SERLIN GREAVES NAVIGATE LIFE'S TWISTS AND TURNS ON SEASICK

DEBUT ALBUM SAD SONGS FOR SALE – OUT MAY 28
 

ANIMATED LYRIC VIDEO FOR
TEENAGE HEART ARRIVES TODAY 
IN SUPPORT OF KIDS HELP PHONE INITIATIVE

Toronto, ON – April 19, 2021 – Today, Serlin Greaves (the duo Joey Serlin and Daniel Greaves of JUNO-nominated group, The Watchmen) share Seasick – the second single from their debut album, Sad Songs For Sale, out May 28 on Fifth Kid Records. While the band’s home base of Toronto moves through another lockdown, the song was written during the pandemic’s early days in the midst of witnessing global news, contemplating the impact this event is having on younger generations. In addition, the band shares a powerful lyric video for the project’s first single, Teenage Heart, supporting Kids Help Phone – watch the video here and learn about the initiative below

On the inspiration and writing process behind Seasick, Joey Serlin says: 

During the first wave lockdown, like many of us, I was constantly connected to digital media, trying to get a handle on what we were all collectively facing, with our first generational pandemic. I came across a clip of a doctor in Saudi Arabia, returning home from a long shift, stopping his son from approaching him, for fear he was contagious with COVID. I cried, which doesn’t happen very often, as I thought about my own four kids, and what was happening to their world.

I couldn’t help but think about all of the doctors, nurses and frontline workers, who have found themselves in this war that they never could have expected. They're in it, with no way out. It is so impressive how they don’t quit and keep fighting for all of us. This was the initial moment of inspiration for ’Seasick,' but as I wrote the song, it evolved into much more. It contemplates the loss of innocence, that comes with growing up and navigating the uncontrollable twists and turns that life, fate, time and circumstance throws at you. It also speaks to the bravery needed, to put your hand up and say to the people you love, I need help. In my own personal journey, it took me many years to learn how to get past my own old school Canadian Prairie pride and be able to do this.” 

The lyric video for Teenage Heart highlights the song’s narrative around online connection: how youth live, learn and grow in a digital age, and the emotions and experiences that arise in these collective spaces. Knowing that youth are struggling more than ever this year, Serlin Greaves wanted to use the video to raise awareness and act as a call to action for their fans to donate to Kids Help Phone, who provide free, confidential mental health support to Canadian youth. Visit Kids Help Phone to donate and learn more about their services here

Both Seasick and Teenage Heart are featured on Sad Songs For Sale, a catalogue of powerful songs that cover timely, relatable themes: navigating the changing state of our world and communities, the evolution of relationships, life lessons, time and the decisions one makes through every experience, and the preciousness of each moment. Some of the heavier elements displayed during Joey and Daniel’s early days as Canadian rock icons are contrasted with acoustic-based tracks, Love You Less, Morning Song, and At Home. The common thread with the material links that, as artists that have collaborated and created music for many years, Serlin and Greaves have found something unique not recorded before. Pre-save the album here.

You can now shop (safely online) at Serlin Greaves’ official merch store for vinyl, t-shirts and more – check it out here. Stay tuned for Serlin Greaves’ debut launching May 28 and learn more about the project below. 

Pre-save Sad Songs For Sale

Listen to Seasick | Watch Teenage Heart

Visit Serlin Greaves’ Merch Storemerchmrkt.com/collections/serlin-greaves 

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About Serlin Greaves

Some things were just meant to last. That can certainly be said of the friendship between Joey Serlin and Daniel Greaves, who have been making music together for over 30 years. The Winnipeg natives rose to prominence during the indie rock revolution of the early 1990s as guitarist and lead vocalist, respectively, of The Watchmen, a band that would go on to become one of the most successful and beloved Canadian acts of the decade, earning two JUNO nominations, along with one Platinum and three Gold certified albums.

But as life’s other demands eventually shifted their focus away from The Watchmen, Joey and Daniel found themselves starting new families, new businesses and new musical projects on their own. That didn’t mean The Watchmen were ever finished; the band has periodically reunited to play their classic material for special events and occasions. Creating new music was a different story though, as the process gradually became more personal for each of them. Still, over the past couple of years their unshakable bond inevitably led Joey and Daniel to realize that working together again would be the most effective way to share this chapter of their lives.

The fruits of that renewed collaboration are contained on Sad Songs For Sale, their first album as Serlin Greaves, and a collection that reveals many new facets of the pair’s musical personalities.  After refining most of Sad Songs For Sale during writing sessions at Motel Bar, the watering hole Daniel owns in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood, work shifted to Joey’s Vapor Music studios, where Ryan Chalmers took on recording and drumming duties, and Dustin Anstey contributed on bass. For Joey, it was the ideal situation of being able to cut tracks completely on their own terms. 

To have a relationship that has lasted as long as Joey and Daniel’s is special in and of itself. But to also have that relationship still able to create powerful music after three decades puts them in rarefied company. In that sense, Serlin Greaves’ Sad Songs For Sale is more than a gift to those listeners who have stuck by them all these years. It’s also the perfect entry point for those poised to discover their rich body of work.

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PAUL CHIN BRINGS FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON FULL SPECTRUM DELUXE

LISTEN TO CINEMATIC FLIPS OF PAUL’S 2020 
FULL SPECTRUM EP FEATURING SHAD, ELAQUENT,  PHOENIX PAGLIACCI, REBEKAH HAWKER AND DESIREE DAWSON

SUPPORT FULL SPECTRUM VINYL CAMPAIGN ON BANDCAMP

Toronto, ON – April 19, 2021 – Rising from a year of pivoting and postponement, Toronto-based Polaris-nominated DJ and Producer, Paul Chin, continues to blaze his path with resilience and hope through Full Spectrum Deluxe, a special take on his 2020 EP, Full Spectrum. The release sees Paul forging original versions of the album into remixes as deftly and malleably as a film score. In addition, Paul is celebrating the launch with a crowdfunding campaign on Bandcamp to bring the project to life on vinyl. Listen to Full Spectrum Deluxe and support the crowdfunding campaign to get it on wax here.

Full Spectrum Deluxe includes two new versions of the lead single, Take It Or Leave It (feat.  Desirée Dawson), remixed by himself and Canadian beat scene progenitor, Elaquent, and VIP Mixes merging the songs Helios with Hard Times (featuring Rebekah Hawker) and Slow Wine (featuring pHoenix Pagliacci) with Take Two (featuring Shad), bonding with the project’s original guests. 

Tonight, Paul will be hosting an online, interactive listening party alongside the artists from Full Spectrum at 6:00 p.m. EST on Twitch, to dive further into the music and share stories behind the creative process. Tune in here.

Full Spectrum arrived in March 2020. The title is a reflection of its encompassing works as it landed as Paul’s first release in five years following his 2015 album, Dancing Drums, and a whirlwind of life-changing events: his first vinyl release on a label, and an immigration status in Canada lapsing, forcing him to leave the country to return to his birthplace of Cayman Islands for nine months until returning to get married.  Sonic elements draw from Paul’s many influences, including anime scores, dancehall, orchestral soul, hip-hop, and electronica. Listen to Full Spectrum here, and watch its accompanying livestream, Full Spectrum Suite.


The album combines music created during what Paul quips “independent study” and a product of thoughtful collaborations with an array of artists: esteemed lyricist, Shad,  appears on Take Two (a major accolade to note amongst many: Paul produced the song, Peace/War, from Shad’s Polaris-nominated album, A Short Story About A War), in addition to rising Toronto songstress and ½ of TRP.P, pHoenix Pagliacci (Slow Wine)  Toronto country/folk artist Rebekah Hawker (Hard Times) and CBC Searchlight winner, Desirée Dawson on Take It Or Leave It.  It was entirely produced by Paul, and mixed + mastered by Toronto’s Freeza Chin (The Weeknd, Wiley, Boi-1da and Tre Mission). 

Paul applies his talents as a graphic designer and visual artist to all of his musical endeavours, creating all visuals and artwork, including a limited-edition Full Spectrum t-shirt, and more merch – all available via his webstore. Learn more about Paul here and vibe with him online as he produces his weekly DISCOTECH series via Twitch.

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Listen to Full Spectrum: ffm.to/fullspectrum

Connect with Paul Chin on Twitch: twitch.tv/ohyeahpaulchin

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AMAI KUDA ET LES BOIS SHARES NEW SINGLE ECOUCHÉ

NEW ALBUM EMURGENCY! SET FOR EXCLUSIVE 
LIMITED EDITION VINYL RELEASE ON MAY 20 

PRE-ORDER HERE

VISUAL ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE FALL 2021

Toronto, ON – April 16, 2021 – Today, Toronto-based artist and community organizer, Amai Kuda et Les Bois, shares a fluid, stunning new song, Ecouché. The piece is sonic magic – a spell for healing of the waters – and will arrive as the first single from Amai Kuda et Les Bois’ upcoming full-length album, EmUrgency!, to be released as a limited edition vinyl recording on May 20. Listen to the Ecouché here and pre-order the album here.

On the album, Amai says: “EmUrgency! is born from my ongoing journey as a woman of African descent working to reclaim my Indigenous cultural knowledge and to support my community in doing the same. The album speaks to the struggles, wisdoms, and joys of walking this unconventional path, a path guided by ancestors and orishas, to come into my power as mother, healer, warrior and griot. There is urgency in the emergence process, because it is, in fact, a matter of survival.” 

Channeled and sung entirely in a language of ancestral communication, Ecouché can never be performed the same way twice. The song was written and produced by Amai Kuda Yemoja Ile, with vocals, guitar by Amai Kuda Yemoja Ile, and second guitar from Jimmy Smalbach (Jimmy Kiddo). 

EmUrgency! will be released on exclusive limited-edition vinyl next month, followed by a full-length visual album in the form of animated episodes, set for digital release this summer into the fall. Ecouché is a sample of what audiences can hear from Amai Kuda et Les Bois as the months progress. 

Described by NOW magazine as a “tantalizing Afro-soul combo of folk, roots, desert blues and African continental music,” AfroSoul Volume III: Re’ is the most recent EP from Amai Kuda et Les. Bois. It is the powerful follow-up to their full-length release, AfroSoul Volume II: MaZai, which was hailed as "earthy and rootsy and good for your ears" by CBC's Errol Nazareth. The positive reviews are no surprise for those familiar with Amai Kuda’s debut album, Sand from the Sea, considered “one of the year's most exciting discoveries” in 2012 (Nicholas Jennings - Canada's foremost music journalist and historian).

Amai Kuda et Les Bois have been featured in NOW magazine and on CBC’s Canada Live and Big City Small World, while a single from their 2019 collaborative release with Version Xcursion, Holding Back, premiered on The Strombo Show. The group has performed at venues like the Jane Mallett Theatre, Harbourfront, The Rivoli, The Garrison, and festivals such as Luminato, Kultrun, Big on Bloor and Small World Music Festival. They have given workshops on music, decolonization, African cultural knowledge and percussion at public schools, universities, libraries and community centres throughout Southern Ontario, in the Caribbean and Europe. In 2015, the band was selected as one of the ‘101 Standout Artists’ during the nationwide CBC Searchlight competition. 

Amai Kuda et Les Bois have opened for the likes of 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. The group won the Best Folk/Roots award and also placed 2nd for the Best Song across all categories at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. Whether on the street, the stage or in the studio, for Amai Kuda et Les Bois, music is about healing –the healing of the earth, our ancestors and ourselves. 

Amai Kuda is based in Toronto and has been making music professionally since 2008. She has no professional music training. Amai studied humanities at Trent University (completing her own special emphasis degree program in Decolonization) before having her son in 2004 and devoting her time to social justice work. She has founded and coordinated a number of social justice organizations primarily focused on decolonization, specifically initiatives supporting Indigenous land rights and empowerment of local Black communities. 

Her initiative, the Sankofa Maroon Village, is currently raising funds to establish the first Black intentional community in Canada – complete with a centre for African cultural education and nature-based healing activities as well as an organic farm to promote Black food sovereignty. You can find out more and support this powerful project here.  

Pre-order EmUrgency! – out May 20 – on vinyl here

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KENNY MASON RELEASES NEW PROJECT ANGELIC HOODRAT: SUPERCUT

WATCH MUCH MONEY (FT. FREDDIE GIBBS) OUT NOW

"If gang violence was the law of Kendrick Lamar’s maad Compton, finessing is the law of Kenny Mason’s nightmarish Atlanta. Atlanta hasn’t produced music this haunting and infectious since Goodie Mob’s “Cell Therapy.”" 
– Yoh Phillips, DJBooth

"Kurt Cobain meets Lil Wayne" – Precise Earz

"Atlanta's soon-to-be star" – Sidney Madden, NPR

“Vince Staples-esque detachment, acrobatic triplets in the vein of Lil Baby, and a dutch-angle chirp akin to recent Playboi Carti.” – Entertainment Weekly

“tracks like “Rih” reminds us that he can rap his ass off” – Consequence of Sound

"we've seen just how versatile he is as an artist—calling him a rapper doesn't even do him justice (although he can do that very, very well)."
 
– Pigeons and Planes

"Few artists are able to consistently generate this level of quality and effective storytelling…” – Tyler Borland, Ones To Watch

“Lyrically, [Rih] is so far Kenny Mason's most impressive single of 2021" 

 HotNewHipHop

"Kenny Mason is undoubtedly one of the more impressive rappers 
to find their footing" – UPROXX

"The phrase “genre-bending” [has] never been used more appropriately than to describe the music of 25-year-old rapper Kenny Mason" 

– Jesica McKinny, COMPLEX

"Mason can deliver reflective raps at a steady pace, slip into mesmerizing chants, and dig deep for a high-pitched melody" – Alphonse Pierre, Pitchfork

"He's got a Bright future." – The FADER

Toronto, ON – April 16, 2021 –  Atlanta’s rising star, Kenny Mason,  has just released his latest project, Angelic Hoodrat: Supercut which includes Kenny's recently released singles,   Pup,  Partments,  and Play Ball, as well as eight other new tracks with features from Freddie GibbsDenzel CurryAngel Whiteand Ambar LucidAngelic Hoodrat: Supercut is the full length spiritual successor to Kenny's 2020 debut album which established his presence as a unique and powerful force within Atlanta's diverse music scene – out now with a new visualizer for Much Money, featuring Freddie Gibbs.

"Even the odds, and get even odder / seeking these broads, in need of menages / leaning on leading on gullible people / to think that you hard is leaving me nauseous"
Kenny Mason's latest effort, Angelic Hoodrat: Supercut expands upon the themes he set forth on last year's debut, showcasing his sweeping vocal range and well-earned reputation for stretching beyond the confines of rap. The new project continues the theme of duality inherent within its title, Angelic Hoodrat representing the concepts of light within darkness, beauty within ugliness, and hope within despair.

To commemorate the release of Angelic Hoodrat: Supercut, Kenny Mason has also released his first merchandise capsule collection, designed by Bryan Rivera. The collection ties in the visual themes and motifs of both his recent projects and commemorates the era of the Angelic Hoodrat. Available now at angelichoodrat.com

Angelic Hoodrat: Supercut – Tracklisting

1. 43 (prod by Julian Cruz)
2. Rih (prod by Skufl and Julian Cruz)
3. A+ (feat. Denzel Curry) (prod by Juberlee and Roark Bailey)
4. Fasho (prod by Kenny Mason and Skufl)
5. Much Money (feat. Freddie Gibbs) (prod by Skufl)
6. Play Ball (prod by Julian Cruz and Kenny Mason)
7. Pup (prod by Kenny Mason and Julian Cruz)
8. Titan (feat. Angel White) (prod by Julian Cruz and Skufl)
9. Breathe Again (feat. Ambar Lucid) (prod by Julian Cruz)
10. Partments (prod by Kenny Mason)
11. 4Ever (prod by Michael Uzowuru and Julian Cruz)
12. Storm (prod by Kenny Mason)

 Listen to Angelic Hoodrat - Supercut: smarturl.it/Supercut

 

Kenny Mason by Nasser Boulaich

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Kenny Mason is a critically acclaimed artist from Atlanta, GA who's debut album has drawn comparisons to the rise of Kendrick Lamar on Good Kid, M.A.A.D City: "If gang violence was the law of Kendrick Lamar’s maad Compton, finessing is the law of Kenny Mason’s nightmarish Atlanta." – DJBooth. Kenny's phenomenal abilities as a rapper and singer were widely acknowledged in late-2019 with his breakout single, Hit, which catapulted him from Atlanta's underground DIY scene to the national spotlight. As Kenny continued to release new music, he became increasingly known for his exceptional abilities as a lyricist as well as his unique sound which incorporates elements of 90's punk, grunge, and shoegaze. Kenny's has since built a massive amount of buzz, having been named among The FADER’s 10 songs you need in your life this week,  Entertainment Weekly's Friday Five best songs of the week list, COMPLEX's 25 Rappers to Watch in 2020,  Pigeons & Planes Best New Artists,  his song, G.O.A.T., featured on HBO's hit show, Euphoria, and having his debut album, Angelic Hoodrat listed among XXL's Best Hip-Hop Projects of 2020.

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JENN GRANT SHARES COVER OF RITA MACNEIL’S FLYING ON YOUR OWN

SELF-PRODUCED RENDITION IS THIRD
IN A SERIES OF REIMAGINED CANADIAN CLASSICS 

LISTEN TO FLYING ON YOUR OWN AND WATCH VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – April 16, 2021 – Today, Nova Scotia-based singer-songwriter and producer, Jenn Grant, soars with Flying On Your Own, a rendition of the track by Rita MacNeil. As Jenn’s third release in a collection of self-produced covers of Canadian classics, it marks a full circle moment as a heartfelt ode to Jenn’s childhood experience witnessing her mother’s move to Nova Scotia, and a journey many can relate to: the drive to a new place and a brave step forward into a new, undetermined life. Listen to the song here and watch the video here.

“There was no one she knew waiting for her there. But a determined energy to ‘fly on her own’.  I have found, as we all do I think, that it takes a while before you see your parents as real ‘people’. I am about the same age as she was then, when she summoned the courage to just keep going,” Jenn says of her mother’s departure for Nova Scotia in 1990 to return to a nursing degree.  “There were also some musical tapes that were played so often around that time that the song titles would wear themselves right off the cassette. She loved Rita MacNeil. Who wouldn’t? What a spirit. What a fighter. Besides making a name for herself as the top selling country artist in Canada that year - from Big Pond, Cape Breton to Toronto, then to Ottawa, on her own- with her kids after leaving her husband and following her dream."

From feeling like she had no voice, to becoming the voice for women, in a time of roaring independence. Rita was sweet, seemingly soft spoken, until you heard her sing. Until her voice would shake the ground. I would not be where I am today without women like Rita, and my mother, who taught me that the power of strength to rise up and be strong is within us all. This recording and video are a tribute to them, and to any human who has felt the fight and is still fighting.”

The video is a stunning portrait of Jenn traversing Nova Scotia terrain, depicting the meaning of home. It was produced and engineered by Jenn at Azalea House in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia, mixed by Daniel Ledwell and mastered by Isaac Barter. The video was directed by Tessa Fleming, edited by Jenn, with assistance and filming by Favourite Hummingbird Collective - a collaborative group of like-minded artists and friends, comprised of Kim Harris, Olivia Fader, Don Brownrigg, Jenn Grant & Daniel Ledwell. 

In March, Jenn released a cover of Bird On The Wire (by Leonard Cohen), which was featured in the marketing campaign for the new Gabrielle Byrne film, Death Of A Ladies Man, and followed Chancelloran inspired take on Gord Downie’s original, marking Jenn’s debut as a producer, having completed the track from her new home studio in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia. Flying On Your Own is a sample of projects Jenn has in the works – stay tuned for more audio and visual storytelling she has on the way. 

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BILLY F. GIBBONS ON A DESERT HIGH FROM FORTHCOMING HARDWARE ALBUM

PRE-ORDER HARDWARE

Toronto, ON – April 16, 2021 – Desert High is one of the more idiosyncratic and evocative tracks from Hardware, Billy F. Gibbons’ third solo album, out June 4 from Concord.  The song, available now, takes the form of a narrative tone poem with mysterious instrumental accompaniment. It clearly derives inspiration from the high desert location of Escape Studios where the Hardware recording sessions happened last summer. The album was recorded by Gibbons along with drummer, Matt Sorum, and guitarist, Austin Hanks.  Both Sorum and Hanks, it should be mentioned, are based in the California desert these days with Gibbons front and center.

The song, which is recited by Gibbons with his gruff, yet lyrical, delivery cites desert imagery that is specific to the area around Joshua Tree, California. The companion video for Desert High finds BFG cruising a dusty desert landscape in a clapped out ’65 Dodge and was directed by Harry Reese and produced by Matt Sorum who also brought West Coast Junkie, the album’s previously released track, to the screen. Watch Desert High here.

Apart from scorpions, cacti, snakes and eagles, the song makes reference to three illustrious musical souls, two of whom are long departed and the other still very much with us.  In the song, Billy says/sings:

“The desert toad takes me for a ride
The Lizard King’s always by my side”

The Lizard King is, of course the alter ego of the late Jim Morrison of the Doors. It should be noted the venom of Bufo Alvarius, species of desert toad is a powerful natural psychedelic. The Moving Sidewalks, Billy’s pre-ZZ Top band, shared concert bills with the Doors in the late ‘60s as they did with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Jeff Beck Group (with vocalist Rod Stewart). 

Later, in Desert High, Billy recites:

“The Joshua Tree
Gram died in room eight and left it all to Keith
Just a couple of miles from the salt and sea”

“Gram” cited in the song is Gram Parsons, one-time member of the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and Rolling Stones (Wild Horses) collaborator. “Keith” is, of course, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.  Parsons did, in fact, die in Room eight of the Joshua Tree Inn on September 19, 1973. He, of course, survives and took it upon himself to induct Billy along with the rest of ZZ Top into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2004.  Richards’ friendship with Gibbons dates back many decades to the notorious string of concerts in Hawaii in the early ‘70s when ZZ Top shared the bill with the Stones.  When ZZ Top showed up in Honolulu in their western regalia, Stones’ management thought they had mistakenly booked a country band, but their concerns were immediately assuaged when the ZZ Top took the stage and rocked out.  “Salt” and “sea” is an oblique reference to the Salton Sea, a man-made inland body of brackish water that  lies just 45 miles south of Joshua Tree. 

Billy commented on the release of Desert High, “The song is, perhaps, not typical of Hardware as a totality but it gives indication of the album’s desiccated sonic sensibility.  The desert is a truly mysterious place and we were privileged to have spent all that time there absorbing the heat, the vibe and cranking it out. It’s where natural background is at its most raw and untamed.  We suspect what we’ve done is something of a reflection or, perhaps, a mirage, that relates.”

Hardware was produced by Billy F Gibbons with Matt Sorum and Mike Fiorentino.  All songs were written by Gibbons, Sorum Fiorentino and Chad Shlosser except Hey Baby, Que Paso, written by Augie Meyers and Bill Sheffied.

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AMYTHYST KIAH REDRAWS THE LINES OF ROOTS MUSIC – AND THEN COLOURS OUTSIDE THEM – ON NEW ALBUM WARY + STRANGE OUT JUNE 18 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE WILD TURKEY HERE

Toronto, ON – April 16, 2021 – Today, Amythyst Kiah, announces her new album and Rounder Records debut, Wary + Strange, to be released on June 18. The collection – featuring eleven songs all written or co-written by the artist – finds Amythyst redrawing the lines of roots music, and then coloring completely outside of them with a collision of styles that is fearless, iconoclastic and exhilarating.  Expanding on the role she staked out in Our Native Daughters – the Grammy-nominated, all-women-of-colour supergroup she co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell – Amythyst’s writing on Wary + Strange is raw yet nuanced, as she expresses grief, alienation, and ultimately the hard-won triumph of total self-acceptance. 

Produced by Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Amos Lee, Andrew Bird) and recorded at LA’s legendary Sound City Studios, with a musical A-Team that included guitarist Blake Mills (Bob Dylan, Alabama Shakes), keyboardist Ethan Gruska (Fiona Apple, Perfume Genius), bassists Wendy Melvoin (Prince & The Revolution, Madonna, Neil Finn) and Gabe Noel (Kamasi Washington, Father John Misty), and pedal steel player Rich Hinman (k.d. lang, Tanya Tucker) among others, Wary + Strange is a deeply immersive body of work and the culmination of years of tireless effort and exploration. Throughout the album, the Tennessee-bred Kiah uses inventive rhythms and textures to create a sound that is genuinely new. But the sonic grandeur of Wary + Strange never eclipses the visceral impact of Amythyst’s storytelling, which is unflinching in its examination of her mother’s suicide, the realities of being a Black and LGBTQ+ woman living in the Bible Belt, her own struggles with alcohol and more.

To accompany today’s announcement, Amythyst has shared the album track Wild Turkey, a stark recounting of her mother’s death and its aftermath. Punctuated by doleful bursts of melotron and building to one of the album’s most powerful moments of release, the quietly devastating song charts Amythyst’s journey from denial to acceptance. “Wild Turkey in the car seat,” she sings, “the bottle’s empty, I hope it gave her some relief.” Listen to Wild Turkey here.

Wild Turkey follows the February release of another track from Wary + Strange, the radically reimagined version of her Grammy-nominated song, Black Myself. Departing from the mid-tempo acoustic original recorded by Our Native Daughters, Amythyst’s new version amplifies the song’s kinetic tension via stacked vocals and a wash of electric guitar.  The song was hailed by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, MTV, Billboard, and NPR who called it a “breakthrough for an artist on the rise.”  The accompanying video for Black Myself debuted on MTV, BET and CMT platforms. Watch it here.

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

Wary + Strange Tracklist

1.Soapbox

2.Black Myself

3.Wild Turkey 

4.Hangover Blues

5.Fancy Drones (Fracture Me)

6.Firewater 

7.Tender Organs

8.Ballad of Lost

9.Sleeping Queen

10.Opaque

11.Soapbox Reprise 

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ARISTA RECORDS ARTIST JULIAN LAMADRID RELEASES NEW SINGLE 15 MINUTES

WATCH VIDEO HERE

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

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

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

Toronto, ON – April 15, 2021 – 23-year-old Mexican singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Julian Lamadrid, debuts his newest single, 15 Minutes, along with the official music video out today via Arista Records. Watch here. 15 Minutes is a hypnotizing, dance-worthy track that was co-produced by Lamadrid and Paul Meany.

“In these dark times of distrust and limited social interaction, 15 Minutes acts as a catalyst for change, a joyful reminder that through dance and movement we might be able to rediscover the thrill of life,” shares Julian.

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

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

Since beginning his musical journey, Julian has been praised by notable tastemakers like Wonderland, CLASH, Flaunt Magazine, L’Officiel, TMRW Magazine, VMAN, Billboard and more. 1883 Magazine lauded him for “living and breathing art in its many forms.” 

15 Minutes follows the recent release of Patience as well as hit single, My Time, a multi-layered and beat-driven track entirely written and produced by Julian. In 2019, Julian released his project, Mala Noche, which featured the tracks, Mess, Neon, Die Young, Red Car and Moment. Not only did Julian compose and produce the entire project, he also directed the accompanying visuals. Stay tuned for more music later this year.

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BREAKOUT WEST ANNOUNCES DATES FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

BREAKOUT WEST CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL 
SET FOR FEBRUARY 2 TO 6, 2022 IN WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS 
WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED OCTOBER 2021

ARTIST SHOWCASE SUBMISSIONS OPEN NOW UNTIL JUNE 10

EARLY BIRD PRICING ON UNTIL APRIL 30 - REGISTER HERE

Toronto, ON – April 13, 2021 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA), announce details for the nextBreakOut West festival and conference, moving the previously announced fall 2021 dates to February 2022.  While the world continues to navigate new ways of living, the music continues to play. Following a successful online delivery of their 2020 festival, BreakOut West are thrilled to announce that the next conference and festival will take place from February 2 through February 6, 2022 in the host city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

The winners of the Western Canadian Music Awards will be announced this October, with nominee info to be released soon. Registration and showcase submission for the 2022 BreakOut West Festival are open now. Participants can enjoy early bird pricing until April 30, and the deadline for submissions is June 10. Access the festival registration portal here. Submissions for the festival are open to artists from all western Provinces and Territories as well as Nunavut Territory. 

“While we enjoyed bringing BreakOut West Home Edition to musicians, industry and fans remotely in 2020, we are missing everyone’s faces and have made this decision to move the live event,” says BreakOut West Executive Director, Robyn Stewart. “We believe, to the best of our predictions, that this will allow us to safely come together to celebrate, develop and discover live music again. We look forward to everyone joining us in February 2022.” 

In response to the ongoing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, BOW 2020 shifted to a virtual event, bringing attendees a 15-day immersive online experience that provided artists and industry the opportunity to expand their careers through informative keynotes and panel discussions, mentorship meetings, networking mixers, wellness moments and new music discovery. 

“Our winters dazzle, with bright blue skies, fresh snow and so many outdoor activities and venues to enjoy. It’s the perfect backdrop for the 2022 BreakOut West Canadian Music Festival and Conference,” says Dayna Spiring, President & CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg. “We’re excited to welcome the industry, celebrate amazing music and talent right here in the heart of the country—the cultural cradle of Canada.”

The festival’s city host of Winnipeg is supported by Province of ManitobaTourism Winnipeg, and City of Winnipeg, as well as local partners, Manitoba Film and MusicTorque Brewing, and more to come. Partner venues include Rachel Brown TheatreThe Good Will Social ClubTallest PoppyThe Handsome Daughter, West End Cultural CentreThe Royal Albert ArmsPyramid CabaretTimes Changed High and Lonesome, and King's Head. A hospitality favourite of the city, Fairmont Winnipeg has been announced as the festival host hotel – learn about their accommodations and offerings here.

As BreakOut West bounces back to share more sights and sounds in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2022, stay tuned for more details around member voting and the Western Canadian Music Awards nominee announcement to come in the months ahead.  

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:       

The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held February 2-6, in Winnipeg, MB, including a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and special events. The 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in October 2021. 
            

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

www.breakoutwest.ca

  

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GRAMMY® AWARD WINNING JENNIFER NETTLES TO RELEASE ALBUM OF AMERICAN SONGBOOK CLASSICS ALWAYS LIKE NEW ON JUNE 25

SINGER-SONGWRITER, ACTRESS, TELEVISION PERSONALITY AND ACTIVIST REVEALED ALBUM COVER ART, TRACKLIST AND RELEASED THE ALBUM’S FIRST SINGLE TODAY

Toronto, ON – April 9, 2021 – Multi-GRAMMY® Award winner, Jennifer Nettles, will expand her musical versatility with a much-anticipated genre defying new album of American Songbook classics titled, Always Like New, from Concord Records. The new album will be released on CD, Vinyl and Digital on June 25.  For this project, Nettles teamed up with GRAMMY® and Tony® Award-winning orchestrator, Alex Lacamoire, best known for his work on Broadway’s critically acclaimed shows Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and In the Heights, to reimagine, arrange and produce some of the most beloved songs from the stage, infusing each with her signature sound and giving these timeless works of art a new context and meaning in our current landscape.

Nettles shared, "As a child who grew up in musical theatre, this album feels like a homecoming to me. I savored every note of singing and arranging these songs with Alex Lacamoire. It is thrilling to be able to celebrate this amazing songwriting with arrangements and vocals that allow them to be rediscovered anew.” 

The album, executive produced by Adam Zotovich (Dear Evan HansenThe Color PurpleAn American in Paris), spans classics from Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (Oklahoma) and Wouldn’t It Be Loverly (My Fair Lady) to contemporary favourites including You Will Be Found (Dear Evan Hansen), Wait for It (Hamilton) and It All Fades Away, featuring Brandi Carlile (The Bridges of Madison County). Always Like New’s first single, Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat, is available today and features Nettles’ soaring vocals in a jazzy up-tempo version of the Guys and Dolls classic. 

 “Great songs take life with great singers. On occasion these songs can soar to places unimaginable in the voice of an inspired interpreter,” says Concord’s Paul Kremen. “Jennifer Nettles proves to be this kind of otherworldly vocalist, not once, but repeatedly on her selections from the American Song Book. Woven into each of these recordings are demonstrable emotional stimuli....the resulting sympathetic vibrations of one’s heartstrings might prove the salve our times appear to demand of us.”

Signed Always Like New CDs, LPs and exclusive Jennifer Nettles merchandise available here.   Always Like New is available for pre-order and digital pre-save here

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

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

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

Tracklisting
1.Wouldn’t It Be Loverly from My Fair Lady

2.Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat from Guys and Dolls

3.Wait For It from Hamilton

4.Almost Like Being In Love from Brigadoon

5.It All Fades Away featuring Brandi Carlile from The Bridges Of Madison County

6.There’s A Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute from Barnum

7.Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’ from Oklahoma!

8.Anyone Can Whistle from Anyone Can Whistle

9.You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen

10.Tomorrow from Annie

www.jennifernettles.com   

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM GRAPEFRUIT SEASON WITH NEW SONG WAITING

HEADLINE UK + EUROPEAN TOUR ALSO CONFIRMED

NEW SINGLE COMING SOON ON COLUMBIA RECORDS

McMorrow has a soul voice to cherish” Guardian

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

Pushing his music onto a different realm, whilst maintaining that recognizable emotional pull” CLASH

"Lyrically raw and immensely quotable" – The Forty Five

Toronto, ON – April 9, 2021 – James Vincent McMorrow has today announced details of brand-new album, Grapefruit Season, which will see a release via Columbia Records on July 16, pre-order the album here. The record is launched today alongside beautiful album track Waiting – listen here / watch here – following acclaimed recent single, Gone (which was B-Listed at Radio 1) and standalone collaboration, Be Somebody with dance trailblazers, Rudimental. James’ UK and European tour for early 2022 has also now been confirmed, including a London date at Kentish Town Forum on February 21st and two homecoming shows at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 19/20.

In an already-unpredictable career, Grapefruit Season sees James Vincent McMorrow push himself (and his sound) in all new ways. Produced by James alongside fellow genre-disruptors, Paul Epworth, Kenny Beats, Lil Silva and Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift), McMorrow’s fifth album was recorded between London, Los Angeles and Dublin largely before the pandemic struck. It embraces the fact that life is chaos, and the idea of growing up but feeling none the wiser. Each song is held together by McMorrow’s instantly-identifiable voice, an untethered musical imagination, and (from dancehall to soul, country to R&B) purposefully little else in its pursuit of fear-free pop music. Even the title, Grapefruit Season, seems to signpost doing simply what you want, rather than what you are supposed to do (it was inspired by James watching his mum eat grapefruit as a kid, and the idea that what’s good for you may not actually be pleasurable). Throughout the emotional highs and lows of ‘Grapefruit Season’, you are reminded of the risks James Vincent McMorrow has taken since the singer-songwriter roots of debut album, Early In The Morning, (which turned ten in 2020); but also that those same instincts - to follow inspiration wherever it leads, and to be as brutally honest possible - remain a refreshing constant.

“Every time a new song or album comes out, I get a mail asking me to put together some thoughts on the songs and how they came together, where they came from, what they mean. The truth is I just live my life, the songs come when they come, and they come from wherever they come from. Then once they're done I start worrying about if they're good enough, if I mean enough to make them good enough.

This last year has been a massive lesson in patience for all of us. But I don’t feel any more patient than I did before, in fact the opposite, I feel impatient. I had this album finished last year and then the world stopped and I had to stop. I remember sitting in my car crying after I heard that we'd be parking the work until 2021, and then I wrote ‘Waiting.’ It’s a song about feeling sorry for myself, and then going home and talking to the one person in my life who understands just how awkward a fit all of this is for me, and who loves me for the actual human I am and not what I curate in order to feel like the person I need to be.

I don’t know if any of this makes any sense - but Grapefruit Season is about embracing the idea nothing makes sense. None of it is supposed to be linear. Music isn't some holy grail to a greater meaning, it's supposed to remove you from where you are for a moment and take you somewhere else. And I'm not saying that isn't a transcendent thing, because when it's done well it truly is. And I believe/hope I have done it well with this album. I'm just saying that at the end of the day, music is a simple idea unadorned idea that doesn't need bells and whistles to make it work.... unless you're making an album where the only instruments are bells and whistles, then you definitely need them to make it work.”


Tickets for James Vincent McMorrow’s 2022 headline tour are available as follows, with news of JVM’s new single from Grapefruit Season to follow Gone expected soon.

2022 TOUR DATES:
February 4 || Leuven || Het Depot
February 5 || Paris || Le Trianon
February 6 || Luxembourg || Den Atelier
February 8 || Frankfurt || Batschkapp
February 9 || Amsterdam || Paradiso
February 10 || Hamburg || Grunspan
February 12 || Stockholm || Nalen
February 13 || Copenhagen || Vega
February 15 || Berlin || Metropol
February 16 || Cologne || Gloria Theatre
February 18 || Manchester || O2 Ritz
February 20 || Birmingham || O2 Institute
February 21 || London || O2 Kentish Town Forum
February 22 || Bristol || O2 Academy
February 23 || Glasgow || Barrowland Ballroom
April 19 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre
April 20 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre
April 21 || Belfast || Limelight
April 22 || Limerick || Milk Market

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NICKY JAM, FRENCH MONTANA AND DZHARO & KHANZA SEDUCE US IN THREE LANGUAGES WITH BABY YOU ARE MY HIGH (TY MOY KAYF) LATIN VERSION

Toronto, ON – April 8, 2021 – The urban-music pioneer, Nicky Jam, is leading the way to globalize one of 2020’s most surprising hits – Baby You Are My High (Ty Moy Kayf). On this official Latin remix, he is joined by Moroccan American hip-hop artist, French Montana, and Russian duo, Dzharo & Khanza, who created the original version. Listen to the single on all digital-music platforms here and watch the video here.

Released in January 2020, the original version of Ty Moy Kayf unexpectedly achieved massive success in Mexico, which then served as the jumping-off point for the song to be embraced by Spanish-speaking countries in South America. Fans of Latin urban music identified deeply with this track’s arrangements and vibe, in spite of its Russian lyrics. In Latin America, it received the informal nickname “Inmortal” due to the word’s similarity to the pronunciation of the song’s title in Russian.

During a year marked by lockdowns and quarantine, this breezy urban-music confection let us travel virtually and dream of the day when we can bring together different cultures in person.

With this Latin Version, Nicky Jam, French Montana and Dzharo & Khanza promote musical unity on a trilingual mix with verses in Spanish, English and Russian. Nicky Jam’s lyrics are brimming with sensuality: “Besándote asi, tocándote asi, solitos tú y yo, una noche de pasión, me muero por ti” (Kissing you this way, touching you this way, just you and I, I die for you.)

Nicky Jam feels proud of the cultural unity promoted by this remix: “This is for the culture! It's exciting being involved in projects that are so diverse, especially if I’m working with people as talented as French Montana and Dzharo & Khanza. It proves once again that music has no limits and language is not a barrier.”

French Montana, the performer of such global chart-toppers as Unforgettable and No Stylist, sings the second verse in English with lyrics about good times and VIP excursions with his shorty.

French Montana says on the ultimate collaboration: “It feels great to link with Dzharo & Khanza and Nicky Jam (my brothers) on a record with this type of energy and vibe.  This is a global record where the world will hear our individual artistic influences come together as a united sound and culture for the people.”

Ty Moy Kayf (Baby You Are My High) Latin Version is the perfect soundtrack to an international romance or a long dreamed-of trip with a loved one.

Dzharo & Khanza note that they are very grateful for the contributions of their all-star collaborators: “We got really excited when such an opportunity occurred. After the success of an original version of the track in Latin American countries, it seemed a perfect way to bring the Russian and the Latin cultures together. We believe we have very much in common, for example, a really so-called soul-oriented approach to the creative processes. We would like to thank Nicky Jam and French Montana for revitalizing the song with their melodic lyrics and beautiful voices.”

This remix is poised to continue the momentum of the original version, which set a record for most videos uploaded to TikTok, over 2.5 million. In addition, it was named among Shazam’s Top 100 songs of 2020 worldwide, while going Top 10 on the platform in Mexico, Peru, Chile, Colombia, India and Turkey (#1).

About Nicky Jam

Nick Rivera Caminero, known as Nicky Jam, is recognized around the world as a pioneer of Latin urban music. At the age of 11, he recorded his first album Diferente a Los Demás (Different From the Rest), which attracted the attention of DJs and artists in Puerto Rico. As a young adult, Nicky Jam quickly rose to the top of his genre with radio hits including “Yo No Soy Tu Marido” (I’m Not Your Husband), “Me Voy Pa’l Party” (I’m Leaving for the Party), “Fiel A Tu Piel” (Faithful to Your Skin) and “La Combi Completa” (The Complete Package) among others. He toured the world and became one of Latin urban music’s first international stars. He was obligated to stop his music career for three years because of some serious personal problems. In 2013, he relaunched with a new image, coming back stronger than ever. He notched five radio hits: “Piensas en Mí” (You Think About Me), “Curiosidad,” “Juegos Prohibidos” (Forbidden Games), “Voy a Beber” (I’m Going to Drink) and the global chart-topper “Travesuras” (Mischief). In February 2015, Nicky Jam teamed up with Enrique Iglesias to release “El Perdón” (Forgiveness), his most internationally acclaimed single to date. Tallying over 1 million YouTube views on the day of its release, “El Perdón” was #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for 30 weeks (second longest-running single in the chart’s history). In January 2016, Nicky released “Hasta el Amanecer” (Until Dawn), which gave him the biggest Latin song of the year for the second consecutive year. In 2017 Nicky Jam released “El Amante” (The Lover) and his very first solo album Fénix. The single “El Amante” quickly became an international hit, reaching 7x Platinum, while the album went 11x Platinum. The same year, he made his acting debut in the Vin Diesel blockbuster XXX: Return of Xander Cage. In 2018 he earned three Latin GRAMMY® nominations, and appeared on the all-star remix of “Te Boté” (I Dumped You), whose video became the most-watched on YouTube in any genre during 2018. Additionally, Nicky Jam had the honor of recording and performing “Live It Up,” featuring Will Smith and Era Istrefi, for the official soundtrack of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. His autobiographical series El Ganador (The Winner) premiered on Netflix at the end of 2019, as well as his album Íntimo. Nicky Jam returned to the big screen in early 2020 with a role in Bad Boys For Life, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. His most recent single “Fan de tus Fotos” has generated great impact in the music industry, garnering more than 25 million views within a month of its release.

About French Montana

Multi-platinum hip-hop recording artist, producer, and humanitarian French Montana, the man behind the global hit “Unforgettable,” and Global Citizen’s premier rap ambassador, built an indie empire with his Cocaine City imprint. Born Karim Kharbouch in Morocco, he immigrated to the Bronx with his family at the age of 13. Only speaking Arabic and French, he learned English in the streets where hip-hop became a catalyst for him to master the language of his new homeland. He quickly embraced the culture and became enthralled with it, and began releasing the Cocaine City series of DVDs in 2002, mixing interviews with established hip-hop artists and unsigned talent. In 2009, French began releasing mixtapes hosted by DJs like DJ Drama, Evil Empire, and Big Mike. He later signed with both P. Diddy’s Bad Boy and Rick Ross’ Maybach Music, to release his 2012 single, “Pop That,” as the label’s first joint venture. The following year his debut album, Excuse My French charted at number 4 on the Billboard 200. In 2017, French became the official ambassador for Ciroc French Vanilla and released his sophomore studio album, Jungle Rules, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, was certified Platinum in the U.S., and became a worldwide phenomenon, going Double Platinum in India and 4x Platinum in the US and Canada, with the 8x Platinum “Unforgettable” as the project’s lead single. “Unforgettable” has surpassed 1.2 billion YouTube views. After shooting the video in Uganda with the Triplet Ghetto Kids and witnessing poverty and hardships, French started advocating for maternal healthcare having ideated the launch of the viral Mama Hope #Unforgettable Global Health Care Campaign that led to the expansion of Suubi “Hope” Health Center which, through the fundraising of $500,000, now provides 300,000 women access to safe childbirthing health care. He further expanded his Pan-African health and education movement into Morocco on the heels of his single “Famous” and became the first rap ambassador of Global Citizen. Recently, he launched the DACA “We Are The Dream” Campaign with educational non-profit Get Schooled and hosted a dinner for undocumented youth at his home which premiered exclusively on Mic.com.

About Dzharo & Khanza

The Russian duo of Orkhan Orujov (Dzharo) and Ishkhan Avakyan (Khanza) fuses pop-house with the aesthetics of Caucasian ethnicity, creating a sound that delights music-lovers around the world. They achieved their first hit in 2018 with “DamaLove.” The fast-growing platform TikTok has been tailor-made for their danceable jams, as millions of users have uploaded videos of their choreography inspired by the duo’s music on hits such as “Queen of the Dance Floor” and “Ty Moy Kayf (Baby You Are My High).” The latter song achieved surprising success in Mexico during 2020, and soon began trending all across Spanish-speaking South America.

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MOONSHINE COLLECTIVE CONNECTS WITH CONGO, PARIS AND PORTUGAL FOR NEW SINGLES GINSENG AND MALEMBE

LISTEN TO GINSENG FEATURING BAMAO YENDE 
AND MALEMBE FEATURING PIERRE KWENDERS, 
BODDHI SATVA AND MC REDBUL

WATCH VISUAL FOR GINSENG 
(ZAIRE SPACE PROGRAM | ACT I) HERE

Toronto, ON – April 8, 2021 – As we move into a new season, Moonshine delivers a soundtrack of deep bass, percussive Afro-funk and moody synth melodies. Today, the Montreal-founded and globally based collective share two new singles: Ginseng from Parisian producer, DJ and Boukan Records founder, Bamao Yendé, followed by Malembe from Boddhi Satva, in collaboration with Congolese-Montrealer, Moonshine co-founder, JUNO and Polaris-nominated singer-songwriter-producer, Pierre Kwenders and Kinshasa-based atalaku MC Redbul. Listen to Ginseng and MalembeWatch a vibrant visual for Ginseng here

“Ginseng represents the kind of energy that really uplifts the performers in the music video,” says Kwenders. “Bamao Yendé has such an intriguing way of starting the track, and within a minute the energy goes wild – he wants you to get up, enjoy life, have a breath of fresh air and a moment of pleasure.”

A champion of marginalized musical styles with African roots, Bamao Yendé weaves a soulful sax melody through a UK garage-meets-batida beat on Ginseng. Known for his sweet South African house and syncopated breaks, Yendé also curates events where diverse artistic communities converge, as with the YGRK KLUB multimedia collective. He is also one-third of Parisian “boy band of the future” Nyokô Bokbaë, setting the beat for vocals by MC Diouck and singer Boyfall, exhorting universal love, unity and a good time for all.

Recorded between Montreal, Lisbon and Kinshasa, Malembe is the first collaboration between friends Pierre Kwendersand Boddhi Satva, who craft a lithe melody that rapidly explodes with heavy bass and commanding vocals. A prominent independent artist and protégé of Grammy winning Lil Louie Vega, Boddhi Satva (a pioneer of the Afro-house movement and the father of Ancestral Soul in Central African Republic) has also added his future-driven electronic production to tracks by Nigerian pop star Davido, DJ Maphorisa and many others. Dropping MC RedBul’s energetic, booming voice into the mix alongside Kwenders’ lyrical resonance turns Malembe into a multi-layered musical conversation fit for pulsing dancefloors. 

Ginseng and Malembe are a sample of a new album Moonshine is cultivating to release this spring, through a label partnership with FORESEEN Entertainment. Fans can expect a vast array of sounds and international collaborations that embody the energy of Moonshine parties to underground UK clubs, Parisian Afro-electronic soirées to Kinshasa’s inventive electronic scene. The tracks link directly to Moonshine’s first pilgrimage to Congo, where Montréal-based collective members and Congolese artists collaborated on multiple projects and events, including a hybrid short film/documentary, Zaire Space Program, exploring the collective’s roots and the narratives that shape an African Utopia.  

The visual for Ginseng (Zaïre Space Program | Act I) was filmed with Congolese artist collective FARATA in a township of Kinshasa, and directed by award-winning Congolese director Nizar Saleh Mohamed, with co-direction by Moonshine’s Pierre Kwenders and Hervé "Coltan" Kalongo. It was filmed in one of the artist’s neighbourhoods to depict the reality Kinshasa life in Kinshasa, capturing the local response as the crew walk through the city donning vibrant costumes that weave together transformation and tradition. 

“We get to witness in these images the powerful language of percussive music, the ancestral language of traditional costumes in DRC, the social commentary the artists are making by using plastic and other discarded materials to create new forms of these costumes,” Kwenders says of the visual. “We see all these perspectives. The collective works together embracing the theory of Congolese utopia, which resonates with Moonshine’s Afro-utopian vision.”

Last month, Boiler Room’s Collective TV broadcasted live from Kinshasa, with atmospheric sets by the collective’s co-founder Pierre Kwenders, Congolese band, Kingongolo Kiniata, Congolese Montrealer AKAntu, and more artists. Watch the set here

Stay tuned for more Moonshine as the phases wax and wane in the months ahead and learn more about the collective below. 

Listen to Ginseng  | Listen to Malembe

DOWNLOAD – Ginseng Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Malembe Artwork

DOWNLOAD – Moonshine logo | DOWNLOAD – Moonshine Photo

www.moonshine.mu

    

About Moonshine
Depending on whom you ask, the esoteric effects of lunar cycles can be wide-ranging: good fortune, human fertility, ocean tides, werewolf prevalence and loss of sanity among them. For the like-minded musicians, DJs, dancers and visual artists who make up the Moonshine collective, the planetary satellite above all inspires their eponymous monthly event, driven by an inclusive ethos and a shared love for experimentations in dance culture.

Since its founding in 2014, Moonshine has carved out an enviable niche in Montréal’s nightlife milieu by celebrating a wide range of fledgling local talents, championing Afro-futuristic, bass-heavy, electro-funk sounds, and bringing together communities that wouldn’t necessarily cross paths otherwise. As the name indicates, the lunar-based Moonshine recipe has the collective throw an all-night, sensory-soaked party on the Saturday after every full moon in ever-shifting, unpredictable locations across the city, always strictly disclosed via text messages. With fresh cuts supplied by resident DJs Pierre Kwenders, San Farafina, Odile Myrtil and AKantu, visual installations by Boycott, and a slew of live musicians and performers that have included Kaytranada, Dâm-Funk, Le1f, Venus X, DJ Windows 98 (Arcade Fire’s Win Butler), Bambii and Branko, the parties have become a staple of the after-hours scene, in Canada and abroad, with appearances in NYC, LA, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Lisboa, Barcelona and Santiago.

“The essence of Moonshine came out of parties we used to throw in our kitchens,” recalls Kwenders. “We felt like we couldn’t go out and find what we had cooked up in that kitchen. It’s one of the reasons we started Moonshine: to share that with more people who felt just like us, and who didn’t have access to such sounds or vibes.” Still going strong four years on, Moonshine has also begun making use of the aesthetic, network and structure it established with the parties to promote affiliated artists, expanding its vision from ephemeral moonlit soirées to an expanding catalogue of genre-busting music, art and apparel. www.moonshine.mu

About FORESEEN
FORESEEN Entertainment is a black-owned record label & publisher based out of Toronto, dedicated to exposing cutting edge talent.  FORESEEN invests in talented creative artists, who can provide content that we can expose to a global audience. FORESEEN is dedicated to exposing talented artists and not creating them. 
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OVERCOATS ANNOUNCE USED TO BE SCARED OF THE DARK EP

RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR THE HARDEST PART FEATURING TENNIS

Toronto, ON – April 8, 2021 – Brooklyn alt-pop duo, Overcoats, (Hana + JJ) announce a new EP called, Used To Be Scared Of The Dark and share the first single, The Hardest Part, featuring retro-pop duo, Tennis, along with a music video directed by Asha Maura. The four-track project will also include contributions from Middle Kids, Lawrence Rothman, and Local Natives', Ryan Hahn. Initially workshopping the EP on tour, Hana and JJ found that the songs grew and morphed and soon inspired opportunities for collaboration. From the tour bus, they reached out to friends to contribute their perspective to the project and amplify the songs. “All of these songs were made remotely, which was a really wild experience,” Hana says about the process. “It required a lot of trust in ourselves and in our collaborators. We have loved all of these artists for so long, we knew that the intersection between their sound and ours would be cool no matter what.” 

While Overcoats' previous releases saw them deep in the trenches, channeling resilience through the alt-pop lens of bright harmonies, pummeling guitars and empowering lyrics; Used To Be Scared Of The Dark revels in resolutions and the resulting self-growth, and presents a more laid-back, folk-hued palette. It explores honouring the past uphill battles and acknowledging current feelings, but searching for stability.

This sonic and thematic shift is most distinct on The Hardest Part. With compressed acoustic guitar layers, sunny keys, and twang-tinged melodies aided by Alaina of Tennis's airy vocals, the song is a peaceful, cinematic ode to self-forgiveness.

Overcoats say about The Hardest Part, "This song is about coming to terms with a relationship being over. And the hard reality that you may never know where that person ends up or what they do. It’s about letting go. We brought this song to Tennis because it needed their nostalgic retro pop sound to help tell this story. And it needed to be cooler. Alaina’s sultry vocals tickle the ears throughout the track and the signature Tennis guitar sounds soothe along the lyrically heavy journey."

Alaina and Patrick of Tennis add, "Hana and JJ are like family to us. We love them as artists and humans and would always say yes to working with them. This was our first long distance collaboration and the whole experience was effortless and a much needed distraction from the relentless disappointment of last year."

About the video, director, Asha Maura says, "The video for 'The Hardest Part' is the first of a three part video. In this series of videos we follow a young couple getting ready to go out. The first video does not reveal where they will go but as the next two videos roll out we will start to connect with these characters and the evening they are about to have. This is a story about young love meeting for the first time and connecting at a party. We wanted to emulate a feeling that most have had and so many are missing right now, even the idea of meeting a stranger and getting close to them immediately feels so distant right now."

Following the release of The Hardest Part, the band will be launching Overcoats – Spotlight Sessions, a combination of music and conversation about each song with the featured artists. Catch the first episode with Tennis on April 14 on Spotify.

In 2020 Overcoats released their 10-track sophomore album The Fight. The record speaks to the ubiquitous feeling of anxiety when looking at the current chaos around us, and has proven to be a prescient document for persevering through an exceedingly difficult year. The album's linked themes of overcoming adversity, avowing friendship, striving for loyalty, and seeking hope are needed more than ever. As people have been starved for a light at the end of a tunnel and meaningful interaction, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats offer a rallying cry.

Following The Fight came a remixed and extended edition of the album, which features reworked tracks from Shura, Porches, Caroline Rose, Yoke Lore, Yumi Zouma, Billy Lemos, GUM & Ginoli, Local Natives, Joey Pecoraro, SASAMI, Ryan Hemsworth, and Alice Ivy.


USED TO BE SCARED OF THE DARK TRACKLIST:
1. Used To Be Scared Of The Dark feat. Middle Kids
2. Wait For Me Darling
3. The Hardest Part feat. Tennis
4. Blame It On Me feat. Lawrence Rothman

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ST. VINCENT SHARES THE MELTING OF THE SUN

VIDEO FOR SECOND TRACK FROM DADDY’S HOME OUT NOW

ALBUM OUT MAY 14 PRE-SAVE HERE

Toronto, ON – April 7, 2021 – From Saturday Night Live to Saturday Morning vibes: St. Vincent’s vintage visual take on The Melting Of The Sun has been unearthed from Candy’s Music Video Archives – In the form of a video co-directed by St. Vincent and Bill Benz, paying animated tribute to the song's lyrical icons, rendered in Schoolhouse Rock-esque style by Chris McD. Watch the full video here

St. Vincent's unveiling of the sultry, showstopping new ballad to her April 3 return to 30 Rock Studio 8H followed the live debut of the "digitized primal scream” (The New York Times) of Pay Your Way In PainThe Melting Of The Sun is the second track to be released in advance of her forthcoming Daddy’s Home

The SNL rendition of The Melting Of The Sun also featured the network TV debut of the newest model of the St. Vincent Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar, equipped with new design elements crafted to suit the 70s-influenced sonics of Daddy’s Home.  Both tracks were brought to life with a band comprised of Justin Meldal-Johnsen (bass), Jason Falkner (guitar), Rachel Eckroth (keys), Mark Guiliana (drums), Nayanna Holley, Sy Smith and Neka Hamilton (backing vocals), the tour de force performance eliciting an appropriately energized response from the media:

"St. Vincent brought some old school art-rock theatrical glamor to her two songs... I got some Bowie, some Talking Heads, maybe a touch of Gaga and (dare I say) Madonna—a potently bracing combination.” – AV CLUB

"…dazzling…The shapeshifting singer-songwriter, born Annie Clark, oozed of 1970s glamour during her memorable performances” – BILLBOARD

“... this performance, with its retro '70s rock aesthetic, truly rules… this is top notch.” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Daddy’s Home was produced by Annie Clark and Jack Antonoff, recorded by Laura Sisk, mixed by Cian Riordan, and mastered by Chris Gehringer. The music was performed by Annie, Jack, Cian, Thomas, Evan Smith, Sam KS, Greg Leisz, Daniel Hart, Michael Leonhart, Lynne Fiddmont and Kenya Hathaway.

Daddy’s Home will be released May 14 by Loma Vista Recordings. Pre-Save the album now, or pre-order your choice of 8-track (if you know, you know…), CD, Vinyl, Deluxe Vinyl, and Cassette. Or visit here to pre-order exclusive picture disc, merchandise and more.

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KANDLE MOVES PAST THE FOG TO FIND CLARITY IN TRUE LOVE ON MISTY MORNING

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH HERE

NEW ALBUM SET THE FIRE OUT THIS SPRING

Toronto, ON – April 7, 2021 – As JUNO-nominated singer, Kandle Osborne, prepares to launch her new project, Set The Fire, this spring, she shares the album’s third single, Misty Morning. From being penned on a napkin while abroad, to a Vancouver studio, Misty Morning is a sonic journey that echoes soulful vulnerability and an honest reflection of realizing true love. For the video, Kandle reconnects with Honey Trap director, Brandon William Fletcher, to create classic 40s noir-inspired cine-magic, filmed along the Vancouver coastline and within the lush landscape of Stanley Park. Watch the video here and listen to Misty Morning here.

Kandle says: “Misty Morning is my first real love song, captured on a napkin while in Ischia, Italy when I was truly happy. My songwriting usually comes from a place of turmoil and catharsis, but this was simply a snapshot of a perfect, vulnerable moment. In recording it, I wanted to hide behind lush orchestration, but my producer/ best friend, Michael Rendall, had other ideas. He wanted to strip it down to just piano & a single vocal to take me out of my comfort zone and re-capture the open-hearted feelings I had while writing it. The song and the recording both hold for me a time when I dropped my guard for pure authentic love in spite of all my flaws and failures.  In that moment, I felt my true value as a whole person for the first time.”

Misty Morning follows Honey Trap, a sweet-but-fierce tune about breaking free from a sticky power struggle and the awakenings that follow. Directed by Brandon William Fletcher, featuring actor Keenan Tracey (Bates Motel, The 100), the video for Honey Trap sees Kandle and her new band of besties, The Wiccs (Louise Burns, Kendel Carson and Tess Ananda), and reminds us of the powerful impact of reclaiming your independence on and off the stage.  Listen to Honey Trap and watch the visual here.

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, a Prism Prize award for her Not Up To Me music video, and a Canadian Independent Video Award nomination for 2020 single, Lock and LoadKandle 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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AUDREY NUNA REVEALS NEW SINGLE/VIDEO SPACE TODAY

WATCH SPACE | LISTEN TO SPACE

Toronto, ON – April 2, 2021 – Rising R&B artist and rapper, Audrey Nuna, returns with her new single, Space, arriving today on the artist’s 22nd birthday. Paired with a captivating official music video, directed by Loris Russier, and creatively directed by Nuna herself and Khufu Najee, Space marks her first official release of 2021 and offers fans a taste of what’s to come from her forthcoming project, due later this year via Arista Records. Listen to Space here and watch the official music video here.

Space serves as the follow up to Nuna’s last single, damn Right, which was accompanied by an official video (watch here), landing praise from VOGUE, who said the track “quickly hit a nerve.” The hypnotic track came on the heels of past releases, Long NightComic Sans feat. Louisville rapper, Jack Harlow, Paper, which COMPLEX lauded as a “low-slung, ultra-cool piece of R&B” and Time, which was praised by WONDERLAND as an “R&B haze.” Adding to her list of accolades, which includes praise from NPRwho featured her in their list of women in rap who left their mark on 2020, proclaiming her as “one to watch” and being named one of Pigeons & Planes Best New Artists. More recently Nuna appeared on Hypebeast’s ‘New Gen’ list of the best new artists of Spring 2021, praising “her unabashed and fierce individualism,” that “will continue to fuel her spark as she carves out her own lane and changes the face of music.

With her musical style thus far moving around moody R&B and quicksilver lyricism, AUDREY NUNA has attracted attention from the likes of NPR, Billboard, COMPLEX, Refinery29, PAPER Magazine, and The FADER, who included Paper in their 10 songs you need in your life this week roundup. Refinery29 also praised Audrey for being able to “do things with her voice that 99% of singers can’t.”

Now, with the release of Space, for Audrey Nuna continues to push boundaries, setting the precedent as one of the first female Korean-American R&B acts breaking into mainstream culture. She leads with a commitment to creativity. Initially on the scene with her single, Soufflé - a quirky genre-bending trap influenced track sporting razor sharp lyricism and a self-directed visual with fierce aesthetic - the 22-year-old is creating a fresh and edgy lane adding new value to the current state of pop music.

A first-generation Korean-American, Audrey Nuna grew up in New Jersey and started singing before she could talk. She recalls her mom saying she’d hum and sing as a baby if something tasted good before she knew how to use words. Starting voice lessons in elementary school, she began auditioning for live performance opportunities and landed her first gig singing America The Beautiful during the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament at age 10. After posting a series of cover videos via Instagram in high school, manager/producer, Anwar Sawyer, invited Audrey to his studio where they wrote the first of what would become over 100 songs together.

Audrey was then accepted to the Clive Davis Institute and enrolled in NYU. Continuing her artist career, Audrey would take the 10 p.m. train uptown to Anwar’s studio, write all night, take the 4 a.m. bus back to NYU, grab a few hours of sleep and go to class. She soon decided to take a gap year to focus on the music. “I don’t like the feeling of half-assing anything,” says Audrey. Her self-described “neurotic” attitude quickly proved fruitful. After self-releasing a series of six tracks, Audrey inked a record deal with Arista Records under Sony Music Entertainment. Following a string of buzzworthy singles since signing, Audrey plans to releaseher debut project later this year.

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half•alive RELEASE WHAT’S WRONG SONG & VIDEO OUT NOW

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Toronto, ON – March 31, 2021 – Today, Long Beach based trio, half•alive, return to release their new single, What’s Wrong, along with a tuxedoed, dance-heavy new music video via RCA Records – watch it here. What’s Wrong was written by half•alive and Ojivolta and produced by Ojivolta (Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Jon Bellion). The music video was conceptualized and produced by lead singer, Josh Taylor, directed by Brantley Gutierrez, and choreographed by and features frequent, much-beloved half•alive collaborators, JA Collective.

Says Josh, “There is a really funny story with how the hook of the chorus ‘Time’s always right to fix What’s Wrong’ came to be. It randomly enough was actually a misquote from a conversation between Olivia Wilde & one of our creative directors Jordan, from JA Collective, who also happens to be my roommate. Olivia & JA were working together on a project a few months back & at one-point Jordan noted how absurdly difficult it is to find choreographers on IMDB, but also noted that was a pretty minor problem considering the myriad of problems 2020 had brought to light. Olivia replied ‘the time is always right to do what’s right,’ which Jordan misquoted to me later that evening, forming the line ‘Time’s always right to fix what’s wrong’. That line felt like the open door to address the social climate we’ve all been surrounded by for nearly a year now & prompted the idea of transformation of one’s immediate & eventually global environment by looking inward first, to look in the mirror & realize that is where the change is going to begin.

Creating the music video took the transformative theme of the song a step further by exploring one small crummy apartment seen in two radically different ways.  Naturally we uniformed ourselves in tuxedos to stress the polarity even more.  Trying to execute a video shoot in covid is incredibly challenging, but we didn’t realize how much covid was subtly influencing the story of the music video until we started location scouting.  We felt strongly that there was something really special about filming it in a confined space, especially with that being the environment so many people have found themselves stuck in during quarantine – but transforming it into more.  2020 was a life changing year for many, for us it was a big break, being home and off the road all year, we were thankful for a breath to think, reflect & process, as many have had this year.  A lot of what we reflected on was how now more than ever, there is a desperate need for hope & love & honesty and change. So at this point we can only trust that we’ve made something honest & hope those who hear ‘What’s Wrong’ will feel loved & begin to hope in something truly transformative.”

The music of half•alive breathes, evolves, grows, and changes alongside the lives of the Long Beach trio – Josh Taylor [vocals], Brett Kramer [drums], and J Tyler Johnson [bass]. half•alive officially came to life on the 2017 3 EP, which sparked a palpable buzz on the strength of The Fall and Awake At Night. Over the course of the next year, they crafted what became their massive breakout, still feel. which has been RIAA certified Gold, rocketed into the Top 10 at Alt Radio and has over 276 million worldwide streams to date. The video organically surpassed the 10 million mark within two months as the song garnered acclaim from NPR’s coveted “All Songs Considered” and more. The trio sold out their formal debut headlining tour in 2019 which included two sold out shows at The Fonda Theatre in LA. The tour also included stops at major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Bumbershoot. Later that year the band made their late-night television debut with a very special performance of still feel. on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Check out the incredible and unique performance here. They also performed Runaway on The Late Late Show with James Corden. In August 2019, they released their debut album, Now, Not Yet, which has amassed over 472 million worldwide audio streams to date. half•alive was named YouTube’s Artist on the Rise and their live Vevo DSCVR performances of RUNAWAY and arrow showcase their incredible creative artistry. Last year, half•alive released their EP in Florescence, an audio and visual project that included orchestral arrangements of four tracks off their critically acclaimed debut album, Now, Not Yet ,as well as videos for three of the four songs to accompany them.

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TOM ODELL RELEASES NEW TRACK MONSTER V.2

NEW ALBUM MONSTERS TO BE RELEASED JUNE 25

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Toronto, ON – March 31, 2021 – Today Brit and Ivor Novello award winning songwriter, plus platinum-selling, chart-topping artist, Tom Odell, releases his new single, monster v.2 on Columbia Records.

After a dark period of mental health stalked most of his 2018 and 2019, Odell wrote his way through it, eventually letting down his guard and pouring his feelings into new music that will form his fourth album, monsters, due to be released June 25.  It feels like both a daring creative rebirth and a solidifying of Odell's strengths.

The first single from the new album was numb, (premiered as Radio 1 ‘Hottest Record’ by Jack Saunders standing in for Annie Mac). Now after releasing a stripped back version of the album title track, monster, Tom returns with the full version, monster v.2 with its eerie synths and spacious electronic beats augmenting the sound. The new single grabs hold of numbs inky molasses and confronts it head on. With the sky-scraping chorus (“you're just a monster and I'm not scared”) initially inspired by Trump, and more specifically climate change activist, Greta Thunberg, staring him down at the UN Climate Summit in 2019, the song soon morphed into something more abstract; a self-help mantra for Odell's ongoing battle with anxiety. monster v.2 is accompanied by a video in which Tom’s fans sent in clips of what the word ‘monster’ meant to them.

Tom explains…“in 2019, my anxiety got so bad that I had to stop making music for a while. there was a period when it felt like I couldn’t leave the house without having a panic attack. I wrote this song, monster, about trying to overcome my struggles with those mental health problems. the more I’ve begun to speak about this subject, the more I’ve realised so many people are going through the same thing. I asked my fans to show me what the word ‘monster’ meant to them, and I thought I was just gonna make a 30 second video for instagram or something, but the first time we put all the clips together I cried. it was so moving to see people being so vulnerable. so I scrapped the whole other music video I had made for the song and ended up going with this as the main music video, as it was so good.  I think it’s one of the most powerful videos I’ve ever been involved with.”

Tom recently debuted the ‘monster’ with a stripped down performance on The Graham Norton Show – watch the full performance here.

Tom Odell has been working as a musician in the public eye since he was 21 when self-penned debut album, Long Way Down, earned him a number one album. He has since enjoyed over 2.6 billion streams, three UK top five albums including two UK top 10 singles, a 2013 Brit Award for Critic's Choice and being awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award for Songwriter of the Year. Now, 30, it's clear to Odell that the whirlwind around his debut kickstarted a work ethic that eventually became an obsession. It reached an apex in September 2019 when Odell, fresh off touring Jubilee Road, went straight to LA to start writing the next album. “Then this chronic anxiety that I'd had for a couple of years just got worse” Odell woke up one morning “and I couldn't do anymore music.” He knew something had to change. In the end he flew back home, went straight to his parent's house and slowly got better.

Slowly but surely, Odell alchemised that experience into a new album.  He also realised his broader lyrical horizons needed to be matched by a musical expansion, with a lot of the songs on the album – created alongside songwriter, Laurie Blundell, and producer, Miles James – leaning into a more electronic, bedroom pop sound that Odell has steadily become obsessed with over the last few years. This new found love of DIY electronic pop chimed with the pandemic's arrival and songs were crafted in a more threadbare way around instruments he had at hand, like Moog synths. It was a move underpinned by both necessity and a desire to explore. And while his new music is at times heavy, there's a lightness of touch that means Odell is able to pull off pop's greatest trick; hiding sadness in the melodies. In this strangest of times this new music represents the start of chapter two in Odell's ongoing musical journey.

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

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

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NUELA CHARLES REVEALS HER NEXT PROJECT BLISSFUL MADNESS DUE OUT APRIL 30

RELEASES SELF-DIRECTED MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE SPACE

PRE-SAVE THE EP HERE

SEE HER AS PART OF THE SUPERCRAWL LIVESTREAM SERIES ON APRIL 29

“Space is going to be your 2021 anthem.”Earmilk

“[Space is] a sonically unique offering marked by poignant lyrics and a rhythmic bass line that is out of this world”Refinery29

Toronto, ON – March 31, 2021 – Today Alt/Soul songstress, Nuela Charles, announces her new latest music offering, Blissful Madness, which will be released in full on April 30. Nuela recently shared her first single of 2021, Space, which will appear on Blissful Madness with two other original tracks and has already been added to multiple editorial playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and YouTube. The EP was produced by multi-platinum/diamond record producer, Don Mills (Giveon, Snoh Allegra, Juice WRLD), and completed by JUNO award nominated, producer/mixer, Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, MONOWHALES). Accompanying her new single, Nuela releases the official video for Space which she directed, shot, edited and produced in her home. The video features her in a series of hypnotic shots – primarily shown in red and blue lighting with special effects keeping a viewer’s eyes glued to her – watch the full video here.

“Blissful Madness is a musical snapshot that was started before the pandemic, but was finished, thankfully, well into the lock down,” shares Nuela. “I wanted to tell the story of all of the emotions one can feel in 24 hrs. Whether it be, sassy and strong, to loving and endearing, or don’t try me, testy vibes – it’s all the feels wrapped up in 3 songs. This EP is more soulful sonically and allowed me to experiment vocally as I discovered new textures and tones in my voice.”

Blissful Madness showcases a new side of Nuela’s layered talents as a musical artist. Her newest single Space is a prime example of her ability to combine soul, pop and alternative sounds. “Space has kind of turned into what I wish I would’ve said – my alter ego so to speak – that sassy voice that won’t take no for an answer,” says Nuela. “Space is an honest knee-jerk reaction to being told that the solution to your relationship problem might be to take a step back and give each other some space, but everything in your soul is telling you – nahhhh, I’ll do anything but that, ‘cause that ain’t it.”

When executing the video for Space, Nuela dove into new territory creatively and was able to challenge her artistic abilities in more ways than one:

“Making this video was a very creative process for me. It allowed me to be creative and challenge myself with the technical aspects of it,” says Nuela. “It took a few weeks of research, trying to figure out how I would be able to create something using a minimal amount of gear, but that would also create something that didn’t look like it was made in my apartment. I shot this video on my iPhone 12 Pro Max, utilizing a Moment lens. After weeks of trying to figure out lighting, I found the small Aperture MC RGB light. It could fit in your pocket, but also has built in effects, which is what I utilized to give it a cinematic look. Add a projector to the mix for the background, and a few barrel roll shots, and you got yourself a music video.”

With her new EP coming April 30, Nuela has a lot on the horizon. She’ll be performing as part of Supercrawl’s Livestream Series on April 29 – right before the EP release and ticketing information can be found here. Stay tuned for her upcoming release as this date is quickly approaching!

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ELVIS COSTELLO’S LA FACE DE PENDULE A COUCOU: 6 VERSIONS FRANCAISES DE SON ALBUM HEY CLOCKFACE

Toronto, ON – 26 Mars 2021 – Elvis Costello revient avec La Face de Pendule à Coucou, un E.P. de six titres composé d'adaptations et de remixes français de chansons de l'album Hey Clockface de Costello sorti en 2020. 

L'E.P. - qui comprend les contributions d'Iggy Pop, Isabelle Adjani et de Tshegue – sera disponible en version numérique le 26 mars et en vinyle cet été chez Concord Records.  Ecoutez La Face de Pendule à Coucou ICI!

La version de No Flag par Iggy Pop a déjà donné un avant-goût de la malice de cet EP, qui comprend également une interprétation parlée de No Flag dans laquelle Iggy Pop dialogue avec la voix originale de Costello.

Isabelle Adjani et Steve Nieve proposent une nouvelle interprétation piano - voix de Revolution #49 sur laquelle Isabelle Adjani improvise mélodiquement en réponse au motif "una corda" de Steve Nieve, offrant un contraste délicat avec sa récitation sur la performance instrumentale de Hey Clockface. L'adaptation française pour les deux versions a été réalisée par Muriel Teodori et complétée avec Isabelle Adjani au moment de l'enregistrement.

Hetty O'Hara Confidential - un autre des enregistrements Helsinki Sound de Hey Clockface - reçoit deux interprétations très contrastées sur "La Face de Pendule à Coucou" : La première est un remaniement radical par Tshegue, l'association parisienne du producteur franco-cubain Nicolas "Dakou" Dacunha-Castelle et du chanteur Faty Sy Savanet, originaire de Kinshasa. 

 "Lorsque j'ai entendu le single de Tshegue, "Muanapoto", il m'a donné un tel coup de fouet que j'ai pensé qu'ils pourraient s'amuser à démonter et à réassembler cette poupée de chiffon qu'est la chanson," Elvis Costello

Hetty O'Hara Confidentiel reçoit également une adaptation lyrique entièrement française grâce à Muriel Teodori et l'AJUQ. Cette interprétation est menée par la présence énigmatique d'Etta Somatis, qui partage les vers avec AJUQ avec de brèves interjections dans la langue originale. 

Une nouvelle édition de l'image parlante de Hetty O'Hara Confidentiel d'Eamon Singer et Arlo McFurlow - avec les voix d'Etta Somatis, AJUQ et Elvis Costello - sortira également le 26 mars, rejoignant les clips illustrés précédemment publiés pour No Flag - en anglais et en français - et un autre pour l'interprétation d'Isabelle Adjani de Revolution #49.

Regardez la vidéo lyrique de Hetty O’Hara Confidentiel ICI! Dans Rolling Stone, Iggy Pop a expliqué la genèse de No Flag (Chanté) et No Flag (Parlé) en disant: "Personne ne m’a demandé officiellement. C'est juste Elvis et [sa femme] Diana [Krall] qui m’ont demandé : 'Tu veux chanter ça en français ? Et j'ai pensé, 'Eh bien, le français sera une grande corvée. Je peux le faire". 

Elvis Costello a dit à propos de sa collaboration avec Isabelle Adjani"Quand la partenaire de Steve Nieve, Muriel Teodori m'a dit qu'elle pensait qu'Isabelle Adjani pourrait envisager de lire l'adaptation française que Muriel avait faite de mon texte original, j'ai supposé que je devais rêver."

La Face de Pendule à Coucou Tracklisting: 

1.No Flag (Chanté)
Elvis Costello enregistré à Suommenlinnan Studio, Helsinki par Eetu Seppälä avec assistant ingénieur Tim Mikkola

Iggy Pop enregistré à Safe and Sound Mix Mobile, Miami par Luis Gomez                                                 

2.Revolution #49 (Parlé)
Elvis Costello et Steve Nieve et le Quintette Saint Germain enregistrés aux Studio Saint Germain, Paris par François Delabrière avec assistant ingénieur Bastien Lozier

Elvis Costello choral enregistré à Sentry Sound par Lens O’Toole

Isabelle Adjani enregistrée à Studio Pasteur par Steve Nieve

3.Hetty O’Hara Confidential (Tshegue Remix) 
Elvis Costello enregistré à Suommenlinnan Studio, Helsinki par Eetu Seppälä avec assistant ingénieur Tim Mikkola 

Tshegue enregistré à Dakou Studios par Nicolas Dacunha-Castelle

4.No Flag (Parlé)
Elvis Costello enregistré à Suommenlinnan Studio, Helsinki par Eetu Seppälä avec assistant ingénieur Tim Mikkola

Iggy Pop enregistré à Safe and Sound Mix Mobile, Miami par Luis Gomez                                                

5.Revolution #49 (Chanté)   
Isabelle Adjani et Steve Nieve enregistrés à Studio Pasteur par Steve Nieve

6.Hetty O’Hara Confidentiel
Elvis Costello enregistré à Suommenlinnan Studio, Helsinki par Eetu Seppälä avec assistant ingénieur Tim Mikkola 

Etta Somatis et AJUQ enregistrés à Trouville Sound par Steve Nieve

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BILLY F. GIBBONS RELEASES NEW SINGLE WEST COAST JUNKIE

FIRST TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM HARDWARE SET FOR RELEASE JUNE 4

Toronto, ON – March 26, 2021 – Hardware, the third solo album from ZZ Top front man, Billy Gibbons, has wrapped recording and post-production and is set for release June 4 by Concord Records. The album was recorded at Escape Studio in California’s high desert, near Palm Springs, and was produced by Gibbons along with Matt Sorum and Mike Fiorentino with engineer, Chad Shlosser, providing additional production. The album’s release is preceded by today’s release of new single West Coast Junkie. The video for the track was filmed near Joshua Tree, a stone’s throw from the studio and can be viewed here.

Sorum, veteran of Guns ‘N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and the Cult also serves as Hardware’s drummer and was joined in the album’s core band by guitarist, Austin Hanks. The same Gibbons-Sorum-Hanks aggregation recorded The Big Bad Blues, Gibbon’s earlier solo effort for Concord and winner of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award.

In contrast to The Big Bad Blues and Perfectamundo, Gibbons’ debut solo album, almost all of the Hardware repertoire is original and rock-oriented with eleven of the album’s 12 songs written by Gibbons, Sorum, Fiorentino and Shlosser. The sole exception is Hey Baby, Que Paso, originally recorded by the Texas Tornados. The album’s title is a tribute to legendary recording engineer the late, Joe Hardy, who worked with Gibbons and ZZ Top dating back to the mid-1980s. Sonically, the album was influenced by the high desert circumstance of its recording. Says Gibbons, “The desert settings, replete with shifting sands, cacti and rattlesnakes makes for the kind of backdrop that lends an element of intrigue reflected in the sounds created out there.” 

Stackin’ Bones, one of the album’s standouts, features a guest appearance by Larkin Poe with whom Gibbons has been familiar and friendly for quite a while. He initially met them through the good offices of Tyler Bryant, husband of Larkin Poe’s Megan Lovell; he had toured extensively with ZZ Top in the past. Larkin Poe also shared a bill with Billy at New York’s Love Rocks NYC benefit in 2019 and the Hardware collaboration grew from there.

While a truly broad spectrum of approaches is notable on the album’s hard driving tracks there is, to be sure, no mistaking the remarkable tone and growling vocals that are hallmarks of Billy Gibbons’ artistry. Elements of traditional hard rock, neo-metal, country rock, new wave, blues and even surf music make Hardware difficult to categorize and it would be a fool’s game to do so. In fact, Desert High, the album’s last track, is a spoken word piece accompanied by a sinewy guitar that evokes the legend, Graham Parsons, whose death 48 years ago took place very close to where Hardware was recorded.

Billy sums up the album’s ecumenical construct, “We holed up in the desert for a few weeks in the heat of the summer and that in itself was pretty intense. To let off steam we just ‘let it rock’ and that’s what Hardware is really all about. For the most part, it’s a raging rocker but always mindful of the desert’s implicit mystery.”

All songs written by Billy F. Gibbons-Matt Sorum-Mike Fiorentino-Chad Shlosser, except Hey Baby Que Paso, written by Augie Meyers and Bill Sheffield.

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

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ELVIS COSTELLO SHARES LA FACE DE PENDULE À COUCOU

FEATURING SIX FRANCOPHONE VERSIONS OF HEY CLOCKFACE SONGS

Toronto, ON – March 26, 2021 – Today Elvis Costello releases La Face de Pendule à Coucou, a six-track EP consisting of Francophone adaptations and remixes of songs from Costello's 2020 album, Hey Clockface. The EP – which features contributions from Iggy Pop, Isabelle Adjani and Tshegue – is available digitally today and on vinyl this summer by Concord Records. Listen to La Face de Pendule à Coucou here

Iggy Pop's acclaimed version of No Flag has already provided a preview of la malice of this collection, which also features a spoken-word rendition of No Flag in which Iggy's famous baritone is heard in dialogue with Costello's original vocal.

Isabelle Adjani and Steve Nieve contribute a new piano and voice rendition of Revolution #49 on which Ms. Adjani improvises melodically in response to M. Nieve's "una corda" piano motif, providing a delicate contrast to her compelling recitation over the Serpent-led instrumental performance from Hey Clockface.

The French lyrical adaptation for both versions was made by Muriel Teodori and completed in consultation with Isabelle Adjani at the time of recording. 

Hetty O'Hara Confidential – another of the "Helsinki Sound" recordings from Hey Clockface – receives two very contrasting interpretations on La Face de Pendule à Coucou.

The first is a radical re-working by Tshegue – the Paris-based combination of the Franco-Cuban producer, Nicolas 'Dakou' Dacunha-Castelle, and Kinshasa-born vocalist, Faty Sy Savanet. 

Costello said, "When I heard Tshegue's single, Muanapoto, it provided such a great jolt of energy that I thought they might have fun dismantling and re-assembling this rag doll of a song.” 

Hetty O'Hara Confidentiel also receives an entirely Francophone lyrical adaptation courtesy of Muriel Teodori and AJUQ. This rendition is led by the enigmatic presence of Etta Somatis, who shares the verses with AJUQ with brief interjections in the original language. 

A new edition talking picture for Hetty O’Hara Confidentiel by Eamon Singer and Arlo McFurlow – featuring the voices of Etta Somatis, AJUQ et Elvis Costello – is also available today, joining the previously released illustrated clips for No Flag – in both English and French – and another for the Isabelle Adjani's rendition of Revolution #49. Watch the lyric video for "Hetty O’Hara Confidentiel" here.  

In Rolling Stone, Iggy Pop explained the genesis of No Flag (Chanté) et No Flag (Parlé) saying, “Nobody official asked for it. It was just Elvis and [his wife] Diana [Krall] asking, ‘Do you want to sing this in French?’ And I thought, ‘Well, the French will be a big chore. I can do that.’” 

Costello said of working with Adjani“When Steve Nieve’s partner, Muriel Teodori told me that she thought Isabelle Adjani might consider reading the French adaptation that Muriel had made of my original text, I assumed that I must be dreaming.”

La Face de Pendule à Coucou Tracklisting: 

 1. No Flag (Chanté)

Elvis Costello enregistré à Suommenlinnan Studio, Helsinki par Eetu Seppälä avec assistant ingénieur Tim Mikkola

Iggy Pop enregistré à Safe and Sound Mix Mobile, Miami par Luis Gomez                                                 

2. Revolution #49 (Parlé)

Elvis Costello et Steve Nieve et le Quintette Saint Germain enregistrés aux Studio Saint Germain, Paris par François Delabrière avec assistant ingénieur Bastien Lozier

Elvis Costello choral enregistré à Sentry Sound par Lens O’Toole

Isabelle Adjani enregistrée à Studio Pasteur par Steve Nieve

3. Hetty O’Hara Confidential (Tshegue Remix) 

Elvis Costello enregistré à Suommenlinnan Studio, Helsinki par Eetu Seppälä avec assistant ingénieur Tim Mikkola Tshegue enregistré à Dakou Studios par Nicolas Dacunha-Castelle

4. No Flag (Parlé)

Elvis Costello enregistré à Suommenlinnan Studio, Helsinki par Eetu Seppälä avec assistant ingénieur Tim Mikkola

Iggy Pop enregistré à Safe and Sound Mix Mobile, Miami par Luis Gomez                                                

5. Revolution #49 (Chanté)   

Isabelle Adjani et Steve Nieve enregistrés à Studio Pasteur par Steve Nieve

6. Hetty O’Hara Confidentiel

Elvis Costello enregistré à Suommenlinnan Studio, Helsinki par Eetu Seppälä avec assistant ingénieur Tim Mikkola Etta Somatis et AJUQ enregistrés à Trouville Sound par Steve Nieve

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KENNY MASON SHARES NEW SINGLE PLAY BALL

NEW PROJECT ANGELIC HOODRAT: SUPERCUT COMING APRIL 16

WATCH PLAY BALL

"If gang violence was the law of Kendrick Lamar’s maad Compton, finessing is the law of Kenny Mason’s nightmarish Atlanta. Atlanta hasn’t produced music this haunting and infectious since Goodie Mob’s “Cell Therapy.”" – Yoh Phillips, DJBooth

"The phrase “genre-bending” [has] never been used more appropriately than to describe the music of 25-year-old rapper Kenny Mason" – Jesica McKinny, COMPLEX

"Mason can deliver reflective raps at a steady pace, slip into mesmerizing chants, and dig deep for a high-pitched melody" – Alphonse Pierre, Pitchfork

"Few artists are able to consistently generate this level of quality and effective storytelling…” – Tyler Borland, Ones To Watch

"[Kenny Mason] pulls from various genres, turning to rap forefather Lil Wayne but also rock titans The Pixies and The Smashing Pumpkins for inspiration” – Lake Schatz, Consequence of Sound

"a central catalyst for Atlanta’s current movement of alternative artists" – Seamus Fay, Pigeons & Planes

"Atlanta's soon-to-be star" – Sidney Madden, NPR

 

Toronto, ON – March 26, 2021 –  Atlanta's most promising new artist, Kenny Mason, has released his latest single, Play Ball,  produced by Julian Cruz. Leveling up on a medley of clashing drums and grating guitar riffs, Kenny puts his vocal range on full display, singing about the realities of Atlanta street life before transitioning into a lyrical onslaught detailing what it takes to come up on his side of ATL.

"Knew how to spot rookies without looking / bitch i took it, no retaliation, because y'all pussies / how y'all should get got places where y'all took it / cuz I watched good ones turn to satan cuz y'all pushed 'em"

Along with the new song, Kenny has shared an accompanying Elijah Chauvin and Fabrice Mercier directed CGI visualizer. Play Ball  is the latest offering from Kenny this year following his heavy hitting alternative bangerPup, and the airy yet melodic, Partments. All three singles will be on Kenny Mason's highly anticipated Angelic Hoodrat: Supercut project, an extension of his 2020 debut which releases on April 16, and boasts features from Freddie Gibbs and Angel White.

Kenny Mason is coming off of a breakout year in 2020 following the release of his critically acclaimed debut project, Angelic Hoodrat. The project drew comparisons to the rise of Kendrick Lamar a la Good Kid, M.A.A.D City ontracks like PTSD, and Pretty Thoughts,  while Kenny surprised his fans by changing up his style from 2019's massive single, Hit, by tastefully combining elements of alternative rock, grunge, and punk with his already powerful rapping abilities on tracks like Metal Wings, Handles,  Firestarter,  and Angelic Hoodrat. 

The jarringly talented 25-year-old artist from Atlanta, GA is redefining popular notions of his city's sound with his genre-bending blend of rap and alternative rock familiar to fans of bands like The Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and My Bloody Valentine. Kenny Mason's phenomenal abilities as a lyricist, rapper, and singer have catapulted him from Atlanta's underground DIY scene to the national spotlight, climbing a promising ladder of success in a relatively short amount of time: Performing at Rolling Loud Miami in 2019, being named one of August's Best New Artists by Pigeons & Planes, having his song, G.O.A.T.  featured on HBO's hit show, Euphoria, being named among COMPLEX's 25 Rappers to Watch in 2020,  and having his debut album, Angelic Hoodrat, listed among XXL'Best Hip-Hop Projects of 2020.
 

Watch/listen to Play Ball

Listen to Angelic Hoodrat: smarturl.it/KM_AngelicHoodrat

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CADENCE WEAPON EXAMINES RACIAL PROFILING ON EYE TO EYE

NEW ALBUM PARALLEL WORLD OUT APRIL 30

EYE TO EYE FOLLOWS FIRST SINGLE SENNA
FEATURING JACQUES GREENE 

Toronto, ON – March 26, 2021 – Today, Cadence Weaponthe moniker of Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer and poet, Rollie Pemberton, shares Eye To Eye, the second single from his new LP, Parallel World, out April 30 via eOne Music. The album seeks to unearth the alternate reality that lies beneath the surface of our society, functioning as a mirror that exposes the distortions and inequalities that are typically ignored. Produced by Toronto’s AudioOpera, Eye To Eye is Cadence’s examination of racial profiling in prose. Listen to the song here and watch the video directed by Scott Pilgrim here

I wrote Eye To Eye in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and D’Andre Campbell, the assault of Dafonte Miller by an off-duty police officer and his brother, and the Amy Cooper / Chris Cooper incident in Central Park,” Cadence says. “I was inspired by the writing of Desmond Cole as well as W. E. B. Du Bois's concept of double consciousness - how I perceive myself and how I'm seen by others as a black man and the conflict between those two perceptions.” 

On collaborating with Scott Pilgrim, he adds: "Moving through any space as a black man wearing a hoodie is something that has become loaded with certain connotations and preconceptions. Scott and I wanted to make something raw that played with those expectations and navigated the gap between perception and reality."

Last month, the album’s first single, SENNAresonated with self-determination and taking the road less travelled, and marks a reunion collaboration between Cadence and JUNO-nominated artist, Jacques Greene. Cadence and Jacques revisited a creative process to make a song that exists between the margins of genre. Their previous collaborations include Cadence’s feature on Jacques’ 2019 album, Dawn Chorus (Night Service) and Jacques at the production helm for Cadence’s songs, High Rise, and The Host, from his 2018 self-titled project. Watch the video here

Cadence’s most politically charged album to date, the songs on Parallel World 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 their own realities relating to these issues. The new album is Cadence distilling these experiences for us all. Pre-order the album here.

In addition to Greene, production personnel on Parallel World includes Jimmy Edgar, Martyn Bootyspoon, Casey MQ, Korea Town Acid, DNNY PHNTM, Strict Face, AudioOpera, and Little Snake. Guests include Fat Tony, 2020 Polaris Music Prize-winner, Backxwash, Skratch Bastid, and Manga Saint Hilare. It was mixed and engineered by Calvin Hartwick at Dream House Studios and mastered by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel in Toronto.

Cadence has released four albums, all of which have been nominated for the Polaris Prize, with Breaking Kayfabe (2006) and Hope In Dirt City (2012) being shortlist nominees. His music is known for pairing groundbreaking production with incisive, socially conscious lyricism and has been praised by the likes of NPR, The New York Times, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Zane Lowe Beats 1, Complex, Dazed, and many more.

He served as Poet Laureate of Edmonton from 2009 to 2011. His poem “The Garden” was incorporated into a bronze sculpture at the Alberta Legislature Grounds in Edmonton in 2018. He has hosted lectures and conducted live interviews for CBC q and Red Bull Music Academy. A book he is writing about his career called Bedroom Rapper will be published by McClelland & Stewart in Spring 2022.

Listen/Watch EYE TO EYEffm.to/eye-to-eye

Pre-order Parallel World on Bandcamp

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SKEGSS RELEASE NEW ALBUM REHEARSAL VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

SHARE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE BUSH TV

Toronto, ON – March 26, 2021 – Rising rock trio, Skegss – Ben Reed (vocals, guitar), Toby Cregan (bass, guitar, vocals), and Jonny Lani (drums) – shared their punchy and potent new single, Bush TV, alongside its Super 8-shot, Jamieson Kerr-directed video earlier this week; watch it here. The freewheeling clip for the final single from their new album, Rehearsal, out today via Loma Vista Recordings, finds Skegss enjoying the great Australian countryside, from riding dirt bikes on Lani’s farm and hanging with Cregan’s dog Blaze, to swimming, barbecuing, and drinking beers by the fire pit. “The video was a lot of fun to make. The motorbike shots were pretty wild. I was in the back of a Ute hanging off the end with my camera whilst we were pinning it around bends and bumps. At one point I got some air which was pretty scary,” says director Kerr of the making of. Rehearsal is available on DSPs here.

After playing a Melbourne show last month to 2,500 attendees, Skegss also announced more of their first live shows in nearly a year to celebrate the album’s release: at Melbourne’s 170 Russell on March 28, Sydney’s Factory Theatre on March 30, and Brisbane’s Felons Barrel Hall on April 1. 

While Bush TV is tinged with a feeling of bittersweet nostalgia, it also showcases the youthful intensity for which Skegss is known, and its video is a peek into the fun loving attitude that also permeates Rehearsal’s 13-track thrill ride. From the playful romp of single, Valhalla and the intoxicating narrative of Running from Nothing, to the staggering beauty of Reed’s acoustic ballad, Wake Up, Rehearsal encapsulates Skegss’ sound: nostalgic riffs, tight hooks, and masterful storytelling. Bush TV follows previous singles Under the Thunder, Fantasising, Wake Up, and Valhalla, which collectively earned early praise and support from NME, Consequence of Sound, DIY, Rolling Stone Australia ('Song You Need to Know'), and more. 

Featuring trippy cover artwork by cult Aussie outsider and frequent Skegss collaborator, Jack Irvine (who has also worked with Billie Eilish and Troye Sivan), Rehearsal illustrates an evolution of Skegss’ songwriting while remaining grounded in their grungy sound that’s become so beloved. The album was recorded at The Grove Studios with producer, Catherine Marks, who added a veteran's finesse and expanded upon the rustic charm of demos the band tracked at The Music Farm using vintage gear from the 60s and 70s. Rehearsal is the most electrifying snapshot we've seen of Skegss yet, and is the trio’s first full-length for Loma Vista Recordings following their rapid ascent with just a few self-released singles/EPs (now certified Platinum in Australia, and with LSD surpassing 25 million streams on Spotify), and their 2018 debut LP My Own Mess (which peaked at #2 on Australia’s ARIA album chart and earned an ARIA Award nomination for ‘Best Rock Album’).

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA RELEASE NEW SINGLE/VIDEO KEEL TIMING

FROM NEW ALBUM THE MILLION MASKS OF GOD OUT APRIL 30 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

Toronto, ON – March 26, 2021 – Taut and dynamic, Keel Timing,  is the second single from Manchester Orchestra’s new album, The Million Masks of God. Out today and underscored by a bedrock mix of organic and electronic beats, the song simmers to a roaring, high-octane conclusion before seamlessly shifting into the sweeping first single, Bed Head, on the album’s sequence. “Keel Timing serves as a prequel to Bed Head,” explains singer Andy Hull, who also further detailed the song’s ‘Origins’ this morning to Consequence of Sound. “It’s an isolated internal investigation about personal growth. Trying to decide what growth is positive and what growth is negative. And where do we land after that investigation.” Watch the dizzying video for Keel Timing directed by Alex Thomas here.

Keel Timing follows lead single, Bed Head, which, with only one week since impacting at radio, currently sits in the Top 20 of both the BDS and Mediabase Triple A charts (#1 and #4 most-increased this week, respectively) and at #4 on SiriusXM Alt Nation’s ‘Alt 18 Countdown.’ The Million Masks of God will be released on April 30 via Loma Vista Recordings and can now be pre-ordered – including in a new, limited-to-1,000-copies, band-autographed vinyl edition, available in either pink or light blue variants, and exclusive to the band's hometown Atlanta, Georgia, indie record store stalwart Criminal Records. "Our band wouldn’t be where it is without Criminal Records. When we were getting started in 2006, Criminal was the only place in the world that you could actually buy our album in a store or order it and receive it in the mail,” says Hull. “Every week we would drive up to Criminal and drop off another couple of boxes of CDs, and sure enough Eric would sell them and request more. They have continued to shower us with love and support and we are forever grateful. Independent retail as a whole has always been an incredibly supportive partner for our band and I encourage you all to please support these stores, which still make tangible media an experience that’s far more impactful and memorable than clicking a button on your phone."

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

The Million Masks Of God can be seen, in a way, as the band's sophomore album following a rebirth with Black Mile (which featured the band’s first #1 AAA and Top 15 Alternative radio hit The Gold), and Hull’s early concept for it was a natural extension of the main theme of its predecessor. “If Black Mile was this idea of ‘from birth to death,’ this album would really be more about ‘from birth to beyond, focusing on the highs and lows of life and exploring what could possibly come next,’” he explains.

Manchester Orchestra approached Masks with the intention of creating tightly-woven “movie albums” designed to be listened to in sequence and in a single sitting, with the songs working together to tell a bold, long-form narrative. The album explores the loose story of a man’s encounter with the angel of death as he's shown various scenes from his life in a snapshot-style assemblage. Some moments he witnesses are good, some are bad, some difficult, some commendable – in other words, they depict an entirely normal life. Ultimately, The Million Masks of God is a compelling, heady, and profound look at the impact a person’s life has on others.

“There’s a decision we’re faced with when experiencing loss and the inevitable grief that follows. Do we let it sink us? Try to ignore it and pretend it’s not there? Or do we search and dig until we find signs of beauty in life and all of its experiences?” explains Hull. “In a way, the grief will always define you but being together and creating something meaningful from all of the hardships has been the most helpful tool I’ve found."

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GRAMMY AND JUNO-WINNING SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER DANIEL LANOIS RELEASES HEAVY SUN

NEW ALBUM ACCLAIMED BY SPIN, NO DEPRESSION, 
NPR’S WORLD CAFÉ AND FEATURED ON WTF WITH MARC MARON

Toronto, ON – March 19, 2021 – Today, Grammy and JUNO Award-winning songwriter and producer Daniel Lanoisreleases his new album Heavy Sun through eOne, the first release under his new "Maker Series" brand. Stream and download Heavy Sun here. Watch a new visualizer video for the track, Way Down, here.
 

Daniel Lanois previously released singles, Power, and (Under The) Heavy Sun, which premiered with SPIN who calls it a "dubby, atmospheric tune" that "previews the space-gospel vibe of his upcoming LP." American Songwriter writes of the album that “songs such as ‘Power,’ ‘Tumbling Stone,’ ‘Dance On,’ ‘Angels Watching’ and ‘Every Nation’ are instilled with a spiritual fervor, one tempered by reggae rhythms, hints of electronica, rich textures, and the deep commitment of all involved.” Exclaim! noted, Let's hope the pandemic lockdowns lift soon, because Lanois and his bandmates deserve to delight audiences with their crackling chemistry and old-school gospel songcraft, all of which are vividly captured on Heavy Sun.” Lanois was also recently featured on NPR’s World Cafe, and as a guest on WTF with Marc Maron

Whether crafting ambient records with Brian Eno, making rock and roll history with U2 and Peter Gabriel, digging into American roots with Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, scoring Oscar-winning films and blockbuster video games, or composing his own solo music, 11-time Grammy and 8-time JUNO winner, Daniel Lanois, has always seemed to reinvent himself with a chameleon-like ease. While Lanois may be best known for his production work on era-defining albums like Joshua Tree, Wrecking Ball, and Time Out Of Mind, he actually grew up on organ records and gospel music, and he cut his teeth as a young man in the studio recording vocal quartets touring their way through Ontario. In the decades to come, Lanois would go on to become one of the most acclaimed studio gurus of the modern era (Rolling Stone declared that his “unmistakable fingerprints are all over an entire wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”), as well as a prolific solo artist (NPR hailed his “brilliant albums of heartfelt songs”), but his love of soul and roots music never left.

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

We want to lift people’s spirits with this music,” says Lanois. “It’s so easy to feel isolated right now, but we want everyone to feel included in what we’re doing.”

That communal spirit is on full display here, with Lanois and his bandmates —guitarist/vocalist, Rocco DeLuca, organist/vocalist, Johnny Shepherd, and bassist/vocalist, Jim Wilson — showcasing an undeniable chemistry and boundless appetite for sonic discovery that far surpasses the influence of any individual member.

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

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

Listen to Heavy Suneone.ffm.to/heavysun

Watch Way Down: youtu.be/ncbCqVMoXWo

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

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HEAR TONY JOE WHITE’S BUBBA JONES FROM POSTHUMOUS ALBUM SMOKE FROM THE CHIMNEY SET FOR MAY 7 RELEASE WITH EASY EYE SOUND

PRODUCED BY DAN AUERBACH
FROM NINE UNRELEASED VOCAL/GUITAR DEMOS


Toronto, ON – March 19, 2021 – Leave it to the late, great Tony Joe White to write what may very well be the only bonafide-badass bass fishing song and never get around to sharing it with the world. That is, until now. Appearing on his upcoming posthumous album, Smoke from the Chimney, Bubba Jones follows a mostly-fictional character on his chase to land a world-record largemouth bass. “My dad loved to fish. It was his favorite hobby,” says White’s son, Jody. “He would travel many miles to find the best fishing holes, or to explore places he heard about where large fish had been caught.” Jody describes the character as “a hybrid, fictional character that Tony Joe made up in his head, combined with his inner self who had a burning desire to catch the world record largemouth bass.” In pure Tony Joe White fashion, along with the greasy production from Dan Auerbach, Bubba Jones’s tale unfolds with a rollicking backbeat and deep and smokey vocal delivery—not to mention sweltering slide guitar from Marcus King. Auerbach pegs “Bubba Jones” as quintessential Tony Joe White. “No-one else could do it like Tony Joes does,” says Auerbach. “When is the last song you heard name check Red Man and Gatorade?”

Yesterday, Rolling Stone Country premiered the “epic” video for Bubba Jones, which features long-lost footage of White performing on the legendary 1980s talk show, Nashville Now. RSC praises the “funky fishing song” by highlighting the “appropriately swampy groove” and “sizzling slide guitar from Marcus King.” Watch the video for Bubba Jones now at this link and pre-order or pre-save Smoke from the Chimney ahead of its May 7 release right here.

Smoke from the Chimney, a nine-song album of never-before-heard Tony Joe White tunes, will be released on May 7 on Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound label. Produced by Auerbach and rounded out by Nashville’s most seasoned studio musicians, Smoke from the Chimney started out as a number of unadorned voice and guitar demos from White’s home studio before being transformed into full band arrangements harkening back to the albums he recorded in the late 60s and early 70s in Nashville and Muscle Shoals—just as he was emerging as an internationally recognized songwriter and recording artist.

In the last 10 to 15 years of his life, White would preserve new compositions or revisit older tracks in his home studio with only a guitar—usually his Fender Stratocaster—and that inimitable voice. After his father’s death in 2018, Jody White started transferring those multitrack home recordings to digital files. Looking back on the moment he unearthed the demo of Smoke from the Chimney, he recalls a mix of happiness, gratification, and shock. As he continued to find other songs that didn’t make an album, he moved the material into a separate folder. Within a year, those select recordings would evolve into Smoke from the Chimney.

“These songs feel like a collection to me and they all seem to work together, in a weird way, even though they’re so different,” says Auerbach. “There’s some heartbreaking ballads and some really raunchy carnal blues. But it all works together like scenes of a movie.” The cast of musical characters brought in by Auerbach to accompany White’s guitar and vocal recordings includes legendary keyboardist Bobby Wood (Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Wilson Pickett), Nashville pedal steel ace Paul Franklin, next-generation guitar hero Marcus King, and Grammy and ACM award-winning fiddler Stuart Duncan, just to name a few.

Jody believes that his father would love the way Smoke From the Chimney turned out. “I feel like it’s validation that Tony Joe was one of the greatest of all time,” he says. “That he could make something so potent, even so late in life, is something that not many people can do. I think it’s going to make people who loved him already love him even more.”

More About Tony Joe White: Across five decades as a performer and storyteller, Tony Joe White—a.k.a. “The Swamp Fox”—left an indelible mark on American music. His catalog offers indisputable classics such as “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia,” and his songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Kenny Chesney, Waylon Jennings, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, and Tina Turner.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Smoke from the Chimney
2. Boot Money
3. Del Rio, You’re Making Me Cry
4. Listen to Your Song
5. Over You
6. Scary Stories
7. Bubba Jones
8. Someone Is Crying
9. Billy

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SHOW ME THE BODY RELEASES NEW EP

SURVIVE OUT NOW VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

Toronto, ON – March 19, 2021 – Today, New York City's, Show Me The Body, releases their new EP, SurviveThe three-track project, self-produced alongside Gabriel Millman and Patrik Berger, who has worked with a wide range of artists from Robyn to Refused, and mixed and mastered by extreme music mainstay, Arthur Rizk, is out now via Loma Vista Recordings. The band recently shared Survive, the lead single from the project, alongside an intense and impressionistic video. Survive is the first new music from Show Me The Body since their 2019 album, Dog Whistle, and is available to purchase now on limited pressing 10” vinyl and digital download here.  

Show Me The Body says of the project: "During this isolation we had to recalibrate. Recalibrate both how we exist as a band and how we cultivate power within our community. Our live performance is not just a moment for us, it’s our weapon, our language, and our ceremony. Without it, we had to reconfigure how we interact with our community. We established CORPUS headquarters. With our team, we started CORPUS Family, a branch of CORPUS focused on community initiatives; Burning World Book Club, a clothing drive, and a studio residency. We are preparing CORPUS Self-Defense initiatives as well as open jam sessions as soon as safety will allow for it. We built a studio in our headquarters. Survive is the first project to be written and recorded top to bottom in the CORPUS studio. The songs deal with spiritual and physical isolation, as well as staying ready and preparing for the next time we come together."

Listen to Survive above, see EP details below and stay tuned for more from Show Me The Body soon.

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POP EVIL DEBUTS NEW SINGLE SET ME FREE

REVEAL NEW ALBUM RELEASE DATE AND TRACKLIST

VERSATILE OUT MAY 21 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

PRE-ORDERS HERE

Toronto, ON – March 19, 2021 – Pop Evil have debuted their new single, Set Me Free today along with announcing May 21 as the release date for their much-anticipated sixth full-length album, Versatile, via Entertainment One (eOne). The release finds the Michigan rock heavyweights pushing their instantly distinctive sound to uncharted territories, expertly balancing the styles they’ve explored on recent tracks, Let The Chaos Reign, Work and Breathe Again, of which the latter two have blasted on to the Top 10 Rock charts joining previous #1 hits Waking Lions, Footsteps, Deal with the Devil, Trenches and Torn to Pieces, which was certified GOLD by the RIAA in 2020. The new single Set Me Free, is a reminder of the band’s ability to be a bastion for perseverance and positivity which features colossal riffs coupled with a formidable performance from vocalist, Leigh Kakaty. Watch and listen in the below video visualizer or directly here.

“We are very excited to announce our sixth studio album is being released May 21,” announce Pop Evil in a joint statement. “Versatile is available for pre-order now! With this launch we are releasing a brand-new track from the album, ‘Set Me Free,’ which embodies the challenging times the world has faced this past year. We are very proud & humbled to see our current single Breathe Again trending Top 5 on the Rock Radio charts, and the video being embraced by our fans. We can’t wait for you all to hear the rest of the album, as we feel it's our strongest to date.”

If rock is dead, then Pop Evil is definitive proof of the afterlife.

The blue-collar band – which consists of Kakaty alongside lead guitarist, Nick Fuelling, rhythm guitarist, Dave Grahs, bassist, Matt DiRito and drummer, Hayley Cramer – have built a new rock n’ roll institution on their foundation of showmanship, raw relatability, and hard rock hooks, both forward-thinking and timeless.

Pop Evil’s songwriting on Versatile zeros in on their juxtaposition of cinematic melody and heavy, unflinching groove. Deftly mixing fist-pumping anthems and timeless power ballads, Pop Evil delivers their most ambitious rebirth yet with a jaw-dropping and unpredictable album. Versatile sounds exactly like the name suggests. It distills the soaring melodies and driving riffs of Pop Evil’s past and introduces an ambitious exploration of the future.

Beyond the success story told by the charts, the 1 million units of “total activity” across their catalog, and the over 600 million streams of their songs on major platforms, Pop Evil’s greatest strength is the diverse group of people captivated by the band’s relatable storytelling and undeniable catchiness. These are fans earned, city by city, on tours with a modern rock playlist’s worth of genre titans.

Versatile will be made available on CD exclusively via Target, which will offer a two- disc deluxe edition. The second disc duplicates the track listing from their 2020 #1’s LP; which was  pressed on 180-gram opaque gold vinyl and featured all of the band's #1 singles up until now.

VERSATILE Tracklist:
1. Let The Chaos Reign
2. Set Me Free
3. Breathe Again
4. Work
5. Inferno
6. Stronger (The Time Is Now)
7. Raise Your Flag
8. Human Nature
9. Survivor
10. Worst In Me
11. Same Blood
12. Fire Inside

2021 Tour Dates:
August 6 – Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort **SOLD OUT**
August 11 – Camdenton, MO @ Ozarks Amphitheater
September 24 – Orlando, FL @ Monster Energy Rebel Rock at Central Florida Fairgrounds
October 7 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock at Discovery Park & w/ Shinedown

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ALT-ROCK DUO THE BLUE STONES RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM HIDDEN GEMS

OUT NOW ON ENTERTAINMENT ONE

STREAM OR PURCHASE HIDDEN GEMS

SHAKIN’ OFF THE RUST #1 MOST PLAYED SONG OF 2020 IN CANADA & TOP 5 AT ALTERNATIVE RADIO CANADA

SHAKIN’ OFF THE RUST TOP 5 AT ACTIVE ROCK RADIO US & #25 ON BILLBOARD’S MAINSTREAM ROCK SONGS OF 2020

“Their latest single Spirit is a bluesy, fuzzy anthem with psychedelic components that’ll make you wonder what decade it was really released in but yearning to hear more.”  Loudwire

“Big, brash, ballsy bar room rock will never lose it’s magic – that’s the spirit that runs throughout Hidden Gems.”Upset Mag (4/5)

“There’s so much music out there that pretends to be rock and roll, but there’s nothing pretend about The Blues Stones or Let It Ride. It’s the real thing.”  We All Want Someone To Shout For

Toronto, ON – March 19, 2021 – Alternative-rock duo, The Blue Stones, have released their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Hidden Gems, out today on Entertainment One (eOne). Across the ten songs on the album, the band pairs rock anthems built to be played in a stadium with layered, R&B leaning numbers and moody, grunge tracks. On Hidden Gems, the band worked with famed producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots, LANY), who helped the duo explore and create music in a new way, as well as discover themselves throughout the writing process. Composed of Tarek Jafar (vocals/guitar) and Justin Tessier (drums/vocals), the band learned confidence and strength-of-self. This personal growth led to their most honest lyrics to date, tackling accepting your strengths and weaknesses, dealing with heartbreak, and the reality of bad habits.

Album opener, Lights On, serves as a perfect introduction to the diverse sound found across Hidden Gems, before kicking into hit single, Shakin’ Off The Rust, which charted Top 5 at U.S. radio on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and has nearly 15 million streams worldwide. As the record continues, the band brings in a smooth and funky vibe through a mix of keys and 808 kick drums on songs like Careless, L.A. Afterlife and Make This Easy. Let It Ride sets course as an explosive rock anthem, while the album ends with the bouncy, indie-rock driven Oceans. On Hidden Gems, the band have crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that you can’t help but be swept up and carried off by these songs. The Blue Stones have redefined who they are, but at the same time ensured they kept their identity intact, making them one of alternative rock’s most exciting acts.

You can stream Hidden Gems here now and purchase the album through the band’s webstore.

In celebration of the release of the album, The Blue Stones will be performing a stripped-down session on Amazon Music’s Twitch Channel on March 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Tarek will be performing select tracks from Hidden Gems and there will be a Q&A session with Tarek and Justin to follow.

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ORMISTON DELIVERS NOSTALGIC VIDEO FOR REBEL

NEW ALBUM HAMMER DOWN OUT JUNE 4
ON LISBON LUX RECORDS

Toronto, ON – March 17, 2021 – Today, multifaceted Montréal artist and producer, Ormiston, delivers a nostalgic, TV-lit video for his new single, Rebel. The song will be featured on his upcoming debut project, Hammer Downout June 4 on Lisbon Lux Records. The video was directed by Montreal filmmaker, Ariel Poupart, and sees Ormiston and a band performing Rebel in a cinematic landscape, evoking a retro mood, as if viewing through your TV at home. Watch the video here and listen to the song here

“Along with Ormiston, we decided to go with a Top of the Pops setting for his musical performance. I loved the texture of the song Rebel that felt very analogic to me,” Ariel says of the production. “I wanted to recreate that same texture though the images and got very inspired by everything that could alter the image. When we settled on using old cathodic televisions as a means to distort and modify the visuals, I got very enthusiastic and so we got 13 of them!”

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

Stay tuned for more new music from Ormiston ahead of his project release this spring. 

Watch Rebel: bit.ly/3bGWdDI

Listen to Rebel: idol.lnk.to/Rebel

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PARIS PICK ANNOUNCES SOPHOMORE ALBUM HOPE FOR THE BEST DROPPING JUNE 4 VIA CARE RECORDS

SHARES TITLE TRACK AND OFFICIAL VIDEO TODAY

PRE-ORDER ALBUM HERE

VIDEO FOR HOPE FOR THE BEST PREMIERED ON CUPS N’ CAKES

Toronto, ON – March 17, 2021 – Today, Canadian soul-pop artist, Paris Pick, reveals her sophomore album, Hope For The Best, will be available on June 4 via Care Records. This album sees Paris build on her talents showcased on her 2018 debut album, Feeling Love, and features eight original tracks – all of which are written by Paris. The title track is out today, giving fans a taste of what’s to come on the rest of the record. Accompanying the single is the official video shot in Whitehorse, Yukon by local talented filmmakers, The Bullen Brothers. The video follows the tale of a downtrodden pizza delivery girl (Paris) and gives the audience a playful peek into each of her varied encounters with each customer. Watch the full video here and listen to the track on Spotify here.

“Hope for the Best is my new baby. As it comes out this summer, I'm going to nurture it as much as possible,” says Paris on the album. “I want the word to get out there, I want people to hear my new songs and be singing along blasting them in their cars as they do so. I really think the overall production is quite wonderful and the songs carry themselves. I hired some pretty incredible musicians to be part of this project and I get pretty excited when I hear them play. So I think you will as well, I'm feeling good about this one.”

Hope For The Best, is the type of song that anyone can relate to. The lyrics dive into recalling feelings of self-doubt, moments when you wonder if you are turning out to be the person you aspire to be, followed by the conclusion that all you can do is “Hope for the Best”. The track’s sound is optimistic like the title, putting out fun and groovy vibes with the instrumentals.

“I chose to release Hope for the Best as my debut single for a few reasons. Not only is it the title track of the record, but it's probably the most uplifting and fun! I figured 2020 was a gloomy year and my listeners (and myself) could use a pick-me-up as we launch into the new year.” shares Paris.

The inspiration for the music video was thought up by Paris and brought to life by The Bullen Brothers: “The Idea was drawn when one of Whitehorse's local music venues and pizza restaurants Epic Pizza officially closed in 2019. It was sad for our music community to see this golden nugget go under. It made me daydream ‘What would it be like to be a pizza delivery girl’ which was a job I thought I would always enjoy as I thoroughly love Pizza as well as being able to drive around and listen to music. I also asked myself ‘how rude are customers to pizza delivery people, or what kind of stuff do pizza delivery people walk-in on?’ and from that I started putting the music video together,” Paris explains. “Instantly I reached out to the Bullens and asked if they'd like to read my idea over and see if they were interested in helping the concept come to life.”

Shot in Whitehorse, Yukon the video follows Paris – starring as the pizza delivery girl – encountering all kinds of unexpected scenes when she makes her deliveries. She keeps a smile on her face throughout the whole shoot despite the treatment she receives and eventually, she is able to jet off to a party with all her friends in celebration. The video also features special guest appearances from "Yukon Famous" locals such as Yukon based poet, Peter Jickling, Manus Hopkins from local metal band, Animal Warfare Act and local funk band, Major Funk.

Tirelessly driven, Paris Pick has been busy building her musical empire in Whitehorse, Yukon since her arrival back in 2013. Since then, Paris has managed to carve a niche for herself within Canada’s music scene with her distinctive voice, bold sense of fashion, and individual brand of northern soul-pop music. She’s been hard at work on her second record, Hope for the Best, with producer, Jim Holland, at Green Needle Records in Whitehorse, Yukon – stay tuned for more to come from her as she gears up for the full release on June 4!

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LAILA BIALI DEBUTS INSPIRING AT HOME LIVE-ACTION VIDEO FOR AWARD-WINNING TRACK SATELLITE

RECEIVES 2021 JUNO NOMINATION FOR VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Toronto, ON – March 17, 2021 – 2021 JUNO nominated artist (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year), Laila Biali, shares a special “quarantine” live-action, stop animation video for award-wining single, Satellite. The video was created by Stephanie Haller and Nick Collingwood from Brooklyn-based creative agency, Halla Creative – who have worked with Laila since 2015. Stephanie and Nick created the entire video inside their Brooklyn apartment, where they hand cut every object and filmed the video using a combination of live action and stop motion animation. This video is meant to serve as a reminder of all we've been through "together at home" for a year now as we simultaneously look forward to a brighter future and the time when we'll all be together again – watch the full video here.

Stephanie from Halla Creative shares, "When I first heard Satellite a few years back I had the idea to tell the story with paper cutouts. The vision just came to me as I heard the song. We decided not to pursue a video for this song at the time but the idea always stuck with me. When Laila approached me again about the video a few months ago, we both felt like it was the perfect quarantine project." 

“When I first wrote Satellite, I was a relatively new Mom, still touring and often away from my immediate family,” says Laila. “The lyrics came to mind after a summer show I'd played in Niagara on the Lake. I was aching to be back home in Brooklyn with my husband and son, and as I drove my rental car back to where I was staying for the night, I tried to imagine my boys in the car with me, singing along to the radio together. Just the act of imagining them did bring them closer somehow. And when the world went into lockdown a year ago, the message behind this song took on new meaning. It became a reminder of how powerful it is that we can connect to loved ones via satellite when we can't physically be together, and of how meaningful it is to keep one another close in mind and at heart as we reflect on old times and look ahead to a future where we will be together once more.”

Satellite’s lyrics truly take on a new meaning given the past year’s events and any listener can find comfort when watching the heartfelt video. On March 9, Laila was nominated for a 2021 JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for her 2020 album, Out of Dust – which coincidentally is approaching it’s one-year anniversary since releasing (March 27, 2020) during the beginning of the pandemic.

"I've always created music with the primary goal to connect with the world and community around me, hopeful it might bring something good to people's lives. If that happens, I feel I'm on the right path. But it's also an enormous honour and greatly encouraging to receive industry recognition in the form of a JUNO nomination – this year especially, during these unique times," says Laila.

Laila will be performing at two upcoming livestreamed concerts – Izzy Asper's Jazz Performances on Saturday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET and on Friday, April 30 with Bravo Niagara!’s Sing About Freedom in celebration of International Jazz Day.

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www.lailabiali.com

About Laila Biali:
Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. This year, Laila was honoured by SOCAN Music with the Hagood Hardy Award for Excellence in Songwriting. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release won her a JUNO (Canada's GRAMMY) for "Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.” The year prior, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Laila was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards when she was named "SOCAN Composer of the Year" and "Keyboardist of the Year." She received her first JUNO nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot on DownBeat Magazine's "Best Albums of the Year" for Live in Concert (2013). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music's national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to listeners across Canada. While Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy" (Washington Post). Laila's highly anticipated album, Out of Dust – which was named one of Downbeat Magazine’s Best Albums of 2020 – features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fischer, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis, released March 27, 2020.

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

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ROBERT GLASPER WINS GRAMMY FOR BEST R&B SONG

LISTEN TO BETTER THAN I IMAGINED 
FEATURING H.E.R. AND MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO 

Toronto, ON – March 15, 2021 – Multi-Grammy-winning pianist and producer, Robert Glasper, has received another award for Best R&B Song. After securing two nominations for his 2019 surprise-release mixtape, F*ck Yo Feelings (Loma Vista Recordings), and 2020 symbolic hymn, Better Than I Imagined, featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello, Glasper continues to affirm his legacy in music after nearly two decades of continuously breaking the mold. The song was also remixed by Best New Artist nominee, Kaytranada. Listen here. With an impressive nine nominations in total and three previous wins, this win is in welcome company. This week Robert performed FYF single, This Changes Everything with artist Denzel Curry for Grammy.com - watch here.

Glasper previewed his highly anticipated upcoming album, Black Radio 3, last fall with the first track, Better Than I Imagined, an ode to Black love that features two of the most powerful female voices in contemporary music. Glasper explained the bigger message behind the song, "No one wants a life without love, but we have generations of people in our community who haven't had the tools to actually be in healthy relationships. It seems like people are finally ready to open their eyes to systemic racism in this country, and if we're going to talk about it, we have to also talk about how it affects our relationships."

F*ck Yo Feelings set a new precedent when it was released alongside Glasper’s now legendary residency at New York’s Blue Note. The FYF mixtape is the result of a two-day session in which Glasper invited musicians and friends to stop by the studio and organically create together, the final result being this mixtape which sonically documents the lost art of improv and on the spot collaborations that can only come from authentic relationships and true artistry. Glasper's sound can hardly be defined but is built on his unique blend of jazz, hip-hop, and neo-soul. Fuck Yo Feelings is an inspired update in that lineage, blending the personalities of himself and his collaborators that include a top-tier range of standout artists across different scenes that only Glasper could put in the same room: Yasiin Bey, Herbie Hancock, Andra Day, YBN Cordae, Terrace Martin, Baby Rose, Bilal, Buddy, Denzel Curry, Mick Jenkins, SiR, Rapsody and more. The mixtape marked the first time Glasper reunited and recorded with Chris Dave (featured in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Drummers of all Time) and Derrick Hodge (bass) in nearly ten years since 2012's Black RadioGlasper's unanimously celebrated album that took home the Grammy Award for Best R&B album in 2013. 

Commended as one of the most respected and talented artists of his time, the past year cemented Glasper’s lasting legacy in music history and beyond. Congratulations to Robert Glasper on his Grammy win!

Listen to Better Than I Imagined featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello Kaytranada Remix here

Listen to Better Than I Imagined featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello and watch the official video here

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JESSE MAXWELL ANNOUNCES NEW PROJECT HELLION SET FOR RELEASE MAY 7

SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO I’LL MAKE YOU

WACTH HERE AND LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – March 12, 2021 – Today, multitalented Toronto-based artist, Jesse Maxwell, announces his next project, Hellion, will be releasing May 7 – almost one year after his 2020 debut album release of Radio Silence. Hellion sees Maxwell experimenting with various soundscapes and moods, allowing listeners to lose themselves in the six-track collection, building upon his talents debuted on Radio Silence, and highlights all that Maxwell is capable of. Additionally, new single, I’ll Make You, is available today accompanied by a live video featuring Maxwell and his band.

“I'm so excited to announce my new ep titled, Hellion, that will be releasing on May 7, 2021. This 6-song ep crosses over different genres, moods and styles which is how I like to create – I never want any two songs to sound the same,” Maxwell shares. “What’s amazing to me is that we made this EP without spending a dime – me and my co-producer, Andres, did all the production, recording, mixing and sound engineering, which is a goal we had for ourselves and I couldn't be more pleased with the final outcome. While you listen to this project, I hope you feel that intimacy that I tried to create on the songs, bringing you into the home studio we created it in.”

Whether it’s the smooth and sultry harmonies in Smoke & Mirrors, the introspective lyrics in Undone, or the subtle bouncy groove in One Time, Hellion is a testament to Maxwell’s versatility as a songwriter and producer. Being classically trained and having a natural poetic talent with writing lyrics, Maxwell offers an ambient and captivating collection of music that effortlessly pulls the listener in for more. I’ll Make You explores the topics of materialism and the superficiality of using something like high end brands to attract someone’s love and attention. Throughout the track Maxwell is convincing this person that materials won’t satisfy their needs, but he can offer something deeper that they can feel.

On I’ll Make You, Jesse says,“I wrote the lyrics of this song a couple years ago, while I was living in Brooklyn, NY. As songs do at times, this one took many different forms instrumentally, it wasn't until me and my co-producer, Andres, were sitting in my basement he was showing me an instrumental he made that sparked my interest. From there, we recomposed and restructured it as it evolved into the final form of I'll Make You.”

A deep and lyrical storyteller, distinctive in his own brand of Pop, Alternative R&B and Soul, Jesse Maxwell, has morphed into a prolific singer/songwriter/producer of his own making. Maxwell started releasing music in 2019, with his debut album, Radio Silence, released in May of 2020 on Trans Phatt Records. Radio Silence is a unique, genre-bending eclectic collection of nine songs, that has garnered early interest on SiriusXM and racked up over 200,000 Spotify streams. Listeners fell in love with Maxwell’s individuality and fresh take on Pop and Alternative R&B.

Stay tuned for more to come from Maxwell as his release for Hellion is fast approaching.

Hellion Tracklist:
1. Smoke & Mirrors
2. Stand Still
3. One Time
4. I’ll Make You
5. Undone
6. Evergreen

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MASN RELEASES NEW TRACK 2 TIMES

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Toronto, ON – March 12, 2021 – Artist on the rise, MASN, has released his new track, 2 Times, today along with a visualizer via RCA Records. 2 Times is written by MASN along with Jackson Lee Morgan and Joakim Haukaas, who co-produced as well. This marks MASN’s first release in 2021 and sets the stage for his upcoming EP which will be released later this year. MASN is currently featured in Tommy Jeans SS21 Campaign. 

MASN says, “2 Times is about getting burned by someone and giving them a second chance, only to get screwed over again. People rarely change but we remain optimistic that the situation can be different.”

MASN wrapped up his 2020 hot streak by releasing the track, Sitting in Fire, which will also be on the forthcoming EP. Last year MASN released his debut EP, How To Kill A Rockstar,  as well as Mountains, a collaboration with label mates Lost Kings. MASN’s debut EP received critical praise – the track Hate Me! was featured on Billboard’s 10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week and Ones To Watch #NowWatching playlist and Fire which PAPER called “compelling.” The EP also included previously released tracks Psycho!, Psycho! feat. Trippie Redd and Val!um.

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

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KENNY MASON RELEASES NEW TRACK AND VIDEO PUP

NEW PROJECT ANGELIC HOODRAT: SUPERCUT COMING APRIL 16

"a central catalyst for Atlanta’s current movement of alternative artists"  – Pigeons & Planes

"Atlanta's soon-to-be star" – NPR

"One listen and you won't forget Kenny Mason" – DJ Booth

"Few artists are able to consistently generate this level of quality and effective storytelling…” – Ones To Watch

"The phrase “genre-bending” [has] never been used more appropriately than to describe the music of 25-year-old rapper Kenny Mason" – COMPLEX

Toronto, ON – March 12, 2021 –  Kenny Mason is a jarringly talented 25 year old artist from Atlanta whose genre-bending blend of rap and alternative rock has catapulted him from Atlanta's underground DIY scene to the national spotlight and beyond. Today, Kenny Mason has released his newest single and video, Pup, along with the announcement of his upcoming project, Angelic Hoodrat: Supercut. The song, which was co-produced by Kenny and Julian Cruz, features Kenny Mason rapping over oscillating high-frequency keys as a heavily distorted guitar riff bleeds in and out of the track. The video, directed by Nasser Boulaich and Unkle Luc, features data moshed clips of Kenny, his pup, and his crew prowling the streets of Atlanta at night. Pup is the second offering from Kenny Mason this year following his recently released sonic portrait, Partments. Both singles will be on Kenny Mason's upcoming Supercut, which is coming out on April 16. 

Kenny Mason is picking up right where he left off after his breakout year in 2020. Angelic Hoodrat: Supercut will feature 12 brand new tracks with guest features from Freddie Gibbs, Ambar Lucid, and Angel White. Kenny Mason's debut project positioned him as a prominent voice in the ever-changing Atlanta music scene. The result was a strong, cohesive debut on Angelic Hoodrat which also saw cinematic, story driven visuals directed by Nasser Boulaich for Angels CallingFirestarterHitAngelic Hoodrat and a joint video for Chevron/PTSD.

Within a short amount of time, Kenny Mason has climbed up a promising ladder of success: performing at Rolling Loud Miami 2019, being named one of August's "Best New Artists" by Pigeons & Planes, having his song, G.O.A.T., featured on HBO's hit show, Euphoria and being named among COMPLEX's 25 Rappers to Watch in 2020. As the ATL native readies for the release of his upcoming project, 2021 looks to be another standout year for the unique and jarringly talented artist.

Please find a link to Kenny Mason's new single, Pup, and a pre-save link for his upcoming project, Angelic Hoodrat: Supercut via the links below.

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

Watch/listen to Pup

Angelic Hoodrat: Supercut Tracklisting
1. 43
2. RIH
3. A+ (FT. DENZEL CURRY)
4. FASHO
5. MUCH MONEY (FT. FREDDIE GIBBS)
6. PLAY BALL
7. PUP
8. TITAN (FT. ANGEL WHITE)
9. BREATHE FT. AMBAR LUCID
10. PARTMENTS
11. 4EVER
12. STORM

Listen to Angelic Hoodrat: smarturl.it/KM_AngelicHoodrat

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LIL MUK SHARES INTROSPECTIVE NEW VIDEO FOR FADE AWAY FROM HIS DEBUT PROJECT ABOUT TIME OUT NOW

WATCH FADE AWAY

LISTEN TO ABOUT TIME

"He staked his claim to the crown of a city whose music scene continues to fly under the radar" – Audiomack 

"If you haven't been tapped into Philadelphia rapper Lil Muk yet, it's time to get hip to the 19-year-old making noise locally and nationally." – HotNewHipHop

"Lil Muk is a prominent melodic artist" – Elevator

Toronto, ON – March 12, 2021 – Bursting out of Philadelphia with his passionate and melodic rap tunes, Lil Muk is his city’s next rising star. Continuing his hot streak, Lil Muk has shared a new video for his melodic track, Fade Away, a highlight off his recently released debut project, About Time. His melodic flows and hard-hitting bars glide smoothly over Jabari On The Beat's 808 and piano laced production. On the track, Lil Muk reflects on those who look up to him as he considers fading away from the drama of the street life.

"I'm Kobe with this fade away / but I'm feelin' more like Jordan with this 23 multiple people want me dead, but no I cannot go today / I got some people back at home I know depend on me"

Lil Muk is one of Philly's most promising new rappers and it's not hard to see why. After steadily releasing new tracks in 2020, Lil Muk commenced the year with the release of his debut project, About Time, featuring the Lil Baby-assisted single, Living Life.  At 9 tracks, the project gives fans the first full body of work from the budding rapper. Previously, Muk released, 26 Missed Calls, and the emotional, Say Goodbye, where Muk addresses the harsh realities of the inner city life in Philadelphia. Also featured on his EP, the pained-yet-triumphant, Best For You,  which is now approaching 15 million streams across all platforms.

Growing up in a hip-hop household, his mom's love of rappers like Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G. helped drive Lil Muk's passion for music. As he hit high school, Muk’s friends played a substantial role in getting him off the streets and into the recording booth. “Friends kept telling me that I was talented, and that I should take it more seriously,” he explains, as he started building out what would be a successful musical career. Since graduating from high school in 2019, Muk electrified his neighborhood with a run of fiery local hits. The run kicked off with Wildin', a hard-hitting and deeply melodic track about actin' a fool that garnered over 2 million views on YouTube.

Lil Muk is only 19 years old, but he already sounds like he’s on top of the world. The Philadelphia phenom has spent the last two years unleashing a hot streak of infectious rap singles showcasing his melodic talents and versatility—and as he enters the new year, Muk is just getting started.

Muk got into music at an early age through his mother’s influence: “She’s a neat freak—she’d clean the house all day and play music. I started listening to all this old music and started writing.” Keyshia Cole and JAY-Z loomed large, but none more so than the late rap icon the Notorious B.I.G. “I heard one song and that made me wanna rap,” he recalls. “I fell in love with the lifestyle.” 

As he started building out what would be a successful musical career, the biggest influence in his life was not a musician, but the person closest to his heart. “What inspires me the most is my mom,” Muk exclaims. “She’s a provider and a team player, which I learned how to be from her. Everything I do, I’ve learned from my mom and the streets.”

His debut single was the indelible Gang Wit Me in 2018, and last year Lil Muk unleashed an unstoppable run kicked off by Wildin’. Then there’s the sorrowful, Best For You,  in which Muk reaches deep into his personal life to express love for those he’s lost around him. His most recent single, the bouncy, Like You,  is a collaboration with Philly singer FHSnoop that counts as Muk’s first real-deal team effort in the studio.

What’s next? More singles and music videos, more live appearances, more features—and, above all else, a constant grind to continue scaling the top of the hip-hop crop. “I’m desperate to be great,” Lil Muk ruminates while discussing his surely bright future. “I want to be the best there is, and I ain’t gonna stop trying.”

Watch Lil Muk's newest visual for Fade Away here and listen to About Time here.

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VALERIE JUNE’S THE MOON AND THE STARS: PRESCRIPTIONS FOR DREAMERS OUT TODAY

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE

WILL PERFORM ON LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MYERS ON MARCH 15TH

“Just when June proves her bona fides, she quickly builds on the traditions that she has studied and drawn so much inspiration from. The result is a rivetingly unpredictable album.” – Exclaim!

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

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

“A psychedelic tour de force.” 9 out of 10 – Uncut 

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

“Call it what you want, but after a year of upheaval in a global pandemic, the arrival of her third album feels like a stroke of divine intervention. There couldn’t be better timing.” – The Line Of Best Fit

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

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

“Though it is still the first quarter of 2021, there is little doubt that The Moon and Stars will remain one of the year’s best.” – Black Grooves

Toronto, ON – March 12, 2021 – Today, Valerie June shares her new album The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamersout now on Fantasy Records. It’s the first new album from the celebrated genre-bending singer/songwriter since 2017’s acclaimed The Order of Time. An uncompromising vision, The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers weaves a kaleidoscopic sonic tapestry from traditional roots music, modern R&B, Afrobeat rhythms, orchestral string arrangements, and experimental pop-infused psychedelia. Throughout, Valerie centers on the dreamer’s path and fleshes out an insightful philosophical approach that feels vital in 2021. Listen/Buy The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers here.

On release day Friday, March 12, June will host an audio-visual journey through the new album with noted video director and photographer Renata Raksha (who directed the album’s long-form video) beginning at 12 p.m. noon ET at her YouTube channel here.

The album is receiving high praise across the board, including glowing notices from the New York Times, Exclaim!, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Essence, Uncut, MOJO just to name a few.

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

On March 15, June is set to perform on NBC’s Late Night With Seth MeyersWatch Valerie perform a stripped down version of the album’s first single, Call Me A Fool, for The Kelly Clarkson Show here and watch the track’s official video here.

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TOM ODELL RELEASES NEW TRACK MONSTER V.1.

ANNOUNCES FOURTH ALBUM MONSTERS TO BE RELEASED JUNE 25

PRE-SAVE / PRE-ORDER HERE

PERFORMS LIVE ON GRAHAM NORTON SHOW MARCH 12

Toronto, ON – March 12, 2021 – Today, Brit and Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter, plus platinum-selling, chart-topping artist, Tom Odell, releases his new single, monster v.1. on Columbia Records. After a dark period of mental health stalked most of his 2018 and 2019, Odell wrote his way through it, eventually letting down his guard and pouring his feelings into new music that will form his fourth album, monsters, due to be released June 25.  It feels like both a daring creative rebirth and a solidifying of Odell's strengths. Pre-order the album here.

The first single from the new album was numb, (premiered as Radio 1 ‘Hottest Record’ by Jack Saunders standing in for Annie Mac.), now Odell returns with his new song, monster v.1., (the first of two versions). The new single grabs hold of numb’s inky molasses and confronts it head on.  With the sky-scraping chorus (“you're just a monster and I'm not scared”) initially inspired by Trump, and more specifically climate change activist, Great Thunberg, staring him down at the UN Climate Summit in 2019, the song soon morphed into something more abstract; a self-help mantra for Odell's ongoing battle with anxiety. “In 2019, my anxiety got so bad that I had to stop making music for a while. there was a period when it felt like I couldn’t leave the house without having a panic attack. I wrote this song, monster, about trying to overcome my struggles with those mental health problems. It makes me super sad to listen at moments because it brings back some tough times, but I am super proud of it and hope it resonates with people who are dealing with similar struggles. This first version is the song in its purest form, which I wanted you all to hear first, as the lyrics mean so much to me.”

Odell has been working as a musician in the public eye since he was 21 when self-penned debut album Long Way Down earned him a number 1 album, a top 10 single (the epic Another Love) and a Brit. Now, 30, it's clear to Odell that the whirlwind around his debut kickstarted a work ethic that eventually became an obsession It reached an apex in September 2019 when Odell, fresh off touring Jubilee Road, went straight to LA to start writing the next album. “Then this chronic anxiety that I'd had for a couple of years just got worse,” Odell woke up one morning “and I couldn't do anymore music.” He knew something had to change. In the end he flew back home, went straight to his parent's house and slowly got better.

Slowly but surely, Odell alchemised that experience into a new album.  He also realized his broader lyrical horizons needed to be matched by a musical expansion, with a lot of the songs on the album – created alongside songwriter Laurie Blundell and producer Miles James – leaning into a more electronic, bedroom pop sound that Odell has steadily become obsessed with over the last few years. This new found love of DIY electronic pop chimed with the pandemic's arrival and songs were crafted in a more threadbare way around instruments he had at hand, like Moog synths. It was a move underpinned by both necessity and a desire to explore. So eerie synths and head-rattling beats augment the sound.  And while his new music is at times heavy, there's a lightness of touch that means Odell is able to pull off pop's greatest trick; hiding sadness in the melodies.   In this strangest of times this new music represents the start of chapter two in Odell's ongoing musical journey.

Tom Odell recently sold out of his two Virtual Live performances. More live dates to be announced soon. Fans pre-ordering the album (vinyl, cd, cassette and more) on Tom’s official website will guarantee first access to tickets.  He will be performing on the Graham Norton show on BBC1 March 12.

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JUNO NOMINATED SINGER-SONGWRITER CRAIG STICKLAND RELEASES NEW EP WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE SUN TO RISE

LIVE STREAM AND Q&A SESSIONS LIVE MARCH 13

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO OUT NOW

“Craig Stickland has one of those rare voices that stops you and speaks directly to your soul.” - Baeble Music

"Craig Stickland shares an absolutely gorgeous, harmony-laden track…Stickland’s sparkling falsetto is simply heavenly." - Parade

"Inspired by a feeling of rebellion towards the divide and oppression...Craig Stickland debuted a rousing video” - Billboard

Toronto, ON – March 12, 2021 – Fresh on the heels of receiving his first JUNO Award nomination, Los Angeles troubadour, Craig Stickland, releases his new three song EP, While We Wait for the Sun To Rise, today via 21 Entertainment/eOne. To celebrate the EP release, Stickland will perform an exclusive, intimate acoustic performance, along with a post-show Q&A chat, tomorrow, March 13 (full info below). In addition, Stickland releases the performance video, Only the Strong Survive – watch here.

Stickland says, “This EP was written when I was really struggling with a lot of things in my life. Only The Strong Survive is a song written from a time when I was at my worst, trying my best to put down exactly how and what I was feeling. The funny thing about how long it takes for songs to be released after they’re written is how you may not be in the same place when the song finally gets out into the world. My Juno nomination this week definitely made me feel like all of the years of hardship trying to make it as an artist weren’t for nothing.”

In the last few months, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist released both the title track and the piano-driven, Enemy, a modern-day torch song about the melancholy of moving on after a relationship is over.  Late last year, he also released Break Every Rule Spanish Remix with GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY nominee, singer/songwriter, Raquel Sofia.  The original track was featured on Stickland’s debut album, Starlit Afternoon, released in early 2020.

Craig Stickland livestream information:
Saturday, March 13
8:00 P.M. ET / 5:00 P.M. PT
Ticket price: $7 CAD ($5.50 USD)
Ticket Link: sessionslive.com/craigstickland/tickets
Show Info: Exclusive Intimate Acoustic Performance and Post Show Q&A Chat

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MATT BERNINGER ENLISTS RISING FILMMAKER HOPPER MILLS TO DIRECT IMPRESSIONISTIC VIDEO FOR LET IT BE

DELUXE EDITION OF BERNINGER’S SERPENTINE PRISON IS RELEASED DIGITALLY TODAY

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE

Toronto, ON – March 12, 2021 – Today, Matt Berninger unveiled the video for Let It Be. The song is one of six bonus tracks that appear on the expanded deluxe edition of Serpentine Prison, The National frontman’s critically lauded solo debut, which is now available via all digital service providers. Watch the video here and listen to Serpentine Prison here.

The dreamlike, impressionistic clip, directed by 8-year-old filmmaker Hopper Mills, features brief film snippets of Berninger interwoven with abstract landscapes, geometric patterns, and objets d’art punctuated with vivid swirls of colour and bursts of smoke.

“I wanted a video that captures the creative fearlessness we have when we’re young before self-judgment and doubt kick in,” said Berninger. “Hopper and I have been working together for a while on another project and I knew they were the only one for the job.”

Let It Be, released last month as a single, was warmly received by critics. Writing in Rolling Stone, Jon Blistein called it “a poignant ballad that grows richer with soft horns, harmonica, and shimmering electric guitars as Berninger sings, ‘Five o’clock in the morning and sixteen billion feet above the ground/Sometimes I think that I’m my own worst enemy/Sometimes I can’t let it be.’” Brooklyn Vegan’s Andrew Sacher pronounced it “gorgeous,” and noted, “It's a classic Matt Berninger-sounding ballad; if you liked his solo album or Matt/The National in general, you should definitely listen to this too.”

The expanded edition of Serpentine Prison, which was previously available as a limited-edition double vinyl album, features six bonus tracks, including two originals as well as interpretations of songs by Eddie Floyd, Morphine, Bettye Swan, and the Velvet Underground. A new, limited pressing on neon chartreuse vinyl is available exclusively from Berninger's website.

The album, produced by famed Memphis multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones, was released in October 2020 via Book's Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in association with Concord Records.

Since its release, Serpentine Prison has inspired a great deal of praise.

The NME's Andrew Trendell called the album "an intimate and generous offering from one of 21st Century rock's most prominent voices," and wryly suggests, "If you're one of those weirdos who doesn't put their records in alphabetical artist order, then Serpentine Prison should be filed next to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' The Boatman's Call and Leonard Cohen's You Want It Darker as a lesson in stately, direct and personal songwriting prowess."

Writing in the UK's The Line of Best Fit, Steven Lofton observed, "Berninger can take those feelings - the one's where you're unpacking the heft of life; its coarse howl reverberating around the hollowed and hallowed halls of a heart - and give them a spirit that dances like poetry and strikes like fangs."

Consequence of Sound’s Jordan Blum called it “consistently moving, tasteful, and alluring,” while the AV Club’s Alex McLevy applauded the album for its “timeless flavor that traverses decades of musical influences and singer-songwriter flourishes, ending up somewhere between ’70s confessional balladry and smoky barroom poetry, underlined by gently drifting rhythms and achingly earnest lyricism.”

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WOMEN IN SONG: A CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY PRESENTED BY FABCOLLAB ON MARCH 28

FIVE OF TORONTO’S TOP PERFORMING ARTISTS 
WILL GATHER TO CELEBRATE WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD

TUNE IN HERE ON MARCH 28 FROM 8:00 P.M. TO 9:45 P.M. EST

Toronto, ON – March 11, 2021 – On Sunday March 28, FabCollab will present the second edition of its hit livestream festival, Women In Song. The festival is presented in partnership with the Musicians’ Performance Trust Fund, producing partners, Lula Lounge and Small World Music in Toronto, and with support from Canadian Heritage. Hosted by world music singer and dancer, Tamar IlanaWomen In Song: A Celebration of International Women’s Day features five of Toronto’s top world music frontwomen: Amanda Martinez (Latin/Jazz/Pop) accompanied by two of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen dancers, Jessica Hana Deutsch (Indie Pop), Maryem Tollar (Arabic/Global), Tamar Ilana (Global Flamenco) and Indigenous Fancy Shawl dancer, Cotee Harper. The performers will be backed by some of the city’s most sought-after musicians and will take the stage in four 20-minute live-stream sets throughout the evening, all completely free-of-charge.

The entire event will be live streamed only once and will never be rebroadcast. Viewers must tune in live from 8:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. EST at either fabcollab.ca, FabCollab on FacebookMPTF on FacebookSmall World Music on Facebook, or Lula Lounge on Facebook, to catch these incredible performances live. For a recap of the 2020 festival, watch the performances here, and learn more about the artists below.

“We’re celebrating International Women’s Day by gathering five of Toronto’s most electrifying women artists and sharing their performances with the world,” says organizer and musician, Tamar Ilana. “It’s been a tough year for many of us, and women so often do the heavy lifting when it comes time to carry a community through troubled times. With our music, we honour the women who have held us, healed us, called us, sung to us, made us laugh, and challenged us throughout this unprecedented year. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, and we hope that audiences around the world will tune in and celebrate women with us.”

All of the artists will be accompanied by the world musical ensemble, Ventanas. The award-winning Toronto-based world music ensemble recently released their third album, MISTRĀL, and features the city’s finest world musicians. Sunday’s event will be the first of four Women In Song live streamed festivals that FabCollab will present this year. 

Women In Song: A Celebration of International Women’s Day is presented by FabCollab, a new Toronto-based music and arts platform. Founded by five of Toronto’s key performing artists and arts advocates, FabCollab fosters artistic creation and collaboration with a focus on amplifying minority and underrepresented voices at a time when unprecedented circumstances are keeping us physically apart. In addition to Women in Song, FabCollab also produces a weekly IGTV interview series called Curtain Call featuring conversations with powerful women in the arts, and regularly hosts and supports community events and performances. 

WOMEN IN SONG: A CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Sunday, March 28 – 8:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. EST

Live streamed at: fabcollab.ca  and FabCollab on Facebook
as well as Small World Music on FacebookMPTF on Facebook, and Lula Lounge on Facebook

8:00 p.m. — Amanda Martinez (Latin/Jazz/Pop) feat. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Dancers Adrián Ramírez Juárez and Akari Fujiwara

8:25 p.m. — Jessica Hana Deutsch (Indie Pop)

8:50 p.m. — Maryem Tollar (Arabic/Global)

9:15 p.m. — Tamar Ilana (Global Flamenco) feat. Indigneous fancy shawl dancer Cotee Harper

For more interviews, high-res photos, links to music, or any further information on the festival and FabCollab, please contact:  FabCollab Communications Director Lia Grainger: lia@fabcollab.ca

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About the artists:

Amanda Martinez
Amanda Martinez is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter whose music is an original blend of influences from her Mexican and South African roots. She has released four albums and her latest recording Libre is her most eclectic creation to date. Her songs have been selected for four Putumayo world music collections. Career highlights include headlining the Blue Note jazz club in NYC, the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the Pan American Games in Mexico and Canada. She has also been a guest recording and touring artist of award winning guitarist Jesse Cook. She has sold out Toronto’s Koerner Hall multiple times and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre and Winter Garden Theatre. www.amandamartinez.ca

Jessica Hana Deutsch
Jessica Hana Deutsch is an in-demand violinist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer in Toronto's music scene. She is incredibly versatile, sounding equally comfortable in Afro Cuban, Klezmer, Brazilian, classical, and Arabic music.  Classically-trained from the age of 3 and a three-time national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition, Deutsch studied with Mark Skazinetsky (assistant concertmaster of the TSO). She has a new project with Tyler Emond called Hush, in which she sings and co-writes adventurous indie pop music.  She also leads and composes the music for her band Ozere, which mixes classical chamber music with world folk styles.   She works with many artists, including Leif Vollebekk, Tyler Shaw, Sarah Slean, Jayme Stone, and Beyond the Pale.  She also plays fiddle in the hit Mirvish musical Come From Away. www.jessicadeutsch.com

Maryem Tollar
Maryem Tollar is a renowned Egyptian-Canadian vocalist, known for her world music performances. Her voice has been heard on the theme of CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie and A.R. Rahman’s Bollywood hit, Mayya Mayya. Tollar was the featured vocalist in Tafelmusik’s production of “Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee Houses” and narrated and sang in "Safe Haven". She performed Christos Hatzis’ piece “Syn-Phonia – Migration Patterns” with The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Inuit throat singer Tiffany Ayalik and his multi-media piece "Constantinople". She performs with several Toronto musical groups including Al Qahwa Ensemble (Traditional Arabic Music and Original compositions); and Turkwaz (vocal repertoire from Turkey, Greece, the Balkans and the Middle East); Odessa Havana (original Jewish/Cuban music). www.turkwaz.ca

Tamar Ilana
Tamar Ilana is an internationally renowned award-winning vocalist in over 20 languages and a mesmerizing flamenco dancer and choreographer. Tamar grew up on stage and on the road as the daughter of a travelling ethnomusicologist and is of Jewish, Indigenous, Romanian and Scottish descent. She has released three Canadian Folk Music Awards nominated albums with her world music project Ventanas with whom she has also toured across North America, including a sold-out show at the Skirball Centre in Los Angeles in 2019. Tamar is the lead singer of Jaffa Road, the flamenco dancer with Sultans of String, cantaora with the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company and producer for her own solo electro acoustic sets. Sought after for her artistry and versatility, Tamar has been featured in award-winning musicals in New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, the UK and Germany and has recorded with Jesse Cook, Briga, Aline Morales and the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, among others. Tamar has lived in Barcelona, Seville, Paris and Ibiza, and is currently based in her hometown of Toronto, Canada. www.tamarilana.com  

Cotee Harper
Born and raised in Toronto, Cotee Harper’s roots stem from the Cree Shawnee Potawatomi Nation and she is also a member of the Mistawasis First Nation in Saskatchewan. As the youngest daughter of the late urban elder Vern Harper, she merges her heritage as an Indigenous dance artist with a contemporary dance style. For 25 years, she studied classical ballet and contemporary dance at Anna McCowan Johnson’s Interplay School of Dance. Harper is also a traditional dancer of fancy shawl and jingle dress and has performed for dignitaries, in schools, and festivals throughout Ontario, as well as in the music video of tenor and composer Jeremy Dutcher. She was featured in the opening performance of the 2017 Indspire Awards as well as in the Canada 150 “Our Home on Native Land” celebrations at Toronto’s Harbourfront with the ensemble Meegwetch. 

About Ventanas (House Band)
Ventanas has released three albums (2013, 2015, 2019) and been nominated for four Canadian Folk Music Awards, including Best Traditional Singer and Best Ensemble. Featuring some of the city’s finest musicians from across the globe, Ventanas has received multiple grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts and have showcased at APAP, Pacific Contact, Mundial Montréal, and CINARS, resulting in cross-Canada tours as well as tours on both coasts of the US: In 2019 they performed at a sold-out show at the Skirball Centre in Los Angeles.  ventanasmusic.com

Ballet Jörgen
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen delivers programming in all 10 of Canada’s provinces as well as into the United States. Every year the Company tours from coast to coast travelling over 50,000 km to reach underserved communities. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen enriches our lives by bringing professional ballet to communities — large and small, urban and rural. Accomplished Ballet Jorgen dancers Adrián Ramírez Juárez and Akari Fujiwara were featured in Amanda Martinez's music video, "Estaba Cayendo," and will join Amanda onstage on March 28. www.canadasballetjorgen.ca

 

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HAVIAH MIGHTY RECONNECTS WITH TOBi FOR GOOD ON MY OWN TONIGHT

WATCH VIDEO FOR PREVIOUS SINGLE OBEAH HERE

LISTEN TO ANTISOCIALOCCASIONATLANTIC AND  2019 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE-WINNING 13TH FLOOR

Toronto, ON – March 10, 2021 – Close to one year within the global pandemic, in between all the isolation and space, Haviah Mighty’s new single, Good On My Own Tonight, arrives in divine timing. While the song is a reflection on doing things solo, she teams up with fellow Toronto artist, TOBi, to share relatable experiences. Listen to the song here and watch the visualizer by BlackPowerBarbie here

“Good On My Own Tonight focuses on the moment of clarity when you realize that you’re better off on your own. Whether it’s a relationship that hasn’t been working, or a friendship that has made you feel weird for a while, this song speaks to those internal thoughts around finally putting yourself first,” Haviah says. The beat was produced by myself and Mighty Prynce, and TOBi and I had been talking about working on something for years, so we finally made it happen. We collaborated first on the Toronto Remix for his track 24, which inspired working together again on this project.”

TOBi adds, “For me, sometimes space and distance from a situation is needed to gain clarity. To look at things objectively. I remember being in a relationship and I didn’t even know it was toxic for us both until we took time apart and looked from the outside in. That helped me be better in my next relationship and have better insight into what I actually wanted.” 

Good On My Own Tonight marks a reunion between TOBi and Haviah, as she previously collaborated with TOBi on standout song, 24, and spoke on the debut panel for UNPACK, an initiative TOBi founded highlighting constructive discussions on mental wellness in the creative community, in 2019. 

Last month, Haviah released Obeah, a banger she produced alongside her brother, Mighty Prynce and a movie in its own right. Centred around Haviah’s Caribbean heritage, Obeah focuses on trust, spirituality, her close connection to family and a belief that the energies around you dictate what you allow in your life in order to prosper. Directed by Jesse Dart of Die Fire Films, with Production Company, Cultiv8, the video for Obeah features cameo appearances by Haviah’s father (who is sampled on the tune) and friends. Watch Obeah and listen here.  

At the height of the pandemic, Haviah leaned into the foundation of her work ethic to continue cultivating sharp prose and production practice. Her latest offerings are a sample of what’s to come this year. Good On My Own Tonight  and Obeah follow Antisocial, produced by Haviah and Devontée, and features Denver, CO-based rapper, Old Man Saxon, who Haviah was set to tour with in 2020.  Last November, she concluded a monumental year with  Atlantica track examining the ugly truths of money, the roots of unequal labour, and its impact on marginalized communities worldwide, and Occasiona song that initially developed during an Instagram Live session in March just as the pandemic set in. 

Haviah became the first Hip-Hop artist, as well as the first Black woman, to win the Polaris Music Prize for her 2019 album, 13th Floor. The project highlights Haviah’s relentless work ethic and vast sonic influences; ranging from classic Rap/Hip-Hop elements to Caribbean rhythms, frenetic electro and diverse instrumentation, while tackling marginalization and racism head-on as Haviah proclaims self-love as a Black woman.  While international touring remains at a standstill as Haviah eagerly awaits to get back on the stage to perform, she is staying creative in the studio and actively advocating for change in the community.

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

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

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

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

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

Listen to Good On My Own Tonight | Watch Good On My Own Tonight
Listen to 
Obeah | Watch Obeah
Listen to Antisocial | Watch Antisocial
Listen to Occasion | Watch Occasion
Listen to Atlantic | Watch Atlantic
Listen to 13th Floor  here | Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here

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

www.haviahmighty.ca

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LONG RANGE HUSTLE UNVEIL CHESS BOXING INSPIRED VIDEO FOR ELECTRIFYING SINGLE COMEBACK KID

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

LISTEN TO COMEBACK KID HERE

“Toronto indie rock group Long Range Hustle have a strange ability to create arena sized rock anthems that sneak up on you. Their new single “Comeback Kid” is a blast of anthemic alternative rock in tune with Manchester Orchestra, Young the Giant, and Glorious Sons, and marks an exciting shift from their earlier indie folk stylings.” – Dusty Organ

Toronto, ON – March 10, 2021 – Long Range Hustle are not afraid of a long-distance relationship. In the summer of 2020, the Toronto indie-rock quintet were testing bandwidth and upload speed while proclaiming ‘full steam ahead’ on making their follow up album to 2018’s Town. The band headed to The Bathouse Studio outside Kingston, ON, with veteran producer, Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Wintersleep, Snow Patrol), cyber-producing the album from his home base in Scotland.  On February 26, the band released Comeback Kid, the first single from their forthcoming album via New York-based indie label, AntiFragile Music (ROW ex-Canada) / self-released in Canada. Today, they follow up with the official video. Inspired by the real-world competitive sport of chess boxing and filmed at Grand Canyon Studios in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood, the video depicts a young woman’s fight to survive, her strength and grit. Watch the full video here.

“This new music video shows us that as long as your motivations are external, as long as you’re fighting for the audience in the shadows and not for yourself, you will always get beat down. It is only when external gaze is finally gone that you have a real shot at winning the fight,” explains Brogee (co-lead vocals, guitars, violin).

Produced by Kellie Hogan and Jack Hawley, the video follows a young fighter into a boxing studio where she encounters her ominous opponent, readying for a chess match and brawl. As the chorus builds the camera cuts sharply and artistically between the two as they make moves on the board. Then suddenly, they’re throwing punches, fighting to stay standing, until the young fighter realizes she’s at a loss and hits the floor. Digging deep, she finds the fire inside to pull off an incredible comeback. It’s an energetic and engaging watch that will keep an audience glued to the screen.

“We’re so excited to be working with Kellie and Jack on this video,” shares Brogee. “They took the dark, turbulent sound of Comeback Kid, and seamlessly translated it into a striking, cinematic visual form. Whether in the boxing ring or on the chess board, the drive and desperation they captured is tangible.”

The folk components Long Range Hustle fans have known the band for take a breather on this track, making room for a darker, more electric guitar driven vibe. Each of the five members of the band contributed to the writing of this powerful track which explores the theme of letting someone down when they need you the most.

Brogee says of the track, “What I love about this recording is the way it sneaks up on you. There’s no big drop, no obvious rock-and-roll production tricks, no section of the song that repeats the same way twice. But after three-and-a-half minutes you realize you can’t remember when you slammed your foot on the gas pedal of your car, trying to keep up with the frenetic anxious energy.”

Learn more about Long Range Hustle in their biography and stay tuned for more new music throughout 2021!

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www.longrangehustle.com

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW X RUDIMENTAL RELEASE BE SOMEBODY

PREMIERED AS ANNIE MAC’S HOTTEST RECORD IN THE WORLD ON BBD RADIO 1

NEW JVM ALBUM DUE 2021 ON COLUMBIA RECORDS

McMorrow has a soul voice to cherish” Guardian

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

Pushing his music onto a different realm, whilst maintaining that recognisable emotional pull” CLASH

"Lyrically raw and immensely quotable" – The Forty Five

Toronto, ON – March 8, 2021 – James Vincent McMorrow has today unveiled a brand-new collaboration with Rudimental, Be Somebody, which premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World and is available now on Columbia Records. This follows James’ much-acclaimed recent single Gone, which was B-Listed at Radio 1 and also landed spots like The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Be Somebody is the latest taste of what’s to come from McMorrow, with dates for an extensive tour in the UK and Europe to be announced soon.

Released alongside dance trailblazers Rudimental, Be Somebody takes James Vincent McMorrow into a new space, on his own distinctly raw lyrical terms. Introducing the track today, James says: “I wrote this song in 2019 with Jimmy Napes. Was the first thing we wrote. I'm a pretty abstract writer, I rarely write in a linear fashion from start to finish. Obv Jimmy is a brilliant writer and can write a million different ways, but on that particular day we just sat with a guitar and started taking a song one chord and one line at a time, and this just came out incredibly naturally. It feels a bit redundant to talk about how songs feel prescient for the particular moment we're in, honestly any songs about being unsure or emotionally lacking feel very of this moment.”

Be Somebody, meanwhile, follows Rudimental’s recent single, Be The One (ft. MORGAN, Digga D & TIKE), which released in December as a primer to their own hotly-anticipated fourth studio album. Their most recent LP, Toast To Our Difference, boasted the UK’s biggest-selling track of 2018, These Days ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen, which has since gone on to amass over 1 billion streams worldwide.

In an already-unpredictable career, the last year has seen James Vincent McMorrow push his sound (and himself) in all-new ways. Breakthrough single Gone – and its surprise, one-take video – was produced by James alongside Paul Epworth, turning what sounds like chaos into emotional clarity ("I give less fucks than I used to / still give a lot of fucks"). The track’s soulful predecessor, I Should Go, saw McMorrow collaborate with fellow genre-buster, Kenny Beats, in a reflective assessment of growing up, but feeling none the wiser. Throughout, you’re reminded of the risks James Vincent McMorrow has taken since the singer-songwriter roots of debut album Early In The Morning (which turned ten in 2020); but also that those same instincts (to follow inspiration wherever it leads, and to be as brutally honest as possible) remain a constant.

Already a platinum-selling act, James Vincent McMorrow, has independently clocked up over 750 million streams, reached #1 in his home of Ireland, and seen his music travel everywhere from Drake's Views to Game Of Thrones (with his new album – and first on Columbia Records - set to follow soon). Be Somebody continues a thrilling new chapter in James’ career, and ultimately where he finds himself in life.

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www.jamesvmcmorrow.com

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SERLIN GREAVES REFLECT ON EMOTIONS IN A DIGITAL AGE WITH NEW SINGLE TEENAGE HEART

JOEY SERLIN AND DANIEL GREAVES OF THE WATCHMEN RECONNECT AS A DUO FOR DEBUT ALBUM SAD SONGS FOR SALE SET TO RELEASE MAY 28

Toronto, ON – March 5, 2021 – Today, Serlin Greaves (the aptly-named duo of Joey Serlin and Daniel Greaves of The Watchmen) solidify their reunion with a new track. Teenage Heart marks the first single from their forthcoming album, Sad Songs For Sale, out May 28The song arrives in timely fashion as the world navigates online connection more than ever, reflecting on how youth live, learn and grow in a digital age, and the emotions and experiences that arise in these collective spaces. Listen to Teenage Heart here and see the album tracklist and artwork below. 

On the track’s inspiration, Joey Serlin says, “It’s hard to watch kids growing up today in a social media age. They put themselves out there to be scrutinized and judged, and the world can be cruel. I often wish that my kids could grow up the way I did, with friendships made through time spent together and connecting with kindred spirits. If you ever came across negativity, you could disconnect and move on. You weren’t trapped by technology. Teenage Heart speaks to this. This song encourages teenagers not to succumb to this negative conformity and to cut loose the dead weight. Live life to the fullest, while being true to yourself.”

Last November, Serlin Greaves were approached by CITI FM (Winnipeg) radio host and long-time friend, Howard Mandshein, to contribute a song for a radio special in honour of Neil Young's 75th birthday.  As both Joey and Daniel grew up in Winnipeg, Neil's songwriting and guitar playing had been a huge influence on Serlin and Greaves, so they jumped at the chance to take part.  Serlin and Greaves took a break from working on their new songs, to record a cover of Neil's classic, The Needle and the Damage Done. Listen to it here.

Some things were just meant to last. That can certainly be said of the friendship between Joey Serlin and Daniel Greaves, who have been making music together for over 30 years. The Winnipeg natives rose to prominence during the indie rock revolution of the early 1990s as guitarist and lead vocalist, respectively, of The Watchmen, a band that would go on to become one of the most successful and beloved Canadian acts of the decade, earning two JUNO nominations, along with one Platinum and three Gold certified albums.

But as life’s other demands eventually shifted their focus away from The Watchmen, Joey and Daniel found themselves starting new families, new businesses and new musical projects on their own. That didn’t mean The Watchmen were ever finished; the band has periodically reunited to play their classic material for special events and occasions. Creating new music was a different story though, as the process gradually became more personal for each of them. Still, over the past couple of years their unshakable bond inevitably led Joey and Daniel to realize that working together again would be the most effective way to share this chapter of their lives.

The fruits of that renewed collaboration are contained on Sad Songs For Sale, their first album as Serlin Greaves, and a collection that reveals many new facets of the pair’s musical personalities. As Daniel says, “Given how long Joey and I have worked together, it stands to reason that this record sounds like us. But when everything began telling us the timing was right, this became a real passion project where we could try some different approaches and see how things unfolded without any pressure at all.”

After refining most of Sad Songs For Sale during writing sessions at Motel Bar, the watering hole Daniel owns in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood, work shifted to Joey’s Vapor Music studios, where Ryan Chalmers took on recording and drumming duties, and Dustin Anstey contributed on bass. For Joey, it was the ideal situation of being able to cut tracks completely on their own terms. “I hadn’t written songs for quite a while, so when I started coming up with some ideas I liked, it was natural for me to imagine Danny singing them,” he says. “Fortunately, he thought they were some of the best songs I’d ever written, and that motivated him to show me some great songs he had. I think both of us felt like we didn’t have anything to say for so long, and then all of a sudden this music just started pouring out.”

As could be expected, some of the aggression displayed during their early days has been tempered by experience and a more acute sense of melody. That’s at the core of songs such as Porch LightRadiator and Teenage Heart, which, despite lyrics forged in painful life lessons, find Joey and Daniel rocking as effortlessly as they ever have. By contrast, the weight of maturity provides the foundation for the album’s acoustic-based standouts Love You LessMorning Song, At Home and Seasick.  The common thread with all of the material is the simple fact that, as musicians, Serlin and Greaves have found something within themselves not captured on record before.

To have a relationship that has lasted as long as Joey and Daniel’s is special in and of itself. But to also have that relationship still able to create powerful music after three decades puts them in rarefied company. In that sense, Serlin Greaves’ Sad Songs For Sale is more than a gift to those listeners who have stuck by them all these years. It’s also the perfect entry point for those poised to discover their rich body of work.

Sad Songs For Sale – Tracklisting:

1. Passenger Happiness

2. Teenage Heart 

3. Love You Less

4. Shooting Movies

5. Seasick

6. At Home

7. Porch Light

8. Morning Song

9. Metal 

10. Locked Up 

11. Radiator

12. 2 Days

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DOWNLOAD – Teenage Heart Artwork

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CHEVELLE RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM NIRATIAS TODAY

NIRATIAS HITS #5 ON ITUNES TOP ALBUMS CHART

#92 ON ROCK ALBUMS CHART

SELF DESTRUCTOR TOP 3 AT ACTIVE ROCK RADIO

ENDLESSLY LYRIC VIDEO OUT NOW – WATCH HERE

Toronto, ON –  March 5, 2021 – Today, multi-platinum rock band, Chevelle, unveil their anxiously awaited ninth full-length album, NIRATIAS (Epic Record), available hereUpon going live, it catapulted to #5 on the iTunes Rock Albums Chart, and #92 on the overall Albums Chart.

Prior to its arrival, the band unloaded a salvo of singles, all released to acclaim. Lead single, Self Destructor, has already eclipsed close to 5 million streams globally and over 1 million YouTube views on the music video. After emerging as the #1 Most Added Song, it just broke into the Top 3 at U.S. Active Rock, adding to their robust catalogue of hits. Closing in on over 2 million streams, Peach, garnered critical acclaim right out of the gate. Consequence of Sound praised it as “a grand musical statement from Chevelle.” Meanwhile, Remember When also continues to gain traction with Loudwire complimenting the track, noting it's "spiraling guitar line and propulsive beats,” along with Pete's “pained and strained emotional vocal.”

NIRATIAS is an acronym for Nothing Is Real and This Is a Simulation, and it represents the band at their dimension-blurring best.  The body of work twists and turns through crushing guitars and haunting melodies like a cosmically heavy roller coaster at the edge of existence. The instrumental opener, Verruckt, sets the tone with its gnashing distortion and laser-precise groove. So Long, Mother Earth, doubles as a eulogy for our planet carried by an overpowering scream and searing solo. Clocking in at almost six minutes, Ghost and Razor, culminates on one final distorted exorcism before a pensive spoken word echoes barely above a whisper on Lost In Digital Woods.

NIRATIAS stands out as the band’s most pummeling and provocative record yet. Teaming with longtime producer JoeBarresi, Chevelle recorded throughout 2019 and 2020 and pieced together an intriguing and inimitable body of work, with themes that will reveal themselves soon.  The album artwork is by Boris Vallejo. The famed and award-winning artist is responsible for the posters used for films like Knightriders and National Lampoon's Vacation, as well as iconic 70s and 80s science fiction novel covers and magazines (such as Heavy Metal).  

Throughout their career, Chevelle have transformed rock music as tried-and-true outliers. The multiplatinum Chicago rock band have generated close to 1.7 billion global streams, earned seven number one hits, and sold out shows worldwide. Throughout their career, Chevelle have transformed rock music as tried-and-true outliers. The multiplatinum Chicago rock band have generated close to 1.7 billion global streams, earned seven number one hits, and sold out shows worldwide. Their catalog spans the Gold album Wonder What’s Next highlighted by the Gold smash, The Red, and Send The Pain Below, as well as This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) and Vena Sera. They’ve landed four U.S. Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, including Sci-Fi Crimes (2009), Hats Off to the Bull (2011), La Gárgola (2014), and The North Corridor (2016). The latter two each captured #1 on the U.S. Top Rock Albums Chart. 

With NIRATIAS, get ready to lift off with Chevelle as they elevate into another stratosphere in 2021.

NIRATIAS Track List:

1. Verruckt 

2. So Long, Mother Earth  

3.  Mars Simula 

4.  Sleep the Deep 

5.  Self Destructor  

6.  Piistol Star (Gravity Heals)

7.  VVurmhole

8.  Peach

9.  Test Test...Enough

10.  Endlessly 

11.  Remember When 

12.  Ghost and Razor 

13.  Lost in Digital Woods  

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ST. VINCENT’S DADDY’S HOME OUT MAY 14 ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

LISTEN / WATCH PAY YOUR WAY IN PAIN

PRE-SAVE DADDY’S HOME HERE

"Daddy's Home collects stories of being down and out in downtown NYC. Last night's heels on the morning train. Glamour that's been up for three days straight.” – St. Vincent

Toronto, ON – March 4, 2021 – Daddy’s Home, the sixth album from Annie Clark a/k/a St. Vincent, is the latest facet of an ever-evolving artist regarded by many as the most consistently innovative and intriguing presence in modern music.

Annie Clark made her recorded debut as St. Vincent in 2007 with Marry Me. Her subsequent albums would grow in stature and complexity, including Actor (2009), Strange Mercy (2011), and the self-titled fourth album that won the 2014 GRAMMY for Best Alternative Album, making her only the second female artist ever to win in that category. In addition to these solo works, St. Vincent plays nice with others: Her collaborations have included an album with David Byrne (2012’s Love This Giant), a performance as singer and lead guitarist of Nirvana at the band’s 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and a 2019 GRAMMY Awards duet with Dua Lipa.

In 2017, working with co-producer, Jack Antonoff, St. Vincent created a defining statement with MASSEDUCTION. As ambitious as it was accessible, the album broke St. Vincent into the U.S. and UK top 10s while landing at #1 on the Best of 2017 lists of The New York Times and The Guardian – and placing high in the year-end rankings of The AV Club, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, Mashable, The New York Daily News, the NME, Paste, Pitchfork, Q, Stereogum, USA Today, and more.

St. Vincent’s 2018 album, MassEducation, revealed another dimension of  MASSEDUCTION . Recorded live in the studio by Annie on vocals and Thomas Bartlett on piano over two nights in August 2017, the album lays bare the exquisite songcraft of its other half, rendering songs like, Slow Disco and Savior and their subjects in vivid, vulnerable new light.

In the winter of 2019, as MASSEDUCTION 's title track won the GRAMMY for Best Rock Song and the album won Best Recording Package, St. Vincent’s father was released from prison. She began writing the songs that would become Daddy’s Home, closing the loop on a journey that began with his incarceration in 2010, and ultimately led her back to the vinyl her dad had introduced her to during her childhood. The records she has probably listened to more than any other music in her entire life. Music made in sepia-toned downtown New York from 1971-1975. Gritty. Grimy. Sleazy.

Preceded by a foreboding teaser, the first full broadcast from St. Vincent’s synthesis of this era reaches us in the form of Pay Your Way In Pain, a slinky slab of sweaty funk – punctuated by a few examples of Clark’s ability to shred vocal cords rivaling her shredding on her signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitar. The song plays like the result of time travelers from the future having booked a session Electric Lady in the early 70s. The video for Pay Your Way In Pain, directed by Bill Benz (director of the forthcoming  The Nowhere Inn, c  o-written by and starring St. Vincent), opens up  Daddy’s Home ’s visual world – a world in which the most forward-looking artist of an era throws herself willingly into a network TV variety hour rabbit hole.

Daddy’s Home is out May 14, 2021 on Loma Vista Recordings. Pre-Save the album now, or pre-order  your choice of 8-track (if you know, you know...), CD, Vinyl, Deluxe Vinyl, and Cassette. Or visit this website to pre-order exclusive picture disc, merchandise and more.

The album was produced by Annie Clark and Jack Antonoff, recorded by Laura Sisk, mixed by Cian Riordan, and mastered by Chris Gehringer. The music was performed by Annie, Jack, Cian, Thomas, Evan Smith, Sam KS, Greg Leisz, Daniel Hart, Michael Leonhard, Lynne Fiddmont and Kenya Hathaway. And Candy Darling lived within and presided over it all.

"And your wig, blonde, rolls home waving from the latest uptown train. I never wanna leave your perfect candy dream. So candy darling I brought bodega roses for your feet and candy my sweet I hope you will be coming home to me”

... Daddy’s Home.

Daddy’s Home Tracklist:
1. Pay Your Way In Pain
2. Down And Out Downtown
3. Daddy’s Home
4. Live In the Dream
5. The Melting Of The Sun
6. The Laughing Man
7. Down
8. Somebody Like Me
9. My Baby Wants A Baby
10. ...At The Holiday Party
11. Candy Darling

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KANDLE ASSEMBLES SUPERGROUP THE WICCS TO GIVE US A MUCH-NEEDED LIVE ROCK AND ROLL FIX

POWERFUL NEW SONG HONEY TRAP ARRIVES 
WITH STUNNING NOIR FILM-INSPIRED VIDEO

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH HERE

NEW ALBUM SET THE FIRE OUT SPRING 2021

Toronto, ON – March 3, 2021 – Today, JUNO-nominated singer, Kandle Osborne, delivers Honey Trap, a sweet-but-fierce tune about breaking free from a sticky power struggle. It marks the Vancouver, BC born-and-based artist’s second single from her forthcoming album, Set The Fire, to be released this Spring. After leaving her label and releasing her first ever independent EP, Stick Around and Find Out, Kandle closed out 2020 with a stunning James Bond-inspired single,Lock & Load. As the world awaits the return of live shows, Kandle delivers a cinematically stunning video showcasing an all-female rock band, The Wiccs, to poignantly illustrate the song’s themes. Listen to Honey Trap and watch the visual here.

“It is easy to overlook the subtleties involved in manipulation. For women with drive and motivation, one may already be conditioned to believe that your body or sexuality are the only real assets that society values of yours,” Kandle says of the song. “Under this conditioning, it isn’t hard to imagine all the ways these assets can be turned against you by an abuser, and the idea of using your body as a tool to move forward when all other avenues are closed doesn't seem so extreme.  What other path is there?  You start to believe it's your choice, albeit a self-sacrificial one. Only when you start to break free, it becomes clear that you were never given the choice in the first place. We play their game until we make our own.”

Honey Trap is inspired by the liberation from a toxic alliance, and the awakenings that follow. On the recording, Kandle is joined by guest vocalists, Louise Burns, Debra-Jean Creelman (Mother Mother) and Kendel Carsen (Alan Doyle, Great Big Sea). With four women around one mic, sweet raspy vocals are juxtaposed with a blend of dirty, fuzz-filled guitars, crunchy drums and hypnotic groovy bass; before Kandle’s fiery guitar solo cuts into the final chorus.

The video was directed by Brandon Fletcher, featuring actor Keenan Tracey (Bates Motel, The 100), who is the star of the upcoming show, Day of the Dead, set to be released later this year. Honey Trap sees Kandle and her new band of besties, The Wiccs (Louise Burns, Kendel Carson and Tess Ananda), and reminds us of the powerful impact of reclaiming your independence on and off the stage. Symbolic parallels drawing from historic arts are depicted in the scene where Kandle is suspended. Squid Kink brought in Shibari, also known as Kinbaku, a form of Japanese rope bondage that focuses on friction and wraps instead of knots, derived from Hojojutsu, a martial art from the Edo period. The way the ropes were tied often conveyed the class or crime of the person tied up in it and served as a signature for the Samurai who tied it.

We wanted to create a nod to our favourite noir films of the 40s — and its more modern incarnation of dystopic neo/neon-noir thrillers — entire worlds riddled with deceit, seduction, and crime, all while exploring themes of consent, entitlement, and responsibility,” says Fletcher. “All these women ‘play the game’ without being fully aware of the deeper danger they're in. Throughout the video, a shadowy man exploits them all, coalescing in an unwanted touch — something I think anyone who's been manipulated can relate to — before he walks away with their livelihood.”

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, a Prism Prize award for her Not Up To Me music video, and a Canadian Independent Video Award nomination for 2020 single, Lock and LoadKandle 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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Set The Fire - Tracklist

1.No Good

2. The Light Of The Long Night Moon

3.Honey Trap

4.When It Hurts

5. Misty Morning

4. Lock and Load

5. Sweet Boy

6.Cathedral

7. Boss

8. Vampire

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RISING R&B/POP ARTIST ANT SAUNDERS DROPS SPOILED

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE OFFICIAL MSUIC VIDEO HERE

YELLOW HEARTS FROM BUBBLE EP CERTIFIED PLATINUM GOLD IN THE U.S.

LANDED ON BILLBOARD HOT 100 WITH OVER 400 MILLION STREAMS

Toronto, ON – February 26, 2021 – Today, rising R&B/pop artist, songwriter and musician, Ant Saunders, releases a new single called, Spoiled, via Arista Records. Along with the track is an official music video which can be watched here.  

Ant Saunders stated: “In my first session with Grady, he pulled this really catchy guitar riff out of nowhere before we even knew what we wanted to write about, so he ended up making a beat around that. When thinking of what to write about, I thought about my relationship and how I think my girlfriend deserves so much, so we were pretty much like ‘let’s make a song about spoiling your girl’. I show a lot of my work in progress to my friends and family, and ‘Spoiled’ was always a favourite”

2020 kickstarted with the release of Ant’s debut EP, Bubble, via Arista Records. He then released, I Had A Love Song featuring critically acclaimed, Nigerian R&B duo and sisters, VanJess. Ant was confirmed to perform as support for GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter, Camila Cabello, on her Romance Tour which was slated for last fall.

A full DIY effort, the entire Bubble EP was written, recorded and produced by Ant Saunders. The impressive collection of songs includes viral hit, Yellow Hearts, which was created in his bedroom and released on the day of his high school graduation. The track is now certified platinum in the U.S., and landed a position on the Billboard Hot 100. Ant’s Genius Verified video for Yellow Hearts has just about 1.5 million views. He was also profiled in Virgil Abloh’s RSVP Gallery website, wearing pieces from Off-White, Stone Island and Raf Simons. Emanating a nostalgic and intimate tone, the EP features lead single, MISCOMMUNICATIONS with accompanying video, and a soul-stirring, gospel-inspired track titled, It’s Over. The EP showcases Ant’s prodigious abilities as an artist, in both his vocal performance and songwriting.

ABOUT ANT SAUNDERS
Ant was born in Germany, where his parents were stationed in the military before eventually settling in the small town of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. He began writing and recording in middle school using Audacity and a USB mic as an outlet to understand his emotions and the world around him. Influenced by R&B and hip-hop acts like Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, Tyler the Creator, as well as singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and John Mayer, Ant’s combination of lyrical storytelling and velvet vocal delivery makes for a uniquely flagrant and refreshing sound.

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BODYSNATCHER FLORIDA DEATHCORE OUTFIT UNVEIL NEW SINGLE TAKE ME TO HELL

Toronto, ON – February 25, 2021 – Melbourne, Florida-based brutal deathcore outfit and recent eOne signees, BODYSNATCHER, unveil their newest single, Take Me To Hell. The band released their Break The Cycle single just before the close of 2020 and, before the dust has even settled, have come out swinging with this crushing new track. A testament to brutal slam worship, Take Me To Hell showcases a band that’s heavier and more dialed in than ever before. Watch the video here and listen to the song here.

Notes guitarist Kyle Carter, “Take Me To Hell comes from a very dark mindset that I feel a lot of people experience at one point or another. Whether those thoughts last, varies person to person. For me, those feelings are brief, but I felt it was necessary to write them down and share them.”

View the band’s previously released video for Break The Cycle here.

BODYSNATCHER — a name inspired by notorious serial killer Ed Gein — brings an updated and brutal formula to deathcore, infusing elements of beatdown and downtempo hardcore to their scathing hymns. The band currently consists of founding vocalist Kyle Medina, drummer Chris Whited, formerly of King Conquer, bassist Kyle Shope, formerly of Float Face Down, and guitarist Kyle Carter formerly of Dealey Plaza and Beacons.

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

Kyle Shope – bass

Chris Whited – drums

Kyle Carter – guitar

Kyle Medina – vocals

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

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

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SHOW ME THE BODY ANNOUNCES NEW EP

SHARES TITLE TRACK & VIDEO SURVIVE

SURVIVE DUE MARCH 19 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

Toronto, ON – February 24, 2021 – Today, New York City's, Show Me The Body, is back to announce their forthcoming EP SurviveThe three-track project, self-produced alongside Gabriel Millman and Patrik Berger, who has worked with a wide range of artists from Robyn to Refused, and mixed and mastered by extreme music mainstay Arthur Rizk, is set to arrive on March 19 via Loma Vista Recordings. To coincide with the announcement the band is also sharing the lead single and video from the project: Survive. Intense and impressionistic, the video for Survive matches the aggressive, high energy nature of the track by documenting a group of individuals taking to the streets and engaging in self-defense training – watch it here and listen here. Survive is the first new music from Show Me The Body since their 2019 album Dog Whistle and is available to pre-order now on limited pressing 10” vinyl and digital download here.  

Show Me The Body says of the project: "During this isolation we had to recalibrate. Recalibrate both how we exist as a band and how we cultivate power within our community. Our live performance is not just a moment for us, it’s our weapon, our language, and our ceremony. Without it, we had to reconfigure how we interact with our community. We established CORPUS headquarters. With our team, we started CORPUS Family, a branch of CORPUS focused on community initiatives; Burning World Book Club, a clothing drive, and a studio residency. We are preparing CORPUS Self-Defense initiatives as well as open jam sessions as soon as safety will allow for it. We built a studio in our headquarters. Survive is the first project to be written and recorded top to bottom in the CORPUS studio. The songs deal with spiritual and physical isolation, as well as staying ready and preparing for the next time we come together."

Stay tuned for more from Show Me The Body soon!

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE 2021 KEY DATES ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – February 22, 2021 – Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has revealed its key dates for 2021.

The prize’s 40 album Long List will be announced June 15. The 10 album Short List will be unveiled on July 15. This year’s winning album reveal will take place in the fall. The exact date will be announced closer to the event. The 16th edition of the prize will be streamed around the world at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.

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

Albums eligible for 2021 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. An independent jury of music 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 to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

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

Polaris Music Prize 2021 Key Dates:

June 15 – Long List announcement

July 15 – Short List announcement

Fall 2021 – Winner Event 

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

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

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

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

Media Contacts:

Polaris Music Prize media:
Ola Mazzuca - Indoor Recess
(647) 204-9822
ola@indoorrecess.com

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

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

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams): 
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ANNONCE DES DATES CLÉS DU
PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2021

TORONTO, ON – 22 Février 2021 – Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a révélé ses dates clés pour 2021.

La Longue liste de 40 albums du Polaris sera annoncée le 15 juin, et la Courte liste de 10 albums, le 15 juillet. Le dévoilement de l’album gagnant de cette année aura lieu à l’automne. La date exacte sera annoncée à l’approche de l’événement. L’événement de la 16e édition du Prix de musique Polaris sera diffusé dans le monde entier sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement selon le mérite artistique, sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. De plus, les neuf autres artistes en nomination, dont les albums figurent sur la Courte liste de 2021, recevront chacun 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2021 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2020 et le 31 mai 2021. Un jury indépendant composé de médias musicaux de tout le Canada détermine la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze personnes issues du grand jury sont ensuite choisies pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury se réunira pour sélectionner l’artiste qui remportera le Prix de musique Polaris.

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

Dates clés du Prix de musique Polaris 2021:

15 juin – Annonce de la Longue liste

15 juillet – Annonce de la Courte liste

Automne 2021 – Événement couronnant l’artiste gagnant.e

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

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris

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

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

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

Contacts medias: 

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

Prix Polaris – Canada
Ola Mazzuca
Indoor Recess
(647) 204-9822
ola@indoorrecess.com

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

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MATT BERNINGER’S SERPENTINE PRISION DELUX EDITION SET FOR DIGITAL RELEASE ON MARCH 12

SINGLE LET IT BE IS AVAILABLE TODAY

EXPANDED EDITION FEATURES SIX BONUS TRACKS INCLUDING TWO NEW ORIGINALS

Toronto, ON – February 19, 2021 – An expanded deluxe edition of Serpentine Prison, the acclaimed solo debut by The National frontman, Matt Berninger, will be released digitally on March 12. Listen to Let It Be, released today.

The expanded edition, which was previously available as a limited-edition double vinyl album, features six bonus tracks, including two originals as well as interpretations of songs by Eddie Floyd, Morphine, Bettye Swan, and the Velvet Underground. A new, limited pressing on neon chartreuse vinyl is available exclusively from Berninger’s website.

The album, produced by famed Memphis multi-instrumentalist, Booker T. Jones, was released in October 2020 via Book’s Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in association with Concord Records.

Berninger explained the genesis of the recording. “I sent [friend and collaborator Booker T. Jones] a few rough demos of originals that I had started working on with some old friends, including the songs Serpentine Prison and Distant Axis. Booker responded to those demos right away and encouraged me to keep writing and digging deeper into that stuff. Six months later we had twelve originals and seven covers. Everyone I had been working with on these songs came to Venice, California, and we recorded it all in 14 days.”

Since its release, Serpentine Prison has inspired high praise from critics on both sides of the Atlantic. Writing in the UK’s The Line of Best Fit, Steven Lofton, observed, “Berninger can take those feelings – the one’s where you’re unpacking the heft of life; its coarse howl reverberating around the hollowed and hallowed halls of a heart - and give them a spirit that dances like poetry and strikes like fangs.” Record Collector’s, Hannah Vettese, concurs. “It’s a stunning record – from the album artwork down to the perfectly-weighted running order, nothing is out of place and nothing jars. Matt Berninger didn’t want to write a solo record. But thank god he did.”

Rolling Stone’s, Jon Dolan, noted that Berninger’s “gorgeous solo debut leans into his band’s core sound while emphasizing what makes him unique,” while Paste’s, Candace McDuffie, proclaimed, “Serpentine Prison displays infinite promise from an artist who has already given us a catalogue that has made a lasting impact on rock music as we know it.”

The NME’s, Andrew Trendell. called the album “an intimate and generous offering from one of 21st Century rock’s most prominent voices,” and wryly suggests, “If you’re one of those weirdos who doesn’t put their records in alphabetical artist order, then Serpentine Prison should be filed next to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ The Boatman’s Call and Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker as a lesson in stately, direct and personal songwriting prowess.”

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POSTHUMOUS TONY JOE WHITE ALBUM SMOKE FROM THE CHIMNEY SET FOR MAY 7 RELEASE WITH EAST EYE SOUND

PRODUCED BY DAN AUERBACH FROM NINE UNRELEASED VOCAL/GUITAR DEMOS BOOT MONEY AND ACCOMPANYING ANIMATED VIDEO OUT NOW VIA NPR/WORLD CAFÉ

“Smoke From The Chimney is more than a faithful tribute to one of the great Americana musicians and national treasures, performed by an ensemble who capture the DNA of Tony Joe White’s songs with beauty, warmth, and reverence.”NPR’s Bruce Warren

Toronto, ON – February 19, 2021 – On May 7, Smoke from the Chimney , a nine-song album of never-before-heard Tony Joe White tunes, will be released on Easy Eye Sound. Produced by Dan Auerbach and rounded out by Nashville’s most seasoned studio musicians, Smoke from the Chimney started out as a number of unadorned voice and guitar demos from White’s home studio before being transformed into full band arrangements harkening back to the albums he recorded in the late 60s and early 70s in Nashville and Muscle Shoals – just as he was emerging as an internationally recognized songwriter and recording artist.

It takes a keen eye and a steady hand to restore something great from the past; to take the time to examine, catalog, and care for every last task without resorting to bolt-on mail-order parts and cheap paint. What was always great deserves that extra care and attention to detail, and when the time came for White’s son and manager, Jody White, to revisit his dad’s catalog of unreleased songs, he knew Auerbach was the one to make them shine once more.

Yesterday, NPR/World Cafe gave fans their first listen of Boot Money, a gritty, thumping ode to keeping a little bit of extra scratch hidden away. Of Boot Money and the album as a whole, Bruce Warren of World Cafe wrote, “For Tony Joe fans, these songs and the stories they tell, are some of his best. It’s hard to conceive that these were songs that didn’t make it on previous albums.” Boot Money comes accompanied by an animated video from director, Robert Schober, which colourfully places White and Auerbach in the recording studio to kick off the tune before following along while White lives out the song’s storyline. "As someone who grew up in Louisiana and the Panhandle,” says Schober, “it was a pleasure working on video paying homage to a legend of the southern airwaves." Fans can watch the video for Boot Money here and pre-order or pre-save Smoke from the Chimney here.

In the last 10 to 15 years of his life, White would preserve new compositions or revisit older tracks in his home studio with only a guitar – usually his Fender Stratocaster – and that inimitable voice. Most of that material would ultimately wind up on his late-career albums. But when an unproven song didn’t make the cut for a release, or if he couldn’t get another artist interested, the song stayed right where it was as Tony Joe moved on to other things. This dismissal was not a reflection of the song’s quality; in fact, it meant quite the opposite, as he would often reserve his best material for other artists.

After his father’s death in 2018, Jody started transferring those multitrack home recordings to digital files. Looking back on the moment he unearthed the demo of Smoke from the Chimney, he recalls a mix of happiness, gratification, and shock. As he continued to find other songs that didn’t make an album, he moved the material into a separate folder. Within a year, those select recordings would evolve into Smoke from the Chimney. Jody says that even in those basic tracks, that definitive Tony Joe White groove instantly stood out. “He always finds a tempo and a pocket that is exactly right. and it’s a little bit different than anybody else would choose themselves,” he says.

Ever since meeting Tony Joe backstage at an Australian music festival in 2009, Auerbach sought to make a record with him. For nearly a decade, Jody tried to line up session time for them but Tony Joe demurred. “For one reason or another, my Dad would never just want to go into a studio and write with somebody, or go work with somebody,” Jody says. “He liked to do it at his place, and his way, and it turned out how it turned out, you know what I mean? So, this album really all worked out perfectly. He was making these tracks for Dan all along, but we just didn’t know it.”

Auerbach agrees. “Jody and I had been talking about this record for so long, and it didn’t happen for a reason,” he says. “It’s because it wasn’t supposed to happen. I was in a nervous cast of characters until the last few years, and if you’d given it to me any earlier, it wouldn’t have been right. I felt like all these people on the record were the right people and they laid in there behind Tony Joe. It felt really magical when we were making it happen.”

“These songs feel like a collection to me and they all seem to work together, in a weird way, even though they’re so different,” says Auerbach, who is releasing the album on his Easy Eye Sound label. “There’s some heartbreaking ballads and some really raunchy carnal blues. But it all works together like scenes of a movie.” The cast of musical characters brought in by Auerbach to accompany White’s guitar and vocal recordings includes legendary keyboardist, Bobby Wood (Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Wilson Pickett), Nashville pedal steel ace, Paul Franklin, next-generation guitar hero, Marcus King, and Grammy and ACM award-winning fiddler, Stuart Duncan, just to name a few.

Jody believes that his father would love the way Smoke From the Chimney turned out. “I feel like it’s validation that Tony Joe was one of the greatest of all time,” he says. “That he could make something so potent, even so late in life, is something that not many people can do. I think it’s going to make people who loved him already love him even more.”

Across five decades as a performer and storyteller, Tony Joe White – a.k.a. “The Swamp Fox” – left an indelible mark on American music. His catalog offers indisputable classics such as, Polk Salad Annie and Rainy Night in Georgia, and his songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Kenny Chesney, Waylon Jennings, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, and Tina Turner.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Smoke from the Chimney
2. Boot Money
3. Del Rio, You’re Making Me Cry
4. Listen to Your Song
5. Over You
6. Scary Stories
7. Bubba Jones
8. Someone Is Crying
9. Billy

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THE STRUMBELLAS SHARE ANTHEMIC NEW TRACK GREATEST ENEMY

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Toronto, ON – February 19, 2021 – Canadian collective, The Strumbellas, return with their anthemic new track, Greatest Enemy, out now on Entertainment One. Listen here and watch the video here.

The single is the first release since their fourth studio album, Rattlesnake, in 2019. Amidst a slew of tour dates and festival performances all over the globe, lead singer Simon Ward realized that the depression he had been dealing with for the past 15 years was no longer something he could deal with on his own.  Ward was hospitalized and placed under doctor supervision. The group collectively decided to cancel its highly anticipated Canadian tour in early 2020, intent on giving its frontman the time and space to heal. We’ve all had some extra time with ourselves this year, leaving few distractions from our own demons. 

Ward shares, “Greatest Enemy is about how sometimes the toughest battle is the one you have with yourself. The Strumbellas had a rough start to 2020 with canceled tours and mental health struggles, and then the pandemic happened. This is a song about facing the one fight you can’t run from.”

With the group on hiatus through 2020, Ward spent his time focused on his mental health and finally felt the spark to create music with his bandmates, intent on weaving his personal issues into the band’s music and message. This past November, the band reconnected in person for the first time in almost a year to record their new single, Greatest Enemy, a song that Ward had penned with acclaimed songwriter Stevie Aiello (Thirty Seconds to Mars, Lana Del Rey). 

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

As a group, The Strumbellas sound invigorated on Greatest Enemy, which sees them reuniting with producer Dave Schiffman (Weezer, Tom Petty) who worked with the group on Hope. The song ebbs and flows from contemplative verses to a chorus that explodes like a firework, with Ward carrying the vocal torch in concert with a sea of supporting voices: “Feeling like I can be anything I wanna be, but I know I’ll always be my greatest enemy,” he emotes.

The Strumbellas may be unsure of when they’ll be able to play for their fans again, but there's a clear spark of optimism surrounding Greatest Enemy. They’re intent on making the conversation around mental health integral to their narrative because it’s impacted not just Simon but everyone in the band. Touring and the rigours of the music industry affect everyone, and this year has been hard on artists, producers, engineers, and crew members. Working with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for the single’s release, the band is hoping to help raise awareness. 

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

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

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

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VALERIE JUNE SHARES NEW TRACK AND VIDEO WHY THE BRIGHT STARS GLOW

TRACK APPEARS ON THE MOON AND THE STARS: 
PRESCRIPTIONS FOR DREAMERS
 OUT MARCH 12 VIA FANTASY RECORDS

WATCH WHY THE BRIGHT STARS GLOW HERE

Toronto, ON – February 19, 2021 – Today, Valerie June shares Why The Bright Stars Glow, the latest track and video from her highly anticipated new album, The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamersout March 12, 2021 via Fantasy Records. Directed by Renata Raksha (Purity Ring, Brooke Candy), the ethereal clip for Why The Bright Stars Glow embodies a dreamer’s aura as Valerie’s shimmering figure cuts against a night sky. Watch Why The Bright Stars Glow here.

Produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend) and Valerie June, The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers, June’s first new album since 2017’s acclaimed The Order of Time, is already garnering praise around the world. 

In their glowing and expansive ‘album of the month’ review UNCUT proclaimed, “The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers is a psychedelic tour de force that mixes folk, soul and spiritual Van-style hymns into a delirious, unique whole.” They go on to add, “Make no mistake, these songs are beguiling, comely, sweet; but beneath their resonant beauty, June has given us an album that is powerfully, elegantly subversive.” Rolling Stone affirmed, “If early previews are any indication, June’s next record should be a career-making statement." Essence called the three-song suite of Stay / Meditation / You And I, released late last year, "well worth the wait" and the New York Times named You and I one of the ‘Best Songs Of 2020.’ Listen to the suite here. Lastly, NPR Music said the album’s first single, Call Me A Fool“weaves in sonic threads from a variety of genres with insurmountable grace.” 

Earlier this week, Valerie June performed as part of the 34th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert alongside artists such as Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Phoebe Bridgers, Brittany Howard, Angelique Kidjo and many more.

Pre-Order The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers here

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DENZEL CURRY AND KENNY BEATS ANNOUNCE NEW PROJECT UNLOCKED 1.5 DUE MARCH 5

FEATURING JOEY BADA$$, BENNY THE BUTCHER, 
THE ALCHEMIST, ARLO PARKS AND MORE

ENLISTS SMINO & ROBERT GLASPER FOR REINTERPRETATION OF SO.INCREDIBLE.PKG

WATCH UNLOCKED 1.5 TRAILER HERE

Toronto, ON – February 19, 2021 – In February 2020, Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats packed the now-defunct downtown NYC club China Chalet to the brim. With the ceiling dripping sweat and floor buckling the crowd rapped along every lyric as Denzel and Kenny celebrated the release of their eight-song EP, UNLOCKED. Just a couple weeks earlier, the producer and rapper caught fans by surprise, releasing a 24-minute animated film coupled with the eight new songs. UNLOCKED was the product of a manic three-day studio session that found the artists making music that stood out from either of their catalogues sonically. Denzel sounded like a ghost of ODB at times and a revitalized DMX at others, while Kenny's production paid homage to the holy trinity of Madlib, J Dilla & MF DOOM. 

One year later, UNLOCKED 1.5 arrives as a sequel to their cult hit, completely reimagining a number of UNLOCKED highlights. Robert Glasper, The Alchemist, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jay Versace, Charlie Heat and Sango flip songs from UNLOCKED with assistance from Joey Bada$$, Smino, Benny The Butcher, Arlo Parks and Kenny Mason to create UNLOCKED 1.5 – a brand new release inspired by Denzel and Kenny's original. Recently teased with a comical trailer starring Denzel, Kenny Beats and a number of the album's guests, the new project serves as the first taste of what the rapper has in store for an industrious 2021. With a crystal-clear vision and groundbreaking bodies of work, Denzel continues to chart his own path, animating the universe that orbits him.

Today, along with announcing that UNLOCKED 1.5 will be arriving on March 5, Denzel and Kenny are also sharing Robert Glasper's reimagination of So.Incredible.pkg featuring Smino. It's a family affair - during the process of this collaboration Denzel and Smino discovered they are actually cousins, which Smino calls out on the track. Glasper's meticulous production floats underneath Denzel and Smino's melodic bars, birthing an entirely new song from the bones of the original. 

Fans can sign up for early access to Denzel's limited-edition vinyl and merch webstore pre-order one day ahead of the general public pre-sale here(link). The general public pre-order launches Friday, February 26. Denzel will be offering a limited-edition triple LP in a triple gatefold jacket featuring the original UNLOCKED, UNLOCKED 1.5, and UNLOCKED Instrumentals. In addition, there will be a limited-edition Denzel Curry x Kenny Beats UNLOCKEDPresspop inc. figurine set, a limited edition UNLOCKED 1.5 cassette tape, and a limited edition UNLOCKED 1.5 merch capsule. More details to be revealed on February 26.

Hear So.Incredible.pkg (Robert Glasper Version) featuring Smino here, see the UNLOCKED 1.5 album art and additional information below and stay tuned for more from Denzel Curry soon. 
 

UNLOCKED 1.5 Tracklisting
1. So.Incredible.pkg (Robert Glasper Version) featuring Smino
2. Track07 (Georgia Anne Muldrow Version) featuring Arlo Parks
3. 'Cosmic'.m4a (Alchemist Version) featuring Joey Bada$$
4. Take_it_Back_v2 (Charlie Heat Version)
5. Pyro (Sango Leak) featuring Kenny Mason
6. Lay_Up.m4a (Jay Versace Version)
7. DIET_1.5 featuring Benny the Butcher
8. Take_it_Back_v2 (GODMODE 950 Version)

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MOBLEY RELEASES NEW RECORD YOUNG & DYING IN THE OCCIDENT SUPREME TODAY VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR SINGLE MATE OUT TODAY

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR GROUNDBREAKING DEVIL IN A DAYDREAM VIRTUAL TOUR

“Mobley’s latest album is heavy with social commentary - is as timely as it is powerful.” – Austin Monthly

“Mobley isn’t just a talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He’s a restless all-around creative who has channeled his technical and artistic skills into a one-man, perpetual-motion stage show…” – American Songwriter

“Mobley makes upbeat-sounding… pop-rock songs with a political conscience.” – PopMatters

Toronto, ON – February 19, 2021 – Today, Last Gang Records is thrilled to share Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme, the highly anticipated new release from Mobley. The full record is now available here. Also out today is the music video for new single Mate, which Mobley wrote, directed and edited himself. 

“I picked a hell of a time to put out a record,” said Mobley. “We released the first single and then three weeks later the United States was struck by the first major fallout of the pandemic. The record, touring and my whole professional life were put on hold. In the time since, I’m afraid that the themes that pushed me to write ‘Young & Dying…’ have only grown more relevant.”

“My country, often so smugly certain of its supremacy, has become the incompetent, intransigent epicenter of the plague. For many, the past year has been a painful repudiation of the notion that ‘the West’ (or ‘Occident,’ as my title puts it) owes its global dominance to some kind of cultural superiority. The record is all about the need to abandon that harmful delusion.”

Mobley notes that psychedelic new single, Mate – the only love song on the record – represents a bit of a tonal break from the other songs in the collection. Said Mobley, “A lot of my songs speak to the problems facing humanity or things we need to do to make the world better. At the end of the day, though, love is what motivates all of it for me, so I wanted to represent that. I wrote this song for my wife and I wrote it in secret. I didn’t want her to hear it until it was done, so I asked her to run a bunch of errands one day to buy myself some time. I raced to track the whole song in a couple hours and surprised her with it when she came home. I tweaked the mix a little after that, but what I played for her that day is pretty much what ended up on the record.”

In terms of the dreamy video concept for Mate, which features a couple in a long-distance relationship floating on a bed revolving in space, Mobley states: “I think the pithiest way to describe it is a ‘lockdown love story.’ We explore the development of their relationship and their desire for contact. The themes should be familiar to anyone who’s been in a long-distance relationship, but I especially wanted to nod to the circumstances people are facing during the pandemic.”

To support the new EP, Mobley will be kicking off a virtual tour on Thursday, February 25. The Devil In A Daydream tour is a series of nine virtual shows performed in unconventional natural and urban spaces, uniquely intimate and captured on a cinematic scale. With support from YETI and Guayaki Yerba Mate, the tour will also feature performances by an all-star roster of artists the likes of Shallou, Lawrence, Magic Giant, City of the Sun, Spencer Ludwig, Sarah Jaffe, James Petralli (of White Denim), Michigander and many more. Mobley and these artists are donating all monies raised to support partnering venues, as well as mutual aid organization the DAWA Fund

For more information on Mobley, visit mobleywho.com.

2021 VIRTUAL TOUR DATES INCLUDE
February 25 – Emo’s, Scoot Inn & Parish **EP Release Show – Austin, Texas
February 27 – Subterranean – Chicago, Illinois
March 2 – Centerstage – Atlanta, Georgia  
March 2 – Masquerade – Atlanta, Georgia 
March 4 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, New York 
March 6 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
March 8 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, Texas 
March 8 – Deep Ellum Art Company – Dallas, Texas
March 10 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, California
March 12 – Popscene – San Francisco, California

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KENNY MASON RETURNS WITH NEW TRACK PARTMENTS

LISTEN HERE

"Atlanta's soon-to-be star" – NPR 

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

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

Toronto, ON – February 19, 2021 – Today, Atlanta rapper, artist and creative, Kenny Mason, returns with a new track, Partments. Listen here.

The melodic, guitar laden track is his first offering of new music in 2021 coming off of a breakthrough year in 2020 with his debut album, Angelic Hoodrat. 

Led by singles Hit, and Angelic Hoodrat, the debut album positioned Kenny as a prominent voice in the ever-changing Atlanta music scene. Paving a way for genre-bending acts, he is redefining the city’s sound with influences including hip-hop and alt-rock. The result was a strong, cohesive debut on Angelic Hoodrat which also saw cinematic, story driven visuals directed by Nasser Boulaich for Angels Calling,   FirestarterHitAngelic Hoodrat, and a joint video for Chevron/PTSD. For the release he received critical praise from outlets including NPR, Complex, FADER, Hypebeast, DJ Booth and many more.

In 2019 Kenny first emerged in a big way, performing at Rolling Loud Miami, being named one of August's Best New Artists by Pigeons & Planes, and had his song, G.O.A.T., featured on HBO's hit show, EuphoriaHe was also selected by Complex as one of their 25 Rappers to Watch in 2020.

With his official return and release of Partments, 2021 looks to be another standout year for the burgeoning star. Listen to Partments and keep an eye out for more on Kenny Mason coming soon.

Listen to Angelic Hoodrat: smarturl.it/KM_AngelicHoodrat

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AMYTHYST KIAH RELEASES RADICALLY REIMAGINED VERSION OF GRAMMY-NOMINATED SONG BLACK MYSELF

Toronto, ON – February 19, 2021 – Amythyst Kiah is redefining the limits of roots music. Today, the mold-shattering singer/songwriter who Rolling Stone calls “one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets,” makes her Rounder Records debut with the release of a radically reimagined version of her song, Black Myself. Listen here

The track was originally recorded in 2019 by Our Native Daughters, the group which includes Amythyst, Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell, and earned a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Song. Produced by Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Amos Lee, Andrew Bird) and recorded at LA’s legendary Sound City Studios with Blake Mills (Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes, Bob Dylan) and Wendy Melvoin (Prince & The Revolution, Madonna, Neil Finn), the new version being released today departs from the mid-tempo and largely acoustic original, amplifying the track’s kinetic tension via stacked vocals and a wash of electric guitar.  In her collision of political commentary and personal revelation, Amythyst infuses Black Myself with a potent new urgency.

Black Myself is the first song I’ve written that was confrontational,” says Amythyst. “I’d always made it a point to sing songs that anybody could relate to, but this was something that had been welling up inside me for a long time. The reception of the song so far has given me hope that there are people out there who are ready to confront the shared trauma of racism, to look within ourselves and see how we might be perpetuating racist beliefs, and to do what is needed to create equality for all people.

With an unforgettable voice that’s both unfettered and exquisitely controlled, Amythyst’s ability to cross boundaries is born from struggle. Growing up a Black and LGBTQ+ woman in the Bible Belt, she experienced severe social anxiety, grief, alienation - and ultimately, the hard-won triumph of total self-acceptance. There will be more new music coming from Amythyst later this year. 

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CADENCE WEAPON ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM PARALLEL WORLD OUT APRIL 30 ON ENTERTAINMENT ONE

FIRST SINGLE SENNA FEATURING JACQUES GREENE 

OUT TODAY WITH CINEMATIC VISUAL

Toronto, ON – February 19, 2021 – Cadence Weaponthe moniker of Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer and poet, Rollie Pemberton, announces his new LP, Parallel World, out April 30 via eOne Music. Parallel World is an album that seeks to unearth the alternate reality that lies beneath the surface of our society, a record that functions as a mirror that exposes the distortions and inequalities that are typically ignored. The album’s first single, SENNAarrives today. A track about self-determination and taking the road less travelled, it marks a reunion collaboration between Cadence and JUNO-nominated artist, Jacques Greene. Watch the video and pre-order the album here
 

SENNA is inspired by legendary Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna. The documentary about him from 2010 has floated in the periphery of my mind ever since I first saw it,” Cadence describes. “Musically, it shares the spirit of early UK grime but what we ended up creating feels completely new. When Jacques Greene and I were in the studio working on this track and I heard the beat he was making, Senna started floating around my head like a mantra.”
 

For SENNA, Cadence and Jacques revisit a creative process, tapping into a vibe and new sonic territory, to make a song that exists between the margins of genre. Their previous collaborations include Cadence’s feature on Jacques’ 2019 album, Dawn Chorus (Night Service) and Jacques at the production helm for Cadence’s songs, High Rise, and The Host, from his 2018 self-titled project.  

The visual was produced by Pique, who were at the helm for Cadence’s High Rise, and was created with generous support of the MVP Project, a joint initiative of RBCxMusic and the Prism Prize (administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television).

Cadence’s most politically charged album to date, the songs on Parallel World 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 their own realities relating to these issues. The new album is Cadence distilling these experiences for us all.

In addition to Greene, production personnel on Parallel World includes Jimmy Edgar, Martyn Bootyspoon, Casey MQ, Korea Town Acid, DNNY PHNTM, Strict Face, AudioOpera, and Little Snake. Guests include Fat Tony, 2020 Polaris Music Prize-winner, Backxwash, Skratch Bastid, and Manga Saint Hilare. It was mixed and engineered by Calvin Hartwick at Dream House Studios and mastered by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel in Toronto.

Pemberton has released four albums, all of which have been nominated for the Polaris Prize, with Breaking Kayfabe (2006) and Hope In Dirt City (2012) being shortlist nominees. His music is known for pairing groundbreaking production with incisive, socially conscious lyricism and has been praised by the likes of NPR, The New York Times, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Zane Lowe Beats 1, Complex, Dazed, and many more.

He served as Poet Laureate of Edmonton from 2009 to 2011. His poem “The Garden” was incorporated into a bronze sculpture at the Alberta Legislature Grounds in Edmonton in 2018. He has hosted lectures and conducted live interviews for CBC q and Red Bull Music Academy. A book he is writing about his career called Bedroom Rapper will be published by McClelland & Stewart in Spring 2022.

Listen/Watch SENNAffm.to/senna

Pre-order Parallel World on Bandcamp

Parallel World Tracklist
Africville’s Revenge 
On Me (feat. Manga Saint Hilare and Strict Face)
Play No Games
SENNA (feat. Jacques Greene) 
Skyline 
WATER (feat. Fat Tony and Jimmy Edgar) 
Eye To Eye 
Ghost (feat. Backxwash)
Hard To Find 
Connect 

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TOM ODELL RELEASES NEW SINGLE NUMB TODAY

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RADIO 1 HOTTEST RECORD THIS WEEK

Toronto, ON – February 18, 2021 – Today, Tom Odell, releases his new single numb on Columbia Records. Away from all the noise of his various successes – three UK top five albums including the platinum-selling, chart-topping Long Way Down; two top ten singles; a 2013 Brit award for Critic's Choice – there's one thing that's always kept Tom Odell grounded: songwriting. A classic songwriter who was awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello award for Songwriter Of  The Year – relied on his passion more than ever when it came to crafting numb, his first single for 2021. Premiered as Radio 1 ‘Hottest Record’ by Jack Saunders standing in for Annie Mac. Listen to and watch the video here.

After a dark period of mental health stalked most of his 2018 and 2019, Odell wrote his way through it, eventually letting down his guard and pouring his feelings into new music that will form his fourth album due later this year.  It feels like both a daring creative rebirth and a solidifying of Odell's strengths. It's all there in his new single numb...it’s inky molasses open with Odell's unadorned vocal over sparse piano – “I hold my hand over the flame, to see if I can feel some pain,” he sings – before eerie, wheezing electronics and layers of clipped beats cloak the song in a sticky sadness. Inspired by experimental musician, Mica Levi's soundscapes, synthetic textures are painstakingly fused with acoustic flourishes. “I would say there was this period where I was just disconnected,” he says of numb’s lyrical inspiration. “I felt bogged down, like I was beginning to lose that sense of lightness.”

Odell has been working as a musician in the public eye since he was 21 when self-penned debut album Long Way Down earned him a number 1 album, a top 10 single (the epic Another Love) and a Brit. Now, 30, it's clear to Odell that the whirlwind around his debut kickstarted a work ethic that eventually became an obsession It reached an apex in September 2019 when Odell, fresh off touring Jubilee Road, went straight to LA to start writing the next album. “Then this chronic anxiety that I'd had for a couple of years just got worse,” Odell woke up one morning “and I couldn't do anymore music.” He knew something had to change. In the end he flew back home, went straight to his parent's house and slowly got better.

Slowly but surely, Odell alchemised that experience into a new album.  He also realized his broader lyrical horizons needed to be matched by a musical expansion, with a lot of the songs on the album – created alongside songwriter Laurie Blundell and producer Miles James – leaning into a more electronic, bedroom pop sound that Odell has steadily become obsessed with over the last few years. This new found love of DIY electronic pop chimed with the pandemic's arrival and songs were crafted in a more threadbare way around instruments he had at hand, like Moog synths. It was a move underpinned by both necessity and a desire to explore. So eerie synths and head-rattling beats augment the sound.  And while his new music is at times heavy, there's a lightness of touch that means Odell is able to pull off pop's greatest trick; hiding sadness in the melodies. In this strangest of times this new music represents the start of chapter two in Odell's ongoing musical journey.

To coincide with the release of numb, Odell announced an exclusive Virtual Live performance on the Sidedoor platform on February 27.  As this has already sold out, another virtual live performance has been scheduled for April 10. These will be special interactive evenings where he will answer fan questions and perform intimate shows including never-heard-before songs from his upcoming fourth album. All proceeds from the shows will be donated to Odell's amazing band and crew whose lives have been turned upside down by the pandemic. More details and ticketing information can be found here.

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM THE MILLION MASKS OF GO

OUT APRIL 30 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS PRE-ORDER HERE

WATCH VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE BED HEAD

ANNOUNCEMENT COMES ON THE HEELS OF THEIR GLOBAL CONCERT EVENT REACHING OVER 100K VIEWERS

Toronto, ON – February 18, 2021 – The wait is over: following a cryptic, seven-day countdown initiated upon the completion of last Friday’s live screening of A Black Mile To The Surface: The Global Concert Film, Manchester Orchestra announced today that their new album, The Million Masks of God, will be released April 30 via Loma Vista Recordings. The Black Mile film – a front-to-back performance of the band’s 2017 instant-classic album that saw over 7,000 viewers tune-in live and now has over 100,000 streams to date – culminated in the launch of TheMillionMasksOfGod.com, which revealed teasers of the album art as well as instrumental stems from the urgent and sweeping first single, Bed Head. The song debuted last night via SiriusXM’s Alt Nation ‘Advanced Placement,’ and can now be heard alongside the cinematic, Andrew Donoho-directed video that finds a home haunted by a spectral, Andy Hull. “Bed Head is two old friends existing in two separate realities,” explains Hull, who joined SiriusXM’s ALT Nation yesterday evening to discuss the new album. “It’s a conversation about the lives they lived, the consequences of life’s decisions, and finding purpose in trying to be better.” With special effects of Poltergeist-level proportion, the Bed Head mini-supernatural thriller film mirrors the song’s howling close, and ranks among the best in the band’s canon of celebrated visuals.

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

The Million Masks Of God can be seen, in a way, as the band's sophomore album following a rebirth with Black Mile (which featured the band’s first #1 AAA and Top 15 Alternative radio hit The Gold), and Hull’s early concept for it was a natural extension of the main theme of its predecessor. “If Black Mile was this idea of ‘from birth to death,’ this album would really be more about ‘from birth to beyond, focusing on the highs and lows of life and exploring what could possibly come next,’” he explains.

Manchester Orchestra approached Masks with the intention of creating tightly-woven “movie albums” designed to be listened to in sequence and in a single sitting, with the songs working together to tell a bold, long-form narrative. The Million Masks of God explores the loose story of a man’s encounter with the angel of death as he's shown various scenes from his life in a snapshot-style assemblage. Some moments he witnesses are good, some are bad, some difficult, some commendable – in other words, they depict an entirely normal life. Initially based on a fictitious character, Masks began to process real-time emotions as McDowell’s father entered the toughest part of his fight with cancer, eventually losing the battle in 2019. “It started off really abstract, but as Robert’s dad’s fight with cancer got harder and harder those last couple years, I started making parallels in my mind to what I was actually writing about,” Hull explains. “It became an examination of my own faith. While Robert’s dad’s story certainly influenced this album, it’s equally about me coming to grips with the realness of adulthood and that there’s an expiration date to all of this – and how you’re going to live your life knowing that.”

The Million Masks of God is a testament to the kinship of its songwriting duo – the bond that enables them to take something so tragically personal and turn it into limitless, compassionate, communal, revelatory art. “There’s a decision we’re faced with when experiencing loss and the inevitable grief that follows. Do we let it sink us? Try to ignore it and pretend it’s not there? Or do we search and dig until we find signs of beauty in life and all of its experiences?” explains Hull. “In a way, the grief will always define you but being together and creating something meaningful from all of the hardships has been the most helpful tool I’ve found."

TRACKLISTING:
1. Inaudible
2. Angel Of Death
3. Keel Timing
4. Bed Head
5. Annie
6. Telepath
7. Let It Storm
8. Dinosaur
9. Obstacle
10. Way Back
11. The Internet

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HAVIAH MIGHTY PROTECTS HER ENERGY ON OBEAH

WATCH VIDEO HERE

OBEAH FOLLOWS ANTISOCIALOCCASION , ATLANTIC AND 2019 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE-WINNING 13TH FLOOR

Toronto, ON – February 12, 2021 – After kicking off the year with Antisocial, Polaris Music Prize-winning Toronto artist, Haviah Mighty, shows no signs of stopping. Today, Haviah shares Obeah – a song she produced alongside her brother, Mighty Prynce. Centred around Haviah’s Caribbean heritage, Obeah focuses on trust, spirituality, her close connection to family and a belief that the energies around you dictate what you allow in your life in order to prosper. Directed by Jesse Dart of Die Fire Films, with Production Company, Cultiv8, the video for Obeah features cameo appearances by Haviah’s father (who is sampled on the tune) and friends. Watch Obeah and listen here.  

I've navigated life off the strength of my parents’ teachings, and one of those [notable] teachings is to be mindful of the company you keep and of those you call your friends. Being of Caribbean descent, I’ve heard many stories throughout my life of 'Obeah man' and 'Obeah woman' from family and friends, 'Obeah' being an occult power and celebrated secret religion which disturbs the natural flow of events by way of spells, spirituality and hidden practices,” Haviah expands on the song’s inspiration. 

“Though difficult to define, it is a religion of resistance, a belief that you can manipulate yours or other peoples’ destinies - often used in the context of those people that are close to you but aspire to cause you harm by thought or action. This song, using this Jamaican reference, speaks directly to the idea that the energy around you can bring you down, and that sometimes it's those that are closest to you that you need to be aware of. This theme is one many can relate toas they grow within their chosen realms.” 

Obeah follows Antisocial, produced by Haviah and Devontée, and features Denver, CO-based rapper, Old Man Saxon, who Haviah was set to tour with last year. Focused on reflections around self-confidence and deep introspection, the song arrives in a timely manner as society continues to evaluate life from a more independent perspective. Listen to Antisocialhere, and watch the visualizer by BlackPowerBarbie here.

Haviah closed out 2020 with Atlantic, a track examining the ugly truths of money, the roots of unequal labour, and its impact on marginalized communities worldwide, and Occasion, a song produced by Haviah, Mighty Prynce, Sauce Junky, with guitar arrangements by Ben Foran, and initially developed during an Instagram Live session in March just as the pandemic set in. 

Haviah became the first Hip-Hop artist, as well as the first Black woman, to win the Polaris Music Prize for her 2019 album, 13th Floor. The project highlights Haviah’s relentless work ethic and vast sonic influences; ranging from classic Rap/Hip-Hop elements to Caribbean rhythms, frenetic electro and diverse instrumentation, while tackling marginalization and racism head-on as Haviah proclaims self-love as a Black woman. 

While international touring remains at a standstill as Haviah eagerly awaits to get back on the stage to perform, she is staying creative in the studio and actively advocating for change in the community.

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


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

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

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

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

Listen to Obeah | Watch Obeah
Listen to Antisocial | Watch Antisocial
Listen to Occasion | Watch Occasion
Listen to Atlantic | Watch Atlantic
Listen to 13th Floor  here | Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here

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ROWDY REBEL RETURNS WITH BRAND NEW SINGLE JESSE OWENS FEATURING NAV

MORE NEW MUSIC COMING SOON

Toronto, ON – February 12, 2021 – Marking a triumphant homecoming after six years away, critically acclaimed Brooklyn rapper, Rowdy Rebel, launches his official comeback single and music video Jesse Owens featuring NAV today. Listen here via Epic Records and watch the video here.

A member of the influential GS9 crew, Rowdy’s return to the spotlight will undoubtedly shake New York and the culture at large. On Jesse Owens, he bodies hard hitting 808s with a commanding and confident flow as he assures, “Back in my zone and I’m focused, please don’t start no commotion.”  NAV pulls up with a slick guest spot before the hook takes off, “I ran up a bag so fast like I’m Jesse Owens.” In the accompanying music video, they descend upon the Big Apple & LA, taking over a sneaker shop and rapping on the streets.

Shortly after coming home, Rowdy teamed up with Funk Flex for Re-Route. In addition to plugs from PitchforkHipHopDX, and more, Complex touted it among the Best New Music This Week and described it as “a dizzying drill record,” while KAZI Magazine promised, “The man, the myth, the legend himself Rowdy Rebel is starting the year strong.” 

Alongside GS9 cohort, Bobby Shmurda, Rowdy Rebel bulldozed a path for a new school East Coast rap renaissance, kicking down the doors for a flood of Brooklyn artists. Marking a full circle moment, he appeared on the late Pop Smoke’s Make It Rain from the chart-crushing multiplatinum Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon last year. Rowdy initially popped off in 2014. He joined forces with Shmurda for a legendary remix of the multiplatinum Hot ***** alongside Fabolous, Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, and Yo Gotti. In 2016, his critically acclaimed breakthrough mixtape Shmoney Keeps Calling yielded the banger, Computers featuring Bobby Shmurda. Even though he went away for six years, he cast a long shadow over the game. Now, he’s back with more music to come very soon.

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LAILA BIALI RELEASES STUNNING JONI MITCHELL COVER OF A CASE OF YOU JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – February 12, 2021 – Today, JUNO Award-winning artist, Laila Biali, graces us with her stunning Joni Mitchell cover of the classic love song, A Case Of You, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Accompanying the track is a captivating video of the live performance captured live off the floor at Revolution Recording Studios – inviting any listener into the moment with Biali. Watch the full video here.

Arranged by Biali, and her husband, Ben Wittman, on djembe, alongside George Koller on upright bass, this heartfelt interpretation was created with Valentine’s Day in mind. A Case Of You was featured earlier this week on CBC Metro Morning, giving listeners an exclusive first preview of the track ahead of its release today.

“My first experience hearing Joni Mitchell's music was when I was still a music student at Humber College,” shares Biali. “Hejira and Mingus were the obvious starting point for a Jazz novice as equally interested in the musicians accompanying Joni as in Joni herself. But then along came Blue. That was the one, the album that triggered a lifelong fascination with Joni and her songwriting. She made my heart ache with every feeling, love and loss in the same breath. No song captures that more for me than A Case of You. I think it's the ultimate Valentine's song because it can reach you no matter where you're at – whether you're in love, longing for it, or mourning it.”

Listen to Biali’s A Case Of You, and join her in celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with this touching rendition!

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www.lailabiali.com

About Laila Biali:
Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. This year, Laila was honoured by SOCAN Music with the Hagood Hardy Award for Excellence in Songwriting. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release won her a JUNO (Canada's GRAMMY) for "Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.” The year prior, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Laila was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards when she was named "SOCAN Composer of the Year" and "Keyboardist of the Year." She received her first JUNO nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot on DownBeat Magazine's "Best Albums of the Year" for Live in Concert (2013). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music's national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to listeners across Canada. While Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy" (Washington Post). Laila's highly anticipated album, Out of Dust – which was named one of Downbeat Magazine’s Best Albums of 2020 – features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fischer, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis, released March 27, 2020.

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

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DAYSORMAY WRITE A REFLECTIVE SONG FOR THEIR FUTURE SELVES ON EVERYTHING IS CHANGING

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE BAND’S
SELF-DIRECTED MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – February 12, 2021 – Today, Vancouver, BC-based trio, daysormay, take a look at the past with a track written for their future. This arrives as Everything Is Changing, a reflective tune and visual created in the band’s signature DIY style. While the song’s writing process began during a camping trip post high school grad, the visual brings their journey full circle. With plans to film in Osoyoos, BC – Canada’s only official desert – pandemic protocols acted as inspiration to pivot, rather than prohibit, leading daysormay to return to where it all began in their hometown of Vernon, sourcing a setting that fit the direction, with some adventure along the way. Watch Everything Is Changing and listen here

“We shot it in our hometown of Vernon, BC. I grew up seeing those mountains and valleys everyday, and I’m really stoked that we got them into the video. I love the scenery there.” says lead vocalist, Aidan Andrews, on the experience. 

Everything Is Changing was entirely written, produced and mixed by daysormay. Lead vocalist, Aidan Andrews, and Drummer, Carson Bassett, began strumming the song’s chords on a ukulele when they were on a camping trip in 2017, a month after the group graduated high school. The band revisited the track in 2019, preserving the feeling they put into it during its initial stages, with elements from the first demo in the final version you are listening to now. For the video, the band reunited with Christian Lai, who filmed the Role Model (featuring Tessa Violet) music video, with support from Titouan Fournier.

Everything Is Changing follows daysormay’s powerful and emotive track, Holding My Tongueand summer 2020 songs, Role Model featuring Tessa Violet, and RunningThe track made waves upon arrival last week, with playlist features on Spotify’s The New Alt, Fresh Finds: Pop, It’s ALT Good, Amazon Music’s Finely Tuned, Breakthrough Canada, Fresh Alternative, Best of What’s New and Breakthrough Alternative, and Apple’s New Music Daily. American Pancake noted “the musical and emotional dynamism inherent in their sound suggests a thoughtfulness in their approach,” while Le Future Wave praised, stunning vocals floating around a modern pop production that’s catchy and full of character.”

Learn about daysormay in their bio and stay tuned for more. 

daysormay is:
Aidan Andrews (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys/Ukulele)
Nolan Bassett (Bass/Vocals/Trumpet) 
Carson Bassett (Drums/Percussion)

Listen to Everything Is Changing here
Watch the Everything Is Changing video here

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NICKY JAM AND THE KING OF BACHATA ROMEO SANTOS JOIN FORCES TO CREATE FAN DE TU FOTOS

Toronto, ON – February 12, 2021 – The universe has realigned itself to unite in art two of the greatest Latin Music interpreters: the reggaeton pioneer, Nicky Jam, and the “King” of Bachata, Romeo Santos. Their new collab, Fan de Tus Fotos, is available now on all digital platforms. Watch the video here.

For the second time in their artistic careers, Nicky Jam and Romeo Santos make music together. Their first collaboration was back in 2017 with the hit, Bella y Sensual, (more than 653 million views on YouTube today) together with Daddy Yankee.

The voices of both interpreters teleport the fans to completely different universes, and therein lies the magic of this “explosive” musical collaboration. First, Romeo Santos, the international leader of Tropical music, adds sensuality and delicacy to the verses of Fan de Tus Fotos, and, on the other hand, Nicky Jam guides the entire rhythm in his voice and adds that underground feeling that transforms all of his song’s instant hits.

Fan de Tus Fotos was produced by Sky Rompiendo with Saga Whiteblack as Recording Engineer. The song was composed and written by Nicky Jam and Romeo Santos along with Andrés Jael Correa Ríos, Gerald Oscar Jiménez, Juan Diego Medina Vélez, Sky Rompiendo, Julián Turizo, and Saga Whiteblack, under the wings of La Industria INC and Sony Music Latin record labels. 

Fan de Tus Fotos premieres with its official music video; also available on YouTube, and it has both romance and comedy situations starring Nicky Jam and Romeo Santos. The video was filmed in the city of Miami, Florida, produced by Boy in The Castle and directed by Colin Tilley. 

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF DEBUTS REDEMPTION VIDEO

TO PERFORM ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE FEBRUARY 13

Toronto, ON – February 11, 2021 – Nathaniel Rateliff’s official music video for his track, Redemption, premieres today; watch/share here. Written for and featured in the Apple Original film, Palmer, Redemption is garnering attention from Variety and Rolling Stone, who calls it “cathartic.” Listen to/share Redemption here.

Palmer, which is now streaming globally on Apple TV+, stars Justin Timberlake, Alisha Wainwright and Juno Temple. The film, directed by Fisher Stevens, is a hopeful and inspirational story about an unlikely pair who come together and find the family they were both missing. 

On February 13, Rateliff will make his debut as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live with Regina King hosting. Rateliff’s latest single, Redemption, comes on the heels of his celebrated 2020 solo album, And It’s Still Alright (out now on Stax Records). 

The forthcoming SNL performance culminates a monumental year for Rateliff; And It’s Still Alright peaked at #3 on iTunes’ Top Albums chart, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk chart, landed at #2 on their Current Rock chart and resided at #1 on the Americana Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks. The lead single and title track was #1 for eight consecutive weeks at Triple A Radio, #1 for nine consecutive weeks on the Americana Singles chart and #1 for three weeks at Non-Commercial radio, while NPR’s World Cafe ranked the track #1 on their list of Public Radio’s Most Popular Songs Of 2020. Additionally, the single Time Stands peaked at #1 on the Americana Singles chart and appeared within the Top 5 at Triple A Radio. Rateliff also performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Listen to And It’s Still Alright here

Rateliff’s band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nights Sweats’ Platinum-certified debut album was released in 2015, followed by the critically lauded 2018 album, Tearing at the Seams. The band have toured extensively worldwide. They’ve headlined shows at iconic venues both stateside and abroad, including six sold out Red Rocks Amphitheatre dates, as well as appearances at major festivals including Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Coachella, Newport Folk Festival and more.

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

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

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

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

“The end result, cinematic in its emotional heft but understated 
in its arrangement, will split your heart in two.”
 – Esquire

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

“The record showcased a more ruminative side to the bombastic, swaggering bandleader of the rock ‘n’ soul outfit, The Night Sweats, and explored two personal tragedies…with tenderness and grace.” – Men’s Health

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POP EVIL PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE BREATHE AGAIN

NEW ALBUM VERSATILE COMING IN SPRING 2021
VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

WATCH BREATHE AGAIN VIDEO HERE

LISTEN TO / SHARE BREATHE AGAIN HERE

Toronto, ON – February 10, 2021 – Michigan's own, Pop Evil, debuted the official music video for their latest hit single, Breathe Again, from a string of hit singles the band has dropped during the turbulent year of 2020, including Let The Chaos Reign and Work, which rose to one of their fastest Top 10 hits yet. The video marks the first set of visuals from their sixth full-length, Versatile, that’s expected this spring via Entertainment One (eOne). The futuristic and partly animated video, directed by Johan Carlén, captures Pop Evil in a new light as they dive into their greatest stylistic shift to date, striking on some of their heaviest moments as a band while still balancing their unflinching groove with cinematic melody.

Pop Evil has been a staple at major festivals and in theatres and clubs for over a decade, despite the group's relative youth. As they've ruled the roost with No. 1 Billboard Rock singles like Trenches, Deal with the Devil, Torn to Pieces, Footsteps, and Waking Lions, they've taken their inspired message to the people, on tours with modern rock titans and veteran acts alike. The band bunkered down in Los Angeles in the winter of 2019 to put the finishing touches on the yet to be titled new album due out in 2021 via Entertainment One (eOne). The band also enlisted new creative teams of producers and collaborators to emphasize the band's sound's uniquely varied aspects.

As Breathe Again, Let The Chaos Reign, and Work might suggest, the contrast and fearless genre-defying cross-cultural pollination have never been more pronounced than on album number six. The preproduction process yielded close to 30 songs, whittled down to the most potent 12 representing everything about Pop Evil. This new effort will be the highly anticipated follow up to their self-titled album that came out two years ago to high critical praise, with outlets like Loudwire saying, "their self-titled effort continues that delivers a solid top-to-bottom listen." Collectively, the band's previous five albums account for over 600 million worldwide streams. 
 

POP EVIL is: Leigh Kakaty (Lead Vocals), Nick Fuelling (Lead Guitar),

Dave Grahs (Rhythm Guitar), Matt DiRito (Bass), Hayley Cramer (Drums)

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THE BLUE STONES ANNOUNCE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM HIDDEN GEMS

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PRE-ORDER HIDDEN GEMS HERE

Toronto, ON – February 5, 2021 – Today, alternative-rock duo, The Blue Stones, announced their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Hidden Gems, set for release via Entertainment One (eOne) on March 19. On Hidden Gems, the band worked with famed producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots, LANY), who helped the band to not only explore and create music in a new way, but discover themselves throughout the writing process. These developments are clear on the band’s thundering new single, Spirit, which made its debut on YouTube earlier today. The song blends the perfect mix of electrifying guitars and tempo riding drums mixed with more mellow moments. Lyrically, vocalist/guitarist, Tarek Jafar, addresses the push and pull he feels within himself to do what he thinks is best versus more self-destructive habits, belting through the chorus “I don’t trust myself, I feel like somebody else.” 

Speaking on the creation of Spirit, Jafar stated:

"I've always felt a little torn between two selves. The person who does what he should, and the other who does what he wants. It's ping pong for the psyche, and I've played it extensively this past year. I'd like to consider myself a normal, contributing member to society; and that's only true because I let myself indulge in the 'wants' every now and then. That's what letting your spirit play is.”

You can stream Spirit and pre-save Hidden Gems here. Hidden Gems is also available for physical pre-order in the band’s webstore.

When Jafar and Justin Tessier (drums/vocals) formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together – and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that led to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As the band were working with Paul Meany on what would become their sophomore-effort, Hidden Gems, they realized they wanted to take the sound they had become known for and give it a new edge. Across the ten songs on the album, the band pairs rock songs built to be played in a stadium with layered, R&B leaning numbers and moody, grunge tracks. The songs resonate with a powerful emotional intensity both sonically and lyrically, with Jafar penning his most personal lyrics to date. Centered around self-confidence, the album works through accepting your strengths and weaknesses, touching upon heartbreak and bad habits.

“Even though some of these songs sound different,” says Jafar, “at the end of the day we stayed true to who we are as The Blue Stones. So even if the songs border on a different genre, you’re still going to get us, because it’s still us writing the songs and performing the songs. We have a vision that we’ve been focused on since we started this band and that hasn’t changed. I want the fans to really enjoy and connect with these songs.”

“We both just tried to serve the music the best way we could,” adds Tessier. “And that was by taking out the ego from them. I really want these songs to capture people’s attention. I want them to understand that The Blue Stones are a force.”

Album opener Lights On serves as a perfect introduction to the diverse sound found across Hidden Gems, before kicking into hit single, Shakin’ Off The Rust, which charted Top 5 at U.S. radio on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, peaked at #1 on the Canadian Active Rock Charts (being the most played song in 2020 at Active Rock in Canada) and #5 on the US Active Rock Charts, and has seen over 13 million streams worldwide. The band was also was the second most played band at the format this past year. As the record continues, the band brings in a smooth and funky vibe through a mix of keys and 808 kick drums on songs like Careless, L.A. Afterlife and Make This Easy. Let It Ride – currently sitting Top 5 at Active Rock radio in Canada and Top 10 at the Alternative Radio format – sets course as an explosive rock anthem, while the album ends with the bouncy, indie-rock driven Oceans. On Hidden Gems, the band have crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that you can’t help but be swept up and carried off by these songs. The Blue Stones have redefined who they are, but at the same time ensured they kept their identity intact, making them one of alternative rock’s most exciting acts.

HIDDEN GEMS TRACKLISTING:
1. Lights On
2. Shakin’ Off The Rust
3. One By One
4. Careless
5. Grim
6. Let It Ride
7. L.A. Afterlife
8. Spirit
9. Make This Easy
10. Oceans

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ZELLA DAY RELEASES NEW SONG HOLOCENE FEATURING WEYES BLOOD

“There was laughter in the room when the songs were made, tears being shed on the other sides of the walls, but I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I didn’t cry in the studio too. We’ve all needed a refuge this year, this is a glimpse into mine.” – Zella Day

Toronto, ON – February 5, 2021 – Today, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, Zella Day, unveils the Daniel Johnston-inspired Holocene, a message of hope and unity and a call for reflection. Holocene marks Day’s first creative collaboration with Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood. The sonic exploration by the duo has been in the works since the public display of their undeniable vocal chemistry following an invitation from Lana Del Rey for the pair to join her onstage during her Norman Fucking Rockwell Tour at the Hollywood Bowl. Listen to Holocene here.

Holocene features lush harmonies layered over syncopated beats and gently strummed guitars. Mering contributed vocals, keyboards, and co-production on the track, which was written by Day, Mering, and Mia Kerr. The production of Holocenewas led and recorded by Gus Seyffert (Beck, Michael Kiwanuka, Bedouine, Dr. Dog, Jenny Lewis).

“Zella and I already had a sisterhood thing going on, and it made sense to get a song together that captured the uneasiness of these times, the acceleration of uncertainty,” notes Mering. 

“These days it seems music is the only superpower I can count on to protect me from the threats that lurk within the complete unknown. If hope were a paper airplane and shot into the sky I grabbed it with my hands as it was floating by and unfolded the paper to absorb the contents inside. 'Crazy Train' was scribbled at the top of the page and when I looked to see what the words were that were bleeding through from the other side of the paper Holocene was there waiting to be sung. There was laughter in the room when the songs were made, tears being shed on the other sides of the walls, but I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I didn’t cry in the studio too. We’ve all needed a refuge this year, this is a glimpse into mine," says Day.

Over the last year I have found myself living in two conflicted mental states: days where I’m impassioned, so many words and thoughts surrounding our current climate extending throughout my being. The other reality is emptiness, a complete loss for words. Exhaustion. Loneliness. Sometimes loneliness becomes a giant casting a long shadow that I can’t outrun. I learned not to be too hard on myself in these moments, ultimately trusting that the motivation to create would eventually come back to me. Holocene was the rain that fell. It’s a collection of thoughts, a song for the interpersonal relationship between the world inside and outside of ourselves.”

A narrative video directed by Cameron McCool, a frequent creative collaborator of Day’s, will be released later this month.

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CRAIG STICKLAND RELEASES WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE SUN TO RISE TITLE TRACK & VISUAL FOR FORTHCOMING EP TODAY

STREAM / BUY WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE SUN TO RISE HERE

“Craig Stickland has one of those rare voices that stops you and speaks directly to your soul.” - Baeble Music

"Craig Stickland shares an absolutely gorgeous, harmony-laden track…Stickland’s sparkling falsetto is simply heavenly." - Parade

"Inspired by a feeling of rebellion towards the divide and oppression...Craig Stickland debuted a rousing video” - Billboard

Toronto, ON – February 5, 2021 – Los Angeles-based troubadour, Craig Stickland, releases the powerful single and visual for While We Wait For The Sun To Rise today. The song is the title track of Stickland’s forthcoming 3-song EP, due out this spring via 21 Entertainment/eOne. Listen to the track here and watch the video here.  

Stickland says, “2020 was an incredibly tough year. It caused the world to take a step back from everything we were used to. While We Wait For The Sun To Rise is an EP that was written and recorded during the quarantine in my cabin studio, inspired by the pandemic we’re living through. The title track of the EP is about feeling overwhelmed and helpless. It’s a song about finding someone to help you wait out the storm, for a time when things can be simple again.”

The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist recently released the piano-driven Enemy, a modern day torch song about the melancholy of moving on after a relationship is over.  Late last year, he also released Break Every Rule Spanish Remix with GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY nominee, singer/songwriter, Raquel Sofia.  The original track was featured on Stickland’s debut album, Starlit Afternoon, released in early 2020.

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JOHN ORPHEUS HONOURS HEROES ON FELA AWOKE (I WILL MISS YOU)

NEW ALBUM SAGA BOY SET FOR RELEASE MAY 21

PROJECT IS COMPANION TO MEMOIR OUT NOW ON PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

“I've been travelling for so very long. Trying to find some place that feels like home. And there are many things that you can take from me. But what you can't take away, is the love that is found, In our sweet destiny.”  – John Orpheus on Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You)

Toronto, ON – February 4, 2021 – Only one month into the year and Toronto artist, author, troubadour and Renaissance man, John Orpheus, continues to blaze his unique path. With the recent launch of his long awaited, highly acclaimed memoir, SAGA BOY (Penguin Random House Canada), he prepares to launch a sonic companion of the same name, to be released May 21 via The Confidence Emperors. Today, John shares SAGA BOY’s first single, Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You), a song about celebrating our heroes by letting them go to become our own. It arrives alongside a stunning visual directed by John’s longtime collaborator, Patrick Hodgson. Listen to Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You) and watch the video here.

Produced by Mike Schlosser (who was at the helm for previous single Electric, and 2019 album, Wey Ya Call Dat Ting, amongst others), Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You) tells the story of the death of Nigerian music legend, Fela Kuti, Jamaican icon, Bob Marley, and John’s own Grandmother. Resonant with the Yoruba phrase, Madele (I will find my way home) throughout, John recalls a quest for a spiritual home while drawing from hope, history and Black resilience.

"This song means everything to me. It tells a deeply personal story and it's reaching for something more profound than I've ever tried to say in a song. My people are Yoruba from West Africa andwhen I grew up in Trinidad, we still spoke some words after 150 plus years,” John says. So, as a grown musician, I always felt connected to Fela Kuti. In a year where life has been so fragile, this is my response. The lyrics are genuine. The hook is light and catchy. It's uniquely me but feels universal."

Fela Awoke (I Wil Miss You) follows John’s October 2020 track Electric, a song featuring Michigan rapper/composer, Jordan Hamilton, celebrating chemistry, the spark that catches the eye and gets you in your feels. Watch the video here. It is the bridge between SAGA BOY and John’s 2019 album, Wey Ya Call Dat Ting, and Look To The Moon, a collab with Chemical Dreams, the side project of Martha Johnson and Mark Gane of Martha and the Muffins. 

The theme of Black resilience weaves its way into SAGA BOY, where John’s musical influences come together to create a place of belonging while chronicling struggle, diversity of experiences, yearning, identity and the contrasts and juxtapositions within his life as a whole. After John wrapped the final touches of the memoir, he decided to write an album, which was written and co-produced with Mike Schlosser in August 2020 within six weeks. John Orpheus quips the Trinidadian saying, “Own Way” (ie. ‘he go his own way’) as a testament of blazing his own path, and being unapologetically himself at all times and all costs.

 

About John Orpheus

Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, John Orpheus is a multi-cultural musical artist and published author. For the past year and a half, he wrote his memoir, SAGA BOY, published by Penguin Random House Canada on January 19, 2021. With the book launch, John decided to return to music and release a companion album also entitled SAGA BOY. Both the book and the album are built on the same themes: searching for home, family, love and a fly coat to wear when you get there. His single, Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You), is the beginning of this new phase and introduces you to his deeply personal story. 

John Orpheus’ musical journey has taken him from the Caribbean bush to festivals across Canada and the US to touring with UK rock legend, Liam Gallagher. 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 album WEY YA CALL DAT TING, the culmination of a three-year, four mixtape projects 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. “Our attitude is that, if we don’t see it, we create it!”

SAGA BOY TRACKLIST:

1. FYAH TING

2. OLORUN

3. MANGO TREE

4. DAMN

5. IG

6. U LOOK CUTE WHEN U SMILE

7. INDIANA

8. CARNIVAL

9. ME NAH WORRY BOUT DAT

10. FELA AWOKE (I WILL MISS YOU)

Watch Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You) | Listen to Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You)
 

Watch Electric | Listen to Electric

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JACK KAYS RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM MIXED EMOTIONS

WATCH NEW VIDEO FOR OPENING TRACK TIRED HERE

Toronto, ON – February 2, 2021 – Recording artist, Jack Kays, recently released his debut album, MIXED EMOTIONS, available globally on all platforms via Columbia Records. The album features eight songs that explore a narrative of addiction, loneliness, and mental health as well as redemption. Listen to the full album here.

Regarding MIXED EMOTIONS, Jack says, “This album represents the ups-and-downs of the past five years of my life. I know others have gone through what I have, and I want to share my story so they feel more comfortable with theirs. When I was at my lowest point, these songs helped me get through it, and I hope that they can do the same for others."

Additionally, Jack released the visual for TIRED. Directed by long-time collaborator, John Buchanan, the blue hued, animation flecked video finds Jack struggling through a nightmarish late night and all the emotions that entails. Watch the video here.

Hailing from Cincinnati, 22-year-old Jack garnered an army of fans who responded to his blend of hip hop, folk, and alternative as well as his transparency and vulnerability in sharing his personal experiences – both the difficult and the beautiful. Prior to the release of his debut album, Jack shared several tracks including MY HEAD,  GIN N JUICE, BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE, and introspective sleeper hit, MORBID MIND. Kays, who plays ten instruments and writes all of his own music, shared songs from the album in advance of its release via weekly livestreams. Fans can visit his socials for more details on MIXED EMOTIONS and future livestreams. 

MIXED EMOTIONS TRACKLISTING
1. TIRED
2. HRTBRKN
3. F*CKED UP ft. Mike Lavi
4. MY HEAD :(
5. GIN N JUICE
6. MORBID MIND
7. BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE
8. BARELY ALIVE

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THEA MAY & TROY JUNKER TEAM UP TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE RUNAWAY

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Toronto, ON – January 29, 2021 – Today, Canadian Ojibway singer-songwriter, Thea May, and Canadian Métis rapper, Troy Junker, have teamed up to release their newest collaboration, Runaway. This is the first piece of music both May and Junker have released in 2021 – after collaborating on 2020 singles, We Up and Colours - reminding fans how amazing they sound together. The uplifting track highlights May's vocals, captivating the listener from the very first line. Junker’s lyrics (written by himself) come from within and allow for anyone to connect with the song on a personal level while feeling a sense of lightheartedness when listening – mirroring the vibes of the fantasy inspired cover artwork. Listen to / share Runaway here.

“To me, Runaway is like the fantasy of reconnecting with someone on such a deep level that you're willing to drop everything and run away with them,” shares Troy. “I wrote my lyrics with a vulnerable approach so both men and women can relate and live through the lyrics in their own lives.”

Something was just giving me nostalgia that day,” reflects Thea. “I started to hum the first verse in my head while Luke was looping the riff and then I was singing about rekindled love. Who knows who this song was subconsciously meant for, LOL.”

Runaway sees guitarist, Luke Smith, join May and Junker’s vocals to tie in the overall positive feel of the track, with production being handled by Mike Tompa. The track was recorded in Toronto during the Fall of 2020 with production then being moved to online, post the most recent lockdown restrictions. This track is the first of what fans hope to see more of from both May and Junker in 2021!

About Thea May:
Thea May is an Ojibway, Canadian singer songwriter from Atikameksheng, Anishnawbek. This past year, Thea has begun to really aim her focus in writing music; music has always been something Thea could turn to when she experienced a hard time. In 2019, She was a finalist for the Canadian Songwriters Challenge where she was invited to Dream House Studios in Toronto Ontario, having the privilege to collaborate with mentors like Adrian X, Julian Taylor & Adaline. From this workshop, she was able to create a relationship with Adrian X who will be featured on her up and coming album Consciousness which is set to be released in June 2021. Since this workshop Thea has joined a collective by the name of Wolf Den who released a debut single So Close in October 2019, which charted in the top 10 on the Sirius XM radio stations Indigenous Music Countdown. Listen to Thea on Spotify here.

About Troy Junker:
Troy Junker is a Métis Canadian rapper who by looks, won’t give you what you expect. A high school dropout, turned Uranium miner, who left it all and moved from small town Saskatchewan to Toronto to follow his dreams, now has his feet wet in the music industry. When it comes to lyrical flow, Junker shape shifts between theme and tone delivering uplifting bangers for fun and slower tracks with thoughtful messages. He closed out 2020 with his EP, The Path. Listen to Troy on Spotify here.

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PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE TODAY FOR MOBLEY’S NEW EP YOUNG & DYING IN THE OCCIDENT SUPREME COMING OUT FEBRUARY 19 VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

MOBLEY UNVEILS A TRAILER FOR HIS HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NEW VISUAL EP

GUEST ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR HIS UPCOMING DEVIL IN A DAYDREAM VIRTUAL TOUR WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO PANDEMIC RELIEF FOR VENUSES AND THE DAWA FUND

Toronto, ON – January 29, 2021 – Today, Last Gang Records announces that preorders are now available for, Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme, the highly-anticipated new record from Mobley dropping on February 19. The Texas-based musician and filmmaker also shares a trailer for his ambitious visual EP that’s accompanying the record, which can be found here

To support the release, Mobley will be kicking off his recently announced virtual tour on Thursday, February 25. The Devil In A Daydream tour will be a series of nine virtual shows performed in unconventional natural and urban spaces, uniquely intimate and captured on a cinematic scale. The diverse film locations include Mustang Island State Park, Austin FC’s brand-new soccer stadium, the Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 racetrack and the architecturally-striking Austin Central Library, among others. Tickets and more information are available at mobleywho.com/tour.

Mobley also announces today that he’s invited some friends to join him on the virtual tour, including Shallou, Lawrence, Magic Giant, James Petralli (of White Denim), Kam Franklin (of The Suffers), Sarah Jaffe, Spencer Ludwig, Michigander and many more. Artists hail from each of the cities represented by the tour (see below for full list of confirmed artists). Mobley and these artists are donating every dollar of their share of the funds raised to support each of the partnering venues and their furloughed staff, as well as to DAWA Fund, a nonprofit organization providing direct financial relief for musicians, artists, therapists, service industry workers and social workers of colour.

Said Mobley of the virtual tour, “I wanted to find a way to connect with my audience that was safe during the pandemic, but that also offered them more of an event than the solo, homebound livestreams I’ve done before. I feel incredibly lucky that so many talented artists, storied venues and captivating locations have agreed to be part of this experiment. I really think that people who join us for these virtual shows will enjoy the experience we’ve crafted for them.”

Mobley has also had the honour of being nominated for three 2021 Austin Music Awards, including Musician of the Year, Song of the Year for his single, James Crow and Best Innovation/Business Pivot for his 2020 Curbside Tour. Voting for the AMA’s ends on February 1. To cast your vote, see here. For more information on Mobley, visit mobleywho.com.

YOUNG & DYING IN THE OCCIDENT SUPREME TRACKLIST
1. You Are Not The Hero Of This Story
2. James Crow
3. Nobody’s Favourite
4. Dreams Of Empire
5. Mate
6. Lost Boys / Occidental Death

2021 VIRTUAL TOUR DATES INCLUDE
February 25 – Emo’s, Scoot Inn & Parish **EP Release Show – Austin, Texas
February 27 – Subterranean – Chicago, Illinois
March 2 – Centerstage – Atlanta, Georgia  
March 2 – Masquerade – Atlanta, Georgia 
March 4 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, New York 
March 6 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
March 8 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, Texas 
March 8 – Deep Ellum Art Company – Dallas, Texas
March 10 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, California
March 12 – Popscene – San Francisco, California

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MALUMA SURPRISES FANS WITH NEW VISUAL ALBUM #7DJ (7 DAYS IN JAMAICA) ON HIS BIRTHDAY

WATCH/LISTEN TO #7DJ HERE

Toronto, ON – January 29, 2021 – Global Latin music idol, Maluma, celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday by surprising fans with the release of the new visual album, #7DJ (7 Days in Jamaica).  The project consists of seven interconnected songs and videos which take  us on an audio-visual journey as Maluma explores the heart of Jamaica, letting go of the trappings of fame and connecting with a new reality, renewed by the island through its people, music, and spirit of freedom.

For #7DJ, the versatile ever-evolving singer/songwriter takes his sound in a completely unexpected new direction fusing Latin urban music with reggae and dancehall, collaborating with renowned Jamaican artists, Ziggy Marley and Charly Black, and incorporating traditional Jamaican musicians and live instruments (trumpets, saxophone, bass, drums). While each track has a distinct style, they are all seamlessly interconnected; the result is a Latin-urban-world music masterpiece that is as refreshing and magical as the journey that inspired it.

The #7DJ visual album concept was born more than a year ago on a seven-day trip the artist took with his close friends and long-time music collaborators to Jamaica, a place he had dreamed of visiting since he was a child.  He was able to immerse himself in island life and sounds while spending time writing and collaborating, creating new connections and fusions every day on a trip that he describes as life-changing.

"Those seven days in Jamaica came at a time when I needed to escape and decompress as I had intensely worked non-stop on my career for seven years… causing me to question if I should even continue doing music. I did a lot of soul-searching and came back a different person, completely inspired and having realized that music is not just what I do, it’s part of who I am; how I experience and interpret life," expressed Maluma.

#7DJ was produced by Edgar Barrera "Edge", Johany Alejandro Corral “Nyal” and The Rude Boyz (Kevin “ADG” Jimenez and Bryan Lezcano “Chan El Genio”) with all the songs written by Maluma (Juan Luis Londoño) with Edgar Barrera, Vicente Barco, Johany Corral "Nyal", Kevin Jimenez, Bryan Lezcano, Miky La Sensa, Ziggy Marley and Charly Black, among others.

Shot in Jamaica and Los Angeles, 36 Grados produced the short film comprised of seven interconnected videos that make the album an audio-visual adventure. To watch it, click here.

The #7DJ album cover is an image created by Colombian artist Federico Uribe, renowned for using recycled materials to create life-like sculptures and art pieces. The artwork created from pieces of discarded plastic is a stunning portrait of Maluma that will be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to environmental non-profits presented by Maluma’s foundation, El Arte De Los SueÑos. 

With the concept of executing a pop-up, sustainable art exhibit in Miami for the release of #7DJ, Maluma chose seven other Uribe art pieces made with everyday materials that represent each song of the album. The show is open to the public for a month and will be streamed for everyone around-the-world to visit virtually. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit the following non-profits based in Colombia: Fundación Amigos del Mar, Jardín Botánico de Cartagena and Stand Up Providencia. 

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

The 2018 Latin GRAMMY award winner for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album (for F.A.M.E.) is one of social media’s most popular artists with over 23 million Facebook fans, 6 million Twitter followers, and a whopping 56 million Instagram followers, making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram and the first and only one to surpass 50 million followers. His official YouTube/VEVO channel has more than 26.8 million subscribers, having earned him a YouTube Diamond Play Button Award.

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

In 2018, Maluma entered the fashion scene with his edgy, youthful and authentic look, and style. He has been named a “Menswear Icon in the Making” and “Men’s Fashion’s Newest Muse” by Vogue. In addition, he was one of GQ’s “Men of the Year” in 2019 and continues to gain the fashion support of designers such as Kim Jones (Dior), Jeremy Scott (Moschino), Olivier Rousteing  (Balmain), Donatella Versace, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton and more. In 2019, he attended the Met Gala for the first time, being one of the first Latin urban artists of this generation to be invited by Anna Wintour.  Maluma has also released top campaigns and commercials as the face of global brands such as Moet Hennessy, Michelob and Adidas.

Since joining Sony Music Latin in 2015, Maluma has released five albums Pretty Boy Dirty Boy (2015), F.A.M.E. (2018), 11:11 (2019), Papi Juancho (2020) and 7DJ (2021). Maluma is the youngest artist to simultaneously hold both the #1 and #2 spots on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart and only the sixth act to ever achieve the feat he has now repeated three times. To date Maluma has had twenty #1 singles on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart. 

Tracklist for #7DJ (7 Days in Jamaica)
1. Tónika ft. Ziggy Marley
2. Love ft. Charly Black    
3. Chocolate 
4. Agua de Jamaica 
5. Desayun-Arte 
6. La Burbuja 
7. Peligrosa                                                                                                                                          

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VALERIE JUNE TAKES THE DREAMER’S PATH ON NEW ALBUM THE MOON AND THE STARS: PRESCRIPTIONS FOR DREAMERS OUT MARCH 12 VIA FANTASY

WATCH THE STRIKING VIDEO FOR CALL ME A FOOL

Toronto, ON – January 22, 2021 – Today, Valerie June announced her first new album in four years, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamersout March 12, 2021 via Fantasy Records. Produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend) and Valerie June, the new album is sweeping and ambitious with earthy R&B production and a touch of psychedelia amidst its astral folk-pop orchestration, the pair arrived at a sound that is elegant and endlessly surprising. At the center is June’s spellbinding vocals and infectious sense of wonder that finds the Brooklyn-via-Memphis artist narrating the often-precarious journey to joyful possibility.

The album’s first official single, Call Me A Fool, is a marvelous preview of her upcoming LP, a delicious slice of Memphis soul that features Stax legend, Carla Thomas, on background vocals. Valerie shared the song’s sensuous day-dreamy video today with joint support across BET, CMT and MTV, including a broadcast premiere via CMT, watch it here

On the track, Valerie says, “Have you ever been a fool for a dream?  It might have been a little dream like a kiss from a lover or a big one like the dream of peace that Dr. King, John Lennon, and so many others have had for humanity. No matter how big or how small your dream may be, keep believing, and let the world call you a fool!”

Working at Fresh Young Minds in L.A. and Hit Factory Criteria in Miami, June found an ideal collaborator in Splash, who shares her tendency toward childlike adventuring in the artistic process. “For this album I wanted to see how we could bring some modern elements into that band-in-the-room approach I’ve taken with my records in the past,” says June. In bringing the album to life, the pair utilized reference points ranging from the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti to the grandiose string arrangements of Bowie producer Tony Visconti as the eclectic lineup of esteemed musicians absorbed themselves in free-flowing experimentation.

From the delicate whispered epiphany of Fallin, and the sagebrush soul of Two Roads to   the joyful determination of Smile, and the prayerful invocation of Home Inside, the shapeshifting textures of The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers prove infinitely mesmerizing.

Commenting on the new album, June says: “With this record, it finally became clear why I have this dream of making music. It’s not for earthly reasons of wanting to be awarded or to win anybody’s love—it’s because dreaming keeps me inquisitive and keeps me on that path of learning what I have to share with the world. When we allow ourselves to dream like we did when we were kids, it ignites the light that we all have within us and helps us to have a sort of magic about the way we live.”

Late last year, Valerie released Stay / Meditation / You and I, a rhapsodic, three-song suite that Rolling Stone affirmed, "If early previews like [this] are any indication, June’s next record should be a career-making statement." In addition, Essence called the tracks "well worth the wait" and the New York Times named You and I one of the Best Songs Of 2020. Listen to them here.

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 transportive, deeply affecting work — a potent catalyst for those foolish enough to dream.                                                        

In addition, June is set to take part (virtually) in the 34th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert, on February 17, performing alongside artists such as Eddie Vedder, Phoebe Bridgers, Brittany Howard, Angelique Kidjo and many more. See details here.

Pre-Order The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers here.

The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers Tracklist
1.Stay
2.Stay Meditation
3.You And I
4.Colors
5.Stardust Scattering
6.African Proverb Read By Carla Thomas
7.Call Me A Fool
8.Fallin
9.Smile
10.Within You
11.Two Roads
12.Why The Bright Stars Glow
13.Home Inside
14.Starlight Ethereal Silence

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RHYE WELCOMES AUDIENCES HOME WITH NEW ALBUM

OUT NOW ON LAST GANG RECORDS

LIVE ALBUM PREMIERE AND Q&A ON YOUTUBE
AT 8 AM PST / 11 AM EST / 4 PM GMT – TUNE IN 
HERE

WATCH VISUALS FOR COME IN CLOSER,
 
BLACK RAINHELPLESSAND BEAUTIFUL 

“The album excludes a quiet calm, that is immediately soothing and is balanced with Rhye’s very intentional attention to detail.” — Northern Transmissons

“After a hectic 2020, all you need is the smooth and soothing sound of Rhye to help you start the new year right” — The Associated Press

As a reassurance, the Toronto artist suggests transporting our ears to his own version of home: a place much larger than the simple building that puts a roof over our heads.” — Le Soleil

"...a record intended as a celebration of the senses, and of the experience of being alive."  — The New Yorker

“Home is a welcome respite from reality and a shelter to hole up in for a while.”  — The Independent (4/5)

“…the deeper emotional and spiritual confessions of songs such as My Heart Bleeds or the tearfully breathy Need a Lover reach near-Prince style spiritual highs.” — Vancouver Sun

“Rhye's upcoming album will be a balm for these upcoming winter months, his soothing vocals wrapping you up in a warm blanket of 
orchestral touches and seductive movements.”
 
— CBC Music (21 Canadian albums we can't wait to hear in 2021)

“After last year's piano-focused Spirit, this is his return to
smouldering electronic production” 
— Exclaim! 
(29 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2021
) 

Toronto, ON — January 22, 2021 — Today, Rhye — the JUNO

Toronto, ON — January 22, 2021 — Today, Rhye — the JUNO Award-winning project of Toronto-born, Los Angeles-based musician, Michael Milosh – welcomes audiences Home – the new album, out now on Last Gang Records. The highly anticipated record arrives with great acclaim as it presents timely focus to ‘home’ as being central to creativity and community. You can meet Rhye from the comfort of your own, where the project will be shared through an exclusive stream premiere and Q&A via YouTube today at 8 a.m. PST, 11 a.m. EST and 4 p.m. GMT. This is a special opportunity to hear the Dolby Atmos mix of Home, providing an immersive binaural sound of the record when listening over headphones. Tune in here and listen to the album everywhere here.

 

Home is the follow-up to 2019’s piano-driven, Spirit, and 2018’s JUNO Award-winning Blood (JUNO nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, JUNO winner of Album Artwork of the Year). Milosh has been sharing his story and central themes on Home and its many sonic and physical facets through in-depth interviews with Kreative KontrolLe SoleilNorthern Transmissions, and CBC Metro Morning, with praise from Exclaim!, Vancouver SunThe Independent and The New Yorker, amongst others. As presented on previous singles, Come In CloserBlack RainBeautiful, and Helpless, every element of Home is intentional and meant to reverberate on a higher extra-sensory plane. This sense of purpose is emphasized through the album’s visuals, all directed and produced by Milosh and partner Genevieve Medow-Jenkins. 

 

Since the release of Rhye’s 2013 debut, Woman, Milosh mostly lived on the road, playing up to 100 shows a year and decamping in Toronto, Montreal, Thailand, the Netherlands, Germany and Los Angeles. On the heels of some major life changes, including a new relationship with Medow-Jenkins, he yearned for a more permanent space, a balm for the restless spirit and a place to simply be. It’s familiar in its synthesis of propulsive beats, orchestral flourishes, piano ruminations and sultry, gender-nonconforming vocals, but never have they sounded more cohesive or alive. 

Over the last two years, Milosh and Medow-Jenkins have produced a series of live events called Secular Sabbath, centered on consciousness-raising ambient music, meditation, massage and community, recently broadcast from their actual home throughout the pandemic. Acting as a space for Milosh’s improvisational experimentation with voice and sound, Secular Sabbath in turn inspired much of the work on this new record, creating a fluid correlation between music and home. 

Written throughout 2019 and early 2020, Home was recorded at United Recording Studios, Revival at The Complex (Earth, Wind, & Fire), as well as Milosh’s home studio, and mixed by Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Interpol, My Bloody Valentine). 

The album is bookended by celestial cantos sung by the Danish National Girls’ Choir, who Rhye performed with at a landmark concert in Denmark in 2017. The choir flew to LA to record with him for one day. It’s reflective of Milosh’s own experiences singing in choir as a boy, his entry point to the path that has informed his distinctive vocals. “I'm always trying to always accomplish musical goals that are connected to the way I listened to and interact with music as a child,” Milosh says. The sentiment also underscores a broader, less obvious, but no less important theme echoed through his new record: No matter where life takes us, we can always go home.

Watch Come In Closer
Watch Black Rain
Watch Helpless
Watch Beautiful

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www.rhyemusic.com

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

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SKEGSS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM REHEARSAL OUT MARCH 26 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

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“Skegss are contemporary coastal Australia. In appearance and outlook. Sun-kissed unruly locks, vintage clothes, band tees from friends’ bands. Tongue in cheek and a DIY attitude.” Stab Magazine

Toronto, ON – January 27, 2021 – Today rising Australian band,  Skegss – Ben Reed (vocals, guitar), Toby Cregan (bass, guitar, vocals), and Jonny Lani (drums) – announced their new album Rehearsal, produced by Catherine Marks, will be released on March 26, 2021 via Loma Vista Recordings. An adrenaline shot straight to the heart, the album’s exhilarating latest single, Valhalla is out now alongside an equally madcap video directed by Jamieson Kerr, which stars the viking trio of Reed, Cregan, and Lani enjoying a gluttonous feast before their own massacre; watch Valhalla via YouTube here and listen at all DSPs here. Rehearsal, featuring a trippy cover by cult Aussie outsider and frequent Skegss collaborator Jack Irvine (who has also worked with Billie Eilish and Troye Sivan), is now available for pre-order here.

“Well I learnt more about Valhalla through watching ‘The Last Kingdom’ and it got me brainstorming about the ideology of it, and thought how sometimes in our life we have moments that are pretty perfect – as perfect as what you’d want the idea of your own nirvana to be,” Reed says of his inspiration for the song, Skegss’ fourth Rehearsal single following 2020’s grungy loosies Under the Thunder and Fantasising, plus the acoustic anthem Wake Up. “Like when you're having beers with your friends, having big cook ups that are real fun to share and we’ve always been lucky enough to have got to do that with (fellow scene peers) Dune Rats. Valhalla was based on those experiences, but it's also kind of cryptically about flying under the radar and avoiding getting into any kind of trouble, and staying healthy enough to keep having those times as you get older throughout your life.”

Skegss are on the cusp of global domination with their riotous rock that has sparked circle pits and stage dives all over: dingy pubs, skate parks, sold-out shows in the U.K., NYC (Bowery Ballroom) and LA (The Roxy Theatre), and 20K cap festival stages alike. Rehearsal, their first album for Loma Vista Recordings, is a 13-track thrill ride through the band's laidback lifestyle and sunkissed narratives of love, friendship and youthful musings – and follows the meteoric DIY success of a few self-released singles/EPs (now certified Platinum in Australia), and their 2018 debut LP My Own Mess (a Featured Album on Australia’s Triple J radio station that also peaked at #2 on Australia’s ARIA album chart). 

“I was pretty scared that I was going to lose my job at a brewery because I was spontaneously taking off for gig opportunities,” Reed recalls. “I remember talking to Farmer Greg, who used to come in to get the wheat malt for his cows. He used to work for 60 Minutes, filming on the helicopter. He asked what I got up to and I downloaded my predicament to him and he goes: ‘Do it. This is no rehearsal. You go for that, you can do this later.’ I fully needed to hear that.” It's an explanation that summarizes the Skegss attitude: Roll the dice, roll with the punches, and you'll make it out on top. 

Rehearsal was recorded at The Grove Studios with producer Marks, who added a veteran's finesse and expanded upon the rustic charm of demos Skegss tracked at The Music Farm using vintage gear from the ‘60s and ‘70s. From Reed's self-made lyrical philosophies inspired by his favorite stand-up comedians, to Toby Cregan's reflections on life and his dog, Rehearsal is the most candid and electrifying snapshot we've seen of Skegss yet.

REHERSAL TRACKLISTING:
1. Down to Ride 
2.  Valhalla
3.  Fantasising
4.  Running From Nothing
5.  Bush TV
6.  Picturesque Moment
7.  Under the Thunder
8.  Sip of Wine
9.  Curse My Happiness
10. Wake Up
11. Savour the Flavor
12. Fade Away
13. Lucky

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RUSSELL LOUDER ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM HUMOR RELEASING FEBRUARY 26 VIA LIBSON LUX RECORDS

PRE-SAVE HUMOR HERE

Toronto, ON – January 20, 2021 – Today, innovative electro-pop, Canadian artist, Russell Louder, announces their highly-anticipated debut album, Humor, will be released on February 26 via Lisbon Lux Records. After releasing a string of three singles throughout 2019 and 2020 – all appearing on this album – Russell will deliver six new songs for a total of nine immersive tracks. All the tracks showcase Russell’s true lyrical talent with telling stories and are the musical embodiment of the real or fictional characters that populate their imagination. Pre-save Humor here.

Russell shares their thoughts on Humor: “The reason I chose Humor as the title was to use it as this sort of conceptual invitation into the work – because so often I use humor as a disarming method to talk about hard things – I think the role of a title is to be the door that opens people into the work – humor also can have multiple meanings (in bad humor, in good humor, ‘humor me’, etc.) so that gives the listener some agency over what the album means to them. Giving the listener some agency and room to connect with work on their own terms feels really important to me.  I don’t want this album to feel like “I’m telling you something.  here is the message.  I wanted to leave enough open-ended for the listener to feel like they can make their own meaning from it. My favourite work does that.”

Throughout the album Russell talks about memory, grief and identity. They’re interested in exploring and weaving the stories that emerge from those themes to create a liberating experience for the listener. These stories infuse the audience with emotions that are both personal and universal. They describe each song as representing different characters, with some overlapping.

“Some are written in first person and some are witnessing other characters so it’s like the listener can be a character and also on a journey with other characters in the songs. The characters can be developed and formed in the listener’s mind from the feelings described in the songs and the questions being asked in the lyrics,” explains Russell.

Russell’s sound and vocals have often been compared to that of Florence and the Machine, The Eurythmics and London Grammar – and adding their own unique twist, making Russell’s music stand out to be unmistakably their own. Russell’s synth-pop influences on Humor range from Danielle Dax, Gossip, Laurie Anderson and J.M. Jarre, Peter Gabriel, the Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode. The tracks on Humor were written over the course of four years (2016-2020) some all at once and others like Outside, were written in stages:

“The first half of Outside was written as an improv track in 2016 and sees a protagonist watching someone lose touch with reality, ‘ripping at the seams’ and turning into a shadow of something they swore they would never become,” shares Russell. “The second half written in 2020 is an incantation from the protagonist to protect and distance themselves from the harm caused.  ‘I can’t stand it anymore, I’m wiping tears from table’.”

It is without doubt this album will take listeners on a journey, both with Russell and then with themselves, as individuals. They deliver electronic music that’s both cerebral and danceable, powerful and vulnerable, draped in complex atmospheres. In a veil of icy sounds and majestic synthesizers, their voice unfolds to dizzying heights, as if to call for hope and reunion. Russell describes their music best by saying, "I make music for dancing and crying."

Stay tuned for more to news to come from Russell in the coming weeks as their debut album release is quickly approaching!

About Russell Louder
Russell Louder is a transgender performance artist, musician and producer based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. They exemplify a relentless and nuanced exploration of musical genres – from experimental to dark dance pop – creating a constantly mutating landscape fronted by soaring vocals. 

Russell Louder grew up in Prince Edward Island, pivoting between a rural community of 800 people, and Charlottetown.  Since the age of 17, Russell has pursued a self-directed education, touring both nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist.  In 2017, they self-released their debut EP, Think of Light, which quickly earned praise from THUMP and Exclaim!, amongst others.

So far Russell’s three singles, one of which has reached over 300,000 streams on Spotify (Light Of The Moon), Russell Louder has been described by CBC as "A star in the making". Their debut singles have been featured prominently on CBC Radio 1, 3 and q. Russell was also shortlisted for the 2019 CBC Music SEARCHLIGHT competition – showcasing undiscovered Canadian musicians.

HUMOR TRACKLISTING:
1. Home
2. Cost of Living
3. Light of the Moon
4. Vow
5. Outside
6. Hello Stranger
7. Know the Game
8. Lavender
9. Go Now

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BREAKOUT WEST AND BYTA PRESENT: #HOWWELISTEN

Toronto, ON – January 18, 2021 – The Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) and BreakOut West, Western Canada's largest music industry event, and Byta, the platform for securely sending digital audio files and streams, are excited to announce that they will partner to present a five part series titled #HowWeListen. Beginning in January 2021, these will be conversations focused on music discovery with representatives from within the music industry. Five discussions, each focusing on different genres of music creation: Folk, Country, Hip-Hop, Francophone and Rock/Indie.

How industry insiders listen to and discover new music is one of the most important things for artists and their teams to understand. These are the insights artists require in order to properly craft pitches and to target how potential audiences might hear about them.

Hosted by music industry veteran and Byta’s founder, Marc Brown, each discussion will consist of three special guests who work deep within Western Canada’s music industry. A diverse line up of voices will join the conversations including Jordan Sowumni (Boosie Fade), Jim Cresman (Invictus), Mariel Buckley (Artist), Nathan Stein (Dine Alone Records), David ‘Click’ Cox (CLK Creative Works), Cartel Madras (Artist) and more. These conversations will divulge actionable insights into how people working in every level of the music industry consume, discover, and experience new music.

The #HowWeListen series is scheduled to launch January 27 at 11 a.m. CT, with the first panel focusing their attention on Indie Rock music. Each month BreakOut West and Byta will present a new panel discussion with the last and fifth instalment taking place in April.

This is a great opportunity to help you start building a stronger and more effective strategy, no matter the style of music you create or work with.

Panel discussion date are as follows:
January 27 – Rock/Indie
February 17 – Country
March 3 – Hip Hop
March 24 – Francophone
April 7 – Folk

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:      
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2021 will be held October 13-17 in Winnipeg, MB, including a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and the Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards programs.       

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

About Byta:
Byta (“Bee-tah”: the Swedish word for exchange) is run as a distributed team across three continents. Byta is unrivaled in taking advantage of the unique properties found in audio files – reading and writing file metadata, converting file formats and delivering fast yet secure streaming. Byta recently launched their #HowWeListen not-for-profit, dedicated to providing musicians and their teams with the knowledge required to move their careers forward.

www.breakoutwest.ca
Use #BREAKOUTWEST and join in the conversation!

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HAVIAH MIGHTY BEGINS 2021 WITH INTROSPECTION ON ANTISOCIAL FEATURING OLD MAN SAXON

WATCH VISUALIZER HERE

ANTISOCIAL FOLLOWS OCCASION , ATLANTIC AND  2019 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE-WINNING 13TH FLOOR

Toronto, ON – January 15, 2021 – After a monumental year making numerous strides – even while the world was at a standstill – Polaris Music Prize-winning (2019) Toronto artist, Haviah Mighty, kicks 2021 off with Antisocial. The track was produced by Haviah and Devontée, and features Denver, CO-based rapper, Old Man Saxon, who Haviah was set to tour with last year. Focused on reflections around self-confidence and deep introspection, the song arrives in a timely manner as society continues to evaluate life from a more independent perspective. Listen to Antisocial here, and watch the visualizer by BlackPowerBarbie here.

“I remember listening to the beat months ago, feeling really energized by the hard cuts and bouncy percussion. That energy within was bottled up as I sat on my bed, hanging out alone, socially distancing - something I spent a lot of time doing around the time I wrote this song. As I got comfortable and familiar with being alone, I focused on self-help and self-care. As someone who generally only felt comfortable on the go in the messy hustle and bustle that is life, this time of slowing down to better get to know myself was important,” Haviah says. 

“This song focuses on those emotions of self-confidence that we feel inside, the desire to be alone, the desire to sit with one’s thoughts and to validate oneself. Friends don’t validate you. Once you’ve validated yourself, they can reinforce those feelings - but first, you must validate you. I remember watching Rhythm & Flow (Netflix), and seeing this interesting contestant who wore suits and had a quirky, almost poetic flow, and I remember rooting for this guy. On this song, I wanted to feature somebody who could embody an off-the-cuff energy, and someone who is non-conforming and self-driven - Old Man Saxon came to mind. We chatted about what it means to be Antisocial - enjoying one's own space, especially as a vulnerable creative.”

Antisocial follows two tracks Haviah released to close out 2020, including Atlantic, a track examining the ugly truths of money, the roots of unequal labour, and its impact on marginalized communities worldwide, and Occasion, a song produced by Haviah, Mighty Prynce and Sauce Junky, and initially developed during an Instagram Live session in March just as the pandemic set in. Sauce Junky, who was on the livestream, sent Haviah the stems, which she later flipped into a beat, including guitar arrangements by Ben Foran and percussion crafted by Mighty Prynce. 

Haviah concluded 2020 by sharing her story with others; she graced two magazine covers including the November/December issue of Canadian Musician Magazine and NEXT Magazine’s inaugural issue, was included in Post City Magazine’s Toronto’s Most Inspiring Women Of 2020 list, and brought Complex Canada in-studio for an exclusive look at her creative process for their Northern Clutch series. 

Haviah became the first Hip-Hop artist, as well as the first Black woman, to win the Polaris Music Prize for her 2019 album, 13th Floor. The project highlights Haviah’s relentless work ethic and vast sonic influences; ranging from classic Rap/Hip-Hop elements to Caribbean rhythms, frenetic electro and diverse instrumentation, while tackling marginalization and racism head-on as Haviah proclaims self-love as a Black woman. 

While international touring remains at a standstill as Haviah eagerly awaits to get back on the stage to perform, she is staying creative in the studio and actively advocating for change in the community.

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

Based out of Toronto, Haviah has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, and performer culminating in a style of profound introspection and incisive socio-political critique. Her dynamic combinations of rap, song, and instrumental, transition seamlessly from hip-hop to soul to afrobeats with a meticulous flow and cadence that transcends any traditional expectation of genre.

2019 saw Haviah earn break-out success with her album, 13th Floor , garnering overwhelming praise from publications such as Pitchfork and Billboard, and making her the first hip-hop artist and the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize, celebrating the “best Canadian album of the year”.

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

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

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

Listen to Antisocial | Watch Antisocial

Listen to Occasion | Watch Occasion

Listen to Atlantic | Watch Atlantic

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

 

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www.haviahmighty.ca

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ELVIS COSTELLO SHARES REVOLUTION #49 (PARLÉ) FEATURING FRENCH ACTRESS AND SINGER ISABELLE ADJANI

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Toronto, ON – January 15, 2021 – Today sees the release of Revolution #49 (Parlé), a brand new French-language version of the Elvis Costello song from his album, Hey Clockface, featuring the voices of the French actress and singer, Isabelle Adjani, and Costello. 

“When Steve Nieve’s partner, Muriel Teodori told me that she thought Isabelle Adjani might consider reading the French adaptation that Muriel had made of my original text, I assumed that I must be dreaming,” said Costello.

The connection came as an equal surprise to M. Nieve. “What I didn’t know was Isabelle and Muriel had been friends from a long time ago but they hadn’t seen each other for more than twenty-five years.”

This song – the first track of Costello’s recent, celebrated album, Hey Clockface (released in October 2020) – is a recitation over an instrumental performance, opening with the plaintive sound of a serpent, a wind instrument which has its origin in the French town of Auxerre in the 1580s. This is also the approximate historical period of one of Isabelle Adjani’s most acclaimed cinematic performances, in the title role of Patrice Chéreau’s, La Reine Margot.

Costello continued, “In imagining Isabelle reading Muriel’s adapted verses, I sensed that she would instinctively know what to do, as she had portrayed several characters who lived at the borderline between love and madness, most especially in François Truffaut’s, 'The Story Of Adele H.’"

The vocal session took place at Nieve and Teodori’s apartment in Paris. Nieve continued, “Our doorbell rang and Isabelle arrived with an arm full of gifts; incredible cakes from Hotel Meurice, books that she likes, and she immediately kissed us on both cheeks, saying 'I hope you are not afraid.’”

The two old friends consulted over the final text, Isabelle making a few small amendments to suit her voice before Muriel encouraged her to record a second version of Revolution #49, in which Isabelle improvised melodically over a new piano performance by Steve Nieve. The second rendition of Revolution #49 will be issued later this year but unfortunately will not be televised. 

Before leaving, Isabelle told her friends, “Je suis trop honor, trop heureuse de m’inscribe dans un project aussi somptueux par sa difference” and M. Costello has already promised a brand new composition for the Adjani voice, in thanks for these interpretations.  

Revolution #49 (Parlé) is the second Francophone version of a Hey Clockface song. No Flag (Chanté) — credited to Elvis Costello with Iggy Pop — was released by Concord Records in December.

“Both current and timeless” – Billboard

“An epic sound” – Boston Globe

“A towering figure in music ... this album goes in so many directions, Tom Waits rock and ... songs that sound like they were pulled out of the Great American Songbook ... the kinetic punk Elvis, the historically minded balladeer, and the groovy noir Elvis ... and all of those Elvises are on this record.”NPR

“Raw and immediate”Pitchfork

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JESSE MAXWELL PRESENTS RAW NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO UNDONE

LIVE VIDEO FOR UNDONE PREMIERED ON V13 MEDIA

FIRST LOOK AT NEW MUSIC COMING IN 2021

Toronto, ON – January 15, 2021 – Today, multitalented Toronto-based artist, Jesse Maxwell, releases his raw and emotive new single, Undone. This is Maxwell’s first piece of music to be released since his genre-bending and blending debut album, Radio Silence (May 2020). Undone sees Maxwell dig deep and open up to his listeners – something he has become well known for in the lyrics he writes. Written, performed, produced, mixed and mastered by Maxwell, Undone gives listeners a taste of what’s to come from him during the rest of 2021, as he is currently preparing to release a new project this Spring. Listen to Undone here and watch the live video here.

“Undone is a song about coming to terms with parts of yourself you have yet to love and accept, for me it was sexuality,” explains Maxwell. “The lyrics ambiguous and mysterious in presentation reflect the struggle of being internally honest. To break it down, the pre-chorus goes: ‘When I’ve come undone, why bother running from what I can’t confront when I’ve come undone?’ – saying that even when I’m a mess inside my head and I have nothing to run from, I still can’t admit to myself who I am.”

The nature of these lyrics is intentionally ambiguous and mysterious to represent the struggle Maxwell faces in being direct with himself. Additionally, the track allows the listener to envision themselves in the music and hopefully foster a better understanding of themselves in the process. It’s a reserved and soothing track, with a comforting melody inviting listeners to truly embrace the parts of themselves they struggle to face.

In the live video for Undone, Maxwell and his band bring the song to life with their vocal and instrumental talents. They were inspired to share this version of the song in a video format as a way to further connect with listeners and give them an idea of what a live performance could look like in the future, but from the comfort of the viewers’ home. The video premiered on V13 Media yesterday, view the full piece here.

Jesse shares, “Putting out this song feels like a weight lifted and clears my head. Defining thoughts that are so abstract, we barely understand them ourselves is a challenge. My goal with this song was not to explain in detail what was going on but rather bring you to that moment and experience it with me; the confusion, the dishonesty, and resistance of self-acceptance to what was in this case sexuality. This song is about fighting yourself, and not accepting yourself for who you truly are. I couldn’t tell you why I fight myself, it’s just something that I dealt with and self-love is a process.”

A deep and lyrical storyteller, distinctive in his own brand of Pop, Alternative R&B and Soul, Jesse Maxwell, has morphed into a prolific singer/songwriter/producer of his own making. Maxwell started releasing music in 2019, with his debut album, Radio Silence, released in May of 2020 on Trans Phatt Records. Radio Silence is a unique, genre-bending eclectic collection of nine songs, that has garnered early interest on SiriusXM and racked up over 200,000 Spotify streams. Listeners fell in love with Maxwell’s individuality and fresh take on Pop and Alternative R&B.

Stay tuned for more to come from Maxwell as more releases are on the horizon for him in 2021!

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AVATAR AGES AN IMPOSSIBLE CONCERT EXPERIENCE DEBUTS WITH RAVE REVIEWS & GLOBAL VIEWERSHIP

SECOND STREAMING EVENT IN FOUR-PART CONCERT SERIES PREMIERES THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 16 WITH FAN-SELECTED SET LISTS FROM FEATHERS AND FLEAS AND AVATAR COUNTRY ALBUMS  

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT AVATARAGES.COM

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

“All in all, Avatar Ages: Age of Dreams proved to be a live stream package as exciting as any band can deliver, with amazing visuals and great sound mixing courtesy of album producer Jay Ruston. If we can expect the same quality for the remaining three shows, then they’re more than worth the asking price, and any Avatar fan should go ahead and get a ticket.”Bring The Noise UK

“…an innovative take on the art of live streaming by undertaking a 4-part concert series dubbed Avatar Ages, promising to redefine the current online concert trend…The versatile character of the songs selected for this event could not have been better situated, as the entire set was permeated by a sense of freshness and variety that is not often encountered within a single band’s career, let alone a single concert-going experience.”
Sonic Perspectives

“Powering through their latest album Hunter Gatherer in its entirety, in true Avatar style they put in a blistering performance, not only looking great in new Black and Red attire, they sound incredible, Johannes Eckerström showing an unfaltering vocal range…With humorous intermissions, costume changes, this production has been carefully thought out and adapted for the enjoyment of a TV audience, unquestionably setting a high standard on live streaming.”Tattoo.com

Toronto, ON – January 15, 2021 – Avatar Ages – An Impossible Concert Experience, debuted January 9 to rave reviews from media and was watched by fans across the globe. The four-part online concert stream series from Avatar – Sweden’s most creative and exciting export—started with Age of Dreams, featuring the band’s Hunter Gatherer album from start to finish, plus Avatar’s biggest songs.

Age Of Illusions, the second streaming event in the series – co-produced by Danny Wimmer Presents – premieres this Saturday, January 16 and will feature a fan-selected set list from Avatar’s Feathers & Flesh and Avatar Country albums. Tickets are now on sale here.

Each Avatar Ages upcoming concert film experience will feature fan voted set lists—chosen by ticket purchasers—with songs from Avatar’s celebrated catalog: Avatar Country, Feathers & Flesh, Hail The Apocalypse, Black Waltz, Thoughts of No Tomorrow, Schlacht and Avatar.

The upcoming schedule of Avatar Ages – An Impossible Concert Experience concert stream events is as follows:

Saturday, January 16 – Age of Illusions (Feathers & Flesh and Avatar Country fan voted set list)
Saturday, January 23 – Age of Madness (Black Waltz and Hail the Apocalypse fan voted set list)
Saturday, January 30 – Age of Memories (Thoughts of No Tomorrow, Schlacht, Avatar fan voted set list)

Each livestream debuts on its respective date at 1:00 p.m. Pacific / 4:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:00 p.m. CET and remains on-demand for 72 hours.

Single show tickets and various ticket bundles are available, offering exclusive merchandise such as t-shirts, hoodies, vinyl, and a commemorative laminate. A limited number of exclusive virtual Meet & Greets with the entire band are also available.  Fans will be able to select their date and time period in advance, and after their personal Meet & Greet, they’ll receive a video file of their conversation, as well as the opportunity to take pictures during the experience. Visit www.AvatarAges.com for all details and to purchase tickets.

Avatar’s current album, Hunter Gatherer, out now via eOne, marked the darkest and most thought-provoking release of the band’s over decade long career. A striking and bold manifesto, the album is an unflinchingly ruthless study of a clueless humankind’s ever-increasing velocity into an uncertain future, furthering the reach of the band’s always expanding dark roots. The band’s ambitious new era found the band featured as the cover story of Revolver Magazine’s Fall Issue, where frontman, Johannes Eckerström, reflects about the power of live performance during a year that has changed the landscape of live music. In 2019, Avatar reunited with producer, Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax), at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles, California, where the foundation for each song on Hunter Gatherer was laid with the band performing altogether, as they'd done only once before, on Hail the Apocalypse (2014). The old-school method of playing as one in the studio, more akin to how they are on stage, captured the essence of Avatar. Recorded entirely to two-inch tape, Hunter Gatherer exhibits everything that makes Avatar standouts in the vast, rich landscape of heavy metal's past and present.

About Avatar
Through ambitious compositions and vibrant visual storytelling Avatar seamlessly blurs the line between sights and sounds. Avatar songs are new anthems for the ages, precision heat-seeking missiles targeting a cultural landscape ready for fresh songs to champion from a band with a giant persona to rally behind. The Avatar experience is challenging, daring, and altogether captivating. The band’s latest addition to their celebrated catalog, out now via eOne, Hunter Gatherer is an expression of meticulous structure and creative force. While it is a large departure from what carved the landscape of Avatar Country, the sound direction on the new record pushes past previous boundaries and showcases the genuine compositional writing talent that the band possesses, all while reflecting Avatar’s core elements. The band spent the majority of 2019 touring heavily worldwide. Including sold out headlining shows in Europe, sold out headlining shows in US and Canada (with Devin Townsend and ‘68), sold out support tour for Baby Metal in North America, festival appearances such as Domination Mexico, sharing the stage with Slipknot at the Festival De Nimes, Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival.

About Danny Wimmer Presents
Since 1993, music industry veteran Danny Wimmer has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which currently includes Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, Epicenter, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville. Previous DWP festivals include Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and more.  In 2020, DWP launched the popular digital series Offstage with DWP and ventured into the digital content curation space, promoting pay-per-view live streams. www.Dannywimmerpresents.com

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

Danny Wimmer Presents recently entered the digital content curation space, promoting pay-per-view concert streams and creating the popular digital series Offstage with DWP. DWP is known worldwide for their stellar portfolio of music and lifestyle events, which includes Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, Epicenter, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville.

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DANIEL LANOIS SHARES NEW SONG POWER

NEW ALBUM HEAVY SUN OUT MARCH 19

On the meaning behind Power, Lanois writes:

“I didn’t think there was much to say about a song with such a simple message. But just yesterday I got a message from Eno asking me to sign a petition about injustices in Uganda. Apparently, a dictatorship operating under the guise of democracy.

The clouds broke and the gods of reason spoke, 
‘No Time To Rest, by Uganda or otherwise.” 


Lanois explains the inspiration for the track’s video visualizer: “Native mythology talks about the half bird half human, ‘Thunderbird Woman’. She comes to show the way to balance. May we have the POWER to get there.

Empowerment for Betterment.”

- d Lanois

Toronto, ON – January 15, 2021 – Today, Grammy-winning songwriter and producer, Daniel Lanois, has shared a new song, Power. The track is the second single from Lanois’ forthcoming album, Heavy Sun, and features lyrics affirming the strength of unity and cooperation, backed by spacious organ chords, chiming guitars and flourishes of synthesizer. Heavy Sun will be available on March 19 – the first release under his new "Maker Series" brand. Listen to Power and watch via YouTube

Power follows the release of the album’s first single, (Under The) Heavy Sun, which premiered with SPIN who called it a "dubby, atmospheric tune" that "previews the space-gospel vibe of his upcoming LP."

Whether crafting ambient records with Brian Eno, making rock and roll history with U2 and Peter Gabriel, digging into American roots with Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, scoring Oscar-winning films and blockbuster video games, or composing his own solo music, 11-time Grammy winner, Daniel Lanois, has always seemed to reinvent himself with a chameleon-like ease. While Lanois may be best known for his production work on era-defining albums like Joshua Tree, Wrecking Ball, and Time Out Of Mind, he actually grew up on organ records and gospel music, and he cut his teeth as a young man in the studio recording vocal quartets touring their way through Ontario. In the decades to come, Lanois would go on to become one of the most acclaimed studio gurus of the modern era (Rolling Stone declared that his “unmistakable fingerprints are all over an entire wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”), as well as a prolific solo artist (NPR hailed his “brilliant albums of heartfelt songs”), but his love of soul and roots music never left.

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

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

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

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

The members of the heavy sun orchestra are:
Jim Wilson
Rocco Deluca
Daniel Lanois
Johnny Shepherd

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JULIEN MANAUD RELEASES NEW EP ADAPTATION VOL. 2

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WATCH INTIMATE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR SAVE ME FROM MYSELF

Toronto, ON – January 15, 2020 – Today, French-Canadian multitalented-musician, Julien Manaud, releases his new EP, Adaptation Vol. 2, via Lisbon Lux Records. Adaptation Vol. 2 follows the 2019 release of Adaptation Vol. 1, again showcasing Manaud performing covers of Lisbon Lux’s own catalogue of tracks from varied artists. Listen to the full EP here.

Manaud shares his thoughts on the record: The reception of the lead single Save Me From Myself is far reaching on Spotify. You can see that the song is heard around the world and it touches me deeply, because this record was created and recorded in such an intimate and closed context. It's touching to see that people from Singapore, Mexico and Oslo loving the song... I’m so excited to be sharing full EP today, as it can allow me to create a new march after this globally stressful year of 2020.”

The inspiration of covering songs from varied Lisbon Lux artists began when Manaud was singing his daughter to sleep. After growing tired of singing the same nursery rhymes to her, he began singing songs from the artists he worked with to her. His vocals were soon accompanied by him playing the piano and it dawned on Manaud that he wanted to record these songs with a different pianist and in a professional setting. He explains, “I introduced the project to Alexis Dumais, who a few weeks, later presented some incredible arrangements to me. It was while listening to his proposal that I felt that we could make this record. I come from a background where I imagine music very arranged, with synthesizers, chords, choirs, guitars etc... I had to discipline myself a lot to keep this project only piano and vocals, without any other arrangements. The advantage of the piano/voice duo is that it is timeless, without any mark of time.”

Alexis Dumais joins Manaud on the three tracks following Save Me From Myself, featuring Lisbon Lux artists: Das Mörtal (Midnight Rendez-Vous), Kid Francescoli (Dirty Blonde) and HWYS (Beaches). On Dirty Blonde, Julien teams up with fellow labelmate, Laurence Giroux-Do, from Le Couleur, for a lovely rendition of the track. This stripped-down EP is intimate and personal – heightened by the added touch of piano on each track.

At the end of 2020, Manaud released the EP’s lead single, Save Me From Myself, and shared the stunning official video for the track. Shot at Studio PM in Montreal, the video features a tasteful black and white scene with Manaud on vocals, accompanied by pianist, Alexis Dumais, who we saw on Adaptations Vol. 1. “The director, Adrian Villagomez, has a very clean and sober style, which I really appreciate. He knows how to capture moments while being very discreet. We regularly work with him for live recordings,” shares Manaud. Watch the video for Save Me From Myself here. Save Me From Myself has already garnered a lot of attention on Spotify – not to mention being added to a number of Spotify playlists including: Acoustic Pilates, Cozy Coffeehouse Covers, Laidback Acoustic, Moons of Oficina and Acústico Pilates.

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About Julien Manaud
Julien Manaud defines himself as a music cinematographer – both composer and musician, performer and also sound engineer, producer, editor, and manager. He has worn several hats in this industry since the start of his career. Manaud became known in Quebec in 2007 as the guitarist for the band Chinatown. He then pursued a career as a composer for for commercials, video games and TV shows, for a few years, but quickly realized that he missed album releases and performing at festivals. In 2013, he produced Voyage Love, Le Couleur’s first EP, and founded Lisbon Lux Records to market the album, while creating a different kind of lable with a precise artistic direction. Seven years later, Manaud has had a big role in the development of the careers of Quebec artists such as Le Couleur, Das Mörtal, Paupière and Bronswick, all of which resonate in Quebec but also abroad, laying down the groundwork for international exports; the hallmark of Lisbon Lux Records.

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VIRGIL ABLOH RELEASES NEW SINGLE DELICATE LIMBS FEATURING SERPENTWITHFEET

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Toronto, ON – January 8, 2021 – Multi-hyphenate man, Virgil Abloh, has teamed up with serpentwithfeet to drop his latest track and video, Delicate Limbs.  Having previously collaborated with the likes of Boys Noize, Tiga & The Martinez Brothers, this release follows his recent remix of Mercury Award-winner Michael Kiwanuka’s hit song, Solid Ground.  The single launches with a video Directed by Kordae Jatafa Henry – watch here

Artist, architect, engineer, creative director, artistic director, industrial designer, fashion designer, musician, DJ, and philanthropist, Virgil Abloh, can very much be described as a multi-hyphenate man. For Abloh, who is also the Chief Creative Director and founder of Off-White™️ and Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton, music has always run deep.

Abloh can be seen at the forefront of bridging the gap between music and fashion. He began DJing in the late ‘90s when he was in high school, and cites A-Trak, Roc Raida, Invisibl Skratch Piklz, and more as early sources of inspiration when he was starting out. While Abloh has since discovered other passions and creative outlets, he says that DJing has always offered him “his only peace of mind.”

Since then, Abloh has over seen the art direction for many high-profile artists, including Kanye West, JAY-Z, G.O.O.D. Music, Kid Cudi, Big Sean, ASAP Rocky, Pusha-T, Lil Wayne, Theophilus London, Lil Uzi Vert, and many more. He also served as creative director for live events, like Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour. Always making a point to incorporate music in his fashion shows Abloh also creates soundtracks for his shows that he’s been releasing on SoundCloud under the name, Paris, IL, since 2016. Abloh has also made a point of filling the seats at his shows with artists like the Migos, Travis Scott, Rihanna, ASAP Rocky, Kanye West, Pop Smoke, and many more. 

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www.delicate---limbs.com

Virgil Abloh on Spotify

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RHYE RELEASES NEW SINGLE/VIDEO COME IN CLOSER

NEW ALBUM HOME OUT JANUARY 22 ON LAST GANG RECORDS

“Rhye's upcoming album will be a balm for these upcoming winter months, his soothing vocals wrapping you up in a warm blanket of  orchestral touches and seductive movements.”  — CBC (21 Canadian albums we can't wait to hear in 2021)

“After last year's piano-focused Spirit, this is his return to smouldering electronic production”  — Exclaim! (29 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2021) 

"Rhye's music video for 'Beautiful' is a lesson in social distancing . . . The pandemic made Michael Milosh think about his artistic motivations, and he channeled that energy into a calming music video" — Vanity Fair

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

“[‘Black Rain’ is] a slinky, lithe track” — Stereogum

“‘Black Rain’ is versatile and intriguing, blending subtle synths, steady beats and Milosh’s lustrous vocals.” — Paste

“‘Helpless’ shows the potential for how fleshed-out and impressive his quarantine output can be.” — Uproxx

Toronto, ON — January 7, 2021 — Rhye, the JUNO Award-winning project of Los Angeles-based, Toronto-born musician, Michael Milosh, releases a new single/video, Come In Closer, from his forthcoming album, Home, out January 22 on Last Gang Records. As presented on previous singles, Black Rain, Beautiful, and Helpless, every element of Homeis intentional and meant to reverberate on a higher extra-sensory plane. This sense of purpose is just as clear on Come In Closer, which unfurls with ambient sounds from a rainstorm that descended upon his home studio in Topanga during tracking. Watch Come In Closer here.

Thematically, Come In Closer presents how “as relationships deepen and you invite someone into your world, your life, your homelayers of appreciation, vulnerability, and patience reveal themselves,” whether it be a romantic relationship as in the song or a relationship between siblings as in the video. Directed by Milosh and Genevieve Medow-Jenkins and filmed in Big Sur, the video presents siblings “living without fear or inhibition, wild with the joy of simply being.” 

Since the release of Rhye’s 2013 debut Woman, Milosh mostly lived on the road, playing up to 100 shows a year and decamping in Toronto, Montreal, Thailand, the Netherlands, Germany and Los Angeles. On the heels of some major life changes, including a new relationship with Medow-Jenkins, he yearned for a more permanent space, a balm for the restless spirit and a place to simply be. Home, the follow-up to 2018’s JUNO Award-winning Blood (JUNO nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, JUNO winner of Album Artwork of the Year), is centered around the idea of home as the core of creativity and community. It’s familiar in its synthesis of propulsive beats, orchestral flourishes, piano ruminations and sultry, gender-nonconforming vocals, but never have they sounded more cohesive or alive. 

Written throughout 2019 and early 2020, Home was recorded at United Recording Studios, Revival at The Complex (Earth, Wind, & Fire), as well as Milosh’s home studio, and mixed by Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Interpol, My Bloody Valentine). The album features the Danish National Girls’ Choir, who Rhye performed with at a landmark concert in Denmark in 2017. 

Recently, Milosh and SG Lewis collaborated on Time, “an exuberant classically-minded club track” (FADER). It was written at Milosh’s home studio and inspired by a Topanga Canyon sunset.

Watch/listen to Come In Closer

Watch Black Rain
Watch Helpless
Watch Beautiful

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www.rhyemusic.com

   

About Last Gang:

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

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KANDLE & KENDEL SHARE TRANSPORTIVE COLLECTION OF NEIL YOUNG COVERS ON BIRDS EP

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH A LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO
OF THE TITLE TRACK HERE

“Kandle and Kendel have done a wonderful service to a legendary catalogue. This EP reminds me how awesome these songs are and tells me what I already knew about these two talented ladies. Loves it.”Alan Doyle

Toronto, ON – January 6, 2021 – For the New Year, JUNO-nominated singer, Kandle Osborne, and acclaimed fiddler and vocalist, Kendel Carson (Alan Doyle, Great Big Sea), teamed up to release the Birds EP – a beautiful stripped-down collection of six Neil Young covers. Listen to and share Birds here and watch a live performance of the title track here.

The pair of long-time friends created the collection on a whim after having an inspired time in the studio working on Kandle’s new full-length album, which is set for release later this year. To round out the organic, three-part harmony-heavy sound, they recruited Debra-Jean Creelman (founding member of Mother Mother) and Dave Genn (54-40/Matthew Goode) to engineer. Kandle explains, “We wanted to be somewhere else for a spell and it was granted by whiskey, reverb and 6 beautiful, dark tunes from the early 70s. We boarded his silver spaceship looking for respite from the pandemic…”

The project follows Kandle’s wistful Christmas ballad, Christmas Mourn, and brand new single, Lock and Load, which recently saw its James Bond-inspired video earn a nomination for a Canadian Independent Video Award.

Kandle’s mastery of Young’s 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 and a Prism Prize award for her Not Up To Me music video. 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.

BIRDS EP TRACKLIST:
1. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
2. Cowgirl In The Sand
3. Needle And The Damage Done
4. Birds
5. Down By The River
6. Running Dry

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CAMELPHAT RELEASES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR EASIER PAYING TRIBUTE TO STRUGGLING NIGHTCLUBS STILL CLOSED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC

Toronto, ON – December 18, 2020 – Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated producer duo, CamelPhat, have unveiled the official video for their latest anthem, Easier. Watch here

Directed by Tom Haines, the video portrays a series of dancers performing alone in empty London nightclub, FOLD. The visual is a tribute to struggling night clubs which are still closed due to the pandemic. CamelPhat have been throwing their support behind nightlife & hospitality industries affected by Covid 19, petitioning for campaigns such as Let Us Dance and recently recording their BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix at an empty Printworks. 

The director, Tom Haines, says: “There’s nothing more frustrating than knowing all that energy and potential we collectively enjoy is hanging in the balance, mothballed while it waits to be reanimated. That’s what I wanted to conjure with the video for Easier, the idea that it’s just within reach, that the rich history of clubbing and dance music and all that brings with it, is in the ether. I hope that it’s by parts joyous, ecstatic and also emotional as a video. Shooting it was just a dream, having been holed up at home so much, to then be in a club environment with a creative team was truly amazing and hearing the song blasting on a proper system, watching Dominant our dancer do their thing, genuinely gave me goosebumps.” 

Last month, CamelPhat released their highly anticipated debut album, Dark Matter, one of the biggest indie/electronic crossover albums of the year. The record features a host of A-list collaborations as well as new and upcoming artists, including the legendary Noel Gallagher, Jake Bugg, Yannis Philipakkis as well as Skream, Eli & Fur and Will Easton.

CamelPhat will be embarking on their biggest ever UK headline tour to date in 2021 which has already sold over 20,000 tickets. The Grammy nominated pair will bring their widely acclaimed sound across the UK playing in Liverpool, Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle and Leeds before rounding the tour off with a mammoth performance at London’s The SSE Arena Wembley on April 17, making history as the first house act to ever headline the iconic venue.

Having established themselves as one of the most in-demand dance acts around, CamelPhat have enjoyed stellar success over the past few years. Making their mark with their 2017 Grammy-nominated hit, Cola, the Liverpool duo have continued to release huge hits such as Hypercolour with Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis, BreathePanic Room ft Au/Ra, Rabbit Hole, and Be Someone, alongside Jake Bugg. The pair have been consistently supported by industry heavyweights including Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Danny Howard and Pete Tong. The duo are also firm favourites on the festival circuit playing some of the world’s biggest events such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Reading & Leeds, Creamfields, Warehouse Project, and Parklife.

The official video for Easier is out now, check it out here

Dark Matter UK Tour Dates 2021
March 11 - Digital, Newcastle 
March 12 - Digital, Newcastle
March 19 - o2 Academy, Leeds 
March 20 - Motion, Bristol 
April 2 - Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool 
April 3 - Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool 
April 9 - Hydro Arena, Glasgow
April 17 - Wembley Arena, London

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS DROP OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR WHERE THEY AT WITH DREZUS

LISTEN/SHARE WHERE THEY AT HERE

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

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

Toronto, ON – December 17, 2020 – Christmas has come early for Snotty Nose Rez Kids fans as the duo drops the brand new video for their latest track, Where They At! Tapping Boujee Natives director, Perry Miotto (Okey Dokey Creative), SNRK then brought in Mike Babiarz for animations, and 16-year-old illustrator, Nora Stakaya Pape (WSANEC & Snuneymuxw Nation), to round the video out. Watch the incredible visual here.

The video is a feel-good representation of Where They At, which is the fourth collaboration between SNRK SNRK and Drezus – who previously worked together on tracks The Resistance, Skoden (Remix) and Savages – and features the trio at a house party, rapping over a song that sees them celebrating the heights they’ve reached as artists. While 2020 has been a tough year for everyone, the artists wanted to take time out with this tongue-in-cheek song, and show that they have much to be thankful for.

“We had originally planned to release this video in early November, just after we dropped the single, but we wanted to get the illustrations and animation just right,” says SNRK. “That work is really time consuming, but we were stoked to have Mike and Nora on board to make it happen. The visuals are dope and it really brought the video to life. We wrote Where They At to literally talk about where we are at in our careers. It's a flex, but wanted to take a minute to be thankful for what we got.

“I love working with those guys,” adds Miotto. “Boujee Natives seemed to have a real cultural impact and I loved working with SNRK on it. They brought me on to shoot Where They At and I've been excited to see it get out in the world.” 

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

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

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

About Drezus
Drezus gained international attention with his first release, War Path, in 2014. He spent the next two years developing his audience. In 2017, he won an MTV VMA for his song with Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) for ‘Stand Up/Stand N Rock.’ Drezus made his US television debut in 2019 on Paramount Network’s ‘Yellowstone’ TV series, playing himself. Back to the drawing board, Drezus is hard at work on his next full alength album, set for release in 2021.

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF PREMIERES NEW SONG REDEMPTION TODAY

FEATURED IN FORTHCOMING APPLE ORIGINAL FILM PALMER STARRING JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

Toronto, ON – December 17, 2020 – Today, Nathaniel Rateliff premieres Redemption, a new song the acclaimed singer-songwriter written for the forthcoming Apple Original film, Palmer. Rateliff’s ballad Redemption is featured in both the film and its trailer. Listen to Redemption here and watch the Palmer trailer here.

Premiering globally on January 29, 2021, exclusively on Apple TV+, Palmer stars Justin Timberlake (The Social Network, Bad Teacher, Alpha Dog), Alisha Wainwright (Raising Dion, Shadowhunters) and Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises, Atonement). The film, directed by, Fisher Stevens (Stand Up Guys, Before the Flood, The Cove), tells the story of former high-school football star, Eddie Palmer (Timberlake), who went from hometown hero to convicted felon, earning himself twelve years in a state penitentiary. He returns home to Louisiana, where he moves back in with Vivian (June Squibb), the grandmother who raised him. While trying to keep his head down and rebuild a quiet life for himself, Palmer is haunted by memories of his glory days and the suspicious eyes of his small town community. Things become more complicated when Vivian’s hard-living neighbour Shelly (Temple) disappears on a prolonged bender, leaving her precocious and unique 7-year-old son Sam (Ryder Allen), often the target of bullying, in Palmer’s reluctant care. In time, Palmer is drawn into a more hopeful world as he forges a connection with Sam through their shared experience of being made to feel different by those around them. Life improves for Palmer, and a romance develops between him and Sam’s teacher Maggie (Wainwright). An inspiring and unexpected journey unfolds for the three of them, but soon Palmer’s past threatens to tear apart this new life.

“When I was first asked to write a song for Palmer I was told what the film was about and where the song was going to be used. The melody and the opening line came to me immediately. But it wasn’t until I had a conversation with Justin [Timberlake] that helped me to put the song together. He said the film was about redemption. I saw that in the characters and did my best to add to the scene in the film,” notes Rateliff.

The release follows a monumental year for Rateliff whose latest solo album, And It’s Still Alright, which was released in February on Stax Records, debuted to critical praise. Most recently, NPR’s World Cafe ranked lead single, And It’s Still Alright #1 on their list of Public Radio’s Most Popular Songs Of 2020. In addition, the album peaked at #3 on iTunes’ Top Albums chart, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk chart, landed at #2 on their Current Rock chart and resided at #1 on the Americana Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks. And It’s Still Alright was #1 for eight consecutive weeks at Triple A Radio, #1 for nine consecutive weeks at the Americana Singles chart and #1 for three weeks at Non-Commercial radio. Time Stands also peaked at #1 on the Americana Singles chart and is currently in the Top 5 at Triple A Radio. Rateliff also performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Fans can purchase And It’s Still Alright here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
   

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CRAIG STICKLAND RELEASES NEW TRACK & VISUAL FOR ENEMY TODAY

THREE SONG EP WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE SUN TO RISEDUE EARLY NEXT YEAR

“Craig Stickland has one of those rare voices that stops you and speaks directly to your soul.” - Baeble Music

"Craig Stickland shares an absolutely gorgeous, harmony-laden track…Stickland’s sparkling falsetto is simply heavenly." - Parade

"Inspired by a feeling of rebellion towards the divide and oppression...Craig Stickland debuted a rousing video” - Billboard

Toronto, ON – December 11, 2020 – Los Angeles-based troubadour, Craig Stickland, releases his new single, Enemy, today. Enemy will be featured on Stickland’s forthcoming three-song EP, While We Wait For the Sun to Rise, due out in early 2021 via 21 Entertainment/eOne. The piano-driven Enemy is a modern day torch song about the melancholy of moving on after a relationship is over.  Watch the video here.  

Stickland says, “Enemy was written a few months ago at a time when it seemed like the world had never been more divided. It’s about falling apart from someone you love, hoping that through your differences you can still find compassion and common ground. It ends with the lyric that gave birth to the song, asking ‘please don’t make an enemy of me.’”

The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist recently released Break Every Rule Spanish Remix with GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY nominee, singer/songwriter, Raquel Sofia.  The original track was featured on Stickland’s debut album, Starlit Afternoon, released in early 2020.

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MULATTO RELEASES QUEEN OF DA SOUF (EXTENDED VERSION)

FIVE NEW TRACKS INCLUDING SEX LIES FEATURING LIL BABY

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR SEX LIES HERE

“Mulatto may not have revealed what's in that ‘Big Latto Sauce,’ but whatever the secret ingredients, they're pushing her closer to Southern rap domination.” – NPR

“…standing out in an era packed with talented women who rap. Latto shines because of her rapping ability and how her fun-loving personality shows through in her music.” – XXL

“There are a lot of women in rap on the come up, Latto however, has been doing this for a long time and it’s clear as day this young lady is here to stay.” – UPROXX 

“Dripping with sexuality and feminine power, the twenty-one-year-old rapper makes a solid case for the throne [with Queen of Da Souf]. Mulatto doesn’t need a cosign, but with salacious verses from City Girls, Gucci Mane and 21 Savage, she seemingly has the entirety of Atlanta in her corner.” – HipHopDX

Toronto, ON – December 11, 2020 – Today, Mulatto releases the extended version of her RCA Records debut project, Queen of Da Souf . This version includes five new tracks, continuing to showcase her talent through her linguistic abilities, provocative bars and unparalleled energy.

To coincide with this release, Latto is treating fans to a video for one of her new tracks, Sex Lies featuring Lil Baby . Shot in Atlanta, the Clifton Bell-directed (J. Cole, Ne-Yo, T.I., Trey Songz) visual also features cameos from Jayda Cheaves and DC Young Fly.

As the year comes to end, Mulatto is going out with a bang. Having spots on multiple Best of the Year music lists for 2020 such as NPR, Billboard, XXL, UPROXX, HipHopDX and more, Mulatto has solidified her spot in the rap space. Looking at her year in numbers, Latto’s major label debut album Queen of Da Souf garnered over 201 million streams worldwide, her video for, Bitch From Da Souf (Remix) featuring Saweetie & Trina has over 50 million views and her video for Muwop featuring Gucci Mane has over 37 million views. She’s also one of only two women inducted into the XXL 2020 Freshman Class this year. 

The year may be winding down, but there’s no signs of Mulatto stopping. Stay tuned for more music from the Queen of Da Souf coming soon.

About Mulatto:
Raised in Atlanta, GA, 21-year-old rising rapper Mulatto has been making a name for herself since she was 10 years old. The Rap GameSeason One winner has continually released music since 2016 and signed with RCA Records in 2020. In June 2019, Mulatto released her EP Big Latto, which included her breakout-hit song Bitch From Da Souf. The December 2019 release of her follow-up project, Hit The Latto, contained the remix version of the track featuring Saweetie & Trina, the accompanying video was viewed over 26 million times in just five months. Combined, both versions of Bitch From Da Souf has over 104 million streams on Spotify and Apple alone, along with recognition from Timberland, Demi Lovato and more. Prior to the aforementioned, her impressive catalog of music includes Miss Mulatto (2016), Latto Let ‘Em Know (2017) and Mulatto (2018). In addition to her own music, Mulatto has been inescapable; from her recent cameo in Cardi B’s WAP video featuring Megan Thee Stallion, to countless features including NLE Choppa’s Make Em Say, and Hitmaka’s Thot Box (Remix), proving that Big Latto is bigger and better than ever before. Mulatto released her RCA Records debut project Queen of Da Souf last month and shows no signs of slowing down. To date, Latto has garnered over 269 million streams on Spotify and Apple. As part of the elite new wave of female rappers, such as Flo Milli, City Girls, Saweetie and more, Big Latto has proven that her pen game, replete with witty and raw verses, is unmatched.  

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

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HAVIAH MIGHTY RISES TO THE OCCASION IN NEW SONG

WATCH VISUALIZER HERE

OCCASION FOLLOWS ATLANTIC AS SECOND NEW SINGLE SINCE 2019 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE-WINNING ALBUM 13th FLOOR  

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SMOKE (FT. CLAIRMONT THE SECOND)

Toronto, ON – December 11, 2020 – Polaris Music Prize-winning (2019) Toronto artist, Haviah Mighty, is finishing off the start of a new decade strong. While she has continued to fight to eradicate the stigma and non-existence of the 13thFloor, as told on her 2019 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, setback remains non-existent in her vocabulary. Today, she launches her second new single of the year – Occasion – rising to it with a mission to continue to blaze her path as a music creator. Listen to the song here and watch the visualizer by BlackPowerBarbie here.

“On this record, I focus on the conquest to continue working towards dominating as a music creator. I’ll continue to create through honest introspection, and a desire to lead rather than follow - even if it makes others uncomfortable. Essentially, this song is about the low expectations that people have of those that don’t follow or fit the status quo, and how I’ll push to overcome those doubts and surpass those expectations. The 'occasion' is my downfall, and in this song, I fight its existence,” Haviah says. 

Occasion was produced by Haviah, Mighty Prynce and Sauce Junky, and initially developed during an Instagram Live session in March just as the pandemic set in. Sauce Junky, who was on the livestream, sent Haviah the stems, which she later flipped into a beat, including guitar arrangements by Ben Foran and percussion crafted by Mighty Prynce. From fun project to final product, Occasion follows Haviah’s November single, Atlantica track examining the ugly truths of money, the roots of unequal labour, and its impact on marginalized communities worldwide. 

Haviah wraps the year by continuing to share her story with others; she graces two magazine covers including the November/December issue of Canadian Musician Magazine and NEXT Magazine’s inaugural issue out this month, is included in Post City Magazine’s Toronto’s Most Inspiring Women Of 2020 list, and brought Complex Canada in-studio for an exclusive look at her creative process for their Northern Clutch series.

In addition, Haviah launched the 12” vinyl release of 13th Floor and new merch, including two t-shirts, with a full-colour design by Alexis Eke (who created Haviah’s Polaris poster) a longsleeve featuring Haviah’s logo, and a signature line of rolling papers in partnership with Ziggi Papers, as a limited edition collector’s series. Fans must be 18+ in Canada / 21+ in the US to purchase. Find everything at Haviah’s webstore.

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

Haviah started a new decade off with U.S. headline shows, a major freestyle on 5 Fingers Of Death on SWAY in the Morning, a performance session for Paste, sets at Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, The Basement in Los Angeles, an intimate Boiler Room jam in Vancouver, and plans to rock international festival stages (including SXSW, Osheaga, Ottawa Blues, FOCUS Wales and more) before the pandemic postponed events. While international touring remains at a standstill as Haviah eagerly awaits to get back on the stage to perform, she is staying creative in the studio and actively advocating for change in the community.

About Haviah Mighty
Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn’t be more accurate a word to describe the artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.

Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Mighty started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15.

Well-known for being one of the three MCs who make up The Sorority — a hip-hop group born during an all-female cypher on International Women’s Day in 2016 — Mighty is making equally large waves as a solo artist. 

Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009, but it was her project, Flower City (2017), that propelled her solo career into further success. Mighty’s Polaris Prize-winning album, 13th Floor (2019), is her most fully-realized project to date - making history as the first Hip-Hop artist and the first Black woman to ever receive the award. Garnering overwhelming praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, Hot New Hip Hop, and Lyrical Lemonade to name a few, Haviah continues to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in Hip-Hop.

Haviah’s explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has also quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Redman and Method Man, Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, and Kranium.

Listen to Occasion | Watch Occasion

Listen to Atlantic | Watch Atlantic

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

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BODYSNATCHER FLORIDA DEATHCORE PRACTITIONERS SIGN TO EONE HEAVY AND RELEASE BREAK THE CYCLE

NEW VIDEO NOW PLAYING HERE

Toronto, ON – December 11, 2020 – Today, Melbourne, Florida-based brutal deathcore practitioners and recent eOne Heavy label signees, Bodysnacther, unleash brand new single, Break The Cycle. Break The Cycle is the band’s first newly-recorded material since their critically-lauded, This Heavy Void LP, released earlier this year and ushers in their union with the label. View Bodysnatcher’s Break The Cycle video here.

Comments the band, "We are extremely excited to announce our signing to eOne Heavy with our new single Break The Cycle. The song is about the realization of letting the wrong people into your life, and taking the steps to get out of that pattern. Keep your eyes open. Lots of things to come in 2021."

Bodysnatcher – a name inspired by notorious serial killer, Ed Gein – brings an updated and brutal formula to deathcore, infusing elements of beatdown and downtempo hardcore to their scathing hymns. The band’s This Heavy Void, released in early 2020, was met with accolades from fans and critics alike with New Transcendence hailing, “their most oppressive record yet,” adding, “Bodysnatcher do more than pick up where their previous, critically acclaimed fusion of downtempo deathcore, beatdown and deathcore left off. Instead, the band provide what is their most comprehensive display of emotion and aggression to date, using everything from vicious grooves to spine-shrinking slams to match the weight and intensity of their lyrical content to create what stands to be one of the first in a blossoming breed of monstrous deathcore releases with true angst, emotion and meaning behind every flesh-shredding breakdown.” The band’s ferocious live presentation has earned them slots on tour with the likes of contemporary deathcore torchbearers, Enterprise Earth, Spite, Lorna Shore, Chelsea Grin, Slaughter To Prevail, and many others. Stay tuned for more Bodysnatcher news to be unveiled in the weeks to come.

Bodysnatcher is:
Kyle Shope – bass
Chris Whited – drums
Kyle Carter – guitar
Kyle Medina – vocals

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OVERCOATS THE FIGHT (REMIXED) OUT TODAY

WATCH RECENTLY RELEASED VIDEO
FOR APATHETIC BOYS HERE

Toronto, ON – December 11, 2020 – Today, Brooklyn alt-pop duo, Overcoats, share The Fight (Remixed).  The record features seven re-imaginations of songs from their sophomore album, The Fightreleased earlier this year, and includes contributions from Shura, Porches, Caroline Rose, Yoke LoreYumi Zouma and more. Listen here.

Shura kicks things off, expanding the minimalist arrangement of I'll Be There into a symphonic dance track. Multitudinous, rich synths buzz, blip, and throb beneath Hana and JJ's shimmering vocal layers, all guided by a propulsive disco house groove. On Porches' flip of Apathetic Boys, indie rock meets dissonant, melodramatic synths, as Overcoats' vocals are elevated to a fever pitch, heard on the lyrics, "I don't wanna hear about your band anymore". Yoke Lore turns the volume up on Overcoats' New Shoes, replacing soft-strummed guitar chords with echoing waves of vocals and percussion to signal the triumph of turning the page on a relationship that's no longer working. Buzzy Chicago-based newcomer, Billy Lemos, puts his lo-fi hip-hop meets bedroom pop spin on Keep The Faith and surrounds Overcoats’ vocals with a waterfall of bubblegum pop synths and fuzzed out guitars.  Next, Yumi Zouma takes Overcoats for a trip into their wispy, dream-pop world on their rework of Fire & Fury.  GUM & Ginoli (of POND / Tame Impala) is a fully psychedelic affair, saturating the original track with disco-inspired synths and percussion. Caroline Rose closes out the record with a poignant rendition of the eponymous album title track, letting each lyric live in the groove of each note in her intricate guitar work. 

"What a stunning reimagining of The Fight," Overcoats shares of the remix record. "Our album, which felt like a battle cry, has been answered and reflected back to us in a beautiful, rejuvenating echo. We are so grateful to all of the talented artists that felt compelled to write their own stories from our words. This remix album is the perfect antidote to what lies ahead. We’ll be dancing in our living rooms to it all winter."

Recently, Overcoats shared the music video for Apathetic Boys, which features NY bands Plastic Picnic, Hypoluxo, Homeschool, Future Generations, Marinara, Wet Leather, and Eli Sundae. The video marks the first time for Hana and JJ to step behind the camera and is a commentary on the male-dominated nature of the music industry. Watch here.

Speaking on the video, Overcoats share: "We had the concept for the video pretty much from the moment we wrote the song. The music industry is obviously male dominated, from the executive level to the bands. Men are the gatekeepers of rock music, and not only men, but apathetic men. Male musicians often act like they don't care and that makes them cooler--the tattered shirts, the emotionless expressions etc. When women care, it is deeply uncool. This puts us in a vicious cycle of having to try harder than men to get coverage, while having to appear that we aren't trying. We have felt this cycle in the music industry as well as in our relationships (trying not to be too eager or too clingy). We wanted the video to be a commentary on how these decidedly male expectations permeate the genre."

Overcoats' 10-track sophomore album, The Fight (Loma Vista Recordings), speaks to the ubiquitous feeling of anxiety when looking at the current chaos around us, and has proven to be a prescient document for getting through this difficult year. The Fight’s linked themes of overcoming adversity, avowing friendship, striving for loyalty, and seeking hope are needed more than ever. As people are currently starved for a light at the end of a tunnel and meaningful interaction, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats offer a rallying cry. Prior to this new seven-track remix release, The Fight has also received re-workings from Local Natives, Joey Pecoraro, SASAMI, Ryan Hemsworth, and Alice Ivy. 

THE FIGHT (REMIXED) TRACKLIST:
1. I'll Be There (Shura Remix)
2. Apathetic Boys (Porches Remix)
3. New Shoes (Yoke Lore Remix)
4. Keep The Faith (Billy Lemos Remix)
5. Fire & Fury (Yumi Zouma Remix)
6. The Fool (GUM & Ginoli Remix)
7. The Fight (Caroline Rose Remix)

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ACE FREHLEY DEBUTS OFFICIAL I’M DOWN MUSIC VIDEO

ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION HOLIDAY VINYL VARIANT OF ORIGINS VOL. 2 WITH SIGNED CHRISTMAS CARD

OUT NOW VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Toronto, ON – December 10, 2020 – Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member, Ace Frehley, announces the release of a new limited edition Christmas vinyl variant of his latest album, Origins Vol. 2, just in time for the holidays, including an option to receive a Christmas card signed by Ace Frehley. To celebrate, Ace released the official music video for the album’s second single, I’m  Down, which serves not only as an animated sequel to Frehley’s prior Space Truckin’ video, but his cover of The Beatles’ 1965 b-side also features John 5 on guitar, who also makes a cameo appearance in the video, taken from the same album. Watch I’m Down here.

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

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

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

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AVATAR PREMIERE OFFICIAL A SECRET DOOR MUSIC VIDEO

FOUR-PART CONCERT SERIES HAPPENING IN JANUARY 2021

HUNTER GATHERER OUT NOW VIA EONE

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

“Expect the unexpected with Avatar!” – Loudwire

“Their most ambitious effort to date, voyaging through ferocious heavy metal and more delicate arrangements alike” – Guitar World

“The record’s a huge step forward for the Swedish quintet, showcasing a genre-straddling power that will result in them reaching countless virgin ears.” – The Pit

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

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

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

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

Toronto, ON – December 10, 2020 – Avatar premiered the official music video for the track, A Secret Door, taken from their celebrated new album Hunter Gatherer, out now via eOne.

Now accompanied by the band’s signature always outside-the-box and powerful visuals, A Secret Door, which features whistles contributed by Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), is an anthemic and chugging highlight from the record, which was subsequently named one of the best albums of 2020 by Loudwire and Revolver Magazine. Avatar’s ambitious new era, ushered in by Hunter Gatherer, also saw the band featured as the cover story of Revolver Magazine’s Fall Issue, where frontman, Johannes Eckerström, reflected on the power of live performance in a year where there was very little.

Luckily for fans, the band has announced their upcoming four-part concert film experience, Avatar Ages – An Impossible Concert Experience, to take place over the course of January 2021. The special event will feature performances from throughout Avatar’s celebrated catalog, starting with, Hunter Gatherer, followed by feature fan voted setlists. Tickets, voting, and the performance schedule are now available here.

About Avatar
Through ambitious compositions and vibrant visual storytelling Avatar seamlessly blurs the line between sights and sounds. Avatar songs are new anthems for the ages, precision heat-seeking missiles targeting a cultural landscape ready for fresh songs to champion from a band with a giant persona to rally behind. The Avatar experience is challenging, daring, and altogether captivating. The band’s latest addition to their celebrated catalog, out now via eOne, Hunter Gatherer is an expression of meticulous structure and creative force. While it is a large departure from what carved the landscape of Avatar Country, the sound direction on the new record pushes past previous boundaries and showcases the genuine compositional writing talent that the band possesses, all while reflecting Avatar’s core elements. The band spent the majority of 2019 touring heavily worldwide. Including sold out headlining shows in Europe, sold out headlining shows in US and Canada (with Devin Townsend and ‘68), sold out support tour for Baby Metal in North America, festival appearances such as Domination Mexico, sharing the stage with Slipknot at the Festival De Nimes, Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival.

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

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ROBERT GLASPER & DENZEL CURRY RELEASE THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING FROM GRAMMY-NOMINATED F*CK YO FEELINGS MIXTAPE

GLASPER ADDS TWO 2021 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS:
BEST R&B SONG AND BEST PROGRESSIVE R&B ALBUM

LISTEN TO BETTER THAN I IMAGINED FEATURING H.E.R. AND MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO AND F*CK YO FEELINGS MIXTAPE

Toronto, ON – December 9, 2020 – Robert Glasper delivers visuals for his song, This Changes Everything, featuring Denzel Curryoff his Grammy-nominated F*ck Yo Feelings mixtape (Best Progressive R&B Album). Filmed at Harun Cafe in LA’s Leimert Park and directed by Laura Wasser, the new live performance video follows a monumental year for Glasper.  

Last week, Glasper also released an impressive remix from Grammy-nominee, Kaytranada, of Grammy-nominated single, Better Than I Imagined (Best R&B Song), featuring Grammy-nominated artists, H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello. The Houston born artist and producer is having another incredible run of recognition from peers and fans and while laying his imprint on projects as wide-ranging as hip-hop jazz supergroup Dinner Party to Brittany Howard’s Grammy-nominated album Jaime.

If all of that is the slightest indication of what’s to come from Glasper in 2021, highly anticipated upcoming album Black Radio 3 will absolutely follow suit as one of the most exciting works to come.

Watch This Changes Everything here

Listen to Better Than I Imagined featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello Kaytranada Remix here

Listen to Better Than I Imagined featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello and watch the official video here

Listen to F*ck Yo Feelingsfound.ee/RG_FuckYoFeelings

Stream Dinner Party: Dessert here

Stream Dinner Party here

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MOBLEY PREMIERES LIVE VIDEO OF HIS HIT SINGLE JAMES CROW AND DETAILS OF HIS UPCOMING VIRTUAL TOUR WITH AMERICAN SONGWRITERNew Page

OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE FOR MOBLEY’S FORTHCOMING EP YOUNG & DYING THE OCCIDENT SUPREME SET FOR FEBRUARY 19, 2021

“Mobley makes upbeat-sounding pop-rock songs with a political conscience.” – PopMatters

"A maker of boundary-pushing pop that urges listeners to throw all assumptions to the wayside..." – Billboard

“A message wrapped in pleasure. Pleasure wrapped in a message.” – Consequence of Sound  

"Master of all (musical) trades..." – Wonderland Magazine

"Watch a three-minute transformation of Mobley from nobody to superstar in ‘Solo.’" – Noisey (VICE)

"[Mobley] is a rare breed..I seldom toss the words 'musical genius' around lightly, but that's what we're dealing with here." – Ryan's Smashing Life

"The songs are hot, his instrumental prowess — switching from guitar, to keys, to drums — is engrossing, and his stage presence is electrifying. Whether he’s playing to a crowd of 50 or 500, he conducts himself with the energy of an arena star, and he sells it 100 percent." – Austin American-Statesman

Toronto, ON – December 9, 2020 – Mobley's premiere of the live video of his recent single, James Crow is out now. The performance was filmed last year at Cheer Up Charlie’s in Austin, Texas. Additionally, Mobley is announcing the details and tour stops of a virtual tour to promote his forthcoming EP, Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme. The EP is slated for release via Last Gang Records on February 19, 2021. See here for the premiere, via American Songwriter.

“As I’m gearing up for my virtual tour, I’ve been digging through footage of my shows from before the pandemic,” said Mobley. “I put together this video because the show I played last summer at Cheer Ups in Austin is one of my favourite shows ever. I wanted to share what James Crow was meant to look like live and how it will look again, once we all pull together and beat this virus for good.”

“Mobley isn’t just a talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist,” said American Songwriter. “He’s also a restless creative who has channeled his technical and artistic skills into a one-man, perpetual-motion stage show, during which he’ll shift among an array of instruments while intricately timed, self-produced — and often self-triggered — sound samples, lighting cues, videos and graphic effects swirl around him. Watching him onstage, the closest comparison that comes to mind is Prince (minus the outrageous moves and attire). And like Prince, Mobley doesn’t fit into a neat genre category. It’s been labeled ‘alt-,’ but he notes his music is obviously pop-leaning. It’s definitely not hip-hop, though he’s been miscategorized as such by those who assume his skin colour dictates his musical direction.”

Watch the James Crow live performance on YouTube here.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mobley has adapted his high-energy, live shows to a virtual format and teamed up with notable venues across the country to bring audiences a dynamic concert experience. Drawing on his background in film, Mobley is shooting unique arrangements of his songs in diverse locations, using drone cameras and cutting-edge music technologies to capture performances in the desert, the woods and some striking architectural settings. Tickets for each show will be available via a pay-what-you-can model through the Noonchorus livestream platform with a portion of proceeds donated to each venue to support furloughed staff during the pandemic. Mobley is also excited to announce that he’ll be donating his portion of the proceeds from the virtual tour to DAWA Fund, an Austin non-profit organization providing direct relief for musicians, artists, therapists, service industry workers and social workers of colour.

Based in Austin, Texas, Mobley is known for his electric, high energy one-man performances that get everyone in hearing distance on their feet. Earlier this month, he brought his multimedia show to the Tito’s stage at Austin City Limits (virtual) music festival, where he performed three new songs from his forthcoming EP titled “Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme.” Mobley wrote the record while in Thailand, gaining inspiration as an outsider looking into his own country from a different vantage point. He recorded the majority of the guitar lines in an apartment on a remote island in the Gulf of Thailand, using a knockoff Telecaster he bought in Bangkok on his first day in the country.

Back in the U.S., Mobley’s home recording studio awaited, as well as an arsenal of instruments, from piano to trumpet to glockenspiel. It was here that Mobley built out the lush production that characterizes the record (he cites Italian composer Ennio Morricone as an influence). He also donned his filmmaker cap, writing and directing a visual EP that will premiere in February alongside the record. The music videos for his first two singles, Nobody’s Favourite and James Crow, comprise parts I and II of the four-part film.

2021 VIRTUAL TOUR DATES INCLUDE:
February 25 – Venue TBA **EP Release Show – Austin, Texas
February 27 – Subterranean – Chicago, Illinois
March 2 – Centerstage – Atlanta, Georgia
March 2 – Masquerade – Atlanta, Georgia
March 4 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, New York
March 6 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
March 8 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, Texas
March 8 – Deep Ellum Art Company – Dallas, Texas
March 10 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, California
March 12 – Popscene – San Francisco, California

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ROBERT GLASPER ENLISTS KAYTRANADA FOR BETTER THAN I IMAGINED REMIX

GLASPER ADDS TWO 2021 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS:
BEST R&B SONG AND BEST PROGRESSIVE R&B ALBUM

LISTEN TO BETTER THAN I IMAGINED FEATURING H.E.R. AND MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO AND F*CK YO FEELINGS MIXTAPE

“It’s hard to imagine a more perfect pair of voices veteran musician and producer Robert Glasper could have recruited for this song than veteran Ndegeocello and relative newcomer H.E.R.” – VARIETY

“(“Better Than I Imagined”) pairs Glasper's lilting piano with H.E.R's subdued, honeyed vocals. Soul icon Meshell Ndegeocello appears at the end, leaving what sounds like a heartfelt voicemail for a long-lost love.” – THE FADER

“Better Than I Imagined” boasts HER and Ndegeocello’s soaring harmonies over Glasper’s impeccably dreamy instrumentation.” – UPROXX

“'Better Than I Imagined' is part of this conversation, an ode to Black love that features H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello. Led by that imperious musician, Robert Glasper is able to blend his open-ended creativity with two very distinct vocalists.” – CLASH

 

"Pianist Robert Glasper has spent the past 10 years decorously disassembling whatever walls folk may imagine separate the romantic funk of modern R&B from the abstract truths and monster chops of modern jazz.” – ROLLING STONE

Toronto, ON – December 4, 2020 – Three-time Grammy-winning musician, Robert Glasper, has teamed up with 2021 Best New Artist Grammy-nominee, Kaytranada, to deliver a remix of the 2021 Grammy-nominated single, Better Than I Imagined. The original version of the new track, a preview of Glasper’s highly anticipated upcoming album, Black Radio 3features Grammy-winning R&B chanteuse, H.E.R., and the 11-time Grammy-nominated artist, Meshell Ndegeocello, and was recently Grammy-nominated for Best R&B Song. That’s a favourable Grammy-winning combo if ever there was one – listen to the new remix here.

Better Than I Imagined is an ode to Black love that Glasper has expanded upon beyond the music and video, "No one wants a life without love, but we have generations of people in our community who haven't had the tools to actually be in healthy relationships. It seems like people are finally ready to open their eyes to systemic racism in this country, and if we're going to talk about it, we have to also talk about how it affects our relationships." Watch the video here.

Alongside the single nod, Glasper was also nominated for his 2019 surprise-release mixtape F*ck Yo Feelingsup for Best Progressive R&B Album. F*ck Yo Feelings (Loma Vista Recordings), which came in advance of his unprecedented and now legendary residency at New York's Blue Note. Fu*k Yo Feelings is the result of a two-day session in which Glasper invited musician friends to stop by the studio and organically create together, the final result being this mixtape which sonically documents the lost art of improv and on the spot collaborations that can only come from authentic relationships and true artistry. Glasper's sound can hardly be defined but is built on his unique blend of jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul. F*ck Yo Feelings is an inspired update in that lineage, blending the personalities of himself and his collaborators that include a top-tier range of standout artists across different scenes that only Glasper could put in the same room - Yasiin Bey, Herbie Hancock, Andra Day, YBN Cordae, Terrace Martin, Baby Rose, Bilal, Buddy, Denzel Curry, Mick Jenkins, SiR, Rapsody and more. The mixtape marked the first time Glasper reunited and recorded with Chris Dave (featured in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Drummers of all Time) and Derrick Hodge (bass) in nearly ten years since 2012's Black Radio, Glasper's unanimously celebrated album that took home the Grammy Award for Best R&B album in 2013.

Beyond Glasper’s own releases from the past year, he’s also had a major hand in other albums including Brittany Howard’s Grammy-nominated album, Jamie, and his supergroup collaboration in Dinner Party, alongside bandmates Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, and 9th Wonder. Earlier this year, Dinner Party released their self-titled debut followed up soon thereafter by, Dinner Party: Dessertreimagined versions of the tracks featuring Snoop Dogg, Cordae, Herbie Hancock, Buddy, Bilal, Tank and the Bangas, Punch and Rapsody, alongside newcomers Reuben Vincent, Malaya and Alex Isley, plus resident Dinner Party guest, Phoelix. Their debut album, though a few years in the making, was a surprise Summer release and garnered nods from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The FADER, Stereogum, Pitchfork, Essence, Hot New Hip Hop, Brooklyn Vegan, FLOOD, Uproxx, Complex and more. Robert Glasper was one of a few musicians selected to perform at this year’s March On Washington alongside Derrick Hodge, Eryka Badu, and George Clinton. Tonight, the Kennedy Center will air performance and discussion from Robert Glasper and his Acoustic Trio with DJ Jahi Sundance, tickets to stream are available here.

After a monumental year and nine Grammy nominations to date, Glasper’s legacy speaks for itself. Stay tuned for more to come, including the eagerly anticipated release of Black Radio 3 in 2021. Better Than I Imagined and F*ck Yo Feelingsare out now on Loma Vista Recordings.

Listen to Better Than I Imagined featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello Kaytranada Remix here

Listen to Better Than I Imagined featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello and watch the official video here

Listen to F*ck Yo Feelings here

Stream Dinner Party: Dessert here

Stream Dinner Party here

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STEVE PERRY RELEASES TRACES (ALTERNATE VERSIONS & SKETCHES)

THE LEGENDARY MUSICIAN RE-IMAGINES SELECT TRACKS FROM 2018’S ACCLAIMED ALBUM TRACES

WATCH I NEED YOU (ACOUSTIC) VISUALIZER HERE

Toronto, ON – December 4, 2020 – Today, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Steve Perry, released, TRACES (Alternate Versions & Sketches), a companion to 2018’s acclaimed album TRACES. For the new collection, Perry revisits several of his favourite tracks off TRACES, stripping away the grand production touches and taking the songs down to their essence. Presented acoustic and raw, (including some in sketch form) tracks like Sun Shines Gray, No Erasin’, No More Cryin’, and Most Of All take on a new and richer meaning. In this setting, Perry’s iconic soulful voice glides out-front vibrant, clear and warm while the lyrics take on greater significance as well, even more intimate than before. Listen To/Purchase TRACES (Alternate Versions & Sketches) here.   

Leading up to release, Perry shared the previously unreleased performance video for Most Of All (Radio Mix), along with visualizer videos for Most Of All (Acoustic),  No Erasin’ (Acoustic) and this week, I Need You.  

“When writing these songs, the original inspiration is always my first compass – where the songs should go,” stated Perry. “Alternate Versions & Sketches is exactly that, and I’m very excited to have you hear the original seeds of these songs.”

Produced by Steve Perry and his longtime collaborator and friend, Thom Flowers, TRACES (Alternate Versions & Sketches) offers a fascinating glimpse into the creative process and a deeper understanding into an already treasured album.

Brand-new, special edition merchandise is now available exclusively on Steve’s online store.

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JULIEN MANAUD ANNOUNCES NEW EP ADAPTATION VOL. 2 SET FOR RELEASE JANUARY 15

SHARES INTIMATE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEWLY RELEASED SINGLE SAVE ME FROM MYSELF

PRE-SAVE ADAPTATION VOL. 2 HERE

Toronto, ON – December 4, 2020 – Today, French-Canadian multitalented-musician, Julien Manaud, announces that his new EP, Adaptation Vol. 2, will be releasing in the new year on Friday, January 15 via Lisbon Lux Records. Adaptation Vol. 2 follows the 2019 release of Adaptation Vol. 1, and again showcases Manaud performing covers of Lisbon Lux’s own catalogue of tracks from varied artists. Pre-save the EP here.

Manaud says of the record: “When my daughter was born, it was very difficult for her to fall sleep, and I had to relearn how to sing classical children's songs, but I got tired of traditional nursery rhymes very quickly. So, I started singing songs from the artists I work with to her. One night I started to play the piano to accompany my singing on these songs and I felt the urge to record them with a better pianist. I introduced the project to Alexis Dumais, who a few weeks, later presented some incredible arrangements to me. It was while listening to his proposal that I felt that we could make this record. I come from a background where I imagine music very arranged, with synthesizers, chords, choirs, guitars etc... I had to discipline myself a lot to keep this project only piano and vocals, without any other arrangements. The advantage of the piano/voice duo is that it is timeless, without any mark of time.”

Alexis Dumais joins Manaud on the three tracks following Save Me From Myself, featuring Lisbon Lux artists: Das Mörtal (Midnight Rendez-Vous), Kid Francescoli (Dirty Blonde) and HWYS (Beaches). On Dirty Blonde, Julien teams up with fellow labelmate, Laurence Giroux-Do, from Le Couleur, for a lovely rendition of the track. This stripped-down EP is intimate and personal – heightened by the added touch of piano on each track.

Earlier in November, Manaud released the EP’s lead single, Save Me From Myself, and today he shares the stunning official video for the track. Shot at Studio PM in Montreal, the video features a tasteful black and white scene with Manaud on vocals, accompanied by pianist, Alexis Dumais, who we saw on Adaptations Vol. 1. “The director, Adrian Villagomez, has a very clean and sober style, which I really appreciate. He knows how to capture moments while being very discreet. We regularly work with him for live recordings,” shares Manaud. Watch the video for Save Me From Myself here.

Get ready for Adaptation Vol. 2 and Julien Manaud’s enchanting renditions of these songs!

TRACKLISTING:
1. Save Me From Myself
2. Beaches
3. Midnight Rendez-Vous
4. Dirty Blonde ft. Laurence Giroux-Do

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About Julien Manaud
Julien Manaud defines himself as a music cinematographer – both composer and musician, performer and also sound engineer, producer, editor, and manager. He has worn several hats in this industry since the start of his career. Manaud became known in Quebec in 2007 as the guitarist for the band Chinatown. He then pursued a career as a composer for for commercials, video games and TV shows, for a few years, but quickly realized that he missed album releases and performing at festivals. In 2013, he produced Voyage Love, Le Couleur’s first EP, and founded Lisbon Lux Records to market the album, while creating a different kind of lable with a precise artistic direction. Seven years later, Manaud has had a big role in the development of the careers of Quebec artists such as Le Couleur, Das Mörtal, Paupière and Bronswick, all of which resonate in Quebec but also abroad, laying down the groundwork for international exports; the hallmark of Lisbon Lux Records.

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ANDY MAIZE AND MICHAEL TIMMINS RELEASE TOWNIES (AN AUDIOPLAY)

CHILDHOOD, MEMORY, PANDEMICS, GUILT, RESPONSIBILITY

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Toronto, ON – December 4, 2020 – Today, Andy Maize (Skydiggers) and Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) release their new project, Townies (an audioplay) – an audioplay about childhood, and memory, and pandemics, and guilt, and responsibility; born out of bad hockey, COVID, Black Lives Matter and age.

“Back in the before-times, around February 2020, Andy and I were having a beer, watching The Leafs give another underwhelming performance in a losing cause, when Andy turned to me and said that he had this idea or desire to record a series of songs that are short and to the point, maybe contain just one musical or lyrical idea and then move on to the next song,” Timmins reflects. “I mentioned that I was in the process of demoing some film cues which were basically a series of short one theme musical ideas. So, I sent him a bunch of them.”

“Initially my idea was to try and capture the essence and spirit of childhood and this place called  ‘The Town’,” adds Maize. “Mike and I both spent our childhood in The Town of Mount Royal (TMR) a suburb of Montreal. We didn't know each other but we shared a lot of the same friends and experiences and we often talk about what a magical place it was to spend a childhood, especially for a kid between the ages of 6 and 14. It was more Norman Rockwell than most of middle-America, a place where you spent your days freely roaming through neighborhoods on your bike, playing shinny on the endless supply of public outdoor rinks, and generally getting in to whatever kid-trouble you could find as long as you were home by dinner.”

The pair recorded a handful of pieces during one session, both loving the energy and spontaneity that this approach was capturing. Then COVID descended, and everyone retreated back into their own worlds. Timmins continued working on his own, experimenting with short musical audio clips; every now and then sending a bunch to Maize. After a couple of months, when restrictions were starting to be lifted, the pair got back together to continue the project.

“I noticed that some of the lyrics that I had been writing over the past several weeks had begun to mutate from being inspired by these childhood memories to being these more existential reflections on memory and expectation,” says Maize. “The pandemic had obliterated the horizon and had crept into our project. I wasn't always sure about what I was writing about, but the situation that we all found ourselves in seemed to be infusing the songs with a gravity and a significance greater than just reflections about growing up in TMR.”

“And then George Floyd was murdered and the lyrics that Andy started bringing in morphed again and took on a tone of doubt and frustration,” Timmins continues. “The initial idea behind this project was to not necessarily create a project at all. We were just recording because we were enjoying what we were creating and it gave us an opportunity to do what we do and to catch up on each other’s lives. But as the songs began to pile up we began to notice this subconscious string that was running through and connecting all the songs and how some of them that were initially about one thing, had now taken on a new meaning. The outside world was seeping in.”

Maize and Timmins began to talk about how to properly present the songs and how to give them context. They had always felt that many of the songs had a theatrical feel, and the more they talked about how to properly represent the songs, the more they came back to the idea of a play. However, with no desire or the necessary talent to create an actual stage play, they landed on the idea of an audioplay.

As the events in the world began to force everyone to reconsider their place in the world, the emotions and themes being expressed by these songs began to swirl and became – all at once – clearer and greyer, more concrete and more ephemeral. Eventually, Maize and Timmins stumbled on the idea of presenting the songs as a journey, but a non-linear journey – like life – and not necessarily a physical journey, but a metaphorical journey of transformation from innocence to vulnerability. They had set off on a journey without knowing where they were going, while using signposts along the way to guide them, and ended up with a document chronicling an important point in their lives. This, is Townies (an audioplay).

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About Michael Timmins
Michael Timmins is the guitarist, songwriter and producer for the band Cowboy Junkies. He has also recorded and produced dozens of other artists from Canada, the USA, Australia and the UK. His productions have sold over 2,000,000 copies world-wide. His songs and productions have appeared in dozens of films and television shows over the past 30 years including; Natural Born Killers, Girl On A Train, Flight, A Single Man, American Horror Story, Law and Order, ER, Homicide, Homeland, True Blood, Big Love, CSI, Cold Case, Mary Kills People, HBO's Big Little Lies....and many more.

He has also composed and produced seven film scores, including; Daniel MacIvor's  House and Wilby Wonderful; Niagara, Niagara (starring Robin Tunney and Henry Thomas); The Boys Club (directed by John Fawcett and starring Chris Penn); the award winning documentary, My Father and The Man In Black; and most recently, Maudie, starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins, which has won several awards including Best Film at both the Canadian Screen Awards and at The Irish Film and Television Awards. His score for Maudie won the SOCAN Award for Most Performed Film Score of 2018.

About Andy Maize
Andy Maize (Edward Andrew) was born in 1959 on a lovely May morning in Toronto to Barbara Jane (ne Richardson) & William Phillimore Maize. Known briefly as "Teddy" until a phone call by his mother to her mother...in which Grandma expressed the opinion that Ted was an awful name... and so it was never mentioned again. Formative years were spent in the Town of Mount Royal, a suburb of Montreal and one of the first planned community's in Canada... where time not in school was spent falling off his modified green CCM bike (monkey handlebars and a red banana seat with gold sparkles) and playing whatever sport was in season with his brothers at Mohawk Park. A founding member and lead vocalist of folkrock group Skydiggers, Andy proudly follows in the footsteps of other musical "Townies"... Frank Marino and Paul Harwood from Mahogany Rush, Greg Keelor from Blue Rodeo and the Timmins family and Alan Anton from Cowboy Junkies...

Andy's favourite candy bars growing up were Crispy Crunch, Crunchie and Caramilk... favourite bottles of pop were Orange Crush, Hires Root Beer and Cream Soda... the two cent bottle return from Deguire's got you a couple of Kraft Caramels, Bazooka Joe or Strawberry Twizzlers... always a tough decision...

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LAILA BIALI GETS IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH STIRRING RENDITION OF SILENT NIGHT

WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – December 4, 2020 – With the snow starting to come down and the holiday season in full swing, JUNO Award-winning artist, Laila Biali, offers a stirring, gospel-infused rendition of the timeless classic carol, Silent Night. The song comes alongside a beautiful live performance video, bringing the spirit of Biali’s special arrangement to life. Watch the video here.

Biali grew up singing Silent Night in harmony with her sisters at candlelit Christmas Eve Services, year after year, and you can truly feel the emotion and nostalgia in her powerful delivery of the song.

“I think most of us agree that this Christmas will be different from any other,” reflects Biali. "My wish is that Silent Night will bring peace and hope to those who are away from loved ones, and that the spirit of the holiday season, and the spirit of this song, will shine a little light in the dark.”

Listen to Biali’s Silent Night, and join her in celebrating the holidays this year with warmth and timeless music!

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www.lailabiali.com                               

About Laila Biali:
Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. This year, Laila was honoured by SOCAN Music with the Hagood Hardy Award for Excellence in Songwriting. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release won her a JUNO (Canada's GRAMMY) for "Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.” The year prior, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Laila was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards when she was named "SOCAN Composer of the Year" and "Keyboardist of the Year." She received her first JUNO nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot on DownBeat Magazine's "Best Albums of the Year" for Live in Concert (2013). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music's national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to listeners across Canada. While Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy" (Washington Post). Laila's highly anticipated album, Out of Dust – which was named one of Downbeat Magazine’s Best Albums of 2020 – features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fischer, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis, released March 27, 2020.

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

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ELVIS COSTELLO RELEASES NO FLAG (EN FRANÇAIS) AVEC IGGY POP

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NEW ALBUM HEY CLOCKFACE OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – December 4, 2020 – Today, Elvis Costello releases No Flag (en Français) avec Iggy Pop – a version of Costello’s song, No Flag, sung in French by Iggy Pop. The track is accompanied by a new music video, featuring hand-drawn animation by frequent collaborators, Arlo McFurlow and Eamon Singer.

Costellos original version of No Flag, called “the anthem for this brooding time" by New York Magazine, appears on his new album, Hey Clockface (released October 30 via Concord).

Read the whole story of No Flag (en Français) in this conversation between Elvis and Iggy about the song, and watch the video at Rolling Stone here. Separately, Elvis and Iggy talked about the surprising times their paths have crossed since 1977 in this Musicians on Musicians story in Rolling Stone. Read here.

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SYLVAN ESSO SURPRISE-RELEASE NEW EP WITH LOVE OUT NOW

REIMAGINED VERSIONS OF SONGS FROM NEW ALBUM
FREE LOVE
CREATED WITH DREAM TEAM 10-PIECE BAND

WATCH NUMB NOW

Toronto, ON – December 3, 2020 – Sylvan Esso have been on a remarkable run this fall, and the surprises continue.  On the heels of their third album Free Love, a six-episode experimental podcast called Shaking Out The Numb, a recent performance on CBS This Morning Saturday, and so much more, the duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn have released WITH LOVE, a new EP out now on Loma Vista Recordings. The EP finds Sylvan Esso reimagining six songs from Free Love with a 10-piece dream team band of players from their tight-knit artistic community, including musicians who perform with Bon Iver, Wye Oak, Hiss Golden Messenger, Mr. Twin Sister, Hand Habits, and Mountain Man.  

Of the experience, the band says, "Getting the WITH band back together a year after our original tour (and in most cases, the last shows any of us played) was such an unexpected joy in a year where all other plans fell through. We are immensely grateful to everyone who worked so hard to help us make this safe and possible, and to everyone out there who listens. Thank you."

Watch the WITH LOVE track, Numb, here.

The songs on the WITH LOVE EP are from the final installment of Sylvan Esso’s three-part virtual concert series, FROM THE SATELLITE, transforming and exploring several songs from Free Love with this 10-piece ensemble in thrilling new ways. The WITH LOVE concert performance is available to stream for the next 48 hours.  On Friday morning, the WITH LOVE EP will be available as a limited edition vinyl pressing, which will be available for pre-order via the band's site and Bandcamp

The band featured on WITH LOVE is the same that performed on Sylvan Esso’s pivotal WITH tour in fall of 2019, selling-out multiple nights at the historic venues like Beacon Theater and Disney Hall in Los Angeles.  Sylvan Esso then released a feature length concert film/documentary of the tour in April, and performed with the WITH band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as well.    

Free Love was released in September and deemed “one of the year’s most resonant, warm, necessary albums” by Entertainment Weekly.  In addition to creating their own podcast, and appearing on multiple national TV performances, they recently shared a remix of Free Love track, Ferris Wheel, created by producer/multi-instrumentalist, Terrace Martin (Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott), and featuring Robert Glasper (Kanye West, Erykah Badu, JAY-Z).   Amelia also sang the track from the bed of a moving flatbed truck for a performance on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee this summer, and re-created the Ferris Wheel music video entirely in Animal Crossing.  

WITH LOVE TRACKLIST: 
1. Train 
2. Ferris Wheel 
3. Numb 
4. Frequency 
5. Rooftop Dancing 
6. Free 

"Uncompromising pop music presented as pop music that doesn’t talk down to its listeners...one of the year’s most resonant, warm, necessary albums" - Entertainment Weekly

"The perfect time to receive their buoyant, joyful, dance-inducing music" Paste

“Exquisite pearls of synth pop” - Line Of Best Fit, 9 out of 10 stars

“Stunning…an album you wade through, one that carefully encourages you to move with it and move through it, challenges your existence and presses you to feel, then drops you off lightly just a few feet away” - Consequence Of Sound

“Deeply beautiful” - Stereogum (on “Free”)

“Exquisite pearls of synth pop” - Line Of Best Fit, 9 out of 10 stars

“Minimal, syncopated, glitchy synthesizer chords puff like digital smoke signals” - NY Times (on “Frequency”)

“A whirlwind of thrills...exactly what pop should be: punchy and pure” - DIY, 4 out of 5 stars

“Devastatingly intimate” - The Forty Five, 5 out of 5 stars

“Sylvan Esso reveals it has built something meant to last” - AV Club

“Life affirming...magical and much-needed” - No Depression

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ANOMALIE TEAMS UP WITH CHROMEO ON BRAND NEW EP BEND THE RULES

OUT NOW ON CHROMEO’S NEW IMPRINT
JULIET RECORDS / LAST GANG

WATCH/SHARE THE VISUALIZER FOR ON MY MIND HERE

Toronto, ON – December 2, 2020 – Today, Montreal producer/artist, Anomalie, releases Bend The Rules – a brand new record produced in collaboration with GRAMMY-winning and JUNO-heralded duo, Chromeo. Dropping via Chromeo’s new imprint, Juliet Records – in partnership with their longtime label, Last Gang Records – the three-track EP showcases Anomalie’s signature beats-heavy jazz throughout, dressed in the analog synth textures that the Funklordz are known for. Listen to Bend The Rules here and watch/share the visualizer for On My Mind here.

"Working on Bend The Rules with Chromeo made me feel like I was finally reunited with my long lost cousins from Montreal,” says Anomalie. “The blend of Dave and Pee’s funkiness, stellar vocals and talkbox chops with my keyboard layers and arrangement approach is something I’m so happy and proud of. To release this feels not only exciting, but like it was meant to happen!"

Anomalie is in a singular position: his fanbase is a combination of the new jazz muso scene (Snarky Puppy, Thundercat, Louis Cole), the soulful beats scene (FKJ, Masego, Tom Misch) and the post dubstep electronic scene (Griz, Odesza, Opiuo). He’s at once a piano virtuoso, a keyboard whiz and a skilled producer and songwriter that has toured worldwide and performed at the likes of Red Rocks and Electric Forest Festival. 

"We've been following Anomalie's career for years and to us, he's in the lineage of the great 80s Montreal jazz fusion bands we used to listen to growing up, like UZEB: unapologetically technical, but funky as hell,” reflects Chromeo. “We love the way he built his career and cultivated his fanbase organically, without any help or hype. So we hit him up to come to Burbank, let him freak all our synths, followed his lead...and the Bend The Rules EP was born. We're thrilled to release a project with an artist from our hometown on our very own label, Juliet."

Get ready to Bend The Rules with Anomalie and Chromeo and stay tuned for more to come in the new year!

BEND THE RULES TRACKLIST:
Bend The Rules
On My Mind
Champ De Mars

About Anomalie
Anomalie is the live electronic project of Nicolas Dupuis, a classically trained keyboardist and producer based in Montreal, QC. Rising to worldwide fame after the release of his two EPs, Metropole Part I and II, Anomalie has developed a unique musical identity through an innovative combination of cutting edge electronic production, jazz and classical harmonies, and undeniably raw funk groove. His music has attracted fans worldwide, including modern musical heavyweights such as Charlie Puth, Chromeo, Thundercat, and Snarky Puppy. By the end of 2018, he sold out his entire North America, European, and Asian tours alongside his intricate 4-piece live band and grew his online following in the millions across social media. And he’s achieved all of this as an independent artist. He’s currently working on his first full length LP, due to come out in Summer 2021. anomaliebeats.com

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

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About Juliet Records
Juliet Records is a newly minted independent label, created and curated by Chromeo in partnership with eOne Music. All Juliet releases are meticulously crafted at Chormeo's Private Sector studios in Burbank, CA, where the duo gives artists the opportunity to use their extensive collection of vintage analog gear. Consider it a safe space for funk, where soulful grooves and jazzy melodies are crafted from the heart, without a care for algorithms. Juliet counts seven releases in 2020, including Ian Isiah's critically acclaimed AUNTIE project as well as music from New York's Onyx Collective and Montreal's Anomalie. linktr.ee/julietrecords

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

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THE FLAMINGOS PINK SHARE BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR BEST WE EVER HAD

FROM SOPHOMORE ALBUM OUTTACONTROLLER
OUT NOW!

Toronto, ON – December 1, 2020 – Today, Montreal rock ‘n’ roll duo, The Flamingos Pink – Sacha Gubany (guitar/vocals) and Julien Corrado (drums/percussion) – drop the latest visual from their recently released sophomore album, Outtacontroller – a live take of the album’s opening track, Best We Ever Had. Premiering yesterday on Canadian Musician, the song – and video – is about the connectivity of the past that we can no longer enjoy. It’s a stroll down memory lane that reveals how that at one time, we could all get together, have fun, party, go to a show, rock out and release – together. Check out Best We Ever Had here.

Says the band, “If you really pay attention, the story writes itself. A real trip down memory lane. Remember live shows? The feeling of closeness to strangers while getting pummeled by a tower of sound? This is the past. What’s next? Let’s close out this year strong and look straight ahead, steady as she goes. Keep surfin’ the waves and feeling the heat. Let’s ride this through. Best we ever had – the focus is on the good times.”

The video recalls warm summer nights, the vibe inside a packed music venue and feeling close to other people.

The band continues, “To celebrate the launch of our second album, we rented a venue and played it in front of absolutely nobody in the audience. We still got a noise complaint though. It ain’t rocknroll unless somebody gets ticked off. We’re definitely getting good at it. Limitations breed creativity, so we’ve been told. 2020 has given us enough of that. It takes a lot of sh*t for the flowers to grow.

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

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

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MARGO PRICE RELEASES CHRISTMAS COVER OF JONI MITCHELL’S RIVER

A PERFECTLY IMPERFECT NIGHT AT THE MOVIES SET FOR TENNESSEE’S STARDUST DRIVE-IN THEATRE TOMORROW FEATURING DEBUT OF RYMAN CONCERT FILM

Toronto, ON –December 1, 2020 – Today, Margo Price welcomes the holidays with the release of River, a special rendition of one of her favourite Joni Mitchell songs. While Mitchell has been a life-long inspiration for Price, Margo first debuted her cover of River during the Village of Love benefit for Planned Parenthood this fall. Now, accompanying herself on keys, she captures the wishful, wistful feelings behind the Christmastime classic, more prevalent than ever as we prepare to face the challenges of a winter like no other. With the song, Margo sends fans a message of peace and love for the rest of the year, and the hope for 2021 to be everything 2020 wasn’t. Listen to River here, and watch the video here.

Tomorrow, December 2, Margo Price takes over Tennessee’s Stardust Drive-In Theatre for A Perfectly Imperfect Night at The Movies. In addition to a screening of 2019 documentary, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, the event includes the premiere of Margo’s Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman concert film, captured during her unforgettable run of three sold-out, headlining shows at the Nashville Auditorium back in 2018. Find tickets and more info here

Featuring appearances from Emmylou Harris, Jack White and Sturgill Simpson, the Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman live album is “a triumphant time capsule, marking Price's arrival as a Nashville giant and one of Americana's brightest contemporary acts” (NPR Music). Following its surprise Bandcamp release to benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief this spring, Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman is now available across all DSPs. Listen to the album here, and pre-order the physical edition, out Friday, December 4 here.  

This year, Margo Price also released her third studio album, That’s How Rumors Get Started, to rave reviews from Vanity Fair, Esquire, The LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Vulture, NPR, The Ringer, Rolling Stone, Nashville Scene and many others. The record topped the Americana charts and Billboard Tastemakers chart, and led to appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBS This Morning, The Daily Show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Amanpour and more. Listen to it here.

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FIVIO FOREIGN RETURNS WITH NEW AXL BEATS PRODUCED SONG TRUST

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

LISTEN TO THE SONG HERE


FROM UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM B.I.B.L.E.

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – Fivio Foreign is back with long-time collaborator AXL Beats in new song, Trust. Starring himself and with a cameo from late friend and fellow artist King Von, the music video directed by JLShotThat sets the tone of the song with Fivio Foreign's close knit group of friends and associates. Watch the music video here

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JENN GRANT RELEASES BRAND NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM FOREVER ON CHRISTMAS EVE TODAY!

CELEBRATES RELEASE WITH VIRTUAL
CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR SHOW BROADCASTING
ON DECEMBER 6th IN PARTNERSHIP WITH VENUES
ACROSS CANADA – TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

JENN TO SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER WITH LIVE CAROLING
FOR A SELECT NUMBER OF HOMETOWN HALIFAX FANS!

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – Jenn Grant brings the holiday cheer today with the release of her brand new record, Forever on Christmas Eve! Recorded during last year’s holiday season, the album is filled with Patsy Cline-style swagger, showcasing Jenn covering all of the classics, plus her own new original, Downtown Christmas Eve.

To celebrate the album’s release, Jenn will be performing a Christmas Spectacular showcase on December 6th. Originally set to take place live at the Halifax Convention Centre, the concert has moved to a virtual format due to recent COVID-19 restrictions, and will now be presented as a special online show, straight from Jenn’s own home.

Broadcasting from coast to coast, Jenn has teamed up with some of her favourite festivals, promoters and venues across Canada to present the show, with 50% of every ticket purchased going directly to the venue it is bought from. A full list of participating venues can be found below, and tickets from each can be found here

Along with the virtual concert, Jenn has put together some extra special festive surprises for her fans, including gift bundles featuring products from local Nova Scotia businesses and artisans, and a limited number of ‘Mini Carol Shows’ where Jenn will personally Zoom in for a private online show to sing some of her favourite holiday tunes.

But that’s not all! Jenn has one more trick up her sleeve to spread even more holiday cheer this year. With proof of purchase of a show ticket, merch or music item, fans will get to nominate a special someone who lives in the Halifax Regional Municipality, for the chance to have Jenn personally show up on their doorstep to play a socially distanced carol. To enter, please email iloveyouitschristmasfromjenn@gmail.com with your proof of purchase. Winners will be announced on December 6th during the virtual album release show.

“The holidays are nostalgic,” Jenn reflects. “We watch the same old movies, we hang the white and blue lights, and check in with each other on how it’s been. We miss our families, we fall in love, we find hope again in human kind. I’ve had over a decade of Christmases now with my partner Daniel Ledwell, and we made this album together last holiday season. We hope it gives you something to get into that special spirit, and we hope that our kids will always love this time of year as much as we do. May this be a keepsake for them and for you, as we all get older and watch the snow fall.”

FOREVER ON CHRISTMAS EVE VIRTUAL ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
Sunday, December 6 – TICKETS
Partnering venues:

The Trailside – PEI
Shivering Songs – NB
The Blacksheep Inn – QB
The Grad Club – Kingston, ON
Dakota Tavern – Toronto, ON
Hillside Festival – Guelph, ON
Communitea Café – Canmore, AB
Edmonton Folk Festivals – Edmonton, AB
Vancouver Folk Festival – Vancouver, BC
MRG Live – Victoria, BC
Got Pop? – Vancouver Island, BC
Dawson City Music Festival – YK

*Fans who had tickets to the live concert at the Halifax Convention Centre can obtain a refund here, and will be provided with a discount code for the online show.

Listen to/buy Forever on Christmas Eve and gift bundles here
Watch/share the video for Downtown Christmas Eve here

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About Jenn Grant
In June of 2019, Jenn released her latest full-length album, Love, Inevitable. The record was a marker for a period of change in Jenn’s life; of moving through one moment and leaving it behind, almost carefree, for another. After making four consecutive albums with her husband, Daniel Ledwell (and being nominated for three JUNO Awards), Jenn stepped out of her usual comfort zone and reached out to Grammy nominated American producer and engineer, Tucker Martine. A synergetic and collaborative team was born, spending the bulk of the summer months recording in Portland, Oregon. Jenn earned earned four 2020 East Coast Music Award nominations for the album: Folk Recording of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year, Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year, and Fans’ Choice Video of the Year for Keep A Light On. In February of 2020, she followed up with Reimagine EP, which acted as a companion piece to Love, Inevitable. The EP was recorded around Nashville and at Echo Lake Recordings in Nova Scotia, and featured three new original tracks, a cover of Don Henley’s Boys Of Summer, and an acoustic version of Love, Inevitable single, Raven.

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JOEY SERLIN AND DANIEL GREAVES OF THE WATCHMEN ANNOUNCE NEW PROJECT SERLIN GREAVES

SHARE COVER OF NEIL YOUNG CLASSIC
THE NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE

SERLIN GREAVES DEBUT ALBUM TO COME IN 2021

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – It's been almost 20 years since Joey Serlin and Daniel Greaves of The Watchmen last collaborated on new music together.

After years of writing music for multiple gold and platinum albums, the songs just stopped coming for Serlin. Perhaps it was due to the dissipation of the angst and anger of his youth, or the comfort of domesticity smoothing out the painful rough edges that led to some of the Watchmen’s biggest hits.

Spending many years focused on his family, craft as a musician/engineer, and a business owner, the songs finally returned to Serlin in a wave of unexpected inspiration. With a collection of new music and ideas, Serlin reached out to his long-time song-writing partner and Watchmen vocalist, Daniel Greaves.  It felt fantastic for the pair to collaborate on that level again – Greaves, now inspired himself, completing a few additional songs that Serlin had started, as well as bringing some of his own new music to the project.  Now, with a collection of new material, the duo – aptly going by Serlin Greaves – is gearing up to drop their debut full length record in the new year.

While working on the last few songs for the upcoming release, the guys were approached by CITI FM (Winnipeg) radio host and long-time friend, Howard Mandshein, to contribute a song for a radio special in honour of Neil Young's 75th birthday.  Growing up in Winnipeg, Neil's songwriting and guitar playing had been a huge influence on Serlin and Greaves, so they jumped at the chance to take part.  Serlin and Greaves took a break from working on their new songs, to record a cover of Neil's classic, The Needle and the Damage Done.

"Being from Winnipeg, and knowing that a lot of Neil’s formative years were spent in Winnipeg, it just gives you hope that you can go out there with hard work, with an honest voice and intent in your songwriting, and have people hear your music. He was definitely a big part of my career and my life."  says Serlin.

Listen to The Needle and the Damage Done here, and get ready for new music and the debut album from Serlin Greaves to come in 2021.

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DINAH THORPE UNVEILS LATEST ALBUM FOR THE BIRDS TODAY

JOINS MASTER T FROM RX MUSIC ON INSTAGRAM LIVE TODAY AT 3:00 P.M. ET

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – Today, Toronto-based multitalented musician, Dinah Thorpe, shares her newest full-length project, For The Birds. The record showcases the work of an artist who has arrived. It is thoughtful and danceable, intricate and beautiful, which listeners have already been exposed to with the previous releases of lead single, The Spring Flowers, and title track, For The Birds. The record is comprised of 10 new fully original tracks, all written by Thorpe herself, as well as an enchanting cover of the Kacey Musgraves song, Slow Burn, and record closer, Karpas, which features words from the Haggadah. Listen to the full record here. In celebration of her new record, Dinah will be joining Master T from RX Music Live today at 3:00 p.m. ET for an interview and performance session – tune in here.

Thorpe says of the record, “I worked on this record for a really long time – way longer than I have ever worked on anything. The oldest song is six years old and the newest song is six months old. It’s exciting and scary to release something that I have held so close and shaped so carefully.

This is my first album where I feel like I am handing the world my insides – and the first one where I am showing a lot of my outsides,”
she continues. “About half of For the Birds was written in COVID times, and I am hoping that my music and my visibility can be of some use to some people in this really scary and isolating time. The songs come from my life, and from the things that thrill and terrify and devastate me.”

Thorpe has been called “a composer of infinite cleverness”, a singer with a “gorgeously deep and weary alto”, “a wicked multi-instrumentalist”, and “provocative and supremely artful”. Drawing on a diverse range of influences – from folk to trip-hop, orchestral to techno – she has created a musical style that is unmistakably her own. The Spring Flowers was written during the beginning stages of the pandemic when everything seemed uncertain and strange. During this time, Spring arrived and shone some beauty into people’s worlds. In contrast, For The Birds was written pre-pandemic but could still be relatable to the times the world is experiencing today, It’s about feeling trapped and suffocated inside the walls of your home, while also appreciating the people and other animals you live with,” Thorpe notes.

For Thorpe, the album title has three meanings. “First, I realized I was singing about birds a lot, and joked that I should name the album for them. Then I learned the meaning of the phrase – worthless, unimportant, like horse droppings in the street – and I liked the double meaning,” she explains. “It’s a sort of tongue-in-cheek reference to life as a working artist. Most recently, I realized that “for the birds” can also mean “for the women,” and so of course I am down with that one as well. It’s all sort of serious and sort of a joke, which is perhaps a good introduction to my artistic work more generally.”

Thorpe has shared a stage with Jeremy Dutcher, The Cliks, Sondre Lerche, Eternia, and Buck 65. Her festival appearances have included POP Montréal, Hillside, NXNE, Europride, In the Dead of Winter, Mayworks, and Ladyfest. Thorpe’s music has been featured on MTV's Sixteen and Pregnant, Anderson Cooper Specials, NBA Inside Stuff, and the soundtrack for the film Love American Skin. She has also received two JUNO Award nominations for Recording Package of the Year and an Independent Music Award nomination, and recently inked a publishing deal with hard Music Design.

Thorpe’s side projects include The Mistress Class – a workshop series organized with the Canadian Music Centre and the Songwriters Association of Canada, and Superbutch – parties and performances that celebrate queer masculinities. Thorpe is also an active community member, delivering free food by bike and marshalling anti-racist demos with The Toronto Bike Brigade and The People’s Pantry.

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS UNLEASH NEW TRACK SCREAMING INDIAN WITH SKINNY LOCAL

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH/SHARE THE VIDEO HERE

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

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

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – Following their previously released single, Where They At, which dropped last month, Snotty Nose Rez Kids unleash their latest new track – Screaming Indian – out today (on Native American Heritage Day) via Vancouver-based Indian label, Snakes X Ladders. Born out of a jam session nearly two years ago between SNRK and Delhi 2 Dublin producer, Tarun Nayar, the duo later teamed up with BC-based South Asian trap wave producer, Skinny Local, who breathed new life into the song, creating a joyous and rowdy celebration of solidarity – something that feels timelier with each passing day. Listen here and check out the video here.

“To our knowledge there hasn’t been an Indian and ‘Indian’ (Indigenous) mash-up in Hip-Hop,” SNRK reflect on the inspiration behind Screaming Indian. “It seems like an obvious choice that Indigenous people and Indian people would collaborate, as their histories are intertwined in one colonial historical moment where, thinking he’d reached India, Columbus dubbed the people he sought to conquer and eradicate, ‘Indian.’

Make no mistake, this is not a government sanctioned display of ‘multiculturalism.’ It is an in-your-face vision of what is happening right now in streets and neighbourhoods – a middle fingers-up to government-sanctioned racism, and an unabashed reclamation of voice, respect for Creator, and celebration of culture and identity. It's tongue-in-cheek moments like, “Imma run for prime minister and still won’t pay my taxes” that fly in the face of all the racism that Indigenous people have endured by colonialism, and shows that Snotty Nose Rez Kids are not afraid to shy away from deep subject matter with playfulness and jest. With unmistakable production that lends to the instrumentalism that defines Indian music, Screaming Indian is about claiming power and space for two marginalized groups of people through hip-hop.

Directed by Alfonso Chin (who previously worked with SNRK on their Creator Made an Animal video), the video for Screaming Indian features a blending of cultures that echoes the inspiration behind the song, with Indian garb representation and Garba dancers, along with Indigenous powwow dancers and hair braiders.

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

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

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

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WITHIN THE RUINS UNVEILS DEVIL IN ME VIDEO

BLACK HEART FULL-LENGT OUT NOW AND STREAMING VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE/GOOD FIGHT MUSIC

“Few of us will ever know the ecstasy and freedom of being as amazing at something  -- anything – as the players of WITHIN THE RUINS are at locking down twisty riffs, odd time signatures and jittery, tight-as-fuck riffage.” – Decibel Magazine

“WITHIN THE RUINS have very much developed a sound over the years — the guitar blips and bloops, weedily-weedilies and lots of hard stops — and that sound is perfectly intact, worry not. Tinnon… sounds absolutely monstrous here, doing that trademark sound justice.” – MetalSucks

“If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to lay waste to a helpless alien civilization with just your bare hands, then the new WITHIN THE RUINS record, Black Heart, is for you… a solid record that is chock-full of blistering riffs and immense groove, embellished with many atmospheric tapping lines and licks.” – Everything Is Noise

“…one of the best deathcore and djent albums of the year from a band that consistently brings the best riffs in the deathcore genre.” – Metal Trenches

“The undisputed kings of crossover metal are back… the instruments aren’t as much played as they are wielded like weapons… Each track flies by in a blur of energetic and manic noise with unbelievable technical flair and melodic touches that give it some extra drama.” – GBHBL.com

“So good… straight up guitar porn. This is just fun riffage…” – Metal Birb on Deliverance

“WITHIN THE RUINS have always produced the kind of high-flying, furious fretwork-laden metal that ends up being very appealing, so this is one you should be anticipating...” – The New Fury

“WITHIN THE RUINS is back and delivers all out intensity with their new vocalist and their insane guitar shredding... Pure technical excellence.” – Heavy New York

“This band is pushing the boundaries and truly adding something new to the genre. If you love hardcore metal and have been waiting for that record… that new heavy, spine-tingling sound that makes you want to jump up out of your chair and thrash everything in your house… this is it.” – Brutal Planet

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – Today marks the official unveiling of, Black Heart, the latest studio album from progressive deathcore faction Within The Ruins, out now on Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music. Black Heart is available on CD, LP, and digital formats. For ordering options, visit here.  

In celebration of the record’s release, the band is pleased to unveil a video for Devil In Me. Comments vocalist, Steve Tinnon, of the disquieting clip, “We’re extremely excited to release the video for ‘Devil In Me!’ The concept for this was something new for the band, and we all stepped out of our comfort zone a little bit to make it happen, but we’re very happy with how it turned out! The idea was to visually bring to life most of the lyrics in the song and tell the story of what it’s about. I wanted the viewer to not only hear, but see, the transformation I’m referring to, and understand the metaphors in the track. It was fun to be able to tell the story without a lot of musical performance to push it along, and we’ve been eager for everyone to see it!”

View Within The Ruins’ Devil In Me here. Find the band’s previously released video for Deliveranchere and Black Heart here.

Vicious, unrelenting, and hyper-focused, on album number six, Within The Ruins hammers home ten songs of sheer terror with an unforgiving mandate to destroy. Combining the breakneck precision of classic slabs like, Invade and Elite with the unrestrained raw aggression of Halfway Human, Black Heart emerges from the most extended space between records with remarkable urgency and energy.

Born and bred in the same heavy metal fertile Northeast soil as New Wave Of American Heavy Metal progenitors, Killswitch Engage, and All That Remains, Within The Ruins charted their own course in the genre, offering a unique take on familiar ingredients: the dark sounds of classic death metal, the technical melodicism of Scandinavia, and the precision staccato crunch of Meshuggah. In contrast to much of the genre, they maintain an emphasis on the songs over the shred. Showmanship and diversity coexist, smartly sidestepping contrived or predictable sonic choices.

Vocalist Steve Tinnon, arrived for his full-length debut with a mountain of things to get off his chest, screamed throughout the songs with both intensity and dexterity. He previously fronted another band that included Within The Ruins bassist/vocalist, Paolo Galang, making this version of the outfit a supergroup of sorts, combined with co-founders guitarist, Joe Cocchi and drummer, Kevin McGuill. As with previous records, Cocchi produced his parts as well as his bandmates, together with longtime producer, mixer, and mastering engineer, Joshua Wickman, of Dreadcore Productions.

New powerhouses like Domination, Deliverance, Hollow, and Outsider take their place alongside Within The Ruins anthems like Gods Amongst Men, Beautiful Agony, and Enigma. The group stands tall among their peers in postmodern death metal, technical progressive metal, and the so-called “deathcore” movement, with Gojira like flourishes of colour and meditation. Indeed, Within The Ruins represents the pinnacle of possibility when a band keeps their feet firmly rooted in the foundations of modern death metal, chews upon tidbits of classic thrash, and all the while reach upward to grasp toward new creative heights of their own design, with hunger and skill.

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JUICY J DELIVERS NEW ALBUM THE HUSTLE CONTINUES

FEATURES MEGAN THEE STALLION, LIL BABY, A$AP ROCKY, LOGIC, TY DOLLA $IGN, YOUNG DOLPH, JAY ROCK, 
2 CHAINZ, CONWAY AND MORE

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR 1995 FEATURING LOGIC

SHE GON POP IT FEATURING MEGAN THEE STALLION AND
TY DOLLA $IGN PREMIERES AT FLOW 93.5

SPOTIFY NEW MUSIC FRIDAY BILLBOARD
UNVEILED AT TORONTO EATON CENTRE

“He's aware of the extraordinary circumstances of his life so far-that it's rare for a broke teenager from Memphis to become a hip-hop staple, Oscar winner, and burgeoning industry kingpin." – PITCHFORK

“Beyond his growing catalog of features as both a producer as well as a rapper, his influence remains deeply felt and frequently paid homage to." – FORBES

"Juicy J's forthcoming album The Hustle Continues, an album that fans have been waiting for for much of the last decade." – REVOLT

“the living legend who stays “trippy, mane” refuses to slow down, gearing up to release his fifth studio album, The Hustle Continues.” – UPROXX

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – Platinum-selling rapper, producer, legend and Academy Award winner, Juicy J, has released his new album, The Hustle Continues, via eOne. Executive produced by Juicy J, the album features Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, NLE Choppa, Young Dolph, Key Glock, Logic, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Conway, Ty Dolla $ign, Jay Rock, and Project Pat. The impressively curated list speaks to the cultural relevancy Juicy J still commands 30 years later. His first independent release in over ten years comes with a new video for 1995 featuring Logic. The video elevates Juicy's record to 3-0, with the past two visuals for GAH DAMN HIGH featuring Wiz Khalifa and Load It Upfeaturing NLE Choppa, being some of the funniest and most inventive videos of the quarantine era. 

As one of the founding members of the legendary platinum-selling Memphis rap group, Three 6 Mafia, Juicy J is credited as one of the founders of Southern rap. His contributions to the sound of the culture over the last three decades have made his influence omnipresent and more relevant than ever, being the most sampled artist of the past year. Recent production credits include three tracks on the new Megan Thee Stallion album (along with her platinum break out Hot Girl Summer), Ty Dolla Sign, ASAP Rocky, IDK, T.I., and more. His success extends beyond music being a proven entrepreneur, investor, and as Business Insider describes – a business mogul. This year, Juicy partnered with Gary Vee, a four-time New York Times bestselling author and one of the most famous public speakers alive and Cody Hudson, a museum-showing, contemporary fine artist for a new cannabis brand, Asterisk*. 

The Hustle Continues Tracklisting
1. BEST GROUP
2. GAH DAMN HIGH feat. Wiz Khalifa
3. SPEND IT feat. Lil Baby & 2 Chainz
4. PO UP feat. A$AP Rock
5. KILLA feat. Conway
6. THAT’S THE WAY IT GOES feat. Keyglock
7. SHOPPING SPREE feat. Young Dolph
8. 1995 feat. Logic 
9. WHAT I NEED
10. SHAWTY BAD feat. Logic
11. LOAD IT UP feat. NLE Choppa
12. SHE GON POP IT feat. Megan Thee Stallion & Ty Dolla $ign
13. MEMPHIS TO LA feat. Jay Rock & Project Pat
14. DATZ WHAT IT IZ
15. IN A MIN
16. I CAN’T STOP

Listen to The Hustle Continues here

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LINDSEY STIRLING & DARIUS RUCKER RELEASE WHAT CHILD IS THIS AHEAD OF THEIR CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE THIS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30

LINDSEY STIRLING: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS LIVE-STREAMING SPECIAL SET FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – Platinum-selling electronic artist, violinist, and multi-talented entertainer, Lindsey Stirling, and three-time GRAMMY Award winner, Darius Rucker, have teamed up for a special performance of the classic Christmas carol, What Child Is This, for this year’s CMA Country Christmas, airing on Monday, November 30 on ABC. The two superstars have released the duet today as a digital-only single on Lindseystomp Records via Concord Records ahead of the TV showing – download/stream here. Stirling previously released a solo, instrumental version of What Child Is This on her chart-topping holiday album, Warmer In The Winter. Monday’s performance will mark the third appearance on the annual holiday special for both Stirling and Rucker, who also recently co-hosted the 54th annual CMA Awards.

“I was so excited to be a part of the CMA Country Christmas again this year,” shares Stirling. “Every year, they give me an amazing chance to sparkle in their spectacular show. This year was extra special since I got to collaborate with the amazing Darius Rucker. Hope everyone loves it as much as we do!”

“I was so honored when the CMA asked me to perform What Child Is This and to be getting to do it with an amazing musician like Lindsey is just awesome,” adds Rucker, who also performed Only Love alongside Katy Perry on this past weekend’s American Music Awards.

Stirling will keep her fans entertained this holiday season with her Lindsey Stirling: Home for the Holidays live-streaming special taking place Saturday, December 12. The ticketed event, airing at two exclusive show times: 12:00 p.m. Pacific/3:00 p.m. Eastern and 5:00 p.m. Pacific/8:00 p.m. Eastern, will feature Stirling performing favourite seasonal tunes, such as Angels We Have Heard On High, All I Want For Christmas, Let It Snow and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, brought to life by stylized sets, talented dancers and glittering costumes in a spectacle greater than any standard venue could provide. The all-new Christmas show will be over an hour of entertainment that is sure to keep viewers glued to their couches and screens. The livestream will also be available on demand for 72 hours following the second showing. Tickets for Lindsey Stirling: Home for the Holidays are on sale now; Behind-the-Scenes and VIP Experiences are also available. Purchasing details found here.  

Lindsey Stirling released her first-ever holiday album, Warmer In The Winter, in 2017 via Lindseystomp/Concord Records, marking the #1 new Christmas album of the year. Due to high demand from fans, a Deluxe Edition was issued in 2018, also topping the holiday charts. Warmer In The Winter, which has been streamed over 150 million times, features classic and original songs along with special guests Becky G, Sabrina Carpenter, Trombone Shorty and Alex Gaskarth (from All Time Low). The album’s version of Carol of the Bells, the first instrumental song to reach Top 5 on Hot AC Radio last year, is currently the #1 most played holiday song at radio across the country. Listen to Warmer In The Winter here.

Darius Rucker also recently released an original holiday song with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates and talented young songstress, Abigail Hodges, with the heartfelt track, Won’t Be Home For Christmas, honouring the sacrifice of military members and their families, and his 2014 album, Home For The Holidays, remains in heavy rotation by fans and radio alike every holiday season. Meanwhile, his current feel-good single, Beers And Sunshine, is Top 15 and climbing at Country radio.

Lindsey Stirling is known all over the world for her unique, futuristic violin-driven electronic music. Since the release of her 2012 self-titled debut, the Arizona-raised, Los Angeles-based artist has racked up tens of millions of followers worldwide and more than 3 billion total views on YouTube. Stirling’s sophomore album, Shatter Me, was certified Gold by the RIAA, after debuting at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Dance/Electronic Albums Chart and holding the #1 spot on the Classical Albums Chart for 21 consecutive weeks. Her third studio album, Brave Enough, featuring guest appearances from Dan + Shay, Christina Perri, Rivers Cuomo, Andrew McMahon and others, earned Stirling her second Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Album. Stirling’s latest release, her fifth album, Artemis (released September 2019 via BMG), debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums Chart and remained on the chart for 15 combined weeks. Artemis has also been turned into a successful comic book series. Additionally, Stirling co-wrote The New York Times best-selling book, The Only Pirate at the Party, with her sister Brook S. Passey, was the runner-up on Season 25 of Dancing With the Stars and has appeared on America’s Got Talent. The multi-hyphenate star, who launched a virtual series and podcast String Sessions earlier this year, is also currently helping families in need through her nonprofit charity outreach program The Upside Fund.

Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the music industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band, Hootie & the Blowfish, who have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide including their Diamond-certified debut, Cracked Rear View, which remains among the Top 10 best-selling albums of all time. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, Rucker has earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart, including RIAA Platinum-certified Learn to Live and True Believers, plus nine No. 1 singles at Country radio. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his 8X Platinum version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s, Wagon Wheel. He recently co-hosted the 54th annual CMA Awards and his current single, Beers And Sunshine, is Top 15 and climbing at Country radio. As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker supports the MUSC Children's Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina and has also raised millions of dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament. Rucker has also advocated for over 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation. 

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GEORGE ALICE DELIVERS NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO TEENAGER

CURRENTLY ON THE SCHOOL’S OUT TOUR

Toronto, ON – November 26, 2020 – Showing no signs of slowing down, 2019 triple j unearthed winner George Alice delivers new single, Teenager, out now. The track is currently being showcased live on the School’s Out tour, George’s first ever headline East Coast tour.

Tired of being underestimated and dismissed, this indie-pop anthem is a call to arms for the youth during one of the most turbulent global climates in history. Teenager flips the script, giving a voice to a disenfranchised generation and demands the world to pay attention. Teenagers will inherit the earth – it’s time to start listening to your future leaders.

Written by George Alice and mixed by Neal Pogue (Tyler The Creator, PINK!, Anderson .Paak, Robyn), Teenager further showcases George’s song-writing chops crafting deeply personal lyrics alongside low-fi guitar. This track signals the next phase of her career as she waves goodbye to her teenage years and begins to establish herself as the next great Aussie pop-export.

About Teenager George says: “I wrote Teenager’with Maribelle right after I left high-school, I’d just finished a lot of international travel and was still really overwhelmed by the last year. Every line has a different meaning and was somehow relevant in my life, the main one being the sarcasm behind the phrase 'I’m just a fucking teenager'. I felt really underestimated in the music industry being so young, I know so many teenagers feel this way in the schooling system too, so I wanted to bring attention to it. I hope this song can be the making of more unique individuals and kids stepping out being who they are.”

For the accompanying film-clip, George once again teams up with director, Zoee Marsh, who masterminded the COVID safe socially distanced video for George’s last single Stuck In A Bubble. This time around seen through a heightened sense of reality we dive into a ‘day in the life’ of a timeless teenager. We follow George as she tries to navigate the reality of most teenagers – being seen and heard but not listened to. All complimented with beautiful costume – colour and choreography. Think The Perks Of Being A Wallflower meets The Twilight Zone with the cast of Freaks and Geeks.

About the video George says: “For the music video I wanted to capture every aspect of high school life and bring attention to all the stupid, petty things we deal with on the daily. The disregard but vague attention they bring to mental health awareness, intimidating and corrupt teachers, creative and unique people being targeted and labelled as misfits when they are nothing but authentic. There’s a lot of blackholes in the schooling system that need to have light shed onto them so that’s what this video is doing. Using references from Freaks and Geeks, and Perks of being a Wallflower we wanted a really nostalgic and powerful visual to match such an honest song.”

About the video Zoee Marsh says: “Bringing George's vision to life is always fun and despite how many hurdles we had to overcome during covid (in this case I wasn't physically able to be on set), the essence of this clip was never lost! This particular track has a house seat in my heart as the revealing lyrics and composition really hits home. Our aim was to create a visual sharing the perspective of a timeless teenager at school, struggling to connect and feel seen within their environment.”

With a triple j Unearthed High-winning debut ‘Circles’ in her stride, 2020 has been a big year for 17-year-old George Alice. Officially signing a global deal with US label Loma Vista Recordings (Denzel Curry, St. Vincent, Marilyn Manson, soccer mommy) George made a splash with follow-up single, Stuck In A Bubble in June. Both Circles and Stuck In A Bubble have now clocked a combined 10 million global streams, and landed coveted cover profiles on Spotify's Pop n' Fresh and The Local List.
 
Stuck In A Bubble was added to triple j rotation in its first week; also picking up a National Nights add on Australia's Hit Network. Sir Elton John picked it up for a spin on his ROCKET HOUR show on Apple Music 1. George cracked #4 on Shazam’s Discovery Australia Chart and was featured as Apple Music's Spotlight Artist for July.

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MEG WARREN SHARES A SELF-REFLECTION ON WILD WOMAN

TORONTO SINGER-SONGWRITER, PRODUCER AND ENGINEER RELEASES NEW EP A THOUSAND WAYS TOMORROW

PRE-SAVE EP HERE

WATCH BOMB AND IF I CAN’T DO IT THE WAY I WANT, 
THEN I DON’T WANT TO DO IT AT ALL

Toronto, ON – November 26, 2020 – Toronto-based, Newfoundland & Labrador-born and bred singer-songwriter, producer and engineer, Meg Warren, launches her single, Wild Woman, today. The track is featured on her debut solo EP, A Thousand Ways, out tomorrow, which highlights an array of themes, accompanied by vibrant, cinematic visuals. Meg celebrates the launch early with a sonic self-reflection on Wild Woman to acknowledge her evolution over time, with an illustrated visual by Stephanie Kuse. Watch/listen to Wild Woman and pre-save A Thousand Ways here.

“I wrote this during a particularly dark time in my life. I was reflecting on how I used to be so strong, and bold, and I wasn’t afraid to put myself out there and take risks - but after leaving my old band, I didn’t believe I was capable of that anymore,”  Meg says of the inspiration behind Wild Woman. “It was hard to look back at old photos and videos of myself from that time. But the irony is that even just by sharing music again, I’m doing something I was afraid to do - and maybe that part of me isn’t as elusive as I once thought it was.”

Meg co-engineered and produced A Thousand Ways with ECMA-winning producer, Daniel Ledwell. The EP embodies rich songwriting, crisp production, and honest storytelling, with tracks that cover navigating memories or associations with a painful part of your past, marching to your own beat within the hustle and grind, and rediscovering your inner spark.

On the project, Meg says, “I wrote this collection of songs as I was going through a major life change and re-evaluating who I was. I spent most of my 20s working obsessively in the music industry, and as I turned 30 I was battling depression and leaving a band that was my whole identity up until that point. This EP is the story of that time, and the subsequent realization I had - happiness is the bottom line, and there are many different ways to a happy life.” 

 

If I Can’t Do It The Way I Want, Then I Don’t Want To Do It At All – a song about living on your own terms, outsidesocietal pressure –  features an incredible  lyric video created by artist Paloma Dawkins. Meg announced the EP with her emotive, riff-heavy single, Bomb, alongside a stunning visual directed, filmed and edited by Wild Black. Watch Bombhere. The visual is a DIY collaboration between Meg and Wild Black, resiliently working around pandemic-based restrictions that arose to challenge the production. Bomb was filmed over two days with an iPhone Xr and JVC Camcorder, capturing the lo-fi aesthetic they had envisioned for the 90s grunge, guitar heavy, Weezer-inspired song, reminiscent of the music videos Meg and Wild Black watched growing up.

 

With an extensive list of accolades (read on below), dive into A Thousand Ways as Meg continues her music journey and stay tuned for what’s in the works. 

About Meg Warren
Meg Warren has been writing hooks for most of her life. Whether it was winning provincial music composition contests when she was a kid in Newfoundland, to grinding it out in bars across Canada during her time in her award-winning band Repartee, to now hushing hundreds with a powerful stark melody in a downtown performance space - the venues may be different, but one thing stays the same - melody. After starting the multiple award-winning band Repartee in 2009, they criss-crossed Canada for 8 years, driving the van to hundreds of shows across the country. Her time in Repartee lead her to stadium shows with the likes of Mariana’s Trench and Shawn Hook, to festival stages with Weezer and Ok Go, to loading in and giving it all to any (and every) grimy bar in Canada that would take them. A high point in her career came in 2016 when what started as a little song idea about fighting for the people you love called Dukes became the most added song across all radio formats across Canada in July of that year. Repartee would go on to win the 2017 Indie Music Award for Pop Artist/Group of the year.


Now, as a solo artist and songwriter, Meg has already made some impressive strides, including a co-write with Alan Doyle and juno-nominated Fortunate Ones, which can be

found on the latter’s 4-time ECMA-nominated album, Hold Fast. She also co-wrote LeRiche’s single, Hair Elastic, last year.

Continuing her versatility in music - Meg has begun work as a producer and engineer – both co-producing and co-engineering her upcoming EP, A Thousand Ways, with ECMA-winning producer Dan Ledwell. She also engineered, mixed, and co-produced Newfoundland singer-songwriter Virginia Fudge’s upcoming EP, which is slated for an early 2021 release. From her early days cold calling venues a lifetime away from her apartment in St. John's to grimy east coast dives to arenas and now the recording studio – Meg's persistence and drive is unwavering as she embarks on another chapter in already an impressive career. She can't wait to see what's next.

Listen to A Thousand Ways here

Watch Wild Woman

Watch If I Can’t Do It The Way I Want, Then I Don’t Want To Do It At All

Watch Bomb

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ROBERT GLASPER RECEIVES TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

NOMINATIONS FOR BEST R&B SONG AND 
BEST PROGRESSIVE R&B ALBUM

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE BETTER THAN I IMAGINED

FEATURING H.E.R. & MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO 
AND F*CK YO FEELINGS MIXTAPE

Toronto, ON – November 25, 2020 – Grammy-winning pianist and producer, Robert Glasper, has been nominated today for two GRAMMY Awards! The nominations are for Glasper’s new single, Better Than I Imagined, featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello (Best R&B Song) and 2019’s F*ck Yo Feelings mixtape (Best Progressive R&B Album).

The nominations should come as no surprise, with 7 previous nominations and 3 wins, Glasper has cemented his legacy in music after nearly two decades of breaking the mold. Glapser previewed his upcoming 2021 album, Black Radio 3, with Better Than I Imagined, an ode to Black love that features two of the most powerful female voices in contemporary music. Glapser explained the meaning behind the song, "No one wants a life without love, but we have generations of people in our community who haven't had the tools to actually be in healthy relationships. It seems like people are finally ready to open their eyes to systemic racism in this country, and if we're going to talk about it, we have to also talk about how it affects our relationships."

Glasper also received a nomination for his 2019 surprise-release mixtape, F*ck Yo Feelings (Loma Vista Recordings), which came in advance of his unprecedented and now legendary residency at New York’s Blue Note. Fuck Yo Feelings is the result of a 2-day session in which Glasper invited musician friends to stop by the studio and organically create together, the final result being this mixtape which sonically documents the lost art of improv and on the spot collaborations that can only come from authentic relationships and true artistry. Glasper's sound can hardly be defined but is built on his unique blend of jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul. Fuck Yo Feelings is an inspired update in that lineage, blending the personalities of himself and his collaborators that include a top-tier range of standout artists across different scenes that only Glasper could put in the same room – Yasiin Bey, Herbie Hancock, Andra Day, YBN Cordae, Terrace Martin, Baby Rose, Bilal, Buddy, Denzel Curry, Mick Jenicks, SiR, Rapsody and more. The mixtape marked the first time Glasper reunited and recorded with Chris Dave (featured in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Drummers of all Time") and Derrick Hodge (bass) in nearly ten years since 2012's Black RadioGlasper's unanimously celebrated album that took home the Grammy Award for Best R&B album in 2013. 

These nominations are clearly the result of Glasper’s lasting legacy and unquestionable dedication to his craft, commended as one of the most respected and talented artists of his time. 2020 has been an impressive highlight year in Glasper’s career and an exciting prelude for what’s to come.

Listen to Better Than I Imagined featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello and watch the official video: found.ee/RG_BTII

Listen to F*ck Yo Feelings
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ALT ROCK DUO THE BLUE STONES ANNOUNCE LIVE ON DISPLAY EP RELEASING THIS FRIDAY

PRE ORDER LIVE ON DISPLAY HERE

WATCH THE LIVE ON DISPLAY PERFORMANCE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – November 23, 2020 – The Blue Stones delighted fans earlier this fall with the release of their Live On Display performance video. Today, the alt-rock duo made the dynamic performance available in the form of an EP available in both digital + physical formats. The Live On Display EP features live and studio versions of the band’s singles, Let It Ride, Grim, Careless, and Shakin’ Off The Rust, offering multiple listening experiences and showing a more complete view of each track. The vinyl for Live On Display will be available for purchase through the band’s store on November 27 in a beautiful, limited-edition translucent orange crush pressing released through Entertainment One (eOne).

Side A of Live on Display showcases live versions of the singles, which were recorded at Ontario antique store, Smash Salvage. On the tracks, you can hear Tarek Jafar (vocals/guitar) and Justin Tessier (drums) play their hearts out, offering a stadium-sized sound coming out of a small-room setting. Side B offers the studio-recorded versions of the songs, which were worked on with producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots, Walk The Moon). The set kicks off with The Blue Stones’ most recent release – the explosive rock anthem, Let It Ride – before diving into the lo-fi meets grunge vibe of Grim. From there, the band puts their range as songwriters on full display with Careless, an alternative R&B track complimented by a finessed mix of keys, vibey guitars, and 808 kicks and snare. The band closes with hit single, Shakin’ Off The Rust, which reached #1 at Active Rock in Canada and is currently on track to being the most played song this year at the radio format – not to mention the track also charted Top 5 at U.S. radio on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Radio and has seen over 11 million streams worldwide. Live On Display hits digital streaming service this Friday, November 27 and you can pre-save it here now.

When Jafar and Tessier formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together – and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that led to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As they began working on new music, The Blue Stones caught the attention of producer Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), with whom they eventually entered the studio with. Working with Meany led to The Blue Stones exploring – and creating – music in a different way than they had before, with Jafar taking a new approach when it came to tackling lyrics. Through this process, the band truly discovered who they were during the writing process. They’ve crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that one can’t help but be swept up and carried off by the songs they’ve constructed. The fruits of their labour are already on display with single, Shakin’ Off The Rust, which was released last fall, charting Top 5 at U.S. radio on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Radio and seeing over 11 million streams worldwide. With a new album set for release next year on Entertainment One, The Blue Stones show no signs of slowing down as one of alternative rock’s most exciting acts.

LIVE ON DISPLAY TRACKLISTING:

Side A – Live on Display
1. Let It Ride – Live on Display
2. Grim – Live on Display
3. Careless – Live on Display
4. Shakin’ Off The Rust – Live on Display

Side B
1. Let It Ride
2. Grim
3. Careless
4. Shakin’ Off The Rust

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ONCE A TREE CREATE A UTOPIA OF SOUND ON FOOL’S PARADISE EP

WATCH ONCE A TREE’S SELF-PRODUCED VIDEOS FOR
 3 DAY TRIPRUSHANDRUSH ACOUSTIC REMIX FEAT. BOY PAPE

Toronto, ON – November 20, 2020 – BC-born, Toronto-based Indigenous electro-pop trailblazers, Once A Tree (led by Jayli and Hayden Wolf), share Fool’s Paradise today, an EP of reclamation, falling in love against the odds, eliminating toxic energy, and slowing down to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. The EP follows Once A Tree’s 2018 Indigenous Music Award-winning, Phoenix, and is inspired by their personal journeys that have led them to their success. Listen to Fool’s Paradise here.

2020 has brought so many unexpected struggles but we hope this new music can shine a little light and love from us to you,” Once A Tree says of sharing the project with the world. 

Embodying an upbeat, hopeful vibe, the transition from Phoenix to Fool’s Paradise sonically captures moving through darkness into the light, as this project reflects a newfound sense of joy. Once A Tree wrote most of the album in Los Angeles, and while they have written their music independently since inception, this project highlights more of a collaborative effort. Once A Tree’s latest single, 3 Day Trip, imagines the journey of its title, keeping gratitude top of mind. Prior to 3 Day Trip Once A Tree teamed up with Toronto artist, Boy Pape, for an acoustic remix of their track, Rush, who added a signature verse to compliment the meditative and reflective vibe of the song. Listen to Rush (Boy Pape Remix), arriving with a visualizer. Watch Once A Tree’s self-directed video for the original version here, which sees Jayli Wolf wandering the streets of Los Angeles, living in the moment.

From their pivotal experience in The Remix Project to extensive resumes that include Hayden’s music production credits, Jayli’s acting career, mentoring Indigenous youth and connecting with their community, Once A Tree defines ‘multidisciplinary.’ Their music is also a part of soundtracks for recent TIFF features, Beans and Trickster, where Jayli has a feature role. Jayli will also star in The Exchange, a film by Director Dan Mazer (Borat) and writer, Tim Long (The Simpsons), set for release in 2021. Hayden’s passion for visual storytelling includes a four-year role as Senior Photographer for Drake’s OVO Brand, where he led visual content creation, and while he is at the helm for producing Once A Tree’s music, graphics to music videos, he is also working as a producer on Boy Pape’s new album, and Jayli’s forthcoming solo project. In addition, Hayden was behind the lens to create the cover art for Toronto singer renforshort’s EP, Teenage Angst. 

Learn more about Once A Tree below and continue following them on their journey. 

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

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

Listen to Fool’s Paradise: foundation-media.ffm.to/foolsparadise

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

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DAVID STRICKLAND BRINGS COMMUNITY TOGETHER FOR SPIRIT OF HIP HOP THE REMIXES

TRACK FLIPS BY DAVID, DJ AGILE, SEBASTIAN GASKIN, 
ROCKWILDER AND MORE

LISTEN TO SPIRIT OF HIP HOP THE REMIXES AND  PREVIOUSLY RELEASED SPIRIT OF HIP-HOP

WATCH TURTLE ISLAND AND SPIRIT OF HIP HOP

Together, these elements make Spirit of Hip Hop a spirited addition to both the rap canon and the string of protest songs soundtracking today's reckoning against police brutality and systemic racism” – Exclaim!

“Strickland succeeds as both a storyteller and a body mover. He has created a work of art which encompasses the times we are living in and is well worth a listen” – Ongoing History Of Protest Songs

“Strickland’s perspective that hip-hop and First Nations culture run parallel is a refreshing take and provides some insight as to why Indigenous hip-hop has become such a notable sensation in Canada and beyond” – BeatRoute

Toronto, ON – November 20, 2020 – This summer, Toronto-born and bred, Indigenous multidisciplinary artist, producer, engineer and DJ, David Strickland – known for his work on some of the most iconic Grammy and JUNO-award winning records by Toronto artists and North American Hip-Hop progenitors alike – released his long awaited album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop (June 29 via Entertainment One). Today, David continues a mission to champion artists within Indigenous and Hip Hop communities across North America by sharing Spirit Of Hip Hop The Remixes. It features fresh takes on the original songs by Gordo himself (David’s nickname) and some of his esteemed colleagues, including Toronto’s DJ Agile (BrassMunk, Big Black Lincoln), Rockwilder, and Hagler (Drake), to rising Canadian Indigenous artists, producer Boogey The Beat and award-winning singer-songwriter, Sebastian Gaskin. Listen to the project here and see the complete tracklist below. 

In addition to being busy at work behind the boards, David has been waxing poetic on his career and the bridge that connects the Indigenous and Hip Hop communities. David recently led a talk for House Of PainT festival in Ottawa, which you can watch here, and performed at Guild Of Music Supervisors Canada conference, Sound + Vision. A true multidisciplinary artist, David’s paintings have been featured in galleries across Canada, and most recently, an original piece graces the Indigenous Now playlist on Apple Music.

While listeners embraced the arrival of Spirit Of Hip Hop, David invited them to dive deep into the music through his Instagram live series, The David Strickland Show. The series provided an opportunity for audiences to connect with artists and music industry provided and share in their experiences on a variety of topics ranging from the state of Indigenous communities across North America, our current political climate, the importance of the arts and the power of HipHop. Guests included Ernie Paniccioli – David’s long-time mentor and revered photographer – followed by an episode with Maestro Fresh Wes and Rockwilder. Watch the series here.

David’s perspective, “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter” is rooted in Spirit Of Hip Hop, as he emerges from behind the boards to share an embodiment of the teachings, art, traditions, and music of the community, aligned with his Indigenous heritage. Amongst an extensive collaboration roster, the album includes Indigenous rappers such as Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, Chippewa Travellers and more, while North American hip-hop legends EPMD, Saukrates, Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon, Keith Murray), Maestro Fresh Wes, and a posthumous verse from King Reign, are brought into the fold. 


The album’s first single, Turtle Island, highlights prolific Indigenous rapper, Supaman, Juno Award-winning singer, JRDN, Toronto rap legend Spade (of Citizen Kane), Toronto reggae icon Whitey Don, and Canadian-American rapper, Artson. Directed by Daniel Fortin of  Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures, and filmed by an all-Indigenous team at Six Nations Of The Grand River in Oshweken, Ontario, Turtle Island arrived during a period of uncertainty in the world, yet the song’s messages translate beyond borders, with potent, timely themes. Watch the video here. The spoken word introduction to the album, Spirit of Hip-Hopas narrated by iconic Indigenous Hip Hop photographer, and David’s long-time mentor, Ernie Paniccioli – you can watch and listen here

Get into the remixes below and stay tuned for more from David Strickland.

Spirit of Hip Hop The Remixes – Tracklist:
1. Spirit of Hip Hop (Gordo Remix)

2. Questions Last (Boogey The Beat Remix) 

3. Rise Or Fall (Gordo Remix) 

4. Times Runnin’ Away (DJ Agile Remix)

5. Turtle Island (Rockwilder Remix) 

6. Enemies (Hagler Remix) 

7. Feathers (Vanguards Remix) 

8. Truth (Big Sproxx Remix) 

9. Rez Life (Sebastia Gaskin Remix)

10. Turtle Island (Classic Roots x Gordo Dance Remix) 

Listen – Spirit Of Hip Hop The Remixes | Listen - Spirit Of Hip Hop
Watch Turtle Island: bit.ly/3ejcqOV
Watch Spirit Of Hip Hop: bit.ly/2VkckOY

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

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

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

David is also a prolific visual artist that has created hundreds of pieces to date, and has been featured at many galleries across Canada, including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He continues to be a positive force in music, the arts and an inspiration to First Nations Youth across North America.

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

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

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SCRIBZ RILEY RELEASES DEBUT EP WISH ME LUCK VIA RCA RECORDS WITH LEAD TRACK INTRODUCE MYSELF FEATURING KWN & JADA

“Wish Me Luck is set to solidify Scribz as an artist in his own right.”Complex

“Riley continues his rise to stardom.” - Hypebeast

“The impact he's made this year has been astounding.”TRENCH

“You might not be familiar with the name Scribz Riley, but you soon will be.” – Notion

“One voice that is soaring above the cacophony of melees is Scribz Riley.”GRM Daily

Toronto, ON – November 20, 2020 – After establishing himself as an artist over the past few months and cementing his sound with the release of 4 new tracks, Scribz Riley has released his debut EP, Wish Me Luck, via RCA Records/Sony Music with lead track, Introduce Myself featuring KWN & JADA.

Hailing from East London, but residing between London and LA, Scribz has worked with artists such as Khalid, H.E.R., J Hus and Cardi B over the last few years, establishing himself as an acclaimed award-winning producer and songwriter, notably achieving two Grammy awards along the way.

With an edgy sound that blends multi-genres with R&B and Rap, Scribz introduced himself as an artist in his own right this year with the singles East Side, Impress Me featuring Headie One and Mandy. Having clocked up almost four million streams, he has received playlist support from the likes of 1Xtra, been tipped by the likes of Complex, Notion, GRM Daily and Flaunt and has just been announced as a VEVO DSCVR 2021 artist to watch.

Building an impressive and unique body of work through each release, Scribz recently shared new song, On My Sleeve featuring Kaash Paige and leads the release of his EP with new track, Introduce Myself featuring KWN & JADA. With an upbeat R&B beat and soulful vocal flow, it’s another unique delivery alongside newcomers KWN and JADA and the perfect lead into the EP. Scribz says;

“My first ever project. It’s a collection of my thoughts and experiences over the past couple of years. I hope there’s something in there for people to relate to in some way.”

“The title Wish Me Luck is basically what it says on the tin - although I feel confident in the music, in the early stages there was a lot of uncertainty for me on how it would be received, especially with making the transition of being a producer to becoming an artist. I guess it is me moving forward into the unknown, so wish me luck…”.

Anticipation has been steadily building for debut EP Wish Me Luck and Scribz has built up a loyal following for his distinct and polished sound. A musical statement of intent from Scribz, marking that moment before he made the switch to artist as well as producer, the EP features all four singles above alongside a host of brand-new unreleased tracks. Featuring guest vocals from the likes of 6LACK, Headie One, Kaash Paige and KWN & JADA, the full tracklisting is below. Whilst Wish Me Luck signifies the final part of Scribz’s first chapter, it’s just the start of the remarkable musical journey yet to come. Keep an eye on Scribz Riley.

WISH ME LUCK TRACLSITING:
1. On My Sleeve (ft. Kaash Paige)
2. Impress Me (ft. Headie One)
3. Outta Your Way
4. Introduce Myself (ft. KWN & JADA)
5. Mandy
6. Used To This
7. Dim My Light (ft. 6LACK)
8. I Lied (Part 1)
9. East Side
10. Secretly

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www.scribzriley.com

 

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JEWEL’S 25th ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF HER SEMINAL DEBUT ALBUM PIECES OF YOU OUT NOW

STREAM, DOWNLOAD, OR PURCHASE
THE SPECIAL COLLECTION
HERE

PIECES OF YOU LIVE VIRTUAL CONCERT TAKING PLACE
THIS EVENING AT 8:00PM ET – TICKETS AVAILABLE
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LIVE AT THE INNER CHANGE LIMITED EDITION 2-LP
TO BE RELEASED FOR RECORD STORE DAY’S 2020
BLACK FRIDAY EVENT (NOVEMBER 27)

JEWEL TO PERFORM NEXT WEEK
ON THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW AND JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

“From the very beginning… Jewel’s lyrics reflected the America she lived in, with her conversational, poetic touch.” – Neil Young

“One of the best singer-songwriters since Joni Mitchell” – The New York Times

“‘Race Car Driver’ [from Pieces of You] exposes a more complex story underneath. That is the beauty of Jewel’s universal and evergreen storytelling… It’s these sparkles that make [her] songwriting quite refined.” – American Songwriter

"A raw, unapologetically earnest folk-music outing... Jewel’s fearlessness was as palpable as her powerful voice" – San Diego Union-Tribune

Toronto, ON – November 20, 2020 – The 25th anniversary reissue of Jewel’s landmark 1995 debut album, Pieces of You, is out today on Craft Recordings. This special collection reveals the full process of the GRAMMY-nominated artist honing her work into one of the biggest, most definitive albums of its time, which led to the beloved singer/songwriter’s breakthrough, and has since gone 12x platinum.

To celebrate the reissue, Jewel will be holding a Pieces of You LIVE virtual concert this evening, which marks the first ever performance of the full album from front to back. Tickets and VIP packages are available on Jewel’s official webstore here. VIP ticket proceeds will be donated to Jewel’s non-profit, the Inspiring Children Foundation, which has been providing free mental health tools through their Never Broken Program to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as Voices of Hwǫłdzil (Resilience) - Adabi Healing Center, a community-based domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention and prevention program in the Chinle Agency and surrounding areas of the Navajo Nation.

The Pieces of You reissue includes a 4-CD box set comprised of the newly remastered original album, a disc of rarities, B-sides and outtakes, a disc of demos, as well as live recordings captured at Jewel’s formative Inner Change coffeehouse sessions from 1994. Also available is the expanded digital album (offering the complete audio content from the 4-CD box set release), a deluxe 2-CD, comprising the remastered original album plus a selection of outtakes, rarities, and B-sides, as well as a deluxe 4-LP edition (replicating the 2-CD track list). Stream, download, or purchase the Pieces of You reissue here.

“Listening back to these songs, I hear a lot of courage, though I didn’t feel that at the time. I was really raw, but I wanted people to feel what I was feeling as intensely as I was,” says Jewel of this important period in her career. “I knew it was going to be a slow process, but I also saw a change in the zeitgeist. Grunge was a tectonic shift in the culture, but you can’t live in cynicism forever. I happened to be a little ahead of that curve in my own life—I was thinking about what do I do with pain, how do I stay sensitive?”

Additionally, for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event this year on November 27, Jewel will be unveiling a limited edition Live At the Inner Change double-LP – captured at the eponymous coffee house in San Diego where she was discovered and first earned her performance stripes. This previously unreleased live performance from 1994 offers fans a chance to hear Jewel nearly two years before becoming an international sensation. Capped at 3,000 units, each individually numbered album includes a replica of the original show flyer, designed by Jewel herself. For more information and for a full list of participating retailers, please visit recordstoreday.com.

“People would come in and just be in awe,” recalls Inner Change owner, Nancy Porter. “She had the voice, the presence, the heart and soul of music. Everybody knew she was going to become a star. This is where she really built herself, developed her music, and I think everyone felt that. And the bigger the crowd got, the better she got.”

Jewel will also be performing on The Kelly Clarkson Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! next week in support of the Pieces of You reissue. For Kelly Clarkson local listings, please click here, and for more information on the Jimmy Kimmel listings, please click here.

About Jewel:
Jewel went from a girl who grew up with no running water on an Alaskan homestead, to a homeless teenager in San Diego, to an award winning, multi-platinum recording artist who released one of the best-selling debuts of all time. Through her career Jewel has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and has earned 26 nominations for such awards as the GRAMMY®s, American Music Awards, MTV Awards, VH1 Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Country Music Awards, winning eight times. Jewel has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, Rolling Stone, has performed on Saturday Night Live, at the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals, for the Pope and the President of the United States. She has experimented with several genres over her career with top hits in Folk, Pop, Club, Country, Standards, Children's and Holiday music.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewel has been leading the conversation around mental health, helping people tackle the silent symptoms of COVID-19—anxiety, depression, and isolation—to build community and connection for those who need it most. For more than 18 years, Jewel’s non-profit, the Inspiring Children Foundation has helped at-risk youth cope with the same silent symptoms we are now seeing in the pandemic. Growing up in Alaska where she was indoors for eight months out of the year, she knows about isolation. After moving out at 15 due to an abusive household and suffering from debilitating panic attacks, Jewel became homeless by the age of 18 and developed agoraphobia, the fear of leaving one’s home, a condition that experts worry some people will develop in the post-COVID-19 era. Mental health has been a significant passion of hers since being a homeless teenager with little access to resources. During that time, she began to develop a set of tools to rewire her brain and create new emotional patterns that were later validated by neuroscientist and associate professor in psychiatry at Brown University, Dr. Judson Brewer. After learning meditation and discovering and innovating her own mindfulness practices, Jewel was able to heal symptoms of her depression and go from surviving to thriving. These are the same tools she uses to help at-risk youth through her charity and the same tools she is offering online for free.

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GERMAN THRASH METAL VETERANS SODOM UNVEIL FRIENDLY FIRE VIDEO

NEW ALBUM GENESIS XIX SET FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 27 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Toronto, ON – November 20, 2020 – Today, German thrash metal legends, SODOM, release their new single and video for the song, Friendly Fire. The track is taken from the upcoming studio album, Genesis XIX, set for release on November 27 via Entertainment One (“eOne”) in North America and Steamhammer/SPV in Europe. Watch Friendly Fire here.

Notes bandleader Tom Angelripper, "So, here it is … my favorite on this album. I can hardly believe or indeed describe how much I love this song. I’m pretty sure it sets the direction for our next album. And in the meantime, I’m convinced that it’s the clever sequence and combination of notes in our twelve equal system that makes music (generally) so diverse. Lord, I wish we’d known that back then. Often in a war situation, soldiers find themselves having to direct their weapons against their own comrades who are holed up close to enemy positions. These victims were accepted as part and parcel of the overall victory. Large numbers of supposed enemy planes were also shot down …"

View the band’s previously released videos for Sodom & Gomorrah and Indoctrination.

From unadulterated thrash metal tracks, Euthanasia, Dehumanized, and Friendly Fire to off-the-grid numbers such as Occult Perpetrator, SODOM delivers a wide range of facets of their signature sound. This inventiveness also applies to the lyrics on Genesis XIX, with vocalist/bassist Tom Angelripper presenting, as usual, his very own range of subjects: The Harpooneer is based on Melville’s Moby Dick novel featuring the obsessive Captain Ahab, Glock N’ Roll is the story of a serial killer, Waldo & Pigpen, is an homage to the same-named US fighter pilots, whose radio traffic during their mission in Vietnam has survived, and Nicht mehr mein Land describes the condition of western society.

Genesis XIX — recorded by Siggi Bemm and mastered by Patrick W. Engel — comes shrouded in the cover art of Joe Petagno of Motörhead fame. The record will be released as a CD digipak, exclusive 2xLP (on translucent orange with opaque silver swirls – an eOne store exclusive), and digitally. Pre-order the album here.

Following the first relaxation of the lockdown rules stemming from the 2020 pandemic, SODOM immediately returned to working creatively, which is one of the reasons why Genesis XIX has turned into precisely what the musicians had in mind. “This is definitely one of the toughest and most diverse studio recordings that SODOM have ever released,” notes Angelripper. “Our riff suppliers, Yorck [Segatz] and Frank [Blackfire], are totally different types of musicians. Yorck is a died-in-the-wool metalhead who grew up with thrash music. Frank, on the other hand, also integrates blues and rock elements into his style, including the occasional Frank Marino or Rory Gallagher quotation, and writes songs that could have featured in the same or a similar way on Agent Orange. These are the diverse influences that make Genesis XIX what it is.”

In addition, there’s a third level that nobody expected after the – as Angelripper expressly emphasizes – amicable split with drummer Husky. “In [new drummer] Toni [Merkel] we’ve gained an awesome drummer. I’d even go so far as to say he’s the best drummer that nobody had on the radar before now.” Especially since Merkel also has, along with his furioso style, a number of other important qualities, namely his stints with death metal act Sabiendas and a number of other black/death metal bands, where he played drums and doubled as a producer. Thus, he’s been a dab hand at studio technology and recording. “We were largely autonomous during the production of Genesis XIX and were free not only to concentrate on working on new songs but also to come up with the right sounds. That was important because we use neither digital amps nor plug-ins but played all the guitar parts using proper Marshall tube amps.” Following the preproduction, SODOM completed the work at the renowned Woodhouse Studio in Hagen, where sound engineer Siggi Bemm recorded Angelripper’s vocals and mixed the album on an analog studio console.

“Tom Angelripper’s voice is STILL amazing, he gets rough sounding without going 100% death metal…Every riff here is a banger, which is no small feat considering this clock in at about an hour.” – Decibel For Those About To Squawk Column

“This record could have fit right into the band’s Agent Orange era, yet balances that vintage feel with modern elements. Angelripper sounds reenergized and recommitted to taking SODOM into its fifth decade without regret or apology, and the band as a whole seems reinvigorated on Genesis XIX. This is a crushing slab of sonic brutality to close out a somewhat dystopian year where fans need such distraction the most.” – Metal Nation

“…one of the strongest efforts in the history of SODOM…” – Metal Observer

“…Angelripper is in exceptional form throughout…
 a dense collection of headbanging turmoil.” 
– Sea Of Tranquility

“…fast, angry, a soundtrack for the Wall of Death 
fans who can’t wait to see SODOM again live.” – 
The Rock Pit

“SODOM have outdone themselves here. An unrelenting release schedule and dynamic approach to the genre has given us some of the bands freshest material in ages. There's something weirdly reassuring in the fact that despite it all, Tom Angelripper is still REALLY fucking angry. The bloodthirst throughout this album is palpable, and the performances are all-around thrilling. SODOM wants you to get in the fucking pit and to suffer with them. If you're not ready for the madness and mayhem, then German thrash metal is not for you.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews
 

SODOM:
Tom Angelripper – bass, vocals

Frank Blackfire – guitars

Yorck Segatz – guitars

Toni Merkel – drums

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www.sodomized.info

   
 

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

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JUNO-NOMINATED SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR UNLEASH POWERFUL AND SOULFUL NEW ALBUM THE RECKLESS ONE

OUT TODAY ON GYPSY SOUL RECORDS

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Toronto, ON – November 20, 2020 – Today, JUNO-nominated gospel and soul-based group, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, unleash their brand new album, The Reckless One (via Gypsy Soul Records). Featuring 12 new tracks, the album covers a lot of ground – from gospel-infused soul ballads, to funk inflected tracks, and stomping four-on-the-floor dance numbers – all highlighted by Martin’s powerful vocals. Listen to The Reckless One here.

In celebration of the release, Samantha Margin & Delta Sugar will be giving a special performance tonight at Belleville’s Empire Theatre. Limited tickets are available for concertgoers to attend the show live in person, while fans everywhere will be able to catch the performance virtually as well. Purchase tickets here and tune in to the livestream here at 8:00 p.m. EST. 

The Reckless One (Produced by Darcy Yates and Renan Yildizdogan) follows the group’s JUNO nomination for their 2018 release, Run To Me, and builds on the strengths and pure talent of Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar. Over the course of the album, the discerning listener will detect a variety of influences ranging from Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones and Otis Redding to Booker T. and the MG’s, and the Memphis Horns. It is without a doubt that every track on this album is filled with powerful vocals and instrumentals listeners will feel in their souls and leave lasting impressions.

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

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

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

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THE NATIONAL’S MATT BERNINGER UNVEILS FUTURE ISLANDS REMIX OF ONE MORE SECOND

FROM DEBUT SOLO RECORD SERPENTINE PRISON
PRODUCED BY BOOKER T. JONES

 

“Producer and famed multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones surrounds Berninger with ornamental instrumentation, allowing gently picked guitar and funereal horns to provide the backdrop for his dark ruminations. Sparse organ notes make the tale feel more immediate; it’s like hearing a longtime denizen of a backroom bar muttering to the strains of a country ballad on the jukebox.” – Pitchfork

 

“[Album track ‘One More Second’] starts out as a minimal and meditative acoustic tune, but soon expands with shuffling drums, rich organ, blooming backing vocals and even a tasteful—and slightly off-kilter—piano solo.” – Rolling Stone

 

“Laced with horns and produced by Memphis-bred master Booker T. Jones…

the ten originals are downright soulful.” – Esquire

 

“Serpentine Prison features the same heady baritone and moody lyrics that are cornerstones of the National’s brand. But without Aaron and Bryce’s complementary guitars, Bryan’s anchoring drums and Scott’s reverberating bass, the mellow sound carrying over is decidedly Berninger’s, fine-tuned by longtime producer Booker T. Jones.” – The Washington Post

 

“a sparkling and introspective collection of songs” – Entertainment Weekly

 

“The organic, mellow, roots-tinged aesthetic of the National’s self-titled debut or portions of Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers might give some kind of hint to the patient and acoustic-driven sound of Serpentine Prison. Of course, 20 more years of experience and the influence of Jones make this a different beast entirely. Berninger was going for the feel of old-school albums, and he ends up approximating that feel with the weathered soulfulness of Serpentine Prison.” – Stereogum

 

"There’s little doubt that [the album] captures what Berninger

does best in both fresh and familiar ways." – Consequence of Sound

 

"...it has a timeless flavor that traverses decades of musical influences and singer-songwriter flourishes, ending up somewhere between '70s confessional balladry and smoky barroom poetry, underlined by gently drifting rhythms and achingly earnest lyricism." – AV Club

 

Toronto, ON – November 20, 2020 – Matt Berninger, frontman of The National, shares a remix of One More Second from his acclaimed debut solo record, Serpentine Prison, by Future Islands today. Share/check it out here. “Every time I put on Future Islands my impression of the human condition improves,” notes Berninger. “Their remix of One More Second kills me.” Rolling Stone praised the original’s “shuffling drums, rich organ, blooming backing vocals and …tasteful piano solo,” while Stereogum called the track “an elegant acoustic jam.”

 

Serpentine Prison, produced by famed Memphis multi-instrumentalist, Booker T. Jones, is available via Book’s Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records. Stream/order here.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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ACTION BRONSON DROPS VIDEO FOR MONGOLIA FEATURING HOLOGRAM AND MEYHEM LAUREN

ONLY FOR DOLPHINS OUT NOW
 

Toronto, ON – November 19, 2020 – Action Bronson has dropped the music video for Mongolia, a standout from his recently released album, Only For Dolphins (Loma Vista Recordings).  Watch the Mongolia music video featuring Hologram and Meyhem Lauren here.  

The video is a cinematic story of chaos, as Bronson, Hologram and Meyhem Lauren navigate a heist that involves a suitcase full of money, a severed hand, unknown assailants and sipping wine in a convertible on the FDR Drive.  Mongolia was directed by Zev Deans, who has previously worked with artists like St. Vincent and Denzel Curry. 

Only For Dolphins – Bronson’s first LP since 2018 – was released this fall to raves and a line-up of key appearances that include an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, a freestyle with Funk Flex on the streets of Brooklyn, interviews and song debuts with Zane Lowe, Ebro, and Hot97, rare return appearances to Hot Ones and Sneaker Shopping, a conversation with INTERVIEW Magazine with pitching legend CC Sabathia, an opening day performance for Bonnaroo's star-studded Virtual Roo-Ality live stream event in September and more.   

Bronson has shared two other videos from Dolphins – including Latin Grammys – deemed “a return to form” by Hypebeast - which imagined the rapper as a competitor in the 1995 World’s Strongest Man competition (Bronson later talked to the actual winner of that competition – Magnus Ver Magnusson, on ESPN’s Dan Le Batard show).  Then came Golden Eyea float tank vision quest that concludes with Bronson fist bumping a ripped dolphin.    

He has strived to engage all five senses with Only For Dolphins. He has continued his partnership with Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream in NYC to create frozen Only For Dolphins treats, inspired by Mesoamerican indigenous flavors. He also is working on a fragrance, designed plush toy dolphins that are available with an album purchase, and he painted the album artwork.  Multiple formats of the album are available now

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AVATAR ANNOUNCES UNIQUE FOUR-PART CONCERT SERIES IN JANUARY 2021

AVATAR AGES – AN IMPOSSIBLE CONCERT EXPERIENCE TO FEATURE FULL ALBUM PERFORMANCE OF HUNTER GATHERER & MULTIPLE FAN-SELECTED SET LISTS WITH SONGS FROM HAIL THE APOCALYPSE, BLACK WALTZ & MORE

TICKETS ON SALE NOW HERE

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toronto, ON – November 17, 2020 – Sweden’s most creative and exciting export, Avatar, have announced a series of concert streams – Avatar Ages – An Impossible Concert Experience – that will take place over the course of January 2021. The four-part concert film experience launches January 9 and will feature songs from Avatar’s celebrated catalog, starting with a performance of their latest album in full, Hunter Gatherer, out now via eOne. The subsequent January concerts will feature fan voted set lists – chosen by ticket purchasers – with songs from Avatar Country, Feathers & Flesh, Hail The Apocalypse, Black Waltz, Thoughts of No Tomorrow, Schlacht and Avatar. Tickets are now on sale here.

The schedule of Avatar Ages - An Impossible Concert Experience concert stream events is as follows:

Saturday, January 9 – Age of Dreams (Hunter Gatherer from start to finish plus Avatars biggest songs)

Saturday, January 16 – Age of Illusions (Feathers & Flesh and Avatar Country fan voted set list)

Saturday, January 23 – Age of Madness (Black Waltz and Hail the Apocalypse fan voted set list)

Saturday, January 30 – Age of Memories (Thoughts of No Tomorrow, Schlacht and Avatar fan voted set list)

About the performances, frontman Johannes Eckerström says, “Nothing can top the feeling of standing eye to eye with the roaring beast that is a metal crowd, hungry for blood. Instead, what we are setting out to do is a series of shows we could never do on a normal stage. You will see Avatar as you've never seen us before. More music, more madness. We enter this with a game plan like no other, but ultimately the power is yours. This is something we'll create together. We have missed you.”

Concert stream tickets are available for individual shows and as a four-show package. Various ticket bundles are also available, offering exclusive merchandise such as t-shirts, hoodies, vinyl, and a commemorative laminate. A limited number of exclusive virtual Meet & Greets with the entire band are also available.  Fans will be able to select their date and time period in advance, and after their personal Meet & Greet, they’ll receive a video file of their conversation, as well as the opportunity to take pictures during the experience. Visit www.AvatarAges.com for all details and to purchase tickets.

Each livestream debuts on its respective date at 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 p.m. CET and remains on-demand for 72 hours.

Fan voting for the Age of Illusions, Age of Madness and Age of Memories concert stream set lists will be open to ticket purchasers through December 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Fans will be emailed a link to activate fan voting after purchasing their virtual concert ticket.  Purchasers will be able to choose their 10 favourite songs for each set list and submit directly to the band.  Fan voting is only open to those who purchase a livestream ticket or bundle.

DWP recently entered the digital content curation space, promoting pay-per-view concert streams and creating the popular digital series Offstage with DWP. DWP is known worldwide for their stellar portfolio of music and lifestyle events, which includes Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, Epicenter, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville.

Avatar’s current album, Hunter Gatherer, out now via eOne, marked the darkest and most thought-provoking release of the band’s over decade long career. A striking and bold manifesto, the album is an unflinchingly ruthless study of a clueless humankind’s ever-increasing velocity into an uncertain future, furthering the reach of the band’s always expanding dark roots. The band’s ambitious new era found the band featured as the cover story of Revolver Magazine’s Fall Issue, where frontman, Johannes Eckerström, reflects about the power of live performance during a year that has changed the landscape of live music. In 2019, Avatar reunited with producer, Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax), at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles, California, where the foundation for each song on Hunter Gatherer was laid with the band performing altogether, as they'd done only once before, on Hail the Apocalypse (2014). The old-school method of playing as one in the studio, more akin to how they are on stage, captured the essence of Avatar. Recorded entirely to two-inch tape, Hunter Gatherer exhibits everything that makes Avatar standouts in the vast, rich landscape of heavy metal's past and present.

About Avatar
Through ambitious compositions and vibrant visual storytelling Avatar seamlessly blurs the line between sights and sounds. Avatar songs are new anthems for the ages, precision heat-seeking missiles targeting a cultural landscape ready for fresh songs to champion from a band with a giant persona to rally behind. The Avatar experience is challenging, daring, and altogether captivating. The band’s latest addition to their celebrated catalog, out now via eOne, Hunter Gatherer is an expression of meticulous structure and creative force. While it is a large departure from what carved the landscape of Avatar Country, the sound direction on the new record pushes past previous boundaries and showcases the genuine compositional writing talent that the band possesses, all while reflecting Avatar’s core elements. The band spent the majority of 2019 touring heavily worldwide. Including sold out headlining shows in Europe, sold out headlining shows in US and Canada (with Devin Townsend and ‘68), sold out support tour for Baby Metal in North America, festival appearances such as Domination Mexico, sharing the stage with Slipknot at the Festival De Nimes, Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival.

About Danny Wimmer Presents
Since 1993, music industry veteran, Danny Wimmer, has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which currently includes Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, Epicenter, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville. Previous DWP festivals include Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and more.  In 2020, DWP launched the popular digital series Offstage with DWP and ventured into the digital content curation space, promoting pay-per-view live streams.

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

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2020 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE WINNING ALBUMS ANNOUNCED

BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND, MAIN SOURCE,
AND BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE ALBUMS RECEIVE 2020 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE DESIGNATION

TORONTO, ON – Monday, November 16, 2020

The Polaris Music Prize has announced albums from Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Main Source and Buffy Sainte-Marie have received 2020 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation.

Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s influential, Keyboard Fantasies, new age/electronic album from 1986 was chosen in the Re:Sound-supported Heritage Prize public voting category, which ran this year from October 19 to November 9. Additionally, Buffy Sainte-Marie’s 1964 debut album, It’s My Way!, and Main Source’s ground-breaking 1991 hip-hop album, Breaking Atoms, both received Heritage designation by the 10-member Polaris Heritage Prize jury owing to a tie vote.

“Congratulations to these three winning artists. You’ve created important, memorable recordings that show the vast range of Canadian musical excellence. I have tremendous appreciation for the work that has gone into making these timeless albums,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications.

The winners appreciated that these albums remain so relevant with the jury and the public decades after their initial releases.

“I am deeply grateful to be the recipient of the Polaris Heritage Prize for Keyboard Fantasies in 2020,” said Glenn-Copeland. “All those years ago when I wrote this music my wish was that I might be able to sell the few copies my little company was able to press. I could not have known that 35 years later this music would be reaching people worldwide, much less receiving this award. Thank you to those now gone and those still living who helped make the recording possible. Thank you to all of you who voted for this music. Thank you to those providing me with professional music business guidance at this time. And my special thanks to my dear wife Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland, my partner in all things. Her tireless efforts over many years helped make this award possible. Blessings one and all.”

“We would like to take a moment to thank Polaris for recognizing Main Source and the album Breaking Atoms,” said Main Source’s K-Cut. “We are very humbled and honoured to have put out something that has been recognized around the world. 2021 will be 30 years of Breaking Atoms and when we made this album we never expected two Canadian kids growing up in Queens, New York would be part of hip-hop culture and history. It’s amazing to see the influence Breaking Atoms has had on hip-hop heads new and old as well as breaking the careers of artists we know today (Nas). This album allowed us to bring the Main Source production and sound to the likes of Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes, Shaq, A Tribe Called Quest, Ice-T, Maestro, MC Lyte, Pharoahe Monch and Common. Thanks to everyone who supported us to this day and who continue to support us.”

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

“It’s not easy to pick one, two or three albums to be honoured with the Polaris Heritage Prize from the hundreds of brilliant, ground-breaking recordings released in Canada over the past 60 years,” said Heritage Jury foreperson Mary Dickie. But I can’t think of any three that could represent the breadth and diversity of the talent in this country as well as these towering achievements. Congratulations to our winners!”

Heritage Prize juror, Andrea Warner, says Sainte-Marie’s debut was unique in its field.

"It's My Way! is a powerful and peerless debut,” said Warner. “It was 1964 and while almost every other folk singer swaddled themselves in metaphor Buffy Sainte-Marie was writing incisive, compassionate calls to action. Side one begins with ‘Now That the Buffalo's Gone’ reaches ‘Cod'ine’ and ends with ‘Universal Soldier.’ That's just SIDE ONE. It's My Way! is as remarkable now in 2020 as it was in 1964. It's a collection of songs shaped by lived experience, injustice, and radical hope, and delivered as witness, survivor, and truth teller." 

The trio of new Heritage Prize-winning albums join D.O.A.’s Hardcore ‘81 and the Oscar Peterson Trio’s Night Train, which received their designation in 2019. Other past Heritage Prize winners include the likes of Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Rush as well as 22 others. 

“The Polaris Heritage Prize continues to showcase the exceptional talent, dynamism and diversity of Canadian music over the years,” said Lou Ragagnin, President and CEO, of Re:Sound. “We are proud to sponsor the Heritage Prize, and extend our congratulations to Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Main Source.”

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

The Office of Gilbert Li, who curated the 2020 Polaris Music Prize posters and the posters for the 2019 Heritage Prize winners, will once again select the visual artists who’ll pay tribute to the three winning records in the form of Polaris Posters.

The Polaris Heritage Prize Jury is made up of 10 music media and historians, including Stephen Cooke, Del Cowie, Francella Fiallos, Stuart Henderson, Bob Klanac, Élise Jetté, Trevor Risk, Tabbasum Siddiqui and Andrea Warner. Mary Dickie was the jury foreperson.

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

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

About Re:Sound
Re:Sound is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights. The organization advocates for music creators, educates music users, licenses businesses and distributes royalties to creators - all to help build a thriving music industry in Canada. www.resound.ca

Media Contacts: 

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

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

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
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VOICI LES ALBUMS LAURÉATS
DU PRIX DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA
FAMILLE SLAIGHT 2020

DES ALBUMS DE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND, MAIN SOURCE ET BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE REMPORTENT LE PRIX DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA FAMILLE SLAIGHT 2020

TORONTO, ON – Lundi 16 novembre 2020

Le Prix de musique Polaris a annoncé que des albums de Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Main Source et Buffy Sainte-Marie ont reçu le Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight 2020.

L’album de musique new age/électronique Keyboard Fantasies, lancé en 1986 par Beverly Glenn-Copeland, a reçu le Prix du patrimoine soutenu par Ré:Sonne, dans la catégorie vote du public, qui s’est déroulé cette année du 19 octobre au 9 novembre. De plus, le premier album de Buffy Sainte-Marie, It’s My Way!, sorti en 1964, et l’album hip-hop innovateur de Main Source, Breaking Atoms, sorti en 1991, ont tous deux été sélectionnés par les dix membres du jury du Prix du patrimoine, en raison d’un vote à égalité.

« Félicitations à ces trois artistes gagnants! Vous avez créé des albums importants et mémorables qui montrent le vaste éventail de l’excellence musicale canadienne. J’ai beaucoup d’estime pour tout le travail derrière ces disques intemporels », a déclaré Gary Slaight, président et directeur général de Slaight Communications.

Les lauréat.e.s ont aimé que ces albums demeurent aussi pertinents aux yeux du jury et du public plusieurs décennies après leur sortie initiale.

« Je suis profondément reconnaissant d’être lauréat en 2020 du Prix du patrimoine Polaris pour Keyboard Fantasies », a déclaré Glenn-Copeland. « Il y a plusieurs années, lorsque j’ai écrit cette musique, mon vœu était de pouvoir vendre les quelques exemplaires pressés par ma petite entreprise. Je ne pouvais pas savoir que 35 ans plus tard, cette musique allait toucher les gens du monde entier, et encore moins que l’album recevrait ce prix. À ceux et celles qui ne sont plus là, et à ceux et celles qui sont toujours en vie, merci d’avoir contribué à rendre cet enregistrement possible. Merci à toutes les personnes qui ont voté pour cette musique. Merci aux gens qui me conseillent aujourd’hui en matière de commerce musical professionnel. Et je remercie tout particulièrement ma chère épouse Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland, ma complice dans tout. Sans ses efforts inlassables pendant de nombreuses années, je n’aurais pas obtenu ce prix. Vous avez toute ma reconnaissance. »

« Nous aimerions prendre un moment pour remercier le Polaris d’avoir reconnu Main Source et l’album Breaking Atoms », a déclaré K-Cut de Main Source. « Nous sommes très honorés d’avoir fait paraître quelque chose qui a été reconnu dans le monde entier. En 2021, Breaking Atoms aura 30 ans, et lorsque nous avons réalisé cet album, nous n’aurions jamais pensé que deux jeunes Canadiens grandissant dans le Queens, à New York, feraient partie de la culture et de l’histoire du hip-hop. C’est incroyable de voir l’influence que Breaking Atoms a eue sur les amateurs de hip-hop de tous âges, ainsi que sur la carrière d’artistes que nous connaissons aujourd’hui (Nas). Cet album nous a permis d’apporter la production et le son de Main Source à des artistes tels que Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes, Shaq, A Tribe Called Quest, Ice-T, Maestro, MC Lyte, Pharoahe Monch et Common. Merci à toutes les personnes qui nous ont soutenus jusqu’à ce jour et qui continuent de le faire. »

Cette année, le jury du Prix du patrimoine a eu la tâche ardue de réduire sa sélection à quelques titres seulement.

« Il n’est pas facile de choisir un, deux ou trois albums à récompenser du Prix du patrimoine Polaris parmi les centaines d’enregistrements brillants et révolutionnaires parus au Canada au cours des 60 dernières années », a déclaré Mary Dickie, présidente du jury du Prix du patrimoine. « Mais je ne peux imaginer trois grands albums plus représentatifs de l’étendue et de la diversité des talents de ce pays. Félicitations à nos gagnant.e.s! »

Andrea Warner, membre du jury du Prix du patrimoine, a déclaré que le premier album de Sainte-Marie était unique en son genre :

« It’s My Way! est un premier album puissant et incomparable », a-t-elle déclaré. « En 1964, alors que presque tous les autres artistes folk employaient la métaphore, Buffy Sainte-Marie écrivait des appels à l’action incisifs et pleins de compassion. La première face commence par "Now That the Buffalo's Gone", atteint "Cod'ine" et se termine par "Universal Soldier". Ceci n’est que la première face. It’s My Way! est aussi remarquable aujourd’hui en 2020 qu’il l’était en 1964. C’est une collection de chansons façonnées par l’expérience vécue, l’injustice et l’espoir radical. Elles sont livrées par une témoin, une survivante qui donne l’heure juste. » 

Le trio de nouveaux albums récompensés par le Prix du patrimoine rejoint Hardcore '81 de D.O.A. et Night Train d’Oscar Peterson Trio, qui ont reçu le prix en 2019. Parmi les lauréat.e.s antérieur.e.s du Prix du patrimoine se trouvent aussi Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Rush ainsi que 22 autres artistes.

« Le Prix du patrimoine Polaris continue de mettre en valeur le talent, le dynamisme et la diversité exceptionnelle de la musique canadienne au fil des ans », a déclaré Lou Ragagnin, président et directeur général de Ré:Sonne. « Nous sommes fiers de parrainer le Prix du patrimoine, et nous adressons nos félicitations à Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Buffy Sainte-Marie et Main Source. »

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

The Office of Gilbert Li, qui a coordonné les affiches du Prix de la musique Polaris 2020 et les affiches des lauréat.e.s du Prix du patrimoine 2019, sélectionnera à nouveau les artistes visuels qui rendront hommage aux trois disques gagnants sous la forme d’affiches Polaris.

Le jury du Prix du patrimoine Polaris est composé de 10 médias musicaux et spécialistes de l’histoire musicale, dont Stephen Cooke, Del Cowie, Francella Fiallos, Stuart Henderson, Bob Klanac, Élise Jetté, Trevor Risk, Tabbasum Siddiqui et Andrea Warner. Mary Dickie était la présidente du jury.

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

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

À propos de Ré:Sonne
Ré:Sonne est la société canadienne à but non lucratif dédiée à obtenir une rémunération juste et équitable pour les artistes-interprètes et producteur.trice.s de disques pour leurs droits d’exécution. L’organisme défend les intérêts des créateur.trice.s de musique, éduque les utilisateur.trice.s, octroie des licences aux entreprises et distribue des redevances aux artistes pour contribuer à la prospérité de l’industrie musicale du Canada. www.resound.ca

Contacts medias:

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

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

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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POP EVIL DEBUTS NEW SINGLE BREATHE AGAIN

PREPARING RELEASE DATE OF NEW ALBUM VERSATILE DUE OUT IN 2021 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

WATCH BREATH AGAIN VISUALIZER HERE

Toronto, ON – November 13, 2020 – After teasing something new for the past few days, Michigan's own, POP EVIL, debuted their third single of the year, Breathe Again, and revealed the title of their sixth album, Versatile, due out in 2021. After surprising their fanbase with the most significant stylistic shift in sound to date with Work, POP EVIL have championed that success into the explosive catharsis found on their new single. More dialed in than ever, Leigh Kakaty flexes his songwriting growth and vocal capabilities across one of the band's most uplifting and soaring choruses to date. Channeling the groove of their latest Top 10 single, Work, and the chugging riffs of its companion track, Let The Chaos Reign, Breathe Again marks one of POP EVIL's most diverse and captivating releases to date. The band continues to bridge their heaviness with cinematic melody, indicating what's to come on their forthcoming album due out next year via Entertainment One (eOne).

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

POP EVIL has been a staple at major festivals and in theatres and clubs for over a decade, despite the group's relative youth. As they've ruled the roost with No. 1 Billboard Rock singles like Trenches, Deal with the Devil, Torn to Pieces, Footsteps, and Waking Lions, they've taken their inspired message to the people, on tours with modern rock titans and veteran acts alike. The band bunkered down in Los Angeles in the winter of 2019 to put the finishing touches on the yet to be titled new album due out in 2021 via Entertainment One (eOne). The band also enlisted new creative teams of producers and collaborators to emphasize the band's sound's uniquely varied aspects.

As Breathe Again, Let The Chaos Reign, and Work might suggest, the contrast and fearless genre-defying cross-cultural pollination have never been more pronounced than on album number six. The preproduction process yielded close to 30 songs, whittled down to the most potent 12 representing everything about POP EVIL. This new effort will be the highly anticipated follow up to their self-titled album that came out two years ago to high critical praise, with outlets like Loudwire saying, "their self-titled effort continues that delivers a solid top-to-bottom listen." Collectively, the band's previous five albums account for over 600 million worldwide streams. 

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

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JEWEL SHARES PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIVE VERSION OF ANGEL STANDING BY

FROM THE SPECIAL 25th ANNIVERSARY REISSUE
OF HER LANDMARK DEBUT LP PIECES OF YOU
DUE OUT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

TICKETS TO JEWEL’S PIECES OF YOU LIVE VIRTUAL CONCERT  ON RELEASE DAY CAN BE PURCHASED HERE

Toronto, ON – November 13, 2020 – Leading up the 25th anniversary reissue of her 12x platinum-selling debut album, Pieces of You, Jewel has debuted a previously unreleased live version of Angel Standing By. The song is the 13th track on the GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter’s 1995 breakthrough LP, and this live rendition captures Jewel’s magnetic spirit and ethereal vocals that have been long-adored by fans for over two decades. On Angel Standing By (Live), the audience’s enthusiasm for the young musician is palpable. “She was so sincere on stage” remarks Jewel’s frequent collaborator, Steve Poltz. “I saw her opening solo, in a t-shirt and barefoot, for all these goths, and I would watch men crying, with their make-up streaming down their face. She was so pure it was undeniable.” Stream or download the new edition of this beloved Jewel song here.

"I wrote Angel Standing By when I was 16,” Jewel says about the song. “I had moved out on my own earlier that year and started having panic attacks. I was very frightened and lonely. I imagined everything I wished someone was telling me and made it into a lullaby to soothe myself at night before bed.”

The much-anticipated reissue of Pieces of You is due out on Friday, November 20 via Craft Recordings, along with a companion Pieces of You LIVE virtual concert on release day – marking the first ever where Jewel will play the album from front to back. Tickets are available for purchase here, along with a VIP package for the show, which includes an exclusive Q&A with Jewel and access to performances of songs not included in the original set. VIP ticket proceeds will be donated to Jewel’s Las Vegas-based non-profit, the Inspiring Children Foundation, and Voices of Hwǫłdzil (Resilience) - Adabi Healing Center, a community-based domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention and prevention program in the Chinle Agency and surrounding areas of the Navajo Nation.

The digital version of the album will be available in time with the physical formats, offering the complete audio content from the 4-CD box set release. Additionally, for Record Store Day’s Black Friday Event (November 27), Jewel will be unveiling a limited edition, Live At the Inner Change, double-LP – captured at the eponymous coffee house in San Diego where she first earned her performance stripes. This previously unreleased live performance from 1994 offers fans a chance to hear Jewel nearly two years before becoming an international sensation. For more information and for a full list of participating retailers, visit recordstoreday.com.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewel has been leading the conversation about the silent symptoms of the virus such as anxiety, depression, and isolation, as well as the importance of mental hygiene. Her voice in this space has helped build community and connection for those who need it most. In May, Jewel held A Moment of Calm with The New York Times – leading listeners in a guided meditation and sharing her personal experiences with mental health issues to help others. In August, she also participated in a TIME For Health Talks with psychiatrist Dr. Blaise Aguirre about making mental health a priority.

About Jewel:
Jewel went from a girl who grew up with no running water on an Alaskan homestead, to a homeless teenager in San Diego, to an award winning, multi-platinum recording artist who released one of the best-selling debuts of all time. Through her career Jewel has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and has earned 26 nominations for such awards as the GRAMMY®s, American Music Awards, MTV Awards, VH1 Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Country Music Awards, winning eight times. Jewel has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, Rolling Stone, has performed on Saturday Night Live, at the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals, for the Pope and the President of the United States. She has experimented with several genres over her career with top hits in Folk, Pop, Club, Country, Standards, Children's and Holiday music.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewel has been leading the conversation around mental health, helping people tackle the silent symptoms of COVID-19—anxiety, depression, and isolation—to build community and connection for those who need it most. For more than 18 years, Jewel’s non-profit, the Inspiring Children Foundation has helped at-risk youth cope with the same silent symptoms we are now seeing in the pandemic. Growing up in Alaska where she was indoors for eight months out of the year, she knows about isolation. After moving out at 15 due to an abusive household and suffering from debilitating panic attacks, Jewel became homeless by the age of 18 and developed agoraphobia, the fear of leaving one’s home, a condition that experts worry some people will develop in the post-COVID-19 era. Mental health has been a significant passion of hers since being a homeless teenager with little access to resources. During that time, she began to develop a set of tools to rewire her brain and create new emotional patterns that were later validated by neuroscientist and associate professor in psychiatry at Brown University, Dr. Judson Brewer. After learning meditation and discovering and innovating her own mindfulness practices, Jewel was able to heal symptoms of her depression and go from surviving to thriving. These are the same tools she uses to help at-risk youth through her charity and the same tools she is offering online for free.

For more information, please visit the Inspiring Children Foundation website. To access Jewel’s free online tools, please visit the Never Broken website.

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HAVIAH MIGHTY UNCOVERS TRUTH ON ATLANTIC

WATCH VISUALIZER HERE

FIRST NEW SINGLE FOLLOWING HAVIAH’S 
2019 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE-WINNING ALBUM 13th FLOOR  

WATCH VISUALS FOR BAG UPTHIRTEEN AND 
SMOKE (FT. CLAIRMONT THE SECOND)

HAVIAH MIGHTY MERCH AVAILABLE NOW

Toronto, ON – November 13, 2020 – Friday the 13th may be perceived as unlucky for some, but Polaris Music Prize-winning (2019) Toronto artist, Haviah Mighty, continues to eradicate stigma through sound. Today, she releases Atlanticher first new single since her 2019 album, 13th Floor, continuing a trajectory of uncovering the unknown. Produced by Haviah and Mighty PrynceAtlantic examines the ugly truths of money, the roots of unequal labour, and its impact on marginalized communities worldwide. Watch the visualizer illustrated by BlackPowerBarbie and listen to Atlantic here   

We're dropping Atlantic on Friday, November 13, a perceived 'unlucky' date, continuing the process of shifting thought away from discarding the unknown as we did with 13th Floor. The process of producing/labouring goods for little or no compensation, is the basis of large corporations and conglomerates prospering and why some of these corporations are so successful to this day. In present day, we still collectively revolve around these concepts of money and value - the importance of it is instrumental to our livelihood  and with the media, misinformation and confusion of history, we labour and produce resources for big companies, and spend our little profits on the same resources our ancestors laboured  gold, diamonds etc. Even a lot of our food is still produced at the expense of marginalized groups of people,” Haviah says. 

This concept that we can't escape, is so disgusting, and the reason they say, 'money is the root of all evil’. Specifically, the Atlantic Ocean was used as a vessel of support for these wicked practices, at the expense of my Black ancestors. We were forced to come to the Americas to make this idea of value stronger, bigger, better, with very little benefit. Now we are the 'bottom of the barrel' in the Americas, a disposition I explore with the lyrics 'Never seen Atlanta, but we travel the Atlantic’. The singing vocals at the beginning and especially the end, are to represent our ancestors crying out  a reminder that they were so strong, so resilient, and still here, keeping us empowered. Our history is with them, and if we talk to them, learn from them, do our research  we will be stronger."

Read Haviah’s full statement on the inspiration behind Atlantic here.

Since the release of 13th Floor, Haviah has delivered an array of accompanying videos. Bag Up, directed by Keethan Krish and produced by Rack & Pinion, is a bold, fashion-forward look at Haviah stepping into her power. Watch the video here.  On Canada Day, Haviah launched her video for Thirteen, a song about the painful journey of Black people in North America. Referencing the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, the lyrics and illustrated video by Toronto artist, Theo Kapodistrias, expose the roots of systemic racism – watch it here.

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

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

Haviah started a new decade off with U.S. headline shows, a major freestyle on 5 Fingers Of Death on SWAY in the Morning, a performance session for Paste, sets at Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, The Basement in Los Angeles, an intimate Boiler Room jam in Vancouver, and plans to rock international festival stages (including SXSW, Osheaga, Ottawa Blues, FOCUS Wales and more) before the pandemic postponed events.

Atlantic marks the first offering of new music Haviah will share into 2021. While international touring remains at a standstill as Haviah eagerly awaits to get back on the stage to perform, she is staying creative in the studio and actively advocating for change in the community.

About Haviah Mighty
Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn’t be more accurate a word to describe the artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.

Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Mighty started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15.

Well-known for being one of the three MCs who make up The Sorority — a hip-hop group born during an all-female cypher on International Women’s Day in 2016 — Mighty is making equally large waves as a solo artist. 

Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009, but it was her project, Flower City (2017), that propelled her solo career into further success. Mighty’s Polaris Prize-winning album, 13th Floor (2019), is her most fully-realized project to date - making history as the first Hip-Hop artist and the first Black woman to ever receive the award. Garnering overwhelming praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, Hot New Hip Hop, and Lyrical Lemonade to name a few, Haviah continues to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in Hip-Hop.

Haviah’s explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has also quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Redman and Method Man, Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, and Kranium.

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

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

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VALERIE JUNE RETURNS WITH FIRST NEW ORIGINAL MUSIC IN NEARLY FOUR YEARS

THREE-SONG SUITE PRODUCED BY JACK SPLASH 
(KENDRICK LAMAR, ALICIA KEYS) AND VALERIE JUNE

LISTEN TO STAY/STAY MEDITATION/YOU AND I AT ROLLING STONE

Toronto, ON – November 13, 2020 – Today, the Tennessee-born, Brooklyn-based artist, Valerie June — “a true star in the making” (Okayplayer) — returns with her first new music since her acclaimed 2017 album, The Order Of TimeThe new and original three-song suite, produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend) and Valerie June, unveils an ambitious leap forward. 

From the yearning and mystical country-soul of Stay, through to the dreamy, flute-abetted interlude, Stay Meditation, and concluding with You And I — which fuses R&B and African rhythms into something restorative, danceable, and distinctly Valerie — these songs invite listeners into an immersive world painted in a rich sonic palette.

Watch the visualizer for the three-song suite, which begins with Valerie posing statuesque before she simultaneously commands and disintegrates into the cosmos, at Rolling Stone. Listen and/or purchase Stay /Stay Meditation/ You and I

In addition, Valerie will host a guided Stay-themed meditation tomorrow Saturday, November 14 via her YouTube page from her home in Brooklyn, where she’ll also talk about the new two songs and the meditation track she’s releasing today.

In the lead-up to last week’s election, Valerie June — inspired by the enthusiastic reaction to her Young, Gifted, & BlackSpotify playlist, as well as the spirit of late musician and civil rights activist, Nina Simone — curated a voter mobilization livestream entitled Voice Your Vote that platformed exciting young black artists like Brittany Howard, Jon Batiste, Black Pumas, Rhiannon Giddens, and more in an effort to mobilize voters and stop voter suppression endemic in Black and brown communities. Proceeds from the stream went to Stacey Abram’s Fair Fight and Movement Voter Project’s Black-Led Organizing Fund. Read more here

Valerie June’s previous two records — 2013’s Pushin’ Against A Stone and 2017’s The Order Of Time — established her as a vital voice in the world of roots music, earning the admiration of Bob Dylan and landing on best-of-the-year lists from the New York Times, The New Yorker and more. 

Keep an eye out for more new music from Valerie June in 2021.

Praise For Valerie June:

"She knows when quiet is enough. It feels like a model for being.” — The New Yorker

“Rootsy, leisurely, genre-blurring Americana grooves roll along and evolve behind Valerie June’s assorted voices — nasal, clear, cracked, breathy — in songs with a casual, conversational surface. But they often contemplate past and present eternities, from her family’s history to the promise of lifelong love.” 
— The New York Times, Best Albums of 2017

"Childlike wonderment amid a gloriously ethereal atmosphere reminiscent of Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks.' Fantastic stuff.” — The Guardian

"[The Order of Time is] near-perfect front to back, its politics are subtle and sly, mostly implicit and matter-of-fact, transmitted through sketches of lovers and other strugglers.” — Rolling Stone

"Each of these songs are suffused with nostalgia or idealism that's also strikingly grounded.” — NPR Music

Of its time and timeless.” — NPR Fresh Air

"An exercise in vigilant renewal... [June] glides and grooves before breaking your heart completely.” — VICE

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SOCCER MOMMY RELEASES COLOR THEORY (SELECTED DEMOS)

SHARES MUSIC VIDEO FOR ROYAL SCREW UP (DEMO)

ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION
COLOR THEORY + COLOR THEORY (SELECTED DEMOS)
DELUXE BINDER VERSION

"Let me thank Soccer Mommy for the music" - Bernie Sanders

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

"Sophie Allison is unflinching in her depiction of depressive episodes and paranoia about looming death. She sets them against a deceptively sunny '90s pop template, staring down adolescent trauma with a tone that's both unsentimental and deeply empathetic." - NPR

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

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