022 
CANADIAN TOUR JULY 19 THROUGH AUGUST 3

Toronto, ON - April 21, 2022 - Hard rock group, Pop Evil, has released their gritty single, Eye of the Storm, today with an accompanying video directed by Sam Shapiro. The rock track is a powerful number that conveys the chaos of a hurricane through dark, electric instrumentals with a pummeling, chaotic metal maelstrom that contains an uplifting message at its centre. The video is an allegory of the song’s meaning and paints a picture of the storm with rapid, flashing lights and rain flooding the scene. Watch here  and stream it here.

As for the song’s lyrical plea, the band explains: “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, at some point we all face a situation beyond our control. The wind howls at your door as darkness fills the sky and everything you know is being tested. You don’t know if you can survive it. At times, it feels hopeless, but it’s not. There is a path through the chaos and a way out of the confusion. You are stronger and closer than you think you are. The storm will pass. Don’t let it bury you.” 

The band will begin their headlining tour on June 23 in Milwaukee at Summerfest concluding on August 14 in Wichita at The Cotillion with special guests, ZILLION and Oxymorrons. The band will be supporting Shinedown on their Summer 2022 Canadian tour starting on July 19 in Quebec City at Centre Videotron ending on August 3 in Abbotsford at Abbotsford Centre.

2022 North American Summer Tour Dates:
6/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
6/24 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Rock The Lot @ The Intersection*^
7/8 – Bay City, MI @ Wenonah Park World Friendship Shell*^
7/9 – Green Bay, WI @ Epic Events Center*^
7/12 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater*^
7/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogues^
7/16 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater^
7/17 – Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall^
7/19 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron#
7/20 – Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia#
7/22 – Toronto, ON @ History#
7/23 – Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor#

7/25 – Minot, ND @ The Original Bar & Nightclub+
7/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre#
7/27 – Moose Jaw, SK @ Mosaic Place#
7/29 – Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place#
7/30 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Resort & Casino#
7/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Convention Centre#
8/2 – Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre#8/03 – Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre#

8/5 – Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post^
8/6 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory^
8/7 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Showroom^
8/8 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory^
8/10 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep^
8/12 – Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip
8/13 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown^
8/14 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion^
* support from Oxymorrons
^ support from ZILLION
+ local support
# supporting Shinedown

Pop Evil has massive anthems and built a new rock’n’roll institution on a foundation of showmanship, raw relatability, and hard rock hooks, both forward-thinking and timeless from frontman, Leigh Kakaty, lead guitarist Nick Fuelling, rhythm guitarist Dave Grahs, bassist Joey "Chicago" Walser and drummer Hayley Cramer. No matter the headline-grabbing declarations from legendary icons, lamenting the changing of the guard, the slow-burning success of Pop Evil demonstrates the hunger for hard-hitting honest music persisting worldwide.

Their 2011 album, War of Angels, debuted at #8 on Billboard Top Rock Albums with three singles landing on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Top 10 including Last Man StandingMonster You Made and Boss’s Daughter. The momentum continued with their 2013 album Onyx, landing them on the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 for the first time, plus it was #9 on the Billboard Independent Albums in America and #25 on the Billboard 200. The album included three #1 Billboard Mainstream Rock singles with Trenches, Deal with the Devil and Torn to Pieces. In 2015, the band released their album, UP, which would make its way to #1 on Billboard Independent Albums, with four Top 5 Billboard Singles such as Ways to Get HighTake It All, and If Only for Now. The hit single, Footsteps is still one of the biggest songs to date and returned Pop Evil to Billboard’s #1 spot for four weeks. Their 2018 self-titled album landed three singles on Billboard Mainstream Rock, Waking Lions at #1 with Be Legendary peaking at #2, and A Crime to Remember, peaking at #7. Pop Evil just celebrated their 7th career #1 single in late 2021 with Survivor on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart marking a historic milestone. Survivor joins the previous Top 10 single, Work, and #1 single Breathe Again, from their album,  VERSATILE, out now via MNRK HeavyOver the course of their career, the band has achieved four gold singles with Torn to Pieces, and Trenches from Onyx, Footsteps from UP and, 100 in a 55 from their debut studio album, Lipstick on the Mirror.

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About MNRK Music Group:
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY AND ANTHRAX TO CO-HEADLINE SUMMER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUEST, HATEBREED KICKING OFF JULY 26

PRE-SALE BEGINS TODAY WITH PUBLIC ON-SALE FRIDAY

DOOM CREW INC. ALBUM OUT NOW!

TORONTO, ON – April 18, 2022 – Black Label Society and Anthrax will bring the finest thrash and heavy metal to 24 North American cities on their co-headlining tour this summer with killer special guest, Hatebreed kicking off July 26 in Phoenix at The Van Buren concluding August 28 in Philadelphia at The Fillmore, with a show in Toronto at History on August 23 and Trois Rivière/Montréal, QC at Amphithéâtre Cogeco on August 24.

Citi is the official card of the Anthrax and Black Label Society Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Monday, April 18, at 12:00 p.m. ET until Thursday, April 21 at 10:00 p.m. local time through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details, visit www.citientertainment.com. All other pre-sales also begin today with the public on-sale starting Friday at 10 a.m. local time. For tickets, visit: www.blacklabelsociety.com and www.anthrax.com/tour; Full pre-sale details are below.

Both Black Label Society and Anthrax have shared festival stages and one-off shows numerous times, but this marks the very first time these two bands will tour together. Zakk Wylde said, "ANTHRAX is one of The BESTEST LEGENDARY METAL/THRASH BANDS of ALL TIME - I have been buds with SCOTTY, CHARLIE, FRANKIE & JOEY for over 3O years & they are some of the BESTEST people you will meet. JON is The BESTEST new addition ANTHRAX could ask for - HATEBREED are The BESTEST HARDCORE/EXTREME METAL band & BESTEST friends w/ANTHRAX & BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The ANTHRAX + BLACK LABEL SOCIETY & HATEBREED TOUR is going to be one of the BESTEST TOURS EVER!!”


Anthrax's Scott Ian said, “Zakk has been a friend and an inspiration to me as a guitar player, songwriter, and beard grower since we met in 1988,” said Anthrax’s Scott Ian.  “We’ve had the privilege to share festival stages with Zakk and BLS around the world, and it’s always been a head-banging mutual admiration society between the two bands. Now we get to share the stage every night on what is easily going to be the heaviest tour of 2022 - the ultimate pounding one-two combination of bands. Oh, and did I mention we’ve got fucking Hatebreed with us as our special guests? Holy crap, it’s going to be the night of 1000 crushing riffs. I can’t wait to see you all on the road.”

 
“Listen up! It’s gonna be a hot summer!,” added Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta“Anthrax, BLS & Hatebreed will be on your case, in your face & ready to kick you and your father back in place! See you in the pit.” lack Label Society is currently on their headlining tour with support from Nita Strauss and Black Stone Cherry wrapping on May 21 in Inwood, WV at Shiley Acres.

Black Label Society Headlining Tour Dates
4/30 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
5/1 – Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Social Outdoors
5/3 – Casper, WY @ Gaslight Social Outdoors
5/5 – Belvidere, IL @ Apollo Theater
5/6 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI @ Kewadin Casino
5/7 – Bowler, WI @ North Star Mohican Gaming & Resort
5/9 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
5/10 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
5/11 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
5/13 – Fayetteville, AR @ JJ’s Live
5/14 – Tyler, TX @ Country River Club
5/15 – New Orleans, LA @ Fillmore
5/17 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
5/18 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen*
5/19 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
5/20 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues#*
5/21 – Inwood, WV @ Shiley Acres#*
* Nita Strauss will not appear on these dates
# with Black Stone Cherry only
 
Summer Co-Headline with Anthrax
Special guest, Hatebreed
7/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
7/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
7/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
7/30 – Sacramento, CA @ Heart Health Park
8/1 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
8/2 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
8/4 – Gary, IN @ Hard Rock Live Northern Indiana
8/5 – Oshkosh, WI @ Oshkosh Arena
8/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore
8/8 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom**
8/9 – Austin, TX @ Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
08/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
8/12 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
8/13 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
8/15 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady Music Center
8/16 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
8/18 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
8/19 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
8/20 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore**
8/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ StageAE Outside
8/23 – Toronto, ON @ History
8/24 – Trois Rivière/Montréal, QC @ Amphithéâtre Cogeco

8/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Coney Island Amphitheater
8/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore**
** Hatebreed will not appear on these dates

TICKET PRESALE DETAILS:
Citi Presale: Monday, April 18 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time
Live Nation Presale: Tuesday, April 19 at 10:00 AM Local Time
Spotify Presale: Tuesday, April 19 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Ticketmaster Presale: Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Blabbermouth Presale: Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Knotfest Presale: Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Nederlander Presale: Thursday, April 23 at 10:00 AM Local Time
Venue Presales: Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 10:00 AM Local Time
All Presale end: Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 10:00 PM Local Time

Everything about Black Label Society begins with the riff from their debut studio album, Sonic Brew (1999) to their critically acclaimed eleventh studio album, Doom Crew Inc. (2021). A dedicated disciple of Zeppelin, Sabbath and Deep Purple, frontman Zakk Wylde looks to the massive guitar hooks in classics as guiding lights.

Their latest album, Doom Crew Inc. finds larger than life guitarist Zakk trading solos and twin-guitar parts with guitarist Dario Lorina, backed by the rumble of longtime bassist John “J.D.” DeServio and powerhouse drummer Jeff Fabb. The GRAMMY-winning frontman has been featured on the cover of Guitar World more than a dozen times in recognition of his work on multi-platinum albums with the iconic Ozzy Osbourne and two decades with Black Label Society and their chart-topping albums and singles. The stomping, heavy bluesy, recklessly unhinged hard-rock-metal quartet are part invading horde and part traveling carnival, summoning caffeine-fueled cacophony on records and the stage.
 
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THE FLAMINGOS PINK SHARE NEW TRACK I DON’T CARE

SECOND RELEASE FROM UPCOMING NEW ALBUM

BAND TO BRING THEIR HIGH-OCTANE LIVE SHOW
TO TORONTO AND MONTREAL THIS SPRING – WITH MORE TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

TORONTO, ON – April 15, 2022 – Following the release of their lead single and title track from their upcoming new album – Free LivinThe Flamingos Pink return with their next offering: I Don’t Care. A punchy, stripped-back rock anthem, I Don’t Care perfectly encapsulates the groove-laden rock ‘n’ roll style that runs through the new record. Listen to the track here and watch the retro home video-inspired visual here.

While the band’s undeniable sound shines through out speakers and headphones, the true magic happens when Julien “Julz” Corrado (drums) and Sacha Gubany (guitar/vocals) take to the stage. The duo bring their songs to life in concert with an insanely high-energy live show that immediately captivates audiences and feeds back in to the band.

"There is nothing better than playing for our fans and new audiences,” Sacha and Julz exclaim. The exchange of energy is intense and beautiful. People dance and rock out. Our shows are a complete party and that is exactly what everyone needs right now."

Toronto concert-goers will get a taste of the new songs in their live format, including Free Livin and I Don’t Care, when The Flamingos Pink hit The Handlebar next week, followed by a hometown Montreal show on May 26th, and more tour dates to be announced soon. After being named one of Montreal’s Best Bands last year in Cult MTL, The Flamingos Pink are truly a can’t-miss!  

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
April 22 / Toronto / The Handlebar
May 26 / Montréal / Le Ministère (w/ Les Shirley)

ABOUT THE FLAMINGOS PINK & FREE LIVIN:
Best friends, brothers and bandmates, Montreal rock ‘n roll disruptors, The Flamingos Pink, do what they do best – make good rock ‘n’ roll music.

Embracing the chaos that is life today, The Flamingos Pink regained control of their own music and their own destiny. The result is Free Livin, an anthem to living your life the way you want to. 

Think The New York Dolls meets Iggy and the Stooges. A White Stripes / The Hives’ sound partying with The Stones in the 70s. Picture WolfAlice and The Kills drag racing to AC/DC. Hi-def grittiness, imperfect emotional vulnerability on a knife’s edge. The special balance that occurs through the interdependence of two personalities rocking out in real time. Synergy and smiles. No fades. Only hard cuts. 

Recorded in four days in Montreal at Studio Latraque, the new album – set for release later this year on LL Artists – was mixed and engineered by David Laurendeau and produced by The Flamingos Pink.

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BODYSNATCHER: DECIBEL MAGAZINE DEBUTS BEHIND THE CROWD VIDEO FROM FLORIDA DEATHCORE OUTFIT

BLEED-ABIDE FULL-LENGTH NEARS RELEASE VIA MNRK HEAVY

TORONTO, ON – April 15, 2022 Florida deathcore outfit, BODYSNATCHER, will drop their punishing new full-length, Bleed-Abide, April 22 through MNRK Heavy. In advance of the record’s official release, today the band unleashes a raucous new video for Behind The Crowd, now playing at Decibel Magazine.
 
Callously grim, ferocious, and threatening, crackling beneath the weight of its own fury and power, BODYSNATCHER’s Bleed-Abide puts the “core” back in deathcore. An epic demonstration of aggression and brawn, the Melbourne quartet’s third album is a sound born from the burden of struggle and an unwavering commitment to continued survival against all obstacles. Unquestionably their darkest offering to date, Bleed-Abide burns with an intensity derived from a further focus on sonic pummeling and truth-telling narratives.
 
Elaborates guitarist Kyle Carter on their latest single, “‘Behind The Crowd’ stirs up some serious emotion in me any time I listen to it, or read it because it’s so full of self-doubt. There’s a line in the song – ‘abide by nothing but my own lies’ – that to me was kind of a standout line because I consciously know and realize that I’m not alone and I’m loved by my friends and family, but it doesn’t stop those feelings at the moment. This song describes how I feel most of the time in any social gathering, or even in personal relationships with people. It’s a work in progress and writing this song was a definite step in the right direction for me."
 
Adds Decibel, “BODYSNATCHER are clearly gifted with the power of the pummeling riff and hard-hitting, hardcore-infused lyrical prowess.”

Watch BODYSNATCHER’s unapologetically brutal Behind The Crowd video, courtesy of Decibel Magazine, here.

Bleed-Abide was recorded by the band’s Chris Whited at 1776 Recordings with drums engineered by Neil Westfall and Bud Phillips at The Unicorn Room, and guitars reamped by Phil Pluskota at Sonic Assault Studio. The record comes cloaked in the cover art of Adam Burke. Bleed-Abide will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preorder options here. Watch BODYSNATCHER’s previously released videos for Wired For Destruction video hereAbsolved Of The Strings And Stone here, and E.D.A. here.   
 
Coinciding with the release of Bleed-Abide, BODYSNATCHER will join Dying Fetus for a month-long Spring tour. The journey runs from April 29 through June 5. Additional support will be provided by Chelsea Grin, Frozen Soul, and Undeath. See all confirmed dates below.

BODYSNATCHER w/ Dying Fetus, Chelsea Grin, Frozen Soul, Undeath:
4/29 Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
4/30 The Canal Club - Richmond, VA
5/01 Hooligans Music Hall - Jacksonville, NC
5/03 The Underground - Charlotte, NC
5/04 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
5/05 Underbelly - Jacksonville, FL
5/06 Jannus Live - St Petersburg, FL
5/07 Revolution Live - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5/09 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
5/10 Amplified Live - Dallas, TX
5/11 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
5/13 The Nile Theater - Phoenix, AZ
5/14 Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA
5/15 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
5/16 House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
5/17 The UC Theatre - Berkeley, CA
5/18 Goldfield Trading Post - Roseville, CA
5/19 Bossanova Ballroom - Portland, OR
5/20 Modified Ghost Festival - Vancouver, BC
5/21 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
5/23 Metro Music Hall - Salt Lake City, UT
5/24 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
5/25 Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS
5/26 The Lyric At Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN
5/27 Pops - Sauget, IL
5/28 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
5/29 The Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
5/31 The Opera House - Toronto, Ontario
6/01 Imperial Bell - Quebec City, QC
6/02 Corona Theatre - Montreal, QC
6/03 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
6/04 Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
6/05 The Palladium - Worcester, MA

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FLOSTATE SHARE NEW SINGLE ONE MORE DAY IN LOVE 

PREMIERES VIA LIVE IN LIMBO

LISTEN | WATCH ONE MORE DAY IN LOVE

DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM MOMENTS OF FEELING
OUT ON MAY 19
 VIA LEKKER COLLECTIVE 

LISTEN TO STUNNING LIVE RENDITION OF LEAD SINGLE TIME

“For Flostate, as long as time is on their side, they figured they can't lose. For listeners growing restless for more tunes, patience will soon be rewarded.”  – CBC Music

"..entwining captivating soundscapes with spell-binding vocal lines... the airy guitar lines and decisive percussion build a contrasting sonic support that ebbs and flows like a midnight dance between two free-spirited souls." – This Song Is Sick

"Flõstate create a mesmerizing downtempo number with Home Ground. Beginning with gentle chimes and warm piano tones, the song seduces from the get-go, as Florence's sultry and sinuous vocals enter into the mix alongside mellow beats."   Pop Matters

Toronto, ON – April 14, 2022 – As spring sets in, Canadian fantasy R&B duo, Flõstate, share a new single, One More Day In Love, from their forthcoming debut full-length album, Moments Of Feeling, out on May 19 via Lekker Collective. The song is a synth-heavy, fluid and nostalgic piece centred on gaining clarity in solitude. Listen to One More Day In Love here.
On the inspiration fo the track, Flostate adds: “Alone, with only your memories and regrets, vivid in the night. It can be painful when we finally gain clarity on something from within our memory. It’s so clear, the memory of the feeling, and now too, the understanding of what it meant. It lies plainly in front of us, what it could have meant for our present if we had known. It’s so visceral it opens a door flooding in with fantasies; regrets that paralyze you, eyes wide open in the dark.”

One More Day In Love follows the live version of their sedated, downtempo R&B offering, Time, which introduced listeners to the Canadian act in 2020. Creating music building out from intimate jam sessions, Flõstate create songs which "happen in the moments that we’re not looking.' Listen toTime (Live) here. Experience Time through a visual of the live rooftop performance of the song here, and a music video for the original version here
 
Flõstate is a fantasy R&B duo from Canada. Consisting of producer MKSTN and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Avery Florence, two worlds collide creating multi-instrumental soundscapes and virtuous vocals. Inspired by a wide variety of artists and genres, the duo site acts such as Beach House, Galimatias, Tame Impala, Jimi Hendrix, Lana Del Rey, Bon Iver, Enya, Jeff Buckley and Pink Floyd as key influences to their sound. 

Themes on Moments Of Feeling include connection to others, connection to self, romance, surrealism and etherealism, being in a flow state, as a muse spirit while navigating life experiences. Blending chill, washed-out, electronic, R&B, dream pop, psychedelic pop with meaningful lyrics, the collaborative album uses themes of escapism to in fact, return to our natural state as humans in the universe, taking you through a dream before returning to reality.
 
For more on Flostate, see the full tracklist, connect with them online at the links below, and stay tuned for more music as they prepare to share Moments Of Feeling with the world. 
 
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BRUNO CAPINAN  EXPLORES NATURE & QUEER IDENTITY WITH NEW SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM TARA RARA

LISTEN TO QUALQUER LUGAR | WATCH QUALQUER LUGAR

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Toronto, ON – April 13, 2022 – Today, dynamic Toronto-based, Brazil-born singer-songwriter, Bruno Capinan (Broo-noh Cap-ee-nan, pronouns: they/them), shares their stunning new single and video for Qualquer Lugar. Highlighting Bruno's roots in their native Brazil, it marks the first single to be featured on Bruno's forthcoming album, Tara Rara, set for release May 13 (via Lulaworld Records in Canada). Listen to Qualquer Lugar here and watch the video here. You can read the lyrics for Qualquer Lugar, in both English and Portuguese, here

"I wrote Qualquer Lugar during the pandemic, in a moment that we were all looking to escape reality. It’s a song about finding that special place where you can be true to who you are, but also where you can be reminded of the good in the world and in humanity," Bruno says.

The video for Qualquer Lugar was filmed in Chapada Diamantina, Bahia by Jones Films. On the process and inspiration behind the piece, Bruno adds:

"For the music video I wanted to go to a place bigger than life, to be surrounded by the power of nature. When we got to Chapada Diamantina, to the top of the cliff you see me dancing with my friend, Douglas, we found out that a French tourist had jumped off the same cliff a week before we arrived. There was something so intriguing about that story, at least to me as an artist, while I was standing at that very same spot, that it made me realize that life is what you make of it, while reality is predetermined by one’s circumstances."

Qualquer Lugar was written by Bruno Capinan, mixed and produced by Vivian Kuczynski, mastered by Carlos Freitas with flute performed by Bem Gil, trumpet and trombone performed by Adrian Perger. The music video was directed by Igor Jones and filmed in Chapada Diamantina, Brazil.

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About Tara Rara
Tara Rara (Portuguese for 'Rare Desire') is a full circle, spiritual collection of songs, resonant with sonic elements embedded with Bruno's Brazilian heritage, on a quest to connect listeners to the roots of their ancestors by weaving a tale of love and pain, travelling from Africa to Brazil in its storylines. On the new album, that follows their 2020 release, Leão Alado Sem Juba, Bruno goes back to their birthplace of Bahia to reclaim the painful past of the Atlantic Slave Trade by honouring their true selves through music.
 

The title takes reference from childhood memories, at times reflecting on Bruno's experiences of bullying and discrimination, while growing up in Brazil. Bruno’s nickname as a child, given to them by their father, was “buddha." In coming into their identity as a non-binary person, Bruno realized they are also “tara”, which in Buddhism represents the feminine counterpart of the bodhisattva (“buddha-to-be”), and in Portuguese mean “desire." The word “rara” which means "rare" in Portuguese, and represents Bruno’s signature voice and is a celebration of their power. 

Tara Rara encompasses Bruno’s deep exploration of some of their two greatest influences; Afro-Sambas and reinterpretations of Bossa Nova. While all tracks are performed in Portuguese, they are accompanied by lush arrangements made for dancing and movement. Tara Rara is a mix of vocal layers, percussive Brazilian instruments, acoustic guitar, synthesizers, programming, and a string orchestra composed of four violins, two cellos and one viola, as well as trombone, trumpet, French horn, flutes and sax.

As a non-binary person, Bruno ensured gender and racial justice was in focus when cultivating the stellar personnel lineup for Tara Rara. The album highlights an orchestra of seven string musicians, 90% BIPOC and LGBTQI+, an elder percussionist, and musicians from different cultural backgrounds.  

Working with acclaimed Ukrainian-Brazilian producer and songwriter, 17-year-old, Vivian Kuczynski (Pabllo Vittar, SCALENE, Alice Caymmi) the album was recorded from July 2021 until December 2021, primarily in Toronto (at Union Sound Company), with additional recordings in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Bahia and Melbourne. Vocals were recorded in Bahia overlooking the ocean, and brass in Melbourne, Australia. Bruno worked with guitarist Bem Gil (son of Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil), percussionist Marcelo Costa, a string orchestra from Toronto, arranger Graham Campbell, and others.

Learn more about Bruno's history to date below and stay tuned for more on Tara Rara as we move into Spring. 
 

To request an advance stream of Tara Rara for a listen,
please reach out to ola@indoorrecess.com
 
Tara Rara Tracklisting
1.Ode ao Povo Brasileiro
2.Deuses Deusas
3.Qualquer Lugar
4.Meu Preto
5.Mafuá  
6.Tara Rara 
7.Possíveis Possibilities
8.Na Moral 
9.Comigo Não
10.Do Mais Secreto Desejo
11.Bahia Brasil  
 
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About Bruno Capinan
“Acrobatic, sensual, both angelic and profane” is how The Guardian describes brazilian-born, canadian singer-songwriter Bruno Capinan. The Toronto based queer artist has released five albums in their decade long music career and performed to audiences in Canada, Japan, Brazil, Argentina and the United States; fusing bossa-nova inspired music and an extravagant performance as an act of LGBTQI+ resistance. 

A fierce performer, Bruno Capinan’s approach to music making is rooted in the Brazilian tropicalia influence, which is to embrace all the vast possibilities of sound. Their music beautifully blends traditional Brazilian sounds, also known as MPB, with many other global influences, and features Portuguese lyrics that are both personal and conversational. 

Bruno Capinan gained international recognition with the release of “Divina Graça” (2016), including reviews in French newspaper Libération, as well as Brazil’s largest publications O Globo, Folha de São Paulo, and Rolling Stone Brazil. They have collaborated with artists around the globe, including Japanese composer Jun Miyake.

Most recently, Capinan released “Leão Alado Sem Juba”, recorded remotely between Canada, France, Portugal and Brazil, receiving two nominations to the prestigious APCA (São Paulo Association of Art Critics). In April of 2020, they were scheduled to showcase at Atlantic Music Expo 2020 in Cape Verde, but the performance was canceled due to the pandemic. 

About Lulaworld Records
Bridging the contemporary and the traditional, Lulaworld Records brings the Latin, Brazilian and global roots sounds of the most diverse city in the world to music adventurers around the globe.

​Having grown out of the vibrant live music scene at the Toronto venue Lula Lounge and the associated Lulaworld Festival, the label's debut release by Mexican Canadian singer songwriter Quique Escamilla won the 2015 JUNO Award in the world music category and the Canadian Folk Music award.Subsequent releases by OKAN have also earned Independent Music Awards and JUNO wins and nominations. 

With a focus on salsa, tropical and Latin jazz, the label is now expanding its scope to include artists from beyond Toronto, including Brazilian, spoken word and Indigenous artists.

Like the venue that inspired its creation, the Lulaworld Records has a musical range that spans Mexican reggae, Cuban jazz folk fusion, New Orleans inspired funk, classic Tumbao and electro samba. Stay tuned for single, albums and compilation releases coming soon. www.lulawordrecords.ca

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ALEX HENRY FOSTER HONOURS LOU REED WITH A COVER VERSION OF THE POWER OF THE HEART

SET FOR RELEASE MAY 6 ON ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS
AND LIMITED EDITION LATHE CUT VINYL


ALEX HENRY FOSTER & THE LONG SHADOWS
ON TOUR ACROSS THE UK AND EUROPE THIS SUMMER

TORONTO, ON – April 12, 2022 - Ahead of his upcoming UK and Europe summer Not All Wonders Have Been Lost tour, Montreal musician, Alex Henry Foster, is set to release The Power of the Heart - a cover version of one of Lou Reed's most underrated songs, yet a favourite for Laurie Anderson. 

Set for release on on May 6th, the four-minute radio edit of the single will also be accompanied by an eight-and-a-half minute version and music video. Faithful to his signature dense sonic texture with a grandiose orchestration recorded live in his church studio, The Upper Room Studio, Foster will also offer the song on limited-edition lathe-cut vinyl, individually printed and silkscreen-printed one-by-one, signed and numbered. Foster will also give a special live streamed performance of the song following its release. 

After mentioning that Reed's authentic endeavour has always been one of his core inspiration, Foster says:

"It took me years, streaming into the bleakest turbulences of my own inner voyage, to envision the prospect of making a monument of sincerity such as The Power of the Heart mine. Self-acceptance in an age of make-believes is what allows someone to find themselves, and it’s once emancipated from the self-preservative escapism that one can navigate amongst the vestiges of their existence, which in turn leads one to simply be, as an individual and originator.

Being liberated from the anguish to be seen for who I am is the reason why I didn’t feel the pressure to mimic Reed’s incarnation of the song nor was I constrained by the burden of having to emulate his intimate intent. If my initial appropriation of the song stood as a homage to Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson’s love and respective creative expression, it would grow beyond its conceptualized embodiment as I began to enfranchise myself through it. It is in that moment that it wasn’t a revision process anymore but the result of a total abandonment designed by my own instinctive drift and surrendering.

Noises became sounds, and musical arrangements evolved into some sort of spiritual uplift for me, turning it all into a celebration of what can’t be owned, measured, or defined, a boundless and infinite transformative ascension that can only be experienced once shared and given away. That is for me the true everlasting nature that is the power of the heart.

Liberating in its contemplation. Compassionate in its acceptance. Transformative in its incarnation.
"

Read more about Foster's connection to Lou Reed and The Power of the Heart here

In other non-Reed-related news, Foster will be giving a special live streamed performance on Saturday, April 23 to help raise funds for Ukraine relief aid. The 'All The Violence in the World' broadcast will benefit Music Saves UA, with viewers able to make donations directly to the organization, while all proceeds from a direct-to-vinyl recording of the performance to be donated as well. Audiences can tune in on the 23rd here.

Stay tuned for more to come soon from Alex Henry Foster, and get ready for his stirring rendition of The Power of the Heart on May  6th!

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SWEET ALIBI HIT THE ROAD ACROSS CANADA THIS SPRING

SHOWS ACROSS WESTERN CANADA AND ONTARIO THROUGH APRIL AND MAY WITH ADDITIONAL
STOPS IN THE FALL

NEW ALBUM MAKE A SCENE OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – April 12, 2022 – Following the release of their electrifying new album, Make A Scene, award-winning roots-pop outfit, Sweet Alibi, are thrilled to be hitting the road, bringing their songs to life on stages across Canada.

Kicking off with a hometown Winnipeg show on April 24th at The Park Theatre, the band will travel across western Canada through to the end of the month, before heading east to Ontario for a run of concerts through May. The band will then hit the Main Stage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this summer, then head back west for stops in Saskatchewan and Alberta in the fall.

Live in concert is the perfect way to experience the songs from Make A Scene, as the album’s themes delve heavily into life on the road. Audiences are sure to be delighted by the band’s signature soulful roots-pop sound, elevated by Jess Ray Ayre, Amber Nielsen and Michelle Anderson’s luminous vocal harmonies.

Sweet Alibi’s shows are a must-see for this season – don’t miss them when they hit your town!

UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
April 24 – The Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
April 27 – Maury Young Centre – Whistler, BC
April 29 – A.C.T. Centre – Maple Ridge, BC
April 30 – Fanny Bay Community Centre – Fanny Bay, BC
May 1 – Hermann’s Jazz Club – Victoria, BC
May 18 - Melville White Church – Caledon, ON
May 19 – Monarch Tavern – Toronto, ON
May 20 – Grove Theatre – Fenelon Falls, ON 
May 21 – Cultivate Festival (Daytime Show) – Port Hope, ON 
May 21 – Mule Spinner – Hamilton, ON
May 22 – Stone Crop Acres Winery and Vineyard – Morrisburg, ON
July 7–10 – Winnipeg Folk Festival – Winnipeg, MB
September 23 – The Artesian on 13th – Regina, SK
September 24 – The Bassment – Saskatoon, SK
September 30 – New Moon Folk Club – Edmonton, AB
October 1 – The Ironwood – Calgary, AB
TICKETS

ABOUT SWEET ALIBI:
Known for their soulful three-part harmonies, Western Canadian Music Award winners, Sweet Alibi, have shared their folk roots-pop infused music with listeners across North America and Europe since 2009. They are the distinct and complementary voices of Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen and Michelle Anderson, joined by Alasdair Dunlop on bass and Sandy Fernandez on drums. Their music has garnered national accolades and awards, has been featured on MTV U.S., CMT, and has received major radio play on college/community and satellite radio, with several songs reaching the top 20 of CBC Music’s national charts.

Their latest album, Make A Scene – produced by Matt Peters and Matt Schellenberg (a.k.a. members of indie-pop squad, Royal Canoe, who produce under the Deadmen moniker) – weds rich lyrical themes to wildly accessible songs such as the propulsive Confetti (which occupied CBC Music’s Top 20 for an impressive eight weeks) building on previous airplay Sweet Alibi enjoyed on satellite and terrestrial radio. Bassist Alasdair Dunlop and drummer Sandy Fernandez round out the acclaimed Western Canadian Music Award winners.

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BISHOP BRIGGS SHARES TWO EMOTIONALLY CHARGED SINGLES HIGH WATER & ART OF SURVIVAL

SIGNS TO NEW LABEL ARISTA RECORDS

PERFORMS AT COACHELLA ON APRIL 15 AND APRIL 22


WATCH THE VIDEO FOR HIGH WATER HERE
AND LISTEN TO BOTH SINGLES HERE

TORONTO, ON - April 8, 2022 - Today, multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Bishop Briggs, returns with two new emotionally charged singles entitled High Water and Art of Survival via Arista Records. Listen to the singles here and watch the video for High Water here

Writing both songs as an ode to her late sister Kate, Bishop notes: "I feel really grateful that I am here wide-eyed sharing new music with all of you. I can’t say that I knew if that was going to be possible for me after my sister Kate passed away in January of 2021. With all soulmates there is an unbreakable bond and energy that ties the relationship so closely that nothing can break it. Although I feel broken, I know our bond will surpass the concept of time and healing. High Water was written from the depths of my despair as a love letter to my best friend who I miss so dearly. Whereas Art of Survival is from a place of choosing to keep fighting to live fully and I firmly believe this is where she would hope to find me. I felt deeply I couldn’t release one without the other. So here, in my rawest form, I give you my soul on a platter. Thank you for being here."

Lithely plucked guitar cuts through the tides of airy production on High Water. Her voice barely breaks a whisper on the verses before it climaxes on an earthquaking chorus uplifted by her stunning range. The accompanying visual, directed by Tim Mattia [Twenty One Pilots, The Killers, Halsey], centres on a closeup of Bishop as she sings to the camera and wears the piercing emotion of each ebb and flow perfectly matching the spirit of the track. On Art of Survival, she carefully bares her teeth in this powerful track where the beat cracks beneath breathy vocals before another unshakable chorus.

Bishop is also excited to exclusively break the news of her pregnancy in a stunning photo shoot with PAPER Magazine today. Check it out here. Additionally, she will donate 10% of the proceeds of a sweatshirt she has launched in tandem with High Water to Andrew McMahon’s Dear Jack Foundation. The Dear Jack Foundation provides quality of life programming that directly benefits young adult cancer patients, survivors and their families.

Next up, Bishop will perform at Coachella on April 15 and 22 and is planning to release more new music this year via Arista Records.

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ABOUT BISHOP BRIGGS:
Bishop Briggs is known for emotional and cathartic songs that blur the boundaries between alternative, pop, and electronic. Born in London to Scottish parents, Bishop grew up in Japan and Hong Kong. Days after graduating high school, she moved to Los Angeles where, after years of performing at any venue that would have her, she was discovered in a small hole-in-the-wall by a former-A&R rep and the rest was history. The music of Bishop Briggs transcends the limitations of singular genres, blending folk, pop and electronic music into a wholly unique sound. Her debut track Wild Horses reached #1 on Spotify's US Viral Chart and #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 charts, with airplay on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation, Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Show and a prized spot in Acura’s 2016 TLX and ESPN’s NFL Playoffs ads. She followed up with the 3x Canadian Platinum single, River, a searing and cathartic track that captured the attention of tastemakers and gatekeepers and rose to #3 on the Alternative chart with over 680 million global streams while Bishop’s videos have 524M overall views on YouTube and she has 1 million YouTube subscribers. After her critically acclaimed debut album Church of Scars, multiple sold-out tours, live performance slots opening for Coldplay, Kaleo, alt-J, and Bleachers, and with more music on the way, Bishop Briggs is set to have her most incredible year yet.
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GLOBAL SUPERSTAR OZUNA AND BREAKOUT ARTIST BOZA PREMIERE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO APRETAITO

Toronto, ON – April 8, 2022 – Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, Ozuna and Latin GRAMMY® nominated breakout artist, Boza, unite their talents in a new single titled, Apretaito which promises to become another reggaeton classic due to its catchy rhythm and its crafty lyrics. Apretaito is now available on all digital streaming platforms and its music video on Ozuna’s YouTube video channel. Watch the video here.
 
In this new collaboration, Ozuna, the global reggaeton icon native of Puerto Rico with Dominican roots, joins Panama’s most popular and hottest new export Boza, to delight both fans with a danceable and refreshing sound. 

Directed by Nuno Gomes, the Apretaito music video shows the scene of a club where both urban performers are surrounded by women enjoying a night full of music, dance, and fun between them and friends. Breaking molds and stereotypes while celebrating diversity and female empowerment, who take over the dance floor to dazzle with their charms, glamour, and charisma, to the rhythm of Apretaito 
 
Apretaito was written by Ozuna and Boza and was produced by Chris Jedai and Gaby Music, among others. 
 
Ozuna has been actively releasing new music since the beginning of 2022. After starting the year with an explosive collaboration, SANTO, with international superstar Christina Aguilera, he released DEPRIMIDA, whose music video has 57 million views on YouTube within a month of its release. On the other hand, his most recent release, G-WAGON, premiered three weeks ago and has already reached 9.1 million views. 
 
About Ozuna
The multi-award winning Puerto Rican singer and songwriter OZUNA is one of Latin music’s most iconic and listened-to artists around the world. Since launching his career in 2015, Ozuna has won countless accolades, including making Time Magazine’s Most Influential People list (2019), and winning BMI’s Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year (2019, 2021) and Contemporary Latin Song of the Year Taki Taki (2020). He won his first two Latin GRAMMYs® in November 2020, for his collaboration, Yo x Ti, Tú x Mí, with ROSALÍA. He also took home the Extraordinary Evolution Award at the 2021 Latin American Music Awards. In the Dominican Republic, Ozuna recently received the Soberano Solidario award at the 2021 edition of Premios Soberano for his humanitarian work. In addition, he holds four Guinness World Records™.
 
About Boza
The Panamanian singer and composer Boza is positioned as one of the most outstanding artists of the new urban music generation. After becoming known internationally with his multi-platinum song, Hecha Pa’ Mí,  he released his second big hit, Ella, receiving multiple certifications such as Platinum Record in Central America and the Caribbean, Colombia, Spain, Peru, and now the United States. After this success, he released Ella Remix, which received a Platinum Record in the United States, Gold in Central America, Spain and Mexico, and reached the Spotify Global Top 200. Thanks to all the accumulated success, Boza was awarded at the Heat Awards as Revelation Artist,  was nominated for the Latin Grammy 2021 as Best New Artist and began 2022 with his first nomination for Premios Lo Nuestro in the category Male Revelation Artist. The new artist has more than one billion total views on digital music platforms and recently released his most recent studio album, titled BUCLE. BUCLE has, thus far, earned a combined 450 million streams and views globally, and his latest single, Tick Tock and the global viral hit, Ella Remix, have surpassed 120K user-created videos and generated approximately 72 million views with the #EllaRemix hashtag on the social media platform, TikTok.

 

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AVI KAPLAN PREMIERES NEW SONG ON MY WAY WITH THE TENNESSEAN 

"...a powerful confession driven by his warm, deep-voiced delivery." - Tennessean

ACCLAIMED VOCALIST AND SONGWRITER OFFERS A MESSAGE OF RESILIENCE AND HOPE WITH ON MY WAY: LISTEN HERE

FLOATING ON A DREAM, FULL-LENGTH DEBUT SOLO ALBUM - PRODUCED BY SHOOTER JENNINGS - DUE MAY 20
 VIA FANTASY RECORDS 


WATCH ALL IS WELL VIDEO FEAT. JOY WILLIAMS HERE  

HEADLINING TOUR ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – April 8, 2022 - Rising indie singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, recently announced the upcoming release of his debut solo album, the Shooter Jennings produced, Floating On A Dream, due May 20, 2022 via Fantasy Records. Today, he shares a new track, On My Way, with Kaplan’s deeply resonant vocal reclaiming the yearn and heartbreak of family separation into a message of resilience and hope. Listen/watch here.
 
Kaplan stated, “Over the course of my life I’ve spent a lot of time away from my family. I miss them deeply always, but sometimes it hits me harder than others. It was one of those days when I wrote ‘On My Way.’ Oftentimes when I’m feeling something intensely, I’ll grab my guitar and see what comes out. This song flowed out of me quicker than most. Each verse is a letter to my family. My mother, father, sister, and brother. This song is very dear to my heart and I’m so happy to be able to share it with the world.” 
 
In addition, Kaplan recently shared the anthemic and haunting new single, All Is Well, featuring Joy Williams. Watch their video and pre-order the album here. Atwood Magazine featured the track, and stated, “‘All Is Well’ is exquisitely beautiful. The harmonies Kaplan and Williams create together are heavenly and the whole song feels like a dreamy mantra. A place to retreat, rebuild and renew yourself.” Read Atwood’s interview with Kaplan and Williams here.
 
Produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Shooter Jennings, (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, American Aquarium) and mixed by Trina Shoemaker, (Brandi Carlile, Queens Of The Stone Age, Sheryl Crow,) Floating On A Dream is rendered in long shadows and moody high relief reflecting Kaplan’s Californian roots and fascination with the American West, broadening his artistry into enthralling new territory. 
 
With country, blues, soul, tribal drums, and a touch of gospel underpinning his elemental acoustic driven rock, he explores matters of the heart, truth, morality, and the search for relevance across the album’s 11 original tracks. At the core though there is that voice. From a haunting falsetto to its deepest bass tones, Kaplan’s instrument is unlike anything else in modern music. While a few of these songs were penned shortly after Kaplan’s departure from Pentatonix in 2017; most were written specifically for this project. What ties them together is the richness and fluidity of his vocal range, which may even surprise longtime fans. 
 
Deepening a musical evolution that began with 2020’s, I'll Get By EP and carried through last year’s single, Song for the Thankful, Floating On A Dream explores Kaplan’s wide sonic palette and rootsy influences. Throughout the LP’s soaring choruses and deep valley passages, Jennings’ steadfast musical foundation helps keep Kaplan’s amazing voice, which has drawn comparisons from classic country crooner, Lee Hazelwood, to folk legend, Richie Havens, firmly in place. Jennings’ influence can be heard in Floating On A Dream’s cinematic production using piano, pedal steel, varied guitars, and verbed-out layered harmonies, contributing to the album's spacious western scope.  
 
Jennings stated, “I always know it’s going to be a good process in the studio when I’m working with somebody who really loves music, but also really adores the music that has come before. We both collect music and we’re inspired by it. Avi is an amazing singer and songwriter, this album is Ennio Morricone meets Bill Withers.”
 
Many of the new tracks draw on Kaplan’s heartache following the separation he endured from his family due to excessive touring, and then continued through much of the pandemic. 
 
Avi stated, adding, “My journey has taken many twists and turns. It’s been a battle at times, but the completion of this album is a huge step towards the things I hope to achieve as an artist. I’ve been waiting a long time for this chance to give people my music, and to give people myself through my music,” he added. “It’s time to make that dream that I'm floating on a reality.”
 
Kaplan also announced a headline tour across the U.S. Find the full routing below. 

TOUR DATES: 
March 20 - Manchester, Band On The Wall - United Kingdom        
March 21 - London, Lafayette United Kingdom (SOLD OUT)
March 23 - Leuven, Het Depot Belgium        
March 24 - Luxembourg, Den Atelier - Luxembourg
March 26 - Cologne, Essigfabrik -Germany  
March 27 - Nijmegen, Doornroosje - Netherlands    
March 29 - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg - Netherlands
March 30 - Hamburg, Grunspan - Germany 
March 31 - Copenhagen, Lille Vega - Denmark (SOLD OUT)
April 1 - Berlin, Heimathafen - Germany       
April 3 - Warsaw, Proxima - Poland  
April 4 - Krakow, Kwadrat - Poland   
April 5 - Vienna, Arena Wien (Grosse Halle) - Austria          
April 7 - Prague, Palac Akropolis - Czech Republic 
April 8 - Munich, Backstage Werk- Germany
April 10 - Zurich, Plaza, Switzerland 
April 11 - Paris, Alhambra - France 
May 21 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I
May 24 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
May 25 - New York, NY - LPR
May 27 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
May 28 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
May 29 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
June 1 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
June 2 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads
June 4 - Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
June 6 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
June 8 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
June 9 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour

Avi Kaplan – vocals, guitar
Aubrey Richmond – violin
Chris Masterson – guitars
Daniel Ellsworth – piano, organ, synthesizer
Jamie Douglass – drums, percussion
John Schreffler, Jr. – pedal steel
Joy Williams – vocals on All Is Well
Kaleb Jones – guitar
Smith Curry – pedal steel
Ted Russell Kamp – bass

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JULIANA EYE GOES BLONDIE WITH COVER OF DREAMING

FEATURED ON COVERAMA COMPILATION ALBUM

OUT MAY 20 VIA THE CONFIDENCE EMPERORS

COVERAMA ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION AT 
THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND IN TORONTO ON MAY 21

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

TORONTO, ON – April 8, 2022 – Spring brings an exploration of artists and eras, and the launch of Coverama,  a compilation of creative, fun and innovative renditions of classic pop and indie rock songs, as it nears a May 20 release via Popguru Sound & Vision's boutique label, The Confidence Emperors. Today, roster member, Juliana Eye, shares a stellar cover of Blondie's Dreaming. The self-produced rendition captures Juliana's admiration for the icon, while applying her own unique flair; in contrast to the original's upbeat, new wave feel, this version is downtempo, super lush and - living up to its title - dreamy. Listen to Dreaming and watch the video, directed by Jason Cipparrone,  here.

"I tried to imagine what it would sound like if you were dozing off into a daydream, and pictured a very euphoric / head-in-the-clouds feeling, especially in the hook," Juliana says. “Dreaming is one of my favourite Blondie songs and I’ve always wanted to cover it. My version takes some of the new wave elements of the original, but slows it down and gives the track a very lush & dreamy treatment (lots of pad synths and spacey guitars). I also really connect with the idea of ‘dreaming is free’ as a reminder that our imaginations are boundless and we have a built-in space to go to whenever we want to escape reality.”

Dreaming marks Juliana's second release, having shared her debut single, U SUCK, in 2021, and is working on new music to be released this year. Most of the track was recorded in Juliana's home studio except for vocals (recorded at Revolution Recording). The song was mixed by Mike Schlosser and mastered by Joao Carvalho. As a big fan of Blondie for a long time, this is something Juliana and Popguru Founder, Graham Stairs have in common, so it was a natural fit.

While Coverama will see its release on May 20, celebrations will follow the next day (Saturday, May 21) at The Drake Underground in TorontoJohn Orpheus, Alex Exists, Sam Casey, Ghost Caravan, TANDM, and Juliana Eye will take to the stage to share their  eclectic renditions with live energy. Find all info and tickets here.

Under The Cover - what inspired the track:
Juliana used to play this song (as well as Heart of Glass) as a transition track during open mic performances and solo acoustic sets. Juliana would typically play it very slow and repeat the hook over and over, which she believes  subconsciously made its way into this version. When initially discussing songs to cover for this project, Graham shared a story with Juliana that his first band (Popular Spies) opened for Gary Valentine’s band (The Look) at the Hurrah Club in NYC, and hung out with a few members of Blondie after the show.

In the Coverama track sequence  Dreaming follows the rambunctious reimagination of David Essex's  classic, Rock On, by Alex Exists - an incredible artist, producer and songwriter based in Toronto.  Listen to Rock On and watch the video here. Coverama kicked off with John Orpheus' cover of Radiohead's iconic House Of CardsJohn worked with longtime collaborator and producer, Mike Schlosser, to  deliver a danceable, soulful take layered by graceful harmonies, soulful choruses and verses with his signature Caribbean flair. It is accompanied by a stunning video highlighting couples of all identities, depicting grace and strength in vulnerability - check it out here.  

The songs on Coverama include interpretations by Toronto artist/producer, Alex Exists; UK-based pop singer-songwriter, Chloe KayWill Whitwham (leader of The Wilderness of Manitoba), Ghost Caravan, Canadian icons Martha and the Muffins,  artist/producer Juliana Eye, indie pop duo, TANDM, and new signing, Sam Casey. Stay tuned for more music as the roster rolls into its grand release in May. 

About Juliana Eye
JULIANA EYE is an alt-pop artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Toronto. Her obsession with pop melodies, 90s & early-00s guitar tones, paired with her mesmerizing voice has given EYE’s sound a unique blend of nostalgia and melancholy. Her latest single, “Dreaming” is a lush and evocative rendition of the 1970’s Blondie hit; fusing subtle hints of new wave synth textures, dreamy guitars, and alluring vocals.
 
Born and raised in the Toronto suburb of North York, JULIANA took to music obsessively at the early age of thirteen as an act of teenage rebellion and an outlet for finding herself. She spent the majority of her adolescence playing guitar and writing songs in her bedroom, jamming in basements with her friends’ obscure bands, and venturing to downtown clubs to watch local artists perform. While attending University for art & graphic design, EYE toured and recorded with indie-rock band, The Ruby Spirit, as a backup vocalist and self-taught keyboard player. JULIANA has since pursued a career as a live support musician and performed with a number of artists including CARYS (Warner Music/Atlantic Records), Juno-nominated AMAAL (Universal Canada), and LØLØ (APG) to name a few. 

JULIANA EYE will be releasing more singles this year as well as an EP in late 2022.

DOWNLOAD - Dreaming Single Art
DOWNLOAD - Juliana Eye Press Photos 
DOWNLOAD - Coverama Artwork

TikTok: @julianaeye

DOWNLOAD - Coverama Album Release Celebration Image Assets

About Popguru Sound & Vision:
Founded in 1998 by A&R maverick Graham Stairs, Popguru Sound & Vision is a fully integrated music company that makes a difference. Its core business is artist management, but, as a diversified company, Popguru is involved in music publishing, two record label imprints and providing music for film, television and other media.

Prior to starting his own company, Stairs was a partner in Intrepid management and did A&R for Intrepid Records, Latitude Records and EMI Music Canada. He was involved with such seminal Canadian artists as Martha and the Muffins, the Rheostatics, National Velvet, Chalk Circle, Damhnait Doyle and Sandbox. He was also behind the soundtrack album for the film, Highway 61, and the Bruce Cockburn tribute album that gave the Barenaked Ladies their first national hit with Lovers In A Dangerous Time. To this day, it is still one of the most played songs on Canadian radio. More recently, Stairs did A&R for True North Records where he signed Catherine MacLellan, Hunter Valentine and Australian band, the Audreys. 

The strength of any company is its artists and repertoire. Popguru subscribes to the philosophy of building a community and long-term careers for its artists. The company’s mandate is to develop content for the Canadian and international marketplaces. The business model uses diversification as a strategy to create and monetize content for the existing and next generation uses of music. Since reactivating Popguru in 2009, Stairs has signed Martha and the Muffins, Odario, Grand Analog, the Wilderness of Manitoba, John Orpheus, Ghost Caravan, producer/songwriter, Mike Schlosser, and Sam Casey for management. Stairs’ vision of the interdependencies between record labels, music publishers, management companies and licensing agencies is the reason that Popguru organizes all of them within the same company. This is Popguru’s response to the needs of artists today and into the future.

 

 

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HEALTH’S NEW COLLABORATIVE ALBUM DISCO4 :: PART II IS OUT TODAY VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

LISTEN HERE

RELEASE NO ESCAPE VIDEO  FEATURING 
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD’S JESSE RUTHERFORD

CONFIRMING NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR WITH SHOWS IN VANCOUVER, MONTREAL AND TORONTO

"...the record not only captures a cross-section of alternative music's current zeitgeist, but also the neurotic paranoia of the near-dystopian times we're living in." - Kerrang!

“…HEALTH’s music blurs the boundaries between noise-rock, industrial, electronic rock and more in a sonically confrontational way that speaks eloquently to
headbangers and heshers.” 
Revolver (Feature)

"... while these tracks are a testament to how well the LA trio can build an astronomical sense of atmosphere, they can create icy harshness with equal brilliance."
DIY, 4/5 stars

"Collaboration in music has become increasingly common across all genres, but HEALTH have gone above and beyond what this typically looks and sounds like. Their series of DISCO albums were previously companion remixes to their full-lengths, but now, they’ve reimagined them as massive collaborative efforts, with each song melding a different artist’s style with HEALTH’s visceral electronic sound... with HEALTH choosing to only work with artists they personally enjoy listening to, the results are exceeding expectations.” Alternative Press

TORONTO, ON – April 8, 2022 – HEALTH’s latest collaborative album, DISCO4 :: PART II, is out today via Loma Vista Recordings to praise and features via Kerrang! (digital cover story), Revolver, Brooklyn Vegan, Metal Injection, DIY Magazine, Treble, and more. The 12-song LP featuring Nine Inch Nails and Lamb of God arrives with six previously unreleased collaborations–including NO ESCAPE, with The Neighbourhood (watch its new video featuring the band's Jesse Rutherford here), as well as The Body, Backxwash, and Perturbator, among others–and a new original HEALTH single, THESE DAYS 2.0.2.1. Directed by Patrick Lascu, the NO ESCAPE video mimics the cult classic video game Metal Gear Solid and features rendered characters of the band members. Stream and purchase DISCO4 :: PART II at all DSPs here

The band of Jacob Duzsik, John Famiglietti, and Benjamin Miller also announced the initial headlining U.S. shows of a 2022 world tour that includes European dates with Peturbator, Youth Code, and Maenad Veyl; a full itinerary is listed below and tickets are on-sale now.

Three years after VOL.4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR, the L.A. trio’s ferocious entry into the world of heavy music, HEALTH return with the second half of their DISCO4 series. A whole lot went to hell in the world in the meantime, forcing the band to re-invent how they wrote music together. For DISCO4 :: PART II they cut it fast and mean, recruiting both legends and nascent contenders of heavy music and its many peripheral genres.

DISCO4 :: PART II Tracklist:
1. HEALTH x Poppy - DEAD FLOWERS
2. HEALTH x Nine Inch Nails - ISN’T EVERYONE
3. HEALTH x Ada Rook x PlayThatBoiZay - MURDER DEATH KILL
4. HEALTH x Maenad Veyl - IDENTITY
5. HEALTH x Lamb of God - COLD BLOOD
6. HEALTH x The Body - AD 1000
7. HEALTH x Backxwash x HO99O9 - GNOSTIC FLESH/MORTAL HELL
8. HEALTH x Street Sects - THE JOY OF SECT
9. HEALTH x EKKSTACY - STILL BREATHING
10. HEALTH x The Neighbourhood - NO ESCAPE
11. HEALTH x Perturbator - EXCESS
12. HEALTH - THESE DAYS 2.0.2.1.

HEALTH 2022 Tour Dates:
4/18 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
4/19 - Manchester, UK @ The White Hotel
4/20 - Birmingham, UK @ Castle and Falcon
4/21 - London, UK @ Studio 9294
4/22 - Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn
4/26 - Vilnius, LT @ Kablys Club
4/27 - Tallinn, ES @ Sveta Baar
4/28 - Helsinki, FI @ Ääniwalli
6/09 - Bucharest, RO @ Control Club
6/11 - Budapest, HU @ A38
6/12 - Vienna, AT @ Arena
6/13 - Poznań, PL @ Klub U Bazyla
6/14 - Krakow, PL @ Zaścianek
6/15 - Kosice, SK @ Tabačka Kulturfabrik
6/16 - Bratislava, SK @ Fuga
6/17 - Zagreb, HR @ Klub Mochvara
6/18 - Ljubljana, SI @ Kino Siska
6/20 - Dortmund, DE @ Junkyard
6/21 - Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
6/22 - Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
6/24 - Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
6/29 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
6/30 - Seattle, WA @ Mechanismus Festival Stronghold
7/1 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
7/12 - Utrecht, NL @ De Helling 
7/13 - Esch-sur-alzette, LU @ Kulturfabrik Asbl Cultural Centre 
7/13 - Ostrava CZ @ Colours of Ostrava 2022 
7/15 - Athina, GR @ Death Disco
8/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
8/25 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
8/27 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater #
8/28 - Austin, TX @ Elmo’s #
8/30 - Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor #
8/31 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live #
9/1 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade #
9/03 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage #
9/4 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza #
9/6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts #
9/7 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club #
9/8 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda #
9/9 - Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall #
9/11 - Detroit, MI @ El Club #
9/12 - Chicago, IL @ Park West #
9/13 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre #
9/15 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre #
9/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco #
9/18 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
10/6 - Lille, FR @ Aereonef %
10/7 - Paris, FR @ Olympia %
10/12 - Bordeaux, FR @ Krakatoa %
10/13 - Toulouse, FR @ Bikini %
10/14 - Madrid, ES @ Sala Cool %
10/15 - Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz 2 %
10/16 - Nantes, FR @ Stereolux %
10/18 - Lyon, FR @ Transbordeur %
10/19 - Strasbourg, FR @ La Laiterie %
10/20 - Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks %
10/21 - Munich, DE @ Freiheiz %
10/22 - Vienna, AT @ Arena %
10/23 - Budapest, HU @ Akvarium NagyHall %
10/25 - Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music %
10/26 - Wroclaw, PL @ Zaklete Rewiry %
10/27 - Warsaw, @ PL Progresja %
10/28 - Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen %
10/29 - Göteborg, SE @ Tradga’n %
10/30 - Stockholm, SE @ Bern %
11/1 - Helsinki, FI @ Tavastis %
11/3 - Oslo, NO @ Vulkan Arena %|
11/04 - Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset %
11/5 - Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefährlich %
11/6 - Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli %
11/8 - Cologne, DE @ Kantine
11/9 - Esch-sur-Alzette, LU @ Rockhal
11/10 - Bruxelles, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
11/12 - Dublin, IE @ Academy
11/13 -  Bristol, UK @ SWX
11/15 - Glasgow, UK @ St. Lukes
11/16 - Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
11/17 - London, UK @ Electric Brixton
# w/ Street Sects
% w/ Author & Punisher

DOWNLOAD - DISCO4 :: PART II Art | DOWNLOAD - STILL BREATHING Single Art

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ACTION BRONSON ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM COCODRILLO TURBO  

WATCH THE INCREDIBLE VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE SUBZERO

ON TOUR NOW WITH STOPS IN VANCOUVER, EDMONTON, CALGARY, TORONTO AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – April 7, 2022 –Action Bronson has announced a new album, Cocodrillo Turbo, for release April 29 via Loma Vista. The album will include features from Conway The Machine, Roc Marciano, Hologram,  Meyhem Lauren with production from The Alchemist, Daringer, Roc Marciano and Action Bronson. Bronson has found unending inspiration in the water, which is where the title comes from. “I first came up with this album while in the water. I’ve spent many lifetimes in the water. I'm just a water man. I was born in the water, I'm a water sign,” he explains. It’s also the basis of his incredible new, James Larese directed video for first single, Subzero. In it a tsunami hits New York where Bronson waits ready, bodyboard in hand to ride the wave through the streets as he raps about dropping a nine in the snow like a long lost Sopranos character before inserting a line about eschewing knives when ripping his bread. The short film takes him to the desert as The Alchemist drives a Mad Max styled vehicle and then back to the ocean where he is king of the crocodiles. 
 
Action Bronson isn’t anyone’s idea of an underdog with a slew of critical acclaim, a New York Times best seller, successful TV shows; a decade + long career where he’s proved time and time again why he is one of the best MCs of our time. And yet, on his brilliant new album, Cocodrillo Turbo, he sets out to prove that his lingual versatility is stronger than it’s ever been. “I don't feel like I'm given the fucking respect that I deserve,” Bronson explains. Cocodrillo Turbo is Bronson demanding that respect. Cocodrillo Turbo a record that hits immediately, but rewards deep listening and close readings.
 
Cocodrillo Turbo Tracklisting
1.Hound Dog
2.Tongpo ft. Conway the Machine
3.Estaciones ft. Hologram
4.Jaws
5.Subzero
6.Turkish ft. Meyhem Lauren
7.Jaguar prod by Roc Marciano
8.Zambezi ft. Roc Marciano
9.Ninety One
10.Storm of the Century

Canadian Tour Dates:
May 1 - Vancouver, BC - Harbour Events Center
May 3 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
May 4 - Calgary, AB - Macewan Hall
May 9 - Toronto, ON - History
May 11 - Montreal, QC - MTelus

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DOMANIQUE GRANT  EXPLORES THE BEAUTY OF IMPERFECTION WITH NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR REAL ME

QUEEN/DOM CHAPTER 1: QUEEN IS OUT ON MAY 5 TO MARK FIRST INSTALMENT OF FORTHCOMING DOUBLE EP

TORONTO, ON – April 7, 2022 – Following a successful 2021 of new music, performances, and powerful initiatives, Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director, Domanique Grant, announces her double-EP, QUEEN/DOM, with the first instalment, Chapter 1: Queen, launching on May 5. Today, Domanique shares a powerful piece of the project with Real Me, a song about being worthy of love despite our imperfections, and arrives with a stunning self-directed video - listen to Real Me and watch the video here.

Real Me [produced by GRAMMY-nominated Jarrel The Young (Drake) and co-written by Domanique Grant and Kiki Rowe) continues Domanique's journey of sharing the power of being your true self in song, as explored in her previous single, Airbrush. 

The video for Real Me was Directed/Creative Directed by Domanique alongside DOP Alim Z Sabir, and choreography by Leon Blackwood. It draws inspiration from The Cat In The Hat's Thing One and Thing Two characters, as Domanique wanted to explore what they would be like if they were turned into real womxn in relationships. Thing One and Thing Two are intended to challenge our concept of real versus fake/ imaginary in the actual show and the team drew from this to inform the colour scheme, wardrobe, choreography and lighting.

Empowering narratives will take shape on Queen, the first chapter of QUEEN/DOM, through an array of sonic elements, infectious production and introspective, inspiring lyrics about generational healing, self love and worthiness for womxn. 

On the inspiration behind the project, Domanique adds: "I wrote this project to claim my own narrative and to own the fact that the process to learning self-love and to claiming your crown is complicated."

Last year, Domanique's single, Airbrush, made waves for its bold, tell-it-like-it-is multi-layered take on how colourism, shadeism, gender norms, narcissism, and self-esteem unfold and impact digital culture. Listen to Airbrush here and watch the video here. Domanique partnered with Ensemble and RBCxMusic for the project and launched an intimate in-studio preview of the track you can check out here

Domanique shared an acoustic rendition of her powerful song, Airbrush, with reimagined flair to inspire self love in the whirlwind of internet culture. Take a listen to the acoustic rendition, with revitalized lyrics here and watch Domanique's performance here.

The Airbrush campaign featured a Cosplay series on Instagram, showcasing Domanique's re-creations of Marvel and DC superheroes, in collaboration with Toronto body paint artist, Alchemy Center. As the song champions every shade and gender, Domanique launched the series to inspire new perspectives around gender and beauty norms online. Get a glimpse of Domanique's take on X-Men's Mystique here, and her latest reimagination of Wonder Woman here.

Domanique hasn't slowed down amidst a time of worldwide change. In 2020, Domanique’s craft made global headlines through Till We See The Sun, her stunning, uplifting  track that spread joy at the height of the first pandemic lockdown. Since then, she has cultivated a partnership with RBCxMusic, as featured in their Grammy Awards campaign, Fuelling Firsts, which aired during the 2021 awards ceremony broadcast. She delivered presentations, performances and numerous public speaking engagements. Most recently, Domanique performed at the Humber River Heroes benefit concert by the Humber River Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Nurses Foundation Maskerade Gala hosted by etalk's Traci Melchor, and Toronto International Film Festival, opening the screening of the documentary, Listening To Kenny G.

In addition, Domanique produced RBC's The Imagine Summit, supporting artist-entrepreneurs in imagining beyond the limitations of the current global climate, by offering exclusive access to industry leaders, mindfulness training and financial resources.

Stay tuned for more sonic self-love from Domanique as she prepares to release QUEEN/DOM and learn about Domanique’s incredible career to date below. 

DOWNLOAD – Real Me Artwork 
DOWNLOAD – 
Press Photo
DOWNLOAD – QUEEN/DOM Chapter 1: Queen Cover Art

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About Domanique Grant 
(pronunciation: DOM-AH-NEEKE GRANT, pronouns: she/her)

You may call her QueenDom. Her mom did when she was a child, and now Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director Domanique Grant is claiming it in adulthood, as the title of her forthcoming double EP (the first chapter due April 21, 2022), for which she opens up some tough conversations — of worthiness, forgiveness, self love, notions of beauty and Internet culture.

Fresh off of her collaboration with the Grammy Awards and RBCxMusic, Domanique Grant is a Pop/Soul, Singer-Songwriter from Toronto, named one of Buzzfeed’s Top 20 Artists to Watch from Canada.

With a live show that’s been praised by Ted Talk, recent collaborations with Grammy nominated  producer Jarrel ‘The’ Young (Drake 2021, The Weeknd 2020, Fall out Boyz 2019) and a Pandemic-song that went viral worldwide, 2022 is set to be a big year for the teal haired powerhouse.

“I want to create music that reminds people to be authentic, especially when the world tells you that you don’t fit," Domanique says. 

The release of Domanique’s upcoming EP album QueenDom, exploring self-love and authenticity in a digital age; does that and more. With a milky vocal tone, paired with a praised, rap-singing versatility, echoing influences as diverse as Lauren Hill, Lisa Left-Eye Lopes, Rihanna, Sza and Chance the Rapper, combined, Domanique’s music straddles the lines of modern Pop and R&B, with elements of Electronic and Hip Hop that can’t be ignored.

QueenDom is a double EP release with the first chapter coming in April and the second to come in late 2022. Introspective yet relatable, on the project, Domanique shows both a bold and vulnerable side. Like many of us, she shifted her focus during the Covid Pandemic towards further growth and self-care. And for her, that meant creating more music. She spent the last year reflecting, writing and recording.

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COMMON DEER UNLEASH DEBUT ALBUM MAXIMALIST TODAY

SHARE STANDOUT TRACK NEGATIVE THOT

SPECIAL GUESTS TO JESUS JONES ON MAY 15 IN TORONTO AT THE EL MOCAMBO

“Straight up vulnerability. Straight up honesty. A real
human experience.” 
George Strombo
 
“ …catchy songs with biting lyrics and titles that tickle my fancy…” 3am Revelations

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 1, 2022 – Today, Toronto’s 80s-inspired modern synth-pop band, Common Deer, release their debut full-length album, MAXIMALIST, and share album standout track, Negative Thot. Check out the driving and undeniable earworm here and stream the empowering and bold debut album here. To further celebrate the record the band will be playing a hometown Toronto show, as special guests to Jesus Jones, on May 15 at the El Mocambo – get your tickets here.

“A 'maximalist' is someone who holds strong opinions and is unwilling to waver on them, which is the larger theme of this album and the circumstances surrounding its recording. MAXIMALIST is Common Deer without concession or compromise,” offers the band. “Contrary to the past releases, a lot of the themes come from a place of anger, rather than joy or optimism, and that’s reflected in the lyrics. Lyrically, the album addresses mental illness, addiction, abuse, the music industry, and intimate relationships with raw vulnerability.”
 
Mostly completed before the pandemic, the four-piece band - comprised of two sets of siblings: Sheila Hart (vocals), Adam Hart (guitar, synthesizer), Liam Farrell (percussion, samples), and Connor Farrell (bass) - created MAXIMALIST with producer, Luke Roes, at his “small but mighty studio” in London, Ontario. A close friend of Adam’s since his band, Ivory Hours, shared a bill with Common Deer in 2016, Sheila says, “We had a great personal relationship, and he’s really pushed me as a songwriter.”

This bounds-pushing songwriting style is especially prevalent on the deeply personal tracks FuckboiGuts and LonelyFansFuckboi is a diss to a guy Sheila dated who ghosted her - but after her BPD diagnosis she realized “girl, maybe you’re the problem.” Guts is about being disrespected as a young woman in the music industry; and LonelyFans is a reflection of how she might have spent time during the pandemic had she been born just a few years later.
 
On the album standout, Negative Thot, Sheila says: “This track is a twisty look at reveling in your absolute worst. Just because I’m mentally ill, doesn’t mean I’m always miserable – sometimes you have to have fun with it.”

"MAXIMALIST is a celebration of excess and a refusal to compromise, however misguided that might be.”

Dive in to Common Deer's MAXIMALIST world and stay tuned for more to come from the band this year!

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hill of iamhill PRACTICES THE KONMARI METHOD ON NEW SINGLE FROM  FORTHCOMING ALBUM SELLOUT 

LISTEN TO KONMARI | WATCH KONMARI HERE

SELLOUT TO BE RELEASED JUNE 3, 2022 VIA TEXT ME RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – April 1, 2022  – Today, Edmonton-born JUNO-nominated artist, hill of iamhill, shares KonMari, the third single from her  forthcoming album, Sellout, to be released on June 3 via Text Me Records. The song is a tongue-and-cheek ode to the method of the same name, asking: "does this bring me joy?" sifting through these ideas and material objects, with rhythmic, frenetic bounce and clever lyrics. Listen to KonMari here and watch a fun video for the track here.

"The video is obviously not meant to be considered in its literal sense; there are no references to toilets in KonMari. However, dragging something that heavy (that toilet was really heavy) across some barren wasteland did feel a bit similar to hauling all the “stuff” you’ve bought from one place to another when you relocate. I’ve moved many times in the last five or six years, and each time, my load gets significantly lighter. And honestly, I barely notice what I leave behind," says hill. "Does this item bring you joy? When you’re broke it’s hard to tell."

The song takes its title from the minimalism-inspired approach, the KonMari Method, founded by pro-organizer, Marie Kondo. The process assists in organizing items category-by-category rather than room-by-room, including six basic rules, ranging from the commitment to the act of tidying, to acknowledging an object's purpose in your life, asking if it continues to fulfill that purpose (or rather, cultivate joy) before surrendering it.  

KonMari was written and produced by iamhill and Mike Schlosser (John Orpheus, Arlo Maverick, Kendal Thompson, Curtis Santiago), mixed by Brad Smith (aka Mr Smith), and mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering. The visual was filmed and edited by Travis Nesbitt (@travisnesbitt). 

hill has always used music creation as a means of catharsis and Sellout is no different, standing as the most aggressive collection of songs she has made to date. Sellout is centred around the way our lives have become increasingly non-human. The idea that humans were not built - nor have we evolved - to manage this shift around human life intermixed with western values is a driving force behind the sound and story. The album embodies her anger and frustration in one place, while centred on a relevant, timely subject matter with full agency and a dash of good humour.

Sonically, Sellout has a signature rawness, complimented by hill and Mike Schlosser's alt approach to songwriting, never colouring within the lines when it comes to production; from the Wurlitzer used in the intro to I Need to Cry, to utilizing an Oberheim analog synthesizer, and creating their own samples (which can be found in their signature sample pack available anywhere you source individual samples, such as Splice, Reverb, etc.).

Collaborating with an instinctual process, hill works on the lyric and melody writing, while Mike is the brains behind the music. Mike and hill created the album pre-pandemic in hill's downtown Los Angeles loft, where she was living at the time. Amidst endless noise, sirens, people moving and voices all around, the team tracked all of the vocals in the living space, with emphasis on ensuring they were real rather than pristine.

Previous singles include, Fat Free, featuring Dallas, TX group, Cure For Paranoia. The song was inspired by an episode of Sharp Objects, based around Munchausen by proxy, where a mother figure is seeking attention/validation via the sickness/care of her daughters (and is poisoning them to keep things this way). Sellout kicked off with Side D, a dark, energizing jam written about a woman’s right to explore her own sexual freedom and options. While the title is literal, it's not meant to be taken seriously, or for the faint of heart. Listen to Side D here and watch the visualizer here, created by Taylor Oakes: (aka "Tiny Taylor"). 

Last month, hill dropped an acoustic version of her previous single, Side D, in NFT format. This radically-different version was arranged by hill of iamhill and mixed by Mike Schlosser, and the artwork created by Caitlin Boyle. This is not the first NFT hill has worked on, but it is the first NFT of her own music, under her own name. While the technology that allows artists to “mint” (in other words, create a new block on the chain with your file’s information/data) their work is still emerging, hill has grown passionate about the NFT community and it’s intrinsic potential. 

hill of iamhill is a Canadian writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Upon releasing her debut album as ‘iamhill’ in 2018, she was immediately climbing viral Spotify playlists (such as Young & Free and Canada Viral 50), reaching hundreds of thousands of streams and travelling around the globe to write songs with new producers and artists. hill released her 2019 EP, Gimme My Life Back, on Antifragile Records out of NYC. In 2021, she released an album that was deconstructed and distributed as a sound pack by Black Octopus Sounds, who launched their adjacent record label Black Octopus Music in order to release the source album, Nobody Wants to Be My Friend.

Stay tuned for more audio and visual from hill as she prepares to release her next album. 

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About hill of iamhill
hill of iamhill is a Canadian writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. She grew up in the Canadian North, where winter reigns for 8 months a year. Before cultivating her specific taste for alternative pop music, her urge to create alternate universes was already thriving. She was regularly scolded growing up for daydreaming incessantly, but may never have fully landed in “reality." Music was always her way of escaping into the current moment while simultaneously holding life at arm’s length. hill began playing piano by ear as a kid, and had picked up guitar and drums to accompany her obsession with singing by the time she was 14. Songwriting followed not long after, which began as an exercise in catharsis for hill and remains that way whenever she gets an opportunity to work on her passion project.

What appears to be the result of spending most of your life longing for a different one is the universe hill has been building since the genesis of iamhill in 2018. Upon releasing her debut album as ‘iamhill’, she was immediately climbing viral Spotify playlists (such as Young & Free and Canada Viral 50), reaching hundreds of thousands of streams and travelling around the globe to write songs with new producers and artists. During this time, she drew inspiration from artists like Frank Ocean, James Blake, Kanye West, and queen of sad-core Lana Del Rey. Informed directly by her eagerness to embrace darkness and her constant yearning for the future, the environment hill has developed over time is increasingly futuristic and industrial.

This seminal album, Give it a Rest, went on to be nominated for a Juno in 2019 (Electronic Album of the Year), while hill finally accomplished her lifelong dream of moving to California to live under the sun and find her full artistic expression among so many fellow creatives. That year, hill released her sophomore EP, Gimme My Life Back, on Antifragile Records out of NYC. The visuals that accompanied the EP were shot in Thailand, with the city filth of Bangkok front and centre.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, hill of iamhill has leaned into her fascination with technology. As the clubs she used to perform in closed their doors, she began diving into frontend web development and landed a job as a contracted engineer with a startup out of California called Pex. Pex is a digital rights technology company that enables fair and transparent use of copyrighted content at the scale and speed of the internet. Their mission is to empower creators, platforms, and rightsholders alike, which is perfectly aligned with hill’s vision for the future of the global creator’s landscape. Spending five years in a Publishing deal with Ultra Music, a Sony subsidiary, left hill with a new appreciation for creative autonomy and IP ownership. More to that end, in the fall of 2021, hill co-produced and co-released her first audio-visual NFT with a team of creatives out of Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and has already onboarded to platforms such as Catalog, which prioritize the minting of music NFTs. 

Over the past year, hill also found the time to release an album she co-produced and wrote with her now-counterpart in the iamhill project, Mike Schlosser. What made this album unique is that it was also deconstructed and distributed as a sample pack by Black Octopus Sounds, who launched their adjacent record label, Black Octopus Music, in order to release the source album, Nobody Wants to Be My Friend. 

hill is currently working with an independent label, Text Me Records,  out of San Francisco to release her forthcoming album (also co-created by Mike Schlosser). The project will see iamhill diving deeper into how "our lives are increasingly non-human." Says hill: "We were not built - nor have we evolved - to manage this shift."

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SMALL WORLD MUSIC  ANNOUNCES GLOBAL TORONTO 2022

IN-PERSON JUNE 7 - 10 & ONLINE JUNE 20 - 22
WITH SHOWCASES, NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, WORKSHOPS AND MORE

LOCAL, DOMESTIC, INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
ON PROGRAMMING INCLUDE FLUVIAL (CHILE),
INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC SUMMIT,
ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, AND MORE

SEE REGISTRATION AND TICKET INFO HERE

GLOBAL TORONTO 2022 PROGRAMMING TO BE GUIDED BY THEME OF:
RE: claiming our future
RE: connecting our community
RE: building our industry

TORONTO, ON – March 31, 2022 – Today, Small World Music (SWM) announces the details for their annual Global Toronto conference, held online from June 20-22, with pre-conference activities being held in Toronto in person from June 7-10, including a diverse selection of international and cross-country delegates. 

Global Toronto is a music showcase and conference rooted in re-imagining a sustainable, equitable, and accessible future for the music sector, and a platform to create connections and professional contacts, while building community and creating a space to discuss and make change. More than just a marketplace, Global Toronto is also a meeting place, a global gathering in the tradition of SWM, which has been a site of coming-together for millennia.


Registration is now open and available on the Global Toronto website. Watch the official launch announcement live-streamed earlier today here.

“From our many community consultation sessions, through working with the Jury, who chose the Spotlight Artists, and the Programming Committee, who established the theme upon which Global Toronto 2022 (GT22) will be built and the conversations and sessions to come, GT22 is truly a team effort,” says SWM Head of Programs, Mercedes Caxaj. “We think that GT22 is going to be a fantastic experience on the artistic front, and will continue to move the music sector forward. After asking, last year, 'Now What?' this year, we dig into the ways that we don’t just re-build: We drop the 're' and get to work on something new, together.”

“Partnerships remain at the heart of GT. The local partners that created the 2018 foundation: Royal Conservatory of Music, Lula Lounge, Aga Khan Museum and others. The international organizations enabling international Spotlight Artist performances: Fluvial (Chile), Wind Music (Taiwan), Planea Musica (Paraguay), ASEAN Music Showcase (SE Asia) and International Indigenous Music Summit (IIMS),” says Jonathan Campbell, Head of Programming Operations at SWM. “GT22 is where we show the world not just the diversity of music onstage here at home and around the world, but champion and learn from those folks behind the scenes pointing the way forward.

The in-person conference (June 7-10) will provide an opportunity to experience a plethora of showcases, and networking amongst delegates through a variety of informal, engaging gatherings. See below for a full list of the Canadian and international Spotlight Artists.

From June 20-22, online panels, keynote addresses, Organizational and Regional Spotlights, workshops and conversations will take place online on the Minode’e (the Anishinaabe word for "good-hearted") platform, which was created with Small World Music's partner, IIMS. The online element includes broadcasts of edited versions of the showcases alongside the probing conversations for which GT is well known. 

During the official media launch at Small World Music Centre in Toronto, the team unveiled all of the exciting news, including the much-anticipated reveal of the GT22 Spotlight Artists, theme, partners, and more. In addition, the GT22 Jury was announced, comprising five music professionals who underwent a long, difficult, amazing, and intense selection process, through over 200 applications: Chris Wilson (Drake Hotel/Somewherelse - Toronto, Canada), Kim Temple (High Priestess Publishing/Six Shooter Records - Toronto, Canada), Maria Carrascal (Agitando Cultura -  Buenos Aires, Argentina),  Reem Kassem (Cultural Foundation/Basita.live/Agora - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), Vox Sambou(Artist - Montreal, Canada). Head to the website to learn more about each member

GT21 was an immense success. Held online, in June, 2021, the conference welcomed 1100+ Participants from over 70 countries, nearly half of whom reported they were experiencing their first Canadian music industry event. You can read a full recap of the events here

“We’re proud of the way our role has evolved from being among GT’s founding partners to leading the production of the event for the last three years, and growing things online during the most challenging period in recent history,” says SWM Executive Director, Umair Jaffar. “GT is where our organization’s mission to break down walls through the power of music, and our work with and for equity-deserving communities onstage and behind the scenes, has local and global impact. We know that this will continue at GT22 – and beyond.”

Behind the GT22 theme in Small World Music's own words

After an early-pandemic pause at GT20 to acknowledge opportunity and envision the future, in 2021, we asked “Now What?”, looking to artists and arts organizations’ approaches to making space and enacting change. But sustainability remains out of reach across the sector. As a post-pandemic near-future emerges, glimmers of hope for the return of live music are clouded by the old structures and practices that are once again establishing themselves as the norm. 

With GT22 we emphasize forward momentum, transcending what came before. Words matter in this project: We are wary of calls to simply rebuild, as it gives power to models that even before the pandemic weren’t working for most of us. To interrogate the idea of “re-”anything, we’re dropping the prefix. We choose to claim our future, connect our community, build our industry. Together.

See below for the complete lineup details and stay tuned for more information by connecting with Small World Music online.

Find the Global Toronto 2022 Showcase Lineup here.

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About Global Toronto:
Global Toronto is an online music conference and in-person showcase & networking event based in Toronto and delivered in a hybrid manner. We are a hub for high artistic quality, a platform to create connections and professional contacts, while building community and creating a space to discuss and make change. Global Toronto is produced by Small World Music.

Who we cater to:
We serve the music network/ecosystem of artists, arts professionals and leaders who want to learn, discover, grow and connect in the global music industry so that together we can create change to build an equitable, sustainable and accessible music sector.

What we do:
Global Toronto creates a hub of artistic/high quality content, a platform to create connections, a community of music business professionals, and a space to discuss and make change guided by the principles of equity, sustainability and accessibility.

About Small World Music (SWM):About Small World Music (SWM):
Since 1997, SWM has been celebrating cultural diversity and showcasing a range of local, domestic, and international talent to audiences across Toronto, and beyond. More than just presenting culturally-diverse artists, SWM works with, showcases, and supports equity-deserving professionals onstage and behind the scenes to encourage sustainable careers and industry-wide evolution. SWM encourages human connection through musical experiences: through public-facing programming (the annual Small World Music Festival and hundreds of year-round concerts), industry initiatives (Global Toronto music conference and showcase event), artist-driven projects (eMERGEnce Music Incubator), and more.

 

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AMYTHYST KIAH RELEASES WILD TURKEY - LIVE  THREE-SONG DIGITAL EP

INCLUDES TWO LIVE RECORDINGS

NEW ACOUSTIC RENDITION OF BLACK MYSELF FEATURED IN UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY FOR LOVE & COUNTRY AVAILABLE AS AMAZON ORIGINAL 

TORONTO, ON – March 31, 2022 – Today, Amythyst Kiah announces the release of Wild Turkey – Live, a three-song digital EP that features two previously unreleased live recordings of the song as well as the original track that appears on her groundbreaking and celebrated album, Wary + Strange, released last June. Listen to Wild Turkey – Live here. Watch the performance from Studio 615 here, and watch the performance from the Gibson Garage here.
 
Wary + Strange has been widely hailed as one of the best releases of the past year. Wild Turkey, a stark recounting of her mother’s death and its aftermath, has been singled out for its unflinching honesty and heartbreaking beauty.  Writing in Pitchfork, Maura Johnson noted, “Kiah’s independent spirit, vast talent, and musical savvy yield dazzling results on this, her Rounder debut: Wary + Strange is a rock album that doesn’t play by anyone’s rules but her own.” Zeroing in on Wild Turkey, she observes, “When Kiah asks, ‘Oh Lord, will I ever feel right again?,’ the song breaks open in a surfeit of complex emotions.”
 
“As I reflect on this song, I realize now more than ever that while my traumatic experience doesn't define me: it's taught me an important lesson. In order to have more patience and compassion for other people, I have to also give that to myself,” said Kiah. “That is of course easier said than done, but I believe it is worth the effort to try. The fact that this song has connected with so many people dealing with something similar – or just dealing with a trauma that's taken years to shake out – has been a humbling reminder of the importance of remembering our collective humanity, and to not lose yourself to what's happened in the past, whatever that may be. If you are lucky enough to survive, take what you learned and continue this wild journey called life.”
 
Kiah is among the artists who appear in the upcoming documentary, For Love & CountryThe film, which examines country music’s evolution through the lens of a new generation of Black artists, will be available globally April 7 via Amazon Music and Prime Video. Kiah recorded an acoustic version of her Grammy-nominated song, Black Myself, for the film, which is available as an Amazon Original here
 
Late last year, the Americana Music Association marked the 20thanniversary of its annual Honors & Awards program with a concert event at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. On Saturday, April 2, PBS stations nationwide will premiere a special edition of Austin City Limits, featuring highlights from that concert, including Kiah’s performance of Fancy Drones (Fracture Me). The special will be available to stream online beginning Sunday, April 3 at pbs.org/austincitylimits
 
This spring and summer, Kiah is slated to perform at a number of music festivals including High Water, Stagecoach, FreshGrass, Palomino, and FloydFest. On May 10, she will join Brent Cobb, Amy Ray, and friends for the 9th annual, Georgia on My Mind benefit concert at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. A full list of confirmed dates is below. New dates will be announced in the coming weeks. 
 
Wild Turkey – Live Track Listing
1.Alt Version / Live at Studio 615 / May 2021
2.Solo Acoustic / Live at Gibson Garage / October 2021
3.Album track from Wary + Strange 

Amythyst Kiah Tour Dates:
4/24 High Water Music Festival, N. Charleston, SC
4/27 Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ
4/29 Stagecoach Festival, Indio, CA
5/05 UCSB Arts and Lectures, Santa Barbara, CA
5/08 Scissortail Park, Oklahoma City, OK
5/10 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
5/13 Door Community Auditorium, Fish Creek, WI 
5/21 FreshGrass Festival, Bentonville, AR
5/27 Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, FL
5/29 Pensacola Unleasehd, Pensaclola, FL 
6/19 Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, Washington, DC 
7/09 Palomino Festival, Pasadena, CA
7/28 FloydFest, Floyd, VA 
8/06 Magic City Blues Festival, Billings, MT
8/13 On the Ocean, Portland, ME

Photo by Sandlin Gaither

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CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED SPICE GIRLS TRIBUTE WANNABE CELEBRATE 10th ANNIVERSARY WITH ELECTRIFYING SHOW AT THE OPERA HOUSE ON APRIL 1st

“Beyond the fact that every show is a high-energy explosion of pop and positivity, Wannabe's five members, made up of talented writers, actors, singers and choreographers, have tapped into something that had a huge emotional impact on a whole generation of people during their adolescence… By bringing girl power to a whole new generation and time in history, Wannabe isn't going anywhere.”blogTO

TORONTO, ON – March 29, 2022 People of the world, spice up your life!

In 2012, Wannabe – Canada’s premier Spice Girls tribute band – performed their first ever show to a sold-out crowd at Toronto’s legendary El Mocambo. Without immediately realizing it, the group quickly saw that they had tapped into something incredibly special, and over the course of the next decade, Wannabe grew to become one of the most sought-after acts in North America.

On Friday, April 1, the group will celebrate their milestone 10-year anniversary at the Opera House, and once again bring their larger-than-life epic show to the stage; dazzling fans with their giant personalities, mega-watt singing voices, top-notch choreography and powerhouse performance. A night that is truly not to be missed, tickets can be purchased here.     

"Wannabe shows are famous for not only being a massive party with live music but also a celebration of love, friendship and Girl Power,” exclaims the band.

Conceived of by Toronto-based performers/musicians Barbara Johnston and Suzy Wilde, who star in the group alongside Anika Johnson, Jaz Fairy-J and Cat Merriam, Wannabe has been thrilling audiences and blowing the roof off of concert venues across North America for the past ten years. With spot-on performances, costume changes, English accents and platform shoes, the women have brought Girl Power into the 21st century.

“One of the first things people want to know about Wannabe is if we ACTUALLY sing…The answer is yes! We actually sing, and we actually dance and wear the platforms and do the accents. We also have an incredible backing band made up of some of the top musicians in the city.”  

The idea for Wannabe was born one summer when the girls were crammed in a house together performing in a musical, right around the start of 90s nostalgia. After an intense period of ‘Spice Girls Training’, which included studying concert footage and music videos, creating choreography, arranging songs and harmonies, assembling a six-piece backing band (aptly dubbed the Spice Boys), and rehearsing for several months, Wannabe was ready to hit the stage for what they thought would be a one-off concert for friends and family. They were wrong. The show sold out and the band hasn’t looked back since.

As the band has gained popularity, the shows have expanded to include not only Spice Girls songs, but hits from other 90s superstars, including Brittany Spears, Janet Jackson, and Madonna. The girls have appeared on stages alongside legendary 90s acts including TLC, The Goo Goo Dolls, Aqua, 98 Degrees, O-Town, Lance Bass (N’Sync) and Aaron Carter.

“Our ten-year anniversary show will be jam-packed with the biggest Spice Girls hits plus some of our favourite 90’s tracks from some of the best 90’s artists,” the girls add. “After the last two years, this is the show you want to be at.  Dress up, bring your mates and get ready to Spice Up Your Life!”

Wannabe 10th Anniversary
Date: Friday, April 1
Doors: 7:00pm | Show: 8:00pm
Venue: Opera House
TICKETS

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 6 – Oshawa, ON – The Biltmore Theatre
May 7 – Hamilton, ON – Bridgeworks
May 27 – St. Catharines – Warehouse Concert Hall
May 28 – London, ON – London Music Hall

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BUDDY RELEASES SOPHOMORE ALBUM SUPERGHETTO VIA COOL LIL COMPANY / RCA RECORDS

SHARES VIDEO FOR HOOCHIE MAMA

"One of this year's brightest insurgents" – The New Yorker

"Buddy is crossing generations, building new paths" – The New York Times

"an emerging artist to be reckoned with" – NPR

"Buddy's knack for filling up empty space in bursts like this shows he can more than carry a song all his own" – Pitchfork

TORONTO, ON – March 29, 2022 – Buddy has released his sophomore album, Superghetto, via Cool Lil Company / RCA Records. The ten-song project arrives alongside a new visual for the album track, Hoochie Mama, and includes the previously released single, Wait Too Long featuring Blxst, which was performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night. With additional appearances from Tinashe, T-Pain, and Ari Lennox, Superghetto, finds Buddy continuing to expand his uniquely eclectic sound, utilizing his unusual blend of experiences and influences to tap into a wide swath of moods as diverse and expansive as the Los Angeles area itself.

Buddy last released the deluxe edition of his critically-acclaimed album, Harlan & Alondra, in 2020 before teaming up with fellow LA rapper, Kent Jamz, for the release of their joint project, Janktape Vol.1, which NPR called "one of the best collab tapes" to be released that year. Amidst those efforts, he also joined Vince Staples on an explosive North American tour, performed at NPR's Tiny Desk, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that same year. Buddy also played a major role in the Grammy-nominated Revenge of the Dreamers III album, featuring on seven tracks on the Director's Cut version including fan favorites Costa Rica and 1993.

Listen to Superghetto here and stay tuned for more from Buddy coming soon.

TRACKLIST:
1. Hoochie Mama
2. Ghetto24 feat. Tinashe
3. Wait Too Long feat. Blxst
4. Black 2
5. High School Crush
6. Happy Hour feat. T-Pain
7. Coolest Things feat. Ari Lennox
8. Ain't Fair
9. Bad News
10. Super Ghetto

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ABOUT BUDDY:
Born and raised in Compton, California, Buddy seemed destined for greatness at an early age. He was just 15 years old when he had his first brush with stardom, signing to Pharrell's Star Trak imprint and releasing his first viral single, Awesome Awesome. A few short years later, he had delivered on that promise with the soulful, autobiographical RCA Records debut, Harlan & Alondra, in 2018.

A stark departure from the G-funk sounds listeners might have expected given Buddy's origins, Harlan & Alondra was instead an eclectic collection of sun-soaked styles influenced by Buddy's experiences. After years playing within LA's flourishing underground scene, he'd developed relationships with prominent musicians, adding his own church-honed flair, and come up with a unique style that brought critical acclaim to his major-label debut and a hunger to see what he would come up with next.

After detours through J. Cole's vaunted Revenge of the Dreamers III recording sessions and releasing the Jank Tape, Vol. 1 mixtape alongside Los Angeles native, Kent Jamz, Buddy builds even more on his debut's sonic experimentation with its follow-up, Superghetto. Again, Buddy utilizes his unusual blend of experiences, tapping into moods as diverse and expansive as the L.A. area itself. On album opener Hoochie Mamas, he delves into the party-rap ratchet-style that has been the backbone of the city’s underground scene for years for comic tales of racy mischief.

Then, he turns on a dime to relay recollections of life at the bottom of America’s totem pole on the moody title track, laying bare the lows he’s survived as readily as he celebrates the highs on Black 2, the spiritual successor to his pride anthem, Black. “I was talking about different Black things that we just self proclaim,” he says of his decision to revisit the track, “And just that Black pride that we have, I was putting all that on the mic. The second one is a cool vibe record, but it still has that prolific message about just Black pride and just being Black.”

He truly breaks out of the box with HSC, taking on the loose-limbed energy of an indie garage band while putting his own sly twist on the formula. He continues that upbeat, pop-rock vibe on Bad News, spinning a “gangster” narrative over a backing beat that wouldn’t be out of place on a Beach Boys compilation. Taken, together, these tracks highlight his philosophy for this album – and really, for his life.

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RACHEL BOBBITT CAPTURES TENDER MINIMALISM OF HEATMISER'S TIMELESS HALF RIGHT

LISTEN/BUY HALF RIGHT HERE
WATCH THE LIVE IN-STUDIO VIDEO HERE

TORONTO, ON – March 29, 2022 - Today, rising Canadian indie singer-songwriter, Rachel Bobbitt shares an exquisite cover of Heatmiser’s enduring, poignant Half Right. The harrowing, beautifully tender track, written by Elliott Smith and Neil Gust was first released in 1996 on Heatmiser’s third and final LP, Mic City Sons.
 
"The song is masterful in its simplicity. It paints the universal feeling of heartbreak in such a devastatingly pointed way,” said Bobbitt. “The lyrics deliver gut punches while the instrumentation marches on, steady and constant. One of those few truly ‘perfect’ songs.”
 
Half Right was produced by Rachel Bobbitt and features close collaborators: Justice Der (electric guitar), Stephen Bennett (drums), Isaac Teague (bass) and Bobbitt (electric guitar and vocals.) Listen and buy Half Right here.  Watch the striking black and white in-studio performance video here.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada now residing in Toronto, 22-year-old Rachel Bobbitt began to attract attention at 16 when she embraced the then popular social media platform Vine, covering artists such as Leonard Cohen, Frank Ocean, and Bon Iver. In Toronto, Bobbitt soon found like-minded creatives (including the aforementioned guitarist and producer Justice Der), whom she partnered with for a cover of Frank Ocean’s Forrest Gump, that’s now garnered well over two million streams on Spotify.

 
In 2019, Bobbitt and Der released the LP, When This Plane Goes Down, and in November 2020, Bobbitt self-released her debut solo EP, And It’s the Same. Organic editorial playlisting across Spotify (NMF Canada, Outliers, Indie All Stars, Fresh Finds) helped spread the word further. In 2021, Bobbitt was named one of RADAR US’s Artist to Watch and signed to Los Angeles based Fantasy Records. 

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THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS: ATLANTA MATHCORE OUTFIT JOINS THE MNRK HEAVY ROSTER

A BRIEF ARTICLE REGARDING TIME LOOPS VIDEO
NOW PLAYING AT BROOKLYNVEGAN


TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – March 29, 2022 – Atlanta, Georgia mathcore upstarts, THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS, have joined MNRK Heavy, together with Modern Static Records, for the release of their impending new full-length.

A recklessly free-spirited collective, THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS is made of six members, featuring a violinist and multiple vocal contributions. Together they deliver a vibrant combination of mathcore, sasscore, and post-hardcore - a sound that is at once abrasive, chaotic, and classy. Reveling in high-strung extremity their music is dense, impenetrable, and chaotic yet confusingly inviting as each song deliriously swerves across stylistic lines. The band Kill Your Stereo called “insane, intricate, and impressive” introduced themselves to the underground with 2019’s Die On Mars. Invisible Oranges championed the band’s, “rapid-fire tempo and time changes, leftfield genre swaps, and sardonic lyrics,” while Metal Injection insisted the group’s riotously explosive debut would, “make you punch everyone ever in the face,” and they meant it in the best way possible.

In celebration of THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS’ union with MNRK Heavy, today the band unveils their new single and video, A Brief Article Regarding Time Loops. Now playing at BrooklynVegan, the track marks a triumphant return and artistic leap forward from their previous material, careening through fractures of abstract and heavy, flaunting their unhinged chaos without sacrificing accessibility. The band’s use of expanded soundscapes is complimentary to their spastic, hook-driven approach to writing, creating a truly unique style of mathcore.

Elaborates vocalist, Carson Pace, of the track, “Capturing your first experience of Déjà vu? Have you heard this breakdown before? Does it matter? What are the intentions of man’s best friend? Start over.”

Adds BrooklynVegan, “With three minutes of shapeshifting metalcore that sounds even more chaotic than anything on Die On Mars, ‘A Brief Article Regarding Time Loops’ already proves that the wait has been worth it. It continues the Daoboys' knack for fusing Botch/Converge-style mathcore with Every Time I Die/The Chariot-style theatrics, but even that description can't prepare you for this beast, which also incorporates white noise, a spoken word head trip, a deathcore-ish breakdown, and a complete disregard for traditional song structure.”

View THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS’ A Brief Article Regarding Time Loops video here or stream it here.  

Catch THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS live this June on tour with Limbs and Greyhaven. The journey will commence on June 3 in Amityville, New York and run through June 24 in Chicago, Illinois. See all confirmed dates below. Stand by for more news on THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS to be revealed in the weeks to come.

THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS:
5/29/2022 So What?! Music Festival - Arlington, TX w/ The Ghost Inside, Alexisonfire, The Devil Wears Prada, more
w/ Limbs, Greyhaven:
6/03 Amityville Music Hall - Amityville, NY
6/04 Knitting Factory Brooklyn - Brooklyn, NY
6/05 Kungfu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
6/07 Preserving Underground - New Kensington, PA
6/08 Big Room Bar - Columbus, OH
6/10 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
6/11 HENAO Contemporary - Center Orlando, FL
6/12 Archetype - Jacksonville, FL
6/14 Empire Control Room & Garage - Austin, TX
6/17 Downtown Underground Mesa - Mesa, AZ
6/18 Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
6/19 Goldfield Trading Post - Sacramento, CA
6/21 The Beehive - Salt Lake City, UT
6/22 Lost Lake - Lounge Denver, CO
6/24 Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL

THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS:
Carson Pace – vocals
Maddie Caffrey – guitar
Adam Collins – guitar
Jack Buckalew – bass
Amber Christman – violin
Sam Williamson – drums

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JADEA KELLY BRINGS ROSES TO LIFE WITH ALBUM RELEASE SHOW LIVE IN LOS ANGELES

PERFORMANCE TO BE LIVE STREAMED APRIL 8-17
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

“With folk tunes that will squeeze your heart, Kelly is bound to become an artist that will have you falling in love with her songs.” – eTalk

TORONTO, ON – March 28, 2022 – On April 6, Jadea Kelly will celebrate the release of her stunning new record, Roses, with a special live performance at LA’s Desert 5 Spot. Taped in front of a live audience, the concert will then be available for audiences worldwide to tune in and stream virtually from April 8-17. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.
 
“The Roses album release will be my first full band public performance in over two years. A celebration of pandemic proportions!” exclaims Jadea. “So excited to perform this album live with my LA friends and fans and share it virtually with my international fans via live stream.”
 
Released on March 4th, Roses – Jadea’s fourth studio album – has been warmly embraced by fans, with nearly 2 million streams across all platforms. The record made its way on to the cover of Spotify’s Renegade Folk playlist, and the heartwarming single, Any Old Boat, has seen over 860K streams to-date.
 
With the album having been composed between Ontario, Nashville and Los Angeles, and recording completed both in person and virtually, it seems perfectly fitting for Jadea to be sharing the news songs in a live format of this nature – both in her newfound home of LA, and virtually for all those who cannot join in person. Be sure to tune in and see the songs from Roses brought to life!

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ABOUT JADEA KELLY
Described by CBC as “one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters” (Tom Power, CBC) Jadea Kelly spends her time writing and living between rural Ontario Canada and Los Angeles CA.
 
She has co-written and toured (as opener and backing vocalist) with the likes of Justin Rutledge, Whitehorse, Judy Collins, Catherine MacLellan, Royal Wood, Kelly Prescott, Sweet Alibi, Peter Katz, The Digging Roots, Leela Gilday and Joey Landreth. She has also performed and showcased her music across Canada, The United States and Europe, performing at the likes of Americana Fest (Nashville TN), Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo, Metal Toronto and Peterborough Folk Festival. Despite her Americana influence, she is also the featured vocalist with JUNO award winning metal group Protest the Hero (Kezia, Scurrilous and Volition).
 
In 2016 Jadea was awarded 'Contemporary Singer of the Year' at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her 2016 release 'Love & Lust'. Its featured single 'Beauty' was placed on the Lifetime Network feature 'No One Would Tell' and the 2017 CBC Rio Paralympics, a viral opening montage portraying the life and struggle of Terry Fox. Her most recent EP (MWI / 2019) received 'Best Score & Music' accolades from the Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards. MWI is the official soundtrack for 'Met While Incarcerated the Film', which aired on the Documentary Channel and CBC in March 2019.
 
She spearheaded the 2018 collective, Canada Covers Tom Petty, featuring an impressive collection of tributes from Matt Mays, Terra Lightfoot, Dwayne Gretsky, Molly Brown and the Redhill Valleys. She also hosts a semi-annual Canadian songwriter showcase in Los Angeles through the celebrated Hotel Café, Monday Monday, concert series.
 
Following a pandemic pause, Jadea returned triumphantly in 2022 with her long-awaited fourth studio album – Roses (released March 4 on Darth Jadea Music / Tonetree). The album was produced by a collection of artists, including Aaron Goldstein (Matt Mays / Daniel Romano), Joel Schwartz (Dionne Taylor), Rich Jacques (Lisa Loeb), Joe Moralez (Skyler Day) and Tim Abraham (Royal Wood).
 
“I ended up tracking a majority of the album in Toronto with my Canadian friends and bandmates, in person and virtually. It felt full circle to record in Canada after 4 exploratory years in the US. I love California with all my heart. It is my new found home and has provided a playground to rediscover my confidence, my freedom, my voice and a collection of songs that truly reflects my journey to health.
 
I composed these songs between Ontario Canada, Nashville TN and Los Angeles CA over the past four years. A massive musical delay and musical pause but a necessary one. Life, happiness and health came first. Including the pandemic. Feeding money and time into artistic pursuits can often feel like feeding coins into a broken parking metre. I hold so many incredible musical memories in my heart but it also took its toll. I therefore took my time with these songs, the production and processing of the emotions. Roses was a complete joy to compose and truly reflects my journey to a conscious and balanced state. To me, Los Angeles is a gift I gave myself. It was a blank slate to finally confront my emotional, physical and financial health. The result is Roses. The result is abundance and joy. I’m holding the light up now, and roses are falling all around.”

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AVALON TASSONYI CELEBRATES RELEASE OF DEBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM

OUT NOW ON VAIN MINA RECORDS – LISTEN HERE
 
ALBUM RELEASE SHOWS NEXT MONTH
IN TORONTO, OTTAWA AND MONTREAL

TORONTO, ON – March 25, 2022 – Right in time with the turning of the seasons, Avalon Tassonyi (TAH-show-nee), welcomes their captivating debut self-titled album – out today on Vain Mina Records. A collection of songs in adjacent genres, all tethered by Avalon’s charming vocals and lyrical storytelling, the record sees the folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist re-emerging to share music under their own name for the very first time. Listen today on all streaming platforms.
 
I'm thrilled to finally get this album out there; it's been nearly 3 years in the making!” exclaims Avalon. “I've released plenty of music with various projects in the past but this is the first time I can honestly say I'm fully content with each and every song on the record from front to back.”
 
In celebration of the release, Avalon will be giving special performances in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in early April, bringing their songs to life on stage. See below for full details.
 
“The band is back together and I'm really excited to bring the new show around Ontario and Québec,” Avalon remarks. “We've got members of Eliza Niemi, Little Kid and Jaunt in the lineup and it's going to be a really lively concert experience.”
 
Immerse yourself in the debut from Avalon Tassonyi and don’t miss them live in concert next month!
 
TOUR DATES:
April 7 – Toronto, ON – The Monarch Tavern TICKETS
April 8 – Ottawa, ON – Happy Goat TICKETS
April 9 – Montreal, QC – Quai des Brumes TICKETS

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ABOUT AVALON TASSONYI
Born and raised in Toronto’s west end, Avalon Tassonyi (they/them) grew up tinkering on the family piano, learned to play guitar and soon began writing songs from a young age. At 17, they moved to Montréal to pursue music, playing in a number of bands over the better part of a decade. During this time, they explored different styles from jazz to indie rock to country, ran DIY shows and released music independently at a high volume. Their longstanding former moniker, Inland Island, is most noted for the album Zsa Zsa’s Window Opens Slowly (2016, Egg Paper Factory), which was an exploration of trans femininity, radical softness and Hungarian cultural diaspora.
 
Avalon has come full circle, now living in Niagara-on-the-Lake on the peach farm where their maternal family has been rooted since immigrating to Canada. With that, they’ve come to embrace the acoustic, folk and country sounds that they grew up on, re-emerging to share music under their own name for the very first time. Avalon Tassonyi’s songs are grounded in lyrical prowess, self-assuredness, an embrace of simplicity, and a love for all human emotion, from its silliest to most sombre elements.
 
Folk stylings of the likes of Nick Drake run clean through the album’s track-list. Other apparent influences include Springsteen’s Nebraska, early Wilco, Lucinda Williams, My Morning Jacket, John Prine and Joni Mitchell. From protest songs, to piano ballads, to alt-country barn burners, Avalon appears poised throughout, playing nearly every instrument on the record and coming off as believable while holding the tune in a wide vocal range.

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LATTO RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM 777 VIA RCA RECORDS

BIG ENERGY REMIX WITH SURPRISE GUEST FEATURES OUT MONDAY, MARCH 28 HEADLINING 777 TOUR UNDERWAY

Toronto, ON – March 25, 2022 – Today, ATL-based Queen Of Da Souf rapper, Latto, releases her highly anticipated new album, 777, via RCA Records – click here to listen. Her latest project includes her previously released tracks – the electric single, Wheelie, featuring 21 Savage, her top 20 Billboard hit single, Big Energyand her melodic track, Soufside, which paid homage to her roots in ATL. Additionally, the album has guest features such as Lil Wayne, Childish Gambino, Nardo Wick and more, plus a Big Energy (Remix) bonus track with surprise features coming out Monday, March 28. You can hear Latto’s new album live on her headlining 777 Tour that’s currently underway – click here to purchase tickets. Listen to 777: Latto.lnk.to/777
 
For the past two years and counting, Latto’s made it known that she’s "the one you bitches hate, but they can't get past." To start off 2021 , Latto released The Biggest, the first official release under her new moniker, which explained the 23-year-old rapper’s reasoning for the stage name change, her intentions and moving forward with this new phase of her career. Following that with the release of her hit single, Big Energyin September 2021 has made Latto inescapable. The Tom-Tom Club-sampled Genius of Love single cracked top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, currently seated at #14, and is now RIAA-certified Gold. It’s also been dominating all radio platforms – reaching top 5 at Pop and #1 at both Urban and Rhythm. In November, Latto had her late-night television debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers performing the certified smash hit. 
 
With this new chapter of her career, Latto’s star continues to rise. She received her first-ever nominations for Best New Artist, and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the 2021 BET Awards. She followed that with performances at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards and 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). She performed a medley of Big Energy and Soufside at the BET Hip Hop Awards and at the VMA’s she gave fans a sneak peek snippet of Big Energy prior to its release along with performances of her RIAA-certified Platinum singles, Bitch From Da Souf and Muwop,  on their Extended Play Stage. In addition to her VMAs performance debut, she received her first VMA nomination for MTV Push Performance of the Year for Sex Lies. She was also nominated for two 2021 Soul Train Awards and one 2022 NAACP Image Award for Chris Brown’s Go Crazy (Remix) with Young Thug, Lil Durk and Future. 
 
From her appearances on LA Leakers and Funk Flex with her viral freestyles to her feature on soundtracks for Halle Berry’s Bruised and F9: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to her energetic appearances and sets at festivals – her elevation to the top remains unmatched. With over 880 million streams worldwide across all platforms and accolades continuing to rack up from her success, it’s clear that Latto has set the stage to become a global superstar.
 
Check out her new album 777 out now via RCA Records and stay tuned for more coming soon.
 
777 Tracklist:
1. 777  Pt.1                                                      
2. 777 Pt.2                                                      
3. Wheelie feat. 21 Savage                            
4. Big Energy                                                  
5. Sunshine feat. Lil Wayne & Childish Gambino        
6. Like A Thug feat. Lil Durk                         
7. It's Givin                                                     
8. Stepper feat. Nardo Wick                           
9. Trust No Bitch                                         
10. Bussdown feat. Kodak Black                                 
11. Soufside                                                     
12.Sleep Sleep                                               
13. Real One      

Bonus Track – out 3/28
Big Energy (Remix) 

 
Buy/Stream 777 Album: Latto.lnk.to/777
Watch Wheelie featuring 21 Savage
Watch Soufside
DOWNLOAD - Album Art
 
About Latto:
Raised in Atlanta, GA, 23-year-old rising rapper Latto has been making a name for herself since she was eight years old. The Rap Game Season One winner has continually released music since 2016 and signed with RCA Records in 2020. In June 2019, Latto released her EP, Big Latto, which included her breakout-hit song Bitch From Da Souf. The December 2019 release of her follow-up project, Hit The Latto, contained the remix version of the track featuring Saweetie & Trina, the accompanying video has been viewed over 86 million times. Prior to this, her impressive catalog of music includes Miss Mulatto (2016), Latto Let ‘Em Know (2017) and Mulatto (2018). 
 
As part of the elite new wave of female rappers, such as Megan Thee Stallion, City Girls, Saweetie and more, Latto has proven that her pen game, replete with witty and raw verses, is unmatched. Her track, Bitch From Da Souf (Remix) featuring Saweetie and Trina went RIAA-certified Platinum, making Latto the first solo female rapper from Atlanta to accomplish this feat. She was also one of only two women inducted into the XXL 2020 Freshman Class, earning her another major milestone in her burgeoning career. In August 2020, Latto released her major label debut project Queen of Da Souf and later that year also released of the extended version of the project. It included multiple standout tracks such as “In n Out” feat. City Girls, Sex Lies ,featuring Lil Baby and the now RIAA-certified Platinum track, Muwop feat. Gucci Mane. In addition to her own music, Latto has been inescapable; from her cameo in Cardi B’s iconic WAP video featuring Megan Thee Stallion, to countless features including Chris Brown & Young Thug’s Go Crazy (Remix) with Future and Lil Durk, Chloe & Halle’s Do It (Remix) with Doja Cat and City Girls, NLE Choppa’s Make Em Say and more, she’s proven that Big Latto is bigger and better than ever before. 
 
Latto’s first official release of 2021, The Biggest, was the introduction to her new moniker that explained her reasoning for the name change, her intentions and moving forward into the next stage of her career. To start off the new chapter, Latto received her first-ever nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist” at the 2021 BET Awards followed by performances at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on their Extended Play Stage where she gave fans a sneak peek snippet of Big Energy prior to its release along with performances of Bitch From Da Souf and Muwop. In addition to her VMAs performance debut, she received her first VMA nomination for MTV Push Performance of the Year for Sex Lies. She was also nominated for two 2021 Soul Train Awards and one 2022 NAACP Image Award for Chris Brown’s Go Crazy (Remix) with Young Thug, Lil Durk and Future. 
 
From her appearance on LA Leakers with her viral freestyle to her feature on soundtracks for Halle Berry’s Bruised and F9: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to her energetic appearances and sets at festivals, she continues to elevate. Latto’s latest singles, Big Energy and Soufside are on her newly released album 777, and the new project demonstrates that point further. Most recently, Big Energy has proven to be a certified smash-hit making it into the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart (#14 currently), becoming RIAA-certified Gold, and dominating radio (cracking top 5 at Pop radio and was #1 at Urban and Rhythm). The track shows Latto embracing this new phase in her career – manifesting good fortune and hitting bar after bar with witty, captivating lyrics, but staying true to herself and her roots. Big Latto’s ‘got that real big energy’ and shows no signs of stopping.
 
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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER CADENCE WEAPON RELEASES PARALLEL WORLD (DELUXE EDITION)  TODAY VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER CADENCE WEAPON RELEASES PARALLEL WORLD (DELUXE EDITION) 
TODAY VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

COLLABORATIONS WITH LOGAN, LORAINE JAMES, CIEL, MARTYN BOOTYSPOON, CFCF, AND HARRISON CREATE
NEW VERSIONS OF TRACKS FROM 2021 POLARIS MUSIC 
PRIZE-WINNING ALBUM PARALLEL WORLD

DEBUT MEMOIR BEDROOM RAPPER OUT MAY 31

NEW NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

SUPPORTING JULY TALK IN CALGARY & EDMONTON NEXT MONTH

TORONTO, ON – March 25, 2022 – Today, 2021 Polaris Music Prize winner, Cadence Weapon, releases Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) via MNRK Music Group. The Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer, poet and activist handpicked friends, collaborators, and rising artists from across Canada and London, UK, to respectively forge their own sound to provide remixes of tracks from his Polaris Music Prize winning album, Parallel World. Highlight song, Play No Games, gets a remix from Toronto's own musical polymath and producer, Harrison, and arrives with a Scott Pilgrim-directed visualizer today. Check it out here and stream Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) wherever you listen to music here and via Bandcamp.

“I was searching for producers who I feel like are really groundbreaking and pushing barriers. That’s the thing I’m always attracted to musically,” Cadence says of Parallel World (Deluxe Edition). “My initial thought was, ‘How can I help give a bigger platform to these artists who I know personally, but who are some of the most innovative artists in Canada?’”

Last month, trailblazing London, UK producer,  Loraine James, delivered a fresh take on album standout, On Me (featuring Manga Saint Hilare & Strict Face). Listen to On Me (Loraine James Remix) and watch the Scott Pilgrim-directed visualizer here. The original version of the song arrived last summer with a cross-the-pond video including Manga Saint Hilare in the frame. Watch it here.

In addition to speaking truths on topics, such as those highlighted in On Me,  Cadence is an active advocate in many communities; both in the arts and in the cities he calls home. He recently announced his debut  memoir, Bedroom Rapper, set for release May 31 (McClelland & Stewart). For more writing and observations, check out his Substack newsletter.

Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) is an eclectic blend of offerings that pulls Cadence Weapon's music into new, curious shapes and continues the conversation that he started with Parallel World. There’s a Chicago acid house-inspired reprise from Martyn Bootyspoon (Montreal), a surreally off-kilter 'Renoviction Refix' from Ciel (Toronto), an optimistically dystopian track from CFCF (Montreal), and left-field funk from Harrison (Toronto). As a nod to his affinity for UK grime and club culture, as well as his desire to showcase Black talent across the diaspora, Pemberton also enlisted the two London up-and-comers, grime MC Logan and experimental club producer, Loraine James.

Parallel World has been heralded has Cadence’s most politically charged album to date. The songs are what Cadence quips Truth in Jest to narrate realities of the world at present and touch on themes of systemic racism, structural inequality, police profiling, gentrification, the internet’s pervasive effects on our lives and the surveillance state that disproportionately punishes Black people. Using elements of trap, drill, grime and acid house, Parallel World is the soundtrack for the dystopian future the world is facing, as society deals with these issues. It is a sonic space where Cadence distills these experiences for all.  

Cadence performed his first show of the year in his home province at Alberta for Block Heater Festival in Calgary, before rocking SXSW's epic in-person return with three shows in Austin, Texas last week. Next month, he'll hit Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City, before supporting July Talk on west coast dates in Calgary and Edmonton, with a stop at Regina Folk Festival in August. More dates will be announced.  

Listen to the original version Parallel World here, learn more about Cadence Weapon and find details on his North American tour dates below.

TOUR DATES:
April 8 - Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City
April 28 - Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary (with July Talk)
April 30 - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton (with July Talk)
August 6 - Regina Folk Festival

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Read Cadence Weapon’s Newsletter
Follow Cadence Weapon on Twitch
Find Cadence Weapon’s music on Bandcamp

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo (by Mat Dunlap)
 
Listen to Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) here
Buy Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) on Bandcamp
Listen to Parallel World here

About Cadence Weapon
Cadence Weapon is the Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer, poet, and activist Rollie Pemberton. Throughout his work, the multidisciplinary artist aims to preserve and resurrect Black cultural memory by forging connections between personal, local, and collective histories. Pemberton received the 2021 Polaris Music Prize for his fifth and latest album, Parallel World, an incisive project that uncovers the splintering realities both created and hidden by modern systems of inequality, atop blistering production that draws from UK grime, trap, and acid house.

Raised by a pioneering New York radio DJ father and piano playing mother, Pemberton started rapping at age 13. He cut his teeth performing live with his uncle’s funk band as a teen, but as one of the only rappers in Edmonton, he found endless outlets for his creativity on the internet, where there were no limits on discovering music. Pemberton thrived online finding samples, remixing songs, and battling rap strangers on message boards. As a university student, Pemberton penned alternative hip-hop reviews while crafting his debut album, 2005’s Breaking Kayfabe, the first of five albums that have been nominated for the Polaris Prize.

A scholar and entertainer with many hats, Pemberton has also done narration work for VICELAND TV shows, hosted lectures for Red Bull Music Academy, conducted live interviews for CBC, and acted in Sean Nicholas Savage’s debut musical, Please Thrill Me. In 2020, he launched his ongoing self-titled newsletter, where he shares personal essays about being an artist, essays of music and cultural criticism, and behind-the-scenes posts into his work and creative process. Pemberton’s debut book, Bedroom Rapper, a personal account of his life in music as an artist, critic, and fan amid a changing digital landscape, arrives later this year (McClelland & Stewart).

About MNRK Music Group
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit www.mnrk.com.

 

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HANK WILLIAMS JR. SETS  RICH WHITE HONKY BLUES FOR JUNE 17

.44 SPECIAL BLUES OUT NOW
PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM ON EASY EYE SOUND 
HERE

“It was always there. We just had to set the right trap…” – Dan Auerbach

Toronto, ON – March 25, 2022 – Larger than life, capable of summoning “all his rowdy friends” with a couple crashing downbeats and a blaring guitar riff, Hank Williams, Jr. has been one of country music’s truest outlaws for over half a century. But more than the swaggering singles, roughneck fantasy videos or relentless sense of blue-collar boogie, at his core, the 72-year-old legend is a bluesman. Pure, unqualified and unadulterated, the only son of Hank Williams has the same down low lonesome in his veins as the man Rufus “Tee-Tot” Payne taught to play guitar as a small child growing up in Greenville, Alabama.
 
With Rich White Honky Blues – set for release on June 17 – the second-generation Country Music Hall of Famer makes good on his legacy with a turpentine and rough wood take on the hill country blues that informed his father’s raw-boned style of putting his pain out there. GRAMMY-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach recorded the set live, with a dozen songs reprising classics from Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, R.L. Burnside, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner and a few from Bocephus himself.
 
“The blues is where it all comes from,” concedes Williams. “It’s the start of everything musical in my family; everything starts with Tee-Tot and flows from there. I’ve always flirted with this stripped back blues – all the way back to the ‘80s. But I finally made an album that’s just that, and I like it.”
 
Blame it on the owner of Easy Eye Sound. Auerbach went straight to the essence. Assembling a wicked core band of electric slide guitarist Kenny Brown, claimed as “my adopted son” by R.L. Burnside, bassist Eric Deaton, who first toured with Fat Possum’s Juke Joint Caravan, backing up T-Model Ford and Paul “Wine” Jones, plus drummer Kinney Kimbrough, son of North Mississippi blues legend Junior Kimbrough, they tapped into the lifeblood of the blues at its most randy.
 
It started with a phone call, discussing what these sessions could be. Nothing definitive, no commitments made. But then Auerbach started receiving text messages the week leading up to the dates: pictures of Hank Williams, Jr. stationery, each with the title of a song he wanted to sing. Back and forth. Songs. Influences. Touchstones to draw upon.
 
And then it was Day One.
 
“First thing he said to me when he walked in was, ‘I don’t really feel like fucking with this shit!’,” Auerbach recalls. “And he walked into another room.”
 
Undaunted, the producer had the band start playing; grindhouse blues, sweltering hill country shuffles, juke joint altar calls. Before too long, the man whose alter-ego is Thunderhead Hawkins emerged, curious and hungry.
 
“If you wanted to play this kind of music, you couldn’t have better players,” Auerbach explains. “The first time I ever saw Hank Jr. on TV, I was a kid raised on Robert Johnson and Hank Williams, Sr. records, and those things came through so clearly watching him. So, I tried to assemble the right parts to just sit in that piece of who he is.”
 
Over the course of just three days, Rich White Honky Blues was done, with Williams punctuatingly declaring “I hope you got all of that. I bet YOU did. I’m going to listen – and smoke...”

As Williams prepares for the release of his 57th studio album, his family has been struck by tragedy with the sudden passing of his wife of 31 years, Mary Jane Thomas. While Williams considered delaying the project’s announcement, time with his family led to one conclusion: music offers solace in the most difficult times.
 
In this sense, it seems almost predestined that Rich White Honky Blues ends with a prayer for redemption as Williams invites the Savior to bring whatever grace He might have, to sow solace and forgiveness, suggesting the larger than life amongst us transcend mortal limitations. After all, Country blues informed his father’s raw-boned style of putting his pain out there, epitomizing the unquestionable truth that there is always a time for music in moments of need.

Rich White Honky Blues Track List
1..44 Special Blues
2.Georgia Women
3.My Starter Won’t Start
4.Take Out Some Insurance
5.Rich White Honky Blues
6.Short Haired Woman
7.Fireman Ring the Bell
8.Rock Me Baby
9.I Like It When It’s Stormy
10.Call Me Thunderhead
11.TV Mama
12.Jesus Will You Come By Here 

About Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr.'s extremely impressive resume has spawned 70 million albums sold worldwide, six PLATINUM albums, 20 GOLD albums, 13 No. 1 albums and 10 No. 1 singles. Marking 58 years since his first album in 1964, Williams Jr. is preparing to release his 57th studio album Rich White Honky Blues on June 17, featuring 12 songs recorded over a three-day period by GRAMMY-winning producer Dan Auerbach. 2016’s It’s About Time (Nash Icon Records) included the history-making “Are You Ready for the Country,” as well as tunes “Dress Like an Icon,” “Just Call Me Hank,” “It’s About Time” and “The Party’s On” in addition to re-recorded versions of classics “Mental Revenge” and “Born to Boogie” with Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Brad Paisley on guitar. Following It’s About Time, Williams Jr. has released several compilations, including All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over: Great Tailgating Songs, A Country Boy Can Survive (Box Set), Hank Jr. Sings Hank Sr. and 35 Biggest Hits. He continues to add accolades to an extremely impressive resume, which includes ACM Entertainer of the Year, CMA Entertainer of the Year and BMI Icon, in addition to a GRAMMY win and coveted inductions into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame.

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CAROLINE SPENCE’S POIGNANT MEDITATION ON THE PASSAGE OF TIME THE GIFT IS RELEASED

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

NEW TOUR DATES CONFIRMED

TORONTO, ON – March 25, 2022 – Today, Caroline Spence releases The Gift, the latest track from her forthcoming album, True Northset to drop on April 29. Alongside the release of the single, Caroline shares the video for The Gift. Listen to the single here and watch the video here

The song – a deeply moving meditation on the passage of time and the healing power of grief after a monumental loss – came to life during a writing session with Matt Koziol. 

Caroline recalls, “I had recently lost my grandmother when we wrote this, and we bonded over how we were both privileged to truly know them, even being let in on the harder parts of aging and time passing. We spent the morning sharing stories about them and we almost called it a day after getting stuck at the end of the chorus.”

But as any creative person can tell you, inspiration often comes from the most unlikely sources. “Then I remembered this card on my grandmother’s fridge — a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt.”

In a moment of kismet, she realized, “That same card hangs on my office wall, and I had seen it just that morning — ‘Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.’ An idea sparked and I told Matt to hold tight as I untangled my thoughts and melodies and landed on the last line of the chorus — where the title came from. Then the rest of the song poured out of us.”

The heart-rending but ultimately hopeful lyrics reflect on the fleeting nature of time and the enduring power of love.

I still know your old landline
Called to say you’re on my mind
It’s a long-distance call to the phone hung on the wall
Inside the house that doesn’t change at all

Usual questions overdue
It’s not where your mind’s running to
You say all your favourite days are forever flown away
It’s hard to hear you say that

Time isn’t always what you thought
But you’re gonna leave this place 
with it written on your face
It’s the only thing that we’ve got

And the only thing worth spending in the end
It’s the present, that’s the gift

The follow-up to 2019’s critically acclaimed, Mint Condition—hailed by Rolling Stone as a “gorgeous reflection on finding peace amid upheaval”—True North took shape from a deeply collaborative process between Spence and producer, Jordan Lehning (Rodney Crowell, Andrew Combs). The album features 12 brand new songs written or co-written by Spence that explore the full spectrum of the human experience: love, growth, grief, and the endless complexities of human nature. 

Spence has added new dates to her spring tour and has confirmed appearances at a number of festivals taking place this summer and fall. A full list of confirmed dates is below, and more shows will be announced in the coming weeks. 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
3/25 - The Burl, Lexington, KY (w/Ian Noe) SOLD OUT
3/26 - The Burl, Lexington, KY (w/ Ian Noe) SOLD OUT
4/26 - Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA
4/27 - Rockwood Music Hall, New York City, NY           
4/28 - The Loft @ City Winery, Washington, DC            
4/29 - The Southern, Charlottesville, VA           
4/3 - The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC            
5/6 - Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO       
5/7 - Fitzgerald’s, Berwyn, IL               
5/8 - Turf Club, St. Paul, MN  
5/11 - Basement East, Nashville, TN    
5/12 - Princess Theater, Decatur, AL (solo acoustic)   
5/18 - Mercury Lounge, Tulsa, OK        
5/19 - The Post at River East, Fort Worth, TX 
5/20 - Saxon Pub, Austin, TX   Saxon Pub
5/21 - Green Apple Arts Center, Eden, TX         
5/22 - Dosey Doe, The Woodlands, TX               
5/24 - Fayetteville Roots HQ, Fayetteville, AR 
5/27 - Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA           
6/10 - Stockholm Americana, Stockholm, Sweden        
6/11 - Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark            
6/12 - Oslo Americana, Oslo, Norway 
6/17 - Black Deer Festival, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom               
8/12 - Outlandia Music Fest, Bellevue, NE
9/30-10/2 - Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters, OR 

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BODYSNATCHER: BROOKLYNVEGAN PREMIERES WIRED FOR DESTRUCTION VIDEO FROM FLORIDA DEATHCORE PRACTITIONERS

BLEED-ABIDE FULL-LENGTH TO SEE RELEASE
APRIL 22 ON MNRK HEAVY

TORONTO, ON – March 24, 2022 Florida deathcore practitioners, BODYSNATCHER, today unleash their brutalizing new video for Wired For Destruction. Now playing at BrooklynVegan, the track comes off the band’s impending full-length, Bleed-Abide, set to drop April 22 via MNRK Heavy.
 
An epic demonstration of aggression, BODYSNATCHER’s Bleed-Abide puts the “core” back in deathcore. The Melbourne quartet’s third album is unapologetically grim, ferocious, and threatening, crackling with fury and power. It’s a sound born from the burden of struggle and an unwavering commitment to continued survival against all obstacles. Unquestionably their darkest offering to date, Bleed-Abide burns with an intensity derived from a further focus on sonic pummelling and truth-telling narratives.

Elaborates guitarist, Kyle Carter, of the band’s latest bruiser, “‘Wired For Destruction’ lyrically was inspired by our drummer Chris Whited and expanded on by me. For me, it represents the common fear of being forgotten after death. It also touches on the fear of not having control and doubting every action you take. The name says it all really. Death, sickness, and most fears hold a lot of us back from living our life how we really want to, so we thought it was an important topic to talk about."

Adds BrooklynVegan, “BODYSNATCHER has no reservations about being called a deathcore band, but if the word makes you shudder, BODYSNATCHER’s version of deathcore might make you change your tune. They're very in touch with the genre's hardcore roots, and ragers like ‘Wired For Destruction’ fit nicely next to plenty of today's hardcore and death metal bands. You don't need to be nostalgic for the Myspace era to get into this; it rips and feels refreshing for heavy music in general.”

View BODYSNATCHER’s Wired For Destruction video here. View the band’s previously released video for Absolved Of The Strings And Stone here and E.D.A. here.

Bleed-Abide’s thirteen furious tracks were recorded by Chris Whited at 1776 Recordings with drums engineered by Neil Westfall and Bud Phillips at The Unicorn Room, and guitars re-amped by Phil Pluskota at Sonic Assault Studio. The record comes cloaked in the cover art of Adam Burke.
 
Bleed-Abide will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preordering options here.
 
Coinciding with the release of Bleed-Abide, BODYSNATCHER will join Dying Fetus for a month-long Spring tour. The journey runs from April 29 through June 5. Additional support will be provided by Chelsea Grin, Frozen Soul, and Undeath.

See all confirmed dates below.

BODYSNATCHER w/ Dying Fetus, Chelsea Grin, Frozen Soul, Undeath:
4/29 Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
4/30 The Canal Club - Richmond, VA
5/01 Hooligans Music Hall - Jacksonville, NC
5/03 The Underground - Charlotte, NC
5/04 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
5/05 Underbelly - Jacksonville, FL
5/06 Jannus Live - St Petersburg, FL
5/07 Revolution Live - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5/09 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
5/10 Amplified Live - Dallas, TX
5/11 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
5/13 The Nile Theater - Phoenix, AZ
5/14 Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA
5/15 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
5/16 House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
5/17 The UC Theatre - Berkeley, CA
5/18 Goldfield Trading Post - Roseville, CA
5/19 Bossanova Ballroom - Portland, OR
5/20 Modified Ghost Festival - Vancouver, BC
5/21 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
5/23 Metro Music Hall - Salt Lake City, UT
5/24 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
5/25 Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS
5/26 The Lyric At Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN
5/27 Pops - Sauget, IL
5/28 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
5/29 The Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
5/31 The Opera House - Toronto, Ontario
6/01 Imperial Bell - Quebec City, QC
6/02 Corona Theatre - Montreal, QC
6/03 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
6/04 Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
6/05 The Palladium - Worcester, MA

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About BODYSNATCHER:
The alligator-filled swamps and burned-out tourist beaches of Florida were fertile ground for death metal when the late/great Chuck Schuldiner took his love of heavy thrash and crushed it into a new subgenre. The Sunshine State gave gruesome birth to genre pioneers like Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary, and Deicide. Morrisound Recording became the site where legendary bands summoned essential albums. Florida claims almost as many crucial hardcore, punk, and powerviolence bands, including Poison The Well, Shai Hulud, Brethren, Assück, and Strongarm.
 
Kyle Medina (vocals), Kyle Carter (guitar), Kyle Shope (bass), and Chris Whited (drums) embody the hardcore spirit and cut their teeth in the tight-knit community. They are monikered after the nickname of one of history’s most notorious serial killers, Ed Gein, and represented by a triangular symbol steeped in alchemy and the occult. But BODYSNATCHER lyrics owe more to the horrors of domestic strife than the gore of their Florida-based forebearers in Cannibal Corpse.
 
The inception point came with the purest of intentions. “I was around seventeen,” Medina explains. “We were just going to be a band that was basically a ‘breakdown band’ for my friends to mosh to.” Eventually stabilizing with a lineup that overlapped at various points with beloved groups like King Conquer and Dealey Plaza, BODYSNATCHER released a quick succession of albums and EPs, most notably Abandonment (2015), Death Of Me (2017), and the utterly crushing This Heavy Void (2020). Combined with a blistering live show, this led to a deal with the MNRK Heavy label and the forthcoming Bleed-Abide.
 
All members contribute to the lyrics, resulting in multiple points of view and diverse insights anchored by common themes of catharsis and resistance, adding further weight to their already crushing hymns. Absolved Of The Strings And Stone is a battle cry against the gaslighting and emotional abuse of toxic people. Hollow Shell delves into strained familial dynamics, where some family members live as virtual prisoners to others. Wired For Destruction confronts death anxiety. Even amidst the uncertainty and darkness however, there’s an underlying positivity to be mined within. Value Through Suffering takes a proactive stance on hardship, a way to rebuild from the wreckage.
 
And while many bands resist genre classification in an aloof effort to distinguish themselves from every other band, inadvertently consigning themselves to talking points that sound like everyone else, BODYSNATCHER is, without apology, a deathcore band. There is no compromise in the cards.
 
“Deathcore kicks ass. A lot of bands shy away from labels they don’t deem ‘cool’ enough. But we don’t give a fuck,” vocalist Kyle Medina says proudly. “We like what we like, and we play what we play. We all love hardcore and metal, so we’re going to play hardcore, play metal, and play breakdowns. And that’s how the band is going to be, forever.”
 
BODYSNATCHER:
Kyle Medina – vocals
Kyle Carter – guitar
Kyle Shope – bass
Chris Whited – drums
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VALERIE JUNE SHARES THE SOULFUL USE ME

NEW ORIGINAL TRACK PREVIEWS THE FIRST-TIME
GRAMMY NOMINEE’S U.S. TOUR 

THE MOON AND STARS: PRESCRIPTIONS FOR DREAMERS
DELUXE EDITION OUT NOW  

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR JUNE’S 2022 HEADLINING TOUR INCLUDING STOPS IN VANCOUVER AND TORONTO

TORONTO, ON – March 18, 2022 – Just ahead of her eagerly awaited U.S. tour, GRAMMY-nominee, Valerie June, has shared Use Me, the first new original track from the celebrated singer-songwriter since the release of her widely acclaimed 2021 LP, The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers. Co-written by Valerie and noted songwriter and producer, Jennifer Decilveo (Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Andra Day), Use Me is an irresistible slice of Memphis soul that once again affirms Valerie’s powerful ability to connect. “We've made a sphere from a circle unbroken,” sings Valerie. “We've got true love, not just three words spoken.” Listen to and purchase Use Me here and watch the Use Me lyric video here.

“As a bridge between modern music and traditional songs, Use Me vacillates between upbeat pop and weaves in the old, familiar hymn, Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” says June. “Coming full circle, this represents multiple layers of how through love, families, and communities, whether publicly or personally, in life and beyond death, we can use each other to create gorgeously positive changes. Oftentimes, the voices of encouragement are from the women in our lives. We use the guidance of mothers, sisters, aunts, and daughters. I’m thrilled to release this song in celebration of International Women’s Month because it was my very first time working with a female producer, Jennifer Decilveo. Female producers are not easy to come by in the music industry, so this collaboration was extra special.”

Valerie June’s album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers, was one of 2021’s most celebrated releases. Produced by June and Jack Splash, the album is “a psychedelic tour de force” that is “powerfully, elegantly subversive” (Uncut) and “a stunning song cycle of redemption and reclamation” (Rolling Stone). June’s spellbinding vocals and infectious sense of wonder ground the record, and “her every quiver bespeaks emotional honesty” (New Yorker). The follow-up to her 2013 breakthrough, Pushin’ Against A Stone, and the widely adored, The Order of Time — a 2017 effort that earned the admiration of Bob Dylan and landed on best-of-the-year lists — The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers is landmark work for the Memphis-born, Brooklyn-based auteur.

The album’s Call Me A Fool, featuring Stax legend, Carla Thomas, was nominated for Best American Roots Song at the upcoming 64th GRAMMY Awards, the first nomination of June’s illustrious career. 

You and I, the gorgeous lead track from The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers was featured in Apple’s latest #ShotOniPhone Holiday ad. The poignant short film is called Saving Simon and was directed by Oscar® Nominee Jason Reitman and his father, Oscar® Nominee the late Ivan Reitman. Watch the full-length version here.

Tickets are on sale now for June’s 2022 headlining tour which kicks off on March 31 and includes Canadian stops in Vancouver and Toronto. Full routing is below, for more information visit here.

Use Me
Written by Valerie June and Jennifer Decilveo
Produced by Jennifer Decilveo
Mixed by Sean Cook

The Moon & Stars 2022 Tour Dates:
March 31 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
April 1 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
April 2 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater SOLD OUT
April 3 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
April 5 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
April 6 – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
April 8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
April 9 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up
April 22 – Kennett Square, PA – Longwood Gardens Open Air Theatre SOLD OUT
May 3 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music Theatre
May 4 – New York, NY – Town Hall
May 5 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
May 6 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall at Homestead
May 7 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre
May 10 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
May 11 – Ferndale, MI – Magic Bag
May 13 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
May 14 – Columbus, OH – The Athenaeum Theatre
May 15 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI Annex
May 16 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
May 18 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School SOLD OUT
May 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
May 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
May 21 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre
May 22 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
May 24 – Louisville, KY – Paristown Hall
May 25 – Cincinnati, OH – Memorial Hall
May 27 – Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
May 28 – Annapolis, MD – Ram's Head On Stage SOLD OUT

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RIA MAE BARES IT ALL ON NEW EP THERAPY

OUT TODAY – LISTEN HERE

RELEASES VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE THE OLD ME

TORONTO, ON – March 18, 2022 – Today, acclaimed pop artist, Ria Mae, celebrates the release of her deeply personal new EP, Therapy. A curated batch of six swelling anthems that are both conversational and confessional, Therapy sees Mae opening up through song with a vulnerability that will instantly connect with listeners. The EP is available now, along with a captivating music video for the lead single, The Old Me.

Home is somewhere that we often run away from, but it’s also the place that tends to know who we really are, at our core. Something the last two years has taught a lot of us, is that retreating from the hectic busy outside world can unearth who we are, without all of the trappings. For the Halifax, Nova Scotia born-and-raised musician, it took a mid-pandemic visit home to her old neighbourhood to bring it all back.  She was staying right across the street from where she lived in her early twenties.

The hardest thing to do once you have a few fans, or have picked a particular path, is to step out and say ‘I kinda want to try this other thing…’ but I think it’s important for me in this journey of rediscovering myself after the pandemic. It’s important to stay true to yourself, and for me that means being vulnerable, not being afraid to be exposed.”

After a first listen to the entire EP you find yourself wondering – who is Ria Mae talking to in these songs? Each track seems targeted, in a way that most can relate, towards one person. You’re just not sure if it’s someone she’s driving to, or away from, but her lyrics are clearly a roadmap to the person Ria Mae is today.

Thomas ‘Tawgs’ Salter came on board to produce For Your Love, as well as the album’s title track. For Your Love, co-written with Tawgs and Simon Wilcox, was featured in network television series, The L Word, in late 2021. Therapy also brought Joceyln Alice to the process – the song serving as Mae’s first collab with the Calgary born critically acclaimed songwriter. Inspired by Mae’s fear of being completely consumed by a relationship, the lyrics on Therapy describe this exact sentiment: “Ten years of therapy, to try to get your feel off of me”.

Swoon, also co-written and performed with Jocelyn Alice, was produced by east coaster, Corey Lerue (Neon Dreams). A pop song with an undeniable strut of a beat and deep funk bass, reminiscent of Chromeo, Swoon also touches on the fear of letting your love show. JUNO Award winner, Serena Ryder, teamed up with Mae and pop powerhouse producer, Ryan Stewart, for The World Is Falling Apart. In keeping with the theme of letting go in order to let something in, it’s no coincidence that Mae chose to include a cover of Lose You To Love Me (Selena Gomez). Mae wrangled two immensely talented songstresses, Rose Cousins and Breagh Isabel (Port Cities), to join her on the song, which she says blew her mind the first time she heard the original. Breagh Isabel and Mae wrote The Old Me together, which stylistically is a nod to confessional power pop trailblazers like Paula and Janet.

Dive in with Ria Mae and feel all of the emotions of Therapy – out now!

THERAPY EP TRACKLIST:
1. For Your Love
2. The World Is Falling Apart
3. Therapy
4. Swoon
5. The Old Me
6. LYTLM (Lose You To Love Me)
Bonus tracks:
For Your Love (Outdoors Mix)
Swoon (B-side)

Listen to the Therapy EP here
Watch The Old Me here

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ABOUT RIA MAE:
Since the June 2016 release of Mae’s full length, self-titled debut album, the three-time JUNO nominee has toured Europe with Tegan & Sara, North America with Dido, and Canada with Scott Helman and many other incredible musicians. She has performed with k.d. lang, Melissa Etheridge, Elle King, Xavier Rudd, Shawn Hook, Family of the Year, Francesco Yates, Coleman Hell and more. She has performed at various PRIDE festivals and events in Halifax, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, and Montreal.

Mae, whose songs have been streamed over 70 million times worldwide, has climbed the radio charts in Canada numerous times, with platinum certified singles, Clothes Off, Ooh Love, Too Close and Bend. A proud member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, Mae was recently nominated for a Queerty Award for Best New Artist by Queerty Media.

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NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD MUSIC BY LEGENDARY FATHER OF DELTA BLUES SON HOUSE FOREVER ON MY MIND DISCOVERED AND RELEASED TODAY ON EASY EYE SOUND 

NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD MUSIC BY LEGENDARY FATHER OF DELTA BLUES SON HOUSE FOREVER ON MY MIND DISCOVERED AND RELEASED TODAY ON EASY EYE SOUND

ALBUM WAS RECORDED IN THE FALL OF 1964 (AHEAD OF 1965 'REDISCOVERY' ALBUM) AND NEVER RELEASED 

FEATURES FIRST-TIME-ON-RECORD TITLE TRACK
FOREVER ON MY MIND PLUS NEVER-HEARD RECORDINGS
OF DEATH LETTER AND PREACHIN' BLUES

"The Son House who is heard on Forever On My Mind is clearly intent on delivering his repertoire with both fire and precision.” —Living Blues

“In 1964, they were already calling [Robert] Johnson, long gone, the king of the Delta blues singers. [House] was the living royalty.” —MOJO

"House conveys as much joy on these songs as he does pain, telling us so many years after his death that we can not experience one without the other.” —Uncut

Toronto, ON – March 18, 2022 – On the evening of June 23, 1964, a red Volkswagen Beetle bearing three blues enthusiasts arrived in Rochester, N.Y. The young men were following a trail of clues in their search of a legend, and they found him sitting on the steps of an apartment building at 61 Greig Street. “This is him,” Son House said.
 
Born Eddie James House, Jr. in Lyon, Mississippi in 1902, Son House at that time had not played music for more than two decades. But the re-release of his early work — commercial 78s issued by Paramount Records in 1930 and two field recordings by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1941-42 — by Origin Jazz Library and Folkways Records had excited fresh interest in a growing community of blues aficionados.
 
Within months of his rediscovery by Dick Waterman (who became House’s manager and handler), Nick Perls and Phil Spiro, the once-obscure 62-year-old musician was thrust into the public eye by a story in Newsweek magazine and a series of performances at folk music festivals and college campuses around the country.
 
Forever On My Mind, the new album of previously unreleased Son House recordings from Easy Eye Sound, the independent label operated by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, is the premiere release from Waterman’s personal cache of ’60s recordings by some of the titans of Delta blues. His collection of quarter-inch tapes — which are being restored to remarkable clarity by Easy Eye Sound — have gone unreleased until now. The collection hits the streets today, March 18, 2022.
 
Waterman says, “I always knew that I wanted this body of tape that I had to come out together, as The Avalon Collection or The Waterman Tapes, as sort of my legacy. They were just here at my home, on a shelf. I had made a few entrees to record companies, but nothing had really come through. I thought that Dan Auerbach would treat the material with reverence and respect.”
 
Auerbach says, “Easy Eye Sound makes blues records, and not many people make blues records anymore. This record continues where we started off, with our artists Leo Bud Welch and Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes and Robert Finley. It also is part of my history — some of the first blues music I heard was Son House. I was raised on his Columbia LP, Father of Folk Blues. My dad had that album and would play it in the house when I was a kid, so I know all those songs by heart.”
 
Forever On My Mind is the earliest issued full-length House solo performance recorded after his rediscovery, at an appearance captured on November 23, 1964 at Wabash College, a small men’s school in Crawfordsville, Indiana. In terms of power and intensity, it rivals, and in some cases surpasses, the Columbia album, cut five months later in a New York City studio. It also reflects a sharp musical focus that diminished in House’s later concert appearances and recordings.
 
“As he toured in ’65 and ’66 and ’67,” Waterman notes, “he developed stories — they were self-deprecating stories, with humor and things like that. So, he became sort of an entertainer. But these first shows in ’64 were the plain, naked, raw Son House. This was just the man and his performance. He didn’t have any stories or anything to go with it.”
 
In the wake of his rediscovery in Rochester, House — who had labored as a foundry worker, railroad porter and cook, among other jobs, after moving from Mississippi to New York in 1943 — decided to make a return to music at the urging of his enthusiastic young fans. Waterman explains, “He had been living in a [retirement] home with his wife, and they weren’t doing anything but living on Social Security. So, it was the opportunity to make some money that put us out on tour.”
 
House was outfitted with a new steel-bodied National resonator guitar, the instrument he had played on his early recordings, and Alan Wilson, later famous as the guitarist and singer of the Los Angeles blues-rock band Canned Heat, gave the sexagenarian musician a refresher course in his own music.
 
“Son and Al would play knee to knee with the guitar,” Waterman says. “Al would say, ‘This is what you called “My Black Mama” in 1930,’ and would play it for him. And then he would say, ‘This is what you called “My Black Woman” for Lomax 12 years later,’ and he would play that, and Son would play along with him until the two of them were really rollicking along. And Son would say, ‘I got my recollection now, I got my recollection now.’”
 
House, who to date had only performed before Black audiences in Southern juke houses, would now be introduced to a young and entirely new group of listeners. Waterman says, “He hadn’t played in front of white people at all.”
 
After some initial appearances that summer at the Unicorn coffeehouse in Cambridge, Mass., then a center of the American folk music renaissance of the ’60s, and an August 1964 set at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, House and Waterman set off on a modest tour of Midwestern campuses in November in the manager’s new Ford Mustang.
 
The manager recalls, “I wrote letters to [university] student activities committees, one after the other after the other. So we went out, and the first date, I remember, was at Antioch in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and then Wabash was one of the first ones after that.”
 
The college engagements included Oberlin College in Ohio, Shimer College in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, and the University of Chicago, where local blues fan Norman Dayron recorded at least part of the November 21, 1964, show; a single track later surfaced on the 1980 Takoma Records LP Rare Blues. But the Wabash College appearance two days later was caught on tape in full.
 
“Wabash did the taping, and then they later gave me the reel-to-reel tape,” Waterman remembers. “The show was held in kind of an assembly hall. There were a few dozen [in the audience] — there may have been up to 50 people, something like that. They were quiet and polite during the performance … There were no barriers, there were no filters between him and the audience. He was just giving them the plain, unvarnished Delta material, as he knew it and as he sang it.”
 
Five of the eight songs heard on Forever On My Mind were later released in studio versions on House’s Columbia LP. Another two songs that he played at Wabash College, renditions of his Delta contemporary Charley Patton’s Pony Blues and the gospel blues standard, Motherless Children, were recorded by the label but went unreleased until 1992.
 
The first number heard on the Easy Eye Sound release, the titular Forever On My Mind, was never attempted in a recording studio, but it would be essayed from time to time in House’s concert performances; there is film footage of him playing it at the 1966 Newport Folk Festival. On the present album, the song, which contains snatches of his friend Willie Brown’s classic. Future Blues and his own Louise McGhee, serves as a living lesson in the improvisatory Delta blues tradition. 
 
“There are certain songs that he would play, go into an open G tuning,” Waterman says, “and just play things in a certain meter. And some of these songs borrowed verses from each other.”
 
House’s 1964-65 live appearances and his Columbia album placed him in the pantheon of such other great, recently rediscovered Delta blues musicians as Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Bukka White, and Rev. Robert Wilkins. Forever On My Mind now re-introduces House at the height of his renewed powers in an essential, previously unheard document of unique force and sonic clarity.
 
Says Auerbach, “He sounds like he’s in a trance, and his singing is so nuanced here. He’s very playful with his phrasing, just right on the money with his singing and playing. It sounds so right to me — top form Son House.”
 
“The late-’64 stuff is as good as it’s going to get,” Waterman says. “I have great love and great respect for Mr. House, and I hope that this legacy stands up, for all that he meant to me and all that he meant to the music.”
 
For more information on House and his music, see Preachin’ the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House by Daniel Beaumont (Oxford University Press).

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ANDREW BIRD RETURNS WITH FIRST  SINGLE OF 2022 ATOMIZED

 SUMMER TOUR INCLUDES SOLD OUT RED ROCKS AMPITHEATRE, GREEK THEATRE, RYMAN AUDITORIUM AND MORE WITH IRON & WINE, NEKO CASE,
ALLISON RUSSELL, MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO

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Toronto, ON – March 17, 2022 – In 1967, Joan Didion wrote that she “had dealt directly and flatly with the evidence of atomization, the proof that things fall apart.” Today, Andrew Bird updates her observation with the release of Atomized, his first new single and video of 2022. Listen to Atomized, out now here and watch the video here.
 
“Start making your apologies, blaming technology,” he sings. “They’re gonna try to get a rise to unseat you, they’ll demagnetize your poles and you know they’re gonna try to delete you…Here’s what I say to them: things fall apart.” 
 
“Didion was updating W.B. Yeats for the fractious 60s,” Andrew Bird observes, by way of explanation. “This song takes it to the pixelated present where it’s not just society that is getting atomized but the self that is being broken apart and scattered.” 
 
Recorded live by Andrew Bird and his four-piece band of bassist Alan Hampton, drummer Abe Rounds and guitarist-producer Mike Viola, the loose and tantalizing groove of Atomized is overlaid not only with hypnotically-plucked violin and seamless, sudden interludes, but sharp affirmations delivered with an effortless cool.  <