NICKY JAM IS SEDUCED BY TEMPTATION ON HIS NEW SINGLE MIAMI

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Toronto, ON – July 30, 2021 – One of the greatest urban-music pioneers Nicky Jam, unveils his new single, Miami, a song that defines the limits of temptation in a long-lived relationship. Could Nicky Jam resist? To find out, fans will be able to enjoy their idol´s new music video on YouTube.

On many occasions, relationships are put to the test by the intervention of "third parties" and this is what Nicky Jam's new song, Miami, is all about. A very common life story in which a man is tempted to betray his partner, with a girl who represents something new, different, and forbidden. The song has A-class producers such as Dj Luian, Mambo Kingz, and Neneto, under the wings of the record label, La Industria INC.

Miami premiered with its official music video, an unprecedented audiovisual production, full of emotion and bright colours, under the lens of the “master” of urban genre music videos, Jessy Terrero.

“I think that all my fans are going to love this song. It's all about real-life experiences, those that can really connect you with the audience, because, unfortunately, heartbreaks are more common than happy endings," said Nicky Jam.

The videoclip was produced by Cinema Giants INC, and, as expected, it was recorded in the city of Miami, FL. The filmmaker, Jessy Terrero, did not miss the opportunity to show the best landscapes of the city, such as luxurious balconies overlooking the ocean, right up to the bold Miami-style streets where nightlife is the real protagonist. 

Listen to Miami by Nicky Jam today on your favourite digital platform.

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YOLA’S ANTHEMIC ALBUM STAND FOR MYSELF RELEASED TODAY VIA EASY EYE SOUND

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“‘Stand for Myself,’ an album made on her own terms.” 
The New York Times
 
“After a life full of trials, the British singer is ready to meet her moment.” 
Rolling Stone
 
“The Bristol born, Nashville-based singer is usurping expectations.” 
Variety
 
“Her vocals recall the poise and grandeur of music's greatest vintage pop singers.”  
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
 
“Is anyone blending genres as seamlessly as Yola is right now?”
Esquire  
 
Yola is a superstar whose career is about to explode.” 
Elton John

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2021 – Yola released her anthemic album, Stand For Myself, via Easy Eye Sound todayIt has been hailed as a sonic shift, by publications including The New York Times who stated, “Stand for Myself draws from the same Americana soundbook as Yola’s first record, but it’s also shot through with disco and pop.” Rolling Stone Magazine described it as “an album that reflects her musical journey, with songs that nod to various styles of R&B and dance music.” Slate praised her new music as “absolutely remarkable” and Entertainment Weekly claimed “her vocals recall the poise and grandeur of music's greatest vintage pop singers, from Dusty Springfield to Shirley Bassey.”
 
SPIN added to the plethora of praise stating, “what can be heard throughout Stand For Myself, is that through introspection and self-actualization Yola’s returning home to who she was all along.” W Magazine declared the album “a dopamine-inducing blend of gravelly country patina and pop polish that showcases Yola’s vocal prowess without sacrificing her message for commercial salience” and Esquire Magazine and Billboard included Diamond Studded Shoes in the best songs of 2021.
 
Yola hosted a takeover on SiriusXM Canada's North Americana, which aired this morning (Friday, July 30) at 8 a.m. ET, and will run again at 8 p.m. ET (tune in here), followed bu Sunday, August 1 at 11 a.m. / 11 p.m. ET and Wednesday, August 4 at 8 a.m. / 8 p.m. ET. Find details here.
 
Yola recently announced Starlight, a celebration of Yola’s anthemic new record, Stand For Myself, with a performance of the entire album, taped in front of a live audience during this year’s Newport Folk-On event. It will also broadcast across multiple time zones on Wednesday, August 4-5 via Moment House. For more information please visit here.
 
Stand For Myself reflects on Yola’s belief in the possibility of paradigm shift beyond the mental programming that creates tokenism and bigotry, which have deeply impacted her personal life and professional career. Produced by Dan Auerbach, the album traces a musical thread to Yola’s most eclectic musical inspirations. From the seminal albums Yola discovered via her mother’s 70s record collection, to her love of eclectic British radio, which featured a fluid mix of rock, 90s neo soul, R&B and britpop—all which soundtracked her childhood and teenage years in Bristol, England. Some songs began in the twilight hours of Yola’s pandemic isolation, reflecting on her personal and our collective moments of longing and awakening. Other songs germinated years ago and were inspired by personal moments, including Break The Bough, which Yola started to write following her mother’s funeral. Tracks were also co-written with Dan Auerbach, Ruby Amanfu, John Bettis, Pat McLaughlin, Natalie Hemby, Joy Oladokun, Paul Overstreet, Liz Rose, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Hannah V and Bobby Wood. Recorded during the fall of 2020 with a rhythm section that includes bassist Nick Movshon, noted for his work with Amy Winehouse to Bruno Mars, alongside drummer and rising solo artist, Aaron Frazer. 
 
Yola recently performed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The in-studio performance was taped live at the Ed Sullivan Theatre and included Oscar winning Late Show music director and bandleader Jon Batiste on piano. It will be re-broadcast on August 2 and available to watch now here. Yola became one of the few artists to perform at both Newport Folk and Newport Jazz Festivals in the same year. Yola performed at Newport Folk last weekend and will appear this weekend at Newport Jazz. She will also perform at Summerfest and dates with Chris Stapleton on his rescheduled tour in 2021, including Madison Square Garden on October 8 and two nights at Bridgestone Arena on Oct 22-23. For more information and tickets please visit www.iamyola.com
 
Tracklist:
1. Barely Alive  
2. Dancing Away In Tears 
3. Diamond Studded Shoes  
4. Be My Friend 
5. Great Divide  
6. Starlight  
7. If I Had To Do It All Again  
8. Now You’re Here  
9. Whatever You Want  
10. Break The Bough  
11. Like A Photograph
12. Stand For Myself 
 
TOUR DATES:
 
2021
July 30 - August 1 - Newport Jazz Festival
August 4-5 - Moment House album release show
August 6 - Hinterland Music Festival
August 7 - DTE Energy Music Theatre. Clarkston, MI - w/ Chris Stapleton
August 21 - Globe Life Park. Arlington, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
August 22 - Outlaw Music Festival - Austin360 Amphitheater 
September 3 - Summerfest 
September 4 - Jazz Aspen Snowmass
September 10 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival 
September 11 - Moon River Festival
September 12 - Sing Out Loud Festival 
September 16 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Maryland Height, MO - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 17 - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. Birmingham, AL - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 18 - The Wharf Amphitheatre. Orange Beach, AL - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 24 - Doheny State Beach - Dana Point, CA
September 25 - Ruoff Music Center. Noblesville, IN - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 26 - Ohana Music Festival 
October 8 - Madison Square Garden. NYC, NY - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 14  - Mizzou Arena. Columbia, MO - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 15 - Pinnacle Bank Arena. Lincoln, NE - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 16 - Denny Sanford Premier Center. Sioux Falls, SD - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 21 - Riverbend Music Center. Cincinnati, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 22 & 23 - Bridgestone Arena. Nashville, TN - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 28 - United Supermarket Arena. Lubbock, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 29 - Isleta Amphitheater. Albuquerque, NM - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 30 - AK-Chin Pavilion. Phoenix, AZ - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 4  - Frank Erwin Center. Austin, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 5 - BOK Center. Tulsa, OK - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 6 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The Woodlands, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 24 - Bristol, Eng - Rough Trade
December 3 - FedEx Forum. Memphis, TN - w/ Chris Stapleton
December 4 - Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Biloxi, MS - w/ Chris Stapleton
December 5 - Thompson-Boling Arena. Knoxville, TN - w/ Chris Stapleton 
 
2022
February 1-5 - Girls Just Wanna Weekend 
March 3 - Ryman Auditorium. Nashville, TN 
April 20 - Huntington Center. Toledo, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton
April 21 - Schottenstein Center. Columbus, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton
April 23 - A Concert for Kentucky – Kroger Field. Lexington, KY - w/ Chris Stapleton
 
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MAUVEY BLOOMS IN 9 DIFFERENT WAYS 

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON/ I GET IT SINGLE OUT AUGUST 6

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2021 – Today, Vancouver, BC and London, UK singer-songwriter, Mauvey, shares the vibrant visual for his latest single, 9. While gifting flowers might be a common gesture to show someone you care, Mauvey intricately picks each petal to create a universal narrative around what it means to be in love. 

Listen to 9/Helium here. Watch the video here.

On 9, Mauvey says: "I feel like I was unconscious when I wrote 9 earlier this year. In a lot of ways, it’s been written for years. It’s all my love stories woven into one story. If you’ve ever been in love, you might find some of your love story hidden somewhere in 9."

With scenes adorned in Mauvey’s signature hue – mauve – he travels through a stunning BC landscape, cycling and driving between wide open roads to soaring above the clouds. The video was produced by Amazing Factory and co-directed by Mauvey and Amazing Factory.

While Mauvey has been releasing an array of singles that will be a part of a digital album due out later this year, 9 is the first installment of The Florist, a multi-part film series following five characters connected by interesting and serendipitous circumstances. In part one, 'Henry' (the Florist) is introduced along with 'Mauveylocks' (the Clown) and 'Marv' (the Clown's Driver). Henry is a dreamer that delivers flowers to a beautiful property and is knocked off his feet when a mystery subject opens the door. Mauveylocks has been invited to a party at the property. In part one, we see the Clown and the Driver arrive and leave the property. As the screen fades, viewers will have to wait for part two to see what happens next. 

“The Florist is my directorial debut, and to do it with a team as talented and as accomplished as Amazing Factory is something special,” Mauvey says of the process. “It has been surreal to go from an idea in my head to treatments sent over email to the first day on set. I honestly couldn't be more excited for the world to see the story unfold. To know that it all connects, all the way to the album is what is magic. My favourite part is knowing the whole story, knowing how it all ends, having my time with that before everyone else knows.” 

Mauvey unveiled an engaging video series leading up to the single release of 9 called 9 Days of Flowers, where he delivers flowers to fans, community members, and friends to share acts of compassion, care and kindness – watch these videos here, where the song’s chords flow as an instrumental soundtrack. The caption is as simple and powerful as the action: ‘I LOVE YOU. PASS IT ON.’ 

Mauvey’s next double single, Sunday Afternoon/I Get It, arrives Friday, August 6. Pre-save it here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay connected with Mauvey as he paints his sonic journey with more music this year. 

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SEETHER RELEASE WASTELAND – THE PURGATORY EP TODAY

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2021 - Multi-platinum selling rock band, SEETHER, released their Wasteland – The Purgatory EP digitally and on CD today. The five-track set features the fan favourite, Wasteland, from the band’s most recent album, an alternate/stripped down version of Wasteland, and three previously unreleased songs. Ahead of today’s release, the band shared an intimate performance video for Wasteland (Alternate Version) and previewed the new song, Feast Or FamineWritten and produced by Shaun Morgan, engineered by the band's newest member Corey Lowery, and mixed by Matt HydeWasteland – The Purgatory EP follows the August 2020 release of SEETHER's eighth album, the acclaimed, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum ("If You Want Peace, Prepare For War.") The first two singles from the album (Dangerous & Bruised and Bloodied) both hit #1 on the Active Rock and Rock charts and Wasteland is being shipped to radio this week. Listen to/purchase Wasteland – The Purgatory EP here.  

Wasteland – The Purgatory EP special vinyl edition will be released on 45rpm 12” vinyl on October 22, 2021. The band’s online store has already sold out of the 500-unit super limited-edition custom Smoke and Translucent Red split colour vinyl and is now selling a 1,000 unit limited-edition Custom Clear with Smoky White Swirls colour vinyl, while record stores will carry Custom Mixed Translucent Red with Smoky Black Swirls colour vinyl.

SEETHER's Wasteland – The Purgatory EP demonstrates the band’s dynamism and creative versatility. Seething with dark muscularity, the urgent, What Would You Do?, is a beautiful and cathartic baptism-by-fire that never lets up. With Pixies' undertones and Beatle accents, Will It Ever End? is a startling, pandemic appropriate head trip that, like the voice in your head, goes to places unforeseen and unforgiven. And Feast or Famine, the unholy progeny of AC/DC and Ozzy-era Sabbath, is a killer eat or be eaten elegy for the Trump years. The EP is bookended by two versions of Wasteland, the original album version and a stripped-down alternate version that features touches of piano and cello, but still retains the original's tormented drive. This latest release finds SEETHER, one of hard rock's most enduring and prolific bands, at the very top of their very productive game. 

Last week, SEETHER officially kicked off their run as special guests for 3 Doors Down’s The Better Life 20th Anniversary Tour hitting theatres and amphitheaters across the U.S. through October. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now and full routing is below. Later this year, the band is set to play several festivals including Louder Than Life 2021 in Louisville, KY and the sold-out Aftershock Festival 2021 in Sacramento, CA. For additional information please visit www.seether.com/tour.  
 
For exclusive Wasteland – The Purgatory EP merch bundles visit www.seether.com.  

Wasteland – The Purgatory EP Track List:
1. Wasteland (Original Album Version)
2. What Would You Do? 
3. Will It Ever End? 
4. Feast or Famine 
5. Wasteland (Alternate Version)
 SEETHER 2021 Tour Dates: 
July 30 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre*
July 31 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
August 5 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
August 6 – Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park*
August 7 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill*
August 12 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove Casino*
August 13 – Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center for the Arts
August 14 – Belcourt, ND @ Sky Dancer Casino & Resort*
August 19 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach*
August 20 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion*
August 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center*
August 26 – Kennewick, WA @ Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo 2021
August 27 – Boise, ID @ Western Idaho Fair 2021
August 28 – Salem, OR @ Oregon State Fair 2021
August 31 – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic*
September 2 – Corning, CA @ Rolling Hills Casino*
September 3 – Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort*
September 5 – Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Street Experience 2021*
September 7 – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre*
September 8 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre*
September 10 – Newark, NJ @ WDHA's Family Reunion
September 11 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2021
September 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ 93X's Family Reunion
September 18 – Peoria, IL @ 105-7-The-X Presents: Fall Fling 21 
September 19 – St. Louis, MO @ KPNT Pointfest
September 23 – Brandon, MS @ Brandon Amphitheater*
September 24 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP*
September 25 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater*
September 26 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival 2021
September 30 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues 
October 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle 
October 2 – Tampa, FL @ WXTB 98RockFest
October 8 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival 2021
October 10 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee 
October 14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily's Place*
October 15 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando*
October 16 – West Palm Beach, FL @ iThink Financial Amphitheatre*
*with 3 Doors Down

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About SEETHER:
Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, SEETHER (Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, John Humphrey and Corey Lowery) has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically with purpose and commitment, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort, and a sense of personal power. Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 17 #1 singles, 21 Top 5 multi-format hits, single sales topping 17 million and over 2 billion streams world-wide across all platforms. SEETHER is Billboard’s #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artist, which covers the 40-year history of the chart’s existence. Their latest LP, the acclaimed, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If You Want Peace, Prepare For War) was released last summer via Fantasy Records. A primal mix of euphoria and misery, the new album ranks among the strongest material of SEETHER’s illustrious career and includes the recent #1 singles DangerousBruised and Bloodied, and the soon to be released Wasteland.

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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THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO THE ALCHEMIST

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ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM FAREWELL TO CATHEDRAL OUT OCTOBER 29

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2021 – Today, Toronto band, The Wilderness of Manitoba, release their first single, The Alchemist. The song marks the end of the group’s three-year hiatus and the lead single from their forthcoming new album, Farewell To Cathedral, out October 29 (Popguru Sound & Vision). 

Listen to the sombre and reflective The Alchemist here, and watch its accompanying visually stunning and powerful video here.
 
Singer/multi-instrumentalist and founder, Will Whitwham, says on the group characterizing themselves as an evolving entity: “I've always been a believer in fresh collaborations because everyone you meet influences your creative process in some way. It's up to you to decide whether they fuel it or stagnate it. In this particular case, the four of us together was the best fit for the current batch of songs.”
 
For the band, recording the whole album over a mere two days at Revolution Recording in Toronto was completely unprecedented. In the past, Whitwham felt he laboured over a lot of the sonic details, adding overdub after overdub. But for this album, the songs were captured at their most live and purest stage. The results show that, at the end of the day, the quality of the songs is not necessarily contingent on the recording process. See the full track list below.
 
The lead single, The Alchemist, was produced by Graham Stairs and written about the turn of seasons and the elusiveness of time as it passes. Whitwham says on the track, “It is a song about reflecting upon what one had. The alchemist himself (as the character suggests) is uncertain of whether he can even make silver, let alone gold. There is worry even in hopefulness. He is still drawn to his muse even though she appears to have left as he tries to find her or pieces of her in the sacredness of nature because that’s the closest he feels he can get to her. Lost in dreams and buried in his own sea of thoughts, he seeks to immortalize her memory and spirit.
 
On the accompanying seasonally and resonate visuals, also conceived, filmed and edited by Whitwham, he adds, “The Alchemist was filmed in an attempt to depict all four seasons. The video is a snapshot of how I was dealing with and living throughout isolation. Capturing and spending time in nature can be healing in both the best and worst of times. It is also the visual vehicle for illustrating the song’s journey in its 'passing of time' over a year.
 
Stay tuned for more from The Wilderness of Manitoba as the story of Farewell To Cathedral unfolds this fall.

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


Farewell To Cathedral Track List:

1. Oblivion
2. The Well Has Run Dry
3. Sometimes
4. The Alchemist
5. Send Me To The Fire
6. The Ghost Of Abilene
7. Always (Violet Hour)
8. In An Honest Way
9. Lost In Her Ocean
10. Furious Seasons 

About The Wilderness of Manitoba:
In its twelve-year existence, the Wilderness of Manitoba’s strengths come as a direct result of the wealth of traveling and playing the group has done. They have played the End of the Road Festival and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festival in the UK and toured the UK, US, Netherlands, Canada and Germany with such artists as Aimee Mann, Lord Huron and Other Lives among others. “The live show,” says Whitwham, “is an in-the-moment portrait of the band and its efforts.” Those efforts were recognized when the Wilderness of Manitoba was nominated for a JUNO and two Canadian Folk Music Awards. Summing things up, Whitwham says, My eventual hope is that we are able to embark on a proper live tour of the Farewell To Cathedral album in 2021 or 2022 after the much more serious matter of taking care of each other and ourselves as we move out of the pandemic.  
 
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JOHN ORPHEUS PROCLAIMS WE NAH WORRY BOUT DAT AHEAD OF NEW ALBUM SAGA KING

OUT TOMORROW VIA THE CONFIDENCE EMPERORS
PRE-SAVE 
HERE

PROJECT CONTINUES THE STORY OF SAGA BOY

MEMOIR OUT NOW ON PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

PERFORMING AT MIXTO FESTIVAL IN TORONTO AUGUST 21

“In Saga Boy, the book, Antonio Michael Downing breaks open his mind and heart to examine that story, and on Saga King the album, John Orpheus celebrates the place where the journey brought him.” – Canadian Musician

“John Orpheus turns cliché terms like 'world music,' 'eclectic collage' and 'autobiographical' on their heads with his confident writing and delivery. This driven creative push is what carries this ambitious project and completes the book and album's one-two knockout.” – Exclaim! 

Saga King is a potpourri of sounds, embracing everything from 
soca to Afrobeat to rock and rap.”
 – SOCAN Words and Music

Toronto, ON – July 29, 2021 – Toronto artist, author, troubadour and Renaissance man, John Orpheus, is evolving, and does so on the seat of a unique throne. Today, he shares the latest single, We Nah Worry Bout Dat, from his new and anticipated album, Saga King, out tomorrow (Friday, July 30 via The Confidence Emperors). A final sample ahead of the full-length release, We Nah Worry Bout Dat arrives with a lyric video of candid images capturing John in his element; embracing identity and a sense of home on a foundation cultivated by music, community, heritage and celebration. 

Watch We Nah Worry Bout Dat and pre-save Saga King here ahead of its launch tomorrow. 

Saga King is a mirror to John’s highly acclaimed memoir, Saga Boy (Penguin Random House Canada), continuing the story of his life in sonic catharsis through enriching, raw, joy infused songs. 

“Prior to working with Producer Mike Schlosser I never made music from the Caribbean which is my heritage. I felt disconnected from soca and dancehall and from being Trinidadian. The process of making the mixtapes Bacchannal, Black Star Rising and Goatlife was me reclaiming my Afro-diaspora identity as a musical artist. Our Haus Orpheus events pictured in the video brought a new community of people from all over the African Diaspora who were all doing this same thing: nourishing their roots through music. It made me feel seen, heard, recognized, at home,” John says of We Nah Worry Bout Dat and the album. 

“The video tells this story using pictures from these events which not only changed the focus of my music but my relationship with the world and with myself.  The people featured in the video are like family. Many of them still work with me to this day. We Nah Worry Bout Dat means when you're being yourself with your tribe you can free up yourself and leave regular worries behind. For Black people, Caribbean people this sense of place and freedom is hard won and always feels like healing and celebration!” 

Photos were taken by Kieran Meyn, R.Kelly Clipperton, Gada Jane and Ema Suvajac at various Haus Orpheus events – an inclusive, Toronto-based community-driven series John co-founded with bandmate Sarah Jane Riegler. Pre-pandemic, these events included an array of dance parties, DJ sets, live performances, artisan markets, exhibitions and open mic nights. Local fans will be able to engage in elements of this unparalleled energy as John returns to the stage for Mixto Festival on Saturday, August 21 in Toronto. Find details and purchase tickets here

Previous single, IG, highlights a celebration of self as a testament to being “radically you” – an unapologetic, standout theme within the album and memoir - was produced and composed by Mike Schlosser aka gawddamnitmichael, who is at the helm for the tracks on Saga King. 

IG is paired with a fun video (watch here), directed by Patrick Hodgson (behind John’s visuals since 2018 track, Parachute, notably for recent pieces Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You) and ELECTRICand filmed in John’s hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo, at the new location of the legendary Mel's Diner. The cast includes Chlz and Micha, with Fabiola Dieuve at the helm for choreographing the group dance, props, wardrobe, and hyping the cast during takes. IG followed John’s previous single, Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You), which included its stunning companion video.

After John finished the memoir, he felt inspired to create an album, which was written and co-produced with Mike Schlosser in Autumn 2020 within six weeks. John Orpheus quips the Trinidadian saying, “Own Way” (ie. ‘he go his own way’) as a testament of blazing his own path, and being unapologetically himself at all times and all costs. Black resilience weaves its way into Saga King, where John’s musical influences come together around themes of belonging, identity, resilience, and the celebration of sovereignty only self-awareness can bring.

Saga Boy, the memoir, will be released by Milkweed Editions in the US on September 14, 2021. Learn more about John Orpheus and connect with him below.

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About John Orpheus

Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, John Orpheus is a multi-cultural musical artist and published author. For the past year and a half, he had been writing his memoir called SAGA BOY which was published by Penguin Random House Canada on January 19, 2021 and will be launched by Milkweed Editions in the US on September 14, 2021. With the book done, John decided to return to music and release a companion album entitled SAGA KING. Both the book and the album are based on similar themes: searching for home, family, love and a fly coat to wear when you get there! SAGA BOY is the journey of the boy. SAGA KING is the celebration of the man. His recently released single FELA AWOKE (I WILL MISS YOU) was the beginning of this new phase and introduced you to his deeply personal story. Second single IG, is about “celebrating yourself and giving yourself all the love you deserve without asking permission."
 

John Orpheus’ musical journey has taken him from the Caribbean bush to festivals across Canada and the US to opening for Liam Gallagher on a UK tour as the frontman for a Happy Mondays offshoot band. He combines hip-hop swagger, Afrobeat energy and dancehall charisma to create a sound built on big catchy hooks. John is known for his rabble-rousing live shows filled with audience participation, chanting and impromptu dance-offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts. In September 2019, he released his debut album WEY YA CALL DAT TING, the culmination of a three year, four mixtape project that he used to develop and hone his unique sound. Produced and co-written by Mike Schlosser, the album and the standalone single ELECTRIC released in 2020 fulfilled his early promise with a noticeably more pop and upbeat vibe. “The world is a soulful, sound-splash, dance party. That's the sound I want to create."

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ZELLA DAY RELEASES NEW SONG AND VIDEO GOLDEN FROM ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM DUE OUT THIS FALL

"Zella Day [is one] of the most talented vocalists currently working…” 
- Paper Magazine, February 2021
 
Toronto, ON – July 28, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA’s Zella Day is thrilled to release a brand new song called Golden today via Concord Records. Golden is full of luminous harmonies, a shimmery, skirt-twirling disco beat, and one of the best choruses Day has ever written.  A video for the song, directed by Corey “Titanic” Sinclair, and concepted by Day and Titanic, can also be seen today as well.

Says Day about the song, “The Genesis of Golden happened as a tornado was tearing through Nashville and whispers of a global pandemic were evolving past a rumor. I was in Alabama writing with John Paul White as my phone was lighting up with messages from friends and family back home. I was supposed to drive back to Nashville that evening, but plans changed like the weather. In the stillness of the studio, Golden was written communicating with powers beyond my control, expressing and coping with the magnitude of the situation by creating art; singing a melody into the moment to address its fragility and infinite beauty."

Listen to Golden. Watch Golden
 
Golden is a taste of Zella Day’s highly anticipated sophomore album, which is due out this fall.  Recorded with producer, Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Emmylou Harris), the album features guest turns by Local Natives’ Ryan Hahn, Day’s longtime collaborator, John Velasquez, drums by Autolux’s Carla Azar, and bass by Cage The Elephant’s Daniel Tichenor.
 
Golden follows the release of the songs, Dance For Love, and Girls, and all of them will be featured on Day’s sophomore album. The tracks together are a brilliant glimpse at what is set to be a career-defining musical year for Zella Day, whose songs have amassed millions and millions of streams already.  In addition to the duet with Weyes Blood earlier this year, Day also appeared on Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club this past March, covering Joni Mitchell with Del Rey and Weyes Blood in a symbolic passing of the sonic torch from one great LA singer/songwriter to the new generation.  Day’s forthcoming sophomore album follows 2020’s EP, Where Does The Devil Hide, produced by Dan Auerbach, and released by Concord Records.
 
Day is a recently-announced addition to this year’s ACL lineup for both weekends, in addition to playing this year’s Beachlife Festival, taking place in Redondo Beach, CA the weekend of September 10, 2021. The singer is also set to open for the acclaimed band Silversun Pickups on select dates this fall. 
 
2021 TOUR DATES: 
September 8 -  Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
September 10-13 - Redondo Beach, CA - Beachlife Festival
September 12 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
September 14 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
September 15 - Reno, NV - Virginia Street Brewhouse
September 16 - Napa, CA - JaM Cellars Ballroom
October 1-October 3 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits 
October 8-October 10 -  Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
 
DOWNLOAD - Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD - Golden Artwork

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS CHANNEL THEIR INNER UNCLE RICO

WATCH VIDEO STARRING ACTOR CODY LIGHTNING 
LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE
 
TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED WITH HOMETOWN SHOW AT 
VANCOUVER’S COMMODORE BALLROOM DECEMBER 30

Toronto, ON – July 23, 2021 – Vancouver hip-hop duo, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, celebrate all things summer with their extended family on Uncle Rico. The new song and video continue to tease their fourth full-length album, due later this year, as US tour dates and major hometown headline shows are on the horizon. The song explores the ego through the metaphor of a family member that is so fine tuned to their inner self, with an identity strengthened by the support of the community that surrounds them. 
 
Listen to Uncle Rico and watch the video here
 
Discussing the track and video, Yung Trybez and Young D noted, "Everybody has that uncle in the family that reminisces about the glory days, talks about himself in a big way and often boasts about what he used to be, coulda been or what he thinks he is, but the rest of the family don't necessarily see it that way. We wanted to make some subtle references to Uncle Rico from ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ in the video because the movie is dope and he is that personification of what we're talking about. The song is really about ego, and it's that inner ego that everyone holds within them."
 
The video, directed by Sterling Larose on 16mm film, features actor Cody Lightning (known for roles in Smoke Signals, Manic and Brick) starring as the duo’s own “Uncle Rico.” Filmed in North Vancouver, BC during one of the hottest days in west coast history, Snotty Nose Rez Kids celebrate who they are as they ride around the city and hang out at a pool party with friends. 
 
“We started working last year with director Sterling Larose. He brought our concept to life! We were able to bring in Cody Lightning to play our Uncle Rico in the video. He was perfect and we've been long-time fans since his breakout role in Smoke Signals. We brought a real dope mix of artists and creatives to the video shoot and in 98-degree weather, shot it around North Vancouver, BC."
 
On the process, Sterling adds: “Our crew and extras went through hundreds of water bottles, freezies and things alike. It’s one of those shoot days you don’t forget, but the energy of Quinton and Darren and the whole group pushed everyone through. The look and feel of film is so tactile and raw and really lent itself to what we were trying to capture. You have to get it in 2-3 takes and move on. Luckily the guys are naturals. Cody lightning was great to work with. He was consistently inventive and always brought ideas to the table. He, Quinton and Darren even ate really hot hot wings 5+ times! True professionals. Our amazing Director of Photography, Kaayla Whachell, made everything look great, and our producers, Sophia and Luis, kept everyone safe and hydrated, while also keeping the show moving.”
 
Snotty Nose Rez Kids gathered some of their near and dear west coast creative pals, including  Jenny Lea and Amine Bouzaher of I M U R (Vancouver-based group), Zuleyyma (Director/Photographer), and artists, Prado,  Buckman Coe,Rosa (artist, member of NADUH and Off Topic), MamarudegyalQuanah StyleNimkishLola Whyte (of Old Soul Rebel) and fashion designer, Hugo of RBRTH, who crafted a selection of the clothing pieces in the video. 

 DOWNLOAD – Uncle Rico Artwork

 
Last month, the group honoured National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) with single and video, Something Else. Drawing from the uproar following exclusion of the Indigenous population in last year’s US Election polling results – labeled as “something else” – the duo turns the term on its head to reclaim identity through sharp bars, new cadences, and fresh flows. The song emboldens recognition and pride that goes beyond definition and border, while the video celebrates some of the Indigenous community’s top creatives, influencers and changemakers. Listen to Something Else and watch Something Else.
 
Snotty Nose Rez Kids eagerly prepare for their return to the stage. This fall, they will rock a US tour, kicking off on October 25 in Boise, Idaho, to November 11 in Seattle, Washington, with Canadian dates to follow at Capitol Ballroom in Victoria, BC on November 12, and a special hometown show on December 30 at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.

Stay tuned for more Snotty Nose Rez Kids. For details on their upcoming tour, visit them online and find a list below.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Upcoming Tour Dates:
October 25 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
October 27 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
October 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
October 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
October 30 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
November 3 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation
November 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
November 7 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Atrium
November 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
November 10 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
November 11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
November 12 – Victoria, BC @Capitol Ballroom 
December 30 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom 

DOWNLOAD – Press Photo
 
www.snottynoserezkids.com

About Snotty Nose Rez Kids
Snotty Nose Rez Kids is a Canadian Hip-Hop duo of Haisla (Indigenous) descent from Kitimat, BC, composed of rappers Yung Trybez and Young D. Formed in 2016, SNRK released their first self-titled album in January 2017, and followed up that same year with their second full-length, The Average Savage in September 2017. The latter went on to secure them Best Hip Hop Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards, cemented them on 2018’s Top 10 list of the coveted Polaris Music Prize, and landed them a 2019 Juno Nomination for best Indigenous Music Album. The group toured heavily in Canada with appearances in New York City, Seattle and Darwin, Australia. They quickly gained notoriety for their energetic, inspiring and thought provoking performances.

SNRK led 2019 with the debut of their third album, TRAPLINE, which received stellar reviews from Exclaim!, Beatroute, Bandcamp, Hip Hop Canada, Now Magazine, Georgia Straight, and CBC Music, and picked up press support from Complex, The Hype Magazine, Okayplayer, Noisey, and the FADER. The duo embarked on a 60+ show tour of Canada, US, Mexico, UK and Australia receiving a groundswell of support for the album and for the tour show, scoring 9/9 on multiple Exclaim! show reviews. That same year, SNRK won Breakout Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards and the album was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, marking SNRK as one of only three artists to ever be shortlisted in back-to-back years. They rounded out the Year with TRAPLINE listed on numbers Best Album of the Year lists. TRAPLINE was named one of the 50 Best Albums of the 2010’s, Top 10 Hip Hop Album of the Year, and Top 50 Songs of the 2010’s for Boujee Natives by Exclaim!.
 
The duo had their sights set on a breakout year in 2020. COVID derailed their travel plans, stunted the release of their EP, Born Deadly, and kicked their summer festival touring into the unknown. Despite numerous highlights in between, both realized that an extended pause and increased isolation, especially after such a heavy year of opportunities and wins, had a significant impact on themselves, their work, and their communities. 
 
Reflecting on these challenges, the group emerged from this insular period, returning to the studio as they moved through cathartic moments that would inspire their songwriting process. With faith restored as the world begins to open again, Snotty Nose Rez Kids continue to forge the path they walk on with renewed clarity for the journey ahead on their forthcoming album. 

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KEYS N KRATES ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR AND SHARE NEW SINGLE BRAZILIAN LOVE SONG

LISTEN TO BRAZILIAN LOVE SONG WATCH VISUALIZER

Toronto, ON – July 23, 2021 – Today, JUNO Award-winning Toronto trio, Keys N Krates, is announcing an upcoming North American tour. The 16-day headlining tour, which will feature DJ sets from the group, kicks off in Washington, DC, with stops in Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, NYC and more. The band has set up a Fans First pre-sale for tickets that launches on July 26 with full ticket sales launching on July 30.

To celebrate the tour announcement, the trio is sharing a new song. Brazilian Love Song, a dynamic, house-inflected track, features tropical percussion, abrupt tempo changes and grooves that are sure to pack dancefloors. The new song comes on the heels of Take It Off, the group's bouncy and engrossing collaboration with Bibi Bourelly that was released after Keys N Krates announced a global deal with Last Gang Records.

Listen to Brazilian Love Songand watch the visualizer here.

On the song, Keys N Krates say: “Brazilian Love Song is an amalgamation of music styles that we love as a band and have been listening together a lot for the last couple of years. Baile Funk, 70's disco sounding soundtrack music, Bollywood strings, gospel house, and trap music influences are all smashed together for a dramatic, romantic and feel good party jam. We were trying to make something undeniably dancey but also not quite identifiable in terms of style."

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

Listen to Brazilian Love Song above and stay tuned for more from Keys N Krates coming soon.

Tour Dates

November 17 – Washington, DC @ Flash

November 19 – Atlanta, GA @ District

November 20 – Tampa Bay, FL @ Ritz

November 27 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground

December 2 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

December 3 – Columbus, OH @ Dahlia Nightclub

December 4 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

December 10 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

January 8 – Denver, CO @ Temple

January 15 – Kansas City, MO @ Aura

January 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Loft

January 22 – Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar

January 28 – Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub

January 29 – Portland, OR @ 45 East

February 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Sun Bar

February 12 – New York, NY @ Elsewhere

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Tour Poster
www.keysnkrates.com

About Keys N Krates

Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound, melding the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group — composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo — has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets.

Their early sound succeeded in combining catchy, pitched up, chopped vocal samples with 808s, resulting in off-kilter festival smashers like “Dum Dee Dum”, “Treat Me Right”, and other fan-favorites. These songs would be reinterpreted into energetic live versions that the trio would play to create their own experience and vibe. Their songs original versions would also be played by legends of their genre like TNGHT, Diplo, Machinedrum, Baauer, and more — helping to cement Keys N Krates as a fixture in festival bass and trap music.

Keys N Krates’ 2018 debut album Cura represented a musical shift for the band. Although the use of pulverizing 808s, organic sounds, and vocal samples would remain a fixture for the trio, Keys N Krates embraced their love for R&B/soul music, more dense instrumentation (such as strings and woodwind instruments), and catchy vocal-driven pop songs.

Anthemic songs with Tory Lanez, Ambre Perkins, and 070 Shake weaved together the band’s technicolor world of vocal-driven songs supported by sample-chopped beats that blended the sounds of disco, trap, and boom bap rap of the 90s. This synthesis earned them commercial radio success and spins from some of their idols on specialty radio —like Elton John and Q-Tip. “Flute Loop” reached back to the trio’s traditional stripped-down 808 sound while incorporating their new techniques of orchestration and resampling to compliment the minimal with the maximal.

Their latest full-length project, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, further elevates their craft as they pay homage to their sample-chopping musical influences like Jay Dilla. It’s a collection of infectious, loopy, instrumental beats that shows the seeds their music grows from.

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

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SMALL WORLD MUSIC ANNOUNCES THEIR 2021 EMERGENCE MUSIC INCUBATOR

A PROGRAM DRIVING PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND CREATION FOR NEWCOMER, REFUGEE AND EQUITY-DESERVING EMERGING ARTISTS

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW UNTIL AUGUST 15 – APPLY NOW

LEARN ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE FROM THE 2020 COHORT

Artists praising eMERGEnce: 

“The chance to be brought together with many different people of many different cultures is the highlight” – Gloria Gift Nankunda  

“It supported me in my artistic development and supported my integration in the Canadian music community.” – Violet Re

“The eMERGEnce program has connected me with so many inspiring artists and connected me to a vibrant and supportive musical community… the eMERGEnce program has given me a foundation as a musician.”  – Zaheer Abbas-Janmohamed

Toronto, ON – July 22, 2021 – Following a highly successful delivery of their annual Global Toronto (GT21) conference, Small World Music announces the 2021 edition of their eMERGEnce Music Incubator. The initiative is their signature creative and professional development program dedicated to career sustainability and integration into Toronto’s music landscape and the Canadian cultural infrastructure for newcomers and refugees, and other equity-deserving artists. A cohort of 25 artists, chosen through an application process, will gain a toolkit of business skills, contacts and industry knowledge that will help them build careers in the Canadian cultural sector. Registration is now open – apply here and visit the website to learn more. 

Small World Music is seeking applications for the approximate nine-month program (September 2021 - June 2022) that will bring together a group of 20-25 musicians from a diverse array of musical backgrounds. Applications are due by August 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 
 

The online application form is the first step in the process, and successful applicants will then be invited to online interviews between August 16 - 27, 2021. Notifications of results will be sent by September 1, 2021. Find all eligibility criteria here.

All successful applicants must be available to attend the meet and greet session planned for the second week of September in Toronto, Ontario, as well as the first artists’ retreat from September 10-13, 2021, inclusive. 

eMERGEnce will serve artists with a plethora of activities, including: 

Workshops
Expert-led workshops on understanding the funding and venue landscapes, management, content-creation, contract negotiation, self-promotion, social media, etc.

Panels
Featuring industry professionals and artists discussing topics including: benefits and challenges of working with agents/managers/publicists, newcomer success stories.

Artist Residencies & Jam Sessions
Dedicated ‘getaways’ where participants can interact, socialize and learn from each other. These creative incubators will also provide studio space for new repertoire development and recording.

Mentorship
Establish relationships with mentors in significant positions across the landscape to gain expert guidance and advice.

Networking
Connecting artists to one another, and to other industry professionals who provide support and advice, as well as conference attendance opportunities.

Promotional Materials
Providing materials including photography and bio-writing services in the quest for ‘export-readiness’ and EPKs to be used to gain future opportunities.
 

Last year, eMERGEnce saw 25 participants, the formation of six new bands, 37 performances with over 112K views, nearly 400K people reached and 33 professional development, mentorship and networking activities. You can learn more about the 2020 cohort and program here.

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Small World Music is grateful for Toronto Arts Council and FACTOR support that allow us to offer the program free of charge to the selected cohort. The full program is valued at $6000 per participant.

Small World Music recognizes that the application procedure may present barriers to potential applicants. They are prepared to do what they can to be flexible with the application process and criteria for inclusion in the program. 

Please email emergence@smallworldmusic.com for questions about eligibility and the application process.

Small World Music is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcome and encourage applications from all Toronto artists. They are committed to ensuring full access and participation by equity-deserving communities. These include, but are not limited to: Indigenous artists, artists of colour, artists who have disabilities, artists who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, newcomer and refugee artists, young and emerging artists and artists working outside the downtown core.

DOWNLOAD – eMERGEnce Graphics | DOWNLOAD – Small World Music Logo

About Small World Music:

For more than two decades, Small World Music has been celebrating cultural diversity and showcasing a range of local, domestic, and international talent to audiences across the Greater Toronto Area. Our vision goes beyond simply presenting culturally diverse artists to include finding ways of working with, showcasing, and supporting underrepresented, marginalized, and newcomer professionals onstage and behind the scenes to encourage sustainable careers, and become a leader in the music industry.

www.smallworldmusic.com

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MOONSHINE COLLECTIVE RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR MALEMBE FEATURING PIERRE KWENDERS, BODDHI SATVA, AND MC REDBUL

WATCH VIDEO FOR MALEMBE

PURCHASE / STREAM NEW ALBUM
SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL. 4 HERE

Praise for Moonshine:

“a no-frills, needle-nosed club missile.”

- Rolling Stone, A Song You Need To Know “La Montamos”

“brings that much-needed spirit to our pandemic-stricken world”

- The FADER, 6 Projects You Should Stream Now

“Humble house parties [that] grew into can’t-miss international events” - Complex Canada

"In a city known for great parties, Montreal artist collective
Moonshine has a reputation for throwing some of the best."

NEXT Magazine

"The 19 tracks are a 55 minute journey across continents and genres." - Vancouver Sun

Toronto, ON – July 21, 2021 – Montreal’s Moonshine Collective proudly releases their self-directed and produced video for Malembe,' featuring Pierre Kwenders, Boddhi Satva, and MC Redbul. The newest video comes from their latest album, SMS For Location Vol. 4, a massive collection of songs recorded in studios from Montreal to Lisbon to Kinshasa. It features collaborations with Georgia Anne Muldrow, Sango, Florentino, Ase Manuel, and many others. 

The video is a hybrid live performance video directed by Jessamine Fok (Paper Magazine, Clipped.TV, Toronto Short Film). Moonshine co-founder Pierre Kwenders, takes centre stage on Malembe. Garbed in warm pink hues that match the surrounding temple space, Kwenders commands the room, a master of ceremonies flanked by two dancers. Malembe marks the first collaboration between friends, Pierre Kwenders and Boddhi Satva, who craft a lithe melody that rapidly explodes with heavy bass and commanding vocals. Dropping MC RedBul’s energetic, booming voice into the mix alongside Kwenders’ lyrical resonance turns Malembe into a multi-layered musical conversation fit for pulsing dancefloors.

Watch Malembe here.

“This hybrid live is to that everything done gently gives better results," says Kwenders. "The best way to describe the Malembe feeling and bring out the summer vibes that we’ve been missing.”

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

Earlier this year, Boiler Room’s Collective TV broadcasted live from Kinshasa, with atmospheric sets by the collective’s co-founder Pierre Kwenders, Congolese band, Kingongolo Kiniata, Congolese Montrealer AKAntu, and more artists. Stay tuned for more Moonshine as the phases wax and wane in the months ahead and learn more about the collective below.

Listen to SMS For Location, Vol. 4

Moonshine -  SMS For Location, Vol. 4 Tracklisting
1. Ginseng (feat Bamao Yendé)
2. Onward (feat. Sango & Georgia Anne Muldrow)
3. Lelo (feat. Sarah Kalume & Uproot Andy)
4. Malembe (feat. Boddhi Satva, Pierre Kwenders & MC RedBul)
5. Tibo Tisipa (feat. MC RedBul)
6. Shunona (feat. DJ P2N & Patrick Strong)
7. Cria (feat. Deekapz)
8. Peter Pan (feat. Andy S & Banga)
9. Moon Girl (feat. Kris The $pirit)
10. are you stoopid (dumb) (Florentino remix) (feat. Nate Husser, Dapapa & Florentino)
11. Woah (feat. Ahadadream)
12. Dragunov (feat. Vanyfox, Commeungrand)
13. Kòmsadwa's Wisdom (Èzili) (feat. Commeungrand)
14. BB CRY (feat. AWWZ)
15. Roller Coaster Love (feat. Ase Manual)
16. La Montamos (feat. Nino Augustine & Uproot Andy)
17. On va décider (feat. Pierre Kwenders & Le Motel)
18. Lelo (Instrumental) (feat. Uproot Andy)
19. Ancestors Dance (Zutzut Remix) (feat. NoKliché, Maître Magellan & Zutzut)

DOWNLOAD – SMS For Location, Vol. 4 Artwork 
DOWNLOAD – Moonshine logo | DOWNLOAD – Moonshine Press Photo
 
www.moonshine.mu

 

About Moonshine
Depending on whom you ask, the esoteric effects of lunar cycles can be wide-ranging: good fortune, human fertility, ocean tides, werewolf prevalence and loss of sanity among them. For the like-minded musicians, DJs, dancers and visual artists who make up the Moonshine collective, the planetary satellite above all inspires their eponymous monthly event, driven by an inclusive ethos and a shared love for experimentations in dance culture.
 
Since its founding in 2014, Moonshine has carved out an enviable niche in Montréal’s nightlife milieu by celebrating a wide range of fledgling local talents, championing Afro-futuristic, bass-heavy, electro-funk sounds, and bringing together communities that wouldn’t necessarily cross paths otherwise. As the name indicates, the lunar-based Moonshine recipe has the collective throw an all-night, sensory-soaked party on the Saturday after every full moon in ever-shifting, unpredictable locations across the city, always strictly disclosed via text messages. With fresh cuts supplied by resident DJs Pierre Kwenders, San Farafina, Odile Myrtil and AKantu, visual installations by Boycott, and a slew of live musicians and performers that have included Kaytranada, Dâm-Funk, Le1f, Venus X, DJ Windows 98 (Arcade Fire’s Win Butler), Bambii and Branko, the parties have become a staple of the after-hours scene, in Canada and abroad, with appearances in NYC, LA, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Lisboa, Barcelona and Santiago.

“The essence of Moonshine came out of parties we used to throw in our kitchens,” recalls Kwenders. “We felt like we couldn’t go out and find what we had cooked up in that kitchen. It’s one of the reasons we started Moonshine: to share that with more people who felt just like us, and who didn’t have access to such sounds or vibes.” Still going strong seven years on, Moonshine has also begun making use of the aesthetic, network and structure it established with the parties to promote affiliated artists, expanding its vision from ephemeral moonlit soirées to an expanding catalogue of genre-busting music, art and apparel. www.moonshine.mu
 
About FORESEEN
FORESEEN Entertainment is a black-owned record label & publisher based out of Toronto, dedicated to exposing cutting edge talent.  FORESEEN invests in talented creative artists, who can provide content that we can expose to a global audience. FORESEEN is dedicated to exposing talented artists and not creating them. www.foreseenent.com
 
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 NATALIE HEMBY ANNOUNCES FANTASY RECORDS  LABEL DEBUT ALBUM PINS AND NEEDLES  OUT OCTOBER 8

THE “PULSING, BLUESY NUMBER ABOUT BEING
HOPELESSLY SMITTEN"
 (GARDEN AND GUN) TITLE TRACK
CO-WRITTEN WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE IS OUT TODAY
LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – July 21, 2021 – 2x GRAMMY Award-winner, Natalie Hemby, is revered as one of the music industry’s most notable songwriters creating hit after hit behind the scenes. Now, she’s poised for a breakout, with the release of her exceptional sophomore album, Pins and Needles, out October 8 via Fantasy Records.
 
Out today is the title track, co-written by Hemby with Brothers Osborne, which Garden & Gun calls “a pulsing, bluesy number about being hopelessly smitten." Listen here
 
“Pins and Needles was the first song I ever wrote with Brothers Osborne,” says Hemby. "I have always loved this song, and I have always loved them. They almost put it on their record. Years after, I asked them if I could have it. They said yes, so I decided to record it and make it the title track. It’s one of my favorites." 
 

Known for the versatile sonics and storytelling that earned her eight #1 singles, Hemby explores a full range of her musical gifts, spanning influences from Tom Petty to Sheryl Crow and the early 90’s rock and roots she was raised on — with incomparable individuality. Across the 11-track collection, Hemby delivers unconventional lyrics along with her ingenious turn of phrase, ear-worm anthems to heart-rending ballads, acid-tongued and sharp-witted swagger to deep-grooved rockers. Hemby creates songs that feel like precious moments to remember.
 
“Pins and Needles is the record I never got the chance to make and I always wanted to,” adds Hemby. “It’s the late 90’s sound, which is the sound of my young adult life.”
 
Like Bonnie Raitt a generation before, Hemby is reaching the pinnacle of her artistry in her 40s, after decades of establishing an incredible presence in the music industry on the album produced by her husband, Mike Wrucke (Miranda Lambert). The album also features co-writes with fellow artists Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Aaron Raitiere and more, as well as songwriting heavy hitters like Daniel Tashian, Barry Dean and others.
 
Hemby’s recently released song, Heroes, earned praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, CMT and more, including celebs like Kacey Musgraves, Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, and others clamoring for more new music. Watch the Heroes video here.
 
Hemby will return to the stage at Newport Folk Festival, where she performed in 2019 as a founding member of the supergroup, The Highwomen (Hemby, Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires), this coming Saturday (July 24) and is slated for the Park City Song Summit and Roots N Blues Festival this Fall. For tickets and more information visit nataliehemby.com/tour.
 
Pre-order Pins and Needles here.For exclusive Pins and Needles merch bundles please visit here.
 

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Pins and Needles Tracklist:
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Mike Wrucke at Wruckestrike Studio
Additional engineering: Mark Dobson                         
Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Howie Weinberg Mastering

1. Heroes (Natalie Hemby-Jeff Trot-Aaron Raitiere)

2. New Madrid (Natalie Hemby-Rose Cousins)

3. Pins and Needles (Natalie Hemby-TJ Osborne-John Osborne)

4. Lake Air (Natalie Hemby-Jedd Hughes-KS Rhodes)

5. Hardest Part About Business (Natalie Hemby-Sunny Sweeney-Joanna Janet)

6. Banshee (Natalie Hemby-Miranda Lambert)

7. Radio Silence (Natalie Hemby-Rosi Golan-Daniel Tashian)

8. Heart Condition (Natalie Hemby-Maren Morris)

9. Pinwheel (Natalie Hemby-Barry Dean-Madison Kozak)

10. It Takes One To Know One (Natalie Hemby-Miranda Lambert-Kelly Archer)

11. Last Resort (Natalie Hemby-Jabe Beyer)

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND FEATURING TREY ANASTASIO RELEASE  LAYLA REVISITED (LIVE AT LOCKN’)  OUT TODAY ON FANTASY RECORDS

LISTEN TO THE SMOLDERING REIMAGINATION
OF AN ICONIC ALBUM HERE

BAND TO SHOWCASE 3 LAYLA TRACKS FROM FIRESIDE LIVE TOUR PERFORMANCE ON CBS SATURDAY JULY 17

READ AN INTERVIEW WITH DEREK TRUCKS OVER AT STEREOGUM

Toronto, ON – July 16, 2021 – Today, the Grammy Award-winning, Tedeschi Trucks Band, release their historic, one-off live recording of the seminal Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, performed in its entirety at LOCKN’ Festival in August 2019 alongside special guest, Trey Anastasio, and longtime collaborator, guitarist Doyle Bramhall II. Blazing with nonstop guitar riffs and Tedeschi’s searing and soulful vocals, the 14-piece ensemble’s reimagination of Duane Allman and Eric Clapton’s landmark release is a reminder of TTB’s live show genius and unparalleled musical alchemy. 
 
Layla Revisited captures an unforgettable live experience by one of the few bands capable of taking on such seminal works, take a moment to listen here.
 
While Tell The Truth pays “pristine homage to the ragged boogie of the original” (Rolling Stone), tracks like Key To The Highway and Layla showcase Trucks’ “world-beating slide skills” (Guitar World) as he masterfully goes lick for lick with Anastasio and Bramhall II, every solo soaring to electrifying heights.
 
Watch the performance of the iconic title track here.
 
Released on November 9, 1970 — Susan Tedeschi’s birth date — Derek & The Dominos' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs immortalized Allman and Clapton’s fiery musical chemistry and slide guitar prowess in a record so timeless, it inspired Chris and Debbie Trucks to name their son Derek some years later. Derek Trucks would go on to join The Allman Brothers Band and join Clapton’s band for a yearlong worldwide tour, further searing Layla’s spirit into his musical DNA. So deep is the connection between the music and its performers that the release feels almost preordained.
 
“By the time that I started playing guitar, the sound of Duane Allman’s slide [on Layla] was almost an obsession,” says Derek. “The spirit, the joy, the recklessness, and the inevitability of the record finds a way to pull you back in. And of course, being a part of their history was the honor of a lifetime.”
 
To complete this momentous release, Layla Revisited concludes with a history-making addition of its own: for the first time ever as a duo, Derek and Susan deliver an intimate, stripped-down studio version of “Thorn Tree In The Garden” with no additional accompaniment. Listen to the delicately sung remake here.
 
This Saturday, July 17, CBS This Morning Saturday will feature a ripping performance of three of the tracks from Layla RevisitedCheck your local listings. Tedeschi Trucks Band are currently on tour, full dates below.
 

Layla Revisited (Live At LOCKN’) TRACKLIST:
1. I Looked Away
2. Bell Bottom Blues
3. Keep On Growing
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out 
5. I Am Yours
6. Anyday
7. Key To The Highway
8. Tell The Truth
9. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?
10. Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
11. Little Wing
12. It’s Too Late
13. Layla
14. Thorn Tree In The Garden (studio)
 
UPCOMING FIRESIDE LIVE TOUR DATES:
July 16-17 — Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 18 — Elmer, NJ @ Appel Farm Arts & Music Center
July 20-21 — Eatontown, NJ @ Concerts on the Green
July 23 — Shelburne, VT @ The Green at Shelburne Museum
July 24-25 — Martha’s Vineyard, MA @ Beach Road Weekend Festival
July 30-31 — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 1 — Dillon, CO @ Dillon Amphitheater
August 3 — Beaver Creek, CO @ Vilar Performing Arts Center 
August 14 — Beech Mountain, NC @ Beech Mountain Summer Series
August 16 — Northampton, MA @ The Pines Theater
August 17 — Selbyville, DE @ The Freeman Stage
August 18 — Wilkes-Barre, PA @ F.M. Kirby Center * TICKETS TBA
August 21-22 — Lawrenceville, GA @ Coolray Field
August 27-29 — Arrington, VA @ LOCKN’ Farm
September 17 — Wilkesboro, NC @ Merlefest 
September 18 — Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
 
BEACON THEATRE RESIDENCY DATES:
September 30* — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre 
October 1 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
October 2 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
October 5^ — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
October 6~ — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
October 8 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
October 9 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
 
* = with Nels Cline: Consentrik Quartet
^ = Anders Osborne
~ = Jorma Kaukonen

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BILLY STRINGS COLLABORATES WITH FENCES FOR NEW SONG GLOBE OUT TODAY

EXTENSIVE HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED

Toronto, ON – July 16, 2021 – Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, Billy Strings, joined forces with Los Angeles-based, Fences, for a new collaborative song, Globe, out today. Listen/share here.  

The release of Globe adds to a landmark year for Strings, who will continue his extensive headline tour through December with newly confirmed shows at Minneapolis’ The Palace Theatre (two nights), Chicago’s Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Philadelphia’s The Fillmore (two nights), Washington DC’s The Anthem, Boston’s Boch Center Wang Theatre, Austin’s ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Dallas’ The Factory in Deep Ellum and Atlanta’s The Eastern (four nights) among several others. See below for complete itinerary. Tickets for the new dates are on-sale today at 10:00am local time, full details can be found at billystrings.com/tour.

Additionally, Strings was recently named Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards after continuing to perform consistently, both in-person and virtually. Reflecting on his recent shows, Pollstar declares, “The hottest hand in jamgrass mastered pandemic touring…in a fraught year, Strings and those around him parlayed that fervor into the rare pandemic success story, blazing trails in livestreaming, drive-in touring and socially distanced podded shows while remaining true to their core values of authenticity and fan engagement.” Moreover, Relix featured Strings on the cover of their April/May issue praising, “Strings’ exuberance speaks to the boundless, resourceful spirit of his music…beyond his technical mastery, it’s his authenticity that continues to animate his music and, in turn, the fans who are drawn to that music.”

Furthering his recent success, Strings taped his PBS Austin City Limits debut last week, which will appear as part of the legendary program’s upcoming 47th season, and released two additional collaborations earlier this year: Wargasm, featuring special guest RMR, and a new version of Bill Monroe favourite, Midnight on the Stormy Deep, with bluegrass legend, Del McCoury, of which Jambands praises, “Their live performance swells with fine mandolin and guitar runs, as the 82-year-old and 28-year-old harmonize their respective high tenor and soulful euphonious voices.”

Adding to an already triumphant career, Strings won Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards for his acclaimed 2019 record, Home. Released on Rounder Records, Home was produced by Glenn Brown and furthers Strings’ reputation as “one of string music’s most dynamic young stars” (Rolling Stone). Of the album, The Associated Press proclaims, “it is his creative musical storytelling, paired with solid vocals on Home that should seal the deal, pleasing fans of the genre and creating some new ones…the perfect blend of pure talent and pluck,” while The Wall Street Journal praises, Billy Strings has clearly emerged as a premier guitar flatpicker of this era.” Strings and the album also topped Billboard’s 2020 year-end chart in both Bluegrass categories: Top Bluegrass Artists and Top Bluegrass Albums.

BILLY STRINGS CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
July 16—Whitefish, MT—Under the Big Sky Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 22—Floyd, VA—FloydFest (SOLD OUT)
July 25—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 26—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 29—Lafayette, NY—Apple Valley Park
July 30—Lafayette, NY—Apple Valley Park (SOLD OUT)
July 31—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 1—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 3—Essex Junction, VT—Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on the Midway Lawn
August 5—Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summer Stage
August 6—New Haven, CT—Westville Music Bowl
August 7—New Haven, CT—Westville Music Bowl
August 8—Marshfield, MA—Levitate Music and Arts Festival
August 11—Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE
August 13-14—Wellston, MI—Hoxeyville 2021
August 20—Chillicothe, IL—Summer Camp Music Festival
August 21—Indianapolis, IN—MacAllister Amphitheater at Garfield Park (SOLD OUT)
August 28—Lexington, KY—Railbird Music Festival
September 3—Las Vegas, NV—Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
September 4—Las Vegas, NV—Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
September 8—Los Angeles, CA—The Belasco (SOLD OUT)
September 9—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
September 10—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater (SOLD OUT)
September 11—Stateline, NV—Montbleu Resort & Casino (SOLD OUT)
September 12—Stateline, NV—Montbleu Resort & Casino (SOLD OUT)
September 16—Spokane, WA—Spokane Pavilion at Riverfront
September 17—Portland, OR—McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater (SOLD OUT)
September 18—Seattle, WA—King County’s Marymoor Park
September 19—Missoula, MT—KettleHouse Amphitheater
September 22—Salt Lake City, UT—Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)
September 28—Wichita, KS—Wave
September 29—Oklahoma City, OK—The Jones Assembly (SOLD OUT)
October 1—Memphis, TN—Mempho Music Fest
October 2—Bentonville, AR—Freshgrass Festival
October 14—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 15—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 16—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 17—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 29—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 30—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 31—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)

On-sale today at 10:00am local time:
November 3—Milwaukee, WI—The Riverside Theater
November 4—Minneapolis, MN—The Palace Theatre
November 5—Minneapolis, MN—The Palace Theatre
November 6—Chicago, IL—Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
November 10—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore
November 11—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore
November 12—Richmond, VA—Virginia Credit Union Live
November 13—Washington, DC—The Anthem
November 15—Portland, ME—State Theatre
November 16—Portland, ME—State Theatre
November 17—Boston, MA—Boch Center Wang Theatre
November 19—Wilkes-Barre, PA—Mohegan Sun Arena
November 20—Detroit, MI—The Fillmore
November 21—Detroit, MI—The Fillmore
November 30—New Orleans, LA—The Civic Theater
December 1—New Orleans, LA—The Civic Theater
December 2—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall
December 3—Austin, TX—ACL Live at The Moody Theater
December 4—Dallas, TX—The Factory in Deep Ellum
December 9—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
December 10—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
December 11—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
December 12—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
 
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About Billy Strings:
Michigan-born and now Nashville-based, Strings arrived on the music scene as one of the most compelling new artists with the release of his 2017 debut LP, Turmoil & Tinfoil. Since his debut, Strings has been awarded Guitar Player of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards, selected as one of Rolling Stone’s 2017 “New Country Artists to Know” and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and PBS’ “Bluegrass Underground.” Often playing over 200 shows per year, Strings keeps the improvisational tradition of bluegrass alive while incorporating elements of several diverse genres. WXPN’s World Café declares, “a bona fide phenom…with his virtuosic guitar playing front and center, Strings fuses bluegrass to psych rock, country and jam music, without fussing over what bluegrass should be.”

About Fences:
Singer/songwriter Fences (aka Christopher Mansfield) has collaborated with a diverse group of fellow artists including Tegan & Sara, Macklemore and Death Cab for Cutie’s, Chris Walla. His most recent release, Wide Eyed Elk Ensemble, has garnered praise from the likes of Paste Magazine, Clash, American Songwriter, Brooklyn Vegan and many others.
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NATHANIEL RATELIFF’S LIVE ALBUM RED ROCKS 2020 OUT NOW ON STAX RECORDS

DEBUTS PERFORMANCE VIDEO OF
AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS
KICK OFF SUMMER AND FALL TOUR JULY 20

Toronto, ON – July 16, 2021 – Red Rocks 2020, the new live album from Nathaniel Rateliff, is out now on Stax Records. The live record was recorded in an empty Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Rateliff’s mid-September run of socially distanced shows, which was limited to 125 attendees per night in the 9400-capacity venue. Through Red Rocks 2020, Rateliff offers this 90-minute live experience to the fans who were unable to attend his live shows last year. Listen to/share Red Rocks 2020 here.

In conjunction with today’s release, Rateliff debuts a live performance video for the title track off his acclaimed 2020 solo album, And It’s Still Alright. Watch/share the video here.

On March 2, 2020 in Minneapolis, Rateliff kicked off his sold-out nine-month tour supporting And It’s Still Alright. Nine days later the extensive run of dates was cancelled due to the pandemic. The shows aimed to highlight various aspects of Rateliff’s stellar musicianship, ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar to a full 10-piece folk band accompaniment including a string quartet.

Red Rocks 2020 features a wide range of music from Rateliff’s celebrated career, which includes songs that had never before been performed live, several tracks from And It’s Still Alright and his previously released solo albums: In Memory of Loss, Falling Faster Than You Can Run and the Shroud EPIn addition, Rateliff’s close friend, Kevin Morby, who was set to open the cancelled Red Rocks dates in August 2020, joins him for a duet on Leonard Cohen’s, There Is A War.

The cast of musicians includes Rateliff (guitar) with fellow Night Sweats members, Joseph Pope III (bass), Mark Shusterman (keys), Patrick Meese (drums, keys, guitar) and Luke Mossman (guitar) along with James Barone (drums, guitar), Joy Adams (cello), Rachel Sliker (viola), Adrienne Short (violin) and Chris Jusell (violin).   

In addition, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are back with a summer and fall tour. The extensive run of shows begins on July 20 and includes their annual shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (a three-night run for the first time) as well as performances at Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival, Nashville’s First Bank Amphitheater, Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and more. The band will share the stage with The Marcus King Band, Margo Price, Bahamas, Delta Spirit and Tré Burt. On October 17, Rateliff will also perform a solo acoustic set at New York’s new venue Brooklyn Made to benefit his foundation, The Marigold Project. Tickets are available for purchase at nathanielrateliff.com/tour. See below for the full tour routing.  

Earlier this year, Rateliff made his debut as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, nearly one year after the release of his solo album, And It’s Still Alright (Stax Records), which received widespread critical praise. The record peaked at #3 on iTunes’ Top Albums chart, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk chart, landed at #2 on their Current Rock chart and resided at #1 on the Americana Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks. The lead single and title track was #1 for eight consecutive weeks at Triple A Radio, #1 for nine consecutive weeks on the Americana Singles chart and #1 for three weeks at Non-Commercial radio, while NPR’s World Cafe ranked the track #1 on their list of Public Radio’s Most Popular Songs Of 2020. Additionally, the single, Time Stands, peaked at #1 on the Americana Singles chart and appeared within the Top 5 at Triple A Radio. Rateliff also performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CMT Crossroads while his Tiny Desk (Home) Concert premiered on NPR Music in mid- April. Listen to And It’s Still Alright here.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF—RED ROCKS 2020 TRACK LIST
1. Tonight #2
2. All Or Nothing
3. Expecting To Lose
4. Shroud
5. You Need Me
6. Right On
7. What A Drag
8. Still Out There Running
9. Early Spring Till
10. Kissing Our Friends
11. Oil & Lavender
12. This
13. There Is A War
14. Mavis
15. Still Trying
16. And It’s Still Alright
17. Time Stands
18.Rush On

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS LIVE
July 20—Charlotte, NC—Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*††
July 21—Raleigh, NC—Red Hat Amphitheater*††
July 27 —Bethlehem, PA—Levitt Pavilion Steel Stacks (SOLD OUT)*††
July 28—Essex Junction, VT—Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exp (SOLD OUT)*††
July 30—Portland, ME—Thompson’s Point (SOLD OUT)*††
July 31—Highmount, NY—Belleayre Mountain*††
August 13—Whitefish, MT— Big Mountain Ranch**
August 14—Missoula, MT—Kettlehouse Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)**
August 15—Spokane, WA—Spokane Pavilion**
August 17—Bend, OR—Les Schwab Amphitheatre**
August 18—Boise, ID —Ford Idaho Center**
August 20—Park City, UT—Deer Valley (SOLD OUT)**
August 21—Grand Junction, CO—Amphitheatre at Los Colonias Park**
August 23—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)**
August 24—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre SOLD OUT)**
August 25—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)**
September 22—Alpharetta, GA—Outlaw Music Festival
September 24—Columbia, MD—Outlaw Music Festival
September 28—Richmond, VA—Virginia Credit Union Live‡
September 29—Asheville, NC—Rabbit Rabbit (SOLD OUT)‡
October 1—Franklin, TN—Firstbank Amphitheatre‡††
October 2—Memphis, TN—Mempho Festival
October 9—St. Louis, MO—Saint Louis Music Park†
October 10—Columbus, OH—Express Live†
October 12—Cincinnati, OH—Icon Music Center†
October 13—Cleveland, OH—Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica†

*w/ The Marcus King Band
†w/ Margo Price
‡w/ Bahamas
**w/ Delta Spirit
††w/ Tré Burt

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MASN RELEASES NEW TRACK DON’T TALK

Toronto, ON – July 16, 2021–Artist on the rise, MASN, releases his new track, Don’t Talk, today via RCA Records. Listen hereDon’t Talk, along with MASN’s previously released track, Sitting In Fire, are featured on his upcoming EP, which will be released later this year. 
 
MASN says, “One thing I'm hoping to emphasize with Don't Talk is the relationship of vulnerability in my music and appearance. I'm letting myself be vulnerable, but I also feel like I have to hold back, like I'm sure many do on a regular basis. Having to hold your tongue and feel like you're stuck behind a glass wall is painful. Don't Talk shows what it's like to not be able to vocalize your feelings because of how difficult it is being vulnerable.”
 
Last year MASN released his debut EP, How To Kill A Rockstar as well as Mountains, a collaboration with label mates, Lost Kings. MASN’s debut EP received critical praise – the track, Hate Me!, was featured on Billboard’s 10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week, and Ones To Watch #NowWatching playlist, and Fire, which PAPER called “compelling.” The EP also included previously released tracks Psycho!, Psycho! (feat. Trippie Redd), and Val!um.

 

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About MASN
20-year-old Eagle Mountain, Utah native MASN exploded onto the scene in 2019 when his hit single, Psycho!, dropped. The track exploded online and had garnered over 100M combined audio and video streams worldwide and over 1.5M TikTok videos. Shortly after he released his track, Val!um, followed by Psycho! feat. Trippie Redd, which marked MASN’s first release with RCA Records. German DJs/Producers, Topic & B-Case, also remixed Psycho! Check it out here. MASN’s expansive creative palette distills into a dreamy melting pot of lo-fi beatcraft, indie experimentation, hip-hop fluidity, and lush pop. He amplifies every side of himself within his songs which can be felt on his debut EP, How To Kill A Rockstar, which was released last summer and features his singles, Hate Me!, which was featured on Billboard’s 10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week, and Ones To Watch #NowWatching playlist, and Fire, which PAPER called “compelling.” MASN also released the How To Kill A Rockstar documentary which sheds some light on MASN’s creative spirit and musical journey. Watch here. MASN will be releasing his second EP later this year. 

 

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PETE MOSS RELEASES SECOND SINGLE BLUEBIRD

UNVEILS ARTWORK FOR ALBUM,
BIRDS ROCK SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 1

VIDEO FOR BLUEBIRD DEBUTS TODAY

Toronto, ON – July 16, 2021 – Toronto-based musical artist and outdoor educator, Pete Moss, today released the second single, Bluebird, from his upcoming October 1 full-length release, Birds Rock. His follow up to the first single, Chickadee, Bluebird is a breezy strummy summery track featuring Picton, Ontario based singer / songwriter, Lisa Bozikovic. Listen to Bluebird here. Pete Moss shares the video, which puts on display the real-life relationship dichotomy that so many experience. Take a look here. Pete also unveils the rustic, cozy, ‘homey’ cover art for the album.
 
When asked about Bluebird, Pete comments, “This song is about two people who have stubbornly different tastes. In fact, their aesthetic tastes are so polarized one might wonder if they are actually just fond of contradicting each other! Fortunately for them (and for listeners!), common ground is finally found over the striking beauty of a bluebird.”

The video, which stars Pete and a rather dapper bear stuffy, poignantly depicts the song’s theme.
 
“Inspired by my favourite movie, the 1971 dark comedy classic, Harold & Maude, this video is about a bear who reminds someone of what it means to be human,” reflects Pete. “Despite all the distractions that accumulate in our lives, connecting to nature and making art and music are things that I believe reside in us all; and a little reminder from time to time can help us re-discover just that.”
 
True to their colours, the story of bluebirds is a reason to be hopeful. Until about 70 years ago, bluebirds were rampant across North America, inhabiting lands with hollow trees and tall grasses. With the expansion of agriculture and cities their numbers began to plummet, and conservationists started taking notice. Campaigns emerged to build human made bluebird houses and their numbers once again started to rise. It’s a great reminder of what’s possible when we come together and show nature some reciprocity! They also like to snack on mosquitoes!
 
Pete Moss has been connecting children with nature for over a decade and his upcoming album is a tribute to the magic of neighbourhood birds. Pete Moss, a.k.a. Peter Demakos, is an outdoor educator and forest school instructor at Evergreen Brick Works. In addition to outdoor education, Pete delivers workshops across Ontario on the importance of getting children outside. In 2019, Pete released the album, Plants Rock, featuring 12 songs about common plants that can be found across North America. Drawing inspiration from Raffi and Fred Penner, Pete’s playful folk-pop style and sophisticated song writing make this collection accessible to everyone.
 
This album is for the birds! Stay tuned for more flock news!

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SEETHER SHARE NEW SONG FEAST OR FAMINE  FROM WASTELAND – THE PURGATORY EP DUE JULY 30

LISTEN HERE

SUMMER TOUR DATES WITH 3 DOORS DOWN KICK OFF JULY 17 IN HUBER HEIGHTS, OH

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Toronto, ON – July 16, 2021 – Today, SEETHER, released the new track, Feast or Famine, from their upcoming Wasteland – The Purgatory EP, which will be released July 30 digitally and October 22 on vinyl. Feast or Famine is an elegy for our current state of affairs and amplifies the band’s signature heavy groove and frontman Shaun Morgan’s lyrical bite. The EP campaign kicked off on June 25 when the band shared an alternate, stripped down version of Wasteland, the original version of which appeared on their most recent album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum. Watch the music video for Wasteland (Alternate Version) here.
 
Listen to/Purchase Feast or Famine here.
 
Written and produced by Shaun Morgan, engineered by the band's newest member, Corey Lowery, and mixed by Matt HydeWasteland – The Purgatory EP demonstrates SEETHER's dynamism and creative versatility. Seething with dark muscularity, the urgent What Would You Do? is a beautiful and cathartic baptism-by-fire that never lets up. With Pixies' undertones and Beatle accents, Will It Ever End? is a startling, pandemic appropriate head trip that, like the voice in your head, goes to places unforeseen and unforgiven. Feast or Famine sounds like the unholy progeny of AC/DC and Ozzy-era Sabbath. The EP is bookended by two versions of Wasteland, the original album version and a stripped-down alternate version that features touches of piano and cello, but still retains the original's tormented drive. This latest release finds SEETHER, one of hard rock's most enduring and prolific bands, at the very top of their very productive game. 

Wasteland – The Purgatory EP special vinyl edition will be released on 45rpm 12” vinyl on October 22, 2021. The band’s online store has already sold out of the 500-unit super limited-edition custom Smoke and Translucent Red split color vinyl and is now selling a 1,000 unit limited-edition Custom Clear with Smoky White Swirls colour vinyl, while record stores will carry Custom Mixed Translucent Red with Smoky Black Swirls colour vinyl. 

Tomorrow, SEETHER will kick off their run as special guests on 3 Doors Down’s The Better Life 20th Anniversary Tour at The Rose Music Center in Huber Height, OH. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now and full routing is below. Additionally, this fall will see SEETHER play several festivals including Louder Than Life 2021 in Louisville, KY and the sold-out Aftershock Festival 2021 in Sacramento, CA. For additional information please visit www.seether.com/tour.  

For exclusive Wasteland – The Purgatory EP merch bundles visit www.seether.com. Pre-order Wasteland – The Purgatory EP here.

Wasteland – The Purgatory EP Track List:
1. Wasteland (original album version)
2. What Would You Do? 
3. Will It Ever End? 
4. Feast or Famine 
5. Wasteland (alternate version)
 
SEETHER 2021 Tour Dates: 
July 17 – Huber Heights, OH @ The Rose Music Center*
July 18 – Corbin, KY @ Corbin Arena*
July 22 – New Orleans, LA @ Champions Square*
July 23 – Orange Beach, AL @ The Wharf Amphitheatre*
July 24 – Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre*
July 29 – Bossier City, LA @ Brookshire Grocery Arena*
July 30 – Sugar Land, TX -@ Smart Financial Centre*
July 31 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
August 5 – Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
August 6 – Indianapolis, IN - TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park*
August 7 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill*
August 12 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove Casino*
August 13 – Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center for the Arts
August 14 – Belcourt, ND @ Sky Dancer Casino & Resort*
August 19 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach*
August 20 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion*
August 21 – Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Center*
August 26 – Kennewick, WA @ Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo 2021
August 27 – Boise, ID @ Western Idaho Fair 2021
August 28 – Salem, OR @ Oregon State Fair 2021
August 31 – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic*
September 2 – Corning, CA @ Rolling Hills Casino*
September 3 – Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort*
September 5 – Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Street Experience 2021*
September 7 – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre*
September 8 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre*
September 10 – Newark, NJ @ WDHA's Family Reunion
September 11 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2021
September 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ 93X's Family Reunion
September 19 – St. Louis, MO @ KPNT Pointfest
September 23 – Brandon, MS - Brandon Amphitheater*
September 24 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP*
September 25 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater*
September 26 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival 2021
September 30 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues 
October 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle 
October 2 – Tampa, FL @ WXTB 98RockFest
October 8 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival 2021
October 10 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee 
October 14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily's Place*
October 15 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando*
October 16 –     West Palm Beach, FL @ iThink Financial Amphitheatre*
*with 3 Doors Down

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About SEETHER:
Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, SEETHER (Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, John Humphrey and Corey Lowery) has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically with purpose and commitment, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort, and a sense of personal power. Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 17 #1 singles, 21 Top 5 multi-format hits, single sales topping 17 million and over 2 billion streams world-wide across all platforms. SEETHER is Billboard’s #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artist, which covers the 40-year history of the chart’s existence. Their latest LP, the acclaimed, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If You Want Peace, Prepare For War) was released last summer via Fantasy Records. A primal mix of euphoria and misery, the new album ranks among the strongest material of SEETHER’s illustrious career and includes the recent #1 singles DangerousBruised and Bloodied, and the soon to be released Wasteland.

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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SOCCER MOMMY RELEASES NEW SINGLE rom com 2004

ANNOUNCES MONTREAL AND TORONTO TOUR DATES

LISTEN & WATCH HERE

Toronto, ON - July 15, 2021 - Soccer Mommy—a.k.a. Nashville native, Sophie Allison—released her critically-acclaimed sophomore, color theory last year, earning countless accolades and year-end list nods. Today she announces a new one-off single entitled rom com 2004, produced by 5x Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter BJ Burton (Charli XCX, Bon Iver, Chance The Rapper, Empress Of, Miley Cyrus). Allison says of the track: “I wrote this song a while back and made a poppy demo for it. Then I told BJ to destroy it.”  Listen to rom com 2004 and watch its incredible music video now here.

Soccer Mommy recently announced her long-delayed U.S. headline tour in support of color theory. Starting in September 2021, the tour stops at some of the biggest venues Allison has headlined to date, including  New York’s Brooklyn Steel on September 2, Montreal's Fairmount Theatre on September 25, Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 26, and Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on October 28, and will feature support from Squirrel Flower and Emily Reo. Many dates are already sold out but see below to find a show near you and get your tickets here.
 
This new single also comes on the heels of Soccer Mommy contributing, Kissing In The Rain, to DC Comics and Loma Vista Recordings’ recent collaborative soundtrack for Dark Nights: Death Metal. The soundtrack was executive produced by acclaimed composer Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen, John Wick). On this soundtrack, Soccer Mommy is joined by an array of artists across various genres—including Mastodon, Denzel Curry, Manchester Orchestra, Chelsea Wolfe, IDLES, and more.
 
About Soccer Mommy:
Following the release of color theory, Allison earned mass acclaim, with performances opening for Bernie Sanders, numerous upcoming headline dates sold-out months in advance, confirmed festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The album made it’s AAA Top 20 debut after release, was #1 NACC Top 200 for 4-weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16 Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200.
 
Additionally, with touring at a halt for the entire music industry, Soccer Mommy found remarkably inventive ways to stay busy during quarantine. She released a deluxe binder version of color theory which you can get here along with a demo EP of selected album tracks which you can listen to here. Last summer, raising money for National Bail Out & Oxfam’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, Allison released the Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series featuring Jay Som, Beabadoobee, SASAMI and MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden/Gentle Dom. She also joined forces with Actress & Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who remixed two color theory tracks. Listen to crawling in my skin (Actress Remix) here + circle the drain (UMO Remix) here. She shared an interview and performance via GRAMMY Museum®. Combining her love of video games and performing, Soccer Mommy held a digital concert on the online gaming platform Club Penguin Rewritten, 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 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 perform in on tour prior to lockdown.
 
Purchase, stream or download color theory here.
 
Tour dates:
September 15 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse * [SOLD OUT]
September 16 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle * [SOLD OUT]
September 17 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar * [SOLD OUT]
September 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer * [SOLD OUT]
September 19 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club * [SOLD OUT]
September 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel * [SOLD OUT]
September 22 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club * [SOLD OUT]
September 23 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club * [SOLD OUT]
September 25 - Montreal, QUE - Fairmount Theatre *
September 26 - Toronto, ONT - Phoenix Concert Theatre *
September 28 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop * [SOLD OUT]
September 29 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall * [SOLD OUT]
October 1 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom *
October 16 - Washington, DC - All Things Go Festival
October 18 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre ^
October 19 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn ^
October 21 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall ^
October 22 - Austin, TX - Emo's East ^
October 23 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater ^
October 26 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom ^ [SOLD OUT]
October 27 - San Diego, CA - Music Box ^
October 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre ^ [SOLD OUT]
October 29 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ^ [SOLD OUT]
October 31 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre ^ [SOLD OUT]
November 1 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall ^ [SOLD OUT]
November 2 - Boise, ID - The Olympic ^
November 4 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre ^
November 6 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room Lounge ^
November 7 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue ^
November 8 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre ^ [SOLD OUT]
November 9 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall ^
 
* with support from Squirrel Flower
^ with support from Emily Reo
 
www.soccermommyband.com
 
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HOUNDMOUTH RETURN WITH FIRST NEW MUSIC SINCE 2019

LISTEN TO GOOD FOR YOU AND COOL JAM, PRODUCED BY BRAD COOK

DEBUT RELEASES WITH DUALTONE RECORDS ARRIVE AHEAD OF FIRST POST-LOCKDOWN TOUR 

Toronto, ON – July 14, 2021 – Today Houndmouth returns with their first new music since 2019, sharing two new, original songs, Good For You, and Cool Jam. These tracks, recorded with Brad Cook (Waxahatchee, Hiss Golden Messenger) and mixed by Jon Ashley (The War On Drugs, B.J. Barham), find the Indiana-bred, gold-selling band — vocalist/guitarist Matthew Myers, drummer/vocalist, Shane Cody, and bassist/vocalist, Zak Appleby — making their debut for Dualtone Records.
 
Good For You sets an opulent, anachronistic scene for a narrator down on their luck. “Chartreuse and chandeliers / fancy that, seeing you out here,” sings Matthew Myers as he depicts a moment of romantic reckoning (“had a drink and an episode”) set in the shadow of Kentucky Derby pageantry. The band’s harmonies imbue the languid breakup song with a weary optimism, as Myers mutters, “What a night, what a night.” Listen here.
 
Meanwhile, Cool Jam eulogizes a doomed romance with a surrealist touch, setting the mundane against a backdrop of faded dignity. Bad breaks arrive in a limousine and Cinderella rubs elbows with degenerates selling loosies outside the Kum & Go, all as the band conveys the slow realization that the magic is gone atop a bed of celestial organs. Listen to Cool Jam here.

And watch a live performance of Good For You from the band’s Green House headquarters in Indiana. The Green House is a 19th-century shotgun-style house decked out in gold wallpaper and crystal chandeliers that used to belong to Cody’s grandparents, as evidenced by the stairlift Myers rides into frame at the top of this performance. Watch the video here.
 
Known for their “shaggy, swinging, big-screen storytelling” (NPR), Houndmouth has received praise from USA Today, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, NME, Relix and many more. They’ve performed at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and SXSW as well as on CBS This Morning Saturday, Conan, Letterman and more. They are currently gearing up for their first post-pandemic tour dates, including Webster Hall in NYC, DC’s Lincoln Theater, and two nights at Thalia Hall in Chicago. See full dates below.

Tour Dates
July 14 -  Louisville, KY - 91.9 WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday
August 14 -  New Braunfels, TX - Sendero x Lone Star Rodeo 2021
August 20 - Chillicothe, IL - Summer Camp Music Festival 2021
September 16 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford
September 17 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
September 18 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
September 19 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
September 21 - Virginia Beach, VA - Elevation 27
September 22 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
September 23 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
September 24 - Lexington, KY - The Burl
September 25 - Franklin, TN - Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival
November 12 -  Detroit, MI - El Club
November 13 - Harrisburg, PA - Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
November 14 - Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios
November 16 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
November 17 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
November 19 - Washington DC - Lincoln Theater
November 20 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
November 21 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
November 23 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theater
November 26 -Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
November 27 -Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
December 10 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
December 11 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s
December 12 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
December 14 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
December 16 -  Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
December 17 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
December 18 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall

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CAMILO AND SHAWN MENDES RELEASE KESI (REMIX)

Toronto, ON – July 14, 2021 – Colombian singer-songwriter, musician, and producer, Camilo, and GRAMMY® nominated multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Shawn Mendes, have teamed up to release KESI (Remix), which is out now on all streaming platforms. This release comes as Camilo embarks on his global Mis Manos Tourwhich kicked off in Spain last week, and includes 16 sold out dates in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. 
 
Camilo revealed KESI is one of his favourite songs in his repertoire. Adding, “I never thought about doing a remix until Shawn Mendes, one of my favorite artists, mentioned it to me. Being a big fan of his music, the pure idea of hearing him singing in Spanish is something that made me so excited. The fact that he decided to sing in our language for the first time in his career on a song with me is one of the greatest honors I've had in my career as an artist. It is a song like no other, full of life, smiles, energy and contagious happiness, and our friendship being so honest and close gives spirit to this collaboration.”
 
Rooted in a traditional Champeta, a genre that originates from the coast of Colombia, KESI marries Afro-Caribbean rhythms with Camilo’s signature style. Infused with the skilled musicianship of both Camilo and Mendes, the remix offers fans a soundtrack for the summer, combining English and Spanish with impeccable vocals from both artists. 
 
Echoing Camilo’s sentiment, Mendes stated,“My favorite part of working with Camilo is just being around him, his energy is infectious and beautiful. When we met there was an immediate click, and I feel like it makes it so much easier to work with somebody once it feels like you’re friends with them. You get so much more excited about the release.”
 
About Camilo
Armored with impeccable writing skills and intuitive sensitivity, Colombian singer-songwriter, musician, and producer Camilo is considered one of the greatest exponents of the new Pop of his generation. Hailed by The New York Times as a singer who "writes hits even when he’s not trying” and named by PAPER as one of the “12 Latinx Artists to Stream Right Now,” Camilo has amassed over 13 billion views and streams across all digital platforms worldwide. In 2021, he released his latest album, Mis Manos, which includes singles, Vida de Rico which hit #1 on Billboard's Latin Pop Airplay Chart, BEBÉ with El Alfa and Ropa Cara, all of which have charted on Spotify's Global Top 50. Mis Manos is the follow-up to his first globally distributed album Por Primera Vez, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Album Chart and was certified platinum in 4 different countries, including the US. Por Primera Vez features the hit single, TUTU ft. Pedro Capó, which was certified 10x platinum and has accrued over 1.7 billion worldwide streams across all platforms. Earlier this year Camilo scored a #1 hit on the Billboard Latin Rhythm Airplay chart with Tattoo Remix, alongside Puerto Rican urban sensation Rauw Alejandro. Before debuting as a major performing artist, Camilo wrote smash hits for artists like Bad Bunny (Si Estuviésemos Juntos), Becky G and Natti Natasha (Sin Pijama), and many others. In addition to his streaming and chart success, Camilo has been the recipient of numerous accolades including, a Latin GRAMMY, seven Latin GRAMMY nominations, a GRAMMY nomination, five Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, a Latin American Music Award and most recently was nominated for 12 Premios Juventud Awards.
 
About Shawn Mendes
GRAMMY nominated Toronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated 4th studio album, Wonder, in 2020 to rave reviews. The album debuted as #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart and in multiple worldwide markets, marking Shawn's fourth straight #1 album. In 2019 Shawn was nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for Señorita, his single with Camila Cabello. In 2018 he released his self-titled platinum album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart as well as multiple worldwide markets. The album became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018 and made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three consecutive #1 albums. Shawn was nominated in two categories for the 61st annual GRAMMY®️ Awards, including “Song of the Year” for In My Blood and “Best Pop Vocal Album” for SHAWN MENDES.  The same year Shawn debuted his certified platinum single, If I Can’t Have You, at #1 on iTunes and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With Señorita at #1 and If I Can’t Have You at #2, Shawn is the first male solo artist ever to simultaneously hold the #1 and #2 place on the Top 40 chart. On his last world tour, he sold out his first ever stadium show in minutes at Rogers Centre in his hometown of Toronto. The tour began in March 2019, with over 100 dates across the UK, Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. 
 
In April 2017, Shawn released his 3x platinum hit, There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back. The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining his 7x platinum single, Stitches.  Shawn has nearly 50 Billion global streams and 8.6 billion video views. He topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21” in 2017 and 2018 and has been featured on Forbes “30 Under 30,” Spotify’s “25 Under 25,” and Time Magazine’s “Time 100 Most Influential”. In 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms.
 
In 2019 Shawn launched The Shawn Mendes Foundation, which seeks to inspire Shawn’s audience, the youth generation of today—to learn about those causes that they are passionate about, and help empower them to use the voice they have to bring change to the world by taking action & giving back. As part of its ongoing mission, the Foundation provides resources and support to amplify the voices, messages, and platforms of young leaders driving positive change.
 
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2021 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE SHORT LIST IS HERE

TORONTO, ON – July 15, 2021 – The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has unveiled the 10 albums on the 2021 Short List. 
 
The 2021 Polaris Music Prize Short List is:
 
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Theory of Ice
Cadence Weapon – Parallel World
DijahSB – Head Above The Waters
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words
Mustafa – When Smoke Rises
The OBGMs – The Ends
Klô Pelgag – Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
TOBi – Elements Vol. 1
The Weather Station – Ignorance
Zoon – Bleached Wavves
 
“This year's Short List is an excellent snapshot of artists on the genreless, limitless vanguard of Canadian music. Congratulations to the nominees, and thank you to our devoted community of jurors for their time and care spent crafting this list. After the year everyone's had, we all could use a moment of reprieve. Consider this your invitation to give all 10 remarkable albums a generous spin,” said Polaris jury foreperson Melissa Vincent.
 
The new nominees were revealed during the Polaris Short List Special, which aired earlier today across Canada via CBC Music and CBC Listen Hosted by A. Harmony, the special featured music from the Short List nominees as well as in-depth interviews with CBC personalities and Polaris jurors. An encore broadcast of the special will air on CBC Music, Sunday, July 18 at 6 p.m.
 
With the announcement of the 10 nominated albums CBC Music is kicking off the Short List Summer, a sprawling, season-long deep dive into the nominated records and the artists who made them. 
 
This Short List Summer will include the Polaris Spotlight, an editorial series diving into each of the short-listed artists and their nominated albums, beginning Tuesday, July 20. This will be capped every Sunday with a one-hour CBC Music radio special called The Ten, starting Sunday, July 25. Each week, the show will take an in-depth look at one of the 10 nominated albums in the lead-up to the 2021 Polaris Prize winner announcement. Follow CBC Music on  InstagramTikTokTwitter and Facebook for more Polaris Music Prize content that will explore the Short List albums and the artists behind them.
 
Polaris Short List Summer 2021 Calendar

Tuesday, July 20 – Polaris Spotlight: Cadence Weapon’s Parallel World on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, July 25 – The Ten: Cadence Weapon broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, July 27 – Polaris Spotlight: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s Theory of Ice on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, August 1 – The Ten: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, August 3 – Polaris Spotlight: TOBi’s Elements Vol. 1 on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, August 8 – The Ten: TOBi broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, August 10 – Polaris Spotlight: Klô Pelgag’s Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs on CBCMusic.ca/polaris 
Sunday, August 15 – The Ten: Klô Pelgag broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, August 17 – Polaris Spotlight: Dominique Fils-Aimé’s Three Little Words on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, August 22 – The Ten: Dominique Fils-Aimé broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, August 24 – Polaris Spotlight: DijahSB’s Head Above The Waters on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, August 29 – The Ten: DijahSB broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, August 31 – Polaris Spotlight: Zoon’s Bleached Wavves on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, September 5 – The Ten: Zoon broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, September 7 – Polaris Spotlight: The OBGMs’ The Ends on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, September 12 – The Ten: The OBGMs broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, September 14 – Polaris Spotlight: Mustafa’s When Smoke Rises on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, September 19 – The Ten: Mustafa broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, September 21 – Polaris Spotlight: The Weather Station’s Ignorance on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, September 26 – The Ten: The Weather Station broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen

 
Due to the continued uncertainty around returns to public gatherings, Polaris has chosen to not host a winner Gala event this year. More details about the 2021 Polaris Music Prize winner reveal on September 27, 2021 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 2021 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. New for 2021, Polaris Music Prize has partnered with Play MPE to award the winning artist with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD. Play MPE will also gift all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each. 
 
Albums eligible for 2021 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.
 
The past winners are Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).
 
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters. 
 
About the Polaris Music Prize 
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. 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 Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.
 
About CBC Music
CBC Music is the leading curator of emerging and diverse Canadian music talent across platforms, playing the most Canadian artists and genres on radio, CBC Listen and cbcmusic.ca. We prioritize Canadian artists in a wide variety of genres on over 200 playlists available on CBC Listen, and publish daily national music coverage. CBC Music Live features live music recordings from across the country. Our music partnerships and events include The JUNOS, the Polaris Music Prize, Searchlight, the CBC Music Festival, The Canadian Music Class Challenge and Canada Listens. www.cbcmusic.ca
 
About Play MPE
Play MPE is the leading global platform for music promotion distribution and discovery. The company now serves over 100 countries, is available in multiple languages, and has changed the way the music industry delivers and accesses content. Play MPE provides music promotion distribution for 1000s of record labels, promoters and artists connecting them to a growing community of vetted music industry decision makers. Play MPE’s coveted distribution lists include: radio, satellite, media/blogs, music supervisors, music curators and more. Long standing global clients include Universal Music Group, Warner Music , Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, eOne Entertainment, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard and many more. www.plaympe.com
 
Media Contacts:
 
Polaris Music Prize media: 
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.com
 
Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec): 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca
 
CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca
 
Play MPE
Cate Horsley
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VOICI LA COURTE LISTE DU POLARIS 2021
 
TORONTO, ON – 15 Juillet, 2021 – Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a dévoilé les 10 albums de sa courte liste de 2021.
 
La courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2021 est la suivante:
 
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Theory of Ice
Cadence Weapon – Parallel World
DijahSB – Head Above The Waters
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words
Mustafa – When Smoke Rises
The OBGMs – The Ends
Klô Pelgag – Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
TOBi – Elements Vol. 1
The Weather Station – Ignorance
Zoon – Bleached Wavves
 
«La courte liste de cette année donne un excellent aperçu des artistes qui se trouvent à l’avant-garde de la musique canadienne, au-delà des frontières et des genres musicaux. Félicitations aux artistes en nomination, et merci aux membres dévoués de notre jury pour le temps et l’attention consacrés à l’élaboration de cette liste. Avec l’année éprouvante que nous avons tous passée, il est grand temps de prendre un moment de répit. Considérez ceci comme une invitation à faire tourner sans modération ces 10 albums remarquables », a déclaré Melissa Vincent, représentante du jury du Prix Polaris.
 
Les artistes en nomination ont été révélés lors de l’émission Polaris Short List Special diffusée plus tôt aujourd’hui dans tout le Canada sur CBC Music et via CBC Listen. Animée par A. Harmony, cette émission spéciale présentait les albums de la courte liste 2021 ainsi que des entretiens avec des personnalités de CBC et des membres du jury du Polaris. Elle sera rediffusée sur CBC Music le dimanche 18 juillet, à 18 h.
 
Ce dévoilement sur CBC Music des 10 albums en nomination donne le coup d’envoi de son « été de la courte liste », une plongée approfondie dans l’univers des disques nommés et de leurs créateur.trice.s qui se poursuivra toute la saison.
 
Cet « été de la courte liste » comprend la série éditoriale Polaris Spotlight, qui abordera chaque album et artiste en nomination à partir du mardi 20 juillet. Celle-ci sera complétée chaque dimanche, à compter du 25 juillet, par une émission spéciale d’une heure intitulée The Ten, sur la radio de CBC Music. Chaque semaine, l’émission se penchera l’un des 10 albums de la courte liste, jusqu’à l’annonce de l’album gagnant du Prix Polaris 2021. Suivez CBC Music sur InstagramTikTokTwitter et Facebook pour découvrir d’autres contenus liés au Polaris qui exploreront les albums de la courte liste et les artistes derrière ceux-ci.
 
Calendrier de l’« été de la courte liste » du Polaris 2021
 

Mardi 20 juillet – Polaris Spotlight: Cadence Weapon’s Parallel World, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 25 juillet – The TenCadence Weapon, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 27 juillet – Polaris Spotlight: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s Theory of Ice, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 1er août – The Ten: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 3 août – Polaris Spotlight: TOBi’s Elements Vol. 1, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 8 août – The Ten: TOBi, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 10 août – Polaris Spotlight: Klô Pelgag’s Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris 
Dimanche 15 août – The Ten: Klô Pelgag, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 17 août – Polaris Spotlight: Dominique Fils-Aimé’s Three Little Words, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 22 août – The TenDominique Fils-Aimé, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 24 août – Polaris Spotlight: DijahSB’s Head Above The Waters, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 29 août – The Ten: DijahSB, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 31 août – Polaris Spotlight: Zoon’s Bleached Wavves, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 5 septembre – The Ten: Zoon, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 7 septembre – Polaris Spotlight: The OBGMs’ The Ends, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 12 septembre – The Ten: The OBGMs, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 14 septembre – Polaris Spotlight: Mustafa’s When Smoke Rises, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 19 septembre – The Ten: Mustafa, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 21 septembre – Polaris Spotlight: The Weather Station’s Ignorance, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 26 septembre – The Ten: The Weather Station, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen


En raison de l’incertitude concernant le retour des rassemblements publics, Polaris a choisi de ne pas organiser de gala cette année. Plus de détails concernant le dévoilement du lauréat ou de la lauréate du Prix de musique Polaris 2021 le 27 septembre 2021 seront annoncés au cours des prochaines semaines.
 
Le Prix de musique Polaris attribue 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur la base du mérite artistique, sans tenir compte du genre musical ou de la popularité commerciale. De plus, les neuf autres artistes en nomination dont les albums figurent sur la courte liste de 2021 recevront 3 000 $ offerts par Slaight Music. Pour la première fois cette année, le Prix de musique Polaris s’associe avec Play MPE pour offrir au lauréat ou à la lauréate un forfait de distribution et de promotion musicale à l’échelle mondiale pour une parution (simple ou album) d’une valeur pouvant atteindre 3 025 $. Play MPE offrira également aux neuf autres artistes de la courte liste des forfaits de distribution d’une valeur pouvant atteindre 1 000 $ chacun.
 
Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2021 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2020 et le 31 mai 2021. Un jury indépendant composé de journalistes, de diffuseur.euse.s et de blogueur.euse.s provenant de partout au Canada détermine la longue et la courte liste. Onze personnes membres du jury élargi seront sélectionnées pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury choisira le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.
 
Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy/Owen Pallett (2006).
 
Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien (Fonds de la musique du Canada) et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.
 
À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est une organisation à but non lucratif qui honore etrécompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadienne de grande qualité. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques de musique jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca/fr/
 

À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. Nous sommes la source d’information de confiance au pays. Nos nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales présentent un point de vue typiquement canadien. 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 offrons également du contenu en espagnol, en arabe, en chinois, en pendjabi et en tagalog, ainsi que dans les deux langues officielles, par l’intermédiaire de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique. 
 
À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music est le plus important curateur de musique canadienne émergente et diversifiée sur toutes ses plateformes et le plus grand diffuseur d’artistes du Canada de tous genres musicaux par le biais de CBC Listen et cbcmusic.ca. Nous mettons l’accent sur un vaste éventail d’artistes canadien.ne.s dans plus de 200 listes de lecture offertes par CBC Listen, en plus de couvrir quotidiennement l’actualité musicale. CBC Music Live offre des enregistrements de concerts musicaux réalisés dans toutes les régions du pays. La liste de nos partenaires musicaux et événementiels comprend les Prix JUNO, le Prix de musique Polaris, Searchlight, le CBC Music Festival, le Canadian Music Class Challenge et Canada Listens. www.cbcmusic.ca
 
À propos de Play MPE
Play MPE est la principale plateforme de distribution, de promotion et de découvertes musicales au monde. Desservant aujourd’hui plus de 100 pays et disponible en plusieurs langues, elle a transformé la façon dont l’industrie musicale diffuse les contenus et accède à ceux-ci. Play MPE assure la distribution et la promotion musicale pour des milliers de maisons de disques, promoteurs et artistes en les mettant en lien avec une communauté croissante d’instances décisionnelles de l’industrie musicale. Les listes de distribution convoitées de Play MPE comprennent : la radio, la diffusion satellite, les médias ou blogues, les superviseurs musicaux, les conservateurs musicaux et plus encore. Parmi sa clientèle internationale de longue date figurent Universal Music Group, Warner Music, Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, eOne Entertainment, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard et plusieurs autres. www.plaympe.com
  
Contacts medias:
 
Prix Polaris (Québec):
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca 
 
Prix Polaris (Canada):
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.com
 
CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca
 
Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com
 
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MALUMA RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO SOBRIO AVAILABLE NOW!

MALUMA RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO SOBRIO AVAILABLE NOW!

MUSIC VIDEO FEATURES CAMEOS FROM SCOTT DISICK, SAWEETIE, QUINCY BROWN AND SHANINA SHAIK

ANNOUNCES PAPI JUANCHO MALUMA WORLD TOUR WITH STOPS IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Global Latin music idol. MALUMA, has just dropped his new single, melodic urban pop banger Sobrio ("Sober") along with its sizzling music video, which includes several celebrity cameos. Sobrio is the first single off the artist's upcoming album.

In Sobrio, written by Maluma, Édgar Barrera, Kevyn Mauricio Cruz, Alejandro Robledo, Filly Andres Lima and Lenin Yorney Palacios, Maluma once again sings about heartbreak, but unlike the somewhat cocky Papi Juancho attitude he had in HAWÁI; this time he shows a more vulnerable side. The lyrics tell the story of someone who is only able to gather the courage to call his ex-girlfriend to tell her he misses her and say he is sorry, only after he has been drinking. 

Thus, in the beautiful cinematic music video shot in Los Angeles by renowned director Jessy Terrero of Cinema Giants, we encounter a Maluma that is definitely not sobrio as he drowns his sorrows when he sees his girl, played by Israeli fashion supermodel Eden Fines, on a date, with reality star Scott Disick, and then gathers the liquid courage to confront them, making a fool of himself in the process while still somehow looking cool as only Maluma could do. Besides cameos from Disick, singer/rapper Saweetie, actor/singer/model Quincy Brown and Australian supermodel Shanina Shaik, the video has an unexpected not-to-be-missed ending.

To stream and/or download Sobrio click here and to watch the video click here!

And what will be even more unmissable is the artist's upcoming tour . . . Maluma is currently in the midst of rehearsals for Maluma's PAPI JUANCHO MALUMA WORLD TOUR, his first live, in-person tour since the beginning of the pandemic. The North American leg of the PAPI JUANCHO MALUMA WORLD TOUR kicks off on September 2 in Sacramento, California and will make stops in more than 25 North American cities including October 21 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and October 22 at Centre Bell in Montreal. 

Tickets are now on sale via www.ticketmaster.comwww.axs.com for select venues only, and www.haciendamidland.com for Odessa, Texas.

North American leg of the PAPI JUANCHO MALUMA WORLD TOUR:

Thursday, September 2: Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
Friday, September 3: Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Saturday, September 4: Las Vegas, NV - Michelob Ultra Arena
Thursday, September 9: San Jose, CA - SAP Center
Saturday, September 11: Ontario, CA - Toyota Arena
Sunday, September 12: San Diego, CA - Pechanga Arena 
Saturday, September 18: Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater 
Thursday, September 23: Phoenix, AZ - Phoenix Suns Area
Friday, September 24: El Paso, TX - Don Haskins Center
Saturday, September 25: Odessa, TX - La Hacienda Event Center
Sunday, September 26: San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Thursday, September 30: Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena
Friday, October 1: New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Saturday, October 2: Washington DC - Capital One Area
Sunday, October 3: Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Thursday, October 7: Atlanta, GA - StateFarm Arena
Friday, October 8: Orlando, FL - Amway Center
Saturday, October 9: Miami, FL - FTX Arena
Sunday, October 10: Fort Myers, FL - Hertz Arena
Thursday, October 14: Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center 
Friday, October 15: Laredo, TX - Sames Auto Arena
Saturday, October 16: McAllen, TX - Payne Arena
Thursday, October 21:  Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena
Friday, October 22: Montreal, QC - Centre Bell 
Sunday, October 24: Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena 

Additional tour dates may be added.

The tour is being produced by Cardenas Marketing Network.

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

The 2018 Latin GRAMMY award winner for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album (for F.A.M.E.) is one of social media’s most popular artists with over 23 million Facebook fans, 6 million Twitter followers, and a whopping 57.3 million Instagram followers, making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram and the first and only one to surpass 50 million followers. His official YouTube/VEVO channel has more than 26.8 million subscribers, having earned him a YouTube Diamond Play Button Award.

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

In 2018, Maluma entered the fashion scene with his edgy, youthful and authentic look, and style. He has been named a “Menswear Icon in the Making” and “Men’s Fashion’s Newest Muse” by Vogue. In addition, he was one of GQ’s “Men of the Year” in 2019 and continues to gain the fashion support of designers such as Kim Jones (Dior), Jeremy Scott (Moschino), Olivier Rousteing (Balmain), Donatella Versace, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton and more. In 2019, he attended the Met Gala for the first time, being one of the first Latin urban artists of this generation to be invited by Anna Wintour. Maluma has also released top campaigns and commercials as the face of global brands such as Moet Hennessy, Michelob and Adidas.
Since joining Sony Music Latin in 2015, Maluma has released five albums Pretty Boy Dirty Boy (2015), F.A.M.E. (2018), 11:11 (2019), Papi Juancho (2020) and 7DJ (2021)Maluma is the youngest artist to simultaneously hold both the #1 and #2 spots on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart and only the sixth act to ever achieve the feat he has now repeated three times. To date Maluma has had twenty #1 singles on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart.

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JOHN ORPHEUS SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO IG FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM SAGA KING

SET FOR RELEASE JULY 30 
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LISTEN TO IG AND WATCH CELEBRATORY VIDEO 
 
PROJECT CONTINUES THE STORY OF SAGA BOY
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Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Toronto artist, author, troubadour and Renaissance man, John Orpheus, is evolving, and does so on the seat of a unique throne. Marked by stories penned from his roots in Trinidad to life in Canada, and touring with rockstars around the world, he continues to blaze his unique path on forthcoming album, Saga King. Set for release July 30 via The Confidence Emperors, the album is a mirror to his highly acclaimed memoir, Saga Boy (Penguin Random House Canada), continuing the story of his life in sonic catharsis through enriching, raw, joy infused songs. 

The announcement of Saga King arrives with new single, IG, and exudes that as a testament to self-love and being radically you. Listen to IG here.

“It's about celebrating yourself and not letting anyone tell you how to live,” John says. “We've all been through a rough time full of restrictions. And regardless of how you feel about that, it's time to begin again. What better way to start than to kiss yourself. The title ‘IG’ is a call out to the attention seeking game of social media, but the song itself is about giving yourself all the love you deserve without asking permission. It's FUNKY, SAUCY, CARIBBEAN POP aka it's exactly who I wanna be.” 

IG arrives with a fitting video (watch here), directed by Patrick Hodgson (behind John’s visuals since 2018 track, Parachute, notably for recent pieces Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You) and ELECTRIC) and filmed in John’s hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo, at the new location of the legendary Mel's Diner. The cast includes Chlz and Micha, with Fabiola Dieuve at the helm for choreographing the group dance, props, wardrobe, and hyping the cast during takes.  

The song was produced and composed by Mike Schlosser aka gawddamnitmichael, who is at the helm for the tracks on Saga King. IG follows John’s previous single, Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You), which has a stunning video
 
After John finished the memoir, he felt inspired to create an album, which was written and co-produced with Mike Schlosser in Autumn 2020 within six weeks. John Orpheus quips the Trinidadian saying, “Own Way” (ie. ‘he go his own way’) as a testament of blazing his own path, and being unapologetically himself at all times and all costs. Black resilience weaves its way into Saga King, where John’s musical influences come together around themes of belonging, identity, resilience, and the celebration of sovereignty only self-awareness can bring.
 
Saga Boy, the memoir, will be released by Milkweed Editions in the US on September 14, 2021. Learn more about John Orpheus and connect with him below.
 

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Saga King Tracklist:
1.IG
2.Damn
3.We Nah Worry About Dat
4.Carnival
5.Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You)
6.Fyah Ting
7.Mango Tree
8.Olurun
9.Indiana
10.U Look Cute When You Smile

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www.johnorpheus.com
 
Photo by Jonathan Adediji
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About John Orpheus
Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, John Orpheus is a multi-cultural musical artist and published author. For the past year and a half, he had been writing his memoir called SAGA BOY which was published by Penguin Random House Canada on January 19, 2021 and will be launched by Milkweed Editions in the US on September 14, 2021. With the book done, John decided to return to music and release a companion album entitled SAGA KING. Both the book and the album are based on similar themes: searching for home, family, love and a fly coat to wear when you get there! SAGA BOY is the journey of the boy. SAGA KING is the celebration of the man. His recently released single FELA AWOKE (I WILL MISS YOU) was the beginning of this new phase and introduced you to his deeply personal story. Second single IG, is about “celebrating yourself and giving yourself all the love you deserve without asking permission”.

John Orpheus’ musical journey has taken him from the Caribbean bush to festivals across Canada and the US to opening for Liam Gallagher on a UK tour as the frontman for a Happy Mondays offshoot band. He combines hip-hop swagger, Afrobeat energy and dancehall charisma to create a sound built on big catchy hooks. John is known for his rabble-rousing live shows filled with audience participation, chanting and impromptu dance-offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts. In September 2019, he released his debut album WEY YA CALL DAT TING, the culmination of a three year, four mixtape project that he used to develop and hone his unique sound. Produced and co-written by Mike Schlosser, the album and the standalone single ELECTRIC released in 2020 fulfilled his early promise with a noticeably more pop and upbeat vibe. “The world is a soulful, sound-splash, dance party. That's the sound I want to create."
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AMAI KUDA ET LES BOIS REFLECTS ON THE COMPLEXITIES OF ROMANCE IN LOVE SONG

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Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Today, Toronto-based group and movement, Amai Kuda et Les Bois, share Love Song – a fun, modern take on the classic Motown torch ballad.   Inspired by a real life ‘tragic romance,’ the song plays up the tropes of the genre while genuinely speaking to the pain and frustration felt when two people love each other but can’t be together. The multiple distinct voices in the arrangement embody different aspects of the self, each responding to the situation with everything from passionate desperation to calm acceptance, but never taking themselves too seriously. In the end, the song even touches on life’s deeper questions, at once declaring the protagonists to be the writers of their fate and the subjects of a predetermined timeline.  It packs a surprising punch for a playful love ballad. 

Listen to Love Song here. Watch the video here.

Set in the 60s, the video portrays the complexities of romance with a fairly satirical twist. It captures the distinct personas of the vocals with Amai playing two diametrically opposed characters: the lovesick, shy, nerd girl (who also happens to be queer) interminably hung up on her ex, and the bold diva who feels entirely unrestrained by the conventions of monogamy. In the end, the video’s main message can really be boiled down to a Facebook status: “it’s complicated.” Most importantly, it encourages viewers to have as much fun watching it as the cast did in portraying a love square turned circle – a true nod to the sexual revolution of the era.

The video for Love Song was filmed at the Sankofa Maroon Village site (read more about this fantastic community space below) and directed and produced by Alex McFarland of The Trenches Media, with PA, Rob Licandro. The incredible cast includes Amai Kuda Yemoja Ile, Sharrae Lyon, David Tweneboah, Kudakwashe Mutamba, Tefetro Weekes, Emmett Jones, Selah Weekes, and Waylon Smith. 

Love Song is featured on Amai Kuda et Les Bois’ new album, EmUrgency! out now as an exclusive vinyl edition, and set for a digital release this fall. It follows the project’s first single, Ecouché, a sonic, magical spell for healing of the waters. Channeled and sung entirely in a language of ancestral communication, it can never be performed the same way twice. Listen to Ecouché here.

Both tracks weave into EmUrgency!’s foundation as a sonic challenge to the music industry and to society at large to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Inspired by Amai’s journey as a queer woman of African descent working to reclaim her power and support marginalized communities in doing the same,
the project is an unapologetic demand for the voices and stories of those long ignored to finally be heard. The collective listening will flow as audiences can experience the music in an analog format first, while a digital version of the project with accompanying visual materials will be released from the summer into fall.

Order a copy of EmUrgency! here and see a list of national retailers below to support your local record store. 

EmUrgency! was recorded, mixed and mastered at Quantum Vox Music with co-producer, Jimmy Kiddo, and reflects Amai’s vast influences: Afrohouse, alternative neo-Motown, a blend of alt rock, hip hop and downtempo, with inflections of Amai’s Trinidadian heritage and Toronto upbringing in the mix. The album speaks to the struggles, wisdoms, and joys of Amai’s journey, being guided by ancestors and Orishas, and staying true to her calling as mother, healer, warrior and artist, despite the many obstacles facing Black, queer women in the music industry and society at large. On the songs, Amai delves into African Indigenous spiritual traditions, connecting with gods and deities of Yoruba cosmology, the anti-colonial war for survival, unconditional love, honouring elders, as well as the inner child and how to preserve it in times of struggle.  

Amai is also passionate about their initiative, the Sankofa Maroon Village (SMV), currently raising funds (see GoFundMe page) to establish the first Black eco-village in Canada. Sankofa Maroon Village is a physical and metaphysical space for African descended folk to rebuild healthy, ROOTED, sustainable community. SMV provides opportunities for communities to deepen their connections to nature, to each other and to their diverse African and Afrosporic cultural traditions and ancestors. They work from a decolonial framework and are committed to respecting the treaties and working in alliance with Indigenous communities, upholding human rights and protecting the natural world. You can find out more and support this powerful project here

Learn more about Amai Kuda et Les Bois below and stay connected as we experience this EmUgency! together over the coming months.

Buy/order your copy of EmUrgency! on vinyl here

EmUrgency! is available at these national retailers:

Toronto, ON: Mike’s Music, Chronic Pain Records, Flipping Vintage, Ani Rock, Bay Bloor Radio, Bay Street Video, Creats, Extended Play, Jeremy Nusinowitz, Luke’s Records, Press Vinyl Café, Resolute Records, Dead Dog Records (all locations), Play De Record, Pop Music

Vancouver, BC: Dandelion Records, Greenhorn Café, Hit Man Records

Montreal, QC: Musicotheque, Sonik, Centre Hi Fi, Cheap Thrills, Le Vacarme, Bbam! Gallery, Toy Wars. 

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www.sankofamaroonvillage.com

About Amai Kuda et Les Bois

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

Since that early accolade Amai Kuda et Les Bois have slogged away in Toronto’s music scene, performing at venues like the Jane Mallett Theatre, Harbourfront, The Rivoli, and festivals such as Luminato, Kultrun, and Small World, as well as at venues and community centres on four continents. Amai Kuda et Les Bois have certainly paid their dues, and they haven’t gone unnoticed. They’ve been featured in NOW magazine and on CBC’s Canada Live and Big City Small World, while a single from their 2019 release with Version Xcursion, Holding Back, premiered on Strombo Show. The group also won the Best Folk/Roots award as well as placing second for the Best Song at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. They’ve opened for Joel Plaskett, Kellylee Evans and Sarah Slean, and collaborated with M1 of the legendary Hip-Hop duo, Dead Prez on a call-to-action song called We Can Do It

All that said, the group is acutely aware of, and quite angered by, the glass ceiling in the music industry that keeps artists like themselves from reaching wider audiences. Their new album, EmUrgency! is largely about pushing back against this, and in the coverage it’s received thus far (The Strombo Show, CTV National News, RX Music Live, UMFM and CJRU), they’ve made a point of talking about it. For Amai Kuda et Les Bois, music is about healing - ourselves, our society and the earth, and that can’t happen unless we listen to the voices that have for too long been ignored. It is truly a ‘listening EmUrgency!’

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SAMANTHA FISH TURNS UP THE VOLUME AND EMBRACES A BOLD ROCK SOUND ON NEW ALBUM FASTER OUT SEPTEMBER 10

SAMANTHA FISH TURNS UP THE VOLUME AND EMBRACES A BOLD ROCK SOUND ON NEW ALBUM FASTER OUT SEPTEMBER 10

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ELECTRIFYING NEW SINGLE TWISTED AMBITION OUT TODAY

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Today, Samantha Fish has announced her new album Faster, set for release on September 10, 2021. The album (available for pre-order here) is the follow-up to 2019's acclaimed, Kill or Be Kind, and marks Fish's first collaboration with producer, Martin Kierszenbaum (Lady Gaga, Sting), who co-wrote eight of the album's 12 new songs and helped the genre-defying guitarist, singer, and songwriter to refine her sound and strike out into bold new sonic territory.  
 
Alongside the announcement, Fish unveiled the video for Twisted Ambition, the first single from the album, out today. Fish notes, "It's about flipping the power structure, the power dynamic, in your life. The world or a personal figure might be putting you down; it's about taking control and owning your life and owning the situation." The delightfully anarchic and cathartic video sees Fish smashing things up - literally and metaphorically - as she asserts, "see me take your crown, don't need you," and declares, "twisted ambition, I'm in control." Watch the video for Twisted Ambition here.  
 
"The whole record has a theme of taking charge and taking the reins, in a relationship or in life in general," explains Fish. "I really thought that after 2020 I'd end up with a really dismal, bleak album, but instead, we came up with something that's fun and sexy and so empowering."
 
Faster opens on its spellbinding title track, a fiercely stomping number whose vocal hook states her intentions to "make your heart beat faster." Immediately making good on that promise, she follows it up with All Ice No Whiskey, a pop-perfect powerhouse she considers something of a dare. That defiant spirit also infuses Better Be Lonely, a fantastically freewheeling track graced with a frenetic guitar solo.
 
While Faster never fails to showcase the gritty vitality of Fish's musicianship, much of the album journeys into elegantly eclectic sonic terrain. One of Faster's most vulnerable moments, Crowd Control unfolds in delicate beats and shimmering keyboard tones, forming a dreamy backdrop to Fish's self-reflection. 
 
Featuring a guest spot from rapper/singer/songwriter Tech N9ne (who, like Fish and Kierszenbaum, hails from Kansas City), Loud drifts from doo-wop reverie to guitar-fueled frenzy. "He was perfect for Loud, which is a song about speaking your truth as loud as you can," says Fish. And on Hypnotic, Fish lays down a mesmerizing piece of R&B-pop, telegraphing unfettered desire in her seductive vocal delivery and lushly textured grooves. The album closes on a poignant note, with the stark and slow-burning ballad called All the Words. 
 
Kierszenbaum, who contributed guitar, piano, keyboards, and percussion to the recording in addition to his production duties, enlisted an A-list rhythm section comprising legendary drummer, Josh Freese (Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails, The Replacements) ,and bassist, Diego Navaira, of The Last Bandoleros for the session. Hannah Brier contributed backing vocals while GRAMMY-award winners,Tony Lake and Robert Orton, engineered and mixed, respectively.  
 
For Fish, one of the greatest joys of making music is the powerful exchange of energy at her incendiary live shows. "Anytime I play live, I just want to want to make people forget about everything else in the world and feel that same joy that I feel on stage," she says. In the process of creating Faster, Fish experienced a similar exhilaration. "There's such a transformation that can happen in the studio when you really own that freedom to be creative," she says. "I feel so charged up in those moments, like I can be whoever I want to be. It's just me and these incredible musicians trying to make a piece of art that speaks for itself and contributes something new to the world. It's never hard to feel inspired or empowered when that's the mission."  
 
Samantha Fish's Faster tour will begin on September 21 in Salt Lake City and will continue throughout 2021. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

See Samantha Fish on tour:
July 10 - Fort Worth, TX, - Magnolia Motor Lounge                                   
July 17 - Murphysboro, IL - Shawnee Cave - Revival Blues Soul & BB                 
July 30 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Blues Fest
July 31 - Kansas City, MO  - Wine, Jazz & Blues Fest                     
August 7  - Billings, MT - Magic City Blues Fest                 
August 27 - Fort Wayne, IN - Sweetwater Pavilion
August 28 - Lincoln City, IN - Lincoln State Park Amphitheatre
August 29 - Augusta, NJ - Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest                                  
September 5 - Steamboat Springs, CO - Free Concert Series                               
September 11 - Bluesfield, WV - Bluefield Blues Fest                  
September 17 - Telluride, CO - Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
September 18 - Telluride, CO - Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
September 19 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Opera
 
Faster Tour Fall 2021
September 21 - Salt Lake City, UT - Commonwealth                                
September 23 - Bellvue, CO - Mishawaka                          
September 26 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre                     
September 28 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
September 29 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
September 30 - Paso Robles, CA - Barrelhouse Brewing
October 1 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
October 2 - Bakersfield, CA - World Records
October 3 - Carson City, NV - Battle Axe & Tracks            
October 7 - Shreveport, LA - Red River Revel
October 8 - New Orleans, LA - Fillmore                             
October 14 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin Wolf
October 15 - New Orleans, LA - Jazz Fest                           
October 26 - Warrendale, PA - Jergel's                   
October 28 - Fall River, MA - Narrows Center for the Arts
October 29 - Amagansett, NY - The Stephen Talkhouse
October 30 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
October 31 - Hartford, CT - Infinity Hall Hartford             
November 2 - Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall @ Babeville
November 3 - Homer , NY - Center for the Arts of Homer
November 4 - Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall Norfolk
November 5 - Medford, MA - Chevalier Theater
November 6 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
November 7 – Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
November 9 - Albany, NY - Empire Live
November 10 - Fairfield, CT - The Warehouse
November 11 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Silver Spring
November 12 - Harrisburg, PA - XL Live
November 13 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
November 14 - Richmond, VA - The National

www.samanthafish.com
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ANDREA VON KAMPEN RELEASES COVER OF BEACH BOYS’ DON’T TALK (PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER)

FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM THAT SPELL AUGUST 6TH VIA FANTASY RECORDS

NEW TOUR DATES + NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021  – Today, Nebraska-based singer-songwriter, Andrea von Kampen, has released a cover of The Beach Boys’ classic, Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder). Known for both her original songs and her strong cover interpretations, featured both on her records and via her YouTube and TikTok  - here von Kampen’s plaintive voice is on full display set to dazzling string arrangements. The recording appears on her forthcoming album, That Spelldue August 6, 2021 via Fantasy Records. Fans can pre-order That Spell, today here.
 
Andrea von Kampen on Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder“I’ve always wanted to cover The Beach Boys in a way that pays homage to the brilliance of Brian Wilson’s songwriting and arranging while bringing a fresh perspective. There are so many great covers out there already so I wanted to find something that was a little less familiar. Don’t Talk seemed like a great choice for these requirements and my brother and I were excited to reinvent this classic Pet Sounds track. We kept the vocal simple to let David’s lush string arrangement and piano part come through while still focusing on the great lyrics and melody.”
 
The cover follows the news of her signing to Fantasy Records last month, and the subsequent release of three new songs that appear on the forthcoming album, Water Flowing Downward, Take Back Thy Gift, and Of Him I Love Both Day and Night. “She brings fresh energy to traditional folk elements with loads of quiet power,” said RIFF Magazine.
 
Fresh off a tour with the Punch Brothers, Andrea von Kampen has announced new tour dates in New York City on August 31 at Rockwood Music Hall and in Washington, D.C. on September 1 at DC9. In addition, she will be making an appearance this summer at the legendary Newport Folk Festival. A home state record release show in Omaha, NE on August 14 will take place at The Slowdown. More dates will be announced soon.

Andrea von Kampen burst onto the national stage via NPR’s Tiny Desk contest - an opportunity for unsigned talent to win a spot on the famed music discovery series. Though she didn’t ultimately land the prize, she was named as one of the top ten entries, and in the process netted a whole new fanbase. Since then, she’s released EPs, singles, a self-released debut LP and found great success with film and television placements due to her intimate and cinematic music.
 
The Nebraska-raised singer-songwriter is a formidable talent with her deeply felt folk-indebted sound and inquisitive, empathetic lyrics. Andrea excels at connecting the dots between personal experience and the world at large. Her journey so far has been a life immersed by music. The youngest of four children raised in a musical family, Andrea and her siblings all learned instruments as she started playing guitar at a young age. “Music was just what we did,” she remembers, and on That Spell, she continues the familial collaboration by bringing in her brother David to work on string arrangements and the album’s stunning production. Inspired by nature and often employing deep literary references in her work, von Kampen’s music is emotional and reflective. Entering That Spell is a walk in the woods during magic hour - a dream conjured by a supremely gifted singer-songwriter, one of the year’s most exciting new arrivals. 
 
Tour Dates
July 26 - Newport Folk Festival - Newport, RI
August 14 - The Slowdown - Omaha, NE
August 31 - Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY
September 1 - DC9 - Washington, D.C.
 
 That Spell Track Listing:
1. Of Him I Love Both Day and Night
2. Take Back Thy Gift
3. That Spell
4. Celilo
5. The Wait
6. Water Flowing Downward
7. Carolina
8. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)
9. Wedding Song
10. Magdalene

www.andreavonkampen.com
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TOM ODELL RELEASES NEW ALBUM MONSTERS OUT NOW

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE OVER YOU YET
 
Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Away from all the noise of his various successes – three UK top 5 albums including the platinum-selling, chart-topping, Long Way Down; two top 10 singles; a 2013 Brit award for Critic's Choice – there's one thing that's always kept Tom Odell grounded: songwriting. A classic songwriter in the mould of Elton John (a big fan, actually), Odell – who was awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello for Songwriter of the Year in 2014 – relied on his passion more than ever when it came to crafting his fourth album, the pop-leaning, emotionally-healing monsters, out today. Listen here.
 
Taken from the new album, Tom Odell’s new song, over you yet, has him lamenting a past relationship which he painfully cannot disconnect from. And whilst the subject matter can be heavy, there's a lightness of touch that means he is able to pull off pop's greatest trick; hiding sadness in bright, joyful melodies. The track is subtly embraced by his new found love of DIY electronic pop with its beat-driven melancholic production. Listen here.
 
After a dark period of mental health stalked most of his 2018 and 19, Odell wrote his way through it, eventually letting down his guard and pouring his feelings on everything from anxiety to capitalism, toxic masculinity to politics, into a 16-track opus that feels like both a daring creative rebirth and a solidifying of Odell's strengths. It's all there in the opening song, numb, which opens with Odell's unadorned vocal over sparse piano – “I hold my hand over the flame, to see if I can feel some pain,” he sings – before eerie, wheezing electronics and layers of clipped beats cloak the song in a sticky sadness. 
 
“I was writing songs like I always did but it wasn't until I started writing about stuff that was contributing to my mental health problems that I felt like a record was forming,” he says of the album – his first since 2018's 70s rock-leaning Jubilee Road – which was started in May 2019 and finished in Odell's home studio between lockdowns in 2020. That thematic turning point came in the shape of the single monster, which grabs hold of numb's inky molasses and confronts it head on. With the sky-scraping chorus (“you're just a monster and I'm not scared”) initially inspired by Trump, and more specifically climate change activist Greta Thunberg's staring him down at the UN Climate Summit in 2019, the song soon morphed into something more abstract; a self-help mantra for Odell's ongoing battle with anxiety. “It's about trying to tell myself that this thing I'm feeling is not real,”  he says. “It always used to happen in bathrooms – I'd be out somewhere and then I'd walk to the bathroom and my heart would go at a million miles per hour and I'd feel like I was about to collapse, and I'd try to tell myself it was fine. That it will pass. That it's a state of mind.”
 
Odell has been working as a musician in the public eye since he was 21 when self-penned debut album, Long Way Down, earned him a number 1 album, a top 10 single (the epic Another Love) and a Brit. Now, 30, it's clear to Odell that the whirlwind around his debut kickstarted a work ethic that eventually became an obsession. “Just wanting to completely lose myself in it but to a damaging extent I think.” It reached an apex in September 2019 when Odell, fresh off touring Jubilee Road, went straight to LA to start writing the next album. “Then this chronic anxiety that I'd had for a couple of years just got worse – I was very lonely, I was drinking way too much, and it just got really bad.” He takes a deep breath. “I was taking Valium everyday to try and just not have a panic attack. I was seeing multiple psychologists over there.” Plans were made to fly to Nashville to work with producer Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Twenty One Pilots) but were swiftly cancelled after Odell woke up one morning “and I couldn't do anymore music." He knew something had to change. “It was like I'm going to end up with something terrible happening,” he sighs. “I used to sit on Santa Monica beach and look at the planes taking off from LAX and just dream of being on one.” In the end he flew back home, went straight to his parent's house and slowly got better. “That was the point I started writing these songs.”
 
Slowly but surely, Odell alchemised that experience into music. He also realised his broader lyrical horizons needed to be matched by a musical expansion, with a lot of the songs on monsters – created alongside songwriter, Laurie Blundell, and producer, Miles James – leaning into a more electronic, bedroom pop sound that Odell has steadily become obsessed with over the last few years. It wasn't always that way, mind you. “I really turned my nose up at anything that was made on a computer,” he laughs. “I just didn't like pop music. Some of that was my issue and some of it was that pop music wasn't that good four or five years ago – it's so interesting now. I hear lyrical subjects that I don't think anyone's heard in pop music before. I felt like I was getting caught up in that fire and suddenly I was so excited.” This new found love of DIY electronic pop chimed with the pandemic's arrival and songs were crafted in a more threadbare way around instruments he had at hand, like Moog synths. It was a move underpinned by both necessity and a desire to explore. “It was the inhibition of not being able to use a full band that pushed things forward,” he says. So eerie synths and head-rattling beats augment the frayed-around-the-edges, impassioned rallying cry of fighting fire with fire  (“I'm sick of white messiahs”), while money – which rails against society's obsession with capitalism, while also pointing at the reflection in the mirror – is built around a driving pulse of echo-laden beats and crunchy, metallic percussion. On numb, which was inspired by experimental musician Mica Levi's soundscapes, synthetic textures are painstakingly fused with acoustic flourishes. “I would say there was this period before it all unravelled in LA where I was just disconnected,” he says of numb's lyrical inspiration. “I felt bogged down, like I was beginning to lose that sense of lightness.”
 
fighting fire with fire , numb and monster also touch on ideas around prevailing toxic masculinity and its effects on body-image issues. “In monster, I like the idea that I'm singing the chorus to myself – this idea of body image and never being good enough. You look in the mirror and it's like 'you're just a monster'. Those low self-esteem moments that we all have.” That theme also permeates the fragile, heart-breaking piano ballad and future single, lose you again, which pores over a fractured relationship and rails at the stoicism that bleeds out of men being afraid to show their feelings. Continuing to hide sadness in bright, joyful melodies is the buoyant pop shimmer of me and my friends, inspired by a homeless person Odell met briefly in LA who called him out on his patronising need to help her, and the pastoral, 60s-inspired guitar figure that flutters around the broken tales of the lush tears that never dry
 
As a testament to his enduring popularity, Tom Odell was invited to perform on BBC1 Graham Norton TV show (watch here), whilst more recently he appeared on the James Corden Late Late Show (watch here) with another intimate performance. At the same time Odell’s fan base continues to grow exponentially with his new sound and direction. He has gained over 4 million new monthly listeners since the start of the year, with ⅔ of his audience under 25. Despite joining TikTok relatively recently, his heavily engaged videos have been viewed over 15 million times and his first ever single, Another Love, has had a resurgence in popularity amongst a new generation, becoming a viral hit and entering the UK official singles charts again!
 
Four albums into his career and Tom Odell has made a record that feels free of expectation. Free of other people's perceptions of who he is as an artist. While it was darkness that inspired him he's managed to transform that into a multi-layered, genre-bending pop album full of light, and hope, even in the strangest of times. monsters also represents the start of chapter two in Odell's ongoing musical journey. “I feel like I'll be doing this for as long as I can,” Odell smiles. “I also feel like I do it for the right reasons – because I love making music.” He's confident, too, after a difficult few years lost in the wilderness. “I feel like I've got shit to say and I'm good at what I'm doing now.” 

Album track listing:
1. numb
2. over you yet
3noise
4. money
5. tears that never dry
6. monster v.2
7. lockdown
8. lose you again
9. fighting fire with fire
10. problems
11. me and my friends
12. country star
13. by this time tomorrow
14. streets of heaven
15. don’t be afraid of the dark
16. monster v.1

Tom Odell - The monsters Tour 2022 
February 15 - Belfast Ulster Hall
February 16 - Dublin Olympia Theatre
February 18 - Southampton O2 Guildhall
February 19 - Bristol O2 Academy Bristol
February 20 - Manchester O2 Apollo
February 22 - Oxford O2 Academy
February 24 - London O2 Academy Brixton
February 26 - Liverpool O2 Academy
February 27 - Cardiff The Great Hall
March 1 - Leeds O2 Academy
March 2 - Newcastle O2 City Hall
March 4 - Glasgow 4 O2 Academy Glasgow
March 5 - Nottingham Rock City
March 6 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
March 8 - Birmingham O2 Academy
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THE STRUMBELLAS SHARE ACOUSTIC VERSION OF GREATEST ENEMY

LISTEN TO INDIESTRINGS AND COUNTRY RENDITIONS 

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Today, Canadian collective, The Strumbellas, ease into summertime as they share a fresh take on their anthemic single, Greatest Enemy, out now on Entertainment One. The acoustic version arrives with renewed energy highlighting elements of each band member’s creative flair. Listen here.

“Because Greatest Enemy was written on an acoustic guitar, an acoustic version feels natural,” says keyboardist, Dave Ritter. “Working on these different versions was really fun. It let us explore different sides of the song and of ourselves as musicians.” 

In addition, the band released three fun online exclusive flips of the song with unique visualizers. Fans can explore the many layers of Greatest Enemy in an indiestrings and country vibe. 

The acoustic rendition of Greatest Enemy follows the original (released February 19, 2021), marking their first release since their fourth studio album, Rattlesnake, in 2019.
Last November, the band reconnected in person for the first time in almost a year to record their new single, Greatest Enemy, a song that lead vocalist, Simon Ward, had penned with acclaimed songwriter, Stevie Aiello (Thirty Seconds to Mars, Lana Del Rey). Listen to the original version of Greatest Enemy here.

The Greatest Enemy video was created by Toronto-based animator, Luca Tarantini (Andy Shauf, Brave Shores). It follows the story of a person battling their inner demon as they traverse through a vibrant and perilous landscape. Watch it here.

Since its initial release, The Strumbellas have been working with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), aiming to help raise awareness. Learn more about CAMH and find out how you can support here.

About The Strumbellas

Since releasing their eponymous EP in 2009, The Strumbellas have become an indie juggernaut, releasing four albums and bringing their unique brand of folk-leaning pop to festivals including Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. Their third album Hope, which released in April 2016, catapulted them to new heights, with lead single “Spirits” topping the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and winning the Juno Award for Single of the Year in 2017.
 

Listen to Greatest Enemy (Acoustic)

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www.thestrumbellas.ca

 

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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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE AND CBC REVEAL SHORT LIST SUMMER BROADCAST PLANS

TORONTO, ON – July 8, 2021 – It’s going to be a Short List Summer.
 
CBC Music, Polaris’ presenting sponsor, will be launching special programming to showcase the 2021 Polaris Music Prize Short List of 10 albums, which will be revealed on CBC Music on July 15. This includes 12 Polaris radio specials, which will delve into the history of past Polaris winners and take an in-depth look at this year’s Short List, all leading up to the 2021 Polaris Music Prize winner announcement on Monday, September 27.
 
CBC Music will kick off Short List Summer with a retrospective radio special called POLARIS REWIND on Sunday, July 11 at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT). Hosted by A. Harmony, the special unearths stories from the last 15 years of the Polaris Prize as told by artists, jurors, and those behind the scenes.
 
The 10 album Polaris Short List will be announced live on Thursday, July 15 as part of a two-hour event hosted by A. Harmony starting at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. AT, 4:30 NT) and available across Canada on CBC Music and CBC Listen. The special will reveal one Short List nominee every 12 minutes along with music from the nominated albums and insight from Polaris jurors. CBC Music will offer an encore broadcast of the special on Sunday, July 18 at 6 p.m.
 
Following the Short List reveal, CBC Music will kick into Short List Summer high gear with the POLARIS SPOTLIGHT, an editorial series diving into each of the short-listed artists and their nominated albums, beginning Tuesday, July 20. Short List Summer will also be anchored by a CBC Music one-hour weekly radio special called THE TEN, broadcasting each Sunday evening starting Sunday, July 25. Each week, the show will take an in-depth look at one of the 10 nominated albums in the lead up to the 2021 Polaris Prize winner announcement. Follow CBC Music on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Facebook for more Polaris Music Prize content that will explore the Short List albums and the artists behind them.
 
2021 Polaris Music Prize Radio Special Dates

Sunday, July 11 at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) - POLARIS REWIND
Thursday, July 15 at 3 p.m. (4 p.m. AT, 4:30 NT) - 2021 POLARIS SHORT LIST SPECIAL
Sunday, July 18 at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT)  - *repeat*  2021 POLARIS SHORT LIST SPECIAL
Sunday evenings starting Sunday, July 25 until Sunday, September 26 - THE TEN
 
Due to the continued uncertainty around the return to public gatherings, Polaris has chosen to not host a winner Gala event this year. More details about the 2021 Polaris Music Prize winner reveal 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 2021 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. The 40 album 2021 Polaris Music Prize Long List was revealed June 15 and can be found here.
 
Albums eligible for 2021 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.
 
The past winners are Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).
 
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.
 
About the Polaris Music Prize 
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. 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. www.cbc.ca/radio 
 
About CBC Music
CBC Music is the leading curator of emerging and diverse Canadian music talent across platforms, playing the most Canadian artists and genres on radio, CBC Listen and cbcmusic.ca. We prioritize Canadian artists in a wide variety of genres on over 200 playlists available on CBC Listen, and publish daily national music coverage. CBC Music Live features live music recordings from across the country. Our music partnerships and events include The JUNOS, the Polaris Music Prize, Searchlight, the CBC Music Festival, The Canadian Music Class Challenge and Canada Listens. 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: 
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.com
 
Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec): 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca
 
CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca
 
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LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS ET CBC MUSIC DÉVOILENT LEUR PROGRAMMATION ESTIVALE SPÉCIALE CONSACRÉE
À LA COURTE LISTE

 

TORONTO, ON – 8 Juillet, 2021 – C’est l’été de la Courte liste!
 
CBC Music, le commanditaire de présentation du Polaris, lancera une programmation spéciale afin de mettre en vitrine les 10 albums de la Courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2021, qui seront dévoilés sur CBC Music le 15 juillet. Elle comprend 12 émissions radio spéciales axées sur le Polaris, qui se pencheront sur l’histoire d’artistes ayant déjà remporté ce prix et qui exploreront en profondeur les albums de la Courte liste 2021. Cette programmation spéciale se poursuivra jusqu’à l’annonce de l’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris 2021, qui aura lieu le lundi 27 septembre.
 
CBC Music lancera son « été de la Courte liste » avec une rétrospective radio spéciale intitulée POLARIS REWIND le dimanche 11 juillet à 18 h (18 h 30 HAT). Animée par A. Harmony, l’émission révélera des histoires tirées des 15 années d’existence du Prix de musique Polaris, telles que racontées par des artistes, des membres du jury ou des personnes travaillant en coulisse.
 
La Courte liste de 10 albums du Polaris sera annoncée en direct le jeudi 15 juillet dans le cadre de l’émission de deux heures POLARIS SHORT LIST SPECIAL, animée par A. Harmony. Elle sera diffusée à partir de 15 h (16 h HAA ou 15 h 30 HAT) sur CBC Music et via l’application CBC Listen. Lors de cet événement, un album en nomination sera révélé toutes les 12 minutes, avec des extraits musicaux et des commentaires du jury. CBC Music proposera une rediffusion de cette émission le dimanche 18 juillet à 18 h.
 
À la suite de ce dévoilement, CBC Music célébrera son « été de la Courte liste » avec POLARIS SPOTLIGHT, une série éditoriale se penchera sur chacun des albums et artistes en nomination, à compter du mardi 20 juillet. L’« été de la Courte liste » sera aussi souligné par une émission radio spéciale d’une heure, THE TEN, tous les dimanches soir à partir du 25 juillet. Chaque semaine, l’émission offrira un regard approfondi sur l’un des 10 albums en nomination, en prévision de l’annonce de l’album gagnant du Prix de musique Polaris 2021. Suivez CBC Music sur Instagram, TikTok, Twitter et Facebook pour découvrir plus de contenu associé au Prix de musique Polaris ainsi qu’aux albums et artistes en nomination sur la Courte liste.
 
Dates des émissions radio spéciales sur le Prix de musique Polaris 2021
 
Dimanche 11 juillet, 18 h (18 h 30 HAT) – POLARIS REWIND
Jeudi 15 juillet, 15 h (15 h 30 HAT) – 2021 POLARIS SHORT LIST SPECIAL
Dimanche 18 juillet, 18 h (18 h 30 HAT) – *rediffusion* 2021 POLARIS SHORT LIST SPECIAL
Chaque dimanche soir, du 25 juillet au 26 septembre – THE TEN
 
En raison de l’incertitude concernant le retour des rassemblements publics, Polaris a choisi de ne pas organiser de gala cette année. Plus de détails concernant le dévoilement des lauréat.e.s du Prix de musique Polaris 2021 seront annoncés au cours des semaines à venir.
 
Le Prix de musique Polaris attribue 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur la base du mérite artistique, sans tenir compte du genre musical ou de la popularité commerciale. De plus, les neuf autres artistes en nomination dont les albums figurent sur la Courte liste de 2021 recevront 3 000 $ offerts par Slaight Music. La Longue Liste de 40 albums du Prix de musique Polaris a été dévoilée le 15 juin et peut être consultée ici.
 
Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2021 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2020 et le 31 mai 2021. Un jury indépendant composé de journalistes, de diffuseur.euse.s et de blogueur.euse.s provenant de partout au Canada détermine la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze personnes membres du jury élargi seront sélectionnées pour faire partie du Grand Jury. Ce Grand Jury choisira le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.
 
Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy/Owen Pallett (2006).
 
Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien (Fonds de la musique du Canada) et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est une organisation à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadienne de grande qualité. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques de musique jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca/fr/
 
À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. En tant que source d’information de confiance au pays, nous proposons un point de vue typiquement canadien sur les nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous présentons aussi des contenus en espagnol, en arabe et en chinois, en plus des deux langues officielles, par le biais de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique. www.ici.radio-canada.ca
 
À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music est le plus important curateur de musique canadienne émergente et diversifiée sur toutes ses plateformes et le plus grand diffuseur d’artistes du Canada de tous genres musicaux par le biais de CBC Listen et cbcmusic.ca. Nous mettons l’accent sur un vaste éventail d’artistes canadien.ne.s dans plus de 200 listes de lecture offertes par CBC Listen, en plus de couvrir quotidiennement l’actualité musicale. CBC Music Live offre des enregistrements de concerts musicaux réalisés dans toutes les régions du pays. La liste de nos partenaires musicaux et événementiels comprend les Prix JUNO, le Prix de musique Polaris, Searchlight, le CBC Music Festival, le Canadian Music Class Challenge et Canada Listens. CBC Music met les Canadiens en contact  avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et dans des émissions spéciales à la télévision tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et les chansons du Canada. Offrant 200 flux musicaux gratuits, CBC Music puise dans tous les genres et catégories de musiques avec des animateur.trice.s et des programmateur.trice.s de talent. Diffuseur des prix JUNO et de votre musique préférée partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à faire votre prochaine grande découverte musicale. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous au www.cbcmusic.ca.
 
Contacts medias:

Prix Polaris (Québec):
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca
 
Prix Polaris (Canada):
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.com
 
CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca
 
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THE RECORD COMPANY CONFIRM NEW LP, PLAY LOUD, OUT OCTOBER 8

THE RECORD COMPANY CONFIRM NEW LP PLAY LOUD OUT OCTOBER 8 ON CONCORD RECORDS

UNVEIL ALBUM’S FIRST SINGLE HOW HIGH

32-CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKING OFF OCTOBER 10 WITH TORONTO STOP OCTOBER 19 AT THE AXIS CLUB

Toronto, ON – July 8, 2021 – GRAMMY-nominated Los Angeles-based trio The Record Company’s highly anticipated third studio album, Play Loud, is set for release October 8 (Concord Records). Listen/share new album track How High here and watch the official video here. Pre-order the LP here

The band says, “‘You're welcome!’ Those were the first words our producer said to us with a grin as he pushed play on the first mix of How High. It was crackling with energy, it was exciting as hell, we were floored. How High is big, it’s new, it’s brimming with spirit, shining out with hope, and dropping more hooks than a charter fishing vessel. It rocks, turn it up. How High do you want to fly? Play Loud.”

The video was directed by Nathan Karma Cox and produced by Cory Reeder. “All of us grew up during a time when big budget music videos influenced the culture, and we vividly remember how much MTV impacted us as kids,” the band recalls. “When you have a chorus that proclaims ‘How High!’, we felt we needed a video to match that big energy.”

Play Loud is produced by GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, The Head And The Heart, Death From Above 1979, LCD Soundsystem, Modest Mouse, The Who) and finds the band collaborating with outside songwriters for the first time ever, including Kevin Griffin and Sam Hollander on How High. On Play Loud, the group stretches out artistically and explores their far-flung influences. “On the first two albums, people might have thought we were three guys who sit around a campfire, praying to Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, and we’re not,” notes bassist Alex Stiff. “We’re three different guys with different musical tastes. It’s time for all of us to show our individuality, and this record shows us evolving.”

In celebration of the upcoming release, the band will hit the road this fall for a 32-city tour across North America. The Play Loud Tour kicks off October 10 in Milwaukee and concludes November 22 in Los Angeles, with support from rising Canadian rocker, JJ Wilde, on select dates. See below for a complete list of upcoming shows. More info and tickets here.

The Record Company—consisting of guitarist/lead vocalist Chris Vos, bassist Alex Stiff and drummer Marc Cazorla—most recently released their EP Side Project (also via Concord Records), which finds the band reimagining and reconstructing some of their favourite tracks by a wide range of artists including Big Mama Thornton, Cypress Hill, INXS and Willie Dixon. Listen here.

Play Loud is the follow-up to the band’s critically lauded sophomore album All of This Life. Upon its release, Rolling Stone noted that the single Life to Fix, “isn’t so much a return to form as it is taking that form a big new level,” while NPR Music raved that the track “breathes new life into a style of music.”

The band’s debut, Give It Back to You, earned them a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The critically acclaimed record produced three Top Ten hits at Triple-A radio, including lead single, Off the Ground, which reached #1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs chart. Entertainment Weekly describes their debut album as a “soul scorcher.” The Record Company has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS This Morning, NPR’s World Café and SiriusXM, and has shared bills with John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Zac Brown Band.

The Record Company—Play Loud Track Listing
1. Never Leave You
2. How High
3. Gotta Be Movin’
4. Out Of My Head
5. Live As One
6. Today Forever
7. Get Up And Dance!
8. Paradise
9. Awake
10. Lady Lila
11. Midnight Moon
12. Ain’t Going Home
 
Play Loud 2021 North American Tour Dates
October 10—Turner Hall Ballroom—Milwaukee, WI
October 12—Mercury Ballroom—Louisville, KY
October 13—St. Andrews Hall—Detroit, MI
October 14—Metro—Chicago, IL
October 15—Elevation—Grand Rapids, MI
October 16—A&R Music Bar—Columbus, OH
October 18—Town Ballroom—Buffalo, NY
October 19—The Axis Club—Toronto, ON
October 21—Higher Ground Ballroom—South Burlington, VT
October 22—Aura—Portland, ME
October 24—Paradise Rock Club—Boston, MA
October 25—Irving Plaza—New York, NY
October 27—Theatre of the Living Arts—Philadelphia, PA
October 28—Lincoln Theatre—Washington, DC
October 29—XL Live—Harrisburg, PA
October 30—Cat’s Cradle—Carrboro, NC
October 31—The Underground—Charlotte, NC
November 2—Bijou Theater—Knoxville, TN
November 4—The Orange Peel—Asheville, NC
November 5—Georgia Theatre—Athens, GA
November 6—Brooklyn Bowl—Nashville, TN
November 7—Delmar Hall—St. Louis, MO
November 9—The Sylvee—Madison, WI
November 10—Varsity Theater—Minneapolis, MN
November 11—Wooly’s—Des Moines, IA
November 13—Fox Theatre—Boulder, CO
November 14—Gothic Theatre—Englewood, CO
November 16—Knitting Factory—Boise, ID
November 17—Neptune Theatre—Seattle, WA
November 18—Roseland Theater—Portland, OR
November 20—Fillmore—San Francisco, CA
November 22—Teregram Ballroom—Los Angeles, CA
 
 
DOWNLOAD – Play Loud Album Art | DOWNLOAD – Press Photo | DOWNLOAD - 2021 North American Tour Poster
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THE VELVETEERS TO UNVEIL DEBUT ALBUM NIGHTMARE DAYDREAM OCTOBER 8 VIA EASY EYE SOUND

PRODUCED BY GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING 
ARTIST DAN AUERBACH 

FIRST SINGLE AND VIDEO
CHARMER AND THE SNAKE OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – July 8, 2021 – The Velveteers, a primal rock trio from the mountains of Boulder, CO made up of singer/guitarist, Demi Demitro, and drummers Baby Pottersmith and Jonny Fig, will unveil their debut album, Nightmare Daydreamon October 8 via Easy Eye Sound; pre-order and stream here. Produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Dan Auerbach, the record is the long-awaited first statement from a band that formed in 2014 and has been carefully honing its sound and identity ever since. Charmer And The Snake, the record’s first single, is out today with an accompanying video; watch/share here.

The band will headline at Denver’s Gothic Theatre on November 26, with more dates to follow. 

Growing up in Boulder, Demitro rebelled through her guitar, practicing up to nine hours a day and neglecting schoolwork to develop a playing style that is heavy but agile, theatrical but nuanced, grounded in rock history but wholly idiosyncratic. With Pottersmith and Fig playing on a conjoined set, the band developed a reputation for their rip-roaring performances. Clips of the band’s live shows and DIY videos made it back to Auerbach, who invited them to his studio in Nashville to produce Nightmare Daydream.

“I instantly dug them,” says Auerbach. “They’re amazing live, and their videos are so creative. And they just sound so powerful. Any time you doubletrack drums on a record, it’s going to sound so heavy. Then you put that together with this baritone guitar player who is so unique, and it’s so bombastic. There’s nothing like them.”

Demitro recalls writing Charmer And The Snake with Auerbach and recording it in the first few takes: “It was sort of a synergy moment where we all got in the room together and just started playing.” Pottersmith adds: “It’s about certain types of older guys in music scenes who think they are charming and all that but are just lizards trying to take advantage of you. They think they can manipulate you to get what they want by saying a bunch of nonsense but all the while you are aware of their true intentions and just watch as they talk themselves deep into a ditch of delusions.”

Nightmare Daydream finds The Velveteers stripping down rock and roll to its most primal elements—the riff, the rhythm, the snarl—and rebuilding it in their own image. “We don’t want to sound like a band from a different time,” says Demitro. “We want to sound like a band that’s right here right now—in this very moment.”

Nightmare Daydream Tracklist

1. Dark Horse
2. Motel #27
3. Father Of Lies
4. Bless Your Little Heart
5. Charmer And The Snake
6. Brightest Light
7. What A Smile Can Hide
8. Choking
9. Nightmare Daydream
10. Beauty Queens
11. Devil’s Radio
12. Limboland  

DOWNLOAD - High Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD - Nightmare Daydream Album Art

DOWNLOAD - Charmer And The Snake Art

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE PARADISE

NEW ALBUM GRAPEFRUIT SEASON SET FOR
SEPTEMBER 17 RELEASE ON COLUMBIA RECORDS

 
HEADLINE UK + EUROPEAN TOUR ON SALE NOW

“McMorrow has a soul voice to cherish” - Guardian

“The ever-shifting Irish singer-songwriter…it works” - Sunday Times, Hottest Tracks

“A deft collaboration, with James pushing his music onto a different realm, whilst maintaining that recognisable emotional pull” - CLASH

"Lyrically raw and immensely quotable" The Forty Five
 
Toronto, ON – July 7, 2021 – James Vincent McMorrow has today released the video for new single Paradise, which is available now on Columbia Records. Watch the video hereParadise is the latest taste of James’ much-anticipated new album Grapefruit Season, which also features teaser singles Headlights, Gone, I Should Go (with Kenny Beats) and is now set for release on September 17.

James recently made headlines playing the first concert in Ireland with a live audience since the beginning of the pandemic (tickets for the pilot gig sold out in just 30 seconds). With festivals including Latitude and Isle of Wight confirmed to follow this summer, McMorrow’s UK and European tour for early 2022 includes a London date at Kentish Town Forum on February 21 and two homecoming shows at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 19/20.

Produced by James alongside Paul Epworth and Lil Silva, Paradise is about pretending everything is fine when, beneath the surface, it really isn’t. Initially struggling to find its visual concept, the Paradise video started at as an off-hand remark (“why don’t I just dig out my rollerblades and film myself learning to skate again in the park behind my house?”) but now feels like the perfect fit to the track’s uplifting, feel-good but melancholic centre.

Paradise further previews Grapefruit Season, James Vincent McMorrow’s upcoming, fifth studio album - and one in which the artist, producer and songwriter pushes himself (and his sound) in all new ways. The record was recorded between London, Los Angeles and Dublin, largely before the pandemic struck. It embraces the timeless yet timely fact that life is chaos; the idea of growing up, but as Paradise suggests, still feeling none the wiser. Each song is held together by McMorrow’s instantly-identifiable voice, an untethered musical imagination, and (from dancehall to soul, country to R&B) purposefully little else in its pursuit of fear-free pop music. Even the title, Grapefruit Season, seems to signpost doing simply what you want, rather than what you are supposed to do (it was inspired by James watching his mum eat grapefruit as a kid, and the idea that what’s good for you may not actually be pleasurable).

Throughout the emotional highs and lows of Grapefruit Season, you are reminded of the risks James Vincent McMorrow has taken since the singer-songwriter roots of debut album Early In The Morning (which turned ten in 2020); but also that those same instincts - to follow inspiration wherever it leads, and to be as brutally honest possible - remain a refreshing constant. Whilst there may always be trouble in Paradise, what’s emerged is James Vincent McMorrow’s most essential album to date.

TOUR DATES
February 4 || Leuven || Het Depot
February 5 || Paris || Le Trianon
February 6 || Luxembourg || Den Atelier
February 8 || Frankfurt || Batschkapp
February 9 || Amsterdam || Paradiso
February 10 || Hamburg || Grunspan
February 12 || Stockholm || Nalen
February 13 || Copenhagen || Vega
February 15 || Berlin || Metropol
February 16 || Cologne || Gloria Theatre
February 18 || Manchester || O2 Ritz
February 20 || Birmingham || O2 Institute 
February 21 || London || O2 Kentish Town Forum
February 22 || Bristol || O2 Academy 
February 23 || Glasgow || Barrowland Ballroom
April 19 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre 
April 20 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre
April 21 || Belfast || Limelight
April 22 || Limerick || Milk Market
 

DOWNLOAD – Album artwork | DOWNLOAD – Hi-res press photo

www.jamesvmcmorrow.com
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HAVIAH MIGHTY SHARES SUMMER-READY SINGLE AVOCADO PRODUCED BY GRANDTHEFT

TO BE FEATURED ON STOCK EXCHANGE
MIXTAPE SET FOR RELEASE FALL 2021

WATCH LATEST VIDEO FOR PROTEST

CANADIAN SUMMER 2021 TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Today, Haviah Mighty releases a summer-ready new single in collaboration with Toronto DJ/Producer, Grandtheft. Avocado arrives as a tune to encourage self-confidence while stepping into a new season. Channeling boasty energy atop bouncy, layered beats, the fruit is used as a metaphor for ‘faking it til you make it’ – perceived strength on the outside, yet malleable and soft within. 

Listen to Avocado here and watch the visualizer by blackpowerbarbie here.

“Finding that true inner confidence has come with a lot of introspection over the past year. Unlike before when I appearedconfident on the outside but had many insecurities, I feel my confidence is now much more rooted to my internal core,” Haviah says. “While we’re always a work in progress as humans, I feel much more stable now that I'm more comfortable with myself and what I have to offer. This is a reminder that if you're not confident in your own strides, you'll end up following somebody who is!”

Grandtheft adds: “2oolman (from Halluci Nation / A Tribe Called Red) put me onto Haviah’s music and I was instantly a fan. There is this side to her as an artist that reminds me of Lauryn Hill - she can rap the most lyrical verses and still sing a perfect hook. I wanted to feature this when we worked together. Haviah came to my Toronto studio to do our first session and Avocado is what we wrote! She is so versatile and has such a unique energy, it was cool to be able to create this song together on the spot.”

Haviah will make her return to a place she knows and loves this summer – the stage. Audiences can experience Haviah’s unparalleled sound and performance at RIVER & SKY Music Festival in Field, Ontario on July 16, Le Festif! De Baie-Saint-Paul on July 22 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, CityView Drive-In alongside Shad and Skratch Bastid on August 27 in Toronto, Ontario and Westward Music Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 12. See below for full details.

Avocado will appear on Haviah’s new mixtape, Stock Exchange, set for release this fall, which is the latest full length following her 2019 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, 13th Floor. Last month, Haviah shared the powerful single, Protest, featuring UK artist Yizzy. Produced by Young Dreadz, the single, Protest, is a visceral recall of the feelings of guilt and stress that many marginalized individuals carry with them daily due to centuries of suffering, heaviness, pain and bloodshed at the hands of law enforcement.

Watch the video for Protest, directed by  Kit Weyman & Chrris Lowe, and produced by Director X-led production company, Fela (who have created videos for Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Rosalia, Jay Z and more).

Haviah's forthcoming Stock Exchange mixtape will feature  collaborations with US artists Jalen Santoy (Way Too Fast) and Old Man Saxon (Antisocial) to  Toronto artist TOBi (Good On My Own Tonight), with more to be announced. The title refers to a reckoning Haviah had internally over the last year, connecting with how artists are forced to validate their value based on random data (followers, subscribers) and losing a part of the authentic human-to-human universal experience of art. 

Get familiar with Haviah Mighty’s work to date ahead of Stock Exchange and watch as she continues to rise in sound and vision on stages across Canada this summer. 

Upcoming Tour Dates:
July 16 – RIVER & SKY Music/Camping Festival – Field, ON
July 22 – Le Festif! De Baie-Saint-Paul 2021 Scène La Fabrique Culturelle (Rue Jean-Talon) – Baie-Saint-Paul, QC
August 27 – CityView Drive-In – Toronto, ON 
September 12 – Westward Music Festival 2021 @ The Imperial – Vancouver, BC

Listen to Avocado | Watch Avocado

Listen to 13th Floor  here | Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here

About Haviah Mighty
Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. Mighty could not better describe Haviah’s craft of provocative challenges and uncompromising truths.

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

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

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

Stay locked in for new projects to challenge, move, and entertain, coming your way soon. Unyielding and irresistible - Haviah Mighty will be heard.

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TROY JUNKER RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR 10X10

TROY JUNKER RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR 10X10
 
WATCH HERE AND LISTEN HERE 
 
Toronto, ON – July 5, 2021 – 10X10 is Canadian Métis rapper Troy Junker's newest release, produced by Harmon1x. While Junker is based in Toronto and Harmon1x is located in Sudbury, ON, the two have continued to create music together throughout the pandemic via the internet as if they were in person. 10X10 was created out of a feedback email that Harmon1x had sent to Junker for guidance on the beat. Troy loved it so much that he delivered the song back within the same night.
 
When asked about the 10X10, Junker stated, "The beat matched my energy in that moment and the song came to me right away. When that happens, you need to take control of the moment and go to work. What I like about 10X10, is that it's full of experimentation and doesn't sound like anything I've ever worked on. The whole point of the song was to not overthink it and just have fun. It's important to me to remain authentic and to always give 100 per cent in everything. That's the wave."
 
The video was filmed in Toronto by Michael Shankar and the two deliver a visual that complements the warm summertime single. When asked about the video, Shankar mentioned, "We climbed buildings, and hopped barriers! Any day that we get to do that for a music video is a good day."
 
10X10 has been added to Spotify editorial playlists New Music Friday Canada and Northern Bars and was added to Amazon Music Canada's Brand New Music Playlist.
 
About Troy Junker:
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 2020 with his EP, The Path and pop single, Runaway with Thea May which charted #5 on the Indigenous Music Countdown and the two were featured on CTV Ottawa's Morning Jam.
 
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THE BLUE STONES ANNOUNCE 2022 CANADIAN TOUR

THE BLUE STONES ANNOUNCE 2022 CANADIAN TOUR

JOINING THE BEACHES ON THEIR FUTURE LOVERS 20-DATE CANADIAN TREK

PRE-SALES VIA THE BEACHES SPOTIFY BEGIN TUESDAY, JULY 6 
GENERAL ON-SALE FRIDAY, JULY 9

Toronto, ON – July 5, 2021 – JUNO nominated alternative rock duo, The Blue Stones, announce they will be joining The Beaches on their 20-date cross-Canada Future Lovers Tour. Known for their blistering shows, the highly anticipated return to live venues will be the first since the release of band's 2021 sophomore album, Hidden Gems. Featuring Shakin’ Off The Rust, the #1 Rock single of the Year (2020) and Top 5 single, Let It Ride, at both the Alternative and Active Rock radio formats.
 
“It’s been far too long since we’ve seen the stage,” says frontman, Tarek Jafar. “We plan on hitting these Canadian shows with every last drop of pent up energy we’ve had this year.”
 
The Blue Stones released Hidden Gems, via Entertainment One (eOne) on March 19. On Hidden Gems, the band worked with famed producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots, LANY), who helped the band to not only explore and create music in a new way, but discover themselves throughout the writing process. The release saw the group nominated for a 2020 Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year. Their current single off the release, One By One, is at radio now, and was the #1 Most Added song at the Alternative format (week of June 28).

Listen to Hidden Gems here

FUTURE LOVERS TOUR DATES W/THE BEACHES:
February 3, 2022 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre 
February 4, 2022 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Theatre
February 5, 2022 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Theatre
February 8, 2022 – Kingston, ON @ Ale House
February 11, 2022 – Toronto, ON @ History
February 12, 2022 – Toronto, ON @ History
February 14, 2022 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
February 15, 2022 – Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre
February 16, 2022 – Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Concert Hall
February 19, 2022 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
February 20, 2022 – Saskatoon, SK @ Coors Event Centre
February 22, 2022 – Edmonton, AB @ Midway
February 23, 2022 – Edmonton, AB @ Midway
February 25, 2022 – Red Deer, AB @ Red Deer Memorial Centre
February 26, 2022 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
February 28, 2022 – Kelowna, BC @ Kelowna Community Theatre
March 1, 2022 – Vernon, BC @ Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
March 3, 2022 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
March 5, 2022 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
March 6, 2022 – Victoria, BC @ Royal Theatre
 
About The Blue Stones:
With a rousing blues-rock approach that touches on both classic rock and sleek modern alt-rock, Canadian guitar and drums duo the Blue Stones cut their teeth around their native Ontario. Friends and bandmates since their high school days in Windsor, Tarek Jafar (vocals, guitar, piano) and Justin Tessier (drums, vocals) landed on the minimalist guitar-and-drums format early on, taking inspiration from the classic rock of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, blues icons like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and more contemporary heroes with a similar set-up like the White Stripes and the Black Keys. At the beginning of 2018, the band signed a deal with Entertainment One who gave their debut album, Black Holes, a worldwide re-release. The Blue Stones toured on the back of this album extensively throughout North America and Europe. The album landed the band a JUNO nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2020. The duo went into the studio with producer Paul Meany to record 2021's Hidden Gems. The lead single, Shakin’ Off The Rust, was awarded Rock Song of the Year in 2021 by SOCAN and was the most spun song at Rock Radio in Canada.

About The Beaches:
Named appropriately after the Toronto neighbourhood they all hail and hang in, The Beaches are authentically rock ‘n’ roll. Their ‘70s aesthetic, unapologetic attitude and electrifying sound all fit harmoniously in a modern rock context. Comprised of sisters Jordan and Kylie Miller (on lead vocals/bass and guitar, respectively), Eliza Enman-McDaniel (on drums), and Leandra Earl (on keys and guitar), the band has a natural kismet that shines through on each track and in their live performances. The Beaches have become one of Canada’s top acts with a global reach, placing them in a modern and future context where rock prevails and marking them one of this generation’s most promising young rock groups. Gaining recognition from the world's most renowned artists, including the likes of Elton John, who has proclaimed: “Love them, love them, love them!”, The Beaches are back and have no plans to slow down. And when touring comes back, expect The Beaches to hit the road hard. Stay tuned for much more to come in 2021.
 
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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MULTI-PLATINUM INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DENNIS LLOYD RELEASES DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM SOME DAYS

MULTI-PLATINUM INTERNATIONAL ARTIST
DENNIS LLOYD RELEASES DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM
SOME DAYS

OUT NOW VIA ARISTA RECORDS / SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

LISTEN TO THE LEAD SINGLE THE WAY PRODUCED BY KYGO AND DENNIS LLOYD 

READ DENNIS’ FEATURES ON SPIN AND FLAUNT

STREAM/PURCHASE SOME DAYS HERE

Toronto, ON – July 2, 2021 – Following the overnight success of his smash single, Nevermindand a tumultuous two-year period marked by litigation, exhaustion, and a self-prescribed break from the road, the multi-platinum international artist Dennis Lloyd has returned in full-form, reflecting on the highs and lows of his roller coaster journey with his debut full-length album, Some Days, out now via Arista Records / Sony Music Entertainment. Some Days finds Dennis exploring his deepest questions, narrating his story through the time of Nevermind to his present life, as he searches for his true purpose. “This album is about my journey,” Dennis explains. “It’s about my doubts and fears – questions everybody asks themselves. Am I just a kid from Tel Aviv, or an artist who travels the world? This album is about finding the way that I want to live my life.”
 
Dennis is celebrating the release of Some Days with two sold out concerts at Tel Aviv’s 16,000 seat Menora Mivtachim Arena. Tomorrow night’s (July 3) performance will be live streamed for fans across the world, with a rebroadcast scheduled for July 8. For details visit www.dennislloydmusic.com
 
Some Days follows the release of The Way, Dennis’ dynamic new single that marries a driving beat with a reflective message about balancing success and simplicity. Produced by Kygo and Dennis, the song was written in a posh Las Vegas studio, but finished while exploring the wilderness in the Colombia jungle, a surreal contrast that perfectly illustrates the disorientating experience of Dennis’ last few years and that served as inspiration for the rest of the album. “My life has changed dramatically since Nevermind blew up everywhere,” Dennis adds. “The last tour I had back in 2019 broke something inside of me. I had to take some time off and heal. I finally had the time to process the past 5 years of my life, ask myself the toughest questions and deal with my deepest feelings and thoughts. I hope my music can help you heal and find the answers you’re looking for.”

About Dennis Lloyd:
A consummate rebel in the vein of iconoclasts like The Weeknd, Lloyd grew up in Tel Aviv enamoured by the sound of the trumpet – its dominance, strength, power, and beauty. Inspired by artists like Audioslave and Linkin Park, he was encouraged by his teacher to attend the music school, Thelma Yellin, where he reached a new level of artistry and creativity, and at 22-years-old he traveled to a remote corner of Thailand to find his musical voice - a swelteringly hybrid of pop, hip-hop, and rock. He fell into a relationship that didn’t last, but it formed the inspiration for his breakout single, Nevermind, a smouldering proclamation of commitment and desire guided by a finger-snapping beat and mellow guitar strums. The song sparked a rush of worldwide passion, rising on European and American radio charts. But the traps of the music industry became stifling for Lloyd, and after a whirlwind tour of the world that included stops at Coachella, Governor’s Ball, and Firefly Festival and saw his catalogue surpass one billion streams, he took a much-needed break from the road to rediscover himself and his goals as an artist.
 
Now, with his husky voice and innovative style that “creatively blends the elements of pop, R&B, rock and reggae, breaking global boundaries in addition to crossing them,” (Forbes), Dennis returns for his debut album having perfected a post-genre sound that’s both brutally honest and infectiously laidback. Dennis anchors his tracks with looping hooks and heady beats, letting his passions and frustrations show through with soulful cries, melancholy chords, and unvarnished lyrics. He’s an innovative arranger and producer with a gift for exploring texture and atmosphere—and even at his lowest moments, he can lift the mood with a jazzy trumpet solo. Throughout Some Days, Dennis recounts his life changing so dramatically following his newfound success. The aching croons, looping grooves, and jazzy trumpet emphasize feelings of raw yearning, while his lyrics show a balladeer torn between breaking away from his love or doubling down at all costs.
 

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YOLA RELEASES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE STARLIGHT CELEBRATING SEX POSITIVITY

LISTEN TO NEW SONG AND
PRE-ORDER ALBUM HERE
 
STAND FOR MYSELF TO BE RELEASED
VIA EASY EYE SOUND ON JULY 30

“IT IS POSSIBLE FOR EVERY STAGE OF YOUR JOURNEY IN LOVE,
SEX AND CONNECTION TO BE NURTURING” 
- YOLA 

“Vibrant… Simmering guitar to full-on arena rock.” - Rolling Stone
 
“Yola’s sophomore effort buzzes with the impassioned energy of
an artist finally holding the reins to her career” - 
AVCLUB
 
“Yola won’t let genre barriers — or anything else — stand in her way" - Stereogum

Toronto, ON – Today, Yola released the video for Starlight, a smouldering slice of symphonic soul and the latest single from her anthemic new album, Stand For Myselfwhich will be released via Easy Eye Sound on July 30, 2021
 
The romantic visual is directed by Ford Fairchild. Set against a beautiful late night neon cityscape, we watch and wait until we witness Yola’s moment of connection. Discussing the video, Yola stated, “I wanted to put something into the world that showed people what my dating life is like now. I’m currently single, yes, but I’m not neglected or some soulless sex robot. The volume of media dedicated to showing dark skinned Black women having a nice normal time in romantic situations, be it true love or just dating, is still lacking in my opinion.”
 
Discussing the sex positive message behind the song, Yola stated, "Starlight is a song about looking for positive physical, sexual and human connections at every level of your journey towards love.” 
 
Adding, “The world seems to attach a negative trope of cold heartlessness to the concept of any sexual connection that isn’t marriage, this song looks through a lens of warmth specifically when it comes to sex positivity. Understanding the necessity of every stage of connection and that it is possible for every stage of your journey in love, sex and connection to be nurturing. Temporary or transitory doesn’t have to be meaningless or miserable. In the right situations every connection can teach us something valuable about who we are, what we want and what is healthy.”
 
Stand For Myself reflects on Yola’s belief in the possibility of paradigm shift beyond the mental programming that creates tokenism and bigotry, which have deeply impacted her personal life and professional career. It has also been hailed as a singular sonic shift, with publications including Billboard who included Diamond Studded Shoes in the best songs of 2021 so far, and proclaimed her a “powerhouse vocalist.” The Root described Yola’s “brassy twang” as “both fun to listen to and resonates deeply within the soul because of the power it holds” and CMT described Yola’s new sound as a mix of  “soulful, rootsy, and wholly countrified rock.” Diamond Studded Shoes also peaked at number 1 on the Americana radio chart.  
 
Produced by Dan Auerbach, the album traces a musical thread to Yola’s most eclectic musical inspirations. From the seminal albums Yola discovered via her Mother’s 70s record collection, to her love of eclectic British radio, which featured a fluid mix of rock, 90s neo soul, R&B and britpop—all which soundtracked her childhood and teenage years in Bristol, England. Yola experienced prejudice throughout her childhood and career and navigated these experiences, as well as homelessness in London and stress-induced voice loss to launch her solo career in 2016. She achieved breakout success with her debut album, Walk Through Fire, which landed her four GRAMMY® nominations including Best New Artist, critical acclaim and fans from Elton John to Mavis Staples. 
 
Yola recently performed at Love Rock’s annual charity event in New York alongside Gary Clark Jr and Bon Jovi and will be one of few artists to perform at both Newport Folk and Newport Jazz in the same year, when she joins the lineup of both events this summer. She will also be performing dates with Chris Stapleton on his rescheduled tour in 2021 and will headline The Ryman Auditorium in 2022. For more information and tickets please visit: www.iamyola.com
 
Stand For Myself is Magnolia Record Club's Record of the Month for July. Subscribe before July 31 and receive an exclusive purple and clear splatter version of the album. Use the code DIAMOND at checkout to get $10 off a three-month membership. magnoliarecord.club
 
Tracklist:
1. Barely Alive  
2. Dancing Away In Tears 
3. Diamond Studded Shoes  
4. Be My Friend 
5. Great Divide  
6. Starlight  
7. If I Had To Do It All Again  
8. Now You’re Here  
9. Whatever You Want  
10. Break The Bough  
11. Like A Photograph
12. Stand For Myself 
 
Live dates include: 
2021
July 23-July 25 - Newport Folk  
July 30-August 1 - Newport Jazz 
August 6 - Hinterland Music Festival
August 7 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI - w/ Chris Stapleton
August 21 - Globe Life Park - Arlington, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 10 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival 
September 16 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Maryland Height, MO - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 17 - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre - Birmingham, AL - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 18 - The Wharf Amphitheatre - Orange Beach, AL - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 25 - Ruoff Music Center - Noblesville, IN - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 26 - Ohana Music Festival 
October 8 - Madison Square Garden - NYC, NY - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 14  - Mizzou Arena - Columbia, MO - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 15 - Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, NE - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 16 - Denny Sanford Premier Center - Sioux Falls, SD - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 21 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 22 & 23 - Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 28 - United Supermarket Arena - Lubbock, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 29 - Isleta Amphitheater - Albuquerque, NM - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 30 - AK-Chin Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 4  - Frank Erwin Center -Austin, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 5 - BOK Center - Tulsa, OK - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 6 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion -The Woodlands, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
December 3 - FedEx Forum -Memphis, TN -  w/ Chris Stapleton
December 4 - Mississippi Coast Coliseum -Biloxi, MS - w/ Chris Stapleton
December 5 - Thompson-Boling Arena -  Knoxville, TN - w/ Chris Stapleton

2022
March 3 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN 
April 20 - Huntington Center - Toledo, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton
April 21 - Schottenstein Center - Columbus, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton
April 23 - A Concert for Kentucky – Kroger Field - Lexington, KY - w/ Chris Stapleton

Photo by Joseph Ross Smith
 
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COMMON RELEASES NEW SINGLE IMAGINE FEATURING PJ AND MUSIC VIDEO TODAY

LISTEN HERE
WATCH MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 1, 2021 – Today, Academy Award, Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist, Common, released his new single, Imagine, featuring PJ. Listen here. He also released a powerful music video for the track. Watch here
 
Imagine dares listeners to imagine a world the way it should be. One where people treat each other with respect, listen to diverse points of view, and whose actions are community minded. Featuring PJ, Common's dynamic counterpart on What Do You Say, this imagined paradise comes to life in a spirited music video by director, Emmanuel Afolabi.
 
Of the release Common said, “I wrote ‘Imagine’ at a time when we were all going through a lot. But something kept telling me to focus on the good and the things I wanted to see in the world. For me, music is one of the things that gives me hope and happiness throughout these times, whether I am creating it or listening to it. So I wanted ‘Imagine’ to create that feeling of how you can play a song and feel inspired. How a song can make you move and also move your spirit. Essentially, I want us all to feel like days are getting better and that great times are ours for the taking. And the first step in feeling that way is imagining it.” 
 
The Imagine music video was filmed recently in Los Angeles as the world began to open up again. The video takes the lyrics of an idealized world and puts them into action. With the worst of the pandemic hopefully behind us, people now have the ability to come together and make their dreams a reality. They now have the opportunity to change the world and make it a place it was always imagined to be. 

Listen to Imagine featuring PJ here

Watch the music video here

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www.thinkcommon.com 

About COMMON:
Common is an artist, actor, author and activist. With a storied career spanning three decades, his work has been recognized with numerous GRAMMY® Awards, as well as an Emmy® and an Academy® Award for the song, Glory, which he co-wrote and performed with John Legend.
 
His latest album, A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION Part 1 was released in October 2020 through Loma Vista Recordings. The album was written as music to go with a movement. It shares the message that through a pandemic, racial and social justice protests, and a polarizing election, people can still lead with love and positivity, even when there is still so much work to be done. 
 
Common’s album LET LOVE was released in August 2019. The album was inspired by his work and experiences while writing his second memoir, LET LOVE HAVE THE LAST WORD, which was released May 2019. The memoir was quickly deemed a New York Times best seller in its first week of release. This book follows his first memoir, One Day It’ll All Make sense, which was released in 2011 and was also a New York Times best seller. 
 
Common’s 11th studio album, BLACK AMERICA AGAIN, was released November 4, 2016 on ARTium/Def Jam Recordings. The album includes socially conscious single, Black America Again featuring Stevie Wonder and the anthem Letter to the Free, the end-title track to Ava Duvernay’s powerful Oscar-Nominated documentary 13TH, for which he also received the 2017 Emmy for Best Music and Lyrics.
 
For the past few years, Common has dedicated countless hours and has been deeply engaged in social justice and advocacy work around mass incarceration, mental health, and voting. After the success and impact of his Imagine Justice concert in 2017 and his Hope & Redemption Tour to eight different prisons, Common decided to establish and launch Imagine Justice as a new nonprofit in 2018. Centered at the intersection of art and activism, Imagine Justice is dedicated to leveraging the power of art to advocate for communities around the country, to fight for justice and equality and to stand united against injustice wherever it appears.
 
Through his Common Ground Foundation, Common is dedicated to empowering high school students from underserved communities to become future leaders. The foundation operates educational programs in Chicago that focus on character development, healthy living, financial literacy, social impact, technology, and leadership.  The programs include mentoring and college readiness, summer camp, and an annual Youth Business and Leadership Conference. The foundation students have a 100% graduation rate from high school.
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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA SHARE LOCAL NATIVES’ REMIX OF THEIR HIT SINGLE BED HEAD

FROM CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM THE MILLION MASKS OF GOD OUT NOW VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

NORTH AMERICAN FALL/WINTER TOUR INCLUDES SHOWS AT NYC'S HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM ON OCTOBER 21, AND
LA'S HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM (FEBRUARY 26)

SHOWS IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO 
AND MONTREAL IN EARLY 2022

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

Toronto, ON – June 30, 2021 – On the heels of announcing a massive North American tour supporting their most acclaimed album yet, Manchester Orchestra have shared Local Natives’ remix of their Top 2 AAA and Top 20 Alternative radio hit, Bed Head, which has been lauded as “an epic fit for sold out venues” (Consequence). Bed Head (Local Natives Remix)—out today via Loma Vista Recordings—transforms the urgent rocker into a softened, danceable tune with synths, keys, and an airy alteration of singer Andy Hull’s vocals. Bed Head is the lead single off The Million Masks of God, released April 30 to career-high praise from Stereogum, NPR Music, Uproxx, SPIN, and many more.

Stream/purchase The Million Masks of God here.
 
Manchester Orchestra will bring The Million Masks of God to life with a triumphant North American tour that will span across October/November 2021 and February/March 2022, and include shows at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom on October 21, Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre on February 21, LA’s Hollywood Palladium on February 26, Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre on March 15, and Montreal's Corona Theatre on March 16. See below for a full itinerary of dates. Tickets are on sale now here.
 
Manchester Orchestra—Hull, Robert McDowell, Tim Very, and Andy Prince—recently released the heavy, slow-burning new song, Never Ending, their contribution to the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, executive produced by Tyler Bates (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Watchmen,” “John Wick”) and out digitally now. It followed the gorgeous Bed Head (Acoustic), a stripped-back version of the lead single; the band has also performed a blistering rendition of Bed Head for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #PlayAtHome series. Check out the band’s guest appearances on WNYC New Sounds, Comedy Bang Bang’s 12th anniversary special, Kesha And The Creepies podcast, and Emily Kinney’s My Caffeine Withdrawal.
 
Produced by Manchester Orchestra’s lead songwriting duo of Hull and McDowell, Catherine Marks (PJ Harvey, The Killers) and Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers), The Million Masks Of God presents an even grander scale of the epic and re-focused approach to record-making that the band has forged in recent years. Their sixth album finds the band relentlessly pushing themselves to create a work that breaks beyond the scope and limits of every previous release in an effort to create their most towering achievement to date, all while sorting through the aftermath of a devastating loss.  

Manchester Orchestra Tour Dates:
October 5, 2021 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
October 6, 2021 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
October 8, 2021 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
October 9, 2021 - Fort Lauderdale,FL - Revolution Live
October 10, 2021 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
October 12, 2021 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
October 13, 2021 - Richmond, VA - The National
October 15, 2021- Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
October 16, 2021 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
October 18, 2021 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
October 19, 2021- Portland, ME - State Theater 
October 21, 2021 - New York, NY - The Hammerstein Ballroom
November 16 2021 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom 
November 17, 2021 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
November 18, 2021 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theater
November 19, 2021 - Atlanta GA - Manchester Orchestra’s The Stuffing at Fox Theatre
February 16, 2022 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant 
February 17, 2022 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
February 18, 2022 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
February 19, 2022 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
February 21, 2022 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre 
February 22, 2022 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater 
February 23, 2022 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
February 25, 2022 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theater
February 26, 2022- Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
February 27, 2022 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park 
March 1, 2022 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
March 2, 2022 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren 
March 4, 2022 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
March 5, 2022 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion 
March 6, 2022 - Omaha, NE - The Admiral 
March 8, 2022 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 
March 9, 2022 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre 
March 11, 2022 - Columbus, OH - Express Live! 
March 12, 2022 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
March 13, 2022 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Riverworks 
March 15, 2022 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
March 16, 2022 - Montréal, QC - Corona Theatre

Praise for The Million Masks of God:

 
“Manchester Orchestra’s most plainly beautiful album. I’d also argue it’s their best”
Stereogum
 
“A record that feels dynamic and vital – while still respecting the band’s legacy so far – The Million Masks of God is astonishing” - DIY Mag
 
"The songs here are often as big as ever" - The AV Club 
 
"One of indie-rock’s most visceral and essential bands" - Guitar World 
 
"[an album] that feels like the story of an unmade Ingmar Bergman film."
WNYC New Sounds
 
“... The Million Masks of God is a gorgeously tuneful and thought-provoking gem.”
Consequence
 
"...what makes The Million Masks of God so impressive is that it really doesn't sound like any other Manchester Orchestra album. Andy Hull's unmistakable voice and distinct songwriting style make this immediately recognizable...but it feels like an entirely new chapter of their career." - Brooklyn Vegan 
 
“They’ve maintained the style laid out on A Black Mile but imbued it with more splendor.”
Paste
 
“Leave it to Manchester Orchestra to write an album that leaves you feeling both bereft and whole again in one swoop. The alt-rock band’s sixth LP...surges with sadness and hope in equal measure.” - Relix
 
"Manchester Orchestra is one of the greatest bands alive right now, and The Million Masks of God is yet another feather in their cap." - Sputnik (5 stars/classic)
 
“To listen to the new album, The Million Masks of God, from the Atlanta-based rock group, Manchester Orchestra, is to inhabit a cathedral-like building and let your ears take in each swell, each ring and each echo as the vibrations subsume and the medicine of music takes hold.” - American Songwriter
 
“another haunting yet blissful magical gem that puts them in a category of their own."
PunkNews

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MILOE SHARES COVER OF LOUS AND THE YAKUZA’S SOLO IN HONOUR OF CONGOLESE INDEPENDENCE DAY

GREENHOUSE EP OUT NOW

Early praise for Miloe:
 

“The darkness of Minnesota winters contrasts with his youth, and his new EP Greenhouse aims to bring some sunshine to his current home” - NPR Music, All Songs Considered
 

“blissed out” “shoegaze-pop rumination” - The FADER
 

"bright, shoegaze delight" - NYLON
 

"Miloe’s reach exceeds the suburban backyard, elsewhere capturing the travelogue of his youth in finger plucks and gently swaying piano" - MTV
 

"With only five tracks, [Greenhouse] showcases Miloe’s seemingly almost effortless knack for melodies and simple, yet captivating instrumentals that make the project as a whole undeniable. Not much is known about what’s on Miloe’s docket for 2021, but consider us excited for whatever that may be" - UPROXX
 

"lovely...smooth pop number" - DORK

Toronto, ON – June 30, 2021 – Miloe—a.k.a. Bob Kabeya, 20-year-old Minneapolis artist by way of The Democratic Republic of Congo—released his incredible EP, entitled Greenhouse, to acclaim from the likes of NPR Music, The Fader, MTV, NYLON, Uproxx and more. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bob Kabeya moved to the U.S. with his family at the age of eight to reunite with his father, a journalist who was granted asylum three years prior. Today, in honour of Congolese Independence Day and in celebration of Black Music Appreciation Month, Miloe shares a cover of fellow Congolese artist Lous and the Yakuza’s song Solo. Listen to the cover, all in French, now here and read more about the cover from Bob below.

“SOLO is a song by the amazing Congolese/Belgian artist Lous and The Yakuza. She’s stated that she wrote the song thinking about the loneliness that our people and Black People at large face feel due to systemic racism and the effects of colonization. The Democratic Republic of Congo gained its independence from Belgium on June 30th 1960 - that wasn’t very long ago. I would argue that colonization continues to this day through the extraction of natural resources by western corporations, which directly benefits those of us privileged enough to live in the west. Black people and black women especially have to scream and fight just to receive empathy from this world. The lyrics that resonated with me the most are: “Se battre jusqu'à la muerte (eh) / Parce qu’on a trop fierté” Despite what we face, we are not defined in our trauma. There is so much pride and love for our culture and our people, which will always fuel us in the fight for our humanity.”

Watch the video for Solo here.

Greenhouse is an exhilaratingly energetic and youthful homage to Summer and the weather patterns of his childhood, paired with lyrics of teenage melodrama and idealism. "The Minnesotan climate can feel so limiting compared to where I grew up, almost like we're waiting half the year to actually live our lives,” he explains. Living in a region that faces harsh winter for much of the year, and in 2020 served as ground zero for uprisings against police violence, Kabeya created Greenhouse as an offering of sunshine to his community as winter returned. Purchase, stream or download Greenhouse now here.
 
Miloe will tour the songs off Greenhouse live for the first time this Fall. Many dates are already sold out, so see below to find a show near you, and get your tickets here while they’re still available.


Tour Dates:
August 31, 2021 - Maquoketa, IA - Codfish #
September 1, 2021 - Indianapoli, IN @ Hi-FI Annex (Outdoors) #
September 9, 2021 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
November 2, 2021 - Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre ^
November 3, 2021 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls ^
November 5, 2021 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House ^
November 6, 2021 - Montreal, QC @ Théâtre Fairmount ^

November 8, 2021 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club (SOLD OUT) ^
November 9, 2021 - Boston MA @ Paradise Rock Club (SOLD OUT) ^
November 10, 2021 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall (SOLD OUT) ^
November 11, 2021 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (SOLD OUT) ^
November 12, 2021 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (SOLD OUT) ^
November 13, 2021 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry (SOLD OUT) ^
November 15, 2021 - Durham, NC @ Motorco (SOLD OUT) ^
November 16, 2021 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse ^
November 17, 2021 - Orlando, FL @ The Abbey (SOLD OUT) ^
November 19, 2021 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge (SOLD OUT) ^
November 20, 2021 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House (SOLD OUT) ^
November 21, 2021 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom (SOLD OUT) ^
November 27, 2021 - Madison, WI @ The Sylvee ^
November 28, 2021 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue ^
November 30, 2021 - Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre ^
December 1, 2021 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot ^
December 3, 2021 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom ^
December 4, 2021 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore ^
December 5, 2021 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos (SOLD OUT) ^
December 7, 2021 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ^ (SOLD OUT)
December 8, 2021 - Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory ^
December 9, 2021 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda (SOLD OUT) ^
December 10, 2021 - San Diego, CA @ Quartyard (SOLD OUT) ^
December 11, 2021 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom  (SOLD OUT) ^
December 13, 2021 - Houston TX @ WHite Oak Downstairs ^
December 14, 2021 - Austin TX @ Mohawk ^
December 15, 2021 - Dallas, TX @ Trees (SOLD OUT) ^
December 17 - St Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall (SOLD OUT) ^
^ w/ Beach Bunny
* Headlining show
# w/ Pinegrove

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GRAMMY AND JUNO-WINNING SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER DANIEL LANOIS TO RELEASE TORN AGAIN FEATURING LEONARD COHEN TOMORROW

NEW ALBUM HEAVY SUN LONGLISTED FOR 2021 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE

"Let's hope the pandemic lockdowns lift soon, because Lanois and his bandmates deserve to delight audiences with their crackling chemistry and old-school gospel songcraft,
all of which are vividly captured on
 Heavy Sun” – Exclaim!
 
“A bold work of divine and nourishing textures"
- Mojo Magazine (UK)
 
“An uncommonly beautiful album that promotes peace, unity, 
and shared love for the power of music" - Pop Music

Toronto, ON – June 30, 2021 – Tomorrow, Grammy and JUNO Award-winning – and now Polaris Music Prize-nominated – songwriter and producer, Daniel Lanois, will release a new single along with Grammy and JUNO Award-winning songwriter, Leonard Cohen, titled Torn Again through eOne, under Daniel’s Maker Series brand. On Torn Again, Lanois’ signature ambience floats and suspends Leonard’s iconic voice as he recites his beautiful and somber poetic passage. 

Pre-save Torn Again here ahead of its release tomorrow (Thursday, July 1).
 
Daniel says, “There are moments in this creative journey that stand out in a quiet profound permanence. This Leonard Cohen poem and reading from the man himself, always left me with that special feeling. The framing of Leonard’s reading started as a slide guitar performance with my good friend Rocco Deluca.”
 
“The spine of our steel guitars became the rock for the poem to stand on.  Wayne Lorenz and I spent many hours in the studio rearranging and dubbing out the steel to enhance the lyrical journey with orchestral compliment. I’m very proud of this work, may it keep on reaching and speaking.” 
 
Torn Again follows Daniel’s acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize-nominated new album Heavy Sun, released March 19 via eOne, the first release under his new Maker Series brand. Stream and download Heavy Sun here. On June 12, Daniel launched a special Record Store Day LP edition – purchase the vinyl edition here or through your local record store. The critically acclaimed record features the singles (Under The) Heavy SunPower, and Way Down.
 
Read on about Daniel Lanois and Heavy Sun below and stay tuned for more as the music plays on this year.

Listen to Heavy Suneone.ffm.to/heavysun

The members of the Heavy Sun Orchestra are:
Jim Wilson
Rocco DeLuca
Daniel Lanois
Johnny Shepherd

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About Daniel Lanois and Heavy Sun

Whether crafting ambient records with Brian Eno, making rock and roll history with U2 and Peter Gabriel, digging into American roots with Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, scoring Oscar-winning films and blockbuster video games, or composing his own solo music, 7-time Grammy and 8-time JUNO winner, Daniel Lanois, has always seemed to reinvent himself with a chameleon-like ease. While Lanois may be best known for his production work on era-defining albums like Joshua Tree, Wrecking Ball, and Time Out Of Mind, he actually grew up on organ records and gospel music, and he cut his teeth as a young man in the studio recording vocal quartets touring their way through Ontario. In the decades to come, Lanois would go on to become one of the most acclaimed studio gurus of the modern era (Rolling Stone declared that his “unmistakable fingerprints are all over an entire wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”), as well as a prolific solo artist (NPR hailed his “brilliant albums of heartfelt songs”), but his love of soul and roots music never left.

Recorded in Los Angeles and Toronto, Heavy Sun fuses classic gospel and modern electronics, mixing gritty, human textures with crisp, digital accents and lush, swirling atmospherics to create a sound that’s at once warmly familiar and boldly unexpected. The arrangements here are spacious and dreamy, anchored by rich, righteous organ topped with airy falsetto and mesmerizing four-part harmony, and the writing is buoyant and soulful to match, tapping into the shared uncertainty of the human condition to offer hope, comfort, and connection at a time when all three run in desperately short supply.

We want to lift people’s spirits with this music,” says Lanois. “It’s so easy to feel isolated right now, but we want everyone to feel included in what we’re doing.”
That communal spirit is on full display here, with Lanois and his bandmates —guitarist/vocalist, Rocco DeLuca, organist/vocalist, Johnny Shepherd, and bassist/vocalist, Jim Wilson — showcasing an undeniable chemistry and boundless appetite for sonic discovery that far surpasses the influence of any individual member.

For Lanois, who sang and played guitar in addition to producing the album, that meant taking full advantage of modern recording techniques, slicing and dicing live, improvised performances into discrete songs that could be fleshed out with experimental effects and sci-fi flourishes. Some tracks began life with Shepherd alone on the organ, taking the rest of the group to church the way he did for years at Zion Baptist in Shreveport, LA; others began with a melody or a simple groove played on a vintage beatbox. While Lanois dug deep into the production work, carving up raw material and extracting samples he could weave back into the arrangements, DeLuca (a revered solo artist in his own right) was often in the rear of the studio with the rest of the band, crafting lyrics around inspiring messages of community and resilience. 

“Our goal was to be a force for good with these songs,” explains Lanois. “We wanted to remind people not to let the world steal their joy, to remind them that even during a global pandemic, it’s our responsibility to protect our spirits and find ways to keep on dancing, keep on singing, keep on teaching, keep on loving."

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THE HALLUCI NATION RELEASE SECOND SINGLE STAY FT. ANTOINE, TOM POWER, CHIPPEWA TRAVELLERS

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LAUNCH PATREON COMMUNITY

TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED STARTING WITH
CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL ON JULY 25!

Toronto, ON – June 30, 2021 – Today, The Halluci Nation releases Stay featuring Antoine, Tom Power and Chippewa Travellers. Soulful, summer vibes flow throw effortless, breezy guitar and bouncy synth-laden beats on the second offering from the group's upcoming album, One More Saturday Night, set for release July 30 (pre-save here). The mesmerizing, graphic novel-esque lyric video showcases the incredible drawings and font work created by visual artist, Whess Harman from the Carrier Wit’at Nation. Harman also contributed unique designs for the physical album, which will be available at release date.    
 
Singer, songwriter, rapper from Omaha, Nebraska, Antoine’s evolving style represents a new generation of Indigenous singers who moves through R&B, rap and traditional singing with ease. Bear Witness and 2oolman met Antoine when they were both on the Stage 49 bill at Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque in 2019. They’ve kept in touch, and Stay provided the perfect meeting of the minds for them to collaborate. 
 
“I had this vision of merging our traditional songs with R&B and had been pushing that sound for a while.  I would hear it here and there but I felt like I could execute it in my own way,” reflects Antoine. “I remember hearing 2oolman and Bear Witness of Halluci Nation and immediately became a fan.  The way they merged the two sounds was executed perfectly. I knew if we ever linked up we’d create something beautiful and that’s just what happened.  We’re bringing a fresh breath of air to the music industry just by being ourselves and bringing our traditional sounds to these songs. 'Stay’ is such a vibe, I know everyone will love it.”
 
“We have been following Antoine’s singing for years.  But he really caught our attention when he made the switch from singing round dance songs to singing R&B / Singjay style love songs,” comments Bear Witness. “Antoine brilliantly connected the two types of music.  Much like how we linked powwow songs to club music, Antoine had connected the dots between round dance songs and crooning love songs. So with the help of Chippewa Travellers and our good buddy, Tom Power, we broke into something completely new for us, with Stay.  We hope this song brings everyone as much happiness as it brings us.”
 
Long time collaborators of The Halluci Nation, Chippewa Travellers, a Anishinaabeg family drum group originally from Chippewas of Nawash, join the band and Antoine on the track along with Tom Power, musician from award winning St. John’s, Newfoundland band, The Dardanelles, and host of CBC q.
 
The Halluci Nation has also launched a Patreon, opening up a new way for the band to be directly in touch with their fans and explore some new, creative avenues. Subscription to their Patreon will include a ticket to their special album launch online party on August 7 with additional content and Q&A with the band. Tickets for just the show are also already available here.
 
The August 7 release show is one of the first shows the band is doing alongside a performance at The Calgary Folk Festival on July 25 (see full tour dates below). Keep an eye on the band’s socials for more dates to be announced.

One More Saturday Night:
The album is a love letter to the Electric Pow Wow gatherings launched at Ottawa's Babylon nightclub in 2007. It represents an imagined denouement to the biweekly Saturday night parties that ended abruptly in 2017, without ever getting the proper send-off. One More Saturday Night thus pays homage to the parties' energy and momentum that elevated The Halluci Nation to this pivotal point in their career of fully mastering their own music style while also moving beyond club music; or “mixing dance music with dance music,” as Bear Witness succinctly puts it. 

As was the case with its proud legacy, The Halluci Nation’s future revolves around collaboration. From hip-hop star, Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def), to the Indigenous Australian band, OKA, to the Wayuu-Colombian powerhouse, Lido Pimienta, the group has always sought out artists from around the world who would join The Halluci Nation family to form a like minded community as well as an international indigenous alliance. The upcoming record will be no exception - with features as inspired and unpredictable as the music from Texas “electro-cumbia” producer, El Dusty, Anishnaabeg drum group, Chippewa Travellers, Maori artist, Rob Ruha, Inuk singer, Tanya Tagaq, and round-dance/R&B singer Antoine, among many others.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
July 25 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Fest
August 7 – Online – Noon Chorus
August 22 – Regina, SK – Queen City Ex
October 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Centre
October 21 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop
October 23 – Detroit, MI – Tangent Gallery
October 26 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live (Lounge)
October 30 - Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s Alright
October 31 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (Showcase)
November 2 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
November 3 – Montreal, QC – SAT
November 5 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
November 6 – London, ON – London Music Hall

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CLAIRE DAGENAIS

POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE ANNOUNCES
DEPARTURE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CLAIRE DAGENAIS
 
TORONTO, ON – June 28, 2021 – Polaris Music Prize Board of Directors and Claire Dagenais, Executive Director, announced today that Dagenais will be departing the organization after eleven years.
 
Joining the Polaris Music Prize team in 2010, Dagenais moved from administration to the position of Events and Office Manager in 2013, before stepping into the role of Executive Director in March 2020.  During her tenure, Dagenais worked closely with all facets and evolution of the prize, including the highly successful poster program and the activation of the community development program.  Dagenais has been integral to the team that has built the Polaris Music Prize Gala into one of the most coveted live event tickets, with the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Celebration broadcast earning a Canadian Screen Award nomination this year for Best Live Production, Social Media.
 
“It has been an exceptionally rewarding eleven years of working and growing with the Polaris Music Prize,” comments Dagenais. “Stepping into the Executive Director role in the last year, and shepherding Polaris through what was a challenging year for music, and the world, was an enriching personal and professional experience that was equal measure of difficulty, sacrifice and reward.  The next chapter for me will be focusing on my family.  I am proud of my part in Polaris’ legacy and I am confident in the Prize’s bright shiny future ahead with whomever the Board chooses to lead the charge.”
 
Polaris Music Prize Board of Directors Chair, Miro Oballa, commented, “The Polaris Music Prize has continued to expand its reach and cultural influence with each passing year.  Claire Dagenais had a great hand in that process for the past decade.  We wish her the absolute best, and look forward to building on the foundation that she helped put in place.”
 
The board will commence the search for a new Executive Director shortly.  In the meantime, the team at Polaris look forward to the 2021 edition.
 
About the Polaris Music Prize
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. www.polarismusicprize.ca

Media Contacts:
Polaris Music Prize media: 
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.com
 
Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec): 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca
 
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LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS ANNONCE
LE DÉPART DE LA DIRECTRICE GÉNÉRALE
CLAIRE DAGENAIS
 

TORONTO, ON – 28 Juin 2021 – Le conseil d’administration du Prix de musique Polaris et Claire Dagenais, directrice générale, ont annoncé aujourd’hui que Dagenais quitterait l’organisation après 11 ans.

Ayant rejoint l’équipe du Prix de musique Polaris en 2010, Claire Dagenais est passée d’un poste administratif à celui de directrice événementielle et chef de bureau en 2013, avant d’obtenir le rôle de directrice générale en mars 2020. Durant son mandat, Dagenais a supervisé étroitement l’évolution du prix sous toutes ses facettes, incluant le très populaire programme d’affiches et l’activation du programme de développement communautaire. Elle a été une membre essentielle de l’équipe qui a permis au Gala du Prix de musique Polaris de devenir un événement incontournable. La diffusion du Gala du Prix de musique Polaris 2020 a d’ailleurs reçu une nomination aux Prix Écrans Canadiens cette année dans la catégorie Meilleure production en direct, médias sociaux.

« Ces onze années ont été incroyablement enrichissantes pour moi, qui ai eu la chance de travailler et d’évoluer avec le Prix de musique Polaris », confie Claire Dagenais. « Devenir directrice générale l’an dernier et guider le Polaris durant ce qui a été une année très difficile pour la musique, et le monde, a été un défi personnel et professionnel très stimulant, composé d’autant de sacrifices que de victoires. Le prochain chapitre pour moi sera de me concentrer sur ma famille. Je suis fière de mon apport à l’histoire du Polaris et je suis convaincue qu’un avenir resplendissant attend le Prix et la prochaine personne que le conseil choisira pour diriger l’organisation. »

Miro Oballa, présidente du conseil d’administration du Prix de musique Polaris, commente : « La portée et l’influence culturelle du Prix de musique Polaris ont continué de croître chaque année. Claire Dagenais a grandement contribué à cela au cours de la dernière décennie. Nous lui souhaitons le meilleur, et nous sommes enthousiastes face à la perspective de bâtir sur les fondations de ce qu’elle a aidé à mettre en place. »

Le conseil commencera la recherche d’une nouvelle directrice générale ou d’un nouveau directeur général bientôt. Entre-temps, l’équipe du Polaris se prépare à l’édition 2021.

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

Contacts médias:
Prix Polaris (Québec):
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca
 
Prix Polaris (Canada):
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.co

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KANDLE BRINGS A TIMELESS LYNCHIAN PORTRAYAL OF HEARTBREAK GONE WRONG TO THE SCREEN IN NEW VIDEO FOR WHEN IT HURTS

WATCH HERE

LISTEN TO NEW ALBUM SET THE FIRE

Toronto, ON – June 28, 2021 – Kandle Osborne has been setting speakers and airwaves ablaze. The Vancouver-based JUNO-nominated artist pens tales of toxicity, manipulation and heartbreak, delivered with stark, striking honesty over a captivating array of sonic influences. Limitless and fiercely determined, a global pandemic did far from bring Kandle to a halt - it empowered her. The prolific, independent artist strengthened her production skills, launched her own company, and released an array of music in 2020, including Stick Around and Find Out, Birds EP and this year's impassioned new project, Set The Fire (released on May 28).

Today, Kandle shares the companion video to Set The Fire's latest single, When It Hurts. Starring actor/musician, Keenan Tracey (known for his roles in The 100, Bates Motel and will star in upcoming series, Day Of The Dead) Kandle and her strong musical allies, The WICCS  Kendel Carson, Debra-Jean Creelman & Tess Ananda – the video was directed by Kandle’s long-time collaborator, Brandon William Fletcher. The piece is a timeless, Lynchian portrayal of a love gone wrong where both parties are stuck in a time loop of paralysis  afraid to leave due to the fear of the unknown. Watch When It Hurts here.

“Every time I write a song I see images, colours and narratives play out in my head. Having the ability to express my music visually is paramount for me. Luckily at the start of the pandemic, I found the Paul Thomas Anderson to my Jonny Greenwood, Brandon William Fletcher, who miraculously brings each nuanced lyric and broad spectrum narrative to life - the perfect marriage of mood and melody," Kandle says. "This record is a metaphorical portrayal of my life in quantum time and in parallel universes. And thanks to Brandon, it’s become a cohesive collection of short films to express the happenings of my inner world.”

The worlds in which stage, sketchbook or screen take shape are not new for Kandle (you can see her play a key role in Jack White's 2018 video for Corporation!). With a passion for visual storytelling (Kandle studied photography and is working on a series of dark comedic illustrations about sexism in the music industry), her independent nature flowed with determination and creativity to fuel the video. Every set was built in the confinement of Kandle’s apartment in Vancouver, with an entire haunted retro dreamscape created by patch-working together clever sets, thematic lighting and a collection of props sourced through thrift stores and flea markets. 

Brandon brought each nuanced lyric and broad-spectrum narrative to life, selecting red and blue as character colours for Kandle and Keenan respectively, key to showing that even when these two are in their own worlds and surrounded by their safe colour, there is always a hint of the other around and on their mind. Inspiration was drawn from favourite films, hoping to harness storytelling and visual elements from Paris, Texas and Blue Velvet. Brandon was also behind the cinematic epic for Kandle’s single, Honey Trap (where Keenan made another star appearance), a bold rock and roll tune about breaking free from a sticky power struggle, the awakenings that follow, and reminds us of the powerful impact of reclaiming your independence on and off the stage. Watch/listen to Honey Trap here.

Set The Fire was previewed with an array of songs. On the album, sparkling piano, distorted guitars, dynamic horns and doo-wop backups make you (almost) forget you're deep diving into her darkest secrets. When It Hurts is Set The Fire’s fifth single. It followed No Good, a track that launched Garden Sessions – an open-air series with Kandle, Debra-Jean Creelman and Kendel Carson performing acoustic renditions of Set The Fire’s standout tunes. Watch the video here. Showcasing the strength of Kandle's songwriting being just as catchy and powerful with nothing but an acoustic guitar, this songwriter doesn't need to hide behind and expensive production or tricks. In April, Kandle released Misty Morning. Highlighting Kandle's newly developed self-taught chops on the piano, the song is a journey that echoes soulful vulnerability through an honest reflection of realizing true love. 

On the album, Kandle adds: “I never intended to write, record, co-produce, and roll out an entire album as the boss but for a variety of reasons, both painful and empowering, here I am. Set The Fire, my first independent album and my 4th LP, is now out!! Feels pretty cool and almost unbelievable to have produced my most vulnerable work with no suits watching over my shoulder pushing for more radio friendly ear candy. It's scary facing your biggest wounds but I had the courage to do it being lifted and championed by such an amazing force of talent whom I also consider my closest friends. I got to fulfill a lifelong dream of having a real sixties-era female gang doing the backup vocals live around a single vintage mic, and track songs with little to no edits and overdubs! I am so proud of how alive this album feels. My production partner in crime, Michael Rendall, holds the same torch as I do for retro cinematic storytelling; his other-worldly keys and arrangements elevate everything he touches. My collaborators, along with so many other expressive souls, helped me set the fire within. I hope I can, in turn, inspire others to face their fears and use their voice. I have seen some incredible highs and soul crushing lows on my musical travels thus far, but as I wrote in Long Night Moon, 'I shall rise, calm and clear-eyed, from a nightmare, a prayer and a dream.'"
 
Kandle was longlist nominated for a 2021 Prism Prize for Set The Fire’s first single, Lock and Load, (her second nomination for the award following Not Up To Me). The song received an earlier nod for a Canadian Independent Video Award in 2020. Learn more about Kandle and the album below and stay tuned for more as Kandle turns up the heat this summer and beyond. 

Watch When It Hurts
Listen to Set The Fire
 

DOWNLOAD – Set The Fire Album Art | DOWNLOAD – Kandle Press Photo

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About Kandle
Once again, Kandle stands out from the pack and shows us that nobody sounds quite like her. Back with a fresh full-length album, Set The Fire, she seamlessly marries her adoration for 60s girl group soul and the 90s rock she grew up on. The tracks buzz with a retro feel but the dark, no holds barred songwriting is what we've come to love from Kandle. Tales of toxicity, manipulation and heartbreak are delivered with stark, striking honesty over a captivating array of sonic influences. Sparkling piano, distorted guitars, dynamic horns and doo-wop backups make you (almost) forget you're deep diving into her darkest secrets.

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

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

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JACK KAYS RELEASES ACOUSTIC EP voice memos

WATCH THE SPECIAL NEW VIDEO
FOR MORBID MIND HERE
 
Toronto, ON – June 28, 2021 – On Friday,  June 25, Columbia Records recording artist, Jack Kays, released his acoustic voice memos EP. Featuring three songs from his debut album, MIXED EMOTIONS, as well as his latest single, MIDDLE OF THE END (HOW DOES IT FEEL), Jack offers a raw and unfiltered take on the emotionally charged tracks. Listen to voice memos here.
 
The 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist has also shared a special visual for morbid mind. The retro-styled compilation video showcases little bits of Jack’s life over the past few years set to the vulnerable track. Watch here.
 
Earlier this year Jack released his debut album, MIXED EMOTIONS. The 8-track project explores a narrative of addiction, loneliness, and mental health as well as redemption. Listen here
 
Stay tuned for more from Jack Kays coming soon!
 
voice memos Tracklist:
1. barely alive
2. bottom of the bottle 
3. middle of the end (how does it feel?)
4. morbid mind
 
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TikTok: @jackkays
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BILLY STRINGS COLLABORATES WITH DEL MCCOURY FOR NEW COVER OF “MIDNIGHT ON THE STORMY DEEP”

EXTENSIVE HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED

Toronto, ON – June 25, 2021 –Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, Billy Strings, joined forces with bluegrass legend, Del McCoury, for a new version of Bill Monroe favourite, Midnight on the Stormy Deep, out today. Watch a special performance video here.

The collaboration adds to a landmark year for Strings, who was recently named Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards after continuing to perform consistently throughout the past year, both in-person and virtually.
 
Reflecting on his recent shows, Pollstar declares, “The hottest hand in jamgrass mastered pandemic touring…in a fraught year, Strings and those around him parlayed that fervor into the rare pandemic success story, blazing trails in livestreaming, drive-in touring and socially distanced podded shows while remaining true to their core values of authenticity and fan engagement.” Additionally, Relix featured Strings on the cover of their April/May issue praising, “Strings’ exuberance speaks to the boundless, resourceful spirit of his music…beyond his technical mastery, it’s his authenticity that continues to animate his music and, in turn, the fans who are drawn to that music.” Furthering his recent success, Strings’ new song, Wargasm,  featuring special guest RMR, debuted earlier this month. Listen/share here

Strings will continue to tour extensively throughout the fall including upcoming headline shows at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE, New Haven’s Westville Music Bowl (two nights), Las Vegas’ Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas (two nights), Los Angeles’ The Belasco (sold-out), Oakland’s Fox Theater (two nights), Portland’s McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater (sold-out), Seattle’s King County’s Marymoor Park, Missoula’s KettleHouse Amphitheater, Wichita’s Wave and Denver’s Mission Ballroom (four nights, three sold-out) among several others. See below for complete tour itinerary. 
Adding to an already triumphant career, Strings won Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards for hisacclaimed 2019 record, Home. Released on Rounder Records, Home was produced by Glenn Brown and furthers Strings’ reputation as “one of string music’s most dynamic young stars” (Rolling Stone). Of the album, The Associated Press proclaims, “it is his creative musical storytelling, paired with solid vocals on Home that should seal the deal, pleasing fans of the genre and creating some new ones…the perfect blend of pure talent and pluck,” while The Wall Street Journalpraises, “Billy Strings has clearly emerged as a premier guitar flatpicker of this era.” Strings and the album also topped Billboard’s 2020 year-end chart in both Bluegrass categories: Top Bluegrass Artists and Top Bluegrass Albums.

Michigan-born and now Nashville-based, Strings arrived on the music scene as one of the most compelling new artists with the release of his 2017 debut LP, Turmoil & Tinfoil. Since his debut, Strings has been awarded Guitar Player of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards, selected as one of Rolling Stone’s 2017 New Country Artists to Know, and performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and PBS’ Bluegrass Underground. Often playing over 200 shows per year, Strings keeps the improvisational tradition of bluegrass alive while incorporating elements of several diverse genres. WXPN’s World Café declares, “a bona fide phenom…with his virtuosic guitar playing front and center, Strings fuses bluegrass to psych rock, country and jam music, without fussing over what bluegrass should be.” 
 
BILLY STRINGS CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
June 25—Thornville, OH—Legend Valley (SOLD OUT)
June 26—Thornville, OH—Legend Valley (SOLD OUT)
July 12—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre* (SOLD OUT)
July 13—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre* (SOLD OUT)
July 16—Whitefish, MT—Under the Big Sky Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 22—Floyd, VA—FloydFest (SOLD OUT)
July 25—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 26—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 29—Lafayette, NY—Apple Valley Park 
July 30—Lafayette, NY—Apple Valley Park (SOLD OUT)
July 31—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 1—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 3—Essex Junction, VT—Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on the Midway Lawn
August 5—Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summer Stage
August 6—New Haven, CT—Westville Music Bowl
August 7—New Haven, CT—Westville Music Bowl
August 11—Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE
August 13-14—Wellston, MI—Hoxeyville 2021
August 20—Chillicothe, IL—Summer Camp Music Festival 
August 21—Indianapolis, IN—MacAllister Amphitheater at Garfield Park (SOLD OUT)
August 28—Lexington, KY—Railbird Music Festival
September 3—Las Vegas, NV—Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
September 4—Las Vegas, NV—Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
September 8—Los Angeles, CA—The Belasco (SOLD OUT)
September 9—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
September 10—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
September 11—Stateline, NV—Montbleu Resort & Casino (SOLD OUT)
September 12—Stateline, NV—Montbleu Resort & Casino
September 16—Spokane, WA—Spokane Pavilion at Riverfront
September 17—Portland, OR—McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater (SOLD OUT)
September 18—Seattle, WA—King County’s Marymoor Park
September 19—Missoula, MT—KettleHouse Amphitheater
September 28—Wichita, KS—Wave
September 29—Oklahoma City, OK—The Jones Assembly
October 1—Memphis, TN—Mempho Music Fest
October 2—Bentonville, AR—Freshgrass Festival 
October 14—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT) 
October 15—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 16—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 17—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom
October 29—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 30—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 31—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
*with Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & The Kids
 
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GRAMMY® AWARD WINNING JENNIFER NETTLES RELEASES NEW ALBUM ALWAYS LIKE NEW TODAY

Toronto, ON – June 25, 2021 – Multi-GRAMMY® Award winner, Jennifer Nettles, is offering a renewed sense of hope by leading the charge to usher in the return of Broadway with her new genre-defying album, Always Like New from Concord Records, which is out today. For this project, Nettles teamed up with GRAMMY® and Tony® Award-winning orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, best known for his work on Broadway’s critically acclaimed shows Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and In the Heights, to reimagine, arrange and produce some of the most beloved songs from the stage, infusing each with her signature sound and giving these timeless works of art a new context and meaning in our current landscape.  Listen here.
 
The album, executive produced by Adam Zotovich (Dear Evan Hansen, The Color Purple, An American in Paris), spans classics to contemporary favorites and is receiving praise for Nettles’ take on songs like Wait For It (by Lin-Manuel Miranda from Hamilton), You Will Be Found (by Benj Pasek-Justin Paul from Dear Even Hansen) and a beautiful duet with Brandi Carlile on It All  Fades Away (by Jason Robert Brown from The Bridges of Madison County ).
 
Nettles shared, "As a child who grew up in musical theatre, this album feels like a homecoming to me. I savored every note of singing and arranging these songs with Alex Lacamoire. It is thrilling to be able to celebrate this amazing songwriting with arrangements and vocals that allow them to be rediscovered anew.” 
 

Nettles has kept a busy schedule during album release week having appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show and giving a powerful performance on The Kelly Clarkson Show.  She also kicked off release day with an appearance and performance on TODAY. As an LGBTQIA+ ally, later today she will also be taking part in Rolling Stone’s 2021 Pride Celebration, which is a livestream event on Rolling Stone’s official Twitch Channel.
 
The new album is available on CD, Vinyl and for Digital download.  Nettles is also offering exclusive versions of the album with retail partners, Target (CD included two bonus tracks: Not While I’m Around from Sweeney Todd and She Used to Be Mine from Waitress)and Barnes and Noble.  

Track Listing:
1.Wouldn’t It Be Loverly from My Fair Lady
2.Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat from Guys and Dolls
3.Wait For It from Hamilton
4.Almost Like Being In Love from Brigadoon
5.It All Fades Away featuring Brandi Carlile from The Bridges Of Madison County
6.There’s A Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute from Barnum
7.Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’ from Oklahoma!
8.Anyone Can Whistle from Anyone Can Whistle
9.You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen
10.Tomorrow from Annie
 

About Jennifer Nettles:
Jennifer Nettles is a superstar entertainer on multiple platforms who most recently appeared as a judge on TBS’ mega-hit competition series, Go-Big Show. Nettles portrayed Aimee-Leigh Gemstone on HBO’s hit series The Righteous Gemstones and delivered a powerful and provocative performance in Focus Features’ Harriet Tubman biopic. In 2019, Jennifer released an EP titled I Can Do Hard Things. Previously, she released two solo albums titled Playing with Fire and To Celebrate Christmas, as well as a Sugarland album named Bigger. Sugarland’s song Stay was a platinum No. 1 hit which earned two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, and Jennifer earned another GRAMMY for her collaboration with Bon Jovi on Who Says You Can't Go Home. Her other achievements in music include five ASCAP awards, three ACM Awards, a CMA Award, the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award and the Artist Impact Award from Lincoln Center. Jennifer made her Broadway debut in 2015 as Roxy Hart in the Tony® Award-winning, record-breaking musical Chicago and starred as Donna in the Hollywood Bowl’s summer production of  Mamma Mia!. She is also currently developing a musical about 17th Century Crusading Poisoner Giulia Tofana.

About Alex Lacamoire:
Alex Lacamoire is an award-winning music director, arranger, and composer. He is best known for his work on Broadway's critically-acclaimed shows Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and In The Heights. Altogether, he has won three Tonys for Best Orchestrations, three Grammys for Best Musical Theater Album, an additional Grammy for producing The Greatest Showman soundtrack, and most recently, an Emmy for Outstanding Music Direction for his work in FX’s mini-series Fosse/Verdon. He was also the recipient of a first-of-its-kind Kennedy Center Honors for his contribution to Hamilton. Lacamoire and the Hamilton creative team were honored as the “trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category” — a distinction never before awarded by the arts institution. He currently serves as the Executive Music Producer for Warner Brothers' new film In The Heights.
 
About Concord Records:
CONCORD RECORDS is celebrated for its highly successful collaborations with legendary artists such as Ray Charles, Sergio Mendes, James Taylor and Carole King. Concord has a long legacy of fostering uncommon successes for artists of singular and extraordinary talent and creativity who often defy genre boundaries.
 
Today, Concord Records’ expanding roster of artists includes an eclectic mix of legends such as Elvis Costello, Billy Gibbons and Keb’ Mo’, mainstay alternative bands like the New Pornographers, and groundbreaking new artists like Esperanza Spalding, Lindsey Stirling and The Record Company.
 
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VANCOUVER’S I M U R RELEASE NEW ALBUM MY MOLECULES TODAY

LISTEN TO MY MOLECULES

WATCH SAD GIRLS CLUB AND CASE OF YOU

"From club groovers to Hollywood North productions, this crew is making a name for itself" 
Vancouver Province

"I M U R’s new album, My Molecules, is their most intimate yet" - RANGE

"The Vancouver-based outfit composed of vocalist Jenny Lea, multi-instrumentalists Mikey J Blige,
and Amine Bouzaher,  have been growing their fanbase through hard work,
honest songwriting, and straight-up bangers."
Dusty Organ

 "The pandemic hiatus has evidently invigorated the alt-R&B trio comprising Jenny Lea (vocals), Mikey J. Blige (guitar/production) and Amine Bouzaher (various instruments, production), whose fusion of electronic, hip-hop and progressive pop coalesces around surprisingly dark subjects and bears a refreshing complexity not often heard in club-oriented music."
CBC Music - Summer 2021 guide: 21 albums you need to hear

Toronto, ON – June 25, 2021 – Vancouver trio, I M U R, share their new album, My Molecules, with the world, out today via Distorted Muse. A poignant and honest sonic map of the many ways we can lose our sense of self, the project arrives following an array of powerful singles and visuals that piece the journey together.
 
I M U R (I Am, You Are) honour their name through sound. Embedded with raw, honest lyrics and emotive, layered elements, My Molecules was inspired by lead vocalist, singer/songwriter Jenny Lea’s personal journey in the aftermath of a near-death experience at the start of her music career. Diving into challenges of the past, each song examines these moments through the evolution of relationships and substance use, juxtaposed with brazen sexuality, introspective dependence and retrospective healing. It showcases I M U R embracing darker sides of pop, blending smooth R&B vibes over bass-heavy production, while exploring themes of infatuation, lust and codependence. 
 
With experience playing shows worldwide, the pandemic may have halted I M U R’s touring plans, but the extra time enabled them to craft their best work to date. Working out of their own studio in North Vancouver, the trio spent the better part of 2020 completing My Molecules.  The album was Executive Produced by Brodie Metcalfe, mixed by JUNO-nominated engineer, Jamie Kuse, and mastered by Brock McFarlane of CPS Mastering.  
 
In March, I M U R took audiences on an impassioned first date to sample the album with first single, Case of You, a snapshot of flirtation, infatuation, and living in the moment. It was released with a cinematic video directed by Sebastian Hill-Esbrand and produced by Wallop Film – watch it hereSad Girls Club shares a raw chapter, as the song highlights the trickery our subconscious mind plays on us when we’re feeling low. Listen to Sad Girls Club and watch the video directed by Sterling Larose here. The album's third single Birdseyeexamines getting caught up in the head-down hustle, and is a self-reminder of the greater picture, marking a pivotal moment within the album's sonic journey. 
 
Listen to My Moleculesimur.lnk.to/mymolecules
Watch/Listen Sad Girls Clubimur.lnk.to/sadgirlsclub
Watch/Listen Case of Youimur.lnk.to/caseofyou
 
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About I M U R 
Forming in 2015 and comprised of singer/songwriter Jenny Lea, producer/guitarist Mikey J Blige, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Amine Bouzaher, I M U R’s sound is a cinematic blend of smooth and sultry, tussled together with texture and bounce. Their lyrics tell a story of self-reflection, strength in vulnerability, and the courage to tackle taboo subjects like addiction, recovery and sexuality. 
 
They released their debut EP, Slow Dive, in 2015. Their following EP, Little Death, included standout tracks, FFLLittle Death, and Breathless (notably featured in Wynonna Earp Season 2 [Syfy] and Good Trouble Season 1 [Freeform]). In 2018, they released their third project, Thirty33. Stand out tracks, Miss You Hate YouShould Be and Afterglow received high streaming numbers, and were featured in numerous TV shows, including Netflix’s Snowpiercer, Pretty Little Things, Wu Assassins and Workin’ Moms. I M U R topped off 2018 with a tour in India and spent 2019 largely touring within Canada and the US, playing a mix of festival and hard ticket shows, including Shambhala, Bass Coast, Capitol Hill Block Party, Winnipeg Jazz Fest, and shows in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.


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WOMEN IN SONG: SUMMER THUNDER THE EXPLOSIVE RETURN OF LIVE PERFORMING ARTS IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS PRESENTED BY FABCOLLAB ON JULY 18

FIVE OF TORONTO’S TOP WOMEN ARTISTS
GATHER TO CELEBRATE THE RETURN
OF OUTDOOR FESTIVALS AND THE
ENDURING POWER OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS
 
TUNE IN HERE ON JULY 18
FROM 8:00 P.M. TO 10:30 P.M. EST

WATCH PREVIEW

Toronto, ON – June 25, 2021 – On Sunday July 18, FabCollab will present the third edition of its hit livestream festival, Women in Song. Only this time – and for the first time – it will be streamed to the world from a spectacular outdoor venue. The festival is presented in partnership with the Musicians’ Performance Trust Fund, the City of Toronto, Guild Festival Theatre, streaming partners Lula Lounge, Small World Music and the National Arts Centre, and with support from Canadian Heritage and the City of Toronto Arts and Culture SPARK Project. This will be the first Women in Song event held outdoors, under the stars, and among the breathtaking sculptural ruins of Guild Park in Scarborough, Ontario.

Hosted by Afro-Indigenous, 2Spirit, queer activist Nenookaasi OgichidaaWomen in Song: Summer Thunder features five of Toronto’s top global music performers: 2021 Juno-winners OKAN (Afro-Cuban roots and jazz), Meesha Shafi (NeoSufi/Folk), Aline Morales (Afro-Brazilian percussion and song), Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone (IndigiBlues), and salsa dancer Dailyn Martinez of Shum de Salsa. The performers will be backed by some of the city’s most sought-after musicians and will take the stage in four 20-minute live-stream sets throughout the evening, all completely free-of-charge and peppered with surprise performances. While the event is free, donations will be accepted through the FabCollab website, and 50% of all proceeds will go to Water First, an organization working to resolve water challenges in Indigenous communities.
 
The entire event will be live streamed only once and will never be rebroadcast. Viewers must tune in live from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST at either fabcollab.ca, FabCollab on Facebook, and on the Facebook pages of MPTFSmall World MusicLula Lounge, or the National Arts Centre to catch these incredible performances live. For a recap of the 2020 festival, watch the performances here, and learn more about the artists below.
 
“After a long winter, summer is finally here and what better way to celebrate our return to the great outdoors than with a thrilling set of performances from five of Toronto's most powerful women-identifying performers,” says FabCollab Executive Director Tamar Ilana. “One of the best things about summer is attending outdoor music festivals, so last year was a really tough one. We’re elated to be among the very first outdoor festivals to return to Toronto post-Covid, and to be able to present these outstanding artists under the stars and against the fabulous outdoor backdrop of Scarborough’s Guild Park.”
 
All of the artists will be accompanied by the world musical ensemble, Ventanas. The award-winning Toronto-based world music ensemble recently released their third album, MISTRĀL, and features the city’s finest world musicians. Sunday’s event will be the second of four Women in Song live streamed festivals that FabCollab will present this year.
 
Women in Song: Summer Thunder is presented by FabCollab, a new Toronto-based music and arts platform. Founded by five of Toronto’s key performing artists and arts advocates, FabCollab fosters artistic creation and collaboration with a focus on amplifying minority and underrepresented voices at a time when unprecedented circumstances have kept us physically apart. In addition to Women in Song, FabCollab also produces a weekly IGTV interview series called Curtain Call featuring conversations with powerful women in the arts, a monthly live interactive electronic-acoustic series on Bramble called Girls with Gear, and regularly hosts and supports community events and performances.
 
WOMEN IN SONG: SUMMER THUNDER
Sunday, July 18– 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST
 
Live streamed at: fabcollab.ca and FabCollab on Facebookas well as on the Facebook pages of Small World MusicMPTFLula Lounge, and the National Arts Centre.
 
8:30 p.m. — OKAN (Afro-Cuban roots and jazz) feat. dancer Dailyn Martinez (Salsa) 
9:05 p.m. — Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone (IndigiBlues)
9:30 p.m. — Meesha Shafi (NeoSufi/Folk)
9:55 p.m. — Aline Morales (Afro-Brazilian percussion and song)
 

For more interviews, high-res photos, links to music,
or any further information on the festival and FabCollab, please contact:
FabCollab Communications Director Lia Grainger: lia@fabcollab.ca
 
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About the artists:
 
OKAN
Taking their name from the word for heart or soul in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, Juno-Award winning OKAN fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage and love. Having recently worked with Bomba Estereo, Lido Pimienta, Hilario Duran and Telmary Diaz, OKAN has followed up on their Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award-nominated and Independent Music Award-winning debut album Sombras, with their sophomore release Espiral, (Lulaworld Records, 2020) Earning international acclaim from OkayAfrica, NPR and Songlines, Esprial debuted at the number one position on the !Earshot International charts and was included in CBC Music's top 20 and NPR's top 10 Alt Latino's albums of the year. www.okanmusica.com
 
AQUA NIBII WAAWAASKONE
Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone is a 2-Spirit Anishnaabe Métis with Irish and French heritage. She is an artist and activist who continues to drum, sing, dance, and live freely on this land while she learns how to heal herself, her ancestry, and her first mother, the earth. Aqua embodies these powerful teachings of living in harmony with all aspects of creation and who bear witness to this every time she steps on stage. www.aquamusic.ca
 
MEESHA SHAFI 
Meesha Shafi is a multi-hyphenate Canadian artist of PakistanI origin. Having already established herself as a highly sought after fashion model, she surprised not just the nation but global audiences as well when she revealed her previously unknown talent as an extremely versatile vocalist in 2010, debuting her solo career as a singer on the revolutionary musical platform, Coke Studio, Shafi made serious waves worldwide with her record breaking hits. Her collaboration with folk legend Arif Lohar went on to become the most viewed song ever exported by Pakistan. She has since, performed on the iconic Coke Studio 9 times, her last performance as yet being in December 2020. www.meeshashafi.com
 
ALINE MORALES 
Currently working on her sophomore release, Toadas de Norte. to be launched in 2021 on the Lulaworld Records label continues the exploration of Brazil's musical legacy as it intersects with contemporary forms and other folkloric traditions. Heavily influenced by música popular brasileira (MPB), the post-samba fusion combining Brazilian regional music with jazz, rock and pop that emerged in the artistically adventurous Brazil of the 60s, Aline continues to embrace new fusions between her rich Brazilian musical heritage and the various global influences that she and Arcus encounter as participants in Toronto's vibrant music scene. www.alinemorales.com
 
DAILYN MARTINEZ
Dailyn Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba and is an experienced salsa performer and instructor based in Toronto. She has been sharing her passion for salsa for over twenty years on stage as well as teaching others the art of the dance. Dailyn has preformed with internationally recognized Cuban bands such as Van Van and Charanga Habanera and has shared the Cuban culture internationally by dancing in Poland, Germany and Australia. Dailyn is passionate about sharing her love of Cuban arts and culture with others. Since arriving in Toronto, she has been introducing others to Salsa and teaching individuals how to master the dance. www.shumdesalsa.com
 
About the host:
 
NENOOKAASI OGICHIDAA
Nenookaasi is an Afro-Indigenous, 2Spirit, Queer activist of Black, Indigenous, and Queer rights. Residing in Treaty 13, Tkaronto, Neno is a song writer and a traditional hand drum singer. Neno is also the owner of Hummingbird Spirits, a Tkaronto-based business which provides traditional spiritual medicines with the intention of “Amplifying Community Wellness, Spirit by Spirit,” from a harm reduction approach, “Meeting folks where their spirit is at” with the lens of “Urban Healing." bit.ly/Nenookaasi
  
About Ventanas (House Band):
 
Ventanas has released three albums (2013, 2015, 2019) and been nominated for four Canadian Folk Music Awards, including Best Traditional Singer (Tamar Ilana) and Best Ensemble. Featuring some of the city’s finest musicians from across the globe, Ventanas has received multiple grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts and have showcased at APAP, Pacific Contact, Mundial Montréal, and CINARS, resulting in cross-Canada tours as well as tours on both coasts of the US: In 2019 they performed at a sold-out show at the Skirball Centre in Los Angeles. www.ventanasmusic.com
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2X GRAMMY WINNER NATALIE HEMBY EXPLORES THE DARK SIDE OF FAME IN HEROES

ACCLAIMED SINGER-SONGWRITER
SHARES SEARING NEW TRACK AND VIDEO
 
Toronto, ON – June 25, 2021 – Growing up surrounded by the glittery Nashville music scene, acclaimed singer and songwriter, Natalie Hemby, regularly came across some of the industry’s biggest names. In Heroes, a brand-new song and video she debuts today via Fantasy Records, the 2x GRAMMY-winning artist cautions that fantasy doesn’t often match reality. “When I think heroes, I think capes / Chasing villains stopping trains / Half incredible Half insane / Uh huh” she sings at the top of the driving, Sheryl Crow inspired track. Listen to Heroes and watch the video here.
 
Hemby co-wrote Heroes with Jeff Trot and Aaron Raitiere and it is produced by her husband and collaborator Mike Wrucke (Miranda Lambert). 
 
“That’s my own story because I grew up in the music business,” recalled Hemby. “After a while, I didn’t want to meet them unless I knew they were good people. I wrote that from my own personal space.”
 
In the Heroes video, directed by Sophia Lauer (Cage The Elephant, Liza Anne), a young girl played by Maisy Stella (best known as Daphne Conrad from ABC’s Nashville), idolizes the glamorous actress on screen, oblivious to uglier reality behind-the-scenes.
 
Natalie Hemby is one of the most successful and sought-after songwriters in music. Her numerous credits include hit songs recorded by artists such as Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Lady Gaga, Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Isaak, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Yola, Rag'n'Bone Man and Labrinth to name a few.  
 
In 2019, Hemby joined Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires to form The Highwomen; their self-titled debut album was widely hailed as one of the year’s best.  In March of 2021, Natalie won the Country Song of the Year GRAMMY® for co-writing The Highwomen’s Crowded Table. (She was also nominated in the same category for her collaboration with Miranda Lambert on Lambert’s smash single, Bluebird. Last year, Hemby won her first GRAMMY® Award, Best Song Written for Visual Media for Lady Gaga’s I’ll Never Love Again, from A Star Is Born.  

Hemby signed with Fantasy Records earlier this year. Look for some exciting news coming in the next few weeks. 
 
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SEETHER ANNOUNCE WASTELAND – THE PURGATORY EP OUT JULY 30

NEW WASTELAND (ALTERNATE VERSION) SONG + VIDEO OUT TODAY
 
SEETHER TO JOIN 3 DOORS DOWN AS SPECIAL GUESTS ON SELECT TOUR DATES THIS SUMMER IN ADDITION TO FESTIVAL AND RADIO SHOWS: TICKETS ON SALE NOW
 
PRE-ORDER VINYL & CD AND PRE-SAVE ON DSPS TODAY
 
Toronto, ON – June 25, 2021 – Today, SEETHER announced the release of, Wasteland – The Purgatory EP, available digitally and on CD July 30, 2021, and on vinyl October 22, 2021 (Fantasy Records). The 5-track set includes the fan favourite, Wasteland, from the band’s most recent album, and features three never-before-heard songs, and an alternate/stripped down version of Wasteland, which is available today. Watch the accompanying music video here Written and produced by Shaun Morgan, engineered by the band's newest member, Corey Lowery, and mixed by Matt Hyde, Wasteland - The Purgatory EP, follows the August 2020 release of SEETHER's eighth album, the acclaimed, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If You Want Peace, Prepare For War). The first two singles from the album both hit #1 on the Active Rock and Rock charts: the anthemic, Dangerous, and hard-hitting, Bruised and Bloodied.
 
Wasteland – The Purgatory EP special vinyl edition will be released on 45rpm 12” vinyl on October 22, 2021. The band’s online store will have a 500-unit super limited-edition custom Smoke and Translucent Red split colour vinyl and a limited-edition Custom Clear with Smoky White Swirls colour vinyl, while record stores will carry Custom Mixed Translucent Red with Smoky Black Swirls colour vinyl.
 
Pre-order Wasteland - The Purgatory EP Vinyl & CD and exclusive merch here.
 
SEETHER front man Shaun Morgan says on this new release: “We are really excited to release The Purgatory EP as a companion to our latest single, Wasteland. I'm especially proud of how the alternate version of the track turned out and really happy that people will finally hear it!”
 
Wasteland – The Purgatory EP demonstrates SEETHER's dynamism and creative versatility. Seething with dark muscularity, the urgent What Would You Do? is a beautiful and cathartic baptism-by-fire that never lets up. With Pixies' undertones and Beatle accents, Will It Ever End? is a startling, pandemic appropriate head trip that, like the voice in your head, goes to places unforeseen and unforgiven. Feast or Famine sounds like the unholy progeny of AC/DC and Ozzy-era Sabbath. The EP is bookended by two versions of Wasteland, the original album version and a stripped-down alternate version that features touches of piano and cello, but still retains the original's tormented drive. This latest release finds SEETHER, one of hard rock's most enduring and prolific bands, at the very top of their very productive game.
 
Earlier this month, SEETHER announced they will join 3 Doors Down on the band’s, The Better Life 20th Anniversary Tour, as special guests on select dates throughout the summer. These shows kick off on July 17, 2021, in Huber Heights, OH and will see the bands play amphitheaters in major markets across the U.S. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now and full routing is below. Additionally, this fall will see SEETHER play several festivals including Louder Than Life 2021 in Louisville, KY and the sold-out Aftershock Festival 2021 in Sacramento, CA. For additional information please visit www.seether.com/tour.
 
For exclusive Wasteland – The Purgatory EP merch bundles visit www.seether.com.
 
Wasteland – The Purgatory EP Track List:
1. Wasteland (original album version)
2. What Would You Do?
3. Will It Ever End?
4. Feast or Famine
5. Wasteland (alternate version)
 
SEETHER 2021 Tour Dates:
July 17 – Huber Heights, OH @ The Rose Music Center*
July 18 – Corbin, KY @ Corbin Arena*
July 22 – New Orleans, LA @ Champions Square*
July 23 – Orange Beach, AL @ The Wharf Amphitheatre*
July 24 – Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre*
July 29 – Bossier City, LA @ Brookshire Grocery Arena*
July 30 – Sugar Land, TX -@ Smart Financial Centre*
July 31 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
August 5 – Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
August 6 – Indianapolis, IN - TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park*
August 7 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill*
August 12 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove Casino*
August 14 – Belcourt, ND @ Sky Dancer Casino & Resort*
August 19 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach*
August 20 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion*
August 21 – Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Center*
August 26 – Kennewick, WA @ Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo 2021
August 27 – Boise, ID @ Western Idaho Fair 2021
August 28 – Salem, OR @ Oregon State Fair 2021
August 31 – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic*
September 2 – Corning, CA @ Rolling Hills Casino*
September 3 – Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort*
September 5 – Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Street Experience 2021*
September 7 – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre*
September 8 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre*
September 10 – Newark, NJ @ WDHA's Family Reunion
September 11 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2021
September 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ 93X's Family Reunion
September 19 – St. Louis, MO @ KPNT Pointfest
September 23 – Brandon, MS - Brandon Amphitheater*
September 24 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP*
September 25 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater*
September 26 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival 2021
October 2 – Tampa, FL @ WXTB 98RockFest
October 8 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival 2021
October 14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily's Place*
October 15 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando*
October 16 –   West Palm Beach, FL @ iThink Financial Amphitheatre*
*with 3 Doors Down
 
About SEETHER:
Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, SEETHER (Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, John Humphrey and Corey Lowery) has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically with purpose and commitment, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort, and a sense of personal power. Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 17 #1 singles, 21 Top 5 multi-format hits, single sales topping 17 million and over 2 billion streams world-wide across all platforms. SEETHER is Billboard’s #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artist, which covers the 40-year history of the chart’s existence. Their latest LP, the acclaimed, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If You Want Peace, Prepare For War) was released last summer via Fantasy Records. A primal mix of euphoria and misery, the new album ranks among the strongest material of SEETHER’s illustrious career and includes the recent #1 singles Dangerous, Bruised and Bloodied, and the soon to be released Wasteland.

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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CHROMEO’S FIRST EVER LIVE ALBUM DATE NIGHT: CHROMEO LIVE! OUT TODAY

Toronto, ON – June 25, 2021Chromeo’s first ever live album, Date Night: Chromeo Live!, is out today via Last Gang Records/eOne—get it here. The album features live versions of songs spanning the band’s entire career, recorded on their last pre-pandemic tour, a 2019 headline run of iconic North American venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks and the Hollywood Bowl in LA.

Proceeds from Date Night’s vinyl and merch sales will benefit the Touring Professionals Alliance (TPA), a 501c3, and their TPA Kitchen (TPAK) program. They provide touring crew, entertainment venue staff and music industry colleagues with chef-driven, high-quality meals from some of the nation’s top restaurants. 

“Last year’s been rough for everyone. It made us want to build fundraising campaigns into every one of our releases,” says Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel. “We can get down and have fun to lighthearted party music and also get down for a cause.”

In the height of the pandemic, out of sheer nostalgia, Chromeo began to sort through recordings from the tour. After picking favourite versions of each song, they realized that they had a live album on their hands. Date Night captures the band in full swing, at the height of their funky superpowers, delivering 90 minutes of pure, uncut funk—blissfully unaware of the sixteen-month shutdown ahead of them.

“We always toured as a duo, but on our last run, we put together a band of insane musicians,” adds David “Dave 1” Macklovitch. “We told them ‘let’s make our stuff sound like late ‘80s, early ‘90s New Power Generation.’ It gave a new life to our entire catalog. We had a blast—it was over the top, but then again so is pretty much everything we do.”

The past year has been a surprisingly full one for Chromeo, a band usually on the road for more than 150 shows a year. Last spring, they recorded and released a quarantine-themed EP off the cuff whilst holed up in their Burbank studio—donating over $80,000 in proceeds to Know Your Rights Camp’s COVID relief fund. When tragedy struck in P-Thugg’s native Lebanon—the massive explosion in Beirut that destroyed an entire district—they quickly scrambled to put out a merch capsule and donated over $10,000 to Impact Lebanon’s recovery efforts.

Chromeo also found the time to create a record label, Juliet Records, to put out music from like-minded friends and artists they admire. Releases in the label’s first year include records from future-R&B star and fashion icon Ian Isiah (which Chromeo produced), New York avant-jazz ensemble Onyx Collective and Montreal keyboard virtuoso Anomalie. They’ve also turned their attention to producing for a handful of outside artists for the first time, with releases planned through 2021.

Date Night: Chromeo Live! is a document of a band nearly 20 years into their storied career and a foreshadowing of what’s to come from Dave 1 and P-Thugg, inseparable friends and collaborators and forever guardians of the groove.

Date Night: Chromeo Live!  Tracklisting
1. Funklordz Intro [live in New York City]
2. Fancy Footwork [live in New York City]
3. Juice [live in Vancouver]
4. Hot Mess [live in Seattle]
5. Come Alive feat. Toro y Moi [live in Los Angeles]
6. Night By Night [live in Portland]
7. Bad Decision [live in Minneapolis]
8. (My Girl Is Calling Me A) Liar [live in Minneapolis]
9. Needy Girl [live in Los Angeles]
10. One Track Mind [live in Seattle]
11. Bonafied Lovin [live in San Francisco]
12. Don’t Sleep [live in DC]
13. Old 45s [live in Portland]
14. Slumming It [live in New York City]
15. Don’t Turn The Lights On [live in Vancouver]
16. Over Your Shoulder [live in San Francisco]
17. 100% [live in Minneapolis]
18. Must’ve Been [live in Vancouver]
19. Count Me Out [live in New York City]
20. Jealous (I Ain’t With It) [live in New York City]

Chromeo Tour Dates
July 3 - Los Angeles, CA  - Day Trip Festival (Live)
July 10- Columbus, OH - Otherworld (DJ Set)
July 11- Tampa, FL - WTR Tampa (DJ Set)
July 23 - New York, NY - Pier 15 (DJ Set)
July 24 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's (DJ Set)
August 12 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Underground (DJ Set)
August 13 - Washington, DC - A.I (DJ Set)
September 2 - San Francisco, CA - August Hall (Live)
September 3 - Napa, CA - Bottlerock Festival (Live)
September 4 - Berkeley, CA - UC Theatre (Live)
October 28 - Fresno, CA - Fulton 55 (DJ Set)
December 4 - Cancun, MX - Holidaze (DJ Set)
December 5 - Tulum, MX - Holy Ship (DJ Set)
May 21 - Pasadena, CA - Just Like Heaven Festival (LIVE)

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About Chromeo

Chromeo’s David “Dave 1” Macklovich and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel have turned an inseparable childhood friendship into a musical career that grows stronger than ever in its second decade, launching them from Montreal basements to the main stage at Coachella. Although Chromeo are known for their stylized stage show and lovingly crafted analog synth-scapes, their fantastic voyage has never been an exercise in irony or nostalgia. Rather, it’s a mission with a purpose: keeping the funk alive Head Over Heels is Chromeo’s 5th studio album. Featuring twelve tracks of funk and R&B history colliding with modern pop song craft, it’s a heartfelt love letter to the music that has influenced the duo since their teenage years. 

 
About Last Gang
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company. www.lastgang.com  
 
About Touring Professionals Alliance
Touring Professionals Alliance (TPA) is a national 501c3 nonprofit that provides support to those working behind the scenes of live music touring. It was formed in 2020 as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic that left tens of thousands of touring professionals out of work when live music events were shuttered globally. TPA provides aid, including mental health and informational resources, to music industry professionals. For more information on the Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen, please visit: www.touringprofessionals.com
 
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RENO MCCARTHY RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR NIGHTOUT

RENO MCCARTHY RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR NIGHTOUT

LISTEN TO NIGHTOUT HERE | WATCH NIGHTOUT HERE

Toronto, ON - June 23, 2021 - Triple threat singer, songwriter and producer, Reno McCarthy, released his new pulsating, funk inspired single, Nightout, one week ago (via Balustrade). Clocking in at just under three minutes, the groovy track was produced by McCarthy himself, along with Arthur Bourdon-Durocher and Patrice Pruneau at Studio Piccolo in McCarthy's hometown of Montreal. 
 
Originally, Nightout was demoed in a friend’s Ottawa basement/studio, following the death of Reno’s father in 2018. While dealing with the loss, he took a new approach to writing: the guitars took a step back, and the focus was more about the lyrics touching on romantic vulnerability and insecurity while offering sharp and intriguing contrasts.
 
About Nightout, Reno says: “The jam! I was inspired by really immediate, dry and in your face grooves à la Prince and Justin Timberlake. Sexy basslines and confident falsetto hooks. I thought it would be surprisingly genuine if the super self-assured musical backdrop was complemented by lyrics that were all about insecurity. The song is both wearing the mask and revealing a frightened face.”
 
Today, McCarthy follows up the single release with an accompanying video for the track. The neo-noir styled video is unexpectedly gritty and dark as it plays as a window into a restless mind. McCarthy’s performance is raw, unpredictable and, ultimately, strikingly intimate. The Nightout video was produced in a DIY setting by McCarthy himself along with close friends, Charles-David Dubé, Mariève Harel-Michon and Camille Dostaler.
 
It was important to me that the music video for Nightout set the right tone,” comments McCarthy. “On first listen, the track would’ve lent itself well to a glam/glittery and lush vibe, but I really wanted to bring in a more rough, rock aesthetic. I wanted the darkness of the song to shine through. That’s where the idea of a more intimate, lo-fi, and DIY video came from, and why I chose to work with personal friends as opposed to more seasoned pros.
 
About Reno McCarthy:
With the youthful sparkle of his 2019 debut album, Counterglow, Montreal alternative pop artist Reno McCarthy quickly gained recognition for his strong song writing and somewhat debonair quality as well as his band’s groove-heavy live shows.

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

Stay tuned for more music from Reno McCarthy.
 
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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCE 2021/2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

In Support of Acclaimed New Album The Million Masks Of God, Out Now Via Loma Vista Recordings

“...expansive and philosophical indie rock...” - Uproxx (‘Best Albums of 2021 So Far’)

Toronto, ON – June 22, 2021 – After sharing news of their first three full band shows in over a year—in some of their biggest rooms to date—Manchester Orchestra today announced they're bringing their critically acclaimed new album The Million Masks of God to life with a triumphant North American tour spanning across October/November 2021 and February/March 2022. The 38-show run will take the band’s renowned live show throughout the U.S. and into Canada, and will mark the live debut of Masks, out now via Loma Vista Recordings, including the epic, AAA radio Top 3 and Alternative radio Top 20 hit Bed Head. Tickets will go on-sale to the public this Thursday, June 24th, HERE; a current itinerary is below, including their previously announced headline shows in New York, hometown Atlanta, and Los Angeles. 

“It is our absolute pleasure to announce our return to the stage across the United States. We have missed playing together in a communal setting more than we ever thought we could,” says singer/guitarist Andy Hull. “This is about to be a party. See you all soon.”

Manchester Orchestra—Hull, Robert McDowell, Tim Very, and Andy Prince—recently released the heavy, slow-burning new song Never Ending, their contribution to the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, executive produced by Tyler Bates (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Watchmen,” “John Wick”) and out digitally now. It followed the gorgeous, stripped-back Bed Head (Acoustic), a new version of their lead single; the band has also performed a blistering rendition of Bed Head for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #PlayAtHome series, as well as three acoustic versions on CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions. The Million Masks of God, recently named one of the ‘Best Albums of 2021 (So Far)’ by Uproxx, has been earning the band career-high praise from Stereogum, NPR Music (All Songs Considered), Uproxx, SPIN, American Songwriter, and many more, in addition to guest appearances on WNYC New Sounds, Comedy Bang Bang’s 12th anniversary special, Kesha And The Creepies podcast, and Emily Kinney’s My Caffeine Withdrawal, among others. 

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

10/05/21 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey

10/06/21 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall

10/08/21 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues

10/09/21 - Fort Lauderdale,FL - Revolution Live

10/10/21 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live

10/12/21 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore

10/13/21 - Richmond, VA - The National

10/15/21 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore

10/16/21 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live

10/18/21 - Boston, MA - House of Blues

10/19/21 - Portland, ME - State Theater 

10/21/21 - New York, NY - The Hammerstein Ballroom

11/16/21 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom 

11/17/21 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

11/18/21 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theater

11/19/21 - Atlanta GA - Manchester Orchestra’s The Stuffing at Fox Theatre

02/16/22 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant 

02/17/22 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater

02/18/22 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater

02/19/22 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex

02/21/22 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater 

02/22/22 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater 

02/23/22 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater

02/25/22 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theater

02/26/22- Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium

02/27/22 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park 

03/01/22 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl

03/02/22 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren 

03/04/22 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s

03/05/22 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion 

03/06/22 - Omaha, NE - The Admiral 

03/08/22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 

03/09/22 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre 

03/11/22 - Columbus, OH - Express Live! 

03/12/22 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore

03/13/22 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Riverworks 

03/15/22 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre

03/16/22 - Montréal, QC - Corona Theatre
 

Praise for The Million Masks of God:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Manchester Orchestra is one of the greatest bands alive right now, and The Million Masks of God is yet another feather in their cap." - Sputnik (5 stars/classic)

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

“another haunting yet blissful magical gem that puts them in a category of their own." - PunkNews

Manchester Orchestra hi-res images, artwork, full bio HERE.

www.manchesterorchestra.com
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GRAMMY® AWARD WINNING JENNIFER NETTLES DEBUTS MUSIC VIDEO FOR OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNIN' IN THE HEART OF TIMES SQUARE

NEW ALBUM ALWAYS LIKE NEW OUT JUNE 25

Toronto, ON – June 22, 2021 – - Multi-GRAMMY® Award winner, Jennifer Nettles, debuted her new music video for Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin', over Broadway in the heart of Times Square. The song is from her upcoming album Always Like New that will be out this Friday, June 25 via Concord Records.  For the 10-track Broadway/American Songbook themed album, Nettles teamed up with GRAMMY® and Tony® Award-winning orchestrator Alex Lacamoire to help reimagine musical classics.

The scenic video was directed by filmmaker, Elena Vazintaris and shot in Damascus, Pennsylvania.  The Broadway Inspirational Voices choir, who are featured on the track, are also part of the video along with dancer, Chantel Aguirre.

As New York City continues with the reopening process and fans are patiently awaiting the return of Broadway, the video pays homage to live performance and new beginnings. The Broadway community has been shut down for over a year and Nettles aimed to celebrate the ‘beautiful day’ on the horizon. She shared, “Musically, this song is absolutely praise, gratitude and a standout moment on the record for me. This song is such a message of hope for all of our hearts after this hard year. We are all walking into the dawn of a new, beautiful, hopeful morning. I want this video to feel like a visual, artistic symbol and reminder of that hope.”  

Nettles was on hand in Times Square to see the video premiere on the big screen and shared her excitement in an elated Instagram post“Seeing this video made me so proud. So many people in the entertainment industry haven’t been able to work for so long. Being able to celebrate the talents of so many talented artists, from the director to the choir, to the choreographer, to the dancer, all of it felt like a moment of returning and rebirth into the things we most love. All of it was a joyous collaboration.”

You can watch the video for Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin' here.

The new album, Always Like New, will be released on CD, Vinyl and Digital on June 25 and is available for pre-order and digital pre-save here

Music Video Credits:

Production Company: HOUSEBOAT, @houseboat.tv

Director: Elena Vazintaris, @evnyc

Executive Producer: Molly Mitchell 

Line Producer: Bridget Hearst

Director of Photographer: Ambrose Eng & Oliver Peng 

Assistant Camera: Maksim Axelrod

Steadicam: Ryan Gedd Smith

Production Assistant: Samuel Limata 

Assistant Set Designer: Lauren Richards

Choreography: Travis Wall

Dancer: Chantel Aguirre 

Choir: Broadway Inspirational Voices 

Stylist: Hayley Atkin

Stylist Assistant: Jamie Higgings

Stylist (Dancer): Frida Becker

Hair: Owen Gould

Makeup: Linda Hay

Video Commissioner: Nia Andrews

www.jennifernettles.com     

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About Jennifer Nettles:
Jennifer Nettles is a superstar entertainer on multiple platforms who most recently appeared as a judge on TBS’ mega-hit competition series, Go-Big Show. Nettles portrayed Aimee-Leigh Gemstone on HBO’s hit series The Righteous Gemstones and delivered a powerful and provocative performance in Focus Features’ Harriet Tubman biopic. In 2019, Jennifer released an EP titled I Can Do Hard Things. Previously, she released two solo albums titled Playing with Fire and To Celebrate Christmas, as well as a Sugarland album named Bigger. Sugarland’s song Stay was a platinum No. 1 hit which earned two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, and Jennifer earned another GRAMMY for her collaboration with Bon Jovi on Who Says You Can't Go Home. Her other achievements in music include five ASCAP awards, three ACM Awards, a CMA Award, the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award and the Artist Impact Award from Lincoln Center. Jennifer made her Broadway debut in 2015  as Roxy Hart in the Tony® Award-winning, record-breaking musical Chicago and starred as Donna in the Hollywood Bowl’s summer production of  Mamma Mia!. She is also currently developing a musical about 17th Century Crusading Poisoner Giulia Tofana.

About Concord Records:
CONCORD RECORDS is celebrated for its highly successful collaborations with legendary artists such as Ray Charles, Sergio Mendes, James Taylor and Carole King. Concord has a long legacy of fostering uncommon successes for artists of singular and extraordinary talent and creativity who often defy genre boundaries.

Today, Concord Records’ expanding roster of artists includes an eclectic mix of legends such as Elvis Costello, Billy Gibbons and Keb’ Mo’, mainstay alternative bands like the New Pornographers, and groundbreaking new artists like Esperanza Spalding, Lindsey Stirling and The Record Company.

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GLOBAL TORONTO’S 2021 GATHERING INSPIRES PROGRESS AND CULTIVATES INCLUSION WITHIN THE MUSIC SECTOR AND BEYOND

“We all agree that there is lots of work to be done,
 and at least this will help us to become an informed voice, 
to learn and educate ourselves, to connect with our communities, 
create allies, engage with our peers and foster collaborations”
 
- Yasmina Proveyer (Executive Director, Axé WorldFest)

Global Toronto can be pure, pure medicine, for all of us, 
causing you to feel inspired, feel renewed 
and stand up to those principles as you remind yourself.
This is why we are coming together” 

- Elder Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell

Toronto, ON – June 28, 2021 – Earlier this month, music industry professionals from across the globe gathered for Small World Music’s annual Global Toronto conference and showcase. This year’s edition, GT21, focused on equitable systems, climate justice, and the barriers that continue to exclude equity-deserving communities. Participants from across the industry engaged in action-based conversation, programming and events aimed at improving full-sector participation.

Key findings, as presented by GT21 Rapporteur Yasmina Proveyer (Executive Director of Axé WorldFest), highlighted an abundance of important conversations exchanged in a safe space, from every corner of the world. With diversity, inclusion and shared goals to reimagine the music sector at the forefront, the conference included 22 showcases (18 national and four international), over 80 partners and over 1,100 participants representing 300 cities from over 70 countries.

Last Friday, June 25, Small World Music's Head Of Programs, Mercedes Caxaj, and showcasing artist, Waahli, spoke with CTV News' Angie Seth to reflect on the conference experience, its impact and what's next. Watch the interview here.

Small World Music hosted the Global Toronto conference on their own app, Minode'e (the Anishinaabe word for “good-hearted”). Powered by Swapcard, Minode'e is an innovative shared online conference space for events prioritizing equity, accessibility, sustainability, and the representation of equity-seeking voices. Minode'e will stay open until the end of July, so registrants can re-watch sessions, continue networking and engage in programming. You can download the Minode'e app for iOS here, and Android here.
 
The programs opened with a focus on equity through a keynote presentation by Naomi Gracechild, who spoke about art as medicine, abolishing white supremacy in the arts and non-profit sectors and making the shift from diversity and inclusion to healing and justice. Panels and presentations explored Indigenous-settler relations, underrepresentation, challenges accessing budgets, mobility, different models of business and methods of supporting creativity while nurturing diverse, equitable and inclusive frameworks by bringing forward the voices of marginalized communities. GT21 also opened access to international regions through partnerships with key organizations that gave participants insights into local situations on the ground across four continents.

Also of key importance was sustainability in the arts – how institutions, collectives and musicians can thrive – and what factors impact their wellbeing and ability to create, while focusing on how to create a more cohesive structure within which artists can work. To this end, professional development sessions helped artists and professionals find engagement and revenue-generation opportunities through apps; virtual music festivals and hybrid models; digital property rights; placement in film, TV and ads; and creating social media content.

An array of Spotlight Artists showcased a wide range of talent: AfrotroniX, Bantü Salsa, Briga, Bruno Capinan, The Commotions, Élage Diouf, Duo Perse-Inca, Fanfara Station, Lucio Feuillet, Golnar & Mahan Trio, Lily Kadima, Kurbasy, Labess, The Liquor Store, Moskitto Bar, Moneka Arabic Jazz, Pantayo, PIQSIQ, Malika Tirolien, Turkwaz, Le Vent Du Nord and Waahli. Learn more here.

For a recap of GT21 panels and speakers, visit the website

Global Toronto is just one of many upcoming exciting events and programming Small World Music is planning for this year. Stay tuned for what’s ahead as the summer months progress and engage with Small World Music online

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS CELEBRATE INDIGENOUS EXCELLENCE ON NEW SINGLE SOMETHING ELSE

WATCH SOMETHING ELSE

FALL 2021 US TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – June 21, 2021 – Snotty Nose Rez Kids honour National Indigenous Peoples Day with new single and video, Something Else. Drawing from the uproar following exclusion of the Indigenous population in last year’s US Election polling results – labeled as “something else” – the duo turns the term on its head to reclaim identity through sharp bars, new cadences and fresh flows. The song emboldens recognition and pride that goes beyond definition and border, while the video celebrates some of the Indigenous community’s top creatives, influencers and changemakers.

Listen to Something Else and watch Something Else.

“The community was able to look on the bright side even though news media still fail to see and recognize us as human beings. No matter what label you throw at us, we know who we are and where we come from,” says Young D.  

Yung Trybez adds, "Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates Indigenous excellence! So, we wanted to bring together a deadly group of social influencers making noise on the scene. From actors to dancers, activists, clothing designers, models, to storytellers, we brought everyone together to showcase what they do best. Director, Sterling Larose, got the vision and delivered a fire video that jumps between the video and behind the scenes, offers up our style of humor, and highlights the best of Indigenous excellence."

The video blends over-the-top graphics and greenscreen with behind-the-scenes clips. Featured creatives include TikTok star James Jones (aka Notorious Cree), Miss Universe 2015 Ashley Callingbull, actor/director, Grace Dove, SNRK's official DJ and a badass creative, DJ Kookum, Two-Spirit creative, designer and stylist, Scott Wabano, curator/dancer/model, Kendra Jessie, artist and environmental scientist Nikita Elysa,  Matriarch Movement Founder Shayla Stonechild, Section 35 clothing company Co-Founder,  Justin Jacob Louis, and influencer, Michelle Chub (aka Indigenous Baddie). 

As the world reopens, Snotty Nose Rez Kids eagerly prepare for their return to the stage. They will rock the US with a tour this fall, kicking off October 25 in Boise, Idaho, to November 11 in Seattle, Washington.

Stay tuned for more Snotty Nose Rez Kids this summer and find all tour dates below. 

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Upcoming Tour Dates:
October 25 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
October 27 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
October 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
October 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
October 30 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
November 3 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation
November 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
November 7 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Atrium
November 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
November 10 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
November 11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos

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www.snottynoserezkids.com

About Snotty Nose Rez Kids
Snotty Nose Rez Kids is a Haisla Hip-Hop duo from Kitimat, BC, composed of rappers/producers Yung Trybez & Young D. Often compared to Flatbush Zombies and Earthgang, SNRK have developed their own unique Indigenous Trap genre and have risen through industry ranks receiving multiple awards, and named among Complex’s, Ones to Watch in 2020. Formed in 2016, SNRK released back-to-back albums in 2017, their self-titled debut in Jan 2017 & The Average Savage in Sept 2017. The latter secured them Best Hip-Hop Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA), landed them on 2018’s Polaris Music Prize Short List, & a 2019 Juno Nomination for Best Indigenous Music Album. The group toured heavily in Canada in 2018 with appearances in NYC, Seattle and Darwin, Australia. They quickly gained notoriety for their energetic, inspiring and thought-provoking shows.

SNRK led 2019 with their third album, TRAPLINE, which received stellar reviews and press from Exclaim!, Noisey, Beatroute, Hip Hop Canada, CBCMusic, Complex, Hype Magazine, Okayplayer, & FADER. The duo embarked on a 60+ show tour in Canada, US, Mexico, UK & Australia receiving a groundswell of support for their live show and scoring 9/9 on multiple Exclaim! show reviews. That same year, SNRK won Breakout Artist at the WCMA's & the album was Shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, marking SNRK as one of only three artists to ever be shortlisted back-to-back years. They wrapped up 2019 with TRAPLINE listed on numerous Best Album of the Year lists. Exclaim! named TRAPLINE one of the 50 Best Albums of the 2010’s, Top 10 Hip Hop Album of the Year, & Top 50 Songs of the 2010’s for Boujee Natives.

They opened 2020 with their first EP release, Born Deadly, to promote their first headline US tour. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the tour was postponed to 2021. SNRK are currently working on their next full-length album set for release mid-2021 and will be rounding out the end of 2020 with a series of collaborative singles. Recently, SNRK had their music placed in TIFF premiering doc, Inconvenient Indian, CBC’s TV series, Trickster, and Vancouver Intl. Film Fest premiering film, Monkey Beach.

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AMYTHYST KIAH'S WARY + STRANGE OUT TODAY

PERFORMING ON CBS SATURDAY TOMORROW (JUNE 19)

“Amythyst Kiah Found Her Powerful Voice. Now She Has a Sound to Match It.” - The New York Times

“Breakthrough for an artist on the rise” - NPR

"One of roots music's most promising new voices… a masterful blend of lonesome folk and neo-blues" - Rolling Stone

“Immersive and moving” - The AV Club

Toronto, ON – June 18, 2021 – Today, Amythyst Kiah shares her new album, Wary + Strange, available everywhere via Rounder Records. Interlacing her Black identity, confessional alt-rock, and the elemental sounds of traditional roots music, the eleven-track collection – all written or co-written by the artist – is a culmination of her relentless journey of personal and musical exploration. Throughout, the most striking moments are those of visceral, unflinching self-actualization, as Amythyst brings her once-hidden emotions of grief, anger, and abandonment to the forefront in this raw and nuanced redefining of roots music.  

Listen/Buy Wary + Strange

In a The New York Times profile which ran earlier this week, Amythyst expands on her uncompromising vision for her sound and the one day in the studio where two sounds collided with the help of producer Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Molly Tuttle, Andrew Bird). Read more here.

Wary + Strange is already receiving breakout critical praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Ebony, PEOPLE, MTV and many more. She’s one of PEOPLE Magazine's Black Musical Artists You Need To Watch in 2021, and more recently, joined Jason Isbell as the most-nominated artist at this year’s Americana Music Awards, earning three nominations.

Tomorrow (Saturday, June 19), Amythyst is set to perform on CBS Saturday. She made her national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live last month, performing the album’s standout lead single, Black Myself, watch here.  

Wary + Strange Track List:
1.Soapbox
2.Black Myself
3.Wild Turkey 
4.Hangover Blues
5.Fancy Drones (Fracture Me)
6.Firewater 
7.Tender Organs
8.Ballad of Lost
9.Sleeping Queen
10.Opaque
11.Soapbox Reprise 

Upcoming Tour Dates
June 18 - Abbeville Friends of Freedom Presents - Abbeville, SC
June 19 -The Blue Ridge Music Center - Galax, VA
June 20 - Flat Iron Crossroads - Gloucester, VA
June 25 - The Mill & Mine - Knoxville, TN
June 27 - Lighting 100 Nashville Sunday Night @ 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, TN
June 29 - Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, TN
July 1 - Floyd Small Town Summer - Floyd, VA
July 4 - Border Bash - Bristol, VA
July 17 - Stone Ridge Orchard Farmhouse Cider Bar - Stone Ridge, NY
July 24 - People’s Light - Malvern, PA
August 2 - Chautauqua Amphitheater - Chautauqua, NY
August 3 - Cain Park - Cleveland Heights, OH
August 5 - Levitt Amp Middlesboro - Middlesboro, KY
August 7 - Road to Bristol Rhythm Concert Series - Bristol, VA
August 14 - Gorge Amphitheatre - Quincy, WA*
August 28 - Hudson River Park Blues & BBQ (virtual)
September 10 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol, TN
September 11 - Moon River Music Festival - Chattanooga, TN
September 17 - MerleFest - Wilkesboro, NC
September 24 - Freshgrass Festival - North Adams, MA
September 25 - Folk at the Edge Concert Series - New Haven, CT
September 30 - Strathmore - North Bethesda, MD
October 22 - The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor - Boothbay Harbor, ME
October 24 - Bank of NH Stage - Concord, NH

* denotes show w. Brandi Carlile and Sheryl Crow
Pre-order/pre-save Wary + Strange here.

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DC AND LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS PRESENT THE DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL SOUNDTRACK, OUT NOW DIGITALLY

 EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY TYLER BATES 

COMPANION PIECE TO THE BEST-SELLING DC COMIC BOOK SERIES BY SCOTT SNYDER AND GREG CAPULLO

OUT PHYSICALLY JULY 16

Toronto, ON – June 18, 2021 – DC and Loma Vista Recordings today digitally released the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, a companion piece to the best-selling DC comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo that includes seven previously unreleased songs by contributing artists Soccer Mommy, Show Me The Body, IDLES, and more. The collection has been garnering acclaim from NPR Music (New Music Friday podcast), Alternative Press (feature), Metal Sucks, among others, and is now available at all DSPs here.

The Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack’s six pre-release singles—HEALTH’s ANTI-LIFE featuring CHINO MORENO, Manchester Orchestra’s Never Ending, Denzel Curry’s Bad Luck, Chelsea Wolfe’s Diana, Maria Brink’s Meet Me In The Fire featuring Andy Biersack, and Mastodon’s Forged by Neron —earned additional praise and support from The FADER, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, SPIN, Revolver, Consequence, Metal Injection, Brooklyn Vegan, Paste, and many more.  

Executive produced by Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen, John Wick), the acclaimed composer here unites an array of artists across various genres, forming his own musical super crew to create a first-of-its kind companion piece of original music, which adds further dimension to the lauded DC Dark Nights: Death Metal series through a multimedia experience including custom limited edition comics, videos, and more. All artists involved took a hands-on approach with contributing songs—and in the case of a few, collaborating together for the first time—inspired by the text that depicts a hellish Earth twisted beyond recognition, wherein the Justice League is at the mercy of the Dark Multiverse and a diabolical Batman Who Laughs.

More Early Praise for Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack:

“Employing a characteristic low-register guitar riff and headbanging tempo, Denzel smashes metal and rap together for a hardcore experiment in kicking through the lines between genres.”   – UPROXX on Bad Luck

“...a treat to the ears and your sound system. Cranked at movie theater volume, the song sounds huge, with Wolfe’s signature haunting vocals offering a poetic take on Wonder Woman’s plight.”  – Consequence on Diana

The track is fitting of the dark comic landscape that it's tied to, with Brink's breathless and unnerving delivery setting the mood for the song. It's an electronically tinged track that provides a slow burning build in intensity, ebbing along an atmospheric wave.” – Loudwire on Meet Me In The Fire

Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack Tracklist:
1. Mastodon - Forged by Neron
2. Chelsea Wolfe - Diana
3. HEALTH, Tyler Bates - ANTI-LIFE (feat. Chino Moreno)
4. Maria Brink, Tyler Bates - Meet Me In The Fire (feat. Andy Biersack)
5. Grey Daze - Anything, Anything
6. Rise Against - Broken Dreams, Inc.
7. Manchester Orchestra - Never Ending
8. Denzel Curry, PlayThatBoiZay - Bad Luck
9. Carach Angren - Skull With a Forked Tongue
10. Starcrawler - Good Time Girl
11. GUNSHIP, Tyler Bates - Berserker (feat. Dave Lombardo)
12. Greg Puciato, Tyler Bates, Gil Sharone - Now You've Really Done It
13. Show Me The Body - Stone Cold Earth
14. IDLES - Sodium
15. Soccer Mommy - Kissing in the Rain

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SWITCHFOOT ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM INTERROBANG  OUT VIA FANTASY RECORDS ON AUGUST 20

PRE-ORDER INTERROBANG HERE
 
LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE FLUORESCENT (OUT TODAY) HERE

Toronto, ON – June 18, 2021 — Today, GRAMMY Award-winning rock band, Switchfoot, confirmed their new album, interrobang, will be released on August 20, 2021 via Fantasy Records. interrobang is the follow up to 2018’s Native Tongue, and last year’s Covers EP. The band also shared the sparkling new track, fluorescent, the second song from interrobang, following the recently release, i need you (to be wrong). Listen to fluorescent and pre-order interrobang here.
 
Brimming with child-like imagination and a futuristic mindset, Switchfoot reaches a bold new creative peak on interrobang, the 12th full-length album of the multi-platinum selling rock band’s 20+ year career. Working with producer, Tony Berg (Paul McCartney, Phoebe Bridgers, Andrew Bird) at both Sound City studio in Van Nuys, CA and the band’s own studio in Carlsbad, CA, Switchfoot: Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas, and Drew Shirley recorded the album in a burst of pent-up mid-pandemic creativity throughout last year and into 2021. Fearlessly marrying 60’s experimentalism and synth-driven new wave swagger, the band pushed past its comfort zones and retooled its sound.
 

“More than ever, we want our music to be a bridge, reaching out with melody and lyrics to sing an honest song for anyone who’s got ears to hear,” says Switchfoot frontman, Jon Foreman. “interrobang is an album that celebrates the journey, even when the arrival is unsure. interrobang is the sound of joy and pain, faith and doubt against the backdrop of the strangest, most difficult year we've ever experienced.” 
 
An absorbing series of sharply drawn short stories underscored by a dizzying array of textures both vintage and modern, interrobang’s themes of alienation and self-reflection are amplified by the record’s inventive use of density and dynamics. Credit veteran mixer Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Fiona Apple) with aiding the album’s three-dimensional sound.
 
Interro is derived from "interrogation point," the technical name for the question mark, and bang is printers' slang for the exclamation point. Seeking freedom from the broken promises and failed expectations of 21st century America, on interrobang Switchfoot takes the listener on a twisty, surprising technicolour ride, all the while asking hard questions with eyes wide open.

Tomorrow, June 19, Switchfoot will virtually host their 17th Annual BRO-AM with a livestream concert and fundraiser. The event will begin at 5 p.m. PT and feature performances from Switchfoot, Phantom Planet, Andrew McMahon, Madison Cunningham and more. More information here.
 
Recently, Switchfoot announced they will join longtime friends, NEEDTOBREATHE, on their Fall 2021 Into the Mystery Tour, long with rising indie-pop group, The New Respects. The 37-city run kicks off on September 7 in St. Louis, MO and will hit major markets across the U.S. including Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, CO, The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, and Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. For tickets and more information, visit www.switchfoot.com.

interrobang Tracklist:
  1.beloved 
  2.lost ‘cause
  3.fluorescent 
  4.if i were you
  5.the bones of us 
  6.splinter
  7.i need you (to be wrong) 
  8.the hard way
  9.wolves 
10. backwards in time 
11.electricity

ABOUT SWITCHFOOT

San Diego’s alt rock quintet Switchfoot has been continually breaking musical barriers in their 20+ career. They have sold almost 10 million copies worldwide of their eleven studio albums (including their 2003 double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown and 2009's Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane), racked up a string of Alternative radio hit singles and have had songs in numerous TV shows and movies. They have also performed sold-out tours with over 5 million concert tickets sold in over 40 countries around the world. Switchfoot has raised millions of dollars to aid kids in their community through their BRO-AM Foundation. Their emotionally intelligent and uplifting brand of alternative rock has earned Switchfoot a devoted and loyal global fan base. Switchfoot is: Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keys, guitar), Drew Shirley (guitar) and Chad Butler (drums).

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TOM ODELL RELEASES ACOUSTIC SINGLE lose you again 

Toronto, ON – June 18, 2021 – Brit and Ivor Novello award winning songwriter, plus platinum-selling, chart-topping artist, Tom Odell, releases the acoustic version to his latest single, lose you again, on Columbia Records today. Listen here / Watch here.
 
After a dark period of mental health stalked most of his 2018 and 19, Tom Odell wrote his way through it, eventually letting down his guard and pouring his feelings into new music that will form his fourth album, monsters, (due to be released July 9th). Tom’s latest single, lose you again, is a fragile, heart-breaking piano ballad. He now releases an acoustic version, stripping back the contemporary production to deliver a rawer unembellished song… his vocal and piano taking centre stage. The video echoes this with a simple yet powerful performance from Tom.  The song pores over a fractured relationship and rails at the stoicism that bleeds out of men being afraid to show their feelings. Listen Here / Watch Here.
 
Fans can be reassured that regardless of the lockdown extension, Tom Odell’s short run of  intimate solo live dates at The Jazz Cafe on June 20, 21 and 22 will still be going ahead as planned as they are socially distanced.
 
Tom Odell has been working as a musician in the public eye since he was 21 when self-penned debut album, Long Way Down, earned him a number 1 album. He has since enjoyed over 2.6 billion streams, three UK top 5 albums including two UK top 10 singles, a 2013 Brit Award for Critic's Choice and being awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award for Songwriter of the Year. Now, 30, it's clear to Odell that the whirlwind around his debut kickstarted a work ethic that eventually became an obsession. It reached an apex in September 2019 when Odell, fresh off touring Jubilee Road, went straight to LA to start writing the next album. “Then this chronic anxiety that I'd had for a couple of years just got worse." Odell woke up one morning “and I couldn't do anymore music”. He knew something had to change.  In the end he flew back home, went straight to his parent's house and slowly got better.
 
Slowly but surely, Odell alchemised that experience into a new album (monsters released July 9).  He also realized his broader lyrical horizons needed to be matched by a musical expansion, with a lot of the songs on the album – created alongside songwriter, Laurie Blundell, and producer, Miles James – leaning into a more electronic, bedroom pop sound that Odell has steadily become obsessed with over the last few years. This new found love of DIY electronic pop chimed with the pandemic's arrival and songs were crafted in a more threadbare way around instruments he had at hand, like Moog synths. It was a move underpinned by both necessity and a desire to explore.  And while his new music is at times heavy, there's a lightness of touch that means Odell is able to pull off pop's greatest trick; hiding sadness in the melodies. In this strangest of times this new music represents the start of chapter two in Odell's ongoing musical journey.
 
As a testament to his enduring popularity, Tom Odell was invited to perform on BBC1 Graham Norton TV show (watch here)... whilst more recently he appeared on the James Corden Late Late Show (watch here) with another intimate performance.  At the same time Odell’s fan base continues to grow exponentially with his new sound and direction. He has gained over 4 million new monthly listeners since the start of the year, with ⅔ of his audience under 25. Despite joining TikTok relatively recently, his heavily engaged videos have been viewed over 15 million times and his first ever single Another Love has had a resurgence in popularity amongst a new generation, becoming a viral hit and entering the UK official singles charts again!
 
Tom Odell recently announced a short run of intimate solo live dates at The Jazz Cafe on June 20, 21, and 22, which sold out instantly on general release. In addition to these shows Tom Odell also has live dates on sale for his UK 2022 the monsters tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.comwww.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.axs.com.
 
Tom Odell - The monsters Tour 2022
February 15 - Belfast Ulster Hall
February 16 - Dublin Olympia Theatre
February 18 - Southampton O2 Guildhall
February 19 - Bristol O2 Academy Bristol
February 20 - Manchester O2 Apollo
February 22 - Oxford O2 Academy
February 24 - London O2 Academy Brixton
February 26 - Liverpool O2 Academy
February 27 - Cardiff The Great Hall
March 1 - Leeds O2 Academy
March 2 - Newcastle O2 City Hall
March 4 - Glasgow 4 O2 Academy Glasgow
March 5 - Nottingham Rock City
March 6 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
March 8 - Birmingham O2 Academy
 
TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@tompeterodell

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TAES LEAVITT FROM SPLASH'N BOOTS LAUNCHES THE BIG HEART JOURNEY'S POST-PANDEMIC PARENTING RESET

AN EMPOWERING PROGRAM FOR KIDS TO BUILD RESILIENCE, CONFIDENCE & CULTIVATE HAPPINESS IN OUR POST-PANDEMIC WORLD
 
 
Toronto, ON – June 17, 2021 – Fresh off the heels of her second JUNO Award, Taes Leavitt from children’s music super-duo, Splash’N Boots, is stepping up to the plate when kids and caregivers need support most, with a brand new Big Heart Journey program called Post-Pandemic Parenting Reset. Designed to help kids contend with the mental health effects of this pandemic, the program powerfully moves kids and their caregivers out of the darkness this last year has brought with easy to implement practices and strategies that will make a BIG IMPACT for the rest of their lives.

Consultations with leading experts in childhood development & psychology led Leavitt to create this one-of-a-kind engaging, fun and empowering program to help kids (ages 3-10) and their caregivers find answers & out-side-of-the-box solutions to all the big feelings the pandemic has brought up.

Parents can learn more here: Post Pandemic Parenting Reset. As Leavitt explains: “The long-term mental health effects this pandemic will have on the children in our lives cannot be ignored. This is no longer just a “blip” on the radar of their lives. Since the pandemic began I’ve been overwhelmed with messages from parents who want to help their kids manage the big feelings they are experiencing, but they just don’t know how. Kids are struggling, parents are struggling and they feel they have nowhere to turn. I knew I needed to help, so I met with the experts to create a plan and program with solutions, a place for parents and kids to turn for support.

Overwhelming demand from parents to help with their kids' big feelings over the past year inspired Taes to develop a game-changing model for resiliency so that parents can better understand and respond effectively to their children’s experiences with stress, overwhelm, and anxiety. The newest Big Heart Journey program, Post-Pandemic Parenting Reset is an affordable ($67) addition to the existing Big Heart Journey membership. Designed for busy families, with short videos packed with practical (and fun) strategies that provide simple takeaways, audio meditations and follow-up material, the program will help kids connect to their hearts and cultivate resilience, emotional regulation and confidence while at the same time supporting parents in knowing what to do when big feelings hit.

Leavitt’s goal is to minimize the effect of the pandemic on the mental health of children, by helping kids and caregivers move through all of those joy-stomping pandemic feelings: anxiety, fear, frustration, anger, sadness, trouble sleeping, disappointment, etc. The best part is, the skills and tools kids and parents take-away will serve them long after our mask wearing days are over.
 
Find more information about the Post-Pandemic Parenting Reset here.
 
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SHANNON & THE CLAMS SHARE NEW SONG AND VIDEO FOR YEAR OF THE SPIDER

READ ABOUT SONG’S “ORIGINS” VIA CONSEQUENCE

SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM YEAR OF THE SPIDER

OUT ON AUGUST 20 VIA EASY EYE SOUND

CONFIRM 17-DATE HEADLINING TOUR

Shannon Shaw and Cody Blanchard trick out warped Fifties-Sixties rock driven by space-age thrift-shop keyboards, shimmy-shake dance grooves and sexy moonlit vocals—Shaw’s woozy Amy Winehouse-isms are backlit by Blanchard’s shrieky falsetto.” – Rolling Stone

Toronto, ON – June 16, 2021 – Today, Shannon & The Clams share Year Of The Spider, the second single from their sixth studio album of the same name. The band shared the song’s influences with Consequence, which include The Muppets, disco floors, the Hindu goddess Durga, and Os Mutantes. Shannon Shaw said about the song, “Year of the Spider is essentially the summation of my 2019 and 2020. I was being stalked by a peeping Tom for months and months all while my dad was going through radiation treatment while the mountains around us were being ravaged by wildfires. It was an extremely intense time in my life and just could not dampen the desperate desire to feel safe. I became really obsessive and was seeking comfort wherever I could find it.” Read the full interview and watch the Loren Risker directed music video for the song here.

This morning, the band also confirm their 17-date headlining tour of the U.S. in cities including Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Nashville, and Las Vegas (full dates below). Tickets for these dates will go on sale on Friday, June 18 at 10 a.m. local time here.
 
Shannon & The Clams widely anticipated sixth studio albumYear Of The Spider, will be released on August 20 via Easy Eye Sound. For the album, the band, fronted by bass player Shannon Shaw and guitarist Cody Blanchard on lead vocals, with Will Sprott on keyboards and Nate Mahan on drums, returned to Dan Auerbach’s Nashville Easy Eye Sound Studio to craft a mature, reflective and ebullient album built for the current times, on which they have perfected their signature blend of garage psych, doo-wop, classic R&B, and surf rock. Year Of The Spider is available to pre-order on all formats here.

Year Of The Spider, rages against death, darkness, and disease with the power of a thousand angry Ronettes. “It felt like the end of an era, Shaw said about a writing period that began with the tragic death of The Clams’ former drummer, Mick. In 2016, The Clams’ DIY community suffered the devastating Ghost Ship warehouse fire. In 2018, the California wildfires came unnervingly close to her parents’ homes. In 2019, a lurking intruder drove Shaw to move out of her beloved Oakland apartment she’d lived in for 14 years. And then, right as her band was getting invited on big tours with bands like Greta Van Fleet and The Black Keys, her father was diagnosed with cancer (he has since, thankfully recovered). The resulting album is a reflection and intimate portrait of overcoming seemingly overwhelming odds, and not only surviving but thriving in the process.

The opening track, Do I Wanna Stay, is a slow tango between Shaw and an alluring piano line (Will Sprott). When Shaw rasps, “I dream at night,” she sounds like Brenda Lee whittled into a shiv. All Of My Cryin’, Godstone, and Year Of The Spider, pulse with elegance and punk ferocity. On a Clams record, you always get both. That duality comes from the decade-long creative partnership between Shaw and The Clams’ guitarist, Cody Blanchard. In I Need You Bad, their voices lock into a bewitching minor chord. “It’s like a zipper when we sing together,” Shaw said, “I think we have a blood harmony, though we’re not related.” Bands that do have blood harmonies — the Everly Brothers, the Bee Gees — are major musical touchstones for Shaw and Blanchard.
 
Blanchard mixed Year Of The Spider at Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Studio the week tornadoes devastated parts of Nashville right before the COVID-19 shutdowns in early 2020. He also wrote and sings lead on roughly half the songs on Spider. His songs, like Flowers Will Return and In The Hills, In The Pines have swelling pop arrangements and a mysteriously sparse falsetto, reminiscent of bands like The Hollies and The Zombies. 

Ultimately, Year Of The Spider, despite being written the summer before the world came to a stop, is a prescient album and a reflection on love, loss, and community, and how what we fear can ultimately serve to protect us. “I am terrified of spiders, but my mom always told me that they are drawn to me,” says Shannon Shaw. The turbulent period following the release of the band’s previous album, Onion, allowed Shannon to consider arachnids in a different light. “The symbolism of the spider made a full turn in an interesting way,” she said. “I was getting protection from the thing I feared the most.” Plus, she said, “Spiders destroy the bullshit bugs. Like mosquitoes. Who needs ‘em?”
 
Shannon & The Clams is Shannon Shaw on bass and vocals, Cody Blanchard on guitar and vocals, Nate Mahan on drums, and Will Sprott on keyboards. The band has developed notoriety for lively and genuine stage performances, including on recent tours opening for The Black Keys and Greta Van Fleet, and a zealous following that craves their particular authenticity and innovation on classic sounds.

Shannon & The Clams 2021 Tour Dates
September 3 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre
September 4 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
September 30 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress Plaza
October 1 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater
October 19 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
October 20 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
October 21 - Hamden, CT - Space Ballroom
October 22 - Boston, MA - Royale
October 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
October 24 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
October 26 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
October 27 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
October 28 - Nashville, TN - Basement East
January 7 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
January 8 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
January 9 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
January 11 - Las Vegas, NV - Backstage Bar

Year Of The Spider Track Listing
1. Do I Wanna Stay
2. All Of My Cryin’
3. Midnight Wine
4. I Need You Bad
5. Year Of The Spider
6. In The Hills, In The Pines
7. Godstone
8. Snakes Crawl
9. Mary, Don’t Go
10. Leaves Fall Again
11. Flowers Will Return
12. Crawl
13. Vanishing

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HEALTH & TYLER BATES RELEASE NEW SINGLE ANTI-LIFE FEATURING CHINO MORENO

FROM THE DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL SOUNDTRACK EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY BATES

OUT DIGITALLY THIS FRIDAY JUNE 18 / PHYSICALLY JULY 16 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

Toronto, ON – June 15, 2021 – HEALTH’s latest bucket list collaboration arrives today in their new single with Tyler Bates: ANTI-LIFE featuring Chino Moreno, the Los Angeles band’s contribution to the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, executive produced by Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen, John Wick). The track debuts days ahead of the soundtrack’s digital release this Friday, June 18, via Loma Vista Recordings (physical LPs out July 16), currently available for pre-order. ANTI-LIFE derives its name from and was directly inspired by the third installment of the Dark Nights: Death Metal comic event, where the Anti-Life mathematical formula allows those who understand and control it to dominate all other sentient beings.

ANTI-LIFE featuring Chino Moreno follows last month’s release of ISN’T EVERYONE, HEALTH’s first collaboration with Nine Inch Nails and their first new music since their 2020 LP, DISCO4 :: PART I, as well as their acclaimed 2019 album, VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR (Loma Vista Recordings). The song also lands after last week’s Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack single: Manchester Orchestra’s Never Ending.

About the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack:
Just as the lauded DC Comics Dark Nights: Death Metal series isn’t the typical superhero storyline, this musical counterpart isn’t the typical superhero soundtrack. Acclaimed composer Bates here unites an array of artists across various genres—including Soccer Mommy, Chelsea Wolfe, Grey Daze, Denzel Curry, and Manchester Orchestra—forming his own musical super crew to create a first-of-its kind companion piece of original music, which adds further dimension to the acclaimed series from Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder through a multimedia experience including custom limited-edition comics, videos, and more. 

All artists involved took a hands-on approach with Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, contributing songs—and in the case of a few, collaborating together for the first time—inspired by the text that depicts a hellish Earth twisted beyond recognition, wherein the Justice League is at the mercy of the Dark Multiverse and a diabolical Batman Who Laughs. 

Previous Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack singles include: Manchester Orchestra’s Never Ending, Denzel Curry’s Bad Luck, Chelsea Wolfe’s Diana, Maria Brink’s Meet Me In The Fire (Feat. Andy Biersack), and Mastodon’s Forged By Neron. The soundtrack is available for pre-order on digital download, CD, and 2xLP-with exclusive Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman vinyl variant covers, 11 limited edition character trading cards, and more here.

DOWNLOAD – Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack Artwork
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2021 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE LONG LIST IS HERE

TORONTO, ON – June 15, 2021 – 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 2021 Polaris Music Prize Long List is:

Art Bergmann - Late Stage Empire DementiaBernice - Eau De Bonjourno
The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Theory of Ice
BIG|BRAVE - Vital
Cadence Weapon - Parallel World
Charlotte Cardin - Phoenix
CFCF - memoryland
Clairmont The Second - IT'S NOT HOW IT SOUNDS
Helena Deland - Someone New
DijahSB - Head Above The Waters
Kathleen Edwards - Total Freedom
Dominique Fils-Aimé - Three Little Words
Fiver with the Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition - Fiver with the Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition
Thanya Iyer - KIND
Yves Jarvis - Sundry Rock Song Stock
Rochelle Jordan - Play With the Changes
LAL - Meteors Could Come Down
Daniel Lanois - Heavy Sun
Thierry Larose - Cantalou
Russell Louder - Humor
Elliot Maginot - Easy Morning
Mustafa - When Smoke Rises
Laura Niquay - Waska Matisiwin
Nyssa - Girls Like Me
The OBGMs - The Ends
Dorothea Paas - Anything Can't Happen
Klô Pelgag - Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
Savannah Ré - Opia
Allison Russell - Outside Child
Julien Sagot - Sagot
Sargeant X Comrade - Magic Radio
Shabason, Krgovich & Harris - Philadelphia
Yu Su - Yellow River Blue
Julian Taylor - The Ridge
TEKE::TEKE - Shirushi
TOBi - ELEMENTS Vol. 1
Vagina Witchcraft - Vagina Witchcraft
The Weather Station - Ignorance
Zoon - Bleached Wavves

In total, 204 albums were considered for the Long List by the 199 member jury.

“In these challenging times, art, now more than ever, has a vital role to play in our collective healing and recovery. The power of art endures and music is an essential need. The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to associate itself with the Polaris Prize in presenting innovative and creative musical works that celebrate the soundtrack of this current moment,” said Carolyn Warren, Director General, Arts Granting Programs Division, Canada Council for the 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 Anachnid, Begonia, Black Mountain/Lightning Dust's Amber Webber, Wolf Parade/Operators’ Dan Boeckner, Louise Burns, Cancer Bats' Liam Cormier, Tanika Charles, City and Colour, Charlotte Cornfield, Rose Cousins, D-Sisive, The Dears, Jeremy Dutcher, FET.NAT's Olivier Fairfield, The Halluci Nation, Sarah Harmer, Zaki Ibrahim, Ice Cream, Kaia Kater, Salomé Leclerc, Les Louanges, Haviah Mighty, OBUXUM, P'tit Belliveau, Owen Pallett, Pantayo, Joel Plaskett, Shad, Andy Shauf, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Alexandra Stréliski, Super Duty Tough Work, Wares, Witch Prophet as well as a number of Polaris jurors.

Additionally, 2021 nominee Cadence Weapon performed “On Me” and “Skyline” from his Parallel World album as part of the reveal event.

The 10 album Short List will be unveiled live on July 15 as part of a two-hour special during Drive on CBC Music. An encore broadcast of the special will be available on CBC Music, Sunday, July 18 at 10 p.m. The 2021 Polaris Music Prize-winning album will be revealed in the fall via CBC Music. More details on this will be announced in the coming weeks. Leading up to the reveal of the Short List, CBC Music will have a retrospective special on Sunday, July 11 at 10 p.m.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2021 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2021 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

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

About the Polaris Music Prize 
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. 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 is the leading curator of emerging and diverse Canadian music talent across platforms, playing the most Canadian artists and genres on radio, CBC Listen and cbcmusic.ca. We prioritize Canadian artists in a wide variety of genres on over 200 playlists available on CBC Listen, and publish daily national music coverage. CBC Music Live features live music recordings from across the country. Our music partnerships and events include The JUNOS, the Polaris Music Prize, Searchlight, the CBC Music Festival, The Canadian Music Class Challenge and Canada Listens.www.cbcmusic.ca

About 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.canadacouncil.ca

Media Contacts:
Polaris Music Prize media: 
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.com

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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LA LONGUE LISTE DU PRIX 
DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2021 EST ICI

TORONTO, ON – 15 Juin 2021 – Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, vient de dévoiler sa Longue liste de 40 albums. Cette année, la Longue liste est une présentation du Conseil des arts du Canada.

Les albums de la Longue liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2021: 

Art Bergmann - Late Stage Empire DementiaBernice - Eau De Bonjourno
The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Theory of Ice
BIG|BRAVE - Vital
Cadence Weapon - Parallel World
Charlotte Cardin - Phoenix
CFCF - memoryland
Clairmont The Second - IT'S NOT HOW IT SOUNDS
Helena Deland - Someone New
DijahSB - Head Above The Waters
Kathleen Edwards - Total Freedom
Dominique Fils-Aimé - Three Little Words
Fiver with the Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition - Fiver with the Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition
Thanya Iyer - KIND
Yves Jarvis - Sundry Rock Song Stock
Rochelle Jordan - Play With the Changes
LAL - Meteors Could Come Down
Daniel Lanois - Heavy Sun
Thierry Larose - Cantalou
Russell Louder - Humor
Elliot Maginot - Easy Morning
Mustafa - When Smoke Rises
Laura Niquay - Waska Matisiwin
Nyssa - Girls Like Me
The OBGMs - The Ends
Dorothea Paas - Anything Can't Happen
Klô Pelgag - Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
Savannah Ré - Opia
Allison Russell - Outside Child
Julien Sagot - Sagot
Sargeant X Comrade - Magic Radio
Shabason, Krgovich & Harris - Philadelphia
Yu Su - Yellow River Blue
Julian Taylor - The Ridge
TEKE::TEKE - Shirushi
TOBi - ELEMENTS Vol. 1
Vagina Witchcraft - Vagina Witchcraft
The Weather Station - Ignorance
Zoon - Bleached Wavves

Pour déterminer cette Longue liste, 204 albums ont été pris en considération par notre jury composé de 199 membres.

« En ces temps difficiles, l’art a plus que jamais un rôle vital à jouer dans notre guérison collective et la reprise de nos activités. Le pouvoir de l’art est immuable; et la musique, essentielle. Le Conseil des arts du Canada est fier de s’associer aux Prix Polaris pour célébrer les œuvres musicales créatives et innovantes qui constituent la trame sonore du moment présent », a déclaré Carolyn Warren, directrice générale de la Division des programmes de subventions aux arts du Conseil des arts du Canada.

Cette année, la Longue liste a été dévoilée par le biais d’une vidéo diffusée sur la page Facebook et la chaîne YouTube du Polaris. Une équipe exceptionnelle constituée d’artistes ayant déjà été en nomination pour le Prix Polaris a été invitée à présenter chaque album de la liste. Parmi ces présentateur.trice.s figuraient Anachnid, Begonia, Amber Webber de Black Mountain/Lightning Dust, Dan Boeckner de Wolf Parade/Operators, Louise Burns, Liam Cormier de Cancer Bats, Tanika Charles, City and Colour, Charlotte Cornfield, Rose Cousins, D-Sisive, The Dears, Jeremy Dutcher, FET.NAT, The Halluci Nation, Sarah Harmer, Zaki Ibrahim, Ice Cream, Kaia Kater, Salomé Leclerc, Les Louanges, Haviah Mighty, OBUXUXM, P’tit Belliveau, Owen Pallett, Pantayo, Joel Plaskett, Shad, Andy Shauf, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Alexandra Stréliski, Super Duty Tough Work, Wares, Witch Prophet ainsi que des membres du jury du Polaris.

De plus, Cadence Weapon, un artiste en nomination cette année, a interprété « On Me » et « Skyline » de son album Parallel World dans le cadre de l’événement de dévoilement.

La Courte liste de 10 albums sera révélée en direct le 15 juillet dans le cadre d’une diffusion spéciale de deux heures durant l’émission Drive sur CBC Music. Une rediffusion de l’émission spéciale aura lieu sur CBC Music le dimanche 18 juillet, à 22 h. L’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris 2021 sera dévoilé à l’automne par CBC Music. Plus de détails à ce sujet seront annoncés dans les semaines à venir. D’ici l’annonce de la Courte liste, CBC Music présentera une rétrospective spéciale le dimanche 11 juillet, à 22 h.

Le Prix de musique Polaris attribue 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur la base du mérite artistique, sans tenir compte du genre musical ou de la popularité commerciale. De plus, les neuf autres artistes en nomination dont les albums figurent sur la Courte liste de 2021 recevront 3 000 $ offerts par Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2021 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2020 et le 31 mai 2021. Un jury indépendant composé de journalistes, de diffuseur.euse.s et de blogueur.euse.s provenant de partout au Canada détermine la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze personnes membres du jury élargi seront sélectionnées pour faire partie du Grand Jury. Ce Grand Jury choisira le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy/Owen Pallett (2006).

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

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

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

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

À propos du Conseil des arts du Canada
Le Conseil des arts du Canada est l’organisme public de soutien aux arts du Canada. Ses subventions, services, initiatives, prix et paiements contribuent au dynamisme d’une scène artistique et littéraire créative et diversifiée et à son rayonnement ici et dans le monde. Ses investissements favorisent ainsi un engagement sans cesse accru des Canadiennes et des Canadiens et du public international.www.conseildesarts.ca

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

Prix Polaris (Canada):
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.com

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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PARIS PICK RELEASES SOPHOMORE ALBUM HOPE FOR THE BEST TODAY VIA CARE RECORDS

Toronto, ON – June 11, 2021 – Still on cloud nine from three back-to-back, packed to the rafters hometown shows at The Local Bar, last weekend in Whitehorse, soul-pop artist, Paris Pick, releases her sophomore album, Hope For The Best, today (Care Records). Reflecting on the release of the album during the pandemic, Paris celebrates “It’s been a long time coming, and I feel as though the stars have aligned and that it was all well worth the wait.  Hope For The Best delivers a taste of yacht-girl summer to my listeners and I’m ready to start feeling optimistic about the times ahead.” 

Listen to the new album here.
 
Accompanying the album release today is a video for second focus track, I Can’t Help It. The throwback video, reminiscent of the 1978 film, Grease, is a modern day take on Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee with scenes of comradery and youthful hope.  “I wanted the music video for I Can’t Help It to capture and emphasize my teenage dream-like recollection of what it is to crush on someone for the first time in high school,” reflects Paris. “You feel so overwhelmed when you’re totally infatuated with someone.  It feels like your heart is exploding.”   
 
Tirelessly driven, Paris Pick has been busy building her musical empire in Whitehorse, Yukon since her arrival back in 2013. Since then, Paris has managed to carve a niche for herself within Canada’s music scene with her distinctive voice, bold sense of fashion, and individual brand of northern soul-pop music.
 
The honesty of Pick’s lyrical delivery makes listeners feel as if they’re being let in on a secret as they’re swept away by her expressive mix of optimism and frustration, sensuality and sensitivity.  Together, Pick and her fans share in the constant war between self-confidence and insecurity that her music exposes.  Tuning into Paris’ music is like being gently pat on the back while you scream out in anguish the unheard truths of an old lover. Love, loss and redemption served up hot.  Heartbreak has never felt so good.
 
Hope For The Best was recorded in 2020 with producer, Jim Holland, at Green Needle Records in Whitehorse.  Themes that run through the album thread from growing up, to self-empowerment, to personal growth, to confronting your self-doubt, to love and inspiration.  Thinking back on the recording, and what this album has to offer, Paris comments “I really enjoy the full pop production of this album.  I love how it’s mixed with the sounds of soul, which is defined by the horn section, the Rhodes and the very distinct guitar parts.”  Released earlier this year, the video for title track, Hope For The Best, puts a whole new spin on pizza delivery. 
 

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ANDREA VON KAMPEN TO RELEASE THAT SPELL AUGUST 6 VIA FANTASY RECORDS

Toronto, ON - June 11, 2021 - Today Nebraska-based singer-songwriter, Andrea von Kampen, has announced the release of her new album, That Spell, due August 6, 2021 (Fantasy Records). To mark the occasion, she has shared the album’s gorgeous first single and video, Water Flowing Downward. Fans can pre-order That Spell today here.
 
Andrea von Kampen on Water Flowing Downward:

“The way I approached the writing of this song was different than usual. I wrote the lyrics one afternoon to an old hymn tune called Beach Spring. I had just watched the film Parasite and was feeling restless to create and get my thoughts out and these tumbled out but I knew the hymn tune never really worked. I filed it all away and four months later my brother David and I thought about co-writing the last song on the record and I remembered these lyrics. I sent them over and by early July we had our song. I love the moodiness of the piano and strings and the sound of a perpetual movement.”
 
The track’s evocative video clip was directed by noted filmmaker, Alexander Jeffrey, who also directed the indie-film, Molto Bella, in which Andrea also stars and wrote the soundtrack.  

"I'm a big fan of Andrea's music, and we worked closely to make sure we were conveying visuals that were representative of the lyrics,” said Jeffrey. “Shreveport, Louisiana provided a variety of engaging backdrops, from the cypress trees at Lake Bistineau to the Downtown Riverfront under the bridge.”
 
The album announcement follows last month’s news of her signing to Fantasy Records and the release of two new songs that also appear on the album, Take Back Thy Gift, and Of Him I Love Both Day and Night. Andrea has also shared a series of covers via YouTube that include favorites written by Fleet Foxes and most recently, Maggie Rogers. Andrea’s singular voice is one of her most spectacular gifts, potent and clear and on full display with these covers. “She brings fresh energy to traditional folk elements with loads of quiet power,” said RIFF Magazine. Watch here.
 
Fresh off two shows with the Punch Brothers, Andrea and has announced a record release show in her hometown of Omaha, NE on August 14 at The Slowdown. Full tour dates will be announced soon.
 
Andrea von Kampen burst onto the national stage via NPR’s Tiny Desk contest - an opportunity for unsigned talent to win a spot on the famed music discovery series. Though she didn’t ultimately land the prize, she was named as one of the top ten entries, and in the process netted a whole new fanbase. Since then, she’s released EP’s, singles, a self-released debut LP and found great success with film and television placements due to her intimate and cinematic music.
 
The Nebraska-raised singer-songwriter is a formidable talent with her deeply felt folk-indebted sound and inquisitive, empathetic lyrics. Andrea excels at connecting the dots between personal experience and the world at large. Her journey so far has been a life immersed by music. The youngest of four children raised in a musical family, Andrea and her siblings all learned instruments as she started playing guitar at a young age. “Music was just what we did,” she remembers, and on That Spell, she continues the familial collaboration by bringing in her brother, David, to work on string arrangements and the album’s stunning production. Inspired by nature and often employing deep literary references in her work, von Kampen’s music is emotional and reflective. Entering That Spell is a walk in the woods during magic hour - a dream conjured by a supremely gifted singer-songwriter, one of the year’s most exciting new arrivals. 
 
That Spell Tracklisting:
1. Of Him I Love Both Day and Night
2. Take Back Thy Gift
3. That Spell
4. Celilo
5. The Wait
6. Water Flowing Downward
7. Carolina
8. Don’t Talk
9. Wedding Song
10. Magdalene

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VALERIE JUNE SHARES STAY (LITTLE DRAGON REMIX)

WILL PLAY JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE ON JUNE 14

NOMINATED FOR TWO AMERICANA MUSIC AWARDS, INCLUDING ALBUM OF THE YEAR AND SONG OF THE YEAR

TOUR DATES SET FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR
INCLUDING BLACK WOMEN BREAKING GROUND 

AT THE KENNEDY CENTER ON JUNETEENTH 
WITH ANGELIQUE KIDJO AND ESTELLE

LISTEN TO STAY (LITTLE DRAGON REMIX) HERE

Toronto, ON – June 11, 2021 – Today, Valerie June shares Stay (Little Dragon Remix), an innovative rework of the opener from her new album, The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers, that finds Swedish pop group, Little Dragon, putting a sultry, almost Sade-like spin on Valerie’s original. The new remix comes ahead of Valerie’s June 14 performance on Jimmy Kimmel LiveListen to Stay (Little Dragon Remix) here.

The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamersout now on Fantasy Records, is an uncompromising culmination of Valerie June’s vision that incorporates traditional roots music, modern R&B, Afrobeat rhythms, orchestral string arrangements, and experimental pop-infused psychedelia into a reflective work that feels vital in 2021. The highly acclaimed record — which has received glowing notices from the New York Times, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Essence, Uncut, MOJO and more — was recently nominated for two 2021 Americana Music Awards. June is nominated for Album Of The Year for The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers and Song Of The Year for Call Me A Fool. June matches Jason Isbell and Amethyst Kiah as the most nominated artist at this year's awards.

Listen/Buy The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers here.

In honor of Black Music Month, on June 19, Valerie June will perform at the Kennedy Center’s Black Women Breaking Ground celebration alongside Angélique Kidjo and Estelle. Turnaround Arts, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, and the Kennedy Center present a night of music by groundbreaking Black women artists — artists who defy genre, innovate sonically, and combine the past and present in ways that inspire us to imagine a new future. More details here.

Valerie June will be touring throughout 2021, see announced tour dates here.

In a recent Sunday New York Times profile of Valerie June by Jon Pareles, she discusses the genesis of The Moon & Starsand her close collaboration with producer Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend). “She is simultaneously rural and cosmopolitan, historically minded and contemporary, idiosyncratic and fashionable, mystical and down-to-earth,” Pareles wrote. “Above all, a willed and unblinking optimism courses through Valerie June’s songs." Read it here.

Praise For Valerie June and The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers

“This stunning song cycle of redemption and reclamation adds an orchestral-pop sheen to June’s gorgeous blend of astral folk and meditative R&B.” — Rolling Stone

"The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, the introspective, quietly hopeful album she made more than a year ago, sounds just right in 2021.” — The New York Times

“A breathtaking record.” — NPR

“The moment speaks for June on The Moon and Stars, simultaneously marveling at all the wonders that are out there, and at the truth that all you need is one good thing right here.” — Pitchfork

“A stunning concept album that shows how far June has evolved from her early days as a folk artist.” — The Guardian

“One of the albums of the year.” — The Times (UK)

A psychedelic tour de force.” — Uncut

"One of Americana music’s most gifted and eclectic performers...her inimitable style, captivating voice, and emotive writing make for an enticing blend.” — New York Magazine

“Dylan touted Tennessean conjures up a country-soul fantasia.” — MOJO

“Well worth the wait—a magical, country-soul offering.” — Essence

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MIMI WEBB’S NEW SINGLE & MUSIC VIDEO DUMB LOVE OUT NOW

ANNOUNCES FALL 2021 UK HEADLINE TOUR 

PERFORMS FIRST SHOW IN OSLO, HACKNEY

WATCH DEBUT TV PERFORMANCE ON ELLEN HERE

Toronto, ON – June 11, 2021 – With over 116 million total streams, widespread worldwide critical acclaim, and growing global buzz, UK pop singer and songwriter, Mimi Webb, shares a new single and music video entitled, Dumb Love.

Watch Dumb Love here via YouTube/Vevo.

Listen to Dumb Love here via EPIC Records.

On this stirring ballad, piano keys resound as she grasps on to a formative romance through her nostalgically vivid lyrics. As her powerful delivery echoes, she recalls, “We had that dumb love.” The accompanying visual directed by Elliot Simpson brings the story to life with a ton of emotion and a sharp sense of humor as Mimi Webb reconnects with an old flame at a wedding where everything else just seems to go wrong in hilarious fashion.

About the song, she commented, “I think we’ve all had ‘dumb love’ at some point! You fall crazy head over heels for someone, and it’s all about that fresh new love feeling you get. That ‘is this actually real’ feeling & sometimes, it’s the most real, because ‘dumb love’ really never ends.”

Next up, Mimi Webb will embark on her first proper headline tour. It kicks off in Dublin, Ireland at Academy 2 on Thursday, October 28, visits cities across the UK, and concludes in London on November 2 at Scala. 

Artist Pre-Sale tickets in UK/Ticketmaster Ireland will go on sale Monday, June 14 at 9 a.m. local BST time. General tickets will go on sale Wednesday, June 16 at 9 a.m. local BST time. Check out the full itinerary below and visit www.mimiwebb.com to sign up to receive early pre-sale access to Mimi’s upcoming tour dates.

In other big news, her breakout single, Good Without, just went Platinum in Ireland and Silver in the UK. It is approaching nearly 68 million global streams and counting. Mimi Webb also just made her television debut with a performance of the song on ELLEN in the past week. Watch here.

Right now, she’s also putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming debut EP—due out this year.

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TOUR DATES
October 8 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy 2
October 29 - Glasgow, UK - Poetry Club
October 31 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Institute 3
November 1 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
November 2 - London, UK – Scala

About Mimi Webb
Mimi Webb projects a voice as magnetic, massive, and magical as her personality. As “the girl next door” with a hell of vocal range, she’s quick to laugh, will let you know precisely what’s on her mind, and isn’t afraid to be heard. Originally hailing from the UK town of Canterbury, the pop singer and songwriter turns up the volume on every emotion with skyscraping runs and open-heart honesty.  Inspired by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Emelie Sandé, and Sam Smith, she started writing songs of her own at 13-years-old in diaries before eventually learning guitar. Around the same time, she enrolled in The BRIT School—known for alumni such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J, and more. Three years later, she left home, moved in with a host family, and attended the prestigious BIMM [British Institute of Modern Music]. In 2019, she uploaded a handful of early compositions and collaborations online, landed management, and inked a deal with Epic Records. During a New York City dinner with friend Charli D’Amelio just before Christmas, Mimi’s impromptu acapella (in the restaurant) exploded with over 20 million views on TikTok, paving the way for a string of original fan favorites such as Before I GoI’ll Break My Heart AgainReasons, and Good Without. After amassing over 100 million streams and hundreds of millions of views and receiving widespread acclaim from Wonderland, Refinery 29, Idolator and FLAUNT shines on her 2021 debut EP for Epic Records and much more music to come.

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HAVIAH MIGHTY LEADS THE PROTEST ON NEW SONG FEATURING UK GRIME MC YIZZY

TO BE FEATURED ON STOCK EXCHANGE
MIXTAPE SET FOR RELEASE FALL 2021

Toronto, ON – June 11, 2021 – Action and advocacy aren’t new words in Haviah Mighty’s vocabulary – they gobeyond lexicon. Haviah showed this in her 2019 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, 13th Floor, and the creative process that followed. Today, she shares single, Protest featuring Yizzy, which will be included on her new mixtape, Stock Exchange, set for release this fall. This international collab shows Haviah and Yizzy going beyond borders, and oceans, with a video that mirrors this powerful sonic movement, as each artist takes to their home cities of Toronto, ON and London, UK.

Watch the video for Protest, directed by  Kit Weyman & Chrris Lowe, and produced by Director X-led production company, Fela (who have created videos for Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Rosalia, Jay Z and more).

Produced by Young Dreadz, the single, Protest, is a visceral recall of the feelings of guilt and stress that many marginalized individuals carry with them daily due to centuries of suffering, heaviness, pain and bloodshed at the hands of law enforcement. The production blends slow, sad, ethereal piano chords with aggressive 808s and a drill-infused percussive groove, following a pace that rises like a heartbeat with tension.

“This song is my protest – a reminder that regardless of all the conversations, the chatter, the media, the justices and injustices – this feeling and fear we walk with, is as present as ever. After all these years, encountering the police as a marginalized person still triggers pure fear,” Haviah says. “These feelings within the production the intensity and depth of the chords, the stress and tension of the pacing – it all mirrors the feelings of paranoia, fear, control, and our innate will to survive when encountering law enforcement. Having UK-based artist, Yizzy, bless this record brings it full circle. From a light skin male’s perspective from somewhere else on the globe, our experiences still mirror one another, a further testament to the eerie similarities of trauma among Black folks.”

Haviah's forthcoming Stock Exchange mixtape, featuring collaborations with US artists Jalen Santoy (Way Too Fast) and Old Man Saxon (Antisocial) to  Toronto artist TOBi (Good On My Own Tonight), Grandtheftand more to be announced, will be out this fall. The title refers to a reckoning Haviah had internally over the last year, connecting with how artists are forced to validate their value based on random data (followers, subscribers) and losing a part of the authentic human-to-human universal experience of art. 

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

Much like Protest and her previous video for Obeah, the project’s focus will be brought to life through intentionally-produced videos, alongside artwork and visualizers by BlackPowerBarbie, connecting themes both personal and universal. In addition, Haviah’s 2020 visual for Thirteenis now shortlisted for a 2021 Prism Prize. Voting is open until June 23. 

Get familiar with Haviah Mighty’s work to date ahead of Stock Exchange and watch as she continues to rise in sound and vision. 

Listen to Protest | Watch Protest and Protest visualizer

Listen to 13th Floor  here | Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here

Art by BlackPowerBarbie (@blackpowerbarbie)

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This video was created thanks to the generous support of the MVP Project, a joint initiative of RBCxMusic and the Prism Prize (administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television). We also acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, Canada’s private radio broadcasters, and Ontario Creates.

 

About Haviah Mighty

Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. Mighty could not better describe Haviah’s craft of provocative challenges and uncompromising truths.

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

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

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


Stay locked in for new projects to challenge, move, and entertain, coming your way soon. Unyielding and irresistible - Haviah Mighty will be heard.

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LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL’S A FEW STARS APART OUT TODAY, ROLLING STONE DECLARES, “HIS BEST ALBUM YET”

ROLLING STONE DECLARES “HIS BEST ALBUM YET”

RECORD RELEASE SHOWS THIS MONTH IN BOULDER, CHICAGO, NASHVILLE, AND AUSTIN

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! CONFIRMED FOR JUNE 22

Toronto, ON – June 11, 2021Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s highly anticipated new album, A Few Stars Apart, is out today on Fantasy Records. Stream/purchase  here

Produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Dave CobbA Few Stars Apart is a testament to finding a human connection: between close family and friends, as well as one’s own heart. The album was inspired by the stillness Nelson found while riding out the beginning of the pandemic with his family in Texas and was recorded with the full band live on eight-track tape over three weeks at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. Across the record’s eleven new songs, Nelson reveals what it means to come home again, to be still, and to find community—and yourself. In conjunction with the album, which is already receiving widespread praise, a special performance video for the title track is debuting today—watch/share here.  

CBC Radio q host, Tom Power, recently sat down for a chat with Lukas to dive into the album, his time playing with Neil Young and more. The interview aired on the program today. Watch here and listen here.

In celebration of the new music, the band will return to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on June 22 and will perform a series of special album release shows later this month at Boulder’s Fox Theatre (June 16), Chicago’s Martyrs (June 19), Nashville’s Basement East (June 23) and Austin’s Antone’s (June 26). The band will also perform at the Grand Ole Opry on June 22. Tickets for the club shows go on-sale today at 10:00am local time, full details can be found at www.lukasnelson.com/tour. The band’s full 2021 headline tour will be announced soon. 

“I’m from what one might say is the ultimate road family—I’ve been on the road my entire life,” shares Nelson. “I’ve never been anywhere longer than three months, and suddenly here we are, the four of us together. And thank god we were together. I can’t remember the last time we had that much time together as a family. We had a lot of really important bonding that happened during that time. And I have to say, as terrible as the pandemic has been in so many ways, for my inner peace, I was able to take a lot of good from this time. I was able to pause and reflect.”

He continues, “It took me a really long time to come back to the home in my heart. In a physical sense, that’s Texas and Hawaii. But in a spiritual sense as well—I think I finally decided not to run from who I am and who I am destined to be. First and foremost, that’s a songwriter. That’s what this record means to me. There’s a story being told through the whole record. A story about connection and coming home.” 

Based in Texas, Promise of the Real is: Lukas Nelson (lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano), Anthony LoGerfo (drums, percussion, tambourine), Corey McCormick (bass guitar, upright bass, Mellotron, vocals), Tato Melgar (percussion) and Logan Metz (piano, Wurlitzer, B3 organ, lap steel, banjo, Mellotron, vocals). Since their debut over a decade ago, the acclaimed band have toured relentlessly playing countless sold-out one-night shows and festivals around the world and occasionally serving as Neil Young’s road band. Nelson also co-produced the music for 2018’s lauded A Star Is Born film in addition to appearing in the film with the band and went on to win a BAFTA Award for Best Original Music and a GRAMMY Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for his work. 

Critical acclaim for A Few Stars Apart:

“His best album yet…Nelson’s most compact, streamlined, and focused album yet.”
Rolling Stone

“Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real instill hope for a reconnected future after uncovering what it means to come home again.”—American Songwriter

“A Few Stars Apart exudes warmth…an album that wears its heart on its sleeve.”
No Depression

“The band moves fluidly from one sound to another, so you don’t really know what’s coming next. You only know it will be good, and it’s likely to put a smile on your face.”—PopMatters

“On A Few Stars Apart, the young scion’s vocal at times invokes his dad, but the cosmic-country sound is purely his own.”—Nashville Lifestyles

“Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real shine bright on A Few Stars Apart…lyrically luscious and flowing with cadence.”—Riff Magazine

demonstrates that slowing down to reevaluate your life, whether you planned to or not, is time well spent…these good-natured melodies amble by with peaceful ease.”—Holler

A FEW STARS APART TRACKLIST 

 1. We’ll Be Alright

  2. Perennial Bloom (Back To You)

  3. Throwin’ Away Your Love

  4. A Few Stars Apart

  5. No Reason

  6. Leave ‘Em Behind

  7. Wildest Dream

  8. Giving You Away

  9. Hand Me A Light

10. More Than We Can Handle

11. Smile

LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL CONFIRMED TOUR DATES

June 16—Boulder, CO—Fox Theatre

June 19—Chicago, IL—Martyrs

June 22—Nashville, TN—Grand Ole Opry

June 23—Nashville, TN—Basement East 

June 26—Austin, TX—Antone’s

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JOHN R. MILLER DEBUTS NEW SONG COMING DOWN WITH GARDEN & GUN

INSPIRED BY 15 YEARS SEARCHING FOR HOME
WHILE LIVING ON THE ROAD AS A TRAVELLING MUSICIAN

LISTEN TO COMING DOWN & PRE-ORDER DEPRECIATED HERE

“The West Virginia road warrior finally gets his due” - Garden & Gun 

“Miller has a world-class talent for sprinkling in subtle moments of profound truth and beauty throughout his story-rich, slice-of-American-life lyricism.” - American Songwriter

Toronto, ON – June 11, 2021 - Emerging singer-songwriter and guitarist, John R. Miller, released his new track, Coming Down, which will feature on his debut album, Depreciatedreleased July 16 on historic record label, Rounder Records. Miller is already gaining early tastemaker attention, including Rolling Stone which described Miller’s songwriting as “haunting and compelling," Consequence of Sound which claimed “Miller is at the peak of his songwriting powers” and Relix which stated, “The Nashville-based artist is a gifted, evocative songwriter who revisits his West Virginia youth on the 11 original compositions.”

His growing support continues with Coming Down, which premiered today with Garden & Gun“The West Virginia road warrior finally gets his due,” Garden & Gun stated, adding, “The song’s enduring popularity is a testament to the way Miller’s songwriting captures a relatable kind of loneliness—the feeling that you’ve left a piece of yourself behind.” 

The track is inspired by Miller’s fifteen years on the road as a travelling musician and addresses the feeling of being in limbo and trying to find some sort of grounding. Discussing the track, Miller stated, “We talk about home as if it can be simply found on a map. When you eventually lose the place or people to which you’re anchored, it can feel like you’re falling without a net; the only way to start climbing again might be to hit the ground.”

The song is also a favorite of Tyler Childers, who covered the track on his live album Tyler Childers Live on Red Barn Radio I & II and has been known to perform the song from time to time in concert. Coming Down is one of two covers Childers has recorded that has been released on an album/EP. 

Depreciated blends a vast array of classic sounds from countrypolitan and swamp rock to the Tulsa sound, which attracted multiple-Grammy nominee Justin Francis (Leon Bridges, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price) and renowned guitarist, Adam Meisterhans, to produce the album. Miller was signed after a moment of industry serendipity: another producer walked past the studio where Francis was mixing the album, and was so impressed with what he heard that he passed the music on to an A&R person for Concord. Depreciated was recorded at the legendary Studio A of Sound Emporium in Nashville. Miller was ably backed on the sessions by Meisterhans, who contributed guitar and production; co-producer Francis on congas and Wurlitzer, Chloe Edmonstone offering a plaintive fiddle, John Looney on mandolin, Jonathan Beam providing bass, Russ Pahl’s shimmery pedal steel, John Clay on drums, and Robbie Crowell playing the Wurlie and Hammond B3.

Miller recently announced summer tour dates throughout July and August. He will tour across the U.S. including shows in Indianapolis, Lexington, Nashville, and Charleston, where he will perform a Mountain Stage concert that will be broadcast by NPR. On-sale dates and additional shows to be announced shortly. 

Depreciated will be released July 16 on Rounder Records. To know more about John R. Miller, go to his website here

Depreciated Tracklist
1.Lookin’ Over My Shoulder
2.Borrowed Time
3.Faustina
4.Shenandoah Shakedown
5.Coming Down
6.Old Dance Flood
7.Motor’s Fried
8.Back and Forth
9.What’s Left of the Valley
10.Half Ton Van
11.Fire Dancer

Tour dates:

Friday, July 9 - Crossville, TN - Oaklawn Farms

Saturday, July 10 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle

Tuesday, July 13 - Charlotte, NC - The Evening Muse

Friday, July 16 - Decatur, GA - Eddie’s Attic

Saturday, July 17 - Huntsville, AL - Sidetracks Music Hall

Sunday, July 18 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley 

Wednesday, July 21 - Indianapolis, IN - Duke’s Indy

Thursday, July 22 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary)

Friday, July 23 - Huntington, WV - V Club

Monday, July 26 - Thomas, WV - Purple Fiddle

Tuesday, July 27 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java Music Club & Cafe

Wednesday, July 28 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage

Friday, July 30 - Lexington, KY - The Burl

Saturday, July 31 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe

Sunday, August 1 - Charleston, WV - Mountain Stage

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CHROMEO SET LIVE ALBUM DATE NIGHT: CHROMEO LIVE! FOR JUNE 25

DON’T SLEEP [LIVE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.] DEBUTS TODAY

Toronto, ON – June 11, 2021Chromeo are set to release their first ever live album, Date Night: Chromeo Live!, June 25 via Last Gang Records/eOne. The album features live versions of songs spanning the band’s entire career, recorded on their last pre-pandemic tour, a 2019 headline run of iconic U.S. venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks and the Hollywood Bowl. Don’t Sleep [live in Washington, D.C.] debuts today as the first taste of the album. Listen here, watch the visualizer here, and pre-order the album here.

“We always toured as a duo, but on our last run, we put together a band of insane musicians,” says David “Dave 1” Macklovitch. “We told them ‘let’s make our stuff sound like late ‘80s, early ‘90s New Power Generation. It gave a new life to our entire catalog. We had a blast—it was over the top, but then again so is pretty much everything we do.”

In the height of the pandemic, out of sheer nostalgia, Chromeo began to sort through recordings from the tour. After picking favourite versions of each song, they realized that they had a live album on their hands. Date Night captures the band in full swing, at the height of their funky superpowers, delivering 90 minutes of pure, uncut funk—blissfully unaware of the sixteen-month shutdown ahead of them.

The past year has been a surprisingly full one for Chromeo, a band usually on the road for more than 150 shows a year. Last spring, they recorded a quarantine-themed EP off the cuff whilst holed up in their Burbank studio and released it in the spring—donating over $80,000 in proceeds to Know Your Rights Camp’s COVID relief fund. When tragedy struck in Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel’s native Lebanon—the massive explosion in Beirut that destroyed an entire district—they quickly scrambled to put out a merch capsule and donated over $10,000 to recovery efforts. Now the plan is to donate proceeds from Date Night’s vinyl and merch sales to Touring Professionals Alliance, which provides help to crew members, venue staff and other members of the live music industry affected by the pandemic.  

Chromeo also found the time to create a record label, Juliet Records, to put out music from like-minded friends and artists they admire. Releases in the label’s first year include records from future-R&B star and fashion icon Ian Isiah (which Chromeo produced), New York avant-jazz ensemble, Onyx Collective, and Montreal keyboard virtuoso, Anomalie. They’ve also turned their attention to producing for a handful of outside artists for the first time, with releases planned through 2021.

Date Night: Chromeo Live! is a document of a band nearly 20 years into their storied career and a foreshadowing of what’s to come from Dave 1 and P-Thugg, inseparable friends and collaborators and forever guardians of the groove.

DATE NIGHT: CHROMEO LIVE! TRACK LISTING

1. Funklordz Intro [live in New York City]

2. Fancy Footwork [live in New York City]

3. Juice [live in Vancouver]

4. Hot Mess [live in Seattle]

5. Come Alive feat. Toro y Moi [live in Los Angeles]

6. Night By Night [live in Portland]

7. Bad Decision [live in Minneapolis]

8. (My Girl Is Calling Me A) Liar [live in Minneapolis]

9. Needy Girl [live in Los Angeles]

10. One Track Mind [live in Seattle]

11. Bonafied Lovin [live in San Francisco]

12. Don’t Sleep [live in DC]

13. Old 45s [live in Portland]

14. Slumming It [live in New York City]

15. Don’t Turn The Lights On [live in Vancouver]

16. Over Your Shoulder [live in San Francisco]

17. 100% [live in Minneapolis]

18. Must’ve Been [live in Vancouver]

19. Count Me Out [live in New York City]

20. Jealous (I Ain’t With It) [live in New York City]

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND ANNOUNCES 2021 BEACON THEATRE RESIDENCY IN NYC

7 SHOWS BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 30 AND OCTOBER 9 WILL ALL BE FULL CAPACITY

LIVE PERFORMANCE OF LITTLE WING AVAILABLE TODAY,

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LAYLA REVISITED (LIVE AT LOCKN’) BY TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND FEATURING TREY ANASTASIO OUT JULY 16 ON FANTASY RECORDS

Toronto, ON – June 11, 2021 – Today, Tedeschi Trucks Band announces the return of their iconic Beacon Theatre residency as part of the Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series. Proudly proclaiming, "We're Back," these will be some of the first planned performances featuring the full, reunited 12-piece band since February of 2020, and will no doubt be heralded as a celebration of the return of live music to the esteemed NYC venue. The shows will be presented by Live Nation and will take place on September 30, October 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, and 9. Tickets for all seven shows will go on sale on Friday, June 18 at 10:00AM.

Since their first performance at The Beacon in 2011, Tedeschi Trucks Band have played 39 sold-out shows at the quintessential theatre. These Beacon Theatre residencies offer the multi-talented, Grammy Award-winning group an opportunity to explore an especially large range of musical territory, often exceeding 100 different songs across the run. Guest sit-ins in the past have also made these shows extra special.

The 2021 edition will additionally feature support acts Nels Cline: Consentrik Quartet on September 30, Anders Osborn on October 5 and Jorma Kaukonen on October 6. All other shows will feature two full sets by Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Ticket link: https://www.tedeschitrucksband.com/tour

Ahead of the July 16 release of Layla Revisited (Live At LOCKN'), the new live album featuring Trey Anastasio, Tedeschi Trucks Band also shared their performance of Little Wing. What was initially a tribute to a recently departed Jimi Hendrix becomes, in the hands of TTB, one to both Hendrix and Duane Allman. It’s a blues rock symphony that finds Derek Trucks, Trey Anastasio, and Doyle Bramhall II standing on the shoulders of giants, finding new seams in a singular composition.

Listen to Little Wing here.

Recorded on August 24, 2019 at the LOCKN' Festival in Arrington, VA, Layla Revisited (Live At LOCKN') captures an enthralling surprise performance that finds the Tedeschi Trucks Band — alongside Anastasio and Bramhall II — paying tribute to Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. The cosmic connections to Eric Clapton and Duane Allman’s 1970 masterpiece run deep: the original was not only released on the day of Susan Tedeschi’s birth, it inspired Chris and Debbie Trucks to name their firstborn son Derek. Decades later, Derek Trucks would enjoy a fifteen-year tenure as a member of The Allman Brothers Band, and tour extensively with Clapton. The resulting album is pure kismet: A lively, adventurous interpretation of one of the 20th century’s most singular rock & roll recordings.

Pre-order Layla Revisited (Live At LOCKN') here.

This Friday, June 11, Tedeschi Trucks commence their Fireside Live tour, a series of small ensemble, limited-capacity shows inspired by their mid-pandemic Fireside livestreams. The shows will be the first fully live public performances for the group since February 2020 and come on the heels of the recent postponement of their annual summer Wheels of Soul Tour to next year (2022). Venues will include a mix of small or reduced-capacity outdoor amphitheaters, drive-ins, and pod set-ups, all of which are COVID-19 compliant and will take precautions to ensure the safety of fans, staff, band and crew. From the Beacon Theatre dates onward, the full 12-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band will be back on the road for select dates playing to full capacity audiences. Full dates below.

LAYLA REVISITED (LIVE AT LOCKN’) TRACKLIST:

1. I Looked Away

2. Bell Bottom Blues

3. Keep On Growing

4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

5. I Am Yours

6. Anyday

7. Key To The Highway

8. Tell The Truth

9. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?

10. Have You Ever Loved A Woman?

11. Little Wing

12. It’s Too Late

13. Layla

14. Thorn Tree In The Garden (studio)

 

FIRESIDE LIVE TOUR DATES:

June 11-12 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily’s Place Amphitheater
June 15 - Brandon, MS - Brandon Amphitheater
June 16 - Orange Beach, AL - The Wharf Amphitheater
June 18 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center
June 19-20 - Murfreesboro, TN - Hop Springs Brew Park
June 22 - Winston-Salem, NC - The Drive
June 24-25 - N. Charleston, SC - The Bend
June 26 - Columbia, SC - Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center

June 29 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

July 1-3 - Frederick, MD - Showtime at the Drive-In
July 6-7 - New Haven, CT - Westville Music Bowl
July 9-11 - Lafayette, NY - Apple Valley Park
July 13-14 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse Outdoor Stage
July 16-17 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 18 - Elmer, NJ - Appel Farm Arts & Music Center
July 20-21 - Eatontown, NJ - Concerts on the Green
July 23 - Shelburne, VT - The Green at Shelburne Museum
July 24 - Martha’s Vineyard, MA - Beach Road Weekend Festival

July 25 - Martha’s Vineyard, MA - Beach Road Weekend Festival

July 30-31- Morrison, CO - Red Rocks

August 1 - Dillon, CO - Dillon Amphitheater

August 14 - Beech Mountain, NC - Beech Mountain Summer Series

August 16 - Northampton, MA - The Pines Theater at Look Park

August 17 - Selbyville, DE - The Freeman Stage at Bayside

August 18 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - FM Kirby Center For The Performing Arts

August 21- Lawrenceville, GA - Coolray Field

August 22 - Lawrenceville, GA - Coolray Field

August 28-29 - Arrington, VA - LOCKN’ - Infinity Downs Farms

September 17 - Wilkesboro, NC - Merlefest

 

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND DATES:

September 30* - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

October 1 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

October 2 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

October 5^ - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

October 6~ - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

October 8 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

October 9 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

November 10 - Orlando, FL - Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts

November 12 - Fort Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

November 16 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall

November 20 - Savannah, GA - Johnny Mercer Theatre

* = with Nels Cline: Consentrik Quartet

^ = Anders Osborne

~ = Jorma Kaukonen

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TORONTO’S OKAN WIN 2021 JUNO AWARD FOR ESPIRAL

WATCH VIBRANT VIDEO FOR
ALBUM HIGHLIGHT PIE DE FOTO

SUMMER FESTIVAL DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – June 10, 2021 – It’s been a winning week for trailblazing contemporary Afro-Cuban Roots and Jazz ensemble, OKAN. Led by Toronto-based, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne, OKAN recently picked up their first JUNO Award for their 2020 album, Espiral, in the category of World Music Album of the Year. The accolade follows their first JUNO nomination for their earlier release, Sombras, which was also nominated for a 2021 Canadian Folk Music Award.

On the eve of the win, and in celebration of PRIDE month, they released a new video for Pie de Foto, a standout track from Espiral (released October 9, 2020 via Lulaworld Records). Directed by Ksenija Hotić, and featuring pianist Jeremy Ledbetter, the visual captures the couple’s romantic, spiritual and creative partnership framed by beautiful flora and fauna. Spanish for captionPie de Foto creates a personal vision of authenticity, strength, vibrancy, and grace that is unequivocally OKAN. Watch Pie de Foto here.  

Another video for the high-energy instrumental track, Trocada, will be released later this summer. Check out the visual for the album’s title track, Espiralhere

Beyond the studio, stage and podium, OKAN has stayed steadily creating throughout the pandemic with virtual appearances for the Aga Khan, Harrison Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival’s Cabin Fever, Festival International de Louisiane, and a recent Instagram takeover for the TOLive venue, Meridian Hall, amongst numerous others. 

In addition to all the online concerts, Magdelys and Elizabeth have been focusing on sharing their love of music through workshops and teaching residencies with Sistema, Prairie Debut, and Lula Music and Arts Centre.

They have virtual and in person concerts lined up for the Ottawa Chamberfest, TD Salsa in Toronto Festival 2021, Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Summerfolk and The Nelson International Mural Festival. Stay tuned for details set to be released in the coming weeks. 

On the international front, OKAN's collaboration with Colombian band, Bomba Estereo, has allowed them to reach audiences around the world, where their distinctive vocals can be heard on the title track, Agua (alongside fellow Canadian Latinx artist, Lido Pimienta). The official video for this track has 1.6 million views on YouTube. Check it out here.

About OKAN:
Taking their name from the word for heart in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, the women-led ensemble OKAN fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage and love. 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.

About Espiral (2021 JUNO Award – World Music Album of the Year):

Following up on their JUNO-nominated, Sombras, and Independent Music Award-winning debut release, Laberinto, OKAN’s sophomore project, Espiral, delves deeper into the group's rich Cuban roots, finding renewed inspiration in this  musical heritage. Espiral features contributions by leading Canadian Cuban artists Telmary Diaz, Miguel de Armas, Hilario Duran, Roberto Riveron, Alexis Baro, Frank Martinez and Pablosky Rosales.

Throughout the record, the duo traverse genres as diverse and rich as Danzon, Samba, Merengue, Pilón and more, cover legendary Cuban vocalist, La Lupe, tackle Mexican composer, Conseulo Velazquez’s Bésame Mucho – one of the most covered songs of all time — all while absorbing and reflecting the influences of their adopted hometown, the multicultural mosaic of Toronto. Espiral was created with the general support of FACTOR Canada, The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council.
 

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OKAN acknowledges the generous support of FACTOR,
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LONG RANGE HUSTLE RELEASES AN HOMAGE TO 1970s DISCO IN LATEST MUSIC VIDEO

Toronto, ON – June 10, 2021 – Five-piece indie rock Toronto outfit, Long Range Hustle, releases a delightfully cheesy and colourful video for their latest single, Wait Up For Me, a track of striking piano, ringing guitars, and steady drums intertwined with belting vocals and walls of harmonies. The group found themselves down a YouTube rabbit hole and immersed in a world of Abba and the Bee Gees, resulting in the transportive and 70s visually inspired video.
 
Listen to Wait Up For Me and watch the new video.  
 
“There is something really endearing about the cheesy zoom ins, the Picture in Picture harmonies and the egregious amounts of hair all over their bodies,” says Jay Foster (co-lead vocals, keys, synths). “Wait Up For Me has similar themes to old ABBA tunes; the dramatic emotional lyrics about the trials and tribulations of love, the four on the floor dancey beat and the fact that we’ve all gotten pretty shaggy over the last year of the pandemic. It all seemed to fit together perfectly."
 
Directed by Jack Hawley, with lighting assistance and camera work provided by video crew, Jamie Gagain, Stephanie Hallihan, and Antonio Pezoulas, the video shows the lively group grooving to their thunderous sound in a flush white studio amid fast and playful cuts, 70s styled clothing, and synchronized dance moves. Paula Proksch also perfected the group’s hair and make-up to further help emulate the disco dance stylings.
 
Seeing some of the early cuts of the video put smiles on our faces. Once we had our 70s style outfits on and the hair was ready to go, we really got into the spirit. Paul’s chest hair makes a meaningful appearance, [I’ve] got the long hair and stache right now, AJs got the sweet sunglasses, plus Ryan and Mike have all the dance moves.”
 
Wait Up For Me comes from Long Range Hustle’s new album, out this fall, and marks as the band’s third single of 2021, following Comeback Kid and American Cash.
 
About the song, Jay says,“When this song was first written it was just for me: a slow, drifting heartbreaker of a piano ballad. But on a writing weekend I tested it out with the band and it took off. We put a fat four on the floor beat underneath, sped it up, put it in a higher key and all of a sudden there was a breath of new life and strength in an otherwise cold, lonely ballad that I was going to keep tucked away for rainy days.”
 
“This is an anthem for the meek and emotionally unavailable. It’s a passionate post mortem about losing someone before you realize it’s too late to convince them to stay. Sometimes life forces you to learn a hard lesson: if you love someone, let them in.”
 
“It’s a raw view into my internal monologue while in the throes of heartbreak after losing someone I love. When you’re this low, your blind spots become mountains, regret defeats gratitude and it doesn’t feel like things will ever get better. Put simply, this is a breakup song.”
 
Learn more about Long Range Hustle in their bio.
 
Wait Up For Me appears on: Spotify’s Rock Your Block, Ready to Rock, and Amazon Music’s Brand New Music playlists. 

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SILLA AND RISE CREATE SONIC PANDEMONIUM

FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM OUT THIS FALL

WATCH VIDEO CREATED BY ARTIST DARCIE BERNHARDT

Toronto, ON – June 9, 2021 – Today, Ottawa-based JUNO-nominated ensemble, Silla and Rise, share a new single called Pandemonium, which will be featured on their forthcoming third album, out this fall. Originally presented live as part of EVERYSEEKER, a festival that presents contemporary music in Kjipuktuk / Halifax, Nova Scotia, the track evolved into a call-and-response video with Inuvialuk/Gwichin visual artist, Darcie Bernhardt, from Tuktuujaatuq. The initial idea for the song was an adaptation of traditional throat songs Nirliit (geese) and Naujaat (seagulls), now arriving in alignment as sonically evocative of pandemic chaos. Listen to Pandemonium and watch the video here.

For the gallery-worthy visual, Darcie animated 9,000 watercolour stills and the resulting collaboration was broadcast live. Silla and Rise are grateful for the connection EVERYSEEKER provided them to complete the music video, and to Darcie for producing extra animation following the live performance, giving Rise Ashen the opportunity to edit and VJ with Darcie’s evocative work in his inimitable style.

The imagery is unequivocally Northern, perfectly capturing the Northern light-spectrum and features the beluga whale, fish, and polar bear, along with the land and the weather (Sila) who are the main protagonists in the video. The beautiful imagery also conjures up current events and the important contemporary themes of resource extraction and Indigenous sovereignty.

Silla and Rise are a two-time JUNO Award-nominated ensemble based in Ottawa, Ontario, they come together to blend the Inuit throat singing of Silla (Cynthia Pitsiulak, Charlotte Qamaniq and Charlotte Carleton) with the global dancefloor mixology of Rise Ashen. They have two full-length albums out and are currently working on their third, slated for release this fall.
 

Darcie “Ouiyaghasiak” Bernhardt is an Inuvialuk/Gwichin artist from Tuktuyaaqtuuq, currently residing in Halifax, NS.  NT Alumnus of NSCADU in 2019 (BFA).  You can follow them on Instagram at @ouiyaghasiak.

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About Silla and Rise:

Silla have been performing together since 2005.  Its core members, Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU) and Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) were joined in 2020 by the amazing Charlotte Carleton (Panniqtuuq, NU). Silla respects, honours and preserves Inuit culture and pays homage to the Inuit land and its strong connection to spirituality.  With their music, they invite audiences to experience the sounds of traditional and contemporary katajjaq - Inuit throat song.

Rise Ashen (Ottawa, ON) is a global-grooves producer, percussionist, DJ, and dancer.  He produces Silla and Rise,  and performs electronic percussion with the band for their live performances.  Rise has spent his life pursuing the intersection of traditional and futuristic music. 

Silla and Rise was founded in 2016, coming together to blend traditional aspects of Inuit throat singing and futuristic dance floor beats.  Since then, they’ve been nominated for two JUNO Awards. First for Indigenous Music Album of the Year in 2017, for their self-titled Debut: Silla + Rise, followed by a nod for their second album, Galactic Gala, for World Music Album of the Year in 2019. They were nominated for the Indigenous Music Awards for Best Inuit for Indigenous Language, for Francophone Album in 2017 won the Stingray Award at Mundial Festival in Montreal in 2018.

 

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GLOBAL TORONTO RE-IMAGINES AND SHAPES A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE MUSIC SECTOR

ANNUAL CONFERENCE FROM JUNE 14-18

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

FEATURING PANELS, SHOWCASES AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE SPACE AND ENACT CHANGE

Toronto, ON – June 8, 2021 – This week, Small World Music launches their annual Global Toronto 2021 (GT21)music conference and showcase, opening their online platform, releasing pre-recorded panels, sharing programming details and more. This year’s global gathering explores equitable systems, climate justice, and the barriers that continue to exclude equity-deserving communities. The conference achieves this through action-based conversation, programming and events that will assist in developing ways to improve full-sector participation. 

In 2021, topics include Indigenous-settler relations, interrogating the idea of genre, and the power of peer-assessment jurors. While the panels lean into social and political issues, there is also space for Professional Development Sessions, from a TikTok Masterclass to post-pandemic streaming strategy, EDI (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) Planning, tips from music supervisors and more. GT21 panelists include international representatives from KeychangeNew Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalLe Phoque OFFSeattle Office of Arts & CultureBeirut & Beyond, and more. For a full list of GT21 panels and speakers, visit the website

Panel audio recordings are now accessible to registered participants on the GT21 online platform. Participants can listen on their own schedule before continuing and contributing to important conversations in small-group Breakout Sessions during the GT21 week (June 14 – 18). To access panels, register here and view the full program here

Small World Music is hosting the Global Toronto conference on their own app, Minodee (the Anishinaabe word for “good-hearted”). Powered by Swapcard, Minodee is an innovative shared online conference space for events prioritizing equity, accessibility, sustainability, and the representation of equity-seeking voices. Registered participants on iOS can access the conference by downloading the Minodee app here, while Android users can download it here.

An array of artists will be ambassadors for all countries and styles, with a spotlight on AfrotroniX, Bantü Salsa, Briga, The Commotions, Élage Diouf, Golnar & Mahan Trio, Waahli, Labess, The Liquor Store, Moneka Arabic Jazz, Pantayo, PIQSIQ, Malika Tirolien, Turkwaz, Le Vent Du Nord, Bruno Capinan, Due Perse-Inca, Fanfara Station, Kurbasy and Moskitto Bar.

Learn more about Global Toronto’s artists here.

Hundreds of participants from around the world have attended Global Toronto to connect with international markets on an impactful, intentional level. The conference engages the industry on a full spectrum, offering a powerful experience for: artists, agents, presenters, festivals, promoters, arts organizations,  managers and producers, artist-activists, social-justice workers and organizations, influencers, educators, advocates, Canadian and Foreign Government officials, including embassies, music export representatives, and city officials, music businesses and organizations of all kinds, including record label executives and major conferences (WOMEX [EU], CMW [Canada], BIME [Spain], Circulart [Colombia]) and more.

This year’s event strives to prioritize under-represented voices and players in the international music industry through powerful conversations on systemic issues affecting the industry and building pathways to addressing them, but also creating deep relationships in markets not often present in similar events. Global Toronto will shine the spotlight on the following regional partners: 

MusiConnect Asia  who will present the second edition of the Asia Music Summit, delving into some of the regions that comprise the 52-country area. 

Bayimba Cultural Foundation  producers of the DOADOA East African Performing Arts Market, join forces with leaders from across the African continent to create spaces for Northern, Eastern, Western, and Southern delegations to gather and connect. 

GT21 will also shine a spotlight on two South American countries. Working with agency/record label, Planea Música, and noted music conference Fluvial, several dozen industry professionals from Paraguay and Chile, will be introduced.

Two Canadian organizations are helping GT21 build bridges to and through European territories: TEMPOConnect observes the Italian market, while URGNT’s project, BLOK, shines a light on Ukraine. 

Learn more about Global Toronto’s partners here.

Guided by the principles — equity, accessibility, and sustainability — Small World Music is offering a Pay What You Can (PWYC) option given this year’s financial pressure.

www.globaltoronto.org

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About Small World Music:
For more than two decades, Small World Music has been celebrating cultural diversity and showcasing a range of local, domestic, and international talent to audiences across the Greater Toronto Area. Our vision goes beyond simply presenting culturally diverse artists to include finding ways of working with, showcasing, and supporting underrepresented, marginalized, and newcomer professionals onstage and behind the scenes to encourage sustainable careers, and become a leader in the music industry.

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About Global Toronto
Global Toronto is dedicated to moving the music landscape forward, rooted in Toronto, and operating through a global lens. It is a showcase and conference that engages in, grows, and reflects the diversity and excitement of the music sector, and a platform for connecting export-ready artists and professionals from across the country and around the world. A gathering place to dig into the issues and opportunities faced on all sides of the stage, Global Toronto is a space in which relationships can be established and strengthened across the greater sector.

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF DEBUTS LIVE RENDITION OF RIGHT ON WITH PERFORMANCE VIDEO

LIVE ALBUM RED ROCKS 2020 OUT JULY 16 ON STAX RECORDS

Toronto, ON – June 4, 2021 – Today, Nathaniel Rateliff debuts a live rendition of his track Right On, which originally appeared on his acclaimed 2013 solo album Falling Faster Than You Can Run. The track appears on Rateliff’s forthcoming live album, Red Rocks 2020, which is set for release on July 16 via Stax Records. Listen to/share the live track here and watch/share the accompanying performance video here.

Red Rocks 2020 was recorded in an empty Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Rateliff’s mid-September run of socially distanced shows, which was limited to 125 attendees per night in the 9400-capacity venue. Through Red Rocks 2020, Rateliff offers this 90-minute live experience to the fans who were unable to attend his live shows last year. Fans can pre-save Red Rocks 2020 here.

On March 2, 2020 in Minneapolis, Rateliff kicked off his sold-out nine-month tour supporting And It’s Still Alright. Nine days later the extensive run of dates was cancelled due to the pandemic. The shows aimed to highlight various aspects of Rateliff’s stellar musicianship, ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar to a full 10-piece folk band accompaniment including a string quartet.

Red Rocks 2020 features a wide range of music from Rateliff’s celebrated career, which includes songs that had never been performed live, several tracks from And It’s Still Alright and his previously released solo albums—In Memory of Loss, Falling Faster Than You Can Run and the Shroud EP—as well as Still Out There Running, a track from The Night Sweats’ beloved 2017 album Tearing at the SeamsIn addition, Rateliff’s close friend Kevin Morby, who was set to open the cancelled Red Rocks dates in August 2020, joins him for a duet on Leonard Cohen’s There Is A War.

The cast of musicians includes Rateliff (guitar) with fellow Night Sweats members Joseph Pope III (bass), Mark Shusterman (keys), Patrick Meese (drums, keys, guitar) and Luke Mossman (guitar) along with James Barone (drums, guitar), Joy Adams (cello), Rachel Sliker (viola), Adrienne Short (violin) and Chris Jusell (violin).

Earlier this year, Rateliff made his debut as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” nearly one year after the release of his solo album And It’s Still Alright (Stax Records), which received widespread critical praise. The record peaked at #3 on iTunes’ Top Albums chart, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk chart, landed at #2 on their Current Rock chart and resided at #1 on the Americana Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks. The lead single and title track was #1 for eight consecutive weeks at Triple A Radio, #1 for nine consecutive weeks on the Americana Singles chart and #1 for three weeks at Non-Commercial radio, while NPR’s “World Cafe” ranked the track #1 on their list of Public Radio’s Most Popular Songs Of 2020. Additionally, the single “Time Stands” peaked at #1 on the Americana Singles chart and appeared within the Top 5 at Triple A Radio. Rateliff also performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “CMT Crossroads” while his “Tiny Desk (Home) Concert” premiered on NPR Music in mid- April. Listen to And It’s Still Alright here.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF—RED ROCKS 2020

1.Tonight #2

2.All Or Nothing

3.Expecting To Lose

4.Shroud

5.You Need Me

6.Right On

7.What A Drag

8.Still Out There Running

9.Early Spring Till

10.Kissing Our Friends

11.Oil & Lavender

12.This

13.There Is A War

14.Mavis

15.Still Trying

16.And It’s Still Alright

17.Time Stands

18. Rush On


 

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LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL’S THROWIN’ AWAY YOUR LOVE DEBUTS TODAY

NEW ALBUM A FEW STARS APART OUT NEXT FRIDAY

Toronto, ON – June 4, 2021 – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s new song, Throwin’ Away Your Love, is debuting today. Listen/share HERE.  

The track is the third unveiled from the band’s highly anticipated new album, A Few Stars Apart, which will be released next Friday, June 11 on Fantasy Records and is now available for pre-order. Already one of Rolling Stone’s 54 Most Anticipated Albums of 2021, A Few Stars Apart is a testament to finding a human connection: between close family and friends, as well as one’s own heart. Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Dave Cobb, the album was inspired by the stillness Nelson found while riding out the beginning of the pandemic with his family in Texas and was recorded live on eight-track tape over three weeks at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. 

Across the album’s eleven new songs, including previously released tracks, Leave ‘Em Behind and Perennial Bloom (Back To You)the band reveals what it means to come home again, to be still, and to find community—and yourself. Released to critical acclaim, Rolling Stone praises Perennial Bloom, asserting, “the track explodes into a euphoric prediction of better days on the horizon…a tight, radio-ready single,” while American Songwriter declares, “Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real instill hope for a reconnected future.” 

“I’m from what one might say is the ultimate road family—I’ve been on the road my entire life,” shares Nelson. “I’ve never been anywhere longer than three months, and suddenly here we are, the four of us together. And thank god we were together. I can’t remember the last time we had that much time together as a family. We had a lot of really important bonding that happened during that time. And I have to say, as terrible as the pandemic has been in so many ways, for my inner peace, I was able to take a lot of good from this time. I was able to pause and reflect.”
 

He continues, “It took me a really long time to come back to the home in my heart. In a physical sense, that’s Texas and Hawaii. But in a spiritual sense as well—I think I finally decided not to run from who I am and who I am destined to be. First and foremost, that’s a songwriter. That’s what this record means to me. There’s a story being told through the whole record. A story about connection and coming home.” 

Based in Texas and Hawaii, Promise of the Real is: Lukas Nelson (lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano), Anthony LoGerfo (drums, percussion, tambourine), Corey McCormick (bass guitar, upright bass, Mellotron, vocals), Tato Melgar (percussion) and Logan Metz (piano, Wurlitzer, B3 organ, lap steel, banjo, Mellotron, vocals). Since their debut over a decade ago, the acclaimed band have toured relentlessly playing countless sold-out one-night shows and festivals around the world and occasionally serving as Neil Young’s road band. Nelson also co-produced the music for 2018’s lauded A Star Is Born film in addition to appearing in the film with the band and went on to win a BAFTA Award for Best Original Music and a GRAMMY Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for his work.

Pre-order A Few Stars Apart HERE

A FEW STARS APART TRACKLIST

1. We’ll Be Alright

2. Perennial Bloom (Back To You)

3. Throwin’ Away Your Love

4. A Few Stars Apart

5. No Reason

6. Leave ‘em Behind

7. Wildest Dream

8. Giving You Away

9. Hand Me A Light

10. More Than We Can Handle

11. Smile

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KEYS N KRATES RELEASES FRESH SINGLE WITH BIBI BOURELLY

SIGNS GLOBAL DEAL WITH LAST GANG RECORDS

LISTEN TO TAKE IT OFF FEATURING BIBI BOURELLY NOW

WATCH VISUALIZER

Toronto, ON – June 4, 2021 – Today, JUNO Award-winning Toronto-based trio, Keys N Krates, connect with German singer-songwriter, Bibi Bourelly, for their latest single, Take It Off. Bouncy and engrossing, Take It Off combines sleek house-inflected electronic production with Bourelly's pop-centric vocal hooks. Coming on the heels of signing a global deal with Last Gang Records, Take It Off is the group's first new song since 2020's remix of Double Dutch, featuring Dai Burger.

Listen to Take It Off, and watch the visualizer here

“We’ve known BiBi for years and try to do sessions with her every time we touch down in L.A.  She has a whole style that’s her own with an unmatched energy and quirkiness that we’ve always loved,” Keys and Krates says of this special collab.  “Last year we were with her in the studio and really wanted to try making a dance record with her.  We played her this Chicago house piano line with a killer bassline Matisse had just laid down and she just went in and threw down this crazy vocal line with the most feel-good catchy hook; all off the top of her head, and kinda based on a conversation we were having with her five minutes before.  The song at a first listen just sounds like the most fun party shit, but she’s actually talking about dating men who are emotionally unavailable and trying to get them to open up. “

In addition, the group announces their global signing with Last Gang Records.

Last Gang is honoured to welcome the legendary Keys N Krates to the label,” says Chris Moncada, Senior Vice President, eOne Music / General Manager, Last Gang Records. “We are excited for fans to hear what we feel is the bands best work ever, with some spectacular collabs attached.  We are privileged to be their trusted partners in getting it out to the world.”

Keys N Krates add, “We are stoked to be doing this new project with Last Gang Recs.  They’ve always been known for putting out artists we respect that don’t fit into a box and are kind of strange, but also weirdly accessible and that’s how we like to see ourselves.  They are also from Toronto, so there’s a kinship there in terms of how we all work and our cultural sensibilities which is bless when making sure we are all on the same page.”

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

Listen to Take It Off feat. Bibi Bourelly above and stay tuned for more from Keys N Krates coming soon.

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About Keys N Krates

Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound, melding the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group — composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo — has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets.

 

Their early sound succeeded in combining catchy, pitched up, chopped vocal samples with 808s, resulting in off-kilter festival smashers like Dum Dee DumTreat Me Right, and other fan-favourites. These songs would be reinterpreted into energetic live versions that the trio would play to create their own experience and vibe. Their songs original versions would also be played by legends of their genre like TNGHT, Diplo, Machinedrum, Baauer, and more — helping to cement Keys N Krates as a fixture in festival bass and trap music.

Keys N Krates’ 2018 debut album Cura represented a musical shift for the band. Although the use of pulverizing 808s, organic sounds, and vocal samples would remain a fixture for the trio, Keys N Krates embraced their love for R&B/soul music, more dense instrumentation (such as strings and woodwind instruments), and catchy vocal-driven pop songs.

Anthemic songs with Tory Lanez, Ambre Perkins, and 070 Shake weaved together the band’s technicolor world of vocal-driven songs supported by sample-chopped beats that blended the sounds of disco, trap, and boom bap rap of the 90s. This synthesis earned them commercial radio success and spins from some of their idols on specialty radio —like Elton John and Q-Tip. Flute Loop reached back to the trio’s traditional stripped-down 808 sound while incorporating their new techniques of orchestration and resampling to compliment the minimal with the maximal.

Their latest full-length project, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, further elevates their craft as they pay homage to their sample-chopping musical influences like Jay Dilla. It’s a collection of infectious, loopy, instrumental beats that shows the seeds their music grows from.

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

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NEW BILLY F GIBBONS ALBUM HARDWARE OUT TODAY

GLOBAL LISTENING PARTY NEXT TUESDAY

NEW VIDEO SHE’S ON FIRE

Toronto, ON – June 4, 2021 – Hardware, the widely anticipated third solo album from ZZ Top front man, Billy F Gibbons, is out today. Listen here. The album, recorded during the heat of last summer in California’s high desert near Joshua Tree, includes a total of 12 tracks, 11 of which were written by Billy and collaborators for the album plus Hey Baby, Que Paso, the Texas Tornados classic. The album’s release has been preceded by three videos to date including My Lucky Number, Desert High and West Coast Junkie.  A fourth video, She’s On Fire, will be out June 10; all were shot on location by Texas filmmaker Harry Reese while the album was in production. 

Concord Records is hosting a Global Virtual Listening Party on Tuesday, June 8 to mark the release of the album. It will afford participants across the planet an opportunity to stream Hardware and chat live with Billy as well as with Matt Sorum and Austin Hanks, his Hardware bandmates.

The event launches at 12 Noon/Pacific, 3 p.m. /Eastern, 2 p.m. /Central, 8 PM/GMT+1, 5 a.m. (Wednesday)/AEST. Link to register: Global Virtual Listening Party.

Billy F Gibbons commented, “It’s gonna be a good time and we’re looking forward to checking out the grooves with everybody in the world, known or otherwise, who wants to join us.  We’re really delighted with the way it turned out, not to mention that we managed to avoid rattlesnake bites and cactus punctures over the course of the recording process.”  

Hardware follows The Big Bad Blues and Perfectamundo in Billy F Gibbons’ solo canon. The album was produced by Gibbons along with Matt Sorum and Mike Florentino with engineer, Chad Shlosser, providing additional production.  

Sorum, veteran of Guns ‘N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and The Cult, also serves as Hardware’s drummer and was joined in the album’s core band by guitarist Austin Hanks.  The same Gibbons-Sorum-Hanks aggregation recorded The Big Bad Blues, Billy’s previous solo effort for Concord and winner of a Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award.   The new album’s title is a tribute to the late Joe Hardy, the beloved recording engineer who worked with Gibbons and ZZ Top on projects dating back to the mid-1980s.  

Advance reviews of Hardware include Bill Bentley’s piece in Americana Highways where he notes, “..the electric guitars are turned up to ‘stun,’ and the backbeat boogie is sun-cooked into the grooves.” Guy Oddy, writing for TheArtsDesk.com (UK) opined, “This is good time, beer drinking music for sweaty bars in the summer heat and has no interest in posing and pretense. But when you can make a guitar sing like Billy Gibbons, what have you got left to prove to anyone?”

Hardware Track Listing
1. My Lucky Card
2. She’s On Fire
3. More-More-More
4. Shuffle, Step & Slide
5. Vagabond Man
6. Spanish Fly
7. West Coast Junkie
8. Stackin’ Bones (featuring Larkin Poe)
9. I Was A Highway
10. S-G-L-M-B-B-R
11. Hey Baby, Que Paso
12. Desert High  

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AMYTHYST KIAH SHARES FINAL PREVIEW FROM NEW ALBUM WARY + STRANGE BEFORE JUNE 18 RELEASE VIA ROUNDER RECORDS

FANCY DRONES AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE NOW

Toronto, ON – June 4, 2021 – Today, Amythyst Kiah, “one of roots music’s most promising voices” (Rolling Stone), shares the final preview track from Wary + StrangeFancy Drones. Through producer Tony Berg’s masterful layering of bass harmonica, Mellotron and delicately haunting flute riffs, Amythyst longs for obliteration as she works through the monotony and numbness of everyday life. “We’re just fancy drones going through the motions,” she sings. “Fracture me, take what you need, ‘cause it hurts to think.”

Listen here.

Fancy Drones is the album’s fourth preview track, following the release Hangover BluesWild Turkey, and the album’s lead single Black Myself, which Garden & Gun recently likened to the unforgettable musical moments of greats like Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone; artists who "soundtrack a movement and become a force of change." From embracing Black identity as an artist to overcoming the social anxiety, grief and alienation that defined her formative years, Wary + Strange masterfully recounts the pivotal moments in a life ultimately defined by reclamation and self-acceptance.

In other recent news, Amythyst has earned three Americana Music Award Nominations, tying Jason Isbell for the most nominations earned by any artist this year. She’s nominated for Emerging Act of the Year, Song of the Year, for the solo rendition of her Grammy-nominated song, Black Myself, and Duo/Group of the Year as part of the all-women-of-color supergroup, Our Native Daughters. 

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR WARY + STRANGE

"She revisits [Black Myself] with a fuller studio production, reinforcing its distorted guitar with more effects, more layers and a bigger beat, adding extra clout"
The New York Times

"Breakthrough for an artist on the rise"- NPR

"A masterful blend of lonesome folk and neo-blues" - Rolling Stone

"Amythyst Kiah is done hiding in plain sight...a stunning original" - Ebony

"Raw and strong”- MTV

"Talented Black Musical Artists on the Rise in 2021" - PEOPLE

"Blistering... a must-listen about living in the land of white privilege" - Billboard

"Brutal and beautiful... her voice is admirably resilient" - Consequence of Sound

"Black Myself shows the beauty of Blackness while still highlighting the injustices--past and present--that Black people are faced with today." - The Root

"Amythyst Kiah is an original. Holding nothing back. The message and the music punch you right in the gut." Bob Lefsetz

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

June 5 - Adler Theatre - Davenport, IA

June 12 - The Future Is… Queer Country (virtual) 

June 13 - Mountain Stage - Charleston, WV 

June 15 - Celebrate Pride and Connect Through Music (virtual)

June 16 - Charleston Music Hall - Charleston, SC 

June 17 - A.J. Fletcher Opera - Raleigh, NC

June 18 - Abbeville Friends of Freedom Presents - Abbeville, SC 

June 19 -The Blue Ridge Music Center - Galax, VA

June 20 - Flat Iron Crossroads - Gloucester, VA 

June 25 - The Mill & Mine - Knoxville, TN 

June 27 - Lighting 100 Nashville Sunday Night @ 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, TN 

June 29 - Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, TN 

July 1 - Floyd Small Town Summer - Floyd, VA 

July 4 - Border Bash - Bristol, VA 

July 17 - Stone Ridge Orchard Farmhouse Cider Bar - Stone Ridge, NY

July 24 - People’s Light - Malvern, PA

August 2 - Chautauqua Amphitheater - Chautauqua, NY

August 3 - Cain Park - Cleveland Heights, OH 

August 5 - Levitt Amp Middlesboro - Middlesboro, KY 

August 7 - Road to Bristol Rhythm Concert Series - Bristol, VA 

August 14 - Gorge Amphitheatre - Quincy, WA*

August 28 - Hudson River Park Blues & BBQ (virtual)

September 10 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol, TN

September 11 - Moon River Music Festival - Chattanooga, TN 

September 17 - MerleFest - Wilkesboro, NC 

September 24 - Freshgrass Festival - North Adams, MA 

September 25 - Folk at the Edge Concert Series - New Haven, CT 

September 30 - Strathmore - North Bethesda, MD 

* denotes show with Brandi Carlile and Sheryl Crow 

Pre-order/pre-save Wary + Strange here.

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www.amythystkiah.com

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DENNIS LLOYD RELEASES LEAD SINGLE THE WAY​ OFF FORTHCOMING DEBUT ALBUM

CO-PRODUCED BY KYGO  

LISTEN HERE | WATCH HERE

Toronto, ON – June 4, 2021 – Multi-platinum international artist, Dennis Lloyd, releases the lead single off his forthcoming debut album, The Way. The soon-to-be summer smash was a collaboration between Lloyd and Kygo, who is co-producer on the track.   

The Way describes Dennis’ search for the appropriate balance between success and simplicity. While juggling both his personal and professional lives, Dennis reflects on the way he wants to live his life, in the pursuit of happiness and fulfillment. “The Way” was written in two locations that could not be more contrasting - the first in a posh Las Vegas studio during a session with Kygo, and the next location a few days later in a Colombian jungle while exploring the wilderness. The contrast of these two realities proved to be surreal for Lloyd and inspiration for the record.  

Lloyd announced yesterday two arena shows at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, on July 1 and July 3.  

About Dennis Lloyd 
Israeli artist Dennis Lloyd surpassed one billion streams across all platforms following the release of his Exident EP. The lead single, Never Go Back landed on Spotify’s sought-after playlist, Today’s Top Hits, and received praise from TIME Magazine citing, Never Go Back as an “equally alluring follow up” to Lloyd’s global smash, “Nevermind.” In addition, Forbes proclaimed, “Lloyd creatively blends the elements of pop, R&B, rock and reggae, breaking global boundaries in addition to crossing them.”  Lloyd traveled the world on the sold-out Never Go Back Tour, with highlights including show-stopping sets at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, New York City’s Governor’s Ball, and Dover, DE’s Firefly Festival. Since his extensive live runs, Dennis has focused on completing his debut album which is expected to be released this year.  

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www.dennislloydmusic.com

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Q FOLLOWS UP HIS RAW CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED EP THE SHAVE EXPERIMENT WITH THE EXTENDED DIRECTOR'S CUT  FEATURING FIVE NEW SELF-WRITTEN AND SELF-PRODUCED SONGS

LISTEN HERE

WATCH THE MAKING OF THE SHAVE EXPERIMENT (DIRECTOR'S CUT) IN SHORT FILM HERE 
             
"The power of “If You Care” isn’t in the conventional come-on of lyrics.... It’s in the persistent rhythmic displacement, top to bottom."  - The New York Times
 
"The South Florida native dropped his debut The Shave Experiment in late 2020 and delivered five full tracks of innovative and soul-searching music, leaving listeners to wonder what Q will deliver next." - Hypebeast
 
"The Shave Experiment is a genre-bending escapade, filled with lush guitars that are welcoming to the ear, fusing pop, funk, and R&B." - Miami New Times

Toronto, ON – June 4, 2021 - In his new redefined version of The Shave Experiment (Director's Cut), Q returns with five new songs, including the recently released tracks, If You Care, which debuted with his  COLORS performance and Want. Blending elements of R&B, Funk, Pop and everything in between, Q gets candid in the process recorded in his short film shot by frequent collaborator Sophie Fabien. Watch here. While topping multiple 2021 Artists to Watch lists, it is clear that Q Marsden is making a name for himself. 
  

ABOUT Q 
With a powerful falsetto and a knack for tender, soulful storytelling, Q Marsden is well on his way to capturing the hearts and minds of a generation. 
 
Q was five years old when he started recording music. Raised by musician parents, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Pembroke Pines, Florida fondly remembers laying his first tracks down in studios his father brought him to in Jamaica. Despite his early foundations in music, Q was never taught how to play the piano, guitar, and drums that grace his stirring, melodic songs. “I would listen to it and try to play it piece by piece,” Q explains about teaching himself to play the keys by ear and using classic Mozart as a guide. Soon enough he was programming beats into his mother’s Triton keyboard. When he heard Drake’s 2013 album Nothing Was The Same, Q was inspired to make production his focus, and even sold a guitar he had bought in order to get the computer equipment he needed to strengthen his sound. 

“My music now has no resemblance to Forest Green or even Thoughts,” Q says about the evolution of his sound and new, collaborative music on the horizon. He’s in a different place now, and so naturally, the music is different. 

DOWNLOAD – The Shave Experiment (Director’s Cut) Artwork

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ORMISTON SHARES CINEMATIC DEBUT ALBUM HAMMER DOWN

OUT NOW ON LISBON LUX RECORDS – LISTEN

WATCH VIDEOS FOR STEP FROM THE LIMELIGHT AND REBEL

JOIN ORMISTON LIVE FROM LE MINISTERE IN MONTREAL ON JUNE 10

ACCESS TICKETS AND INFO HERE

Toronto, ON – June 4, 2021 – Montréal artist and producer, Ormiston, launches his cinematic and stunning groove-laden debut, Hammer Down, today via Lisbon Lux Records. Comprised of eight songs that draw from a concept reminiscent of Coming-of-Age films, the project highlights Ormiston’s extensive background as a producer merged with his work as a singer-songwriter. The album narrative surrounds a protagonist from childhood to adulthood, soundtracked through Ormiston’s songs that explore love stories and failed relationships in an upbeat indie pop fashion. To unveil the project, Ormiston releases highlight track, Time Fades, a song that depicts an urgency of living, a burning desire to escape and explore. The song has a charging electronic beat led by roaring vocals which gives it an anthemic feel.

Listen to Time Fades and Hammer Down here.

To celebrate, Ormiston will be sharing the music live and direct from Montreal venue, Le Ministère, on Thursday, June 10, unveiling the album with raw energy and a full band. Access tickets and find more info here.

Hammer Down draws from the energy of a never-ending summer, a sense of nostalgia and coming of age, while themes vary between romance, breaking monotonous lifestyles and questioning one’s definition of freedom in a culture driven by social media. Having been more of a behind-the-scenes producer and co-writer for numerous years, Hammer Down represents a fresh phase for Ormiston as an opportunity to explore layers of production and writing without any boundaries. With Samuel Gemme at the helm as mixing engineer, Ormiston created a chain of effects with different plugins and the UAD MXR Flanger, often applying this to vocals, bass, guitars, and percussion, working well with the instrumentation, giving the project a real identity and connection between the songs in the process.

Album highlight, Step From The Limelight, tells the story of someone afraid of being trapped in monotony, examining the desire to be a part of an empty culture and fleeting actions to satisfy one’s self esteem. Listen to Step From The Limelight and watch the visual here. The single followed a vibrant TV-lit video for the album’s nostalgic lead single, Rebel. The video for Rebel (now over 40K views!) was directed by Montreal filmmaker, Ariel Poupart, and sees Ormiston and a band performing Rebel in a Top Of The Pops-inspired landscape, evoking a retro mood, as if viewing through your TV at home. Watch the video here and listen to the song here.

About Ormiston:

Ormiston is the solo project of Montreal born Nicola Ormiston; a singer-songwriter and producer of a sunny and laidback sound, somewhere between indie pop, chillwave and yacht rock where you can find influences from Toro Y Moi, MGMT and electro-disco. Born into a bilingual Montreal family, he was raised around female musicians and grew up with a strong sense of melody. After mixing and producing some tracks for Milk & Bone, Heartstreets, Misage and Freida Mari, he released in 2013 the song, Typically Her (under the name Beverlay), which was remixed by Kaytranada, reaching more than three million streams worldwide. In 2020, he signed with Canadian label Lisbon Lux Records (Le Couleur, Russell Louder, Radiant Baby and Das Mörtal).

Hammer Down – Tracklisting:
1.Foreign Travels

2.Rebel

3.Time Fades

4.Step From The Limelight

5.Put The Hammer Down

6.Green With Envy

7.Better Days

8.Adeline

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TOM ODELL lose you again OFFICIAL VIDEO RELEASED JUNE 3

WATCH HERE

Toronto, ON – June 3, 2021 – Brit and Ivor Novello award winning songwriter, plus platinum-selling, chart-topping artist, Tom Odell, releases the official video to his new single lose you again on Columbia Records on June 3. Watch here.

After a dark period of mental health stalked most of his 2018 and 19, Tom Odell wrote his way through it, eventually letting down his guard and pouring his feelings into new music that will form his fourth album, monsters, (due to be released July 9). The next single to be taken from the new album is lose you again, a fragile, heart-breaking piano ballad balanced subtly within a contemporary production. The song pores over a fractured relationship and rails at the stoicism that bleeds out of men being afraid to show their feelings. In the official video Tom does an emotional performance set within the confines of an empty Wembley Stadium…a powerful metaphor for the song and our times. Tom says “It was an absolute dream to shoot a music video at Wembley. When we asked, I was not expecting them to say yes. but they did!Watch here.


Tom Odell has been working as a musician in the public eye since he was 21 when self-penned debut album, Long Way Down, earned him a number 1 album. He has since enjoyed over 2.6 billion streams, three UK top 5 albums including two UK top 10 singles, a 2013 Brit Award for Critic's Choice and being awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award for Songwriter of the Year. Now, 30, it's clear to Odell that the whirlwind around his debut kickstarted a work ethic that eventually became an obsession. It reached an apex in September 2019 when Odell, fresh off touring Jubilee Road, went straight to LA to start writing the next album. “Then this chronic anxiety that I'd had for a couple of years just got worse”  Odell woke up one morning “and I couldn't do anymore music”. He knew something had to change.  In the end he flew back home, went straight to his parent's house and slowly got better.
 
Slowly but surely, Odell alchemised that experience into a new album (‘monster’ released July 9).  He also realised his broader lyrical horizons needed to be matched by a musical expansion, with a lot of the songs on the album – created alongside songwriter Laurie Blundell and producer Miles James – leaning into a more electronic, bedroom pop sound that Odell has steadily become obsessed with over the last few years. This new found love of DIY electronic pop chimed with the pandemic's arrival and songs were crafted in a more threadbare way around instruments he had at hand, like Moog synths. It was a move underpinned by both necessity and a desire to explore.  And while his new music is at times heavy, there's a lightness of touch that means Odell is able to pull off pop's greatest trick; hiding sadness in the melodies.   In this strangest of times this new music represents the start of chapter two in Odell's ongoing musical journey.

As a testament to his enduring popularity, Tom Odell was invited to perform on BBC1 Graham Norton TV show (watch here)...whilst more recently he appeared on the James Corden Late Late Show (watch here) with another intimate performance.  At the same time Odell’s fan base continues to grow exponentially with his new sound and direction. He has gained over 4 million new monthly listeners since the start of the year, with ⅔ of his audience under 25. Despite joining TikTok relatively recently, his heavily engaged videos have been viewed over 15 million times and his first ever single Another Love has had a resurgence in popularity amongst a new generation, becoming a viral hit and entering the UK official singles charts again!

 
Tom Odell recently announced a short run of intimate solo live dates at The Jazz Cafe on June 20, 21, and 22, which sold out instantly on general release. In addition to these shows Tom Odell also has live dates on sale for his UK 2022 the monsters tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.axs.com.
 
Tom Odell - The monsters Tour 2022
February 15 - Belfast Ulster Hall
February 16 - Dublin Olympia Theatre
February 18 - Southampton O2 Guildhall
February 19 - Bristol O2 Academy Bristol
February 20 - Manchester O2 Apollo
February 22 - Oxford O2 Academy
February 24 - London O2 Academy Brixton
February 26 - Liverpool O2 Academy
February 27 - Cardiff The Great Hall
March 1 - Leeds O2 Academy
March 2 - Newcastle O2 City Hall
March 4 - Glasgow 4 O2 Academy Glasgow
March 5 - Nottingham Rock City
March 6 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
March 8 - Birmingham O2 Academy

 

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DAYSORMAY UNRAVEL THE EGO IN NEW SONG AND VIDEO

LISTEN TO EGO HERE | WATCH EGO HERE

NEW ALBUM JUST EXISTING OUT OCTOBER 6

“The track highlights colorful soundscapes of bold synths, piercing piano and bright drums. Through the playful instrumentation that pairs perfectly with their clever lyricism, they create a joyful listen. It is sure to have your head-bobbing.”EARMILK

“Ego is stellar, point-blank. Any fans of the alt-pop genre are going to eat this up! It takes all the best of what’s so intriguing about this modern take on the genre, while always giving this unique twist that makes it clear it’s a daysormay song.” Honey Pop

“It has an emotional build in a parting verse that is raw, a powerful passage that weights passion as declared violence – existence, mortality and our perceived failure/success. Gasoline soaked and on the verge of being lit with a match, “Ego” can’t find the right temperament or direction. Fortunately, the band is in a polar opposite position.” – The Permanent Rain Press

Toronto, ON – June 2, 2021 – Today, rising Vancouver, BC-based trio, daysormay, explore the many aspects of self through the creative process with new single, Ego. The song arrives with announcement of the band’s forthcoming album, Just Existing, set for release October 6, 2021 (independent in Canada, and TAG Music rest of world).

Listen to Ego and watch the video here.

“Ego started as a songwriting exercise. I was trying to see if I could write in different voices, as different characters. My goal was to be as un-Aidan as possible. Just to see what I would get. I n the summer of 2018 I was working a job where I was able to listen to music all day. So, I was absorbing a lot of new styles, and I was listening to a lot of podcasts about songwriting. Carson had sent me a couple beats he had been working on,” says lead vocalist Aidan Andrews.

“We toured and tested it a lot before getting in the studio with Steve Bays to do the final version in August 2019. I felt super lucky with this one because we were able to go right from touring into recording. So, all of the habits and tricks we had picked up from playing the song every night were still fresh in our minds. I feel like it brought another level of energy to it that might not have been there otherwise.” 

The visual for Ego was filmed by Christian Lai and Titouan Fournier, and co-directed by Lai, Fournier, and daysormay, with Colourist Ryan Schroeder from Transposition Films and Gaffer, Slatie Chu. The origins of the visual were drawn from the idea of filming in a rage room, as the whole video was initially built around the band smashing items within unique vignettes rather than a narrative-driven piece. In daysormay’s signature hue, the blue baseball bat that Aidan uses to smash the speakers in the beginning was flimsier than expected – the speaker won that game.

Ego follows The Trend, a track released in April highlighting their innovative songwriting and production process, with a video that captures the contrast between the noise of touring and the stillness of arriving home, offering a sense of reflection through the spaces in between. Watch The Trend here and listen to the song here. The video – as with everything daysormay create – was produced in their signature DIY style, filmed entirely on iPhone 11 Pro across the lush landscape of Vancouver, BC. It was produced by fbnki, who was previously at the helm for Holding My Tongue and Running.

daysormay have been steadily sharing new sights and sounds that will appear on the project in a reflective manner, including Everything Is Changing. In 2020, the band released the powerful anthem, Holding My Tongue, and summer 2020 songs, Role Model featuring Tessa Violet, and Running.

On the album, daysormay says:


Just Existing has been a long time coming. Some of these songs have been around for 2+ years, while the others are brand new. It's been a crazy process of stitching it all together, we've never approached an album like this before, it feels new. I hope it can reach new listeners while also showing our current listeners a wider picture of who we are and what we've been doing over the past few years. We think of it as our debut. It feels like a beginning.

We recorded the vast majority of the new stuff with Canadian legend Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat, Mounties, Fur Trade, and Left Field Messiah. He’s also produced for groups like Fitz and The Tantrums and collaborated with Diplo and Steve Aoki. We started with him way back in August of 2018 and it’s been a very important creative relationship for all of the singles and the upcoming album. We recorded sporadically with him throughout the past 3 years and it’s always been an eye opening experience and has given us the confidence to produce and record some of the songs on our own as well.”

Learn about daysormay in their bio and stay tuned for more.

daysormay is:
Aidan Andrews (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys/Ukulele)
Nolan Bassett (Bass/Vocals/Trumpet)
Carson Bassett (Drums/Percussion)
 

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SIERRA FERRELL STAKES OUT NEW SONIC TERRITORY ON ROUNDER RECORDS DEBUT LONG TIME COMING OUT AUGUST 20

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE THE SEA HERE

"Once you've heard her songs...there is no way you will forget her. She's a once-in-a-decade talent." -No Depression

Toronto, ON – June 2, 2021 – Today, West Virginia bred, Nashville-based artist, Sierra Ferrell, announces her highly-anticipated debut for Rounder, Long Time Coming, to be released on August 20. The album, which features a dozen songs written or co-written by Ferrell, embodies the fierce eclecticism and individuality of a musician and songwriter who utterly defies categorization. "I want my music to be like my mind is-all over the place," says Ferrell. "I listen to everything from bluegrass to techno to goth metal, and it all inspires me in different ways that I try to incorporate into my songs and make people really feel something."

Co-produced by 10-time Grammy Award-winner, Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Sarah Jarosz), and Australian musician, Stu Hibberd, and recorded at Nashville's Southern Ground and Minutia studios, Long Time Coming stakes out new sonic territory where tango rhythms, bluegrass picking, jazz phrasing, and classic country intersect to create something that feels wholly original.

Ferrell was joined in the studio by a remarkable array of guest musicians including, Billy Strings, Sarah Jarosz, Dennis Crouch, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Chris Scruggs, and Rory Hoffman, who added entirely new texture to each of her gracefully crafted and undeniably heartfelt songs.

The Sea, a haunting and hypnotic tale of scorned love that opens the album, is available today as a single. Writing in Holler, Amanda Wicks noted, “Translating the magic of an artist’s magnetic stage show isn’t an easy task… For some, though, the medium doesn’t inhibit their musical inclinations — it buoys it. Sierra Ferrell earned attention from Rounder Records thanks to her entrancing live shows, but luckily, translating that presence to a record only meant letting Ferrell continue to be herself in all her wandering, whimsical glory.”

The striking companion video, which uses chiaroscuro lighting and a muted, moody colour palette to illuminate Ferrell against a stark black background, powerfully conveys the longing and quiet desolation of the song. Watch the video here.

A lifelong singer, Ferrell got her start performing in a local bar when she was only seven years old. When she was in her early 20s, a chance encounter with a troupe of nomadic musicians inspired her to leave home and join them as they traveled across the country, playing everywhere from freight train boxcars to truck stops. After a few years spent busking on the streets of Seattle and New Orleans, she decided to make the move to Nashville. She was immediately welcomed into its vibrant music community and soon after her arrival, she began taking the stage at festivals like At the Beach and AmericanaFest. Through her association with Stu Hibberd, she came to the attention of Paczosa and the team at Rounder and signed with the label in late 2019.

Though a relative newcomer, Ferrell has captured the imagination of music fans, many of whom first encountered her via performance videos on YouTube. A rendition of fan favorite In Dreams that was filmed for GemsOnVHS has racked up more than four million views, while Jeremiah, the first single released from Long Time Coming recently surpassed a million audio streams.

Ferrell is planning an extensive tour of the United States which will start this summer and extend into next year. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.

DOWNLOAD – Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Single Art

Long Time Coming Tracklisting
1.The Sea (Sierra Ferrell)
2. Jeremiah (Sierra Ferrell)
3. Bells of Every Chapel (Sierra Ferrell - Oliver Bates Craven)
4. At The End Of The Rainbow (Sierra Ferrell - Nate Leath)
5. West Virginia Waltz (Sierra Ferrell - Nate Leath)
6. Silver Dollar (Sierra Ferrell - Nate Leath)
7. Far Away Across the Sea (Sierra Ferrell)
8. Why'd Ya Do It (Sierra Ferrell)
9. Give It Time (Sierra Ferrell)
10. In Dreams (Sierra Ferrell)
11. Made Like That (Sierra Ferrell)
12. Whispering Waltz (Sierra Ferrell - Oliver Bates Craven)

www.sierraferrellmusic.com

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CADENCE WEAPON RISES ABOVE SURVEILLANCE IN VIDEO FOR ON ME

US TOUR DATES WITH FAT TONY ANNOUNCED

LISTEN TO NEW ALBUM PARALLEL WORLD 

Toronto, ON – June 1, 2021 – Cadence Weaponthe moniker of Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer and poet, Rollie Pemberton, continues to fill airwaves and digital realms following the release of his acclaimed album, Parallel World (April 30, eOne Music). Today, Cadence shares the official video for track, On Me, featuring UK Grime MC, Manga Saint Hilare, produced by Australia’s Strict Face. The visual was directed by Cadence’s long-time collaborator, Scott Pilgrim, and premiered via GRM Daily. Watch it here

On Me is a cross-pond collab between Cadence and Manga – the video is inspired blend of the lyrical content and track themes, highlighting security and surveillance, some of the many topics Cadence examines within Parallel World, continuing a mission to spark change and conversation through sonic messaging and seeks to unearth the alternate reality that lies beneath the surface of our society. 

For the treatment, Scott says: “Working on ON ME was an opportunity to blend concept and purpose. Since our artists weren't able to be in the same room together, we needed to find a way to unify footage shot in Canada and the UK. Taking from the themes of surveillance from the lyrics of the song, the TV motif was the perfect object for connecting the two rappers performances.”

“When I wrote On Me, I was inspired by reading about how face recognition technology was being used by law enforcement and then that got me thinking about the myriad ways surveillance has become normalized in everyday life,”Cadence says. “It was amazing to get Manga on the track because he’s a grime legend and member of Roll Deep and I was really inspired by them back in the day. This song is musically a homage to classic grime, a genre of music that has been prosecuted and surveilled from its inception.”

While Cadence, holding a longtime penchant for UK music and Grime, is quick to cite Hilare as an influence, the British MC has reciprocated by describing parallels in their “fast paced syllable heavy” deliveries, adding they “each tell our stories honestly. Very similar, actually” (Complex). 

 

Cadence is inviting audiences to experience Parallel World in a way many have been yearning for, as he takes the project on the road this this fall, commencing September 30 through October 23, for a coast-to-coast tour alongside Houston, TX rapper, Fat Tony. See below for a complete list of dates.  

While heralded as Cadence’s most politically charged album to date, the songs on Parallel World are what Cadence quips Truth in Jest to narrate realities of the world at present. The songs touch on themes of systemic racism, structural inequality, police profiling, gentrification, the internet’s pervasive effects on our lives and the surveillance state that disproportionately punishes Black people. Using elements of trap, drill, grime and acid house, Parallel World is the soundtrack for the dystopian future the world is facing, as society deals with these issues. It is a sonic space where Cadence at distills these experiences for all.

Production personnel on Parallel World includes JUNO-nominated Jacques Greene, Jimmy Edgar, Martyn Bootyspoon, Casey MQ, Korea Town Acid, DNNY PHNTM, Strict Face, AudioOpera, and Little Snake. Guests include Houston rapper Fat Tony, 2020 Polaris Music Prize-winner, Backxwash, Skratch Bastid, and Manga Saint Hilare. It was mixed and engineered by Calvin Hartwick at Dream House Studios and mastered by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel in Toronto.
 

Listen to Parallel World here – out now on all platforms. 

Learn more about Cadence Weapon below and join him out in the real world as he rocks venues with Fat Tony this fall. 

Tour Dates:
September 30 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive

October 2 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle

October 3 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern

October 6 - Brooklyn, NY - The Sultan Room

October 8 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl

October 13 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

October 15 - Austin, TX - Far Out Lounge

October 16 - Fort Worth, TX - Wild Acre Live

October 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Zebulon

October 21 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill

October 22 - Portland, OR - Polaris Hall

October 23 - Seattle, WA - Clock Out

Photo by Daniel Schechner

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About Cadence Weapon

Cadence Weapon has released four albums, all of which have been nominated for the Polaris Prize, with Breaking Kayfabe (2006) and Hope In Dirt City (2012) being shortlist nominees. His music is known for pairing groundbreaking production with incisive, socially conscious lyricism and has been praised by the likes of NPR, The New York Times, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Zane Lowe Beats 1, Complex, Dazed, and many more.

He served as Poet Laureate of Edmonton from 2009 to 2011. His poem “The Garden” was incorporated into a bronze sculpture at the Alberta Legislature Grounds in Edmonton in 2018. He has hosted lectures and conducted live interviews for CBC q and Red Bull Music Academy. A book he is writing about his career called Bedroom Rapper will be published by McClelland & Stewart in Spring 2022.

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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MOONSHINE COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL. 4

OUT JUNE 18 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FORESEEN ENTERTAINMENT

SHARES NEW SINGLES ONWARD

FEATURING SANGO & GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW AND
LELO FEATURING SARAH KALUME & UPROOT ANDY

PRE-SAVE ALBUM HERE
Toronto, ON – May 28, 2021 – Montreal’s Moonshine Collective proudly announce their upcoming album, SMS For Location, Vol. 4, out June 18 in partnership with FORESEEN Entertainment. To herald the launch, they share two opening tracks: Onward, featuring acclaimed producer, Sango & GRAMMY-winning artist and producer, Georgia Anne Muldrow, alongside Lelo, featuring Brooklyn/Toronto-based Moonshine favourite and Que Bajo party co-founder,Uproot Andy, with vocal compliments by Congolese artist, Sarah Kalume.  Listen to Onward and Leloand pre-order SMS For Location, Vol. 4 here.
 
A paean to strength and resilience, Onward juxtaposes Georgia’s smooth contralto against Sango’s clangorous, rumbling production. The artwork for Onward features a lukasa – a tablet/memory board from the Luba empire used to recount history in their rituals by diviners. Known on the dance floor for his remixes of Aaliyah, Drake, Little Dragon, Nas and The Weeknd plus his own Baile Funk EP series, Da Rocinha, and recent full-length, In the Comfort Of, Seattle-based, Sango, has produced music for Bryson Tiller, Tinashe, Mick Jenkins, GoldLink, Wale, Smino, Xavier Omar and more, and is part of Los Angeles collective Soulection. It’s L.A.’s avant-garde soul, jazz and hip-hop scene that Sango overlapped with ingenious electronic producer, vocalist and songwriter Georgia Anne Muldrow, who co-founded label SomeOthaShip Connect, has guested on tracks by Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Robert Glasper and other artists.
 
On Lelo, Brooklyn/Toronto-based Moonshine favourite and Que Bajo party co-founder, Uproot Andy, layers Congolese artist Sarah Kalume’sSwahili and French vocals into the sound of his Global Bass movement signature, replete with uplifting melodic synths and balmy steel drum rhythms. Written in partnership with Moonshine co-founder Pierre Kwenders, Lelo weaves its laid-back party beat with a lyrical thread of perseverance and dedication to creative work. Kalume, who launched into the public eye on musical reality show Vodacom Superstar in 2011 and joined its jury just a few years later, shows a depth of style and emotional expression in vocals originally recorded in Kinshasa in December 2020.

From deep underground in Montreal to under the Congo sun, the Moonshine party is back with its Afro-futuristic, bass-heavy, electro-funk sound. Moonshine’s latest album fuses levity and acumen, inventive electronic production with traditional instrumentation, all the while intensifying a collaboration between artists from around the world. SMS For Location, Vol. 4 crosses genres and continents to follow the producers, DJs and MCs from Montreal’s legendary Moonshine parties to underground UK clubs, Parisian Afro-beat soirées to Kinshasa’s booming electronic scene.

With an array of sounds, the project shines with contributions  by Moonshine co-founder, JUNO/Polaris nominated artist Pierre Kwenders, alongside Boddhi Satva, Montreal’s Nate Husser + Kris The $pirit, Toronto’s Uproot Andy, London’s Ahadaream, Mexico’s Zutzut, and more.

In April, the collective shared singlesGinseng and MalembeOn Ginseng, Bamao Yendé, a champion of marginalized musical styles with African roots, weaves a soulful sax melody through a UK garage-meets-batida beat.  Recorded between Montreal, Lisbon and Kinshasa, Malembe is the first collaboration between friends, Pierre Kwenders and Boddhi Satva, who craft a lithe melody that rapidly explodes with heavy bass and commanding vocals. Dropping MC RedBul’s energetic, booming voice into the mix alongside Kwenders’ lyrical resonance turns Malembe into a multi-layered musical conversation fit for pulsing dancefloors. The visual for Ginseng (Zaïre Space Program | Act I) was filmed with Congolese artist collective FARATA in a township of Kinshasa, and directed by award-winning Congolese director Nizar Saleh Mohamed, with co-direction by Moonshine’s Pierre Kwenders and Hervé "Coltan" Kalongo.

See the full tracklisting and read more about Moonshine’s roots below and stay tuned for more notifications as the collective share SMS For Location, Vol. 4 next month. 

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1. Ginseng (feat Bamao Yendé)

2. Onward (feat. Sango & Georgia Anne Muldrow)

3.     Lelo (feat. Sarah Kalume & Uproot Andy)

4.     Malembe (feat. Boddhi Satva, Pierre Kwenders & MC RedBul)

5.     Tibo Tisipa (feat. MC RedBul)

6.     Shunona (feat. DJ P2N & Patrick Strong)

7.     Cria (feat. Deekapz)

8.     Peter Pan (feat. Andy S & Banga)

9.     Moon Girl (feat. Kris The $pirit)

10. are you stoopid (dumb) (Florentino remix) (feat. Nate Husser, Dapapa & Florentino)

11. Woah (feat. Ahadadream)

12. Dragunov (feat. Vanyfox, Commeungrand)

13. Kòmsadwa's Wisdom (Èzili) (feat. Commeungrand)

14. BB CRY (feat. AWWZ)

15. Roller Coaster Love (feat. Ase Manual)

16. La Montamos (feat. Nino Augustine & Uproot Andy)

17. On va décider (feat. Pierre Kwenders & Le Motel)

18. Lelo (Instrumental) (feat. Uproot Andy)

19. Ancestors Dance (Zutzut Remix) (feat. NoKliché, Maître Magellan & Zutzut)

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TOM ODELL lose you again NEW SINGLE RELEASED MAY 28

LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – May 28, 2021 – Brit and Ivor Novello award winning songwriter, plus platinum-selling, chart-topping artist, Tom Odell, new single lose you again on Columbia Records on May 28. Listen here.

After a dark period of mental health stalked most of his 2018 and 19, Tom Odell wrote his way through it, eventually letting down his guard and pouring his feelings into new music that will form his fourth album, monsters, (due to be released July 9). The next single to be taken from the new album is lose you again.  This fragile, heart-breaking piano ballad is balanced subtly within a contemporary production. The song pores over a fractured relationship and rails at the stoicism that bleeds out of men being afraid to show their feelings. Tom says of the single “i wrote this song in a guitar shop in boston. it’s big and tragic and i love it.” Listen here.


Tom Odell has been working as a musician in the public eye since he was 21 when self-penned debut album Long Way Down earned him a number 1 album. He has since enjoyed over 2.6 billion streams, three UK top 5 albums including two UK top 10 singles, a 2013 Brit Award for Critic's Choice and being awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award for Songwriter of the Year. Now, 30, it's clear to Odell that the whirlwind around his debut kickstarted a work ethic that eventually became an obsession It reached an apex in September 2019 when Odell, fresh off touring Jubilee Road, went straight to LA to start writing the next album. “Then this chronic anxiety that I'd had for a couple of years just got worse”  Odell woke up one morning “and I couldn't do anymore music”. He knew something had to change.  In the end he flew back home, went straight to his parent's house and slowly got better.
 
Slowly but surely, Odell alchemised that experience into a new album (‘monster’ released July 9th).  He also realised his broader lyrical horizons needed to be matched by a musical expansion, with a lot of the songs on the album – created alongside songwriter Laurie Blundell and producer Miles James – leaning into a more electronic, bedroom pop sound that Odell has steadily become obsessed with over the last few years. This new found love of DIY electronic pop chimed with the pandemic's arrival and songs were crafted in a more threadbare way around instruments he had at hand, like Moog synths. It was a move underpinned by both necessity and a desire to explore.  And while his new music is at times heavy, there's a lightness of touch that means Odell is able to pull off pop's greatest trick; hiding sadness in the melodies.   In this strangest of times this new music represents the start of chapter two in Odell's ongoing musical journey. 

 

As a testament to his enduring popularity, Tom Odell was invited to perform on BBC1 Graham Norton TV show (watch here)...whilst more recently he appeared on the James Corden Late Late Show (watch here) with another intimate performance.  At the same time Odell’s fan base continues to grow exponentially with his new sound and direction. He has gained over 4 million new monthly listeners since the start of the year, with ⅔ of his audience under 25. Despite joining TikTok relatively recently, his heavily engaged videos have been viewed over 15 million times and his first ever single Another Love has had a resurgence in popularity amongst a new generation, becoming a viral hit and entering the UK official singles charts again!
 
Tom Odell recently announced a short run of intimate solo live dates at The Jazz Cafe on June 20, 21, and 22, which sold out instantly on general release. In addition to these shows Tom Odell also has live dates on sale for his UK 2022 the monsters tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.comwww.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.axs.com. *Fans pre-ordering the album (vinyl, cd, cassette and more) on Tom’s official website will guarantee first access to tickets.
 
Tom Odell - The monsters Tour 2022
February 15 - Belfast Ulster Hall
February 16 - Dublin Olympia Theatre
February 18 - Southampton O2 Guildhall
February 19 - Bristol O2 Academy Bristol
February 20 - Manchester O2 Apollo
February 22 - Oxford O2 Academy
February 24 - London O2 Academy Brixton
February 26 - Liverpool O2 Academy
February 27 - Cardiff The Great Hall
March 1 - Leeds O2 Academy
March 2 - Newcastle O2 City Hall
March 4 - Glasgow 4 O2 Academy Glasgow
March 5 - Nottingham Rock City
March 6 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
March 8 - Birmingham O2 Academy

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AMAI KUDA ET LES BOIS RELEASES EMURGENCY! ON VINYL TODAY

PURCHASE HERE AND AT LOCAL RECORD STORES ACROSS CANADA

ALBUM SET FOR DIGITAL RELEASE FALL 2021

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

Toronto, ON – May 28, 2021 – Today, Toronto-based group and movement, Amai Kuda et Les Bois, launches the exclusive vinyl release of their album, EmUrgency! Led by Toronto artist and community organizer, Amai, EmUrgency! is a sonic challenge to the music industry and to our society at large to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Inspired by Amai’s journey as a queer woman of African descent working to reclaim her power and support marginalized communities in doing the same,
the project is an unapologetic demand for the voices and stories of those long ignored to finally be heard. 

The collective listening journey begins today as audiences can experience the music in an analog format first, while a digital version of the project with accompanying visual materials will be released from the summer into fall.


Order a copy of EmUrgency! here and see a list of national retailers below to support your local record store. 

EmUrgency! was recorded, mixed and mastered at Quantum Vox Music with co-producer, Jimmy Kiddo, and reflects Amai’s vast influences: Afrohouse, alternative neo-Motown, a blend of alt rock, hip hop and downtempo, with inflections of Amai’s Trinidadian heritage and Toronto upbringing in the mix. The album’s first single, Ecouché, arrived in April as a form of sonic magic – a spell for healing of the waters – channeled and sung entirely in a language of ancestral communication, it can never be performed the same way twice. Listen to it here.

The album speaks to the struggles, wisdoms, and joys of Amai’s journey, being guided by ancestors and Orishas, and staying true to her calling as mother, healer, warrior and artist, despite the many obstacles facing Black, queer women in the music industry and society at large. On the songs, Amai delves into African Indigenous spiritual traditions, connecting with gods and deities of Yoruba cosmology, the anti-colonial war for survival, unconditional love, honouring elders, as well as the inner child and how to preserve it in times of struggle.  

Amai’s initiative, the Sankofa Maroon Village, is  raising funds (see GoFundMe page) to establish the first Black eco-village in Canada – complete with a centre for African cultural education and nature-based healing activities as well as an organic farm to promote Black food sovereignty. You can find out more and support this powerful project here.  

Learn more about Amai Kuda et Les Bois below and stay connected as we experience this EmUgency! together over the coming months.

Tracklisting:
1.Sewing Seeds (Opening Prayer)
2. Which Way
3. Listen Child
4. Ecouché
5. Mother's Home
6. Warriors Gather (Prayer)
7. Eshu
8. Love Song
9. Oshun
10.Better Day
11. Granny Gets the Last Word (Closing Prayer)

Buy/order your copy of EmUrgency! on vinyl here

EmUrgency! is available at these national retailers:

Toronto, ON: Mike’s Music, Chronic Pain Records, Flipping Vintage, Ani Rock, Bay Bloor Radio, Bay Street Video, Creats, Extended Play, Jeremy Nusinowitz, Luke’s Records, Press Vinyl Café, Resolute Records, Dead Dog Records (all locations), Play De Record, Pop Music

Vancouver, BC: Dandelion Records, Greenhorn Café, Hit Man Records

Montreal, QC: Musicotheque, Sonik, Centre Hi Fi, Cheap Thrills, Le Vacarme, Bbam! Gallery, Toy Wars. 

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www.sankofamaroonvillage.com

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

Since that early accolade Amai Kuda et Les Bois have slogged away in Toronto’s music scene, performing at venues like the Jane Mallett Theatre, Harbourfront, The Rivoli, and festivals such as Luminato, Kultrun, and Small World, as well as at venues and community centres on four continents. Amai Kuda et Les Bois have certainly paid their dues, and they haven’t gone unnoticed. They’ve been featured in NOW magazine and on CBC’s Canada Live and Big City Small World, while a single from their 2019 release with Version Xcursion, Holding Back, premiered on Strombo Show. The group also won the Best Folk/Roots award as well as placing second for the Best Song at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. They’ve opened for Joel Plaskett, Kellylee Evans and Sarah Slean, and collaborated with M1 of the legendary Hip-Hop duo, Dead Prez on a call-to-action song called We Can Do It

All that said, the group is acutely aware of, and quite angered by, the glass ceiling in the music industry that keeps artists like themselves from reaching wider audiences. Their new album, EmUrgency! is largely about pushing back against this, and in the coverage it’s received thus far (The Strombo Show, CTV National News, RX Music Live, UMFM and CJRU), they’ve made a point of talking about it. For Amai Kuda et Les Bois, music is about healing - ourselves, our society and the earth, and that can’t happen unless we listen to the voices that have for too long been ignored. It is truly a ‘listening EmUrgency!’

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NICKY JAM PRESENTS NEW MUSIC FEATURING EL ALFA

PIKETE AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS

LISTEN TO PIKETE | WATCH PIKETE

Toronto, ON – May 27, 2021 – Latin music pioneer, Nicky Jam, releases a new musical collaboration with the "master" of the Dominican dembow, El Alfa. Together, both Latin-music superstars give life to Pikete, a song that promises to become the new summer anthem and is now available on all digital platforms

Pikete tells the story of a woman who seems unattainable because of her beauty and attitude. The song was born from the composition of its interpreters Nicky Jam and El Alfa, along with Slow Mike, Luis A O'neill, and Juan Diego Medina Vélez, under the record label La Industria INC.

The song premieres with its official videoclip, directed by the real pioneer of urban genre music videos Jessy Terrero, with the production house, Cinema Giants. The lighting, performances, and camera shots will make you think that you are enjoying a cinematographic piece because the idea is to take the fans to an abstract and robotic universe.

The videoclip for Pikete is full of mystery, and the true starring character of the story, the woman who owns the Pikete, will surprise the audience in the final shot.

It is not the first time that Nicky Jam and El Alfa do “magic” in the studio. Songs such as Nadie como tú, Segueta remixand A correr los Lakers have united them at a professional level, however, the last interview that Nicky Jam made with El Alfa, through his own talk show, The Rockstar Show, generated more than 3 million views on YouTube, and their fans asked to see them together, again. Pikete is available on all digital platforms and YouTube.

About Nicky Jam
Nick Rivera Caminero, known as Nicky Jam, is recognized around the world as a pioneer of Latin urban music. At the age of 11, he recorded his first album Diferente a Los Demás (Different From the Rest), which attracted the attention of DJs and artists in Puerto Rico. As a young adult, Nicky Jam quickly rose to the top of his genre with radio hits including Yo No Soy Tu Marido (I’m Not Your Husband), Me Voy Pa’l Party (I’m Leaving for the Party), Fiel A Tu Piel (Faithful to Your Skin) and La Combi Completa (The Complete Package) among others. He toured the world and became one of Latin urban music’s first international stars. He was obligated to stop his music career for three years because of some serious personal problems. In 2013, he relaunched with a new image, coming back stronger than ever. 

He notched five radio hits: Piensas en Mí (You Think About Me), CuriosidadJuegos Prohibidos (Forbidden Games), Voy a Beber (I’m Going to Drink) and the global chart-topper Travesuras (Mischief). In February 2015, Nicky Jam teamed up with Enrique Iglesias to release El Perdón (Forgiveness), his most internationally acclaimed single to date. Tallying over 1 million YouTube views on the day of its release, El Perdón reached 2x Platinum in Canada, and was #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for 30 weeks (second longest-running single in the chart’s history). In January 2016, Nicky released Hasta el Amanecer (Until Dawn) and went Platinum in Canada, which gave him the biggest Latin song of the year for the second consecutive year. In 2017 Nicky Jam released El Amante (The Lover), and his very first solo album Fénix. The single, El Amante, quickly became an international hit, reaching Platinum in Canada, while the album went 11x Platinum. 

The same year, he made his acting debut in the Vin Diesel blockbuster, XXX: Return of Xander CageIn 2018 he earned three Latin GRAMMY® nominations and appeared on the all-star remix of Te Boté (I Dumped You), whose video became the most watched on YouTube in any genre during 2018. Additionally, Nicky Jam had the honor of recording and performing Live It Up, featuring Will Smith and Era Istrefi, for the official soundtrack of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 

His autobiographical series El Ganador (The Winner) premiered on Netflix at the end of 2019, as well as his album, Íntimo, with X (Equis) featuring J Balvin reaching Platinum success in Canada. Nicky Jam returned to the big screen in early 2020 with a role in Bad Boys For Life, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. His most recent single Fan de tus Fotos has generated great impact in the music industry, garnering more than 25 million views within a month of its release.

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YOLA RELEASES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE STAND FOR MYSELF CELEBRATING A NUANCED DEPICTION OF BLACK FEMININE STRENGTH

LISTEN TO NEW SONG AND PRE-ORDER ALBUM HERE

STAND FOR MYSELF TO BE RELEASED VIA EASY EYE SOUND  JULY 30 

“Yet another musical twist in Yola’s saga. An ebullient mix 
of hard truths and vintage soul.” - 
 Rolling Stone

“‘The music radiates optimism. But Yola’s lyrics are far more skeptical; she’s warning that the rich and privileged still have everything rigged in their favor.”  - The New York Times

Toronto, ON – May 27, 2021  Today, Yola released the video for the title track of her anthemic new album, Stand For Myselfwhich will be released via Easy Eye Sound on July 30, 2021The single debuted today with a powerful new video, directed by Allister Ann. The clip features Yola escaping from a world that has entrapped her, on a vintage motorcycle whilst depicting a nuanced definition of Black female strength and drawing on visual references from the music videos from her childhood. “My school years were during the 90s and 00s, and Missy Elliott’s videos were always aesthetically superior to me.” Yola stated, adding “I feel that the video is set in the antechamber to freedom. The feeling of escaping something truly oppressive and heading towards an unknown with a sense of hope and choice you haven’t felt in a long time. We all have the capacity to go through this process in our own minds, I kinda look like a superhero at times, but I’m not. I’m just a person trying to be free.”

Yola co-wrote the song with Dan Auerbach, Hannah V and Natalie Hembym and it features The McCrary Sisters on background vocals. The track reflects on Yola’s belief in the possibility of paradigm shift beyond the mental programming that creates tokenism and bigotry, which have deeply impacted her personal life and professional career. “The song’s protagonist ‘token,’ has been shrinking themselves to fit into the narrative of another’s making, but it becomes clear that shrinking is pointless.” 

Yola said, adding, “This song is about a celebration of being awake from the nightmare supremacist paradigm. Truly alive, awake and eyes finally wide open and trained on your path to self-actualisation. You are thinking freely and working on undoing the mental programming that has made you live in fear. It is about standing for ourselves throughout our lives and real change coming when we challenge our thinking. This is who I've always been in music and in life. There was a little hiatus where I got brainwashed out of my own majesty, but a bitch is back.”

The album was produced by Dan Auerbach and has already been hailed as a singular sonic shift, with publications including Stereogum who proclaimed her recent single, Diamond Studded Shoes, as blending “symphonic soul and classic pop.” Paper Magazine described her new sound as “nuanced and endlessly listenable.” The Root said, “Yola’s brassy twang is both fun to listen to and resonates deeply within the soul because of the power it holds,” and Consequence described Yola as creating, “soulful pop songs that mark a distinct pivot.” 

Stand For Myself traces a musical thread to Yola’s most eclectic musical inspirations. From the seminal albums Yola discovered via her Mother’s 70s record collection, to her love of eclectic British radio, which featured a fluid mix of 90s neo soul, R&B and britpop—all which soundtracked her childhood and teenage years in Bristol, England. Yola experienced prejudice throughout her childhood and career and navigated these experiences, as well as homelessness in London and stress-induced voice loss to launch her solo career in 2016. She achieved breakout success with her debut album, Walk Through Fire, which landed her four GRAMMY® nominations including Best New Artist, critical acclaim and fans from Elton John to Mavis Staples. 

Yola will be one of few artists to perform at both Newport Folk and Newport Jazz in the same year, when she joins the lineup of both events this summer. She will also be performing dates with Chris Stapleton on his rescheduled tour in 2021 and will headline The Ryman Auditorium in 2022. For more information and tickets please visit: www.iamyola.com

Tracklist:

1. Barely Alive  

2. Dancing Away In Tears 

3. Diamond Studded Shoes  

4. Be My Friend 

5. Great Divide  

6. Starlight  

7. If I Had To Do It All Again  

8. Now You’re Here  

9. Whatever You Want  

10. Break The Bough  

11. Like A Photograph

12. Stand For Myself 

Live dates include: 

2021

July 23-July 25 - Newport Folk  

July 30- August 1 - Newport Jazz 

August 6 - Hinterland Music Festival

August 7 - DTE Energy Music Theatre. Clarkston, MI - w/ Chris Stapleton

August 21 - Globe Life Park. Arlington, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton

September 10 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival  

September 16 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Maryland Height, MO - w/ Chris Stapleton

September 17 - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. Birmingham, AL - w/ Chris Stapleton

September 18 - The Wharf Amphitheatre. Orange Beach, AL - w/ Chris Stapleton

September 25 - Ruoff Music Center. Noblesville, IN - w/ Chris Stapleton

September 26 - Ohana Music Festival 

October 8 - Madison Square Garden. NYC, NY - w/ Chris Stapleton

October 14 - Mizzou Arena. Columbia, MO - w/ Chris Stapleton

October 15 - Pinnacle Bank Arena. Lincoln, NE - w/ Chris Stapleton

October 16 - Denny Sanford Premier Center. Sioux Falls, SD - w/ Chris Stapleton

October 21 - Riverbend Music Center. Cincinnati, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton

October 22 & 23 - Bridgestone Arena. Nashville, TN - w/ Chris Stapleton

October 28 - United Supermarket Arena. Lubbock, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton

October 29 - Isleta Amphitheater. Albuquerque, NM - w/ Chris Stapleton

October 30 - AK-Chin Pavilion. Phoenix, AZ - w/ Chris Stapleton

November 4 - Frank Erwin Center. Austin, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton

November 5 - BOK Center. Tulsa, OK - w/ Chris Stapleton

November 6 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The Woodlands, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton

December 3 - FedEx Forum. Memphis, TN -  w/ Chris Stapleton

December 4 - Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Biloxi, MS - w/ Chris Stapleton

December 5 - Thompson-Boling Arena. Knoxville, TN - w/ Chris Stapleton

2022 

March 3 - Ryman Auditorium. Nashville, TN 

April 20 - Huntington Center. Toledo, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton

April 21 - Schottenstein Center. Columbus, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton

April 23 - A Concert for Kentucky – Kroger Field. Lexington, KY - w/ Chris Stapleton

Pre-save Stand For Myself here.

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KANDLE FLIPS THE SCRIPT ON HEARTBREAK WITH A CATCHY HOOK ON WHEN IT HURTS

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SET THE FIRE OUT THIS FRIDAY, MAY 28 PRE-SAVE/ PRE-ORDER

LOCK & LOAD NOMINATED FOR 2021 PRISM PRIZE

Toronto, ON – May 26, 2021 – The heat and volume continue to rise as JUNO-nominated artist, Kandle Osborne, nears the release of her new album, Set The Fire, out this Friday, May 28. Today, Kandle shows that heartbreak has never been hookier on When It Hurts, a retro-pop jam sonically reminiscent of the Shangri-Las grooving in an episode of Twin Peaks. Kandle collaborated with Liam O'Neil (Kings Of Leon) to create this deceptively sad catchy summer bop, scribing poetic lyrics that follow an uplifting narrative to mend sugar-coated heartbreak. Listen to When It Hurts

“I’m back with another deceptively sad, sugar-coated heartbreak song that comes courtesy of a distanced collaboration with my dear friend Liam O'Neil (Kings Of Leon). He sent me some beautiful Twin Peaks-sounding synth chords that I was inspired to marry with a 50s pop throw-back melody and some catchy call and answer parts. Backed by my incredible all woman band once again (Debra-Jean Creelman, Louise Burns and Kendel Carson of The Wiccs) we channeled a classic girl group vibe for your listening pleasure!”

When It Hurts is Set The Fire’s fifth single. It follows No Good, a track that launched Garden Sessions – an open-air series with Kandle, Debra-Jean Creelman and Kendel Carson performing acoustic renditions of Set The Fire’s standout tunes. Listen to No Good here and watch the video here. In April, Kandle released Misty Morning, a sonic journey that echoes soulful vulnerability and an honest reflection of realizing true love. Watch/ listen to Misty Morning here

For the album visuals, Kandle has been teaming up with long-time collaborator, Director Brandon William Fletcher, notably behind the cinematic epic for her single Honey Trap, a sweet-but-fierce tune about breaking free from a sticky power struggle and the awakenings that follow. Featuring actor Keenan Tracey (Bates Motel, The 100), the video for Honey Trap sees Kandle and her new band of besties, The Wiccs (Louise Burns, Kendel Carson and Tess Ananda), and reminds us of the powerful impact of reclaiming your independence on and off the stage.  Watch/listen to Honey Trap here.

In addition, Kandle is nominated for a 2021 Prism Prize for Set The Fire first single, Lock and Load, (her second nomination for the award following Not Up To Me). The song received an earlier nod for a Canadian Independent Video Award in 2020. 

Once again, Kandle stands out from the pack and shows us that nobody sounds quite like her. Back with a fresh full-length album, Set The Fire, she seamlessly marries her adoration for 60s girl group soul and the 90's rock she grew up on. The tracks buzz with a retro feel but the dark, no holds barred songwriting is what we've come to love from Kandle. Tales of toxicity, manipulation and heartbreak are delivered with stark, striking honesty over a captivating array of sonic influences. Sparkling piano, distorted guitars, dynamic horns and doo-wop backups make you (almost) forget you're deep diving into her darkest secrets.


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

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

Listen to When It Hurts
Pre-save/ Pre-order Set The Fire
 

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half•alive RELEASE TIME 2 SONG & VIDEO OUT NOW

 Today, Long Beach-based, trio half•alive, release their new song, TIME 2, along with a music video via RCA Records. TIME 2 was produced by three-time GRAMMY Award-winner Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Adele, HAIM) and co-written with Dan Nigro (Olivia Rodrigo). The music video was self-directed by the band and long time collaborators JA Collective. Check it out here

half•alive says, “The lyrical message of TIME 2 ended up shocking us in a very prophetic way…The song speaks about waking up in the chaos of life & remembering a child-like state of mind.  It calls to reset, & return to the beginning. The moment we finished writing the song, the world was subdued into a global time-out.  Production on the song, along with everything else, came to a standstill. A year has passed, & now in May 2021 we find ourselves looking down at the lyrics in awe... “I’m fleeing to the wonder I lost when I was younger, the simple child state of mind. It’s comin’ like the sunshine, rising in the morning.  I’m waking up it’s time— Fighting the constant, forgetting to give it up. I forgot what I wanted, now i’m waking up it’s time.”” 

TIME 2 follows the release of half•alive’s latest single What’s Wrong which has garnered over 5.1 million streams worldwide and recently had the honor of Most Added at Alt Radio in the US. The band will be performing What’s Wrong June 1 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35/10:35c on ABC.  

Additionally, half•alive will be playing at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on September 16 and at Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival on September 19.

About half•alive: 

The music of half•alive breathes, evolves, grows, and changes alongside the lives of the Long Beach trio—Josh Taylor [vocals], Brett Kramer [drums], and J Tyler Johnson [bass]. half•alive officially came to life on the 2017 3EP, which sparked a palpable buzz on the strength of The Fall and Aawake At Night. Over the course of the next year, they crafted what became their massive breakout still feel. which has been RIAA certified Gold, rocketed into the Top 10 at Alt Radio and has over 276 million worldwide streams to date. The video organically surpassed the 10 million mark within two months as the song garnered acclaim from NPR’s coveted All Songs Considered and more. The trio sold out their formal debut headlining tour in 2019 which included 2 sold out shows at The Fonda Theatre in LA. The tour also included stops at major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Bumbershoot. Later that year the band made their late night television debut with a very special performance of still feel. on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Check out the incredible and unique performance here. They also performed Runaway on The Late Late Show with James Corden. In August 2019, they released their debut album Now, Not Yet which has amassed over 472 million worldwide audio streams to date. half•alive was named YouTube’s Artist on the Rise and their live Vevo DSCVR performances of Runaway  and arrow showcase their incredible creative artistry. Last year, half•alive released their EP, in Florescence, an audio and visual project that included orchestral arrangements of 4 tracks off their critically acclaimed debut album Now, Not Yet as well as videos for 3 of the 4 songs to accompany them.

To Buy/Stream/Watch TIME 2: 

Multi: https://smarturl.it/HATIME2 

Official Video: https://smarturl.it/HATIME2/youtube 

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THE HALLUCI NATION ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT SET FOR RELEASE JULY 30

SHARE REMEMBER 01 SINGLE AND VIDEO FEATURING JOHN TRUDELL AND BLACK BEAR

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Toronto, ON – May 21, 2021 – As they enter a new cycle, Bear Witness and Tim “2oolman” Hill of A Tribe Called Red are reintroducing themselves as The Halluci Nation, to reflect the evolution of their music and mission. Today they release new track and official video, Remember 01, which will be heard on their upcoming album, One More Saturday Night, releasing July 30 (click to pre-order). The track opens with words from poet and activist, John Trudell – who fans first saw on the group’s last record We Are The Halluci Nation – the track is an ode to remembering the eve of August 21, 2014 when The Halluci Nation was born upon first meeting John Trudell. Watch the full video here.

Bear Witness shares, “He (John) was on a mission to set us on a course that continues to guide and inform our actions. Remembering our past is key to seeing our way into the future and revisiting the words John spoke about us that first night are exactly that. Like a beacon showing us that we are still on the path he sowed for us. John’s words confirm that we are still moving forward in the right detection. This is why it is so important for us to share his voice with everyone and once again, let John set the tone for our first album as The Halluci Nation.”

“Creating this song was one of the most powerful moments to ever happen to me professionally. Hearing John’s words reverberate in the room over meaningful chords felt like we were wrapping up our entire journey as a group, a sort of reflection piece. To bring it all back one more time by using an introductory speech he gave us back in 2014 when we first met, and he told us in that moment what we must do going forward,” adds 2oolman.

Trudell’s voice continues throughout the track and goes back to the Electric Pow Wow roots The Halluci Nation are known for in tandem with frequent collaborators, Black Bear (a group of Pow Wow singers from Manawan, QC) joining in to build the energy of the track. This project has been a long time in the making and the video can be compared not that of a trailer to a movie about the birth of The Halluci Nation – and in this case, acts as an introduction of what’s to come on the rest of the project.

Produced by Combo Bravo and Breathe Entertainment, the video was shot in Toronto, Ontario and follows a series of different subjects across the city spreading Trudell’s words visually, as he’s speaking. The overall piece causes a building of excitement and is something listeners/viewers can feel in their chest. It is clear there is a lot of powerful meaning behind this work.

The album is a love letter to the Electric Pow Wow gatherings launched at Ottawa's Babylon nightclub in 2007 by the gang of DJs who would swiftly – and quite unexpectedly – become known to critics, tastemakers and festival crowds worldwide as A Tribe Called Red. It represents an imagined denouement to the biweekly Saturday-night parties that ended abruptly in 2017, without ever getting the proper send-off. One More Saturday Night thus pays genre-oblivious homage to the energy, momentum, humanity and hours of sweaty late-night abandon that elevated The Halluci Nation to this pivotal point with equal parts nostalgia and joy – also probing the monstrous potential yet to be tapped in Tribe’s vision of connecting the dots between traditional Indigenous music and post-rave electronic music. Or “mixing dance music with dance music,” as Bear Witness succinctly puts it. 

We wanted to pay homage to Electric Pow Wow and wrap that whole decade of experience up and close the cycle, and in doing so give direct coordinates of where the future was headed. In a nutshell, that’s what this album is about,” says Bear. “We just wanted to make a party record, as well, one that people could dance to while still having the strong message we are known for.” 

From hip-hop star, Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def), to the Indigenous Australian band, OKA, to the Wayuu-Colombian powerhouse, Lido Pimienta, the group has always sought out artists from around the world with whom to create a truly “borderless” sound. The upcoming record will be no exception – with features as inspired and unpredictable as the music from Texas “electro-cumbia” star, El Dusty, First Nations singers, Chippewa Travellers, New Zealand Māori artist, Rob Ruha, Inuk avant-garde throat singer, Tanya Tagaq and round-dance/R&B fusionist, Antoine Edwards Jr., among many others.

We wanted to take the music to another place,” says 2oolman. “We showed a little bit of our ambitious side on this record and we got to do a lot of songs that we’d been wanting to do for a long time. And this is just the beginning, man. I wouldn’t be surprised if you heard The Halluci Nation produce a project for someone else. We’ve got so much more coming.

One More Saturday Night Tracklist:

1. Remember 01 ft. John Trudell, Black Bear

2. It's Over ft. Chippewa Travellers

3. Tanokumbia ft. El Dusty, Black Bear

4. NDN Kars ft. Keith Secola (2020 Remix)

5. Remember 02 ft. Chippewa Travellers

6. Stay ft. Antoine, Tom Power, Chippewa Travellers

7. Land Back ft. Boogey The Beat, Northern Voice

8. Takarita ft. Rob Ruha

9. Remember 03 (STLNDRMS rework)

10. When We Fly ft. Jennifer Kreisberg

11. Ba Na Na ft. Odario, Haviah Mighty, Chippewa Travellers

12. The OG ft. Romeo Saganash, Black Bear 

13. Collaboration ≠ Appropriation ft. Tanya Tagaq

14. Mother Mother ft. Lillian Allen, SATE, The Northwest Kid, Chippewa Travellers

15. Remember 04 ft. Re.verse, Chippewa Travellers

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AUDREY NUNA UNVEILS 10-TRACK BODY OF WORK a liquid breakfast OUT TODAY

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DEBUTS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR TOP AGAIN (FEAT. SABA)

WATCH TOP AGAIN (FEAT. SABA)

Toronto, ON – May 21, 2021 – Rising R&B artist and rapper, Audrey Nuna, today has released her body of work, titled, a liquid breakfast, featuring ten original tracks, including the critically acclaimed Comic Sansdamn Right,  SpaceBlossom and her latest single, Top Again, which comes with an official music video. Other highlights include Cool Kids,which Audrey calls “a fuck you song,” where glitchy claps stomp along with her slippery cadence, as well as the closing track, the contemplative Long Year. a liquid breakfast is out today via Arista Records.

Speaking about the project, Audrey reveals, a liquid breakfast is a sign of my adolescence. It's the soundtrack of my move from the suburbs into the city back into the suburbs. I was a kid when I started writing it. I’m still a kid but there was definitely some Pika to Raichu action throughout the course of this project. I hope I stay a kid forever.” She continues, "Duality is a big recurring theme of this project and my life. Nonchalant and overthinking, foreign and familiar, hard and soft, ugly and beautiful, alone and lonely. I wrote a lot of this project from my apartment in New Jersey, recorded a bunch of it in my closet, sweating.”

a liquid breakfast is out everywhere now. Listen to it here.

Also unveiled today, a brand-new music video directed by Trey Lyons for album focus track, Top Again, featuring rapper and producer Saba. “’op Again is a song about the end of the world,” Audrey explains. “This was last March or April, when it truly did feel like just that. I wrote it on my mom’s balcony patio on a rainy day. I imagined what it might be like if there was a huge backyard party on the last day of the world - everyone would be dancing in the rain and refusing to go back inside. I recorded the demo vocals on Garageband because I spilled my sister’s coffee on my laptop that morning. The whole song was done remotely (outside of the background vocals) and that process was foreign and strange to me.”

On working with Saba, Audrey adds, “I’ve been a Saba fan since college. CARE FOR ME is fucking amazing. I actually fainted next to him at a Smino concert at Irving Plaza once, right behind J Cole. So this was a full circle moment for me.”

Watch the official music video for Top Again (feat. Saba) here.

Earlier this month, Audrey released two incredible Vevo DSCVR live performances of her songs Space and Blossom,showcasing Audrey Nuna’s skills as an undeniably enigmatic performer, vocalist, rapper and lyricist. Watch Blossom here. Watch Space here.

A first-generation Korean-American and welcomed ambassador for her culture, Nuna hangs her hat on the value of her work first while embracing the responsibility of representing Korean Americans and women in pop music. “My identity as a Korean American is an important part of who I am, and it’s going to leak into whatever I make regardless so it’s not something I need to consistently remind people. Normalizing that energy and that culture is really what’s important to me. For the first time, push a face like mine into the mainstream, but do that while never compromising my creativity. Always remembering to push boundaries creatively - that comes first for me - and it’s the right time for it.”

 

a liquid breakfast is out now. Watch the video for Top Again (feat. Saba) here.

TRACKLIST

Typical

Comic Sans (feat. Jack Harlow)

damn Right

Cool Kids

Get Luv

Baby Blues

Blossom

Space

Top Again (feat. Saba)

Long Year

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF’S LIVE ALBUM RED ROCKS 2020 OUT JULY 16 ON STAX RECORDS

LIVE RENDITION OF MAVIS 
DEBUTS TODAY WITH PERFORMANCE VIDEO

Toronto, ON – May 21, 2021 – Red Rocks 2020the forthcoming live album from Nathaniel Rateliff, is set for release on July 16 via Stax Records. The 18-track live record was recorded in an empty Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Rateliff’s mid-September run of socially distanced shows, which was limited to 125 attendees per night in the 9400-capacity venue. Through Red Rocks 2020, Rateliff offers this 90-minute live experience to the fans who were unable to attend his live shows last year. Fans can pre-save Red Rocks 2020 here.

In celebration of the upcoming record, Rateliff is debuting a live rendition of his track Mavis, which appears on his acclaimed 2020 solo album And It’s Still Alright. Unintentionally, the song speaks to lack of in-person interaction that occurred last year; Rateliff opens the song by singing, “In other worlds, in other worlds I would be with you/And other nights, and other nights I think I’ve seen you.” Listen to/share the live track here and watch/share the accompanying performance video here.

Nathaniel Rateliff on Red Rocks 2020: 

“We started out 2020 very excited.  The solo record was out and myself and the most of the guys in the Night Sweats were gonna hit the road to present the songs to the world. We were looking forward to performing the songs together with a string quartet and how it was going to make us a better band. 

We had some of our favorite song writers and friends hitting the road with us.  With a grand finale at Red Rocks with Kevin Morby and Damien Jurado. 

Then the world came to stand still. 

The songs on ‘And It’s Still Alright’ were about finding hope in times of struggles, and now it seemed the whole world was struggling. So a few months into the Pandemic we started to wonder if there was a way to bring the show we worked so hard on to everyone. If you can’t find a light you have to create one.

Somehow, we were able to play 6 nights at Red Rocks with the full 10-piece band and the production we had created for the show. Kevin Morby and Katie Crutchfield drove out from Missouri to join us.

Five of the nights had 175 people and one night we filmed to and empty amphitheater that normally holds 10,000 people.

It was beautiful to be there, even if it was 175 people. But the night we recorded this record it was heart breaking. 

It was a realization that our world had changed and maybe forever. Needless to say it was a hard night to make it through. But we did it and now we are bringing it to you.” 

On March 2, 2020 in Minneapolis, Rateliff kicked off his sold-out nine-month tour supporting And It’s Still Alright. Nine days later the extensive run of dates was cancelled due to the pandemic. The shows aimed to highlight various aspects of Rateliff’s stellar musicianship, showcasing stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar to a full 10-piece folk band accompaniment including a string quartet. 

Red Rocks 2020 features a wide range of music from Rateliff’s celebrated career, which includes songs that had never been performed live, several tracks from And It’s Still Alright and his previously released solo albums—In Memory of Loss, Falling Faster Than You Can Run and the Shroud EP—as well as Still Out There Running, a track from The Night Sweats’ beloved 2017 album, Tearing at the SeamsIn addition, Rateliff’s close friend Kevin Morby, who was set to open the cancelled Red Rocks dates in August 2020, joins him for a duet on Leonard Cohen’s There Is A War.

The cast of musicians includes Rateliff (guitar) with fellow Night Sweats members Joseph Pope III (bass), Mark Shusterman (keys), Patrick Meese (drums, keys, guitar) and Luke Mossman (guitar) along with James Barone (drums, guitar), Joy Adams (cello), Rachel Sliker (viola), Adrienne Short (violin) and Chris Jusell (violin).   

Earlier this year, Rateliff made his debut as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live nearly one year after the release of his solo album And It’s Still Alright (Stax Records), which was released to widespread critical praise. The record peaked at #3 on iTunes’ Top Albums chart, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk chart, landed at #2 on their Current Rock chart and resided at #1 on the Americana Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks. The lead single and title track was #1 for eight consecutive weeks at Triple A Radio, #1 for nine consecutive weeks on the Americana Singles chart and #1 for three weeks at Non-Commercial radio, while NPR’s “World Cafe” ranked the track #1 on their list of Public Radio’s Most Popular Songs Of 2020. Additionally, the single Time Stands peaked at #1 on the Americana Singles chart and appeared within the Top 5 at Triple A Radio. Rateliff also performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CMT Crossroads while his Tiny Desk (Home) Concert premiered on NPR Music in mid- April. Listen to And It’s Still Alright here

NATHANIEL RATELIFF—RED ROCKS 2020
1.Tonight #2
2.All Or Nothing
3.Expecting To Lose
4.Shroud
5.You Need Me
6.Right On
7.What A Drag
8.Still Out There Running
9.Early Spring Till
10.Kissing Our Friends
11.Oil & Lavender
12.This
13.There Is A War
14.Mavis
15.Still Trying
16.And It’s Still Alright
17.Time Stands
18. Rush On

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ZELLA DAY DANCE FOR LOVE NEW SONG RELEASED TODAY VIA CONCORD RECORDS

“Zella Day [is one] of the most talented vocalists currently working…”
- Paper Magazine, February 2021

Toronto, ON – May 21, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA’s Zella Day is thrilled to release her second new song of 2021. Entitled Dance For Love, the track, which is out now via Concord Records, follows Day’s critically-acclaimed song, Holocene, featuring her friend Weyes Blood. Dance For Love is a four-on-the-floor fever dream, decorated with keyboard spangles and guitar flourishes, all anchored by Day’s full-throttle, incredible vocals. The track, which was produced by Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Emmylou Harris), was co-written with another local LA friend - Local Natives’ Ryan Hahn - in addition to longtime collaborator John Velasquez. It also features drums by Autolux’s Carla Azar and bass by Cage The Elephant’s Daniel Tichenor.

Says Day about the song, “I’ve been a longtime admirer of Roy Orbison and so I wrote him a love song. It’s a fan girl tribute to a man way up there up in heaven, which is exactly where I am when I sing Dance for Love."

Listen to Dance For Love.

Dance For Love is a brilliant glimpse at what is set to be a career-defining musical year for Zella Day, whose songs have amassed millions and millions of streams already.  In addition to the duet with Weyes Blood, Day also appeared on Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club, covering Joni Mitchell with Del Rey and Weyes Blood in a symbolic passing of the sonic torch from one great LA songstress to the new generation.  Dance For Love and Holocene follow 2020’s EP, Where Does The Devil Hide, produced by Dan Auerbach, and released by Concord Records.

Day will also be playing this year’s Beachlife Festival, taking place in Redondo Beach, CA the weekend of September 10, 2021. Click here for more info.

 

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JENN GRANT REFLECTS ON 5 DAYS IN MAY IN HER COVER OF BLUE RODEO’S 1993 TUNE

PART OF A COLLECTION OF SELF-PRODUCED
REIMAGINED CANADIAN CLASSICS 

WATCH 5 DAYS IN MAY VISUALIZER

JOIN JENN AS SHE HOSTS NEW VARIETY SHOW JENNY  TOWN

Toronto, ON – May 21, 2021 – As the month is nearing a close, Nova Scotia-based singer-songwriter and producer, Jenn Grant, takes 5 Days In May in a spirited way. Released today, Jenn’s immersive and emotive rendition of the Blue Rodeo song unravels as ethereal production, interwoven with haunting chords and heavy keys, are layered by graceful vocals. The track marks Jenn’s fourth release in a collection of self-produced covers of Canadian classics. Listen to 5 Days In May here and watch a mixed media visualizer for the song here.

“This song hovered around me in the 90’s, so it has a nostalgic quality for me. Singing it now and rediscovering it for myself I’ve noticed new images and new feelings as I go through the song,” Jenn says of her connection to the track. “There’s a darkness there that I’m not sure was so obvious before, but that maybe I’m shining a little light on. I’ve always loved this song, and suddenly it feels completely new to me again. It’s one of those melodies where my voice feels like it’s finding all the coziest corners of the room.”

The song follows Jenn’s April release, Flying On Your Own, a stunning cover of Rita MacNeil’s hit. It marked a full circle moment as a heartfelt ode to Jenn’s childhood experience witnessing her mother’s move to Nova Scotia, and a journey many can relate to: the drive to a new place and a brave step forward into a new, undetermined life. Listen to the song here and watch the video here

In March, Jenn released a cover of Bird On The Wire (by Leonard Cohen), which was featured in the marketing campaign for the new Gabrielle Byrne film, Death Of A Ladies Man, and followed Chancelloran inspired take on Gord Downie’s original, marking Jenn’s debut as a producer, having completed the track from her new home studio in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia. 

On an international note, Jenn’s cover of Eye of The Tiger was featured in a new Renault advertisement, which premiered across French television networks last week – watch it here. Eye Of The Tiger has also been featured in NBC’s The Blacklist, and was used on the trailer for the Sky Documentary on Tiger Woods which came out last year. 

While touring remains on hold, Jenn has been engaging with fans from around the world from her home in Nova Scotia with a new self-produced variety show on YouTube called Jenny Town, complete with conversation, music, baked goods, and family fun. Filmed and edited by Jenn with original music, the debut episode featured Amy Milan and Evan Cranley of STARS, and Lance Sampson of Aquakulture – watch it here. On Thursday, June 3, Blue Rodeo’s own, Greg Keelor, will make an appearance as a special guest. 

For more, check out Jenn’s Patreon to access show exclusives, free concert tickets, special behind the scenes content, fun contests, and more.

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www.jenngrant.com

 

About Jenn Grant
In June of 2019, Jenn released her latest full-length album, Love, Inevitable. The record was a marker for a period of change in Jenn’s life; of moving through one moment and leaving it behind, almost carefree, for another. After making four consecutive albums with her husband, Daniel Ledwell (and being nominated for three JUNO Awards), Jenn stepped out of her usual comfort zone and reached out to Grammy nominated American producer and engineer, Tucker Martine. A synergetic and collaborative team was born, spending the bulk of the summer months recording in Portland, Oregon. Jenn earned earned four 2020 East Coast Music Award nominations for the album: Folk Recording of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year, Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year, and Fans’ Choice Video of the Year for Keep A Light On. In February of 2020, she followed up with Reimagine EP, which acted as a companion piece to Love, Inevitable. The EP was recorded around Nashville and at Echo Lake Recordings in Nova Scotia, and featured three new original tracks, a cover of Don Henley’s Boys Of Summer, and an acoustic version of Love, Inevitable single, Raven. 

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ROCK TITANS POP EVIL TODAY RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘VERSATILE’ VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

MICHIGAN BAND SUPPORT LOCAL VENUE THE MACHINE SHOP WITH LIMITED-EDITION COLLABORATIVE T-SHIRT

Toronto, ON - May 21, 2021 - Today, marks the release of the sixth studio album, Versatile, from rock titans Pop Evil. It’s an unpredictable album, as its name suggests, that highlights the group’s distinctive juxtaposition of cinematic melodies, heavy grooves, fist-pumping anthems and timeless power ballads. Out via Entertainment One (eOne), the record added a sixth #1 single to the band’s career with the hit Breathe Again in addition to the Top 10 radio track Work and two additional powerful singles (Let The Chaos Reign and Set Me Free). Stream/download Versatile now here. A CD version is available exclusively via Target, which also includes a bonus disc including the track listing from their 2020 #1’s LP which consists of their previous five #1 singles.
 
Pop Evil’s greatest strength is the diverse group of people captivated by the band’s relatable storytelling and undeniable catchiness. The Michigan-based blue-collar band-- which consists of vocalist Leigh Kakaty alongside lead guitarist Nick Fuelling, rhythm guitarist Dave Grahs, bassist Matt DiRito and drummer Hayley Cramer—have teamed up with their hometown venue The Machine Shop to release an exclusive limited-edition collaborative t-shirt with 100% of funds going to support the venue. Purchase the Shop Evil tee before it sells out here.
 
“The Machine Shop and Pop Evil have some many amazing memories together,” Pop Evil collectively state. “They were one of our first venues we’ve headlined in, Kevin and his whole staff are family. We can’t wait to get back in the venue, but until then we wanted to do a collaboration tee shirt to hold the die-hard fans over, get your exclusive Shop Evil Tee before it’s gone!”

Versatile Cover Artwork by Pedro Correa

VERSATILE TRACKLIST:
1. Let The Chaos Reign
2. Set Me Free
3. Breathe Again
4. Work
5. Inferno
6. Stronger (The Time Is Now)
7. Raise Your Flag
8. Human Nature
9. Survivor
10. Worst In Me
11. Same Blood
12. Fire Inside
 
The band will return to stages this fall and can be seen at the below dates:
Friday, Aug 6 – Mt. Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort  **SOLD OUT**
Saturday, Aug 7 – Louisville, KY - Great Lawn at Waterfront Park  **SOLD OUT**
Wednesday, Aug 11 – Camdenton, MO - Ozarks Amphitheater 
Saturday, Aug 14 – Sioux City, IA - Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sioux City
Saturday, Sept 11 – Mansfield, OH - Inkcarceration Festival at The Ohio State Reformatory
Sunday, Sept 12 – Danville, VA - Blue Ridge Amphitheater
Friday, Sept 24 – Orlando, FL - Monster Energy Rebel Rock at Central Florida Fairgrounds
Friday, Oct 8 – Sacramento, CA - Aftershock at Discovery Park w/ Shinedown


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

www.popevil.com

   

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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.

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ROBERT FINLEY’S DAN AUERBACH PRODUCED ALBUM, SHARECROPPER’S SON IS OUT NOW VIA EASY EYE SOUND

FINLEY APPEARS ON NPR’S MORNING EDITION

FINLEY PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO FOR MAKE ME FEEL ALRIGHT WITH SPIN

WATCH ROBERT’S PERFORMANCE OF SOULED OUT ON YOU ON CBS THIS MORNING SATURDAY'S SATURDAY SESSIONS HERE

“THE GREATEST LIVING SOUL SINGER” REFLECTS ON GROWING UP IN THE JIM CROW ERA SOUTH AND BECOMING AN OVERNIGHT SOUL SENSATION AFTER 67 YEARS OF HARD WORK

LISTEN TO SHARECROPPER'S SON HERE

Sharecropper’s Son is a reflective look at his Louisiana upbringing and the realization of his musical dreams” - Rolling Stone

“Soul phenom Robert Finley makes up for lost time” - Garden & Gun

Sharecropper’s Son foregrounds Finley’s expressive vocals -
from gruff tenor to soulful falsetto”
-  Mojo

“Finley's mesmerizing voice... defies neat categories.” - GRAMMY.com

“Blessed with a mesmerizing voice and an engaging story to tell, this singer-songwriter defies categorizing and just makes Black music that feels good.” - EBONY

Finely has a voice so distinctive and compelling that it can’t be ignored.” - AVClub

“There’s an undeniable element of authenticity with Finley’s music and ‘Country Boy’ is no exception” - Under The Radar

“‘Country Boy’ is chock-full of soul and blues highlighting Finley’s falsetto stylings.” - Paste

“A soulful take on the blues, warping Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
into something a little more conventional
.” - Flood

Toronto, ON – May 21, 2021 – Today, “the greatest living soul singer,” Robert Finley, released his career defining new album on Easy Eye Sound. A soulful masterpiece written by Finley and co-written by Dan Auerbach, it features blues veterans and studio legends who have worked with everyone from Elvis to Wilson Pickett. He also debuted a new music video for the track, Make Me Feel Alright, which premiered exclusively with SPIN.com.

Reflecting on the track, Finley stated, “Make Me Feel Alright is about not looking for love, but for companionship. Sometimes you want to find someone to have a good time without judgement or baggage. There’s nothing like going to a club and having a good time. You meet someone, have a fun night and then go your separate ways with your own problems at the end of the night but still experience love in the moment.”

Sharecropper’s Son received high praise from tastemaker media including Rolling Stone who described Finely’s vocals as the perfect combination of “weathered and expressive.”  Mojo described the album as “pure Hill Country hypnotic boogie.” AVClub claimed, “Finely has a voice so distinctive and compelling that it can’t be ignored.” GRAMMY.comdiscussed how Finley defies genres stating, “Finley's mesmerizing voice... defies neat categories.” Under The Radar said, “There’s an undeniable element of authenticity with Finley’s music and ‘Country Boy’ is no exception.”

Finley also appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition this week, discussing the new record. 

Before his rapid ascent, Finley overcame divorce, house fires, an automobile accident and losing his sight in his 60s, to finally pursue his musical dream and become an overnight soul sensation after 67 years of hard work. Since the release of his Dan Auerbach produced debut, Goin’ Platinum, he’s toured the world, received critical acclaim and even made the semifinals of America’s Got Talent.

His latest album tells his life’s story and is rooted in the classic sounds of southern soul, country, rhythm and blues. With songwriting by Finley, Auerbach, Bobby Wood, and contributions from respected country songwriter Pat McLaughlin,Sharecropper’s Son also features an all-star band including guitar expertise from Auerbach himself, Kenny Brown, Russ Pahl and Billy Sanford. They are joined by other notables: Bobby Wood, Gene Chrisman, Nick Movshon, Eric Deaton, Dave Roe and Sam Bacco.

The fire behind the conflagrant performances on Sharecropper’s Son is ignited by Finley, who has cited a range of vocal influences, including Al Green, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Elvis, James Brown and The Beatles, all inspiring his genre diverse and formidable vocal approach, which take centre stage and encapsulate his remarkable life. Finley’s tales of pain and joy uplift as he shares his belief that you are never too young to dream and never too old to live.

Sharecropper’s Son is out now on Easy Eye Sound. Exclusive sunrise yellow vinyl, available from the Easy Eye Sound store only. For more information, please visit here.

Tracklist:
1. Souled Out On You
2. Make Me Feel Alright
3. Sharecropper's Son
4. Better Than I Treat Myself
5. Country Child
6. Starting To See
7. I Can Feel Your Pain
8. My Story
9. Country Boy
10. All My Hope

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PETE MOSS SHARES CHICKADEE SINGLE + VIDEO

SET TO RELEASE UPCOMING ALBUM BIRDS ROCK  THIS FALL

VIDEO DEBUT ON OWL KIDS

Toronto, ON – May 19, 2021 – Today Toronto based musical artist and outdoor educator, Pete Moss, releases the first track, entitled Chickadee, from his upcoming fall album, Birds Rock. As Pete describes, Chickadee is a “tribute to one of the most adorable and resilient birds around”. Pete’s forte as a teacher comes in handy on the track, with clever lyrics like “1-2-3 count the dees” on the end of their familiar “Chick-a-dee-dee-dee” referencing the number of ‘dees’ they tweet to indicate the severity of a nearby threat. The release of Chickadee comes during the peak of Spring bird migration season and will appear on his upcoming album, Birds Rock, releasing in the fall. Listen to Chickadee here.

Be sure to check out the endearing companion video for Chickadee, which had its debut on Owl Kids.  The video stars Pete as the ever curious bird, with Hannah Davison accompanying him on guitar.  The video animates fun facts about chickadees, including their knack for eating out of your hand and sleeping in holes in trees!

Pete Moss has been connecting children with nature for over a decade and his upcoming album is a tribute to the magic of neighbourhood birds. Chickadee is but one example of exciting educational material using the power of music. The instrumental rhythms were made to embody the movement of a chickadee, who are almost always in constant and consistent motion,  which the listener can pick up when concentrating on the sound of the drums and mandolin throughout the track. Each element of the song’s composition was thought out to include an educational piece. 

“Chickadees, in my humble opinion, are the timbits of the bird kingdom. They are sweet, round and incredibly resilient (do timbits ever go bad!?),” shares Pete. “By possessing super powers such as being able to change their body temperature 12 degrees and indicating the severity of threats by the number of “dees” in their calls, it’s hard to believe such super birds can be found almost everywhere in North America. And don’t get me started about how they should have won Canada’s national bird competition!”

Pete Moss a.k.a. Peter Demakos is an outdoor educator and forest school instructor at Evergreen Brick Works. In addition to outdoor education, Pete delivers workshops across Ontario on the importance of getting children outside. In 2019, Pete released the album Plants Rock, 12 songs about common plants that can be found across North America. Drawing inspiration from Raffi and Fred Penner, Pete’s playful folk-pop style and sophisticated song writing make this collection accessible to everyone.

Stay tuned for more news to come from Pete as he gears up to release the full album this Fall!

 

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WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ANNOUNCES 2021 NOMINEES

WATCH LIVESTREAM ANNOUNCEMENT HERE

MEMBER VOTING OPEN NOW UNTIL JUNE 1 AT 11:59 P.M. PST

WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS 
WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED OCTOBER 2021

Toronto, ON – May 18, 2021 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA), is honoured to announce the outstanding artists and music industry professionals that have been nominated for 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards. The nominees were revealed through a livestream direct from Winnipeg, Manitoba, with two musical performances by Sebastian Gaskin and Mattmac, both nominees for Indigenous Artist of the Year. Watch the stream here. The full list of nominees can be found below, with the winners in both the artistic and industry categories to be revealed in October (date to be confirmed) during a special livestreamed event.

“I could not be more excited to honour the talent and strength of western Canadian artists and industry. Congratulations to all who submitted for nominations and all who are nominated. Your drive and success in sharing your music with the world or supporting this music to be shared is integral to tough times like this. Your resilience is inspirational,” says Robyn Stewart, Executive Director of WCMA and BreakOut West. 

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, May 18). 

If any members do not receive an email, please contact their Music Association. Voting will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, on Tuesday, June 1. See the complete list of artistic nominees here, and the list of industry nominees here.

Stay tuned for more details around member voting and the Western Canadian Music Awards winners this fall.  

2021 Western Canadian Music Awards Artistic Nominees

Blues Artist of the Year                  

Blue Moon Marquee – BC

Debra Power – AB

Kat Danser – AB

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne – AB

Terminal Station – BC                    

BreakOut Artist of the Year                      

Ariel Posen – MB

Olivia Penalva – BC

Sam Lynch – BC

Sargeant X Comrade – AB

Tate McRae – AB

                        

Children’s Artist of the Year                     

Claire Ness – YT

Garth Prince – AB

Peter Lenton – AB

Remy Rodden – YT

Seeka Sings – AB                        

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre (CMC)

Christopher Tyler Nickel – BC

Land's End Ensemble with Laura Hynes and Karl Hirzer – AB

PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) – BC

Véronique Mathieu – SK

Vetta Chamber Music – BC                        

Classical Composer of the Year                

Edward Top – BC

Jeffrey Ryan – BC

Jocelyn Morlock – BC

Katerina Gimon – BC

T. Patrick Carrabre – BC                        

Country Artist of the Year             

D'orjay The Singing Shaman – AB

Gord Bamford – AB

Hunter Brothers – SK

Jess Moskaluke – SK

Nice Horse – AB                        

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year                 

Astrocolor – BC

Mat the Alien – BC

So Sus – BC

Takis – BC

Talltale – AB                        

Francophone Artist of the Year Sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique)   

éemi – SK

Jill Barber – BC

Kelly Bado – MB

Ponteix – SK

Sala – MB                        

Global Artist of the Year                

Casimiro Nhussi – MB

Kelly Bado – MB

Notas de 4 – AB

Rubim de Toledo – AB

Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra – BC                       

Indigenous Artist of the Year                   

Don Amero – MB

Mattmac – MB

PIQSIQ – NT

Sebastian Gaskin – MB

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC                        

Instrumental Artist of the Year                

Factor Eight – SK

Mohamed Assani – BC

Quin With One N – BC

Rubim de Toledo – AB

Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra – BC                        

Jazz Artist of the Year                     

BPM Trio – BC

David Restivo – BC

Jocelyn Gould – MB

Michael Kaeshammer – BC

Will Bonness – MB                      

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year                

Black Thunder – SK

Numenorean – AB

The Basement Paintings – SK

The Moon Runners – SK

Vagina Witchcraft – MB                        

Pop Artist of the Year                     

Begonia – MB

Olivia Penalva – BC

Sam the Astronaut – BC

Shawn Hook – BC

Tate McRae – AB                        

Producer of the Year                      

Aidan Knight – BC

Chris Duncombe, Aaron Grain, David Roberts, Gordie Sampson, Thomas Salter, Karen Kosowski – BC

deadmen – MB

Spencer Cheyne – AB

Steve Bays – BC                        

R&B Artist of the Year                    

IAMTHELIVING X Teon Gibbs – BC

Major Funk – YT

Sebastian Gaskin – MB

Slo-Fi – AB

XL The Band – BC                       

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year             

Boslen – BC

Junk – BC

Mouraine – AB

Sargeant X Comrade – AB

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC                        

Recording of the Year                    

Begonia – MB

Kelly Bado – MB

The Bros. Landreth – MB

The Washboard Union – BC

William Prince – MB                        

Rock Artist of the Year Sponsored by Torque Brewing 

Miesha & The Spanks – AB

Mise en Scene – MB

Scenic Route to Alaska – AB

Shred Kelly – BC

The Pack a.d. – BC                        

Roots Solo Artist of the Year                     

Aerialists – BC

Emily Triggs – AB

Pharis and Jason Romero – BC

Slow Leaves – MB

William Prince – MB                    

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

Aidan Knight – BC

Grant Davidson – MB

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald – AB

Stefanie Johnson and Jodi Dunlop – MB

William Prince – MB                  

Spiritual Artist of the Year                        

Allswell – BC

Caleb Delamont – AB

Jake Fretz – MB

Steve Bell – MB

Yvonne St Germaine – SK                     

Video Director of the Year Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music                    

Alfonso Chin – Snotty Nose Rez Kids "Screaming Indian" – BC

Dylan Hryciuk – PONTEIX "Petite Fleur" – SK

Kyriel Roberts – Pimpton "Exit The Vessel" – SK

Martin LaFrenière & Philippe Bellefeuille – William Prince "Gospel First Nation" – MB

Stephano Barberis – The Washboard Union "Country Thunder" – BC                        

Visual Media Composer of the Year                    

Chroma Mixed Media – Naona – BC

Deanna Peters/Mutable Subject – Sound Migrations – BC

Factor Eight - Life Is But A Dream – SK

Jeffery Straker – Gravity – SK

Kevon Cronin – Hunter Hunter (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – MB

2021 Western Canadian Music Awards Industry Nominees 

Audio Engineering Award             

Ian Dillon – AB

Josh Gwilliam – AB

Nygel Asselin – BC

Ryan Worsley – BC

Sheldon Zaharko – BC

                        

Community Excellence Award                 

Curbside Concerts – AB

National Music Centre – AB

Nunavut Black History Society – NV

Sakamoto Agency – BC

The Exchange – SK                      

Excellence in Visual Design                      

Alan Ngo – AB

Ashlin Kellough – AB

Bronwin Parks – BC

Christina Cooper – AB

Roberta Landreth – MB                        

Impact in Artist Development                  

Birthday Cake – MB

Curbside Concerts – AB

National Music Centre – AB

Sakamoto Agency – BC

The Starlite Sessions – AB

                        

Impact in Live Music Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association                          

Curbside Concerts – AB

National Music Centre – AB

The Starlite Room (Starlite Sessions) #SupportCanadianVenues – AB

Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club – MB

West End Cultural Centre – MB

                        

Impact in Music Marketing                       

Birthday Cake – MB

Curbside Concerts – AB

The Starlite Sessions – AB

The Village Idiots – MB

West End Cultural Centre – MB

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:       

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. BreakOut West 2022 will be held February 2-6, in Winnipeg, MB, including a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and special events. The 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in October 2021.           

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

www.breakoutwest.ca

Use #BREAKOUTWEST and join in the conversation!

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW RELEASES NEW SINGLE PARADISE

WATCH HERE AND LISTEN HERE

NEW ALBUM GRAPEFRUIT SEASON SET FOR JULY 16TH RELEASE ON COLUMBIA RECORDS

HEADLINE UK + EUROPEAN TOUR ON SALE NOW

“McMorrow has a soul voice to cherish” - Guardian

“The ever-shifting Irish singer-songwriter…it works” - Sunday Times, Hottest Tracks

“A deft collaboration, with James pushing his music onto a different realm, whilst maintaining that recognisable emotional pull” - CLASH

"Lyrically raw and immensely quotable" The Forty Five

Toronto, ON – May 18, 2021 – James Vincent McMorrow has today premiered brand new single, Paradise, which is available now on Columbia Records and received its first play on BBC Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World. Paradise is the latest taste of James’ much-anticipated new album, Grapefruit Season, which also features teaser singles HeadlightsGone, I Should Go (with Kenny Beats) and more ahead of its July 16 release. McMorrow’s UK and European tour for early 2022 has also now been confirmed, including a London date at Kentish Town Forum on February 21 and two homecoming shows at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 19/20.
 

Produced by James alongside Paul Epworth and Lil Silva, Paradise is about pretending everything is fine when, beneath the surface, it really isn’t. Instant, uplifting yet melancholic, the standout single features a children’s choir (says James) because “it needed to feel naive and sincere. I’d assumed this song wouldn’t connect with a bunch of kids, but when they arrived in the studio they had learned every single line and couldn’t stop singing it. It reminded me why we make music: it’s not a selfish endeavour, it’s for everyone.” 

Paradise further previews Grapefruit Season, James Vincent McMorrow’s upcoming, fifth studio album - and one in which the artist, producer and songwriter pushes himself (and his sound) in all new ways. The record was recorded between London, Los Angeles and Dublin, largely before the pandemic struck. It embraces the timeless yet timely fact that life is chaos; the idea of growing up, but as Paradise suggests, still feeling none the wiser. Each song is held together by McMorrow’s instantly-identifiable voice, an untethered musical imagination, and (from dancehall to soul, country to R&B) purposefully little else in its pursuit of fear-free pop music. Even the title, Grapefruit Season, seems to signpost doing simply what you want, rather than what you are supposed to do (it was inspired by James watching his mum eat grapefruit as a kid, and the idea that what’s good for you may not actually be pleasurable). 

Throughout the emotional highs and lows of Grapefruit Season, you are reminded of the risks James Vincent McMorrow has taken since the singer-songwriter roots of debut album, Early In The Morning (which turned ten in 2020); but also that those same instincts - to follow inspiration wherever it leads, and to be as brutally honest possible - remain a refreshing constant. Whilst there may always be trouble in Paradise, what’s emerged is James Vincent McMorrow’s most essential album to date. 

TOUR DATES

February 4 || Leuven || Het Depot
February 5 || Paris || Le Trianon
February 6 || Luxembourg || Den Atelier
February 8 || Frankfurt || Batschkapp
February 9 || Amsterdam || Paradiso
February 10 || Hamburg || Grunspan
February 12 || Stockholm || Nalen
February 13 || Copenhagen || Vega
February 15 || Berlin || Metropol
February 16 || Cologne || Gloria Theatre
February 18 || Manchester || O2 Ritz
February 20 || Birmingham || O2 Institute 
February 21 || London || O2 Kentish Town Forum
February 22 || Bristol || O2 Academy 
February 23 || Glasgow || Barrowland Ballroom
April 19 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre 
April 20 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre
April 21 || Belfast || Limelight
April 22 || Limerick || Milk Market

DOWNLOAD – Album artwork | DOWNLOAD – single artwork | DOWNLOAD – hi res press photo

www.jamesvmcmorrow.com

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LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL’S LEAVE ‘EM BEHIND DEBUTS TODAY

NEW ALBUM A FEW STARS APART OUT JUNE 11

Toronto, ON – May 14, 2021 – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s new song, Leave ‘Em Behind, is debuting today. Listen here.

Of the song, Nelson shares, “Leave ‘Em Behind is one of my favorite tracks on the album. I wrote it about a friend who was in an abusive relationship…and as we saw the domestic abuse numbers climb during the pandemic, I was moved to write this song.”

The track is the second unveiled from the band’s highly anticipated new album, A Few Stars Apart, which will be released June 11 on Fantasy Records and is now available for pre-order. Already one of Rolling Stone’s “54 Most Anticipated Albums of 2021,” A Few Stars Apart is a testament to finding a human connection: between close family and friends, as well as one’s own heart. Produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Dave Cobb, the album was inspired by the stillness Nelson found while riding out the beginning of the pandemic with his family in Texas and was recorded live on eight-track tape over three weeks at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A.

Across the album’s eleven new songs, including lead single, Perennial Bloom (Back To You), the band reveals what it means to come home again, to be still, and to find community—and yourself. Released to critical acclaim, Rolling Stone praises Perennial Bloom, asserting, “the track explodes into a euphoric prediction of better days on the horizon…a tight, radio-ready single,” while American Songwriter declares, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real instill hope for a reconnected future.”

“I’m from what one might say is the ultimate road family—I’ve been on the road my entire life,” shares Nelson. “I’ve never been anywhere longer than three months, and suddenly here we are, the four of us together. And thank god we were together. I can’t remember the last time we had that much time together as a family. We had a lot of really important bonding that happened during that time. And I have to say, as terrible as the pandemic has been in so many ways, for my inner peace, I was able to take a lot of good from this time. I was able to pause and reflect.”

He continues, “It took me a really long time to come back to the home in my heart. In a physical sense, that’s Texas and Hawaii. But in a spiritual sense as well—I think I finally decided not to run from who I am and who I am destined to be. First and foremost, that’s a songwriter. That’s what this record means to me. There’s a story being told through the whole record. A story about connection and coming home.”

Based in Texas and Hawaii, Promise of the Real is: Lukas Nelson (lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano), Anthony LoGerfo (drums, percussion, tambourine), Corey McCormick (bass guitar, upright bass, Mellotron, vocals), Tato Melgar (percussion) and Logan Metz (piano, Wurlitzer, B3 organ, lap steel, banjo, Mellotron, vocals). Since their debut over a decade ago, the acclaimed band have toured relentlessly playing countless sold-out one-night shows and festivals around the world and occasionally serving as Neil Young’s road band. Nelson also co-produced the music for 2018’s lauded A Star Is Born film in addition to appearing in the film with the band and went on to win a BAFTA Award for Best Original Music and a GRAMMY Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for his work.

Pre-order A Few Stars Apart HERE

A FEW STARS APART TRACKLIST

1. We’ll Be Alright

2. Perennial Bloom (Back To You)

3. Throwin’ Away Your Love

4. A Few Stars Apart

5. No Reason

6. Leave ‘em Behind

7. Wildest Dream

8. Giving You Away

9. Hand Me A Light

10. More Than We Can Handle

11. Smile

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ANDREA VON KAMPEN SIGNS TO FANTASY RECORDS

SONGS TAKE BACK THY GIFT AND 
OF HIM I LOVE BOTH DAY AND NIGHT
 OUT TODAY

LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – May 14, 2021 – Lincoln, Nebraska singer-songwriter, Andrea von Kampen, has signed to Fantasy Records. To mark the occasion, today she releases two new songs Take Back Thy Gift, and Of Him I Love Both Day and Night. Both tracks were produced by Andrea and her brother and collaborator David. Of Him I Love Both Day And Night, is an introductory vignette, incorporating poetry that has inspired Andrea and evoking a feeling of expectancy. As is often the case with her work, Take Back Thy Gift, has deep literary references. “I stumbled upon this Tennyson poem called ‘Tithonus,’ and I thought the words were beautiful,” she says of the song. “Then I read the Greek story of Tithonus and discovered this is a story about a man who was cursed to live forever. This story felt like an ancient cautionary tale that I wanted to breathe new life into.”  Both songs are available today. Listen to Take Back Thy Gift and Of Him I Love Both Day And Night

Andrea von Kampen burst onto the national stage via NPR’s Tiny Desk contest - an opportunity for unsigned talent to win a spot on the famed music discovery series. Though she didn’t ultimately land the prize, she was named as one of the top ten entries, and in the process netted a whole new fanbase. Since then, she’s released a number of EP’s, singles and a self-released debut and found great success with film and television placements due to her intimate and cinematic music. At Fantasy Records, she joins some of her greatest heroes such as Paul Simon and James Taylor and contemporary artists like Nathaniel Rateliff, Valerie June, Natalie Hemby and more. 

The Nebraska-raised singer-songwriter is a formidable talent with her deeply felt folk-indebted sound and inquisitive, empathetic lyrics. Andrea excels at connecting the dots between personal experience and the world at large. Her journey so far has been a life immersed by music. The youngest of four children raised in a musical family, Andrea and her siblings all learned instruments as she started playing guitar at a young age. “Music was just what we did,” she remembers. And more music from Andrea von Kampen is on its way later this year. 

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

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RISING R&B STAR MK xyz’s NEW EP SWEET SPOT OUT NOW

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR ONE TIME HERE

Toronto, ON – May 14, 2021 – After being discovered by Tricky Stewart, amassing nearly 10 million total streams, and garnering praise from Bustle, Wonderland Magazine, FLAUNT, and more, Florida-born triple-threat, R&B singer, songwriter and dancer, MK xyz, uncovers her highly-anticipated debut EP entitled Sweet Spot today. It showcases all her talents and makes an unapologetic statement from MK xyz as an artist who is here to stay. Listen here via Epic Records.

She celebrates the arrival of the six-track project with the music video for the new single, One Time,  directed by Madeline Kate Kann. The Hitmaka produced track has an accompanying visual full of throwback vibes between its scenes of skateboarding in the rain, showstopping dance routines, and fly nineties fashion. Meanwhile, she flexes her impressive range over skittering 808s just as the hypnotic hook takes hold and the energy heats up.

About her Sweet Spot EP, MK xyz said, “The XYZ is the Sweet Spot. No labels, no expectations, where we say FUCK the rules. A sexy, yet sweet balance of any and everything.” Watch it here.

EP opener, Dennis Rodman, formally introduces the 22-year-old as she delivers sharp verses and dunks on the clever hook about dating and rebounds. She leans into bass on Air It Out with flirty fire, while GEAUX seesaws between a thick bounce and a propulsive chorus. Check out the full tracklisting below.

Making headlines and expanding her influence, MK xyz also starred in the new Beyoncé x Adidas#ImpossibleIsNothing campaign spot. Check it out here.

MK xyz hits the Sweet Spot in 2021.

Dubbed by Wonderland as a rising R&B star “for her fierce lyricism and captivating dancing ability,” MK xyz is undoubtedly an artist to watch. After releasing her debut single, Pass It, with artist, G-Eazy, this past July, MK xyz has received critical acclaim from outlets such as WonderlandFlauntBustleLyrical Lemonade and more. MK xyz initially caught the attention of producer and songwriter Tricky Stewart after posting videos of herself covering songs like the Smokey Robinson's Cruisin' and Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.'s Best Part in 2017. Now signed by RZ3 Recordings, the singer and dancer is poised for a breakout year in 2021.

TRACKLISTING

1.  Dennis Rodman

2.  Air It Out

3.  One Time

4.  She Knows

5.  GEAUX

About MK xyz
MK xyz has her eyes set on redefining R&B, and she’s doing it all on her own terms. The 22-year-old has already established herself as a triple-threat (she flips between rapping, singing, and dancing with ease) ever since the release of her 2020 singles, Lost and Pass It, featuring G-Eazy. Since then, she’s received praise from critics like BustleRated R&B, Flaunt and Wonderland.

The artist creates an addictive fusion of R&B, hip-hop and pop, which is best showcased in her debut EP, Sweet Spot. Anchored by the breezy lead single One Time, the EP reflects her feminine and masculine sides. There’s also production from OG Parker (Migos, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Chris Brown) and frequent collaborator Hitmaka (Drake, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign). With the release of Sweet Spot and her future music, MK xyz hopes that her self-expression and push for queer inclusivity inspire others to realize their inner superpower.

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INTRODUCING JOHN R. MILLER SOLO DEBUT ALBUM DEPRECIATED TO BE RELEASED JULY 16 VIA ROUNDER RECORDS

FIRST TRACK SHENANDOAH SHAKEDOWN DEBUTS WITH RELIX 

MILLER ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR DATES INCLUDING NASHVILLE’S 3RD & LINDSLEY AND MOUNTAIN STAGE IN CHARLESTON, WV

LISTEN TO SHENANDOAH SHAKEDOWN & PRE-ORDER DEPRECIATED

“The Nashville-based artist is a gifted, evocative songwriter who revisits his West Virginia youth on the 11 original compositions” - RELIX 

“A well-traveled wordsmith mapping out the world he’s seen, three chords at a time.” - TYLER CHILDERS 

Toronto, ON - May 12, 2021 - Emerging singer-songwriter and guitarist, John R. Miller, announced his debut solo album, Depreciated, will be released July 16 on historic record label, Rounder Records. Miller also announced summer tour dates throughout July and August. He will tour across the U.S. including shows in Indianapolis, Lexington, Nashville, and Charleston, where he will perform a Mountain Stage concert which will be broadcast by NPR. On sale date of tickets and further shows to be announced shortly. 

Miller debuted album track, Shenandoah Shakedown, which he premiered via Relix Magazine. “The Nashville-based artist is a gifted, evocative songwriter who revisits his West Virginia youth on the 11 original compositions” wrote Relix Magazine, adding, “the album effectively presents Miller’s absorbing, nuanced country-blues material.

The track is a four-minute epic with a collection of psychedelic-influenced vignettes. Discussing the song, Miller stated, “At some point or another we all confuse attachment for love, and probably stay in a relationship long past its expiration date. In this song the narrator dwells, in hallucinatory fragments, on one such relationship after its end, framed by the imposing-yet-comforting presence of the Shenandoah River.”

Depreciated blends a vast array of classic sounds from countrypolitan and swamp rock to the Tulsa sound, which attracted multiple Grammy nominee Justin Francis (Leon Bridges, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price) and renowned guitarist Adam Meisterhans to produce the album. Miller was signed after a moment of industry serendipity: another producer walked past the studio where Francis was mixing the album and was so impressed with what he heard that he passed the music on to an A&R person for Concord.

John Strohm, President, Rounder Records, stated, “We at Rounder are so proud to work with John R. Miller. His wry, unassuming songwriting voice belies a profound insight into the struggle and sacrifice of a drifter’s life. He’s an extraordinary storyteller in the tradition of great American singers/writers such as John Prine, Guy Clark, and Mickey Newbury, and we believe he will develop into one of the leading voices of his own generation.” 

Miller began playing music as a young teenager in a tight-knit DIY scene in West Virginia. Miller’s first band was a punk quartet he and his friends formed at 14 years old. They would rent out church halls and Ruritan clubs to put on shows since they were not old enough to perform in bars. Before long, he gravitated toward folk and country music, which ignited a burning desire to travel as a touring musician and eventually drove him to quit school. He busked with a string band to earn a living and traveled to D.C., New York, and Knoxville, and would pen his own songs in his downtime. He spent the next 15 years as a touring musician, both leading bands and playing as a side man and bass player for a litany of other songwriters including the Hackensaw Boys, Sierra Ferrell, and J.P. Harris.  

Life on the road began to take its toll and became the catalyst for his move to Nashville. After Miller found himself waking up every morning with a glass of vodka in his hand to start the day, he realized that he needed a fresh start. That epiphany inspired his move to Nashville, where he knew that he could maintain his sobriety as he continued to earn a living as a musician. He recalls, “Heavy touring life took a toll on my health and I used drinking to soften the blows, which eventually spiraled to a bottom point. I decided I had to take control of my life so I sobered up and moved from West Virginia to Nashville in 2017 to start over, and began making music and touring under my own name.”

Depreciated takes us back to Miller’s time growing up in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia and reflects on his relationship with his childhood home and the way things diminish over time, whether they be the car he drove off the lot, or the relationships he left behind. 

Depreciated was recorded at the legendary Studio A of Sound Emporium in Nashville. Miller was ably backed on the sessions by Meisterhans, who contributed guitar and production; co-producer Francis on congas and Wurlitzer, Chloe Edmonstone offering a plaintive fiddle, John Looney on mandolin, Jonathan Beam providing bass, Russ Pahl’s shimmery pedal steel, John Clay on drums, and Robbie Crowell playing the Wurlie and Hammond B3.

Miller has also gained early tastemaker attention from The Bluegrass Situation and Spotify, which added recently-released track “Faustina”” to their highly regarded Indigo, Roots Rising and Chill Folk playlists. Tyler Childers is also a fan of Miller’s intricate songwriting and started performing Miller-penned songs in his live sets including “Coming Down,” and proclaimed him “a well-travelled wordsmith mapping out the world he’s seen, three chords at a time.” 

Depreciated will be released July 16 on Rounder Records. To know more about John R. Miller, go to his website here

Depreciated Tracklist

1.Lookin’ Over My Shoulder

2.Borrowed Time

3.Faustina

4.Shenandoah Shakedown

5.Coming Down

6.Old Dance Flood

7.Motor’s Fried

8.Back and Forth

9.What’s Left of the Valley

10.Half Ton Van

11.Fire Dancer

Tour dates:

Friday, July 9 - Crossville, TN - Oaklawn Farms

Saturday, July 10 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle

Tuesday, July 13 - Charlotte, NC - The Evening Muse

Friday, July 16 - Decatur, GA - Eddie’s Attic

Saturday, July 17 - Huntsville, AL - Sidetracks Music Hall

Sunday, July 18 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley 

Wednesday, July 21 - Indianapolis, IN - Duke’s Indy

Thursday, July 22 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary)

Friday, July 23 - Huntington, WV - V Club

Monday, July 26 - Thomas, WV - Purple Fiddle

Tuesday, July 27 - Vienna, VA - Jammin Java Music Club & Cafe

Wednesday, July 28 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage

Friday, July 30 - Lexington, KY - The Burl

Saturday, July 31 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe

Sunday, Aug 1 - Charleston, WV - Mountain Stage

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ANNOUNCING THE DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL SOUNDTRACK EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY TYLER BATES OUT DIGITALLY JUNE 18 / PHYSICALLY JULY 16 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

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A FIRST OF ITS KIND COMPANION PIECE TO THE BEST-SELLING DC COMIC BOOK EVENT FT. ORIGINAL SONGS BY MASTODON, MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA, DENZEL CURRY, SOCCER MOMMY, HEALTH, IDLES, CHELSEA WOLFE & MORE

SPECIAL EDITION SOUNDTRACK VARIANTS OF DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL COMICS 1-3 WITH CUSTOM COVERS & FLEXI SINGLES FEATURING RISE AGAINST, GREY DAZE & DENZEL CURRY NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

MASTODON’S NEW SONG FORGED BY NERON OUT TODAY

Toronto, ON – May 12, 2021 – DC Comics and Loma Vista Recordings today announced the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack. Executive produced by Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen, John Wick), the soundtrack will be released digitally on June 18, 2021, and physically on July 16, 2021. Just as the lauded DC Dark Nights: Death Metal series isn’t the typical superhero storyline, this musical counterpart isn’t the typical superhero soundtrack. Acclaimed composer Bates here unites an array of artists across various genres—including Mastodon, Denzel Curry, Manchester Orchestra, Chelsea Wolfe, IDLES, and Soccer Mommy (full tracklist below)—forming his own musical super crew to create a first-of-its kind companion piece of original music, which adds further dimension to the acclaimed series through a multimedia experience including custom limited-edition comics, videos, and more. Mastodon’s album-opening buzzsaw, Forged By Neron is out today and the lead single sets the tone by name-checking a demon lord of Hell who appears throughout the series. “We are super excited and honored to be part of the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack! We’ve all been fans of DC Comics and the Batman universe since we were kids, so it really means a lot for us to be able to add something to that world,” says Brann Dailor of Mastodon.

All artists involved took a hands-on approach with Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, contributing songs—and in the case of a few, collaborating together for the first time—inspired by the text that depicts a hellish Earth twisted beyond recognition, wherein the Justice League is at the mercy of the Dark Multiverse and a diabolical Batman Who Laughs. The soundtrack is available to pre-order now on digital download, CD, and 2xLP—with exclusive Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman vinyl variant covers, 11 limited edition character trading cards, and more: here

Additionally, DC and Loma Vista Recordings today announced Special Edition Soundtrack Variants of Dark Nights: Death Metal issues 1-3, featuring Rise AgainstDenzel Curry, and Grey Daze (the late Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band) on custom comic covers, and released alongside each artists’ respective flexi singles (preview the custom comics covers out on June 18 below; pre-order the Variants individually at the links above).

“This soundtrack and motion-comic series was made by fans of comics, for fans of comics and music,” enthuses Bates, who is beloved for his previous soundtrack work on several of the most influential superhero/graphic novel films of modern times. “‘Dark Nights: Death Metal’ is next-level storytelling by two incredibly talented artists in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. The visual aspect of this comic is entirely compelling and resonates throughout each song on the soundtrack." 

Bates first drafted some of the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack contributors, many of whom were already fans of the DC universe in their own right, to lend their voice talents to characters to the animated showcase for the comic, Sonic Metalverse: Chelsea Wolfe as Wonder Woman, Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) as Batman, Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) as Lex Luthor, and Denzel Curry as Darkseid Batman. Built on that enthusiasm, new music flowed organically from there, with Bates encouraging the artists to write based on how “Dark Nights: Death Metal” resonated with them personally. Some were driven to include character or plot elements extracted directly from the comics, while others drew inspiration from the artwork or the dialogue that was more abstract than literal. “I love that the songs are directly inspired by the material in one way or another,” Bates says. Read more about the soundtrack at the official bio here.

“One very cool thing about comics is that even during a pandemic, the flow of production and the excitement for the material from the fans is entirely unchanged,” Bates says. “This particular medium allowed for each artist to create music in the context of the DC Comics realm at a time where movie theaters were largely closed, artists were not able to tour, and many record releases were hamstrung or postponed altogether. This soundtrack was crafted by artists who love the DC Comics lore, storytelling, and characters. We are all fans!”

Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack Tracklist:
1. Mastodon - Forged by Neron
2. Chelsea Wolfe – Diana
3. HEALTH, Tyler Bates - ANTI-LIFE (feat. Chino Moreno)
4. Maria Brink, Tyler Bates - Meet Me In Fire (feat. Andy Biersack)
5. Grey Daze - Anything, Anything
6. Rise Against - Broken Dreams, Inc.
7. Manchester Orchestra - Never Ending
8. Denzel Curry, PlayThatBoiZay - Bad Luck
9. Carach Angren - Skull With a Forked Tongue
10. Starcrawler - Good Time Girl
11. GUNSHIP, Tyler Bates - Berserker (feat. Dave Lombardo)
12. Greg Puciato, Tyler Bates, Gil Sharone - Now You've Really Done It
13. Show Me The Body - Stone Cold Earth
14. IDLES – Sodium
15. Soccer Mommy - Kissing in the Rain

DOWNLOAD – Mastodon Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Tyler Bates Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Album Art

About Mastodon:
GRAMMY® Award-winning band Mastodon continue to chart their own course through their highly successful music career. Founded in Atlanta, GA during 2000 by Troy Sanders (bass/vocals), Brent Hinds (guitar/vocals), Bill Kelliher (guitar) and Brann Dailor (drums/vocals), the group have unleashed a series of influential albums. Rolling Stone notably cited 2004’s Leviathan on its coveted “The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.” Meanwhile, Crack The Skye closed out 2009 on year-end lists by everyone from Time to Spin. They delivered three consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with The Hunter [2011], Once More ‘Round the Sun [2014], and Emperor of Sand [2017]. Opener “Sultan’s Curse” notably garnered their first GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best Metal Performance. The group commemorated their late manager Nick John with their 2019 take on “Stairway To Heaven,” affectionately entitled “Stairway To Nick John.” Initially released for Record Store Day, all proceeds benefit the Hirschberg Foundation For Pancreatic Cancer Research. Celebrating two decades in 2020, they assembled the Medium Rarities compilation of classic covers, soundtrack contributions, instrumentals, B-sides, and live recordings. Around the same time, they cut “Rufus Lives” for the Bill & Ted Face The Music (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). In 2021, Mastodon bare their teeth again with the hard-hitting “Forged By Neron” as the lead single for DARK KNIGHTS: DEATH METAL Soundtrack, leaving their imprint on DC Comics universe. Their evolution continues with their eighth full-length offering for Reprise Records produced by David Bottrill [Tool, Rush] and due in 2021.

About DC:
DC, a WarnerMedia Company, creates iconic characters, enduring stories, and immersive experiences that inspire and entertain audiences of every generation around the world and is one of the world’s largest publishers of comics and graphic novels. As a creative division, DC is charged with strategically integrating its stories and characters across film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, interactive games, and the DC Universe Infinite digital subscription service and community engagement portal. For more information visit dccomics.com and dcuniverseinfinite.com.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products:
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, part of Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world.  WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, Wizarding World, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, HBO, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

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SHANNON & THE CLAMS CONFIRM RELEASE OF SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM YEAR OF THE SPIDER ON AUGUST 20 VIA EASY EYE SOUND SHARE MUSIC VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE MIDNIGHT WINE

Shannon Shaw and Cody Blanchard trick out warped Fifties-Sixties rock driven by space-age thrift-shop keyboards, shimmy-shake dance grooves and sexy moonlit vocals—Shaw’s woozy Amy Winehouse-isms are backlit by Blanchard’s shrieky falsetto.” - Rolling Stone

Toronto, ON – May 12, 201 – Today, Shannon & The Clams announce the release of their widely anticipated sixth studio album, Year Of The Spider, on August 20 via Easy Eye Sound. For the album, the band, fronted by bass player Shannon Shaw and guitarist Cody Blanchard on lead vocals with Will Sprott on keyboards and Nate Mahan on drums, returned to Dan Auerbach’s Nashville Easy Eye Sound Studio to craft a mature, reflective and ebullient album built for the current times, on which they have perfected their signature blend of garage psych, doo-wop, classic R&B, and surf rock. Year Of The Spider is available to pre-order on all formats here

Shannon & The Clams today share the first song from Year of The Spider, Midnight Wine, along with a video directed and hand animated by the band’s own Cody Blanchard. Blanchard shares in today’s interview with Rolling Stone“When I wrote this song, I was thinking of friends I've had that have died from drug addiction and that feeling of desperation that drives you to seek shelter from reality in drugs. I've watched so many artists and outsiders around me struggle and flounder in this way. They die when they can't find community or peace. It's heartbreaking.” Watch the animated video for Midnight Wine here and read Shannon & The Clams’ full interview with Rolling Stone here.

Year of the Spider, rages against death, darkness, and disease with the power of a thousand angry Ronettes. “It felt like the end of an era,” Shaw said about a writing period that began with the tragic death of the Clams’ former drummer Mick. In 2016, the Clams’ DIY community suffered the devastating Ghost Ship warehouse fire. In 2018, the California wildfires came unnervingly close to her parents’ homes. In 2019, a lurking intruder drove Shaw to move out of her beloved Oakland apartment she’d lived in for 14 years. And then, right as her band was getting invited on big tours with bands like Greta Van Fleet and The Black Keys, her father was diagnosed with cancer (he has since, thankfully recovered). The resulting album is a reflection and intimate portrait of overcoming seemingly overwhelming odds and not only surviving but thriving in the process.

The opening track, Do I Wanna Stay, is a slow tango between Shaw and an alluring piano line (Will Sprott). When Shaw rasps, “I dream at night,” she sounds like Brenda Lee whittled into a shiv. All Of My Cryin’, Godstone, and Year Of The Spider, pulse with elegance and punk ferocity. On a Clams record, you always get both. That duality comes from the decade-long creative partnership between Shaw and The Clams’ guitarist, Cody Blanchard. In I Need You Bad, their voices lock into a bewitching minor chord. “It’s like a zipper when we sing together,” Shaw said, “I think we have a blood harmony, though we’re not related.” Bands that do have blood harmonies — the Everly Brothers, the BeeGees — are major musical touchstones for Shaw and Blanchard. 

Blanchard mixed Spider at Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Studios the week tornadoes devastated parts of Nashville right before the COVID-19 shutdowns in early 2020. He also wrote and sings lead on roughly half the songs on Spider. His songs, like Flowers Will Return and In The HillsIn The Pines, have swelling pop arrangements and a mysteriously sparse falsetto, reminiscent of bands like The Hollies and The Zombies. 

Ultimately Year of the Spider, despite being written the summer before the world came to a stop, is a prescient album and a reflection on love, loss, and community, and how what we fear can ultimately serve to protect us. “I am terrified of spiders, but my mom always told me that they are drawn to me,” says Shannon Shaw. The turbulent period following the release of the band’s previous album, Onion, allowed Shannon to consider arachnids in a different light. “The symbolism of the spider made a full turn in an interesting way,” she said. “I was getting protection from the thing I feared the most.”Plus, she said, “Spiders destroy the bullshit bugs. Like mosquitoes. Who needs ‘em?”

Shannon & The Clams is Shannon Shaw on bass and vocals, Cody Blanchard on guitar and vocals, Nate Mahan on drums, and Will Sprott on keyboards.  The band has developed notoriety for lively and genuine stage performances, including on recent tours opening for The Black Keys and Greta Van Fleet, and a zealous following that craves their particular authenticity and innovation on classic sounds.

Year Of The Spider Track Listing
1. Do I Wanna Stay (04:28)

2. All Of My Cryin’ (02:29)

3. Midnight Wine (03:18)

4. I Need You Bad (03:03)

5. Year Of The Spider (02:30)

6. In The Hills, In The Pines (02:34)

7. Godstone (02:30)

8. Snakes Crawl (03:17)

9. Mary, Don’t Go (02:53)

10. Leaves Fall Again (02:39)

11. Flowers Will Return (03:21)

12. Crawl (02:19)

13. Vanishing (03:06)

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AUDREY NUNA RELEASES NEW TRACK BLOSSOM

TO RELEASE 10-TRACK BODY OF WORK TITLED 
a liquid breakfast ON MAY 21 

VEVO DSCVR LIVE PERFORMANCES OF SPACE AND BLOSSOM OUT TODAY

PRE-ORDER/SAVE/ADD a liquid breakfast

WATCH BLOSSOM (LIVE VEVO DSCVR PERFORMANCE)

WATCH SPACE (LIVE VEVO DSCVR PERFORMANCE) 

Toronto, ON – May 11, 2021 – Rising R&B artist and rapper, Audrey Nuna, follows Space with her latest soon-to-be smash titled Blossom, out today on all digital platforms. The track comes with the exciting announcement of a larger body of work on the way, called a liquid breakfastAvailable to PRE-ORDER/SAVE/ADD, a liquid breakfast features 10 original tracks, including critically acclaimed Comic Sansdamn RightSpace, as well as Blossom, and will see its global release on May 21 via Arista Records.

On Blossom, Audrey Nuna shares“Blossom is a song about growing up. My grandma recently told me about her childhood and how she had to flee a war by foot. I’m happy I was able to put her voice in the outro.” Listen to  Blossom hereSpeaking on a liquid breakfast, the 22-year-old artist shares: “a liquid breakfast is a project about being a loner and the liberation that it came with for me. it’s my journal from the last year and a half. There’s a lot of different sounds and sides of myself I’ve captured and collected over the months I was driving around the suburbs of Jersey. A lot of this project was written in a car or against the smell of birthday cake candles and food cooking in the room over.” 

Also revealed today, Audrey’s Vevo DSCVR live performances of Space and Blossom, showcasing Audrey Nuna’s skills as an undeniably enigmatic performer, vocalist, rapper and lyricist. Watch Blossom here. Watch Space here.

A first-generation Korean-American and welcomed ambassador for her culture, Nuna hangs her hat on the value of her work first while embracing the responsibility of representing Korean Americans and women in pop music. “My identity as a Korean American is an important part of who I am, and it’s going to leak into whatever I make regardless so it’s not something I need to consistently remind people. Normalizing that energy and that culture is really what’s important to me. For the first time, push a face like mine into the mainstream, but do that while never compromising my creativity. Always remembering to push boundaries creatively - that comes first for me - and it’s the right time for it.”

Audrey Nuna grew up in New Jersey and started singing before she could talk. She recalls her mom saying she’d hum and sing as a baby if something tasted good before she knew how to use words. Starting voice lessons in elementary school, she began auditioning for live performance opportunities and landed her first gig singing “America The Beautiful” during the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament at age 10. After posting a series of cover videos via Instagram in high school, manager/producer Anwar Sawyer invited Audrey to his studio where they wrote the first of what would become over 100 songs together.

Audrey was then accepted to the Clive Davis Institute and enrolled in NYU. Continuing her artist career, Audrey would take the 10pm train uptown to Anwar’s studio, write all night, take the 4 am bus back to NYU, grab a few hours of sleep and go to class. She soon decided to take a gap year to focus on the music. “I don’t like the feeling of half-assing anything,” says Audrey. Her self-described “neurotic” attitude quickly proved fruitful. After self-releasing a series of six tracks, Audrey inked a record deal with Arista Records under Sony Music Entertainment. Following a string of buzzworthy singles since signing, Audrey plans to release her debut project later this year.

Making her major label debut with Time, out in August 2019, followed by the releases of PaperComic Sans ft. Jack Harlow, Long Night and damn Right, she has showcased her artistic range through R&B influenced tracks, mature and soulful vocal performances and an unexpected lyrical approach.

 

Audrey Nuna has already received worldwide critical praise on her handful of releases to date. Vogue featured Audrey in their January issue, saying her single, "damn Right quickly hit a nerve,” and NPR featured her in their list of women in rap who left their mark on 2020, claiming her as “one to watch this year.” Additional tastemaker outlets that have shown early support include The FADER, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, PAPER Magazine, Wonderland, Hypebae, i-D and more.

Blossom is out everywhere now.

A Liquid Breafast is out May 21 on Arista Records.

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ANOMALIE AND CHROMEO SHARE BEND THE RULES DELUXE

MONTREAL ARTISTS REVISIT THEIR 2020 BEND THE RULES EP FEATURING A-TRAK CURATED REMIXES OF GLOBAL COLLABORATORS, MNDSGN, FULL CRATE + VIKTER DUPLAIX

OUT NOW VIA CHROMEO’S IMPRINT JULIET RECORDS - LISTEN

WATCH / LISTEN TO CHAMP DE MARS (VIKTER DUPLAIX REMIX)

Toronto, ON – May 7, 2021 – Following their successful 2020 collaboration EP, Montreal producer/artist, Anomalie, reunites with GRAMMY-winning and JUNO-heralded duo, Chromeo, to share something fresh on Bend The Rules Deluxe – a rework of their original project including an array of track flips by an international and diverse producer lineup, including Stones Throw beat wizard, Mndsgn, electro-soul favourite, Full Crate, and the legendary Neo-Soul and Broken Beat pioneer, Vikter Duplaix. Chromeo and Anomalie also included Brain Tan and Quizzo, the winners of the remix contest they held on Twitch at the end of last year, making this the first major release for the producers. The EP is out today via Chromeo’s new imprint, Juliet Records – in partnership with their longtime label, Last Gang RecordsListen to the album here.

The remix package was curated by legendary DJ/producer/turntablist A-Trak, who is also a partner in Juliet. The artwork, seen above, was once again created by Mat Maitland (Michael Jackson, Prince, Disclosure, Basement Jaxx). Everything kicked off with the Mndsgn beat and keys-driven remix of Bend The Rulesfollowed by a groovy take from Full Crate, to Vikter Duplaix’s soulful flip of Champ De Mars, out today.

With Deluxe streams combined, Bend The Rules has now surpassed 930K+ global streams, while Chromeo joined Strombo for an in-depth chat last year for his Apple Music HITS program, airing globally – listen here. Bend The Rules showcases Anomalie’s signature beats-heavy jazz throughout, dressed in the analogue synth textures that the Funklordz are known for. Listen to the EP here and watch the visualizer for original On My Mind here.

Anomalie is in a singular position: his fanbase is a combination of the new jazz scene (Snarky Puppy, Thundercat, Louis Cole), the soulful beats scene (FKJ, Masego, Tom Misch) and the post dubstep electronic scene (Griz, Odesza, Opiuo). He’s at once a piano virtuoso, a keyboard whiz and a skilled producer and songwriter that has toured worldwide and performed at the likes of Red Rocks and Electric Forest Festival. 

Bend The Rules again with Anomalie and Chromeo, and a little help from their artist friends, and stay tuned for more news to arrive this year. 

Bend The Rules Deluxe Tracklisting
1.Bend The Rules (Mndsgn Remix)
2.Bend The Rules (Full Crate Remix)
3.Champ De Mars (Vikter Duplaix Remix) 
4.Bend The Rules (Brain Tan Remix)
5.Bend The Rules (Quizzo Remix) 
6.Bend The Rules (Mndsgn Remix Instrumental) 
7.On My Mind 
8.Bend The Rules
9.Champ De Mars

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– Anomalie + Chromeo press photo
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About Anomalie
Anomalie is the live electronic project of Nicolas Dupuis, a classically trained keyboardist and producer based in Montreal, QC. Rising to worldwide fame after the release of his two EPs, Metropole Part I and II, Anomalie has developed a unique musical identity through an innovative combination of cutting-edge electronic production, jazz and classical harmonies, and undeniably raw funk groove. His music has attracted fans worldwide, including modern musical heavyweights such as Charlie Puth, Chromeo, Thundercat, and Snarky Puppy. By the end of 2018, he sold out his entire North America, European, and Asian tours alongside his intricate 4-piece live band and grew his online following in the millions across social media. And he’s achieved all of this as an independent artist. He’s currently working on his first full length LP, due to come out in Summer 2021.

anomaliebeats.com

About Chromeo
Chromeo’s David “Dave 1” Macklovich and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel have turned an inseparable childhood friendship into a musical career that grows stronger than ever in its second decade, launching them from Montreal basements to the main stage at Coachella. Although Chromeo are known for their stylized stage show and lovingly crafted analog synth-scapes, their fantastic voyage has never been an exercise in irony or nostalgia. Rather, it’s a mission with a purpose: keeping the funk alive Head Over Heels is Chromeo’s 5th studio album. Featuring twelve tracks of funk and R&B history colliding with modern pop song craft, it’s a heartfelt love letter to the music that has influenced the duo since their teenage years. 

chromeo.net

About Juliet Records
Juliet Records is a newly minted independent label, created and curated by Chromeo in partnership with eOne Music. All Juliet releases are meticulously crafted at Chormeo's Private Sector studios in Burbank, CA, where the duo gives artists the opportunity to use their extensive collection of vintage analog gear. Consider it a safe space for funk, where soulful grooves and jazzy melodies are crafted from the heart, without a care for algorithms. Juliet counts seven releases in 2020, including Ian Isiah's critically acclaimed AUNTIE project as well as music from New York's Onyx Collective and Montreal's Anomalie. linktr.ee/julietrecords

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

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MELVONI RELEASES RETURN TO SENDER TODAY

NEW VIDEO MILLION DOLLAR PEASANT OUT NOW

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Toronto, ON – May 7, 2021 – 17-year-old budding star, Melvoni, unveils his brand-new Return To Sender EP today and new video for his single, Million Dollar Peasant, directed by JMO Productions. Listen to Return To Sender here, and watch Million Dollar Peasant video on YouTube/Vevo