ZELLA DAY RELEASES NEW SOMG MY GAME

FROM THE FORTHCOMING EP WHERE DOES THE DEVIL HIDE ARRIVING AUGUST 28

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – May 29, 2020 – Songstress, Zella Day, has officially released her brand new single, My Game, a hypnotic disco track from her forthcoming five-song EP, Where Does The Devil Hide. The maverick singer-songwriter has unveiled an accompanying music video for the song as well, directed by Phillip Lopez (Lauv, James Arthur) with creative direction spearheaded by Kaiman Kazazian and Zella herself. Filled with rich, selective colouring and dazzling retro fashions, the piece is a stylish homage to the classic spy films of 1960s cinema. Watch the video here and stream My Game here.

“My Game is feverish time travel into every dimension where the hustle is on the floor,” says Zella. “It’s a disco game board with a pair of cherry red dice rolling in my favor. I’m climbing up onto the table in my glitter platforms and I’m calling the shots.”

My Game marks the second offering from Where Does The Devil Hide, due out August 28. Produced by Dan Auerbach, the EP serves as Zella’s debut release in partnership with Easy Eye Sound and Concord Records. For complete track-listing information, please see below.

“Working with Zella at Easy Eye came as a creative partnership in so many ways,” says Dan Auerbach. “She’s such a free thinker. These songs showcase her in a way that is honest and self-realized.”

Last month, Zella released People Are Strangers, a vulnerable ballad; sun-soaked and possessing the aura of classic California. The stunning music video for the song was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by famed photographer, Neil Krug (Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala), who also shot the EP artwork for Where Does The Devil Hide and the single artwork for both People Are Strangers and My Game.

People are Strangers and My Game have ignited a confident new era for Zella Day; one that promises to meld vivid aesthetics, sounds and ideas inspired by the spirit of quintessential California. It’s a coastal affinity to which she is deeply bonded. Zella comes from a line of strong women who have called the West Coast home for decades. This genetic and geographical linkage are largely responsible for Zella's passionate embrace and understanding of human nature, psychedelia, and California’s history of creative subversion.

A free-spirited songstress in the tradition of Stevie Nicks and Dusty Springfield, Zella Day steps out of a sweet haze and into the California sun with a soulful stoned timbre and lyrical eloquence above Tarantino soundtrack-worthy disco-dripping psychedelia. She hinted at this uncompromising spirit on her 2015 full-length, KICKER. The album ushered Zella from a youth spent under the watch of mountains in Pinetop, AZ to beneath the glow of spotlights worldwide. In addition to putting up over 200 million streams, she invited the applause of Interview, Vice, Nylon, The FADER, Consequence of Sound, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, InStyle, ELLE, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, FLAUNT, PAPER, and more. Beyond supporting Fitz and the Tantrums and Miike Snow on tour, she graced the stages of Coachella and Lollapalooza. On this trip, she found a creative kindred spirit in GRAMMY® Award-winning Black Keys founder and producer Dan Auerbach. Partnering with his Easy Eye Sound in collaboration with Concord Records, she recorded her forthcoming new EP, Where Does The Devil Hide. Zella introduces the project with People Are Strangers, a lush and lively single that marks the first chapter in her exciting new journey.

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DOWNLOAD – behind-the-scenes images from the My Game music video shoot

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RICKY MARTIN SURPRISES THE WORLD WITH THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW EP PAUSA

AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL MUSIC PLATFORMS

THE SIX NEW SONGS INCLUDE COLLABORATIONS WITH
STING, RESIDENTE, BAD BUNNY, DIEGO EL CIGALA, PEDRO CAPÓ AND CARLA MORRISON

Toronto, ON – May 29, 2020 – Multiple GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® winner, Ricky Martin, surprises his fans around the world today with the release of his new EP, PAUSA (PAUSE), available now on all digital-music platforms. 

Martin notes that timing is what inspired him to deliver PAUSA unconventionally: “The moment I heard the songs finished, I knew that following the traditional process of releasing an album was not the right route for me. For the first time in my career, I wanted to share it my way and allow the element of ‘surprise’ to do its magic. What you are going to find on this EP is transparency, romanticism, nostalgia, and a lot of life.”

Silence has always been an important part of Ricky Martin’s creative process. Revealing his most vulnerable and thoughtful side without type casting a specific genre, he went through a highly introspective period of channeling his emotions and experiences to create PAUSA. 

These tracks take on their own identity as you listen, and feature duets with icons such as Sting, Residente, Bad Bunny, Diego El Cigala, Pedro Capó and Carla Morrison. The two hit singles released in advance of the EP, Cántalo (with Residente and Bad Bunny), and Tiburones (original version), revealed an evolution in Martin’s songwriting style.  He felt complete creative freedom to mix sounds that evoke joy and the vibrancy of his Latin roots, while maintaining his signature romance and nostalgia.

Seamlessly produced by Martin along with Julio Reyes Copello, Montana, Raúl Refree, Residente and Alejandro Jiménez, PAUSA features songwriting contributions by Residente, Bad Bunny, Pedro Capó, Carla Morrison, Sting, Beatriz Luengo, Yotuel, Danay Suárez, Ender Thomas, Pablo Preciado, Alejandro Jiménez and Rec 808 Second Tier. 

Without a doubt, PAUSA is a milestone in Ricky Martin’s remarkable career, and to our delight, this project features an upcoming second EP titled PLAY, comprised of more rhythmic songs to be announced soon.

Along with the release of PAUSA, the Ricky Martin Foundation continues its humanitarian efforts, currently focused on helping vulnerable communities in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic that are at high risk for COVID-19. Learn more at CharityStars.com/RMF.

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HELLO MOTH RELEASES NEW DOUBLE SINGLE TIMES LIKE THIS / INSIDE

FROM FORTHCOMING FULL-LENGTH
WHEN THE SKY MELTED OUT JULY 24

Toronto, ON – May 29, 2020 – Today, Platinum-certified Canadian producer and avant-pop solo artist, Hello Moth, announces the July 24th release of their new full-lengh album, When The Sky Melted, along with a double single – Times Like This / Inside. Listen to the new tracks here.

Hello Moth creates unsettlingly inventive genre-fluid music inspired by artists like David Bowie, St. Vincent, and The Knife. Their songs span fragile love ballads and blacklight infused synth-pop as they explore themes of isolation, innocence, and identity. Inspired by the relationship between inside and out, When the Sky Melted observes a changing world from the oppressive comfort of home. A shingled roof provides shelter from the melting heavens, and lonesome rooms are filled with midnight radio broadcasts. We smile, climbing out from our homes to meet with a world turned upside down, tracing our paths back only to find that truly returning anywhere is impossible. Once again we are some-here new.

“The lyrical arc of the album is a fantasy after the idea of Inside vs Outside, loosely tied together with images of rooms, radios, and rooftops,” Hello Moth explains. “The songs were all written and recorded before the lockdowns of 2020, but it’s been cool to discover new ways to interpret my own lyrics in light of the pandemic.”

Sonically, the lo-fi blips and cinematic flourishes of Hello Moth’s previous releases now operate as one, blending into each other to form a digitally constructed orchestra of shadow and light. This playful shape-shifting production underpins vividly performed vocals to create a propulsive experience of sounds in motion.

Hello Moth continues, “Compared to the dark strangeness of my previous releases, this album is a little lighter, more hopeful, more fun. That’s not to say I haven’t still folded a few nightmares into the work, but I’ve enjoyed the chance to portray a more balanced picture of my creative moods on When the Sky Melted.”

While exploring new sonic and thematic avenues, Hello Moth also took a more collaborative approach to the creation of When The Sky Melted, welcoming prominent artists into the writing and performing process. Lead single, Inside, features Calgarian musicians, Spencer Cheyne (drums), Lisa Jacobs (bass guitar), and Darren Young (electric guitar), forming a live rock band – a new sound for Hello Moth. The acoustic instrumental for Canyons was produced, performed and recorded by Calgary’s, Benjamin Longman, while Lucid Dream was written with Toronto artist, Glass Apple Bonzai, whose original synth-wave version has been a crowd favourite live shows and DJ nights alike.

Hello Moth’s reputation was built on live shows. They provided direct support to St. Vincent at Sled Island 2014, and in 2016 Exclaim! called them “the weirdest, most underrated, most original and unashamedly true-to-self performer on the Rifflandia lineup, hands down.” Hello Moth’s debut album, Infinitely Repeated, was nominated Best Electronic Album at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards, while CBC hailed the 2016 release, Slave In A Stone, as “Frenetic, weird and all kinds of exciting…the kind of innovative music-making that keeps the future of Canadian music looking bright.”

Since then, Hello Moth has released a couple EPs – including the “unsettlingly inventive” (Prog Magazine UK) Nebula Songs – and has collaborated with numerous pop artists, after co-writing and producing Jocelyn Alice’s platinum-certified hit single, Jackpot. These experiences in the pop world influenced a new creative direction on When the Sky Melted, which retains all the weird and the strange of early Hello Moth and builds upon it to create something sweetly immediate with soulful depth.

WHEN THE SKY MELTED TRACKLIST:
1. Bury Me Beneath
2. Inside
3. Times Like This
4. Wanted To Tell You
5. Canyons (Acoustic)
6. All Day All Night
7. Midnight News
8. To Be Reached
9. Stereo
10. Stereo Out
11. Footprints
12. Lucid Dream (Mothapella Mix)

DOWNLOADTimes Like This / Inside single artwork 
DOWNLOAD – album cover art
DOWNLOAD – hi-res press photo

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ANUEL RELEASES NEW ALBUM EMMANUEL FEATURING BAD BUNNY, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, J BALVIN, KAROL G, LIL WAYNE, OZUNA, TEGO CALDERÓN, TRAVIS BARKER AND MORE

DEBUTS NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR FÚTBOL Y RUMBA FT. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS WITH CAMEOS FROM LEO MESSI, SERGIO RAMOS, LUIS SUÁREZ, SHAQUILLE O’NEIL, J. BALVIN, ANITTA, JAMIE FOXX, MARSHMELLO, LUNAY, JAVY BÁEZ, REY MISTERIO, ALVIN KAMARA, EL ALFA AND RAUW ALEJANDRO

ALSO RELEASES VIDEO FOR HASTA QUE DIOS DIGA FT. BAD BUNNY

Toronto, ON – May 29, 2020 – Today, record-breaking trailblazer of Spanish trap, Anuel, releases his new double album, Emmanuel. The long-awaited sophomore album includes features from Bad Bunny, Enrique Iglesias, Tego Calderón, Karol G, Lil Wayne, Ozuna, J. Balvin, Travis Barker and more. Produced by Gaby Music, Ervin Quiroz, Luis "Wichie" Ortiz and Mostywill, the album is released via Sony Music Latin. Get Emmanuel here.

Anuel debuted a star-studded music video for Fútbol y Rumba ft. Enrique Iglesias. The quarantine-style video features at-home cameos from futbol stars such as Leo Messi, Sergio Ramos and Luis Suárez as well as other big names like Shaquille O’Neil, J. Balvin, Anitta, Jamie Foxx, Marshmello, Lunay, Javy Báez, Rey Misterio, Alvin Kamara, El Alfa and Rauw Alejandro. Watch Fútbol y Rumba here.

Anuel also dropped the music video for Hasta Que Dios Diga ft. Bad Bunny. The video was shot in Miami and Puerto Rico. Watch Hasta Que Dios Diga here.

Divided into parts A and B, Emmanuel boasts a variety of features to fuse Anuel’s urban-trap style with street hip-hop, ballad-pop and even Rock & Roll. After Anuel’s first solo album, Real Hasta la Muerte, the singer achieved world stardom, breaking sales records and positioning his songs on the top of every Billboard chart. His fans have been starving for new music, and today the wait ends with the world premiere of his newest project — the most anticipated urban album of 2020!

Anuel has been unstoppable since the release of his hit single, KEII, which has reached #1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay and Latin Rhythm Charts. The official music video, which depicts Anuel as you’ve never seen him before, has garnered an astronomical 147 Million views — watch it here. KEII arrived hot on the heels of Me Gusta — his collaboration with multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter, philanthropist, and global recording artist, Shakira. The track quickly impacted airwaves worldwide, reaching the Top 10 on the Hot Latin Songs Chart in the U.S. The official music video released in March has clocked over 85 Million views — watch it here. Recently, Anuel released 3 de abril, a meaningful song reflecting on the day he was arrested, four years ago.

Earlier this year, Anuel received 11 mentions as Finalist for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards as follow: Social Artist of the Year, Hot Latin Song of the Year (Otro Trago), Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event (Otro Trago), Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male; Airplay Song of the Year (Baila Baila Baila), Airplay Song of the Year (China), Digital Song of the Year (Baila Baila Baila), Streaming Song of the Year (Otro Trago), Streaming Song of the Year (Ella Quiere Beber,) Latin Rhythm Song of the Year (Otro Trago), and Latin Rhythm Song of the Year (Baila Baila Baila).

Anuel has risen through the ranks as one of the biggest artists in the world since his emergence in 2011. Along the way, he generated billions of views and streams, broke records on YouTube, and garnered multiple platinum certifications. His undying grind paid off in 2019 when the Billboard Latin Music Awards named him New Artist of the Year.

EMMANUEL TRACKLIST:
CD A     

1. No llores mujer Ft. Travis Barker
2. Somos o no somos
3. Reggaetonera
4. Jangueo Ft. Tego Calderón
5. Hasta que Dios diga Ft. Bad Bunny
6. Narcos
7. Fútbol y Rumba Ft. Enrique Iglesias
8. Que se Joda Ft. Farruko & Zion
9. Ferrari Ft. Lil Wayne
10. El manual

CD B     
11. Estrés Postraumático
12. Los hombres no lloran?
13. Así soy yo Ft. Bad Bunny
14. El problema
15. Bandido Ft. Mariah
16. Rifles rusos Ft. Tego Calderón
17. Mi Vieja
18. Nubes negras
19. Tocándote
20. Antes y después Ft. Kendo Kaponi, Yandel & Ñengo flow  
21. Secreto Ft. Karol G
22. China Ft. Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna & J. Balvin

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GEORGIA ANNE MULDROWTHE GRAMMY NOMINATED ARTIST RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM MAMA, YOU CAN BET! UNDER SOLO JAZZ PROJECT, JYOTI

SINGLES THIS WALK b/w COWRIE WALTZ PREMIERES VIA OKAYPLAYER - LISTEN HERE

NEW ALBUM OUT AUGUST 28, 2020 VIA eONE MUSIC AND SOMEOTHASHIP CONNECT

LISTEN TO MULDROW’S EPISODE OF PLAY IT FORWARD

ON NPR’S ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

“No one sings a heavy love song like Georgia Anne Muldrow” Pitchfork

“Over the years, this gifted Los Angeles singer-producer-multi-instrumentalist has collaborated with Erykah Badu, Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Madlib, so it’s no surprise that her latest full-length is packed full of unflappable funk.”- Rolling Stone

“After years of being near the spotlight, it seems the world is finally ready for Muldrow’s music.” - The FADER

Toronto, ON – May 28, 2020 –  Acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Georgia Anne Muldrow, returns in 2020 with her solo jazz project, Jyoti, a name bestowed upon her by the late great Alice Coltrane. Mama, You Can Bet! is due for release on August 28, 2020 via eOne Music and Muldrow’s own SomeOthaShip Connect. 

With the announcement comes the release of lead single, This Walk, and b-side, The Cowrie Waltz. The single is available now digitally and a 7” single version can be pre-ordered now through Bandcamp here.

Described by Muldrow as how “violence can both ignite and snuff out a voice,” This Walk blesses listeners with an unexpected instrument: Muldrow’s singing voice, accompanied by wistful piano and harp. Conversely, The Cowrie Waltz pits a loungey jazz sound with shredding guitar, echoing in the background to form a groovy and bombastic juxtaposition.  

“The Cowrie Waltz is me taking some magic scalpel I found, slicing up a hard bop feel, and exposing its ribs and gut-meat to say: ‘This is where the blues is,’” Muldrow shares.

Mama, You Can Bet! comes after two previous Jyoti records, Denderah and Ocotea, the latter taking home the Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Award for Best Jazz Album. Unlike these earlier Jyoti records, Mama, You Can Bet! contains tracks with vocals from Muldrow, including the newly released This Walk. The album’s only guest musician is Georgia’s long-time friend and acclaimed saxophonist, Lakeica Benjamin (on Ra’s Noise).  The album also features two Charlie Mingus compositions that Georgia remixed for the album,  Bemoanable Lady Geemix and Fabus Foo Geemix, both commissioned by Jason Moran and The Kennedy Center in 2017, a project that manifested into a live performance entitled Muldrow Meets Mingus that was held at both The Kennedy Center and Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2017, which aired on NPR.

About Jyoti/Georgia Anne Muldrow

Georgia Anne Muldrow not only creates jazz music - she’s lived it since birth. Her father, Ronald Muldrow, played alongside Eddie Harris while her mother, Rickie Byars, performed as lead singer of Roland Hanna’s New York Jazz Quartet and Pharoah Sanders Ensemble. Following in her parents’ footsteps, she has collaborated with famed musicians including Robert Glasper, Adrian Younge, Ambrose Akinmursire, Justin Brown's Nyeusi, and Keyon Harrold.

 

The newest Jyoti music arrives after many monumental years for Muldrow. Her most recent solo album, Overload - released on Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder - earned her a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album and landed on year-end lists for Pitchfork, Bandcamp, and The A.V. Club. 2019 saw Georgia perform at numerous Jazz Festivals around the globe: Nublu Jazz Festival (Brazil), Portland Jazz Festival (Portland, US), Bric Festival (Brooklyn, US), Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), New York Winter Jazz Festival and the DC Jazz Festival to name a few. 

 

Most recently, Georgia was featured on Play It Forward, a new special segment series on NPR’s All Things Considered, listen here.

 

TRACKLISTING

1.Mama, You Can Bet

2.Bop For Aneho

3.Zane, The Scribe

4.Our Joy (Mercedes)

5.Ra’s Noise (Thukubad)

6.Bemoanble Lady Geemix 

7.Orgone

8.Skippin And Trippin

9.Swing Kirikou, Swing

10.Quarrys, Queries

11.Ancestral Duckets

12.Hard Bap Duke

13.This Walk

14.Fabus Foo Geemix
15.The Cowrie Waltz

DOWNLOAD – This Walk Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Press Photo

DOWNLOAD – Album Artwork

About SomeOthaShip Connect

SomeOthaShip is a record label & production company owned & operated by Dudley Perkins & Georgia Anne Muldrow based in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The company has operated since 2009 and specializes in rap, r&b, jazz, funk, electronic and instrumental music.

About eOne

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

 

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

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NUBYA GARCIA SHARES NEW SINGLE PACE OUT NOW ON CONCORD JAZZ

STREAM HERE / WATCH HERE

“History-making jazz in a London accent.” – The Guardian

“It’s time to make way for Nubya Garcia, London’s other major voice on the saxophone...” The New York Times

Toronto, ON – May 28, 2020 – Newly signed with Concord Records, under the Concord Jazz imprint, multi-award winning saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, shares a much-anticipated single, Pace. A purposeful composition, the track swings between spatial quietude and intense peaks. The track's relentlessness mimics the hustle of modern life, a mode of living that can leave us collectively “very isolated and disconnected from ourselves and each other,” Garcia says. Stream Pace here and watch the visualizer here.

As an antidote, Garcia sought to “think about what makes each of us joyful, what things we personally reach towards to feel grounded.” Moments of rest are present on the record, expressing the stillness that can be found within - a time to pause and recuperate – before you continue with one’s own individual journey. 

This single is produced by Garcia in collaboration with the celebrated producer, Kwes (Nerija, Bobby Womack, Solange). Garcia returns with Joe Armon-Jones (keys), Daniel Casimir (bass) and Sam Jones (drums).

The single follows her 2018 self-released EP, When We Are, the title track of which was described as “effervescent” by the New York Times and named one of NPR’s Best Songs of 2018. Her debut EP, Nubya’s 5ive, released in 2017, was hailed as “exceptional” by the Vinyl Factory and sold out on vinyl within 24 hours. In 2018, Garcia also featured on five of the nine tracks on We Out Here, the Brownswood compilation project celebrating London’s young and exciting jazz scene. She won the Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year Award and the Sky Arts Breakthrough Act of the Year Award that same year, and took home the Jazz FM UK Jazz Act of the Year Award in 2019. 

Garcia studied under pianist Nikki Yeoh at Camden Music, before joining Gary Crosby’s Tomorrow’s Warriors in her late teens and completed her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music. She is a member of the contemporary septet, Nerija, and has toured extensively internationally, playing venues and festivals across Latin America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States. Garcia’s reputation as a DJ is also burgeoning; she currently helms a hit radio residency on NTS and plays a growing number of live sets across Europe.

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GRAMMY AND JUNO-AWARD WINNING PRODUCER DAVID STRICKLAND TELLS THE TRUTH ON NEW SINGLE FEAT. MAESTRO FRESH WES, QUE ROCK, LEONARD SUMNER AND SOUFY

WATCH VIDEO FOR TURTLE ISLAND

AND SPIRIT OF HIP HOP FEAT. ERNIE PANICCIOLI 

NEW ALBUM SPIRIT OF HIP-HOP DUE JUNE 29 VIA EONE FEATURING TRACKS WITH EPMD, SAKURATES, DEF SQUAD, KING REIGN, SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS, SUPAMAN JOEY STYLEZ, DREZUS AND MORE

Toronto, ON – May 27, 2020 – As  Grammy and JUNO Award-winning Indigenous multidisciplinary artist and producer, David Strickland – known for his work behind the scenes of some of Hip-Hop’s iconic records – prepares to release his forthcoming album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop, he shares Truthfeaturing Rap Prime Minister Maestro Fresh Wes, Que Rock, Leonard Sumner, and Soufy. The project’s third single arrives with strong messages and great timing, as David celebrates his birthday today. Listen to it here.

“Truth takes on a unique production structure, not present in the previous releases. I enlisted personnel consisting of the legendary Boogey The Beat on alternate drums, Forrest Eaglespeaker on acoustic guitar & bass, the Rap Prime Minister Maestro, whom I have an extensive history with, Que Rock of Ready 2 Rock, Soufy from Detroit (who’s verse speaks for me) and Leonard Sumner from Winnipeg, a legend in his own right, to jump on vocals,” David says of the song. “Resulting in an emotionally honest, raw, beautiful, reflective, and positive song; full of powerful energy. Being able to bring artists and musicians together from different walks of life who may otherwise never collaborated musically to create the meditation that is Truth.”

It was an honour to work with Gordo...his project is timely and heroic,” adds Maestro Fresh Wes, addressing David by nickname, proving their longstanding bond.  

The cover art features a picture of David’s ancestors from the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History (Printed Matters Files). It was chosen, as it connects to David’s truth as an Indigenous person (whose existence and lineage is often mired in controversy) striving for truth hidden in plain sight. By releasing it on his birthday, it is a declaration of love and respect for his ancestors, all his relations and is one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings; Respect, Honesty, Truth, Humility, Courage, Wisdom and Love.

Truth follows second single, Featherswhich David calls “a song about hope, journey, reflection, priorities, self-compassion, self-assessment, self-discovery, redemption and ripping flows with letters on some hip hop,” featuringToronto-based Anishinaabe rapper, Que Rock, and Chippewa Travellers. The album’s first single, Turtle Island, song features prolific Indigenous rapper, Supaman, Juno Award-winning singer, JRDN, Toronto rap legend Spade (of Citizen Kane), Toronto reggae icon Whitey Don, and Canadian-American rapper, Artson. Directed by Daniel Fortin of  Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures, and filmed by an all-Indigenous team at Six Nations Of The Grand River in Oshweken, Ontario, Turtle Island arrives during a period of uncertainty in the world, yet the song’s messages translate beyond borders, with potent, timely themes. Watch the video here. The spoken word introduction to the album, Spirit of Hip-Hopas narrated by iconic Indigenous Hip Hop photographer, and David’s longtime mentor, Ernie Paniccioli – you can watch and listen here

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

David’s perspective, “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter” is rooted in Spirit Of Hip-Hop, as he emerges from behind the scenes to share an embodiment of the teachings, art, traditions, and music of the community, aligned with his Indigenous heritage. The album includes Indigenous rappers such as Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, and more.  The album also features North American hip-hop legends EPMD, Saukrates, Def Squad, and a posthumous verse from King Reign. See the complete tracklist below, and stay tuned for more. 

Spirit Of Hip-Hop Tracklist:

1. Spirit of Hip Hop (Feat. Ernie Paniccioli, Artson & Northern Eagle Singers)
2. Questions Last (Feat. Jon C, Charlie Fettah & Bubblz
3. Rise of Fall (Feat. Aspects, Nataanii Means & The Northwest Kid)
4. Helpless (Feat. Violent Ground & Chippewa Travelers)
5. Times Runnin Away (Feat. King Reign, Que Rock & Saukrates)
6. Turtle Island (Feat. Spade, Supaman, JRDN, Artson & Whitey Don)
6. Isn’t He Sumpthin (Feat. Def Squad – Redman, Erick Sermon, Keith Murray)
8. Window (Feat. Drezus & Hakeem Roze)
9. Enemies (Feat. Sten Jodi & Snotty Nose Rez Kids)
10. Feathers (Feat. Que Rock & Chippewa Travelers)
11. Armed & Dangerous (Feat. EPMD & Saukrates)
Scratching performed by DJ Diverse
12. Truth (Feat. Maestro, Que Rock, Soufy & Leonard Sumner)
13. Thunderbirds (Feat. Joey Stylez & City Natives)
14. Cuanto Tu Cuenta (Whats Your Price) (Feat. Carabela301)
15. Whoa (Feat. Drezus, Joey Stylez, Que Rock, Chase Manhattan, Joey Stylez & Frankie Payne)
16. Rez Life (Feat. Violent Ground, Que Rock, Drezus, Joey Stylez & Hellnback)

Buy/stream Truth:  eone.ffm.to/truth

Buy/stream Feathers ffm.to/feathers

Watch Turtle Islandbit.ly/3ejcqOV

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

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

www.davidstricklandstudios.com

About David Strickland

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

David was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario and grew up in the infamous Gilder Housing Project. As an Indigenous Canadian with deep family roots running generations back to the East Coast along Mi’kmaq, Innu and Beothuk lines, his family from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador and Northern Quebec has strong Cree and  French roots that trace back to Samuel De Champlain.  He’s become a reverent student of the teachings of Ernie Paniccioli, Cree photographer and Hip-Hop Legend. Paniccioli has ventured that the parallels between the African-American history of slavery, oppression and segregation that first gave birth to hip-hop in the U.S. are so analogous to North America’s Indigenous peoples that hip-hop could be viewed as a sort of “reincarnation” of traditional Native culture expressed through 21st-century technology. From his perspective:  “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter.”

The teachings, the art, the traditions and the music are a beautiful mix all rooted in the Spirit of Hip-Hop. As David embarks on his first production project, he tinkers endlessly with the wealth of material at his disposal. The album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop, is scheduled for release June 29, 2020 via Entertainment One, and matches some of the hungriest and most wildly talented Indigenous rappers from Canada and the U.S. like Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Drezus and Supaman with some of more established international hip-hop greats he’s had the good fortune of working with like Erick Sermon, EPMD and Def Squad. David is passionate about the plight of the Mi'kmaq people and recognition of his family lineage can be traced back five generations. He is committed to restoring the dignity and respect, stripped by an unconstitutional agreement, that removed and denied Indian status from thousands of people. The debut single from the album is Turtle Island, featuring Supaman, Artson, Spade, JRDN & Whitey Don. This song is a state of the union on modern daily life for Indigenous People across North America mixing traditional dancehall & hip-hop into a uniquely rich sound that’s rarely been heard like this before. What’s coming will be fresh, filled with sounds that force the listener to “open their eyes and listen”. A powerful message that gives a voice to the voiceless, that encourages Native youth to take hold of a music genre that’s revolutionized the world and use its power to heal, educate and unite. 

About Entertainment One

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

 

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

 

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KENNY MASON SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR ANGELS CALLING

DEBUT ALBUM ANGELIC HOODRAT OUT NOW

"Atlanta's soon-to-be star" – NPR

"Angelic Hoodrat shows just how versatile Kenny is."Complex

"One listen and you won't forget Kenny Mason.” - DJ Booth

"Few artists are able to consistently generate this level of quality and effective storytelling, let alone on an debut album." - Ones To Watch
Toronto, ON – May 27, 2020 – Today, Atlanta rapper, Kenny Mason, shares another new video from his debut album, Angelic Hoodrat. The acoustic video for Angels Calling was directed by Nasser Boulaich and marks the fifth visual to be released from the album, which Hypebeast called "a bold proclamation full of originality,"following FirestarterHitAngelic Hoodrat, and a joint video for Chevron/PTSD.

Part of a burgeoning new wave of Atlanta musicians, Kenny Mason is redefining popular notions of the city's sound. Displaying versatility as a rapper with a wide spectrum of influences spanning from hip-hop to alt-rock, Angelic Hoodrat brings all these elements to the forefront and showcases his distinct and singular vision as an artist. In 2019 alone he performed at Rolling Loud Miami, was named one of August's Best New Artists by Pigeons & Planes, and had his song G.O.A.T. featured on HBO's hit show, Euphoria, and was recently selected by Complex as one of their 25 Rappers to Watch in 2020.

Watch Angel's Calling and listen to Angelic Hoodrat above, see the album's tracklist below and stay tuned for more from Kenny Mason coming soon.

Listen to Angelic Hoodrat: smarturl.it/KM_AngelicHoodrat 
Watch Chevron/PTSDsmarturl.it/Chevron_PTSD 
Watch Firestarter:
 smarturl.it/KM_Firestarter 
Watch Angel’s Calling: smarturl.it/KM_AngelsCalling

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ACCOMPLISHED AUSTRALIAN PRODUCER ALICE IVY SHARES NEW SINGLE BETTER MAN (FT. BENJAMIN JOSEPH) WITH DANCE VIDEO STARRING FORMER TRIPLE J RADIO PERSONALITY ALEX DYSON

SOPHOMORE ALBUM DON’T SLEEP
OUT JULY 17 ON LAST GANG RECORDS

“She brings those fleeting summer vibes to life beautifully.”
Gorilla Vs Bear

“The Melbourne artist delivers funky thrills… There are shades of ‘70s radio, even a bit of early hip-hop, all blended into this furiously original package.” – Clash Magazine

“Combining atmospheric layers with dreamy vocals, {“In My Mind}” has a sublime, buoyant quality.”Cool Hunting

“Irresistibly sunny and upbeat”Wonky Sensitive

“Fueled by a spontaneous, assured release of energy and soul.”
The Autumn Roses

“Alice Ivy knows how to get the best out of her collaborators”
triple j

“Easily one of the most talented in the game, layering samples, melodies and guest collaborators to give this woozy, Avalanches-comparable sound.” Pilerats

Toronto, ON – May 27, 2020 – Today marks the release of Better Man (ft. Benjamin Joseph) from Don’t Sleep, the sophomore album from Melbourne’s celebrated electronic pop producer, Alice Ivy. Don’t Sleep is due for release July 17 on Last Gang Records. Better Man was written in collaboration with Benjamin Joseph from popular Australian electronica act SAFIA. Pre-order Don’t Sleep here.

As Alice Ivy puts it: “I was super nervous going into because I’m unashamedly a massive SAFIA fan. I remixed them a couple years back but it never came out so when the opportunity came to write with Ben I jumped on it. Ben is an incredible writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He can literally play anything so we were moving around the room picking up as many different instruments as we could and putting them on the track. Ben’s writing style is different to mine, we focused A LOT on the groove and feel of the instrumental before even touching the vocals, I kind of like to focus on getting the song as vibey as possible including the vocals from the get go. When we were writing the hook we were listening to references and we got onto the Bee Gees and Ben goes 'I haven’t pushed my falsetto that high before', so we gave it a crack and it stuck! So this song is really special! There aren’t a lot of male voices on the album and while that wasn’t totally deliberate I’ve just found myself gravitating towards female and non-binary singers and songwriters in the past few years. But Ben’s voice is so singular, in my estimation he’s one of the only Australian male vocalists out there who can do justice to Soul.”

With the release of Better Man comes the video featuring Alex Dyson, a household name in Australia, having notably served as a triple j radio personality, and most recently, the host of chaotic ZOOMba classes during quarantine. The video for Better Man similarly showcases Dyson’s dancing chops, following him while he does a series of grandiose interpretive movements, reinventing himself as he solitarily moves throughout an empty building. Watch the video here.

Next up, Alice Ivy will be performing this Saturday, May 30 at 8 a.m. EDT / 10 p.m. AEST as part of Jägermeister Presents... Iso-Late festival streaming live at www.isolaidfestival.com.

Melbourne's Alice Ivy (aka Annika Schmarsel) sits at the intersection of producer and tastemaker. A revered collaborator, she’s equally adept at uncovering new dimensions to well established, household names as she is seeking out and helping to break new ones. For Alice Ivy, platforming new artists and helping new voices to break-through to the mainstream goes beyond just tastemaking. 

Between releases, Alice Ivy has grown into one of Australian electronica’s most prominent advocates. Through her choice of collaborators, many of whom are female-identified and non-binary, Alice Ivy is working to diversify the sound and look of the traditionally male-dominated studio space. Across Don’t Sleep, her refined curatorial skills are on full display, as Thelma Plum, Ecca Vandal, Ngaiire, Benjamin Joseph of SAFIA, Odette, Bertie Blackman, Imbi and many more come together within Alice’s creative orbit.

Don't Sleep is the follow-up to Alice Ivy's 2018 debut, I'm Dreaming, and her star has steadily risen in her native Australia, where her singles top triple j radio on a regular basis. Last year, Gorilla Vs. Bear premiered "the absurdly charming" video for her "glorious new sunshine soul anthem In My Mind," going on to call it "the feel-good summer jam we needed right now." The second single Sunrise featuring Cadence Weapon was released with a colorful animated video. Clash Magazine remarked on its "funky thrills" and further praised the track saying: "There are shades of ‘70s radio, even a bit of early hip-hop, all blended into this furiously original package."

Don’t Sleep was announced in early April with the title track as a single (created in collaboration with Imbi and BOI), along with a vibrant video featuring junior motocross riders. Alice Ivy shared: "Something special happened between us and I think it had a lot to do with how inspired we were feeling after a week at an all-female/non-binary camp. We came up with a super powerful song and it’s definitely one of my favorite collabs I’ve ever been a part of. The lyric, 'Our bodies are ours so keep your hands away' hits me every time I hear it. It’s an empowering song."

DON’T SLEEP TRACKLISTING:
1. Champagne Late Nights
2. Sunrise (feat. Cadence Weapon)
3. In My Mind (feat. Ecca Vandal)
4. Ticket To Heaven (feat. Thelma Plum)
5. Don't Sleep (feat. Imbi and BOI)
6. I'll Find It (feat. Odette)
7. Sweetest Love (feat. Montaigne and Bertie Blackman)
8. All Hit Radio (feat. Teef and TESSA)
9. Better Man (feat. Benjamin Joseph)
10. My Turn (feat. Swsh)
11. Money (feat. Dijah SB)
12. All In For You (feat. Ngaiire)
13. Gold (feat. Bertie Blackman)

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JUKE ROSS RELEASES NEW TRACK HIGHER

DEBUT ALBUM CHAPTER 2 TO BE RELEASED JUNE 19 VIA PALM TREE RECORDS/RCA RECORDS

Toronto, ON – May 26, 2020 – Singer/songwriter, Juke Ross, releases his new track, Higher, today (listen here).  The track will be featured on Juke’s debut album, Chapter 2, which is set for release on June 19 via Palm Tree Records/RCA Records.  Juke says of the track, “Higher is about the end of a rainstorm with no rainbow.  It’s about being wet by the rain and the only way to get dry again is by running forward and upward. It’s about the return of happiness because the rainstorm though it made you feel small, reminded you of what it is to feel young at heart again.”

Just last month, Juke released another track from the album, Atlanta, which tells his story of how one dared to dream, dreamed to live and change his own world and how special Atlanta is to him after he moved there in 2016 from Guyana.

Earlier this year, Juke released his up-tempo ballad along with an accompanying music video for Amazing. Prior to that, Juke released his Drifting Apart EP, which featured the songs, Burned By The Love, We Never Die and Trading Places. The EP has accumulated over 10 million streams to date.  The Deluxe Edition of the EP includes additional acoustic version of the original EP tracks.  His releases so far have garnered praise and features from the likes of EarmilkPopDust, Idolator and more.  Juke Ross also toured in support of the EP release, which saw him play shows in New York, sold out Toronto’s Velvet Underground, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and more. Before which he opened for Mark Knopfler on his European leg of his Farewell tour.

Juke Ross currently resides in Brooklyn, New York by way of Guyana, South America. One of 14 siblings, the self-described “med school dropout,” singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist touched down stateside in 2016 after his independent single, Colour Me, caught fire on Spotify. Acoustic guitar in hand, his effortless take on pop soul organically emanated Caribbean flavour and quietly attracted upwards of 80 million cumulative streams and 2 million listeners on Spotify within two years. Written in his birthplace, the Grey EP detailed the initial phase as he went from a tiny country to one of the biggest cities in the world. 

In 2018, he enjoyed a series of firsts in North America. He sold out Arlene’s and tried his hand at composing in the States, delivering the one-offs Hey Lil’ Mama and Fresh Roses. The latter racked up 17.5 million Spotify streams in under six months.

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ZAAC PICK ANNOUNCES FORTHCOMING ALBUM PASSAGES SET FOR RELEASE JUNE 26

SHARES NEW SINLGE  ATMOSPHERE TODAY

Toronto, ON – May 22, 2020 – Canadian singer, songwriter and musician, Zaac Pick, releases the third song off his upcoming album, Passages. The eight-track record is a reflective and raw collection of songs that explore the ambiguities and complexities of desire, masculinity, mental health, disillusionment, and finding strength, with a hopeful and often poetic honesty. Today, Zaac releases Atmosphere – the third single off of Passages. Appearing as the album’s opener, this track explores the tension between the knowing, and mystery, in long-term relationships and is a solid introduction to the rest of the tracks to follow. Listen to Atmosphere  here.

A lot of love songs are about the before and after of a romantic relationship, but not as many are about what it's like in between, the space that exists between people in a long-term relationship. How that space expands and contracts, how the line between knowing and mystery blurs and comes into focus over time,” Zaac explains. “Atmosphere is an acknowledgement of the distance that can grow between two people in a relationship, but also of the desire or willingness to cross it and reconnect.”

For Zaac, Passages builds on the songwriting strengths of his previous work, but leaves behind much of the folk simplicity of his earlier recordings, diving into more diverse musical landscapes — where danceable rhythms, pulsing guitars, sweeping 70s strings, and arpeggiating synthesizers are juxtaposed against heavier subject matter, held together by his reassuring timbre.

“Passages is a record that is ultimately about transitions — the liminal seasons in life, that are often the most disorienting and ambiguous — and learning to embrace the uncertainty and the potential for growth found in them,” shares Zaac.

Additionally, the album features contributions from a number of well-regarded fellow Vancouver singer-songwriters and instrumentalists, including Jordan Klassen, Taylor Swindells (The Tourist Company), Bre McDaniel, Skye Brooks (Co-Pilots, Fond Of Tigers), and string arrangements by sibling duo Brian and Caleb Chan (Dear Rouge, Holy Hum).

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

TRACKLISTING:
1. Atmosphere
2. Dangerous
3. Strong Enough
4. Ladder To The Sun
5. Small Wonders
6. Play Pause Rewind
7. December
8. Lighter Side Of Blue

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www.zaacpick.com

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JESSE MAXWELL DROPS DEBUT ALBUM RADIO SILENCE

JESSE TO PERFORM IN SUPPORT OF THE CANADIAN MUSIC THERAPY FUNDS’ SONG SESSION FOR THE FRONTLINE LIVESTREAM SUNDAY, JUNE 7

Toronto, ON – May 22, 2020 – Today, multitalented Toronto breakthrough artist, Jesse Maxwell, releases his highly anticipated debut album, Radio Silence, via Trans Phatt Records.

"I am excited to be releasing my debut album, Radio Silence, an integrated compilation of multi-genre original work,” says Jesse. “This project has been a long time in the making and showcases some of my best early material as an artist. I am proud that I, along with the people who were instrumental in this process, worked tirelessly and harmoniously to create this immersive experience of an album. This album is very special to me and marks the first of many albums to come in the future. I hope you enjoy Radio Silence.”

Taking the lead on all of the album’s song writing, Jesse effortlessly blends his own brand of pop, RnB, neo-soul, jazz and blues into his music. The album digs deep and represents an internal dialogue that any listener can relate to in some way. The concept of the album title is derived from the idea of going "radio silent" to a person’s surroundings and reflecting on their thoughts – having those internal conversations with one’s self. Previously released single, Room In Hell, dives deep into his past inner struggles with addiction, and focuses on his time spent in rehab. The lyrics speak of the first time he called a rehab facility, sharing a raw description of how he felt and what he was going through at the time. This track is a prime example of Jesse’s ability to bring his experiences to life with his musical talents.

Recently, Jesse performed a physically distanced concert outside of the Cheltenham Care Community retirement home with the music being amplified and residents enjoyed listening through their windows. During this time, the residents have not been able to have visitors, making their quarantine experience increasingly lonely and Jesse expressed how he feels performing for these residents is incredibly important: “Music in general makes people feel good but especially at this time it is so important to make sure the people and the staff who are working so hard are given a moment to breathe and ground themselves through this.”  Watch a clip of the performance here.

On Sunday June 7 Jesse will be performing in support of the Canadian Music Therapy Fund’s Song Session For The Frontlines livestream hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos. Artists will have the opportunity to share music and thoughts to connect and heal through the power of music virtually with this touching initiative.

Jesse began his relationship with music at age six when he was learning to play the piano and went on to complete 10 years of classical training and music theory at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Over his many years of experience, he has honed his skills as a writer, lyricist and musician. During his time spent in Brooklyn, NYC where he attended the Institute of Culinary Education, Jesse was the frontman of the band Queens County Roots and this was but one of his many musical journeys. Since returning to Toronto he has become part of the Trans Phatt Records label and released three tracks in 2019 with them including; BladeLife on the Rocks and Colossal – all while working on his nine track debut album Radio Silence.

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THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT RELEASE THEIR HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM HOLLYWOOD PARK TODAY

BAND TO CELEBRATE ALBUM RELEASE WITH
FREE LIVESTREAM TONIGHT AT 7:00 P.M. PACIFIC TIME

HOLLYWOOD PARK: A MEMOIR
THE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED BOOK BY FRONTMAN
MIKEL JOLLETT COMES OUT TUESDAY, MAY 26

READ FINNEAS O’CONNELL’S INTERVIEW MAGAZINE DISCUSSION WITH MIKEL JOLLETT HERE

“This memoir, by the lead singer of the indie band the Airborne Toxic Event, is far from your standard rock autobiography, and no wonder: Jollett was born into a violent cult and overcame a chaotic youth.” – New York Times, New and Noteworthy

“A gen X this boy’s life, Hollywood Park is a triumph….”O The Oprah Magazine

“…an exquisitely deep and moving tale of transformation and the search for love.” – People Magazine Book Of The Week

“…towering, triumphant” Exclaim!

"Jollett was raised from childhood in a cult, brought up under the leaders of Synanon. With stunning clarity, he tells of his mother's escapes and the subsequent trials his family endured."
Newsweek 40 Must-Read Fiction And Nonfiction Books To Savor This Spring

“…feels designed for arena-sized singalongs and big ticket headlining slots." – Los Angeles Times 

“a transformative, impassioned outpouring of emotion… a renewed Jollett & Co..They hold nothing back…full of humanity and grace” – Atwood Magazine

Toronto, ON – May 22, 2020 – The Airborne Toxic Event have released their eagerly awaited album, Hollywood Park, via Rounder Records. Next week, on Tuesday, May 26, the highly-acclaimed, Hollywood Park: A Memoir, by the band’s frontman, Mikel Jollett, will be released by Celadon Books. Together, the album and book represent a towering musical-literary achievement that shows both the breadth of Jollett’s talents and the powerful ways those talents intersect. 

To celebrate the album’s release, the band will perform songs from the new album in a live stream concert today at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The concert will stream live from the legendary Studio 1 at East West Studios in Los Angeles, where a vast array of iconic musicians including Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley have recorded. The live stream will be available on Facebook and YouTube.

Hollywood Park is easily the most ambitious album ever made by The Airborne Toxic Event; who are, with Jollet, original members Steven Chen (guitars, keyboards) and Darren Taylor (drums), and also bassist Adrian Rodriguez, who has played with the band since 2014. On the album, Jollett uses songs to give further depth to stories from the book. He has woven references ranging from shoegaze to Springsteen into a cohesive musical tapestry, and produced an unsparing memoir full of intimate, often painful personal details, that unlock universal coming-of-age themes. With these towering twin works, Jollett has channeled his artistry into a compelling and multi-layered pop-cultural milestone.  The album was produced and mixed by the band’s longtime collaborator, multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominee Mark Needham (The Killers, Fleetwood Mac).

Both album and memoir tell the story of Jolett’s traumatic early life. It begins with a four-year-old Mikel and his brother, Tony, being spirited out of Synanon, the notorious and violent Santa Monica, CA, cult, by their mother. Jollett spent his life to that point with no parents, and no idea of them, in what cult leaders called a school but which was, in reality, an orphanage meant to keep children from their families. On the run from Synanon with their dangerously narcissistic mom, Jollett and his brother embarked on a harrowing journey that eventually led them to Salem, OR where they lived in poverty. It’s his father (a former inmate at Chico State Penitentiary who Jollett didn’t really know until he was seven) who recognized young Mikel had special gifts and urged him not to be like any of the other Jollett men, but to aspire to something bigger and better. This put him on a course to getting a scholarship from Stanford (where he graduated with honours) and to starting the Airborne Toxic Event, which became an immediate sensation the moment they released their first single, Sometime Around Midnight.

While the album and book detail Mikel Jollett’s unlikely journey, one gets the sense that once both are consumed by the public, he and Airborne Toxic Event will be launched on yet another amazing adventure.

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GRACE POTTER SHARES EACHOTHER A NEW ORIGINAL SONG FEATURING JACKSON BROWNE, MARCUS KING AND LUCIUS

WRITTEN DURING QUARANTINE’S EARLY STAGES EACHOTHER IS A POWERFUL REMINDER

OF PERSEVERANCE AND CONNECTION

MONDAY NIGHT TWILIGHT HOUR WITH GRACE POTTER WEEKLY LIVESTREAM CONTINUES VIA YOUTUBE AND FACEBOOK

Toronto, ON – May 22, 2020– Acclaimed songwriter and performer, Grace Potter, has released an affecting and timely new song called, Eachother. Written during the early days of quarantine, the poignant ballad features vocals from Jackson Browne, Marcus King, and Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, listen here. Eachother was produced by Daylight album producer (and Grace’s husband) Eric Valentine. To help underscore the song’s hopeful message, the couple looked to their network of talented friends with each artist recording their parts in isolation. In addition to the featured vocalists, the track also includes Eric Valentine, drums; Alex Proctor, bass; and Jonathan Wilson, Dylan Day, Marcus King and Grace on guitar. Eachother is a powerful reminder that even in separation, we are not alone.

Grace Potter on the inspiration behind Eachother: "The chorus of the song just kind of exploded out of my heart all at once. It was about five days into the quarantine, and I had just gotten off the phone with a friend who was having a really tough time with the isolation. I was in our living room, watching my son & husband fixing our broken train set and found myself flooded with an overwhelming sense of gratitude & contentment. The onset of COVID-19 was a shock to humanity's system and has brought on so many reality checks. We may not all be affected in the same ways, but we are all going through this pandemic together as a human race. It is incredibly humbling. It's invited me to really take account of the things that matter most, which aren't things at all...they're people."

Currently gracing the April/May cover of Relix Magazine, Potter also recently launched a weekly livestream series called Monday Night Twilight Hour with Grace Potter. Tune in Mondays at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT via Grace’s official YouTube channel and Facebook page for intimate, acoustic performances of new songs, deep cuts, special requests, and well-chosen covers, streamed live from her home in Topanga, CA.

Listen to/purchase Eachother here

www.gracepotter.com

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NEW YORK RAPPER MALIIBU MIITCH RELEASES NEW STREET SINGLE & VIDEO FOR DOUBLE O

SCHEDULED TO APPEAR AT THE  #OURIDENTITY: PROJECT BLUE MARBLE  LIVE-STREAM BENEFIT ON SATURDAY, MAY 30 

Toronto, ON – May 22, 2020 – Bronx Rapper, Maliibu Miitch, has found a new home at Entertainment One (eOne) and is excited to release her new street single, Double O, which was produced by TGUT. Along with the audio, Maliibu has released an accompanying video that was directed by Nimi Hendrix

For those who may not be familiar, Maliibu Miitch stormed onto the scene with the release of her first EP, Hood Foreign, in 2013.  Since then Maliibu has gone on to release several singles and mixtapes including the highly celebrated Top 5 which was an ode to her favorite rappers Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown, Lauryn Hill, Eve, and Missy Elliott. Maliibu has been featured in The Fader, I-D, Paper, and more. 

In addition, Maliibu Miitch has been confirmed to participate in the #OURIDENTITY: Project Blue Marble live-stream benefit presented by Transparent Arts, Gold House, Amazon Music, Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation and XRM Media to honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It will stream on Amazon Music's Twitch channel on May 30 beginning at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET for eight hours as part of an effort to help unite Asian artists and leaders from around the world for the fight against COVID-19 and the xenophobia affecting Asian communities. Funds raised will benefit the United Way Worldwide and its COVID-19 relief efforts. Co-organized by the Far East Movement, Project Blue Marble will feature musical performances from Yuna, Raja Kumari, Jay Park and H1GHR Music, M-Flo and guitarist Miyavi, James Reid, P-Lo, Shawn Wasabi, Yultron, MILCK, Raisa, ØZI, and more.

Buy/stream Double O: lnk.to/DoubleO
Watch Double O: bit.ly/2zkgIpq

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RHYE PRESENTS ALLURING NEW VIDEO FOR BEAUTIFUL

“While it can be hard to stop and enjoy the everyday moments right now, a song like Beautiful — with its gorgeous strings, an understated, funky rhythm and Rhye's trademark smooth falsetto — makes it a little easier” – CBC Music

“Rhye is bringing a little love into our lives” – Exclaim!

"[‘Beautiful’] starts with a throb of strings before cohering around a sharp beat and muscular bass line, distantly echoing solo Bryan Ferry tracks from the early Eighties.” – Rolling Stone

 “[Beautiful’] slots nicely into the subtly funky Rhye oeuvre” – Uproxx

"Plenty has changed in the last 12 months, and anxieties are at an all-time high, but Rhye is intent on finding and relishing the brightest spots in his life.” – Consequence of Sound

Toronto, ON — May 21, 2020 — Rhye — the project of LA-based musician Michael Milosh — presents a new video for his “slinky, understated” (Stereogum) Beautiful, released earlier this month on Last Gang Records in Canada. Rhye debuted the track with a hypnotic 72-hour back-to-back stream hosted on his YouTube channel. The video was directed and produced by Milosh and filmed using telephoto lenses to ensure social distancing. Watch Beautiful here.

Featuring intertwining clips of people moving throughout a vibrant desert landscape, it evokes the song’s message - finding beauty in everyday life. As with the single art created by Milosh, the Beautiful video, awashed in a gauzy filter, maintains Rhye’s distinctive, dreamlike aesthetic. Milosh discussed the creation of the video,  other Rhye visuals, and more with Vanity Fair. Read the article here.


While staying home, Milosh has been performing livestreams as part of the LA based creative community Secular Sabbath, including morning ambient performances and a sunrise serenade with Joseph August, as well as the Corona Sabbath with Diplo. Secular Sabbath initially focused on live ambient music events, but has expanded with a range of offerings in quarantine.

Watch Beautiful: found.ee/Rhye_BeautifulYouTube
Listen to Beautiful: ffm.to/rhye-beautiful

DOWNLOAD – Hi-Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Hi-Res Beautiful Art

www.rhyemusic.com

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 an Entertainment One company. www.lastgang.com   

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW SHARES THE VIDEO FOR HIS NEW SINGLE HEADLIGHTS

FIRST SINGLE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM
VIA SONY MUSIC U.K./RCA RECORDS

Toronto, ON – May 21, 2020 – James Vincent McMorrow has returned with his first new music in three years, and now shares the video for his new track, Headlights (available on Sony Music U.K. / RCA Records). A platinum-selling artist who has independently clocked up over 750 million streams, reached #1 in his home of Ireland, and seen his music travel everywhere from Drake's Views to Game Of Thrones, Headlights acts as the first preview of McMorrow's upcoming fifth studio album. Having been announced for Latitude and as a headliner at this year's Somerset House series – James has formerly sold out the likes of The Roundhouse, Sydney Opera House, and a residency at Dublin's National Concert Hall – revised touring plans will also follow soon. Watch the video for Headlights here.

An always-unpredictable, multi-faceted talent, Headlights nonetheless has the feel of a brand new chapter for James Vincent McMorrow. From its arresting opening ("who's there for you / laying in the dark?") to the track's propulsive beats and soaring, gospel melodies, it's the sound of an artist and producer making the boldest yet most direct music of his career. “I wanted Headlights to start in a plaintive humble place and finish in this huge place,” says James, who also adapted the community-in-chaos theme of his latest material for the track's visuals.

Speaking of the Headlights video, James says, “When it became impossible to create our original idea for the Headlights video, we embraced the chaos. No grand plans or aspirations, simply capture life in as natural and unforced a way as possible. We shot what we wanted when we wanted, and because Emma was on the other end of the camera, what we captured was a genuine representation of me coming back, for probably the first time. Unadorned and honest, not curated or edited to present any vision I think you might have of me. For people who might think me opaque, you know my music but you might not know me or what I am, this video is for you. Thank you to Tom Speers and his team at Smugglers for helping create this video.

Thank you to Emma for shooting it. Thank you to my daughter Margot for making me interesting to watch on camera.”

Over the last decade, James Vincent McMorrow has established himself as an artist of signature style. On his own intuitive terms, James' bigger-picture approach to each project may vary, but the idea of doing exactly what you need to do (and at exactly the right time) remains a constant. He has emerged that rare modern act who's as integral to the worlds of hip-hop and textured R&B as he is the singer-songwriter roots of his early days. Behind McMorrow's instantly-identifiable voice was a heartfelt, sometimes-cryptic storyteller – who, on Headlights, also appears to have come to understand himself on a deeper level. Produced by James alongside the likes of Paul Epworth, Lil Silva, Kenny Beats and Patrick Wimberley (Chairlift), songs for his forthcoming album were recorded between McMorrow's home of Dublin, LA, and London. An eclectic, deliberately-chaotic modern pop record began to take shape, around which James also became a dad. “I have more responsibilities, people and expectations around me than ever, and the world is constantly telling me to change and grow as a person,” he says. “But I don’t feel any more responsible or capable than I did when I was 18-years-old. This record is about embracing the idea that it’s okay to not have things figured out."

For an artist who resists easy categorisation, Headlights is not about life suddenly making sense. It's about making peace with the fact that nothing does, and finding what you need (the joy, the fearlessness, and the creative freedom) in even the glare of the Headlights.

www.jamesvmcmorrow.com

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LOCAL NATIVES RELEASE DARK DAYS (FEAT. SYLVAN ESSO)

WATCH THEIR 2020 JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! 
OUTDOOR STAGE PERFORMANCE OF DARK DAYS HERE 

LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – May 21, 2020 – Today, Local Natives share their revamped classic Dark Days, now featuring Sylvan Esso’s ​Amelia Meath​,​ from their beloved 2016 album, Sunlit YouthIn early​ ​March 2020, the band performed the song accompanied by Amelia on Jimmy Kimmel​ Live!’s outdoor stage - one of the last outdoor performances before the shelter-in-place order. The new version of the song is mixed by the illustrious ​Spike Stent​ ​(Madonna, Bjork, Grimes). Listen to Dark Days (feat. Sylvan Esso) here, and watch the band’s performance of the song on Jimmy Kimmel​ Live! here

Local Natives on Dark Days (Feat. Sylvan Esso) – Dark Days is a loose homage to growing up in Southern California: “first loves, sneaking out, finding your our own way —all while trying to outrun religious guilt.  The song has become integral to our band and our live shows. We last played it live on Kimmel a little over two months ago, which now feels like a distant memory from a bizarre alternate reality. Despite the looming anxiety of those final pre-quarantine days, that performance felt especially cathartic for us and was made all the more poignant by having Amelia on stage with us. She not only lent us her incredible voice but she wrote a beautiful new verse that taps into the nostalgia and the longing we all feel for a different time.”

​Amelia Meath​ says, “It was a joy to dip into summertime with Local Natives- Dark Days is a beautiful illustration of being young, riding bikes, and trying to figure out how to love on and be vulnerable with someone. It was an honor to be asked to write a new verse and lend my voice to the story." 

Last year, Local Natives released their critically acclaimed fourth album, Violet Street via Loma Vista Recordings. The blissful and introspective new album features singles including “lush and searching” (Stereogum) When Am I Gonna Lose You, whose cinematic video starred Kate Mara and was performed by the band on Ellen; Café Amarillo, which FADER hailed for “illustrating a sort of emotional purgatory;” and Tap Dancer that Brooklyn Vegan praised for its “elegiac ache.”The band wrapped their nearly sold out cross-country North American tour with Austin American Statesman praising their “unadulterated energy” at one show. When Am I Gonna Lose You - their Violet Street single that hit #3 on AAA and #6 for Alternative. 

Praise for Violet Street:

“Emotional” - Rolling Stone

"The follow-up to 2016’s fashionably yearning Sunlit Youth sounds both 
more personal and more timeless" 
- Pitchfork 

“Shimmering” - Stereogum

“Illustrates a sort of emotional purgatory” - FADER

“Elegiac ache” - Brooklyn Vegan

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

“Artistic” - Billboard

“Gleaming, stadium-friendly tunes” - Relix 

“Lush...expansive” - Consequence of Sound

"Signature vocal harmonies and heartfelt songwriting" - The Ringer

“Amazing” - Under the Radar

"Some of Local Natives’ most memorable earworms yet" - Austin American Statesman

"A driving beat and features Local Natives’ gorgeous harmonies" - AXS 

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

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

“A tumultuously buoyant collection" - EARMILK 

"Refine their evolution with Violet Street" - RIFF

 DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Artwork – Dark Days (feat. Sylvan Esso)

DOWNLOAD –  Hi Res Press Photos

Webstore: found.ee/LN_DDMerch

www.thelocalnatives.com

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SOCCER MOMMY LAUNCHES SOCCER MOMMY & FRIENDS SINGLES SERIES FT. JAY SOM, BEABADOOBEE, MGMT’S ANDREW VANWYNGARDEN + BEACH BUNNY

FIRST SINGLES SERIES KICKS OFF TODAY WITH JAY SOM STREAM/DOWNLOAD/PURCHASE HERE

ALL NET PROFITS FROM BANDCAMP SALES
GO TO OXFAM’S COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

SOPHOMORE ALBUM COLOR THEORY OUT NOW

TORONTO, ON – May 21, 2020Soccer Mommy – twenty-two year-old Sophie Allison – launches Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series today. The singles series will see contributions from the likes of MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden, Beabadoobee and Beach Bunny, with new releases every two weeks, and kicks off today with Jay Som. Check out Jay Som’s cover of Soccer Mommy’s song, lucy, and Soccer Mommy’s cover of Jay Som’s, I Think You’re Alright. Stream, purchase or download now via Bandcamp.

“I had an extremely fun time recording the lucy cover,” says Jay Som. “Sophie has such a special way of entwining catchy melodies and sometimes dark chord progressions. I feel very lucky to be a part of this comp!” Soccer Mommy continues, “I’m super excited to kick things off with this Jay Som collab because Melina really made such an awesome new version of lucy. I have also always loved her song I Think You’re Alright, so it was great to get a chance to cover it. It has such a sweet tenderness to it that just makes you feel warm inside.”

All net profits from Bandcamp sales from this series will be donated to Oxfam’s COVID-19 relief fund. Oxfam is working with partners to reach more than 14 million people in nearly 50 countries and the US to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in vulnerable communities and support people’s basic food needs and livelihoods. Women and girls usually bear a disproportionate burden of care in a crisis like this one, and Oxfam has a proven record of helping women cope during and recover after these crises in ways that allow them to be safer and stronger than ever.

Oxfam has an anonymous donor who will match every dollar raised by this series, up to $5000, which will double the impact of your purchase.

Soccer Mommy released her triumphant sophomore album, color theory, earlier this year via Loma Vista Recordings. What followed was mass critical acclaim, performances opening for Bernie Sanders’ campaign rallies, numerous headline dates sold-out months in advance, festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The album made its AAA Top 20 debut after release, was #1 NACC Top 200 for four weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16 Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200.

With touring at a halt for the entire music industry, Soccer Mommy has found remarkably inventive ways to stay busy during quarantine. Combining her love of video games and performing, Soccer Mommy held a digital concert on the online gaming platform Club Penguin Rewritten a few weeks ago, with 10,000+ attendees (who all had to make their own penguin avatars to attend). So many fans logged on originally that the game’s server *literally* crashed and the event had to be rescheduled. Soccer Mommy has also kicked off the NPR Tiny Desk At Home Series, performed on Pitchfork’s IG Live series, and released her very own Zoom backgrounds images. Soccer Mommy then embarked on another tour, of sorts: an 8-bit music video tour, hitting some of the cities she was meant to be currently passing through, including Toronto, ON.

Purchase color theory on duo-tone vinyl with exclusive poster + sticker sheet, CD, cassette, and digital download here.

“Sturdy, imaginative guitar figures entwine with strings, keyboards, drum machines and samples — the sound of a newly confident world-builder let loose in the studio.”Exclaim! Magazine

"Her most fully realized work yet, the next step in her steady journey toward budding indie-rock stardom." – The New York TImes

"her biggest album yet" Vanity Fair

"On Color Theory, Allison...sets herself apart as one of her generation’s most interesting and affecting songwriters." The FADER

"Indie rock prodigy Sophie Allison delves into darkness and vulnerability while maintaining the same dreamy, melodic drive that made her 2018 debut, Clean, so memorable." Rolling Stone

DOWNLOADhi-res Soccer Mommy + Jay Som photo
DOWNLOADSoccer Mommy + Jay Som Singles Series cover artwork
DOWNLOAD – hi-res Soccer Mommy photo
DOWNLOAD – color theory cover artwork

www.soccermommyband.com

 

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MATT BERNINGER OF THE NATIONAL SETS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM

SERPENTINE PRISON DUE OCTOBER 2
ON BOOK RECORDS IN CONJUNCTION WITH
CONCORD RECORDS

PRODUCED BY BOOKER T. JONES

TITLE TRACK PREMIERES ALONGSIDE VIDEO

Toronto, ON – May 20, 2020 – Serpentine Prison, the debut solo record from Matt Berninger – frontman of critically acclaimed group, The National – is due October 2. The album, produced by famed Memphis multi-instrumentalist, Booker T. Jones, will be released via Book Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records. In celebration of the upcoming release – the first on the new imprint – Berninger is premiering the video for the album’s title track today; listen to/purchase the track here and stream/share the video here. Directed, shot and edited by Tom Berninger and Chris Sgroi, the video was filmed at Earthstar Creation Center, Venice, CA.

The album features contributions from a wide array of notable artists, including Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Andrew Bird, Mike Brewer, Hayden Desser, Scott Devendorf (The National), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Booker T. Jones, Teddy Jones, Brent Knopf (EL VY, Menomena), Ben Lanz (The National, Beirut), Walter Martin (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Sean O'Brien, Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan), Kyle Resnick (The National, Beirut), Matt Sheehy (EL VY, Lost Lander) and Harrison Whitford (Phoebe Bridgers). Additional production on the album was provided by Sean O’Brien.

Berninger, known for his distinctive voice and expansive live performances, has won praise from NPR Music for his “whiskey-soaked baritone” while Uproxx hails Berninger as “a master class in how to front a band.” According to The New Yorker, “fans of The National have had plenty of time to acclimate to Berninger’s voice, a heady, lumbering baritone, yet it’s worth reiterating its singularity. Listening to it, I often think of a deep-sea diver, weights slung low on his hips, being tugged toward the ocean floor. Berninger uses his instrument in artful and elegant ways.”

“The song Serpentine Prison was written in December 2018 about a week after recording The National’s I Am Easy to Find,” Berninger explains about the new track. “For a long time I had been writing songs for movies and musicals and other projects where I needed to get inside someone else’s head and convey another person’s feelings. I liked doing that but I was ready to dig back into my own garbage and this was the first thing that came out.”

Berninger continues, “The title is from a twisting sewer pipe that drains into the ocean near LAX. There’s a cage on the pipe to keep people from climbing out to sea. I worked on the song with Sean O’Brien and Harrison Whitford and recorded it about six months later with Booker T. Jones producing. It feels like an epilogue so I named the record after it and put it last.”

In addition to his duties as frontman of acclaimed rock group, The National, with whom he won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for 2017’s, Sleep Well Beast, Berninger also collaborated with Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls, Menomena) under the moniker, El Vy, for the 2015 release, Return to the Moon. In 2019, Berninger appeared in Between Two Ferns: The Movie, and teamed up with Phoebe Bridgers to contribute the song, Walking on a String, to the film’s soundtrack.

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TROY JUNKER ANNOUNCES FORTHCOMING EP THE PATH SET FOR RELEASE JULY 20

SHARES NEW SINGLE WE UP FT. THEA MAY

PRE-ORDER THE PATH HERE

Toronto, ON – May 19, 2020 – Troy Junker is a rapper who, by looks, won’t give you what you expect. A high school dropout-turned Uranium miner – who left it all and moved from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Toronto to follow his dreams – now has his feet firmly planted in the music industry. When it comes to lyrical flow, Troy shape-shifts between theme and tone, delivering uplifting bangers for fun and slower tracks with thoughtful messages. Today, the Canadian Métis rapper drops We Up, the new single off his forthcoming EP, The Path – set for release on July 20. Drawing from Troy’s own personal experiences, We Up examines themes of hard work and perseverance, and Troy’s drive to steer himself in a positive direction to fulfill his musical passion. The track features vocals from Sudbury, ON Indigenous artist, Thea May, and was produced by Harmon1x (Thea’s producer). Listen to / share We Up here, and pre-order The Path here.

Troy and Thea May first met at an Indigenous songwriting camp in Toronto, hosted by Music Ontario. Following the camp, Troy travelled to Thea's home – Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, near Sudbury, Ontario – to work on a new set of tracks with her and her producer, Harmon1x.

“Since we're in different cities, a lot of communication happened over the phone. Thea had Harmon1x on speakerphone playing keys and when I heard the melodies, I knew we had to fire it up. Then we'd get together in person to record vocals and catch a vibe,” explains Troy.

“The music we make comes naturally like our friendship. It's like we met by chance and became such good friends,” adds Thea. In tandem with the release of We Up, Troy appears on Thea May’s new track, Colours, which dropped today.

The Path will be Troy’s first album release since 2018 and has a new lyrical focus – positivity. With the album’s theme focusing on how people are capable of choosing the path they are meant to be on, Troy aims to appeal and inspire younger audiences, giving them uplifting messages and reminders to stay hopeful while going through tough times in their lives.

“The Path, is a figure of speech for the journey we're all on in life. The music is hip-hop and electronic influenced with lyrics about growth,” says Troy. “It features production and vocals from a lot of dope musicians that I respect and when I kick back and listen to it, The Path is a project that a young me needed to hear to know things are possible.”

Troy moved from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Toronto, enrolling in Durham College, and achieving honour-roll status in the Music Business Management program – following his dreams in the music industry. Throughout his college years, Troy released two EPs (Time Capsule and Trilly Madison) and went on to play local events and campus house parties.  

Troy closed out 2019 by being featured in an Indigenous Song writing camp, where he had a helping hand in creating So Close by Wolf Den – which charted at #5 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown – and released his own animalistic banger, In The Jungle. We Up follows The Path’s lead single, Inhale Exhale, which dropped last month and features Joey Stylez.

Stay tuned for more news to come from Troy Junker, with the release of The Path on the horizon!

THE PATH TRACKLISTING:
1. The Juice (Prod. JR Hitmaker)
2. Inhale Exhale Ft. Joey Stylez (Prod. My Best Friend Jacob)
3. We Up Ft. Thea May (Prod. Harmon1x)
4. 4U Ft. LUVR (Prod. LUVR)
5. Waves Ft. Larisa Santiago (Prod. My Best Friend Jacob & Big Joe)

Listen to We Up here
Listen to Inhale Exhale here
Pre-order The Path here

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

www.troyjunker.com

 

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OH SUSANNA TO RELEASE SLEEPY LITTLE SAILOR – DELUXE EDITION SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 ON MVKA

LISTEN TO ACOUSTIC RECORDING
OF THE ALBUM’S TITLE TRACK HERE

TORONTO, ON – May 19, 2020 – Americana singer-songwriter, Oh Susanna, announces the deluxe edition of her stunning, critically acclaimed album, Sleepy Little Sailor, on MVKA. Set for release on September 4, 2020, the album will be available on CD, digital and, for the first time, on vinyl. The original 11 songs are accompanied by acoustic recordings of five of the songs from the album, including the title track, which is shared today. Listen here

Born in Massachusetts, and raised in western Canada, Suzie Ungerleider began performing under the name Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s; winning instant praise for her debut album, Johnstown, which she remastered and reissued last year to mark its 20th anniversary. Suzie had been quietly working as a clerk at a Vancouver library in 1996 when she self-released a cassette tape of seven songs, recorded for just $200, and found herself besieged by music industry executives and agents after performing a tiny set at a local club.

With her gloriously emotive, crystalline voice and folk-noir balladry that have drawn comparisons with Gillian Welch, Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos, Suzie drew support from “Whispering” Bob Harris who championed her on BBC Radio after receiving Johnstown in the post. “I immediately loved it,” he said later, raving about the “heart-tugging emotive quality” of her voice. Van Dyke Parks, Jim White and Booker Prize-winning author Michael Ondaatje have all declared themselves fans; Suzie has supported White as well as Wilco and Whiskeytown.

Sleepy Little Sailor brought her considerable critical acclaim two years later, in 2001. After her intense, concept-style debut album – inspired by the 1889 flood that ravaged the steel city of Johnstown, and redolent of old Appalachian ballads – her captivating follow-up bared all in dreamy late-night rootsy songs showing off a voice that was alternately gutsy and fragile.

For every track belted out with gusto, such as "Ted’s So Wasted", or her heartfelt country-soul version of Otis Redding’s, "I’ve Got Dreams to Remember", there were yet more vulnerable songs telling of obsessive love and loss: "Forever at Your Feet", "Sacrifice", "Beauty Boy" and "River Blue".

Some of these songs are given a beautiful reworking on the reissue which contains six previously unreleased acoustic recordings alongside the original album. "River Blue" and "Kings Road" are newly recorded, with producer Jim Bryson, while "Sleepy Little Sailor", "Sacrifice" and "Beauty Boy" are taken from the original demo sessions with her producer, Colin Cripps (Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards). 

These pared-back acoustic versions highlight both the effortless strength of her bewitching voice and her immense songwriting talent, bringing their haunting power to the fore. Confessional songs such as "Beauty Boy" and “Sacrifice" burn with pure intensity.  “The idea of violence and hate being intertwined with passionate love was something that I was experiencing so much in my late teens and twenties,” she reflects on the former. “It is hard to love someone and be loved by someone who wants to hurt you. I needed to sing about that to get through the pain and leave it behind.” On the latter, she recalls being chastised by a lover for not making sacrifices for him. “This declaration scared me because it made me feel like I was supposed to martyr myself in order to keep his love. I wrote the song to express those passionate feelings of wanting someone and longing for them, all the while knowing that you have to give them up for your self-preservation.”

Stripping away the electric guitar and Hammond organ, "Kings Road" is imbued with lovelorn tenderness. This reissue shines a light, too, on her compelling storytelling of rich characters, and the finely told darkness within. "River Blue" tells of the long-lasting effect of child abuse on close relationships. 

“The song is a plea for reconciliation and forgiveness by an older sister who as a kid tried to save herself at the cost of her sister’s safety. Over two decades later, it still is one of the most requested songs that I have ever written,” says the singer-songwriter and guitarist, twice nominated for a JUNO Award. Suzie also holds a Genie Award for Best Original Song, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Songwriter and three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for her 2017 release, A Girl in Teen City.

These are songs just as powerful today as they were 20 years ago, and they hold new resonance in today’s world. Take the evocative title track, about which Suzie says: “Who is the sleepy sailor? I think we have all been the Sleepy Little Sailor at some point in our lives, trying to save our dreams in the face of greater forces of nature.” 

Sleepy Little Sailor was recorded with producer Colin Cripps at The Bathouse studio outside Kingston, ON in the summer of 2000.  “I was really intense and so were my songs,” the artist recalls. “I had really strong ideas about what I was communicating, and I wasn’t going to veer away from my vision.”

Colin had envisaged making the album in the style of fellow Canadian songwriter/producer, Daniel Lanois, who, on producing albums for the likes of Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, would record the band playing live onto two-inch analogue tape, with minimal edits and overdubs. With the exception of "River Blue", all the vocals for Sleepy Little Sailor were recorded live off the floor. 

“Everything was done very delicately,” Suzie explains. “I was singing softly in a way I had never really sung before. I was searching for something dreamy and introverted. I remember that there was this feeling that the whole process was fragile. We had to capture the performance. The emotions had to be palpable. It had to give you a feeling of transcendence.”

Suzie had set the scene by replacing copies of lads’ magazine, Maxim, on the coffee table with books on The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. “I wanted to tap those dreams and get them to come out in our performances,” she says. “I think it worked. We all felt that it was a magical recording session. I don’t think it took any hindsight to know that this experience was dreamy and blissful. We knew it right there and then.      

Every musician knows that the way a recording sounds is all about who was there, how and what they played and the vibe of the studio as much as it is about gear and equipment. It is about the humans who are in the room, how they interact together and how they interpret the song. It is like a party where someone decides where to hold the gathering, who will be invited, what food will be served, what kind of drinks will be there, what the atmosphere will be. You set the stage, welcome your guests and then watch the night unfold.”

www.ohsusanna.com

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SARAH JAROSZ’S TEN-YEAR HIGH SCHOOL REUNION INSPIRES MAGGIE FROM HER NEW ALBUM WORLD ON THE GROUND

MAGGIE HIGHLIGHTED THIS WEEK ON NPR’S DAILY BREATHER AND CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND ORIGINS

LISTEN/SHARE HERE

WORLD ON THE GROUND OUT JUNE 5 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

Toronto, ON – May 15, 2020 – Sarah Jarosz has shared Maggie from her forthcoming album, World On The Ground, and the last preview of the album before its June 5 release on Rounder Records. Inspired by Sarah’s recent return to her Texas hometown of Wimberley (pop. 2,626) for her ten-year high school reunion, Maggie explores a conversation she had with an old friend that night, who confessed that despite feeling stuck in Wimberley, she just couldn’t seem to find a way out. Slow-burning and soul-stirring, Maggie conveys a profound message of empathy and courage from the three-time GRAMMY winner. Listen to Maggie and pre-order World On The Ground here.  

"The song kind of poured out of me after that experience,” Jarosz told Consequence of Sound’s Ben Kaye. “Towards the tail end of the reunion, I wandered outside to a back patio and found an old childhood friend, Maggie, who I hadn’t seen since 8th grade. She was asking about my travels as a musician, and I was probably complaining about the fact that I’m never in one place for very long, and she said something like ‘That’s all I want. I want to travel. I want to see the world.’ It stuck with me. This song is about having compassion for someone who doesn't have the means to get out of their circumstances but still has the dreams."

Maggie is the third advance track from the upcoming album, World On The Ground, produced by multi-time GRAMMY winner, John Leventhal (Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello). It follows the “timely and tantalizing” (Rolling Stone) lead single, Johnny, and the “gorgeous, pitch-perfect” (American Songwriter), Orange and Blue.

Read more about the Origins of Maggie via Consequence of Sound. Sarah is also the latest contributor to NPR Music’s Daily Breather series, where artists discuss what’s helping them get through these days of isolation.

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www.sarahjarosz.com

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LONER IS NIKKI YANOFSKY’S ANTHEM FOR THE OUTSIDERS

LISTEN TO LONER HERE

NEW ALBUM BLACK SHEEP
SET FOR RELEASE ON JULY 10 VIA EONE MUSIC

Toronto, ON – May 15, 2020 – Today, Nikki Yanofsky releases her latest single, Loner, from her forthcoming album, Black Sheep, out July 10 on eOne Music. An anthem for the outsiders, Loner is a celebration of the power in choosing how one socializes. Listen to Loner here.

“There’s a power in being selective with the things you do or the company you keep,” Nikki says of the single. “I socialize on my terms. I don’t feel pressure to do things I don’t want to do or hang with people who don’t get me, and I own that. I also really enjoy being alone. With all the social distancing we've been practicing, this song is especially relatable.”

Produced and co-written by Zachary Seman and Roger Kleinman (Joey Bada$$, ASAP Rocky), and featuring the last two songs that Thriller and Boogie Nights writer, Rod Temperon, ever wrote, Black Sheep – which Billboard has called “charming” and “self-confident” – reveals Nikki as an artist not afraid to defy expectations.

“This is the first album where I’ve written lyrics that speak to my life experiences, and I’m not just trying to please everyone around me,” says Nikki. “It’s different than anything I’ve ever done before, but feels the most me. I feel evolved.”

Nikki recently released a tutorial teaching fans how she recorded the Loner chorus, for SiriusXM’s new At-Home Music Tutorials series. Watch it here. On Monday (May 18), Nikki will go live on American Songwriter’s Facebook for a performance where she will debut songs off the new album, followed by a fan Q&A. Tune in here.

Buy/Stream Loner here

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW RELEASES NEW TRACK HEADLIGHTS

FIRST NEW MUSIC IN THREE YEARS

FROM UPCOMING ALBUM
VIA SONY MUSIC U.K./RCA RECORDS

Toronto, ON – May 15, 2020 – James Vincent McMorrow returns today with his first new music in three years; his new track Headlights is available now, along with an official lyric video, via Sony Music U.K./RCA Records. A platinum-selling artist who has independently clocked up over 750 million streams and has seen his music travel everywhere from Drake's Views, to Game Of Thrones, Headlights acts as the first preview of McMorrow's upcoming fifth studio album and first with Sony Music U.K./RCA Records. Listen to Headlights here.

An always-unpredictable, multifaceted talent, Headlights nonetheless has the feel of a brand new chapter for McMorrow. From its arresting opening ("who's there for you / laying in the dark?") to the track's propulsive beats and soaring, gospel melodies, it's the sound of an artist and producer making the boldest yet most direct music of his career. “I wanted Headlights to start in a plaintive humble place and finish in this huge place,” says McMorrow, who also adapted the community-in-chaos theme of his latest material for the track's visuals. After the original filming plans had to be scrapped due to lockdown, a video is currently in the works between McMorrow and his fans, who were given the lyrics and tempo of Headlights before being invited to film their own interpretation without hearing it. 

Over the last decade, James Vincent McMorrow has established himself as an artist of signature style. On his own intuitive terms, McMorrow's bigger-picture approach to each project may vary, but the idea of doing exactly what you need to do, and at exactly the right time, remains a constant. He has emerged as that rare modern act as integral to the worlds of hip-hop and textured R&B as he is the singer-songwriter roots of his early days. Behind his instantly-identifiable voice was a heartfelt, sometimes-cryptic storyteller – who, on Headlights, also appears to have come to understand himself on a deeper level. 

Produced by McMorrow alongside the likes of Paul Epworth, Lil Silva, Kenny Beats and Patrick Wimberley (Chairlift), songs for his forthcoming album were recorded between McMorrow's home of Dublin, LA, and London. An eclectic, deliberately-chaotic modern pop record began to take shape, around which McMorrow also became a dad. “I have more responsibilities, people and expectations around me than ever, and the world is constantly telling me to change and grow as a person,” he says. “But I don’t feel any more responsible or capable than I did when I was 18 years old. This record is about embracing the idea that it’s okay to not have things figured out."

For an artist who resists easy categorization, Headlights is not about life suddenly making sense; it's about making peace with the fact that nothing does, and finding what you need (the joy, the fearlessness, and the creative freedom) in even the glare of the Headlights

McMorrow most recently visited North America this past fall, playing thrilling stripped back sets in intimate settings in Toronto, as well as NYC and LA. Stay tuned for news about his upcoming North American touring plans.

www.jamesvmcmorrow.com

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KENNY MASON SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR FIRESTARTER

DEBUT ALBUM ANGELIC HOODRAT OUT NOW

"Atlanta's soon-to-be star" – NPR

"Angelic Hoodrat shows just how versatile Kenny is."Complex

"One listen and you won't forget Kenny Mason.” - DJ Booth

"Few artists are able to consistently generate this level of quality and effective storytelling, let alone on an debut album." - Ones To Watch
Toronto, ON – May 12, 2020 – Today, Atlanta rapper, Kenny Mason, shares a new video from his debut album, Angelic Hoodrat.  Firestarter is co-directed by Nasser Boulaich and Aditya Pamidi and is the fourth visual from the album, which Hypebeast called "a bold proclamation full of originality," following HitAngelic Hoodrat, and a joint video for Chevron/PTSD.

Part of a burgeoning new wave of Atlanta musicians, Kenny Mason is redefining popular notions of the city's sound. Displaying versatility as a rapper with a wide spectrum of influences spanning from hip-hop to alt-rock, Angelic Hoodrat brings all these elements to the forefront and showcases his distinct and singular vision as an artist. In 2019 alone he performed at Rolling Loud Miami, was named one of August's Best New Artists by Pigeons & Planes, and had his song, G.O.A.T., featured on HBO's hit show Euphoria and was recently selected by Complex as one of their 25 Rappers to Watch in 2020.

Watch Firestarter, and listen to Angelic Hoodrat above, and stay tuned for more from Kenny Mason coming soon.

Listen to Angelic Hoodrat: smarturl.it/KM_AngelicHoodrat 
Watch Chevron/PTSDsmarturl.it/Chevron_PTSD 
Watch Firestarter:
 smarturl.it/KM_Firestarter

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NBA OG3THREE RELEASES THREE VIDEOS AND THE APPETIZER TRAILER VIA WORLD STAR HIP HOP THIS WEEK

Toronto, ON – May 12, 2020 – Baton Rouge-rapper, NBA OG3Three, simultaneously released three videos and a trailer to his forthcoming documentary/mixtape via World Star Hip Hop.

You Ain’t KnowWalk Down, and On Blood are available now, along with the trailer for OG3THree's forthcoming documentary/mixtape The Appetizer, due out next month via 38 Records/Entertainment One (eOne). Each video received over 1.2 Million views on the World Star site in just 24 hours.

Alan Grunblatt, eOne's President or Urban Music says, "Get ready for the NBA OGThree tsunami!" Watch the videos below.

WATCH – You Ain’t Know
WATCH – Walk Down
WATCH – On Blood

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RHYE RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE BEAUTIFUL

Toronto, ON — May 8, 2020 — JUNO Award-winning and Polaris Music Prize nominee, Rhye, the project of Toronto-born LA-based musician, Michael Miloshreturns with Beautiful via Last Gang Records today. Known for his “reserved, understated and brilliant soul” (NPR Music), Beautiful is Rhye’s first proper single since the release of  JUNO-Award winning, Blood. It’s sophisticated in its subtlety, opening with a flurry of strings and a taut percussive beat. Throughout, the song gently surges with humming organ and piano. Milosh’s voice shimmers over a mellow bass line and is instantly recognizable as he advocates for finding beauty in everyday life. This idea is being  presented via A Beautiful Weekend on the Rhye website, where the song is paired with accompanying visuals of beauty. 

As we all share in this collective crazy moment that is quarantine, there are many ways to deal with the isolation, many ways we can truly fall into ourselves,” says Milosh. “For me, celebrating the beauty that is my partner has been a huge inspiration for me and a saving grace. Beauty is something we truly need to be open to in this moment. Find it in music, art, your loved ones, or yourself.

Milosh has been filling his isolation time recording new music and performing livestreams as part of Secular Sabbath, including a morning ambient performance with Joseph August and the Corona Sabbath with Diplo. Secular Sabbath, the LA based creative community founded by his partner Genevieve Medow Jenkins, initially focused on live ambient music events. During quarantine, it has blossomed with a range of offerings.

In conjunction with the Beautiful single release, Rhye is offering a limited edition Box of Beautiful care package which includes a tote bag, a custom scented candle by Joia, a vegan leather embossed notebook and pen, a postcard, engraved selenite, and a bandana. This custom box is available via the Rhye webstore. There will be more Rhye news in the coming weeks.

Listen to Beautiful: ffm.to/rhye-beautiful

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www.rhyemusic.com


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 an Entertainment One company. www.lastgang.com   

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ASTROCOLOR RELEASE NEW ALBUM HUE TODAY

TUNE IN TODAY TO WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH RX MUSIC ON INSTAGRAM LIVE AT 12:00 PM PT/3:00 PM ET 

Toronto, ON – May 8, 2020 – Astrocolor released their third studio album, Hue, today via Entertainment One. A highly anticipated release, Hue is the dynamic Victoria, BC-based electronica group’s first full-length since 2018’s Astrocolor III. Frontman/DJ, Neil James Cooke-Dallin, will be joining Master T from RX Music Live for an interview today at 12:00 pm PT/3:00 pm ET via Instagram Live to discuss the project. Tune in here to watch the interview, and listen to Hue here.

"With Hue, we tried to create an album that would cross multiple genres, emotions, and colours on the spectrum,” Frontman/DJ, Neil James Cooke-Dallin shares. Some tracks were made for the club, others for a quiet night at home with a glass of wine. We’re excited to send this music out into world, even though it’s a very different world than we imagined when we recorded it!”

To celebrate the release, Astrocolor are inviting fans to match Neil’s legendary high kick to include in their forthcoming video for new single, Gold. Audiences are invited to film their best high kicks during quarantine and submit a video by May 11. What makes a great high kick? Height, flexibility, number of kicks in sequence, balance, music syncopation, outfit choice, and general creativity are all metrics that need to be very seriously considered in order to compete with the best! All details can be found here.

Leading up to the full release of Hue, Astrocolor dropped three singles to give fans a taste of what they could look forward to. The latest single is Gold, which takes a Moby-inspired original vocal by Adrian Chalifour, and sets it within an Exit Planet Dust-era Chemical Brothers production. Laughter features the highly recognizable, timeless Stax Record sample of Wendy Rene’s 1964 song, After Laughter (Comes Tears) and received CBC support from Afterdark, The Strombo Show, q, and a feature on Spotify Outliers. Watch the video for Laughter, filmed on location at the Surf Motel, an iconic motel and attraction in Victoria, BC,  here. Renegade is a banging old school rave anthem, featuring a sample from widely-recognized track, Renegade Master, made famous in the '90s by Hip Hop artist, A.D.O.R.

Recorded at Burning Rainbow Studios in Victoria BC, Hue stands as a testament to a band of diverse talents. Production, mixing, and engineering duties are primarily handled by frontman/DJ, Neil James Cooke-Dallin. Saxophonist, Anand Greenwell, also boasts a studio background, adding his considerable muscle to the audio equation by working collaboratively with Mr. Cooke-Dallin. From dancefloor anthems to ambient instrumentals, Hue moves the listener across a landscape of emotions and colours, under the curated guidance of six old friends who happen to also be accomplished studio vets.

Based in western Canada, and formed in 2015, Astrocolor perform and record live electronic music, recalling The Chemical Brothers, Air, and St. Germain. The band plays on the edges of funky house, Balearic, breakbeat, and ambient, becoming a regular staple on national radio in Canada (CBC Afterdark, CBC q, and The Strombo Show).

Astrocolor has brought its celebratory live show to west coast music festivals including Burning Man, Rifflandia, Center of Gravity, Golden Sound, Song & Surf, Tall Tree, and Atmosphere Gathering, while also making appearances in Toronto, Seattle, Vancouver, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Chicago, and Costa Rica. Nominated for Electronic Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, the group’s catalogue of original material has over 3.5 million streams on major platforms, and a loyal following of regular listeners globally. Stay tuned for more Astrocolor news, and the video for Gold, in the coming weeks!

Listen to Hue: ffm.to/astrocolor-hue
Watch Laughter: bit.ly/30JnM8j
Watch Renegade: bit.ly/2YEHX8t
Astrocolor on Spotify: www.spoti.fi/2HVe8oL

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MONDO COZMO ANNOUNCES PRE-ORDER FOR UPCOMING ALBUM NEW MEDICINE OUT JUNE 12

LATEST SINGLE UPSIDE DOWN ON 
CURRENT ROTATION SIRIUS ALT NATION

LIVE IN EXILE SESSIONS WITH FULL-BAND PERFORMANCE
OF UPSIDE DOWN STREAMING HERE

WATCH NEW MEDICINE ALBUM TRAILER HERE

PRE-ORDER ALBUM HERE

Toronto, ON – May 8, 2020 – Mondo Cozmo – the chart-topping brainchild of alternative singer-songwriter, Josh Ostrander – has announced the pre-order and track listing of his upcoming album, NEW MEDICINE, out June 12 via Last Gang Records. NEW MEDICINE features album highlights,  Come OnBlack CadillacGenerator, which was recently featured on ABC’s hit drama, The Good Doctor and his latest single, Upside Down, which is on current rotation on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation. Each video is  joined by cinematic companion videos streaming now via his official YouTube channel here, and you can stream/download Upside Down here.

“When Shine took off at radio, the next year was spent on the road,” Ostrander says. “Playing every show, doing every meet-n-greet, every morning radio show, every podcast, interview, and after party. And why not? It was the first time anyone wanted to talk to me about music. I loved it, but by the end of the year I was pretty beat down and tired. It came to head during a video shoot in which I just completely lost it. I found myself in a situation where I lost control, and in front of the band, label, management I punched a glass door and destroyed my hand. I would spend the night in the emergency room watching them put my hand back together.”

“But I began writing,” he continues. “The tunes just poured out. I was put on medication after the hand debacle. I assumed that’s where the songs were coming from. That’s where the NEW MEDICINE title came from. But I couldn’t play guitar, enter Peter Hayes from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. He guided me. He pushed me to get the record done. As did Butch Vig, who would help me make sense of the demos I was sending to him on the daily.”

“This album sums up a lot for me. Coming to terms with the weird guilt of success, navigating a new American experience. With a numb hand.”

MONDO COZMO - NEW MEDICINE TRACKLIST:

1.Black Cadillac
2.Upside Down (Album Mix)
3.Like a Bird
4.Come On
5.Drown in Love
6.Generator
7.Kicks (Positively Montauk)
8.Mercy
9.It Fills The Room
10.Cigarette (Age of Innocence)

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www.mondocozmo.com

About Last Gang Records:
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Operators, Lights, Chromeo, Rhye, and Sango. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company.

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RACHEL BECK TO RELEASE CAPTIVATING SOPHOMORE RECORD STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW ON JUNE 12

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE HERE

LISTEN TO THE TITLE TRACK
AND LEAD SINGLE WARRIOR NOW

Toronto, ON – May 7, 2020 – Glowing with catchy pop hooks, Rachel Beck’s distinctive piano melodies and emotive vocals have been captivating audiences across Canada. Today, she announces the anticipated release of her sophomore offering, Stronger Than You Know, set to drop on June 12.  Produced by Daniel Ledwell at Echo Lake in Nova Scotia, the record is a celebration of strength and resilience – a gentle call to action, to stand up, to speak out, to be present, and to love fiercely. The album is available for pre-order here, with the uplifting title track, and powerful lead single, Warrior, available now.

"This record is a celebration of strength,” says Beck. “The strength it takes to be a woman, a partner, a parent, a protector of the earth. There is a deliberate absence of retrospection: the songs live in the present and look to the future with optimism, gentleness, and love."

Intimate and close, the six-track EP is sonically decorated amidst compelling electronic rhythms and dreamy synth layers. Beck’s vocals float across the harmony-laden, ethereal soundscape for which she has become known.

Stronger Than You Know follows Beck’s self-titled debut, which garnered multiple award nominations and wins, including two 2019 Music PEI Awards for Pop Recording of the Year, and New Artist of the Year, as well as two 2019 ECMA nominations for Pop Recording of the Year, and Rising Star Recording of the Year. The album’s lead single, Reckless Heart, hit #1 on the CBC Music Top 20 Chart in 2018, earning Beck a SOCAN #1 Award. Tour highlights include performing for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, appearing twice at the legendary Stan Rogers Folk Festival, opening the 2019 ECMA Gala Awards Show, and playing beautiful festivals and stages from the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver, BC to the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Warrior
2. Dancin’
3. Stronger Than You Know
4. At First Glance
5. Things I Should Keep
6. Tonight

“Another graceful set from the P.E.I. singer-songwriter, with more of the electro-pop sheen courtesy of producer Daniel Ledwell. Beck’s rich, haunting vocals always deliver an emotional punch, something ethereal and uplifting and a tiny bit mystical. The songs range from empowering to romantic, with gorgeous, piano-based melodies. Lead single Warrior is a showcase for Beck’s subtle songwriting skills – danceable, beautiful, but filled with strength – a modern feminist anthem.”
Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian

Listen to / Watch Stronger Than You Know
Listen to / Watch Warrior

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www.rachelbeckmusic.com

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SOCCER MOMMY LAUNCHES DIGITAL 8-BIT MUSIC VIDEO TOUR WATCH CRAWLING IN MY SKIN NOW

TORONTO TOUR STOP PREMIERES WITH NOW MAGAZINE TAKES PLACE IN THE ABANDONED LOWER BAY TTC STATION

SOPHOMORE ALBUM COLOR THEORY OUT NOW

VINYL AVAILABLE AT SONIC BOOM

TORONTO, ON – May 7, 2020Soccer Mommy – twenty-two-year-old, Sophie Allisonreleased her triumphant sophomore album, color theory, earlier this year. What followed was mass critical acclaim, performances opening for Bernie Sanders’ campaign rallies, numerous headline tour dates sold-out months in advance, festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Now, with touring currently at a halt for the entire music industry, Soccer Mommy has decided to get creative.

Combining her love of video games and performing, Soccer Mommy held a digital concert on the online gaming platform, Club Penguin Rewritten, a few weeks ago, with 10,000+ attendees (who all had to make their own penguin avatars to attend). So many fans logged on originally that the game’s server *literally* crashed and the event had to be rescheduled. Soccer Mommy kicked off the NPR Tiny Desk At Home Series, performed on Pitchfork’s IG Live series, and released her very own Zoom backgrounds images.

Today, Soccer Mommy will embark on another tour, of sorts – an 8-bit music video tour, hitting some of the cities she was meant to be currently passing through: Toronto Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle and Austin. In true Soccer Mommy fashion, video director, Bella Clark, eschewed the more traditional tourist locations in each city, instead placing Sophie and Co. in an abandoned subway station in Toronto, a haunted hotel in Chicago, a bat-filled Austin bridge, and more. Watch as Soccer Mommy, ahem, ‘performs’ in Toronto with the 8-bit video for crawling in my skin – as premiered today with NOW Magazine – and check out all of the tour stops here.

color theory is out now via Loma Vista Recordings. As of last week, the album made its AAA Top 20 debut. Upon release, it was #1 NACC Top 200 for 4-weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16 Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200. color theory is available on duo-tone vinyl with exclusive poster + sticker sheet, CD, cassette, and digital download here.

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

“Sturdy, imaginative guitar figures entwine with strings, keyboards, drum machines and samples — the sound of a newly confident world-builder let loose in the studio.”Exclaim! Magazine

"Her most fully realized work yet, the next step in her steady journey toward budding indie-rock stardom." – The New York TImes

"her biggest album yet" Vanity Fair

"On Color Theory, Allison...sets herself apart as one of her generation’s most interesting and affecting songwriters." The FADER

"Indie rock prodigy Sophie Allison delves into darkness and vulnerability while maintaining the same dreamy, melodic drive that made her 2018 debut, Clean, so memorable." Rolling Stone

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OVERCOATS RELEASE LOCAL NATIVES REMIX OF FIRE AND FURY

SOPHOMORE ALBUM THE FIGHT OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – May 7, 2020 – Critically acclaimed Brooklyn duo, Overcoats, share Local Natives’ remix of Fire & Fury today. The cross-country collaboration sees the California outfit add synth-spangled flair to the Overcoats original. Local Natives’ take on the track opts for an upbeat and propulsive tempo, giving weight to the song’s lyrics and overall hopeful message. “There’s a fire, there’s a fury, sky is falling but we’ll get through it.”

"We are such fans of Local Natives," Overcoats share. "We’re thrilled to be on a label with them and to be remixing each other’s songs! We love what they added to Fire & Fury, it really feels like it combines both of our vibes perfectly.” ​​​​​​​

Overcoats previously collaborated with Local Natives on a remix of their 2019 Violet Street album single, When Am I Gonna Lose You.

Fire & Fury comes from Overcoats’ recently released sophomore album, The Fight (Loma Vista Recordings). The 10-track album speaks to the ubiquitous feeling of anxiety when looking at the current chaos around us, and has become an almost prescient document for getting through the times we have found ourselves in. The Fight’s linked themes of overcoming adversity, avowing friendship, striving for loyalty, and seeking hope are needed more than ever. As people are currently starved for a light at the end of a tunnel and meaningful interaction, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats offer a rallying cry and an antidote to these trying times. 

Listen to/Watch Fire & Fury (Local Natives Remix) here
Listen to The Fight (Reprise) here
Watch The Fight (Reprise) here
Listen to The Fight here

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TAES LEAVITT FROM SPLASH'N BOOTS LAUNCHES THE BIG HEART JOURNEY'S CORONAVIRUS TOOLKIT

AN EMPOWERING MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION TOOLKIT FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES – INCLUDING A SPECIAL MEDITATION FOR MOMS JUST IN TIME FOR MOTHER’S DAY!

PARTNERS WITH AUTISM CANADA ON WEEKLY
BIG HEART JOURNEY LIVESTREAM SHOW

FOLLOW ALONG AT THE BIG HEART JOURNEY WEBSITE
ON INSTAGRAM AND YOUTUBE

Toronto, ON – May 7, 2020 – JUNO Award-winning children’s music super-duo, Splash’N Boots, continue to make a BIG splash for families during these unprecedented times. The duo created The Big Heart Morning Show – a live, interactive show, featuring dress-up, singing, dancing, ‘big heart’ awards for children doing amazing things during this time, and more. Now, Splash’N Boots are thrilled to announce the launch of The Big Heart Journey’s Coronavirus Toolkit, which includes a collection of dynamic meditations and ‘Heart Hugs’ designed to help children and their families navigate this incredibly uncertain (and sometimes scary) time of life. The Big Heart Journey’s Coronavirus Toolkit is available now on the official Big Heart Journey website, Instagram @bigheartjourney, and YouTube.

“Our world has been turned upside down. Children have been forced to adapt to an unprecedented new space, where outside support from school, friends and extended family is no longer available,” says Taes Leavitt (Boots). “This is the most important time for us, as artists and performers, to unite and provide emotional support that every child and family so desperately needs. This is a time, when every child needs somewhere to go to feel safe, to feel loved and to just know that they are going to be ok. We want to provide that place.”

To minimize the effect of the pandemic on the mental health of children, it is crucial they learn tools and strategies to help them cope. The Big Heart Journey’s Coronavirus Toolkit gives children and families access to ‘Heart Hugs’, which are not your typical lie-on-the-floor meditations; they are mindfulness moments for children that are dynamic, fun and empowering. Showing children that they have everything they will ever need inside of them, the ‘Heart Hugs’ in this toolkit will leave kids feeling stronger and prepared to take on anything, while helping them feel safe and loved no matter what. Since parents have been working double-time these days, and with Mother’s Day right around the corner, there will also be a special meditation just for moms, to help provide a moment of calm in their days.

The Coronavirus Toolkit will help children and their caregivers deal with topics such as: missing the people you love, connecting when you are physically apart, managing uncertainty and anxiety, and much more.

In addition to The Big Heart Morning Show, and The Big Heart Journey’s Coronavirus Toolkit, Leavitt will also bring the toolkit and ‘Heart Hugs’ to life with a weekly intimate live-stream show, called The Big Heart Journey, which aims to engage and empower children by helping them navigate all of their feelings, big and small. Every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. ET, the show will teach mindfulness and working through emotions using dance, music and art. Leavitt has joined forces with Autism Canada to incorporate ‘Heart Hugs’ as part of a healthy bedtime routine in a time of great uncertainty for children. The weekly program can be livestreamed at Splash’N Boots’ Facebook, and on the Big Heart Journey YouTube Channel.

About Autism Canada
The only Canadian organization with a national perspective on the issues currently facing those with ASD, their families and other stakeholders, Autism Canada has been the hub of knowledge and understanding about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Canada since 1976. Autism Canada is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and affiliated with a Professional Advisors Committee, an ASD Advisors Committee and a Provincial and Territorial network that span the entire country and work collaboratively to share best practices, build consensus and help inform public health policy.

About Splash’N Boots
Splash’N Boots rose to prominence in the hearts and minds of families through music, live shows and television. Their music creates family dance parties; it is a soundtrack to bedtimes, mealtime and all moments in between. Since their inception, Splash’N Boots have released twelve original music albums, resulting in five consecutive JUNO Award nominations for Children’s Album of the Year between 2014 and 2018. Their album, You, Me and the Sea, co-written and produced by Alan Doyle, won the 2019 JUNO Award for Children’s Album of the Year.

On television, they appear daily in over 8.5 million homes across Canada with their number one TV show, which is broadcast daily on Canada’s top children’s television networks, Treehouse TV and Disney Jr. Canada, as well as the worldwide streaming platform Kidoodle, garnering over 1 million views in the first 6 months on the platform. Splash’N Boots are committed to using their voice to raise awareness for important causes. They are the first children's act to partner with PLUS1 - $1 from every ticket sold in their cross-Canada 2018 tour went to support access to music education and adaptive instruments for young children via MusiCounts.

About Taes Leavitt, Writer & Performer
Known as the Boots half of Splash’N Boots, Taes has created a career she loves based on her love for children and desire to foster connection through music. What started as a class project at Queens University has developed into a platform where Taes is now committed to raising awareness for important causes and giving a voice to vulnerable children. Most recently she has released a dynamic meditation album for families called The Big Heart Journey, designed to connect children to their feelings and help them feel safe, heard and loved.

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www.bigheartjourney.com

www.splashnboots.com

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MONTREAL’S LE COULEUR SHARE NEW SINGLE SILENZIO

NEW ALBUM CONCORDE SET FOR RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 11 VIA LISBON LUX RECORDS

WATCH VIDEO FOR CONCORDE

Toronto, ON – May 5, 2020 – Today, Montreal trio, Le Couleur, release a new single, Silenzio. The song is the third from their forthcoming album, Concorde, out September 11 via Lisbon Lux Records. Listen to Silenzio here, and stay tuned for a music video to follow in the coming weeks. 

"The track Silenzio is about the death that lurks and holds us in a duel, already lost,” Le Couleur says on the song’s inspiration. “It deals with the rivalry between life and death. The latter being put into image by a betrayal, and ending with the kiss of  death (il bacio della morte). She wins again and we witness her executions."

Last year, Le Couleur released Silhouettethe first single from Concorde. On February 7, the group shared the album’s title track, Concorde, with a stunning visual directed by Ariel Poupart in their hometown of Montreal. Poupart connected Concorde to its namesake aircraft as a symbol, reflecting this in the imagery. Watch the video here.

"I wanted to pay tribute to this mythical plane Concorde, by bringing it as a love break-up...These are the last moments of the plane, which remembers its memories, its image, its exploits,” says Laurence Giroux-Do. “Like the last discussion when you breakup, you remember our good times, trying everything to save the relationship but it ends and the name of this lover remains in our history, in our memory.”

The Montreal trio, created by Laurence Giroux-Do (vocals), Patrick Gosselin (bass), and Steeven Chouinard (drums), and bolstered live by Philippe Beaudin (percussions) and Francis Do Monte (guitar, keyboards), delivers rich and irresistibly danceable performances.

Le Couleur polished their sound until it shined as bright as the late Studio 54's spotlights with Eps, Voyage Love (2013) and Dolce Désir (2015), and then P.O.P. (2016), their critically acclaimed debut album.

Thanks to precious advice from Giorgio Moroder, with whom the band had the opportunity of sharing the stage, Le Couleur recorded their new album adopting a completely different approach.

Concorde takes its name from the legendary Franco-British airplane from 1965, nicknamed the "beautiful white bird" for its sleek and modern design. This avant-garde project that ended in tragedy has always held a certain fascination for Laurence Giroux-do; a deadly "crash" that inspired in her a sense of macabre sensuality.

 In the album's music we find vintage influences, recalling the faded charm of 70s erotica, warm tones also rooted in psychedelia, disco, yéyé, and French chanson.

Listen to Silenziobit.ly/3fwZNR0
Watch Concorde: bit.ly/2YDtObI 
Listen to Silhouette: kuronekoMedia.lnk.to/Silhouette 
Pre-order Concordeidol.lnk.to/Concorde

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KENNY MASON SHARES DOUBLE VIDEO FOR CHEVRON/PTSD

DEBUT ALBUM ANGELIC HOODRAT OUT NOW

"Atlanta's soon-to-be star" - NPR

"Angelic Hoodrat shows just how versatile Kenny is."Complex 

"One listen and you won't forget Kenny Mason.” - DJ Booth 

"Few artists are able to consistently generate this level of quality and effective storytelling, let alone on an debut album." - Ones To Watch

Toronto, ON – May 5, 2020 – Today, Atlanta rapper, Kenny Mason, shares a new video from his debut album, Angelic Hoodrat. Directed by Nasser Boulaich, the joint video for Chevron/PTSD opens up with Mason in a parking lot for Chevron, before jumpstarting into a frenetic black-and-white cut for PTSD. The video is the third visual from the album, which Hypebeast called "a bold proclamation full of originality," following Hit and Angelic Hoodrat.

Part of a burgeoning new wave of Atlanta musicians, Kenny Mason is redefining popular notions of the city's sound. Displaying versatility as a rapper with a wide spectrum of influences spanning from hip-hop to alt-rock, Angelic Hoodrat brings all these elements to the forefront and showcases his distinct and singular vision as an artist. In 2019 alone he performed at Rolling Loud Miami, was named one of August's Best New Artists by Pigeons & Planes, and had his song, G.O.A.T., featured on HBO's hit show, Euphoria, and was recently selected by Complex as one of their 25 Rappers to Watch in 2020.

Watch Chevron/PTSD, and listen to Angelic Hoodrat above, and stay tuned for more from Kenny Mason coming soon.

Listen to Angelic Hoodrat: smarturl.it/KM_AngelicHoodrat 
Watch Chevron/PTSDsmarturl.it/Chevron_PTSD

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BRANDY PREMIERES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR BABY MAMA FEATURING CHANCE THE RAPPER ON BETher, BET SOUL & BET JAMS TODAY

NEW ALBUM COMING IN 2020

Toronto, ON – May 4, 2020 – GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter, Brandy, releases the official video for her new single, Baby Mama, featuring Chance The Rapper, today.  The video premiered exclusively with BETher, BET JAMS, BET SOUL, and BET.com.   Directed by Derek Blanks, with creative director Frank Gatson, the video features a glowing and vibrant Brandy.  Watch it here.

 

On Friday, May 4, Brandy released the single, Baby Mama, to overwhelming excitement from fans via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One (“eOne”). Produced by Hit-Boy and Brandy, the horn-laden track is an ode to raising her daughter, Sy’rai, and a larger anthem to all mothers working hard to support their family. The single is currently available on digital platforms worldwide and is impacting at radio today. Stream and buy Baby Mama here.

“It takes a village to raise em’, we don’t do it all by ourselves...This song ain’t just for me, it’s for every mama yeah...Every day I breathe it’s for my little mama...I’m every woman and a baby mama.” Brandy says. “My new single is about embracing the strength and fortitude needed not only in motherhood but in life.  I am thrilled that Chance joined me on this track, and I hope my fans find it as uplifting as I intended it to be!”

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

 

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

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SARAH JAROSZ RELEASES ORANGE AND BLUE ODE TO HER SMALL-TOWN TEXAS UPBRINGING: LISTEN HERE

NEW ALBUM WORLD ON THE GROUND OUT JUNE 5 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2020 – Multiple GRAMMY-winner, Sarah Jarosz, has shared Orange and Blue from her eagerly-anticipated new album World On The Ground, out June 5 on Rounder Records.  Orange and Blue was co-written by Jarosz and producer, John Leventhal (Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello), a pair that has amassed eight GRAMMY Awards between them.  As with much of World On The Ground, the new song illuminates the inner lives of small-town characters caught between the desire to escape and embrace home. Listen to Orange and Blue and pre-order World On The Ground here.

Orange and Blue is an impressionistic reflection on Jarosz’s childhood home, nestled against the tree-canopied banks of Cypress Creek in Wimberley, Texas (pop. 2.626). Led by a dreamlike piano, the song conjures a vivid portrait of digging into the earth to “find a heart that’s so buried it’s almost impossible to find.” Jarosz’s novelistic attention to detail and spare, elegant arrangements make Orange and Blue a prime example of Texas songwriting at its finest.

World On The Ground’s lead single, Johnny was released last month and praised by Rolling Stone as a “timely and tantalizing … inner battle with the forces of wanderlust and inertia, freedom and stability.” Other fans include Brooklyn Vegan, which called it “a lovely piece of literate folk-pop,”  and Paste, which named Johnny its Song of the Week. 

Sarah Jarosz is a three-time GRAMMY winner, as a solo artist and as a member of I’m With Her.  The 28-year-old multi-instrumentalist was first nominated for a GRAMMY at age 18 for her 2009 debut and has released three solo records since, the most recent being 2016’s Undercurrent.  

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CAROLINE SPENCE REIMAGINES JIMMY EAT WORLD’S 2001 SMASH THE MIDDLE

SPENCE’S STUNNING MINT CONDITION TURNS ONE

TUNE IN TO SEE CAROLINE SPENCE ON THE ROUNDUP SUNDAY MAY 3

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2020 – Caroline Spence's wistfully reimagined take on Jimmy Eat World's 2001 smash, The Middle is available today. Spence first started performing the song last fall while on tour in support of her album, Mint Condition, and was happily surprised to realize how deeply it resonated with audiences. Listen to The Middle here (electric and acoustic versions).

Spence recalls, "I first covered The Middle on a whim one night this past fall on tour opening for another band. During a long tour drive, I had rediscovered my love for Jimmy Eat World, this song, and the whole Bleed American album. Upon hearing The Middle for the first time in a long time, it still felt relevant to me even all these years later and just as wonderful to remind myself that I was still 'in the middle of the ride.'"

She continues, "This past January, I decided to make The Middle the last song of my opening set for another tour. I think it's always good to have a cover in your back pocket as an opener, but I didn't expect this cover to be my favorite part of the set. I've always known that this song meant a lot to me growing up, but it wasn't until I played it every night for a month with the audience singing along did I realize just how much it was an anthem for the millennial generation when we felt like awkward middle schoolers and misfit high schoolers. I would play it just me and my guitar and without all the rock band production, the lyrics hold up as one of the sweetest and wisest songs out there. It reads like Wild World by Cat Stevens or Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It brings a smile to my face to sing it; to sing it feels like I'm comforting both myself and those in the audience. I decided to record it as a way to keep that feeling going."

Mint Condition, Spence's debut recording for Rounder, was released exactly one year ago on May 3, 2019. The album was warmly embraced by critics, who lauded Mint Condition as a "stunning journey through self-discovery" (Uncut) and "one of the best country releases of the year." (Paste).  NPR Music hailed her as a "fantastic lyricist" and praised her knack for coining "the sharpest little turns of phrase," while Rolling Stone declared, "The album establishes Spence as a writer somewhere between Kathleen Edwards and Guy Clark in her deft chronicles of interpersonal complexity."

Mint Condition landed on Best of 2019 lists in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Paste, AllMusic, Garden & Gun, and Folk Alley, among others.

Caroline Spence will commemorate the album's anniversary with a pair of livestreaming concerts: today, Spence will do a live set on her Instagram channel at 12:00 pm CT. This Sunday, May 3, Spence will appear on The Roundup, Rounder Records' weekly live performance showcase, which airs at 1:30 EDT on Rounder's YouTube channel.

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MULTI-PLATINUM, GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER/SONGWRITER BRANDY CELEBRATES MOTHERHOOD WORLDWIDE WITH NEW SINGLE

BABY MAMA FEATURING CHANCE THE RAPPER OUT TODAY  WITH OFFICIAL VIDEO PREMIERING ON BET MONDAY, MAY 4 

NEW ALBUM COMING IN 2020

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2020 –  Just in time for Mother’s Day, GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter, Brandy, is back with a very special tribute for all mothers across the globe.  Brandy releases her long-awaited, empowering new single, Baby Mama, featuring Chance The Rapper, today via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One (“eOne”). Produced by Hit-Boy & Brandy, the horn-laden track is an ode to raising her daughter, Sy’rai, and a larger anthem to all mothers working hard to support their family. The single is currently available on digital platforms worldwide and will be impact radio on May 4. The song premiered this morning via iHeart Media stations across the country, and will be played every hour on the hour today until 10 PM local time. Stream and buy Baby Mama here.

“It takes a village to raise em’, we don’t do it all by ourselves...This song ain’t just for me, it’s for every mama yeah...Every day I breathe it’s for my little mama...I’m every woman and a baby mama.”

Brandy says, “My new single is about embracing the strength and fortitude needed not only in motherhood, but in life.  I’m am thrilled that Chance joined me on this track, and I hope my fans find it as uplifting as I intended it to be!”

Following the single’s release BET will premiere the official Baby Mama video on Monday, May 4 via, BET JAMS, and BET SOUL, and BET.com beginning at 12 noon ET.   Directed by Derek Blanks, with creative director Frank Gatson, the video features a glowing and vibrant Brandy. Watch the Baby Mama lyric video here.

Baby Mama is the follow-up to Brandy’s GRAMMY-nominated, hit single with Daniel Caesar, Love Again, which soared to #1 on the Urban AC chart late last year.

Since emerging with her 4x-platinum self-titled debut album in 1994 (released when Brandy was only 15-years-old), this trail-blazing pioneer has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and is ranked one of the best-selling female artists in American music history by the RIAA, having sold over 11 million albums in the United States. During her reign she recorded five albums: In 1998 - Never Say Never (1998), Full Moon (2002) Afrodisiac (2004), Human, and 2012 - Two Eleven (2012). Brandy has also earned scores of awards, including a Grammy, an AMA, two Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Billboard Awards, four MTV Awards, six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and four BMI Awards.

Baby Mama will be featured on Brandy’s highly anticipated forthcoming album out later this year.  Fans can stay updated on new music and more by logging onto www.4everbrandy.com

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

 

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

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half•alive RELEASE IN FLORESCENCE EP

THIRD TRACK AND VIDEO FOR
CREATURE (W/ORCHESTRA) OUT TODAY

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2020 – Today, Long Beach-based trio, half•alive, release their EP in Florescence via RCA Records. Listen here. in Florescence is an audio and visual project that includes orchestral arrangements of four tracks off the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, Now, Not Yet, as well as videos for three of the four songs to accompany them. The third track and video for creature (w/Orchestra) is out today. Watch here. Earlier this week, the band released the first track and video, RUNAWAY (w/Orchestra), followed by still feel. (w/Orchestra).

Recorded earlier this year, this was a one day feat of creativity and talent as band, composer, orchestra ensemble, video director and crew, dancers, recording engineer, live painters, etc., all came together to live record and film a whole project over the course of 12 hours at Capitol Studios without having any advanced rehearsal. The EP was arranged by arranger/composer, Miguel Atwood Ferguson (Ray Charles, Flying Lotus, Thundercat), and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Frank Ocean, Adele, Arcade Fire). The videos were directed by Mimi Cave (Sylvan Esso, Vance Joy), and choreographed by JA collective.

Says half•alive, “in Florescence is an invitation to experience songs from half•alive’s full length debut Now, Not Yet with both the familiar and new. We wanted to reconstruct the music; exploring where it could bend & flow. We partnered with composer Miguel Atwood Ferguson to help the songs breathe with new energy. In florescence means ‘in the process of flowering’, which we thought adequately described two themes we are very passionate about in our art – the surface level being these songs in particular, in their finding new ways to bloom.  And second, on a deeper level, to every human being’s continual transformation and longing for The Beautiful; in both conscious and subconscious pursuit.”

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]. Encompassing R&B, funk, pop, rock, soul, and more under a glow of disco ball bliss, the experience iterates in a fresh form every time. 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 the 2018 breakout still feel. 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. still feel. took off, and the band’s profile burgeoned as they inked a deal with RCA Records to help grow their vision.

Launching 2019 with a bang, the trio sold out their formal debut headlining tour, 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. They saw still feel. reach new heights as it rocketed into the Top 10 at Alternative radio with over 37 million video views and over 53 million global streams to date. Known for their incredibly creative videos and live shows, the band made their late-night television debut last year 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 last September.  In August, they released their debut album Now, Not Yet which has amassed over 158 million worldwide audio streams. half•alive’s live Vevo DSCVR performances of RUNAWAY and arrow are out now and they were also named one of YouTube’s Artist on the Rise. They also delivered landmark performances at last year’s Lollapalooza and Outside Lands festivals as well as selling out clubs and theaters on their debut album’s headline tour across North America, Australia, UK, and Europe.

In Florescence Tracklist:
1. RUNAWAY (w/Orchestra)
2. still feel. (w/Orchestra)
3. creature (w/Orchestra)
4. BREAKFAST (w/Orchestra)

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INDIGO GIRLS SHARE NEW SONG COUNTRY RADIO

LIVESTREAM CONCERT SERIES MAY 7, 14 AND 21

NEW ALBUM LOOK LONG OUT MAY 22

PRE ORDER HERE

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2020 – Inspired by the response to their March 19 livestream – around 80,000 viewers – Indigo Girls have confirmed a concert and Q&A livestream series for every Thursday in May (7, 14, and 21) at 7:00 pm ET (Facebook Live and Instagram Live).  The May 14 concert will include an optional donation with all proceeds to charity.  

“We were amazed and honoured to have so many folks tuning in the last time we did a livestream,” says Amy Ray. “Especially cool is the way the community comments to each other and gets super connected and engaged. We need that kind of connection in this world and we feel so lucky to have all y’all! So glad Emily and I can do this and have access to some internet :-)”

Indigo Girls are also sharing Country Radio from their upcoming album, Look Long (May 22, Rounder). Written by Saliers, the song had been added to the set on recent tours, including a full-band performance on Live from Here with Chris Thile. “I can tell it’s resonating with people,” says Emily. “When I get to that line, ‘I’m just a gay kid who loves country radio,’ there’s an audible verbal response from the audience.”

"This song is the way I felt doing those four-hour drives from Nashville to Atlanta, listening to country music radio,” Saliers remembers. “I could almost put my own life story in these songs, but I can’t. There are gender divisions and heteronormative realities. There’s a lot of self-homophobia that I’ve had to work on in my own life that plays into this as well.”  

Country Radio is out now, alongside Shit Kickin’, Change My Heart and When We Were Writers.  

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

In 1999, Reynolds produced Indigo Girls’ beloved album, Come On Now Social, a time described by Ray as “one of the most important moments in our musical growth.” 

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

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

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JUKE ROSS RELEASES NEW TRACK ATLANTA VIA PALM TREE RECORDS/RCA RECORDS

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2020 – Juke Ross releases his new track Atlanta today via Palm Tree Records/RCA Records (listen here).  The track which was co-written by Juke and Ido Zmishlany tells his story of how one dared to dream, dreamed to live and change his own world and how special Atlanta is to him after he moved there in 2016 from Guyana.

Earlier this year, Juke released his up-tempo ballad along with an accompanying music video for Amazing. Prior to that, Juke released his Drifting Apart EP, which featured the songs Burned By The Love, We Never Die and Trading Places. The EP has accumulated over 10 million streams to date.  The Deluxe Edition of the EP includes additional acoustic version of the original EP tracks.  His releases so far have garnered praise and features from the likes of EarmilkPopDust, Idolator and more.  Juke Ross also toured in support of the EP release, which saw him play shows in New York, sold out Toronto’s Velvet Underground, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and more. Before which he opened for Mark Knopfler on his European leg of his Farewell tour.

Juke Ross currently resides in Brooklyn, New York by way of Guyana, South America. One of 14 siblings, the self-described “med school dropout,” singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist touched down stateside in 2016 after his independent single, Colour Me, caught fire on Spotify. Acoustic guitar in hand, his effortless take on pop soul organically emanated Caribbean flavor and quietly attracted upwards of 80 million cumulative streams and 2 million listeners on Spotify within two years. Written in his birthplace, the Grey EP detailed the initial phase as he went from a tiny country to one of the biggest cities in the world. 

In 2018, he enjoyed a series of firsts in North America. He sold out Arlene’s and tried his hand at composing in the States, delivering the one-offs Hey Lil’ Mama and Fresh Roses. The latter racked up 17.5 million Spotify streams in under six months.

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LAILA BIALI LAUNCHES NEW QUARANTUNES VIDEO SERIES FOR INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY

WATCH THE FIRST INSTALLMENT
FOR THE SONG SUGAR HERE

NEW ALBUM OUT OF DUST OUT NOW

"Out of Dust sparkles like a soundtrack for spring."The Vancouver Sun

"... moving, inspiring, and life-affirming songs."SOCAN Words and Music

"This is a wholly confident record from the Juno winner, who continues to be one of the most talented and compelling artists in Canada. Out of Dust is another big step toward global stardom." –  JAZZ.FM

Toronto, ON – April 30, 2020 – In celebration of International Jazz Day, JUNO Award winner, Laila Biali, has launched her new Quarantunes video series with a “live” performance of her single, Sugar. For this project, Biali invited some of the musicians she would ordinarily be on tour with right now to film and record themselves performing at home. Each individual track was then collated into one performance by Biali’s husband and co-producer, Ben Wittman. None of the performances were altered or overdubbed after the fact, and in this way, Biali and her fellow musicians formed a virtual band, on a virtual stage, to brighten these quarantine days! Watch the lead Quarantunes video for Sugar here.

"It's tough to not be on the road right now," says Biali. "Live performances bring the music to life and connection with audiences is what motivates me as an artist. So here we are, in this new space, creating a Quarantunes virtual stage where we can do that in a new way."

Biali's new album, Out of Dust, released on March 27 and was to include 3+ months of global tour dates, covering Canada, the US, and Europe. Because she can no longer bring this music to physical stages around the world, Biali went for the next best thing, which even has its advantages. For example, she wouldn't typically be able to tour with a group this size; but, this new "virtual reality" enables her to involve a larger circle of musicians and peers based in different cities – Toronto, Ontario; Wolfville, Nova Scotia; and Brooklyn, NY.

The Quarantunes video for Sugar features an all-star lineup of musicians: JUNO-nominated electric bassist, Rich Brown, who has performed with Steve Coleman, Angelique Kidjo, and Kurt Elling, to name a few; Larnell Lewis (electronic drums), who has earned multiple GRAMMY Award wins for his work with Snarky Puppy and recently collaborated with the legendary producer, Quincy Jones; Ben Wittman (percussion), who has supported pop icons, Sting and Paul Simon;  Glenn Patscha (organ), who has toured with Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and others;  Rob Christian (tenor saxophone) – one of Canada's premiere multi-instrumentalists; current Sky Trails Band member, Michelle Willis (backing vocals); and Snarky Puppy founding member, Mike "Maz" Maher (backing vocals). The performance video compilation was created by Nick Collingwood & Halla Creative.

Stay tuned for more installments of Laila Biali’s Quarantunes series coming soon!

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

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MT. JOY SHARE NEW SINGLE DEATH FROM NEW ALBUM REARRANGE US

FOLLOWS LAST WEEK’S PERFORMANCE
ON FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE
WHILE PERFORMING IN HER SHED


REARRANGE US OUT JUNE 5 ON DUALTONE RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – April 30, 2020 – Today, Mt. Joy share Death from their forthcoming album Rearrange Us, out June 5th on Dualtone Records. The track finds singer/songwriter, Matt Quinn, finding solace among the living as his bandmates create a bar-band rattle that transforms into the most fraught “ooh la la las” you’ll hear all week. Listen to Death and pre-order Rearrange Us here.

Says Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar) of the new track: "I’m not suicidal, but I think we’re constantly being reminded of our mortality and at times I’m at least aware of the peace that comes with death. I was hoping this song would remind people and myself that there are so many family members/friends here on earth that want to help us find our peace, and there really is so much beauty here, especially when you let people help you.”

Last week, the band appeared on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee to perform their hit single, Strangers – which has gained over 5M streams and is rising quickly on the Triple A Radio charts. Take a trip into the woods with Samantha Bee and discover Mt. Joy performing in her shed here.

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

www.mtjoyband.com

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POP EVIL RELEASE TWO NEW SINGLES LET THE CHAOS REIGN AND WORK

PREPARING NEW ALBUM FOR 2020

Toronto, ON – April 30, 2020 – Michigan's own, POP EVIL, have released two new singles, Let The Chaos Reign,  and Work, marking the first taste of new music from the band since their Pop Evil full-length in 2018. The new tracks arrive as a twin assault of invigorating, readymade hits for 2020, from a forthcoming album filled to the brim with a dozen tracks each worthy of a dedicated spotlight. Let the Chaos Reign is the heaviest single the band has ever dropped, a rousing fight song of self-determination about rising to meet any challenge with courage and strength. By contrast, Work puts its heavy guitars atop a grooving rhythmic punch, as it champions the working-class heroes struggling to persevere across all industries today. 

Speaking on the new singles and upcoming album, frontman and band founder Leigh Kakaty stated:

“We won’t bore people with the same song over and over. When you come to our live show, we feel like there should be an ebb and flow, peaks and valleys, that are similar to real life. Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. We like to take people on a journey when they listen to our music or come to see us live.” 

POP EVIL has been a staple at major festivals and in theaters and clubs for over a  decade, despite the group’s relative youth. As they’ve ruled the roost with No. 1 Billboard Rock singles like Trenches, Deal with the DevilTorn to Pieces,Footsteps, and Waking Lions, they’ve taken their inspired message to the people, on tours with modern rock titans and veteran acts alike. The band bunkered down in Los Angeles in the winter of 2019 to put the finishing touches on the yet to be titled new album due out later this year via Entertainment One (eOne). The band also enlisted new creative teams of producers and collaborators to emphasize the uniquely varied aspects of the band’s sound. As Let The Chaos Reign and Work might suggest, the contrast and fearless genre-defying cross-cultural pollination have never been stronger than on album number six. The preproduction process yielded close to 30 songs, whittled down to the most potent 12 that represent everything POP EVIL is about. This new effort will be the highly anticipated follow up to their self-titled album that came out two years ago to high critical praise with outlets like Loudwire saying, "their self-titled effort continues that delivers a solid top-to-bottom listen." Collectively, the band’s previous five albums account for over 600 million worldwide streams. 

Earlier this month, POP EVIL also shared the news that their North American Versatile Tour is postponed with details to follow regarding new dates. 

Listen – Let The Chaos Reignlnk.to/popevilletthechaosreign

Listen – Worklnk.to/popevilwork

POP EVIL is: Leigh Kakaty (Lead Vocals) , Nick Fuelling (Lead Guitar), Dave Grahs (Rhythm Guitar), Matt DiRito (Bass), Hayley Cramer (Drums)

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

www.popevil.com

 

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

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

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ANIMATED & LYRIC VIDEOS FOR THE GAME'S WELCOME HOME FEAT. NIPSEY HUSSLE AND THE CODE FEAT. 21 SAVAGE OUT TODAY

BOTH TRACKS ON THE GAME’S LATEST ALBUM BORN 2 RAP

Toronto, ON – April 29, 2020 – Watch the LA-centric, animated video for The Game's Welcome Homefeaturing Nipsey Hussle, and the lyric video for The Code featuring 21 Savage.  The tracks are featured on The Game’s latest album, Born 2 Rap, which was released on November 29, 2019 via Entertainment One/5th Amendment/Prolific Records.  The album features an all-star line-up including Ed Sheeran, Miguel, Travis Barker, Dom Kennedy, Nipsey Hussle, 21 Savage, Bryson Tiller, Anderson .Paak, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Masego, D Smoke and more.

 

Critics have raved about Born 2 Rap, said by the rapper to be his last. Variety wrote that Born 2 Rap is "chock full of hard-hitting bars, aggressive punchlines, timeless samples, and vivid lyrical storytelling, it’s the hip-hop album we’ve been waiting for," while NME wrote that "...it’s a bit of a punch in the gut to learn that ‘Born 2 Rap’ is – allegedly – to be his last album. Luckily it’s a contender for one of his best."  Hot New Hip Hop said, "[Born 2 Rap]...remains one of the finest projects Jayceon Terrell Taylor has delivered in recent memory."

ABOUT THE GAME:
Born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Compton rapper, songwriter, producer, actor, and entrepreneur The Game locked down a place in the pantheon alongside greats of both coasts by a combination of bar-for-bar bravado, provocative observation, hard-hitting hooks, and sharp introspection. On November 29th, 2019 the Prolific rapper delivered his 9th album fittingly titled, Born 2 Rap.

The Game’s prior album 1992 debuted #1 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums Chart and tied Drake for most #1 album debuts since the chart began in 2004. Also, the album gave The Game his eighth #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, tying him for third with 2Pac and Lil Wayne amongst all acts. He started this impressive legacy with double-platinum 2005 full-length debut, The Documentary. It not only bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnered GRAMMY® nods in the categories of Best Rap Song and “Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group,” but it also emerged as a classic avowed by Pitchfork among the Top 50 Albums of 2005 and chosen on Complex’s Classic Albums of the Last Decade. The 2006 follow-up Doctor’s Advocate retained his spot at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and went platinum. Maintaining positions in the Top 10, he ignited a prolific string of blockbuster releases—L.A.X. [2008], The R.E.D. Album [2011], Jesus Piece [2012], Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf [2014], The Documentary 2 [2015], The Documentary 2.5. [2015], and 1992 [2016].
 

2018 saw a trio of recent singles achieve RIAA certifications with 100 [feat. Drake] platinum and El Chapo with Skrillex and All Eyez [feat. Jeremih] both gold as his total stream tally exceeded 3 Billion across platforms. Television and film credits span everything from Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and Larry King to Hell’s Kitchen and the upcoming All-Star Weekend directed by Academy® Award winner Jamie Foxx and co-starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Benicio del Toro. Not to mention, he sparked successful ventures in the world of legal cannabis with his Trees by Game brand, The Reserve dispensaries and partnerships with GFarmaBrands, among other launches.

The 2019 powerhouse lives up to the promise of his forthcoming album’s name especially on the street single West Side, and Anderson .Paak featured Stainless, where his rapping remains as on point as ever.

DOWNLOAD – Album Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo

www.comptongame.com

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

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

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF PREMIERES VIDEO FOR WILLIE’S BIRTHDAY SONG TO CELEBRATE WILLIE NELSON’S BIRTHDAY

FEATURES BOBBIE NELSON, LUKAS NELSON,
MICAH NELSON, MICKEY RAPHAEL, NIKKI LANE,
MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ, COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS AS WELL AS MULTIPLE NIGHT SWEATS

LISTEN HERE | WATCH HERE

TORONTO, ON – April 29, 2020 – To celebrate Willie Nelson’s birthday, acclaimed musician, Nathaniel Rateliff, premieres the Rett Rogers-directed video for Willie’s Birthday Song today. Shot in isolation, the video features performances from Willie’s sister, Bobbie Nelson, on piano, his famed harmonica player, Mickey Raphael, The Night Sweats’ Patrick Meese, Mark Shusterman and Jeff Dazey, Jonathan Tyler, Matt Pynn, as well as background vocals by Willie’s sons, Lukas and Micah, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Nikki Lane and Courtney Marie Andrews. Watch/share the video here

On Friday, Rateliff debuted Willie’s Birthday Song, which Rolling Stone praised as “joyful” and Consequence of Sound called “A swinging country ditty.” The track is also the latest installment of The Marigold Singles, which is an ongoing project to raise money for Rateliff’s foundation, The Marigold Project, supporting community and non-profit organizations working for economic and social justice. 

Willie’s Birthday Song will appear on the B-side of a limited edition 7” that will be released this summer exclusively at shop.nathanielrateliff.com. The A-side will be a duet by Rateliff and Willie, which will at that time be available digitally. Proceeds will support Farm Aid, whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land, and StrongHearts Native Helpline, which confronts issues of domestic violence in the Native American community.

“Farm Aid is honored to be a beneficiary of this song Farm Aid’s founder, Willie Nelson. We’re grateful that Nathaniel Rateliff and his foundation, The Marigold Project, are part of the Farm Aid family. The work they do to support so many communities and advance racial and social justice is critical, especially in these times” said Farm Aid’s executive director Carolyn Mugar.

StrongHearts is a culturally appropriate, anonymous, confidential service dedicated to serving Native American survivors of domestic violence and concerned family members and friends. “We are honored to be chosen as a beneficiary of this special project,” said StrongHearts Director Lori Jump.

The band initially met Willie through their work with Farm Aid and over the years developed a friendship, connecting on the agricultural benefits of sustainable family farming. Last year, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats released a special edition cannabis collection under Willie’s Reserve. As part of this collaboration, the band hoped to bring attention to the positive impacts legalization has had on local economies and opportunities in agriculture. Further product information can be found here.

In December 2019, The Marigold Singles series debuted featuring Rateliff and John Prine performing Prine’s Sam Stone, as well as a cover of Prine’s Summer’s End with Courtney Marie Andrews. Future releases of The Marigold Singles will feature more collaborations and the beneficiaries will be chosen based on the artists’ common beliefs and the subject matter of the songs. All Marigold Singles are released on 7” vinyl and digitally.

Rateliff established The Marigold Project in 2017. In 2018, The Marigold Project hosted a day of workshops and a rally focused on gun violence prevention, and in December the foundation hosted a summit in Denver concentrated on community and coalition building. Attendees learned from activists and advocates across the country with decades of experience in community building for positive and lasting change.

The foundation also offers grants to organizations working on income inequality, voter registration, food access, gun violence prevention and indigenous rights, among many others. Grant recipients include Mauna Kea/Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, Volunteers of America’s Veterans Homeless Services, Denver Urban Gardens, American Agriculture Movement and Texas Gun Sense.

DOWNLOAD – And It’s Still Alright album artwork
DOWNLOAD – Hi-res press photo

www.nathanielrateliff.com
www.the-marigold-project.org

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JEAN-PAUL DE ROOVER RELEASES VIDEO FOR CLENCH

LIVESTREAM CONCERT FOR MUSICTOGETHER ON APRIL 30

CLENCH FILMED DURING TOUR FOR NEW ALBUM LOSS

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR WRECK

Toronto, ON – April 27, 2020 – Multifarious artist, instrumentalist and producer, Jean-Paul De Roover, shares a new music video for his song, Clench, today. The visual, filmed by Adrien Harpelle, was captured as Jesn-Paul rocked Ottawa’s Cinqhole in March with his band, The Bandaid Solution, before the venue shut down due to Covid-19. The show was the latest Jean-Paul performed before the global pandemic, while on tour supporting his new project, LOSS (released February 21). Nothing is stopping Jean-Paul from sharing the fresh tunes, and he’s doing so this Thursday, April 30 through an exclusive livestreamed concert for MusicTogether – the live stream will be happening via MusicTogether’s website at 7:30 pm ET. See below for more details, and watch Clench here to preview Jean-Paul’s incredible stage presence. 

On LOSS, Jean-Paul covers the devastating hardships experienced by his friends and family. Lyrically, the songs are about different types of losses that he has either experienced or been very close to. Highlighting his extensive career as an artist, always experimenting with sound and structure, LOSS is a brilliant display of Jean-Paul’s work to date. Listen to the album here.

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

Jean-Paul shared insight on the making of LOSS, highlighted in features with Canadian BeatsPure Grain Audio, V13FYI Music NewsSoo TodayThe Sudbury StarThe Sault StarSt. Catharines StandardRogers Ottawa – DaytimeRX MusicThe Creative Imbalance PodcastApt613, an addition to Exclaim!’s The Eh! List on Spotify, and interviews on CBC Radio One Points North, CHUO, and CKCU. Jean-Paul was recently featured in a national news story by The Canadian Press, where he shares his thoughts on how the pandemic is impacting artists. 

Touring with a live band for the first time in 13 years, Jean-Paul hit the road with The Bandaid Solution, kicking things off with a hometown release show in Thunder Bay, Ontario at Black Pirates’ Pub, followed by performances in Marathon, Guelph, Windsor, Sarnia, Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Livestream Concert – MusicTogether:
Thursday, April 30 – 7:30 pm ET – MusicTogether – Tune In Here

Buy and stream LOSSsmarturl.it/jpdrloss

Watch video for Clench: youtu.be/z8bC8wwuKsQ

Watch video for Wreck: youtu.be/3rhjYoMSv2o

DOWNLOAD – LOSS Album Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Clench Live Photo|  DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo

www.jeanpaulderoover.com

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KIITA RELEASES NEW BAYARD THE BLOODHOUND EP

FEATURES THE SINGLE THINKING ABOUT YOU

Toronto, ON – April 27, 2020 – On the heels of glowing acclaim from The FADER, Clash, and more, buzzing 17-year-old Columbus, OH alternative pop songstress, KIITA, unleashes her new EP, BAYARD THE BLOODHOUND. Get it here via Young Forever/Epic Records, and be on the lookout for the music video for Thinking About You.

The opener and first single, Thinking About You, illuminates the depth of her dynamic style with its fusion of ethereal guitars, thick drums, and glitchy production. Plunging into this lovestruck dreamscape, she assures, “If you want to break down right here, I don’t mind. It’s alright,” before promising, “You’ll be thinking about what I’m thinking about you now. Elsewhere, her delivery barely inches above a whisper on the cavernous, Love Lakes, as she asks, “Lost in a fairytale, but where the fuck did you go?”  The three-track trip culminates on the majestically magical and manic, Straight 2 Hell, where she wishes an ex would “talk to the devil and say you’re sorry for the things you did.

KIITA quietly cultivated her own wonderland out of the Midwest. Inspired by everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Nirvana to Madonna and Selena Gomez, she started to upload early compositions to Soundcloud and Instagram at just 15-years-old. Utilizing music as a portal to purge dark thoughts, she tapped into unbridled emotion via powerhouse vocals above off-kilter production. She caught the attention of Young Forever Founder Chris Anokute who immediately signed her in 2019. Dropping the Let’s Commit A Robbery EP and ANTHEMOESSA EP, the artist attracted widespread acclaim right out of the gate. Drumming up early buzz, The FADER urged, “Listen to KIITA’s perfect pop now so you can feel smart when she’s famous, and CLASH wrote, “KIITA is still only 16 years old yet she tackles her art with the honesty of songwriters twice her age. The Interns summed it up best, “She has the chops to go big.” 

Named after a character in Alice in Wonderland, her 2020 EP BAYARD THE BLOODHOUND welcomes everyone into her world now.

Get ready for more from KIITA very soon!

TRACKLISTING:
1. Thinking About You
2. Love Lakes
3. Straight 2 Hell

www.kiitaofficial.com

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ASTROCOLOR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM HUE OUT MAY 8

LATEST SINGLE GOLD OUT TODAY

WATCH VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE LAUGHTER

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Today, dynamic Victoria, BC-based electronica group, Astrocolor, return with a shiny new single, Gold. It is the third from Astrocolor’s forthcoming album, Hue, set for release May 8 via Entertainment One. The song features Victoria, BC-based vocalist, Adrian Chalifour. You can stream Gold here, and listen via YouTube here.

Gold follows previous singles, Laughter, and Renegade. Laughter features the highly recognizable, timeless Stax Record sample of Wendy Rene’s 1964 song, After Laughter (Comes Tears) and received CBC support from Afterdark, The Strombo Show, q, and Spotify Outliers. Renegade is a banging old school rave anthem, featuring the Renegade Master sample made famous in the '90s by Hip Hop artist, A.D.O.R. – a widely recognised track. Gold takes a Moby-inspired original vocal by Adrian Chalifour, and sets it within an Exit Planet Dust-era Chemical Brothers production. Says producer/Saxophone player, Anand Greenwell, on Gold:

“Gold takes me back to my time living in London UK in the late 90s when big beat was everywhere – clubs and parties and festivals, a really vibrant electronic music scene that eventually spilled over into the mainstream. It was a unique time with artists like Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers influencing pop culture, and with Gold we tried to capture some of that vibe and put our own spin on it."

Recorded at Burning Rainbow Studios in Victoria BC, Hue stands as a testament to a band of diverse talents. Production, mixing, and engineering duties are primarily handled by frontman/DJ, Neil James Cooke-Dallin. Saxophonist, Anand Greenwell, also boasts a studio background, adding his considerable muscle to the audio equation by working collaboratively with Mr. Cooke-Dallin. From dancefloor anthems to ambient instrumentals, Hue moves the listener across a landscape of emotions and colors, under the curated guidance of six old friends who happen to also be accomplished studio vets.

Based in western Canada, and formed in 2015, Astrocolor perform and record live electronic music, recalling The Chemical Brothers, Air, and St. Germain. The band plays on the edges of funky house, Balearic, breakbeat, and ambient, becoming a regular staple on national radio in Canada (CBC Afterdark, CBC q The Strombo Show).

Astrocolor has brought its celebratory live show to west coast music festivals including Burning Man, Rifflandia, Center of Gravity, Golden Sound, Song & Surf, Tall Tree, and Atmosphere Gathering, while also making appearances in Toronto, Seattle, Vancouver, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Chicago, and Costa Rica. Nominated for Electronic Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, the group’s catalogue of original material has over 3.5 million streams on the major platforms and a loyal following of regular listeners globally. Stay tuned for more to come from Astrocolor in the coming weeks!

HUE TRACKLISTING:
1. Laughter
2. Dance
3. Gold
4. Birds
5. Out
6. Yacht
7. Machines
8. Renegade
9. Needs
10. Want

Listen to Gold: eone.ffm.to/gold
Watch Laughter: bit.ly/30JnM8j
Watch Renegade: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rOP0EtIXMI
Astrocolor on Spotify: www.spoti.fi/2HVe8oL

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Gold Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo 

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Artwork

www.astrocolormusic.com

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SYLVAN ESSO’S WITH OUT NOW ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

LISTEN HERE

60-MINUTE LIVE CONCERT FILM
DEBUTED AS A YOUTUBE PREMIERE LAST NIGHT
WATCH HERE

16-TRACK LIVE ALBUM SURPRISE-RELEASED TODAY

"As a live force with few equals…a Sylvan Esso concert film is exactly what we're needing right now" – PASTE

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Sylvan Esso has released WITH, their debut live concert film and its corresponding 16-track live album, on Loma Vista Recordings.  WITH captures a transformative moment in the band’s history, when Sylvan Esso expanded from its core duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, to encompass a magical and musically ambitious ten-piece ensemble featuring musicians who perform with Bon Iver, Wye Oak, Hiss Golden Messenger, Mr. Twin Sister, Hand Habits, Mountain Man and Mandolin Orange.

Last night, Sylvan Esso debuted the 60-minute live concert film via YouTube Premiere, and hundreds of fan-hosted viewing parties.  Watch WITH here. Following the premiere, Sylvan Esso surprise-released a corresponding 16-track live album.  Listen here.

The fall 2019 WITH tour found Sylvan Esso and friends playing a limited run of historic stages, including two sold-out shows at the Beacon Theater in New York City, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and culminating with two hometown concerts at Durham Performing Arts Center, where the live footage and album were recorded. 

Orchestrated with an army of synths, saxophone, two drummers and intricate three-part vocals provided by Amelia with her Mountain Man bandmates, WITH showcases several of Sylvan Esso’s most beloved songs from their studio two albums, Sylvan Esso and What Now: Die Young, Coffee, Radio, Rewind and more.  The WITH band transformed these tracks into an interactive and ever-changing experience that opened up the very idea of what a Sylvan Esso song can be. The film also captures the intense two weeks of preparation and rehearsals that preceded the tour, a home movie of sorts for this newly united creative family.     

Sylvan Esso fans can continue to host WITH viewing parties throughout the day today and this weekend. Learn more on at: www.sylvanesso.com  

Sylvan Esso is Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, both from Durham, NC. They’ve released two albums, 2014’s self-titled debut and 2017’s What Now, both of which entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The GRAMMY-nominated group has performed on Fallon, NPR’s Tiny Desk, and top festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Eaux Claires. Paste named Hey Mami the No. 1 song of 2014, and a 2017 New York Times feature declared: “Sylvan Esso Keeps Electronic Pop Human.” In 2015, they recorded Jaime’s Song for NPR’s Radiolab as a way to explore and understand bipolar disorder.

WITH TRACKLIST:

  1. Come Down
  2. Wolf
  3. Dress
  4. Die Young
  5. Signal
  6. Dreamy Bruises
  7. PARAD(w/m)E
  8. The Glow
  9. Radio
  10.  Uncatena
  11.  Slack Jaw
  12.  Coffee 
  13.  HSKT
  14.  Rewind
  15.  Play It Right
  16.  Sound

Sylvan Esso’s WITH 
Filmed November 2019 at Durham Performing Arts Center
Filmed/Directed by Josh Sliffe

Featuring:
Meg Duffy (Hand Habits): Guitar
Dev Gupta (Mr. Twin Sister): Synths, Keys, Electronics
Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger): Drums, Electronics
Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso): Lead Vocals
Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso): Bass, Synths, Keys, Electronics, Vocals
Molly Sarlé (Mountain Man): Vocals
Alexandra Sauser-Monnig (Mountain Man, Daughter of Swords): Vocals
Adam Schatz (Landlady): Woodwinds, Electronics, Vocals
Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak): Bass, Synths, Keys, Vocals
Joe Westerlund (Mandolin Orange): Drums, Percussion

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

www.sylvanesso.com

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FIVIO FOREIGN RELEASES THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MIXTAPE800 B.C. TODAY VIA COLUMBIA RECORDS

WATCH THE DRIVE BY MUSIC VIDEO HERE
LISTEN TO 800 B.C. HERE

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Following weeks of anticipation, Fivio Foreign, one of 2020's artists to watch releases the long awaited mixtape 800 B.C. today via Columbia Records. The accompanying reminiscent visual for Drive Bydirected by JLShotThat is live here.

With features from Meek Mill, Lil Tjay, Quavo and Lil Baby, 800 B.C. previews what's to come from Fivio Foreign's upcoming debut album. Frequent collaborator AXL Beats assists on the production end as well as 808 Melo, Yamaica & more. Following a year of successful momentum, the Brooklyn drill sound that took over the East Coast alongside Fivio's energetic and contagious rhymes is what sets the rising rapper apart from the pack. After receiving many notable co-signs from his peers and landing on multiple Artists To Watch lists including BillboardComplexHotNewHipHop & more, Fivio Foreign is solidifying his space in music. 

ABOUT FIVIO FOREIGN 

A quintessential part of living in New York City’s largest borough, Brooklyn, especially for those with sharp ears, is witnessing the speed at which an infectious song can travel. From brownstone stoops to car stereos, Brooklyn blocks are the ultimate lab for testing the mad science of a hit record. Every summer, a slew of tracks face off to claim the season’s title, and one of 2019’s hottest contenders, rapper Fivio Foreign’s Big Drip took the city by storm. Released in June, the song boasts millions of streams across platforms and its accompanying video surpassing 25 million views on YouTube.

Fivio is New York born and bred, raised in and around Brooklyn’s Fort Greene and East Flatbush neighborhoods. He’s been rapping all his life— “We used to rap in the room with a computer, me, my cousin Nate, we was always lit.”Charming and confident, the telltale signs of a New York hustler - it wasn’t until 2018, following the death of his mother and after years of recording and putting songs out casually, that Fivio began to take his craft seriously. Now a major player in Brooklyn’s burgeoning drill music scene, Fivio has collaborated most with UK producer AXL Beats, who also lent his talents to WettyJumpin and Rich The Kid-assisted, Richer Than Ever“I feel like my music is like me,” Fivio says about his growing catalog of party-ready heat. “It’s fun, turnt up, and loud, but serious at the same time.”

Fivio was coined his name due to an innocent miscommunication: “My son Dot named me. He was like ‘You remind me of Fabio’, but I thought he said Fivio because I don’t know Fabio,” he admits. “I actually like the number 6 better,” he says, adding that his name has nothing to do with numerology. The story of Fivio’s name is emblematic of his easy going nature and his will to have fun as often as possible. In the video for Big Drip, a raucous crew takes over ice cream trucks and cocks nerf water guns while women twerk along to the summer anthem. But as lighthearted as he is in person and in his music, Fivio’s life hasn’t been a walk in the park. To the contrary, it’s the joy he finds in making music that keeps him going.

Still, he considers the moments leading up to the launch of his career as divinely calculated. “I got signed on my mother’s birthday, and I got the keys to my first house on the day that she died,” he says with conviction. On where’s he’s headed, Fivio is wide-eyed with big dreams: “I’m ushering in a new wave. I know for a fact that I’m here to do something bigger than me. I want everyone to start knowing my face like how they know my music.” It doesn’t get more New York than that.

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JESSE MAXWELL RELEASES NEW SINGLE ROOM IN HELL TODAY

TRACK APPEARS ON DEBUT ALBUM RADIO SILENCE SET FOR RELEASE MAY 22 VIA TRANS PHATT RECORDS

WATCH OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ALBUM’S LEAD SINGLE AVERAGE HERE

JESSE TO GIVE SPECIAL PHYSICALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCES AT LOCAL TORONTO RETIREMENT HOMES

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Today, multitalented Toronto breakthrough artist, Jesse Maxwell, releases Room In Hell. This is the second track to be shared from his upcoming debut album, Radio Silence, and follows previously released single, Average. Radio Silence is now set to drop on May 22 via Trans Phatt Records.

Room in Hell was written by Jesse and dives deep into his past inner struggles with addiction, and focuses on his time spent in rehab. The lyrics speak of the first time he called a rehab facility, sharing a raw description of how he felt and what he was going through at the time.

"As I open myself up emotionally, in the most transparent way I can, I present to you Room In Hell. A moment captured of the first time I called a rehab facility during my dark years of drug addiction – a moment of peak vulnerability and introspection in my life. "Helpless" to me, was where I was at.” Jesse explains. “I was broken and lacked a fundamental self-love, that I filled with drugs and toxicity. I was changed, sick, dark, with burned bridges and disconnected. It was only after several stints of rehab that I developed a love for myself, to know that my life was valuable and redeemable. So as cliché as it may sound, that one call changed my life. Today I live a clean and serene life which I never take for granted, but I wrote this song to reflect on where I have come from and it keeps me humble. Addiction gets the best of many people in this world, and you have to really be lucky to make it out the other side, so I remind myself of that and I remain grateful that I did.”

Along with the new single, Jesse is thrilled to share that he will be performing a series of physically distanced concerts for the residents of local retirement homes around Toronto. Kicking off on Thursday, April 30 at Cheltenham Care Community, Jesse will perform songs from outside of the homes, with the music being amplified so the residents are able to listen and enjoy through their windows.

"I felt this was an important thing to do right now and my job as an entertainer,” Jesse begins. “People are struggling, isolated from their families and dying from this awful disease and my role comes in by providing these people with a moment of distraction, love and relief from the situation temporarily. Music in general makes people feel good but especially at this time it is so important to make sure the people and the staff who are working so hard are given a moment to breathe and ground themselves through this."

Radio Silence was produced by Jesse and fellow Trans Phatt Records label artists, Astral22 and TopNachBeats. Jesse wrote every song that appears on the album and as a whole it is a perfect example of how he blends his own brand of pop, RnB, neo-soul, jazz and blues into his music. The album digs deep and represents an internal dialogue that any listener can relate to in some way. The concept of the album title is derived from the idea of going "radio silent" to a person’s surroundings and reflecting on their thoughts – having those internal conversations with one’s self.

Jesse began his relationship with music at age six when he was learning to play the piano and went on to complete 10 years of classical training and music theory at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Over his many years of experience, he has honed his skills as a writer, lyricist and musician. During his time spent in Brooklyn, NYC where he attended the Institute of Culinary Education, Jesse was the frontman of the band Queens County Roots and this was but one of his many musical journeys. Since returning to Toronto he has become part of the Trans Phatt Records label and released three tracks in 2019 with them including; BladeLife on the Rocks and Colossal – all while working on his nine track debut album Radio Silence, set for release on May 22. Stay tuned for more on Jesse in the next few weeks!

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ZAAC PICK SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR LADDER TO THE SUN

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

FORTHCOMING ALBUM PASSAGES TO BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Today, Canadian singer, songwriter and musician, Zaac Pick, releases the second song off his upcoming album, Passages. The track is titled Ladder To The Sun and follows the release of lead single, Lighter Side Of Blue. Ladder To The Sun revolves around the theme of how people can change throughout their lives and become a different person from what others may have known them to originally be.  Zaac touches on how different circumstances can steer people in a not-so-positive direction – causing them to drift away from those who they were once close with. Listen to Ladder To The Sun  here and watch the official video here.

“I was trying to capture the conflicted feeling when you're happy for someone's success, but at the same time there's a sense of loss because you used to know them well but that friendship is gone,” Zaac explains. “The song is really me asking some questions about the usefulness of ambition. Is it inevitable that people change for the worse in some way to become successful? Is it worth losing relationships over?”

Ladder To The Sun’s upbeat rhythm is lead by Zaac on acoustic guitar and ramps up even more in the chorus with added instrumentals to catch a listeners’ ear. Jon Anderson produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered it at his rural studio in Maple Ridge, BC last summer,” shares Zaac. “Skye Brooks (Copilots, Fond Of Tigers) played drums, and Taylor Swindells (frontman of the band Tourist Company) sang BGVs and played the moog parts. I wrote it, sang, and played guitars, bass, and piano – and by played piano I mean Jon graciously let me clamp all kinds of studio spare parts to his piano strings because I wanted to play a piano that sounded more like a synth.”

Directed by Kasey Lum – a friend of Zaac’s – the music video follows the song’s theme and tells a story about the drifting-apart of childhood friendships, as a group of teens get up to a night of mischief, exposing some deeper divisions between them. The video was shot on film in Vancouver last December (2019), with a crew and cast of friends in real time, truly bringing the story to life. Zaac makes appearances throughout the video – the most notable being near the end of the track before the group steals his car and takes off. 

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

With the full-length album set for release later this year, fans can look forward to more singles rolling out in the coming months. Stay tuned for more coming from Zaac in 2020!

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DJDS RELEASE NEW EP FEATURING BIBI BOURELLY, KIAH VICTORIA, PROJEXX & ARTIKAL

NO TRUST / FEEL NICE OUT NOW
VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – After spending much of 2019 joining forces with Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy, on their collaborative EP, Steel & Copper, and the Grammy-nominated, African Giant, DJDS return today with a new EP of their own – No Trust / Feel Nice. Listen here and stay tuned for more from DJDS coming soon.

The A-side, No Trust, features two breathtaking vocal performances from singer/songwriter, Bibi Bourelly (Rihanna's Bitch Better Have My Money and Higher) and rising R&B singer, Kiah Victoria. Built around Bibi's standout soul on the hook, "you don't express yourself, you don't got no trust," the track as a whole brims with energy and emotion, evolving from heartbreaking intimacy to communal catharsis in only the way truly great dance music can. 

Track two, No Trust (Projexx Version) features the rising Jamaican artist, Projexx, telling his own story around the song’s framework. Reminiscent of a young Popcaan, his silky tenor glides effortlessly around the production, weaving in tales of young love and betrayal in Kingston City. 

The EP's B-Side, Feel Nice, features Artikal – another rising Jamaican artist who DJDS worked with during their recent trip to Kingston. Over hypnotic production – sounding somewhere between Arthur Russel and Tony Kelly – Artikal delivers a jubilant and gravely performance highlighting the joys of hitting the club with friends. Embodying what they do best here, DJDS deftly pull musical references from the seemingly disparate to create an entirely unique feeling.  

DJDS is the GRAMMY-nominated production duo of Sam Griesemer and Jerome Potter. Their most recent album – 2018's, Big Wave More Fire saw them applying the lessons learned from their extensive work on Kanye West's, The Life of Pablo. The artistic growth on BWMF was immediately apparent, as was their ability to yield inspired performances from its collaborators, which included Khalid, Charlie Wilson, Empress Of, The-Dream, Amber Mark and more.

Opportunities borne from the success of Big Wave More Fire ushered in a new chapter for DJDS. Between producing platinum songs for Khalid and experimental R&B with Dijon and 6lack, they formed their strongest creative bond with the global superstar, Burna Boy. After working on his album, African Giant, and their collaborative EP, Steel & Copper, DJDS left LA for Jamaica, and set up shop in a Kingston studio to work with some of the city's most talented rising artists. Successfully walking between these different musical worlds is DJDS at their core. Their list of collaborators and achievements grow but the emotion and soul in their work stays firmly in place.

EP TRACKLISTING:
1. No Trust feat. Bibi Bourelly & Kiah Victoria
2. No Trust (Projexx version)
3. Feel Nice feat. Artikal

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ENTERTAINMENT ONE AND BENNY THE BUTCHER COMPLETE GLOBAL LABEL DEAL FOR BENNY’S BLACK SOPRANO FAMILY IMPRINT

NEW SINGLE DA MOB FEATURING 
RICK HYDE & HEEM OUT TODAY 

PREMIERES AT COMPLEX

STREAM/BUY DA MOB

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Entertainment One (eOne) and Benny The Butcher announce a new, global label deal with Benny’s Black Soprano Family (BSF) imprint and unveil plans to release a slate of new music in 2020 for its roster.  Under this new deal, BSF artists, Heem and Rick Hyde, will release new albums this later this year, and today see the official release of the new single, Da Mob, which features Benny, Heem & Rick Hyde.  Da Mob is taken from the forthcoming, Benny The Butcher & DJ Drama Presents: Gangsta Grillz X BSF Da Respected Sopranos, scheduled to be released in June.  This will be followed by a Black Soprano Family label compilation project where Benny will introduce the rest of his BSF roster.
 

The Griselda collective (featuring Benny, Westside Gunn and Conway the Machine) is a unified family movement built on authenticity.  It’s cultural, it’s raw and it’s viral, making Griselda’s ascension, both collectively and individually, palpable.  From their inauspicious Buffalo roots, to signing with Eminem and Shady Records, in a nonplussed industry which advances style over substance, the Griselda juggernaut has created a real and sustaining moment.  With the crew’s amazing run of both commercial success and critical acclaim there is no disputing that a real street ethos exists.  Out of this collective and ethos, Benny’s BSF family- and fan-first imprint, was built, brick by brick. While Benny made the mainstream come to him by just being himself, that same mantra will be upheld by the talent he has already signed and will sign to his burgeoning BSF ecosystem.  
 

Sean Stevenson, eOne’s EVP and GM, Music, says, “What Benny has done to keep his work in the forefront since 2009 has been incredible. eOne is driven by great talent and having BSF in the family only adds to the what we can do now. This first track is the start of more big things to come from Benny, Rick Hyde and Heem, and we are proud to be playing a part in it.”
 

Benny says, “This is a dream come true to me.  A dream that started in my head in 2011 while I was in prison. The seeds were planted while I was at Elmira correctional facility and when I was released in 2012, I’ve spent every day since working to bring this vision to fruition.” 
 

He continues, “It’s been one of my dreams to do a label deal and put my homies in position to win. I want to expose the talent from my area and I want to expose the world to the talent they may not have heard unless it was brought to you by Black Soprano Family. “I see us as leaders; I’m cut from that cloth.” 
 

To commemorate BSF’s new deal with eOne, Benny sat down with Complex to discuss the announcement, the forthcoming label compilation and what to expect from BSF in the future.  Purchase & Stream BSF’s Da Mob here. Checkout the Complex premiere here.

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About eOne

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


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

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MALUMA RELEASES HIS NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO ADMV

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Global Latin music idol, MALUMA, has just released his new single, ADMV, along with its music video. ADMV is a romantic ballad in which Maluma's voice is simply accompanied by an acoustic guitar. The name the song stands for Amor De Mi Vida, which means Love Of My Life, and it was born in the heart of the artist. Listen to ADMV here, and watch the music video here. Maluma recently became the first and only male Latin artist to reach 50 million followers on Instagram.

"This song is very special for me, this is something that comes from the heart, it has made me realize the reason I started my career and it makes me think about what will happen in the future - if we are going to take the time to love one another, hug one another - Today I release it so that we can dedicate it to all the people we love before they are gone," expressed Maluma.

It was written on a January songwriting trip to Jamaica by Maluma, Edgar Barrera and Vicente Barco, and was produced by Barrera and Maluma. The feeling behind ADMV is reminiscent of the singer's previous ballads, Vuelo Hacia El Olvido,(Pretty Boy Dirty Boy) and Marinero (F.A.M.E.).

The lyrics say (in Spanish): "When our memory fails and only the photographs remain, may I forget everything except that you are mine, when the years weigh on us and our legs can no longer walk, our eyes close and our skin doesn't stretch anymore, when the only thing that matters is what we did in life, and even if none of this happens, you are the love of my life."

Nuno Gomez directed the video that originally was slated to shoot in Greece during the Maluma World Tour but due to the global pandemic was moved to Miami, where it was shot in early March.
 

About MALUMA:
At only twenty-six years of age, Maluma is widely considered 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 50 million Instagram followers, making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram and the first and only one to reach 50 million followers. His official YouTube/VEVO channel has garnered over 9 billion views and has more than 23 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 the Madison Square Garden arena (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 Newest Muse” by Vogue. In addition, he was named GQ’s “Man of the Year” in 2019 and continues to gain the fashion support of designers such as Kim Jones (Dior), Jeremy Scott (Moschino), Donatella Versace, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton and many 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 these global brand with Moet Hennessy, Michelob and Adidas.

Since joining Sony Music Latin in 2015, Maluma has released three albums, all of which have debuted at #1 on Billboard's Latin Albums chartPretty Boy Dirty Boy (2015), F.A.M.E. (2018) and 11:11 (2019)Maluma is the youngest artist to simultaneously hold both the #1 and #2 spots on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart (with Sin Contrato and Chantaje) and only the sixth act to ever achieve the feat. To date Maluma has had fifteen #1 singles according to Billboard's Latin Airplay chart.
 

Buy/stream ADMV here: smarturl.it/Maluma_ADMV

Buy/stream Que Pena: smarturl.it/QuePena

Purchase/ stream 11:11: smarturl.it/Maluma-1111                                                                                                                                       

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GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTIST LONR. RELEASES DEBUT EP LAND OF NOTHING REAL

ACCLAIMED SINGLE MAKE THE MOST
FEATURING H.E.R. HIS FASTEST RISING SONG YET

LONR. TO CELEBRATE RELEASE
WITH A SLEW OF LIVE VIRTUAL PERFORMANCES ACROSS THE LIKES OF MTV, YOUTUBE MUSIC, VEVO, AND BET

NAMED BET AMPLIFIED ARTIST FOR THE MONTH OF MAY

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Today, rising genre-disrupting multi-hyphenate artist, Lonr., releases his highly-anticipated debut EP, Land of Nothing Real. Get it here via Epic Records.

The seven-track project includes collaborations with H.E.R. and 24kGoldn, and finds the budding star coming completely into his own. A self-titled affair (Lonr. = Land of Nothing Real), the GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, rapper, songwriter and producer expertly weaves together introspective ruminations on songs like Make The Most, featuring H.E.R., Time and Jump, next to turn-up refuge anthems on songs like Lit, featuring 24kGoldn, and his break-out single, A.M. All of this is delivered with a singular style, entrancing vocals, and soul-baring lyricism.

Released earlier this month, lead single Make the Most, featuring H.E.R., has received a wave of acclaim and attention. The FADER dubbed the song and video “beautifully sad”, while Ones to Watch called it “dreamlike”. HotNewHipHop proclaimed, “once again, Lonr. proves his ability to develop a catchy hook,” while Variance Magazine called it “a shimmering delight” and The Wild Honey Pie said that “there's an earnestness in Lonr.'s lyrics and affectation that make him a natural…” Watch the official music video here.

Additionally, the song is Lonr.’s fastest-rising yet, with over 1.5 million streams to-date. It has appeared in over 32 New Music Friday playlists globally, and has been included in additional playlists such as Apple Music’s Mood., Breaking R&B and Brown Sugar, along with Spotify’s R&B Slow Jams, Mellow Bars and B.A.E. The song also recently officially impacted at Urban AC radio.

Make the Most follows previous singles, A.M. and Safe Zone, which were released at the end of 2019. A.M. sparked the “A.M. Challenge”, which saw the track hit the top 5 on the Spotify Viral Chart and accumulated over 2 million user-generated videos on TikTok, including clips from names like Kendall Jenner and Charli D’Amelio. With that, Lonr. now amasses over 1 million listeners per month on Spotify and has accumulated close to 36 million streams across all platforms, world-wide.

Celebrating the release of the EP, Lonr. is set to go live across a number of platforms. He kicked things off this morning, joining Audiomack for an #OpenForum EP listening event, followed by an exclusive performance on MTV’s #ALONETOGETHER Live Jam Session at 7:00 p.m. ET (@MTV). He will follow this with performances on YouTube Music’s #STAYHOME Livestream on April 27 at 4:00 p.m. ET (Lonr.’s official YouTube channel), VEVO At Home on April 28 at 4:00 p.m. ET (@VEVO), and BET’s 106 & PARK Couchside Concerts on April 29 at 4:00 p.m. ET (@BET). Additionally, we are proud to announce that Lonr. has been selected as the BET AMPLIFIED artist for the month of May. BET AMPLIFIED is their new emerging artist initiative and the network’s seal of approval on who’s the next big thing in music.

Quickly making a name for himself as one of today’s most exciting new live performers, Lonr. recently concluded a sold-out tour supporting YBN Cordae across North America. Check out his recent performance for NPR’s WGBH here and watch him perform A.M. and Safe Zone as part of VEVO’s coveted DSCVR program here.

Now, he brings fans inside the Land of Nothing Real. Welcome to Lonr.’s world.

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

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

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

LAND OF NOTHING REAL TRACKLIST:
1. Time
2. A.M.
3. Safe Zone
4. Lit featuring 24kGoldn
5. Unruly
6. Make the Most featuring H.E.R.
7. Jump

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ZELLA DAY RELEASES BRAND NEW SINGLE PEOPLE ARE STRANGERS

THE FIRST TASTE FROM HER FORTHCOMING EP
WHERE DOES THE DEVIL HIDE

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Today, songstress Zella Day has released her brand new single People Are Strangers. The track is a vulnerable ballad, sun-soaked and possessing the aura of classic California. The song marks the enchanting first taste from Zella’s forthcoming five-song EP, Where Does The Devil Hide, produced by Dan Auerbach – her debut release in partnership with Easy Eye Sound and Concord Records.

Zella has also shared a beautiful accompanying music video for the song today. Filmed in Los Angeles, the piece was directed by iconic photographer, Neil Krug (Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala), who also shot the EP artwork for Where Does The Devil Hide, and the single artwork for People Are Strangers. Watch it now here.

“I began writing People are Strangers on the bathroom floor after a night of learning an ugly truth about my lover,” said Zella. “I brought the idea to Nashville where I finished the song by taking a dark subject matter and approaching it with simplicity. There is sweetness to the lyrics and melodies of People are Strangers that is meant to inspire empathy towards the ones that have hurt us.”

“Working with Zella at Easy Eye came as a creative partnership in so many ways,” says Dan Auerbach. “She’s such a free thinker. These songs showcase her in a way that is honest and self-realized.”

People are Strangers kicks off a confident new era for Zella Day; one that promises to meld vivid aesthetics, sounds and ideas inspired by the spirit of quintessential California. It’s a coastal affinity to which she is deeply bonded. Zella comes from a line of strong women who have called the West Coast home for decades. This genetic and geographical linkage are largely responsible for Zella's passionate embrace and understanding of human nature, psychedelia, and California’s history of creative subversion.

“This is a powerful place for me to pick up and begin again,” the maverick singer-songwriter says. “I remain true to who I am and it’s down the rabbit hole we go.”

A free-spirited songstress in the tradition of Stevie Nicks and Dusty Springfield, Zella Day steps out of a sweet haze and into the California sun with a soulful stoned timbre and lyrical eloquence above Tarantino soundtrack-worthy disco-dripping psychedelia. She hinted at this uncompromising spirit on her 2015 full-length, KICKER. The album ushered Zella from a youth spent under the watch of mountains in Pinetop, AZ to beneath the glow of spotlights worldwide. In addition to putting up over 200 million streams, she invited the applause of Interview, Vice, Nylon, The FADER, Consequence of Sound, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, InStyle, ELLE, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, FLAUNT, PAPER, and more. Beyond supporting Fitz and the Tantrums and Miike Snow on tour, she graced the stages of Coachella and Lollapalooza. On this trip, she found a creative kindred spirit in GRAMMY® Award-winning Black Keys founder and producer Dan Auerbach. Partnering with his Easy Eye Sound in collaboration with Concord Records, she recorded her forthcoming new EP, Where Does The Devil Hide. Zella introduces the project with People Are Strangers, a lush and lively single that marks the first chapter in her exciting new journey.

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ROMANA LAUNCHES NEW SONG HOLDING SPACE WITH DYNAMIC LIVE DISCUSSION AND PERFORMANCE SERIES TO HONOUR SELF-CARE AS WORLD EXPERIENCES COLLECTIVE UNCERTAINTY

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ON APRIL 29 8 PM EST VIA INSTAGRAM

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Known for her vibrant artwork and powerful installations, Canadian-born, South Asian Toronto-based artist, Romana, unveils her latest music to the world today with new single, Holding Space. Arriving at a time where space must be given, but questions linger where it should be taken, Romana shares the meanings and messages behind the phrase through song. Listen to Holding Space here and stay tuned for the music video set for release in the coming weeks. 

As the world experiences collective uncertainty and change, it is more important than ever before to prioritize self-care.“Holding Space is a song about creating emotional, mental and physical boundaries to protect the finite space we have in our beings,” Romana says. “When it comes to self-care, physical and mental health are at the forefront of the conversation. There is not enough dialogue around emotional health and well-being, which is honouring your true feelings and expressing them. This song encourages emotional awareness and gives permission to say ‘no’ to the things that don't serve you.” 

Romana will explore and expand on these themes with her community by conducting weekly interviews on Instagram live for a series called Holding Space, where she will discuss emotional well-being and boundaries in times of crisis with authentic and thoughtful women. Before the pandemic, Romana was planning a pop-up experience to educate people on what holding space is and bring awareness to the invisible labour that people experience in the name of love or friendship. As the event will be scheduled in the near future, she decided to shift the conversation to Instagram in the interim. The live series will stream via Romana’s Instagram page every Wednesday at 8 pm EST, with a 35-45 minute performance and conversation. The series will kick off on Wednesday, April 29 with Romana’s live performance of Holding Space, and guest, Raptors In-Game, Digital and TV Host, Kat Stefankiewicz. Acclaimed author, stylist and influencer, Sandy Gill(The Sandylion), will join the live chat on Wednesday, May 6. See below for the current schedule and stay up-to-date with more to be announced by following Romana on Instagram (@romanakassam).

About Romana: 
A self-taught multi-disciplinary artist inspired by the human condition, the cosmos, our ancestors and the spaces in between – Romana experiments with several mediums to express her journey as a woman of colour in Toronto. A true artist, Romana is a singer/songwriter, painter, installation artist and experience designer. As an expressionist and artist, Romana feels that it is her responsibility to use her art as a platform for awareness. Her music specifically lends a voice to the issues and ideas that are important to her and the many diverse communities she belongs to. Romana's music addresses identity, belonging and healing. Topics that are not often addressed in the mainstream, Romana's messages are made accessible and easily consumable through smooth 90s R&B-inspired sounds. Her musical style is definitely a reflection of her experience growing up in a desi household in the 90s. As an experience designer and installation artist, you can expect that any live show or live stream she puts on will definitely be unique and truly something you have never experienced before. Her unique experiences and installations have already been featured in People MagazineTorontoLifeVICE and the Toronto Star. Romana is changing the way we view artists today and giving people everywhere permission to do it all. 

Holding Space Instagram Live Series:
Wednesday, April 29 – featuring Kat Stefankiewicz – Instagram LIVE at 8 pm EST
Wednesday, May 6 – featuring Sandy Gill – Instagram LIVE at 8 pm EST

Listen to Holding Space: romana.bandcamp.com/releases
 

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LOST FREQUENCIES AND ZONDERLING STRIKE AGAIN WITH NEW SINGLE LOVE TO GO WITH KELVIN JONES

Toronto, ON – April 17, 2020 – After launching their own bit of crazy into the world in 2017, Lost Frequencies and Zonderling are back and ready to dig in with their long-expected second link-up. An extraordinarily catchy single created in tandem with British–Zimbabwean singer-songwriter, Kelvin Jones, Love To Go builds out the magic of their previous collab whilst giving fans a taste of their fresh sound once more.

Radiating the same sense of wonder as their 2017 smash hit, Love To Go interlocks the unique touches of its three creators. Combining upbeat, summeresque guitar tones and silky vocals with a more club-inspired beat drop, Love To Go is the soundtrack of that amazing journey we call life.

Lost Frequencies on Love To Go: “I have to say I’m super happy with the final result of the track. There is a lot going on, but it stays super catchy and fresh. I asked Zonderling to co-produce the track with me, because I had this idea of a drop in my head and working with Zonderling on that was a perfect match for me. I’ve been talking with Kelvin Jones the last year and really wanted to make a track with him. He is such an amazing singer, live and in the studio, and I just can’t wait to bring him up on a stage to sing the track. I just hope everybody loves the final track as much as we do!”

We're really happy to be back with a brand-new collaboration with Lost Frequencies. We've managed to get both our sounds to work together once again!” Zonderling adds.

“Felix and I met briefly at a show. We spoke about doing a song together, and what was just a conversation pretty soon manifested into a song that we both were in love with.” Kelvin Jones explains. “The song was written by some friends in Hamburg and when I heard it, I knew I really wanted to sing it and have the feeling of expressing the words myself. The song was inspired by the feeling of being a musician who has to constantly leave home and hope that love doesn't change for the worse by distance.”

Felix De Laet, better known as Lost Frequencies, has been soaring to success in the international music industry on many levels. Releasing his debut single, Are You With Me back in 2014 turned out to be his big breakthrough as the track sold multi-platinum and took the #1 spot in 18 countries. Now, Lost Frequencies is one of the most popular dance music artists of his generation. He was the first Belgian artist to secure five #1s in the official Belgian chart and hit #1 in the U.K., collected billions of plays across the most popular streaming platforms with global hits such as Are You With Me, Reality and Crazy (with Dutch duo Zonderling), and released numerous impressive collaborations with the likes of Zonderling, Netsky, James Blunt, Aloe Blacc and Mokita. And now, after unleashing his sophomore album, Alive And Feeling Fine, at the end of 2019, he shows his intent on staying up there with the very best through this unmistakably infectious single, Love To Go.

Consisting of producer, Martijn van Sonderen and DJ Jaap de Vries, Zonderling have been riding the wave in the past few years. Since bursting into the music scene, they’ve landed remix requests from the likes of Martin Garrix, Zedd and Sam Feldt, and performed at globally acclaimed festivals and venues such as Tomorrowland, EDC Orlando, Sziget, Ushuaïa Ibiza, New City Gas in Montreal and Bootshaus in Germany. Every record they craft up shows the world the heights they can reach, and they’re definitely soaring now with this chart-dominating match-up called Love To Go

Listen to/stream Love To Go here

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GRACE POTTER OFFERS SONGS OF HOPE – THE GORGEOUS NEW WE’LL BE ALRIGHT AND DAVID BOWIE’S AS THE WORLD FALLS DOWN

Toronto, ON – April 17, 2020– Today, acclaimed songwriter and performer, Grace Potter, releases an original new song called, We’ll Be Alright, and a stirring cover of David Bowie’s, As The World Falls Down; listen here. The timely We’ll Be Alright was originally recorded during the sessions for her latest album, Daylight, available now on Fantasy Records, and co-written by the late Mike Busbee, and Daylight album producer, Eric Valentine. With their messages of hope and assurance, both songs take on deeper meaning in the midst of this period of acute anxiety and loneliness. Additionally, today at 12:00 noon PT, Grace will chat with fans as she premieres the powerful performance video for We’ll Be Alright, filmed at her home in Topanga, California. Tune in via her YouTube channel, here.

“For me, music has been a safe haven in these strange times,” explains Potter. She continues, “As we learn to adapt to a new human condition, I wanted to share a couple of new recordings that feel timely.  It’s so important that we not feel alone right now. More than anything else, I just wanted to send a little musical comfort out to the world.”

Recently, Grace performed, Angel From Montgomery for Consequence of Sound’s Angel from Maywood: A Livestream Tribute to John Prine; watch here. Other participating artists included Warren Haynes, Norah Jones, the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy, and Valerie June among many others.

Listen to/purchase We’ll Be Alright and As The World Falls Down here

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BREAKOUT ARTIST CHRISTIAN FRENCH RELEASES BUOYANTLY INTROSPECTIVE SINGLE I THINK TOO MUCH

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Toronto, ON – April 17, 2020 – Alt-pops newest prince, Christian French, releases his latest single, i think too much, via Disruptor Records/RCA Records. Listen here. 

The introspective track follows Christian’s stream of consciousness as he croons over buoyant and bouncy melodies. Vocalizing and approaching his inner thoughts, questions, and self-doubt, Christian continues to raise mental health awareness with a bright outlook and resolve. The rising star finds his stride in this hummable, optimistic new single. 

i think too much follows the highly successful breakout single, head first, which maintains staggering momentum since its May 2019 release. Amassing over 25 million worldwide streams collectively, and averaging over 175K daily streams thanks to features on Spotify’s top playlists like Pop Rising and Young & Free, the alt-pop gem keeps fans hypnotized, mesmerized globally.

A once pre-med student at his home state’s University of Indiana, French has quickly cemented himself as a force to be reckoned with. CLASH dubbed him a “reflective...American riser” and Ones To Watch proclaimed, “his classic pop sound melded with his charming vocals is to die for.”

This summer, French will release his EP, good things take time, on Disruptor Records/RCA Records, a collection which includes i think too much, plus singles crowded room and time of our lives, songs that have each surpassed millions of streams to date.

Two years ago, Christian French, a hockey lover and Fisher, Indiana native, put his pre-med textbooks on the shelf forever to follow his true passion using his music to share his perspectives on life.  Today, Christian has become Americas indie-pop prince. Starting out with covers on Soundcloud, emulating his favorites John Mayer, Gavin Degraw, and Adam Levine, Christian eventually dropped out of Indiana University and migrated to Los Angeles to pursue his dream.  It was there in 2018, while sleeping on various friends couches, that he penned his first single, love ride, which has amassed over 19 million streams globally and helped him build a rabid fanbase and set the tone for the future. Just a year later, Christian joined friend and fellow pop artist, Chelsea Cutler, on a nationwide sold out North American tour followed by another even bigger tour with Quinn XCII.  By the end of 2018, Christian spent all his savings recording and releasing his independent debut EP, natural colors amassing over 25 million streams to date. In 2019, Christian signed to Disruptor Records/Sony Music and released his bright side of the moon EP featuring his biggest hit of his career head first, and embarked on his debut headlining tour. With rock scope, pop palatability, and lyrical vulnerability his most recent singles, time of our lives and crowded room, showcase the nuances of his style and encompass some thoughts of his journey thus far.

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RVSSIAN, ANUEL AA & JUICE WRLD JOIN FORCES FOR ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME SINGLE NO ME AME

REVEALS LARGER-THAN-LIFE MUSIC VIDEO AS TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO LATE JUICE WRLD

NEW ALBUM DUE OUT SOON

Toronto, ON – April 17, 2020 – Joining forces for what promises to be a major cultural moment, RVSSIAN, Anuel AA, and the late legend Juice WRLD release a new single and music video entitled, No Me Ame today. Listen/stream it here via Sony Music Latin. Watch the video here.

Produced by Rvssian, the track fuses a slick guitar lick with a trap groove as these three titans’ trade bilingual verses. Anuel AA leans into the beat with his signature swagger, while Juice WRLD posthumously asks, “Don’t you love me?” before urging, “Catch a body in the bed, but don’t catch feelings.”  Worthy of the big screen, the music video directed, by Arrad Rahgoshay, intercuts a heartfelt tribute to Juice WRLD with archival footage, visual effects shouting out his 999 movement, and a synthetic media performance where he gets his wings. It proves both tearful and triumphant.

About this release Rvssian says: “This song is special for many reasons, and the music video hits the spot also. I’m super happy I was able to make this one happen. RIP Juice Wrld.” 

No Me Ame continues an unbeatable hot streak for multiplatinum producer, artist, and rapper RVSSIAN. The Jamaican-born talent just dropped Only The Team with Lil Mosey and Lil TJay, which followed his 2019 gold-certified mega-smash Writing On The Wall alongside French Montana, Cardi B, and Post Malone. With over 1.26 billion YouTube views and 830.7 million streams and counting, his dynamic discography spans Ponle with Farruko and J Balvin, IDKW [feat. Young Thug] with Swae Lee and Shenseea, and many other bangers. As a superstar talent in the studio behind the board and in the spotlight, he continues to receive acclaim from Rolling Stone, Billboard, Complex, The FADER, HYPEBEAST, HotNewHipHop, The Source, Vibe, Stereogum, Clash, Guardian, DJ Booth, Idolator, Rap-Up, and many more.

Be on the lookout for his upcoming debut album very soon. It’s clear everybody loves RVSSIAN in 2020.

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SWITCHFOOT SHARES NEW VERSION OF NATIVE TONGUE ALBUM TRACK JOY INVINCIBLE FEATURING VOCALIST JENN JOHNSON

Toronto, ON – April 17, 2020 – Today, GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band, Switchfoot, released a new version of their song, Joy Invincible, featuring prominent Christian songwriter and vocalist, Jenn Johnson. In these unprecedented times the track’s uplifting lyrics and powerful production inspire all of us to look for moments of joy in our own lives. Joy Invincible originally appeared on Switchfoot’s latest full length album, Native Tongue, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart upon its release last year.  
Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman on the song and collaboration: “Joy Invincible is a song about a joy that transcends pain. It was written as a response to one of the most difficult seasons of my life – praying for a family member from a hospital waiting room. Sometimes a song gains meaning as time progresses. This song means even more to me now, in this season of emergency. Having Jenn join us to sing this song feels appropriate: two very different voices from two very different backgrounds singing one song in harmony. I hope that this song can bring peace, hope, and even joy in this season of pain.” 

Most recently, Jon has been sharing daily #LiveFromHome acoustic performance videos ranging from covers to deep cuts from the band’s impressive catalogue via their socials and YouTube channel. You can watch these videos here.

In addition to headlining and festival dates this summer Switchfoot recently announced they would be joining Nickelback with special guests Stone Temple Pilots for select dates of their All The Right Reasons 2020 North American tour. These shows kick off on August 15 in West Palm Beach, Florida and will visit amphitheaters and arenas across the U.S. ending in the band’s home state of California – full routing is below. For more information and tickets please visit switchfoot.com/pages/tour

Switchfoot has been unearthing all manner of musical gems since their 1997 debut The Legend of Chin, steadily expanding their global fan base and critical reputation through such releases as New Way to Be Human (1999), Learning to Breathe (2000), the multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown (2003), Nothing Is Sound (2005), Oh! Gravity (2006), the Grammy award-winning Hello Hurricane (2009), Vice Verses (2011), Fading West (2014) and Where The Light Shines Through (2016). Fading West doubled as the soundtrack to the band's documentary of the same name. Along the way, Switchfoot established itself as a world-class live act with a series of sold-out world tours, while racking up a string of radio hits, including Meant to LiveDare You to MoveStars and Mess of Me. Beyond their career achievements, Switchfoot has been active in a variety of philanthropic efforts, raising over two million dollars to aid kids in their community through the band’s own Bro-Am foundation and their annual Bro-Am Beach Fest, a benefit surf contest and concert that’s held every summer in Encinitas, CA. They've also maintained a deep commitment to a variety of humanitarian causes, lending their support to such worthy organizations as DATA, the ONE Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, Invisible Children, Food for the Hungry, CURE and To Write Love on Her Arms. Switchfoot 's 11th full-length album Native Tongue is available now.   

TOUR DATES:
June 20 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Frontier City Concert Series 

July 18 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Winston-Salem Fairgrounds 

July 19 – Mineral City, OH @ Alive Music Festival 

August 8 – Arcadia, WI @ Ashley For The Arts

August 15 – West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre ^

August 16 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre^

August 19 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre ^

August 21 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena ^

August 22 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre ^

August 25 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center ^

August 27 – Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheater ^

August 29 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre ^

September 1 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^

September 3 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion ^

September 4 – Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion ^

September 11 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre ^

September 12 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater ^

September 15 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena ^

September 18 – Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena ^

September 19 – West Valley City, UT@ USANA Amphitheatre ^

September 22 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater ^

September 25 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre ^

September 26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion ^

September 29 – Chula Vista, CA@ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre ^

October 2 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre ^

October 3 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre ^
^ w/ Nickelback and Stone Temple Pilots 

Listen to/purchase Joy Invincible feat. Jenn Johnson here
 

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SYLVAN ESSO’S DEBUT LIVE CONCERT FILM WITH PREMIERES APRIL 23 AT 9:00 P.M. EDT VIA YOUTUBE PREMIERE + FAN-HOSTED WATCH PARTIES

CAPTURES AMBITIOUS 2019 TOUR
WITH ONE-TIME-ONLY 10-PIECE BAND FEATURING MEMBERS OF BON IVER, WYE OAK,
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER, MOUNTAIN MAN,
MANDOLIN ORANGE, HAND HABITS AND MR. TWIN SISTER

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

Toronto, ON – April 17, 2020 – Sylvan Esso has announced WITH, a 60-minute live concert film that captures a magical, lightning-in-a-bottle moment in the group’s history, and celebrates one of the Durham, NC duo’s core tenets: community.  Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn recruited a dream team 10-piece ensemble – musicians that perform with Bon Iver, Wye Oak, Mountain Man, Hiss Golden Messenger, Mandolin Orange, Hand Habits, and Mr. Twin Sister – and set out on the limited engagement fall 2019 WITH tour that found their songs reaching expansive new realms.  This pivotal moment included two sold-out shows at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, and Los Angeles’ Disney Hall. The WITH tour culminated with two sold-out hometown shows at Durham Performing Arts Center, captured in this live concert film.  

WITH will debut on April 23 at 9:00 p.m. EDT via YouTube Premiere. Fans are encouraged to host their own private watch parties with friends for the premiere.  More details can be found at sylvanesso.com. Watch the WITH trailer here.

Of the project, the band explains, “We knew that in order to put on the best show we possibly could in a few short weeks we had to truly lean on and trust the friends we had asked to become part of our band. The end result - as with so many communal efforts - was much greater than the sum of its parts, in ways we could have never dreamed of. The world has completely shifted in a few months - the idea of togetherness rings in a different way. It was such a special moment that now feels like a signpost of how things were and how they could be again.”

Orchestrated with an army of synths, saxophone, two drummers and intricate three-part vocals provided by Amelia with her Mountain Man bandmates, WITH showcases several of Sylvan Esso’s most beloved songs from their studio albums, Sylvan Esso and What Now: Die Young, Coffee, Radio, Rewind.  The WITH band transformed these tracks into a more interactive and ever-changing experience that opened up the idea of what a Sylvan Esso song could be. The film also captures the intense two weeks of preparation and rehearsing that preceded the tour, a home movie of sorts for this newly united creative family.  

Later today, Amelia and Nick will perform songs featured in the film on Levi’s 501 Instagram Live initiative in order to raise funds for their touring crew. The live performance begins at 5:01 p.m. PDT / 8:01 p.m. EDT and is available to watch at instagram.com/levis.

Sylvan Esso is Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, both from Durham, NC. They’ve released two albums, 2014’s self-titled debut and 2017’s, What Now, both of which entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The GRAMMY-nominated group has performed on Fallon, NPR’s Tiny Desk, and top festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Eaux Claires. Paste named Hey Mami the No. 1 song of 2014, and a 2017 New York Times feature declared: “Sylvan Esso Keeps Electronic Pop Human.” In 2015, they recorded “Jaime’s Song” for NPR’s Radiolab as a way to explore and understand bipolar disorder.

Sylvan Esso’s WITH
Filmed November 2019 at Durham Performing Arts Center
Filmed/Directed by Josh Sliffe

Featuring:
Meg Duffy (Hand Habits): Guitar
Dev Gupta (Mr. Twin Sister): Synths, Keys, Electronics
Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger): Drums, Electronics
Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso): Lead Vocals
Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso): Bass, Synths, Keys, Electronics, Vocals
Molly Sarlé (Mountain Man): Vocals
Alexandra Sauser-Monnig (Mountain Man, Daughter of Swords): Vocals
Adam Schatz (Landlady): Woodwinds, Electronics, Vocals
Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak): Bass, Synths, Keys, Vocals
Joe Westerlund (Mandolin Orange): Drums, Percussion

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DR. DRE’S TRAILBLAZING DEBUT ALBUM THE CHRONIC TO BE AVAILABLE GLOBALLY ACROSS ALL DIGITAL SERVICE PROVIDERS ON 4/20

Toronto, ON – April 17, 2020 – Entertainment One is thrilled to announce that The ChronicDr. Dre’s iconic and groundbreaking debut album, will be available on all digital service providers on 4/20. 
 
Chris Taylor, eOne’s Global President, Music & Live, says, “Fans now have another reason to celebrate on what has become a national holiday, celebrating all things cannabis-related – where legally allowed and in moderation of course.  Working with the Death Row catalogue is like working with the legendary recordings of Elvis, Chuck Berry and the Beatles. These historic artifacts should be heard by all music lovers and we are so happy Dr. Dre has opened this door so everyone can experience the brilliance of this seminal work.”
 
The Chronic was released 28 years ago, in December 1992, on Death Row Records and is widely considered by both critics and fans to be one of the greatest albums of all time.  The album redefined West Coast rap, and introduced the world to Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Lady of Rage, D.O.C, RBX, and others. 
 
The Chronic was also recently selected as one of only 25 recordings to be inducted into the National Recording Registry this year. The inductees were selected by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and showcase the cultural, historical and aesthetic importance to the U.S.’ recorded sound heritage.

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

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

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LEADING MEDIA PLATFORM MERRY JANE ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING 4/20 SMOKE-IN WITH A LIVE DJ SET BY SNOOP DOGG CELEBRATING DR. DRE’S SEMINAL DEBUT ALBUM THE CHRONIC BEING AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS

Toronto, ON – April 17, 2020 – Global media platform, MERRY JANE, is proud to announce a livestream DJ set on their Instagram, featuring Snoop Dogg aka DJ Snoopadelic, in celebration of 4/20 and the worldwide digital release of Dr. Dre’s seminal debut album, The Chronic, on Monday, April 20th, at 4:20 p.m. PDT.
 
For all his fans around the world to livestream at home, Snoop will be doing a DJ set and “smoke-in” at 4:20 PM (PDT). As the most featured artist on the groundbreaking and chart-topping 1992 album (appearing on 13 of the 16 tracks), Snoop became a household name before his own debut album, Doggystyle, dropped the following year. Snoop will celebrate The Chronic and its classic, West Coast, G-Funk sound — as well as everybody’s favorite topic on 4/20 — during this historic stream sesh. 
 
“As MERRY JANE is now the #1 media source for all things cannabis-related, we wanted to pay tribute to the innovators who paved the way for today’s fastest growing industry. Dr. Dre’s The Chronic is widely considered the most well-produced album of all-time. From its name, artwork, and introduction of Snoop Dogg’s artistry,The Chronic revolutionized modern cannabis culture, and we are proud to provide our global audience a digital experience for a responsible, 4/20 holiday,” said Scott Chung, MERRY JANE’s COO.
 
MERRY JANE, as a culture and lifestyle leader, has partnered with Entertainment One (eOne) to celebrate The Chronic and its 2020 re-release on all streaming platforms. The record first dropped 28 years ago on Death Row Records and is acclaimed by both critics and fans to be one the greatest albums in music history. Earlier this month, the US Library of Congress — America’s most pristine historical archive — announced that the album would be added to the National Recording Registry. The LP helped define West Coast rap, and introduced the world to Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Lady of Rage, D.O.C, RBX, and others. It is an honor to share The Chronic and promote its imprint on history to a global audience during the most important day in cannabis culture.
 
The livestream is sure to be the premier 4/20 event and will spark its own legacy for years to come. Tune in to MERRY JANE’s Instagram (@MERRYJANE) to watch Snoop’s DJ set, and visit their website for a series of articles about the landmark album.

About MERRY JANE
MERRY JANE is the world’s leading multi-media & lifestyle company creating the new mainstream culture by connecting cannabis and pop culture. Its cross-platform network reaches millions through an original mix of award-winning content, cutting-edge technology, and unparalleled access to top-tier celebrities and influencers. MERRY JANE’s website creates daily, original content – from editorial and video to branded and social – that covers the latest in health, politics, entertainment, and products. MERRY JANE’s in-house studio produces scripted and non-scripted television series – including the Emmy-nominated VH1 hit Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party – as well as digital and podcast series. With successful franchises like the world’s largest, annual 420 festival – The MERRY JANE 420 Wellness Retreat – MERRY JANE also produces high-profile events and activations that shape the cannabis landscape.

About eOne
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.
 
eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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RACHEL BECK RELEASES NEW SINGLE STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW ON FRIDAY, APRIL 17

TITLE TRACK FROM SOPHOMORE SOLO ALBUM
SET TO BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR

#CANADAPERFORMS LIVESTREAMED CONCERT TAKING PLACE TONIGHT AT 8:00PM EDT / 9PM ADT

Toronto, ON – April 16, 2020 – Rachel Beck is gearing up to release her sophomore solo record, and tomorrow will share the empowering and uplifting title track, Stronger Than You Know (out Friday, April 17). Inspired by the forest – its strength, resilience, and serenity – the song is a hopeful reflection on inner strength and perseverance through challenging times. 

"Although I wrote this song long before 'COVID-19' and 'social distancing' were part of our everyday language, it has taken on new meaning for me these past few weeks,” Rachel comments. “I think many of us have had to connect with inner strength we didn't even know we had in order to cope during this challenging time. For me personally, spending time in nature has been so grounding amidst all the fear and stress and chaos. When I feel overwhelmed, I walk out into the woods and just breathe. It's sounds like such a simple thing, but it allows me to reset and find the strength to keep going."

Stronger Than You Know follows the new album’s lead single, Warrior – a powerful and emotive song, celebrating strength and beauty. An anthem for the fierce, the fearless, the feminine; Warrior was most directly inspired by Rachel’s daughter, Nora, who is featured dancing in the opening sequence of the track’s beautiful accompanying music video.

Audiences will have the chance to hear both songs – along with some more new music, and fan favourites – “live” in concert, as Rachel gives a livestreamed performance tonight (Thursday, April 16). Kicking off at 8:00 p.m. EDT / 9:00 p.m. ADT, Rachel will perform live from St. Paul’s Church in her hometown of Charlottetown, PE, as part of the #CANADAPERFORMS concert series, presented by the National Arts Centre. Tune in here.

Glowing with catchy pop hooks, Rachel’s distinctive piano melodies and emotive vocals have been captivating audiences across Canada. Her sophomore album, Stronger Than You Know, is set for release later this year and follows her self-titled debut, which garnered multiple award nominations and wins, including two 2019 Music PEI Awards for Pop Recording of the Year, and New Artist of the Year, as well as two 2019 ECMA nominations for Pop Recording of the Year, and Rising Star Recording of the Year. The album’s lead single, Reckless Heart, spent numerous weeks at #1 on the CBC Music Top 20 Chart in 2018, earning Rachel a SOCAN #1 Award. Tour highlights include performing for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, appearing twice at the legendary Stan Rogers Folk Festival, opening the 2019 ECMA Gala Awards Show, and playing beautiful festivals and stages from the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver, BC to the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB.

Listen to Stronger Than You Know here (available Friday, April 17)
Listen to Warrior here
Watch the Warrior video here

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MARCUS KING SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR ONE DAY SHE’S HERE WITH THE FADER

FEATURED IN ROLLING STONE’S IN MY ROOM SERIES
AND SPOTIFY’S NEW INDIGO 
PLAYLIST

“Marcus King reminisces on a mystery girl in One Day She’s Here” – The FADER

“The record is a real beauty — and a turning-point for King” –  Fresh Air

"Just 23, but his music reveals an old soul" – The New York Times

"He used to be an insecure outcast. Now the guitarist is introducing southern rock to a new generation" ­– Rolling Stone 

Toronto, ON – April 16, 2020– 24 year old phenom singer and songwriter, Marcus King, unveiled his latest music video for One Day She’s Here, off his first solo album, El Doradotoday with The FADER. The video, directed by Nashville filmmaker Joshua Shoemaker (Alabama Shakes and Erin Rae), features reverse motion photography and nonlinear narrative and was shot in late 2019, on the streets of Nashville’s vibrant downtown Broadway. 

King described the process of creating the song, stating, “I showed up to Easy Eye Sound about 30 minutes late for a writing session. When I walk in, I hear Mackie and Dan playing this bouncy progression. I sat down and the first thing that came to mind was this story of a girl in a Coupé de Ville, just out of your reach. The song talks about the good things in life sometimes not sticking around for long." 

King also adds the type of vibe he was looking for with the video stating, “I’m so happy with the way the video turned out. I wanted to try for a David Lynch approach with this. Josh Shoemaker was just the man for the job. We had so many dear friends come and be a part of it as well. I'm excited to share with y’all."

King was featured in Rolling Stone Magazine’s In My Room series, filmed in his kitchen at his home in Nashville, where he performed tracks including, Rita Is Gone, and breakout track, Wildflowers and Wine, which appeared on his latest album El Dorado. King was also included in Spotify’s newest Indigo playlist which highlight’s country’s left-of-center notable acts.

El Dorado, a contemporary exploration of southern R&B, country-soul, classic rock and blues, established the 24-year-old phenom as one of the most soulful voices of his generation. With an arresting voice that featured as lead instrument, King’s vocal took centre stage alongside a genre bending blend of subtle acoustics, bright pedal steel, raucous electric guitars and blistering solos. The record landed critical acclaim including a debut performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and features with NPR’s Weekend EditionFresh Air and Rolling Stone.

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PAUL CHIN ANNOUNCES UPCOMING LIVESTREAM DJ SETS

DJ SET FOR URGNT LIVE ON APRIL 24

FOLLOWED BY EXCLUSIVE FULL SPECTRUM SUITE 
SHOW FOR MUSIC TOGETHER ON MAY 1

LISTEN TO NEW ALBUM FULL SPECTRUM

TORONTO DEBUT OF FULL SPECTRUM SOUND

ON OCTOBER 1 AT RIVOLI

 

Toronto, ON – April 16, 2020 – After Paul Chin, launched his stunning, introspective and intricate new project, Full Spectrum, on March 20, the multifarious Polaris-nominated Toronto producer and DJ has been engaging audiences with live sets to share the fresh sounds. Today, he announces two new livestream performances; the first on Friday, April 24 as part of URGNT LIVE, a new online venue experience aiding artists during the global pandemic, and an exclusive show titled Full Spectrum Suite on Friday May 1 as one of the selected artists for Music Together, a living room concert series to support Ontario artists in need.

Full Spectrum is a bright return as Paul’s first album in five years, and documents a period of creativity and collaboration, featuring Canadian artists Shad, Desirée Dawson, pHoenix Pagliacci and Rebekah Hawker. Listen to it here. Paul also applied his talents as a graphic artist to the project, designing all artwork and a limited edition Full Spectrum t-shirt, which is available via Bandcamp

The collaborators on Full Spectrum will take the stage with Paul for Full Spectrum Sound, the official album release show, on October 1 at beloved Toronto venue, Rivoli. In the interim, audiences can catch Paul’s stunning live delivery of the project online. Paul’s April 24 set for URGNT will be a scaled down and condensed sampler of the Full Spectrum Sound set fans can expect at the release show. On May 1, Paul will be performing an all-new performance for Music Together called Full Spectrum Suite, sharing an entirely live remixed medley of all the songs from the EP in a way listeners have never heard them before.

With airplay on national community and CBC Radio, including premieres on CBC q, Big City Small World, features on Exclaim!’s The Eh! List and NOW Magazine’s #NOWPlaying Spotify lists, the project has been a highly anticipated release. You can learn more about Paul and the album process through a series of in-depth chats and features with EARMILKThe Creative Imbalance PodcastCanadian BeatsCJRU’s The Cool TableStudio01Toronto Guardian, and Sidedoor Magazine with more on the way.

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

 

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

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

About Paul Chin

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

 

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

Paul Chin – Upcoming Performances:
Friday, April 24 – URGNT LIVE DJ Set – 7 pm ET – tune in here
Friday, May 1 – Full Spectrum Suite for Music Together – tune in here
Thursday, October 1 – Full Spectrum Sound – Rivoli – Toronto, ON – Tickets and Info

Listen to Full Spectrum: ffm.to/fullspectrum

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OUR LADY PEACE RELEASE LIVE CONCERT FOOTAGE FROM 2019 SUMMERSAULT FESTIVAL

TUNE IN TOMORROW – THURSDAY APRIL, 16
AT 4:00PM EST

BAND TO DONATE 100% OF MERCHANDISE SALES
OVER THE FOLLOWING 72 HOURS TO FEEDINGAMERICA.ORG AND FOODBANKSCANADA.CA

Toronto, ON – April 15, 2020 – In 2019, Our Lady Peace relaunched their iconic music festival, Summersault, nearly two decades after its last tour. Joined by fellow ‘90s alt-rock heroes, Bush, and Live, along with performances by Dear Rouge and Human Kebab, the festival toured from Quebec City to Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

Tomorrow, Our Lady Peace will premiere live concert footage from last summer’s Summersault shows. This particular performance was shot primarily at the Ottawa festival stop, which took place on September 13, 2019. In celebration of the release, and in support of some of those most vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis, the band will be donating 100% of proceeds from their merchandise sales, over the following 72 hours, to FeedingAmerica.org and FoodbanksCanada.ca. Have a sneak peek at a teaser from the concert here and tune in tomorrow (Thursday, April 16) at 4:00 p.m. EST to watch the performance here.

“In these uncertain times, local foodbanks are on the front lines providing meals for the vulnerable. As part of our Summersault 2019 live concert release, we are donating 100% of all proceeds from our merchandise store to FeedingAmerica.org and FoodbanksCanada.ca, for the next 72 hours. If you can support, please do. Appreciate you.” – Our Lady Peace

Summersault Festival was first launched in 1998 and included performances from Our Lady Peace, Moist, I Mother Earth, Sloan, Esthero and Treble Charger, at Molson Park in Barrie, ON. In 2000, Summersault returned with a national tour that included performances from Our Lady Peace, The Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, A Perfect Circle, The Catherine Wheel, Treble Charger, Eve 6, Sum 41 and Deftones.

Consisting of Raine Maida, Duncan Coutts and Steve Mazur, Our Lady Peace is one of the most successful bands in Canada today. The band has sold over five million albums worldwide, won four JUNO Awards and ten Much Music Video Awards – one of the most MMVA’s ever awarded to any artist or group. The band released their ninth studio album, Somethingness, in 2018.

OUR LADY PEACE SET LIST – SUMMERSAULT – SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
Hiding Place for Hearts
Superman's Dead
Innocent
One Man Army
Do You Like IT
Is Anybody Home?
Maps 
Somewhere Out There
Drop Me in the Water
Ballad of a Poet 
Clumsy
4am
Naveed (with Dear Rouge)
Starseed

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GRAMMY AND JUNO-AWARD WINNING ARTIST AND PRODUCER DAVID STRICKLAND SHARES NEW SINGLE FEATHERS FEAT. QUE ROCK AND CHIPPEWA TRAVELLERS

WATCH VIDEO FOR TURTLE ISLAND

AND SPIRIT OF HIP HOP FEAT. ERNIE PANICCIOLI 

NEW ALBUM SPIRIT OF HIP HOP DUE JUNE 29 – PRE-ORDER

Toronto, ON – April 15, 2020 – Following the launch of his powerful video for single, Turtle Island,  last week, Grammy and JUNO Award-winning Indigenous multidisciplinary artist and producer, David Strickland, shares Feathers - a new  song from his forthcoming album, Spirit Of Hip Hopset for release June 29 via Entertainment One. Feathers features Toronto-based Anishinaabe rapper, Que Rock, and Chippewa Travellers. Listen to it here.

The song, Feathers, is about many things. Within the context of Indigenous culture, for many, feathers have a myriad of significances. One teaching is to observe the shaft of a feather; the main central support that runs the entire length of the feather. This is your journey, your lifeline,” David says. “This is the path we strive to remain on, though sometimes we may stray or veer off our respective paths, sometimes completely off the vane of the feather. It happens; however, we can always aim to return to the centre of the feather. The goal is to return to our true purpose: whatever that may be. Restarting or rejoining our journey. Ultimately, returning to ourselves. Essentially, Feathers is a song about hope, journey, reflection, priorities, self-compassion, self-assessment, self-discovery, redemption and ripping flows with letters on some hip hop.”

Que Rock adds, “Feathers describes my lifestyle from Pow Wows to Hip Hop.” 

Feathers follows the album’s first single, Turtle Island. The song features prolific Indigenous rapper, Supaman, Juno Award-winning singer, JRDN, Toronto rap legend Spade (of Citizen Kane), Toronto reggae icon Whitey Don, and Canadian-American rapper, Artson. Directed by Daniel Fortin of  Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures, and filmed by an all-Indigenous team at Six Nations Of The Grand River in Oshweken, Ontario, Turtle Island arrives during a period of uncertainty in the world, yet the song’s messages translate beyond borders, with potent, timely themes. Watch the video here.

The spoken word introduction to the album, Spirit of Hip Hop, as narrated by iconic Indigenous Hip Hop photographer, and David’s longtime mentor, Ernie Paniccioli – you can watch and listen here

As music and visuals continue to draw from the Spirit Of Hip Hop, David has been sharing his story, with recent features in Complex, Hip Hop Canada, ET CanadaSidedoor MagazineCanadian BeatsHip Hop Vancouver, a live chat with RX Music, and an exclusive interview for SiriusXM’s Live @ Home series. David is passionate about the plight of the Mi'kmaq people and recognition of his family lineage can be traced back by five generations. He is committed to restoring the dignity and respect stripped by an unconstitutional agreement that remove and denied Indian status from thousands of people. 

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

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

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

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

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

Buy/stream Feathers:  ffm.to/feathers

Watch Turtle Islandbit.ly/3ejcqOV

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

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KENNY MASON RELEASES NEW ALBUM ANGELIC HOODRAT

LISTEN TO ANGELIC HOODRAT

WATCH ANGELIC HOODRAT VIDEO

Toronto, ON – April 15, 2020 – Today, Atlanta rapper, Kenny Mason, releases his debut album. Angelic Hoodrat is out now and is being released alongside a new video for the album's title track. The album includes last year's aptly-titled breakout single, Hit, December's release of Angelic Hoodrat, and Metal Wings, released earlier this year. 

Part of a burgeoning new wave of Atlanta musicians, Kenny Mason is redefining popular notions of the city's sound. Displaying versatility as a rapper with a wide spectrum of influences spanning from hip-hop to alt-rock, Angelic Hoodrat brings all these elements to the forefront and showcases his distinct and singular vision as an artist. In 2019 alone he performed at Rolling Loud Miami, was named one of August's Best New Artists by Pigeons & Planes, and had his song "G.O.A.T." featured on HBO's hit show Euphoria and was recently selected by Complex as one of their 25 Rappers to Watch in 2020.

Listen to Angelic Hoodrat and watch the video for Angelic Hoodrat above, see the album's tracklist below and stay tuned for more from Kenny Mason coming soon.

Angelic Hoodrat Tracklist 

1. Firestarter

2. Angelic Hoodrat

3. PTSD

4. Lean

5. Chevron

6. Handles

7. Metal Wings

8. 30

9. Pretty Thoughts

10. Anti-Gravity

11. Angels Calling // My Dad

12. Once Again

13. U in a Gang // Exxon

14. Hit

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS PREMIERE VIDEO FOR TMZ EXCLUSIVELY VIA WORLD STAR HIP HOP

WATCH HERE

NEW EP BORN DEADLY OUT NOW

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

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

Toronto, ON – April 14, 2020 – Following the April 3rd release of their new EP, Born Deadly, Snotty Nose Rez Kids share the visual for TMZ. Premiering today, exclusively via World Star Hip Hop, the video sees Yung Trybez and Young D bombarded by in-your-face flashing cameras, disruptive press conferences, and some of the more scathing comments pulled from the internet. Watch here.

TMZ is SNRK’s response to the invasiveness of the media and the ‘Twitter Finger’ reactive world of social media. The track speaks to the resilience of SNRK in the face of criticism and shows them unafraid to be who they are – cutting through the cacophony of the media with their gripping performance and signature humour.

“We’ve learned that we have to stay in the lane we’ve created for ourselves, shut out the hate, and keep doing what we know is working,” SNRK comments.

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

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CROWD-FUNDED ONLINE VENUE URGNT LIVE TEAMS UP WITH ONTARIO FESTIVALS TO PRESENT LOCAL ARTISTS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

UPCOMING VIRTUAL HOUSE CONCERTS INCLUDE

DIGGING ROOTS, OKAN, LAILA BIALI, SKRATCH BASTID

PAUL CHIN, ALEX CUBA, KOBO TOWN AND MORE 

LEARN MORE AND SUPPORT URGNT ON GOFUNDME

Toronto, ON – April 15, 2020 – After a buzz-building start livestreaming shows from empty venues, URGNT is continuing their upwards trajectory of empowering the Canadian music scene as the country’s first online venue. Today, they announce their season lineup of artists and community co-presenters from across Ontario.

As many DIY performances continue to stream across social media channels since the onset of the pandemic, URGNT is enlisting artists to deliver a unique, intimate virtual venue of their own. By filming from multiple cameras, adding virtual tours of their homes while performing fan favourites as well as new material; URGNT LIVE is cultivating a new livestream experience. 

This Friday, April 17 at 7 pm ET,  JUNO Award-winning Indigenous duo, Digging Roots, will take the stage in their Barrie home to deliver their first performance since the quarantine started, in addition to a performance by Toronto indie rock artist, Clamp, presented by Tonight! Live Happenings. 

The diverse season lineup includes JUNO Award-winning Jazz artist, Laila Biali, Latin Grammy winner, Alex Cuba, award-winning DJ and turntablist, Skratch Bastid, Polaris-nominated producers, Paul Chin and SoCalled (separate sets), JUNO Award-winning Caribbean music group, Kobo Town, and more. These will be presented alongside community organizations offering generous support, among them Unity Charity, The Royal Conservatory of Music, TD Sunfest, Kultrún World Music Festival,  Hillside Festival, Small World Music, Northern Lights Festival Boreal, and more – see below for all details. Maclean's, who has been on board with the project since day one, is the national media sponsor and will also stream all shows.

The month of weekly Friday concerts will be capped off by a 10-show "festival" on May 8 supported by Music Together, a relief fund created by Celebrate Ontario and the Slaight Foundation. Apart from offering 150 artists $1000 each to livestream content, Music Together chose 15 curators across the province to put forward 10 artists that have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. URGNT headlines the curator series, presenting the final 10 artists of the 300 supported artists on May 8.

URGNT has also started laying the groundwork for a national series starting May 15 including festival partners from all provinces of Canada. 

Recent URGNT performances featured award-winning opera star, Measha Brueggergosman, international music collective, Moskitto Bar, JUNO-winning Mexican-Canadian guitarist, Quique Escamilla, Indie Folk duo, Moscow Apartment, Brazilian Forro artist, Zeca Polina, and a Hip Hop showcase with StayOutLate and Quincy Morales. See below for an updated schedule, and tune in via Maclean’sFacebook and the URGNT website. You can support URGNT and their artists through their GoFundMe campaign.

URGNT LIVE is a music movement aiding Canadian artists and industry through livestreamed community performances during the COVID-19 crisis. Founded in Toronto by Mark Marczyk, known for his work as ringleader of the city’s guerrilla-folk party-punk icons, Lemon Bucket Orkestra. What began as a call out in a Facebook post has been growing rapidly as an initiative Marczyk established less than a month ago alongside long-term colleagues and key community members, Kathleen Ryan, Jaash Singh, Tamar Ilana, Alex Bordokas and Oksana Hawrylak.  Kathleen Ryan is URGNT’s Head Of Production, with experience working for numerous organizations and notable events, including the JUNOs. 

URGNT compensates all artists for short 20-minute sets performed as solo house concerts/virtual home tours, curating some of Canada’s best musicians who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. URGNT has also opened up a call for artists to submit their live sets. 

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

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

“We want to be strong advocates for diverse representation, which is part of the city and country we love, so we've already been reaching across genre, cultures, and identities, but now we've managed to bring festivals into the equation, too” Marczyk says. “Now you can go to festivals all across the province without leaving your own home. And soon, we'll have artists from coast to coast and across the territories streaming to your homes too. This health crisis is a terrible thing - our choice is to respond with urgent creativity as a community and to use this challenge as an excuse to come closer together despite physical distance."

Upcoming Livestreams:
Friday, April 17 – Tonight! Live Happenings presents Clamp – 7 pm ET
Friday, April 17 – International Indigenous Music Summit and Global Toronto present Digging Roots – 7 pm ET
Friday, April 24 – Unity Charity presents Paul Chin – 7 pm ET
Friday, April 24 – Ashkenaz Festival and TO Live present SoCalled – 7 pm ET
Friday, May 1 – Clear Mortifee – 7 pm ET
Friday, May 1 – Kultrún World Music Festival presents Alex Cuba – 7 pm ET

Friday, May 8 in association with Music Together  – 7 pm ET:
Northern Lights Festival Boreal presents G.R. Gritt
TD Sunfest presents OKAN
Folk Camp Canada presents Ori Shalva

The Royal Conservatory of Music presents Stewart Goodyear

Unity Charity presents Britta B

Ottawa Chamber Fest presents Gryphon Trio

TD Sunfest presents Laila Biali
Hillside Festival presents Scott Merritt
Small World Music presents Meesha Shafi
Kobo Town
Skratch Bastid

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

Visit and support URGNT on GoFundMe

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URGNT acknowledges the support from the following partners and sponsors:

Maclean's 
The Royal Conservatory 
Music Together 
Ashkenaz
Folk Camp
Global Toronto
Hillside Festival
Chamberfest
TO Live
Unity 
Small World Music Society
International Indigenous Music Summit
Northern Lights Festival Boreal

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THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT SHARE TITLE SONG FROM UPCOMING ALBUM AND MEMOIR HOLLYWOOD PARK

BAND’S FIRST ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS
RELEASE DATE MOVES TO MAY 22

HOLLYWOOD PARK
THE ALREADY CRITICALLY-HERALDED MEMOIR
BY FRONTMAN MIKEL JOLLETT GETS NEW RELEASE OF MAY 26

HOLLYWOOD PARK AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING
AND DOWNLOAD TODAY

"Come On Out is a sturdy, unimpeachable song about suburban ennui, a runaway kid and domestic violence that feels designed for arena-sized singalongs and big ticket headlining slots." – Los Angeles Times

"Jollett engagingly narrates his story...result[ing] in a shocking but contemplative memoir" – Publishers Weekly, The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020 (5 out of 5 stars)

The frontman of rock band Airborne Toxic Event chronicles, in gorgeous and exacting lyricism, his harrowing coming-of-age within (and eventual escape from) the Church of Synanon, a violent religious cult." – O Oprah Magazine The 30 Most Anticipated Books of 2020 (So Far)

"Jollett was raised from childhood in a cult, brought up under the leaders of Synanon. With stunning clarity, he tells of his mother's escapes and the subsequent trials his family endured." – Newsweek 40 Must-Read Fiction And Nonfiction Books To Savor This Spring

"This moving and profound memoir is for anyone who loves a good redemption story." – Good Morning America, 20 Books We're Excited for in 2020

Toronto, ON – April 14, 2020 – The Airborne Toxic Event has announced today the release of the title track from their sixth, eagerly-anticipated album, Hollywood Park. The track is available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The Los Angeles-based band’s sixth LP, and first new music in half a decade, Hollywood Park, arrives May 22 via Rounder Records; pre-orders are available now here.

Hollywood Park arrives alongside a new literary work of the same name by Mikel Jollett, to be published by Celadon Books, a division of MacMillan, which is now coming out on May 26. Hollywood Park: A Memoir sees Jollett chronicling his extraordinary personal journey; from his early childhood in one of the most infamous cults of the 1970s, through a childhood of poverty and emotional abuse, before finding his voice as an artist among the confusion of an adult life spent nursing the wounds of childhood, and the redemption which came from looking inward and an acceptance of self and the fierce love of family.

The change in release dates for both book and album are due to the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the book is one of the last printed at the plant before it had to be shut down.

Jollett’s upcoming book tour will move online, taking place on the exact same dates and times as originally planned (see dates below). On the tour dates, Jollett will do a reading, a talk, performance and a question and answer session. More information can be found here.

MIKEL JOLLETT – HOLLYWOOD PARK: A MEMOIR – BOOK TOUR:
May 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Hosted by Book Soup
May 2 – San Francisco, CA – Hosted by Book Smith
May 4 – Brooklyn, NY – Hosted by Greenlight Bookstore
May 5 – New York, NY – Hosted by The Strand
May 6 – Washington, DC – Hosted by Politics And Prose
May 7 - Providence, RI - Hosted by RiffRaff
May 8 – Boston, MA – Hosted by Harvard Book
May 9 – Austin, TX – Hosted by Book People
May 11 – Chicago, IL – Hosted by Book Cellar
May 12 – Denver, CO – Hosted by Tattered Cover
May 13 – Seattle, WA – Hosted by Elliott Bay Book

Stream/Download Come On Out here
Pre-Order Hollywood Park here
Watch Hollywood Park Trailer here

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MASN RELEASES THE REMIX FOR PSYCHO! FEAT. TRIPPIE REDD

Toronto, ON – April 14, 2020 – Artist on the rise, MASN, releases the remix for Psycho! feat. Trippie Reddvia RCA Records. Listen here. This marks the first release for MASN at RCA Records. The original track was released earlier this year and exploded online with over 38M Spotify streams, over 5.4M video views on YouTube and over 1.5M TikTok videos. 

Hailing from Eagle Mountain, Utah 19-year-old MASN is currently working on new music which will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Check out his latest track Val!um here.  

Buy/stream Psycho! Remix feat. Trippie Redd here

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RUSTON KELLY’S NEW SONG BRAVE DEBUTS TODAY

ACCOMPANYING T-SHIRT BENEFITTING MUSICARES NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER  

Toronto, ON – April 13, 2020 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, Ruston Kelly’s, new song Brave, is debuting today. Watch/share the official music video here. Dedicated to his mom, the video was shot last month at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on the night of Kelly’s sold-out, headline debut performance. It also features footage and photos that highlight various periods of Kelly’s life from his childhood to the present.

Reflecting on the song, Kelly shares, “Brave is a sword song. Writing it made me feel armed to face my lesser self. Because becoming a better version of myself requires taking account of the painful missteps along the way and fighting the anguish of facing them. And to ultimately (and hopefully) come out better than I was before. Taller and stronger. This is the highest achievement a human being can hope for, everything else is secondary.”

In conjunction with the song, Kelly will release a new “Brave” t-shirt today with a design featuring his handwritten lyrics. All proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to MusiCares. Pre-order here.

The new song adds to a breakthrough series of years for Kelly, whose most recent project, Dirt Emo Vol. 1, was released this past fall via Rounder Records (stream/purchase here). Co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, the eight-song release consists of Kelly’s favourite emo songs including a rendition of Dashboard Confessional’s Screaming Infidelities featuring the band’s lead singer, Chris Carrabba, a live cover of Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag and new versions of The Carter Family’s Weeping Willow and Taylor Swift’s All Too Well.

Kelly’s version of All Too Well was released to widespread critical praise and garnered attention from Swift herself. Billboard declared, “Kelly puts his own haunting spin on the track with yearning vocals, delicate percussion and soaring instrumentation,” while UPROXX praised, “his rendition is a beautiful tribute to the raw emotionality of the original. He makes the song his own with atmospheric instrumentals, replacing Swift’s driving percussion with drums that sound more soft and searching.”

The EP follows the release of Kelly’s critically acclaimed, full-length debut album, Dying Star, in the fall of 2018 (purchase/stream here). Co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star landed on several Best of 2018 lists including Rolling Stone, Paste, UPROXX, American Songwriter and NPR Music, which declared, “Kelly digs down deep on Dying Star to fearlessly put forth a set of songs steeped in emotional twists, turns and complications…This here is powerful stuff.”

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MONDO COZMO RELEASES UPSIDE DOWN

EAGERLY AWAITED NEW SINGLE AVAILABLE FOR
STREAMING AND DOWNLOAD TODAY

VIDEO PREMIERES VIA YOUTUBE

LIVE IN EXILE SESSIONS BEGIN THIS WEEK WITH FULL-BAND PERFORMANCE OF CHEMICAL DREAM STREAMING HERE

NEW MEDICINE ARRIVES VIA LAST GANG RECORDS
LATER THIS YEAR 

Toronto, ON – April 10, 2020 – Mondo Cozmo – the chart-topping brainchild of alternative singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander – has announced today’s premiere of his eagerly awaited new single. Upside Down is available now via Last Gang Records at all DSPs and streaming services; the track is joined by an equally potent companion video, directed by Ostrander’s longtime visual collaborator, acclaimed photographer/filmmaker Travis Shinn (Motionless In White, Killswitch Engage), and streaming now at the official Mondo Cozmo YouTube channel here.

Every single night I watch the evening news and wonder... Bout right,” says Ostrander.  “Crazy times call for a crazy tune. It’s my attempt at a feel-good summer song in an imploding world. Good times…”

Upside Down heralds Mondo Cozmo’s long awaited new album, NEW MEDICINE, due later this year. The album – which follows 2017’s extraordinary debut album, PLASTIC SOUL, and its breakthrough hit single, Shine – sees Ostrander collaborating with a stunning line-up of studio superstars, including producer Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, Foster The People), songwriter Dan Wilson (Adele, Phantogram), and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club guitarist Peter Hayes and drummer Leah Shapiro, among others.

“When Shine took off at radio, the next year was spent on the road,” Ostrander says. “Playing every show, doing every meet-n-greet, every morning radio show, every podcast, interview, and after party. And why not? It was the first time anyone wanted to talk to me about music. I loved it, but by the end of the year I was pretty beat down and tired. It came to head during a video shoot in which I just completely lost it. I found myself in a situation where I lost control, and in front of the band, label, management I punched a glass door and destroyed my hand. I would spend the night in the emergency room watching them put my hand back together.

“But I began writing. The tunes just poured out. I was put on medication after the hand debacle. I assumed that’s where the songs were coming from. That’s where the NEW MEDICINE title came from. But I couldn’t play guitar, enter Peter Hayes from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. ‘I’ll play guitar for ya.’ He guided me. He pushed me to get the record done. As did Butch Vig, who would help me make sense of the demos I was sending to him on the daily.

“This album sums up a lot for me. Coming to terms with the weird guilt of success, navigating a new American experience. With a numb hand.”

Known for his work as producer, singer-songwriter, and bandleader, the Philadelphia-born and Los Angeles-based Ostrander unveiled Mondo Cozmo in 2017 and immediately proved a sensation with the project’s ecstatic debut single, Shine. The track fast ascended to #1 on Triple A charts nationwide, instantly propelling Mondo Cozmo into the pop spotlight. Tours alongside such like-minded artists as Bastille, Spoon, Vance Joy and The Revivalists followed, as did show-stealing performances at top festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza and a high profile network TV debut performance of Shine on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (streaming here).

PLASTIC SOUL arrived that same year and was greeted by worldwide critical acclaim, with The Guardian hailing the collection in a four-starred rave as “wonderfully infectious, with echoes of Spiritualized (the euphoric Shine), Bob Dylan’s vocal delivery (most notably on Hold On To Me) and ACHTUNG BABY-era U2 (Higher), all while retaining a strong thread of individuality. Throughout, there’s a maximalist joy at play, ideas tumbling over one another, reaching their apotheosis on the bombastic and emotionally draining Thunder.” “An endearing listen with a strikingly eclectic production,” declared CLASH. “Ostrander delivers off-kilter pop bursting with colour.” Perhaps The Independent said it best: “There's a pure energy that courses through the record…PLASTIC SOUL is superb.”

Recent months have seen Mondo Cozmo rolling out a string of soaring new music from NEW MEDICINE, including such album highlights as Come OnBlack Cadillac, and Generator, the latter recently featured on ABC’s hit drama, The Good Doctor. All are joined by cinematic companion videos streaming now via his official YouTube channel here

Mondo Cozmo plans to celebrate NEW MEDICINE with a wide-ranging headline tour later this year. In the meantime, Ostrander has just begun a series of home studio performances, dubbed the Live In Exile Sessions. The first installment – which sees him and members of his touring band linking together for a stirring rendition of the PLASTIC SOUL fan favorite, Chemical Dream – is streaming now via YouTube here; additional Live In Exile Sessions will follow in the coming weeks.

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About Last Gang Records:
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Operators, Lights, Chromeo, Rhye, and Sango. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company.

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BRYANT MYERS X FRENCH MONTANA X LIL TJAY DROP GAN-GA UPTOWN REMIX

BUY/STREAM THE TRACK HERE

Toronto, ON – April 10, 2020 – Latin trap star, Bryant Myers, teams up with French Montana and Lil Tjay for the brand-new Gan-ga Uptown Remix, out today. The John Tashiro-directed visual debut today on Complex, and shows the trio kicking it uptown on a perfect New York City night. Watch the video here.  

The original version of Gan-ga has over 106M views and 60M streams, while the Gan-ga Remix Feat Anuel AA has over 96M views and 49M streams.  

Buy/stream Gan-gg Uptown Remix: lnk.to/GangaUptownRMX

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF DEBUTS VIDEO FOR ALL OR NOTHING

“Nathaniel Rateliff returns, this time as a solo artist,
with what may be his best batch of songs yet.”­
NPR All Songs Considered

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

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

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

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

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

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

TORONTO, ON – April 9, 2020 – Today, acclaimed musician, Nathaniel Rateliff, debuts the music video for his song, All Or Nothing. Rateliff teamed up with Denver-based creative, Doug Spencer, to direct the video. Watch/share the video here.

Of the video, Spencer notes, “When I first heard All Or Nothing, I was seeing images of the circus going from town to town with Nathaniel as the ringleader. From there we built a dream-like world populated by performers, moving landscapes and a little magic using my smoke techniques, projections and animations. A world within a song and a nice escape for the moment.”

Rateliff furthers, “I’ve always loved Doug’s art and how he plays with shadow and light. I had gotten one of his pieces and was looking at it at home and called him to ask if he would want to try using his art to make a video. I love what he came up with and I loved being a part of the process.”

Rateliff and Spencer are longtime friends and members of the close-knit Denver arts community. On Rateliff’s currently suspended And It’s Still Alright tour Spencer’s art was highlighted on a projection throughout the concert. On March 12, while set to play New York’s Town Hall for a two-night run, the tour came to a halt. The band recorded a three-song performance live to an empty audience that afternoon to give fans a glimpse into Rateliff’s set. The video showcases Spencer’s artwork as well as Denver-based photographer Rett Rogers’ work. Watch the performance here.

In order to share the show with the greater world the band filmed a three-song performance live to an empty theater that afternoon. The video showcases Spencer’s artwork as well as Denver based photographer Rett Rogers work.

All Or Nothing appears on Rateliff’s new solo album, And It’s Still Alright, out now via Stax Records. The new album 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 the lead single and title track rose to #1 on their Adult Alternative chart, marking Rateliff’s first solo #1. Most recently, while social distancing at home, Rateliff performed a few songs from the new album for Rolling Stone’s In My Room”sessions, watch here.

In response to the global health crisis, the remaining dates of Rateliff’s sold-out And It’s Still Alright Tour have been moved to the late summer and early winter. The postponed dates include multiple shows at New York’s Town Hall and Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel, with additional stops at D.C.’s The Anthem and San Francisco’s Palace Of Fine Arts. These shows will feature various aspects of Rateliff’s stellar musicianship, ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar, to a full-band accompaniment and four-piece string section. Additionally, Rateliff and his band The Night Sweats will tour this summer with Bob Dylan—marking The Night Sweats’ only shows of the year.

AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT TOUR:
July 31—Washington DC—The Anthem* SOLD OUT
August 1—Camden, NJ— XPoNential Music Festival
August 2—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival
August 8—Waynesville, OH—Bellwether Festival
August 25—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre†
August 26—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre† SOLD OUT
September 18—Telluride, CO—Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
November 12—Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle* SOLD OUT
November 14—St. Louis, MO—Stifel Theatre* SOLD OUT
November 16—Indianapolis, IN—Old National Centre* SOLD OUT
November 17—Pittsburgh, PA—Byham Theater* SOLD OUT
November 18—New York, NY—The Town Hall* SOLD OUT
November 19—New York, NY—The Town Hall* SOLD OUT
December 1—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts‡ SOLD OUT
December 2—San Francisco, CA—Palace Of Fine Arts‡ SOLD OUT
December 3—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at Ace Hotel‡ SOLD OUT
December 4—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre At The Ace Hotel‡ SOLD OUT
*with Sam Evian and Hannah Cohen
†with Kevin Morby and Damien Jurado
‡with The Still Tide

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS LIVE — BOB DYLAN TOUR:
June 3—Band, OR—Les Schwab Amphitheatre*
June 4—Bend, OR—Les Schwab Amphitheatre*
June 6—Ridgefield, WA—Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*
June 7—Auburn, WA—White River Amphitheatre*
June 9—Eugene, OR—Matthew Knight Arena*
June 12—Stateline, NV—Harvey's Outdoor Amphitheatre*
June 13—Berkeley, CA—Greek Theatre*
June 14—Berkeley, CA—Greek Theatre*
June 17—San Diego, CA—Pechanga Arena*
June 18—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl*
June 20—Las Vegas, NV—Mandalay Bay Events Center*
June 21—Glendale, AZ—Gila River Arena*
June 23—Albuquerque, NM—Tingley Arena*
June 24—Amarillo, TX—Amarillo Civic Center*
June 26—Irving, TX—The Pavilion @ Toyota Music Factory*
June 27—Little Rock, AR—Simmons Bank Arena*
June 28—Southaven, MS—BankPlus Amphitheatre @ Snowden Grove*
June 30—Brandon, MS—Brandon Amphitheater*
July 2—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena*
July 3—Alpharetta, GA—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre*
July 5—Virginia Beach, VA—Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre*
July 7—Wilkes-Barre, PA—Mohegan Sun Arena*
July 8—Forest Hills, NY—Forest Hills Stadium*
July 9—Saratoga Springs, NY—Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
July 11—Essex Junction, VT—Champlain Valley Exposition - Coca Cola Grandstand*
July 12—Bethel Woods, NY—Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
*with Bob Dylan and The Hot Club of Cowtown

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MT. JOY SHARE MUSIC VIDEO FOR MY VIBE

WILL PERFORM ON FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE
ON APRIL 15

NEW ALBUM REARRANGE US OUT JUNE 5
ON DUALTONE RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – April 9, 2020 – Today, Mt. Joy share their greasy, groovy new video for My Vibe, the latest from their anticipated sophomore LP, Rearrange Us (out June 5 via Dualtone Records – pre-order here).

Director, Steve Girard (aka Stevie Eats Worms), takes us to a grotesque playhouse diner full of psychedelic hijinks and rollerblading…if it was on late-night ‘90s MTV. The music itself shows off the band’s more playful side while blending their rootsy stomp with swirls of synthesizers; My Vibe and the rest of Rearrange Us displays this new, more colorful side of Mt. Joy. Check out the surreal music video for My Vibe here, and watch the band perform lead single, Strangers – which has already logged millions of streams, and is quickly rising up the AAA Radio Charts – on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Mt. Joy has evolved from Matt Quinn’s literal bedroom project into a five-piece group, garnering No. 1s on the AAA Radio Charts, hundreds of millions of streams, arena tours with The Lumineers and more, as well as appearances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk Festival, and other major festivals. The group continues to stay connected with their fans and perform live while self-isolating: on April 15th, they will perform on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

Stay tuned for more from Mt. Joy!

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GRAMMY AND JUNO-AWARD WINNING INDIGENOUS PRODUCER DAVID STRICKLAND RELEASES VIDEO FOR TURTLE ISLAND

FILMED AT SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER

FEATURING SUPAMAN, ARTSON, SPADE, JRDN AND WHITEY DON

FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM SPIRIT OF HIP HOP
OUT JUNE 29 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE – 
PRE-ORDER

WATCH SPIRIT OF HIP HOP WITH ERNIE PANICCIOLI 

Toronto, ON – April 9, 2020 – After the launch of his powerful new single, Turtle Island, legendary Grammy and JUNO Award-winning Indigenous multidisciplinary artist and producer, David Strickland, unveils the video today. Directed by Daniel Fortin of  Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures, and filmed at Six Nations Of The Grand River in Oshweken, Ontario, Turtle Island arrives during a period of uncertainty in the world, yet, the song’s messages translate beyond borders, with potent, timely themes. Watch the video here.

“It was an honour to be part of this project. The timing of this song is so important, and I’m blessed to be part of David’s message,” says director, Daniel Fortin. “I am grateful and have nothing but love for such a hard working crew, dancers, drummers and of course the incredible group of artists I was able to spend some time with.” 

Turtle Island is from David Strickland’s forthcoming album, Spirit Of Hip Hopwhich is set for release on June 29 via Entertainment One, and is a community-driven track that features Juno Award-winning singer JRDN, Toronto rap legend Spade (of Citizen Kane), Toronto reggae legend Whitey Don, Toronto and US indigenous rapper Artson  and American Indigenous rapper, Supaman, David calls the song “a state of the union” and commentary on life in 2020 on Turtle Island (a name many Indigenous People use referring to North America) for Indigenous, Afro-Indigenous and Africans, either stolen or of the diaspora. It comments on the increasing divide between the rich and the poor, and the injustices towards Indigenous people that continue to be hidden in plain sight, while they are marginalized.  Turtle Island combines David’s musical influences, including traditional, dancehall & hip hop giving it a uniquely rich sound. 

The song premiered via Complex Canada, and was released with a spoken word introduction to the album, Spirit of Hip Hop, as narrated by iconic Indigenous Hip Hop photographer, and David’s long-time mentor, Ernie Paniccioli. Watch the video here, and listen to Turtle Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David's passionate about the plight of the Mi'kmaq people and recognition of his family lineage can be traced back five generations. He is committed to restoring the dignity and respect stripped by an unconstitutional agreement that remove and denied Indian status from thousands of people. The debut single from the album is Turtle Island featuring Supaman, Artson, Spade, JRDN & Whitey Don. This song is a state of the union on modern daily life for Indigenous People across North America mixing traditional dancehall & hip hop into a uniquely rich sound that’s rarely been heard like this before. 

Pre-order Spirit Of Hip Hop: ffm.to/turtleisland
Watch Turtle Island (feat. Supaman, Artson, Spade, JRDN and Whitey Don): youtu.be/vlN5yxxwMsM
Watch Spirit Of Hip Hop (feat. Ernie Paniccioli): bit.ly/2y2BNnf

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

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

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

 

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ENTERPRISE EARTH UNLEASHES SCARS OF THE PAST VIDEO

LUCIFEROUS OUT NOW ON ENTERTAINMENT ONE

“Scars Of The Past is reflection. The pain of our past mistakes, haunting with a shadow of fear that the pain animates across the bare walls of the present moment. The meaning it holds is an anthem to recovery. Letting go of the pain and recognizing that the pain we experienced is what made us stronger.”  - ENTERPRISE EARTH

Toronto, ON – April 9, 2020 –  ENTERPRISE EARTH are pleased to unleash the official new video for Scars Of The Past, now playing at Decibel Magazine. The punishing track comes by way of the band’s Luciferous full-length, released last Spring via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music. Watch the video here.

Comments the band, “Scars Of The Past  is reflection. The pain of our past mistakes, haunting with a shadow of fear that the pain animates across the bare walls of the present moment. The meaning it holds is an anthem to recovery. Letting go of the pain and recognizing that the pain we experienced is what made us stronger. It’s a part of who we are. This video was taken at a sold-out show in Atlanta, Georgia. It was able to capture what the song and metal as a whole stands for. Letting go of the past and living life to the fullest in the present moment. If we could turn back time, we would do it again.”

Adds Decibel, XXX

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

 “…when it comes to groove-driven, blasting death metal with jaw-shattering beatdowns and jarring moments of slow-motion macabre, all requirements have been 100% fulfilled.”  Blabbermouth

“The band find a kind of meaning in the auditory suffering, but that ‘meaning’ is not that everything is all okay in the end or even that it can be ‘okay’ at any further point. ENTERPRISE EARTH have instead packed a feeling into their newest record of utter backbreaking despair that knows no bounds, using the context of epically grueling death metal to elucidate and explore a pervading sense of rot that one need not look too far for these days.”  New Noise Magazine

“…an explosion of emotion – raw, pure, and uninhibited – that grips the listener from start to finish. It is a concentrated mass of fury, horror, and pure tone. Albums like this do not come around often. Few manage to do so much so well with such consistency. ENTERPISE EARTH have touched on something truly special here.”   Distorted Sound

Buy/stream Luciferous: smarturl.it/EELuciferous

www.enterpriseearthband.com

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

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

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OVERCOATS SHARE THE FIGHT (REPRISE) TODAY

TUNE INTO THE #FRIDAYNIGHTFIGHTS IG SERIES EVERY FRIDAY AT 8:30 PM ET HERE

Toronto, ON – April 9, 2020 – Critically acclaimed Brooklyn duo, Overcoats, released their new album The Fight (Loma Vista Recordings) on March 6. The 10-track album speaks to the ubiquitous feeling of anxiety when looking at the current chaos around us, and has become an almost prescient document for getting through the times we have found ourselves in. The Fight’s linked themes of overcoming adversity, avowing friendship, striving for loyalty, and seeking hope are needed more than ever. As people are currently starved for a light at the end of a tunnel and meaningful interaction, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats offer a rallying cry and an antidote to these trying times. 

The album’s title track, The Fight, is the call to arms. Alt-rock meets pristine pop over layered harmonies and a chugging beat as Hana and JJ proclaim, "just remember that you are not alone, we're all just trying stay afloat...this is the fight, the only time to start is now!” 

Today Overcoats share The Fight (Reprise), a rendition of the song that highlights the song's sincere lyricism when paired with an austere arrangement of an acoustic guitar and piano. The accompanying video stitches together videos submitted by Overcoats fans, each answering the question, “What are you fighting for?” The answers are broad – fighting for climate justice, health care, LGBTQ rights, love, happiness, inclusion, and more.

As part of the song's release, Overcoats have launched their #JoinTheFight campaign, creating video messages for radio stations and listeners that stress the importance of social distancing; curating a weekly virtual variety show called Friday Night Fights, which provides a home for their fans, exemplifying the importance of engagement and togetherness; and taking to social media to recommend supporting their favoUrite artists and friends as they struggle financially due to the disruption of touring income. #JoinTheFight here.

Listen to The Fight (Reprise) here
Watch The Fight (Reprise) here
Listen to The Fight here

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

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

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

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

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

Stream Oddyssey here

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www.amtracmusic.com

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

PRODUCED BY 13-TIME GRAMMY WINNER T BONE BURNETT

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

RESCHEDULED LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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www.loganledgermusic.com

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ANT SAUNDERS RELEASES DEBUT EP BUBBLE

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

WATCH MISCOMMUNICATIONS VIDEO HERE

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

LANDED ON BILLBOARD HOT 100 WITH OVER 315 MILLION STREAMS

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

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

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

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

BUBBLE TRACK LIST:

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


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

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

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR CARELESS HERE

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

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

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

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

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS RELEASE NEW EP BORN DEADLY TODAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OUT NOW

DEBUT EP LAND OF NOTHING REAL ARRIVES APRIL 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LEXXICON PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR LONELY AT CANADIAN MUSICIAN

TORONTO HEADLINE SHOW ON JULY 11 AT THE BOAT

NEW ALBUM BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE OUT NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ANDREW BIRD RELEASES NEW SINGLE CAPITAL CRIMES

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

DEBUTS LIVE FROM THE GREAT ROOM YOUTUBE SERIES

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

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

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

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AMTRAC SHARES NEW SONG STRATEGO

 

LISTEN HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stream Stratego here

Pre-order Oddyssey here

www.amtracmusic.com

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ZARDONIC UNLEASHES TAKEOVER VIP THE FIRST TRACK OF HIS FORTHCOMING LP

BUY/STREAM TAKEOVER VIP HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TURN OFF THE NEWS (BUILD A GARDEN)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ZAAC PICK RELEASES NEW SINGLE LIGHTER SIDE OF BLUE TODAY

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR
LIGHTER SIDE OF BLUE HERE

FORTHCOMING ALBUM TO BE RELEASED
LATER THIS YEAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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URGNT ADAPTS TO DELIVER LIVESTREAMED SOLO HOUSE CONCERT SERIES

SHOW TONIGHT FEATURING MOSCOW APARTMENT 

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

TORONTO ARTISTS, SOUND TECHS
VIDEOGRAPHERS AND PRESENTERS 

UNITE FOR LIVESTREAMED CONCERT SERIES TO AID

LOCAL ARTISTS AND INDUSTRY DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

LEARN MORE AND SUPPORT URGNT ON GOFUNDME

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit and support URGNT on GoFundMe

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res URGNT

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www.ugrnt.ca 

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

LISTEN TO WETTY HERE

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIOLET STREET REMIXES ALBUM TO BE RELEASED IN 3 VOLUMES

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

HEAR IT HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Praise for Violet Street:
“Emotional” – Rolling Stone

“Shimmering” – Stereogum

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

“Artistic” – Billboard

“Lush...expansive” – Consequence of Sound

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

“Amazing” – Under the Radar

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

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

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

www.thelocalnatives.com

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

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

HOSTS ONLINE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
LAUNCHING TODAY AT 12 PM EST

LIVESTREAM CONCERT TO TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.lailabiali.com

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

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

PRODUCED BY JOHN LEVENTHAL

LISTEN TO JOHNNY

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.sarahjarosz.com

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

WATCH UP                                                                                        

TUNE IN TO LIVESTREAM CONCERT ON SATURDAY, MARCH 28

SUPPORT STORRY ON PATREON

LISTEN TO NEW ALBUM CHIII: THE COME UP HERE

2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATION FOR 
REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Up – Credits:

Written, directed, produced and edited by STORRY 

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

Music written and performed by STORRY & Yotam Baum 

Sound design by Eric Saucke-Lacelle

Colour grading by David Nwipko

Special thanks to Ibtessam Haddad & Bryan Kubinec 

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

Watch Up: bit.ly/33EfDno

Watch Money Ain’t Freeyoutu.be/9jrHqo4M9LI

Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A

STORRY on Spotify: spoti.fi/2EyxzUE

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AMERICAN GRIM RELEASE BREATHE MUSIC VIDEO

ALL NEW LP ULTRA BLACK OUT NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the video for Breathe

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

 

 

 

 

 

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V13 MEDIA LAUNCHES AS REBRANDED DIGITAL MEDIA PLATFORM

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

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

MUSIC AND NEWS THROUGH V13

EXPERIENCE THE SITE HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MELVONI RELEASES DEBUT WHO TF IS MELVONI EP

DROPS VIDEO FOR DAYS OF THE WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

WHO TF IS MELVONI EP TRACKLISTING:

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

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

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

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

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

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www.aliocha.net

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AUDREY NUNA DROPS LONG NIGHT WITH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

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

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

“dizzying”FADER  

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

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

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

Stream Long Night here
Watch Long Night here

 

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PAUL CHIN RELEASES NEW ALBUM FULL SPECTRUM TODAY

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM AND CATCH A LIVE DJ SET FROM 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

About Paul Chin

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

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

Listen to Full Spectrum: ffm.to/fullspectrum

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ANT SAUNDERS RELEASES NEW SINGLE PEDESTRIAN

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

DEBUT BUBBLE EP OUT APRIL 3, 2020

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

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

 

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

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

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

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PABLLO VITTAR AND THALIA RELEASE THEIR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED COLLABORATION TÍMIDA

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LISTEN TO NERVE HERE

NEW ALBUM BLACK SHEEP OUT LATER THIS YEAR
ON EONE MUSIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE WILD! RELEASE STILL BELIEVE IN ROCK AND ROLL TODAY

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

BUY/STREAM ALBUM 

LISTEN TO STANDOUT TRACK KING OF THIS TOWN

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Tune in here.

About The Wild!

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

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

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

LINEUP

Dylan Villain – Vocals/Guitar

Benny The Kid – Guitar

Boozus – Bass/Vocals

Crash Anderson – Drums

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

WATCH THE SHOW VIA IHEART RADIO

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

LEARN MORE AND SUPPORT URGNT’S GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Visit and support URGNT on GoFundMe

 

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

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

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

INFO ON HOW TO JOIN CAN BE FOUND BELOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLAIRE DAGENAIS APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contacts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contacts médias:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A.CHAL RETURNS WITH HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW SINGLE PINK DUST

OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OUT NOW

NEW ALBUM DUE THIS YEAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.gazi.world

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

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

LISTEN TO PAIN AND LOVE HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFF UPCOMING EP BORN DEADLY OUT APRIL 3

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

TORONTO TOUR DATE ON MAY 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE TWINKLE TWINKLE

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

FESTIVAL APPEARANCES AND MORE SET FOR 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre Order That’s How Rumors Get Started here

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OVERCOATS NEW ALBUM THE FIGHT OUT NOW

YOUR ANTIDOTE TO THE CURRENT APOCALYPSE

PERFORMING AT SXSW

CANADIAN TOUR DATES IN APRIL INCLUDE VANCOUVER,
TORONTO AND MONTREAL

MORE DATES ADDED TO NORTH AMERICAN
HEADLINE TOUR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DAY SULAN RELEASES NEW SINGLE & MUSIC VIDEO MASCARA

ANNOUNCES SIGNING TO YG’S 4HUNNID & EPIC RECORDS

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

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

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

Get ready for more from her in 2020 and beyond.                                               

ABOUT DAY SULAN:

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

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AVATAR PREMIERES LEGEND OF AVATAR COUNTRY: A METAL ODYSSEY

WATCH VIDEO HERE

PREPARING NEW ALBUM FOR 2020

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

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

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

 

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

WATCH NEW VIDEO PLAY THE VICTIM AT DECIBEL

ALL NEW LP DUE OUT NEXT YEAR
PRE-ORDER NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View Play The Victim at Decibel here.

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

 

Circle Of Darkness Track Listing:

1. Play The Victim

2. Witness Hell

3. Paradox Of Death

4. Eternal Fire

5. Circle Of Darkness

6. Evil One

7. Incantation

8. NRFTL

9.World In Blood

10. Urge To Kill

 

PLAGUE YEARS:

Tim Engelhardt – vocals

Eric Lauder – guitar

Rian Staber – bass

Mike Jurysta – drums

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ALIOCHA SHARES NEW SINGLE PEGGY (STONE BREAKER)

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

SOPHOMORE ALBUM NAKED OUT MARCH 20

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

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

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

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

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

NAKED TRACKLISTING:

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

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

LISTEN TO LATEST ALBUM BINARY GARDEN 

WATCH VIDEO FOR MOMENTA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About AURAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Buy/stream Binary Gardenffm.to/binarygarden

 

TOUR DATES: 

May 1 – Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s 

May 2 – Waterloo, ON – Chainsaw 

May 3 – Hamilton, ON – Doors Pub

May 4 – London, ON – Call The Office

May 5 – Ottawa, ON – Babylon

May 6 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar 

May 7 – Jonquiere, QC – Cote Cour

May 8 – Quebec City, QC – La Source

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

 

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

COME ON OUT AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING AND DOWNLOAD TODAY HERE

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

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

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

HOLLYWOOD PARK ARRIVES VIA ROUNDER RECORDS ON FRIDAY, MAY 8

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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POP EVIL ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE THE VERSATILE TOUR

TOUR INCLUDES EIGHT CANADIAN STOPS

NEW MUSIC TO BE RELEASED THIS SPRING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH VIDEO HERE

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

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CRAIG STICKLAND RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM STARLIT AFTERNOON TODAY

STARLIT AFTERNOON VAN SESSION OUT NOW WATCH HERE

LISTEN TO STARLIT AFTERNOON HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spend a Starlit Afternoon with Craig Stickland.

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ANT SAUNDERS RELEASES U KNOW IT’S REAL

WATCH U KNOW IT’S REAL HERE

FORTHCOMING EP TO BE RELEASED THIS SPRING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRE ORDER LOOK LONG HERE

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE SHIT KICKIN’

INITIAL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED WITH CANADIAN STOPS IN TORONTO AND CALGARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRACK AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD

FEATURES BOOGEY THE BEAT & CHIPPEWA TRAVELLERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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www.atribecalledred.com
www.electricpowwow.com
www.soundcloud.com/a-tribe-called-red

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

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

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

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

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

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TOXIC HOLOCAUST’S NEW WORLD BEYOND VIDEO PREMIERES ON REVOLVER

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SOULFLY UNDERWAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS ANNOUNCE NEW EP BORN DEADLY

PREMIERE VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE REAL DEADLY
VIA COMPLEX

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LEXXICON PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR DI DON DONAT QUIP

PERFORMING IN TORONTO ON MARCH 12 AT BURDOCK

WITH HEADLINE SHOW ON APRIL 18 AT THE BOAT

NEW ALBUM BASHMENT TRAP HOUSEOUT NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Lexxicon

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

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

 

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

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

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

Buy/streamBashment Trap House:fanlink.to/BashmentTrapHouse

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

Photo by @daveoverthere

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LOVING ANNOUNCE SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

CANADIAN DATES IN VANCOUVER, MONTREAL,
TORONTO AND VICTORIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"soundtrack of lush guitars and an easygoing ambience" 
SUBSTREAM

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

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

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www.lovingband.com

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

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SOCCER MOMMY SHARES NEW SONG BLOODSTREAM

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

SOPHOMORE ALBUM COLOR THEORY OUT FRIDAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MATT HOLUBOWSKI RELEASES NEW ALBUM WEIRD ONES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* with Tamino

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www.mattholubowski.com

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KATIE PRUITT’S DEBUT ALBUM EXPECTATIONS OUT TODAY

RECEIVES WIDESPREAD ACCLAIM

HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED INCLUDING SOLD-OUT SHOW TONIGHT IN NASHVILLE

PERFORMING IN TORONTO ON APRIL 13

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

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

“an immediately captivating listen” – American Songwriter

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

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

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

“stunning”No Depression

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

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

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

“beautifully crafted and casually powerful songs” Nashville Scene

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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www.katiepruitt.com

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BEST COAST'S NEW ALBUM ALWAYS TOMORROW OUT TODAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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www.bestcoast.net

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JEAN-PAUL DE ROOVER RELEASES NEW ALBUM LOSS TODAY

PREMIERES AT RX MUSIC

LISTEN TO LOSS HERE

ON TOUR THROUGHOUT ONTARIO AND QUEBEC 

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR WRECK

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Jean-Paul De Roover: 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Buy and stream LOSSsmarturl.it/jpdrloss

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

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www.jeanpaulderoover.com

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ROYCE 5’9” RELEASES NEW ALBUM THE ALLEGORY

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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www.royce59.com

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

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

ADDITIONAL HEADLINING DATES ANNOUNCED

CANADAIN STOPS IN VANCOUVER, CALGARY, TORONTO AND MONTREAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE CONTORTIONIST RELEASE 1979 MUSIC VIDEO

OUR BONES EP OUT NOW

ON TOUR WITH DEVIN TOWNSEND IN FEBRUARY + MARCH

WITH SHOWS IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL NEXT WEEK

TICKETS ON SALE NOW 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


TOUR DATES:

February 27 – Pheonix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON

February 28 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC

February 29 – Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY 

March 1 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA 

March 3 – Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA 

March 5 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC

March 6 – Centre Stage – Atlanta, GA 

March 7 – The Palza Live – Orlando, FL 

March 9 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX 

March 10 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX

March 12 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN 

March 13 – The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI 

March 14 – Metro – Chicago, IL 

March 15 – House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH 

March 16 – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD 

March 19 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN

March 20 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS

March 21 – The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO 

March 23 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ

March 24 – The Mayan – Los Angeles, CA

March 25 – The Regency Ballroom  San Francisco, CA 


Buy/stream Our Bones: ffm.to/ourbonesep

 

DOWNLOAD–Hi Res Press Photo

www.thecontortionist-store.com

www.thecontortionistband.bandcamp.com

 

 

About eOne:

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

 

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

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

PREMIERES VIA COMPLEX CANADA

NEW ALBUM SPIRIT OF HIP HOPDUE JUNE 29 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

About David Strickland

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOWNLOAD– Hi Res Press PhotoDOWNLOAD– Hi Res Turtle IslandArt

www.davidstricklandstudios.com

About Entertainment One

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

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

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

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

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE

ALBUM RELEASE SHOWIN TORONTO TONIGHT 
 

WATCH VIDEO FOR MONEY AIN’T FREE

2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATION FOR 
REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About STORRY

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

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

UpcomingTour Dates:

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

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

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

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

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

Watch Money Ain’t Freeyoutu.be/9jrHqo4M9LI

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

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

Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A

STORRY on Spotify: spoti.fi/2EyxzUE

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

MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE NIGHT LIKE THIS NOW STREAMING ONLINE

PARADISE AVAILABLE VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE ON FRIDAY MAY 8

WATCH NIGHT LIKE THIS MUSIC VIDEO

LISTEN TO NIGHT LIKE THIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AUSTIN’S MOBLEY ANNOUNCES NEW EP

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

SHARES NOBODY’S FAVOURITE SINGLE + VIDEO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.mobleywho.com

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

 

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

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

LISTEN TO NEW SONGS STRANGERS AND LET LOOSE

HEADLINING TOUR TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre Order physical copy of Rearrange Us here

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www.mtjoyband.com

 

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

WATCH COMPLEX CANADAGO BEHIND THE SCENES


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

PERFORMING AT NOISE POP, SXSW
SKELETON PARK ARTS AND OSHEAGA 

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

"13th Floor is the thrilling sound of a hungry newcomer who knows she has your attention and will play every card in her hand to keep it."Complex

"Sounds like: The flow of Missy Elliott mixed with the soul of Destiny’s Child...There’s no telling how far she'll go.”XXL

“When Haviah released 13thFloor in May 2019, the discourse livened”– DJ Booth

With the release of 13thFloor, the world witnessed the coming of the next Canadian hip-hop titan in Haviah Mighty (real name, no gimmicks)”– Exclaim!

 

Toronto, ON – February 18, 2020 – Following a monumental year including a Polaris Music Prize win, numerous accolades, while rocking festival stages and concert halls around the world, Toronto trailblazerHaviah Mightyshares a new video for Smokefeaturing fellow Toronto artist, Clairmont The Second. The video was directed byJon Rieraand produced by VR specialists, Combo Bravo– watch Smoke here. Complex Canada joined Haviah and Clairmont The Second on set to capture the magic – watch their behind the scenes feature here.

 

Smokeis from her 2019 album,  13thFloorwhich was awarded the Polaris Music Prize last year, standing as her most fully realized album to date. On the song, Haviah says, “Smoke manifested from the underdog experience. As a female in Hip-Hop, and as a black female in Canada, it often feels like I’m fighting the stereotypes and history that precedes me - fighting the ignorance - fighting the negativity - to be recognized as regular, as equal, and be given a fair chance in all facets. None of these preconceived ideas match what I feel within me, but I still remind myself of not only societal stigmas, but other people’s stigmas, and how that shapes their perception of me. How the hardships that blacks sometimes face, shapes others’ perceptions of us. And how, despite all the noise and ignorance, there is no one who can truly identify the ‘shape’ of you, but you. This song is to empower those in their self-affirming thoughts, and in the moments of necessarily reminding ourselves of our greatness. In this day in age, where we talk about ‘drama’ as smoke, I approach it from the opposing angle - let’s avoid that. Let’s just live, and be.”

Received to critical acclaim, 13thFlooris an outspoken, raw testament to the underdog experience. Fans across North America can experience Haviah’s unparalleled live set this month, as she heads out on tour. Haviah will perform her first headline show in the US e at New York’s Mercury Lounge on February 20, followed by shows at Le Belmont in Montreal alongside Lou Phelps, and Noise Pop Festival in Oakland, California. In March, she heads to western Canada for a show in Victoria, BC, followed by an exclusive Boiler Room set in Vancouver on March 11, with festival debuts at SXSW, Skeleton Park Arts Festival and Osheaga Music and Art Festival this summer. See below for all details. 

 

In advance of the album release, Haviah made waves across Canada, sharing insight on the album through conversations with etalk,ELLE CanadaFLARE,NOW MagazineSOCAN,Canadian MusicianKreative Kontroland The Strombo Show, and DJ Booth. Audiences witnessed her deliver fierce bars on Sideways StudioBreakfast TelevisionCBC qand an exclusive performance of the album on CBC’s First Play Live

 

13th Floor is Haviah’s most fully realized body of work to date following her acclaimed 2017 album, Flower City. In addition to being a member of renowned trio, The Sorority, Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009. 13th Floor highlights Haviah’s vast musical influences and incredible production style. She co-executively produced the record with Tim ‘2oolman’ Hill (of A Tribe Called Red) and collaborated with numerous artists including Sean Leon (Waves), Clairmont The Second (Smoke), and her sister, Omega Mighty (Wishy Washy). Production features include 2oolman, Obuxum, Robotaki, Young Dreadz, Taabu, Lambo and her younger brother, Mighty Prynce.

The project highlights Haviah’s relentless work ethic and vast sonic influences. The album ranges from classic rap/hip-hop elements to inflections of sounds from Haviah’s Caribbean roots, frenetic electro and diverse instrumentation. The 13 tracks on the record are conceptual and fluid as they reflect Haviah’s journey over the past couple of years. Lyrical themes highlight experiences of Haviah’s upbringing, unlearning, rejecting societies deemed “ailments” to transcend expectations and perceptions of others, breaking barriers and stereotypes, the change and progression that evolves from challenges, not compromising to accommodate, and passages to self-love. 

About Haviah Mighty

Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn’t be more accurate a word to describe the 26-year-old artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.

 

Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Haviah started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15. Well-known for being one of the three MCs who make up The Sorority — a hip-hop group born during an all-female cypher on International Women’s Day in 2016 — Haviah is making equally large waves as a solo artist.

 

Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009, but it was her project, Flower City (2017), that propelled her solo career into further success. In 2018, Mighty’s track, Vámonos, appeared on HBO’s hit series, Insecure. That same year, Mighty was declared winner of the prestigious 2018/2019 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class.

 

Haviah’s explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has also quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, Kranium, A Tribe Called Red, and Snoop Dogg.

 

13th Floor is out now, buy it/stream it on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and more here.
13th Floor now available on vinyl here.

 

Smoke:bit.ly/2SBnq16

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Wishy Washy (ft. Omega Mighty):foundation-media.lnk.to/WishyWashy

Waves (ft. Sean Leon): smarturl.it/haviahmighty-waves

In Women Colour: smarturl.it/hm-inwomencolour

TOUR DATES:
February 20 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
February 21 – Le Belmont – Montreal QC
February 24 – Noise Pop Festival – The New Parish – Oakland, CA
March 1 – Capital Ballroom – Victoria, BC
March 4 – The Basement – Los Angeles, CA
March 6 – Sheridan College Davis Campus (students only) – Brampton, ON 
March 11 – Boiler Room x AXE Music @ Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, BC

March 13-22 – SXSW – Austin, TX
June 21 – Skeleton Park Arts Festival – Kingston, ON 
July 31 – Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – Parc Jean-Drapeau – Montreal, QC

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www.haviahmighty.com

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THE WILD! ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM STILL BELIEVE IN ROCK AND ROLL SET FOR RELEASE MARCH 20 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

PRE-ORDERNOW 

EUROPEAN TOUR WITH tAkida AND AIRBOURNE BEGINS MARCH 18 WITH STOPS IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC IN MAY

Toronto, ON – February 18, 2020 – Following the success of their 2017 project, Wild At Heart, West Coast Canadian rockers, The Wild!, return with their forthcoming album, Still Believe In Rock And Roll, set for release March 20 via Entertainment One (“eOne”) . The title rings trueas a definition of the band’s roots, and the spirit of their music. Pre-order the album here

 

“In a time where our genre has never seemed more lost, we stay the course,” says lead vocalist and guitarist, Dylan Villain.“Some of us still believe in rock and roll music and this album is for those of us that do.”

 

The Wild! have traversed stages worldwide; from intimate venues to festival grounds, the band delivers a highly passionate live set with no shortage of blistering solos, sing-alongs, and crowd-surfing, with your fist in the air. They will take Still Believe In Rock And Roll on the road next month, kicking off in Europe on March 18 with a show in Budapest, Hungary and wrapping in Quebec on May 24, with shows across Ontario in between. The Wild! will be joining Airbourne and tAkida on select dates.

 

About The Wild!

The Wild! still believe in rock n’ roll and after one listen, so will you. The rebellious foursome from the Great White North are a perfect mixture of rock’n’roll swagger and punk rock attitude. The Canadian quartet’s third album, Still Believe In Rock And Roll was produced by the band’s own Dylan Villain and A-list producer/engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith), who has been a massive champion of the band from the start.

In just a handful of years, The Wild! have cracked the Active Rock and iTunes Rock Charts with top numbers, while logging significant road miles in North America and Europe, touring with the likes of Airbourne, Steel Panther, Rose Tattoo, Godsmack and many others. They’ve played major festivals like Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville, Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock, and more. Over the years, the band has always been committed to writing songs that ignite their high-energy live show. Right from the first album, GxDxWxB (2015) to the follow-up, Wild At Heart (2017) and especially, Still Believe In Rock And Roll (2020).

The Wild! are lifers on the highway paved by the many great bands that came before them with heart, authenticity, and a deep commitment to what they do. To quote Classic Rock Magazine, “The Wild! celebrate the spirit of rock and roll and flatten everything that stands in their way.”      
 

LINEUP

Dylan Villain – Vocals/Guitar

Benny The Kid – Guitar

Boozus – Bass/Vocals

Crash Anderson – Drums

 

 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

March 18 - Budapest, Hungary - Dürer Kert *

March 19 - Kraków, Poland - Klub Zaścianek *

March 20 - Dresden, Germany – Reithalle *

March 21 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys Neue Welt *

March 23 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36 *

March 24 - Bielefeld, Germany - Lokschuppen Bielefeld *

March 25 - Magdeburg, Germany - Factory Event Center Dominion Club GbR *

March 26 - Stuttgart, Germany – Universum *

March 27 - Memmingen, Germany – Kaminwerk *

March 28 - Regensburg, Germany - Airport Obertraubling *

March 29 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Konzertfabrik Z7 & Mini Z7 *

March 31 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Kulturzentrum Schlachthof *

April 1 - Paris, France - O'Sullivans By The Mill *

April 2 - Köln, Germany – Essigfabrik *

April 3 - Flensburg, Germany - Roxy Concerts *

April 4 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Q-Factory *

April 5 - London, United Kingdom - O2 Academy Islington *

May 19 - London, ON - London Music Hall ##

May 20 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace ##

May 22 - Québec, QC - Impérial Bell ##

May 23 - Montréal, QC - Théâtre Corona ##

May 24 - Québec, QC - Impérial Bell ##

With tAkida = *

With Airbourne = ##

 

“With songs absolutely reeking of rot-gut moonshine and hi-octane gasoline, The Wild! really do rock it like they talk it, and then some!”– Classic Rock Magazine (UK)

 

“A sound that is hard, rough, and real as it gets.”– Tattoo.com

 

“We just can’t get enough of these guys.”– Pure Grain Audio

 

“Even before The Wild! released their phenomenal debut album, there was a real buzz about the Canadian rockers.”– Sleaze Roxx

 

“The Wild! (exclamation mark not optional) are a raucous hit of
southern-fried rock n’ roll.”
– Electric City

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The Wild! on Spotify: spoti.fi/2OSHQAH

www.thewildrocknroll.com

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF’S AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT OUT NOW ON STAX RECORDS TO CRITICAL PRAISE