LAILA BIALI DEBUTS VIDEO FOR NEWLY RELEASED COVER OF LEONARD COHEN CLASSIC ANTHEM

QUARANTUNES VIDEO FOR THE TRACK
PREMIERES TODAY WITH CBC Q

BIALI ANNOUNCED AS THE RECIPIENT OF
THE 2020 HAGOOD HARDY AWARD
AT THE 31st ANNUAL SOCAN AWARDS

Toronto, ON – September 21, 2020 – Today, JUNO Award-winner, Laila Biali, shares the third installment of her Quarantunes video series with Anthem – a special cover of the Leonard Cohen classic, aptly being released on what would have been his 86th birthday. Have a listen to the cover here and watch the video here, which premiered today with CBC q.

“‘Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.’ Leonard Cohen would be turning 86 today. I've always found his writing to speak to the moment history finds itself in; but these lyrics from my favourite song of his, Anthem, are as current and impactful as ever almost thirty years later – timely and timeless,” says Biali of the song.

This isn’t the first time that Biali has given her interpretation of Anthem. In 2007, CBC Records commissioned the singer to take music from what she considers to be the “Great Canadian Songbook”, and arrange it for a Jazz ensemble. “Anthem was the closing track on that album, which I called From Sea to Sky,” reflects Biali. “But the song stuck with me, and recently I found myself wanting to contemporize the arrangement, to bring it forward with a fresh approach that better aligns with my current sound.” 

The video for Anthem follows previously released Quarantunes videos for Sugar and Revivalsongs found on Biali’s 2020 release, Out of Dust – and again features an expansive ensemble of instrumentalists and singers including: GRAMMY Award nominee, Alan Ferber (trombone, horn arrangement), plus William Sperandei (trumpet), John Ellis (tenor sax), Glenn Patscha (organ), Ben Wittman (drums), Rich Brown (bass), and backing vocalists, Michelle Willis, Joanna Majoko, Adam Thomas, Venissa Butler, Jenna Cowans and Kerroy Williams. Each musician recorded their own part at home, with everything later mixed and mastered by Ben Wittman, Laila's husband and co-producer.

Biali's new album, Out of Dust, was to include 3+ months of global tour dates, covering Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Because she can no longer bring this music to physical stages around the world, Biali went for the next best thing – with the Quarantunes series – 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.

Stay tuned for a special tribute to Joni Mitchell set for release later this fall, and more installments of Laila Biali’s Quarantunes series coming soon!

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About Laila Biali:
Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host 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 2019, Laila’s eponymous release won her a JUNO (Canada's GRAMMY) for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. The year before that, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Laila was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards when 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). Laila's highly anticipated album, Out of Dust, which features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis, was released March 27, 2020.

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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ACE FREHLEY RELEASES NEW ALBUM ORIGINS VOL. 2 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

FEATURING JOHN 5, LITA FORD, BRUCE KULICK,
ROBIN ZANDER
AND MORE

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member, Ace Frehley, has released his highly-anticipated second collection of eleven rock 'n' roll covers titled Origins Vol. 2, today via Entertainment One (eOne).

The record acts as the sequel to Frehley’s 2016 album, Origins Vol. 1, and continues his reflections on a lifetime in music and inspiration. Frehley is joined by friends on guest appearances, such as Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, former KISS comrade Bruce Kulick, John 5, and Lita Ford. Frehley and company tackle high energy versions of deep cuts and classics by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and other musical touchstones of rock. No stranger to cover versions throughout his musical history — having recorded, rebranded, and repossessed such notable nuggets as "New York Groove," "Do Ya" and "I Wanna Go Back" throughout his eight previous studio efforts — this new collection presents a thoughtful and exciting selection of songs that inspired and helped shape the legendary guitarist. 

Describing the process in selecting the songs on this album, Ace comments, "I just thought about the songs that I used to play in clubs when I was doing other people's material. I went through my album collection and thought about the songs that influenced me the most. It was fun picking out the songs. It's a pretty well-rounded record and I think the fans will enjoy it.” That spirit of fun is carried through with exquisite execution and guitar aficionados are going to enjoy Frehley's fresh interpretations of these classic songs. 

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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. www.entertainmentone.com

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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES GERRY ATWELL AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2020 HERITAGE AWARD

ALL WINNERS OF THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS
TO BE ANNOUNCED ON SEPTEMBER 25
DURING SPECIAL LIVESTREAMED EVENT

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance is thrilled to announce award-winning musician, and creative mentor, Gerry Atwell, as the 2020 recipient of the Heritage Award. Each year, the Heritage Award is presented to a person who has made significant contributions to the music industry over the course of their career. 

Gerry Atwell was larger than life and truly a Renaissance Man.  He was known for his vigourous performance on-stage, and his gentlemanly demeanor off. He was most known as a keyboard player and vocalist with bands such as the JUNO Award-winning Eagle & Hawk, Ministers of Cool, Rockalypso, the Boogie Nights Band and Voice of Boom. He was a dedicated board member, mentor and facilitator for a long list of arts services, community and social justice organizations, and oftentimes, a founding member of new organizations where he saw need.  His work can be felt throughout the whole city of Winnipeg, in organizations such as the St. Norbert Arts Centre, the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre – where Atwell was instrumental in the creation of its successful Just TV program – Manitoba Music, the Black Educators Association of Manitoba, the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, Manitoba Film & Music and many more. Atwell mentored many young and aspiring artists, with a particular interest in inspiring youth through music and the arts. His peers described him as a connector – and not just for music – and an essential go-to person in the music community.

“I think it’s absolutely great that Gerry is recognized and honoured at this year’s BOW/ WCMA,” exclaims Vince Fontaine, Eagle & Hawk / Rising Sun Productions.Gerry was a proud Manitoban and talented musician who always looked for ways to build and move the needle in the name of cultural voice and societal justice. He was a wonderful friend and is missed dearly.” 

“Gerry Atwell will forever be a leading light in our music community,” adds Stephen Carroll, BreakOut West Winnipeg Host Committee Co-Chair. “There is not a stage in this province, and only a few across the country, which he hasn’t graced. It would be hard to find a Manitoba musician who hasn’t benefited from his advice or mentorship. Through his multifaceted career in music – as a performer, bandleader, and administrator – he became a vital figure in our music scene. He leaves a legacy of moving performances, and his generous spirit will be an inspiration for future generations of Manitoba musicians. The Winnipeg Host Committee is humbled to nominate him for the 2020 Western Canadian Music Heritage Award.”

Atwell will be formally honoured as the Heritage Award recipient during a special livestreamed event on Friday, September 25, where all winners of the Western Canadian Music Awards will be revealed as well. The full list of 2020 Western Canadian Music Award nominees can be found here.

About Western Canadian Music Alliance
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music.  WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. Due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event will be held online, Sept 25 - Oct 9, 2021. Traditionally, BreakOut West is comprised of a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and the Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards programs.

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

www.breakoutwest.ca
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CHRISTIAN FRENCH UNVEILS GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME EP

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – Boasting a series of breakout singles, 23-year-old alternative pop singer-songwriter, Christian French, releases the good things take time EP (via Disruptor Records/RCA Records).

About the EP, Christian shares, “good things take time is about the trial and error of figuring life out and finding what works best for yourself. The project encompasses both my personal life and life as a musician. I’ve realized life is going to throw you curveballs, and there’s no way to know what’s coming or how to perfectly deal with things. All you can do is your best in every situation and approach challenges optimistically. Be patient. What you’re going through will help you continuously grow and become a better version of yourself. That’s what life is about.”

The upbeat title track, good things take time, mixes French’s smooth vocals with buoyant production and sets a hopeful tone for the EP. The soulful, self-aware anthem showcases Christian’s optimism and patience while on his journey of personal growth and self-love and acceptance.

Already, tracks from the EP – such as i think too much,  time of our lives, crowded room, make or break up and paper thin – have cumulatively tallied millions of streams and counting and has received praise from TIME Magazine, Billboard, Ones To Watch, BELLO Mag, American Songwriter, and CelebMix.

Elsewhere on the seven-track set, wake up pairs a lush soundscape with French’s trademark velvety vocals and optimism. A timely reminder of the world we live in, he advises listeners to look within, encourage each other, and course-correct, because “we’ve been sleeping but alarms are going off, so it’s time to wake up.”

The good things take time EP follows French's highly successful breakout single head first, which maintains staggering momentum since its May 2019 release. Amassing over 50 million worldwide streams collectively, and averaging over 200k 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.

Two years ago, hockey lover and Fisher, Indiana native Christian French put his pre-med textbooks on the shelf forever to follow his true passion: using his music to share his unique perspective on life. Today, Christian has become one of Americas fastest-rising indie-pop princes. Starting out with covers on SoundCloud – emulating his favourite artists 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 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, setting the tone for his bright 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 on recording and releasing his independent debut EP, natural colors, which has amassed over 25 million streams to date. In 2019, Christian signed to Disruptor Records/Sony Music and released his bright side of the moon EP which features the biggest hit of his career, head first, which he followed by embarking on his debut headlining tour. With rock scope, pop palatability, and lyrical vulnerability his most recent singles, i think too much, time of our lives, and crowded room showcase the nuances of his singular style and encompass pivotal thoughts about his ascendant journey thus far.

TRACKLISTING:
1. good things take time
2. wake up
3. i think too much
4. crowded room
5. make or break up
6. time of our lives
7. paper thin

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SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF UPCOMING ALBUM THE RECKLESS ONE SET TO DROP NOVEMBER 20

SHARE LEAD SINGLE DON’T HAVE TO BE

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – Today, JUNO-nominated gospel and soul-based group, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, announce the upcoming release of their new full-length project, The Reckless One. Set for release November 20 via Gypsy Soul Records, the album will feature lead single, Don’t Have To Be. Sporting an earworm melody that will instantly have listeners humming along, the track features swirling Booker T-inspired organ, a swaggering horn line and Samantha Martin’s trademark hurricane-force vocals. Listen to Don’t Have To Be here and watch the video here.

“Don’t Have to Be is about confrontations, and how empathy and the willingness of both parties to see the other person’s perspective can go a long way in creating common ground and understanding,” says Samantha Martin.

Following the group’s JUNO nomination for their 2018 release, Run To Me, The Reckless One (Produced by Darcy Yates and Renan Yildizdogan) builds on the strengths and pure talent of Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar. The 12 tracks cover a lot of ground, including 12/8 gospel-infused soul ballads such as, I’ve Got a Feeling and Better to Have Never; funk inflected tracks like Love is All Around; stomping four-on-the-floor dance numbers epitomized by Don’t Have To Be; and the Wall of Sound influenced Sacrifice. Over the course of the album, the discerning listener will detect a variety of influences ranging from Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones and Otis Redding to Booker T. and the MG’s, and the Memphis Horns. One track – All That I Am – is even slightly reminiscent of early 70s Emotions. It is without a doubt that every track on this album is filled with powerful vocals and instrumentals listeners will feel in their souls and leave lasting impressions.

Having written/co-written 11 of the 12 songs herself Samantha has a deep and largely personal connection to this album. “After a series of intense tours and big changes in my personal life that left me feeling ungrounded and emotionally raw, I felt intense pressure to write and record another record before we lost the momentum,” Martin shares. “Those feelings were channelled into my writing, and it is a deeply vulnerable collection of songs for me.  When it came time to get back in the studio to record the songs, I really let go of the process and put all my trust in the producers, and the band to help me realize the vision. I felt… reckless.”

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s debut release, 2015’s Send the Nightingale, was a stripped-down affair consisting of Martin, her two co-singers, and two guitars. For 2018’s Run to Me, Martin elected to record her emotionally wrought material with an expanded band, augmenting the core of Delta Sugar’s gospel-infused harmonies with a full rhythm section, piano, organ and an ever-so-soulful horn section. The Reckless One continues in the same trajectory, further expanding the palate of sounds with vibes, mellotron, Wurlitzer, Hammond and Farfisa organs plus strings.

Send the Nightingale was a stunning achievement which garnered four Maple Blues nominations in 2016, was regularly featured on the CBC, topped the blues charts on Stingray radio and propelled the group onto the stages of all the major Canadian festivals and clubs coast to coast. Subsequent to the album’s release, Martin was nominated three years in a row as Female Vocalist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards. Continuing to build on the group’s steam rolling momentum, in 2019 Run To Me garnered another four Maples Blues nominations, a Juno nomination and paved the way for Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s assault on European club and concert stages. Starting with a blitzkrieg attack consisting of 42 club dates in six weeks in early 2019, three tours and a year later the group was being booked at a number of major European festivals.

Keep an eye out for more news on Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar in the coming weeks as their release is right around the corner!

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SODOM GERMAN THRASH METAL LEGENDS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM GENESIS XIX ON NOVEMBER 27 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

COVER ART AND TRACK LISTING REVEALED 
+ PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – German thrash metal legends, SODOM, will release their new studio album, Genesis XIX, on November 27 via Entertainment One (“eOne”) in North America and Steamhammer/SPV in Europe.The album was recorded by Siggi Bemm and mastered by Patrick W. Engel and comes shrouded in cover illustration of Joe Petagno of Motörhead fame. Find the track listing and cover art below.

Genesis XIX will be released as a CD digipak, exclusive 2xLP (on translucent orange w/ opaque silver swirls – an eOne store exclusive) and digitally. For pre-orders, visit here. Stand by for further info and track teasers to be unveiled in the weeks to come.

Tracklisting:
1. Blind Superstition

2. Sodom & Gomorrah

3. Euthanasia

4. Genesis XIX

5. Nicht mehr mein Land

6. Glock N‘ Roll

7. The Harponeer

8. Dehumanized

9. Occult Perpetrator

10. Waldo & Pigpen

11. Indoctrination

12. Friendly Fire
 

SODOM:

Tom Angelripper -- bass, vocals

Frank Blackfire -- guitars

Yorck Segatz -- guitars

Toni Merkel – drums

www.sodomized.info

   
 

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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PLAGUE YEARS: METALSUCKS DEBUTS PARADOX OF DEATH VIDEO FROM DETROIT CROSSOVER THRASHERS

CIRCLE OF DARKNESS FULL-LENGTH OUT NOW AND STREAMING VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

WATCH/SHARE PARADOX OF DEATH VIDEO HERE

“…Plague Years turn chugging into an art form, making simple stomps feel like genuine riffs.” Decibel Magazine

“...a death thrash rager...” – Revolver

“Thrash has always been a diverse genre, with equal room for goofy party vibes and infernal paeans to the abyss. In 2020, it's the latter approach that seems most fitting and timely, and PLAGUE YEARS have absolutely nailed the desolate spirit of the age via some truly ripping thrash fucking metal.” – Blabbermouth

“…the quartet just freaking rages on songs such as the sledgehammer opener ‘Play The Victim’ or surgical strike of the title track. Somewhere, there is a skate park where someone has this cranked to 11 and is carving the bowl to bits to Incantation.” – Vancouver Sun

“Nonstop, unrelenting crossover death metal that can knock you on your ass even at its slowest moments. The intermixing of tempos and pacing is precisely calibrated for pure pit-destroying, headbanging-ready potential.” – Invisible Oranges

“When this band lays down a groove, the walls shake.” – New Noise Magazine

“…gnarly death metal and skull-bashing crossover in the same record… Need something to kick your ass in gear today? Getcha some Plague Years.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“…Circle Of Darkness will still knock you on your ass… A whirlwind of blackened and thrashing noise that has no shame with crossing over into many other metal territories. The end result, a thrill ride of savagery that will make the eyes water, the stomach acids boil, and the legs shake.” – Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life

“A powerhouse of explosive, groove-fuelled riffs, Circle Of Darkness is simply ferocious. The talented Lauder’s frantic soloing shrill and piercing in the best possible way, while Engelhardt’s vocal style – which might not appeal to everyone – is an integral part of their sound as each track takes on a horrific, uncontrollable life of its own.” – Ghost Cult

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 –
Detroit-based crossover death thrashers, Plague Years are pleased to unleash the video accompaniment to Paradox Of Death. Now playing at MetalSucks, the latest bruiser comes off the band’s raging Circle Of Darkness full-length, out today via Entertainment One (eOne). Circle Of Darkness is out now on CD, digital, and vinyl formats – visit here for ordering options. View Plague Years’ bludgeoning Paradox Of Death video clip via MetalSucks here.

Notes guitarist Eric Lauder of the track, “Paradox Of Death is a mid-tempo stomper. This is one of my favorite tracks and highlights Mike [Jurysta]’s incredible drumming. The song is a story about killing a snitch after he’s betrayed his people. Loyalty should never be broken. No mercy for rats. Never fold, never bend."

Mining 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, 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 likeminded 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.
 

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 band summons the primitive spirit of the singular moment when the heaviest of metal first smashed into a circle pit. Plague Years reignites that flame with sharp fury.

Watch videos for Incantation and Play The Victim here

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ARISTA RECORDS ARTIST JULIAN LAMADRID RELEASES NEW SINGLE PATIENCE

WATCH VIDEO HERE

“The 21-year-old grew up on Elvis, Pink Floyd, Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed, inspiring an eclectic mix of his artistry.” – FLAUNT

“…his own private Bohemian Rhapsody.’ - WONDERLAND
 
“‘…a dazzling pop exposition that features a frenzied, undeniably charismatic vocal.” - CLASH

"51 Of The Best Songs We've Heard This Year ("Red Car")" - POPSUGAR

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – 22-year-old Mexican singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Julian Lamadrid, is primed for the release of his newest single, Patience, along with the official music video out today via Arista Records.
 
Minimalism and tranquility are widely evident as overarching themes in the video for Patience, the whole of which features only a dancing Julian against a vast, color-changing backdrop. There are no other actors or inanimate objects, other than the synth we see Julian standing behind in the video’s opening. It’s as minimalistic as it gets, and yet you can’t take your eyes off of it.
 
“Patience is a practice of minimalism and tranquility,” shares Julian.
 
“The song is a reminder to take it easy and trust in the universe. The first verse acts as an inner dialogue, a reminder to myself that luck isn’t involved in any of this, it’s all about patience and persistence. The second verse is from the perspective of my father singing to me, acknowledging my frustrations, and urging me to stay calm and keep dancing.”

Born to Mexican immigrants, Julian moved to New York City from Dubai at the age of 18, crediting films such as ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Midnight Cowboy’ as reasons to enroll in New York University’s film school. He then graduated early upon signing with Arista Records/Sony Music Entertainment.

Frustrated by the societal pressure to create data driven and social media-focused art, Julian set out to create an audible pathway towards the future of pop music. He brings a refreshingly global perspective to his craft – an infectious blend of New Wave, bedroom-pop and British Rock. 

Since beginning his musical journey, Julian has been praised by notable tastemakers like Wonderland, CLASHFlaunt MagazineTMRW MagazineVMANBillboard and more. 1883 Magazine lauded him for “living and breathing art in its many forms.” 

Patience follows the April 2020 release of the hit single, "My Time," a multi-layered and beat-driven track entirely written and produced by Julian. In 2019, Julian released his project, Mala Noche, which featured the tracks, MessNeonDie YoungRed Car, and  Moment. Not only did Julian compose and produce the entire project, he also directed the accompanying visuals.

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BUTCHER BROWN’S #KINGBUTCH OUT TODAY WITH MAJOR LABEL DEBUT ON CONCORD JAZZ

BUY/STREAM NOW

ALBUM MARKS CAREER BREAKTHROUGH FOR
RICHMOND, VA POWERHOUSE MIX OF SONGS, BEATS, RHYMES AND GROOVES FORETELLS JAZZ/HIP-HOP FUTURE

 “With No Rowdy Fans, ESPN Turns to Little Richard for ‘Monday Night Football’ ThemeHow the late rock & roll icon’s “Rip It Up,” with additional music by the group Butcher Brown, officially replaced Hank Williams, Jr.’s long-running intro” 
– Rolling Stone feature w/ Butcher Brown interview
 

"...this is an ensemble that plays from a place of community, with shared love and kindred instincts that work riffs and grooves until they infect rather than merely impress...they can roam with jam-band elasticity and still lock down the funk. And thanks to their abundant scholarship, they know that the texture of music from any era can always be raw, seared, souffle’d, or liquefied, depending upon how competently you manage the heat." 
– Britt Robson, Bandcamp's Album of the Day
 

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – #KingButchhashtag proudly attached—is the title of Butcher Brown’s soon-to-be top-trending album, the eighth in the band’s up-from-the-roots legacy, and their first with Concord Records, out everywhere today on the Concord Jazz imprint. The 13 tracks collectively represent a bold step forward for the 5-piece group from Richmond, Virginia. Remaining true to the group’s heady fusion of contemporary hip-hop, ‘70s fusion, ‘60s jazz and funk—even echoes of Southern rock and marching band music show up#KingButch is a powerfully original statement that reaches across divisions of genre, generation, ethnicity, and geography. Significantly, the new recording also reveals a side of Butcher Brown that’s been developing and is now in full-flower: a song-crafting, studio maturity on a par with their national reputation as an explosive live act. Listen to #KingButch here.

 

#KingButch, like previous Butcher Brown recordings, was recorded in their home recording facility—Jellowstone Studios (the group’s “nerve centre”)—and features the striking and diverse talents of the band’s members: deejay / producer / keyboardist DJ Harrison; drummer,  Corey Fonville; bassist Andrew Randazzo; trumpeter / saxophonist / MC Marcus “Tennishu” Tenney; and guitarist Morgan Burrs. The album also benefits from the production skills of Chris Dunn (N’Dambi, NEXT Collective, Leela James, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah), Concord Records’ Sr. Director of A&R, and was recorded in a furiously creative, two-week period last October. The cover art was created by famed designer Lou Beach, famed for his iconic cover of Weather Report’s 1977 classic, Heavy Weather. Butcher Brown’s career has been guided for the past four years by veteran artist manager David Passick (Herbie Hancock, Don Was, Maxwell), whose management firm represents a number of pioneering musicians in the jazz/hip-hop overlap; #KingButch is dedicated to Passick’s long-time partner, Jack Leitenberg, who passed away last year.
 

Track by track, the musical menagerie on #KingButch is a balance of stylistic flavors—polished and raw, urban and country, North and South—offering a fluid, feel-good sonic journey: from the party-starting, neo-soul lope of the opening track Fonkadelica, and the exuberant, horn-driven energy (serious EWF echoes!) of Cabbage (DFC); to the hypnotic, guitar-driven groove of Broad Rock; the ethereal cover of Ronnie Laws’ Tidal Wave, fusing it with flavors from Black Moon’s 1993 classic, Who Got Da Props, which sampled it; and the soaring, skipping-through-clouds feel of Love Lock, reviving a 1978 Mtume tune with a melodic line that stays for days. There are the album’s four tunes highlighting Tennishu’s rhymes and flow: the relaxed, acid-jazz vibe of the title track; the skillful, free-styling Hopscotch; and the bossa nova-flavoured Gum In My MouthFor The City offers a taste of South Coast hip-hop flavor, and features RVA rapper Fly Anakin.

 

#KingButch is a direct outgrowth of Butcher Brown’s burgeoning popularity, building since the group’s first homegrown releases in 2013. Many of the songs were born on the road during a busy two-year period, when they shared the stage with such jazz, funk, and jam-band favorites as Kamasi Washington, Galactic, Turkuaz, and Lettuce. “We did so many tours from 2017 through most of 2019,” Corey Fonville says. “We were working on much of this material, working it out every night like an open rehearsal, developing a set list and sharpening these songs until it just felt natural once we got into the studio.”
 

Butcher Brown settled into Jellowstone studio last October with Harrison engineering and Chris Dunn producing, setting their sights on creating a new level of experience for their fans. “All the guys in Butcher Brown are great players but also can think like producers,” says Chris Dunn. “For a few tracks, they brought in music from their live shows, some that were more than twelve minutes long. We discussed what the recipe should be, and they jumped right in trimming, shaping, adding, and finally fashioning a blend of rawness and lo-fi sophistication that was all their own. Watching it come together track by track, I believe #KingButch opens up an exciting new chapter for the band creatively.”
 

Two weeks was the longest the group has devoted to a single recording project. “We were all in the room together, no other dates to get to, no other distractions,” says Harrison. “Some days we went from 11 to 7, some it was 12 noon until super late at night but nothing else. It was like the whole Quincy Jones-Bruce Swedien‑Michael Jackson team aspect.”


Harrison’s familiarity with the recording team behind Thriller suggests his—and Butcher Brown’s—fluency with the musical tradition they are carrying forward, and their appreciation for the production and engineering side of their craft. The group’s decision—and Concord’s—to release #KingButch in the midst of the current pandemic was not one they made lightly, but with the conscious intention of sharing a needed spark of joy and connection. “It’s a time now when people need to be uplifted, they need to hear new music,” says Chris Dunn. “Of course we were worried about releasing an album without the chance to tour, especially with a live band like Butcher Brown, but we said, no—we can’t wait. This music has to come out.”

Track Listing: 

1.Fonkadelica 

2.#KingButch 

3.Broad Rock

4.Cabbage (DFC)

5.Gum In My Mouth

6. Frontline (Intro) 

7.Frontline

8.1992

9.Love Lock 

10.Hopscotch

11.Tidal Wave 

12.For The City feat. Fly Anakin

13. IDK

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DAWES TAKE ON MENTAL HEALTH AND SURVIVAL IN NEW SONG/VIDEO DIDN'T FIX ME

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER ARRIVES VIA ROUNDER RECORDS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

“It’s Goldsmith and the band at their most sweetly effective, and it's paired with a music video to match.” – Consequence of Sound

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – LA rockers Dawes have released a deeply thoughtful and insightful new song and video about mental health and personal survival today. Didn't Fix Me, available now at all DSPs and streaming services, is the fourth song from the Los Angeles-based band’s eagerly awaited seventh studio LP, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 6x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album arrives via Rounder Records on Friday, October 2; pre-orders are available here.

Consequence of Sound premiered Didn't Fix Me yesterday, saying, "Now more than ever, we’re all on our own journeys to try and feel just a little bit better. Of course, the double-edged sword of it all is no matter how good a place we find ourselves in, this year has made it ever more clear that such harmony is frail. But as anyone with any experience giving or receiving mental health advice will tell you, that’s normal. Feeling 100% all the time is an unfeasible expectation – and that’s okay. If you ever need a reminder of that, Dawes have delivered what could be the perfect musical hug with their new song...If you’re at all empathetic to the emotional strains of daily life, grab a box of tissues and check out the video."

"It feels very natural to outsource our problems," says Taylor Goldsmith. "Telling ourselves 'once I have this job, this partner, this amount of money, etc, I will be happy' is really effective and convenient. Unfortunately, no one’s life actually works that way. I'm sure we all know plenty of miserable people who seem to have it all and plenty of blissful people that seem to have close to nothing. This song is about the efforts one makes to find some easy fix, unable to recognize that it will never work that way, that we are in the end our own responsibility."

Didn't Fix Me follows the release last month of the captivating and reflective Still Feel Like A Kid.

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER was first heralded by last month’s premiere of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? The high-spirited track is joined by an official companion video, directed by actress/filmmaker Caitlin Gerard and streaming now at the official Dawes YouTube channel. Last month also saw Goldsmith nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song, Memorized, from the NBC show This Is Us.

Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? was met by widespread applause upon its July premiere, with Rolling Stone hailing it as “a turbo-charged Eighties heartland rocker that finds Goldsmith narrating an interaction between two people, one of whom is still plagued by a past relationship.” “From the sounds of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?, bringing everyone closer to the process has led to a bigger sound,” declared Consequence of Sound. “As Goldsmith’s classic melodies and riffs continue the thread of Dawes’ decade-long career, the percussion snaps like a whip crack and Lee Pardini’s keys reach Roy Bittan levels of drama as they’re pushed to the forefront.”

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER – which marks Dawes’ first release on their new label, Rounder Records – follows a series of acclaimed self-released albums including 2013’s STORIES DON’T END, 2015’s ALL YOUR FAVORITE BANDS, 2016’s WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE, and 2018’s PASSWORDS, all of which reached the top 10 or higher on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.

From its first downbeat, the new LP sees Dawes frontman, Taylor Goldsmith, grappling with the expectations of adulthood on a remarkable cycle of new songs fueled by many of the same elements that first earned the band worldwide attention and applause – graceful melodies with kinetic riffs and intricate musical interplay. Throughout the album, Dawes once again prove incredibly adept at pushing the emotional limits of the classically structured rock song, a testament to their tightly honed yet imaginative musicianship and the gripping specificity of Goldsmith’s songwriting. A culmination of their entire catalogue and decade-long career all wrapped up in nine glorious tracks, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER reclaims the rugged urgency and easy confidence of Dawes’ early work while tapping into the veteran band’s intense musical connection more effectively than ever before.

“In the past, I’ve definitely been more precious about the way I wanted the songs to sound, but that’s never as fun,” Goldsmith says. “The music we make is everyone’s mode of expression, and the other guys all have chops that I don’t have and never will. The fact that we’re able to lean on each other and celebrate each other as individuals just makes us so much more excited about getting to play together in this band.”

Dawes is: Taylor Goldsmith (guitars, vocals), Griffin Goldsmith (drums), Wylie Gelber (bass), Lee Pardini (keys).

Watch Who Do You Think You’re Talking To here
Watch St. Augustine At Night here
Watch Who Do You Think You’re Talking To on Jimmy Kimmel here
Watch St. Augustine At Night on Jimmy Kimmel here

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TYLER RAMSEY ANNOUNCES FOUND A PICTURE OF YOU EP OUT OCTOBER 16 VIA FANTASY RECORDS

FORMER BAND OF HORSES GUITARIST TO RELEASE
NEW SIX-SONG EP FEATURING FIVE STRIKING COVER SONGS & ONE RE-IMAGINED ORIGINAL

LISTEN TO RAMSEY’S MOVING INTERPRETATION
OF THE PRETENDERS’ BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG
VIA GUITAR PLAYER

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – Today, singer-songwriter and guitarist, Tyler Ramsey, announced the release of his new EP, Found A Picture Of You, out October 16 via Fantasy Records. The six-song EP is an unusual collection of five carefully chosen cover songs (all intriguingly written and/or made famous by female artists) and one re-made original that affirms once again: the former Band of Horses guitarist is an exceedingly rare and precious talent. Guitar Player premiered the arresting lead track, the Pretenders’ classic, Back on the Chain Gang – listen here.  Pre-order Found A Picture Of You EP here.

“I love Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders; I grew up hearing that unique voice on the radio and got hooked on their records,” explains Ramsey. “This song has a line in it that gets me every time: ‘I found a picture of you/those were the happiest days of my life/like a break in the battle was your part/in the wretched life of a lonely heart.’ I was lucky enough to meet Annie Williams at Bill Reynolds’ studio in Nashville and she sang the gorgeous harmonies on this.”

Produced by Tyler Ramsey and recorded and mixed by (former Band of Horses bassist) Bill Reynolds at Fleetwood Shack in Nashville, TN, Found A Picture Of You is Tyler’s first release since For The Morning, the North Carolinian’s acclaimed debut for Fantasy in 2019. While Tyler’s brilliant fingerstyle playing is the EP’s musical foundation, the five cover songs have been so compellingly re-imagined, it’s like you are hearing them for the first time ever. 

Found A Picture Of You includes Tyler’s deeply affectionate take on The Innocence Mission’s Tomorrow on the Runway, with frequent collaborator Thad Cockrell on harmony vocals; a stellar version of Jules Shears’ All Through the Night, made famous by Cyndi Lauper’s Top #5 hit in 1984, featuring background vocals from My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel; Shake Sugaree, the country blues treasure by blues/folk legend (and fellow Carolinian) Elizabeth Cotten, with Billy Alletzhauser on electric guitar and supplying harmony vocals alongside Tyler’s daughter Sylvie Opal Ramsey; the Pretenders’ aforementioned Back on the Chain Gang, featuring harmonies by Nashville-based artist Annie Williams; and When You Go, a beautifully rendered ballad of aching love and acceptance penned by singer-songwriter Jennie Lowe Stearns featuring Rayna Gellert on fiddle and Broemel on pedal steel and backing vocals. Found A Picture Of You is rounded out with a newly updated version of Tyler’s gorgeous, 1000 Black Birds, which first appeared on his 2011 album, The Valley Wind, featuring bckground vocals from singer-songwriter (and Fantasy Records labelmate) Avi Kaplan and Jeremy and Jonathan Lister. 

FOUND A PICTURE OF YOU EP TRACK LIST:
1. Tomorrow on the Runway (Karen Peris/The Innocence Mission)
2. All Through the Night (Jules Shear)
3. Shake Sugaree (Elizabeth Cotten)
4. Back on the Chain Gang (Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders)
5. When You Go (Jennie Lowe Stearns)
6. 1000 Black Birds (Tyler Ramsey)

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HEALTH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DISCO4 :: PART I OUT OCTOBER 16th VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

A COLLABORATIONS LP FEATURING A NEW HEALTH SINGLE AND TRACKS WITH 100 GECS, THE SOFT MOON, & BROTHEL  

HEALTH’s CYBERPUNK 2.0.2.0 SINGLE AND VIDEO OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – September 17, 2020 – Today, HEALTH announced DISCO4 :: PART I, a new album out on October 16, via Loma Vista Recordings collating all of the astonishing collaborations the LA-based band have released since 2017, alongside three new ones with 100 gecs, The Soft Moon, and Brothel, and also a new HEALTH single,  CYBERPUNK 2.0.2.0. Limited edition vinyl of the 12-track collection bundled with a new long sleeve t-shirt is now available for pre-order, and HEALTH’s haunting new track, CYBERPUNK 2.0.2.0, is out today with a dystopic, yet all-too-real video directed by Zev Deans; watch it here.

HEALTH explain, “In the past each HEALTH LP has been accompanied by a corresponding remix record. This time, despite being called DISCO 4 in the interest of continuity, we offer you a collection of original collaborations with artists we admire. Also, FUCK 2020.” 

DISCO4 :: PART I follows HEALTH’s latest acclaimed full-length album, VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR, released in early 2019 via Loma Vista Recordings, and their second video game score for Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto Online: Arena War Official Soundtrack).

DISCO4 :: PART I Tracklist:

1. HEALTH - CYBERPUNK 2.0.2.0

2. HEALTH, Perturbator - BODY/PRISON

3. HEALTH, 100 Gecs - POWER FANTASY

4. HEALTH, Ghostemane - JUDGEMENT NIGHT

5. HEALTH, Youth Code - INNOCENCE

6. HEALTH, Full of Hell - FULL OF HEALTH

7. HEALTH, The Soft Moon - COLORS

8. HEALTH, JPEGMAFIA - HATE YOU

9. HEALTH, Brothel - D.F. LOOKS

10. HEALTH, Soccer Mommy - MASS GRAVE

11. HEALTH, Xiu Xiu - DELICIOUS APE

12. HEALTH, NOLIFE - HARD TO BE A GOD

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LOCAL NATIVES RELEASE STRIKING NEW SINGLE STATUES IN THE GARDEN (ARRAS)

WATCH THE ANIMATED VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – September 17, 2020 – Today, Local Natives release, Statues In The Garden (Arras), alongside a psychedelic animated music video by Jamie K Wolfe. Arras refers to the town in France where the song was first demoed. Its swirling, intricate arrangement frames the depiction of someone reconciling changes in themselves with a world that is also constantly changing. Watch Statues In The Garden (Arras) here.

In early March 2020, the band stopped by the Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor stage to perform their 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 on AAA and #6 for Alternative.

Earlier this year, Local Natives released a curated 3 volume remix album entitled, Violet Street (Remixes), with a coalition of eclectic DJs, electronic artists and producers. The original Violet Street [Loma Vista Recordings], released in 2019, is a record with modern production and visuals to form a timeless album. The band’s signature soaring 3-part harmonies are augmented by loops of tape, physically spliced and transformed by hand, the result of experimenting in the studio with producer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Kacey Musgraves, The War On Drugs).

Violet Street 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.” Statues In The Garden (Arras) marks the first new original release since the band’s 2019 standalone single, Nova.

Watch their performance of Dark Days (feat. Amelia Meath) on Kimmel
Watch their performance of When Am I Gonna Lose You on Ellen

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TORONTO ARTIST ROMANA BRINGS BEAUTY IN COLOUR WITH NEW VIDEO FOR MELANIN

LISTEN TO PREVIOUS SINGLE HOLDING SPACE

Toronto, ON – September 17, 2020 – Canadian-born, South Asian Toronto artist, Romana, expands global conversation through sound. Today, she unveils a stunning self-directed video for Melaninsharing the journey a person of colour takes as they shed Eurocentric ideals of beauty, accepting the richness of who they really are. Written by Romana and produced by Jeia, the video was directed by Kyle Boham and produced by Alicia Roberts, filmed in Ontario, Canada at Greig’s Cave on the Bruce Peninsula, and Balmy Beach in Toronto. Watch Melanin here.

“Growing up, I was made fun of by family and community for the ‘darkness’ of my skin - my own parents told me not to play in the sun! Shadeism or colourism is a form of anti-Blackness and a massive issue in the South Asian community and other communities of colour. Europeans asserted a colour-based hierarchy in the colonies they invaded centuries ago that to this day play a role in the skin discrimination people of colour face within their own communities,” Romana says .“This video is the counterpart to a song that celebrates me finally coming out from hiding in the shade I was thrown and unlearning Eurocentric ideals of beauty. Centring me and my experience going from hiding to discovery to acceptance to celebration this video chronicles the self-acceptance journey of a woman of colour. The video starts with me alone in a cave and ends with a beach party with other melanated people. The video will also feature short clips of other melanated people from Toronto expressing joy!”

In April, Romana shared the meaning of Holding Space, through song and discussion. 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 ‘holding space’ through the R&B-inflected track produced by SLWJMZ (Freddie Gibbs, Ye Ali, Staasia Daniels). As the world experiences collective uncertainty and change, it is more important than ever before to prioritize self-care. 

To support the release, Romana hosted a weekly live series on Instagram – aptly titled Holding Space – sharing performances and engaging discussions on emotional well-being and boundaries with authentic, insightful trailblazing women from various industries. The series kicked off on April 29 with Romana’s live performance of Holding Space, and guest, Raptors In-Game, Digital and TV Host, Kat Stefankiewicz. Additional guests included acclaimed author, stylist and influencer, Sandy Gill (The Sandylion), visual artist and photographer, Briony Douglas, DJ and Music Producer, Jeia, and visual artist Tahsin, and actor, media host and influencer, Kiran Rai. Watch the series on Romana’s IGTV channel, and learn more about her powerful work below.

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. 

WATCH Melanin

Listen to Melanin:
Bandcamp | Apple Music | Spotify

Listen to Holding Space
Bandcamp | Apple Music | Spotify

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MOBLEY SHARES NEW SINGLE JAMES CROW

ANNOUNCES CURBSIDE TOUR & COLLABORATION WITH AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY

Toronto, ON – September 16, 2020 – Genre-bending musician and multimedia artist, Mobley, is known for creating catchy hooks and melodic pop songs that never leave your head. With his newest single, James Crow, he’s created a shout-along ‘60s rock band sound (assisted by Spoon’s Jim Eno on the mix) with thought-provoking lyrics that may take a second to sink in. Mobley wrote the song in 2018 when he was away in Thailand, where the distance from the US opened up themes of belonging, alienation and speaking truth to power. Allusions to segregation and the minstrel song Jump Jim Crow set up a takedown of the unjust systems and revanchist politics of current times. Watch the video for James Crow here.

 

“I want to draw people in with that serotonin hit you get from a catchy, well-crafted song,” explains Mobley. “But once they’re in, I want to implicate them in all of the grim, unsightly realities of what’s going on in our country. As they’re singing along, it’s like ‘What did he say? What am I chanting right now?’” 

 

To celebrate the song’s release, Mobley will embark on a “Curbside Tour” to perform James Crow from the streets outside the houses of fans. Each performance will be intimate (one family per yard) and from a safe social distance of a dozen or more meters. He will also give out handmade, bootleg cassettes of the single. For out-of-town fans, Mobley will offer one-on-one livestream performances. In addition, Mobley is curating a reading list of books that explore themes in the song for the Austin Public Library.


Earlier this year, the Austin local released his first single and video, Nobody’s Favourite from his upcoming EP Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme. Today, he shares his second single and video James Crow. The story picks up where the video for Nobody’s Favourite leaves off, with Mobley and his heroine escaping the surreal prison of a creepy, secret society mansion. Both videos are a part of a larger film directed by Mobley, spanning every track on his upcoming EP.

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2019 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER HAVIAH MIGHTY GETS HER BAG UP IN NEW VIDEO

VISUAL ARRIVES ONE YEAR SINCE POLARIS WIN AND PREMIERES AT ELLE CANADA

WATCH POWERFUL ILLUSTRATED VIDEO FOR THIRTEEN

LISTEN TO POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE-WINNING ALBUM 13th FLOOR

HAVIAH MIGHTY MERCH AND ROLLING PAPERS AVAILABLE NOW

Toronto, ON – September 16, 2020 – It has been one year since Toronto Hip-Hop artist, Haviah Mighty,  won the coveted Polaris Music Prize for her 2019 album, 13th Floor. Today, Haviah celebrates with a new video for Bag Up, a song she produced with her brother, Mighty Prynce, for the internationally acclaimed project. The visual was directed by Keethan Krish and produced by Rack & Pinion, and premieres with a feature interview at ELLE Canada. While Haviah has been busy in the studio cooking up new heat to release this fall, Bag Up holds audiences over as a bold, fashion-forward look at Haviah stepping into her power. Watch the video here

“As we develop a more keen sense of necessary change in this country, and as COVID 19 simultaneously leaves us in a state of uncertainty, we need a reminder –  in hypeman form  to find our new state of normalcy. We have to continue to strive towards our goals, yearning to find success despite these setbacks. Bag Up is the celebration of that yearning. Through tribal drums and infectious synths, are lyrics of fierce effort within self, to quite literally earn money doing what one loves,” Haviah says. Bag Up is the last piece of content from the album, 13th Floor. It's amazing that we've had over a year of fun with this project! We collaborated with Rack & Pinion on this visual, depicting a selection of resilient women on different paths, dealing with different life hindrances, but bonding over and connecting with the go-getter energy that lies in all of us. With playful lines like, ‘I just wanna get my M's up ... mmm mmm I'm a Smartie though’ and more personal lines like ‘They wanna gentrify dreads, but I'm the creme de la creme,’ I focus on my specific hustle  being a musician – and how I will remain true to the craft while growing this empire.

On Canada Day, standing in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and marginalized communities worldwide, Haviah launched her video for  Thirteen, a song about the painful journey of Black people in North America. Referencing the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, the lyrics and accompanying illustrated video by Toronto artist, Theo Kapodistrias, expose the roots of systemic racism – watch it here. and read Haviah's full statement on Thirteen here.

In addition to an exclusive 12” vinyl release of 13th Floor, Haviah launched new garb for your fall wardrobe; two t-shirts, with a full-colour design by  Alexis Eke (who created Haviah’s Polaris poster) and a longsleeve featuring Haviah’s logo. Fans of Smoke can rock with Haviah’s signature line of rolling papers in partnership with Ziggi Papers, as a limited edition collector’s series. Each booklet includes 32 ultra-thin king size/slim papers made of a natural wood pulp mix, 32 king size filter tips, in a convenient fold-in and reusable rolling tray, with a collectible insert card. Fans must be 18+ in Canada / 21+ in the US to purchase. Everything is available at Haviah’s webstore.
 

Haviah started a new decade off with U.S. headline shows, a major freestyle on 5 Fingers Of Death on SWAY in the Morning, with Sway Calloway praising her throughout, and plans to rock international festival stages (including SXSW, Osheaga, Ottawa Blues, FOCUS Wales and more) before the pandemic postponed events.

Last year, Haviah became the first Hip-Hop artist, as well as the first Black woman, to win the Polaris Music Prize for her 2019 album, 13th Floor. The project highlights Haviah’s relentless work ethic and vast sonic influences; ranging from classic Rap/Hip-Hop elements to Caribbean rhythms, frenetic electro and diverse instrumentation, while tackling marginalization and racism head-on as Haviah proclaims self-love as a Black woman. Haviah is currently working on new music and is eagerly awaiting the moment she can get back on the stage to perform.

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 artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.

Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Mighty 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 — Mighty 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. Mighty’s Polaris Prize-winning album, 13th Floor (2019), is her most fully-realized project to date - making history as the first Hip-Hop artist and the first Black woman to ever receive the award. Garnering overwhelming praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, Hot New Hip Hop, and Lyrical Lemonade to name a few, Haviah continues to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in Hip-Hop.

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 Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Redman and Method Man, Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, and Kranium.

Watch Bag Up here
Listen to 13th Floor
  here
Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here
 

VISUALS:
Thirteen
Smoke (feat. Clairmont The Second)
Blame
Wishy Washy (feat. Omega Mighty)  
Waves (feat. Sean Leon) 
In Women Colour

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RISE AGAINST RELEASES BRAND NEW SONG AND ANIMATED VIDEO BROKEN DREAMS, INC.

SONG IS LEAD-OFF TRACK FOR DC’S UPCOMING
DARK NIGHTS:  DEATH METAL THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK TO BE RELEASED BY LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

CHECK OUT THE ANIMATED MOTION COMIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – September 16, 2020 – Multi-Gold and Platinum-selling punk rock stalwarts, RISE AGAINST, will see Broken Dreams, Inc., their first new song in three years, and the first as part of a new agreement with Loma Vista Recordings, released today. Produced by Bill Stevenson, Jason Livermore, Andrew Berlin, and Chris Beeble, Broken Dreams, Inc. is angry, fast and furious punk rock, with ruthless drums, pounding bass, blazing guitar and impassioned vocals. Also released today is the animated/motion comic video for the song that features art from DC's Dark Nights: Death Metal, drawn by the series' artist, Greg Capullo, and can be viewed here.  

Broken Dreams, Inc. speaks to today's changing landscape of American society, the opportunities that are available to some but not to others, the people who are able to benefit versus those who get left behind, who suffer and end up as casualties. How do we level the playing field so everyone can have a real chance at attaining the American Dream? Said Rise Against’s vocalist/lyricist, Tim McIIlrath: “One word, ‘disruption.’  You have to put power into the hands of the people, not business, you have to value people and community over profit.  You can't have a shareholder-run country or a shareholder-run world, a world that values profit above all else, because profit above all else can result in dangerous repercussions for humankind.”

Rise Against – rhythm guitarist/vocalist McIlrath, bassist Joe Principe, guitarist Zach Blair and drummer Brandon Barnes – are known for their explosive live shows, and their outspoken, socially-conscious lyrics that speak to the mood of our times: the environment, economic injustice, forced displacement, political corruption, voter registration, animal rights, and interpersonal relationships, all delivered with big, chunky riffs and melodic post-grunge hooks. Rise Against has amassed five top 10 albums on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, and six top 10 singles on its Hot 100 chart. The band’s gold-certified single, Savior, alone, has accumulated nearly half-a-billion streams.

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PAQUIN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP WELCOMES MUSIC AGENTS VESNA PEJKOVIC, ANDRÉ GUÉRETTE AND JASON FURMAN AND ANNOUNCES OPENING OF NASHVILLE OFFICE

Toronto, ON – September 15, 2020 – Paquin Entertainment Group’s Agency division, Paquin Artists Agency (PAA), is happy to announce the hiring of new agents, Vesna Pejkovic, one of the most successful and highly regarded booking agents in Canada, as well as André Guérette and Jason Furman, who are joining the team as Vice Presidents. Paquin is also proud to announce the opening of their first office south of the border, with Artist Manager, Michelle Szeto, setting up shop in Nashville, TN.  

“Like all our peers we have spent the last months navigating the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic – but we have also set our eyes firmly on the future; to a time when we are able to bring people together again,” says Paquin Artists Agency President, Julien Paquin. “The hiring of Vesna, Andre, and Jason further solidifies our already strong domestic operation, but each also brings knowledge of the international marketplace, allowing us to broaden our reach outside this country. With these new agents, we believe we will come out of the pandemic a stronger and more dynamic agency, ready to bring live music back to audiences all around the world.”

With a combined 50+ years of experience in the live music industry, Pejkovic, Guérette, and Furman each bring a wealth of knowledge, and impassioned dedication to developing a diverse roster, represented across international territories. Pejkovic will work out of Vancouver, welcoming to PAA with her, Chris Botti and Raffi. Guérette and Furman will operate from Toronto. Guérette brings with him to the PAA roster, Patrick Watson, Shabaka Hutchings, Aya Nakamura and Pink Martini, among others, and Furman’s roster includes Badbadnotgood, Straight No Chaser, grandson and Matt Dusk. Also joining the PAA team, in the role of Agent Assistant, is Frédérique Bernatchez.

The Nashville-based Paquin office will be the first to open in the U.S. Headed up by Szeto – who has been working out of Nashville for three years – the new office will continue to support the growth of Szeto’s management roster – JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter, Donovan Woods; folk-pop darlings, Wild Rivers; indie-pop artist, Devan; and songwriter/producer, Logan Wall – while laying the foundation for Paquin’s further expansion into international markets. 

“My very first trip to Nashville was back in 2013, and it very quickly became my home away from home,” reflects Szeto. “Our company, as well as our many artists, have built lifelong relationships in this town and establishing our first U.S. office here is among a long list of global goals we're setting out to achieve over the next few years. I'm beyond thrilled to finally make it official with Music City, and we're thankful to our industry allies who've been generous and welcoming from the very beginning."

About Vesna Pejkovic
Vesna Pejkovic has more than 20 years experience spanning concert promotion, event production and artist representation. Vesna got her start in the music business in the late 90’s working for independent concert promoter, Paul Mercs Concerts. As a promoter representative, Vesna toured Canada with countless artists, including Bryan Adams, George Jones, Savage Garden, Harry Belafonte, and Tom Jones. She has also booked and produced private and corporate events with international performing artists, such as Sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Brooks and Dunn. In 2003, Vesna joined the Feldman Agency. During her tenure, she was the responsible agent for an extensive roster, including Chris Botti, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Colin James, and Raffi. In addition to her Canadian bookings, Vesna has worked tirelessly on the development and expansion of bookings for her clients in international markets such as Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Australia and South America. Contact: vesna@paquinartistsagency.com

About André Guérette
Established and recognized as a leading agent for over a decade, André Guérette's career has been fueled by a love of music, a strategic vision and a dedication to helping artists achieve lasting success.  Based in Canada, he has worked as an artist manager, promoter and talent agent for several years, with a focus on building careers for his artists both domestically and internationally. André spent the past six years at Paradigm Talent Agency and UTA, and prior to that, he successfully ran his own agency. His unique position as a leading agent established in the United States, as well as in his native French Canada, led him to represent several of the biggest artists from the French-speaking world. Today, André represents an eclectic roster of culturally significant artists from around the globe, bringing with him dozens of clients to Paquin Artists Agency, including: Aya Nakamura, Shabaka Hutchings, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Patrick Watson, Pink Martini, Bobby Bazini, Nakhane, Damso, Loud, Lou Doillon, The Barr Brothers, Matt Holubowski and Martha Wainwright, among others. Contact: andre@paquinartistsagency.com

About Jason Furman
Jason Furman began his career in politics after graduating with an honours degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. While working as a youth co-chair for the former Deputy Prime Minister, John Manley, he realized he was not completely satisfied with his path. Jason shifted gears and enrolled in the Harris Institute for the Arts in 2005 where he graduated with a certificate in Recording Arts Management. In 2006, he joined The Feldman Agency as an agent where he spent 14 years supporting and building the careers of musicians and entertainers at every level of their careers, including Sum 41, Tyler Shaw, Delaney Jane, and many more. He brings with him to Paquin Artists Agency: Straight No Chaser, BADBADNOTGOOD, grandson, Good Charlotte, Matt Dusk, Chris Hadfield, Shaun Majumder, Morgan James, Eric Ethridge, and Dan Davidson. Contact: jason@paquinartistsagency.com

About Michelle Szeto
Michelle Szeto got her first taste of the entertainment industry at an early age in her hometown of Hong Kong, working in concert production for international superstars such as Oasis, Celine Dion, Boyz II Men, Sean Lennon and Prodigy. Since joining Paquin Entertainment Group over 15 years ago, Michelle has held various roles throughout the company including publicity, tour marketing and management. Today, in her role as Artist Manager / Tour Marketing Director, Michelle personally manages award-winning artists and songwriter: Donovan Woods, Wild Rivers, Logan Wall and Devan; continues to lead global marketing and press initiatives for management clients, including iconic artist Buffy Sainte-Marie; and works alongside the Agency division in international talent acquisition and tour marketing support for its roster of artists. Contact: michelle@paquinentertainment.com

About Paquin Entertainment Group
Paquin Entertainment Group is one of Canada’s premier arts and entertainment companies with office in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Nashville. Established in 1985, Paquin Entertainment Group was founded based on Artist Management and Concert, Theatrical, and Film Production. In 1990, it established Paquin Artists Agency, which has become one of the largest and most respected independent agencies in North America. Since its inception, Paquin Entertainment Group's core vision remains unchanged: build a culture and a company that works hand-in-hand with our clients to create successful and sustainable careers.

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PAQUIN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP ACCUEILLE LES AGENTS VESNA PEJKOVIC, ANDRÉ GUÉRETTE, ET JASON FURMAN ET ANNONCE L’OUVERTURE DE SES BUREAUX
DE NASHVILLE

Montréal, 15 septembre 2020 — L’agence Paquin Artists Agency est heureuse d’annoncer l’embauche d’André Guérette et Jason Furman, qui se joignent à l’équipe à titre de vice-présidents, et de Vesna Pejkovic, une des agentes les plus performantes et respectées au Canada.  Paquin est également fier d’annoncer son arrivée officielle au sud de la frontière avec l’ouverture de ses bureaux à Nashville, sous la gouverne de la gérante d’artistes Michelle Szeto.  

« Comme tous nos collègues, nous avons passé les derniers mois à relever les défis posés par la pandémie de la COVID-19. Mais nous avons également décidé de tourner notre regard vers l’avenir et de nous voir tous de nouveau réunis, déclare Julien Paquin, président de l’agence Paquin Artists Agency. L’embauche de Vesna, d’André et de Jason consolide davantage nos opérations nationales. Plus encore cependant, ils apportent avec eu une connaissance du marché international qui nous permettra d’élargir notre portée en dehors du pays. Nous croyons fermement que ces nouveaux agents nous aideront à sortir de la pandémie transformée ; une agence plus forte et plus dynamique, prête à ramener la musique aux publics du monde entier. »

Avec plus de 50 ans d’expérience combinée dans l’industrie de la musique, Guérette, Pejkovic et Furman arrivent avec des bagages infinis de connaissances et un dévouement passionné à la liste diversifiée de clients qu’ils représentent à l’échelle nationale et internationale. Guérette et Furman travailleront de Toronto.  Guérette arrive à l’Agence avec une liste d’artistes incluant Patrick Watson, Bobby Bazini, Aya Nakamura et Pink Martini. De son côté, Furman amène Badbadnotgood, Straight No Chaser, grandson et Matt Dusk.  Pejkovic travaillera de Vancouver et elle accueille à l’Agence avec elle Chris Botti et Raffi.  De plus, Frédérique Bernatchez se joint à eux dans le rôle d’adjointe.

Les bureaux de Paquin à Nashville sont les premiers à ouvrir en territoire états-unien. Sous la direction de Szeto, qui travaille à Nashville depuis trois ans, l’équipe continuera de soutenir la croissance de ses clients Donovan Woods, auteur-compositeur-interprète lauréat d’un prix JUNO, Wild Rivers, les chouchous du folk-pop, Devan, artiste indie pop, et Logan Wall, auteur-producteur. L’équipe de Nashville permettra aussi, de même coup, de jeter les bases d’une expansion future de Paquin sur les marchés internationaux. 

« Mon premier contact avec Nashville remonte à 2013. C’est très vite devenu ma maison loin de la maison, raconte Szeto. Notre entreprise et nos artistes ont tous une relation spéciale avec cette ville et l’ouverture de nos premiers bureaux états-uniens, ici, s’inscrit dans une longue liste d’objectifs mondiaux que nous voulons accomplir au cours des prochaines années. Je suis enchantée d’officialiser nos bureaux à Music City, et nous sommes reconnaissants pour la générosité et l’accueil de nos alliés de l’industrie depuis le début. »

À propos de Vesna Pejkovic
Vesna Pejkovic a plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans la promotion de concerts, la production d’événements et la représentation d’artistes. Vesna a fait ses débuts dans le monde de la musique à la fin des années 1990 chez le promoteur indépendant Paul Mercs Concerts. Au cours de son mandat, Vesna a tourné partout au Canada avec d’innombrables artistes dont Bryan Adams, George Jones, Savage Garden, Harry Belafonte et Tom Jones. Elle a également réalisé des événements privés avec des artistes internationaux, notamment Sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Simon et Brooks and Dunn. En 2003, Vesna a joint l’agence Feldman en tant qu’agente responsable d’une vaste liste d’artistes comme Chris Botti, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Colin James et Raffi. En plus de la réalisation de nombreux spectacles au Canada, Vesna a travaillé au développement de tournées pour ses clients sur les marchés internationaux, notamment en Asie du Sud-Est, au Moyen-Orient, en Australie et en Amérique du Sud. Coordonnées : vesna@paquinartistsagency.com

À propos d’André Guérette
André est agent depuis plus d’une décennie et sa réputation est bien établie. Sa carrière a toujours été alimentée par son amour pour la musique, une vision stratégique et du dévouement, le tout mis à profit pour aider ses artistes à obtenir un succès durable. Il a travaillé plusieurs années comme gérant d’artistes, promoteur et agent. Tous ses efforts, il les concentre à développer la carrière de ses artistes, tant à l’échelle nationale qu’internationale. André a passé les six dernières années chez Paradigm Talent Agency et UTA. Sa position unique d’agent principal établi aux États-Unis, Canada Anglais, ainsi qu’au Québec l’a amené à représenter plusieurs des plus grands artistes de la francophonie. Aujourd’hui, André représente une brochette éclectique d’artistes internationaux importants sur la scène culturelle. Il arrive chez Paquin accompagné d’artistes comme : Aya Nakamura, Patrick Watson, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bobby Bazini, Pink Martini, Matt Holubowski, Eli Rose, Damso, Loud, Lou Doillon, The Barr Brothers, Soran, Martha Wainwright et plus encore. Coordonnées : andre@paquinartistsagency.com

À propos de Jason Furman
La première carrière de Jason Furman l’a poussé dans les corridors du gouvernement, après un diplôme spécialisé en sciences politiques à l’université de Western Ontario. Alors qu’il travaillait comme jeune coprésident pour l’ancien vice-premier ministre, John Manley, il s’est mis à douter de son choix de carrière. Jason a alors changé son fusil d’épaule et s’est inscrit au Harris Institute for the Arts en 2005 où il a obtenu un certificat en gestion des arts d’enregistrement. En 2006, il a joint l’agence Feldman en tant qu’agent où il a passé 14 ans à soutenir et à construire la carrière d’artistes à toutes les étapes de leur carrière. Il est derrière plusieurs succès comme Sum 41, Tyler Shaw, Delaney Jane et plus encore. Il arrive chez Paquin accompagné de Straight No Chaser, BADBADNOTGOOD, grandson, Good Charlotte, Matt Dusk, Chris Hadfield, Shaun Majumder, Morgan James, Eric Ethridge et Dan Davidson. Coordonnées : jason@paquinartistsagency.com

À propos de Michelle Szeto
Michelle Szeto évolue dans l’industrie du divertissement depuis longtemps. Tout a commencé dans sa ville natale de Hong Kong, alors qu’elle travaillait à la production de concerts pour de grandes vedettes internationales telles que Oasis, Céline Dion, Boyz II Men, Sean Lennon et Prodigy. Depuis qu’elle a joint Paquin Entertainment Group il y a plus de 15 ans, Michelle a occupé différents postes au sein de l’entreprise, notamment en publicité, marketing de tournées et gestion. Aujourd’hui, dans son rôle de gérante d’artistes et de directrice du marketing de tournée, Michelle gère personnellement des artistes et des auteurs-compositeurs primés comme Donovan Woods, Wild Rivers, Logan Wall et Devan. Elle continue à mener des projets mondiaux en marketing et relations de presse pour des clients, dont l’artiste emblématique Buffy Sainte-Marie. Elle travaille aussi aux côtés de l’équipe de l’Agence dans l’acquisition de talents internationaux et elle offre du soutien en marketing de tournées à ses artistes. Coordonnées : michelle@paquinentertainment.com

À propos de Paquin Entertainment Group
Paquin Entertainment Group est l’une des plus importantes entreprises canadiennes en arts et divertissements, avec des bureaux à Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver et Nashville. Créé en 1985, Paquin Entertainment Group a été fondé pour offrir des services de gestion d’artistes et de production de concerts, de pièces de théâtre et de films. En 1990, le Groupe a créé la Paquin Artists Agency, qui est devenue l’une des agences indépendantes les plus importantes et les plus respectées en Amérique du Nord. Depuis sa création, la vision fondamentale de Paquin Entertainment Group reste inchangée : développer une culture et une entreprise poussées par une mission, celle de bâtir des carrières réussies et durables pour ses clients. 

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2020 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE GRAND JURY REVEALED

WINNER TO BE REVEALED OCTOBER 19
ON CBC GEM AND CBC MUSIC

TORONTO, ON – Monday, September 14, 2020

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has revealed its 2020 Grand Jury. 

The 11 members of the Grand Jury are:

CHAD BRUNET (CJSR)
RICKY CASTANEDO LAREDO (CJSF)
BRUNO COULOMBE (Le Canal Auditif)
CHAKA V. GRIER (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
KIMBERLEY DOOSHIMA JEV (Freelance journalist / Journaliste
pigiste)
LIISA LADOUCEUR (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
SARAH MACDONALD (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
SOFIE MIKHAYLOVA (DJ Sonja)
CHAD PELLEY (Music Researcher / Chercheur en musique)
ANUSKA SARKAR (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
IAN STEAMAN (Different Kitchen)

The 11-member Grand Jury was chosen from the greater Polaris jury pool, which includes 201 music journalists, broadcasters and related music media from across Canada. The Grand Jury will convene virtually on October 19 to select a winner from the 10 albums on the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Short List. Those albums are: 

Backxwash - God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou - Suddenly
Junia-T - Studio Monk
Kaytranada - Bubba
nêhiyawak - nipiy
Pantayo - Pantayo
Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
Jessie Reyez - BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
Witch Prophet - DNA Activation

Polaris will be celebrating the Short List with a special cinematic tribute hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, set to be broadcast in Canada on the free CBC Gem streaming service, CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages and around the globe at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris on October. 19 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). The 2020 Polaris-winning album will be revealed live at the end of this event.

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

Albums eligible for 2020 Polaris Music Prize consideration must have been released between May 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determineds the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool wereare then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

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

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

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

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Music
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Listen app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering 200 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca

Media Contacts: 

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
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DÉVOILEMENT DU GRAND JURY DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2020

L’ALBUM GAGNANT SERA RÉVÉLÉ LE 19 OCTOBRE
SUR CBC GEM ET CBC MUSIC

TORONTO, ON – lundi 14 septembre 2020

Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a dévoilé son grand jury 2020.

Les 11 membres du grand jury sont :

CHAD BRUNET (CJSR)
RICKY CASTANEDO LAREDO (CJSF)
BRUNO COULOMBE (Le Canal Auditif)
CHAKA V. GRIER (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
KIMBERLEY DOOSHIMA JEV (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
LIISA LADOUCEUR (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
SARAH MACDONALD (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
SOFIE MIKHAYLOVA (DJ Sonja)
CHAD PELLEY (Music Researcher / Chercheur en musique)
ANUSKA SARKAR (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
IAN STEAMAN (Different Kitchen)

Les 11 membres du grand jury ont été choisis parmi le jury élargi du Polaris, qui est composé de 201 journalistes, diffuseurs et médias musicaux de l’ensemble du Canada. Le grand jury se réunira virtuellement le 19 octobre pour sélectionner un.e gagnant.e parmi les 10 albums de la Courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2020. Ces albums sont :

Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou – Suddenly
Junia-T – Studio Monk
Kaytranada – Bubba
nêhiyawak – nipiy
Pantayo – Pantayo
Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
Jessie Reyez – BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
Witch Prophet – DNA Activation

Le Polaris célébrera sa Courte liste avec un hommage cinématographique spécial animé par Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, de CBC Music, qui sera diffusé au Canada sur le service gratuit de diffusion en continu CBC Gem; sur les pages Facebook, Twitter et YouTube de CBC Music; et dans le monde entier sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris le 19 octobre à 20 h HE (17 h HP). L’album gagnant du prix Polaris 2020 sera révélé en direct à la fin de cet événement.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, évalué uniquement selon son mérite artistique, sans considération pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, les neuf autres artistes en nomination dans la Courte liste 2020 recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2020 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2019 et le 31 mai 2020. Un jury indépendant composé de critiques de musique, de diffuseurs et de blogueurs issus de partout au Canada détermine la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze membres de ce jury élargi sont ensuite sélectionnés pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury déterminera le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s 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.

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

À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. En tant que source d’information de confiance au pays, nous proposons un point de vue typiquement canadien sur les nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous présentons aussi des contenus en espagnol, en arabe et en chinois, en plus des deux langues officielles, par le biais de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique.

À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music connecte les Canadiens avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et par le biais d’émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 200 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards et de votre musique préférée issue de partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à découvrir le prochain grand artiste. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

Contacts medias:

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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RISING R&B/POP ARTIST ANT SAUNDERS DROPS NEW TRACK EFFORTLESS

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE VISUALIZER HERE

FOLLOWS RELEASE OF I HAD A LOVE SONG
FEATURING VANJESS 

VIRAL HIT YELLOW HEARTS LANDED ON BILLBOARD HOT 100 WITH OVER 400 MILLION STREAMS

Toronto, ON – September 14, 2020 – Rising R&B/pop artist, songwriter and musician, Ant Saunders, has dropped his latest track, Effortless, along with a lyric video. True to the new single’s name, Ant’s voice is as effortless and soulful sounding as ever. The track follows the release of I Had A Love Song, featuring critically acclaimed Nigerian R&B duo and sisters, VanJess.

2020 kickstarted with the release of Ant’s debut EP, Bubblevia Arista Records. Listen herePrior to COVID-19Ant was confirmed to support GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter, Camila Cabello, on her Romance Tour, which was slated for this fall.

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 platinum in Canada, with over 400 million streams, and landed a position on the Billboard Hot 100. Ant’s Genius Verified video for Yellow Hearts has just about 1.5 million views. He was also profiled in Virgil Abloh’s RSVP Gallery website, wearing pieces from Off-White, Stone Island and Raf Simons. 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.

ABOUT ANT SAUNDERS
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.

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HONEY JAM CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

RENOWNED TORONTO-BASED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

AND ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TO HOST OFFICIAL 2020 SHOWCASE LIVE AT TORONTO’S ICONIC EL MOCAMBO ON OCTOBER 1

MEDIA LAUNCH ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 WHERE

HONEY JAM WILL ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR THEIR

25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AND CELEBRATION

Toronto, ON – September 14, 2020 – Honey Jam – the Toronto-based non-profit organization and artist development program fostering young female artists – is celebrating a milestone year. It has been 25 years since Founder, Ebonnie Rowe, first welcomed emerging artists to the stage of the now-defunct Ultrasound venue in Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood, for the first Honey Jam concert. In the years following, hundreds have graced the venue annually, with the city gathering to support and experience powerful voices that drive tomorrow’s music scene. Today, the organization is a renowned platform known for enriching the careers of notable alumni including, Nelly Furtado, Jully Black, Melanie Fiona, SATE, Melanie Durrant, Michie Mee, LUKALA, Haviah Mighty,  Jordan Alexander and many more.

They recently received this greeting from Mayor Tory:

“For the past 25 years, Honey Jam Canada has been doing incredible work in supporting, promoting and celebrating female artists in Canada’s thriving music industry…I’ve always seen art and music and all different forms of art as a great unifier. It’s a universal language, for our city, and the world, for that matter, and I’m happy that through the work being done at Honey Jam Canada, female artists – women across our country – will feel empowered and be supported to have a voice, and to realize their own dreams. Over the years, Toronto has gained a global reputation for our world-class music scene and it’s through the work of Honey Jam Canada that we can help ensure that this reputation is one that is equitable and reflective of the diverse and inclusive city and country that we live in. I want to thank Honey Jam Canada for all the incredible work that you do to build up our community and I look forward to all the incredible talent you’re going to help produce going forward. Congratulations, once again, on an incredible milestone! Happy 25th anniversary! Have a happy one!”

Despite a global pandemic and new event protocols, nothing is stopping Honey Jam from having a sweet celebration of their success to date.

Rowe says: "If I gave up every time I was faced with a challenge we would never be celebrating this milestone – we wouldn't have even made it one year far less 25!  Getting here is a really big deal so I was determined that we would have a show somehow, some way and we're all super excited to be together in person at the legendary El Mocambo. Their slogan ‘Keeping Live Alive!’ really resonated.  A Zoom version of Honey Jam is just not the same!” 

Honey Jam fans will be able to enjoy a virtual concert experience livestreamed from Toronto’s iconic venue, The El Mocambo, on Thursday, October 1.

“The legacy of the El Mocambo was built on emerging talent, in its newest chapter we couldn’t be more thrilled to be supporting organizations like Honey Jam who cultivate and nurture amazing performer.” says El Mocambo owner, Michael Wekerle. “We are very fortunate to have partners that understand the importance of Keeping Live Music Alive, and we can’t wait to celebrate 25 remarkable years of Honey Jam supporting artists and culture in our city!”

The gig will showcase an array of performances by alumni paying homage to songs made famous by female artists in a variety of genres. You can find  the list of alumni here.

In addition, Ebonnie and Honey Jam are acknowledged as one of three finalists for the The Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition, a prestigious honour by Toronto Arts Foundation. The award is a $10,000 cash prize presented to an individual, ensemble or organization, to recognize creative, performing, administrative, volunteer or philanthropic contributions to Toronto's musical life. The official awards ceremony will take place on September 24.


The Honey Jam 2020 season is sponsored by: TD Ready Commitment, Slaight Music, Ontario Creates, Factor, CBC Music, Music Canada, SOCAN Foundation, Canadian Musician, Wahlburgers, YAMAHA, The City of Toronto, CHFI, KISS925, Factor,  The Post Office Sound, iHeart Radio Canada, Music Publishers Canada and the El Mocambo.

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About Honey Jam:
Honey Jam is an annual program that offers mentoring, education, performance and networking opportunities for female-identifying artists, culminating with a stellar showcase to highlight their growth. Yearly programming includes Honey Jam artists and alumni engaging in workshops, artist talks, songwriting camps, performance and development opportunities, as well as collaborations and travel experiences for the artists to expand their network and fan base outside of Canada. Watch a video from alumni sharing insight from their experiences here.

The year kicked off with Honey Jam giving an artist the experience of attending the GRAMMYs, while alumni continue to shine years to decades after participating in the program. Rising star, LUKALA, was recently featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday billboard at Yonge-Dundas Square and named Apple Artist Of The Week for her single, No Smoke. Alumnus, Director Stella Meghie, recently announced that she will be behind a new Whitney Houston biopic, while Toronto’s own GRAMMY-nominee Jessie Reyez, a past speaker Honey Jam’s esteemed artist talks who also attended their workshops long before she became famous, graces this month’s cover of ELLE Canada. You can follow all of Honey Jam artist updates and milestones to date via Instagram.

On August 10, alumnus Jordan Alexander, led an artist talk at Superfly in Toronto. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter has toured Canada with Bif Naked, headlined in BudLight’s 2019 nationwide Pride campaign with Carly Rae Jepsen, opened for Kehlani during Toronto Pride 2018, and released a full-length album, The Lonely Hearts Club, which she worked on with singer/songwriter/producer, Gerald Eaton, of the Philosopher Kings, who met her when she performed at the Honey Jam Showcase in 2013.   Jordan was recently tapped as one of the leads of the Gossip Girl reboot and will be moving to New York for a year to shoot the episodes.

Singer-songwriter, Serena Ryder, presented an artist talk on August 27, as she is preparing to release the first single from her forthcoming album. A few of the artists in attendance surprised Serena with a medley of her hits. She was so moved that she offered them time in her studio and opportunities to write with her.
 

About Honey Jam Founder, Ebonnie Rowe
Ebonnie has been telling Honey Jam’s HERstory since the start of the new decade, including a recent co-hosting appearance on ET Canada Live, interviews with CBC’s Here and Now, and The Strombo Show, with major features in Feels ZineHerizonsNUVO MagazineCanadian Musician MagazineComplex CanadaUrbanology and She Does The City, and a highlight in Women In Music Canada’s Elevate series, amongst others.

Ebonnie Rowe has distinguished herself throughout her career as someone dedicated to the growth of others and the support of charitable causes with a positive community impact. She has volunteered with, founded and directed organizations that cater to the needs of some of society’s overlooked groups including the Each One, Teach One mentoring program for Black Youth and PhemPhat Entertainment Group, a dynamic, all-female non-profit company that provides promotional, mentoring, networking, educational and performance opportunities for upcoming female artists and to support and promote women’s charities.

Featured in “Canada 150 Women Conversations with Leaders, Champions, and Luminaries”, listed in the Who’s Who of Canadian Women, chosen as Miss Chatelaine” by Chatelaine Magazine, Ebonnie was also featured in TD Bank’s 2019 Canada-Wide Black History Month promotion featuring the initiatives they support in led by members of the Black community through a social media campaign and also posting photos and organization info on screens in their branches. She was selected as one of 1000 women photographed by Parisian photographer Pierre Maraval for an exhibit co-produced by Luminato and L’Oréal Paris, the exhibit, titled “Mille Femmes” and aimed to capture inspirational women who embody the passion, heritage & inspiration behind Toronto's artistic community. And when Michelle Obama came to speak in Toronto with the Economic Club of Canada, she was chosen by the How She Hustles women’s network as part of a group who have been doing impactful work to benefit women and girls to be a specially invited guest.

Ebonnie’s work has also earned her many awards, including, an Ontario Voluntarism Award, YWCA's Women of Distinction Award for Arts & Entertainment, Manifesto Toronto Arts Festival Pioneer Award, Nominated for Chatelaine’s Woman of the Year ,Canadian Black Business & Professional Association Woman of Honour Award ,a Special Achievement Award from the Urban Music Association of Canada, Recipient of Black Pearls Cultured Pearl Award for Community Involvement, University of Toronto Black Alumni Association Award for Arts and Culture, Phenomenal Woman Award from Exclusive Entertainment, Community Service Award, Ryerson African Canadian Organization, Toronto Sun Woman on the Move Award (November 1995).

While Ebonnie was studying at the University of Toronto, a friend of hers died suddenly. The loss was devastating; it made her realize the shortness of life, the silent despair suffered by many. This fueled her need to do something that meant something to leave a significant legacy. Determined to have a constructive influence on the lives of others, she left University to found and direct a mentorship program - Each One Teach One, which matched black youth with black professionals, the idea being that the youth needed to see themselves succeeding in places that they aspired to be in order to combat the negative stereotypes they were seeing of Black people portrayed in the media.

Hip-Hop was the music that most of the youth in the program listened to, some of which contained a lot of misogynist lyrics and imagery. She produced a three-hour radio special on Canada’s longest and most popular Hip-Hop show – DJX’s CKLN Power Move in 1994 to discuss how women were portrayed in Hip-Hop lyrics and videos after complaints from her female Each One Teach One mentees. As a result, she was asked to edit an all-female edition of the now defunct Mic Check entertainment magazine. The celebration party for that issue in 1995, intended to be a one-off show, was called “Honey Jam.” The success of the show pointed to a void in the artistic community for young women to be showcased. Ebonnie was then inspired to continue for a year and see how it went. 25 years later, Honey Jam has grown to become an artist development program, and a much-anticipated annual multicultural showcase of upcoming artists in all genres of music, where talents such as Grammy Award winners Nelly Furtado and Melanie Fiona, along with Juno winners Kellylee Evans and Jully Black and Polaris Music Prize winner, Haviah Mighty, performed at the beginning of their careers.

UPCOMING HONEY JAM EVENTS
Media Launch: Monday, September 21 – El Mocambo
Honey Jam Concert: Thursday, October 1 – Livestreamed from El Mocambo

Please RSVP to ola@indoorrecess.com by September 18 to attend the September 21 launch.
 

DOWNLOAD – Honey Jam Logo | DOWNLOAD – Ebonnie Rowe Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Honey Jam 25th Anniversary Launch Poster

www.honeyjam.com

 

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TANYA TUCKER LIVE FROM THE TROUBADOUR AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE VIA FANTASY RECORDS ON OCTOBER 16

PORTION OF PROCEEDS BENEFIT LEGENDARY
WEST-HOLLYWOOD VENUE

FIRST RELEASE SINCE WINNING 2020 GRAMMY® AWARDS
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM AND BEST COUNTRY SONG

LISTEN TO TANYA’S MEDLEY OF BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S I’M ON FIRE AND JOHNNY CASH’S RING OF FIRE
VIA ROLLING STONE

Toronto, ON – September 11, 2020 – Legendary country music icon, Tanya Tucker, will release Live From The Troubadour on October 16 – the one-year anniversary of Tanya’s historic, standing-room only set from which it originates. In October 2019, Tanya was in the midst of resurgent visibility and acclaim generated by her Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings produced album, While I’m Livin’, released two months earlier – so the brief stand in front of the West Hollywood tastemaker crowd took on a palpable air of significance. Pre-order Live From The Troubadour here.

"There are so many people and places hurting right now, and for me, being on the road since I was a kid and knowing these legendary venues like the Troubadour aren't bringing in a dime right now without performances, it just makes sense to give back. I can't be with the fans, so this is my love letter to them, a live album with some of those old records, and our new songs from While I'm Livin'," shared Tanya.

“Tanya Tucker Brings Sensitivity and Classic Swagger to the Troubadour,” raved Variety’s Chris Willman (whose full-length review is included in the album’s liner notes.) “Her L.A. gigs showed how essential her new Brandi Carlile/Shooter Jennings-aided album is... and how rocking her touring show already was.”

Live From The Troubadour features 15 songs including Tanya’s smash first single, Delta Dawn, and a cache of Tanya’s No. 1 country hits, such as Strong Enough To Bend, What's Your Mama's Name, Child, Blood Red and Goin' Down and Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone). The set also includes a sublime medley of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m on Fire and Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire, (which premiere today via Rolling Stone), along with six songs from While I’m Livin’, including Mustang Ridge, The Wheels of Laredo, Hard Luck and the poignant, Bring My Flowers Now. The album, While I’m Livin’ and the song, Bring My Flowers Now, would, a few short months later, win GRAMMYs for Best Country Album and Best Country Song – the first GRAMMY wins of Tanya's illustrious career.

The accolades haven’t stopped there. Tanya has also been nominated for three 2020 Americana Honors and Awards, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year. The awards will take place September 16 at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium.

As someone who's been centre stage for over 50 years, Tanya is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this album directly to The Troubadour, including 100% of the revenue generated by the custom Live From The Troubadour poster available at Tanya’s online store, here.

The Troubadour is a member of NIVA: National Independent Venue Association. Formed at the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown, NIVA now represents more than 2,600 members in all 50 states and D.C. These independent venues and promoters were the first to close and will be the last to fully reopen. NIVA's mission is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues, promoters and festivals throughout the US. To learn more and find out how you can help, please go to www.saveourstages.com. #saveourstages

TANYA TUCKER – LIVE FROM THE TROUBADOUR TRACK LIST:
1. Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)
2. Jamestown Ferry
3. What’s Your Mama’s Name, Child
4. Blood Red And Goin’ Down
5. Strong Enough To Bend
6. I’m On Fire / Ring Of Fire (Medley)
7. Mustang Ridge
8. The Wheels Of Laredo
9. I Don’t Owe You Anything
10. High Ridin’ Heroes
11. Hard Luck
12. Interlude
13. Bring My Flowers Now
14. Texas (When I Die)
15. It’s A Little Too Late
16. Delta Dawn

TANYA TUCKER TOUR DATES:
Oct. 2 Beaver Dam Amphitheater - Beaver Dam, Ky.^^
July 11 Club Regent Casino - Event Centre - Winnipeg, MB,
Canada
July 13 Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek, Wis.
July 31 Sugar Creek Casino - Hinton, Okla.
Aug. 6 Knuckleheads - Kansas City, Mo.^^
Aug. 10 Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, Mich.^^
Aug. 12 Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, Ont.^^
Aug. 13 The Egg - Center for Performing Arts - Albany, N.Y.^^
Aug. 14 Foxwoods Casino - The Fox Theater – Mashantucket, Conn.^^
Aug. 17 The Wilbur - Boston, Mass.^^
Aug. 25 The National - Richmond, Va.^^
Aug. 26 Jefferson Center - Roanoke, Va.^^
Aug. 27 Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center - Cherokee, N.C.^^
Sept. 10 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol, Tenn.
Sept. 11 Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, Colo.**
Sept. 12 Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, Colo.**
Sept. 14 Ent. Center for the Arts at the University of Colorado –
Colorado Springs, Colo.^^
Sept. 17 The Kessler Theater - Dallas, Texas^^
Sept. 18 Women Who Wander Outdoor Retreat - Concan, Texas
Sept. 19 The Heights Theater - Houston, Texas^^
Sept. 29 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center - Deadwood,
S.D.
Oct. 1 Bluebird Theater - Denver, Colo.^^
Oct. 5 Knitting Factory - Boise, Idaho^^
Oct. 6 The Bing Crosby Theater - Spokane, Wash.^^
Oct. 8 Showbox Theatre - Seattle, Wash.^^
Oct. 9 Crystal Ballroom - Portland, Ore.^^
Oct. 10 Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, B.C., Canada^^
Oct. 12 State Theatre For The Arts - Red Bluff, Calif.^^
Oct. 17 Fox Theatre - Bakersfield, Calif.^^
Oct. 18 Fremont Theater - San Luis Obispo, Calif.^^
Oct. 20 Crest Theatre - Sacramento, Calif.^^
Oct. 21 Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, Calif.^^
Nov. 02 Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, U.K.
Nov. 05 Royal Festival Hall - London, U.K.
Nov. 08 DR Koncerhuset (Studio 2) - Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov. 09 Sentrum Scene - Oslo, Norway

^^CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour
**with Brandi Carlile

NOTE: As part of the CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour, the October 5, 2021 show at Knitting Factory in Boise, Idaho is a venue change where tickets are honored. The October 21, 2021 date at Great American Music Hall, in San Francisco, Calif. is a venue change where previous ticket holders will be refunded.

ABOUT TANYA TUCKER:
Edgy. Classic. Country. A defining voice of music and a modern-day legend, two-time 2020 GRAMMY® winner, Tanya Tucker, continues to inspire artists today. Born in Seminole, Texas, Tanya had her first country hit, the classic Delta Dawn, at the age of 13 in 1972. Since that auspicious beginning, she has become one of the most admired and influential artists in country music history, amassing 23 Top 40 albums and a stellar string of 56 Top 40 singles, ten of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country charts. Tanya's indelible songs include some of country music's biggest hits such as the aforementioned, Delta Dawn, Soon, Two Sparrows in a Hurricane, It's a Little Too Late, Trouble, Texas (When I Die), If It Don't Come Easy and Strong Enough To Bend. Tanya is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs and three CMT awards. Recently, Tanya received two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Country Album: While I'm Livin’ and Best Country Song: Bring My Flowers Now.

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THE WAR AND TREATY RELEASE HEARTS TOWN TITLE TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 25

THE WAR AND TREATY’S PERFORMANCE OF FIVE MORE MINUTES ON THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT PLAY AT HOME SERIES

CONFIRMED CANADIAN TOUR DATES FOR 2021 IN TORONTO AND VANCOUVER

Toronto, ON – September 11, 2020 – Today, Tanya Blount-Trotter and Michael Trotter Jr. – the husband-and-wife musical duo known as The War And Treaty – have released Hearts Town, the title track from their eagerly-anticipated new album, out September 25.

Hearts Town, a sprawling and symphonic paean to the healing power of love, was largely inspired by the early days of the couple’s relationship. Michael Trotter explains, “We often come into relationships with our guards up because we have experienced pain from love. And too often when we enter our next relationship, we expect that pain again. But not in this love that I have found with my wife, Tanya.” He continues, “When our relationship has no hurt and it just plain feels good, we start to question if it’s really real because everything that has been real to us has come wrapped in pain. We start imagining a world where it’s not too good to be true and that world is Hearts Town… Hearts Town is a place where you can come broken and open, regardless of your past and find love, just like we have.” Listen to Hearts Town here.

Earlier this week, the duo performed their latest single Five More Minutes on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Play at Home series. Watch the performance here.

Hearts Town is the follow-up to The War And Treaty’s acclaimed 2018 debut The Healing Tide. Rolling Stone’s Fall Album Preview notes, The Nashville duo’s second album promises to be a more nuanced, musically diverse offering than their jubilant Buddy Miller-produced debut, 2018’s Healing Tide. Featuring an appearance from Jason Isbell, the new self-produced effort shows off a fuller breadth of husband-and-wife pair Michael Trotter and Tanya Blount Trotter’s far-ranging influences.”

During the past year, the duo maintained a steady touring schedule that included engagements opening for Al Green, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell. They were featured on a multi-artist tribute that aired on the 62nd annual GRAMMY telecast in January, and in late July, they were among the performers on a star-studded virtual fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

They are confirmed as the opening act on John Legend’s upcoming tour (rescheduled from this summer to 2021) including Canadian stops in Toronto and Vancouver. A full list of dates is below.

TOUR DATES 2021:
8.11 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
8.12 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre
8.14 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
8.15 - Atlanta, GA - Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
8.17 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
8.18 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
8.20 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap Concert Hall
8.21 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata
8.23 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall
8.24 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall
8.26 - Philadelphia, PA - The Met
8.27 - Ledyard, CT - Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
8.28 - Lenox, MA - Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood
8.30 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Band Pavilion
9.1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
9.2 - Sterling Heights, MI - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
9.4 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights
9.5 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
9.9 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9.10 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
9.15 - Berkeley, CA - The Greek Theatre
9.16 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
9.18 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
9.19 - San Diego, CA - CalCoast Credit Union Open Ait Theatre
9.21 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
9.24 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheater - Casino Del Sol

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ELVIS COSTELLO SHARES HEY CLOCKFACE/HOW CAN YOU FACE ME?

NEW ALBUM HEY CLOCKFACE OUT OCTOBER 30
ON CONCORD RECORDS

Toronto, ON – September 11, 2020 – Today, Elvis Costello releases Hey Clockface/How Can You Face Me?, the fourth advance track from the Hey Clockface album, which will be released by Concord Records on October 30. The song is available via the miracle of digital download and streaming here.

While that initial trio of bulletins from the Finnish capital were recorded over three days in February, 2020, Hey Clockface is the first song to be released from the sessions that took place in Paris on the following weekend.

The ensemble dubbed “Le Quintette Saint Germain”, is lead by Steve Nieve at the piano, with Mickaël Gasche on trumpet, Renaud-Gabriel Pion on clarinet and contrabass clarinet, Pierre-François “Titi” Diufour on cello and AJUQ on drums.

“This is a song about picking an argument with time, the very clock face, either running too fast or too slow, depending on the company you keep”.

The madcap mood of the song is caught in a new moving picture clip by the production team of Eamon Singer and Arlo McFurlow. The record opens with a trumpet and vocal duet, quoting the theme of the Fats Waller/Andy Razaf song, How You Face Me?, which dates back to the mid-1930s.

Costello tells us, “None of our arrangements for this session were written down in advance. I sang the theme of How Can You Face? to Mickaël and we kicked off this take right away, quoting a few lines of the song in the tag.”

Whether taken at tempo or in ballad form, the two-day session in Paris provided nine of the songs which will be heard on the upcoming Hey Clockface album.

“I sang live on the studio floor with the ensemble playing everything I wanted to hear and nothing that I didn’t,” said Costello.

Hey Clockface offers an exuberant contrast to the dark tone of The Helsinki Sound releases, but Costello cautions that we should expect many more surprises ahead, adding, “Watch this space…”

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THE FLAMINGOS PINK ANNOUNCE SOPHOMORE ALBUM OUTTACONTROLLER SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 23

NEW SINGLE MORNING LIGHT DEBUTS TODAY

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – September 11, 2020 – Today, Montreal rock ‘n’ roll duo, The Flamingos Pink – Sacha Gubany (guitar/vocals) and Julien Corrado (drums/percussion) – are excited to announce the release of their second album, Outtacontroller. Set to drop on October 23 via Label Étiquette. Outtacontroller follows the duo’s 2019 debut, Kustom Kreme. The band also shares a first taste of the new music with lead single, Morning Light. Listen here and watch the official music video here.

The Flamingos Pink constructed Outtacontroller during the quarantined Spring of 2020. Starting in April, Gubany and Corrado exchanged around 30 voice memos of song ideas and anything else musically that came to mind. Gubany played guitar every day for two months straight, exploring the sounds that would eventually come to be part of the 11 tracks on Outtacontroller. In May, the pair met up in an industrial warehouse and wrote the whole album. When June came around, they were ready to record the entire album and headed to the studio for two days to lay down all 11 tracks. Outtacontroller pushed Gubany and Corrado, and highlights just how much they are able to accomplish together.

“The record is voluntarily stripped down. It’s a no nonsense straight to the gut approach. Raw tones, strong vocals and fire engine red beats. It’s simple, primal and gritty,” the duo reflects. “We were on a mission to capture the intense moment in time that is the year 2020, like a snapshot. The recordings aim to capture our sound so you can hear it like we’re in the room with you. Dynamics is key, playing off the vocals, carving out tones, figuring how to best use up the sonic space, it’s sharp and real. We’re letting out waves of emotions and learning how to surf them. It feels like we’re entering a new chapter, the air is changing and so is the light. There’s a sense of urgency to action, for us and the whole World. This is a record made in tumultuous times and we’re jumping right in. 

Morning Light explores the theme of staying in the present and taking life one day at a time – ultimately reminding people there are good things to come. “Morning Light is the sliver of sunshine on your skin to remind you that you’re thankful to be alive,” reveal Gubany and Corrado. “When everything stops but our minds are still racing, the past seems so far away and the future even further. The present moment is a heavy concept that never seems to stay in place. It creates tension and tension always has a way of bringing out intense emotions. It’s being nostalgic about the past and hopeful for the days to come.” 

The Flamingos Pink believe rock ‘n’ roll is a way of life; a state of mind that is foundational to the band’s DIY attitude and reckless self-abandon. As a duo, they fill space and time rhythmically with a sweet blend of tones. Authority tight power chords, bottom heavy beats and a soulful voice, this musical harmony is the result of Sacha and Jules having a deep connection to one another thanks to their parallel backgrounds and upbringings. Being able to relate to one another went beyond just having gone to the same schools and having the same jobs (at different times). They discovered that they have undeniable chemistry, both musically and in the broader sense of style-de-vie. 

Stay tuned for more to come from The Flamingos Pink this fall!

TRACKLISTING:
1. Best We Ever Had
2. Life’s Automatic
3. New Kinks (I Got It)
4. Crossing Boarders
5. Not For Today
6. Now I Know
7. Bloodstrap
8. Look At Me
9. Barrel Of A Gun
10. Right Wing Chicken
11. Morning Light

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MIPSO UNVEILS VIDEO FOR LET A LITTLE LIGHT IN

NORTH CAROLINA QUARTET’S SELF-TITLED ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 16

Toronto, ON – September 11, 2020 – The dictionary defines nostalgia as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.”

As Mipso’s Joseph Terrell recently observed, nostalgia can be a bit of a tricky thing to navigate. “I think there’s a double strangeness in looking back on our childhoods from our late twenties,” he notes. “For one thing, the memories themselves are fuzzy, deceitful. And then all the strongest emotions I can access – the moments of joy and triumph or heartbreak--feel unfamiliar, like I can’t see the world that way anymore.”

Mipso’s Let a Little Light In, out today, gives voice to the complex feelings childhood memories can evoke, and the companion video illustrates a series of moments on a typical summer afternoon in all their awkward, messy, mundane glory. Let a Little Light In appears on Mipso’s forthcoming self-titled album, out October 16. Listen to Let a Little Light In and pre-order the album here. Watch the video for Let a Little Light In here.

“I guess I’m old enough now to feel totally disillusioned about the politics and culture of the ‘90s--which is to say I’m seeing the era clearly! – but still it’s hard not to miss the wide-eyed wonder of being a kid.” Terrell laughs, “There’s probably a German word for this kind of negative nostalgia.”

Terrell’s bandmate Libby Rodenbough adds, “It was really tempting to take this song in a kind of familiar, bluesy direction, but we fought the temptation and tried to take into a weirder, quirkier zone. Joseph’s lyrics are like that; they describe nostalgia for childhood in a way it often feels to me: sort of uncomfortable and sad in an inscrutable way, but charged with the emotional memory of something beautiful.”

Mipso is the group's most communally realized work to date.  Mipso's members – Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough, Jacob Sharp, and Joseph Terrell, each a songwriter and lead singer in the band – collaborated closely with producer Sandro Perri toward the goal of shaping a sonic landscape that is expansive and atmospheric yet also personal – “like an intimate voiceover to a dream sequence," as Terrell puts it.

With additional musical contributions by artful engineer/guitarist, Mark Goodell (Julian Lage, Margaret Glaspy),  Mipso's touring drummer, Yan Westerlund, and their longtime collaborator, Shane Leonard (on banjo, percussion, and synth), Mipso is a body of work with spacious arrangements that gently illuminate the idiosyncratic details and refined musicianship at the heart of every song.  

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RHYE RELEASES NEW SINGLE/VIDEO FOR HELPLESS

Toronto, ON — September 10, 2020 — Rhye — the project of Canadian-born JUNO Award-winner, Michael Milosh releases a new slinky, R&B number, Helpless, with an accompanying video directed by his partner, Genevieve Medow-Jenkins. Following the recently released Beautiful, which “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),  Helpless focuses on love in its most intimate and romantic form. With his distinct countertenor, Milosh chronicles the desire to “write a million love songs,” not as a grand gesture but an everyday promise. His voice glides over an euphonious blend of percussion, string arrangements, and a flurry of synths and keys. Watch Helpless here.

Shot around their hometown of Los Angeles, the Helpless video champions the creative connection between Milosh and Medow-Jenkins. It features actress Conor Leslie, dancer, director and choreographer Fatima Robinson, and Fatima’s son Xuly Williams. “The video for ‘Helpless’ evokes our earliest memories of being young and dreaming up what love and joy could look like,” says Milosh. Medow-Jenkins adds: “Creating art like this video, made with our closest friends, has been the greatest joy of our quarantine. We hope it can inspire you to dream  what love and joy can look for your life now: through friendship, family, or a perfect stranger.”

Recently, Milosh and Diplo collaborated on XII, a track off of Diplo’s first ever ambient album, MMXX. Originally only available via the Calm app, the album is out everywhere now.  Additionally, Milosh has been performing livestreams as part of the LA-based creative community, Secular Sabbath, including Corona Sabbath with Diplo, as well as morning ambient performances and a sunrise serenade with Joseph August. Secular Sabbath initially focused on live ambient music events, but has expanded with a range of offerings.
 

2021 Rhye Rescheduled Tour Dates:

April 6 - Dublin, IE @ Academy

April 7 - London, UK @ Roundhouse

April 9 - Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten

April 10 - Munich, DE @ Technikum

April 12 - Warsaw, PL @ Teatr Palladium 

April 13 - Berlin, DE @ Astra

April 14 - Hamburg, DE @ Mojo

April 16 - Stockholm, SE @ Berns

April 17 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega

April 18 -  Copenhagen, DK @ Vega

April 20 - Cologne, DE @ Kantine

April 21 - Rotterdam, NL @ Maasilo

April 22 - Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg

April 24 - Brussels, BE @ Cirque Royale

April 25 - Paris, FR @ Casino de Paris

Watch Helpless
Watch Beautiful
Listen to Beautiful

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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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SYLVAN ESSO RELEASES NEW TRACK FREQUENCY WITH VIDEO DIRECTED BY MOSES SUMNEY

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH HERE

NEW ALBUM FREE LOVE COMING SEPTEMBER 25
ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

Toronto, ON – September 10, 2020 – Sylvan Esso have released Frequency, the third single from their eagerly-anticipated new album, Free Love, coming out September 25 on Loma Vista Recordings.  The song is accompanied by a new video directed and styled by Moses Sumney. Watch here.

Shot in an anonymous suburban idyll with choreography by North Carolina-based Stewart/Owen Dance, the Frequency video explores the inescapable pull – emotional, physical, and literal – of attraction over a pulsing, phantom beat.

“We had a fantastic and rewarding time collaborating with our friend and fellow North Carolinian, Moses Sumney, on building a visual world for Frequency,” says Sylvan Esso. “He had such a beautiful vision for the project, one that ran parallel to the song's initial source in a way that showed us new spaces it could inhabit. It's a beautiful exploration of being together and apart at the same time - we feel it rings clearly in this moment.”

Frequency follows two other singles from Free LoveFerris Wheel and Rooftop Dancing – and is the latest proof that, even with the challenges the year has brought, Sylvan Esso are finding ways to creatively thrive as never before.  Just last week, they released a new version of the Ferris Wheel video created entirely in Animal Crossing, prompting the Verge to proclaim “Game of the summer, meet song of the summer.”  Sylvan Esso also recently performed Ferris Wheel from a flatbed truck for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.  The Rooftop Dancing video, released earlier last month, is a freewheeling ode to NYC shot by acclaimed street photographer, Cheryl Dunn.

Free Love has already been tipped as one of the most anticipated albums of Fall 2020 by Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, Uproxx, AV Club, Paste and others. It follows 2017’s What Now, which debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 and earned Sylvan Esso their first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic album.

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MATT BERNINGER OF THE NATIONAL DEBUTS NEW SINGLE ONE MORE SECOND

SERPENTINE PRISON DUE OCTOBER 16
ON BOOK RECORDS IN CONJUNCTION WITH
CONCORD RECORDS

PRODUCED BY BOOKER T. JONES

Toronto, ON – September 10, 2020 – In anticipation of Serpentine Prison, the upcoming debut solo record from Matt Berninger—frontman of critically acclaimed group, The National—Berninger is premiering the new single, One More Second, alongside a lyric video. I wrote One More Second with Matt Sheehy (Lost Lander, EL VY) with the intention for it to be a kind of answer to Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You, or sort of the other side of that conversation,” says Berninger. “I just wanted to write one of those classic, simple, desperate love songs that sound great in your car”. Stream/share the video here. Pre-order the album here.

The release of Serpentine Prison has moved back by two weeks to October 16. The album, produced by famed Memphis multi-instrumentalist, Booker T. Jones, will be released via Book’s Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records. 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 recently debuted the album’s title track alongside a video directed, shot and edited by Tom Berninger and Chris Sgroi (watch/share here), with Pitchfork raving that “producer and famed multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones surrounds Berninger with ornamental instrumentation, allowing gently picked guitar and funereal horns to provide the backdrop for his dark ruminations. Sparse organ notes make the tale feel more immediate; it’s like hearing a longtime denizen of a backroom bar muttering to the strains of a country ballad on the jukebox,” while Stereogum notes that “the style will be familiar and pleasing to fans of [Berninger’s] main band, particularly the rootsy, less ornately produced sound of their early records.”

Berninger also recently premiered the album track Distant Axis (watch/share the video, directed by both Matt and Tom Berninger with Chris Sgroi, here), hailed by Brooklyn Vegan for its “trademark melancholic Matt Berninger songwriting style but over a more jangly, breezy, acoustic backdrop than we usually hear from The National.” Boing Boing adds that the track is “stunningly beautiful.”

Of the forthcoming record’s origins, Berninger explains, “I sent [friend and collaborator Booker T. Jones] a few rough demos of originals that I had started working on with some old friends, including the songs Serpentine Prison and Distant Axis. Booker responded to those demos right away and encouraged me to keep writing and digging deeper into that stuff. Six months later we had twelve originals and seven covers. Everyone I had been working with on these songs came to Venice, CA, and we recorded it all in 14 days.”

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 Strin,g to the film’s soundtrack.

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THE BLUE STONES SHARE NEW SINGLE LET IT RIDE OUT TOMORROW

UNVEIL FIRST PART OF PERFORMANCE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – September 10, 2020 – Today, alternative-rock duo, The Blue Stones, unveiled Let It Ride, their latest single out on Entertainment One (eOne). The track debuted on YouTube in the form of a live video, capturing the duo returning to their element on stage and giving fans a chance to experience the song as intended, as a captivating performance. From the moment the fuzzed-out guitars kick off the track, Tarek Jafar’s bluesy voice and drummer, Justin Tessier’s, ground shaking beat combine to create a stadium-sized anthem perfect for soundtracking an end-of-summer road trip. The song hits its high-point through a clap-along breakdown as Jafar declares, “If you love me like you say, you have to let me roam” – an ode to living life on the road.

About the track, Tarek stated, “It's a song about having an appetite for adventure and a desire for security at the same time. Musicians are ambitious and adventurous, and hard to pin down into a stable, traditional lifestyle. And if you want to love us, you have to let us roam.”

The video for Let It Ride is the first part of Live on Display, a live performance the band filmed at Smash Salvage, an antique store in Ontario. Live on Display was directed and filmed by Tarek’s brother, Sameer Jafar, and producer Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots) served as creative director. Let It Ride is just a piece of Live On Display and fans can expect more to come from the band over the next few months. You can check out the performance video for Let It Ride on YouTube now and find it on all streaming services here tomorrow.

Speaking on Live On Display, the band shared: “The lockdown really got to us. We missed performing live, and wanted to give our fans something more than the standard ‘livestream from home’ experience. We put our heads together with Paul (our Producer) and Sameer (our Director, and Tarek’s brother) to plan something that had yet to be done, and that was unapologetically us. After several weeks of pre-production, we got together to film a real performance. Something to remind people that we’ll never stop making noise.”

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 led 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 eventually entered the studio with this past summer. Working with Meany led to The Blue Stones exploring – and creating – music in a different way than they had before, with Jafar taking a new approach when it came to tackling lyrics. Through this process, the band truly discovered 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 they’ve constructed. The fruits of their labor are already on display with single, Shakin’ Off The Rust, which was released last fall, charting Top 5 at U.S. radio on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Radio and seeing over 11 million streams worldwide. With more music on the way, 2020 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years yet for The Blue Stones.

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ACTION BRONSON’S ONLY FOR DOLPHINS OUT SEPTEMBER 25ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

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Toronto, ON – September 9, 2020 – On White Bronco, Action Bronson’s 2018 release, he rapped, “my next album’s only for dolphins,” and the principled MC is nothing if not true to his word.  Today, he announces his long-awaited new album and debut for Loma Vista Recordings, Only For Dolphins, to be released on September 25. Additionally, he has shared a new single, Golden Eye

 

Only For Dolphins hums with Bronson’s voracious appetite for sounds encountered during his escapades circling the globe. Turkish psych, reggae, French film music, lovers rock, Russian funk. Joining Bronson is his long-running crew of producers including The Alchemist, Harry Fraud, Daringer, Budgie, DJ Muggs, Tommy Mas and Samiyam.  

 

Listen to Golden Eye here, a slow-burn reggae send-up produced by Budgie, with a title that, in typical fashion, name checks both the classic video game and the resort.  He raps: “Twenty Kawasaki’s looking like wild horses on stampede / I look like a character that was drawn by Stan Lee / All around the world I’m known by different names / But never the real one, because motherf*in sh*t done changed.”  Watch the video here.

 

A Queens legend, celebrated for his idiosyncratic pen and vivid raps, Bronson is a decade into his career and still deepening his skillset. “The dolphin is one of the most intelligent creatures ever created on whatever planet we're on,” he explains. “They have their own way of communicating. They have nuance and intangibles like we do.” In a perfectly unusual analogy, he likens the aquatic mammal to the storied “five-tool” baseball player—that is, the extraordinary class of player who combines all elements of the game. “The only people who understand me are those five-tool players, those higher beings who are on the same telepathic wave as me.”

 

Action Bronson painted the Only For Dolphins album artwork himself, like he did for both his 2018 White Bronco LP, and 2019 Lamb Over Rice EP.

 

Bronson teased Only For Dolphins in July with Latin Grammys, deemed a “return to form” by Hypebeast.  This Summer, he also appeared as an interview guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers, freestyled from a camping chair for Funk Flex, and made a rare return appearance to Hot Ones.  

 

Action Bronson continues to set the bar for rap renaissance man.  He makes a special appearance in the Pete Davidson film, King of Staten Island, (Bronson made his acting debut in Scorsese’s The Irishman). Season four of the food & travel show he hosts, F*ck, That’s Delicious, ran from May to July on VICE TV, and is currently available On-Demand.  He also hosts and curates a bi-weekly musical variety show Live From the Moon on Beats1 / Apple Music and raps over The Who’s Baba O’Riley in the trailer for EA’s UFC 4 game. 

 

Only For Dolphins is available for pre-order now, and will be released on physical formats October 16.  Available with the album for pre-order are plush toy dolphins designed by Action Bronson himself. 

 

Bronson’s partnership with Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream in NYC also continues with Only For Dolphins treats inspired by Mesoamerican indigenous flavors. The offerings include pints of Only For Dolphins ice cream (condensed milk ice cream, guava jam, corn cookie, guava charred marshmallow), an ice cream cake featuring the same flavors, and a fully loaded tropical smores kit including charred guava marshmallows. 

 

 

Only For Dolphins Tracklist:

1. Capoeira (feat. Yung Mehico)

2. C12H16N2

3. Latin Grammys

4. Golden Eye

5. Mongolia (feat. Hologram & Meyhem Lauren)

6. Vega

7. Splash

8. Sergio

9. Shredder

10. Cliff Hanger

11. Marcus Aurelius

12. Hard Target

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JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY SHARES STORRYTELLING THROUGH SONG IN-BETWEEN CHAPTERS ON NEW EP INTERLUDE-19 WITH VISUAL FOR TELLING

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WATCH VIDEOS FOR SINGLES WORTH (FEAT. THURZ)
AND PRIDE ANTHEM FOR NO ONE

LISTEN TO DEBUT ALBUM CH III: THE COME UP HERE

Toronto, ON – September 8, 2020 – Emerging from a time of isolation comes transition, and JUNO-nominated Toronto artist, STORRY, delivers the STORR-ies in between chapters with her second project this year – INTERLUDE-19.Released on Saturday, September 5 (STORRY’s birthday), the visual album explores themes like time, waiting, power, self-deprecation and death. It arrives with a video for third single, TELLING, a commentary on society’s reliance on technology and the power it has over our lives. Watch TELLING, and listen to INTERLUDE-19 here for more.

While the word, interlude, is defined as “an intervening or interruptive time, space or event…when a situation or activity is different from what comes before and after it,” STORRY comments on the project themes: “We’re in reflection, in limbo. We’re waiting and are uncertain of what the world will be after all. It can feel like purgatory, springing up a multitude of emotions. It’s an interruption from our ‘busy’ness and our frenzied state of ego and consumption. We are now forced to either look at ourselves, at our world, or otherwise attempt to drown ourselves with frivolous distractions. But this time, these months, this year, though seemingly endless, is but a blip in time. A flash in the pan. So, I decided to call this record INTERLUDE-19.”

The EP opens and closes with an Arabic lullaby STORRY’s mother (who appears on the track) used to sing to her called NAMI NAMI. STORRY explains that "a central theme on the EP is the cyclical nature of life and wanting to be awake for it. Wanting to feel alive and autonomous. Though putting a child to sleep might seem counter-intuitive to being awake, going to sleep can also symbolize a brighter morning and a new beginning." INTERLUDE-19’s tracklist forms a powerful statement: DEATH, DON’T, WAIT, FOR NO ONE, SO, LIVE, A STORRY, WORTH, TELLING. Lead singles, WORTH, featuring LA artist, Thurz and produced by Polaris Music Prize-nominated, Junia-T, who was also at the helm for TELLING (where he makes a cameo in the video), and her Pride Month anthemFOR NO ONEreflects being human on all fronts with varied perspective. A major part of the writing, vocal recordings, partial music production, and filming for the visuals (directed by STORRY’s creative collaborator, Karimah Zakia Issa, who helmed STORRY’s cinematic visual for Money Ain’t Free), were completed within 10 days in quarantine at Collabo Camp, an independent arts space in Tweed, Ontario. 

STORRY has been sharing the music live, as she rocked a performance on August 20 for Music Hall Hamilton’s DoWell by Hamilton concert series, followed by a headline set at META Arts Festival, a September 3 show for Jack.org, with an upcoming performance at Conestoga College’s Virtual Live Music Series on October 1. See below for details. 

The project follows her critically acclaimed debut album, CH III: The Come Up, which was released February 20, 2020, based on a chapter of STORRY’s 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, and watch STORRY’s award-winning, self-produced Claymation film, Up, set to a song of the same name, here

STORRY continues to share her STORY, in national features with Addicted MagazineComplex CanadaThe Canadian PressEARMILKThe Toronto StarThe Creative Imbalance PodcastCanadian BeatsNew Theory RadioStudio01CityTV’s Breakfast Television, CJRU The Cool Table, amongst others, with her music played on CBC q, CBC Fresh Air, CBC Big City Small World, and CIUT, and live sessions with Radio Humber, Canadian Music Therapy Fund, RX Music and more. 

About STORRY
STORRY is a multifaceted wonder woman who writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to directing award-winning music videos. Her debut concept album, CH III: The Come Up, was released on February 20, 2020 to critical acclaim. Since then, she was nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award in the category of Reggae Recording of the Year for her song, Another Man, which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly and Robbie. Listen to the song here

Now, with the world in retrospection, STORRY decided to write and assemble virtual collaborations in order to create a new EP called INTERLUDE-19 in isolation. Another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters. STORRY’s art is raw and honest to the max. If it doesn’t touch you, it’ll hit you in the face. 

Upcoming Livestream Performances:
October 1 – Conestoga College Virtual Live Music Series – 1:00 pm ET

Buy/stream INTERLUDE-19
Watch TELLING
Watch WORTH (feat. Thurz)
Watch FOR NO ONE
Buy/stream CH III: The Come Up
Watch Up
Watch Money Ain’t Free
Watch A Lost Find

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SIGALA & JAMES ARTHUR TEAM UP FOR NEW SINGLE LASTING LOVER

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7 UK Top 10 Singles
Brit Nomination for Best Single for Lullaby
7 Global Platinum Singles
9 Global Gold singles
6 Million UK Sales
10 Million Worldwide Sales
2 Billion Audio Streams
Over 1 Billion Video Views

Toronto, ON – September 4, 2020 – BRIT-nominated British DJ, producer and artist, Sigala, alongside chart-topper, James Arthur, have released new single, Lasting Lover, via Ministry of Sound.

Lasting Lover bears all the markings of a true Sigala classic with James’ instantly recognizable vocal adding raw energy as it soars throughout, creating euphoric dance- pop perfection, enhanced perfectly by Sigala’s buoyant blue-sky signature sound.

On Lasting Lover, and collaborating with James, Sigala explains, “This song was actually written by Lewis Capaldi, and so I first heard it as an acoustic track. From there, it has been a very fun journey to take it to where it is now. I have wanted to work with James Arthur for ages, as I love his voice, but because the song came together during lockdown, I wasn’t actually able to meet James in person, so we worked across Zoom for a long time and finally met on the set for the music video – luckily we got on just as well in real life! You may also be able to tell, I am a massive MGMT fan, so it’s been really cool to be able to blend everything together, and I hope everyone enjoys the result.”

“I really enjoyed working with Sigala on this absolute banger, he’s a real G,” James says. “We ended up pulling this track together in lockdown and working remotely. I’ve been a fan of his for some time, so it was great to finally meet him on the set of the video. It’s a bit of a change of direction for me, but you might be seeing a couple more interesting turns in the future. Hope everyone likes it! Stay safe”.

Multi-platinum singer-songwriter, James Arthur, has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Last year he was awarded a disc for reaching a billion streams on Spotify with his No.1 global hit Say You Won't Let Go, an amazing feat when you consider only 99 records have achieved a billion streams on Spotify in history. James has released three hugely successful albums: James Arthur (No.2), Back From The Edge (No.1) and last year's YOU (No.2), alongside nine solo UK Top 40 singles, including two No.1 smash hits. To encourage people to stay home and stay safe during this global health crisis, James recently launched his Safe Inside campaign, which included specially recorded music and new videos, with all profits from James and his record label being donated directly to NHS Charities Together and SANE. 

Lasting Lover follows an incredible string of single releases from Sigala, including the hit single, Wish You Well – Sigala’s seventh Top 10 single and ninth global gold single – and We Got Love, which featured Ella Henderson. Sigala is also still climbing the charts with Heaven On My Mind – another collaborative Top 20 summer smash with the UK’s Becky Hill.

Lasting Lover marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Sigala, who is currently crafting his sophomore album – the follow-up to 2018’s Brighter Days. The debut record featured Lullaby, and the number one single, Easy Love. Brighter Days is already a BRIT Certified Breakthrough album, officially silver status, selling over 136k in the UK alone, and was the highest charting dance debut album of 2018.

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BENNY THE BUTCHER & BSF RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR FELL IN LOVE WITH THE STREETS FEATURING HEEM

BENNY THE BUTCHER & DJ DRAMA PRESENTS: GANGSTA GRILLZ X BSF DA RESPECTED SOPRANOS PROJECT OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – September 4, 2020 – Today, Benny The Butcher's Black Soprano Family release a new video, Fell in Love With the Streets, featuring Heem.  The track is featured on the most recent project, Benny The Butcher & DJ Drama Presents: Gangsta Grillz X BSF Da Respected Sopranos, which was released at the end of July.

Da Respected Sopranos project is the first offering from the new deal that Benny The Butcher recently inked Entertainment One (eOne) for his Black Soprano Family (BSF) imprint.  A slate of new music will be released for its roster through this year into 2021.

The Black Soprano Family (BSF) consists of Rick Hyde, Heem, LoveBoat Luciano, Jonesy & DJ Shay.  This project will be followed by a Black Soprano Family label compilation where Benny will introduce additional members to the BSF roster.
 
The Griselda collective (Benny The Butcher. Westside Gunn & 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 non-plussed 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-a 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 to his burgeoning BSF ecosystem.

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OH SUSANNA RELEASES SLEEPY LITTLE SAILOR - DELUXE EDITION TODAY!

AVAILABLE TO BUY/STREAM HERE

WATCH BEHIND THE SONG
FOR KINGS ROAD ACOUSTIC VERSION HERE

“Every few years, an extraordinarily emotive voice emerges…
Dreamy, ghostly, feminine and gutsy with great accomplishment.” –
The Independent

Toronto, ON – September 4, 2020 – Today, Americana singer-songwriter, Oh Susanna, releases her critically acclaimed album, Sleepy Little Sailor (via MVKA), in a new deluxe edition. The “magnificent country soul” (Nigel Williamson, Uncut) record is available on CD, digitally, and (for the first time) on vinyl – featuring the original 11 songs, plus acoustic recordings of five of the tracks, including the title track, and a bonus acoustic version of You Win Again.

"After I played in London last September, Andrew Bowles, who was the main person I worked with at Hot Records twenty years ago, wrote me to say how he saw I was just in London and he was ‘gutted’ that he missed the show,” reflects Oh Susanna. “This got Andrew and his business partner Tom Norrell in a nostalgic mood and they started listening to Sleepy Little Sailor and 2003’s Oh Susanna on full blast in their office. They now run a management and label company called MVKA based in England. A few days later they wrote me to say how much they wanted to re-issue Sleepy Little Sailor because of their strong emotional connection to those songs. They said that it is a ‘buried treasure’ that new audiences should hear. Of course, this all felt very wonderful, cozy and warm and fuzzy. I adore those guys and loved working with them back then and it feels right to be working with them again.”

Adds MVKA’s Andrew Bowles, “Sleepy Little Sailor is an album that means a lot to Tom and I, having both worked on the original release, we’re extremely proud to re-issue this brilliant album on MVKA.’’

Four singles were dropped in the build-up to the album’s deluxe release, including acoustic versions of Sleepy Little Sailor, Sacrifice, Beauty Boy, and River Blue. Accompanying each release is a special hand-drawn behind the song video, revealing the origin and narrative of the lyrics, acting as a fascinating insight to the person Suzie Ungerleider was 20 years ago.

Sleepy Little Sailor brought her considerable critical acclaim in 2001, following her intense, concept-style debut album, Johnstown – 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, including River Blue and Kings Road, which were newly recorded with producer Jim Bryson, while Sleepy Little Sailor, Sacrifice and Beauty Boy were taken from the original demo sessions with her producer Colin Cripps (Kathleen Edwards). 

These pared-back acoustic versions highlight both the effortless strength of Suzie’s 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,” Suzie 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 Suzie.

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 – DELUXE EDITION TRACKLIST:
1. Sleepy Little Sailor
2. River Blue
3. I’ve Got Dreams to Remember
4. Kings Road
5. All That Remains
6. Beauty Boy
7. Sacrifice
8. Forever At Your Feet
9. Ted’s So Wasted
10. St. Patrick’s Day
11. Ride On
12. Sleepy Little Sailor (Acoustic Version)
13. Sacrifice (Acoustic Version)
14. Beauty Boy (Acoustic Version)
15. River Blue (Acoustic Version)
16. Kings Road (Acoustic Version)
17. You Win Again (Acoustic Version)

ABOUT OH SUSANNA AND SLEEPY LITTLE SAILOR
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, in 1999, which she remastered and reissued last year to mark its 20th anniversary. Suzie had been quietly working as a clerk at a Vancouver library when, in 1996, 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.

As well as her Genie Award for Best Original Song, Suzie has been nominated twice for a JUNO Award, holds a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Songwriter, and three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for her 2017 release, A Girl in Teen City.

Sleepy Little Sailor was recorded with producer Colin Cripps at The Bathouse studio outside Kingston, Ontario in the summer of 2000.  “I was really intense and so were my songs,” Suzie 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.”

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ACE FREHLEY SHARES NEW SINGLE I’M DOWN

WATCH THE VISUALIZER HERE

ORIGINS VOL. 2 DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 18
VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Toronto, ON – September 3, 2020 – Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member, Ace Frehley, shared the second single from his highly-anticipated second collection of 11 rock 'n' roll covers titled, Origins Vol. 2, in the form of The Beatles’ 1965 b-side, I’m Down. Featuring John 5, the cover kicks the classic track into high gear with shredding solos and Frehley’s on-point vocals, sounding at the top of his game.

Due out on September 18 via Entertainment One (eOne), Origins Vol. 2 continues Frehley’s reflections on a lifetime in music and inspiration. No stranger to cover versions throughout his musical history — having recorded, rebranded, and repossessed such notable nuggets as New York Groove, Do Ya and I Wanna Go Back throughout his eight previous studio efforts — this new collection presents a thoughtful and exciting selection of songs that inspired and helped shape the legendary guitarist. That spirit of fun is carried through with exquisite execution, and guitar aficionados will enjoy Frehley's fresh interpretations of these classic songs.

Origins Vol. 2 features some extraordinary guests, including Robin Zander of Cheap Trick on Humble Pie's 30 Days In The Hole, and former KISS comrade, Bruce Kulick, on Jimi Hendrix's Manic Depression. Origins Vol. 1 alumnus John5 also returns, playing on Cream's Politician, and I'm Down. Finally, the exquisite Lita Ford returns on vocals, this time on The Rolling Stones' 1968 hit, Jumpin' Jack Flash. Origins Vol. 2 will be the follow-up to 2016’s Origins Vol. 1, which hit #23 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and was his second highest-charting solo album and his 4th Top 40 album.

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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. www.entertainmentone.com

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RUSTON KELLY’S NEW ALBUM SHAPE & DESTROY OUT TODAY

“one of the sharpest, most empathetic songwriters working today” – Entertainment Weekly

“his most hopeful, ambitious record to date” – Men’s Health

“heart-wrecking” – Stereogum

“sure to be an enchanting, emotional masterpiece” – Paste

“The delicate nature of self-reflection is perfectly demonstrated” – DuJour

“there’s nothing sophomoric about this post-teenage angst…undeniable melodies and enlightened confessionals power a quest toward self-forgiveness.” – Nashville Lifestyles

Toronto, ON – August 28, 2020 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, Ruston Kelly’s, highly anticipated new album, Shape & Destroy, is out today on Rounder Records. Stream/purchase here. Co-produced by Kelly and longtime collaborator ,Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer), and recorded at Dreamland Recording Studios in upstate New York, Shape & Destroy documents Kelly’s journey through maintaining his sobriety and facing his past. Across 13 new songs, he addresses these experiences and setbacks with unvarnished honesty, grace and conviction.

Reflecting on Shape & Destroy, Kelly shares, “Making this record definitely taught me that I don’t want to be selfish: I want to channel something larger than myself and give myself to the process as fully as possible, because these songs also become the story of whoever hears them. Whatever someone might get out of listening to this record and hearing me express myself in this way, it’s completely theirs.”

In addition to Kelly (vocals, acoustic guitar, high-strung acoustic, electric guitar, piano, percussion, sandpaper, mandolin), and Jarrad K (electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, piano, Rhodes, Hammond M3, percussion, student bells, background vocals), the album also features Kelly’s father, Tim “TK” Kelly (steel guitar, background vocals), Eli Beaird (bass, background vocals), and Eric Slick (drums, percussion, background vocals), as well as special guests, Gena Johnson, Abby Kelly and Kacey Musgraves on background vocals.

Earlier this month, Kelly was also featured as part of NPR Music’s 20|20 series discussing the 20th anniversary of Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag, two versions of which are included on Kelly’s Dirt Emo Vol 1, released last fall. Read the full feature here.

Shape & Destroy marks yet another breakthrough moment for the Nashville-based artist, who released his full-length debut album, Dying Star, in 2018. Also co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star received widespread critical acclaim and 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.” Additionally, Rolling Stone proclaimed, “one of the most magnetic releases of the year,” and The Fader asserted, “a uniquely emotional and raw collection about our ability to build a new life from the ashes.” Kelly also released Dirt Emo Vol. 1 this past fall – a project consisting of eight new covers of his favorite emo songs including Dashboard Confessional’s, Screaming Infidelities, featuring the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba, Wheatus’, Teenage Dirtbag, The Carter Family’s, Weeping Willow and Taylor Swift’s, All Too Well, which earned praise from Swift herself.

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ELVIS COSTELLO’S AUGUST SURPRISE

“AT LEAST THE EMPEROR NERO HAD AN EAR FOR MUSIC
BUT THAT’S HISTORY”

NEW ALBUM HEY CLOCKFACE OUT OCTOBER 30
ON CONCORD RECORDS

Toronto, ON – August 28, 2020 – August 28 sees the surprise delivery of Elvis Costello’s, Phonographic Memory, described as “the B-Side of the recently released, We Are All Cowards Now”. This new release will be available due entirely to the miracle of digital download or streaming.

Phonographic Memory imagines a post-war ceremony involving an archive recording of the voice of Orson Welles and someone identified only as, “President Swift”.

Here is an extract from this futuristic tale:

“After the peace was negotiated and the internet switched off, knowledge returned to its medieval cloister, in this and that illuminated volume, the jealous possession of the pious and the superstitious, who might once again wield ignorance like a scythe.”

The recording takes the form of a short story recited over an open-tuned acoustic guitar soundtrack and as such is unique in Costello’s recorded catalogue. Phonographic Memory will only be available in this “B-Side” edition, in the tradition of My Funny Valentine, Big Tears and Hoover Factory, just a few of Costello’s acclaimed B-sides of yesteryear.

“They’re draping stones with colours and a roll of stolen names except those we never cared about and those we need to blame”

These lines come from We Are All Cowards Now, the last of three Helsinki Sound recordings that will be found on Costello’s forthcoming album, Hey Clockface, which will be released on October 30.

Look out for the next installment of this intriguing story on September 11.

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SEETHER RELEASE NEW ALBUM TODAY SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM (“IF YOU WANT PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR”) ON FANTASY RECORDS

MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING ROCK BAND’S FIRST ALBUM IN THREE YEARS HAS RECEIVED RAVE REVIEWS
SINGLE DANGEROUS CURRENTLY #4 AND RISING ON BILLBOARD’S HOT HARD ROCK SONGS CHART 

BAND CELEBRATES WITH EPIC GLOBAL LIVESTREAM CONCERT LOCKED & LIVE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 AT 3 P.M. ET WITH NEW SONGS & CLASSIC HITS

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT SEETHER.VEEPS.COM

BAND PLANS EXCLUSIVE LISTENING PARTY ON YOUTUBE
FEATURING FAN CHAT AND TRACK-BY-TRACK FULL ALBUM PREMIERE TODAY AT 3 P.M. ET

“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum shows that the band still has an uncanny knack of pulling out all the stops.” —Classic Rock Magazine

“SEETHER are capable of creating some of the most memorable and thought-provoking tracks that are rock radio and arena approved … One thing for sure is that the band is consistent and have yet to release a bad album.” Distorted Sound Magazine

“‘Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum’ displays a raw honesty and wealth of musicality that fuses its finer moments straight onto your DNA … SEETHER continue to craft beautifully tormented anthems tailored to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.” —Metal Wani (8/10 overall score)

“This is possibly one of the best albums that 2020 will be able to deliver especially within this genre, balanced with great lyrics and an impressive sound.” —Summa Inferno (5/5 flames)

“Even with the high praise received from their last album, Poison The Parish, they may have outdone themselves.” —Screamer Magazine

Toronto, ON – August 28, 2020 – The wait is finally over. Today, multi-platinum selling rock band, SEETHER, releases their highly anticipated new albumSi Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare For War”), their first new album in over three years, via Fantasy Records.

The album’s aggressive first single, Dangerous, is already #4 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart and rising quickly. In addition, the album preview track, Begwas premiered by Heavy Consequence, who called it “one of the heaviest songs SEETHER has ever released” while another, Bruised And Bloodied, was hailed by Loudwire for its “sexy groove.” For the week of August 1, frontman Shaun Morgan also topped Billboard's Hard Rock Songwriter's Chart and hit the #2 spot on the Hard Rock Producers Chart for the first time.

This Sunday, August 30 at 3 p.m. ET, SEETHER will host an epic global livestream event — “Locked & Live” — in an exclusive partnership with Veeps and Elite Multimedia. It’s the band’s first-ever full production, multi-camera online livestream concert providing fans around the world the chance to see the notoriously energetic SEETHER live show from home while touring remains paused. The set list promises to include hit favorites as well as brand-new tracks. Ticket packages are on sale now at Seether.Veeps.com starting at $20. Ticket packages include a donation to benefit SEETHER’s crew and fans can also donate to SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education) using a button on the livestream. Those interested in donating to SAVE before or after the event can do so here.

Additionally, to celebrate the release of Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum, SEETHER will hold a special fan listening party today on their YouTube channel at 3 p.m. ET, which includes the band posting up in the chatroom with fans while the album plays through in its entirety for a one-of-a-kind insider event. To join the listening party, click here.

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is SEETHER’s eighth studio album and was produced by Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI) in Nashville from December 2019 through January 2020. The album’s 13 new tracks draw on the dark and raw honesty of grunge’s epic guitar attack and the South African underground punk and metal that Morgan (and bandmate Dale Stewart) grew up on.

The band is joined on the album by newest member, Corey Lowery (ex-guitarist/vocalist for Saint Asonia and Stuck Mojo), Morgan’s friend of 16 years, who also assistant-engineered the album. “Corey has a lot of experience and is an inspiring guitarist as well; he’s the older brother I’ve always wanted,” Morgan says. SEETHER’s rock-solid rhythm section is bassist and founding member Dale Stewart, and drummer John Humphrey (who joined in 2003).

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is available in CD, vinyl and digital formats. For special offers and exclusive merchandise, visit SEETHER’s online store here.

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THE AVETT BROTHERS NEW ALBUM THE THIRD GLEAM AVAILABLE NOW

SOLD-OUT LIVE DRIVE-IN CONCERT AT
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY LIVESTREAMING AS A
PAY-PER-VIEW EVENT TOMORROW

THE AVETT BROTHERS AT RED ROCKS CONCERT SPECIAL
PREMIERING ON PBS TOMORROW

MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS
RETURNS TO HBO AND HBO MAX TODAY

Toronto, ON – August 28, 2020 – Following the release of singles, Victory, I Go To My Heart, and Back Into The Light, the eagerly-awaited third installment of The Avett Brothers’ ongoing Gleam series is available now on CD and digitally via American Recordings/Loma Vista Recordings, with vinyl available September 18. Stripped-back and returning to the band’s roots, The Third Gleam offers a glimmer of hope in a time of uncertainty, and it has been featured on New Music Friday by NPR’s All Songs Considered. Paste highlighted the album as one of The 10 Albums We’re Most Excited About in August, and they observed, on The Third Gleam, The Avett Brothers take a step back from all that gloss and shine and just focus on the songwriting, the harmonies and the dynamic between three musicians in a room. Hearing The Third Gleam is like stepping into a sunny, peaceful clearing after hours of running through the woods.” Listen to and purchase The Third Gleam here.

Earlier this week, The Avett Brothers counted down to the release of The Third Gleam with their television debut of lead single, Victory, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a Billboard Live At-Home Performance, during which they premiered Prisoner To Heaven. The band also offered another taste of The Third Gleam with live footage of fan-favorite, Untitled #4, from The Avett Brothers At Red Rocks concert special, premiering on PBS tomorrow. PBS stations carrying the special can be seen here, and broadcasts will continue through mid-September. Fans who do not see their local station(s) listed can contact them directly to request that they add The Avett Brothers At Red Rocks to their schedule.

The celebration continues tomorrow with a sold-out, socially-distanced drive-in concert at the legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Avett Brothers’ first live show in six months – and their first playing music from The Third Gleam – will be available for fans around the world to livestream as a Pay-Per-View event in partnership with nugs.net, and can be accessed on-demand for up to 48 hours following the concert. For more information and to purchase the livestream, visit avettbrothersdrivein.com.

Coinciding with the release of The Third Gleam, the band’s 2017 documentary, May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers, is available today on HBO and HBO Max. Co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, the documentary follows The Avett Brothers through the process of writing their critically-acclaimed 2016 album, True Sadness. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Album Sales chart, #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, and #3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and it earned the band their second GRAMMY nomination for Best Americana Album.

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TORONTO’S AFRO-CUBAN ENSEMBLE OKAN RELEASE NEW SINGLE MERCEDES FEATURING TELMARY DIAZ

FORTHCOMING ALBUM ESPIRAL OUT OCTOBER 9
VIA LULAWORLD RECORDS

LISTEN TO TITLE TRACK HERE

JUNO-NOMINATED AND INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD-WINNING GROUP BLEND HISTORY HERITAGE, STORYTELLING AND SPIRITUALITY

Toronto, ON – August 28, 2020 – Toronto-based JUNO-nominated ensemble, OKAN, deliver a bold new single, Mercedes, today. The song, which features Cuban rapper, Telmary Diaz, is the second release from their forthcoming album, Espiral, due October 9 via Lulaworld Records. Listen to the song here

Mercedes includes elements from a genre called Pilón; a rhythm that is native to, but seldom played in Cuba today. OKAN wants to help preserve this near-extinct sound, while the narrative of the song is founded on double entendres; a story about Mercedes, a beautiful Cuban woman who trades her favours to different people. It paints a very realistic picture of the struggles Cuban people face today, and the Cuban way of discussing these topics with a dark sense of humour. 

“Working with Telmary has been a dream come true. She's a woman that has been in the Cuban music scene since we were teenagers. She has overcome the difficulties of being a female rapper in Cuba, where the vision is very Machista,” OKAN says of the collab. “That's also why it means even more for us to have had this opportunity with her. Her rapping style was perfect for the kind of genre and lyrical content that we were looking for in Mercedes. We are so happy with the results and of course having an experimented female artist from our country makes it even more gratifying. We hope that the audience gets the vibes we intended when we did the song although the lyrics are in Spanish. The perfect dancing piece and very typical of the Cuban culture.”

Espiral (Spanish for ‘spiral’) is  the title track from OKAN’s forthcoming project, blending sonic elements both classic and contemporary, while honouring their Cuban roots. Listen to Espiral here.

“The title track, Espiral, is an arrangement that we did of an Afro-Cuban chant we first heard in December of 2018. It’s not as well-known as many chants and comes from the Arará sect (or denomination or tribal tradition) of the Santeria religion, as opposed to the Lucumi sect of the religion,” OKAN says of the song’s inspiration. “We then decided to mix this Afro-Cuban chant with another genre called guajira from the Eastern countryside of Cuba. This hasn’t been done before, or at least we don’t know of.”

Following up on their Juno-nominated, Sombras, and Independent Music Award-winning debut release, Laberinto, OKAN’s sophomore album, Espiral, delves deeper into the group's rich Cuban roots, finding renewed inspiration in this  musical heritage. Taking their name from the word for heart in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, OKAN fuses these powerful elements with jazz, folk and global rhythms. The Santeria influences are most evident in the opening track, Espiral, which uniquely blends folk genres of Eastern Cuba with Santeria-derived chants.

Showcasing the stunning vocals, violin and percussion of co-leaders and composers, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne, Espiral features contributions by leading Canadian Cuban artists Telmary Diaz, Miguel de Armas, Hilario Duran, Roberto Riveron, Alexis Baro, Frank Martinez and Pablosky Rosales.

A highlight of the album, Águila, honours the strength of women who make sacrifices to better the lives of their families. Written for Elizabeth’s aunt, who had to leave her husband and daughter in Cuba while she immigrated to the U.S., the piece moves from sorrow to rediscovered strength that derives from family, faith and tradition. See below for a complete tracklistng. 

OKAN's music spans the worlds of jazz, folk and global roots. This is reflected in the group's touring activity with invitations from leading festivals such as Mariposa, Sunfest, Blue Skies, and Lotusfest as well as San Francisco, New Mexico, Jaipur and Toronto Jazz. Recent projects have included a live appearance with Polaris Prize winner, Lido Pimienta and recording for the upcoming release of Colombian electro-cumbia superstars, Bomba Estereo.

The group recently performed a stunning livestreamed set for Philadelphia Folk Festival, which followed a Toronto Jazz Festival live stream via JAZZ.FM, and a livestreamed set at Blue Curtain Concerts Festival – watch it here.

About OKAN:
Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts. Both are also Grammy-nominees for their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, of which they are former members. 

Stay tuned as OKAN’s unwinds more music from Espiral, and join them for their upcoming performances below.

Buy/listen to Espiral: lnk.to/Epiral-by-OKAN
Buy/listen to Mercedes: lnk.to/OKAN-Mercedes

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ZELLA DAY RELEASES BRAND NEW EP WHERE DOES THE DEVIL HIDE

LISTEN TO THE LATEST SINGLE
BENNY MY DEAR HERE

Toronto, ON – August 28, 2020 – Where Does The Devil Hide, the eagerly anticipated EP from inventive singer-songwriter, Zella Day, has officially been released today in partnership with Concord Records and Easy Eye Sound. Produced by The Black Keys’, Dan Auerbach, the project ignites a vibrant new era for Zella and signals her evolution as both a musician and a visual auteur. Today, Zella has also debuted her newest single, Benny My Dear, a song packed with lush instrumentation, dazzling harmonies and guitar solos all dripping with retro Californian charm. It’s a track that wholly encapsulates the spirit of the project and serves as a fitting finale to the EP. Listen to Where Does The Devil Hide now via digital streaming platforms everywhere.

“Selfless love acts without expectation of receiving anything other than the satisfaction of giving,” says Zella of Benny My Dear. “Benny has been crying out for affection for far too long, he struggles to believe that he deserves it. Benny reminds us that vulnerability is the only way out and the only way in.”

From the radiant songs to the jaw-dropping imagery captured in her music videos and artwork for the project, every element of Where Does The Devil Hide shares a unified vision that melds vivid sounds, aesthetics and ideas inspired by the essence of quintessential California. Coming from a line of strong women who have called the West Coast home for decades, it’s a coastal affinity to which Zella is deeply connected. 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.

Over the past several months, Zella has unveiled four tastes from Where Does The Devil Hide, which have been met with acclaim from the likes of Flaunt Magazine, Guitar World, Clash Magazine, LA Weekly, American Songwriter, The Line of Best Fit, SF Chronicle, Notion and AV Club, who praised the EP as “smoldering torch songs, bouncing disco, Laurel Canyon grooves, and more. The five-song release is like a jukebox time capsule, all held together by Day’s warm vocals.”

Most recently, Zella released her single Only A Dream in July alongside a music video directed by Samuel Richard and Gianennio Salucci, and shot within the iconic Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA and along the golden beaches and sun-soaked highways of the California coast. Intimately-filmed and emotionally-charged, the piece is a poetic ode to the beautiful, yet often tragic journey that is love. Only A Dream was preceded by Purple Haze, a celestial rock song that Guitar World hailed “a psychedelic stoner anthem [that] would be right up Hendrix’s street,” the disco hit My Game, released in May alongside a cinematic music video inspired by classic spy films of the 1960s, and People Are Strangers, a sun-soaked ballad that Idolator named one of the year’s Best Pop Songs.

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, My Game and now Purple Haze, a trio of lively singles that mark a new chapter in her exciting journey.

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ROBERT GLASPER ENLISTS H.E.R. & MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO FOR POWERFUL BLACK LOVE BALLAD

STREAM THE NEW SINGLE BETTER THAN I IMAGINED 
AND WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO

FIRST PREVIEW OF NEW ALBUM BLACK RADIO 3 COMING IN 2021

ROBERT GLASPER TO PERFORM LIVE AT THE COMMITMENT MARCH TOMORROW IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Toronto, ON – August 27, 2020 – Grammy Award-winning artist and producer, Robert Glasper, has released his new single today, Better Than I Imagined, featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello, two of the most powerful female voices in contemporary music2020, with all its adversity, has also been a revelation in many ways and especially as a renaissance of Black expression and the appreciation and understanding for Black voices, stories, and art to be seen and heard more now than ever.  While this is nothing new for Glasper, the world is finally catching up with the musical maestro and cultural figurehead. The song comes paired with a beautiful video animated by Gianni Lee, which paints a surreal and post-apocalyptic world where heroes come to heal the Black community through love.
 

Better Than I Imagined is an ardent dedication to the value and virtue of Black love. Robert explains the meaning behind the song, "No one wants a life without love, but we have generations of people in our community who haven’t had the tools to actually be in healthy relationships. It seems like people are finally ready to open their eyes to systemic racism in this country, and if we’re going to talk about it, we have to also talk about how it affects our relationships."

Robert Glasper will be performing at the March on Washington, taking place on August 28 - exactly 57 years to-the-date from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s unforgettable "I Have a Dream" speech. He will be one of the only musical performers in attendance alongside frequent collaborator, bassist Derrick Hodge, live and in-person, and televised on MSNBC. 

This new song comes off the back of the heralded new project, Dinner Party, the musical supergroup of Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, and 9th Wonder. The four standalone geniuses came together as friends and peers, making music that fuses Jazz, R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop, praised by New York Times, NPR, The FADER, Stereogum, Complex, Hypebeast, Essence, and more. Last year, Glasper released his mixtape, Fuck Yo Feelings, an organic creation with collaborations between Glasper and Yasiin Bey, Herbie Hancock, Yebba, Denzel Curry, Terrace Martin, YBN Cordae, SiR, Buddy, Rapsody, Andra Day, Baby Rose and more. He also held an unprecedented run of 56 shows in 28 only days at his second residence at the legendary Blue Note in New York. 

Glasper boasts seven Grammy nominations and three wins for Best R&B Album, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, an Emmy nomination- work with Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu,  Lupe Fiasco, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Yasiin Bey and many more.

Better Than I Imagined is out now on Loma Vista Recordings, and is the first new music from the Black Radio 3 project, coming in 2021.

Stream Better Than I Imagined feat. H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello and watch official video here

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MASN RELEASES DEBUT EP HOW TO KILL A ROCKSTAR

LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – August 27, 2020 – Artist on the rise, MASN, has releaesd his debut EP, How To Kill A Rockstar, via RCA Records. Listen here. The EP includes previously released tracks, Psycho!, Psycho! REMIX feat. Trippie Redd, Val!um, Hate Me! – which was featured on Billboard’s 10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week, and Ones To Watch #NowWatching playlist – and Fire, which PAPER called “compelling.” Ahead of the release, he dropped the How To Kill A Rockstar documentary which sheds some light on MASN’s creative spirit and musical journey. Watch here.

19-year-old Eagle Mountain, Utah native, MASN, burst onto the scene last year when his hit single Psycho! dropped in January 2019. The track exploded online and had garnered over 100M combined audio and video streams worldwide and over 1.5M TikTok videos. Shortly after, he released Val!um, and earlier this year, Psycho! feat. Trippie Redd, which marked MASN’s first release with RCA Records. Earlier this month, German DJs/Producers Topic & B-Case remixed Psycho! – check it out here. MASN’s expansive creative palette distills into a dreamy melting pot of lo-fi beatcraft, indie experimentation, hip-hop fluidity, and lush pop. He amplifies every side of himself within his songs and is excited to now share his debut EP, How To Kill A Rockstar.

To Buy/Stream How To Kill A Rockstar:
Multi – masn.lnk.to/HowToKillARockstar

HOW TO KILL A ROCKSTAR TRACKLIST:
1. Psycho!                                                      
2. Hate Me!                                                     
3. Fire                                                             
4. Hold Me feat. Mishaal                                 
5. Sleep Party                                     
6. Val!um                                                        
7. Psycho! REMIX feat. Trippie Redd  

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ONCE A TREE LINK WITH BOY PAPE FOR ACOUSTIC REMIX OF RUSH

WATCH VISUALIZER AND SELF-PRODUCED VIDEO

FOR ORIGINAL VERSION OF RUSH HERE

NEW EP FOOL’S PARADISE SET FOR RELEASE THIS FALL

Toronto, ON – August 26, 2020 – BC-born, Toronto-based Indigenous electro-pop trailblazers, Once A Tree (led by Jayli and Hayden Wolf), return with an acoustic take of their introspective single, Rush, from their forthcoming EP, Fool’s Paradise, set to launch this fall. For the remix, they teamed up with Toronto artist, Boy Pape, who added a signature verse to compliment the meditative and reflective vibe of the song. Listen to Rush (Boy Pape Remix), arriving with a visualizer. Watch Once A Tree’s self-directed video for the original version here, which sees vocalist Jayli Wolf wandering the streets of Los Angeles, living in the moment.

On the rendition with Boy Pape, Once A Tree share, “We actually collaborated on this one over email and facetime during quarantine. We had been in LA and we were wanting to work with someone on a remix for the original record and our good friend Pape immediately popped into our heads. We had planned to get back to Toronto and jump in the studio with him and had this whole music video concept and everything. But then Covid-19 really started to hit North America. We weren't sure how crazy things might get. Our friends were telling us how they had zero toilet paper left and people pullin' guns in Loblaws, so we were like, ‘daamn we better head back to British Columbia where we are originally from and hide out in the maintains until things calms down.’ We spent a few months out there and worked with Pape from afar. Originally, we were going for a beefed-up remix version of the song and it was super fun but one day in the mountains, I was strumming this little guitar riff over the beat and it completely changed the energy of the song. It became very endearing and intimate. We sent the updated acoustic version to Pape and he was like THIS IS IT.” 

“I was in my studio in Toronto, Hayden had sent the email of the acoustic version through. He’s always sending updates on records we’re working on with small tweaks and changes so I assumed that email would be more of the same, so when I heard Jayli’s voice hit over the guitar instead of the initial instrumental, I stood up hella fast and spilled my ramen and it went on my phone but I didn’t even really care I was so hype,” Boy Pape adds. “It’s crazy to me the feeling of intimacy and proximity this one has, when for real we were on either sides of the country and the whole world was cancelled. My phone ended up working too so that’s cool.”

Known to fans and collaborators as a clever and diverse musician, Boy Pape expertly crafts songs that range from bouncy trap anthems to emotional, acoustic ballads - and everything in between. After navigating an upbringing in New York and Toronto, two years of school in Oklahoma, and a pivotal summer in LA, his musical career began with a series of underground rap singles including, No Names (prod. Rosko and Hudson Alexander) and Get It Like (prod. Francesco Yates). Following months of development with Francesco Yates (a close friend and collaborator), Pape made a surprise appearance during Yates’ opening performance at Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods tour stop in Toronto. Hayden Wolf is currently working with Pape on a forthcoming project.

Once A Tree is a Toronto-based Indigenous electronic music duo comprised of BC-born Hayden and Jayli Wolf. They are multidisciplinary artists that combine an array of skills, vision and DIY work ethic to blaze their own path. They released their debut album, Phoenix, in November 2017 (winning Best Electronic Album of the Year at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards) and met while leaving the doomsday religion they were both raised in. Excommunicated by their community, they decided to use music as their voice. 

The duo began writing folk music in a small valley town near the Canadian Rockies. When Jayli won a songwriting competition, the two were flown to Toronto to shoot a music video. They arrived in the city with two suitcases and a guitar; looking for a fresh start and determined to pursue their dreams. After relocating to Toronto, Hayden was accepted into The Remix Project, where he was able to hone his music production skills. The two began to evolve their sound, infusing mellow beats with dream pop melodies.  To date, Once A Tree has released numerous singles received to critical acclaim, including  Whatever You Do KidWhat You Say,  RunWorth, Born For This, Coming Down and more. 

Learn more about Once A Tree below, and continue following them on their journey as they prepare to release their new EP, Fool’s Paradise, this fall.

About Jayli Wolf:
Raised in a doomsday cult. Forged in the wild. She lost everything and everyone for renouncing her childhood faith. That is when she discovered herself; began to heal through music; and started the work of reclaiming her indigenous heritage. Jayli Wolf is an Indigenous singer-songwriter, actor, and filmmaker based out of Toronto, Canada. She works to be a role model in her community, speaking to indigenous youth about the entertainment industry and empowering them to follow their dreams. She started creating music, producing, and directing film with her partner and collaborator Hayden Wolf to fully execute their vision for their band’s music videos. Their debut releases and self-directed videos had them featured on platforms like Rolling Stone, PEOPLE Magazine, MTV, Billboard, and Nylon; This followed with them winning Best Electronic Music Album at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards for their debut album, Phoenix. She now begins on a new journey to tell more personal tales from her past, and stories of reclamation, with a debut solo project on the way. 

About Hayden Wolf:
Raised in a doomsday cult in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada - Hayden Wolf holds a unique perspective on life and philosophy. He is now a multi-faceted visual and sonic artist based out of Toronto. Over the recent years Wolf has lent his creative talents to Drake's clothing brand, October's Very Own - overseeing and executing their visual content creation.  He is known for his role in the Canadian electronic music duo Once A Tree, composed of himself and partner Jayli Wolf. Their self-directed music videos, records and stories have premiered and featured on platforms like Billboard, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, Nylon, and MTV.

Buy/stream Rush (Boy Pape Remix): foundation-media.ffm.to/oatrush

Watch Rush: bit.ly/32dpcLh

Buy/stream Rush: levelmusic.lnk.to/OnceATree

Once A Tree on Spotify: spoti.fi/2xd6qpu

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MARGO PRICE RELEASES NEW SYNTHPHONIC ARRANGEMENT OF I’D DIE FOR YOU

TWO NIGHTS OF LIVE-STREAMED, AUDIENCE-FREE CONCERTS SET FOR BROOKLYN BOWL NASHVILLE ON SEPTEMBER 9 & 10

“Transcendent...‘I’d Die For You’ is the biggest song Price has ever madeVulture

Toronto, ON – August 26, 2020 – Today, Margo Price releases a new, very special synthphonic arrangement of I’d Die For You, the spellbinding finale of her critically acclaimed new album, That’s How Rumors Get Started. Hailed as “transcendent” (Vulture), “invincible” (The Ringer) and “one for the ages” (Stereogum), I’d Die For You shows Price reaching new heights as a vocalist and songwriter, addressing her husband and children while she struggles to make sense of a society riddled with hate, greed and gentrification. Replacing the original recording’s slow-burning chug of electric guitar with the glimmer of a grand piano and a stirring symphony of strings, this new version was inspired by a show-stopping performance Margo gave at Carnegie Hall this spring, one of her last live appearances before COVID-19 shut down the country. Listen to I’d Die For You (Synthphonic) here.  

Margo says, “I'd Die For You’is the most important song on the album to me. It's about finding hope among our everyday struggles with violence, healthcare and racism. It's a love song but it's also a document of the human condition. Even though it was penned a couple years ago, it holds a deeper, new meaning to me now, especially given our current political climate, lack of overall leadership and the weight of the pandemic. It's a more political I Will Always Love You.”

On September 9th and 10th, Margo has announced she’ll be live-streaming a pair of full-band, audience-free concerts from Brooklyn Bowl Nashville. Presented in partnership with FANS, the two shows will feature two different sets and offer an immersive video experience with the opportunity for viewers to Be In The Stream. Find tickets and more information here.

Margo Price’s third studio album, That’s How Rumors Get Started, is out now on Loma Vista Recordings, and is “without question, one of the best sets of music that 2020 will witness” (Esquire). Earlier this month, Margo helped break down sexist double standards with a cover of WAP on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, she discussed the importance of saving independent venues on MSNBC, and has recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBS This Morning: Saturday, Amanpour, NPR’s All Things Considered, the cover of the Nashville Scene, and The Grand Ole Opry, where she played a stunning rendition of I’d Die For You after urging the institution to book the Real Lady A. 

That’s How Rumors Get Started debuted #1 on Nielsen’s Americana/Folk Charts and Billboard’s Tastemakers Charts. Produced by Sturgill Simpson and co-produced by Margo Price and David Ferguson, the record has earned raves from Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, New York Times’ T Magazine, People, Rolling Stone, NPR Music, The FADER, Jezebel, BUST and many others. 

I’d Die For You (Synthphonic) is available as a limited edition 7” vinyl also featuring That’s How Rumors Get Started standout, Letting Me Down, which is currently #1 at Americana Radio. Pre-order it here.

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MT. JOY RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR STRANGERS

REARRANGE US OUT NOW DUALTONE RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – August 21, 2020 – Today, Mt. Joy release the new music video for Strangers, a fan-favourite and the cinematic closer of their “exultant, ambitious” (AllMusic) second LP, Rearrange Us, released this past June. Watch Strangers here.

Strangers – directed by, Francis Galluppi, and filmed in various spots around California including Big Bear, El Matador Beach Hollywood Blvd., and Duarte – is a beautiful metaphor for the confounding sense of insecurity and wonderment that comes from exiting a relationship and entering into the uncertainty of life ahead. “Even though we move on from past relationships,” says Galluppi on the video’s interpretation of Strangers, “there will always be something we have to remember them by, ‘a little flesh wound.’”  Watch Mt. Joy's performance of Strangers for Colbert from earlier this summer here.

Earlier this summer, an impromptu livestream event on their social media featuring appearances from The Lumineers, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Liz Vice, Houndmouth, Philadelphia Flyers player Nolan Patrick, former Eagles player Connor Barwin, and many more raised more than $30K for MusiCares and Philabundance – a show of the band’s civic pride (they have deep Philly roots) and rapidly growing fan community. Find more information on the shows through mtjoyband.com.

Rearrange Us was not just a popular breakthrough – with TV performances, #1 spots on two Billboard charts, their third Triple A Radio Top 10 – but an emotionally mature, philosophically expansive work produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse) that shows that this band are continuing to grow sonically and artistically. The band are a live powerhouse that have toured with The Lumineers, Neko Case, and The Shins; they’ve played Bonnaroo, Newport, and Lollapalooza; and are a genuine headlining draw that was slated for multiple nights at Brooklyn Steel and more.

Strangers Music Video Credits:
Writer/Director/Editor- Francis Galluppi
Cinematography- Mac Fisken
Actress- Rachel Lyn Murray
Sasquatch/Yeti performer- Ethan Daniel Corbett
Fish creature performer- Scott Holmes
Shot on an Arri Alexa Mini with Anamorphic lenses

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AVI KAPLAN RELEASES LEAN ON ME EP TODAY

THE 4-TRACK EP FEATURES EXPANSIVE ALTERNATE MIXES AND A COVER OF THE BILL WITHES CLASSIC LEAN ON ME

“Since returning to music on his own terms, the songs have poured out of him with his vocals shifting from power-bass, to reveal a more nuanced voice, with extended range, rich, tender and abounding.” American Songwriter

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – Today, rising singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, has released the Lean On Me EP, a 4-track set featuring alternate mixes of It Knows Me,  and Chains (from his acclaimed Mike Mogis produced debut EP, I’ll Get By) along with fan favourite, Aberdeen, and his recent cover of Bill Withers’ classic, Lean On Me. The Lean On Me EP will be available on limited edition etched vinyl via Avi’s online store and indie retailers later this fall. Purchase/listen to the Lean On Me EP here.

On I’ll Get By, Kaplan’s debut EP for Fantasy Records released in February 2020, the former Pentatonix star shares personal stories about love, anxiety, loss, and his time growing up in the California Redwoods. With a range of sounds from soul to bluegrass, the songs were cast with acoustic guitar, pedal steel, organ and deep groove percussion that beautifully complements Kaplan’s haunting, otherworldly vocal ability. Melding early influences such as Bill Withers and Paul Simon with the textured, contemporary sounds of Fleet Foxes and Hozier, Kaplan’s striking introduction marks him as one of music’s most exciting new arrivals.

Although hard at work on new music for 2021, Kaplan’s fall European tour has been postponed to next year due to the continuing challenges of COVID-19. New shows have been added in Zurich, Warsaw, and Brussels and are on sale now.  Updated routing is below. For tickets and information, please visit www.avikaplanofficial.com.

Avi Kaplan Fall 2021 European Tour Dates
October 27 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Small Hall                          October 29 – Hamburg, DE – Grunspan
October 30 – Cologne, DE – Live Music Hall
October 31 – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen                  
November 2 –  Munich, DE – Backstage
November 3 – Zurich, CH – Plaza
November 4 – Vienna, AT – Arena Wien                 
November 6 – Krakow, PL – Kwadrat
November 7 – Warsaw, PL – Proxima
November 8 – Prague, CZ – Palac Akropolis                                  November 10 – Utrecht, NL – TivoliVrendenburg Pandora
November 11 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
November 12 – Brussels, BE – AB Flex                                          November 18 – London, UK – Lafayette
November 20 – Manchester, UK – Band On The Wall

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MIPSO RELEASES HEY COYOTE

TRACK AND VIDEO FROM NORTH CAROLINA QUARTET’S EPONYMOUS LP AVAILABLE TODAY

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – As any touring musician will likely tell you, life on the road certainly has its high points, but it can also feel somewhat surreal at times: days of the week and cities across the vast landscape all start to blur together. After a funny encounter he had while on tour with Mipso, singer and guitarist Joseph Terrell, was inspired to put pen to paper. Hey, Coyote, available today via all DSPs, is a dreamy rumination about the odd realities of life on the road, and the longing for home. Listen to Hey, Coyote here.

Terrell recalls, “We were playing a show in Missoula, Montana, and I had the afternoon to explore town, and I was feeling like a very fluent traveler and very at home in the world. A barista looked at me flatly and asked, ‘where are you from?’ and it snapped me out of my little delusion. I’m not at home here, and in fact, we travel so much that I don’t really feel at home anywhere.”

He reflects, “We spend our days moving between impersonal commercial spaces: hotel lobby, gas station, restaurant, venue, bar. I remember realizing once that every room I’d been in all day had been selling Doritos. Coyote is like Hermes, the trickster figure, God of travellers and transitions and commerce and language. I guess this song comes from wanting to have the option of leaving these in-between spaces and really being home somewhere.”

The video for Hey, Coyote draws inspiration from a number of sources. Terrell explains, “The song has a really particular vibe - kind of half wistful prayer, half self-deprecating joke. When we were brainstorming ideas for the video, we realized that it’s totally a David Lynch mood. A mixture of earnest formality and a subtle absurdity, set to a backdrop of strange outdoorsy and wildlife visual references, made it very fun to imagine, and very Twin Peaks. We also referenced some circa 1990 videos from arty pop bands like the Blue Nile for some inspiration, because somehow those two visual worlds fit together pretty well."

Watch the video here.

Mipso, set for release on October 16, 2020, is the group’s most communally realized work to date. Mipso’s members – Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough, Jacob Sharp, and Joseph Terrell, each a songwriter and lead singer in the band – collaborated closely with producer, Sandro Perri, toward the goal of shaping a sonic landscape that is expansive and atmospheric yet also personal – “like an intimate voiceover to a dream sequence,” as Terrell puts it.

With additional musical contributions by artful engineer/guitarist, Mark Goodell, (Julian Lage, Margaret Glaspy),  Mipso’s touring drummer, Yan Westerlund, and their longtime collaborator, Shane Leonard (on banjo, percussion, and synth), Mipso is a body of work with spacious arrangements that gently illuminate the idiosyncratic details and refined musicianship at the heart of every song. 

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NUBYA GARCIA’S DEBUT LP SOURCE OUT NOW VIA CONCORD JAZZ

“reaching into the past while planting itself firmly in the present, “Source” reminds listeners to slow down and reconnect with themselves, their cultural histories and those closest to them" -  The New York Times

“the kind of convincing panache listeners would just follow anywhere.” - NPR

“To hear her first release on Concord Jazz, “Pace”—jointly produced by her and Kwes (Solange, Bobby Womack)—is like experiencing the contrast and colors of living the fast life.” - Essence

“Those of you not hip to Nubya Garcia had better catch up quick, because she’s moving at lightning speed.” - Jazziz

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – UK jazz extraordinaire, Nubya Garcia, shares her much-anticipated debut, SOURCE, out now on Concord Jazz, an album the New York Times describes as “a life’s worth of experiences into an hourlong listen.” Purchase SOURCE here.

Produced by Garcia herself in collaboration with celebrated producer, Kwes, (Bobby Womack, Solange, Nerija), the album was heralded by lead singles, Pace and Source. She’s already made a huge impact in her native UK, with a rousing performance for the BBC’s 2020 Glastonbury Experience as well as a Jazzwise cover for their September issue.

SOURCE explores a multidimensional jazz sound layered with soul, Afro-Diasporic sounds and hints of dub-step along the way. It tells a deeply personal story, despite having no lyrics to accommodate it. Garcia’s saxophone work creates a cohesive piece of modern jazz music. From a slower, more romantic tempo in Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be to the upbeat title track, Source featuring Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi and Richie Seivwright, Garcia’s instrumental and composition skills are showcased in more ways than one. Listen to Source here.

SOURCE serves as Garcia’s first official LP to date. Her self-released EP WHEN WE ARE (2018), the title track of which was described as “effervescent” by the New York Times, was 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.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Pace
2. The Message Continues
3. Source ft. Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi, Richie Seivwright
4. Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be
5. Stand With Each Other ft. Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi, Richie Seivwright
6. Inner Game
7. La cumbia me está llamando ft. La Perla
8. Before: Us In Demerara & Caura ft. Ms MAURICE
9. Boundless Beings ft. Akenya

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MULATTO RELEASES RCA RECORDS DEBUT PROJECT QUEEN OF DA SOUF

FEATURES GUEST APPEARANCES BY GUCCI MANE, CITY GIRLS AND 21 SAVAGE

WATCH YOUNGEST N RICHEST VIDEO OUT NOW

XXL MAGAZINE 2020 FRESHMAN CLASS INDUCTEE

“Mulatto’s musical ability is top notch, but the way she carries herself is almost as important. She exudes confidence.” – Complex

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – Today, Mulatto cements her position with the release of her RCA Records debut project, Queen of Da Souf. To usher in the long-awaited release, Big Latto premieres the Sara Lacombe-directed video for Youngest N Richest,” one of the many standout tracks from the energetic project – watch here.  

This year continues to be a stellar one for the 21-year-old Atlanta-based rapper. Revealed last week, Latto is one of only two women inducted into the XXL 2020 Freshman Class, earning her another major milestone in her burgeoning career. In addition to her own music, Mulatto has been inescapable; from her recent cameo in Cardi B’s WAP video featuring Megan Thee Stallion, to countless features including NLE Choppa’s Make Em Say, and Hitmaka’s, Thot Box (Remix), proving that Big Latto is bigger and better than ever before.

On top of her recent accolades, Queen of Da Souf solidifies Mulatto’s place in hip-hop as she displays her talent as a lyricist with witty, raunchy and raw bars. Gucci Mane, City Girls, 21 Savage and 42 Dugg make guest appearances, while producers Bankroll Got It, Hitmaka, Murda Beatz and more provide the addictive beats. The project includes previously released tracks, Muwop featuring Gucci Mane, Bitch From Da Souf (Remix) featuring Saweetie and Trina, No Hook and He Say She Say.

Queen of Da Souf Tracklist:
1. Youngest N Richest
2. Muwop feat. Gucci Mane
3. In n Out feat City Girls
4. He Say She Say
5. Pull Up feat. 21 Savage
6. Toya Turnup Talks
7. On God
8. Look Back At It
9. No Hook
10. Off Top feat. 42 Dugg
11. My Body
12. Blame Me
13. Bitch From Da Souf (Remix) feat. Saweetie & Trina

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MALUMA ANNOUNCES FIFTH ALBUM PAPI JUANCHO

COLLABS WITH DARELL, JORY BOY, JUSTIN QUILES
LENNY TAVAREZ, MYKE TOWERS, NEJO & DALMATA
NENGO FLOW, RANDY, YANDEL, YOMO Y ZION

OUT EVERYWHERE TODAY - BUY/STREAM HERE

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – Global Latin music idol, MALUMA, just surprised his fans with the release of his fifth album, entitled PAPI JUANCHO. The young artist who had disappeared from social media all week, re-appeared yesterday in an Instagram live, with the special announcement that he would release his latest production at midnight. The news sparked euphoria among his fans and spread like wildfire among his followers which surpass 100 million on his social media (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter). PAPI JUANCHO is now available on all digital platforms to stream and/or download here.

PAPI JUANCHO is composed of 22 songs created while quarantined in Medellin, Colombia and Miami, Florida. It's the result of many years of hard work and the evolution of Maluma's alter ego; "Papi Juancho" is the "Dirty Boy" (from his second album Pretty Boy Dirty Boy) all grown up. 

"This album is very special, it represents my essence, what I grew up with, the music I enjoy with my friends and my personal taste in reggaeton music. That's why I collab with artists that have inspired me. It's made with lots of love make my fans happy and also to make myself happy. I want people to really enjoy and have a great time with this music, that's the essence of Papi Juancho," the artist expressed.

"Its a very complete and detailed album. For example, the track 'Medallo City' is a trap mixed with salsa, a genre I hadn't experimented with in my music, and all of what it says in the lyrics, is slang we use in Medellin, specifically in Envigado, where I grew up. I want to show my culture and I want people to see where I am from, I'm from Medallo City,"he added.

Produced by the Rude Boyz (Kevin ADG y Chan "El Genio"), who have worked with Maluma since his first album, PAPI JUANCHO's 22 tracks were written by Maluma alongside Edgar Barrera, Kevin ADG, Chan "El Genio", Miky La Sensa, Vicente Barco, Juan Camilo Vargas among others. It includes unexpected collabs with hard core old school aand new school Reggaetóon artists: Darell, Jory Boy, Justin Quiles, Lenny Tavarez, Myke Towers, Ñejo & Dalmata, Ñengo Flow, Randy, Yandel, Yomo y Zion.

Along with the album, Maluma has also released the video of, Parce, feat. Lenny Tavarez and Justin Quiles. To watch it click here.

PAPI JUANCHO Track listing:
1. Medallo City
2. Bella-K ft Zion, Randy
3. Hawái
4. Cielo a un Diablo
5. Perdón ft Yandel
6. La Cura
7. Luz Verde
8. Cuidau ft Yomo
9. Parce ft Lenny Tavarez & Justin Quiles
10. Viento
11. Madrid ft. Myke Towers
12. Salida de Escape
13. Ansiedad
14. Mai Mai ft Ñengo Flow & Jory Boy
15. Vete Vete ft Ñejo & Dálmata
16. Me Acuerdo de Ti ft Darell
17. Boy Toy
18. Booty
19. Quality
20. Copas de Vino
21. ADMV
22. ADMV (Versión Urbana)

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 PAPI JUANCHO here                                                                                                                                       

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LA RAPPER-SINGER STEVEN G RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR BLUE HUNNADS

NEW EP SHOWGREAT UNIVERSITY OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – LA singer and rapper, Steven G, releases the video for his track Blue Hunnads today, directed by Richy Films (Usher, Travis Barker, J. Balvin, Tyga). The track is featured on his new EP, ShowGreat University, which came out last week.  

ShowGreat University was released via eOne last week, and the 10-song EP was executive produced by 15Hunnit Boy of the hit-making collective, 1500 or Nothin’ (Jay Z, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake). The collection of tracks shows off Steven's ability to give you hard-hitting rhymes as well as smooth serenades. Steven G recently released the video for Sex Commandments and I Need All That, bot featured on the EP and also directed by Richy Films.

Steven first catapulted onto the social radar of many with a venomous freestyle back in 2017, based on the viral social media #SleepWalkinChallenge by Cali rapper, Mozzy. Steven also developed a love for R&B music as he includes his musical influences to be Michael Jackson, Usher, The-Dream, Alicia Keys, and so many more artists that embodied what is deep in his soul. Steven fuses his rhythmic style of rap with R&B sensibilities and finds ways to innovate Cali music. Steven has received praise from the likes of NPRXXL, and Hip Hop DX.
 
With a focus on his future, Steven has also developed his own clothing line, ShowGreat University, based on his motivational  catchphrase,  “SHOW  GREAT,”  as  he  describes  it,  is  all  about  “Show  UP,  Show  OUT,  Show  GREAT.” The line boasts a line of varsity jackets, hoodies, t-shirts with more to come - click here for more. 

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FIVIO FOREIGN LOOKS BACK AND ADDRESSES ADVERSARIES IN THE NEW MUSIC VIDEO13 GOING ON 30

LISTEN TO 800 B.C. HERE

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – After his breakout hit, Big Drip, hit the streets at the tail-end of last summer, Fivio Foreign has spent the past year solidifying his space in rap music. Now, before his debut album with Columbia Records, and shortly after being named one of XXL's Freshman Class 2020 – the magazine's annual list of brightest artists to watch – he returns with a new song, 13 Going On 30 - listen here

As Fivio Foreign looks back at his year in the music video, the song tells an even deeper story, showing a different side to the often charismatic Brooklyn-born artist. As he gears up to release his debut album, Fivio shows no sign of slowing his momentum. 

Buy/stream 13 Going On 30 here

CATCH FIVIO FOREIGN FEATURED IN XXL’S FRESHMAN CLASS 2020

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MONTREAL’S LE COULEUR ANNOUNCE VIRTUAL CONCERT TO CELEBRATE LAUNCH OF NEW ALBUM CONCORDE ON SEPTEMBER 17

CONCORDE SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 11 VIA LISBON LUX AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER ON BANDCAMP AND DIGITAL PLATFORMS

BAND SHARES LIVE-AT-HOME VIDEO OF SILHOUETTE
PURCHASE TICKETS FOR VIRTUAL CONCERT

Toronto, ON – August 19, 2020 – After the cancellation of over 20 shows, including South By South West and the Francofolies de Montréal, Le Couleur has been working hard to share their forthcoming album, Concorde, with fans in a live format in time for the fall season. A rare Franco-Canadian, Montreal- based band with a solid reputation in countries including The United States, Mexico, France and Brazil, Le Couleur wanted to provide a worldwide fanbase the opportunity to see them on stage in 2020.

With the album arriving on September 11 via Lisbon Lux, the group will share a unique, one-time concert on Thursday, September 17 at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), which will take place exclusively online. This will also be an opportunity to discover the band's new formation, which now includes a six-person live setup.

By purchasing tickets online, the public will receive a private URL to attend the live show – tickets and info can be found here, with more event details on Facebook. Pre-order Concorde via Bandcamp and all digital platforms.

In addition, Le Couleur share a new performance from their At-Home series for Silhouettethe first single from Concorde. The track was inspired by Day of the Dead, celebrated by many cultures worldwide, where offerings are made to ancestors, in the hopes of being honoured in return, anchored in memory. The summery, tropical production echoes Le Couleur's love for vintage analogue keyboards. Previous live-at-home videos include those for singles, Femme and SilenzioYou can watch the video for Concorde (directed by Ariel Poupart) here.

With Exclaim! calling it a “disco epic,” Concorde’s latest single, Désert imagines lead vocalist, Laurence Giroux-Do, arriving on a film set in a sequined dress, discussing the desert, and death as a mirage ensnaring audiences in its net. The song is in two parts; first a sunny disco cruise, followed by a nostalgic ballad, which ends on a long guitar solo drawing from the dark and psychedelic side of the moon. Listen to Désertand watch the lyric video here.

On the process of the live at-home series, Le Couleur shares, “We got ourselves an HD camera from the mid-2000s and did a home shoot.  Everyone, except Laurence, were filmed in Le Couleur's recording studio.   It took a week to record the whole thing because we did it one by one.  The longest 25-minute show ever! We had no choice but to have Charlie, (Laurence and Steeven's child) for the Laurence shoot - due to the fact that the daycare was closed.  She absolutely wanted to do everything her mum did (lie down, sing, play synthesizer, dance, etc…)."

Ariel Poupart,  who directed the cinematic visual for the album’s title track, Concorde, edited the video. For Concorde, Poupart connected the album’s title to its namesake aircraft as a symbol, reflecting this in the imagery. Watch the video, which has amassed over 125 K views, here.

About Le Couleur
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. Concorde ushers in a new era for Le Couleur. After POP, an album defined by electronic and synthesized sounds, Concorde gets back to basics, recorded live in the studio, an album with a deliberately vintage sound, recalling the golden age of Serge Gainsbourg, ABBA, and even Fleetwood Mac. The term "electro" is no longer part of their pop sound vocabulary. Here, Le Couleur show a highly refined mastery of French chanson, with rich vocal harmonies, while making room for melancholy, sensual, and sometimes epic instrumental passages.

The distinct disco flavour, a hallmark of their sound from the very beginning, is still ever-present. This often lighthearted and danceable musical world is offset by Concorde's lyrics, which tackle death on every track. Whether it's a macabre fantasy based on the infamous Concorde airplane crash, collective suicide, or the Day of the Dead, singer Laurence Giroux-Do turns the taboo subject into crooning pop hymns, treated with perspective over a fleet-footed beat. Concorde is the place where 70s pop, psychedelic soundscapes, and straightforward and uninhibited French chanson come together.

Stay tuned for more from Le Couleur, and catch their live performance of the new album below.

CONCORDE ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT:
September 17 – Exclusive Livestreamed Performance – Tickets and Info

Watch:
Silhouette (At Home)
Désert (Lyric Video)
Silenzio (At Home)
Femme (At Home)
Concorde

Listen:
Désert
Silenzio
Silhouette

PRE-ORDER Concorde:
Bandcamp | All Digital Platforms

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

lisbonluxrecords.com/le-couleur

lecouleurmusic.bandcamp.com

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KATIE PRUITT RELEASES VIDEO FOR NORMAL

COMING-OF-AGE STORY APPEARS ON PRUITT’S DEBUT ALBUM EXPECTATIONS

Toronto, ON – August 19, 2020 – Adolescence can be one of the most complicated and confusing times in a person’s life. For young people struggling to come to terms with their sexuality, that time can feel even more challenging.  Katie Pruitt’s Normal, which appears on her acclaimed debut album Expectations, beautifully and succinctly gives voice to that youthful longing and confusion:

“Wasted and worn out and wonderin', "Where do I fit?"
And scared as hell 'cause I knew I was different

What's it like to be normal?
To want what normal girls should?
God knows life would be easier
If I could be normal, then trust me, I would
Trust me, I would.”

The video for Normal is available today. The clip, in which present-day footage of Pruitt is interwoven with excerpts of home movies from Pruitt’s childhood that were generously provided by her family, was shot by, Bella Mazzola, and edited by, Ryan Pawlak.  Watch it here.

“Normal was always a concept I fought against," Pruitt reflects. "I hated dresses, played with action figures instead of Barbies, I even cut my hair short. Kids aren't afraid to be themselves, which is something we lose sight of as adults. We all feel this pressure to conform when the truth is...there is no mold we need to fit, no script we have to read from, & no such thing as 'normal.'"

Pruitt’s debut album Expectations has inspired tremendous critical praise. NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson wrote, “Expectations isn't just an album of clear-eyed coming-of-age songs about growing up gay in suburban Atlanta…It's also music performed with remarkable patience, as Pruitt's languid, shimmery songs unfurl gracefully and with expert care.”

Writing in Pitchfork, Sam Sodomsky noted, “her music summons a community: bursting with drama, flourished with strings and organs, gathering to emotional crescendos that seem designed to draw a crowd… Her songs are patient but determined, navigating serious subjects with quiet familiarity.”

And as Joseph Hudak observed in Rolling Stone, “Still, Pruitt’s sexuality is just one part of her artistry. What makes Expectations such an engaging listen is its universal quality: It addresses themes relevant to everyone, and leaves you feeling inspired and comforted. Its core message is that you are not defined by any one thing.”

Check out Katie Pruitt’s Out of the Closet video series on YouTube.

www.katiepruitt.com

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SEETHER ANNOUNCES EPIC LIVESTREAM EVENT LOCKED & LIVE FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 AT 3 PM ET

CELEBRATING THEIR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RELEASE
OF THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN 3 YEARS SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM(“IF YOU WANT PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR”)

 

EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE EVENT WILL BE THE BAND’S FIRST-EVER FULL PRODUCTION, MULTI-CAMERA ONLINE CONCERT

TICKET PACKAGES ARE ON PRE-SALE NOW AT WWW.SEETHER.VEEPS.COM

Toronto, ON – August 18, 2020 – SEETHER is celebrating the release of their highly anticipated eighth studio albumSi Vis Pacem, Para Bellum — their first in 3 years — with an epic global livestream event to be held Sunday, August 30th, 2020 at 3 p.m. CT in an exclusive partnership with Veeps and Elite Multimedia. 

Locked & Live” marks the band’s first-ever full production, multi-camera online livestream concert event and gives fans around the world the chance to see a notoriously energetic SEETHER live show from home while tours remain paused. The set list promises to include classic favorites as well as brand-new tracks from their upcoming album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare For War”), due August 28, 2020 via Fantasy Records. Ticket packages are on-sale now at www.seether.veeps.com.

"We are extremely proud and excited for the release of our 8th studio album Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum!” says SEETHER. “Let’s all get together to celebrate despite the current state of our world. Everyone is hurting from the pause of live music, so we’re here to bring you guys an EXCLUSIVE livestream concert experience. This is our first-ever full production, multi-camera livestream concert event during lockdown. We will be playing songs off the new album as well as a selection of some of your favorite tracks. This show will bring the full live experience into your living room. Make sure you join us on August 30th!"

Advance Ticket Packages:

Tier # 1: Livestream Ticket $20

Tier # 2: Livestream Ticket + T-Shirt $55 *shipping included

Tier # 3: Livestream Ticket + T-Shirt + For The Crew Fund $60 *shipping included

 

Day of Show Ticket Packages:

Tier # 4: Livestream Ticket $25

Tier # 5: Livestream Ticket + T-Shirt $60 *shipping included

Tier # 6: Livestream Ticket + T-Shirt + For The Crew Fund $65 *shipping included

In addition to several ticket packages providing donations to a fund set up for SEETHER’s crew, the band will also offer a donation button during the broadcast for SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education). Those interested in donating to SAVE before or after the event can do so here.

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is SEETHER’s eighth studio album and was produced by Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI) in Nashville from December 2019 through January 2020. The album’s 13 new tracks draw on the dark and raw honesty of grunge’s epic guitar attack and the South African underground punk and metal that Morgan (and bandmate Dale Stewart) grew up on.

The band is joined on the album by newest member, Corey Lowery (ex-guitarist/vocalist for Saint Asonia and Stuck Mojo), Morgan’s friend of 16 years, who also assistant-engineered the album. “Corey has a lot of experience and is an inspiring guitarist as well; he’s the older brother I’ve always wanted,” Morgan says. SEETHER’s rock-solid rhythm section is bassist and founding member Dale Stewart, and drummer John Humphrey (who joined in 2003).

On Friday August 14th, SEETHER released the brand-new song and video for Beg,  the third preview track from the new album. Previously the band released Bruised And Bloodiedand the first official single, Dangerouswhich has made an immediate impact at rock radio and is currently #7 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart.  

For the week of August 1st, frontman, Shaun Morgan, also topped Billboard's Hard Rock Songwriter's Chart as well as the #2 spot on the Hard Rock Producers Chart for the first time.

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum will be available in CD, vinyl and digital formats. For special offers and exclusive merchandise, visit SEETHER’s online store here.

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Seether Locked and Live Poster

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JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY TEAMS UP WITH LA ARTIST THURZ TO QUESTION THEIR WORTH

FROM FORTHCOMING EP INTERLUDE-19
SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 5

WATCH PRIDE ANTHEM FOR NO ONE

LISTEN TO LATEST ALBUM CH III: THE COME UP HERE
 

Toronto, ON – August 18, 2020 – In a time where many question the meaning of purpose and value, JUNO-nominated Toronto artist, STORRY, dives deeper to explore the self in WORTH, a new single featuring LA artist, Thurz. The song, produced by Polaris Music Prize-nominated Junia-T, who was also at the helm for her Pride Month anthemFOR NO ONEreflects being human on all fronts with varied perspective. Listen to WORTH here and watch the video, directed by Karimah Zakia Issa, here. Learn more about the track’s inspiration in a feature interview with STORRY at Complex Canada.

“I wanted this song to include a male, and to express a man’s perspective on this. Though we are all human and all fear aging, insignificance, loss of power, not becoming ‘enough’, it’s not quite the same for men. So, I asked my friend Thurz, a magnificent and socially conscious artist from Inglewood, to feature on this track. I’m so blessed he agreed to participate. The infamous Junia-T produced this song as well,” STORRY says. “We live in a world where new is better and what becomes old is an increasingly shorter window. Our value seems to be tied to our physical beauty (especially as women and even more so for women in the music industry). I’ve even had people negotiate the terms of my contract based on my age being a risk to their investment. So, trust me. This song means a lot to me. Because it’s something I struggle with every time I look at my hands, every time I walk past the mirror, every time I put on a pair of jeans that just doesn’t fit the same. How old am I you ask? I’m ageless, just like my music is timeless.”

Adds Thurz, “This is my first time collaborating with STORRY. The concept behind WORTH is pretty universal. There are many variables in society that can alter how we view and value ourselves. In the music industry, beauty and age are those main variables, and in the pursuit of stardom, many risk everything to play the game that doesn’t love them back. WORTH has to be determined by self.”

WORTH (feat. Thurz) and FOR NO ONE are STORRY’s first two offerings from her forthcoming EP, INTERLUDE-19, set for release on September 5; another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters, to be delivered as a visual album directed by STORRY’s creative collaborator, Karimah Zakia Issa (who helmed STORRY’s cinematic visual for Money Ain’t Free). 

You can catch STORRY performing some of the new tunes live, with two shows on August 20; Music Hall Hamilton’s DoWell by Hamilton concert series, livestreamed via Facebook at 8:00 p.m. ET, followed by a headline set at META Arts Festival, as well as a September 5 show for Jack.org, and a performance at Conestoga College’s Virtual Live Music Series on October 1. See below for details. 

The project follows her critically acclaimed debut album, CH III: The Come Up, which was released February 20, 2020, based on a chapter of STORRY’s 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.

In March, STORRY launched her self-produced Claymation film, Up, set to a song of the same name from CH III: The Come Up. Up was set to launch at the postponed Toronto Short Film Festival. Nothing stopped 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.

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 continues to share her STORY, with national features in The Canadian PressEARMILKThe Toronto StarThe Creative Imbalance PodcastCanadian BeatsNew Theory RadioStudio01, amongst others, with her music played on CBC q, CBC Fresh Air, CBC Big City Small World, and CIUT, and live sessions with Radio Humber, Canadian Music Therapy Fund, RX Music and more. 

About STORRY
STORRY is a multifaceted wonder woman who writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to directing award-winning music videos. Her debut concept album, CH III: The Come Up, was released on February 20, 2020 to critical acclaim. Since then, she was nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award in the category of Reggae Recording of the Year (the JUNOs have yet to be awarded, due to the COVID-19 pandemic) for her song, Another Man, which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly and Robbie. 

Now, with the world in retrospection, STORRY decided to write and assemble virtual collaborations in order to create a new EP called INTERLUDE-19 in isolation. Another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters. STORRY’s art is raw and honest to the max. If it doesn’t touch you, it’ll hit you in the face. 

Upcoming Livestream Performances:

August 20 – Music Hall Hamilton DoWell by Hamilton Concert Series – 8:00 pm ET 

August 20 – META Arts Festival – Info

September 5 – Jack.org Livestreamed Interview and Performance 

October 1 – Conestoga College Virtual Live Music Series – 1:00 pm ET

Listen + Watch WORTH (feat. Thurz)

Listen + Watch WORTH (feat. Thurz)

Listen to FOR NO ONE

Buy/stream CH III: The Come Up

Watch Up

Watch Money Ain’t Free

Watch A Lost Find

 

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Worth (feat. Thurz) Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Thurz Press Photo

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THE WAR AND TREATY PREMIERE TAKE ME IN VIA GARDEN & GUN

NEW ALBUM HEARTS TOWN SET FOR SEPTEMBER 25 RELEASE

TOUR DATES WITH JOHN LEGEND CONFIRMED FOR 2021 WITH CANADIAN SHOWS IN TORONTO AND VANCOUVER

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Today, Tanya Blount-Trotter and Michael Trotter Jr. – the musical duo known as The War And Treaty – have released Take Me In, from their eagerly-anticipated new album, Hearts Town, out September 25. Take Me In, the track which closes Hearts Town – is a rousing, gospel-tinged, piano-fueled epic that calls for unity amidst times of deep division. Listen to it here.  

Michael Trotter reflects, “We were seeing so much anger in the world as we were making this album, so we wanted to give people something that told them, Stop looking for the next Dr. King or Malcolm or Mother Teresa and start looking for the first you.”

“Right now, a lot of people are feeling so deeply engulfed in pain and surrounded by negativity, and sometimes you just need to hear that you’re good,” adds Tanya.

Garden & Gun shared an exclusive preview of Take Me In with their readers yesterday. Dacey Sivewright noted, “quote from Dacey here taken from the piece.” She continued, “More from Dacey here.”

Hearts Town is the follow-up to The War And Treaty’s acclaimed 2018 debut The Healing Tide. During the past year, the duo maintained a steady touring schedule that included engagements opening for Al Green, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell. They were featured on a multi-artist tribute that aired on the 62nd annual GRAMMY telecast in January, and a few weeks ago, they were among the performers on a star-studded virtual fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

They are confirmed as the opening act on John Legend’s upcoming tour (rescheduled from this summer to 2021) including Canadian show dates in Toronto and Vancouver. A full list of dates is below.

TOUR DATES 2021:
8.11 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
8.12 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre
8.14 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
8.15 - Atlanta, GA - Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
8.17 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
8.18 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
8.20 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap Concert Hall
8.21 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata
8.23 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall
8.24 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall
8.26 - Philadelphia, PA - The Met
8.27 - Ledyard, CT - Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
8.28 - Lenox, MA - Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood
8.30 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Band Pavilion
9.1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
9.2 - Sterling Heights, MI - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
9.4 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights
9.5 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
9.9 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9.10 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
9.15 - Berkeley, CA - The Greek Theatre
9.16 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
9.18 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
9.19 - San Diego, CA - CalCoast Credit Union Open Ait Theatre
9.21 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
9.24 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheater - Casino Del Sol

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RUSTON KELLY’S UNDER THE SUN DEBUTS TODAY

FEATURED IN NPR MUSIC’S 20|20 SERIES DISCUSSING WHEATUS’ TEENAGE DIRTBAG

NEW ALBUM SHAPE & DESTROY OUT AUGUST 28 

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, Ruston Kelly’s new song, Under The Sun, is debuting today. Listen/share here. The track is the latest unveiled from Kelly’s anticipated new album, Shape & Destroy, which will be released August 28 on Rounder Records (pre-order here).

Reflecting on the song, Kelly shares, “Under the Sun is about not going back down the mountain once you near the top. It seems to be a condition of human experience to want to give up most when we are closest to our goals. That’s when it’s hardest. Scariest. It is also the moment when we truly learn what our spirits are made of. Don’t give up when it’s easiest to, great and wonderful things are always on the other side of fear.”

Earlier this week, Kelly was featured as part of NPR Music’s 20|20 series discussing the 20th anniversary of Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag, two versions of which are included on Kelly’s Dirt Emo Vol 1, released last fall. Of Kelly’s interpretations of the classic emo anthem, NPR Music praises, “Teenage Dirtbag is the guest of honor…once as a quiet solo meditation, and again as a country-pop panorama as splendidly realized as any of Kelly’s own best work, with revoiced chords, a slowed tempo, soaring pedal steel and the artist’s gruff tenor selling the hell out of it all…Kelly manages to evoke the song’s core sentiment with a startling sincerity. Listen closely to the band version, recorded live onstage, and you’ll hear the crowd singing along not in drunken ardor, but gently, like a church choir.” Read the full feature here.

Co-produced by Kelly and long-time collaborator Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer) and recorded at Dreamland Recording Studios in upstate New York, Shape & Destroy documents Kelly’s journey through maintaining his sobriety and facing his past. He addresses these experiences and setbacks with unvarnished honesty, grace and conviction across 13 new songs including previously released album tracks, Pressure,  Radio Cloud, Rubber and Brave. Of Brave, Men’s Health proclaimed, “Be prepared: this song is a sledgehammer straight to your heart,” while Rolling Stone declared it “poignant.”

Continuing to receive widespread attention, Kelly was recently featured in an exclusive, in-depth profile at Entertainment Weekly, which praises, “There are little reminders woven all across the songs of Shape & Destroy…Reminders to have grace, to be forgiving to yourself and others, and to stay sober when your brain is screaming for reprieve. Profound reminders that life itself can be beautiful, even when the walls around us are caving in” and continues describing Kelly as, “one of the sharpest, most empathetic songwriters working today.”

“Making this record definitely taught me that I don’t want to be selfish,” Kelly comments reflecting on the album. “I want to channel something larger than myself and give myself to the process as fully as possible, because these songs also become the story of whoever hears them. Whatever someone might get out of listening to this record and hearing me express myself in this way, it’s completely theirs.”

In addition to Kelly (vocals, acoustic guitar, high-strung acoustic, electric guitar, piano, percussion, sandpaper, mandolin) and Jarrad K (electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, piano, Rhodes, Hammond M3, percussion, student bells, background vocals), the album also features Kelly’s father Tim “TK” Kelly (steel guitar, background vocals), Eli Beaird (bass, background vocals) and Eric Slick (drums, percussion, background vocals) as well as special guests Gena Johnson, Abby Kelly and Kacey Musgraves on background vocals.

Shape & Destroy marks yet another breakthrough moment for the Nashville-based artist, who released his full-length debut album, Dying Star, in 2018. Also co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star debuted to widespread critical acclaim and 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.” Additionally, Rolling Stone proclaimed, “one of the most magnetic releases of the year,” and The Fader praised, “a uniquely emotional and raw collection about our ability to build a new life from the ashes.” Kelly also released Dirt Emo Vol. 1 this past fall – a project consisting of eight new covers of his favourite emo songs including Dashboard Confessional’s, Screaming Infidelities, featuring the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba, Wheatus’, Teenage Dirtbag, The Carter Family’s, Weeping Willow and Taylor Swift’s, All Too Well, which earned praise from Swift herself.

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LEXXICON RELEASES ANTICIPATED SUMMER EP TROPICAL R&B WITH VISUAL FOR DOING TO ME

PREMIERES AT V13 WITH EXCLUSIVE LIVE PERFORMANCE AT BREAKFAST TELEVISION TORONTO

WATCH VIDEOS FOR PARADISE AND I DON’T DESERVE YOU

LISTEN TO TROPICAL R&B HERE

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Summer may feel a bit different this year, but Toronto artist, Lexxicon, is ensuring it sounds as vibrant as ever with his new EP, Tropical R&B, out today. The project arrives with a visual for Doing To Me (featuring Alliston Davis), which premiered at V13. In addition, Lexxicon delivered an exclusive live performance of the song on CityTV’s Breakfast Television Toronto this morning. Listen to Tropical R&B here, and experience Lexxicon’s unparalleled stage presence at three upcoming festival livestreams with RBC X Music, META 2020 and Manifesto – see all details below. 

This video was directed by myself and Alliston Davis, and filmed by Chris PrinceWe had the idea of focusing on the energy of the song and really wanted to showcase confidence in being loved, enjoying love and feeling free,” Lexxicon says of the production for Doing To Me. “Alliston and I wrote the song together and it was only fitting that we did the video together which we planned in two days over the phone and WhatsApp. We had so much fun going around the city to find the perfect spots and envisioning the shots we wanted. Working with Prince is always amazing, he always understands my vision and the editing is always on point. Overall this video is about having fun being confident and embracing who you are.”

Tropical R&B was produced by Dominican Republic-born, Ontario-based, Eber. The EP follows Lexxicon’s acclaimed Bashment Trap House, released on January 31, 2020. With Tropical R&B,  Lexxicon set out to create an R&B record that infuses his dancehall roots. Themes highlight the desire to escape reality, the world, and negative feelings. The futuristic cover art seen above reflects this as it is an image of a gateway to another world. Lyrics explore loneliness, craving belonging and acceptance, and using intimate connections a temporary means of relief. 

“Despite trying to runway, it seems no matter where you go, we always take our human nature with us which eventually leads to the same results of isolation and pain,” Lexxicon says of the project. “Meaning while living we can never truly escape but must instead learn to live with pain and the love simultaneously. Welcome to the moody body of work called Tropical R&B.”

Lexxicon and many creative collaborators have brought the themes of Tropical R&B to life cinematically. The official video for I Don’t Deserve You was directed by Lexxicon and co-directed and produced by GoldenB0y, and reflects the song’s themes in an intimate fashion to show feeling undeserving of an outpouring of love from special people in your life. Watch it here. The video for Paradise, directed by Lexxicon and filmed by @6ception, embodies the perfect summer getaway. The song, Paradise, is about looking for somewhere to escape to and so I wanted the visuals to reflect that so I chose different locations in Toronto that looked like a vacation where you couldn't see any of the city. I wanted it to look like It was somewhere tropical to match the vibe of the song,” Lexxicon says. 

Bashment Trap House launched with four singles, including the standout track, Lonelyswagger-driven Di Don Doncelebratory Superstarand Lucky Lucky – a tribute to Lexxicon’s parents and their bond – and Fatty Fatty, which celebrates inclusion and body positivity. Buy and stream the album here.

About Lexxicon

Jamaican-Canadian musical artist, Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence. It is almost impossible for an audience to not become consumed by the intense energy that radiates through his music and the long-lasting impression of his dynamic live performances. With music that sounds like a crossbreed between PartyNextDoor and Swae Lee merged with a strong artistic vision, to push the boundaries of the industry, Lexxicon is quickly rising through the ranks to become a household name.  

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon is known for blending his Jamaican roots with some quintessential mainstream sounds of the time, namely: R&B/Hip-Hop and Afrobeats. His ability to seamlessly fuse elements from multiple genres has led him to write and release a myriad of catchy, up-tempo tracks as reflected in projects such as: Bashment Trap House and Bashment Reggaeton. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, Tory Lanez and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the Tropical R&B genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene.  

 

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, it is no wonder that Lexxicon has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Culture Shock Block Party. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike. Lexxicon’s inspiring rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on CBC Radio, Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and the Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Canadian Beats, Cashbox Canada, NOW Magazine, Pure Grain Audio and FYI Music News.

 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

August 16 – RBC X MUSIC 

August 27 - META 2020 – Info

August 29 – Manifesto Cypher 

 

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Buy/stream Tropical R&B
Visuals:

Doing To Me

Paradise

I Don’t Deserve You

 

Buy/stream Bashment Trap House

Visuals:

Di Don Don
Lonely

Superstar

Fatty Fatty

 

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LA RAPPER-SINGER STEVEN G RELEASES NEW EP SHOWGREAT UNIVERSITY TODAY!

RELEASES VISUALS FOR THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED
SEX COMMANDMENTS

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Rising Los Angeles-based Hip Hop/R&B artist, Steven G, is excited to finally release his new EP, ShowGreat University, today via Entertainment One (eOne). The 10-song EP was executive produced by 15Hunnit Boy of the hit-making collective, 1500 or Nothin’ (Jay Z, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake). The collection of tracks shows off Steven's ability to give you hard-hitting rhymes as well as smooth serenades. Buy/stream Showgreat University here.

Steven also releases the Richy Films (Usher, Travis Barker, J. Balvin, Tyga) directed, Sex Commandments, a highly-anticipated fan favourite that is a sultry and steamy interpretation as Steven lays down the laws of the bedroom. Watch here.

Steven G released the sexy track, I Need All That,  last week, along with the accompanying visual. I Need All That, is the follow up to last year's single, Handcuffs, which has amassed over 6 million streams across DSPs. 

Steven first catapulted onto the social radar of many with a venomous freestyle back in 2017, based on the viral social media #SleepWalkinChallenge by Cali rapper, Mozzy. Steven also developed a love for R&B music as he includes his musical influences to be Michael Jackson, Usher, The-Dream, Alicia Keys, and so many more artists that embodied what is deep in his soul. Steven fuses his rhythmic style of rap with R&B sensibilities and finds ways to innovate Cali music. Steven has received praise from the likes of NPR, XXL, and Hip Hop DX

With a focus on his future, Steven has also developed his own clothing line – Show Great University – based on his motivational catchphrase,  “SHOW  GREAT,”  which, as  he  describes  it,  is  all  about  “Show  UP,  Show  OUT,  Show  GREAT.” The line boasts a collection of varsity jackets, hoodies, t-shirts with more to come. Click here for more information.

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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. www.entertainmentone.com

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BLUEFACE DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR OUTSIDE (REMIX) FT. TRUCARR

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Rapper, Blueface, releases the video for Outside (Remix), featuring 100 Entertainment labelmate, TruCarr, today. Directed by Edward Patino, the visual follows Blueface, TruCarr and friends as they party through a paintball course and beyond. Watch the video here.

Outside (Remix) is featured on Famous Cryp Reloaded, an expanded version of Blueface's 2018 star-making album.  Released a few weeks ago, Famous Cryp Reloaded features Snoop Dogg, Moneybagg Yo, YG, Cardi B, DJ Kay Slay, A Boogie wit Da Hoodie, Asian Doll, Glokk 9, NLE Choppa, Sada Baby, Kiddo Curry, Coyote, Flash Gottii, Ron Suno, 03 Greedo, and TruCarr.

The original Famous Cryp album featured the smash hit, Thotiana, which broke through Top 10 charts across the globe and has over 530M streams to date in the U.S. alone. In the last few weeks, Blueface released both an animated and an official video for Respect My Cryppin' Remix ft. Snoop Dogg. The videos have 8M views combined. Watch the official video here.

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SEETHER RELEASES BOLD NEW TRACK BEG WITH SURPRISE ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERING VIA HEAVY CONSEQUENCE

BEG MARKS THE THIRD PREVIEW FROM UPCOMING ALBUM SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM (“IF YOU WANT PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR) DUE AUGUST 28 FROM FANTASY RECORDS

FIRST SINGLE DANGEROUS HIT #7 ON BILLBOARD’S HOT HARD ROCK SONGS CHART AS FRONTMAN SHAUN MORGAN TOPS HARD ROCK SONGWRITERS CHART

“‘Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum’ displays a raw honesty and wealth of musicality that fuses its finer moments straight onto your DNA … SEETHER continue to craft beautifully tormented anthems tailored to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.” —Metal Wani (8/10 overall score)

“This is possibly one of the best albums that 2020 will be able to deliver especially within this genre, balanced with great lyrics and an impressive sound.” —Summa Inferno (5/5 flames)

“Even with the high praise received from their last album, Poison The Parish, they may have outdone themselves.” —Screamer Magazine

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Currently leading a number of Billboard’s Hard Rock charts, SEETHER offers another strong preview from its upcoming new album today with the release of the heavy new track, Beg.

The adrenaline-fueled new rave-up is accompanied by another bold animated music video from noted Turkish director, Mertcan Mertbilek (Santana, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Elvis Costello), that premieres today via Heavy Consequencehere.

As front man, Shaun Morgan, told Heavy Consequence, “This is our second collaboration with Mertcan and I wanted to get his interpretation of the lyrics. I sketched a rough idea, and he ran with it to create a video that I think is powerful and provocative. Animation allows far more freedom to create compelling visual art and I love how this video turned out."

Beg is the third track to be released from Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare For War”) due August 28, 2020 via Fantasy Records. It’s the multi-platinum selling band’s first new album in three years and features some of the strongest material of SEETHER’s illustrious career. Pre-order the new album here.

In addition to Beg, tracks released so far include the first single, Dangerous, which has made an immediate impact at rock radio and is currently #7 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart. (Watch SEETHER’s recently released acoustic take on Dangerous here.) Fans were treated to a second track from the album in mid-July with the release of the driving, Bruised And Bloodied.

For the week of August 1, Morgan also topped Billboard's Hard Rock Songwriter's Chart as well as the #2 spot on the Hard Rock Producers Chart for the first time.

Early reviews for Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum feature unanimous praise for the album:

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is SEETHER’s eighth studio album and was produced by Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI) in Nashville from December 2019 through January 2020. The album’s 13 new tracks draw on the dark and raw honesty of grunge’s epic guitar attack and the South African underground punk and metal that Morgan (and bandmate, Dale Stewart) grew up on.

The band is joined on the album by newest member, Corey Lowery (ex-guitarist/vocalist for Saint Asonia and Stuck Mojo), Morgan’s friend of 16 years, who also assistant-engineered the album. “Corey has a lot of experience and is an inspiring guitarist as well; he’s the older brother I’ve always wanted,” Morgan says. SEETHER’s rock-solid rhythm section is bassist and founding member Dale Stewart, and drummer John Humphrey (who joined in 2003).

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum will be available in CD, vinyl and digital formats. For special offers and exclusive merchandise, visit SEETHER’s online store here.

About SEETHER:

Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, SEETHER has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically with the quartet’s sense of purpose and commitment spreading outwards, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort and a sense of personal power. While others of their ilk faded away, SEETHER maintains a strong sense of self, ignoring trends and critics in favor of a consummate devotion to their craft.

Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 15 #1 singles (including 2017’s Let You Down, 2014’s Words as Weapons, and 2011’s Tonight); 19 Top 5 multi-format hits, with US singles sales topping 17 million and over 1.5 billion streams world-wide across all platforms.

They are also creators of the Rise Above Fest, founded in 2012 to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental illness. Past headliners of the annual gathering include Slash, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach & many more. Since conception, the Rise Above Fest has turned into a broader movement, expanding its presence at additional music festivals around the globe. All SEETHER shows donate $1 of ticket sales to benefit the SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education) organization.

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ELVIS COSTELLO ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM HEY CLOCKFACE

OUT OCTOBER 30 ON CONCORD RECORDS

SHARES THIRD ADVANCE SONG WE ARE ALL COWARDS NOW

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Today sees the release of Elvis Costello’s, We Are All Cowards Now, the third advance bulletin from what is now revealed to be a new album – Hey Clockface – scheduled for release on October 30 by Concord Records. Pre-order Hey Clockface here and listen to We Are All Cowards Now here.

The motion picture of We Are All Cowards Now by Eamon Singer & Arlo McFurlow features images of flowers and pistols, smoke and mirrors, tombstones and monuments, courage and cowardice, peace love and misunderstanding.

Hey Clockface was recorded in Helsinki, Paris and New York, and mixed by Sebastian Krys in Los Angeles. Following the solo recording of No Flag, Hetty O’Hara Confidential and We Are All Cowards Now at Suomenlinnan Studio, Helsinki by Eetü Seppälä in February 2020, Costello immediately traveled to Paris for a weekend session at Les Studios Saint Germain.

Costello tells us, “I sang live on the studio floor, directing from the vocal booth. We cut nine songs in two days. We spoke very little. Almost everything the musicians played was a spontaneous response to the song I was singing. I’d had a dream of recording in Paris like this, one day.”

The ensemble, dubbed, Le Quintette Saint Germain, by Costello, was recruited for these dates by Steve Nieve (who plays grand piano, upright piano, organ, mellotron and melodica) features Mickaël Gasche on trumpet, flugel horn and serpent, Pierre-François ‘Titi’ Dufour on cello and the drums, percussion and high harmonies of Ajuq. Reed player, Renaud-Gabriel Pion brought many tones and colours to the performances, playing, contrabass clarinet, bass clarinet, Bb clarinet, tenor saxophone, bass flute and cor anglais.

The Paris sessions were recorded by François Delabrière. The New York sessions were produced by composer, arranger and trumpet player, Michael Leonhart in collaboration with guitarists, Bill Frisell and Nels Cline and completed, lyrically and vocally by Costello, “via Electrical Wire.”

“I wanted to write ‘Helsinki-Paris-???’ on the record jacket like this was a perfume or an advertising agency,” Costello continues. “London was a possibility for the third city but London is forever. We’ll be there again. Michael sent this music to me from New York at the perfect time. It connected to elements in both of the previous sessions and completed the picture.”

Speaking of the emotional and dynamic range of the record, Costello said, “I wanted the record to be vivid, whether the songs demanded playing that was loud and jagged or intimate and beautiful.”

The assembled album, Hey Clockface, is An Elvis Costello & Sebastian Krys Production following on from their work together on Elvis Costello and The Imposters Grammy-winning album, Look Now.

HEY CLOCKFACE TRACKLIST:
1. Revolution #49
2. No Flag
3. They’re Not Laughing At Me Now
4. Newspaper Pane
5. I Do (Zula’s Song)
6. We Are All Cowards Now
7. Hey Clockface / How Can You Face Me?
8. The Whirlwind
9. Hetty O’Hara Confidential
10. The Last Confession of Vivian Whip
11. What Is It That I Need That I Don’t Already Have?
12. Radio Is Everything
13. I Can’t Say Her Name
14. Byline

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SYLVAN ESSO UNVEIL ROOFTOP DANCING FROM NEW ALBUM FREE LOVE OUT SEPTEMBER 25 ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

PRE-ORDER FREE LOVE HERE

Toronto, ON – August 11, 2020 – Sylvan Esso has unveiled Rooftop Dancing, the second single from their forthcoming album, Free Love (out September 25 via Loma Vista Recordings). Rooftop Dancing captures the duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn in a minimalist moment of intimacy. Listen here.

“Rooftop Dancing is about the excitement of being part of a collective humming whole - a city that contains multitudes – with your small story shining softly amidst it. Cheryl Dunn was a natural first choice to make the video since she has been so brilliantly capturing the spirit of NYC for years. We are so grateful to her for collaborating with us and giving us a beautiful slice of what the city feels like today,” Sylvan Esso says.  

The video was filmed and directed by celebrated NYC street photographer and filmmaker Cheryl Dunn. This kinetic, loving portrait of NYC in the summer of 2020 depicts an awakening - New Yorkers seeking open air to move, dance and breathe, even for a fleeting few moments. Watch the video here.

“To me this song reflects the social climate of NY right now, with its historical resilience to re-invent – to create new things from the discarded, to take back the streets, to not dwell on what you can’t do but to get excited about what you can do… like riding bikes en masse, making guerrilla art shows by the river, making more art and music – and yes – dancing on the roof tops!” Cheryl Dunn adds.  

Sylvan Esso announced Free Love with Ferris Wheel, stirring excitement and praise from Pitchfork and the Fader to Stereogum and Cool Hunting, along with Best Songs of the week nods from Variety, NPR, Paste, E! and others. Nick and Amelia spoke at length with Bob Boilen on NPR's All Songs Considered on the making of the song and video – and how Ferris Wheel is the “sassy summertime amusement park song” she’s always wanted to write. Watch the Ferris Wheel music video here.

Rooftop Dancing and Ferris Wheel represent the two sides of the new album: some of Sylvan Esso’s hardest driving and most dance-y songs yet, balanced with their most meditative.  Free Love is a 10-song collection that thrives on collaborative frisson. While their celebrated first two albums were born from a delineation in creative roles – Amelia the lyrics and melodies, Nick the chords and beats – Free Love is Sylvan Esso’s first true “band” record: two voices fused together.  It was written, recorded and produced at Sylvan Esso’s own studio, built in the woods in North Carolina.

Sylvan Esso has produced some of indie pop’s most enduring songs in recent years and just achieved a career milestone by crossing a half billion streams worldwide. Their last album, 2017’s What Now, debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 and earned the group their first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic album.

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AVI KAPLAN SHARES ALTERNATE VERSION OF FAN FAVOURITE CHAINS OFF UPCOMING LEAN ON ME EP OUT AUGUST 21

PRE-ORDER LEAN ON ME HERE

“Since returning to music on his own terms, the songs have poured out of him with his vocals shifting from power-bass, to reveal a more nuanced voice, with extended range, rich, tender and abounding.” American Songwriter

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Today, rising singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, shared, Chains, (Alt Version) off his upcoming new Lean On Me EP out August 21, 2020 via Fantasy Records. Listen here. Chains originally appeared on his acclaimed Mike Mogis produced EP, I’ll Get By released earlier this year.  

In addition to “Chains”, the 4-track Lean On Me EP features the previously released, It Knows Me, (Alt Version) (also from I’ll Get By) along with fan favourite track, Aberdeen and Avi’s recently released cover of Bill Withers’ classic, Lean On Me. Later this fall, the Lean On Me EP will be available on limited edition etched vinyl via Avi’s online store and indie retailers.

Due to ongoing challenges faced by COVID-19, Avi announced last week his fall European tour has been postponed to 2021. New shows have been added in Zurich, Warsaw, and Brussels and are on sale now. Updated routing is below and for tickets and more information please visit www.avikaplanofficial.com.

AVI KAPLAN FALL 2021 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
10/27 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Small Hall                                  10/29 – Hamburg, DE – Grunspan
10/30 – Cologne, DE – Live Music Hall
10/31 – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen              
11/2 – Munich, DE – Backstage
11/3 – Zurich, CH – Plaza
11/4 – Vienna, AT – Arena Wien                 
11/6 – Krakow, PL – Kwadrat
11/7 – Warsaw, PL – Proxima
11/8 – Prague, CZ – Palac Akropolis                                   
11/10 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vrendenburg Pandora
11/11 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
11/12 – Brussels, BE – AB Flex                                                        11/18 – London, UK – Lafayette
11/20 – Manchester, UK – Band On The Wall

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WEST COAST RAPPER-SINGER STEVEN G RELEASES NEW VIDEO I NEED ALL THAT

SHOWGREAT UNIVERSITY EP OUT AUGUST 14

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Rising Los Angeles-based Hip Hop/R&B artist, Steven G, releases a video for new track, I Need All That, today, from his soon-to-be-released EP, ShowGreat University, due out on August 14. Watch the video here.

Produced by 15Hunnit Boy of the hit-making collective 1500 or Nothin’ (Jay Z, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake), the track is a sexy invitation wrapped around a melodic groove. The video, directed by Richy Films, has Steven showing his Cali-pride at a classic sun-drenched pool party that pays homage to the early 2000s. 

I Need All That is a follow up to Steven G's single Handcuffs released earlier this year. The single garnered over 2.4 million streams on Soundcloud and over 3 million streams and climbing between Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.

DOWNLOAD – single artwork | DOWNLOAD – hi-res photo

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. www.entertainmentone.com

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AVATAR RELEASE BOLD NEW ALBUM HUNTER GATHERER OUT NOW VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

WATCH OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR COLOSSUS HERE

“Heavy as all hell and unflinching in its biting social commentary.” – Revolver

“Even when the world is turned upside down, we can count on Avatar to churn out an opus of groovy, melodic metal that sings and soars.” Consequence of Sound

“Always fixated on a sense of groove whether it's quick-hitting, sharp and choppy riffs or pendulum-swinging breakdowns over which maestro Johannes Eckerström presides with his snarling, guttural roar.” – Loudwire

“Avatar are back and they are heavier than ever.” – Metal Injection

“Silence in the Age of Apes a furious four-and-a-half minute blaze of machine-gun-style kick drumming, powerful chant vocals and guitar work to marvel aplenty courtesy of resident axemen Jonas "Kungen" Jarlsby and Tim Öhrström.” – Guitar World

“Abundant, as always, the song includes blazing guitar riffs and frontman Johannes Eckerström’s brutal, snarling growls.” – The Pit

"Avatar continues to reinvent the wheel as they went from lighthearted humor with Avatar Country to dark and bleak with their upcoming album" Metal Insider

“If Avatar is out to do anything with its in-your-face music, it’s hoping to be true to its namesake as that not-so-subtle teacher, helping fans open up to another possible way of being.” – LiveKindly

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – The highly anticipated eighth full-length album from, Avatar, titled Hunter Gatherer arrived today via Entertainment One, marking their darkest and most insightful record of their near decade long career. The band has celebrated the monumental release by sharing new lyric videos for select songs from the album, including highlights such as A Secret Door which features, Corey Taylor, (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and the dizzyingly heavy album closer Wormhole. These new visuals follow the previously released tracks Colossus, God of Sick Dreams, and Silence in the Age of Apes – the latter of which is already named one of the best metal songs of the year so far by Loudwire – that revealed the band’s new wardrobes and unrelenting yet immersive new ideas piece by piece.

A striking and bold manifesto, Hunter Gatherer, is an unflinchingly ruthless study of a clueless humankind’s ever-increasing velocity into an uncertain future, furthering the reach of the band’s always expanding dark roots. Recorded entirely to two-inch tape with producer Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax), Hunter Gatherer exhibits everything that makes Avatar standouts in the vast, rich landscape of heavy metal's past and present. Hunter Gatherer is out now through Entertainment One and available here.

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

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

www.avatarmetal.com

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DAWES DREAM OF ST. AUGUSTINE AT NIGHT

POWERFUL NEW SINGLE HERALDS EAGERLY AWAITED SEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM

OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO STREAMING NOW AT YOUTUBE

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER ARRIVES VIA ROUNDER RECORDS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Veteran rockers, Dawes, have announced today’s premiere of their profound new single. St. Augustine at Night is available at all DSPs and streaming services; an official lyric video is streaming now via YouTube – watch here.

“St. Augustine at Night is a song about one’s relationship to their hometown,” says Dawes’ frontman Taylor Goldsmith, “but also is a song about the varying degrees in which we all watch our lives pass us by.”

St. Augustine at Night marks the latest single from the Los Angeles-based band’s eagerly awaited seventh studio LP, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 6x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album arrives via Rounder Records on Friday, October 2; pre-orders are available now here.

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER was first heralded by last month’s premiere of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?. The high-spirited track is joined by an official companion video, directed by actress/filmmaker Caitlin Gerard and streaming now at the official Dawes YouTube channel. Last month also saw Goldsmith nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song, Memorized, from the NBC show This Is Us.

Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? was met by widespread applause upon its July premiere, with Rolling Stone hailing it as “a turbo-charged Eighties heartland rocker that finds Goldsmith narrating an interaction between two people, one of whom is still plagued by a past relationship.” “From the sounds of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?, bringing everyone closer to the process has led to a bigger sound,” declared Consequence of Sound. “As Goldsmith’s classic melodies and riffs continue the thread of Dawes’ decade-long career, the percussion snaps like a whip crack and Lee Pardini’s keys reach Roy Bittan levels of drama as they’re pushed to the forefront.”

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER – which marks Dawes’ first release on their new label, Rounder Records – follows a series of acclaimed self-released albums including 2013’s STORIES DON’T END, 2015’s ALL YOUR FAVORITE BANDS, 2016’s WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE, and 2018’s PASSWORDS, all of which reached the top 10 or higher on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.

From its first downbeat, the new LP sees Dawes frontman, Taylor Goldsmith, grappling with the expectations of adulthood on a remarkable cycle of new songs fueled by many of the same elements that first earned the band worldwide attention and applause – graceful melodies with kinetic riffs and intricate musical interplay. Throughout the album, Dawes once again prove incredibly adept at pushing the emotional limits of the classically structured rock song, a testament to their tightly honed yet imaginative musicianship and the gripping specificity of Goldsmith’s songwriting. A culmination of their entire catalogue and decade-long career all wrapped up in nine glorious tracks, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER reclaims the rugged urgency and easy confidence of Dawes’ early work while tapping into the veteran band’s intense musical connection more effectively than ever before.

“In the past, I’ve definitely been more precious about the way I wanted the songs to sound, but that’s never as fun,” Goldsmith says. “The music we make is everyone’s mode of expression, and the other guys all have chops that I don’t have and never will. The fact that we’re able to lean on each other and celebrate each other as individuals just makes us so much more excited about getting to play together in this band.”

Dawes is: Taylor Goldsmith (guitars, vocals), Griffin Goldsmith (drums), Wylie Gelber (bass), Lee Pardini (keys).

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RISING R&B/POP ARTIST ANT SAUNDERS DROPS I HAD A LOVE SONG FEATURING VANJESS

LISTEN HERE AND
WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO HERE

YELLOW HEARTS FROM BUBBLE EP
CERTIFIED PLATINUM IN CANADA

LANDED ON BILLBOARD HOT 100
WITH OVER 400 MILLION STREAMS

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Today, rising R&B/pop artist, songwriter and musician, Ant Saunders, releases a new single called I Had A Love Song featuring critically acclaimed, Nigerian R&B duo and sisters, VanJess. Along with the track is an official music video which can be watched here.

Of the collab, Ant Saunders said, “VanJess sent me their first demo and used their phones singing over the instrumentals and I fell in love with what they had. Their voices sounded so cool over the instrumentals and I knew they were going to kill it when they recorded it.

It was weird with quarantine. I wish we could’ve met. I messaged them on Instagram and they were super nice. We were sending stuff back and forth to each other. They’d send me recordings, and I’d like everything they sent over. Originally, I was gonna do the intro and then realized it would be cool if they took over and they did. I also told them to do their thing with the chorus with adlibs and background vocals. I let them do their thing and that’s how we got IHALS.”

VanJess stated, "Ant reached out to us during the early times of quarantine, so it was a nice escape writing our verse for such a feel-good record. We loved the soulful positive vibes of ants music in general and we’re so happy he included us on this song."

2020 kickstarted with the release of Ant’s debut EP, Bubblevia Arista Records. Listen here. Ant was confirmed to perform as support for GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter, Camila Cabello, on her Romance Tour, which was slated for this fall.

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 platinum in Canada., with over 400 million streams, and landed a position on the Billboard Hot 100. Ant’s Genius Verified video for Yellow Hearts has just about 1.5 million views. He was also profiled in Virgil Abloh’s RSVP Gallery website, wearing pieces from Off-White, Stone Island and Raf Simons. 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.

ABOUT ANT SAUNDERS
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. 

ABOUT VANJESS
Growing up between Lagos, Nigeria and California, VanJess have brought an entirely new take to contemporary R&B, one that pays tribute to ’90s greats like TLC, SWV, and Aaliyah, while instinctually inciting an inimitable style. The sisters cut their teeth online with a string of viral covers, bursting onto the scene with their self-released debut album, 'Silk Canvas,' in 2018. The album was a definitive R&B statement, a smooth, seductive record establishing the sisters as ones to watch, to take the R&B world by storm. In addition to their debut, the girls most recently contributed shimmering vocals on Xavier Ömar‘s recent album via their feature on Just Get Here, and they connected again with KAYTRANADA on Taste. VanJess opened for TrapHouseJazz King Masego on his 2018 North American Lady, Lady tour, performed on SNL with Khalid in 2019, and just returned from opening for Gallant on tour. Currently, VanJess is prepping to release new singles in the spring, leading up to an album by the end of 2020.

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THE AVETT BROTHERS RELEASE NEW SINGLE I GO TO MY HEART

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

THE THIRD GLEAM AVAILABLE AUGUST 28

SOLD-OUT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY CONCERT
WILL BE LIVESTREAMED ON AUGUST 29

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Three-time GRAMMY Award-nominees, The Avett Brothers, share I Go To My Heart, the second single from their highly-anticipated new album, The Third Gleam, out August 28 on American Recordings through Loma Vista Recordings. I Go To My Heart is both sonically and emotionally stripped-back, turning to love in moments of hardship and pleading for redemption. Listen to I Go To My Heart here and watch the video here.

I Go To My Heart, and previously released single, Victory, which Paste declared one of The Best Songs of July 2020, are available instantly upon preordering The Third Gleam here. The album will be released on CD and digitally August 28, with vinyl available September 18. While written and recorded ahead of the pandemic and most recent social reform movements, the eight song collection addresses themes of injustice, incarceration, and mortality, as well as resilience, love, and hope that resonate strongly today.

In the band’s album statement, Seth and Scott share that The Third Gleam is “merely the sound of my brother and I in a room, singing about what is on our minds and in our hearts at the time...sharing it now is about what sharing art is always about: another chance that we may partake in connecting with our brothers and sisters of this world, and hopefully joining you in noticing a speck of light gleaming in what appears to be a relatively long and dark night.”

The Avett Brothers will celebrate the release of The Third Gleam with a sold-out hometown show at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on August 29, performing new music live for the first time on the speedway’s backstretch. Fans will experience the concert socially distanced from their vehicles, and the stage will be broadcast on the speedway’s 16,000 square-foot television screen. For those unable to attend in person, the band will be livestreaming the event. For those unable to attend in person, the band has partnered with nugs.net to livestream the concert as a Pay-Per-View event. For more information, visit avettbrothersdrivein.com.

DOWNLOADI Go To My Heart single artwork
DOWNLOAD – album cover artwork
DOWNLOAD – hi-res photo

www.theavettbrothers.com

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BLUEFACE PREMIERES OFFICIAL NEW VISUAL FOR RESPECT MY CRYPPIN' (REMIX) FEATURING SNOOP DOGG TODAY

FAMOUS CRYP RELOADED OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – August 5, 2020 – LA rapper, Blueface, releases the official video today for Respect My Cryppin' (Remix) featuring Snoop Dogg. Previously released as an animated video garnering over 2.9 Million views in a week, the new visual, directed by Aaron Green, has Blueface and the rap legend going head to head. Watch here.

Respect My Cryppin' (Remix) is featured on Blueface’s newly released Famous Cryp Reloaded, an expanded version of the album that launched his career into the stratosphere.  Famous Cryp was released in 2018 and featured the smash hit, Thotiana, which broke through Top 10 charts across the globe and has over 530M streams to date in the U.S. alone.  The album also features Moneybagg Yo, YG, Cardi B, DJ Kay Slay, A Boogie wit Da Hoodie, Asian Doll, Glokk 9, NLE Choppa, Sada Baby, Kiddo Curry, Coyote, Flash Gottii, Rom Suno, 03 Greedo, and Tru Carr. Stream / buy Famous Cryp Reloaded here.

Blueface recently released videos for Yea Yea ft. Coyote, Traphouse ft. Flash Gottii and 03 Greedo, Finesse The Beat and First Mission

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. www.entertainmentone.com

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645AR TEAMS UP WITH FKA TWIGS FOR SUM BOUT U

LISTEN TO THE SONG HERE & WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – August 4, 2020 – Today, rapper, 645AR, releases his new track, Sum Bout U with FKA twigs. Sum Bout U is more R&B leaning than his previous tracks Yoga and In Love With A Stripper and features high pitched vocal interplay between 645AR, affectionately dubbed the squeak rapper, and FKA twigs. Sum Bout U is produced by SenseiATL with co-production by El Guincho. Sum Bout U was featured as Zane Lowe’s New Music Daily on Beats 1 on Apple Music and is available on all digital streaming platforms; listen here

Says 645AR, “I’m bringing real R&B back. Shout out to FKA twigs.” As both 645AR and FKA twigs are visual artists, unsurprisingly, they released the official music video for Sum Bout U in addition to the audio. Watch the video, directed by Aidan Zamiri, with concept by FKA twigs, here.  

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FABCOLLAB PRESENTS WOMEN IN SONG

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 FROM 12:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. EST

SEVEN OF TORONTO’S TOP FEMALE PERFORMING ARTISTS ONE FULL DAY OF LIVE MUSIC

TORONTO, ON – August 4, 2020TORONTO, ON – August 4, 2020 – On Sunday, August 9, FabCollab will launch its first live-streamed festival in partnership with the Musicians’ Performance Trust Fund, CBC Toronto and producing partner Small World Centre. Hosted by CBC Toronto Reporter Lisa Xing, the Women in Song Festival features Toronto’s top world music artists in six 30-minute live stream sets throughout the day, all completely free-of-charge.

This event will be live streamed only once and will never be re-broadcast. Viewers must tune in live from 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m at fabcollab.ca, www.facebook.com/smallworldmusic or facebook.com/MusicPerformanceTrustFund to catch these once in a lifetime performances. See below for the full schedule and artist details.

"Toronto turns to live music as we strive to make sense of a rapidly changing world,” says organizer and musician, Tamar Ilana. “We live in an international, multicultural city, and the music of the world has the potential to weave disparate communities together and give voice to the marginalized. Now is the time to embrace this potential. One of the unexpected silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has brought the music community closer together. We’re picking up the phone to reach out to artists and friends and making new music, dance, and song, even while physically separated. We’ve joined in solidarity and are more open to collaboration and diversification than ever before. Toronto’s newest live music initiative, FabCollab, is a product of this spirit of collaboration."

All of the artists will be accompanied by the world musical ensemble, Tamar Ilana & Ventanas. The award-winning six-piece Toronto-based world music ensemble recently released their third album, MISTRĀL, and features the city’s finest world musicians.

FabCollab is Toronto’s newest live music initiative and is committed to amplifying minority and underrepresented groups, particularly BIPOC and female-identifying artists. Each set of this inaugural festival will feature an acclaimed Toronto female artist from a different musical background and genre, all backed by Tamar Ilana & Ventanas.

The Women in Song Festival is the first initiative of a new online platform: FabCollab. Founded by five of Toronto’s key performing artists and arts advocates, FabCollab fosters artistic creation and collaboration with a focus on minority voices, at a time when unprecedented circumstances are keeping us physically apart. This festival kicks things off for FabCollab, but there’s a whole lot more in the works.

WOMEN IN SONG FESTIVAL
Sunday, August 9 – 12:00-10:30pm EST
Live streamed at: fabcollab.ca, www.facebook.com/smallworldmusic or
facebook.com/MusicPerformanceTrustFund
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. – Tamar Ilana feat. Lia Grainger (Flamenco/World)
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. – Nastasia Y (Slavic soul)
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. – Eliana Cuevas (Latin jazz)
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. – Naghmeh Farahmand (Persian rhythms)
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. – Samidha Joglekar (Classical Indian)
10:00 - 10:30 p.m. – Lauren Barnett (Electro acoustic)

DOWNLOAD – August 9 Event Poster
DOWNLOAD – Artist Bios
Watch the event promo video here: youtu.be/Gn57ie6_HAc

For more interviews, high-res photos, links to music, or any further information on the festival and FabCollab, please contact:

Lia Grainger                           
Communications Director     
+1-647-768-5288                   
lia@fabcollab.ca                    

Tamar Ilana
Executive Director
+1-647-778-9793
tamar@fabcollab.ca

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JUICY J ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION, LIL BABY, A$AP ROCKY, LOGIC, TY DOLLA $IGN, YOUNG DOLPH, RICO NASTY, JAY ROCK, 2 CHAINZ, CONWAY AND MORE

DROPS FIRST TRACK AND VISUAL FOR
GAH DAMN HIGH FT. WIZ KHALIFA


FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH GARY VEE AND CODY HUDSON TO LAUNCH NEW CANNABIS BRAND ASTERISK*

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Legendary rapper, producer, entrepreneur, Juicy Jhas announced his new album, The Hustle Continuesavailable October 14th via eOne. The album, which was produced / executive produced by Juicy J features many of the biggest names in the culture including Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, NLE Choppa, Young Dolph, Key Glock, Logic, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Conway, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Nasty, Jay Rock, Lord Infamous and Project Pat. You can hear the first track off the album via a new video for GAH DAMN HIGH feat. Wiz Khalifa. The video, directed by Joe Weil, is a hilarious reality TV-styled production following a day in the life of a quarantining Juicy J and family. Featuring Wiz Khalifa, real-life business partner Gary Vee, along with Lena The Plug and Adam 22, watch to see Juicy paint, clean, grow cannabis, and more.

His first independent release since 2009’s Hustle Till I Die, the significance of signing to eOne for The Hustle Continues goes all the way back to the start of his career. Alan Grunblatt, eOne’s President of Urban Music, signed Three 6 Mafia to their first record deal stating, “I’m thrilled to be working with Juicy J again. I first worked with him back in the Three 6 Mafia days and I am so proud of his success. He is an amazing, multi-faceted artist, rapper, writer and producer.” Juicy adds, "Alan gave Three 6 Mafia our first deal, he believed in me then and he believes in what I'm doing today as an artist, and as a producer. It made the most sense to release 'The Hustle Continues' independently and eOne gave me the best deal where I own 100% of my masters."

Juicy J has also announced a partnership with Gary Vee, a four-time New York Times bestselling author and one of the most famous public speakers alive and Cody Hudson, a museum-showing, contemporary fine artist with a Nike signature head-to-toe collection to launch the new cannabis brand Asterisk*. The brand lives under the Green Street umbrella - a company long known for creating innovative partnerships between artists and cannabis brands. “We’re assembling the Avengers for weed,” says Rama Mayo, Green Street co-founder. With more info to come on the company, they are debuting both cannabis and non-cannabis products, including 2 graphic t-shirts, 1 long sleeve & 2 sweatshirt designs, 2 snapback hats, a Nalgene water bottle, and 2 strains of Indica dominant flower, one being Juicy J’s signature strain, Wildflower. Green Street has also unveiled their newest project, a 7-story ‘cannabis businesses only’ office building in DTLA, complete with a 4-star restaurant, art gallery, weed social club, an open-air rooftop bar/performance area, and office space for Asterisk* and other cannabis-only brands. Asterisk* cannabis products are available now exclusively at MMD Dispensaries in Los Angeles and online at AsteriskGoods.com.

As one of the founding members of the legendary platinum-selling Memphis rap group, Three 6 Mafia, Juicy J is credited as one of the founders of Southern rap. His contributions to the sound of the culture over the last three decades have made his influence omnipresent. Just last year he produced Megan Thee Stallion’s Platinum break out, Hot Girl Summer,  which went #1 on the Billboard Rhythmic charts and became the first female rap collab in history to reach #1 on Apple Music.

Stream GAH DAMN HIGH ft. Wiz Khalifalnk.to/GDH
The Hustle Continues Tracklisting
1.Best Group
2.Gah Damn High ft. Wiz Khalifa
3.Spend It ft. Lil Baby and 2 Chainz
4.Killa ft. Conway Shopping Spree ft. Young Dolph
5.Po Up ft. A$ap Rocky
6.1995 ft. Logic
7.What I Need
8.The Way It Goes ft. Key Glock
9.Shawty Bad ft. Logic
10.Load It Up ft. NLE Choppa
11.She Gon Pop It ft. Megan the Stallion and Ty Dolla $ign
12.Take It ft. Rico Nasty and Lord Infamous (Three 6 Mafia)
13.Memphis to LA ft. Jay Rock and Project Pat
14. In a Minute

By Edgar Daniel / VOTO


FOR MORE ON ASTERISK*
AsteriskGoods.com

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LEXXICON VENTURES TO PARADISE IN NEW SINGLE

WATCH VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE I DON’T DESERVE YOU
 

FORTHCOMING EP TROPICAL R&B OUT AUGUST 14 - PRE-ORDER NOW

LISTEN TO PREVIOUS PROJECT BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE
Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Toronto artist Lexxicon continues to bring the summer vibes to audiences worldwide – this time, embracing an element of Paradise – the second single from his forthcoming EP, Tropical R&B, out on August 14. Premiering via Happy MagParadise highlights Lexxicon’s search for a place where he no longer has to feel shame, pain or manipulation, unveiling some of the layered themes within the project. Listen to the song here, which arrives with a lyric video here.

I don’t know if paradise really exists, but I know it would look and feel like a place where I wasn’t judged wasn’t mistreated due to difference but celebrated and loved,” Lexxicon says. “Everyone wants a place to belong, a place to call home, a place that will feel like their own personal paradise.”

The EP’s first single, I Don’t Deserve Youwas released on July 17, and arrived with a lyric visualizer. The official video for I Don’t Deserve You was directed by Lexxicon and co-directed and produced by GoldenBoy, and reflects the song’s themes in an intimate fashion to show feeling undeserving of an outpouring of love from special people in your life. Watch it here.

Tropical R&B was produced by Dominican Republic-born, Ontario-based, Eber. The EP follows Lexxicon’s acclaimedBashment Trap House, released on January 31, 2020. With Tropical R&B,  Lexxicon set out to create an R&B record that infuses his dancehall roots. Themes highlight the desire to escape reality, the world, and negative feelings. 

“Despite trying to runway, it seems no matter where you go, we always take our human nature with us which eventually leads to the same results of isolation and pain,” Lexxicon says of the project. “Meaning while living we can never truly escape but must instead learn to live with pain and the love simultaneously. Welcome to the moody body of work called Tropical R&B.”

The futuristic cover art seen below reflects this as it is an image of a gateway to another world. Lyrics explore loneliness, craving belonging and acceptance, and using intimate connections a temporary means of relief. Pre-order Tropical R&B here and stay tuned for the official Paradise video, out next week. 

 

Bashment Trap House launched with four singles, including the standout track, Lonelyswagger-driven Di Don Doncelebratory Superstarand Lucky Lucky – a tribute to Lexxicon’s parents and their bond, and  Fatty Fatty, which celebrates inclusion and body positivity. Buy and stream the album here.

About Lexxicon

Jamaican-Canadian musical artist, Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence. It is almost impossible for an audience to not become consumed by the intense energy that radiates through his music and the long-lasting impression of his dynamic live performances. With music that sounds like a crossbreed between PartyNextDoor and Swae Lee merged with a strong artistic vision, to push the boundaries of the industry, Lexxicon is quickly rising through the ranks to become a household name.  

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon is known for blending his Jamaican roots with some quintessential mainstream sounds of the time, namely: R&B/Hip-Hop and Afrobeats. His ability to seamlessly fuse elements from multiple genres has led him to write and release a myriad of catchy, up-tempo tracks as reflected in projects such as: Bashment Trap House and Bashment Reggaeton. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, Tory Lanez and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the Tropical R&B genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene.  

 

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, it is no wonder that Lexxicon has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Culture Shock Block Party. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike. Lexxicon’s inspiring rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on CBC Radio, Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and the Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Canadian Beats, Cashbox Canada, NOW Magazine, Pure Grain Audio and FYI Music News.

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Buy/stream Bashment Trap House: fanlink.to/BashmentTrapHouse

Listen to Paradise: fanlink.to/LexxiconParadise

Watch lyric video for Paradise: youtu.be/9eY5GSFeb9I

Listen to I Don’t Deserve Youfanlink.to/LexxiconIDontDeserveYou

Watch I Don’t Deserve You: youtu.be/b9EtZ6X4gUQ

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Di Don Don 
Lonely

Superstar

Fatty Fatty

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GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER/SONGWRITER BRANDY RELEASES NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM B7 TODAY

POWERFUL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE BORDERLINE OUT NOW

STREAM/BUY B7 HERE

“[b7] … is a Brandy project that feels more ‘Brandy’ than ever, with
vocal production and arrangements that lean all the way into her instantly recognizable rich and smoky tone” – EW

Brandy was ahead of the curve she shaped herself, having spent the last 30 years perfecting and adapting — now she draws her own lines” – Exclaim!
 

 “’b7’… is classic Brandy… anchored by a voice still deep enough to swim in”  -The Guardian
 

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 –  Eight years seems like a lifetime to wait. Finally, GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter, Brandy, releases her highly anticipated seventh studio album, b7, today via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One. Executive produced by Brandy along with DJ Camper and LaShawn Daniels, this 15-track confessional is her most personal to date as she was able to debut her writing skills for the first time in her career. With songs like the instant-grat track, Rather Be, and No Tomorrow, Brandy was able to take her life’s lessons and channel them into her first masterpiece as an independent artist. The album also features Daniel Caesar on the Grammy nominated single, Love Again, which has garnered over 85 Million streams worldwide, Chance The Rapper, and her daughter Sy-rai Smith who appears on the single High Heels, and background vocals for Baby Mama. Other featured producers and writers include Hit Boy, Cory Rooney, Victoria Monét, Antonio “Tony” Dixon, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk among others.  The album is available now at all physical and digital retailers. 

Also today, she releases the powerful video for her new single Borderline  The dark, edgy track has Brandy interrogating her relationship with love over a hypnotic, downtempo groove. The haunting video for Borderline was directed by Derek Blanks and illustrates the darker, emotional loneliness that can take over a romantic relationship. “This is my most personal album to date,” says Brandy. “Every song tells a story.” Watch the video for Borderline here.

Borderline 
is at radio now and follows her single, Baby Mama, which is currently Top 10 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart. Watch the video for Baby Mama, ft. Chance the Rapper, here.

b7 marries the silky, smooth vibe she established on Never Say Never with the ground-breaking experimentation of Full Moonalbums that are revered as R&B blueprints for their use of multi-layered harmonies, unconventional song structures and forward-thinking electro-soul beats. The album explores Brandy’s journey over the last few years, and how she came to be the resilient, spiritually grounded women she is today.

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 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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LOST FREQUENCIES ANNOUNCES CUP OF BEATS EP

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Fresh from his spectacular performance live from the roof of Belgium’s Royal Palace in Brussels by invitation of His Royal Highness in his native country and following on from official remixes for Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer and Martin Solveig, superstar DJ and multi-platinum producer, Lost Frequencies, is now set to unveil the release of his new EP, Cup Of Beats – listen to it here.

From his record-breaking release, Are You With Me, that saw Lost Frequencies spin Easton Cobin’s original, mellow country release into a Tropical-pop powerhouse, the enigmatic producer is pleased to collaborate with the Nashville native singer/songwriter, where it all started, for opener, One More Night. Taking a paired-back, guitar-flecked melody that evolves into a slowed yet sharp tropical take, when married with Corbin’s irresistible drawl it’s crystal clear that the duo are a match made in heaven.

Collaborating with Irish vocalist, Flynn, on You, a familiar name from their previous collaboration Recognise, sees Lost Frequencies take the track to a deeper strain of house complete with a wiggling, funk-reminiscent bassline that refreshes the ears, before Flynn’s soaring spin of a vocal explores young love and passion that is as revitalizing as a cool breeze on a hot Summers day. Uniting with French producer Mathieu Koss for the emotively-reaching Don’t Leave Me that instills a shining push-and-pull of instrumental backdrops that shimmer in propelling the falsetto vocal tones come the chorus, it’s a further reiteration of Lost Frequencies’ skills as both a renowned producer, but a top-tier collaborator of artists across a range of genres, styles and borders.

The now-fan favourite already for 2020 on Love To Go with Zonderling and Kelvin Jones shines out of the speakers with a positivity, laced with a sweetness that meets a surge of self-assured vulnerability, as Sick Of The Silence keeps one foot firmly in the club, flirting with an intensity that is begging to be played on sweaty dancefloors at 3am thanks to swelling synths and descending, progressive chords that dig to an almost bottomless level in its dance flavour. Bringing the EP full circle, Electrified, with Kye Sones, follows a chorial, multi-vocal method that unites and rises, layer after layer and fortified with soul for a finale unlike any other, as this collection of work from Lost Frequencies marries two sides of the artist we know and love, showcasing his unparalleled skill of multi-genre interpretations and broad productive scope.

Listen to/stream Cup Of Beats here

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MIPSO ANNOUNCESELF-TITLED ROUNDER DEBUT SET FOR OCTOBER 16 RELEASE

FIRST TRACK RELEASE YOUR BODY AVAILABLE TODAY

WACTH YOUR BODY OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Mipso will release their eponymous debut for Rounder on October 16. Mipso, the highly anticipated follow-up to the North Carolina quartet’s acclaimed 2018 album Edges Run, furthers the band’s ever-growing reputation as a potent musical force.

Mipso arrives as the group’s most communally realized work to date – a triumph that’s especially remarkable considering they discussed breaking up after the release of Edges Run. But Mipso’s members – Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough, Jacob Sharp, and Joseph Terrell, each a songwriter and lead singer in the band – doubled down on their commitment to each other.  

They emerged with the strongest artistic statement of their career thus far. As Sharp notes, “With this album we learned how to celebrate and amplify what’s different about each of us, rather than compromising in a way that just buries those differences.” 

Your Body is available today from all digital service providers. Listen here. The song, written by Rodenbough, conveys a subtle, powerful message. As she explains, “It’s a song about something I struggle with, which is how I want to present my body to the world, especially as the only woman onstage most nights in our band.” 

For Mipso, the band collaborated with producer, Sandro Perri, toward the goal of shaping a sonic landscape that is expansive and atmospheric yet also personal - "like an intimate voiceover to a dream sequence,” as Terrell puts it. To that end, the band formed Mipso’s resplendent textures by pushing the limits of their acoustic instruments, a feat that included Rodenbough’s expressive use of sweeping violin harmonics to generate synth-like tones, Terrell’s experimentation with foam to dampen acoustic guitars to produce the staccato warmth of a mbira, and more.

At the same time, Mipso got inventive in their use of percussion, sculpting the album’s kinetic rhythms with everything from congas to an old turtle shell. With additional musical contributions by artful engineer/guitarist, Mark Goodell, (Julian Lage, Margaret Glaspy), Mipso’s touring drummer, Yan Westerlund, and their longtime collaborator, Shane Leonard (on banjo, percussion, and synth), the result is a body of work with spacious arrangements that gently illuminate the idiosyncratic details and refined musicianship at the heart of every song. 

Despite venturing into many new directions, Mipso preserves certain elements that have defined the band since their still-beloved 2013 debut Dark Holler Pop: their finely layered vocal harmonies, a shared fluency in and fascination with North Carolina’s timeless musical traditions, a near-telepathic musical connection and familiarity with each other’s strengths. 

In looking back on the making of Mipso, Terrell refers to the album as “a recommitment to the reasons we want to make music together,” a factor reflected in their decision to self-title the record. “These songs are full of frustration and alienation and wistfulness, but they don’t come from drowning out the noise of the world—they come from getting better at listening to it, and learning to translate it,” says Terrell. “I hope they can give people a bit of insight into the problems we’ve worked out among ourselves, and the love that we have for each other.”

TRACKLISTING:
1. Never Knew You Were Gone
2. Hey, Coyote
3. Hourglass
4. Your Body
5. Caroline
6. Just Want to Be Loved
7. Help
8. Big Star
9. Let a Little Light In
10. Like You Never
11. Shelter
12. Wallpaper Baby

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BLACK SOPRANO FAMILY (BENNY THE BUTCHER, RICK HYDE & HEEM) RELEASE NEW GANGSTA GRILLZ MIXTAPE

BENNY THE BUTCHER & DJ DRAMA PRESENTS:
GANGSTA GRILLZ X BSF DA RESPECTED SOPRANOS
PROJECT NOW AVAILABLE

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Benny The Butcher recently inked a new, global deal with Entertainment One (eOne) for his Black Soprano Family (BSF) imprint and unveiled plans to release a slate of new music in 2020 for its roster.

The first such project is Benny The Butcher & DJ Drama Presents: Gangsta Grillz X BSF Da Respected Sopranos, which is now available. Purchase and stream at your preferred DSP.  The Black Soprano Family (BSF) consists of Rick Hyde, Heem, LoveBoat Luciano, Jonesy, FlexxBaby, Young World & DJ Shay. 

The Griselda collective (Benny The Butcher. Westside Gunn & 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 non-plussed industry which advances style over substance, the Griselda juggernaut has created a real and sustaining moment.  With the crews 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-a 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 to his burgeoning BSF ecosystem.

Benny says, “As the best rapper alive, 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.”

Benny 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 I bring it to you.”

Two of those new talents Benny brought into the BSF fold are Heem and Rick Hyde, and both are predominantly featured on Da Respected Sopranos. 

“This Gangsta Grillz tape was a dope experience, I just wanted to show the world what I could do, and I got more left in the clip” Heem commented.  “I really came from the streets so I’m just telling my story.”

“Linking with Drama was fire, I just wanted to go in on every track, this is a competition for me and killing every track is my goal” an animated Rick Hyde lamented.  “Drama is legendary and BSF is synonymous with street music, the combination just makes sense.”

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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. www.entertainmentone.com

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ZELLA DAY DEBUTS NEW SINGLE ONLY A DREAM

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO NOW
VIA FLAUNT MAGAZINE

NEW EP WHERE DOES THE DEVIL HIDE
ARRIVING AUGUST 28

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Today, maverick singer-songwriter, Zella Day, has released her mesmerizing new ballad, Only A Dream. The track marks the latest single from her upcoming five-song EP, Where Does The Devil Hide, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and due out August 28th in partnership with Concord Records and Easy Eye Sound. Driven by Zella’s spell-binding vocals, the song reflects on all-consuming love and conquering the darkness that can come from within such an exploration.

Zella has also shared an equally breathtaking visual for Only A Dream, directed by Samuel Richard and Gianennio Salucci. The piece captures Zella at the forefront of an intimately-filmed and emotionally-charged love story. Filmed within the iconic Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA, and along the golden beaches and sun-soaked highways of the California coast, it’s a poetic ode to the sprawling, beautiful and sometimes tragic journey that is love. Earlier this morning, Flaunt Magazine premiered the video and spoke with Zella about the inspiration behind the track and video.

“There are times we must bury our broken hearts in the garden so that spring can do the work we cannot do ourselves,” said Zella about the song. “Living in the memory of what was eventually becomes a memory in itself. The years grow like flowers and the faint scent of love hangs low so that we may remember all of those we wish not to forget.”

Zella released her recent single, Purple Haze, earlier this month alongside a cosmic music video directed by famed artist, Neil Krug (Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey). The track was met with rave reviews, including Guitar World who hailed it “a psychedelic stoner anthem [that] would be right up Hendrix’s street.Purple Haze was preceded by the dazzling disco track, My Game, released in May alongside a cinematic music video directed by Phillip Lopez (Lauv, James Arthur) that pays homage to some of Zella’s favorite classic spy films of the 1960s, including Pink Panther and Casino Royale. Zella released People Are Strangers earlier this spring, a heart-on-its-sleeve song with a striking music video directed by Krug, with whom Zella also collaborated with to create the artwork for Where Does The Devil Hide.

The EP ignites a vivid new era for Zella and signals her evolution as both a musician and a visual auteur. The songs, music videos and artwork released to-date from Where Does The Devil Hide all share a cohesive vision; one that fuses the radiant sounds, aesthetics and ideas inspired by the spirit of quintessential California. It’s a coastal affinity to which Zella is deeply bonded. She 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, My Game and now Purple Haze, a trio of lively singles that mark a new chapter in her exciting journey.

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ACTION BRONSON RELEASES FIRST NEW MUSIC OF 2020 LATIN GRAMMYS

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Toronto, ON – July 30, 2020 – Action Bronson has unveiled his first new music of 2020 with the release of Latin Grammys (Loma Vista Recordings). Over a slinky brass and guitar loop, the Queens legend raps with gusto about swim trunks stuffed with cash, driving like Dale, Sr. (with his feet up), Dolph Lundgren and Derek Jeter. “It’s Young Baklava, you know me,” he reminds us. Listen here.

The video for Latin Grammys, directed, edited and produced by VIDEO CONNECTION, sees Action compete in 1995 World’s Strongest Man competition. Watch the video here.

Says Action: “It’s all about metamorphosing; this song is about coming of age. I love a good latin-jazz, upbeat vibe. It's got that funk, you know? You can do all kinds of dances to this song. You know a song is good when you can do all different types of dances to it, and you’re still on rhythm.”

Action discussed the new track with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s New Music Daily today. Last week he caught up with Seth Meyers on Last Night, calling in from his gym to talk about new music, fatherhood and losing 80 pounds over the past couple months.

The beat for Latin Grammys was created by Tommy Mas, who produced Action’s 2011 debut, Dr. Lecter. One day, Action was digging through old beats and discovered one labeled Ozersky, a nod to the beloved food writer Josh Ozersky, who tragically passed away in 2015. Ozersky and Action were close – Ozersky was the first person to put Action on television. Action knew he had to pay tribute to his old friend when he found the file.

In addition to the release of new music, Action Bronson continues to set the bar for rap renaissance man. He makes a special appearance in the Pete Davidson film, King of Staten Island, (Action made his acting debut in Scorsese’s, The Irishman). The season four finale of the food and travel show he hosts, F*ck, That’s Delicious, aired last week on VICE TV and will continue broadcasting and streaming this summer. He also hosts a bi-weekly musical variety show, Live From the Moon, on Beats1 / Apple Music, continues to create custom ice creams for Morgensterns, and raps over The Who’s Baba O’Riley in the trailer for EA’s UFC 4 game, in which he’s also a playable character. Bronson’s latest releases include 2019’s Lamb Over Rice EP and 2018’s White Bronco.

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MULATTO RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO MUWOP FEATURING GUCCI MANE

FIRST OFFICIAL SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING MAJOR LABEL DEBUT MIXTAPE COMING THIS SUMMER VIA RCA RECORDS

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2020 – Today, rising Atlanta rapper, Mulatto, releases Muwop featuring Gucci Mane, the first official single and video from her forthcoming major label debut mixtape coming this summer via RCA Records.

On Muwop, Mulatto flipped Gucci Mane’s 2008 track, Freaky Gurl, and made a witty, female response in a way only Latto can. The video was shot in Miami and directed by ARRAD. Listen / Watch Muwop featuring Gucci Mane.

Leading up to the release of Muwop, Latto took to Instagram to pay homage to Gucci Mane by recreating the covers of his iconic albums and mixtapes. Latto talking about Muwop: “I flipped Gucci Mane’s Freaky Gurl for my project and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if he could get on it.’ When I got the text that Gucci recorded a verse for the song, I started screaming! Gucci is my favourite rapper of all time. Even when I was ten years old, in interviews I would say he was my favourite.”

Rapping since the age of 10, Mulatto is part of the elite new wave of female rappers, such as Flo Milli, City Girls, Saweetie and more, proving that women can also rule the rap scene with their unique styles, flows and verses. To date, Latto has garnered over 151 million streams WW on Spotify and Apple alone and her Bitch From Da Souf (Remix) video featuring Saweetie and Trina was viewed over 22 million times in just five months. Stay tuned for more exciting news on Mulatto’s forthcoming mixtape.

Raised in Atlanta, GA, 21-year-old rising rapper Mulatto has been making a name for herself since she was 10 years old. Along with writing all her own lyrics, her witty, sexual verses are unmatched. The Rap Game Season One winner has continually released music since 2016 and recently signed with RCA Records in 2020. In June 2019, Mulatto released her EP Big Latto, which included her breakout hit song Bitch From Da Souf. The December 2019 release of her follow-up project, Hit The Latto, contained the remix version of the track featuring Saweetie & Trina. Combined, both versions of Bitch From Da Souf has over 72 million streams on Spotify and Apple alone, along with recognition from Timberland, Demi Lovato and more. Prior to the aforementioned, her impressive catalog of music includes Miss Mulatto (2016), Latto Let ‘Em Know (2017) and Mulatto (2018).

Press outlets such as Complex and Okayplayer named her an Artist to Watch in 2020Complex states, “Mulatto’s musical ability is top notch, but the way she carries herself is almost as important. She exudes confidence.” Describing her style/delivery, the outlet explains, “She takes the tropes of Southern bounce and infuses them with Atlanta strip club swag, landing somewhere between City Girls and Rico Nasty.” Collectively, she has garnered over 151 million streams on Spotify and Apple to date. Recently, Mulatto released her Bitch From Da Souf (Remix)  video featuring Saweetie & Trina, her freestyle No Hook,  which showcased her lyrical prowess, along with an accompanying video and her most current track and video He Say She Say. Her major label debut mixtape will be released this summer via RCA Records.

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GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW SHARES THE TITLE TRACK FROM HER UPCOMING JYOTI ALBUM MAMA, YOU CAN BET! OUT AUGUST 28, 2020 VIA eONE MUSIC AND SOMEOTHASHIP CONNECT

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

LISTEN TO MULDROW’S RECENT 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 – July 30, 2020 – Today acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Georgia Anne Muldrow who NPR describes as an “R&B and astral-funk polymath” shares a new song from Mama, You Can Bet!, the third album from her solo-jazz project, Jyoti

The title track from Mama, You Can Bet! is now available as a single, ahead of the album’s August 28, 2020 release via eOne and Muldrow’s own SomeOthaShip Connect. The song is dedicated to her mother, Rickie Byars, who has a long musical history in jazz and spiritual music (Pharoah Sanders Ensemble, Sir Roland Hanna's New York Jazz Quartet, and founder of the Agape International Choir). The song opens the album with an inspirational and encouraging tone, as emphatic piano and percussion introduce a choral layering of Georgia’s voice chanting “Hey, Mama” before a singular Georgia sings: “Mama, You Can Bet/There’s Many a Man/Who’d Love Your Hand.” As Georgia puts it “I wanted my mother to know that she deserves passionate love, that I see her as a beautiful woman.” The song is a moving testament to Georgia’s respect and admiration for her mother beyond her role as a maternal figure.

The Mama, You Can Bet! single follows Orgone, which was released in June and praised by Cool Hunting who called it “a minimal but stirring tune, with meandering piano and free-flowing vocals that trace the topic of displacement,” while Brooklyn Vegan proclaimed the song to be “a soaring dose of jazz-soul.” The May album announcement was accompanied by the release of lead single This Walk, which also features Muldrow’s singing voice, along with wistful piano and harp. As Muldrow puts it, the song acknowledges how “violence can both ignite and snuff out a voice.” Essence called This Walk “A timely song from a timeless artist," and added "'This Walk' is a ballad that speaks to feelings of people across the country” while Okayplayer called the song “a yearning and politically-charged ballad,” and WBGO said, “This is music for our troubled moment, restless but determined.” The single’s b-side, The Cowrie Waltz,  pits a loungey jazz sound with shredding guitar, echoing in the background to form a groovy and bombastic juxtaposition. This Walk b/w The Cowrie Waltz is available now digitally and a 7” single version can be pre-ordered now through Bandcamp here.

Georgia recently performed versions of This Walk, and Orgone ,and took part in an extensive interview for the new VICE NEWS series, Receiver, which streamed live and aired on VICE TV. She also spoke with DownBeat for a feature available to read here. A beautifully animated lyric video for This Walk created by Charles Sicuso with Muldrow’s own illustrations is available to view here.  Pre-Order Mama, You Can Bet!, the album, here

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 singles, This Walk and Orgone. The album’s only guest musician is Georgia’s long-time friend and acclaimed saxophonist, Lakecia 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 recently reaired on NPR, who also recently featured Muldrow on Play It Forward, a new special segment series on All Things Considered, listen here.
 

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. Jyoti is a name bestowed upon her by the late great Alice Coltrane.

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 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. 

Listen to Mama, You Can Bet! here
Pre-order the album here

DOWNLOAD – Mama, You Can Bet! 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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TROY JUNKER DROPS OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE THE JUICE

NEW EP THE PATH OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – July 29, 2020 – Following the release of his fresh new EP, The Path, which dropped July 20th, Canadian Métis rapper, Troy Junker, today releases the official video for his latest single, The Juice. Watch the video here.

“I wanted to start The Path off with a track that is a confidence boost about turning negatives into positives,” Troy says of the song. “The Juice is for the days where you feel like giving up, but you know you can't quit. It's about knowing yourself and not letting other people's opinions taint your vision. There are a lot of personal things I put in there that I feel my fans go through too, and I hope it can help somebody can relate.”

The Juice was created in collaboration with Internet Money producer, JR Hitmaker with the video being filmed by Goldenb0y in Toronto, ON. Due to the pandemic, Troy chose to shoot a performance video with more emphasis on the lyrics, versus risking crew members' health for the production.

The Path is Troy’s first album release since 2018 and has a new lyrical focus – positivity. With the EP'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. There are also a number of collaborations included on the EP including Joey Stylez, Thea May, LUVR and Larisa Santiago. Almost every track features another musical artist – another new approach Troy is adding into his stand out musical creations.

It feels great to share The Path.” Troy reflects. “When I first thought about the project, it was important to me that I included songs my younger listeners could take positive messages away from. I know how it feels to be lost and I wanted to create a body of work that shows that sometimes you need to create your own path to go where you want to be. It's my first studio project since moving to Toronto and being independent, it was nice to have creative control while collaborating with my friends."

For the artwork, I wanted it to resemble where I come from, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. I don't get to go home much anymore because I'm in Toronto but I wanted the artwork for, The Path to represent where I started. I wanted it to feel like I was in PA. It's the last city before all the Northern communities and everyone is used to the Northern lights. Now that I'm in Toronto, I don’t see them anymore, so it was something I wanted to incorporate into the artwork.”

Troy moved from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Toronto, enrolling in Durham College, and achieved the honour-roll 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. He closed out 2019 by being featured in an Indigenous Songwriting 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.

Listen to The Path here
Watch The Juice video here

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www.troyjunker.com

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ACE FREHLEY ANNOUNCES ORIGINS VOL. 2 DETAILS

EXTENDS ALBUM DEAL WITH ENTERTAINMENT ONE

SPACE TRUCKIN’ OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO AND TRACK OUT NOW

ALBUM PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE TODAY

Toronto, ON – July 28, 2020 – Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member, Ace Frehley, announces the release of Origins Vol. 2, his highly-anticipated second collection of 11 rock 'n' roll covers, due out on September 18. Today, he also releases the first single, a flawless cover of Deep Purple's 1972 hit, Space Truckin' available now on all streaming platforms, and as an official music video. 

Recorded at The Creation Lab in Turlock, CA, Frehley recorded guitar, bass, and vocals on Space Truckin' with long-time studio drummer, Matt Star, and keyboard player, Rob Sabino (Peter Frampton,  Simon & Garfunkel). 

Ace offers, "Space Truckin' was recorded years ago, and then I just re-recorded some parts and changed it a little. We never ended up putting it on a record, so it was just sitting around. It turned out very well. Rob Sabino is a very accomplished studio musician, and we actually grew up in the Bronx together, so we go way back."

The official video for Space Truckin’ was directed by eOne's, Ken Gullic (VP, Sales & Acquisitions, Music), and animated by Chris Fequiere, the same team behind the Mission to Mars music video from Frehley's Spaceman album in 2018. 

Frehley has also re-signed with eOne for more new releases, which extends his original deal signed in 2013. During his tenure, he has released three albums worth of new material; Origins Vol. 2 is the fourth. A new studio album is planned for 2021 with two additional releases to follow.

eOne’s Scott Givens, SVP, Rock & Metal, Music says, "I am thrilled to extend our partnership with Ace Frehley.  He is a core artist for eOne and I look forward to more continued success with him."

eOne’s Ken Gullic, VP, Sales & Acquisitions, Music, offers, “We were warned, before our first meeting with Ace in 2014, that he’d never deliver an album or get on the plane for that very meeting. He showed up with an early version of Steve Miller’s The Joker in hand and then cranked out eleven brand new songs at lightning speed for his first top 10 solo album ever, Space Invader, just in time for his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction as a KISS member in 2014. With nine albums into his vibrant solo career, one that clearly stands on its own, it's time for Ace to be considered as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted solo performer too."

Frehley continues his reflections on a lifetime in music with this release of Origins Vol. 2. No stranger to cover versions throughout his musical history — having recorded, rebranded and repossessed such notable nuggets as New York Groove, Do Ya and I Wanna Go Back throughout his eight previous studio efforts — this new collection presents a thoughtful and exciting selection of songs that inspired and helped shape the legendary guitarist. That spirit of fun is carried through with exquisite execution, and guitar aficionados will enjoy Frehley's fresh interpretations of these classic songs.

Origins Vol 2features some extraordinary guests, including Robin Zander of Cheap Trick on Humble Pie's 30 Days In The Hole, and former KISS comrade, Bruce Kulick, on Jimi Hendrix's Manic Depression. Origins Vol.1 alumnus, John5, also returns, playing on Cream's Politician, and The Beatles' I'm Down. Finally, the exquisite Lita Ford returns on vocals, this time on The Rolling Stones' 1968 hit Jumpin' Jack Flash.

Origins Vol. 2 will be the follow-up to 2016’s Origins Vol. 1, which hit #23 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and was his second highest-charting solo album and his 4th Top 40 album. 

Pre-orders are available today at www.acefrehleyorigins.com – which includes an exclusive 180g Opaque Gold Double LP variant (limited to 1000 copies + download card).

ORIGINS VOL. 2 TRACKLIST:
1. Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin)
2. Never In My Life (Mountain)
3. Space Truckin' (Deep Purple)
4. I'm Down (The Beatles)
5. Jumpin' Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones) 
6. Politician (Cream) 
7. Lola (The Kinks)
8. 30 Days In The Hole (Humble Pie)
9. Manic Depression (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
10. Kicks (Paul Revere & the Raiders)
11. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (The Animals)
12. She (KISS) [Bonus Track]

DOWNLOADhi-res press photo | DOWNLOADalbum cover artwork

acefrehleyorigins.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. www.entertainmentone.com

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MICHAEL GORMAN LAUNCHES STRAIGHT UP MANAGEMENT

WITH AN EXTRAORDINARLY TALENTED ROSTER
OF ARTISTS AND CREATORS

TORONTO, ON – Monday, July 27, 2020 – Michael Gorman's (he/him) influence on the music industry has been felt since his early days, with no sign of letting up. The Toronto-based artist manager has been at the forefront of launching the careers of some of Canada’s most decorated and acclaimed musicians, with an impassioned dedication to developing and championing artists.

Today, Michael is thrilled to announce the exciting next chapter in his own professional journey, with the launch of Straight Up Management. Born out of COVID-19, in a time of major uncertainty, he founded the management company to guide the careers of under-represented, yet extraordinarily talented artists.

With Straight Up Management, Michael is now priming a new group of stars to step into the spotlight, including world-class Drag superstar, Tynomi Banks (Canada’s Drag Race), and former OHL player, LGBTQ+ advocate and public speaker, Brock McGillis, the first professional hockey player to openly come out as gay. He also recently began working with major brands and influencers – including Miss Fiercalicious, Jada Hudson, and Devine Darlin – on high-profile campaigns for Bud LightAmazonCrestNyx CosmeticsSodaStream, and more.

Exclaims Michael, "I’m very excited about this new stage in my career and who better to launch Straight Up Management with than such a diverse, eclectic roster of talented and driven artists!”

About Michael Gorman:
Beginning with an internship at Chris Smith Management (Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson), Michael gained valuable experience before moving on to become General Manager of Last Gang Entertainment. During his four years at Last Gang, Michael was involved with launching the budding careers of Metric, Crystal Castles, Death From Above 1979 and Mother Mother towards international and mainstream success.

In 2008, Michael brought this wealth of experience with him to Pandyamonium Management, where he joined industry veteran Sandy Pandya in guiding the multifaceted careers of JUNO Award winners Serena Ryder, Jully Black, and Dear Rouge.

These exciting ventures illustrate Michael’s ability to develop bourgeoning careers and manage high profile clients.  Demonstrating no boundaries or limits to his ability to persevere, Michael is determined to take his clients straight up to the top!

Website – straightupmgmt.com
Instagram – @straightupmgmt
For business inquiries please contact – michael@straightupmgmt.com

For more information please contact:
Amanda McCauley – amanda@indoorrecess.com

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HELLO MOTH UNLEASHES NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM WHEN THE SKY MELTED

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE STEREO

WATCH THE ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO FOR INSIDE

“…When the Sky Melted is full of provocative lyrics, showy vocals, abstract themes, flowing melodies and inventive musical excursions.”Calgary Herald

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Hello Moth is thrilled to release their third full-length album, When The Sky Melted. Featuring 12 new, original songs, the record showcases playful shape-shifting production, underpinned by vividly performed vocals that create a propulsive experience of sounds in motion. Listen to When The Sky Melted here and watch the brand new animated music video for Inside here.

Hello Moth – the Platinum-certified Canadian producer and avant-pop solo artist – 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 rooftop provides shelter from the melting heavens, and lonesome rooms are filled with midnight radio broadcasts. Smiling, we climb from our homes to wander 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.

“Compared to the dark strangeness of my previous releases, this album is a little lighter, more hopeful, more fun,” reflects Hello Moth. “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.”

They continue, "The world I imagined over a year ago for When the Sky Melted now feels eerily real in light of COVID-19. Loneliness and isolation, connection across distance, our relationships with our homes: the album's themes have always been part of the human experience, but also take on new meaning and immediacy in 2020. Artists everywhere are acknowledging new resonance in their work during lockdown, and it makes me believe all the more in the power of art to carry us through the wildest of times."

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.

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www.hellomoth.xyz

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BENNY THE BUTCHER & BSF RELEASE NEW VIDEO AND SINGLE IT’S OVER FEATURING RICK HYDE & HEEM

BENNY THE BUTCHER & DJ DRAMA PRESENTS:
GANGSTA GRILLZ X BSF DA RESPECTED SOPRANOS PROJECT WILL BE RELEASED ON JULY 31

IT’S OVER PREMIERES WITH COMPLEX

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Benny The Butcher recently inked a new, global deal with Entertainment One (eOne) for his Black Soprano Family (BSF) imprint, and unveiled plans to release a slate of new music in 2020 for its roster.

The first such project is Benny The Butcher & DJ Drama Presents: Gangsta Grillz X BSF Da Respected Sopranos, which will be released on July 31. The Black Soprano Family (BSF) consists of Rick Hyde, Heem, LoveBoat Luciano, Jonesy & DJ Shay.  This project will be followed by a Black Soprano Family label compilation where Benny will introduce additional members to the BSF roster.

The Griselda collective (Benny The Butcher. Westside Gunn & 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 non-plussed industry which advances style over substance, the Griselda juggernaut has created a real and sustaining moment.  With the crews 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-a 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 to his burgeoning BSF ecosystem.

Benny, Rick Hyde & Heem debuted It’s Over with an Apple Music exclusive, and today they premiered the video for the project’s new single with ComplexIt’s Over is now available at all DSP’s. Watch the video here.

“This song right here!  I wasn’t originally on It’s Over, but when I realized how crazy it was I had to get on it.  The video turned out fire, only right Drama was a part of it!,“ Benny commented to Complex.  “I wanted that old school gangster feel and aesthetic and this shit is a movie.  We the real and respected Sopranos.”

DOWNLOADIt’s Over single artwork

 

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. www.entertainmentone.com

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POP EVIL DEBUTS ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE WORK

PREPARING NEW ALBUM FOR ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Michigan's own, POP EVIL, debuted the music video for their newest hit single, Work, that was released earlier this spring in the midst of uncertain times. The track arrived alongside Let The Chaos Reign, one of the heaviest songs the band has released yet, while Work counterbalanced it with driving guitars atop a grooving rhythm with electronic flourishes. The new animated video brings Work to life, tackling the angst and emotions of being stuck in a rut; the monotony of daily life juxtaposed with constant communication as technology is fused with all parts of life. As heard this summer in ESPN’s UFC promotions, Work has jumped into the Top 10 Active Rock songs at US radio charts, tying for the band’s fastest Top 10 hit yet.

POP EVIL has been a staple at major festivals and in theatres 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 Devil, Torn 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 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.

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

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LOST FREQUENCIES RECONNECTS WITH EASTON CORBIN FOR ARE YOU WITH ME FOLLOW-UP ONE MORE NIGHT

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – It’s been about five years since Lost Frequencies took the world by storm with Are You With Me, his unique take on the original version of American county singer, Easton Corbin. Since then, the Belgian DJ, producer and label owner has been nothing short of a dance music superstar, churning out massive hits whilst seeing his streaming numbers run into the billions. And today, he traces back to the point where it all began and reconnects with Easton Corbin for their long-anticipated follow-up collab: One More Night.  Listen to One More Night here.

Included on Lost Frequencies’ Cup Of Beats EP (released next week), One More Night is a story of love and desire that expertly builds on the vibe of predecessor. With relatable lyrics, soft tones and a soulful touch tailored to Easton Corbin’s distinct vocal sound, this record fully harnesses that ultimate pop appeal and insane crossover potential we’ve come to know Lost Frequencies for.

 

Lost Frequencies: “I am super excited to share this new track with everybody. Having a collaboration with Easton Corbin is something people might not have expected, but makes so much sense. He was the original singer of 'Are You With Me', so we tried to blend the country and dance world once more into this track. I would also like to give a little shoutout to Terry McBride, with whom I got in contact on Instagram and worked on the first draft of the song. I hope everybody feels the vibe on this one.”

 

Easton Corbin: “Thinking back to what it was like when Felix released the remix for ‘Are You With Me’ was so interesting. I got to hear my song in a new light and that just proves that great music can transcend genres. ‘Are You With Me’ was able to launch incredible opportunities for Lost Frequencies and myself and getting to be a deeper part of this release now is an honor for me and what I’ve built with my own career.” Watch the video for One More Night feat. Easton Corbin here

 

Felix De Laet, better known as Lost Frequencies, is one of the most popular dance music artists of his generation. After selling multi-platinum and taking the #1 spot in 18 countries with Are You With Me, he became 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 MeReality 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 and teaming up with Zonderling again for the unmistakably catchy Love To Go,  he cements his spot in the upper reaches of the dance music scene with One More Night, his long-anticipated second collab with Easton Corbin. 

Easton Corbin exudes country. His distinctive baritone has been gracing airwaves for the past decade as his chart-topping debut single, A Little More Country Than That, established Corbin as a mainstay on the country charts. Billboard’s 2010 Top New Country Artist would go on to garner another #1 hit with the feel-good Roll With It as well as seven top 10 singles, further distinguishing himself from other male vocalists as a tried-and-true country traditionalist who weaves timeless story songs together while tipping his hat to the classic country artists who have come before him.

Listen to/stream One More Night feat. Easton Corbin here

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www.lostfrequencies.com

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TORONTO AFRO-CUBAN ENSEMBLE OKAN RELEASE TITLE TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM ESPIRAL

LISTEN TO ESPIRAL

ALBUM OUT OCTOBER 9 VIA LULAWORLD RECORDS

JUNO-NOMINATED AND INDEPENDENT MUSIC 
AWARD-WINNING GROUP BLEND HISTORY
HERITAGE, STORYTELLING AND SPIRITUALITY

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Toronto-based JUNO-nominated ensemble, OKAN, deliver a new song today. Espiral (Spanish for ‘spiral’) is  the title track from their forthcoming album, due October 9 via Lulaworld Records, blending sonic elements both classic and contemporary, while honouring their Cuban roots. Listen to Espiral here.

“The title track, Espiral, is an arrangement that we did of an Afro-Cuban chant we first heard in December of 2018. It’s not as well-known as many chants and comes from the Arará sect (or denomination or tribal tradition) of the Santeria religion, as opposed to the Lucumi sect of the religion,” OKAN says of the song’s inspiration. “We then decided to mix this Afro-Cuban chant with another genre called guajira from the Eastern countryside of Cuba. This hasn’t been done before, or at least we don’t know of.”

 

Following up on their Juno-nominated, Sombras, and Independent Music Award-winning debut release, Laberinto, OKAN’s sophomore album, Espiral, delves deeper into the group's rich Cuban roots, finding renewed inspiration in this  musical heritage. Taking their name from the word for heart in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, OKAN fuses these powerful elements with jazz, folk and global rhythms. The Santeria influences are most evident in the opening track, Espiral, which uniquely blends folk genres of Eastern Cuba with Santeria-derived chants.

Showcasing the stunning vocals, violin and percussion of co-leaders and composers, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne, Espiral features contributions by leading Canadian Cuban artists Telmary Diaz, Miguel de Armas, Hilario Duran, Roberto Riveron, Alexis Baro, Frank Martinez and Pablosky Rosales.

A highlight of the album, Águila, honours the strength of women who make sacrifices to better the lives of their families. Written for Elizabeth’s aunt, who had to leave her husband and daughter in Cuba while she immigrated to the U.S., the piece moves from sorrow to rediscovered strength that derives from family, faith and tradition. See below for a complete tracklistng. 

OKAN's music spans the worlds of jazz, folk and global roots. This is reflected in the group's touring activity with invitations from leading festivals such as Mariposa, Sunfest, Blue Skies, and Lotusfest as well as San Francisco, New Mexico, Jaipur and Toronto Jazz. Recent projects have included a live appearance with Polaris Prize winner, Lido Pimienta and recording for the upcoming release of Colombian electro-cumbia superstars, Bomba Estereo.

 

About OKAN:

Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts. Both are also Grammy-nominees for their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, of which they are former members. 

Stay tuned as OKAN’s unwinds more music from Espiral, and join them for their upcoming performances below. 

 

Upcoming Performances

July 31 – Toronto Jazz Festival live stream via JAZZ.FM – Tune in here

August 8 – Livestream of Blue Curtain Concerts festival performance – Tune in here

August 14 – Livestream concert – co-presented by National Arts Centre, Lula Music and Arts Centre and Philadelphia Folk Festival – Tune in here

Espiral - Tracklisting

1.Espiral

2. Águila

3.Trocada

4.Besame Mucho

5.Boundaries

6.Mercedes

7.Cumba Cumba

8. Baila Canada

9.Pie de Photo

Buy/listen to Espiral: lnk.to/Epiral-by-OKAN

DOWNLOAD – Espiral Artwork | DOWNLOAD - Press Photo 

www.okanmusica.com

OKAN acknowledges the generous support of FACTOR,
Canadian Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council:

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AVI KAPLAN ANNOUNCES LEAN ON ME EP OUT AUGUST 21

NEW FOUR-TRACK EP FEATURES EXPANSIVE ALTERNATE MIXES AND AVI’S COVER OF THE BILL WITHERS CLASSIC LEAN ON ME

LISTEN TO IT KNOWS ME (ALT VERSION) HERE

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Today, rising singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, announces the release of Lean On Me, a new four-track EP out August 21 via Fantasy Records. The set features three new expansive alternate mixes of It Knows Me, and Chains, (from his acclaimed Mike Mogis produced debut EP, I’ll Get By) along with fan favourite, Aberdeen and Avi’s recently released cover of Bill Withers’ classic, Lean On Me. Later this fall, the Lean On Me EP will be available on limited edition etched vinyl via Avi’s online store and indie retailers. Listen to It Knows Me (Alt Version) here and pre-order the Lean On Me EP here.

Earlier this month, Avi shared the animated official music video for It Knows Me which Idolator described as “surreal” and “mind opening.” Avi is also featured in a brand-new edition of Fantasy Flashcards, their Q&A video series – watch here.

Due to ongoing challenges faced by COVID-19, Avi announced last week his fall European tour has been postponed to 2021. New shows have been added in Zurich, Warsaw, and Brussels and are on sale now. Updated routing is below and for tickets and more information please visit www.avikaplanofficial.com.

LEAN ON ME EP TRACK LIST:
It Knows Me (Alt Version)
Chains (Alt Version)
Aberdeen (Alt Version)
Lean On Me

AVI KAPLAN FALL 2021 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
10/27 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Small Hall                                   10/29 – Hamburg, DE – Grunspan
10/30 – Cologne, DE – Live Music Hall
10/31 – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen               
11/2 – Munich, DE – Backstage
11/3 – Zurich, CH – Plaza
11/4 – Vienna, AT – Arena Wien                 
11/6 – Krakow, PL – Kwadrat
11/7 – Warsaw, PL – Proxima
11/8 – Prague, CZ – Palac Akropolis                                   
11/10 – Utrecht, NL – TivoliVrendenburg Pandora
11/11 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
11/12 – Brussels, BE – AB Flex
11/18 – London, UK – Lafayette
11/20 – Manchester, UK – Band On The Wall

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MICHIGAN CROSSOVER DEATH THRASH UNIT PLAGUE YEARS PREMIERE INCANTATION VIDEO WITH REVOLVER

CIRCLE OF DARKNESS FULL-LENGTH TO SEE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 18 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

VIEW / SHARE INCANTATION VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Michigan-based crossover death thrashers, PLAGUE YEARS, today unveil their official new video for Incantation. Now playing at Revolver, the track comes by way of the band’s punishing, Circle Of Darkness, full-length, now set for release on September 18 via Entertainment One (eOne). Watch/share the video here and find the band’s previously released video for Play The Victim here. Circle Of Darkness will be released on CD, digital, and vinyl formats and is available for pre-order here.

Comments guitarist, Eric Lauder, of the track, “This song is about resurrecting the dead that were condemned by god. Corpses become masters of chaos, rising to become a part of hell’s army to destroy their land and all things divine. This is one of the hardest and most aggressive songs on the record, relentless with its speed in the beginning and crushing heaviness at the end.”

Revolver hails a "death thrash rager," adding, "PLAGUE YEARS channel early Sepultura on new ripper Incantation."

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.

Mining 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, 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 likeminded 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 forbearers, 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.

Plague Years is: Tim Engelhardt – vocals, Eric Lauder – guitar, Rian Staber – bass, Mike Jurysta – drums

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 turn chugging into an art form, making simple stomps feel like genuine riffs.” — Decibel Magazine

“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

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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. www.entertainmentone.com

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DIMITRI VEGAS, LIKE MIKE AND REGARD GIVE DESTINY CHILD’S SAY MY NAME A 2020 EDIT

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH HERE

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – One of the best R&B songs of the early 2000’s, Say My Name has been given a pop-influenced rework by international producer/DJ’s, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Regard. Listen here and watch here.

The Destiny Child classic, a long-time radio and club favourite for fans around the world, has been flipped into a pitched-down-party-ready jam that vibrates with a smoothness that is loyal to the original. Dipping into familiar territory, the trio’s 2020 rework of Say My Name takes the iconic R&B anthem deep and gives a refreshing spin on one of music’s most recognizable songs.

The famed Belgian duo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and current World No.1 DJ’s, according to the Top 100 DJs Poll, continue to operate at high velocity. Having collaborated with artists as varied as Diplo, Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Gucci Mane, Sebastian Yatra and Wiz Khalifa, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have seen their music surge in popularity with their growing fanbase. Their single Instagram with David Guetta, Afro Bros, Daddy Yankee and Natti Natasha has now surpassed 300 million streams worldwide. At a time when fans would normally be preparing for the duo’s Garden of Madness Ibiza residency and Tomorrowland festival, the brothers are continuing to release big, feel-good tracks, prime for the summer, whether at home or outdoors, and this latest single, Say My Name, is a fine example of their hit-making qualities.

The decision to collaborate with Regard on this new release comes after the duo supplied an early 2020 remix of the Kosovan artist’s international hit track, Ride It. Exploding in charts and playlists since it was released back in 2019, Ride It took the internet by storm, most noticeably via TikTok. The single was soon scoring Top 10 chart positions around the globe. Earning numerous Gold, Platinum and Diamond certifications; making it one of the biggest singles of the year. Ride It currently has over 1 Billion streams worldwide. In 2020 Regard released his follow up single, Secrets, featuring British singer-songwriter, Raye, which presently has surpassed 100 Million combined streams and growing.

With Say My Name, the trio come together for a record that’s tinged in their individual musical identities, whilst remoulding an R&B classic into a pop friendly hit!

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MONDO COZMO SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR KICKS (POSITIVELY MONTAUK)

NEW ALBUM NEW MEDICINE VIA LAST GANG RECORDS OUT NOW

PHYSICAL CD AND LP OF NEW MEDICINE AVAILABLE NOW

WATCH KICKS (POSITIVELY MONTAUK)

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Mondo Cozmo – the chart-topping brainchild of alternative singer-songwriter, Josh Ostrander – shares a new video for his track, Kicks (Positively Montauk), from latest album, NEW MEDICINE. Along with the release of the new video, Josh himself will be going live on Instagram today (Friday, July 24) to chat with fans, discuss the new video, the physical release of New Medicine, including CDs and vinyl, and play some songs as well. New Medicine is available on all streaming platforms and now physically available on CD and LP.

The video for Kicks (Positively Montauk) cost zero dollars to make, primarily made on Josh’s phone with an app to create animated graphics and comprised of parts shot by each musician individually during quarantine. “There are some [Bob] Dylan Easter eggs in the song and video; the ‘positively’ in the title was a lift from one of his tunes, the female I reference in the song is ‘Sweet Marie’, also a Dylan tune. I asked Drew to write Love Bomb on his chest for the video, when Dylan performed at the 98 Grammys a protestor stormed the stage with ‘Soy Bomb’ written on his chest,” shares Josh.

Mondo Cozmo’s latest album, NEW MEDICINE features highlights, Come OnBlack Cadillac, and Generator, which was recently featured on ABC’s hit drama, The Good Doctor, and his latest single Upside Down. Each video is  joined by cinematic companion videos streaming now via his official YouTube channel here.  Along with the album release, a live performance of Upside Down has been shared by the band, watch here.

ABOUT MONDO COZMO:
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, withThe 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.”

 

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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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BLUEFACE RELEASES FAMOUS CRYP RELOADED TODAY

PROJECT KICKS OFF WITH ANIMATED
RESPECT MY CRYPPIN' REMIX VIDEO FEAT. SNOOP DOGG

EXPANDED VERSION OF HIT 2018 ALBUM FEATURES ORIGINALS, REMIXES, AND UNRELEASED TRACKS FEATURING SNOOP DOGG, MONEYBAGG YO, YG, CARDI B, DJ KAY SLAY, A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE, ASIAN DOLL, GLOKK 9, NLE CHOPPA, SADA BABY, KIDDO CURRY, COYOTE, FLASH GOTTII, ROM SUNO, 03 GREEDO, AND TRU CARR

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Today, LA rapper, Blueface, releases Famous Cryp Reloaded, an expanded version of the album that launched his career into the stratosphere.  Famous Cryp was released in 2018 and featured the smash hit, Thotiana, which broke through Top 10 charts across the globe and has over 530M streams to date in the U.S. alone.  

Blueface also releases the animated video for Respect My Cryppin’ Remix ft. Snoop Dogg today – watch here. The album features Moneybagg Yo, YG, Cardi B, DJ Kay Slay, A Boogie wit Da Hoodie, Moneybagg Yo, Asian Doll, Glokk 9, NLE Choppa, Sada Baby, Kiddo Curry, Coyote, Flash Gottii, Rom Suno, 03 Greedo, and Tru Carr.

Blueface recently released videos for Yea Yea ft. Coyote, Traphouse ft. Flash Gottii and 03 Greedo, Finesse The Beat and First Mission

FAMOUS CRYP RELOADED TRACKLIST:
Outside Remix ft Tru Carr
First Mission
Dead Locs
Respect My Cryppin’ Remix ft. Snoop Dogg
Thotiana
Thotiana Remix ft. YG & Cardi B
Freak Bitch
Finesse The Beat
Only Fans
Dead Locs 2
Pinocchio remix ft Rom Suno
Fucced Em
Yea Yea ft. Coyote
Famous Cryp
Uncle Philips
Put It In Her Face
Tour ft. Asian Doll, Glokk 9, NLE Choppa, Sada Baby, Kiddo Curry
Traphouse ft Flash Gottii & 03 Greedo
Hocus Pocus ft DJ Kay Slay, A Boogie wit Da Hoodie, Moneybagg Yo
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ZHEANI SHARES FAIRY TRAP FANTASY WORLD IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR LAVA

WATCH LAVA

THE ZHEANI SPARKES EP OUT NOW

“Existing somewhere amid the fluid, genre-smashing netherworlds of emo rap and trap metal, Australian artist Zheani is fearlessly pushing buttons and being her own goddamn self.” – Revolver

“A relentless bombardment of the senses.” BlackBook Magazine

Toronto, ON – July 23, 2020 – Today, Australian rapper, songwriter, and artist, Zheani, shared a whimsical look into her mind with the release of a music video for single, Lava. The clip, created in collaboration with artist, Mik Shida, finds Zheani in her own fantasy world split through states of zen and bursts of animated colour, as she summons a friend to cure her loneliness. Serving as the opener of The Zheani Sparkes EP, the song showcases a uniquely “Zheani” sound often described as “Fairy-Trap” combining trap motifs with elements of art-pop. The quirky beat found on Lava is sprinkled with autotuned affirmational lyrics painting a picture filled with tropical vibes and beautiful creatures.  

Speaking on the track  Zheani states: "Lava represents happiness. It is an anthem for going on a holiday in your mind. At this point in my life I am happy in my heart but with the current state of the world, expressing it outwardly feels performative. For me it’s comical watching myself trying to express “happiness” as a convincing performance for the camera. Lava itself was very much “fake happiness until you make happiness” and I hope like a placebo it has that effect on others during a time it’s probably needed the most.”

Zheani makes uncompromised art her raps are raw and unfiltered, her photos are censored by social media, and her music videos are performance art pieces that push both limits and buttons. On her latest offering, The Zheani Sparkes EP, she takes on an autobiographical perspective focusing on dark memories from her childhood but also a silver lining of melodic trap that drips with positivity and escapism upon the album’s open and close. The eight tracks on the EP feature a blend of industrial and acoustic rhythms, with the lyrical content driving home harsh realities that shaped her and formed the woman she is today. The visual element of the album is just as important as the songs themselves, depicted in videos for I Won’t Sell My Soul, DIRTBIKE, and Dirt On The Name Of Steven, created DIY in collaboration with artist, Mik Shida.  On The Zheani Sparkes EP, Zheani has been able to stake claim on her background and shine into her own, sharing a reflective and fantastical story that leads into the next chapter of her journey. You can stream The Zheani Sparkes EP here now.

Tracklisting:

1. Lava

2. Intro - Zheani Speaks to Steven

3. 2020 (The Hook is a Prayer)

4. Dirt on the Name of Steven

5. Angel Dust

6. Dirtbike

7. Skitz Cunt

8. I Won’t Sell My Soul

9. Outro - Steven Speaks to Zheani

10. Yippy-Ky-Yay

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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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DAWES WISH EVERYONE GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU’RE TALKING TO?
SONG AND VIDEO PREMIERES TODAY

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER
ARRIVES VIA ROUNDER RECORDS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

Toronto, ON – July 22, 2020 – Veteran American rockers, Dawes, have announced the release of their extraordinary new album. The Los Angeles-based band’s seventh studio LP, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER, arrives via Rounder Records on Friday, October 2; pre-orders are available now. Produced by 6x GRAMMY® Award-winner, Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit), at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER is heralded by today’s premiere of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?, available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The high-spirited track is joined by an official companion video, streaming now at the official Dawes YouTube channel. Listen here and watch the video here.

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER – which marks Dawes’ first release on their new label, Rounder Records – follows a series of acclaimed self-released albums including 2013’s STORIES DON’T END, 2015’s ALL YOUR FAVORITE BANDS, 2016’s WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE, and 2018’s PASSWORDS, all of which reached the top 10 or higher on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.

From its first downbeat, the new LP sees Dawes frontman, Taylor Goldsmith, grappling with the expectations of adulthood on a remarkable cycle of new songs fueled by many of the same elements that first earned the band worldwide attention and applause – graceful melodies with kinetic riffs and intricate musical interplay. Throughout the album, Dawes once again prove incredibly adept at pushing the emotional limits of the classically structured rock song, a testament to their tightly honed yet imaginative musicianship and the gripping specificity of Goldsmith’s songwriting. A culmination of their entire catalogue and decade-long career all wrapped up in nine glorious tracks, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER reclaims the rugged urgency and easy confidence of Dawes’ early work while tapping into the veteran band’s intense musical connection more effectively than ever before.

“In the past, I’ve definitely been more precious about the way I wanted the songs to sound, but that’s never as fun,” Goldsmith says. “The music we make is everyone’s mode of expression, and the other guys all have chops that I don’t have and never will. The fact that we’re able to lean on each other and celebrate each other as individuals just makes us so much more excited about getting to play together in this band.”

Dawes also recently unveiled LIVE FROM RICHMOND, VA, a spectacular 11-track concert recording available exclusively as a digital download via Bandcamp; all proceeds will be divided between Reform LA Jails and Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.

Dawes is: Taylor Goldsmith (guitars, vocals), Griffin Goldsmith (drums), Wylie Gelber (bass), Lee Pardini (keys).

TRACKLISTING:
Still Feel Like A Kid
Good Luck With Whatever
Between The Zero and The One
None Of My Business
St. Augustine At Night
Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?
Didn’t Fix Me
Free As We Want To Be
Me Especially

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TORONTO-BASED SINGER AND 2019/2020 ALLAN SLAIGHT JUNO MASTER CLASS WINNER AIZA RELEASES HER NEW SINGLE SIZZLIN’

SINGLE IS A TRAP-POP BOP REMINISCENT  OF OTHER FIERCE POP ARTISTS LIZZO AND CARDI B

BUY AND STREAM SIZZLIN’

“Soul-pop genius” – The Music Mermaid

“The confidence she exudes while crooning on this track [Turn to Gold] suggests she won’t be—can’t be—denied.” – Complex (The 10 Best Canadian Songs of January 2020)

“’Turn to Gold’ [is] a meditative, percussion-heavy track perfect for manifesting the best possible 2020.” – The FADER

“Soulful melodies, sublime vocals, groovy rhythms, and catchy hooks.”  – Le Future Wave (Netherlands)

Toronto, ON – July 22, 2020 – Today, Toronto-via-Montreal artist, Aiza, turns up the heat with her new single, Sizzlin’.The catchy, trap-pop bop is her fourth release of the year; a midsummer track following Show Up, which was dubbed SOCAN’s Song of the Week in late June. These 2020 releases follow a highly successful 2019, during which Aiza was declared the winner of the prestigious Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class in autumn.
Listen to Sizzlin’ here.

 

"Sizzlin' is the perfect summer bop. It's all about telling it like it is. Playing humble is cute and all, but sometimes you just need to say it loud and clear: I'm the bomb,” Aiza says.

 

Aiza wrote Sizzlin’ last summer in the midst of frequent travel between Toronto and Los Angeles, combining work for an upcoming acting role with songwriting sessions. Sizzlin’ sees platinum-certified producer, Mario Marchetti, at the production helm, with notable credits including co-writing Demi Lovato's Billboard Top 10 hit, Neon Lights. The song came together in just a few hours, as Aiza was tapped into a super playful side of herself, and the phrases kept flowing. Sizzlin’ is also featured in the July 27th episode of VH1's To Catch a Beautician, hosted by Tamar Braxton.

 

Aiza began 2019 with a performance at the 7th annual She Rocks Awards in California, accompanied by music heavyweights, Divinity Roxx (Beyoncé’s former musical director and bassist) and Kat Dyson (former guitarist in Prince's New Power Generation). She subsequently returned to Canada to receive the award for “Francophone Artist of the Year” at the 3rd  annual Dynasty Gala Awards in Montreal.
 

Alongside her blossoming music career, Aiza is a seasoned actor and can be seen on Season 4 of CBC's hit sitcom, Workin' Moms, as well as on Netflix's upcoming original superhero series, Jupiter's Legacy.

About Aiza
Born and raised in bilingual Montreal to Burundian parents, Toronto-based singer Aiza is the quintessential 21st Century Canadian pop artist. Her music is an equal mixture of throwback r&b and fresh afro rhythms, while her explosive live performances abound with positive energy and charisma.

In autumn 2019 Aiza was declared winner of the prestigious Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class, and earlier in the year she won “Francophone Artist of the Year” at the 3rd annual Dynasty Gala Awards, in large part due to the critical success of her debut EP, Adieu.


Aiza’s music has been placed on numerous TV series including Netflix’s Tuca & Bertie, and CBC's Kim's Convenience. Alongside her music career, Aiza is a seasoned actor. She can be seen in the 2018 feature film On The Basis of Sex starring Felicity Jones, and is a new series regular on both Netflix’s original superhero series Jupiter’s Legacy as well as CBC’s hit sitcom Workin’ Moms.

www.aizamusic.com

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MONTREAL’S LE COULEUR RELEASE NEW SINGLE DESERT WITH LYRIC VIDEO

WATCH LIVE-AT-HOME SERIES PERFORMANCES OF FEMME AND SILENZIO AND VIDEO FOR CONCORDE

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

Toronto, ON – July 22, 2020 – Today, Montreal trio, Le Couleur, share Désert – a stunning new single from their forthcoming album, Concorde. Premiering via Exclaim!, the song imagines lead vocalist, Laurence Giroux-Do, arriving on a film set in a sequined dress, discussing the desert, and death as a mirage ensnaring audiences in its net. The song is in two parts; first a sunny disco cruise, followed by a nostalgic ballad, which ends on a long guitar solo drawing from the dark and psychedelic side of the moon. Listen to Désertand watch the lyric video here.

Désert follows Le Couleur’s launch of their live-at-home performance series, including  for their singles, Femme and Silenzio. Concorde will arrive on September 11 via Lisbon Lux Records. 

On the process of the live at-home series, Le Couleur shares, “We got ourselves an HD camera from the mid-2000s and did a home shoot.  Everyone, except Laurence, were filmed in Le Couleur's recording studio.   It took a week to record the whole thing because we did it one by one.  The longest 25-minute show ever! We had no choice but to have Charlie, (Laurence and Steeven's child) for the Laurence shoot - due to the fact that the daycare was closed.  She absolutely wanted to do everything her mum did (lie down, sing, play synthesizer, dance, etc…)."

Ariel Poupart,  who directed the cinematic visual for the album’s title track, Concorde, edited the video. For Concorde, Poupart connected the album’s title to its namesake aircraft as a symbol, reflecting this in the imagery. Watch the video, which has amassed over 125K views, 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.”

About Le Couleur

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. Concorde ushers in a new era for Le Couleur. After POP, an album defined by electronic and synthesized sounds, Concorde gets back to basics, recorded live in the studio, an album with a deliberately vintage sound, recalling the golden age of Serge Gainsbourg, ABBA, and even Fleetwood Mac. The term "electro" is no longer part of their pop sound vocabulary. Here, Le Couleur show a highly refined mastery of French chanson, with rich vocal harmonies, while making room for melancholy, sensual, and sometimes epic instrumental passages.

The distinct disco flavour, a hallmark of their sound from the very beginning, is still ever-present. This often lighthearted and danceable musical world is offset by Concorde's lyrics, which tackle death on every track. Whether it's a macabre fantasy based on the infamous Concorde airplane crash, collective suicide, or the Day of the Dead, singer Laurence Giroux-Do turns the taboo subject into crooning pop hymns, treated with perspective over a fleet-footed beat. Concorde is the place where 70s pop, psychedelic soundscapes, and straightforward and uninhibited French chanson come together.

Stay tuned for more from Le Couleur, as more music will be released soon.

Listen to Désert: idol.lnk.to/Desert_LeCouleur
Watch lyric video for Désert: bit.ly/2DMTdqZ

Watch Silenzio (At Home): bit.ly/3g69tRU

Watch Femme (At Home): bit.ly/2ZLDboF

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Watch Concorde: bit.ly/2YDtObI 
Listen to Silhouette: kuronekoMedia.lnk.to/Silhouette

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MULTI-PLATINUM, AWARD-WINNING SINGER/SONGWRITER BRANDY READIES RELEASE OF NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM B7 FOR JULY 31

PRE-ORDER/PRE-SAVE NOW

BABY MAMA FT. CHANCE THE RAPPER
#7 ON ADULT R&B AIRPLAY CHART

Toronto, ON – July 21, 2020 – GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter, Brandy, is set to release her highly-anticipated new studio album, b7, on July 31, 2020 via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One. The album is available for pre-order/pre-save now at all DSPs and at brandyb7.shop.
 
In addition, her single Baby Mama, ft. Chance the Rapper, is currently at #7 at radio on the Adult R&B Chart.  Released around Mother’s Day, the track is an ode to raising her daughter Sy’rai and a larger anthem to all mothers working hard to support their family. Watch the video here.
 
b7 is Brandy’s first full-length release since 2012’s Two Eleven, and her most personal to date. She went back to basics for b7assembling a small core team she would write and produce the entirety of the project with, anchored by DJ Camper (H.E.R., Tamar Braxton) and the late LaShawn Daniels, who helped pen some of her biggest hits including, The Boy Is Mine and What About Us. Working with writers and producers that studied what she’d done in the past and could push her gave Brandy the confidence to completely shed herself.  “Because this was such a personal project for me, I wanted to make sure the music was right and the best for me—and it took a minute,” she says. “I was trying to find my sound … and get to a place where I could express myself as honestly as I could creatively.” 
 
b7 is a 15-track confessional exploring Brandy’s journey over the last few years, and how she came to be the resilient, spiritually grounded woman she is today. Brandy dominated pop music in the ‘90s with her blend of hip-hop soul and contemporary R&B paired with a richly unique tone that led to genre purists hailing her as the “Vocal Bible.” A generation of R&B fans can tell you exactly where they were the first time they heard I Wanna Be Down, or saw her Bankhead bouncing in the middle of Times Square in her iconic Baby video. By the time she was 19, Brandy was arguably a peerless pop star. Her groundbreaking sophomore album, Never Say Never, had catapulted her to higher heights as she was in our living rooms every week on Moesha. Brandy was the first Black artist to be the face of CoverGirl, had a line of Barbie dolls, and was the first Black woman to play Cinderella in a film—that she did all of this with micro braids down to her hips made her all the more inspirational for young Black women across the globe that had never seen this kind of Black girl magic. Brandy 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. Fans can stay updated on new music and more by logging onto www.4everbrandy.com.

B7 TRACKLISTING

1. Saving All My Love
2. Unconditional Oceans
3. Rather Be
4. All My Life, Pt. 1
5. Lucid Dreams
6. Borderline
7. No Tomorrow
8. Say Something
9. All My Life, Pt. 2
10. I am More
11. High Heels (Brandy & Sy’rai)
12. Baby Mama (feat. Chance the Rapper)
13. All My Life
14. Love Again (Brandy & Daniel Caesar)
15. Bye Bipolar 

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Twitter: @4everbrandy
Facebook: @foreverbrandy
Tik Tok: @brandy
Snapchat: @TheNextBrandy

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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FOSTER THE PEOPLE REWORKS MOBLEY SINGLE NOBODY’S FAVOURITE

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 21, 2020 – Austin musician/multimedia artist, Mobley, is excited to share Foster the People’s rework of Nobody’s Favourite, the first single off Mobley’s forthcoming EP.  His friends in the LA-based band were more than happy to offer their interpretation of a song described by Mobley as “the internal monologue of a powerful scumbag.” Premiering today at Flood, who stated, Foster the People have endowed him with a pumped-up [rework] of the single, veering a bit further from the underlying rock influence of the original,” you can listen to the track here. Watch the Nobody’s Favourite rework video here.

Isom Innis of Foster The People described the genesis of the new version: "I’ve been really inspired by Larry Levan at the moment. With Mobley’s track I was chasing a more archaic sequence based approach using the Arp 2600, Roland 707 drums and trying to make the baseline something that could have bumped at the Paradise Garage.” Mobley was delighted with the result. “I’ve been a fan of Foster since the first time I heard them and have always looked forward to their new releases. When I found out they were interested in reworking ‘Nobody’s Favourite’ I was thrilled, to say the least. I originally conceived of the song as kind of a dancepunk number. They really leaned into the dance aspect and got intricate with the rhythmic interplay.  I love it and I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Nobody’s Favourite is featured on Mobley’s new EP, Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme. The film major-turned-multi-instrumentalist also flexed his directorial skills on the original music video, part one of a larger film that will be released alongside the EP. The new Foster the People rework comes on the heels of last Friday’s debut of A Home Unfamiliar, a multimedia collaboration, helmed by Mobley, which brought together 30 artists to produce a visual album in 30 days. Created in social isolation with no direct coordination between the artists, the experimental visual album is available now at Alamo on Demand, with all proceeds benefiting COVID-19 relief. 

While the pandemic has temporarily grounded the charismatic live performer, you can catch Mobley on the Bandsintown livestream today at 4:00 p.m. EST.

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SYLVAN ESSO TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM FREE LOVE SEPTEMBER 25 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

WATCH AND STREAM NEW SONG FERRIS WHEEL

PRE-ORDER FREE LOVE HERE

Toronto, ON – July 21, 2020 – Today, Sylvan Esso have announced the release of their third full-length album, Free Love, to be released September 25 via Loma Vista Recordings, and shared the music video for new song, Ferris Wheel.  The new 10-song collection thrives on collaborative frisson. Wielding power in delicacy, the duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn push one another into new territories with shared assurance, resulting in the group’s finest work to date.

Watch the Ferris Wheel video – filmed during the pandemic at an abandoned amusement park – here. Sylvan Esso has also shared the visual for What If, the introduction to Free Love. Watch here.

“At the heart of Sylvan Esso is this really fun argument,” says Amelia.  “Nick wants things to sound unsettling, but I want you to take your shirt off and dance.  We’re trying to make pop songs that aren’t on the radio, because they’re too weird.  It’s a pop band, but we’re talking about complicated emotions.”

While their celebrated first two albums were born from a delineation in creative roles –  Amelia the lyrics and melodies, Nick the chords and beats – Free Love is Sylvan Esso’s first true “band” record: two voices fused together.  The album also represents, by turns, the duo’s hardest-driving (Train, Numb) and most meditative (Rooftop Dancing, Free) work yet, as it unfolds over two distinct sides.  It was written, recorded and produced at Sylvan Esso’s own studio, built in the woods in North Carolina after the release of 2017’s GRAMMY-nominated, What Now.

Free Love wouldn't exist without WITH – their tremendous fall 2019 tour that sold out NYC’s Beacon Theater twice, Disney Hall in Los Angeles twice, and hometown shows at Durham Performing Arts Center, also twice.  The tour scrambled and expanded the idea of Sylvan Esso, presenting the group as a 10-piece ensemble, featuring members of Bon Iver, Wye Oak, Hiss Golden Messenger and others, exploring their repertoire in wholly new ways.  Free Love was only half-written at that point, and it emboldened Nick and Amelia to double down on their creative impulses.  WITH was released in April as a feature length live concert film and album.  To celebrate the release, Sylvan Esso pushed the limits of remote performance with their version of Rewind for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, recorded an NPR Tiny Desk Concert (From Home) from their couch, and performed on one of the final episodes of Live From Here – all while in quarantine.

Sylvan Esso has produced some of indie pop’s most enduring songs in recent years and just achieved a career milestone by crossing a half billion streams worldwide.  Their last album, 2017’s What Now, debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 and earned the group their first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic album.  In a New York Times profile on the band, Jon Pareles noted that Sylvan Esso “keep electronic pop human.” 

FREE LOVE TRACKLIST:
What If
Frequency
Ring
Ferris Wheel
Train
Free
Numb
Runaway
Rooftop
Make It Easy

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MATT BERNINGER OF THE NATIONAL DEBUTS DISTANT AXIS

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

PRODUCED BY BOOKER T. JONES

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2020 – In anticipation of Serpentine Prison, the upcoming debut solo record from Matt Berninger — frontman of critically acclaimed group The National — Berninger is premiering the new track Distant Axis alongside a video which he directed with his brother, Tom Berninger, and Chris Sgroi. Stream/share the video here.

Berninger explains about the track, which he wrote with The Walkmen’s Walter Martin, “I met Walter Martin fifteen years ago when The National opened for The Walkmen on a tour of shitty clubs in the American Southeast. On that tour I learned a lot about how to be in a band without ruining your life. I also learned a lot about Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. Walt and I have stayed friends and about three years ago we started passing ideas back and forth. ‘Distant Axis’ started from a sketch Walt sent me named ‘Savannah.’ I think it’s about falling out of touch with someone or something you once thought would be there forever.”

Serpentine Prison 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. 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 recently debuted the album’s title track with a video directed, shot and edited by Tom Berninger and Chris Sgroi. Serpentine Prison continues to receive extensive critical acclaim:

“Producer and famed multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones surrounds Berninger with ornamental instrumentation, allowing gently picked guitar and funereal horns to provide the backdrop for his dark ruminations. Sparse organ notes make the tale feel more immediate; it’s like hearing a longtime denizen of a backroom bar muttering to the strains of a country ballad on the jukebox.”Pitchfork

“‘Don’t try to connect the dots anymore,’ Berninger croons over strummed guitar, subdued percussion and a single organ note. ‘Let ’em go, they’re gonna do it on their own.’”Rolling Stone

“The style will be familiar and pleasing to fans of [Berninger’s] main band, particularly the rootsy, less ornately produced sound of their early records.” – Stereogum

“It’s a classic-sounding Matt Berninger song (with a reference to Big Star’s cover of ‘Don’t Worry Baby’) but a little earthier and more stripped-back than the music The National usually makes. It’s a very promising first taste of the album.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Berninger’s signature baritone takes the center stage, underlined by careful guitar strums. Synths and a subdued brass section support the tender melody, as Berninger deadpans ‘Tell her I miss her/In a serpentine prison.’” – WXPN 88.5

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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SEETHER SHARES BRUISED AND BLOODIED A NEW TRACK FROM SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM​ (“IF YOU WANT PEACE PREPARE FOR WAR”)

FIRST ALBUM IN THREE YEARS FROM MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING ROCK BAND TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 28TH VIA FANTASY RECORDS

FIRST SINGLE DANGEROUS
MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT AT ROCK RADIO

PRE-ORDER THE NEW ALBUM HERE

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2020 – Multi-platinum selling band, SEETHER, rocked the music world in June announcing their highly anticipated return this summer with new album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare For War”), due August 28th, 2020 via Fantasy Records. Today, the quartet releases a brand-new track from the upcoming record — their first new album in three years — with the bold rager, Bruised and Bloodied. Watch the visualizer for Bruised and Bloodied here.

Bruised and Bloodied is a strong representation of the dynamic push-pull on Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum with frontman, Shaun Morgan, bringing his intimate singer-songwriter sensibility to the band’s heavy rock grooves. 

"Bruised and Bloodied is a mix of self-deprecation and rage, neatly wrapped up in a sexy groove with a big shiny pop bow on top,” says Morgan. “Essentially, it is a combination of shame and sadness delivered in a cheerful way, as I've always enjoyed juxtaposing jaded lyrics with a jubilant melody."

Drawing on influences including the dark and raw honesty of grunge’s epic guitar attack and the South African underground punk and metal that Morgan (and bandmate, Dale Stewart) grew up on, SEETHER’s sonic brew is unmistakable and timeless. 

 

The album’s lead single, Dangerous is another standout that has had an impressive impact at rock radio since being released June 24th. Already Top 10 at Active Rock radio in just three weeks, Dangerous has been the #1 most increased track at the format every week since its release. 

Revolver called Dangerous a “biting, anthemic lead single” while Loudwire said, “SEETHER take a step back from the battering riffs and lean into an alt-metal direction in this catchy albeit despondent anthem.”
 

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is SEETHER’s eighth studio album and was produced by Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI) in Nashville from December 2019 through January 2020. The album features 13 new tracks, a primal mix of euphoria and misery, undoubtedly some of the strongest material of SEETHER’s illustrious career.

The band is joined on the album by newest member, Corey Lowery (ex-guitarist/vocalist for Saint Ansonia and Stuck Mojo) Morgan’s friend of 16 years, who also assistant-engineered the album. “Corey has a lot of experience and is an inspiring guitarist as well; he’s the older brother I’ve always wanted,” Morgan says. SEETHER’s rock-solid rhythm section is bassist and founding member Dale Stewart, and drummer John Humphrey (who joined in 2003.)

 

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum will be available in CD, vinyl and digital download formats. 

Pre-order it here. For special offers and exclusive merchandise, visit SEETHER’s online store here 
 

About SEETHER:Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, SEETHER has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically with the quartet’s sense of purpose and commitment spreading outwards, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort and a sense of personal power. While others of their ilk faded away, SEETHER maintains a strong sense of self, ignoring trends and critics in favor of a consummate devotion to their craft.

Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 15 #1 singles (including 2017’s Let You Down, 2014’s Words as Weapons, and 2011’s Tonight); 19 Top 5 multi-format hits, with US singles sales topping 17 million and over 1.5 billion streams world-wide across all platforms.

They are also creators of the Rise Above Fest, founded in 2012 to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental illness. Past headliners of the annual gathering include Slash, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach & many more. Since conception, the Rise Above Fest has turned into a broader movement, expanding its presence at additional music festivals around the globe. All SEETHER shows donate $1 of ticket sales to benefit the SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education) organization.

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NEW YORK RAPPER MALIIBU MIITCH RELEASES NEW SINGLE LET’S BE HONEST

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE 

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2020 – Bronx rapper, Maliibu Miitch, releases her new single, Let's Be Honest, today.  The visual for the track, directed by Offjimmer, is also out today – watch here.

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.

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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ENTERPRISE EARTH RELEASES STUNNING QUARANTINE-FILMED VIDEO FOR THEIR ACOUSTIC RENDITION OF THERE IS NO TOMORROW

FOUNDATION OF BONES EP OUT NOW ON EONE

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2020 – Today, Enterprise Earth unveils a stunning quarantine style playthrough video of their acoustic interpretation of, There Is No Tomorrow, which appears on the band's Foundation Of Bones EP, out now on Entertainment One (eOne). 

Featuring one new song (the title track), two cover tunes - Necrophagist's, Fermented Offal Discharge, and Lamb Of God's, Now You've Got Something To Die For – the aforementioned acoustic version of There Is No Tomorrow from their Luciferous LP, and an instrumental edition of the new track, the surprise EP serves as a bridge piece from Luciferous into the work being laid down for their forthcoming LP. Foundation Of Bones also marks the band's first ever self-produced output.

Comments Enterprise Earth guitarist Gabriel Mangold of There Is No Tomorrow, "Doing the acoustic rendition of this song was a last-minute addition to the EP and, boy, are we glad we went for it as recording it was somewhat of a cathartic and eye-opening experience. It was inspired by bands that have done incredible acoustic renditions of their heavy tunes, namely Alice In Chains, The Contortionist, and I See Stars. Our sonic inspirations and musical expressions go much deeper than just being brutal and we wanted to express that sentiment and develop another facet of our sound. We love melody, peaks, and valleys within a song, acoustic jams that take you on a journey, and most importantly, we love writing music that resonates strongly within us. There Is No Tomorrow is easily the most melodic and emotional song from Luciferous. If any tune from that record deserved an acoustic rendition, it would be that one. Expect more of these acoustic renditions in the future."

View Enterprise Earth quarantine-filmed playthrough for There Is No Tomorrow as well as recently issued clips of the official title track and their Necrophagist and Lamb Of God covers below.

Purchase Foundation Of Bones here, where the EP can be streamed in full. Visit the Enterprise Earth webstore here.

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. The band released their critically lauded Luciferous full-length last Spring via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music. Produced and mixed by Jason Suecof (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy, Carnifex), Luciferous showcases a band committed to the 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.

Watch There Is No Tomorrow (Acoustic)
Watch Foundation Of Bones
Watch Foundation Of Bones Playthrough (Instrumental)
Watch Now You’ve Got Something To Die For (Lamb Of God)
Watch Fermented Offal Discharge (Necrophagist)

Enterprise Earth’s Foundation Of Bones is out now digitally.
Preview and purchase the record here.


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LEXXICON RELEASES NEW SINGLE I DON’T DESERVE YOU

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NEW EP TROPICAL R&B OUT AUGUST 14 PRE-ORDER NOW

BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2020 – Following the successful launch of his album, Bashment Trap Housereleased earlier this year, Toronto’s sonic hybrid, Lexxicon, shares I Don’t Deserve YouThe track is the first single from his forthcoming EP, Tropical R&B, set to launch August 14. I Don’t Deserve You arrives with a lyric visualizer and official video here, which premiered via Imperfect Fifth

“This song is about finally finding someone to face the world with, who treats you with kindness, love and understanding,” Lexxicon says. “While grateful for finding this companionship there is still a part deep down where you still feel underserving of this type of affection. After spending so much time being emotionally manipulated, understanding and comfort feel strange. The lyrics ‘nothing’s guaranteed in a lonely, lonely world’ sums up the feelings of knowing that this kind of love is rare but also won’t last forever.”

Directed by Lexxicon and co-directed and produced by GoldenBoy, the visual for I Don’t Deserve You reflects the song’s themes in an intimate fashion to show feeling undeserving of an outpouring of love from special people in your life. 

Tropical R&B was produced by Dominican Republic-born, Ontario-based, Eber. The EP follows Lexxicon’s acclaimed Bashment Trap House, released on January 31, 2020. With Tropical R&B,  Lexxicon set out to create an R&B record that infuses his dancehall roots. Themes highlight the desire to escape reality, the world, and negative feelings. The futuristic cover art seen below reflects this as it is an image of a gateway to another world. Lyrics explore loneliness, craving belonging and acceptance, and using intimate connections a temporary means of relief. Pre-order the album here.

“Despite trying to runway, it seems no matter where you go, we always take our human nature with us which eventually leads to the same results of isolation and pain,” Lexxicon says of the project. “Meaning while living we can never truly escape but must instead learn to live with pain and the love simultaneously. Welcome to the moody body of work called Tropical R&B.”

 

Bashment Trap House launched with four singles, including the standout track, Lonelyswagger-driven Di Don Doncelebratory Superstarand Lucky Lucky – a tribute to Lexxicon’s parents and their bond, and  Fatty Fatty, which celebrates inclusion and body positivity. Buy and stream the album here.

About Lexxicon
Jamaican-Canadian musical artist, Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence. It is almost impossible for an audience to not become consumed by the intense energy that radiates through his music and the long-lasting impression of his dynamic live performances. With music that sounds like a crossbreed between PartyNextDoor and Swae Lee merged with a strong artistic vision, to push the boundaries of the industry, Lexxicon is quickly rising through the ranks to become a household name.  

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon is known for blending his Jamaican roots with some quintessential mainstream sounds of the time, namely: R&B/Hip-Hop and Afrobeats. His ability to seamlessly fuse elements from multiple genres has led him to write and release a myriad of catchy, up-tempo tracks as reflected in projects such as: Bashment Trap House and Bashment Reggaeton. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, Tory Lanez and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the Tropical R&B genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene.  

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, it is no wonder that Lexxicon has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Culture Shock Block Party. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike. Lexxicon’s inspiring rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on CBC Radio, Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and the Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Canadian Beats, Cashbox Canada, NOW Magazine, Pure Grain Audio and FYI Music News.

Pre-order Tropical R&B

Buy/stream Bashment Trap House: fanlink.to/BashmentTrapHouse

Listen to I Don’t Deserve Youfanlink.to/LexxiconIDontDeserveYou

Watch I Don’t Deserve You: youtu.be/b9EtZ6X4gUQ

Watch I Don’t Deserve You lyric video: bit.ly/2BXvxzz

Visuals:
Di Don Don 
Lonely
Superstar
Fatty Fatty

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RUSTON KELLY’S PRESSURE DEBUTS TODAY

NEW ALBUM SHAPE & DESTROY OUT AUGUST 28 

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2020 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, Ruston Kelly’s, new song, Pressure, is debuting today. Listen/share here. The track is the latest unveiled from Kelly’s anticipated new album, Shape & Destroy, which will be released August 28 on Rounder Records (pre-order here).

Co-produced by Kelly and long-time collaborator Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer) and recorded at Dreamland Recording Studios in upstate New York, Shape & Destroy documents Kelly’s journey through maintaining his sobriety and facing his past. He addresses these experiences and setbacks with unvarnished honesty, grace and conviction across 13 new songs including previously released album tracks, Radio Cloud, Rubber and Brave. Of Brave, Men’s Health proclaimed, “Be prepared: this song is a sledgehammer straight to your heart,” while Rolling Stone declared it, “poignant.”

Continuing to receive widespread attention, Kelly was recently featured in an exclusive, in-depth profile at Entertainment Weekly, which praises, “There are little reminders woven all across the songs of Shape & Destroy…Reminders to have grace, to be forgiving to yourself and others, and to stay sober when your brain is screaming for reprieve. Profound reminders that life itself can be beautiful, even when the walls around us are caving in” and continues describing Kelly as, “one of the sharpest, most empathetic songwriters working today.”

Reflecting on the album, Kelly shares, “Making this record definitely taught me that I don’t want to be selfish: I want to channel something larger than myself and give myself to the process as fully as possible, because these songs also become the story of whoever hears them. Whatever someone might get out of listening to this record and hearing me express myself in this way, it’s completely theirs.”

In addition to Kelly (vocals, acoustic guitar, high-strung acoustic, electric guitar, piano, percussion, sandpaper, mandolin) and Jarrad K (electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, piano, Rhodes, Hammond M3, percussion, student bells, background vocals), the album also features Kelly’s father Tim “TK” Kelly (steel guitar, background vocals), Eli Beaird (bass, background vocals) and Eric Slick (drums, percussion, background vocals) as well as special guests Gena Johnson, Abby Kelly and Kacey Musgraves on background vocals.

Shape & Destroy marks yet another breakthrough moment for the Nashville-based artist, who released his full-length debut album, Dying Star, in 2018. Also co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star debuted to widespread critical acclaim and 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.” Additionally, Rolling Stone proclaimed, “one of the most magnetic releases of the year,” and The Fader praised, “a uniquely emotional and raw collection about our ability to build a new life from the ashes.” Kelly also released Dirt Emo Vol. 1 this past fall – a project consisting of eight new covers of his favourite emo songs including Dashboard Confessional’s, Screaming Infidelities, featuring the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba, Wheatus’, Teenage Dirtbag, The Carter Family’s, Weeping Willow and Taylor Swift’s, All Too Well, which earned praise from Swift herself.

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ALICE IVY SHARES HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM DON’T SLEEP VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

LISTEN TO DON’T SLEEP WITH FEATURES FROM CADENCE WEAPON AND DIJAH SB

INCLUDING LATEST SINGLE
TICKET TO HEAVEN FT. THELMA PLUM

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"Alice Ivy has evolved into one of the country’s strongest and most
arresting producers" - 
NME Australia

"The Melbourne artist delivers funky thrills" - Clash Magazine

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

"Glorious new sunshine soul anthem" Gorilla Vs Bear

"At a time when positivity is much needed, Alice Ivy delivers with Don’t Sleep” 
- Riff Magazine 
 

Toronto, ON – July, 17 2020 – Today Alice Ivy releases her highly-anticipated second studio album, Don't Sleep via Last Gang Recrords. The record includes recent singles, In My Mind feat. Ecca VandalSunrise feat. Cadence Weaponand more recently the album's title track Don't Sleep featuring Imbi and BOI, and Better Man feat. Benjamin Joseph (SAFIA). Stream the full album here.

Written predominantly on the road, where pool houses and kitchen tables were made into impromptu studios, in making Don't Sleep, Ivy strove to write music that could soundtrack both feelings of pure elation and move listeners emotionally. Challenging herself to experiment with new songwriting methods, explore the rawness of sound and collaborate with a broader range of voices, the result is a colourful journey made all the more vibrant and tender with tales woven from some of Australia's most established and exciting upcoming voices.

Of the record, Alice Ivy shares, "Don't Sleep is a body of work that features an abundance of voices that need to be heard and are generally not heard from enough. Some of those voices belong to women, some are non-binary, some are people of colour and some identify as First Nations people, some are members of the LGBTQI+ community and all of them have important stories to tell. It’s been a privilege to create a platform where all of these voices can be heard through the medium of my music." 

Platforming new artists and helping new voices to break-through to the mainstream goes beyond just taste-making for Alice Ivy, whose refined curatorial skills are on full display across Don't Sleep. Through her choice of collaborators, Ivy is working to diversify the sound and look of the traditionally male-dominated studio space. This cause moves forward again through her second LP where Ivy is equally adept at uncovering new dimensions to those thought to be well established, household names such as Montaigne and Bertie Blackman on Sweetest Love, and Ngaiire on All For You, as she is seeking out and breaking new ones including Thelma Plum on Ticket To Heaven,  Odette on I'll Find It, and more across thirteen tracks. 

Reflecting on Ticket To Heaven,  Alice Ivy reveals: "Ticket To Heaven is a very special song. I’d rented out an Air BnB in Sydney and set up a little makeshift studio in the living room. Although we have mutual friends, Thelma and I had never actually met prior to this session, so I was genuinely really nervous because I’m such a big fan of hers! Thankfully, we clicked! "Ticket To Heaven" is about bereavement, in part relating to the sudden loss of a close friend of Thelma’s and someone who was much-loved within the Australian music community. I can't think of a better way to honour someone's memory than this utterly beautiful song. When I was tracking Thelma's vocals I was almost tearing up due to the raw emotion in her voice." 

Thelma Plum shares, "Alice and I worked on this song shortly after the loss of a close friend, a musician I’d shared many stages with. I hope we’ve done his memory justice.”

In the years between the release of Ivy's Australian Music Prize nominated 2018 debut, I'm Dreaming, the curator has grown into one of Australian electronica's most prominent advocates for female producers, putting her instep with tireless voices such as GrimesAlison Wonderland and beyond. Now with the release of Don't Sleep, with all four singles added to high rotation on triple j, and the title track the #1 most played song on the station in April, Alice Ivy's position alongside respected contemporaries Mark Ronson, Jamie xx and KAYTRANADA is solidified, and her status as a revered collaborator confirmed. 

ALICE IVY TOUR DATES
September 17 - Enmore Theatre - Sydney
September 18 - Bar On The Hill - Newcastle
September 19 - Winter Wine Festival - Gerringong, NSW
September 30 - Canberra Theatre - Canberra
October 8 -  Fortitude Music Hall - Brisbane
October 9 - Moncrieff Entertainment Centre - Bundaberg
October 10 - Highfields Tavern - Toowoomba
October 15 - Forum - Melbourne
October 16 - Torquay Hotel - Torquay
October 17 - Wine Machine - Perth
October 24 - Splendour In The Grass - Byron Bay
October 30 - Gap View Hotel - Alice Springs
November 13 - The Gov - Adelaide
November 18 - Great Western - Rockhampton
November 19 - Seabreeze - Mackay
November 20 - Otherwise - Townsville
November 21 - Tanks Arts Centre - Cairns
November 25 - Riverlinks Westside - Shepparton
November 26 - Ulumbarra Theatre - Bendigo
November 27 - Beer Deluxe - Albury
December 3 - Altar - Hobart
December 4 - Altar - Hobart
December 5 - Saloon Bar - Launceston
December 6 - Forth Pub - Forth

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THE WAR AND TREATY WELCOME YOU TO HEARTS TOWN

ALBUM SLATED FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 PRE-ORDER HERE

DUO RELEASE SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR FIVE MORE MINUTES

Toronto, ON – July 16, 2020 – On September 25, the husband-and-wife team of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter – known to music aficionados as, The War And Treaty, will release Hearts Town, the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to 2018's critically lauded Healing Tide.

The buoyant, uplifting single, Five More Minutes, is available today. Michael Trotter explains, "That song's saying, 'if I have five more minutes to love you, it's going to be the best damn five minutes of my life."

The video for Five More Minutes offers a nuanced take on the song's heartrending but ultimately redemptive origin story. Michael reflects, "After years of falling in and out of financial and mental depression, I had finally had enough. I was ready to take my own life. But in my darkest moment, where I was ready right then and there to end it all, my wife Tanya asked one last thing of me: 'Just give me five more minutes. Stay with me. Just five more minutes to love you.' And something in her eyes, something in her hands convinced me to give her that five more minutes."

Hearts Town arrives as the follow-up to 2018's, Healing Tide, a widely acclaimed effort that recently saw The War And Treaty named Emerging Act of the Year by Americana Music Association. Mainly recorded at Blackbird Studio and featuring such esteemed musicians as Jason Isbell, Jerry Douglas, and Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge, Hearts Town was produced by Michael and co-produced by Tanya and the duo's longtime music director Max Brown. And while the album unfailingly harnesses the thrilling vitality of their live set, each song spotlights The War And Treaty's heart-on-sleeve storytelling and poetic simplicity with greater impact than ever before.

When it came time to choose a title for the album, they quickly landed on Hearts Town-the Nashville duo's adoring nickname for their ardently devoted fanbase. "Hearts Town is a neighbourhood strictly made up of people who all share the same kind of heart: hearts that love, hearts that heal, hearts that don't see division," says Michael. "There's all different types of people within that neighbourhood, but they're still somehow all working together-which is exactly the kind of town we want to live in."

True to the unbridled spirit of The War And Treaty, Hearts Town opens on Yearning, a powerful introduction to the album's narrative of loving without limit.  In its tender reflection on life's most urgent questions, Hearts Town turns to the subject of death on the darkly charged but undeniably hopeful Beautiful. Graced with Tanya's operatic vocal work and a smoldering guitar solo from Jason Isbell, Beautiful looks back on the final days of Tanya's mother, Judith May Blount, and finding peace in her passing.

And though a lighthearted tone is evident on tracks like Jubilee, Hearts Town achieves a pensive complexity on its title track, partly sparked from Michael's experience as a wounded warrior who served in the Iraqi War.

On Take Me In, the final track to Hearts Town, The War And Treaty make an impassioned plea for unity in times of division.  "Right now a lot of people are feeling so deeply engulfed in pain and surrounded by negativity, and sometimes you just need to hear that you're good," says Tanya. "That's the whole idea behind Hearts Town: no one's trying to change what you think or how you talk or anything else about you. You're just fine the way you are."

Since forming in 2014, The War And Treaty have amassed a following as eclectic as their sound itself, a bluesy but joyful fusion of Southern soul, gospel, country, and rock-and-roll. Known for a live show nearly revival-like in intensity, the duo endlessly creates an exhilarating exchange of energy with their audience, a dynamic they've brought to the stage in opening for the legendary Al Green and touring with the likes of Brandi Carlile and Jason Isbell.

With their debut EP Down to the River arriving in 2017, they released Healing Tide in August 2018 and earned immediate critical praise.  The following year, The War And Treaty bolstered their reputation as a phenomenal live act by appearing at leading festivals, in addition to inking their deal with Rounder. And at the start of 2020, the duo won over new fans by taking the stage at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, performing alongside icons like Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Gary Clark Jr., and Common.

As their fanbase continues to expand exponentially, The War And Treaty feel more and more inspired by the Hearts Town community and its boundless potential for mutual uplift. "This is a place where everything that is broken can be fixed," says Michael. "Hearts Town is a place where you can come broken and open, regardless of your past, and find love just like we have."

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THE 2020 POLARIS SHORT LIST IS HERE

TORONTO, ON – Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has unveiled the 10 albums on the 2020 Short List. 

The 2020 Polaris Music Prize Short List is:

Backxwash - God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou - Suddenly
Junia-T - Studio Monk
Kaytranada - Bubba
nêhiyawak - nipiy
Pantayo - Pantayo
Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
Jessie Reyez - Before Love Came To Kill Us
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
Witch Prophet - DNA Activation

“Canadian music has a vast and vibrant spectrum. This year's Short List features a blend of exciting emerging voices and celebrated Polaris Prize winners. Now and forever, thank you to our jury for devoting their time and energy to crafting this list and continuing to champion the music of Canadian artists. I'd like to invite everyone to carve out some time to settle in with each of these very deserving albums. You'll be glad you did,” said Polaris jury foreperson Melissa Vincent.

The new nominees were revealed during a Polaris Prize Short List radio special which aired earlier today across Canada via CBC Music and the CBC Listen app. Hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, the special featured music from the Short List nominees as well as in-depth interviews with CBC personalities and Polaris jurors. 

Polaris will be celebrating the Short List with a special cinematic tribute happening October 19 to be broadcast in Canada on the CBC Gem streaming service, CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages and around the globe at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris. The 2020 Polaris-winning album will be revealed live at the end of this event.

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

Albums eligible for 2020 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

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

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

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

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Music
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Listen app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering 200 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca           

Media Contacts: 

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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VOICI LA COURTE LISTE
DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2020

TORONTO, ON – Mercredi 15 juillet 2020

Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a dévoilé sa Courte liste de 2020 composée de 10 albums.

La Courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2020 est la suivante :

Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou – Suddenly
Junia-T – Studio Monk
Kaytranada – Bubba
nêhiyawak – nipiy
Pantayo – Pantayo
Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
Jessie Reyez – Before Love Came To Kill Us
U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
Witch Prophet – DNA Activation

« Cette année, la Courte liste présente à la fois de nouvelles voix prometteuses et des artistes célèbres ayant déjà remporté le Polaris; un mélange représentatif de l’étendue et du dynamisme de la musique canadienne. Aujourd’hui et pour toujours, nous remercions notre jury d’avoir consacré son temps et son énergie à l’élaboration de cette liste et de continuer à défendre la musique des artistes canadiens. J’aimerais inviter tout le monde à prendre le temps d’écouter attentivement chacun de ces albums très méritants. Vous ne le regretterez pas », a déclaré Melissa Vincent, porte-parole du jury du Polaris.

Les artistes en nomination cette année ont été dévoilés plus tôt aujourd’hui lors d’une émission radio spéciale portant sur la Courte liste du Polaris diffusée partout au Canada via CBC Music et l’appli CBC Listen. Animée par Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe de CBC Music, l’émission spéciale présentait des chansons tirées des albums de la Courte liste et des entretiens approfondis avec des personnalités de CBC et des membres du jury du Polaris.

Le Polaris célébrera sa Courte liste le 19 octobre par le biais d’un hommage cinématographique spécial diffusé au Canada via le service de diffusion en continu Gem de CBC, les pages Facebook, Twitter et YouTube de CBC Music, et dans le monde entier sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris. L’album gagnant du prix Polaris 2020 sera révélé en direct à la fin de cet événement.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, évalué uniquement selon son mérite artistique, sans considération pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, les neuf autres artistes figurant dans la Courte liste 2020 recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2020 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2019 et le 31 mai 2020. Un jury indépendant composé de critiques de musique, de diffuseurs et de blogueurs issus de partout au Canada détermine la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze membres de ce jury élargi seront sélectionnés pour faire partie du Grand Jury. Ce Grand Jury déterminera le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s 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.

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

À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. En tant que source d’information de confiance au pays, nous proposons un point de vue typiquement canadien sur les nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous présentons aussi des contenus en espagnol, en arabe et en chinois, en plus des deux langues officielles, par le biais de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique.

À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music connecte les Canadiens avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et par le biais d’émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 200 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards et de votre musique préférée issue de partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à découvrir le prochain grand artiste. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

Contacts medias:

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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ONCE A TREE ESCAPE THE RUSH IN NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO

WATCH THE SELF-PRODUCED VISUAL BY ONCE A TREE’S HAYDEN AND JAYLI WOLF HERE

NEW EP SET FOR RELEASE FALL 2020

Toronto, ON – July 14, 2020 – Today, Toronto-based Indigenous electronic music duo, Once A Tree, return with their introspective new single, Rush. While the title suggests a fast-paced energy, the vibe is meditative and reflective. The duo’s self-directed visual sees vocalist Jayli Wolf wandering the streets of Los Angeles, living in the moment. Watch and listen to Rush here.

“We live in a world where people want instant gratification. But sometimes, chasing after that can leave you feeling empty,” Once A Tree say of the track. “And the things that used to feel like magic lose their lustre.”

 

Once A Tree is a Toronto-based Indigenous electronic music duo comprised of BC-born Hayden and Jayli Wolf. They are multidisciplinary artists that combine an array of skills, vision and DIY work ethic to blaze their own path. They released their debut album, Phoenix, in November 2017 (winning Best Electronic Album of the Year at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards) and met while leaving the doomsday religion they were both raised in. Excommunicated by their community, they decided to use music as their voice. 

The duo began writing folk music in a small valley town near the Canadian Rockies. When Jayli won a songwriting competition, the two were flown to Toronto to shoot a music video. They arrived in the city with two suitcases and a guitar; looking for a fresh start and determined to pursue their dreams. After relocating to Toronto, Hayden was accepted into The Remix Project, where he was able to hone his music production skills. The two began to evolve their sound, infusing mellow beats with dream pop melodies.  To date, Once A Tree has released numerous singles received to critical acclaim, including  Whatever You Do KidWhat You Say,  RunWorth, Born For This, Coming Down and more. 

Whatever You Do Kid was released in October 2019. The liberating piece inspires listeners to reflect, take chances and live in their truth. Listen to the song here. Their previous single, What You Say, took them to Mexico to capture a sense of freedom. Hayden and Jayli self-directed the video, creating a piece as liberating as a vacation in a new place. Set against the vibrant backdrop of San Miguel de Allende, we see vocalist, Jayli Wolf, traversing the city streets with a model skeleton, symbolizing “dead weight.” Loosely following the story of someone in a dead-end relationship, the visual sees Jayli jumping in between the worlds of her imagination, culminating in her burying the burden she has been carrying in the relationship, ultimately setting herself free. Watch What You Say here.

What You Say followed Once A Tree’s previous song, Worth, another powerful piece highlighting the group’s intentional storytelling. They returned to their home province of British Columbia, filming in the southeastern region’s Lower Kootenay Band Territory with First Nations Youth from Yawa Nukiy School, honouring Jayli’s Indigenous roots and Saulteaux heritage. The music video follows a young girl resembling a monster. She feels neglected at home, invisible on social media and bullied at school. The end of the video reveals that the girl isn’t really a monster – it’s simply a visual representation of the inner belief system she carries and has built from exterior judgments, evolving into courage, compassion and understanding above all. 

Learn more about Once A Tree below, and continue following them on their journey as they prepare to release a new EP this fall.

About Jayli Wolf:
Raised in a doomsday cult. Forged in the wild. She lost everything and everyone for renouncing her childhood faith. That is when she discovered herself; began to heal through music; and started the work of reclaiming her indigenous heritage. Jayli Wolf is an Indigenous singer-songwriter, actor, and filmmaker based out of Toronto, Canada. She works to be a role model in her community, speaking to indigenous youth about the entertainment industry and empowering them to follow their dreams. She started creating music, producing, and directing film with her partner and collaborator Hayden Wolf to fully execute their vision for their band’s music videos. Their debut releases and self-directed videos had them featured on platforms like Rolling Stone, PEOPLE Magazine, MTV, Billboard, and Nylon; This followed with them winning Best Electronic Music Album at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards for their debut album, Phoenix. She now begins on a new journey to tell more personal tales from her past, and stories of reclamation, with a debut solo project on the way. 

About Hayden Wolf:
Raised in a doomsday cult in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada - Hayden Wolf holds a unique perspective on life and philosophy. He is now a multi-faceted visual and sonic artist based out of Toronto. Over the recent years Wolf has lent his creative talents to Drake's clothing brand, October's Very Own - overseeing and executing their visual content creation.  He is known for his role in the Canadian electronic music duo Once A Tree, composed of himself and partner Jayli Wolf. Their self-directed music videos, records and stories have premiered and featured on platforms like Billboard, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, Nylon, and MTV.

Watch Rush: bit.ly/32dpcLh
Buy/stream Rush: levelmusic.lnk.to/OnceATree
Once A Tree on Spotify: spoti.fi/2xd6qpu

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ZELLA DAY RELEASES CELESTIAL NEW SINGLE PURPLE HAZE

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

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 10, 2020 – Maverick singer-songwriter, Zella Day, has officially debuted her new single, Purple Haze, today in conjunction with a music video directed by famed artist, Neil Krug (Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey). Featuring technicolour visions of Zella that warp and melt together like vivid hallucinations, the piece truly makes you feel as though you can taste outer space. Preceded by the sun-soaked ballad, People Are Strangers, and the dazzling disco track, My Game, Purple Haze channels sultry psychedelia and marks yet another imaginative sonic direction from the forthcoming EP, Where Does The Devil Hide, out August 28 in partnership with Concord Records and Easy Eye Sound.

“Purple Haze is summer love for simple pleasures,” said Zella. “When I lived in downtown LA I would hum this melody while strolling to the market in the mood for something sweet. All of those perfect Saturdays with nothing to do but eat oranges and daydream.”

Zella’s previous single, My Game, was released in May alongside a cinematic music video directed by Phillip Lopez (Lauv, James Arthur) with creative direction spearheaded by Kaiman Kazazian and Zella herself. Filled with rich, selective coloring and stunning retro fashions, the piece is an homage to some of Zella’s favorite classic spy films of 1960s cinema including Pink Panther and Casino Royale. Earlier this spring, she released People Are Strangers, the first taste from Where Does The Devil Hide. It’s a vulnerable track with a striking music video directed by Krug, who Zella also collaborated with to create the EP artwork for Where Does The Devil Hide and the single artwork for People Are Strangers, My Game and Purple Haze.

Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Where Does The Devil Hide ignites a bold new era for Zella Day; one that promises to meld radiant sounds, aesthetics 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, My Game and now Purple Haze, a trio of lively singles that mark a new chapter in her exciting journey.

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MARGO PRICE RELEASES THAT’S HOW RUMORS GET STARTED

CATCH HER ON NPR MUSIC’S LISTENING PARTY,
SPOTIFY’S INDIGO LIVESTREAM, AND GRAND OLE OPRY
THIS WEEKEND

TUNE IN FOR JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! APPEARANCE
ON MONDAY, JULY 13

Toronto, ON – July 10, 2020 – Today, Margo Price releases That’s How Rumors Get Started, an album Esquire says, “is, without question, one of the best sets of music that 2020 will witness.” Produced by Sturgill Simpson, co-produced by Price and David Ferguson, these ten new, original songs are about relationships and growing pains, motherhood and the mythologies of rock stardom, dissatisfactions and the defiance of expectations. 

Listen here, or live alongside Margo Price and Ann Powers during NPR Music’s Listening Party at 3 p.m. ET today on YouTube (RSVP), before she appears on All Things Considered this afternoon. 

Throughout the day, in an effort to support Grimey’s record store and three of Nashville’s independent restaurants, Margo’s Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner! initiative will deliver breakfast, lunch, dinner and vinyl LPs directly to fans, contact-free. Tonight, Spotify’s Indigo playlist presents Margo Price: Live at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, a full-band, audienceless performance from Margo’s favorite Nashville dive bar, streaming at 8 p.m. ET here. Afterwards, she will spin a special episode of her internet radio show Runaway Horses, devoted to songs and stories from the album.  

Tomorrow, Margo plays the Grand Ole Opry’s Saturday Night Opry showcase to an online and radio-only audience, and on Monday she’ll talk and perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. 

Over the past week Margo has been featured on the cover of Nashville Scene, and profiled by Vanity Fair, Esquire, The LA Times, and more. In naming That’s How Rumors Get Started the Album Of The Week, Stereogum called it, “a warm, grounded, enormously appealing record with the sort of expansive live-in-studio glow that’s proven so hard to capture in recent years.”

That’s How Rumors Get Started is Margo Price’s third solo album, and debut for Loma Vista Recordings. While it was originally supposed to come out in May, and Margo details its postponement in a personal essay for Vogue and an interview on CBS This Morning: Saturday, it was primarily recorded in December 2018 at LA’s EastWest Studios.

“Margo Price Is Ready to Save Rock and Roll”Vanity Fair 

“One of the best albums of the year...her most raucous, and rocking, work yet”Esquire

“…one of the year's strongest country releases.” – Exclaim!

“A shapeshifting disinclination to be pigeonholed, whether as a honky-tonk-friendly revivalist or a political protest singer...That’s How Rumors Get Started underlines that [Price] has got the talent to take on whatever the future holds” – The Guardian

“Even as she pushes out the edges of Americana and country music, flexing her funk and rock bona fides, Price remains true to her blunt-yet-tender songwriting.”NPR Music

"'Rumors' places private struggles in a broader social context; it’s a record about hitting the bottle and about staying too long in a dead-end relationship that’s also a record about sexism and income inequality...a polished but deeply felt sound” The LA Times 

“‘What Happened to Our Love?,’ which sounds like the great George Harrison-Gram Parsons collaboration that never was, is the most stirring and affecting thing [Margo Price] has ever written”Variety

"The lyrics are evocative, poetic and biting; the path is Price’s alone...Price has shown zero signs that success has changed her internal compass."Nashville Scene

"In many ways, Price is country music’s anti-star...but her boldness and honesty are just the icing on the cake of a well-rounded, badass artist."BUST

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NIKKI YANOFSKY’S INDEPENDENCE SHINES THROUGH ON HER THIRD STUDIO ALBUM TURN DOWN THE SOUND OUT TODAY

“‘Turn Down The Sound’ reveals the artist Yanofsky was always meant to be.” – American Songwriter

Toronto, ON – July 10, 2020 – Today, Nikki Yanofsky releases her latest studio album, Turn Down The Sound (via eOne Music), a 10-track LP that showcases Nikki’s independence and marks a newfound departure for her career as a young musician. Written at Warner/Chappell’s studios in NYC and produced by Zachary Seman and Roger Kleinman (Joey Bada$$, ASAP Rocky), Turn Down The Sound fuses Nikki’s jazz-pop proclivity with hip-hop and R&B, making for a dynamic and tasteful range of tracks. The album also features the last two songs that esteemed songwriter Rod Temperton (Thriller, Boogie Nights) wrote before his passing. Listen to Turn Down The Sound here.

Before her mentor and friend, Rod Temperton, passed away, it was discovered that Bubbles, the new single from Turn Down The Sound, was still loaded onto his music production software, indicating that it was the last song he ever worked on. Listen to Bubbles here

“This song is the most special one on the entire album,” says Nikki. “It means the most to me because Rod tailor made this song to fit my voice and attitude. It’s the best gift I’ve ever received. Also, it’s no coincidence that Bubbles sort of sounds like Wobbles, which is the nickname he had given me."

Nikki recently created a SiriusXM’s At-Home Music Tutorial for album cut, Loner. This fall, she will unveil an online masterclass at Berklee College of Music and release a mini masterclass at the GRAMMY Museum courtesy of the Experience Prudential Center. 

American Songwriter says Turn Down The Sound “reveals the artist Yanofsky was always meant to be” and Billboard described the single, Forget, as a “self-confident anthem.”

TURN DOWN THE SOUND TRACKLIST:
Loner
Turn Down The Sound
Sunshine
Forget
Nerve
High Note
Throwing Stones
Black Sheep
Bubbles
Owe It All

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ELVIS COSTELLO SHARES NEW TRACK HETTY O’HARA CONFIDENTIAL

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 10, 2020 – Today marks the release of Hetty O’Hara Confidential by Elvis Costello – the tale of a tattler who outlives her time. The recording and new moving picture clip by Eamon Singer and Arlo McFurlow are both available now from Concord Records. Listen and watch.

Produced by Costello at Suomenlinnan Studio in Helsinki, Finland, the song was recorded and engineered by Eetü Seppälä and mixed in Los Angeles by Sebastian Krys. Costello is credited with: Mouth, Hammond Organ, Fender Jazzmaster, Upright Piano, Rhythm Ace & All Other Noises.

Look out for the next installment on August 14th.

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DJDS SHARES NEW SONG SIMPLE THINGS FEATURING TORY LANEZ AND REMA

WATCH SIMPLE THINGS

Toronto, ON – July 10, 2020 – Today, production duo, DJDS, connect with Tory Lanez and Rema for a new single that bridges Los Angeles, Toronto and Lagos. Simple Things is quintessential DJDS; the duo seamlessly unites three worlds for a euphoric anthem that feels as unexpected as it is infectious. The track arrives on the heels of their recent No Trust / Feel Nice EP, which was conceived in Jamaica, and following DJDS spending much of 2019 collaborating with Nigerian superstar Burna Boy on the collaborative EP Steel & Copper and Grammy-nominated African Giant. 

Tory Lanez' appearance on Simple Things continues his recent hot streak, following a #2 debut on the Billboard 200 for April's New Toronto 3 mixtape and the viral success of his Instagram Live series, Quarantine Radio. Rema, the breakout Nigerian artist on the cusp of global stardom, recently graced the covers of DAZED Magazine and The FADER. 

Speaking about the new single, DJDS says: "To usSimple Things sort of feels like the ultimate DJDS song because it sounds like what we've done and where we're going all at once. You hear the sample chops and that's old school DJDS but the collaborations represent the future. The work we put in with Burna Boy directly lead us to linking with Rema, and Tory is somebody we've been waiting years to get in the studio with. These guys are upper echelon so we really had to draw upon all our experience to give them something that felt undeniable."

Hear Simple Things featuring Tory Lanez and Rema above and stay tuned for more from DJDS coming soon.

About DJDS:
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 Big Wave More Fire 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.

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POP SAVANT CHRISTIAN FRENCH TACKLES MISCOMMUNICATION WITH MESMERIZING NEW SINGLE MAKE OR BREAK UP

Toronto, ON – July 10, 2020 – Christian French, one of 2020s fastest-rising stars – with over 200 million Spotify streams under his belt – is back today with, make or break up, an entrancing track that finds him at the pivotal crossroads of a rocky relationship. The enrapturing, introspective track is the newest entry from the staggeringly successful star’s hotly anticipated, good things take time, EP (via Disruptor Records/RCA Records), which drops later this summer. Listen to and watch  here.

“make or break up is about miscommunication and misunderstanding within a relationship,” Christian says. I wrote this song from an experience I had with someone where we were in a big fight, and neither of us were willing to budge. In the end, we decided that wed always be transparent with each other no matter how badly it hurt, because honesty is synonymous with love and respect in a relationship. Its the only way a couple can continue to grow, and can make or break any relationship.”

The 23-year-old Christian French has already won support and acclaim from TIME Magazine (who named his song crowded room one of the best songs of the week), Billboard Magazine (mesmerizing”)Ones to Watch (dazzling), and more. make or break up follows the singers highly successful breakout track, head first, which has maintained astounding momentum since its 2019 release. Amassing more than 40 million global streams, and averaging over 200k daily streams thanks to features on Spotifys top playlists like Pop Rising and Young & Free, the hypnotic alt-pop gem continues to enchant fans and new listeners worldwide.

Christian has also just released the head first remix pack, featuring dazzling new interpretations of his hit single by Young Bombs, Halp, and Pink Slip & Inverness. All three new versions of the gripping song stay true to the original’s captivating core: Young Bombs (a fellow Disruptor Records artist) propels things “head first” into the night with a dramatic rendition, Halp lightens the mood with a fizzy and fresh take, and Pink Slip & Inverness take things to the (virtual) dance floor with a ensnaring remix. Listen here.

Be honest with those you love, including yourself,” Christian says of his must-hear new song. Say what you need to say so that you can free yourself from a million presumptuous thoughts running through your head and break through to truth and understanding.”

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

Two years ago, hockey lover and Fisher, Indiana native Christian French put his pre-med textbooks on the shelf forever to follow his true passion: using his music to share his unique perspective on life. Today, Christian has become one of Americas fastest-rising indie-pop princes. Starting out with covers on SoundCloud – emulating his favorite artists 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 friendscouches, that he penned his first single, love ride, which has amassed over 19 million streams globally and helped him build a rabid fanbase, setting the tone for his bright 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 on recording and releasing his independent debut EP, natural colors, which has amassed over 25 million streams to date. In 2019, Christian signed to Disruptor Records/Sony Music and released his bright side of the moon EP which features the biggest hit of his career, head first, which he followed by embarking on his debut headlining tour. With rock scope, pop palatability, and lyrical vulnerability his most recent singles,  i think too much, time of our lives, and crowded room showcase the nuances of his singular style and encompass pivotal thoughts about his ascendant journey thus far.

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THE AVETT BROTHERS RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO VICTORY

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE AVETT BROTHERS AT RED ROCKS CONCERT SPECIAL STREAMING JULY 11 ON PBS.ORG

THE THIRD GLEAM AVAILABLE AUGUST 28

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2020 – Following the announcement of The Third Gleam, their highly-anticipated new album out August 28 on Loma Vista Recordings, The Avett Brothers release lead single and video Victory. Directed by Crackerfarm and featuring Scott and Seth Avett, the black-and-white, stripped-down video echoes the vulnerability and intimacy of the track as they contemplate darkness and the power to persevere. Victory is available instantly upon pre-ordering The Third Gleam here, and its video can be watched here.

The Third Gleam sees the band returning to their roots, playing as a trio with longtime bassist Bob Crawford. Billboard has observed, “At their core, the brothers are artists and documentarians, sharing little pieces of what they see and feel by means of song,” and throughout the eight songs on the album, the band reflects on their personal experiences and perspectives on themes that are inevitably anchored in our current world: injustice, gun violence, and mortality, as well as resilience, redemption, and hope. Watch Seth and Scott’s statement about The Third Gleam here.

The Avett Brothers are renowned for their electric live shows, and their annual shows at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater have become a summer tradition looked forward to by the band and fans alike. Although this year’s shows were canceled due to the pandemic, the band will celebrate the weekend they would’ve played 3 sold-out nights at Red Rocks with an exclusive preview of The Avett Brothers At Red Rocks, this Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on PBS.org.  Fans will get a sneak peek of their forthcoming concert special with live favorites including Live and Die, Down with the Shine, Head Full of Doubt, and High Steppin’, recorded during the band’s 25th appearance at the venue last July. The full-length program will be available to PBS Stations beginning on August 29. Tune into the special preview of The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks this Saturday here (please note that link will go live at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST).

The Avett Brothers are 3x GRAMMY Award-nominees, earning nominations for Best Americana Album for 2013’s The Carpenter and 2016’s True Sadness, as well as Best American Roots Performance for Ain’t No Man. The band has been inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, and the making of True Sadness was captured in their 2017 documentary May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers, co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. The Third Gleam follows their tenth studio album Closer Than Together, released in October 2019.

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AVATAR SHARE DARK OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE COLOSSUS

PRE-ORDER HUNTER GATHERER

“Heavy as all hell and unflinching in its biting social commentary.” – Revolver

“Always fixated on a sense of groove whether it's quick-hitting, sharp and choppy riffs or pendulum-swinging breakdowns over which maestro Johannes Eckerström presides with his snarling, guttural roar.” – Loudwire

“Avatar are back and they are heavier than ever.” – Metal Injection

“Dark and aggressive.” – Consequence of Sound

“Silence in the Age of Apes a furious four-and-a-half minute blaze of machine-gun-style kick drumming, powerful chant vocals and guitar work to marvel aplenty courtesy of resident axemen Jonas "Kungen" Jarlsby and Tim Öhrström.” – Guitar World


“Abundant, as always, the song includes blazing guitar riffs and frontman Johannes Eckerström’s brutal, snarling growls.” – The Pit

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2020 – As Avatar steps closer to the highly-anticipated release of their eighth full-length, Hunter Gatherer, the band has delighted fans once again with the debut of their third single from the record, Colossus. Unsettling electronic instrumentation sets the tone as Johannes Eckerström provides the introduction to the track, from which the band bursts into chugging guitar lines, eerie verses and soaring choruses – culminating in one of the most dynamic tracks on the album.

The accompanying video for Colossus mirrors the dystopian reincarnation of the band as it explores humanity’s vicious and complex relationship with technology and control. Colossus serves as the dark counterpart to previously released singles from Hunter Gatherer – God of Sick Dreams and Silence in the Age of Apes – the latter of which is already named one of the best metal songs of the year so far by Loudwire.

Their bold manifesto, Hunter Gatherer, is an unflinchingly ruthless study of a clueless humankind’s ever-increasing velocity into an uncertain future, furthering the reach of the band’s always expanding dark roots. The forthcoming album is the darkest, most sinister version of the band yet, with deep studies of cruelty, technology, disdain, and deprivation. Already one of Metal Hammer’s most anticipated metal albums of the year, Hunter Gatherer is now available for pre-order here ahead of its official release on August 7.

Earlier this year the band marked the end of the Avatar Country storyline with the heartfelt thank you video A Farewell To Avatar Country, concluding the realm created by the band and actualized in their epic featurette Legend Of Avatar Country: A Metal Odyssey that blew past a $50,000  Kickstarter campaign goal in less than  90 minutes. Released in 2018, Avatar Country debuted at #2 Indie, #4 Hard Music, #8 Rock, and #25 on the Billboard 200 Chart and gathering support from Loudwire, Revolver, Metal Hammer, Metal Injection, Rock Sound, Alternative Press, New Noise and many more for their music and storytelling ability. 

In 2019, Avatar reunited with producer Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Slipknot, Anthrax) at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles, California, where the foundation for each song on Hunter Gatherer was laid with the band performing altogether, as they'd done only once before, on Hail the Apocalypse (2014). The old-school method of playing as one in the studio, more akin to how they are on stage, captured the essence of Avatar. Recorded entirely to two-inch tape, Hunter Gatherer exhibits everything that makes Avatar standouts in the vast, rich landscape of heavy metal's past and present.

Through ambitious compositions and vibrant visual storytelling Avatar seamlessly blurs the line between sights and sounds. Avatar songs are new anthems for the ages, precision heat-seeking missiles targeting a cultural landscape ready for fresh songs to champion from a band with a giant persona to rally behind. The Avatar experience is challenging, daring, and altogether captivating. 

PRE-ORDER: Hunter Gatherer

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

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OVERCOATS SHARE MUSIC VIDEO FOR FIRE & FURY (BEDROOM MIX)

THE FIGHT (CONTINUED) OUT JULY 9

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2020 – Critically acclaimed Brooklyn duo, Overcoats, today share the bedroom mix of their single, Fire & Fury, along with an accompanying music video. The song is taken from their The Fight (Continued) EP, which is comprised of five stripped down renditions of tracks from their sophomore album, The Fight (Loma Vista Recordings).  Fire & Fury (Bedroom Mix), like the rest of the EP, serves to reinforce themes of the album: avowing friendship, striving for loyalty, and seeking hope in the face of adversity. Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats offer a rallying cry to push through the ubiquitous feelings of fear, uncertainty, and restlessness during these difficult times.

The Fire & Fury (Bedroom Mix) music video depicts quarantine and living in isolation through the lens of dance and togetherness through social media. The video starts with shots of Hana and JJ in their respective homes, before moving to clips of friends, collaborators, and fans dancing in their homes, rooftops, and backyards, and finding release in the song's lyrics of "there’s a fire, there’s a fury, sky is falling but we’ll get through it.”

"This feeling of restlessness and being stuck in your room is common amongst all of us, so we wanted to make a video that made that frustration beautiful and made us feel like we were all together," Overcoats shares about the video.  "The dancers are friends, collaborators and fans that we have known and worked with from all five years as a band. Dancers in LA, NY, Minneapolis and elsewhere. Kate choreographed the dancers in the I Don't Believe In Us music video, which Ceci was a co-star in. Dani and Cam choreographed the routines for the original Fire & Fury music video, while Liam is a long time fan and friend whose movement has always inspired us. Quarantine actually provided a unique opportunity to get all of these amazing dancers from our circle together in one video...which never would have been possible in normal times because of where everyone is based."

Listen to/Watch Fire & Fury (Bedroom Mix) here
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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MONTREAL’S LE COULEUR LAUNCH AT-HOME CONCERT SERIES

WATCH INTIMATE PERFORMANCES
OF 
FEMME AND SILENZIO

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

WATCH VIDEO FOR CONCORDE

Toronto, ON – July 8, 2020 – Today, Montreal trio, Le Couleur, unveil a new at-home performance for their latest single, Silenzio. The song is the third track from their forthcoming album, Concorde, out September 11 via Lisbon Lux Records, and follows a previously released set for Femme. Watch the group rock Silenzio in quarantine here

Silenzio is about "death on the prowl," depicted as a mafia betrayal that ends with "il bacio della morte" (the kiss of death). Life and death is a powerful duality, but try as hard as we might, there's no escaping the latter's inexorable victory. 

On the process of the live at-home series, Le Couleur shares, “We got ourselves an HD camera from the mid-2000s and did a home shoot.  Everyone, except Laurence, were filmed in Le Couleur's recording studio.   It took a week to record the whole thing because we did it one by one.  The longest 25-minute show ever! We had no choice but to have Charlie, (Laurence and Steeven's child) for the Laurence shoot - due to the fact that the daycare was closed.  She absolutely wanted to do everything her mum did (lie down, sing, play synthesizer, dance, etc…)."

Ariel Poupart,  who directed the cinematic visual for the album’s title track, Concorde, edited the video. For Concorde, Poupart connected the album’s title to its namesake aircraft as a symbol, reflecting this in the imagery. Watch the video, which has amassed over 125 K views, 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.”

About Le Couleur
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. Concorde ushers in a new era for Le Couleur. After POP, an album defined by electronic and synthesized sounds, Concorde gets back to basics, recorded live in the studio, an album with a deliberately vintage sound, recalling the golden age of Serge Gainsbourg, ABBA, and even Fleetwood Mac. The term "electro" is no longer part of their pop sound vocabulary. Here, Le Couleur show a highly refined mastery of French chanson, with rich vocal harmonies, while making room for melancholy, sensual, and sometimes epic instrumental passages.

The distinct disco flavour, a hallmark of their sound from the very beginning, is still ever-present. This often lighthearted and danceable musical world is offset by Concorde's lyrics, which tackle death on every track. Whether it's a macabre fantasy based on the infamous Concorde airplane crash, collective suicide, or the Day of the Dead, singer Laurence Giroux-Do turns the taboo subject into crooning pop hymns, treated with perspective over a fleet-footed beat. Concorde is the place where 70s pop, psychedelic soundscapes, and straightforward and uninhibited French chanson come together.

Stay tuned for more from Le Couleur, as more music will be released soon.

Watch Silenzio (At Home): bit.ly/3g69tRU
Watch Femme (At Home): bit.ly/2ZLDboF
Listen to Silenzio idol.lnk.to/Silenzio
Watch Concorde: bit.ly/2YDtObI 
Listen to Silhouette: kuronekoMedia.lnk.to/Silhouette 

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BREAKOUT WEST SHARES PLANS FOR 2020 EVENTS

ANNOUNCES BREAKOUT WEST: HOME EDITION

PASSES AVAILABLE HERE

WINNERS OF THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS
TO BE ANNOUNCED ON SEPTEMBER 25
DURING SPECIAL LIVESTREAMED EVENT

Toronto, ON – July 7, 2020 – BreakOut West is moving online for 2020! This year, the annual festival and conference was set to take place in Winnipeg, MB from September 30 to October 4. In response to the ongoing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, BOW 2020 will be making the shift to a virtual event, bringing attendees a 15-day immersive online experience that provides artists and industry the opportunity to expand their careers through informative keynotes and panel discussions, mentorship meetings, networking mixers, wellness moments and new music discovery.

"The Western Canadian Music Association and our partner music industry associations are excited that this year’s BreakOut West will be coming safely into participants homes, studios, and offices, as we continue supporting artists and industry development through this difficult year,” says Sean McManus, President of the WCMA Board of Directors. “In keeping with the BreakOut West experience, our team is working to bring intimate engagements and broad industry connections to the online experience. We look forward to connecting virtually this fall."

After extensive artist and industry consultation, BreakOut West has decided to emphasize networking and professional development for the 2020 Home Edition. From September 25 to October 9, attendees will be provided with a unique and intimate online atmosphere, where they can build their event schedule and further their career within Canada, and internationally, by participating in a number of event elements. Industry Sessions will bring professionals together to discuss the most relevant topics in today’s music industry – from self-management strategies, to international market deep dives, to the future of music. Sessions will include break out rooms where attendees can engage in the conversation, contributing their thoughts and questions to the discussions.

Meanwhile, Network Mixers and Mentorship Conversations will give artists the opportunity to connect with influential industry professionals, in both casual online group settings, and private one-on-one meetings. BreakOut West: Home Edition will also include regular community wellness sessions, including group yoga, the BreakOut West run club, and meditation.

Attendees will also gain the opportunity to travel virtually to key international markets to learn strategies and insights for breaking out internationally. Artists will learn what is unique about each market, what industry and platforms are relevant, and how and when to engage, as well as gain insider information on what these markets will look like over the coming 6-24 months, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected opportunities. Focus markets will include The United Kingdom, South Korea, Latin America, Russia, The United States of America, Scandinavia, and Francophone markets in the EU including France, Belguim and Switzerland.

A juried selection of artists will be highlighted for industry delegates coming from every possible time zone, showcasing their work, videos and music, leading up to and during the online event. The BOW team have taken lead from the feedback of online surveys, industry discussions and technology research, leading to the best impact for artists being to focus on preparing everyone for the coming year with development and relationship building. Highlight artists for 2020 can be found here.

BreakOut West: Home Edition will kick off on September 25 with the Western Canadian Music Awards, the winners of the artistic and industry categories will be revealed during a special livestreamed event.

Passes for BreakOut West: Home Edition are available for $50 each, with discounts for members of the Western Canadian Music Industry Associations, SOCAN, CIMA and CLMA members. Visit breakoutwest.ca/registration to purchase passes.    

BreakOut West 2021 will pick up where 2020 initially left off – in Winnipeg, MB – taking place from October 13 to October 17, 2021.

About Western Canadian Music Alliance
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music.  WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. Due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event will be held online, Sept 25 - Oct 9, 2021. Traditionally, BreakOut West is comprised of a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and the Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards programs.

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

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DAVID STRICKLAND CELEBRATES NEW ALBUM SPIRIT OF HIP-HOP

LISTEN TO SPIRIT OF HIP-HOP

ALBUM FEATURES EPMD, SAKURATES, KING REIGN SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS, SUPAMAN, JRDN, QUE ROCK JOEY STYLEZ, DREZUS, MAESTRO FRESH WES AND MORE

TUNE IN TO THE DAVID STRICKLAND SHOW ON INSTAGRAM THIS FRIDAY, JULY 10 AT 7 PM ET FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH  PROLIFIC RAPPER + PRODUCER ROCKWILDER

WATCH TURTLE ISLAND AND SPIRIT OF HIP HOP

Together, these elements make Spirit of Hip Hop a spirited addition to both the rap canon and the string of protest songs soundtracking today's reckoning against police brutality and systemic racism” – Exclaim!

“Strickland succeeds as both a storyteller and a body mover. He has created a work of art which encompasses the times we are living in and is well worth a listen” – Ongoing History Of Protest Songs

“Strickland’s perspective that hip-hop and First Nations culture run parallel is a refreshing take and provides some insight as to why Indigenous hip-hop has become such a notable sensation in Canada and beyond” – BeatRoute

Toronto, ON – July 7, 2020 – Toronto-born and bred, Indigenous multidisciplinary artist, producer, engineer and DJ, David Strickland – known for his work on some of the most iconic Grammy and Juno-award winning records by Toronto artists and North American Hip-Hop progenitors alike – released his long awaited album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop, on June 29 via Entertainment One. To celebrate, David highlights album track, Isn’t He Sumpthin’, featuring NYC’s iconic Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon, Keith Murray). Check out the Isn’t He Sumpthin’ artwork below by 9thilly, The Comic Book Rapper, and listen to the album here

David welcomes all to dive deep into the music through his Instagram live series, The David Strickland Show. On Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m. ET, David will interview prolific rapper and producer, Rockwilder. The series provides an opportunity for his audience to connect with artists and music industry leaders and share in their experiences on a variety of topics ranging from the state of Indigenous communities across North America, our current political climate, the importance of the arts and the power of Hip-Hop. Everything launched on June 19 with Ernie Paniccioli – David’s long-time mentor and revered Hip-Hop photographer – followed by an episode with Maestro Fresh Wes last week. Tune in here tomorrow, and watch the latest episodes here.

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 boards to share an embodiment of the teachings, art, traditions, and music of the community, aligned with his Indigenous heritage. Amongst an extensive collaboration roster, the album includes Indigenous rappers such as Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, and more, while North American hip-hop legends EPMD, Saukrates, Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon, Keith Murray), Maestro Fresh Wes, and a posthumous verse from King Reign, are brought into the fold. 


The build to launch Spirit Of Hip-Hop included three singles sampling the project’s sonic mosaic. The latest, Truthfeatures Rap Prime Minister, Maestro Fresh Wes, Que Rock, Leonard Sumner, and Soufy. David released Truth on his birthday, as 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. Second single, Featherswhich David callsa song about hope, journey, reflection, priorities, self-compassion, self-assessment, self-discovery, redemption and ripping flows with letters on some hip hop,” includes Toronto-based Anishinaabe rapper, Que Rock, and Chippewa Travellers. 

The album’s first single, Turtle Island, highlights 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 long-time 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 has been sharing his story, with recent interviews and features in ComplexExclaim!, DJ BoothHip Hop CanadaET CanadaSidedoor MagazineCanadian BeatsHip Hop VancouverCBC MusicCBC My PlaylistCanadian Musician RadioCTV Your MorningeTalkNew Theory RadioBeatRouteV13The Strombo ShowCBC’s q, RX Music, a live chat and DJ set on CityTV Breakfast Television, an exclusive interview for SiriusXM’s Live @ Home series, with more on the way. 

Get into Spirit Of Hip-Hop below and stay tuned for more from David Strickland.

Listen to Spirit Of Hip Hop: ffm.to/spiritofhiphop 
Watch Turtle Islandbit.ly/3ejcqOV
Watch Spirit Of Hip-Hop: bit.ly/2VkckOY  

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Art | DOWNLOAD – Isn’t He Sumpthin’ Artwork

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. 

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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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2020 POLARIS SHORT LIST COMING JULY 15

WINNER EVENT DETAILS ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – Friday, July 3, 2020

The 10 album Polaris Music Prize Short List will be unveiled live on a CBC Music nationwide radio broadcast on July 15.

The Polaris Prize Short List radio special will air from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET/CT/MT/PT (3 p.m. AT, 3:30 p.m. NT) across Canada via CBC Music and the CBC Listen app, and will be hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe. The special will feature one Short List nominee revealed every 15 minutes along with music from the nominated albums and insight from Polaris jurors. 

For the safety and well-being of the Polaris community, Polaris has chosen to not host a winner Gala event this year. Instead, we will be celebrating the Short List with a special cinematic tribute happening October 19, to be broadcast in Canada on the CBC Gem streaming service, CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages and around the globe at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris. The 2020 Polaris-winning album will be revealed live at the end of this event.

For this special, Polaris will be actively considering Canadian filmmakers to create commissioned films honouring each Short List-nominated album. An application form for interested filmmakers along with more detailed information about this project can be found at the Polaris Music Prize website.

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

Albums eligible for 2020 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

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

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

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

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Music
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Listen app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering 200 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca           

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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LA COURTE LISTE DU POLARIS 2020 SERA DÉVOILÉE LE 15 JUILLET

ANNONCE DES DÉTAILS SUR L’ÉVÉNEMENT DÉVOILANT LE GAGNANT OU LA GAGNANTE

TORONTO, ON – Vendredi 3 juillet 2020

La Courte liste de 10 albums du Prix de musique Polaris sera dévoilée en direct partout au pays lors d’une émission de radio de CBC Music le 15 juillet.

L’émission radio spéciale portant sur la Courte liste du Polaris sera diffusée de 14 h à 16 h 30 HE/HC/HR/HP (à 15 h HA et 15 h 30 HT) partout au Canada via CBC Music et l’application CBC Listen. Animée par Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe de CBC Music, elle présentera un.e artiste de la Courte liste à toutes les 15 minutes, aux côtés de musiques tirées des albums en nomination et de l’avis de membres du jury du Polaris.

Pour la sécurité et le bien-être de la communauté du Polaris, le Polaris a choisi de ne pas organiser de gala pour dévoiler le gagnant ou la gagnante cette année. Nous célébrerons plutôt la Courte liste avec un hommage cinématographique spécial qui aura lieu le 19 octobre et qui sera diffusé au Canada sur le service de diffusion en continu Gem de CBC, sur les pages Facebook, Twitter et YouTube de CBC Music et dans le monde entier sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris. L’album gagnant du prix Polaris 2020 sera révélé en direct à la fin de cet événement.

Pour créer ce programme spécial, Polaris fera appel à des cinéastes du Canada pour créer des films commandés en l’honneur de chaque album mis en nomination sur la Courte liste. Un formulaire de candidature pour les cinéastes qui souhaitent participer ainsi que des renseignements plus détaillés sur ce projet sont disponibles sur le site web du Prix de musique Polaris.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, évalué uniquement selon son mérite artistique, sans considération pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, les neuf autres artistes figurant dans la Courte liste 2020 recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2020 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2019 et le 31 mai 2020. Un jury indépendant composé de critiques de musique, de diffuseurs et de blogueurs issus de partout au Canada détermine la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze membres de ce jury élargi seront sélectionnés pour faire partie du Grand Jury. Ce Grand Jury déterminera le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s 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.

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

À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. En tant que source d’information de confiance au pays, nous proposons un point de vue typiquement canadien sur les nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous présentons aussi des contenus en espagnol, en arabe et en chinois, en plus des deux langues officielles, par le biais de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique.

À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music connecte les Canadiens avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et par le biais d’émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 200 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards et de votre musique préférée issue de partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à découvrir le prochain grand artiste. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

Contacts medias:

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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MEMPHIS RAPPER DEE MULA RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR BACK TO BACK

NEW MIXTAPE LET ME GET THAT: VOL. 3 OUT NOW

DEBUT ALBUM COMING SOON

Toronto, ON – July 3, 2020 – Memphis rapper, Dee Mula, released his new video Back to Back today. The single was produced by YC (Moneybagg Yo) and is featured on his new mixtape Let Me Get That: Vol. 3 via Nless Entertainment/Entertainment One. In its first week, the mixtape received 200K streams.  Dee Mula is currently in the studio putting his finishing touches on his new album which will be released later this summer.

Earlier this year, Dee Mula released his single The Weekend ft. Lil Baby, which launched during All-Star Weekend. Since its release, the single has already garnered over 1.5 million streams (Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora combined).

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SOCCER MOMMY RELEASES FINAL SINGLES SERIES INSTALLMENT WITH COVERS FROM SOCCER MOMMY AND SASAMI

LISTEN TO SASAMI’S COVER OF SYSTEM OF A DOWN’S TOXICITY AND SOCCER MOMMY’S COVER OF DRIVE BY THE CARS

ALL NET PROFITS FROM BANDCAMP SALES TO
NATIONAL BAIL OUT AND OXFAM’S COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

TORONTO, ON – July 2, 2020Soccer Mommy – twenty-three year-old Sophie Allison – shares the final installment of her Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series today. Following incredible releases with Jay Som, Beabadoobee and Gentle Dom, a.k.a. Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT, SASAMI and Soccer Mommy share covers today. Check out Soccer Mommy’s cover of The Cars’ Drive, and SASAMI’s cover of System of a Down’s Toxicity here.

The Bandcamp net profits from the​ Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series​will go to ​Oxfam's COVID-19 relief fund​ and ​National Bail Out​, to help combat both Coronavirus and the important fight against police brutality and systematic racism. Oxfam has an anonymous donor who will match every dollar raised for them by this series, up to $5000, which will double the impact of your purchase.

Sophie says of the release, “I’m really glad to get to release this cover of drive. It’s a song I’ve loved for a long time that I started covering pretty recently. It was nice to get to record one last thing in the studio before everything shut down.”

Los Angeles songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, SASAMI, released her self-titled debut album in March 2019. Ten tautly melodic rock tracks describing the surprising ways in which one’s relationships – with lovers, friends, oneself – can shift in a single year, SASAMI earned critical acclaim: “a powerful first effort” via Pitchfork, “impressive: finely crafted and introspective” via NPR, and “one of the best debut rock albums of the past few years…incessantly replayable” via FLOOD. Since then, SASAMI has toured internationally, curated an issue of the Yes Plz zine, released a holiday 3-track single, lil drmr bb, and a new track, Mess.

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. The album is already appearing on mid-year lists, from the likes of Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Paste, Billboard and more.

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. See the rescheduled dates for Soccer Mommy’s UK/EU tour below.

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

DOWNLOADhi-res Soccer Mommy + SASAMI photo
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THE AVETT BROTHERS ANNOUNCE THE THIRD GLEAM

NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE AUGUST 28

Toronto, ON – July 2, 2020 – 3x GRAMMY Award-nominees, The Avett Brothers, announce The Third Gleam, the highly-anticipated third installment in their ongoing Gleam series, to be released August 28 on Loma Vista Recordings. The album marks a return to The Avett Brothers’ roots, both sonically and in form, with Seth and Scott Avett playing as a trio with longtime bassist, Bob Crawford, and follows in the band’s tradition of sharing what’s on their minds and in their hearts as their lives, and the world around them, continue to evolve.

In a poignant video shared with their fans, Seth and Scott express that while The Third Gleam was recorded ahead of the pandemic and social reform movements that have swept the nation, the new music captures their personal experiences and perspectives on themes that are undeniably universal and timely. Throughout the eight-song collection, the band delves into isolation, incarceration, and injustice, as well as resilience, redemption, and love, offering a gleam of hope in a dark and uncertain time (see track listing below). Watch the band’s video here.

“The Third Gleam was finished before a virus and its carnage swept through humankind in the spring of 2020,” share Scott and Seth. “It was finished before the most recent injustices against black lives inspired outrage and a much-needed call for social reform and revolution. Through the fever pitch of fear over the pandemic, outcry in the wake of widely observable bigotry, and mourning over the death caused by both, we are united in conflict...put to task in the arenas of our fortitude, our morality, indeed the strength of our own souls, individually and collectively. It is a time of heightened experience; heightened response; heightened resolve. If you are reading or hearing this statement now, you are a part of it.

And yet, neither of these massive fundamental concerns are entirely new to us. Sickness...in body and in mind are old news for our species, and in truth have found us susceptible throughout our complex history. And so our plagues, biological, behavioral and systemic, are intrinsically a part of us. We navigate them poorly at times and heroically at others.

To the point of this writing, as it pertains to the announcement of a record release, it barely warrants mentioning that an 8-song collection is a whisper of an offering in a time of blaring considerations. As I mentioned before, Scott and I finished this album just before these two fundamental concerns overtook nearly the entire planet. Consequently, as the timeline goes, the songs were not informed specifically by the urgent and pivotal concepts which are now center stage. However, as these factors have been and will remain a part of us as a whole, independent of a specific moment in history, the songs of this particular piece do connect somehow to this particular time. Our personal perspectives and experiences are inherently the common thread, which is an element we have found to be imperative in our process of making art. Even so, there are themes which have made their way into this chapter of songs that are undeniably universal, and anchored in our current world...Isolation, resilience, frustration, confusion, contemplation and hope are here, both in regards to our own lives and as a consideration of the human experience in general. There is humor and love, both for life itself and as it binds a pairing of people. We touch on historical prejudice, faith, economic disparity, gun violence, incarceration, redemption, and as is increasingly standard with our records, stark mortality. This is by no means a record defined by any specific social or cultural goal, nor is it informed by a singular challenge posed to humanity. It is merely the sound of my brother and I in a room, singing about what is on our minds and in our hearts at the time...sharing it now is about what sharing art is always about: another chance that we may partake in connecting with our brothers and sisters of this world, and hopefully joining you in noticing a speck of light gleaming in what appears to be a relatively long and dark night.”

The Third Gleam follows The Avett Brothers’ tenth studio album, Closer Than Together, which was released in October 2019 to critical-acclaim with NPR’s All Songs Considered featuring it on their New Music Friday upon release, Forbes declaring it a “literate, eloquent, beautiful and passionate work,” and American Songwriter proclaiming, “all of it is worth hearing.” The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductees rose to mainstream success with their 2009 major label debut, I and Love and You, and continued to climb the charts with 2012’s The Carpenter, 2013’s Magpie and the Dandelion, and 2016’s True Sadness, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Album Sales chart, #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, and #3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. In 2017, The Avett Brothers released their documentary, May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers, co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, which followed the band as they wrote True Sadness. The album earned the band their second GRAMMY nomination for Best Americana Album, and their performance of Ain’t No Man received a nomination for Best American Roots Performance.

THE THIRD GLEAM TRACK LIST:
1. Victory
2. I Should’ve Spent The Day With My Family
3. Prison To Heaven
4. Back Into The Light
5. Women Like You
6. Untitled #4
7. I Go To My Heart
8. The Fire

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER HAVIAH MIGHTY RELEASES POWERFUL NEW VIDEO FOR THIRTEEN

WATCH HAVIAH’S CANADA DAY PERFORMANCES FOR TORONTO CITY HALL LIVE AND CBC MUSIC

LISTEN TO POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE-WINNING ALBUM 13th FLOOR

"Thirteen speaks factually and candidly, to the painful journey of black people in North America. And it speaks to how that journey has morphed into continued racial prejudice. To get rid of white supremacy is to identify it at its root." – Haviah Mighty


"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!

"Canada has had a lot of female artists step up their game in the past few years, after this release it would seem if Haviah has put herself ahead of the pack with an album that will stand the test of time.” – Lyrical Lemonade

Toronto, ON – July 1, 2020 – As the nation celebrates Canada Day, Polaris Music Prize-winning Hip-Hop artist, Haviah Mighty,  shares her powerful video for Thirteen,  standing in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and marginalized communities worldwide. Thirteen, a song about the painful journey of Black people in North America, is from her breakthrough, 2019 Polaris Music Prize-Winning album, 13th Floor. Referencing the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, the lyrics and accompanying illustrated video by Toronto artist ,Theo Kapodistrias, expose the roots of systemic racism – watch it here.

On the message behind Thirteen, Haviah says: “I am a first-generation Canadian, born and raised. My father was born in Jamaica, and my mother is Bajan, born in England. I have locks, dark, beautiful skin, and a full nose and lips.  As a Canadian, I’ve been told countless times that I don’t know what racism is, that I’ve never experienced racism, and that racism doesn’t exist in Canada. Because of our reputation as a safe haven, Canadians can be quick to separate themselves from Americans when issues of bigotry arise. Racism is alive and well in Canada, it is simply more covert. The 13th Amendment may be specific to the US Constitution, but it is not specific to US ideologies. Racism is worldwide. The perception of Black people has been destroyed globally.

Thirteen speaks factually and candidly, to the painful journey of Black people in North America. And it speaks to how that journey has morphed into continued racial prejudice, using the media and using the law. To get rid of white supremacy is to identify it at its root. I hope when people watch Thirteen, they feel moved to do their part in reversing white supremacy. I hope we can begin to see one another as equal 
– a dream I've always hoped could one day be a reality. And I hope people realize that it's going to take WORK! Who is willing to work, to make change?"

Read Haviah's full statement on Thirteen here.

Based in Toronto, Haviah will rock two shows today, including City of Toronto’s Canada Day 2020 – watch between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET here, and CBC Canada Day Together – watch between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET on CBC TV and SRC TV networks, and stream live via CBC and Canadian Heritage’s online platforms. You can find all details here. On August 1, Haviah will head to Gatineau, Quebec to perform at RBC Bluesfest Drive-In, followed by a return to the US in October for shows in Minneapolis and Chicago alongside Old Man Saxon. In June 2021, Haviah will support Arkells at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton, Ontario. See below for all details. 

Haviah started a new decade off with US headline shows, a major freestyle on 5 Fingers Of Death on SWAY in the Morning, with Sway Calloway praising her throughout, and plans to rock international festival stages (including SXSW, Osheaga, Ottawa Blues, FOCUS Wales and more) before the pandemic postponed events.

Last year, Haviah became the first Hip-Hop artist as well as the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize for her 2019 album, 13th Floor. The project highlights Haviah’s relentless work ethic and vast sonic influences; ranging from classic Rap/Hip-Hop elements to Caribbean rhythms, frenetic electro and diverse instrumentation, while tackling marginalization and racism head-on as Haviah proclaims self-love as a Black woman. Haviah's music has won fans at CBC Music, CBC’s q and The Strombo Show, EARMILK, eTalk, CTV, ELLE Canada, FLARE, DJ Booth, The Toronto Star, Exclaim!, NOW Magazine, The Canadian Press, Pitchfork, Complex, XXL, Fader, NPR Music, among others, and she is eagerly awaiting the moment she can get back on the stage to perform.

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 artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.

Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Mighty 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 — Mighty 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. Mighty's Polaris Prize-winning album, 13th Floor (2019), is her most fully-realized project to date - making history as the first hip hop artist and the first Black woman to ever receive the award. Garnering overwhelming praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, Hot New Hip Hop, and Lyrical Lemonade to name a few, Haviah continues to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in Hip-Hop.

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 Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Redman and Method Man, Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, and Kranium.

Watch and share Thirteen here
Listen to 13th Floor
  here
Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here

VISUALS:
Smoke (feat. Clairmont The Second)
Blame
Wishy Washy (feat. Omega Mighty), 
Waves (feat. Sean Leon) 
In Women Colour

UPCOMING VIRTUAL CONCERTS
July 1 –  City of Toronto Canada Day 2020 – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET – tune in here
July 1 –  CBC Canada Day Together – 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET – more info here
July 2 – Lilith FLARE Summer Concert Series – Info | FLARE on IGTV

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
August 1 – RBC Bluesfest Drive-In – Gatineau, QC – 7:00 p.m. 

October 7 – 7th Street Entry (with Old Man Saxon) – Minneapolis, MN
October 8 – Reggie’s Music Joint (with Old Man Saxon) – Chicago, IL
June 19, 2021 – Tim Horton’s Field (supporting Arkells) – Hamilton, ON 

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ZAAC PICK RELEASES NEW ALBUM PASSAGES TODAY

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Toronto, ON – June 26, 2020 – Today marks the second album release for Canadian singer, songwriter and musician, Zaac Pick, with his new record, Passages. Having previously launched three singles leading up to today, fans are highly anticipating the full release, which can be streamed here now. Reflective and raw, the eight-song collection on Passages explores the ambiguities and complexities of desire, masculinity, mental health, disillusionment, and finding strength with a hopeful and often poetic honesty.

Zaac on Passages: “I decided to call this album 'Passages' while it was being recorded last summer, because the songs were all in some way to do with learning to navigate transitions — in myself, in relationships, and in the world around me. In the past, I've often struggled against the uncertainty and ambiguity of these seasons of change, even as I recognize they are part of a process.”   

He continues, “These songs are about learning to be more present to where I'm at, letting go, and taking responsibility, all themes that have taken on new meaning for me the past few months, as nearly everything has been turned upside down by a global pandemic and a much-needed civil rights movement.”

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. Previously released singles Lighter Side Of Blue, Ladder To The Sun and Atmosphere touch on the varied subjects of; hopefulness in times of darkness, people changing as a result of a person’s success and the tension between the knowing, and mystery, in long-term relationships.

The album’s focus track titled Strong Enough appears third on the album and showcases Zaac’s acute lyricism highlighting a rumination on identity against the backdrop of gender stereotypes. “When I wrote Strong Enough, I was thinking about the things I've heard or seen in my life that reinforce unhealthy gender stereotypes. The song is about moving past the idea that strength and vulnerability are mutually exclusive and learning to embrace both,” 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.

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RUSTON KELLY’S RADIO CLOUD DEBUTS TODAY

NEW ALBUM SHAPE & DESTROY OUT AUGUST 28 

Toronto, ON – June 26, 2020 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, Ruston Kelly’s, new single, Radio Cloud, is debuting today. Listen/share here. The song is the latest unveiled from Kelly’s highly anticipated new album, Shape & Destroy, which will be released August 28 on Rounder Records (pre-order here). Already receiving widespread attention, Kelly was featured in an exclusive, in-depth profile earlier this month at Entertainment Weekly, which praises, “There are little reminders woven all across the songs of Shape & Destroy…Reminders to have grace, to be forgiving to yourself and others, and to stay sober when your brain is screaming for reprieve. Profound reminders that life itself can be beautiful, even when the walls around us are caving in” and continues describing Kelly as, “one of the sharpest, most empathetic songwriters working today.”

Co-produced by Kelly and longtime collaborator, Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer) and recorded at Dreamland Recording Studios in upstate New York, Shape & Destroy documents Kelly’s journey through maintaining his sobriety and facing his past. He addresses these experiences and setbacks with unvarnished honesty, grace and conviction across thirteen new songs including Brave, which premiered earlier this year to critical acclaim – Men’s Health proclaimed, “Be prepared: this song is a sledgehammer straight to your heart,” while Rolling Stone declared, “poignant.”

Reflecting on the album, Kelly shares, “Making this record definitely taught me that I don’t want to be selfish: I want to channel something larger than myself and give myself to the process as fully as possible, because these songs also become the story of whoever hears them. Whatever someone might get out of listening to this record and hearing me express myself in this way, it’s completely theirs.”

In addition to Kelly (vocals, acoustic guitar, high-strung acoustic, electric guitar, piano, percussion, sandpaper, mandolin) and Jarrad K (electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, piano, Rhodes, Hammond M3, percussion, student bells, background vocals), the album also features Kelly’s father Tim “TK” Kelly (steel guitar, background vocals), Eli Beaird (bass, background vocals) and Eric Slick (drums, percussion, background vocals) as well as special guests Gena Johnson, Abby Kelly and Kacey Musgraves on background vocals.

Shape & Destroy marks yet another breakthrough moment for the Nashville-based artist, who released his full-length debut album, Dying Star, in 2018. Also co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star debuted to widespread critical acclaim and 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.” Additionally, Rolling Stone proclaimed, “one of the most magnetic releases of the year,” and The Fader praised, “a uniquely emotional and raw collection about our ability to build a new life from the ashes.” Kelly also released Dirt Emo Vol. 1 this past fall – a project consisting of eight new covers of his favourite emo songs including Dashboard Confessional’s, Screaming Infidelities, featuring the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba, Wheatus’, Teenage Dirtbag, The Carter Family’s, Weeping Willow and Taylor Swift’s, All Too Well, which earned praise from Swift herself.

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ROBERT COUNTS DEBUTS WHAT DO I KNOW

NEW TRACK AVAILABLE NOW – LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – June 26, 2020 – Rising Arista Nashville singer/songwriter, Robert Counts, has debuted his new release, What Do I Know, today. Listen here.

Co-written with HARDY and Jake Mitchell, What Do I Know is a modern-day, southern blue-collar anthem, that Counts describes as inspired by “things you’re taught about growing up – hunting, fishing, living off the land – things that your dad tells you and his granddad told him.”

The blazing new track follows Counts’ “soulful-and-sophisticated” (Sounds Like Nashville) self-titled debut EP, which ranges from “heartfelt” (CMT) standout, Backseat Driver, to the sweet anticipation of Someone In My Someday, the take-you-as-you-are, Dress Up, the hopefulness of Better People, and the smouldering soul in a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy.

Counts grew up in Franklin, Tennessee and started playing guitar and singing at his church, where he led worship throughout his teens, but it wasn’t until after he graduated from Lee University with a degree in Biochemistry that he committed to a career in music. After winning a songwriter’s round at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant in Downtown Franklin, he earned a cash price and his first publishing deal. Today, the artist continues to prolifically craft new tunes, pulling fresh inspiration from his life experiences in the tradition of true country music storytelling.

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RACHEL BECK SHARES STUNNING VISUAL FOR LATEST SINGLE DANCIN’

TRACK APPEARS ON SOPHOMORE ALBUM
STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW – OUT NOW

“A beautifully crafted electronic pop record with compelling rhythms, layers of piano and synthesizers and dreamy vocals that wash over you wave after wave, Stronger Than You Know is one of those records you just leave on replay. – The Guardian

Toronto, ON – June 26, 2020 – Following the celebrated release of her sophomore record, Stronger Than You Know, Rachel Beck returns with the captivating visual accompaniment to her latest single, Dancin’. Created with acclaimed filmmaker and climate justice warrior, Millefiore Clarkes, the video juxtaposes images of dancing, colour and stunning natural beauty, with those of destruction, in a powerful way. Have a look here.

On the inspiration for Dancin’, Beck explains: “After a show in Fredericton one night, I had a long conversation with the presenter and his wife about the climate crisis. He told me the legend of the Roman emperor Nero – how he played his lyre on the roof of his palace as Rome burned to the ground around him. This resonated deeply with me. Sometimes it feels like we value comfort, convenience, and consumerism over climate action. We hear the cries for change, but we just turn up the music and keep dancin' while the earth burns around us. As a parent, I feel the weight of this. I want to do better.” 

She continues, We wanted to clearly convey the climate action message within the song, without being too ‘gloom and doom’. We shot the video in less than an hour, but Mille truly tells the story with her brilliant editing.”

Produced by Daniel Ledwell at Echo Lake in Nova Scotia, Stronger Than You Know is sonically decorated amidst compelling electronic rhythms and dreamy synth layers. Beck’s vocals float across the vivid, harmony-laden, ethereal soundscape for which she has become known.

The record follows Beck’s self-titled debut, which garnered multiple award nominations and wins, including a SOCAN #1 Award for lead single Reckless Heart after it topped the CBC Music Top 20 Chart. In 2019, Beck took home two Music PEI Awards (Pop Recording of the Year, New Artist of the Year) and earned two ECMA nominations (Pop Recording of the Year, Rising Star Recording of the Year). 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 across Canada, from the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver to the Imperial Theatre in Saint John.

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CAMELPHAT UNVEIL THEIR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW SINGLE HYPERCOLOUR FEATURING FOALS FRONTMAN YANNIS PHILIPPAKIS

BUY/STREAM HERE

Toronto, ON – June 26, 2020 – Grammy nominated and triple platinum selling producers, Camelphat, have unveiled their eagerly anticipated new single, Hypercolour, featuring Foals frontman, Yannis Philippakis. The track is a master-crafted display of Camelphat’s signature hypnotic sound topped with Yannis’ melancholic vocals. Hypercolour sees two musical powerhouses of the British music scene come together to create what is set to be one of 2020’s biggest crossover hits.

Never afraid to push the envelope, Camelphat’s collaboration with Foals’ frontman Yannis Philippakis has been eagerly anticipated by fans. Needing little introduction, from playing chaotic house parties in their home city of Oxford to becoming major festival headliners across Europe, Foals’ trajectory has been remarkable. They’ve earned critical acclaim winning Best Band at the BRIT Awards last year, as well as NME and Q Award wins. Not stopping there, the band have also been nominated for an Ivor Novello and have been nominated three times for a Mercury Prize, earning fan devotion with anthems such as My NumberInhaler and The Runner.

Liverpool duo Camelphat (Dave Whelan and Mike Di Scala) have firmly established themselves as one of the most in-demand dance acts around. Making their mark with their 2017 Grammy nominated hitCola,the duo have continued to release huge hits such as BreathePanic Room feat. Au/Ra, Rabbit Hole, and Be Someone, alongside Jake Bugg. 

The pair have been hailed as the ‘hottest dance acts in the world’ and have consistently been supported by industry heavyweights including, Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Danny Howard and Pete Tong. The pair are also firm favourites on the festival circuit playing some of the world’s biggest events such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Reading & Leeds, Creamfields, Warehouse Project, and Parklife. This summer the pair were confirmed to headline their own residency  every Wednesday at Ushuaia, Ibiza, and are set to announce a huge UK headline tour in the next coming weeks, Camelphat and Yannis Philippakis’ hypnotic new single, Hypercolour, is out everywhere now.

CamelPhat on Spotify

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BIRDS OF BELLWOODS SHARE ANTHEMIC NEW SONG PINEBOX

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Toronto, ON – June 26, 2020 – Toronto alt-rock darlings, Birds of Bellwoods (Stevie Joffe, Adrian Morningstar, Chris Blades and Kintaro Akiyama), are thrilled to share their first new music of 2020, with the emotive and heartswelling song, Pinebox. An anthem for looking inward and letting go of the past, Pinebox is the first new music from the band since their stellar cross-Canada arena tour last fall with Rock The Rink. Have a listen here and check out the band’s socials for the Pinebox Challenge.

"Pinebox is an invitation to look yourself in the eyes, let go of who you have been, and move forward. It is a song about self-reflection in a time of stasis, and releasing the weight we carry with us from our early years,” the band reflects. “There is a mourning to it, but through that an explosion into hope. This track is also the first we’ve ever produced entirely ourselves, something we were always scared to do. We hope it can act as somewhat of a torch in the darkness. What can you forgive today, and what new world can that forgiveness lead you to?”

Pinebox began its creative roots about a year ago, but production was halted during the height of isolation in Toronto. Written, performed and produced by Birds of Bellwoods, the track was mixed by Howie Beck (Feist, Barenaked Ladies, Charlotte Day Wilson) and mastered by Noah Mintz. The track features additional instrumentation by Dylan Gowan, Alejandro Valdepenas, Josue Valdepenas, Jesse Morrison, Raha Javanfar.

Birds of Bellwoods made waves in 2018 with the release of their critically-acclaimed debut LP, Victoria. Birds of Bellwoods have wasted little time making an indelible mark on Canada’s musical landscape, with much of the attention to come their way stemming from their highly energetic and engaging live performances. Their highly-anticipated debut album, Victoria, was released in 2018, with the lead single, Let You Go, spending over 30 weeks in the Top 40 at Alternative Radio in Canada, hit #1 on SiriusXM’s The Verge chart, and was featured as CBC’s Song Of The Week. Their album Victoria has amassed over two million streams on Spotify alone, and has been featured on numerous Spotify and Apple Music Playlists, including Viral Hits Canada, Indie All Stars, Best Of The Week, and Breaking Rock.

The band has crossed North America on numerous dates, including a slew of high-profile Canadian music festivals, from CMW and NXNE to country juggernaut Boots & Hearts to the tastemaking haven of Osheaga. That’s in addition to packed shows supporting the likes of Arkells, Wintersleep, Virginia to Vegas and Scott Helman to name a few. In 2019, the band hit the road with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s Rock The Rink Tour as the production’s special live musical act.

Stay tuned for more to come from Birds of Bellwoods this year!

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GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW SHARES NEW SINGLE ORGONE

GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW SHARES NEW SINGLE ORGONE

THE GRAMMY NOMINATED ARTIST
RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM MAMA, YOU CAN BET!

UNDER SOLO JAZZ PROJECT, JYOTI

LISTEN TO SINGLES THIS WALK /THE COWRIE WALTZ HERE

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

 “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 – June 25, 2020 – Today, acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Georgia Anne Muldrow who NPR describes as an “R&B and astral-funk polymath” shares Orgone, a new song from her solo-jazz project, Jyoti, a name bestowed upon her by the late great Alice Coltrane. On Orgone, Georgia sings “Maladjusted in this land/ the powers just/ just can’t end the plan” with pensive resonance over piano as she layers her rich voice over itself, swelling to an urgent cry from the heart. Listen here.

According to Georgia, the song is “a double entendre, ‘Orgone’ being a supposed device that helps to dampen extra low frequencies that come from electronics.” Muldrow adds that she hopes “this song can be a device for the extra low frequencies that occur to people in places, namely in the African Diaspora, in the way that the diaspora affects the people in places,” and that “the second part of the double entendre is "Orgone" meaning... repatriated back to the source of origin; gone from here. And the song is another poem, and it's my way of being able to get my feelings out. I just closed my eyes and played piano, and then I wrote to it, and then I orchestrated on it, and then at the end, I sang the blues on it.” 

Elaborating further, she says, “this is a song for all of us, in this transatlantic nightmare. And this is a song just to say ‘I know how you feel, and maybe you feel the way I feel,’ and maybe we can live in a place where being Black ain't such a big deal, because it's just normal. Because it's a natural thing. It ain't a result of... somebody else's story on our lives, we're just human beings, that are looked upon with a little bit more... Je ne sais... plain, you know? Even though we're not plain people, we're much more than that. We're beautiful people. We're ugly people. We're happy people. Sad people. Peaceful people... we're people just like everybody else.”

Orgone appears on the upcoming Jyoti album Mama, You Can Bet! due for release on August 28, 2020 via eOne and Muldrow’s own SomeOthaShip Connect. The album announcement was accompanied by the release of lead single This Walk, which also features Muldrow’s singing voice, along with wistful piano and harp. As Muldrow puts it, the song acknowledges how “violence can both ignite and snuff out a voice.” Essence called This Walk “A timely song from a timeless artist," and added, "This Walk is a ballad that speaks to feelings of people across the country” while Okayplayer called the song “a yearning and politically-charged ballad,” and WBGO said, “This is music for our troubled moment, restless but determined.” The single’s b-side, The Cowrie Waltz pits a loungey jazz sound with shredding guitar, echoing in the background to form a groovy and bombastic juxtaposition. This Walk b/w The Cowrie Waltz is available now digitally and a 7” single version can be pre-ordered now through Bandcamp here.

A beautifully animated lyric video for This Walk created by Charles Sicuso with Muldrow’s own illustrations has subsequently been made available to view here

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 singles This Walk and Orgone. The album’s only guest musician is Georgia’s long-time friend and acclaimed saxophonist Lakecia 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 recently re-aired on NPR, who also recently featured Muldrow on Play It Forward, a new special segment series on All Things Considered, listen here.

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

Listen to Orgone: ffm.to/orgone

DOWNLOAD – Orgone Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Press Photo

DOWNLOAD – Album Artwork

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JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY HONOURS PRIDE MONTH WITH NEW SINGLE FOR NO ONE

FORTHCOMING EP INTERLUDE-19
SET FOR RELEASE LATER THIS YEAR

LISTEN TO LATEST ALBUM CH III: THE COME UP HERE

2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATION FOR 
REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Toronto, ON – June 25, 2020 – As an artist that continues to champion all communities, JUNO-nominated Toronto artist,STORRY, shares a song in honour of Pride Month today. For No One – produced by Polaris Music Prize-nominated Junia-T – is the songstress’ ode to celebrating that “love, sex and sexuality have no limits.” The song premiered via Addicted Magazine. Listen to it here.

 

On the song, STORRY says: “All communities that are minorities are always being misrepresented, underrepresented, and treated again as unidimensional human beings. We often create these boundaries, like we do with everything else, about who we are, what we like and what we’ll never do. I personally was never one to explore too much with my sexuality, because I experienced a lot of trauma and at one point saw no value in sex or a significant other. Things have changed. I now identify as pansexual (a term I admit I only learned recently, meaning ‘not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity’).

It’s an incredible journey and I hope to continue to explore my sexuality in a free space. I hope the world learns more about what it means to be part of the LGBTQ2+ community. The fluidity of love and sexuality. We’re always trying to control things, ourselves especially. Be free, my friends, and watch how assortments of all kinds of love spring up all over the place. This song is for all queer love.”

For No One is STORRY’s dynamic, swift return from her critically acclaimed debut album, CH III: The Come Up, which was released February 20, 2020. It’s the first single from her forthcoming EP, INTERLUDE-19, set for release later this year; another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters, to be delivered as a visual album directed by STORRY’s creative collaborator, Karimah Issa (who helmed STORRY’s cinematic visual for Money Ain’t Free).  

 

In March, STORRY launched her self-produced Claymation film, Up, set to a song of the same name from CH III: The Come Up. Up was set to launch at the postponed Toronto Short Film Festival. Nothing stopped 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.
 

CH III: The Come Up, was released February 20, 2020. The project is based on a chapter of STORRY’s 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.

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 continues to share her STORY, with national features in The Canadian PressEARMILKThe Toronto StarThe Creative Imbalance PodcastCanadian BeatsNew Theory RadioStudio01, amongst others, with her music played on CBC q, CBC Fresh Air, CBC Big City Small World, and CIUT, and live sessions with Radio Humber, Canadian Music Therapy Fund, RX Music and more. 


About STORRY

STORRY is a multifaceted wonder woman who writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to directing award-winning music videos. Her debut concept album, CH III: The Come Up, was released on February 20, 2020 to critical acclaim. Since then, she was nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award in the category of Reggae Recording of the Year (the JUNOs have yet to be awarded, due to the COVID-19 pandemic) for her song, Another Man, which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly and Robbie. 

 

Now, with the world in retrospection, STORRY decided to write and assemble virtual collaborations in order to create a new EP called INTERLUDE-19 in isolation. Another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters. STORRY’s art is raw and honest to the max. If it doesn’t touch you, it’ll hit you in the face. 

Upcoming Livestream Concerts:

July 2 - Sofar Sounds Live Stream – 3:00 pm  ET

July 9 - Lilith FLARE Virtual Concert Series – Info

October 1 - Conestoga College Virtual Live Music Series – 1:00 pm ET

Listen to For No One: foundation-media.ffm.to/fornoone

Buy/stream CH III: 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

Upcoming Livestream Concerts:
July 2 - Sofar Sounds Live Stream – 3:00 pm  ET
July 9 - Lilith FLARE Virtual Concert Series – Info
October 1 - Conestoga College Virtual Live Music Series – 1:00 pm ET

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo  DOWNLOAD – For No One Artwork

www.storrymusic.com

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AMERICAN GRIM RELEASE SO SICK MUSIC VIDEO

ALL NEW LP ULTRA BLACK OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – June 25, 2020 – American Grim have released another new music video for their track, So Sick, today. Directed once again by vocalist, Ryan Grim, the video follows the eye-catching videos for NightmareGods and Kings, and Breathe, which were released over the last few couple of months.

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’s 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 So Sick

Watch the video for Breathe

Listen to Ultra Black: lnk.to/ultrablack

www.americangrimmusic.com

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MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING ROCK BAND SEETHER RETURNS WITH FIRST NEW ALBUM IN THREE YEARS

SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM (“IF YOU WANT PEACE PREPARE FOR WAR”)

TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 28TH VIA FANTASY RECORDS

VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE DANGEROUS

PREMIERES TODAY VIA REVOLVER

PRE-ORDER THE NEW ALBUM HERE

Toronto, ON – June 24, 2020 – Three years after releasing their critically acclaimed record, Poison The Parish, multi-platinum selling rock band, SEETHER, announces their highly anticipated return with the new album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum, out August 28, 2020 via Fantasy Records. Translating to “If You Want Peace, Prepare For War,” the album features 13 new tracks, a primal mix of euphoria and misery, undoubtedly some of the strongest material of SEETHER’s illustrious career, including the beautifully tormented first single, Dangerousreleased today alongside an animated music video created by noted Turkish director, Mertcan Mertbilek (Santana, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Elvis Costello). See the video for Dangerous here

 

These songs are carefully crafted to nestle in your ears like a tiny velvet rabbit clutching a switch-blade,” says front man, Shaun Morgan; his flair for vivid imagery on full display. That bold openness strikes a chord musically and lyrically on songs that explore and eviscerate demons both personal and cultural. “This whole album is kind of me going through that process. I’m exposing myself to a degree I’m not normally comfortable with,” he says. “But I think it’s OK. I’m proud to be a little bit more vulnerable on this album.”

 

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum, SEETHER’s eighth studio album, was produced by Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI) in Nashville from December 2019 through January 2020. The band is joined on the album by newest member, Corey Lowery (ex-guitarist/vocalist for Saint Ansonia and Stuck Mojo), Morgan’s friend of 16 years, who also assistant-engineered the album. “Corey has a lot of experience and is an inspiring guitarist as well; he’s the older brother I’ve always wanted,” Morgan added. SEETHER’s rock-solid rhythm section is bassist and founding member Dale Stewart, and drummer John Humphrey (who joined in 2003.)

 

The push-pull on Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is as dynamic as it is memorable as Morgan brings his intimate singer-songwriter sensibility to the band’s heavy rock grooves. Drawing on influences including the dark and raw honesty of grunge’s epic guitar attack and the South African underground punk and metal that Morgan (and Stewart) grew up on, SEETHER’s sonic brew is unmistakable and timeless. 

 

The new album’s haunting, unforgettable Dangerous is an instant standout. While the band prefers to leave Dangerousopen to interpretation, lyrics like, “It’s so dangerous all this blamelessness / and I feel like I lost all the good I’ve known” are a passionate and pointed indictment of self and society at large. Beg, where Morgan snarls, “See hope fading out of your eyes / This time the pain is going to feel unreal,” is similarly unrelenting. The chorus’s point-blank demand, “beg, motherfucker!” is a primal rock rallying cry. Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum’s brutal but beautiful lyrics infuse these songs with cathartic urgency like this from the track Failure“I live my life like a broken-hearted failure / I’m trying to shed some light on the scars left by the razors.”

 

With touring paused, the ever-active SEETHER has posted a series of on-line sessions via social media featuring band members at home, including livestream Q&As and acoustic performances from Shaun Morgan, cooking instructionals with Dale Stewart, crossfit workouts with Corey Lowery, and drumming playthroughs with John HumphreyThe “hanging at home” digital series can be seen at SEETHER’s FacebookYouTube Channel and Twitch.  

 

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum will be available in CD, vinyl and digital download formats.
Pre-order it here .

 

For special offers and exclusive merchandise, visit SEETHER’s online store.
 

SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM TRACKLISTING:

1.Dead And Done 

2.Bruised And Bloodied 

3.Wasteland 

4.Dangerous 

5.Liar 

6.Can’t Go Wrong 

7.Buried In The Sand 

8.Let It Go 

9. Failure 

10.Beg 

11.Drift Away

12. Pride Before The Fall 

13.Written In Stone

 

About SEETHER:

Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, SEETHER has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically with the quartet’s sense of purpose and commitment spreading outwards, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort and a sense of personal power. While others of their ilk faded away, SEETHER maintains a strong sense of self, ignoring trends and critics in favor of a consummate devotion to their craft.

Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 15 #1 singles (including 2017’s Let You Down, 2014’s Words as Weapons, and 2011’s Tonight); 19 Top 5 multi-format hits, with US singles sales topping 17 million and over 1.5 billion streams world-wide across all platforms.

They are also creators of the Rise Above Fest, founded in 2012 to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental illness. Past headliners of the annual gathering include Slash, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach & many more. Since conception, the Rise Above Fest has turned into a broader movement, expanding its presence at additional music festivals around the globe. All SEETHER shows donate $1 of ticket sales to benefit the SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education) organization.

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

www.seether.com

 

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2020 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS

MEMBER VOTING OPEN NOW
UNTIL MONDAY, JULY 6

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON SEPTEMBER 25
DURING SPECIAL LIVESTREAMED EVENT

Toronto, ON – June 23, 2020 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance is honoured to announce the outstanding artists and music industry professionals that have been nominated for 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards. The full list of nominees can be found below, with the winners in both the artistic and industry categories to be revealed on September 25 during a special livestreamed event.

“I am excited to be announcing and celebrating these incredible artists and industry nominees for the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards,” says Robyn Stewart, Executive Director, Western Canadian Music Alliance. “This year has been and continues to be tough for our industry, but also has highlighted the importance of music in the mental wellness, celebration and day-to-day joy of our country, especially in times of struggle. I am thrilled now more than ever to shine a light on these talented artists and industry who have made an incredible impact on the industry in the past year.”

Now in their 18th year, the Western Canadian Music Awards annually honour and celebrate the best industry and artistic talent coming out of western Canada. This year once again saw representation from all seven Member Associations, with numerous artists and industry members earning multiple nominations, including four nods to the National Music Centre, three nominations each for Nuela Charles, William Prince, and the West End Cultural Centre, and a whopping 15 acts with double nominations. 

Voting is now open to members of all western Provincial and Territorial Music Industry Associations. All members will be sent an email regarding login information to vote (beginning today – Tuesday, June 23). If any members do not receive an email, please contact their Music Association. Voting will conclude at midnight, Pacific Time, on Monday, July 6.

Details on the format of the 2020 BreakOut West events will be announced in the coming weeks.

2020 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ARTISTIC NOMINEES
Blues Artist of the Year                

Big Dave McLean - MB
Harpdog Brown - BC
Kat Danser & The Tall Tales - AB
Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne - BC
Wide Mouth Mason - BC

BreakOut Artist of the Year                     
Alexandria Maillot - BC
Ariel Posen - MB
Begonia - MB
The Funk Hunters - BC
The Small Glories - MB

Children’s Artist of the Year                    
Beppie - AB
Ginalina - BC
The Kerplunks - BC
The Pianimals - MB
Will's Jams - BC

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year
Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre (CMC)
Land's End Ensemble with Ben Reimer and Karl Hirzer - AB
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra - MB
Margaret Carey - MB
Mark Takeshi McGregor - BC
The Vancouver Island Symphony - BC                       

Classical Composer of the Year               
Carmen Braden - NT
Dorothy Chang - BC
Marcus Goddard - BC
Stephen Chatman - BC
Vincent Ho - AB                       

Country Artist of the Year            
Dan Davidson - AB
Don Amero - MB
Hunter Brothers - SK
Jess Moskaluke - SK
The Dungarees - AB                       

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year                
Khanvict - BC
Miles Away - BC
RIELL - AB
Rumpus - SK
SkiiTour - BC                       

Francophone Artist of the Year              
Beauséjour - MB
Kelly Bado - MB
Loig Morin - BC
Ponteix - SK
Renelle Ray - AB                       

Global Artist of the Year (formerly World Artist of the Year)                      
Buckman Coe - BC
Casimiro Nhussi - MB
Mazacote - BC
Orchid Ensemble - BC
The Mariachi Ghost - MB                       

Indigenous Artist of the Year                  
Sponsored by  Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Blue Moon Marquee - BC
Burnstick - MB
Celeigh Cardinal - AB
Riit - NV
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC                       

Instrumental Artist of the Year              
Apollo Suns - MB
Christine Hanson - AB
Joe Porter - AB
Mike Morrisseau - AB
Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres - BC                       

Jazz Artist of the Year                   
Audrey Ochoa - AB
Karl Schwonik - AB
Kent Sangster's Obsessions Octet - AB
Regina Jazz Society - SK
Sandro Dominelli - AB                       

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year               
CRNKSHFT - BC
Dizzy Mystics - MB
Hellrazer - AB
Neck of the Woods - BC
Sleepwraith - AB                       

Pop Artist of the Year                    
Alexandria Maillot - BC
Luca Fogale - BC
Martin Kerr - AB
Nuela Charles - AB
Riit - NV                       

Producer of the Year                     
deadmen - MB
John Paul Peters - MB
Ryan Dahle - BC
Ryan Worsley - BC
Steve Bays - BC                       

R&B Artist of the Year (formerly Urban Artist of the Year)             
Hooper Turnt Sanger - BC
Iamtheliving - BC
Josh Sahunta - AB
Krystle Dos Santos - BC
Sebastian Gaskin - MB

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year            
Bdice - BC
Kimmortal - BC
Moka Only - BC
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC
Super Duty Tough Work - MB                       

Recording of the Year                   
Frazey Ford - BC
Hunting - BC
Nuela Charles - AB
Royal Canoe - MB
William Prince - MB                       

Rock Artist of the Year
Sponsored by Torque Brewing                     
Joey Landreth - MB
Mise en Scene - MB
Mobina Galore - MB
The Jerry Cans - NV
The Radiant - SK                       

Roots Artist of the Year                
Del Barber - MB
Kacy & Clayton - SK
Leaf Rapids - MB
The Small Glories - MB
William Prince - MB                       

Songwriter(s) of the Year            
Sponsored by  The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
Celeigh Cardinal - AB
Del Barber - MB
Kacy Anderson & Clayton Linthicum - SK
Nuela Charles - AB
William Prince - MB                       

Spiritual Artist of the Year                       
Danielle Savard - MB
Dee Daniels - BC
Fresh IE - MB
Jay Semko - SK
Katrina Van Humbeck - MB                       

Video Director of the Year
Sponsored by Manitoba Film and Music       
Brock Davis Mitchell - Nuela Charles, Long Way Down - AB
Dustin Wilson, Zach Wilson - The Dead South, Diamond Ring - SK
Farhad Ghaderi - Jordan Klassen, Virtuous Circle - BC
Jorge Requena - The Mariachi Ghost, Cuerpo Mortal - MB
Travis Nesbitt - The Dungarees, Don't Make Em Like They Used To - AB                       

Visual Media Composer of the Year                   
Daniel Janke, Subconscious Password - YT
The Mariachi Ghost, Octavio is Dead! - MB
Tom Koroluk, Get Over It - MB
Wolf Willow, Etthén Heldeli: Caribou Eaters - SK

2020 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS INDUSTRY NOMINEES

Audio Engineering Award            
Ben Kaplan - BC
John Paul Peters - MB
Ryan Worsley - BC
Sheldon Zaharko - BC
Steve Bays - BC            

Community Excellence Award                
National Music Centre - AB
Red Tent - MB
The Vancouver Island Symphony - BC
West End Cultural Centre - MB
Winnipeg Music Project - MB                       

Excellence in Visual Design                     
Bronwin Parks, Feisty Creative - BC
Logan Tanner & Ron Baldoza, Trifecta Sound Co. - SK
Logan Thackray, Fallen Tree Records - AB
Shalom Toy, Cosmic Cavern Design - AB
Shan & Co. - AB                       

Impact in Artist Development                
Birthday Cake Media - MB
Chronograph Records - AB
National Music Centre - AB
Regina Jazz Society - SK
West End Cultural Centre - MB                       

Impact in Live Music                     
Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association
National Music Centre - AB
Squamish Constellation Festival - BC
West End Cultural Centre - MB
Winnipeg Folk Festival - MB
Winterruption YEG - AB                       

Impact in Music Marketing                     
Chronograph Records - AB
National Music Centre - AB
Susan Busse - SK
The Village Idiots - MB
Winnipeg Folk Festival - MB

About Western Canadian Music Alliance
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music.  WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. WCMA’s head office is in Winnipeg. We recognize the ancestral lands, from Treaty One Territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

www.breakoutwest.ca

Use #BREAKOUTWEST and join in the conversation!

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HELLO MOTH RETURNS WITH NEXT SET OF MUSIC FROM NEW FULL-LENGTH WHEN THE SKY MELTED

DOUBLE SINGLE CANYONS / WANTED TO TELL YOU

SEE THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR WANTED TO TELL YOU HERE

WHEN THE SKY MELTED OUT JULY 24

Toronto, ON – June 22, 2020 – Platinum-certified Canadian producer and avant-pop solo artist, Hello Moth, is gearing up to release their new full-length album, When The Sky Melted, on July 24th. Last month they shared the first taste of the new music with the double single, Times Like This / Inside, and now they have dropped another double single – Canyons / Wanted To Tell You. Have a listen to the new tracks here and sing along to Wanted To Tell You with the lyric video here.

“They’re two very different songs,” reflects Hello Moth. “Canyons (Acoustic) is soft and gentle, originally written as a poem to comfort a grieving friend. This acoustic version features multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Longman, who produced a gorgeous instrumental based on my live version of the song. The complementary song, Wanted to Tell You is loud and wild, written from the perspective of someone trying to tell their comatose companion about the strange changes in the world outside.”

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.

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’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.

DOWNLOADCanyons / Wanted To Tell You single artwork
DOWNLOAD – album cover art
DOWNLOAD – hi-res press photo

www.hellomoth.xyz

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GRAMMY AND JUNO-AWARD WINNING PRODUCER DAVID STRICKLAND LAUNCHES THE DAVID STRICKLAND SHOW VIA INSTAGRAM LIVE ON JUNE 19 WITH ERNIE PANICCIOLI

LISTEN TO LATEST SINGLE TRUTH FEAT. MAESTRO FRESH WES, QUE ROCK, LEONARD SUMNER AND SOUFY

WATCH VIDEO FOR TURTLE ISLAND AND SPIRIT OF HIP HOP

PRE-ORDER 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, MAESTRO FRESH WES AND MORE

Toronto, ON – June 19, 2020 – 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 – is preparing to release his highly anticipated album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop, on June 29. Today, David welcomes all to dive deep into the music as he launches a live interview series on Instagram called The David Strickland Show. Everything begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET, featuring first guest, Ernie Paniccioli – David’s long-time mentor and revered Hip-Hop photographer. Tune in hereand pre-order the album here.

Launching in alignment to acknowledge Juneteenth and National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), The David Strickland Show provides an opportunity for David's audience to connect with artists and music industry leaders and share in their experiences on a variety of topics ranging from the state of Indigenous communities across North America, our current political climate, the importance of the arts and the power of Hip-Hop.  Audiences are invited to engage in storytelling, anecdotes and wisdom shared as David reflects on his career, and converses with colleagues.

Last month, David shared the album’s third single, Truthfeaturing Rap Prime Minister,  Maestro Fresh Wes, Que Rock, Leonard Sumner, and Soufy. Listen to it here. The cover art for Truth 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 long-time 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. 

Ahead of the album launch, David has been sharing his story, with recent features in ComplexHip Hop CanadaET CanadaSidedoor MagazineCanadian BeatsHip Hop VancouverCBC MusicCanadian Musician RadioThe Strombo ShowCTV Your MorningeTalkNew Theory Radio, a live chat with RX Music, and an exclusive interview for SiriusXM’s Live @ Home series.

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. 
 

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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. 

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JUKE ROSS RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM CHAPTER 2 TODAY VIA PALM TREE RECORDS/RCA RECORDS

Toronto, ON – June 19, 2020 –  Singer/songwriter, Juke Ross, releases his debut album, Chapter 2, today via Palm Tree Records/RCA Records (listen here).  The 20-track album features original music along with acoustic versions of some of the tracks. 

Juke says of the album, “Chapter 2 is the story of a fish leaving its pond (Guyana) in pursuit of a Dream. A fish out of fresh water in an ocean of many creatures; about crossing rivers against the tide, reaching the ocean and learning to swim in bigger waves. It’s about survival and freedom. It’s about dreamers. It encompasses the long hard road to being an artist. A road filled with beautiful instances of life if only you can perceive them. Plenty sunshine and of course a bit of rain. It is a sort of metamorphosis and its end places us right where we are now. At the end of a rainstorm and ready for summer.”

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.

Chapter 2 Tracklist:
1. Drifting Apart
2. Atlanta
3. We Never Die (Demo)
4. Wasted Time
5. Burned By The Love
6. Someone to Die For
7. Trading Places
8. Amazing
9. Life in The City
10. Tonight is Love
11. When Boys Cry, It Pours
12. Sophia
13. Alright
14. Higher
15. Drifting Apart (Acoustic)
16. We Never Die (Acoustic)
17. Burned By The Love (Acoustic)
18.Someone to Die For (Acoustic)
19. Trading Places (Acoustic)
20. Tonight is Love (Acoustic)

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ENTERPRISE EARTH UNLEASHES FOUNDATION OF BONES TODAY

SURPRISE EP INCLUDES NEW TRACK
LAMB OF GOD AND NECROPHASGIST COVERS AND MORE

NEW VIDEO NOW PLAYING AT REVOLVER

Toronto, ON – June 19, 2020 –  Foundation Of Bones is the new EP from death metal practitioners, ENTERPRISE EARTH. Released today via Entertainment One (eOne), the EP serves as a surprise bridge piece from their latest full-length effort, Luciferous, into the work being laid down for their forthcoming LP and also marks the band’s first self-produced output.

“Foundation Of Bones was a spur of the moment idea that quickly came to fruition,” elaborates ENTERPRISE EARTH guitarist, Gabriel Mangold. “After returning home from our canceled tour, we began writing and finishing up new material. While listening back to some new demos and being stoked on the quality of the mixes, we thought, ‘Fuck it. Let's give self-production a go and release an impromptu EP!’ Dan [Watson] tracked vocals at home in Indianapolis. Brandon [Zackey] recorded drums with our good friend/sound engineer, Chris Ghazel, in Los Angeles. I did guitars, bass, production, and handled mixing/mastering duties in my tiny home trailer studio rig in Taos, New Mexico. After several days of tweaking, we had a mix that we were all very stoked on and felt comfortable moving forward with our first self-produced release. I don't think we intended to accomplish anything specific with this EP other than releasing new music that we were very excited to show the world. However, throughout the process, we realized that we were attaining something vital in addition to releasing new music: the ability to self-produce. The sound we're developing is what we want to sound like, and we've all become that much more connected to our music now that we're at the reigns throughout the entire creative and production processes. We are very excited to continue developing our sound and have decided to self-produce our next LP.”

Foundation Of Bones features one new song from the band (the title track), two cover tunes - Lamb Of God’s iconic Now You’ve Got Something To Die For and Necrophagist’s Fermented Offal Discharge - an acoustic interpretation of There Is No Tomorrow from their Luciferous LP, and an instrumental version of the new track.

Notes Mangold, “The covers were something that we had in mind for some time, and the opportunity to do this EP prompted us to take action. Lamb Of God and Necrophagist are two huge inspirations on us, so covering these tunes was a no-brainer. We experienced a ton of electric energy tracking these as they are songs that we've loved since we were kids; hopefully, we did them justice!

The acoustic version of ‘There Is No Tomorrow’ was a cathartic experience,” he continues. “It was inspired by bands that have done incredible acoustic renditions of their heavy tunes, namely Alice In Chains, The Contortionist, and I See Stars. Our sonic inspirations and musical expressions go much deeper than just being brutal, and we wanted to express that sentiment and develop another facet of our sound. We love melody, peaks, and valleys within a song, acoustic jams that take you on a journey, and most importantly, we love writing music that resonates strongly within us. ‘There Is No Tomorrow’ is easily the most melodic and emotional song from Luciferous. If any tune from that record deserved an acoustic rendition, it would be that one. That it’s our collective favorite from that record, also made it an easy choice. Expect more of these acoustic renditions in the future.”

View ENTERPRISE EARTH’s Foundation Of Bones video alongside a track-by-track breakdown of the record, courtesy of Revolver Magazine, here. 

ENTERPRISE EARTH’s Foundation Of Bones is out now digitally. In observance of Juneteenth, the band will be donating 25% of all webstore sales made today, June 19, to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. eOne Heavy will be donating all Bandcamp revenue from Foundation Of Bones received on June 19 to the same fund.

ENTERPRISE EARTH’s Foundation Of Bones is out now digitally. Preview and purchase the record here.

Don’t miss ENTERPRISE EARTH’s live Q&A Tuesday June 23rd at soundrink.live at 8:30pm EST

Foundation Of Bones Track Listing:

1. Foundation Of Bones (New Track)

2. Now You’ve Got Something To Die For (Lamb Of God Cover)

3. Fermented Offal Discharge (Necrophagist Cover)

4. There Is No Tomorrow (Acoustic)

5. Foundation Of Bones (Instrumental)

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DAYSORMAY TEAM UP WITH TESSA VIOLET ON NEW SINGLE ROLE MODEL

SURPASS 200,000 STREAMS OUT OF THE GATE

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ROLE MODEL HERE

SINGLE IS THE FIRST TASTE OF THE GROUP’S NEW EP
SET TO DROP IN 2021

“…perfect pop stylings…” – Alt Press

Toronto, ON – June 18, 2020 – On May 27th via Alt Press, daysormay debuted theirearworm single, Role Model, featuring rising indie-pop artist, Tessa Violet. The collaboration with Tessa gives way to a high-energy jam that is undeniably infectious – racking up over 200k streams to date, and landing on numerous playlists, including Spotify’s New Music Friday Canada, The New Alt, Indie Pop, It’s A Bop, and Apple’s Best New Music and Rising Alternative.  Today, the Vancouver-based alternative three-piece share the official music video for the track. Have a look here.

The video for Role Model was shot in Vancouver, on zero sleep. "We’d all been awake for 24 hours or more,” says daysormay. “The night before the video shoot we were in the studio working on Tessa’s part all night and ended up only going home to grab camera gear between the studio and the shoot."

Tessa adds, "We were like maniacs on that shoot day. We literally went straight from the studio at like 3 a.m. to shoot at dawn at 5 a.m. and were up for well over 24 hours. So much fun though to just be the four of us and our camera op running around Vancouver to put together this music video."

Role Model is a clear indication of how they are unsatisfied with churning out simple three-minute rock standards. Audiences will hear how daysormay has continued to challenge their craft by incorporating pulsing drums, enchanting synths and guitars, unforgettable melodies and sharp-witted lyrics.

With influences like Phoenix, Glass Animals and Portugal. The Man, singer Aidan Andrews and twin brothers / rhythm section Carson and Nolan Bassett are carving out a unique space in modern alternative music and they have the online fanship to show it. It was a member of that dedicated following that tweeted at Tessa Violet, and suggested daysormay as openers for her 2019 tour. After doing some quick online research about the band, Tessa was instantly hooked on the music, specifically their song Role Model. She brought daysormay out on the road and was so blown away that she subsequently introduced them to her team at T∆G Music, where Tessa herself holds a creative development position. Full-circle moment, daysormay will release their new EP (worldwide ex Canada) through T∆G Music’s label in early 2021.

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TROY JUNKER RELEASES NEW SINGLE 4U FT. LUVR PAIRED WITH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO

FORTHCOMING EP THE PATH SET FOR RELEASE JULY 20

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Toronto, ON – June 18, 2020 – Today, Canadian Métis rapper, Troy Junker, releases 4U ft. LUVR, the third single off his forthcoming EP, The Path – set for release on July 20. 4U is a love song with the official music video showcasing loving relationships between all kinds of people – truly making it a love song for everyone. The video highlights the innocent and touching moments in relationships, whether it be a series of important milestones shared, or simply spending time with the person you love. These scenes bring the lyrics to life making for an exceptionally relatable composition – especially because these couples are together in real time. Listen to 4U here and watch the video here.

Troy touches on his inspiration behind 4U: “Nearly everybody has a special someone who you'd do anything and everything for and that's what inspired me. I approached 4U like a love poem that can be played for years to come. In the music video, it was so important that we show love of various forms and to not be afraid of showing our softer sides.” 

The track also features vocals from LUVR, who Troy met during his time studying in the Music Business Management Program at Durham College. LUVR mentions, “4U is the kind of song that makes you want to fall in love. It holds a special place in my heart considering it allowed me to collaborate with my close friend, Troy. Having worked with Troy when I lived in Canada, we recorded this song and filmed the music video while on opposite sides of the world.”

The 4U video was directed by creative videographer, Darren Balgobin, aka The King Diverse (Saweetie, Saint Jhn, Riff Raff, Maxo Kream, Liane V), Toronto film maker now based in Los Angeles, California. He shot the scenes in Toronto, with the opening scene depicting the first couple with their newborn baby on his first birthday. The video then moves on to another couple moving into their first apartment together. Following these scenes, a new couple in a snow fight and the video concludes with a final couple who have been married for many years, and now reside in a nursing home together.

"My general objective with this project was to demonstrate the power of LOVE in the many different forms that it comes in,” shared The King Diverse. “I wanted to strategically cast our talent with the intention to display a range of diversity. I hope the universe is able to receive our message and help to inspire and produce MORE love within our world today. Love is the strongest force on the earth."

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. He closed out 2019 by being featured in an Indigenous Songwriting 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. 4U is the final single to be released off of The Path following previously released tracks, We Up Ft. Thea May and  Inhale Exhale ft. Joey Stylez.

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Listen to We Up here
Listen to Inhale Exhale here
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SOCCER MOMMY CONTINUES SOCCER MOMMY & FRIENDS SINGLES SERIES WITH MGMT’S ANDREW VANWYNGARDEN

LISTEN TO GENTLE DOM’S (ANDREW VANWYNGARDEN OF MGMT) CIRCLE THE DRAIN REMIX AND SOCCER MOMMY’S COVER OF INDIE ROKKERS

ALL NET PROFITS FROM BANDCAMP SALES TO
NATIONAL BAIL OUT AND OXFAM’S COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

TORONTO, ON – June 18, 2020Soccer Mommy – twenty-two year-old Sophie Allisoncontinues her Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series today with Gentle Dom, a.k.a. Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT. Following releases with Jay Som and Beabadoobee, Gentle Dom remixes Soccer Mommy’s circle the drain, while Sophie covers MGMT’s Indie Rokkers. Check out the releases now here, and stay tuned for the final installment of the series, featuring SASAMI, out on July 2nd.

“I love MGMT so it was hard to pick a song to cover,” says Allison. “They have so many great ones. I ended up choosing Indie Rokkers because I thought it would fit my voice and my style the best. I also just thought it’d be cool to do a deep cut since a lot of people have already covered some of the bigger MGMT songs.” VanWyngarden adds, “V psyched to try out adding some additional seasoning to the already tasteful sounds of Soccer Mommy. With the proceeds going to great organizations like Oxfam COVID relief and The National Bailout fund, it made it even more spicy"

The Bandcamp net profits from the​ Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series ​will go to ​Oxfam's COVID-19 relief fund​ and ​National Bail Out​, to help combat both Coronavirus and the important fight against police brutality and systematic racism. Oxfam has an anonymous donor who will match every dollar raised for them 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. The album is already appearing on mid-year lists, from the likes of Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Paste, Billboard and more.

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.

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2020 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE LONG LIST IS HERE

TORONTO, ON – Monday, June 15, 2020

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has revealed its 40 album Long List. This year’s Long List is presented by Canada Council for the Arts.

The 2020 Polaris Music Prize Long List is:

Allie X - Cape God
Anachnid - Dreamweaver
Aquakultre - Legacy
Marie-Pierre Arthur - Des feux pour voir
Backxwash - God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Badge Époque Ensemble - Badge Époque Ensemble
Begonia - Fear
P'tit Belliveau - Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Caribou - Suddenly
Daniel Caesar - CASE STUDY 01
Chocolat - Jazz engagé
Louis-Jean Cormier - Quand la nuit tombe
Corridor - Junior
dvsn - A Muse In Her Feelings
Jacques Greene - Dawn Chorus
Sarah Harmer - Are You Gone
Ice Cream - FED UP
Junia-T - Studio Monk
Kaytranada - Bubba
Flore Laurentienne - Volume 1
Cindy Lee - What's Tonight To Eternity?
Men I Trust - Oncle Jazz
nêhiyawak - nipiy
OBUXUM - Re-Birth
Owen Pallett - Island
Pantayo - Pantayo
Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
Joel Plaskett - 44
William Prince - Reliever
Jessie Reyez - BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
Riit - ataataga
Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline
Super Duty Tough Work - Studies in Grey
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
Leif Vollebekk - New Ways
Wares - Survival
The Weeknd - After Hours
WHOOP-Szo - Warrior Down
Witch Prophet - DNA Activation
Zen Bamboo - GLU

In total, 223 albums were considered for the Long List by the 201 member jury.

“This period of reflection is leading to the creation of strong new work by strong new voices in music. The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to associate itself with the Polaris Prize through the Council’s presentation of the Long List,” said Carolyn Warren, Director General, Arts Granting Programs Division / Directrice générale, Division des programmes de subventions aux arts.

This year’s Long List was unveiled in a video broadcast via the Polaris Facebook page and YouTube channels. An exceptional cast of past Polaris nominees were enlisted to present each Long List album. These presenters included a l l i e, Tim Baker, Art Bergmann, Jean-Michel Blais, Bonjay’s Alanna Stuart, Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Cadence Weapon, Charlotte Cornfield, Le Couleur’s Laurence Giroux-Do, D-Sisive, Dilly Dally’s Katie Monks, Elephant Stone’s Rishi Dhir, Kathleen Edwards, Elisapie, Eternia, Faith Healer’s Jessica Jalbert, Great Lake Swimmers’ Tony Dekker, Hannah Georgas, Haviah Mighty, Zaki Ibrahim, iskwē, B.A. Johnston, KEN mode’s Jesse and Shane Matthewson, Kimmortal, LAL, Lisa Leblanc, Greg MacPherson, Kalle Mattson, Milk & Bone, Safia Nolin, Partner, Klô Pelgag, PUP, Radio Radio’s Gabriel L.B. Malenfant, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ Darren Metz, White Lung’s Mish Barber-Way, Wintersleep’s Paul Murphy, Hawskley Workman and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN’s Alaska B.

Additionally, new 2020 nominee, Anachnid, performed two songs from their Dreamweaver album as part of the reveal event.

The 10 album Short List will be unveiled live on July 15 on a CBC Music radio special. The 2020 Polaris Music Prize-winning album will be revealed live on the CBC Gem streaming service and CBCMusic.ca/Polaris during a special cinematic event, scheduled to take place this fall. More details on this will be announced in the coming weeks. 

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

Albums eligible for 2020 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

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

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

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

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Music
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Listen app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering 200 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca           

About Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder. The Council’s grants, services, initiatives, prizes, and payments contribute to the vibrancy of a creative and diverse arts and literary scene and support its presence across Canada and abroad. The Council’s investments foster greater engagement in the arts among Canadians and international audiences. www.conseildesarts.ca

Media Contacts:
Polaris Music Prize media: 

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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VOICI LA LONGUE LISTE DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2020!

TORONTO, ON – Lundi 15 juin 2020

Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a dévoilé sa Longue liste de 40 albums. Cette année, la Longue liste est présentée par le Conseil des arts du Canada. 

La Longue liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2020 est la suivante :

Allie X – Cape God
Anachnid – Dreamweaver
Aquakultre – Legacy
Marie-Pierre Arthur – Des feux pour voir
Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Badge Époque Ensemble – Badge Époque Ensemble
Begonia – Fear
P'tit Belliveau – Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Caribou – Suddenly
Daniel Caesar – CASE STUDY 01
Chocolat – Jazz engagé
Louis-Jean Cormier – Quand la nuit tombe
Corridor – Junior
dvsn – A Muse In Her Feelings
Jacques Greene – Dawn Chorus
Sarah Harmer – Are You Gone
Ice Cream – FED UP
Junia-T – Studio Monk
Kaytranada – Bubba
Flore Laurentienne – Volume 1
Cindy Lee – What's Tonight To Eternity?
Men I Trust – Oncle Jazz
Nêhiyawak – nipiy
OBUXUM – Re-Birth
Owen Pallett – Island
Pantayo – Pantayo
Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
Joel Plaskett – 44
William Prince – Reliever
Jessie Reyez – BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
Riit – ataataga
Andy Shauf – The Neon Skyline