RISING HARPIST MIKAELA DAVIS’ TRANSCENDENT TAKE ON ELLIOTT SMITH PLUS OTHER LOVER VIDEO PREMIERE VIA LADYGUNN UNVEILED THIS WEEK

PLAYS NYC ALBUM RELEASE SHOW JULY 26 AND HEADLINING US, UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR THIS FALL

DEBUT LP DELIVERY PRODUCED BY JOHN CONGLETON
OUT JULY 13 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

Toronto, ON – June 22, 2018 –
Less than a month before the release of her John Congleton-produced debut LP, Delivery (July 13/Rounder), Mikaela Davis has unveiled two songs that pay homage to an early musical influence while simultaneously catapulting her towards her future. The video for her recent single, Other Lover, premiered Wednesday with a Ladygunn Q&A. Today, she reconnects with one of her early songwriting loves with a passionate cover of Elliott Smith’s, Half Right. Mikaela will play Baby’s All Right in New York City on July 26 to celebrate her album’s release, and will follow that with a headlining, 22-city tour in the US, UK, and Europe. Full tour dates below. Watch, Other Lover, and read the Ladygunn Q&A here, and on YouTube here.

Says Mikaela of Half Right, “First year of high school on the school bus; I was sitting in front of my now-longtime bandmate Alex listening to my iPod. He asked what I was listening to and proceeded to scroll through my library. I agreed to let Alex put all new music on my iPod which led me to discover many artists like Sufjan Stevens, Ben Folds, Saves The Day... among them was Elliott Smith. I was floored by his work and I actually stopped writing music altogether for a few years until I rebuilt confidence in my own songwriting ability. Elliott has been a big influence and I'm excited to share my version of Half Right!

Ladygunn has praised Mikaela as “blending ethereal, acid-soaked Polaroid images of the 1970s with a David Lynch-ian dreamscape.” Other Lover was named as WXPN’s “Gotta Hear Song of the Week” and was featured on Spotify’s Fresh Folk playlist when it was released June 1.  The first single, Delivery was included on New Music Friday and other hot Spotify playlists as well. Watch the video for Delivery here.

Read a Q&A with Mikaela at Girlboss on her music and self-care habits here.

Mikaela crafts sweet and salty songs that twist, float, and constantly surprise. Delivery shows off her wise-beyond-her-years songwriting abilities as well as her classical training – it straddles the lines of folk and funk, AM rock and 80s pop experimentation. Delivery was produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Future Islands, Angel Olsen) and it's already been hailed by Uproxx as "a sonic and stunning 10-track, genre-bending record."

Mikaela just wrapped up a month-long, sold-out national tour with Lake Street Dive and has previously toured with Bon Iver, San Fermin, the Punch Brothers, Watkins Family Hour, The Staves and more.


TOUR DATES:

July 26 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby's All Right

August 11 – Rochester, NY – Abilene Bar & Lounge

September 19 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg

September 24 – Baden, CH – Royal

September 25 – Dudingen, CH – Bad Bonn (w/ S. Carey)

September 26 – Paris, FR – Le Pop Up

September 28 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

September 29 – Brussels, BE – Witloofbar

October 1 – London, UK – Omeara

October 2 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen

October 3 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club

October 4 – Glasgow, UK – Hug & Pint

October 5 – Bristol, UK – Louisiana

October 10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott

October 11 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom

October 13 – Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy

October 15 – Washington, DC – DC9

October 16 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Backroom

October 19 – Nashville, TN – The Basement

October 21 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi

October 23 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry

October 24 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern

October 27 – Toronto, ON – The Drake          

 

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WILD RIVERS EIGHTY-EIGHT EP OUT TODAY

WATCH A LIVE PERFORMANCE OF HOWLING
FEATURED ON SPOTIFY’S PULSE OF AMERICANA 
AND FRESH FOLK


Wild Rivers’ Eighty-Eight merges many genres gracefully by adding vocal harmonies and an acoustic guitar to their folk-pop and soul hybrid” – Exclaim!

Toronto, ON – June 22, 2018 – Wild Rivers
– the finest purveyors of “Folk ‘n Roll and Country Soul” - are releasing the Eighty-Eight EP, the highly awaited follow up to their 2016’s self-titled debut album. The band is also debuting a stripped down live performance of Howling, showing off the band’s signature seamless harmonies.

The same careful craftsmanship is apparent in the band’s 2016 self-titled debut album, streamed over 27 million times on Spotify alone, and 2017 single, Do Right. The band wrote and recorded the EP in both Ontario and Nashville, creativity peaking between glistening pop (A Week Ago) and acoustic vulnerability (Howling). Guitarist and singer Yassein’s love of strong, purposeful melodies is evident in the core of each of the five tracks.

Wild Rivers is composed of Khalid Yassein (vocals, guitar), Devan Glover (vocals), Ben Labenski (drums) and Andrew Oliver (guitar, bass). Over three years, the Toronto-based band has accrued more than 30 million streams on Spotify, toured consistently across the U.S. and Canada, and earned a reputation as a band that makes a powerful connection with listeners. Coming from all different musical backgrounds, all four members find inspiration in iconic pop artists of the 1970s, from Fleetwood Mac to James Taylor to Neil Young, and manage to blend their hallmark storytelling styles with a modern approach to melody.

With the release of the EP, the band is gearing up for a scattering of US tour dates, including stops in New York City and some of the country’s best folk festivals, see below for details.

CATCH WILD RIVERS LIVE:
August 3 – Rochester, NY – Rochester Public Market
August 5 – Fairfield, CT – StageOne
August 7 – Exton, PA – Eagleview Concert Series
August 8 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
August 9 – Washington, DC – Union Stage
August 11 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest
August 24 – Ontonagon, MI – Porcupine Mountains Music Festival
September 20 – Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic
September 22-23 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Festival
September 24 – Dallas, TX – Cambridge Room
September 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit Live
September 27 – San Diego, CA – Voodoo Room @ HOB
September 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Lounge
October 1 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall
October 2 – Portland, OR – Mission Theatre
October 3 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
October 5 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
October 6 – Bozeman, MT – Live from the Divide
October 7 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
October 10 – Ames, IA – Maintenance Shop @ Iowa State
October 11 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill
October 12 – Chicago, IL – Martyrs

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BRITISH FIVE PIECE THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT SIGN TO SPINEFARM RECORDS' IMPRINT SNAKEFARM RECORDS

NEW ALBUM A DEEPER CUT OUT AUGUST 3

BAND TOURING NORTH AMERICA WITH
DEEP PURPLE AND
JUDAS PRIEST THIS SUMMER
WITH STOPS IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC
 

Toronto, ON – June 22, 2018 – British five-piece, The Temperance Movement, have signed to Spinefarm Records' imprint, Snakefarm Records. Their third album, A Deeper Cut, is due out August 3.

The band will also tour North America this summer, serving as support for Deep Purple and Judas Priest. All dates are below.

The album is simultaneously anthemic, defiant and cathartic. It bears echoes of the great rock 'n' roll icons of the '60s and '70s – The Faces and Led Zeppelin, Free, and The Rolling Stones – whose singer, Mick Jagger, gave them the ultimate accolade when he handpicked The Temperance Movement to support the Stones in Europe in 2014 and in the U.S. in 2015.
 
But, A Deeper Cut is no period piece. New songs such as the electrifying, Caught In the Middle, the swaggering, Built-in Forgetter, and the emotionally charged title track are the sound of a band reborn. 
 
"As the name suggests, A Deeper Cut is a deeper album, a more honest album," says singer, Phil Campbell. "It's not us hiding, or pretending to be something we're not. It's us saying, 'This is what the band is.'"
 
"The over-riding feeling was that we’d been through this period of turmoil in the band," says guitarist, Paul Sayer. "Our belief in what we were doing had been challenged. It would have been very easy to walk away from it all."
 
He isn't exaggerating. The Temperance Movement's early years were a rocket ride. Following a Best New Band Award from Classic Rock magazine in 2013, their first two albums, 2013's self-titled debut album and its follow-up, 2016's White Bear both smashed into the UK Top 20, while they scored a No.1 Canadian Rock Radio with their 2015 single, Oh Lorraine.

The band is ready to build on that success and is firmly focused on the here and now with A Deeper Cut.


DEEP PURPLE + JUDAS PRIEST + THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT TOUR DATES:
August 21 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
August 22 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 24 — Detroit, MI — Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
August 25 — Mt. Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort*
August 27 — Hamilton, ON — FirstOntario Centre
August 29 — Montreal, QC — Bell Centre
August 30 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
September 1 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
September 2 — Bethel Woods, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
September 5 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
September 6 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
September 8 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
September 9 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
September 12 — Jacksonville, FL — Daily's Place
September 14 — Atlanta, GA — Verizon Amphitheatre
September 16 — Biloxi, MS — Mississippi Coast Coliseum
September 18 — Kansas City, MO — Starlight Theatre
September 20 — Welch, MN — Treasure Island Casino*
September 21 — Council Bluffs, IA — Harrah's Council Bluffs*
September 23 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
September 26 — San Diego, CA — Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
September 27 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
September 29 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 30 — Wheatland, CA — Toyota Amphitheatre
*Non Live Nation date

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ST. LUCIA RELEASE A BRIGHTER LOVE AND PARADISE IS WAITING FROM FORTHCOMING THIRD ALBUM

BAND ANNOUNCES FALL NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR WITH STOPS IN TORONTO AND VANCOUVER

Toronto, ON – June 22, 2018 – Today, St. Lucia has released two new tracks – A Brighter Love and Paradise Is Waiting – both of which will be included on the band’s forthcoming third album on Columbia Records. These songs mark St. Lucia’s first musical offerings since the release of their sophomore album, Matter, in 2016 and are available now on all digital formats. Listen HERE. Additional details on the band’s new album will be announced soon.

Front man, Jean-Philip Grobler, says, “These songs couldn’t be more different, but we’re so proud of them both. Paradise Is Waiting might be the most epic thing we’ve ever done, and ‘A Brighter Love’ is probably the sparsest. It was really hard choosing which songs to lead with, but we felt like these two best represent the extremes of our new music.”

St. Lucia will embark on a headline tour across North America in support of new music this fall. The extensive run kicks off on September 21 with two shows at New York City’s brand new 3200-capacity Pier 17, and includes stops in Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more. Now Now, The Night Game, and Arkells will open select shows on the tour. See full routing below.

Fan presale for the tour begins Monday, June 25 at 10 a.m. local time (pw: paradise); tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. local time. The band is also offering VIP tickets to all stops on the tour, including a visit to the band’s soundcheck and exclusive tour merch. Visit www.stlucianewyork.com for more information and all ticket links.

ST. LUCIA ON TOUR:
09/21 - New York, NY - Pier 17 (SOLD OUT)
09/22 - New York, NY - Pier 17
10/02 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall *
10/04 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre *
10/05 - Minneapolis, MN - Music Hall Minneapolis
10/08 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre ^
10/09 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom ^
10/10 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox ^
10/12 - Sonoma, CA - Old Redwood Barn ^
10/13 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades ^
10/14 - San Francisco, CA - August Hall ^
10/17 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park ^
10/19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Novo ^
10/20 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues ^
10/25 - Oklahoma City, OK - Jones Assembly #
10/26 - Dallas, TX - Canton Hall #
10/27 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn
10/28 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall #
10/30 - Nashville, TN - The Cowan #
10/31 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage #
11/02 - Charlotte, NC - The Underground #
11/03 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
11/05 - Washington D.C. - 9:30 Club #
11/07 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts (TLA) #
11/09 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
11/10 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes #
11/11 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place #
11/12 - Boston, MA - Royale #

*with Now, Now
^with The Night Game
#with Arkells

LISTEN TO A BRIGHTER LOVE AND PARADISE IS WAITING:
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RAPPER TOKEN TAKES STAND ON SOCIETAL ISSUES WITH BODY IMAGE AND SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THE RELEASE OF NEW VIDEO FOR ONE LIKE EQUALS

LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – June 22, 2018 – Boston rapper, Token, is obviously unafraid to tackle critical issues within his own generation as he releases his recent video for One Like Equals. Directed by Ben Proulx and Token, he tapped into his own experiences with his peers, using the harsh realities of social media as it affects a generation of young women lacking self-esteem, addicted to “likes” and fame. One Like Equals is the second installment to a video trilogy. Token previously released Code Red (click here), which received over 1.4M views on YouTube after a month.

“I’ve seen so many girls that I grew up with turn to social media for acceptance and attention,” he says. “It’s like, when you have insecurity problems or something traumatic happens in life, these ‘likes’ on social media turn into an emotional crutch; the more you get, the more loved you think you are.”

Earlier this year, Token kicked off 2018 with his headlining Have You Seen Him? Tour which crisscrossed over North America and Europe. He’s also been featured on Vibe.com, XXL, Boston Globe and a host of others as well as rose the Vevo charts and cracked into the Top 10 with 2M views to date. 

ABOUT TOKEN
Ben Goldberg, known by his stage name, Token, grew up north of Boston, MA. At a young age, Ben was introduced to hip-hop and by the age of six, began writing down his thoughts and emotions from events in his life and expressing himself through poetry. At the age of 10, Ben began putting melody to these lyrics and recording these poems as raps. What had started out as an outlet of expression soon became his passion. Rather than hanging out with friends as most kids his age were doing, Ben stayed at home continuously perfecting his craft and developing his artistry under his now known stage name, Token.

Token began cultivating his fanbase at age 14 after releasing simple videos online of him rapping. By age 16, Token had won multiple online rap contests and has amassed over a million views on his YouTube page. Along with his growing social following online, he began performing all around New England, establishing his live show amongst some known artists. Two of his videos, one of which was made when he was only 14, went viral on Facebook accumulating a total of 6 million views. Fresh off his 17th birthday, Token released a new video that went viral on YouTube and hit a milestone of 500k views in only three days, and has since passed one million. Having garnered quite a dedicated following, Token has received many co-signs like Sway Calloway from Sway in the Morning, and even Mark Wahlberg recently pronounced Token his "new favourite rapper."

Listen to More Music By Token:
Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/4cUfFbVZGSsJWdbfmkdxYq  
Apple Music: itunes.apple.com/us/artist/token/1138060268
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/tokenhiphop
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/tokenhiphop

www.tokenhiphop.com

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ASTROCOLOR RELEASE VIDEO FOR SMELL OF ACID (FEAT. TYLER ROWE)

NOMINATED FOR ELECTRONIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR AT THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS

ASTROCOLOR III OUT NOW VIA EONE MUSIC

ON TOUR IN CANADA THIS SUMMER
WITH A STOP AT BURNING MAN

Toronto, ON – June 21, 2018 – Victoria, BC-based electronica group, Astrocolor, share the video for Smell Of Acid (feat. Tyler Rowe), the lead single from their latest EP, Astrocolor III, which is the culminating piece of their self-titled trilogy. Following the release, the group received a nomination for Electronic Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, while launching a tour of the summer festival circuit. They announced a new run of dates throughout British Columbia, with a stop at the revered Burning Man Festival in Nevada. See below for a complete list and watch the video for Smell Of Acid here.

"We had been noticing elements from late 90s electronic music creeping back in to modern music. In the studio, we made a break through when our drummer played a classic breakbeat and we started teaming it up with the acid synthesizer sounds you might have heard from a classic Chemical Brothers or Crystal Method track,” says DJ and producer, Neil Cooke-Dallin. “It still needed a little something and when we invited our friend Tyler Rowe to come down and drop some verses, the whole track just seemed to gel perfectly."

The music video was directed by Holland Kerr and Astrocolor, and sees front man Neil Cooke-Dallin transition from warehouse employee drudgery to rock star glory (at least in his dreams). Smell of Acid was inspired by late 90s breakbeat and iconic electronic influences such as The Chemical Brothers and The Crystal Method.

Based in western Canada, Astrocolor perform and record live electronic music, recalling the Chemical Brothers, Air, and St. Germain. The band plays on the edges of funky house, Balearic, breakbeat, and ambient. Astrocolor III sees the band’s instrumental and electronic roots expand into traditional song formats with feature vocals (A Light Goes Out feat. Kuba Oms), acid breakbeat (Smell of Acid), alternative house (Daylight Savings), and electro-funk (Break Your Body). Produced by Neil Cooke-Dallin, Astrocolor III is built equally for a big night out in the clubs or a dinner party soundtrack at home.

Astrocolor have brought their celebratory live show to seminal western Canadian music festivals including Rifflandia, Song & Surf, Tall Tree, and Atmosphere Gathering. The band also made debut appearances last year in Toronto (Canadian Music Week), Seattle (Upstream Music Festival), Vancouver (with Five Alarm Funk at the legendary Commodore Ballroom), St Louis, and Chicago. Astrocolor’s catalogue of original material has well over one million plays on Spotify and a loyal following of regular listeners globally.

The EP Collection – Astrocolor I, II, III – is available now on vinyl at astrocolormusic.com. Each individual EP is available on all major streaming platforms and digital providers.

Listen to Astrocolor III: www.smarturl.it/astrocolorIII

TOUR DATES
June 23 - Tidemark Theatre - Campbell River, BC
July 27 - Doc's (Center of Gravity After Party) – Kelowna, BC
July 28 - Golden Sound Festival – Golden, BC
August 18 - Cumberland Wild Festival – Cumberland, BC
August 31 - Nightchaser Stage, Burning Man Festival - Nevada
October 13 - Capital Ballroom – Victoria, BC

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Astrocolor on Spotify:  www.spoti.fi/2HVe8oL

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VAN WILLIAM ANNOUNCES 2018 FALL HEADLINE TOUR

RISING SINGER-SONGWRITER WILL JOIN ALT/ROCK BAND GUSTER FOR SELECT DATES THIS SUMMER

PLAYING LOLLAPALOOZA ON SUNDAY AUGUST 5TH

Toronto, ON – June 20, 2018 –
Acclaimed rock singer-songwriter, Van William is hitting the road this fall for a headlining, national tour. The 15-date run kicks off on September 10th in Atlanta, GA, with a stop in Toronto, ON at The Drake on September 18th and wraps at The Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on October 11th, tickets go on sale Friday June 22nd. Additionally, this summer Van joins beloved alt/rock band Guster for a string of summer dates that culminate with a performance at this year’s Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, IL., Saturday August 5th — full tour dates below. For more information and tickets please visit www.vanwilliammusic.com.

Van’s acclaimed, debut album Countries is out now via Fantasy Records and includes Top 5 Triple A single, Revolution featuring First Aid Kit. Most recently, the album was featured on Uproxx’s list of ‘50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far.’ Since the album’s release, Van’s heavy touring schedule has included a world tour with First Aid Kit and a national tour with singer/songwriter Lissie.

In addition, on September 7th Van is set to perform alongside Fitz & The Tantrums, Betty Who, and Judah and the Lion at this year’s A&F Challenge hosted by Abercrombie & Fitch at their headquarters in New Albany, OH.

Founded in 2001, The A&F Challenge is Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s largest annual fundraiser, featuring headlining bands, local food and drink and activities for every age. With over 4,000 attendees annually, The Challenge has raised more than $15 million to date. This year, all proceeds benefit SeriousFun Children’s Network. For tickets and additional info please visit www.anfchallenge.org.

Listen and buy Countries HERE

VAN WILLIAM ON TOUR:
July 25 — Apple Valley, MN — Weesner Family Amphitheater*
July 26 — Fargo, ND — Sanctuary Events Center*
July 27 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s*
July 28 — Omaha, NE — Slowdown*
July 29 — Denver, CO — Denver Botanic Gardens*
Aug 1 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues*
Aug 2 — Jim Thorpe, PA — Penn’s Peak*
Aug 5 – Chicago, IL — Lollapalooza
Sept 7 — New Albany, OH — A&F Challenge
Sept 10 — Atlanta, GA — Aisle 5
Sept 13 — Washington DC — DC9
Sept 14 — Brooklyn, NY — Baby's All Right
Sept 15 — Philadelphia, PA — Boot & Saddle
Sept 16 — Boston, MA — Cafe 939
Sept 18 — Toronto, ON — Drake Hotel
Sept 20 — Detroit, MI — PJ's Lager House
Sept 21 — Fishers, IN — Fishers Plate Amphitheatre+
Sept 22 — Evanston, IL — SPACE
Sept 28 — Denver, CO — Lost Lake Lounge
Oct 1 — Seattle, WA — Sunset Tavern
Oct 2 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge
Oct 4 — San Francisco, CA — Swedish American Hall
Oct 11 — Los Angeles, CA  — Bootleg Theatre

* with Guster
+ with Manchester Orchestra

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​BLACK LABEL SOCIETY DEBUTS TRAMPLED DOWN BELOW MUSIC VIDEO

2018 TOUR DATES ON SALE NOW

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY TO SUPPORT WITH
EYEHATEGOD / TELEKINETIC YETI ON SELECT DATES


STOPS IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO

ALL NEW LP GRIMMEST HITS OUT NOW
 

Toronto, ON – June 20, 2018 – Black Label Society, led by American guitar icon, Zakk Wylde, has released another new music video today, this time for the single, Trampled Down Below. The video was directed by Dan Sturgess, and filmed at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London during the band's tour there earlier this year. 

Black Label Society recently soared into the charts with their new LP, Grimmest Hits, via Entertainment One (eOne). The LP landed at #4 on the Billboard Current Charts, the highest charting LP since Order Of The Back released back in 2009. Grimmest Hits reached #1 on the Billboard Hard Music, #1 Independent, and #2 Rock Charts.

Black Label Society will resume their headline tour through North America this summer with Corrosion of Conformity beginning next month through the end of August, with stops in Toronto and Montreal in August. Support on select dates will come from Eyehategod. Tickets are on sale now. See below for a complete routing.

Black Label Society released their tenth full length, titled Grimmest Hits, on January 19, 2018. The new effort is the highly anticipated follow up to Billboard Top 5 charting titles, Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010). In-between then and now, Zakk Wylde released Book of Shadows II, the long awaited follow up from his 1996 solo debut of the same name, which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. 

Wylde, now reunited with Ozzy Osbourne after an eight-year break, has played a handful of dates with whom he refers to as “the boss,” with no signs of slowing down. The reunion kicked off over the summer with a highlighted performance at CHICAGO OPEN AIR with high profile festivals like LOUDER THAN LIFE and OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST on deck to close out the year. 

Wylde will stay on the road beyond the Black Label Society dates in 2018 reunited with "the boss" on the No More Tours 2."The two-year stretch will take place this spring with dates in Mexico, South America and Europe. The tour's first U.S. leg, which will feature Stone Sour as the opening group, starts in Allentown, Pennsylvania in August and wraps in Las Vegas in October. Tickets for the North American dates are on sale now.

One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Society traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor. 

Now ten studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours all kicking ass simultaneously, Black Label Society rides ever forward, fist held high.


TOUR DATES
July 14 – Country Fets – Cadott, WI
July 15 – Historic Ohio State Reformatory – Mansfield, OH
July 16 – Monarch Music Hall – Peoria, IL
July 17 – The Forge – Joliet, IL
July 18 – 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
July 20 – Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE
July 21 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
July 22 – The Cotillion Ballroom – Wichita, KS
July 23 – The District – Sioux Falls, SD
July 25 – Clyde Theatre – Fort Wayne, IN
July 27 – SI Hall at the Fairgrounds – Syracuse, NY
July 28 – Darling’s Waterfront Pavillion – Bangor, ME
July 29 – Webster Theater – Hartford, CT\
July 30 – World Café Live At The Queen – Wilmington, DE
August 1 – The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN
August 2 – The Fillmore Charlotte – Matthews, NC
August 3 – Phase 2 – Lynchburg, VA
August 4 – Shiley Acres – Inwood, WV
August 5 –  The Norva – Norfolk, VA
August 7 – Rebel – Toronto, ON
August 8 – MTELUS – Montreal, QC

August 9 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
August 10 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
August 11 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ 

"If you’re after riffs you can milk for days,
 then Grimmest Hits is a Wisconsin purebred prize dairy cow."
- LOUDWIRE

“…A well-rounded masterclass in heaviness.” KKKK’s – KERRANG! 

"Black Label Society smooshes doom and blues together with a full salute."
- 8/10, BLABBERMOUTH

“Zakk is back!” - CLASSIC ROCK

Purchase Grimmest Hits:
Digitally: smarturl.it/grimmesthits
iTunes: smarturl.it/grimmesthits/itunes
CD: www.indiemerch.com/eonemusic/item/54032

Black Label Society on Spotify: spoti.fi/2mfdtpy

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NIAGARA PARKS PRESENTS “THE NIAGARA STAGE” WITH POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE

THE NIAGARA STAGE, A FREE WEEKLY SUMMER MUSIC SERIES IN QUEEN VICTORIA PARK, WILL FEATURE A DIVERSE LINEUP OF PROMINENT AND EMERGING CANADIAN TALENT RECOGNIZED BY POLARIS

CONCERTS TO TAKE PLACE EVERY SATURDAY EVENING AT 8:00 P.M. FROM JUNE 30 TO SEPTEMBER 1 FOLLOWED BY FIREWORKS OVER NIAGARA FALLS AT 10:00 P.M

TORONTO, ON
– Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Niagara Parks introduces The Niagara Stage, a new weekly summer music series held in Queen Victoria Park, with support from the Polaris Music Prize. Featuring performances from renowned Canadian artists, this free summer concert series will showcase artists previously recognized by Polaris.

Shows will take place every Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m., from June 30 to September 1, at Niagara Parks’ Queen Victoria Place stage. The evening will culminate with a fireworks display over Niagara Falls at 10:00 p.m. (weather-permitting) as part of Niagara Parks’ nightly summer fireworks program.

The Niagara Stage represents a unique programming partnership between two venerated Canadian cultural organizations, Niagara Parks and the Polaris Music Prize. The Niagara Stage will seek to showcase the talent and diversity of Canadian artists that have been previously recognized or listed by Polaris, to the multitude of domestic and international visitors experiencing one of Canada’s foremost natural wonders. The Niagara Stage is proudly supported by the Government of Ontario, and Coca-Cola.

For full schedule, see HERE.
For images, and associated media, please see HERE.

Stay Connected:
Facebook: @NiagaraParks
Instagram: @niagaraparks
Twitter: @NiagaraParks
Blog: niagaraparks.com/blog
#NiagaraParks

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. Our Polaris Podcast explores the rich and intriguing stories behind these albums and is available via iTunes and other distributors. polarismusicprize.ca

About Niagara Parks
Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure. For more information, please visit niagaraparks.com.

Media Contacts:

Polaris Music Prize media:

Amanda McCauley - Indoor Recess
(905) 926-6440
amanda@indoorrecess.com

Niagara Parks:
Tony Baldinelli
(905) 356-2241 ext. 2206
tbaldinelli@niagaraparks.com

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AS IT IS RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE THE STIGMA (BOYS DON’T CRY) FROM THE GREAT DEPRESSION OUT AUGUST 10TH ON FEARLESS RECORDS

Toronto, ON – June 20, 2018 – As It Is, have today released their brand new single, The Stigma (Boys Don't Cry), with a powerful accompanying music video. The track is taken from the band's forthcoming new album, The Great Depression, released on August 10th on Fearless Records.

Speaking of The Stigma, the band says, “This song and video tackle toxic masculinity, and the long overdue need to rebel and speak out against outdated ideals that to this day continue to threaten individuality. The eponymous ‘stigma’ is that sense of blemish and shame so often associated with showing and expressing emotion, that causes too many to hide who they are. It is totally acceptable to show feeling; it is real and human to do so, and not something that should be arbitrarily gendered and hidden from view. In these increasingly disconnected times, where empathy is seemingly on a decline at many levels of everyday modern life, it is vital to stand up against such outdated tropes.”

Directors Our World Is Grey add, "The message behind The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry) is one of equality, something that we are both massively behind. We wanted to blend both early 2000’s emo rock videos with modern cinematography. We had an amazing team of actors and supporting creatives with us on set who also shared our passion in bringing this concept to life. We hope you enjoy this video as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

AN INTRODUCTION TO 'THE GREAT DEPRESSION' FROM VOCALIST PATTY WALTERS:
"The Great Depression’ is about the societal romanticisation of depression, the disrepair of present-day human connection, told through the story of a man who finds himself face-to-face with Death. This album is about asking questions rather than offering answers, exploring the lines where consolation and glorification collide, and asking if art is too subjective to offer a universal solution. 

We’ve approached this subject with the tremendous respect and sensitivity it warrants. Mental health awareness and prioritisation has always been immensely important to us, and we want to use this platform for good and to challenge problematic behaviours and stigmas.  More so than ever before, we’ll be working alongside incredible non-profits, donating proceeds to worthy causes, and using our music in hopes of creating a positive change."


MORE ON THE GREAT DEPRESSION:
When music is as its best, it is capable of holding a mirror up to the human condition in a way few other art forms can ever match. 

In the hands of the observant, the erudite, the compassionate and the philosophical, music allows us to better understand who we are and feel powerfully less alone. 

With their third album, The Great Depression, As it Is are comprehensively proving themselves to be such artists. Stepping out of their comfort zone with aplomb while asking, and answering, complex questions in a way precious few bands ever do. 

Across ‘The Great Depression’s dozen tracks, As It Is take the listener on a journey which delves into every aspect of arguably the most prevalent social ill of our time. From public perception, to internal war, the quartet unflinchingly confront the most difficult questions around depression, the value of life over death, and whether the rhetoric around ‘reaching out to talk’ is ostensibly hollow, if no one is prepared to hear those words.

Pre-order the album HERE.

THE GREAT DEPRESSION UK HEADLINE SHOWS:
November 18 – Antwerp Trix, Belgium
November 19 – Amsterdam Melkweg Old Hall, Netherlands
November 21 – Hamburg Logo, Germany
November 22 – Cologne Luxor, Germany
November 23 – Paris Boule Noire, France
November 25 – Bristol Thekla, UK
November 26 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms, UK
November 28 – Manchester Ritz, UK
November 29 – Birmingham O2 Institute, UK
December 1 – London The Forum, UK

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www.asitisofficial.com

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PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION ON JUNE 27th

A TRIBE CALLED RED, KEYS N KRATES, AND ISKWÉ
TO PERFORM FREE CONCERT AT YONGE & DUNDAS SQUARE

Toronto, ON – June 20, 2018 – On June 27th, the 2018 Indigenous History Month Celebration will take over Yonge & Dundas Square with a family-friendly event that will feature Indigenous arts, crafts, entertainment and the vital work of Indigenous community organizations. Together with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT), the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) will present a free concert that will wrap-up the one-day celebration. Today, they are thrilled to announce the stellar acts that will perform that evening: JUNO Award-winning DJ crew, A Tribe Called Red, JUNO Award-winning EDM group, Keys N Krates, and JUNO Award-nominated Electronic artist, iskwé.

“We are very happy to be able to do this show in support of the NCCT,” says A Tribe Called Red’s, Bear Witness. “I spent a lot of my childhood years in the NCCT building. When my family first moved to Toronto in 1984, it was because my mother was working at Native Earth when it was housed in the attic. I remember some of Native Earth's earliest performances being in the gym and spending long hours wandering the NCCT halls during rehearsals. I even got some of my first performance experiences there. I also took powwow drumming lessons there for a short time and even sat on a youth council. It was with that council that I first had the opportunity to travel to the Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque, NM. So, you could say we are really just giving back to a place that has helped at least one member of ATCR, and helps the community every day.”

“The Downie Wenjack Fund is doing truly great work to improve the lives of First Peoples,” adds Keys N Krates. “We all must DO SOMETHING. We are honoured to be playing at this year's event in support of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. We fully support this great cause and we are looking forward to performing in our hometown of Toronto with our great friends, A Tribe Called Red.”

"Being a part of such a strong and awesome community is nothing I take for granted,” remarks iskwé. “It's such a beautiful thing, being able to come together with friends and share the celebrations of who we are, where we come from, and where we're going!"

Indigenous History Month (June) was first proposed in 1995 by Elijah Harper, and was officially declared in Canada in 2009. Indigenous History Month provides an opportunity to recognize not only the historic contributions of Indigenous peoples to the development of Canada, but also the strength of present-day Indigenous communities and their promise for the future. Indigenous History Month is a time to acknowledge the role Indigenous peoples played in the development of Canada, to honour Indigenous heritage and to celebrate Indigenous cultures. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the strength of present day First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, and their hopes for the future.

The 9th annual Indigenous History Month Celebration is made possible with the generous support of Miziwe Biik, Heritage Canada, Rogers Communications, The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT), and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, with Lead Support from TD Bank Group, and media sponsorship by BellMedia.

About A Tribe Called Red
Native  Producer  and  DJ  crew  A  Tribe  Called  Red  (ATCR)  straddles  a  broad  range  of  musical  influences  based  in  modern  hip-hop,  traditional  pow  wow  drums  and  vocals,  blended  with  edgy  electronic  music  production  styles.  Currently  made  up  of  Bear  Witness  and  2oolman,  ATCR  are  part  of  a  vital  new  generation  of  artists  making  a  cultural  and  social  impact  in  Canada  alongside  a  renewed  Aboriginal  rights  movement  called  Idle  No  More.  ATCR  has  performed  high  profile  festival  dates  at  Coachella,  Bonnaroo,  AfroPunk,  Osheaga,  and  New  Orleans  Jazz  Fest  to  list  a  few.  In  2014,  they  garnered  mainstream  recognition  when  the  band  became  the  first  Indigenous  group  to  win  the  Breakthrough  Group  of  the  Year  award  at  the  JUNO Awards. Their latest album, We Are The Halluci Nation was released in September 2016 to critical acclaim. The record earned the group a spot on the 2016 Polaris Music Prize Short List, a JUNO win at the 2017 Awards for Producer of the Year, and a 2018 JUNO Award win for Group of the Year. atribecalledred.com

About Keys N Krates
Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound which melds the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group-composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo., has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets. Keys N Krates first broke into the mainstream with the SOLOW EP (Dim Mak, 2013), featuring the breakthrough single, "Dum Dee Dum", which received gold certification in the US in 2017. Since its release, the track's cheeky official music video was nominated for a Prism Prize by the Association for Music and Innovative Arts in Canada as well as a Berlin Music Video Award in Germany in 2014. Elsewhere, the group released "Keep It 100" (Mad Decent, 2014), a collaboration with producer/DJ Grandtheft, which was featured in a trailer for the animated film Minions in 2015 and won Best EDM/Dance Video at the 2015 Much Music Video Awards in Canada. In 2016, Keys N Krates took home their first win at the JUNO Award in the Dance Recording of the Year category for their song "Save Me," off the Midnite Mass EP (Dim Mak, 2016), featuring British singer/songwriter, Katy B. Their debut full-length album, Cura, was released in 2018 and sees Keys N Krates evolving from revered instrumental beat-makers into musically sophisticated producers and songwriters. www.keysnkrates.com

About iskwé
Bridging cross-cultural aesthetics while exploring her own struggle to both fit into and breakaway from modern Western archetypes has been an important part of iskwé’s artistic vision since the release of her WCMA nominated self-titled debut album in late 2013. Her 2017 album, The Fight Within, has been long listed for the 2018 Polaris Music Prize, garnered a 2018 JUNO nomination for Indigenous Music Album Of The Year, and won both the Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year at the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards, and the 2018 Jim Beam Indies Indigenous Album award. The album’s lead single, “Nobody Knows,” produced by Juno Award nominees The Darcys and featured in the Netflix series Between, captivated audiences by turning a stark spotlight on the more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women here in Canada. Blending soulful, breathlessly delivered lyrics coloured by the many shades of human nature with a sonic palette that takes its cue from the shadowy atmospherics of the 1990s Bristol sound, iskwé’s music revels in her strength of self and that is her true rallying cry. www.iskwe.com 

About The Native Canadian Centre
The Native Canadian Centre is a membership-based, charitable organization located in the heart of downtown Toronto in a beautifully renovated heritage building. NCCT offers a wide range of programs and services based on Native cultural traditions and teachings. All are welcome. www.ncct.on.ca @NativeCentre

About The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) is part of Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of both the Downie and Wenjack families, to call Canadians to learning and action in solidarity with Indigenous peoples of this land. The goal of DWF is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to support the reconciliation process through awareness, education, and action. www.downiewenjack.ca @downiewenjack

#DoSomething #ReconciliACTION #IndigenousHistoryMonth

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TEXAS SENSATION CODY JINKS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM LIFERS HIS ROUNDER RECORDS DEBUT ON JULY 27

FIRST SINGLE MUST BE WHISKEY OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – June 19, 2018 –
Hailed as "a real deal country singer" and songwriter who pens "old-school country [songs] about love, loss, vices, God, friendships and navigating it all the best that you can" (Omaha World-Herald), Cody Jinks will issue what Rolling Stone touts as "his much-anticipated album," Lifers, on July 27. It's the first release under his recently-inked deal with Rounder Records by a genuine independent music phenomenon who boasts a quarter-million records sold, millions of streams and strings of sold-out shows packed with avid fans. Lifers is now available for pre-order here.

He precedes the 11-track album with its first single, Must Be the Whiskey, a spirited number in the grand drinking song tradition that just released last week on June 15. It's a boozy yet wise rumination on how "these thoughts in my head are a whirlwind of a world of regrets/All the things I should've done or things I should've said/All the pain that comes with making a mess of yourself."

Lifers opens with a punchy shot of spiritual thirst, Holy Water, that's laced with ringing steel guitar and female backing vocals. The set wraps up with two honest self-examining confessionals on Stranger, and Head Case. In between he tips his hat to the dedication and struggles of hard-working folks on Lifers, travels through a haunting western landscape on Western Wind, a place and love he left behind on Colorado, and examines his musical journey and drive to pursue it on the zesty two-stepper, Can't Quit Enough."Somewhere Between I Love You and I'm Leavin' skillfully balances on the edge between heartbreak and desire, while Big Last Name, and 7th Floor tell the tales of two markedly different romantic quests.

The music throughout is a muscular brand of deeply-rooted American music with a modern edge interspersed with moments of emotive delicacy and widescreen majesty. It's rich with Jinks' gift for "blending an innate knack for hooks with the DGAF attitude suited for a rebel," as Rolling Stone describes his creative approach.

Over the course of his previous seven albums, Jinks has generated national grassroots excitement that propelled his last release, I'm Not The Devil, to debut at #4 on the Billboard country chart as well as hit #3 on the independent music chart and Top 30 on the pop chart, and be named one of Rolling Stone Country's best albums of the year for 2016. He's become a populist 21st Century music star thanks to the potency of what The Tennessean calls his "rumbling baritone and steel-edged songs" and a relentless tour schedule of high-octane live performances.

The album release will be followed by Jinks' inaugural Loud and Heavy Fest, a multi-stage day of music, arts and food on August 18 at the scenic Panther Island Pavilion along the banks of the Trinity River in Fort Worth, TX, the city where he was raised. The line-up capped by Jinks and his hard-driving band includes his friends and favorites Whiskey Myers, Corrosion of Conformity, Whitey Morgan, Colter Wall, Nikki Lane, The Sword, Paul Cauthen, Sunny Sweeney and Ward Davis.

Alongside his new record deal with Rounder, Jinks has also struck an agreement with Thirty Tigers Records to reissue his back catalog. Now Lifers celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and pays tribute on its title track to the often-overlooked "lifers, the struggling strivers, working long after the day is done... the last of the great generation." 

Jinks is proud of how as a musical "lifer" he has forged his way to stardom on his own terms. "What is success if you can't wake up everyday being who you really are?" he concludes. "It makes complete sense that I'm at this place in my life. Country music found me when I was young and chased me down as I grew older."

TOUR DATES:
June 20 & 21 – Tulsa, OK – Cain's Ballroom
June 22 – Papillion, NE – Sumtur Amphitheater
June 23 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
July 6 & 7 – New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheater
July 12 – Choctaw, MS – Choctaw Indian Fair
July 13 – Shreveport, LA – Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
July 14 – Fort Smith, AR – Temple Live
July 15 & 16 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
July 19 – Evansville, IN – Voctory Theatre
July 21 – Peoria, IL – Taillgate N' Tallboys
August 3 – Los Angeles, CA – Novo
August 4 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
August 10 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
August 11 – Seattle, WA – Shadowbox SoDo
August 18 – Fort Worth, TX – Loud and Heavy Fest

www.codyjinks.com

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PLAIN WHITE T’S RETURN WITH NEW STUDIO ALBUM PARALLEL UNIVERSE OUT AUGUST 24TH

RELEASE TWO NEW SINGLES YOUR BODY AND BONNIE I WANT YOU

WATCH VIDEO FOR YOUR BODY

Toronto, ON – June 19, 2018 –
Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum alt-pop band, Plain White T’s, are excited to announce that they will be releasing their highly anticipated eighth studio album, Parallel Universe (produced by Matt Squire [Ariana Grande, Panic! At The Disco)] via Fearless Records on August 24th! The new album marks their return to Fearless after 13 years. The band’s endlessly hummable signature melodies still shine at the center of this galaxy, but their Universe morphed into an otherworldly atmosphere of ethereal electronic pop strengthened by lush guitar tones and synth transmissions. We can’t wait for you to hear it. Full track listing can be found below!

In conjunction with Friday’s album announcement, Plain White T’s have released two new singles from the full-length offering, Your Body, and Bonnie I Want You. Your Body fuses minimal glitch blips, lithe guitars, and an unshakeable hook. The video which was filmed at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles and exhibits a male Ex Machina who was put together piece by piece by the male’s female companion. The track premiered earlier last week via SiriusXM’s The Pulse. Second track, Bonnie I Want You, showcases the grittier side of Plain White T’s.

Parallel Universe is available for pre-order now at all DSPs and each pre-order will include an instant download of Bonnie I Want You and lead single, Your Bodyhere. Deluxe limited edition album bundles are available at the official Plain White T’s webstore, here, including a glow in the dark vinyl, an oxford felt pennant and exclusive apparel that includes t-shirts, socks and enamel pins. The first 100 vinyl bundle and first 100 CD bundle purchasers will receive a signed copy of the album.

Up next, the band will be kicking off their summer US tour with special guests Ocean Park Standoff and Tom’s very own Humans Were Here artist, Fairview (on select dates). Find ticket information here and full tour routing can be found below.

PARALLEL UNIVERSE TRACK LISTING:

  1. Light Up The Room
  2. Bonnie I Want You
  3. Call Me
  4. Top of The World
  5. Bury Me
  6. Your Body
  7. Sick Of Love
  8. No Imitations
  9. Low
  10. Lying About Me And You
  11. I Should Be Dead Right Now
  12. Lips
  13. No Tears
  14. End Of The World

 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
June 20 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
June 22 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
June 23 – 26 – Washington, DC – Annual Giant BBQ Battle Food and Music Festival
June 24 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
June 26 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
June 27 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
June 28 – Green Bay, WI – Green Bay Distillery
June 30 – Clear Lake, IA – Surf Ballroom and Museum
July 1 – Deadwood, SD – Deadwood Mountain Grand

DOWNLOAD – high-res album art | DOWNLOAD – high-res press photo

www.plainwhitets.com

ABOUT PLAIN WHITE T’S:
Since emerging in 1997, the GRAMMY Award-nominated multiplatinum Chicago quintet – Tom Higgenson [vocals], Tim Lopez [lead guitar, vocals], Dave Tirio [rhythm guitar], Mike Retondo [bass], and De’Mar Hamilton [drums] – has amassed an enduring, engaging, and enigmatic catalog, spanning two gold-certified offerings, All That We Needed (2005), and Every Second Counts (2006), and unshakable anthems such as the double-platinum, 1,2,3,4, and platinum, Rhythm of Love. Among the discography, Hey There Delilah went quadruple-platinum, topped the Billboard Hot 100, and earned a pair of 2008 GRAMMY Award nominations in the categories of “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.” Along the way, the five-piece logged countless miles on the road in front of sold out crowds in nearly every corner of the globe. After a whirlwind tour cycle supporting 2015’s American Nights, the guys hunkered down and began writing the ideas that would eventually comprise Parallel Universe, slated for an August 2018 release. The band’s endlessly hummable signature melodies still shine at the center of this galaxy, but their Universe morphed into an otherworldly atmosphere of ethereal electronic pop strengthened by lush guitar tones and synth transmissions. 

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REAL FRIENDS ANNOUNCE THIRD ALBUM COMPOSURE

OUT JULY 13 THROUGH FEARLESS RECORDS

SINGLE SMILING ON THE SURFACE OUT TODAY

MUSIC VIDEO FOR FROM THE OUTSIDE IS OUT NOW BOASTING 150K+ VIEWS

HEADLINING THE FINAL VANS WARPED TOUR KICKS OFF JUNE 21

Toronto, ON – June 18, 2018 –
Over the weekend, Illinois rock group, Real Friends, announced that their third studio album, Composure, is set to release on July 13th through Fearless Records. This past Friday, June 15, a select group of Chicago fans listened to the album in full after attending surprise listening parties at Sip Of Hope, Evolution Music and Rowboat Creative. Footage from the event can be viewed here.

Fans can listen to singles From The Outside (video now boasting 160k+ views on YouTube) and Smiling On The Surface, out today. Pre-orders are available here. The news of Composure comes out ahead of the bands headlining run on the Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off June 21 at the Pomona Fairplex Grounds in Pomona, CA.

It's been two years since the band released The Home Inside My Head, which earned a Billboard Top 200 chart placement. When approaching Composurethe band found themselves working harder than ever on what they wanted to say with this album. “We have never put this much time and effort into a record,” explains bassist, Kyle Fasel. “Composure is everything we’ve always come up short on. We focused more on melodies than ever before. We focused more on the overall emotional climate of each song than ever before. I truly think that every song on the record stands on its own. But when all the songs come together it creates our best effort to date.”

Produced by Mike Green (The Aces, All Time Low, The Mowgli’s, Paramore), the album features 10 tracks filled with unforgettable pop-rock hooks that showcase the band’s progression from a pop-punk band to full-fledged pop-rock juggernaut. Even with the pop hooks, the songwriting throughout the album explores an emotionally mature side to the rock group, touching on mental health, being accepted, and above all, learning to love yourself.

Real Friends is Kyle Easel (Bass), Dave Knox (Guitar), Dan Lambton (Frontman), Brian Blake (Drums), and Eric Haines (Guitar).

COMPOSURE TRACKLISTING:

  1. Me First
  2. Stand Steady
  3. From The Outside
  4. Smiling On The Surface
  5. Hear What You Want
  6. Unconditional Love
  7. Composure
  8. Get By
  9. Ripcord
  10. Take A Hint

TOUR DATES:
June 21 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
June 22 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium
June 23 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 24 – Ventura, CA – Ventura County Fairgrounds
June 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavillion
June 29 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
June 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Usana Amphitheatre
July 1 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
July 3 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
July 5 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
July 6 – Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
July 7 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
July 8 – Houston, TX – NRG Park
July 10 – Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fairgrounds
July 12 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 13 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
July 14 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 15 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Center
July 16 – Burgettstown, PA – Keybank Pavilion
July 17 – Toronto, ON – The Flats at Budweiser Stage
July 18 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 20 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
July 21 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
July 22 – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
July 23 – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
July 24 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 25 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC
July 26 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 27 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 28 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Amphitheatre
July 29 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 30 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 31 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Ampheatre at Lakewood
August 2 – Jacksonville, FL – The Old Cypress Lot Near Met Park
August 3 – Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
August 4 – Tampa, FL – Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater
August 5 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Listen to Real Friends Smiling On The Surface
iTunes - found.ee/fromtheoutside
Spotify - found.ee/fromtheoutsidespotify

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www.realfriendsband.com

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BREAKOUT WEST ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF FESTIVAL PERFORMERS

VENUES ACROSS KELOWNA TO HOST THE
MULTI-GENRE SHOWCASES

WRISTBANDS AVAILABLE NOW AT TICKETS.BREAKOUTWEST.CA

Kelowna, BC – June 18, 2018 – Today, BreakOut West is thrilled to announce the first wave of artists that will be showcasing at the 16th annual music festival, this year in Kelowna, BC. Featuring exciting acts from all across western Canada, the three-night, multi-genre festival will run from October 11–13, with showcases at venues across the city. Please see below for the first-round list of performing artists. A full schedule of the events is available at breakoutwest.ca.

“As a provincial champion for the music industry, Creative BC is excited British Columbia is hosting BreakOut West this year,” says Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC. “With the launch of Amplify BC in 2018, it is a significant time to be part of B.C.’s music industry and we are committed to drive opportunities for music in B.C. and throughout Canada at this year’s BreakOut West Festival.”

The best emerging acts out of western Canada will be showcased alongside iconic alumni acts, including The Grapes of Wrath, who will be honoured with the Hall of Fame award this year. The award will be officially presented to the band during their showcase performance on October 13. Five additional performing acts from the first-round announcement have also been nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards this year. The winners of the artistic categories will be announced on October 11 at the WCMAwards Reception in Kelowna, and Industry and Specialty Award categories will be presented on October 13 at the Industry Awards Brunch at the Delta Hotel in Kelowna.

Wristbands for BreakOut West are available now at tickets.breakoutwest.ca and festival-goers can redeem their online purchase of wristbands, prior to the festival, at Milkcrate Records, and Tourism Kelowna.

The BreakOut West 2018 mobile event app, powered by GoLive, has now launched on Apple and Google Play. This will be the place to catch announcements as they roll out through the summer. Search BreakOut West 2018 to download the free app to get the latest updates and sneak peeks. 

1st Round of BreakOut West Festival Performers:
3 Ninjasks (SK)
Ben Klick (BC)
Celeigh Cardinal (AB)
FOONYAP (AB)
The Grapes of Wrath (BC/QC)
Gunner & Smith (SK)
The Heels (BC)
Leisure Club (BC)
Luca Fogale (BC)
Megan Nash (SK)
Micah Erenberg (MB)
The Middle Coast (MB)
Pimpton (SK)
Quantum Tangle (NT)
RALEIGH (AB)
Rob Dickson (YK)
Sarah Jane Scouten (BC)
Snotty Nose Rez Kids (BC)
The Velveteins (AB)
Whale and the Wolf (AB)

Participating venues:
BNA Brewing Company
Craft Beer Market
Doc Willoughby's Public House
DOJA Coffee Shop
Fernando's Pub (sponsored by Cordova Bay Records and Fierce
Panda Canada)
The Grateful Fed Pub & Restaurant
Milkcrate Records
Muninn's Post
New Arts Collective
Sapphire Nightclub (presented by Footwerk Events | Friday,
October 12th only)

Stay tuned for more performances to be announced soon!

About BreakOut West
BreakOut West is an annual gathering to celebrate, develop and support the best of western Canadian music, taking place this year in Kelowna, BC from October 10-14, 2018. Western Canadian artists are developing sustainable careers of national and international scope, and BreakOut West is an integral component of this development. Through the annual conference and festival, industry from around the world and western Canadian artists are given the opportunity to discover, educate, network and grow. The event consists of the BreakOut West Festival; showcasing the talent contained in the "left half" of Canada and delivering Western Canadian Music Awards to honoured nominees, and the Conference itself with educational panels, networking events, and so much more. 

The Western Canadian Music Alliance is funded in part by the six provincial and territorial governments of western Canada. BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards are generously funded by the FACTOR, Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, along with the Kelowna host partners, and event sponsors and funders. 

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CHROMEO’S FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM HEAD OVER HEELS OUT TODAY ON LAST GANG

CANADIAN TOUR DATES THIS SUMMER IN TORONTO,
QUEBEC CITY, OTTAWA, MONTREAL, CALGARY, EDMONTON AND VANCOUVER 

PERFORMS MUST’VE BEEN WITH DRAM ON
THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT

Toronto, ON — June 15, 2018Head Over Heels, the fifth studio LP from Montreal funk legends, Chromeo, is out today on Last Gang. The album includes Must’ve Been featuring DRAM, Don’t Sleep feat. French Montana & Stefflon Don, Bedroom Calling feat. The-Dream, Juice and more. Listen here!  

The band stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week to perform Must’ve Been – watch it here.

Furthermore, the band just confirmed Phase 2 of its World Tour, with new North American tour dates this fall (including stops in Chicago, Nashville, Brooklyn, and beyond) as well as shows in London, Manchester and Paris. Tickets are on sale Friday, June 22 — visit chromeo.net for pre-sales and more info. Funklordz VIP Experiences and meet & greets are available throughout the fall tour, details available here.

Chromeo’s summer dates kick off tonight at New York’s Terminal 5 with a very special album release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow and further dates including Red Rocks Amphitheater, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium and sets at all major festivals: Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Electric Forest, Outside Lands and more.

Featuring 12 tracks of funk and R&B history colliding with modern pop songcraft, Head Over Heels showcases Chromeo’s catchiest singles to date; yet it is first and foremost a cohesive body of work, no small feat in today’s ever-expanding playlist universe. Proudly opening their studio door for the first time, Dave 1 and P-Thugg intended Head Over Heels to be a polyphony, a collaborative celebration where their favorite artists’ signature touches could intermingle in Chromeo world. Accordingly, the album’s guest list nods to superheroes of funk’s past (guitarist Jesse Johnson of The Time, revered session bassist Pino Palladino, Mtume vocalist Tawatha Agee), present (funkadelic lovechild DRAM, R&B auteur The-Dream, post-colonial emcee French Montana) and future (upstart London bad gal Stefflon Don, rising neo-soul star Amber Mark, downtown New York darlings Onyx Collective). Absolute legends, Raphael Saadiq, and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins even join the party!

Sounding more confident than ever, Dave 1 stuffs his lyrics with mimosas, Mazda Miatas and miscellaneous romantic misadventures, cementing his signature neurotic spin on the break-ups to make-ups narrative. As evidenced by the album cover, P-Thugg fills pumps of his own, and his synth wizardry weaves a sonic palette far richer than any previous Chromeo release. There’s the moody midnight strut of One Track Mind, the deep jazz-funk of Just Friends and the Minneapolis-by-way-of-West Coast frenzy of Count Me Out. This is also Chromeo’s guitar album if there ever was one: consider the Tattoo You Stones dirt on Slumming It, and the furious Strat strumming on Bad Decision, equal parts Prince and Mother’s Milk era Chili Peppers. All throughout, Head Over Heels is driven by a beating heart that’s realer than any reference or guest appearance, eschewing trends for something truly timeless.

Chromeo is the duo of Montreal natives and high school best friends David “Dave 1” Macklovitch and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel. The group rose to prominence with their seminal 2007 release Fancy Footwork, heralding the dawn of the ‘80s electro-funk revival.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
June 15 – New York, NY – Terminal 5†
June 16 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
June 16 – Brooklyn, NY – Good Room (DJ Set)
June 18 – Boston, MA – House of Blues†
June 19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore†
June 21 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall†
June 22 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre†
June 23 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest
June 25 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue†
June 26 – Kansas City, MO – CrossroadsKC‡
June 28 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks§
June 28-July 1 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest
July 3 & 4 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall†
July 5 – Quebec City, QC – Festival D’Ete
July 7 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues Fest

July 20 – Byron Bay, Australia – Splendour in the Grass
July 21 – Melbourne, Australia – Max Watt's House of Music
July 22 – Sydney, Australia – The Metro Theatre
August 3 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga
August 5 – Chicago, IL – Lollapolooza
August 7 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Twilight
August 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
August 10-12 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
August 31-September 2 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
September 3 – Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
September 4 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall

September 6 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
September 7 – Vancouver, BC – Skookum Festival
September 10 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater
September 12 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater
September 13 – Clevelend, OH – Agora Theatre
September 17 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
September 18 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
September 19 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
September 21 – New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theater
September 22 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
September 23 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
September 25 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live!
September 27 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
September 28 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
September 29 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
October 1 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
October 4 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
October 5 – Syracuse, NY – SI Hall at the Fairgrounds
October 6 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
October 31 – Manchester, U.K. – O2 Ritz
November 1 – London, U.K. Printworks
November 2 – Paris, France – Pitchfork Music Festival

†with Pomo
‡with The Glitch Mob, Elohim
§with The Glitch Mob, Elohim and Kittens

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

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentone.com 

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DCF SHARES NEW TRACK 3 STEPS (TO LEAVE YOUR MANS)

DEBUTS POP-ART VIDEO COLLABORATION WITH SOMEHOODLUM

WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO
CREATED BY SOMEHOODLUM HERE

Toronto, ON – June 15, 2018 – Toronto-based pop artist, DCF (aka David Charles Fischer) has dropped the brand new track, 3 Steps (To Leave Your Mans) alongside a pop-art lyric video from viral artist SOMEHOODLUM.

SOMEHOODLUM, recognized for his collaborations with hop-hop artists from Lil Uzi Vert to Migos and Schoolboy Q, became friends with DCF after the musician slid into his DMs with suggestions of punny illustrations to try out. Often dubbed a meme-pop artist for his viral appeal, DCF’s collaboration with the art dynamo felt natural. “He does super lit illustrations of pop culture memes and I DM’d him to say he should do a drawing of Post Malone with a watermelon head and caption it ‘Water Malone’,” says DCF. “Anyways, he definitely didn’t hit me back because that suggestion sucked, but I just kept sending him ideas whenever I would think of them. A couple of weeks ago, I told him to do a drawing of Metro Boomin standing in a boyband-looking photo with the guys from Metro Station and caption it ‘Metro Station Boomin’ and voila, now we have this video coming out together!”

3 Steps is the third release coming from DCF’s debut LP – due out later this year on Entertainment One – the song is an acoustic-driven breakup anthem. DCF was inspired to write the tune for a friend who was “trapped in a relationship with somebody who didn’t treat her with the respect that every person deserves,” DCF continues. “Sometimes when you feel trapped in a relationship, getting out can seems paralyzingly complicated, so I just wanted to remind her that if she wanted to gtfo she could.” Listen here

ABOUT DCF
DCF’s affection for pop music inspired him to release his interpretations of some of the most recognizable millennial hits in a series of attention grabbing online mixtapes. While anchoring these tuneful samples with straight up honest lyrics and a wink to his trademark ironic "bad boy next door" persona, DCF started tapping into an online fan base of alternative music fans wondering if pop music actually is for them. His instantly hummable mixtape offerings soon led to his first indie release, Pop Songs, an EP of original songs brimming with standout pop hooks, indelible melodies, and lyrics that flirt with less than sober twenty-something melancholy. His unique brand of neo-pop, has comfortably found a home somewhere between the sensibilities of Frank Ocean and the springy croon of Justin Timberlake, with a layer of undeniable Drake-confidence. His live show has been packing Toronto clubs, with fans and friends eager to support their homegrown pop-prince and newcomers feeling like they’ve stumbled onto the tipping point of an artist about to drop.

ABOUT SOMEHOODLUM
SOMEHOODLUM is an artist and animator who bridges youth culture and humor creatively through the medium of pop art. Apart from maintaining an independent Instagram that is rapidly growing in popularity, he has collaborated with various media outlets and brands such as Amazon, Beats, Refinery 29, TBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Golden Voice, Super Deluxe, Snapchat and many more. Music collaborations include Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, 21 Savage, Schoolboy Q, Rolling Loud Music Festival, BMG, and Atlantic Records, to name a few.  SOMEHOODLUM also created a clothing line this year with premium placement in Zumiez stores nationwide and online.

“Crafts addictive hooks that are equal parts Justin Timberlake and Frank Ocean.” – Complex Canada

“Creat[es] DIY pop that’s not only catchy, it’s clever.” – ANDPOP

“Bouncy, radio ready vibes.” – Complex Music

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

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

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

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TAMIA MULTI-GRAMMY NOMINATED R&B SONGBIRD SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM PASSION LIKE FIRE SEPTEMBER 7

LEAVE IT SMOKIN’ SHOOTS UP THE CHARTS TO THE TOP TEN ON THE UAC CHARTS

PREMIERES VIDEO ON BET SOUL

Toronto, ON – June 15, 2018 –
Multi-Grammy nominated artist and R&B royalty, Tamia, is excited to announce that her seventh studio album, Passion Like Fire, will be released on September 7 via 21 Entertainment Group/Plus 1 Music Group/Entertainment One (eOne). The 12 song LP reunites Tamia with hit makers Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys), Lil Ronnie (Ne-Yo, Ciara) and Shep Crawford (Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men), as well as working for the first time with Latin producer, Andres Torres (Marc Anthony), and Toronto-based Gray Hawken (Locals Only Sound).  The lead single Leave It Smokin’ sizzles as it features Tamia’s sultry vocals on the grown and sexy mid-tempo romp. Already a top 10 hit on the iTunes, Billboard and Mediabase urban AC charts, Leave It Smokin’ is an instant summer hit that has landed Tamia back on the top of the charts.  In addition, the long-awaited video for Leave It Smokin’ premiered today via BETSoul and BETHer. The single is available on all digital platforms here.

I’m really excited to debut new music, connect with my fans, and show my continued evolution as an artist. I’m still passionate about music and the process and I hope listeners can feel that with Passion Like Fire,” states Tamia. “I’m so excited to have reunited with Salaam Remi on “Leave It Smokin’,” it feels like summertime, fun and a perfect way to introduce this album. I’m so grateful to the fans and radio stations for supporting it.”  

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The album, in turn, also marks another momentous occasion: the 20th anniversary of Tamia’s critically acclaimed, self-titled 1998 debut album. The album initiated a string of hits that the six-time Grammy Award nominee has steadily spun off along the way, including You Put a Move on My Heart, Missing You with Brandy, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan, “Spend My Life with You” with Eric Benét, So into You, Stranger in My House and Into You with Fabolous.

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

Entertainment One’s robust network includes newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; 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 company Renegade 83; 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 80,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks. www.entertainmentone.com

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JOHN ORPHEUS SHARES VIDEO FOR PARACHUTE

FIRST SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING EP GOATLIFE OUT JUNE 29

ONTARIO SHOWS ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – June 15, 2018 –  As we head into the summer and beckon the start of Carnival season in North America, Toronto duo, John Orpheus, shares the visuals for Parachute. It is the first single from their forthcoming mixtape, GOATLIFE, set for release on June 29. The group will be sharing the music on stages across North America, Europe and Africa this year, kicking things off with shows in Ontario, headlining Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Festival, and their album launch show at Luanda House in Toronto on June 29. See below for complete details, and watch the video for Parachute here.

"Goats aren't afraid to be themselves and neither are we,” John Orpheus says of the track. “GOATLIFE is what Sarah, Chaenel and I have been building towards for 2 years. It's everything we adore: AUTHENTIC, FUN and JIGGY AF." 

Parachute is a send up of the 90s-Dancehall classic. It flows fluidly from rap verses, to Caribbean slang to a soft buttery chorus, all over a banging Dancehall rhythm.  The video was directed, shot and edited by Patrick Hodgson of Kicking Tire Films, and filmed between a mansion in Mississauga, Growing Hope Farm in Cambridge, Art Square Cafe (across from the AGO) and Cherry Beach. GOATLIFE is the culmination of two years of developing sound and building energy.

GOATLIFE is the culmination of two years of developing sound and building energy. The fourth and final mixtape in a series that established a sound equal parts Hip-Hop, Afropop and Dancehall, the tape finds J.O. and his swaggy Trinidadian drawl at its best. Filled with dancefloor ready jams and sing along anthems, it fulfills the promise of earlier mixtapes with a noticeably more pop and upbeat vibe. See below for a complete track list.

Produced by Mike Schlosser at Little Noise Records, and written by J.O., with Afro rhythms laid down by partner in crime, Sarah Jane Riegler, the team has perfected its cocktail of fun, dance-ability and catchiness. Embrace the vibes of Parachute and stay tuned for more vibrant sounds. 

About John Orpheus
John Orpheus is a Trini Troubadour and Pan-African poet whose musical journey has taken him from the Trinidad bush, to blues and folk festivals across Canada, and to some of the biggest rock & roll stages in the world. Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, J.O. grew up singing in Pentecostal and Shango Baptist churches. After attending the famed Presentation College in the same year as legendary Soca singer, Machel Montano, he immigrated to Canada where he soon became fully immersed in the music industry, and studied English and Literature at the University of Waterloo.

His current musical iteration with his musical soulmate, DJ/drummer, Sarah Jane Riegler, combines Hip-Hop swagger, the energy of Afrobeat and Dancehall charisma to create a sound built on big catchy hooks, African rhythms and Caribbean twang. The duo is known for rabble-rousing live showsfilled with audience participation, chanting and impromptu dance offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts. The pair aspires to conquer the world with their internationalist ideas of fun, freedom and positive energy, often showcased through their traveling event series, Haus Orpheus, combining live performances, DJ sets, spoken word, and local vendors. 

In 2017, the crew dropped three mixtapes in seven months, each built on the themes of pan-Africanism, intersectional feminism and a fashion forward aesthetic: the downtempo manifest,  Goldchain Hennessey, the Carnival fete-infused Bacchanal, and the Canada/Nigeria/Ghana collaboration, Black Star Rising. Each mixtape was launched with a successful video and single featuring collaborations with Toronto’s freshest dancers and videographers: Leanin, Jiggy AF and Wey Ya Call Dat Ting? (respectively).

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Watch Parachute: bit.ly/2MruOHk

GOATLIFE TRACK LISTING
1. Goatlife
2. Parachute
3. Come Fresh
4. Lost
5. Lady Boss
6. Brwn Grrrl
7. C Ur Son

ONTARIO SHOW DATES
Sunday, June 24 – Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Festival – Kitchener, ON
Friday, June 29 – Album Release Show at Luanda House – Toronto, ON

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SIGALA RELEASES THE NEW SINGLE FEELS LIKE HOME WITH FUSE ODG AND SEAN PAUL FEAT. KENT JONES

FROM THE DEBUT ALBUM BRIGHTER DAYS OUT  SEPTEMBER 21ST – AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW

Toronto, ON – June 15, 2018 –
British artist, DJ and Producer Sigala released his brand new single, Feels Like Home, with Fuse ODG, Sean Paul and Kent Jones, yesterday via Ministry of Sound. The single is the follow up to this year’s Top 10 hit Lullaby, which featured Brit Award-winning singer Paloma Faith.

With hints of Jamaican dancehall, the soca-esque track comes complete with festival-style horns and calypso synth beats and is another blistering summer anthem from Sigala following on from previous hits, Came Here For Love and Give Me Your Love.

Speaking about the track, Sigala says, “Feels Like Home is a collaboration that brings together an amazing mix of cultures with Sean Paul from Jamaica, Fuse ODG from Ghana and Kent Jones from America. It was such a fun process bringing it all together and the final song takes inspiration from all these places! I hope everyone loves it as much as we do.

The track is also being used by the YouTube channel F2 Freestylers, that have over 7.6 million subscribers, in the trailer to advertise a new eight part series, Finding Football, on the channel that will launch to coincide with the start of the World Cup. You can watch the advert here.

Recently, Sigala launched his ‘Summer of Sigala’ and announced the release of his debut album with a huge event in Ibiza. ‘Summer of Sigala’ will see him release a series of singles and new music, the most he has ever released, over the course of the next few months, culminating in his debut album Brighter Days on September 21st. To announce this the artist, DJ and Producer decided to take an enormous team of people who have been involved in his incredible journey, including collaborators and writers, to Ibiza on a chartered flight.

On the same day that Feels Like Home was released, fans were able to pre-order his debut album Brighter Days, set for release on September 21st, on all DSPs. The tracklisting for the album is below, with more collaborations to be revealed.

Since he unleashed his debut #1 single, Easy Love, to the world, Sigala has dominated the UK dance scene, illustrating his skills not only as a producer, but also as a songwriter who consciously showcases versatile sides to his musicality. With 7 platinum singles, including 6 UK Top 10 singles, 10 million worldwide sales and over 1 billion Spotify streams under his belt, Sigala has spent the last 12 months performing in front of some of his biggest audiences to date.

BRIGHTER DAYS TRACKLISTING:
1.     Brighter Days
2.     Came Here For Love with Ella Eyre
3.     Feels Like Home with Fuse ODG and Sean Paul feat. Kent Jones
4.     Just Got Paid
5.     We Don’t Care
6.     You Don’t Know Me
7.     Somebody
8.     Lullaby with Paloma Faith
9.     Ain’t Giving Up with Craig David
10. What You Waiting For
11. Sweet Lovin feat. Byrn Christopher
12. Revival
13. Give Me Your Love feat. John Newman & Nile Rogers
14. All For Love
15. Say You Do feat. Imani & DJ Fresh
16. Easy Love

UK TOUR DATES:
October 18 – Newcastle O2 Academy 1
October 19 – Birmingham O2 Institute
October 20 – Manchester Albert Hall
October 21 – Glasgow O2 ABC
October 22 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
October 25 – London Electric Brixton
October 26 – Bristol O2 Academy

Tickets are on sale now here.

Sigala online:
www.sigalamusic.com

 
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HARRISON SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR CELICA SUPRA

FIRST SINGLE FROM SOPHOMORE ALBUM

SET FOR RELEASE FALL 2018 VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

PERFORMING IN TORONTO TONIGHT AT THE GARRISON FOR NXNE

Toronto, ON – June 15, 2018 – Today, Toronto artist, Harrison, shares his self-edited video for Celica Supra. The track is the first from his forthcoming sophomore album, due this fall via Last Gang Records. It follows his debut, Checkpoint Titanium, which received immediate praise, including a 2017 JUNO nomination for Electronic Album of the Year, and spawned two Prism Prize-nominated videos. Watch the video for Celica Supra here, and catch Harrison in Toronto tonight at The Garrison for North By Northeast Festival (complete details below).

On the track, Harrison comments, “Celica Supra was actually the song I decided to base the album around. Around that time, I was looking to buy my first car, and there was a Celica Supra up on Kijiji that I was obsessed with. I didn't end up buying it because it was a project car with way too much work to be done.”

The video continues a series of clips Harrison has been sharing on social media leading up to the release. Executed with audience in mind, the footage syncs with the song, right down to the BPM, with Harrison’s Instagram edits leading into a longer format video.


“Those videos from the late 80s and 90s are footage from a period I idolize, but was never around to experience,” Harrison says of the visual direction for the piece. “I feel like there’s a certain warmth that radiate from the videos especially the ones where people are dancing because of the lack of cellphones. That makes me feel good.”

Checkpoint Titanium was released on September 9, 2016 via Last Gang Records. The JUNO-nominated album was highlighted through features in The FADER, Exclaim!, Noisey, CBC Music and Apple Music’s Beats 1. It features an array of collaborators including a l l i e (Vertigo), Ryan Hemsworth (Vanilla) and Young Guv (So Far From Home). His videos for album singles, It’s Okay I Promise (featuring Clairmont The Second), and Right Hook (directed by Eva Michon) received nods from the esteemed Prism Prize, a national juried award recognizing the artistry of the modern music video in Canada.  Harrison shared the music with international audiences, performing across Canada and throughout Asia, with festival sets at Osheaga, Halifax Pop Explosion, Rifflandia, Toronto’s Field Trip and TIME Festivals, Bastid’s BBQ, and Hamilton’s Supercrawl, amongst others. Keep an eye out for more info and sounds from Harrison’s new album, and catch him live in Toronto tonight!

Harrison at NXNE:
Friday, June 15 –  A.Side x Secret Songs (NXNE) – The Garrison – Toronto, ON

TICKETS: www.facebook.com/events/182962852529371/

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www.harrisonisalive.com  
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About Last Gang:

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

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentone.com 

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OCTAVIO IS DEAD! SOUNDTRACK OUT TODAY VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

THE SOOK-YIN LEE –DIRECTED MOVIE PREMIERED JUNE 2ND AT INSIDE OUT FILM FESTIVAL IN TORONTO

SET FOR WORLDWIDE RELEASE ON JUNE 22ND

WATCH THE TRAILER NOW

Toronto, ON – June 15, 2018 –
Today, OCTAVIO IS DEAD! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is released via Last Gang Records, ahead of the film’s June 22nd launch in theatres.  OCTAVIO IS DEAD! is a movie by award-winning filmmaker, musician, actor, visual artist, dance-maker and broadcaster, Sook-Yin Lee, starring Sarah Gadon, Rosanna Arquette, Raoul Trujillo and Dimitris Kitsos. Watch the trailer here. Premiering at Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto on June 2, the film has already received widespread praise, with nods from The Globe and Mail and Deadline. Purchase the album here, and see below for the complete tracklist.

"We love movies and share a deep appreciation for cinematic score,” says Sook-Yin Lee, Adam Litovitz and Alia O’Brien, from the band, Blood Ceremony, who wrote the soundtrack. “We were in sync, communicating in a musical shorthand where ideas came swiftly and uncannily, harmoniously in dis-harmony, creating a sonic dimension that is vivid, pleasurable, and dangerous.  Mise en scène asserts that everything counts within a frame of a movie, and in Octavio is Dead! music is subconscious drive and emotion. Let it lull you somewhere special."

The original music is a unique collaboration between filmmaker Sook-Yin Lee, her co-conspirator, Adam Litovitz, from the band, JOOJ, and legendary doom-metal goddess and ethnomusicologist, Alia O’Brien, of the notorious “flute-tinged witch rock” band, Blood Ceremony, who Rolling Stone hails as “the best renaissance-metal."

Embracing the tradition of distinct director-composer relationships inspired by the likes of Ennio Morricone/Sergio Leone and Goblin/Dario Argento, O’Brien, Lee & Litovitz weave supernatural sounds that arouse emotional states, creating foreground music that embodies a character of its own in the movie.

Utilizing drones, electric koto, harps, flute, symphonic strings, and fuzzed-out bass, Ms. O’Brien’s atmospheric compositions collide with the coarse and raw “dirt and stone” sounds of Lee & Litovitz to conjure a dreamy, pagan other-world.  Evoking 60s psychedelia, ancient folk song, bump-and-grind burlesque, trap-beat minimalism, and Moog synth-trance, the original music is one of the defining features of OCTAVIO IS DEAD! and stands on its own as a singular sonic expression.

Sook-Yin Lee is an award-winning filmmaker, musician, actor, visual artist, dance- maker and CBC Radio & TV broadcaster. She starred in the groundbreaking movie Shortbus, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Her feature writer-director debut, Year of the Carnivore, starring Cristin Milioti, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Film Farm is one of Canada’s most exciting independent production companies. Its credits include The Captive starring Ryan Reynolds, Chloe starring Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried, and Adoration – all directed by Atom Egoyan. The company also produced Away from Her, directed by Sarah Polley and starring Julie Christie, both of whom received Oscar nominations; Brian De Palma’s Redacted, Silver Lion winner at the Venice Film Festival; and Foxfire directed by Palme d’Or winner Laurent Cantet.

OCTAVIO IS DEAD! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is written, recorded, engineered, produced and performed by Alia O’Brien, Adam Litovitz, and Sook-Yin Lee. It also features the Onakabazien remix of Ghost of Love by JOOJ.

A mysterious, sensual tale, OCTAVIO IS DEAD! follows Tyler (Sarah Gadon) on an adventure that will define her life. Escaping her overbearing mother (Rosanna Arquette), Tyler enters the rich and strange world of her deceased father, Octavio (Raoul Trujillo), a father she never knew. Sexual identity, the occult, and the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality confront her along her journey.

OCTAVIO IS DEAD! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack:

  1. Octavio’s Battle
  2. Remnants
  3. Cemetery Follow
  4. Kicked Out of Dream Bar
  5. Blue Bathroom
  6. Boy Walk
  7. Tyler
  8. Sasha Von Bon Bon
  9. Claudia Lynx
  10. Fuck All
  11. Book Packing
  12. Stelton Mexico City
  13. Octavio’s Apartment
  14. Ghost of Love (Onakabazien Remix)


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THE POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE REVEALS THE 2018 LONG LIST

TORONTO, ON – Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has unveiled the 40 albums on the 2018 Long List.

The 2018 Polaris Music Prize Long List is:

a l l i e - Nightshade            
Alvvays - Antisocialites
Arcade Fire - Everything Now
Bahamas - Earthtones
The Barr Brothers - Queens of the Breakers
Bernice - Puff LP: In the air without a shape
Jean-Michel Blais - Dans ma main
Bonjay - Lush Life
Booji Boys - Weekend Rocker
Philippe Brach - Le silence des troupeaux
Cadence Weapon - Cadence Weapon           
Daniel Caesar - Freudian
Jennifer Castle - Angels of Death
Clairmont The Second - Lil Mont from The Ave
Gord Downie - Introduce Yerself    
Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Faith Healer - Try ;-)           
FRIGS - Basic Behaviour
Zaki Ibrahim - The Secret Life of Planets
Iskwé - The Fight Within
Kacy & Clayton - The Siren's Song
Lydia Képinski - Premier Juin
Pierre Kwenders - MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
Pierre Lapointe - La science du coeur
Melissa Laveaux - Radyo Siwèl
Hubert Lenoir - Darlène
Terra Lightfoot - New Mistakes      
Loud - Une année record  
Milk & Bone - Deception Bay
Partner - In Search Of Lost Time
Propagandhi - Victory Lap
Vivek Shraya & Queer Songbook Orchestra - Part-Time Woman
Sloan - 12
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - The Average Savage
U.S. Girls - In A Poem Unlimited
The Weather Station - The Weather Station
Weaves - Wide Open
Charlotte Day Wilson - Stone Woman
Donovan Woods - Both Ways
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN - Dirt

In total, 225 albums were considered by the 203 member jury for Long List selection.

Presented by Canada Council for the Arts, the announcement took place earlier today at The Drake Underground in Toronto, Ontario.

"Supporting artistic creation and new generations of creators in all music genres is core to what we do at Canada Council for the Arts," said Carolyn Warren, Director General, Arts Granting Programs Division / Directrice générale, Division des programmes de subventions aux arts.

2015 Polaris Music Prize winner Buffy Sainte-Marie; 2016 Long List nominee Safia Nolin; Alanna Stuart of 2018 Long-Listers, Bonjay; and Toronto City Councillor, Josh Colle were all on hand to help present the Long List nominees. In addition, Clairmont The Second, gave a surprise performance of music from his 2018 Long-Listed album, Lil Mont from The Ave.

The 10 album Short List will be announced on July 17, and the 2018 Polaris Music Prize winner will be revealed at the Polaris Gala on Monday, September 17 at the Carlu in Toronto, which will be live streamed via 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 2018 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2018 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determine 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 convene on the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

Past winners have included 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).

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. Our Polaris Podcast explores the rich and intriguing stories behind these albums and is available via iTunes and other distributors. polarismusicprize.ca

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We 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 Music app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering over 100 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca.

About Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national public arts funder. It champions and invests in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life. In 2016-17, the Canada Council allocated $196.8 million towards artistic creation and innovation through its grants, prizes, and payments. canadacouncil.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

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LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS DÉVOILE
LA LONGUE LISTE 2018

Toronto, ON – Le jeudi 14 juin 2018

Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a dévoilé les 40 albums qui forment la longue liste de 2018.

Voici la longue liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2018:

a l l i e - Nightshade            
Alvvays - Antisocialites
Arcade Fire - Everything Now
Bahamas - Earthtones
The Barr Brothers - Queens of the Breakers
Bernice - Puff LP: In the air without a shape
Jean-Michel Blais - Dans ma main
Bonjay - Lush Life
Booji Boys - Weekend Rocker
Philippe Brach - Le silence des troupeaux
Cadence Weapon - Cadence Weapon           
Daniel Caesar - Freudian
Jennifer Castle - Angels of Death
Clairmont The Second - Lil Mont from The Ave
Gord Downie - Introduce Yerself    
Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Faith Healer - Try ;-)           
FRIGS - Basic Behaviour
Zaki Ibrahim - The Secret Life of Planets
Iskwé - The Fight Within
Kacy & Clayton - The Siren's Song
Lydia Képinski - Premier Juin
Pierre Kwenders - MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
Pierre Lapointe - La science du coeur
Melissa Laveaux - Radyo Siwèl
Hubert Lenoir - Darlène
Terra Lightfoot - New Mistakes      
Loud - Une année record  
Milk & Bone - Deception Bay
Partner - In Search Of Lost Time
Propagandhi - Victory Lap
Vivek Shraya & Queer Songbook Orchestra - Part-Time Woman
Sloan - 12
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - The Average Savage
U.S. Girls - In A Poem Unlimited
The Weather Station - The Weather Station
Weaves - Wide Open
Charlotte Day Wilson - Stone Woman
Donovan Woods - Both Ways
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN - Dirt

Au total, 225 albums ont été considérés par les 203 membres du jury pour la sélection de la longue liste.

Présentée par le Conseil des arts du Canada, l’annonce a eu lieu plus tôt aujourd’hui au Drake Underground à Toronto, Ontario.

« Soutenir la création artistique et de nouvelles générations de créateurs de tous les genres musicaux est au coeur de nos activités au Conseil des arts du Canada », a dit Carolyn Warren, Directrice générale, Division des programmes de subventions aux arts.

Buffy Sainte-Marie (gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris 2015), Safia Nolin (nommée sur la longue liste 2016), Alanna Stuart (du groupe Bonjay, nommé sur la longue liste 2018) et Josh Colle (conseiller municipal de Toronto) étaient sur place pour présenter la longue liste. De plus, Clairmont The Second a offert une prestation surprise de quelques chansons tirées de son album Lil Mont from The Ave, nommé sur la longue liste 2018.

Les 10 albums de la courte liste seront annoncés le 17 juillet et le gagnant du Prix de musique Polaris 2018 sera dévoilé au gala Polaris le lundi 17 septembre au Carlu à Toronto, qui sera diffusé en direct via cbcmusic.ca/polaris.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000$ à l’artiste ou au groupe ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur le mérite artistique, sans aucune considération pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, chacun des neuf autres nommés de la courte liste 2018 recevra 3 000$, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

La période d’éligibilité pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2018 s’étend du 1er juin 2017 au 31 mai 2018. La longue liste et la courte liste sont déterminées par un jury indépendant de journalistes de musique, blogueurs et animateurs provenant des quatre coins du Canada. 11 personnes du bassin des membres du jury seront choisies pour former le grand jury, qui déterminera le gagnant du Prix de musique Polaris le soir du gala.

Les gagnants antérieurs sont 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).

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. Notre Podcast du Polaris explore les histoires riches et intrigantes qui se cachent derrière ces albums, et est disponible via iTunes et d’autres plateformes. 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. Nous sommes la source d’information de confiance au pays. Nos nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales présentent un point de vue typiquement canadien. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous 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 Music, en ligne, à la radio et des émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 100 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards hébergeant le meilleur de la musique canadienne, découvrez le prochain grand artiste avec CBC Music. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

À propos du Conseil des arts du Canada

Le Conseil des arts du Canada est l’organisme national de soutien aux arts du Canada. Il favorise l’excellence artistique et la défend afin que les Canadiennes et Canadiens participent à une vie culturelle riche et en apprécient les bienfaits. En 2016-2017, le Conseil des arts a investi 196,8 millions de dollars dans la création et l’innovation artistiques avec ses subventions, ses prix et ses paiements. conseildesarts.ca

Contacts médias:

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

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

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THE GORD DOWNIE & CHANIE WENJACK FUND PARTNERS WITH THE NATIVE CANADIAN CENTRE OF TORONTO TO PRESENT FREE CONCERT AT YONGE & DUNDAS SQUARE

EVENT TO TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 27th AS PART OF
2018 INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION

PERFORMERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Toronto, ON – June 12, 2018 – The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT), together with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF), are pleased to announce the 2018 Indigenous History Month Celebration. For the first time ever, this annual one-day celebration and take-over of Yonge & Dundas Square, now in its ninth year, will culminate in a free concert featuring an amazing line up of special guest artists. The family-friendly event will also feature Indigenous arts, crafts, entertainment and showcase the vital work of Indigenous community organizations. Stay tuned for performer info, which will be announced soon.

“We are really excited to be partnering with the NCCT to host this Indigenous History Month Celebration at Yonge & Dundas Square,” says Mike Downie, Co-Founder of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase not only Indigenous art, culture and music, but it’s an event that, to me, signifies us working together as a community in the spirit of reconciliation. It’s going to be a great day.”

The 9th annual Indigenous History Month Celebration is made possible with the generous support of Miziwe Biik, Heritage Canada, Rogers Communications, The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT), and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, with Lead Support from TD Bank Group.

To help individuals and communities prosper in a changing world, TD launched The Ready Commitment, a new multi-year program to open doors for a more inclusive tomorrow. As part of The Ready Commitment, TD will target a total of CDN $1 billion by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to building an inclusive future. "As part of The Ready Commitment, TD is excited to support the event at Yonge & Dundas Square in celebration of National Indigenous History Month," says Andrea Barrack, Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group.  "Through music, art, and storytelling the event will shine a light on the rich contributions, and diverse heritages and cultures of Indigenous communities. It will create a space for people to connect and listen to one another, a moment to reflect, and inspire us to look towards a more inclusive future."

Indigenous History Month (June) was first proposed in 1995 by Elijah Harper, and was officially declared in Canada in 2009. Indigenous History Month provides an opportunity to recognize not only the historic contributions of Indigenous peoples to the development of Canada, but also the strength of present-day Indigenous communities and their promise for the future. Indigenous History Month is a time to acknowledge the role Indigenous peoples played in the development of Canada, to honour Indigenous heritage and to celebrate Indigenous cultures. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the strength of present day First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, and their hopes for the future.

“We are thrilled to be back for our 9th proud year as host to the Indigenous History Month Celebration at Yonge & Dundas Square,” comments Larry Frost, Executive Director at The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. “Special consideration should be made to acknowledge the contributions of Indigenous people to the fabric of Canadian society for the past century and a half as well as look towards future milestones with renewed partnerships and prosperity.”

About The Native Canadian Centre
The Native Canadian Centre is a membership-based, charitable organization located in the heart of downtown Toronto in a beautifully renovated heritage building. NCCT offers a wide range of programs and services based on Native cultural traditions and teachings. All are welcome. www.ncct.on.ca @downiewenjack

About The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) is part of Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of both the Downie and Wenjack families, to call Canadians to learning and action in solidarity with Indigenous peoples of this land. The goal of DWF is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to support the reconciliation process through awareness, education, and action. www.downiewenjack.ca @NativeCentre

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THE GRAPES OF WRATH ANNOUNCED AS THIS YEAR’S INDUCTEES INTO THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME

TO BE AWARDED THIS OCTOBER
AT BREAKOUT WEST 2018 IN KELOWNA

BAND TO PERFORM ON THE SATURDAY NIGHT
OF THE FESTIVAL

Toronto, ON – June 12, 2018 – This October, BreakOut West heads back to Kelowna, BC, for the first time since 2010. Now in its 16th year, the gathering continues to develop, support, and honour the best of western Canadian music, with its annual conference, festival and the Western Canadian Music Awards. This year, Kelowna-born rock band, The Grapes Of Wrath, will be celebrated for their decade-spanning career, and inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall Of Fame.

"We are especially excited to be receiving this honour in Kelowna, the town where we got our start,” says founding member, Kevin Kane. “Incredible to think that it's been 40 years since we were two teens and a tween, gathering every Friday night in a basement in Glenmore to bash out British Invasion and punk rock songs.”

The Hall Of Fame award annually recognizes an artist/band that has made a significant impact in their career; traditionally being awarded to an artist/band from the host province.

“The Grapes of Wrath will join a great group of past inductees who have built the Canadian music scene and have been recognized worldwide as a key element in the soundtrack of the past few decades,” comments Robyn Stewart, Executive Director, Western Canadian Music Alliance. “We are incredibly excited to honour them with this induction in Kelowna.”

The full list of Western Canadian Music Awards nominees have been announced and member voting has concluded. Winners of the artistic categories will be announced on Thursday, October 11 at the WCMAwards Reception in Kelowna, and Industry and Specialty Award categories will be presented on Saturday, October 13 at the Industry Awards Brunch at the Delta Hotel in Kelowna. The Grapes of Wrath will be honoured at the Industry Awards Brunch and will be officially presented with their award on the 13th, where they will be performing as part of the festival.

About The Grapes Of Wrath
Brothers Tom and Chris Hooper met Kevin Kane in 1977, as the three were entering their teens in Kelowna, BC. Their first band was a punk combo called Kill Pigs which played faster than the singer could sing. The Hoopers and Kane would go on to form other bands (Gentlemen of Horror and Empty Set) during their teens, and returned to working together musically again in April of 1983. Taking the name, The Grapes Of Wrath, from a book of movie reviews, they began writing and rehearsing in earnest, gaining enough confidence to open for acts in Seattle and Vancouver. Using proceeds from gigs and yard sales, the band recorded their debut 4 song EP the following summer, signed to Vancouver's fledgling Nettwerk, and went on to release their follow up debut full-length album, September Bowl Of Green, in 1985.

The band's second album, Treehouse, was their first for the major label Capital, earning gold status in Canada. Their 1989 release, Now and Again, was the band’s big breakthrough, and featured newly added keyboardist, Vincent Jones. Singles, All The Things I Wasn't, and What Was Going Through My Head, propelled the album to platinum status and soon the band went from playing bars to theaters and touring Europe, opening for acts such as Lloyd Cole and Texas.

Extensive international touring for their 4th album, the platinum-selling, These Days, put its strain on the band. Succumbing to the classic "musical and personal differences", the Grapes parted ways after a Halloween show in 1992. In the summer of 2010, after 18 years, the original founding members (Chris and Tom Hooper and Kevin Kane) found themselves on stage together again at a festival in Surrey, BC. In 2013, the band released High Road, their first album of new material in 22 years.

About BreakOut West
BreakOut West is an annual gathering to celebrate, develop and support the best of western Canadian music, taking place this year in Kelowna, BC from October 10-14, 2018. Western Canadian artists are developing sustainable careers of national and international scope, and BreakOut West is an integral component of this development. Through the annual conference and festival, industry from around the world and western Canadian artists are given the opportunity to discover, educate, network and grow. The event consists of the BreakOut West Festival; showcasing the talent contained in the "left half" of Canada and delivering Western Canadian Music Awards to honoured nominees, and the Conference itself with educational panels, networking events, and so much more. 

The Western Canadian Music Alliance is funded in part by the six provincial and territorial governments of western Canada. BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards are generously funded by the FACTOR, Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, along with the Kelowna host partners, and event sponsors and funders. 

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SKYHARBOR RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR DIM VIA ALTERNATIVE PRESS

SUNSHINE DUST OUT SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW

Toronto, ON – June 11, 2018 –  Indian/American progressive metal band, SKYHARBOR, released a music video for their current single, Dim, today exclusively via Alternative Press. Directed by Tom Flynn and Mike Watts, this is the first music video the band has released from their upcoming LP due in September. 

“We’re stoked to present our music video for Dim," says guitarist, Keshav Dhar. "It was an amazing experience filming a video together for the first time as a band, and we hope you all enjoy it as much as we did making it!”

Dim is available on all DSPs beginning today, and as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre-order Sunshine Dust on iTunes will receive the song as an immediate download. 

 

SKYHARBOR will release Sunshine Dust on September 7, 2018, via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music. Keshav adds, "It’s taken almost four years and it’s been a real labor of love, but we’re thrilled to finally get this record out there to our fans. We’re incredibly stoked on these songs and have really dug in deep to explore and represent what we truly feel is the Skyharbor sound." 

Vocalist, Eric Emery, adds, “Dim is one of my favorite songs on the record and I can’t wait to share the video with everyone. Thematically, the song alludes to the volatile current political climate in the US, as well as exploring what our potential future could look like should we continue down this road.”

The all-new LP, Sunshine Dust, was recorded in Australia with renowned producer, Forrester SavellSunshine Dust, the band’s nearly four years in the making third full-length album, delivers on the atmospheric and emotional promise of their earlier material, with breathtaking tectonic shifts between a wall of sound ambiance and groove.  

On Sunshine Dust, the immersive wall of sound SKYHARBOR first perfected in the studio environment, while as polished and precise as ever, shines with a new almost analog warmth, born of the kind of collaborative camaraderie that only happens when musicians trust each other enough to experience growth.

This is music filled with empowering inspiration and sweeping passions, a supernatural slice of transcendent sonic indulgence.

 

SKYHARBOR erode the boundaries between traditional hit making structures and technicality dexterity with grace and poise, employing the gentle force of the changing of the tides, in all of its stealthily bombastic earth shaping might.

 


About Skyharbor:

From a file on a computer sitting in New Delhi, to a full-fledged touring band with members from around the world formed over the internet – Skyharbor has defied convention every step of the way. The debut album, Blinding White Noise, was released worldwide in 2012 to critical acclaim and earned the band a dedicated fan following across the globe. Since then, Skyharbor has been performing regularly around the world and making waves with their distinctive brand of sweeping, ethereal prog-rock, releasing Guiding Lights in 2014 after a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign.

After a brief patch of turbulence that saw new frontman Eric Emery and drummer Aditya Ashok solidify the band's lineup, Skyharbor embarked on a series of tours around the world, covering North America, Europe, UK, and India. The future is especially promising in 2018 as a new album with Emery approaches its release and the band looks set to hit even bigger stages as they march into the future.

SKYHARBOR is: Keshav Dhar / Eric Emery / Devesh Dayal /
Krishna Jhaveri / Aditya Ashok

TRACKLISTING:

1. Signal
2. Dim
3. Out of Time
4. Synthetic Hands
5. Blind Side
6. DisengageEvacuate
7. Ethos
8. Ugly Heart
9. The Reckoning
10. Dissent
11. Menace
12. Temptress
13. Sunshine Dust

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Skyharbor on Spotify: spoti.fi/2wwVH93

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

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GHOST’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM PREQUELLE LANDS AT #3 ON BILLBOARD’S TOP 200 ALBUMS CHART

THE BAND’S FASTEST SELLING, HIGHEST CHARTING ALBUM

#2 ON THE TOP CURRENT ALBUMS CHART AND
#1 ON THE ROCK CHART

TOP 5 IN 10 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD

BAND ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR THIS FALL WITH STOPS IN LAVAL, QC AND TORONTO

“Fiendishly fun and brilliantly subversive” - Revolver

“Ghost are packing arenas because they've found the middle of the Venn diagram between metal toughness, arty self-indulgence and pop musicality.”­-  Rolling Stone

“The performance is nothing short of showstopping.” - Pitchfork

Toronto, ON – June 11, 2018 – Grammy® Award-winning band Ghost’s critically acclaimed fourth sacred psalm, Prequelle, has debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart,  #2 Top Current Album, #1 Rock, and #2 Vinyl, with 65,653 albums sold.

Prequelle also debuted at  #1 in Sweden, Norway, and Finland, #1 at Rock in the UK, and in the Top 10 overall in the UK, Germany (#2), France (#4), Australia, and Mexico. This follows over 25,000 album pre-orders (the highest in their career), over 5 Million pre-release streams of first single, Rats, and the announcement of their first ever headline arena dates. Rats is currently #4 at Active Rock Radio, and was the #1 National Rock Song of the Week (Music Choice).

Additionally, Ghost announced a massive North American fall tour including their previously announced headline arena dates at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY that will kick off on November 1 in Chicago, IL and wrap on December 15 in Brooklyn, NY. The band will stop in Canada for shows in Toronto and Laval, QC in December. Pre-sale tickets for the tour will be available beginning June 12 at 10:00 am local time and general tickets will be available to the public beginning June 15 at 10:00 am local time HERE. VIP packages will be available HERE. A complete list of upcoming live dates can be found below.

Released on June 1, Prequelle is available digitally and physically via Loma Vista Recordings now HERE.  Limited edition merch bundles are available exclusively in the Ghost Shop HERE. Ghost is currently featured on five collectible covers of Revolver Magazine’s June/July issue, which is available now HERE. Read the story online HERE. On June 14, Ghost will join legendary metal band, Candlemass, to honour Metallica by performing one of their songs as members Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo are presented with the Polar Music Prize by the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf.

Ghost announced Prequelle (pronounced prē-KWELL) alongside the album’s lead single, Rats, on April 13, 2018 and introduced fans to the band’s new singer, Cardinal Copia. Watch his ascension to frontman in Prequelle Chapters 1-3 HERE. Last month, the band treated fans to an early listen of the album’s second song, Dance Macabre, with the first-ever Instagram Stories song premiere. With over 5 million streams in three weeks, the track is the band’s fastest streaming song to date. Lyrically, Prequelle delves into the plague, the apocalypse, and dark ages. The entire body of work is also a snapshot of the world in which we live in on a daily basis, brought to life through an emotive, enlightening, and riveting body of songs.

Prequelle follows Ghost’s third studio album, Meliora, and its accompanying EP, Popestar, which elevated the Swedish rock band into the pantheon of the greatest rock bands on earth and resulted in a Grammy® Award for ‘Best Metal Performance’. Meliora debuted at No. 1 at Independent Retail, No. 2 at Rock, and in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart, selling over a quarter million copies globally. The band made their network television debut performing the album’s lead single Cirice on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Popestar debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums chart and produced an Active Rock chart topper with Square Hammer.

GHOST TOUR DATES:
June 15, 2018 - Brétigny-Sur-Orge, France - Download Paris
June 21, 2018 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop
June 23, 2018 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhall
July 12, 2018 - Viveiro, Spain - Resurrection Fest
July 14, 2018 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo Metal Fest
July 19, 2018 - Oslo, Norway - Valle Hoven, supporting Guns N’ Roses
July 20, 2018 - Nordfjordeid, Norway - Malakoff Festival
August 3, 2018 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
August 5, 2018 - Colmar, France - Foire Aux Vins
October 26, 2018 - Tulsa, OK - Cox Business Center Ballroom
October 29, 2018 - Louisville, KY - Palace Theatre
October 30, 2018 - Indianapolis, IN - The Murat Theatre
November 1, 2018 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
November 2, 2018 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center - Theatre
November 3, 2018 - Madison, WI - The Sylvee
November 4, 2018 - Ames, IA - Stephens Auditorium
November 6, 2018 - Omaha, NE - Orpheum Theater
November 8, 2018 - Albuquerque, NM - Kiva Auditorium
November 9, 2018 - El Paso, TX - Abraham Chavez Theatre
November 10, 2018 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
November 12, 2018 - San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
November 13, 2018 - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Community Center Theater
November 15, 2018 - San Jose, CA - City National Civic Center
November 16, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
November 17, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
November 19, 2018 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
November 20, 2018 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
November 21, 2018 - New Orleans, LA - Orpheum Theatre
November 23, 2018 - Orlando, FL - Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Walt Disney Theater
November 24, 2018 - Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
November 25, 2018 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 27, 2018 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
November 29, 2018 - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre
November 30, 2018 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy Theatre
December 1, 2018 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
December 2, 2018 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
December 4, 2018 - Richmond, VA - Dominion Energy Center
December 5, 2018 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
December 7, 2018 - Laval, QC - Place Bell
December 8, 2018 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

December 10, 2018 - Baltimore, MD - The Hippodrome
December 11, 2018 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
December 13, 2018 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
December 14, 2018 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
December 15, 2018 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA RELEASED NEW SINGLE I KNOW HOW TO SPEAK

FIRST ORIGINAL MUSIC SINCE 2017’S ACCLAIMED ALBUM A BLACK MILE TO THE SURFACE (LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS)

PERFORMED AT BONNAROO LAST WEEK

SUMMER HEADLINE SHOWS UNDERWAY AND UPCOMING FESTIVAL DATES INCLUDING SUMMERFEST, LOLLAPALOOZA, OSHEAGA AND AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

Toronto, ON – June 11, 2018 –
On Friday, Manchester Orchestra released new single, I Know How To Speak, a lush, slow-burning song that is the band’s first original new music since their acclaimed 2017 album, A Black Mile To The Surface (Loma Vista Recordings). Listen now HERE. “This song was originally and roughly formed a few years ago, about the impending weight of the future. It almost made it onto Black Mile, but hadn't fully formed yet,” explains singer/guitarist Andy Hull. “We spent some solid time this year revisiting and reworking the song into its final state. I found it inspiring to work on this song right before the birth of my son, which was and is beautiful impending weight.”

Listen to I Know How To Speak:
Spotify | Apple MusiciTunes | Amazon | Google Play

Manchester Orchestra, Hull, Robert McDowell, Tim Very, and Andy Prince, are among the most-booked bands at summer and fall festivals this year, playing a career-high number that includes recent stops at Governor’s Ball, Boston Calling, Bottlerock, Shaky Knees Music Festival, and Hangout Music Festival, among others. Consequence of Sound named them a highlight at Boston Calling, raving, “they owned the main stage space with an undeniably knotted and captivating catalogue.” They performed at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival last week, with upcoming performances at Summerfest, Lollapalooza, Osheaga Festival, Austin City Limits, and more. A current itinerary is below.

A Black Mile To The Surface, was released on July 28, 2017 via Loma Vista Recordings to high acclaim from outlets including Entertainment Weekly, Alternative Press, Pitchfork, Vulture, Noisey, and MAGNET, among others, with Uproxx naming it one of 2017's Best Rock Records. Manchester Orchestra have also performed Alternative Radio Top 15 and AAA-topping single, The Gold, on both Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions. The band recently covered The Avett Brothers’ single No Hard Feelings and collaborated with Julien Baker on a cover of Pedro The Lion’s Bad Things To Such Good People (with net proceeds from sales and streaming donated to 1 Million 4 Anna).

Always seeking to push themselves creatively with each subsequent release, Manchester Orchestra expanded their dynamic sound to peak form on the cinematic and epic A Black Mile To The Surface, which features production by Catherine Marks (Foals, PJ Harvey, The Killers), John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions In The Sky, Angel Olsen), and their longtime studio partner Dan Hannon. The record showcases a band that rethought, deconstructed, and rebuilt their songwriting process to propel their music into a new emotional arena, drawing on singer/guitarist Hull and co-writer/multi-instrumentalist McDowell's unique experience scoring the 2016 Sundance hit film Swiss Army Man (directed by The Daniels). It's a reinvention of sorts -- both musically and personally -- and an evolution of the Atlanta-based band, while also retaining the sweeping, melodic, and anthemic sounds for which Manchester Orchestra has become known.

Praise for A Black Mile To The Surface:

"[Manchester Orchestra's] most thrilling album to date" – Pitchfork

"Scoring a film - 2016's Swiss Army Man - inspired the alt-rockers to up the drama on their latest LP. The resulting collection is a mix of sweeping guitars, booming drums, and delightful vocal harmonies." – Entertainment Weekly

"It's the most lyrically intricate and sonically ambitious record that the band have made. It's also their best." – Noisey

"... an artistic triumph, the kind worth regarding as a creative masterwork among their collection." – Exclaim!, 9/10 stars

"Andy Hull & co. have written some of the strongest songs of their career." – Brooklyn Vegan

"...their best album, conjuring the grandiosity of albums like 2009's Mean Everything To Nothing and 2011's Simple Math, but with half the strain and twice as much as grace.” –Uproxx

"One of modern rock's most consistently great bands just raised the bar again." – Alternative Press, 4.5/5 stars

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

June 15 – Kansas City, MO – Boulevardia Festival

June 16 – Buffalo, NY – WLKK Kerfuffle

June 21 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

June 22 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap

June 23 – Glen Allen, VA – XL 102 Big Field Day

July 8 – Milwaukee, WI – Waterfest

July 19 – Oshkosh, WI – Waterfest

August 3 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival

August 4 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues (Official Lollapalooza Aftershow)

August 5 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza

August 11-12 – Redmond, WA – 107.7 The End Summer Camp

October 5 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits

October 6 – San Bernardino, CA – Cal Jam

October 12 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits

 

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WILD RIVERS SHARE HAUNTING HARMONIES IN HOWLING

ANNOUNCE EIGHTY-EIGHT EP OUT JUNE 22

Toronto, ON – June 8, 2018 – Wild Rivers
– the finest purveyors of “Folk ‘n Roll and Country Soul” - are announcing the release of the Eighty-Eight EP, the highly awaited follow up to their 2016’s self-titled debut album. Today, the band is debuting the first hint of the upcoming EP with Howling, showing off the seamless layers of slide guitar, steady percussion, and founding members Devan Glover’s and Khalid Yassein’s vocals.

The same careful craftsmanship is apparent in the band’s 2016 self-titled debut album, streamed over 27 million times on Spotify alone, and 2017 single, Do Right. The band wrote and recorded the EP in both Ontario and Nashville, creativity peaking between glistening pop (A Week Ago) and acoustic vulnerability (Howling). Guitarist and singer Yassein’s love of strong, purposeful melodies is evident in the core of each of the five tracks. Eighty-Eight will be released June 22.

Wild Rivers is composed of Khalid Yassein (vocals, guitar), Devan Glover (vocals), Ben Labenski (drums) and Andrew Oliver (guitar, bass). Over three years, the Toronto-based band has accrued more than 30 million streams on Spotify, toured consistently across the U.S. and Canada, and earned a reputation as a band that makes a powerful connection with listeners. Coming from all different musical backgrounds, all four members find inspiration in iconic pop artists of the 1970s, from Fleetwood Mac to James Taylor to Neil Young, and manage to blend their hallmark storytelling styles with a modern approach to melody. Get a feel for what else is to come with Howling.

Stream Howling here.

EIGHTY-EIGHT TRACKLIST:
1.     A Week Ago
2.     Howling
3.     Call It A Night
4.     You Can Side
5.     I Won’t Be Back

CATCH WILD RIVERS LIVE:
June 9 – Kingston, ON – Craft Beer Fest

August 3 – Rochester, NY – Rochester Public Market
August 7 – Exton, PA – Eagleview Concert Series
August 11 – Bethlehem PA – Musikfest
August 24-26 – Ontonagon MI – Porcupine Mountains Music Festival
August 22-23 – Franklin TN – Pilgrimage Festival

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LAILA BIALI ON TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA THIS SUMMER

CANADIAN SHOWS IN BC, ALBERTA,
HALIFAX AND ONTARIO

CELEBRATES CANADIAN SONGWRITING COMPETITION WIN

NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – June 7, 2018 – Summer is just around the corner, and after extensive international touring through the first half of 2018, Laila Biali is ready to hit the road again, sharing the new songs from her beautifully-crafted self-titled album with audiences across North America. Kicking off on June 15th, she will visit BC, Alberta, Halifax, Ontario and more (full details below). Biali is also thrilled to celebrate her win at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category for her track, Satellite.

"It's been nearly 5 months since the new album first released, and a whirlwind of tour dates including 51 shows across 5 countries (Canada, US, Germany, France & the UK) and 41 cities,” reflects Biali. “I'm happy that the summer is a bit more open, though we'll be heading out to a few key cities across North America and working on two new official music videos, including one for Satellite, which I was so excited to see honoured in this year’s Canadian Songwriter Competition!"

Biali released her brand new, self-titled album in January via Chronograph Records in Canada. The record is the culmination of everything the acclaimed songstress has achieved so far. This record is an eclectic-but-focused collection of songs that Biali describes as her most “fully representative” piece of work to date. Catchy, sophisticated, and unlike anything currently on the radio, the album is pop music, but not the kind that can be neatly tagged by an algorithm. Melodies take thrilling left turns and pre-choruses give way to instrumental interludes. It’s pop music, but the experimental, distinctly human variety popularized by Regina Spektor, Rachael Yamagata, and Sara Bareilles.

Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported Sting. Her accolades include SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. She takes the best of pop, rock, classical, world and soul, informs it with her expertise in jazz, and weaves it into her musical arrangements and original songs. Biali has presented her music at prestigious venues spanning five continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Peru’s El Festival International de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination in 2011 for Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, and her follow-up album, Live in Concert, was given an enthusiastic four-star review and named one of the Best Albums of 2013 by DownBeat Magazine. In 2015, Biali released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms – an indie-pop project featuring Lisa Fischer (Rolling Stones, 20 Feet From Stardom), Jo Lawry (Sting, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel), Alan Hampton (Robert Glasper, Andrew Bird), and the Toronto Mass Choir. Her latest recording project debuted at #1 on iTunes Canada and #7 on iTunes Jazz US. It features original songs alongside fan-requested covers of David Bowie, Coldplay and Randy Newman, and “masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy” (Washington Post).

In September 2017, Biali was brought on as the host for CBC Music’s national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz. The associated CBC stream, Jazz With Laila, receives over 100,000 visits weekly.

UPCOMING SUMMER TOUR DATES:
June 15 – Langley, BC – Bez Arts Hub
June 16 – Sunshine Coast, BC – Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival

June 20 – Wilmington, DE – Clifford Brown Jazz Fest
June 23 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton International Jazz Festival
June 28/29 – Aspen, CO – JAS Café
July 8 – London, ON – Sunfest
July 11 – Halifax, NS – Halifax Jazz Festival
July 20 – Toronto, ON – Roy Thompson Hall “Live on the Patio”
July 22 – Toronto, ON – Beaches Jazz Festival

August 3 – Newport, RI – Newport Jazz Festival
August 15 – Markham, ON – Markham Jazz Festival
August 18 – Sylvan Lake, AB – Jazz at the Lake

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About Chronograph Records:
Chronograph Records is a boutique record label that works closely with artists who are looking for an insightful and collaborative partnership. Representing some of the best jazz, urban acoustic, and blues artists in Western Canada, Chronograph Records strategically helps develop their roster, allowing the artists to evolve into exactly who they're supposed to be. Since the label's 2004 inception, Chronograph artists have garnered numerous award nominations, most recently culminating in a JUNO Award nomination, 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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GEORGE THOROGOOD TO RECEIVE 2018 B.B. KING AWARD AT MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL ON JULY 1ST

ON TOUR NOW WITH STOPS IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC

Toronto, ON – June 7, 2018 – This year, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (Montreal International Jazz Festival) highlights the exceptional contributions to music made by George Thorogood, Zakir Hussain, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Renee Rosnes, Ben Harper and Ry Cooder. During this 39th edition of the Festival, the winners will be presented, respectively, with the B.B. King Award, Ella Fitzgerald Award, Miles Davis Award, Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, Oscar Peterson Award and Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award.

George Thorogood is the fifth recipient of the B.B. King Award, created in 2014 for the 35th edition of the Festival, to honour and recognize the exceptional talent of an artist who has left an indelible mark on the blues scene. He succeeds to Charlie Musselwhite (2017), Taj Mahal (2016), James Cotton (2015) and the artist in whose name the trophy was created, B.B. King (2014). 

George Thorogood will receive the award on July 1st at the Festival at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, during his Festival performance. George Thorogood and the Destroyers will continue their current 2018 Rock Party Tour, touring in support of album, Party Of One,  across North America this summer, through the fall. See below for a complete list of tour dates.
 

Shot to fame in 1977 with their self-titled and now-classic debut album, George Thorogood and the Destroyers have released a total of 16 studio albums—including six gold and two platinum discs—and amassed an unmatched catalogue of hits that includes I Drink Alone, Move It On Over, and the ultimate badass anthem, Bad to the Bone. But it was their powerhouse live performances that made the band legendary: from opening for the Rolling Stones to their own record-breaking 50/50 tour, or any of their current 100+ shows per year, George and his longtime band remain among the most relentless and relevant classic blues-rock acts on tour today.

Thorogood's first-ever solo album, Party of One, was released in 2017 via Rounder Records. It is his fastest-selling album in nearly 20 years, and features acoustic interpretations of 14 of his favorite songs by artists such as Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, the Rolling Stones, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ latest release is a limited-edition 7" single for Record Store Day featuring two new recordings. The A-side features a cover of Shot Down, originally recorded by legendary garage rockers, The Sonics, backed with Ain't Coming Home Tonight, an all-new original penned by longtime Destroyers guitarist, Jim Suhler, and legendary producer, Terry Manning (Al Green, Joe Walsh, Widespread Panic), with Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines mixing the track.

The 7" single was engineered and produced by Shawn Berman, whose engineering credits range from Ice Cube to Guns N' Roses. Berman has engineered five George Thorogood and the Destroyers albums and Thorogood's 2017 solo release, Party of One.

"I wasn't aware of the song Shot Down until my wife turned me onto it," Thorogood said. "Turns out it's a perfect Thorogood song. As for Ain't Coming Home Tonight, Jim Suhler is a genius!  I hope you dig these songs as much as I do."

A limited run of 1,650 copies of the single were pressed on clear red vinyl and hand numbered by Third Man Pressing for Record Store Day, celebrated at independent record stores throughout the United States and Canada on Saturday, April 21st, 2018. 

TOUR DATES:
June 23 – Lakes Jam – Brainerd, MN            
June 24 – Minnesota Zoo Weesner Ampitheater – Apple Valley, MN
June 26 – River City Casino – Saint Louis, MO
June 28 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
June 29 – Promenade Park – Toledo, OH
June 30 – Summertime Blues Festival – Owen Sound, ON
July 1 – Place des Arts at Montreal Jazz Festival – Montreal, QC

July 6 – Seven Feathers Casino Resort – Canyonville, OR
July 7 – Waterfront Blues Festival – Portland, OR
July 8 – Emerald Queen Casino – Tacoma, WA
July 20 – Sunset Station Outdoor Ampitheater – Henderson, NV
July 21 – Edgewater Casino Resort – Laughlin, NV
July 23 – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay – San Diego, CA
July 25 – California Mid-State Fair – Paso Robles, CA
July 26 – Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo – Sacramento, CA
July 27 – Grand Sierra Resort and Casino – Reno, NV
July 28 – Peppermill Concert Hall – West Wendover, NV
July 31 – Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts – Salina, KS
August 2 – Waterfest – Oshkosh, WI
August 3 – Hoosier Park Racing & Casino – Anderson, IN
August 4 – Riveredge Park – Aurora, IL
August 5 – Hard Rock Rocksino – Northfield, OH
August 7 – Rose Music Center – Huber Heights, OH
August 9 – Hard Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City – Atlantic City, NJ
August 10 – Calvert Marine Museum – Solomons, MD
August 11 – Spyglass Ridge Winery – Sunbury, PA
August 23 – Trois-Rivieres en Blues – Trois-Rivieres, QC
September 1 – A Taste Of Colorado – Denver, CO

Praise for Party of One:

"Thorogood is a guitar-blazing revivalist whose enthusiasm
and showmanship make the music fresh.  - Baltimore Sun

"This guy plays with dirt under his fingernails, and he exudes the essence of the back road troubadour. Pick him up when he hitches a ride. Whew!" - Jazz Weekly

"This is a record that only a charismatic performer
and interpreter could pull off." - American Songwriter

"It's (George's) guitar that remains the lifeblood connecting
his fans to his musicianship."  - American Blues Scene

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CADENCE WEAPON RELEASES FRESH SOUNDS ON BE ABOUT PRODUCED BY EYTAN TOBIN

KICKS OFF NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR
ON JUNE 15 WITH SHOW AT NXNE IN TORONTO
AND STOPS AT JAZZ WINNIPEG AND HILLSIDE FESTIVAL

SELF-TITLED ALBUM OUT NOW  

Toronto, ON – June 8, 2018 –  Today, Cadence Weapon shares fresh sounds with Be About - an infectious new single produced by Toronto producer, Eytan Tobin, of the Bedroomer music collective. The track comments on social elements of chasing clout on Instagram, and the illusory quality of rap today. Listen here. Be About is a sample of what can be heard on Canadian festival stages this summer, as Cadence will kick things off with shows at North By Northeast Festival (NXNE) in Toronto, Jazz Winnipeg and Guelph’s Hillside. 

The song follows the stunning video for his single, High Rise. Premiering via Noisey, the audiovisual essay explores timely topics and speaks truth to the current climate of gentrification, urban spaces and the evolution of metropolitan life. Filmed in Toronto’s downtown core, the video was directed by Lester Millado and produced by Toronto creative collective, PIQUE, with choreography by Caden Mackinnon and Chantelle Mostacho. Watch the video here.

“High Rise was inspired by my experience looking for a place to live when I first moved to Toronto. It made me imagine a demonic real estate agent chanting at me to give up the search for a house, to move into a condo,” Cadence says of the inspiration for the track. “I think many people are dealing with rampant gentrification and the erosion of community today so I decided to write a protest song about it.”

High Rise (produced by Jacques Greene) is from Cadence Weapon’s much anticipated, new self-titled album, released on January 19 via eOne Music. The album is his first since 2012’s Hope In Dirt City, which was second to be nominated for a Polaris Music Prize. Purchase and stream Cadence Weapon here.

The album features appearances from Deradoorian, Blue Hawaii, Brendan Phillip and Casey MQ, and tracks from producers, Kaytranada, Francis Got Heat, Jacques Greene and Harrison. The 12-track album is a reintroduction to Cadence Weapon as an artist, and he's excited for the world to experience this new beginning.

Cadence will head to Europe in August, and continue a North American tour through the fall, as he has announced a cross country run with stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Montreal, Fredericton, St. John’s, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Virginia, Boston, and the revered Halifax Pop Explosion in Nova Scotia. See below for a complete list of cities and dates. 

Recognized as Canada’s “most creative” rapper by the National Post, Cadence Weapon has consistently exhibited a passion to take rap into new and unexpected directions. Born in Edmonton, Cadence had an upbringing uniquely suited to becoming a rapper. His father Teddy, a Brooklyn native, was the DJ that introduced hip-hop to Edmonton with his pioneering radio show, The Black Experience in Sound, on CJSR 88.5 FM. After spending his childhood immersed in his father’s diverse archive of music, Cadence started rapping at age 13. Soon, he was entering freestyle battles, rocking shows with his uncle’s funk band and teaching himself how to make beats.

Following the online success of his mixtape, Cadence Weapon Is The Black Hand, he released his self-produced debut album, Breaking Kayfabe, in December 2005 at the age of 19. The album was met with international critical acclaim, with the BBC praising its mix of “vivid, scattershot rhymes” and “techno-tinged beats.” In 2009, Cadence was appointed Poet Laureate of Edmonton, making him the literary ambassador of his home city for two years, during which he was invited to read poetry for an event at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

TOUR DATES:
June 15 – Toronto, ON – North By Northeast Festival @ Yonge-Dundas Square
June 20 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Jazz Festival @ The Good Will
July 13-15 – Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival

August 9 - London, UK - Windmill Brixton
August 10 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
August 14 - Kortrijk, BE - Marathon of Dope Sessions
August 15 - Zurich, CH - Bar3000
August 17 - San Sebastian, ES - Dabadaba
August 23 - Berlin, DE - Internet Explorer
September 14 - Hamilton, ON - Supercrawl
September 28 – Kingston, ON – Grad Club
September 29 – Ottawa, ON – The 27 Club
October 2 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
October 3 – Calgary, AB – Commonwealth
October 4 – Edmonton, AB – Buckingham
October 5 – Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s 
October 6 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
October 10 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s

October 12 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
October 13 – Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village
October 14 – Detroit, MI – El Club
October 18 – Fredericton, NB – The Capital
October 19 – St. John’s, NL – The Ship
October 20 – Halifax, NS – TBD @ Halifax Pop Explosion

October 24 - Washington, DC - Vinyl Lounge @ Songbird
October 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
October 26 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
October 27 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook
October 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
October 30 – Boston, MA – Middle East
November 1 – Montreal, QC – La Vitrola

“Since letting some light in, and showing some openness to more conventional production, Pemberton has crafted his most fully-realized and best album yet.” Beatroute

“It’s a record that invites listeners in and finds us
truly getting to know Pemberton on a new level.” –
CBC Music

“…his most provocative and well-executed album and a high water mark
 for hip-hop on this continent.”
Exclaim!

“Always a literate, smart and — mainly — narrative rap artist, Rollie Pemberton was always married to his own muse and chasing none of the day’s trends. That’s why he can make an album that sounds as old skool and near-classic hip hop as this 12-track album does…” – Vancouver Sun

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MATTIE LEON ANNOUNCES CROSS-CANADA SUMMER TOUR SUPPORTING LATEST ALBUM SIGNAL HILL

RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR SINGLE VIMY

Toronto, ON – June 7, 2018 –
Toronto based singer-songwriter, Mattie Leon, strikes a beautiful balance between folk, R&B and pop. 2017 saw the release of his latest offering, Signal Hill, a 7-song collection of rhythmic Canadiana. Today, he announces a Canadian summer tour that will take him from coast to coast. Kicking off officially on June 30th in Toronto, Leon will share his music with audiences from across the country (see below for full details). Along with the tour, he shares a brand new music video for his single, Vimy, which explores a couple in love during World War 1 and specifically The Battle of Vimy Ridge. Watch and share the video here.

I’ve longed to tour this country, ocean to ocean with guitar in hand, since I started writing songs,” says Leon. “It’s a rite of passage to push some overworked van to the brink and experience the endless beauty of Canada one kilometre at a time. Lyrically, so much of my new record is about Canada and it’s history so I’m looking forward to playing these songs in the places that inspired them. The fact that I experience all of it with my brother by my side is really special.”

Since embarking on his solo career in 2015 Leon has been busy producing and releasing music, playing throughout Ontario and touring to the far reaches of Eastern Canada. His soulful debut EP, Terrace, included the song, Just You, that received airplay on CBC Radio 1 and garnered accolades from then host, Talia Schlanger. He followed up Terrace with two small releases in 2016 that included standout track, Alabama, which was his first foray into historical material. Alabama tells the tale of Clifford Durr, civil rights lawyer in the 1950's and 60's, who assisted in bailing Rosa Parks out of jail after the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Signal Hill has been gaining traction on Canadian College Radio since its release and in the last few years Mattie has had the tracks Boy, So Much More With Me and Just You receive national radio play.

TOUR DATES:

June 9 – St. Catharines, ON – Merchant Ale House

June 30 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Underground

July 4 – Hamilton, ON – Casbah

July 14 – Guelph, ON – Jimmy Jazz

July 15 – Grand Bend, ON – Sunset Sounds

July 17 – Ottawa, ON – Pressed

July 19 – St. John, NB – Five & Dime

July 20 – Tay Creek, NB – T.C. Folk Festival

July 22 – Charlottetown, PEI – Back Alley Music

July 23 – Charlottetown, PEI – Baba’s Lounge

July 24 – Halifax, NS – Sniggily Wiggily’s

July 25 – Halifax, NS – Gus’ Pub

July 27 – St. John’s, NFLD – Battery Cafe

July 29 – St. John’s, NFLD – The Ship

July 31 – Bathurst, NB – Four Rivers Brewing

August 2 – Quebec City, QC – Ninkasi

August 3 – Montreal, QC – L’Escalier

August 11 – London, ON – Life of Leisure

August 16 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Water Tower

August 17 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Apollo

August 18 – Kenora, ON – Lakeshore Lounge

August 19 – Regina, MB – Cloud 9

August 21 – Calgary, AB – Café KOI

August 22 – Cochrane, AB – The Gentry

August 23 – Clearwater, BC – Serenity P.A.

August 25 – Vancouver, BC – The Heatley

August 26 – Victoria, BC – Canoe Brewpub

August 28 – Kamloops, BC – Iron Road Brewing

August 30 – Medicine Hat, AB – Heartwood Café

September 1 – Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Room 21

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AMOS LEE SEEKS PEACE IN ADVERSITY ON NEW SINGLE NO MORE DARKNESS, NO MORE LIGHT

SONG IS THE FIRST OFFERING FROM LEE’S UPCOMING
ALBUM MY NEW MOON OUT AUGUST 31
VIA DUALTONE RECORDS

Toronto, ON – June 6, 2018 – Amos Lee has unveiled No More Darkness, No More Light, the first single from his upcoming album, My New Moon, set for release on August 31st via Dualtone Records, an Entertainment One company. Inspired by relationships Amos built through organizations like Musicians on Call and the Melodic Caring Project, No More Darkness beams with unrelenting optimism in the face of hardship. Amos completely re-wrote the song’s lyrics in the aftermath of the Parkland tragedy, inspired by the positive change brought from such a dark situation. Coupled with the guidance of producer, Tony Berg, and top-notch playing from musicians like multi-instrumentalist, Ethan Gruska, and keyboardists, Benmont Tench, and Patrick Warren, Lee finds himself with a rich and substantive ode to enduring. Listen to No More Darkness, No More Light and read a Q&A with Lee at Billboard.

Much like Darkness, the ten songs on My New Moon console, reflect, and uplift. Lee particularly draws inspiration from two young fans who battled serious illness and their families, and how spending time with such unbelievably courageous people changed the way he saw his own life. As Amos wrestles with difficult questions about loss and works through hardships, the record unfolds as a testament to embracing a higher purpose than one's self and the pursuit of peace in adversity. Performances from multi-instrumentalist, Blake Mills, drummer, Chris Dave (D'Angelo's Black Messiah, Adele's 21), and pedal steel master, Greg Leisz, accentuate Amos' purposeful vision.

Lee will tour through the fall, including performances at the Beacon Theatre and Capitol Theatre in New York, the Pilgrimage Music Festival in Tennessee and Ohana Festival in Southern California. A full list of dates is below. My New Moon is Lee’s first new album since 2016’s, Spirit, his third straight release to debut in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, opening at #3.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
June 22 - St. Louis, MO - Powell Symphony Hall
June 23 - Williamsburg, VA - Funhouse Fest
July 27 - Park City, UT - Deer Valley Snow Park Amphitheater
July 28 - Beaver Creek, CO - Vilar Performing Arts Center
July 29 - Steamboat Springs, CO - Strings Music Festival - SOLD OUT
July 31 - Boulder, CO - Chautaqua Auditorium - SOLD OUT
Aug 1 - Denver, CO - Botanical Gardens # - SOLD OUT
Aug 3 - Sandpoint, ID - The Festival at Sandpoint #
Aug 4 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Amphitheater #
Aug 5 - Seattle, WA - Woodland Park Zoo #
Aug 8 - Boise, ID - Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden #
Aug 9 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater #
Aug 11 - Napa, CA - Uptown Theatre Napa #
Aug 12 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery #
Sept 14 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre ^
Sept 15 - Canton, MA - Festival At The Farm
Sept 16 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre ^
Sept 18 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre ^
Sept 20 - Richmond, VA - Innsbrook After Hours at SERVPRO of Richmond Pavilion ^
Sept 21 - Charlotte, NC - Knight Theater ^
Sept 22 - Franklin, TN - Pilgrimage Music Festival ^
Sept 24 - Lafayette, LA - Heymann Performing Arts Center ^
Sept 25 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theatre ^
Sept 27 - Tucson, AZ - Fox Tucson Theatre ^
Sept 28 - Dana Point, CA - Ohana Festival

# = Bailen supporting
^ = Caitlyn Smith supporting

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AVATAR TO JOIN TRIVIUM ON NORTH AMERICAN FALL TOUR

WORLD TOUR CONTINUES  TICKETS ON SALE NOW

AVATAR COUNTRY OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – June 6, 2018 –
Citizens! Today is a great day for Avatar Country and therefore the world as His Royal Majesty once again claims the title of not only King of our glorious nation but also King of the road. 

The Department of Informing the Citizens of the Kingdom (D.I.C.K.) is proud to report that our finest negotiators have reached a trade deal with metal greats, the people of Trivium! The agreement includes sharing stage space on a string of royal state visits across the United States of America and Canada.

After a long time in the making, everyone within the Chivalrous Royal Administration and Court of the King (C.R.A.C.K) is delighted and excited beyond reason to see their hard work bare fruit. So says the King, Trivium is among the most precious of metals and side by side we shall shine with exponentially grown strength. In short, the future is so bright, we’ll all need to wear shades.”

Avatar will return to North America this fall with Trivium on their The Sin and the Sentence World Tour in continued support of Avatar's newest LP, Avatar Country. This will be the band's second full scale North American run since earlier this year in January with support from circus sideshow, Hellzapoppin. The band returned briefly after that to perform at Fort Rock, Welcome to Rockville and Carolina Rebellion festivals in April. See tour dates below.

Avatar released their seventh, and most Royal, full length, Avatar Country earlier this year via Entertainment One. The LP debuted at #2 Indie, #4 Hard Music, #8 Rock, and #25 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

Critics praised the release as well. New Noise Magazine said Avatar Country was "the culmination of the group’s evolution into a singular powerhouse, a trip into the heart of what makes metal so distinctively powerful."

Loudwire called the opening track, Glory To Our King, sounds like “it could’ve come straight off of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club, a warm and over the top introduction to the rest of the album." And finally, Metal Injection called Avatar Country "a wonderful ride.”

Avatar has embarked on a stretch of European dates this summer including some notable festivals along the way. Download Festival UK, Paris and Graspop just to name a few.  

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

June 6 – Belfast, UK – The SSE Arena Belfast

June 8 – Donington Park, UK – Download Festival

June 9 – Hyvinkää, FIN – Rockfest
June 11 – Almassera, ES – Rock City
June 12 – Murcia, ES – Garaje Beat Club
June 13 – Malaga, ES – Sala Paris 15
June 14 – Zaragoza, ES – Centro Civico Delicias
June 16 – Bretigny-Sur-Orge, F – Download Festival Paris
June 22 – Dessel, BE – Graspop Metal Meeting
August 6 – Kvinesdal, NO – Norway Rock Festival
August 7 – Knislinge, SE – Helgeafestivalen
August 14 – Vizovice, CZ – Masters of Rock
October 3 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
October 4 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
October 5 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
October 6 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
October 8 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
October 9 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
October 11 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
October 12 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
October 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
October 14 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
October 16 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
October 17 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
October 19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
October 20 – Sauget, IL – Pop's Nightclub
October 21 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
October 22 – St. Paul, MN – Myth Live
October 23 – Fargo, ND – Sanctuary
October 25 – Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse
October 26 – Calgary, AB – The Palace Theater
October 28 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

October 29 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
October 30 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
October 31 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
October 2 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
October 3 – Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre

 

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I'M WITH HER ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR DATES

EXCLUSIVE SPOTIFY SINGLES SESSION RELEASED TODAY

LISTEN TO I-89 AND HANNAH HUNT HERE

Toronto, ON – June 6, 2018 –
Fresh off a triumphant tour of Europe, I'm With Her - the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan - is announcing a new slate of tour dates for this fall. The newly announced dates, go on sale this Friday. 

This newest leg of touring, dubbed the Overland Tour, will kick off on the summer solstice at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, which is where they first came together in 2014. On August 1, they will be among the featured performers at NPR Music's, Turning the Tables Live: 21st Century Edition, presented by Lincoln Center Out Of Doors in New York City.

The band recently stopped by Spotify's New York studios and recorded two songs for an exclusive Spotify Singles Session. Listen to this rendition of their original song, I-89, and a stirring cover of Vampire Weekend's, Hannah Hunthere.

In 2015, we did our first tour. Piled into a station wagon, we drove all around the UK and Ireland, just the three of us. Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend's third album, had been out about a year but it became the soundtrack to those sunny drives on the wrong side of the road,” the group recalls. “Hannah Hunt had always been on our mind as a song to cover, and this Spotify session was the perfect excuse to work it up! It is a total joy to sing this song.”

The band's recent European tour was a smashing success. They played to capacity crowds in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, London, Paris, and Stockholm and earned accolades from critics across Europe. Gigging NI's Sarah McCrossan praised the group's “phenomenal performance” in Belfast and noted, "they make hairs stand on end singing a cappella."

Bristol 24/7's Martin Siddorn enthused, “it's when they sing in unison that angels are heard,” while Louder Than War's Lee Hammond offered, “To put it lightly, we're completely blown away by the brilliant I'm With Her as their talents truly shine during this exceptional performance.

I’M WITH HER 2018 TOUR DATES:

June 21 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Bluegrass Festival

June 23 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Bluegrass Festival

July 4 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival

July 6 – North Truro, MA – Payomet PAC

July 7 – Katonah, NY – Carmoor – Spanish Courtyard

July 8 – Portsmouth, NH – Prescott Park Arts Festival

July 9 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage

July 10 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom

July 12 – Boone, NC – Schaefer Center for Performing Arts

July 13 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival

July 14 – Mt. Solon, VA – Red Wing Roots Festival

July 15 – Greenfield, MA – Green River Festival

August 1 – New York, NY – Lincoln Center Out of Doors

August 2 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon

August 3 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon

August 4 – Missoula, MT – Travelers’ Rest Festival

August 7 – Breckenridge, CO – Riverwalk Center

August 9 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Nature Center

August 10 – Boise, ID – The Egyptian Theatre

August 11 – Alta, WY – Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival

August 12 – Bozeman, MT – Rialto Theatre

August 17 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre*

August 24 – Northamptonshire, UK – Greenbelt Festival

August 27 – Shetland, UK – Mareel

August 28 – Edinburgh, UK – Queens Hall

September 8 – Chattanooga, TN – Moon River Music Festival

September 13 – Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theater

September 15 – Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm Studios (The Barn)

September 29 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theater

September 30 – Vancouver, BC – Chan Shun Concert Hall

October 1 – Kelowna, BC – Kelowna Community Theatre

October 2 – Calgary, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall

October 4 – Provo, UT – De Jong Concert Hall

October 7 – Davis, CA – Mondavi Center

October 8 – Carmel, CA – Sunset Center

October 10 – Stanford, CA – Bing Concert Hall

October 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Largo at the Coronet

October 13 – Santa Barbara, CA – Lorbero Theatre

October 14 – Mesa, AZ – Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center

October 15 – Tucson, AZ – Fox Tucson Theatre

November 2 – Madison, WI – Shannon Hall – Union Theater

November 4 – Kent, OH – Kent Stage

November 5 – Columbus, OH – Southern Theatre

November 7 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre

November 8 – Tarrytown, NY – Music Hall

November 9 – Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury

November 11 – Portland, ME – State Theatre

November 12 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Theatre

November 14 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

November 15 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater

November 16 – Richmond, VA – Modlin Center For The Arts

November 17 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

November 29 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall**

November 30 – North Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena **

December 1 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre**

December 2 – Springfield, MO – Juanita K. Hammons Hall**

 

*opening for Old Crow Medicine Show

** opening for Steve Martin & Martin Short

 

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SECRET BROADCAST TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE CAUSE AND THE CURE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 8

FORTHCOMING LP PENNY ARCADE DUE THIS YEAR

Toronto, ON – June 6, 2018 – Heralded Calgary-via-Toronto rock outfit, Secret Broadcast, will release their latest single, Cause And The Cure, on Friday, June 8. The track is from their forthcoming LP, Penny Arcade, which is due out later this year on Entertainment One. On Penny Arcade, their second LP, they explore the divisive state of our sociopolitical landscape to a soundtrack of lush, organic blues-tinged rock and roll.

Cause and the Cure is about losing someone you love and not being able to move on,” states frontman Matt Lightstone. “When your identity becomes tied with another person or an ideology and it is suddenlyremoved from your life, you effectively lose yourself completely.”

The band’s breakout full-length, 2014’s Filthy Souls, showcased the shimmering soundscapes of post-Britpop atop the foundation of overdriven blues-based, reverb-drenched rock and roll in a resulting sonic concoction that was all their own.

This time around, Secret Broadcast have kept those key components intact while refining their approach to songwriting and delivering a more dynamic and impactful musical experience. Horns, banjos, synths, even a gospel choir – anything that served the emotion and impact of the material was fair game. The cuts fit right into Secret Broadcast’s barn-burning live sets, built on their tight rhythmic prowess and unbridled energy. 

As people gravitate towards increasingly polarizing viewpoints on everything from politics and religion to love and drugs, some powerful, compelling, and hard-hitting rock and roll may just be the bridge we need to reconnect and reignite, and Secret Broadcast have plenty of that to go around.

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RHYE RELEASEs NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR PHOENIX

ON TOUR NOW WITH STOPS AT  WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL, HILLSIDE, MILE EX END MUSIQUE AND WESTWARD FESTIVAL 

Toronto, ON — June 6, 2018 — Today, RHYE releases a new music video for track, Phoenix, the second single off their latest, critically-acclaimed album, BLOOD. Directed and produced by RHYE frontman, Mike Milosh, and Geneviève Medow Jenkins, the stunning fashion-forward film tells a powerful narrative with symbolic visuals centered around change and rebirth. Watch the video here.

“Phoenix’is a song about rebirth,” says Milosh. “The video for Phoenix is a representation of the storms that are needed to instigate that change, renouncing the mundane. Enough change best leads to communion with the natural world and the natural self. Change is a strong woman who comes into your life and shows you your true self. Hence, change is Phoenix.”

The Phoenix video tells a powerful story through shattering the everyday, materialistic lifestyle and transforming into one’s true self, mirroring Milosh’s private and professional life, brought on by a powerful symbol of a female character that enters like a storm alongside thoughtful allusions.

The video also features a cast of beautiful, impeccably-dressed female characters in fashion designs by OTT, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Thomas Wylde, Alexis Bittar, Armani, Yvonne Kone, Christian Siriano, Versace (vintage), Ann Demeulemeester, Pamela Love, Alice McCall and Agent Provocateur, styled by and starring model Anna Schilling.

RHYE released their widely-acclaimed sophomore album BLOOD on February 2, 2018 and is available here via Last Gang Records. Limited edition vinyl bundles are available exclusively via the RHYE Shop.

Listen to BLOOD: smarturl.it/blood-ca

RHYE Live Dates - 2018
June 6 - Manchester, UK - 02 Ritz - Tickets
June 7 - Porto, Portugal - NOS Primavera Porto - Tickets
June 9 - Aarhus, DK - Northside Festival - Tickets
June 11 - Warsaw, Poland -Progresja -Tickets
June 12 - Prague, Czech Republic - MeetFactory - Tickets
June 13 - Vienna, Austria - Flex - Tickets
June 15 - Mannheim, Germany - Maifeld Derby Festival - Tickets
June 16 - Oslo, Norway - Picnic I Parken - Tickets
July 6 - Winnipeg, Canada - Winnipeg Folk Festival - Tickets
July 7 - Brooklyn, NY - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn -Tickets
July 14 - Guelph, Canada - Hillside Festival - Tickets
July 19 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park - Tickets
July 20 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield - Tickets
July 25 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Club - Tickets
July 26 - Calgary, AB - Calgary Folk Music Festival - Tickets
July 28 - Porland, OR - Revolution Hall - SOLD OUT
July 29 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall (2nd Show Added!) - Tickets
August 4 - Moscow, Russia - Afisha Picnic Festival - Tickets
August 7 - Sesto Al Reghena, Italy - Piazza Castello - Tickets
August 9 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival - Tickets
August 10 - Buftea, Romania - Night Picnic Festival - Tickets
August 14 - Berlin, Germany - Astra - Tickets
August 15 - Cologne, Germany - Gloria - Tickets
August 17 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival - Tickets
August 18 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival - Tickets
August 19 - Hamburg, Germany - Dockville Festival - Tickets
August 21 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Tickets
August 31 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival - Tickets 
September 1 - Montreal, QC - Mile Ex End Musique Festival —-Tickets
September 15 - Vancouver, BC - Westward Festival - Tickets

October 12, 13, 14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits - Tickets
October 15 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre - Tickets
October 16 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren - Tickets
October 18 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House - Tickets
October 19 - San Luis Obispo, CA - The Fremont Theater -Tickets
October 20 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades -Tickets

About Rhye:
A mosaic of emotive piano keys, physical percussion, buzzing analog synths, and expansive vocals, Rhye find humanity in musicality. Driven by this approach, the group quietly transformed into a phenomenon with the arrival of their 2013 debut, Woman. The record garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, Spin, and Pitchfork who dubbed it Best New Album. Open would concurrently accumulate over 44.5 million Spotify streams, while The Fall surpassed 24.7 million. Along the way, they sold out theatres around the globe between standout festival sets at Coachella, Pitchfork, and a highlight concert in Denmark accompanied by a 49-piece all-girls choir. As the band began writing in 2016, this expansive live show indelibly impacted their second full-length album in 2017. The first single, Please, siphons a gorgeous vocal plea through a kaleidoscope of sparse percussion and piano that’s simultaneously stirring, stark, and sensual. It’s a new musical experience. It’s Rhye.

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  

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentone.com

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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE REVEAL OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR CURRENT SINGLE LETTING YOU GO

GRAVITY OUT JUNE 29TH VIA SEARCH AND DESTROY / SPINEFARM RECORDS

Toronto, ON – June 4, 2018 – Bullet For My Valentine
have released Letting You Go, the third track from their forthcoming album, Gravity. Check out the official music video here.

Lead singer/guitarist, Matt Tuck says, “'Letting You Go' was a very challenging song to write in so many ways. It's by far the most experimental track I've ever written musically and lyrically. I really wanted to make a track that stood out from the crowd and separated us from any other band in our genre, and that's exactly what ‘Letting You Go’ does.”

Meanwhile, BFMV have announced an October / November 2018 UK and Europe tour, including two arena slots for the UK, taking place on November 10th at Alexandra Palace, London, and on November 11th at Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff.

Of Mice & Men will appear as support on all Europe and UK shows.

Pre-orders for new studio album Gravity, along with special bundles, are available now here. Those that pre-order the album will receive instant downloads of Piece of Me, Over It and Letting You Go.

Gravity – due for release on June 29th - is BFMV’s first album under the Search and Destroy/ Spinefarm Records banner, and aptly sees the band rewriting their own future – finding new ways to invent heavy noise and remaining unshackled by the legacy that comes with being masters of their trade.

BFMV are due to perform second to headline on the Friday of Download (UK) Festival – their first home-turf festival performance in five whole years. The band will then headline European summer festivals and venues before travelling to Japan for the Summersonic event, then on to the US.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

June 4 – Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVredenburg

June 8 – Donington, United Kingdom – Download Festival 2018

June 12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg Max

June 14 – Grfenhainichen, Germany – Ferropolis

June 16 – Nickelsdorf, Austria – Novarock Festival

June 18 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Park

June 19 – Hohenems, Austria – Event Centre

June 21 – Dessel, Belgium – Festivalpark Stenehei

June 22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting

June 23 – Clisson, France – Site Du Hellfest

June 24 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting

June 26 – Krakow, Poland – Impact Festival

June 28 – Madrid, Spain – Download Festival Madrid

June 29 – Madrid, Spain – Download Festival Spain

July 27 – Oland, Sweden – Borgholm Brinner Fest

July 28 – Oland, Sweden – Borgholm Brinner Fest

August 18 – Tokyo, Japan – Summersonic

August 19 – Osaka, Japan – Sumersonic

 

EURO & UK TOUR DATES

October 24 – Columbiahalle Berlin, DE

October 26 – Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt, DE

October 27 – Palladium Cologne, DE

October 28 – Zenith Munich, DE

October 30 – Samsung Hall Zurich, CH

October 31 – Estragon Bologna, IT

November 3 – Haus Auensee Leipzig, DE

November 6 – Casino de Paris Paris, FR

November 7 – Rockhal Esch-sur-Alzette, LX

November 8 – 013 Tilburg, NL

November 10 – Alexandra Palace London, UK

November 11 – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, UK

 

Tickets are on sale here: http://www.bulletformyvalentine.com/live/

 

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ELLIOT MAGINOT RELEASES NEW SINGLE COMMON PLACE

OFFICIALLY JOINS AUDIOGRAM

ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 2ND


Toronto, ON – June 1, 2018 – Audiogram is proud to officially welcome Elliot Maginot, with an excellent new song titled, Common Place. The accompanying video, produced by Akim Gagnon, is an uncanny look at troubling times in the artistic and media community, and how one might feel as an inside onlooker. The song is produced by Connor Seidel and features Emile Farley on bass, Vithou Thurber-Promtep on keys and Mathieu Leguerrier on percs and drums.

Common Place predicts exciting things to come this year for Elliot Maginot, including an album out on November 2nd, and shows galore. Stay tuned for dates to be announced shortly.

About Elliot Maginot:
Following a bit of experience in some short-lived garage bands, slaughtering skate-punk tunes in his teenage years, Elliot went through a “hermit period” working with his guitar and honing his ability to create beautiful melodies. Snippets of music, scattered choruses and verses soon became real songs. Elliot Maginot adorned his new tunes with layers of vocals, a mood reminiscent of small cathedral choir. This experimentation led to a home-recording of his first EP revealed in 2013. The tracks delved into sensitive and dark folk embracing influences from greats like Nick Drake and Bob Dylan. His first full-length album, Young.Old.Everything.In.Between, produced by Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes, Suuns), orbited even more in the atmospheric areas of dreamy pop, with lyrics infused with painful love, regrets and dualities. The album was released in 2015 with Indica Records and allowed him to tour extensively in Quebec, Canada, Australia and Europe.

“Maginot knows something about artistic identity, having forged his over the past four years of woodshedding. (…) That folk identity doesn’t quite explain the lavish, even pop-orchestral sound of Young/Old/Everything.In.Between.” - Montreal Gazette

“From the simple dream pop of "Everything in Between" to more organic folk numbers like "Bell" to the haunting, piano-driven album closer "I'm Just Looking to Be More Afraid," Maginot stretches his musical boundaries on this record.” - Exclaim!

“Montreal newcomer Elliot Maginot has delivered a brilliant album (…) The music is sophisticated and beautiful.” - Canadian Music Blog

After much searching, touring and re-writing, new songs took form and a new team was put in place. Elliot’s next record is produced by Connor Seidel (Matt Holubowski) and slated to be out in Fall 2018 with Audiogram Records.

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SAM TUCKER RELEASES NEW TRACK CALIFORNIA QUEEN

SONG TO APPEAR ON NEW EP
SET FOR RELEASE THIS FALL

ON TOUR IN QUEBEC THROUGH 2018
WITH MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Toronto, ON – May 31, 2018 – Quebec-based singer-songwriter, Sam Tucker, has shared California Queen, a brand new track from his forthcoming EP, which is set for release this fall. Have a listen to the song here.

“I’m very happy to release my second single, California Queen,” says Tucker. “Thanks to all the amazing talent who came together in studio to put this song together in time for the summer. Get the windows down, volume up, and go for a ride!”

Like his first single, Powder Fame, Tucker recorded the new track with producer, Rob Heaney (Franklin Electric, Patrick Watson), and was accompanied by Joe Grass on guitar, Mishka Stein on bass, and Robbie Kuster on drums.

Tucker will be bringing his new songs to the stage this summer, with a free show at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 28th, and then in Quebec City on July 15th during the Summer Festival. More tour dates will be announced soon.

Born in Retford, England, Tucker moved to Gaspésie, QC three years ago as part of an internship in linguistics – falling in love with the region. It was in Gaspé that he began to perfect and perform his own compositions. His inimitable swagger and impressive voice is already turning heads, as Tucker impressed both the judges and the audience during his stint on the popular television show, La Voix, in 2017, where he joined the ranks of Pierre Lapointe’s team.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
June 28 – Montreal, QC – Montreal International Jazz Festival (Heineken Tent)
July 6 – Sherbrooke, QC – Festival Sherblues & Folk
July 13 – Granby, QC – Chapiteau du Parc Miner
July 15 – Quebec City, QC – Festival d’Été de Québec
October 19 – St-Hyacinthe, QC – Le Zaricot
November 8 – Quebec, QC – La Source de la Martinière
November 9 – Shawinigan, QC – Salon Wabasso
November 22 – Drummondville, QC – Maison des arts de Drummondville
November 23 – St-Romuald, QC – Vieux Bureau de Poste
November 30 – St-Eustache, QC – La Petite Église
January 25, 2019 – Dégelis, QC – Centre Culturel Georges-Deschênes
February 16, 2019 – Lavaltrie, QC – La Chasse-Gallerie
March 16, 2019 – Weedon, QC – Centre culturel de Weedon
March 22 – Trois-Rivières, QC – Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau
April 18, 2019 – Sainte-Thérèse, QC – Cabaret BMO
April 25, 2019 – Saguenay, QC – Salle Saguenay

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RISING TORONTO DUO ONCE A TREE RELEASE NEW SINGLE BORN FOR THIS

SONG FEATURED IN NEW NISSAN CAMPAIGN

LATEST EP PHOENIX WINNER OF
2018 INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARD
FOR BEST ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Toronto, ON – May 28, 2018 – Today, multifaceted BC-born, Toronto-based duo, Once A Tree, share their shiny new single, Born For This. The track follows their win of Best Electronic Album Of The Year at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards for their EP, Phoenix. Comprised of couple, Jayli and Hayden Wolf, Once A Tree’s roots are founded by an unappalled, complimentary partnership. With a title and sound reflective of their unique dynamic and creative hustle, Born For This is featured in the National launch campaign of Nissan’s latest addition – the Nissan KICKS. Listen to the track now, and watch the Nissan campaign here.

“We went to a writing camp in Nicaragua with SOCAN, and I think it gave us the energy and stamina,” Hayden Wolf comments on the organic process. “We were making one full track every day and the turnaround time on this project was so crazy that I think it gave us that extra energy boost to make sure we locked it in time.”

“When we were doing the commercial, it was night shoots, so we would go back to the hotel and record to get the song done in time,” adds Jayli Wolf.

Born For This follows the group’s 2017 EP, Phoenix, which produced standout tracks, Fine, Coming Down and Breakdown, a raw, honest look at depression that brings awareness to mental health – the group also worked with the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation’s Not Alone Campaign in British Columbia to help raise funds to build facilities across Canada to help youths suffering from mental illness.  Previously, Once A Tree released Thousand Lives, which includes Howling – an emotive track featuring a stunning video, directed and shot by Hayden and Jayli. The releases received major accolades and praise from outlets like Billboard, Rolling Stone, Complex, Clash and People Magazine.

Once A Tree is immersed in the creative process and aesthetic of their sound. With a background in photography and video, Hayden Wolf has applied his skills to create unique pieces from inception to completion, while Jayli, a seasoned actress, lends her talents both behind, and in front of, the lens.

“I don’t think I know anyone who gets me like Jayli gets me. We both had almost identical childhoods, and we both appreciate each other so much in our creative expression,” Hayden says. “I think we just work really well together. It’s a natural creation every time we make music and videos.”

With pop melodies, EDM beats and indie-folk inflections, Once A Tree’s sound is ever-evolving. On Thousand Lives, we saw Hayden at the production helm and Jayli on the mic, to Phoenix, where both explored vocals to create beautiful contrast, with heartfelt lyrics forged from their personal experiences.

The two met while leaving the Jehovah’s Witness religion they were both raised in. Excommunicated by their community, they decided to use music as their voice. They fell in love and began writing folk music in a small valley town near the Canadian Rockies. As they left their community and families, Jayli won a songwriting competition. The couple were flown to Toronto to shoot a music video to support the piece on one-way tickets. Arriving with two suitcases, and a guitar, Hayden and Jayli started fresh with fierce determination to pursue their dreams.

During this relocation, Hayden was accepted into The Remix Project after a chance meeting with Toronto founder, Gavin Sheppard, while shooting behind the scenes on the set of a Charles Officer film. Hayden met the late Gord Downie, who was also on site, and amid sharing his music with the iconic singer, Sheppard caught wind, and encouraged him apply for the program, where he was later able to hone his music production skills alongside a diversely talented creative community. Paired with Jayli’s powerful vocals, the two began to develop their sound, continuing to share their story with an authentic approach and fluid musicality.

Born For This: smarturl.it/born4this
Once A Tree On Spotify: spoti.fi/2xd6qpu

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PATRIK DROPS NEW SINGLE STAYLONE PRODUCED BY RETRO

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE VIA HIP HOP CANADA

UPCOMING SHOWS IN TORONTO
ON MAY 31 AND JUNE 7

SPADINA EP DUE OUT LATER THIS YEAR

Toronto, ON – May 25, 2018 – Following another successful year performing at Canadian Music Week, Patrik continues to roll out new sounds. Today, he shares STAYLONE, the Retro-produced single, premiering via Hip Hop Canada. The song is from his forthcoming Spadina EP, set for release later this year. Listen to the track here.

"STAYLONE is about expressing my faith x my anti-social socialism,” Patrik says. “It’s a follow up to Lone. It's a sound Retro & I are trying to build."  With Lone, Patrik comments that it was inspired by "accepting isolation in order to confront myself of the overwhelming thoughts I have." 

Patrik’s previous single, Entitled (prod. CMPLX, J Cash and $on), has a new video you can watch here. Premiering via Complex Canada, the video was filmed at LivArt gallery in Montreal following Patrik’s visit to the vernissage of visual artist, Pierre-Marie Cespedes. He was immediately inspired by the space and creative energy that was permeating the walls of the Montreal art hub. The video was directed by Dede Soueidan, and produced by Arash Maleki of Montreal-based Pigeon House Productions x Beso TV.

Local fans will have an opportunity to hear Patrik’s new sounds at upcoming showcases in Toronto on May 31 at Nightowl, and June 7 at The Boat in Kensington Market for UNSIGNED, presented by X10 Entertainment. See below for complete details. 

 

About Patrik: 

Always making a global impact through positive projects. Envisioning a world without boundaries reached through the promotion of unity and the embracing of each person’s unique qualities. Patrik is a clever lyricist who uses metaphors to relate to the heart of the listener. A banner of truth, Patrik speaks his mind. Using music, making his message, one for the masses. Whether collaborating with his X10 collective, or producing work solo, Patrik is a rapper for the People. Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, Patrik is a versatile, bilingual rapper with an array of diverse interests. Connected to his faith, he enjoys reading the bible, and is an avid viewer of anime and documentaries. Patrik is also fond of sports and exercise. While studying sociology at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, he was a dedicated member of the school’s basketball team and Enactus chapter, an entrepreneurship program that challenges students professionally to create their own ventures and projects. The title of his forthcoming EP, Spadina, is a reference to Toronto’s Chinatown neighbourhood, where Patrik currently resides. 

Patrik has headlined Confidential Records M.A.P.L. Series showcase that has raised funds for MusicCounts. He has performed at festivals such as the Ontario 150 Art & Music festival, Canadian Music Week curated showcases, he was invited this past September to perform at Pop Montreal’s music festival for the second year in a row. Patrik was recently chosen as one of the five artists to perform at the Jim Beam Make History Talent Showcase presented by Indie 88, and is in the running to perform at A3C in Atlanta this October. He went on to win the Jim Beam Talent Search Toronto showcase.

A lover of fashion with a keen sense for personal style, Patrik’s X10 brand has become a very well-known brand, that is worn by university students throughout the Toronto and Montreal Area. Patrik has also previously worked with, and is currently sponsored by, G-Star Raw's Toronto Flagship Store. They curated a private event at their store in downtown Toronto, where Patrik showcased his talent to an audience of over 100 fans in the space.

TOUR DATES
Thursday, May 31 – Night Owl – Toronto, ON (Lost Craft Untapped Vol.1 Showcase)
Thursday, June 7 – The Boat – Toronto, ON (UNSIGNED Showcase)

Patrik on Spotify: spoti.fi/2HwiOB8

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DENZEL CURRY SHARES NEW SINGLE

FORTHCOMING ALBUM TA13OO COMING SOON

HEAR PERCS NOW

Toronto, ON – May 25, 2018 – Today, Denzel Curry is back to share a new single. Percs follows Denzel's recently released, Sumo, and finds Denzel at his best: rattling off machine gun-paced flows over heavy production. Denzel recently paid NYC's Hot 97 and Complex visits to discuss new music, mental health, the state of rap music, and more. In 2018, Denzel has been teasing fans on his forthcoming album, TA13OOwhich will serve as the follow up to Denzel's EP, 13, released almost a year ago. The new project is due soon. 

Born and raised in South Florida, Denzel Curry first started making waves underground with a string of mixtape releases and his affiliation with Raider Klan. Following the group's dissolution, Curry set out on his own with the release of his debut album, Nostalgic 64 which contained features from Lil Ugly Mane, Mike G, Robb Bank$, and others. In 2015, he released a double EP titled, 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms, which spawned the RIAA certified gold single, Ultimate. The following year Denzel released his second album, Imperial. Curry employs an aggressive flow that couples elements from both hip hop and hardcore, and his sound would lay the groundwork for an underground scene in Florida that is just now starting to break into the mainstream. 

Hear Percs above, along with the Kyle Yearwood-made visualizer, find the previously released, Sumo, below, and stay tuned for more from Denzel Curry.

Listen to Percs:

Spotify:  found.ee/DC_PercsSpotify

Apple:  found.ee/DC_PercsAppleMusic

iTunes:  found.ee/DC_PercsiTunes

Amazon:  found.ee/DC_PercsAMZ

Google Play:  found.ee/DC_PercsGoogle

Soundcloud:  found.ee/DC_PercsSoundcloud

PREVIOUSLY – Sumo: found.ee/DC_SumoYoutube

Hot 97 Interview: m.youtube.com/watch?v=HUDaCXKJlk8

Complex Late Nights with Rosenberg Interview: youtu.be/nmpEFZPame0

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SIGALA DEBUT ALBUM BRIGHTER DAYS OUT SEPTEMBER 21ST

ALBUM LAUNCHED WITH THE SUMMER OF SIGALA IBIZA EVENT

8M WORLDWIDE SALES
800M SPOTIFY STREAMS
130 TOTAL WEEKS IN THE UK CHART
440M YOUTUBE VIEWS
6 PLATINUM SINGLES

Toronto, ON – May 24, 2018 –
Multi-million selling producer, artist and DJ, Sigala, has announced the release of his debut album, Brighter Days, with a special event in Ibiza, along with a UK tour in October.

Brighter Days will be released by Ministry of Sound on September 21st and feature his six previous Top 10 singles, including, Came For Here For Love featuring Ella Eyre, Lullaby featuring Paloma Faith and Give Me Your Love featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers. Fans who pre-order the album can get exclusive access to a presale for his UK tour from Wednesday May 30th before general sale begins on Friday June 1st.

The album was launched with a special party, whereby Sigala decided to take an enormous team of people who have been involved in his incredible journey – including collaborators and writers - to Ibiza on a chartered flight to celebrate the announcement of the album. The event also started what will be the ‘Summer of Sigala’ that will see him release a series of singles and new music – the most he has ever released – culminating with the album, Brighter Days, on September 21st.

Speaking of the album, Sigala says: “I went away to Belgium in November for a month to this studio in the woods in the middle of nowhere. I think I saw about three people while I was there. I just saw it as an opportunity to experiment.”

He admits that time away from the distractions of London presented him with a chance to shake the pressure of delivering singles to radio. “They’re songs that I’m really proud of and I’m really happy they’re able to see the light of day,” he says. “If I’d just kept releasing singles that would have never happened.”

SIGALA’S UK TOUR:
October 18 – Newcastle O2 Academy 1 – Newcastle upon Tyne,
October 19 – Birmingham O2 Institute – Birmingham, England
October 20 – Manchester Albert Hall – Manchester, England
October 21 – Glasgow O2 ABC  - Glasgow, Scotland
October 22 – Dublin Olympia Theatre – Dublin, Ireland
October 25 – London Electric Brixton – London, England
October 26 – Bristol O2 Academy – Bristol, England

2018 has already seen Sigala release Lullaby, his collaboration with Paloma Faith, currently in the UK Top 10 singles chart with over 46 million worldwide audio streams across DSPs whilst last year saw the release of Came Here For Love featuring Ella Eyre, another Top 10 UK single and one that has been certified platinum.

Since he unleashed his debut #1 single, Easy Love, to the world, Sigala has dominated the UK dance scene, showcasing his skills not only as a producer, but also as a songwriter who consciously showcases versatile sides to his musicality, with previous guest vocalists on his tracks including Craig David and John Newman.

Sigala online:
www.sigalamusic.com

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SONY MUSIC AND FIFA ANNOUNCE LIVE IT UP AS THE OFFICIAL SONG FOR 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA™

WILL SMITH, DIPLO, NICKY JAM AND ERA ESTREFI
COLLABORATE FOR FIFA WORLD CUP SINGLE 

Toronto, ON – May 23, 2018 – Today, Sony Music and FIFA announce Live It Up as the Official Song for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, set to be released on multiple streaming platforms on Friday, May 25th. Live It Up sees the biggest names in global music collaborate, for the biggest event in the world of football, where the sport’s most celebrated stars from across the world will come together in Russia for the tournament commencing on June 14th.

World-renowned Grammy Award-winning actor, songwriter and rapper, Will Smith, has teamed up with one of Latin’s most iconic names, and Latin Grammy Award winner, Nicky Jam, and the rising pop sensation, Era Istrefi, for the Official FIFA World Cup Song. The record has been produced by songwriter, DJ and Grammy Award winning producer Diplo, commenting, “I’ve never made a song this international, so many stars have come together to make a strong vibe.”

The Official Song will be performed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final on July 15th in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to an expected TV audience of more than one billion. The Official Music Video will be available worldwide on June 7th.

About the collaboration, Will Smith commented, “It’s an honour to be asked to perform at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This global event brings people from all over the world together to cheer, laugh and experience magic. Collaborating with Nicky, Diplo and Era on this track represents harmony, eclectic flavours and genres coming together. At the end of the day, we just want to see the world dance!”

Nicky Jam, Will Smith and Era Istrefi recently filmed the official music video in Budapest, where Smith is currently shooting his latest film.

Istrefi says, “Being part of the Official Song 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has been an incredible and exciting experience so far. Working alongside the super talents that are Diplo, Will Smith and Nicky Jam, all of whom I have huge admiration for, has been amazing and so much fun! I’m a huge football fan too and I can’t wait for the games to begin.” 

Reggaeton heavyweight Nicky Jam shared his excitement on set, stating, “To record the Official Song for the FIFA World Cup is a lifetime achievement. Not many artists have the privilege of being able to say they’ve been part of this. I’m so proud and happy, I can say to my grandkids ‘I’ve made it.”

Philippe Le Floc’h, FIFA Chief Commercial Officer, says, “The synergy between football and music is striking, both stirring up fans’ emotions across the globe. This song – featuring a world-class line-up worthy of the greatest show on Earth – embodies the excitement, the celebration and the unity that people all over the world will share during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.”

Afo Verde, Chairman & CEO Sony Music Latin Iberia, says, “Sony Music has had a longstanding relationship with FIFA spanning well over one decade. When discussing the Official Song for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the objective that both organisations agreed on was a great record supported by an all-star line-up. We are very excited that Will Smith, Nicky Jam, Diplo and Era Istrefi are part of the song and working hand in hand with FIFA and our artist community in providing the soundtrack for the biggest event in the world.”

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalogue that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

About Nicky Jam
Nick Rivera Caminero, known as Nicky Jam, is recognized around the world as a pioneer of Latin urban music. Born in 1981 in Boston, as a boy he moved with his family to Puerto Rico. 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 on the island. 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 Off to the Party), Fiel A Tu Piel (Faithful To Your Skin) and La Combi Completa (The Complete Combination) among others. He toured the world and became one of Latin urban music’s first international stars. 
 

Just as he was enjoying his hard-earned accomplishments, his life took a 180-degree turn. Finally, after three years out of the limelight, Nicky Jam performed a show in Colombia. With discipline and hard work he began to make up for lost time. He soon decided to move to Colombia to rebuild his career. In 2012, he created a low-budget music video that went on to rack up over 15 million views on YouTube. In 2013, he debuted his renewed persona and returned stronger than ever. He notched five radio hits: Piensas en Mí (You Think About Me), Curiosidad (Curiosity), Juegos Prohibidos (Forbidden Games), Voy a Beber (I'm Going to Drink), and the global hit, Travesuras (Mischief). Travesuras was Nicky’s international comeback hit after a 10-year absence from the charts. It peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs. His social-media following grew 3,000 percent by late 2014, making him one of the genre's most talked-about and respected artists.

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 charts for 30 weeks (second longest-running single in the chart’s history). In January 2016, Nicky released Hasta el Amanecer, which also became the biggest Latin song of the year. The single was #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs for 18 weeks, which was the longest run of 2016. The official music video reached 100 million views in the first month, averaging over 3 million views per day.  In fact, the top Hot Latin Songs Track of 2016 belongs to Nicky Jam’s Hasta El Amanecer. It also scored the No. 1 year-end spot on the Latin Airplay, Latin Pop Airplay, Latin Rhythm Airplay, Latin Rhythm Digital Song Sales, and Latin Digital Song Sales charts. 2017 became another remarkable year for Nicky with the release of his single, El Amante (The Lover), his first album in 10 years titled Fénix, and his big-screen debut on Vin Diesel’s film XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

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AVATAR DEBUTS NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE KING WELCOMES YOU TO AVATAR COUNTRY

WORLD TOUR CONTINUES - TICKETS ON SALE NOW

AVATAR COUNTRY OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – May 22, 2018 –
Citizens! If the message hasn't been clear enough already, the King of Kings above all Kings ruling in the realm of Kings has decided to speak directly to his flock and let them know that, The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country!

This beautiful truth shall shine upon the faces of those who follow the Majestic March to Immortality in the latest and greatest so-called "Music Video" with the Mighty Conqueror of Hearts and Land Alike and His orchestra, AVATAR.

Directed by long-time collaborator Johan Carlén, this is the third music video we've heard from the King with Avatar from His new record titled, Avatar Country.

Avatar released their seventh, and most Royal, full length, Avatar Country earlier this year via Entertainment One. The LP debuted at #2 Indie, #4 Hard Music, #8 Rock, and #25 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

Critics praised the release as well. New Noise Magazine said Avatar Country was "the culmination of the group’s evolution into a singular powerhouse, a trip into the heart of what makes metal so distinctively powerful."

Loudwire called the opening track, Glory To Our King sounds like, "it could’ve come straight off of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club, a warm and over the top introduction to the rest of the album." And finally, Metal Injection called Avatar Country "a wonderful ride."

AVATAR will embark on a stretch of European dates this summer including some notable festivals along the way. ROCK AM RING, DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL UK, PARIS and GRASPOP just to name a few. 

TOUR DATES

June 1 – Nürnberg, DE – Rock Im Park
June 2 – Nijmegen, NL – FortaRock
June 3 – Nürburging, DE – Rock Am Ring
June 5 – Dublin, IRL – The Academy
June 6 – Belfast, UK – The SSE Arena Belfast

June 8 – Donington Park, UK – Download Festival

June 9 – Hyvinkää, FIN – Rockfest
June 11 – Almassera, ES – Rock City
June 12 – Murcia, ES – Garaje Beat Club
June 13 – Malaga, ES – Sala Paris 15
June 14 – Zaragoza, ES – Centro Civico Delicias
June 16 – Bretigny-Sur-Orge, F – Download Festival Paris
June 22 – Dessel, BE – Graspop Metal Meeting
August 6 – Kvinesdal, NO – Norway Rock Festival
August 7 – Knislinge, SE – Helgeafestivalen
August 14 – Vizovice, CZ – Masters of Rock

 

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CADENCE WEAPON DROPS AUDIOVISUAL ESSAY ON CONDO CULTURE WITH VIDEO FOR HIGH RISE

PREMIERES VIA NOISEY

NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM OUT NOW

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
WITH STOPS AT NXNE, JAZZ WINNIPEG AND HILLSIDE

Toronto, ON – May 23, 2018 –  Today, Cadence Weapon shares the stunning video for his single, High Rise. Premiering via Noisey, the audiovisual essay explores timely topics and speaks truth to the current climate of gentrification, urban spaces and the evolution of metropolitan life. Filmed in Toronto’s downtown core, the video was directed by Lester Millado and produced by Toronto creative collective, PIQUE, with choreography by Caden Mackinnon and Chantelle Mostacho . Watch the video here.

“High Rise was inspired by my experience looking for a place to live when I first moved to Toronto. It made me imagine a demonic real estate agent chanting at me to give up the search for a house, to move into a condo,” Cadence says of the inspiration for the track. “I think many people are dealing with rampant gentrification and the erosion of community today so I decided to write a protest song about it.”

 

High Rise (produced by Jacques Greene) is from Cadence Weapon’s much anticipated, new self-titled album, released on January 19 via eOne Music. The album is his first since 2012’s Hope In Dirt City, which was second to be nominated for a Polaris Music Prize. Purchase and stream Cadence Weapon here.

The album features appearances from Deradoorian, Blue Hawaii, Brendan Phillip and Casey MQ, and tracks from producers, Kaytranada, Francis Got Heat, Jacques Greene and Harrison. The 12-track album is a reintroduction to Cadence Weapon as an artist, and he's excited for the world to experience this new beginning.

The album features other singles including independence anthem, Large, self-assured verses on  Don’t Talk To Me (prod. FrancisGotHeat), and the critically acclaimed Kaytranada-produced,  My Crew (Woooo).

Cadence will be sharing the new music this summer, through the fall, as he has announced a cross country tour, with stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Montreal, Fredericton, St. John’s, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Virginia, Boston, his current home of Toronto at North By Northeast Festival, and slots at Jazz Winnipeg, Guelph’s Hillside Festival, and the revered Halifax Pop Explosion in Nova Scotia. See below for a complete list of dates. 

Recognized as Canada’s “most creative” rapper by the National Post, Cadence Weapon has consistently exhibited a passion to take rap into new and unexpected directions. Born in Edmonton, Cadence had an upbringing uniquely suited to becoming a rapper. His father Teddy, a Brooklyn native, was the DJ that introduced hip-hop to Edmonton with his pioneering radio show, The Black Experience in Sound, on CJSR 88.5 FM. After spending his childhood immersed in his father’s diverse archive of music, Cadence started rapping at age 13. Soon, he was entering freestyle battles, rocking shows with his uncle’s funk band and teaching himself how to make beats.

Following the online success of his mixtape, Cadence Weapon Is The Black Hand, he released his self-produced debut album, Breaking Kayfabe, in December 2005 at the age of 19. The album was met with international critical acclaim, with the BBC praising its mix of “vivid, scattershot rhymes” and “techno-tinged beats.” In 2009, Cadence was appointed Poet Laureate of Edmonton, making him the literary ambassador of his home city for two years, during which he was invited to read poetry for an event at the 2010 Winter Olympics. 

TOUR DATES:
June 15 – Toronto, ON – North By Northeast Festival @ Yonge-Dundas Square
June 20 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Jazz Festival @ The Good Will
July 13-15 – Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival
September 28 – Kingston, ON – Grad Club
September 29 – Ottawa, ON – The 27 Club
October 2 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
October 3 – Calgary, AB – Commonwealth
October 4 – Edmonton, AB – Buckingham
October 5 – Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s 
October 6 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
October 10 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s

October 13 – Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village
October 18 – Fredericton, NB – The Capital
October 19 – St. John’s, NL – The Ship
October 20 – Halifax, NS – TBD

October 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
October 26 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
October 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
October 30 – Boston, MA – Middle East
November 1 – Montreal, QC – La Vitrola

“Since letting some light in, and showing some openness to more conventional production, Pemberton has crafted his most fully-realized and best album yet.” - Beatroute

“It’s a record that invites listeners in and finds us
truly getting to know Pemberton on a new level.” –
CBC Music

“…his most provocative and well-executed album and a high water mark
 for hip-hop on this continent.”
Exclaim!

Always a literate, smart and — mainly — narrative rap artist, Rollie Pemberton was always married to his own muse and chasing none of the day’s trends. That’s why he can make an album that sounds as old skool and near-classic hip hop as this 12-track album does…” – Vancouver Sun

Cadence Weapon on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/cadenceweapon

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DJDS RELEASES NEW ALBUM VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

BIG WAVE MORE FIRE OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – May 22, 2018 – Los Angeles production duo DJDS is back to release their new album Big Wave More Fire, via Loma Vista Recordings. The album showcases a diverse collection of features from artists like Khalid, The-Dream, Vic Mensa, Charlie Wilson, Amber Mark, Empress Of, Vory, Kacy Hill, and more.

Big Wave More Fire includes last summer's previously-released singles, Trees On Fire, and Why Don't You Come On, which have amassed over 30 million streams worldwide, as well as the recently-released, No Pain, and I Heard.

The duo had this to say about their new album, “This is the one we've always wanted to make but had to learn how to. So thanks to our collaborators for pushing us forward. And to everybody listening, this record is for you.”

Listen to Big Wave More Fire now and see below for full album details.

BIG WAVE MORE FIRE TRACKLISTING:

  1. Bow My Head
  2. Trees on Fire ft. Amber Mark and Marco McKinnis
  3. Why Don’t You Come On ft. Khalid and Empress Of
  4. Coming Back
  5. I Get By ft. Amber Mark and Vory
  6. I Heard ft. The Dream and Vory
  7. I Heard Pt.2 ft. Kacy Hill
  8. Pick Me Up ft. Vic Mensa, Vory and Kelly Zutrau
  9. New Grave ft. Kevin Drew and Kelly Zutrau
  10. Falling ft. Marco McKinnis and Kelly Zutrau
  11. Baby Baby
  12. No Pain ft. Khalid, Charlie Wilson and Charlotte Day Wilson
  13. Caught Alone
  14. Love ft Empress Pf

 

LISTEN: Big Wave More Fire
Apple Music | Spotify | Youtube

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THE RECORD COMPANY LAUNCHES FIRST SINGLE LIFE TO FIX

NEW ALBUM ALL OF THIS LIFE OUT JUNE 22nd
ON CONCORD RECORDS 

UNPRECEDENTED PERFORMANCE – FIRST BAND TO EVER
PLAY LIVE ON THE HOWARD STERN WRAP UP SHOW 

TOP 10 AT TRIPLE A RADIO

ALL OF THIS LIFE IS THE SUBJECT OF EARLY CRITICAL PRAISE:

“…takes off like a supersonic jet blowing wildly through the universe of rock…With ‘Life To Fix,’ The Record Company is poised to keep their established fan base more than happy, and to win even more new fans. It’s got seventh-inning stretch stadium rock anthem written all over it.” – NPR Music

“…isn't so much a return to form as it is taking that form to a big new level.” – Rolling Stone

“…judging by the reception of the album’s lead single, ‘Life to Fix,’ the band could hit new heights.” – Billboard

Toronto, ON – May 18, 2018 – There’s no sign of a sophomore slump for The Record Company, who have been fiercely promoting their new release, All Of This Life, out June 22nd on Concord Records. Last Friday, the group made history as the first band to ever play live on The Howard Stern Wrap Up Show, as excitement at press and radio continues to build around their upcoming album, and first single, Life To Fix.

The Record Company will be featured as part of a live radio broadcast on WXPN in Philadelphia, which will be streamed online at vuhaus.com as part of the 2018 NON-COMMvention, the nation’s premier 4-day gathering of public music radio programmers, music industry and music talent.

Among this weekend’s highlights are performances headlining MMRBQ (WMMR in Philadelphia's flagship show) and 93XRT’s Wrigleyville Concert Series. In the last week alone, The Record Company has performed live on a remarkable 14 radio stations.

The album’s first single, Life to Fix, has raced up the Billboard Triple A charts – where it’s currently trending Top 5 – and shot to a Top 10 chart position in less than three weeks. In addition to reaching Top 5 on the Americana singles chart, the song is also chartbound at Rock radio and will be serviced to Alternative in the coming weeks.

In addition to the success at radio, The Record Company has also seen early indicators on the streaming side. At Pandora, Life To Fix has held steady at #8 for two consecutive weeks on the Predictions Chart, which measures artists’ growth on social media.

One listen to All Of This Life, and it’s clear just how much the trio has grown as a result of their meteoric rise. The gritty guitar, fuzzed-out bass, and driving drums are still front and center, but the songs are bolder and more ambitious this time around, deeper and more reflective, brimming with adventurous vitality while remaining firmly tethered to the roots of American rock and roll that have always grounded and nourished the group.

The Record Company has toured with Mavis Staples, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket and more, and have performed at such noteworthy venues as Madison Square Garden and Red Rocks Amphitheater. They have racked up over 10 million streams on Spotify alone, and their single, Off The Ground, was a smash hit at AAA radio and spent two consecutive weeks at #1. Rolling Stone has raved that the band “kick[s] up a raw, rootsy racket” and Entertainment Weekly called their debut album Give It Back To You a “soul scorcher.” The band performed songs from the GRAMMY-nominated album on CONAN (Off The Ground), The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (On The Move) and CBS Saturday Morning (Baby I’m Broken).

The Record Company will hit the road extensively in support of All Of This Life headlining their biggest venues to date. See below for a full list of dates.

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UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
May 18 – Chicago, IL @ Gallagher Way FKA The Park at Wrigley
May 19 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion – WMMR*BQ
May 26 – Napa, CA @ BottleRock Festival
Jun 1 – Indianapolis, IN @ WTTS Rock on the River
Jun 2 – Eagle, CO @ Bonfire Block Party
Jun 7 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Jun 9 – Cleveland, OH @ LaureLive
Jun 10 – Columbus, OH @ A & R Music Bar
Jun 12 – Peoria, IL @ Monarch Music Hall
Jun 16 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
Jul 7 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
Sep 2 – Snowmass, CO @ Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Sept 14 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Sept 15 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Sept 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Sept 19 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
Sep 20 – St. Louis, MO @ Pageant
Sep 22 – Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Festival
Sep 23 – Louisville, MY @ Bourbon And Beyond Festival
Sept 25 - Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theater
Sept 26 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Sept 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sept 30 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
Oct 11 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVA
Oct 12 - Richmond, VA @ The National
Oct 13 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Oct 14 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
Oct 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
Oct 18 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Oct 19 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Oct 22 - Portland, ME @ Aura
Oct 23 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Oct 26 - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
Oct 27 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Oct 28 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Oct 30 - Birmingham, AL @ The Saturn
Nov 1 - Austin, TX @ Scott Inn
Nov 2 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Nov 3 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Nov 5 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
Nov 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Nov 7 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Nov 9 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Nov 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

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KING PRINCESS’ DEBUT EP MAKE MY BED OUT JUNE 15

TALIA VIDEO PREMIERES TODAY

FIRST EVER LIVE SHOWS SET FOR JUNE IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES


Good.” – Pitchfork

King Princess is a force to be reckoned with…” – Rookie

Theres an inherent sense of sweeping romance and melancholy in her songs that renders them captivating…” – PAPER

The vulnerability and confidence of the lyrics make it feel like your eliving your best life… enchanting.” – Refinery29

Toronto, ON – May 17, 2018 – Make My Bed
, the debut EP from rising artist, King Princess, is out June 15 on Mark Ronson’s Zelig Records — the label’s first release. In addition, King Princess premieres the video for Talia, today; watch it here.

King Princess will play her first ever shows this summer, with headline dates at Los Angeles’ The Troubadour June 18 and New York’s Zone 1 at Elsewhere June 25.

King Princess’ breakout singles, 1950, and, Talia, have been streamed nearly 75 million times to date, and received adoration from the likes of Harry Styles, The xx’s Romy Madley Croft and Charli XCX. Make My Bed features both songs in addition to three new tracks written and produced by King Princess.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, King Princess is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. The product of a musical family, she spent much of her childhood tinkering on the vintage Neve board in her father’s Brooklyn studio, Mission Sound, learning instrumentation along the way. At 11, she turned down a record deal in favor of finishing school, which eventually led her to USC’s Thornton School of Music for college. She studied there for a year with legendary pianist and singer Patrice Rushen before leaving USC to pursue music full time.

KING PRINCESS LIVE
June 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
June 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Zone One at Elsewhere

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POP EVIL RELEASES A CRIME TO REMEMBER MUSIC VIDEO

POISON…NOTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME
2018 U.S. TOUR STARTS TOMORROW
WITH STOPS IN TORONTO AND LONDON

ALL NEW SELF-TITLED LP OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – May 17, 2018 – American rock titans, Pop Evil, have debuted a stunning new music video for their track, A Crime To Remember. Directed by Columbia Tatone, who also directed the band’s last two videos, Waking Lions and Colors Bleed, this is now the third music video installment we’ve seen from the band’s most recent self-titled LP.

The video beautifully defines the core message of the song, which is clear and present in the song’s triumphant background vocals: “Are we divided / Are we united?” - also a constant theme throughout the new LP.

 

Vocalist, Leigh Kakaty, comments, “Columbia has delivered what we feel is the most powerful video to date for Pop Evil. The concept keeps an open book storyline on how human beings view the world at the moment. Our hope is to raise awareness that it’s time for all of us to come together and be united.”

 

The video is also in memory of late producer Kato Khandwala who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident last month in Los Angeles. Kato had produced countless rock albums, including the most recent Pop Evil LP. Kakaty continues, “It’s been a long few weeks for us, we are still grieving the loss of Kato who was an incredible talent and an amazing human being. His daughter Paris is in need of help since his passing, donations can be made to her here.”

Just two months ago, Pop Evil’s single, Waking Lions, landed at #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart. Waking Lions reached #1 after 20 weeks on the chart and is in the position of being one of the most spun songs at Rock Radio in 2018. Waking Lions is the band's fifth #1 single with the previous four being Footsteps, (2015) Torn to Pieces, (2014) Deal With the Devil, (2013) and Trenches, (2013).

Starting tomorrow, Pop Evil will return to North American amphitheaters in full force supporting two legendary acts, Poison and Cheap Trick on the Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018 tour. The band will make Canadian stops in Ontario, with a show in Toronto on June 19, followed by London on July 14 for Rock The Park. VIP Packages are available now at popevilvip.com. Produced by Live Nation, tickets for all cities are on sale now.

 

POP EVIL:  Leigh Kakaty (vocals), Dave Grahs (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Nick Fuelling (lead guitar, backing vocals), Matt DiRito (bass, backing vocals), Hayley Cramer (drums) released their fifth self-titled album February 16 on Entertainment One. Produced by Kato Khandwala, POP EVIL captures Kakaty and his bandmates at their most inspiring. 

Every song on the album offers a different spin on the concept behind the band’s name and in an era when many rock bands create a few strong singles, and six or seven less memorable songs and call it an album. POP EVIL is all killer, no filler – the best 11 songs culled from 30 demos. 

It’s a surging, contemporary sounding release that incorporates metal, alternative, hard rock and even some electronic music. In the wake of the band’s peppy, upbeat 2015 album, UP, which debuted #1 on the Independent Artist Billboard Album Chart, it went on to produce their biggest single to date, Footsteps. It’s a wake-up call, a musical rebirth that inspired the band to self-title the release, partially since they’d never done so. 

TOUR DATES:
May 17 – Peoria, IL – 105.7 The X Spring Fling
May 18 – Irvine, CA – Five Points Amphitheatre
May 19 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
May 21 – Reno, NV – Cargo
May 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre*
May 23 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
May 24 – Herrin, IL – Herrinfesta Italiana
May 25- Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
May 26 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
May 27 – Columbia, MO –  The Blue Note
May 29 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Ampitheatre*
June 1 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
June 2 – Dallas, TX – Toyota Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
June 3 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 5 – Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
June 7 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
June 8 – Detroit, MI –DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 9 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre
June 10 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
June 12 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
June 13 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Ampitheatre  
June 14 – Hartford, CT – The Xfinity Theatre*
June 15 – Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion*
June 17 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live*
June 19 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage*
June 21 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health At Jones Beach
June 22 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
June 23 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
June 24 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
June 26 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 28 – Savannah, GA – The Stage On Bay
June 29 – St. Petersburg, FL – Al Lang Stadium
June 30 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
July 1 – Greenville, SC – The Firmament
July 7 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
July 11 – West Fargo, ND – Red River Valley w/ BUSH
July 12 – Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA
July 13 – Cadott, WI – Cadott Rockfest
July 14 – London, ON – Rock The Park
July 20 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resoirt
July 22 – Welch, MN – Treasure Island Resort & Casino
July 24 – Sioux City, IA – Hard Rock Casino w/ NICKLEBACK
July 26 – Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne Frontier Nights  w/ NICKLEBACK
July 27 – Casper, WY – Casper Events Center
July 28 – Minot, ND – North Dakota State Fair Center w/ NICKLEBACK
July 30 – Billings, MT – Pub Station
August 1 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
August 3 – Sturgis, SD – Sturgis Buffalo Chip
August 4 – Fort Madison, IA – Riverfest
August 7 – Jackson, MI – Jackson County Fair Grounds
August 18 – Escanaba, MI – Upper Peninsula State Fair
September 8 – Marion, OH – Marion Popcorn Festival
September 14 – Ocean City, MD – OC Bikefest
* with Poison and Cheap Trick

"Pop Evil will make you want to 'rewind, start again' and enjoy repeated listens.” - LOUDWIRE

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

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

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

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A TRIBE CALLED RED KICK OFF EIGHT DAY REZ TOUR TONIGHT

TOUR TO HIT RESERVES IN MANITOBA,
ONTARIO AND QUEBEC 

Toronto, ON – May 17, 2018 – Today, world-renowned Producer/DJ crew, A Tribe Called Red, embark on their second Rez Tour. After bringing their live show to First Nations reserves in the summer of 2015, Tribe is thrilled to get back on the road again to present free all-ages shows in these communities, along with free youth workshops. The tour will visit reservations in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, and starts tonight in the Treaty One Territory (see below for a full list of dates).

The Rez Tour will bring the same stellar live show that Tribe is touring around the world, showing local youth that it can be done, and is being done, by people that look like them and are like them. The performances and workshops aim to bolster self-love and pride in their Indigenous cultures, with the group even using the traditional community names, in the local languages, for the tour routing – instilling that the public at large should know that they’re on traditional lands. Tribe’s team will be bringing their own professional sound, lighting and staging to these communities, as a self-sufficient traveling show. The Rez Tour is made possible by contributions by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Music Fund, and the Slaight Foundation, which help cover part of the costs of the tour.

Tribe’s latest album, We Are The Halluci Nation, was released in September 2016 to critical acclaim. The record earned the group a spot on the 2016 Polaris Music Prize Short List, a JUNO win at the 2017 Awards for Producer of the Year, and a 2018 JUNO Award for Group of the Year. We Are The Halluci Nation is a visionary blend of electronic and dance music that’s forward-thinking with a deep sense of heritage and cultural identity. The remastered album is now available on vinyl, with a limited-edition green and yellow vinyl available at the band’s webstore.

2018 REZ TOUR:
05/17: Treaty One Territory (Winnipeg, MB)
05/19: Waanaawakaank (Sioux Lookout, ON) 
05/21: Anemki Wajiw (Thunder Bay, ON) 
05/23: Bawaating (Sault St-Marie, ON)
05/24: Wiikwemkoong (Wikwemikong First Nation, ON)
05/29: Oswe:gę (Six Nations, ON)
05/31: Kahnawà:ke (Kahnawake First Nations, QC)
06/01: Kabeshinân Minitig (Victoria Island - Ottawa/Hull)

ADDITIONAL 2018 CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
05/26: Toronto, ON - Echo Beach (CBC Music Fest)
06/23: Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest Festival 
07/05: Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Fest
07/20: Edmonton, AB - Interstellar Rodeo
07/28: Calgary, AB - Calgary Folk Festival
07/29: Banff, AB - Shaw Ampitheatre
11/22: Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre

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About Pirates Blend:
Pirates Blend is a Toronto-based record label, management and artist services company supporting a diverse line up of Canadian and International acts including: Saul Williams, A Tribe Called Red, Young Empires, Michael Rault, Zaki Ibrahim and Greys, amongst others. Visit www.piratesblend.com.

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I PREVAIL DEBUT FINAL MUSIC VIDEO OFF LIFELINES FOR HIT SINGLE RISE

Toronto, ON – May 16, 2018 – In the closing chapter to their debut album, LifelinesMichigan rock group, I PREVAIL, give fans their signature mix of narrative and humour with their new music video for RISE.  Directed by the team at Dominar Films, the video follows the boys of I Prevail attempting to face off against the most challenging of foes in a modern arcade environment. The track is a favourite off their album, Lifelines, released in 2016. Watch the video here. Download/Stream Lifelines here.

“We knew we wanted to create a video for RISE very early on in the making of Lifelines,” lead-guitarist, Steve Menoian, explains. “The song is an anthem about the competition and dedication that come with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. During our first year of touring, we spent almost every day off at Dave & Busters. This was partly because we couldn’t afford hotels or fancy restaurants, but mostly because we found ourselves having to compete with each other at every turn, no matter how petty or small the stakes.  It’s just part of who we are. This video will give you a front row seat to our over competitiveness and a window into our darker sense of humour. The entire process of making this video allowed us to travel back in time and remember how much we love what we do and how we wouldn’t want to be doing this without each other and our fans.” 

 

The band is currently playing mid-west dates at select venues and making several festival appearances, including Rock On The Range, Rocklahoma, and Rockfest. In the span of two
 years, I Prevail have played festivals like the main stage on the Vans Warped Tour, Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion and have mostly sold out over 200 headline shows. To date, their debut album, Lifelines, is approaching 400,000 albums sold worldwide.

I PREVAIL is Brian Burkheiser (clean vocals), Eric Vanlerberghe (harsh vocals), Steve Menoian (lead guitar), and Dylan Bowman (rhythm guitar).  

TOUR DATES
May 18 – WIXO Spring Fling – Peoria, IL
May 19 – Lafayette Theater – Lafayette, IN
May 20 – Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH
May 25 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
May 26 – Dos Equis Pavillion – Dallas, TX
June 1 – The Apollo Theatre – Genoa, IL
June 2 – Rockfest – Kansas City, KS
June 3 –Pop’s – Sauget, IL
 

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MEGATIVE RELEASE NEW SINGLE HAVE MERCY

PREMIERES ON THE STROMBO SHOW

FULL-LENGTH ALBUM COMING THIS SUMMER

NEW NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

WITH STOPS AT MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
FESTIVAL D’
ÉTÉ DE QUEBEC AND HILLSIDE FESTIVAL

oronto, ON – May 15, 2018 – Brooklyn-based collective, MEGATIVE, (Tim Fletcher of The Stills, Gus Van Go, Like Minds, and Screechy Dan) shares Have Mercy, the latest cut from their new full-length album, set for release this summer via Last Gang Records. Premiering via The Strombo Show last Sunday, the single follows album samplers, One Day…All This Will Be Gone, Can’t Do Drugz (Like I Used To) and More Time, highlighting the band’s unique blend of dark and deep subterranean dub, heavily influenced by the sounds that came out of the UK punk and reggae scene of the late 70s. MEGATIVE has announced shows during the summer festival circuit, with stops at Montreal Jazz Festival, Festival D'été de Quebec and Hillside Festival in Guelph, Ontario. Following, they have a North American tour route confirmed for this fall. See a complete list of dates below.

 

“These lyrics were actually written quite a while ago but I can’t help feeling like they keep getting more and more real with each passing crazy day,” Tim says, delving into the inspiration behind the track. “Basically, the song is a fever dream of fear and anxiety and trauma that just came out in a sort of stream-of-consciousness beat poetry rap. I was thinking about Wu Tang’s Triumph and Combat Rock-era Joe Strummer and I barfed that out. Best listened to with a bottle of dark black wine by the rivers of Hell!”

 

“This song was the first song we ever recorded together -  the first time we got together and decided to try to see what Megative was gonna be,” adds Gus Van Go. “And it’s weird how quickly it came together, and how intensely we were all on the same page musically. It basically encompasses everything we believe in...  it’s got some of Tim’s most evocative lyrics - and it brings in a little bit from all our influences: from King Tubby’s trippy echoes, to Jah Shaka’s unnerving dub sirens... with a blend of hip hop loops and Clash style drums and guitars. It was the basic palette with which the rest of the album was coloured.”

 

Part Gorillaz, part The Clash, laced with King Tubby-style dub FX and swirling sirens straight out of Massive Attack’s sound-system, MEGATIVE is the sound of all these jamming together in an underground basement after-party at the end of the world. Tim Fletcher’s (The Stills), vocals channel the haunting, cool detachment of a young Terry Hall (The Specials) and fuse with the moody subs generated by producer, Gus Van Go (Arkells, Whitehorse, Wintersleep) – of cult-Montreal punk ensemble, Me, Mom & Morgentaler – who has gone from frontman in his own right, to become a much-sought-after, decorated producer in the contemporary independent scene. Together, these longtime fellow conspirators have been plotting the birth of MEGATIVE for many years. The pair then got together with NYC production duo, Like Minds, and Brooklyn-via-Jamaica MC, Screechy Dan (Ruff Entry Crew), and started making songs, for themselves.

LISTEN – Have Mercy: bit.ly/2IofVGP
WATCH – One Day…All This Will Be Gone – in-studio version: youtu.be/HvLiLvWFC1Y
WATCH – Can’t Do Drugz (Like I Used To): youtu.be/ccCvJ7bP1s0
WATCH – More Time: bit.ly/2GMj6oo

 

TOUR DATES:
July 6 – Montreal, QC – Montreal Jazz Festival
July 12 – Quebec City, QC – Festival D'été de Quebec
July 14 – Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival

September 25 – Chicago, IL – Cobra
September 27 – London, ON – Rum Runners
September 28 – Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall
September 29 – Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware

October 11 – Washington, DC –  Black Cat
October 13 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory

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THE RECORD COMPANY RELEASE NEW SONG I’M GETTING BETTER (AND I’M FEELING IT RIGHT NOW)

NEW ALBUM ALL OF THIS LIFE OUT JUNE 22nd 
ON CONCORD RECORDS

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

Toronto, ON – May 14, 2018 – The Record Company has released a new song, I’m Getting Better (And I’m Feeling It Right Now), the latest taste from their forthcoming album, All Of This Life, due out June 22, 2018 on Concord Records. The harmonica-fueled rocker is a raucous and defiant tribute to self-reliance and personal growth. “It was the last song we wrote for the record,” says guitarist and vocalist, Chris Vos. “We felt it tied the whole record together sonically and thematically. We also wanted to get a little more harmonica on there. When we completed recording this song, we knew the record was finished.” Listen and share the track here, and pre-order All Of This Life here.

The track follows Life To Fix, which stormed out of the gate in April, notching the #1 most added slot at AAA and Americana Radio for two straight weeks, and cracking the Top 10 at AAA after just three weeks. NPR Music said, “Life To Fix takes off like a supersonic jet blowing wildly through the universe of rock,” adding, “it’s got stadium rock anthem written all over it.” Rolling Stone agreed, saying it “isn’t so much a return to form as it is taking that form to a big new level.” Listen to Life To Fix here.

The Record Company has toured with Mavis Staples, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket and more, and they've performed at monster venues including Madison Square Garden and Red Rocks Amphitheater. They've racked up over 10 million streams on Spotify alone, and their single, Off The Ground, was a smash hit at AAA radio and spent two consecutive weeks at #1. Rolling Stone has raved that the band "kick[s] up a raw, rootsy racket" and Entertainment Weekly called their debut album, Give It Back To You, a "soul scorcher."

The Record Company will hit the road extensively in support of All Of This Life, headlining their biggest venues to date. See below for a full list of dates.

ALL OF THIS LIFE TRACK LISTING:
1. Life To Fix
2. I’m Getting Better (And I’m Feeling It Right Now)
3. Goodbye To The Hard Life
4. Make It Happen
5. You And Me Now
6. Coming Home
7. The Movie Song
8. Night Games
9. Roll Bones
10. I’m Changing

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UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
May 12 – Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater
May 14 – Rochester, NY @ Lilac Festival
May 18 – Chicago, IL @ Gallagher Way FKA The Park at Wrigley
May 19 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion – WMMR*BQ
May 26 – Napa, CA @ BottleRock Festival
Jun 1 – Indianapolis, IN @ WTTS Rock on the River
Jun 2 – Eagle, CO @ Bonfire Block Party
Jun 7 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Jun 9 – Cleveland, OH @ LaureLive
Jun 10 – Columbus, OH @ A & R Music Bar
Jun 12 – Peoria, IL @ Monarch Music Hall
Jun 16 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
Jul 7 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
Sep 2 – Snowmass, CO @ Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Sept 14 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Sept 15 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Sept 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Sept 19 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
Sep 20 – St. Louis, MO @ Pageant
Sep 22 – Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Festival
Sep 23 – Louisville, MY @ Bourbon And Beyond Festival
Sept 25 - Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theater
Sept 26 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Sept 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sept 30 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
Oct 11 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVA
Oct 12 - Richmond, VA @ The National
Oct 13 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Oct 14 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
Oct 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
Oct 18 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Oct 19 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Oct 22 - Portland, ME @ Aura
Oct 23 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Oct 26 - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
Oct 27 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Oct 28 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Oct 30 - Birmingham, AL @ The Saturn
Nov 1 - Austin, TX @ Scott Inn
Nov 2 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Nov 3 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Nov 5 - Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
Nov 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Nov 7 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Nov 9 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Nov 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

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JUNO AWARD WINNING WILLIAM PRINCE RELEASES NEW SINGLE BREATHLESS PRODUCED BY DAVE COBB

TRACK PREMIERES WITH CBC Q

LISTEN TO BREATHLESS HERE

Toronto, ON – May 11, 2018 – Today, JUNO Award-winning singer and songwriter, William Prince, releases his new single, Breathless, off his re-released debut album, Earthly Days, via Glassnote Records. Premiering with CBC q, the smoky, deep roots song was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, etc.) and is the perfect introduction to the worldwide re-release of Prince’s full-length debut record. Have a listen here.

Prince’s music has been described as full of emotionally charged experiences that linger in memories. Raised on the Peguis First Nation of Manitoba, Prince has been honing his craft since the age of nine when he first picked up the guitar and piano. His biggest inspirations include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and most significantly, his preacher and musician father.

Alongside producer/collaborator, Scott Nolan, Prince recorded the original version of Earthly Days in just ten days throughout 2010. He has garnered honours such as Aboriginal Artist of the Year at the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year at the 2017 JUNO Awards. In a full-circle moment, Prince inducted Bruce Cockburn into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and earned praise from not just Cockburn, but fellow inductee, Neil Young.

2018 will see William Prince boldly take the next step on his journey. This new enhanced version of Earthly Days is just the beginning.

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About Glassnote Records:
Glassnote Records is the proud home to Grammy Award winning Phoenix, Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum selling Mumford & Sons, Grammy-winning and multi-platinum selling Childish Gambino, The Temper Trap, Two Door Cinema Club, GIVERS, Oberhofer, Daughter, Robert DeLong, Half Moon Run, CHVRCHES, Flight Facilities, Secondhand Serenade, Jeremy Messersmith, Justin Nozuka, HOLYCHILD, Hamilton Leithauser, Flo Morrissey, Tor Miller, AURORA, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Mansionair, James Hersey, Huntar, The Strumbellas, Lawrence Taylor, snny, Mosa Wild, IDER, Jade Bird and Baio.  Glassnote has been hailed as the “Best Indie Label” by Rolling Stone, “Label of the Year” at the A2IM Libera Awards and the “#1 Independent Label” by Billboard. Most recently Pigeons & Planes described Glassnote as “a powerhouse in the world of indie labels”.

The Insieme Music Publishing catalog includes Robert DeLong, HOLYCHILD, Brad Oberhofer, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Jeremy Messersmith, GIVERS, Peter Kirk, Tor Miller, Deap Vally, Half Moon Run, Jonny Wright, Rory Andrew, April Bender, Odd Martin and Junius Meyvant.

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PROGRESSIVE METAL BAND SKYHARBOR SET TO RELEASE NEW LP SUNSHINE DUST ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

NEW TRACK DIM OUT TODAY

ON TOUR WITH BABYMETAL NOW

Toronto, ON – May 11, 2018 – Indian/American progressive metal band, Skyharbor, release a new track, Dim, today on Entertainment One / Good Fight Music, from their forthcoming LP, Sunshine Dust, due out September 7, 2018. Pre-order the album digitally here with physical bundles here.

Dim is available on all DSPs beginning today, and as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre-order Sunshine Dust on iTunes will receive the song as an immediate download. 

About Sunshine Dust, Skyharbor guitarist, Keshav Dhar, says, "It’s taken almost four years and it’s been a real labor of love. but we’re thrilled to finally get this record out there to our fans. We’re incredibly stoked on these songs and have really dug in deep to explore and represent what we truly feel is the Skyharbor sound."

Skyharbor is on the road now, supporting Babymetal on a run that ends up in Nashville, Tennessee on May 18. See full dates below.

About Skyharbor:
From a file on a computer sitting in New Delhi, to a full-fledged touring band with members from around the world formed over the internet – Skyharbor has defied convention every step of the way. The debut album, Blinding White Noise, was released worldwide in 2012 to critical acclaim and earned the band a dedicated fan following across the globe. Since then, Skyharbor has been performing regularly around the world and making waves with their distinctive brand of sweeping, ethereal prog-rock, releasing Guiding Lights in 2014 after a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign.

After a brief patch of turbulence that saw new frontman Eric Emery and drummer Aditya Ashok solidify the band's lineup, Skyharbor embarked on a series of tours around the world, covering North America, Europe, UK, and India. The future is especially promising in 2018 as a new album with Emery approaches its release and the band looks set to hit even bigger stages as they march into the future.

SKYHARBOR is: Keshav Dhar / Eric Emery / Devesh Dayal /
Krishna Jhaveri / Aditya Ashok

TOUR DATES:
May 11 – House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX*
May 13 – Revention Music Center – Houston, TX*
May 15 – Tabernacle Atlanta – Atlanta, GA*
May 17 – The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC*
May 18 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN*
May 19 – Lafayette Theater – Lafayette, IN (with I Prevail only)
*with Babymetal

Pre-order Sunshine Dust: apple.co/2wy2QG2

Listen to Out Of Time: bit.ly/2rAFnyf

Skyharbor on Spotify: spoti.fi/2wwVH93

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RY COODER’s THE PRODIGAL SON OUT TODAY

COODER SET TO EMBARK ON FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN TEN YEARS THIS JUNE

The big work Cooder is doing here — using earnest melodies from long ago to speak to the mushrooming crises, internal and external, of the present moment.” – NPR Music

A confident, and comforting, celebration of American roots music.” Los Angeles Times

Toronto, ON – May 11, 2018 –
A masterwork of roots, blues and R&B, Ry Cooder’s first new solo album in six years, The Prodigal Son, is out today to wide critical acclaim. Framed by Cooder's expressive vocals and graceful, elegant guitar work, The Prodigal Son, is all-America; our spiritual, hopeful voices, our raw cries and our sly provocations, voiced through the songs of the Pilgrim Travelers, The Stanley Brothers, Blind Willie Johnson, and Ry Cooder himself.  

Ry Cooder is gearing up to embark on his first North America tour in nearly a decade.  Joining him will be drummer, percussionist, and keyboardist, Joachim Cooder; singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Robert Francis; saxophonist, Sam Gendel; and GRAMMY Award-winning vocal trio, The Hamiltones. For full tour routing and ticket information, please visit: RyCooder.com. 

Watch extraordinary live performances of The Prodigal Son, Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right, and, Straight Street. These rare performance clips, along with the mini-documentary, Making The Prodigal Son, were filmed and directed by videographer Jeff Coffman; with audio engineered and mixed by Martin Pradler. 

Get The Prodigal Son: HERE
 

TOUR DATES:
June 4 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere 
June 6 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse 
June 7 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre 
June 8 – New York, NY – Town Hall Theatre 
June 12 – Derry, NH – Tupelo 
June 22 – Ann Arbor, MI – Muchigan Theater
June 24 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
June 26 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall 
June 27 – Ottawa, ON – Centerpoint           
June 29 – Montréal, QC – Jazz Festival @ Maisonneuve 

June 30 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Theater 
July 1 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood 
July 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center 
July 13 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
July 14 – Courtenay, BC – Vancouver Island MusicFest 
July 15 – Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Folk Music Festival 

July 17 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall 
July 19 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
July 20 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall 
July 21 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre
July 22 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre
August 10 – Calgary, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall
August 14 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
October 8 – Amsterdam, Holland – Carre
October 9 – Amsterdam, Holland – Carre
October 11 – Antrwep, Belgium – Stadsschouwburg
October 12 – Ostend, Belgium – Kursaal
October 15 – Dublin, Ireland – National Stadium
October 16 – Glasgow, Scotland – Royal Concert Hall
October 18 – London, England – Cadogan Hall
October 21 – Paris, France – L'Olympia


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AUDIOTREE NORTH UNVEILS VIDEO OF MAGIC GIANT PERFORMING SET ON FIRE LIVE AT LONGBOAT HALL

PLATFORM CELEBRATES LAUNCH THIS FRIDAY AT THE HORSESHOE TAVERN WITH OFFICIAL CMW SHOWCASE FEATURING OUGHT, CASPER SKULLS, BEGONIA,
PKEW PKEW PKEW, AND PONY

"The Los Angeles folk rock band gives good vibes for the Audiotree North performance." Noisey

TORONTO, ON – May 9, 2018 – Today, Audiotree North, the new partnership between Paquin Entertainment and Chicago-based Audiotree, reveals their video from L.A.-based alt-folk trio, Magic Giant. Premiering today on Noisey, the live performance of Set On Fire was filmed at Longboat Hall in Toronto and is the sixth video from Audiotree North’s pilot sessions. Watch and share the video here.

Magic Giant has been moving bodies and souls across North America, building a reputation for their infectious singalongs and live experiences. Their breakout song, Set on Fire, has eclipsed 3 million Spotify streams to date. "This session was the morning after WayHome Music Festival and we were very much in the half-asleep dreamy state that a festival hangover can bring,” says Magic Giant lead vocalist, Austin Bisnow. “It was dark and moody with the summer creeping in through the old windows of the warehouse, which was a perfect fit for the songs and the feeling of the day. Set on Fire is about letting go of the angst of arguments and realizing it doesn’t matter who’s to blame, we’re in this together." 

Audiotree North will mark their launch with an official showcase at Canadian Music Week this Friday, May 11 at the Horseshoe Tavern, featuring performances from Ought, Casper Skulls, Begonia, Pkew Pkew Pkew, and PONY. In addition to the showcase, Audiotree North is partnering with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) to present a pre-event celebration, open exclusively to conference delegates. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet members of Audiotree, Audiotree North and TCS.


Since Audiotree began in 2011, the multimedia company has filmed and recorded over 3,000 artists, including Shakey Graves, Glass Animals, Julien Baker, Arkells and The Sheepdogs. In addition to the Far Out live video sessions, Audiotree also films studio sessions and live performances at one of their Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall and Schubas. Audiotree currently boasts over 330k YouTube subscribers from around the world, who’ve watched more than 500 million minutes of content.

Audiotree North, like its original counterpart, Chicago-based Audiotree, proudly supports independent artists, and is a multi-faceted artist discovery platform through unparalleled live performance formats. As part of the launch, the team filmed live music videos with six artists in Toronto for their pilot sessions;  PUP, Lido Pimienta, Begonia, PONY, Casper Skulls, and Magic Giant. More performances will be filmed throughout the year in Toronto featuring Canadian and international artists, all of whom will be carefully curated by the Audiotree and Audiotree North team.

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I’M WITH HER RELEASE VIDEO FOR I-89

ADDITIONAL DATES ANNOUNCED FOR SUMMER AND FALL

“I’m With Her’s songs are folky on the surface and skeletal, yet intricate within. They carry tales that are both intimate and far-reaching, involving heartbreak, separation, resilience, mortality and constant, restless travels.”  – New York Times

“Stunning female harmony singing and virtuosity…When all three voice are going – hell, when even just one or two are going – it’s bliss.”Variety

Toronto, ON – May 8, 2018 –
Today, I'm With Her, the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan, release the video for their new single, I-89. The video, which was directed by Alex Chaloff, can be viewed here: I-89 Video.

Our friend Alex Chaloff shot this video over the course of two days on tour in Colorado,” says I’m With Her. “I-89 originated on our journey up to Vermont to write the songs on See You Around. We were in a flimsy rental car weighed down with groceries from the Brattleboro Food Coop and decided to let Google Maps take us the back way on dirt roads in the frigid December weather.

We wound up stalling out, facing backwards downhill on a dark, icy road thinking the end was near. Then a mountain man drove over the hill, saw us in our predicament, and proceeded to help us turn around and lead us back to the highway, I-89. And the song was born...”

I-89
quickly emerged as a fan favorite along the band’s spring tour of the US. NPR Music’s Jewly Hight pronounced it “a wily declaration of self-preservation and wanderlust, “ and KCRW spotlighted it on their “Today’s Top Tune” podcast.

Watch the band’s performance of I-89 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! here: I-89 Jimmy Kimmel Live!

I’m With Her is currently in the midst of their European tour in support of See You Around. Over the past week, they played sold-out shows in Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Berlin. They will kick off their summer tour with several very special appearances at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, where they first came together in 2014. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

I’M WITH HER 2018 TOUR DATES:
May 9 – Paradiso Noord – Amsterdam, Netherlands (SOLD OUT)
May 11 – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival – Belfast, Ireland (SOLD OUT)
May 12 – Whelan’s  – Dublin, Ireland
May 14 – Sage Two – Gateshead, UK
May 15 – Band On The Wall – Manchester, UK
May 16 – The Station – Bristol, UK
May 17 – Union Chapel – London, UK (SOLD OUT)
June 21 – Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Telluride, CO
June 23 – Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Telluride, CO
July 4 – Roskilde Festival – Roskilde, Denmark
July 6 – Payomet PAC – North Truro, MA
July 7 – Carmoor – Spanish Courtyard – Katonah, NY
July 8 – Prescott Park Arts Festival – Portsmouth, NH
July 9 – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD (SOLD OUT)
July 10 – Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, NC
July 12 – Schaefer Center for Performing Arts – Boone, NC
July 13 – Forecastle Festival – Louisville, KY
July 14 – Red Wing Roots Festival – Mt. Solon, VA
July 15 – Green River Festival – Greenfield, MA
August 2 – Pickathon – Happy Valley, OR
August 3 – Pickathon – Happy Valley, OR
August 4 – Travelers’ Rest Festival – Missoula, MT
August 7 – Riverwalk Center – Breckenridge, CO
August 9 – Ogden Nature Center – Ogden, UT
August 10 – The Egyptian Theatre – Boise, ID
August 11 – Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival – Alta, WY
August 12 – Rialto Theatre  – Bozeman, MT
August 17 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO*
August 24 – Greenbelt Festival – Northamptonshire, UK
August 27 – Mareel– Shetland, UK
August 28 – Queens Hall – Edinburgh, UK
September 8 – Moon River Music Festival – Chattanooga, TN (SOLD OUT)
September 30 – Chan Shun Concert Hall – Vancouver, BC
October 2 – Jack Singer Concert Hall – Calgary, AB

October 7 – Mondavi Center – Davis, CA
November 29 – BJCC Concert Hall – Birmingham, AL**
November 30 – Verizon Arena – North Little Rock, AR**
December 2 – Juanita K. Hammons Hall – Springfield, MO**

*opening for Old Crow Medicine Show
** opening for Steve Martin & Martin Short

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MALUMA's NEW ALBUM F.A.M.E. TO BE RELEASED ON MAY 18 NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

BRAND NEW TRACK & VIDEO FOR MARINERO
AND FOUR PREVIOUSLY-RELEASED SINGLES AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY WITH PRE-ORDER

THOSE WHO PRE-SAVE F.A.M.E. ON SPOTIFY ENTER
TO WIN AN EXCLUSIVE F.A.M.E. TOUR MERCH PACKAGE

Toronto, ON – May 8, 2018 – Global Latin music youth idol, and box office phenomenon, Maluma, releases his highly anticipated new album, F.A.M.E., on May 18, 2018, and as of today, fans can pre-order it and/or pre-save it and get some instant gratification. With the pre-order of F.A.M.E., they will immediately receive five album singles including brand new track and video, Marinero, as well as previously-released, El Préstamo, Corazón, Felices Los 4, and Felices Los 4 Remix, feat. Marc Anthony.  To pre-order F.A.M.E., click here.

Marinero is a bittersweet ballad about a lost love and the knowledge that she is gone because of mistakes he has made. The video features a distraught man completely taken over by a great sense of loss and regret; and shows Maluma as we have never seen him before. Shot in Las Vegas, the video was directed by Mike Ho and co-directed by Juan Luis Londoño (Maluma). To watch the video for Marinero, click here.

Those who pre-save the album on Spotify with new track, Marinero, will be automatically entered to win an exclusive F.A.M.E. Tour merch package. To pre-save the album on Spotify, click here. Physical album pre-orders are available via Amazon, FYE and Walmart.

F.A.M.E. which stands for: Fe (Faith), Alma (Soul), Música (Music) and Esencia (Essence) is Maluma’s third studio album and the long-awaited follow up to his highly successful Pretty Boy Dirty Boy album released in 2015. The 15-track album was produced by Rude Boyz, Edgar Barrera, Timbaland and Scott Storch, among others; and features collaborations with Timbaland, Marc Anthony, Prince Royce, SID and Nego Do Borel. All four of its previously-released singles have already become smash hits. 

The Maluma remix of Wolfine's Bella, which includes a video by Mike Ho as well, has also been released today and it promises to be another successful collaboration for the artist.

At the Billboard Latin Music Awards last week, Maluma won a Latin Billboard Award for Artist of the Year - Social Media, and sang his latest single, El Préstamo, for the first time ever on TV. He kicked off the week by appearing on the cover of Billboard alongside fellow Colombian artist, Shakira, and at his very own panel at the Billboard Latin Music Conference, the artist was awarded a plaque for achieving 13 billion streams worldwide, and U.S. certified singles, Felices Los 4, 29X Platinum and Corazón, 11X Platinum.

Maluma is currently on the United States leg of his F.A.M.E. Tour, which has been completely sold out in each of his tour stops to date, including a sold-out concert at the Madison Square Garden arena and two sold-out shows at The Forum in Los Angeles. During a break in the U.S. Tour, he also performed in Morelia, Mexico this past week to an audience of 50 thousand people.

The F.A.M.E. Tour travels with 600 tons of equipment, 500 thousand watts of sound and 352 lights. The U.S. leg of the tour is being produced by Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN).  See below for a list of remaining tour dates.

TOUR DATES
Thursday, May 10 - Charlotte, NC - Bojangles Coliseum 
Friday, May 11 - Monteville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Saturday, May 12 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
Saturday, May 19 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena
Sunday, May 20 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center

Maluma F.A.M.E. USA tour tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.

 

About Maluma
At only 24 years of age, Maluma is widely considered one of the leading voices in Latin music and a bona fide global youth idol. Born Juan Luis Londoño, he formulated his artistic moniker, Maluma, from the first two letters of the names of his mother, father and sister.

Maluma is one of social media’s most popular artists with over 23 million Facebook fans, 5.1 million Twitter followers, and a whopping 32.5 million Instagram followers (making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram). His official YouTube/VEVO channel has garnered over 8 billion views and has more than 14 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 2015, he released his latest album, Pretty Boy Dirty Boy, under the Sony Music US Latin label which debuted at #1. In his first year and a half in the U.S. market, Maluma garnered five #1 songs on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart. He is the youngest artist to simultaneously hold both the #1 and #2 spots on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart (with Sin Contrato and Chantaje) and only the sixth act to ever achieve the feat. To date, Maluma has had seven #1 songs according to Billboard's Latin Airplay chart.

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CHROMEO TO RELEASE FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM HEAD OVER HEELS ON JUNE 15

PERFORMING MUST’VE BEEN WITH DRAM ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON

DEBUTS NEW TRACK BAD DECISION

CANADIAN TOUR DATES THIS SUMMER IN TORONTO,
QUEBEC CITY, OTTAWA, MONTREAL AND VANCOUVER

Toronto, ON — May 8, 2018
— Chromeo debuts a new track today: listen to Bad Decision – a Beats 1 World Record – here. The song is the latest single from their highly anticipated forthcoming album, Head Over Heels, out June 15 on Last Gang, and available for pre-order here.

Furthermore, tonight the band performs the Head Over Heels lead single, Must’ve Been, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon alongside DRAM, legendary funk guitarist Jesse Johnson, and The Roots. Safe to say the late night airwaves are in for a funk extravaganza.

Head Over Heels, recorded over the past two years at Chromeo’s Los Angeles studio, is the group’s most collaborative to date. Bridging generations and sub-genres like only the Funklordz could, it features guest vocals from The-Dream, Stefflon Don, French Montana and Amber Mark, among others, plus musical contributions from neo-soul legend Raphael Saadiq, 2000s R&B mastermind Rodney Jerkins, D’Angelo collaborator Pino Palladino, Nuyorican jazz ensemble Onyx Collective and more. Far-reaching and expansive, Head Over Heels is Dave 1 and P-Thugg’s heartfelt love letter to the funk, soul and R&B that has influenced them since their teenage years.

Bad Decision follows acclaimed new tracks, Must’ve Been featuring DRAM – released a month ago and already streamed close to 5 million times – as well as Juice, which The Guardian calls “a jaunty, electro-funk mega-banger,” and Bedroom Calling featuring The-Dream, which Billboard lauds as “quite honestly one of the best Chromeo songs we’ve heard in years.”

After a sold-out West Coast run and a smashing set on Coachella’s main stage, the band is adding a headline show in LA at the Hollywood Palladium on August 10. Until then, catch the Funklordz in the U.K. and Europe as well as stops in Toronto, Quebec City, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver, and crushing all major festivals: Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Primavera Sound and more. Tickets are on sale now—visit chromeo.net for more information.

Chromeo is the iconic duo of Montreal natives and high school best friends Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) and P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel). The group rose to prominence with their seminal 2007 release Fancy Footwork, heralding the dawn of the ‘80s electro-funk revival.

HEAD OVER HEELS TRACKLIST:
1. Must’ve Been (feat. DRAM)
2. Don’t Sleep (feat. French Montana & Stefflon Don)
3. One Track Mind
4. Count Me Out
5. Bad Decision
6. Right Back Home To You (Interlude)
7. Just Friends (feat. Amber Mark)
8. Juice
9. Slumming It
10. Bedroom Calling pt. 1
11. Bedroom Calling pt. 2 (feat. The-Dream)
12. Room Service

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
May 24 – London, UK - XOYO
May 25 – London, UK – All Points East
May 26 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
May 28 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
May 29 - Brussels, Belgium          - AB Ballroom
May 30 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Melkweg Max
June 1 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
June 8 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
June 11 - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club†
June 12 - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club†
June 14 - Dover, DE - Firefly Festival
June 15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5†
June 18 - Boston, MA - House of Blues†
June 19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore†
June 21 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall†
June 22 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre†
June 21-24 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest
June 25 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue†
June 26 - Kansas City, MO - CrossroadsKC‡
June 28 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks§
June 28-July 1 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest
July 3 & 4 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall†
July 5 – Quebec City, QC – Festival D’Ete
July 7 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues Fest

July 20 – Byron Bay, Australia – Splendour in the Grass
July 21 – Melbourne, Australia – Max Watt's House of Music
July 22 – Sydney, Australia – The Metro Theatre
August 3 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga
August 5 – Chicago, IL – Lollapolooza
August 7 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Twilight
August 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
August 10-12 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
August 31-September 2 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
September 7 – Vancouver, BC – Skookum Festival

†with Pomo
‡with The Glitch Mob, Elohim
§with The Glitch Mob, Elohim and Kittens

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

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentonegroup.com

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TORONTO RAPPER PATRIK SHARES VIDEO FOR ENTITLED

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE ON COMPLEX CANADA

PERFORMING AT CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK 2018
WITH NEW ONTARIO AND QUEBEC DATES ANNOUNED

SPADINA EP SET FOR RELEASE LATER THIS YEAR

Toronto, ON – May 7, 2018 – Ahead of his return to light up the stage at Canadian Music Week, Toronto-via-Montreal rapper, Patrik, shares the video for his single, Entitled (produced CMPLX, J Cash and $on). Premiering via Complex Canada today, the song is the second single from Patrik’s forthcoming Spadina EP, set for release later this year. Local fans will be able to catch Patrik’s signature energetic live set this month, with tour dates in Toronto and Montreal (details below). Watch the video here.


“Entitled is the embodiment of my transitioning,” Patrik says of the track. “In style, it visually captures the simplicity of reinventing myself. Content with where I’m heading, disregarding complimentary statements.”


In November, Patrik attended the vernissage of visual artist, Pierre-Marie Cespedes, at the LivArt gallery in Montreal. He was immediately inspired by the space and creative energy that was permeating the walls of the Montreal art hub. The director of the video, Dede Soueidan, has been a longtime creator of performance art and documentary. In this collaboration, he found himself in new territory by exploring unique phonic influences that guide his shots and chops.

 

“We saw this as an opportunity to capture performance art, in a pure form, in a gallery (which at the time was housed by photography portraits),” says video producer, Arash Maleki, of Montreal-based Pigeon House Productions x Beso TV.  “It is kind of like if a portrait came to life to unload the content and emotion within its frames. As an avid fan of art, Patrik creates an ode of sorts, a performance to come support and animate the spirit of the art hanging on the walls of the gallery.”

 

The video for Entitled follows Patrik’s latest single, Lone ­– what Patrik describes as “accepting isolation in order to confront myself of the overwhelming thoughts I have.” The track has hit over 23K streams on Spotify, and continues to rise. For more of what Patrik has in store on Spadina, check out Data.  

 

About Patrik:

In 2015, Patrik released un Clockwork Orange, an EP inspired by the film, A Clockwork Orange, and the concept of making choices, transitions and how this defines us, interpreted by Patrik as a character that has a spiritual vs. scientific change. It tells the story of Nak Suu, The Gang$ter Hippy: A young immoral adolescent lusting over the fast life as he journeys w/ his droogs: Bishop, Raheem x Steel. He retells the tales of his past life as The Gang$ter, to his spiritual change into The Hippy. As he breaks free from the bonds Alex has put on him, none can decide the faith of his being except himself. Following, he released The Commission EP, a five-track collection of production collaborations with Donato, Jordeaux and IGNORVNCE, amongst others. 

 

Patrik has headlined Confidential Records M.A.P.L. Series showcase that has raised funds for MusicCounts. He has performed at festivals such as the Ontario 150 Art & Music festival, Canadian Music Week-curated showcases, and was invited this past September to perform at Pop Montreal’s music festival for the second year in a row. Patrik was recently chosen as one of the five artists to perform at the Jim Beam Make History Talent Showcase presented by Indie 88, Now Magazine and Universal Music Group. He went on to win the Jim Beam Talent Search Toronto showcase.

A lover of fashion with a keen sense for personal style, Patrik’s x10 brand has become a very well-known brand, that is worn by university students throughout the Toronto and Montreal Area. Patrik has also previously worked with, and is currently sponsored by, G-Star Raw's Toronto Flagship Store. They curated a private event at their store in downtown Toronto, where Patrik showcased his talent to an audience of over 100 fans in the space.

 

Always making a global impact through positive projects. Envisioning a world without boundaries reached through the promotion of unity and the embracing of each person’s unique qualities. Patrik is a clever lyricist who uses metaphors to relate to the heart of the listener. A banner of truth, Patrik speaks his mind. Using music, making his message, one for the masses. Whether collaborating with his x10 collective, or producing work solo, Patrik is a rapper for the People. Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, Patrik is a versatile, bilingual rapper with an array of diverse interests. Connected to his faith, he enjoys reading the bible, and is an avid viewer of anime and documentaries. Patrik is also fond of sports and exercise. While studying sociology at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, he was a dedicated member of the school’s basketball team and Enactus chapter, an entrepreneurship program that challenges students professionally to create their own ventures and projects. The title of his forthcoming EP, Spadina, is a reference to Toronto’s Chinatown neighbourhood, where Patrik currently resides.

 

TOUR DATES

Thursday, May 10 – Remix Lounge – Toronto, ON – (Canadian Music Week Showcase)

Thursday, May 24 – La Vitrola – Montreal, QC (supporting The Sorority)
Thursday, May 31 – Night Owl – Toronto, ON (Lost Craft Untapped Vol.1 Showcase)
Thursday, June 7– The Boat – Toronto, ON (For The Culture Industry Showcase) 

Patrik on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2HwiOB8

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RYAN PLAYGROUND SHARES TOKYO (FEATURING LONTALIUS)

WATCH TEASER FOR TOKYO MUSIC VIDEO

LAUNCHES NEW REMIXES AND MASHUPS

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DRESS TO KILL MAGAZINE

FORTHCOMING RECORD DUE THIS SUMMER

VIA SECRET SONGS/ LAST GANG RECORDS

"RYAN Playground is a triple threat" – THE FADER

"Infectious" – VOGUE

"RYAN is certainly doing things differently" – I-D

Toronto, ON – May 4, 2018 After a successful run across North America, debuting new material through an innovative live set to packed venues at SXSW and The Drake Hotel in Toronto, Montreal producer, songwriter, and singer, RYAN Playground, returns with Tokyo (featuring Partisan Records’ artist, Lontalius), a new song from her forthcoming album, set for release this summer via Secret Songs/ Last Gang Records. Listen to Tokyo here and check out the teaser for the music video, to be released soon.  

"Lontalius and I agree that this song is about a moment of insecurity that can be translated in to different kinds of feelings,” RYAN says of the track. “For me, the idea of 'Tokyo' is about picturing something far away in the distance. There's a notion of forgetting about yourself and drifting away.”

RYAN is featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Dress To Kill Magazine, where she celebrates the anniversary of being the publication’s first cover star ten years ago. Read the interview here. In addition, she has dedicated time to producing a selection of remixes and mashups, highlighting her versatility as a multifaceted artist. Check them out here.

“Over the past two years I've built up a collection of remixes and mashups that I made for my DJ sets. Some of them are songs that I loved in my childhood, so to be able to bring new life to them was so much fun,” RYAN says. “I originally wanted to keep them for my sets as surprises, but I felt that was too selfish haha, so I decided to release them. For the videos, I teamed up with one of my good friends, Laurent Malo, who does incredible work. Working with him was so natural and I think the videos show that. I'll be doing a lot more with him in the future.”

RYAN first garnered attention last year with her debut EP, elle, for Ryan Hemsworth's Secret Songs label. On elle, RYAN revealed her talents for unconventional pop arrangements and introspective songwriting. Tokyo and the new remix series follows  Almost Died, a delicate reflection on the intensities that come with relationships. Speaking on the song RYAN explains, "'Almost Died' is about the vulnerability that comes with bonding over shared issues and the intense connections that can result." The album’s first single, Prolongation,  follows RYAN as she journeys back to childhood. Watch the video directed by Didier Charette here.

Stay tuned as RYAN releases new material and keep your eyes out for tour dates to be announced soon!

About RYAN Playground:
Genevieve Ryan Martel (aka RYAN Playground) was raised by two classical musicians in Montreal. At age 5, she received her first drum kit and by 11, she was creating her own compositions with her guitar and drums. By the time she was a teenager, Genevieve was experimenting with FL studio and electronic music. 

RYAN Playground is a project born out of playtime - the meeting of a seasoned musician in touch with the wide-eyed exuberance and angsty emotions that come with being a teenager. In her music, RYAN harkens back the days when she was growing up in the suburbs listening to pop punk.

"Every time I make a song I'm just throwing out emotions," she explains. "It's always very personal. I've come to realize that there are always two extremes. I consider myself in a gray zone, but a very nice gray zone. I like trying to appreciate all the nuances in life and accept them. Make the best out of it...I have my dark days like everybody else. But at the end of it all I'm very optimistic. I'm a dreamer!" 

RYAN has always lived in her own gray zone - around the same time she picked up music, she also asked for her first skateboard and was playing sports with the boys. Not only can she hang, but she kicks ass. Very young, she wanted to make a point that she could be as good and strong as boys are. 

An elegant balance of electronic and organic elements, RYAN Playground is an amalgamation, and finds Genevieve at peace with all competing emotional elements in her life.

"I have experienced different kinds of extremes and I finally found my own balance," she says pragmatically. "In the end we all find our own balance and pace. It's also about not believing in categories. I feel like a lot of people feel reassured when things are classified in different 'categories.’ They kind of feel like boundaries to me. I don't really believe that having categories and creating new ones is fundamentally helpful, we're all somewhere in between this and that."

Tokyo: smarturl.it/rp-tokyo
Almost Died: smarturl.it/almostdied
Prolongation:  smarturl.it/prolongation

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www.ryan-playground.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  

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentone.com 

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ROYCE 5’9” RELEASES VIDEO FOR CATERPILLAR FEATURING EMINIEM TODAY

ROYCE’S MOST PERSONAL PROJECT YET
BOOK OF RYAN OUT TOMORROW

Toronto, ON – May 3, 2018 – Royce 5’9”
releases the incredible visual for the track Caterpillar, featuring Eminem, today.  Although the two lyrical powerhouses have collaborated frequently, this marks the first time that Eminem has provided a verse for one of Royce’s solo albums. Additionally, a version of Caterpillar, featuring Logic will be included as a bonus track on Book of Ryan.

Caterpillar is featured on Royce's highly anticipated and most personal album yet, Book of Ryan, which it out tomorrow May 4, (Entertainment One/Heaven Studios, Inc.). In addition, a version of Caterpillar featuring Logic will be included as a bonus track on Book of Ryan Pre-orders for the album are available now with the gratis songs, Dumb, and Stay Woke, available immediately for download.

Book of Ryan is the seventh solo studio project from the grinding rhyme visionary born Ryan Montgomery, and is a work that defies well-worn, grizzled veteran rap clichés. Royce wrote more than 60 songs for the album, For Royce, it’s all about the journey. “I just want the fans to hear my evolution as an artist as well as me as a man and learn from my mistakes,” he says. “I think they got a little bit of that with Layers, but Book of Ryan is me letting it all out."

No other rapper from Detroit has been as prolific as Royce when it comes to releasing music. In addition to his solo releases, over the span of his career, Royce has collaborated with long-time friend Eminem as a member of Bad Meets Evil on the release of the Hell: The Sequel, released two albums as a member of the lyrical assassins known as Slaughterhouse (with Joe Budden, King Crooked, and Joell Ortiz) and two releases with the lauded producer and DJ, DJ Premier as a member of PRhyme.  Their latest release of PRhyme 2 was released to critical acclaim with the two going on tour starting May 30, 2018.   

Catch Royce 5’9” and DJ Premiere as they embark on the PRhyme 2 tour via the following dates:

PRhyme 2 Tour Dates:
May 30 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
May 31 – Boston, MA – Paradise
June 2 – Washington, DC – Howard Theater
June 5 – New York, NY – Highline
June 7 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
June 14 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
June 15 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey

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THOMPSON EGBO-EGBO RELEASES NEW LIVE SINGLE GANGSTA’S PARADISE

EXCLUSIVE INTIMATE SHOW AT POETRY JAZZ CAFÉ
IN TORONTO TONIGHT 

LATEST ALBUM A NEW STANDARD OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – May 4, 2018 – Following the success of his latest album, A New Standard, and packing in The Rex Hotel during his residency in March, Canadian pianist, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, shares Gangsta’s Paradise. His new live single is a brilliant cover of the Coolio classic recorded at The Horseshoe Tavern with the Thompson Egbo-Egbo Trio. A chance to hear the trio in their natural habitat, the track establishes Jeff Halischuk as one of the country’s great drummers, and showcases Thompson’s versatility and unique flair. Listen to Gangsta’s Paradise here.

Thompson continues to rock city stages, and will be performing two exclusive, intimate sets tonight - Friday, May 4th  - at Poetry Jazz Café in Toronto’s vibrant Kensington Market neighbourhood. Tickets are available at the door, with sets at 9:30 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. See below for complete details on this one-night-only event.

A New Standard, released on January 19 via Entertainment One Music, is a display of Thompson’s limitless musical vision. It is the first made with his group consisting of drummer, Jeff Halischuk, and bassist, Randall Hall. Listen to the lead single, My Favourite Things, and purchase/stream the album now.

Thompson has been making his rounds to share insight on the new album, highlighted in The Whole Note as their April 2018 cover feature, an interview at CP24 Breakfast, CBC Radio One’s Fresh Air , Girth Radio’s Creative Imbalance podcast, and an in-depth feature with PRODUCT Toronto. In addition, you can learn more about Thompson’s unique career and captivating personality as a participant in FNTSY Sports Network’s new series, Draft Everything

As A New Standard’s title playfully suggests, Egbo-Egbo’s song selection touches on relatively recent compositions by artists such as Bob Dylan and Radiohead, while deftly transforming some old favourites, with a particular nod to the legacy of John Coltrane. Interpreted another way, A New Standard represents Egbo-Egbo’s continuing evolution as a player, writer and arranger while staying true to a classic trio format.

“My approach has always been to play in a way that sounds right to me, while at the same time creating stuff that’s accessible to as many people as possible,” Egbo-Egbo says. “I don’t see it as making concessions to the pop world or any other genre. We all have unlimited access to every kind of music now, so I feel I’m in a position to add whatever elements I’m interested in to my sound.”

That range of influences is further underscored by A New Standard’s opening combination of Benny Golson’s Whisper Not from 1956 and Sing To The Moon, the title track from British artist Laura Mvula’s 2013 Mercury Prize-nominated debut. Egbo-Egbo’s arrangement of the latter is the only vocal on A New Standard, performed by Toronto singer, Nikki Ponte, whom the pianist had met in Greece after her stint on the country’s version of the television show, The X Factor. Elsewhere on the album, You Must Believe In Spring is a tip of the cap to Bill Evans, while a jaunty take of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Favela adds some Brazilian flavour to the mix.

About Thompson Egbo-Egbo

Born in Nigeria, Thompson came to Toronto with his family at the age of four and started playing piano two years later. His talents were quickly developed through a local music school, created specifically to provide neighborhood kids with affordable lessons. Egbo-Egbo went on to study Jazz Performance at Toronto’s Humber College and then, with the help of a partial scholarship and several benefactors, attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for three years. 

Such boundless musical curiosity and inventiveness is what continues to drive Egbo-Egbo creatively, and also motivates him to help a new generation of Toronto kids to transcend their social and economic circumstances through music, just as the Dixon Hall Music School in Regent Park helped him. Specifically, the Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation has run a program in the Jane/Finch neighborhood teaching composition to kids, and has also collaborated with Regent Park urban music artist Mustafa the Poet on a video, Spectrum Of Hope, intended in part to showcase the community’s revitalization.

Egbo-Egbo’s mantra has long been that you always make the best choice if you have a choice. Perhaps it could be added that music is rarely ever the wrong choice. “I was very fortunate when I was a kid,” he says. “So I feel I kind of have a responsibility to be an example of how when you give a kid opportunities, it can lead to real results. Some people still don’t realize how isolated many communities are, so engaging with them, and encouraging others to do likewise, will always be the main goal of my Foundation, and, in essence, my music as well.”

Thompson Egbo-Egbo Trio Live at Poetry Jazz Cafe
Friday, May 4th – Poetry Jazz Café – 224 Augusta Avenue – Toronto, ON M5T2L6

1st Set: 9:30 pm 
2nd Set: 11:15 pm 
Cover: $10 
*Tickets available only at the door - be sure to arrive early to secure your spot.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/745560718979971

Thompson Egbo-Egbo on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2milLNE 
Purchase/stream A New Standard: http://smarturl.it/anewstandard

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AUDIOTREE NORTH REVEALS LATEST LIVE VIDEO FEATURING TORONTO-BASED PONY

 

NOISEY PREMIERES ALONE TONIGHT
FILMED AT THE LONGBOAT HALL

“The Audiotree North live session turns those sappy feelings
you once felt into a ‘wasted dream’”
– Noisey

TORONTO, ON – May 2, 2018 – Audiotree North continues to unveil its pilot sessions, which include videos from PUPLido PimientaBegoniaCasper Skulls, PONY and Magic Giant. Today, the live performance by Canadian four-piece group, PONY, was released. The garage-pop band’s track Alone Tonight, was shot at Longboat Hall in Toronto, and premiered today on Noisey. Watch and share the video here.

“When we recorded this session, we were fresh off our first ever tour and the lyrics to this song couldn't be more relevant,” says PONY lead singer and guitar, Sam Bielanski. “I wrote this song a few years ago and it's still really important for me to prioritize being alone. I think I look at things a bit differently now though, I think I am much more aware of the space that I am also taking up in other people's lives. (especially being in a van or a tent with the same people for weeks at a time) No matter how much you may love someone it's always important to check yourself and be aware of how your actions are affecting them. Respect yourself and others and take care of yourself so you can take care of others.”

Self-described as “the band that would play on a high school roof at the end of a ‘90s teen movie,” PONY will join Ought, Casper Skulls, Begonia, and Pkew Pkew Pkew at Audiotree North's official showcase at Canadian Music Week on May 11th at the Horseshoe Tavern. In addition to the showcase, Audiotree North is partnering with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) to present a pre-event celebration, open exclusively to conference delegates. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet members of Audiotree, Audiotree North and TCS.

Audiotree North like its original counterpart, Chicago-based Audiotree, proudly supports independent artists, and is a multi-faceted artist discovery platform through unparalleled live performance formats.

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FULL LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THE 2018 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ANNOUNCED!

VOTING NOW OPEN TO MEMBERS UNTIL MAY 16

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON OCTOBER 11 & 13
DURING BREAKOUT WEST IN KELOWNA, BC

HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON

Toronto, ON – May 2, 2018 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance is thrilled to announce the talented artists and members of the music industry that have been nominated in the 2018 categories. The winners will be honoured this fall at BreakOut West in Kelowna, BC, which takes place from October 10-14. Please see below for the full list of nominees and watch for the Hall of Fame announcement coming soon!

2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the WCMAs, with nominee representation from all six Member Associations, as well as Nunavut. Nunavut has landed a whopping seven nominations; a strong showing for the first year of submissions being open to the territory’s artists. British Columbia, this year’s BreakOut West home province, observed the impact of the BC Music Fund programs (administered by Creative BC, a WCMA partner), with 59 artist and industry member nominations, a significant increase from prior years.

Voting is now open to members of all western Provincial or Territorial Music Industry Associations. All members will be sent an email regarding login information to vote (beginning today, Wednesday, May 2). Voting will conclude at midnight, Central Time, on Wednesday, May 16. Winners of the artistic categories will be announced on October 11 at the WCMAwards Reception in Kelowna, and Industry and Specialty Award categories will be presented on October 13 at the Industry Awards Brunch at the Delta Hotel in Kelowna.

2018 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ARTISTIC NOMINEES

Blues Artist of the Year
Jesse Roper – BC
Jim Byrnes – BC
Steve Kozak – BC
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – BC
Tracy K – MB

BreakOut Artist of the Year
Attica Riots – MB
Megan Nash – SK
Shred Kelly – BC
The Dead South – SK
The Jerry Cans – NV

Children’s Artist of the Year
Bobs & LoLo – BC
Fred Penner – MB
Jessie Farrell – BC
Rockin’ Robin & The Magical Tree – BC
The Kerplunks – BC

Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year (Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre (CMC))
duo corvi – BC
Gwen Hoebig & Karl Stobbe – MB|
Megumi Masaki – MB
Victoria Guitar Trio – BC
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – MB

Classical Composition of the Year
Jocelyn Morlock – BC
Jordan Nobles – BC
Keith Hamel – BC
Stephen Chatman – BC
Vincent Ho – AB

Country Artist of the Year
Blake Berglund – SK
Brett Kissel – AB
Jess Moskaluke – SK
The Dungarees – AB
The Road Hammers – AB

Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year
Astrocolor – BC
Ghost Twin – MB
respectfulchild – SK
The Funk Hunters – BC
TOVI – AB

Francophone Artist of the Year
Alexis Normand – SK
Étienne Fletcher – SK
Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds – MB
Loig Morin – BC
Sophie Villeneuve – YT

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Celeigh Cardinal – AB
Desiree Dorion – MB
Quantum Tangle – NT
Riit – NV
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Instrumental Artist of the Year
Apollo Suns – MB
Audrey Ochoa – AB
Jung People – AB
Les Finnigan – BC
Peregrine Falls – BC

Jazz Artist of the Year
B3 Kings – BC
Jeff Presslaff & Julian Bradford – MB
Michael Kaeshammer – BC
Rubim de Toledo – AB
Tommy Banks & Big Miller – AB

Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year
CRNKSHFT – BC
Silence the Machine – AB
Striker – AB
The Order of Chaos – AB
Violent Betty – SK

Pop Artist of the Year (Sponsored by SOCAN Foundation)
Dear Rouge – BC
Jasper Sloan Yip – BC
Lanikai – MB
Olivia Lunny – MB
The Royal Foundry – AB

Producer of the Year
Ben Kaplan, FlyFantastic Productions – BC
Kodi Hutchinson, Chronograph Records – AB
Russell Broom, Rustysongs Inc – AB
Ryan Worsley, Echoplant Sound – BC
Steve Bays – BC

Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Def3 – BC / SK
Doom Squad – AB
Merkules – BC
Moka Only – BC
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Recording of the Year
Attica Riots – MB
Bend Sinister – BC
Dear Rouge – BC
Kacy & Clayton – SK
Leeroy Stagger – AB

Rock Artist of the Year
Band of Rascals – BC
Bend Sinister – BC
Close Talker – SK
nêhiyawak – AB
Scenic Route to Alaska – AB

Roots Duo/Group of the Year (Sponsored by Wards Cider)
Big Little Lions – BC
Kacy & Clayton – SK
The Dead South – SK
The Deep Dark Woods – SK
The Jerry Cans – NV

Roots Solo Artist of the Year
Kim Beggs – YT
Leeroy Stagger – AB
Little Miss Higgins – MB
Matt Patershuk – AB
Slow Leaves – MB

Songwriter(s) of the Year (Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN))
Adam Fuhr and Keegan Steele, Yes We Mystic, Undertow – MB
Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod, The Fugitives, No Words (for L. Cohen) – BC
Dear Rouge, Dear Rouge, Chains – BC
Kacy Anderson, Kacy & Clayton, A Certain Kind of Memory – SK
The Jerry Cans, The Jerry Cans, Ukiuq – NV

Spiritual Artist of the Year
Annette – SK
Jordan St.Cyr – MB
NewLaw – AB
Norine Braun – BC
Stephanie Ratcliff – BC

Urban Artist of the Year
FRASE – BC
Ghost – BC
HAVYN – BC
Josh Sahunta – AB
Ruben Young – AB

Video Director of the Year
Craig Range and Kaayla Whachell, Nakasone Folk, Kacy & Clayton, The Light Of Day – BC
William Wilkinson and Oliver Brooks, Ft. Langley, Slow Leaves, How Do I Say – BC
Lloyd Lee Choi, The Herd Films, Mise en Scene, Closer – BC
Nathan Boey, Close Talker, Okay Hollywood – BC
Stefan Berrill, Brass Tacks Films, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Forever Fool – BC

Visual Media Composer of the Year
Andrew Judah, Our Game – BC
Factor Eight, Impetus – SK
Keri Latimer, This is Not Paris – MB
Matthew Rogers, Is This Life? – BC
Sean William, Small Fish – BC

World Artist of the Year
Farhad Khosravi – AB
Holly Blazina – AB
John Welsh & Los Valientes – BC
Kelly Bado – MB
West of Mabou – SK

2018 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS INDUSTRY NOMINEES

Audio Engineering Award
Ben Kaplan, FlyFantastic Productions – BC
Ryan Worsley, Echoplant Sound – BC
Shawn Cole, Lab Monkey Sound – BC
Sheldon Zaharko, Zed Productions – BC
Spencer Cheyne, OCL Studios – AB

Community Excellence Award (Sponsored by City of Kelowna)
Aakuluk Music – NV
Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express – BC
Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, Just TV Program – MB
West End Cultural Centre – MB
Winnipeg Folk Festival – MB

Excellence in Visual Design
Bronwin Parks, Feisty Creative – BC
Jadyn Klassen – MB
Jared Robinson, Nebulus Entertainment – SK
Odelay! Graphic Design – SK
Roberta Landreth, Treehouse Design – MB

Impact in Artist Development (Sponsored by Creative BC)
Aakuluk Music – NV
Prairie Mix – MB
Stu Anderson, Mighty Cypress Talent – MB
The Feldman Agency – BC
Tonic Records – BC

Impact in Live Music (Sponsored by Music Canada Live)
Commodore Ballroom – BC
Interstellar Rodeo – AB
The Gateway – AB
West End Cultural Centre – MB
Winnipeg Folk Festival – MB

Impact in Music Marketing
Aakuluk Music – NV
Casadie Pederson, MainStage Management & Consulting – AB
Pipe & Hat Music Group – MB
Susan Busse, Susan Busse PR – SK
West End Cultural Centre – MB

2018 Heritage Award
Terry Jacks – BC

2018 Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award
Allen Reid – BC

About BreakOut West

BreakOut West is an annual gathering to celebrate, develop and support the best of western Canadian music, taking place this year in Kelowna, BC from October 10-14, 2018. Western Canadian artists are developing sustainable careers of national and international scope, and BreakOut West is an integral component of this development. Through the annual conference and festival, industry from around the world and western Canadian artists are given the opportunity to discover, educate, network and grow. The event consists of the BreakOut West Festival; showcasing the talent contained in the "left half" of Canada and delivering Western Canadian Music Awards to honoured nominees, and the Conference itself with educational panels, networking events, and so much more. 

 

The Western Canadian Music Alliance is funded in part by the six provincial and territorial governments of western Canada. BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards are generously funded by the FACTOR, Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, along with the Kelowna host partners, and event sponsors and funders. 

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GHOST TO PERFORM FIRST-EVER HEADLINE ARENA DATES AT THE FORUM AND BARCLAYS CENTER

BAND SHARES CHAPTER THREE: BACK ON THE ROAD

FOURTH SACRED PSALM PREQUELLE DUE OUT

JUNE 1ST VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2018 – Today, Grammy® Award-winning rock band, Ghost, announced their first-ever headline arena dates in support of their fourth sacred psalm Prequelle. Ghost will perform at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA on November 16th , 2018, and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on December 15th, 2018. Tickets for both shows go on sale on this Friday, May 4th at 10:00 am local time and will be available HERE.

Ghost broke news of the arena performances this morning with a special press conference helmed by Papa Nihil and Sister Imperator at Irving Plaza in New York City. Watch their special sermon via the band’s Facebook HERE. The duo also debuted the Chapter Three: Back on the Road live at the event, finally putting to rest the age-old question of where all the Papas go. Watch the band prepare for their upcoming tour dates in the clip here.

Prequelle (pronounced prē-KWELL) is due for release on June 1st, 2018 via Loma Vista Recordings. The album is available for pre-order now HERE.  Limited edition bundles featuring deluxe, colored vinyl, 8-track cartridge, cassette tape, Rats die cut picture disc, plague mask, musical Eucharist case, pins, and more available exclusively in the Ghost Shop HERE.

 

Prequelle was announced earlier this month alongside lead single, Rats, and an accompanying music video directed by Roboshobo. Watch the video HERE. Rats is available to stream and download now via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and Google Play. Fans who pre-order The Album will receive an instant download of the track.

 

In an interesting twist in Ghost’s saga, Cardinal Copia has been appointed to take over vocal duties for the forthcoming psalm. Meet him HERE. Lyrically, Prequelle delves into the plague, the apocalypse, and dark ages. The entire body of work is also a snapshot of the world in which we live in on a daily basis, brought to life through an emotive, enlightening, and riveting body of songs.

 

Prequelle follows Ghost’s third studio album, Meliora, and its accompanying EP, Popestar, which elevated the Swedish rock band into the pantheon of the greatest rock bands on earth and resulted in a Grammy® Award for ‘Best Metal Performance’. Meliora debuted at No. 1 at Independent Retail, No. 2 at Rock, and in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, selling over a quarter million copies globally. The band made their network television debut performing the album’s lead single, Cirice, on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Popestar debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums chart and produced an Active Rock chart topper with Square Hammer.

 

Next week, Ghost will embark on a US tour that will kick off on May 5th, 2018 in Riverside, CA, and visit US Cities throughout the Spring. Tickets for the Rats On The Road Tour are available now HERE. A complete list of upcoming live dates can be found below.

Ghost US Tour Dates
May 05, 2018 -  Riverside, CA - RMA
May 06, 2018 - Tucson, AZ - Tucson Music Hall
May 08, 2018 - Houston, TX - Revention
May 10, 2018 - Chattanooga, TN - Tivoli
May 11, 2018 - Cincinnati, OH - The Taft Theatre
May 12, 2018 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
May 13, 2018 - Columbus, OH - Express Live
May 15, 2018 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
May 16, 2018 - Syracuse, NY - Crouse Hinds Theater
May 18, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center
May 19, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA - WMMR BBQ
May 20, 2018 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
May 22, 2018 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
May 23, 2018 - Nashville, TN - Tennessee PAC
May 25, 2018 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House
May 26, 2018 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma
May 27, 2018 - Memphis, TN - Cannon Center
May 29, 2018 - Ft. Wayne, IN - The Clyde Theater
May 31, 2018 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
June 01, 2018 - St. Paul, MN - The Palace Theater
November 16, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
December 15, 2018 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center

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MIKAELA DAVIS ANNOUNCES DEBUT DELIVERY OUT JULY 13 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

EXPLORES SOUND AND SELF-ACCEPTANCE ON JOHN CONGLETON-PRODUCED ALBUM

TOUR WITH LAKE STREET DIVE BEGINS MAY 4

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2018 – Mikaela Davis
is a young harpist, pianist, singer and songwriter who crafts sweet and salty songs that straddle the lines of folk and funk, AM rock and 80s pop experimentation. Mikaela had dreams of joining a symphony and studied classical harp at music conservatory, but after she began writing her own songs and touring them on school breaks, her path changed course. Mikaela will make her full-length debut with Delivery on Rounder Records July 13, which was produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Future Islands, Angel Olsen, Alvvays). She is also about to embark on a nearly sold-out tour with Lake Street Dive beginning May 4. Delivery is a thrilling adventure over 10 tracks; a sonic exploration that challenges what the harp can do, and one that details the sometimes arduous path to self-acceptance and feeling comfortable in your own skin.

Album opener and title track, Delivery, is a stunning entry point, a touch of gospel piano and plucked bass that bursts into a wall of sound. It begins with lyrics of disillusionment: “Well you know I tried prayin’ / tried to wish it all away / even tried to meditating / but the feeling stayed the same,” and shifts to a triumphant acceptance of steadfast love.  As the album unfurls, it’s dabbed with synths, fuzzed out bass and guitar, harp cascades and ping-pong effects.  Mikaela’s voice shines on top – a little raspy with a range that goes from whisper to wail. Get Gone, and, Other Lover, lock into deep grooves. Emily, is one of the album’s most tender moments, a quivering duet between harp and voice (here Mikaela is joined by The Staves, who also appear on Pure Divine Love). Watch the video for Deliveryhere.

Mikaela hails from Rochester, NY and after a brief sojurn to Brooklyn, resettled there, falling in with a thriving artistic community that helped to create the environment she needed to make this album.  She has been the special guest on tours with Bon Iver, The Staves, Punch Brothers, Marco Benevento, Watkins Family Hour and more. She has also performed with Bon Iver during their own sets and recorded on Sara Watkins’ solo album.

Delivery features all original songs written or co-written by Mikaela on harp or piano, save one, Emily, written by childhood friend and band member, Alex Coté. On the album, Mikaela is joined by Alex on drums/percussion/guitars and Shane McCarthy on bass.

Pre-Order the album here: http://found.ee/MikaelaDavis_Delivery

DELIVERY TRACK LIST:
1. Delivery
2. Get Gone
3. A Letter That I’ll Never Send
4. In My Groove
5. Emily feat. The Staves
6. Do You Wanna Be Mine
7. Little Bird
8. Other Lover
9. All I Do Is Disappear
10. Pure Divine Love feat. The Staves

TOUR DATES:
May 4 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, Ma*
May 6 – Ulster Performing Arts Center – Kingston, Ny*
May 8 – Higher Ground – South Burlington, Vt*
May 9 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, Ct*
May 10 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, Ny*
May 12 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, Pa*
May 13 – Mr. Smalls – Pittsburg, Pa*
May 15 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, Il*
May 18 – The Great Escape At One Church – Brighton, Uk
May 22 – The Lexington – London, Uk
May 23 – Ford Theatres – Hollywood, Ca
May 24 – House Of Blues – Anaheim, Ca
May 25 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, Ca
May 29  Commodore  Vancouver, Bc
May 30 – Showbox At The Market – Seattle, Wa
June 15 – Bergenfest Festival – Bergen, No
June 16 – BLA – Oslo, No
June 17 - Maifeld Derby Festival – Mannheim, Germany

* w/Lake Street Dive

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NICKY JAM RELEASES X (SPANGLISH VERSION) TODAY WITH J BALVIN

OVER 8.5 BILLION VIDEO STREAMS
OVER 9 BILLION YOUTUBE SUBSCRIBERS
LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS WINNER

Toronto, ON – April 27, 2018
Nicky Jam, a pioneer of the Urban Latin movement and a globally recognized music icon, is today releasing a special Spanglish version of his hit, X, featuring Colombian singer, J Balvin.

The original of X already sits as one of 2018’s most lauded and universally adored anthems - boasting over 600m YouTube views, sitting at #1 in 10 countries on Apple Music, at #1 on the Top 100 Global Shazam charts and even reaching #9 on Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart.

It’s also responsible for an international viral campaign named the X Challenge, with millions of people (including celebrities such as Will Smith) getting involved in the trend to reenact the choreographed dance featured in the music video.

Also featured is Colombian musician, J Balvin, who recently collaborated with Liam Payne for Familiar, and joined Beyoncé on stage at Coachella to perform their track, Mi Gente.

Nicky Jam’s rise and fall story is the story of his genre itself: great fame, hard times and artistic rebirth. As one of the founders of the Urban Latin movement, Nicky Jam began recording music at the age of 11. As a young adult, he quickly rose to the top of his genre creating some of the biggest hits of the early urban movement in the 90s. Just as he was starting to enjoy his hard-earned accomplishments, his life took a 180-degree turn and he decided to move to Colombia to rebuild his career.

After being out of the limelight for 10 years, he released his album, Fenix, in 2017, now certified Diamond in the U.S. by the RIAA. It contains the biggest singles of his career, which are all Multi-Platinum certified: El Amante (13x Platinum), El Perdón (27x Platinum), and Hasta El Amanecer (22x Platinum).

Following the recent success from single, X, Nicky has now turned his focus to the UK. He will soon be releasing his next album in addition to a bio-series based on his life titled El Ganador. The scripted drama will stream on Netflix everywhere except the U.S., following its premiere this summer on Telemundo.

X (Spanglish Version) is available HERE.

About Nicky Jam
Nick Rivera Caminero, known as Nicky Jam, is recognized around the world as a pioneer of Latin urban music. Born in 1981 in Boston, as a boy he moved with his family to Puerto Rico. 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 on the island. 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 Off to the Party), Fiel A Tu Piel (Faithful To Your Skin) and La Combi Completa (The Complete Combination) among others. He toured the world and became one of Latin urban music’s first international stars. 

Just as he was enjoying his hard-earned accomplishments, his life took a 180-degree turn. Finally, after three years out of the limelight, Nicky Jam performed a show in Colombia. With discipline and hard work he began to make up for lost time. He soon decided to move to Colombia to rebuild his career. In 2012, he created a low-budget music video that went on to rack up over 15 million views on YouTube. In 2013, he debuted his renewed persona and returned stronger than ever. He notched five radio hits: Piensas en Mí (You Think About Me), Curiosidad (Curiosity), Juegos Prohibidos(Forbidden Games), Voy a Beber (I'm Going to Drink), and the global hit, Travesuras(Mischief). Travesuras was Nicky’s international comeback hit after a 10-year absence from the charts. It peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs. His social-media following grew 3,000 percent by late 2014, making him one of the genre's most talked-about and respected artists.

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 charts for 30 weeks (second longest-running single in the chart’s history). In January 2016, Nicky released Hasta el Amanecer, which also became the biggest Latin song of the year. The single was #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs for 18 weeks, which was the longest run of 2016. The official music video reached 100 million views in the first month, averaging over 3 million views per day.  In fact, the top Hot Latin Songs Track of 2016 belongs to Nicky Jam’s Hasta El Amanecer. It also scored the No. 1 year-end spot on the Latin Airplay, Latin Pop Airplay, Latin Rhythm Airplay, Latin Rhythm Digital Song Sales, and Latin Digital Song Sales charts. 2017 became another remarkable year for Nicky with the release of his single, El Amante (The Lover), his first album in 10 years titled Fénix, and his big-screen debut on Vin Diesel’s film XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

About J Balvin
Hailing from Medellín, Colombia, José Álvaro Osorio Balvin - better known to a legion of global fans as J Balvin - has been praised by Billboard as "the biggest breakout act Latin music has seen in many years." With a distinctive style that pays reverence to the first-wave of reggaetón stars from Puerto Rico, but fused with additional Colombian and mainstream hip-hop rhythms, more seductive than boastful lyrics, and a strong passion for fashion, J Balvin has become the undeniable leader of a second-generation reggaetón revolution propelling urban music back to the forefront of Latin music worldwide. Between his game-changing major-label debut album LA FAMILA, global smash hit successor ENERGIA and landmark single, Mi Gente (My People), J Balvin has quickly notched eight #1 Latin singles, garnered nearly 50 million social media followers, and over 9 billion total YouTube views. J Balvin has also become one of Latin music's most in-demand collaborators, having worked with artists, writers and producers such as Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Major Lazer, PooBear, French Montana, Juanes, Daddy Yankee and Camilla Cabello.

Major award recognition has also quickly followed, as J Balvin has won back-to-back Latin GRAMMY® Awards, multiple Billboard Latin Awards, the BMI's Songwriter Award for Contemporary Latin Song of the Year, and the overall Artist Of The Year recognition two years in a row at Univision's Premio Lo Nuestro.

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DJ KASS RELEASES REMIX FOR VIRAL HIT SCOOBY DOO PA PA WITH PITBULL

VIDEO FOR SCOOBY DOO PA PA OUT NOW!

Toronto, ON – April 27, 2018 – DJ Kass
 has tapped superstar, Pitbull, for the infectious remix of his viral hit, Scooby Doo Pa Pa, which is out today. DJ Kass joined Pitbull a few weeks ago at Alex Sensation's Miami Bash to perform the remix. 

The song has thus far peaked at #9 on Billboard's Hot Latin chart and remains unstoppable, with more and more fans uploading dance videos to YouTube and Instagram. With the addition of Pitbull, Scooby Doo Pa Pa will have the distinction of being the first Dembow to feature a worldwide Top 40 artist - bringing the Dominican genre into the Anglo market for the first time.

DJ Kass says, "I just want to be heard, appreciated, and known in this world for giving a great show and best of all, entertaining the crowd because I live through them.”

Listen to Scooby Doo Pa Pa Remix featuring Pitbull here.

About DJ Kass:
DJ Kass, New York born and raised, with Dominican Republic roots, was inspired by his father, who was a well-known local DJ. Fascinated by his father’s use of various instruments to move crowds, Kass was hooked from an early age.  Like all great artists who were empowered by a passion to create art, Kass practiced his DJing skills relentlessly. He distinguishes himself on the DJ circuit by incorporating controlled “craziness,” as he likes to call it. “What separates me from others is the craziness I bring to the table. I am very spontaneous and do a lot of crazy things when it comes to getting the crowd hype.

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ROYCE 5’9” REVEALS FULL TRACK LIST FOR BOOK OF RYAN DUE OUT MAY 4

 

PRHYME TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

PRHYME 2 INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM AND VINYL DOUBLE DISC RELEASED APRIL 20

On Boblo Boat: “The track is a smooth and wistful look back, but with a cynical undercurrent.” DETROIT FREE PRESS

On Stay Woke, featuring Ashley Sorrel: “Royce Da 5'9"'s pen game is unparalleled, and Stay Woke, is proof.” HOTNEWHIPHOP

On Dumb, featuring Boogie: “Royce Da 5’9 connects with Compton rapper and Shady records’ newest signee, Boogie on his Dumb.  This collaboration is loaded with bars from two artists that are known to execute a lyrical onslaught.” LA LEAKERS

Toronto, ON – April 27, 2018 – Royce 5’9”
releases the full twenty song track list for Book of Ryan, due out on May 4, 2018 (Entertainment One/Heaven Studios, Inc.). Pre-orders for Book of Ryan are available now with the gratis songs, Dumb, and, Stay Woke.

Complex.com shared the cover art and track listing last week, and Royce released the single, Dumb featuring Boogie, on Friday. On Boblo Boat, Royce warmly looks back at his childhood growing up in the D, a proud, blue collar city that has not always received the most positive of accolades. Royce transports listeners back to a time in the ‘80s when families could take a boat ride to Boblo Island and forget, for just a few hours, the stinging realities of life for black folks in Ronald Reagan’s greed-is-good America. “The song came together super organically,” he says of the heartfelt Boblo Boat. “There was a boat back in the days that took people across the Detroit River to these little obscure islands. One of the islands, Boblo, housed a poor man’s amusement park where a lot of young black kids would go. It was the best shit ever. We didn’t realize it was a cheaper option looking back at it in retrospect. We were too busy having fun.”

Book of Ryan is the seventh solo studio project from the grinding rhyme visionary born Ryan Montgomery, and is a work that defies well-worn, grizzled veteran rap clichés. Royce wrote more than 60 songs for the album. For Royce, it’s all about the journey. “I just want the fans to hear my evolution as an artist as well as me as a man and learn from my mistakes,” he says. “I think they got a little bit of that with Layers, but Book of Ryan is me letting it all out.

Ambrosia for Heads states: “Though he has been one of the most consistently excellent MCs in Hip-Hop..., it is only in the last few years that Royce 5’9 has started getting his proper recognition as an elite lyricist."

Royce’s current video for Boblo Boat, featuring J. Cole from Book of Ryan has seen close to 8 Million Views.  

No other rapper from Detroit has been as prolific as Royce when it comes to releasing music. In addition to his solo releases, over the span of his career, Royce has collaborated with long-time friend, Eminem, as a member of Bad Meets Evil on the release of Hell: The Sequel, released two albums as a member of the lyrical assassins known as Slaughterhouse (with Joe Budden, King Crooked, and Joell Ortiz) and two releases with the lauded producer and DJ, DJ Premier as a member of PRhyme. Their latest release of PRhyme 2 was released to critical acclaim with the two head out on tour starting May 5, 2018.   

BOOK OF RYAN TRACK LIST:

1.     Intro
2.     Woke
3.     My Parallel (Skit)
4.     Caterpillar featuring King Green & Eminem
5.     God Speed featuring Ashley Sorrell
6.     Dumb featuring Bookie
7.     Who Are You (Skit)
8.     Cocaine
9.     Life Is Fair
10. Boblo Boat featuring J. Cole
11. Legendary
12. Summer On Lock featuring Pusha T, Jadakiss, & Fabolous
13. Amazing featuring Melanie Rutherford
14. Outside featuring Marsha Ambrosius & Robert Glasper
15. Power
16. Protecting Ryan (Skit)
17. Strong Friend
18. Anything-Everything
19. Stay Woke featuring Ashley Sorrell
20. First of the Month featuring T. Pain & Chavis Chandler

PRHYME 2 TOUR DATES:
May 30 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA

May 31 – Boston, MA – Paradise
June 2 – Washington, DC – Howard Theater
June 5 – New York, NY – Highline
June 7 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
June 14 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
June 15 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey

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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF THE 2018 HERITAGE AWARD AND KEVIN WALTERS INDUSTRY BUILDER AWARD

TERRY JACKS AND ALLAN REID TO BE HONOURED
AT THE WCMAs THIS OCTOBER

FULL LIST OF WCMA NOMINEES TO BE
ANNOUNCED ON MAY 2nd

BREAKOUT WEST TAKING PLACE THIS YEAR IN
KELOWNA, BC FROM OCTOBER 10th – 14th

Toronto, ON – April 25, 2018 – This October, BreakOut West heads back to Kelowna, BC, for the first time since 2010. Now in its 16th year, the gathering continues to develop, support, and honour the best of Western Canadian music, with its annual conference, festival and the Western Canadian Music Awards. Today, the WCMAs announce the 2018 recipients of the Heritage Award – Vancouver music legend, Terry Jacks – and the Kevin Walters Industry Builder AwardAllan Reid, President & CEO of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), The JUNO Awards, MusiCounts and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

“That’s wonderful,” remarks Jacks. “I’ve worked with a lot of wonderful people over the years. This award brings back a lot of wonderful memories.”

Each year, the Heritage Award is presented to a person who has made significant contributions to the music industry over the course of their career. “Terry’s influence on the music created in Western Canada is undeniable,” says Robyn Stewart, Executive Director, Western Canadian Music Alliance. “He created some of the most infectious melodies throughout his career. Recognizing the body of his career’s work through this award is long overdue and we are honoured to recognize his success."

The Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award is given to a person who has made a significant impact on the music industry through his or her mentorship, training, and/or leadership. WCMA Board of Directors President, Christine Rogerson, comments, “It is so fitting that we could recognize Allan with the Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award, while in his home town of Kelowna. He has influenced the careers of countless industry and artists, and has had undoubtable impact on the lives of Canadian youth and many rising musical stars through the work of MusiCounts.” 

Reid exclaims, “It's an absolute honour to receive this award in Kevin Walters’ name and on behalf of the many artists that I've had the privilege of working with throughout my career. I would not have reached this point in my career if it wasn't for the music they create.”

Jacks and Reid will be presented with their awards at the Industry Awards Brunch during BreakOut West in October. The full list of WCMA nominees will be announced on May 2nd, with member voting opening at that time.

About Allan Reid
Allan Reid is a passionate supporter of Canadian music. Having been in the industry for over 30 years, he holds an essential voice as the President & CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), The JUNO Awards, MusiCounts and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In 2016, Allan’s dedication to artist development was the driving force behind the creation and success of the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class. Prior to taking on his role at CARAS in 2014, Allan served as the Executive Director for MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity, from 2012-2014. Allan spent 25 years of his career at major and independent labels in Canada as the head of A&R, and was instrumental in the careers of many of today’s top Canadian artists’ careers, including Jann Arden, Sam Roberts Band, Sarah Harmer, and the Tragically Hip, to name a few.

About Terry Jacks
Born in Winnipeg and raised in Vancouver, singer/songwriter/record producer, Terry Jacks, pursued his musical interests after trying his hand as a draftsman. In the mid-1960s, he was a singer and guitarist with The Chessmen in local clubs and on CBC TV’s Music Hop, and was the founder, producer and songwriter of the short-lived, Poppy Family. The Poppy Family had international hits with Which Way You Goin’ Billy, and That’s Where I Went Wrong. The former reached #1 in Canada and #2 in the US on the Billboard charts, won the group four JUNO Awards in 1969 for Best Singler, Best “Middle of the Road” Album, Best Group Performance, and Outstanding Sales, and eventually sold over 3 million copies. Terry also owned Poppy Family productions, the publishing company, Gone Fishin’ Music Ltd, and later, Sunfish Publishing, but preferred to work as a producer. He had the biggest hit of his career with his self-produced single, Seasons in the Sun, released under his own label, Goldfish Records, which Terry established in 1974. The song stayed on the charts for 17 weeks in Canada and 15 in the US, reaching #1 on both the adult contemporary and pop Billboard Chards in the US. The single won JUNO Awards for Best Male Vocalist and Best Contemporary/Pop Single in 1974, as well as Best-Selling Single in 1975, and sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.

In the 1980s Terry became involved in the environmental movement, focusing on pulp mill pollution issues in Canada. His environmental work has earned him several awards including one from the United Nations Association of Canada and the Western Canada Wilderness Committee. He was awarded a lifetime achievement award in 1997 for his work, as well as the Eugene Rogers Environmental Award.

About BreakOut West
BreakOut West is an annual gathering to celebrate, develop and support the best of western Canadian music, taking place this year in Kelowna, BC from October 10-14, 2018. Western Canadian artists are developing sustainable careers of national and international scope, and BreakOut West is an integral component of this development. Through the annual conference and festival, industry from around the world and western Canadian artists are given the opportunity to discover, educate, network and grow. The event consists of the BreakOut West Festival; showcasing the talent contained in the "left half" of Canada and delivering Western Canadian Music Awards to honoured nominees, and the Conference itself with educational panels, networking events, and so much more. 

The Western Canadian Music Alliance is funded in part by the six provincial and territorial governments of western Canada. BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards are generously funded by the FACTOR, Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, along with the Kelowna host partners, and event sponsors and funders. 

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AUDIOTREE NORTH DEBUTS LIVE VIDEO FROM CASPER SKULLS FILMED AT THE LONGBOAT HALL

CAUGHT ON A WIRE PREMIERES ON NOISEY
AS AUDIOTREE NORTH OFFICIAL LAUNCH NEARS

OFFICIAL CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK SHOWCASE
ON MAY 11th AT THE HORSESHOE TAVERN

TORONTO, ON – April 25, 2018 – Today, Audiotree North shares the third video from their pilot sessions. The video features Canadian band, Casper Skulls, who burst forth from the Toronto exurbs in 2015. Caught On A Wire was filmed at the Longboat Hall, along with five other artists performing at venues in Toronto; including PUP, Lido Pimienta, Begonia, Pony, and Magic Giant. The Casper Skulls video premiered on Noisey, and can be watched and shared here.

“Caught On A Wire is by far our most lively song,” explains Neil Bednis, co-vocalist of Casper Skulls. “We wanted to document a good live version of this older song before our Mercy Works LP was released. The Audiotree crew did a great job of capturing the energy of the performance and creating a cool atmosphere with the lights. I'm really glad they were able to come to Toronto and document some of the bands that operate here, especially in such a beautiful space like the Longboat Hall.”

Described by MTV as a collection of “confrontational art rock that bleeds with sincerity”, Casper Skulls has been touring extensively and sharing stages with acts like Cloud Nothings, Thurston Moore, Suuns, Weaves, The Julie Ruin, Solids, Greys, and Chastity Belt. The band will also be performing at Audiotree North’s official launch party during Canadian Music Week on May 11th at the historic Horseshoe Tavern. Other confirmed performers include Ought, Pkew Pkew Pkew, Begonia and Pony. In addition to the showcase, Audiotree North is partnering with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) to present a pre-event celebration, open exclusively to conference delegates. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet members of Audiotree, Audiotree North and TCS.

Audiotree North is a partnership between Paquin Entertainment and Chicago-based Audiotree whose mission is to create a multi-faceted artist discovery platform through unparalleled live performance formats.

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THE HONEST HEART COLLECTIVE RELEASE SECOND SINGLE SEPARATE WAYS

 

ANNOUNCE CANADIAN TOUR DATES

SOPHOMORE ALBUM GRIEF RIGHTS OUT MAY 4TH
PRE-ORDER HERE

Toronto, ON – April 20, 2018 –
Today, The Honest Heart Collective release their second single, Separate Ways, from their forthcoming sophomore album, Grief Rights. Have a listen to Separate Ways on Apple Music and Spotify and pre-order Grief Rights here.

These songs capture that everyday fight you have with who you are and who you want to be,” says lead singer, Ryan MacDonald. “A year and a half ago, I was an anxious mess. I started to see a therapist who really made me dig deeper into myself. After a few sessions, he told me that the root of my anxiety was that I wasn't giving my grief rights. It's a period of time when it was okay to not be okay. It was a strange concept to me and not knowing what to do, I dove into books about my idols and revisited some of my favourite Springsteen records. The phrase ‘Grief Rights’ has stuck with me since that session, and honestly, it changed my life.”

Much of the indie-rock band’s dedicated fan base stems from their energetic and engaging live shows. They have recently completed a tour of Western Canada, including stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, among others, and have now announced a second leg of their Spring tour, with stops across Ontario, including two back-to-back album release shows in their hometown of Thunder Bay.

The new album, set for release on May 4th, showcases their anthemic rock style with powerful lyrics, with the first single, I’ve Got You, already reaching over 50,000 streams on Spotify and seeing adds at Apple Music’s Breaking Rock playlist, and Rock and Canadian Indie stations. Check out the music video for the track here.

Anchored by brothers Ryan and Nic MacDonald, The Honest Heart Collective was born out of a moment at a Bruce Springsteen concert and a rotating cast of musicians made permanent. Buoyed by the backdrop of their Northern Ontario roots, Liar’s Club encapsulates The Honest Heart Collective’s old soul take of heart-on-sleeves storytelling through music. Armed with the self-built Lionheart Studios, a blue-collar mentality, and 150+ shows later, The Honest Heart Collective has become four best friends raring to put out new music and get back on the road.  Working with producers/engineers Derek Hoffman and Jay Ruston, the new material was produced and recorded in Toronto’s Fox Sounds, Union Sound Company, and out of the band’s self-built studio in Thunder Bay, Lionheart Studios.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

May 11 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall (Canadian Music Week)

May 15 – Hamilton, ON – The Casbah

May 16 – Ottawa, ON – The 27 Club

May 17 – Kingston, ON – The Mansion

May 18 – London, ON – Rum Runners

May 19 – Oshawa, ON – The Moustache Club

May 23 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s

May 26 – Guelph, ON – DSTRCT

June 1 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Foundry

June 2 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Foundry
 

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THE WORD ALIVE PREMIERE NEW SONG AND MUSIC VIDEO WHY AM I LIKE THIS?

NEW ALBUM VIOLENT NOISE OUT MAY 4

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW

Toronto, ON – April 20, 2018 – The Word Alive have premiered their new song, Why Am I Like This?, with an accompanying music video. The new song comes after the band's announcement of their fifth studio album, Violent Noise, and first single, Red Clouds, which thematically revisits the band's origins. Violent Noise is slated to release May 4 via Fearless Records. Digital and physical pre-orders are available now, with each pre-order including an instant download of Red Clouds and Why Am I Like This?.

Vocalist, Telle Smith, explains that Why Am I Like Is? is about "pursuing something that more than likely you know you shouldn't or that might not be the healthiest choice for you. The last two years I experienced making choices that took me further away from who I wanted to be, and I was living in the moment with no regard for how it would effect me or someone else. It's about finding that person who is kind of the devil on your shoulder, and you want them to tell you what you're doing is ok so you can rationalize it and justify it." To watch the music video for Why Am I Like This?, directed by McGinness of Enlighten Creative Studio, click here.

Violent Noise was produced and mixed by Matt Good (Asking Alexandria, From First To Last), who also produced the band's last offering, Dark Matter

The Word Alive hit the road on April 8 as direct support to In This Moment, with additional support from Ded, on The Witching Hour Tour through April 28. The band play select dates as support to Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, and Memphis May Fire, throughout the month of May. Full tour routing below. Tickets are available at WeAreTheWordAlive.com.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
w/ In This Moment & DED

April 18- Denver, CO @ The Filmore
April 20- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
April 22- Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
April 24- Lubbock TX HEADLINING ONLY
April 25- Austin, TX @ Emo's
April 27- Pharr, TX @ Boggus Ford Events Center
April 28- Laredo, TX @ Laredo Energy Arena
w/ Killswitch Engage & Hatebreed
May 1- Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
May 2- Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
May 3- Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
May 4- Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry*
May 5- Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club**
May 10- Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls***
May 12- Fort Wayne, IN @ Rock on the River Festival (Headwaters Park)
May 13- St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room***
May 15- Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre***
May 16- Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's***
May 17- Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater***
May 18- Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater***

* w/ Hatebreed and Gideon
** w/ Born of Osiris
*** w/ Memphis May Fire

About The Word Alive
Since 2008, The Word Alive have steadily maintained a course towards the forefront of alternative music and continue the upward trajectory with their fifth studio album Violent Noise. The Phoenix-based trio-Telle Smith [vocals], Zack Hansen (guitars), Tony Pizzuti [guitars]-tosses and turns between visceral metallic power and entrancing emotionality encased in swathes of otherworldly electronics. It's a singular sound that has naturally evolved since Deceiver (2010) and through Life Cycles (2012), Real. (2014), and Dark Matter (2016). They've earned acclaim from the likes of Alternative Press, Revolver, Guitar World, and Modern Drummer, have supported I Prevail, Killswitch Engage, A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Motionless In White, and Parkway Drive, among others, and are known for their ability to ignite crowds across the globe. 2018's Violent Noise represents the culmination of a decade and the unbreakable bond shared by Telle, Zack, and Tony. They re-teamed with the producer behind their last offering Matt Good (Asking Alexandria, From First To Last) and followed a spirit unafraid to experiment. By holding nothing back, The Word Alive's connection rings out louder than ever before on Violent Noise. "The most distracting noise in life is the one that comes from your head," Telle explains. "We all battle with self-doubt, insecurities, and trust. This record is about the balance. There's light and dark. Nevertheless, you always have control. I want to show everybody that. I'm proof."

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RY COODER SHARES LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR EVERYBODY OUGHT TO TREAT A STRANGER RIGHT

TRACK APPEARS ON THE LEGENDARY GUITARIST/PRODUCER’S FIRST NEW SOLO RELEASE IN SIX YEARS, THE PRODIGAL SON, OUT MAY 11TH

WATCH THE REVEALING MINI-DOC

RY COODER: MAKING THE PRODIGAL SON

Toronto, ON – April 18, 2018 –
Ry Cooder has shared a new video for Blind Willie Johnson’s gospel blues classic Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right, a track off his highly anticipated forthcoming album The Prodigal Son. The blazing in-studio, live performance features Ry Cooder on guitar; drummer, percussionist, and keyboardist, Joachim Cooder; singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Robert Francis and saxophonist, Sam Gendel.

A masterwork of roots, blues and R&B, The Prodigal Son, set for release on May 11th, 2018 via Fantasy Records conjures our own history of the spirit, sounding completely fresh and contemporary, framed by Cooder's expressive vocals and graceful, elegant guitar work. 

The album's 11 tracks include three Cooder originals along with a carefully selected collection of vintage blues, gospel and bluegrass by the likes of The Pilgrim Travelers, The Stanley Brothers and the aforementioned Blind Willie Johnson. Taken together, it forms an unflinching look at the state of play in modern America. 

Watch the beautifully rendered mini-documentary, Ry Cooder: Making The Prodigal Son, directed Jeff Coffman, HERE

The stellar musicians listed above, along with the GRAMMY Award-winning vocal trio, The Hamiltones, are set to join Ry Cooder for his first North American tour in nearly ten years.  The group will visit venues throughout North America this summer (see dates below). For ticket information, please visit: RyCooder.com.

Pre-Order The Prodigal Son: here.

Ry Cooder - Tour Dates:

June 4 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere 

June 6 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse 

June 7 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre 

June 8 – New York, NY – Town Hall Theatre 

June 12 – Derry, NH – Tupelo 

June 22 – Ann Arbor, MI – Muchigan Theater

June 24 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall

June 26 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall 

June 27 – Ottawa, ON – Centerpoint           

June 29 – Montréal, QC – Jazz Festival @ Maisonneuve 

June 30 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Theater 

July 1 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood 

July 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center 

July 13 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre

July 14 – Courtenay, BC – Vancouver Island MusicFest 

July 17 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall 

July 19 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

July 20 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall 

July 21 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre

July 22 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre

August 10 – Calgary, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall

August 14 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre

 

 

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AUDIOTREE NORTH SHARES NEW LIVE VIDEO FROM 2017 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER LIDO PIMIENTA

NOISEY PREMIERES FORNICARTE ES UN ARTE IN LATEST AUDIOTREE NORTH PILOT SESSION
FILMED AT REVOLUTION RECORDING 

OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY DURING CMW ON MAY 11th
AT THE HORSESHOE TAVERN 

“Lido Pimienta's Fornicate es un Arte performance
lays out the laws of love” –
Noisey

TORONTO, ON – April 18, 2018 – Today, Audiotree North, reveals the third live video in their pilot session, featuring 2017 Polaris Music Prize winner, Lido Pimienta. The live performance of Pimienta’s track, Fornicarte es un Arte, was shot at Revolution Recording in Toronto.  The song, which translates to “the art of fornicating (with) you or the art of fucking you,” premiered today on Noisey. Watch and share the video here.

"This song is about how polyamory is a dead-end road when people attempting to participate in it aren’t willing to subscribe to the ‘rules and regulations’ of their own arrangements,” says Pimienta. “It’s a song about rejecting ownership of ‘the other’ when the most powerful person in the love triangle or hexagon or whatever expects you to be loyal to them but lose their shit when you act the same way as them. The words ‘You are mine’ can be romantic at times, but it’s also dangerous when the person telling you it believes it... No soy tuya = I don’t belong to you.”

Known as “Colombian darling” and “Soundsister”, Lido Pimienta jumps back and forth from electronic beats, analog synths and Afro-Colombian rhythms, to out-of-this-world chanting. The award-winning songwriter, lyricist, and improv virtuoso joins PUP, Begonia, Casper Skulls, Pony, and Magic Giant as Audiotree North’s pilot artists.

The newly established, Audiotree North, is a partnership between Paquin Entertainment and Chicago-based Audiotree, whose mission is to create a multi-faceted artist discovery platform through unparalleled live performance formats. Audiotree North will celebrate their launch at Canadian Music Week, with a showcase on May 11th at the Horseshoe Tavern, featuring Ought, Casper Skulls, Begonia, Pkew Pkew Pkew and Pony. In addition to the showcase, Audiotree North is partnering with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) to present a pre-event celebration, open exclusively to conference delegates. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet members of Audiotree, Audiotree North and TCS.

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THE RUBENS TO RELEASE THIRD ALBUM LO LA RU ON JUNE 29th

SHARE NEW SINGLE NEVER EVER (FEAT. SARAH)

ANNOUNCED AS SPECIAL GUEST SUPPORT ON P!NK’S AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND TOURS

Toronto, ON – April 17, 2018 – On June 29th, beloved Menangle, New South Wales band, The Rubens, will release their third album, LO LA RU – a bold and confident record that effortlessly picks up where their Hottest 100 topping single, Hoops, left off. The album is available for pre-order now via digital, CD and LP formats, plus various merchandise bundles. The group is also excited to share the powerful new single, Never Ever, featuring Sarah Aarons, which premiered on Friday with Indie88.

Additionally, the band announced today that they would be joining P!nk on her massive, 40-date Beautiful Trauma tour in Australia and New Zealand. The tour runs from July to September, with tickets going on sale this Thursday (April 19). See below for full details.

On LO LA RU, The Rubens used the success of single, Hoops, as an opportunity to spread their creative wings, pushing their music into new territory that is exciting for them, and hopefully by extension, their audience as well.

The story of the album began at the 2013 Laneway Music Festival, where The Rubens befriended NYC rapper, EL-P (Run The Jewels) and his band, which included his Run The Jewels producers/collaborators, Wilder Zoby and Little Shalimar (aka Torbitt Schwartz). In 2017, this friendship turned into a musical collaboration when both producers flew out from the bustling streets of New York City to the band’s newly created recording studio, housed in a World War II communications bunker in the outskirts of Camden in Sydney’s deep South West. It was here that LO LA RU came to life.

Indeed, the album presents a fully realized sound that picks up on the R&B and hip hop influence that was hinted at on songs like Hoops, and Bitter End. Those stylistic references a brought to the forefront, without losing any of the soulful warmth that typified their earliest tracks, such as Lay It Down and My Gun, which won the band the adoration of fans all over Australia and the world.

Brothers, Elliott and Sam Margin, were on their way to Brooklyn to put the finishing touches on LO LA RU when they received an email letting them know that ARIA Award winning, Grammy Award nominated songwriter, Sarah Aarons, was in Sydney for the holidays, was a fan of theirs, and was keen to write a song with them. They thought, ‘why not?’ and went in to the studio with no expectations. In their mind, the album was done and whatever came out of the session would be an experiment in collaboration – something new for the band, or, much like Sarah’s long list of songwriting credits (LDRU/ZEDD & Alessia Cara, Dua Lipa, Jesse Ware), something for another artist to use. It wasn’t until the song sat with the band for a few days that they realized just how ‘Rubens’ the track was, and how much they wanted it on the new record.

“The day we met Sarah in the studio, she told us that her Grade 10 teacher introduced her to our song ‘Lay It Down’ and that is what inspired her to do music in Year 11 & 12. We were pretty blown away with that; a good sentiment to start writing a song together,” says Elliott of the collaboration. “The main chord structure and melody was something I had been fiddling with for a while but couldn't find the words or story for. After meeting Sarah and having a chat, we got sucked into the song and started throwing ideas around. Pretty quickly we realized it needed to be a duet and from there the story started to take shape."

The song is a relatable and heart-wrenching tale with Sam Margin and Sarah’s voices acting as yin and yang; so different, but so perfectly matched and harmonious within the track. Elliott continues, “The song became about these two lovers caught in the moment as their relationship drops away. There's to-ing and fro-ing as they pass blame and second guess their actions before they realize that what they had is already over.”

2018 has already been a huge year for the group. After last year’s release of the exuberant party jam, Million Man – the first taste of LO LA RU – the band played to local audiences at the likes of The Sydney Opera House and The Forum, before embarking on a global tour, which saw the band sell out shows in Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago and London. Indeed, the group is back and eager to build on the excitement of their first two albums, The Rubens, and Hoops, which have gone Platinum and Gold respectively in Australia.

ON TOUR WITH P!NK:
July 3/4/6 – Perth, WA – Perth Arena
July 7 – Melbourne, VIC/TAS – Rod Laver Arena
July 10/11/13/14 – Hindmarsh, SA – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
July 16/17/19/20/22/23/25/27/28 – Melbourne, VIC – Rod Laver Arena
August 3/4/6/7/9/11/12 – Sydney Olimpic Park, AUS – Qudos Bank Arena
August 14/15/17/18/20/21/23 – Boondall, QLD – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
August 28/29 – Melbourne, VIC/TAS – Rod Laver Arena
September 1 – Dunedin, NZ – Forsyth Barr Stadium
September 4/5/7/8 – Auckland, NZ – Spark Arena

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THE BEAT ESCAPE SHARE VIDEO FOR MOON IN AQUARIUS

PREMIERES VIA NOISEY

DEBUT ALBUM LIFE IS SHORT THE ANSWER’S LONG
OUT APRIL 27 VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

PRE-ORDER NOW

Toronto, ON — April 13, 2018 — With their debut album due for release at the end of this month, The Beat Escape have just debuted the dreamy visuals for their single, Moon In Aquarius. The video, which premiered yesterday on Noisey, was shot in collaboration with photographer/filmmaker, Christopher Honeywell, and perfectly encapsulates the “meditative nature of the track.”

Describing the making of the video, the duo said… “To talk video ideas we drove up to the country house where a lot of our album was recorded. We turned on Quiet Village Radio so the sounds of Exotica contrasting with the winter landscape could replicate the mood of our recording sessions. As soon as we arrived, we made a fire, cooked supper, and it became quite clear that we needed to film in this house. The “performance” footage features analog lighting effects filmed in the studio of Montreal-based artists Light Society.” Watch the video here.

Long before they were a band, Montreal duo, The Beat Escape, took a small first step towards a longer journey at a university video class. “We made a short oddball work; a video piece that followed two characters through a psychedelic waking dream,” say Beat escapists, Addy Weitzman and Patrick A Boivin, of their founding collaboration. Many other projects and outside collaborations later, the duo have crafted a debut album their younger selves would be proud of: released through Last Gang Records on April 27th, the sublimely immersive Life Is Short the Answer’s Long plays like a waking dream of near-psychedelic electronic pop, moving to its own beat in the push-pull of forward motion and submerged reflection.

That sense of propulsion ushers opener, Sign of Age, into rising view, its sparse drums, hypnotic sequence and melancholic chords resembling house music as reimagined by Angelo Badalamenti. The enveloping mood holds as second track, Moon in Aquarius, unfurls like a night-time road ahead, ghosted by narcotic harmonies. Where Water Ends and More Dreams, meanwhile, navigate the porous boundary-lines between krautrock, Factory Records and obscure minimal wave records of the 80s.

If this is pop music, it’s pop that maps a singular route through electronic territory. “We’re drawn to the type of songs that were almost hits but there's something slightly off about them, so they were never discovered,” explain the duo. Then I Drift Away fulfils that intent, evoking a kind of dislocated psychedelia via Screamedelica; ditto Seeing Is Forgetting, where warm synth chords, a buoyant bass melody and deep vocal chorales merge hypnotically. 

For The Beat Escape, Life Is Short The Answer’s Long marks a rapturous new beginning after their work in visual arts (Boivin) and synth-pop duo, Footprintz (Weitzman). Building on their experience DJ-ing together in a Montreal bar, the duo gained momentum when Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde heard Seeing Is Forgetting. Duly signed, Weitzman and Boivin wrote and recorded the album in their studio above said Montreal bar and at a country house in the Laurentians. It was mixed by Finland house DJ/producer, Jori Hulkkonen, who, the duo say, helped realize its “driving, expansive and painterly sound."

As for the lyrics, they mostly explore The Love Song, though the duo invite you to linger over their mysteries: “We both enjoy the process of uncovering, whereby meaning develops and reveals itself over time.” And time spent following The Beat Escape through their waking dream-world is, we’d wager, time well spent.

Life Is Short the Answer’s Long will be released on April 27th via Last Gang Records. Pre-order here.  

Pre-order Life Is Short The Answer’s Long: smarturl.it/thebeatescape-ca

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About Last Gang:

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

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentone.com

 

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GHOST TO RELEASE FOURTH SACRED PSALM PREQUELLE ON JUNE 1ST VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

LEAD SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO RATS AVAILABLE NOW

Toronto, ON – April 13, 2018 –
Grammy Award-winning band, Ghost, today announced their fourth sacred psalm, Prequelle, (pronounced pre-KWELL) will be released on June 1, 2018 via Loma Vista Recordings. Prequelle is available for pre-order starting today here. Limited edition bundles featuring Coloured Vinyl with 3D Lenticular Cover Art,  8-Track Cartridge, Cassette Tape, Rats die-cut picturedisc, plague mask, musical Eucharist case, pins, and more, available exclusively in the Ghost shop here.

Fans have come along for the ride for years, not knowing for certain who was behind the anonymous band… that is, until Tobias Forge recently revealed himself as the man behind Ghost. Each album is more like a film release than a record release. In addition to serving as director, Forge conceives the role of every character, and oversees everything from the screenplay to video to wardrobe design to artwork to cinematography to soundtrack.

In an interesting twist in Ghost’s saga, Cardinal Copia has been appointed to take over vocal duties for the forthcoming psalm. Meet him here. Lyrically, Prequelle delves into the plague, the apocalypse, and dark ages. The entire body of work is also a snapshot of the world in which we live in on a daily basis, brought to life through an emotive, enlightening, and riveting body of songs.

Ghost today also shared Prequelle’s lead single, Rats, with an accompanying music video directed by Roboshobo. Watch the video here. Rats, is available to stream and download now via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and Google Play. Fans who pre-order Prequelle will receive an instant download of the track.

Prequelle follows Ghost’s third studio album, Meliora, and its accompanying EP Popestar, which elevated the Swedish rock band into the pantheon of the greatest rock bands on earth and resulted in a Grammy® Award for ‘Best Metal Performance’. Meliora debuted at No. 1 at Independent Retail, No. 2 at Rock, and in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, selling over a quarter million copies globally. The band made their network television debut performing the album’s lead single, Cirice, on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Popestar debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums chart and produced an Active Rock chart topper with Square Hammer.

Next month, Ghost will embark on a US tour that will kick off on May 5, 2018 in Riverside, CA, and visit US Cities throughout the Spring. Tickets for the Rats On The Road Tour are available now here. A complete list of upcoming live dates can be found below.

Prequelle Tracklisting:
1. Ashes
2. Rats
3. Faith
4. See the Light
5. Miasma
6. Dance Macabre
7. Pro Memoria
8. Witch Image
9. Helvetesfonster
10. Life Eternal

Ghost US Tour Dates:
May 5 – Riverside, CA – RMA
May 6 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Music Hall
May 8 – Houston, TX – Revention
May 10 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli
May 11 – Cincinnati, OH – The Taft Theatre
May 12 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
May 13 – Columbus, OH – Express Live
May 15 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
May 16 – Syracuse, NY – Crouse Hinds Theater
May 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center
May 19 – Philadelphia, PA – WMMR BBQ
May 20 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
May 22 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
May 23 – Nashville, TN – Tennessee PAC
May 25 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
May 26 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
May 27 – Memphis, TN – Cannon Center
May 29 – Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theater
May 31 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
June 1 – St. Paul, MN – The Palace Theater

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KING PRINCESS DEBUTS NEW SONG TALIA

LISTEN HERE

MORE NEW MUSIC COMING THIS SPRING

Toronto, ON – April 13, 2018 – Rising artist, King Princess — the first act to be signed to Mark Ronson’s label, Zelig — debuts a new song, Talia, today. Listen here

Of the song, King Princess says, “Everyone has different ways of dealing with heartbreak. This was mine, and I hope it helps somebody else in the same way.”

Talia follows breakout single, 1950, which was released in February to widespread adoration from the likes of Harry Styles, The xx’s Romy Madley Croft, and Charli XCX. The track has now amassed more than 30 million streams to date.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, King Princess is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. The product of a musical family, she spent much of her childhood tinkering on the vintage Neve board in her father's Brooklyn studio, Mission Sound; learning instrumentation along the way. At age 11, she turned down a record deal in favour of finishing school, which eventually led her to USC’s Thornton School of Music for college. She studied there for a year with legendary pianist and singer, Patrice Rushen, before leaving USC to pursue music full time.

Further new music from King Princess is set for release this spring.

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ROYCE 5’9” RELEASES NEW TRACK STAY WOKE FEAT ASHLEY SORRELL

NEW ALBUM BOOK OF RYAN OUT ON MAY 4, 2018

Toronto, ON – April 13, 2018 – Detroit rapper, Royce 5'9", releases a new track, Stay Woke, today from his forthcoming album, Book of Ryan, (Entertainment One/Heaven Studios, Inc.) due out on May 4, 2018.  Stay Woke, is an instant grat track, meaning fans who preorder Book of Ryan beginning today will immediately receive the song. 

Pre-order Book of Ryan here.

Royce recently released new single, Boblo Boat, feat. J. Cole and accompanying video, which was also directed by J. Cole. The video has over 5 million views already, while the track has over 3 million streams on Apple and Spotify alone.

Here’s what some outlets said about Boblo Boat:

"The track is a smooth and wistful look back, but with a cynical undercurrent."

- Detroit Free Press

 

“Royce Da 5’9 is keeping it moving with Boblo Boat featuring J.Cole."

- Hip Hop DX

 

“This power-house collaboration sets an exciting course for an LP.”

- Ambrosia For Heads

 

"It’s the perfect vibe."

- Vibe

 

Watch Boblo Boat video here.

Book of Ryan is the seventh solo studio project from the grinding rhyme visionary born Ryan Montgomery, and is a work that defies well-worn, grizzled veteran rap clichés. Royce wrote more than 60 songs for the album. For Royce, it’s all about the journey. “I just want the fans to hear my evolution as an artist as well as me as a man and learn from my mistakes,” he says. “I think they got a little bit of that with Layers, but Book of Ryan is me letting it all out.


Royce has shined as a member of a heralded hip-hop super group, Slaughterhouse. and teamed up with one of hip-hop’s most revered producers DJ Premier for PRhyme, whose sophomore album, PRhyme 2, dropped March 16th on PRhyme Records.

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AUDIOTREE NORTH SHARES NEW LIVE VIDEO FROM BEGONIA FILMED IN TORONTO’S LONGBOAT HALL

OUT OF MY HEAD PREMIERES ON NOISEY AS SECOND VIDEO IN PILOT SESSION OF AUDIOTREE NORTH’S LAUNCH

OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY DURING CMW ON MAY 11th
AT THE HORSESHOE TAVERN

“The Winnipeg singer’s Audiotree North live session is emotionally intense.” – Noisey

TORONTO, ON – April 11, 2018 – As part of Audiotree North’s launch, the team filmed live music videos with six artists in Toronto; including PUP, Lido Pimienta, Casper Skulls, Pony, Magic Giant, and Begonia. Today, they share the live performance video for Begonia’s track, Out Of My Head. The video – which premiered today on Noisey – can be watched and shared here.

“I wrote Out Of My Head at a pretty desperate time in my life,” says Begonia, of the song. “I had just found the courage to separate from a very toxic relationship but wasn't fully prepared for how hard the fall out would be. I felt haunted by all the memories and had trouble seeing things clearly. When I wrote the lyrics, I kind of pictured myself yelling at...myself. I was begging myself to move on and rise above the darkness that I felt was following me, while also trying to take stock of how far I had come by simply leaving that relationship behind in the first place. I knew I just had to keep moving forward even if it didn't feel easy. The main message is basically just to trust your instincts and that sometimes even in your darkest moments you have more power than you think. Power from family, from community, but most importantly power from inside yourself.”

Known for her voice in the Juno Award-winning harmony-driven group, Chic Gamine, Begonia will also be performing at Audiotree North’s official launch party during Canadian Music Week on May 11th at the historic Horseshoe Tavern. Other confirmed performers include Ought, Casper Skulls, Pkew Pkew Pkew and Pony.

Audiotree North is a partnership between Paquin Entertainment and Chicago-based Audiotree whose mission is to create a multi-faceted artist discovery platform through unparalleled live performance formats.

Since Audiotree began in 2011, the multimedia company has filmed and recorded over 3,000 artists, including Shakey Graves, Glass Animals, Julien Baker, Arkells and The Sheepdogs. In addition to the “Far Out” live video sessions, Audiotree also films studio sessions and live performances at one of their Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall and Schubas. Audiotree currently boasts over 330k YouTube subscribers from around the world, who’ve watched more than 500 million minutes of content.

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BEARS IN HAZENMORE SET TO RELEASE DEBUT FULL–LENGTH ALBUM ATLAS ON JUNE 15

SHARE NEW TRACK IN YOUR HEAD

ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR DATES


Toronto, ON – April 10, 2018 – Hailing from Regina, SK, Bears in Hazenmore, have been creating their signature atmospheric soundscapes and ambient alternative rock music since their formation in 2014. Now, the group is set to share their debut full-length album, Atlas, on June 15. Drawing listeners in with intimate lyrics and enticing builds, Atlas features ten songs centred thematically on memory and its tie to specific locations. Have a listen to In Your Head for a taste, and catch the band on the road as they tour through the spring (full details listed below).

"Our debut full-length album, Atlas, is a collection of songs that are roadmaps tracing the routes we have taken – however winding, dangerous, or otherwise ill-advised they may be – to get where we are today,” says Dana Rempel (bass/sax). “The album features stories of people in transit. Whether it be the process of accepting mental illness, moving homes, or accepting lost love, the only real constant throughout the record, and life, is change. The album includes songs from as far back as 2015 and as recently as 2017, embodying our change and growth as a band through the change and growth portrayed in each song."

Atlas was recorded in Regina in Spring 2017 with Justin Bender at Blue Door Recording, mixed and mastered by Rob Morrison at RMS-LABS. The band pushes their ever-evolving sound with intertwining guitar and horn textures, contemplative lyrics, and irregular time signatures. 

Operating as a five-piece ensemble that includes extensive use of reverb-saturated guitars, dynamic percussion, and ethereal brass and woodwind textures, they draw strong influences from and comparisons to groups such as City and Colour, Aidan Knight, and Bon Iver. The five members, Brady Frank (lead vocals/guitar/keys), Dana Rempel (bass/sax), Darnell Stewart (guitar), Tanner Wilhelm Hale (drums/vocals), and Dalton Lam (trumpet), all have their roots in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, where they met through different musical endeavours. 

ATLAS TRACKLISTING:
1. Beneath the Ice
2. The Coming Storm
3. Wedding Season
4. Skyline Road
5. In Your Head
6. Caves
7. Eau Claire
8. Left With Leaving
9. 34-73
10. Leinan Road

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

April 24 – Windsor, ON – The Phog

April 27 – Charlottetown, PEI – The Sportsman

April 28 – Halifax, NS – The Seahorse

April 29 – Sydney, NS – Governor’s Pub

May 4 – Montreal, QC – La Sotterranea

May 5 – Wakefield, QC – Black Sheep Inn

May 6 – Ottawa, ON – Avant Garde Bar

May 8 – Arthur, ON – The Wooden Spoon

May 9 – Orillia, ON – The Brownstone

May 12 – Toronto, ON – The Cameron House (CMW)

May 14 – Sarnia, ON – Refined Fool Brewing

*more dates to be announced soon

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DAYSORMAY RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR DESOLATION SOUND

TALK PEACE TO A WOLF AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE NOW

CATCH THEM ON TOUR IN A COUNTRY NEAR YOU

Toronto, ON – April 9, 2018 – Today, Vernon, BC alternative five-piece, daysormay, shares the music video for Desolation Sound – the fifth and final companion video for their EP, Talk Peace To A Wolf. Premiering on Live In Limbo, the video explores the deeper and darker concepts within the final track from the record. Have a look here, and catch the band on tour; including Western Canadian dates (with SC Mira), England’s The Great Escape Festival, in The Netherlands at Hengelo’s BAM! Festival, Germany and later this summer with Cold War Kids and SKOOKUM Festival in Vancouver.

The video, conceptualized by daysormay, was shot, directed and edited by lead singer, Aidan Andrews, and febnuki (daysormay’s video team). Shot over three days in the middle of the Okanagan winter, Desolation Sound gives the viewer a look into the frustration and conflict that is so central to Talk Peace To A Wolf. The video, which features lead actor, Jamie Andrews, also pulls off an impressive water sequence, shot in the freezing 4°C waters of Okanagan Lake.

"The original plan was to shoot in late summer, but after running into some logistical roadblocks, we had to push the shoot dates back to December,” Andrews explains. “The original treatment involved all these water sequences that required Jamie to be fully submerged. I still really wanted to shoot those, but I was worried it would be too cold for him to do. We left it up to him, and he was so into it that we went ahead and got everything we needed in one take. Those are my favourite scenes."  

This is not the first time the band has self-produced their own videos, with the music video for Darkerside being directed and filmed by bassist, Nolan Bassett, and their // 2017 webisode series, which was produced entirely by daysormay and febnuki.

If you had the unicorn opportunity to see daysormay perform when they started back six years ago, you would have known even then that they weren’t just fooling around.  Now 18 and 19 years old, the alternative five-piece band from Vernon, BC continues to amaze with their epic sounds and impressive songwriting chops. Unsatisfied to churn out simple three-minute rock standards, they continue to challenge their craft by hiking to new songwriting heights and attacking each new live show with a relentless energy of a band on the verge.

Lead singer, Aidan Andrews, formed the band in 2010 with the twin brother rhythm section of Nolan and Carson Bassett. Rounding out the line-up are Eli Garlick on guitar and Craig Matterson on keyboards. All of them multi-instrumentalists, daysormay have been stunning audiences from their hometown, to some serious name-drop worthy shows in LA, NY, Toronto and The Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany.

Talk Peace To A Wolf is available now on Apple Music, Google Play and Spotify.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
April 21 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret w/ SC Mira 
April 25 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway at SAIT w/ SC Mira 
April 26 – Edmonton, AB – Rec Room South w/ SC Mira 
April 28 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre w/ SC Mira 
May 19 – Brighton, UK – The Great Escape Festival 
May 20 – London, UK – Sofar Sounds
May 22 – Hannover, DE  - Glocksee w/ Scenic Route To Alaska 
May 24 – Cologne, DE – venue TBA
May 25 – Stuttgart, DE – Keller Klub w/ Scenic Route To Alaska
May 26 – Hengelo, NL – BAM! Festival
June 1-3 – Seattle, WA – Upstream Music Fest 
September 4 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory House w/ Cold War Kids
September 5 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma  w/ Cold War Kids
September 7-9 – Vancouver, BC – SKOOKUM Festival

daysormay is: Nolan Bassett (bass/vocals/trumpet), Eli Garlick (guitar, violin, vocals), Carson Bassett (drums, percussion), Craig Matterson (piano, keyboards, vocals), Aidan Andrews (lead vocals, guitar, keys, ukulele)

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CHROMEO UNVEILS MUST’VE BEEN FEATURING MULTI-PLATINUM SINGER DRAM

VIDEO FOR THE TRACK DEBUTS TODAY

FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM HEAD OVER HEELS OUT JUNE 15

ALBUM FEATURES DRAM, THE-DREAM, STEFFLON DON,
FRENCH MONTANA, RAPHAEL SAADIQ, AMBER MARK, JESSE JOHNSON, PINO PALLADINO AND MORE

CANADIAN TOUR DATES THIS SUMMER IN TORONTO, QUEBEC CITY, OTTAWA, MONTREAL AND VANCOUVER

Toronto, ON — April 6, 2018 — Legendary funk duo, Chromeo, unveils Must’ve Been featuring multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated singer, DRAM, and guitarist, Jesse Johnson (Prince, The Time), with a new video today. Watch the Dugan O’Neal-directed clip, which traces the two-piece’s decades-spanning friendship, here. The track is the latest single from their highly anticipated forthcoming album, Head Over Heels, set for release June 15 on Last Gang Records in Canada.

The album, recorded over the past two years at Chromeo’s Los Angeles studio, is the group’s most collaborative to date. Bridging generations and sub-genres like only the Funklordz could, it features guest vocals from The-Dream, Stefflon Don, French Montana and Amber Mark, among others, plus musical contributions from neo-soul legend Raphael Saadiq, 2000s R&B mastermind Rodney Jerkins, D’Angelo collaborator Pino Palladino, NY’s Onyx Collective, members of Mtume and Toto and more. Far reaching and expansive, Head Over Heels is Dave 1 and P-Thugg’s heartfelt love letter to the funk, soul and R&B that influenced them since their teenage years.

Must’ve Been sees Chromeo effortlessly moving toward more of a live sound, packed with signature guitars, synth swells, gospel flourishes and a surprising performance from DRAM. It follows Juice, which The Guardian calls “a jaunty, electro-funk mega-banger,” and Bedroom Calling featuring The-Dream, which Billboard lauds “quite honestly one of the best Chromeo songs we’ve heard in years.”

The band kicked off the first leg of their world tour this week with sold out West Coast North American dates including Coachella, Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Portland and San Diego. The tour continues later this spring with stops in Paris, Berlin and New York, Toronto, Quebec City, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver, as well as appearances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Primavera Sound and more. Tickets are on sale now — visit www.chromeo.net for more information.

Chromeo is the iconic duo of Montreal natives and high school best friends Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) and P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel). The group rose to prominence with their seminal 2007 release Fancy Footwork, heralding the dawn of the ‘80s electro-funk revival.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
April 6 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater*
April 7 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater*
April 8 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades*
April 10 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s*
April 11 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey*
April 12 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl*
April 14 - Indio, CA - Coachella
April 15 - Phoenix, AZ         - The Van Buren*
April 17 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s*
April 18 - Houston, TX - House of Blues*
April 21 - Indio, CA – Coachella
April 28 – Dallas, TX – Fortress Festival
May 25 – London, UK – All Points East
May 26 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
May 28 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
May 29 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Ballroom
May 30 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Melkweg Max
June 1 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
June 8 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
June 11 - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club†
June 14-17 - Dover, DE - Firefly Festival
June 15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5†
June 18 - Boston, MA - House of Blues†
June 19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore†
June 21 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall†
June 22 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre†
June 21-24 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest
June 25 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue†
June 26 - Kansas City, MO - CrossroadsKC‡
June 28 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks§
June 28-July 1 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest
July 3 & 4 – Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall†
July 5 – Quebec City, QC – Festival D’Ete
July 7 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues Fest
August 3 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga

August 2-5 – Chicago, IL – Lollapolooza
August 7 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Twilight
September 7 – Vancouver, BC – Skookum Festival

*with Phantoms
†with Pomo
‡with The Glitch Mob, Elohim
§with The Glitch Mob, Elohim and Kittens

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

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway. www.entertainmentone.com 

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LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA ANNOUNCE LIVE VIDEO SHOOT AND SHOW AT THE OPERA HOUSE ON APRIL 27TH!

THE BAND RETURNS FROM RECENT TOURS OF
NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA AND NEW ZEALAND
FOR THEIR FIRST TORONTO SHOW OF 2018

“A collective triumph for everyone in the room” - Exclaim!

“Gorgeously sung and passionately played” - The Guardian

“Frenetic, gloriously anarchic, and ultimately joyous!” - Winnipeg Free Press

Toronto, ON – April 6, 2018 – Toronto’s relentless guerrilla-folk-party-punk-superband, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, has had a busy couple of months. Since celebrating the release of their new album, If I Had The Strength, with a sold out crowd at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall last November, they have been out touring on both of the US coasts. This month, they toured down to New Zealand, playing three major arts festivals, including the legendary WOMAD in New Plymouth – a show that prompted the Taranaki Daily News to proclaim, When LBO ditched the stage and jumped in with the crowd on Saturday night they cemented themselves a place in WOMAD lore,” while Stuff Magazine noted that, “LBO’s middle of the crowd finish might just be the moment of WOMAD 2018!”

To celebrate their return home, the 12-strong massive is throwing a special party on Friday, April 27th at one of their favourite Toronto venues, the beloved Opera House. To mark the occasion, the entire performance will be captured with a multi-camera, broadcast quality video shoot, and they’re welcoming fans old and new to come down join in on the fun to help make it a night to remember, all captured in beautiful high definition. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased here. See below for details.  

"We've spent the better part of the last year on the road and people are always surprised to find out we're from Toronto because we don't sing in English,” says The Lemon’s ringleader, Mark Marczyk. “But such a massive part of who we are as a band is a result the relationship we've been able to cultivate with our amazing hometown fans. It’s an attitude towards performance that we take with us wherever we play, and we want to commemorate the fact by making them a big part of this live video project!"     

Indeed, LBO has always been about connecting with audiences and making sure their biggest fans, and the city that gave them their start, are part of their first major live video project, is just another way of try and say thanks. A surprise opening act will be joining in on the fun to help get the party started, to be announced a week before the show. So, come down for the party, and stay for your 15 minutes of fame! It’s sure to be another epic party to remember - all captured in high definition!

Lemon Bucket Orkestra – LIVE Videoshoot and Show
Friday April 27th, 2018 - Doors: 9:00 pm
The Opera House - 735 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H1

Tickets - $20: www.theoperahousetoronto.com/event/lemon-bucket-orkestra-2/

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BIRDS OF BELLWOODS SHARE SINGLE LET YOU GO

BAND ON TOUR THROUGH THE SPRING

Toronto, ON – April 6, 2018 –  Toronto-based alt-rock outfit, Birds of Bellwoods, have wasted little time making an indelible mark on Canada’s musical landscape. The band has amassed an impressive pile of achievements and accolades in a few short years on the back of their boisterous blend of anthemic alternative, folk, and pop music. Today, they are re-releasing their single, Let You Go, via eOne Music Canada – the first track from their highly anticipated debut LP, Victoria, which is set to drop later this year. Have a listen here.

“Let You Go stemmed from a seven minute acoustic ballad called Neverland that I wrote towards the end of a relationship a while back,” states Stephen Joffe (lead vocals/mandolin). “As we started working it, we realized that the song didn’t want to sit back in tragedy, but rather lean forward into its own urgency. It was the first song we recorded for our upcoming album, Victoria, so we wanted to take that opportunity to show a different colour in our musical spectrum. Something a bit more indicative of the energy of our live shows.”

Much of the attention to come their way thus far has stemmed from the band’s energetic and engaging live performances. They’ve already crossed Canada and dipped into the U.S. for all kinds of dates, including a slew of high-profile Canadian music festivals, from CMW and NXNE to country juggernaut Boots & Hearts to the tastemaking haven of Osheaga. That’s in addition to packed shows supporting the likes of Arkells, Wintersleep, Virginia to Vegas and Scott Helman to name a few.

Like their growing swarm of followers, Birds of Bellwoods are excitedly awaiting the release of Victoria to hit the ground running. Armed with a compelling collection of songs, a killer live show, and a crack team in their corner – the band is set to capitalize on all of the buzz they’ve built thus far.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
April 9 – McMaster University (Light Up The Night w/ Scott Helman) – Hamilton, ON
April 19 - The Moustache Club - Oshawa, ON
April 20 - Neat Café - Burnstown, ON
April 21 - Rainmaker Brewhouse - Stittsville, ON
April 22 - Historic Red Dog Tavern - Peterborough, ON
May 9 - CMW (Horseshoe Tavern) - Toronto, ON
June 24 - Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival - Ottawa, ON
July 12 - Festival D'été - Quebec
August 3 - Osheaga - Montreal, QC
*more to be announced soon

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www.birdsofbellwoods.com

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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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CHICAGO-BASED AUDIOTREE LAUNCHES MULTI-FACETED ARTIST DISCOVERY PLATFORM IN CANADA

AUDIOTREE NORTH REVEALS DEBUT VIDEO
FAMILIAR PATTERNS FEATURING AWARD-WINNING
CANADIAN BAND PUP AT THE GREAT HALL

“Audiotree is reinventing music videos, one live performance at a time” – Forbes

“If you play in Chicago for Audiotree, your performance has a chance to play in every country around the world where you can find an Internet connection. That's huge.” – Billboard

TORONTO, ON – April 5, 2018 – Audiotree and Paquin Entertainment have unveiled the launch of Audiotree North, an extension of the Chicago company’s unparalleled live performance format. The partnership’s mission celebrates founder, Michael Johnston’s vision of prioritizing video, sound and graphic quality above all else in order to create the best possible product in support of artists. The official launch of Audiotree North will take place on May 11 during Canadian Music Week at the historic Horseshoe Tavern with a full line-up of artists, which will be announced at a later date.

“We could not be more excited to launch an Audiotree division in a country like Canada, who's private and public sector both support the arts in such a genuine and robust way,” says Johnston. “We are honored to have the opportunity to work with an amazing company like Paquin. They have a rich history in the entertainment business and a reputation of putting their artists needs and wishes first, above all else. Both of our companies core missions align perfectly."

As part of Audiotree North’s launch, the team filmed live music videos with six artists in Toronto at the Great Hall, the Longboat and Revolution Recording. This pilot session featured PUP, Lido Pimienta, Casper Skulls, Pony, Magic Giant and Begonia. The debut video features PUP performing their song Familiar Patterns. Watch the video here.

“Paquin Entertainment is proud to align itself with an ambitious and forward-thinking company, like Audiotree,” explains President Julien Paquin. “It’s exciting to watch how platforms like YouTube and Spotify have leveled out the playing field and thereby giving new artists the opportunity to be discovered. The launch of Audiotree North allows us to play a part in sharing talent we’re excited about, and hopefully, as music fans, we can help contribute to their career growth.”

Since Audiotree began in 2011, it has grown to become a mainstay for artists touring through Chicago. Considered a coup - by managers, record labels, and artists - to book an Audiotree Live session, the multimedia company has filmed and recorded over 3000 artists, including Shakey Graves, Glass Animals, Julien Baker, Arkells and The Sheepdogs. In addition to the “Far Out” live video sessions, Audiotree also films studio sessions and live performances at one of their Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall and Schubas. Audiotree currently boasts over 330k YouTube subscribers from around the world, who’ve watched more than 500 million minutes of content.

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SAM TUCKER RELEASES NEW SINGLE POWDER FAME

LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – April 5, 2018 – Quebec-based singer-songwriter, Sam Tucker, is thrilled to share his first single, Powder Fame. Recorded with producer, Rob Heaney (Franklin Electric, Patrick Watson), the song features Joe Grass on guitar, Mishka Stein on bass, and Robbie Kuster on drums. Through layers of heartfelt rock and textured folk, Powder Fame heralds the beautiful things to come for Tucker. Have a listen here.

Born in Retford, England, Tucker moved to Gaspésie, QC three years ago as part of an internship in linguistics – falling in love with the region. It was in Gaspé that he began to perfect and perform his own compositions. His inimitable swagger and impressive voice is already turning heads, as Tucker impressed both the judges and the audience during his stint on the popular television show, La Voix, in 2017, where he joined the ranks of Pierre Lapointe’s team.

Tucker will be performing in Quebec City on July 15 as part of Festival d’été de Québec, with more dates to be announced soon, and exciting things to come in 2018.

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THE STANDSTILLS RELEASE NEW SINGLE WILD

NEW ALBUM BADLANDS SET FOR RELEASE FALL 2018

Toronto, ON – April 4, 2018 –
Canadian rock duo, The Standstills, have released their new single, Wild. The song – which was co-written with Three Days Grace member, Neil Sanderson – is the first peak at their highly anticipated full-length album, Badlands, which is set for release later this year. The track is a hypnotic high-powered number with a magnetic and gritty guitar lick, featuring Rene Couture’s mountainous drums all topped with Jonny Fox’s dynamic and vigorous vocal. The Standstills have paired these elements seductively with psychedelic imagery, putting this duo in the sights of trendsetters and hard rockers alike. 

Wild defines the seductive side of our songs, while still embracing that animalistic nature of our style of rock music,” says Fox.

The new record will follow the success of the band’s 2015 EP, From The Devil’s Porch, featuring, Orleans, which reached #4 on BDS active rock charts in Canada, and Rise of the Fall, which also reached top 10 in Canada. As a result, The Standstills were awarded Best New Rock Group at the Canadian Radio Music Awards. The album received over 1.4 million streams globally and the band performed extensively across Canada with acts such as Pop Evil, Billy Talent, Theory of a Deadman, Seether, Eagles of Death Metal and many more.

More notably, The Standstills accomplished their first arena tour across Canada supporting Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth. “It was an amazing experience to perform alongside two legendary Canadian bands on home turf. We learned a lot on that tour and we are really grateful to all the fans who interacted with us and connected to our music,” says Couture.

Stay tuned for more from The Standstills throughout 2018!

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IHSAHN SHARES VIDEO FOR ARCANA IMPERII FEAT. OPETH’S FREDERIK ÅKESSON FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM ÀMR

OUT MAY 4 VIA CANDLELIGHT/ SPINEFARM RECORDS

Toronto, ON – April 4, 2018 – IHSAHN, one of Norway's most pioneering musical legends, has unveiled details of his upcoming studio album, titled Àmr. The nine-track long album will be released via Candlelight/Spinefarm on May 4, 2018. Pre-orders are now live. 
 
The first track to be made available from the album is Arcana Imperii, which features a guitar solo by Opeth's Fredrik Åkesson.  The accompanying music video (created by Richard Oakes of Dark Fable Media) can be seen here

"As with previous albums, I've tried to maintain a certain diversity throughout Àmr, with every track having a somewhat individual identity. So, as a first introduction, I felt Arcana Imperii contained several key elements from the whole album and was a logical choice as first single and video,” says IHSAHN.

Drawing from a rich pool of influences and utilizing a wide range of instruments, IHSAHN has created a dark and brooding masterpiece of an album. Àmr possesses its own unique atmosphere; a palpable sense of tension and unease that infuses even the album’s most melodic moments with heightened drama and otherworldly menace. Although as dark and intense as anything he has conjured before, both the depth of sonic texture and the clarity of his overarching vision are more impressive than ever.

Opting to eschew string arrangements and orchestration in favour of synthesizers, Àmr strides boldly into uncharted territory yet retains IHSAHN's signature high level skill and off-the-scale quality. Drenched in evocative synths and brimming with skewed but irresistible riffs, Àmr is both IHSAHN's most accessible record to date and his most extreme departure from his black metal roots. Whilst he is something of a musical polymath, IHSAHN was joined on the recording of Àmr by Tobias Ørnes Andersen, who provided drums and percussion.

Àmr was recorded at IHSAHN's own Mnemosyne Studio, except for drum recordings, which were done at Sonic Attic Studios. Mixing was handled by Fascination Street Studios, in the capable hands of the talented Linus Corneliusson. Mastering was once again done by Jens Bogren.

Àmr is available to pre-order here. The record will be available on CD, 2xLP gatefold vinyl, and digitally.  Arcana Imperii is available as an instant download with digital pre-orders of the album.

About Ihsahn
True living legends are few and far between, but Ihsahn has long since earned the right to be regarded as one of metal’s all-time greats. As frontman and chief songwriter with legendary Norwegian black metal pioneers, Emperor, he swiftly cemented a formidable reputation as one of the underground’s most idiosyncratic creative forces. Classic albums like 1995’s In The Nightside Eclipse and 1997’s epoch-shattering Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk ensured that the young band were among the most respected the most popular of Norway’s many black-hearted exports. Their imperious rise to prominence came to an unexpected end after the release of 2001’s wildly intricate and grandiose Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire & Demise, but it was an album that suggested that Ihsahn’s compositional journey was far from over.

Reincarnated as a solo artist for 2006’s The Adversary, Ihsahn has spent the last 12 years forging a second path through artistry’s darkest shadows; one that is making more and deeper connections than any of his past endeavours. With a sound that still retains strong links to his black metal roots while embracing everything from skewed art rock and avant-garde jazz to experimental electronica and dark ambient, each successive album has presented a brand new manifestation of the Norwegian’s unique craft: from the muscular and haughty riff sculptures of Angl and After’s haunting, saxophone-driven mirage to the tech-metal explorations of Eremita and on to the wild, avant-metal splurge of Das Seelenbrechen, Ihsahn’s catalogue speaks of a restless creative spirit with ideas to burn.

Àmr Tracklisting:
1. Lend Me The Eyes Of Millennia
2. Arcana Imperii
3. Sámr
4. One Less Enemy
5. Where You Are Lost And I Belong
6. In Rites Of Passage
7. Marble Soul
8. Twin Black Angels
9. Wake
10. Alone (Poem by Edgar Allan Poe) - Bonus Track

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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM GRAVITY ON JUNE 29

FIRST SINGLE OVER IT REVEALED WITH ACCOMPANYING LYRIC VIDEO

SECOND TO HEADLINE APPREARANCE AT DOWNLOAD (UK) FESTIVAL 2018

Toronto, ON – April 4, 2018 – Bullet For My Valentine
, one of the biggest British hard rock acts in music history, will release their new opus, Gravity, on June 29th, 2018.

Listen to first single, Over It, here: www.lnk.to/BFMV-OverIt

Gravity marks BFMV’s first album release under the Search and Destroy/ Spinefarm Records banner, and aptly sees the band rewriting their own future – finding new ways to invent heavy noise and remaining unshackled by the legacy that comes with being masters of their trade.

The four musicians have stretched their creative wings like never before, delicately balancing film-score electronica and icy synths in their trademark hellfire of hard rock. With drummer Jason Bowld joining founding members, singer/guitarist Matt Tuck and fellow axeman Michael ‘Padge’ Paget, plus bassist Jamie Mathias, part of the Bullet story since 2015, this is a band reborn.

BFMV will be touring with fiery dedication as they hit the US throughout April, May and June, before playing second to headline on the Friday of Download (UK) Festival – their first home-turf festival performance in five whole years. The band will then headline European summer festivals and venues before travelling to Japan for the Summersonic event.

Tour Dates:

April 27 – Jacksonville, FL – Metropolitan Park

April 28 – Sunrise, FL – Markham Park

April 29 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville

May 1 – Knoxville, TN – The International

May 2 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City

May 4 – Concord, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 5 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre

May 6 – Silver Spring, MD – The Filmore

May 8 – Niagara Falls, NY

May 10 – Portland, ME – Aura

May 11 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

May 12 – Clfton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall

May 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

May 15 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theatre

May 17 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

May 18 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre

May 19 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range

June 4 – Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVredenburg

June 8 – Donington, United Kingdom – Download Festival 2018

June 12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg Max

June 14 – Grfenhainichen, Germany – Ferropolis

June 16 – Nickelsdorf, Austria – Novarock Festival

June 18 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Park

June 19 – Hohenems, Austria – Event Centre

June 21 – Dessel, Belgium – Festivalpark Stenehei

June 22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting

June 23 – Clisson, France – Site Du Hellfest

June 24 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting

June 26 – Krakow, Poland – Impact Festival

June 28 – Madrid, Spain – Download Festival Madrid

June 29 – Madrid, Spain – Download Festival Spain

July 27 – Oland, Sweden – Borgholm Brinner Fest

July 28 – Oland, Sweden – Borgholm Brinner Fest

August 18 – Tokyo, Japan – Summersonic

August 19 – Osaka, Japan - Sumersonic

Further shows, taking BFMV to the end of the year, will be announced soon.

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THE DAMNED RELEASE FUTURISTIC VIDEOFOR NEW SINGLE STANDING ON THE EDGE OF TOMORROW FROM NEW ALBUM EVIL SPIRITS

OUT NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 13
ON SEARCH AND DESTROY/ SPINEFARM RECORDS

 

Toronto, ON – April 4, 2018 – Formed in 1976 at the forefront of the fledgling London punk scene, The Damned kick-started the birth of punk as we know it, leaving an influential legacy for generations to come. Their musical journey has seen the quintet intent on moving forward, courageously exploring sights and sounds way beyond their brash wide-eyed beginnings - and they’re back to do it all over again.

Some ten years since the release of their last studio recordings, The Damned return with a new album, Evil Spirits, to be released next week, on Friday, April 13th via Search And Destroy/Spinefarm Records. Their first album in ten years, it is preceded by latest single,  Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow, available to stream and purchase everywhere now.

The single is “an optimistic song even though it is about a dark subject, in a world obsessed by ‘self’,” explains legendary frontman, Dave Vanian, who also directed the video for the track.  This is a cry for humanity to recognize its humanity, before it’s too late. There is a strong influence of Joe Meek here: ‘Telstar’ was a glorious song about the opportunities of the future. I’d like to think that ‘SOTEOT’ reflects a similar sentiment.”

To accompany this up-to-the-minute garage psychedelia that gallops like Scott Walker’s The Seventh Seal, amid ominous ‘dies irae’ chorale and mucho post-millennial frustration, the video for Standing On The Edge of Tomorrow depicts a vision of the future from a band whose colourful, anarchic, ever-changing vision has been propelled by an indefatigable creative motor. Quite simply, The Damned have always pushed their sound and message forwards from inception back in 1976 and have no plans to slow down in 2018.

“The exploration and colonization of other worlds is something we will face in the not so distant future,” adds Vanian on his own work directing the video. “My fervent hope is that we do not take our fears and prejudices with us and repeat the mistakes we have made on our home planet.”

Propelled by an enormously successful Pledge funding campaign, the band headed to Atomic Sound Studios in Brooklyn in early October 2017 and began a frantic, high-energy, nine day burst of creativity with famed producer, Tony Visconti, whose list of past working-relationships reads like a who’s who of popular music. (David Bowie, T Rex, Morrissey, U2, The Stranglers, Iggy Pop and Thin Lizzy to name but a few!) Reunited with former bassist, Paul Gray (who played on the classic Black Album and Strawberries in the early 80s), the renewed line up took full advantage of the studio’s classic Neve recording desk, valve gear and vintage equipment to form the new record.

“We deliberately recorded the album retro style,” explains guitarist, Captain Sensible. “The same way our debut album was made, basically. There’s something wonderful about the seventies sounds; glam, rock and punk records, they all sound so great and Tony specialises in beautifully crafted old school production. He had us all playing live, bashing it out in the same room with a focus on getting the initial band version of each song as close as possible to the finished thing.”

Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow, a song penned by frontman, Dave Vanian, packs a punch and carries a melody that is impossibly hard to shift once heard.

“It’s supposed to be very optimistic, even though it’s about a dark subject,” states Vanian. “As an artist, you can’t help but reflect the times, because that’s what art does. I think we always do it, but in a slightly different way. So a song like ‘Standing…’ may seem quite joyous and uplifting musically, but some of the lyrics might be about quite dark things. That’s what I’d like to think this album is – an uplifting album, not a moaning old album – not ‘this is terrible, and that’s terrible’, and then not offering any answers. It’s more a case of, ‘If we get it together, maybe we could change things a bit’.”

Across the album’s ten tracks, The Damned get to the root of their collective song-writing, and Evil Spirits is an album which doesn’t shrink from opposing the dastardly political forces at work in 2018, and indeed triumphs in seeking higher ground, to progress beyond them.

“This album is filled with a lot of influences from our earlier, pre-’70s tastes – the ’60s stuff. ‘Standing…’ is really linked into Joe Meek, ‘Telstar’, and that kind of stuff,” continues Vanian. At first, I’d said in an interview before we started writing this stuff that the album would be psychedelic, and maybe a trip through the historical side of The Damned, as in what we like. It didn’t happen in the way I thought it would, but it still does the same thing. It still has all that in there, but it’s not as obvious as it could’ve been, which is good. It’s not like pastiches of songs you remember, it’s more a case of, what was great about something you loved as a kid has somehow influenced a guitar sound, or the way the drums are. You might not even know it if you’re one of our younger fans, but if you’re a little older, you’ll hear it, which is kinda cool.”

And of the Evil Spirits that the album intends to dispel?

 

“I started buying records in 1967, the Summer of Love,” adds Captain Sensible. “There were so many positive changes happening through the 60s and 70s; civil rights, feminism, the anti-nuclear demos in particular. Whatever happened to all that? Where are today’s anti-war marches? Whatever happened to the beautiful hippy dream of worldwide peace and love?”

Evil Spirits will be available on digital download via Spotify and iTunes, on CD and 180g vinyl available to pre-order here.

Evil Spirits Track Listing:
1. Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow
2. Devil In Disguise
3. We’re So Nice
4. Look Left
5. Evil Spirits
6. Shadow Evocation
7. Sonar Deceit
8. Procrastination
9. Daily Liar
10. I Don’t Care

The Damned are:
David Vanian - Vocals
Captain Sensible - Guitar
Monty Oxy Moron - Keyboard
Pinch - Drums
Paul Gray – Bass

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DENZEL CURRY RELEASES VIDEO FOR ULTIMATE FEAT. JUICY J ON THE HEELS OF THE TRACK’S GOLD CERTIFICATION

SHARES NEW TRACK SUMO EXCLUSIVELY ON APPLE MUSIC

 

Toronto, ON – April 3, 2018 – Carol City, Florida artist, Denzel Curry, has officially gone certified “Gold” for his track, Ultimate. In anticipation of the status, he teamed up with Apple Music and director, Mike Piscitelli, to create a video for it with a new Juicy J verse and cameo. Taking on his own stuntman duties and casting a recognizable Lexus LS400, the visual for the viral track is a nod to Curry’s love of anime and visual art with reference points that include Street Fighter II (remember the part in the arcade where you beat up their car?), Dragon Ball Z and other Easter eggs that fans of the aesthetic will fight over themselves.  

What served as an intro to a global audience, Ultimate is serving as a bridge to Denzel’s new track, Sumo, which is only on Apple Music until this Friday (April 6), and first heard as a Zane Lowe World Record on Beats 1, with an interview you can stream here.  Produced by Charlie Heat, Sumo, is as gargantuan as its name suggests.

Starting right now, fans can watch Ultimate ad-free, only on Apple Music at http://applemusic.com/musicvideos.

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MEGATIVE SHARE NEW SINGLE ONE DAY…ALL THIS WILL BE GONE

WATCH IN-STUDIO VERSION

FULL-LENGTH ALBUM COMING THIS SPRING

BAND ON NORTH AMERICAN TOUR THROUGH
APRIL AND MAY WITH STOPS IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC

Toronto, ON – April 2, 2018 –  Today, Brooklyn-based collective, MEGATIVE, (Tim Fletcher of The Stills, Gus Van Go, Like Minds, and Screechy Dan) shares One Day…All This Will Be Gone, the third single from their new full-length album, set for release this spring via Last Gang Records. To capture the aesthetic of this post-apocalyptic track, the group recorded an intimate in-studio version. Watch it here. The single follows Can’t Do Drugz (Like I Used To) and More Time, highlighting the band’s unique blend of dark and deep subterranean dub, heavily influenced by the sounds that came out of the UK punk and reggae scene of the late 70s. The band is on tour in Canada and the US through April and May, with stops in Ontario and Quebec. See a complete list of dates below.

"You might think all the great things you accomplish in your life actually really matter,” vocalist, Tim Fletcher, says of the track. “You might build great empires out of your wildest dreams coming true. You might build kingdoms, and feel validated and vindicated and victorious. But we just want you to know, that one day, all this will be gone. And you will be dead, and no one will be around to remember you ever were. See you on tour this spring!"

Producer, Gus Van Go, adds, "The original concept for the song came up because, every time one of us was upset about something, Tim would wave his hands around and say, ‘guys...don't worry... one day, ALL this will be gone!’ And we'd somehow feel a little better...  perspective."

Part Gorillaz, part The Clash, laced with King Tubby-style dub FX and swirling sirens straight out of Massive Attack’s sound-system, MEGATIVE is the sound of all these jamming together in an underground basement after-party at the end of the world. Tim Fletcher’s (The Stills), vocals channel the haunting, cool detachment of a young Terry Hall (The Specials) and fuse with the moody subs generated by producer, Gus Van Go (Arkells, Whitehorse, Wintersleep) – of cult-Montreal punk ensemble, Me, Mom & Morgentaler – who has gone from frontman in his own right, to become a much-sought-after, decorated producer in the contemporary independent scene. Together, these longtime fellow conspirators have been plotting the birth of MEGATIVE for many years. The pair then got together with NYC production duo, Like Minds, and Brooklyn-via-Jamaica MC, Screechy Dan (Ruff Entry Crew), and started making songs, for themselves. 

WATCH - One Day…All This Will Be Gone – in-studio version: bit.ly/2J2cZx1
WATCH - Can’t Do Drugz (Like I Used To): youtu.be/ccCvJ7bP1s0
WATCH - More Time: bit.ly/2GMj6oo

 

TOUR DATES:
April 25 – Lavaltrie, QC – Chasse-Galerie
April 26 – Montreal, QC – Le National
April 28 – Ottawa, ON – Babylon

May 1 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
May 3 – Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall
May 4 – London, ON – London Music Hall (Rum Runners)
May 5 – Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware

May 10 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
May 11 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
May 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb's Lounge

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

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.

 

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RHYE RELEASE SONG FOR YOU (JACQUES GREENE REMIX)

HEADLINING WESTWARD FESTIVAL
IN VANCOUVER ON SEPTEMBER 15

ON TOUR NOW

Toronto, ON — April 2, 2018 — RHYE has shared an official remix of BLOOD track, Song For You, by Montreal-based producer, Jacques Greene. Song For You (Jacques Greene Remix) is available to stream and download starting today on VEVO, Spotify, Apple, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Soundcloud.

Rhye released their widely-acclaimed sophomore album, BLOOD, on February 2, 2018. Critics were quick to praise the album as “soul pop that hits all the high notes” (Wall Street Journal), “30 minutes of absolutely immaculate music” (AV Club), “gentle sound evolving from quiet bedroom jams to decadent performance art” (The FADER), “dreamy and blissful” (Billboard), “stands out by making each recorded decision count; a sharpshooter in a world full of carpet bombing” (Uproxx), “an album to dance to…and one to bring close to your heart, to your perceptions and subjections” (Noisey), and “mood music” by Exclaim!, where Rhye was featured as their February 2018  cover story

BLOOD is available digitally and physically now HERE via Last Gang Records. Limited edition vinyl bundles are available exclusively via the RHYE Shop.

Song For You (Jacques Greene Remix) follows the February release of two official remixes of BLOOD track, Taste. Listen to Taste (Moon Boots Remix) HERE and Taste (Mono Le Tough Remix) HERE.

Earlier this month, RHYE wrapped the North American leg of their tour in support of BLOOD. “The group brought a more electrifying edge to their sultry studio creations,” praised Brooklyn Vegan. Watch RHYE’s recent performance for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, recorded in front of a live audience at Apogee Studio, HERE. RHYE is currently on the road in Europe and recently performed in an empty terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris as part of Arte’s brand new Passenger Series. Watch the performance HERE. RHYE will perform at various music festivals throughout the year. See below for a complete schedule and ticket links.

Listen to Song For You (Jacques Greene Remix:
VEVO: http://found.ee/Rhye_SFYJGrmxVEVO
Spotify: http://found.ee/Rhye_SFYJGrmxSpotify
Apple: http://found.ee/Rhye_SFYJGrmxApple
iTunes: http://found.ee/Rhye_SFYJGrmxiTunes
Amazon: http://found.ee/Rhye_SFYJGrmxAmazon
Google Play: http://found.ee/Rhye_SFYJGrmxGoogle
Soundcloud: http://found.ee/Rhye_SFYJGrmxSoundcloud

Rhye Live Dates - 2018
April 3, 2018 - London, UK - KOKO - Tickets - SOLD OUT
April 4, 2018 - London, UK - Heaven - Tickets - SOLD OUT
April 8, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV - Emerge Music Festival - Tickets
May 17, 2018 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro - Tickets
May 18, 2018 - Tokyo, Japan - Zepp DiverCity - Tickets
May 20, 2018 - Seoul, Korea - Seoul Jazz Festival - Tickets
May 22, 2018 - Taipei, Taiwan - NEO Studio - Tickets
May 23, 2018 - Bangkok, Thailand - Voice Space - Tickets
May 26, 2018 - London, UK - All Points East Festival - Tickets
May 29, 2018 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie - Tickets
May 30, 2018 - Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne - Tickets
June 1-3, 2018 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound - Tickets
June 2, 2018 - Nimes, France - This is Not A Love Song Festival - Tickets
June 4, 2018 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit Festival - Tickets
June 6, 2018 - Manchester, UK - 02 Ritz - Tickets
June 7, 2018- Porto, Portugal - NOS Primavera Porto - Tickets
June 8, 2018 - Aarhus, DK - Northside Festival - Tickets
June 11, 2018 - Warsaw, Poland - Progresja - Tickets
June 12, 2018 - Prague, Czech Republic – MeetFactory - Tickets
June 13, 2018 - Vienna, Austria - Flex - Tickets
June 15, 2018 - Mannheim, Germany - Maifeld Derby - Tickets
June 16, 2018 - Oslo, Norway - Picnic in the Park Festival  - Tickets
July 6, 2018 - Winnipeg, Canada - Winnipeg Folk Festival - Tickets
July 20, 2018 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield - Tickets
July 28, 2018 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall - Tickets
August 14, 2018 - Berlin, Germany - Astra - Tickets
August 15, 2018 - Cologne, Germany - Gloria -  Tickets
August 17, 2018 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival - Tickets
August 18, 2018 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival - Tickets
August 19, 2018 -  Hamburg, Germany - Dockville Festival - Tickets
September 15, 2018 - Vancouver, Canada - Westward Festival - Tickets

 

Listen to BLOOD: http://smarturl.it/blood-ca

About Rhye:
A mosaic of emotive piano keys, physical percussion, buzzing analog synths, and expansive vocals, Rhye find humanity in musicality. Driven by this approach, the group quietly transformed into a phenomenon with the arrival of their 2013 debut, Woman. The record garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, Spin, and Pitchfork who dubbed it Best New Album. Open would concurrently accumulate over 44.5 million Spotify streams, while The Fall surpassed 24.7 million. Along the way, they sold out theatres around the globe between standout festival sets at Coachella, Pitchfork, and a highlight concert in Denmark accompanied by a 49-piece all-girls choir. As the band began writing in 2016, this expansive live show indelibly impacted their second full-length album in 2017. The first single, Please, siphons a gorgeous vocal plea through a kaleidoscope of sparse percussion and piano that’s simultaneously stirring, stark, and sensual. It’s a new musical experience. It’s Rhye.

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  

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentonegroup.com

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MONTREAL RAPPER LOU PHELPS HOSTS A POSTMODERN TALK SHOW IN THE VIDEO FOR COME INSIDE (FEAT. JAZZ CARTIER)

VIDEO PREMIERES VIA BILLBOARD

NOMINATED FOR RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
AT THE 2018 JUNO AWARDS

Praise for Lou Phelps:

"Montreal MC Lou Phelps's ‘What Time Is It?!’ is an irresistible jam — the kind of song that demands a two-step." - The FADER 

"The Canadian rapper is representing where he's from hard on the new project, which was exclusively produced by his Polaris prize-winning older brother Kaytranada." - XXL 

"A handful of singles then followed under his Lou Phelps moniker before last year's standout debut, 001: Experiments, which fused the electronic experimentation of the artist glimpsed on Cause I Wanna with deeper influence from Madvillain, Slum Village, Jay Z, and Erik B & Rakim." XLR8R

Toronto, ON — March 29, 2018 — Skating over electro-rap instrumentals with a fluid flow, Montreal's Lou Phelps embodies his city's diverse creativity. Sharing a psychedelic, humorous, and unsettling clip for a candy-coloured disco-funk single, Lou gets metaphysical with Come Inside. In the video, Lou falls asleep while watching TV, dreaming that he hosts a late-night talk show. Initially a pleasantly odd experience, the vibe grows sinister when the characters on TV start interacting with Lou, staring daggers, dancing, and eventually growing violent. Premiered by Billboard, the KAYTRANADA-produced single is a unique and immersive visual experience. With the track premiering in February by Complex, the song features a standout verse from fellow Canadian, Toronto’s Jazz Cartier, who has a blast stringing together flashy punchlines over the club-ready sonics. 

A longtime fixture of the Montreal arts scene, Lou Phelps is one of Canada's foremost purveyors of club-rap bangers. Lou started making music in 2011 with his older brother, Kevin, aka the Polaris Prize-winning producer, KAYTRANADA, forming a future-rap group called The Celestics. Using the moniker, Louie P, Lou developed a reputation for creating tasteful and danceable electro rap, releasing Supreme Laziness in 2014 and curating Cause I Wannaan 80-minute DJ mix that featured tracks from innovative electronic artists like DJ Rashad, RP Boo, and Kyle Hall, showcasing his excellent taste and long list of influences. In 2017, Lou released 001: Experimentshis debut project which racked up over 1 million plays on SoundCloud, featured appearances from Bishop Nehru, Innanet James, KALLITECHNICS, and CJ Flemings, and earned a nomination from Canada's JUNO Awards for Rap Recording of the Year. Look out for more music from Lou in 2018, as the young rapper continues to evolve as an artist.

Listen to Come Inside ft. Jazz Cartier: http://smarturl.it/lou-comeinside
WATCH – Come Inside ft. Jazz Cartier: https://bit.ly/2Gjd25O

Lou Phelps on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2pMUTXI
 

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  

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentone.com 

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RY COODER PREMIERES TITLE TRACK OF HIS NEW ALBUM THE PRODIGAL SON

BAND MEMBERS ANNOUNCED FOR RY COODER’S FIRST SOLO TOUR IN TEN YEARS:  DRUMMER-PERCUSSIONIST, JOACHIM COODER; MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, ROBERT FRANCIS; SAXOPHONIST, SAM GENDEL AND FAMED VOCAL TRIO, THE HAMILTONES

Toronto, ON – March 29, 2018 – Ry Cooder
 has shared the title track from his first new solo release in six years, The Prodigal Son, set for release by Fantasy Records on May 11th, 2018.  Listen to the track here and Pre-Order The Prodigal Son here.

Cooder also shared the details of The Prodigal Son Tour, his first full solo outing since 2009. The fabled musician will be joined by chief collaborator, drummer, percussionist, and keyboardist, Joachim Cooder; accomplished singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Robert Francis; a unique saxophonist who has recorded with some of the most recognizable names in jazz and popular music, Sam Gendel, and the Grammy-award winning vocal trio from North Carolina, The Hamiltones.  The tour will visit venues throughout North America this spring and summer (see dates below).  

The Prodigal Son is essential Cooder. A masterwork of roots, blues and R&B, the album conjures our own history of the spirit, sounding completely fresh and contemporary, framed by Cooder's expressive vocals and graceful, elegant guitar work. The album's 11 tracks include three Cooder originals along with a carefully selected collection of vintage blues, gospel and bluegrass by the likes of The Pilgrim Travelers, The Stanley Brothers and Blind Willie Johnson. Taken together, it forms an unflinching look at the state of play in modern America.

The LA Times described Shrinking Man (a Cooder original and first track released off the album) as “an up-tempo blues shuffle featuring scratchy bottleneck guitar work for a treatise on living more responsibly and respectfully.”

I do connect the political/economic dimensions with the inner life of people, since people are at risk and oppressed on all sides in our world today,” he stated. “There’s some kind of reverence mood that takes hold when you play and sing these songs. ‘Reverence’ is a word I heard my granddaughter’s nursery school teacher use, a Kashmiri woman. She said, ‘We don’t want to teach religion, but instill reverence.’ I thought that was a good word for the feeling of this music.” 

For nearly 50 years, the immense scope and influence of Ry Cooder's music has been felt as much, or more than heard.  As master musician, producer, songwriter and sage, the Santa Monica, California native has explored music and culture from across the city, the state, the country, and around the world.  Framed by his expressive vocals and elegant guitar work, this is music for these times.  A deft commentary on our ailing moral state, The Prodigal Son is a fearless dive into the country’s soul, and the man, Ry Cooder.

For tour and ticket information, please visit: RyCooder.com

The Prodigal Son Track List:

1. straight street (James W. Alexander / Jesse Whitaker)

2. shrinking man (Ry Cooder)

3. gentrification (Ry Cooder / Joachim Cooder)

4. everybody ought to treat a stranger right (Traditional; Blind Willie Johnson, Arr. by Ry Cooder)

5. the prodigal son (Traditional: Arranged by Ry Cooder /Joachim Cooder)

6. nobody’s fault but mine (Blind Willie Johnson / Arranged Ry Cooder / Joachim Cooder)

7. you must unload (Alfred Reed) 

8.  i’ll be rested when the roll is called (Blind Roosevelt Graves)

9. harbor of love (Carter Stanley)

10. Jesus and woody (Ry Cooder)

11. in his care (William L. Dawson)

 

Ry Cooder - Tour Dates :

June 4 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere 

June 6 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse 

June 7 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre 

June 8 - New York, NY - Town Hall Theatre

June 11 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere 

June 12 - Derry, NH - Tupelo 

June 22 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater

June 24 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall

June 26 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall 

June 27 - Ottawa, ON - Centerpoint 

June 29 - Montréal, QC - Jazz Festival @ Maisonneuve 

June 30 - Burlington, VT - Flynn Theater 

July 1 - Lenox, MA - Tanglewood 

July 3 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center 

July 13 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre

July 14 - Courtenay, BC - Vancouver Island MusicFest 

July 17 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall 

July 20 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall 

July 21 - Napa, CA - Uptown Theatre

Aug 10 - Calgary, AB - Jack Singer

Aug 14 - Denver, CO - Paramount

www.RyCooder.com

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ROYCE 5’9” RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR BOBLO BOAT FEAT. J.COLE

VIDEO DIRECTED BY J. COLE

NEW ALBUM BOOK OF RYAN DUE OUT ON MAY 4, 2018

Toronto, ON – March 26, 2018 – 
Detroit rapper, Royce 5’9”, releases a new video for his single, Boblo Boat, feat. J. Cole today and announces his forthcoming album, Book of Ryan, (Entertainment One/Heaven Studios, Inc.) on May 4, 2018. J. Cole also directed the video for the track. 

Complex.com shared the cover art and track listing last week, and Royce released the single on Friday.  On Boblo Boat, Royce warmly looks back at his childhood growing up in the D, a proud, blue collar city that has not always received the most positive of accolades. Royce transports listeners back to a time in the ‘80s when families could take a boat ride to Boblo Island and forget, for just a few hours, the stinging realities of life for black folks in Ronald Reagan’s greed-is-good America. “The song came together super organically,” he says of the heartfelt Boblo Boat. “There was a boat back in the days that took people across the Detroit River to these little obscure islands. One of the islands, Boblo, housed a poor man’s amusement park where a lot of young black kids would go. It was the best shit ever. We didn’t realize it was a cheaper option looking back at it in retrospect. We were too busy having fun.”

Book of Ryan is the seventh solo studio project from the grinding rhyme visionary born Ryan Montgomery, and is a work that defies well-worn, grizzled veteran rap clichésRoyce wrote more than 60 songs for the album. For Royce, it’s all about the journey. “I just want the fans to hear my evolution as an artist as well as me as a man and learn from my mistakes,” he says. “I think they got a little bit of that with Layers, but Book of Ryan is me letting it all out. We’ve been taught everything but the right way to do shit. I want to be an example to the younger artists and help out anyway I can.”

Royce has shined as a member of a heralded hip-hop super group, Slaughterhouse. and teamed up with one of hip-hop’s most revered producers DJ Premier for PRhyme, whose sophomore album, PRhyme 2, dropped March 16th on PRhyme Records.

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DJ KASS SIGNS WITH GROUNDWERK VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

VIDEO FOR VIRAL HIT
SCOOBY DOO PA PA OUT NOW!

Toronto, ON – March 26, 2018 –  DJ Kass has signed with Groundwerk via Entertainment One to release several singles. Additionally, he releases a video for his current, catchy viral hit, Scooby Doo Pa Pa, today.  The track is unstoppable, with more and more fans uploading dance videos on Instagram. It is the first Dominican Dembow, a specific Caribbean music genre, to reach the Top 10 on Billboard's Latin charts and have a worldwide audience.  Watch the video here.

Scooby Doo Pa Pa is currently #10 on several charts: Billboard Hot Latin Chart (#10), the Latin Digital Chart (#9), and the Latin Streaming Chart (#6).  Moreover, the song is streamed a quarter of a million times daily with support from several Spotify playlists, including Lo Que Suena: New YorkExitos MexicoTeen Party, and Apple playlists including The A-List: Urbano LatinoPure Fuego, and Today's Hits.

DJ Kass, New York born and raised, with Dominican Republic roots, was inspired by his father, who was a well-known local DJ. Fascinated by his father’s use of various instruments to move crowds, Kass was hooked from an early age.  Like all great artists who were empowered by a passion to create art, Kass practiced his DJing skills relentlessly. He distinguishes himself from the other DJs is the controlled “craziness,” as he likes to call it. “What separates me from others is the craziness I bring to the table. I am very spontaneous and do a lot of crazy things when it comes to getting the crowd hype.”

He says, "I just want to be heard, appreciated, and known in this world for giving a great show and best of all, entertaining the crowd because I live through them.”

DJ Kass on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Gt5Gjj

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WAKA FLOCKA FLAME, BIG BANK BLACK & ZAYTOVEN TEAM UP TO RELEASE NEW BRICK HOUSE BOYZ MIXTAPE

FLOCKAVELI II DUE IN 2018

Toronto, ON – March 23, 2018 –  Atlanta powerhouses, Waka Flocka Flame, Big Bank Black and Zaytoven, have teamed up to release Brick House Boyz, a brand-new mixtape, today on Entertainment One (eOne). Listen to the mixtape here.

Brick House Boyz includes eight tracks featuring Waka and Big Bank, with all production on the mixtape handled by Grammy Award-winning, Atlanta super-producer, Zaytoven (Migos, Future, etc.). Waka released the first single, Big Dawg, via his Instagram page in late January and the track, Bloggers, was released on Monday, March 19.

Waka recently released a new visual for his track, Trap My Ass Off, on his late brother Raleek's birthday. Watch it here

TMAO is one of two singles Waka has released from his forthcoming album, Flockaveli II, which is set to drop in 2018 via eOne - making this his first solo album release in five years. The “No Hands” MC returns to his trap roots with the album’s first releases TMAO and Circles. Get TMAO here

Rapper and Duct Tape Entertainment CEO, Big Bank Black, has recently joined the cast of the Superfly remake, set to premiere in June 2018.  The Sony film has Director X on board, and is produced by Joel Silver and Future.  

For more information on Waka Flocka Flame visit www.wakaflocka.com.

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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.

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ASTROCOLOR SHARE NEW SINGLE SMELL OF ACID (FEAT. TYLER ROWE)

PREMIERES AT CANADIAN MUSICIAN

ASTROCOLOR III OUT APRIL 6 VIA EONE MUSIC

PRE-ORDER NOW

BC TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – March 23, 2018 – Today, Victoria, BC-based electronica group, Astrocolor, share their new single, Smell Of Acid feat. Tyler Rowe. Premiering via Canadian Musician yesterday, it’s a sample of what can be heard on Astrocolor III, their forthcoming EP in their self-titled trilogy, set for release on April 6th via Entertainment One Music. The group performs in Vancouver this Friday, March 23rd at Vancouver Art Gallery as part of JUNOfest, and will celebrate the album release with a show at Lucky Bar in their hometown of Victoria on April 6th, before playing the BC summer festival circuit. See below for a complete list of dates and listen to the single here.

“Some of my favourite sounds from the late ’90s, such as acid synths and breakbeats, have been resurfacing in modern music,” producer/DJ, Neil Cooke-Dallin says of the track. “During one of our Astrocolor recording sessions, our drummer laid down a really funky break while our bassist was playing a great loop-style line, and I knew immediately that we were onto something. We dropped the rest of the band into the mix and then I went to town on layering up some bubbling and squelching synths. It wasn’t until we had completed the instrumental arrangement that it dawned on me that an MC throwdown could take the track to higher heights. I pitched it to my friend, Tyler Rowe, we worked through some lyrics together, and then he just knocked it out of the park in what probably amounted to no more than 90 minutes of studio time. It was exactly what I had heard in my mind’s eye.”

Based in western Canada, Astrocolor perform and record live electronic music, recalling the Chemical Brothers, Air, and St. Germain. The band plays on the edges of funky house, Balearic, breakbeat, and ambient.

Astrocolor III sees the band’s instrumental and electronic roots expand into traditional song formats with feature vocals (A Light Goes Out feat. Kuba Oms), acid breakbeat (Smell of Acid), alternative house (Daylight Savings), and electro-funk (Break Your Body). Produced by Neil Cooke-Dallin, Astrocolor III is built equally for a big night out in the clubs or a dinner party soundtrack at home.

Astrocolor have brought their celebratory live show to seminal western Canadian music festivals including Rifflandia, Song & Surf, Tall Tree, and Atmosphere Gathering. The band also made debut appearances last year in Toronto (Canadian Music Week), Seattle (Upstream Music Festival), Vancouver (with Five Alarm Funk at the legendary Commodore Ballroom), St Louis, and Chicago. Astrocolor’s catalogue of original material has well over one million plays on Spotify and a loyal following of regular listeners globally.

Pre-order Astrocolor III: www.smarturl.it/astrocolorIII

ASTROCOLOR III TRACK LISTING
1. Smell of Acid feat. Tyler Rowe (Radio Edit)
2. A Light Goes Out feat. Kuba Oms
3. Daylight Savings
4. Break Your Body
5. Sunshine feat. Makuta
6. A Light Goes Out (Righteous Rainbows Of Togetherness Remix)
7. A Light Goes Out (Anand Greenwell Remix)
8. Daylight Savings (Righteous Rainbows Of Togetherness Remix)
9. Smell Of Acid feat. Tyler Rowe

TOUR DATES
Friday, March 23 – Vancouver Art Gallery – JUNO Fest – Vancouver, BC
Friday, April 6 – Lucky Bar – Victoria, BC
Saturday, May 19 – Laketown Shakedown Festival – Cowichan Valley, BC
Sunday, August 19 – Cumberland Wild Festival – Cumberland, BC

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Astrocolor on Spotify:  www.spoti.fi/2HVe8oL

www.astrocolormusic.com

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UNDEROATH PREMIERE RAPTURE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO

NEW ALBUM ERASE ME ARRIVES APRIL 6 
VIA FEARLESS RECORDS


NØ FIX US TOUR BEGINS APRIL 20

EU TOUR STARTS JUNE 15

HEADLINING THE PIT STAGE AT READING & LEEDS FESTIVAL IN AUGUST


The audacity to profess your true self is a virtue. Moreover, the transparency to outwardly proclaim a significant shift in the sentiment you once held so sacred is both courageous and compelling. 

Toronto, ON – March 21, 2018 – Underøath, who have announced both the release of their sixth album, Erase Me (April 6, Fearless Records), as well as a spate of worldwide tour dates, have unveiled the video for Rapture.

I think we really wanted to capture something different with this video,” said guitar player Tim McTague of the video. “The song is so unique for Underøath and we have always been a visual band. I think being able to tell a visual story with an audible narrative that ties everything together is one of the things that makes Underøath special to fans. We are stoked to see the reaction.”

Erase Me was written and recorded over the summer of 2017 with producer Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3) and mixed by Ken Andrews (Failure, Jimmy Eat World). Album preorders, which include an instant download of On my Teeth, and Rapture, are available now digitally, and physical bundles.

Underøath launch the Nø Fix Tour on April 20. Tickets for the band’s North American headlining dates include a download of Erase Me, with tickets and VIP packages available via www.Underoath777.com

NØ FIX TOUR DATES

April 20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Las Rageous

April 27 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville

April 28 – Sunrise, FL @ Fort Rock

April 30 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City

May 1 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre

May 3 – Knoxville, TN @ Mill and Mine 

May 4 - Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion

May 5 – Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2

May 6 – Bethlehem, PA @ The Sands

May 8 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

May 9 – Wallingford, CT @ The Dome at Oakdale

May 11 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom

May 12 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids

May 14 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

May 15 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

May 16 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s

May 18 – Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range

May 19 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall

May 20 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz

May 22 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheatre

May 23 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

May 24 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory

May 25 – Little Rock, AR @ Metroplex

May 26 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

June 15 – Paris, France Download @ Festival Paris

June 16 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg

June 21 – Dessel, Belgium @ Festivalpark Stenehi

June 22 – 24 Scheessel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival

June 22 – 24 Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany @ Southside Festival

June 23 – Dessel Belgium Graspop @ Metal Meeting

June 28 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Aerodrome Festival

June 29 – Madrid, Spain @ Download Festival Madrid

June 30 – Ysselsteyn, Netherlands @ Jera on Air

July 12 – 14 Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest

July 13 – Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA

July 28 – 29  Montreal, QC @ Heavy Montreal

*Dance Gavin Dance, Veil of Maya and Limbs open on the North American headlining dates.

The bands European tour dates start June 15th 
June 15 – Download Festival Paris, France 
June 16 – Amsterdam Melkweg, Netherlands 
June 19 – Bologna Zona Roveri Club, Italy
June 20 – Milan Magazzini Gernali, Italy 
June 22 – Hurricane Festival Scheessel, Germany
June 23 – Dessel Graspop Metal Festival, Belgium 
June 24 – Southside Festival Neuhausen, Germany  
June 26 – Budapest Durer Kert, Hungary 
June 28 – Prague Aerodrome, Czech Republic 
June 29 – Download Festival Madrid, Spain 
June 30 – Jerea On Air Festival Ysselsteyn, Netherlands 
August 24 – Reading Festival, UK 
August 25 – Leeds Festival, UK

 

About Underøath:

Underøath is Grant Brandell (bass), Spencer Chamberlain (vocals), Chris Dudley (keyboards), Aaron Gillespie (drums/vocals), Tim McTague (guitar) and James Smith (guitar). The band has released five studio albums including two gold records: They're Only Chasing Safety and Define The Great Line, and have earned a pair of Grammy nominations. Define The Great Line debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. The Tampa-based band parted ways following the release of 2010's Ø (Disambiguation), returning in 2016 for their self-proclaimed Rebirth Tour.

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POP EVIL'S WAKING LIONS REACHES #1 AT ROCK RADIO

POISON…NOTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME 2018
 U.S. TOUR 
TICKETS ON SALE NOW

STOP IN TORONTO ON JUNE 19

2018 MUSIC OVER WORDS TOUR ON SALE

ALL NEW SELF-TITLED LP OUT NOW
 

Toronto, ON – March 19, 2018 – Michigan rock titans Pop Evil’s single, Waking Lions, has landed at #1 this week on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart. The song had enjoyed a string of weeks in the #2 position until now. Waking Lions reached #1 after 20 weeks on the chart.

This is the band's fifth #1 single with the previous four being Footsteps (2015), Torn to Pieces (2014), Deal With the Devil (2013), and Trenches (2013).

"We are humbled to find out that 'Waking Lions' has gone to #1," says vocalist and frontman, Leigh Kakaty. "It will never get old to see your band name on the top of the radio charts. This song was written as a mission statement to never let fear lead the way. We continue to see how our music helps make a positive impact in our fan's lives, which really is what it’s all about. Thank you to everyone involved in helping make this #1 happen!" 

Waking Lions has enjoyed continued success for Pop Evil. The song has amassed nearly 10 million streams to date.

The band recently announced their return to American ampitheatres in full force supporting two legendary acts, POISON and CHEAP TRICK on the Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018 tour. Pop Evil will make a stop in Toronto on June 19th for a show at Budweiser Stage. VIP Packages are available now at popevilvip.com. Produced by Live Nation, tickets for various cities are on sale now.

The band is currently on the Music Over Words Tour, which is serving as the official kickoff for their recently announced all-new, self-titled LP. Additionally, Pop Evil is confirmed for festival dates at Carolina Rebellion on Friday, May 5th , and Fort Rock on Sunday, April 29th . VIP packages are currently available at www.popevilvip.com. PALAYE ROYALE and label-mates BLACK MAP are serving as support for all dates. 

TOUR DATES:
March 20 – Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
March 22 – Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
March 23 – Aura – Portland, ME
March 24 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
March 25 – Westcott Theatre – Syracuse, NY
March 27 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
March 28 – House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
March 29 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
March 30 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
March 31 – Truman Theater – Kansas City, MO
April 2 – Delmar Hall – Saint Louis, MO
April 4 – Piere’s – Fort Wayne, IN
April 5 – House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
April 6 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
April 7 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
April 20 – La Rageous Rock Festival – Las Vegas, NV
April 27 – Metropolitan Park – Jacksonville, FL
April 28 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville
April 29 – F.t Lauderdale, FL – Fort Rock
May 4 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Charlotte, NC
May 5 – Norfolk, VA – Lunatic Leau
May 17 – Peoria, IL – 105.7 The X Spring Fling
May 18 – Irvine, CA – Five Points Amphitheatre
May 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre*
May 23 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
May 25 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
May 31 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheatre*
June 2 – Dallas, TX – Toyota Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
June 3 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 5 – Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
June 7 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
June 14 – Hartford, CT – The Xfinity Theatre*
June 15 – Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion*
June 17 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live*
June 19 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage*
June 22 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
June 24 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
July 11 – West Fargo, ND – Red River Valley w/ BUSH
July 12 – Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA
July 13 – Cadott, WI – Cadott Rockfest
July 1 – Shine Festival – Bucharest, Romania
July 6 – Rock For People – Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
July 12 – Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI
July 13 – Rock Fest 2018 – Cadott, WI
July 24 – Sioux City, IA – Hard Rock Casino w/ NICKLEBACK
July 26 – Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne Frontier Days w/ NICKLEBACK
July 28 – Minot, ND – North Dakota State Fair w/ NICKLEBACK
August 4 – Fort Madison, IA – Riverfest

* with Poison and Cheap Trick
 

"Pop Evil will make you want to 'rewind, start again' and enjoy repeated listens.” - LOUDWIRE

Pre-order Pop Evil: http://smarturl.it/PEV

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KASKADE RELEASES NEW SINGLE COLD AS STONE FT. CHARLOTTE LAWRENCE VIA COLUMBIA RECORDS

SIGNS WORLDWIDE CONTRACT WITH SONY MUSIC

Toronto, ON – March 16, 2018 – 
Six-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and producer, Kaskade, has released his new single, Cold As Stone, featuring indie pop songstress, Charlotte Lawrence, today – listen to the track here. The song follows the recent release of his full-length Christmas album late last year.

Says Kaskade about the new single, "Cold as Stone presented itself as a sort of departure from the songs I’ve put out in the last while. It didn’t end up being that forever-love message we’d all love to hear. Instead it’s an emotional reckoning from a pretty vulnerable place. Charlotte Lawrence’s voice was that perfect storm of beauty, anger and quiet strength which is a rare find. It helped paint that audio picture of falling out of love, which is painful. Even though the song is called, Cold as Stone, it will probably make quite a few people feel exactly the opposite.”

Cold as Stone 
marks the first release from Kaskade since he inked a worldwide contract with Sony Music.

Kaskade continues a major U.S. touring schedule this spring and summer, including headlining Ultra Music Festival in Miami on March 23, in addition to his Las Vegas residency. Tickets and more information are available at www.kaskademusic.com. See below for a complete list of upcoming dates. 

Kaskade Live Dates:

March 16 – Las, Vegas, NV – Hakkasan

March 22 – Miami, FL – Sun Soaked

March 23 – Miami, FL – Ultra Music Festival

March 23 – Las, Vegas, NV – Hakkasan

March 31 – Las Vegas, NV – OMNIA

April 7 – Las Vegas, NV – Wet Republic

April 13 – Las Vegas, NV – OMNIA

April 21 – Las Vegas, NV – Wet Republic

April 28 – Las Vegas, NV – Wet Republic

April 28 – Las, Vegas, NV – Hakkasan

May 5 – Las Vegas, NV – Wet Republic

May 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Wet Republic

May 18 – Las Vegas, NV – EDC

May 19 – Las Vegas, NV – JEWEL Nightclub

May 25 – St Charles, MO – RYSE Nightclub

May 26 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick

May 27 – Cabo, Mexico – OMNIA

June 2 – Las Vegas, NV – OMNIA

June 3 – Las Vegas, NV – Wet Republic

June 9 – Chicago, IL – Spring Awakening

June 10 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo

June 15 – Las, Vegas, NV – Hakkasan

June 23 – Toronto, ON – Dreams Festival

June23-24 – Ottawa, ON – Escapade Festival

June 24 – Las Vegas, NV – Wet Republic

June 30 – Las, Vegas, NV – Hakkasan

July 1 – Las Vegas, NV – Wet Republic

July 6-7 – Vancouver, BC – Fvded Festival

July 7 – Las Vegas, NV – OMNIA

July 14 – Las Vegas, NV – OMNIA

July 20 – Minneapolis, MN – X Games

August 2 – Las, Vegas, NV – Hakkasan

August 4 – Las Vegas, NV – OMNIA

August4-5 – Calgary, AB – Chasing Summer

August 9 – Las, Vegas, NV – Hakkasan

August 11 – Las, Vegas, NV – JEWEL Nightclub

August 17 – Magna, UT – Das Energi

August 25 – Las Vegas, NV – OMNIA

September 7 – Las, Vegas, NV – Hakkasan

September 14 – Las, Vegas, NV – Hakkasan

September 22 – Las, Vegas, NV – Hakkasan

September 28 – Las Vegas, NV – OMNIA

October 6 – Las, Vegas, NV – Hakkasan

October 27 – Las, Vegas, NV – Hakkasan

November 9 – Las Vegas, NV – OMNIA

November 17 – Las, Vegas, NV – Hakkasan

 

About Kaskade

Kaskade is a multiple Grammy Award-nominated musician who has been a groundbreaking innovator in the dance music world. While bridging the gap between old school music purists and a new generation of music lovers, he marries genres and twists labels to stay true to his roots while pushing the boundaries of what's next. Relentlessly touring the world and playing to tens of millions of people around the globe, Kaskade has been in the trenches for over a decade. His handwriting can be read all over the history of electronic music while his influence maintains an all-time high.

 

About Charlotte Lawrence

Charlotte Lawrence hides the spirit of a soulful singer-songwriter under the cover of expansive and engrossing future-facing production. She works with producers Mag & Louis that have helped craft her sound, and supports her growth as both a songwriter and an artist. Charlotte’s breakout independent debut single, Sleep Talking clocked over nine million Spotify streams in under four months, and she built a devout fan base by holding nothing back. Her follow-up track, Just The Same leapt past the one million mark in under a week. Her life experience thus far is nothing short of fascinating. A travel obsessive, she spent three months in France during 2017 and found the time to take in her first Italian fashion week. In the end, she’s got many more surprises to come. Pop music might never be the same.

 

www.kaskademusic.com

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SANGO RELEASES NEW ALBUM

LISTEN TO IN THE COMFORT OF NOW
VIA LAST GANG

CATCH SANGO ON TOUR WITH SHOWS IN
MONTREAL AND TORONTO IN MAY

"A masterful deconstructionist when it comes to polyrhythms" - NPR

Toronto, ON – March 16, 2018 – Today, Seattle-based producer, Sango, is releasing his new album. In The Comfort Of is out now via Last Gang, and is preceded by singles, Sweet Holy Honey (feat. Xavier Omär), and Khlorine (feat. Smino). The new project includes features from Jesse Boykins III, JMSN, Smino and more. Earlier this month, Sango kicked off a tour that will see him play shows throughout Europe and North America. He’ll make stops in Montreal and Toronto in May, with festival sets at Blurry Vision, Lightning In A Bottle, and Sasquatch!

In December, Sango released a short film titled South End set to One More Thing, the fifth track from In The Comfort Of. Hear In The Comfort Of above, and find tour routing, the previously released video for  Sweet Holy Honey (feat. Xavier Omär) and South End as well as album art for the new album below.

WATCH: Sweet Holy Honey (feat. Xavier Omär) -
https://youtu.be/4jpZ-IwMAKg

WATCH: South End https://youtu.be/HowhiPoO47E

Purchase and stream In The Comfort Of: http://smarturl.it/inthecomfortof

TOUR DATES
March 16 – Gent, BE – Kompass
March 17 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
March 20 – Stuttgart, DE – Freund + Kupferstecher
March 21 – Paris, FR – Badaboum
March 22 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
March 23 – London, UK – Electric Brixton
March 23 – Zürich, CH – m4music fest
May 1 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 2 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
May 3 – Miami, FL – The Ground at Space
May 4 – Flushing, NY – Knockdown Center
May 6 – Boston, MA – Paradise
May 8 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
May 10 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

May 11 – Detroit, MI – El Club
May 12 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
May 13 – Oakland, CA – Blurry Vision Festival
May 15 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
May 16 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
May 18 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
May 19 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
May 23 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
May 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo
May 25 – Bradley, CA – Lightning in a Bottle Festival
May 26 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival

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

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentonegroup.com

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TORONTO RAPPER PATRIK DROPS NEW SINGLE LONE

PREMIERES VIA NOW MAGAZINE

NEW TORONTO SHOWS ANNOUNCED

SPADINA EP SET FOR RELEASE LATER THIS YEAR

Toronto, ON – March 16, 2018 – Today, Toronto-via-Montreal rapper, Patrik, shares his new single, Lone. The track, which premiered exclusively at NOW Magazine, is one of the first singles from Patrik’s forthcoming Spadina EP, set for release later this year. Local fans will be able to catch live performances of the track, and others, as Patrik rocks stages in Toronto this month. He’ll be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow (Saturday, March 17) at Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, followed by a set at Uncrwnd, a showcase at the historic Rivoli on Friday, March 23rd. See below for complete details and stream Lone here.

Patrik describes Lone as the product of “Accepting isolation in order to confront myself of the overwhelming thoughts I have.” The track follows his previously released single, Entitled, which has hit over 12.4K streams on Spotify, and continues to rise. The song falls on the sentiment that, "You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”

 

In 2015, Patrik released un Clockwork Orange, an EP inspired by the film and the concept of making choices, transitions and how this defines us, interpreted by Patrik as a character that has a spiritual vs. scientific change. It tells the story of Nak Suu, The Gang$ter Hippy: A young immoral adolescent lusting over the fast life as he journeys w/ his droogs: Bishop, Raheem x Steel. He retells the tales of his past life as The Gang$ter, to his spiritual change into The Hippy. As he breaks free from the bonds Alex has put on him, none can decide the faith of his being except himself. Following, he released The Commission EP, a five-track collection of production collaborations with Donato, Jordeaux and IGNORVNCE, amongst others. 

Patrik has headlined Confidential Records M.A.P.L. Series showcase that has raised funds for MusicCounts. He has performed at festivals such as the Ontario 150 Art & Music festival, and Canadian Music Week curated showcases. This past September, he was invited to perform at Pop Montreal’s music festival for the second year in a row.

Patrik was recently chosen as one of the five artists to perform at the Jim Beam Make History Talent Showcase presented by Indie 88, Now Magazine and Universal Music Group. He went on to win the Jim Beam Talent Search Toronto showcase.

A lover of fashion with a keen sense for personal style, Patrik’s x10 brand has become a very well-known brand, that is worn by university students throughout the Toronto and Montreal Area. Patrik has also previously worked with, and is currently sponsored by, G-Star Raw's Toronto Flagship Store. They curated a private event at their store in downtown Toronto, where Patrik showcased his talent to an audience of over 100 fans in the space.

Always making a global impact through positive projects. Envisioning a world without boundaries reached through the promotion of unity and the embracing of each person’s unique qualities. Patrik is a clever lyricist who uses metaphors to relate to the heart of the listener. A banner of truth, Patrik speaks his mind. Using music, making his message, one for the masses. Whether collaborating with his x10 collective, or producing work solo, Patrik is a rapper for the People. Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, Patrik is a versatile, bilingual rapper with an array of diverse interests. Connected to his faith, he enjoys reading the bible, and is an avid viewer of anime and documentaries. Patrik is also fond of sports and exercise. While studying sociology at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, he was a dedicated member of the school’s basketball team and Enactus chapter, an entrepreneurship program that challenges students professionally to create their own ventures and projects. The title of his forthcoming EP, Spadina, is a reference to Toronto’s Chinatown neighbourhood, where Patrik currently resides.

Patrik – Toronto Show Dates
Saturday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Party, sponsored by Jukebox, Hop House 13 Lager & 99.9FM Virgin Radio Toronto – Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex - Tickets: http://bit.ly/2Dpnx59

Friday, March 23 – Uncrwnd – Rivoli – Tickets: http://bit.ly/2ImOMkE

Patrik on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2HwiOB8

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OUR LADY PEACE TAKE SOMETHINGNESS ACROSS CANADA WITH SOLD OUT SHOWS FROM COAST TO COAST

LIVE SUGAR BEACH SESSION PERFORMANCE THIS THURSDAY IN TORONTO FOR 102.1 THE EDGE

FULL NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW

“There is no slowing them down. You can clearly see why they have been successful since starting in the early 90s. Their performance was high energy, interactive with the fans, and all around incredible.” – The Daily Musician

“A great night for music.” – The Revue

“…the band was ready to blow our minds…And they did.
Bucket List Music Reviews

Toronto, ON – March 14, 2018Our Lady Peace have unleashed their full new album, Somethingness, and are in the midst of a stellar cross-Canada tour with Matthew Good – sharing iconic favourites, and the new tunes from Somethingness, with audiences in arenas and theatres across the country.

The Eastern leg of the tour saw sold out dates in Moncton, Montreal, Hamilton, and London, and will stop in Toronto for two sold out shows this week at Massey Hall and Rebel. Toronto fans will also be treated to a special third performance on Thursday (March 15), when the band hits 102.1 The Edge’s studio for a lunchtime Sugar Beach Session. The band starts their trek West next week, with many of the upcoming dates already sold out as well. 

“Intentions of putting together a tour of this magnitude and personality usually fall short,” reflects Our Lady Peace frontman, Raine Maida. ”This OLP x Matt Good tour is different. The meeting of the minds worked here. We’ve been giving our collective fans the best and most creative shows night after night. The fan reaction and sold out shows prove they’ve been absolute fire and will continue across this great country. This is the kind of tour you work for your entire career, and we did it. Amazing people, fans, production and music!”

The first half of Somethingness was released in October 2017 as the Somethingness Volume I EP, and now the complete full-length album is available for listeners everywhere. In its first week of release, the record hit #2 on the Alternative Chart, #9 Top Current Albums, #12 Top Albums with Track Equivalent Album included, and #29 on the Consumption Chart. The lead single, Nice To Meet You, also cracked the Top 10 for downloads in the first week, and hit #1 for Most Active Indies. The album is available on vinyl and CD, exclusively during the tour, and through the band’s Pledge Music campaign.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
March 15 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON – SOLD OUT
March 16 – Rebel – Toronto, ON – SOLD OUT
March 17 – Casino Rama – Orillia, ON – SOLD OUT
March 20 & 21 – Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB - SOLD OUT
March 23 – Grey Eagle Event Centre – Calgary, AB – SOLD OUT
March 24 – Western Financial Place – Cranbrook, BC
March 26 & 27 – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Edmonton, AB
March 28 – CN Centre – Prince George, BC
March 30 – Prospera Place – Kelowna, BC
March 31 – Abbotsford Centre – Abbotsford, BC

“Somethingness is a great return to form from the Toronto quartet. It’s both modern and evocative of older OLP”. – Nightmair Creative

“Listening to Somethingness as a complete work, it’s obvious that Our Lady Peace…are at an artistic peak.” – Music Life Magazine

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MOVEMENTS SHARE NEW VIDEO FOR DEADLY DULL

FIRST EVER UK/EU HEADLINE TOUR TO START APRIL 2018

DEBUT ALBUM FEEL SOMETHING OUT NOW VIA FEARLESS RECORDS


I want people to understand that Alzheimer’s is more than the misconceptions. My own hope is that we will one day find a cure or effective treatment. It’s very possible that any one of us can lose every sense of the person we are to this disease. We are all susceptible to becoming a shell of the person we used to be, all of our collective years of memories of love … gone. It’s a scary thought, but we can do something about it.” – Patrick Miranda, MOVEMENTS

Toronto, ON – March 12, 2018 – California’s, MOVEMENTS, have partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to debut an emotionally charged video for, Deadly Dull, a fan favourite from their latest album, Feel Something. Directed by Max Moore, the video depicts a vivid representation of effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Deadly Dull, is a song that we felt really needed a visual aid,” says lead singer-songwriter Patrick Miranda. “The song is powerful as it is, but adding a video really helps drive the point home and make the situation more understandable. Seeing someone you love suffer from a disease that rids them of who they are is a really hard thing to experience. We felt that director Max Moore would do a perfect job of taking this song to the next level, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

You can check out  the video for Deadly Dull here.

MOVEMENTS, also recently announced that they will tour the UK and parts of Europe this April and May in support of their debut album, Feel Something. The dates span the length of the UK including stops in Brighton, Glasgow, Cardiff, and London with support from Paerish & Muskets, where they then go on to Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, and Antwerp.

MOVEMENTS will also be touring North America with Can't Swim, Super Whatevr, and Gleemer this March.

TOUR DATES:
March 13 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
March 14 – Nashville, TN – The End
March 15 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands
March 16 – Chicago, Il – Subterranean
March 17 – Detroit, MI – Shelter
March 18 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
March 21 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
March 22 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
March 23 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
March 24 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
March 25 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
March 27 – Richmond, VA – Camel
March 28 – Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
March 29 – Tampa, FL – Crow Bar
March 30 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
March 31 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
April 2 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
April 3 – Dallas, TX – Dirty 30
April 4 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
April 6 – Phoenix, Az – Underground @ The Nile
April 7 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
April 30 – Leicester, UK – The Cookie
May 1 – Newcastle, UK – The Think Tank
May 2 – Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
May 4 – Leeds, UK – The Key Club
May 5 – Manchester, UK – Rebellion
May 6 – Birmingham, UK – The Asylum
May 7 – Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
May 8 – Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
May 9 – London, UK – Camden Assembly
May 11 – Hamburg, GER – Headcrash
May 12 – Berlin, GER – Musik and Frieden
May 13 – Munich, GER – Feierwek E.V.
May 14 – Cologne, Ger – MTC
May 15 – Antwerp, Belgium – JC Bouckenborgh

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS’ TEARING AT THE SEAMS OUT NOW

WILL PERFORM ON THE TONIGHT SHOW
STARRING JIMMY FALLON MARCH 12TH

TOUR DATES IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL


“The first single, You Worry Me, from his forthcoming LP, adds Southern-
rock bite and weary longing to make for his most urgent song yet.”
– Rolling Stone

The hottest vintage-sounding soul octet in the country.” - Billboard

Toronto, ON – March 9, 2018 –
Tearing at the Seams, the highly anticipated new album from, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, is now out on Stax Records. The record is available for purchase here.

This week, Rateliff spoke about the new album and the band’s amazing journey on NPR’s All Things Considered.  Last night, the band performed in front of a sold-out crowd at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. Additionally, the band is set to make their third appearance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon performing, You Worry Me, on Monday, March 12th.

The group will tour North America this spring, with stops at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater as well as two dates at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Tickets are on sale now at nathanielrateliff.com. See below for complete details.

Initial writing and recording sessions for Tearing at the Seams took place in Rodeo, New Mexico where Rateliff & The Night Sweats re-established their dynamic off the stage and in the studio. “For the first record I demo-ed everything up and created most of the parts,” says Rateliff. “This time, I felt like we’ve all spent so much time on the road that we should all go off somewhere. We should all have that experience together.”

The band finished recording with producer Richard Swift—who has helmed records for The Shins and Foxygen, in addition to The Night Sweats’ debut—collectively creating a group of songs that capture the band’s emotion and intensity.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are: Rateliff (vocals, guitar), Joseph Pope III (bass), Patrick Meese (drums), Luke Mossman (guitar), Mark Shusterman (keys), Andy Wild (saxophone), Scott Frock (trumpet), and Jeff Dazey (saxophone).

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS TOUR DATES:
March 15—Spicewood, TX—Luck Reunion
March 16—Austin, TX—Outdoor Stage (SXSW)
May 5—Saint Petersburg, FL—Jannus Live*
May 6—Atlanta, GA—Shaky Knees Festival
May 8—Charlotte, NC—The Fillmore* (Sold Out)
May 9—Raleigh, NC—The Ritz*  (Sold Out)
May 11—Asheville, NC—Highland Brewing Company* (Sold Out)
May 12—Louisville, KY—Iroquois Amphitheater* (Sold Out)
May 14—Richmond, VA—The National (Sold Out)
May 16—Washington, DC—Anthem
May 18—Toronto, ON—Massey Hall
May 19—Montreal, QC—MTelus

May 31—Chicago, IL—Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island†
June 1—Indianapolis, IN—Lawn at White River State Park
June 2—Lewiston, NY—Artpark Amphitheater†
June 3—Cleveland, OH—Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica†
June 5—Cooperstown, NY—Brewery Ommegang 
June 6—Philadelphia, PA—Skyline Stage at the Mann Center
June 8—Boston, MA—Blue Hills Bank Pavilion‡ (Sold Out)
June 9— Forest Hills, NY—Forest Hills Stadium§
August 3—Kansas City, MO—Crossroads (Sold Out)
August 4—Des Moines, IA—Hinterland Festival
August 5—St. Paul, MN—The Palace Theatre (Sold Out)
August 7—Moorhead, MN—Bluestem Amphitheatre
August 9—Missoula, MT—Kettlehouse Amphitheater (Sold Out)
August 10—Troutdale, OR—Edgefield Amphitheater (Sold Out)
August 15—Los Angeles, CA—Greek Theater (Sold Out)
August 18—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater (Sold Out)
August 19 - Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
August 22—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
(Sold Out)
August 23—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre††
November 7—Breckenridge, CO—Riverwalk Center (Folk Set) ‡‡
November 8—Grand Junction, CO—Avalon Theatre (Folk Set) ‡‡
November 10—Denver, CO—Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre (Folk Set) ‡‡

*w/ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
† w/ The Head & The Heart
‡w/ Deer Tick
§w/ The Head & The Heart and Hiss Golden Messenger
** w/ Tank and the Bangas
††w/ Slim Cessna's Auto Club
‡‡w/ John Prine

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FLOGGING MOLLY RELEASE TWO UNRELEASED TRACKS FROM LIFE IS GOOD SESSIONS

FLOGGING MOLLY RELEASE TWO UNRELEASED TRACKS
FROM LIFE IS GOOD SESSIONS

GOING HOME IS NOW AVAILABLE VIA STREAMING SERVICES

THERE’S NOTHING LEFT PT. 2 OUT MARCH 16TH

CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM

Toronto, ON – March 9, 2018 – Quintessential Irish-American folk punk band, Flogging Molly, will be releasing two unreleased tracks from their Life Is Good recording sessions just in time for their St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Hollywood Palladium. The first installment, Going Home, is now available worldwide via streaming services. The second portion There’s Nothing Left Pt. 2 will be released on March 16th. The band just wrapped up their European outing with Dropkick Murphys and is already back on the road on their Life Is Good Spring 2018 Tour in support of their first new album in over six years.

“I think for me it comes down to being on the road for the past twenty odd years or so,” explains vocalist Dave King. “Sometimes, it’s hard to distinguish where home actually is. But, I’ve realized that traveling and working with my wife that home is wherever I want it to be.” 

Life Is Good was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer, Joe Chiccarelli (Counting Crows, My Morning Jacket, Manchester Orchestra). The album is mature, well crafted, equally polished and almost aggressively topical. It’s filled with rousing songs that are timeless in their sentiment, but directly related to today’s most pressing concerns: politics, the economy, unemployment, planned boomtowns gone bust, immigration policies gone awry, and much more. Life Is Good serves as a wake-up call to those who have simply stood by while far reaching political decisions were made that had serious impact on them.

Flogging Molly is celebrating their 20th Anniversary as a staple in the punk scene. The band started out as the house band at Molly Malone’s and built a loyal following. A few of their influences include The Dubliners, The Pogues, Johnny Cash, and The Clash. They’ve built a massive following through endless touring and even have their very own boat cruise which has hosted everyone from Rancid to NOFX to Less Than Jake to The English Beat to The Bouncing Souls to Frank Turner to Gogol Bordello. This year they’ll be hitting the high seas on their annual Salty Dog Cruise featuring The Offspring, Buzzcocks, The Vandals, Lagwagon, The Adolescents, and more.

 

FLOGGING MOLLY is Dave King (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bodhran), Bridget Regan (Violin, Tin Whistle), Dennis Casey (Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar), Bob Schmidt (Banjo, Mandolin), Matt Hensley (Accordion, Piano, Concertina), Nathen Maxwell (Bass Guitar), Mike Alonso (Drums, Percussion).

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SANGO SHARES NEW SINGLE KHLORINE (FEAT. SMINO)

                                                                                                                                   ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES
WITH STOPS IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO IN MAY

DETAILS NEW ALBUM IN THE COMFORT OF
DUE MARCH 16 VIA LAST GANG

HEAR KHLORINE NOW

Toronto, ON – March 9, 2018 – Today, Seattle-based producer, Sango, is back to share a new single. Khlorine, which follows the video for Sweet Holy Honey (feat. Xavier Omär) as the latest offering from Sango's forthcoming album, In The Comfort Of. The new project will arrive on March 16th via Last Gang, and includes features from Jesse Boykins III, JMSN, Smino and more. Supporting the new album, Sango announced tour dates across North America and Europe this spring, including stops in Montreal and Toronto in May.   

In December, Sango released a short film titled South End set to One More Thing, the fifth track from In The Comfort OfHear Khlorine above, and find the previously released video for Sweet Holy Honey (feat. Xavier Omär) and South End as well as tour dates and album artwork for In The Comfort Of below.

WATCH: Sweet Holy Honey (feat. Xavier Omär) -https://youtu.be/4jpZ-IwMAKg

WATCH: South End https://youtu.be/HowhiPoO47E

Pre-order In The Comfort Of: http://smarturl.it/inthecomfortof

SANGO TOUR DATES
March 9 – New Orleans, LA – BUKU Music + Art Project
March 14 – Berlin, DE – IPSE
March 15 – Cologne, DE – CBE
March 16 – Gent, BE – Kompass
March 17 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
March 20 – Stuttgart, DE – Freund + Kupferstecher
March 21 – Paris, FR – Badaboum
March 22 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
March 23 – London, UK – Electric Brixton
March 23 - Zürich, CH – m4music fest
May 1 – Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
May 2 – Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
May 3 – Miami, FL - The Ground at Space
May 4 – Flushing, NY - Knockdown Center
May 6 – Boston, MA - Paradise
May 8 – Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
May 10 – Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

May 11 – Detroit, MI - El Club
May 12 – Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
May 13 – Oakland, CA - Blurry Vision Festival
May 15 – Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
May 16 – Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
May 18 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
May 19 – Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
May 23 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park
May 24 - Los Angeles, CA - The Novo
May 25 – Bradley, CA - Lightning in a Bottle Festival
May 26 – George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
 

Photo by Suzette Lee

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SKYE WALLACE RELEASES SINGLE SWING BATTER TODAY ALONG WITH POWERFUL MUSIC VIDEO

TORONTO SHOW TONIGHT AT ARRAY MUSIC
IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

"The Toronto singer's voice soars like colliding fireworks filled with the thirst of lovers." – Noisey

Toronto, ON – March 8, 2018 – Today, Skye Wallace releases her brand new single, Swing Batter, with a performance in celebration of International Women’s Day. In partnership with Toronto Womxn In Music and herHABITAT, and in support of Sistering – a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto – the show will take place tonight at Array Music and will feature sets by Skye, Lydia Persaud, Winona Wilde, Merival, and jes sachse, as well as pop-up vendors from NEW FRDM and Knot Naked. The event is sponsored by She Does The City and Beau’s.

Along with the single – which brings to life the emotional story of domestic abuse and women’s rights in Canada surrounding the 1911 trial of Angelina Napolitano in Sault Ste Marie – Skye releases a powerful music video, as visual accompaniment to the impassioned track. Watch the video – directed by Sam Soo – here.

“Swing Batter was inspired by this powerful story that moved me; one that I know has moved many,” comments Skye. “I wanted to create something that was visceral and emotional, to reflect how I felt when I first learned about it. The story behind the song is based in a historical context, one that permeates with a fledgling strength that is now very powerful amid our current social climate.”

After enduring years of severe physical and emotional abuse from her husband, Angelina was eventually pushed to murdering him with an axe.  She was pregnant at the time of her initial trial and was sentenced to be executed following the birth. In the months following this verdict, Angelina’s case attracted international uproar, especially amongst fledgling feminist groups. Many argued the years of abuse constituted self-defense; her case was reopened and her sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Angelina was released 11 years later, and her story continues to impact the Canadian public’s view of domestic abuse and women’s rights.

Skye continues, “Angelina's story is an insight into how the shift has happened in the past, and how we need to perpetuate that shift by working hard, being inclusive, vocal, and active, and educating ourselves and others."

Skye Wallace is what happens when a classically trained singer with east coast roots discovers punk rock in their youth.  Hailed coast to coast as a “national treasure” (Sad Mag), Skye Wallace is based out of Toronto, ON. Her voice and sound, accompanied by her full band, is a force to be reckoned with. Audiences can catch her live show in Ontario and Quebec throughout March.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
March 8 – Toronto, ON – Array Music, International Women’s Day Show (w/Lydia Persaud, Winona Wilde, Merival, jes sachse)
March 9 – London, ON – London Bicycle Cafe
March 10 – Sarnia, ON – Refined Fool Brewing
March 11 – Windsor, ON – Dr. Disc (1PM)
March 11 – Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge
March 12 – Collingwood, ON – Crow
March 14 – Whitby, ON – Whitby Curling Club (w/The Blank Ends)
March 16 – Ottawa, ON – The Record Centre (2PM)
March 16 – Montreal, QC – The BOG (w/Beach Glass & Eva
Foote)
March 17 – Burnstown, ON – Neat Café

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NICE HORSE CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH MUSIC VIDEO FOR MANSPLAININ’

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AND LIVE PERFORMANCE AT FACEBOOK CANADA

 

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LATEST ALBUM THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – March 8, 2018 – In celebration of International Women’s Day, Calgary-based country band, Nice Horse, is sharing the video for their aptly titled song, Mansplainin’. Premiering via Canadian Musician, the Lisa Mann-directed video depicts the group’s trials with men, and their tenacity to push for progress. In addition, Nice Horse is premiering a live version of the track alongside Canadian artists, Brooklyn Doran, Iskwe and Witch Prophet at a special International Women’s Day event at Facebook Canada’s Toronto headquarters today. Listen here: https://www.facebook.com/events/192931614806119/. Watch the video for Mainsplainin’, and stream/purchase the song here.

Mansplainin’ is from Nice Horse’s debut LP, There Goes The Neighbourhood, and is a fitting feminist anthem, not only for the day or month, for women within the music industry and other diverse communities. 

Mansplainin’ is from Nice Horse’s debut LP, There Goes The Neighbourhood, and is a fitting feminist anthem, not only for the day or month, for women within the music industry and other diverse communities. 

“We are one of the few self-contained, all female country band so we get a lot of comments about that. While working on our new album with producer Jeff Dalziel, we’d often come into the studio with stories about things that had happened to us as women in the industry, from people thinking we needed help choosing drumsticks to men assuming the gear we were buying was for our boyfriends. We used the term 'mansplaining' a lot!” the band comments. “This was something our non-mansplaining producer hadn’t heard a lot of before and he couldn’t believe the stories we’d tell him! He really encouraged us to write a song about it, and set us up with another female who he thought would also have experienced the same thing, Tareya Green. It’s not at all a man-bashing song - we love men! It’s just an experience that most women can relate to, and we had a lot of fun writing it.”

Nice Horse had director, Lisa Mann, at the helm, with the help of a women-strong crew to produce the vibrant visuals. "Our director is the incredible Lisa Mann, one of very few female directors, and she’s been doing it for a long time,” says the band. “Katie first worked with her when she was the lead singer of the industrial rock band, Jakalope. At the time, Katie was also one of the few women in the industrial rock genre. The videos Lisa did during Katie’s time in Jakalope garnered them four MuchMusic Video Award nominations. When it was time to make this video, we all knew Lisa was the perfect director for our vision and we are so happy to have her on this project.”

About Nice Horse:
Nice Horse is what happens when four bold, brilliant and badass women get together to raise a little hell—and play a little music at the same time. Alberta natives Kaley, Katie, Brandi and Krista are out to turn the tables on the country music world and show the guys that they can rock—and party—just as hard. Sure, there are plenty of strong female country artists in Daisy Dukes out there, but try to name another self-contained unit that plays their own instruments and writes songs as potent as Jim, Jack, Johnnie & Jose, the new feminist anthem, Mansplainin’, and the band’s current roof-raising single, Pony Up.

There’s plenty of more proof on Nice Horse’s aptly titled full-length debut album, There Goes The Neighborhood (emphasis on the neigh!), on which the quartet pools its abilities with explosive results. Hot on the heels of the group’s EP, A Little Unstable, Nice Horse once again worked with producer Jeff Dalziel (Washboard Union, Brett Kissel), along with the legendary Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue) on a couple of tracks. The growing buzz surrounding Nice Horse led them to be named a CMT Fresh Face Feature Artist, accompanied by a world premiere of the video for Pony Up.

The genuine bond the ladies share comes across even stronger in the video, which also showcases their high-energy live show. The bottom line? If you’re looking for a good time, then Nice Horse is more than willing to take you along for the ride!

#Mansplainin’ #IWD2018

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Nice Horse on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2HbAEJx

www.nicehorsemusic.com

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THE BEAT ESCAPE SHARE NEW SINGLE MOON IN AQUARIUS

DEBUT ALBUM LIFE IS SHORT THE ANSWER’S LONG OUT APRIL 27 VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

PRE-ORDER NOW

Toronto, ON — March 7, 2018 — Long before they were a band, Montreal duo, The Beat Escape, took a small first step towards a longer journey at a university video class. “We made a short oddball work; a video piece that followed two characters through a psychedelic waking dream,” say Beat escapists, Addy Weitzman and Patrick A Boivin, of their founding collaboration. Many other projects and outside collaborations later, the duo have crafted a debut album their younger selves would be proud of: released through Last Gang Records on April 27th, the sublimely immersive Life Is Short the Answer’s Long plays like a waking dream of near-psychedelic electronic pop, moving to its own beat in the push-pull of forward motion and submerged reflection.

That sense of propulsion ushers opener, Sign of Age, into rising view, its sparse drums, hypnotic sequence and melancholic chords resembling house music as reimagined by Angelo Badalamenti. The enveloping mood holds as second track, Moon in Aquarius, unfurls like a night-time road ahead, ghosted by narcotic harmonies. Where Water Ends and More Dreams, meanwhile, navigate the porous boundary-lines between krautrock, Factory Records and obscure minimal wave records of the 80s.

If this is pop music, it’s pop that maps a singular route through electronic territory. “We’re drawn to the type of songs that were almost hits but there's something slightly off about them, so they were never discovered,” explain the duo. Then I Drift Away fulfils that intent, evoking a kind of dislocated psychedelia via Screamedelica; ditto Seeing Is Forgetting, where warm synth chords, a buoyant bass melody and deep vocal chorales merge hypnotically. 

For The Beat Escape, Life… marks a rapturous new beginning after their work in visual arts (Boivin) and synth-pop duo Footprintz (Weitzman). Building on their experience DJ-ing together in a Montreal bar, the duo gained momentum when Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde heard Seeing Is Forgetting. Duly signed, Weitzman and Boivin wrote and recorded the album in their studio above said Montreal bar and at a country house in the Laurentians. It was mixed by Finland house DJ/producer, Jori Hulkkonen, who, the duo say, helped realize its “driving, expansive and painterly sound”.

As for the lyrics, they mostly explore The Love Song, though the duo invite you to linger over their mysteries: “We both enjoy the process of uncovering, whereby meaning develops and reveals itself over time.” And time spent following The Beat Escape through their waking dream-world is, we’d wager, time well spent.

Life Is Short the Answer’s Long will be released on April 27th via Last Gang Records. See below for album artwork and tracklisting.

Life Is Short the Answer’s Long tracklist:
1. Sign Of Age
2. Moon In Aquarius
3. Limestone Alps
4. Where Water Ends
5. More Dreams
6. Then I Drift Away
7. Seeing Is Forgetting
8. Thousand Pound Shoes
9. Nemo Propheta

www.thebeatescape.bandcamp.com

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

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentonegroup.com

 

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VAN WILLIAM TO JOIN SINGER-SONGWRITER LISSIE ON NATIONAL TOUR

VAN WILLIAM’S DEBUT ALBUM COUNTRIES IS AVAILABLE NOW VIA FANTASY RECORDS

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE 

BEFORE I FOUND YOU

Toronto, ON – March 7, 2018 – 
Acclaimed rock singer-songwriter, Van William, is joining another sparkling artist on the rise, Lissie, for a national tour kicking off at The Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on May 2nd.  The 13-date tour will hit major markets   across the US and Canada – full routing is below. Van is currently on the road in Europe with Swedish duo First Aid Kit, in support of his acclaimed debut album, Countries, out now via Fantasy Records. 

Countries, has been met with excitement both here and overseas.  The Los Angeles Times called it, “A brash, confident folk-rock statement that affirms William's place in contemporary L.A. song craft.” And UPROXX praised Countries as, “One of 2018’s first great folk-rock records.” 

Inspired by his love for David Lynch’s cult classic film, Wild at Heart, Van just released a captivating video clip, directed by Silvia Grav and featuring Caitlin Gerard (American Crime) for the new single, Before I Found You. Before I Found You is the follow-up to the album’s first single, the Top 5 Triple A track, Revolution featuring First Aid Kit.  

Listen and buy Countries HERE.

VAN WILLIAM TOUR DATES:
May 2 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom 
May 3 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
May 6 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
May 7 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
May 8 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial
May 16 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall

May 17 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
May 18 – Chicago, IL – SPACE
May 20 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Small's Theatre
May 22 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
May 23 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
May 25 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live  
May 26 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

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DANNY AVILA ANNOUNCES SONY SIGNING PLUS NEW SINGLE WITH THE VAMPS AND MACHINE GUN KELLY

Too Good To Be True is the next level for me and I can't think of anyone better to have worked on this than The Vamps and Machine Gun Kelly. Working with these artists has been one of the biggest motivations and inspirations for me to date!” – DANNY AVILA

Toronto, ON – March 2, 2018 – 
Spanish DJ/producer, Danny Avila, is gearing up for his biggest year yet. That’s saying something, as the 22-year-old has already made a huge mark on the electronic music scene to date, slotting in at no. 52 in the Top 100 DJ’s of 2017 poll – DJ Mag’s highest re-entry of the year. Avila is pulling out the big guns for his first release of 2018, announcing an international multi-single deal with B1 Recordings / Sony Music Spain for huge new release Too Good To Be True.

Joining Danny Avila on Too Good To Be True are global superstars, The Vamps – whose vocal talents have skyrocketed them in to the limelight since the band first formed in 2011. Having achieved worldwide fame, The Vamps are understandably selective when it comes to choosing musical partners to work with. This is where Danny’s production talent really steps to the fore, as the artists combine for the first time. Add US rap sensation, Machine Gun Kelly, in to the mix, and the recipe for the perfect urban-infused electronic track is complete. This is one colossal collaboration that goes beyond expectations!

A blend of Danny’s meticulous, upbeat production with The Vamps’ trademark catchy vocals makes Too Good To Be True the ultimate dance track – perfect when you need an escape from reality. With Machine Gun Kelly switching up the beat with his masterful lyrics, it’s too easy to lose yourself in the uplifting world of Too Good To Be True

Too Good To Be True is available from March 2nd via B1 Recordings / SONY Music Spain.

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NICKY JAM RELEASES X /EQUIS HIS NEW SINGLE WITH J BALVIN TODAY

THIS IS THE FIRST SINGLE FROM NICKY JAM’S FORTHCOMING ALBUM SCHEDULED
TO BE RELEASED IN LATE SUMMER

Toronto, ON – March 2, 2018 – The highly anticipated single, X/Equis, by Nicky Jam and J Balvin is available today via Sony Music Latin from all digital-music outlets, and is shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated collaborations of the year.

Featuring Nicky Jam's Puerto Rican-influenced flow and J Balvin's trademark Medellín wordplay, X/Equis, brims with the artists' chemistry and camaraderie. Fusing Afro-Caribbean rhythms with dancehall and reggae, this track dazzles us with its rhythmic prowess. 

X/Equis was written by Nicky Jam and J Balvin, with production by Afro Brother and Jeon that features the stamp of Saga WhiteBlack and Alejandro Patiño. It's a dream team that the entertainment company, La Industria Inc. organized in Medellín to create a track that will delight the artists' fans, along with music lovers all over the world.

X/Equis is Nicky Jam’s first single from his forthcoming album to be released in late summer. In addition to J Balvin, other prominent guest artists will be featured on this album. This single's music video was filmed in Miami by the renowned director, Jessy Terrero, and showcases many of the city's most iconic vignettes.

At the moment, Nicky Jam is filming his biographical series, El Ganador (The Winner), which will premiere at the end of summer on Telemundo in the United States and Puerto Rico, and on the Netflix entertainment platform in the rest of the world.

Awards and Recognitions
2015 Latin GRAMMY® Best Urban Performance - El Perdón
2015 Latin American Music Awards (3)
2015 Premios Tu Mundo (2)
2016 iHeart Radio Music Award - Latin Song of The Year
2016 Premios Lo Nuestro (3)
2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards (7)
2016 Premios Lo Nuestro (3)
2016 Billboard Music Awards Top Latin Song
2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards (6)
2017 Premio Lo Nuestro - Best Urban Song
2017 Billboard Music Awards Top Latin Song
2017/2018 RIAA Diamond certifications for his album Fénix and its singles El Amante (The Lover), El Perdón (Forgiveness) and Hasta El Amanecer (Until Dawn). 

About Nicky Jam
Nick Rivera Caminero, known as Nicky Jam, is recognized around the world as a pioneer of Latin urban music. Born in 1981 in Boston, as a boy he moved with his family to Puerto Rico. 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 on the island. 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 Off to the Party), Fiel A Tu Piel (Faithful To Your Skin) and La Combi Completa (The Complete Combination) among others. He toured the world and became one of Latin urban music’s first international stars. 

Just as he was enjoying his hard-earned accomplishments, his life took a 180-degree turn. Finally, after three years out of the limelight, Nicky Jam performed a show in Colombia. With discipline and hard work he began to make up for lost time. He soon decided to move to Colombia to rebuild his career. In 2012, he created a low-budget music video that went on to rack up over 15 million views on YouTube. In 2013, he debuted his renewed persona and returned stronger than ever. He notched five radio hits: Piensas en Mí (You Think About Me), Curiosidad (Curiosity), Juegos Prohibidos (Forbidden Games), Voy a Beber (I'm Going to Drink), and the global hit, Travesuras (Mischief). Travesuras was Nicky’s international comeback hit after a 10-year absence from the charts. It peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs. His social-media following grew 3,000 percent by late 2014, making him one of the genre's most talked-about and respected artists.

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 charts for 30 weeks (second longest-running single in the chart’s history). In January 2016, Nicky released Hasta el Amanecer, which also became the biggest Latin song of the year. The single was #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs for 18 weeks, which was the longest run of 2016. The official music video reached 100 million views in the first month, averaging over 3 million views per day.  In fact, the top Hot Latin Songs Track of 2016 belongs to Nicky Jam’s Hasta El Amanecer. It also scored the No. 1 year-end spot on the Latin Airplay, Latin Pop Airplay, Latin Rhythm Airplay, Latin Rhythm Digital Song Sales, and Latin Digital Song Sales charts. 2017 became another remarkable year for Nicky with the release of his single, El Amante (The Lover), his first album in 10 years titled Fénix, and his big-screen debut on Vin Diesel’s film XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

About J Balvin
Hailing from Medellín, Colombia, José Álvaro Osorio Balvin - better known to a legion of global fans as J Balvin - has been praised by Billboard as "the biggest breakout act Latin music has seen in many years." With a distinctive style that pays reverence to the first-wave of reggaetón stars from Puerto Rico, but fused with additional Colombian and mainstream hip-hop rhythms, more seductive than boastful lyrics, and a strong passion for fashion, J Balvin has become the undeniable leader of a second-generation reggaetón revolution propelling urban music back to the forefront of Latin music worldwide. Between his game-changing major-label debut album LA FAMILA, global smash hit successor ENERGIA and landmark single, Mi Gente (My People), J Balvin has quickly notched eight #1 Latin singles, garnered nearly 50 million social media followers, and over 9 billion total YouTube views. J Balvin has also become one of Latin music's most in-demand collaborators, having worked with artists, writers and producers such as Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Major Lazer, PooBear, French Montana, Juanes, Daddy Yankee and Camilla Cabello.

Major award recognition has also quickly followed, as J Balvin has won back-to-back Latin GRAMMY® Awards, multiple Billboard Latin Awards, the BMI's Songwriter Award for Contemporary Latin Song of the Year, and the overall Artist Of The Year recognition two years in a row at Univision's Premio Lo Nuestro.

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MEGATIVE RELEASE BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR SINGLE CAN’T DO DRUGZ (LIKE I USED TO)

FULL-LENGTH ALBUM COMING THIS SPRING

BAND ON TOUR THROUGH APRIL AND MAY

Toronto, ON – March 2, 2018 – Brooklyn-based collective, MEGATIVE, (Tim Fletcher of The Stills, Gus Van Go, Like Minds, and Screechy Dan) is creating a dark and deep subterranean dub, heavily influenced by the sounds that came out of the UK punk and reggae scene of the late 70s. The group signed to Last Gang Records in 2017 and released their debut single, More Time, and now they’re back with a brand-new video for the single, Can’t Do Drugz (Like I Used To). Both tracks will appear on the band’s new full-length album, which is set for release this spring. Watch the video for Can’t Do Drugz (Like I Used To) here, and catch the band on tour through April and May (details listed below).

“This song is about a man hitting an existential rock-bottom,” says Fletcher. “A man finally seeing how far he has taken avoiding himself, realizing how deep he's buried his pain… all under the pretense of having a good time - all the time. Now he's understanding you don't get a second body, a second brain, or a second life, and he's filled with dread and remorse. I feel for what people like Syd Barrett and Brian Wilson went through. They were wounded and vulnerable... like many of us. Then too many drugs were added to the mix, and it destroyed them. This song is about the very tangible fear of venturing too close to that abyss.”

Adds Sabre Dane, Director of the Can’t Do Drugz (Like I Used To) video: “A friend had told me Gus had been working on a project with Tim and the gang on a new project and that it might be up my ally. After what I heard, I was intrigued as hell. I grew up listening to a lot of the genres these guys were playing with. So when Gus got in touch with me, I jumped at the chance. 

Gus, Tim and I came to a general base for what we were after – we knew we wanted that late 70s gritty Manchester vibe while keeping with the depths of what the song was about – no better way to show that then keep it sweaty and live. I brought on two of my favourite doc shooters (Wes Legge and Adrian Smith) to shoot the live portion with me – and my longtime collaborator, Curry Leaman to make sense of all the stuff we captured. 

The street portion really just became a hangout session between Gus, Tim, Screechy and I. Super chill and kind of felt it out as we went. I think it kept everything honest that way. Tim was a champ with how many cigs he had to light that night, Screechy the same by keeping his performance heavy with the other two dudes dancing and jumping around behind me.  Properly dug teaming up with Gus’ brain the night we shot – it was a bit of a party and really dig what came out of it.”

Part Gorillaz, part The Clash, laced with King Tubby-style dub FX and swirling sirens straight out of Massive Attack’s sound-system, MEGATIVE is the sound of all these jamming together in an underground basement after-party at the end of the world. Tim Fletcher’s (The Stills), vocals channel the haunting, cool detachment of a young Terry Hall (The Specials) and fuse with the moody subs generated by producer, Gus Van Go (Arkells, Whitehorse, Wintersleep) – of cult-Montreal punk ensemble, Me, Mom & Morgentaler – who has gone from frontman in his own right, to become a much-sought-after, decorated producer in the contemporary independent scene. Together, these longtime fellow conspirators have been plotting the birth of MEGATIVE for many years. The pair then got together with NYC production duo, Like Minds, and Brooklyn-via-Jamaica MC, Screechy Dan (Ruff Entry Crew), and started making songs, for themselves. 

Listen to Can’t Do Drugz (Like I Used To) here: http://smarturl.it/cantdodrugz
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/ccCvJ7bP1s0

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
April 25 – Lavaltrie, QC – Chasse-Galerie
April 26 – Montreal, QC – Le National
April 28 – Ottawa, ON – Babylon

May 1 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
May 3 – Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall
May 4 – London, ON – London Music Hall (Rum Runners)
May 5 – Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware

May 10 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
May 11 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
May 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb's Lounge

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MT. JOY SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT TODAY

ON TOUR WITH CANADIAN STOPS IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO, AND HAMILTON

“Your new folk-rock heroes…on ‘Silver Lining’ they sing about friends they’ve lost to addiction and still kick a chorus that could raise the roof of a hockey arena.” – Rolling Stone

“Amiable and soaring…ambles along with a welcome mix of knockabout likability and roof-raising grandeur.” – NPR Music

“Standout tracks like the politically attuned ‘Sheep’ have a homespun feel, while Quinn’s mellifluous vocals lace them with a hint of soul” – Yahoo Music

“Feel good indie-folk music that’s also socially poignant…interesting and beautifully thought out pieces of music that have connected with fans all over.” - HuffPost


Toronto, ON – March 2, 2018 – Today, Mt. Joy’s “amiable & soaring” (NPR Music) debut album, Mt. Joy, is out on Dualtone, an Entertainment One company. Deemed, “your new folk-rock heroes” by Rolling Stone, and selected by NPR as one of their Slingshot Artists for 2018, Mt. Joy — produced by Jon Gilbert — stands among 2018’s boldest musical breakthroughs and a showcase for Matt Quinn’s intuitive, direct songwriting that tackles everything from the vicious cycles of addiction to political calls to action in a post-Trump world.

Watch Mt. Joy perform hit single, Silver Lining, which just broke the Top 20 on the Triple A Radio Charts, during their national television debut on CONAN last month, here.

The band are preparing for a busy spring as they embark on a headlining tour, which includes dates in LA and New York, as well as a jam-packed schedule at SXSW. They're set for highly anticipated appearances at Shaky Knees, BottleRock, Innings Festival and more.

In little more than a year as a band, the LA-via-Philadelphia band has racked up over 18 million streams on Spotify, toured with Neko Case, The Shins, Whitney, The Head And The Heart and The Lone Bellow, and performed at Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Made In America and Lollapalooza.

Buy Mt. Joy, here.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Mar 8 — Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
Mar 9 — San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Mar 10 — Las Vegas, NV @ Neon Reverb
Mar 13 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 14 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 15 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 16 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 17 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 19 — Dallas, TX @ Dada
Mar 20 — Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Mar 22 — Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Mar 23 — Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre*
Mar 25 — Tucson, AZ @ Innings Festival
Apr 3 — San Francisco, CA @ Café du Nord
Apr 6 — Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Apr 7 — Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
Apr 8 — Seattle, WA @ Sunset
Apr 10 — Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Apr 20 — Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall^
Apr 21 — Charlotte, NC @ The Underground^
Apr 22 — Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre^
Apr 24 — Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater^
Apr 26 — Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre^
Apr 27 — Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre^
Apr 28 — Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room^
May 1 — Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
May 3 — New York, NY @ Rough Trade
May 4 — Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
May 6 — Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
May 7 — Nashville, TN @ High Watt
May 8 — St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room
May 10 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street
May 11 — Chicago, IL @ Hideout
May 12 — Chicago, IL @ Hideout
May 14 — Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
May 15 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Funhouse @ Mr. Smalls
May 19 — Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry
May 25 — Napa, CA @ BottleRock
June 16 - Hamilton, ON - Liquid Arts Festival
*w/Lil Smokeys
^w/Anderson East

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RY COODER’s NEW ALBUM THE PRODIGAL SON SET FOR RELEASE ON MAY 11th VIA FANTASY RECORDS

SPRING/SUMMER TOUR WILL SUPPORT THE RENOWNED MUSICIAN, PRODUCER AND SONGWRITER’S FIRST SOLO RELEASE IN SIX YEARS 

Toronto, ON – March 1, 2018 –
 The Prodigal SonRy Cooder’s first new solo release in six years, is set for release by Fantasy Records on May 11th, 2018.  Listen to the lead track, Shrinking Manhere + pre-order The Prodigal Son here

Recorded in Hollywood, CA, and produced by Ry and his chief collaborator, drummer Joachim Cooder, The Prodigal Son is all America - our spiritual, hopeful voices, our raw cries and our sly provocations, voiced through the songs of the Pilgrim Travelers, The Stanley Brothers, Blind Willie Johnson, and Ry Cooder himself.  

The album’s 11 tracks, including three Cooder originals and a carefully selected collection of his favourite spirituals of the last century, share a particular resonance in this time and place, forming an unflinching look at the state of play in modern America. “I do connect the political/economic dimensions with the inner life of people, since people are at risk and oppressed on all sides in our world today,” he stated. “There’s some kind of reverence mood that takes hold when you play and sing these songs. ‘Reverence’ is a word I heard my granddaughter’s nursery school teacher use, a Kashmiri woman. She said, ‘We don’t want to teach religion, but instill reverence.’ I thought that was a good word for the feeling of this music.” 

For nearly 50 years, the immense scope and influence of Ry Cooder's music has been felt as much, or more than heard.  As master musician, producer, songwriter and sage, the Santa Monica, California native has explored music and culture from across the city, the state, the country, and around the world.  Framed by his expressive vocals and elegant guitar work, this is music for these times.  A deft commentary on our ailing moral state, The Prodigal Son is a fearless dive into the country’s soul, and the man, Ry Cooder. 

Cooder will bring The Prodigal Son Tour, to venues throughout North America this spring and summer, his first full tour since 2009.  Confirmed tour dates are below with more to be added soon.  For ticket information, please visit: RyCooder.com

The Prodigal Son Track List:
1. straight street (James W. Alexander / Jesse Whitaker) 
2. shrinking man (Ry Cooder)
3. gentrification (Ry Cooder / Joachim Cooder)
4. everybody ought to treat a stranger right (Traditional; Blind Willie Johnson, Arr. by Ry Cooder)
5. the prodigal son (Traditional: Arranged by Ry Cooder /Joachim Cooder)
6. nobody’s fault but mine (Blind Willie Johnson / Arranged Ry Cooder / Joachim Cooder)
7. you must unload (Alfred Reed)  
8.  i’ll be rested when the roll is called (Blind Roosevelt Graves)
9. harbor of love (Carter Stanley) 
10. Jesus and woody (Ry Cooder)
11. in his care (William L. Dawson)

Ry Cooder - Tour Dates : 
June 3 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere 
June 4 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere 
June 6 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse 
June 7 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre 
June 8 – New York, NY – Town Hall Theatre 
June 9 – Derry, NH – Tupelo 
June 26 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall 
June 27 – Ottawa, ON – Centerpoint            
June 29 – Montréal, QC – Jazz Festival @ Maisonneuve 

June 30 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Theater 
July 1 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood 
July 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center 
July 14 – Courtenay, BC – Vancouver Island MusicFest 
July 17 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall 
July 20 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall 
July 21 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre

www.RyCooder.com

 

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PRIME BOYS TAKE OVER THE TUNDRA WITH MUSIC VIDEO FOR TINTED

Toronto, ON – March 1, 2018 – Today, buzzing Toronto trio, Prime Boys, serve up the cinematic music video for their new single, Tinted —produced by Murda Beatz [Drake, Gucci Mane]. Watch the video here, and get the single here.

In the visual directed by Elliot Clancy Osberg [Roy Woods], the group—Jimmy Prime, Donnie, and Jay Whiss—take over an icy landscape. Cruising on four wheelers through this snowbound expanse, they drop autotuned hooks and rhymes that are as chilly as the climate is. For the uninitiated, it’s the perfect introduction to their ice-cold flows. Complex exclusively premiered the clip, fittingly describing it as “memorable.”

They’ve recently been making waves by dropping the music video and single for Come Wit It, starring in the Viceland documentary 6ix Rising, and garnering widespread support from Drake’s OVO Sound Radio.

Be on the lookout for more soon!

About Prime Boys
Toronto’s Prime Boys are no strangers to putting on for their city. Together, the trio has made an impact on the hip hop scene both locally and globally, by consistently releasing projects that speak directly to the urban culture that they are a part of. In the three years since they began releasing music to the public, the Prime Boys have made waves in both the local and global music scenes. As a collective, Jimmy Prime, Donnie, and Jay Whiss have been gaining momentum with individual projects as well as posse cuts that celebrate the creativity being fostered in Toronto. From contributing to the culture of the rap game and Toronto, to co-signs from some of music’s most powerful voices, Jimmy, Donnie, and Jay Whiss have amassed a sizable following of hip hop fans who anxiously await each release. With close to millions of views on their music videos and millions of streams on their music collectively, it doesn’t look like the Prime Boys will be slowing down anytime soon. A string of live performances and high-profile collaborations secured for the coming year are sure to propel the Prime Boys to the all-star status that they’ve been working hard to achieve.

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

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

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

 

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UNION DUKE ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR DATES

WATCH BABY DON’T BREAK MUSIC VIDEO

Toronto, ON – February 28, 2018 – 
In the summer of 2016, Toronto folk quintet, Union Duke, released their infectious third album, Golden Days. They toured relentlessly around the release and are still showing no signs of slowing down – now announcing a run of Canadian tour dates this spring! Kicking off this Friday (March 2) in Kitchener, ON, the band will head across Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, through March and April (details listed below). 

"We're really excited to hit up some of our favourite venues, see a bunch of familiar faces, and explore some new towns and theatres across the West," says Jim McDonald.

Golden Days was released on August 5th, 2016, and is the perfect fit for the heatwave of the dance hall or the cool breeze of the park. The album showcases the band’s signature soulful indie rock sound mixed with bluegrass and country, along with their soaring harmonies with three, four, and even five voices. Recorded live off the floor to capture the raw, joyful energy of their concerts, Golden Days was mixed with Grammy award-winning engineer, Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Timbre Timber) to help bring the tracks to life. 

The band works hard, travelling back and forth across the country playing to fans young and old from coast to coast. They've played sold out shows where crowds know all the words, and have performed at countless festivals including TURF, Mariposa, and Summerfolk, topping the list of must-see acts. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they leave every audience smiling – maybe the golden days aren't so distant after all!

TOUR DATES:
March 2 – Kitchener, ON – Registry Theatre
March 18 – Chelmsford, ON – Private Event
March 19 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Foundry
March 20 – Winnipeg, MB – Times Changed High and Lonesome Club
March 23 – Westlock, AB – Westlock Cultural Arts Theatre
March 24 – Revelstoke, BC – Traverse Night Club
March 28 – Bassano, AB – In Concert for Bassano Arts Council
March 29 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment
April 5 – Fort McMurray, AB – Keyano Recital Hall
April 6 – Hinton, AB – West Fraser Guild Performing Arts Theatre
April 7 – Edson, AB – Chutauqua Arts Council Series
April 10 – Rocky Mountain House, AB – Grandview Stage Country Resort
April 13 – Camrose, AB – Bailey Theatre for Rose City Roots Music Society
April 14 – Slave Lake, AB – Stage North Concert Series

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THOMPSON EGBO-EGBO LAUNCHES TORONTO RESIDENCY AT THE REX HOTEL

LIVE PERFORMANCES EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH MARCH 2018

LATEST ALBUM A NEW STANDARD OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – February 26, 2018 – Canadian jazz pianist, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, has announced a residency at iconic venue, The Rex Hotel, in his hometown of Toronto. He will perform with the Thompson Egbo-Egbo Trio every Tuesday night from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm throughout the month of March, delivering exclusive sets in an intimate setting. See complete list of dates and info below.

The residency follows his latest album, A New Standard, released on January 19 via Entertainment One Music. A New Standard is a brilliant display of his limitless musical vision. It is the first made with his group consisting of drummer, Jeff Halischuk, and bassist, Randall Hall. Listen to the lead single, My Favourite Things, and purchase/stream the album now.

Thompson has been making his rounds in the city to share insight on the new album, highlighted through interviews at CP24 Breakfast, and CBC Radio One’s Fresh Air with Nana Aba Duncan. In addition, you can learn more about Thompson’s unique career and captivating personality as a participant in FNTSY Sports Network’s new series, Draft Everything.

As A New Standard’s title playfully suggests, Egbo-Egbo’s song selection touches on relatively recent compositions by artists such as Bob Dylan and Radiohead, while deftly transforming some old favourites, with a particular nod to the legacy of John Coltrane. Interpreted another way, A New Standard represents Egbo-Egbo’s continuing evolution as a player, writer and arranger while staying true to a classic trio format.

 

However, the blending of old and new is only one facet of Egbo-Egbo’s musical personality. Balancing his world-class chops is a natural ability to infuse raw emotion into everything he plays, whether it’s a majestic take of the traditional Hebrew love song, Lo Baiom Velo Balyla, or a sly melding of Coltrane’s Mr. PC with the Spider-Man television show theme.

“My approach has always been to play in a way that sounds right to me, while at the same time creating stuff that’s accessible to as many people as possible,” Egbo-Egbo says. “I don’t see it as making concessions to the pop world or any other genre. We all have unlimited access to every kind of music now, so I feel I’m a position to add whatever elements I’m interested in to my sound.”

That range of influences is further underscored by A New Standard’s opening combination of Benny Golson’s Whisper Not from 1956 and Sing To The Moon, the title track from British artist Laura Mvula’s 2013 Mercury Prize-nominated debut. Egbo-Egbo’s arrangement of the latter is the only vocal on A New Standard, performed by Toronto singer, Nikki Ponte, whom the pianist had met in Greece after her stint on the country’s version of the television show, The X Factor. Elsewhere on the album, You Must Believe In Spring is a tip of the cap to Bill Evans, while a jaunty take of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Favela adds some Brazilian flavour to the mix.

About Thompson Egbo-Egbo
Born in Nigeria, Thompson came to Toronto with his family at the age of four and started playing piano two years later. His talents were quickly developed through a local music school, created specifically to provide neighborhood kids with affordable lessons. Egbo-Egbo went on to study Jazz Performance at Toronto’s Humber College and then, with the help of a partial scholarship and several benefactors, attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for three years.

He later expanded his studies into production and sound design, which led to composing music for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and performing with the London production of the popular Canadian stage play, Da Kink In My Hair. This in turn brought further opportunities, including playing for Quincy Jones, as well as for H.R.H Prince Charles, H.R.H. Prince Edward, and H.R.H. Prince Phillip. He also recorded and toured with Toronto R&B artists, Ayah and Saidah Baba Talibah, now known as Merna and SATE.

Perhaps one of Egbo-Egbo’s greatest career milestones came in 2007 when he was commissioned to produce a medley for that year’s Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a class that included no less than Joni Mitchell. This wealth of experience eventually resulted in Egbo-Egbo releasing his first solo album, Short Stories, in 2014. In some ways, it encapsulated his life’s journey to that point and laid the foundation for the exciting directions his music has taken on A New Standard.

 

Such boundless musical curiosity and inventiveness is what continues to drive Egbo-Egbo creatively, and also motivates him to help a new generation of Toronto kids to transcend their social and economic circumstances through music, just as the Dixon Hall Music School in Regent Park helped him. Specifically, the Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation has run a program in the Jane/Finch neighborhood teaching composition to kids, and has also collaborated with Regent Park urban music artist Mustafa the Poet on a video, Spectrum Of Hope, intended in part to showcase the community’s revitalization.

Egbo-Egbo’s mantra has long been that you always make the best choice if you have a choice. Perhaps it could be added that music is rarely ever the wrong choice. “I was very fortunate when I was a kid,” he says. “So I feel I kind of have a responsibility to be an example of how when you give a kid opportunities, it can lead to real results. Some people still don’t realize how isolated many communities are, so engaging with them, and encouraging others to do likewise, will always be the main goal of my Foundation, and, in essence, my music as well.”

Thompson Egbo-Egbo Trio Live at The Rex Hotel
Every Tuesday in March (6, 13, 20, 27) from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Admission is Pay What You Can
The Rex Hotel - 194 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z1

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/220073441887370/
 

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THE WILD! DEBUTS NEW SINGLE ANOTHER BOTTLE

NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR
BEST IN THE WEST PREMIERED EXCLUSIVELY
VIA LOUDWIRE


MASSIVE WORLD TOUR TO KICK OFF THIS SPRING WITH STOPS ACROSS CANADA

CATCH THE WILD! ON 2018 WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE
AND CAROLINA REBELLION FESTIVALS


WILD AT HEART OUT NOW!

Toronto, ON – February 23, 2018 – Today, Canadian rock outlaws, The Wild!, share a new single titled Another Bottle, as a sample of fresh sounds you’ll hear as they rock stages worldwide this year.  Earlier this week, the band debuted a brand-new video for the single, Best In The West, exclusively via LOUDWIRE.COM. Directed by long-time band collaborator, Stuey Kubrick, this is the third music video they have released from their latest LP, Wild At Heart. Watch it here.

"An accurate depiction of life on a road with a band built on reckless abandon," says frontman and guitarist, Dylan Villain. "Thanks for the hangover, UK!”
 
The Wild! is hitting the road in 2018 harder than ever. The band will be headlining through Canada in April with THE LAZYS on a two-week trek aptly dubbed the Nothin’ But Another Bottle Canadian Tour 2018, before heading to The States.  

The Wild! will then participate in this year's WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE and CAROLINA REBELLION festivals. Lastly, The Wild! will head to Europe in June to support none other than ROSE TATTOO for a hefty set of dates before heading home for their next adventure. See below for a complete list of dates.

"NICE BOYS DON’T PLAY ROCK’N’ROLL... but we do!" says Villain. "We are absolutely honored to support The Tatts on the European leg of their Blood Brothers Tour. Our band would not exist if it weren’t for bands like Rose Tattoo. Straight up. We have the utmost respect for these guys and cannot wait to play some rock’n’roll for all of you this summer in Europe. See you on the road!" 

The Wild! released Wild At Heart on last year via Entertainment One. Villain adds, "This record is a big one for me. All of us, man. I really had to go through some shit to get things right on this one. I can honestly sit here today & tell you that we made the best record we possibly could. I'm proud as hell of it and I can't wait for all of you to hear it. It's everything I wanted it to be." Purchase and stream the album here.

Produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Airbourne, Aerosmith) at Armoury Studios in Vancouver, Wild At Heart is the follow-up to their debut EP, GxDxWxB, which stands for "God Damn Wild Boys," that was released in 2015. Wild At Heart is their first full-length for Entertainment One (eOne).

On vocals/lead guitar, DYLAN VILLAIN embodies all the reckless abandon and good-natured devilish charm that could only be born in a very small backwoods community. Counterbalancing Villain's snakebite rasp is bassist/vocalist, BOOZUS. Beer drinkin’, beard havin’, fly-fishin’ are his favourite past times.

Kickin’ ass & keeping time is drummer, REESE LIGHTNING. A beast with beats & everyone’s favourite asshole. You’ll love him! Rounding out THE WILD!'s lineup is “THE KID” on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Youngblood and zero fucks were given. What The Kid lacks in age, he makes up in attitude and swagger.

“I feel like for every thousand bands that are out there right now you’ll get maybe ten that believe the things they’re singing about, which is the most important thing to me in any genre,” says Villain. “I don’t give a shit what kind of music you play. If you care about it then really give yourself to that moment. Our fans aren’t stupid and I feel that they’re hungry for things that aren’t so disposable.”

TOUR DATES:
April 5 – Grande Praire, BC – Better Than Fred’s *
April 6 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite *
April 7 – Calgary, AB – Marquee *
April 10 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar & Grill *
April 11 – Regina, SK – The Exchange *
April 13 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brians Event Centre *
April 14 – Brandon, MB – The 40 *
April 15 – Winnipeg, MB – Nashville’s *
April 18 – Montreal, QC – Petit Campus *
April 19 – Toronto, ON  - Lee’s Palace *
April 20 – Oshawa, ON – Oshawa Music Hall *
April 21 – Arnprior, ON – John Street Pub *

April 28 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville
May 4 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion
June 5 – Hamburg (Altdtadt), Germany – Markthalle >
June 7 – Osnabruck, Germany – Bastard Club >
June 8 – Hamburg (Altdtadt), Germany – Markthalle – SOLD OUT >
June 9 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal – SOLD OUT>
June 10 – Mannheim, Germany – 7er Club
June 12 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad-Sohm
June 13 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
June 14 – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
June 15 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche
June 16 – Alkmaar, Netherlands – Victorie
June 17 – Bremen, Germany – Tivoli
June 19 – Neuruppin, Germany – Kulturhaus
June 20 – Berlin, Germany – Astra Culturhaus
July 20 – Kelowna, BC – Okanagan Tattoo & Brew Fest

November 10 – Caernarforn, UK – Hard Rock Hell
* with the Lazys
> with Rose Tattoo

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

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

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

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FEARLESS RECORDS WELCOMES UNDEROATH WITH NEW ALBUM ERASE ME OUT APRIL 6

BAND’S FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 8 YEARS

NEW SONG ON MY TEETH STREAMING NOW

Toronto, ON – February 23, 2017 –
Fearless Records is thrilled to welcome Underøath and officially announce the new album, Erase Me, Underøath's sixth studio album and first since 2010. 

The confirmation of what is one of rock music's most anticipated and speculated about reunions arrives with Underøath's first new song in nearly a decade, On My Teeth. Erase Me pre-order bundles will be available this evening (9pm PST / 12am EST) with digital pre-orders including an instant download of On My Teeth

"We've had success and we've come through a lot of waters," explains drummer/vocalist, Aaron Gillespie. "There's been 11,000 things we've been through so you would think, almost rhetorically, 'What do you need now?' All of us are finally in that place in our lives where the only thing we care about is inclusion for everybody-for the world. For me, exclusion is the scariest thing in the world. And I think Underøath coming back now with a new record-which none of us thought was possible-we want people to know that this is your music and you can feel however the fuck you want about it. I just want to prove that we are doing everything in the most honest way we ever have. This is the healthiest we've ever been as a group of people, as musicians, and in our worldview."  

Gillespie's quote touches on the narratives behind the 11-song release: addressing the dire circumstances that led to the demise of the band, the ability to, now, be true to themselves and with their listeners as well as the individual band members disenchantment with religion.  

"We took a step away and then we realized that we are a family," adds singer Spencer Chamberlain. "We do miss it and we miss each other. We made the decision to never play again as Underoath and then we let that sit a couple of years. Band members rebuilt themselves and their friendships-and then we rebuilt the band.

Erase Me was written and recorded over the summer of 2017 with producer, Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3) and mixed by Ken Andrews (Failure, Jimmy Eat World).

ERASE ME TRACKLIST:

  1. It Has To Start Somewhere
  2. Rapture
  3. On My Teeth
  4. Wake Me
  5. Bloodlust
  6. Sink With You
  7. Ihateit
  8. Hold Your Breath
  9. No Frame
  10. In Motion
  11. I Gave Up

Underøath has confirmed a number of festival appearances, with headlining dates to be announced soon:

UNDERØATH TOUR DATES
April 20 - Las Vegas, NV @ Las Rageous
April 27 - Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
April 28 - Sunrise, FL @ Fort Rock
May 4 - Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
May 18 - 20 - Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
May 26 - Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
June 15 - Paris, France Download @ Festival Paris
June 16 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
June 21 - Dessel, Belgium @ Festivalpark Stenehi
June 22 - 24 -Scheessel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival
June 22 - 24 -Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany @ Southside Festival
June 23 - Dessel Belgium Graspop @ Metal Meeting
June 28 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Aerodrome Festival
June 29 - Madrid, Spain @ Download Festival Madrid
June 30 - Ysselsteyn, Netherlands @ Jera on Air
July 12 - 14 Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest
July 13 - Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA
August 24 - Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
August 25 - Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival

About Underøath:
Underøath is Grant Brandell (bass), Spencer Chamberlain (vocals), Chris Dudley (keyboards), Aaron Gillespie (drums/vocals), Tim McTague (guitar) and James Smith (guitar). The band has released five studio albums including two gold records: They're Only Chasing Safety and Define The Great Line, and have earned a pair of Grammy nominations. Define The Great Line debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. The Tampa-based band parted ways following the release of 2010's Ø (Disambiguation), returning in 2016 for their self-proclaimed Rebirth Tour.

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THE HONEST HEART COLLECTIVE RELEASE NEW SINGLE I’VE GOT YOU

TRACK PREMIERED WITH INDIE88

UPCOMING ALBUM GRIEF RIGHTS TO BE RELEASED MAY 4

Toronto, ON – February 23, 2018 –
Thunder Bay-based indie-rock band, The Honest Heart Collective, shared the first single, I’ve Got You, from their upcoming album, Grief Rights – out May 4th. The band’s debut LP, Liar’s Club, tells a story of longing, deceit, and new beginnings. Now, the group is back with the first taste of the new music from their sophomore album. The brand new single, I’ve Got You, exclusively premiered yesterday on Indie88, and is available now on Apple Music and Spotify.

I’ve Got You speaks to the unspoken feeling of growing up and losing those in your life that you care about most,” says Ryan MacDonald. “This feeling continues to present itself as you get older, and it never gets any easier. Yet no matter how broken or beaten down you may feel, there will always be someone who can understand that loss, and say, I’ve Got You.

Anchored by brothers Ryan and Nic MacDonald, The Honest Heart Collective was born out of a moment at a Bruce Springsteen concert and a rotating cast of musicians made permanent. Buoyed by the backdrop of their Northern Ontario roots, Liar’s Club encapsulates The Honest Heart Collective’s old soul take of heart-on-sleeves storytelling through music. Armed with the self-built Lionheart Studios, a blue-collar mentality, and 150+ shows later, The Honest Heart Collective has become four best friends raring to put out new music and get back on the road.  Working with producers/engineers Derek Hoffman and Jay Ruston, the new material was produced and recorded in Toronto’s Fox Sounds, Union Sound Company, and out of the band’s self-built studio in Thunder Bay, Lionheart Studios.

Stay tuned for more from The Honest Heart Collective this year!

GRIEF RIGHTS TRACKLISTING:
1. North American Dream
2. I’ve Got You
3. Separate Ways
4. Debts
5. Strike Sound
6. Lonely Bones
7. Eleanor
8. When Her & I Began

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
March 21 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
March 22 – Calgary, AB – Nite Owl
March 27 – Saskatoon, SK – Capitol Music Club
March 28 – Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
* More dates to be announced soon

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SIGALA ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE LULLABY WITH PALOMA FAITH

8M WORLDWIDE SALES
800M SPOTIFY STREAMS
130 TOTAL WEEKS IN THE UK CHART
440M YOUTUBE VIEWS
6 PLATINUM SINGLES

Toronto, ON – February 23, 2018 –
Adding to his accolade of smash singles, British DJ, Producer and songwriter, Sigala teams up with Brit Award winner, Paloma Faith to kick-start 2018 with their collaborative track Lullaby, released today, via Ministry of Sound.

2017 was an incredible year for both artists - DJ and Producer Bruce Fielder AKA Sigala remains one of the UK’s most respected and influential electronic music producers, who isn’t shy of collaborating with a diverse range of both emerging and established talent to create worldwide, dance-floor smashes. Previous guest vocalists on singles such as Ain’t Giving Up, Give Me Your Love and Came Here For Love include Craig David, John Newman and Ella Eyre.

On Lullaby, Sigala explains: “This was a track I initially wrote a while ago and I loved it immediately, but knew I needed to find the right person to collaborate on it with. I love to find unique voices, so it was a perfect match when Paloma got involved! I’m so excited to release this one, and it’s a great track to preview the sound of my upcoming album”.

With 6 platinum singles, 8 million worldwide sales and over 800 million Spotify streams under his belt, Sigala has spent the last 12 months performing in front of some of his biggest audiences to date. Returning with Lullaby, he continues to prove that he’s impossible to pigeon-hole, turning his creative hand to multiple genres whilst maintaining his familiar, signature sound.

Since he unleashed his debut #1 single Easy Love to the world, Sigala has dominated the UK dance scene, showcasing his skills not only as a producer, but also as a songwriter who consciously showcases versatile sides to his musicality. This isn't the case of DJ-turned-artist, but rather artist who makes songs first, DJs later. “I listen to the radio so I like to keep my ear to the ground, but at the same time I don't want to copy myself or recycle the same sound,” he says. “I want to show that I can do different things. I want the album to show different sides to me.”

A brilliant mix of contradictions, Sigala, is the tech-obsessed muso who also enjoys rally driving and is a jazz-trained pianist. More importantly, he's the humble lad from Norfolk who's controlling the future of pop-lead dance music one banger at a time. Get ready; things are only just getting started!

Sigala online:
www.sigalamusic.com

Paloma Faith online:

www.palomafaith.com

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS PREMIERE COOLIN’ OUT TODAY

NEW ALBUM TEARING AT THE SEAMS OUT MARCH 9th
ON STAX RECORDS

TOUR DATES IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – February 23, 2018 – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ new track, Coolin’ Out, premieres today — listen to the song here. Coolin’ Out appears on the band’s highly anticipated new album, Tearing at the Seams, out March 9th, 2018 on Stax Records. The record is available for pre-order here.

Coolin’ Out follows the release of Hey Mama and lead single You Worry Me. For the third consecutive week, You Worry Me is the #1 track at Triple A and Americana radio.  This week, the song also set a Billboard chart record for the most single week spins ever at Triple A radio.

The music is receiving early critical acclaim as well—Rolling Stone declares, “The first single from his forthcoming LP adds Southern-rock bite and weary longing to make for his most urgent song yet,” while Q Magazine adds, “If anything, Tearing at the Seams more accurately captures the feel of Rateliff’s stirring live performances. There’s a looseness and sense of fun here, perhaps because for the first time the songs were written in the company of his band.UNCUT asserts, “The Night Sweats are even more commanding on the follow-up, deepening Rateliff’s vision of ‘a Sam & Dave-meets-The Band combo.’”

Following two explosive nights at Los Angeles’ Troubadour, the band will tour North America this spring, with stops at New York’s historic Apollo Theatre and Los Angeles’ Greek Theater as well as two dates at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Tickets are on sale now at nathanielrateliff.com. See below for complete details.

Initial writing and recording sessions for Tearing at the Seams took place in Rodeo, New Mexico where Rateliff & The Night Sweats re-established their dynamic off the stage and in the studio. “For the first record I demo-ed everything up and created most of the parts,” says Rateliff. “This time, I felt like we’ve all spent so much time on the road that we should all go off somewhere. We should all have that experience together.” The band finished recording with producer Richard Swift—who has helmed records for The Shins and Foxygen, in addition to The Night Sweats’ debut—collectively creating a group of songs that capture the band’s emotion and intensity.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are: Rateliff (vocals, guitar), Joseph Pope III (bass), Patrick Meese (drums), Luke Mossman (guitar), Mark Shusterman (keys), Andy Wild (saxophone), Scott Frock (trumpet), and Jeff Dazey (saxophone).

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS TOUR DATES:
March 8—New York, NY—Apollo Theatre (Sold Out)
March 15—Spicewood, TX—Luck Reunion
May 5—Saint Petersburg, FL—Jannus Live*
May 6—Atlanta, GA—Shaky Knees Festival
May 8—Charlotte, NC—The Fillmore* (Sold Out)
May 9—Raleigh, NC—The Ritz*
May 11—Asheville, NC—Highland Brewing Company* (Sold Out)
May 12—Louisville, KY—Iroquois Amphitheater* (Sold Out)
May 14—Richmond, VA—The National
May 16—Washington, DC—Anthem
May 18—Toronto, ON—Massey Hall
May 19—Montreal, QC—MTelus

May 31—Chicago, IL—Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly
Island†
June 1—Indianapolis, IN—Lawn at White River State Park
June 2—Lewiston, NY—Artpark Amphitheater†
June 3—Cleveland, OH—Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica†
June 5—Cooperstown, NY—Brewery Ommegang 
June 6—Philadelphia, PA—Skyline Stage at the Mann Center
June 8—Boston, MA—Blue Hills Bank Pavilion‡
June 9— Forest Hills, NY—Forest Hills Stadium§
August 3—Kansas City, MO—Crossroads (Sold Out)
August 4—Des Moines, IA—Hinterland Festival
August 5—St. Paul, MN—The Palace Theatre (Sold Out)
August 7—Moorhead, MN—Bluestem Amphitheatre
August 9—Missoula, MT—Kettlehouse Amphitheater (Sold Out)
August 10—Troutdale, OR—Edgefield Amphitheater (Sold Out)
August 15—Los Angeles, CA—Greek Theater (Sold Out)
August 18—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater (Sold Out)
August 22—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
(Sold Out)
August 23—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre†† (Sold Out)
November 7—Breckenridge, CO—Riverwalk Center (Folk Set) (Sold Out)
November 8—Grand Junction, CO—Avalon Theatre (Folk Set) (Sold Out)
November 10—Denver, CO—Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre (Folk Set) (Sold Out)

*w/ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
† w/ The Head & The Heart
‡w/ Deer Tick
§w/ The Head & The Heart and Hiss Golden Messenger
** w/ Tank and the Bangas

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JUNO- NOMINATED MONTREAL RAPPER LOU PHELPS SHARES COME INSIDE

NEW KAYTRNADA-PRODUCED SINGLE
FEATURING JAZZ CARTIER PREMIERES VIA COMPLEX

SIGNS TO LAST GANG RECORDS WORLDWIDE

Praise for Lou Phelps:

"Montreal MC Lou Phelps's ‘What Time Is It?!’ is an irresistible jam — the kind of song that demands a two-step." - The FADER 

"The Canadian rapper is representing where he's from hard on the new project, which was exclusively produced by his Polaris prize-winning older brother Kaytranada." - XXL 

"A handful of singles then followed under his Lou Phelps moniker before last year's standout debut, 001: Experiments, which fused the electronic experimentation of the artist glimpsed on Cause I Wanna with deeper influence from Madvillain, Slum Village, Jay Z, and Erik B & Rakim." XLR8R

Toronto, ON — February 23, 2018 — Fluidly combining hip-hop and ethereal electronic beats, Montreal's Lou Phelps is the biggest rapper in his city. Skating over a candy-coloured disco-funk instrumental courtesy of Lou's brother, KAYTRANADA, Lou Phelps turns on his charm on his latest single, Come Inside. This is his first release as a new signee to Last Gang Records worldwide.

Effortlessly stacking syllables, Lou tells a story about meeting a girl and taking her out for a good time: "Met her at the strip club, she was a freelancer/Told me to give me her sign, she was a Cancer/Dancing for the dollars at the damn club/Strippin' for these n*ggas that we wouldn't even dare touch/She knows I ain't trippin' over damn thugs/She was a mama bear--I was her damn cub." Premiered by Complex, the song features a standout verse from fellow Canadian, Jazz Cartier, who has a blast stringing together flashy punchlines over the club-ready sonics.

A longtime fixture of the Montreal arts scene, Lou Phelps is one of Canada's foremost purveyors of club-rap bangers. Lou started making music in 2011 with his older brother, Kevin, aka the Polaris Prize-winning producer, KAYTRANADA, forming a future-rap group called The Celestics. Using the moniker, Louie P, Lou developed a reputation for creating tasteful and danceable electro rap, releasing Supreme Laziness in 2014 and curating Cause I Wannaan 80-minute DJ mix that featured tracks from innovative electronic artists like DJ Rashad, RP Boo, and Kyle Hall, showcasing his excellent taste and long list of influences. In 2017, Lou released 001: Experimentshis debut project which racked up over 1 million plays on SoundCloud, featured appearances from Bishop Nehru, Innanet James, KALLITECHNICS, and CJ Samuels, and earned a nomination from Canada's JUNO Awards for Rap Recording of the Year. Look out for more music from Lou in 2018, as the young rapper continues to evolve as a vital artist.

Listen to Come Inside ft. Jazz Cartier: http://smarturl.it/lou-comeinside

Listen to 001: Experiments: http://bit.ly/2oqDWRq  

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  

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentonegroup.com

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GLASSNOTE RECORDS & INSIEME PUBLISHING ANNOUNCE THE SIGNING OF JUNO AWARD-WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER WILLIAM PRINCE

WILLIAM’S VERSION OF BO DIDDLEY CLASSIC
YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY THE COVER
IS CURRENTLY FEATURED IN MASTERCARD’S NEW
START SOMETHING PRICELESS CAMPAIGN

WILLIAM ON TOUR IN EASTERN CANADA THROUGH MARCH

Toronto, ON – February 20, 2017 – Glassnote Entertainment Group is excited to announce the newest addition to the Glassnote Records and Insieme Music Publishing rosters, with the signing of Canadian singer-songwriter, William Prince, for the world.

“I’m thrilled about joining the passionate team at Glassnote Records. Daniel Glass and company have been so encouraging and I can’t wait to make music together for years to come. Our visions have aligned in a way that feels like everything I’ve hoped for,” William said.

Daniel Glass commented, “William is a remarkable artist. When I saw him perform at the JUNO Awards, the soulfulness of his voice moved me and I knew that together we could make magic.  We are proud and thrilled to welcome William to the Glassnote family!”

William is currently featured in the new MasterCard Start Something Priceless campaign.  For the project, MasterCard selected six emerging artists, each with unique backgrounds.  Each artist recorded a cover of Bo Diddley’s, You Can’t Judge a Book By The Cover. Listen to William’s version of the song here.

William Prince is a JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter whose music is full of emotionally charged experiences that linger in memories. Raised on the Peguis First Nation of Manitoba, Canada, William has been honing his craft since the age of nine when he first picked up the guitar and piano. His biggest inspirations include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and most significantly, his preacher and musician father.

Recorded in just ten days throughout 2015, William alongside producer/collaborator Scott Nolan, created his full-length debut album, Earthly Days. He garnered honours such as Aboriginal Artist of the Year at the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year at the 2017 JUNO Awards. In a full circle moment, he inducted Bruce Cockburn into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and earned praise from not just Cockburn, but fellow inductee, Neil Young. 

Led by debut single, Breathless, produced by Grammy-Award winning Dave Cobb, 2018 will see William boldly take the next step of his journey.

UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
Saturday, March 10: Pictou, NS @ DeCoste Entertainment Center
Sunday, March 11: Church Point, NS @ Universite Sainte Anne - Theatre Marc Lescarbot
Tuesday, March 13: Saint John, NB @ Imperial Theatre
Wednesday, March 14: Moncton, NB @ Capitol Theatre - Moncton
Thursday, March 15: Summerside, PE @ Harbourfront Theatre
Thursday, March 22: Paris, ON @ Dominion Telegraph Event Centre
Friday, March 23: Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel - Underground

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About Glassnote Records:
Glassnote Records is the proud home to Grammy Award winning Phoenix, Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum selling Mumford & Sons, Grammy-winning and multi-platinum selling Childish Gambino, The Temper Trap, Two Door Cinema Club, GIVERS, Oberhofer, Daughter, Robert DeLong, Half Moon Run, CHVRCHES, Flight Facilities, Secondhand Serenade, Panama Wedding, Jeremy Messersmith, Justin Nozuka, HOLYCHILD, Hamilton Leithauser, Flo Morrissey, Tor Miller, AURORA, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Mansionair, James Hersey, Huntar, The Strumbellas, Lawrence Taylor, snny, Mosa Wild, IDER, Jade Bird and Baio.  Glassnote has been hailed as the “Best Indie Label” by Rolling Stone, “Label of the Year” at the A2IM Libera Awards and the “#1 Independent Label” by Billboard. Most recently Pigeons & Planes described Glassnote as “a powerhouse in the world of indie labels”.

The Insieme Music Publishing catalog includes Robert DeLong, HOLYCHILD, Brad Oberhofer, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Jeremy Messersmith, GIVERS, Peter Kirk, Tor Miller, Deap Vally, Half Moon Run, Jonny Wright, Rory Andrew, April Bender, Odd Martin and Junius Meyvant.

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY DEBUTS A LOVE UNREAL MUSIC VIDEO

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY DEBUTS A LOVE UNREAL MUSIC VIDEO

2018 TOUR DATES PRESENTED BY THE NOISE ON SALE NOW

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY TO SUPPORT, WITH
RED FANG / EYEHATEGOD ON SELECT DATES

ALL NEW LP GRIMMEST HITS OUT NOW
 

Toronto, ON – February 20, 2018 – Black Label Society, led by American guitar icon, Zakk Wylde, has released a brand-new music video for the single, A Love Unreal, from their latest LP, Grimmest HitsThe video was directed by long-time collaborating director, Justin Reich. Watch A Love Unreal here.

Black Label Society recently soared into the charts with their new LP via Entertainment One, Grimmest Hits. The LP landed at #4 on the Billboard Current Charts, the highest charting LP since Order Of The Black released back in 2010. Grimmest Hits reached #1 on the Billboard Hard Music, #1 Independent, and #2 Rock Charts.

Black Label Society is in the middle of a hefty batch of North American tour dates spanning coast to coast in support of the all-new LP. Support is supplied by legends, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, on all dates. Select tour dates are seeing support from EYEHATEGOD and RED FANG. 

Black Label Society released their tenth full length titled Grimmest Hits, on January 19, 2018. The new effort is the highly anticipated follow up to Billboard Top 5 charting titles Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010). In-between then and now, Zakk Wylde released Book of Shadows II, the long awaited follow up from his 1996 solo debut of the same name, which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. 

Wylde, now reunited with Ozzy Osbourne after an eight-year break, has played a handful of dates with whom he refers to as “the boss,” with no signs of slowing down. The reunion kicked off over the summer with a highlighted performance at CHICAGO OPEN AIR with high profile festivals like LOUDER THAN LIFE and OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST on deck to close out the year. 

 

Wylde will stay on the road beyond the Black Label Society dates in 2018 reunited with "the boss" on the No More Tours 2. The two-year stretch will take place this spring with dates in Mexico, South America and Europe. The tour's first U.S. leg, which will feature Stone Sour as the opening group, starts in Allentown, Pennsylvania in August and wraps in Las Vegas in October. Tickets for the North American dates are on sale now.

One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Society traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor.

Now ten studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours all kicking ass simultaneously, Black Label Society rides ever forward, fist held high.

TOUR DATES
February 20 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater*
February 21 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades*
February 23 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues*
February 24 - Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee*
February 25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater*
February 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre*
* with EYEHATEGOD
 

"If you’re after riffs you can milk for days,
 then Grimmest Hits is a Wisconsin purebred prize dairy cow." - LOUDWIRE

“…A well-rounded masterclass in heaviness.” KKKK’s – KERRANG! 

"Black Label Society smooshes doom and blues together with a full salute."
- 8/10, BLABBERMOUTH

“Zakk is back!” - CLASSIC ROCK

Purchase Grimmest Hits:
Digitally: http://smarturl.it/grimmesthits
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/grimmesthits/itunes
CD: https://www.indiemerch.com/eonemusic/item/54032

Black Label Society on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2mfdtpy

DOWNLOADHi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOADHi Res Album Art | DOWNLOAD – Tour Poster

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SHRED KELLY RELEASES NEW ALBUM ARCHIPELAGO TODAY

SHARES MUSIC VIDEO FOR DON’T EVER LOOK BACK

ON TOUR ACROSS CANADA THROUGH 
FEBRUARY AND MARCH 

Toronto, ON – February 16, 2018 – 
Today, Shred Kelly releases their most ambitious project to date, with their fourth album, Archipelago (via DevilDuck Records). The band has also kicked off their cross-Canada tour, starting in Edmonton last night. See below for tour details and have a look at the brand new music video for the band’s second single off the album – Don’t Ever Look Back – which premiered last week on Canadian Musician

The video for Don’t Ever Look Back was produced and directed by Brett Conners and Brett Fester from The Light Factory in Calgary and is based on the play, Heterophobia, by Pam Rocker.

“Archipelago, is a cohesive collection of dreamy, yet explosively exciting songs dipped in themes of relationships and the world in the modern age,” says Sage McBride. “The song Don’t Ever Look Back explores the end of a relationship and the inability to see the other perspective when you're in the middle of it. The story for the video is a spin on our modern day where instead of heterosexual relationships being the norm, they are the outliers.”

The new album was produced by Howard Redekopp (The New Pornographers, Tegan and Sara), and Josh Rob Gwilliam (Cowpuncher, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald), as well as co-production by Colin Stewart (Yukon Blonde, Dan Mangan) on Don’t Ever Look Back.  The collaborative songwriting of Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert and Ty West pulled inspiration through individual experiences and musical influences. The result is a dynamic and cohesive collection of dreamy, yet explosively exciting songs dipped in themes of relationships and the world in the modern age. Using traditional instrumentation at the base of the songwriting, the album explodes into a symphony of sounds incorporating banjos, ukuleles, synthesizers, guitar hooks, harmonies and pulsing beats.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 15 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
February 16 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar and Grill
February 17 - Cold Lake, AB – Kinisoo Ridge Resort
February 20 – Lethbridge, AB – The Owl Acoustic Lounge
February 21 – Saskatoon, SK – The Capitol
February 22 – Regina, SK – Venue TBA
February 23 – Kenora, ON – Revampe Nightclub
February 24 – Winnipeg, MB – Venue TBA
March 2 – Burnstown, ON – The Neat Café
March 3 – Ottawa, ON – The 27 Club
March 5 – Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
March 6 – Lakefield, ON – The Canoe and Paddle
March 7 – St Catherines, ON – Warehouse
March 8 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall
March 9 – Elora, ON – Elora Brewing Company
March 10 – Sarnia, ON – Paddy Flaherty’s

March 17 – Austin, TX – SXSW DevilDuck Showcase
March 22 – Vernon, BC – Vernon Lodge
March 23 – Nelson, BC – The Spirit Bar
March 24 – Fernie, BC – Fernie Stoke Fest
March 27 – Kamloops, BC – The Blue Grotto
March 28 – Kelowna, BC – Habitat
March 29 – Whistler, BC – Garibaldi Lift Co. 
March 30 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
March 31 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt

April 7 – Flensburg, DE – Volksbad
April 10 – Münster, DE – Rote Lola
April 11 – Hamburg, DE  – Kukuun
April 12 – Jen, DE – Fiddler’s Green
April 13 – Berlin, DE  – Monarch
April 14 – Cologne, DE  – Yard Club
April 16 – London, UK – The Garage
April 17 – Vienna, AT  – Chelsea
April 18 – Hradec Kralove, CZ – Kraft
April 21 – Basel, CH – Parterre
April 22 – Munich, DE  – Milla
April 23 – Dresden, DE  – Ospol

DOWNLOAD – high-res press photo | DOWNLOAD – album artwork

www.shredkelly.com

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I’M WITH HER DEBUT ALBUM SEE YOU AROUND AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINING TOUR KICKS OFF IN EARLY 2018

“…when the three women sang together, their voices became one instrument, sharing every breath” – New York Times

“…quiet beauty, gorgeous playing and harmonies and touching, visceral intimacy” – NPR World Café

Toronto, ON – February 16, 2018 –
Today, I'm With Her, the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan, release their debut album, See You Around (Rounder Records). The album is now available on Amazon, iTunes / Apple Music, Spotify and at the I’m With Her Store. See You Around is also available as an indie exclusive, limited edition light blue LP via the Record Store Day website. Additionally, I’m With Her will make their TV debut on CBS Saturday Morning on February 24th.

Last week, See You Around was released exclusively as an NPR First Listen and instantly helmed as “willfully open-hearted.” The album offers a distinguished, collaborative musicality that reflects each band member’s individual musical roots while displaying their ability to seamlessly intertwine atop 12 tracks of crystal-clear harmonies and lush string tones. See You Around imbues I’m With Her’s sonic palette with subtly captivating elements - from the enchanting title track to the percussive vocal phrasing of Game to Lose, (video directed by Genéa Gaudet), to the romantic cross-country travel tale of Overland. Each song on the album, with the exception of the Gillian Welch-penned Hundred Miles, was written by the band.

After years of crossing paths in their intersecting scenes, I’m With Her came together by happenstance for an off-the-cuff performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival during the summer of 2014. The multi-Grammy-Award-winners have individually released nine solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still), and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists.

I’m With Her continues on their headlining world tour this Tuesday with a special in-store performance at Rough Trade in NYC. The band will play several sold out shows over the coming months with stops along the way in Los Angeles, Paris, London, and more – full list of tour dates is below.

I’M WITH HER 2018 TOUR DATES:
February 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
February 27 – Downers Grove, IL @ Tivoli Theater (With Jason Isbell) (Sold Out)
February 28 – Stoughton, WI @ Stoughton Opera House (Sold Out)*
March 1 – St. Paul, MN @ The Fitzgerald Theatre*
March 2 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall* (Sold Out)
March 3 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre*
March 5 – Cincinnati, OH @ Memorial Hall (SOLD OUT)*
March 6 – St. Louis, MO @ The Sheldon Concert Hall (Sold Out)*
March 8 – Nashville, TN @ Station Inn
March 9 – Nashville, TN @ Station Inn
March 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse*
March 12 – Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre*
March 13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
March 15 – New York, NY @ Town Hall*
March 16 – Cambridge, MA @ Sanders Theatre (Sold Out)*
March 17 – Northampton, MA @ Academy of Music Theatre*
April 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom^
April 3 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall^ (Sold Out)
April 4 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Luther Burbank Center for the Arts^
April 6 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre (Sold Out)^
April 7 – Portland, Or @ Revolution Hall (Sold Out)^
April 8 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma^
April 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room (SOLD OUT)^
April 11 – Durango, CO @ Fort Lewis College^
April 12 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater (Sold Out)^
April 13 – Denver, CO @ L2 (Sold Out)^
April 17 – Fayetteville, AR @ Warton Center**
April 19 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre**
April 20 – Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater**
April 21 – Dale, TX @ Old Settler’s Music Festival
May 4 – Paris, France @ Les Etoiles
May 5 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Alice (Sold Out)
May 6 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Bryggarsalen
May 7 – Berlin, Germany @ Silent Green
May 9 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso Noord
May 11 – Belfast, Ireland @ Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
May 12 – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan’s
May 14 – Gateshead, UK @ Sage Two
May 15 – Manchester, UK @ Band On The Wall
May 16 – Bristol, UK @ The Station
May 17 – London, UK @ Union Chapel

* Andrew Combs Supports
^ Johnny Fritz Supports
** Smokey & The Mirror Supports

DOWNLOADhi-res press photo | DOWNLOADalbum cover artwork

www.imwithherband.com

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THE PLOT IN YOU RELEASE NEW ALBUM DISPOSE TODAY

RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR I ALWAYS WANTED TO LEAVE

ON TOUR SUPPORTING WE CAME AS ROMANS & ALAZKA IN THE UK & EUROPE IN APRIL/MAY

LISTEN TO NEW CLIPS OF ALBUM TRACKS ON SPOTIFY

Toronto, ON – February 16, 2018 – The Plot In You
’s new album, Dispose is out today and now, the Ohio quartet have released another track from the record. I Always Wanted To Leave has been released alongside a typically evocative new music video.

The Plot In You have also been announced as Special Guests on Alazka & We Came As Romans’ UK & European Tour, alongside Polaris.  

Dispose, is The Plot In You’s first album for Fearless Records and also features the already-released singles, Disposable Fix, Not Just Breathing, and Feel Nothing, songs which garnered an impressive number of streams before Dispose, had even been unleashed on the world.

Lyrically, the songs that comprise Dispose depict a toxic personal relationship where, in the past, vocalist Landon Tewers had focused on formative years and fictional scenarios. In Dispose, the topics hit on a more intimate level about an experience as it unfolded in the moment.

UK & European Tour Dates:
April 24, 2018 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
April 25, 2018 – Hamburg, Germany – Logo
April 26, 2018 – Berlin, Germany – Musik & Frieden
April 27, 2018 – Munich, Germany – Impericon Festival
April 28, 2018 – Leipzig, Germany – Impericon Festival
April 29, 2018 – Hannover, Germany – Faust
April 30, 2018 – Sneek, Netherlands – Bolwerk
May 2, 2018 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
May 3, 2018 – Bristol, UK – Fleece
May 4, 2018 – Glasglow, UK – Cathouse
May 5, 2018 – Manchester, UK – Night People
May 6, 2018 – Leeds, UK – Key Club
May 8, 2018 – London, UK – Underworld

The Plot In You are:
Landon Tewers [vocals]
Josh Childress [guitar]
Ethan Yoder [bass]
Mathis Arnell [drums]

DOWNLOADhi-res press photo | DOWNLOADalbum cover artwork

theplotinyou.com

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE 2018 KEY DATES ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has revealed its key dates for 2018.

The 40 album Long List will be announced June 13. The 10 album Short List will be unveiled on July 17. This year’s Polaris Gala is September 17 at The Carlu in Toronto, ON.

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 2018 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2018 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determine 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 convene on the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

Past winners have included 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 2018 Key Dates:
June 13 – Long List announcement
July 17 – Short List announcement
September 17 – Polaris Music Prize Gala at The Carlu, Toronto, ON

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. Our Polaris Podcast explores the rich and intriguing stories behind these albums and is available via iTunes and other distributors. polarismusicprize.ca

About CBC Music
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Music app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music ‎privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering over 100 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

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LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS ANNONCE LES DATES CLÉS DE 2018

TORONTO, ON – Le jeudi 15 février 2018

Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a dévoilé ses dates clés pour 2018.

La longue liste des 40 albums sera annoncée le 13 juin. La courte liste des 10 albums sera dévoilée le 17 juillet. Cette année, le gala Polaris aura lieu le 17 septembre au Carlu à Toronto, Ontario.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000$ à l’artiste ou au groupe ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur le mérite artistique, sans aucune considération pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, chacun des neuf autres nommés de la courte liste 2018 recevra 3 000$, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

La période d’éligibilité pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2018 s’étend du 1er juin 2017 au 31 mai 2018. La longue liste et la courte liste sont déterminées par un jury indépendant de journalistes de musique, blogueurs et animateurs provenant des quatre coins du Canada. 11 personnes du bassin des membres du jury seront choisies pour former le grand jury, qui déterminera le gagnant du Prix de musique Polaris le soir du gala.

Les gagnants antérieurs sont 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).

Les dates clés du Prix de musique Polaris 2018:
13 juin - dévoilement de la longue liste
17 juillet - dévoilement de la courte liste
17 septembre - gala du Prix de musique Polaris - The Carlu, Toronto, ON

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. Notre Podcast du Polaris explore les histoires riches et intrigantes qui se cachent derrière ces albums, et est disponible via iTunes et d’autres plateformes. polarismusicprize.ca

À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music connecte les Canadiens avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Music, en ligne, à la radio et des émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 100 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards hébergeant le meilleur de la musique canadienne, découvrez le prochain grand artiste avec CBC Music. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

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SKYE WALLACE TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE SWING BATTER

TRACK SET TO PREMIERE ON
MARCH 8 – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
WITH TORONTO SHOW AT ARRAY MUSIC

PARTIAL PROCEEDS OF THE SHOW GO TO SISTERING

SKYE ON TOUR IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC THROUGH MARCH

Toronto, ON – February 14, 2018 – On March 8th, Skye Wallace will mark the release of her brand new single, Swing Batter, with a performance in celebration of International Women’s Day. In partnership with Toronto Womxn In Music and herHABITAT, and in support of Sistering – a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto – the show will take place at Array Music and feature sets by Skye, Lydia Persaud, Winona Wilde, Merival, and jes sachse, as well as pop-up vendors from NEW FRDM and Knot Naked. The event is sponsored by She Does The City and Beau’s.

"This party is going to be something else,” says Skye. “It showcases a broad range of folks that I have had the good fortune of knowing and collaborating with, all with incredible talent and strong voices. I am so excited to be partnering with everyone who has made this event possible."

Skye’s impassioned new single, Swing Batter – aptly set for release on International Women’s Day (March 8) – brings to life the emotional story of domestic abuse and women’s rights in Canada surrounding the 1911 trial of Angelina Napolitano in Sault Ste Marie. After enduring years of severe physical and emotional abuse from her husband, Angelina was eventually pushed to murdering him with an axe.  She was pregnant at the time of her initial trial and was sentenced to be executed following the birth. In the months following this verdict, Angelina’s case attracted international uproar, especially amongst fledgling feminist groups. Many argued the years of abuse constituted self-defense; her case was reopened and her sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Angelina was released 11 years later, and her story continues to impact the Canadian public’s view of domestic abuse and women’s rights.

"The story behind Swing Batter is based in a historical context, one that permeates with a fledgling strength that is now very powerful amid our current social climate,” says Skye. “Angelina's story is an insight into how the shift has happened in the past, and how we need to perpetuate that shift by working hard, being inclusive, vocal, and active, and educating ourselves and others."

Skye Wallace is what happens when a classically trained singer with east coast roots discovers punk rock in their youth.  Hailed coast to coast as a “national treasure” (Sad Mag), Skye Wallace is based out of Toronto, ON. Audiences can catch her live show through Ontario and Quebec next month, with dates kicking off on March 7th in Orillia (details below). The

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
March 7 – Orillia, ON – drkrm Studio & Gallery (w/Liz Powell (Land of Talk))
March 8 – Toronto, ON – Array Music, International Women’s Day Show (w/Lydia Persaud, Winona Wilde, Merival, jes sachse)
March 9 – London, ON – London Bicycle Cafe
March 10 – Sarnia, ON – Refined Fool Brewing
March 11 – Windsor, ON – Dr. Disc (1PM)
March 11 – Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge
March 12 – Collingwood, ON – Crow (w/Danny Michel)
March 14 – Whitby, ON – Whitby Curling Club (w/The Blank Ends)
March 16 – Ottawa, ON – The Record Centre (2PM)
March 16 – Montreal, QC – The BOG (w/Beach Glass & Eva Foote)
March 17 – Burnstown, ON – Neat Café

DOWNLOAD – hi res photo (credit: Orest Dorosh) | DOWNLOAD – tour poster

www.skyewallace.com

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RHYE RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR SONG FOR YOU

RHYE RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR SONG FOR YOU

Toronto, ON — February 14, 2018 — Today, Rhye surprised fans with the Valentine’s Day release of a music video for track, Song For You, off their critically acclaimed new album, BLOOD. Directed and produced by Rhye frontman, Milosh, and Geneviève Medow Jenkins, the stunning clip stars Nathalie Kelley alongside Christopher Brochu. Watch the video here.  

“Song for You explores the moments of our lives, the cycles we all experience,” shared Milosh. “We hope these moments resonate with you, both the joy and the pain, in the same way they did with us while making this piece.”  

Rhye believe everyone can use more love, so they created an easy way to show someone you care. Rhye’s Valentine’s Day Cards allow fans to send Song For You, along with a personal love note to that special someone in their lives. Send one here.

Rhye released their widely-acclaimed sophomore album, BLOOD, on February 2, 2018. Critics were quick to praise the album as “soul pop that hits all the high notes” (Wall Street Journal), “30 minutes of absolutely immaculate music” (AV Club), “gentle sound evolving from quiet bedroom jams to decadent performance art” (The FADER), “dreamy and blissful” (Billboard), “stands out by making each recorded decision count; a sharpshooter in a world full of carpet bombing” (Uproxx), “an album to dance to…and one to bring close to your heart, to your perceptions and subjections” (Noisey), and “mood music” by Exclaim!, where Rhye is this month’s cover story.  

 

BLOOD is available digitally and physically now here via Last Gang Records. Limited edition vinyl bundles are available exclusively via the RHYE Shop. This Friday, Rhye will share two official remixes of album track, Taste. Stay tuned for more information.

Earlier this month, Rhye kicked off a tour that will visit cities across North America, with stops in Montreal and Toronto in March, Europe going into the spring, and Vancouver in September for Westward Music Festival. Tickets for all dates are available for purchase now. See below for a complete schedule and ticket links.

Rhye Live Dates - 2018
February 22 - Miami, FL - The Ground - Tickets
February 23 - Orlando, FL - The Social - Tickets
February 24 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West - TicketsSOLD OUT
February 26 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club - TicketsSOLD OUT
February 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer - Tickets
February 28 - Boston, MA - Paradise - Tickets
March 2 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel - TicketsSOLD OUT
March 3 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre -
TicketsSOLD OUT
March 5 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall -
Tickets
March 6 - Detroit, MI - El Club - Tickets
March 8 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall - Tickets
March 9 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Club - Tickets
March 17 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum - TicketsSOLD OUT
March 23 - Paris, FR - Elysée Montmartre - Tickets
March 24 - Zurich, CH - M4 Music Festival
March 25 - Brussels, BE - AB Club - TicketsSOLD OUT
March 27 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega - TicketsSOLD OUT
March 28 - Stockholm, SE - Vasateatern - Tickets
March 30 - Berlin, DE - Funkhaus - TicketsSOLD OUT
March 31 - Hamburg, DE - Gruenspan - Tickets
April 1 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso - TicketsSOLD OUT
April 3 - London, UK - KOKO - TicketsSOLD OUT
April 4 - London, UK - Heaven - TicketsSOLD OUT
May 17 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro – Tickets
May 18 - Tokyo, Japan - Zepp DiverCity - Tickets
May 20 - Seoul, Korea - Seoul Jazz Festival - Tickets
May 22 - Taipei, Taiwan - NEO Studio - Tickets
May 23 - Bangkok, Thailand - Voice Space - Tickets
May 26 – London, UK – All Points East Festival - Tickets
May 29 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie - Tickets
May 30 - Lyon, France - L'épicerie Moderne - Tickets
June 1-6 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound - Tickets
June 6 - Manchester, UK - 02 Ritz - Tickets
June 7 - Porto, Portugal - NOS Primavera Porto - Tickets
June 7-9 - Aarhus, DK - Northside Festival - Tickets
June 15 - Oslo, Norway - Piknik I Parken - Tickets
August 17-19 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival - Tickets
September 15 - Vancouver, Canada - Westward Festival - Tickets

Listen to BLOOD: http://smarturl.it/blood-ca

About Rhye:

A mosaic of emotive piano keys, physical percussion, buzzing analog synths, and expansive vocals, Rhye find humanity in musicality. Driven by this approach, the group quietly transformed into a phenomenon with the arrival of their 2013 debut, Woman. The record garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, Spin, and Pitchfork who dubbed it Best New Album. Open would concurrently accumulate over 44.5 million Spotify streams, while The Fall surpassed 24.7 million. Along the way, they sold out theatres around the globe between standout festival sets at Coachella, Pitchfork, and a highlight concert in Denmark accompanied by a 49-piece all-girls choir. As the band began writing in 2016, this expansive live show indelibly impacted their second full-length album in 2017. The first single, Please, siphons a gorgeous vocal plea through a kaleidoscope of sparse percussion and piano that’s simultaneously stirring, stark, and sensual. It’s a new musical experience. It’s Rhye.

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  

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentonegroup.com

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VALERIE JUNE’S SWEET VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT: FOR THE LOVED & LOVELESS

SPECIAL TWO-TRACK BUNDLE FEATURES THE UNRELEASED TRACK LOVE TOLD A LIE AND ALBUM FAVOURITE TWO HEARTS

Toronto, ON — February 14, 2018 — Acclaimed, genre-defying singer-songwriter, Valerie June, offers a double dose of tender reflection on For The Loved & Loveless, a special, two-track digital bundle available everywhere today, Valentine’s Day. The bundle features the never-before-released song Love Told A Lie, along with Two Hearts, a beloved track from her critically celebrated album, The Order Of Time (Concord Records).

June’s The Order Of Time was one of 2017’s most admired albums topping year-end ‘best of’ lists at the New York Times, NPR, The Guardian and Rolling Stone, among many others.  Valerie is currently on tour in the U.S. - see full tour dates here.

Listen and/or buy For The Loved & Loveless here.  

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OUR LADY PEACE SET TO RELEASE SOMETHINGNESS THE FULL ALBUM ON FEBRUARY 23rd

FULL RECORD INCLUDES
SOMETHINGNESS VOLUME 1 + FIVE NEW TRACKS

SINGLE NICE TO MEET YOU HITS ALTERNATIVE RADIO TODAY

ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
AT PLEDGE MUSIC

CO-HEADLINING TOUR WITH MATTHEW GOOD
KICKS OFF MARCH 1st

Toronto, ON – February 9, 2018 – Today, Our Lady Peace hit alternative radio with their track, Nice To Meet You – the latest single from their new album, Somethingness. The song can be found on the Somethingness Volume I EP, which was released in October 2017, and is being followed up with a complete album, set for release on February 23rd. The full album can be pre-ordered here, and will be available on vinyl and CD, exclusively during their upcoming spring tour and through the band’s Pledge Music campaign.

“Nice to Meet You is based on the premise that we are all inherently ‘good’, but sometimes it takes a minute to reveal itself, and we are forced to wait or be patient to see that good,” says OLP frontman, Raine Maida. 

The video for Nice To Meet You is part of a four-episode mini-documentary style series, featuring YouTube star, Matthew Santoro, as a ride-share driver. The series explores a unique look into the personal stories that happen every day, all around us, in a new light. Have a look at the series, featuring Drop Me In The Water, Hiding Place For Hearts, Nice To Meet You, and Falling Into Place.

The band is set to kick off a co-headlining Canadian tour on March 1st with Matthew Good. Tickets for the shows are available at www.ourladypeace.com, and the band has partnered with Plus 1 for the tour, with one dollar from each ticket sold being donated to War Child Canada. For more details on Plus 1, visit plus1.org, and for more on War Child Canada go to warchild.ca.

SOMETHINGNESS TRACKLISTING:
1. Head Down
2. Nice To Meet You
3. Ballad Of A Poet
4. Hiding Place For Hearts
5. Drop Me In The Water
6. Missing Pieces
7. Falling Into Place
8. Let Me Live Again
9. Last Train

OUR LADY PEACE & MATTHEW GOOD 2018 TOUR:
March 1 – Mile One Centre – St. John’s, NL
March 3 – Casino New Brunswick – Moncton, NB – SOLD OUT
March 5 – Scotiabank Centre – Halifax, NS
March 7 – MTELUS – Montreal, QC – SOLD OUT
March 8 – The Arena at TD Place – Ottawa, ON
March 9 – FirstOntario Concert Hall – Hamilton, ON – SOLD OUT
March 10 – Budweiser Gardens – London, ON
March 12 – Buffalo, NY – Rapids Theatre
March 13 – Tribute Communities Centre – Oshawa, ON
March 15 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON – SOLD OUT
March 16 – Rebel – Toronto, ON
March 17 – Casino Rama – Orillia, ON
March 20 & 21 – Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
March 23 – Grey Eagle Event Centre – Calgary, AB – SOLD OUT
March 24 – Western Financial Place – Cranbrook, BC
March 26 & 27 – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Edmonton, AB
March 28 – CN Centre – Prince George, BC
March 30 – Prospera Place – Kelowna, BC
March 31 – Abbotsford Centre – Abbotsford, BC

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MT. JOY ANNOUNCE HEADLINING TOUR IN SUPPORT OF SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM DUE OUT MARCH 2

SHOWS IN VANCOUVER AND TORONTO THIS SPRING

BAND IS NPR MUSIC’S FEBRUARY SLINGSHOT ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

WATCH MT. JOY MAKE THEIR TV DEBUT
PERFORMING NEW SINGLE SILVER LINING ON CONAN

TORONTO, ON – February 7, 2018 – Today, Mt. Joy announces that NPR Music has selected them as the Slingshot Artist Spotlight for February. Mt. Joy will be featured on NPR partner stations throughout the month. The band has also announced a headlining spring tour, including Canadian dates in Vancouver and Toronto (full dates below). Mt. Joy’s self-titled debut album will be released on March 2nd via Dualtone, an Entertainment One company. Pre-order Mt. Joy here.

Rolling Stone has called Mt. Joy "your new folk-rock heroes" and NPR Music has praised their "vibrant, well-crafted songs that overflow with hooks, tenderness and singalong moments". Last week, they made their television debut on CONAN. Watch their performance of Silver Lining here.

In little more than a year as a band, the LA-via-Philadelphia band has racked up over 15 million streams on Spotify, toured with The Shins, Whitney, The Head And The Heart and The Lone Bellow, and performed at Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Made In America and Lollapalooza. Mt. Joy just wrapped up a North American tour with Neko Case, and they're set for highly anticipated appearances at SXSW, Shaky Knees, BottleRock, and more come spring.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Mar 8 — Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
Mar 9 — San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Mar 10 — Las Vegas, NV @ Neon Reverb
Mar 13 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 14 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 15 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 16 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 17 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 19 — Dallas, TX @ Dada
Mar 20 — Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Mar 22 — Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Mar 23 — Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre*
Mar 25 — Tucson, AZ @ Innings Festival
Apr 3 — San Francisco, CA @ Café du Nord
Apr 6 — Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Apr 7 — Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
Apr 8 — Seattle, WA @ Sunset
Apr 10 — Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Apr 20 — Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall^
Apr 21 — Charlotte, NC @ The Underground^
Apr 22 — Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre^
Apr 24 — Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater^
Apr 26 — Macon, GA @ Cox Capitol Theatre^
Apr 27 — Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre^
Apr 28 — Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room^
May 1 — Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
May 3 — New York, NY @ Rough Trade
May 4 — Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
May 6 — Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
May 7 — Nashville, TN @ High Watt
May 8 — St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room
May 10 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street
May 11 — Chicago, IL @ Hideout
May 12 — Chicago, IL @ Hideout
May 14 — Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
May 15 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Funhouse @ Mr. Smalls
May 19 — Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry
May 25 — Napa, CA @ BottleRock
*w/Lil Smokeys
^w/Anderson East

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

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

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

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POP EVIL TO SUPPORT POISON + CHEAP TRICK ON SPRING NOTHIN' BUT A GOOD TIME TOUR WITH A STOP IN TORONTO SHOW ON JUNE 19

TICKETS ON-SALE STARTING FEBRUARY 9 + 10

POP EVIL EPISODE 2:+- LOS ANGELES VIDEO RELEASED

ALL NEW SELF-TITLED LP OUT FEBRUARY 16, 2018
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW

2018 MUSIC OVER WORDS TOUR ON SALE NOW
VIP/M&G PACKAGES AVAILABLE

Toronto, ON – February 6, 2018 – 2018 will be the year Pop Evil returns to American arenas in full force supporting two legendary acts, Poison and Cheap Trick on the Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018 tour. The tour includes a show in Toronto on June 19 at Budweiser Stage. See below for a complete list of dates.  

Vocalist, Leigh Kakaty, weighs in: “This spring is going to be an exciting one for Pop Evil, that’s for sure! What a fantastic opportunity to bring our live show across the country on the big stage with such legends like Poison and Cheap Trick.”

Produced by Live Nation, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th. VIP Packages for Pop Evil will be available for all dates, details for which can be found at www.popevilvip.com. Because of this, Pop Evil is canceling their European appearances at Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, and Sweden Rock. The band will make up these dates down the road, and they will be well worth the wait! 

The band is also releasing episode two of their video series, chronicling their time spent at Sound Emporium Studios in Los Angeles this past summer. Directed by close friend, Ryan Doyle, of Video Vision 360, the video documents the band living together as they embarked on the writing process for their fifth studio LP. Watch the first episode here.

Pop Evil released a music video for their newest single, Colors Bleed, bringing back director, Columbia Tatone, who also directed the recent Waking Lions video. Waking Lions is currently at #3 on the Rock Charts, rapidly approaching the #1 spot. 

"The #MeToo movement has been a paramount inspiration to my creative endeavors," says Tatone. "The courage of individuals has inspired and empowered me, not only as a female director but as a truth-seeker." 

“'Colors Bleed' highlights togetherness: standing together against global issues. #MeToo has put the spotlight on equality, and through this video, we were able to portray the many ways we’re pitted against each other and how we can’t fight fire with more fire. As men and women, we have come alongside one another and stand together peacefully. I’m grateful and honored that Pop Evil invited me to collaborate with them and be a part of their journey."

This is the second song we've heard from Pop Evil off their new LP slated for release next month. The band debuted Waking Lions back in October, and it is quickly approaching Top 5 at Rock Radio with no signs of slowing down. 

Both Waking Lions and Colors Bleed serve as iTunes instant gratification tracks, meaning fans who pre-order the new LP on iTunes will get the songs as instant downloads.
 

Pop Evil also had the opportunity to have their song, Be Legendary, debut on ESPN during last week's 2018 CFB Playoff National Championship game. ESPN loved it so much they picked up the song for the rest of the NCAA College Basketball Season.

 

The band will soon embark on the Music Over Words Tour, which will serve as the official kickoff for their recently announced all-new, self-titled LP. Additionally, Pop Evil is confirmed for festival dates Carolina Rebellion on Friday, May 5th , and Fort Rock on Sunday, April 29th

The massive US tour kicks off on February 14th   in Sault Ste. Marie, MI at the Kewadin Casino. The band will hit both sides of the U.S. coast before wrapping things up at The Fillmore in Detroit on April 6th. Band VIP goes on sale Tuesday at www.popevilvip.com. Palaye Royale and label-mates, Black Map, will serve as support for all dates. 

Pop Evil will release Pop Evil, their fifth studio LP on February 16th , 2018, via Entertainment One. 

The band brought on veteran producer, Kato Khandwala, and have been hard at work since early June. The band spent most of the summer in Nashville, TN at Studio A in Sound Emporium Studios and finished up the album at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles, CA earlier this month. 

The new self-titled LP will be the highly anticipated follow up to UP, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard U.S, Independent Albums Chart, #3 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart, and #25 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart in the week of its release. UP produced four top 5 singles with Footsteps, If Only For Now, Ways to Get High and Take It All.  Footsteps not only reached #1, but went on to be the longest #1 single of the band's career.

TOUR DATES:
February 2 – Phase 2 – Lynchburg, VA
February 14 – Kewadin Casino – Sault Ste. Marie MI
February 15 – 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
February 16 – The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI
February 17 – Music Hall – Minneapolis, MN
February 18 – Wool’s – Des Moines, IA
February 20 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
February 21 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
February 23 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
February 24 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
February 25 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
February 27 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
February 28 – Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
March 1 – Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
March 2 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
March 3 – Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
March 5 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
March 6 – Jake’s Backroom – Lubbock, TX
March 8 – The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
March 9 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX
March 10 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
March 11 – Rev Room – Little Rock, AR
March 13 – Saturn – Birmingham, AL
March 14 – The Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA
March 16 – Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
March 17 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
March 18 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA 
March 20 – Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
March 22 – Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
March 23 – Aura – Portland, ME
March 24 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
March 25 – Westcott Theatre – Syracuse, NY
March 27 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
March 28 – House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
March 29 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
March 30 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KYMarch 31 – Truman Theater – Kansas City, MO
April 2 – Delmar Hall – Saint Louis, MO
April 4 – Piere’s – Fort Wayne, IN
April 5 – House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
April 6 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
April 7 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
April 20 – Downtown Las Vegas Events Centre – Las Vegas, NV
April 27 – Metropolitan Park – Jacksonville, FL
April 28 – Markham Park – Sunrise, FL
May 4 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Charlotte, NC
May 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre*
May 25 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
May 31 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheatre*
June 7 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
June 14 – Hartford, CT – The Xfinity Theatre*
June 15 – Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion*
June 17 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live*
June 19 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage*
June 22 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
July 1 – Shine Festival – Bucharest, Romania
July 6 – Rock For People – Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
July 12 – Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI
July 13 – Rock Fest 2018 – Cadott, WI

* with Poison and Cheap Trick

"Pop Evil will make you want to 'rewind, start again' and enjoy repeated listens.” - LOUDWIRE

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THE PLOT IN YOU REVEAL DISPOSABLE FIX

NEW SONG FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM DISPOSE
OUT ON FEARLESS RECORDS FEBRUARY 16TH
 

ON TOUR SUPPORTING WE CAME AS ROMANS & ALAZKA IN THE UK & EUROPE IN APRIL/MAY

LISTEN TO NEW CLIPS OF ALBUM TRACKS ON SPOTIFY

Toronto, ON – February 6, 2018 – The Plot In You
’s new album, DISPOSE is out February 16th and now the Ohio quartet have revealed another song from the album in the form of DISPOSABLE FIX. Vocalist, Landon Tewers, says of the track "DISPOSABLE FIX was written in one sitting, during a writing session for another artist. I latched onto it and just had to keep it for PLOT in the end. It's a bit of a ‘fuck you’ track, reflecting on a situation after everything had passed."

The Plot In You have also been announced as Special Guests on Alazka & We Came As Romans’ UK & European Tour, alongside Polaris. "We've been friends with the WCAR guys for years now but have never gotten the chance to tour together,” says Landon. “It'll be great to be able to do a full U.S. and European tour with them."

DISPOSE, is The Plot In You’s first album for Fearless Records and also features the previously-released singles, NOT JUST BREATHING, and FEEL NOTHING, two songs which have already garnered an impressive number of streams before DISPOSE, has even been unleashed on the world.

Lyrically, the songs that comprise DISPOSE depict a toxic personal relationship where, in the past, vocalist, Landon Tewers, had focused on formative years and fictional scenarios. In DISPOSE, the topics hit on a more intimate level about an experience as it unfolded in the moment.

Tracklisting:

 

  1. RIGGED 
  2. NOT JUST BREATHING 
  3. ONE LAST TIME 
  4. I ALWAYS WANTED TO LEAVE 
  5. FEEL NOTHING 
  6. HAPPY 
  7. THE ONE YOU LOVED 
  8. PAID IN FULL 
  9. THE SOUND 
  10. DISPOSABLE FIX 

UK & European Tour Dates:
April 24, 2018 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
April 25, 2018 – Hamburg, Germany – Logo
April 26, 2018 – Berlin, Germany – Musik & Frieden
April 27, 2018 – Munich, Germany – Impericon Festival
April 28, 2018 – Leipzig, Germany – Impericon Festival
April 29, 2018 – Hannover, Germany – Faust
April 30, 2018 – Sneek, Netherlands – Bolwerk
May 2, 2018 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
May 3, 2018 – Bristol, UK – Fleece
May 4, 2018 – Glasglow, UK – Cathouse
May 5, 2018 – Manchester, UK – Night People
May 6, 2018 – Leeds, UK – Key Club
May 8, 2018 – London, UK – Underworld

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RHYE RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM BLOOD

SHARE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR COUNT TO FIVE

SHOWS IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO IN MARCH

Toronto, ON — February 2, 2018 — Today, RHYE released their highly-anticipated sophomore album BLOOD via Last Gang Records. BLOOD is available digitally and physically starting today here. Limited edition vinyl bundles are available exclusively via the RHYE Shop.

RHYE today also shared a new music video for track, Count To Five. Inspired by dance videos posted in response to the band’s music video for Taste, frontman Milosh cast dancers and recruited local filmmakers from around the globe via Instagram to create the clip’s individual shots. Directed by Milosh, the stunning clip was filmed in Berlin, Tokyo, Moscow, Ghana, Joshua Tree National Park, and Los Angeles. Watch the music video here.

"Shot in 6 different locations around the world, the video for Count to Five celebrates personal expression through the universal language of music and dance,” shared Milosh. “We invited each dancer to film in her home environment to honor her own individual experience.”

The music video for Count To Five was created in collaboration with @georginaleomelody (Berlin), @hfmtoyko and @momocarenri (Tokyo), @dkainmil and @tanyaermolenco (Moscow), @sire_choppenson and @dolly__dove (Ghana), @erinsmurray (Joshua Tree), and @jjaylene (Los Angeles). 

BLOOD follows RHYE’s debut album, Woman, which was released in 2013 to wide acclaim. Critics were quick to praise BLOODs previously released songs as “reserved, understated, and brilliant” (NPR Music), “busy but not cluttered, sexy but not serious” (Pitchfork), “soul pop that hits all the high notes” (Wall Street Journal), “delicate, sensuous” (Stereogum), “music to fall in love to” (Uproxx), and “mood music” (Exclaim!). Sonically, the album is reflective of the band’s evolving live show. 

Earlier this week, RHYE kicked off a tour that will visit cities across North America, with stops in Montreal and Toronto in March, and Europe going into the spring. Tickets for all dates are available for purchase now. See below for a complete schedule and ticket links.

Rhye Live Dates - 2018
February 2 - Guadalajara, MX - C3 Stage - Tickets
February 22 - Miami, FL - The Ground - Tickets
February 23 - Orlando, FL - The Social - Tickets
February 24 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West - Tickets
February 26 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club - Tickets
February 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer - Tickets
February 28 - Boston, MA - Paradise - Tickets
March 2 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel - TicketsSOLD OUT
March 3 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre -
TicketsSOLD OUT
March 5 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall -
Tickets
March 6 - Detroit, MI - El Club - Tickets
March 8 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall - Tickets
March 9 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Club - Tickets
March 17 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum - TicketsSOLD OUT
March 23 - Paris, FR - Elysée Montmartre - Tickets
March 24 - Zurich, CH - M4 Music Festival
March 25 - Brussels, BE - AB Club - Tickets
March 27 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega - TicketsSOLD OUT
March 28 - Stockholm, SE - Vasateatern - Tickets
March 30 - Berlin, DE - Funkhaus - TicketsSOLD OUT
March 31 - Hamburg, DE - Gruenspan - Tickets
April 1 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso - TicketsSOLD OUT
April 3 - London, UK - KOKO - TicketsSOLD OUT
April 4 - London, UK - Heaven - TicketsSOLD OUT
May 17 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro – Tickets
May 18 - Tokyo, Japan - Zepp DiverCity - Tickets
May 20 - Seoul, Korea - Seoul Jazz Festival - Tickets
May 22 - Taipei, Taiwan - NEO Studio - Tickets
May 23 - Bangkok, Thailand - Voice Space - Tickets
May 26 – London, UK – All Points East Festival - Tickets
May 29 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie - Tickets
May 30 - Lyon, France - L'épicerie Moderne - Tickets
June 1-6 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound - Tickets
June 7-9 - Aarhus, DK - Northside Festival - Tickets
June 15 - Oslo, Norway - Piknik I Parken - Tickets
August 17-19 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival - Tickets

Listen to BLOOD:
iTunes:  http://found.ee/Rhye-Blood-iTunes
Apple Music:  http://found.ee/Rhye-Blood-AppleMusic
Amazon:  http://found.ee/Rhye-Blood-Amazon
Google Play:  http://found.ee/Rhye-Blood-GooglePlay
Spotify:  http://found.ee/Rhye-Blood-Spotify
Deezer:  http://found.ee/Rhye-Blood-Deezer

Watch Count To Five:
 

About Rhye:
A mosaic of emotive piano keys, physical percussion, buzzing analog synths, and expansive vocals, Rhye find humanity in musicality. Driven by this approach, the group quietly transformed into a phenomenon with the arrival of their 2013 debut, Woman. The record garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, Spin, and Pitchfork who dubbed it Best New Album. Open would concurrently accumulate over 44.5 million Spotify streams, while The Fall surpassed 24.7 million. Along the way, they sold out theatres around the globe between standout festival sets at Coachella, Pitchfork, and a highlight concert in Denmark accompanied by a 49-piece all-girls choir. As the band began writing in 2016, this expansive live show indelibly impacted their second full-length album in 2017. The first single, Please, siphons a gorgeous vocal plea through a kaleidoscope of sparse percussion and piano that’s simultaneously stirring, stark, and sensual. It’s a new musical experience. It’s Rhye.

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  

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentonegroup.com

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS’ HEY MAMA DEBUTS TODAY

NEW ALBUM TEARING AT THE SEAMS OUT MARCH 9th
ON STAX RECORDS

TOUR DATES IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – February 2, 2018 – 
Hey Mama, the latest track from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats debuts today—listen to the track here or watch the lyric video here. The song appears on the band’s highly anticipated new album, Tearing at the Seams, out March 9th, 2018 on Stax Records. The record is available for pre-order here.

Recently, the band released their single, You Worry Me, to critical praise—Rolling Stone proclaims, “The first single from his forthcoming LP adds Southern-rock bite and weary longing to make for his most urgent song yet.” 

The band has also added dates to their extensive North American tour. Tickets for the shows are on sale now at nathanielrateliff.com. See below for complete details.

Initial writing and recording sessions for Tearing at the Seams took place in Rodeo, New Mexico where Rateliff & The Night Sweats re-established their dynamic off the stage and in the studio. “For the first record I demo’ed everything up and created most of the parts,” says Rateliff. “This time, I felt like we’ve all spent so much time on the road that   we should all go off somewhere together. We should all have that experience together.” 

The band finished recording with producer Richard Swift—who has helmed records for The Shins and Foxygen, in addition to The Night Sweats’ debut—collectively creating a group of songs that capture the band’s emotion and intensity. 

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nights Sweats’ self-titled, 2015 debut album has sold one million copies globally, and is certified Gold in the U.S., Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands, Platinum in Canada and Silver in the U.K. Their hit single, S.O.B., is certified Platinum in the U.S. and Canada and Gold in Switzerland.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are: Rateliff (vocals, guitar), Joseph Pope III (bass), Patrick Meese (drums), Luke Mossman (guitar), Mark Shusterman (keys), Andy Wild (saxophone), Scott Frock (trumpet), and Jeff Dazey (saxophone). 

TEARING AT THE SEAMS TRACK LIST:
1. Shoe Boot
2. Be There
3. A Little Honey
4. Say It Louder
5. Hey Mama
6. Babe I Know
7. Intro
8. Coolin’ Out
9. Baby I Lost My Way, (But I’m Going Home)
10. You Worry Me
11. Still Out There Running
12. Tearing at the Seams

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS TOUR DATES:
February 7 & 8—Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour (Sold Out)
May 5—Saint Petersburg, FL—Jannus Live*
May 6—Atlanta, GA—Shaky Knees Festival
May 8—Charlotte, NC—The Fillmore* (Sold Out)
May 9—Raleigh, NC—The Ritz*
May 11—Asheville, NC—Highland Brewing Company* (Sold Out)
May 12—Louisville, KY—Iroquois Amphitheater* (Sold Out)
May 14—Richmond, VA—The National
May 16—Washington, DC—Anthem
May 18—Toronto, ON—Massey Hall
May 19—Montreal, QC—MTelus

May 31—Chicago, IL—Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island†
June 1—Indianapolis, IN—Lawn at White River State Park
June 2—Lewiston, NY—Artpark Amphitheater†
June 3—Cleveland, OH—Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica†
June 5—Cooperstown, NY—Brewery Ommegang 
June 6—Philadelphia, PA—Skyline Stage at the Mann Center
June 8—Boston, MA—Blue Hills Bank Pavilion‡
June 9— Forest Hills, NY—Forest Hills Stadium§
August 3—Kansas City, MO—Crossroads (Sold Out)
August 5—St. Paul, MN—The Palace Theatre (Sold Out)
August 7—Moorhead, MN—Bluestem Amphitheatre
August 9—Missoula, MT—Kettlehouse Amphitheater (Sold Out)
August 10—Troutdale, OR—Edgefield Amphitheater
August 15—Los Angeles, CA—Greek Theater
August 18—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
August 22—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre** (Sold Out)
August 23—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre††

*w/ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
† w/ The Head & The Heart
‡w/ Deer Tick
§w/ The Head & The Heart and Hiss Golden Messenger
** w/ Tank and the Bangas

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MANITOBA MUSIC, MUSIC NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA’S MUSIC INCUBATOR AND THE NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE TEAM UP FOR PASSPORT: MUSIC EXPORT SUMMIT

PASSPORT: A NEW TRAINING INITIATIVE
FOR CANADA’S MUSIC INDUSTRY 

Toronto, ON – Friday, February 2, 2018 – The music industry is a global business. More so than ever before, music companies and artists have to develop their professional skills to navigate export markets in order to succeed. Canada’s music industry now has a new training initiative – PASSPORT: Music Export Summit – to assist export-ready Canadian artists and music entrepreneurs develop export markets and increase international trade.

Produced by Manitoba Music in partnership with Music Nova Scotia, Canada’s Music Incubator, and the National Music Centre, PASSPORT will deliver intensive training sessions to prepare export-ready Canadian artists and music entrepreneurs with business skills and product development to help bring Canadian music to the world. The project is funded by FACTOR with support from the Government of Canada.

The diverse group of over 25 PASSPORT participants are export-ready artists and artist managers from across the country working in just about every genre, all preparing for significant market development and export activities. The participants were selected from over 190 submissions based on their export marketing preparations, including participation in events like SXSW and Folk Alliance International in the U.S., The Great Escape in the UK, Reeperbahn Festival in Germany, and beyond. PASSPORT offers an opportunity not only to learn from experienced professionals with extensive knowledge and success in preparing artists for international export, and also from their peers.  See below, and visit passportmusic.ca/ - participants for a list of participants.

PASSPORT will run parallel Music Export Summits in Winnipeg and Halifax in February and March providing participants with market information and skills development on topics including export strategies and marketing global releases. The Winnipeg Summit will also include streams for Indigenous artists and managers, and Francophone artists and managers. In April, selected participants will take part in a follow-up masterclass event in Calgary that will further develop their export plans, support the creation of media assets for use in international marketing, and provide a showcase opportunity for international delegates. Passeport, the parallel program for Francophone artists and managers, is funded by Musicaction.

“Creativity, talent, passion, and drive are all key factors in building a sustainable career in the music industry,” says Sean McManus, Manitoba Music’s executive director. “Alongside that is a need to pilot the increasingly complex waters of international music releases, touring, and marketing. PASSPORT aims to help some of Canada’s hardest working music entrepreneurs develop the export business skills and acquire the international market knowledge to help build a stronger Canadian industry.”

2018 PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:

PASSPORT: Music Export Summit Winnipeg
Nathalie Kleinschmit, Prairie Mix
Manuela Wuthrich, Nuela Charles
Heather Kelly, Valeo Arts Management
Stu Anderson, Mighty Cypress Talent
Marvin Chan, Samurai Champs
Tristan Orchard, Ripe Management
Mike Edel
David Cox, CLK Creative Works
Vanessa Kuzina, Six Shooter Records
Kathryn Hummel, Hummel Entertainment

PASSPORT: Music Export Summit Indigenous
Andrew Morrison, Aakuluk Music
Amanda Rheaume
Leela Gilday
Matt Maw, RPM Records
Cris Derksen

PASSPORT: Music Export Summit Halifax
Kyle McDonald, ZAUM
Peter Rowan, Peter Rowan Management
Michelle Robertson, Kilbride Music
Ruby Quase, Jones & Co.
Jon Landry, GroundSwell Music
Mar Sellars, Mar on Music
Dara Conrod, RGK Entertainment Group
Ahkinoah Izarh, AHI
Amie Therrien, Balsam Pier Music
Jon Weisz, Indie Montreal
Rachel Beck
Filbert Salton, KAYO

www.passportmusic.ca
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CHROMEO DEBUTS BEDROOM CALLING ​FEATURING THE-DREAM TODAY

SETS GLOBAL TOUR WITH CANADIAN DATES IN VANCOUVER AND TORONTO

NEW ALBUM HEAD OVER HEELS COMING SOON

Toronto, ON — January 29, 2018 — Legendary funk outfit, Chromeo, debuts Bedroom Calling featuring The-Dream – the second track from their forthcoming album, Head Over Heels. Listen here.

“We’ve been obsessed with The-Dream since ‘Fast Car’ from his first album. To us, he’s a modern day funk auteur, like Prince or El Debarge. This song pays homage to our favorite work of his,” says frontman, Dave 1, of the new glistening R&B jam.

Furthermore, the band is set to tour the world this spring and summer. With dates kicking off April 3 in Vancouver, the tour will continue with stops in Paris, Berlin and New York as well as appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Primavera Sound and more this summer.

Tickets for the dates go on sale this Friday, February 2 at 10 A.M. local time, with fan presales beginning tomorrow, January 30, at 12 P.M. local time (password: bedroomcalling). Online tickets purchased for most shows on the 2018 U.S. headline tour include a standard digital copy of Head Over Heels. Visit chromeo.net for more information.

Head Over Heels is out this spring. Watch the video for Juice, the first release from the album, here — The Guardian says it’s “a jaunty, electro-funk mega-banger” and Stereogum calls it “a smoothly squiggling single…which sounds like vintage Chromeo.”

Chromeo is the iconic duo of Montreal natives and high school best friends Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) and P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel). The group rose to prominence with their seminal 2007 release Fancy Footwork, heralding the dawn of the 80s electro-funk. Head Over Heels, their fifth full length, is their most polished, ambitious and collaborative work to date, featuring studio veterans like Pino Palladino (D’Angelo, The Who) and Jesse Johnson (Prince, The Time, D’Angelo) alongside guest appearances by DRAM, The-Dream and many more. It’s out later this year.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
April 3 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom*

April 4 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo*
April 6 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater*
April 7 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater*
April 8 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades*
April 10 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s*
April 12 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl*
April 14 - Indio, CA - Coachella
April 15 - Phoenix, AZ         - The Van Buren*
April 17 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s*
April 18 - Houston, TX - House of Blues*
April 21 - Indio, CA - Coachella
May 26 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
May 28 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
May 29 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Ballroom
May 30 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Melkweg Max
May 30-June 3 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
June 7-10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
June 11 - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club†
June 14-17 - Dover, DE - Firefly Festival
June 15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5†
June 18 - Boston, MA - House of Blues†
June 19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore†
June 21 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall†
June 22 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre†
June 21-24 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest
June 25 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue†
June 26 - Kansas City, MO - CrossroadsKC‡
June 28 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks§
June 28-July 1 - Rothbury, MI - Electric Forest
July 3 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall†

*with Phantoms
†with Pomo
‡with The Glitch Mob, Elohim
§with The Glitch Mob, Elohim and Kittens

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

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentonegroup.com

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DCF RELEASES NEW SINGLE BRING A FRIEND

VIDEO FOR BRING A FRIEND PREMIERES  WITH BLACKBOOK

46 DATE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH LIGHTS KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK

Toronto, ON – January 26, 2018 – Today, Toronto-based pop artist, DCF (aka David Charles Fischer), shares his infectious new single, Bring A Friend. The track is the first single from his debut LP – due out later this year on Entertainment One – and is accompanied by a video that perfectly captures the fun and cheeky nature of the song. Have a look at the video, which premiered today on BlackBook.

The video for Bring A Friend – which was directed by Sean L. T. Cartwright – was filmed on location in Toronto and features cameos by a number of local artists, including The Darcys, Ralph, eTalk’s Liz Trinnear, Harrison, Derek Hofman of Brighter Brightest, and 3OH!3’s Nate Motte – who collaborated with DCF on the previously released track, Sky Ferreira.

"I originally intended to write Bring A Friend for another artist,” DCF comments. “I had the concept, and I basically just wanted to write a crazy banger that somebody like Justin Bieber would want to put on his record. My producer, Derek, had sent me the track, and then we went in together to build it out. I listened to the demo on my walk back home to Chinatown. I ended up listening to it 16 times in a row and decided I had to keep the track for myself."

 

Audiences will get a taste of the songs from the new album when he hits the road with Lights as support for her 2018 North American tour (dates listed below). DCF has toured in support of Shawn Mendes, Lights, and Coleman Hell, and has hit the stage at festivals such as NXNE, CMW and Halifax Pop Explosion. He saw sold out headline shows at The Rivoli, The Piston and Adelaide Hall in Toronto on the back of his self-released Pop Songs EP.

“Crafts addictive hooks that are equal parts Justin Timberlake and Frank Ocean.” – Complex Canada

“Creat[es] DIY pop that’s not only catchy, it’s clever.” – ANDPOP

“Bouncy, radio ready vibes.” – Complex Music

2018 TOUR DATES (w/LIGHTS):
January 30 & 31 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

February 2 – Seattle, WA – The Show Box
February 3 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
February 5 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
February 6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
February 7 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
February 8 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
February 9 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel Casino
February 10 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
February 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Grand at The Complex
February 13 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
February 15 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
February 16 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
February 17 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Downstairs
February 19 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
February 20 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage)
February 21 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
February 22 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
February 23 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
February 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
February 26 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
February 27 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
March 1 & 2 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
March 3 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
March 4 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
March 6 – Buffalo, NT – Town Ballroom
March 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Small’s Theatre
March 8 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
March 9 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
March 10 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
March 12 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
March 13 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
March 14 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
March 15 – Kansas City, MO – Madrid Theatre
March 16 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
March 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall MLPS
March 27 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
March 29 – Edmonton, AB – Winspear
March 30 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brian’s Event Centre
March 31 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Centre for the Performing Arts
April 3 – North Bay, ON – Capitol Centre
April 4 – Ottawa, ON – Algonquin Commons Theatre
April 6 – Kitchener, ON – Elements Nightclub
April 7 – London, ON – London Music Hall

 

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

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

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

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SANGO SHARES NEW VIDEO VIA NPR MUSIC

DETAILS NEW ALBUM IN THE COMFORT OF  DUE MARCH 16th VIA LAST GANG

WATCH SWEET HOLY HONEY  (FEAT. XAVIER OMÄR) NOW

Toronto, ON – January 25, 2018 – Today, Seattle-based producer, Sango, is back to announce the release date and track listing for his forthcoming album. In The Comfort Of will arrive on March 16th via Last Gang, and includes features from Jesse Boykins III, JMSN, Smino and more. In addition to the announcement, Sango is sharing a new video. Sweet Holy Honey features Xavier Omär, and is accompanied by a visual courtesy of director, Jon Salmon. Purchase and stream the track here.

"The inspiration for the video actually comes from the underlying meaning of the song," explains Sango. "I want the viewer/ listener to piece it together on their own so, I won't give too much away. 'Sweet Holy Honey' stems from cherishing the existence of women and the gift they bring to the world. When I approached Xavier Omär with this idea, I wanted him to write about how it may feel when you hold back the urge to have sex with a woman that you're in love with. It's not a typical love song."

In December, Sango released a short film titled South End set to One More Thing, the fifth track from In The Comfort Of. Watch Sweet Holy Honey (feat. Xavier Omär) here, and find the previously released South End, as well as album art and track listing for In The Comfort Of below.

WATCH South End -  https://youtu.be/HowhiPoO47E

In The Comfort Of Track List
1. His Name
2. Life Without God Is Nothing
3. Mateo 2.19 (feat. Romaro Franceswa & Dave B)
4. Speak
5. One More Thing
6. Dance for Blessings
7. Twogether (feat. Jesse Boykins III)
8. Chemistry (feat. JMSN)
9. Khlorine (feat. Smino)
10. Rude (feat. Jean Deaux)
11. Sweet Holy Honey (feat. Xavier Omär)
12. On Me (feat. Jon Bap)
13. When I'm Around You (feat. Naji)
14. Light-Skinned (feat. midnight)
15. Implications
16. Changing Channels (feat. James Vincent McMorrow)
17. Comfortable (feat. Ryan Ashley)

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www.sangobeats.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  

Entertainment One Music is home to Dualtone, Death Row, and Light Records releasing some of the most popular music in the world including The Lumineers, The Game and Lalah Hathaway.  www.entertainmentonegroup.com

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EONE MUSIC WELCOMES BIRDS OF BELLWOODS TO THEIR LABEL ROSTER

BAND IS GEARING UP FOR THE RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM VICTORIA

Toronto, ON – January 25, 2018 – Entertainment One Music is proud to announce the signing of Toronto-based indie-rock quartet, Birds Of Bellwoods.

“We’re thrilled to have Birds Of Bellwoods join eOne’s music roster,” says eOne Music/Last Gang General Manager, Chris Moncada. “Stephen, Kintaro, Adrian and Chris are some of the hardest working, passionate young musicians I’ve come across in some time, and the entire eOne team is looking forward to collaborating with them on great things for years to come.”

The group is a welcomed addition to the label’s roster, and will be gearing up for the release of their enthralling debut full-length album, Victoria, with the release of new singles, videos, and tour announcements – all coming soon.

"We are so excited to be a part of the eOne family, and we look forward to this next phase of our adventure,” the band comments. “It is an honour to be joining this roster of talented artists, and we believe the team's influence as collaborators will take Birds of Bellwoods to new heights. Let’s ride.”

Birds of Bellwoods are known for their lyrical storytelling, lush harmonies, and tight musicianship. With performances at iconic venues, including The Horseshoe Tavern, The Mod Club, and Yonge & Dundas Square, as well as festival plays at the likes of Festival D’ete, TURF, NXNE, and CBC Music Festival, the group is quickly establishing themselves as one of Toronto’s most unique emerging bands. Comprised of Stephen Joffe (lead vocals/mandolin), Adrian Morningstar (guitar/vocals), Chris Blades (banjo/electric guitar/vocals), and Kintaro Akiyama (upright bass/vocals), Birds of Bellwoods has managed to develop a hybrid sound that remains dynamic and accessible, while defying classification. Have a listen to the band’s lead single off the upcoming new album Let You Go – and check out their amazing cover of Portugal. The Man’s, Feel It Still.

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www.birdsofbellwoods.com

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

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

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

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THE BEAT ESCAPE ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM: LIFE IS SHORT THE ANSWER’S LONG, OUT APRIL 27th, 2018

PRE-ORDER NOW

LISTEN TO SINGLE SIGN OF AGE

Toronto, ON — January 23, 2018 — Long before they were a band, Montreal duo, The Beat Escape, took a small first step towards a longer journey at a university video class. “We made a short oddball work; a video piece that followed two characters through a psychedelic waking dream,” say Beat escapists, Addy Weitzman and Patrick A Boivin, of their founding collaboration. Many other projects and outside collaborations later, the duo have crafted a debut album their younger selves would be proud of: released through Last Gang/Bella Union on April 27th, the sublimely immersive Life Is Short the Answer’s Long plays like a waking dream of near-psychedelic electronic pop, moving to its own beat in the push-pull of forward motion and submerged reflection. Pre-order the album here.

That sense of propulsion ushers opener, Sign of Age, into rising view, its sparse drums, hypnotic sequence and melancholic chords resembling house music as reimagined by Angelo Badalamenti. The enveloping mood holds as Moon in Aquarius unfurls like a night-time road ahead, ghosted by narcotic harmonies. Limestone Alps lingers meditatively, hymnal vocals reverberating; Where Water Ends and More Dreams, meanwhile, navigate the porous boundary-lines between krautrock, Factory Records and obscure minimal wave records of the 80s.

If this is pop music, it’s pop that maps a singular route through electronic territory. “We’re drawn to the type of songs that were almost hits but there's something slightly off about them, so they were never discovered,” explain the duo. Then I Drift Away fulfils that intent, evoking a kind of dislocated psychedelia via Screamedelica; ditto Seeing Is Forgetting, where warm synth chords, a buoyant bass melody and deep vocal chorales merge hypnotically. Thousand Pound Shoes pauses for reflection before Nemo Propheta’s pellucid synths and insistent beats evoke a sense of surfacing, closing the album on a note of glinting release.

For The Beat Escape, Life Is Short The Answer’s Long marks a rapturous new beginning after their work in visual arts (Boivin) and synth-pop duo, Footprintz (Weitzman). Building on their experience DJ-ing together in a Montreal bar, the duo gained momentum when Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde heard Seeing Is Forgetting. Duly signed, Weitzman and Boivin wrote and recorded the album in their studio above said Montreal bar and at a country house in the Laurentians. It was mixed by Finland house DJ/producer, Jori Hulkkonen, who, the duo say, helped realize its “driving, expansive and painterly sound”.

As for the lyrics, they mostly explore The Love Song, though the duo invite you to linger over their mysteries: “We both enjoy the process of uncovering, whereby meaning develops and reveals itself over time.” And time spent following The Beat Escape through their waking dream-world is, we’d wager, time well spent.

Pre-order Life Is Short The Answer’s Long: http://smarturl.it/thebeatescape-ca

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THOMPSON EGBO-EGBO RELEASES A NEW STANDARD TODAY

SIGNS TO ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC

LISTEN TO LEAD SINGLE MY FAVOURITE THINGS

INTIMATE SHOW AT THE HORSESHOE TAVERN
IN TORONTO ON FEBRUARY 13

Toronto, ON – January 19, 2018 – Being a Canadian jazz pianist means refining your own sound while standing on the shoulders of some of the greatest musicians to come from this country, or from anywhere, for that matter. Toronto’s Thompson Egbo-Egbo has done precisely that on his latest album, A New Standard, out today via Entertainment One Music Canada. Listen to the lead single, My Favourite Things, and purchase/stream the album now.

A New Standard is Thompson’s inaugural release through Entertainment One Music as a new signee, and a brilliant display of his limitless musical vision. It is the first made with his group consisting of drummer, Jeff Halischuk, and bassist, Randall Hall.  

“We’re extra excited to welcome Thompson Egbo-Egbo to the family. He’s the highest quality individual bringing the highest quality musicianship,” says Chris Taylor, Global President of Entertainment One Music. “We’re going to use our global platform to let the world know.”

Thompson will preview the album with an intimate performance at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on Tuesday, February 13th for a 40-minute set commencing at 9:00 pm. Admission is free.

As the album title playfully suggests, Egbo-Egbo’s song selection touches on relatively recent compositions by artists such as Bob Dylan and Radiohead, while deftly transforming some old favourites, with a particular nod to the legacy of John Coltrane. Interpreted another way, A New Standard represents Egbo-Egbo’s continuing evolution as a player, writer and arranger while staying true to a classic trio format.

However, the blending of old and new is only one facet of Egbo-Egbo’s musical personality. Balancing his world-class chops is a natural ability to infuse raw emotion into everything he plays, whether it’s a majestic take of the traditional Hebrew love song, Lo Baiom Velo Balyla, or a sly melding of Coltrane’s Mr. PC with the Spider-Man television show theme.

“My approach has always been to play in a way that sounds right to me, while at the same time creating stuff that’s accessible to as many people as possible,” Egbo-Egbo says. “I don’t see it as making concessions to the pop world or any other genre. We all have unlimited access to every kind of music now, so I feel I’m in a position to add whatever elements I’m interested in to my sound.”

That range of influences is further underscored by A New Standard’s opening combination of Benny Golson’s Whisper Not from 1956 and Sing To The Moon, the title track from British artist Laura Mvula’s 2013 Mercury Prize-nominated debut. Egbo-Egbo’s arrangement of the latter is the only vocal on A New Standard, performed by Toronto singer, Nikki Ponte, whom the pianist had met in Greece after her stint on the country’s version of the television show, The X Factor. Elsewhere on the album, You Must Believe In Spring is a tip of the cap to Bill Evans, while a jaunty take of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Favela adds some Brazilian flavour to the mix.

In many respects, cultural divisions have never mattered to Egbo-Egbo. Born in Nigeria, he came to Toronto with his family at the age of four and started playing piano two years later. His talents were quickly developed through a local music school, created specifically to provide neighbourhood kids with affordable lessons. Egbo-Egbo went on to study Jazz Performance at Toronto’s Humber College and then, with the help of a partial scholarship and several benefactors, attended Berkeley College of Music in Boston for three years.

He later expanded his studies into production and sound design, which led to composing music for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and performing with the London production of the popular Canadian stage play, Da Kink In My Hair. This in turn brought further opportunities, including playing for Quincy Jones, as well as for H.R.H Prince Charles, H.R.H. Prince Edward, and H.R.H. Prince Phillip. He also recorded and toured with Toronto R&B artists, Ayah and Saidah Baba Talibah, now known as Merna and SATE.

Perhaps one of Egbo-Egbo’s greatest career milestones came in 2007 when he was commissioned to produce a medley for that year’s Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a class that included no less than Joni Mitchell. This wealth of experience eventually resulted in Egbo-Egbo releasing his first solo album, Short Stories, in 2014. In some ways, it encapsulated his life’s journey to that point and laid the foundation for the exciting directions his music has taken on A New Standard.

When reflecting on his choices for A New Standard, Egbo-Egbo says, “It’s funny how sometimes songs become more meaningful after they’ve been recorded. For example, we’d been playing ‘Make You Feel My Love’ for some time just because it’s a beautiful melody, but after really absorbing the lyrics—both on Dylan’s original and Adele’s interpretation—it began to take on a much deeper significance for me and I’m really proud of the version on the album.

“And as far as doing Radiohead’s ‘Exit Music (For A Film),’ I’d heard it for the first time in a long time, and it suddenly struck me how many other pieces I heard within it, from Chopin to Jobim’s ‘How Insensitive.’ Once we worked it out as a trio, we knew we had to record it. It’s simply just a cool song.” Listen to the cover here.

Such boundless musical curiosity and inventiveness is what continues to drive Egbo-Egbo creatively, and also motivates him to help a new generation of Toronto kids to transcend their social and economic circumstances through music, just as the Dixon Hall Music School in Regent Park helped him. Specifically, the Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation has run a program in the Jane/Finch neighbourhood teaching composition to kids, and has also collaborated with Regent Park urban music artist Mustafa the Poet on a video, Spectrum Of Hope, intended in part to showcase the community’s revitalization.

Egbo-Egbo’s mantra has long been that you always make the best choice if you have a choice. Perhaps it could be added that music is rarely ever the wrong choice. “I was very fortunate when I was a kid,” he says. “So I feel I kind of have a responsibility to be an example of how when you give a kid opportunities, it can lead to real results. Some people still don’t realize how isolated many communities are, so engaging with them, and encouraging others to do likewise, will always be the main goal of my Foundation, and, in essence, my music as well.”

Thompson Egbo-Egbo Trio Live at The Horseshoe Tavern
February 13 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern - 9:00 pm

Thompson Egbo-Egbo on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2milLNE
Purchase/stream A New Standardhttp://smarturl.it/anewstandard

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www.egbo.ca

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POP EVIL RELEASE COLORS BLEED MUSIC VIDEO AND SINGLE

ALL NEW S/T LP OUT FEBRUARY 16, 2018
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW

2018 MUSIC OVER WORDS TOUR ON SALE NOW
VIP/M&G PACKAGES AVAILABLE

Toronto, ON – January 19, 2018 – POP EVIL have released a new music video today for their newest single, Colors Bleed, alongside an exclusive Q&A with Billboard Magazine seen here. The band brought back director, Columbia Tatone, who also directed the recent Waking Lions video.

"The #MeToo movement has been a paramount inspiration to my creative endeavours,"says Tatone. "The courage of individuals has inspired and empowered me, not only as a female director but as a truth-seeker." 

“'Colors Bleed' highlights togetherness: standing together against global issues. #MeToo has put the spotlight on equality, and through this video, we were able to portray the many ways we’re pitted against each other and how we can’t fight fire with more fire. As men and women, we have come alongside one another and stand together peacefully. I’m grateful and honoured that Pop Evil invited me to collaborate with them and be a part of their journey."

This is the second song we've heard from POP EVIL off of their new LP slated for release next month. The band debuted Waking Lions back in October, and it is quickly approaching Top 5 at Rock Radio with no signs of slowing down. 

Both Waking Lions and Colors Bleed serve as iTunes instant gratification tracks, meaning fans who pre-order the new LP on iTunes will get the songs as instant downloads.

POP EVIL also had the opportunity to have their song, Be Legendary, debut on ESPN during last week's 2018 CFB Playoff National Championship game. ESPN loved it so much they picked up the song for the rest of the NCAA College Basketball Season.

A studio video, which was directed by close friend, Ryan Doyle. surrounding their time spent at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville this past summer, was released last week. The video, seen here, is the first in a series of videos to come. It documents the band living together as they embarked on the writing process for their fifth studio LP. 

The band will embark on the Music Over Words Tour, which will serve as the official kickoff for their recently announced all-new, self-titled LP. Additionally, POP EVIL is confirmed for festival dates Carolina Rebellion on Friday, May 5th , and Fort Rock on Sunday, April 29th .

The massive US tour kicks off on February 14th in Sault Ste. Marie, MI at the Kewadin Casino. The band will hit both sides of the U.S. coast before wrapping things up at The Fillmore in Detroit on April 6th. Band VIP goes on sale Tuesday, January 23rd  at www.popevilvip.com.PALAYE ROYALE and label-mates BLACK MAP will serve as support for all dates. 

POP EVIL recently announced a brand new single and music video for a track called Waking Lions, exclusively through VEVO. As previously heard on SiriusXM'S Octane channel, Waking Lions is the first bit of music we’re hearing from the band's 5th studio album.  “This is a Dawn of a New Day for Pop Evil," says Kakaty. "The new lineup feels like a whole new chapter for us. We could not be more proud to lead off this new album cycle with Waking Lions, sending a positive message to our fans.” 

Pop Evil teamed up with Columbia Tatone on the video and couldn't be happier with the outcome. “Columbia brought a unique and distinctive approach with her visuals for our new music video.  We really feel she delivered the energy that the song carries.”

Pop Evil will release Pop Evil, their fifth studio LP on February 16, 2018, via Entertainment One. 

The band brought on veteran producer, Kato Khandwala, and have been hard at work since early June. The band spent most of the summer in Nashville, TN at Studio A in Sound Emporium Studios, and finished up the album at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles, CA earlier this month. 

The new self-titled LP will be the highly anticipated follow up to UP, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard U.S, Independent Albums Chart, #3 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart and #25 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart in the week of its release. UP produced four top 5 singles with Footsteps, If Only For Now, Ways to Get High and Take It All. Footsteps not only reached #1, but went on to be the longest #1 single of the band's career.

TOUR DATES:
February 2 – Phase 2 – Lynchburg, VA
February 14 – Kewadin Casino – Sault Ste. Marie MI
February 15 – 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
February 16 – The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI
February 17 – Music Hall – Minneapolis, MN
February 18 – Wool’s – Des Moines, IA
February 20 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
February 21 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
February 23 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
February 24 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
February 25 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
February 27 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
February 28 – Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
March 1 – Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
March 2 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
March 3 – Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
March 5 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
March 6 – Jake’s Backroom – Lubbock, TX
March 8 – The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
March 9 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX
March 10 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
March 11 – Rev Room – Little Rock, AR
March 13 – Saturn – Birmingham, AL
March 14 – The Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA
March 16 – Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
March 17 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
March 18 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA 
March 20 – Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
March 22 – Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
March 23 – Aura – Portland, ME
March 24 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
March 25 – Westcott Theatre – Syracuse, NY
March 27 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
March 28 – House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
March 29 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
March 30 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
March 31 – Truman Theater – Kansas City, MO
April 2 – Delmar Hall – Saint Louis, MO
April 4 – Piere’s – Fort Wayne, IN
April 5 – House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
April 6 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
April 7 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
April 20 – Downtown Las Vegas Events Centre – Las Vegas, NV
April 27 – Metropolitan Park – Jacksonville, FL
April 28 – Markham Park – Sunrise, FL
May 4 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Charlotte, NC
May 25 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
June 2 – Rock Am Ring – Mendig, Germany
June 3 – Rock Im Park – Nurnberg, Germany
June 9 – Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg, Sweden
July 1 – Shine Festival – Bucharest, Romania
July 6 – Rock For People – Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

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VAN WILLIAM RELEASES COUNTRIES TODAY VIA FANTASY RECORDS

NATIONAL TOUR WITH FIRST AID KIT INCLUDES DATES IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO AND MONTREAL

One of 2018’s first great folk-rock records” - UPROXX

Toronto, ON – Janaury 19, 2018 – 
Today, Van William releases his debut full-length album, Countries, via Fantasy Records. UPROXX called Countries “one of 2018’s first great folk-rock records...a thoughtful, tender reflection on what has been, and what is yet to come.” Read UPROXX’s full interview with Van here.

Written in a secluded part of the Sierra Nevada and recorded in Stinson Beach, CA., Countries was co-produced by Van and Brian Phillips and features contributions from Dawes drummer, Griffin Goldsmith, POP ETC singer, Chris Chu (who plays bass on the album) and keyboardist, Tam Visher. The album is Van's first as a solo artist after leading his bands, Port O'Brien and WATERS. The songs came to light in the midst of a period of major life changes for Van; a devastating relationship heartbreak and the self-examination that followed his father's retirement from 49 years of commercial salmon fishing in Alaska.

Van’s music has earned praise from NPR Music and Buzzbands.LA, who called the tracks “classic songwriting ferrying yesterday’s melancholy and tomorrow’s hopes on vessels of indelible melodies and poignant lyrics.” The album’s first single, Revolution featuring First Aid Kit, has climbed into the Top 5 at Triple A radio. The album’s just released second single, is the irresistible, Before I Found You

Countries follows Van’s critically acclaimed Revolution EP, released in September, which also earned praise from NPR, Stereogum and The Wild Honey Pie, who called the music “therapeutic and celebratory.”

This Monday, January 22nd, Van wraps a three-week residency at LA’s Moroccan Lounge with a special show celebrating the album’s release. Each week has featured special guests that have so far included, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Springtime Carnivore and Fruit Bats. Later this month Van will join First Aid Kit on an international tour, full routing below.

Listen and buy Countries here.

COUNTRIES TRACKLIST:
1. Before I Found You
2. Revolution
3. Fourth of July
4. The Country
5. Don’t Take My Love
6. Never Had Enough Of You
7. The Middle
8. Skyward
9. You’ll Be On My Mind
10. Cosmic Sign
11. Taking Love

VAN WILLIAM TOUR DATES:
January 22 - Los Angeles, CA - Moroccan Lounge
January 24 - Oakland, CA - The Fox*
January 26 - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom *
January 27 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theater *
January 28 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater *
January 30 - Minneapolis, MN - Palace Theater *
February 1 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium *
February 2 - Chicago, IL - Riviera *
February 3 - Detroit, MI - Saint Andrews Hall *
February 5 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
February 6
 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis *
February 7 - Boston, MA - House of Blues *
February 9 - Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre *
February 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
February 13 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater *
February 15 - Indianapolis, IN – White Rabbit Cabaret
February 17 - Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
February 24 - Glasgow, UK - 02 Academy *
February 26 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall *
February 27 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall *
March 1 - London, UK - The Roundhouse *
March 2 - London, UK - The Roundhouse *
March 3 - London, UK - Omeara
March 5 - Paris, FR - La Cigale *
March 6 - Brussels, BE - AB Main Hall *
March 7 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso *
March 8 - Berlin, DE - Columbiahalle *
March 10 - Hamburg, DE - Grosse Freiheit *
March 11 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega *
March 13 - Oslo, NO - Spektrum *
March 14 - Malmo, SE - Concert House *
March 15 - Goteborg, SE - Lisebergshallen *
March 16 - Stockholm, SE - Waterfront Congress Centre *
March 17 - Stockholm, SE - Stockholm Waterfront *
March 19 - Helsinki, FI - House of Culture *

* = supporting First Aid Kit

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MOON TAXI RELEASE NEW LP LET THE RECORD PLAY TODAY VIA RCA RECORDS

TWO HIGH FEATURED IN 2018 JEEP COMPASS COMMERCIAL

LET THE RECORD PLAY TOUR KICKS OFF FEBRUARY 1


Over the last few years, Nashville’s Moon Taxi have worked their way up from Bonnaroo buzz-band to something approaching Kings of Leon country, playing a pleasingly cross-bred rock – a little indie, a little proggy, kinda poppy.” – Rolling Stone

Moon Taxi a jam band – that is, if its instrumental excursions weren’t so concise, carefully thought-out and frequently refined in the years they’ve spent touring.” – NPR

Sing-along songs and catchy, jam-worthy interludes.” – Noisey

Toronto, ON – January 19, 2018 –
Today, Nashville’s own alt-rock-five-piece band, Moon Taxi, releases their highly anticipated fifth studio album, Let The Record Play via RCA Records. Stream or purchase the album here. Produced and mixed by Spencer Thomson (the band’s guitarist), Let The Record Play is a triumphant moment of rock-pop exploration that proves that Moon Taxi is a rare band that can address the temperature of our turbulent times while also providing the euphoric musical escapism we so badly need.

Tying into the album release, the band performed their hit single Two High on The TODAY Show/Megyn Kelly TODAY. The song is a global streaming hit, reaching #1 at Triple A Radio, is being played on Sirius XM’s The Spectrum, Alt Nation and Jam On, and has garnered over 74 million streams on Spotify alone. Watch the video for Two High here. Two High is also being featured in the 2018 Jeep Compass commercial, watch here.

Let The Record Play is a document of one of the most creative bands to emerge from Nashville's immensely fertile landscape – and one that has been thriving on the festival scene for years, bringing their electric performances to Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and beyond. Beloved enough in their hometown to sell out two nights at the famed Ryman Auditorium this past October, this LP, their RCA Records debut, is certain to catapult them even higher.  

In support of Let The Record Play, Trevor Terndrup (vocals, guitarist), Spencer Thomson (guitarist and producer), Wes Bailey (keyboardist), Tommy Putnam (bassist) and Tyler Ritter (drummer) will embark on their Let The Record Play tour starting in February followed by a performance at Bonnaroo in June.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
February 1 – Boone, NC – Schaefer Performing Arts Center
February 2 – Knoxville, TN – Mill & Mine
February 3 – Knoxville, TN – Mill & Mine
February 8 – Bloomington, IN – The Bluebird
February 9 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
February 10 – Palatine, IL – Durty Nellie’s
February 14 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic
February 15 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
February 16 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly
February 17 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
March 2 – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – One Big Holiday 2018
March 23 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater
March 24 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater
March 25 – Houston, TX – In Bloom Fest
April 4 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford
April 5 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
April 7 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
April 12 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
April 14 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
May 17 – Baltimore, MD – Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
June 7-10 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
July 14-15 – Birmingham, AL – Sloss Music & Arts Festival

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CADENCE WEAPON’S NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM OUT TODAY

PURCHASE AND STREAM NOW

TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

“Since letting some light in, and showing some openness to more conventional production, Pemberton has crafted his most fully-realized and best album yet.” - Beatroute

“It’s a record that invites listeners in and finds us
truly getting to know Pemberton on a new level.” –
CBC Music

“…his most provocative and well-executed album and a high water mark
 for hip-hop on this continent.”
Exclaim!

Always a literate, smart and — mainly — narrative rap artist, Rollie Pemberton was always married to his own muse and chasing none of the day’s trends. That’s why he can make an album that sounds as old skool and near-classic hip hop as this 12-track album does…” – Vancouver Sun

Toronto, ON – January 19, 2018 –  Today, Cadence Weapon releases his much anticipated, new self-titled album via eOne Music. The album is his first since 2012’s Hope In Dirt City, which was second to be nominated for a Polaris Music Prize. The album premiered via CBC Music in Canada, and Hype Machine in the US. Purchase and stream Cadence Weapon here.

The album features appearances from Deradoorian, Blue Hawaii, Brendan Phillip and Casey MQ, and tracks from producers, Kaytranada, Francis Got Heat, Jacques Green and Harrison. The 12-track album is a reintroduction to Cadence Weapon as an artist, and he's excited for the world to experience this new beginning.

Fans were able to sample the new project through a series of singles, including ode to the condo boom High Rise, independence anthem, Large, self-assured verses on  Don’t Talk To Me (prod. FrancisGotHeat), and the critically acclaimed Kaytranada-produced,  My Crew (Woooo).

Cadence will be sharing the new music on stage this winter, as he has announced new tour dates in Ontario and Quebec, commencing with a spot at Hillside Inside Festival in Guelph, ON on February 9, through March, supporting New York trio, Too Many Zooz. See below for a complete list of dates.  

Recognized as Canada’s “most creative” rapper by the National Post, Cadence Weapon has consistently exhibited a passion to take rap into new and unexpected directions. Born in Edmonton, Cadence had an upbringing uniquely suited to becoming a rapper. His father Teddy, a Brooklyn native, was the DJ that introduced hip-hop to Edmonton with his pioneering radio show, The Black Experience in Sound, on CJSR 88.5 FM. After spending his childhood immersed in his father’s diverse archive of music, Cadence started rapping at age 13. Soon, he was entering freestyle battles, rocking shows with his uncle’s funk band and teaching himself how to make beats.

Following the online success of his Cadence Weapon Is The Black Hand mixtape, Cadence released his self-produced debut album, Breaking Kayfabe, in December 2005 at the age of 19. The album was met with international critical acclaim, with the BBC praising its mix of “vivid, scattershot rhymes” and “techno-tinged beats.” In 2009, Cadence was appointed Poet Laureate of Edmonton, making him the literary ambassador of his home city for two years, during which he was invited to read poetry for an event at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

TOUR DATES:
February 9 – Hillside Inside – Guelph, ON
March 26 – Warehouse Concert Hall – St. Catharines, ON*
March 27 – London Music Hall – London, ON*
March 29 – The 27 Club – Ottawa, ON*
March 30 – The Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON*
March 31 – L’Astral – Montreal, QC*
*with Too Many Zooz

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Cadence Weapon on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/cadenceweapon

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