GREAT AMERICAN GHOST TO RELEASE TORTURE WORLD EP JANUARY 20, 2022 VIA MNRK HEAVY

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TORONTO, ON – December 3, 2021 – Boston’s GREAT AMERICAN GHOST will release their anticipated Torture World EP on January 20, 2022 via MNRK Heavy, today unveiling its cover art, track listing, and first single, Kingmaker
 
Produced by Will Putney (A Day To Remember, Knocked Loose, The Amity Affliction), who handled the band’s critically-adored 2019 full-length, Power Through Terror, with Torture World, the band directs old-school hardcore wrath at hypocrisy, apathy, and self-loathing, delivered in a dark cloud of relentlessly bludgeoning riffs. The EP's title track blends atmospheric melodies with unrelenting heaviness, maneuvering swiftly between classic death metal, crushing hardcore, and double bass-fueled fury. Womb is as fast and severe as anything originating from the frozen forests of Scandinavia, swinging wildly back and forth between blackened death and slow, bludgeoning sludge. Death Forgives No One concludes the proceedings, with a progressive bent, equal parts driving and haunting, with an almost esoteric quality beneath it all. 
 
Vocalist Ethan Harrison and guitarist Niko Gasparrini spoke about their shared love of Nine Inch Nails and industrial, resulting in Torture World’s first single, Kingmaker. The very metal but angular, sharply percussive EP opener showcases the band's attention to detail in crafting instrumentation, carefully weaving through choruses, breakdowns, and bludgeoning riffs.
 
“Kingmaker is a song I wrote at the height of the QAnon hysteria,” elaborates Harrison on the theme driving the pummel. “It was my own observation on the kind of people that allow something so clearly based in racism and bigotry, that has been propagated for hundreds of years just to be repackaged and resold as something new and original, to fuel their every choice and how much that disgusts me. Some things should be rejected on their face.”
 
A punishing video for Kingmaker is currently playing at Metal Injection, noting, “It's the kind of song that your neighbors really ought to hear, and maybe even feel depending on your sound system.”
 
View GREAT AMERICAN GHOST’s Kingmaker here.
 
Torture World will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preorders here.

Torture World Track Listing:
1. Kingmaker
2. Torture World
3. Womb
4. Death Forgives No One

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About GREAT AMERICAN GHOST:
It was the first GREAT AMERICAN GHOST show in eighteen months, and there was no guarantee there'd even be an audience. The Ghost Inside, Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain, and Currents filled out a bill booked for the outdoor parking lot stage at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. GREAT AMERICAN GHOST, hailing from nearby Boston, went on earliest, with lots of daylight left on the clock. "I was nervous," frontman Ethan Harrison confesses. "I figured nobody was going to come early to watch us. I'll always find a way to be anxious in those situations. It was the most people we've ever played in front of before and the most people I've ever stood in front of personally."

The triumphant post-pandemic return in front of 10,000 enthusiastic people was a testament to just how successfully GREAT AMERICAN GHOST connected through a steady stream of furious music. The group Metal Injection calls, "always hateful, always pissed," steadily built a devoted following with the bleak and punishing Everyone Leaves (2015), Hatred Stems From The Seed (2017), the Don't Come Back EP (2016), and Power Through Terror (2019).

Even as the worldwide shutdown and personal adversities big and small threatened to derail the band, perseverance ultimately prevailed, resulting int he four-song Torture World EP poised to take the band's vicious bile in new directions.

"We were excited about Power Through Terror and ready to hit the road as much as humanly possible," Harrison recalls. "We had a bunch of touring ready to roll when the record came out in February. Then we were locked down in March. It was a really long eighteen months for us, like most people. There were a lot of points where really bad things happened, and we thought, 'Well, maybe we just don't want to do the band anymore.' My mental health was going downward. We had a really horrible year, honestly."

But as the light began to creep in toward the end of the tunnel, with plans for shows and even touring on the horizon, Harrison and his bandmates – guitarist Niko Gasparrini and drummer Davier Perez – began to feel some glimmers of hope. "The conversations started to feel more real. It gave me a feeling that I hadn't had in a long time. I missed the band even more than I realized."

"We didn't have any pressure or expectations in terms of how Torture World should sound," Harrison says. "We did what we wanted, and this is what came from it. There's a larger scope of sound happening than on our earlier releases. Bells, percussion, a lot of extra instrumentation." And the riffs are still there.

Early releases tackled feelings of hopelessness, thoughts of suicide, and bitterness about broken relationships with naked aggression. On Power Through Terror, Harrison turned his poison pin outward as well, going after government complicity in sex trafficking and abuse; a friend's debilitating struggle with alcoholism; the fear of failure that keeps so many bound up in apathy. Torture World tackles several issues with urgency and passion, not the least of which is the struggle for equality and the resulting social unrest magnified in recent years. "As a white cisgender male, I'm not in a position to say that I am oppressed. It's not my story to tell," Harrison cautions. "But I have a huge problem with the disparity that occurs inside of this civilization that we occupy." 

"Torture World has a dual meaning,” he continues. “Some songs on the EP are extremely political and there are some extremely personal songs. Both things bleed into each other."

It's an approach to the lyrical side of the band that continues to apply to their music. Since the first time a punk rocker palm-muted a guitar, there's been a debate about what constitutes "true" hardcore, crossover, thrash, metalcore, ad nauseam. GREAT AMERICAN GHOST is comfortably beyond that conversation. "I'm so sick of the whole subgenre thing," says Harrison. "We've always been in this middle ground. Some people who listen to metal don't see us as a metal band. We've never been a straight-up hardcore band. So, we don't really care. I only care whether or not people get it. As long as they get it, or it changes them or touches them emotionally in some way? Call us whatever you want." 


GREAT AMERICAN GHOST:
Ethan Harrison – vocals
Niko Gasparrini – guitar
Davier Perez – drums
Grayson Stewart - guitar

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LEXXICON MAKES LITERARY DEBUT WITH RELEASE OF TROPICON ISLANDS NOVEL 

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PERFORMANCE ON MARCH 24, 2022

TORONTO, ON – December 3, 2021 – Following the success of his latest album,  Tropicon IslandsJamaican-born, Toronto-based artist, author and arts community trailblazer, Lexxicon, makes his literary debut in releasing a novel of the same title. While the concept of the album resonates with various sonic chapters, set on a fictional locale, and capturing the many facets and journeys that weave into a relationship, the novel presents a contrasting narrative, blending sci-fi futuristic murder mystery with romance and suspense. 

Listen to Tropicon Islands here and order Tropicon Islands, the novel, for Kindle and on paperback here. Read more about Tropicon Islands below and watch the trailer here

On the process, Lexxicon says: "I have written shorter novels before in high school for myself, but I always wanted to have a book I made for everyone to read and enjoy, and I finally found the time to make that dream a reality. The writing process took about a year to get everything done. It kept me going during the times when I wasn't creating music. Just seeing the final physical copy of the book makes me feel like I really accomplished something that I can look back on in a few years and still be proud of."

When emerging global singing star Oceania dies in a mysterious accident after a sold-out 5,000-strong concert, young intern Adonis Thomas mutes his concerns about her untimely death. He just wants to carve out a place for himself in the heady world of mega-stars and talent management. However, when he realizes other major new voices are turning up dead, he begins to piece together a bizarre plot that reaches to the highest level of his company. Staying in the background, he discovers that billionaire investor Vernon Wilson, owner of Sephtis Entertainment, is using state-of-the-art AI technology to gain an edge over his rivals and make massive profits from the music artists he signs to his label. But, only if they’re dead. The startling truth he uncovers puts Adonis in a race against time to save both his life and the life of his loved ones and young stars who have signed with Sephtis Entertainment.

On Tropicon Islands, the album, Lexxicon worked alongside Edmonton-based producer, Artafacts, to craft layered sonic elements and shaped its storyline in the company of incredible collaborators. He shared five singles leading up to the release of the album, including, One Last Time,marking a breaking point for the couple in the story, You Know Me - inspired by the signature pop of Beyoncé to the vibe of Tinashe - Back To You, with fellow Toronto artist, Desiire - a song filled with percussive energy, rhythmic baseline and sprinkled with beachy field recording samples, Bubble Everywhere, a single that captures the couple exploring the island where the album is set, inspiring listeners to dance, vibe and have a good time, Power Over Mecapturing a turning point in a couple’s relationship and their expression of feelings towards each other. 

 
As the world continues to change, Lexxicon has always found solace in the music. This is the world he aims tand hip-hop with a deep study around pop music to create his signature form of Afro Pop. An ever-innovative champion of community work and inclusion (Lexxicon is the Director of AfroWaveTO, a Toronto based community creating a new wave of culture globally), he adds a deep study of pop music’s structure and ideas, to amplify and highlight Black voices in pop, proving they don’t need to be put into a specific box in the industry, and making space for these voices to thrive. Tropicon Islands is a fight to feel free, freedom from judgment, expectations and being able to love who you want on your own terms.

Stay tuned for more live performances from Lexxicon in the new year including a livestream for AfroWave on March 24, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. ET, as part of The Invincible Showcase, broadcasted via YouTube. More details will be announced. 

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About Lexxicon
Jamaican-born and Toronto bred Lexxicon is known for his dance-oriented Dancehall, Afrobeats, Pop and hip-hop influenced sound. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the afro-fusion genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene. 

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon loves blending his Jamaican roots with quintessential mainstream sounds.

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, he has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, RBCxMusic, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Manifesto. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike.

Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence, and his rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and The Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim!, Breakfast Television, e-Talk, NOW Magazine, CBC Radio and RX Music.

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KATIE PRUITT’S NEW SONG MERRY CHRISTMAS MARY JANE DEBUTS TODAY

EXTENSIVE HEADLINE TOUR UNDERWAY WITH SHOW IN TORONTO ON DECEMBER 7 

LAUNCHES NEW PODCAST THE RECOVERING CATHOLIC

TORONTO, ON – December 3, 2021 –Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Katie Pruitt’s new holiday song, Merry Christmas Mary Jane, is out today. Watch/share the official music video, directed by Bella Mazzola, here.  

Reflecting on the song, Pruitt shares, Merry Christmas Mary Jane is the quintessential holiday song for stoners. The holidays can be stressful and when the eggnog isn’t strong enough, sometimes we need a little extra help lifting our spirits. I wrote this song on Christmas Eve after dealing with some family drama. I was stressed and fresh out of weed, so my best friend picked me up and we drove around the neighborhood hot boxing his red Ford Explorer. Sometimes all you need to get through the holidays is a friend to talk to and a strong strain of Mary Jane.” 

In conjunction with the release, Pruitt has partnered with Nashville’s LabCanna for a limited-edition line of Merry Christmas Mary Jane Delta-8 gummies, which will be available for purchase at her show at Nashville’s Basement East on December 16.

The new song adds to a series of breakout years for Pruitt, who is currently in the midst of an extensive headline tour with upcoming performances at New York’s Mercury Lounge, Philadelphia’s MilkBoy, Boston’s Brighton Music Hall, Toronto's Monarch Tavern, Evanston’s Space, Lexington’s The Burl, Atlanta’s The Earl and Nashville’s Basement East among many others. See below for complete itinerary. Ticket details can be found at www.katiepruitt.com/tour.  

Moreover, Pruitt recently launched her new podcast, The Recovering Catholic via Osiris Media. With new episodes debuting every other week, The Recovering Catholic explores the idea of God from a variety of perspectives as Pruitt attempts to discover a new spiritual identity. In each installment, Pruitt and her guests discuss reconciling religious upbringing with personal truth and what it means to be spiritual in the modern age. Listen to the first four episodes, featuring special guests Ruston Kelly, Julien Baker and Semler, via OsirisApple Podcasts or Spotify

The podcast follows Pruitt’s widely acclaimed debut album, Expectations, which was released last year on Rounder Records (stream/purchase here). Co-produced by Pruitt and her close friend Mike Robinson, Expectations consists of ten new songs written solely by Pruitt and debuted to overwhelming critical praise.

Originally from the Atlanta suburbs and now based in Nashville, Pruitt has been building to a career breakthrough over the past few years following the release of her OurVinyl Live Session EP in March 2018. Since the release, Pruitt has been highlighted as a Rolling Stone Artist You Need To Know, one of NPR Music’s Slingshot: 20 Artists To Watch In 2019 and Southwest Magazine’s Artists on the Rise and has been featured on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series as well as CBS This Morning as part of their Saturday Sessions series.

KATIE PRUITT CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
December 3—New York, NY—Mercury Lounge† (early + late show, both SOLD OUT)
December 4—Philadelphia, PA—Milkboy† (SOLD OUT)
December 5—Allston, MA—Brighton Music Hall†
December 7—Toronto, ON—Monarch Tavern†
December 9—Evanston, IL—Space†
December 10—Iowa City, IA—Elray’s Live & Dive†
December 11—St. Louis, MO—Blueberry Hill†
December 12—Lexington, KY—The Burl†
December 14—Louisville, KY—Zanzabar†
December 16—Nashville, TN—The Basement East†
December 27—Decatur, GA—Eddie’s Attic
December 28—Atlanta, GA—The Earl
February 1-5, 2022—Riviera Maya, Mexico—Girls Just Wanna Weekend (SOLD OUT)
February 21—Flagstaff, AZ—Orpheum Theater*
February 22—Tucson, AZ—Rialto Theatre*
February 23—Scottsdale, AZ—Scottsdale Theater for the Performing Arts*
February 25—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom*
February 26—Crested Butte, CO—Center for the Arts*
February 28—Jackson, WY—Center for the Arts*
March 1—Salt Lake City, UT—The Commonwealth Room*
March 3—Boise, ID—Knitting Factory Concert House*
March 4—Bozeman, MT—The Elm*
March 5—Missoula, MT—The Wilma*
†with special guest Tré Burt
*with The Wood Brothers 

"stunning…radiates so much empathy and love and understanding. The whole record just really moved me, it’s so beautiful.”—NPR Music

“such clarity of expression and disarming intimacy—Expectations is aesthetically warmhearted even in its tensest moments of confrontation.”—NPR Morning Edition
 
 “A soaring vocalist and agile guitarist, Pruitt is a dynamic new presence…what makes Expectations such an engaging listen is its universal quality: It addresses themes relevant to everyone and leaves you feeling inspired and comforted.”Rolling Stone

With stately ballads and choruses to shatter glass, the Nashville singer-songwriter’s debut builds into a record that feels deeply thoughtful and unified.”—Pitchfork

“an immediately captivating listen…know that this near flawless introduction is the auspicious start of a career that shows incredible promise.”—American Songwriter

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

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

“Country Music’s Next Queer Star…a testament to the level of vulnerability Pruitt herself is comfortable channeling.”—NewNowNext

“tremendously compelling…beautifully crafted and casually powerful songs.”Nashville Scene

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

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

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

Rare are first-album lyrical voices so fully formed and fully engaging as Pruitt’s…yet, song after song, Pruitt delivers on every level—writing, performance, and production.”—Folk Alley

“tremendously compelling…beautifully crafted and casually powerful songs”Nashville Scene

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

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

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

Rare are first-album lyrical voices so fully formed and fully engaging as Pruitt’s…yet, song after song, Pruitt delivers on every level—writing, performance, and production”—Folk Alley
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CERAMIC ANIMAL SIGN TO EASY EYE SOUND AND ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM SWEET UNKNOWN OUT MARCH 4 WITH TITLE TRACK OUT TODAY

NEW SINGLE / TITLE TRACK  OUT TODAY 
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TORONTO, ON – December 2, 2021 –Today, Ceramic Animal have announced the release of their new album, Sweet Unknownout March 4th. The album will be the first release for new label home Easy Eye Sound. To mark the occasion, they’ve released the title track and accompanying music video directed by Ford Fairchild. The title track is an Orbison inspired meditation on the other side. “Lyrically and sonically, ‘Sweet Unknown’ embodies a dive into an uncertain yet beautiful darkness,” says drummer Erik Regan. “We are real excited that the world’s introduction to this album is with a song that captures one of the greater themes of the record.” Sweet Unknown was produced by Dan Auerbach.
 
Ceramic Animal hails from historic Doylestown, Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Philadelphia. The band features a trio of brothers—Chris Regan (vocals, guitar), Erik Regan (drums) and Elliott Regan (vocals, keys)—along with childhood friend Anthony Marchione (guitar) and Dallas Hosey (vocals, bass). A guitar band of the highest-order with an acute focus on songwriting, they fuse post punk, psych and 70’s pop together in a sound not too far from contemporaries like The War On Drugs, Strand of Oaks or fellow Pennsylvania artist, Kurt Vile. 
 
Before reaching the ears of Easy Eye Sound owner, producer and The Black Keys frontman, Dan Auerbach, the band had found critical and commercial success on their own terms. Ceramic Animal funded, produced and self-released three albums and attracted a large and far flung fan base. They never made a conscious decision to keep things ruggedly DIY; instead, they just felt their way in the dark and did what five boys from Doylestown, PA would do - work hard. 
 
Lively and imaginative, Ceramic Animal’s music highlights a very real and relatable strain of emotional alienation coursing through the lyrics, where people leave you with holes in your life, where flickering memories of brighter times offer the only comfort. The three Regan brothers lost their father - their greatest influence and biggest fan - just before the making of this album. It makes for a more reflective record, but not one devoid of hope or warmth.
 
Ceramic Animal will be on tour throughout 2022 with new dates being announced today. Highlights include The Sultan Room in Brooklyn, NY on February 16th, Schuba’s in Chicago on February 25th and Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia on March 6th. A full list of tour dates are below.

TOUR DATES:
February 16 - The Sultan Room - Brooklyn, NY
February 18 - Sonias - Boston, MA
February 19 - Pie Shop - Washington D.C.
February 25 - Schuba’s - Chicago, IL
February 26 - Sanctuary - Detroit, MI
February 27 - Big Room Bar - Columbus, OH
March 6 - Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA
March 12 - Savannah Stopover - Savannah, GA
 
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By Stephen Deusner
 
Strutting out of the historic town of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Ceramic Animal forge an original and exciting new sound from glam, post-punk, psych rock, ’70s pop, and so much more. Just as crucially, this band of brothers--Chris Regan (vocals, guitar), Erik Regan (drums), and Elliott Regan (vocals, keys), along with childhood friend Anthony Marchione (guitar) and Dallas Hosey (vocals, bass)—have found success on their own terms, bucking industry conventions to attract a large and far-flung fan base spanning generations and genres. They’re already a success story based on their first three self-funded, self-produced, and self-released albums. 
 
Their fourth, however, shows the spoils of their success. Recorded with Dan Auerbach at his legendary Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, Sweet Unknown is their most mature, their most imaginative, their most daring to date, colliding the glitter-stomp of T. Rex, the rock-and-roll decadence of any-period David Bowie, and the extravagant melodicism of Todd Rundgren. Musically exuberant, these ten new songs are shot through with an undercurrent of sadness, with songs like “Long Day” and “Private Dancer” and even the rip-roaring closer “Valerie” addressing loss, absence, and estrangement. It’s an album that grabs you by the lapels on first listen, but tells you dark secrets with every subsequent spin. 
 
Hailing from Doylestown—rather than coming up in a more established music scene—has allowed Ceramic Animal to figure themselves out as individual musicians and as a band, giving them the opportunity to determine their own musical and business virtues. They played in a series of cover bands throughout high school and college, treating those gigs like an extended apprenticeship with Zeppelin, Hendrix, The Strokes, and The Black Keys. But their first and greatest influence was always their father. “Our music taste comes from him,” says Chris. “He raised us on classic rock—the Stones, Sabbath, The Kinks. I always make the joke that he was the greatest musician that never was. He couldn’t play, but he had an ear for it. He gave us so much great feedback early on.” 
 
As they grew bold enough to sneak a few originals into their setlists, the lineup for Ceramic Animal settled into a rowdy five-piece, almost always taking the stage in matching suits. “Doylestown turned out to be a very healthy music scene for us,” says Marchione. “So even though we always thought big, we never really felt the need to relocate. We didn’t see the benefit of going somewhere else.” From Doylestown they could make the easy trek down to Philly or over to New York City, and they could do things the way they wanted, without interference from outside parties. 
 
But they never made a conscious decision to keep things ruggedly DIY; instead, they just felt their way in the dark and found that they each had complementary strengths. Chris was responsible for the creative side of the band, writing songs and producing their albums. Erik had a knack for finances and planning, while Elliott (“the best reader among us,” laughs Chris) handled legal. “We didn’t know what we were doing, and we still don’t,” says Erik. “We were able to try things out, and we tried to fail small, fail cheap, and fail fast whenever we could. Then we could regroup and keep going.” 
 
Remarkably, it worked for them. Their records sold well on tour and online, their shows sold out, and their songs found their way onto streaming playlists that introduced them to new fans young and old—teenagers who loved the band’s music and the parents who recognized the band’s influences. Sadly, their father didn’t get to witness their accomplishments: Their greatest influence as well as their biggest fan died shortly before they released their third album. 
 
It was through one of those playlists that Dan Auerbach discovered Ceramic Animal. He delved into their catalog and was impressed by their music as well as their work ethic. “I liked what they had going on, and I liked how obviously hard-working they are,” says Dan. “When I spoke with them, I liked them even more. They’re very down to earth, but they’re also incredibly ambitious. They’re so genuinely confident with themselves, and that allows them the freedom to explore music and ideas together. They have a lot of the qualities I see in very successful groups, but they’re just at the beginning, really.”
 
He invited the band down to Nashville to write and record their fourth album, Sweet Unknown. Giving up their independence wasn’t easy—after all, they’d come this far by themselves, and they could keep going even further. Auerbach helped them distill their sound and their vision down to its purest form. “It’s not every day that you get this opportunity to work with someone as renowned as Dan,” says Chris. “I was just curious to see what would happen and what we could create together.”
 
First, Chris came down to write songs with Auerbach and veteran songwriters Desmond Child, Pat McLaughlin, and Angelo Petraglia. They worked on keeping the arrangements clear, focused, impactful. “In the past I’ve written some pretty vague lyrics because I wanted people to be able to read into the songs whatever they wanted or needed,” says Chris. “I learned a lot from that process, especially about how to tell a clear story and how to make the painful edits that make a song so much better. The point is to communicate as clearly as possible.” His storytelling comes through on every song, especially the hand-on-shoulder anthem, “Long Day,” which follows a couple trying to stay together even when the world intrudes: “Looking at the bills laying on the table,” Chris sings. “I would pay them all if I was able to.” It’s a slow burn soul song, less about any one big moment of betrayal and more about the crushing weight of so many small moments. 
 
Next, the band convened at Easy Eye Sound to turn them into Ceramic Animal songs. With each member bringing the force of his own personality to every note, they emphasized live-wire energy and kept first takes, the better to instill these songs with the urgency and humanity they demanded. For the title track, a subdued ballad with a weightless guitar strum and a call-and-response between vocals and guitars, they wobbled into the studio groggy and maybe a little hung over one morning, then recorded it in one go. That lends the song its last-call world-weariness, as though they’re bringing a long night to a close rather than facing down a new day. “We just wanted to create something that was true to us,” says Chris, “something that we would want to hear, something that we would feel like should exist.”
 
Lively and imaginative, the music highlights a very real and relatable strain of emotional alienation coursing through the lyrics, creating a world where intimate lovers gradually grow cold toward each other, where people leave you with holes in your life, where flickering memories of brighter times offer the only comfort. It makes for a lonely album, but not one devoid of hope or warmth. In fact, on the standout “Forever Song,” this band of brothers show how music can connect people, if only for a few sweet minutes. As Chris declares right before the chorus, “Strangers dance like soul mates to an old forever song!” You can imagine all their fans, whatever their age, singing along to that big-hearted chorus. “That was something that was really resonating with me when we were working on this record,” says Chris. “Nothing is guaranteed, and sometimes you can only really appreciate the good things in your life after they’re gone. There’s definitely a sense of loneliness that everybody feels.”

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EMERGING CANADIAN INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER RACHEL BOBBITT SIGNS TO FANTASY RECORDS

DEBUTS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR TRACK ALWAYS

TORONTO, ON – November 30, 2021 – Emerging indie singer-songwriter, Rachel Bobbitt, has signed with Fantasy Records and is readying new music for release in early 2022. Based in Toronto, the 22-year-old artist has built an impressive following due in part to her absorbing, introspective lyrics, and artful, angular soundscapes. A true DIY spirit, Rachel’s expressive music pulls inspiration and detail from her own life and the world around her. 

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of her self-released, debut EP, And It’s the Same, today Rachel shared the official music video for the blissful track, Always. The home-video-style clip, directed by Hiro Tanaka, captures intimate snapshots of a day in her life with friends in Saskatoon. Watch it here. Additionally, Rachel released brand new And It’s the Same merch today, available here.

“Always is a song about love – platonic or romantic,” Rachel explains. “We shot the video on one of the last nice days of the fall in 2020, and it documents a simple day spent with lovely friends.”

Originally from Nova Scotia, Rachel Bobbitt is a rising singer-songwriter currently residing in Toronto.  The professionally-trained musician attended Humber Music College and is part of a tight-knit community of musicians in Toronto, with whom she consistently collaborates, including guitarist and producer, Justice Der. Their cover of Frank Ocean’s Forrest Gump has nearly two million streams on Spotify. At the age of 16, Rachel embraced the then-popular social media platform, Vine, and began amassing an audience, sharing performance videos covering artists such as Leonard Cohen, Frank Ocean, and Bon Iver. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Mazzy Star, Elliott Smith, and My Bloody Valentine, her confidence grew, and she began writing original songs and developing her own unique sound. In November 2020, Rachel self-released her debut EP, And It’s the Same. Organic editorial playlisting across Spotify (NMF Canada, Outliers, Indie All Stars, Fresh Finds) helped spread the word further, and she was named one of RADAR US’s Artists to Watch for 2021.

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Since its mid-century formation in San Francisco, CA., FANTASY RECORDS has stood for inspired artistry, fearless vision, and fierce independence. A home for innovative, authentic artists whose music impacts the world, FANTASY continues to epitomize an audacious, modern approach to both record-making and music marketing.  Our current artist roster includes James Taylor, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Paul Simon, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Natalie Hemby, Tanya Tucker, Layla Tucker, Valerie June, Grace Potter, Allison Russell, Seether, Steve Perry, Tedeschi Trucks Band, BAILEN, Avi Kaplan, Andrea von Kampen, Switchfoot, and Gov’t Mule. www.fantasyrecordings.com

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BRIT NOMINATED DJ & PRODUCER REGARD SHARES SIGNALS (ACOUSTIC) ALONGSIDE A STUNNING NEW MUSIC VIDEO FEATURING KWABS

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH HERE

REGARD X KWABS SIGNALS SELECTED AS RADIO 1 CLARA AMFO’S ‘HOTTEST RECORD IN THE WORLD’

AMASSED 4.3 MILLION STREAMS IN THREE WEEKS

TORONTO, ON - November 26, 2021 - Continuing the success of Signals and its official music video release earlier this month, the BRIT nominated DJ and producer, Regard, and singer songwriter Kwabs, have today shared the acoustic version alongside a stunning new video.
 
Directed by R. Kid, the music video demonstrates stunning cinematography that cuts between a powerful contemporary dance sequence performed by two dancers, and profile shots of Kwabs as he sings the new acoustic version.
 
The release of Signals has been widely celebrated as Kwabs highly anticipated return. Upon release, BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo selected the single as her ‘Hottest Record In The World,' as well as receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1’s Party Anthems and Dance Anthems, Kiss FM playlist and Capital’s Dance playlists. The single has now amassed 4.5 million streams in three weeks with the official music video gaining further traction by charting at #5 in Vevo’s New Artist Music Videos in the UK. Furthermore, Regard has also recently wrapped up his first US tour where he performed at festivals, nightclubs, and music venues across the country.
 
About Regard
Regard garnered global attention with his debut single, Ride It, in 2019, which became an international hit, taking the internet and TikTok by storm, and quickly followed it up with his second BRIT award nominated hit single, Secrets, featuring South London singer RAYE. He has gone on to achieve over 10x Top 10 single chart placements globally, and in the UK, Ride It has sold over 1 million records to date (2x Platinum), while Secrets was recently certified Platinum. Regard has amassed 2.2 billion combined streams and 9 million worldwide sales.
 
About Kwabs
London based singer songwriter, Kwabs, caught the attention of Atlantic Records after his covers on YouTube went viral, gathering hundreds of thousands of views. Within three years, he was signed by the label and released his first studio album Love + War in 2015. His single, Walk, became an international hit, achieving platinum status in Germany and peaking at number 1 on the German music charts, as well as charting in other European countries.
 
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BREAKOUT WEST REVEALS FINAL WAVE OF PERFORMERS TO APPEAR AT THE 2022 FESTIVAL

SEE FULL LINEUP HERE

BREAKOUT WEST CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL
TO TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 2-6, 2022 IN WINNIPEG
WRISTBANDS AVAILABLE HERE

WINNIPEG, MB – November 26, 2021 – BreakOut West is thrilled to announce the final wave of artists that will be showcasing at its 19th annual music festival, being held in Winnipeg, MB from February 2 to 6, 2022. See below for the newly announced acts, and find the full lineup of performing artists here, with BOW 2022 wristbands available now.

"There were so many incredible acts that applied for the 2022 festival, representing all corners of western Canada and so many diverse genres, styles, and backgrounds, with a glut of new material developed in the last year and half,” says BreakOut West Program Manager, Liam Prost. “We have more international acts than ever before, and Winnipeg is the perfect host city after such a difficult parlay from live music!"

Audiences can eagerly anticipate a stellar showing from this diverse group of performers, which includes a number of recently announced 2021 WCMAward winners. Acts from all across western Canada will take to stages throughout the city, along with special international guests from Wales, Sweden, Iceland and other Nordic countries, as well as artists from our neighbours in Eastern Canada. This will mark the fourth year that BreakOut West has reached gender-parity within its programming (in partnership with the Keychange Initiative), and BOW will see its highest number of BIPOC performers at the 2022 festival.

As BreakOut West excitedly makes its return to live, the health and safety of all audiences, artists, members, delegates, speakers, volunteers, fans, staff, and all of their families is of top priority. Manitoba Public Health orders require all attendees of venues, restaurants, bars, and indoor gatherings, to present valid proof of vaccination and government-issued photo ID to enter. BOW is committed to following this procedure, for the safety of all who will be attending in 2022, the continuity of the event’s planning, and the long-term sustainability of the music industry. For more information on BreakOut West’s COVID policies, please visit here.

Final Round of BreakOut West Festival Performers:
Sebastian Gaskin (MB)
Megan Nash & The Best of Intentions (SK)
Virgo Rising (MB)
Speed Control (YT)
FXCKMR (NT)
Ghost Woman (AB)
I Am The Mountain (AB)
Black Thunder (SK)
Anthony OKS (MB)
Post-Modern Connection (BC)
Kaeley Jade (AB)
Michaela Slinger (BC)
Sam Tudor (BC)
Sala (MB)
Joey O’Neill (YT)
BSÍ (Iceland)
Sierra Noble (MB)
Wolf Willow (SK)
velours (SK)
Ila Barker (MB)
Ayla Brook & The Sound Men (SK)
Emily Triggs (AB)
Adwaith (Wales)
*See full lineup here

Participating venues:
King's Head Pub
Pyramid Cabaret
Rachel Brown Theatre
The Exchange Event Centre
The Good Will Social Club
The Handsome Daughter
The Royal Albert Arms
The Tallest Poppy
Times Changed High and Lonesome Club
West End Cultural Centre

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 February 2-6, in Winnipeg, MB, including a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and special events. The 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in October 2021.

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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YOUNG T & BUGSEY DRAFT IN UNKNOWN T FOR BRAND NEW SINGLE ROBERTO C

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"Their sound and approach has endeared them to millions and put their proudly-worn Notts accents at the top of the charts.”  Complex UK

“Not only have they entered the mainstream in London, but around the world, too.”  Billboard

“Young T & Bugsey are two of Nottingham’s finest.” Essence

TORONTO, ON – November 25, 2021 - Today, Brit-nominated rap duo, Young T & Bugsey, return with explosive new single and video, Roberto C, featuring Unknown T. Watch here.
 
The new single, produced by P2J, follows in the wake of October offering, Big Bidness, and is fuelled by an enticing beat that the pair ride effortlessly, this time backed by the signature sound of East-London rapper, Unknown T. Young T & Bugsey’s captivating hooks and trademark vocals, paired with Unknown T’s cadence and distinctive flow, couple up to create a track that perfectly balances the rawness of drill and polished melodic rap. It’s this musical dexterity that has earned them a stamp of approval across the UK and beyond.

The Teeeezy C - directed visual sees the rappers delivering a lively display, that flits between party and clean-cut studio scenes. The visual is a further testament to Young T & Bugsey’s attention to detail, hailing to the 90s-00s Y2K aesthetic with varsity jackets, classic cars and MTV style emblems. With the duo taking their craft to new heights, it’s clear that an announcement of a brand new project is imminent, adding to what has already been a remarkable last year of successive singles and career defining moments.

Being based outside of London, Young T & Bugsey, who met aged 15 whilst working in KFC, immediately honed in on their chemistry. Having followed a less-travelled path to success, the duo are rarely out of the limelight - having been tipped by BBC Radio 1Xtra, co-signed by Stormzy, and going on to spearhead the emerging Nottingham rap scene. The duo’s single, Ay Caramba became their first top 40 single, and they consequently went on to be the first act from their city to achieve a Platinum Certified single. 

Last year saw the release of debut mixtape Plead The 5th - an impressive first body of work boasting almost 1 billion streams - home to hit singles, Strike A Pose, featuring Manchester rapper Aitch, and the Headie One backed smash, Don’t Rush. Don’t Rush quickly became a global success and an unavoidable soundtrack to 2020, achieving one of the most exciting viral moments seen from a UK act. Young T & Bugsey went on to receive three Brit Award nominations, plus a stellar performance at this year’s ceremony alongside Headie One. They reached even further heights when they were nominated for two BET Awards and became the first UK Rap duo to hit Billboard’s Hot 100 List. Their music has been continuously hailed as a sound that increasingly knows no bounds and embraces an abundance of genres. Stay tuned for more from Young T & Bugsey.

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MØ ANNOUNCES LONG-AWAITED NEW ALBUM MOTORDROME DUE FOR RELEASE ON JANUARY 28 2022 VIA RCA

SHARES NEW TRACKS BRAD PITT & GOOSEBUMPS
 
LISTEN / WATCH BRAD PITT HERE

WATCH VIDEO FOR GOOSEBUMPS HERE
 
WORLD TOUR SCHEDULED FOR 2022
 
TORONTO, ON – November 25, 2021 –Motordrome, the long awaited third album from Danish superstar, , is out January  28, 2022 via RCA—pre-order it here. Today, she shares two new tracks—listen to Brad Pitt and watch the video for Goosebumps here

Directed by longtime collaborator Rob Sinclair (a recent Emmy winner for David Byrne’s American Utopia) and Lewis Knaggs, thevideo was shot in the aftermath of MØ’s hometown show at Copenhagen’s Den Grå Hal last month.

Of the two new tracks, Karen says “both songs are, in each their way, about remembering who you are. Remember that you can shine? Remember there’s a chance of breaking out of the prison that is your mind? To actively move your body out of the loop andinto the world”

Motordrome is MØ’s first body of work since 2018’s much lauded Forever Neverland, which saw her touring the world over off the back of its success. MØ’s career was almost instantly launched into the stratosphere from the very start with her monumental 2014 debut album, No Mythologies To Follow and a very prominent feature on Major Lazer’s Lean On —one of the most successful singles of all time—soon after. When touring behind Forever Neverland came to a halt in 2019, MØ found herself completely burned out afterfive years on the road.

She returned to Denmark to recalibrate and recover from the physical and mental exhaustion she was experiencing as a result, but had trouble checking out. A serious vocal injury requiring months of rehabilitation exacerbated her bouts of anxiety and a sense that things were slipping out of her control.

MØ, born Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, hunkered down and did what she knew best—wrote songs. The music that began to emerge bridged the gap between her years as a teen punk touring anarchist squats across Europe and the bright scandipop she’d come to be known for, a darker and more personal take on her sound.

She enlisted friends and longtime collaborators Caroline Ailin (Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding) and Noonie Bao (Halsey, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen) to help flesh out the songs, with further songwriting and production from a close circle including Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Vampire Weekend, Adele), Jam City (Olivia Rodrigo, Troye Sivan), S.G. Lewis (Dua Lipa), Linus Wiklund and Yangze.

Motordrome’s title came from a conversation MØ had with her mother about her battles with anxiety—the panic and intrusivethoughts called to mind the dødstrome, an old carnival trick in which a stuntperson rides a motorcycle around the vertical walls of amotordrome at death-defying speeds.

The making of the album proved to be MØ’s escape from this deepening spiral, although the album is very much a document of a person-in-progress. While there is a strong sense of empowerment and of brighter days ahead, it also serves as a reminder thateveryone has to deal with their own dødstrome —that there is no perfect remedy for life’s struggles, and that’s OK.

“I hope that people will feel that it's genuine and that there are stories there that they can connect with,” MØ says. “For me this album represents a huge change in my life. Even though I'm still doing what I love doing, it does feel like a new chapter. An era of my life is over and I’m entering a new one. That is scary, but it’s freeing.”
 
MØ has shared two tracks from Motordrome so far — Kindness a love letter to her fans, and Live To Survive.

She’ll return to the road in 2022, with a run of very special dates in Europe and North America.  See full details below.
 
TOUR DATES

EU
February 4 2022 @ Parkteatret, Oslo NO
February 5 2022 @ Debaser, Stockholm SW 8th Feb 2022 @ NIEBO,Warsaw PL
February 9 2022 @ Kesselhaus, Berlin DE 11th Feb 2022 @ Le Trabendo,Paris FR
February 13 2022 @ Orangerie - Botanique, Brussels BE 14th Feb 2022 @ MelkwegOz, Amsterdam NL
February 15 2022 @ Heaven, London UK

US
April 7 2022 @ Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill NC 9th Apr 2022 @ Sound MoneyFestival, Miami FL
April 10 2022 @ Jannus Live, Tampa FL 11th Apr 2022 @ Variety,Atlanta GA
April 13 2022 @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA 
April 14 2022 @ Webster Hall, New York NY 15th Apr 2022 @ Royale, Boston MA
 
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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY SET TO RELEASE DOOM CREW INC. ALBUM ON BLACK FRIDAY VIA MNRK HEAVY

HANG OUT WITH THE BAND ON THANKSGIVING DAY
FOR A LISTENING PARTY AND FAN Q&A LIVE STREAM

THE FEAST STARTS AT 4PM ET ON THURSDAY
PRE-SAVE + PRE-ADD THE ALBUM TO RSVP

TORONTO, ON – November 24, 2021 – Black Label Society is set to release their album, Doom Crew Inc. this Friday via MNRK Heavy. Available digitally on CD, vinyl and deluxe edition, pre-order now, plus an autographed CD digi-pack available here.

Spend Thanksgiving with the band and crew for a listening livestream event following  a fan Q&A. Join the party by pre-saving and/or pre-adding the album here. The feast starts at 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 25. The album is a tribute to the band’s "first to bleed, last to leave" road crew, and the band will gather together with the current road crew in Salt Lake City while on tour to celebrate them and the release.

The 12-tracks are odes to celebration and mourning, the soundtracks to jubilant evenings and bewildering days recorded in Zakk’s home studio, the Black Vatican. 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. On this album, Zakk trades solos and twin-guitar parts with Dario Lorina, backed by the rumble of longtime bassist, John “J.D.” DeServio, and powerhouse drummer, Jeff Fabb.

The band will conclude their ‘Doom Trooping Over North America’ tour in the next week with remaining dates from November 23 through November 28 in Tucson, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver and ending in Albuquerque.

U.S. Tour Dates
November 24 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues*+
November 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex*+
November 27 – Denver, CO @ Summit Theater*+
November 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater*+ 

w/ Obituary*
w/ Prong+

Order the deluxe edition here.

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JACK KAYS SHARES OUTRUN MYSELF FROM COLLABORATIVE EP WITH TRAVIS BARKER

MY FAVORITE NIGHTMARES  SET TO RELEASE DECEMBER 10
 
HEADLINE TOUR DATES ON SALE NOW

Toronto, ON – November 24, 2021 – Today, Jack Kays has shared new song, OUTRUN MYSELF – listen here and watch the accompanying official video hereOUTRUN MYSELF is the first offering from Kays’ collaborative project with Travis Barker titled MY FAVORITE NIGHTMARES. The four-track EP, which continues Jack’s exploration of themes surrounding mental health, will be released December 10 via Columbia Records and is available to pre-save here. See full tracklisting below.
 
In speaking about the project, Jack says: “OUTRUN MYSELF’and the EP as a whole, to me, really explore this theme of duality. Sometimes with mental illness there can be two sides of a person, and I really want to shed light on that and make people feel better if they're experiencing that themselves. It’s my hope to help people feel comfortable with all sides of themselves, not just the good parts.”
 
Last week, the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist announced he will embark on a mini headline tour in support of MY FAVORITE NIGHTMARES. Jack will perform in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles before concluding the run of dates in San Francisco on January 27. See full routing below and visit www.jackkays.com for tickets and more information.

JACK KAYS ON TOUR:
January 15 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
January 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right 
January 19 -Washington D.C. - Songbyrd 
January 26 -Los Angeles, CA - The Echo 
January 27 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall 

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SARAH HILTZ SHARES NEW SINGLE LOVE & RETREAT

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO HERE

TORONTO SINGER-SONGWRITER TO 
RELEASE NEW PROJECT IN EARLY 2022

LISTEN TO PREVIOUS SINGLE SWIM | WATCH SWIM

LISTEN TO SARAH'S ANCILLARY PODCAST THE FURY POD

"I bring myself right to the edge of my seat
And my fingers grip the books in my lap that he lent me
I start to fidget with the page corners and think
That it’s a fine line between love and retreat"

- Sarah Hiltz in Love and Retreat

TORONTO, ON – November 23, 2021 – Today, Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Sarah Hiltz, resorts to Love & Retreat - her new single, which will be featured on an upcoming album, Calm Fury. Set for release early 2022, the project embraces and grapples with the topic of anger in layered, raw artistry. Love & Retreat  draws from the experience of fraught communication, using the setting of heated arguments and discussions, making this catalytic track the apex of the album as a whole. Listen here and watch the visualizer here.

"That experience, paired with a few other events, inspired me to create this project, because I realized I actually don’t know how to express anger in a healthy way, no one ever taught me how to do that," Sarah adds. "But I think it’s in our closest relationships that it could make the deepest impact, if we could learn how to better be angry with each other."

Love & Retreat follows Swim, a song where Sarah looks at the experience of a lane swim as a method for diffusing anger in the body via a body of water. Listen to Swim and watch the lyric video here

Sarah has dedicated a period of deep research around anger and its various origins and connections. Through interviewing experts, friends, family, and fellow artists to absorbing literature, articles and other sources of media, she is pairing this new collection of songs with The FuryPod, her ancillary podcast series, that dives deeper into the topic. Listen to the first episode here featuring a conversation about the way anger shows up, and is worked out, in the body.

“During the research stage, one of my interviewees made an interesting comment when we spoke, wondering if the automation of labour and general daily tasks might be contributing to our collective struggle to express anger, that maybe doing repetitive motion things with the body was sort of a built-in way of dealing with our anger, and with its removal, there are less things serving that function in our lives,” Sarah says. 

Love & Retreat  features vocals, piano and acoustic guitar by Sarah Hiltz,  with drums by Charlotte Cornfield, bass by Connor Walsh, vibraphone and tenor glockenspiel by Bruce Cawdron, piano and additional vocals by Colleen Brown.

Engage in sonic studies from Sarah Hiltz and learn more about her career to date below.

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About Sarah Hiltz
Sarah Hiltz is a contemporary folk artist based in Toronto. Her current project has her researching the ways Canadians experience, express and suppress anger in modern society, especially women, and creating a song cycle in response. 

Sarah’s last album, Beauty In The Blue, compiled songs and stories culled from her multiple journeys across Canada as a travelling musician on VIA Rail’s passenger train, “The Canadian." Beauty in the Blue features lush, nuanced vocals and jazz-influenced songwriting.

Sarah has independently released three full-length albums and two EPs since 2009. Her work over the last decade as a talented singer-songwriter has landed her Folk Music Ontario’s Songs From The Heart Award (Political Category), opening slots for Canadian icons Gordon Lightfoot and Ron Hynes, Top 3 placement in a nation-wide music competition (She’s The One), a Best Folk Album nomination (Toronto Independent Music Awards) and earned her an invitation to give a TEDx talk in 2014.

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KANDLE ANNOUNCES SET THE FIRE VISUAL ALBUM: INFERNO

STUNNING SHORT FILMS SET TO THE SONGS FROM LATEST FULL-LENGTH RELEASE

SET TO PREMIERE ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29
AT 6:00PM PST / 9:00PM EST – TUNE IN HERE
 
WATCH CATHEDRAL FOR A SNEAK PEEK
 
KANDLE PARTNERS WITH PLAN INTERNATIONAL CANADA TO SUPPORT THE POWER WITHIN PROJECT WITH PROCEEDS OF SPECIALLY DESIGNED T-SHIRT TO BE DONATED TO THE ORGANIZATION

TORONTO, ON – November 23, 2021 – On May 28th, Kandle Osborne released her critically-acclaimed debut independent record, Set The Fire. With stark, striking honesty over a captivating array of sonic influences, the album is a journey through toxicity, manipulation and heartbreak, and finding ones way to empowerment and strength; begging the listener to follow along and get lost in the world of Set The Fire. On Monday, November 29th, Kandle will bring that world to life with Inferno – a companion short film and visual album. Watch the film for Cathedral here and tune in on Monday at 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST for the premiere of Inferno here.
 
“Images have always been equally as powerful to me as music,” reflects Kandle. “Since I began my career a decade ago, I have had the dream of creating a visual album. Ironically, it finally happened at a time when I no longer had the support of a label, management and production team; just the right collaborator and a stubborn dream. Set The Fire is an album representing a journey – weaving in and out of states of hope and hopelessness, self-deprecation and empowerment, love and betrayal. I believe this is a journey most of us can relate to as we try and find our way through a complicated and messy existence with great highs of clarity and euphoria and rock bottom lows of trauma and grief.”
 
With a passion for visual storytelling (Kandle studied photography and has been working on a comic series), Inferno was a natural step in bringing the stories of Set The Fire to life – after earning a nomination for a 2021 Prism Prize for Set The Fire’s lead single, Lock and Load, (her second nomination for the award following Not Up To Me), as well as an earlier nod for a Canadian Independent Video Award in 2020.
 
Inferno stars Keenan Tracey and James Neate alongside some of Canada’s top musical talent, Louise Burns, Kendel Carson and Debra-Jean Creelman. Directed by long-time collaborator, Brandon William Fletcher, the film features a stunning interwoven series of music videos – some audiences have seen before, some they have not – as well as a little new footage that landed on the cutting room floor, and some live videos for various version of the reimagined songs.
 
“Presented as a long dream, Inferno is the burning in our subconscious, the way our brains try to process grief, frustration, anger, powerlessness, and the reclamation of that power,” comments Brandon. “While we’re incredibly pleased to be able to present this nearly 43-minute long film, we’re equally impressed that we filmed about half of it within a seven day period.”
 
“As usual, my partner in crime, Brandon William Fletcher, and I refused to see limitations,” adds Kandle. “Producing, styling, improvising, pulling favours, borrowing our talented friends and crossing our fingers, we created the new pieces of this film within seven days. We surrendered to the chaos, found our flow states, worked with our flaws and dove in. I am over the moon to share with you this film.”
 
Along with the visual album, Kandle has teamed up with Plan International Canada – a member of a global organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls – for The Power Within project. In support of the project, Kandle has designed a special t-shirt, featuring an illustration from a drawing series that Kandle began last year, showing common experiences she and many women in the music industry face. The t-shirt will be available online and at her upcoming concerts (dates listed below), with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the organization. Donations can also be made during the premiere of Inferno.
 
“I am an artist that finds creativity cathartic,” says Kandle. “I am no stranger to mental illness and the endless work and strength it takes to try and achieve a state of calm, happiness and safety. I can think of no better way to present this film to the world than to use it as a platform to raise funds for others in need and to provide some hope and optimism in a world that can be frightening and restrictive. Now I know that when I can’t find my spark, I can always set the fire and inspire others to do the same.”
 
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
December 2-4 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern (with 54-40)
December 22 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre (with July Talk)
*more to be announced soon
 
About Plan International and The Power Within project:
Plan International Canada is a member of a global organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan International has been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and is now active in more than 75 countries.
 
The Power Within project is a public-private partnership between Plan International Canada, Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) and Unilever Canada. The goal of this three-year project is to reach 1.5 million young people in Canada, especially girls and gender diverse youth between the ages of 10-14, to provide them with the skills, knowledge and resiliency they need to develop strong body confidence and self-esteem. 
 
About Kandle:
Once again, Kandle stands out from the pack and shows us that nobody sounds quite like her. On Set The Fire, she seamlessly marries her adoration for 60s girl group soul and the 90s rock she grew up on. The tracks buzz with a retro feel but the dark, no holds barred songwriting is what we've come to love from Kandle. Tales of toxicity, manipulation and heartbreak are delivered with stark, striking honesty over a captivating array of sonic influences. Sparkling piano, distorted guitars, dynamic horns and doo-wop backups make you (almost) forget you're deep diving into her darkest secrets.

Kandle’s mastery of music comes as no surprise, having collaborated with some of Canada’s finest songwriters, including Sam Roberts, Coeur de pirate, Peter Dremanis (July Talk) and Devon Portielje (Half Moon Run), in her impressive career to date — which also includes a Video of the Year JUNO nomination. Kandle also starred in Jack White’s 2018 video for Corporation, and her music was recently featured in Netflix's, Tiny Pretty Things. Growing up in the music industry as the daughter of Canadian rock royalty Neil Osborne of 54-40 has provided Kandle’s artistry with a unique insight. She brings a seasoned performance to every line and every word, channeling over a decade of touring the globe into music that’s familiar yet undeniably her own. 

With strong influences from the fierce female greats of a bygone era (Nancy Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Shirley Bassey, to name a few), Kandle writes and sings exclusively with her heart; something so often void in the modern era of overproduced perfection. She sings honest and raw, vulnerable yet empowered, never afraid to pen even life’s heaviest moments. This is an artist at her most empowered and authentic – an artist who by sharing her own story of healing, can help us all do the same.

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LOCAL NATIVES RELEASE COVERS RECORDED FOR APPLE ORIGINAL SERIES THE SHRINK NEXT DOOR AS AN EP: MUSIC FROM THE PEN GALA 1983

INCLUDES COVERS OF ROXY MUSIC, GERRY RAFFERTY, MICHAEL MCDONALD, AND 10CC

STREAM/BUY MUSIC FROM THE PEN GALA 1983 HERE

Toronto, ON – November 22, 2021 – Local Natives go back in time playing a cover band on Apple Original Series, The Shrink Next Door. The band’s signature harmonies are tailor-made for the soaring pop of the 1980’s in the series starring Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell. 

In character, the band performs three ’80s covers at the Pen Gala, an event in which Ike (played by Paul Rudd) is using Marty's (played by Will Ferrell) money to buy expensive auction items for charity. The band also appear as extras in a bidding scene during which they watch the two comedy legends improv their lines back and forth. 

Local Natives are releasing the four cover songs they recorded for the series as an EP, named for the location of the scenes they filmed with Rudd and Ferrell. Music From The Pen Gala 1983 is out now featuring covers of Roxy Music, Gerry Rafferty, Michael McDonald and 10cc. Local Natives have also created a special, limited edition run of Music From The Pen Gala 1983 cassettes for sale exclusively during Black Friday Record Store Day on November 26th.

Listen to the EP here.

Music From The Pen Gala 1983 Tracklisting
1. More Than This - Roxy Music Cover
2. I'm Not In Love - 10cc Cover
3. Right Down The Line - Gerry Rafferty Cover
4. I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near) - Michael McDonald Cover

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PRODUCER AND MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST CARRTOONS REIMAGINES BUTCHER BROWN’S TRACK FRONTLINE, FROM THEIR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM #KINGBUTCH

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TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – It’s been a busy year for Butcher Brown. Hot on the heels of their August run at the Blue Note NY, the September 30 release of a new single, Patrice Rushen's, Remind Me, featuring vocalist Alex Isley, on the GRAMMY-winning composer's birthday, and a successful 3 ½-week European tour in October – which included stops at the Mondriaan Jazz Festival, the Stockholm Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott’s in the UK – the Richmond, Virginia-based quintet has enlisted up-and-coming producer and multi-instrumental CARRTOONS to reimagine Frontline, a track from #KingButch, their 2020 debut album on Concord Jazz.
 
DownBeat has raved about Butcher Brown’s “ability to generate a mood, their ever-present chops, their melding of ideas into squishy jams that constantly endeavor to eschew genre conventions.”
 
“Butcher Brown is one of the great bands of my generation,” says CARRTOONS. “The remix is my tribute to their new classic, ‘Frontline,’ trying to capture Butcher Brown's feeling while adding my own spin. I heard this arrangement instantly when they sent me the track and recorded and mixed my version by the end of the same day.”
 
A fixture in the New York music scene, ​CARRTOONS​ is one of the most sought-after producers in the hip-hop and soul scene through his attention-grabbing Instagram videos and a catalog of creative originals and co-productions.
 
“We’re very excited for CARRTOONS to put his signature sound on this reimagination of the Randazzo new classic FRONTLINE,” says Butcher Brown.
 
Listen to Butcher Brown’s new single Frontline (CARRTOONS REMIX) here.  
 
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 Jazz. Their eighth album was the culmination of twelve years of dedicated focus and commitment.
 
Purchase #KingButch here. 

#KingButch track listing:
1. Fonkadelica
2. #KingButch
3. Broad Rock
4. Cabbage (DFC)
5. Gum In My Mouth
6. Frontline (Intro)
7. Frontline
8. 1992
9. Love Lock
10. Hopscotch
11. Tidal Wave
12. For The City feat. Fly Anakin
13. IDK

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ALLIE X RETURNS WITH 2022 TOUR DATES INCLUDING STOPS IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO & MONTREAL IN APRIL

TICKETS ON SALE NOW


DELUXE RE-ISSUE OF CAPE GOD
SET FOR RELEASE ON NOVEMBER 25
FEATURING FIVE BRAND NEW SONGS

“Allie X washes her signature brand of electro pop in shades of brooding blues on Cape God, arguably her best (and most personal) album to date." – Entertainment Weekly

“Allie X constructs the kind of musical worlds you can get stuck into for hours.”  – Vogue UK

“… [the] world of Cape God is an alluring one, and Hughes’ vocal range is its unequivocal linchpin…’Cape God’ [is] the strongest concept in her catalog to date.” – Pitchfork

“…an artist who champions weirdos and outsiders, she’s also capable of lighting up huge crowds with empowering anthems.” – NME

“There isn't one false step on Cape God, … but [‘Super Duper Party People’]… is such a damn vibe. Let it be your entry point for an album that demands your attention.” – E News

“If every previous release was spun to weave a type of esoteric fairytale, Cape God is Allie X as an open book. With a notably spare production pallette, the characteristically maximalist songwriter removes the veil to reveal the voice behind it all on her most straightforward and introspective record yet.” – Billboard

“…[Allie X’s] best work yet. There’s a carefully crafted grit and griminess to the instrumentals that telegraph a sense of impending doom even before X’s vocals arrive…Every part of the record is talking to you.” – Exclaim!

Toronto, ON – November 19, 2021 – Following the February 2020 release of her stunning, Polaris Music Prize Long-Listed album, Cape God, iconoclastic pop darling, Allie X, was set to embark on a highly-anticipated tour in celebration of the record. Then, the world shut down. The global pandemic turned live music on its head, but now, Allie X is thrilled to be returning to the stage, with newly announced concerts set to take place across North America in 2022. With Canadian stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal through April, audiences are sure to be captivated by Allie X as she immerses fans into the surreal world of Cape God.

"I am truly thrilled to get back on the road,” exclaims Allie. “The amount of fans that held onto their tickets from two years ago touches me.  I can't wait to be in the same room as them and sing my heart out".

A full list of tour dates can be found below, and tickets can be purchased here.

Additionally, Allie X has announced the release of a deluxe version of Cape God, available digitally on November 25th, alongside a special vinyl edition, which can be pre-ordered here. The deluxe album showcases the 12 original tracks, plus five new songs, including the mesmerizing Anchor. Listen here.

"Written with all my favourite collaborators from Cape God, including Mitski, these songs were not included on the original record for lack of time to finish them, but are very special, and deserve to be heard.  They may answer some questions that fans of Cape God have, and they certainly go deeper into the fog,” comments Allie.

Released via Twin Music, Cape God features Mitski (on Susie Save Your Love) and Troye Sivan (on Love Me Wrong). The album is a carefully constructed meditation on universal themes of identity and belonging and, most importantly, a declaration of the autonomy we have when it comes to redefining ourselves and our place in the world. Allie subverts the notion of Cape Cod – the East Coast playground of elite insiders – and plunges listeners into a gloomy, grandiose fantasy world where anxiety-ridden outsiders take centre stage. Against a backdrop of darkly dreamlike production, she recalls teenage alienation and rethinks ostracization as a vehicle to unite rather than isolate.

Cape God is the follow-up to 2018’s, Super Sunset, which NYLON praised as the enigmatic artist’s “most open effort yet, a semi-fictionalized account inspired by falling in love and her life amidst all the L.A. glitz and glamour.” GQ said, “[On] the exceptional, singular Super Sunset, she finally enters the gates of pop heaven.”

With over a half billion streams globally, Allie X has amassed a cult following for her glassine goth pop style. Cape God continues to soar with hit tracks like Love Me Wrong (feat. Troye Sivan) and Susie Save Your Love (feat. Mitski). The critically-acclaimed album has received positive reviews from NME, Vice, The Guardian and Pitchfork, while Allie X has played sold out shows across North America, Latin America, and Europe and toured the world with pop-star counterparts like Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, and Marina.

Known for her bold visual style and her gaudy-goth-pop sound, Allie X is a master curator, creative directing every aspect of her project from hand-picking her photographers, directors, fashion and glam teams, to editing her own videos. This singularity has attracted much attention from the fashion world, where she has attended Paris Fashion Week, been covered by Vogue, and formed relationships with some of the world's most incredible fashion houses (Iris Van Herpen, Schiaparelli, Maison Margiela, Olivier Theyskens, Lanvin).

Allie X continues to be an outspoken ally for the LGBTQ+ community, sponsoring and spearheading charity events, playing pride festivals across the globe, and continuing to speak out and use her platform to fight injustices and empower LGBT youth. She is currently spending the bulk of her time writing and self-producing her next record, but recently appeared on Mistress Violet, a song that “sounds right out of the 1980’s goth scene” (NPR), which she wrote for drag icon, Violet Chachki.

ALLIE X 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
April 9 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
April 11 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Hall
April 12 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
April 13 – Vancouver, BC – Rio Theatre
April 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
April 17 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
April 20 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
April 21 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
April 23 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch
April 24 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 25 – Montreal, QC – L’Astral

April 26 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
April 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts, The Black Box
April 29 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Monarch
April 30 – Washington, DC – Union Stage
May 2 – Nashville, TN – High Watt
May 3 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
May 6 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
May 7 – Austin, TX – The Parish
May 10 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
May 12 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
May 13 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory OC
May 14 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre

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LEXXICON TAKES LISTENERS TO TROPICON ISLANDS NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!

LISTEN HERE WATCH VIDEO FOR BUBBLE EVERYWHERE

PROJECT TO ARRIVE WITH TROPICON ISLANDS NOVEL ON NOVEMBER 26

TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – Like adventures in new places and waves crashing ashore, Jamaica-born, Toronto-based artist, author and arts community trailblazer, Lexxicon, shares his new album, Tropicon Islands, today. The concept project resonates with various sonic chapters, set on a fictional island and capturing the many facets and journeys that weave into a relationship. With an intention to break free from judgment, expectations and being able to love who you want on your own terms, the project covers the ups and downs of romance with emotion, sincerity and relatable narratives. 

Listen to Tropicon Islands here and watch the video for album highlight, Bubble EverywhereIn celebration of the release today, the song is the carefree party anthem to get you dancing, vibing and having a good time. The video was directed by Shot by Prince, with Choreographer Fizz Oladiran, and Dancers Derick Robinson and Dominic Cooper-Clarke

Working alongside Edmonton-based producer, Artafacts, Lexxicon prepared for his voyage by releasing five singles leading up to the project release, including One Last Time, marking a breaking point for the couple in the story, You Know Me - inspired by the signature pop of Beyoncé to the vibe of Tinashe - Back To You, with fellow Toronto artist, Desiire - a song filled with percussive energy, rhythmic baseline and sprinkled with beachy field recording samples, Bubble Everywhere, a single that captures the couple exploring the island where the album is set, inspiring listeners to dance, vibe and have a good time, Power Over Mecapturing a turning point in a couple’s relationship and their expression of feelings towards each other. 


Tropicon Islands is also the title of a novel Lexxicon will release in tandem next Friday, November 26. When emerging global singing star Oceania dies in a mysterious accident after a sold-out 5,000-strong concert, young intern Adonis Thomas mutes his concerns about her untimely death. He just wants to carve out a place for himself in the heady world of mega-stars and talent management. However, when he realizes other major new voices are turning up dead, he begins to piece together a bizarre plot that reaches to the highest level of his company. Staying in the background, he discovers that billionaire investor Vernon Wilson, owner of Sephtis Entertainment, is using state-of-the-art AI technology to gain an edge over his rivals and make massive profits from the music artists he signs to his label. But, only if they’re dead. The startling truth he uncovers puts Adonis in a race against time to save both his life and the life of his loved ones and young stars who have signed with Sephtis Entertainment.

Read more about Tropicon Islands below and watch the trailer here. You can pre-order Tropicon Islands, the novel, on Kindle here.
 
As the world continues to change, Lexxicon has always found solace in the music. This is the world he aims tand hip-hop with a deep study around pop music to create his signature form of Afro Pop. An ever-innovative champion of community work and inclusion (Lexxicon is the Director of AfroWaveTO, a Toronto based community creating a new wave of culture globally), he adds a deep study of pop music’s structure and ideas, to amplify and highlight Black voices in pop, proving they don’t need to be put into a specific box in the industry, and making space for these voices to thrive. Tropicon Islands is a fight to feel free, freedom from judgment, expectations and being able to love who you want on your own terms.

Last year, nothing stopped Lexxicon from blazing his path, releasing two smash hit EPs. Tropical R&B was released on August 14, 2020, followed Lexxicon’s acclaimed Bashment Trap House, released on January 31, 2020. With Tropical R&B, Lexxicon set out to create an R&B record that infuses his dancehall roots. Themes highlight the desire to escape reality, the world, and negative feelings. The futuristic cover art seen above reflects this as it is an image of a gateway to another world. Lyrics explore loneliness, craving belonging and acceptance, and using intimate connections a temporary means of relief. 

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About Lexxicon
Jamaican-born and Toronto bred Lexxicon is known for his dance-oriented Dancehall, Afrobeats, Pop and hip-hop influenced sound. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the afro-fusion genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene. 

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon loves blending his Jamaican roots with quintessential mainstream sounds.

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, he has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, RBCxMusic, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Manifesto. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike.

Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence, and his rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and The Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Breakfast Television, e-Talk, NOW Magazine, CBC Radio and RX Music.

About Tropicon Islands – The Novel
In the twenty-first century, personal data is the new oil, and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) is the technology used to extract it. When emerging global singing star Oceania dies in a mysterious accident after a sold-out 5,000-strong concert, young intern Adonis Thomas mutes his concerns about her untimely death. He just wants to carve out a place for himself in the heady world of mega-stars and talent management. However, when he realizes other major new voices are turning up dead, he begins to piece together a bizarre plot that reaches to the highest level of his company. Staying in the background, he discovers that billionaire investor Vernon Wilson, owner of Sephtis Entertainment, is using state-of-the-art AI technology to gain an edge over his rivals and make massive profits from the music artists he signs to his label. But, only if they’re dead. The startling truth he uncovers puts Adonis in a race against time to save both his life and the life of his loved ones and young stars who have signed with Sephtis Entertainment. As his nemesis closes in for the kill over and over again, Adonis struggles to get just one step ahead of Wilson. In a finale that will have you up all night, Tropicon Islands takes you on a wild ride that will make you think twice about what you think about AI and the impacts it could very well have on your life.

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA RELEASE THE MILLION MASKS OF GOD: THE REMIXES

REIMAGININGS OF FOUR SONGS FROM THEIR ACCLAIMED
NEW ALBUM OUT NOW (LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS)

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ANNUAL HOMETOWN ATLANTA FESTIVAL THE STUFFING
TONIGHT AT THE FOX THEATRE

SIRIUSXM ALT NATION ANNOUNCES FRIENDS-GIVING
WITH MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA

TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – Manchester Orchestra today released The Million Masks of God: The Remixes (Loma Vista Recordings), which features reimagined versions of songs from their acclaimed new album. The inventive collection gathers four reworked tracks: the softened, danceable Bed Head (Local Natives Version) (the original is the band’s latest #2 AAA and Top 20 Alternative radio hit); the pulsing Keel Timing (Alfa Mist Version); the kaleidoscopic Telepath (Dirty Projectors Version); and Inaudible (Lucius Version) — a silvery, rhythmic take on the Masks opener that features vocals from Lucius as well. Listen to The Million Masks of God: The Remixes now here.

The collection’s release arrives the morning of Manchester Orchestra’s 11th annual hometown festival, The Stuffing, which will see a sold out return tonight at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre and feature performances by the band alongside Andy Shauf, Foxing, Briston Maroney, Slothrust, and Paris Jackson. Fans can also tune in to SiriusXM's Alt Nation on Thanksgiving Day when the channel presents Friends-Giving with Manchester Orchestra, where Andy Hull will be the special guest and takes over Alt Nation for the day. 

Early next year, the band will resume their North American tour, which includes Canadian stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal (see below for a full itinerary of dates; tickets are on sale now here). 

The Million Masks of God was released on April 30th to career-high praise from Stereogum, NPR Music, Uproxx, SPIN, and many more, and performances of Bed Head for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series and CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions (stream/purchase the album here). In addition to the LP, the band also recently released the heavy, slow-burning Never Ending — their contribution to the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, executive produced by Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen, John Wick) — and Christmas Songs Vol. 1, a holiday album featuring covers of six seasonal classics (the vinyl hits stores today). Check out Manchester Orchestra’s guest appearances on WXPN World Cafe, WNYC New Sounds, Comedy Bang Bang’s 12th anniversary special, Kesha And The Creepies podcast, and Emily Kinney’s My Caffeine Withdrawal.

Produced by Manchester Orchestra’s lead songwriting duo of Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, Catherine Marks (PJ Harvey, The Killers) and Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers), The Million Masks Of God presents an even grander scale of the epic and re-focused approach to record-making that the band has forged in recent years. Their sixth album finds the band of Hull, McDowell, Tim Very, and Andy Prince relentlessly pushing themselves to create a work that breaks beyond the scope and limits of every previous release in an effort to create their most towering achievement to date, all while sorting through the aftermath of a devastating loss.  

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
11/19/21 - Atlanta GA - Manchester Orchestra’s The Stuffing at
Fox Theatre
02/16/22 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant 
02/17/22 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
02/18/22 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
02/19/22 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
02/21/22 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater 
02/22/22 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater 
02/23/22 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
02/25/22 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theater
02/26/22- Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
02/27/22 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park 
03/01/22 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
03/02/22 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren 
03/04/22 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
03/05/22 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion 
03/06/22 - Omaha, NE - The Admiral 
03/08/22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 
03/09/22 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre 
03/11/22 - Columbus, OH - Express Live! 
03/12/22 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
03/13/22 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Riverworks 
03/15/22 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/16/22 - Montréal, QC - Corona Theatre

03/18/22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Roxian Theatre
03/19/22 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
03/20/22 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall

Praise for The Million Masks of God:

their grandest vision to date- UPROXX (Best Albums of 2021 So Far)

“Manchester Orchestra’s most plainly beautiful album. I’d also argue it’s their best” - Stereogum

“A record that feels dynamic and vital – while still respecting the band’s legacy so far – The Million Masks of God is astonishing” - DIY Mag

"The songs here are often as big as ever" - The AV Club 

"One of indie-rock’s most visceral and essential bands" - Guitar World 

"[an album] that feels like the story of an unmade Ingmar Bergman film." - WNYC New Sounds

“... The Million Masks of God is a gorgeously tuneful and thought-provoking gem.” - Consequence

"...what makes The Million Masks of God so impressive is that it really doesn't sound like any other Manchester Orchestra album. Andy Hull's unmistakable voice and distinct songwriting style make this immediately recognizable...but it feels like an entirely new chapter of their career." - Brooklyn Vegan 

“They’ve maintained the style laid out on A Black Mile but imbued it with more splendor.” - Paste

“Leave it to Manchester Orchestra to write an album that leaves you feeling both bereft and whole again in one swoop. The alt-rock band’s sixth LP...surges with sadness and hope in equal measure.” - Relix

“To listen to the new album, The Million Masks of God, from the Atlanta-based rock group, Manchester Orchestra, is to inhabit a cathedral-like building and let your ears take in each swell, each ring and each echo as the vibrations subsume and the medicine of music takes hold.” - American Songwriter

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half•alive RELEASE NEW SINGLE HOT TEA ALONG WITH MUSIC VIDEO

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ANNOUNCE FIRST PART OF FORTHCOMING
NEW ALBUM GIVE ME YOUR SHOULDERS, PT.1
DUE OUT FEBRUARY 2022

TICKETS FOR GIVE ME YOUR SHOULDERS (TOUR)
ON SALE NOW – INCLUDES CANADIAN DATES IN TORONTO
AND VANCOUVER

TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – Today, Long Beach-based trio, half•alive, release their new single, Hot Tea, along with the music video via RCA Records. Hot Tea is co-produced by David Pramik (Lauv, Illenium, LANY) and OJIVOLTA (Kanye West, Jon Bellion, Halsey). The video is directed by half•alive’s Josh Taylor and choreographed by JA Collective. Check it out here. The band is excited to announce the first part of their new album, Give Me Your Shoulders, Pt. 1, will be released in February 2022. 

About Hot Tea, Josh Taylor from half•alive says, “Hot Tea is a deep longing to be touched by life. A desperate desire to love someone with sacred, caring hands and be loved in return by people and God and her creation. We shot this video on tour, representing that desperate longing with plastic- a material that is nearly invisible, yet air tight. That was the feeling for me at least. Plastic is a thin filament that prevents pure exposure to the raw ingredients of life. An artificial, translucent barrier to the heart that I will claw at until there is nothing left.”

About Give Me Your Shoulders, Pt. 1, Taylor says, “We’ve never before explored the topic of love in our songs. This album is unexplored territory in that regard. It’s vulnerable. Exposing my shoulders to whoever will stop and listen. Many of the songs are about the cry for love’s hand around my heart. In one breath it’s about a person and about God. To ache for the comfort of another. To hide in the corner of their shoulder and know I am safe. Give Me Your Shoulders is Love. To give what you cannot carry. To accept another’s burden without condition. To yoke yourself with the author of Love and find rest for your soul.” 

In support of the new album, half•alive will be hitting the road on their headlining Give Me Your Shoulders (TOUR) which will take them across North America as well as the UK and Europe, including Canadian stops in Toronto and Vancouver. For the full list of tour dates see below and to purchase tickets go here

Hot Tea follows the bands previously released tracks, Make of It, Summerland, Time 2, and What’s Wrong, which all came out this year. What’s Wrong was Most Added at Alt Radio around its launch and has garnered over 15.7 million streams worldwide. half•alive also performed it on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Check it out here. The band recently toured with Twenty One Pilots on their sold out Takeøver Tour, which wrapped up earlier this month.

GIVE ME YOUR SHOULDERS (TOUR):
North America

February 24, 2022 • Austin, TX • Emo’s 
February 25, 2022 • Dallas, TX • Echo Lounge & Music Hall
February 26, 2022 • Houston, TX • White Oak Music Hall 
February 28, 2022 • Orlando, FL • Beacham
March 1, 2022 • Ft. Lauderdale, FL • Culture Room
March 3, 2022 • Atlanta, GA • Terminal West 
March 4, 2022 • Nashville, TN • Basement East 
March 7, 2022 • Washington, D.C. • Lincoln Theatre 
March 8, 2022 • Philadelphia, PA • Union Transfer 
March 9, 2022 • New York, NY • Irving Plaza
March 10, 2022 • Boston, MA • Royale 
March 12, 2022 • Toronto, ON • Opera House 
March 14, 2022 • Columbus, OH • Newport Music Hall 
March 15, 2022 • Chicago, IL • House of Blues 
March 16, 2022 • Detroit, MI • The Majestic
March 18, 2022 • Minneapolis, MN • Varsity Theater
March 19, 2022 • Lawrence, KS • The Bottleneck 
March 21, 2022 • Denver, CO • Ogden Theatre
March 23, 2022 • Salt Lake City, UT • The Depot
March 25, 2022 • Portland, OR • Wonder Ballroom 
March 26, 2022 • Seattle, WA • The Showbox
March 27, 2022 • Vancouver, BC • Hollywood Theatre 
March 29, 2022 • Santa Cruz, CA • The Catalyst 
March 30, 2022 • Santa Ana, CA • The Observatory 

UK + Europe
April 20, 2022 • Amsterdam, The Netherlands • Melkweg
April 21, 2022 • Antwerp, Belgium • Zappa
April 22, 2022 • Hamburg, Germany • Uebel & Gefährlich
April 24, 2022 • Copenhagen, Denmark • Lille Vega
April 25, 2022 • Oslo, Norway • Parkteatret\
April 26, 2022 • Stockholm, Sweden • Debaser Strand
April 28, 2022 • Berlin, German • Kesselhaus
April 29, 2022 • Warsaw, Poland • Palladium
May 01, 2022 • Prague, Czech Republic • Roxy
May 02, 2022 • Vienna, Austria • Ottakringer Brauerei
May 03, 2022 • Munich, Germany • Technikum
May 05, 2022 • Milan, Italy • Santeria Toscana 31
May 07, 2022 • Cologne, Germany • Kantine
May 10, 2022 • Paris, France • Le Trabendo
May 12, 2022 • Birmingham, UK • O2 Institute 2
May 13, 2022 • London, UK • EartH
May 14, 2022 • Manchester, UK • Academy 2
May 16, 2022 • Glasgow, UK • SWG3 TV Studio
May 17, 2022 • Dublin, Ireland • Academy 

About half•alive:
The music of half•alive breathes, evolves, grows, and changes alongside the lives of the Long Beach trio — Josh Taylor [vocals], Brett Kramer [drums], and J Tyler Johnson [bass]. half•alive officially came to life on the 2017, 3 EP, which sparked a palpable buzz on the strength of The Fall and Aawake At Night. Over the course of the next year, they crafted what became their massive breakout still feel., which has been RIAA certified Gold, rocketed into the Top 10 at Alt Radio and has over 276 million worldwide streams to date. The video organically surpassed the 10 million mark within two months as the song garnered acclaim from NPR’s coveted, All Songs Considered, and more. The trio sold out their formal debut headlining tour in 2019, which included two sold out shows at The Fonda Theatre in LA. The tour also included stops at major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Bumbershoot. Later that year, the band made their late night television debut with a very special performance of still feel. on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Check out the incredible and unique performance here. They also performed Runaway on The Late Late Show with James Corden. In August 2019, they released their debut album, Now, Not Yet, which has amassed over 611 million streams worldwide to date. half•alive was named YouTube’s Artist on the Rise and their live Vevo DSCVR performances of RUNAWAY and arrow showcase their incredible creative artistry. Last year, half•alive released their EP, in Florescence, an audio and visual project that included orchestral arrangements of four tracks off their critically acclaimed debut album, Now, Not Yet, as well as videos for three of the four songs to accompany them. 

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DOMANIQUE GRANT REIMAGINES HER SELF LOVE ANTHEM  AIRBRUSH WITH ACOUSTIC RENDITION

DOMANIQUE LAUNCHES COSPLAY 
SERIES ON INSTGRAM REIMAGINING SUPERHEROES
 TO AMPLIFY BODY POSITIVITY ONLINE

LISTEN TO ORIGINAL VERSION OF AIRBRUSH  | WATCH VIDEO 

"They want to Photoshop me / Make me the American Dream” – Domanique Grant

TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – Following a busy summer of accolades, new music, speaking engagements and more, Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director, Domanique Grant, settles into the season with new energy. Today, she shares an acoustic rendition of her powerful song, Airbrush, with reimagined flair to inspire self love in the whirlwind of internet culture. Domanique's prose amplifies the importance of authenticity on and offline, while encouraging people to think of new inclusive frameworks for all - especially for those who don't see themselves reflected within these spaces. 

Take a listen to the acoustic rendition, with revitalized lyrics here and watch Domanique's performance here.

"There are so many algorithms that we have to pay attention to to be seen online, but the most important algorithm has to be self love," proclaims Domanique. 

The Airbrush campaign will feature 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.


The original version of Airbrush arrived on August 27, and is a bold, tell-it-like-it-is multi-layered take on how colourism, shadeism, gender norms, narcissism, and self-esteem unfold and impact digital culture. A vibrant video brings these themes to the forefront with a fun, creative twist. 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.  

The song was written after I experienced being trolled online for my body being too curvy, my hair being too bright and my skin being too dark. I had people who were accusing me of photo shopping my photos because they thought my body was too ‘curvy’, and then on the other side, I had people telling me that I wasn’t enough,” Domanique says. 

Co-produced with Jarrel The Young, one-half of Young Wolf Hatchlings (who has worked with The Weeknd and METZ), Domanique flows with a catchy percussive beat singing “they want to edit, edit me,” challenging and unpacking notions of online ideals around beauty. The video was co-directed by Domanique Grant and Alim Z Sabir, with choreography by Leon Blackwood (Arianna Grande, Britney Spears), featuring an all BIPOC cast and set of creatives, in partnership with RBC.  

Airbrush is a song that explores finding the courage to be yourself online despite what Instagram, TikTok and YouTube culture, dictates," Domanique adds. "I’m not saying that you shouldn’t wear wigs or makeup, what I’m saying is that you need to focus on fitting into your own boxes. I want the song to remind people to be authentic.”

Domanique hasn't slowed down amidst a time of worldwide change. Last year, 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 we head into the holiday season and learn about Domanique’s incredible career to date below. 

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About Domanique Grant
Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director Domanique Grant is working on her next EP (In partnership with RBC), for which she opens up some tough conversations — of worthiness, forgiveness, honesty, notions of beauty, colourism and Internet culture.
 
This new chapter already contains achievements that include a beautiful start-of-the-pandemic song Till We See The Sun that went viral and ended up on over 10 international news networks at the start of 2020,  a TEDx Talk, prominent sync placements with L’Oreal Paris and Unilever, performing at the closing ceremony of the Toronto Pan American Games; for then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the 50th anniversary of Youth Employment Services (YES); for a women’s empowerment and gender equality event in Canada for the United Nations (UN); in front of 40,000 people in Uganda for World AIDS Day, as well as earning a coveted top 20 spot in the SOCAN Foundation’s TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship.
 
During the pandemic, she made some hard personal decisions and realizations. She stepped up — not for anyone else but herself. “I am learning who I want to be as this version of Domanique, stepping into my crown, writing music that’s authentic to me, exploring who I am as a woman of colour in music and what that means. I’m not afraid to say what I want to say; I used to be scared of that narrative.”
 
The first single/video, the electro-snap pop song, Airbrush — co-produced with Jarrel The Young, one-half of Young Wolf Hatchlings (The Weeknd, METZ) — is a bold, tell-it-like-it-is multi-layered lyric on shadeism/colourism, gender norms, narcissism and self-esteem in the digital culture.  “They want to Photoshop me / Make me the American Dream,” she sings.

“Airbrush is a song that explores finding the courage to be yourself online despite what Instagram, TikTok and YouTube culture, dictates. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t wear wigs or makeup, what I’m saying is that you need to focus on fitting into your own boxes. I want the song to remind people to be authentic.”

You would never guess she had these feelings based on her considerable accomplishments in her youth. As a kid, her story was included in a Dora Award-winning theatre production Grace Project Sick by famed playwright Judith Thompson and by 17 she was writing scripts and music for local theatre companies herself. She also became a motivational speaker who toured Uganda and Canada and by 20 had lived in East Africa and South America.
 
After settling back in Toronto to pursue music, she released her debut EP, Playhouse, in 2018, which opened many doors.  
 
When covid hit in March 2020, in a span of 24 hours, all of her shows got cancelled, including a European tour and major dates in Canada. Miserable, the normally bubbly personality was convinced by her mom to snap out of it and go write a song!  Till We See The Sun flowed out in two hours.  Marc Koecher produced it, and arts organization Jamii Esplanade asked her to sing it on their newly-built cart “to help improve mental health for our neighbours in social isolation.” The video was then posted to YouTube (Today, it’s still emotional (you might shed some tears watching the video).
 
“I woke up the next day and a lot of things changed,” Domanique says. “I had coverage on 10 international news networks; the song was played everywhere from Virgin to Kiss, and brands started reaching out.  I was featured in campaigns by L’Oréal Paris and Unilever, and RBC reached out and said they wanted to help me make an album. That led to one of my dreams, as close as I have come to this day to the Grammys —I appeared in an ad campaign for emerging Canadian artists during the commercial break.

“So that began my new journey. We can be disempowered by hard moments, but just keep pushing through and leaning on our art.”
 
As she readies her next EP, a new song and video will be released every month or two, featuring a self-directed video, until they all are produced into a short film.

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ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS RELEASE NEW ALBUM RAISE THE ROOF TODAY

APPEARANCES ON CBS MORNINGS TODAY,
THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT TONIGHT
AND CBS SATURDAY MORNING TOMORROW

GLOBAL YOUTUBE LIVESTREAM KICKS OFF AT 1 P.M. EST,
FOLLOWED BY NPR MUSIC LISTENING PARTY

ANNOUNCE FIRST TOUR DATES IN TWELVE YEARS
INCLUDING INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCES AT NYC’S FOREST HILLS STADIUM, CHICAGO’S PRITZKER PAVILION & MORE BEGINNING IN JUNE 2022

“Once again an alternative to nearly all of its pop contemporaries” - The New York Times
 
“With their combined talents and diverse tastes, the cliché about the odd coupling of bluegrass princess Krauss and rock god Plant doesn't apply…[Raise The Roof] is a testimony to their mutual respect for a wide spectrum of music” - 
Vanity Fair
 
“The album sounds warm, mystical and at times slightly foreboding, like an old friend you’re glad to see again who’s still a little mysterious” - 
Variety
 
“Just give Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s new album every eligible Grammy...It’s like our ears are being hugged with very pleasant sound” - 
Vulture
 
“More than a decade later, Plant and Krauss are still proof that sometimes the best things come from unlikely collaborators” - 
Entertainment Weekly
 
“One of the most critically adored odd couples of music returns with another solid T Bone Burnett-produced amalgamation of folk, blues and country” - 
USA Today
 
“A sublime re-imagining of roots music traditions, from unsung English folk singers to modern torchbearers and lost blues gems” - 
The Guardian
 
“As Krauss and Plant draw on their disparate backgrounds in bluegrass and arena rock, what emerges is a musical marvel” - 
Associated Press

TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – Today, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss invite the world to Raise The Roof. The long-awaited successor to their monumental 2007 album, Raising Sand, is out now, and to celebrate the occasion the duo have announced their first tour in 12 years. Listen to Raise The Roof via Rounder Records here.  

Beginning on June 1, 2022, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and 27x Grammy-winner will bring their brand new music to an international run of bandshell shows. Tickets for U.S. dates go on sale December 3rd at 10 a.m. local time, following a series of pre-sales starting November 29th. European dates go on sale at 9 a.m. CET on November 26th, with pre-sales beginning November 24th. Find more info here.
 
The release of Raise The Roof has been accompanied by a host of major appearances and performances from Plant and Krauss. Earlier today they gave their first U.S. TV interview tied to the album on CBS Mornings. Tonight, they will perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and tomorrow on CBS Saturday Morning. In the meantime, this afternoon, fans can see the two icons play a few of the new songs at 12 p.m. CST / 1 p.m. EST on a global livestream presented in partnership with YouTube (watch), in addition to a virtual conversation with critic Ann Powers at 1 p.m. CST / 2 p.m. EST, during NPR Music’s Listening Party event (rsvp).
 
In the weeks leading up to Raise The Roof, the album has been celebrated with a New York Times Sunday Arts & Leisure profile, a multi-page spread in Vanity Fair, as well as features in Variety, Entertainment Weekly, People, Associated Press and far beyond. Says the New York Times, “Raise The Roof almost magically reclaims the spectral tone of Raising Sand, then finds ways to expand on it, delving further into both quiet subtleties and wailing intensity.”
 
Recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, sessions for Raise The Roof began in late 2019 and wrapped just weeks before the world went into lockdown. Like Raising Sand, T Bone Burnett produced the collection, which delivers a cosmic collision of early blues, country deep cuts, revolutionary folk-rock and lost soul music written by legends and unsung heroes like Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch, Ola Belle Reed, Brenda Burns and more.
 
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Tour Dates
6/1 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC
6/3 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/4 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
6/6 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/7 - Chicago, IL - Jay Pritzker Pavilion
6/9 - Indianapolis, IN - TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
6/11 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
6/12 - Philadelphia, PA - TD Pavilion @ The Mann
6/14 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre*
6/16 - Atlanta, GA - Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park*
6/26 - London, UK - BST Hyde Park
7/1 - Hamar, NO - Tjuvholmen Arena
7/2 - Bergen, NO - Bergenhus Fortress
7/5 - Rättvik, SE - Dalhalla
7/14 - Lucca, IT - Lucca Summer Festival - Piazza Napoleone
7/16 - Stuttgart, DE – JazzOpen Stuttgart 2022
7/18 - Sopot, PL - Opera Lesna
7/20 - Berlin, DE - Zitadelle
 
*On Sale at 9am EST on Dec 3

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MAUVEY SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR TOO RUSH  ALONGSIDE SINGLE CENTREFOLD

LISTEN TO TOO RUSH/CENTREFOLD FROM NEW PROJECT THE FLORIST SET FOR RELEASE DECEMBER 10 VIA 604 RECORDS 

ON TOUR NOW ACROSS CANADA AND THE UK 
PERFORMING AT M FOR MONTREAL TONIGHT


TORONTO, ON – November 19, 2021 – Rising, Vancouver, BC / London, UK singer-songwriter, Mauvey, continues to curate the bouquet around his forthcoming digital project, The Floristset for release December 10 (604 Records). The release will be paired with a short film of the same title comprised of accompanying music videos for featured tracks, directed and produced by Mauvey alongside Amazing Factory, and filmed across the stunning landscape of British Columbia.

Today, Mauvey shares the final instalment of the project with two singles, Too Rush and CentrefoldWhile Too Rush blends R&B-laden production and Mauvey's smooth vocals atop inflections of UK garage and grime cadence, Centrefold is backed by gritty production and shameless lyrics proclaiming adoration for another. Listen to the tracks here.

Too Rush arrives with a video that reflects the support one shares for their loved ones and community around them. Watch it here

The songs follow Irrational, a statement that lives up to its title, embracing its newfound definition as a reflection of Mauvey's intention and overall energy listeners will feel within The Florist. The song, released as a double single, alongside Insecure, a track about vulnerability and releasing expectations to be perfect. Watch the video for Irrationalhere

"Irrational is my anthem. I've come a very long way. From being someone who would constantly apologize when I didn't need to, someone who was deeply affected when people would call my dreams delusional and irrational," Mauvey says. "Irrational is where I am at right now, completely comfortable in my skin and competent in my abilities." 

The Florist was entirely written and produced by Mauvey and recorded across studios in the UK. The project launched with 9, the first instalment of the multi-part film series that follows five characters connected by interesting and serendipitous circumstances. Sunday Afternoon is a song about being so obsessed with someone that only 'the biggest night out of all time' will get your mind off them. It arrived alongside I GET ITwhat Mauvey quips as "the 'post hangover chat' with your friends, reflecting on the biggest night out of all time. 

“The Florist is my directorial debut, and to do it with a team as talented and as accomplished as Amazing Factory is something special,” Mauvey says of the process. “It has been surreal to go from an idea in my head to treatments sent over email to the first day on set. I honestly couldn't be more excited for the world to see the story unfold. To know that it all connects, all the way to the album is what is magic. My favourite part is knowing the whole story, knowing how it all ends, having my time with that before everyone else knows.” 
 
Mauvey unveiled an engaging video series leading up to the single release of 9 called 9 Days of Flowers, where he delivers flowers to fans, community members, and friends to share acts of compassion, care and kindness – watch these videos here, where the song’s chords flow as an instrumental soundtrack. The caption is as simple and powerful as the action: ‘I LOVE YOU. PASS IT ON.’

Wrapping up a massive UK tour in October, Mauvey is currently playing shows across Canada, and will return to the UK in December to support MOM + THE REBELS on a tour of Ireland. See below for complete dates and details and stay tuned for more Mauvey this year.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
November 19 - M for Montreal - Montreal - Tickets
December 1 - Fox Cabaret - Vancouver 
December 10 - St. Matthias Church - London (UK)
December 11 - Wise Hall - Vancouver 

Supporting MOM + THE REBELS  - Ireland Tour
December 17 - Dolans - Limerick 
December 18 - Wardes - Claremorris 
December 19 - Whelans - Dublin 
December 20 - Belfast 

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About Mauvey: 
Born in Ghana, West Africa, and raised between the U.K. and Vancouver, Canada, artist and songwriter, Mauvey, filters his unique batch of alternative pop music with hip hop, R&B/soul always alongside his message: Love. “My message will always be Love” says Mauvey, who has designed his projects to distribute Love through the creative narratives of intentional songwriting, intelligent melody, and hypnotic beat.

Mauvey has been influenced by artists like Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Oumou Sangaré, Prince, Childish Gambino, Labrinth, NAO, The Weeknd, and Andre 3000, as he goes on to state: "I am inspired by artists who made contributions so significant that they or their music will never be forgotten."

A passionate Mauvey says, "If my entire music career is a giant book about the rigours of Love, the ups, the downs, the highs and the complicated lows, I'd have done my job of distributing Love", he goes on to say, "I want to be clear about what I'm talking, singing and rapping about - no games - I don't know everything, but I know that Love is everything, there's no better subject.”

In Summer 2020, Mauvey was awarded by the MOBO Help Musicians Fund. Mauvey has also been well supported by Huw Stephens’ BBC Music Introducing on Radio 1, including being Mercury Prize nominee Georgia’s ‘pick’. As well, Mauvey has gained backing from Jamz Supernova on Selector Radio (British Arts Council), after partnering up with W SongsWarner Music UK’s publishing subsidiary.

Notion Magazine says, “The singer-rapper-songwriter is a breath of fresh air with his unforgettable authenticity projected in his music.”

Mauvey's powerful lyrical content is unashamed, he isn't perfect, and he's not trying to be. Love is his mission, not just words in songs. The themes are not always black and white, at times, they’re a bit Mauvey.

 
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IMPENDING DOOM: NEW WORLD HORROR VIDEO FROM LONG-RUNNING DEATHCORE UNIT NOW PLAYING AT HM MAGAZINE

HELLBENT EP OUT NOW ON MNRK HEAVY

TORONTO, ON – November 18, 2021 - IMPENDING DOOM today unveils a lyric video for New World Horror. Now playing at HM Magazine, the violent track comes by way of the band’s Hellbent EP, released late last month via MNRK Heavy on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally.
 
Comments bassist David Sittig of the band’s latest single, “‘New World Horror’ is about a spiritual awakening to a sleeping generation and the dangers we face if we decide to passively and ignorantly give up our freedoms to those who seek tyranny.”
 
View IMPENDING DOOM’s New World Horror lyric video here.
 
Hellbent is a fierce five-song blast of readily identifiable IMPENDING DOOM brutality. The EP showcases the enduring trio who formed the creative core of the band in Riverside, California: Sittig, vocalist, Brook Reeves, and guitarist, Manny Contreras. Satanic Panic, New World Horror, Culture of Death, I Must End, and the title track are punishingly incisive entries into the band's esteemed canon, which stretches back to their 2005 demo. As reliably as ever, the band warn of society's inevitable destructive collapse through crushing heaviness, punishing death and grindcore riffing, impossibly guttural growls, and a steadfast reverence for Christ. Recorded with engineer, Joseph Calleiro, at Dungeon by the Sea in Los Angeles and mixed by longtime band collaborator, Will Putney (Knocked Loose, The Ghost Inside, Thy Art Is Murder), Hellbent also comes adorned with the arresting cover art of Jim Pavelec, an illustrator specializing in the occult, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy, including pieces for classic RPG Dungeons & Dragons.
 
Preview and purchase Hellbent today, here.
 
View the band’s previously released video for Satanic Panic here.
 
IMPENDING DOOM will return to the stage with shows confirmed in California and Texas. More dates will be announced soon. 
 
IMPENDING DOOM w/ Bury Your Dead, Ov Sulfur, Foreign Pain:
12/11/2021 The Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
12/12/2021 Full Circle Brewery - Fresno, CA
w/ Oh, Sleeper, War Of Ages:
1/19/2022 Jake’s - Lubbock, TX
1/20/2022 Scout Bar - Houston, TX
1/21/2022 Southside Music Hall - Dallas, TX
1/22/2022 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
1/23/2022 Boozerz Rock Bar - Corpus Christi, TX 
 
The Sin And Doom Of Godless Men, IMPENDING DOOM’s devastating 2005 demo, was shocking in its urgent immediacy and its unashamed outspokenness. But that demo was merely a step toward the total devastation that was their debut album, Nailed. Dead. Risen. (2007), which shook the proverbial Earth with its uncompromising vision of what they had transfigured with elements of death metal, grind, and hardcore.

The series of increasingly diverse and intense releases that followed never compromised, always challenging, and pushing the limits of the genre, with the likes of The Serpent Servant (2009), There Will Be Violence (2010), Baptized In Filth (2012), Death Will Reign (2013), and the back-to-basics bludgeoning of The Sin And Doom, Vol. II (2018) appealing to the faithful and faithless alike.

Over the years, the band built an international following and garnered critical acclaim over conquering stages as part of genre-staple tours like Vans Warped Tour, Thrash N Burn, and Metal Alliance. Even with the pandemic-related shutdown, and the period between the most recent album and new EP, IMPENDING DOOM has worked behind the scenes to finetune everything about the band's operation.

"We've found our sweet spot with how we can pull this off for the long run, where it feeds our desire to play music and get the message out there," says Sittig, noting the band runs their own website, designs their merchandise, and fulfills the orders themselves. "And we'll be doing a lot more, starting in 2022."

IMPENDING DOOM:
Brook Reeves – vocals
Manny Contreras – guitar
David Sittig – bass

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SWEET ALIBI SET TO RELEASE MELODIC NEW ALBUM MAKE A SCENE ON JANUARY 28

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Toronto, ON – November 17, 2021 – There is more than a touch of magic in the luminous vocal harmonies powering the soulful roots-pop of Winnipeg combo, Sweet Alibi. Let’s just say, goosebumps are inevitable. Whether the voices of Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen, and Michelle Anderson are tightly braided together, as they are in the super-sticky title track of their dazzling fourth album, Make A Scene, or are ornamenting Ayre’s lead on the gorgeously propulsive and contemplative Slow Down, Sweet Alibi’s phrasings are at once their main attraction and chief calling card.

After trickling out tastes of their new studio record, today the band is thrilled to share the details of Make A Scene. Set for release on January 28, 2022, the album is a melodic experience focused on hooky guitar lines and layered beats, inspired by the likes of Alabama Shakes and Bahamas.

Sweet Alibi’s sound has been evolving and refining throughout their past album releases, extensive Canada-wide and international tours, and a focused effort to draw on the creative efforts of their favourite influences. Produced with Matt Peters and Matt Schellenburg – best known as members of the indie-pop squad, Royal Canoe, who produce under the Deadmen moniker – the band experimented with new instrumentation that has, until now, primarily been incorporated in to their live shows.

“Matt (Peters) and Matt (Schellenburg) were great to work with and really took their time to help us work out parts and add their personality to each song,” the band reflects. “They were willing to try things out, take things apart and put them back together.”

Working with synths, and with a focus on the electric guitar, the group took their time learning how to create unique sounds with amps, pedals, and new techniques, while also playing with different harmonies. While Ayre and Nielsen handle the lion’s share of the album’s lead vocals, Anderson steps up with electric guitar, swapping the banjo that was favoured on previous albums, to abet Sweet Alibi’s crack rhythm section of Alasdair Dunlop (bass) and Sandy Fernandez (drums).

These electrifying sonic adventures will be obvious to Sweet Alibi fans who have followed the band through their previous records. From the highly personal Confetti, to the nimble, synth-boosted Really Great, and the mournful yet heartfelt ballad, What Were You Dreaming, the band’s elevated sound rings through on each track.

“It’s nice to be able to share this music with a wider audience,” says Nielsen. “A lot of hard work and commitment went into making it. We are very committed. And I’m really looking forward to what we’re going to do next!”

MAKE A SCENE TRACKLISTING:
1. Make A Scene
2. Slow Down
3. Same Roads
4. Really Great
5. Confetti
6. 9-5
7. What Were You Dreaming
8. Next Somewhere

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 – including Make A Scene album track, Confetti, which charted for eight weeks.

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RAP LEGEND ERICK SERMON AND DAVID STRICKLAND RAISE $15K THROUGH NFT SALES VIA CRYPTO.COM  FOR INDIAN RESIDENTIAL  SCHOOL  SURVIVORS SOCIETY

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FEATURING ERICK SERMON, SAUKRATES AND OUTLAW BY NATURE


NEW MUSIC FROM DAVID OUT IN DECEMBER

TORONTO, ON – November 15, 2021 – Last month, legendary recording artist, Erick Sermon, of the iconic hip-hop group, EPMD, teamed up with long-time collaborator, the renowned Canadian-Indigenous artist, record producer, engineer, David Strickland, and The NFT Agency, to release an official non-fungible token (NFT) collection celebrating the hip-hop luminary’s esteemed career. On October 20, 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 are donating $15K of the net sales to Indian Residential School Survivors Society

David says: "I'm beyond happy and grateful that the NFTs sold out so fast and we are able to donate a large sum of money to IRSSS. I learned so much, and must thank Erick, IRSSS, Crypto.com and the NFT Agency for believing in my vision. Thank you to everyone who got one of the NFTs. We are just getting started and have a lot of cool ideas brewing! Stay tuned!" 

“Blessings. It was very dope to see how the NFTs sold out fast and what we can do in this market," Erick Sermon adds. "Thank You to everyone involved and the fans for showing so much love."

"I’m so honored we were able to work with Erick and David," said Crypto.com Executive Vice President and Global Head of NFT, Joe Conyers III. "Following Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, I’m glad their project can provide support for residential school survivors and their families."

The NFT collaboration is also an initiative to give back, as David is thrilled to support Indian Residential School Survivor's Society (IRSSS) by donating a portion of the sales. IRSSS has over 25 years of experience in providing emotional and cultural support to Indian Residential School Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors. IRSSS has offices throughout British Columbia and operates a Canada-wide crisis help line for those in need.

The collection launch aligned with new music releases by both artists. The NFT collection itself 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. Sermon also recently appeared alongside EPMD groupmate, Parrish Smith, and Eminem on Nas’ ode to the iconic group, EPMD 2 — one of the most buzzed-about tracks from the latter’s acclaimed 2021 album, King’s Disease II.
 
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.
  
Earlier this year, 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. Among those featured include Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, Chippewa Travellers and more alongside hip-hop icons EPMD and Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon and Keith Murray) as well as Canadian legends, Saukrates, Maestro Fresh Wes and a posthumous verse from King Reign. 

Stay tuned for more new music on the way from David Strickland in December. 

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Photo by Ernie Paniccioli
 
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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 Crypto.com
Crypto.com NFT is a carefully curated platform for collecting and trading non-fungible tokens by creators, celebrities and brands from the worlds of art, design, entertainment, sports and fashion — including the Aston Martin Formula One Team, Boy George, Gareth Bale, Heavy Metal Magazine, Lega Serie A, Lionel Richie, Mr. Brainwash and Snoop Dogg, among many other high-profile artists and clients. Crypto.com NFT was founded on a principle of sustainability, with artworks minted using a proof-of-stake model, and is powered by Crypto.com — which has committed to becoming carbon negative. More information is available at Crypto.com/NFT. Follow Crypto.com NFT on Twitter and Instagram: @cryptocomnft.

 
About Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS)
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) has over twenty-five years of experience in providing emotional and cultural support to Indian Residential School Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors. IRSSS has offices throughout British Columbia and operates a Canada-wide crisis help line for those in need. The organization also assists those impacted by Indian Day Schools, MMIWG, the 60's Scoop, 2SLGBTQ+, Indian Hospitals and Crisis Support.  We also offer educational workshops on the history and impacts of Indian Residential Schools and healing and wellness workshops.
 
More than 150,000 Indigenous children – First Nations, Inuit and Métis – were forced from their homes to attend these neglectful institutions of assimilation and oppression. As a non-profit organization, IRSSS' ability to provide care is truly enhanced by contributions from the community. We are honoured to do this work, to assist in the wellness of those who survived and to remember those who were never made it home. www.irsss.ca
 
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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WALK THE MOON’S NEW ALBUM HEIGHTS OUT NOW!

LISTEN TO HEIGHTS HERE
INCLUDING THE EXPLOSIVE LEAD SINGLE

CAN YOU HANDLE MY LOVE??

TORONTO, ON – November 15, 2021 – Critically acclaimed band, WALK THE MOON, have released their highly-anticipated fourth studio album, HEIGHTS, via RCA Records. Listen here. The album features six new songs, along with previously released tracks, Rise UpFire In Your House ft. Johnny Clegg & Jesse Clegg, DNA (The Keys)Giants, I’m Good and their explosive lead single, Can You Handle My Love??, which the band performed on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Halfway through making the album, WALK THE MOON were forced to finish the record from home, thousands of miles apart from each other and their producers.

About HEIGHTS, singer/keyboardist Nicholas Petricca says, "We set out to outdo ourselves, and create something that would be undeniably satisfying to listen to, back to front.  What we found was an album of anthems for self-love and perseverance. HEIGHTS is the most pop, the most alt, the most ambitious, the most vulnerable stuff we’ve ever made."

WALK THE MOON recently wrapped up their Dream Plane Tour, which Substream Magazine called “…one massive party and celebration of love and joy” and Utah Concert Review said “…a beautiful night with beautiful energy!”

HEIGHTS TRACK LIST:
1. Heights                                                     
2. Can You Handle My Love?? 
3. Giants                     
4. I’m Good                             
5. DNA (The Keys)                             
6. Fire In Your House feat. Johnny Clegg & Jesse Clegg   
7. Don’t Make Me                               
8. Rise Up                                          
9. My Kids                                         
10. Someone Else’s Game                
11. What You Can’t Look Up             
12. Population of 2       

About WALK THE MOON:
Hailing from Cincinnati, OH, WALK THE MOON consists of Nicholas Petricca (singer/keyboardist), Eli Maiman (guitarist), and Sean Waugaman (drummer). In 2015, the band catapulted to stardom when their hit single, Shut Up and Dance, which is included on their RIAA Certified Platinum album TALKING IS HARD, became a multi-platinum global smash that peaked at No. 1 on the Alternative, Hot AC, and AC charts, went to No. 2 at Top 40 radio, No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and broke the record for consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. Throughout their career, the band has had a slew of honors including winning two Billboard Music Awards, and nominations for an MTV Music Video Award for Best Rock Video, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Duo Or Group, New Artist of the Year, and Favorite Alternative Rock Artist and iHeart Radio Music Award for Best Duo/Group of the Year, Song of the Year, and Alternative Rock Song of the Year for Shut Up and Dance. WALK THE MOON’s third album, 2017’s What If Nothing, included hits such as Kamikaze and the #1 Alternative Radio hit One Foot. WALK THE MOON’s highly-anticipated fourth album is out now.

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KEB’ MO’ PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS FRIEND BILL WITHERS WITH COVER OF LEAN ON ME

NEW ALBUM GOOD TO BE OUT JANUARY 21
VIA ROUNDER RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 –Today, five-time GRAMMY winner, Keb’ Mo’, released a cover of Bill Withers’ Lean on Me from his forthcoming album, Good To Be, that will be released on January 21, 2021 via Rounder Records. Good To Be is now available for pre-order. Listen to Lean On Me.
 
“Lean on Me is probably one of the most famous songs about friendship. I wanted to record it to honor my friend, Bill Withers, who we sadly lost last year. What makes this version special to me is the contribution from my lifelong friend, the Freedom Rider, Ernest ‘Rip’ Patton, who passed on this year. This was the last time I got to record his booming bass voice. I’m gonna miss calling on my brothers,” explains Kevin Moore, who is best known by his stage name Keb’ Mo’. 
 
Last month, Keb’ Mo’ announced the album with the official video for Good Strong Woman featuring Darius Rucker,which was praised by American SongwriterBillboardWide Open Country and many more. Guitar World said the song “...flexes the guitarist’s impeccable blues-based abilities via some pinpoint slide licks, as well as his supremely soulful vocals.” Earlier this year, he released Sunny and Warm and  The Medicine Man (feat. Old Crow Medicine Show), which will both appear on the forthcoming album. 
 
Good To Be was co-produced by Keb’ Mo’ alongside country music legend Vince Gill, who produced three of the album’s 13 tracks, and three-time GRAMMY winner Tom Hambridge (B.B. King, Buddy Guy). Darius Rucker, Kristin Chenoweth, and Old Crow Medicine Show all make guest appearances on the album. 
 
The album was written between Nashville and his childhood home in Compton, California, which Keb’ recently purchased and renovated. He often found himself reflecting on the idea of home and contemplating what it means to belong and what it takes to stay true to yourself. ​​“You can’t bring an attitude to Compton,” reflects Keb’. “You can’t pose. You can’t be anything but real when you’re walking down the same streets you used to ride your bike on as a kid. In a lot of ways, coming back there felt like it completed me.”
 
Good To Be Tracklist:
1) Good To Be (Home Again)
2) So Easy 
3) Sunny and Warm
4) Good Strong Woman (feat. Darius Rucker)
5) The Medicine Man (feat. Old Crow Medicine Show)
6) Marvelous to Me
7) Lean on Me
8) Like Love
9) Dressed Up in Blue
10) ‘62 Chevy
11) Louder
12) So Good to Me
13) Quiet Moments (feat. Kristin Chenoweth)
 
Tour Dates:
11/14/21: Atlanta, GA - City Winery (2 Shows)
11/15/21: Atlanta, GA - City Winery (2 Shows)
11/16/21: Charleston, SC - Gaillard Center
12/09/21: Nashville, TN - Country Music Hall of Fame (Keb’ Mo’ Solo)
12/11/21: Nashville, TN - Country Music Hall of Fame
01/20/22: Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
01/21/22: Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
01/22/22: Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage (2 Shows)
01/23/22: Easton, MD - Avalon Theatre
01/25/22: Hartford, CT - Infinity Hall
01/28/22: Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall
01/30/22: New York, NY - City Winery
01/31/22: New York, NY - City Winery
02/02/22: Fairfield, CT - The Warehouse
02/03/22: East Greenwich, RI - Greenwich Odeum
02/04/22: Brownfield, ME - Stone Mountain Arts Center
02/05/22: Waterville, ME - Waterville Opera House
02/11/22: Orlando, FL - Phillips Center (Keb’ Mo’ Solo)
03/01/22: Fort Lauderdale, FL - Parker Playhouse
03/03/22: Stuart, FL - Start Theatre (6:00 pm)
03/03/22: Stuart, FL - The Lyric Theatre (8:30 pm)
03/04/22: Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
03/05/22: Newberry, SC - Newberry Opera House
4/13/22: Grass Valley, CA - Center For The Arts Grass Valley
4/15/22: Monterey, CA - Golden State Theatre
4/26/22: Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
4/27/22: Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
7/14/22: Colorado Springs, CO - Pikes Peak Center

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JADEA KELLY LONGS FOR HOME IN NEW SINGLE DRIVEWAY

APPEARING ON UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH RECORD
SET FOR RELEASE IN THE NEW YEAR
 
LISTEN HERE 

“…one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters…”Tom Power, CBC

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 – Following a pandemic pause, award-winning singer-songwriter, Jadea Kelly, makes a triumphant return with new music from her long-awaited fourth studio album – set for release in early 2022. Today, she shares a new single, Driveway – a heartachingly beautiful song about longing for loved ones, and the familiarity of home, while being separated. Listen to Driveway here.
 
Written nearly four years ago in Los Angeles with Jadea’s producer, Rich Jacques, Driveway was originally penned about living an artistic life and being separated from your home and your family for long durations. The song would later take on a new meaning after it resurfaced for Jadea in 2020.
 
“Driveway was written during one of my first trips to LA and sat on a hard drive for years amidst my touring schedule,” reflects Jadea. “When the pandemic rolled around, and I was physically unable to see my family in Canada, the song returned with a deeper meaning. Like many, I longed for the simplicity of home, a quiet street, the seasons and the ones I love. More than ever.”
 
Driveway follows the previously released lead single, Every Little Piece of You (featuring Berlin artist, Ryan O’Reilly), which dropped in October and earned impressive features and playlist placements on the likes of Spotify’s Folk & Friends, and Apple Music’s Breaking Singer/Songwriter.

With more on the horizon soon, 2022 is sure to be a monumental year for Jadea Kelly – stay tuned for more to come soon!

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, 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 in 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.
 
Jadea 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 Kelly returns triumphantly in 2022 with her long awaited fourth studio album, set for release in March.

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GOV'T MULE’S  FIRST-EVER BLUES ALBUM HEAVY LOAD BLUES OUT NOW VIA FANTASY RECORDS

LISTEN HERE 

WATCH NEW ANIMATED VIDEO FOR MAKE IT RAIN

UPCOMING ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S PERFORMANCES
DECEMBER 29 AT THE MET IN PHILADELPHIA, PA
DECEMBER 30 & 31 AT BEACON THEATRE IN NYC
 

"Warren Haynes is a meaty and masterful player, as well as a soulful singer and songwriter – an all-star." –  Rolling Stone 

“Heavy jam legends Gov’t Mule lay bare their roots on Heavy Load Blues, resulting in one of the most satisfying albums of the year.” –
PopMatters 

“Gov’t Mule is an essential, iconic American band.” – Guitar World 

“[Warren Haynes is] one of the most celebrated, legendary guitar pros.” – Billboard 

"[Gov't Mule's] songs stomp and wail with unmistakable energy and heft." –  NPR 

“[‘Heavy Load’] sounds timeless in the way that real-deal blues often does.” 
– BrooklynVegan

“Heavy Load Blues is raw, heavy, and immediate.” – AllMusic

“A mesmerizing dynamic exists between the covers and other originals [on Heavy Load Blues].”
No Depression

“Haynes and the band deliver a world-class musical experience [on Heavy Load Blues].”
Goldmine 

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 – Today, renowned quartet, Gov’t Mule – led by GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, guitar legend, and producer, Warren Haynes – have released their first-ever blues album, Heavy Load Blues, via Fantasy Records. Listen here. The 13-track album, produced by Haynes alongside engineer and co-producer, John Paterno (Michael Landau, Robbie Williams, The Steve Gadd Band), encompasses an even mix of Haynes’ originals, such as Heavy Load, and revered covers, including their rendition of the Tom Waits classic, Make It Rain, a groovy arrangement of the Junior Wells standard, Snatch It Back and Hold It, and more originally made famous by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, Ann Peebles, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and the Animals. A deluxe edition featuring additional studio and live tracks, including another Haynes original and covers originally by Savoy Brown, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and more, is also available now. Watch the new animated video for Make It Rain, produced and directed by Stefano Bertelli/Seenfilm (Bryce Vine, Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows), and check out Consequence’s Origins feature as they explore the inspiration behind Heavy Load Blues.
 
“I'm really glad that we made the decision as a band to make a blues record,” Haynes shares. “Every one of us was excited about the concept and the change in direction. It forced us to do things completely differently than we've ever done in the past. When we were recording, we were just kind of shutting our brains off, letting go, and playing the blues. And it turned out to be music that only Gov’t Mule could make.” 
 
Though technically considered a studio album, Heavy Load Blues was recorded live in the studio at The Power Station New England on analog tape, utilizing vintage guitars, amps and other equipment to capture an authentic sound. Ominous acoustic blues number, and first original track, Heavy Load, highlighted by Haynes’ mournful vocal and supple yet deliberate riffing, has been featured on a variety of playlists, including Spotify’s Backporch Blues, Morning Blues, Acoustic Blues, Blues & Roots Rock, and The Pulse of Americana, as well as Apple Music’s Roadhouse. On their version of the Junior Wells standard, Snatch It Back and Hold It, the band – Haynes, Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Jorgen Carlsson [bass] – covered the classic track while sandwiching a spontaneous original jam called Hold It Back in the middle for a soulful, stirring interpretation. The scuzzy blues-rock arrangement of Tom Waits’ Make It Rain has been featured on Spotify’s Blues on the Rocks and In The Name of the Blues (recently taken over by Jon Bonamassa) along with Apple Music’s New In Rock playlists. While several titles on the collection may sound familiar to blues enthusiasts, Gov’t Mule, who are known for pushing the parameters while melding a variety of genres — rock, R&B, jam, funk, jazz, and practically everything in-between — often opted to put their own spin on them. Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the making of Heavy Load Blues and see below for the full track listing.
 
Last month, Gov’t Mule performed Heavy Load Blues in its entirety for the first time at their annual Mule-O-Ween shows in Atlanta, part of two very special Halloween weekend shows where they also celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band’s first live album, At Fillmore East, one of the most influential records in Haynes’ life as both a musician and member of the famed band. The celebrated four-piece also recently wrapped their run on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour as well as various headlining festival sets.  
 
Coming up next for the road warriors is their annual New Year’s Run, the band’s longstanding commitment of bringing together the Mule community to ring in the new year since 2002. The three-night stand kicks off on December 29 at The Met in Philadelphia before heading to the friendly confines of The Beacon Theatre in New York City, the band’s unofficial home-court venue, for back-to-back shows on December 30 and December 31 to close out the year and ring in 2022 with a very special Black ‘n’ Blue New Year’s Show. Visit www.mule.net for more details and get limited VIP packages here. At the top of the new year, Gov’t Mule will return to Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica from January 16-20 for Island Exodus 12; the ultimate “concert-cation” experience, hosted by the band and Haynes. The multi-daily experience, highlighted by multiple full two-set Mule shows and an interactive “Q and Play” set from Haynes, will also feature intimate beachfront concerts from Dawes and The War and Treaty as well as special guest Ron Holloway. Visit islandexodus.com for more info and ticketing details. 
 
Heavy Load Blues Track Listing: 
1. Blues Before Sunrise 
2. Hole In My Soul 
3. Wake Up Dead 
4. Love Is A Mean Old World 
5. Snatch It Back and Hold It – Hold It Back – Snatch It Back and Hold It 
6. Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
7. (Brother Bill) Last Clean Shirt  
8. Make It Rain 
9. Heavy Load 
10. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home 
11. If Heartaches Were Nickels 
12. I Asked Her For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)
13. Black Horizon 
 
Deluxe Version – Bonus Tracks: 
1. Hiding Place 
2. You Know My Love 
3. Street Corner Talking 
4. Have Mercy On The Criminal 
5. Long Distance Call
6. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home (Extended Version)
7. Need Your Love So Bad (Live)
8. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl with Hook Herrera (Live)
 
GOV’T MULE TOUR DATES 
December 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met
December 30 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
December 31 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
January 16-20 – Runaway Bay, Jamaica @ Island Exodus 12

ABOUT GOV’T MULE & WARREN HAYNES 
Gov’t Mule – Warren Haynes [vocals, guitar], Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Jorgen Carlsson [bass] – has galvanized a global fan base with their honest, organic and daring music and improvisational virtuosity, leading them to be recognized as one of the most timeless, revered and active bands in the world whose spot amongst rock titans remains unshakable. Led by visionary GRAMMY Award-winning artist and guitar legend Warren Haynes – a cornerstone of the American music landscape – the enduring, globally revered group has showcased its intelligence and breadth over the course of 20+ studio and live albums, thousands of memorable performances and millions of album and track sales. Gov’t Mule has become a human encyclopedia of great American music while adding to that canon with their signature sound. The band’s flexible interplay in the studio and on stage makes them a true living, breathing ensemble and Haynes is lauded as one of the most formidable guitarists and vocalists of the modern era and a prolific songwriter and producer. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead – and an acclaimed solo artist, Haynes has become one of music’s most treasured storytellers.

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ARIES RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM BELIEVE IN ME, WHO BELIEVES IN YOU

ARIES RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM BELIEVE IN ME, WHO BELIEVES IN YOU VIA WUNDERWORLD/COLUMBIA RECORDS

CO-DIRECTED NEW VIDEO FOR ALBUM TRACK RIDING

WUNDERWORLD FEST SET FOR TONIGHT IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA

BELIEVE IN ME WORLD TOUR KICKS OFF JANUARY 2022
WITH CANADIAN DATES IN FEBRUARY

TORONTO, ON - November 12, 2021 - Genre-defying artist and multifaceted creative, Aries, has officially unveiled his brand-new sophomore album, BELIEVE IN ME, WHO BELIEVES IN YOU, today via WUNDERWORLD/Columbia Records. The self-taught producer/singer/rapper has delivered an eclectic collection of 12 songs that perfectly display Aries’ seamless ability to blend hip-hop and alternative influences, with his signature vocal tone at forefront. The album features previous singles, FOOL’S GOLD, CONVERSATIONS, DITTO, KIDS ON MOLLY and ONE PUNCH, and “serves as the losses and the lessons I’ve gone through and learned over the past 2 years,” says Aries. See full tracklist below.

Aries is an artist of many talents: rapper, singer, producer, director, graphic designer, illustrator. Using his creative chops to their full capacity, Aries drew and created his own album art, and he also kept a tight circle of collaborators in the creation of the music, having his own hand in the writing, producing, engineering, mixing and mastering of every song.

Along with the album release comes the official video for album track, RIDING, which was co-directed by Aries and Mattias Russo-Larsson – check it out here. Embark on a visual journey with Aries on a camel ride through the dessert, into a lush jungle, through a sudsy car wash, down to the LA river and into a miniature village where a giant Aries towers over.

To celebrate the album release, Aries is hosting his first (ever) annual WUNDERWORLD FEST at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA tonight. Aries will headline the fest and it will also feature performances from tobi lou, brakence, Deb Never, SSGKobe, Tom The Mail Man and Ramzoid. Aries also recently announced the BELIEVE IN ME WORLD TOUR, which kicks off in Stockholm in January and travels through Europe and North America before wrapping in late March. See full list of dates below.

BELIEVE IN ME, WHO BELIEVES IN YOU is Aries’ first full body of work since his 2019 independent debut album, WELCOME HOME, which was self-written, self-produced, and has gained him an extremely rabid fanbase and over 300 Million streams to date. Taking an unconventional route to build a fanbase, Aries first made a name for himself on YouTube, putting his self-taught production skills to use by recreating the beats behind popular songs in 2 minutes. As these videos gained momentum Aries simultaneously posted his own music videos on the platform, building over 455,000 subscribers in the process. Following the release WELCOME HOME, this legion of die-hard fans showed their support as Aries sold out all 21 dates of his first ever North America and Europe tour, and in doing so announced his presence as one of the most in-demand new artists on the live circuit.

Album Tracklist
1. BOUNTY HUNTER
2. FOOL’S GOLD
3. RIDING
4. ETA 
5. ONE PUNCH
6. EASY
7. KIDS ON MOLLY
8. HOW RUDE
9. DITTO
10. DESPERADO
11. OUTDATED
12. WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT


BELIEVE IN ME WORLD TOUR DATES
15-Jan - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Strand
17-Jan - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
18-Jan - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
20-Jan - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefaehrlich
21-Jan - Berlin, Germany - Gretchen
23-Jan - Munich, Germany - Strom
25-Jan - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
26-Jan - Paris, France - Badaboum
28-Jan - London, UK - Kentish Town Forum
29-Jan - Birmingham, UK - O2 Institute 2
30-Jan - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
1-Feb - Dublin, Ireland - Academy Green Room
9-Feb - San Francisco, CA - August Hall
11-Feb - Portland, OR - Holocene
12-Feb - Seattle, WA - Neumos
13-Feb - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
16-Feb - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
18-Feb - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
19-Feb - Chicago, IL - Metro
20-Feb - Chicago, IL - Metro
22-Feb - Detroit, MI - El Club
23-Feb - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
24-Feb - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix
26-Feb - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont

27-Feb - Boston, MA - Big Night Live
1-Mar - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
2-Mar - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
3-Mar - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
5-Mar - Washington, DC - The Fillmore Silver Spring
7-Mar - Charlotte, NC - The Underground
8-Mar - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
10-Mar - Miami, FL - Club Space
11-Mar - Orlando, FL - The Social
14-Mar - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
15-Mar - Dallas, TX - The Echo Lounge and Music Hall
16-Mar - Austin, TX - Come and Take It Live
19-Mar - Phoenix, AZ - Aura
20-Mar - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
23-Mar - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
24-Mar - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre

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KEYS N KRATES  RELEASE NEW ALBUM ORIGINAL CLASSIC  OUT NOW VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

LAUNCHES IMMERSIVE VISUAL ALBUM NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK

LISTEN TO AND WATCH ORIGINAL CLASSIC

SHOW AT TORONTO'S VELVET UNDERGROUND NOVEMBER 27 

"Brazilian Love Song is a jam to blast while desperately holding onto the last days of summer. It's a futile endeavour to try and resist dancing to it."
CBC Music's Songs You Need To Hear

"It's a sunny, low-riding three-and-a-half minutes,
the kind of song that might just fool you into thinking summer isn't over."
Exclaim! on Original Classic

"This album features guests like singer Bibi Bourelly and veteran rapper Juicy J,
and they’re all full of bouncy, bassy rhythms you can’t help but move to."

NOW Magazine's Fall music 2021: 25 albums to soundtrack your season

"a sonic salad bowl that experiments with elements of trap, Brazilian funk, and some disco." Complex

"a fireworks display of talent that we can't stop listening and dancing to." - CBC Music

"Keys N Krates’ sonic identity is constantly evolving" - Dancing Astronaut 

"Toronto based electronic duo Keys N Krates have been pushing the boundaries since they emerged in 2008" - HotNewHipHop 

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 – Today, Toronto trio, Keys N Krates, release their album, Original Classic, via Last Gang Records. The 13-track project contains previously released singles, Pull Up, featuring fellow Canadian and Polaris Prize-winning artist, Haviah Mighty, the Juicy J, Chip and Marbl-featuring Original Classic, the Bibi Bourelly collaboration, Take It Off, and this summer's Brazilian Love Song, which is on the FIFA '22 soundtrack.

Keys N Krates speaking about the sound of the new album:

"This album was about us finding our place in dance music, which probably sounds weird coming from a band probably classified as a dance act. Rather than 'jump up and down festival music,' we wanted something more for the dark club. We are hesitant to use the word 'mature,' but we'll just go ahead and say we want it to feel more mature. We wanted a lot of groove, loose feeling but driving drums, syncopation, an overall tribal feeling, a more global sound, 808s, orchestral and synthy textures; all things we love. We wanted it to be a mix of pop songs and instrumental songs and moody interludes that all feel like they come from the same place. We wanted it to be dramatic and fun. Put simply, we tried to make music that we would want to hear if we turned up somewhere to dance." 

Coupled with Original Classic's release is the visual album by Sammy Rawal, who created and directed a vibrant and psychedelic video for each track on the record. Rawal says inspiration behind the videos comes from 90s warehouse raves, early 2000s RnB videos and films like Blade and Hackers. The cast is comprised of models and up-and-coming legends of the Ballroom scene from iconic houses such as House of Miyake Mugler, House of Ninja and House of Louboutin.

Additionally, in support of the album Keys N Krates kicks off their 20-day headlining Original Classic Tour, which will feature DJ sets from the group. The run of shows begins next week on November 17 in Washington D.C. with a hometown show at Toronto's Velvet Underground on November 27 and includes stops in Detroit, Chicago, NYC and more. Tickets are on sale here

Listen to Original Classic above, see full tour routing and album details below and stay tuned for more from Keys N Krates coming soon.

2021 Tour Dates
November 17 - Washington, DC @ Flash
November 19 - Atlanta, GA @ District
November 20 - Tampa Bay, FL @ Ritz
November 27 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
December 2 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
December 3 - Columbus, OH @ Dahlia Nightclub
December 4 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
December 9 - Houston, TX @ Stereo Live
December 10 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
December 11 - Dallas, TX @ Stereo Live

2022 Tour Dates:
January 8 - Denver, CO @ Temple
January 14 - Austin TX @ The Venue
January 15 - Kansas City, MO @ Aura
January 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Loft
January 22 - Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar
January 27 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
January 28 - Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub
January 29 - Portland, OR @ 45 East
February 5 - Tempe, AZ @ Sun Bar
February 12 - New York, NY @ Elsewhere

Lead photo by Mitch Brown 

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About Keys N Krates
Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound, melding the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group — composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo — has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets.
 
Their early sound succeeded in combining catchy, pitched up, chopped vocal samples with 808s, resulting in off-kilter festival smashers like Dum Dee DumTreat Me Right, and other fan-favourites. These songs would be reinterpreted into energetic live versions that the trio would play to create their own experience and vibe. Their songs original versions would also be played by legends of their genre like TNGHT, Diplo, Machinedrum, Baauer, and more — helping to cement Keys N Krates as a fixture in festival bass and trap music.
 
Keys N Krates’ 2018 debut album Cura represented a musical shift for the band. Although the use of pulverizing 808s, organic sounds, and vocal samples would remain a fixture for the trio, Keys N Krates embraced their love for R&B/soul music, more dense instrumentation (such as strings and woodwind instruments), and catchy vocal-driven pop songs.
 
Anthemic songs with Tory Lanez, Ambre Perkins, and 070 Shake weaved together the band’s technicolor world of vocal-driven songs supported by sample-chopped beats that blended the sounds of disco, trap, and boom bap rap of the 90s. This synthesis earned them commercial radio success and spins from some of their idols on specialty radio — like Elton John and Q-Tip. Flute Loop reached back to the trio’s traditional stripped-down 808 sound while incorporating their new techniques of orchestration and resampling to compliment the minimal with the maximal.
 
Their latest full-length project, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, further elevates their craft as they pay homage to their sample-chopping musical influences like Jay Dilla. It’s a collection of infectious, loopy, instrumental beats that shows the seeds their music grows from.
 
About Last Gang
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is a MNRK Music Group company. www.lastgang.com

 

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HAVIAH MIGHTY SHARES HER GROWTH ON STOCK EXCHANGE MIXTAPE OUT TODAY

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 – Toronto x Brampton artist, Haviah Mighty, delivers her new Stock Exchangemixtape today. Following her 2019 Polaris Music Prize winning album, 13th Floor, the project features an array of highly acclaimed singles and guests, launching exactly one year ago with the powerful track, AtlanticHaviah celebrates her ever-evolving and progressive career with numerous accolades and live shows - defying all odds around a time of change worldwide. The final album track, SoSo, featuring Queens, New York rapper, Dai Burger, rings in the occasion with bold bars, catchy production (a collaboration between Haviah Mighty, Devontée and Weird Mahdi) and unwavering confidence. Listen to the song and spin Stock Exchange everywhere you enjoy music.    
 
Following Haviah's 2019 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, 13th Floor, Stock Exchange highlights a guest list of international artists, including multiple Latin GRAMMY winning Barcelona-based artist, Mala Rodríguez (Flamenco), UK artist, Yizzy (Protest), US artists Jalen Santoy (Way Too Fast) and Old Man Saxon (Antisocial), to  Toronto's Astrokidjay (Coulda Been U), JUNO Award-winning rapper, TOBi (Good On My Own Tonight), and Toronto DJ and Producer Grandtheft (Avocado). The title, Stock Exchange, refers to a reckoning Haviah had internally over the last year, connecting with how artists are forced to validate their value based on random data - such as followers and subscribers - and losing a part of the authentic human-to-human universal experience of art. 

"These statistics that we use to compare ourselves to others and to define our successes, have become proof of our worth. It’s all perception," Haviah reflects. "These ideas around perceived value got me thinking about the Stock Exchange. Seeing parallels between the way it flows - the constant rising and falling – all dictated by the general public’s perception of an entity’s value, and ultimately how that influences the moves that we make as individuals."

Haviah covers a range of ideas and topics: the roots of capitalism, systemic racism, self-awareness, independence, strength in community, and beyond. For a behind the scenes look, Haviah has been producing visual pieces expanding on the process of each song for her YouTube series, The Making Of. Watch them here.

The mixtape also highlights Haviah’s expansion as a producer, as well as with her collaborators, such as Toronto's DevontéeTaabu, her brother, Prynce2x (formerly Mighty Prynce), Denise De’ionSaucy Junky, MTL-based Young Dreadz, and Weird Mahdi. Haviah has been depicting the project through incredible visuals, – TeslaProtest and Obeah – while blackpowerbarbie is at the helm for the incredible artwork and animated excerpts. 

Over the last two years, Haviah has been expanding her career on a global scale. This year, Haviah won the Prism Prize for her video for ThirteenShe returned to the road and stage, with performances across Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland, including CityView Drive-In and opening for Arkells' Long Weekend at Budweiser Stage (Toronto), smashing Ottawa's Cranium Festival and Osheaga Get Together in Montreal, before crossing the pond to the UK for her debut at FOCUS Wales, with a session on BBC Radio's Future Artists with Jack Saunders (listen here). 

While Haviah's hometown album release show at Phoenix Concert Theatre is to be rescheduled, she sets her sights on 2022, where she will support Arkells on a national run across Canada. Details and tickets can be found on Haviah's website

2022 Tour Dates (supporting Arkells):
Wednesday, February 2: Victoria, BC @ Rogers Arena
Friday, February 4: Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome 
Saturday, February 5: Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
Thursday, February 10: Ottawa, ON @ TD Place
Friday, February 11: Kingston, ON @ Leon's Centre
Saturday, February 12: London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
Thursday, February 17: Barrie, ON @ Barrie Molson Centre
Friday, February 18: Kitchener, ON @ The Auld
Saturday, February 19: Oshawa, ON @ Tribute Communities Centre
 
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Listen to Stock Exchange 
 
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We also acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR,
Canada’s private radio broadcasters, and Ontario Creates.
 
About Haviah Mighty
Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. Mighty could not better describe Haviah’s craft of provocative challenges and uncompromising truths.

Based out of Toronto, Haviah has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, and performer culminating in a style of profound introspection and incisive socio-political critique. Her dynamic combinations of rap, song, and instrumental, transition seamlessly from hip-hop to soul to afrobeats with a meticulous flow and cadence that transcends any traditional expectation of genre. 2019 saw Haviah earn break-out success with her album, 13th Floor, garnering overwhelming praise from publications such as Pitchfork and Billboard, and making her the first hip-hop artist and the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize, celebrating the “best Canadian album of the year."

In 2020, the recognition spread internationally. Haviah made an acclaimed appearance on Sway in the Morning, impressing with a performance of immaculate flow and fierce lyricism, “showing you something you NEED to be looking at.” Likewise, in the UK, BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders recognized Haviah as “one of the most exciting new rappers out there.”

2021 might have seen Haviah’s momentum stalled by a certain global pandemic… But for Haviah, attrition is met with defiance, and hardship with inspiration. She describes the enforced solitude of lockdown as not an obstacle, but “a window of immense opportunity” to develop the art that has always been a realization of deep contemplation and self-examination. Haviah pushes forward continuing to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip-hop.

Stay locked in for new projects to challenge, move, and entertain, coming your way soon. Unyielding and irresistible - Haviah Mighty will be heard.
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BIRDS OF BELLWOODS SHARE BRAND NEW COLLECTION OF SONGS WITH ALBUM B

LISTEN TO THE SELF-PRODUCED EP HERE
AND WATCH A PERFORMANCE OF LEAD SINGLE FACTORY

NEW FULL LENGTH RECORD COMING IN 2022

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 – Today, Toronto alt-rock darlings, Birds of Bellwoods, excitedly share a new, self-produced EP, Album B (MNRK Music Group). Aptly titled, the album is, as the band puts it, “an album of b-sides.” While in the studio working on their upcoming full-length record, the group found that they had a number of songs which they loved, but didn't quite fit stylistically with the new album. Wanting to find a home for these tracks they held dear, Album B was born! Listen here and watch the live performance video for the lead single, Factory, here.
 
“These were songs that we really loved and felt were strong, but they didn't quite find their place on the full-length album. They also leaned more into the kind of sonic milleux of our past - they were folk songs! As we moved forward into the next album, we were definitely pushing for an active alternative direction."
 
Sonically, Album B reflects more of the band’s earlier sound – similar to that of the folky Victoria and  fan-favourite, The Fifth – but it also includes everything the band has learned along their musical journey. Listeners will hear a more clarified sense of songwriting and structure, as well as intricate loops and sounds underneath Birds of Bellwoods' signature folky style.
 
The band shares, “There are really strong stories in each of these songs - which is one of the things that brings them together most clearly. As always, we're talking about personal growth, life, love, and the passage of time - feelings and themes that everyone experiences." Lead single, Factory, is a perfect example of this. "Factory is a really special song because though it speaks to a specific life and a specific story - that feeling of waiting for the right time to start a life and finally realizing that it may have passed you by, is really something that everyone can relate to."
 
While these themes will carry forward on to the full-length record, listeners will soon hear an expansion of the band's sound. Recorded at Dreamhouse studio in Toronto with GRAMMY award-winning engineer, Dave Schiffman (PUP, Vampire Weekend, Weezer), the new full-length album will see the band pushing into a heavier rock direction, while experimenting with new instrumentation and production elements. 

With more on the horizon for Birds of Bellwoods, cozy up now with Album B!
 
ALBUM B TRACKLISTING:
1. Show Me How To Love You
2. Factory
3. The Next In Line
4. Creep
5. Never To Land

ABOUT BIRDS OF BELLWOODS:
Birds of Bellwoods made waves in 2018 with the release of their critically-acclaimed debut LP, Victoria. Birds of Bellwoods have wasted little time making an indelible mark on Canada’s musical landscape, with much of the attention to come their way stemming from their highly energetic and engaging live performances. Their highly-anticipated debut album, Victoria, was released in 2018, with the lead single, Let You Go, spending over 30 weeks in the Top 40 at Alternative Radio in Canada, hit #1 on SiriusXM’s The Verge chart, and was featured as CBC’s Song Of The Week. Their album Victoria has amassed over four million streams on Spotify alone, and has been featured on numerous Spotify and Apple Music Playlists, including Viral Hits Canada, Indie All Stars, Best Of The Week, and Breaking Rock.
 
The band has crossed North America on numerous dates, including a slew of high-profile Canadian music festivals, from CMW and NXNE to country juggernaut Boots & Hearts to the tastemaking haven of Osheaga. That’s in addition to packed shows supporting the likes of Arkells, Wintersleep, Virginia to Vegas and Scott Helman to name a few. In 2019, the band hit the road with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s Rock The Rink national arena tour as the production’s special live musical act.

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AVI KAPLAN FINDS INNER STRENGTH ON THE HOPEFUL FIRST PLACE I GO

RISING SINGER-SONGWRITER DEBUTS NEW ORIGINAL TRACK AND VIDEO TODAY 

TORONTO, ON – November 12, 2021 – Today, rising singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, shares the brand-new original song, First Place I Go. Produced by Shooter Jennings (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker), First Place I Go is a deeply felt exploration of self-doubt and restoration steeped in layers of bright acoustic guitars, gorgeous pedal steel, and Kaplan’s expressive baritone. Confronting darkness with unusual directness, Kaplan sings:

‘Cause I’m gonna leave you out in the cold / I’m gonna pray that door stays closed / ‘Cause I’ve spent enough time with you to know / The last thing I need is the first place I go / It’s the first place I go

Listen to and share First Place I Go, here, and watch the accompanying music video directed by Casey Pierce (Billy Strings, Samantha Fish and Parker Milsap) and shot in Nashville, TN, here. To celebrate the release, Kaplan hosted a special livestream on his YouTube channel today where he chatted with fans ahead of the music video’s official premiere. 

“I believe every human that has had some time to walk through life has experienced internal struggle in one way or another,” Kaplan explained. “Whether it be anxiety or depression, anger or addiction, there are parts of ourselves that can lead us down a path that is detrimental to our being. This song is about acknowledging that part of oneself and overcoming it.”

Earlier this year, Kaplan shared Song for the Thankful, which signaled a new creative phase for the California native (and current Nashville resident). It followed his acclaimed Mike Mogis produced debut EP, I’ll Get By, which was released in February of 2020.

Kaplan is currently working on new music for release next year and will hit the road in March 2022 for a run of headlining tour dates across Europe and the UK. Full routing is below and for more information please visit www.avikaplanofficial.com/tour.  

Avi Kaplan 2022 European Tour Dates
March 17, 2022—St. Petersburg, RU—MOD Club
March 18, 2022—Moscow, RU—Aglomerat Club
March 20, 2022—Manchester, UK—Band On The Wall
March 21, 2022—London, UK—Lafayette
March 23, 2022—Leuven, BE—Het Depot
March 24, 2022—Luxembourg, LU—Den Atelier
March 26, 2022—Cologne, DE—Essigfabrik
March 27, 2022—Nijmegan, NL—Doornroosje
March 29, 2022—Utrecht, NL—TivoliVredenburg
March 30, 2022—Hamburg, DE—Grunspan
March 31, 2022—Copenhagen, DK—Lille Vega
April 1, 2022—Berlin, DE—Heimathafen
April 3, 2022—Warsaw, PL—Proxima
April 4, 2022—Krakow, PL—Kwadrat
April 5, 2022—Vienna, AT—Arena Wien (Grosse Halle)
April 7, 2022—Prague, CZ—Palac Akropolis
April 8, 2022—Munich, DE—Backstage Werk
April 10, 2022—Zurich, SE—Plaza
April 11, 2022—Paris, FR—Alhambra

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MALUMA RELEASES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO MAMA TETEMA FEAT. RAYVANNY

THE GLOBAL PREMIERE PERFORMANCE OF 
THE SINGLE AIRS THIS SUNDAY AT THE
MTV EUROPEAN MUSIC AWARDS

TORONTO, ON – November 11, 2021 – Global Latin music idol, MALUMA, has just released his new single and video, Mama Tetema, feat. Rayvanny, an infectious track that Afro-beat/Reggaeton track in Spanish and Swahili that makes it impossible to stay still, compelling people to dance and tetema (shake). To stream/download the song, click here.

Mama Tetema was inspired by the popular track, Tetema (2019), by Tanzanian artist Rayvanny feat. Diamond Platnumz.  Maluma heard the song and loved it so much he decided to reach out to Rayvanny via DM on Instagram, and it worked. The two artists connected, Maluma added new lyrics in Spanish and a Reggaeton beat, and the result is this hot new fusion, Mama Tetema.
 
The single written by Maluma, Rayvanny and Diamond Platnumz; produced by Salmin Kasimu Maengo "S2Kizzy" and recorded by The Rude Boyz.

The track's video, by renowned director Jessy Terrero, with Rayvanny in Africa, and Maluma in the United States, perfectly captures the feel of Mama Tetema. It is diverse, fresh, sexy and fun, featuring that tetema shake/dance. To watch it, click here.

The two artists will come together this weekend for the global premiere performance of Mama Tetema on the MTV European Music Awards stage, set to air from Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday, November 14th.

Maluma is nominated to two MTV European Music Awards "Best Latin" and "Best LatAm-Central Act". Other recent nominations include: three American Music Awards categories, "Favorite Male Artist", "Favorite Latin Album" and "Favorite Latin Song"; a People's Choice Awards nomination for "The Latin Artist of 2021" and two Latin GRAMMY nominations for "Song of the Year" for HAWÁI and "Best Urban Fusion/Performance" for HAWÁI alongside The Weeknd. 
 
The young idol recently closed the North American leg of his Papi Juancho Maluma World Tour which made 27 stops throughout the United States and Canada, including sold out concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York, the FTX Arena in Miami, The Forum in Los Angeles, the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento and the Centre Bell in Montreal, among others, marking another phenomenal milestone in the superstar's career.                    
 
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 23 million Facebook fans, 6 million Twitter followers, and a whopping 60 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 26.8 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. 

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.
 
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. 
 
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RAP LEGEND ERICK SERMON AND DAVID STRICKLAND RAISE $15K THROUGH NFT SALES VIA CRYPTO.COM FOR INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS SOCIETY

LISTEN TO LATEST SINGLE MESSENGER  FEATURING
ERICK SERMON, SAUKRATES, AND OUTLAW BY NATURE


NEW MUSIC OUT IN DECEMBER

TORONTO, ON – November 11, 2021 – Last month, legendary recording artist, Erick Sermon, of the iconic hip-hop group, EPMD, teamed up with long-time collaborator, the renowned Canadian-Indigenous artist, record producer, engineer, David Strickland, and The NFT Agency, to release an official non-fungible token (NFT) collection celebrating the hip-hop luminary’s esteemed career. On October 20, 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 are donating $15K of the net sales to Indian Residential School Survivors Society

David says: "I'm beyond happy and grateful that the NFTs sold out so fast and we are able to donate a large sum of money to IRSSS. I learned so much, and must thank Erick, IRSSS, Crypto.com and the NFT Agency for believing in my vision. Thank you to everyone who got one of the NFTs. We are just getting started and have a lot of cool ideas brewing! Stay tuned!" 

“Blessings. It was very dope to see how the NFTs sold out fast and what we can do in this market," Erick Sermon adds. "Thank You to everyone involved and the fans for showing so much love."

"I’m so honored we were able to work with Erick and David," said Crypto.com Executive Vice President and Global Head of NFT Joe Conyers III. "Following Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, I’m glad their project can provide support for residential school survivors and their families."

The NFT collaboration is also an initiative to give back, as David is thrilled to support Indian Residential School Survivor's Society (IRSSS) by donating a portion of the sales. IRSSS has over twenty-five years of experience in providing emotional and cultural support to Indian Residential School Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors. IRSSS has offices throughout British Columbia and operates a Canada-wide crisis help line for those in need.

The collection launch aligned with new music releases by both artists. The NFT collection itself 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. Sermon also recently appeared alongside EPMD groupmate, Parrish Smith, and Eminem on Nas’ ode to the iconic group, EPMD 2 — one of the most buzzed-about tracks from the latter’s acclaimed 2021 album, King’s Disease II.
 
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.
  
Earlier this year, 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. Among those featured include Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, Chippewa Travellers and more alongside hip-hop icons EPMD and Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon and Keith Murray) as well as Canadian legends, Saukrates, Maestro Fresh Wes and a posthumous verse from King Reign. 

Stay tuned for more new music on the way from David Strickland in December. 

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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 has deep family roots running generations back to the East Coast along Mi'kmaq lines. His latest 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. www.davidstricklandstudios.com

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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 www.mnrk.com

About Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS)
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) has over twenty-five years of experience in providing emotional and cultural support to Indian Residential School Survivors and Intergenerational Survivors. IRSSS has offices throughout British Columbia and operates a Canada-wide crisis help line for those in need. The organization also assists those impacted by Indian Day Schools, MMIWG, the 60's Scoop, 2SLGBTQ+, Indian Hospitals and Crisis Support.  We also offer educational workshops on the history and impacts of Indian Residential Schools and healing and wellness workshops.
 
More than 150,000 Indigenous children – First Nations, Inuit and Métis – were forced from their homes to attend these neglectful institutions of assimilation and oppression. As a non-profit organization, IRSSS' ability to provide care is truly enhanced by contributions from the community. We are honoured to do this work, to assist in the wellness of those who survived and to remember those who were never made it home. www.irsss.ca

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ROLO TOMASSI TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM WHERE MYTH BECOMES MEMORY ON FEBRUARY 4 THROUGH MNRK HEAVY

WATCH VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE DRIP

TICKETS FOR UK AND EU HEADLINE FEBRUARY 2022 TOUR ON SALE NOW

TORONTO, ON – November 10, 2021 – ROLO TOMASSI will release their huge, expansive and ambitious, brand new album, Where Myth Becomes Memory, on February 4, 2022 through MNRK Heavy. The band, who are currently gracing this weeks cover of Kerrang! (read that cover feature here), returned in August with the single, Cloaked, their first new music since 2018's, Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It. The band today also release a brand new single and video, Drip, which is out now on all streaming platforms. Watch the video here.  

You can check out all the brilliant Where Myth Becomes Memory pre-order bundles, vinyl variants and more here.

ROLO TOMASSI have spent 17 years leading the pack rather than following and Where Myth Becomes Memory sees them lead with more poise and determination than ever before. The new album serves as the final part in an unintended trilogy that began with 2015’s, Grievances, and continued with 2018’s, Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It, the most critically acclaimed album of the band’s career, up to now. Every ROLO TOMASSI album shows signs of growth, but Where Myth Becomes Memory serves as a culmination of a period of creativity that has exalted ROLO TOMASSI to their loftiest status so far as a band, with a singular vision where the most savage, unhinged sonics can co-exist harmoniously with epic cinematic elegance and grace.

Describing exactly what ROLO TOMASSI do and how they do it has always been incredibly difficult. Atmosphere is created through brutal and punishing guitars, with abrasive vocals at war with all around them, taking no prisoners and bending to no one. And yet, it is also created through a constant feeling of calm, reflection and intimacy, almost washing over the listener like welcome waves through sparse, skeletal piano, genuinely haunting melodies and melancholic musical reflections. A song like new single, Drip (possibly one of the most exciting and forward thinking singles to be released this year) drags the listener into a barrage of excitement of noise, hope, dreams and feelings of optimistic caution. It's astounding, and unlike anything else you will hear.

Guitarist, Chris Cayford, explains a bit about the importance of Drip"When we start the writing process for each record, we always wait for the first song that clicks. It feels similar to our music but is also intangibly different to the extent we know it’s the next step and we need to build the album around it. This was the song that did that"

Where Myth Becomes Memory is filled with these beguiling journeys, with moments of non stop aggressive motion like Prescience sitting besides the cinematic, broken down and bare emotion of Stumbling. Or (possibly) the album's heaviest and most direct song, Labyrinthine, giving way to the album's true centre-piece, the stunning Closer, which feels like an album mid-way warm blanket of sadness, love and hope. At each turn, when you think you have this album figured out, the band decide to take a different turn, a more interesting path, and it is all the better for it.

"This is a really important album for all of us," explains James (Spence). "Of anything we've done, it's the one I'm most proud of. I think it's the most ambitious and creative that our band has ever sounded and something that we've all needed to get through the last few years. We can't wait to share it and to have you help us bring it to life."

Where Myth Becomes Memory Tracklisting
1. Almost Always
2. Cloaked
3. Mutual Ruin
4. Labyrinthine
5. Closer
6. Drip
7. Prescience
8. Stumbling
9. To Resist Forgetting
10. The End Of Eternity

Live wise, ROLO TOMASSI will be playing a sold out, hometown show at Chalk in Brighton on November 12th, they have also already been announced on next years Complexity Festival on 12th Feb 2022 in Haarlem, Netherlands AND at next years 2000trees Festival (as a UK festival exclusive for 2022). The band have also announced a full UK and EU tour for February 2022, which includes their biggest headline show to date, at Oval Space in London. Tickets for all dates are on sale now. 

Full list of all ROLO TOMASSI UK and EU dates are below, support on all dates will be Pupil Slicer: Tickets can be bought here

February 2022 DATES
Thursday 10th - Antwerp Trix, Belgium
Friday 11th - Péniche Antipode, Paris, France
Saturday 12th - Complexity Fest, Haarlem, Netherlands - *FESTIVAL*
Monday 14th - Cassiopeia, Berlin, Germany
Tuesday 15th - Strahov 007, Prague, Czech Republic
Weds 16th - A38, Budapest, Hungary
Thursday 17th - Vienna Arena, Austria
Friday 18th - Feierwerk, Munich, Germany
Saturday 19th - MTC, Cologne, Germany
Monday 21st - Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 22nd - Manchester Club Academy
Wednesday 23rd - Bristol Fleece
Thursday 24th - London Oval Space

ROLO TOMASSI are:
Eva Korman - vocals
James Spence - keyboards, piano, vocals
Chris Cayford - guitars
Nathan Fairweather - bass
Al Potts - drums

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About ROLO TOMASSI
Formed in 2005 this quintet’s early material blended hardcore with kitschy synths and nonsensical song structures. However, the group shaved off its more oddball qualities in favour of shoegaze and dream-pop on subsequent releases.This sound is beautifully demonstrated with Dillinger-style freak-outs transition to lush soundscapes at a moment’s notice. Anchored by the Spence siblings’ complementary singing voices, the group perfectly blur the barrier between tranquility and destruction.

They have worked with US super producer, Diplo, and performed on Channel 4 TV live with Biffy Clyro (watch that here), they have played the SXSW Festival, released an album through IPECAC after catching the ear of Mike Patton and their last album is on around 7 million streams on Spotify alone. This most recent album from 2018, Time Will Die And love Will Bury It, was released to a flurry of praise an acclaim, landing it as the 2nd highest review score for the year on Metacritic (gaining a 92/100). Following previous tours and shows with the likes of Faith No More, Biffy Clyro, Dillinger Escape Plan, Architects, The Bronx and Gojira in 2019 (as main support), the band have established themselves as a live tour-de-force, now a headline prospect not only in their home territory of the UK and the EU, but also Australia, Japan, Russia and the USA. 

There is no band on Earth quite like ROLO TOMASSI.

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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BREAKOUT WEST 2022 BRINGS THE WORLD TO THE WESTERN CANADA!

WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL PERFORMERS
AND EAST COAST NEIGHBOURS

ARTISTS FROM WALES, THE NORDICS, AND
EASTERN CANADA SET TO SHOWCASE AT THE FESTIVAL
IN WINNIPEG

INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY INSIDERS
TO SPEAK AT THE CONFERENCE

WRISTBANDS FOR BREAKOUT WEST 2022
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WINNIPEG, MB – November 10, 2021 – Western Canada’s neighbours to the east, and friends from overseas will be heading to Winnipeg in 2022 for BreakOut West! Together with partners from Eastern Canada, Wales, Sweden, Iceland and other Nordic countries, international artists will take to Winnipeg stages in February for the music festival. These acts include: Rosehip Teahouse (Cardiff, Wales), Eädyth (Aberfan, Wales), The Magnettes (Pajala, Sweden), BSÍ (Iceland), Cell7 (Iceland), Carolina East (Newfoundland and Labrador), and Wolf Castle (Pabineau First Nation, New Brunswick).

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This marks the first year that BreakOut West has partnered with Future Echoes – Sweden’s new showcase festival, which will kick off in February 2022 – and Nordic Bridges (supported by Iceland Air), to bring artists from the Nordic countries to western Canada. A number of BreakOut West artists, will be making the trek to Sweden in the new year to perform at Future Echoes, including Declan O’Donovan (YT), The Garrys (SK), Miesha & the Spanks (AB), and Soda Pony (YT), with more to be announced soon.

"Harbourfront Centre is delighted to welcome BreakOut West as a Nordic Bridges programming partner,” says Iris Nemani, Chief Programming Officer at Harbourfront Centre & Executive Producer, Nordic Bridges. “As part of our year-long cultural exchange of arts and culture between Canada and the Nordic Region, we welcome BreakOut West’s expertise in showcasing and mentoring artists, both in Canada and internationally. We are thrilled to have BreakOut West help us reach into Western Canada, and build greater opportunities for both Nordic artists and their Canadian colleagues.” 

BreakOut West continues to build their five year-long partnership with FOCUS Wales, which sees western Canadian artists showcasing each year in Wales, and Welsh artists, in turn, showcasing at BreakOut West, thanks to FOCUS Wales, Wales Arts International and the Welsh Consulate. In partnership with the Welsh Government, BreakOut West will soon be announcing Indigenous programming highlighting the start of the UNESCO International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2023). More information on this program will be announced soon.

This is the fourth event at which BreakOut West will welcome East Coast artists as part of their East Meets West partnership with the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) – an initiative which aims to unite the far coasts of Canada, to open new markets for artists touring the country.

As part of BreakOut West’s ongoing commitment to gender parity at the annual conference and festival, their partnership with KeyChange – presented by PRS Foundation, FACTOR and SOCAN Foundation – will help bring Iceland’s Cell7 to the music festival, along with international industry professionals including, Amanda Elefelt (Elefelt PR / Genesis Records - Sweden).

BreakOut West is thrilled to welcome international industry insiders from the Nordics who will be bringing their expertise to the conference on panels and in one-on-one sessions. Nordic international delegates include Amanda Elefelt. Peter Åstedt (Future Echoes – Sweden), Mia Ternstrom (KeyChange / Musikcentrum Öst – Sweden), Oda Svendsby (Propeller Recordings – Norway), Hugo Sherman (Smuggler Music - Sweden), and Eirik Soreide (Polar Artists / Trondheim Calling – Norway), with more to be announced soon.

“We are so excited to working together with BreakOut West and be able to access the important Canadian market,” says Peter Åstedt, Festival Director, Future Echoes.

BreakOut West’s annual music festival and conference with be safely returning to live in the new year, with events taking place in Winnipeg, MB from February 2 to 6, 2022. Acts from all across western Canada will perform at venues throughout the city, along with special international guests. The first-round list of performing artists can be found here and wristbands are available now. More performers will be announced soon and a full schedule of events will be available at breakoutwest.ca.

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 February 2-6, in Winnipeg, MB, including a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and special events. The 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in October 2021.            

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.

www.breakoutwest.ca

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LONG RANGE HUSTLE RELEASES NEW SINGLE LOVE YOURSELF

WATCH HERE AND LISTEN HERE

TOUR KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 12

“There is a good-natured authenticity in their stories that grounds them even as the instrumentation often lifts the sound to more fantastical realms.” - Belleville Intelligencer

"With this exquisite and refreshing blend of melodies and lyrics, they explore the at times tiring and weary nature of life and remind us to be strong and ready to keep on going for it’s all there for the taking, but we must push on.” - Wolf In A Suit

TORONTO, ON – November 10, 2021 - Long Range Hustle, Toronto five-piece indie-rock outfit, release their new single today, Love Yourself. The track is stock full of classic Long Range Hustle sounds, that fans have come to know and love: Wurlizter chords, accompanied by the fuzz of an old tube, sparse guitars, moving percussion, and emotional lyrics that take off over a roiling sea of jarring chords and massive drums. Listen to Love Yourself here and watch the music video here.  
 
“The song was born in the depths of self-doubt and despair. I came home alone again on Christmas. It’s the time of year when you get to see all the people that you love and share in a celebration of life. But when you’re coming home alone, it seems to amplify the emptiness. The holes where it feels like something is missing grow deeper and more poignant. It feels like everyone else is whole and happy and warm but you,” says the band’s, Jay Foster, on the single.
 
Love Yourself is the latest single from the band’s forthcoming record, I am alive, but only if you say I am (due out late February 2022), which was produced by Tony Doogan (Hey Rosetta!, Wintersleep) virtually from Scotland. Other singles Comeback Kid, American CashWait Up For Me, Beeswax, and Used To Call will also appear on the band’s upcoming album and received play on CBC shows, Here & Now, Fresh Air, In The Key of C, and All In A Day, while also being featured on Ones to Watch with Sirius XM The Verge, in addition to play on SiriusXM's North Americana program.

Long Range Hustle have also received editorial playlist support from: Rockin’ Vibes, Folk Rock Favourites, Rock Your Block, Fresh Finds: Rock, Ready To Rock, New Music Friday Canada. As well, they'e been featured on Amazon’s Music Canada’s Finely Tuned and YouTube Music’s New CanRock and Contemporaries.

Adds Jay on the new single: It felt like I had a choice to make: either give up or figure out a way to love yourself. There’s no one left to do it for you. It starts as a low key ballad before splashing water on your face with a key change meant to wake you up and appreciate the fact that you’re breathing, the earth is spinning & life is beautiful.”
 
To further celebrate the album and single, Long Range Hustle will be hitting the road for a string of Canadian tour dates, starting this Friday, November 12. See the full list of dates below.
 
Long Range Hustle 2021 Canadian Tour Dates
November 12 – Kingston, ON – The Mansion 
November 14 – Quebec City, QC – Bar la Source de la Martinere
November 18 – Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern 
November 19 – Hamilton, ON – Casbah
November 20 – Elora, ON – Elora Brewing Company
November 21 – Barrie, ON – Queens Hotel
December 3 – Corbyville, ON – Signal Brewery
December 4 – Ottawa, ON – LIVE On Elgin!
 
With the holidays just around the corner, the band knows it can be a hard time for everyone and anyone but just ask that “you take time for self-love.” Learn more about Long Range Hustle in their bio and stay tuned as their journey unfolds this winter.

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Long Range Hustle is:
Paul Brogee (co-lead vocals, guitars, violin)
Jay Foster (co-lead vocals, keys, synths)
AJ Fisico (drums, vocals)
Mike Brogee (bass, vocals)
Ryan Pritchard (guitars) 
 
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HOUNDMOUTH’S GOOD FOR YOU OUT TODAY

HEADLINING TOUR KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 12

WATCH THE BAND’S CBS SATURDAY PERFORMANCE HERE

“An escapist tonic...highly attuned to nuances of mood and scene setting.” — MOJO
 
“There’s a beautiful ache…goes down like a most-welcome drink.”
— No Depression

 

TORONTO, ON – November 5, 2021 – Today, Houndmouth — vocalist/guitarist, Matthew Myers; drummer/vocalist, Shane Cody; and bassist/vocalist, Zak Appleby — release their new album, Good For You, on Dualtone Records. Recorded with Brad Cook (Waxahatchee, Hiss Golden Messenger) and mixed by Jon Ashley (The War On Drugs, B.J. Barham), Good For You finds Houndmouth reckoning with both the blurry highs and hard-earned lessons of young adulthood as it passes by in the rearview mirror. In a 4-star review, MOJO calls it “an escapist tonic” that is “highly attuned to nuances of mood and scene setting,” while No Depression commends the “beautiful ache” that reverberates through Myers’ songwriting.
 
Brought to life in Houndmouth’s longtime headquarters — The Green House, a 19th-century shotgun-style residence decked out in gold wallpaper and crystal chandeliers that used to belong to Cody’s grandparents — Good For You emanates with a sense of bittersweet nostalgia. Songs veer from Silver Jews-style vignettes (Good For You) to boozy shout-alongs (Make It To Midnight) as Matt Myers artfully paints portraits of down-and-out characters and drunken romantics with a magical realist’s touch. Listen to Good For You and pre-order limited edition vinyl and signed merch here.
 
Houndmouth are kicking off a 19-date headlining tour on November 12 (see full dates below). Bear witness to their live prowess — cultivated on a long road that’s taken them from Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo to the late night stages of Conan and Letterman — in their recent performances for CBS Saturday Morning here. 
 
In the video for their single Las Vegas, Matthew Myers does his best Evel Knievel as he and his bandmates take to the Clarksville, IN SportsDrome for some Kentuckiana Auto Racing. Watch Las Vegas, directed by Francis Thomasovich, here.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
11/12 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/13 - Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
11/14 - Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios
11/16 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
11/17 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/19 - Washington DC @ Lincoln Theater
11/20 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
11/23 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
11/24 - Louisville, KY @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall 
11/26 & 27 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
12/10 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
12/11 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
12/12 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
12/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
12/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
12/17 & 18 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
 
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ICONIC SINGER/SONGWRITER STEVE PERRY RELEASES HIS FIRST-EVER CHRISTMAS ALBUM THE SEASON

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TORONTO, ON – November 5, 2021 – Today, legendary singer/songwriter, Steve Perry, releases his first-ever Christmas album, The Season, on Fantasy Records; stream/download it here. Co-produced by Perry and engineer, Thom Flowers, The Season’s immaculately arranged and richly nuanced sound was inspired by such time-honoured holiday albums as Nat King Cole’s, The Magic of Christmas.  Steve will host a full album playback of The Season on his YouTube Channel today at 6pm PT, and also participate in a fan chat/Q&A. Catch the event via https://found.ee/SPTheSeasonAlbumPlayback.

Perry comments on the inspiration for The Season, “All the songs on this record were my favorites growing up.  I used to hear them on the Philco radio that my grandmother always had on in the kitchen when she was cooking the most amazing holiday food, and because of that they hold a very emotional place in my heart. I wanted to make sure to record them all in a simple way that honors how I first heard and fell in love with them as a child.”

He adds, “The Season record is something I really hope the fans will embrace and make a part of their family. Something they can enjoy together, or if the family is no longer together, in their dreams they can retouch those feelings - no matter where they go, they go with them.”

Mainly recorded at Perry’s home studio, The Season came to life in collaboration with drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa) and Dallas Kruse (a multi-instrumentalist who also worked with Perry on his acclaimed 2018 album Traces). While most of the album encompasses an understated sonic palette—piano, strings, upright bass—each track leaves an indelible impact thanks to the soulful sincerity of Perry’s vocal work. “One of the things I love most about those traditional recordings is they’re not coming at you like a rock song—they’re just sitting there quietly and inviting you in,” says Perry. “I’d never sung with that much simplicity before, and it was incredibly thrilling to bring that kind of expression to these songs.”

Ahead of album release Perry unveiled Winter Wonderland, watch the animated video here and I'll Be Home For Christmas. Steve’s stirring interpretations of these holiday staples capture their timelessness, while simultaneously putting his own personal spin on each track. For both artist and audience alike, The Season ultimately serves as a form of emotional time travel, a direct conduit for the kind of memories that sustain the spirit and restore a sense of joyous serenity. “Music has always been something that rescues me in difficult times,” says Perry. “I hope when people hear this record, they’re teleported in the same way I was when I recorded all these songs—I hope it brings them back to those golden moments with their loved ones, and gives them that feeling of joy and connection and comfort that we all need so much.”

One of the most iconic voices in rock & roll history, Steve Perry has captivated generations with the sheer power of his range and extraordinary warmth of his tone. One of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, he fronted Journey during the band’s most massively successful era and gained entry into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Perry returned to music in 2018 with the release of his Fantasy album, TRACES, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard album charts and #6 overall – a personal best for his solo work.  

The Season TRACKLISTING:

  1. The Christmas Song
  2. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  3. Auld Lang Syne
  4. Winter Wonderland
  5. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
  6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  7. Silver Bells
  8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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TENNYSON KING RELEASES NEW SINGLE SHARE THIS MOMENT

SHARES TRACK LIST FOR GOOD COMPANY ALBUM DUE OUT JANUARY 21, 2022

LISTEN HERE & WATCH HERE

Toronto, ON – November 5, 2021 – Today, nomadic indie-folk musician, Tennyson King, releases his latest single, Share This Moment. The track comes from his forthcoming album, Good Company (due out January 21, 2022), and explores the shared experiences of travelling and exploring with another person, and human nature and connection at its most organic and vulnerable. Listen to Share This Moment here.

“I started writing this song on 9 Mile Beach in Forster, NSW, Australia. It is a beautiful long beach, not one person in sight, sunny, waves creeping up on the shore toward’s my feet, and I was thinking back on the places I’ve travelled and was going to travel to that year,” says Tennyson on the track. “And as much as I love travelling alone, there is some magic in sharing moments with others. I started playing the chord progression on my little travel acoustic guitar I keep in Australia, it was really out of tune, but I just found the chords that worked off that tuning, started playing and began to find a nice melody to what would become the verse of this song.”

Adds Tennyson, “Over the next year and a bit, I continued to write lyrics to this song during my travels throughout Thailand, China, and Vietnam. I didn’t write much more melodies but just different lyrical ideas of how to tell this story.”

Share This Moment will appear on Tennyson’s upcoming album, Good Company, along with his previous singles: Life On Shore (Carry Me Away) – which comes from a state of interconnectedness with nature and water, and Slow Down – an elemental and earthy take on acknowledging our surroundings and appreciating nature.

On Good Company, Tennyson adds: “I decided on the name idea/name of Good Company because I want the songs to be good company to the listeners. I want it to be something that they can put on and feel like they have a friend telling them stories, letting them know they are not alone, sharing my life with them and personally singing songs to them.”

Stay tuned for more from Tennyson King and the Good Company journey, as it unfolds this year.

Good Company Tracklisting

  1. Share This Moment
  2. Life on Shore (Carry Me Away)
  3. Loving You
  4. Slow Down
  5. This Life
  6. Fall
  7. It Ain't Easy
  8. What Am I Doing

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www.tennysonking.com

About Tennyson King:
A traveler at heart, Tennyson 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, Tennyson has captured audiences worldwide with his reverberant and earthy folk-rock blend, jovial personality, and intimately humorous lyrical storytelling. His raw, gritty, and organic sound makes the soul feel wild and the heart comforted.
 
Despite being grounded from tours due to the pandemic, Tennyson has been productive with his time. He released the singles Wild Rose & Garden of Truth in collaboration with guitarist Daniel Rougeau (Kaia Kater) and Shawn Mendes’ bassist Dave Haskett. The singles were supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and featured on CBC Q, SiriusXM North Americana, Stingray Music, as well as select college, commercial, and community radio stations across Canada.

Tennyson was selected to participate in the 2020 Canadian Songwriter Challenge to work with Terra Lightfoot, Adrian X (Drake, The Weeknd), and Moe Berg (Pursuit of Happiness). In May 2021, Tennyson released his first Chinese language single, 生命的, in support of Asian Heritage Month and to represent a voice for Asian artists in Canada. Followed up by 自在 in June, these two songs garnered recognition by Mandarin, Cantonese, and English press alike, as Tennyson received airtime and was featured for an interview in Cantonese on Toronto’s prestigious Chinese-Canadian radio station, Fairchild Radio 1430.

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS’ THIRD STUDIO ALBUM THE FUTURE OUT NOW ON STAX RECORDS

TO PERFORM ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON NOVEMBER 9 AND CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY SESSIONS NOVEMBER 13

ALBUM RELEASE SHOW + LIVESTREAM TONIGHT
AT NEW YORK’S BEACON THEATRE

“Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ glorious new vintage R&B album, bursting at the seams with fresh coolness. It has a sound grounded in the past but not mimicking it, a fresh, modern-retro vibe that makes sense once you listen.” - AP

“…a giant leap forwards…” - MOJO 

“Masterful” - UNCUT

“The Future showcases Rateliff and The Night Sweats playing at the top of their game with a blend of passionate songwriting, raw and towering vocals, and infectious soul rock vibes.” - No Depression

“Nathaniel Rateliff has become a consistently shining purveyor of classic tunes.” - San Francisco Chronicle

“The Future effectively combines provocative lyrics married to the Sweats’ trademarked attack; one that’s successful, even triumphant, and paves the way for more of the same in forthcoming endeavors.” - HOLLER

“The new album expands on their musical styles without abandoning their roots and is also a thematic wrestling with the spirits of our times.” - Pop Matters

TORONTO, ON – November 5, 2021 – The Future, the third studio album from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, is out now on Stax Records. Fans can listen to/share the new record here. In addition, the band will play their knockout single Survivor on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, November 9th, and are also set to appear on CBS This Morning: Saturday November 13th.

Following its release in August, the band’s knockout single, Survivor, quickly propelled into the Top 5 at Canadian Alternative, cracked the Top 20 at Active Rock, and reached #3 this week on the CBC Music Top 20. Just as quickly, it moved into the #1 slot at Triple A radio and debuted in the Top 25 on the Alternative Chart in the U.S.. The song is currently #2 on the Americana Singles Chart, while The Future spent eight weeks at #1 on the Non-Comm Albums Chart. Additionally, the latest instalment of Night Sweats Radio with Nathaniel Rateliff premieres today on SiriusXM’s The Spectrum. The one-hour show features Rateliff as host, with a member of The Night Sweats, sharing hand-picked music and conversation with guests about their new record. The episode airs at 10:00 a.m. ET on the channel, via satellite and on the SXM app.
 
Rateliff & The Night Sweats will perform an album release show tonight at New York’s Beacon Theatre, which will also be livestreamed via FANS.live. The band will play an additional show at New Orleans’ Tipitina’s for SiriusXM and Pandora’s Small Stage Series later this month. Further 2022 dates to be announced soon, while current tour routing can be found below.

Recorded at Rateliff’s own Broken Creek Studio outside of Denver, The Future was produced by Bradley Cook (Bon Iver, Kevin Morby, The War on Drugs) and R.M.B.—the production trio of Rateliff, Patrick Meese (The Night Sweats) and James Barone (Beach House)—who were the team behind Rateliff’s acclaimed 2020 solo album, And It’s Still Alright. Additional production was added by musician, engineer and producer, Elijah Thompson (Father John Misty, Richard Swift), while Jenny Lewis, Jess Wolfe and Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) contributed backing vocals.

Earlier this year, Rateliff and the band made their debut on Saturday Night Live, featuring the premiere performance of Redemption, written for and featured in the film Palmer, starring Justin Timberlake. In addition, the group appeared on CMT Crossroads with country singer/songwriter, Margo Price, while Rateliff’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert recently premiered at NPR Music as well. Following these career milestones, Rateliff released a new live album, Red Rocks 2020, which was recorded at Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Rateliff’s mid-September run of socially distanced shows.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS LIVE:
November 5—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre*
November 6—Port Chester, NY—The Capitol Theatre*
November 13—New Orleans, LA—Tipitina’s

December 3—Vail, CO—Vail Snow Days
December 16—Denver, CO—The Mission Ballroom†
December 17—Denver, CO—The Mission Ballroom†

*with Nick Hakim
†with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
BOLD—Sold out

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ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS REIMAGINE BERT JANSCH ON IT DON’T BOTHER ME

LISTEN HERE

FINAL PREVIEW OF RAISE THE ROOF, NEW ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 19 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – November 4, 2021 – On November 19, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will return with new album Raise The Roof, delivering a fresh, cosmic collision of early blues, country deep cuts, revolutionary folk-rock and lost soul music written by a dozen legends and unsung heroes of the past century. The long-awaited reunion marks the duo’s first record in 14 years, produced by T Bone Burnett, and the track list reflects both deep-rooted influences and recent revelations. On It Don’t Bother Me, the final preview of the album shared today, the two artists transform Bert Jansch’s solo acoustic composition into an empowering arrangement led by Alison Krauss, simmering with spectral flourishes of dolceola, marxophone and pedal steel, handclaps and percussion, and interplaying guitars of Marc Ribot and Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo. Listen to It Don’t Bother Me, here.
 
On the inclusion of It Don’t Bother Me on Raise The Roof, Robert Plant says, “I’ve been a big follower of Bert Jansch’s work since I was a teenager, and of that whole Irish, Scottish, English folk style that has a different lilt and different lyrical perspective. I was very keen to bring some of that into the picture.”
 
“One of my favorite parts of this is the songs and songwriters that I had never heard of,” adds Alison Krauss. “Working with Robert, and with T Bone, is always a great education in music history.”
 
It Don’t Bother Me arrives on the heels of Raise The Roof’s lead single, Can’t Let Go, which just spent 10 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Americana radio charts, as well as the album’s sole original song, High and Lonesome, penned by Robert Plant and T Bone Burnett. 
 
Following the monumental debut of 2007’s platinum-certified Raising Sand, which won all six GRAMMY Awards for which it was nominated (including Album and Record of the Year), Robert Plant and Alison Krauss “are still proof that sometimes the best things come from unlikely collaborators” (Entertainment Weekly). Across Raise The Roof, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and 27x GRAMMY-winning Bluegrass Hall of Famer step further outside their comfort zone, expanding their unexpected, unparalleled partnership in remarkable new directions. 
 
While sessions for the album began in Nashville in November 2019, wrapping just weeks before the world went into lockdown, Krauss remembers sending Plant the Randy Weeks/Lucinda Williams classic, Can’t Let Go, at least 10 years ago - and “it seems like time hasn’t passed at all” (NPR Music). Elsewhere on Raise The Roof, Plant and Krauss reimagine songs from Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Ola Belle Reed, Brenda Burns and more, with arrangements even more evocative and hypnotic than those on Raising Sand.

Pre-order Raise The Roof here.
 
It Don’t Bother Me Credits
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – lead & harmony vocals
Jay Bellerose – drums, percussion, claps
Viktor Krauss – bass
Marc Ribot – electric guitar
Russell Pahl – pedal steel
David Hidalgo – electro–acoustic guitar, claps
Jeff Taylor – dolceola, Marxophone
 
Written by Bert Jansch
 
Raise The Roof Tracklist
1. Quattro (World Drifts In)
2. The Price of Love
3. Go Your Way
4. Trouble With My Lover
5. Searching for My Love
6. Can't Let Go
7. It Don't Bother Me
8. You Led Me to The Wrong
9. Last Kind Words Blues
10. High and Lonesome
11. Going Where the Lonely Go
12. Somebody Was Watching Over Me
 
 
 
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K-OS SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR HOT BOY FEATURING UP-AND-COMING TORONTO ARTIST KAGE E

K-OS SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR
HOT BOY FEATURING UP-AND-COMING TORONTO ARTIST KAGE E

PREMIERES WITH COMPLEX

STREAM HOT BOY HERE

 

TORONTO, ON – November 1, 2021 – At the end of the video for 2004’s Man I Used To Be, k-os vanishes in to outer space. Now, 17 years later, he has returned to earth, picking up the story where it left off, in the brand new video for HOT BOY. Premiering officially yesterday – aptly on Halloween – with Complex, the video is a fantasy-fuelled saga, following k-os and KAGE E on an adventure of epic proportions. Watch here.

HOT BOY sees k-os reuniting with director, Drew Lightfoot, who directed the videos for Sunday Morning and 4321, and references sci-fi touchstones from the bike scenes in Steven Spielberg’s E.T., to the James Spader-starring Stargate. Filmed in Vancouver, the video also features HOT BOY collaborator, KAGE E, who k-os brought in for the shoot, and to experience the Vancouver “magic hour” for the first time.

“I haven't shot a video in Vancouver since Top of the World with the Rascalz featuring Barrington Levy,” reflects k-os. “If you just point and shoot out here, there's natural beauty everywhere, including the people. I really wanted KAGE E to experience the magic of Vancouver, as it blew me away when I had my first adventure here, especially the intangible vibe at nighttime. Drew Lightfoot and Devin Karringtem captured the eventide beautifully.”

“It was surreal!” adds KAGE E. “Everything happened so fast but I definitely captured every moment and it was super great getting to meet K-OS and everyone involved. He was a huge influence on me and it was sick to be able to work on the video with him!  We were doing something every second and ended up shooting right after I landed. Much love to everyone involved and shout-out to K-OS!”

k-os and KAGE E met and struck up a friendship after the 16-year-old Toronto-based up-and-comer sent k-os a “genuine heartfelt compliment” on Instagram. “He sent me a song called Searchin that I loved,” says k-os. “I wrote a song called Searchin years ago, so the title alone pulled me in. We’re in the same zone lyrically.”

The two connected and formed a dynamic duo of sorts. KAGE E says, “There’s definitely a Batman/Robin vibe going on. We even had the Batmobile for the (video) shoot!”. k-os adds, “I’ve been looking for my Robin for a minute. But Robin has to have both confidence and humility to be a good partner to Batman and that’s a hard combo to come by. Finally found it… or rather, it found me.”

HOT BOY follows k-os’ two latest singles: the dance-floor ready, SUPERNOVAS and his unique take on The Cars’, Just What I Needed. Exclaim! Magazine listed the song as one of the best in their 2021, The Year of the Cover feature. k-os’ last two singles had support from Complex, CBC, Exclaim!, ET Canada, and Strombo. 

k-os started his career in 2002, with the release of Exit on Virgin/EMI Canada. He has two Platinum certified albums in Canada for Joyful Rebellion (2004) and Atlantis: Hymns for Disco (2006), and one Platinum Certified video, Publicity Stunt (2004), and has had several songs on the charts, including three Top 10 singles: Crabbuckit, Sunday Morning and The Man I Used to Be. k-os is the featured vocalist on The Chemical Brothers’ single, Get Yourself High (2003), and has collaborated with Drake, Broken Social Scene, Feist, DFA 1979 and Kaytranada.

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Connect with k-os: 
INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOKSPOTIFY

Connect with KAGE E:
INSTAGRAM | SPOTIFY

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KTHECHOSEN SHARES +VICE WITH THE MASSES

WATCH VIDEO FOR STANDOUT TRACK HER ANTHEM

FEATURING DORSA LENA, BVITAE AND ZHE THE FREE

CALGARY ARTIST DELIVERS POWERFUL SONIC NARRATIVE AROUND MENTAL HEALTH,FEMINISM, GRIEF, COLONIALISM, ALLYSHIP AND BEYOND  - LISTEN

KTHECHOSEN TO PERFORM ON NOVEMBER 13 LIVESTREAM PART OF LEMONADE FALL CREATOR FESTIVAL - TUNE IN

Toronto, ON – October 29, 2021 –  Zimbabwe-born, Calgary-based Hip-Hop and spoken word artist, gender equity advocate and public speaker, KTheChosen, delivered his new album, +Vice to the world on October 22 - listen here. A conscious, concept project driven by an underlying story around an unnamed female character the audience doesn’t formally meet, but learns much about, KTheChosen dives into feminism, grief, loss, colonialism, relationships, allyship and more with immense depth, layered instrumentation, and spoken word interludes. In addition to the launch, he shares the video for standout track, Her Anthem, examining the female experience within the music industry - watch it here.

On the inspiration behind the visual, KTheChosen says: "I wanted to flip the common trend of hip-hop videos being focused on women and cars by having the same elements involved but in a narrative that focused on female empowerment. Our heist story draws inspiration from popular movies such as Kill Bill and Charlie's Angels as our three main performers use their cunning and fighting skills to obtain two mysterious boxes and a set of keys. The contents of these boxes are never revealed and will be explained in a future music video. This video was also an opportunity to give back to our community by filming in local businesses and promoting their locations at the end of the video." 

The video features Bvitae,  Dorsa LenaZhe The FREE and KTheChosen. It was directed and filmed in downtown Calgary  by Jerome de Gourville with BTS Photography by Mikey B Photography, stunt choreography by Kevin Kay Mak and lights and setup assistance from Tre Davies. KTheChosen selected some of the city's best local spots including 10th Street Boxing KensingtonThe Urban Shave and Kaffeeklatsch with local artist Tyler Lemermeyer's pieces displayed inside. 

On September 24, KTheChosen examined the the impacts of colonialism on new song, LONO. The track’s title draws from a phrase that stands for “locals only, no outsiders” and features a verse from Blackfoot artist, TRIBETheArtist, with singing and hand drumming from Cree artist, Chantal Stormsong Chagnon. Proceeds from song purchased via Bandcamp supported Colouring It Forward, an Indigenous social enterprise that collaborates with Indigenous Artists and elders to produce authentic books, cards and journals, and Pokaiks – the Children: Orange Shirt Day.

The artist celebrated the album launch in Calgary on October 23 with a performance at Kaffeklatsch, and will deliver a live set on November 13 at the Lemonade Fall Creator Festival. Audiences can tune in here commencing at 2 pm ET.

KTheChosen is celebrating many accolades with the album launch. He is currently Artist of the Month at Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation in Calgary (see here), and recently spoke with CKUA about the acknowledgment - listen here. In addition to a stellar review by Calgary's 10 at 10, he also spoke about the project with The Creative Imbalance PodcastCalgary Eyeopener on CBC, and Calgary Herald, amongst others. 

+Vice was created at Konscious Productions studio and recorded, mixed and mastered by Jerome “Rome” de Gourville. Often, people only pay attention to symptoms of poor mental well-being instead of addressing the root cause. As gender equity and grief are some of the biggest themes in this project, KTheChosen drew from various inspirations, including written works like Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall and Death, The Final Stage of Growth by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. KTheChosen immerses himself in various topics, summarizing different stories that he has discussed in conversation with friends to give each song a relatable and timely narrative, acknowledging the impact of the global pandemic and longstanding systemic social and political issues worldwide. 

KTheChosen will continue to share advice through his work to come. For now, take it in here
 
Album art by Olivia Johnson

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Photo by Mikey B Photography

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TikTok@kthechosen
 
About KTheChosen
As a TEDx speaker, hip-hop and spoken word artist, KTheChosen believes in the power of storytelling and uses his voice to share the experiences of those around him. Inspired by artists such as King Los and Kendrick Lamar, KTheChosen challenges himself to write lyrics that are both entertaining and enlightening. The music video for his single, Amazon, was covered by Canadian music publication, RLGT. 

The video features Zimbabwe's infamous bearer cheques and united the Calgary community by involving several local artists from varying disciplines. The article highlights the importance of this collaboration and what it meant for the Calgary art scene. 2021 has been a big year for KTheChosen, with a nomination for the Zim Achievers Canada Awards in the Young Achievers category in February and the opportunity to perform and speak at a TEDx event in July. His talk focused on the importance of authentic leadership in a time when social media campaigns have been the driving force . 

From February through May, he was an ambassador for Science Genius (a program co-founded by GZA of the WuTang Clan), teaching youth in grades 7 and 9 how to rap and create songs using content they were learning in their science classes. In June, he taught a three-part workshop for Antyx Arts, mentoring teenagers on freestyle rap and the importance of storytelling in music and marketing.  
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MIPSO RELEASES DELUXE DIGITAL EDITION OF EPONYMOUS ALBUM

EXPANDED EDITION FEATURES THREE BONUS TRACKS

ON TOUR NOW

October 29, 2021 – Today, North Carolina-based indie quartet, Mipso, released a deluxe digital edition of their acclaimed self-titled album. The expanded edition includes three bonus tracks that have been released as singles over the past few months: Big Star (Alt), Name is How You Call Me, and Every Drop

Released in October 2020, Mipso is the group's most communally realized work to date and is widely regarded as the strongest artistic statement of their career thus far.  Mipso's members -- Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough, Jacob Sharp, and Joseph Terrell, each a songwriter and lead singer in the band -- collaborated closely with producer, Sandro Perri, toward the goal of shaping a sonic landscape that is expansive and atmospheric yet also personal -- "like an intimate voiceover to a dream sequence," as Terrell put it.

Upon its release, the album inspired a good deal of critical praise. NPR Music’s Ann Powers noted, "they're really going beyond the frame of any genre on this record," while All Songs Considered’s co-host Robin Hilton singled out the band's "perfect harmonies," and said the album felt like "an instruction manual for how to be happy." He concluded his remarks by saying, "It just felt good listening to this one."

American Songwriter’s Madeline Crone wrote, “Every band member is a master of their own songwriting craft, delivering differing lyrical approaches that expand their artistry’s previous bounds.” The Bluegrass Situation’s Z. Lupetin concurs. “It’s hard to find a group where every member can effortlessly sing lead and write genre-bending songs that fit seamlessly on six acclaimed albums — and counting — in under ten years.” 

Indy Week’s Spencer Griffith pronounced the LP "Mipso's richest album yet," while PopMatters' Michael Bialas declared, "Mipso seems like a band that will never run out of ideas.” 

And as Andy Crump observed in Paste, "Prevailing warmth defines Mipso's sound, the kind felt on a bright North Carolina day, but the songs themselves follow their own directions: Gentle strums on love tunes, big uplifting choruses on countrified numbers, plucking strings on upbeat bluegrass songs. Mipso's creativity...is on full display here."

Mipso’s tour of the United States, which kicked off in June, will continue through January 2021 and will include four dates in their home state of North Carolina as well as stops in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver. The band’s European dates, originally slated for November, will be rescheduled in the coming months. A full list of confirmed dates is below. 

Mipso – US Tour, 2021

12/1 Orange Peel, Asheville, NC *

12/2 Visulite Theatre, Charlotte, NC *

12/3 The Ramkat, Winston-Salem, NC *

12/4 Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA *

12/5 Richmond Music Hall, Warsaw, VA *

12/7 Ashe Civic Center, West Jefferson, NC *

12/9 The Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY %

12/10 Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock, NY %

12/11 Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT %

12/12 The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA %

12/14 Katharine Hepburn Cultural Center, Old Saybrook, CT %

12/15 Roy’s Hall, Blairstown, NJ

12/16 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY **

12/17 Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA #

12/18 Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA @

12/19 9:30 Club, Washington, DC **

1/20 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA $

1/21 Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA $

1/22 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA $

1/25 The Commonwealth Room, South Salt Lake, UT !!

1/27 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO $

1/28 Club Red, Mountain Village, CO

*with Lowland Hum

% with Taylor Ashton

** with Johanna Samuels and Alexa Rose

# with Alexa Rose 

@ with Johanna Samuels

$ with Robert Ellis and Jamestown Revival

!! with Jamestown Revival

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VALERIE JUNE  SHARES ACOUSTIC VERSION OF WHY THE BRIGHT STARS GLOW FEATURING MAVIS STAPLES

FROM "GORGEOUS" (ROLLING STONE) ALBUM
THE MOON AND STARS: PRESCRIPTIONS FOR DREAMERS 

2022 HEADLINING TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED WITH
STOPS IN VANCOUVER AND TORONTO 

“One Of The Albums Of The Year” - The Times UK

Toronto, ON – October 29, 2021 – Today, Valerie June shares Why The Bright Stars Glow (Moon And Stars / Acoustic), a heartfelt rework of the song that forms the emotional core of her acclaimed 2021 album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers, featuring additional vocals from the incomparable Mavis Staples. “I celebrate bringing the theme of The Moon and Stars full circle with this powerful collaboration” says June. “Our planetary luminescent oracle, Mavis Staples, reminds us that every soul matters and every life has a gift that can uplift the planet. We see through this song that dreams really do come true if we are willing to put in the energy and patiently wait.” Listen here.
 
The collaboration with Mavis Staples puts the exclamation mark on a banner year for Valerie June. The Moon and Stars has been a critical smash, receiving praise on both sides of the Atlantic from the likes of NPR, Pitchfork, The Guardian and so many more. Rolling Stone and SPIN both named the album one of the Best Of 2021 so far. June was featured on the cover of Bitter Southerner’s first-ever print magazine, was profiled by The New York Times, performed at the Kennedy Center alongside Angelique Kidjo and Estelle for the Black Women Breaking Ground celebration, and even illustrated and published a book of poetry titled, Maps For The Modern World.
 
Earlier this week, Valerie June announced her 2022 headlining tour dates, with two Canadian dates, including a show in Vancouver on April 1 at Commodore Ballroom, and Toronto on May 10 at Danforth Music Hall – see below for full routing or visit valeriejune.com/#tour
 
Last month, as part of the Americana Music Awards — where she was up for both Song Of The Year and Album Of The Year — June performed Call Me A Fool alongside another hero and legend, Carla Thomas. Watch that here
 
Watch a performance of Smile for Jimmy Kimmel Live! here.
 
Check out the official music video for the Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend) produced Call Me A Fool here. Also, make sure you watch the original visualizer for Why The Bright Stars Glow here.
 
Keep an eye out for more from Valerie June soon. 
Praise For Valerie June and The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers
 
“This stunning song cycle of redemption and reclamation adds an orchestral-pop sheen to June’s gorgeous blend of astral folk and meditative R&B.” 
— Rolling Stone
 
"The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, the introspective, quietly hopeful album she made more than a year ago, sounds just right in 2021." 
— The New York Times
 
“A breathtaking record.”
— NPR
 
“The moment speaks for June on The Moon and Stars, simultaneously marveling at all the wonders that are out there, and at the truth that all you need is one good thing right here.”
— Pitchfork
 
“A stunning concept album that shows how far June has evolved
from her early days as a folk artist.” 
— The Guardian
 
“One of the albums of the year.” 
— The Times (UK)
 
A psychedelic tour de force.” 
— Uncut
 
"One of Americana music’s most gifted and eclectic performers...her inimitable style, captivating voice,
and emotive writing make for an enticing blend.” 

— New York Magazine
 
“Dylan touted Tennessean conjures up a country-soul fantasia.” 
— MOJO
 
Well worth the wait—a magical, country-soul offering.”
— Essence
 
Upcoming Tour Dates
Sat Nov 20 – Princeton, NJ – McCarter Theatre Center 
Sat Jan 22 – Austin, TX – ACL @ Moody Theater 
Sat Jan 29 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue 
 
The Moon & Stars Tour
Thu Mar 31 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox 
Fri Apr 01 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom 
Sat Apr 02 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater 
Sun Apr 03 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater 
Tue Apr 05 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore 
Wed Apr 06 – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre 
Fri Apr 08 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre 
Sat Apr 09 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up 
Tue May 03 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music Theatre 
Wed May 04 – New York, NY – Town Hall 
Thu May 05 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore 
Fri May 06 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall at Homestead 
Sat May 07 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre 
Tue May 10 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall 
Wed May 11 – Ferndale, MI – Magic Bag 
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 
Thu May 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall 
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
 
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THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA'S FAREWELL TO CATHEDRAL ALBUM OUT TODAY

GROUP DEDICATES ALBUM TO BANDMATE
ADAM BALSAM FOLLOWING HIS SUDDEN PASSING

TORONTO, ON – October 29, 2021 – Today is a sombre day for JUNO-nominated and Toronto based band, The Wilderness of Manitoba. They release Farewell To Cathedral (Popguru Sound & Vision), their first album following a three year hiatus but also face heartbreak with the sudden passing of their bandmate, brother, and drummer, Adam Balsam. 

"We are heartbroken by the sudden loss of our bandmate and brother, Adam Balsam. Since joining the band in 2018, Adam has been a constant source of enthusiasm, boundless creativity and encyclopedic music knowledge. He was a truly gifted and deeply musical multi-instrumentalist whose playing was filled with passion and love.

Today is a bittersweet day because we are releasing Farewell to Cathedral, and Adam is not here to celebrate with us. He worked hard on the album and was so excited to share this music with everyone. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, and we are dedicating this release to his memory.

Adam’s contribution to the band’s growth is immeasurable and he is sorely missed. We love you, Adam."


Farewell To Cathedral is available to purchase and stream now, and you can listen to it here. In addition, today the band shares the standout track, The Well Has Run Dry. Listen here and watch its live acoustic rendition. The Wilderness of Manitoba will also be airing a live stream digital concert (Adam's final performance with the band) on Saturday, November 6, as a part of The Popguru Revue – an engaging new live event series streamed for free from Revolution Recording in Toronto. You can watch the weekly event series here and learn more in this recent announcement

“Farewell To Cathedral is about leaving your safe space in order to grow and move forward,” says Will Whitwham, singer, songwriter and founding member. “It deals with the oblivion and uncertainty while remaining hopeful and melancholic. The themes centre around seasonal change and the parallel passing of time in its reflection.”
 
The album was recorded in just two days at Revolution Recording in Toronto, which was completely unprecedented. In the past, Whitwham felt he laboured over a lot of the sonic details, often adding overdub after overdub. But 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. This can be heard in the already released singles, The Alchemist, Sometimes and Oblivion.
 
On Farewell To Cathedral, Will adds: “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.”

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Adam Balsam - photo by Maggie Gray 
 
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The Wilderness of Manitoba is:
Will Whitwham (singer/multi-instrumentalist)
Victoria Carr (vocals and acoustic guitar)
Tavo Diez de Bonilla (bass and vocals)
Adam Balsam (drums, vocals, guitar and keyboards)

About The Wilderness of Manitoba:
In its twelve-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, 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 of the Farewell To Cathedral album in 2021 or 2022 after the much more serious matter of taking care of each other and ourselves as we move out of the pandemic.”  

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IMPENDING DOOM DROPS NEW HELLBENT EP VIA MNRK HEAVY

LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – October 29, 2021 – Long-running deathcore unit, IMPENDING DOOM, today drops their anticipated Hellbent EP. The surprise release, initially slated for January, is available via MNRK Heavy on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally.

Hellbent boasts the enduring trio who formed the creative core of IMPENDING DOOM in Riverside, California: vocalist Brook Reeves, guitarist Manny Contreras, and bassist David Sittig. Recorded with engineer Joseph Calleiro at Dungeon by the Sea in Los Angeles and mixed by longtime band collaborator Will Putney (Knocked Loose, The Ghost Inside, Thy Art Is Murder), the EP is a fierce five-song blast of readily identifiable IMPENDING DOOM brutality, with just enough of a modern flourish. As reliably as ever, the band endeavor to bring woe with crushing heaviness, sick death metal and grindcore riffage, impossibly guttural growls, and steadfast reverence for God. The EP also comes adorned with the arresting cover art of Jim Pavelec, an illustrator specializing in the occult, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy, including pieces for classic RPG Dungeons & Dragons.
 
Preview and purchase Hellbent today here.
 
View the band’s previously released video for Satanic Panic and watch for new videos to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
 
Additionally, IMPENDING DOOM will return to the touring circuit with shows confirmed in California and Texas. More dates will be announced soon. 
 
IMPENDING DOOM w/ Bury Your Dead, Ov Sulfur, Foreign Pain:
12/11/2021 The Glasshouse - Pomona, CA
12/12/2021 Full Circle Brewery - Fresno, CA
 
w/ Oh, Sleeper, War Of Ages:
1/19/2022 Jake’s - Lubbock, TX
1/20/2022 Scout Bar - Houston, TX
1/21/2022 Southside Music Hall - Dallas, TX
1/22/2022 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
1/23/2022 Boozerz Rock Bar - Corpus Christi, TX  

The Sin And Doom Of Godless Men, IMPENDING DOOM’s blissfully devastating 2005 demo, was shocking in its urgent immediacy and its unashamed outspokenness. But that demo was merely a step toward the total devastation that was their debut album, Nailed. Dead. Risen. (2007), which shook the proverbial Earth with its uncompromising vision of what they had transfigured with elements of death metal, grind, and hardcore.
 
The series of increasingly diverse and intense releases that followed never compromised, always challenging, and pushing the limits of the genre, with the likes of The Serpent Servant (2009), There Will Be Violence (2010), Baptized In Filth (2012), Death Will Reign (2013), and the back-to-basics bludgeoning of The Sin And Doom, Vol. II (2018) appealing to the faithful and faithless alike. Combining crushing riffs and an unashamed point of view, each of their half dozen albums demonstrate the power of outspoken deathcore devastation. IMPENDING DOOM is clearly here to stay.

IMPENDING DOOM:
Brook Reeves – vocals
Manny Contreras – guitar
David Sittig – bass

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RENO MCCARTHY RELEASES NEW ALBUM RUN UP RIVER TODAY

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CELEBRATES WITH MONTREAL AND QUEBEC CITY RELEASE SHOWS

TORONTO, ON – October 29, 2021 – Today, Montreal alt-pop artist, Reno McCarthy, releases his second full-length record, Run Up River, via Balustrade. It’s a carefully crafted yet unfiltered take on insecurity, frustration and comfort that is gritty, as much as it is timeless and adventurous, and includes the singles, Nightout, Sundown, and For a Moment. Run Up River is available to purchase or stream now, and you can listen here. Reno will also be playing live to celebrate Run Up River on November 2 at Montreal’s, Le Ministère (tickets here), and on November 26 at Quebec City’s, Grand Theatre de Quebec (tickets here). 
 
“There’s a general sense of tension and release throughout Run Up River,” says Reno. “Although most of the songwriting process began before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I think it’s more relevant now than ever considering the exasperation, uncertainty and longing for liberation which plague us all.”
 
Songs like For a Moment and Nothing Less, Nothing More, with their explosive arrangements and rich sound design, effortlessly weave the warm and fragile mood of others like June and Century Gothic. Its sensitive songwriting, passionate performances and heavy focus on creative production techniques make Run Up River both unique and instantly relatable.
 
With Run Up River, Reno also engineered most of the record himself, which is something he had never done before. Having his hands on the board and on the mouse and being creative in the recording of his own music helped to greater develop the overall sound.
 
“I tend to dislike things I make really quickly after finishing them, but I still really enjoy hearing the record,” adds Reno. “Honestly, I’m really proud of it. There are always things that could’ve been approached differently or mixed differently but that’s how it always goes. Music’s never really over anyway, and the songs will take on a new body when we start playing them live.”

About Reno McCarthy
With the youthful sparkle of his 2019 debut album, Counterglow, Montreal alternative pop artist Reno McCarthy quickly gained recognition for his strong song writing and somewhat debonair quality as well as his band’s groove-heavy live shows. 

Unexpected events led McCarthy to a surprising stopover in 2020. Following the loss of his father, the artist recorded a truly warm and personal EP. Moving, raw and of great profoundness, Angels Watching Us Dance, saw the artist at his most stripped-down and strikingly sensitive.

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ENTERPRISE EARTH SHARE REANIMATE//DISINTEGRATE VIDEO NOW PLAYING AT METAL INJECTION

THE CHOSEN FUL LENGTH TO SEE RELEASE
JANUARY 2022 VIA MNRK HEAVY

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2021 - ENTERPRISE EARTH today unleashes their fiery new video for latest single, Reanimate // Disintegrate. Now playing at Metal Injection, the track comes by way of the band’s The Chosen full-length, set for release January 14, 2022 via MNRK Heavy.

With Reanimate // Disintegrate, ENTERPRISE EARTH dives further into previously uncharted territory, their sprawling, forward-thinking approach to deathcore, continuing to progress in new directions. Their signature groove is smoother than ever, accompanied by BTBAM-inspired riffing and atmospheric undertones carried throughout. 

Writes Metal Injection, “ENTERPRISE EARTH is here to pound you into dust for the next six minutes, thanks to their new single Reanimate // Disintegrate. Despite kicking off the song plenty heavy, ENTERPRISE EARTH manages to only get more crushing as the track goes on.”

Comments guitarist Gabe Mangold, “We’re very excited to unveil the second single and video, Reanimate // Disintegrate. This track features another sonic mood and feeling from the album that I think fans new and old will enjoy. The accompanying music video, done by King Wolf Creative, is also our favorite to date.”

View Reanimate // Disintegrate here.

A masterpiece of monstrous brutality and enveloping ambiance, The Chosen is ENTERPRISE EARTH’s heaviest and most diverse effort yet, with shifting attitude, vibe, and desperate aggression stitched throughout its songs. Brooding, thick with atmosphere and groove-driven, old-school death metal with modern flourishes, the music of ENTERPRISE EARTH switches gears from earth-shattering breakdowns to sickeningly slow sludge to blast furnace pummeling with seemingly effortless ease. Composition after composition is ominous, ambitious, lurching, and inviting with vocalist Dan Watson on “me against the world” mission taking on personal struggle, isolation, self-doubt, and alienation like a man possessed, determined to persevere at all costs. 

The Chosen was engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by the band’s Gabe Mangold (now the group’s sole guitarist) save for the drums. Drummer Brandon Zackey tracked his relentlessly jaw-dropping and diverse drum performance with producer Jason Suecof (August Burns Red, Demon Hunter, Death Angel). Bassist Rob Saireh rounds out the ENTERPRISE EARTH lineup, bringing equally formidable power, dexterity, and groove.

The Chosen will be released on CD, LP, and digitally. Find preordering options here.

View the band’s previously released video for Where Dreams Are Broken video here

Coinciding with the release of The Chosen, ENTERPRISE EARTH will kick off 2022 supporting Fit For An Autopsy on their US headlining tour from January 5 through February 12. Additional support will be provided by Ingested, Signs Of The Swarm, and labelmates, Great American Ghost. See all confirmed dates below.

ENTERPRISE EARTH w/ Fit For An Autopsy, Ingested, Signs Of The Swarm, Great American Ghost:

1/05/2022 Skully’s Music Diner – Columbus, OH

1/06/2022 The Sanctuary- Hamtramck, MI

1/07/2022 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL

1/08/2022 Turf Club- St. Paul, MN

1/09/2022 Wildwood- Iowa City, IA

1/10/2022 The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NC

1/11/2022 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

1/12/2022 The Complex- Salt Lake City, UT

1/14/2022 Dante’s – Portland, OR

1/15/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

1/17/2022 Goldfield Trading Post – Sacramento, CA

1/18/2022 The Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA

1/19/2022 1720 – Los Angeles, CA

1/20/2022 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

1/22/2022 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ

1/24/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX

1/25/2022 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX

1/26/2022 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX

1/27/2022 Oklahoma City Limits – Oklahoma City, OK

1/28/2022 Growlers – Memphis, TN

1/29/2022 Red Flag – St. Louis, MO

1/30/2022 The Basement East – Nashville, TN

2/01/2022 Crowbar – Tampa, FL

2/02/2022 Respectables – West Palm Beach, FL

2/03/2022 Soundbar – Orlando, FL

2/04/2022 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

2/05/2022 Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC

2/07/2022 Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA

2/08/2022 Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD

2/09/2022 The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA

2/10/2022 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

2/11/2022 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT

2/12/2022 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

ENTERPRISE EARTH:

Dan Watson – vocals

Gabe Mangold – guitar

Rob Saireh – bass

Brandon Zackey – drums

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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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HOUNDMOUTH RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE ADRENALINE DRIVEN LAS VEGAS

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GOOD FOR YOU OUT NOVEMBER 5
ON DUALTONE RECORDS

BAND PERFORMED GOOD FOR YOU CUTS
ON CBS SATURDAY MORNING LAST WEEKEND
WATCH
HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2021 – Today, Houndmouth — vocalist/guitarist Matthew Myers, drummer/vocalist Shane Cody, and bassist/vocalist Zak Appleby — release the video for Las Vegas, the vibrant closing track off their forthcoming album, Good For You (out November 5 on Dualtone Records). Invoking the song’s last-ditch escapism and envisioned as a Midwestern response to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the video for Las Vegas finds Myers dressed like a bootleg Evel Knievel as he and his bandmates embark on an adventure to the Clarksville, Indiana Sports Drome (tagline: Kentuckiana Auto Racing!). Watch the video for Las Vegas, directed by Francis Thomasovich, here.

This past weekend, Houndmouth tapped into their inimitable chemistry — built on a long road that’s taken them from Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo to the late-night stages of Conan and Letterman — for a set of rousing performances for CBS Saturday Morning. Watch them play McKenzie here. 

Recorded with Brad Cook (Waxahatchee, Hiss Golden Messenger) and mixed by Jon Ashley (The War On Drugs, B.J. Barham), Good For You finds Houndmouth providing a soundtrack for the ultimate last call: the graduation from youthful degeneracy to more adult concerns. Songs veer from Silver Jews-style vignettes (Good For You) to boozy shout-alongs (Make It To Midnight) to triumphant credits-rolling delusion (Las Vegas) as Matt Myers artfully paints portraits of down-and-out characters and drunken romantics with a magical realist’s touch. In a 4-star review, MOJO calls it “an escapist tonic” that is “highly attuned to nuances of mood and scene setting.”

Pre-order Good For You here.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
11/12 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/13 - Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
11/14 - Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios
11/16 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
11/17 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/19 - Washington DC @ Lincoln Theater
11/20 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
11/23 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
11/24 - Louisville, KY @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall 
11/26 & 27 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
12/10 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
12/11 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
12/12 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
12/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
12/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
12/17 & 18 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

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KEYS N KRATES REVEAL NEW ALBUM DETAILS  FOR ORIGINAL CLASSIC  DUE NOVEMBER 12  VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

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LISTEN TO PULL UP  FEATURING HAVIAH MIGHTY

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF NEXT MONTH WITH SHOW AT TORONTO'S VELVET UNDERGROUND NOVEMBER 27 

"Brazilian Love Song is a jam to blast while desperately holding onto the last days of summer.
It's a futile endeavour to try and resist dancing to it."

CBC Music's Songs You Need To Hear

"It's a sunny, low-riding three-and-a-half minutes,
the kind of song that might just fool you into thinking summer isn't over"
Exclaim! on Original Classic

"This album features guests like singer Bibi Bourelly and veteran rapper Juicy J,
and they’re all full of bouncy, bassy rhythms you can’t help but move to."

NOW Magazine's Fall music 2021: 25 albums to soundtrack your season

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2021 – Today, Toronto trio, Keys N Krates, return to reveal project details for their upcoming album, Original Classic, available everywhere on November 12 via Last Gang Records. The album includes previously released singles, Pull Up, featuring fellow Canadian and Polaris Prize-winning artist, Haviah Mighty, the Juicy J, Chip and Marbl link-up on title track, Original Classic, the Bibi Bourelly collaboration, Take It Offand this summer's Brazilian Love Song, which was recently announced as part of the FIFA 22 soundtrack. Announced today, Polaris Music Prize winner and Grammy nominated Toronto artist, Lido Pimienta will guest on Siento Mi Destino. See the full tracklist below. 

Additionally, in support of the album Keys N Krates has announced their headlining Original Classic Tour, which will feature DJ sets from the group. The run of shows kicks off on November 17 in Washington D.C. and includes a hometown show at Toronto's Velvet Underground on November 27, with stops in Detroit, Chicago, NYC and more. Tickets on sale here

Keys N Krates most recent full-length release, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, was coined the "beat tape of the summer" by Exclaim! upon its release. In 2020, KNK released an edit package they made of Frank Ocean, Lauryn Hill, and Snoh Aalegra to support the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Watch the Original Classic tour promo above, see full tour routing and album details below and stay tuned for more from Keys N Krates coming soon.

Original Classic Tracklist:
1. Crescendo
2. Original Classic (feat. Juicy J, Chip, Marbl)
3. Brazilian Love Song
4. Siento Mi Destino (feat. Lido Pimienta)
5. Presentando
6. Chopped Soul
7. Take It Off (feat. Bibi Bourelly)
8. Take It Off Reprise
9. The Way I Feel Tonight
10. Dreams Of Oceans
11. Pull Up (feat. Haviah Mighty)
12. Bollywood Bounce
13. Is This Yours

2021 Tour Dates
November 17 - Washington, DC @ Flash
November 19 - Atlanta, GA @ District
November 20 - Tampa Bay, FL @ Ritz
November 27 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
December 2 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
December 3 - Columbus, OH @ Dahlia Nightclub
December 4 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
December 9 - Houston, TX @ Stereo Live
December 10 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
December 11 - Dallas, TX @ Stereo Live

2022 Tour Dates:
January 8 - Denver, CO @ Temple
January 14 - Austin TX @ The Venue
January 15 - Kansas City, MO @ Aura
January 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Loft
January 22 - Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar
January 27 - Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
January 28 - Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub
January 29 - Portland, OR @ 45 East
February 5 - Tempe, AZ @ Sun Bar
February 12 - New York, NY @ Elsewhere

Lead photo by Sammy Rawal 

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About Keys N Krates
Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound, melding the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group — composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo — has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets.
 
Their early sound succeeded in combining catchy, pitched up, chopped vocal samples with 808s, resulting in off-kilter festival smashers like Dum Dee DumTreat Me Right, and other fan-favourites. These songs would be reinterpreted into energetic live versions that the trio would play to create their own experience and vibe. Their songs original versions would also be played by legends of their genre like TNGHT, Diplo, Machinedrum, Baauer, and more — helping to cement Keys N Krates as a fixture in festival bass and trap music.
 
Keys N Krates’ 2018 debut album Cura represented a musical shift for the band. Although the use of pulverizing 808s, organic sounds, and vocal samples would remain a fixture for the trio, Keys N Krates embraced their love for R&B/soul music, more dense instrumentation (such as strings and woodwind instruments), and catchy vocal-driven pop songs.
 
Anthemic songs with Tory Lanez, Ambre Perkins, and 070 Shake weaved together the band’s technicolor world of vocal-driven songs supported by sample-chopped beats that blended the sounds of disco, trap, and boom bap rap of the 90s. This synthesis earned them commercial radio success and spins from some of their idols on specialty radio — like Elton John and Q-Tip. Flute Loop reached back to the trio’s traditional stripped-down 808 sound while incorporating their new techniques of orchestration and resampling to compliment the minimal with the maximal.
 
Their latest full-length project, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, further elevates their craft as they pay homage to their sample-chopping musical influences like Jay Dilla. It’s a collection of infectious, loopy, instrumental beats that shows the seeds their music grows from.
 
About Last Gang
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is a MNRK Music Group company. www.lastgang.com
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2021 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE WINNING ALBUMS ANNOUNCED

NOMEANSNO, FAITH NOLAN RECEIVE 2021
SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE DESIGNATION

TORONTO, ON – October 26, 2021 – The Polaris Music Prize has announced albums from Nomeansno and Faith Nolan have received 2021 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation.

Nomeansno’s hardcore punk album, Wrong, from 1989 was chosen in the Heritage Prize public voting category, which ran this year from September 27 to October 16. Faith Nolan’s 1986 blues-folk release, Africville, received Heritage designation by the 11-member Polaris Heritage Prize jury.

“Congratulations to Nomeansno and Faith Nolan. You’ve created bold, significant albums that have had a tremendous impact on Canadian music. Thank you for making these important works of art,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications.

This year’s Heritage Prize jury had a daunting task trying to narrow down its selections.

“Part of the role of the Heritage Prize is to shed light on great albums that may no longer be widely known and played, even though they laid the groundwork for many others,” said Heritage Prize jury foreperson Mary Dickie. “These two remarkable albums — a pioneer in fusing punk and metal and a song cycle about Black history in Canada — not only exhibit excellence in songwriting and musicianship, but are landmarks in Canadian music history."

Heritage Prize juror Francella Fiallos says Nolan’s album expressed stories seldom told at the time. 

“I first discovered Africville while working at CKDU, the campus radio station at Dalhousie University,” says Fiallos. “This powerful, moving collection of songs tells the story of Black Canadians in both city and rural landscapes. From songs about historical figures such as Marie Joseph Angélique and Mary Ann Shadd, to shedding a light on contemporary issues such as working in a box factory, Faith Nolan’s soaring voice and musicianship make this so captivating. This record is without a doubt a timeless treasure.”

Fellow juror Ken Kelley says Wrong’s un-Canadianness was one of the reasons it resonated so strongly.

“Nevermind the fact that in 1989 this album didn't 'sound Canadian,' it flat-out sounded other-worldly,” says Kelley. “Nomeansno essentially tossed the rule book out of the window with Wrong, crafting an album that draws from punk, prog and so much more. Thirty-two years after its release, this is a record that has stood the test of time and with good reason.” 

With the two new winners, 35 albums have received Polaris Heritage Prize designation since it was launched in 2015. Some other Heritage Prize winners include Glenn Gould, Feist, Harmonium, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Dream Warriors, and Neil Young. 

Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are Canadian albums of artistic distinction, without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. This is the Polaris version of a hall of fame where we try to determine who would have been nominated or won the Prize before it began in 2006.

The Office of Gilbert Li, who curated the 2021 Polaris Music Prize posters and the posters for the 2020 Heritage Prize winners, will once again select the visual artists who’ll pay tribute to the two winning records in the form of Polaris Posters.

The Polaris Heritage Prize Jury is made up of 11 music media and historians, including Michael Barclay, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Del Cowie, Francella Fiallos, Stuart Henderson, Ken Kelley, Bob Klanac, Anupa Mistry, Catherine Pogonat and Tabassum Siddiqui. Mary Dickie was the jury foreperson.

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. polarismusicprize.ca

About Slaight Music
Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian Music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. www.slaightmusic.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  

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
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ANNONCE DES ALBUMS LAURÉATS DU PRIX
DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA FAMILLE
SLAIGHT 2021

NOMEANSNO ET FAITH NOLAN REÇOIVENT LE PRIX DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA FAMILLE SLAIGHT 2021

TORONTO, ON – 26 octobre, 2021 – Le Prix de musique Polaris a annoncé que les albums de Nomeansno et de Faith Nolan ont remporté le Prix du patrimoine Polaris 2021 de la famille Slaight.

Créé en 1989 par Nomeansno, l’album de punk hardcore Wrong a reçu le Prix du patrimoine décerné à l’aide d’un vote du public, qui s’est déroulé cette année du 27 septembre au 16 octobre. L’album de blues-folk Africville de Faith Nolan, paru en 1986, a pour sa part reçu le Prix du patrimoine décerné par le jury du Prix du patrimoine Polaris, composé de 11 membres.

« Toutes mes félicitations à Nomeansno et à Faith Nolan! Vous avez créé des albums audacieux et significatifs qui ont eu un impact important sur la musique canadienne. Merci d’avoir réalisé ces œuvres d’art majeures », a déclaré Gary Slaight, président et chef de la direction de Slaight Communications.

Le jury du Prix du patrimoine de cette année a eu la tâche difficile de resserrer sa sélection.

« Une partie du rôle du Prix du patrimoine est de mettre en lumière de grands albums qui ne sont peut-être plus largement connus et joués, même s’ils en ont inspiré plusieurs autres », a déclaré Mary Dickie, présidente du jury du Prix du patrimoine. « Ces deux albums remarquables – une œuvre pionnière de la fusion du punk et du métal, et un cycle de chansons portant sur l’histoire des Noir.e.s au Canada – démontrent d’excellentes capacités d’écriture et d’interprétation musicales, en plus de constituer des moments charnières de l’histoire de la musique canadienne. »

Francella Fiallos, membre du jury, affirme que l’album de Nolan exprimait des histoires rarement racontées à l’époque.

« J’ai découvert Africville lorsque je travaillais à CKDU, la station de radio du campus de l’Université Dalhousie, a dit Fiallos. Cette puissante et émouvante collection de chansons raconte l’histoire des personnes noires du Canada en contexte urbain et rural. Qu’il s’agisse de personnages historiques, comme Marie Joseph Angélique et Mary Ann Shadd, ou de questions contemporaines comme le travail dans une usine de boîtes, la voix envoûtante et la musicalité de Faith Nolan rendent ce disque très captivant. Il s’agit sans aucun doute d’un trésor intemporel. »

Ken Kelley, également membre du jury, estime que le caractère « non canadien » de Wrong est l’une des raisons pour lesquelles il a eu une si forte résonance.

« Peu importe si, en 1989, cet album "ne sonnait pas canadien"; il sonnait carrément comme s’il provenait d’un autre monde, a déclaré Kelley. Avec Wrong, Nomeansno a essentiellement jeté toutes les règles préétablies par la fenêtre, créant un album qui puise dans le punk, le prog et bien plus encore. Trente-deux ans après sa sortie, c’est un disque qui a résisté à l’épreuve du temps, et pour cause. »

Incluant les deux plus récents albums lauréats, 35 œuvres ont jusqu’à maintenant reçu le Prix du patrimoine Polaris depuis son lancement en 2015. Parmi les autres lauréats du Prix du patrimoine figurent notamment Glenn Gould, Feist, Harmonium, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Dream Warriors et Neil Young.

Comme pour le Prix de musique Polaris, les albums lauréats ou en nomination pour le Prix du patrimoine sont des albums canadiens de qualité artistique supérieure, sélectionnés sans tenir compte du genre musical ou de la popularité commerciale. Il s’agit de la version Polaris d’un temple de la renommée, grâce auquel nous essayons de déterminer qui aurait été mis en nomination ou aurait remporté le Prix Polaris dans les années précédant son lancement, en 2006.

The Office of Gilbert Li, qui a coordonné les affiches du Prix de la musique Polaris 2021 et les affiches des lauréat.e.s du Prix du patrimoine 2020, sélectionnera à nouveau les artistes visuels qui rendront hommage aux deux disques gagnants sous la forme d’affiches Polaris.

Le jury du Prix du patrimoine Polaris est composé de 11 journalistes ou spécialistes de l’histoire musicale, dont Michael Barclay, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Del Cowie, Francella Fiallos, Stuart Henderson, Ken Kelley, Bob Klanac, Anupa Mistry, Catherine Pogonat et Tabassum Siddiqui. Mary Dickie était la présidente du jury.

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. polarismusicprize.ca/fr

À propos de Slaight Music
Slaight Music a été lancée en 2011 avec pour mandat de soutenir la communauté musicale canadienne par le biais de diverses initiatives et de développer les talents canadiens grâce à des partenariats stratégiques avec des pairs du secteur. www.slaightmusic.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  

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio) :
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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GOV'T MULE RELEASES NEW RENDITION OF TOM WAITS’ MAKE IT RAIN

LISTEN HERE

FIRST-EVER BLUES ALBUM HEAVY LOAD BLUES
OUT NOVEMBER 12 ON FANTASY RECORDS

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES INCLUDE SPECIAL HALLOWEEN WEEKEND SHOWS IN ATLANTA AND
NEW YEAR’S RUN IN PHILADELPHIA AND NYC

"Warren Haynes is a meaty and masterful player, as well as a soulful singer and songwriter – an all-star." – Rolling Stone

“Gov’t Mule is an essential, iconic American band.” – Guitar World

“[Warren Haynes is] one of the most celebrated, legendary guitar pros.” – Billboard

"[Gov't Mule's] songs stomp and wail with unmistakable energy and heft." –  NPR

“Brilliant and never predictable…an effortless combination of blues, soul and classic roots-rock…innovative and commanding.” – American Songwriter

“…one of the most fascinating attributes of Gov’t Mule is the ability to take an artistic journey with both intelligence in their sense of direction and an experimental aimlessness. The band has never had to compromise on their creativity, because they have gathered an audience that grants them the freedom and flexibility to experiment, and in doing so, run the script through the shredder.” – Salon

One of the greatest live bands in existence.” – Music Connection

“[‘Heavy Load’] sounds timeless in the way that real-deal blues often does.” – BrooklynVegan

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – Renowned quartet, Gov’t Mule – led by GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, guitar legend, and producer, Warren Haynes – have released the latest offering from their forthcoming blues album, Heavy Load Blues, with their rendition of the Tom Waits classic, Make It Rain. The scuzzy blues-rock arrangement of Make It Rain features a slab of thunderous vibrations, an unexpected element caused during the recording of the album which took the band by surprise, but ultimately enhanced the song’s determined and defiant delivery. Make It Rain marks the third track released from Heavy Load Blues, the band’s first-ever blues album out November 12 via Fantasy Records, which encompasses an even mix of Haynes’ originals and revered covers originally made famous by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, Ann Peebles, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Junior Wells and the Animals. Listen to Make It Rain here and watch the behind-the-scenes video of the track.

“When recording the album, I had brought in this old Fender spring reverb unit that I wanted to use on my guitar sound,” Haynes shares. “They can be pretty finicky. If the stage isn’t solid, or somebody’s jumping up and down, it reacts by making this crazy reverb vibration that comes through the amp. I had intentionally set it up on the studio floor to make it kind of shockproof, but what we didn't allow for was some radio frequencies that randomly interfered and set it off. So, it started making these weird sounds that sounded like thunder. We were in the middle of what turned out to be the best take of ‘Make It Rain’ and it began doing that throughout the whole thing. As it turned out, it happened in these key spots in the song. When we were finished and listened to it with engineer and co-producer John Paterno, we decided to use it. It actually sounded like we planned it that way!”

Heavy Load Blues is available for pre-order now at all DSPs. Each digital pre-save will include an instant download of Make It Rain and previously released offerings, Heavy Load and Snatch It Back and Hold It - Hold It Back – Snatch It Back and Hold It. Physical CDs and vinyl are also available for pre-order now from the band’s webstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and local record stores. A deluxe edition featuring additional studio and live tracks, including another Haynes original and covers originally by Savoy Brown, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and more, will also be available.

Gov’t Mule will perform Heavy Load Blues in its entirety for the first time — along with other surprises — on Friday, October 29 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta for the first of two very special Halloween weekend shows. The following night, Saturday, October 30, marks the return of the band’s annual Mule-O-Ween show where they will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band’s first live album, At Fillmore East, one of the most influential records in Haynes’ life as both a musician and member of the famed band, with special guests Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke) and Paul Riddle (Marshall Tucker Band). The celebrated four-piece recently announced the details for their annual New Year’s Run, the band’s longstanding commitment of bringing together the Mule community to ring in the new year since 2002. The three-night stand kicks off on December 29 at The Met in Philadelphia before the band heads to the friendly confines of The Beacon Theatre in New York City, their unofficial home-court venue, for back-to-back shows on Thursday, December 30 and Friday, December 31 to close out the year and ring in 2022 with a very special Black ‘n’ Blue New Year’s Show. Before these special headlining events, the road warriors will wrap their appearance on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour, alongside Nelson and The Avett Brothers, this weekend in Northern California, along with a headlining set at the Hangtown Music Festival. See below for full tour routing and visit www.mule.net for more details.

Though technically considered a studio album, Heavy Load Blues was recorded live in the studio at The Power Station New England on analog tape, utilizing vintage guitars, amps and other equipment to capture an authentic sound. The 13-track album was produced by Haynes alongside engineer and co-producer John Paterno (Michael Landau, Robbie Williams, The Steve Gadd Band). Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the making of Heavy Load Blues here.

Gov’t Mule’s rendition of Make It Rain follows the release of their groovy new arrangement of the Junior Wells standard, Snatch It Back and Hold It, where the band – Haynes, Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Jorgen Carlsson [bass] – covered the classic track while sandwiching a spontaneous original jam called Hold It Back in the middle of the soulful, stirring interpretation. Listen via an in-studio video performance here. Heavy Load Blues also features the ominous acoustic blues number, and first original track, Heavy Load, which is highlighted by Haynes’ mournful vocal and supple yet deliberate riffing – listen here. While several titles on the forthcoming collection may sound familiar to blues enthusiasts, Gov’t Mule, who are known for pushing the parameters while melding a variety of genres — rock, R&B, jam, funk, jazz, and practically everything in-between, often opted to put their own spin on them.

Coming up later this winter, the band returns to Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica for Island Exodus 12, the ultimate “concert-cation” experience from January 16-20, 2022. Hosted by Gov’t Mule, who will perform three full two-set shows, and Warren Haynes, offering his unique, interactive “Q and Play” set, a hybrid concert performance and storytelling session, the multi-day experience will also feature intimate beachfront concerts from Dawes and The War and Treaty, who will perform multiple sets, and special guest Ron Holloway, who will present an extended afternoon “Sax On The Beach” set. Attendees arriving early for Exodus Eve on January 15 will see “RoHo” part of Melvin Seals & JGB + Ron Holloway’s “Legion of Melvin” show. Visit islandexodus.com for more info and ticketing details. 

GOV’T MULE TOUR DATES 
October 22 – Placerville, CA @ Hangtown Music Festival
October 23 – Mountainview, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater # 
October 24 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre # 
October 29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
October 30 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
December 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met
December 30 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
December 31 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
January 16-20 – Runaway Bay, Jamaica @ Island Exodus 12
# Outlaw Music Festival 

ABOUT GOV’T MULE & WARREN HAYNES 
Gov’t Mule – Warren Haynes [vocals, guitar], Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Jorgen Carlsson [bass] – has galvanized a global fan base with their honest, organic and daring music and improvisational virtuosity, leading them to be recognized as one of the most timeless, revered and active bands in the world whose spot amongst rock titans remains unshakable. Led by visionary GRAMMY Award-winning artist and guitar legend Warren Haynes – a cornerstone of the American music landscape – the enduring, globally revered group has showcased its intelligence and breadth over the course of 20+ studio and live albums, thousands of memorable performances and millions of album and track sales. Gov’t Mule has become a human encyclopedia of great American music while adding to that canon with their signature sound. The band’s flexible interplay in the studio and on stage makes them a true living, breathing ensemble and Haynes is lauded as one of the most formidable guitarists and vocalists of the modern era and a prolific songwriter and producer. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead – and an acclaimed solo artist, Haynes has become one of music’s most treasured storytellers.

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UK BREAKOUT STAR MIMI WEBB RELEASES DEBUT SEVEN SHADES OF HEARTBREAK EP TODAY

WATCH MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE HALFWAY HERE

GEARING UP FOR 2022 UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – After building anticipation worldwide, UK pop singer and songwriter, Mimi Webb, proudly presents her debut EP, Seven Shades of Heartbreak, today. Listen to it here via Epic Records.

The seven-track project places her show-stopping vocals, eloquent songwriting, and undeniable energy directly in the spotlight. It boasts international hits, Good Without, Dumb Love, and the recent single, 24/5. Prior to release, these fan and critical favourites have already eclipsed 250 million streams and counting. Meanwhile, Good Without and Dumb Love simultaneously occupied spots in the Top 15 on the UK Singles Chart, which notably cemented Mimi Webb as “the first UK female artist, since Dua Lipa in 2017, to land two singles in the UK Top 15 before the release of her debut album.”

She celebrated the release of Seven Shades of Heartbreak with the premiere of the music video for Halfway; directed by Malia James. On the track, acoustic guitar and a choral chant ring out in unison, while the visual tells a captivating story.

About her debut EP, Mimi commented, “I wanted to put together a body of work that told a story from beginning to end, allowing me to retell experiences I've been through. Writing this EP has been incredibly therapeutic for me, these seven songs are really personal, and it feels very special to be able to share them with the world as part of Seven Shades of Heartbreak.”

Elsewhere on the EP, Little Bit Louder highlights a hypnotic hook over a dancefloor-ready beat and shimmering piano. Heavenly lives up to its title with divine delivery as her voice flutters over a jazz-y sway. It culminates with the emotionally charged Lonely In Love. She opens up as she tries to reach for a fading love with a plea, “Can you just stay one night? Tell me you’ll change your mind…I never want to be lonely in love.”

After completely selling out her first ever UK tour starting this month in Dublin on October 28 and ending in Manchester on November 1, next up, Mimi Webb will launch a 2022 UK and European headline tour. The six-week run kicks off January 19 at Melkweg, OZ in Amsterdam, Netherlands, visits major markets across Europe, and concludes back at O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire in London, UK. Check out the full confirmed itinerary below. It will be her first European jaunt in support of Seven Shades of Heartbreak EP.

Experience Seven Shades of Heartbreak now!

TRACKLISTING:
1. Dumb Love
2. 24/5
3. Little Bit Louder
4. Heavenly
5. Halfway
6. Good Without
7. Lonely In Love

2022 TOUR DATES:
1/19    Melkweg OZ (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
1/22     Hotel Cecil (Copenhagen, Denmark)
1/25     Nalen Klubb (Stockholm, Sweden)
1/27     Stage Club (Hamburg, Germany)
1/28     Bi Nuu (Berlin, Germany)
1/30     CBE (Cologne, Germany)
2/1       AB Club (Brussels, Belgium)
2/2       Les Etoiles (Paris, France)
2/17     Wardrobe (Leeds, UK)
2/18     O2 Academy 2 (Liverpool, UK)
2/20     Academy 2 (Manchester, UK)
2/21     Academy (Dublin, Ireland)
2/23     St Luke’s (Glasgow, UK)
2/24     Uni (Newcastle, UK)
2/26     O2 Academy 2 (Birmingham, UK)
2/27     Trinity (Bristol, UK)
2/28     O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire (London, UK) 

ABOUT MIMI WEBB
Mimi Webb projects a voice as magnetic, massive, and magical as her personality. As “the girl next door” with a hell of vocal range, she’s quick to laugh, will let you know precisely what’s on her mind, and isn’t afraid to be heard. Originally hailing from the UK town of Canterbury, the pop singer and songwriter turns up the volume on every emotion with skyscraping runs and open-heart honesty.

Inspired by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Emelie Sandé, and Sam Smith, she started writing songs of her own at 13-years-old in diaries before eventually learning guitar. Around the same time, she enrolled in The BRIT School—known for alumni such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J, and more. Three years later, she left home, moved in with a host family, and attended the prestigious BIMM [British Institute of Modern Music]. In 2019, she uploaded a handful of early compositions and collaborations online, landed management, and inked a deal with Epic Records. Mimi Webb’s impromptu acapella videos exploded with over 20 million views on TikTok, paving the way for a string of original fan favorites such as Before I Go, I’ll Break My Heart Again, Reasons, and Good Without. Amassing over 200 million streams, she made waves with international hits, Good Without and Dumb Love. The singles concurrently captured places in the Top 15 on the UK Singles Chart, which cemented Mimi as “the first UK female artist, since Dua Lipa in 2017, to land two singles in the UK Top 15 before the release of her debut album.

Music Week also recently announced Mimi Webb as the newest addition to their BBC Radio 1’s Brit List. The prestigious offering comes after selling out her first upcoming UK Tour this Fall and receiving widespread acclaim from Wonderland, teenVOGUE, Refinery 29, Euphoria, CLASH, FLAUNT, and Consequence of Sound, to name a few. With a voice just loud enough to give you goosebumps, Mimi Webb shines on her debut Seven Shades of Heartbreak EP and more to come.

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JAY FEELBENDER SHARES NEW TRACK DIRTY LOVIN'

WATCH THE MESMERIZING VIDEO HERE

FOLLOWS LEAD DEBUT SINGLE CHEAP WHISKY
FROM UPCOMING SOLO ALBUM

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – Following the release of his debut solo single, Cheap Whisky, Toronto alt-pop rocker, Jay Feelbender (Goodbye Honolulu, Luna Li, Creep Creep Beach and HeadSpace), returns with a brand new track, entitled Dirty Lovin'. The slow-burn, strummy acoustic tune is an ode to finding light through the darkness. Listen here and bask in the neon glow of the mesmerizing video here

"When I wrote Dirty Lovin’ it was near the beginning of the pandemic," Jay shares. "I was going through one of the worst moments of my life in terms of my mental health, and the fact that the world was also going through one of the collectively darkest moments in my lifetime, didn’t help. Being trapped inside, unable to see friends or family was especially hard. Luckily I was isolating with my girlfriend of 7 years Hannah (Luna Li) and she was my saving grace. Seeing her every day, writing music together and creating along-side one another was one of the only positives for me at that time. Feeling in a total pit of darkness but having her as this light inspired the song."

Of the video, Jay explains, "When I was brainstorming video ideas for Dirty Lovin’ The first image that came to my mind was a glowing neon forest of flowers, juxtaposed against the darkness. I reached out to artist Jack Harrison - he does amazing work with VHS and animation video art. We talked about the idea and he brought on his friend Elisa Chiocca D’Alfonso as artistic director and to design the flowers. Jack and Elisa built upon my concept to create a neon world that I could inhabit. Isla from Heavy Flow made me this incredible suit to wear for the video made of entirely repurposed fabric. I love that I had something special and unique to wear. We filmed the video in one day (and night) in High Park. I’m super proud of what we were able to create with this awesome team of people."

Dirty Lovin' is the second release from Jay's upcoming solo record and marks a departure from his typical DIY approach to making music. 

"Most of my solo music, before this project, has been very DIY home recording type stuff; I did every aspect of it myself," reflects Jay. "For this new work, I wanted to evolve from that. I still wrote everything myself but I wanted to explore recording in a studio and working with a producer that I trusted with my vision. I had the chance to work with Braden Sauder at Marquee Sound and I’m so happy with how everything turned out. Sonically, I think this  new music is a huge step forward for me."

Jay Feelbender (alias of Toronto based musician Jacob Switzer) is the alt-pop glow-up of your dreams. Though newly flying solo as Jay Feelbender, he has been sharpening his skills in many bands since early 2012 such as Goodbye Honolulu, Luna Li, Creep Creep Beach and HeadSpace.

Jay himself is an amalgamation of many influences. First, growing up in the Toronto folk-country scene as the child of a musician (Shirley temples at the bar and naps behind the drum kit). Then entering high school and forming rock band Creep Creep Beach with a group of friends (practicing in the garage and shows at DIY venues). With some of those same people, creating what is now the alt-rock band Goodbye Honolulu (performing for thousands opening for Spanish rock band Hinds on U.S tours and touring Canada along side Luna Li). Now, Jay Feelbender draws on all the influences, from childhood to now, that have shaped his musical and personal identity.

Jay’s music paints a portrait of the journey throughout an artist’s young life. From the fun to the fragile, the introspective to the explosive, Jay feels it all.

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GLOBAL JAZZ ICON KENNY G ANNOUNCES NEW STANDARDS ALBUM

NEW 11-SONG COLLECTION OUT DECEMBER 3 VIA CONCORD RECORDS INSPIRED BY THE JAZZ BALLADS
OF THE 1950’s AND 60’s 

NEW U.S. TOUR THE MIRACLES HOLIDAY & HITS TOUR 2021 OPENS IN WAUKEGAN, IL DECEMBER 2 MORE INFO HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – World-renowned and Grammy-Award winning saxophonist, Kenny G, will release his first new album in six-years titled New Standards.  Out December 3 through Concord Records (with 2-LP set for release on February 11, 2022) the 11-song collection of original compositions takes inspiration from the Jazz Ballads of the 50’s and 60’s.  Listen to the first track, Emeline, here.  New Standards is available to pre-order here
 
“For this album, I wanted to try to recreate those ‘sounds’ but do it my own way, which for me meant that I would have to compose the songs myself. So I set out to compose and perform songs that capture the ‘heart and soul’ of those beloved Jazz Standards and to record them “my way”. It was a wonderful (and painstaking) labor of love and I’m super proud of the end result.” 
 
In support of New Standards, Kenny will return to the road beginning December  with his upcoming The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour 2021, which will open in Waukegan, IL at the Genesee Theatre. Promising to bring Kenny’s signature brand of jazz to the live stage, the multi-city trek will hit a number of major US markets including Nashville, St. Louis, Detroit, and Boston. For further information on the tour, dates, and on-sale info please visit www.kennyg.com.
 

Kenny G is an award-winning saxophonist, the biggest selling instrumental musician of the modern era, and one of the best-selling artists of all time. With global sales totalling more than 75-million records and 1.5 billion streams, the jazz icon has accumulated a staggering 24-award nominations throughout his almost 50-year career and has taken home a Grammy Award, American Music Award, NAACP Award, and two Soul Train Music Awards. With classic, top-selling studio albums including Duotones, Silhouette, Breathless, Miracles: The Holiday Album, Heart and Soul andBrazilian Nights, Kenny has maintained a high level of creative excellence through decades of unprecedented commercial success.
 
Listen to the first track, Emeline, here.
 
New Standards is available for pre-order here.
 
Kenny G’s store features limited, signed 2xLP colored vinyl, CDs, and test pressings, along with exclusive New Standards merchandise and bundles here.

New Standards Track Listing
1. Emeline 
2. Only You 
3. Paris By Night
4. Rendezvous 
5. Legacy featuring “The Sound” of Stan Getz 
6. Anthem
7. Blue Skies 
8. Milestones 
9. Two Of A Kind 
10. Moonlight 
11. Waltz In Blue 
 
The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour 2021
 11/12-13  Nashville, TN - Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony*
12/02  Waukegan, IL - Genesee Theatre
12/03  Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
12/04  Shipshewana, IN - Blue Gate PAC
12/05  Nashville, IN - Brown County Music Center
12/06  Evansville, IN - Victory Theatre
12/07  St. Louis, MO - River City Casino
12/09  Battle Creek, MI - Firekeepers Casino
12/10  Marion, IL - Marion Cultural & Civic Center
12/11  St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
12/12  Detroit, MI - MotorCity Casino Hotel
12/13  Warren, OH - W.D. Packard Music Hall
12/15  Elmira, NY – Clemens Center
12/16  Waterbury, CT - Palace Theater
12/17  Boston, MA - Emerson Colonial Theatre
12/18  Englewood, NJ - Bergen PAC
12/19  Easton, PA - State Theater Center of the Arts
12/20  Falls Church, VA - The State Theatre
12/30-1/1  Napa Valley, CA - Blue Note Napa* 
 * Not part of The Miracles Holiday and Hits Tour 2021

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TOVE STYRKE RELEASES NEW SONG START WALKING

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE WHERE SHE STARTS FICTIONAL DANSBAND “TOVE STYRKEZ”

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – Today, Swedish recording artist, Tove Styrke, has released her brand new single, Start Walking (Sony Music). The infectious track follows the summer release of Mood Swings, Tove’s first musical offering in three years, and recent feature on Cheat Codes’, All Things $ Can Do, with Travis Barker. Start Walking was written together with hit-writers and producers Caroline Ailin (Dua Lipa New Rules + Don’t Start Now), Sly (Shawn Mendes), Lostboy (Tom Grennan, Anne-Marie) & Pablo Bowman (Marshmello, Alan Walker). Listen here.
 
Tove describes Start Walking as “a song I made together with some amazing writers and producers and I’m obsessed with it. It’s an upbeat song with sad lyrics, which is my favorite combination. It’s about a person who knows a relationship is over, and how it sucks to actually be the one to leave but you know there is no other way.”
 
In tandem with the new song, Tove has also released the official video for Start Walking. The visual, directed by Oskar Gullstrand, follows “Tove Styrkez,” a fictional dansband, as they tour around 1970’s Sweden. Watch it here.
 
Commenting on the video, Tove adds, “I love the insane music video we made for the single. It’s about a Swedish ‘dansband’ with supernatural powers. ‘Dansband’ is a signature style of Swedish pop music that has drawn huge audiences dancing cheek to cheek around the country for decades. My dad played in one of these bands – they were called Max Fenders – in the 1970’s which is where the idea for the video initially comes from. Think Stranger Things, but the 70’s, showcasing cheesy pop band culture, set on the roads of deep Sweden. I can’t believe such video did not already exist, so I simply had to make it… Get ready for thunder, lightning, lasers and ‘Tove Styrkez’!”
 
The video concept revolves around the Swedish cultural phenomenon of “dansband” (Dance Band) - a certain style of Swedish pop music inspired by swing, country, jazz and rock. Just like in the video, the dansbands used to tour Sweden by bus, performing their music several times a week with an audience dancing cheek-to-cheek. The music video is both a way for Tove to put this very Swedish phenomenon on an international map and at the same time pay tribute to her heritage (as mentioned her dad used to play in one in the 70’s).
 
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 SwayMistakes, 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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SARAH HILTZ  DIFFUSES THE DEPTHS OF ANGER IN SWIM

TORONTO SINGER-SONGWRITER TO 
RELEASE NEW PROJECT IN EARLY 2022

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“Feel fires rage
Lungs burn, hands shake
Touch, turn
Work it out inside the lane”
- Sarah Hiltz in Swim

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – Today, Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Sarah Hiltz, flows with her new single, Swim.  Inspired by a deep study of anger, the song will be featured on an upcoming body of work that both embraces and grapples with the topic with raw artistry. Here, Sarah looks at the experience of a lane swim as a method for diffusing anger in the body, via a body of water. Listen to Swim and watch the lyric video here.

With stunning layered vocals, piano keys that hit notes like drops to the surface of a pool, and meditative resonant verse; “I focus on the place that I am in/ Water covering my skin/ And it all begins to fade/ Carried off with each new wave,” Swim draws upon numerous references – from the works of Anger: Wisdom For Cooling The Flames by Thich Nhat Hanh to an episode of Parks & Recreation.

Sarah has dedicated a period of deep research around anger and its various origins and connections. Through interviewing experts, friends, family, and fellow artists to absorbing literature, articles and other sources of media, she is pairing this new collection of songs with an ancillary podcast series that will dive deeper into the topic. Stay tuned for the first episode in the coming weeks, featuring a conversation about the way anger shows up, and is worked out, in the body.

“During the research stage, one of my interviewees made an interesting comment when we spoke, wondering if the automation of labour and general daily tasks might be contributing to our collective struggle to express anger, that maybe doing repetitive motion things with the body was sort of a built-in way of dealing with our anger, and with its removal, there are less things serving that function in our lives,” Sarah says. 

In the process of creating Swim, Sarah discovered that expressing physical violence (ie. punching a pillow or punching bag) doesn’t help to dissipate anger, but rather reinforces those neural pathways, and encourages our brains to practice the evolution of becoming angry. Swimming – a non-violent physical activity – struck a chord.

“These are all the things that were on my mind when I wrote this song about attending the lane swim at the pool around the corner from my house. I often showed up in a state of either depression or anger and moving my body through the water helped to refocus me on the tactile and on the present moment.”

Swim
 features vocals, piano and acoustic guitar by Sarah Hiltz, with drums by Charlotte Cornfield, bass by Connor Walsh, vibraphone and tenor glockenspiel by Bruce Cawdron and additional vocals by Colleen Brown, Tara Kannangara, and Rachael Cardiello.

Engage in sonic studies from Sarah Hiltz and learn more about her career to date below. 

About Sarah Hiltz
Sarah Hiltz is a contemporary folk artist based in Toronto. Her current project has her researching the ways Canadians experience, express and suppress anger in modern society, especially women, and creating a song cycle in response. 

Sarah’s last album, Beauty In The Blue, compiled songs and stories culled from her multiple journeys across Canada as a travelling musician on VIARail’s passenger train, “The Canadian”. Beauty in the Blue features lush, nuanced vocals and jazz-influenced songwriting.

Sarah has independently released three full-length albums and two EPs since 2009. Her work over the last decade as a talented singer-songwriter has landed her Folk Music Ontario’s Songs From The Heart Award (Political Category), opening slots for Canadian icons Gordon Lightfoot and Ron Hynes, Top 3 placement in a nation-wide music competition (She’s The One), a Best Folk Album nomination (Toronto Independent Music Awards) and earned her an invitation to give a TEDx talk in 2014.

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BIA IS BACK WITH FOR CERTAIN DELUXE ALBUM OUT NOW

SMASH SINGLE WHOLE LOTTA MONEY CERTIFIED GOLD IN CANADA

SUPPORTING DON TOLIVER ON TOUR

WATCH BESITO VIDEO HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 — Today, multi-platinum-certified Boston-born and Los Angeles-based artist, BIA, unveils For Certain Deluxe album. Get it here via Epic Records. She reupped, recharged, and reinvigorated her acclaimed debut EP with six brand new tracks.

Among those, BIA recently shared Besito [feat. G Herbo]. Right out of the gate, it generated 5.7 million streams worldwide and over 2 million views on the music video. Reeling in critical acclaim,  Billboard touted it among R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week and claimed, “The ‘Whole Lotta Money’ singer is as braggadocious as ever in her G Herbo-assisted single ‘Besito’.Complex observed, “A whole lotta eyes are on BIA right now, and she’s delivering.E! included it on The MixtapE!, and  Remezcla described it best as a “Bilingual banger.

Additionally, BIA’s breakthrough smash, WHOLE LOTTA MONEY just received a platinum certification from the RIAA and has gone gold in Canada. The original and Nicki Minaj Remix grace the deluxe album as well. Not to mention, she lights up CAN’T TOUCH THIS with razor sharp rhymes and no shortage of attitude, and delivers a seductive bedroom jam on FREAK IN THE NIGHT. Then, there’s BIG DEAL [feat. Sevyn Streeter]. Check out the full tracklisting below.

Right now, BIA is lighting up venues across the country as direct support on Don Toliver’s Life Of A Don Tour. Check out the remaining dates below.

Recently, BIA made headlines when she performed as one of Rihanna’s special guests at the Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 – available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. She also took the stage at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards and gathered two nominations in the categories of Best Collaboration and Song of the Year. Not to mention, she’s fast closing in on 1 billion streams to date. BIA also performed at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards and brought out Lil’ Jon for a performance of their smash, BIA BIA.

BIA asserts herself as hip-hop’s new leading lady on For Certain Deluxe Album. Watch out for more soon!

TRACKLISTING:
1. BIA BIA [feat. Lil Jon]
2. SKATE
3. WHOLE LOTTA MONEY
4. SAME HANDS [feat. Lil Durk]
5. AUTOMATIC [feat. Doe Boy & 42 Dugg]
6. PLATE
7. COVER GIRL
8. FREE BIA (1st DAY OUT)
9. WHOLE LOTTA MONEY [feat. Nicki Minaj]
10. BESITO [feat. G Herbo]
11. CAN’T TOUCH THIS
12. BIG DEAL [feat. Sevyn Streeter]
13. FREAK IN THE NIGHT
14. MOTIONLESS

ABOUT BIA:
Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, BIA, is known for music that possesses both biting wit and boldly authentic swag that stems from her years traveling through the Boston rap scene, later moving over to Miami, Los Angeles, and then taking over the world. With every mixtape, collaboration, and guest appearance, BIA has only amplified her reach. She dominated 2020 with a fresh new perspective: she inked a deal with Epic Records, dropped the hard-hitting, Free BIA (1st Day Out), and the intoxicating, COVERGIRL, as well as dove further into the fashion world with a feature in Good American’s Spring 2020 campaign and Missguided x Sean John Fall 2020 capsule collection.

By the end of 2020, she dropped her For Certain EP, armed with the hit single Whole Lotta Money—a song with a central message that unlimited currency can be both mental and physical. The EP reached the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Charts, and Whole Lotta Money became an undeniable force, due in part to its continuous viral success on TikTok. The track has jumped right off the platform and into streaming stardom, marking its territory in the Spotify Viral 50 Chart as well as the Global Spotify Charts and earning her a nomination for Best Breakthrough Song at the 2021 MTV VMAs. In addition, BIA’s reimagined version of her hit song Skate was featured in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs tune-in promos on NHLNetwork, NBC and NBCSN in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada, and across the NHL’s social and digital platforms.

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LEXXICON DELIVERS NEW SINGLE YOU KNOW ME WITH LIVE PERFORMANCE VISUAL

NEW CONCEPT ALBUM TROPICON ISLANDS 
OUT NOVEMBER 19 – PRE-ORDER 
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PROJECT TO ARRIVE WITH TROPICON ISLANDS NOVEL ON NOVEMBER 26

TORONTO, ON – October 22, 2021 – Chapters continue to unfold as Jamaica-born Toronto-based Hip-Hop/Dancehall trailblazer and community powerhouse, Lexxicon, continues to share music from his forthcoming album, Tropicon Islands, arriving November 19. Today, he delivers a live performance visual to accompany his new single, You Know Me. Produced by Artafacts, and inspired by the signature pop of Beyoncé to the vibe of Tinashe, Lexxicon brings his own heat in this smooth dancefloor-ready track. Listen to You Know Me and watch the performance here, filmed by videographer Mohtohsoh

In this chapter of the album, the couple has decided they can work it out as they know each other so intimately they fear no one else will have that depth of understanding of who they are. The sparks begin to fly again as they make love showing how much they really know about each other.

This song is about feeling as if no one else gets you the way that your person does,” Lexxicon says. “All the different way of communicating such as physical touch, words of affirmation or even acts of service, they get you and know how to switch things up that keep you excited. It’s a feeling like no other when someone understand you emotional and physically.”

The song follows Back To You, Lexxicon's collaboration with fellow Toronto artist, Desiire - a song filled with percussive energy, rhythmic baseline and sprinkled with beachy field recording samples. Tropicon Islands, a conceptual project, where a fictional, remote island is the setting for an intricate, yet real, love story and look at the many threads of a relationship. On Back To You, the couple reminisce about some of the ups and downs in their connection. Listen to Back To You here and pre-order the album here.

Back To You follows Bubble Everywhere, a single that captures the couple exploring the island where the album is set, inspiring listeners to dance, vibe and have a good time.  The song was featured on Tidal's Global Pop Playlist. The album kicked off with Power Over Mecapturing a turning point in a couple’s relationship and their expression of feelings towards each other. The music video was co-directed by Prince and Lexxicon, who previously collaborated on his videos for Doing To Me Di Don Don. Working with choreographer, Fizz, Lexxicon had one week to learn the choreo to create a 90's R&B/ Pop Boy Band energy with a contemporary R&B styling. Featured dancers include DerickCarlDominic & Lovon

 
Escape is the most prevalent idea on the project and which the whole album is named after a fictitious island, and the title of a novel Lexxicon will release in tandem this fall.  Read more about Tropicon Islands below. Watch the trailer here and pre-order Tropicon Islands, the novel, on Kindle here.
 
As the world continues to change, Lexxicon has always found solace in the music. This is the world he aims to create for his fans and listeners. On Tropicon Islands, the album, Lexxicon will merge his roots in dancehall and hip-hop with a deep study around pop music to create his signature form of Afro Pop. An ever-innovative champion of community work and inclusion (Lexxicon is the Director of AfroWaveTO, a Toronto based community creating a new wave of culture globally), he adds a deep study of pop music’s structure and ideas, to amplify and highlight Black voices in pop, proving they don’t need to be put into a specific box in the industry, and making space for these voices to thrive. Tropicon Islands is a fight to feel free, freedom from judgment, expectations and being able to love who you want on your own terms.

Last year, nothing stopped Lexxicon from blazing his path, releasing two smash hit EPs. Tropical R&B  was released on August 14, 2020, followed Lexxicon’s acclaimed Bashment Trap House, released on January 31, 2020. With Tropical R&B, Lexxicon set out to create an R&B record that infuses his dancehall roots. Themes highlight the desire to escape reality, the world, and negative feelings. The futuristic cover art seen above reflects this as it is an image of a gateway to another world. Lyrics explore loneliness, craving belonging and acceptance, and using intimate connections a temporary means of relief. 
 
Venture further into Tropicon Islands with Lexxicon and stay tuned for more ahead of the album release.

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About Lexxicon
Jamaican-born and Toronto bred Lexxicon is known for his dance-oriented Dancehall, Afrobeats, Pop and hip-hop influenced sound. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the afro-fusion genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene. 

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon loves blending his Jamaican roots with quintessential mainstream sounds.

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, he has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, RBCxMusic, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Manifesto. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike.

Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence, and his rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and The Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Breakfast Television, e-Talk, NOW Magazine, CBC Radio and RX Music.

About Tropicon Islands – The Novel
In the twenty-first century, personal data is the new oil, and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) is the technology used to extract it. When emerging global singing star Oceania dies in a mysterious accident after a sold-out 5,000-strong concert, young intern Adonis Thomas mutes his concerns about her untimely death. He just wants to carve out a place for himself in the heady world of mega-stars and talent management. However, when he realizes other major new voices are turning up dead, he begins to piece together a bizarre plot that reaches to the highest level of his company. Staying in the background, he discovers that billionaire investor Vernon Wilson, owner of Sephtis Entertainment, is using state-of-the-art AI technology to gain an edge over his rivals and make massive profits from the music artists he signs to his label. But, only if they’re dead. The startling truth he uncovers puts Adonis in a race against time to save both his life and the life of his loved ones and young stars who have signed with Sephtis Entertainment. As his nemesis closes in for the kill over and over again, Adonis struggles to get just one step ahead of Wilson. In a finale that will have you up all night, Tropicon Islands takes you on a wild ride that will make you think twice about what you think about AI and the impacts it could very well have on your life.

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCE WIDE RELEASE OF CHRISTMAS SONGS VOL. 1

LAST YEAR’S BANDCAMP-EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY RELEASE AVAILABLE ON VINYL, CD, & DSPS FOR THE FIRST TIME

OUT DIGITALLY OCTOBER 29 AND PHYSICALLY NOVEMBER 12 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

PRE-ORDER HERE AND LISTEN TO
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS HERE

ON TOUR NOW IN SUPPORT OF THEIR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM THE MILLION MASKS OF GOD INCLUDING CANADIAN DATES IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL IN 2022

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2021Manchester Orchestra today announced their holiday compilation, Christmas Songs Vol. 1 – released last year exclusively on Bandcamp, where it shot to #1 on the Best Sellers list – will see a wide release digitally on October 29 and physically on November 12 (Loma Vista Recordings). The EP, which features six seasonal classics, will be available across all DSPs and on CD as well as vinyl for the first time; the band’s webstore will feature a special blue vinyl variant, while the retail version is holiday red with an etching on the B-side, housed in a ruby red foiled jacket. Listen to the band’s spare, atmospheric rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas here. Christmas Songs Vol. 1 is now available for pre-order.

"The idea of recording a collection of Christmas songs has always been dancing around in the back of my head,” explained singer/guitarist Andy Hull of the EP’s origin. “Many of the songs we decided to record are hundreds of years old and our approach to recording them was to get out of the way and let the beauty of the composition do the talking. We chose songs that we grew up singing and that were ingrained in our musical inclinations from a very young age. Regardless of your beliefs or how you chose to celebrate or not celebrate this holiday season, I hope this collection can bring you some peace and calmness."

Manchester Orchestra are two weeks into their first North American tour in nearly two years and perform tonight for their biggest NYC show to date at a sold-out Hammerstein Ballroom. Their much-anticipated return to the stage has been earning rave live reviews, including from Houston Press about their sold-out second show of the tour: “Change can be good. In the case of Manchester Orchestra, change can mean rebirth. Judging from fans' passionate reception on Wednesday night, there are plenty of folks willing to go along with Hull and company wherever they decide to go next.” Next month, the band will host their 11th annual hometown festival, The Stuffing, at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on November 19, before resuming the tour in early 2022, including Canadian stops in Toronto and Montreal in March (see below for a full itinerary of dates; tickets are on sale now here). 

Earlier this month, Manchester Orchestra shared the deconstructed and kaleidoscopic rendering of Telepath by Dirty Projectors; listen here. The original is from the band’s acclaimed new album, The Million Masks of God (Loma Vista Recordings – stream/purchase the album here), released on April 30 to career-high praise from Stereogum, NPR Music, Uproxx, SPIN, and many more. The band has performed lead single, Bed Head, for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series and CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions, and also made guest appearances on WXPN World Cafe, WNYC New Sounds, Comedy Bang Bang’s 12th anniversary special, Kesha And The Creepies podcast, and Emily Kinney’s My Caffeine Withdrawal.

Produced by Manchester Orchestra’s lead songwriting duo of Hull and Robert McDowell, Catherine Marks (PJ Harvey, The Killers) and Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers), The Million Masks Of God presents an even grander scale of the epic and re-focused approach to record-making that the band has forged in recent years. Their sixth album finds the band of Hull, McDowell, drummer Tim Very, and bassist Andy Prince relentlessly pushing themselves to create a work that breaks beyond the scope and limits of every previous release in an effort to create their most towering achievement to date, all while sorting through the aftermath of a devastating loss.  

CHRISTMAS SONGS VOL. 1 TRACKLISTING:
1. Intro
2. Silent Night
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4. White Christmas
5. O Holy Night
6. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
7. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
8. Outro

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
10/21/21 - New York, NY - The Hammerstein Ballroom
11/16/21 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom 
11/17/21 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
11/18/21 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theater
11/19/21 - Atlanta GA - Manchester Orchestra’s The Stuffing at
Fox Theatre
02/16/22 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant 
02/17/22 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
02/18/22 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
02/19/22 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
02/21/22 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theater 
02/22/22 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater 
02/23/22 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
02/25/22 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theater
02/26/22- Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
02/27/22 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park 
03/01/22 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
03/02/22 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren 
03/04/22 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
03/05/22 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion 
03/06/22 - Omaha, NE - The Admiral 
03/08/22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 
03/09/22 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre 
03/11/22 - Columbus, OH - Express Live! 
03/12/22 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
03/13/22 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Riverworks 
03/15/22 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/16/22 - Montréal, QC – MTELUS

Praise for The Million Masks of God:

“their grandest vision to date” - UPROXX (Best Albums of 2021 So Far)

“Manchester Orchestra’s most plainly beautiful album. I’d also argue it’s their best” - Stereogum

“A record that feels dynamic and vital – while still respecting the band’s legacy so far – The Million Masks of God is astonishing” - DIY Mag

"The songs here are often as big as ever" - The AV Club

"One of indie-rock’s most visceral and essential bands" - Guitar World

"[an album] that feels like the story of an unmade Ingmar Bergman film." - WNYC New Sounds

“... The Million Masks of God is a gorgeously tuneful and thought-provoking gem.” - Consequence

"...what makes The Million Masks of God so impressive is that it really doesn't sound like any other Manchester Orchestra album. Andy Hull's unmistakable voice and distinct songwriting style make this immediately recognizable...but it feels like an entirely new chapter of their career." - Brooklyn Vegan

“They’ve maintained the style laid out on A Black Mile but imbued it with more splendor.” - Paste

“Leave it to Manchester Orchestra to write an album that leaves you feeling both bereft and whole again in one swoop. The alt-rock band’s sixth LP...surges with sadness and hope in equal measure.” - Relix

“To listen to the new album, The Million Masks of God, from the Atlanta-based rock group, Manchester Orchestra, is to inhabit a cathedral-like building and let your ears take in each swell, each ring and each echo as the vibrations subsume and the medicine of music takes hold.” - American Songwriter

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BODYSNATCHER: FLORIDA DEATHCORE OUTFIT RELEASES CRUSHING ABSOLVED OF THE STRINGS AND STONE SINGLE AND VIDEO FROM FORTHCOMING NEW FULL-LENGTH

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US HEADLINING TOUR UNDERWAY

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2021 – Melbourne, Florida-based brutal deathcore heroes, BODYSNATCHER, are back with a new track, Absolved Of The Strings And Stone, a bludgeoning introduction to their upcoming new full-length album set for release in the coming months via MNRK Heavy. It will be a true test of will, to stop yourself from opening up a pit to this swirling assault of deathcore breakdowns, divebombs, and dissonance. View BODYSNATCHER's Absolved Of The Strings And Stone video here
 
Comments guitarist Kyle Carter of the latest track, “Absolved Of The Strings And Stone speaks on the topic of realizing toxic behavior and cutting those people loose. Realize your worth and trust your gut.”

View the band’s previously released video singles for Break The Cycle, Smash Your Enemies (Hatebreed cover), Take Me To Hell, and King of The Rats. Details on the band’s forthcoming new full-length, including title, artwork, and release date, will be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay alert.
 
BODYSNATCHER is currently in the midst of a US headlining tour. The Downright Merch-sponsored journey commenced on Friday, October 15 and will wind its way through nearly three dozen cities, coming to a close November 21 in Nashville, Tennessee. Support is provided by Boundaries, Left To Suffer, and Mouth For War. See all confirmed dates below.

BODYSNATCHER w/ Boundaries, Left To Suffer, Mouth For War [currently underway]:
10/21/2021 Canal Club - Richmond, VA
10/22/2021 The Backstage @ Championships Bar - Trenton, NJ
10/23/2021 The Brooklyn Monarch - Brooklyn, NY
10/24/2021 Webster Underground - Hartford, CT
10/25/2021 Jewel Music Venue - Manchester, NH
10/26/2021 Alchemy - Providence, RI
10/28/2021 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
10/29/2021 The Sanctuary - Hamtramck, MI
10/30/2021 The Outpost - Kent, OH
10/31/2021 Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, IL
11/02/2021 The Roxy Theatre - Denver, CO
11/03/2021 The Loading Dock - Salt Lake City, UT
11/05/2021 The Big Dipper - Spokane, WA
11/06/2021 Dante's - Portland, OR
11/07/2021 Funhouse @ El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11/09/2021 Holy Diver - Sacramento, CA
11/10/2021 1720 - Los Angeles, CA
11/11/2021 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
11/12/2021 The Nile - Basement - Mesa, AZ
11/13/2021 Eclipse - Albuquerque, NM
11/14/2021 Rockhouse Bar & Grill - El Paso, TX
11/16/2021 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
11/17/2021 The Secret Group - Houston, TX
11/18/2021 Three Links - Dallas, TX
11/19/2021 89th Street Collective - Oklahoma City, OK
11/20/2021 Red Flag - St. Louis, MO
11/21/2021 The End - Nashville, TN
 
BODYSNATCHER — a name inspired by notorious serial killer Ed Gein — brings an updated and brutal formula to deathcore, fusing components of hardcore and beatdown into their blistering hymns. The band currently consists of founding vocalist Kyle Medina, drummer Chris Whited, formerly of King Conquer, bassist Kyle Shope, formerly of Float Face Down, and guitarist Kyle Carter, formerly of Dealey Plaza and Beacons.

The band’s most recent full-length, This Heavy Void, released in 2019, was met with critical accolades from fans and critics alike with New Transcendence hailing, “their most oppressive record yet,” adding, “BODYSNATCHER do more than pick up where their previous, critically acclaimed fusion of beatdown and deathcore left off. Instead, the band provide what is their most comprehensive display of emotion and aggression to date, using everything from vicious grooves to spine-shrinking slams to match the weight and intensity of their lyrical content to create what stands to be one of the first in a blossoming breed of monstrous deathcore releases with true angst, emotion and meaning behind every flesh-shredding breakdown.” The band’s savage live presentation has earned them slots on tours with the likes of contemporary deathcore torchbearers Enterprise Earth, Spite, Lorna Shore, Chelsea Grin, Slaughter To Prevail, and many others.

Earlier this spring, BODYSNATCHER appeared on eOne Heavy Live (now MNRK Heavy), a special livestream event highlighting some of eOne’s top acts. Brutal Planet hailed the band’s, “deathy, grindy set with intense precision,” while Ghost Cult lauded a, “sludgy deathcore experience with heavy-hitting tracks and entertaining personality.” Gushed Metal Noise, “the downtempo deathcore kings bring the slow pummeling rhythmic battery laden slabs of groove from the very start of their crushing set. It’s like getting hit over the head repeatedly by a concrete paving slab and loving every moment with breakdown after breakdown…”

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HEALTH  COLLABORATE WITH POPPY ON NEW SINGLE DEAD FLOWERS OUT NOW VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2021 – Following collaborations with Nine Inch Nails (ISN’T EVERYONE) and Tyler Bates (ANTI-LIFE ft. Chino Moreno from the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack), HEALTH today released their third single of 2021: DEAD FLOWERS, a collaboration with Poppy; listen via DSPs here, and watch the visual here“Every time we release a new track we get asked to give a quote about it. Truthfully, I’m not sure it makes much of a difference,”HEALTH says. Poppy rose to fame with her performance art videos that present her as an android entity, satirizing internet culture and modern society. Poppy’s ethereal vocals combined with HEALTH’s industrial edge gives DEAD FLOWERS an arresting juxtaposition that builds to a cathartic finale. 

DEAD FLOWERS and ISN’T EVERYONE will appear on the forthcoming album, DISCO4 :: PART II, HEALTH’s sequel to 2020’s collaboration debut, LP DISCO4 :: PART I featuring songs with the likes of 100 gecs, JPEGMAFIA, Soccer Mommy, Full of Hell, Ghostemane, and more. HEALTH will kick off a headlining tour of Europe and the U.K. next week and are currently working on the follow-up to their 2019 album, VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR (Loma Vista Recordings); stay tuned for more.

HEALTH Tour Dates 
October 21 - Progresja - Warsaw, PL
October 22 - Heimathafen Neukölln - Berlin, DE
October 23 - Pumpehuset - Copenhagen, DK
October 24 - Berns Bistro and Bar - Stockholm, SE
October 26 - Tavastia Club - Helsinki, FI
October 28 - Vulkan Arena - Oslo, NO
October 29 - Pustervik - Göteborg, SE
October 30 - Uebel & Gefährlich - Hamburg, DE
October 31 - Tivoli Vredenburg - Utrecht, NL
November 2 - Essigfabrik - Köln, DE
November 3 - Rockhal - Esch-sur-alzette, LU
November 4 - Ancienne Belgique - Brussels, BE
November 5 - Electric Ballroom - Camden, UK
November 6 - St. Luke’s - Glasgow, UK
November 7 - Academy 2 - Manchester, UK
November 9 - Opium - Dublin, IE
November 10 - SWX - Bristol, UK
November 11 - L'Aéronef - Lille, FR
November 12 - L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix - Paris, FR
November 26 - SUBSTANCE 2021 - Los Angeles, CA
October 18, 2022 - Transbordeur - Villeurbanne, FR
October 19, 2022 - La Laiterie Artefact - Strasbourg, FR
October 25, 2022 - Lucerna Music Bar - Praha, CZ
November 12, 2022 - Academy 2 - Dublin, IE
November 16, 2022 - Manchester Academy 2 - Manchester, UK
November 17, 2022 - Electric Brixton - London, UK

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BREAKOUT WEST GETS BACK TO LIVE!

WEEKLY SPOTLIGHTS ON
THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY
RUNNING THROUGH OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER

LIVE IN PERSON PERFORMANCES AND PANELS
+ ARTIST AND INDUSTRY FEATURES
AND CURATED PLAYLISTS HIGHLIGHTING LOCAL MUSICIANS

WRISTBANDS FOR BREAKOUT WEST 2022
AVAILABLE NOW

Winnipeg, MB – October 18, 2021 – BreakOut West is thrilled to be Back To Live! After more than a year off-stage, musicians are finally returning to live performances and BreakOut West is celebrating with a five-week series of concerts, speaking engagements, and digital content from some of the best the western Canadian music industry has to offer.

With the support of FACTOR, from their contribution to the live music sector programming funds, and Bell MTS in Manitoba, artists and guest speakers will take to venues across the western provinces and northern territories through the months of October and November, kicking off next week (week of October 25th).

Each week will be dedicated to an individual region by highlighting their diverse local artists, industry insiders, and unique music industry landscape, through in person performances and live panels, as well as digital content, including artist and industry features, and curated playlists. The performances and speakers will also be livestreamed via BreakOut West’s Facebook for audiences across the country to enjoy. See below for the full Back To Live series schedule. Live programming in Peguis First Nation and Yellowknife, NWT will be taking place at a future time due to COVID-19 – stay tuned for new dates coming soon.

“I am so incredibly proud of the artists and industry in western Canada, and honoured to continue to support their achievements,” declares Robyn Stewart, Executive Director, Western Canadian Music Alliance.

BreakOut West’s annual music festival with also be safely returning to live in the new year, with showcases taking place in Winnipeg, MB from February 2 to 6, 2022. Acts from all across western Canada will perform at venues throughout the city, along with special international guests. The first-round list of performing artists can be found here and wristbands are available now. More performers will be announced soon and a full schedule of events will be available at breakoutwest.ca.

BREAKOUT WEST BACK TO LIVE:
Week of October 25: Manitoba

Tuesday, October 26 – Playlist
Wednesday, October 27 – Artist Feature
Thursday, October 28 – Winnipeg Showcase – performances by
Mobina Galore, Housepanther, JayWood
Friday, October 29 – Industry Feature

Week of November 1: The North (Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Nunavut)
Monday, November 1 – Whitehorse Showcase (performances by LOCAL BOY, Erica Dee Mah, Gordie Tentrees)
Tuesday, November 2 – Artist Feature
Thursday, November 4 – Industry Feature
Friday, November 5 – Playlist

Week of November 8: Alberta
Monday, November 8 – Playlist
Tuesday, November 9 – Artist Feature
Wednesday, November 10 – Calgary Showcase (performances by
Mariya Stokes, Wyatt C. Louis, Selci)
Thursday, November 11 – Edmonton Showcase (performances by VISSIA, Ghost Woman, Arlo Maverick)
Friday, November 12 – Industry Feature

Week of November 15: Saskatchewan
Monday, November 15 – Playlist
Tuesday, November 16 – Artist Feature
Wednesday, November 17 – Regina Showcase (performances by RUMPUS, Marissa Burwell, MELODNA)
Thursday, November 18 – Industry Feature
Friday, November 19 – Saskatoon Showcase (performances
by The Garrys, W3APONS, Slow Down Molasses)

Week of November 22: British Columbia
Monday, November 22 – Playlist
Tuesday, November 23 – Artist Feature
Wednesday, November 24 – Kelowna Showcase (performances by The Oot n’ Oots, Robbie G, Post-Modern Connection)
Thursday, November 25 – Victoria Showcase (performances by Alexandria Maillot, and Dana Sipos)
Friday, November 26 – Industry Feature

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 February 2-6, in Winnipeg, MB, including a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and special events. The 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in October 2021.  

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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HAVIAH MIGHTY DETERMINES THE WORTH OF PURSUIT ON NEW SINGLE COULDA BEEN U FEATURING ASTROKIDJAY 

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STOCK EXCHANGE MIXTAPE OUT NOVEMBER 12

TORONTO RELEASE SHOW NOVEMBER 12
AT PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE

"She’s already a star, now you just have to pay attention" NOW Magazine

TORONTO, ON – October 15, 2021 – As Haviah Mighty nears the launch of her Stock Exchange mixtape next month, time continues to be of the essence. This rings true on the project's latest single, Coulda Been U, where Haviah determines what's worth pursuing. Featuring fellow Toronto rapper, AstrokidjayCoulda Been U is the result of an Instagram correspondence that led to collaboration. While Haviah and Astrokidjay found common ground in melodic vocals with contrasting bars for good measure, the flowing, bass-heavy track layered with bold, reflective verse was produced by Haviah, Denise De’ion, and Mighty Prynce. Listen to Coulda Been U here ahead of Stock Exchange, out November 12. 

"It's inspired by the new and different types of encounters that I find myself having with people – whether fans, strangers, existing friends - and realizing that some of those peoples' investments in me weren't coming from the right place," Haviah says. "Maybe they were excited about perceived income, profile, lifestyle, etc…but not so much about who I am, or what I have to offer. These days, I don't have time to waste, so I’m getting better at determining early on who/what is worth investing my time into. This song focuses on the fact that I know I'm a prize, so act right, or you'll miss out."

Coulda Been U follows Haviah's September single, Tesla. Produced by Haviah Mighty and Young Dreadz, the celebratory and reflective track is layered by ominous beats, synth-driven melodies, and hard bars. Listen to the song hereand watch the  video game-inspired visual. Directed by Jesse Dart of Die Fire Films, with Production Company, Cultiv8  here with the visualizer by BlackPowerBarbie here
 
Following Haviah's 2019 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, 13th Floor, Stock Exchange mixtape is an international endeavour that will include collaborations with multiple Latin GRAMMY winning Barcelona-based artist, Mala Rodríguez (Flamenco), UK artist, Yizzy (Protest), US artists Jalen Santoy (Way Too Fast) and Old Man Saxon (Antisocial), to  JUNO Award-winning rapper, TOBi (Good On My Own Tonight),  Toronto DJ and Producer Grandtheft (Avocado), and more. The title refers to a reckoning Haviah had internally over the last year, connecting with how artists are forced to validate their value based on random data (followers, subscribers) and losing a part of the authentic human-to-human universal experience of art. 

Haviah just rocked stages at Ottawa's Cranium Festival, Osheaga Get Together in Montreal, and an epic return to the UK for her debut at FOCUS Wales last week.

International audiences can check out Haviah performing a virtual set for Venus Festival on October 22, accompanied with an installation by Toronto artist, curator and cultural worker, Roya DelSol. On October 30, Haviah will head to Hamilton, Ontario's Pier 4 Park for Because Beer Festival. Hometown fans in Toronto will get to experience her unparalleled live performance at Phoenix Concert Theatre on mixtape launch day - Friday, November 12. In 2022, Haviah will support Arkells on a national run across Canada. Details and tickets can be found on Haviah's website and below. 

Get to know Haviah Mighty’s work to date ahead of Stock Exchange and learn more about this rising artist below. 

Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates:
Friday, October 22: Venus Festival - Virtual Online Performance (Tickets)
Saturday, October 30: Hamilton, ON @ Because Beer Festival (Pier 4 Park (Tickets)
Friday, November 12: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre  (Tickets)

2022 Tour Dates (supporting Arkells):
Wednesday, February 2: Victoria, BC @ Rogers Arena
Friday, February 4: Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome 
Saturday, February 5: Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
Thursday, February 10: Ottawa, ON @ TD Place
Friday, February 11: Kingston, ON @ Leon's Centre
Saturday, February 12: London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
Thursday, February 17: Barrie, ON @ Barrie Molson Centre
Friday, February 18: Kitchener, ON @ The Auld
Saturday, February 19: Oshawa, ON @ Tribute Communities Centre
 
Listen to Coulda Been U |  Watch Coulda Been U 
Listen to 13th Floor  here | Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here
Listen to Coulda Been U |  Watch Coulda Been U 
Listen to 13th Floor  here | Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here
Photo by Yung Yemi (@yung.yemi)

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We also acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR,
Canada’s private radio broadcasters, and Ontario Creates.
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STEVE PERRY GETS FESTIVE ON WINTER WONDERLAND

FROM HIS FIRST HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY ALBUM THE SEASON OUT NOVEMBER 5

TORONTO, ON – October 15, 2021 – Iconic singer-songwriter, Steve Perry, has shared Winter Wonderland, from his forthcoming holiday album, The Season, out November 5 via Fantasy Records. Listen here. The track is the second song to be unveiled from the inspired and joyous new record, and marks the first-ever Christmas album from the beloved rock legend.
 
Steve Perry’s interpretation of Winter Wonderland captures the song’s timelessness, while simultaneously putting his own personal spin on the track. Perry’s signature vocals are on full display, set against a smooth and steady tempo and warm harmonies. Perry comments, “’Winter Wonderland’ is one of my favorite tracks on The Season. I have always felt a close love for Motown's music and how it shaped my early school years. This track is a homage to that.”
 
The Season features exuberant, new interpretations of holiday classics that hold significant meaning for Perry, along with millions across the globe. All eight tracks on the record come straight from the heart, transporting listeners to a familiar place of comfort and familiarity associated with loved ones and meaningful traditions shared during the holidays. Pre-order The Season due out November 5, here.
 
It’s fitting that Perry also works tirelessly on charitable efforts close to his heart as the holiday season approaches.  In September he partnered with the San Francisco Giants/The Giants Community Fund on a specialty car auction. The online auction, organized by the Fund’s car donation partner, CARS, featured Perry’s beloved 1979 Mercedes 450SL, along with a custom-made touring tuxedo tails jacket worn by Perry during past concert performances and an autographed copy of The Season. The classic silver convertible was driven to many Journey writing, recording, and rehearsal sessions. The Giants Community Fund has been grateful for Perry’s support for nearly 20 years. Sue Petersen, Executive Director, said, “Steve’s not only an inspiration to Giants fans; he’s a believer in the Fund’s work and a dedicated friend and supporter. What a cool and creative way to share something personal with fans and help the community at the same time.” Proceeds from the auction support the Junior Giants program, which provides a free, noncompetitive baseball and softball program for nearly 24,000 kids, ages 5-18 years old, in more than 85 leagues in underserved communities.
 
For Steve, the most vivid memories of holidays remind him of his grandmother’s home. The sentiment is evident throughout the record, including the first track released ahead of the album, I’ll Be Home For Christmas. He explains, "When I was recording vocals for ‘I'll be Home For Christmas’ as I was singing ‘Please have snow and mistletoe and presents under the tree.’  I was emotionally thrown into standing in my grandmothers’ house staring through the door that I always hung mistletoe on. And then I saw her beautiful Christmas tree in front of her living room window.  I had to stop singing because it felt like I was really there ....... I was a bit stunned…back home for Christmas is where everyone wants to be.”
  
One of the most recognizable voices in rock & roll history, Steve Perry has captivated generations with the sheer power of his range and extraordinary tone. One of Rolling Stone’s ‘100 Greatest Singers of All Time’, he fronted Journey during the band’s most successful era, and gained entry into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Perry returned to music in 2018 with the release of his Fantasy album, TRACES, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard album charts and #6 overall – a personal best for his solo work.
 
The Season Track List:

1. The Christmas Song
2. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
3. Auld Lang Syne
4. Winter Wonderland
5. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
7. Silver Bells
8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
 
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SWEET ALIBI RELEASE SOULFUL NEW SINGLE SLOW DOWN

FROM UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH ALBUM MAKE A SCENE
COMING THIS FALL

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – October 15, 2021 – With a brand new full-length album on the horizon, Winnipeg-based trio, Sweet Alibi, today share the soulful new single, Slow Down. Featuring the group’s signature three-piece harmonies, backed by dreamy folk-pop melodies, Slow Down encourages listeners to be mindful and take time to be present, compassionate and connected to the world around us. Listen to the song here and watch the accompanying video here.

Written in January 2020, Slow Down is partly inspired by the Wet'suwet'en pipeline protests in British Columbia, Canada, and wildfires in Australia.

“I was reflecting on how a capitalist society impacts the environment. The rate at which we develop and consume seems to be unsustainable for the health and longevity of the planet, and creates wealth division leaving a lot of people behind, struggling to have their basic needs met,” says Sweet Alibi’s Jess Rae Ayre.

“Our smart phones have become almost like a Swiss Army knife with our connection to the outside world. There’s a lot coming in and a lot going out, at a rate much quicker than our brains have developed to process. I know for myself personally, if I am in an area where there’s a little phone reception and I am connected to nature and moving at a slower pace I feel a lot more regulated and connected to my internal emotional processing. It makes me more present and connected to my surroundings, which I’ve noticed is the first part of feeling compassion. I feel that mindfully slowing down creates more presence and compassion, which are key pieces in creating more equality for people, and more connected intention for how we treat the planet. 

I don’t think people by nature are morally insensitive, but when there is added stress, people are feeling hurried and constantly chasing this dream of trying to keep up. It’s easy to lose touch with core values, which differ for everyone. 

I don’t have the answers for climate change, I don’t have the answers for poverty and wealth division, but Kurt Vonnegut said it best: ‘We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.’”

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 Jon Smith 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 – the most recent being Confetti, which charted for eight weeks.

The band will soon be releasing their fourth studio album, entitled Make A Scene, Recorded with producers Matt Peters and Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe, Begonia), the album is a melodic experience focused on hooky guitar lines and layered beats, inspired by the likes of Alabama Shakes and Bahamas. Sweet Alibi’s sound has been evolving and refining throughout their past album releases, extensive Canada-wide and international touring, as well as a focused effort to draw on the creative efforts of their favourite influences.

Stay tuned for more from Sweet Alibi, coming soon!

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JOY CROOKES SHARES MUCH ANTICIPATED ALBUM SKIN VIA INSANITY RECORDS

"a rich, varied and considered body of work... 'Skin' is an album worthy of elevating the singer
into the realm of Britain's classiest chart-bothering talents. It does everything a debut should" 
DIY ★★★★★

TORONTO, ON – October 15, 2021 – Today, Joy Crookes has shares her much anticipated debut album, Skinreleased via Insanity Records, available to purchase or stream now. It includes singles, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, title track SkinWhen You Were Mine and Trouble. Joy will tour later this year in celebration of the new album; the run kicks off in November in Brighton, takes in two nights at O2 Forum Kentish Town, and extends into next year when Joy will take the show out to Europe. Full list of dates below. 
 
With Joy credited as an executive producer on the album, alongside the formidable Blue May (Kano, Blood Orange), Skin is a hugely personal, gamechanging body of work from one of the UK’s boldest and brightest young talents. A collection of songs built and honed throughout her adolescence and into her early twenties, and finessed last year within the most turbulent of circumstances, Skin touches on topics such as mental health, relationships, and politics all with grace and sensitivity. Joy has created what can only be described as a truly special body of work that is both perfectly of the moment, and entirely timeless. Skin’s album artwork is shot by Carlota Guerrero, who has previously worked with Arca, Chloe x Halle, and Solange for all of her imagery for A Seat At The TableListen to Skin here.

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About Joy Crookes
A proud South Londoner of Bangladesh and Irish heritage, Joy Crookes is a singer-songwriter, a masterful instrumentalist, a Brit nominated rising star, and an artist who sees herself as part of a beautiful eco system of storytellers, mavericks, and salt of the earth Londoners. Her unique approach to storytelling within her songs, partnered with her infectious charisma has seen her become a treasured and trusted new voice both musically and across her social media. Joy uses her creativity as a tool to understand her own identity, her place in the world and her relationships within it.
 
At just 22, she has acquired the most fiercely of loyal fanbases, notching streams into the hundreds of millions and has cemented herself as an important, influential part of new British music. After being nominated for the Brits Rising Star award as well as placing fourth on the BBC Sound Poll, Joy went on to become the most widely tipped artist of 2020 and sold out her debut UK tour in a matter of hours. She was due to support Harry Styles at The O2 in London pre-pandemic, and has played Glastonbury, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Later… With Jools Holland, and her own sold out shows across the UK and Europe.

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS UNVEIL NEW SONG WHAT IF I FEATURING JENNY LEWIS AND LUCIUS’ JESS WOLFE

THIRD STUDIO ALBUM THE FUTURE
OUT NOVEMBER 5 ON STAX RECORDS

“The hottest vintage-sounding soul octet in the country.” - Billboard

“The soul-R&B-rock collective... ranks as one of the most thrilling arrivals in years.”
- Los Angeles Times

TORONTO, ON – October 15, 2021— Today, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats unveil a new song, What If I, featuring vocal harmonies from Jenny Lewis and Lucius’ Jess Wolfe. What If I is the latest track to be revealed from the band’s third studio album, The Future, set for release on November 5 via Stax Records. Listen to/share the track here.

Following its release in August, the band’s knockout single “Survivor” quickly propelled into the top 10 at Canadian Alternative radio, just as it moved quickly into the #1 slot at Triple A and debuted Top 25 on the Alternative Chart in the U.S.. The song is also #2 on the Americana Singles Chart while The Future remains #1 on the Non-Comm Albums Chart for the sixth consecutive week. Most recently, the group debuted the video for their track Love Don’t, featuring footage captured on tour throughout Europe and North America from 2018-2021.
 
In addition, the band confirms a pair of headline shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre on November 4 and 5 - tickets can be purchased here and here respectively. Additional 2022 dates to be announced soon while full tour routing can be found below.

The new music caps off a run of career milestones for Rateliff and the band, including a debut on Saturday Night Live featuring the premiere performance of Redemption, written and featured in the film, Palmer, starring Justin Timberlake, as well as an appearance on CMT Crossroads with country singer/songwriter, Margo Price. Rateliff’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert recently premiered at NPR Music, as well.

For The Future, Rateliff and The Night Sweats escaped to his new Colorado studio to write an album’s worth of songs, shedding light on their unique observations and songwriting reflecting on our current times. While recognizable, the new work has evolved and pushes the band to a new level.

“I look at the album overall as a big question,” notes Rateliff. “When I was writing the record we were in the middle of a pandemic and our future looked pretty bleak. I just continue to try to write from a place of hope. Then my own neurosis, and maybe being a Libra gets in the way, and I can’t make up my mind. There is this constant back and forth battle in me personally and I am sure that comes out in my writing.”

Recorded at Rateliff’s own Broken Creek Studio outside of Denver, The Future was produced by Bradley Cook (Bon Iver, Kevin Morby, The War on Drugs) and R.M.B.—the production trio of Rateliff, Patrick Meese (The Night Sweats) and James Barone (Beach House)—who were the team behind Rateliff’s acclaimed 2020 solo album And It’s Still Alright. Additional production was added by musician, engineer and producer Elijah Thompson (Father John Misty, Richard Swift) while Lewis, Wolfe and Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) contributed backing vocals.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are Rateliff (vocals, guitar), Joseph Pope III (bass), Meese (drums, percussion, keys), Luke Mossman (guitar), Mark Shusterman (organ, keys), Andreas Wild (saxophone), Daniel Hardaway (trumpet) and Jeff Dazey (saxophone).

The band’s self-titled debut album was a breakout success. Now certified Platinum in Canada, it has sold over a million records worldwide. Their hit single, S.O.B. is certified 3x Platinum, and hit #1 at Alt Radio in Canada.  Their sophomore album, Tearing at the Seams debuted in March 2018 to widespread critical acclaim and featured three singles which hit #1 at Triple A Radio, including You Worry Me, which also hit #1 at Alt Radio in Canada. Last year, Rateliff released his first solo album in seven years via Stax Records. And It’s Still Alright peaked at #3 on iTunes’ Top Albums chart, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk chart, landed at #2 on their Current Rock chart and resided at #1 on the Americana Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks. Earlier this year, Rateliff released a new live album, Red Rocks 2020, which was record in an empty Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Rateliff’s mid-September run of socially distanced shows.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS LIVE
October 17—New York, NY—Brooklyn Made
November 4—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre
November 5—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre

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SILLA AND RISE SHARE TULUKKAT FEATURING DEIRDRE DOOLEY  FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM SILARJUAQ

OUT OCTOBER 29 VIA BALANCED RECORDS

LISTEN TO SINGLES ANIRNIQ AND PANDEMONIUM

TORONTO, ON – October 15, 2021 – Today, Ottawa, ON/Nunavut-based JUNO-nominated ensemble, Silla and Rise, invite you to take flight with Tulukkat featuring Deirdre Dooley - the third single from Silarjuaq, their forthcoming album out October 29 via Balanced Records. Tulukkat is the plural of tulugaq, meaning “raven” in Inuktitut. With lyrics penned by the group's Charlotte Qamaniq, the symbolism of the raven is often complex and appears frequently in the stories of peoples around the world. Tulukkat brings this to life - listen here and view the stunning accompanying visual set on the Ottawa River, filmed and edited by Mike Scherling (Motion By Mike) here.

The group adds, "As a mediator between life and death in both Celtic and Inuit traditions this song blends the Irish Bodhran drum played by Deirdre Dooley with the raven’s call throat song which was formed after many years of practice by Charlotte Qamaniq. The song is dedicated to Qamaniq’s father Marcel Mason who was of Irish descent, and adopted into the Qamaniq family of Iglulik, Nunavut."

Drawing its name from the Inuktitut word for Universe, its root, Sila, has a broad definition that encompasses concepts of weather, the land, the spirit of the atmosphere, cunning, and intelligence. Adding the affix “-juaq” makes it “large” and alludes to the grander structure of the cosmos in which we find ourselves. The album, set for release October 29 via Balanced Records, will feature the second single, Anirniq, out today. Listen to the song here.
 
Tulukkat follows the group's previous release, Anirniq. Drawing its title from the Inuktitut word for breath,  it includes an energetic video that sees Silla and Rise moving to the rhythm of every beat alongside guest dancers, Alea DecastroJulie Benoit, and Vanessa Lovell. Watch the crew dance in unison as Charlotte Qamaniq and Charlotte Carleton lead the way with every verse here

In June, Silla and Rise released PandemoniumOriginally presented live as part of EVERYSEEKER, a festival that presents contemporary music in Kjipuktuk / Halifax, Nova Scotia, the track evolved into a call-and-response video with Inuvialuk/Gwichin visual artist, Darcie Bernhardt, from Tuktuujaatuq.For the gallery-worthy visual, Darcie animated 9,000 watercolour stills and the resulting collaboration was broadcast live. The beautiful imagery also conjures up current events and the important contemporary themes of resource extraction and Indigenous sovereignty. Watch Pandemonium here
 
Silarjuaq will expand on Silla and Rise’s incredible career trajectory to date, blending the Inuit throat singing of Silla (Cynthia Pitsiulak, Charlotte Qamaniq and Charlotte Carleton) with the global dancefloor mixology of Rise Ashen. As the group respects, honours and preserves Inuit culture, paying homage to the Inuit land and its strong connection to spirituality, key themes on the project draw from inquiries around the universe, animals and nature, diving into the unknown, the love one shares with children and family, Indigenous rights, colonialism and beyond. 

Ambient production, frenetic beats and club-ready grooves provide the layered foundation for Silla’s prose and storytelling that weaves its way through the album, with features from Tanya Tagaq, Deirdre Dooley, Theland Kicknosway and more. Listen to Silla and Rise’s latest and stay tuned for the stories on Silarjuaq.

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About Silla and Rise:
Silla have been performing together since 2005.  Its core members, Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU) and Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) were joined in 2020 by the amazing Charlotte Carleton (Panniqtuuq, NU). Silla respects, honours and preserves Inuit culture and pays homage to the Inuit land and its strong connection to spirituality.  With their music, they invite audiences to experience the sounds of traditional and contemporary katajjaq - Inuit throat song.
 
Rise Ashen (Ottawa, ON) is a global-grooves producer, percussionist, DJ, and dancer.  He produces Silla and Rise and performs electronic percussion with the band for their live performances.  Rise has spent his life pursuing the intersection of traditional and futuristic music. 

Silla and Rise was founded in 2016, coming together to blend traditional aspects of Inuit throat singing and futuristic dance floor beats.  Since then, they’ve been nominated for two JUNO Awards. First for Indigenous Music Album of the Year in 2017, for their self-titled Debut: Silla + Rise, followed by a nod for their second album, Galactic Gala, for World Music Album of the Year in 2019. They were nominated for the Indigenous Music Awards for Best Inuit for Indigenous Language, for Francophone Album in 2017, and won the Stingray Award at Mundial Festival in Montreal in 2018.
 
About Silla and Rise (Inuktitut)
ᓯᓚ ᐊᒻᒪ ᕋᐃᔅ ᓂᔾᔮᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᕗᑦ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᑲᑕᔾᔭᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ
ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓯᓚ ᖁᙱᐊᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓴᓂᓕᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ-ᓂᔾᔮᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᒧᒥᕈᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᓂ
ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᓪᓗᓂ/ᐊᓇᐅᓪᓚᑦᑕᖅᑎ ᕋᐃᔅ ᐋᓯᓐ. ᖁᙱᐊᖅᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᕋᐃᔅᒥ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂ
2016−ᒥ, ᓯᓚᐅᑉ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᓵᓕᑦ ᖃᒪᓂᖅ, ᓯᓐᑎᐊ ᐱᑦᓯᐅᓛᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓵᓕᑦ ᑳᕈᓪᑕᓐ, ᑕᒪᒃᑭᑦ
ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᙶᖅᖢᑎᒃ, ᐱᓕᕆᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐃᓕᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᑲᑕᔾᔭᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᒫᓐᓇᒨᓕᖓᔪᒥ
ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐆᒻᒪᕆᒃᑏᓐᓇᖅᖢᓂᔾᔪᒃ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᓇᒍ ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂᑐᖃᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ
ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᕆᙱᑕᓄᑦ ᐱᐅᓯᖃᓕᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ. ᕋᐃᔅᔅ
ᓂᔾᔮᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᖅᑕᖓ ᓴᖅᑭᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᓪᓚᕆᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᔨᕋᖅᑐᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ
ᒧᒥᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᓴᕐᓈᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᑐᓴᕐᓈᕐᓂᕐᒥ – ᓇᒃᓴᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᓂ
ᑐᓴᕐᓈᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐊᖑᔪᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᑦᑐᓂ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᐅᔪᓂ – ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒐᔪᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓚᖓ
ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓂᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᖓᓂ ᓂᓪᓕᐊᓂᕆᕙᒃᑕᖓᓂ ᑲᑕᔾᔭᕐᓂᕐᒥ.
 
ᐅᓇ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᐊᓇᐅᓪᓚᑦᑕᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓂᖅ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᔭᐅᑲᐅᑎᒋᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᖅ ᓈᑉ ᐃᓗᐊᓂ;
ᓴᙱᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᐸᒍᒥᓇᖅᑎᑦᑎᓲᒥᒃ ᑎᒥᓕᒫᒥ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓴᒃᑯᑦᑎᓲᖑᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ
ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᓂ ᓂᓪᓕᐊᓂᐊᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᓱᕋᑦᑎᕆᓂᖅ ᐊᒡᕕᐊᕈᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓴᓇᓂᕐᒥ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᓯᓚ
ᐊᒻᒪ ᕋᐃᔅ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᕗᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᐅᙱᓐᓂᐅᓂᖓᓂ, ᐃᓚᖓᓂ ᓄᑖᙳᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᑕᐅᔪᒥ
ᕿᒥᕐᕈᓇᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓂᐱᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᐃᑉᐸᖓ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᕐᔪᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᕐᓄᑦ. ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᖓᓂ
ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓕᕆᔨᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐱᖃᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓈᓚᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ.
ᑐᓴᕐᓈᕐᓂᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᔭᕆᐊᓕᖕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓗᓂ ᑐᓴᖅᑕᐅᑐᐃᓐᓇᙱᓪᓗᓂ.

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IMPENDING DOOM TO RELEASE HELLBENT EP JANUARY 12, 2022 VIA MNRK HEAVY

SATANIC PANIC NOW PLAYING + PREORDERS AVAILABLE

TORONTO, ON – October 15, 2021 – Long-running deathcore outfit, IMPENDING DOOM, will release their new EP, Hellbent, on January 12, 2022 via MNRK Heavy, today unveiling its first single.

Hellbent boasts the enduring trio who formed the creative core of IMPENDING DOOM in Riverside, California: vocalist Brook Reeves, guitarist Manny Contreras, and bassist David Sittig. Recorded with engineer Joseph Calleiro at Dungeon by the Sea in Los Angeles and mixed by longtime band collaborator Will Putney (Knocked Loose, The Ghost Inside, Thy Art Is Murder), the EP is a blistering five-song blast of readily identifiable IMPENDING DOOM brutality, with just enough of a modern flourish. As reliably as ever, the band endeavor to bring woe with crushing heaviness, sick death metal and grindcore riffage, impossibly guttural growls, and steadfast reverence for God. Satanic Panic, New World Horror, Culture Of Death, I Must End, and the title track are punishingly incisive entries into the band's esteemed canon, which stretches back to their 2005 demo. 

The new EP arrives adorned with an arresting cover courtesy of Jim Pavelec, an illustrator specializing in the occult, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy, including pieces for classic RPG Dungeons & Dragons. "We've never done an EP before this, and we spent a lot of time writing the music on Hellbent," Sittig explains. "We don't traditionally have many surprises with the art, but we wanted to try something different. We've used the same couple of guys to create art for us. But Jim had created this piece already, and we loved it so much that we reached out to him. He tweaked a few things for us, but he first made it on his own.”

In advance of the EP’s release, today the band unveils a video for first single, Satanic Panic. Comments Reeves, “Satanic Panic is a song about the occult and ritual abuse reaching to the elite but in the end God has the final judgement.”

View IMPENDING DOOM’s Satanic Panic video here.
 
Hellbent will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preorders here.  
 
Additionally, the band will be announcing a slew of upcoming live dates in the coming days in support of Hellbent. Stay alert.
 
Hellbent EP Track Listing:
1. Satanic Panic
2. New World Horror
3. Culture Of Death
4. Hellbent
5. I Must End
 
The Sin And Doom Of Godless Men, IMPENDING DOOM’s blissfully devastating 2005 demo, was shocking in its urgent immediacy and its unashamed outspokenness. But that demo was merely a step toward the total devastation that was their debut album, Nailed. Dead. Risen. (2007), which shook the proverbial Earth with its uncompromising vision of what they had transfigured with elements of death metal, grind, and hardcore.
 
The series of increasingly diverse and intense releases that followed never compromised, always challenging, and pushing the limits of the genre, with the likes of The Serpent Servant (2009), There Will Be Violence (2010), Baptized In Filth (2012), Death Will Reign (2013), and the back-to-basics bludgeoning of The Sin And Doom, Vol. II (2018) appealing to the faithful and faithless alike. Combining crushing riffs and an unashamed point of view, each of their half dozen albums demonstrate the power of outspoken deathcore devastation. IMPENDING DOOM is clearly here to stay.

IMPENDING DOOM:
Brook Reeves – vocals
Manny Contreras – guitar
David Sittig – bass

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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ALLIANCE CELEBRATES WINNERS OF 2021 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ARTISTIC AND INDUSTRY AWARDS

RAY ST. GERMAIN AND CAROLE VIVIER
ANNOUNCED AS RECIPIENTS OF THE 2021 HERITAGE AWARD AND KEVIN WALTERS INDUSTRY BUILDER AWARD

THE WATCHMEN INDUCTED IN TO THE
WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Winnipeg, MB – October 15, 2021 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards, in both the Artistic and Industry categories. Celebrated this evening during a livestreamed broadcast, and with a special in-person watch party in BreakOut West 2022 host city, Winnipeg, MB, the WCMAwards honoured the outstanding artists and music industry professionals from across western Canada.

"It’s been so exciting to celebrate the accomplishments of artists and industry over the past year,” says Robyn Stewart, Executive Director, Western Canadian Music Alliance. “We saw a significant increase this year in material submitted for artist nominations, which is such a wonderful sign of the resiliency of creators. Congratulations to all who released work this year, and to all industry who supported new music releases. I am excited for the future of western Canadian music and the strength we are building together, as we get safely back to live.” 

A special pre-awards show program aired earlier in the afternoon, ahead of the full winner reveal, on CBC Radio One’s Up To Speed (89.3 FM and CBC Listen), where Pop Artist of the Year (Sponsored by CBC Manitoba) was awarded to Begonia,  Grant Davidson (MB) was announced as the winner of the Songwriter of the Year Award (Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada [SOCAN]), and Rock Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Torque Brewing) was presented to Mise en Scene (MB). The award presentations were also accompanied by live in studio performances from Grant and Mise en Scene.

Following the broadcast, all of the award winners were revealed on BreakOut West’s Facebook Live, where viewers and watch party attendees were treated to a performance by 2021 double nominee, Slow Leaves (Roots Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year). Manitoba musicians made an outstanding showing this year, taking home 11 of the Artistic awards, including Recording of the Year, which was presented to Begonia, and accompanied by a $2,000 honourarium courtesy of Stingray Music’s Stingray Rising Star program. Double-winner, Kelly Bado (Global Artist of the Year and Francophone Artist of the Year, Sponsored by APCM [Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique]), was also presented with a $1,000 honourarium courtesy of APCM.

The Heritage Award, Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award, and Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees will be formally presented at a special event during BreakOut West 2022 in Winnipeg, MB (February 2-6). This year’s recipients are Manitoba’s, Ray St Germain (Heritage Award), Carole Vivier (Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award), and The Watchmen (Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame).

2021 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ARTISTIC WINNERS

Blues Artist of the Year – Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, BC

BreakOut Artist of the Year – Sargeant X Comrade, AB

Children’s Artist of the Year – Claire Ness, YT

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year, Sponsored By Canadian Music Centre (CMC) – PEP (Piano and Erhu Project), BC

Classical Composer of the Year – T. Patrick Carrabre, BC

Country Artist of the Year – Nice Horse, AB

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year – So Sus, BC

Francophone Artist of the Year, Sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique) – Kelly Bado, MB

Global Artist of the Year – Kelly Bado, MB

Indigenous Artist of the Year – Snotty Nose Rez Kids, BC

Instrumental Artist of the Year – Rubim de Toledo, AB

Jazz Artist of the Year – Will Bonness, MB

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year – Vagina Witchcraft, MB

Pop Artist of the Year, Sponsored by CBC Manitoba – Begonia, MB

Producer of the Year – deadmen, MB

R&B Artist of the Year – Sebastian Gaskin, MB

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year – Snotty Nose Rez Kids, BC

Recording of the Year, Presented by Stingray – Begonia, MB

Rock Artist of the Year, Sponsored by Torque Brewing – Mise en Scene, MB

Roots Artist of the Year – William Prince, MB

Songwriter(s) of the Year, Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) – Grant Davidson, MB

Spiritual Artist of the Year – Yvonne St Germaine, SK

Video Director of the Year, Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music – Alfonso Chin, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Screaming Indian, BC

Visual Media Composer of the Year – Factor Eight, Live Is But A Dream, SK

2021 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS INDUSTRY WINNERS

Audio Engineering Award – Sheldon Zaharko, BC

Community Excellence Award – National Music Centre, AB

Excellence in Visual Design – Roberta Landreth, MB

Impact in Artist Development – Birthday Cake, MB

Impact in Live Music, Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association – The Starlite Room (Starlite Sessions) #SupportCanadianVenues, AB

Impact in Music Marketing – Birthday Cake, MB

Heritage Award – Ray St. Germain, MB

Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award – Carole Vivier, MB

Hall Of Fame, Sponsored by FACTOR – The Watchmen, MB

See the complete list of artistic nominees here, and the list of industry nominees here.

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 February 2-6, in Winnipeg, MB, including a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and special events. The 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in October 2021.  

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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ERICK SERMON TO RELEASE FIRST NFT COLLECTION WITH ARTIST AND PRODUCER DAVID STRICKLAND VIA CRYPTO.COM NFT

A PORTION OF THE NFT PROCEEDS TO BE DONATED TO SUPPORT INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS SOCIETY

LISTEN TO LATEST SINGLE MESSENGER 
FEATURING ERICK SERMON, SAUKRATES AND OUTLAW BY NATURE

TORONTO, ON – October 13, 2021 – Legendary recording artist Erick Sermon of the iconic hip-hop group, EPMD, has teamed up with renowned Canadian-Indigenous artist, record producer, engineer and long-time collaborator, David Strickland, and The NFT Agency, to create an official non-fungible token (NFT) collection celebrating the hip-hop luminary’s esteemed career. On October 20, the collection will be featured as a curated drop at Crypto.com/NFT, the global cryptocurrency platform’s NFT marketplace. It will include six NFTs 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. A portion of the proceeds from each piece will be donated to Indian Residential School Survivors Society
 
“I have created an extensive body of work in hip-hop and I’m looking forward to this new digital medium,” Erick says. “I am pleased to announce that I will be releasing a collaboration with David Strickland. I have watched this dude evolve, and this is an example of that. No matter what, he always had my back — ready to work. NFTs are a game changer. Def Squad Digital.”
 
David adds, “I am very excited to be entering the NFT space with my art and hopefully use it as a medium to raise money for causes that are dear to my heart and community.” 
  
The announcement follows acclaimed new music releases by both artists. The NFT collection itself is being 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. Sermon also recently appeared alongside EPMD groupmate, Parrish Smith, and Eminem on Nas’ ode to the iconic group, EPMD 2 — one of the most buzzed-about tracks from the latter’s acclaimed 2021 album, King’s Disease II.


“Erick Sermon is a hip-hop legend with such an illustrious career, and he’s one of those special few who continues to release timeless music that still resonates,” said Crypto.com Executive Vice President and Global Head of NFT, Joe Conyers III. “The work he’s doing with David Strickland is really interesting, both conceptually and artistically, and the cause they’re supporting is so important and timely. We’re very excited to give them a platform for this collection.”
 
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.
  
Earlier this year, 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. Among those featured include Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, Chippewa Travellers and more alongside hip-hop icons EPMD and Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon and Keith Murray) as well as Canadian legends, Saukrates, Maestro Fresh Wes and a posthumous verse from King Reign. 

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SIMON WARD UNVEILS SIMON AND THE ISLAND

ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF DEBUT  SOLO SELF-TITLED OFFERING

SIMON AND THE ISLAND OUT NOVEMBER 19th
VIA WINDSURFER RECORDS / GLASSNOTE MUSIC

LISTEN TO LEAD SINGLE MUSE
AS WELL AS MISS MAPLES AND SCARED OF NOT KNOWING

WATCH THE HYPNOTIZING VIDEO FOR MUSE HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 13, 2021Simon Ward’s musical monogram is marked by his knack for camouflaging a downhearted song within a cleverly constructed poppy tune.  Oftentimes, listeners will be singing at the top of their lungs and dancing along, when they suddenly realize the rawness that courses through the lyrics, making the music all that more relatable. Unchartered waters are something familiar to any fan of Ward’s music, and that continues with Simon and the Island, his solo voyage – set for release on November 19th via Ward’s own imprint, Windsurfer Records (Canada), and Windsurfer Records / Glassnote Music (ROW).

Pre-save the album here and get a sneak peek at three of the songs now – Muse, Miss Maples, and Scared of Not Knowing.

Distinct from his work with The Strumbellas, with Simon and the Island, Ward purposefully chooses to air his songs in their raw, undressed state.  The Brian Pickett produced, self-titled body of music simultaneously draws tears, inspires hope and illuminates a journey. A sliver of solace in dark times, emboldened in blind faith and brazen determination, the album is relatable, relevant, and resonant, strong and structured, honest, humble and full of heart. Delicate strings, cavernous piano, and sparingly appointed instrumentation allow doubt, reflection and resolve to flourish in this suitcase that carries nine songs waiting to be unpacked. 

“These songs are about my life,” reflects Ward. “Some of them are about my struggles with mental health, some of them are love songs to my wife, who is my soul mate.  This album is about being in a dark place but seeing the sliver of hope shine in.  I hope it comforts and encourages others that are struggling with their own mental health that they’re not alone.”

These themes shine through particularly on the record’s lead single and album opener, Muse – a song about hope and resilience, with a proclamation of unconditional love, and the foundation one firmly finds in another.  Ward promises, “Oh my god, I know you’re struggling and oh my god, I know you’ll love again. I’ll take your side.  No matter what you do. You’ll be my muse”.  Scared Of Not Knowing is a confessional, as Ward says “It’s about depression and being in the thick of the storm.”  Miss Maples (co-produced by Brian Pickett and Brandon O’Neill), a love song, rounds out the release of the first three songs.

The visual aspects of Simon and The Island further amplify the messages found on the record. The video for Muse evokes feelings of lonely tranquility, with hypnotizing sand art by FallingInSand – watch here.  The album’s artwork – created by award-winning Fenlon Falls-based artist, Lucy Manley – feels at once isolated but peaceful. Of the piece, Ward reflects “Lucy’s painting originally struck me because it reminded me of home. I loved the way the brush strokes were done and the colours she used to showcase the nature that is found in and around where I’m from. I immediately felt warm and happy when I saw it.”

One may feel they are ‘an Island’, and often, that they are there alone. Simon Ward reminds us that no matter the distance, the size of land, or measure of experience, there is always a space for retreat, reflection and renewal and a reassurance that someone out there understands what you’ve been through

SIMON AND THE ISLAND TRACKLIST:

  1. Muse
  2. Moon
  3. Sweep Me Off My Feet
  4. On My Own
  5. Scared Of Not Knowing
  6. I’m Not Doing Fine
  7. Ghosts
  8. Miss Maples
  9. Lighthouse

Pre-Save Simon and The Island here
Watch Muse here

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ABOUT SIMON AND THE ISLAND A.K.A. SIMON WARD
In his day job as principal songwriter and frontman of The Strumbellas, Simon, along with the five other members on stage, engulf sad songs with big, glorious sounds. Ward’s cut deep to-the-bone realism is evident in every song he pens.  He openly, and with great abandon, espouses what so many of us aren’t able to say out loud.  In particular, the song, Spirits, that plucked his band, The Strumbellas, from middle of nowhere obscurity and placed them on the world stage, clearly struck a chord.  It’s honest ambling through a troubled mind that led, and continues to lead, thousands of people to confess to Ward how he spoke directly to their pain and comforted them.  Exercising the demons through song is evident in so many of his songs over the four full length albums the band has created, including crowd favourites We Don’t Know, Salvation, and their latest, Greatest Enemy.  It’s earned him Juno Awards, gold and platinum records, number one radio hits, festival plays and late-night TV appearances.

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CREEPING DEATH'S NEW ALBUM THE EDGE OF EXISTENCE OUT NOW ON MNRK HEAVY

US TOUR WITH EXHUMED NEARS

“The butt-ugly vocals, gurgling guitar tones and straightforward, almost instinctual thrust provides a legible map for the moshers, but there's enough happening on top to please OSDM addicts.” Revolver - 7 Best Songs Of The Week 8/20

The newly-released title track sounds even heavier and less hardcore-tinged than Wretched Illusions, and it shakes things up with a proggy atmospheric side too.” - BrooklynVegan on the title track 

“...heavy AF…” - New Noise Magazine

“Unsurprising given CREEPING DEATH’s budding reputation as worshippers at the altar of old school Swedish death metal, the new tune does just that. Also unsurprising given CREEPING DEATH’s budding reputation as destroyers of everything in their path, it also does that!” - MetalSucks on the title track

‘Guttural’ does not begin to describe the vocals. ‘Heavy’ cannot capture the guitars. There are no words for drums this fast and assaulting. CREEPING DEATH serves up cold, sonic violence…” 
Metal Injection

“…a slick six-song EP that is straight to the point. With not a frill in sight, The Edge Of Existence is further proof that OSDM is here to stay.” - Everything Is Noise

TORONTO, ON – October 8, 2021 – Texas death metal goliaths, CREEPING DEATH, unleash the scorching fruit of their The Edge Of Existence EP via MNRK Heavy today!

CREEPING DEATH is the ultimate fan service for death metal disciples serving up the best elements of the brutal subgenre’s past, present, and future, with neck-breaking intensity. It’s an unrelenting sonic celebration of the style, played with blissful mayhem by people who truly love it. Legendary bands like Bolt Thrower, Gorguts, Obituary, and Grave are part of the band’s subcultural DNA but it’s all blended and alchemized by each member’s unique life experience and musical point of view. A nod to crossover masters Iron Age, a bit of the tech-death of Cryptopsy, a foundation of forebearers Death, CREEPING DEATH summons a vibrant sound somehow both familiar and fresh. The Edge Of Existence EP further demonstrates the power, fury, and outright revelry at the heart of the band’s identity.

Captured at Homewrecker Recording Studio in Tucson, Arizona and produced and mixed by Ryan Bram (Gatecreeper, Bitter Rivals, Sex Prisoner), the six-song EP introduces three new certified hellraisers — Relics From The Past, Humanity Transcends, and the title track — alongside remade and revitalized versions of the three songs from the band’s 2016 debut EP — Sacrament Of DeathDoused In Flames, and Skinned Alive.

Comments drummer Lincoln Mullins, “The Edge Of Existence is a small grip of songs that accurately show the past, present, and future of CREEPING DEATH. All the new songs were written in the same sessions as the next release that we are beginning to plan. It's just a small taste of what the future holds for us.”

The Edge Of Existence EP is available on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find ordering options here.

View the band’s previously released video for the EP’s title track here, and a visualizer for Humanity Transcends here.

In celebration of the release of The Edge Of Existence, CREEPING DEATH will return to the stage on a US trek supporting gore metal veterans Exhumed. The twenty-nine-date Worming Through America Fall tour begins October 22 in Costa Mesa, California and runs through November 20 in Oakland, California. Additional support will be provided by Bewitcher and Enforced. See all confirmed dates below. 

CREEPING DEATH - Tour Dates:
w/ Exhumed, Bewitcher, Enforced:
October 22 – The Commissary – Costa Mesa, CA
October 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
October 24 – Nile Underground – Mesa, AZ
October 25 – Yucca North – Flagstaff, AZ
October 26 – The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
October 27 – The Rock House – El Paso, TX
October 28 – Cactus House – Odessa, TX
October 29 – The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
October 30 –  The Lost Well – Austin, TX
October 31 – Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
November 2 – Black Circle Brewing – Indianapolis, IN
November 3 – Legends – Cincinnati, OH
November 4 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
November 5 – Taphouse – Norfolk, VA
November 6 –  Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
November 7 – Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
November 8 – Sonia – Boston, MA
November 9 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY|
November 10 – Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
November 11 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
November 12 – Crucible – Madison, WI
November 13 – Racoon Motel – Davenport, IA
November 14 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE *
November 15 – Oriental Theater – Denver, CO *
November 16 – Ace’s High Saloon – Salt Lake City, UT *
November 17 – The Shredder – Boise, ID *
November 18 –  El Corazon – Seattle, WA *
November 19 – Dante’s – Portland, OR *
November 20 – Oakland Metro OperaHouse – Oakland, CA *
* No Enforced                                    

CREEPING DEATH is:
Reese Alavi – vocals
Trey Pemberton – guitar
A.J. Ross, III – guitar
Eric “Rico” Mejia – bass
Lincoln Mullins – drums

CREEPING DEATH is the ultimate fan service for death metal disciples. Like an Easter egg-packed superhero sequel or The Lord Of The Rings director’s cuts, the bludgeoning assemblage serves up the best elements of the brutal subgenre’s past, present, and future, with neck-breaking intensity. It’s an unrelenting sonic celebration of the style, played with blissful mayhem by people who truly love it. Legendary bands like Bolt Thrower, Gorguts, Obituary, and Grave are part of the band’s subcultural DNA. It’s blended and alchemized by each member’s unique life experience and musical point of view. A nod to crossover masters Iron Age, a bit of the tech-death of Cryptopsy, a foundation of forebearers Death, CREEPING DEATH summons a vibrant sound somehow both familiar and fresh. This year’s blistering The Edge Of Existence EP further demonstrates the power, fury, and outright revelry at the heart of the band’s identity. 

Originally hailing from Denton, Texas and now situated in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, “CREEPING DEATH is on an undying ascent” (Dallas Observer). The international death and thrash metal audience quickly took notice of CREEPING DEATH after the band’s initial 2016 outburst, the pulverizing three-song Sacrament Of Death. Revolver declared them an Artist You Need To Know with the release of 2018’s Specter Of War EP. By the time the band delivered their debut full-length, 2019’s Wretched Illusions, Kerrang! hailed them as, “an underground juggernaut… channeling all the raddest aspects of metal without getting shoehorned into any clichés.”

High profile tours with the likes of High On Fire, The Acacia Strain, Rotting Out, Terror, The Warriors, and Power Trip helped spread the CREEPING DEATH message. Crowds succumbed to the group’s combination of endlessly catchy riffage, precise percussion, and storytelling lyrics, many inspired by the online RPG RuneScape.

Pemberton, Iranian-American singer Reese Alavi (whose pronouns are they/them), bassist Eric “Rico” Mejia, drummer Lincoln Mullins, and guitarist A.J. Ross III comprises the group Revolver called the, “Power Trip-endorsed band leading the next wave of Texas metal.” They refused to let the 2020 pandemic destroy their momentum, even after COVID sidelined two of them for several weeks. The group emerged from lockdown with a punishing array of their most crushing material yet. Ross (also of Kombat and Torture Tomb, with Cole Crutchfield of Knocked Loose) made his recorded debut with CREEPING DEATH, adding another heavy dimension to their massive bellow on The Edge Of Existence.

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THE VELVETEERS’ DEBUT ALBUM NIGHTMARE DAYDREAM  OUT NOW VIA EASY EYE SOUND

PRODUCED BY GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING 
PRODUCER DAN AUERBACH

ON TOUR NOW SUPPORTING DES ROCS

“[Demitro’s] alternately powerful and passionate vocals exude personality, and the songs with acoustic and electric approaches are varied enough to never fall into predictability. It all coalesces into one of the more impressive, duskier guitar-driven albums of the year.” - American Songwriter
 
“…a massive hit of swaggering rock style… their stripped-back sound taps  into something fresh, nasty, and primal.” - Under The Radar on Motel #27
 
“this isn’t despairing music—it’s actually inner-demon-struggle music.” - FLOOD Magazine on Father of Lies
 
“Nightmare Daydream is heavy, raw and filled with the spit-and-fire passion that  makes the Velveteers stand out among competitors, a reminder that rock, as a genre, is far from dead.” - Westword

TORONTO, ON – October 8, 2021 – Nightmare Daydream, the debut album from formidable rock trio, The Velveteers, is out today via Easy Eye Sound; stream/share here. The record was produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer, Dan Auerbach.The band is on tour now as the sole support for genre-bending rocker Des Rocs; order tickets here.

Four singles preceded today’s release, most recently Father of Lies, which premiered with Flood MagazineBrightest LightMotel #27, which premiered with Under The Radar and the record’s lead single, Charmer And The Snake.

The Velveteers, made up of Demitro and dual drummers, Baby Pottersmith and Jonny Fig, opened for Guns N’ Roses in August in Denver, CO, underscoring their reputation for uniquely energetic live performances. Westword praised the show in their recent cover story about the band, writing: “Audience members around me were mesmerized as Fig and Pottersmith smashed their drums in sync and Demitro sang with unparalleled intensity.”

Growing up in Boulder, CO, Demitro rebelled through her guitar, practicing up to nine hours a day and neglecting schoolwork to develop a playing style that is heavy but agile, theatrical but nuanced, grounded in rock history but wholly idiosyncratic. With drummers Baby Pottersmith and Jonny Fig playing on a conjoined set, the band developed a reputation for their riotous performances. Clips of the band’s live shows and DIY videos made it back to Auerbach, who invited them to his studio in Nashville to produce Nightmare Daydream. The album finds The Velveteers stripping down rock and roll to its most primal elements—the riff, the rhythm, the snarl—and rebuilding it in their own image.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
October 10 - The Sunset, Seattle, WA
October 11 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
October 13 - Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
October 14 - The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
October 16 - Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
October 19 - Antone's. Austin, TX
October 20  - Three Links, Dallas, TX
October 21 - Secret Group, Houston, TX
October 23 - The End, Nashville, TN
October 25 - Cat's Cradle Backroom, Carrboro, NC
October 26 - Elevation 27, VA Beach, VA
October 27 - Songbyrd, Washington, DC
November 2 - The Middle East (Up), Boston, MA
November 3 - Johnny Brendas, Philadelphia, PA
November 4 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
November 26 - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO

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KEYS N KRATES SHARE NEW SONG PULL UP FEATURING HAVIAH MIGHTY

NEW ALBUM ORIGINAL CLASSIC DUE NOVEMBER 12

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF IN NOVEMBER

LISTEN TO PULL UP WATCH VISUALIZER

"This album features guests like singer Bibi Bourelly and veteran rapper Juicy J, and they’re all full of bouncy, bassy rhythms you can’t help but move to." - NOW Magazine's Fall music 2021: 25 albums to soundtrack your season

"Brazilian Love Song is a jam to blast while desperately holding onto the last days of summer. It's a futile endeavour to try and resist dancing to it." - CBC Music's Songs You Need To Hear

"It's a sunny, low-riding three-and-a-half minutes,
the kind of song that might just fool you into thinking summer isn't over." - 
Exclaim! on Original Classic

TORONTO, ON – October 8, 2021 – Today, Toronto trio, Keys N Krates, share Pull Up, featuring fellow Canadian and Polaris Prize-winning artist, Haviah Mighty. The fourth single from their upcoming album, Original Classic (available everywhere on November 12), Pull Up follows the Juicy J, Chip and Marbl-featuring Original Classic, as well as this summer's Brazillian Love Song, which was recently announced as part of the FIFA 22 soundtrack and the Bibi Bourelly collaboration, Take It Off.

Speaking on the latest single, the band stated: "We were channel-ing everything from baile funk and Miami bass, to Missy Elliot with this one. We were already in touch with Haviah at the time before making this. When we came up with the initial 'Pull Up' demo, we knew she would be perfect on it, and we knew it would be perfect to show how special she is as an artist."

Addressing her own contribution to the track, Haviah shares "The production on this track fueled the mood and energy of my lyrics. I just caught a vibe and rode the instrumentation; which makes me feel like I'm in the grimiest, dirtiest, best underground basement jam! It feels like a night of haze and liquor with the perfect soundtrack. I’m confident and I’m feeling myself. This song is the confident lion with a freshly tamed mane, walking into the function. It is the sexy, the cool, grungy and dirty, but also, it's sooo clean!"

Pull Up also arrives on the heels of the Original Classic Tour announcement. The 18-day headlining tour, which will feature DJ sets from the group, kicks off on November 17 in Washington D.C. and includes stops in Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, NYC and more. Tickets on sale here

Keys N Krates most recent full-length release, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, was coined the "beat tape of the summer" by Exclaim! upon its release. In 2020, KNK released an edit package they made of Frank Ocean, Lauryn Hill, and Snoh Aalegra to support the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Listen to Pull Up (featuring Haviah Mighty) above, see full tour routing below and stay tuned for more from Keys N Krates coming soon.

2021 Tour Dates
November 17 - Washington, DC @ Flash
November 19 - Atlanta, GA @ District
November 20 - Tampa Bay, FL @ Ritz
November 27 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
December 2 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
December 3 - Columbus, OH @ Dahlia Nightclub
December 4 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
December 9 - Houston, TX @ Stereo Live
December 10 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
December 11 - Dallas, TX @ Stereo Live

2022 Tour Dates:
January 8 - Denver, CO @ Temple
January 15 - Kansas City, MO @ Aura
January 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Loft
January 22 - Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar
January 28 - Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub
January 29 - Portland, OR @ 45 East
February 5 - Tempe, AZ @ Sun Bar
February 12 - New York, NY @ Elsewhere

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www.keysnkrates.com

About Keys N Krates
Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound, melding the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group — composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo — has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets.
 
Their early sound succeeded in combining catchy, pitched up, chopped vocal samples with 808s, resulting in off-kilter festival smashers like Dum Dee DumTreat Me Right, and other fan-favourites. These songs would be reinterpreted into energetic live versions that the trio would play to create their own experience and vibe. Their songs original versions would also be played by legends of their genre like TNGHT, Diplo, Machinedrum, Baauer, and more — helping to cement Keys N Krates as a fixture in festival bass and trap music.
 
Keys N Krates’ 2018 debut album Cura represented a musical shift for the band. Although the use of pulverizing 808s, organic sounds, and vocal samples would remain a fixture for the trio, Keys N Krates embraced their love for R&B/soul music, more dense instrumentation (such as strings and woodwind instruments), and catchy vocal-driven pop songs.
 
Anthemic songs with Tory Lanez, Ambre Perkins, and 070 Shake weaved together the band’s technicolor world of vocal-driven songs supported by sample-chopped beats that blended the sounds of disco, trap, and boom bap rap of the 90s. This synthesis earned them commercial radio success and spins from some of their idols on specialty radio — like Elton John and Q-Tip. Flute Loop reached back to the trio’s traditional stripped-down 808 sound while incorporating their new techniques of orchestration and resampling to compliment the minimal with the maximal.
 
Their latest full-length project, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, further elevates their craft as they pay homage to their sample-chopping musical influences like Jay Dilla. It’s a collection of infectious, loopy, instrumental beats that shows the seeds their music grows from.
 
About Last Gang
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. About Last Gang
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is
 a MNRK Music Group companywww.lastgang.com
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THE RECORD COMPANY’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW FULL LENGTH ALBUM PLAY LOUD OUT NOW ON CONCORD RECORDS

32-CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF OCTOBER 10
WITH TORONTO STOP ON OCTOBER 19

"****" - Rolling Stone France

“The Record Company mean business…” - Guitar World 

“Impressive stuff…” - American Songwriter 

“[of How High] precisely the antidote we need to combat them covid blues.” - Classic Rock

"Play Loud is proof that the Record Company have grown...the result is a record that should be played loud, as the title suggests." - PopMatters

TORONTO, ON – October 8, 2021 — The Record Company’s highly anticipated new album, Play Loud, is out today on Concord Records. Listen/stream here.

On Sunday, the GRAMMY-nominated rock band will kick off their 32-City tour in Milwaukee with support from Canadian rocker, JJ Wilde, on select dates. See below for a complete list of dates; additional info and tickets are here.

Listen to an interview with SPIN/Lipps Service Podcast here and watch the band’s, Chris Vos, on Premier Guitar “Hooked,” here.

How High, the first single released from the LP, is currently #3 at AAA Radio. The track has also reached Top 3 on the Americana Singles Chart while Play Loud has been Top 3 on the Non-Comm Albums Chart in advance of its street date.

Play Loud is produced by GRAMMY-winning producer, Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother, Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem.) On the album, the group stretches out artistically and explores their far-flung influences. “We totally flipped the process on this record to allow for every idea and possibility, so it wasn’t just the three of us, closed off in our bubble. It was like, ‘Let’s take some risks and see what we can really do,’” describes bassist Alex Stiff.

The Record Company—consisting of guitarist/lead vocalist, Chris Vos, bassist Alex Stiff and drummer Marc Cazorla—most recently released their EP, Side Project (also via Concord Records), which finds the band reimagining and reconstructing some of their favorite tracks by a wide range of artists including Big Mama Thornton, Cypress Hill, INXS and Willie Dixon. Listen here.

Play Loud is the follow-up to the band’s critically lauded sophomore album, All of This Life. Upon its release, Rolling Stone noted that the single Life to Fix “isn’t so much a return to form as it is taking that form to a big new level,” while NPR Music raved that the track “breathes new life into a style of music.”

The band’s debut, Give It Back to You, earned them a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The critically acclaimed 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 describes their debut album as a “soul scorcher.” The Record Company has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS This Morning, NPR’s World Café and SiriusXM, and has shared bills with John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Zac Brown Band.

Play Loud Track Listing 
1. Never Leave You
2. How High
3. Gotta Be Movin’
4. Out Of My Head
5. Live As One
6. Today Forever
7. Get Up And Dance!
8. Paradise
9. Awake
10. Lady Lila
11. Midnight Moon
12. Ain’t Going Home


NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

October 10—Turner Hall Ballroom—Milwaukee, WI
October 12—Mercury Ballroom—Louisville, KY
October 13—St. Andrews Hall—Detroit, MI
October 14—Metro—Chicago, IL
October 15—Elevation—Grand Rapids, MI
October 16—A&R Music Bar—Columbus, OH
October 18—Town Ballroom—Buffalo, NY
October 19—The Axis Club—Toronto, ON
October 21—Higher Ground Ballroom—South Burlington, VT
October 22—Aura—Portland, ME
October 24—Paradise Rock Club—Boston, MA
October 25—Irving Plaza—New York, NY
October 27—Theatre of the Living Arts—Philadelphia, PA
October 28—Lincoln Theatre—Washington, DC
October 29—XL Live—Harrisburg, PA
October 30—Cat’s Cradle—Carrboro, NC
October 31—The Underground—Charlotte, NC
November 2—Bijou Theater—Knoxville, TN
November 4—The Orange Peel—Asheville, NC
November 5—Georgia Theatre—Athens, GA
November 6—Brooklyn Bowl—Nashville, TN
November 7—Delmar Hall—St. Louis, MO
November 9—The Sylvee—Madison, WI
November 10—Varsity Theater—Minneapolis, MN
November 11—Wooly’s—Des Moines, IA
November 13—Fox Theatre—Boulder, CO
November 14—Gothic Theatre—Englewood, CO
November 16—Knitting Factory—Boise, ID
November 17—Neptune Theatre—Seattle, WA
November 18—Roseland Theater—Portland, OR
November 20—Fillmore—San Francisco, CA
November 22—Teregram Ballroom—Los Angeles, CA

 
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LEXXICON RELEASES NEW SINGLE BACK TO YOU FEATURING DESIIRE

NEW CONCEPT ALBUM TROPICON ISLANDS 
OUT NOVEMBER 19 – PRE-ORDER 
HERE

PROJECT TO ARRIVE WITH TROPICON ISLANDS NOVEL ON NOVEMBER 26

LISTEN TO BUBBLE EVERYWHRE

WATCH 
POWER OVER ME

TORONTO, ON – October 8, 2021 – Jamaican-born Toronto-based Hip-Hop/Dancehall trailblazer and community powerhouse, Lexxicon, shares another hit from his forthcoming album, Tropicon IslandsToday, he rocks with fellow Toronto artist, Desiire, for Back To You. Driven by percussive energy, rhythmic baseline and sprinkled with beachy field recording samples, the song continues to shape the story around Tropicon Islands, a conceptual project, where a fictional, remote island is the setting for an intricate, yet real, love story and look at the many threads of a relationship. On Back To You, the couple reminisce about some of the ups and downs in their connection. Listen to Back To You here and pre-order the album here, out November 19.

Lexxicon expands, "Their relationships hasn’t always been good times and vibes, they have also had many disagreement, fights and horrible things to say about each other that they didn’t mean. However, they always learn from their mistakes and always find their way back to each other, growing stronger each time. This song is for those who have that connection they just cant give up, for those who are still working out the kinks in a new relationships.  A reminder the relationship doesn’t have to be toxic if you’re growing and not making the same mistakes."

"Lexxicon is such an incredible artist. I fell in love with the record as soon as i heard it and i am so excited to be on this track with him," Desiire says of the collaboration. "The process of creating the song was super organic and you can feel it in the vibe, the energy and groove. Lexxicon is a force to be reckoned with in music right now and I am so happy to be a part of his incredible magic! " 

Back To You follows Bubble Everywhere, a single that captures the couple exploring the island where the album is set, inspiring listeners to dance, vibe and have a good time.  The song was featured on Tidal's Global Pop Playlist. The album kicked off with Power Over Mecapturing a turning point in a couple’s relationship and their expression of feelings towards each other. The music video was co-directed by Prince and Lexxicon, who previously collaborated on his videos for Doing To Me Di Don Don. Working with choreographer, Fizz, Lexxicon had one week to learn the choreo to create a 90's R&B/ Pop Boy Band energy with a contemporary R&B styling. Featured dancers include DerickCarlDominic & Lovon
 
Escape is the most prevalent idea on the project and which the whole album is named after a fictitious island, and the title of a novel Lexxicon will release in tandem this fall.  Read more about Tropicon Islands below. Watch the trailer here and pre-order Tropicon Islands, the novel, on Kindle here.
 
As the world continues to change, Lexxicon has always found solace in the music. This is the world he aims to create for his fans and listeners. On Tropicon Islands, the album, Lexxicon will merge his roots in dancehall and hip-hop with a deep study around pop music to create a form of Afro Pop. An ever-innovative champion of community work and inclusion (Lexxicon is the Director of AfroWaveTO, a Toronto based community creating a new wave of culture globally), he adds a deep study of pop music’s structure and ideas, to amplify and highlight Black voices in pop, proving they don’t need to be put into a specific box in the industry, and making space for these voices to thrive. Tropicon Islands is a fight to feel free, freedom from judgment, expectations and being able to love who you want on your own terms.

Last year, nothing stopped Lexxicon from blazing his path, releasing two smash hit EPs. Tropical R&B  was released on August 14, 2020, followed Lexxicon’s acclaimed Bashment Trap House, released on January 31, 2020. With Tropical R&B, Lexxicon set out to create an R&B record that infuses his dancehall roots. Themes highlight the desire to escape reality, the world, and negative feelings. The futuristic cover art seen above reflects this as it is an image of a gateway to another world. Lyrics explore loneliness, craving belonging and acceptance, and using intimate connections a temporary means of relief. 
 
Stay tuned for more from Lexxicon and learn more about his incredible career below!

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www.lexxiconofficial.com

About Lexxicon
Jamaican-born and Toronto bred Lexxicon is known for his dance-oriented Dancehall, Afrobeats, Pop and hip-hop influenced sound. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the afro-fusion genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene. 

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon loves blending his Jamaican roots with quintessential mainstream sounds.

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, he has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, RBCxMusic, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Manifesto. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike.

Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence, and his rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and The Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Breakfast Television, e-Talk, NOW Magazine, CBC Radio and RX Music.

About Tropicon Islands – The Novel
In the twenty-first century, personal data is the new oil, and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) is the technology used to extract it. When emerging global singing star Oceania dies in a mysterious accident after a sold-out 5,000-strong concert, young intern Adonis Thomas mutes his concerns about her untimely death. He just wants to carve out a place for himself in the heady world of mega-stars and talent management. However, when he realizes other major new voices are turning up dead, he begins to piece together a bizarre plot that reaches to the highest level of his company. Staying in the background, he discovers that billionaire investor Vernon Wilson, owner of Sephtis Entertainment, is using state-of-the-art AI technology to gain an edge over his rivals and make massive profits from the music artists he signs to his label. But, only if they’re dead. The startling truth he uncovers puts Adonis in a race against time to save both his life and the life of his loved ones and young stars who have signed with Sephtis Entertainment. As his nemesis closes in for the kill over and over again, Adonis struggles to get just one step ahead of Wilson. In a finale that will have you up all night, Tropicon Islands takes you on a wild ride that will make you think twice about what you think about AI and the impacts it could very well have on your life.

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NATALIE HEMBY SHINES ON HER BRILLIANT SOPHOMORE RECORD PINS AND NEEDLES OUT TODAY

HEMBY SITS DOWN WITH CBS MORNING’S ANTHONY MASON HERE

SET TO PERFORM ON THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW ON OCTOBER 13th

LISTEN TO FOCUS TRACK IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE HERE

“her voice can stand on its own… a sinewy, naturalistic 1990s sound that harks back to another of her collaborators, Sheryl Crow” — New York Times (Fall Preview)

“this album will not disappoint” — Entertainment Weekly (Fall Preview)

“her second solo album, should give her the front-and-center shine she has long deserved” — New York Magazine / Vulture (Fall Preview)

“one of Nashville’s strongest creative figures” — Billboard

“Hemby's miraculous voice takes center stage” — PEOPLE

“pair[s] her trademark wit and recognizable twang with the early nineties’ alt-rock sounds that have influenced her from the beginning” — Garden & Gun

"marvelous voice, many intriguing stories to tell" — Pop Matters

TORONTO, ON – October 8, 2021Natalie Hemby’s astounding career has been decades in the making — she has earned two GRAMMY Awards, written eight No. 1 singles, become a founding member of standout female supergroup, The Highwomen, alongside Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires, and her incomparable songwriting has caught the attention of artists like Sheryl Crow, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert and many others who have recorded her songs. The culmination of her unparalleled journey is reflected on her brilliant sophomore record, Pins and Needles, out today via Fantasy Records. Purchase/listen to Pins and Needles here.

Produced by Hemby's husband, Mike Wrucke, Pins and Needles channels the 90’s rock influences of her heroes like The Cranberries, Alanis Morissette, and music from the Lilith Fair concerts she attended growing up, creating an album that sounds like it came from the love child of Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Amy Grant and Tom Petty. The album also finds Hemby reaching the pinnacle of her career after decades of establishing an incredible and versatile presence in the music industry -- now with the record label deal she had dreamed of as an aspiring artist in her early 20s. Pins and Needles carries listeners through her life and career milestones, with persuasive alto, unconventional lyrics and a gift for melodies that resonate long after the first listen.

"Today, I feel like I’m picking up where I left off years ago back in 1998/1999 musically, but I’m glad to say, not mentally," says Hemby. "I knew what I liked then, but I know what I want and who I am now. This album is a reflection of that."

Hemby sat down with CBS Morning's Anthony Mason to discuss the record, here. She is set to perform on The Kelly Clarkson Show on October 13th.

Tune-in to WNYC’s All of It with Alison Stewart today from 12:40-1 PM ET to hear Hemby discuss and perform a track from the Pins and Needles record. She’ll also perform her album release party at her hometown’s Basement East venue on October 12th. For more information, visit nataliehemby.com.

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ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS RELEASE HIGH AND LONESOME

FROM RAISE THE ROOF OUT NOVEMBER 19 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

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NEW SONG WRITTEN BY ROBERT PLANT & T BONE BURNETT

Toronto, ON – October 7, 2021 – Today, with the release of new song, High and Lonesome, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss offer another glimpse into their first new album in fourteen years. Out November 19 on Rounder Records, Raise The Roof has been named one of the most anticipated LPs of the fall by the New York Times, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and more. Like its platinum-selling 2007 predecessor, Raising Sand - which won six Grammys, including Album and Record of the Year - Raise The Roof delivers new takes on songs from legends and unsung heroes of folk, blues, country and soul music. High and Lonesome is the collection’s lone original, written by Plant and T Bone Burnett, who reprises his Raising Sand role as the album’s producer. 
 
Hear Robert Plant, T Bone Burnett and Alison Krauss in harmony on the standout High and Lonesome, backed by an all-star lineup of drummer Jay Bellerose, bassist Dennis Crouch, guitarist Marc Ribot and pedal steel player, Russell Pahl, plus Viktor Krauss on mellotron, Jeff Taylor on bass accordion, and Burnett on electric guitar and mellotron.
 
High and Lonesome is the second preview of Raise The Roof, following lead single, Can’t Let Go, a rendition of the Randy Weeks/Lucinda Williams classic that reaffirmed Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Plant and 27-time Grammy-winner Krauss as “one of the most critically adored odd couples of music” (USA Today). As NPR Music says, “This feels like a warm welcome back from two old friends you haven't seen in a long time,” and across Raise The Roof, their voices “still fit together like a pair of dusty boots nestled atop a welcome mat” (New York Times).  
 
Recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, sessions for Raise The Roof began in late 2019 and wrapped just weeks before the world went into lockdown. “One of my favorite parts of this is the songs and songwriters that I had never heard of,” says Alison Krauss. “Working with Robert, and with T Bone, is always a great education in music history.”
 
The rest of Raise The Roof includes deep cuts by Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch, Calexico and more. “It’s such a far cry from everything I’ve done before,” says Robert Plant. “I love the whole kaleidoscope of music that I’ve explored, but this is a place where you can think within the song, you can decide how to bring home an emotion. It’s another blend that we’ve got, and long may we have more of them.”

Pre-order Raise The Roof here
 
Raise The Roof Tracklist:
1. Quattro (World Drifts In)
2. The Price of Love
3. Go Your Way
4. Trouble With My Lover
5. Searching for My Love
6. Can’t Let Go
7. It Don’t Bother Me
8. You Led Me to The Wrong
9. Last Kind Words Blues
10. High and Lonesome
11. Going Where the Lonely Go
12. Somebody Was Watching Over Me

High and Lonesome credits
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – lead and harmony vocals
Jay Bellerose – drums, percussion, claps
Dennis Crouch – bass
T Bone Burnett – electric guitar, mellotron, harmony vocals
Viktor Krauss – mellotron
Marc Ribot – guitar, hofner bass, claps
Russell Pahl – pedal steel, guitar
Jeff Taylor – bass accordion
 
Written by Robert Plant & T Bone Burnett

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TEARS FOR FEARS ANNOUNCE FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 17 YEARS THE TIPPING POINT

ARRIVING FEBRUARY 25, 2022
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THE TIPPING POINT AVAILABLE NOW

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TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2021 Today, the legendary duo, Tears For Fears, have announced the forthcoming release of their first new studio album in nearly two decades, THE TIPPING POINT.  Arriving February 25, 2022, via Concord Records, THE TIPPING POINT is a song cycle reflecting many of the personal and professional tipping points the pair – AND THE WORLD – have faced throughout the last 17 years. Pre-order the album here.

When asked “why make a new album now?” Roland Orzabal says, “Before everything went so right with this album, everything first had to go wrong, it took years, but something happens when we put our heads together. We’ve got this balance, this push-me-pull-you thing – and it works really well.” Curt Smith agrees, “If that balance doesn’t work on a Tears For Fears album, the whole thing just doesn’t work. To put it in simple terms, a Tears For Fears record and what people perceive to be the sound of Tears For Fears – is the stuff we can both agree on.”

Despite their many hits and 30 million albums sold, the band started making this new record by committee with some of today’s hit songwriters at the behest of their previous management. Before long, this reluctant attempt at compromise failed. Orzabal explains, “Eventually, that pressure and tension divided us not just from our management, but from one another too”. The band switched to new management, who raved over the five tracks the band could both agree on. Orzabal continues, “Suddenly, for the first time in a long time, we felt like we had someone in our corner who understood what we were trying to do. We felt like we had somebody on our side. It was the first time in a long time that we decided - we have to do this.”

Joining Orzabal and Smith on the album is their longtime collaborator, Charlton Pettus, along with producers and songwriters, Sacha Skarbek and Florian Reutter.

When you’ve known each other as long as we have, and have worked together as long as we have, there’s a bond there that becomes familial. So, it’s different from a friendship,” Smith says. “And it’s different from a marriage. It’s literally like that’s your brother. It’s the kind of bond that you can’t really break. It can fall apart at times. You separate for periods, which I also think is healthy, really. But in the end, we always seem to find each other again.”

Alongside this announcement they’ve also released their first single and the title track, The Tipping Point. Written by Orzabal and guitarist, writer and producer Charlton Pettus and co-produced by the band, Sacha Skarbek, and Florian Reutter, the explosive yet intimate track is filled to the brim with emotion. Inspired by a personal tipping point in Orzabal’s own life, this song captures the grief of watching someone you love loose their long-standing battle with disease. The accompanying visual, directed by the famed Matt Mahurin (Joni Mitchell, U2, Metallica), depicts the subtle and poetic portrait of imbalance. Watch the video here.

Tears For Fears were one of the most iconic bands of the ‘80s, selling over 30 million albums worldwide with singles such as Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Mad World, Sowing The Seeds Of Love, and Woman In Chains acknowledged as classics.

The Tipping Point is the band’s first album since their reunion album, Everybody Loves A Happy Ending, in 2004. Since then, the band has toured extensively, including a sold-out UK arena tour, and in 2017 released Rule The World, a best-of compilation that returned the band to upper reaches of the album charts once more. Earlier this month, the band was honoured with the Outstanding Song Collection Award at the 2021 Ivor Novello Awards.

The Tipping Point is the bold, beautiful and powerful sound of Tears For Fears finding themselves together, once again.

THE TIPPING POINT Tracklist:
1. No Small Thing
2. The Tipping Point 
3. Long, Long, Long Time
4. Break The Man
5. My Demons
6. Rivers Of Mercy
7. Please Be Happy
8. Master Plan
9. End Of Night
10. Stay

Additional Tracks On The Deluxe CD Edition:
11. Let It All Evolve
12. Secret Location
13. Shame (Cry Heaven)

ABOUT TEARS FOR FEARS
Tears For Fears – Roland Orzabal (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Curt Smith (vocals, bass, keyboards) – formed in Bath, England in 1981.  With 30 million albums sold worldwide, performing to countless sold-out audiences, and winning various awards, the band represents an inimitable intersection of pop palatability, clever and cognizant lyricism, guitar bombast, and new wave innovation. Their 1983 debut, The Hurting, yielded anthems such as Mad World, Change, and Pale Shelter, reaching RIAA Gold status in the United States. 1985’s Songs from the Big Chair became a watershed moment for the group and music at large. Boasting the signature BRIT Award-winning Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Shout, Head over Heels, Mothers Talk and I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording), it went quintuple-platinum and captured #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Slant dubbed it one of, The Best Albums of the 1980s, it was featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, while Consequence of Sound awarded it a rare A+ rating in a 20-year retrospective.1989’s Seeds of Love proved to be Orzabal and Smith’s last collaboration together until Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004, which rekindled the creative fire between them. The band engaged in a three-year touring whirlwind across North America, Japan, South Korea, Manila, and South America beginning in 2010. 2013 saw them return with their first recorded music in a decade: a cover of Arcade Fire’s Ready to Start. The band returned once more in 2017 with the Rule The World best-of collection, which once more catapulted the band back to the upper echelon of the UK album charts. The duo’s DNA remains embedded within three generations of artists on both subtle and overt levels. Quietly casting a shadow over rock, hip-hop, electronic dance music, indie, and beyond, Kanye West interpolated Memories Fade on The Coldest Winter from the seminal 808s & Heartbreak, The Weeknd infused Pale Shelter into Starboy’s Secrets, David Guetta sampled Change for Always, and Drake utilized Ideas as Opiates as the foundation for Lust For Life, while Ally Brooke Hernandez, Adam Lambert, and Gary Jules recorded popular covers of Mad World and Disturbed took on Shout, and that’s only to name a few. Lorde cut a haunting cover of Everybody Wants To Rule The World for the Soundtrack of the blockbuster, The Hunger GamesCatching Fire, which Tears For Fears gleefully would use as intro music live and thus bring everything full circle.

Meanwhile, classic songs figure prominently everywhere from The Wire and Donnie Darko, to Straight Outta Compton and Mr. Robot. Long before they became a cultural cornerstone Tears For Fears simply consisted of two school friends growing up in Bath, Somerset UK.

With The Tipping Point and comprehensive touring plans on the horizon Orzabal and Smith remain as loud as ever, while yet another generation gets ready to Shout with them all over again.

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ROBERT GLASPER TEASES BLACK RADIO 3 WITH NEW SINGLE SHINE FEATURING D SMOKE & TIFFANY GOUCHÉ 

NEW ALBUM SLATED FOR EARLY 2022 RELEASE
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ROBERT GLASPER RETURNS TO BLUE NOTE FALL RESIDENCY; 66 SHOWS ACROSS 33 NIGHTS ON SALE NOW

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2021 – 4x Grammy Award-winning artist and producer, Robert Glasper, has released his new single, Shine, featuring Inglewood, CA natives, D Smoke and Tiffany Gouché. This release is his first since a strong 2021 Grammy showing, nominated for Best Progressive R&B Album and taking home Best R&B Song for Better Than I Imagined, featuring H.E.R. With lyrics that express gratitude and evoke a rise-up spirit, Shine arrives as yet another glimpse into Glasper’s highly anticipated third installment to the Black Radio album series. Black Radio 3, much like both of its predecessors, is a cultural moment that celebrates black love and resilience. 

This past September, during Robert’s recent residency at The Kennedy Center, D Smoke joined him on stage for a comfortable yet spontaneous performance. Further solidifying a creative bond shared between the two, the official music video for Shine is also available today. Directed by TL Benton, and also shot at The Kennedy Center, the video beautifully captures the energy of the performing musicians and accompanies the message of the track in an authentic visual element.

About the collaboration, Robert says, "I was so happy to collaborate with D Smoke on this song. He's definitely one of the leading voices in today’s new generation of hip hop. He has his feet planted in the soil of real music and comes from a family of amazing musicians and artists. That being said, also shout out to Tiffany Gouché, his cousin who’s on the song as well. We want to see everybody shine."

As a precursor to the upcoming album, from October 1 to November 7, Glasper is returning to the world famous Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC for his third fall residency and another unprecedented run, performing 66 shows across 33 nights. In 2018, Glasper became just the 4th musician to hold a month-long residency at Blue Note, joining a short list that includes jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea and Chris Botti. The residency, highlighted in the New York Times, proclaims that Glasper is “probably the most prominent jazz musician of his generation” and is frequented by unannounced special guests such as Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Chris Rock, Questlove, Jill Scott, Common, Talib Kweli and Yebba.

Shine is out now on Loma Vista Recordings and is another installment from the Black Radio 3 project, coming in early 2022.

STREAM Shine featuring D Smoke and Tiffany Gouché

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ABOUT ROBERT GLASPER
Robert Glasper is a premiere example of musical aptitude and a proven champion of Black music - boasting nine Grammy nominations and four wins for Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, and an Emmy Award for his song for Ava Duvernay’s critically hailed documentary “13th” with Common and Karriem Riggins. The 43-year old Houston native has a rich history contributing his artistry across both music and film, all the while carrying a consistent cultural message. In 2012, Glasper delivered his album Black Radio that hit the scene as the first album in history to debut in the top 10 of 4 different genre charts simultaneously: Hip Hop R&B, Urban Contemporary, Jazz and Contemporary Jazz. The feat was then repeated by Black Radio 2. The ongoing Black Radio series has since become Glasper’s calling card, upholding a place at the heart of a trailblazing community: from long-time sonic brothers Mos Def and Bilal, to legends including Ledisi, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu. 

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NOTTINGHAM’S YOUNG T & BUGSEY RETURN WITH EXPLOSIVE NEW SINGLE BIG BIDNESS

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“Their sound and approach has endeared them to millions and put their proudly-worn Notts accents at the top of the charts.” -Complex UK

“Not only have they entered the mainstream in London, but around the world, too.” -Billboard

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2021 - Today, Brit-nominated rap duo Young T & Bugsey return with explosive new single and video, Big Bidness. Watch it here. Big Bidness is fuelled by a P2J (Tion Wayne, Wizkid, Snoh Aalegra) enticing beat that Young T & Bugsey ride effortlessly with catchy hooks and trademark vocals. It’s this musical dexterity that has earned them a stamp of approval across the UK and beyond.
 
The KLDVR-directed visual sees the rappers deliver a lively performance in the midst of an eighties action movie-inspired plot. It’s a cinematic and suave video that sees the duo sparring back and forth with their inimitable sound and undeniable fashion sense, as they orchestrate a seamless money heist.

Big Bidness follows in the wake of July offering Prada Bae, which has amassed over half a million YouTube views to date. Here, the Nottingham-hailing duo deliver yet another striking track, adding to what has already been a remarkable last year of successive singles and career defining moments, including 3 Brit Award nominations, and a stellar performance at this year’s ceremony alongside Headie One.

Being based outside of London, Young T & Bugsey - who met aged 15 whilst working in KFC - immediately honed in on their chemistry. Having followed a less-travelled path to success, the duo are rarely out of the limelight - having been tipped by BBC Radio 1Xtra, co-signed by Stormzy, and going on to spearhead the emerging Nottingham rap scene. The duo’s single, Ay Caramba, became their first top 40 single, and they consequently went on to be the first act from their city to achieve a Platinum Certified single.

Last year saw the release of debut mixtape Plead The 5th - an impressive first body of work boasting over 950M+ worldwide streams - is home to hit singles, Strike A Pose, featuring Manchester rapper Aitch, and the Headie One backed smash, Don’t Rush. Don’t Rush quickly became a global success and an unavoidable soundtrack to 2020, achieving one of the most exciting viral moments seen from a UK act.

Young T & Bugsey reached even further heights when they were nominated for two BET Awards and became the first UK Rap duo to hit Billboard’s Hot 100 list. Their music has been continuously hailed as a sound that increasingly knows no bounds and embraces an abundance of genres. A talent impossible to ignore.

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HOUNDMOUTH’S HAZY ODE TO FADING ROMANCE: NEW SINGLE MAKE IT TO MIDNIGHT

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CAPTURES STUNNING HARMONIES IN HOME STUDIO
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GOOD FOR YOU OUT NOVEMBER 5
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TORONTO, ON – October 6, 2021 – Today, Houndmouth — vocalist/guitarist Matthew Myers, drummer/vocalist Shane Cody, and bassist/vocalist Zak Appleby — share Make It To Midnight, the latest single off their Dualtone Records debut, Good For You (out November 5). An ode to blurred faculties and the ephemeral beauty of midnight revelry, Make It To Midnight paints a well-worn midwestern gothic with simple instrumental flourishes and magical lyricism.

The accompanying performance video captures the warmth of Houndmouth’s harmonies and magic of their treasured recording space: an 18th century shotgun style home fondly called “The Green House.” Cozy lamplight sets the scene of a stumbling after-hours session, flailing blues guitar and joyous shout-along vocals fighting against a last call they hope never comes. Watch Make It To Midnight here.

Make It To Midnight is a quintessential taste of what’s to come off Good For You, where Houndmouth’s surrealist storytelling breathes new life into their beloved pastiche of modern Americana. Over ten tracks, Houndmouth enfolds entire novels within their lyrics: while Elvis faces his demise in Las Vegas, the band emerges in the likeness of an intoxicated Cinderella Cool Jam, confronting the fleeting joys of aging with fairy-tale flair.

From Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and SXSW to CBS This Morning Saturday, Conan, Letterman, and more, Houndmouth has continuously transformed humble, Indiana-bred folk into platinum-selling singles (the “defiant, free-wheelingSedona [NPR]) and sold-out tours. The band is currently gearing up for their first post-pandemic tour dates, including Webster Hall in NYC, DC’s Lincoln Theater, and two nights at Thalia Hall in Chicago. See full dates below.

Listen to and pre-order Good For You on limited edition vinyl and more here.

Tour Dates:
11/12 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/13 - Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
11/14 - Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios
11/16 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
11/17 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/19 - Washington DC @ Lincoln Theater
11/20 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
11/22 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
11/23 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
11/24 - Louisville, KY @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall 
11/26 & 27 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
12/10 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
12/11 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
12/12 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
12/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
12/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
12/17 & 18 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

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DAYSORMAY UNVEIL THE SOUND OF JUST EXISTING

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TORONTO, ON – October 6, 2021 – Rising Vancouver, BC-based trio, daysormay, unveil their creatively cutting edge and introspective new album, Just Existing, today (TAG Music rest of world, Independent in Canada). As the meaning behind the phonetic spelling of the French word for which their name originates – désormais “from now on” – Aidan Andrews (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys/Ukulele), and brothers Nolan Bassett (Bass/Vocals/Trumpet) and Carson Bassett (Drums/Percussion) blaze their unique path, navigating various terrain with authentic disposition, always looking ahead to cultivate their sonic and visual presence in an ever-evolving musical landscape. Listen to Just Existing here.

If there is one track to celebrate the album, daysormay highlight 25 – a piece inspired by a tweet that was initially too funny to use - 25 is the telling of unrealistic expectations we put on ourselves manifested into hard hitting beats and effortless hooks. 
 
By the time we fleshed it out, it was one of the last songs we wrote for this album,” the band says. “It’s probably one of the most literal and upfront songs we have ever written. It kind of feels like it’s something everyone’s thinking but not a lot of people talk about.” 
 
As daysormay blend introspection, reflection, experimentation, creative DIY flair (especially on their dynamic visuals) and immense technicality in their work, Just Existing stems from the idea of capturing journal entries as small snapshots taken at different parts of a growth period. Presenting each tune as a sonic check-in of sorts, at every stage with elements that soundtrack various life moments – driving around with your friends, to solo listening with headphones, sunrise to sunset – it was inspired by the need to create something that felt authentic to daysormay, with hopes that it encourages listeners to commit to their life aspirations. 

As odd as it sounds, the pandemic enabled the band to thrive. The bubble they had already formed by circumstance of living together gave them the opportunity many artists and bands didn’t have, which was to be able to continue creating and doing online shows and promo for the album.  Just Existing was recorded with producer/mixer, Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties, Left Field Messiah, Steve Aoki, Diplo, We Are The City). Select tracks were recorded at home and produced by the band, with some additional engineering by David Naude in their hometown of Vernon, BC and at Monarch Studios in Vancouver with Alex Penney (Jarrett Martineau, Jay Rock).
 
Editorial playlist pick up has been plentiful across the album launch, with love from the US, UK and Canada including the playlist cover of Amazon Music’s Breakthrough Alternative (US), and featured on Apple Music’s New In Rock (UK and Ireland), and Spotify’s RADAR Canada.  daysormay were recently nominated for Amazon Music Canada's Breakthrough Artist program, featured on the cover of Amazon Music Fresh Alternative & Finely Tuned in Canada, with a placement on Amazon Music's Brand-New Music Canada, Breakthrough Alternative in the US, Fresh Indie and on the Modern Folk station. The band has over 1M lifetime YouTube Views, with a cover feature at YouTube Music’s Your New Alternative. In April, daysormay performed on Bandsintown’s Twitch channel to over 15,000 viewers and engage with their fans via their own channel
 
Everything Is Changing kicked things off earlier this year with great intentions, as a song penned for the band’s future selvesEgo is a track that emerged from a songwriting exercise and explores the many aspects of self through the creative process. Ego follows The Trend, a track released in April highlighting their innovative songwriting and production process, with a video that captures the contrast between the noise of touring and the stillness of arriving home, offering a sense of reflection through the spaces in between – watch it here

Last month, the group released the video for the album’s title track, Just Existing. The video was directed by Titouan Fournier with DOP Christian Lai (known for their work in the band’s visuals for Ego and Everything Is Changing) and produced by Marginal Factory. As Just Existing continues to expand on the album narrative, the band channeled the attitude of videos from the 90s and early 2000s to create a present-day performance piece that was filled with easter eggs from the daysormay universe. Watch it here
 
On the album, daysormay reflect:

Just Existing has been a long time coming. Some of these songs have been around for 2+ years, while the others are brand new. It's been a crazy process of stitching it all together, we've never approached an album like this before, it feels new. I hope it can reach new listeners while also showing our current listeners a wider picture of who we are and what we've been doing over the past few years. We think of it as our debut. It feels like a beginning.

We recorded the vast majority of the new stuff with Canadian legend Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat, Mounties, Fur Trade, and Left Field Messiah. He’s also produced for groups like Fitz and The Tantrums and collaborated with Diplo and Steve Aoki. We started with him way back in August of 2018 and it’s been a very important creative relationship for all of the singles and the upcoming album. We recorded sporadically with him throughout the past 3 years and it’s always been an eye opening experience and has given us the confidence to produce and record some of the songs on our own as well.”
 
The band will be performing in Sidney, BC at Mary Winspear Centre on October 21 – experience their incredible live performance and find all details and tickets here.
 
Learn about daysormay in their bio and stay tuned for more. 
daysormay is:
Aidan Andrews (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys/Ukulele)
Nolan Bassett (Bass/Vocals/Trumpet) 
Carson Bassett (Drums/Percussion)
 

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2021 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE VOTING IS NOW OPEN

TORONTO, ON – October 4, 2021 – Voting for the 2021 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize has opened. 

Heritage Prize balloting was officially opened on Monday, September 27 during the 2021 Polaris Music Prize Winner Celebration, where Cadence Weapon’s Parallel World album was awarded the 16th annual Polaris Music Prize.

The companion award to the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are also Canadian albums of artistic distinction, without regard to sales, genre or affiliation. This is our version of a hall of fame where we try to honour meritorious Canadian albums that pre-date when Polaris began in 2006. 

This year there are 12 nominated albums up for consideration: 

Lillian Allen - Revolutionary Tea Party
k.d. lang - Ingénue
Jean Leloup - Le Dôme
Corb Lund - Five Dollar Bill
Michie Mee and L.A. Luv - Jamaican Funk-Canadian Style
Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
Jackie Mittoo - Wishbone
Faith Nolan - Africville
Nomeansno - Wrong
Stars - Set Yourself On Fire
Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Wainwright
Weakerthans - Left and Leaving

Two of these albums will receive Heritage Prize designation this year. One album will be chosen by public vote and a second will be determined by a Heritage Prize jury made up of music media and music historians.

This year’s Heritage list features five returning nominees (k.d. lang, Jean Leloup, Joni Mitchell, Jackie Mittoo, and Weakerthans) and seven first-time contenders (Lillian Allen, Corb Lund, Michie Mee and L.A. Luv, Faith Nolan, Nomeansno, Stars and Rufus Wainwright). 

Go HERE to vote. 

Voters will be able to submit ballots once per day. Voting closes Monday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. The new Heritage Prize designates will be revealed Tuesday, October 26.

Heritage Prize winners are commemorated with limited-edition artwork commissioned and inspired by the music on these designated albums. Examples of past winners’ works, including those honouring the likes of last year’s winners Buffy Sainte-Marie, Main Source and Beverly Glenn-Copeland can be found HERE.

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. polarismusicprize.ca

About Slaight Music
Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian Music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. www.slaightmusic.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  

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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LE VOTE POUR LE PRIX DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA FAMILLE SLAIGHT 2021 EST MAINTENANT OUVERT

TORONTO, ON – 4 octobre, 2021 – Vous pouvez voter pour le Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight 2021 dès maintenant.

Le scrutin pour le Prix du patrimoine a officiellement été ouvert le lundi 27 septembre lors de la Célébration de l’album gagnant du Prix de musique Polaris 2021, où l’album Parallel World de Cadence Weapon a reçu le 16e Prix de musique Polaris.

Les lauréat.e.s et les artistes en nomination pour le Prix du patrimoine, une distinction associée au Prix de musique Polaris, ont également produit des albums canadiens qui se démarquent artistiquement, sans égard pour les ventes, le genre ou l’affiliation. C’est notre version d’un temple de la renommée, grâce auquel nous essayons d’honorer les merveilleux albums canadiens qui datent d’avant les débuts du Polaris, en 2006.

Les 12 albums en lice cette année : 

Lillian Allen – Revolutionary Tea Party
k.d. lang – Ingénue
Jean Leloup – Le dôme
Corb Lund – Five Dollar Bill
Michie Mee et L.A. Luv – Jamaican Funk-Canadian Style
Joni Mitchell – Court et Spark
Jackie Mittoo – Wishbone
Faith Nolan – Africville
Nomeansno – Wrong
Stars – Set Yourself On Fire
Rufus Wainwright – Rufus Wainwright
Weakerthans – Left and Leaving

Deux de ces albums recevront le Prix du patrimoine 2021. L’un sera choisi par un vote du public et l’autre, par un jury du Prix du patrimoine composé de médias musicaux et d’historien.ne.s de la musique.

Cette année, la liste du Prix du patrimoine comprend cinq artistes ayant déjà été en nomination (k.d. lang, Jean Leloup, Joni Mitchell, Jackie Mittoo et Weakerthans) et sept artistes qui y figurent pour la première fois (Lillian Allen, Corb Lund, Michie Mee and L.A. Luv, Faith Nolan, Nomeansno, Stars et Rufus Wainwright). 

Nous vous invitons à voter ICI.

Les personnes qui votent pourront soumettre un bulletin de vote par jour. Le vote se terminera le lundi 18 octobre à 20 h (HE) / 17 h (HP). Les albums gagnants du Prix du patrimoine seront révélés le mardi 26 octobre.

Les artistes ayant remporté le Prix du patrimoine sont commémoré.e.s par des œuvres d’art en édition limitée commandées et inspirées par la musique des albums sélectionnés. Des exemples d’œuvres associées aux albums gagnants, notamment celles qui rendent hommage aux artistes l’année dernière – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Main Source et Beverly Glenn-Copeland –, sont disponibles ICI.

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. polarismusicprize.ca/fr

À propos de Slaight Music
Slaight Music a été lancée en 2011 avec pour mandat de soutenir la communauté musicale canadienne par le biais de diverses initiatives et de développer les talents canadiens grâce à des partenariats stratégiques avec des pairs du secteur. www.slaightmusic.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  

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio) :
polarismusicprize.ca/media
Mot de passe : m3d1a

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MAUVEY CUTS OUT THE NOISE TO EMBRACE HIS DREAMS IN NEW VISUAL FOR IRRATIONAL

WATCH IRRATIONAL | LISTEN TO IRRATIONAL

NEW PROJECT THE FLORIST OUT DECEMBER 10

CURRENTLY ON TOUR ACROSS THE UK  - TICKETS ON SALE NOW

TORONTO, ON – October 5, 2021 – Today, Vancouver, BC / London, UK singer-songwriter, Mauvey, shares another instalment of his forthcoming digital project, The FloristIrrational arrives as a statement that lives up to its title, and embracing its newfound definition. The song, released as a double single, alongside Insecure, on September 24, continues to pick the petals of Mauvey's story on The Florist, set for digital release December 10. Watch the video for Irrational here

"Irrational is my anthem. I've come a very long way. From being someone who would constantly apologize when I didn't need to, someone who was deeply affected when people would call my dreams delusional and irrational," Mauvey says. "To someone who still cares, but not enough to apologize. The truth is, my dreams are irrational and they are delusional, but it's made it all the more satisfying seeing my dreams come true. Irrational is where I am at right now, completely comfortable in my skin and competent in my abilities."

On Insecure, Mauvey adds: "Insecure is about vulnerability. Although I have come a long way and although both middle fingers graciously go up to any doubter, Insecure is telling me that in the moments where I don't feel 100%, It's OK. It's OK to NOT be perfect, It's OK to be a bit Insecure sometimes."

Mauvey has been releasing an array of singles that will be a part of The Florist, with 9, the first instalment of a multi-part film series of the same title, following five characters connected by interesting and serendipitous circumstances.Watch the video for Mauvey's previous single, Sunday Afternoon, a song about being so obsessed with someone that only 'the biggest night out of all time' will get your mind off them. Watch Sunday Afternoon here and listen to the song here.

Mauvey is currently sharing his dynamic sound and stage presence across the pond with UK audiences. Stops include Brighton, London, Wrexham, St. Andrews and Southampton, closing out in London on October 25 where he'll rock Pizza Express Live. Find all tour dates and tickets here

While Mauvey has been releasing an array of singles that will be a part of a digital project, The Florist, due out later this year. 9 is the first installment of  a multi-part film series of the same title, following five characters connected by interesting and serendipitous circumstances. In part one, 'Henry' (the Florist) is introduced along with 'Mauveylocks' (the Clown) and 'Marv' (the Clown's Driver). Henry is a dreamer that delivers flowers to a beautiful property and is knocked off his feet when a mystery subject opens the door. Mauveylocks has been invited to a party at the property. In part one, we see the Clown and the Driver arrive and leave the property. As the screen fades, viewers will have to wait for part two to see what happens next. 
 
“The Florist is my directorial debut, and to do it with a team as talented and as accomplished as Amazing Factory is something special,” Mauvey says of the process. “It has been surreal to go from an idea in my head to treatments sent over email to the first day on set. I honestly couldn't be more excited for the world to see the story unfold. To know that it all connects, all the way to the album is what is magic. My favourite part is knowing the whole story, knowing how it all ends, having my time with that before everyone else knows.” 
 
Mauvey unveiled an engaging video series leading up to the single release of 9 called 9 Days of Flowers, where he delivers flowers to fans, community members, and friends to share acts of compassion, care and kindness – watch these videos here, where the song’s chords flow as an instrumental soundtrack. The caption is as simple and powerful as the action: ‘I LOVE YOU. PASS IT ON.’

Stay up to date with Mauvey's latest as he paints his sonic journey with more music this year. 

Photo by Bree Ross Laryea

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DOWNLOAD - Irrational/Insecure Artwork

About Mauvey: 
Born in Ghana, West Africa, and raised between the U.K. and Vancouver, Canada, artist and songwriter, Mauvey, filters his unique batch of alternative pop music with hip hop, R&B/soul always alongside his message: Love. “My message will always be Love” says Mauvey, who has designed his projects to distribute Love through the creative narratives of intentional songwriting, intelligent melody, and hypnotic beat.

Mauvey has been influenced by artists like Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Oumou Sangaré, Prince, Childish Gambino, Labrinth, NAO, The Weeknd, and Andre 3000, as he goes on to state: "I am inspired by artists who made contributions so significant that they or their music will never be forgotten."

A passionate Mauvey says, "If my entire music career is a giant book about the rigours of Love, the ups, the downs, the highs and the complicated lows, I'd have done my job of distributing Love", he goes on to say, "I want to be clear about what I'm talking, singing and rapping about - no games - I don't know everything, but I know that Love is everything, there's no better subject.”

In Summer 2020, Mauvey was awarded by the MOBO Help Musicians Fund. Mauvey has also been well supported by Huw Stephens’ BBC Music Introducing on Radio 1, including being Mercury Prize nominee Georgia’s ‘pick’. As well, Mauvey has gained backing from Jamz Supernova on Selector Radio (British Arts Council), after partnering up with W SongsWarner Music UK’s publishing subsidiary.

Notion Magazine says, “The singer-rapper-songwriter is a breath of fresh air with his unforgettable authenticity projected in his music.”

Mauvey's powerful lyrical content is unashamed, he isn't perfect, and he's not trying to be. Love is his mission, not just words in songs. The themes are not always black and white, at times, they’re a bit Mauvey.

 

 

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JOY CROOKES SHARES VIDEO FOR WHEN YOU WERE MINE FROM MUCH ANTICIPATED ALBUM SKIN DUE OCTOBER 15 VIA INSANITY RECORDS

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TORONTO, ON – October 1, 2021 – Joy Crookes recently shared her new single, When You Were Mine, followed by a UK & EU tour announcement - selling 10,000 tickets in 24 hours with two London shows now sold out - to support the release of her highly anticipated debut album, Skin, which is due on October 15 on Insanity Records.

 
Premiering as Charli XCX’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1, the Blue May, Eg White and Jonny Lattimer produced record (the latter two names are also co-writes on the track) is Joy’s most cinematic single yet. Built around a full brass section and detailing nostalgic summer nights in Brixton, When You Were Mine is the latest in a series of immaculate singles from Joy’s upcoming album.
 
The video - directed by Hector Dockrill (Jorja, Maverick Sabre) - is a love letter to the bustling streets of Brixton complete with its melting pot of characters. The vibrancy of Coldharbour Lane, Electric Avenue and the throng of Pope’s Road Market give the best backdrop to Joys’ memories of young love blossoming in the South London hub. The vivid energies of Brixton are reflected in the full blown fresh flower gown and headdress she’s adorned in at the video’s close. Watch the video for When You Were Mine here.
 
On the song Joy explains, “When You Were Mine is a song I wrote about an ex-partner that ended up being with a man after we broke up. It’s a song about accepting their love, but wishing the same for myself. I wrote it with the backdrop of Brixton because that is where their love unfolded and where I spent a lot of my childhood. We recorded a brass section (it was my first time recording brass and excited was an understatement); we wanted it to sound messy so Japanese whiskey was involved and listening to lots of Ebo Taylor.”
 

Having played an exciting run of surprise, impromptu outdoor gigs across the country for fans recently, November sees Joy embark on her first official album tour. Having sold 10k tickets within 24 hours of the tour going on sale, both London shows (2 x Kentish Town Forum), Brighton and Bristol are sold out in the UK with Paris, Amsterdam and Belgium sold out on the European leg in February 2022 with many more close to capacity.
 
Skin is released on Insanity Records on October 15 - Preorder Skin here. Skin tour dates and tickets can be found here
 
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SILLA AND RISE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM SILARJUAQ OUT OCTOBER 29 VIA BALANCED RECORDS

LISTEN TO SECOND SINGLE ANIRNIQ

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WATCH VIDEO FOR PREVIOUS RELEASE PANDEMONIUM

TORONTO, ON – October 1, 2021 – Today, Ottawa, ON/Nunavut-based JUNO-nominated ensemble, Silla and Rise, announce their third album, Silarjuaq. Drawing its name from the Inuktitut word for Universe, its root, Sila, has a broad definition that encompasses concepts of weather, the land, the spirit of the atmosphere, cunning, and intelligence. Adding the affix “-juaq” makes it “large” and alludes to the grander structure of the cosmos in which we find ourselves. The album, set for release October 29 via Balanced Records, will feature the second single, Anirniq, out today. Listen to the song here.
 
Anirniq is the Inuktitut word for breath. The group adds, “Inhale and feel your lungs swell, hear the heartbeat in your ears, and exhale. The power and control you hear in katajjaq requires mastery of breath. Take time occasionally to be conscious of your breath. It is the source of your power while here in flesh and blood.”
 
Anirniq arrives with an energetic video that sees Silla and Rise moving to the rhythm of every beat alongside guest dancers, Alea DecastroJulie Benoit, and Vanessa Lovell. Watch the crew dance in unison as Charlotte Qamaniq and Charlotte Carleton lead the way with every verse here
 
Silarjuaq will expand on Silla and Rise’s incredible career trajectory to date, blending the Inuit throat singing of Silla (Cynthia Pitsiulak, Charlotte Qamaniq and Charlotte Carleton) with the global dancefloor mixology of Rise Ashen. As the group respects, honours and preserves Inuit culture, paying homage to the Inuit land and its strong connection to spirituality, key themes on the project draw from inquiries around the universe, animals and nature, diving into the unknown, the love one shares with children and family, Indigenous rights, colonialism and beyond. 

Ambient production, frenetic beats and club-ready grooves provide the layered foundation for Silla’s prose and storytelling that weaves its way through the album, with features from Tanya Tagaq, Deirdre Dooley, Theland Kicknosway and more. See the complete tracklist below. 
 
In June, Silla and Rise released PandemoniumOriginally presented live as part of EVERYSEEKER, a festival that presents contemporary music in Kjipuktuk / Halifax, Nova Scotia, the track evolved into a call-and-response video with Inuvialuk/Gwichin visual artist, Darcie Bernhardt, from Tuktuujaatuq. The initial idea for the song was an adaptation of traditional throat songs Nirliit (geese) and Naujaat (seagulls), now arriving in alignment as sonically evocative of pandemic chaos.  For the gallery-worthy visual, Darcie animated 9,000 watercolour stills and the resulting collaboration was broadcast live. The beautiful imagery also conjures up current events and the important contemporary themes of resource extraction and Indigenous sovereignty. Watch Pandemonium here

Listen to Silla and Rise’s latest and stay tuned for more ahead of Silarjuaq.

Silarjuaq Album Tracklist
1. Nutarannut [For the Children] ft. Tanya Tagaq
2. Silarjuaq
3. How Lucky We Are ft. Tanya Tagaq
4. Avataanut ft. Deirdre Dooley
5. Tulukkat ft. Deirdre Dooley
6. Ijiraq [Hide and Seek] ft. Tanya Tagaq
7. Iparauti ft. Theland Kicknosway
8. Supijuq ft. Risten Anin
9. Anirniq
10. Garden Variety
11. Boogity ft. Theland Kicknosway
12. Atangi ft. Risten Anine and Theland Kicknosway
13. Ikkii
14. Pandemonium
15. Ikaaqqaq [The Crossing] ft. Annie Aningmiuq

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www.sillaandrise.com

About Silla and Rise:

Silla have been performing together since 2005.  Its core members, Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU) and Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) were joined in 2020 by the amazing Charlotte Carleton (Panniqtuuq, NU). Silla respects, honours and preserves Inuit culture and pays homage to the Inuit land and its strong connection to spirituality.  With their music, they invite audiences to experience the sounds of traditional and contemporary katajjaq - Inuit throat song.

Rise Ashen (Ottawa, ON) is a global-grooves producer, percussionist, DJ, and dancer.  He produces Silla and Rise and performs electronic percussion with the band for their live performances.  Rise has spent his life pursuing the intersection of traditional and futuristic music. 

Silla and Rise was founded in 2016, coming together to blend traditional aspects of Inuit throat singing and futuristic dance floor beats.  Since then, they’ve been nominated for two JUNO Awards. First for Indigenous Music Album of the Year in 2017, for their self-titled Debut: Silla + Rise, followed by a nod for their second album, Galactic Gala, for World Music Album of the Year in 2019. They were nominated for the Indigenous Music Awards for Best Inuit for Indigenous Language, for Francophone Album in 2017 won the Stingray Award at Mundial Festival in Montreal in 2018.

About Silla and Rise (Inuktitut)

ᓯᓚ ᐊᒻᒪ ᕋᐃᔅ ᓂᔾᔮᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᕗᑦ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᑲᑕᔾᔭᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ

ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓯᓚ ᖁᙱᐊᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓴᓂᓕᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ-ᓂᔾᔮᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᒧᒥᕈᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᓂ

ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᓪᓗᓂ/ᐊᓇᐅᓪᓚᑦᑕᖅᑎ ᕋᐃᔅ ᐋᓯᓐ. ᖁᙱᐊᖅᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᕋᐃᔅᒥ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂ

2016−ᒥ, ᓯᓚᐅᑉ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᓵᓕᑦ ᖃᒪᓂᖅ, ᓯᓐᑎᐊ ᐱᑦᓯᐅᓛᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓵᓕᑦ ᑳᕈᓪᑕᓐ, ᑕᒪᒃᑭᑦ

ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᙶᖅᖢᑎᒃ, ᐱᓕᕆᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐃᓕᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᖅᑎᒍᑦ ᑲᑕᔾᔭᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᒫᓐᓇᒨᓕᖓᔪᒥ

ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐆᒻᒪᕆᒃᑏᓐᓇᖅᖢᓂᔾᔪᒃ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᓇᒍ ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂᑐᖃᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ

ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᕆᙱᑕᓄᑦ ᐱᐅᓯᖃᓕᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ. ᕋᐃᔅᔅ

ᓂᔾᔮᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᖅᑕᖓ ᓴᖅᑭᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᓪᓚᕆᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᔨᕋᖅᑐᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ

ᒧᒥᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᓴᕐᓈᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᑐᓴᕐᓈᕐᓂᕐᒥ – ᓇᒃᓴᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᓂ

ᑐᓴᕐᓈᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐊᖑᔪᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᑦᑐᓂ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᐅᔪᓂ – ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒐᔪᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓚᖓ

ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓂᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᓂᖓᓂ ᓂᓪᓕᐊᓂᕆᕙᒃᑕᖓᓂ ᑲᑕᔾᔭᕐᓂᕐᒥ.

ᐅᓇ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᐊᓇᐅᓪᓚᑦᑕᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓂᖅ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᔭᐅᑲᐅᑎᒋᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᖅ ᓈᑉ ᐃᓗᐊᓂ;

ᓴᙱᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᐸᒍᒥᓇᖅᑎᑦᑎᓲᒥᒃ ᑎᒥᓕᒫᒥ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓴᒃᑯᑦᑎᓲᖑᙱᑦᑐᖅ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ

ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖓᓂ ᓂᓪᓕᐊᓂᐊᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᓱᕋᑦᑎᕆᓂᖅ ᐊᒡᕕᐊᕈᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓴᓇᓂᕐᒥ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᓯᓚ

ᐊᒻᒪ ᕋᐃᔅ ᑲᑎᙵᓂᐅᕗᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᐅᙱᓐᓂᐅᓂᖓᓂ, ᐃᓚᖓᓂ ᓄᑖᙳᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᑕᐅᔪᒥ

ᕿᒥᕐᕈᓇᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓂᐱᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᐃᑉᐸᖓ ᑐᙵᕕᖃᕐᔪᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐱᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᕐᓄᑦ. ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᖓᓂ

ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓕᕆᔨᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᐱᖃᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓈᓚᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ.

ᑐᓴᕐᓈᕐᓂᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᔭᕆᐊᓕᖕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓗᓂ ᑐᓴᖅᑕᐅᑐᐃᓐᓇᙱᓪᓗᓂ.

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PETE MOSS TAKES FLIGHT WITH NEW ALBUM BIRDS ROCK OUT TODAY!

LISTEN HERE

WATCH THE ENDEARING VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE CHICKADEE HERE

Toronto, ON – October 1, 2021 – As birds head south for the winter, Toronto-based musical artist, Pete Moss, too takes flight with his brand new full-length release, Birds Rock! A tribute to the magic of everyday birds – cardinals, chickadees, pigeons and more are brought in to the spotlight with Pete’s creative storytelling and humour, all backed by a playful folk-pop style. The early bird catches the EARworm so be sure to have a listen to Birds Rock here today!

Pete reflects: “When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with video games. I didn't notice birds, except for the occasional bright red cardinal. When I started down the path of becoming an outdoor educator I began learning the common birds and eventually could identify chickadees, robins and woodpeckers. One day when I was walking to work, I saw this odd little bird with a golden streak in the middle of it' head. 'What the heck is that?' I thought and  proceeded to find the Golden Crowned Kinglet in a bird book. From that day on something switched in me and I became obsessed with birds. Though I don't know exactly what caused that twist of fate, I do know birds have become one of the great joys of my life. From realizing cardinals sound like the lasers from Star Wars to learning the basics of bird language, birds never cease to fill me with wonder. While I of course hope this collection is a real hoot for the birders, I also hope it might inspire the teenage Pete's out there to look up once in a while.

Pete Moss (a.k.a Peter Demakos) has been connecting children with nature for over a decade. Drawing inspiration from Raffi and Fred Penner, Pete’s playful folk-pop style and sophisticated songwriting make the collection of songs on Birds Rock accessible to everyone. With lines that deem chickadees the “timbits of the sky” and through posing questions like “do loons meet for underwater tea?”, these songs inspire care and curiosity towards the natural world.

When he’s not playing music, Pete is an outdoor educator and forest school instructor at Evergreen Brick Works. In addition to outdoor education, he delivers workshops across Ontario on the importance of getting children outside. In 2019, Pete released the album Plants Rock, featuring 12 songs about common plants that can be found across North America. In 2012, Pete founded the witty indie rock band, Blimp Rock, which has toured across Europe and Canada. Pete’s work has been featured on CBC Here And Now and As It Happens, on Owl City, CityTV, and has garnered acclaim from BlogTO and NOW Magazine.

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GHOST HUNTER’S MOON SINGLE & VIDEO OUT NOW

FIRST NEW GHOST TRACK IN 2 YEARS TO BE FEATURED IN HALLOWEEN KILLS

2022 U.S ARENA TOUR TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Toronto, ON – September 30, 2021 - A series of inspired encounters between creative forces from various worlds of sound and vision has resulted in Hunter’s Moon, the infectious first new track from GHOST since 2019’s Seven Inches Of Satanic Panic, and its phantasmagoric video directed by Amanda Demme.
 
The genesis of Hunter’s Moon can be traced back to GHOST's November 16, 2018 show at the Forum in Los Angeles. Ryan Turek, Vice President of Feature Film Development at Blumhouse Productions (Get Out, Insidious, The Purge, Us, Whiplash) would attend the sold-out show, striking up an instant rapport with GHOST's Tobias Forge — one that developed quickly and deeply via meetings, podcast appearances, and ultimately a visit with co-writer and director David Gordon Green on the North Carolina set of the upcoming Halloween Kills.
 
Three years nearly to the day since that first fateful exchange, GHOST's Hunter’s Moon has materialized on DSPs, will play as the Halloween Kills end credits roll, and will be released January 21, 2022 as a collectible 7-inch single by Loma Vista Recordings. Hunter’s Moon can be streamed, purchased, and/or pre-ordered in its vinyl incarnation here. The retail version of the 7-inch will feature the special B-side, Halloween Kills (Main Title),  performed, produced and engineered by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies.
 
In other GHOST news, the GRAMMY-winning Swedish band recently announced its 2022 return to the States for a 26-city arena tour, on which GHOST will be co—headlining with Volbeat and closing the show every night of the tour. See below for a full list of dates, and for further information, go to ghost-official.com.

GHOST 2022 Tour Dates
Tue Jan 25 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
Thu Jan 27 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Fri Jan 28 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Arena
Sat Jan 29 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Mon Jan 31 – West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
Wed Feb 2 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Fri Feb 4 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sat Feb 5 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Mon Feb 7 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Tue Feb 8 – Hershey, PA – GIANT Center
Thu Feb 10 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Fri Feb 11 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
Sat Feb 12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Mon Feb 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
Tue Feb 15 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
Wed Feb 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Fri Feb 18 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
Sat Feb 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Center
Sun Feb 20 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
Mon Feb 21 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
Wed Feb 23 – Independence, MO – Cable Dahmer Arena
Fri Feb 25 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Sat Feb 26 – Dallas, TX – Fair Park Coliseum
Mon Feb 28 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
Tue Mar 1 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
Thu Mar 3 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
GHOST 2022 Tour Dates
Tue Jan 25 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
Thu Jan 27 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Fri Jan 28 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Arena
Sat Jan 29 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Mon Jan 31 – West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
Wed Feb 02 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Fri Feb 04 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sat Feb 05 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Mon Feb 07 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Tue Feb 08 – Hershey, PA – GIANT Center
Thu Feb 10 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Fri Feb 11 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
Sat Feb 12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Mon Feb 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
Tue Feb 15 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
Wed Feb 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Fri Feb 18 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
Sat Feb 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Center
Sun Feb 20 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
Mon Feb 21 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
Wed Feb 23 – Independence, MO – Cable Dahmer Arena
Fri Feb 25 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land Sat Feb 26 – Dallas, TX – Fair Park Coliseum
Mon Feb 28 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
Tue Mar 01 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
Thu Mar 03 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
 
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RENO MCCARTHY RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR A MOMENT

TORONTO, ON – September 27, 2021 – Last Friday, Montreal indie-pop musician, Reno McCarthy, released the latest single, For a Moment, off his forthcoming album, Run Up River out October 29 (Balustrade). The explosive alt-pop track comes with plenty of heavy bass and crunchy synths. Listen to the song here (produced by Jesse Mac Cormack, Arthur Bourdon-Durocher and Reno) and out today, watch the frenetic, fast-paced and cinematic music video here. Reno also announces a Montreal album release show on November 2 at Le Ministère, with more tour dates to come soon. Keep up to date with Reno and get your tickets here. Pre-order Run Up River here.
 
On the song, Reno says: “It features extensive experimentation with noise, tape echoes and spring reverbs. The result is a highly-processed yet really raw and exciting recording. With lyrics dealing with hesitation and decisiveness, it’s a true push-and-pull. For a Moment captures the longing to embrace oneself and offers a uniquely liberating listening experience.”
 
The accompanying For a Moment music video pays homage to Montreal’s industrial and brutalist past, as Reno wanders aimlessly in a concrete prison, alone. The fast paced, frenetic and at times psychedelic video is sprinkled with blurry and distorted party scenes, highlighting the singer’s discomfort and claustrophobia. For a Moment ends with Reno driving away on an empty country road in an endless field, capturing the song’s sense of freedom.
 
Run Up River, out October 29, will include previously released tracks Nightout and Sundown. Check out the artwork below and the album teaser here.  

Stay tuned for more from Reno McCarthy in the coming weeks.
 
About Reno McCarthy:
With the youthful sparkle of his 2019 debut album, Counterglow, Montreal alternative pop artist Reno McCarthy quickly gained recognition for his strong song writing and somewhat debonair quality as well as his band’s groove-heavy live shows. 

Unexpected events led McCarthy to a surprising stopover in 2020. Following the loss of his father, the artist recorded a truly warm and personal EP. Moving, raw and of great profoundness, Angels Watching Us Dance, saw the artist at his most stripped-down and strikingly sensitive.

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DOWNLOAD – Album Art
 
www.renomccarthy.com
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CADENCE WEAPON HAS WON THE 2021 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE FOR THE ALBUM PARALLEL WORLD

TORONTO, ON – September 27, 2021 – Cadence Weapon has won the 2021 Polaris Music Prize for the album Parallel World.

“If I won this, I wanted to announce that next year I’ll be using some of my resources to organize some voter registration events around the Toronto municipal election, as well as the Ontario provincial election because we need some changes to our leadership and we need to make things more equitable for people in this city to be able to vote.  I also just want to take this time to mention that Justin Trudeau has worn Blackface so many times he can’t even remember how many times, and he was just given a third term. That’s exactly why I need to be making rap records that are political, that are about these subjects because that’s still a fact today.

Finally, this goes out to everybody in Edmonton and Alberta! I’m from Edmonton, 780, we’ve never been here before. I want to show everybody, all the young artists listening right now, and watching this, you don’t have to be from Toronto. Your experience is valuable. Your art matters. Coming from Edmonton, I don’t want you to forget that. The prairies got something to say. E-town.” - Cadence Weapon

This is Cadence Weapon’s first Polaris Music Prize win.

The Prize, which was presented by CBC Music, goes to the best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation. It was determined by a Grand Jury of 11 music media professionals drawn from the greater Polaris jury pool of 199 writers, editors, broadcasters, DJs and personalities from across the country. This was the 16th edition of the Polaris Music Prize.

Cadence Weapon’s victory came with a $50,000 monetary reward. The nine other Short List nominees each received $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music. Additionally, Play MPE awarded Cadence Weapon 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.

The 2021 Polaris Short List was:

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Theory of Ice
Cadence Weapon - Parallel World
DijahSB - Head Above The Waters
Dominique Fils-Aimé - Three Little Words
Mustafa - When Smoke Rises
The OBGMs - The Ends
Klô Pelgag - Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
TOBi - Elements Vol. 1
The Weather Station - Ignorance
Zoon - Bleached Wavves

Cadence Weapon’s name was revealed by Polaris 2020 winner Backxwash live from CBC Toronto’s Studio 211 during the Polaris Music Prize Winner Celebration streaming event. Backxwash also performed the songs I Lie Here Buried With My Rings And My Dresses and Nine Hells during the Winner Celebration. Hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, the Polaris Winner Celebration was broadcast in Canada on the free CBC Gem streaming service, CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages and around the globe at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.

The Winner Celebration also featured expert commentary from CBC Music Afterdark’s Odario Williams, CBC Music’s Jess Huddleston as well as Polaris jury members Michelle Da Silva and Calum Slingerland. You can rewatch this year’s Polaris Music Prize Winner Celebration at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.

Due to the continued uncertainty around returns to public gatherings, Polaris chose not to host a winner Gala event this year. Polaris looks forward to returning to an in-person event in 2022.

The Grand Jury who decided the winner included Da Silva (Xtra), Slingerland (Exclaim!), Jim Di Gioia (Dominionated), Mary Dickie (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste Pigiste), DJ MelBoogie (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste Pigiste), Francella Fiallos (CJLO 1690 AM), Marissa Groguhé (La Presse), Omar Husain (CJLO 1690 AM), Kyle Muzyka (CBC), Acey Rowe (CBC Radio - The Doc Project), and Yasmine Shemesh (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste Pigiste).

"It's always a privilege to oversee the Polaris Grand Jury and this year is no different," said Polaris Jury Foreperson Melissa Vincent. "Their meticulous, open-hearted discussion was a marvel to witness and speaks volumes to the calibre of records coming out of Canada. It's our pleasure to congratulate the winner of the 2021 Polaris Music Prize!"

Albums eligible for 2021 Polaris Music Prize consideration must have been released between May 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determined the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool were then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury.

The past winners are 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).

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. polarismusicprize.ca

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic 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, eOne Entertainment, 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
Pw: m3d1a

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CADENCE WEAPON REMPORTE
LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2021 POUR L’ALBUM
« PARALLEL WORLD »

TORONTO, ON – 27 septembre, 2021 – Cadence Weapon a reçu le Prix de musique Polaris 2021 pour l’album « Parallel World ».

« Si je gagnais, je voulais annoncer que l'année prochaine j'utiliserai certaines de mes ressources pour organiser des événements d'inscription d’électeurs autour des prochaines élections municipales à Toronto, ainsi qu’autour des élections provinciales en Ontario. Nous avons besoin de changement dans notre leadership et nous devons rendre les choses plus équitables pour que les gens de cette ville puissent voter. Je veux aussi profiter de ce moment pour mentionner que Justin Trudeau a porté le Blackface tellement de fois qu'il ne peut même pas se rappeler combien de fois, et il vient de recevoir un troisième mandat. C'est exactement pourquoi j'ai besoin de faire des albums de rap politique qui traitent de ces sujets parce que c'est encore un fait aujourd'hui.

Pour terminer, je veux partager cette victoire avec tout le monde à Edmonton et en Alberta ! Je viens d'Edmonton – 780 et c’est la première fois que nous nous retrouvons ici. Je veux montrer à tout le monde, à tous les jeunes artistes qui nous écoutent en ce moment – regardez ça ! Vous n'avez pas besoin de venir de Toronto. Votre expérience est précieuse. Votre art est important. Venant d'Edmonton, je ne veux pas que vous l'oubliez. Les Prairies ont quelque chose à dire. E-town. » - Cadence Weapon

Il s’agit du premier Prix Polaris remporté par Cadence Weapon.

Présenté par CBC Music, le Prix de musique Polaris récompense le meilleur album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur la base du mérite artistique, sans tenir compte du genre musical, de la popularité commerciale ou de l’affiliation à une maison de disques. Il a été déterminé par un grand jury composé de 11 personnes qui œuvrent en journalisme musical, choisies parmi les 199 rédacteur.trice.s, éditeur.trice.s, diffuseur.euse.s, DJ et personnalités de tout le pays qui composent le jury élargi du Polaris. Il s’agissait de la 16e édition du Prix de musique Polaris.

La victoire de Cadence Weapon était accompagnée d’une récompense monétaire de 50 000 $. Les neuf autres artistes en nomination sur la courte liste de 2021 ont reçu 3 000 $ offerts par Slaight Music. De plus, Play MPE a offert à Cadence Weapon un forfait de distribution et de promotion musicale à l’échelle mondiale pour une parution (simple ou album), d’une valeur pouvant atteindre 3 025 $. Play MPE offrira également aux neuf autres artistes de la courte liste des forfaits de distribution d’une valeur pouvant atteindre 1 000 $ chacun.

La courte liste de 2021 était composée de :

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Theory of Ice
Cadence Weapon – Parallel World
DijahSB – Head Above The Waters
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words
Mustafa – When Smoke Rises
The OBGMs – The Ends
Klô Pelgag – Notre–Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
TOBi – Elements Vol. 1
The Weather Station – Ignorance
Zoon – Bleached Wavves

Le nom de Cadence Weapon a été dévoilé par Backxwash, lauréate du Polaris 2020, en direct du Studio 211 de CBC à Toronto dans le cadre de la Célébration de l’album gagnant du Prix de musique Polaris. Backxwash a aussi interprété les chansons I Lie Here Buried With My Rings And My Dresses  et Nine Hells  au cours de cet événement. Animée par Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe de CBC Music, la Célébration du Polaris a été diffusée au Canada sur le service gratuit de diffusion en continu CBC Gem, sur les pages Facebook, Twitter et Youtube de CBC Music, et dans le monde entier sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.

La Célébration du Polaris présentait également les commentaires d’expert d’Odario Williams (CBC Music Afterdark), de Jess Huddleston (CBC Music), de même que ceux de Michelle Da Silva et Calum Slingerland du jury du Polaris. Vous pouvez visionner à nouveau l’événement de cette année au CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.

En raison de l’incertitude persistante concernant le retour des rassemblements publics, le Polaris a décidé de ne pas organiser de gala cette année. Le Polaris espère revenir à un événement en personne en 2022.

Le grand jury qui a déterminé l’album gagnant était composé de Michelle Da Silva (Xtra), Jim Di Gioia (Dominionated), Mary Dickie (journaliste pigiste), DJ MelBoogie (journaliste pigiste), Francella Fiallos (CJLO 1690 AM), Marissa Groguhé (La Presse), Omar Husain (CJLO 1690 AM), Kyle Muzyka (CBC), Acey Rowe (CBC Radio - The Doc Project), Yasmine Shemesh (journaliste pigiste) et Calum Slingerland (Exclaim!)

« C'est toujours un privilège de superviser le Grand Jury du Polaris et cette année ne fait pas exception », a déclaré Melissa Vincent, présidente du jury du Prix de musique Polaris. « Être témoin de leur discussion attentionnée et sincère fut un honneur et en dit long sur le calibre des disques en provenance du Canada. C'est avec plaisir que nous félicitons le lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris 2021 ! »

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2021 devaient avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2020 et le 31 mai 2021. Un jury indépendant composé de journalistes, de diffuseur.euse.s et de blogueur.euse.s provenant de partout au Canada a déterminé la longue et la courte liste. Onze personnes membres du jury élargi ont ensuite été sélectionnées pour faire partie du grand jury.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont 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 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. polarismusicprize.ca/fr

À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. En tant que source d’information de confiance au pays, nous proposons un point de vue typiquement canadien sur les nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous présentons aussi des contenus en espagnol, en arabe et en chinois, en plus des deux langues officielles, par le biais de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique.

À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music 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 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 enregistrements de concerts musicaux réalisés dans toutes les régions du pays. La liste de nos partenaires musicaux et événementiels 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, eOne Entertainment, 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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KTHECHOSEN SHARES NEW SONG LONO FROM  FORTHCOMING ALBUM +VICE  OUT OCTOBER 22 

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“They take your resources, they breaking seesaws and
They left you the sandpit cos that pit is boring
But then they uncover the rocks that were hidden
All of sudden they have a new interest
They come back to your land
They got a new plan”
- KTheChosen

Toronto, ON – September 24, 2021 – Leading up to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Zimbabwe-born, Calgary-based Hip-Hop and spoken word artist, gender equity advocate and public speaker, KTheChosen, examines the impacts of colonialism on new song, LONO. Using the metaphor of children on a playground, the track’s title draws from a phrase that stands for “locals only, no outsiders” and features a verse from Blackfoot artist, TRIBETheArtist, with singing and hand drumming from Cree artist, Chantal Stormsong ChagnonLONO will be featured on KTheChosen’s forthcoming album, +Vice, out October 22 – listen here and pre-order the album here.

Furthering a passion and continued involvement in numerous community initiatives, KTheChosen has launched a fundraising campaign aligned with LONO. Proceeds from song purchases via Bandcamp will support Colouring It Forward, an Indigenous social enterprise that collaborates with Indigenous Artists and elders to produce authentic books, cards and journals, and Pokaiks – the Children: Orange Shirt Day, a memorial walk event in Calgary happening tomorrow (Saturday, September 25) - visit GoFundMe for more info.
 
LONO follows KTheChosen’s August release of the video, Nomad’s Tale, Pt. 5 (Quarter Life Crisis). While the pandemic had led people to question their current stage in life – and state of being – KTheChosen waxes poetic on his own experiences, sharing personal concerns and revelations around his goals thus far. Released in March, the song marks the fifth instalment of his Nomad’s Tale song series. Watch the video here, and listen to Nomad’s Tale, Pt. 5 (Quarter Life Crisis).

While Nomad’s Tale Pt. 5 (Quarter Life Crisis) closes out KTheChosen’s most recent body of work, +Vice is a concept album that looks at the importance of checking in with those we care about. 

KTheChosen reflects on the creative process: “The lockdown has given me time to reflect as well as a shared experience with others in terms of dealing with grief and the uncertainties of life. Things have happened globally and locally, to people I know and care about, and also to strangers that I may never meet. The necessity of this project seems to have grown daily within the year that we've been working on it. This makes me proud to have captured the feelings and thoughts of my family and friends and excited to share these expressions and observations with the world. This is my favourite body of work thus far.”

+Vice was created at Konscious Productions studio and recorded, mixed and mastered by Jerome “Rome” de Gourville. Driven by an underlying story around an unnamed female character the audience doesn’t formally meet, but learns much about, KTheChosen dives into feminism, grief, loss, colonialism, relationships, allyship and more with immense depth, layered instrumentation, and spoken word interludes.

Often, people only pay attention to symptoms of poor mental well-being instead of addressing the root cause. As gender equity and grief are some of the biggest themes in this project, KTheChosen drew from various inspirations, including written works like Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall and Death, The Final Stage of Growth by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. KTheChosen immerses himself in various topics, summarizing different stories that he has discussed in conversation with friends to give each song a relatable and timely narrative, acknowledging the impact of the global pandemic and longstanding systemic social and political issues worldwide. 

KTheChosen has been active in an array of initiatives while preparing for the album. Last month, he presented at Calgary’s TEDx Youth@Victoria Park, speaking on the theme of  “Ctrl Alt Del”, highlighting individuals who have dared to “take control of their lives by deleting old, fixed-mindset based ideas and pushed their innovative, alternate ideas forward.” 

From February through May, he was an ambassador for Science Genius (a program co-founded by GZA of the WuTang Clan), teaching youth in grades 7 and 9 how to rap and create songs using content they were learning in their science classes. In June, he taught a three-part workshop for Antyx Arts, mentoring teenagers on freestyle rap and the importance of storytelling in music and marketing.  

Learn more about KTheChosen’s career to date below and stay tuned for more as he prepares to release +Vice next month. 
 
+Vice Tracklisting
1. Prologue
2. Food For Thought
3. The Call (Interlude)
4. Petrichor
5. In Loving Memory Pt.1 (Interlude)
6. LONO
7. Which one r u?
8. In Loving Memory Pt.2 (Interlude)
9. Dear African Fathers
10. So...what are we saying here? (Interlude)
11. Courtship
12. Allyship (Interlude)
13. Her Anthem
14. In Loving Memory Pt.3 (Interlude)
15. Kinstugi

Album art by Olivia Johnson

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As a TEDx speaker, hip-hop and spoken word artist, KTheChosen believes in the power of storytelling and uses his voice to share the experiences of those around him. Inspired by artists such as King Los and Kendrick Lamar, KTheChosen challenges himself to write lyrics that are both entertaining and enlightening. The music video for his single, Amazon, was covered by Canadian music publication, RLGT. 

The video features Zimbabwe's infamous bearer cheques and united the Calgary community by involving several local artists from varying disciplines. The article highlights the importance of this collaboration and what it meant for the Calgary art scene. 2021 has been a big year for KTheChosen, with a nomination for the Zim Achievers Canada Awards in the Young Achievers category in February and the opportunity to perform and speak at a TEDx event in July. His talk focused on the importance of authentic leadership in a time when social media campaigns have been the driving force 

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BILLY STRINGS’ NEW ALBUM RENEWAL OUT TODAY

HEARTBEAT OF AMERICA MUSIC VIDEO DEBUTS

EXTENSIVE HEADLINE TOUR UNDERWAY

“writes pensive, philosophical songs and breezes through them with his virtuosic guitar…the core of the music is an acoustic string band—with fiddle and banjo, no drums—that happily takes an occasional psychedelic detour.”—The New York Times

“In addition to some dazzling picking from Strings and his bandmates, there’s a heaviness to the chord progressions and lyrics that speaks to his love of metal.”—Rolling Stone

“Strings’ high level of musicianship and lyrical sincerity are the kind that defies the boundaries of time and genre.”—Spin

“Billy Strings is, without question, one of the greatest musical talents of our lifetime, regardless of genre.”—Glide

“he’s truly firing on all cylinders”—Jambands

“Bluegrass man-of-the-moment”—Magnet Magazine

“showcases Strings’ lyrical prowess”—Live For Live Music

“the hottest thing going in Americana and bluegrass right now, both on stage and on record”
Cleveland.com 

TORONTO, ON – September 24, 2021—Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, performer and musician, Billy Strings’, highly-anticipated new album, Renewal, is out today via Rounder Records. Stream/purchase here.  

Produced by Jonathan Wilson (Conor Oberst, Roger Waters, Father John Misty) and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, Renewal solidifies Strings’ position as a singular artist—one who honours the history of the music that inspires him, while continually pushing it forward. With the record’s sixteen tracks, Strings shares a more personal and honest perspective through his songwriting, while incorporating his wide range of influences with elements of bluegrass, classic rock, metal, psychedelic music and more.

In celebration of the release, the official music video for Strings’ new song, Heartbeat of America, is debuting today. Watch/share here.

Known for his electric live performances, Strings will continue to tour through the end of the year including upcoming stops at Minneapolis’ The Palace Theatre (two nights, both sold out), Philadelphia’s The Fillmore (two nights), Detroit’s The Fillmore (two nights, one sold out), Atlanta’s The Eastern (four nights, two sold out), Nashville’s Marathon Music Works (two nights, both sold out) and Grand Rapids’ GTC Live at 20 Monroe (three nights, one sold out) as well as two special album release shows this weekend at Buena Vista, CO’s The Meadows on September 24-25 (both sold-out). See below for the complete itinerary.

Reflecting on the record, Strings shares, “I listen to this album now and it’s emotional. I could sit there and tweak it forever, but there’s a point where it’s like building a house of cards. Yeah, I could add an extra tower on top, but it might collapse. I’ve always doubted myself, and I still do, but this album makes me think, ‘Hey, you’re doing all right, kid. You just need to keep going.’” 

In addition to Strings (vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano, synth, guitjo) and Wilson (celesta, percussion, harpsicord), the record features Strings’ band—Billy Failing (banjo, piano, background vocals), Royal Masat (bass, background vocals) and Jarrod Walker (mandolin, guitar, background vocals)—as well as special guest musicians Spencer Cullum (pedal steel), John Mailander (violin) and Grant Millikem (synth).

Renewal adds to an already triumphant career for Strings, who won Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards for his 2019 record, Home. Released to overwhelming acclaim, The Associated Press praised the album, asserting, “it is his creative musical storytelling, paired with solid vocals on Home that should seal the deal, pleasing fans of the genre and creating some new ones…the perfect blend of pure talent and pluck,” while The Wall Street Journal proclaimed, “Billy Strings has clearly emerged as a premier guitar flatpicker of this era” and Rolling Stone declared, “one of string music’s most dynamic young stars.” Strings and the record also topped Billboard’s 2020 year-end chart in both Bluegrass categories: Top Bluegrass Artists and Top Bluegrass Albums. Known for his electric live performances, Strings will also make his debut on PBS’ Austin City Limits on October 23 as part of the legendary program’s 47th season.

Raised in Michigan and now based in Nashville, Strings is known as one of music’s most compelling artists. Since his 2017 debut, he has been awarded Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards, is nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2021 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards, won Guitar Player of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards and has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and PBS’ Bluegrass Underground. A respected figure across all genres, Strings has also recently collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Bill Kreutzmann, Luke Combs, Del McCoury, Fences, RMR and many more. 

BILLY STRINGS CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
September 24—Buena Vista, CO—The Meadows (SOLD OUT)
September 25—Buena Vista, CO—The Meadows (SOLD OUT)
September 28—Wichita, KS—Wave
September 29—Oklahoma City, OK—The Jones Assembly (SOLD OUT)
October 1—Memphis, TN—Mempho Music Fest
October 2—Bentonville, AR—Freshgrass Festival
October 14—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 15—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 16—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 17—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 29—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 30—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 31—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
November 3—Milwaukee, WI—The Riverside Theater (SOLD OUT)
November 4—Minneapolis, MN—The Palace Theatre (SOLD OUT)
November 5—Minneapolis, MN—The Palace Theatre (SOLD OUT)
November 6—Chicago, IL—Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
November 10—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore
November 11—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore
November 12—Richmond, VA—Virginia Credit Union Live (SOLD OUT)
November 13—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 15—Portland, ME—State Theatre (SOLD OUT)
November 16—Portland, ME—State Theatre (SOLD OUT)
November 17—Boston, MA—Boch Center Wang Theatre
November 19—Wilkes-Barre, PA—Mohegan Sun Arena
November 20—Detroit, MI—The Fillmore (SOLD OUT)
November 21—Detroit, MI—The Fillmore
November 30—New Orleans, LA—The Civic Theater (SOLD OUT)
December 1—New Orleans, LA—The Civic Theater (SOLD OUT)
December 2—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
December 3—Austin, TX—ACL Live at The Moody Theater (SOLD OUT)
December 4—Dallas, TX—The Factory in Deep Ellum
December 9—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
December 10—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern (SOLD OUT)
December 11—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern (SOLD OUT)
December 12—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
December 17—Nashville, TN—Marathon Music Works (SOLD OUT)
December 18—Nashville, TN—Marathon Music Works (SOLD OUT)
December 30—Grand Rapids, MI—GLC Live at 20 Monroe
December 31—Grand Rapids, MI—GLC Live at 20 Monroe (SOLD OUT)
January 1—Grand Rapids, MI—GLC Live at 20 Monroe

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THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA DROP NEW OBLIVION SINGLE AND VIDEO

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OCTOBER 27 ALBUM RELEASE SHOW TICKETS HERE

Toronto, ON – September 24, 2021 – Today, JUNO-nominated Toronto band, The Wilderness of Manitoba, release their latest single, Oblivion, from their forthcoming new album, Farewell To Cathedral, out October 29 (Popguru Sound & Vision). Listen to the upbeat, lyrically resonant and melodic track here, and watch the cinematic and electrifying performance video from director Jason Cipparrone (Odario and Grand Analog) here. As well, tickets for the band’s album release show at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on October 27, with special guest Basset, can be found here, with more information available on the Facebook event page. Pre-order Farewell To Cathedral here
 
On the track, singer/multi-instrumentalist and founder Will Whitwham says: “It’s about being lost in your own thoughts when everything feels as though it’s coming apart around you. It isn’t the start or end of something, but it’s the in-between that can feel like an oblivion.”
 
The song came about on a writing trip Will took to the Nashville when the pandemic was on the cusp of beginning and the city had just seen its worst tornado damage in years, to its east end. Will had no guitar and wrote the lyrics and melody in a coffeeshop to a demo he had previously saved, and it wasn’t until he was back in Toronto that everything clicked.
 
“Listening back now, it makes me think of that time period just before everything went quiet. ‘I was in an oblivion ... What an oblivion ...  Further into oblivion.’”
 
On the accompanying video, director Jason Cipparrone (previous directorial video work includes Odario and Grand Analog) says about the visuals: "Inspired by music videos of the 90’s, I wanted to make something that felt edgy, but also retro. Something that supported Will’s lyrical imagery. A black and white, high contrast filmic look was chosen from the outset as well as the choice to go hand held. All were intended to support a sense of home videos and days passed. Filming outdoors allowed us to play with layers of nature which helped sculpt the distinctive black and white look.”
 
About The Wilderness of Manitoba:
In its twelve-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, 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 of the Farewell To Cathedral album in 2021 or 2022 after the much more serious matter of taking care of each other and ourselves as we move out of the pandemic.”  
The Wilderness of Manitoba is:
Will Whitwham (singer/multi-instrumentalist)
Victoria Carr (vocals and acoustic guitar)
Tavo Diez de Bonilla (bass and vocals)
Adam Balsam (drums, vocals, guitar and keyboards)
 
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NATALIE HEMBY’S IRRESISTIBLE NEW SINGLE PINWHEEL OUT NOW

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NEW ALBUM PINS AND NEEDLES OUT OCTOBER 8
ON FANTASY RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – September 24, 2021Natalie Hemby’s success spans two GRAMMY awards, eight #1 singles and much more, and on her new song, Pinwheel, out today, she reveals that sudden success – even when outside the public eye – is not always easy to handle. Listen to Pinwheel here.

The latest from her forthcoming Pins and Needles album, due October 8 via Fantasy Records, the percussion-driven song, Pinwheel, channels early '90s alt-rock that inspired Hemby growing up and features the lyrical individuality that has earned her recognition as “one of Nashville’s strongest creative figures” (Billboard). Written with Barry Dean (Ashley Monroe, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett) and Madison Kozak, the song compares fame to a blurry kaleidoscope of colour.

“Pinwheel was the last song I wrote for the record,” says Hemby. "I wanted lyrics that summed up the last 10 years of my life, which has been an absolute beautiful blur. ‘Carried all my dreams by the handle, heavy as an anvil. And then they all showed up.’ Barry Dean and Madison Kozak helped me carve out what I wanted to say…. Like a therapy session.”

The last ten years of Hemby’s career, which she calls a “beautiful blur,” have made her one of the most in-demand contemporary songwriters. Her songs have been recorded by artists like Kacey Musgraves, Alicia Keys and Ed Sheeran to name a few, and she’s penned #1 songs for Miranda Lambert (White Liar, Automatic and Bluebird), Lady A (Downtown), Justin Moore (You Look Like I Need A Drink) and others. In 2019, she joined Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires to create The Highwomen, whose self-titled album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Country chart. She earned her first GRAMMY for penning Lady Gaga’s I’ll Never Love Again, from A Star Is Born. Now, fans will hear the culmination of her successful career on Pins and Needles on October 8. Pre-order Pins and Needles here.

Hemby performed with her group, The Highwomen, at the Americana Honors & Awards this past Wednesday where they were nominated for Duo/Group of the Year. Last night, she performed her official AmericanaFest showcase at Cannery ballroom, and earlier this week, she was a featured artist at WMOT/NPR’s Live Sessions hosted at EastSide Bowl. She will participate in Change The Conversation Presents: Natalie Hemby’s Path to ‘Pins and Needles’ at The Westin today from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. CT.

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS PREMIERE NEW TRACK LOVE DON’T

LEAD SINGLE SURVIVOR IS TOP 10 AT CANADIAN ALT RADIO AND #1 AT TRIPLE A

THIRD STUDIO ALBUM THE FUTURE
OUT NOVEMBER 5 ON STAX RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – September 24, 2021 – Love Don’t, the new track from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, premieres today. The song is the latest to be revealed from the band’s third studio album, The Future, set for release on November 5 via Stax Records. Listen to/share Love Don’t here.

Following its release in August, the band’s knockout single, Survivor, quickly propelled into the top 10 at Canadian Alternative radio, just as it moved quickly into the #1 slot at Triple A and debuted Top 30 on the Alternative Chart in the US. The song is also #2 on the Americana Singles Chart while The Future remains #1 on the Non-Comm Albums Chart for the second consecutive week. Listen to Survivor here and watch the accompanying video here, featuring professional boxer Prince Charles Martin, the former IBF Heavyweight Champion of The World.

The new music caps off a run of career milestones for Rateliff and the band, including a debut on Saturday Night Live featuring the premiere performance of Redemption, written and featured in the film, Palmer, starring Justin Timberlake, as well as an appearance on CMT Crossroads with country singer/songwriter, Margo Price. Rateliff’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert recently premiered at NPR Music, as well.

For The Future, Rateliff and The Night Sweats escaped to his new Colorado studio to write an album’s worth of songs, shedding light on their unique observations and songwriting reflecting on our current times. While recognizable, the new work has evolved and pushes the band to a new level.

“I look at the album overall as a big question,” notes Rateliff. “When I was writing the record we were in the middle of a pandemic and our future looked pretty bleak. I just continue to try to write from a place of hope. Then my own neurosis, and maybe being a Libra gets in the way, and I can’t make up my mind. There is this constant back and forth battle in me personally and I am sure that comes out in my writing.”

Recorded at Rateliff’s own Broken Creek Studio outside of Denver, The Future was produced by Bradley Cook (Bon Iver, Kevin Morby, The War on Drugs) and R.M.B.—the production trio of Rateliff, Patrick Meese (The Night Sweats) and James Barone (Beach House)—who were the team behind Rateliff’s acclaimed 2020 solo album, And It’s Still Alright. Additional production was added by musician, engineer and producer Elijah Thompson (Father John Misty, Richard Swift) while Jenny Lewis, Jess Wolfe (Lucius) and Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) contributed backing vocals.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are Rateliff (vocals, guitar), Joseph Pope III (bass), Meese (drums, percussion, keys), Luke Mossman (guitar), Mark Shusterman (organ, keys), Andreas Wild (saxophone), Daniel Hardaway (trumpet) and Jeff Dazey (saxophone).

The band’s self-titled debut album was a breakout success. Now certified Platinum in Canada, it has sold over a million records worldwide. Their hit single, S.O.B., is certified 3x Platinum, and hit #1 at Alt Radio in Canada.  Their sophomore album, Tearing at the Seams debuted in March 2018 to widespread critical acclaim and featured three singles which hit #1 at Triple A Radio, including You Worry Me, which also hit #1 at Alt Radio in Canada. Last year, Rateliff released his first solo album in seven years via Stax Records. And It’s Still Alright peaked at #3 on iTunes’ Top Albums chart, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk chart, landed at #2 on their Current Rock chart and resided at #1 on the Americana Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks. Earlier this year, Rateliff released a new live album, Red Rocks 2020, which was record in an empty Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Rateliff’s mid-September run of socially distanced shows.

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THE WCMA ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF 2021 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS REVEAL

LIVESTREAMED EVENT TO TAKE PLACE
ON OCTOBER 15

OFFICIAL IN-PERSON WATCH PARTY
TO BE HELD AT WINNIPEG’S WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE

BREAKOUT WEST CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL
HAPPENING FEBRUARY 2-6, 2022 IN WINNIPEG

Winnipeg, MB – September 24, 2021 – On October 15, 2021, the Western Canadian Music Alliance will celebrate the outstanding artists and music industry professionals from across western Canada, with a special livestreamed event honouring the winners of the 2021 WCMAwards. Viewers can tune in at BreakOut West’s Facebook to catch the live broadcast, starting at 6:00 p.m. CT, where the winners of the 24 Artistic Award categories and six Industry Award categories will be revealed.

An official in-person watch party will take place at Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre, and will feature a performance by 2021 double-nominee, Slow Leaves (Roots Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year). Full watch party details can be found below.

Ahead of the full winner reveal, a special pre-awards show program will air on CBC Radio One’s Up To Speed (89.3 FM or CBC Listen), from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CT. Four awards will be given out during the broadcast, which will also feature performances and artist interviews.

“Last year, the pandemic forced us to take the WCMAwards online, and while we’re thrilled for a return to a live festival and conference in Winnipeg in February, the reach, accessibility, and excitement of the virtual awards show made it an easy decision to do again this fall,” says Sean McManus, President of the WCMA Board of Directors. We’re humbled to have this platform to recognize the incredible efforts of the music community in Western Canada, especially after such a challenging year.”

See the complete list of artistic nominees here, and the list of industry nominees here.

The 19th annual BreakOut West conference and music festival will be taking place in Winnipeg, MB from February 2-6, 2022. The first round of performers to be hitting live stages in venues across Winnipeg have been announced. See the list here and keep up-to-date on the full schedule of events via breakoutwest.ca.

2021 WCMA Watch Party
Date: Friday, October 15, 2021
Location: West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB
Doors: 5:30 p.m. CT
Awards Presentation: 6:00 p.m. CT
Free entry
*In line with Manitoba Public Health regulations and WECC policy, all attendees must show proof of vaccination.

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 February 2-6, in Winnipeg, MB, including a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and special events. The 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in October 2021.

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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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS SHARE NEW SINGLE NO JESUS PIECE

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FROM UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH ALBUM LIFE AFTER SET FOR RELEASE ON OCTOBER 22

TORONTO, ON – September 24, 2021 – With one month left to go until the release of their new full-length album, Life After, award-winning Vancouver hip-hop duo, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, today release the record’s next single – No Jesus Piece.

One of the first songs recorded for the new album, No Jesus Piece took shape in 2020, not long after COVID restrictions came in to full effect. With the sudden loss of touring and much of their plans for the year grinding to a halt, SNRK managed to get some recording in. The track sat as a demo for the remainder of the year and into the first half of 2021. Once Life After was being pieced together, the band found it suited well with the album and continued working on the track.

The song is about SNRK – ignoring the critics around them, betting on themselves and not stressing about external pressure to be anything other than themselves. The duo have seen some fans of their first two albums criticize them for embracing trap, experimenting with autotune, and developing their sound, but SNRK want to continue to evolve and are going to keep making the music they want to make, and put faith in themselves that the fans are going to appreciate what they continue to create. The more upbeat nature of the lyrics reflects when they wrote this song. Written early in COVID times in 2020, the duo hadn't yet dealt with everything that ultimately led them to creating Life After – no suicides, family struggles, uncovering of mass graves at residential schools, loneliness and isolation of COVID and depression.

The title – No Jesus Piece – is a reference to the duo embracing their own spiritual symbols. While they respect people for having their own religions and religious symbols, for Yung Trybez and Young D, they'd rather rock their Copper Shield. “The Catholic church and the government of Canada used Catholicism as a tool of annihilation of Indigenous culture, practice, teachings and ways of being,” the band comments. SNRK identify the connections between the importance of putting their faith in a sacred metal: copper or the 'copper shield.' 

With Young D producing the beat on the track, No Jesus Piece marks his third production credit for the band (Peaks and Valleys and Something Else). Young D spent much of his time in quarantine developing his producing skills and produced five songs off the upcoming album. The video was directed and edited by Vancouver-based, director, Sterling Larose, who SNRK have tapped for all of their music videos for this album (Uncle Rico, Something Else). The video takes Yung Trybez and Young D on a kaleidoscope of visuals in different TV formats. If SNRK took over your television, it might look something like this!

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Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Upcoming Tour Dates:
October 25 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
October 27 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
October 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
October 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
October 30 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
November 3 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation
November 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
November 7 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Atrium
November 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
November 10 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
November 11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
November 12 – Victoria, BC @ Capitol Ballroom
November 19 & 20 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom (USS Final Freakquency Tour)
December 16 – Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre (USS Final Freakquency Tour)
December 17 & 18 – Toronto, ON @ History (USS Final Freakquency Tour)
December 30 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

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TENNYSON KING RELEASES NEW SINGLE SLOW DOWN

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ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM GOOD COMPANY

Toronto, ON – September 24, 2021 – Nomadic indie-folk road warrior musician, Tennyson King, today releases his new single, Slow Down. The catchy and upbeat acoustic driving track serves as a reminder to do as its title suggests, especially with the current state of the world and how we’re treating our planet. Hailing from Hong Kong and Canada, Tennyson interacts, learns, and escapes within nature as much as he can, especially being on the road as much as he is, and this song was written about doing just that. Listen to Slow Down here and watch the visualizer here.
 
I started writing this song when I got back from tour back in March 2020,” remembers Tennyson. “The past year was a bit intense as I had toured in Hong Kong during democratic protests, then went to Australia to tour during some of their biggest fires in a long time, then went into Vietnam for shows just as COVID was becoming prevalent in Asia.”
 
“It just seemed like everyone was looking for answers but there weren’t any, people seemed angry at the wrong things, and there was just a lot of hate and not a lot of peace and love… I realized that there is nothing I could say to make anyone feel better or much I could do. I felt that all we can really do, is slow down our pace of life, listen to each other, be there for each other, try to enjoy the small things, and do the small things to be kind to each other.”
 
And that’s easiest to do, with good people around… and in other words, Good Company, which also happens to be the title of Tennyson’s upcoming album due out early 2022.
 
The album will feature the previously released water focused and elemental track, Life On Shore (Carry Me Away), which also comes from a state of interconnectedness with nature. Watch the lyric video here. The song has also been featured in a deep sea scuba diving collaboration with Kolin Hansen, figure skating collaboration with Kimberly Moon-Chong, and landed on several playlists including: The Eh! List from Exclaim!, Coastal Folk, INDIE SUMMER SURF, and Chill mind.
 
On the earthy-elemental Slow Down, Tennyson adds: “When we all live too fast, when there is so much chaos happening in the world, too much hate and not enough love. Sometimes we just need to slow everything down and be in the moment.”
 
Stay tuned for more from Tennyson King and the Good Company journey, as it unfolds this year.

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MASN RELEASES NEW TRACK STRAWBERRY HURACAN

NEW EP THIS PLACE WOULDN’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 29

TORONTO, ON – September 24, 2021– Artist on the rise, MASN, releases his new track, Strawberry Huracan, via RCA Records. Listen here. This follows MASN’s previously released tracks, Self SabotageDon’t Talk, which Ones To Watch called “…a perfect summer song…” and Sitting In Fire. All four tracks are featured on his upcoming EP This Place Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You due out October 29, 2021. 
 
MASN says, “Strawberry Huracan is the breath of fresh air on this EP. Continuously listening to sad songs would drown you in sadness, so you need the contrast to balance everything out. I wrote Strawberry Huracan because I wanted a good driving song and it reminds me exactly for what I'm grateful for. That contrast alone is so vital to this EP as a whole."
 
Last year MASN released his debut EP, How To Kill A Rockstar, as well as Mountains, a collaboration with label mates Lost Kings. MASN’s debut EP received critical praise – the track, Hate Me!, was featured on Billboard’s 10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week and Ones To Watch #NowWatching playlist and Fire which PAPER called “compelling.” The EP also included previously released tracks Psycho!Psycho! feat. Trippie Redd and Val!um.

Photo Credit: Alex Abaunza

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About MASN
20-year-old Eagle Mountain, Utah native MASN exploded onto the scene in 2019 when his hit single. Psycho!, dropped. The track exploded online and had garnered over 100M combined audio and video streams worldwide and over 1.5M TikTok videos. Shortly after he released his track, Val!um, followed by Psycho! feat. Trippie Redd which marked MASN’s first release with RCA Records. German DJs/Producers Topic & B-Case also remixed Psycho! Check it out here. MASN’s expansive creative palette distills into a dreamy melting pot of lo-fi beatcraft, indie experimentation, hip-hop fluidity, and lush pop. He amplifies every side of himself within his songs which can be felt on his debut EP How To Kill A Rockstar which was released last summer and features his singles “Hate Me!” which was featured on Billboard’s “10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week” and Ones To Watch “#NowWatching” playlist and “Fire” which PAPER called “compelling.” MASN also released the How To Kill A Rockstar documentary which sheds some light on MASN’s creative spirit and musical journey. Watch here. MASN will be releasing his second EP This Place Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You on October 29, 2021.
 
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BIA RELEASES NEW SONG AND MUSIC VIDEO BESITO FEAT. G HERBO

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PRE-SAVE BIA’S FOR CERTAIN DELUXE ALBUM NOW

TORONTO, ON – September 24, 2021 — Today, multi-platinum-certified Boston-born and Los Angeles-based artist, BIA, released her new song and music video, Besito, featuring Chicago rapper G Herbo. Get it here via Epic Records and watch the music video here. Pre-save the For Certain Deluxe Album here.

Besito is a track that features BIA’s signature sound and distinctive voice, with her usual girl empowerment theme, encouraging her female listeners to think they’re all that because they are, as she exposes her accomplishments to inspire girls and women while motivating them to never settle.

This time around, BIA opted to give us a deeper look into her universe as an Afro-Puerto Rican and Italian artist raised in Massachusetts switching from Spanish to English with sharp and witty verses in a new, contemporary hip-hop style that reflects how global her music is.

Meanwhile, in the music video, directed by Nigerian-born, British director Daps, we see BIA basking in Puerto Rico, the land of her grandparents, interacting with the people, embracing the culture, and enjoying the idyllic beaches, while looking strong and confident, aligned with the message of Besito.

Besito featuring G Herbo comes after Whole Lotta Money Remix featuring Nicki Minaj. The remix, which has garnered 18 million views on YouTube, came to be after Minaj fell in love with BIA’s “fresh” hip-hop and wanted to jump on the track. The original song became a viral sensation thanks to TikTok with over 275,000 streams on the platform and attracting star support from Cardi B, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and many more.

Premiering today is also the Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 where BIA is one of Rihanna’s special guests performing at the event. The iconic fashion show was filmed at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles, and it’s available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. BIA will be wearing a very bright set that matches her fun and vibrant personality that will be available for purchase after the show, and her act will not only catch your attention, but leave you wanting more.

Currently, BIA is on tour as Don Toliver’s special guest. You can catch her on her upcoming dates below:

BIA on tour
Sept. 24 - Milwaukee, WI
Sept. 25 - Chicago, IL
Sept. 28 - Cleveland, OH
Sept. 29 - Detroit, MI
Oct. 2 - New York City, NY
Oct. 3 - Montclair, NJ
Oct. 4 - Boston, MA
Oct. 6 - Wallingford, CT
Oct. 7 - Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 8 -  Brooklyn, NY
Oct. 10 - Washington, D.C.
Oct. 12 -  Raleigh, NC
Oct. 13 - Charlotte, NC
Oct. 15 - Miami, FL
Oct. 17 - Atlanta, GA
Oct. 20 - Houston, TX
Oct. 22 - Dallas, TX
Oct. 24 - Denver, CO
Oct. 25 - Salt Lake City, UT
Oct. 27 - San Francisco, CA
Oct. 28 - Oakland, CA
Oct. 30 - Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 31 - Los Angeles, CA

Festival Performances:
Oct. 29 – Rolling Loud New York
Nov. 12 – Day N Vegas Festival
Dec. 10 – Rolling Loud California Festival

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ABOUT BIA:
Multi-Platinum Recording Artist BIA is known for music that possesses both biting wit and boldly authentic swag that stems from BIA’s years traveling through the Boston rap scene, later moving over to Miami, Los Angeles, and then taking over the world. With every mixtape, collaboration, and guest appearance, BIA has only amplified her reach. She dominated 2020 with a fresh new perspective: she inked a deal with Epic Records, dropped the hard-hitting Free BIA (1st Day Out) and the intoxicating COVERGIRL, as well as dove further into the fashion world with a feature in Good American’s Spring 2020 campaign and Missguided x Sean John Fall 2020 capsule collection.
 
By the end of 2020, she dropped her For Certain EP, armed with the hit single Whole Lotta Money—a song with a central message that unlimited currency can be both mental and physical. The EP reached the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Charts, and Whole Lotta Money became an undeniable force, due in part to its continuous viral success on TikTok. The track has jumped right off the platform and into streaming stardom, marking its territory in the Spotify Viral 50 Chart as well as the Global Spotify Charts and earning her a nomination for “Best Breakthrough Song” at the 2021 MTV VMAs. In addition, BIA’s reimagined version of her hit song, Skate, was featured in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs tune-in promos on NHLNetwork, NBC and NBCSN in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada, and across the NHL’s social and digital platforms.

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CREEPING DEATH RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND VISUALIZER FOR HUMANITY TRANSCENDS

REVOLVER MAGAZINE PREMIERES NEW SONG FROM TEXAS DEATH METAL FACTION

THE EDGE OF EXISTENCE EP SET TO LAUNCH OCTOBER 8 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE HERE

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2021 – Texas death metal torch bearers, CREEPING DEATH, today unleash a visualizer for Humanity Transcends. Now playing at Revolver Magazine, the latest bruiser comes off the band’s The Edge Of Existence EP, slated for release October 8 via Entertainment One. 

Crafted at Homewrecker Recording Studio in Tucson, Arizona and produced and mixed by Ryan Bram (Gatecreeper, Bitter Rivals, Sex Prisoner), the six-song EP introduces three new certified hellraisers - Relics From The PastHumanity Transcends, and the title track - alongside remade and revitalized versions of the three songs from the band’s 2016 debut EP - Sacrament Of Death, Doused In Flames, and Skinned Alive.

Humanity Transcends is the second single off of The Edge Of Existence. Following successful tours supporting Power Trip and High On Fire, CREEPING DEATH returned to the studio with a refined sound, pushing their creative and brutal boundaries even further. The band’s adoration for Riley Gale and Power Trip can be heard all throughout the new track, especially in the utterly thunderous thrash section. 

Comments vocalist Reese Alavi of the track, “Humanity Transcends continues the narrative arc of the EP and finds the main character at a turning point in the story. The massive intro paired with blistering fast-paced riffs puts the character in a unique situation to rise above their apocalyptic surroundings, but not without a hitch.”

Revolver notes, “The Dallas wrecking crew deal in pendulum-like grooves that evoke the spirit of Pantera and sturdy, utilitarian riffs that have the mosh-inducing appeal of Power Trip..,” adding of the latest single, “Although the entire final minute of the track sees them jamming on a relentless power-groove that's too savory to let up, the first half brings to mind everything from Bolt Thrower to The Black Dahlia Murder without sounding like any one death metal predecessor in particular.”

View CREEPING DEATH’s Humanity Transcends visualizer at Revolver Magazine here. View the band’s previously released video for the EP’s title track here.

Preorders for the The Edge Of Existence EP are available here.

Following the release of The Edge Of Existence, CREEPING DEATH will support gore metal veterans Exhumed on their Worming Through America Fall tour. The 29-date trek begins October 22 in Costa Mesa, California and runs through November 20 in Oakland, California. Additional support will be provided by Bewitcher and Enforced. See all confirmed dates below. 

CREEPING DEATH - Tour Dates:
w/ Exhumed, Bewitcher, Enforced:
October 22 – The Commissary – Costa Mesa, CA
October 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
October 24 – Nile Underground – Mesa, AZ
October 25 – Yucca North – Flagstaff, AZ
October 26 – The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
October 27 – The Rock House – El Paso, TX
October 28 – Cactus House – Odessa, TX
October 29 – The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
October 30 –  The Lost Well – Austin, TX
October 31 – Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
November 2 – Black Circle Brewing – Indianapolis, IN
November 3 – Legends – Cincinnati, OH
November 4 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
November 5 – Taphouse – Norfolk, VA
November 6 –  Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
November 7 – Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
November 8 – Sonia – Boston, MA
November 9 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY|
November 10 – Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
November 11 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
November 12 – Crucible – Madison, WI
November 13 – Racoon Motel – Davenport, IA
November 14 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE *
November 15 – Oriental Theater – Denver, CO *
November 16 – Ace’s High Saloon – Salt Lake City, UT *
November 17 – The Shredder – Boise, ID *
November 18 –  El Corazon – Seattle, WA *
November 19 – Dante’s – Portland, OR *
November 20 – Oakland Metro OperaHouse – Oakland, CA *
* No Enforced                                    

CREEPING DEATH is:
Reese Alavi – vocals
Trey Pemberton – guitar
A.J. Ross, III – guitar
Eric “Rico” Mejia – bass
Lincoln Mullins – drums

CREEPING DEATH is the ultimate fan service for death metal disciples. Like an Easter egg-packed superhero sequel or The Lord Of The Rings director’s cuts, the bludgeoning assemblage serves up the best elements of the brutal subgenre’s past, present, and future, with neck-breaking intensity. It’s an unrelenting sonic celebration of the style, played with blissful mayhem by people who truly love it. Legendary bands like Bolt Thrower, Gorguts, Obituary, and Grave are part of the band’s subcultural DNA. It’s blended and alchemized by each member’s unique life experience and musical point of view. A nod to crossover masters Iron Age, a bit of the tech-death of Cryptopsy, a foundation of forebearers Death, CREEPING DEATH summons a vibrant sound somehow both familiar and fresh. This year’s blistering The Edge Of Existence EP further demonstrates the power, fury, and outright revelry at the heart of the band’s identity. 

Originally hailing from Denton, Texas and now situated in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, “CREEPING DEATH is on an undying ascent” (Dallas Observer). The international death and thrash metal audience quickly took notice of CREEPING DEATH after the band’s initial 2016 outburst, the pulverizing three-song Sacrament Of Death. Revolver declared them an Artist You Need To Know with the release of 2018’s Specter Of War EP. By the time the band delivered their debut full-length, 2019’s Wretched Illusions, Kerrang! hailed them as, “an underground juggernaut… channeling all the raddest aspects of metal without getting shoehorned into any clichés.”

High profile tours with the likes of High On Fire, The Acacia Strain, Rotting Out, Terror, The Warriors, and Power Trip helped spread the CREEPING DEATH message. Crowds succumbed to the group’s combination of endlessly catchy riffage, precise percussion, and storytelling lyrics, many inspired by the online RPG RuneScape.

Pemberton, Iranian-American singer Reese Alavi (whose pronouns are they/them), bassist Eric “Rico” Mejia, drummer Lincoln Mullins, and guitarist A.J. Ross III comprises the group Revolver called the, “Power Trip-endorsed band leading the next wave of Texas metal.” They refused to let the 2020 pandemic destroy their momentum, even after COVID sidelined two of them for several weeks. The group emerged from lockdown with a punishing array of their most crushing material yet. Ross (also of Kombat and Torture Tomb, with Cole Crutchfield of Knocked Loose) made his recorded debut with CREEPING DEATH, adding another heavy dimension to their massive bellow on The Edge Of Existence.

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THE RECORD COMPANY UNVEIL NEW SONG GOTTA BE MOVIN’

FROM NEW LP PLAY LOUD, OUT OCTOBER 8 ON CONCORD RECORDS

32-CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF OCTOBER 10
WITH TORONTO STOP ON OCTOBER 19

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2021 —GRAMMY-nominated rock band, The Record Company, are debuting a new song off their highly-anticipated forthcoming album, Play Loud. Listen to/share Gotta Be Movin’ here. Play Loud is set for release October 8 on Concord Records and is available for pre-order here.
 
“Gotta Be Movin’ is a song that tips its hat to our love of The Beastie Boys, and to guitar parts that sound like they are samples,” the band explains. “This guitar melody caught our ear right away and had that sample of an old school guitar riff feel. We love that. Get a rhythmic vocal going with some deep drums and let the good times roll.”

The band will hit the road starting October 10 for a 32-city tour with support from Canadian rocker, JJ Wilde, on select dates, and includes a stop in Toronto on October 19. See below for a complete list of dates; additional info and tickets are here.  

How High, the first single released from the LP, is among the most-added and most-increased songs at Adult Alternative radio since it dropped and has already hit the Top 5 at the format. The track has also Top 3 on the Americana Singles Airplay Chart and Top 3 on the NonComm Albums Chart.

Play Loud is produced by GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother, Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem). On the album, the group stretches out artistically and explores their far-flung influences. “We totally flipped the process on this record to allow for every idea and possibility, so it wasn’t just the three of us, closed off in our bubble. It was like, ‘Let’s take some risks and see what we can really do,’” describes bassist Alex Stiff.

The Record Company—consisting of guitarist/lead vocalist Chris Vos, bassist Alex Stiff and drummer Marc Cazorla—most recently released their EP, Side Project, (also via Concord Records), which finds the band reimagining and reconstructing some of their favourite tracks by a wide range of artists including Big Mama Thornton, Cypress Hill, INXS and Willie Dixon. Listen here.

Play Loud is the follow-up to the band’s critically lauded sophomore album, All of This Life. Upon its release, Rolling Stone noted that the single, Life to Fix “isn’t so much a return to form as it is taking that form a big new level,” while NPR Music raved that the track “breathes new life into a style of music.”

The band’s debut, Give It Back to You, earned them a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The critically acclaimed 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 describes their debut album as a "soul scorcher.” The Record Company has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS This Morning, NPR’s World Café and SiriusXM, and has shared bills with John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Zac Brown Band.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
October 10—Turner Hall Ballroom—Milwaukee, WI
October 12—Mercury Ballroom—Louisville, KY
October 13—St. Andrews Hall—Detroit, MI
October 14—Metro—Chicago, IL
October 15—Elevation—Grand Rapids, MI
October 16—A&R Music Bar—Columbus, OH
October 18—Town Ballroom—Buffalo, NY
October 19—The Axis Club—Toronto, ON
October 21—Higher Ground Ballroom—South Burlington, VT
October 22—Aura—Portland, ME
October 24—Paradise Rock Club—Boston, MA
October 25—Irving Plaza—New York, NY
October 27—Theatre of the Living Arts—Philadelphia, PA
October 28—Lincoln Theatre—Washington, DC
October 29—XL Live—Harrisburg, PA
October 30—Cat’s Cradle—Carrboro, NC
October 31—The Underground—Charlotte, NC
November 2—Bijou Theater—Knoxville, TN
November 4—The Orange Peel—Asheville, NC
November 5—Georgia Theatre—Athens, GA
November 6—Brooklyn Bowl—Nashville, TN
November 7—Delmar Hall—St. Louis, MO
November 9—The Sylvee—Madison, WI
November 10—Varsity Theater—Minneapolis, MN
November 11—Wooly’s—Des Moines, IA
November 13—Fox Theatre—Boulder, CO
November 14—Gothic Theatre—Englewood, CO
November 16—Knitting Factory—Boise, ID
November 17—Neptune Theatre—Seattle, WA
November 18—Roseland Theater—Portland, OR
November 20—Fillmore—San Francisco, CA
November 22—Teregram Ballroom—Los Angeles, CA
 
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2021 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER CELEBRATION DETAILS ANNOUNCED: EXCLUSIVE BACKXWASH PERFORMANCES

GRAND JURY REVEALED

TORONTO, ON – September 22, 2021 – Details have been announced for the 2021 Polaris Music Prize Winner Celebration, taking place live at CBC Toronto’s Studio 211 on Monday, September 27. Hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, the 2021 Polaris Music Prize Winner Celebration will be available in Canada on the free CBC Gem streaming service, CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages and around the globe at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris on September 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. PT).

The Winner Celebration event will feature two exclusive performances from 2020 Polaris winner, Backxwash. In longstanding Polaris tradition, Backxwash will then reveal which one of the ten albums from this year’s Short List has won the 2021 Polaris Music Prize.  

The albums on the 2021 Polaris Music Prize Short List are:

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Theory of Ice
Cadence Weapon - Parallel World
DijahSB - Head Above The Waters
Dominique Fils-Aimé - Three Little Words
Mustafa - When Smoke Rises
The OBGMs - The Ends
Klô Pelgag - Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
TOBi - Elements Vol. 1
The Weather Station - Ignorance
Zoon - Bleached Wavves

The Winner Celebration will also feature expert commentary from CBC Music Afterdark’s Odario Williams and CBC Music’s Jess Huddleston, as well as Polaris jurors who will provide expert insight on all of the nominated albums.

Due to the continued uncertainty around returns to public gatherings, Polaris chose not to host a winner Gala event this year. Polaris looks forward to returning to an in-person event in 2022.

The Polaris Music Prize also announced the 11-member Grand Jury who will decide this year’s winner:

MICHELLE DA SILVA - Xtra
JIM DI GIOIA - Dominionated
MARY DICKIE - Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste
DJ MELBOOGIE
FRANCELLA FIALLOS - CJLO 1690 AM
MARISSA GROGUHÉ - La Presse
OMAR HUSAIN - CJLO 1690 AM
KYLE MUZYUKA - CBC
ACEY ROWE - CBC Radio, The Doc Project
YASMINE SHEMESH - Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste
CALUM SLINGERLAND - Exclaim!

The Grand Jury was chosen from the greater Polaris jury pool, which includes 199 music journalists, broadcasters and related music media from across Canada. 

The Polaris Winner Celebration marks the conclusion of the Short List Summer, a series of Polaris-themed initiatives which was launched in July with the Polaris Short List Special, a live CBC Music radio event where the 10 albums on the 2021 Polaris Short List were revealed. This was followed by CBC Music’s The Ten radio series, which took an in-depth look at one of the 10 nominated albums each week.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2021 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. New for 2021, 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 2021 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are 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).

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. polarismusicprize.ca

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic 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, eOne Entertainment, 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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ANNONCE DES DÉTAILS DE LA CÉLÉBRATION
DE L’ALBUM GAGNANT DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2021 : PERFORMANCE EXCLUSIVE DE BACKXWASH ET DÉVOILEMENT DU GRAND JURY

TORONTO, ON – 22 septembre, 2021 – Les détails de la Célébration de l’album gagnant du Prix de musique Polaris 2021, qui aura lieu en direct du studio 211 de CBC, à Toronto, le lundi 27 septembre, ont été annoncés. Animé par Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe de CBC Music, l’événement sera diffusé au Canada sur le service gratuit de diffusion en continu CBC Gem, sur les pages Facebook, Twitter et Youtube de CBC Music, et dans le monde entier sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris le 27 septembre à 20 h HE (17 h HP).

La Célébration de l’album gagnant du Prix de musique Polaris 2021 comprendra une performance exclusive de deux chansons de Backxwash, lauréate du Polaris 2020. Conformément à la tradition de longue date du Polaris, Backxwash révélera ensuite lequel des 10 albums de la courte liste de cette année remporte le Prix de musique Polaris 2021. 

Les albums de la courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2021 sont les suivants :

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Theory of Ice
Cadence Weapon – Parallel World
DijahSB – Head Above The Waters
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words
Mustafa – When Smoke Rises
The OBGMs – The Ends
Klô Pelgag – Notre–Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
TOBi – Elements Vol. 1
The Weather Station – Ignorance
Zoon – Bleached Wavves

La Célébration de l’album gagnant présentera également les commentaires d’expert d’Odario Williams (CBC Music Afterdark), de Jess Huddleston (CBC Music), ainsi que de membres du jury du Polaris qui donneront leur avis sur tous les albums en nomination.

En raison de l’incertitude persistante concernant le retour des rassemblements publics, le Polaris a décidé de ne pas organiser de gala cette année. Le Polaris espère revenir à un événement en personne en 2022.

Le Prix de musique Polaris a également annoncé les 11 membres du grand jury qui décideront de l’album gagnant de cette année :

MICHELLE DA SILVA - Xtra
JIM DI GIOIA - Dominionated
MARY DICKIE - Journaliste pigiste
DJ MELBOOGIE
FRANCELLA FIALLOS - CJLO 1690 AM
MARISSA GROGUHÉ - La Presse
OMAR HUSAIN - CJLO 1690 AM
KYLE MUZYUKA - CBC
ACEY ROWE CBC Radio - The Doc Project
YASMINE SHEMESH - Journaliste pigiste
CALUM SLINGERLAND - Exclaim!

Le grand jury a été choisi parmi l’ensemble des membres du jury du Polaris, qui comprend 199 journalistes musicaux, diffuseurs et médias musicaux issus de partout au Canada.

La Célébration de l’album gagnant du Polaris marque la fin de « L’été de la courte liste », une série d’initiatives axée sur le Polaris qui a été lancée en juillet avec le Polaris Short List Special, un événement radiophonique en direct de CBC Music au cours duquel les 10 albums de la courte liste du Polaris 2021 ont été révélés. Cet événement a été suivi de la série radiophonique The Ten de CBC Music, qui a examiné en profondeur chaque semaine l’un des 10 albums en nomination. 

Le Prix de musique Polaris attribue 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur la base du mérite artistique, sans tenir compte du genre musical ou de la popularité commerciale. De plus, les neuf autres artistes en nomination dont les albums figurent sur la courte liste de 2021 recevront 3 000 $ offerts par Slaight Music. Pour la première fois cette année, le Prix de musique Polaris s’associe avec Play MPE pour offrir au lauréat ou à la lauréate un forfait de distribution et de promotion musicale à l’échelle mondiale pour une parution (simple ou album) d’une valeur pouvant atteindre 3 025 $. Play MPE offrira également aux neuf autres artistes de la courte liste des forfaits de distribution d’une valeur pouvant atteindre 1 000 $ chacun.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2021 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2020 et le 31 mai 2021. Un jury indépendant composé de journalistes, de diffuseur.euse.s et de blogueur.euse.s provenant de partout au Canada détermine la longue et la courte liste. Onze personnes membres du jury élargi sont ensuite sélectionnées pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury choisira le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont 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 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. polarismusicprize.ca/fr

À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. En tant que source d’information de confiance au pays, nous proposons un point de vue typiquement canadien sur les nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous présentons aussi des contenus en espagnol, en arabe et en chinois, en plus des deux langues officielles, par le biais de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique.

À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music 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 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 enregistrements de concerts musicaux réalisés dans toutes les régions du pays. La liste de nos partenaires musicaux et événementiels 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, eOne Entertainment, 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
Mot de passe : m3d1a

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MMF CANADA ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE 2021 HONOUR ROLL

PIERS HENWOOD & NICK BLASKO, GARY SLAIGHT & DERRICK ROSS, AND JESSIE REYEZ, MAURICIO RUIZ & BYRON WILSON TO BE RECOGNIZED AT THE 14TH ANNUAL HONOUR ROLL

ONLINE EVENT AND VIRTUAL NETWORKING
TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27
FEATURING PREMIERE OF CELEBRATORY FILM
ABOUT THE 2021 HONOUREES

CONGRATULATORY ADS TO CELEBRATE 2021 HONOUREES
AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

Toronto, ON – September 20, 2021 – On Wednesday, October 27th, MMF Canada will celebrate some of the incredible leaders in Canada’s music management community with the 14th annual Honour Roll Awards. This year’s honourees are: Piers Henwood and Nick Blasko (Amelia Artists); Gary Slaight and Derrick Ross (Slaight Music); and Jessie Reyez, Mauricio Ruiz and Byron Wilson.

The event will take place online, welcoming friends from across the country to share in the celebrations. Hosted in Remo – an interactive networking platform that allows you to move freely around the event and join different groups and conversations – the virtual meetup will allow honourees and attendees to get as close as we can to the mingling at an in-person event! The event will also feature the premiere of a celebratory film, highlighting the accomplishments of each honouree. Registration is open here, and full details can be found below.

"The Honour Roll was created fourteen years ago to shine a light on the contributions of our management community and their crucial role in a thriving Canadian music industry with impacts here at home and abroad,” says Amie Therrien, MMF Canada Executive Director.  “Their work is not always seen or understood but managers are hubs and connectors, keeping all of the balls in the air, and helping artists thrive while continuously adapting to change. We recognize their resilience, innovation, and excellence with the annual Honour Roll Awards and invite you to join us on October 27 to celebrate this year's honourees."

Piers Henwood and Nick Blasko (Amelia Artists) are the recipients of this year’s Honour Roll Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements and excellence in Canadian and international artist management. Henwood and Blasko learned their trade by self-managing their own bands in the late ‘90s, before becoming professional managers in 2002 with their first client, Tegan and Sara. Supporting Tegan and Sara’s global career for over 18 years along with their longtime staff at Amelia Artists, they’ve passionately advocated for past and present clients including Bedouin Soundclash, Buck 65, Luca Fogale, The Librarian, The Funk Hunters, Astrocolor, Jets Overhead, Flash Lightnin', Gold & Youth, Luluc, and Fintan. In collaboration with their artists and label partners, Piers and Nick’s work has resulted in over 1.5 million albums sold in the pre-streaming era, hundreds of millions of track streams, seven Gold certifications, twelve JUNO Award nominations with four wins, and a diverse list of accomplishments with Tegan and Sara – a Grammy nomination, an Academy Awards nomination, a New York Times Best Seller, and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award recognizing cultural contributions in Canada and abroad.

Previous recipients of the Honour Roll Award include Sandy Pandya (2019), Susan de Cartier (2018), Chris Smith (2017), Lorne Saifer (2016), Rob Lanni & Eric Lawrence (2015), Gilles Paquin (2014), Jake Gold (2013), Larry Wanagas (2012), Terry McBride (2011), Sam Feldman (2010), Ray Danniels (2009), Bruce Allen (2008), and Bernie Finkelstein (2007).

The Brian Chater Pioneer Award, which is bestowed upon individuals who have been instrumental in creating the framework for music management in the Canadian entertainment industries, will be presented to Gary Slaight and Derrick Ross (Slaight Music). Slaight Music is a music company incubator with the mandate to support the Canadian music community through various initiatives and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. They work with artists from across the country and across the musical spectrum, helping to further careers and get great music heard. Under the leadership of Gary Slaight and Derrick Ross, Slaight Music continues to be an important part of the industry. 

Previous recipients of the Brian Chater Pioneer Award include Ron Sakamoto (2019), Riley O'Connor (2018), Duff Roman (2017) Michael Cohl (2016), Pegi Cecconi (2015), Brian Chater (2014), Neill Dixon & Steve Propas (2013), Donald Tarlton & Terry Flood (2012), Mary Martin (2011) and Leonard Rambeau (2010).

Recognizing the success of an artist and their manager for an exceptional year, the 2021 Banner Year Award (sponsored by SOCAN Foundation) will go to Jessie Reyez, Mauricio Ruiz and Byron Wilson. Reyez is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and rising global superstar with an ever-growing number of accolades. Ruiz worked with Reyez while mentoring youth at The Remix Project in Toronto. The duo began to develop her first songs and, soon after, Ruiz joined efforts with Byron and entered into a management deal. Ruiz and Byron have been guiding Reyez’s career to international proportions ever since, helping her to become one of Canada’s most notable emerging artists.

Previous recipients of the Banner Year Award include Chris Taylor, Ashley Poitevin, Sarah Osgoode & Arkells (2019), Daniel Caesar, Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans (2017), Joanne Setterington & The Strumbellas (2017), Tony Sal & The Weeknd (2016).

DOWNLOAD – MMF Canada 2021 Honour Roll Honouree Longform Bios
DOWNLOAD – 2021 MMF Canada Honour Roll award recipient photos

The MMF Canada Honour Roll, now in its 14th 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, including executives from SOCAN, Sony, Warner, Universal Music, FACTOR, CIMA, MROC, Re:Sound, APA Agency, The Feldman Agency, Paquin Artists Agency, and others. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event was postponed until this 2021 virtual celebration. While MMF Canada looks forward to gathering in person soon, the health and safety of the community is their priority.

Congratulatory ads celebrating the 2021 honourees are available to purchase here. The ads will appear in both the digital program book and the celebratory film and will be available on MMF Canada’s Honour Roll Archives webpage and shared across MMF Canada’s social media platforms and email newsletter.

EVENT INFO:
14th Annual Honour Roll Awards
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET
Register here

DOWNLOAD – 2021 MMF Canada Honour Roll event graphic

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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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR DATES FOR 2022

NEW ALBUM GRAPEFRUIT SEASON OUT NOW

FEATURING NEW SINGLE PLANES + MORE

“McMorrow has a soul voice to cherish”Guardian

“The ever-shifting Irish singer-songwriter...it works”
Sunday Times, Hottest Tracks

“A deft collaboration, with James pushing his music onto a different realm, whilst maintaining that recognisable emotional pull”CLASH

"Lyrically raw and immensely quotable" – The Forty Five

TORONTO, ON – September 20, 2021 – James Vincent McMorrow has released his fifth studio album, Grapefruit Season, which is available now on Columbia Records. The project features latest single, Planes, and Paradise – currently playlisted on BBC Radio 1 – as well as teaser tracks like Gone, and I Should Go (with Kenny Beats). Having made a welcome return to the festival circuit this summer – as well as playing Ireland’s first major gig since the pandemic – James will hit the road for a global headline tour in 2022, including newly-announced dates across Canada. See below for full details.  

On Grapefruit Season, James Vincent McMorrow (artist, producer, and songwriter) pushes himself and his sound in all new ways. The album was recorded between London, Los Angeles and Dublin, largely before the pandemic struck. It embraces the timeless yet timely fact that life is chaos; the idea of growing up, but as Paradise suggests, still feeling none the wiser. Each song is held together by McMorrow’s instantly-identifiable voice, an untethered musical imagination, and (from dancehall to soul, country to R&B) purposefully little else in its pursuit of fear-free pop music. Even the title, Grapefruit Season, seems to signpost doing simply what you want, rather than what you are supposed to do (it was inspired by James watching his mum eat grapefruit as a kid, and the idea that what’s good for you may not actually be pleasurable).

Throughout the emotional highs and lows of Grapefruit Season, you are reminded of the risks James Vincent McMorrow has taken since the singer-songwriter roots of debut album, Early In The Morning (which turned ten in 2020); but also that those same instincts – to follow inspiration wherever it leads, and to be as brutally honest possible – remain a refreshing constant. What’s emerged is James Vincent McMorrow’s most essential album to date.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
September 17 || London || Rough Trade East
September 18 || London || Rough Trade East (Sold Out)
September 20 || Nottingham || Rough Trade
September 21 || Leeds || Crash @ Headrow House
October 12 || London || Banquet & Pryzm
February 4 || Leuven || Het Depot
February 5 || Paris || Le Trianon
February 6 || Luxembourg || Den Atelier
February 8 || Frankfurt || Batschkapp
February 9 || Amsterdam || Paradiso
February 10 || Hamburg || Grunspan
February 12 || Stockholm || Nalen
February 13 || Copenhagen || Vega
February 15 || Berlin || Metropol
February 16 || Cologne || Gloria Theatre
February 18 || Manchester || O2 Ritz
February 20 || Birmingham || O2 Institute
February 21 || London || O2 Kentish Town Forum
February 22 || Bristol || O2 Academy
February 23 || Glasgow || Barrowland Ballroom
March 23 || Vancouver, BC || Commodore Ballroom
March 25 || Calgary, AB || The Palace
March 26 || Edmonton, AB || Winspear Centre
March 28 || Winnipeg, MB || Park Theatre
April 2 || Toronto, ON || Danforth Music Hall
April 4 || Ottawa, ON || The Bronson Centre
April 5 || Montreal, QC || Corona Theatre

April 19 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre
April 20 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre
April 21 || Belfast || Limelight
April 22 || Limerick || Milk Market

DOWNLOAD – album artwork | DOWNLOAD – hi res press photo

www.jamesvmcmorrow.com

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WALK THE MOON DROP NEW TWO-TRACK BUNDLE

FIRE IN YOUR HOUSE FT. JOHNNY CLEGG & JESSE CLEGG
AND DNA (THE KEYS) OUT NOW 

NEW ALBUM HEIGHTS COMING NOVEMBER 12th

DREAM PLANE TOUR KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK 

PERFORMING ON ABC’S JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!
ON OCTOBER 11th
  

TORONTO, ON – September 17, 2021 – Critically acclaimed band, WALK THE MOON, release a new two-track bundle today – Fire In Your House ft. Johnny Clegg & Jesse Clegg and DNA (The Keys). Check them out hereFire In Your House ft. Johnny Clegg & Jesse Clegg comes alongside a music video, which was directed by Nina Kramer. Watch here. This follows the first exciting drop of music from earlier this summer which featured their explosive first single, Can You Handle My Love??,  which the band also performed on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers (watch here), as well as tracks, Giants and I’m Good. Listen here

The band has been in the studio, working remotely in many cases, finishing up their highly-anticipated fourth studio album titled HEIGHTS, which will be released on November 12, 2021. With the band members separated from each other and from their producers, they often collaborated virtually, building this new body of work in a way they never have before. 

About Fire In Your House, Nicholas Petricca says, “This song was born from a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration with legendary South African artist and activist Johnny Clegg and his son Jesse Clegg, a recording session that would be Johnny’s very last before his passing.  Through his unprecedented music, which celebrated and intertwined African and Western styles and languages, and his defiance of the race laws of Apartheid, Johnny Clegg became an international symbol of uniting people in diversity.  It’s an honour to have created music together with the Cleggs, and I’m excited for WALK THE MOON listeners to hear the New Wave and African flavours on FIRE IN YOUR HOUSE as well as the tribal and hypnotic textures on DNA (THE KEYS).”

WALK THE MOON will be hitting the road this fall on their Dream Plane tour, which kicks off September 20th in Tampa, FL. Tickets are on sale now.

About WALK THE MOON
Hailing from Cincinnati, OH, WALK THE MOON consists of Nicholas Petricca (singer/keyboardist), Eli Maiman (guitarist), and Sean Waugaman (drummer). In 2015, the band catapulted to stardom when their hit single, Shut Up and Dance, which is included on their RIAA Certified Platinum album TALKING IS HARD, became a multi-platinum global smash that peaked at No. 1 on the Alternative, Hot AC, and AC charts, went to No. 2 at Top 40 radio, No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and broke the record for consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. Throughout their career, the band has had a slew of honors including winning two Billboard Music Awards, and nominations for an MTV Music Video Award for Best Rock Video, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Duo Or Group, New Artist of the Year, and Favorite Alternative Rock Artist and iHeart Radio Music Award for Best Duo/Group of the Year, Song of the Year, and Alternative Rock Song of the Year for Shut Up and Dance. WALK THE MOON’s third album, 2017’s What If Nothing, included hits such as Kamikaze and the #1 Alternative Radio hit One Foot. WALK THE MOON’s highly-anticipated fourth album is due November 12, 2021. 

To Buy/Stream Fire In Your House ft. Johnny Clegg & Jesse Clegg and DNA (The Keys):
Multi – wtmband.com/FireInYourHouse
Official Video - wtmband.com/FireInYourHouse/youtube

DOWNLOAD – hi-res press photo | DOWNLOAD – single artwork

Follow WALK THE MOON:
Official Site | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

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JAY FEELBENDER DEBUTS NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR CHEAP WHISKY

LISTEN HERE & WATCH HERE

TORONTO, ON – September 17, 2021 - Today, Toronto alt-pop rocker, Jay Feelbender (Goodbye Honolulu, Luna Li, Creep Creep Beach and HeadSpace), debuts his brand new jangly and upbeat acoustic track, Cheap Whisky. The first release from his upcoming solo record, Cheap Whisky is accompanied by a cheeky music video featuring Jay traversing the city of Toronto in an inflatable bubble while downing a glass of the song's namesake! Listen here and watch here.
 
“I wrote the lyrics for Cheap Whisky one cold, end of winter night during lockdown in Toronto,” says Jay. “I was walking around with a little bottle of… you guessed it, cheap whisky (Canadian Club to be exact) and I had these feelings welling up inside me about the loneliness we’d all been feeling over the last year of this global pandemic, which is a very strange feeling to have when you live in a big city. While I was walking around, I literally saw no one on the street, and I felt almost completely alone in the city. It was scary but also felt very unconfined.”

Jay continues, "Essentially, the song was written to highlight the isolation, and in some cases, the strange freedom that has been felt all over the world during this global pandemic. As well as the beauty and healing that can come from spending some time exploring the world around you on a long walk."
 
To come up with the visuals, Jay sent the song to Emmy-nominated Director, Warren P. Sonoda (Trailer Park Boys, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Things I Do For Money, Over 100 Music Videos), and he came back with the idea of the musician galavanting around Toronto in an inflatable bubble.
 
“I was worried about being in downtown Toronto, crowded with people in the huge ball, and I actually couldn’t get in or out of the bubble without help so it was a bit claustrophobic and scary, but I was so happy with the result and I think all the feelings I was having added to the energy of the performance in the video,” says Jay.
 
Cheap Whisky was recorded in Toronto with Braden Sauder at Marquee Sound, along with several other tracks. It marked the first time Jay had worked with a producer and also an amazing drummer for his solo work – having previously programmed his own drums and taking a very DIY home recordings approach, Jay wanted his work to evolve with this next project. Jay and Braden remained in a COVID bubble together for ten days where each day consisted of waking up, making music right away, and going until they couldn’t anymore - then crashing and doing it all again the next day.
 
“The 24/7 method may not be sustainable,” adds Jay. “But it might be my favourite way to crank out a body of work.”
 
Have a sip of Cheap Whisky with Jay Feelbender and stay tuned for more music coming from him soon!

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THE VELVETEERS UNVEIL NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO BRIGHTEST LIGHT

DAN AUERBACH-PRODUCED DEBUT ALBUM
NIGHTMARE DAYDREAM OUT OCTOBER 8
VIA EASY EYE SOUND


TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR 
FALL 2021 TOUR SUPPORTING DES ROCS

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2021 – Brightest Light, the new single from primal rock trio, The Velveteers, is out today with an accompanying video; listen/watch here. The track is off the band’s debut album, Nightmare Daydream, produced by GRAMMY Award-winning artist Dan Auerbach and due October 8 via Easy Eye Sound; pre-order and stream here. The band is also set to tour this fall as the sole support for genre-bending rocker, Des Rocs; order tickets here.

The Velveteers recently opened for Guns N’ Roses at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO. Westword, whose cover story on the band is out now, praised the performance, writing: “Audience members around me were mesmerized as Fig and Pottersmith smashed their drums in sync and Demitro sang with unparalleled intensity” and further calling Nightmare Daydream “heavy, raw and filled with the spit-and-fire passion that makes the Velveteers stand out among competitors, a reminder that rock, as a genre, is far from dead.”

"Brightest Light is about navigating the ups and downs of life and trying to remember everything will be alright, even in some of the darkest times,” says lead singer/guitarist, Demi Demitro. Drummer, Baby Pottersmith, adds: “Demi showed me her demo the day after she wrote it while we were driving to band rehearsal. It was raining and we were really stressed out because we were supposed to go to Nashville to record the album in the next couple weeks. Listening to that demo, it felt so magical and larger than life and made me realize everything was going to be okay.” 

The track follows Motel #27, which Under the Radar called “fresh, nasty, and primal” and the album’s lead single, Charmer And The Snake.

Growing up in Boulder, CO, Demitro rebelled through her guitar, practicing up to nine hours a day and neglecting schoolwork to develop a playing style that is heavy but agile, theatrical but nuanced, grounded in rock history but wholly idiosyncratic. With drummers, Baby Pottersmith and Jonny Fig playing on a conjoined set, the band developed a reputation for their riotous performances. Clips of the band’s live shows and DIY videos made it back to Auerbach, who invited them to his studio in Nashville to produce Nightmare Daydream. The album finds The Velveteers stripping down rock and roll to its most primal elements—the riff, the rhythm, the snarl—and rebuilding it in their own image. 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
September 28 - El Club, Detroit, MI
September 29 - Hard Rock Café, Pittsburgh, PA
September 30 - The Basement, Columbus, OH
October 1 - Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL
October 2 - Turf Club, St. Paul, MN
October 3 - Slowdown, Omaha, NE
October 10 - The Sunset, Seattle, WA
October 11 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
October 13 - Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
October 14 - The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
October 16 - Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
October 19 - Antone's. Austin, TX
October 20  - Three Links, Dallas, TX
October 21 - Secret Group, Houston, TX
October 23 - The End, Nashville, TN
October 25 - Cat's Cradle Backroom, Carrboro, NC
October 26 - Elevation 27, VA Beach, VA
October 27 - Songbyrd, Washington, DC
November 2 - The Middle East (Up), Boston, MA
November 3 - Johnny Brendas, Philadelphia, PA
November 4 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
November 26 - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO

DOWNLOAD - High Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD - Nightmare Daydream Album Art

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Kandle Announces Series of Stripped-Back Live Performances: Set The Fire Live at Hipposonic

SHARES FIRST ENTRY SWEET BOY 

NEW ALBUM SET THE FIRE OUT NOW

“[‘Honey Trap’]...smooth rock grooves and heavy rhythms...alluring vocals- Alternative Press

“There’s a refreshing lack of underproduction and honest realness to her performances,
making them vulnerable and intoxicating” - SPIN

“[‘Lock and Load’] provocative and sultry” - American Songwriter

“Kandle mesmerizes with ‘When It Hurts,’ an eerie, exquisite single” - Cool Hunting

“[‘Misty Morning’]...a love song in the purest sense” - FLOOD

“...her music [...] shines with a doleful honesty that’s all her own” - Under the Radar

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2021 - JUNO-nominated artist, Kandle Osborne, returns today with news of a special series of live videos to be released each Thursday over the next five weeks dubbed Set The Fire Live at Hipposonic. Featuring select tracks from this summer’s lauded new album, the series represents the closest thing to a live show Kandle has staged in the past two years. Rounding up her Set The Fire friends and family for the first time ever — Kendel Carson (Alan Doyle), Debra-Jean Creelman (Mother Mother), Louise Burns (Lillix, Gold & Youth), and even father, Neil Osborne (54-40) hopping on bass for a couple of tracks — these performances are stripped down with no tracks or tricks. First up is the soul-stirring ballad Sweet Boy.
 
Watch / share: Sweet Boy (Live at Hipposonic)
 
Director and editor, Jeff Mitchell, says, "Kandle’s latest album, Set The Fire, pays homage sonically to many of the great classic singers and styles that have been fundamental inspirations for her. I wanted to lean into that feeling of a nostalgic, bygone era with the visual language. Bare bulbs, golden hues, and vintage cinema glass were all ingredients of the feeling I was trying to cultivate. I really wanted the viewer to feel like they were in the room for the session and eschewed the traditional solidity of sliders, stabilizers and tripods for a more free-roaming, handheld style. The session was shot on 2X anamorphic lenses, and I extended the already wide image area even further to give the illusion of being truly amongst and surrounded by the musicians in their natural habitat."
 
Kandle has used the past year to set speakers and airwaves ablaze. The prolific, independent artist strengthened her production skills, launched her own company, and released an array of music in 2020, including Stick Around and Find Out, the Birds EP, and this year's impassioned new project, Set The Fire. On the album, sparkling piano, distorted guitars, dynamic horns and doo-wop backups make you (almost) forget you're deep diving into her darkest secrets. Tales of toxicity, manipulation and heartbreak are delivered with stark, striking honesty over a captivating array of sonic influences.
 
The album was previewed with an array of songs buzzing with a retro feel and dark, no holds barred songwriting. When It Hurts, sonically reminiscent of the Shangri-Las grooving in an episode of Twin Peaks, was Set The Fire’s fifth single. It followed  No Good, a track that launched Garden Sessions — an open-air series with Kandle, Debra-Jean Creelman and Kendel Carson performing acoustic renditions of Set The Fire’s standout tunes. In April, Kandle released Misty Morning. Before that, she shared Honey Trap — a sweet-but-fierce tune about breaking free from a sticky power struggle. Kandle was longlist nominated for a 2021 Prism Prize for Set The Fire’s first single, Lock and Load, (her second nomination for the award following Not Up To Me). The song received an earlier nod for a Canadian Independent Video Award in 2020. Learn more about Kandle below, and stay tuned for more as Kandle turns up the heat this fall and beyond.

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About Kandle:
Kandle’s mastery of music comes as no surprise, having collaborated with some of Canada’s finest songwriters, including Sam Roberts, Coeur de pirate, Peter Dremanis (July Talk) and Devon Portielje (Half Moon Run), in her impressive career to date — which also includes a Video of the Year JUNO nomination. Kandle also starred in Jack White’s 2018 video for Corporation, and her music was recently featured in Netflix's Tiny Pretty Things. Growing up in the music industry as the daughter of Canadian rock royalty Neil Osborne of 54-40 has provided Kandle’s artistry with a unique insight. She brings a seasoned performance to every line and every word, channeling over a decade of touring the globe into music that’s familiar yet undeniably her own. 

With strong influences from the fierce female greats of a bygone era (Nancy Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Shirley Bassey, to name a few), Kandle writes and sings exclusively with her heart; something so often void in the modern era of overproduced perfection. She sings honest and raw, vulnerable yet empowered, never afraid to pen even life’s heaviest moments. This is an artist at her most empowered and authentic - an artist who by sharing her own story of healing, can help us all do the same.

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half•alive RELEASE NEW SINGLE MAKE OF IT ALONG WITH THE MUSIC VIDEO

SUPPORTING TWENTY ONE PILOTS
ON TOUR THIS FALL

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2021 – Today, Long Beach based trio, half•alive, release their new single, Make of It, along with the music video, via RCA Records. Listen here and watch here. Make of It is written by half•alive and OJIVOLTA (Kanye West, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Halsey, Jon Bellion) and produced by OJIVOLTA. The video is directed by Emma Portner.

Josh Taylor from half•alive says, “as always, there’s so many stories that went into the making of this song. writing, production, etc. but there was one moment of clarity in the writing process one night that felt like the crux to unlock this very personal story of mine which became Make of It. that moment happened when our producer Mark (of OJIVOLTA) stared at me during one of our writing sessions & abruptly asked ‘do you ever get mad? if so, would a half•alive fan who doesn’t speak english be able to tell if you were just from your tone?’. after thinking about the question for a while, i came to realize that there was an anger-sized hole missing in our songs. there were stories that i was restricting myself from writing because i wanted them to be perfectly processed, with happy endings to tie everything together. but sometimes the unprocessed, unhindered emotion is what the song needs. when that was realized, i turned on my mental faucet of unfiltered anger, 45 minutes later, the song was done.”

Make of It follows previously released tracks, Summerland, Time 2, and What’s Wrong, which came out earlier this year. What’s Wrong, which was Most Added at Alt Radio around its launch, had garnered over 12.2 million streams worldwide. half•alive also performed it on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! last month. Check it out here

Additionally, the band is wrapping up a run of headlining west coast shows with a stop at The Wiltern in Los Angeles tonight and Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival this Sunday. Next week, half•alive will be hitting the road with Twenty One Pilots on their almost sold out Takeøver Tour, which starts in Denver, CO on September 22nd.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Headlining

Thu 16 Sep - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern 
Sun 19 Sep - Las Vegas, NV - Life Is Beautiful 
Supporting Twenty One Pilots
Wed 22 Sep - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater – SOLD OUT
Thu 23 Sep - Denver, CO - Mission Ballroom – SOLD OUT
Sat 25 Sep - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center – SOLD OUT
Wed 29 Sep - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern – SOLD OUT
Thu 30 Sep - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater – SOLD OUT
Sat 02 Oct - Inglewood, CA - The Forum – SOLD OUT
Wed 13 Oct - Chicago, IL -  House of Blues – SOLD OUT
Thu 14 Oct - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom – SOLD OUT
Sat 16 Oct - Chicago, IL - United Center – SOLD OUT
Tue 19 Oct - Boston, MA - House Of Blues – SOLD OUT
Wed 20 Oct - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena – SOLD OUT
Sat 23 Oct - Boston MA - TD Garden 
Wed 27 Oct - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena 
Fri 29 Oct - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena – SOLD OUT
Sat 30 Oct - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena – SOLD OUT
Tue 02 Nov - Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theatre – SOLD OUT
Wed 03 Nov - Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle – SOLD OUT
Thu 04 Nov – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy – SOLD OUT
Sat 06 Nov - Atlanta, GA - State Farm Arena – SOLD OUT

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About half•alive:
The music of half•alive breathes, evolves, grows, and changes alongside the lives of the Long Beach trio—Josh Taylor [vocals], Brett Kramer [drums], and J Tyler Johnson [bas