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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FLOSTATE RELEASE NEW ALBUM MOMENTS OF FEELING VIA LEKKER COLLECTIVE

WATCH NEW VISUALIZER FOR ALBUM STANDOUT, MY HEART

WATCH ONE MORE DAY IN LOVE

PERFORMING AT CLOUD 9 MUSIC FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"sharp indie rock" - Vulture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BELOVED DUO’S FIRST NEW ALBUM IN SIX YEARS

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE DARLIN’

ON TOUR THIS SUMMER WITH VANCOUVER STOP ON JUNE 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIXTO FESTIVAL  2022 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

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

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

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

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

DOWNLOAD - Mixto Festival Image and Social Media Assets

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LISTEN TO THE KING | WATCH THE KING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TikTok: @lovemauvey

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

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GHOST ANNOUNCE IMPERATOUR NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR 

CALL ME LITTLE SUNSHINE #1 AT ROCK RADIO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GHOST IMPERATOUR
North America 2022 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LISTEN TO TARA RARA 


WATCH LIVE RENDITION OF STANDOUT MEU PRETO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOWNLOAD - Tara Rara Album Cover (by Daryan Dornelles)

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

DOWNLOAD - Press Photo (by RONCCA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH BLACK MAN | LISTEN TO BLACK MAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LISTEN HERE AND ON NPR MUSIC’S ALL SONGS CONSIDERED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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TOVE STYRKE RELEASES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO YOUYOUYOU

UPCOMING ALBUM HARD RELEASED ON JUNE 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH ALL IS WELL VIDEO FEAT. JOY WILLIAMS HERE  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATCH HERE AND BUY/STREAM HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LISTEN TO EP | WATCH REAL ME

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW FULL-LENGTH TO SEE RELEASE LATER THIS YEAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THIRD RELEASE FROM HER INDIE LABEL
REDWING RECORDS CAPTURES ATTENTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ACTION BRONSON DROPS NEW ALBUM COCODRILLO TURBO

WATCH THE SHORT FILM SPIRIT CROCODILE DIRECTED BY JASON GOLDWATCH

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

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

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

Cocodrillo Turbo includes features from Conway The Machine, Roc Marciano, Hologram, Meyhem Lauren with production from The Alchemist, Daringer, Roc Marciano, and Action Bronson. The album has a physical release date of October 7. Click here for more details.
 
Action Bronson isn’t anyone’s idea of an underdog with a slew of critical acclaim, a New York Times bestseller, successful TV shows; a decade+ long career where he’s proved time and time again why he is one of the best MCs of our time. And yet, on his brilliant new album, Cocodrillo Turbo, he sets out to prove that his lingual versatility is stronger than it’s ever been. “I don't feel like I'm given the fucking respect that I deserve,” Bronson explains. Cocodrillo Turbo is Bronson demanding that respect. Cocodrillo Turbo a record that hits immediately, but rewards deep listening and close readings.
 
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NBA LEATHER LEG 2 DATES
May 1 - Vancouver, BC - Harbour Event and Convention Centre
May 3 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
May 4 - Calgary, AB - Macewan Hall

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

May 13 - Worcester, MA - Palladium

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

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

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GET OUT OF TOWN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TICKETS ON SALE HERE

NEW INTERNATIONAL BALAKLAVA TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOWNLOAD - Balaklava Blues Press Photos by Zahra Saleki (@zahrasaleki)

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

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

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

 

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CURRENT SWELL ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

BRINGING NEW TUNES TO THE ROAD THIS MAY

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

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


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

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


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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND ANNOUNCES I AM THE MOON, A STUNNING FOUR ALBUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EXPERIENCE

I AM THE MOON: 4 ALBUMS AND 4 COMPANION FILMS
1ST FILM DEBUTS TUESDAY MAY 31ST
FOLLOWED BY FIRST ALBUM RELEASE, FRIDAY JUNE 3RD

TORONTO, ON – April 20, 2022 – Today, Tedeschi Trucks Band - the revered 12-piece collective founded by husband-and-wife duo, guitarist Derek Trucks and singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi - announces the most ambitious studio project of their storied career: I Am The Moon, an epic undertaking in four albums with 24 original songs. Inspired by a mythic Persian tale of star-crossed lovers, and emotionally driven by the isolation and disconnection of the pandemic era, the thematic I Am The Moon totals more than two hours of music, unfolding across a robust tapestry of genre-defying explorations that propel the treasured American ensemble into new and thrilling creative territory.
 
The four albums that comprise I Am The Moon — I. Crescent, II. Ascension, III. The Fall, and IV. Farewellwill be released in successive months beginning with I. Crescent, available digitally and on CD, Friday, June 3. (All vinyl configurations, including individual LPs and the 4-LP I Am The Moon Deluxe Box will be available on September 9). Pre-order I AM THE MOON here and watch the project trailer here.
 
The decision to sequence and release I Am The Moon in four distinct episodes came "when we started thinking of records we love," Trucks says, citing Axis: Bold as Love, the 1967 LP by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. "It's 36 minutes long. That's the way to digest a record." With that approach in mind, TTB will present I Am The Moon: The Film, immersive visual companions to each album. The corresponding films will debut three days prior to each audio release, offering fans an early opportunity to digest each album in its entirety as a communal listening and viewing experience via the band’s YouTube channel. Directed by Alix Lambert, the films combine studio and performance footage with atmospheric photography and imagery beautifully capturing the music’s kaleidoscopic textures. The project launches with the first episode: I Am The Moon: The Film - I. Crescent on Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm ET.  Release dates for each I Am The Moon album and companion film can be found below. 
 
The concept behind I Am The Moon, the GRAMMY-winning band’s fifth studio recording, was suggested by TTB vocalist Mike Mattison in May 2020, two months after the band was forced off the road by the pandemic. The 12th century poem Layla & Majnun by Persian poet, Nizami Ganjavi, was the title inspiration for Eric Clapton’s 1970 double-LP with Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs – an influential album for TTB. But Ganjavi’s source material resonated with Mattison and the rest of the band in an altogether different way. Finding complex themes and storylines that inspired their creative process, they forged a new, modern interpretation of the vast 100-page poem. I Am The Moon was written collectively and collaboratively, with band members contributing their own unique perspectives on the work. By January 2021 the band was recording at Tedeschi and Trucks' home studio, Swamp Raga, in Jacksonville, FL, with Derek behind the soundboard as producer and long-time studio engineer, Bobby Tis, in charge of recording and mixing.
 
Operatic in scope, Tedeschi Trucks Band explores romantic relationships, collective struggle, faith, and the human experience on I Am The Moon. "It's amazing," Trucks says, "because we wrote most of this music in a pretty short time span. There are even chord changes that mirror other tunes on the albums – themes and variations, lyrical allusions, that pop back up." He continues: "You always want to do something bigger and thematic. This is the first time it happened naturally."
 
Tedeschi Trucks Band have extensive tour dates planned for 2022. See list of dates below.        
 
Watch the I Am The Moon Trailer: here
Pre-order I Am The Moon: here
 
The limited-edition, I Am The Moon Deluxe Box Set, each individually-numbered, includes all four albums in the I Am The Moon series on 180g black vinyl, plus additional special items will be available September 9, 2022 - order EXCLUSIVELY through the TTB store and the Fantasy Records store.
 
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - I AM THE MOON: ALBUM + FILM RELEASE DATES:

I Am The Moon: I. Crescent
Film Premiere: May 31
Album Release: June 3
 
I Am The Moon: II. Ascension
Film Premiere: June 28
Album Release: July 1
 
I Am The Moon: III. The Fall
Film Premiere: July 26
Album Release: July 29

I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell
Film Premiere: August 23
Album Release: August 26
 
I Am The Moon – All Vinyl Configurations: individual LPs + the 4-LP Deluxe Box available September 9. 

Tedeschi Trucks Band tour:
June 24 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily’s Place Amphitheater
June 25 - Mobile, AL - Mobile Civic Center
June 26 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
June 28 - Indianapolis, IN - The Amphitheater at White River State Park
June 29 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
July 1 - Canandaigua, NY - Constellation Brands - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
July 2 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion 
July 3 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 6 - New Haven, CT - Westville Music Bowl
July 8 - Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Center
July 9 - Essex Junction, VT - Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo
July 10 - Patchogue, NY - Great South Bay Music Festival
July 12 - Lewiston, NY - ArtPark
July 13 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
July 15 - 16 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
July 19 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
July 20 - Richmond, VA - Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
July 21 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park
July 23 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion 
July 24 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights
July 26 - Aurora, IL - RiverEdge Park
July 27 - St. Louis, MO - Fabulous Fox Theatre
July 29 - 30 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 18 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater
August 19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre
August 20 - Berkeley, CA - The Greek Theatre
August 23 - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
August 24 - Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheater
August 26 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater
August 27 - Bend, OR - Hayden Homes Amphitheater
August 28 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
August 31 - Boise, ID - Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
September 1 - Bonner, MT - Kettlehouse Amphitheater
September 3  - Moorhead, MN - Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater
October 17 - Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio
October 18 - Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio
October 20 - Randers, DK - Vaerket
October 21 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
October 22 - Stockholm, SE - Cirkus
October 25  - Berlin, DE - Verti Music Hall
October 26 - Hamburg, DE - Edel-optics.de Arena
October 27 - Prague, CZ - Forum Karlin
October 30 - Rotterdam, NL - RTM Stage
November 2 - Dublin, IE - The Helix
November 4 - London, UK - The London Palladium
November 5 - London, UK - The London Palladium
November 6 - London, UK - The London Palladium
November 9 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy
November 10 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy Glasgow
November 12 - Paris, FR - Le Trianon
November 13 - Paris, FR - Le Trianon
November 15 - Paris, FR - Bataclan

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

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ANDREW BIRD ANNOUNCES INSIDE PROBLEMS NEW ALBUM OUT JUNE 3 ON LOMA VISTA

MUSIC VIDEO FOR OPENING TRACK UNDERLANDS OUT NOW
LISTEN HERE & WATCH HERE

WATCH THE INSIDE PROBLEMS PRESENTATION FILM HERE

OUTSIDE PROBLEMS TOUR INCLUDES SOLD OUT RED ROCKS PLUS GREEK THEATRE, RYMAN AUDITORIUM AND MORE WITH IRON & WINE THIS SUMMER

TORONTO, ON – April 19, 2022 On his brand new album, Inside Problems, announced today, Andrew Bird acknowledges all of the complex thoughts, questions and middle-of-the-night obsessions swirling around in each of us. Arriving June 3rd via Loma Vista Recordings, Inside Problems is a collection of eleven original songs that take on those inner demons that run amok when things get especially quiet. It’s a lush and rousing entry to his acclaimed, constantly evolving and perennially curious career.

For Bird, the idea that kept coming back to haunt him was the unavoidable presence of thresholds: the moment when something becomes something else, when somewhere becomes somewhere else. The phenomenon appears in endless aspects of daily life, from the process of projecting internal feelings and dialogue to the outside environment, or the seemingly mundane experience of standing in the frame of the doorway, crossing state lines or any place where one is neither here nor there, but in between. These are the questions that course through the Inside Problems - where is the threshold, who are we during the moments in between?

Out now, album opener and new single, Underlands, follows the recently released Atomized, introducing the record’s recurring theme with allusions to Icarus and Orpheus that are delivered in Bird’s singularly chic yet inquisitive demeanor. Listen to Underlands and watch the music video, directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin, here.

“You just don’t know what’s under the surface, be it the land, the sea, our skin,” says Bird. “You could be whistling away, projecting contentedness, when really there’s a swirling twisted mess underneath. Looking up, there’s the knowable universe but unless you get into astrology, you’ll find the stars don’t owe us anything and you’re left less assured than when we thought gods threw down lightning bolts. Underlands introduces an album that deals with the unseen underneath and the membrane that separates your outside problems from your inside problems.”

Dive deeper into Bird’s mind in an enigmatic album presentation film, shared with fans late last night.

Produced by Mike Viola and recorded live by Bird and his four-piece band - some of the only overdubs being additional vocals from Madison Cunningham - Inside Problems “transports listeners to a lush musical world” (NPR Music). From cracking the Billboard Top 10 on Break It Yourself, to earning his first Grammy nomination for 2019's My Finest Work Yet, to acting in Fargo, scoring Judd Apatow’s new Netflix film, The Bubble, and more, Bird's career has been defined by a relentless pursuit of salvaging perfection from spontaneous decisions. Inside Problems extends that arc, manifesting not only the questions that keep him from his sleep, but the radical fight against stasis. The spirit is reflected in the method of tracking the music all together and straight to tape, when creative decisions and the crossing of thresholds are captured in real time, creating a sonic energy that is intimate, visceral and unpredictable.

Bird adds: “I have so much fun taking my ideas apart before they really have defined themselves as distinct songs, when they’re still in that amoeba-like state. I love the feeling of chasing ideas and having them split off and go hang out with another idea and then butting them up against each other to see if they talk to each other.”

Bird can also be seen in new documentary, Really Good Rejects, which premiered at SXSW and follows LA luthier, Reuben Cox, who made the rare, rubber-bridged guitar that begins Underlands, influencing much of Inside Problems with an indescribable sound.

Following the release of Inside Problems, Bird will embark on Outside Problems, his first full-band tour in nearly three years. Co-headlined with Iron & Wine, the extensive run of shows will stretch from coast-to-coast, including sold out stops at Colorado’s Red Rocks and Chicago’s brand new Salt Shed, as well as performances at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, New York City's Pier 17 and more, with support from Allison Russell, Meshell Ndegeocello and Neko Case.

INSIDE PROBLEMS TRACKLIST
1. Underlands
2. Lone Didion
3. Fixed Positions
4. Inside Problems
5. The Night Before Your Birthday
6. Make a Picture
7. Atomized
8. Faithless Ghost
9. Eight
10. Stop n’ Shop
11. Never Fall Apart

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

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

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HARD ROCK GROUP POP EVIL RELEASE POWERFUL AND GRITTY SINGLE EYE OF THE STORM WITH AN OFFICIAL VIDEO

WATCH VIDEO AND LISTEN NOW ON DSPS

SUMMER HEADLINING TOUR KICKS-OFF JUNE 23
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ZILLION AND OXYMORRONS

POP EVIL WILL JOIN SHINEDOWN ON THEIR SUMMER 2022 
CANADIAN TOUR JULY 19 THROUGH AUGUST 3

Toronto, ON - April 21, 2022 - Hard rock group, Pop Evil, has released their gritty single, Eye of the Storm, today with an accompanying video directed by Sam Shapiro. The rock track is a powerful number that conveys the chaos of a hurricane through dark, electric instrumentals with a pummeling, chaotic metal maelstrom that contains an uplifting message at its centre. The video is an allegory of the song’s meaning and paints a picture of the storm with rapid, flashing lights and rain flooding the scene. Watch here  and stream it here.

As for the song’s lyrical plea, the band explains: “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, at some point we all face a situation beyond our control. The wind howls at your door as darkness fills the sky and everything you know is being tested. You don’t know if you can survive it. At times, it feels hopeless, but it’s not. There is a path through the chaos and a way out of the confusion. You are stronger and closer than you think you are. The storm will pass. Don’t let it bury you.” 

The band will begin their headlining tour on June 23 in Milwaukee at Summerfest concluding on August 14 in Wichita at The Cotillion with special guests, ZILLION and Oxymorrons. The band will be supporting Shinedown on their Summer 2022 Canadian tour starting on July 19 in Quebec City at Centre Videotron ending on August 3 in Abbotsford at Abbotsford Centre.

2022 North American Summer Tour Dates:
6/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
6/24 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Rock The Lot @ The Intersection*^
7/8 – Bay City, MI @ Wenonah Park World Friendship Shell*^
7/9 – Green Bay, WI @ Epic Events Center*^
7/12 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater*^
7/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogues^
7/16 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater^
7/17 – Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall^
7/19 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron#
7/20 – Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia#
7/22 – Toronto, ON @ History#
7/23 – Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor#

7/25 – Minot, ND @ The Original Bar & Nightclub+
7/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre#
7/27 – Moose Jaw, SK @ Mosaic Place#
7/29 – Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place#
7/30 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Resort & Casino#
7/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Convention Centre#
8/2 – Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre#8/03 – Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre#

8/5 – Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post^
8/6 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory^
8/7 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Showroom^
8/8 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory^
8/10 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep^
8/12 – Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip
8/13 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown^
8/14 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion^
* support from Oxymorrons
^ support from ZILLION
+ local support
# supporting Shinedown

Pop Evil has massive anthems and built a new rock’n’roll institution on a foundation of showmanship, raw relatability, and hard rock hooks, both forward-thinking and timeless from frontman, Leigh Kakaty, lead guitarist Nick Fuelling, rhythm guitarist Dave Grahs, bassist Joey "Chicago" Walser and drummer Hayley Cramer. No matter the headline-grabbing declarations from legendary icons, lamenting the changing of the guard, the slow-burning success of Pop Evil demonstrates the hunger for hard-hitting honest music persisting worldwide.

Their 2011 album, War of Angels, debuted at #8 on Billboard Top Rock Albums with three singles landing on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Top 10 including Last Man StandingMonster You Made and Boss’s Daughter. The momentum continued with their 2013 album Onyx, landing them on the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 for the first time, plus it was #9 on the Billboard Independent Albums in America and #25 on the Billboard 200. The album included three #1 Billboard Mainstream Rock singles with Trenches, Deal with the Devil and Torn to Pieces. In 2015, the band released their album, UP, which would make its way to #1 on Billboard Independent Albums, with four Top 5 Billboard Singles such as Ways to Get HighTake It All, and If Only for Now. The hit single, Footsteps is still one of the biggest songs to date and returned Pop Evil to Billboard’s #1 spot for four weeks. Their 2018 self-titled album landed three singles on Billboard Mainstream Rock, Waking Lions at #1 with Be Legendary peaking at #2, and A Crime to Remember, peaking at #7. Pop Evil just celebrated their 7th career #1 single in late 2021 with Survivor on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart marking a historic milestone. Survivor joins the previous Top 10 single, Work, and #1 single Breathe Again, from their album,  VERSATILE, out now via MNRK HeavyOver the course of their career, the band has achieved four gold singles with Torn to Pieces, and Trenches from Onyx, Footsteps from UP and, 100 in a 55 from their debut studio album, Lipstick on the Mirror.

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY AND ANTHRAX TO CO-HEADLINE SUMMER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUEST, HATEBREED KICKING OFF JULY 26

PRE-SALE BEGINS TODAY WITH PUBLIC ON-SALE FRIDAY

DOOM CREW INC. ALBUM OUT NOW!

TORONTO, ON – April 18, 2022 – Black Label Society and Anthrax will bring the finest thrash and heavy metal to 24 North American cities on their co-headlining tour this summer with killer special guest, Hatebreed kicking off July 26 in Phoenix at The Van Buren concluding August 28 in Philadelphia at The Fillmore, with a show in Toronto at History on August 23 and Trois Rivière/Montréal, QC at Amphithéâtre Cogeco on August 24.

Citi is the official card of the Anthrax and Black Label Society Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Monday, April 18, at 12:00 p.m. ET until Thursday, April 21 at 10:00 p.m. local time through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details, visit www.citientertainment.com. All other pre-sales also begin today with the public on-sale starting Friday at 10 a.m. local time. For tickets, visit: www.blacklabelsociety.com and www.anthrax.com/tour; Full pre-sale details are below.

Both Black Label Society and Anthrax have shared festival stages and one-off shows numerous times, but this marks the very first time these two bands will tour together. Zakk Wylde said, "ANTHRAX is one of The BESTEST LEGENDARY METAL/THRASH BANDS of ALL TIME - I have been buds with SCOTTY, CHARLIE, FRANKIE & JOEY for over 3O years & they are some of the BESTEST people you will meet. JON is The BESTEST new addition ANTHRAX could ask for - HATEBREED are The BESTEST HARDCORE/EXTREME METAL band & BESTEST friends w/ANTHRAX & BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The ANTHRAX + BLACK LABEL SOCIETY & HATEBREED TOUR is going to be one of the BESTEST TOURS EVER!!”


Anthrax's Scott Ian said, “Zakk has been a friend and an inspiration to me as a guitar player, songwriter, and beard grower since we met in 1988,” said Anthrax’s Scott Ian.  “We’ve had the privilege to share festival stages with Zakk and BLS around the world, and it’s always been a head-banging mutual admiration society between the two bands. Now we get to share the stage every night on what is easily going to be the heaviest tour of 2022 - the ultimate pounding one-two combination of bands. Oh, and did I mention we’ve got fucking Hatebreed with us as our special guests? Holy crap, it’s going to be the night of 1000 crushing riffs. I can’t wait to see you all on the road.”

 
“Listen up! It’s gonna be a hot summer!,” added Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta“Anthrax, BLS & Hatebreed will be on your case, in your face & ready to kick you and your father back in place! See you in the pit.” lack Label Society is currently on their headlining tour with support from Nita Strauss and Black Stone Cherry wrapping on May 21 in Inwood, WV at Shiley Acres.

Black Label Society Headlining Tour Dates
4/30 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
5/1 – Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Social Outdoors
5/3 – Casper, WY @ Gaslight Social Outdoors
5/5 – Belvidere, IL @ Apollo Theater
5/6 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI @ Kewadin Casino
5/7 – Bowler, WI @ North Star Mohican Gaming & Resort
5/9 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
5/10 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
5/11 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
5/13 – Fayetteville, AR @ JJ’s Live
5/14 – Tyler, TX @ Country River Club
5/15 – New Orleans, LA @ Fillmore
5/17 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
5/18 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen*
5/19 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
5/20 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues#*
5/21 – Inwood, WV @ Shiley Acres#*
* Nita Strauss will not appear on these dates
# with Black Stone Cherry only
 
Summer Co-Headline with Anthrax
Special guest, Hatebreed
7/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
7/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
7/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
7/30 – Sacramento, CA @ Heart Health Park
8/1 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
8/2 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
8/4 – Gary, IN @ Hard Rock Live Northern Indiana
8/5 – Oshkosh, WI @ Oshkosh Arena
8/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore
8/8 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom**
8/9 – Austin, TX @ Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
08/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
8/12 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
8/13 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
8/15 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady Music Center
8/16 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
8/18 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
8/19 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
8/20 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore**
8/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ StageAE Outside
8/23 – Toronto, ON @ History
8/24 – Trois Rivière/Montréal, QC @ Amphithéâtre Cogeco

8/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Coney Island Amphitheater
8/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore**
** Hatebreed will not appear on these dates

TICKET PRESALE DETAILS:
Citi Presale: Monday, April 18 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time
Live Nation Presale: Tuesday, April 19 at 10:00 AM Local Time
Spotify Presale: Tuesday, April 19 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Ticketmaster Presale: Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Blabbermouth Presale: Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Knotfest Presale: Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Nederlander Presale: Thursday, April 23 at 10:00 AM Local Time
Venue Presales: Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 10:00 AM Local Time
All Presale end: Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 10:00 PM Local Time

Everything about Black Label Society begins with the riff from their debut studio album, Sonic Brew (1999) to their critically acclaimed eleventh studio album, Doom Crew Inc. (2021). A dedicated disciple of Zeppelin, Sabbath and Deep Purple, frontman Zakk Wylde looks to the massive guitar hooks in classics as guiding lights.

Their latest album, Doom Crew Inc. finds larger than life guitarist Zakk trading solos and twin-guitar parts with guitarist Dario Lorina, backed by the rumble of longtime bassist John “J.D.” DeServio and powerhouse drummer Jeff Fabb. The GRAMMY-winning frontman has been featured on the cover of Guitar World more than a dozen times in recognition of his work on multi-platinum albums with the iconic Ozzy Osbourne and two decades with Black Label Society and their chart-topping albums and singles. The stomping, heavy bluesy, recklessly unhinged hard-rock-metal quartet are part invading horde and part traveling carnival, summoning caffeine-fueled cacophony on records and the stage.
 
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THE FLAMINGOS PINK SHARE NEW TRACK I DON’T CARE

SECOND RELEASE FROM UPCOMING NEW ALBUM

BAND TO BRING THEIR HIGH-OCTANE LIVE SHOW
TO TORONTO AND MONTREAL THIS SPRING – WITH MORE TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

TORONTO, ON – April 15, 2022 – Following the release of their lead single and title track from their upcoming new album – Free LivinThe Flamingos Pink return with their next offering: I Don’t Care. A punchy, stripped-back rock anthem, I Don’t Care perfectly encapsulates the groove-laden rock ‘n’ roll style that runs through the new record. Listen to the track here and watch the retro home video-inspired visual here.

While the band’s undeniable sound shines through out speakers and headphones, the true magic happens when Julien “Julz” Corrado (drums) and Sacha Gubany (guitar/vocals) take to the stage. The duo bring their songs to life in concert with an insanely high-energy live show that immediately captivates audiences and feeds back in to the band.

"There is nothing better than playing for our fans and new audiences,” Sacha and Julz exclaim. The exchange of energy is intense and beautiful. People dance and rock out. Our shows are a complete party and that is exactly what everyone needs right now."

Toronto concert-goers will get a taste of the new songs in their live format, including Free Livin and I Don’t Care, when The Flamingos Pink hit The Handlebar next week, followed by a hometown Montreal show on May 26th, and more tour dates to be announced soon. After being named one of Montreal’s Best Bands last year in Cult MTL, The Flamingos Pink are truly a can’t-miss!  

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
April 22 / Toronto / The Handlebar
May 26 / Montréal / Le Ministère (w/ Les Shirley)

ABOUT THE FLAMINGOS PINK & FREE LIVIN:
Best friends, brothers and bandmates, Montreal rock ‘n roll disruptors, The Flamingos Pink, do what they do best – make good rock ‘n’ roll music.

Embracing the chaos that is life today, The Flamingos Pink regained control of their own music and their own destiny. The result is Free Livin, an anthem to living your life the way you want to. 

Think The New York Dolls meets Iggy and the Stooges. A White Stripes / The Hives’ sound partying with The Stones in the 70s. Picture WolfAlice and The Kills drag racing to AC/DC. Hi-def grittiness, imperfect emotional vulnerability on a knife’s edge. The special balance that occurs through the interdependence of two personalities rocking out in real time. Synergy and smiles. No fades. Only hard cuts. 

Recorded in four days in Montreal at Studio Latraque, the new album – set for release later this year on LL Artists – was mixed and engineered by David Laurendeau and produced by The Flamingos Pink.

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BODYSNATCHER: DECIBEL MAGAZINE DEBUTS BEHIND THE CROWD VIDEO FROM FLORIDA DEATHCORE OUTFIT

BLEED-ABIDE FULL-LENGTH NEARS RELEASE VIA MNRK HEAVY

TORONTO, ON – April 15, 2022 Florida deathcore outfit, BODYSNATCHER, will drop their punishing new full-length, Bleed-Abide, April 22 through MNRK Heavy. In advance of the record’s official release, today the band unleashes a raucous new video for Behind The Crowd, now playing at Decibel Magazine.
 
Callously grim, ferocious, and threatening, crackling beneath the weight of its own fury and power, BODYSNATCHER’s Bleed-Abide puts the “core” back in deathcore. An epic demonstration of aggression and brawn, the Melbourne quartet’s third album is a sound born from the burden of struggle and an unwavering commitment to continued survival against all obstacles. Unquestionably their darkest offering to date, Bleed-Abide burns with an intensity derived from a further focus on sonic pummeling and truth-telling narratives.
 
Elaborates guitarist Kyle Carter on their latest single, “‘Behind The Crowd’ stirs up some serious emotion in me any time I listen to it, or read it because it’s so full of self-doubt. There’s a line in the song – ‘abide by nothing but my own lies’ – that to me was kind of a standout line because I consciously know and realize that I’m not alone and I’m loved by my friends and family, but it doesn’t stop those feelings at the moment. This song describes how I feel most of the time in any social gathering, or even in personal relationships with people. It’s a work in progress and writing this song was a definite step in the right direction for me."
 
Adds Decibel, “BODYSNATCHER are clearly gifted with the power of the pummeling riff and hard-hitting, hardcore-infused lyrical prowess.”

Watch BODYSNATCHER’s unapologetically brutal Behind The Crowd video, courtesy of Decibel Magazine, here.

Bleed-Abide was recorded by the band’s Chris Whited at 1776 Recordings with drums engineered by Neil Westfall and Bud Phillips at The Unicorn Room, and guitars reamped by Phil Pluskota at Sonic Assault Studio. The record comes cloaked in the cover art of Adam Burke. Bleed-Abide will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preorder options here. Watch BODYSNATCHER’s previously released videos for Wired For Destruction video hereAbsolved Of The Strings And Stone here, and E.D.A. here.   
 
Coinciding with the release of Bleed-Abide, BODYSNATCHER will join Dying Fetus for a month-long Spring tour. The journey runs from April 29 through June 5. Additional support will be provided by Chelsea Grin, Frozen Soul, and Undeath. See all confirmed dates below.

BODYSNATCHER w/ Dying Fetus, Chelsea Grin, Frozen Soul, Undeath:
4/29 Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
4/30 The Canal Club - Richmond, VA
5/01 Hooligans Music Hall - Jacksonville, NC
5/03 The Underground - Charlotte, NC
5/04 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
5/05 Underbelly - Jacksonville, FL
5/06 Jannus Live - St Petersburg, FL
5/07 Revolution Live - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5/09 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
5/10 Amplified Live - Dallas, TX
5/11 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
5/13 The Nile Theater - Phoenix, AZ
5/14 Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA
5/15 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
5/16 House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
5/17 The UC Theatre - Berkeley, CA
5/18 Goldfield Trading Post - Roseville, CA
5/19 Bossanova Ballroom - Portland, OR
5/20 Modified Ghost Festival - Vancouver, BC
5/21 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
5/23 Metro Music Hall - Salt Lake City, UT
5/24 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
5/25 Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS
5/26 The Lyric At Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN
5/27 Pops - Sauget, IL
5/28 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
5/29 The Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
5/31 The Opera House - Toronto, Ontario
6/01 Imperial Bell - Quebec City, QC
6/02 Corona Theatre - Montreal, QC
6/03 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
6/04 Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
6/05 The Palladium - Worcester, MA

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FLOSTATE SHARE NEW SINGLE ONE MORE DAY IN LOVE 

PREMIERES VIA LIVE IN LIMBO

LISTEN | WATCH ONE MORE DAY IN LOVE

DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM MOMENTS OF FEELING
OUT ON MAY 19
 VIA LEKKER COLLECTIVE 

LISTEN TO STUNNING LIVE RENDITION OF LEAD SINGLE TIME

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

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

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

Toronto, ON – April 14, 2022 – As spring sets in, Canadian fantasy R&B duo, Flõstate, share a new single, One More Day In Love, from their forthcoming debut full-length album, Moments Of Feeling, out on May 19 via Lekker Collective. The song is a synth-heavy, fluid and nostalgic piece centred on gaining clarity in solitude. Listen to One More Day In Love here.
On the inspiration fo the track, Flostate adds: “Alone, with only your memories and regrets, vivid in the night. It can be painful when we finally gain clarity on something from within our memory. It’s so clear, the memory of the feeling, and now too, the understanding of what it meant. It lies plainly in front of us, what it could have meant for our present if we had known. It’s so visceral it opens a door flooding in with fantasies; regrets that paralyze you, eyes wide open in the dark.”

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

Themes on Moments Of Feeling include connection to others, connection to self, romance, surrealism and etherealism, being in a flow state, as a muse spirit while navigating life experiences. Blending chill, washed-out, electronic, R&B, dream pop, psychedelic pop with meaningful lyrics, the collaborative album uses themes of escapism to in fact, return to our natural state as humans in the universe, taking you through a dream before returning to reality.
 
For more on Flostate, see the full tracklist, connect with them online at the links below, and stay tuned for more music as they prepare to share Moments Of Feeling with the world. 
 
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BRUNO CAPINAN  EXPLORES NATURE & QUEER IDENTITY WITH NEW SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM TARA RARA

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Toronto, ON – April 13, 2022 – Today, dynamic Toronto-based, Brazil-born singer-songwriter, Bruno Capinan (Broo-noh Cap-ee-nan, pronouns: they/them), shares their stunning new single and video for Qualquer Lugar. Highlighting Bruno's roots in their native Brazil, it marks the first single to be featured on Bruno's forthcoming album, Tara Rara, set for release May 13 (via Lulaworld Records in Canada). Listen to Qualquer Lugar here and watch the video here. You can read the lyrics for Qualquer Lugar, in both English and Portuguese, here

"I wrote Qualquer Lugar during the pandemic, in a moment that we were all looking to escape reality. It’s a song about finding that special place where you can be true to who you are, but also where you can be reminded of the good in the world and in humanity," Bruno says.

The video for Qualquer Lugar was filmed in Chapada Diamantina, Bahia by Jones Films. On the process and inspiration behind the piece, Bruno adds:

"For the music video I wanted to go to a place bigger than life, to be surrounded by the power of nature. When we got to Chapada Diamantina, to the top of the cliff you see me dancing with my friend, Douglas, we found out that a French tourist had jumped off the same cliff a week before we arrived. There was something so intriguing about that story, at least to me as an artist, while I was standing at that very same spot, that it made me realize that life is what you make of it, while reality is predetermined by one’s circumstances."

Qualquer Lugar was written by Bruno Capinan, mixed and produced by Vivian Kuczynski, mastered by Carlos Freitas with flute performed by Bem Gil, trumpet and trombone performed by Adrian Perger. The music video was directed by Igor Jones and filmed in Chapada Diamantina, Brazil.

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About Tara Rara
Tara Rara (Portuguese for 'Rare Desire') is a full circle, spiritual collection of songs, resonant with sonic elements embedded with Bruno's Brazilian heritage, on a quest to connect listeners to the roots of their ancestors by weaving a tale of love and pain, travelling from Africa to Brazil in its storylines. On the new album, that follows their 2020 release, Leão Alado Sem Juba, Bruno goes back to their birthplace of Bahia to reclaim the painful past of the Atlantic Slave Trade by honouring their true selves through music.
 

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Bruno's history to date below and stay tuned for more on Tara Rara as we move into Spring. 
 

To request an advance stream of Tara Rara for a listen,
please reach out to ola@indoorrecess.com
 
Tara Rara Tracklisting
1.Ode ao Povo Brasileiro
2.Deuses Deusas
3.Qualquer Lugar
4.Meu Preto
5.Mafuá  
6.Tara Rara 
7.Possíveis Possibilities
8.Na Moral 
9.Comigo Não
10.Do Mais Secreto Desejo
11.Bahia Brasil  
 
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About Bruno Capinan
“Acrobatic, sensual, both angelic and profane” is how The Guardian describes brazilian-born, canadian singer-songwriter Bruno Capinan. The Toronto based queer artist has released five albums in their decade long music career and performed to audiences in Canada, Japan, Brazil, Argentina and the United States; fusing bossa-nova inspired music and an extravagant performance as an act of LGBTQI+ resistance. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ALEX HENRY FOSTER HONOURS LOU REED WITH A COVER VERSION OF THE POWER OF THE HEART

SET FOR RELEASE MAY 6 ON ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS
AND LIMITED EDITION LATHE CUT VINYL


ALEX HENRY FOSTER & THE LONG SHADOWS
ON TOUR ACROSS THE UK AND EUROPE THIS SUMMER

TORONTO, ON – April 12, 2022 - Ahead of his upcoming UK and Europe summer Not All Wonders Have Been Lost tour, Montreal musician, Alex Henry Foster, is set to release The Power of the Heart - a cover version of one of Lou Reed's most underrated songs, yet a favourite for Laurie Anderson. 

Set for release on on May 6th, the four-minute radio edit of the single will also be accompanied by an eight-and-a-half minute version and music video. Faithful to his signature dense sonic texture with a grandiose orchestration recorded live in his church studio, The Upper Room Studio, Foster will also offer the song on limited-edition lathe-cut vinyl, individually printed and silkscreen-printed one-by-one, signed and numbered. Foster will also give a special live streamed performance of the song following its release. 

After mentioning that Reed's authentic endeavour has always been one of his core inspiration, Foster says:

"It took me years, streaming into the bleakest turbulences of my own inner voyage, to envision the prospect of making a monument of sincerity such as The Power of the Heart mine. Self-acceptance in an age of make-believes is what allows someone to find themselves, and it’s once emancipated from the self-preservative escapism that one can navigate amongst the vestiges of their existence, which in turn leads one to simply be, as an individual and originator.

Being liberated from the anguish to be seen for who I am is the reason why I didn’t feel the pressure to mimic Reed’s incarnation of the song nor was I constrained by the burden of having to emulate his intimate intent. If my initial appropriation of the song stood as a homage to Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson’s love and respective creative expression, it would grow beyond its conceptualized embodiment as I began to enfranchise myself through it. It is in that moment that it wasn’t a revision process anymore but the result of a total abandonment designed by my own instinctive drift and surrendering.

Noises became sounds, and musical arrangements evolved into some sort of spiritual uplift for me, turning it all into a celebration of what can’t be owned, measured, or defined, a boundless and infinite transformative ascension that can only be experienced once shared and given away. That is for me the true everlasting nature that is the power of the heart.

Liberating in its contemplation. Compassionate in its acceptance. Transformative in its incarnation.
"

Read more about Foster's connection to Lou Reed and The Power of the Heart here

In other non-Reed-related news, Foster will be giving a special live streamed performance on Saturday, April 23 to help raise funds for Ukraine relief aid. The 'All The Violence in the World' broadcast will benefit Music Saves UA, with viewers able to make donations directly to the organization, while all proceeds from a direct-to-vinyl recording of the performance to be donated as well. Audiences can tune in on the 23rd here.

Stay tuned for more to come soon from Alex Henry Foster, and get ready for his stirring rendition of The Power of the Heart on May  6th!

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SWEET ALIBI HIT THE ROAD ACROSS CANADA THIS SPRING

SHOWS ACROSS WESTERN CANADA AND ONTARIO THROUGH APRIL AND MAY WITH ADDITIONAL
STOPS IN THE FALL

NEW ALBUM MAKE A SCENE OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – April 12, 2022 – Following the release of their electrifying new album, Make A Scene, award-winning roots-pop outfit, Sweet Alibi, are thrilled to be hitting the road, bringing their songs to life on stages across Canada.

Kicking off with a hometown Winnipeg show on April 24th at The Park Theatre, the band will travel across western Canada through to the end of the month, before heading east to Ontario for a run of concerts through May. The band will then hit the Main Stage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this summer, then head back west for stops in Saskatchewan and Alberta in the fall.

Live in concert is the perfect way to experience the songs from Make A Scene, as the album’s themes delve heavily into life on the road. Audiences are sure to be delighted by the band’s signature soulful roots-pop sound, elevated by Jess Ray Ayre, Amber Nielsen and Michelle Anderson’s luminous vocal harmonies.

Sweet Alibi’s shows are a must-see for this season – don’t miss them when they hit your town!

UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
April 24 – The Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
April 27 – Maury Young Centre – Whistler, BC
April 29 – A.C.T. Centre – Maple Ridge, BC
April 30 – Fanny Bay Community Centre – Fanny Bay, BC
May 1 – Hermann’s Jazz Club – Victoria, BC
May 18 - Melville White Church – Caledon, ON
May 19 – Monarch Tavern – Toronto, ON
May 20 – Grove Theatre – Fenelon Falls, ON 
May 21 – Cultivate Festival (Daytime Show) – Port Hope, ON 
May 21 – Mule Spinner – Hamilton, ON
May 22 – Stone Crop Acres Winery and Vineyard – Morrisburg, ON
July 7–10 – Winnipeg Folk Festival – Winnipeg, MB
September 23 – The Artesian on 13th – Regina, SK
September 24 – The Bassment – Saskatoon, SK
September 30 – New Moon Folk Club – Edmonton, AB
October 1 – The Ironwood – Calgary, AB
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ABOUT SWEET ALIBI:
Known for their soulful three-part harmonies, Western Canadian Music Award winners, Sweet Alibi, have shared their folk roots-pop infused music with listeners across North America and Europe since 2009. They are the distinct and complementary voices of Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen and Michelle Anderson, joined by Alasdair Dunlop on bass and Sandy Fernandez on drums. Their music has garnered national accolades and awards, has been featured on MTV U.S., CMT, and has received major radio play on college/community and satellite radio, with several songs reaching the top 20 of CBC Music’s national charts.

Their latest album, Make A Scene – produced by Matt Peters and Matt Schellenberg (a.k.a. members of indie-pop squad, Royal Canoe, who produce under the Deadmen moniker) – weds rich lyrical themes to wildly accessible songs such as the propulsive Confetti (which occupied CBC Music’s Top 20 for an impressive eight weeks) building on previous airplay Sweet Alibi enjoyed on satellite and terrestrial radio. Bassist Alasdair Dunlop and drummer Sandy Fernandez round out the acclaimed Western Canadian Music Award winners.

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BISHOP BRIGGS SHARES TWO EMOTIONALLY CHARGED SINGLES HIGH WATER & ART OF SURVIVAL

SIGNS TO NEW LABEL ARISTA RECORDS

PERFORMS AT COACHELLA ON APRIL 15 AND APRIL 22


WATCH THE VIDEO FOR HIGH WATER HERE
AND LISTEN TO BOTH SINGLES HERE

TORONTO, ON - April 8, 2022 - Today, multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Bishop Briggs, returns with two new emotionally charged singles entitled High Water and Art of Survival via Arista Records. Listen to the singles here and watch the video for High Water here

Writing both songs as an ode to her late sister Kate, Bishop notes: "I feel really grateful that I am here wide-eyed sharing new music with all of you. I can’t say that I knew if that was going to be possible for me after my sister Kate passed away in January of 2021. With all soulmates there is an unbreakable bond and energy that ties the relationship so closely that nothing can break it. Although I feel broken, I know our bond will surpass the concept of time and healing. High Water was written from the depths of my despair as a love letter to my best friend who I miss so dearly. Whereas Art of Survival is from a place of choosing to keep fighting to live fully and I firmly believe this is where she would hope to find me. I felt deeply I couldn’t release one without the other. So here, in my rawest form, I give you my soul on a platter. Thank you for being here."

Lithely plucked guitar cuts through the tides of airy production on High Water. Her voice barely breaks a whisper on the verses before it climaxes on an earthquaking chorus uplifted by her stunning range. The accompanying visual, directed by Tim Mattia [Twenty One Pilots, The Killers, Halsey], centres on a closeup of Bishop as she sings to the camera and wears the piercing emotion of each ebb and flow perfectly matching the spirit of the track. On Art of Survival, she carefully bares her teeth in this powerful track where the beat cracks beneath breathy vocals before another unshakable chorus.

Bishop is also excited to exclusively break the news of her pregnancy in a stunning photo shoot with PAPER Magazine today. Check it out here. Additionally, she will donate 10% of the proceeds of a sweatshirt she has launched in tandem with High Water to Andrew McMahon’s Dear Jack Foundation. The Dear Jack Foundation provides quality of life programming that directly benefits young adult cancer patients, survivors and their families.

Next up, Bishop will perform at Coachella on April 15 and 22 and is planning to release more new music this year via Arista Records.

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ABOUT BISHOP BRIGGS:
Bishop Briggs is known for emotional and cathartic songs that blur the boundaries between alternative, pop, and electronic. Born in London to Scottish parents, Bishop grew up in Japan and Hong Kong. Days after graduating high school, she moved to Los Angeles where, after years of performing at any venue that would have her, she was discovered in a small hole-in-the-wall by a former-A&R rep and the rest was history. The music of Bishop Briggs transcends the limitations of singular genres, blending folk, pop and electronic music into a wholly unique sound. Her debut track Wild Horses reached #1 on Spotify's US Viral Chart and #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 charts, with airplay on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation, Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Show and a prized spot in Acura’s 2016 TLX and ESPN’s NFL Playoffs ads. She followed up with the 3x Canadian Platinum single, River, a searing and cathartic track that captured the attention of tastemakers and gatekeepers and rose to #3 on the Alternative chart with over 680 million global streams while Bishop’s videos have 524M overall views on YouTube and she has 1 million YouTube subscribers. After her critically acclaimed debut album Church of Scars, multiple sold-out tours, live performance slots opening for Coldplay, Kaleo, alt-J, and Bleachers, and with more music on the way, Bishop Briggs is set to have her most incredible year yet.
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GLOBAL SUPERSTAR OZUNA AND BREAKOUT ARTIST BOZA PREMIERE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO APRETAITO

Toronto, ON – April 8, 2022 – Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, Ozuna and Latin GRAMMY® nominated breakout artist, Boza, unite their talents in a new single titled, Apretaito which promises to become another reggaeton classic due to its catchy rhythm and its crafty lyrics. Apretaito is now available on all digital streaming platforms and its music video on Ozuna’s YouTube video channel. Watch the video here.
 
In this new collaboration, Ozuna, the global reggaeton icon native of Puerto Rico with Dominican roots, joins Panama’s most popular and hottest new export Boza, to delight both fans with a danceable and refreshing sound. 

Directed by Nuno Gomes, the Apretaito music video shows the scene of a club where both urban performers are surrounded by women enjoying a night full of music, dance, and fun between them and friends. Breaking molds and stereotypes while celebrating diversity and female empowerment, who take over the dance floor to dazzle with their charms, glamour, and charisma, to the rhythm of Apretaito 
 
Apretaito was written by Ozuna and Boza and was produced by Chris Jedai and Gaby Music, among others. 
 
Ozuna has been actively releasing new music since the beginning of 2022. After starting the year with an explosive collaboration, SANTO, with international superstar Christina Aguilera, he released DEPRIMIDA, whose music video has 57 million views on YouTube within a month of its release. On the other hand, his most recent release, G-WAGON, premiered three weeks ago and has already reached 9.1 million views. 
 
About Ozuna
The multi-award winning Puerto Rican singer and songwriter OZUNA is one of Latin music’s most iconic and listened-to artists around the world. Since launching his career in 2015, Ozuna has won countless accolades, including making Time Magazine’s Most Influential People list (2019), and winning BMI’s Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year (2019, 2021) and Contemporary Latin Song of the Year Taki Taki (2020). He won his first two Latin GRAMMYs® in November 2020, for his collaboration, Yo x Ti, Tú x Mí, with ROSALÍA. He also took home the Extraordinary Evolution Award at the 2021 Latin American Music Awards. In the Dominican Republic, Ozuna recently received the Soberano Solidario award at the 2021 edition of Premios Soberano for his humanitarian work. In addition, he holds four Guinness World Records™.
 
About Boza
The Panamanian singer and composer Boza is positioned as one of the most outstanding artists of the new urban music generation. After becoming known internationally with his multi-platinum song, Hecha Pa’ Mí,  he released his second big hit, Ella, receiving multiple certifications such as Platinum Record in Central America and the Caribbean, Colombia, Spain, Peru, and now the United States. After this success, he released Ella Remix, which received a Platinum Record in the United States, Gold in Central America, Spain and Mexico, and reached the Spotify Global Top 200. Thanks to all the accumulated success, Boza was awarded at the Heat Awards as Revelation Artist,  was nominated for the Latin Grammy 2021 as Best New Artist and began 2022 with his first nomination for Premios Lo Nuestro in the category Male Revelation Artist. The new artist has more than one billion total views on digital music platforms and recently released his most recent studio album, titled BUCLE. BUCLE has, thus far, earned a combined 450 million streams and views globally, and his latest single, Tick Tock and the global viral hit, Ella Remix, have surpassed 120K user-created videos and generated approximately 72 million views with the #EllaRemix hashtag on the social media platform, TikTok.

 

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AVI KAPLAN PREMIERES NEW SONG ON MY WAY WITH THE TENNESSEAN 

"...a powerful confession driven by his warm, deep-voiced delivery." - Tennessean

ACCLAIMED VOCALIST AND SONGWRITER OFFERS A MESSAGE OF RESILIENCE AND HOPE WITH ON MY WAY: LISTEN HERE

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


WATCH ALL IS WELL VIDEO FEAT. JOY WILLIAMS HERE  

HEADLINING TOUR ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – April 8, 2022 - Rising indie singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, recently announced the upcoming release of his debut solo album, the Shooter Jennings produced, Floating On A Dream, due May 20, 2022 via Fantasy Records. Today, he shares a new track, On My Way, with Kaplan’s deeply resonant vocal reclaiming the yearn and heartbreak of family separation into a message of resilience and hope. Listen/watch here.
 
Kaplan stated, “Over the course of my life I’ve spent a lot of time away from my family. I miss them deeply always, but sometimes it hits me harder than others. It was one of those days when I wrote ‘On My Way.’ Oftentimes when I’m feeling something intensely, I’ll grab my guitar and see what comes out. This song flowed out of me quicker than most. Each verse is a letter to my family. My mother, father, sister, and brother. This song is very dear to my heart and I’m so happy to be able to share it with the world.” 
 
In addition, Kaplan recently shared the anthemic and haunting new single, All Is Well, featuring Joy Williams. Watch their video and pre-order the album here. Atwood Magazine featured the track, and stated, “‘All Is Well’ is exquisitely beautiful. The harmonies Kaplan and Williams create together are heavenly and the whole song feels like a dreamy mantra. A place to retreat, rebuild and renew yourself.” Read Atwood’s interview with Kaplan and Williams here.
 
Produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Shooter Jennings, (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, American Aquarium) and mixed by Trina Shoemaker, (Brandi Carlile, Queens Of The Stone Age, Sheryl Crow,) Floating On A Dream is rendered in long shadows and moody high relief reflecting Kaplan’s Californian roots and fascination with the American West, broadening his artistry into enthralling new territory. 
 
With country, blues, soul, tribal drums, and a touch of gospel underpinning his elemental acoustic driven rock, he explores matters of the heart, truth, morality, and the search for relevance across the album’s 11 original tracks. At the core though there is that voice. From a haunting falsetto to its deepest bass tones, Kaplan’s instrument is unlike anything else in modern music. While a few of these songs were penned shortly after Kaplan’s departure from Pentatonix in 2017; most were written specifically for this project. What ties them together is the richness and fluidity of his vocal range, which may even surprise longtime fans. 
 
Deepening a musical evolution that began with 2020’s, I'll Get By EP and carried through last year’s single, Song for the Thankful, Floating On A Dream explores Kaplan’s wide sonic palette and rootsy influences. Throughout the LP’s soaring choruses and deep valley passages, Jennings’ steadfast musical foundation helps keep Kaplan’s amazing voice, which has drawn comparisons from classic country crooner, Lee Hazelwood, to folk legend, Richie Havens, firmly in place. Jennings’ influence can be heard in Floating On A Dream’s cinematic production using piano, pedal steel, varied guitars, and verbed-out layered harmonies, contributing to the album's spacious western scope.  
 
Jennings stated, “I always know it’s going to be a good process in the studio when I’m working with somebody who really loves music, but also really adores the music that has come before. We both collect music and we’re inspired by it. Avi is an amazing singer and songwriter, this album is Ennio Morricone meets Bill Withers.”
 
Many of the new tracks draw on Kaplan’s heartache following the separation he endured from his family due to excessive touring, and then continued through much of the pandemic. 
 
Avi stated, adding, “My journey has taken many twists and turns. It’s been a battle at times, but the completion of this album is a huge step towards the things I hope to achieve as an artist. I’ve been waiting a long time for this chance to give people my music, and to give people myself through my music,” he added. “It’s time to make that dream that I'm floating on a reality.”
 
Kaplan also announced a headline tour across the U.S. Find the full routing below. 

TOUR DATES: 
March 20 - Manchester, Band On The Wall - United Kingdom        
March 21 - London, Lafayette United Kingdom (SOLD OUT)
March 23 - Leuven, Het Depot Belgium        
March 24 - Luxembourg, Den Atelier - Luxembourg
March 26 - Cologne, Essigfabrik -Germany  
March 27 - Nijmegen, Doornroosje - Netherlands    
March 29 - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg - Netherlands
March 30 - Hamburg, Grunspan - Germany 
March 31 - Copenhagen, Lille Vega - Denmark (SOLD OUT)
April 1 - Berlin, Heimathafen - Germany       
April 3 - Warsaw, Proxima - Poland  
April 4 - Krakow, Kwadrat - Poland   
April 5 - Vienna, Arena Wien (Grosse Halle) - Austria          
April 7 - Prague, Palac Akropolis - Czech Republic 
April 8 - Munich, Backstage Werk- Germany
April 10 - Zurich, Plaza, Switzerland 
April 11 - Paris, Alhambra - France 
May 21 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I
May 24 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
May 25 - New York, NY - LPR
May 27 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
May 28 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
May 29 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
June 1 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
June 2 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads
June 4 - Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
June 6 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
June 8 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
June 9 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour

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

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JULIANA EYE GOES BLONDIE WITH COVER OF DREAMING

FEATURED ON COVERAMA COMPILATION ALBUM

OUT MAY 20 VIA THE CONFIDENCE EMPERORS

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

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TORONTO, ON – April 8, 2022 – Spring brings an exploration of artists and eras, and the launch of Coverama,  a compilation of creative, fun and innovative renditions of classic pop and indie rock songs, as it nears a May 20 release via Popguru Sound & Vision's boutique label, The Confidence Emperors. Today, roster member, Juliana Eye, shares a stellar cover of Blondie's Dreaming. The self-produced rendition captures Juliana's admiration for the icon, while applying her own unique flair; in contrast to the original's upbeat, new wave feel, this version is downtempo, super lush and - living up to its title - dreamy. Listen to Dreaming and watch the video, directed by Jason Cipparrone,  here.

"I tried to imagine what it would sound like if you were dozing off into a daydream, and pictured a very euphoric / head-in-the-clouds feeling, especially in the hook," Juliana says. “Dreaming is one of my favourite Blondie songs and I’ve always wanted to cover it. My version takes some of the new wave elements of the original, but slows it down and gives the track a very lush & dreamy treatment (lots of pad synths and spacey guitars). I also really connect with the idea of ‘dreaming is free’ as a reminder that our imaginations are boundless and we have a built-in space to go to whenever we want to escape reality.”

Dreaming marks Juliana's second release, having shared her debut single, U SUCK, in 2021, and is working on new music to be released this year. Most of the track was recorded in Juliana's home studio except for vocals (recorded at Revolution Recording). The song was mixed by Mike Schlosser and mastered by Joao Carvalho. As a big fan of Blondie for a long time, this is something Juliana and Popguru Founder, Graham Stairs have in common, so it was a natural fit.

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

Under The Cover - what inspired the track:
Juliana used to play this song (as well as Heart of Glass) as a transition track during open mic performances and solo acoustic sets. Juliana would typically play it very slow and repeat the hook over and over, which she believes  subconsciously made its way into this version. When initially discussing songs to cover for this project, Graham shared a story with Juliana that his first band (Popular Spies) opened for Gary Valentine’s band (The Look) at the Hurrah Club in NYC, and hung out with a few members of Blondie after the show.

In the Coverama track sequence  Dreaming follows the rambunctious reimagination of David Essex's  classic, Rock On, by Alex Exists - an incredible artist, producer and songwriter based in Toronto.  Listen to Rock On and watch the video here. Coverama kicked off with John Orpheus' cover of Radiohead's iconic House Of CardsJohn worked with longtime collaborator and producer, Mike Schlosser, to  deliver a danceable, soulful take layered by graceful harmonies, soulful choruses and verses with his signature Caribbean flair. It is accompanied by a stunning video highlighting couples of all identities, depicting grace and strength in vulnerability - check it out here.  

The songs on Coverama include interpretations by Toronto artist/producer, Alex Exists; UK-based pop singer-songwriter, Chloe KayWill Whitwham (leader of The Wilderness of Manitoba), Ghost Caravan, Canadian icons Martha and the Muffins,  artist/producer Juliana Eye, indie pop duo, TANDM, and new signing, Sam Casey. Stay tuned for more music as the roster rolls into its grand release in May. 

About Juliana Eye
JULIANA EYE is an alt-pop artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Toronto. Her obsession with pop melodies, 90s & early-00s guitar tones, paired with her mesmerizing voice has given EYE’s sound a unique blend of nostalgia and melancholy. Her latest single, “Dreaming” is a lush and evocative rendition of the 1970’s Blondie hit; fusing subtle hints of new wave synth textures, dreamy guitars, and alluring vocals.
 
Born and raised in the Toronto suburb of North York, JULIANA took to music obsessively at the early age of thirteen as an act of teenage rebellion and an outlet for finding herself. She spent the majority of her adolescence playing guitar and writing songs in her bedroom, jamming in basements with her friends’ obscure bands, and venturing to downtown clubs to watch local artists perform. While attending University for art & graphic design, EYE toured and recorded with indie-rock band, The Ruby Spirit, as a backup vocalist and self-taught keyboard player. JULIANA has since pursued a career as a live support musician and performed with a number of artists including CARYS (Warner Music/Atlantic Records), Juno-nominated AMAAL (Universal Canada), and LØLØ (APG) to name a few. 

JULIANA EYE will be releasing more singles this year as well as an EP in late 2022.

DOWNLOAD - Dreaming Single Art
DOWNLOAD - Juliana Eye Press Photos 
DOWNLOAD - Coverama Artwork

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

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

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

 

 

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HEALTH’S NEW COLLABORATIVE ALBUM DISCO4 :: PART II IS OUT TODAY VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

LISTEN HERE

RELEASE NO ESCAPE VIDEO  FEATURING 
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD’S JESSE RUTHERFORD

CONFIRMING NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR WITH SHOWS IN VANCOUVER, MONTREAL AND TORONTO

"...the record not only captures a cross-section of alternative music's current zeitgeist, but also the neurotic paranoia of the near-dystopian times we're living in." - Kerrang!

“…HEALTH’s music blurs the boundaries between noise-rock, industrial, electronic rock and more in a sonically confrontational way that speaks eloquently to
headbangers and heshers.” 
Revolver (Feature)

"... while these tracks are a testament to how well the LA trio can build an astronomical sense of atmosphere, they can create icy harshness with equal brilliance."
DIY, 4/5 stars

"Collaboration in music has become increasingly common across all genres, but HEALTH have gone above and beyond what this typically looks and sounds like. Their series of DISCO albums were previously companion remixes to their full-lengths, but now, they’ve reimagined them as massive collaborative efforts, with each song melding a different artist’s style with HEALTH’s visceral electronic sound... with HEALTH choosing to only work with artists they personally enjoy listening to, the results are exceeding expectations.” Alternative Press

TORONTO, ON – April 8, 2022 – HEALTH’s latest collaborative album, DISCO4 :: PART II, is out today via Loma Vista Recordings to praise and features via Kerrang! (digital cover story), Revolver, Brooklyn Vegan, Metal Injection, DIY Magazine, Treble, and more. The 12-song LP featuring Nine Inch Nails and Lamb of God arrives with six previously unreleased collaborations–including NO ESCAPE, with The Neighbourhood (watch its new video featuring the band's Jesse Rutherford here), as well as The Body, Backxwash, and Perturbator, among others–and a new original HEALTH single, THESE DAYS 2.0.2.1. Directed by Patrick Lascu, the NO ESCAPE video mimics the cult classic video game Metal Gear Solid and features rendered characters of the band members. Stream and purchase DISCO4 :: PART II at all DSPs here

The band of Jacob Duzsik, John Famiglietti, and Benjamin Miller also announced the initial headlining U.S. shows of a 2022 world tour that includes European dates with Peturbator, Youth Code, and Maenad Veyl; a full itinerary is listed below and tickets are on-sale now.

Three years after VOL.4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR, the L.A. trio’s ferocious entry into the world of heavy music, HEALTH return with the second half of their DISCO4 series. A whole lot went to hell in the world in the meantime, forcing the band to re-invent how they wrote music together. For DISCO4 :: PART II they cut it fast and mean, recruiting both legends and nascent contenders of heavy music and its many peripheral genres.

DISCO4 :: PART II Tracklist:
1. HEALTH x Poppy - DEAD FLOWERS
2. HEALTH x Nine Inch Nails - ISN’T EVERYONE
3. HEALTH x Ada Rook x PlayThatBoiZay - MURDER DEATH KILL
4. HEALTH x Maenad Veyl - IDENTITY
5. HEALTH x Lamb of God - COLD BLOOD
6. HEALTH x The Body - AD 1000
7. HEALTH x Backxwash x HO99O9 - GNOSTIC FLESH/MORTAL HELL
8. HEALTH x Street Sects - THE JOY OF SECT
9. HEALTH x EKKSTACY - STILL BREATHING
10. HEALTH x The Neighbourhood - NO ESCAPE
11. HEALTH x Perturbator - EXCESS
12. HEALTH - THESE DAYS 2.0.2.1.

HEALTH 2022 Tour Dates:
4/18 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
4/19 - Manchester, UK @ The White Hotel
4/20 - Birmingham, UK @ Castle and Falcon
4/21 - London, UK @ Studio 9294
4/22 - Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn
4/26 - Vilnius, LT @ Kablys Club
4/27 - Tallinn, ES @ Sveta Baar
4/28 - Helsinki, FI @ Ääniwalli
6/09 - Bucharest, RO @ Control Club
6/11 - Budapest, HU @ A38
6/12 - Vienna, AT @ Arena
6/13 - Poznań, PL @ Klub U Bazyla
6/14 - Krakow, PL @ Zaścianek
6/15 - Kosice, SK @ Tabačka Kulturfabrik
6/16 - Bratislava, SK @ Fuga
6/17 - Zagreb, HR @ Klub Mochvara
6/18 - Ljubljana, SI @ Kino Siska
6/20 - Dortmund, DE @ Junkyard
6/21 - Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
6/22 - Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
6/24 - Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
6/29 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
6/30 - Seattle, WA @ Mechanismus Festival Stronghold
7/1 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
7/12 - Utrecht, NL @ De Helling 
7/13 - Esch-sur-alzette, LU @ Kulturfabrik Asbl Cultural Centre 
7/13 - Ostrava CZ @ Colours of Ostrava 2022 
7/15 - Athina, GR @ Death Disco
8/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
8/25 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
8/27 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater #
8/28 - Austin, TX @ Elmo’s #
8/30 - Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor #
8/31 - Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live #
9/1 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade #
9/03 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage #
9/4 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza #
9/6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts #
9/7 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club #
9/8 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda #
9/9 - Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall #
9/11 - Detroit, MI @ El Club #
9/12 - Chicago, IL @ Park West #
9/13 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre #
9/15 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre #
9/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco #
9/18 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
10/6 - Lille, FR @ Aereonef %
10/7 - Paris, FR @ Olympia %
10/12 - Bordeaux, FR @ Krakatoa %
10/13 - Toulouse, FR @ Bikini %
10/14 - Madrid, ES @ Sala Cool %
10/15 - Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz 2 %
10/16 - Nantes, FR @ Stereolux %
10/18 - Lyon, FR @ Transbordeur %
10/19 - Strasbourg, FR @ La Laiterie %
10/20 - Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks %
10/21 - Munich, DE @ Freiheiz %
10/22 - Vienna, AT @ Arena %
10/23 - Budapest, HU @ Akvarium NagyHall %
10/25 - Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music %
10/26 - Wroclaw, PL @ Zaklete Rewiry %
10/27 - Warsaw, @ PL Progresja %
10/28 - Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen %
10/29 - Göteborg, SE @ Tradga’n %
10/30 - Stockholm, SE @ Bern %
11/1 - Helsinki, FI @ Tavastis %
11/3 - Oslo, NO @ Vulkan Arena %|
11/04 - Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset %
11/5 - Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefährlich %
11/6 - Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli %
11/8 - Cologne, DE @ Kantine
11/9 - Esch-sur-Alzette, LU @ Rockhal
11/10 - Bruxelles, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
11/12 - Dublin, IE @ Academy
11/13 -  Bristol, UK @ SWX
11/15 - Glasgow, UK @ St. Lukes
11/16 - Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
11/17 - London, UK @ Electric Brixton
# w/ Street Sects
% w/ Author & Punisher

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ACTION BRONSON ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM COCODRILLO TURBO  

WATCH THE INCREDIBLE VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE SUBZERO

ON TOUR NOW WITH STOPS IN VANCOUVER, EDMONTON, CALGARY, TORONTO AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – April 7, 2022 –Action Bronson has announced a new album, Cocodrillo Turbo, for release April 29 via Loma Vista. The album will include features from Conway The Machine, Roc Marciano, Hologram,  Meyhem Lauren with production from The Alchemist, Daringer, Roc Marciano and Action Bronson. Bronson has found unending inspiration in the water, which is where the title comes from. “I first came up with this album while in the water. I’ve spent many lifetimes in the water. I'm just a water man. I was born in the water, I'm a water sign,” he explains. It’s also the basis of his incredible new, James Larese directed video for first single, Subzero. In it a tsunami hits New York where Bronson waits ready, bodyboard in hand to ride the wave through the streets as he raps about dropping a nine in the snow like a long lost Sopranos character before inserting a line about eschewing knives when ripping his bread. The short film takes him to the desert as The Alchemist drives a Mad Max styled vehicle and then back to the ocean where he is king of the crocodiles. 
 
Action Bronson isn’t anyone’s idea of an underdog with a slew of critical acclaim, a New York Times best seller, successful TV shows; a decade + long career where he’s proved time and time again why he is one of the best MCs of our time. And yet, on his brilliant new album, Cocodrillo Turbo, he sets out to prove that his lingual versatility is stronger than it’s ever been. “I don't feel like I'm given the fucking respect that I deserve,” Bronson explains. Cocodrillo Turbo is Bronson demanding that respect. Cocodrillo Turbo a record that hits immediately, but rewards deep listening and close readings.
 
Cocodrillo Turbo Tracklisting
1.Hound Dog
2.Tongpo ft. Conway the Machine
3.Estaciones ft. Hologram
4.Jaws
5.Subzero
6.Turkish ft. Meyhem Lauren
7.Jaguar prod by Roc Marciano
8.Zambezi ft. Roc Marciano
9.Ninety One
10.Storm of the Century

Canadian Tour Dates:
May 1 - Vancouver, BC - Harbour Events Center
May 3 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
May 4 - Calgary, AB - Macewan Hall
May 9 - Toronto, ON - History
May 11 - Montreal, QC - MTelus

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DOMANIQUE GRANT  EXPLORES THE BEAUTY OF IMPERFECTION WITH NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR REAL ME

QUEEN/DOM CHAPTER 1: QUEEN IS OUT ON MAY 5 TO MARK FIRST INSTALMENT OF FORTHCOMING DOUBLE EP

TORONTO, ON – April 7, 2022 – Following a successful 2021 of new music, performances, and powerful initiatives, Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director, Domanique Grant, announces her double-EP, QUEEN/DOM, with the first instalment, Chapter 1: Queen, launching on May 5. Today, Domanique shares a powerful piece of the project with Real Me, a song about being worthy of love despite our imperfections, and arrives with a stunning self-directed video - listen to Real Me and watch the video here.

Real Me [produced by GRAMMY-nominated Jarrel The Young (Drake) and co-written by Domanique Grant and Kiki Rowe) continues Domanique's journey of sharing the power of being your true self in song, as explored in her previous single, Airbrush. 

The video for Real Me was Directed/Creative Directed by Domanique alongside DOP Alim Z Sabir, and choreography by Leon Blackwood. It draws inspiration from The Cat In The Hat's Thing One and Thing Two characters, as Domanique wanted to explore what they would be like if they were turned into real womxn in relationships. Thing One and Thing Two are intended to challenge our concept of real versus fake/ imaginary in the actual show and the team drew from this to inform the colour scheme, wardrobe, choreography and lighting.

Empowering narratives will take shape on Queen, the first chapter of QUEEN/DOM, through an array of sonic elements, infectious production and introspective, inspiring lyrics about generational healing, self love and worthiness for womxn. 

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

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

Domanique shared an acoustic rendition of her powerful song, Airbrush, with reimagined flair to inspire self love in the whirlwind of internet culture. Take a listen to the acoustic rendition, with revitalized lyrics here and watch Domanique's performance here.

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

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

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

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

DOWNLOAD – Real Me Artwork 
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Press Photo
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About Domanique Grant 
(pronunciation: DOM-AH-NEEKE GRANT, pronouns: she/her)

You may call her QueenDom. Her mom did when she was a child, and now Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director Domanique Grant is claiming it in adulthood, as the title of her forthcoming double EP (the first chapter due April 21, 2022), for which she opens up some tough conversations — of worthiness, forgiveness, self love, notions of beauty and Internet culture.

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

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

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

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

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

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COMMON DEER UNLEASH DEBUT ALBUM MAXIMALIST TODAY

SHARE STANDOUT TRACK NEGATIVE THOT

SPECIAL GUESTS TO JESUS JONES ON MAY 15 IN TORONTO AT THE EL MOCAMBO

“Straight up vulnerability. Straight up honesty. A real
human experience.” 
George Strombo
 
“ …catchy songs with biting lyrics and titles that tickle my fancy…” 3am Revelations

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 1, 2022 – Today, Toronto’s 80s-inspired modern synth-pop band, Common Deer, release their debut full-length album, MAXIMALIST, and share album standout track, Negative Thot. Check out the driving and undeniable earworm here and stream the empowering and bold debut album here. To further celebrate the record the band will be playing a hometown Toronto show, as special guests to Jesus Jones, on May 15 at the El Mocambo – get your tickets here.

“A 'maximalist' is someone who holds strong opinions and is unwilling to waver on them, which is the larger theme of this album and the circumstances surrounding its recording. MAXIMALIST is Common Deer without concession or compromise,” offers the band. “Contrary to the past releases, a lot of the themes come from a place of anger, rather than joy or optimism, and that’s reflected in the lyrics. Lyrically, the album addresses mental illness, addiction, abuse, the music industry, and intimate relationships with raw vulnerability.”
 
Mostly completed before the pandemic, the four-piece band - comprised of two sets of siblings: Sheila Hart (vocals), Adam Hart (guitar, synthesizer), Liam Farrell (percussion, samples), and Connor Farrell (bass) - created MAXIMALIST with producer, Luke Roes, at his “small but mighty studio” in London, Ontario. A close friend of Adam’s since his band, Ivory Hours, shared a bill with Common Deer in 2016, Sheila says, “We had a great personal relationship, and he’s really pushed me as a songwriter.”

This bounds-pushing songwriting style is especially prevalent on the deeply personal tracks FuckboiGuts and LonelyFansFuckboi is a diss to a guy Sheila dated who ghosted her - but after her BPD diagnosis she realized “girl, maybe you’re the problem.” Guts is about being disrespected as a young woman in the music industry; and LonelyFans is a reflection of how she might have spent time during the pandemic had she been born just a few years later.
 
On the album standout, Negative Thot, Sheila says: “This track is a twisty look at reveling in your absolute worst. Just because I’m mentally ill, doesn’t mean I’m always miserable – sometimes you have to have fun with it.”

"MAXIMALIST is a celebration of excess and a refusal to compromise, however misguided that might be.”

Dive in to Common Deer's MAXIMALIST world and stay tuned for more to come from the band this year!

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hill of iamhill PRACTICES THE KONMARI METHOD ON NEW SINGLE FROM  FORTHCOMING ALBUM SELLOUT 

LISTEN TO KONMARI | WATCH KONMARI HERE

SELLOUT TO BE RELEASED JUNE 3, 2022 VIA TEXT ME RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – April 1, 2022  – Today, Edmonton-born JUNO-nominated artist, hill of iamhill, shares KonMari, the third single from her  forthcoming album, Sellout, to be released on June 3 via Text Me Records. The song is a tongue-and-cheek ode to the method of the same name, asking: "does this bring me joy?" sifting through these ideas and material objects, with rhythmic, frenetic bounce and clever lyrics. Listen to KonMari here and watch a fun video for the track here.

"The video is obviously not meant to be considered in its literal sense; there are no references to toilets in KonMari. However, dragging something that heavy (that toilet was really heavy) across some barren wasteland did feel a bit similar to hauling all the “stuff” you’ve bought from one place to another when you relocate. I’ve moved many times in the last five or six years, and each time, my load gets significantly lighter. And honestly, I barely notice what I leave behind," says hill. "Does this item bring you joy? When you’re broke it’s hard to tell."

The song takes its title from the minimalism-inspired approach, the KonMari Method, founded by pro-organizer, Marie Kondo. The process assists in organizing items category-by-category rather than room-by-room, including six basic rules, ranging from the commitment to the act of tidying, to acknowledging an object's purpose in your life, asking if it continues to fulfill that purpose (or rather, cultivate joy) before surrendering it.  

KonMari was written and produced by iamhill and Mike Schlosser (John Orpheus, Arlo Maverick, Kendal Thompson, Curtis Santiago), mixed by Brad Smith (aka Mr Smith), and mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering. The visual was filmed and edited by Travis Nesbitt (@travisnesbitt). 

hill has always used music creation as a means of catharsis and Sellout is no different, standing as the most aggressive collection of songs she has made to date. Sellout is centred around the way our lives have become increasingly non-human. The idea that humans were not built - nor have we evolved - to manage this shift around human life intermixed with western values is a driving force behind the sound and story. The album embodies her anger and frustration in one place, while centred on a relevant, timely subject matter with full agency and a dash of good humour.

Sonically, Sellout has a signature rawness, complimented by hill and Mike Schlosser's alt approach to songwriting, never colouring within the lines when it comes to production; from the Wurlitzer used in the intro to I Need to Cry, to utilizing an Oberheim analog synthesizer, and creating their own samples (which can be found in their signature sample pack available anywhere you source individual samples, such as Splice, Reverb, etc.).

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

Previous singles include, Fat Free, featuring Dallas, TX group, Cure For Paranoia. The song was inspired by an episode of Sharp Objects, based around Munchausen by proxy, where a mother figure is seeking attention/validation via the sickness/care of her daughters (and is poisoning them to keep things this way). Sellout kicked off with Side D, a dark, energizing jam written about a woman’s right to explore her own sexual freedom and options. While the title is literal, it's not meant to be taken seriously, or for the faint of heart. Listen to Side D here and watch the visualizer here, created by Taylor Oakes: (aka "Tiny Taylor"). 

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

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

Stay tuned for more audio and visual from hill as she prepares to release her next album. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SMALL WORLD MUSIC  ANNOUNCES GLOBAL TORONTO 2022

IN-PERSON JUNE 7 - 10 & ONLINE JUNE 20 - 22
WITH SHOWCASES, NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, WORKSHOPS AND MORE

LOCAL, DOMESTIC, INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
ON PROGRAMMING INCLUDE FLUVIAL (CHILE),
INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC SUMMIT,
ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, AND MORE

SEE REGISTRATION AND TICKET INFO HERE

GLOBAL TORONTO 2022 PROGRAMMING TO BE GUIDED BY THEME OF:
RE: claiming our future
RE: connecting our community
RE: building our industry

TORONTO, ON – March 31, 2022 – Today, Small World Music (SWM) announces the details for their annual Global Toronto conference, held online from June 20-22, with pre-conference activities being held in Toronto in person from June 7-10, including a diverse selection of international and cross-country delegates. 

Global Toronto is a music showcase and conference rooted in re-imagining a sustainable, equitable, and accessible future for the music sector, and a platform to create connections and professional contacts, while building community and creating a space to discuss and make change. More than just a marketplace, Global Toronto is also a meeting place, a global gathering in the tradition of SWM, which has been a site of coming-together for millennia.


Registration is now open and available on the Global Toronto website. Watch the official launch announcement live-streamed earlier today here.

“From our many community consultation sessions, through working with the Jury, who chose the Spotlight Artists, and the Programming Committee, who established the theme upon which Global Toronto 2022 (GT22) will be built and the conversations and sessions to come, GT22 is truly a team effort,” says SWM Head of Programs, Mercedes Caxaj. “We think that GT22 is going to be a fantastic experience on the artistic front, and will continue to move the music sector forward. After asking, last year, 'Now What?' this year, we dig into the ways that we don’t just re-build: We drop the 're' and get to work on something new, together.”

“Partnerships remain at the heart of GT. The local partners that created the 2018 foundation: Royal Conservatory of Music, Lula Lounge, Aga Khan Museum and others. The international organizations enabling international Spotlight Artist performances: Fluvial (Chile), Wind Music (Taiwan), Planea Musica (Paraguay), ASEAN Music Showcase (SE Asia) and International Indigenous Music Summit (IIMS),” says Jonathan Campbell, Head of Programming Operations at SWM. “GT22 is where we show the world not just the diversity of music onstage here at home and around the world, but champion and learn from those folks behind the scenes pointing the way forward.

The in-person conference (June 7-10) will provide an opportunity to experience a plethora of showcases, and networking amongst delegates through a variety of informal, engaging gatherings. See below for a full list of the Canadian and international Spotlight Artists.

From June 20-22, online panels, keynote addresses, Organizational and Regional Spotlights, workshops and conversations will take place online on the Minode’e (the Anishinaabe word for "good-hearted") platform, which was created with Small World Music's partner, IIMS. The online element includes broadcasts of edited versions of the showcases alongside the probing conversations for which GT is well known. 

During the official media launch at Small World Music Centre in Toronto, the team unveiled all of the exciting news, including the much-anticipated reveal of the GT22 Spotlight Artists, theme, partners, and more. In addition, the GT22 Jury was announced, comprising five music professionals who underwent a long, difficult, amazing, and intense selection process, through over 200 applications: Chris Wilson (Drake Hotel/Somewherelse - Toronto, Canada), Kim Temple (High Priestess Publishing/Six Shooter Records - Toronto, Canada), Maria Carrascal (Agitando Cultura -  Buenos Aires, Argentina),  Reem Kassem (Cultural Foundation/Basita.live/Agora - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), Vox Sambou(Artist - Montreal, Canada). Head to the website to learn more about each member

GT21 was an immense success. Held online, in June, 2021, the conference welcomed 1100+ Participants from over 70 countries, nearly half of whom reported they were experiencing their first Canadian music industry event. You can read a full recap of the events here

“We’re proud of the way our role has evolved from being among GT’s founding partners to leading the production of the event for the last three years, and growing things online during the most challenging period in recent history,” says SWM Executive Director, Umair Jaffar. “GT is where our organization’s mission to break down walls through the power of music, and our work with and for equity-deserving communities onstage and behind the scenes, has local and global impact. We know that this will continue at GT22 – and beyond.”

Behind the GT22 theme in Small World Music's own words

After an early-pandemic pause at GT20 to acknowledge opportunity and envision the future, in 2021, we asked “Now What?”, looking to artists and arts organizations’ approaches to making space and enacting change. But sustainability remains out of reach across the sector. As a post-pandemic near-future emerges, glimmers of hope for the return of live music are clouded by the old structures and practices that are once again establishing themselves as the norm. 

With GT22 we emphasize forward momentum, transcending what came before. Words matter in this project: We are wary of calls to simply rebuild, as it gives power to models that even before the pandemic weren’t working for most of us. To interrogate the idea of “re-”anything, we’re dropping the prefix. We choose to claim our future, connect our community, build our industry. Together.

See below for the complete lineup details and stay tuned for more information by connecting with Small World Music online.

Find the Global Toronto 2022 Showcase Lineup here.

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About Global Toronto:
Global Toronto is an online music conference and in-person showcase & networking event based in Toronto and delivered in a hybrid manner. We are a hub for high artistic quality, a platform to create connections and professional contacts, while building community and creating a space to discuss and make change. Global Toronto is produced by Small World Music.

Who we cater to:
We serve the music network/ecosystem of artists, arts professionals and leaders who want to learn, discover, grow and connect in the global music industry so that together we can create change to build an equitable, sustainable and accessible music sector.

What we do:
Global Toronto creates a hub of artistic/high quality content, a platform to create connections, a community of music business professionals, and a space to discuss and make change guided by the principles of equity, sustainability and accessibility.

About Small World Music (SWM):About Small World Music (SWM):
Since 1997, SWM has been celebrating cultural diversity and showcasing a range of local, domestic, and international talent to audiences across Toronto, and beyond. More than just presenting culturally-diverse artists, SWM works with, showcases, and supports equity-deserving professionals onstage and behind the scenes to encourage sustainable careers and industry-wide evolution. SWM encourages human connection through musical experiences: through public-facing programming (the annual Small World Music Festival and hundreds of year-round concerts), industry initiatives (Global Toronto music conference and showcase event), artist-driven projects (eMERGEnce Music Incubator), and more.

 

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AMYTHYST KIAH RELEASES WILD TURKEY - LIVE  THREE-SONG DIGITAL EP

INCLUDES TWO LIVE RECORDINGS

NEW ACOUSTIC RENDITION OF BLACK MYSELF FEATURED IN UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY FOR LOVE & COUNTRY AVAILABLE AS AMAZON ORIGINAL 

TORONTO, ON – March 31, 2022 – Today, Amythyst Kiah announces the release of Wild Turkey – Live, a three-song digital EP that features two previously unreleased live recordings of the song as well as the original track that appears on her groundbreaking and celebrated album, Wary + Strange, released last June. Listen to Wild Turkey – Live here. Watch the performance from Studio 615 here, and watch the performance from the Gibson Garage here.
 
Wary + Strange has been widely hailed as one of the best releases of the past year. Wild Turkey, a stark recounting of her mother’s death and its aftermath, has been singled out for its unflinching honesty and heartbreaking beauty.  Writing in Pitchfork, Maura Johnson noted, “Kiah’s independent spirit, vast talent, and musical savvy yield dazzling results on this, her Rounder debut: Wary + Strange is a rock album that doesn’t play by anyone’s rules but her own.” Zeroing in on Wild Turkey, she observes, “When Kiah asks, ‘Oh Lord, will I ever feel right again?,’ the song breaks open in a surfeit of complex emotions.”
 
“As I reflect on this song, I realize now more than ever that while my traumatic experience doesn't define me: it's taught me an important lesson. In order to have more patience and compassion for other people, I have to also give that to myself,” said Kiah. “That is of course easier said than done, but I believe it is worth the effort to try. The fact that this song has connected with so many people dealing with something similar – or just dealing with a trauma that's taken years to shake out – has been a humbling reminder of the importance of remembering our collective humanity, and to not lose yourself to what's happened in the past, whatever that may be. If you are lucky enough to survive, take what you learned and continue this wild journey called life.”
 
Kiah is among the artists who appear in the upcoming documentary, For Love & CountryThe film, which examines country music’s evolution through the lens of a new generation of Black artists, will be available globally April 7 via Amazon Music and Prime Video. Kiah recorded an acoustic version of her Grammy-nominated song, Black Myself, for the film, which is available as an Amazon Original here
 
Late last year, the Americana Music Association marked the 20thanniversary of its annual Honors & Awards program with a concert event at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. On Saturday, April 2, PBS stations nationwide will premiere a special edition of Austin City Limits, featuring highlights from that concert, including Kiah’s performance of Fancy Drones (Fracture Me). The special will be available to stream online beginning Sunday, April 3 at pbs.org/austincitylimits
 
This spring and summer, Kiah is slated to perform at a number of music festivals including High Water, Stagecoach, FreshGrass, Palomino, and FloydFest. On May 10, she will join Brent Cobb, Amy Ray, and friends for the 9th annual, Georgia on My Mind benefit concert at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. A full list of confirmed dates is below. New dates will be announced in the coming weeks. 
 
Wild Turkey – Live Track Listing
1.Alt Version / Live at Studio 615 / May 2021
2.Solo Acoustic / Live at Gibson Garage / October 2021
3.Album track from Wary + Strange 

Amythyst Kiah Tour Dates:
4/24 High Water Music Festival, N. Charleston, SC
4/27 Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ
4/29 Stagecoach Festival, Indio, CA
5/05 UCSB Arts and Lectures, Santa Barbara, CA
5/08 Scissortail Park, Oklahoma City, OK
5/10 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
5/13 Door Community Auditorium, Fish Creek, WI 
5/21 FreshGrass Festival, Bentonville, AR
5/27 Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, FL
5/29 Pensacola Unleasehd, Pensaclola, FL 
6/19 Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, Washington, DC 
7/09 Palomino Festival, Pasadena, CA
7/28 FloydFest, Floyd, VA 
8/06 Magic City Blues Festival, Billings, MT
8/13 On the Ocean, Portland, ME

Photo by Sandlin Gaither

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CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED SPICE GIRLS TRIBUTE WANNABE CELEBRATE 10th ANNIVERSARY WITH ELECTRIFYING SHOW AT THE OPERA HOUSE ON APRIL 1st

“Beyond the fact that every show is a high-energy explosion of pop and positivity, Wannabe's five members, made up of talented writers, actors, singers and choreographers, have tapped into something that had a huge emotional impact on a whole generation of people during their adolescence… By bringing girl power to a whole new generation and time in history, Wannabe isn't going anywhere.”blogTO

TORONTO, ON – March 29, 2022 People of the world, spice up your life!

In 2012, Wannabe – Canada’s premier Spice Girls tribute band – performed their first ever show to a sold-out crowd at Toronto’s legendary El Mocambo. Without immediately realizing it, the group quickly saw that they had tapped into something incredibly special, and over the course of the next decade, Wannabe grew to become one of the most sought-after acts in North America.

On Friday, April 1, the group will celebrate their milestone 10-year anniversary at the Opera House, and once again bring their larger-than-life epic show to the stage; dazzling fans with their giant personalities, mega-watt singing voices, top-notch choreography and powerhouse performance. A night that is truly not to be missed, tickets can be purchased here.     

"Wannabe shows are famous for not only being a massive party with live music but also a celebration of love, friendship and Girl Power,” exclaims the band.

Conceived of by Toronto-based performers/musicians Barbara Johnston and Suzy Wilde, who star in the group alongside Anika Johnson, Jaz Fairy-J and Cat Merriam, Wannabe has been thrilling audiences and blowing the roof off of concert venues across North America for the past ten years. With spot-on performances, costume changes, English accents and platform shoes, the women have brought Girl Power into the 21st century.

“One of the first things people want to know about Wannabe is if we ACTUALLY sing…The answer is yes! We actually sing, and we actually dance and wear the platforms and do the accents. We also have an incredible backing band made up of some of the top musicians in the city.”  

The idea for Wannabe was born one summer when the girls were crammed in a house together performing in a musical, right around the start of 90s nostalgia. After an intense period of ‘Spice Girls Training’, which included studying concert footage and music videos, creating choreography, arranging songs and harmonies, assembling a six-piece backing band (aptly dubbed the Spice Boys), and rehearsing for several months, Wannabe was ready to hit the stage for what they thought would be a one-off concert for friends and family. They were wrong. The show sold out and the band hasn’t looked back since.

As the band has gained popularity, the shows have expanded to include not only Spice Girls songs, but hits from other 90s superstars, including Brittany Spears, Janet Jackson, and Madonna. The girls have appeared on stages alongside legendary 90s acts including TLC, The Goo Goo Dolls, Aqua, 98 Degrees, O-Town, Lance Bass (N’Sync) and Aaron Carter.

“Our ten-year anniversary show will be jam-packed with the biggest Spice Girls hits plus some of our favourite 90’s tracks from some of the best 90’s artists,” the girls add. “After the last two years, this is the show you want to be at.  Dress up, bring your mates and get ready to Spice Up Your Life!”

Wannabe 10th Anniversary
Date: Friday, April 1
Doors: 7:00pm | Show: 8:00pm
Venue: Opera House
TICKETS

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 6 – Oshawa, ON – The Biltmore Theatre
May 7 – Hamilton, ON – Bridgeworks
May 27 – St. Catharines – Warehouse Concert Hall
May 28 – London, ON – London Music Hall

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BUDDY RELEASES SOPHOMORE ALBUM SUPERGHETTO VIA COOL LIL COMPANY / RCA RECORDS

SHARES VIDEO FOR HOOCHIE MAMA

"One of this year's brightest insurgents" – The New Yorker

"Buddy is crossing generations, building new paths" – The New York Times

"an emerging artist to be reckoned with" – NPR

"Buddy's knack for filling up empty space in bursts like this shows he can more than carry a song all his own" – Pitchfork

TORONTO, ON – March 29, 2022 – Buddy has released his sophomore album, Superghetto, via Cool Lil Company / RCA Records. The ten-song project arrives alongside a new visual for the album track, Hoochie Mama, and includes the previously released single, Wait Too Long featuring Blxst, which was performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night. With additional appearances from Tinashe, T-Pain, and Ari Lennox, Superghetto, finds Buddy continuing to expand his uniquely eclectic sound, utilizing his unusual blend of experiences and influences to tap into a wide swath of moods as diverse and expansive as the Los Angeles area itself.

Buddy last released the deluxe edition of his critically-acclaimed album, Harlan & Alondra, in 2020 before teaming up with fellow LA rapper, Kent Jamz, for the release of their joint project, Janktape Vol.1, which NPR called "one of the best collab tapes" to be released that year. Amidst those efforts, he also joined Vince Staples on an explosive North American tour, performed at NPR's Tiny Desk, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that same year. Buddy also played a major role in the Grammy-nominated Revenge of the Dreamers III album, featuring on seven tracks on the Director's Cut version including fan favorites Costa Rica and 1993.

Listen to Superghetto here and stay tuned for more from Buddy coming soon.

TRACKLIST:
1. Hoochie Mama
2. Ghetto24 feat. Tinashe
3. Wait Too Long feat. Blxst
4. Black 2
5. High School Crush
6. Happy Hour feat. T-Pain
7. Coolest Things feat. Ari Lennox
8. Ain't Fair
9. Bad News
10. Super Ghetto

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ABOUT BUDDY:
Born and raised in Compton, California, Buddy seemed destined for greatness at an early age. He was just 15 years old when he had his first brush with stardom, signing to Pharrell's Star Trak imprint and releasing his first viral single, Awesome Awesome. A few short years later, he had delivered on that promise with the soulful, autobiographical RCA Records debut, Harlan & Alondra, in 2018.

A stark departure from the G-funk sounds listeners might have expected given Buddy's origins, Harlan & Alondra was instead an eclectic collection of sun-soaked styles influenced by Buddy's experiences. After years playing within LA's flourishing underground scene, he'd developed relationships with prominent musicians, adding his own church-honed flair, and come up with a unique style that brought critical acclaim to his major-label debut and a hunger to see what he would come up with next.

After detours through J. Cole's vaunted Revenge of the Dreamers III recording sessions and releasing the Jank Tape, Vol. 1 mixtape alongside Los Angeles native, Kent Jamz, Buddy builds even more on his debut's sonic experimentation with its follow-up, Superghetto. Again, Buddy utilizes his unusual blend of experiences, tapping into moods as diverse and expansive as the L.A. area itself. On album opener Hoochie Mamas, he delves into the party-rap ratchet-style that has been the backbone of the city’s underground scene for years for comic tales of racy mischief.

Then, he turns on a dime to relay recollections of life at the bottom of America’s totem pole on the moody title track, laying bare the lows he’s survived as readily as he celebrates the highs on Black 2, the spiritual successor to his pride anthem, Black. “I was talking about different Black things that we just self proclaim,” he says of his decision to revisit the track, “And just that Black pride that we have, I was putting all that on the mic. The second one is a cool vibe record, but it still has that prolific message about just Black pride and just being Black.”

He truly breaks out of the box with HSC, taking on the loose-limbed energy of an indie garage band while putting his own sly twist on the formula. He continues that upbeat, pop-rock vibe on Bad News, spinning a “gangster” narrative over a backing beat that wouldn’t be out of place on a Beach Boys compilation. Taken, together, these tracks highlight his philosophy for this album – and really, for his life.

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RACHEL BOBBITT CAPTURES TENDER MINIMALISM OF HEATMISER'S TIMELESS HALF RIGHT

LISTEN/BUY HALF RIGHT HERE
WATCH THE LIVE IN-STUDIO VIDEO HERE

TORONTO, ON – March 29, 2022 - Today, rising Canadian indie singer-songwriter, Rachel Bobbitt shares an exquisite cover of Heatmiser’s enduring, poignant Half Right. The harrowing, beautifully tender track, written by Elliott Smith and Neil Gust was first released in 1996 on Heatmiser’s third and final LP, Mic City Sons.
 
"The song is masterful in its simplicity. It paints the universal feeling of heartbreak in such a devastatingly pointed way,” said Bobbitt. “The lyrics deliver gut punches while the instrumentation marches on, steady and constant. One of those few truly ‘perfect’ songs.”
 
Half Right was produced by Rachel Bobbitt and features close collaborators: Justice Der (electric guitar), Stephen Bennett (drums), Isaac Teague (bass) and Bobbitt (electric guitar and vocals.) Listen and buy Half Right here.  Watch the striking black and white in-studio performance video here.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada now residing in Toronto, 22-year-old Rachel Bobbitt began to attract attention at 16 when she embraced the then popular social media platform Vine, covering artists such as Leonard Cohen, Frank Ocean, and Bon Iver. In Toronto, Bobbitt soon found like-minded creatives (including the aforementioned guitarist and producer Justice Der), whom she partnered with for a cover of Frank Ocean’s Forrest Gump, that’s now garnered well over two million streams on Spotify.

 
In 2019, Bobbitt and Der released the LP, When This Plane Goes Down, and in November 2020, Bobbitt self-released her debut solo EP, And It’s the Same. Organic editorial playlisting across Spotify (NMF Canada, Outliers, Indie All Stars, Fresh Finds) helped spread the word further. In 2021, Bobbitt was named one of RADAR US’s Artist to Watch and signed to Los Angeles based Fantasy Records. 

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THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS: ATLANTA MATHCORE OUTFIT JOINS THE MNRK HEAVY ROSTER

A BRIEF ARTICLE REGARDING TIME LOOPS VIDEO
NOW PLAYING AT BROOKLYNVEGAN


TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – March 29, 2022 – Atlanta, Georgia mathcore upstarts, THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS, have joined MNRK Heavy, together with Modern Static Records, for the release of their impending new full-length.

A recklessly free-spirited collective, THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS is made of six members, featuring a violinist and multiple vocal contributions. Together they deliver a vibrant combination of mathcore, sasscore, and post-hardcore - a sound that is at once abrasive, chaotic, and classy. Reveling in high-strung extremity their music is dense, impenetrable, and chaotic yet confusingly inviting as each song deliriously swerves across stylistic lines. The band Kill Your Stereo called “insane, intricate, and impressive” introduced themselves to the underground with 2019’s Die On Mars. Invisible Oranges championed the band’s, “rapid-fire tempo and time changes, leftfield genre swaps, and sardonic lyrics,” while Metal Injection insisted the group’s riotously explosive debut would, “make you punch everyone ever in the face,” and they meant it in the best way possible.

In celebration of THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS’ union with MNRK Heavy, today the band unveils their new single and video, A Brief Article Regarding Time Loops. Now playing at BrooklynVegan, the track marks a triumphant return and artistic leap forward from their previous material, careening through fractures of abstract and heavy, flaunting their unhinged chaos without sacrificing accessibility. The band’s use of expanded soundscapes is complimentary to their spastic, hook-driven approach to writing, creating a truly unique style of mathcore.

Elaborates vocalist, Carson Pace, of the track, “Capturing your first experience of Déjà vu? Have you heard this breakdown before? Does it matter? What are the intentions of man’s best friend? Start over.”

Adds BrooklynVegan, “With three minutes of shapeshifting metalcore that sounds even more chaotic than anything on Die On Mars, ‘A Brief Article Regarding Time Loops’ already proves that the wait has been worth it. It continues the Daoboys' knack for fusing Botch/Converge-style mathcore with Every Time I Die/The Chariot-style theatrics, but even that description can't prepare you for this beast, which also incorporates white noise, a spoken word head trip, a deathcore-ish breakdown, and a complete disregard for traditional song structure.”

View THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS’ A Brief Article Regarding Time Loops video here or stream it here.  

Catch THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS live this June on tour with Limbs and Greyhaven. The journey will commence on June 3 in Amityville, New York and run through June 24 in Chicago, Illinois. See all confirmed dates below. Stand by for more news on THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS to be revealed in the weeks to come.

THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS:
5/29/2022 So What?! Music Festival - Arlington, TX w/ The Ghost Inside, Alexisonfire, The Devil Wears Prada, more
w/ Limbs, Greyhaven:
6/03 Amityville Music Hall - Amityville, NY
6/04 Knitting Factory Brooklyn - Brooklyn, NY
6/05 Kungfu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
6/07 Preserving Underground - New Kensington, PA
6/08 Big Room Bar - Columbus, OH
6/10 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
6/11 HENAO Contemporary - Center Orlando, FL
6/12 Archetype - Jacksonville, FL
6/14 Empire Control Room & Garage - Austin, TX
6/17 Downtown Underground Mesa - Mesa, AZ
6/18 Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
6/19 Goldfield Trading Post - Sacramento, CA
6/21 The Beehive - Salt Lake City, UT
6/22 Lost Lake - Lounge Denver, CO
6/24 Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL

THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS:
Carson Pace – vocals
Maddie Caffrey – guitar
Adam Collins – guitar
Jack Buckalew – bass
Amber Christman – violin
Sam Williamson – drums

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JADEA KELLY BRINGS ROSES TO LIFE WITH ALBUM RELEASE SHOW LIVE IN LOS ANGELES

PERFORMANCE TO BE LIVE STREAMED APRIL 8-17
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

“With folk tunes that will squeeze your heart, Kelly is bound to become an artist that will have you falling in love with her songs.” – eTalk

TORONTO, ON – March 28, 2022 – On April 6, Jadea Kelly will celebrate the release of her stunning new record, Roses, with a special live performance at LA’s Desert 5 Spot. Taped in front of a live audience, the concert will then be available for audiences worldwide to tune in and stream virtually from April 8-17. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.
 
“The Roses album release will be my first full band public performance in over two years. A celebration of pandemic proportions!” exclaims Jadea. “So excited to perform this album live with my LA friends and fans and share it virtually with my international fans via live stream.”
 
Released on March 4th, Roses – Jadea’s fourth studio album – has been warmly embraced by fans, with nearly 2 million streams across all platforms. The record made its way on to the cover of Spotify’s Renegade Folk playlist, and the heartwarming single, Any Old Boat, has seen over 860K streams to-date.
 
With the album having been composed between Ontario, Nashville and Los Angeles, and recording completed both in person and virtually, it seems perfectly fitting for Jadea to be sharing the news songs in a live format of this nature – both in her newfound home of LA, and virtually for all those who cannot join in person. Be sure to tune in and see the songs from Roses brought to life!

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ABOUT JADEA KELLY
Described by CBC as “one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters” (Tom Power, CBC) Jadea Kelly spends her time writing and living between rural Ontario Canada and Los Angeles CA.
 
She has co-written and toured (as opener and backing vocalist) with the likes of Justin Rutledge, Whitehorse, Judy Collins, Catherine MacLellan, Royal Wood, Kelly Prescott, Sweet Alibi, Peter Katz, The Digging Roots, Leela Gilday and Joey Landreth. She has also performed and showcased her music across Canada, The United States and Europe, performing at the likes of Americana Fest (Nashville TN), Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo, Metal Toronto and Peterborough Folk Festival. Despite her Americana influence, she is also the featured vocalist with JUNO award winning metal group Protest the Hero (Kezia, Scurrilous and Volition).
 
In 2016 Jadea was awarded 'Contemporary Singer of the Year' at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her 2016 release 'Love & Lust'. Its featured single 'Beauty' was placed on the Lifetime Network feature 'No One Would Tell' and the 2017 CBC Rio Paralympics, a viral opening montage portraying the life and struggle of Terry Fox. Her most recent EP (MWI / 2019) received 'Best Score & Music' accolades from the Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards. MWI is the official soundtrack for 'Met While Incarcerated the Film', which aired on the Documentary Channel and CBC in March 2019.
 
She spearheaded the 2018 collective, Canada Covers Tom Petty, featuring an impressive collection of tributes from Matt Mays, Terra Lightfoot, Dwayne Gretsky, Molly Brown and the Redhill Valleys. She also hosts a semi-annual Canadian songwriter showcase in Los Angeles through the celebrated Hotel Café, Monday Monday, concert series.
 
Following a pandemic pause, Jadea returned triumphantly in 2022 with her long-awaited fourth studio album – Roses (released March 4 on Darth Jadea Music / Tonetree). The album was produced by a collection of artists, including Aaron Goldstein (Matt Mays / Daniel Romano), Joel Schwartz (Dionne Taylor), Rich Jacques (Lisa Loeb), Joe Moralez (Skyler Day) and Tim Abraham (Royal Wood).
 
“I ended up tracking a majority of the album in Toronto with my Canadian friends and bandmates, in person and virtually. It felt full circle to record in Canada after 4 exploratory years in the US. I love California with all my heart. It is my new found home and has provided a playground to rediscover my confidence, my freedom, my voice and a collection of songs that truly reflects my journey to health.
 
I composed these songs between Ontario Canada, Nashville TN and Los Angeles CA over the past four years. A massive musical delay and musical pause but a necessary one. Life, happiness and health came first. Including the pandemic. Feeding money and time into artistic pursuits can often feel like feeding coins into a broken parking metre. I hold so many incredible musical memories in my heart but it also took its toll. I therefore took my time with these songs, the production and processing of the emotions. Roses was a complete joy to compose and truly reflects my journey to a conscious and balanced state. To me, Los Angeles is a gift I gave myself. It was a blank slate to finally confront my emotional, physical and financial health. The result is Roses. The result is abundance and joy. I’m holding the light up now, and roses are falling all around.”

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AVALON TASSONYI CELEBRATES RELEASE OF DEBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM

OUT NOW ON VAIN MINA RECORDS – LISTEN HERE
 
ALBUM RELEASE SHOWS NEXT MONTH
IN TORONTO, OTTAWA AND MONTREAL

TORONTO, ON – March 25, 2022 – Right in time with the turning of the seasons, Avalon Tassonyi (TAH-show-nee), welcomes their captivating debut self-titled album – out today on Vain Mina Records. A collection of songs in adjacent genres, all tethered by Avalon’s charming vocals and lyrical storytelling, the record sees the folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist re-emerging to share music under their own name for the very first time. Listen today on all streaming platforms.
 
I'm thrilled to finally get this album out there; it's been nearly 3 years in the making!” exclaims Avalon. “I've released plenty of music with various projects in the past but this is the first time I can honestly say I'm fully content with each and every song on the record from front to back.”
 
In celebration of the release, Avalon will be giving special performances in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in early April, bringing their songs to life on stage. See below for full details.
 
“The band is back together and I'm really excited to bring the new show around Ontario and Québec,” Avalon remarks. “We've got members of Eliza Niemi, Little Kid and Jaunt in the lineup and it's going to be a really lively concert experience.”
 
Immerse yourself in the debut from Avalon Tassonyi and don’t miss them live in concert next month!
 
TOUR DATES:
April 7 – Toronto, ON – The Monarch Tavern TICKETS
April 8 – Ottawa, ON – Happy Goat TICKETS
April 9 – Montreal, QC – Quai des Brumes TICKETS

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ABOUT AVALON TASSONYI
Born and raised in Toronto’s west end, Avalon Tassonyi (they/them) grew up tinkering on the family piano, learned to play guitar and soon began writing songs from a young age. At 17, they moved to Montréal to pursue music, playing in a number of bands over the better part of a decade. During this time, they explored different styles from jazz to indie rock to country, ran DIY shows and released music independently at a high volume. Their longstanding former moniker, Inland Island, is most noted for the album Zsa Zsa’s Window Opens Slowly (2016, Egg Paper Factory), which was an exploration of trans femininity, radical softness and Hungarian cultural diaspora.
 
Avalon has come full circle, now living in Niagara-on-the-Lake on the peach farm where their maternal family has been rooted since immigrating to Canada. With that, they’ve come to embrace the acoustic, folk and country sounds that they grew up on, re-emerging to share music under their own name for the very first time. Avalon Tassonyi’s songs are grounded in lyrical prowess, self-assuredness, an embrace of simplicity, and a love for all human emotion, from its silliest to most sombre elements.
 
Folk stylings of the likes of Nick Drake run clean through the album’s track-list. Other apparent influences include Springsteen’s Nebraska, early Wilco, Lucinda Williams, My Morning Jacket, John Prine and Joni Mitchell. From protest songs, to piano ballads, to alt-country barn burners, Avalon appears poised throughout, playing nearly every instrument on the record and coming off as believable while holding the tune in a wide vocal range.

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LATTO RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM 777 VIA RCA RECORDS

BIG ENERGY REMIX WITH SURPRISE GUEST FEATURES OUT MONDAY, MARCH 28 HEADLINING 777 TOUR UNDERWAY

Toronto, ON – March 25, 2022 – Today, ATL-based Queen Of Da Souf rapper, Latto, releases her highly anticipated new album, 777, via RCA Records – click here to listen. Her latest project includes her previously released tracks – the electric single, Wheelie, featuring 21 Savage, her top 20 Billboard hit single, Big Energyand her melodic track, Soufside, which paid homage to her roots in ATL. Additionally, the album has guest features such as Lil Wayne, Childish Gambino, Nardo Wick and more, plus a Big Energy (Remix) bonus track with surprise features coming out Monday, March 28. You can hear Latto’s new album live on her headlining 777 Tour that’s currently underway – click here to purchase tickets. Listen to 777: Latto.lnk.to/777
 
For the past two years and counting, Latto’s made it known that she’s "the one you bitches hate, but they can't get past." To start off 2021 , Latto released The Biggest, the first official release under her new moniker, which explained the 23-year-old rapper’s reasoning for the stage name change, her intentions and moving forward with this new phase of her career. Following that with the release of her hit single, Big Energyin September 2021 has made Latto inescapable. The Tom-Tom Club-sampled Genius of Love single cracked top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, currently seated at #14, and is now RIAA-certified Gold. It’s also been dominating all radio platforms – reaching top 5 at Pop and #1 at both Urban and Rhythm. In November, Latto had her late-night television debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers performing the certified smash hit. 
 
With this new chapter of her career, Latto’s star continues to rise. She received her first-ever nominations for Best New Artist, and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at the 2021 BET Awards. She followed that with performances at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards and 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). She performed a medley of Big Energy and Soufside at the BET Hip Hop Awards and at the VMA’s she gave fans a sneak peek snippet of Big Energy prior to its release along with performances of her RIAA-certified Platinum singles, Bitch From Da Souf and Muwop,  on their Extended Play Stage. In addition to her VMAs performance debut, she received her first VMA nomination for MTV Push Performance of the Year for Sex Lies. She was also nominated for two 2021 Soul Train Awards and one 2022 NAACP Image Award for Chris Brown’s Go Crazy (Remix) with Young Thug, Lil Durk and Future. 
 
From her appearances on LA Leakers and Funk Flex with her viral freestyles to her feature on soundtracks for Halle Berry’s Bruised and F9: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to her energetic appearances and sets at festivals – her elevation to the top remains unmatched. With over 880 million streams worldwide across all platforms and accolades continuing to rack up from her success, it’s clear that Latto has set the stage to become a global superstar.
 
Check out her new album 777 out now via RCA Records and stay tuned for more coming soon.
 
777 Tracklist:
1. 777  Pt.1                                                      
2. 777 Pt.2                                                      
3. Wheelie feat. 21 Savage                            
4. Big Energy                                                  
5. Sunshine feat. Lil Wayne & Childish Gambino        
6. Like A Thug feat. Lil Durk                         
7. It's Givin                                                     
8. Stepper feat. Nardo Wick                           
9. Trust No Bitch                                         
10. Bussdown feat. Kodak Black                                 
11. Soufside                                                     
12.Sleep Sleep                                               
13. Real One      

Bonus Track – out 3/28
Big Energy (Remix) 

 
Buy/Stream 777 Album: Latto.lnk.to/777
Watch Wheelie featuring 21 Savage
Watch Soufside
DOWNLOAD - Album Art
 
About Latto:
Raised in Atlanta, GA, 23-year-old rising rapper Latto has been making a name for herself since she was eight years old. The Rap Game Season One winner has continually released music since 2016 and signed with RCA Records in 2020. In June 2019, Latto released her EP, Big Latto, which included her breakout-hit song Bitch From Da Souf. The December 2019 release of her follow-up project, Hit The Latto, contained the remix version of the track featuring Saweetie & Trina, the accompanying video has been viewed over 86 million times. Prior to this, her impressive catalog of music includes Miss Mulatto (2016), Latto Let ‘Em Know (2017) and Mulatto (2018). 
 
As part of the elite new wave of female rappers, such as Megan Thee Stallion, City Girls, Saweetie and more, Latto has proven that her pen game, replete with witty and raw verses, is unmatched. Her track, Bitch From Da Souf (Remix) featuring Saweetie and Trina went RIAA-certified Platinum, making Latto the first solo female rapper from Atlanta to accomplish this feat. She was also one of only two women inducted into the XXL 2020 Freshman Class, earning her another major milestone in her burgeoning career. In August 2020, Latto released her major label debut project Queen of Da Souf and later that year also released of the extended version of the project. It included multiple standout tracks such as “In n Out” feat. City Girls, Sex Lies ,featuring Lil Baby and the now RIAA-certified Platinum track, Muwop feat. Gucci Mane. In addition to her own music, Latto has been inescapable; from her cameo in Cardi B’s iconic WAP video featuring Megan Thee Stallion, to countless features including Chris Brown & Young Thug’s Go Crazy (Remix) with Future and Lil Durk, Chloe & Halle’s Do It (Remix) with Doja Cat and City Girls, NLE Choppa’s Make Em Say and more, she’s proven that Big Latto is bigger and better than ever before. 
 
Latto’s first official release of 2021, The Biggest, was the introduction to her new moniker that explained her reasoning for the name change, her intentions and moving forward into the next stage of her career. To start off the new chapter, Latto received her first-ever nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist” at the 2021 BET Awards followed by performances at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on their Extended Play Stage where she gave fans a sneak peek snippet of Big Energy prior to its release along with performances of Bitch From Da Souf and Muwop. In addition to her VMAs performance debut, she received her first VMA nomination for MTV Push Performance of the Year for Sex Lies. She was also nominated for two 2021 Soul Train Awards and one 2022 NAACP Image Award for Chris Brown’s Go Crazy (Remix) with Young Thug, Lil Durk and Future. 
 
From her appearance on LA Leakers with her viral freestyle to her feature on soundtracks for Halle Berry’s Bruised and F9: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to her energetic appearances and sets at festivals, she continues to elevate. Latto’s latest singles, Big Energy and Soufside are on her newly released album 777, and the new project demonstrates that point further. Most recently, Big Energy has proven to be a certified smash-hit making it into the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart (#14 currently), becoming RIAA-certified Gold, and dominating radio (cracking top 5 at Pop radio and was #1 at Urban and Rhythm). The track shows Latto embracing this new phase in her career – manifesting good fortune and hitting bar after bar with witty, captivating lyrics, but staying true to herself and her roots. Big Latto’s ‘got that real big energy’ and shows no signs of stopping.
 
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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER CADENCE WEAPON RELEASES PARALLEL WORLD (DELUXE EDITION)  TODAY VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER CADENCE WEAPON RELEASES PARALLEL WORLD (DELUXE EDITION) 
TODAY VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

COLLABORATIONS WITH LOGAN, LORAINE JAMES, CIEL, MARTYN BOOTYSPOON, CFCF, AND HARRISON CREATE
NEW VERSIONS OF TRACKS FROM 2021 POLARIS MUSIC 
PRIZE-WINNING ALBUM PARALLEL WORLD

DEBUT MEMOIR BEDROOM RAPPER OUT MAY 31

NEW NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

SUPPORTING JULY TALK IN CALGARY & EDMONTON NEXT MONTH

TORONTO, ON – March 25, 2022 – Today, 2021 Polaris Music Prize winner, Cadence Weapon, releases Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) via MNRK Music Group. The Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer, poet and activist handpicked friends, collaborators, and rising artists from across Canada and London, UK, to respectively forge their own sound to provide remixes of tracks from his Polaris Music Prize winning album, Parallel World. Highlight song, Play No Games, gets a remix from Toronto's own musical polymath and producer, Harrison, and arrives with a Scott Pilgrim-directed visualizer today. Check it out here and stream Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) wherever you listen to music here and via Bandcamp.

“I was searching for producers who I feel like are really groundbreaking and pushing barriers. That’s the thing I’m always attracted to musically,” Cadence says of Parallel World (Deluxe Edition). “My initial thought was, ‘How can I help give a bigger platform to these artists who I know personally, but who are some of the most innovative artists in Canada?’”

Last month, trailblazing London, UK producer,  Loraine James, delivered a fresh take on album standout, On Me (featuring Manga Saint Hilare & Strict Face). Listen to On Me (Loraine James Remix) and watch the Scott Pilgrim-directed visualizer here. The original version of the song arrived last summer with a cross-the-pond video including Manga Saint Hilare in the frame. Watch it here.

In addition to speaking truths on topics, such as those highlighted in On Me,  Cadence is an active advocate in many communities; both in the arts and in the cities he calls home. He recently announced his debut  memoir, Bedroom Rapper, set for release May 31 (McClelland & Stewart). For more writing and observations, check out his Substack newsletter.

Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) is an eclectic blend of offerings that pulls Cadence Weapon's music into new, curious shapes and continues the conversation that he started with Parallel World. There’s a Chicago acid house-inspired reprise from Martyn Bootyspoon (Montreal), a surreally off-kilter 'Renoviction Refix' from Ciel (Toronto), an optimistically dystopian track from CFCF (Montreal), and left-field funk from Harrison (Toronto). As a nod to his affinity for UK grime and club culture, as well as his desire to showcase Black talent across the diaspora, Pemberton also enlisted the two London up-and-comers, grime MC Logan and experimental club producer, Loraine James.

Parallel World has been heralded has Cadence’s most politically charged album to date. The songs are what Cadence quips Truth in Jest to narrate realities of the world at present and touch on themes of systemic racism, structural inequality, police profiling, gentrification, the internet’s pervasive effects on our lives and the surveillance state that disproportionately punishes Black people. Using elements of trap, drill, grime and acid house, Parallel World is the soundtrack for the dystopian future the world is facing, as society deals with these issues. It is a sonic space where Cadence distills these experiences for all.  

Cadence performed his first show of the year in his home province at Alberta for Block Heater Festival in Calgary, before rocking SXSW's epic in-person return with three shows in Austin, Texas last week. Next month, he'll hit Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City, before supporting July Talk on west coast dates in Calgary and Edmonton, with a stop at Regina Folk Festival in August. More dates will be announced.  

Listen to the original version Parallel World here, learn more about Cadence Weapon and find details on his North American tour dates below.

TOUR DATES:
April 8 - Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City
April 28 - Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary (with July Talk)
April 30 - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton (with July Talk)
August 6 - Regina Folk Festival

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Read Cadence Weapon’s Newsletter
Follow Cadence Weapon on Twitch
Find Cadence Weapon’s music on Bandcamp

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo (by Mat Dunlap)
 
Listen to Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) here
Buy Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) on Bandcamp
Listen to Parallel World here

About Cadence Weapon
Cadence Weapon is the Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer, poet, and activist Rollie Pemberton. Throughout his work, the multidisciplinary artist aims to preserve and resurrect Black cultural memory by forging connections between personal, local, and collective histories. Pemberton received the 2021 Polaris Music Prize for his fifth and latest album, Parallel World, an incisive project that uncovers the splintering realities both created and hidden by modern systems of inequality, atop blistering production that draws from UK grime, trap, and acid house.

Raised by a pioneering New York radio DJ father and piano playing mother, Pemberton started rapping at age 13. He cut his teeth performing live with his uncle’s funk band as a teen, but as one of the only rappers in Edmonton, he found endless outlets for his creativity on the internet, where there were no limits on discovering music. Pemberton thrived online finding samples, remixing songs, and battling rap strangers on message boards. As a university student, Pemberton penned alternative hip-hop reviews while crafting his debut album, 2005’s Breaking Kayfabe, the first of five albums that have been nominated for the Polaris Prize.

A scholar and entertainer with many hats, Pemberton has also done narration work for VICELAND TV shows, hosted lectures for Red Bull Music Academy, conducted live interviews for CBC, and acted in Sean Nicholas Savage’s debut musical, Please Thrill Me. In 2020, he launched his ongoing self-titled newsletter, where he shares personal essays about being an artist, essays of music and cultural criticism, and behind-the-scenes posts into his work and creative process. Pemberton’s debut book, Bedroom Rapper, a personal account of his life in music as an artist, critic, and fan amid a changing digital landscape, arrives later this year (McClelland & Stewart).

About MNRK Music Group
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit www.mnrk.com.

 

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HANK WILLIAMS JR. SETS  RICH WHITE HONKY BLUES FOR JUNE 17

.44 SPECIAL BLUES OUT NOW
PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM ON EASY EYE SOUND 
HERE

“It was always there. We just had to set the right trap…” – Dan Auerbach

Toronto, ON – March 25, 2022 – Larger than life, capable of summoning “all his rowdy friends” with a couple crashing downbeats and a blaring guitar riff, Hank Williams, Jr. has been one of country music’s truest outlaws for over half a century. But more than the swaggering singles, roughneck fantasy videos or relentless sense of blue-collar boogie, at his core, the 72-year-old legend is a bluesman. Pure, unqualified and unadulterated, the only son of Hank Williams has the same down low lonesome in his veins as the man Rufus “Tee-Tot” Payne taught to play guitar as a small child growing up in Greenville, Alabama.
 
With Rich White Honky Blues – set for release on June 17 – the second-generation Country Music Hall of Famer makes good on his legacy with a turpentine and rough wood take on the hill country blues that informed his father’s raw-boned style of putting his pain out there. GRAMMY-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach recorded the set live, with a dozen songs reprising classics from Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, R.L. Burnside, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner and a few from Bocephus himself.
 
“The blues is where it all comes from,” concedes Williams. “It’s the start of everything musical in my family; everything starts with Tee-Tot and flows from there. I’ve always flirted with this stripped back blues – all the way back to the ‘80s. But I finally made an album that’s just that, and I like it.”
 
Blame it on the owner of Easy Eye Sound. Auerbach went straight to the essence. Assembling a wicked core band of electric slide guitarist Kenny Brown, claimed as “my adopted son” by R.L. Burnside, bassist Eric Deaton, who first toured with Fat Possum’s Juke Joint Caravan, backing up T-Model Ford and Paul “Wine” Jones, plus drummer Kinney Kimbrough, son of North Mississippi blues legend Junior Kimbrough, they tapped into the lifeblood of the blues at its most randy.
 
It started with a phone call, discussing what these sessions could be. Nothing definitive, no commitments made. But then Auerbach started receiving text messages the week leading up to the dates: pictures of Hank Williams, Jr. stationery, each with the title of a song he wanted to sing. Back and forth. Songs. Influences. Touchstones to draw upon.
 
And then it was Day One.
 
“First thing he said to me when he walked in was, ‘I don’t really feel like fucking with this shit!’,” Auerbach recalls. “And he walked into another room.”
 
Undaunted, the producer had the band start playing; grindhouse blues, sweltering hill country shuffles, juke joint altar calls. Before too long, the man whose alter-ego is Thunderhead Hawkins emerged, curious and hungry.
 
“If you wanted to play this kind of music, you couldn’t have better players,” Auerbach explains. “The first time I ever saw Hank Jr. on TV, I was a kid raised on Robert Johnson and Hank Williams, Sr. records, and those things came through so clearly watching him. So, I tried to assemble the right parts to just sit in that piece of who he is.”
 
Over the course of just three days, Rich White Honky Blues was done, with Williams punctuatingly declaring “I hope you got all of that. I bet YOU did. I’m going to listen – and smoke...”

As Williams prepares for the release of his 57th studio album, his family has been struck by tragedy with the sudden passing of his wife of 31 years, Mary Jane Thomas. While Williams considered delaying the project’s announcement, time with his family led to one conclusion: music offers solace in the most difficult times.
 
In this sense, it seems almost predestined that Rich White Honky Blues ends with a prayer for redemption as Williams invites the Savior to bring whatever grace He might have, to sow solace and forgiveness, suggesting the larger than life amongst us transcend mortal limitations. After all, Country blues informed his father’s raw-boned style of putting his pain out there, epitomizing the unquestionable truth that there is always a time for music in moments of need.

Rich White Honky Blues Track List
1..44 Special Blues
2.Georgia Women
3.My Starter Won’t Start
4.Take Out Some Insurance
5.Rich White Honky Blues
6.Short Haired Woman
7.Fireman Ring the Bell
8.Rock Me Baby
9.I Like It When It’s Stormy
10.Call Me Thunderhead
11.TV Mama
12.Jesus Will You Come By Here 

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

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CAROLINE SPENCE’S POIGNANT MEDITATION ON THE PASSAGE OF TIME THE GIFT IS RELEASED

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

NEW TOUR DATES CONFIRMED

TORONTO, ON – March 25, 2022 – Today, Caroline Spence releases The Gift, the latest track from her forthcoming album, True Northset to drop on April 29. Alongside the release of the single, Caroline shares the video for The Gift. Listen to the single here and watch the video here

The song – a deeply moving meditation on the passage of time and the healing power of grief after a monumental loss – came to life during a writing session with Matt Koziol. 

Caroline recalls, “I had recently lost my grandmother when we wrote this, and we bonded over how we were both privileged to truly know them, even being let in on the harder parts of aging and time passing. We spent the morning sharing stories about them and we almost called it a day after getting stuck at the end of the chorus.”

But as any creative person can tell you, inspiration often comes from the most unlikely sources. “Then I remembered this card on my grandmother’s fridge — a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt.”

In a moment of kismet, she realized, “That same card hangs on my office wall, and I had seen it just that morning — ‘Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.’ An idea sparked and I told Matt to hold tight as I untangled my thoughts and melodies and landed on the last line of the chorus — where the title came from. Then the rest of the song poured out of us.”

The heart-rending but ultimately hopeful lyrics reflect on the fleeting nature of time and the enduring power of love.

I still know your old landline
Called to say you’re on my mind
It’s a long-distance call to the phone hung on the wall
Inside the house that doesn’t change at all

Usual questions overdue
It’s not where your mind’s running to
You say all your favourite days are forever flown away
It’s hard to hear you say that

Time isn’t always what you thought
But you’re gonna leave this place 
with it written on your face
It’s the only thing that we’ve got

And the only thing worth spending in the end
It’s the present, that’s the gift

The follow-up to 2019’s critically acclaimed, Mint Condition—hailed by Rolling Stone as a “gorgeous reflection on finding peace amid upheaval”—True North took shape from a deeply collaborative process between Spence and producer, Jordan Lehning (Rodney Crowell, Andrew Combs). The album features 12 brand new songs written or co-written by Spence that explore the full spectrum of the human experience: love, growth, grief, and the endless complexities of human nature. 

Spence has added new dates to her spring tour and has confirmed appearances at a number of festivals taking place this summer and fall. A full list of confirmed dates is below, and more shows will be announced in the coming weeks. 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
3/25 - The Burl, Lexington, KY (w/Ian Noe) SOLD OUT
3/26 - The Burl, Lexington, KY (w/ Ian Noe) SOLD OUT
4/26 - Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA
4/27 - Rockwood Music Hall, New York City, NY           
4/28 - The Loft @ City Winery, Washington, DC            
4/29 - The Southern, Charlottesville, VA           
4/3 - The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC            
5/6 - Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO       
5/7 - Fitzgerald’s, Berwyn, IL               
5/8 - Turf Club, St. Paul, MN  
5/11 - Basement East, Nashville, TN    
5/12 - Princess Theater, Decatur, AL (solo acoustic)   
5/18 - Mercury Lounge, Tulsa, OK        
5/19 - The Post at River East, Fort Worth, TX 
5/20 - Saxon Pub, Austin, TX   Saxon Pub
5/21 - Green Apple Arts Center, Eden, TX         
5/22 - Dosey Doe, The Woodlands, TX               
5/24 - Fayetteville Roots HQ, Fayetteville, AR 
5/27 - Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA           
6/10 - Stockholm Americana, Stockholm, Sweden        
6/11 - Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark            
6/12 - Oslo Americana, Oslo, Norway 
6/17 - Black Deer Festival, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom               
8/12 - Outlandia Music Fest, Bellevue, NE
9/30-10/2 - Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters, OR 

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BODYSNATCHER: BROOKLYNVEGAN PREMIERES WIRED FOR DESTRUCTION VIDEO FROM FLORIDA DEATHCORE PRACTITIONERS

BLEED-ABIDE FULL-LENGTH TO SEE RELEASE
APRIL 22 ON MNRK HEAVY

TORONTO, ON – March 24, 2022 Florida deathcore practitioners, BODYSNATCHER, today unleash their brutalizing new video for Wired For Destruction. Now playing at BrooklynVegan, the track comes off the band’s impending full-length, Bleed-Abide, set to drop April 22 via MNRK Heavy.
 
An epic demonstration of aggression, BODYSNATCHER’s Bleed-Abide puts the “core” back in deathcore. The Melbourne quartet’s third album is unapologetically grim, ferocious, and threatening, crackling with fury and power. It’s a sound born from the burden of struggle and an unwavering commitment to continued survival against all obstacles. Unquestionably their darkest offering to date, Bleed-Abide burns with an intensity derived from a further focus on sonic pummelling and truth-telling narratives.

Elaborates guitarist, Kyle Carter, of the band’s latest bruiser, “‘Wired For Destruction’ lyrically was inspired by our drummer Chris Whited and expanded on by me. For me, it represents the common fear of being forgotten after death. It also touches on the fear of not having control and doubting every action you take. The name says it all really. Death, sickness, and most fears hold a lot of us back from living our life how we really want to, so we thought it was an important topic to talk about."

Adds BrooklynVegan, “BODYSNATCHER has no reservations about being called a deathcore band, but if the word makes you shudder, BODYSNATCHER’s version of deathcore might make you change your tune. They're very in touch with the genre's hardcore roots, and ragers like ‘Wired For Destruction’ fit nicely next to plenty of today's hardcore and death metal bands. You don't need to be nostalgic for the Myspace era to get into this; it rips and feels refreshing for heavy music in general.”

View BODYSNATCHER’s Wired For Destruction video here. View the band’s previously released video for Absolved Of The Strings And Stone here and E.D.A. here.

Bleed-Abide’s thirteen furious tracks were recorded by Chris Whited at 1776 Recordings with drums engineered by Neil Westfall and Bud Phillips at The Unicorn Room, and guitars re-amped by Phil Pluskota at Sonic Assault Studio. The record comes cloaked in the cover art of Adam Burke.
 
Bleed-Abide will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preordering options here.
 
Coinciding with the release of Bleed-Abide, BODYSNATCHER will join Dying Fetus for a month-long Spring tour. The journey runs from April 29 through June 5. Additional support will be provided by Chelsea Grin, Frozen Soul, and Undeath.

See all confirmed dates below.

BODYSNATCHER w/ Dying Fetus, Chelsea Grin, Frozen Soul, Undeath:
4/29 Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
4/30 The Canal Club - Richmond, VA
5/01 Hooligans Music Hall - Jacksonville, NC
5/03 The Underground - Charlotte, NC
5/04 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
5/05 Underbelly - Jacksonville, FL
5/06 Jannus Live - St Petersburg, FL
5/07 Revolution Live - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5/09 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
5/10 Amplified Live - Dallas, TX
5/11 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
5/13 The Nile Theater - Phoenix, AZ
5/14 Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA
5/15 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
5/16 House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
5/17 The UC Theatre - Berkeley, CA
5/18 Goldfield Trading Post - Roseville, CA
5/19 Bossanova Ballroom - Portland, OR
5/20 Modified Ghost Festival - Vancouver, BC
5/21 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
5/23 Metro Music Hall - Salt Lake City, UT
5/24 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
5/25 Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS
5/26 The Lyric At Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN
5/27 Pops - Sauget, IL
5/28 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
5/29 The Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
5/31 The Opera House - Toronto, Ontario
6/01 Imperial Bell - Quebec City, QC
6/02 Corona Theatre - Montreal, QC
6/03 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
6/04 Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
6/05 The Palladium - Worcester, MA

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About BODYSNATCHER:
The alligator-filled swamps and burned-out tourist beaches of Florida were fertile ground for death metal when the late/great Chuck Schuldiner took his love of heavy thrash and crushed it into a new subgenre. The Sunshine State gave gruesome birth to genre pioneers like Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary, and Deicide. Morrisound Recording became the site where legendary bands summoned essential albums. Florida claims almost as many crucial hardcore, punk, and powerviolence bands, including Poison The Well, Shai Hulud, Brethren, Assück, and Strongarm.
 
Kyle Medina (vocals), Kyle Carter (guitar), Kyle Shope (bass), and Chris Whited (drums) embody the hardcore spirit and cut their teeth in the tight-knit community. They are monikered after the nickname of one of history’s most notorious serial killers, Ed Gein, and represented by a triangular symbol steeped in alchemy and the occult. But BODYSNATCHER lyrics owe more to the horrors of domestic strife than the gore of their Florida-based forebearers in Cannibal Corpse.
 
The inception point came with the purest of intentions. “I was around seventeen,” Medina explains. “We were just going to be a band that was basically a ‘breakdown band’ for my friends to mosh to.” Eventually stabilizing with a lineup that overlapped at various points with beloved groups like King Conquer and Dealey Plaza, BODYSNATCHER released a quick succession of albums and EPs, most notably Abandonment (2015), Death Of Me (2017), and the utterly crushing This Heavy Void (2020). Combined with a blistering live show, this led to a deal with the MNRK Heavy label and the forthcoming Bleed-Abide.
 
All members contribute to the lyrics, resulting in multiple points of view and diverse insights anchored by common themes of catharsis and resistance, adding further weight to their already crushing hymns. Absolved Of The Strings And Stone is a battle cry against the gaslighting and emotional abuse of toxic people. Hollow Shell delves into strained familial dynamics, where some family members live as virtual prisoners to others. Wired For Destruction confronts death anxiety. Even amidst the uncertainty and darkness however, there’s an underlying positivity to be mined within. Value Through Suffering takes a proactive stance on hardship, a way to rebuild from the wreckage.
 
And while many bands resist genre classification in an aloof effort to distinguish themselves from every other band, inadvertently consigning themselves to talking points that sound like everyone else, BODYSNATCHER is, without apology, a deathcore band. There is no compromise in the cards.
 
“Deathcore kicks ass. A lot of bands shy away from labels they don’t deem ‘cool’ enough. But we don’t give a fuck,” vocalist Kyle Medina says proudly. “We like what we like, and we play what we play. We all love hardcore and metal, so we’re going to play hardcore, play metal, and play breakdowns. And that’s how the band is going to be, forever.”
 
BODYSNATCHER:
Kyle Medina – vocals
Kyle Carter – guitar
Kyle Shope – bass
Chris Whited – drums
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VALERIE JUNE SHARES THE SOULFUL USE ME

NEW ORIGINAL TRACK PREVIEWS THE FIRST-TIME
GRAMMY NOMINEE’S U.S. TOUR 

THE MOON AND STARS: PRESCRIPTIONS FOR DREAMERS
DELUXE EDITION OUT NOW  

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR JUNE’S 2022 HEADLINING TOUR INCLUDING STOPS IN VANCOUVER AND TORONTO

TORONTO, ON – March 18, 2022 – Just ahead of her eagerly awaited U.S. tour, GRAMMY-nominee, Valerie June, has shared Use Me, the first new original track from the celebrated singer-songwriter since the release of her widely acclaimed 2021 LP, The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers. Co-written by Valerie and noted songwriter and producer, Jennifer Decilveo (Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Andra Day), Use Me is an irresistible slice of Memphis soul that once again affirms Valerie’s powerful ability to connect. “We've made a sphere from a circle unbroken,” sings Valerie. “We've got true love, not just three words spoken.” Listen to and purchase Use Me here and watch the Use Me lyric video here.

“As a bridge between modern music and traditional songs, Use Me vacillates between upbeat pop and weaves in the old, familiar hymn, Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” says June. “Coming full circle, this represents multiple layers of how through love, families, and communities, whether publicly or personally, in life and beyond death, we can use each other to create gorgeously positive changes. Oftentimes, the voices of encouragement are from the women in our lives. We use the guidance of mothers, sisters, aunts, and daughters. I’m thrilled to release this song in celebration of International Women’s Month because it was my very first time working with a female producer, Jennifer Decilveo. Female producers are not easy to come by in the music industry, so this collaboration was extra special.”

Valerie June’s album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers, was one of 2021’s most celebrated releases. Produced by June and Jack Splash, the album is “a psychedelic tour de force” that is “powerfully, elegantly subversive” (Uncut) and “a stunning song cycle of redemption and reclamation” (Rolling Stone). June’s spellbinding vocals and infectious sense of wonder ground the record, and “her every quiver bespeaks emotional honesty” (New Yorker). The follow-up to her 2013 breakthrough, Pushin’ Against A Stone, and the widely adored, The Order of Time — a 2017 effort that earned the admiration of Bob Dylan and landed on best-of-the-year lists — The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers is landmark work for the Memphis-born, Brooklyn-based auteur.

The album’s Call Me A Fool, featuring Stax legend, Carla Thomas, was nominated for Best American Roots Song at the upcoming 64th GRAMMY Awards, the first nomination of June’s illustrious career. 

You and I, the gorgeous lead track from The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers was featured in Apple’s latest #ShotOniPhone Holiday ad. The poignant short film is called Saving Simon and was directed by Oscar® Nominee Jason Reitman and his father, Oscar® Nominee the late Ivan Reitman. Watch the full-length version here.

Tickets are on sale now for June’s 2022 headlining tour which kicks off on March 31 and includes Canadian stops in Vancouver and Toronto. Full routing is below, for more information visit here.

Use Me
Written by Valerie June and Jennifer Decilveo
Produced by Jennifer Decilveo
Mixed by Sean Cook

The Moon & Stars 2022 Tour Dates:
March 31 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
April 1 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
April 2 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater SOLD OUT
April 3 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
April 5 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
April 6 – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
April 8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
April 9 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up
April 22 – Kennett Square, PA – Longwood Gardens Open Air Theatre SOLD OUT
May 3 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music Theatre
May 4 – New York, NY – Town Hall
May 5 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
May 6 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall at Homestead
May 7 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre
May 10 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
May 11 – Ferndale, MI – Magic Bag
May 13 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
May 14 – Columbus, OH – The Athenaeum Theatre
May 15 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI Annex
May 16 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
May 18 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School SOLD OUT
May 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
May 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
May 21 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre
May 22 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
May 24 – Louisville, KY – Paristown Hall
May 25 – Cincinnati, OH – Memorial Hall
May 27 – Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
May 28 – Annapolis, MD – Ram's Head On Stage SOLD OUT

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RIA MAE BARES IT ALL ON NEW EP THERAPY

OUT TODAY – LISTEN HERE

RELEASES VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE THE OLD ME

TORONTO, ON – March 18, 2022 – Today, acclaimed pop artist, Ria Mae, celebrates the release of her deeply personal new EP, Therapy. A curated batch of six swelling anthems that are both conversational and confessional, Therapy sees Mae opening up through song with a vulnerability that will instantly connect with listeners. The EP is available now, along with a captivating music video for the lead single, The Old Me.

Home is somewhere that we often run away from, but it’s also the place that tends to know who we really are, at our core. Something the last two years has taught a lot of us, is that retreating from the hectic busy outside world can unearth who we are, without all of the trappings. For the Halifax, Nova Scotia born-and-raised musician, it took a mid-pandemic visit home to her old neighbourhood to bring it all back.  She was staying right across the street from where she lived in her early twenties.

The hardest thing to do once you have a few fans, or have picked a particular path, is to step out and say ‘I kinda want to try this other thing…’ but I think it’s important for me in this journey of rediscovering myself after the pandemic. It’s important to stay true to yourself, and for me that means being vulnerable, not being afraid to be exposed.”

After a first listen to the entire EP you find yourself wondering – who is Ria Mae talking to in these songs? Each track seems targeted, in a way that most can relate, towards one person. You’re just not sure if it’s someone she’s driving to, or away from, but her lyrics are clearly a roadmap to the person Ria Mae is today.

Thomas ‘Tawgs’ Salter came on board to produce For Your Love, as well as the album’s title track. For Your Love, co-written with Tawgs and Simon Wilcox, was featured in network television series, The L Word, in late 2021. Therapy also brought Joceyln Alice to the process – the song serving as Mae’s first collab with the Calgary born critically acclaimed songwriter. Inspired by Mae’s fear of being completely consumed by a relationship, the lyrics on Therapy describe this exact sentiment: “Ten years of therapy, to try to get your feel off of me”.

Swoon, also co-written and performed with Jocelyn Alice, was produced by east coaster, Corey Lerue (Neon Dreams). A pop song with an undeniable strut of a beat and deep funk bass, reminiscent of Chromeo, Swoon also touches on the fear of letting your love show. JUNO Award winner, Serena Ryder, teamed up with Mae and pop powerhouse producer, Ryan Stewart, for The World Is Falling Apart. In keeping with the theme of letting go in order to let something in, it’s no coincidence that Mae chose to include a cover of Lose You To Love Me (Selena Gomez). Mae wrangled two immensely talented songstresses, Rose Cousins and Breagh Isabel (Port Cities), to join her on the song, which she says blew her mind the first time she heard the original. Breagh Isabel and Mae wrote The Old Me together, which stylistically is a nod to confessional power pop trailblazers like Paula and Janet.

Dive in with Ria Mae and feel all of the emotions of Therapy – out now!

THERAPY EP TRACKLIST:
1. For Your Love
2. The World Is Falling Apart
3. Therapy
4. Swoon
5. The Old Me
6. LYTLM (Lose You To Love Me)
Bonus tracks:
For Your Love (Outdoors Mix)
Swoon (B-side)

Listen to the Therapy EP here
Watch The Old Me here

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ABOUT RIA MAE:
Since the June 2016 release of Mae’s full length, self-titled debut album, the three-time JUNO nominee has toured Europe with Tegan & Sara, North America with Dido, and Canada with Scott Helman and many other incredible musicians. She has performed with k.d. lang, Melissa Etheridge, Elle King, Xavier Rudd, Shawn Hook, Family of the Year, Francesco Yates, Coleman Hell and more. She has performed at various PRIDE festivals and events in Halifax, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, and Montreal.

Mae, whose songs have been streamed over 70 million times worldwide, has climbed the radio charts in Canada numerous times, with platinum certified singles, Clothes Off, Ooh Love, Too Close and Bend. A proud member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, Mae was recently nominated for a Queerty Award for Best New Artist by Queerty Media.

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NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD MUSIC BY LEGENDARY FATHER OF DELTA BLUES SON HOUSE FOREVER ON MY MIND DISCOVERED AND RELEASED TODAY ON EASY EYE SOUND 

NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD MUSIC BY LEGENDARY FATHER OF DELTA BLUES SON HOUSE FOREVER ON MY MIND DISCOVERED AND RELEASED TODAY ON EASY EYE SOUND

ALBUM WAS RECORDED IN THE FALL OF 1964 (AHEAD OF 1965 'REDISCOVERY' ALBUM) AND NEVER RELEASED 

FEATURES FIRST-TIME-ON-RECORD TITLE TRACK
FOREVER ON MY MIND PLUS NEVER-HEARD RECORDINGS
OF DEATH LETTER AND PREACHIN' BLUES

"The Son House who is heard on Forever On My Mind is clearly intent on delivering his repertoire with both fire and precision.” —Living Blues

“In 1964, they were already calling [Robert] Johnson, long gone, the king of the Delta blues singers. [House] was the living royalty.” —MOJO

"House conveys as much joy on these songs as he does pain, telling us so many years after his death that we can not experience one without the other.” —Uncut

Toronto, ON – March 18, 2022 – On the evening of June 23, 1964, a red Volkswagen Beetle bearing three blues enthusiasts arrived in Rochester, N.Y. The young men were following a trail of clues in their search of a legend, and they found him sitting on the steps of an apartment building at 61 Greig Street. “This is him,” Son House said.
 
Born Eddie James House, Jr. in Lyon, Mississippi in 1902, Son House at that time had not played music for more than two decades. But the re-release of his early work — commercial 78s issued by Paramount Records in 1930 and two field recordings by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1941-42 — by Origin Jazz Library and Folkways Records had excited fresh interest in a growing community of blues aficionados.
 
Within months of his rediscovery by Dick Waterman (who became House’s manager and handler), Nick Perls and Phil Spiro, the once-obscure 62-year-old musician was thrust into the public eye by a story in Newsweek magazine and a series of performances at folk music festivals and college campuses around the country.
 
Forever On My Mind, the new album of previously unreleased Son House recordings from Easy Eye Sound, the independent label operated by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, is the premiere release from Waterman’s personal cache of ’60s recordings by some of the titans of Delta blues. His collection of quarter-inch tapes — which are being restored to remarkable clarity by Easy Eye Sound — have gone unreleased until now. The collection hits the streets today, March 18, 2022.
 
Waterman says, “I always knew that I wanted this body of tape that I had to come out together, as The Avalon Collection or The Waterman Tapes, as sort of my legacy. They were just here at my home, on a shelf. I had made a few entrees to record companies, but nothing had really come through. I thought that Dan Auerbach would treat the material with reverence and respect.”
 
Auerbach says, “Easy Eye Sound makes blues records, and not many people make blues records anymore. This record continues where we started off, with our artists Leo Bud Welch and Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes and Robert Finley. It also is part of my history — some of the first blues music I heard was Son House. I was raised on his Columbia LP, Father of Folk Blues. My dad had that album and would play it in the house when I was a kid, so I know all those songs by heart.”
 
Forever On My Mind is the earliest issued full-length House solo performance recorded after his rediscovery, at an appearance captured on November 23, 1964 at Wabash College, a small men’s school in Crawfordsville, Indiana. In terms of power and intensity, it rivals, and in some cases surpasses, the Columbia album, cut five months later in a New York City studio. It also reflects a sharp musical focus that diminished in House’s later concert appearances and recordings.
 
“As he toured in ’65 and ’66 and ’67,” Waterman notes, “he developed stories — they were self-deprecating stories, with humor and things like that. So, he became sort of an entertainer. But these first shows in ’64 were the plain, naked, raw Son House. This was just the man and his performance. He didn’t have any stories or anything to go with it.”
 
In the wake of his rediscovery in Rochester, House — who had labored as a foundry worker, railroad porter and cook, among other jobs, after moving from Mississippi to New York in 1943 — decided to make a return to music at the urging of his enthusiastic young fans. Waterman explains, “He had been living in a [retirement] home with his wife, and they weren’t doing anything but living on Social Security. So, it was the opportunity to make some money that put us out on tour.”
 
House was outfitted with a new steel-bodied National resonator guitar, the instrument he had played on his early recordings, and Alan Wilson, later famous as the guitarist and singer of the Los Angeles blues-rock band Canned Heat, gave the sexagenarian musician a refresher course in his own music.
 
“Son and Al would play knee to knee with the guitar,” Waterman says. “Al would say, ‘This is what you called “My Black Mama” in 1930,’ and would play it for him. And then he would say, ‘This is what you called “My Black Woman” for Lomax 12 years later,’ and he would play that, and Son would play along with him until the two of them were really rollicking along. And Son would say, ‘I got my recollection now, I got my recollection now.’”
 
House, who to date had only performed before Black audiences in Southern juke houses, would now be introduced to a young and entirely new group of listeners. Waterman says, “He hadn’t played in front of white people at all.”
 
After some initial appearances that summer at the Unicorn coffeehouse in Cambridge, Mass., then a center of the American folk music renaissance of the ’60s, and an August 1964 set at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, House and Waterman set off on a modest tour of Midwestern campuses in November in the manager’s new Ford Mustang.
 
The manager recalls, “I wrote letters to [university] student activities committees, one after the other after the other. So we went out, and the first date, I remember, was at Antioch in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and then Wabash was one of the first ones after that.”
 
The college engagements included Oberlin College in Ohio, Shimer College in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, and the University of Chicago, where local blues fan Norman Dayron recorded at least part of the November 21, 1964, show; a single track later surfaced on the 1980 Takoma Records LP Rare Blues. But the Wabash College appearance two days later was caught on tape in full.
 
“Wabash did the taping, and then they later gave me the reel-to-reel tape,” Waterman remembers. “The show was held in kind of an assembly hall. There were a few dozen [in the audience] — there may have been up to 50 people, something like that. They were quiet and polite during the performance … There were no barriers, there were no filters between him and the audience. He was just giving them the plain, unvarnished Delta material, as he knew it and as he sang it.”
 
Five of the eight songs heard on Forever On My Mind were later released in studio versions on House’s Columbia LP. Another two songs that he played at Wabash College, renditions of his Delta contemporary Charley Patton’s Pony Blues and the gospel blues standard, Motherless Children, were recorded by the label but went unreleased until 1992.
 
The first number heard on the Easy Eye Sound release, the titular Forever On My Mind, was never attempted in a recording studio, but it would be essayed from time to time in House’s concert performances; there is film footage of him playing it at the 1966 Newport Folk Festival. On the present album, the song, which contains snatches of his friend Willie Brown’s classic. Future Blues and his own Louise McGhee, serves as a living lesson in the improvisatory Delta blues tradition. 
 
“There are certain songs that he would play, go into an open G tuning,” Waterman says, “and just play things in a certain meter. And some of these songs borrowed verses from each other.”
 
House’s 1964-65 live appearances and his Columbia album placed him in the pantheon of such other great, recently rediscovered Delta blues musicians as Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Bukka White, and Rev. Robert Wilkins. Forever On My Mind now re-introduces House at the height of his renewed powers in an essential, previously unheard document of unique force and sonic clarity.
 
Says Auerbach, “He sounds like he’s in a trance, and his singing is so nuanced here. He’s very playful with his phrasing, just right on the money with his singing and playing. It sounds so right to me — top form Son House.”
 
“The late-’64 stuff is as good as it’s going to get,” Waterman says. “I have great love and great respect for Mr. House, and I hope that this legacy stands up, for all that he meant to me and all that he meant to the music.”
 
For more information on House and his music, see Preachin’ the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House by Daniel Beaumont (Oxford University Press).

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ANDREW BIRD RETURNS WITH FIRST  SINGLE OF 2022 ATOMIZED

 SUMMER TOUR INCLUDES SOLD OUT RED ROCKS AMPITHEATRE, GREEK THEATRE, RYMAN AUDITORIUM AND MORE WITH IRON & WINE, NEKO CASE,
ALLISON RUSSELL, MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO

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Toronto, ON – March 17, 2022 – In 1967, Joan Didion wrote that she “had dealt directly and flatly with the evidence of atomization, the proof that things fall apart.” Today, Andrew Bird updates her observation with the release of Atomized, his first new single and video of 2022. Listen to Atomized, out now here and watch the video here.
 
“Start making your apologies, blaming technology,” he sings. “They’re gonna try to get a rise to unseat you, they’ll demagnetize your poles and you know they’re gonna try to delete you…Here’s what I say to them: things fall apart.” 
 
“Didion was updating W.B. Yeats for the fractious 60s,” Andrew Bird observes, by way of explanation. “This song takes it to the pixelated present where it’s not just society that is getting atomized but the self that is being broken apart and scattered.” 
 
Recorded live by Andrew Bird and his four-piece band of bassist Alan Hampton, drummer Abe Rounds and guitarist-producer Mike Viola, the loose and tantalizing groove of Atomized is overlaid not only with hypnotically-plucked violin and seamless, sudden interludes, but sharp affirmations delivered with an effortless cool.  
 
In the accompanying music video, directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin, Bird stands at the center of a surreal world split between light and dark. Chased by a version of himself, he studies his shadow, searches for meaning and sends warnings as his mind and body begin to operate separately. But while he teeters on the edge of sanity - singing, playing, sitting and standing - the rhythm stays steady. 
 
Though the past three years have seen Andrew Bird busier than ever - between his acting debut in FX limited series Fargo, a long-awaited collaborative LP with Jimbo Mathus, an instant-classic Christmas record, a nonstop series of live streams, an original score for acclaimed PBS documentary Storm Lake, and more - Atomized picks up where he left off with 2019’s GRAMMY-nominated album, My Finest Work Yet. 
 
This summer, Andrew Bird will debut the song live on his co-headline Outside Problems tour with Iron & Wine. From June through August, stretching from coast to coast, the extensive run will bring the two artists to more than 25 shows at such storied venues as Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, New York City’s Pier 17 and Colorado’s Red Rocks, as well as Chicago’s brand new Salt Shed and more listed below. Following a select number of appearances at Newport Folk Festival and Ravinia Festival in 2021, “Outside Problems” will mark Bird’s first full-band tour in nearly three years, featuring support from Allison Russell and Meshell Ndegeocello. Tickets are on-sale now at andrewbird.net/#tour, including a recently-announced leg of European dates.

Atomized Lyrics
They’re gonna try to get a rise
To unseat you
They’ll demagnetize your poles
And you know they’re gonna try to delete you 
So now you’re atomized unwhole
 
You know better start making your apologies
Stop blaming technology
May you please start making your apologies
Blaming technology
 
We’re only human that’s what they tell us
 
Here’s what I say to them what is your point
Is each of us an island or more like Finland  
 
Here’s what I say to them:
Things fall apart
 
Now there’s something in her eyes that completes you
Everyime she cries it brings you low
And just the merest sigh can defeat you
How can you be so wise and still not know?
 
Andrew Bird - 2022 Tour Dates
June 12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren*
June 13 - San Diego, CA - The Magnolia* 
June 15 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre*
June 17 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre*
June 18 - Portland, OR - Pioneer Courthouse Square*
June 19 - Seattle, WA - Woodland Park Zoo*    
June 21 - Salt Lake City, UT - TBA*
June 22 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre^
June 23 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
July 10 - Paris, FR - Days Off Festival w/ L'Orchestre national d'Île-de-France
July 12 - Lyon, FR - Les Nuits de Fourvières Festival w/ L'Orchestre national de Lyon
July 14 - Munich, Germany - Neue Theaterfabrik
July 15 - Berlin, Germany - Metropol
July 16 - Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg Grote Zaal
July 17 - Köln, Germany - Gloria Theater
July 19 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
July 22 - Atlanta, GA - Pullman Yards#
July 23 - Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit#
July 24 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium#
July 25 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth#
July 27 - Charlottesville, VA - Ting Pavilion#
July 28 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap#
July 29 - New York, NY - Pier 17#
July 30 - New Haven, CT - Westville Bowl#
July 31 - Bethlehem, PA - Steel Stacks#
August 2 - Lafayette, NY - Beak & Skiff#
August 4 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend#
August 5 - Grand Rapids, MI - TBA#
August 6 - Indianapolis, IN - TCU Amphitheater#
August 8 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE#
August 9 - Columbus, OH - KEMBA Live!#
August 10 - St Louis, MO - Chesterfield Amphitheater#
August 12 - Chicago, IL - Salt Shed#
August 13 - Minneapolis, MN - Surly#
*w/ Iron & Wine and Allison Russell
^w/ Iron & Wine and Neko Case
#w/ Iron & Wine and Meshell Ndegeocello

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HEALTH AND EKKSTACY RELEASE STILL BREATHING

LATEST COLLABORATION FROM HEALTH’S NEW LP 
DISCO4 :: PART II OUT APRIL 8  VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

2022 TOUR INCLUDES ALBUM RELEASE SHOW AT LA'S 1720 ON APRIL 6 

TORONTO, ON – March 17, 2022 – Today, HEALTH released STILL BREATHING, a collaboration with teenage post-punk experimentalist, EKKSTACY, from the band’s forthcoming album, DISCO4 :: PART II, due out on April 8 via Loma Vista Recordings. The taut and simmering track demonstrates the breadth of HEALTH’s sonic palette and follows COLD BLOOD, HEALTH’s thunderous first collaboration with metal titans, Lamb of God. 

The band of Jacob Duzsik, John Famiglietti, and Benjamin Miller are set to play an album release show at L.A.’s 1720 on April 6, featuring EKKSTACY as support, ahead of a run of  European dates with Peturbator, Youth Code, and Maenad Veyl on select dates; a full itinerary is listed below and tickets are on-sale now. Pre-order DISCO4 :: PART II here

Three years after VOL.4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR, the L.A. trio’s ferocious entry into the world of heavy music, HEALTH return with the second half of their DISCO4 series. A whole lot went to hell in the world in the meantime, forcing the band to re-invent how they wrote music together. For DISCO4 :: PART II they cut it fast and mean, recruiting both legends and nascent contenders of heavy music and its many peripheral genres.

HEALTH are not only making the heaviest, most genre-obliterating music of their career. They’re documenting just how insane it feels to be alive right now.

DISCO4 :: PART II Tracklist:
1. HEALTH x Poppy - DEAD FLOWERS
2. HEALTH x Nine Inch Nails - ISN’T EVERYONE
3. HEALTH x Ada Rook x PlayThatBoiZay - MURDER DEATH KILL
4. HEALTH x Maenad Veyl - IDENTITY
5. HEALTH x Lamb of God - COLD BLOOD
6. HEALTH x The Body - AD 1000
7. HEALTH x Backxwash x HO99O9 - PAGAN ICONZ
8. HEALTH x Street Sects - THE JOY OF SECT
9. HEALTH x EKKSTACY - STILL BREATHING
10. HEALTH x The Neighbourhood - NO ESCAPE
11. HEALTH x Perturbator - EXCESS
12. HEALTH - THESE DAYS 2.0.2.1.

HEALTH 2022 Tour Dates:
April 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
April 18 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
April 19 - Manchester, UK @ The White Hotel
April 20 - Birmingham, UK @ Castle and Falcon
April 21 - London, UK @ Studio 9294
April 22 - Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn
April 24 - Gdansk, PL @ Drizzly Grizzly
April 26 - Vilnius, LT @ Kablys Club
April 27 - Tallinn, ES @ Sveta Baar
April 28 - Helsinki, FI @ Ääniwalli
June 9 - Bucharest, RO @ Control Club
June 11 - Budapest, HU @ A38
June 12 - Vienna, AT @ Arena
June 13 - Poznań, PL @ Klub U Bazyla
June 14 - Krakow, PL @ Zaścianek
June 15 - Kosice, SK @ Tabačka Kulturfabrik
June 16 - Bratislava, SK @ Fuga
June 17 - Zagreb, HR @ Klub Mochvara
June 18 - Ljubljana, SI @ Kino Siska
June 20 - Dortmund, DE @ Junkyard
June 21 - Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
June 22 - Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
June 24 - Clisson, FR @ Hellfest

DISCO4 :: PART II Tracklist:
1. HEALTH x Poppy - DEAD FLOWERS
2. HEALTH x Nine Inch Nails - ISN’T EVERYONE
3. HEALTH x Ada Rook x PlayThatBoiZay - MURDER DEATH KILL
4. HEALTH x Maenad Veyl - IDENTITY
5. HEALTH x Lamb of God - COLD BLOOD
6. HEALTH x The Body - AD 1000
7. HEALTH x Backxwash x HO99O9 - PAGAN ICONZ
8. HEALTH x Street Sects - THE JOY OF SECT
9. HEALTH x EKKSTACY - STILL BREATHING
10. HEALTH x The Neighbourhood - NO ESCAPE
11. HEALTH x Perturbator - EXCESS
12. HEALTH - THESE DAYS 2.0.2.1.

HEALTH 2022 Tour Dates:
April 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
April 18 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
April 19 - Manchester, UK @ The White Hotel
April 20 - Birmingham, UK @ Castle and Falcon
April 21 - London, UK @ Studio 9294
April 22 - Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn
April 24 - Gdansk, PL @ Drizzly Grizzly
April 26 - Vilnius, LT @ Kablys Club
April 27 - Tallinn, ES @ Sveta Baar
April 28 - Helsinki, FI @ Ääniwalli
June 9 - Bucharest, RO @ Control Club
June 11 - Budapest, HU @ A38
June 12 - Vienna, AT @ Arena
June 13 - Poznań, PL @ Klub U Bazyla
June 14 - Krakow, PL @ Zaścianek
June 15 - Kosice, SK @ Tabačka Kulturfabrik
June 16 - Bratislava, SK @ Fuga
June 17 - Zagreb, HR @ Klub Mochvara
June 18 - Ljubljana, SI @ Kino Siska
June 20 - Dortmund, DE @ Junkyard
June 21 - Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
June 22 - Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
June 24 - Clisson, FR @ Hellfest

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FLOSTATE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM MOMENTS OF FEELING VIA LEKKER COLLECTIVE ON MAY 19

LISTEN TO STUNNING LIVE RENDITION OF LEAD SINGLE TIME

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

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

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

Toronto, ON – March 16, 2022 – Fantasy R&B duo, Flõstate, are soundtracking Moments Of Feeling – the title of their debut full-length album, set to release May 19 via Lekker Collective. Today, they share the live version of their sedated downtempo R&B offering, Time, which introduced listeners to the Canadian act in 2020. Creating music building out from intimate jam sessions, Flõstate create songs which "happen in the moments that we’re not looking.' Listen toTime (Live) here
 
"Performed live on a sunny Toronto rooftop last year, the song is about time as a tangible object. This song feels like floating - it evokes the feeling of being in a timeless state. I see the themes of this song as an introduction to what Flostate means," says the duo.

Experience Time through a visual of the live rooftop performance of the song here, and a music video for the original version here

Flõstate is a fantasy R&B duo from Canada. Consisting of producer MKSTN and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Avery Florence, two worlds collide creating multi-instrumental soundscapes and virtuous vocals. Inspired by a wide variety of artists and genres, the duo site acts such as Beach House, Galimatias, Tame Impala, Jimi Hendrix, Lana Del Rey, Bon Iver, Enya, Jeff Buckley and Pink Floyd as key influences to their sound.
 
For more on Flostate, see the full tracklist, connect with them online at the links below, and stay tuned for more music as the months progress.
 
Moments Of Feeling - Tracklist
1. Moments 
2.Time 
3.One More Day In Love
4.Home Ground Interlude 
5.Home Ground 
6.Dream Dance 
7.My Heart 
8.So It Goes 

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GHOST'S NEW ALBUM IMPERA IS OUT NOW  ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

WATCH GHOST ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! MARCH 16

LISTEN TO IMPERA

“A Ghost concert is the aural equivalent of an amusement park visit.”BRAVE WORDS

"Ghost has always enjoyed counterbalancing their memorable melodies with meaty riffs, their sweet side with a more nutritious one, like a good ol’ Mini-Wheat." - RUE MORGUE

"This album has something for everyone, the rocker, the heavy metaller, and everyone in-between, don't miss your chance to get lost in the intoxicating feeling of their infectious melodies and dark undertones." - METALTITANS

"Impera is an exceptional album and continues to demonstrate that Ghost can write the most bombastic-sounding tunes and, despite my minor nitpicking flaws (brought on by the record’s exceptional first half), should be hailed as the masterpiece it is." - V13
 

" It’s refreshing to see how he continues to find new ways to reinvent the band and make it palatable to the masses while still managing to stay true to that unmistakable Ghost sound."
- LIVE IN LIMBO

TORONTO, ON – March 11 2022 - IMPERA, the fifth album from GRAMMY-winning Swedish theatrical rock outfit, GHOST, is out today, March 11 2022, via Loma Vista Recordings.

IMPERA’s arrival coincides with the conclusion of Ghost’s recent 26-date U.S. arena tour — a resounding triumph of the Ghost live experience that recently moved ROLLING STONE to rave "Their concerts are euphoric spectacles of fire, smoke, and confetti, with Forge changing costumes regularly — out of Papa’s pope get-up and into sequined sportcoats. Onstage he shimmies like an old-time vaudeville star. It can be mesmerizing.”

Ghost will soon take that “euphoric spectacle” from America’s arena stages to its living rooms: On March 16, the band will make its long awaited first appearance as musical guest on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!. Check local listings for further information, or visit here.

Produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace — and featuring the apocalyptically prophetic banger, Twenties, the #7 YouTube trending, Call Me Little Sunshine, and Active Rock #1 radio single, Hunter’s Moon — IMPERA finds Ghost transported literally centuries forward from the Black Plague era of its previous album, 2018 Best Rock Album GRAMMY nominee Prequelle. The result is the most ambitious and lyrically incisive entry in the Ghost canon: Over the course of IMPERA’s 12-song cycle, empires rise and fall, would-be messiahs ply their hype (financial and spiritual alike), prophecies are foretold as the skies fill with celestial bodies divine and man-made… All in all, the most current and topical Ghost subject matter to date is set against a hypnotic and darkly colorful melodic backdrop making IMPERA a listen like no other — yet unmistakably, quintessentially Ghost.

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AVI KAPLAN DEBUTS NEW SONG I CAN'T LIE

OTHERWORLDLY VOCALIST AND RISING SINGER-SONGWRITER SHARES SOULFUL FOLK POP TRACK – LISTEN HERE

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

WATCH ALL IS WELL VIDEO FEAT. JOY WILLIAMS HERE  
 
HEADLINING TOUR ANNOUNCED
 
FLOATING ON A DREAM PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE HERE  

TORONTO, ON – Friday March 11, 2022 - Rising indie singer-songwriter and performer, Avi Kaplan, recently announced the upcoming release of his debut solo album, Floating On A Dream, on May 20, 2022 via Fantasy Records. Today, he shared a new track, the moody and driving, I Can’t Lie. Kaplan multi-tracked his vocals to create an ethereal backing choir underscoring the song’s heartfelt, resonant lyrics. 
 
Kaplan stated, “‘I Can’t Lie’ was the last song we recorded for the album when it turned out we had a little extra time to lay down one more track. The song came alive in the studio, and it took on this groovy 70’s vibe which ended up shaping the overall sound of the record.” 
 
In addition, Kaplan recently shared the anthemic and haunting new single, All Is Well, featuring Joy Williams. Watch their new video and pre-order the album here.
 
Produced by GRAMMY Award-winner, Shooter Jennings, (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, American Aquarium) and mixed by Trina Shoemaker, (Brandi Carlile, Queens Of The Stone Age, Sheryl Crow,) Floating On A Dream is rendered in long shadows and moody high relief reflecting Kaplan’s Californian roots and fascination with the American West, broadening his artistry into enthralling new territory. 
 
With country, blues, soul, tribal drums, and a touch of gospel underpinning his elemental acoustic driven rock, he explores matters of the heart, truth, morality, and the search for relevance across the album’s 11 original tracks. At the core though there is that voice. From a haunting falsetto to its deepest bass tones, Kaplan’s instrument is unlike anything else in modern music. While a few of these songs were penned shortly after Kaplan’s departure from Pentatonix in 2017; most were written specifically for this project. What ties them together is the richness and fluidity of his vocal range, which may even surprise longtime fans. 
 
Deepening a musical evolution that began with 2020’s, I'll Get By EP and carried through last year’s single, Song for the Thankful, Floating On A Dream explores Kaplan’s wide sonic palette and rootsy influences. Throughout the LP’s soaring choruses and deep valley passages, Jennings’ steadfast musical foundation helps keep Kaplan’s amazing voice, which has drawn comparisons from classic country crooner Lee Hazelwood to folk legend Richie Havens, firmly in place. Jennings’ influence can be heard in Floating On A Dream’s cinematic production using piano, pedal steel, varied guitars, and verbed-out layered harmonies, contributing to the album's spacious western scope.  
 
Jennings stated, “I always know it’s going to be a good process in the studio when I’m working with somebody who really loves music, but also really adores the music that has come before. We both collect music and we’re inspired by it. Avi is an amazing singer and songwriter, this album is Ennio Morricone meets Bill Withers.”
 
Many of the new tracks draw on Kaplan’s heartache following the separation he endured from his family due to excessive touring, and then continued through much of the pandemic. 
 
“I spent a lot of time touring away from my family and then I moved to Tennessee. I find myself missing them a lot,” he says. “The album’s “On My Way” is a letter to each person in my family. I have a brother, a sister, and a mother and father, and I wrote a specific verse for each one of them. It’s not always the songs dearest to your heart that the world gets to hear, but when that does happen, it's a beautiful thing.” 
 
Avi stated, adding, “My journey has taken many twists and turns. It’s been a battle at times, but the completion of this album is a huge step towards the things I hope to achieve as an artist. I’ve been waiting a long time for this chance to give people my music, and to give people myself through my music,” he added. “It’s time to make that dream that I'm floating on a reality.”
 
Kaplan also announced a headline tour across the U.S. Find the full routing below. 

Floating On A Dream - Track List
1. First Place I Go
2. Floating On A Dream
3. I'm On My Way
4. He Don't Love You Right
5. I'm Only Getting Started
6. Try To Get It Right
7. I Can't Lie
8. All Is Well (feat. Joy Williams)
9. Into The Blue
10. When I'm A Fool
11. My Queen

TOUR DATES: 
March 20 - Manchester, Band On The Wall - United Kingdom        
March 21 - London, Lafayette United Kingdom (SOLD OUT)
March 23 - Leuven, Het Depot Belgium        
March 24 - Luxembourg, Den Atelier - Luxembourg
March 26 - Cologne, Essigfabrik -Germany  
March 27 - Nijmegen, Doornroosje - Netherlands    
March 29 - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg - Netherlands
March 30 - Hamburg, Grunspan - Germany 
March 31 - Copenhagen, Lille Vega - Denmark (SOLD OUT)
April 1 - Berlin, Heimathafen - Germany       
April 3 - Warsaw, Proxima - Poland  
April 4 - Krakow, Kwadrat - Poland   
April 5 - Vienna, Arena Wien (Grosse Halle) - Austria          
April 7 - Prague, Palac Akropolis - Czech Republic 
April 8 - Munich, Backstage Werk- Germany
April 10 - Zurich, Plaza, Switzerland 
April 11 - Paris, Alhambra - France 
May 21 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I
May 24  - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
May 25 - New York, NY - LPR
May 27 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
May 28  - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
May 29  - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
June 1 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
June 2 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads
June 4 - Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
June 6 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
June 8 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
June 9 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour

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

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THE FLAMINGOS PINK UNLEASH NEW SINGLE FREE LIVIN

THE TITLE TRACK FROM UPCOMING NEW FULL-LENGTH 
DUE OUT LATER THIS YEAR

VIDEO FOR THE TRACK PAYS HOMAGE TO ROCK ‘N ROLL ANIMATION

ON TOUR THROUGH THE SPRING INCLUDING TORONTO STOP NEXT WEEK AT THE HORSESHOE TAVERN

TORONTO, ON – March 11, 2022 – Today, Montreal rock ‘n roll disruptors, The Flamingos Pink, release Free Livin, the first single and title track from their upcoming album on LL Artists. Recorded in four days in Montreal at Studio Latraque, the new album – set for release later this year – was mixed and engineered by David Laurendeau and produced by The Flamingos Pink. Have a listen to Free Livin here.

Thwarted at every turn over the last year, Julien “Julz” Corrado (drums) and Sacha Gubany (guitar/vocals) took control of their own destiny and fought through the impact of the pandemic, battled their former label and tried their hardest to not overindulge in drugs and alcohol, all while the pressures of not having a 9-to-5 paycheque piled up.

Surrendering to the chaos, The Flamingos Pink and their intrepid manager regained control of their own music and their own destiny. The result is Free Livin – the band’s hardest rocking, groove-laden record to date and an anthem to living your life the way you want to. Think Iggy Pop and The Stooges meets AC/DC, The White Stripes and The Black Keys.

“In this digital reality, it’s easy to get caught up in the fake surface level bullsh*t of it all and find a real, deep connection to anything it seems,” says Julz. “Free Livin is a verb. Much like love and self-respect, you have to fight to keep it alive.”

Adds Sacha: “Keep it real. Speak your truth. Face yourself. Take a breather. Light your ass on fire. It's nice to see you try.”

The Free Livin video is a nod to classic animation stylings, blending the nostalgic with the cutting-edge. The video is fast-paced and action-packed, like a mix of Masters of the Universe, Heavy Metal (the quintessential animated Rock film of all time) and Star Wars. Director, animator, illustrator and tattoo artist, Paul Cristo Williams – a Harley riding, Canadian expat based in Florence, Italy – produced the video. Have a look here.

The band is gearing up for their spring 2022 tour, starting with dates in Toronto and Montreal (see below for full details) and with more to be announced soon.

Stay tuned for more coming soon from The Flamingos Pink!

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
March 16 / Toronto / The Horseshoe Tavern
April 22 / Toronto / The Handlebar
May 26 / Montréal / Le Ministère (w/ Les Shirley)

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HARRISON TEAMS UP WITH TOBi FOR SHINY NEW SINGLE OUTTA THIS WORLD

WATCH ANIMATED VIDEO BY JACK HARRISON

PREMIERES VIA COMPLEX CANADA

TORONTO, ON – March 10, 2022 –   Toronto  producer and musical polymath, Harrison, emerges from the studio to share Outta This World - a fitting title for this collaborative song with Juno Award-winning and fellow Toronto artist, TOBi - out today via Last Gang Records/MNRK Music Group. A  groovy, alluring production, the track lives up to its name,  grounded by Harrison's signature keys blended with TOBi's soulful chorus and verse reflecting on nostalgic moments and hints of romance with a melody that keeps those memories close. It arrives with an incredible Jack Harrison-produced animated visual of Harrison and TOBi venturing on a journey "outta this world" to cook up the track in perfect camaraderie. Listen to Outta This World here, and watch the video here.

“As soon as I finished this joint, I immediately thought of TOBi," says Harrison. "I knew he would deliver and he did. He floated on it. Always happy to be collaborating with him.”

On the collaboration, TOBi adds: "Since Harrison and I did 'Beige' a couple years ago, we’d been trying to get another joint in. A lot has happened in those few years, good and bad, so I wanted to capture that in the song on our second go around. Growth, friendship, moving through the music world, increasing my love for art, culture and of course pretty girls. The beat Harrison sent felt like I was right at home with the jazzy melody and the smooth drums. This time I’m making sure that I celebrate every moment."

The accompanying animated video was produced by Jack Harrison, who has worked with Keys N Krates, The Kount and Jay Feelbender, amongst others. The artwork was illustrated by Elijah Anderson and designed by Jeremy White. 

 

While Harrison has been known to create an array of catchy instrumentals and innovative beats to working with internationally-recognized trailblazers in the music industry, Outta This World marks a new team effort since previous single with TOBi, Beige, and first official release since his 2018 project, Apricity, as a sample from a forthcoming album to be released later this year.


Harrison is a JUNO, Polaris, UK MVA + Prism Prize nominated artist with a combined 1.1M + global streams on his recent instrumental singles, Around You and Like When We Were Kids.  In addition to TOBi, he has production and writing credits for tracks by DijahSB, Sean Leon, Steve Aoki, numerous syncs with Apple, Nestle, Absolut Vodka, Netflix, Pokémon GO. 


Harrison developed an aesthetic signature influenced by Samurai Champloo, J Dilla, Nujabes, Nintendo and Parliament that was first floated on the 2013 Analogue Dreams EP and refined by the arrival of his critically-acclaimed 2016 JUNO-nominated debut album, Checkpoint Titanium, which followed his signing to Last Gang Records after a brief stint in college. Graduating from sample-based production to full-fledged composition and instrumental arrangement in subsequent years, Harrison returned with Apricity, which FADER dubbed “his best album yet,” while KEXP applauded “a vibrant record that places him nicely alongside Ryan Hemsworth, Sango, Kaytranada and Onra."
 
A new album will be released in 2022. Stay tuned for more. 
 
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About Last Gang
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is a MNRK Music Group company. www.lastgang.com
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DOGMA MYSTERIOUS MELODIC METAL CULT OF NUNS  SIGN TO MNRK HEAVY

FATHER I HAVE SINNED VIDEO FEATURING BEFOULED PRIEST NOW PLAYING

Toronto, ON – March 10, 2022 – Mysterious melodic metal cult, DOGMA, has joined the MNRK Heavy roster, today unveiling a blasphemously compelling new video for the track, Father I Have SinnedView DOGMA’s nefarious new video for Father I Have Sinned here and stream the track here.

Shrouded in mystery, draped in black cloaks and corpse paint, this dark force known as DOGMA has risen. The four enigmatic nuns behind the hook-heavy, classic, power-inspired melodic metal use their music to propagate a powerfully anti-dogmatic idea of free thought. Their debut single, Father I Have Sinned, serves as the group’s official introduction to the world. The track’s stadium-ready riffs and anthemic choruses are in stark contrast to the group’s unearthly, gothic appearance. Is DOGMA a cult? A sect? Whatever they may be, they are here to take over. 

“We are united but free,” notes the collective. “We want to detach people from dogmas and useless norms, which only anchor the life of each one instead of giving freedom. We do not preach anarchism, we preach true liberation. Nuns follow a god. They live without enjoyment and claim to abstain from sexual encounters. We subvert the iconography of nuns because they represent the exact opposite of what we preach. They are not free. Like many characters in the human race, they deprive themselves of the richness of a full life.”

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DOGMA beckons like a mythological siren calling all travelers adrift on the seas of conformity. Is DOGMA a band? A cult? A way of life? DOGMA is whatever the forces of nature demand — four women united by melody, ideology, and chaos, sharpening hard rock and metal into weapons.

They possess an unapologetic reverence for human nature and independence. DOGMA adopts the monikers of powerful feminine entities - Lilith, Lamia, Nixe, Abrahel – embraced by diverse, ancient cultures. They draw upon legend to refashion the empty modern world, against the cruel rule of superstition. Wielding creative passion, empowered sensuality, and freedom, DOGMA stands in opposition to ignorance, institutions, dominion, and all suffocating limitations.

As a nun represents abstinence and repression, DOGMA champions unbridled desire and freedom, with theatricality as timeless as Kiss or Alice Cooper, and music as timely as The Pretty Reckless or In This Moment, DOGMA subverts all expectations with delicious vocal hooks, conceptually driven storytelling, and hard-charging heavy metal/hard rock anthems armed with big riffs and rhythm.

For DOGMA, true blasphemy is to deny one’s self. They take furious aim at religious hypocrites and oppressive systems, summoning a cult of like-minded iconoclasts with songs of joyous rebellion. Sexuality without compulsion, speaking out without fear: DOGMA implores listeners to abandon the false reality of modern culture (with its deceitful posturing) and reclaim themselves. DOGMA demands nothing less than your full attention.

For merch, visit here. Stay tuned for additional missives on DOGMA to be unveiled in the weeks to come.

DOGMA:
Lilith – vocals
Lamia – guitar
Nixe – bass
Abrahel – drums

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About MNRK Music Group 
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

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KANDLE TO RELEASE INFERNO EP ON MARCH 18

FOLLOWS INFERNO VISUAL ALBUM RELEASED IN THE FALL FEATURING STUNNING SHORT FILMS SET TO THE SONGS FROM LATEST RELEASE SET THE FIRE

ON TOUR THIS SPRING
WITH SUMMER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Toronto, ON – March 9, 2022 – On March 18, Kandle Osborne will release Inferno – an EP featuring re-imaginings of select songs from her critically-acclaimed debut independent record, Set The Fire (May 2021). Inferno completes Kandle’s powerful cinematic music video series while recreating the songs in a darker and sexier trip hop style, as well as stripped down versions featuring nothing but her haunting, timeless voice and an acoustic guitar. Listen to the lead single, No Good, here for a sneak peek at this new project which truly shines a light on Kandle’s stunning genre-bending sound.

“These are not live versions, nor are they covers of previously released songs from Set The Fire,” comments Kandle. “The artistic goal and challenge was to take the same lyrics and produce entirely different musicality to essentially show how powerful interpretation, through music and production, can be. I changed the key, the melody and the tempo to tell the same stories in 100% new ways. If you listen to the Set The Fire version and then the Inferno version, you will find that the songs are very unrecognizable, which I believe is what makes this project so unique and powerful.”

The Inferno EP follows the November release of its companion short film and visual album of the same name. With a passion for storytelling, (Kandle studied at the Western Academy of Film Photography, and releases feminist visual art with an ongoing ‘women in music’ cartoon series), the Inferno visual album was a natural step in bringing the stories of Set The Fire to life – after earning a nomination for a 2021 Prism Prize for Set The Fire’s lead single, Lock and Load, (her second nomination for the award following Not Up To Me), as well as an earlier nod for a Canadian Independent Video Award in 2020. Starring Keenan Tracey and James Neate, alongside some of Canada’s top musical talent, Louise Burns, Kendel Carson and Debra-Jean Creelman, the visual album was directed by long-time collaborator, Brandon William Fletcher, and features a stunning interwoven series of music videos – some audiences have seen before, some they have not – as well as a little new footage that landed on the cutting room floor, and some live videos for various version of the reimagined songs. Watch here.

While bringing her music to life on record and in film, Kandle is thrilled to also be bringing the songs to the live stage this year. Dates kick off on March 17th, including a Vancouver stop with 54.40, dates across Quebec, and back to BC for a performance in Victoria with July Talk (see below for full details and find tickets here). Stay tuned for more shows to be announced soon.

INFERNO EP TRACKLIST:
1. Dream Amnesia
2. No Good Inferno
3. Fuel for Lust Interlude
4. Boss Inferno
5. Vampire ft. Still Eye (Keenan Tracey)
6. Sweet Boy ft. Kendel Carson

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
March 17 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom (w/54.40)
March 21 – Québec, QC – L'Anti  (w/Hey Major)
March 24 – Montréal, QC – Petit Campus (w/Patrick Krief)
March 26 – Chicoutimi, QC – Bistro café Summum (w/Hey Major)
March 31 – Sherbrooke, QC – La Petite Boîte Noire (w/Hey Major)
April 2 – Gatineau, QC – Le Minotaure (w/Patrick Krief)
May 2 – Victoria, BC – The Royal Theatre (w/July Talk)
* more to be announced soon

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

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

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

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LAYLA TUCKER’S MISERY AND GIN PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER HERO AND FRIEND MERLE HAGGARD

NEXT-GENERATION COUNTRY ARTIST
IS CMT MUSIC’S NEXT UP NOW ARTIST OF THE MONTH 

WATCH CMT’S EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE OF
MISERY AND GIN HERE

TORONTO, ON – March 9, 2022 – Today, emerging country artist, Layla Tucker, CMT Music’s NEXT UP NOW Artist of the Month for March, premieres the video for her striking cover of Merle Haggard’s classic ballad, Misery and Gin. Produced by country music veteran, Keith Thomas, Misery and Gin showcases the rising 22-year-old singer-songwriter’s exquisite vocal ability and remarkable interpretation skills.  Indeed, as the daughter of legendary country music icon, Tanya Tucker, and renowned songwriter, Jerry Lasseter, Layla’s connection to Merle Haggard is a deeply personal one. The country music giant was a close family friend who inspired Layla to work hard, find her voice and blaze her own musical trail. Listen to Misery and Gin here and watch CMT’s exclusive world premiere of the video here.

“It’s shocking how many people I've met throughout the years who don't know who Merle Haggard is,” Layla said. “It’s been a really cool experience getting to record this song, like so many others, his music changed my life.”

Misery and Gin is a stunning introduction for the Tennessee native. Layla’s gorgeous bourbon ‘n honey vocals inform Haggard’s melancholy 1980 hit with equal parts reverence and attitude, a restrained, entrancing performance that reveals an artistic sophistication well beyond her years. The accompanying music video, directed by Casey Pierce and shot at The Underdog bar in Nashville beautifully captures the song’s essential loneliness as the camera encircles Layla at the same table, singing the song night after night.

Memories and drinks don't mix too well / Jukebox records don't play those wedding bells / Looking at the world through the bottom of a glass / All I see is a man who's fading fast

Expressing conviction and heartache, Layla’s performance flips the song’s narrative from the rugged, western male archetype to a women’s perspective. As a teenager, Layla remembers how she rebelled against country music and pushed it out of her life. But when she was around 15 years old, the family moved to a new house in tiny Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, and country music served as a solace for her loneliness.

“I didn't have any friends because we just moved out there, so all I really had was my dog, my record player and my guitar,” she remembers. “I could hook my phone up and I would sit in my room next to my window with my ear up to the speaker. That's where I fell in love with country music again because it was kind of my only friend at the time. One of the first songs that really changed how I felt about country music was one of Merle’s.”

Layla promises to carry on his story while forging her own. Look for more music from Layla later this year; her journey is just beginning.

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS CONFIRM EXTENSIVE RUN OF 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

INCLUDES HEADLINE PERFORMANCES ACROSS WESTERN CANADA

THE FUTURE OUT NOW  

TORONTO, ON – March 8, 2022 — Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will take their lauded live show back on the road this summer with an extensive run of North American dates. The shows kick off in Tulsa, OK on April 21 and include debut performances at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and Berkeley’s Greek Theatre as well as multiple dates at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre and stops across western Canada. Joining Rateliff and his band on tour at different stops will be Mavis Staples, Zach Bryan, Hiss Golden Messenger, Bahamas, Guster, Allison Russell, Celisse, Durand Jones & The Indications and more. General on-sale begins Friday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m. local time at nathanielrateliff.com — full tour routing can be found below.

In addition, Rateliff is slated to speak at SXSW in Austin, TX on March 17. Moderated by Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of Highlander Center, the 60 minute featured session will revolve around Rateliff's music, social activism and his foundation, The Marigold Project, which is dedicated to economic, racial and social justice. The North American tour is in support of the band’s third studio album, The Future, which is out now on Stax Records to widespread critical praise. Last year, Rateliff and the band performed Survivor and Baby I Got Your Number on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Future on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert while also playing their tracks Survivor, Love Don’t and Face Down In The Moment on CBS This Morning: Saturday.

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

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
April 21—Tulsa, OK—Cain’s Ballroom*
April 22—Rogers, AR—Walmart Amphitheater*
April 23—Oklahoma City, OK—The Criterion*
April 25—San Antonio, TX—Tobin Center*
April 26—Houston, TX—713 Music Hall*
April 28—New Orleans, LA—Mardi Gras World+
April 29—Dallas, TX—Toyota Pavilion*
April 30—Austin, TX—Moody Amphitheater*
June 21—St. Augustine, FL—The St. Augustine Amphitheatre^
June 22—Charleston, SC—Credit One Stadium^
June 28—Lewiston, NY—Artpark#
June 29—Lafayette, NY—Beak and Skiff#
July 1—Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summer Stage#
July 3—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion**
July 29—Winnipeg, MB—Burton Cummings Theater
July 30—Regina, SK—Conexus Arts Center
July 31—Saskatoon, SK—Coors Event Centre
August 2—Calgary, AB—Grey Eagle Events Centre
August 9—Vancouver, BC—PNE Amphitheater++

August 10—Redmond, WA—Marymoor^^
August 11—Troutdal, OR—Edgefield^^
August 13—Berkeley, CA—The Greek Theatre^^
August 14—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl##
August 18—Phoenix, AZ—Arizona Federal Theatre
August 23—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre***
August 24—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre***
September 13—Boston, MA—Leader Bank Pavilion^^^
September 15—New York, NY—Radio City Music Hall^^^
September 21—Washington, DC—The Anthem+++
September 23—Wilmington, NC—Live Oak Bank Pavilion+++

*w/ Devon Gilfillian
+w/ Mavis Staples and Devon Gilfillian
^w/ Zach Bryan
#w/ Antibalas
**w/ Guster
++w/ Mt. Joy
^^w/ Bahamas
##w/ Durand Jones & The Indications and Celisse
***w/ Caroline Rose
^^^w/ Allison Russell
+++w/ Hiss Golden Messenger

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

“That mix of Sixties groove workouts and Seventies singer-songwriter truth-seeking pays off on their third album, The Future. The title track kicks off sounding like the Bob Dylan of Desire if he’d recorded that album at Muscle Shoals.”Rolling Stone

“…a giant leap forward…”Mojo

“The Future goes wider stylistically and deeper thematically, embedding Rateliff’s devastating lyrics in taut arrangements that stand alongside their sources of inspiration...Instant Classic”
Uncut

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

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

“...a style that brings to mind the vintage sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s as generated from such diverse locales as Woodstock, Stax, and Muscle Shoals…while still sophisticated enough to make an emphatic impression.”American Songwriter

“The band reveals a greater artistic depth on their third studio album.”Consequence

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

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TEAGAN JOHNSTON ANNOUNCES APRIL 29TH RELEASE OF DEBUT FULL-LENGTH RECORD SENTIMENTAL BALLAD

SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE
SLASH TO HURT, STAB TO KILL

SET TO PERFORM AT SXSW ON MARCH 18th

TORONTO, ON – March 8, 2022 – Today, Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Tegan Johnston (formerly known as Little Coyote), is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of her debut full-length record – Sentimental Ballad. Arriving April 29th, the album is a raw expression of heartache through minimalistic piano and lyrically driven songs. Listeners were treated to a taste of the new music with the deeply personal lead single, Blue Monday (released in January), and latest release, Slash to hurt, Stab to kill, which dropped this past Friday. A gut-punch of a breakup song, Slash to hurt, Stab to kill is accompanied today by a stunning music video – watch here. Teagan will also be bringing the new songs to life on stage next week, with a showcase at SXSW on March 18th. See show details here.

The songs found on Sentimental Ballad are strong and powerful while also holding space for softness and vulnerability. Combining Teagan’s delicately detailed piano playing with lyrics full of love and longing, she seeks to explore human darkness and the fabric of our dreams.  

“Slash to hurt, Stab to kill is a sonic attempt at glittering optimism on a sad subject of wanting a relationship to end but not being able to end it,” says Teagan. “It’s about knowing someone has hurt you and will continue to hurt you, but not being quite hurt enough to turn away.”

Directed by Teagan, the Slash to Hurt, Stab to Kill video was filmed by her friend, Dzesika Devic, at a motel in the Poconos. “We drove to an old 80s love motel in the Poconos that I had seen online and filmed in the motel room for two days straight,” Teagan reflects. “The story I hoped to tell through this video is one of a person trying their best to reconnect with themselves and their romantic side after a breakup. Through multiple outfits, activities and performances we attempted to show stages of grief and what the exploration of heartache and romantic pain could look like in a confined space.”  

With Sentimental Ballad, Teagan Johnston weaves intricately dynamic songs that are sure to haunt you in a way that soothes your soul and provokes warm memories of long-lost romances.

SENTIMENTAL BALLAD TRACKLIST
1. I just wanna look through the eyes of love again=
2. Blue Monday
3. High Arctic
4. Nineteen
5. Faster
6. Slash to hurt, Stab to kill
7. Get out of town
8. I've got a good joke, if you've got a quarter
9. Dirty God
10. Sun Come
11. Holy, not ready to hide
12. The (Never) End

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

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

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

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NO EXCUSES JUST EQUALITY

WOMEN IN MUSIC CANADA
LAUNCHES THE FIRST CANADIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY DATABASE FOR WOMEN AND UNDER REPRESENTED
GENDER IDENTIFYING PEOPLE

TORONTO, ON - March 8, 2022 - It’s been proven: increased gender diversity in the Canadian music industry brings in more money. Last year, Women in Music Canada commissioned a study to show the effects of increased gender diversity on corporate performance. Prepared in collaboration with PwC Canada, and generously funded by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Ontario Creates’ Business Intelligence Program (BIP), the study determined that just a 10% increase in gender diversity can lead to an 18% increase in revenue per employee. Read the study here.

The latest study also showed that the top three barriers for women-identifying, non-binary, gender fluid and gender diverse people in the music industry are lack of access to mentors, lack of gender balance in senior management and lack of overall balance in the workplace. Yet excuses are still being made as to lack of ability to find diverse professionals to increase workplace diversity. What if there was a tool that could make engaging gender diverse folks in your workplace or program easier to achieve right now? Now there is one. Today, the Canadian nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering gender equality in the music industry is announcing the public launch of The Women in Music Canada Directory.

The Women in Music Canada Directory will address the industry need of sourcing gender diverse talent by creating a central place for those seeking performers, industry team, suppliers, speaking and panel programming, as well as employment vacancies and board positions. The directory will engage participants to upload their personal and professional details, representing a variety of fields to showcase individuals’ skills, talents and accomplishments. All information will be self-administered: it’s up to each individual user, to share as much or as little about themselves as they like. Once populated, this directory will connect participants through direct messaging options and will provide a mechanism for the Canadian music industry to easily empower female and underrepresented gender identifying talent for opportunities that arise.

With the launch of the directory, now up and running at Womeninmusic.ca, Women in Music Canada is calling all female-identified Canadian individuals in all areas of the Music Industry to join now by creating their own personalized profiles.  Beginning March 8th (International Women’s Day), WIMC will be launching a series of giveaways to encourage sign ups, including products from female owned Canadian brands and $1,000 cash.  Five lucky members will be selected from the Database on March 18th, so members should create their profiles before then to ensure they are considered for the giveaway.  Those who have already created profiles will also be entered automatically.

"Our organization's mission is to work toward gender equity in all aspects of the music industry," says Samantha Slattery, Executive Director, WIMC. "With the Women in Music Canada directory, we hope to enrol as many music industry members into the database as possible to ensure that it’s a comprehensive and diversely populated resource for the entire music industry to utilize.  There should be no excuses when it comes to gender diversity and parity across our industry and now, with our Database, there won’t be.”

Whether it’s programming a festival, seeking panelists for an important discussion, or looking for new talent to work on an upcoming album, a plethora of qualified diverse folks can be found, with just the click of a mouse. When it comes to gender diversity, Women in Music Database will be the gateway.  No excuses, just equality.  #noexcuses

ABOUT THE WOMEN IN MUSIC CANADA DIRECTORY
The Women in Music Canada directory is a legacy project that has created the ultimate resources for supporting the advancement of women, female identifying and non-binary individuals in the Canadian music industry. The database is the concept of award-winning multi-platinum artists Tegan and Sara, who found it challenging to find women and gender diverse individuals to work with themselves. Our community populated database will allow for personal information, professional details, and additional fields to communicate experience and skills – providing a mechanism for the Canadian music industry to easily source female talent. Our database will address the industry need of sourcing gender diverse talent by creating a central place for those seeking individuals, suppliers, speaking and panel programming, as well as employment vacancies and board positions. The WIMC Database was built with support from FACTOR Canada, Ontario Creates and Slaight Music.

ABOUT WIMC
Women in Music Canada is a registered non-profit organization and one of the largest music industry associations in Canada, with over 2,000 members nationally. The organization is dedicated to fostering gender equality in the music industry through the support and advancement of female identifying professionals and creatives at every stage of their career. The goal is to strengthen the social-economic balance of the music industry by providing professional development, support and resources for our community. For media inquiries please contact: Nadia Elkharadly nadia@ccstrategies.ca

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AVALON TASSONYI SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO PEACE TIME

FROM UPCOMING DEBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM ARRIVING MARCH 25

PRE-ORDER THE VINYL/DIGITAL RECORD HERE

TORONTO, ON – March 4, 2022 – The release of the debut self-titled album from Avalon Tassonyi (TAH-show-nee) is right around the corner, and today, the folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist shares another taste of the new music. A protest song at its very core, Peace Time brings a stark anti-war message, speaking to environmental racism, and pointing to the pitfalls of having awareness without taking action. Listen to Peace Time here.

"In 2018, legendary songwriter, Buffy Sainte-Marie, was quoted saying, ‘I constantly ask myself: where are the great protest songs today?’” reflects Avalon. “Peace Time encourages you to not shy away. The oldest problems can be the hardest to resolve, and there are no simple solutions but carrying on business as usual isn’t it. No one person is responsible, but we all have responsibilities; that’s the way I see it."

A fitting accompaniment to the song, the video for Peace Time feels at-once calm but unsettled. The song’s lyrics are felt in full against a backdrop of dissonant landscapes, letting the viewer feel the weight of each word. Watch the video here

There’s a drought, there’s a famine
And the bombs keep on coming
Oh and arms that we keep selling
But don’t worry, we’ll be fine
Don’t ya know they say this is peace time

There’s a thousand missing women
Sacred waters don’t dare to swim in
Let alone think of drinking
Just keep boiling off the slime
Don’t ya know they say this is peace time

There are tankers, so keep on drilling
And a plastic swallowed ocean
In the midst a mass extinction
Just ignore it, that ain’t a crime
Don’t ya know they say this is peace time

No don’t worry, we’re in our prime
Don’t ya know they say this is peace time

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

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

Folk stylings of the likes of Nick Drake run clean through the album’s track-list. Other apparent influences include Springsteen’s Nebraska, early Wilco, Lucinda Williams, My Morning Jacket, John Prine and Joni Mitchell. From protest songs, to piano ballads, to alt-country barn burners, Avalon appears poised throughout, playing nearly every instrument on the record and coming off as believable while holding the tune in a wide vocal range.

Pre-order Avalon Tassonyi here (out March 25 via Vain Mina Records)
Listen to Peace Time here
Watch Peace Time here
Listen to Outside here
Watch Outside video here

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THE STANDSTILLS RELEASE NEW SINGLE PRETTY LITTLE BROKEN THING

FROM UPCOMING NEW ALBUM SHOCKWAVE

SET FOR RELEASE LATER THIS YEAR ON MNRK MUSIC GROUP

TORONTO, ON – March 4, 2022 – Rock ‘n’ roll duo, The Standstills, have built a reputation for transcendent anthem-making with an earnestly steadfast formula: gigantic hooks, unapologetically hypnotic grooves, and infectious unabashedly cool riffs.  The ethos could not be more evident than on the band’s latest single release, Pretty Little Broken Thing, which drops today via MNRK Music Group. Listen here.
 
“Pretty Little Broken Thing is a punk rock love story about two people living on the edge, teetering towards a very dangerous life, who for better or worse, realize their only hope is to rely on one another in order to survive their tango through a world of sin and depravity,” says Jonny Fox (vocals/guitar)
 
Produced by Neil Sanderson, from Three Days Grace, and mixed by two-time GRAMMY Award-winner, Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, Daughtry), Pretty Little Broken Thing blends immediately accessible choruses with magnetic layers of depth revealed in repeated listens. 
 
"Working with Neil Sanderson was a revolutionary and rewarding experience,” adds Fox. “He is undoubtedly one of the most talented and successful artists we know, and as a producer he brought a fresh perspective to our body of work. Neil really put a lot of time and love into this record with us and was so encouraging throughout the entire process. We had a blast making this record together. Having Howard and Joe mix our record was such an honour as well. They were pivotal at bringing our recorded performances to life. An album can only be as good as the people that you work with, and we are grateful to have put together the best team possible.”
 
Fox and Renee Couture (drums/vocals) spent the better part of 2020-21 sequestered while writing, recording and redefining their sound for the upcoming album release, Shockwave, due out later this year. “We’ve completely opened and exposed who we are in a way that we’ve never done before,” Fox reflects.
 
The Standstills’ guitar-driven outlaw rock n’ roll first emerged on a pair of indie releases, the 2015 EP, Devil’s Porch, and 2019 LP, Badlands.  The duo’s hard rock stomp owes as much to the sonic landscapes of Ennio Morricone and the squinty-eyed attitude of Clint Eastwood as the thick grooves of Queens Of The Stone Age or noisy grunge.
 
Stay tuned for more coming from The Standstills this year!

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CROWBAR'S NEW ALBUM ZERO AND BELOW  IS OUT NOW VIA MNRK HEAVY

LISTEN HERE

"The first four songs on Zero And Below are up-tempo, heavy, and full of ultra-thick riffs. Then track five, “Denial Of The Truth”, is almost like an intermission. And it seems to be a song of hope, emitting positive vibes." - Brave Words

“...as dark and heavy as a midnight avalanche.”  – Decibel Magazine

“It's slow (but not too slow) and dark and heavy as the swamps are deep. Their music makes you feel like you're trudging in the marshlands around Lake Martin in the middle of the night while being slowly pursued by some deviously hungry gators.”  Metal Injection

“Heavy times demand heavy music. CROWBAR continues to be among the heaviest ever.
– Blabbermouth

“...heavy enough for the metalheads, raw enough for the punks,
and catchy enough for straight-up rock fans.
" –  BrooklynVegan

“Windstein and co. have delivered another platter of tar-thick despondency and desolation that only upholds and strengthens their already mighty stature.” – Distorted Sound

"Worship the riff lord….31 years after their debut - CROWBAR still sounds like a ten ton hammer.”
– KNAC.com

“...a driving slice of combative up-tempo sludge metal wrapped up in that deep blues heritage…”
– The Sleeping Shaman

“...gargantuan riffs, thunderous basslines, drums that will leave your ears ringing for days and vocals ranging from emotionally vulnerable to absolutely do not fuck with this, Zero and Below is yet another authoritative and assured victory for CROWBAR .” – Ghost Cult
 

TORONTO, ON – March 4, 2022 – Today marks the official unveiling of Zero And Below, the quaking new full-length from New Orleans, Louisiana sludge metal trailblazers, CROWBAR, out now on MNRK Heavy. Zero And Below is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Preview and purchase the record here. View the band’s previously-released video for Chemical Godz here and Bleeding From Every Hole here.

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Duane Simoneaux at OCD Recording And Production in Metairie, Louisiana, Zero And Below is reverently old-school, counterbalanced by a resonant melodicism that’s stunningly mature. The record, which cements the band’s dense catalog exactly one dozen studio albums deep, is the most unforgivably doom-driven CROWBAR record since their 1998 landmark effort, Odd Fellows Rest. 

The moment you hear it, you know it’s CROWBAR. Led by riff lord/vocalist Kirk Windstein, with guitarist Matt Brunson, bassist Shane Wesley, and drummer Tommy Buckley, songs like Chemical Godz, It’s Always Worth The Gain, and Bleeding From Every Hole, are unapologetic emotional outpourings, with a bare-knuckle resolve alongside its soul-searching vulnerability, reliably delivered with crushing heaviness. 

A genuine band’s band, with a wide-ranging influence across multiple genres, CROWBAR “helped draw up the sludge metal blueprints” (Kerrang!). 

Writes Blabbermouth of Zero And Below in part, “'The Fear That Binds You’ is just the oppressive, riff-driven tonic that CROWBAR fans have come to expect. Huge of riff and insistent of groove, it's as brutish and unforgiving as anything in the band's repertoire, and Windstein sounds newly engaged, clearheaded,and seriously pissed off. ‘Her Evil Is Sacred’ turns up the doom and the tempo, and it's CROWBAR in their absolute element: riffs that just won't quit, and an incensed, near-feral vocal from the man himself. ‘Confess To Nothing’ and ‘Chemical Godz’ both deliver the classic Windsteinian goods: the former is a slithering, swamp-dwelling thing, propelled forward on waves of unease; the latter is a turbulent, soul-sapping monolith to its creators' original blueprint, with Sabbath-ian rumble and woozy, tripped out terror equally integral to its impact.”  

Decibel Magazine hails a record that’s, “...as dark and heavy as a midnight avalanche,” further noting, “The band balances their signature grimy groove with scrumsof hardcore punk while nodding to Carnivore’s Retaliation. It’s intentionally old school through and through down to the influences that helped chisel Obedience Through Suffering out of pure granite.” Adds Metal Injection, “It's slow (but not too slow) and dark and heavy as the swamps are deep. Their music makes you feel like you're trudging in the marshlands around Lake Martin in the middle of the night while being slowly pursued by some deviously hungry gators…besides the songcraft and the heaviness, the one thing that CROWBAR has just so much of is soul. Windstein's voice is so real, approachable and downright soulful. You feel what he's feeling…” 

Zero And Below is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Preview and purchase the record here

View the band’s previously-released video for Chemical Godz here and Bleeding From Every Hole here.

In conjunction with the release of Zero And Below, CROWBAR will join Sepultura and Sacred Reich for the North America Cuadra Tour 2022. Initially scheduled as a 2020 run, the journey kicks off TONIGHT, March 4th, in Sacramento, California and runs through April 9th in Berkeley, California. Additional support will be provided by Art Of Shock. All tickets previously purchased for the 2020 dates will be honored. In May, the band will join Gwar for another run of US dates set to commence May 23rd in  Colorado Springs, Colorado and run through June 17th in Reading, Pennsylvania. Additional support will be provided by The Native Howl, and Nekrogoblikon. See all confirmed dates below. 

CROWBAR w/ Sepultura, Sacred Reich, Art Of Shock:
3/04/2022 Ace Of Spades - Sacramento, CA
3/05/2022 The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT          
3/06/2022 Oriental Theater - Denver, CO            
3/08/2022 Wildwood - Iowa City, IA        
3/09/2022 Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN      
3/10/2022 Rave II - Milwaukee, WI        
3/11/2022 Harpo's - Detroit, MI  
3/12/2022 The Forge - Joliet, IL
3/13/2022 Thunderbird Music Hall - Pittsburgh, PA        
3/15/2022 Irving Plaza - New York, NY  
3/16/2022 Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY * CROWBAR only
3/17/2022 Rec Room - Buffalo, NY * CROWBAR only        
3/18/2022 Big Night Live - Boston, MA  
3/19/2022 Theatre Of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA        
3/20/2022 Soundstage - Baltimore, MD  
3/21/2022 House Of Blues - Cleveland, OH        
3/23/2022 Blind Tiger - Greensboro, NC
3/24/2022 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA      
3/25/2022 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL    
3/26/2022 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL    
3/28/2022 Southport Music Hall - New Orleans, LA      
3/29/2022 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX  
3/31/2022 Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK        
4/01/2022 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX          
4/02/2022 GMBG - Dallas, TX  
4/03/2022 Rockhouse - El Paso, TX      
4/05/2022 The Nile Theater - Phoenix, AZ          
4/06/2022 House Of Blues - San Diego, CA        
4/08/2022 Belasco Theater - Los Angeles, CA  
4/09/2022 UC Theatre - Berkeley, CA 

w/ Gwar, The Native Howl, Nekrogoblikon:
5/23/2022 The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
5/24/2022 Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, CO
5/26/2022 Ace Of Spades - Sacramento, CA
5/27/2022 Senator Theatre - Chico, CA
5/28/2022 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
5/29/2022 The Marquee - Tempe, AZ|
5/31/2022 Vibes Event Center - San Antonio, TX
6/2/2022 Club LA - Destin, FL
6/03/2022 The Signal - Chattanooga, TN
6/04/2022 Music Farm - Charleston, SC
6/05/2022 The Underground - Charlotte, NC
6/07/2022 The Forge - Joliet, IL
6/08/2022 EPIC Event Center - Green Bay, WI
6/10/2022 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
6/11/2022 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
6/12/2022 Empire Live - Albany, NY
6/14/2022 Wally’s - Hampton Beach, NH
6/15/2022 Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
6/16/2022 The Strand - Providence, RI
6/17/2022 Reverb - Reading, PA

CROWBAR is:
Kirk Windstein – vocals/guitar
Matt Brunson – guitar
Shane Wesley – bass
Tommy Buckley – drums
 
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CAROLINE SPENCE NAVIGATES THE NUANCED EMOTIONAL TERRAIN OF ADULTHOOD ON NEW SINGLE CLEAN GETAWAY OUT TODAY

NEW ALBUM TRUE NORTH SLATED FOR RELEASE APRIL 29

SPRING TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON - March 4, 2022 – Self-reflection can be uncomfortable, but the insight and clarity that comes from it can spark tremendous creativity. Though singer-songwriter, Caroline Spence, typically spends much of her time on the road – a lifestyle that doesn’t allow for much self-reflection – the lockdown provided her with an unexpected gift of time that ultimately enabled her to create the 12 new songs that make up her forthcoming album, True Northscheduled for release on April 29. The album is now available for pre-order here.
 
Today, she releases Clean Getaway, the first single from the album. Listen to it here.
 
Spence observes, “This song is meant to be a cathartic, windows-down, feel-good and feel-bad anthem to sing at the top of your lungs as a way to honor yourself while owning your flaws --- it's for those folks that are still working through their baggage and might need a little help celebrating who they are in the meantime.”  
 
She continues, “This song absolutely came out of the lockdown in 2020, a time when none of us had the luxury of being able to hide from ourselves. I think I thought that time off the road would make me a different person in a certain way, but things didn’t get easier with more time, they just got pulled more into focus because you are all that is left when everything else falls away.”  
 
The accompanying video, released today, captures the feelings of jubilation and freedom that come from hard-won wisdom and self-acceptance. View the video for Clean Getaway here.
 
She explains, “In the video, we wanted to show the light-hearted part of my experience with my Saturn Return — entering a new phase of adulthood where you can actually make space for your inner child instead of running from them. We used home movies of me as a kid to show this.” Reconnecting with videos of her childhood proved to be a revelatory experience. “I got to see that my interests and personality really haven’t changed much at all. I think I thought I’d be different by the time I hit 30 and the Saturn Return ended, but it left me exactly where I started, with just with more acceptance of who I am deep down.”
 
The follow-up to 2019’s critically acclaimed Mint Condition—hailed by Rolling Stone as a “gorgeous reflection on finding peace amid upheaval”—True North took shape from a deeply collaborative process between Spence and producer Jordan Lehning (Rodney Crowell, Andrew Combs). The album features 12 brand new songs written or co-written by Spence that explore the full spectrum of the human experience: love, growth, grief, and the endless complexities of human nature.
 
Spence has announced a run of tour dates for this spring. A full list of confirmed dates is below, and more shows will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
True North Track Listing:

1. Mary Oliver
2. The Gift
3. Clean Getaway
4. Blue Sky Rain
5. Scale These Walls
6. Walk the Walk
7. I Know You Know Me
8. Icarus
9. True North
10. The Next Good Time
11. I Forget the Rest
12. There’s Always Room 

Spring Tour Dates: 
3/18/2022 - Tyler, TX, Stanley’s
3/19/2022 - Fort Smith, AR, Majestic
3/20/2022 - Tulsa, OK, Mercury Lounge
3/21/2022 - Columbia, MO, Rose Music Hall
3/22/2022 - Bloomington, IL, Stable Music Hall & Lounge
3/23/2022 - Cincinnati, OH, Ludlow’s / Ludlow Garage
3/24/2022 - Nashville, TN, Mercy Lounge
4/26/2022 - Philadelphia, PA, MilkBoy
4/27/2022 - New York City, NY, Rockwood Music Hall
4/28/2022 - Washington, DC, The Loft @ City Winery
4/29/2022 - Charlottesville, VA, The Southern
4/30/2022 - Charlotte, NC, The Evening Muse
5/6/2022 - St. Louis, MO, Off Broadway
5/7/2022 - Berwyn, IL, Fitzgerald’s
5/8/2022 - St. Paul, MN, Turf Club
5/11/2022 - Nashville, TN, Basement East
5/12/2022 - Decatur, AL, Singer Songwriter Series @ Princess Theatre
5/18/2022 - Tulsa, OK, Mercury Lounge
5/19/2022 - Fort Worth, TX, The Post at River East
5/20/2022 - Austin, TX, Saxon Pub
5/21/2022 - Eden, TX, Green Apple Arts Center
5/22/2022 -  The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe
5/24/2022 - Fayetteville, AR, Fayetteville Roots HQ
5/27/2022 - Decatur, GA, Eddie’s Attic

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CERAMIC ANIMAL RELEASE SWEET UNKNOWN

PRODUCED BY DAN AUERBACH OUT TODAY VIA EASY EYE SOUND 

PERFORMING AT SXSW 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR SUPPORTING THE BLACK KEYS

Today, Ceramic Animal have released their new album Sweet Unknownvia Easy Eye Sound. The album was produced by Dan Auerbach. “It is a glorious meeting of homegrown, down-to-earth garage rock and unbridled, sexy confidence,” says No Depression. “Though the boys of Ceramic Animal have been cutting their teeth on sold-out shows at small venues, with Sweet Unknown, the realm of possibility grows to include arenas, bigger rooms for an even bigger following.” FLOOD says, “The twanging heartland rock of Ceramic Animal invokes a long history of the genre from contemporaries like The War On Drugs and Kurt Vile to the wave of artists that inspired that sound half a century ago. Sweet Unknown, falls directly in line with this tradition, pitting its crushed-dreams up against its warmly comforting instrumentation.”

 

Prior to today’s album release, Ceramic Animal have debuted four songs off the full length and four remarkable and varied companion videos. The album’s title track, “Sweet Unknown” directed by Ford Fairchild; “Tangled” directed by Andy M. Hawkes; the hilarious 80’s throwback “Valerie” directed by Perry Shall and Bob Sweeney and the contemplative love note to their up town, “Up in Smoke” also directed by Sweeney.

 

Ceramic Animal will make their SXSW debut playing multiple parties across the week including spots at Floodfest, Jam In The Van’s party and more to be announced soon. The band is currently on a headlining tour and will stop in Philly on Sunday for their sold-out show at Johnny Brenda’s, and recently announced a major North American summer tour supporting The Black Keys. The dates will kick off in Las Vegas on July 9th, and Ceramic Animal will continue on through July 30th. Sweet Unknown will be the first release for new label home Easy Eye Sound. Sweet Unknown was produced by Dan Auerbach.

 

Ceramic Animal hails from historic Doylestown, Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Philadelphia. The band features a trio of brothers—Chris Regan (vocals, guitar), Erik Regan (drums) and Elliott Regan (vocals, keys)—along with childhood friend Anthony Marchione (guitar) and Dallas Hosey (vocals, bass). 

 

Before reaching the ears of Easy Eye Sound owner, producer and The Black Keys front man, Dan Auerbach, the band had found critical and commercial success on their own terms. Ceramic Animal funded, produced and self-released three albums and attracted a large and far-flung fan base. They never made a conscious decision to keep things ruggedly DIY; instead, they just felt their way in the dark and did what five boys from Doylestown, PA would do - work hard. 

 

Lively and imaginative, Ceramic Animal’s music highlights a very real and relatable strain of emotional alienation coursing through the lyrics, where people leave you with holes in your life, where flickering memories of brighter times offer the only comfort. The three Regan brothers lost their father - their greatest influence and biggest fan - just before the making of this album. It makes for a more reflective record, but not one devoid of hope or warmth.

 

Ceramic Animal will be on tour throughout 2022. A full list of tour dates are below.

 

SXSW SCHEDULE:

March 16 - FLOODfest - Mohawk (Indoor)

March 19 - Jam In The Van - Armadillo Den 

TOUR DATES:

Mar 6: Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s - SOLD OUT

Mar 12: Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover

Mar 20: Dallas, TX - New New Festival 

Supporting The Black Keys

July 9: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena

July 11: Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater

July 13: Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater

July 15: St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater St. Louis

July 16: Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center

July 17: Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Tinley Park

July 20: Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 22: Jones Beach, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 

July 23: Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

July 25: Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion

July 27: Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

July 29: Boston, MA – Xfinity Center

July 30: Philadelphia, PA – Waterfront Music Pavilion (formerly BB&T Pavilion)



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hill of iamhill REFLECTS ON RELATIONSHIPS WITH NEW SINGLE FAT FREE FEATURING CURE FOR PARANOIA

WATCH VISUALIZER FOR FAT FREE HERE

NEW ALBUM TO BE RELEASED SUMMER 2022

TORONTO, ON – March 4, 2022  – After boldly striding into the year with her song and video for Side D, Edmonton-born JUNO-nominated artist, hill of iamhill, shares another track today called Fat Free, featuring Dallas, TX group, Cure For Paranoia. Watch the visual and listen to the song here.

hill met Cure For Paranoia while living in Texas, and after seeing them perform a standout set at SXSW one year, she felt compelled to collaborate. The concept for Fat Free came to mind when hill was watching an episode of Sharp Objects, based around Munchausen by proxy, where a mother figure is seeking attention/validation via the sickness/care of her daughters (and is poisoning them to keep things this way).

"It got me to thinking about a relationship I’ve had (maybe more than one) where there were petty or avoidable problems, but because of my life-long mild anxiety disorder combined with emo being 'cool'/the stereotype of the suffering artist, among other 'reasons', I not only tolerated those problems, but I felt empty without them," hill says. "I’ve also been on the flip side of this coin. It’s easy to forget that adrenaline and noradrenaline are drugs that can be addictive, and perpetuating negative scenarios in your life can be a crutch to help you feel like a more interesting person. Relieved to have left these toxic relationships in the past."

Fat Free was written and produced by iamhill and Mike Schlosser (John Orpheus, Arlo Maverick, Kendal Thompson, Curtis Santiago), mixed by Brad Smith aka Mr Smith, and  mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering. hill was at the helm for producing the video, which was filmed and edited by Travis Nesbitt (@travisnesbitt) and animated by Jacob Reamer (@jreams).  

Last week, hill dropped an acoustic version of her previous single, Side D, in NFT format. This radically-different version was arranged by hill of iamhill and mixed by Mike Schlosser, and the artwork created by Caitlin Boyle. This is not the first NFT hill has worked on, but it is the first NFT of her own music, under her own name. 

While the technology that allows artists to “mint” (in other words, create a new block on the chain with your file’s information/data) their work is still emerging, hill has grown passionate about the NFT community and it’s intrinsic potential. 

Aside from the fact that NFTs allow artists to redefine their personal creative worth - which has the power to be an invaluable paradigm shift for our culture - I think the humans behind the technology who are holding the vision of Web3 are worth investing in."

Decentralization’ may be a trendy word in 2022, but hill of iamhill feels the trend is important and has staying power. “I’m confident that I’m not just speaking for myself when I say I’m exhausted by the web2 paradigm. I’m tired of everything being about numbers, big data, advertisement, shameless self-promotion. This exhaustion is the core theme of the Sellout album. So even if we’re still in the early days, I believe the movement needs to happen one way or another."

Side D, is a dark, energizing jam written about a woman’s right to explore her own sexual freedom and options. While the title is literal, it's not meant to be taken seriously, or for the faint of heart. Side D intends to make listeners move, punch things, jump around, laugh, or at the very least, raise an eyebrow. The song will be featured on her forthcoming full-length project (out Summer 2022 via Text Me Records). Listen to Side D here and watch the visualizer here, created by Taylor Oakes: (aka "Tiny Taylor"). 

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

Her forthcoming album will be centred around the way our lives have become increasingly non-human. We were not built - nor have we evolved - to manage this shift around human life intermixed with western values.

Stay tuned for more hill as we get into 2022 and learn about her layered career to date below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UKRAINIAN-CANADIAN DUO BALAKLAVA BLUES LAUNCH NFT CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT UKRAINE WITH MOVING NEW SONG & VIDEO SHELTER OUR SKY

AN OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS TO REDRAW HISTORY THROUGH CONTRIBUTING IMAGES INSPIRED
BY THE HASHTAG #SHELTEROURSKYNFT

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PERFORMING AT FREE THEATRE'S DOGS OF EUROPE AT THE BARBICAN IN LONDON MARCH 10-12

"When I go up the hill
to look at the stars
they shine but
my mother scolds me
she doesn't let me out
doesn't let me out
she doesn't let me
let me out"
- Balaklava Blues - Shelter Our Sky

TORONTO, ON – March 3, 2022 –  Toronto-based Ukrainian  Canadian duo, Balaklava Blues, have released a timely new single called Shelter Our Sky. It arrives in tandem with their announcement of a collaborative NFT project that seeks to raise funds in support of COME BACK ALIVE, a Ukrainian NGO that helps Ukrainian military, volunteers, and their families on the basis of crowdfunding, inviting artists to contribute works inspired by the song, and its powerfully moving video. Listen to, and watch, Shelter Our Sky here and learn more about the campaign here, with further details below.

“It has become our daily prayer,” says Mark Marczyk. “We sing it every day during rehearsals for a show about the EXACT situation that is now unfolding… with a cast of refugees who can no longer return to their country because it would mean attacking ours… while we anxiously text our families to see if they have made it to the border yet.”

Shelter Our Sky is more than just prayer. The video includes a clear political message at its unexpected climax and includes information and links to resources for supporting Ukraine in concrete ways. 

Balaklava Blues are adding a collaborative approach to the NFT world to not only raise money that can be directly transferred to Ukrainian crypto-wallets immediately and safely, but to create a kind of social capital that allows people to share their support on their social media platforms. 

More on the process: 

Step 1: draw/design yourself or someone you love in the SHELTER OUR SKY
Step 2: upload or send the photo to shelterourskynft@gmail.com
Step 3: wait for the team to send you a link to your opensea NFT auction
Step 4: promote to your friends and family on your socials and use the hashtag #shelterourskynft

If you don’t have a crypto wallet, visit Balaklava Blues' website for instructions on how to do this. All proceeds - 100% - will be directly deposited into the crypto wallet of COME BACK ALIVE.

Balaklava Blues' intention is to create a virtual flashmob with concrete goals and results: to stop Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, to shelter the sky that unites us all as human beings on the planet earth, and to redraw history together.

It’s no surprise to those that know them; Mark and Marichka Marczyk have been engaged in protesting Russian aggression with their music for the better part of a decade. Shelter Our Sky was originally written for Dogs of Europe, a play written and directed by the infamous Belarus Free Theatre to premiere in London at the Barbican Centre March 10, where Balaklava Blues will be performing the score live. It was also the title track of Courage, a documentary film about the Belarusian Revolution that won best feature documentary at the Berlinale and was Belarus’ submission to the Oscars.

Self-described as “Ukrainian folk-noir,” Balaklava Blues is the musical child of real-life couple Mark and Marichka Marczyk, who cinematically met and fell in love on the barricades of the 2014 Revolution of Dignity in Kyiv. Their collective artistic career has since been based on expressing and exploring front line trauma and bringing attention to Ukraine politically and culturally via various projects including Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Counting Sheep, BLOK: Slavic Music Meet, the Folk Songs of Ukraine project, and their wedding, an open invitation 5,000-person world music potluck at Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto, attended by the likes of Reuters. 

Audiences are encouraged to learn more about how they can support, stay engaged and tune into further updates with Balaklava Blues online and across social media - see below for details.  

#ShelterOurSkyNFT - Details

DOWNLOAD - Balaklava Blues Press Photos by Zahra Saleki (@zahrasaleki)

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

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

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

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER CADENCE WEAPON SHARES LORAINE JAMES REMIX OF ON ME AHEAD OF PARALLEL WORLD (DELUXE EDITION) OUT ON MARCH 25 VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

FEATURES SPECIAL COLLABORATIONS AND REIMAGINED VERSIONS OF TRACKS FROM 2021 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE-WINNING ALBUM PARALLEL WORLD

PERFORMING AT SXSW 2022

TORONTO, ON – March 3, 2022 – Today, Polaris Music Prize-winning Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer, poet and activist, Cadence Weapon, shares another reimagined piece from Parallel World (Deluxe Edition), out March 25 via MNRK Music Group. Here, Trailblazing London, UK producer,  Loraine James, brings a fresh take on album standout, On Me (featuring Manga Saint Hilare & Strict Face). Listen to On Me (Loraine James Remix) and watch the Scott Pilgrim-directed visualizer here.

On this remix, Cadence says, “Loraine James is one of my favourite artists so I was overjoyed when she said she was down to do a remix for me. She's one of the most innovative electronic musicians in the UK. Loraine’s interpretation of 'On Me' brings out the warped paranoia of targeted surveillance in a more trippy way than on the original.”

The original version of the song arrived last summer with a cross-the-pond video including Manga Saint Hilare in the frame. Watch it here.

In addition to speaking truths on topics, such as those highlighted in On Me,  Cadence is an active advocate in many communities; both in the arts and in the cities he calls home. He recently announced his debut  memoir, Bedroom Rapper, set for release May 31 (McClelland & Stewart). For more writing and observations, check out his Substack newsletter.

Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) features reimagined versions of standout tracks from his 2021 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, Parallel World. Last month, Cadence kicked things off with a remix of SENNA featuring Jacques Greeneand UK artist, Logan. Take a listen and pre-order Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) on all streaming platforms here and via Bandcamp. Watch the visualizer here.

For the expansive project, Cadence handpicked a collection of friends, collaborators, and rising artists from across Canada and London, UK, who respectively forge their own sound to provide the remixes. This eclectic blend of offerings pulls his music into new, curious shapes and continues the conversation that he started with Parallel World. There’s a Chicago acid house-inspired reprise from Martyn Bootyspoon (Montreal), a surreally off-kilter “Renoviction Refix'' from Ciel(Toronto), an optimistically dystopian track from CFCF (Montreal), and left-field funk from Harrison (Toronto). As a nod to his affinity for UK grime and club culture, as well as his desire to showcase Black talent across the diaspora, Pemberton also enlisted the two London up-and-comers, grime MC Logan and experimental club producer, Loraine James

“I was searching for producers who I feel like are really groundbreaking and pushing barriers. That’s the thing I’m always attracted to musically,” Cadence says of Parallel World (Deluxe Edition). “My initial thought was, ‘How can I help give a bigger platform to these artists who I know personally, but who are some of the most innovative artists in Canada?’”

Cadence just - fittingly - performed his first show of the year in his home province at Alberta for Block Heater Festival in Calgary on February 19. He will be performing at SXSW in Austin, Texas on March 16 at Swan Dive Patio and March 18 at The Drafting Room. Find all details here.

On the road, Cadence has opened for the likes of Public Enemy, De La Soul, Mos Def, Kool Keith, Busdriver, Questlove, and others, but has continued to honour his hometown in both his music and writing; in 2009, he was appointed the Poet Laureate of Edmonton and spent two years forging a new legacy for his city as its representative rapper-poet. While his debut poetry collection, Magnetic Days, was published in 2014, Cadence's debut book, Bedroom Rapper, a personal account of his life in music as an artist, critic, and fan amid a changing digital landscape, arrives later this year (McClelland & Stewart).

Now based in Toronto, Cadence has reported on the gentrification of the city’s Little Jamaica neighbourhood and the migration of Black Canadian communities, but still holds pride for the Canadian Prairies he hails from. At the end of his Polaris Music Prize victory speech, Cadence declared: “The Prairies got something to say.” 

Parallel World has been heralded has Cadence’s most politically charged album to date. The songs are what Cadence quips Truth in Jest to narrate realities of the world at present and touch on themes of systemic racism, structural inequality, police profiling, gentrification, the internet’s pervasive effects on our lives and the surveillance state that disproportionately punishes Black people. Using elements of trap, drill, grime and acid house, Parallel World is the soundtrack for the dystopian future the world is facing, as society deals with these issues. It is a sonic space where Cadence distills these experiences for all.  

Listen to the original version Parallel World here, pre-order Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) here and learn more about Cadence Weapon below and stay tuned for more North American tour dates to be announced soon. 
 
DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo (by Mat Dunlap)
 
Listen to Parallel World here
Pre-order Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) here
Pre-order Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) on Bandcamp
 
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Read Cadence Weapon’s Newsletter
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Find Cadence Weapon’s music on Bandcamp
 
About Cadence Weapon
Cadence Weapon is the Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer, poet, and activist Rollie Pemberton. Throughout his work, the multidisciplinary artist aims to preserve and resurrect Black cultural memory by forging connections between personal, local, and collective histories. Pemberton received the 2021 Polaris Music Prize for his fifth and latest album, Parallel World, an incisive project that uncovers the splintering realities both created and hidden by modern systems of inequality, atop blistering production that draws from UK grime, trap, and acid house.

Raised by a pioneering New York radio DJ father and piano playing mother, Pemberton started rapping at age 13. He cut his teeth performing live with his uncle’s funk band as a teen, but as one of the only rappers in Edmonton, he found endless outlets for his creativity on the internet, where there were no limits on discovering music. Pemberton thrived online finding samples, remixing songs, and battling rap strangers on message boards. As a university student, Pemberton penned alternative hip-hop reviews while crafting his debut album, 2005’s Breaking Kayfabe, the first of five albums that have been nominated for the Polaris Prize.

A scholar and entertainer with many hats, Pemberton has also done narration work for VICELAND TV shows, hosted lectures for Red Bull Music Academy, conducted live interviews for CBC, and acted in Sean Nicholas Savage’s debut musical, Please Thrill Me. In 2020, he launched his ongoing self-titled newsletter, where he shares personal essays about being an artist, essays of music and cultural criticism, and behind-the-scenes posts into his work and creative process. Pemberton’s debut book, Bedroom Rapper, a personal account of his life in music as an artist, critic, and fan amid a changing digital landscape, arrives later this year (McClelland & Stewart).

About MNRK Music Group
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit www.mnrk.com.
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LL ARTISTS ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ORCHARD / SONY

NEW MUSIC FROM THE FLAMINGOS PINK, CINZIA & THE ECLIPSE AND BLESS TO BE RELEASED THIS SPRING

TORONTO, ON – March 2, 2022 – LL Artists is proud and excited to announce a new distribution partnership with The Orchard / Sony. With this partnership, music and works from artists, producers and creators signed to LL Artists will be available to music lovers worldwide. It will also create unique opportunities to develop and promote diverse Canadian talent domestically and internationally. 

LL Artists was founded in the summer of 2020 by music industry veteran, Lenny Levine.  Blending his years of executive experience in various key areas of the industry (as former president of Last Gang Records and EVP at The Donald K Donald Group), Levine provides his artists with insight and infrastructure that generate greater opportunity to monetize their music in both the conventional and new, non-traditional marketing strategies, platforms and technologies. With LL Artists, Levine has created a modern, hybrid artist management company and record label for today’s dynamic and expanding music landscape. 

“I am very excited and incredibly grateful to The Orchard and my artists for this unique opportunity and partnership,” says Levine. “My objective is to help and enable artists to reach their fullest potential and to be able to do so internationally. Our partnership with The Orchard is perfect because it allows LL Artists to tap into an incredibly vast distribution network and a deep analytical dashboard that will greatly benefit our roster. This wouldn’t have been possible without Lisa Logentenkow – my sincerest thanks to her, Karine Lafleur and Brooke Morgan at The Orchard for their amazing support of LL Artists.”

First to be released on the LL Artists label imprint, distributed by The Orchard, will be Montreal rock ‘n’ roll disruptors, The Flamingos Pink. Free Living is their highly-anticipated first single from their upcoming sophomore album, coming out on March 11. Cinzia & the Eclipse will release her new single in April – a global introduction to the songstress ahead of the release of her full-length album  later this year. LL Artists will round out the first half of 2022 with the long-awaited return of Canada’s hip-hop OG and Guru’s protégé, Bless, with new music dropping in May. One to watch for in late 2022 is hip-hop upstart, Hayden Marcus.

“We are really happy about LL Artists joining The Orchard family,” says Lisa Logutenkow, Vice President, The Orchard. “Lenny is an insightful music business vet that combines his experience and knowledge with his great love of artist development. Having been directly involved in the career development of such great acts like SUM 41, Metric and Death From Above, Lenny has a proven track record of success. We are looking forward to a long and abundant partnership with LL Artists, helping them break great, new Canadian artists on a worldwide level.”

LL Artists is actively involved in creating synergies with other music and event-based entertainment companies, based in both Canada and the U.S. More details and announcements coming soon. 

About LL Artists:
LL Artists, also known as Lenny Levine Artist Management, is a hybrid music and entertainment company that blends artist management and record label skillsets. By working directly with artists, producers and creators, LL Artists assists artists in the creation and of their music and in the cultivation of their artistic careers. For more information, please contact lenny.levine13@gmail.com

About The Orchard:
The Orchard, now in its 25th year, is a full-service music distribution company operating in more than 45 cities worldwide. The Orchard’s comprehensive artist & label services offering harnesses innovative technology, transparent data analysis, and expertise to reach fans and grow audiences.  Offerings include digital and physical sales and marketing, advertising, sync and brand partnerships, rights management, video monetization, collaborator splits and royalty accounting, publishing administration and more. The Orchard empowers creators and entrepreneurs to grow and adapt in the dynamic, global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com

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GHOST RELEASE NEW SONG TWENTIES

NEW SINGLE AND LYRIC VIDEO LIVE NOW

IMPERA OUT MARCH 11 ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

TORONTO, ON – March 2, 2022 - “Tell Them All… It Is Time”… Twenties is the latest advance offering from IMPERA, the imminent fifth album from GRAMMY-winning Swedish theatrical rock outfit, GHOST, heralding its arrival March 11 via Loma Vista Recordings.

With its messianic promises of reigns of pennies and piles of moolah set to an appropriately manic musical backdrop, the unrelenting and propulsive Twenties stands in stark contrast to its Pre-IMPERA predecessor, the eerily hypnotic Call Me Little Sunshine. In fact, the apocalyptically prophetic vibe of Twenties —  particularly its lyrical relevance to historical events unfolding on the world stage (however incidental) — render the song utterly unique in the Ghost canon.
 
The release of Twenties is accompanied by an Apple Music New Music Daily exclusive interview with Ghost’s Tobias Forge, welcoming Apple’s Zane Lowe into the world of IMPERA. For more information, visit here.

Produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace — and also featuring the Active Rock #1 radio single, Hunter’s Moon — IMPERA finds Ghost transported literally centuries forward from the Black Plague era of its previous album, 2018 Best Rock Album GRAMMY nominee, Prequelle. The result is the most ambitious and lyrically incisive entry in the Ghost canon: Over the course of IMPERA’s 12-song cycle, empires rise and fall, would-be messiahs ply their hype (financial and spiritual alike), prophecies are foretold as the skies fill with celestial bodies divine and man-made… All in all, the most current and topical Ghost subject matter to date is set against a hypnotic and darkly colourful melodic backdrop making IMPERA a listen like no other — yet unmistakably, quintessentially Ghost.

Twenties drops just as Ghost concludes a 26-date U.S. arena tour March 3 at the Honda Center in Anaheim CA. Co-headlined by Volbeat with support from Twin Temple, the Pre-IMPERA Tour played nightly to rapturous crowds and critical acclaim alike:
“A Ghost concert is the aural equivalent of an amusement park visit.”BRAVE WORDS

“Papa’s swagger level was on 100 while strutting across the stage…
One of the most interesting aspects of Ghost and to Forge as Papa is the juxtaposition
of what you’re seeing versus what you’re hearing.
”—CONSEQUENCE

"Ghost demonstrated why it is hailed as today’s leading new heavy-metal band.”
LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

“Ghost’s band of ghouls has never sounded tighter… The band’s production is spectacular and Tobias Forge continues to creep up the list of greatest modern-day frontmen.”—LOUDWIRE

“Triumphant… Papa Emeritus IV sashayed through an epic 16-song set.”REVOLVER

“Forge and the Nameless Ghouls put a lot of care and thought into their craft, and because of it, they delivered one of the most spectacular shows I have seen in awhile last night.”TWIN CITIES MEDIA

“Every time they tour, Ghost's stage show gets bigger and better.”WORCESTER TELEGRAM

DOWNLOAD - hi-res single and album art | DOWNLOAD - hi-res press photo

www.ghost-official.com

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CONGOLESE-AMERICAN SONGWRITER MILOE CONNECTS THE AFRICAN DIASPORA  WITH AMERICAN BEDROOM POP

RELEASES SHIMMERING NEW SINGLE where u are VIA LOMA VISTA

WATCH ACCOMPANYING VIDEO THAT CAPTURES THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE 
HERE

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

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

“Blissed out” - The FADER 

“Pure bliss” - Alt Press 

“Lovely” - DORK 

“Sublime” - Cool Hunting 

“Standout” - Stereogum

“Exciting, emotional” - Paste

TORONTO, ON – March 1, 2022 - Today, Loma Vista's (Soccer Mommy, Local Natives, St. Vincent) latest signing, Miloe, née Bob Kabeya, releases a new song, where u are, which follows Greenhouse EP (2020) and hit single Winona, that was later reimagined featuring Jamila Woods and Vagabon, garnering critical press from Stereogum, Paste, Cool Hunting and more. Listen to where u are and watch the video here.
 
where u are is a glittering, bouncy track, accompanied by a video directed by Samson Melkamu. The beautiful new video captures the immigrant experience, it opens with footage of Miloe, his three brothers and mother being reunited (under the Family Reunification Act) with his father at Minneapolis St. Paul Airport after three years apart due to political conflict in the Congo. The heart-rending video is a stunning reflection on Miloe’s family life in America, and how it has affected his work as a musician.
 
On the track, Miloe says, “I was feeling down and wanted to make a dance song to get some positive energy in me. I’m kinda singing to myself so it feels like it's about self love, acceptance and finding joy within.”

Miloe is the musical project of Bob Kabeya, a 21-year old artist based in Minneapolis. Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bobby was raised by musical parents who met through the church choir during college and taught him to play the piano at the age of six.
 
When he was eight years old Bobby traveled over 7,000 miles with his mother and three younger brothers to reunite with their father, a journalist who was granted asylum in Minneapolis three years prior. Once in the US, Bobby began to pick-up more instruments through the local art and after-school programs, eventually beginning to jam with friends outside of school in his early teens.
 
Tour Dates:
March 3 - San Francisco, CA - August Hall w/ The Walters
March 5 - Los Angeles,CA - The Wiltern w/ The Walters
March 7 - Los Angeles, CA - School Night @ Bardot Hollywood
March 1 - Marquette, MI - Northern Michigan University - University Center Ballroom w/ Vundabar 
March 25 - Minneapolis,MN - Cedar Cultural Center
April 3 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue w/ Golden Smog 
July 9 - Des Moines, IA- 80/35 Music Festival
 
DOWNLOAD - Hi Res where u are Single Art
DOWNLOAD - Hi Res Press Photo

www.miloemusic.com | Miloe on TikTok
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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE 2022 EVENT SEASON ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – Monday, February 28, 2022 – The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has revealed its plans for 2022.

We are excited to announce the much-anticipated return of the Polaris Music Prize Event Season for 2022.

The 2022 Polaris Event Season will kick-off with the Prize’s 40 album Long List on June 14, followed by the 10 album Short List on July 14. This year’s winning album reveal will once again take place during the Polaris Gala presented by long-time partner, CBC Music, happening September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto, Ontario. 

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. Winning the Polaris Prize is validation of an artist’s vision, and tangible proof that they’ve created something important and magical. It also comes with a financial windfall that’s often life-changing. Winning Polaris can mean paying off debts, supporting worthy causes, and quite frequently, providing the financial security to continue pursuing their craft and to do even greater things. 

“Lifting up artists is more important than ever and we are proud to support the groundbreaking music the Polaris nominees create,” said Gary Slaight, president and CEO of Slaight Communications.

The Event Season will come to a close with the announcement of two new Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize-winning albums on Friday, October 21. The Heritage Prize is a hall of fame-minded critics prize/public polling campaign meant to celebrate classic Canadian albums created before Polaris began in 2006. The most recent Heritage Prize inductees include Nomeansno’s Wrong and Faith Nolan’s Africville albums. Past winners include the likes of Leonard Cohen, Dream Warriors, Lhasa, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Peaches and k-os. 

Polaris continues to explore new and innovative ways of supporting Canada’s arts and culture community. The Polaris award-winning Poster program will be expanding to include additional artist commissions and showcase opportunities as part of the official Event Season lineup. Polaris is also proud to be working with an independent artist to develop its annual creative direction in 2022. Polaris has debuted “The Garden,” its themed look for the season. Designed by Toronto-based artist, Alex McLeod, the look of The Garden will grow and evolve throughout Polaris season and will be integrated in the stage design and environment at the Polaris Gala. McLeod has been a part of creating visuals for Lido Pimienta, Gord Downie and Mutek. Watch a CBC Arts profile on McLeod. 

“Polaris is dedicated to ensuring we are supporting Canada’s arts and culture community through every resource we have available. The team is energized and excited to create an Event Season that expands our impact and celebrates our communities’ achievements. We hope you will join us,” said Amber Moyle, Executive Director of Polaris Music Prize. 

Albums eligible for 2022 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. An independent jury of music media from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury convenes at the Polaris Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

We’re looking forward to kicking off another incredible year thanks to our staff, jury, board of directors, artists, sponsors, and community stakeholders. 

Polaris Music Prize 2022 Event Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contacts: 

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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ANNONCE DE LA SAISON 2022 DES ÉVÈNEMENTS DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS

TORONTO, ON – lundi 28 février 2022 – Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a révélé ses plans pour 2022.

Le Polaris est ravi d’annoncer le retour très attendu de la saison 2022 des évènements du Prix de musique Polaris.

La saison 2022 des évènements du Polaris débutera le 14 juin avec la longue liste de 40 albums, suivie de la courte liste de 10 albums le 14 juillet. Le dévoilement de l’album gagnant de cette année aura lieu une fois de plus lors du Gala Polaris présenté par son partenaire de longue date CBC Music, le 19 septembre au Carlu à Toronto (Ontario).

Le Prix de musique Polaris remet 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur sa valeur artistique et sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. La remise du Prix Polaris valide la vision d’un.e artiste et constitue une preuve tangible qu’il ou elle a créé quelque chose d’important et de magique. Elle s’accompagne également d’une récompense financière qui change souvent la vie de l’artiste. Remporter le Prix Polaris peut également permettre à l’artiste de rembourser des dettes, de soutenir des causes nobles et, très souvent, offre la sécurité financière nécessaire pour poursuivre la pratique de son art et faire des choses encore plus grandes.

« Il est plus important que jamais d’encourager les artistes, et c’est avec fierté que nous soutenons la musique novatrice mise à l’avant par le Prix Polaris », a déclaré Gary Slaight, président et directeur général de Slaight Communications.

La saison des évènements s’achèvera avec l’annonce, le vendredi 21 octobre, des deux albums lauréats du Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight. Le Prix du patrimoine est un prix de la critique et une campagne de sondage publique qui vise à célébrer les albums canadiens classiques créés avant la première édition du Polaris en 2006. Les plus récents lauréats du Prix du patrimoine sont les albums Wrong de Nomeansno et Africville de Faith Nolan. Leonard Cohen, Dream Warriors, Lhasa, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Peaches et k-os figurent parmi les artistes ayant déjà remporté ce prix.

Le Polaris continue d’explorer des moyens novateurs pour soutenir la communauté artistique et culturelle du Canada. Le programme primé d’affiches du Polaris sera élargi pour inclure des commandes supplémentaires à des artistes et des occasions de présentation dans le cadre de la programmation officielle de la saison des évènements. Le Polaris est également fier de travailler avec un artiste indépendant pour développer sa direction artistique annuelle en 2022. La saison aura ainsi lieu sous le thème du « jardin ». Conçu par l’artiste torontois Alex McLeod, le look du « jardin » grandira et évoluera tout au long de la saison du Polaris et sera intégré à la scénographie et à l’environnement du Gala du Polaris. McLeod a participé à la création d’éléments visuels pour Lido Pimienta, Gord Downie et Mutek. Visionnez le profil de McLeod sur CBC Arts.

« Le Polaris s’engage à soutenir la communauté artistique et culturelle du Canada avec toutes les ressources dont il dispose. L’équipe est très enthousiaste à l’idée de créer une saison évènementielle qui élargit son impact et célèbre les réalisations de nos communautés. Nous espérons que vous vous joindrez à nous », a déclaré Amber Moyle, qui assure la direction générale du Prix de musique Polaris.

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

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Nous avons hâte de donner le coup d’envoi d’une nouvelle année incroyable grâce à notre personnel, notre jury, notre conseil d’administration, nos artistes, nos commanditaires et les membres de la communauté.

Saison 2022 des évènements du Prix de musique Polaris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contacts médias :

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio) :
polarismusicprize.ca/media
Mot de passe : m3d1a

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LONG RANGE HUSTLE RELEASE NEW ALBUM I AM ALIVE, BUT ONLY IF YOU SAY I AM TODAY

WATCH VIDEO FOR ALBUM STANDOUT
ELECTION NIGHT HERE 

PLAYING TORONTO’S LEE’S PALACE TONIGHT - TICKETS HERE

"... the album’s earnest posture is undeniable but, on that same first listen, each of those ten songs register very well in the running and listeners will find that they’re hooked early before being pulled along happily by what they hear... a series of really good songs. It might sound odd, but that’s rare – and exciting, in its own way." - Ground Control Magazine 

"Known for their commanding arena-sized sound, the five-piece find a compelling middle ground on the new single (Half Speed), as they balance longing nostalgia with an uplifting, heartfelt melody." - Dusty Organ

TORONTO, ON – February 25, 2022 – Today, Toronto five-piece indie-rock outfit, Long Range Hustle, release their long awaited and much anticipated new album, I am alive, but only if you say I am [Sans Shoes (Canada), AntiFragile Music (Rest Of World)]. The 10-track record is jam packed with melodic earworms and thought-provoking lyrics that explore themes of self-reflection, human connection, and vulnerability in a time when it’s needed most. Produced virtually from Scotland by Tony Doogan (Hey Rosetta!, Wintersleep), the album is available to purchase and stream everywhere now. You can also watch the visually striking and emotionally moving music video for the album standout track, Election Night (directed and edited by the band’s AJ Fisico), here. And to further celebrate the release, Long Range Hustle will be playing tonight in Toronto at Lee’s Palace. You can get your tickets here.
 
“No one lives in a vacuum,” says the band’s, Paul Brogee, on the album. “We are all products of our communities, and of our interactions within them. This new album is a deeply personal one, exploring how (for good or ill) our own visions of ourselves are so frequently defined by our connections to others.
 
“The stories told are framed by our interactions with others, or lack-there-of. There are difficult late-night conversations, persistent imaginary friends, vacant living rooms, locked doors, and ex-lovers seen in new colours through the lens of a camera. As each song works towards its climax, it also works towards vulnerability and clarity. And this is where you come in. For the music only exists when it is listened to. The stories only matter when they are heard. Like it says on the front of the album… I am alive, but only if you say I am.”
 
The accompanying album standout track, Election Night, is all about the price of ambition and dedication. It follows a politician and his wife as his campaign reaches the finish line. It is a story about two people who realize that their lives and priorities are simply incompatible. The music video follows this young couple’s journey, as their relationship crumbles under the weight of ambition.
 “It is certainly the most ambitious video project we’ve attempted to date,” reflects the band. “With AJ (drummer/director/editor) working with cinematographer, Jack Hawley, they really created a visually striking and emotionally moving piece to recreate, very faithfully, the song’s narrative.”
 
The album was recorded during the summer of 2020 at Kingston's Bathouse studio, where, isolated from the rest of the world, Long Range Hustle was able to take the time to disassemble and assess every little detail of instrumentation and arrangement for the record. Half Speed, the latest single from the album, was included in Indie 88's Your First Listen: 13 songs you need to discover this week, while other singles Comeback Kid, American CashWait Up For Me, Beeswax, Used To Call and Love Yourself also appear on the album, having received play on CBC shows, Here & Now, Fresh Air, In The Key of C, and All In A Day.

Long Range Hustle have also received Spotify editorial playlist support on: Rockin’ Vibes, Folk Rock Favourites, Rock Your Block, Fresh Finds: Rock, Ready To Rock, New Music Friday Canada. As well, they've been featured on Amazon’s Music Canada’s Finely Tuned and YouTube Music’s New CanRock and Cantemporaries.
                                                    
Long Range Hustle will be taking the album, as well as their irresistibly fun and intimate live show, to the road this spring. You can find more details on shows below and here

2022 Tour Dates:
February 25 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace 
April 7 – New York City, NY – Rockwood Music Hall 
April 9 – Barrie, ON - Rec Room
April 22 – Burnstown, ON – Neat Café 
April 23 – Montreal, QC - Verre Bouteille
May 27 – Quebec City, QC – Bar De La Source 

June 18 – Syracuse, NY – Funk N’ Waffles

DOWNLOAD - hi res press photo
DOWNLOAD – I am alive, but only if you say I am album art

Long Range Hustle is:
Paul Brogee (co-lead vocals, guitars, violin)
Jay Foster (co-lead vocals, keys, synths)
AJ Fisico (drums, vocals)
Mike Brogee (bass, vocals)
Ryan Pritchard (guitars) 
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CAMELPHAT RELEASE EUPHORIC NEW SINGLE SILENCED

STREAM/DOWNLOAD SILENCED

THE SINGLE PRECEDES A STRING OF SOLD-OUT HEADLINE SHOWS INCLUDING OVO WEMBLEY ARENA ON APRIL 9 

TORONTO, ON – February 25, 2022 – Multi-platinum producers, CamelPhat, have unveiled their club-ready new single, SilencedDestined for dancefloors and festivals alike, out today, and is yet another master-crafted display of CamelPhat’s signature melodic sound.

The single follows the pairs’ Silver certified album, Dark Matter, which showcased the Liverpool producers’ sonic diversity and featured anthemic hits including, ColaBreathe, and Panic Room. 

Pulling in a host of A-list guest features as well as new and upcoming artists, the album included collaborations with the legendary Noel Gallagher, Jake Bugg, Foals’ frontman Yannis Philipakkis, Maverick Sabre as well as tracks with Skream, Eli & Fur and Will Easton. 

With their status secured as one of the most in-demand dance acts around, CamelPhat have been consistently championed by tastemaker heavyweights such as Zane Lowe, Danny Howard and Pete Tong. The duo have fast become major festival mainstays with huge slots at Glastonbury, Coachella, Reading & Leeds, Creamfields, Warehouse Project and Parklife under their belts.


Silenced arrives just in time for the duo's biggest ever UK headline tour to date in March/April. The Grammy-nominated pair will bring their genre defying sound across the UK with stops in Liverpool, Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle and Leeds before rounding the tour off with a mammoth sold out performance at the iconic OVO Wembley Arena, London on April 9, 2022. This year also sees the duo making heavily anticipated festival appearances at Snowbombing, Creamfields, Lost & Found, Parklife, and a headline slot at Ultra Miami, with more shows to be announced.

Silenced is out on now and is set to further solidify the pairs’ status as one of the biggest dance acts in the world. 

Dark Matter UK Tour Dates
March 10 - Digital, Newcastle
March 11 - Digital, Newcastle
March 18 - o2 Academy, Leeds
March 19 - Motion, Bristol
April 1 - Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool
April 2 - Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool
April 8 - OVO Hydro, Glasgow
April 9 - OVO Arena Wembley, London

DOWNLOAD - Dark Matter Album Art | DOWNLOAD - Press Photo

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ROBERT GLASPER RELEASES NEW ALBUM BLACK RADIO III

WATCH ROBERT GLASPER’S INTERVIEW & PERFORMANCE OF HEAVEN’S HERE ON THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH & MLK DAY TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE OF BLACK SUPERHERO ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON

LISTEN TO BLACK RADIO III FEATURING KILLER MIKE,
TY DOLLA $IGN, H.E.R., Q-TIP, ESPERANZA SPALDING, JENNIFER HUDSON, COMMON AND MORE OUT NOW ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

MULTI-GRAMMY & EMMY WINNING ARTIST AND PRODUCER PARTNERS WITH RECORD STORE DAY & FAMS COALITION TO LAUNCH “A DAY OF ACTION”, SUNDAY FEBRUARY 27th, IN SUPPORT OF BLACK OWNED INDEPENDENT RECORD STORES

GLASPER TO HOST BLACK RADIO III RELEASE SHOWS MARCH 4 IN LOS ANGELES AND MARCH 15-20 IN NEW YORK CITY

“No one has shaped the resurgence of jazz in Black music more than Robert Glasper ” - NPR

"Robert Glasper has established himself as a master of the territory where jazz,
hip-hop and R&B overlap"
 – ROLLING STONE

 "It’s in those moments, where the freewheeling live energy is tangible on tape, that Black Radio III really shines. III sutures together the disparate threads of Black expression, driven by fragments of pop, soul, jazz and rap as well as spoken word and memoir" - RANGE

TORONTO, ON – February 25, 2022 – 2022 not only marks the 10 year anniversary of Robert Glasper’s era-defining, Grammy-winning album, Black Radio, but also Glasper’s solo return as he today releases the highly anticipated third instalment, Black Radio III. Glasper’s contribution to music and culture spans over two decades, forming an exceptional legacy that permeates throughout contemporary art and advocacy. A project brought together by both new and old friends further proves Glasper to be one of the most respected collaborators of his generation and Black Radio III to be a masterclass in hip-hop, R&B and jazz fusion that will sonically define the next decade. Listen to Black Radio III here.

Like its predecessors, the new studio album celebrates Black joy, love and resilience and features the Grammy-winning single, Better Than I Imagined, with H.E.R and Meshell Ndgeocello. Killer Mike, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Big K.R.I.T. unify in Black Superhero, a track that lifts up real-life Black heroes, while Lalah Hathaway and Common put a fresh spin on Everybody Wants To Rule The World, a nod to the Tears For Fears classic. Glasper also creates  space on BR3 for songs like Q-Tip and Esperanza Spalding’s versatile and driving, Why We Speak and Over, Yebba’s sweet-winded plea to a fleeting love. Black Radio III’s guests also include Jennifer Hudson, Ty Dolla $ign, Ant Clemons, India.Arie, Musiq Soulchild, PJ Morton and more. Since announcing the album in early 2022, Glasper has joined Trevor Noah for an interview and performance of Heaven’s Here with Ant Clemons on The Daily Show and was backed by The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a special MLK Day performance of In Tune, and Black Superhero, featuring Rapsody, DJ Jazzy Jeff, BJ The Chicago Kid and Amir Sulaiman.  

Glasper has also partnered with Record Store Day and FAMS, the coalition of Black-owned independent US record stores, as an ambassador for A Day of Action, Sunday February 27th. Accounting for less than 2% of all indie owned stores, today an estimated 30 Black-owned independent record stores still exist nationwide. While the industry annually comes together to encourage purchasing physical product to support a struggling sector of music retail, never before has the spotlight been put on the few remaining Black-owned independent stores. As Black History Month comes to a close, A Day of Action is a call to consciousness for consumers to support Black-owned independent record stores- more information can be found at blackownedrecordstores.com.

The 4x Grammy and Emmy winning artist, composer and producer made history a decade ago with the release of Black Radio as the first album to debut in the top 10 of 4 different genre charts simultaneously: Hip Hop, R&B, Urban Contemporary, Jazz and Contemporary Jazz, as did the follow-up album, Black Radio 2. The ongoing Black Radio brand has become synonymous with Black music culture and has placed Glasper alongside some of music’s most legendary- from early days with J Dilla, Bilal and Yasiin Bey to playing alongside Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Herbie Hancock, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Brandy and more.

Glasper is nominated for two 2022 Grammys, including Best Progressive R&B Album for Dinner Party (Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington and 9th Wonder) and Best Traditional R&B Performance forBorn Again with Leon Bridges. 

Black Radio lll is available now on all formats- digital, CD, and 2xLP vinyl (exclusive to Glasper’s webstore) via Loma Vista Recordings. In support of today's album release, Glasper is also hosting Black Radio III release shows in Los Angeles on March 4 at The Vermont Hollywood and in New York City on March 15-20 at Blue Note Jazz Club.

BLACK RADIO lll TRACKLIST
1. In Tune [featuring Amir Sulaiman]
2. Black Superhero [featuring Killer Mike + BJ The Chicago Kid + Big K.R.I.T.]
3. Shine [featuring D Smoke + Tiffany Gouché]
4. Why We Speak [featuring Q-Tip + Esperanza Spalding]
5. Over [featuring Yebba]
6. Better Than I Imagined [featuring H.E.R. + Meshell Ndegeocello]
7. Everybody Wants To Rule the World [featuring Lalah Hathaway + Common]
8. Everybody Love [featuring Musiq Soulchild + Posdnuos]
9. It Don't Matter [featuring Gregory Porter + Ledisi]
10. Heaven's Here [featuring Ant Clemons]
11. Out of My Hands [featuring Jennifer Hudson]
12. Forever [featuring PJ Morton + India.Arie]
13. Bright Lights [with Ty Dolla $ign]

DOWNLOAD - Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD - Black Radio III Artwork | DOWNLOAD - Black Superhero Artwork

ABOUT ROBERT GLASPER
Robert Glasper is a premiere example of musical aptitude and a proven champion of Black music - boasting nine Grammy nominations and four wins for Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, and an Emmy Award for his song for Ava Duvernay’s critically hailed documentary “13th” with Common and Karriem Riggins. The 43-year old Houston native has a rich history contributing his artistry across both music and film, all the while carrying a consistent cultural message. In 2012, Glasper delivered his album Black Radio that hit the scene as the first album in history to debut in the top 10 of 4 different genre charts simultaneously: Hip Hop R&B, Urban Contemporary, Jazz and Contemporary Jazz. The feat was then repeated by Black Radio 2. The ongoing Black Radio series has since become Glasper’s calling card, upholding a place at the heart of a trailblazing community: from long-time sonic brothers Mos Def and Bilal, to legends including Ledisi, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu. 

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POPGURU SOUND AND VISION ANNOUNCES NEW COVERAMA ALBUM WITH FIRST LISTEN OF JOHN ORPHEUS' SOULFUL TAKE ON RADIOHEAD'S HOUSE OF CARDS  

SET FOR RELEASE MAY 20 VIA THE CONFIDENCE EMPERORS

ALBUM TO FEATURE CLASSIC SONGS REIMAGINED BY
POPGURU'S ROSTER, INCLUDING ALEX EXISTS, TANDM,
CHLOE KAY, WILL WHITWHAM, SAM CASEY, JULIANA EYE,
MARTHA AND THE MUFFINS AND GHOST CARAVAN

"The lyric of the chorus is really the soul of the tune: 'Forget about your house of cards and I'll do mine.' It implies the difficulty, the near impossibility of trust in new relationships. The incredible exposure we put ourselves through for them and the leap of faith required to fully surrender to the promise of love."
-
 John Orpheus on what inspired him to cover the song

TORONTO, ON – February 25, 2022 –  Fully-integrated Toronto music company,  Popguru Sound & Vision, is bringing vibrant sonic colours to life as we move through the winter months. Today, they announce a  collaborative new album - Coverama - a compilation of creative, fun and innovative renditions of classic pop and indie rock songs, set for a May 20 release via Popguru boutique label, The Confidence Emperors.

The project kicks off with John Orpheus' cover of Radiohead's iconic House Of Cards.  John worked  with longtime collaborator and producer, Mike Schlosser, to  deliver a danceable, soulful take layered by graceful harmonies, soulful choruses and verses with his signature Caribbean flair. It comes to life with a stunning video highlighting couples of all identities, depicting grace and strength in vulnerability.  Listen to House of Cards here and watch the video here.  

While Radiohead was a band that John really connected with in the 90s, their newer albums (such as In Rainbows) made more sense to him emotionally through their blend of anxiety, lust and alienation. 

"To me, there’s no song that holds this better than House of Cards. As with many of their songs, it is haunting with an ambivalent lyric and a subtle, yet powerful feeling. I sent a group of songs to producer Mike Schlosser as potential covers. We wanted to take a song that no one would expect us to do and make it our own" he adds.

For its cinematic accompaniment, John quipped it would be a "very un-Thom Yorke thing to do" by putting himself in the video and singing into the camera. Instead, John and frequent visual collaborator, Director, Patrick Hodgson, gathered couples - across all age groups, genders, orientations and heritage - to let them be as vulnerable and intimate as they felt they were able to be. The final product evokes the spirit of the song: the longing, sexiness, tension and anxiety of all intimate relationships. 

John says of the process: "The lockdown prevented it from being as many people as we wanted, but the intensity of being so vulnerable and naked is the central theme of this video. They are all real couples. We went to their homes, asked them to get half naked and intimate, and captured it. Many of them were surprised by how easy it was to fall into that space with the camera rolling and several of them kicked us out after so that they could continue in private!" 
 
John Orpheus' cover of House of Cards was produced, mixed and performed (all instruments) by Mike Schlosser, with vocals recorded by Ryan Dugal at Frontier Music Studio, featuring background vocals by Ariel Sim. 
 
The songs on Coverama include interpretations by Toronto artist/producer, Alex Exists; UK-based pop singer-songwriter, Chloe KayWill Whitwham (leader of The Wilderness of Manitoba), Ghost Caravan, Canadian icons Martha and the Muffins, artist/producer Juliana Eye, indie pop duo, TANDM, and new signing, Sam Casey. Stay tuned for more details about singles and videos to be announced in the coming months. 

Popguru Sound & Vision Founder, Graham Stairs, says: "The origin of the Coverama album began last year with near simultaneous conversions with John Orpheus on the one hand, and Martha Johnson and Mark Gane of Martha and the Muffins on the other. John, his producer Mike Schlosser and I had been talking about recording something as a standalone summer single. When they delivered  House of Cards, I knew right away that we had to find a more substantive context for it. Meanwhile, Martha and the Muffins had recorded a version of Save It For Later for me to pitch to the producers of a Netflix series. While it did not get used, I asked Mark and Martha whether we could release it as a single, and after telling them about John’s version of House of Cards, they suggested that maybe I could do an EP. From there and many other conversations with the greater Popguru community, two songs snowballed into a full album!" 

Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, John Orpheus (aka Antonio Michael Downing) is a Toronto based, musical artist, celebrated author and speaker.  His memoir SAGA BOY was published in 2021 by Penguin Random House and has been shortlisted for both the Speaker's Book Prize and the Toronto Book Award. It is a visceral, vulnerable memoir about Blackness, identity and his quest for home. The companion album, the critically acclaimed, SAGA KING was voted by Exclaim! as one of Canada's 20 most anticipated albums of 2021. His sound combines hip-hop swagger, Afrobeat energy and dancehall charisma into a unique vision rooted in the African diaspora. 
 
He has become one of the most dynamic, multi-faceted artists in North America and a passionate advocate for the potency of art in healing ourselves and the world. Listen to the album here and read the memoir here

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

Learn more about Popguru Sound & Vision's extensive industry history and evolution to date below and stay tuned for more creative covers ahead of Coverama's spring release.
Coverama Tracklisting
1. John Orpheus – House of Cards (Radiohead)
2. Alex Exists – Rock On (David Essex)
3. Martha and the Muffins – Save It For Later (The English Beat)
4. Juliana Eye – Dreaming (Blondie)
5. Sam Casey – I’d Rather Go Blind (Etta James)
6. Ghost Caravan – Girls Talk (Elvis Costello)
7. Chloe Kay -  When Doves Cry (Prince)
8. Martha and the Muffins – For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
9. TANDM – Accidentally In Love (Counting Crows)
10. Will Whitwham – God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)
 
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About John Orpheus:
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 TINGthe 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."

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

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

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

SHARES LIVE VIDEO FOR FALL

GOOD COMPANY ALBUM OUT EVERYWHERE NOW


TORONTO ALBUM RELEASE SHOW MARCH 10 AT THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND - TICKETS HERE

TORONTO, ON – February 24, 2022 – Today, nomadic indie-folk musician, Tennyson King, announces a cross Canada tour in support of his recently released album, Good Company. In addition to the announcement, Tennyson also shares an acoustic live video of the album standout track, Fall. Watch the video here and check out the full list of tour dates below.

"I am so excited to get back on the road and start sharing my music to people in real life," says Tennyson about his cross Canada tour. "Along with the excitement there are some nerves too as I've been grounded for almost two years, so it will take a little adjustment to be moving from town to town playing shows again. I think bringing music back into the world is important not only for me but for everyone right now. We all need to start feeling the sense of community, joy and human connection that has been missing."

Fall
is a love song written by Tennyson King and Canadian singer-songwriter, Faye Blais. The track is based on the experiences of falling in love with someone at first sight and all the intense feelings that come with it – “love can make us a bit crazy,” which is reflected by the dark tones of the song.
 
The acoustic video also features a performance by Toronto singer-songwriter, Julie Neff, an old friend of Tennyson’s who would collaborate often when they both lived in Toronto. Chris Noble, cinematographer and friend of Tennyson, was there to capture it all. 
"I was in Vancouver shooting my music video for 'Slow Down' and found out that Julie was in town as well shooting a music video of her own. We wanted to capture a memory together since we have rarely been in the same country or city in the past few years so we decided to head down to Spanish Banks Beach in Vancouver to sing some songs together. It was a beautiful sunset afternoon on the beach, reconnecting, sharing songs, and stories. The sort of thing that makes life beautiful."

Don't miss Tennyson King on tour and watch him bring the music of Good Company to life! More details and tickets are available at www.tennysonking.com/tour-dates.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 25 - Edmonton, AB - Station On Jasper 
February 26 - Calgary, AB - Koi - 9:30pm
March 1 - Medicine Hat, AB - Medicine Hat Brewing Co - 6pm
March 2 - Gravelbourg, SK - Cafe De Paris - 6pm
March 3 - Winnipeg, MB - Trans Canada Brewery - 7pm
March 4 - Kenora, ON - Bob’s Burger Bar - 7pm
March 5 - Thunder Bay, ON - Urban Abbey - 7pm - (tickets here)
March 7 - Sudbury, ON - La Fromagerie - 7pm
March 10 - Toronto, ON - Drake Underground (Album Release Concert) - 7pm 
March 11 - London, ON - London Brewing - 7pm
March 12 - Hamilton, ON - Clifford Brewing Company
March 13 - Innisfil, ON - 400 Market - 11am
March 17 - Kingston, ON - Musiikki Cafe - 8pm
March 18 - Oshawa, ON - Cork & Bean

March 19 - Peterborough, ON - Gordon Best Theatre
March 24 - Hammond, ON - Broken Stick Brewing Company - 5pm
March 25 - Smith Falls, ON - Bowies - 8:30pm
March 26 - Ottawa, ON - Avant-Garde

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About Tennyson King:
A traveler at heart, Tennyson writes chill soundtracks to rich, diverse landscapes as he explores the world's beauty, making connections with people, nature, and wildlife along the way. Having toured in Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Brasil and Southeast Asia, Tennyson has captured audiences worldwide with his reverberant and earthy folk-rock blend, jovial personality, and intimately humorous lyrical storytelling. His raw, gritty, and organic sound makes the soul feel wild and the heart comforted.
 
Despite being grounded from tours due to the pandemic, Tennyson has been productive with his time. He released the singles Wild Rose & Garden of Truth in collaboration with guitarist Daniel Rougeau (Kaia Kater) and Shawn Mendes’ bassist Dave Haskett. The singles were supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and featured on CBC Q, SiriusXM North Americana, Stingray Music, as well as select college, commercial, and community radio stations across Canada.

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

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CHICAGO OLD-SCHOOL THRASH TRIO MISFIRE RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO RED FLAG FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM SYMPATHY FOR THE IGNORANT VIA MNRK HEAVY ON APRIL 1

NEW VIDEO PREMIERES AT METAL INJECTION

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW

TORONTO, ON – February 24, 2022 – Chicago-based thrash trio, MISFIRE, are pleased to unleash their latest video and single, Red Flag. Now playing at Metal Injection, the track comes off the band’s pulverizing Sympathy For The Ignorant debut full-length, set for release on April 1 on their new label home of MNRK Heavy. Watch Red Flag here, and view the band’s previously released video for Fractured hereSympathy For The Ignorant will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preorders here.

Conjuring old-school flavoured thrash metal devastation with the kind of bombastic firepower that could wake the dead, MISFIRE creates more of a racket than bands twice their size, unleashing song after song of unrelenting fury. It’s music that could have arrived in the thrash golden age of 1986, when bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Dark Angel, and Sodom delivered vital records. And yet MISFIRE is forward-thinking, injecting modern metal mastery into their brew for a powerful, timeless sound.  

Comments the band of Red Flag, “This song is the result of a series of incredibly challenging situations we have been in throughout our lives. This was one of the first songs written for MISFIRE and we are stoked to share it with you all! Raise your red flag!"  

Adds Metal Injection, “Listen. You need a soundtrack to getting your ass kicked today, or you need a song to kick your ass, then look no further than ‘Red Flag’ by MISFIRE. It'll do that and then some, leaving you pulverized well into the floor.”

Created in a small studio and engineered by vocalist/bassist, Sean Coogan, MISFIRE’s Sympathy For The Ignorant is free from click-tracks and other unnecessary frills, projecting the purity of what three musicians raised on Pantera and the Big 4 sound like in a room together. The record is heavy, brawny, and confident, filled with the kind of earworm thrash metal riffs that sends aspiring players to the guitar store.  

“The album is a sonically badass version of what you’ll hear live. It’s real, no fake shit,” notes drummer James Nicademus. “It’s very much a throwback to the way things used to be recorded. Like, just turn the shit on, press record, layer some stuff in after that, put some words on top of it, mix it, and it’s done.”   

Armed with the attitude and songs to follow in the footsteps of Slayer, Metallica, and Lamb Of God, the three men of MISFIRE are heavy metal lifers. “I started playing drums when I was eleven, and ever since, it’s all I talk about,” says Nicademus. “[Vocalist/guitarist] Jay [Johnson] and I started jamming together at ages twelve and thirteen.”  

In just a short couple of years, MISFIRE quickly shared the stage with thrash legends Sacred Reich and modern throwback bands like Iron Reagan and Warbringer. As long-running tastemakers Metal Crypt wrote in a review of Sympathy For The Ignorant, “these fellows are ready for the big leagues.”  

“Whatever happens, we’re going to be here for a long time because we can’t live without doing this shit,” Nicademus declares. “All we want is to make records, tour, and have a good time doing it.” MISFIRE is poised to give the world a much-needed dose of Windy City whiplash. Get ready.

Sympathy For The Ignorant Track Listing:
1. Fractured
2. Red Flag
3. War Of Mine
4. Skin Of Mirrors
5. Death Trap
6. No Offense 
7. R.I.P.
8. He Said, She Said
9. L.Y.S. 
10. Sympathy For The Ignorant

MISFIRE:
Jay Johnson – vocals/guitar  
Sean Coogan – vocals/bass  
James Nicademus – drums

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About MNRK Music Group: 
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

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CERAMIC ANIMAL RELEASE NEW SINGLE / VIDEO VALERIE

WATCH / LISTEN HERE

SWEET UNKNOWN  PRODUCED BY DAN AUERBACH 
OUT VIA EASY EYE SOUND ON  MARCH 4

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR SUPPORTING THE BLACK KEYS

TORONTO, ON – February 24, 2022 – Today, Ceramic Animal have released a new single, Valerie, along with a companion music video directed by Perry Shall and Bob Sweeney. The single is the last release prior to their new album, Sweet Unknown, due out March 4th. “Valerie is an ode to rock n roll and its classic tropes. Its upbeat instrumentation dichotomizes the darker lyrics as it tells of the rise and fall of a mysterious muse, Valerie. The underlying themes reveal how someone can seem like they have it all together but everyone is struggling in ways that aren’t always apparent,” said Ceramic Animal singer Chris Regan. The music video features a series of vignettes picked directly from MTV’s hair band era. The band recently announced a major North American summer tour supporting The Black Keys. The dates will kick off in Las Vegas on July 9th and Ceramic Animal will continue on through July 30th where they’ll wrap in Philadelphia, PA. Sweet Unknown will be the first release for new label home, Easy Eye Sound. Sweet Unknown was produced by Dan Auerbach.

Ceramic Animal hails from historic Doylestown, Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Philadelphia. The band features a trio of brothers—Chris Regan (vocals, guitar), Erik Regan (drums) and Elliott Regan (vocals, keys)—along with childhood friend, Anthony Marchione (guitar), and Dallas Hosey (vocals, bass). A guitar band of the highest-order with an acute focus on songwriting, they fuse post punk, psych and 70’s pop together in a sound not too far from contemporaries like The War On Drugs, Strand of Oaks or fellow Pennsylvania artist, Kurt Vile.

Before reaching the ears of Easy Eye Sound owner, producer and The Black Keys frontman, Dan Auerbach, the band had found critical and commercial success on their own terms. Ceramic Animal funded, produced and self-released three albums and attracted a large and far flung fan base. They never made a conscious decision to keep things ruggedly DIY; instead, they just felt their way in the dark and did what five boys from Doylestown, PA would do - work hard.
 
Lively and imaginative, Ceramic Animal’s music highlights a very real and relatable strain of emotional alienation coursing through the lyrics, where people leave you with holes in your life, where flickering memories of brighter times offer the only comfort. The three Regan brothers lost their father - their greatest influence and biggest fan - just before the making of this album. It makes for a more reflective record, but not one devoid of hope or warmth.
 
Ceramic Animal will be on tour throughout 2022. A full list of tour dates are below.

TOUR DATES:
March 6: Philadelphia, PA  - Johnny Brenda’s
March 12: Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover
March 20: Dallas, TX - New New Festival
Supporting The Black Keys
July 9: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 11: Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
July 13: Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
July 15: St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater St. Louis
July 16: Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center
July 17: Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Tinley Park
July 20: Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 22: Jones Beach, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
July 23: Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 25: Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 27: Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
July 29: Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
July 30: Philadelphia, PA – Waterfront Music Pavilion (formerly BB&T Pavilion)

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CROWBAR RELEASE NEW VIDEO BLEEDING FROM EVERY HOLEFROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM ZERO AND BELOW 

PREMIERES AT BROOKLYN VEGAN

ZERO AND BELOW OUT MARCH 4 VIA MNRK HEAVY 
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW

TORONTO, ON – February 24, 2022 – Next week, New Orleans, Louisiana sludge metal trailblazers, CROWBAR,will drop their long-awaited new full-length, Zero And Below via MNRK Heavy. In advance of the record’s release, today the band unleashes a video for Bleeding From Every Hole, now playing at BrooklynVegan
 

The moment you hear it, you know it’s CROWBAR. Praised by media giants like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Decibel, and Revolver  … Twice immortalized by MTV’s Beavis And Butt-Head… The group is worshiped by the heartbroken and downtrodden - those who exorcise their demons in smoke-covered riffs of mournful devastation. A genuine band’s band, with a wide-ranging influence across multiple genres, CROWBAR “helped draw up the sludge metal blueprints” (Kerrang!).

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Duane Simoneaux at OCD Recording And Production in Metairie, Louisiana, Zero And Below is reverently old-school, counterbalanced by a resonant melodicism that’s stunningly mature. The record,  which cements the band’s dense catalog exactly one dozen studio albums deep, is the most unforgivably doom-driven CROWBAR record since their 1998 landmark effort, Odd Fellows Rest. 

Led by riff lord, Kirk Windstein, whose menacing bellow and smooth drawl puts resilient, unrepentant strength behind even the most somber odes to suffering, songs like Chemical GodzIt’s Always Worth The Gain, and latest single, Bleeding From Every Hole,  are unapologetic emotional outpourings, with a bare-knuckle resolve alongside its soul-searching vulnerability, reliably delivered with crushing heaviness.

Notes Windstein, “I really love this track. It’s kind of strange that it was written before the Covid epidemic because the song is basically what so many people went through in a metaphorical way during the shutdowns, loss of work, and social life. Things seemed so bad that no matter which way you turned it was the wrong direction. I wanted to express that there are people that feel that things are hopeless… but they do get better in the end. Your inner strength is there. It needs to be let out. I hope everyone enjoys the song. It is really one of my favorites.”

Adds BrooklynVegan, “The song's a rager that finds CROWBAR’s mix of heaviness and melodicism in fine form, and it comes with a video that's modeled after a creepy, campy horror movie.”

Watch CROWBAR’s Bleeding From Every Hole video here. View the band’s previously-released video for Chemical Godz here. Zero And Below will be available on March 4th on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find pre-orders here.

In conjunction with the release of Zero And Below, CROWBAR will join Sepultura and Sacred Reich for the North America Quadra Tour 2022. Initially scheduled as a 2020 run, the journey kicks off March 4 and runs through April 9. Additional support will be provided by Art Of Shock. All tickets previously purchased for the 2020 dates will be honored. See all confirmed dates below.

Zero And Below Track Listing: 
1. The Fear That Binds You  
2. Her Evil Is Sacred 
3. Confess To Nothing 
4. Chemical Godz
5. Denial Of The Truth 
6. Bleeding From Every Hole 
7. It's Always Worth The Gain 
8. Crush Negativity 
9. Reanimating A Lie 
10. Zero And Below 

CROWBAR w/ Sepultura, Sacred Reich, Art Of Shock:
March 4, 2022 Ace Of Spades - Sacramento, CA 
March 5,/2022 The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT           
March 6,2022 Oriental Theater - Denver, CO            
March 8,2022 Wildwood - Iowa City, IA        
March 9,2022 Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, MN      
March 10, 2022 Rave II - Milwaukee, WI         
March 11, 2022 Harpo's - Detroit, MI  
March 12,2022 The Forge - Joliet, IL 
March 13, 2022 Thunderbird Music Hall - Pittsburgh, PA        
March 15, 2022 Irving Plaza - New York, NY  
March 16, 2022 Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY * CROWBAR only 
March 17, 2022 Rec Room - Buffalo, NY * CROWBAR only        
March 18, 2022 Big Night Live - Boston, MA   
March 19, 2022 Theatre Of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA         
March 20, 2022 Soundstage - Baltimore, MD  
March 21, 2022 House Of Blues - Cleveland, OH        
March 23, 2022 Blind Tiger - Greensboro, NC 
March 24, 2022 Masquerade - Atlanta, GA      
March 25, 2022 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL     
March 26, 2022 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL     
March 28, 2022 Southport Music Hall - New Orleans, LA      
March 29, 2022 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX   
March 31, 2022 Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK         
April 1, 2022 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX           
April 2, 2022 GMBG - Dallas, TX   
April 3, 2022 Rockhouse - El Paso, TX       
April 5, 2022 The Nile Theater - Phoenix, AZ          
April 6, 2022 House Of Blues - San Diego, CA        
April 8, 2022 Belasco Theater - Los Angeles, CA   
April 9, 2022 UC Theatre - Berkeley, CA

CROWBAR is:
Kirk Windstein – vocals/guitar
Matt Brunson – guitar
Shane Wesley – bass
Tommy Buckley – drums

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About MNRK Music Group 
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

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DENZEL CURRY SHARES SHARES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO ZATOICHI FEATURING SLOWTHAI

2022 WORLD TOUR DATES LAUNCHING IN APRIL WITH SHOW IN VANCOUVER ON APRIL 5

NEW ALBUM MELT MY EYEZ SEE YOUR FUTURE COMING SOON

LISTEN TO ZATOICHI | WATCH ZATOICHI

WATCH MELT MY EYEZ SEE YOUR FUTURE TRAILER HERE

“he deserves your undivided attention” - Complex

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

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

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

“A consistently intriguing presence” - The New Yorker

TORONTO, ON – February 24, 2022 – Denzel Curry shares Zatoichi featuring slowthai, the second single from his forthcoming album, Melt My Eyez See Your Future, arriving soon via Loma Vista Recordings. The dynamic new song, produced by Powers Pleasant, builds from a hip-hop track into a drum and bass anthem as Denzel lays a climactic verse over the breakbeat transition. Considering the drum and bass inspiration behind the track, tapping the versatile British artist and previous Curry collaborator, slowthai, to join Denzel on the chorus feels like a seamless fit. Similarly shot on-location in Peru, Zatoichi follows the epic Sci-Fi Western visual for the recently-released single, Walkin, and takes inspiration from the legendary 1960's Japanese samurai movie character of the same name and the cult classic film Kill Bill Vol. 2. The Adrian Villagomez-directed video is another cinematic hero's journey, featuring Montreal-based dancer and performer, Sophia Gaspard, seeing two characters face off in a marathon of spiritual battle training. 

The end of 2021 marked the end of an era - the ending of Denzel's characters and alter egos. Describing his upcoming album, Melt My Eyez See Your Future, he says: “I like traditional hip hop, I like drum and bass, I like trap, I like poetry, so a lot of that is going to be interwoven in this album including jazz and a lot of genres that I came up on as a kid and just being in my parents’ house. This album is made up of everything that I couldn't give you on TA13OO or Imperial because I was going through depression anger issues.”

Additionally, in support of the forthcoming project, Denzel will also embark on a world tour kicking off this spring in North America, with a show at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom on April 5, and running through performances in Europe and the United Kingdom this summer.

New music from Denzel follows his first new standalone single in a year with last summer's The Game, which appeared on the Madden NFL 2022 soundtrack. Last year Denzel additionally connected with Robert Glasper for an exclusive Record Store Day release of their joint album, Live From Leimert Park, as well as appearing on the new season of TV series' The Choe Show and an episode of Dave (FX).

Listen to and watch Zatoichi above, see upcoming tour dates below and stay tuned for more from Denzel Curry soon.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
North America:

April 1 - Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
April 2 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
April 4 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
April 5 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
April 7 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
April 9 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
April 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
April 17 & April 24 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Festival
June 17 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
June 18 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
June 21 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
June 22 - Miami, FL @ Fillmore
June 24 - New Orleans, LA @ Fillmore
June 25 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
June 26 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's
June 28 - Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom
June 30 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey
July 1 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren

EU/UK
April 29 - Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 (TV Studio)
May 1 - Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre
May 2 - Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy
May 4 - London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
May 6 - Belgium, BE @ AB
May 8 - Tilburg, NL @ 013 Poppodium
May 9 - Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre
May 10 - Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom
May 12 - Esch-sur-Alzette, LU @ Rockhal Club
May 13 - Munich, DE @ Backstage Werk
May 15 - Berlin, DE @ Huxleys
May 16 - Prague, CZ @ Mala Sportovni Hala
May 17 - Zurich, CH @ X-Tra
May 20 - Hamburg, DE @ Edel-optics.de Arena
May 21 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
May 22 - Stockholm, SE @ Fållan
May 24 - Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller Music Hall
May 26 - Turku, FI @ Vanha Suurtori
May 27 - St. Petersburg, RU @ Morze
May 28 - Moscow, RU @ Glavclub
May 30 - Kiev, UKR @ YBK
June 1 - Krakow, PL @ Klub Studio
June 2 - Warsaw, PL @ Torwar

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GEORGE ALICE RELEASES DEBUT EP GROWING PAINS TODAY

HIGHLIGHTS TRACK HAUNTED

TORONTO, ON – February 18, 2022 – George Alice has sent her highly anticipated debut EP, Growing Pains, out into the world today. The EP contains singles Hold On, Mid Years, Teenager, Stuck in a Bubble and her triple j unearthed high winning track Circles. To date the tracks from the EP have amassed over 25 million streams combined. Listen here
 
The EP was produced by Gab Strum, Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers, Remi Wolf) and Xavier Dunn and says George of the EP: “I like to think of the Growing Pains EP as a passport of my teenage years. every place I’ve been, emotion or journey I’ve been through has been stamped in this body of work in just a few songs. I think it was really important for me to put these songs out now, I waited until the time felt right. I’ve grown so much over these past few years, this EP is definitely a reflection was who I wanted to be when I was younger and I think that’s really special to be putting out for everyone to hear. Growing up is never easy, I’d be lying if I said differently, but it has been incredible getting to capture those moments in these songs. 
 
It’s a bite size piece of work that showcases everything I’ve been since I was 15, to hear the songs I’ve been playing at my shows for the last few years and the songs that really made me fall in love with making music.”
 
Focus track today, Haunted, is a slow burning ode to lost love with expansive vocals and intoxicating melodies.
 
George Alice will hit the road on a headline tour taking in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and her hometown Adelaide this coming May before she hits the Splendour in the Grass stage in July.
 
This will follow on from supporting Allday, The Veronicas and Amy Shark at various shows around the country.
 
With a triple j Unearthed High-winning debut, Circles, in her stride, the last two years have been big for 18-year-old George Alice. Officially signing a global deal with US label Loma Vista Recordings (Denzel Curry, St. Vincent, soccer mommy), George has made a splash with 5 x tracks added into high rotation at triple j, graced the cover of Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’, been spun by Elton John on his Rocket Hour and amassed over 25 million streams. One of Australia’s fastest rising pop exports, catch George on tour this year with ALLDAY, Amy Shark, The Veronicas and at Splendour In The Grass 2022.
  
Growing Pains EP tracklist:
1. Band Aid 
2. Stuck In A Bubble
3. Mid Years
4. Hold On
5. Teenager
6. Nervous
7. Circles
8. Haunted
 
George Alice Tour Dates
Wed 18 May - Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Thur 19 May – Mary’s Underground, Sydney
Fri 27 May - The Gov, Adelaide
Thur 2 June - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
 
Support and festival tour dates
Fri 18 Feb – Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane *Supporting Allday
Thur 24 Feb – AEC Theatre, Adelaide *Supporting Amy Shark
Fri 4 Mar – Forum, Melbourne *Supporting Allday
Sun 6 Mar – Enmore Theatre, Sydney *Supporting Allday
Fri 11 Mar – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide *Supporting Allday
Sat 9 April - Grapevine Gathering, Perth
Thur 14 April – Tolosa Park, Hobart *Supporting The Veronicas
Fri 15 April – Albert Hall, Launceston *Supporting The Veronicas
Tues 19 April - Unwind in the Vines, Gerringong - NSW
Sun 1 May - Sounds Bout Right Festival, Cairns
Fri 13 May – RAC Arena, Perth *Supporting Amy Shark

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HEALTH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DISCO4 :: PART II OUT APRIL 8, 2022 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

COLLABORATIONS LP SEQUEL FEATURES NINE INCH NAILS, LAMB OF GOD, POPPY, THE BODY, BACKXWASH, & MORE

HEALTH x LAMB OF GOD'S COLD BLOOD 
SINGLE/VIDEO OUT NOW 

2022 TOUR INCLUDES ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
AT LA'S 1720 ON APRIL 6

"Collaboration in music has become increasingly common across all genres, but HEALTH have gone above and beyond what this typically looks and sounds like. Their series of DISCO albums were previously companion remixes to their full-lengths, but now, they’ve reimagined them as massive collaborative efforts, with each song melding a different artist’s style with HEALTH’s visceral electronic sound... with HEALTH choosing to only work with artists they personally enjoy listening to, the results are exceeding expectations. ” - Alternative Press

TORONTO, ON – February 17, 2022 – Today, HEALTH announced DISCO4 :: PART II, the follow-up to 2020’s DISCO4 :: PART I, which will be released on April 8, 2022, via Loma Vista Recordings. The 12-song LP includes their recent collaborations with Nine Inch Nails and Poppy alongside new tracks with Lamb of God, The Body, Backxwash, Perturbator, and others, and closes with a new original HEALTH single, THESE DAYS 2.0.2.1.

COLD BLOOD, HEALTH’s thunderous first collaboration with metal titans Lamb of God, proves the band can devote themselves to a genre and detonate it all in the same track. Watch its accompanying animated video by Łukasz Rusinek here and pre-order DISCO4 :: PART II here. The band of Jacob Duzsik, John Famiglietti, and Benjamin Miller also announced a headlining album release show at L.A.’s 1720 on April 6, and are back on the road for European dates this spring with Peturbator, Youth Code, and Maenad Veyl on select dates; a full itinerary is listed below and tickets are on-sale now.

The last two years changed music for everyone. They might have changed HEALTH for the better.

Three years after VOL.4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR, the L.A. trio’s ferocious entry into the world of heavy music, HEALTH returns with the second half of their DISCO4 series. A whole lot went to hell in the world in 2020, forcing the band to re-invent how they wrote at home. For DISCO4 :: PART II, they cut it fast and mean, and let legends of heavy music influence them right back.

New singles with noise-rap banshee, Backxwash, the virtuosically scabrous trio, Ho99o9, and teenage post-punk experimentalist, Ekkstacy are right at the bleeding edge of modern heavy music. But DISCO4 :: Part II proves they belong beside any of the genre’s all-time greats as well.

HEALTH is not only making the heaviest, most genre-obliterating music of their career. They’re documenting just how insane it feels to be alive right now.

DISCO4 :: PART II Tracklist:
1. HEALTH x Poppy - DEAD FLOWERS
2. HEALTH x Nine Inch Nails - ISN’T EVERYONE
3. HEALTH x Ada Rook x PlayThatBoiZay - MURDER DEATH KILL
4. HEALTH x Maenad Veyl - IDENTITY
5. HEALTH x Lamb of God - COLD BLOOD
6. HEALTH x The Body - AD 1000
7. HEALTH x Backxwash x HO99O9 - PAGAN ICONZ
8. HEALTH x Street Sects - THE JOY OF SECT
9. HEALTH x EKKSTACY - STILL BREATHING
10. HEALTH x The Neighbourhood - NO ESCAPE
11. HEALTH x Perturbator - EXCESS
12. HEALTH - THESE DAYS 2.0.2.1.

HEALTH 2022 Tour Dates:
April 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
April 18 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
April 19 - Manchester, UK @ The White Hotel
April 20 - Birmingham, UK @ Castle and Falcon
April 21 - London, UK @ Studio 9294
April 22 - Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn
April 24 - Gdansk, PL @ Drizzly Grizzly
April 26 - Vilnius, LT @ Kablys Club
April 27 - Tallinn, ES @ Sveta Baar
April 28 - Helsinki, FI @ Ääniwalli
April 29 - St Petersburg, RU @ MOD
April 30 - Moscow, RU @ Aglomerat
June 9 - Bucharest, RO @ Control Club
June 11 - Budapest, HU @ A38
June 12 - Vienna, AT @ Arena
June 13 - Poznań, PL @ Klub U Bazyla
June 14 - Krakow, PL @ Zaścianek
June 15 - Kosice, SK @ Tabačka Kulturfabrik
June 16 - Bratislava, SK @ Fuga
June 17 - Zagreb, HR @ Klub Mochvara
June 18 - Ljubljana, SI @ Kino Siska
June 20 - Dortmund, DE @ Junkyard
June 21 - Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
June 22 - Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
June 24 - Clisson, FR @ Hellfest

Photo by Daniel Roland Tierney

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the results are exceeding expectations. ” - Alternative Press

 

 

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BODYSNATCHER: FLORIDA DEATHCORE OUTFIT TO RELEASE BLEED-ABIDE FULL-LENGTH APRIL 22 ON MNRK HEAVY

BAND DROPS E.D.A. VIDEO

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW

TORONTO, ON – February 17, 2022 – Florida deathcore outfit, BODYSNATCHER, will release their long anticipated new full-length, Bleed-Abide, on April 22 via MNRK Heavy, today unleashing the record’s artwork, track listing, and new single.

An epically unashamed demonstration of aggression, BODYSNATCHER’s music is dark, furious, and threatening. It’s a sound born from the burden of struggle and an unwavering commitment to continued survival against all obstacles. BODYSNATCHER puts the “core” back in deathcore. Bleed-Abide, the Melbourne quartet’s third album, crackles with rage and power.

Comments vocalist Kyle Medina, “Bleed-Abide is the ultimate culmination of what the band has been building for years, and I believe the best material to date. The instrumentals have matured and become heavier hitting and the lyrics dig deeper personally and more relatable than even This Heavy Void. There is something for everyone in this album: slam riffs, breakdowns, two steps, choruses that stick…”

“This album means more to me than any album I have ever been involved in,” adds drummer Chris Whited. “We all love [last album] This Heavy Void, but we weren’t the well-oiled machine that we are now. We know exactly how we all write together and what we are capable of now, and this album fully shows it. Every one of us put hours upon hours into this album throughout the pandemic. Hearing it all come together as one cohesive piece is amazing. I’m so proud of my brothers. This is the album I have always wanted to put out.”

In advance of the record’s release, today the band unleashes a video for the track, E.D.A. “The song is about the feelings I dealt with from my mom's passing,” elaborates guitarist Kyle Carter. “It talks about how I felt robbed and didn’t even know the real person she was because I was only twelve when she died. It talks about how it feels like her death has defined who I am in so many ways, but I don’t even remember her fully. It’s a tough subject for me even still, and it’s very frustrating and confusing. I feel very strongly about this song, and I hope it helps anyone who might feel a similar way.”

View E.D.A. here and view the band’s previously released video for Absolved Of The Strings And Stone here.

Bleed-Abide’s thirteen punishing tracks were recorded by Chris Whited at 1776 Recordings with drums engineered by Neil Westfall and Bud Phillips at The Unicorn Room, and guitars reamped by Phil Pluskota at Sonic Assault Studio. The record comes cloaked in the cover art of Adam Burke.

Bleed-Abide will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preordering options here.

Bleed-Abide Track Listing:
1. Bleed
2. Abide
3. Absolved Of The Strings And Stone
4. Smashed Perception
5. Flatline
6. Glass Prison
7. Value Through Suffering
8. Chaos
9. E.D.A.
10. Wired For Destruction
11. Hollow Shell
12. Behind The Crowd
13. The Question
 
Coinciding with the release of Bleed-Abide, BODYSNATCHER will join Dying Fetus for a month-long Spring tour. The journey runs from April 29 through June 5. Additional support will be provided by Chelsea Grin, Frozen Soul, and Undeath.
 
Notes bassist Kyle Shope, “Bleed-Abide really showcases the band's evolution as a whole and in writing through the past four years. I know each of us is extremely happy with the album's outcome, and we really can't wait to perform these songs live. A significant part of the writing process involves hearing the music from a live perspective and trying hard to make sure each track lives up to what we expect from it. Super excited for everyone to listen to these songs!”
 
See all confirmed dates below.
 
BODYSNATCHER w/ Dying Fetus, Chelsea Grin, Frozen Soul, Undeath:
4/29/2022 Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
4/30/2022 The Canal Club - Richmond, VA
5/01/2022 Hooligans Music Hall - Jacksonville, NC
5/03/2022 The Underground - Charlotte, NC
5/04/2022 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
5/05/2022 Underbelly - Jacksonville, FL
5/06/2022 Jannus Live - St Petersburg, FL
5/07/2022 Revolution Live - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5/09/2022 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
5/10/2022 Amplified Live - Dallas, TX
5/11/2022 Come And Take It Live - Austin, TX
5/13/2022 The Nile Theater - Phoenix, AZ
5/14/2022 Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA
5/15/2022 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
5/16/2022 House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
5/17/2022 The UC Theatre - Berkeley, CA
5/18/2022 Goldfield Trading Post - Roseville, CA
5/19/2022 Bossanova Ballroom - Portland, OR
5/20/2022 Modified Ghost Festival - Vancouver, BC
5/21/2022 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
5/23/2022 Metro Music Hall - Salt Lake City, UT
5/24/2022 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
5/25/2022 Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS
5/26/2022 The Lyric At Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN
5/27/2022 Pops - Sauget, IL
5/28/2022 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
5/29/2022 The Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
5/31/2022 The Opera House - Toronto, Ontario
6/01/2022 Imperial Bell - Quebec City, QC
6/02/2022 Corona Theatre - Montreal, QC

6/03/2022 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
6/04/2022 Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
6/05/2022 The Palladium - Worcester, MA

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About BODYSNATCHER:
The alligator-filled swamps and burned-out tourist beaches of Florida were fertile ground for death metal when the late/great Chuck Schuldiner took his love of heavy thrash and crushed it into a new subgenre. The Sunshine State gave gruesome birth to genre pioneers like Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary, and Deicide. Morrisound Recording became the site where legendary bands summoned essential albums. Florida claims almost as many crucial hardcore, punk, and power-violence bands, including Poison The Well, Shai Hulud, Brethren, Assück, and Strongarm.

Kyle Medina (vocals), Kyle Carter (guitar), Kyle Shope (bass), and Chris Whited (drums) embody the hardcore spirit and cut their teeth in the tight-knit community. They are monikered after the nickname of one of history’s most notorious serial killers, Ed Gein, and represented by a triangular symbol steeped in alchemy and the occult. But BODYSNATCHER lyrics owe more to the horrors of domestic strife than the gore of their Florida-based forebearers in Cannibal Corpse.

The inception point came with the purest of intentions. “I was around seventeen,” Medina explains. “We were just going to be a band that was basically a ‘breakdown band’ for my friends to mosh to.” Eventually stabilizing with a lineup that overlapped at various points with beloved groups like King Conquer and Dealey Plaza, BODYSNATCHER released a quick succession of albums and EPs, most notably Abandonment (2015), Death Of Me (2017), and the utterly crushing This Heavy Void (2020). Combined with a blistering live show, this led to a deal with the MNRK Heavy label.

Bleed-Abide is the darkest offering yet from BODYSNATCHER, burning with an intensity derived from a further focus on sonic pummeling and truth-telling narratives. “Even as a pissed-off teenager, the first songs I wrote were about personal experiences and people who did me wrong,” Medina says. “The musicianship is more mature; there are still a lot of breakdowns but done in a much smarter way. It’s definitely still BODYSNATCHER. It’s like BODYSNATCHER on steroids.”

All of the guys contribute to the lyrics, resulting in multiple points of view and diverse insights anchored by common themes of catharsis and resistance. Absolved Of The Strings And Stone is a battle cry against the gaslighting and emotional abuse of toxic people. Hollow Shell delves into strained familial dynamics, where some family members live as virtual prisoners to others. Wired For Destruction confronts death anxiety. “It’s about the fear of the unknown, how all of us will move on,” says Medina. “Are we just going to return to dust? Are we just forgotten?” Even amidst the uncertainty and darkness, there’s an underlying positivity to be mined within. Value Through Suffering takes a proactive stance on hardship, a way to rebuild from the wreckage. Too many bands resist genre classification in an aloof effort to distinguish themselves from every other band, inadvertently consigning themselves to talking points that sound like everyone else. BODYSNATCHER is, without apology, a deathcore band. There is no compromise in the cards. “Deathcore kicks ass. A lot of bands shy away from labels they don’t deem ‘cool’ enough. But we don’t give a fuck,” Medina says proudly. “We like what we like, and we play what we play. We all love hardcore and metal, so we’re going to play hardcore, play metal, and play breakdowns. And that’s how the band is going to be, forever.”
 
BODYSNATCHER:
Kyle Medina – vocals
Kyle Carter – guitar
Kyle Shope – bass
Chris Whited – drums
 
About MNRK Music Group:
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com.
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AVI KAPLAN TO RELEASE FLOATING ON A DREAM, FULL-LENGTH DEBUT SOLO ALBUM PRODUCED BY SHOOTER JENNINGS ON MAY 20TH VIA FANTASY RECORDS

OTHERWORLDLY VOCALIST AND RISING SINGER-SONGWRITER PREMIERES ALL IS WELL FEATURING JOY WILLIAMS

WATCH ALL IS WELL VIDEO HERE  AND
PRE-ORDER FLOATING ON A DREAM HERE  

HEADLINING TOUR ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – February 15, 2022 - Rising indie singer-songwriter and performer, Avi Kaplan, has announced the upcoming release of his debut solo album, Floating On A Dream, on May 20 via Fantasy Records. In addition, Kaplan has shared the anthemic and haunting new single, All Is Well, featuring Joy Williams. Watch their new video and pre-order the album here.
 
Produced by GRAMMY Award-winner, Shooter Jennings (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, American Aquarium), and mixed by Trina Shoemaker (Brandi Carlile, Queens Of The Stone Age, Sheryl Crow), Floating On A Dream is rendered in long shadows and moody high relief reflecting Kaplan’s Californian roots and fascination with the American West, broadening his artistry into enthralling new territory. 
 
With country, blues, soul, tribal drums, and a touch of gospel underpinning his elemental acoustic driven rock, he explores matters of the heart, truth, morality, and the search for relevance across the album’s 11 original tracks. At the core though, there is that voice. From a haunting falsetto to its deepest bass tones, Kaplan’s instrument is unlike anything else in modern music. While a few of these songs were penned shortly after Kaplan’s departure from Pentatonix in 2017, most were written specifically for this project. What ties them together is the richness and fluidity of his vocal range, which may even surprise longtime fans. 
 
Speaking on the album’s lead track, First Place I Go, which was shared late last year, Kaplan stated, ​​“Even though it has some dark undertones and some struggle, I wanted that first song to have strength. I wanted it to have fire,” he says. “I wanted to let people know that something is coming, and it's not just going to be my lower register, and it's not just going to be soft vocals, and it's not just going to be sweet, singer-songwriter-y stuff. It's going to be more than that, more than what I had done before.”
 
Deepening a musical evolution that began with 2020’s I'll Get By EP, and carried through last year’s single, Song for the Thankful, Floating On A Dream explores Kaplan’s wide sonic palette and rootsy influences. Throughout the LP’s soaring choruses and deep valley passages, Jennings’ steadfast musical foundation helps keep Kaplan’s amazing voice, which has drawn comparisons from classic country crooner, Lee Hazelwood, to folk legend, Richie Havens, firmly in place. Jennings’ influence can be heard in Floating On A Dream’s cinematic production using piano, pedal steel, varied guitars, and layered harmonies, contributing to the album's spacious western scope.  
 
Jennings stated, “I always know it’s going to be a good process in the studio when I’m working with somebody who really loves music, but also really adores the music that has come before. We both collect music and we’re inspired by it. Avi is an amazing singer and songwriter, this album is Ennio Morricone meets Bill Withers.”
 
Many of the new tracks draw on Kaplan’s heartache following the separation he endured from his family due to excessive touring, and then continued through much of the pandemic. 
 
“I spend a lot of time touring away from my family and I find myself missing them a lot,” he says. “The album’s On My Way is a letter to each person in my family. I have a brother, a sister, and a mother and father, and I wrote a specific verse for each one of them. It’s not always the songs dearest to your heart that the world gets to hear, but when that does happen, it's a beautiful thing."
 
“My journey has taken many twists and turns. It’s been a battle at times, but the completion of this album is a huge step towards the things I hope to achieve as an artist. I’ve been waiting a long time for this chance to give people my music, and to give people myself through my music,” he added. “It’s time to make that dream that I'm floating on, a reality.”
 
Floating On A Dream - track list
1. First Place I Go
2. Floating On A Dream
3. I'm On My Way
4. He Don't Love You Right
5. I'm Only Getting Started
6. Try To Get It Right
7. I Can't Lie
8. All Is Well (feat. Joy Williams)
9. Into The Blue
10. When I'm A Fool
11. My Queen

TOUR DATES: 
March 20 - Manchester, Band On The Wall - United Kingdom        
March 21 - London, Lafayette United Kingdom        
March 23 - Leuven, Het Depot Belgium        
March 24 - Luxembourg, Den Atelier - Luxembourg
March 26 - Cologne, Essigfabrik -Germany  
March 27 - Nijmegen, Doornroosje - Netherlands    
March 29 - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg - Netherlands
March 30 - Hamburg, Grunspan - Germany 
March 31 - Copenhagen, Lille Vega - Denmark       
April 1 - Berlin, Heimathafen - Germany       
April 3 - Warsaw, Proxima - Poland  
April 4 - Krakow, Kwadrat - Poland   
April 5 - Vienna, Arena Wien (Grosse Halle) - Austria          
April 7 - Prague, Palac Akropolis - Czech Republic 
April 8 - Munich, Backstage Werk- Germany
April 10 - Zurich, Plaza, Switzerland 
April 11 - Paris, Alhambra - France 
May 21 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I
May 24 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
May 25 - New York, NY - LPR
May 27 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
May 28 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
May 29 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
June 1 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
June 2 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads
June 4 - Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
June 6 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
June 8 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
June 9 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour

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

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COMMON DEER ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM MAXIMALIST OUT APRIL 1

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WATCH HERE AND LISTEN HERE

TORONTO, ON – February 11, 2022 – Today, Toronto's 80s-inspired modern synth-pop band, Common Deer, announce the release of their debut full-length album, MAXIMALIST, and share a first taste of the record with lead single, 90 Days. Arriving on April 1st, MAXIMALIST shows Common Deer at their most polished, having shifted from their indie roots towards a synth-driven alternative pop sound. Pre-save the album here and listen to/watch 90 Days now - which has already been seeing love from SiriusXM's The Verge. 

Mostly completed before the pandemic, the four-piece band - comprised of two sets of siblings: Sheila Hart (vocals), Adam Hart (guitar, synthesizer), Liam Farrell (percussion, samples), and Connor Farrell (bass) - created MAXIMALIST with producer, Luke Roes, at his “small but mighty studio” in London, Ontario. A close friend of Adam’s since his band, Ivory Hours, shared a bill with Common Deer in 2016, Sheila says, “We had a great personal relationship, and he’s really pushed me as a songwriter.”

The lyrics, though, are undeniably Sheila, every “f*cked up inside” revelation, every true-to-life anecdote. “There’s been times when friends have joked, ‘Are you ever going to use a metaphor or are you always going to speak in literal terms about yourself?’" she laughs. “Write what you know” is her response. The record tackles a range of raw and honest themes, from mental health, abuse, and addiction, to sexism and obsession, all with an undeniably raw vulnerability. "MAXIMALIST is a celebration of excess and a refusal to compromise, however misguided that might be,” Sheila adds. 

On MAXIMALIST, she takes two different approaches, such as in the lead track Negative Thot and the first single, 90 Days. On 90 Days, she writes “I get carried away with my heart,” but notes that a traditional treatment program is not a panacea; while in Negative Thot she’s having more fun with it with lines like, “I’m f*cking crazy and I like it.” 

“Negative Thot is a song where I’m just giving in to those emotions - ‘this is me', while 90 Days is ‘this is how I am, but this is not how I want to be',” Sheila says. "90 Days is about my experience with Borderline Personality Disorder and emotional dysregulation. While I've come a long way managing my mental illness, this song is a reminder that there is no quick fix, and I have to actively work on this forever if I don't want it to destroy my life."

Other songs, like destined singles, FuckboiGuts and LonelyFans, are also quite personal. Fuckboi is a diss to a guy Sheila dated and ghosted her, but after her BPD diagnosis she realized “girl, maybe you’re the problem.” Guts is about being disrespected as a young woman in the music industry; and LonelyFans is a reflection of how she might have spent time during the pandemic had she been born just a few years later.

Stay tuned as Common Deer’s MAXIMALIST album adventure unfolds this spring.

MAXIMALIST TRACKLISTING:
1. Negative Thot
2. Fuckboi
3. Cruel and Usual Punishment
4. LonelyFans
5. 90 Days
6. Take Me Home
7. Guts
8. Running

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HIGH ON FIRE'S MATT PIKE RELEASES NEW VIDEO LAND FEATURING MASTODON'S BRENT HINDS

INFLUENTIAL HEAVY METAL GUITARIST,
FRONTMAN TO DEBUT SOLO LP
PIKE VS. THE AUTOMATON ON FEBRUARY 18

"Mr. Pike has found a way to adrenalize weariness. Unhealthy looking, charismatic, he's got conviction. He appears not to be kidding with his dungeons-and-dragons lyrics, and with his long stretches of the same guitar chord welded onto irregular rhythm cycles, which, finally, sprout complex, chorded turnaround sections or, more rarely, frenetic solos high on the neck. It's all quite narrow, quite hypnotic. But it is not studied, and it's not dry." - The New York Times

TORONTO, ON – February 10, 2022 – From rewriting the hard rock rulebook with his Grammy award-winning trio, High on Fire, to reverse engineering doom metal with his genre-defining trio Sleep, Matt Pike has channeled his natural talents and chiseled a steely path straight to the heart of modern-day metal’s molten core. On February 18, Pike will release his debut solo LP, Pike vs. the Automaton, via MNRK Heavy. Pre-orders are live at PikeVstheAutomaton.com.

Today, Pike releases a video for the new song, Land, which he describes as, "totally different, like an old blues song." The track and clip each feature Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds, an old pal of Pike's. See and hear Land now here.

"Land was written after I had just come home from a tour. It's like an old blues song. I was thinking of it as like a bunch of old dudes in a subway doing a doo-wop thing," offers Pike. "It has the feel of a two-step like my Mom used to dance to, like Country Western. It’s totally about depression and leading a hard life. Later, I was playing the song for Brent Hinds from Mastodon who had come out to Portland to jam with me and he laid down this smokin’-ass Billy Gibbons kind of solo! I did one solo and then he did his solo and I’m like, 'You’re a dick,' (laughs). The bass player from Brent’s other band West End Motel, Steve McPeeks, played some stand-up bass – both plucking and with a bow – and it really brought out this depth to the song. I’ve never written a song like that and recorded it and made it as cool as it is. It’s totally different.”

Land lyrics:
Silver sheen lucky baptized 
Smoke and wood ashes smote 
You bum a cig and your thoughts die 
A pity time doesn’t hope 

It wasn’t real from the last time 
From the last time 
F*ck the pain from inside 
It wasn’t real from the last time 

Count your sticks and your last dimes 
Dirt and snot on your nose 
The platinum cane and your last try 
We took the world as a joke 

Memories of a fine life 
A conscious soul on a rope 
You dig a grave before bedtime 
Eternal nap just to cope

Born out of the challenges brought on by a worldwide pandemic, birthed under hellish red-orange skies bred from rampaging west coast wildfires, and built amidst the yearlong political riots and rallies in Portland, OR, Pike’s solo debut, Pike vs. the Automaton, is both a musical and emotional release. The record was written by Pike with drummer, Jon Reid, features contributions from a slew of family and friends, and was recorded with longtime conspiratorBilly Anderson, the producer who brought the best out of Pike previously on touchstone titles such as Surrounded by Thieves and Sleep’s Holy Mountain.

Guest musicians on Pike vs. the Automaton include Alyssa Maucere-Pike (Lord Dying / Grigax), Chad "Chief" Hartgrave, Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Steve McPeeks (West End Motel), Josh Greene (El Cerdo), Todd Burdette (Tragedy), and High on Fire's Jeff Matz, who lays down Turkish electric saz on the album's towering closing track, Leaving the Wars of Woe

"The album title, Pike vs. the Automaton, wasn’t an ego thing for me," says Pike. "Billy and Jon said, 'Dude, you should use your name in this. This is your solo project.' I said, 'I don’t want to do that.' The Automaton, in Greek mythology, is the big robot that’s the guardian of the Gods, basically. It’s a soulless, big machine named Talos. The big machine that’s working against mankind at this moment. In Jason and the Argonauts, Jason and the Argonauts have to battle this big machine guy that protects the island. Basically, what the album title is saying, metaphorically, is ‘Pike against the World.’”

"I made a psychedelic rock record that Sleep and High on Fire fans would like,” Pike continues when asked for a Cliffs Notes description of Pike vs. the Automaton. “And maybe if you’re not a Sleep or High on Fire fan, you might like it too. I definitely think it’s interesting; it has D-Beat punk, two-step. It’s got everything and it still works together, it doesn’t sound odd. It’s just an off-the-wall psychedelic rock record.”

Pike vs. the Automaton is also advanced by the bizarrely titled track, Alien Slut Mum. A video for the song premiered via Decibel, who adds, "Matt Pike is a trailblazing visionary possessed by a mindset which, from the outside looking in, appears to be steeped in pure desperation. Perhaps this is why the Sleep/High on Fire shredder is still so creatively sharp in a moment when so many of his peers and devotees are stuck in “echo” phases while Pike continues to plant flags in new sonic and aesthetic territories."

When asked for comment on the clip, Pike cryptically replies, "Four friends enter the woods, for a getaway, little did they know they would never return! Dogmen, Sasquach, Reptilians, or alien slut mum?!?! Where have they gone??" Feast your eyes on Alien Slut Mum here.

Pike vs. the Automaton Tracklisting
1. Abusive
2. Throat Cobra
3. Trapped In A Midcave 
4. Epoxia
5. Land (watch VIDEO)
6. Alien Slut Mum (watch VIDEO
7. Apollyon
8. Acid Test Zone
9. Latin American Geological Formation 
10. Leaving The Wars Of Woe
 
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About Matt Pike:
Matt Pike is an American musician known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and front man for Grammy Award-winning metal band High on Fire, and guitarist and founding member of the influential doom metal trio Sleep. Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, Pike's High on Fire creates dynamic metal that merges primal fury and aggression, hesher bombast and hall of fame heaviness. Described as "a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume," High on Fire has rewritten the hard rock rule book since its formation in 1998, forging a style and sound that is at once critically celebrated, extremely influential, and utterly unique. Follow Matt Pike on Instagram @MattPike1972.

About MNRK Music Group:
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER CADENCE WEAPON ANNOUNCES PARALLEL WORLD (DELUXE EDITION) WITH REMIX OF SENNA (WITH JACQUES GREENE, FEATURING LOGAN)

OUT MARCH 25 VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

FEATURES SPECIAL COLLABORATIONS AND REIMAGINED VERSIONS OF TRACKS FROM 2021 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE-WINNING ALBUM PARALLEL WORLD

PERFORMING AT CALGARY'S BLOCK HEATER FESTIVAL ON FEBRUARY 19 

TORONTO, ON – February 8, 2022 – Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer, poet and activist, Cadence Weapon, is starting the year with fresh energy from the studio to the stage. Today, he announces Parallel World (Deluxe Edition), featuring reimagined versions of standout tracks from his 2021 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, Parallel World. Arriving on March 25 via MNRK Music Group, Cadence previews the album with a remix of SENNA featuring Jacques Greene and UK artist, Logan. Take a listen and pre-order Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) on all streaming platforms  here and via Bandcamp. Watch the visualizer here.

For the expansive project, Cadence handpicked a collection of friends, collaborators, and rising artists from across Canada and London, UK, who respectively forge their own sound to provide the remixes. This eclectic blend of offerings pulls his music into new, curious shapes and continues the conversation that he started with Parallel World. There’s a Chicago acid house-inspired reprise from Martyn Bootyspoon (Montreal), a surreally off-kilter “Renoviction Refix'' from Ciel(Toronto), an optimistically dystopian track from CFCF (Montreal), and left-field funk from Harrison (Toronto). As a nod to his affinity for UK grime and club culture, as well as his desire to showcase Black talent across the diaspora, Pemberton also enlisted the two London up-and-comers, grime MC Logan and experimental club producer, Loraine James

“I was searching for producers who I feel like are really groundbreaking and pushing barriers. That’s the thing I’m always attracted to musically,” Cadence says of Parallel World (Deluxe Edition). “My initial thought was, ‘How can I help give a bigger platform to these artists who I know personally, but who are some of the most innovative artists in Canada?’”

Cadence just rocked Guelph, Ontario's Hillside Inside Festival, and is preparing for a big show at Block Heater Festival in Calgary on February 19. Find more details here.

On the road, Cadence has opened for the likes of Public Enemy, De La Soul, Mos Def, Kool Keith, Busdriver, Questlove, and others, but has continued to honour his hometown in both his music and writing; in 2009, he was appointed the Poet Laureate of Edmonton and spent two years forging a new legacy for his city as its representative rapper-poet. While his debut poetry collection, Magnetic Days, was published in 2014, Cadence's debut book, Bedroom Rapper, a personal account of his life in music as an artist, critic, and fan amid a changing digital landscape, arrives later this year (McClelland & Stewart).

Now based in Toronto, Cadence has reported on the gentrification of the city’s Little Jamaica neighbourhood and the migration of Black Canadian communities, but still holds pride for the Canadian Prairies he hails from. At the end of his Polaris Music Prize victory speech, Cadence declared: “The Prairies got something to say.” 

Parallel World has been heralded has Cadence’s most politically charged album to date. The songs are what Cadence quips Truth in Jest to narrate realities of the world at present and touch on themes of systemic racism, structural inequality, police profiling, gentrification, the internet’s pervasive effects on our lives and the surveillance state that disproportionately punishes Black people. Using elements of trap, drill, grime and acid house, Parallel World is the soundtrack for the dystopian future the world is facing, as society deals with these issues. It is a sonic space where Cadence distills these experiences for all.  

Listen to the original version Parallel World here, learn more about Cadence Weapon below and stay tuned for more North American tour dates to be announced soon. 
 
Tracklist:
1. Africville's Revenge
2. On Me (featuring Manga Saint Hillare and Strict Face)
3. Play No Games
4. SENNA (featuring Jacques Greene)
5. Skyline
6. WATER (featuring Fat Tony)
7. Eye To Eye
8. Ghost (featuring Backxwash)
9. Hard To Find
10. Connect
11. SENNA Remix (featuring Logan)
12. On Me (Loraine James Remix)
13. Africville's Revenge (Martyn Bootyspoon Remix)
14. Skyline (Ciel's Renoviction Refix)
15. Connect (CFCF Remix)
16. Play No Games (Harrison Remix)
 
Upcoming Canadian Tour Date:
February 19 - Calgary, AB - Block Heater Festival - RSVP & Info

Listen to Parallel World here
Pre-order Parallel World Remixes here

 
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Listen to Parallel World here
Pre-order Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) here
Pre-order Parallel World (Deluxe Edition) on Bandcamp
 
About Cadence Weapon
Cadence Weapon is the Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer, poet, and activist Rollie Pemberton. Throughout his work, the multidisciplinary artist aims to preserve and resurrect Black cultural memory by forging connections between personal, local, and collective histories. Pemberton received the 2021 Polaris Music Prize for his fifth and latest album, Parallel World, an incisive project that uncovers the splintering realities both created and hidden by modern systems of inequality, atop blistering production that draws from UK grime, trap, and acid house.

Raised by a pioneering New York radio DJ father and piano playing mother, Pemberton started rapping at age 13. He cut his teeth performing live with his uncle’s funk band as a teen, but as one of the only rappers in Edmonton, he found endless outlets for his creativity on the internet, where there were no limits on discovering music. Pemberton thrived online finding samples, remixing songs, and battling rap strangers on message boards. As a university student, Pemberton penned alternative hip-hop reviews while crafting his debut album, 2005’s Breaking Kayfabe, the first of five albums that have been nominated for the Polaris Prize.

A scholar and entertainer with many hats, Pemberton has also done narration work for VICELAND TV shows, hosted lectures for Red Bull Music Academy, conducted live interviews for CBC, and acted in Sean Nicholas Savage’s debut musical, Please Thrill Me. In 2020, he launched his ongoing self-titled newsletter, where he shares personal essays about being an artist, essays of music and cultural criticism, and behind-the-scenes posts into his work and creative process. Pemberton’s debut book, Bedroom Rapper, a personal account of his life in music as an artist, critic, and fan amid a changing digital landscape, arrives later this year (McClelland & Stewart).

About MNRK Music Group
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding leading music creators and talent, and is home to numerous top tier artists, the iconic Death Row Records and the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum selling hits. To learn more visit www.mnrk.com.

 

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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS HONOUR RECIPIENTS OF THE 2021 HERITAGE AWARD, KEVIN WALTERS INDUSTRY BUILDER AWARD, AND WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

LISTEN TO SPECIAL FEATURE INTERVIEWS WITH
RAY ST. GERMAIN, CAROLE VIVIER, AND THE WATCHMEN
ON CBC RADIO ONE’S UP TO SPEED

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WINNIPEG, MB – February 4, 2022 – The Western Canadian Music Awards are thrilled to formally honour the 2021 recipients of the Heritage Award – legendary musician, author and radio/television host, Ray St. Germain – the Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award – film and music industry trailblazer, Carole Vivier – and the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees – Winnipeg rock band, The Watchmen.

The honourees are being recognized this week while BreakOut West Home Edition takes place from February 2-6. St. Germain and Vivier were celebrated earlier this week with special feature interviews on CBC Radio One’s Up To Speed with Faith Fundal, while an interview with The Watchmen can be heard today live at 4:35 p.m. CST. Tune in at CBC Radio 89.3 FM and CBC Listen, and hear all three interviews on-demand here.

Each year, the Heritage Award is presented to a person who has made significant contributions to the music industry over the course of their career. The Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award is given to a person who has made a significant impact on the music industry through their mentorship, training and/or leadership. The Hall Of Fame award annually recognizes an artist/band that has made a significant impact in their career; traditionally being awarded to an artist/band from the host province.

See the complete list of 2021 Western Canadian Music Award winners, in both the Artistic and Industry categories.

BreakOut West: Home Edition 2.0 kicked off on February 2nd. Originally scheduled to take place in Winnipeg, MB from February 2-6, the event switched to an online format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees can continue to register for BreakOut West here, to take part in the conference running until February 6th.

About Ray St. Germain
Born in 1940, Ray St. Germain grew up playing music and singing in St. Vital, a suburb of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He started out playing accordion but switched to guitar as a teenager because he thought he looked silly jumping all over the stage with an accordion. As a teenager, he performed all over Canada, travelling with Hal Lone Pine, Betty Cody and their son, jazz legend Lenny Breau. During that time, he performed on the bill with such greats as Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, and Johnny Horton. Since then, his music has taken him all around the world to places like Germany, Israel and Cyprus, as well as all across Canada. Throughout his career, Ray has participated in over 500 television shows, including a 13-year run of Big Sky Country. He’s done an Armed Forces tour and toured through 34 Indigenous communities. He won the Can-Pro Gold Award for the Best Variety Television Show in 1978, he’s a recipient of the Métis Order of the Sash from several Métis communities, he has won many awards from the Manitoba Academy of Country Music Arts Inc. including Top Recording Artist (1978), Entertainer of the Year (1978 and 1980), Best Male Vocalist and Best Song (1989), and he even received an Award of Excellence in 1986. Ray is well known for giving freely of his time and his talent to many charitable causes and their telethons. He has earned countless awards for his music throughout his career. In 1985, Ray received the Aboriginal Order of Canada, and in 2013 he received the Order of Manitoba and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Aboriginal Peoples’ Choice Awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Ray was also the radio host/program manager at NCI FM on The Road Show and The Métis Hour x2. Ray is an icon of the Canadian music scene, but he’s never turned his back on his Métis heritage. He’s built a legacy that continues not only to enrich the musical culture of Manitoba, but the culture of one of the province’s founding peoples, the Métis. Ray earned the honour of singing the national anthem at the Winnipeg Jets game on April 24, 2021, to officially open their WASAC night (Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre night). The night is designed to celebrate Indigenous culture in Manitoba, which is why it was so fitting that Ray was involved, as yet another step on his journey, that has seen him share and promote his Métis and Indigenous culture.

About Carole Vivier
Carole Vivier is a trailblazer of the Manitoba music industry. Serving as the CEO and Film Commissioner of Manitoba Film and Music for the past 26 years, she has played a role in the success of countless artist and industry careers. Carole was inducted into the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame in 2012, and was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, which is awarded to Canadians who have made significant contributions to their community and country at large. In 2014, Carole was a recipient of the Order of Manitoba, the highest honour awarded for service to one’s province. In 2019, she was honoured with the creation of the Carole Vivier Scholarship for Women in Film. Since 1992, the Manitoba film and music sector has grown from an industry valued at $12 million to an estimated $270 million. A large part of this growth is related to the Manitoba Tax Credit, which Carole has been integral in policy for. She was advised that if she really wanted people to come to Manitoba, an incentive would be needed. She took this advice to heart and worked to get the attention of senior members of the provincial government. Every time an artist or film was recognized in a newspaper article, she would send it over to them. One day, someone said, “ok, you’ve got our attention.” With the help of these senior officials and industry alike, the incentive was officially introduced in 1997 to create more opportunities for the province’s talent, offering a 35% tax credit on all Manitoba labour. The Manitoba Film and Video Tax Credit Program is the most competitive tax credit in the country. In addition to her past work at Manitoba Film and Music, Carole was the co-chair of the 2014 Host Committees for both the JUNOS and BreakOut West Winnipeg. Carole is known around the world as an ambassador for Manitoba filmmakers, musicians, producers, creators and crew. Carole is a champion of independent artists in their earliest efforts, including Guy Maddin, The Weakerthans, Doc Walker, The Crash Test Dummies, Norma Bailey, Tanya Tagaq, and many others. Today, it is not uncommon, from Berlin to LA to Cannes, to meet people who have not only heard of Winnipeg, but are planning to shoot there, or know musicians there. That’s all due to Carole’s tenacity, dedication and talent.

About The Watchmen
The Watchmen (Daniel Greaves, Ken Tizzard, Joey Serlin, Sammy Kohn) are a four-piece rock and roll band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The band was discovered by producer, Chris Wardman, while playing at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern. Wardman offered to produce the band, and they released their debut album, McLaren Furnace Room, in 1992. The single, Cracked, garnered the band significant airplay on rock stations, but was quickly eclipsed by the anti-spousal abuse anthem, Run and Hide, which became the band's breakthrough hit. The band's second album, In The Trees, was released in 1994. The record was a major success, confirming their place in Canadian rock with the hit singles Boneyard Tree, All Uncovered and Lusitana. The album was certified Platinum in Canada after selling over 100,000 copies. Their 1996 album, Brand New Day, included singles Zoom, Incarnate and Shut Up, which provided the band with their second JUNO nomination in 1997, for North Star Rock Album of the Year. 1998's Silent Radar was the band's return to commercial success, with the hit singles Stereo, Any Day Now, Brighter Hell and Say Something. That autumn, they won a MuchMusic award for Best Use of New Technology, owing to the inclusion of innovative web- and CD-ROM-based features on the Silent Radar CD. In November 2003 the band decided to go their separate ways. However, they decided that before they did so, they would perform one last short tour across Canada as a "Thank You" to their fans. The farewell tour included nine concerts in six Canadian cities and one American city. In the fall of 2008, the "classic" lineup of Greaves, Serlin, Kohn and Tizzard announced a small reunion tour. In 2009, the band released two new songs on their website: Trampoline and Miss Monday Morning. These quickly became popular with fans during shows performed that spring and summer. The band is active with their fans through social media, sharing rare photos and even a full-length live show download from a performance in Australia. With all the excitement that still surrounds them, The Watchmen continue to sell out shows across Canada year after year.

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Alliance Member Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and in partnership with Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held online from February 2 – 6, followed by Calgary, AB from September 28 – October 2. The 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in October 2022.      

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

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SARAH HILTZ  SHARES TWO NEW SONGS RETCHING IN THE WINGS AND CALM FURY

SONGS EXPLORE THE SINGULARITY OF WOMEN’S ANGER, AS FEATURED ON FORTHCOMING ALBUM CALM FURY OUT ON MARCH 4

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MUSIC IN THE FURY POD

LISTEN TO PREVIOUS SINGLES, MAY I RAGE, MAY I LOVE,
 SWIM AND LOVE & RETREAT

"The first time we listened to Sarah Hiltz’ singles Swim, and Love & Retreat, we were instantly in love. Both songs have a timeless quality to them, as if they’ve always been there in your life,
bringing comfort to difficult chapters." -
 She Does The City

TORONTO, ON – February 4, 2022 – Pop culture is often a recurring inspiration for art-making. Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Sarah Hiltz, takes things further with two new singles, Retching In The Wings and Calm Fury. Here, she uses Sinead O’Connor’s 1992 appearance on SNL as the launching off-point to talk about women’s anger and the backlash they often face in expressing it. Both songs will be featured on Sarah's much-anticipated forthcoming album, Calm Fury, out on March 4. The project embraces and grapples with the topic of anger in layered, raw artistry. Listen to both songs here, and watch the lyric videos for Retching In The Wings and Calm Fury, which thematically unveils the album's stunning artwork.

For the two tracks, Sarah drew from additional references, including Wisdom For Cooling The Flames by the late, great Thich Nhat Hanh and footage of Sinead O’Connor getting booed at Madison Square Garden for ripping up a photo of the pope in protest of the Catholic Church’s history and perpetuation of child abuse.

Sarah reflected on these inspirations, presenting a balanced contrast in her deep study of the topic. On the songwriting process, she adds: 

"I knew I wanted to somehow capture what I’d seen in that video in song form, so when I headed to Banff for a songwriting residency in March 2019, Retching In The Wings was the first song I completed there. I started performing it live right away, and it remained a staple in my sets for a full year, until everything shut down because of the pandemic. The amount of times I sensed the room tense and even saw some folks shifting in their seats while I told the story about a woman being angry enough to do something about it, and about how I related to that, was astounding," Sarah says. "This sunk in over the course of a full year of playing this song and observing audience reactions, and I found it both disappointing and concerning. We are all human beings meant to experience the breadth of human emotion, including anger. That doesn’t have to be negative or even divisive. It’s true it might be uncomfortable, but discomfort and danger are not the same thing." 

Sarah's follow up to Retching In The Wings, the album's title track - Calm Fury - became the most fitting oxymoron, with some of its themes prominently visible in the album artwork.

"I had been thinking about the idea of controlled burns—setting fire to unhealthy parts of a forest to prevent wildfires that could do much worse damage. And of course, there are safety measures whenever this happens—the blackline or the firebreak—places where the fire can’t easily reach. In the song, I’m recommending the listener to stay in those zones. I’m not coming for individuals with my anger, I’m not interested in tearing anybody down. But I am ferociously angry about systems that cause us harm and allow individuals to cause others harm, and I’m very interested in setting fire to those systems, for the sake of a healthier metaphorical forest for us all to live in." 

Calm Fury is a collection of songs inspired by Sarah’s research into the ways that Canadians experience, express and repress anger, along with Sarah’s own, and how others relate to anger. Sarah has dedicated a period of deep research around anger and its various origins and connections. Through interviewing experts, friends, family, and fellow artists to absorbing literature, articles and other sources of media, she is pairing this new collection of songs with The Fury Pod, her ancillary podcast series, that dives deeper into the topic.

Part of the research project involved attending a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in March 2019. The tracks on the album go deep, looking at: how anger is processed in the body, communication with others, women’s anger and men’s response to it, how it can be used as energy, self-directed anger, justified anger, creativity & anger, and spirituality & anger. 

More on Calm Fury:
Calm Fury brings a variety of sounds, arrangements and awesome collaborators into the fold. Sarah was less fixated on capturing a particular sound or arrangement for each song and instead focused on working with people who she felt would honestly engage with the subject and reflect it in their own performance. The album was recorded in Montreal by Howard Bilerman (Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire) and includes guests, Charlotte Cornfield (drums/percussion), Colleen Brown (keys/vocals – of Major Love), Tara Kannangara (trumpet/vocals), Connor Walsh (bass), Rachael Cardiello (vocals – of Zinnia). Shae Brossard also assisted in the studio, while Sarah Thawer sat in as drummer on a couple of songs. Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) added vibraphone, marimba and tenor glockenspiel across the album, with a feature by Fats Kaplin, performing pedal steel on another track. 

Retching In The Wings features: Sarah Hiltz (Vocals, electric, acoustic), Connor Walsh (electric bass), Charlotte Cornfield (drums, percussion), Fats Kaplin (pedal steel), Colleen Brown (piano, background vocals), Tara Kannangara (background vocals), Bruce Cawdron (Vibraphone, marimba). 

Calm Fury features: Sarah Hiltz (vocals, acoustic guitar), Charlotte Cornfield (drums, percussion), Connor Walsh (bass), Colleen Brown (background vocals, organ).

Last month, Sarah shared May I Rage, May I Love, waxing poetic on how anger connects with spirituality, and the concept of justified anger, and safe spaces. The video, directed by Sandi Barrett, captures stunning, monochromatic scenes of people in deep reflection, coming to terms with their anger and fears, meeting them in spaces with love and catharsis. Listen here and watch the visualizer here.

In 2021, Sarah kicked things off with Love & Retreat and Swim. On Love & Retreat, Sarah draws from the experience of fraught communication, using the setting of heated arguments and discussions, making this catalytic track the apex of the album as a whole. Listen here and watch the visualizer here. On Swim, Sarah looks at the experience of a lane swim as a method for diffusing anger in the body via a body of water. Listen to Swim and watch the lyric video here

See the full tracklist for Calm Fury below, and stay tuned for more sonic studies from Sarah Hiltz ahead of the album launch next month.

Calm Fury Tracklist:
1.Retching In The Wings
2.Calm Fury
3.Love and Retreat
4.Swim
5.May I Rage, May I Love
6.Radio Silence
7.Move On
8.Bad Cycle
9.Darling, I Suffer
10.Daylight Savings
11.As Long As You're There

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

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

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

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CAROLINE SPENCE AND MATT BERNINGER TEAM UP FOR NEW SINGLE I KNOW YOU KNOW ME OUT TODAY

SPRING TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – February 4, 2022 – Singer-songwriter, Caroline Spence, has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on her soon-to-be announced new album, slated for release later this year. Today, she releases her new single, I Know You Know Me, a poignant ballad that features a guest vocal by Matt Berninger, best known for his work with renowned indie rock band, The National. Listen to I Know You Know Me here.  
 
“I Know You Know Me is a song about the complex beauty of being truly known by someone, especially during times when you are feeling lost,” remarked Spence. “We all have times when we want to hide away, and it is a powerful thing to have someone who won't let you forget yourself. That's where this song came from.
 
“I’m still beside myself that Matt agreed to be a part of this song,” marvels Spence. “I recorded my own solo version for my upcoming record, but always saw potential for it as a duet. Matt’s voice brought a new depth to the narrative and the sonic palette of this song.”
 
She reflects, “As a songwriter, it is so creatively satisfying to have a voice as singular and powerful as Matt’s singing words you wrote. As an artist, it means so much to me that he would come into my little world to share his gifts and put his name next to mine. And as a fan of his music and writing, I’m just kind of freaking out still — it is truly surreal to hear one of my favourite voices singing alongside mine. I’m honoured.”
 
Spence’s 2019 album, Mint Condition, garnered tremendous critical praise upon its release. The UK’s Uncut Magazine hailed it as a “stunning journey through self-discovery and rebirth, which showcases lyrical storytelling that’s vivid in its precision and touching in its emotional resonance,” while Rolling Stone proclaimed, “The album establishes Spence as a writer somewhere between Kathleen Edwards and Guy Clark in her deft chronicles of interpersonal complexity.”
 
A list of confirmed dates is below, and more shows will be announced in the coming weeks.

Caroline Spence – Spring Tour 2022
 
3/18 – Stanley’s, Tyler, TX*
3/19 – Majestic, Fort Smith, AR*
3/20 – Mercury Lounge, Tulsa, OK*
3/21 – Rose Music Hall, Columbia, MO*
3/23 – Ludlow’s, Cincinnati, OH*
3/24 – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN*
4/26 – MilkBoy, Philadelphia, PA
4/27 – Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
4/28 – The Loft @ City Winery, Washington, DC
5/7 – Fitzgerald’s, Berwyn, IL
5/8 – Turf Club, St. Paul, MN
5/11 – Basement East, Nashville, TN
5/12 – Singer/Songwriter Series at Princess Theatre, Decatur, AL**
5/18 – Mercury Lounge, Tulsa, OK
5/19 – The Post, Fort Worth, TX
5/20 – Saxon Pub, Austin, TX
5/21 – Green Apple Arts Center, Eden, TX
5/22 – Dosey Doe, The Woodlands, TX
5/27 – Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA
 
*with David Ramirez
**solo acoustic

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MØ ANNOUNCES THE MOTORDROME EXPERIENCE PRESENTED EXCLUSIVELY ON MOMENT HOUSE

AIRING IN NORTH AMERICAN ON MARCH 2 AT 7 PM EST

NEW ALBUM MOTORDROME OUT NOW VIA RCA/SONY

TORONTO, ON – February 2, 2022 – Today, Danish singer-songwriter, , has announced The Motordrome Experience, an exclusive cinematic performance presented via the premium social live media platform Moment House on March 2 and March 3 (depending on territory). The Moment was filmed at her October 2021 show at the Den Grå Hal in Christiania, Copenhagen and features a unique stage design in partnership with MØ’s Live Creative Director, Rob Sinclair (Tame Impala, Shania Twain, Zara Larsson). For this unique one-time performance, MØ has transformed her favorite venue into the Motordrome, inviting fans to step inside of her creative vision for the album. The exciting, dynamic Moment will find MØ performing songs from her latest album, Motordrome, for the first time, alongside career-spanning hits. As a celebration for the release of the record, MØ is bringing the complete live experience to fans around the world who weren’t able to see her return to the stage in person. 
 
MØ’s Moment will be broadcasted to various territories around the world including North and South America, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, and the UK, Europe and Africa. Please see below for livestream dates and times by territory. Fans will also be able purchase exclusive merch such as T-shirts, totes, pins, and stickers. Tickets are on sale now here
 
Last week, MØ released her highly anticipated third album, Motordrome. To celebrate, she shared the video for the new track, New Moon, directed by London based multi-visual design duo Fa and Fon that finds her confronting her fears head on in an epic battle scene. Watch the video now here
 
Motordrome is MØ’s first body of work since 2018’s much lauded Forever Neverland, which saw her touring the world off the back of its success. The record features previously released tracks Brad Pitt—which Stereogum called “one of the best ’80s synth-pop updates” in recent memory—Goosebumps—which FLOOD praised as a “a sincere love song that blossoms into sexy synth-rock”Live to Survive and Kindness
 
To bring the record to life, she enlisted friends and longtime collaborators Caroline Ailin (Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding) and Noonie Bao (Halsey, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen) to help flesh out the songs, with further songwriting and production from a close circle including Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Vampire Weekend, Adele), Jam City (Olivia Rodrigo, Troye Sivan), S.G. Lewis (Dua Lipa), Linus Wiklund and Yangze.
 
Motordrome’s title came from a conversation MØ had with her mother about her battles with anxiety—the panic and intrusive thoughts called to mind the dødstrome, an old carnival trick in which a stuntperson rides a motorcycle around the vertical walls of a motordrome at death-defying speeds. The making of the album proved to be MØ’s escape from this deepening spiral, although the album is very much a document of a person-in-progress. While there is a strong sense of empowerment and of brighter days ahead, it also serves as a reminder that everyone has to deal with their own dødstrome—that there is no perfect remedy for life’s struggles, and that’s OK.

Additionally, she returns to the road this month with a run of special dates in Europe and North America through July. 

LIVESTREAM DATES/TIMES BY TERRITORY:
UK, Europe & Africa
March 2nd, 7PM GMT
 
South America
March 2nd, 8PM Sao Paolo
 
North America (East Coast)